Injury Wrap – Round 5

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Injuries For 23/04/18

Jeez. This week in AFL is longer than my write-up last week. Given the round stretches well in to this week, I will not be writing for the Anzac Day-eve or Anzac Day clashes. Hopefully I don’t miss out on any Syndy’s.

 

Mid-week Madness!

In what turned out to be bad news for Gibbs owners (me), Rory Sloane succumbed to the foot injury that has been hampering his performance over the last two weeks. I fully expect him to play next week so I can continue dropping the C on the Gibblet. Prognosis – no issue

 

One of the more unfortunate looking fellows in the AFL, Matty Kreuzer also succumbed to a lingering groin issue sustained in round 1. Frustratingly for his owners, this could continue throughout the early rounds, and he will be a week-to-week prospect. Prognosis – Frustration – week-to-week

 

Lachie Henderson suffered a setback in his rehab, requiring further surgery on something something something. Sorry I kinda just trailed off there. Prognosis – Fantasy irrelevant

 

Swans vs Crows        

Add another name to the Crows injury list – with Kyle Hartigan whomping his hammy. It isn’t the first time, and I expect him to miss a few games as a result. Not a like for like replacement, but expect a reshuffle and Curtly Hampton to come in. Prognosis – 4 weeks

 

Saints vs Giants

C-c-c-c-c-c-combo breaker! This game will largely be known as a multi breaker, with punters around Australia saying goodbye to their fiver and suffering a severe case dashed hopes and dreams. – Prognosis – Just one more bet

 

Jack Newnes was concussed as he ran directly into Dawson Simpsons hip. This may be the first time Dawson Simpson has been mentioned in a fantasy article. Dawson Simpson, Dawson Simpson. There ya go buddy. 4 mentions. Prognosis – 1 week

 

Nick Haynes has been largely serviceable for his owners, however copped a bit of J-Cam friendly fire resulting in a corkie. He played out the rest of the game as a pirate, hobbling around the place, shiverin everyone’s timbers; I expect he will be good to go next weekend. Prognosis – pegleg – no issue

 

Blues vs Eagles

Friendly fire was clearly turned on this week, as Cam O’Shea got teamkilled by Lochie Brien, both from the “O” clan. This one looked pretty nasty, right to the chin. Look for Darcy Lang to come into the team next week and force a reshuffle. Prognosis – 1-2 weeks

 

Power vs Cats

This was a game that helped everyone remember a couple of key things:

 

  1. Everyone remembered how much of a grub Lindsay Thomas is, when he bumped Scooter in the face. Scooter was heavily concussed, with Chris Scott (the good one) suggesting it is on the more severe side. Expect George Horlin-Smith to stay in the side if he misses. Prognosis – 1 week
  2. The Cats remembered why they traded Motlop – Prognosis – Joy
  3. If you clash heads with Patrick Dangerfield and you both look groggy, people are only worried about Danger, sorry Hamish Hartlett. Prognosis – Danger is ok
  4. The cats can win without Tommy, because he doesn’t kick any goals anyway. Tommy was replaced in the starting line-up due to back spasms. Prognosis – No issue

 

Dockers vs Dogs

After showing a lot of fight over the last couple of weeks against the Dons and the Swans, Luke Beveridge did what any good dog owner would do when their puppy is a little rowdy, he got them neutered. The dogs came out completely limp and got taken to task by an inform Dockers side.

 

The Crabener who has been staring me in the face, sitting on my leagues free agency list, tempting me day-in day-out with his crab like features, took a turn for the worse fracturing a metatarsal in his foot. Like with any foot injury, these things are complicated and take a fair amount of time to heal. Prognosis – California Roll – 6-8 weeks

 

Tory Dickson had just returned from a lengthy injury stint, and just like single packet of Mi Goreng, by the time the Dogs got a taste of him, it was all over. His hammy went whomp in the second quarter, and now all I can think about is Mi Goreng. Prognosis – Dual Goreng – 4-5 weeks

 

Aaron Naughton copped a flying knee from Zaine Cordy, however he was able to finish out the game. Prognosis – No issue

 

Roos vs Hawks

After the birth of his first child, Shaun Higgins made any excuse to leave the game early getting “knocked out” by Ryan Burtons “shoulder” and needing to be “stretchered” off the “field”. Yeah right. Burton will definitely get looked at by the “Match Review Officer”. Brad Scott (the sad looking one) said Higgins was coherent in the rooms, confirming my conspiracy. Prognosis – 1 Week

 

Wanting to learn as much as he can from his experienced team mates, Ed Vickers-Willis followed Higgins example immediately, and ran straight in to Blake Hardwicks shoulder. Prognosis – 1 week

 

Liam Shiels sent a scare through his owners after being forced out of the game in the third quarter, however he was spotted early in the fourth at the local fish n chipper. Prognosis – Battered dory – No issue

 

Lions vs Suns

Darcy Macpherson has had a surprising start to the year in Fantasy, however a lower leg injury, possibly a syndy, made him leave the ground in the second quarter. He is likely to miss some time if it is a syndy, with scans set for Monday. Prognosis 4-6 weeks

 

I had a paragraph here about Stuart Dew being on the injury list, because he clearly wasn’t thinking straight leaving Barlow out of the side. The Suns did get the win, but it wasnt exactly convincing, and it was only against Brisbane. Barlow in. Do it Dew, otherwise you will be on the injury list next week (which sounded far more physically threatening than intended)

 

AFL Fantasy App

App Injury update – still critical, with no sign of improvement. There has been talk of cutting life support and harvesting the organs, however we will need to wait a couple of weeks before giving the go ahead. Prognosis – Assisted breathing

7 comments on “Injury Wrap – Round 5”

  1. Just spitballing here, but think you could probably get a bit more out of this article if you listed the potential impact fantasy wise as a result of the injury? I generally can read an injury list wherever, but what is hard to find is someone linking the injuries and how they affect potential draft pickups each week. I.e Gawn goes down, 10 weeks with a Hamstring, Pedersen likely to come in and is super relevant, that kind of thing.

    1. Good one mate.

      I list a few likely inclusions, however it is inconsistent and I haven’t given advice as to whether to pick them up or not.

      Will take your advice for next weeks column and thanks for the feedback 🙂

  2. Hi Potatobake,

    Great Article! Do you think Hanners is playing injured? Has been scoring terribly so far this year.

    Also can you see Bennell coming back in any time soon?

    Cheers

    1. G’day Dave!

      Hanners is interesting. The entire swans midfield is scoring pretty terribly, and yet for the most part the swans are still competitive. I don’t think it is an injury as much as a limited pre-season and a shift in tactics. Be worried when JPK, Parker etc are firing and he isn’t.

      As for Bennell… well… you know those workplace health and safety counters? 158 days since an injury? I have one for Bennell. He is about due for an indiscretion or an injury. Barring either of those thing he is at least 4-5 away. Needs game time in the WAFL, and Lyon would be crazy to bring him in earlier. Grab him off the waiver when he has played 1 or 2 wafls.

    2. Geez Dave who is your source? Just reported on twitter that Hanners has been carrying a groin injury. Will miss the Cats game.

      1. hahaha no source, he just looked like he was struggling to move against the crows. Definitely agree about Bennell, such a shame the guy could be a fantasy god .

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