So today I went and saw Captain America: Winter Soldier and loved it.
But this is not what this post is about. This stems from the end credit teaser that happens in all Marvel Studios movies. Now if you have not seen the movie yet, after slapping yourself upside the head, you better look away if you don’t want to know about the 5 mins of “nothing to do with the actual film but does hint on the Avengers 2 movie” spoiler.

You may know that the Marvel franchise has been split over more than 1 film studio. For example the X-Men are with 20th Century, Spider-man is with Columbia and the Avengers are with Marvel Studios. Meaning, never shall we see cross overs but we will see stupid things like only 20th Century can have mutants. Thats right, not even Marvel Studios, creators of the Marvel universe can have mutants in their films.
Brings me to the first point of the 1st end credit teaser (yes there are two but I left before the 2nd one dammit). The bad guy talks about Miracles and then we see a cage with 2 gifted people displaying their powers. One bouncing off walls with insane speed, the other in a darkish red look manipulating objects with her mind. Yes, these “Miracles” are in fact the Mutants, Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch.
These two play a part in the Avengers 2 movie. Very exciting and I for….wait…..hang on…..I seem to recall…..yes, yes I do remember…

Recently I got very excited after watching the last trailer for X-Men Days of Future Past. They showed some very cool scenes including the new mutants that are added to the X-Men universe. People like Bishop, Blink, Warpath, Quicksilver, Sunspot….hang on, Quicksilver?!
Yes, that’s right. Quicksilver the mutant, son of Magneto.

So how is this going to work? Quicksilver the mutant is in a 20th Century film but Quicksilver the miracle is in a Marvel Studios film. That wont be confusing to anyone, right?
Lets get really messy. The mutant is portrayed as a teenager in the 1960s where the miracle is portrayed as a teenager in the now. Magneto has been a main villain for the X-Men since almost day dot and yet Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch have been entrenched in the Avengers history. BUT Quicksilver’s first appearance in comics was in X-Men #4. Both Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch joined the Avengers eventually (Quicksilver was part of X-Factor 1st) but it was Xavier who asked Scarlet Witch for help which ultimately destroyed the Marvel universe as we knew it.
OOh here is another one. Avengers 2 Age of Ultron of course is a Marvel Studios film but a comic head would recall the Fantastic Four destroyed Ultron 7 but it was Dr Doom who reprogrammed Ultron 11. The Fantastic Four of course, is a 20th Century licence.

With all of this and the fact that never shall the studios mix, I can see confusion smacking non-comic fans in the face, the comic purist losing the ploy and calling shenanigans and for heads to roll and the comic readers with level heads just shaking these level heads saying “it could have been beautiful”
Studios, I say to thee, pull your head out of where it doesn’t shine, and work together to make something spectacular….or Uncanny *comic readers will get it*

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aflfantasy What a rucking crisis? Thousands of coaches afraid of the sun after last week’s great ruck dropouts. First it was Hickey giving as a nice warning that he is too fragile. Many coaches jumped off onto the the ruckman of the season so far, Mumford. Whoops.
Down goes the Mummy for minor knee surgery on the eve of his match. Thank gosh we have Currie to cover that donut. Wait, what? Currie late withdrawal because of the rain. Oh and Leuenberger does his knee. It was happy times.
Happy? Well for me it was, I made the last minute decision to not got for Mumford and picked up Jacobs and I already had Derickx as my emergency. So I had 125 good reasons to be happy.
Well the rucks were covered but I still had Kennedy-Harris, Rohan and Tom Mitchell on the field. Still, a score of 2073 I am happy with.
That brings me to this week’s trading. First let’s look at the Kneejerkers currently…
Kneejerkers rd 4 As you can see, it wasn’t all smooth sailing. Josh Caddy continued his under performance and Tom Mitchell is experiencing 2nd year blues. Mitchell hurts as he dropped by over $55,000.
What do we do with trades this week. The dilemma?
Mitchell and Caddy are leaking cash and under performing but Kennedy-Harris and Rohan are less than helpful on the field as emergency cover.
And then how can you ignore Sam Lloyd’s debut for the Tigers (107) and less than $200k. Fasolo backs up his 76 with a healthy 71 and has a Breakeven of 9. Of course I can talk about the other rookies shining in the Mids and the Backs such a Crouch and McDonald but I am happy with Ellis and Langford as coverage. This means I have 4 possible outs with 2 good looking ins.
So what would you do?
Trade Mitchell / Caddy for Fasolo / Llyod and gather a lot of cash? But how secure is Lloyd’s position and you are bringing him in based on one match.
Trade Kennedy-Harris / Caddy for Fasolo / Lloyd and get some cash? But you still have Mitchell on the field, bleeding cash and the Swans do not look like turning things around anytime soon.

So there it is folks, what to do, what to do?

aflfantasyRound 3 happened. It was not pretty for me and by the sounds of it, not pretty for many other fantasy coaches in the Classic League

A score of 1948 after a great start hurt, dropping to rank 9165 overall. How did this happen?

Le Cras breaking an arm was a good start but having 10 players fail to score more than 80 was the killer. Polec, Tyson, DMartin, Caddy, TMitchell and Langford (Enright cover) were the big disappointments but the biggest painful score came from the ruckman, Hickey. A score of 39 is atrocious. I knew he would struggle against the Eagles but I thought he would get at least a respectable score.

Trading this week?
Le Cras of course is out and as with every other fantasy coach, Jackson Merret looks to be the obvious choice. When he is priced at a lazy $382,972 with an average of 92.2 including scores of 111 v North Melbourne and 94 v Hawthorn you can see why people are jumping on him. No I will not comment on the game vs the Carlton under 12s and the cheap 131 he score.
With a BE of -2 it is the instant cash injection all coaches dream of, $80k for the trade and a a low BE is made for fantasy.
So that’s the 1st trade sorted out.

Hickey – do I stick with him? We know he won’t be a premium ruckman and was always there to make money but with a Break Even (BE) of just 45 is it too early to pull the trigger? With the extra cash, Mumford, the ruckman of the moment, could slot in very easy. Seems like an obvious choice.
Except for 2 reasons.
Chapman had a ankle injury last week and the rumour is, Essendon will not fly him to Perth to let him rest. Eagles v Bombers is a Sunday match so I wont know until Friday night if this comes true.
Wingard IS out this week with his injured ankle which does mean my bench needs to step in. But that bench consists of Green Vest Kennedy-Harris (29 average) and Rohan (44 average). Not a great prospect for a league match.
Question is, do I take the hit this week with a Rohan and possibly KH score on the field and bring in Mumford OR do I ride the Hickey train one more week and trade KH out for someone like Fasolo?
At this point I’m staying with Hickey. He should bounce back vs Adelaide and with the extra $100k for the Merret/Fasolo trade, even with Mumford’s BE of 45, I should be able to pick up the mummy next week.

Now the 1st two rounds are completed in the Elite Draft league and I havent been able to share my team with you. Consider it shared:
Kneejerkers Elite rd3
I think I lucked out with some of the pick ups I received.
My rucks have been the talk of the One Troll Short league with managing to get Cox, Hickey and Lobbe. Other key players have been Chapman, Suckling, Beams, Zorko and MThomas. I have done some Free Agent trading and did manage to grab Bugg, MCrouch and Fasolo. This has given me great coverage in all parts of the field.
And so far this has worked with scores of 1561 and 1407 giving 2 wins and sitting on top of the ladder. The draft game is intriguing. You arent looking at trades each week like the Classic form and your tactic is so very different. I am now thinking I would like more strength in my Mids but to do that, I need to convince another player to release that strength so what do I offer?
I have 3 strong rucks but to lose one means I’m short an emergency in the rucks. Hickey would be my choice to move on but would anyone take him after his 39? I’m keen to see how this plays out.
What? How did I get the rucks of choice? We had an auto draft so you need your preference players listed before hand. My thoughts were most coaches will have the Premium Mids as first choice but Mids are always high point players so I want to make sure I get the high points players from the weaker (points) positions so after the top 8 Mids I listed 3 rucks, after the next 8 mids I had 3 defenders but defenders that were back from injury, rookies or expecting breakout year in case other coaches had the premium defender listed higher and then after the next 8 mids i did the same with the Forwards as I did the Defenders, breakouts/return from injury players in a group of 3. I did bet on the fact some of the coaches did nothing with their preference list so they would just get the highest ranked players whether they are injured or not. (I made sure all long term injured players were placed in the 300s.)
First time I tried the Draft and I am happy with result.

I think I have made up for the no AFL Fantasy postings of the last two weeks with this one. I shall stop my rambling and monitor the Chapman story. Oh you may get spammed this weekend as I’ll be at the GWS v Bulldogs match on Saturday and the Sydney v the mighty North Melbourne Kangaroos on Sunday. You have been warned.

Dilemma: Do you pull your pants up and then flush to indicate to possible waiters of the loo that you are done with the toilet OR do you flush then pull the pants on so you are still there in case a second flush is required to spare the next participant of the porcelain rodeo?

Currie or not to Currie

Posted: March 26, 2014 in AFL Fantasy
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aflfantasy There is little choice in AFL Fantasy for you bench ruckman. By little choice I mean without spending over $250k.

Most of the Fantasy talk has been about Daniel Currie ($115200 NM) being this bench warmer. But will he play?

Last week big Goldstein injured his shoulder in the match and still almost won the hit out counts while North’s forward line looked sad and required an additional tall target.

This is the dilemma for North. Play a second ruck which is so desperately needed or bring in another tall forward which is also required.

How does this effect your Fantasy ruck bench? Well simple, put Currie on it as your sub $200k player.

Majak Daw is a forward target and boy, can he take a grab? But a ruckman he is not. Currie is a strong ruckman but a forward he is not.

Goldstein says he is write to play this week vs the Bulldogs and Tarrant is still 3-4 weeks away.

My belief is Daw will always get a run on before Currie…..That is unless Goldstein is injured.

Daw should not be a consideration when you can get Sandilands or Hickey in the $200-$300K range  (That’s if you haven’t gone the budget duo on the field already).

This week is Currie’s biggest chance of playing and there just isn’t anyone else to choose from but do no expect for him to play often or make money for you. The only money benefit is not spending big in the rucks and allowing the spend elsewhere.

My ruck bench? Well, it currently consists of Currie and Thurlow ($115200 ESS) so I have no permanent bench cover in the rucks. I am trusting my 2 rucks on the field last the season. Which is risky with Sandilands being one of them.

aflfantasy 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!

With the footy about to finally start, a mate of mine asked me what my top 8, premiership and wooden spoon predications are.

Good question Bifrost.

Let’s start with the Premiership

With Fremantles stunned mullet grand final appearance behind, they will be out to prove (and redeem) themselves to the fans. What could also be the final years of Pavlich, Sandilands and McPharlin, there will be a huge push to send them off with the deserve Grand Final win. Speaking of Sandilands, how good is he playing after , what looks like, finally getting over the dreaded Turf Toe. I also see a Grand Final rematch happening.

Premiership Flag goes to Fremantle.

The wooden spoon

Not really a tough prediction here. GWS are improving and as long as they stay fit and have shaken off the 2nd year blues, they should be more competitive throughout the year. St Kilda would be the only contender outside GWS for the spoon. I do not see many wins from the Saints as they rebuild from the large retirements and/or trades from last year. It will be a long year for the Saints faithful.

Wooden Spoon goes to GWS Giants

The Ladder

This was tough. The top 3 was easy and you can mix them around but it will still be Sydney, Fremantle and Hawthorn. But who will fill in the other 5 possies of the 8.

Collingwood will still be a force with Swan, Pendles, Beams, Adams and Ball as an engine room, how could they not be. Richmond and North Melbourne are in similar places, high expextations from clubs, fans and the AFL. The Tiges are looking great with again another powerful midfield. The Cotch in NAB looked fantastic, Ellis is ready to take the next step in his game and ‘Don’t Argue” Martin will again make his presence known. For North, the draw is a big factor with the Lions, Bulldogs, Crows and Demons played twice. They will look flat at first while they still adapt not having Swallow but this will force Ziebell and Cunnington to step up. The backline is looking its strongest especially with the addition of Father/Son McDonald.

Geelong may not be the powerhouse they were a few years ago but you cannot write them off. Some astute pick ups have made a very strong young team. Players like Caddy, Hunt, Horlin-Smith and Guthrie coming through, they will be a dominant force again sooner than we would like. Essendon, yes Essendon. Last year they made the eight despite the media witch hunt and ASADA hovering around them. They were stripped of some of the points and missed the finals. Expect them to play hard this season, with less distraction and something to prove.

That would be the eight but the next 3 teams have cases to push themselves in there. Port Adelaide making the finals has given them a tough draw with Fremantle and Carlton to be played twice and Away games versus Sydney, Richmond, Collingwood, West Coast and Fremantle. Tough run, tough ask. Gold Coast will be a big mover this year. They have the right mix of experienced players with players like Bennell, Swallow, O’Meara and Prestia ready to go up another gear and add Jack Martin in their with evergreen Ablett, they will not be a walk over team and should win more than the tiptsers expect. Carlton is a team I can’t quite work out. Low possession football is very different to this age of football. With Cinderella Ankle Thomas in the mid, will that help the heavily tagged Murphy.

These next teams will be a frustrating team to follow. There will be highs and more lows in the year. For Melbourne though, it will all be positive. Roos has already started to work his magic and with the new look midfield of Vince, Dyson, Michie to help the older gaurd of Jones and Cross, there is much to be excited about. West Coast is another team that I struggle to say why they wont be in the 8 but I know they wont. Western Bulldogs will be exciting to watch with the likes of Liberatore, Dahlhaus and Macrae running about. Hey if Higgens stays off the stretcher they may prove my prediction for them wrong. Adelaide lost a lot of players in the draft period, they have key players injured and they will need time to recover.

The bottom 3. I have already talked about GWS and the Saints so that leaves the Brisbane 2nds. Another team to have a mass exodus last year they will be a long time coming to put pressure on other teams.

So there you have it. My ladder prediction, wooden spooners and flag bearers. Lets see who this looks mid way through the year.

  1. Fremantle Dockers
  2. Hawthorn Hawks
  3. Sydney Swans
  4. Collingwood Magpies
  5. Richmond Tigers
  6. North Melbourne Kangaroos
  7. Geelong Cats
  8. Essendon Bombers
  9. Port Adelaide Power
  10. Gold Coast Suns
  11. Carlton Blues
  12. Western Bulldogs
  13. West Coast Eagles
  14. Adelaide Crows
  15. Melbourne Demons
  16. Brisbane Lions
  17. St Kilda Saints
  18. GWS Giants

Almost here, AFL round 1

Posted: March 13, 2014 in AFL, AFL Fantasy
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The mad panic, the sweating over NAB challenge stats, the last minute changes to the fantasy team, the shocking results of the draft and saying farewell to the wife and kids for 7 months. That is my evening and I love it.

I’m not going to show my round 1 team here but I can tell you there have been many changes since the Post NAB Challenge team was posted (about 7 changes I think). What brought about the changes?

Practice games, DT Talk, my own advice (Currie you are outta here!), Fantasy Freako, The Traders and sometime cowardice to be different.

The result? A very vanilla forward and backline and little imagination to the rucks. What about the midfield? Well The Cotch and Beams stayed but I did bring in a Shinboner (North Melbourne for you heathens) that I expect to have a break out year. No wait, he was there already….

But this is where I am nervous. Have I a made a strong enough midfield without the core 4 of Johnson, Ablett, Swan or Pendlebury. Ah but with the Free Hit for round one, it cant hurt that bad.

 

That’s right, a Free Hit for Round 1. This means after the completion of round 1, you have unlimited trades and no price changes so you could rebuild your entire team for round 2! Which does lead to making a absolutely customised round 1 gun team to get a good head start. I I had the time and the site wouldn’t keep saying “Sorry, something went wrong. Please try again” i would do just that.

The message is also why this post is a little bland. I wanted to talk the Elite draft results but since the website and app are down, you get this rambling.

Quick plug for the One Troll Short AFL Fantasy leagues.

Elite has filled up but there is still spaces in the Classic form.

League code is h7xNJImU

aflfantasy Well what do we take away from the NAB Challenge this year? I gave a quick list of observations after round 1 of the Challenge and most of it I still hold true.

Now if I put these observation into play and relook at my Fantasy team Pre-Challenge. Make some slight changes, start taking into account the byes, remember Brisbane has the toughest draw of the year, calculate the ‘2nd year blues’ factor and carry the 1, I get a team that looks like this:

Kneejerkers PostNAB

Wow, what a new team.

4 changes in the backline, 7 changes in the midfeild, 2 changes in the ruck and 5 changes in the forward line. That’s a huge 18 changes from a possible 30 players!

Why the mass changes?

DEFENDERS

  • Houli OUT – Malceski IN — Houli was underwhelming in his run on the field. He played almost 80% of the matches and was well down on his 85 average while band-aid Malceski was on fire and as long as he stays fit, he did play every game last year, he is a lock
  • Hansen OUT – Simpson IN — Always been a fan of Ned Kelly Simpson and aftwr watching North’s matches, it became quite clear North could be in a bit of strife without Swallow. The concern though is the low possession game of Mick Malthouse. Not ideal for Fantasy football
  • Kolodjashnij OUT – Clurey IN — Simple, if I cant say your name, your out. Well the big hype K didnt play a match where Clurey will be playing and playing and playing. Even coach Hinkley agrees and with scores of 80 and 81 in the NAB, it is not hard to see why.
  • Laidler OUT – Georgiou IN — As long as he gets elevated from the rookie list, Georgiou should be in most Fantasy teams. Knows how to use the ball, looks like he has been playing AFL for a few seasons. Lock him in…but if he doesn’t get elevated, welcome back Laidler.

MIDFIELDERS

  • Swan OUT – Rockliff IN — Swan was always too expensive and I dont think he was ever going to be in my starting line up. Rockliff was on the cusp of the Pre team and after seeing highlights from the GC game it was easy to bump off Swan for Rocky.
  • Watson OUT – Cotchin IN — If you didn’t see the Tigers play, then just trust me, get the Cotch in your team. He looks to be back to his high scoring days. Ignore the 61 from the Melbourne match and remember the 119 points per 100 minutes he scored over 2 games.
  • Selwood OUT – Vince IN — The new head high rules could backfire on the veteran ‘shoulder-shrug’ Selwood and Vince looks set to have a big year at the Demons. Melbourne showed they will be playing high possession football and Roos will get the best from them.
  • Ellis OUT – Cunnington IN — With Swallow out, Cunnington was always going to step up but did he ever step up?! Lack lustre performances for my Shinboner boys has me concerned but Cunnington will have his breakout year that has been predicated for the last 3 years. 83 and 112 gave him a score of 127 per 100 minutes! And that 112 was vs the Hawks.
  • Thomas OUT – Shiels IN — There are 5 players of the same price point that I wanted to fit in Caddy (GE), Shiels (HA), Savage (SK), Macrae (WB) and Thomas (CA). After watching the Hawks, Shiels was a must, Savage is a Saint and that will hurt his consistency, Macrae looks fantastic, Caddy fills a whole in my FWDS and then there is Thomas. Again it came down to the low possession Blues game plan.
  • Young OUT – Macrae IN — Couldn’t even remember why Young was in at the start and Macrae looks on fire.
  • Beams OUT – Ellis IN — CASH COW,CASH COW, CASH COW

RUCKS

  • Nankervis OUT – Derickx IN – Filling a gap and I think Derickx will play ahead of Nankervis.
  • Longer OUT – Currie IN — I know, I know. I said do not do it but Currie fills a gap in the byes so shut up.

FORWARDS

  • Franklin OUT – Gunston IN — Franklin’s poor start vs Gunston’s good start. As basic as you get.
  • Lamb OUT – Pavlich IN — I was at the GWS game v Sydney and I had trouble finding Lamb on the field. Pavlich looks to be back to his awesome self but I am aware he has a habit of having slow starts in the season.
  • Clark OUT – Caddy IN — If only Clark got on the field just once but his small injury makes him a trade down target. Unless he plays round 1 anyway.
  • Fasolo OUT – Daniher IN – Not enough of Fasolo to lock him in where it is very clear Daniher is the main target up front for the Bombers and with a 2 ruck required, he should get plenty of game time.
  • Bock OUT – Kennedy-Harris IN — Like most coaches we were hoping Bock could get on the field and be that cash cow for our forwards but no. Injury is still keeping him on the beach, I mean bench. Kennedy-Harris looks to get plenty of run and he can play some good footy.

So there you have it. The new look Kneejerkers.

There may be some more changes before round 1 as I still have doubts over a couple of players. Normally I have a Premium/Rookie build but with the lack of star rookies in the Forwards and Backs, this year is more Premium/Breakout or injury return/sprinkle of rookies build.

Have a look, I always welcome feedback (especially if it is constructive and gets me that edge over the Ex-Cruciates)