Week 1 done of round 1 of the AFL 2014 season….and what a great round!
There is a very small amount of things in the world that is more satisfying then watching Collingwood being absolutely demolished, except for when the sleeping Giants wake up and take down the fair-weather Swans by more than 6 goals!
Gold Coast gets the win over the Tigers to show they will be a team to be reckoned with and Port Adelaide show that last year was not a fluke.
Very exciting stuff to start the season but how has this gone in Fantasy circles?
I’ll be selfish and start with my team. Yes I had the mad panic changes before the partial lockout and with the site being smashed by other like minded panicked fantasy coaches, I did have one failed changed but it shouldn’t effect the round.
The changes could reflect some sheep thinking but in the end I was pleased (did not have the Free Hit build) and at the end of week one I am sitting on 1428 points 13 played including captain.
Most of the team performed well with my last change of dumping Watson to Barlow being a highlight. The majority of other 110+ scorers were the most picked players such as Beams, Sandilands, Swallow and D. Martin. One of the favourite picks by coaches, D. Thomas didn’t get close to what we expected and in fact finished with 65. This hurts me only because I late changed Macrae to Thomas and I’m expecting Macrae to do much better.
Some highlights that weren’t part of my team included:
Magpies V Dockers:
Nate Fyfe, well holy crap what a start he had to the season and many coaches out there would be cheering. Right up until he was handed the red vest, forcing him to finish on 64 points. He looks to be a dead set bona fide gun this year, kinda. I’m still not sold on his consistency.
Tom Langdon, this boy can play and do not worry about his job security. 24 possessions included 9 contested disposals and a Kick to Handball ration of 5:1. Before round 2, get on this lad.
Usual suspects in the Pies side showed why they are heavily picked; Pendlebury 26 disposals and 122 points, Ball 25 disposals and 124 points but where is Swan? It felt like Swan never got out of 2nd gear, he pulled up with what looked like a groin strain after a kick, got pushed around a bit but did still score 97points. At $636600 that score is not any where good enough. Advice if you have him? Drop him for round 2 and if you want a Pie, get Beams (as if you haven’t already) or Ball.
Matthew Pavlich, apart from his goal radar looks to be in great form. 84 points with 4 behinds…get the line right and hello 100+ scores.
Clinton Young showed why he is being talked about, Mzungu continues to impress me, Taylor Adams looked alright but not for Fantasy and Grundy must listen to fantasy critics.
Giants v Swans:
Well didnt this screw up my tipping but Hell Yeah, I Don’t Care! For me, this was the match of the weekend. I said GWS will be more competitive this year but wowee, they looked like thay have been playing for 6-7 years and not the 3 year kiddies that the Swans expected.
Much has been talked about Buddy Franklin. He is at a juicy price but he under performed in NAB so do you pick him or not? I think some may have chosen him for the Free Hit round 1 considering he played the Giants. Well I think it is fair to say what a mistake that was. 7 possessions with just 1 goal (52 points) and didn’t the Giants let him know about it. Save your money and grab a Caddy or even Pavlich.
With the Giants you have to expect some low games so when you see Coniglio (130), Treloar (124), Mumford (110) are these convincing scores to get them in your side? No. The only ‘safe’ pick would be Ward (111).
Tom Mitchell is another high pick player and concerns are will he be hit by 2nd year blues? He did score 93 but to me, it wasn’t a convincing game and he is on my potential chopping block depending on other Forward results.
Cunningham should definitely be on your radar if you haven’t picked him up yet. He looked fantastic out there and made a strong case to be in the best 22. Where Laidler proved he is not Fantasy points relevant. Rohan is another on many coaches bench and although he only score 50, there is little options to replace him. Hold on to him.
Suns v Tigers
My mate tip the Suns to be in the 8 this year and he is a Tiger supporter so his feelings after the game were justified and disappointed. The Suns played brilliantly with the same players I spoke about in my Ladder predictions firing from the start
Ablett (141) proved his price point and you cant go wrong with him in your team, if you have the cash. Prestia (125), Swallow (114) and O’Meara (112) just proved to us that they are the future guns of AFL Fantasy.
Probably the biggest Fantasy news from this match is Jack Martin injuring himself within the 1st few minutes of his début. Some are expecting this shoulder injury to keep him out for 4-6 weeks, others say just 2 weeks. Either way, dump him and use the extra cash elsewhere.
The main fantasy players of the Tigers (Deledio – 132, Cotchin – 127) did their job but it was Matt Thomas who caught my attention. He had 29 disposals for 108 points and does he ever find the ball but he his a heavy handballer. At and awkward price of $271,100 can you take him over the rookies like Michie, Tyson, Polec or even X. Ellis?
Under performers were favourites of Ellis (50) and Houli (73). Is this the result of just one game? Probably but I’m still staying clear.
Blues v Power
Another great match to watch. Carlton we dominant in the 1st quarter but Power’s elite endurance won the day and we saw some stars shine.
The man tree Ollie Wines scored his highest fantasy score of 136 with 28 disposals and 9 tackles! He does not look like he will be hit with 2nd Year Blues. Not a bad option but has that awkward price of $402,300.
Many pushed aside the thought of Westoff as being fantasy relevent. Well his new role of plugging the hole in the backline if the opposition starts kicking goals, means he will always be near the ball and when he has a return of 20 possessions and 5 goals (113 points) he is hard to ignore.
One of my last minute changes was dropping Lobbe and for most of the game, it seem to be the right move. Of course after finishing with 28 hit outs and 83 points, I may have to relook at this but I am concern of his ruck duties being shared….
Dale Thomas, good to see him on the park and I think if you are a patient fantasy coach, picking him up will pay off but when you can get Macrae, Shiels or Savage for around the same price, is tonight’s score of 65 enough?
So there you have a bit of a ramble about the 1st four matches of 2014. Don’t expect this each week, I was just keen because it is the 1st week and Fantasy football is finally back!