MORE than 30 per cent of AFL Fantasy Classic coaches will be without Tom Rockliff (hamstring) this weekend. The Fantasy Pig is averaging 107 this season and will miss the next fortnight which includes Port Adelaide’s bye in round 12.
For those holding Matt Crouch (hip), he will miss his third consecutive game but remains a likely inclusion next week, the first of the multi-bye rounds.
In better news, Patrick Dangerfield returns to Geelong’s side for the match against the Swans at GMHBA Stadium. Once the most popular player in the competition, Dangerfield’s ownership has dropped to 53 per cent and ranks as the third most selected.
Mature-age recruit Brett Bewley (MID, $177,000) held his spot in Fremantle’s side, but Demon Oskar Baker (MID, $202,000) is the midfield downgrade of choice for this round.
Ryan Gardner (DEF/FWD, $170,000) was picked up in the NAB AFL Mid-Season Rookie Draft on Monday and the Footscray VFL swingman has been picked to play his first AFL game on Sunday. With Jay Lockhart (knee), Jack Scrimshaw (knee) and Mitchell Hinge (omitted) on the sidelines, a downgrade to the new Bulldog is on the cards.
Get them in
Lachie Whitfield (DEF/MID, $805,000)
The Giant running machine backed up his 190 with a handy 120 against the Demons. He has a mouthwatering match up at home with the Suns this week so don't be afraid to throw the 'C' on him.
Elliot Yeo (MID, $752,000)
The star Eagle is in some sort of form, averaging 129 in his last four on the back of some sensational tackling where he has registered a whopping 49 in that time.
Oskar Baker (MID, $202,000)
Baker looked far more comfortable in his second game despite a tough matchup with the Giants. He managed to kick two goals and looks a great cash cow with a BE of negative three.
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Get them out
Tom Rockliff (MID, $712,000)
The Pig unfortunately succumbed to a hamstring injury, not before scoring 91 in just over two quarters. It can be hard to hold premium players through the byes.
The Pig made it to China, but won't be fit enough to take to the field on Sunday. Picture: Michael Willson, AFL Photos
Jack Ziebell (FWD, $600,000)
It is probably worth waiting to see if the new Roos coach is going to play JZ as a forward or midfielder. The risk of holding and spending another week in the forward 50 is a concern.
Dylan Shiel (MID, $713,000)
Has been a great selection, averaging career high numbers since his move from the Giants with an average of 103. Unfortunately he suffered a hamstring injury against the Tigers.
No.1 – Lachie Whitfield v Gold Coast
We all know the Suns are the easiest teams for midfielders to score against and this week Whitfield gets his turn. He scored 120 against them last year and he returns home this week to a ground he has scored 190, 162 and 109 at this year. I’m purely chasing his massive ceiling here in a game that has the makings of another 160+ for Lachie.
No.2 – Brodie Grundy v Fremantle
After averaging 150 in his last three games it is very hard to have Grundy at No.2 this week against the Dockers. He’s back at the MCG where he has averaged 140 in his last five and battles Rory Lobb, a guy he scored 111 and 127 against last year when he was with the Giants. Should be another huge score on the cards.
No.3 – Josh Kelly v Gold Coast
Kelly had his career-best score of 166 against the Suns last year and is coming off a very nice 135 against the Demons last week.
No.4 – Adam Treloar v Fremantle
No Taylor Adams for Treloar again this week, which means he’ll continue his hot form against one of his favourite teams. With scores of 112, 117, 127 and 127 against them in his last four, he will be awesome once again.
No.5 – Tim Taranto v Gold Coast
Coming off scores of 130 and 155, it’s very hard to see Taranto slowing down this week at home where he has scored 155, 118 and 137 this year. Another great week coming for his owners