Cyril RIOLI (Hawthorn. Value $426,200. Out for at least 3 weeks with a hamstring tear – again)
For such a talented and gifted small forward, Cyril is also one of the most injury-prone and frustrating of Supercoach selections. When he is on his game he is magic to watch, and with an average of 98 pts per game in 2011, he has been a solid contributor for the 23% of teams who have the little fella in their lineup. Nevertheless, at this time of the year and with a history of hamstring issues, it is time to get him out.
Possibilities : Matthew STOKES (Geel) - $419,700 Av 91
Heath GRUNDY (Syd) - $414,500 Av 92
Paul CHAPMAN (Geel) - $409,800 Av 99
Colin SYLVIA (Melb) - $404,500 Av 99 My Choice - Great run home
Josh KENNEDY (Syd) - $393,300 Av 91
Chris DAWES (Coll) - $369,900 Av 86 Value Pick – Bye free and in form
Jobe WATSON (Essendon. Value $416,800. Out for at least 3 weeks with a hamstring tear – again)
The general of the Essendon midfield, Jobe’s fortunes have mirrored his teams in the last 5 or 6 weeks, with both really struggling. WATSON went down with his 2nd hamstring tear of the year last weekend, a cruel blow for the 12% of SC teams who have kept the faith. Down $103,600 for the year despite an average of 104 pts per game, it seems like 2011 will be a year to forget for the Bomber captain – and, like RIOLI, the risk outweighs the benefits. Time to go.
Possibilities : Luke BALL (Coll) - $416,200 Av 97
Adam GOODES (Syd) - $414,600 Av 97
Andrew EMBLEY (WCE) - $411,000 Av 103 My Choice-Having a great year
Paul CHAPMAN (Geel) - $409,800 Av 99
Colin SYLVIA (Melb) - $404,500 Av 99
James KELLY (Geel) - $390,400 Av 96 Value Pick - Very consistent
Aaron SANDILANDS (Fremantle. Value $508,300. Out for 4 weeks with turf toe – again!)
What is it with clubs playing their stars before they are ready to return? Sandi joins RIOLI and WATSON as players who “re-did” an injury they have previously missed games with this year – and the big guy has done it well, out for at least the next 4 weeks. For those who stuck with him, the time has now come – get rid of him and, if you have sufficient cover, use the extra cash to upgrade somewhere else. SANDI is in 31%of teams, and was averaging a very handy 113 pts per game.
Possibilities : Todd GOLDSTEIN (Kangas) - $499,100 Av 113 My Choice – A Gun
Ben McEVOY (St K) - $467,700 Av 102
Mark JAMAR (Melb) - $439,500 Av 100
Brad OTTENS (Geel) - $432,500 Av 102
Jonathan GRIFFEN (Freo) - $332,500 Av 106
Matthew LOBBE (Port) - $196,300 Av 78 Value Pick–Free Up That Cash!
Justin SHERMAN (Bulldogs. Value $320,000. Suspended for four weeks for vilification)
Trade Winds wouldn’t be complete without touching on Round 14’s Clown of the Week – the Bulldogs Justin SHERMAN. Suspended for a month for racially vilifying his GC opponent, SHERMAN crossed a line that is unacceptable in footy in this day and age – we have come a long way since the days when that was just “part of the game”. Needless to say, for the 1% of SC teams who have him (at an average of 70 pts per game), he has to be moved out – it would be a surprise to see him again this season.
Possibilities : Michael DOUGHTY (Adel) - $319,200 Av 76
Farren RAY (St K) - $319,100 Av 72
Ben McGLYNN (Syd) - $318,500 Av 73
David SWALLOW (GC) - $317,900 Av 79
Stephen HILL (Freo) - $313,800 Av 80 My Choice and Value Pick - Gun
Ed CURNOW (Carl) - $286,600 Av 80
Well, that’s it for another big round of injuries and suspensions to some popular players. Of course, the list doesn’t end there with Kangaroo Sam WRIGHT out for the season with a shoulder injury, Hawk Jordan LEWIS suspended for 2 weeks for a cheap shot, team mate Brad SEWELL out for a couple with a knee complaint and struggling Magpies Alan DIDAK due to miss one or two with a calf injury. It’s that time of the year folks – be prepared for even more this weekend!