Harry O’Brien: O’Brien’s role in the Collingwood side has changed, and being out of form we don’t know when he will be back to his rebounding best.. He is playing up the ground with more of a wingman role as opposed to his role playing off half back. He is only predicted to average 61.9 for the season and scored 100 in round one, his 47 on the weekend shows the effect his new role has on his scoring. He is somebody to keep in your side unless there is a definite better option as with Beams adding more depth to the Collingwood midfield, he may move towards the backline again. He is currently averaging more than he has any previous year, so don’t trade him out just yet, but on the wing coming up against Richmond and Essendon, put him on the bench.
Patrick Ryder: With all the teams in your draft league, it poses a tough question as to what to do if you own an injured ruckman. Each AFL team has a lead ruckman, and a few have a secondary ruckman who will score well for your fantasy team, but very few have room for two solid scoring ruckman. Ryder is predicted to average 89.8 for 2013 and currently averages 73.3 this season and averaged a healthy 90.3 in 2012. With Ryder copping a three-match ban for his bump on Luke McPharlin on the weekend, the right option is to bench him if you have another ruckman capable of pulling a few points. Ryder is owned in 99% of leagues. Ryder was taken at the average pick of 59.1 in Ultimate Footy draft leagues, so he is hot property and when he comes back, the people who sack him will find he won’t be available for long.
Matthew Kreuzer: A fracture thumb has put Matty Kreuzer out for 3-4 weeks and will hit hard a number of drat league teams. Kreuzer is in a very similar situation to Ryder. If you have an alternative ruckman who will do the job for you, put him on your bench. He is Carlton’s number one ruckman and moves forward well. When fit, he is a fantastic footballer who can dominate in the ruck, play around the ground and move forward and kick goals. He has averaged over 75 in three of his last four seasons and currently averages 75.2 in 2013. Kreuzer is owned in 90% of draft leagues, again highliting his popularity and capability. With a predicted season average of 80.8, sit him.
Travis Varcoe: Geelong have stated that they are willing to do whatever it takes to get Varcoe back to 100%, regardless of how long it will take to recover. Varcoe will undergo surgery this week and will not be back in the short term, so for those 52% of leagues with teams who own him, now is the time to sack him as there are many players available who will cover your losses comfortably and will get a game.
Jonathan Patton & Shaun Higgins: Two players who haven’t had a lot of luck with injury over the years are both out for the season. Patton is owned in only 30% of leagues, and went at average pick of 251.6, and Higgins is owned in 75% of leagues and went at an average of 148.1 in the draft. Both players can be damaging on the scoreboard and will be huge losses to the people who own them.