Round Four of the AFL season concluded yesterday and it was an absolute bloodbath in terms of injury.
While there were no reported injuries in the Friday night Fremantle-St Kilda blockbuster, Nat Fyfe was a last minute withdrawal. It doesn’t look like he’ll go under the knife and should play this week after missing round four to let the dislocated shoulder strengthen up a bit. Fyfe’s a gun and you’d please if you didn’t panic and opted to keep him last week.
Unfortunately the inevitable Aaron Sandilands injury rumours have emerged today. He apparently didn’t train with the team today and could be nursing a calf injury. Sandi has become the league’s premier ruckman again this year after a rough 2011 but watch out, this could become a reoccurring theme.
Essendon flogged the Blues on Saturday but both sides took some hits. Andrew Carrazzo, owned by many, was playing some of his best footy in 2012 but went down with a shoulder injury and will be out for a significant amount of time. He should be traded. Chris Yarren could also miss Friday night against Freo in Perth with a bad toe. Extent of his injury is not yet known.
Michael Hurley was a guy pegged to have an outstanding year in 2012 but the same inconsistencies that have plagued him in the past remain evident. Before suffering a hamstring injury Saturday and being subbed off the field, Hurley had failed to bag a ton and produced a pathetic 65 against the Gold Coast the week before. He’s dropped $46,900 and will miss some time. It’s a dump from me.
Robbie Gray was the big casualty from the Collingwood-Port game and his knee injury means it’s time to let him go. You wouldn’t have been too impressed with his outputs thus far anyway but without a price change from just two games, it shouldn’t hurt owners too much.
There are also rumours floating around today that fantasy superstar Scott Pendlebury is hurting. Keep your eyes open lads.
It wasn’t a great Saturday for the Gold Coast Suns. Gary Ablett, hands down the best player thus far in 2012, suffered a minor knee injury and will be sidelined for a period. The extent of the injury isn’t exactly clear but he could be on the self for 1-3 weeks. This will hurt a lot of owners nationwide (56% of the Supercoach world owns him) and the big question will be whether to trade him or not? If you want to burn two trades it might be worth losing him with the intent to reacquire him down the line when a cash cow rookies fattens up, but the burning of trades is always a death sentence.
Also Jarrod Harbrow went down with a dislocated shoulder. It’s a disappointing loss as he’d been scoring quite well up until round four.
Gary Rohan suffered a tragic leg break and will miss the year but he’s not exactly fantasy relevant. Averaging just 61 Supercoach points heading into round four, he dropped $21,000 in value, but honestly, if you had him, shame on you (nearly 5% of the country did…)
Mitch Clarke flew high and hit the ground head first. A short stint is hospital gave him the all clear and he could be right for round five.
Expect Shane Mumford back in the near future. The back injury that has kept him out of the two games this year has been diagnosed as an allergic reaction to cortisone injections. It’s been a frustrating ride but I’m confident he’ll be back to his smashing best.
Now truly consider these guys, they’re tearing it up and you can expect great value from them:
Michael Johnson 98.25 (FRE) $437,200. He can be frustrating to watch but for the first time of his career the 27-year-old is putting it together fantasy wise.
Brent Stanton 142.00 (ESS) $591,200.
Lenny Hayes 108.25 (StK) $484,900. He’s back and he’s cheap.
Michael Barlow 87.00 (FRE) $444,800. Played as sub first two weeks, definitely back after injury plagued ’11. Gun.
Mark Baguley 0 (ESS) $94,700. Played a good pre-season and should break into Bombers side in near future.
Watch with a careful eye:
James Magner: Tore up first couple of weeks but hasn’t been great since. Did a fantastic tag job on Matthew Boyd on the weekend which isn’t the best news for fantasy owners hoping for him to continue racking the possessions.
The Eagles: It didn’t take long to realise that a lot of the brilliant early season outputs from Eagles players were it part due to the lack of quality opposition. Against the Hawks on Saturday night, a lot of guys struggled to match their production. Be weary.
Dustin Martin: Continues to stink up teams everywhere but hold on, he’ll get there.