A huge week for injuries and suspensions in the AFL this week has fantasy coaches scratching their heads, so here’s our guide on what to do with key players in round ten.
Tom Rockliff: Rockliff has suffered a quad injury which will keep him out for two weeks and should return after Brisbane’s bye round. Although, as we have seen with Dayne Beams, quad injuries tend to hang around for longer than expected. A player of his quality is worth sitting for now, but tread with caution. His average of 97.2 is very high for a forward and with a tough year for drafting forwards, hold onto him.
Jack Ziebell: Another controversial suspension for Ziebell sees him out for three weeks. He will come back hungrier than ever and you may just see him step up to the next level. Owned in 86% of Ultimate Footy leagues and averaging 92.1, he is a fantastic young player who is worth holding onto.
Matthew Leuenberger: Brisbane will miss the presence of their number one ruckman this weekend with a thumb injury ruling Leuenberger out for between four and six weeks. With decent ruckmen hard to come by in draft leagues, it’s touch and go with Leuenberger, but if you can find yourself a playing ruckman at this stage of the season, put Leuenberger on your bench. His average of 78 is very strong for a ruckman this season, so hold onto him as he will be snapped up very quickly. Owned 90% average 78 ADP 113.3 4-6 weeks thumb
Matthew Boyd and Lenny Hayes: Boyd and Hayes have started to succumb to the “old man injury” after calf strains ruled them out of this weekends game. Both appear to be about for about a week, but both have already suffered calf injuries this season, so you could find them both out for longer. Boyd and Hayes are owned in 99% and 93% of leagues respectively and are both very good scorers in fantasy football. Boyd averages 97 and was a top ten pick for most in UF, and Hayes averages 89.5, so with averages like that, you shouldn’t be looking to get rid of them.
Greg Broughton: Omitted from the Suns game this weekend after playing a reasonable game, it is a fair guess to say that Broughton is being managed for an injury. It is hard to see him being out for any longer than this weekend.
Jack Gunston: Owned 71% average 70.6 ADP 276.8
Michael Hurley: Hurley seems to injure himself every week and will miss another two weeks with an ankle injury. The coaches in the 80% of leagues that own Hurley may have rage delisted him as a result of his poor luck. Hurley does put his body on the line every week and is very capable of pulling out a great score. His average of 55.7 has been hampered by the fact he has been subbed out or finished his game early four times this season as a result of injury. Keep an eye on him, but save him for now.
Brandon Ellis: After being a late withdrawal from the Dreamtime game with a hamstring injury last Saturday, Ellis is set to miss this weekend with a hamstring injury, but should be available for Richmond’s next game in round 12. Hold on to Ellis as his recent form has been very impressive, averaging 113.5 in his last four matches, including racking up 39 disposals in his last match.
Charlie Dixon: Reports say that Charlie Dixon is still in a moonboot and has not resumed training from an ankle injury suffered in round six. Initially, Dixon was expected to play the week after but hasn’t managed to recover from the injury and once again is listed as ‘test’ on the AFL injury list. At this stage, he is a liability, so sack him and find somebody else as we may not see him again for a while.
Arryn Siposs: Only owned in 42% of leagues as a result of some poor scoring, it is now time to get rid of Siposs. He was labelled as going to take the Brendon Goddard role at St. Kilda this season, without people realising that a player of Goddard’s quality can’t just be replaced. Siposs has only passed 60 on two occasions and is yet to break 100, averaging 55.7 this season. Sack.