The Round 6 Supercoach/Dreamteam Conundrum

Sorting out some of your fantasy AFL problems.

Robert Whiteby Robert White

Many of you still will have a number of problems heading into Round 6, most of that revolving around some A-grade injuries. I’ve got you covered.

Gary Ablett is, of course, the biggest question mark. The vast majority of you opted to keep Ablett last week despite the knee injury. It slipped out today that he won’t play against Fremantle and may miss another three… not what you wanted to hear.

Not in contention for the $50,000 I still went down the risky path and opted to trade God’s Son last week, conceding that I probably won’t get him back this year but hoping that having a full set of premiums in the middle will negate that. That move could kill me since he’s a certified stud, the best player in the comp through the first four rounds. His lowest score in 2012 was 134 with the highest being 182. Wow.

I went with Freo’s Michael Barlow, a steal at $444,800 I got him at, but you would have been even happier had you gone with Lenny Hayes at a slightly higher price. Both can still be had at great prices but are a risk. Lenny played one full game last season and Barlow wasn’t much chop coming off that gruesome leg break from his debut season. But having watched Barlow in rounds one through five I believed he’d proven enough. In the three games since losing the vest Barlow has scored no less than 100 and should make a bit more cash. The $200,000 odd left over will go towards the purchase of Josh Kennedy or Brent Stanton when I trade one of my juicy cash cow’s in the next week or two.

The next guy to look at is Nat Fyfe. It was announced yesterday that his bum shoulder will need surgery so he’s out for three months. Here are some possible forward replacements, keeping in mind that any cash saved will allow for greater cash cow upgrades.

Big Tommy Hawkins $447,300 

Averaging 104, Hawkins is similar to Tippett in the fantasy football realm, in that he’ll give you some huge outputs but will also pump out a few average ones. He’s had the two big games of 159 and 139 but the other three have all produced fewer than 80. Still good value, I’m impressed his six goal haul last week came in torrential rain.

Patrick Dangerfield $476,700

Like Hawkins, Dangerfield is having his breakout fantasy season and is also a dual position player. He’s been ultra-consistent in 2012 with round one-four scores all being in the 90s and a Round 5 141.

Steele Sidebottom $491,400

Sidebum is a great get considering Luke Ball is already out for the year meaning he will receive greater midfield responsibilities and more of the ball. Scored 100+ last four games.

Paul Chapman $484,000

You’ll break even pricewise with a Chapman trade and this is the lowest you may be able to get him at. Having already dropped $60k after some poor games to begin the year, Chapman could very well likely avg 100 for the remainder of the year. With 103 and 96 from the past two games, and playing the 0-4 Melbourne this week, now could be the best time to snap him up.

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