James Kelly: ‘The bump is dead’ has been the theme of the week after Kelly was handed a two-week suspension for a high bump on Brendon Goddard, which Goddard himself described as fair. The coaches in the 95% of leagues that own Kelly have every right to be disappointed with the match review panel, for making them short a player this week. With Kelly averaging 93.5 points so far this season, he is a consistent performer and two weeks on your bench will do you no harm long term.
Colin Sylvia: On the other end of the scale, Sylvia’s three-match suspension was arguably a soft penalty for an intentional off the ball incident which left Gold Coast’s Jared Brennan knocked out and unable to continue playing. Owned in 91% of leagues and averaging 83.1, Sylvia is a hold, as forwards scoring well are hard to find at the moment, and all owners are very lucky it’s only three weeks that he’s out for.
Chris Yarran: Yarran injured his hamstring in the first quarter against St Kilda on Monday night and was unable to play out the game. Going for scans this week, it is unlikely Yarran will play this weekend and we are yet to know how long he will be out for. Yarran averaged 72.6 leading into Monday’s game, which is solid for a defender, and we all know he is capable of much more. So to all the coaches in those 81% of leagues with Yarran, hold on to him until the results of the scans are released.
Eddie Betts: Finds himself in a similar situation to Sylvia, suspended for three weeks for a high bump on St Kilda’s Nathan Wright. Again, with consistent forwards hard to find this season, the 68% of leagues with coaches who own Betts, should look to hold him as his average of 64.8 is very reasonable considering the other options.
Shane Tuck: Out for 6-8 weeks with a severe shoulder injury. If he’s out for eight weeks, you won’t get a game out of him until round 16, which is almost the end of the fantasy football season. Sack him and look to pick him up again later in the year if he’s back to health, but with Richmond’s midfield depth, he may find himself coming back through the VFL.
Taylor Hunt: Hunt suffered a broken collarbone from a similar incident to Tuck’s, leaving the Cat out for six weeks. Hunt averaged 72.5 coming into the game against the Bombers, before being subbed off in the first quarter. A good scorer for a defender, but six weeks for a non-elite player is a long time to hold on. There are other defenders scoring 60+ who will be available in your league and will be getting a game every week.
Jonathon Griffin: 2013 seems to be the year of the ACL injury. Griffin out for the season with an ACL injury, which will hurt a lot of fantasy coaches who looked to Griffin to replace Sandilands or Jolly. Griffin has been picked up in 64% of leagues and averaged 83.66 heading into Saturday nights game. Unlucky for those who own him.
Chris Knights: A sickening dislocated patella has ended Knights’ season and for those who picked him up after his impressive performances will be disappointed to lose somebody who was averaging 84 leading into Saturday’s game and improving with each game.