Injuries For 21/05/18
I noticed that the other lads have a standard paragraph before their article each week so that new readers know exactly what they are in for.
BUT! You know exactly why you’re here, you like to watch some random guy sling keyboard warrior banter at the athletically gifted, yet currently broken AFL players. That’s right, not only am I a bad person for writing this article and kicking people while they’re down, you’re a bad person for reading it. Shame on you. Part of the problem etc etc.
Now let’s get on with it!
As soon as my article went live last week, two new injuries hit the press and were subsequently missed. Alliteration McGovern (Allitergovern?) was struck down in the dying stages of the showdown last week with an ankle injury, in the same marking contest that lost Adelaide the game nonetheless. Am I blaming him for the loss… almost certainly yes.
Prognosis – 6-8 weeks
Potential Waiver Pickup – With Tex also due to spend more time on the sidelines some of the smaller forwards may be worth a pickup. I would be surprised if Betts isn’t on the waiver in most leagues, could be a cheeky punt (or Bett nya nya nya)
The second injury was to Jeremy Howe-did-he-not-get-mark-of-the-year? It was reported that, even though he played 98% game time (68% in the air), he suffered a hamstring whomp. Bit of a furphy here, he was named and played his 150th this week, dropping 132 Fantasy points in the process. Very cheeky.
Prognosis – final boarding call – no issue
Potential Waiver Pickup – No waiver here
Michael Hurley suffered a real hammy whomp however will miss the next couple of weeks. Side-note, if you Google Michael Hurley, the second option is Michael Hurley Junk Bar. Seems about right.
Prognosis – 2 weeks
Potential Waiver Pickup – Keep an eye on the Riddler. Had a cracker of a game for 89 fantasy points
It was revealed that Brad Crouch’s injury is not healing the way the crows had expected, and he was seeking the advice of a surgeon through the week. He had previously been listed as about 4-5 weeks, however on Thursday the club moved him to the dreaded TBC. No one wants a TBC sitting on their bench, and 9 rounds in, you have potentially already lost yourself 900 points (quick maffs).
Prognosis – TBC (a.k.a Adelaide have NFI)
Potential Waiver Pickup – If they are still floating round, Greenwood, Gibson and CEY offer great value. Gibson gave one of the worst tags ever to McBae this week, however I expect him to hold his spot and generate mid-80’s… which actually is when he would have been born.
People were hot to get on the Curnow’s and their mum trying to get them a break this week for a spot of brunch, however flying under the radar is Mumma Crouch. Matt Crouch copped a “tendon flare up” midweek and was promptly ruled out of the clash with the dogs. Very clever Mrs. Crouch; but I’m onto you. *insert shifty eyed Simpsons dog gif*
Prognosis – No issue
Potential Waiver Pickup – No waiver action here
Crows vs Dogs
In a game that was more slip ‘n’ slide (remember the old tarp + detergent + water game? Remember?! woosh!!!) Both teams surprisingly came out of this with no injuries. Shout out to the fan that gave one of the dogs a slap on the butt. Do we need to really advise all fans to keep their arms INSIDE the carriage at all times?
Prognosis – Stupid – Infinite weeks
Potential Waiver Pickup – He doesn’t have a team or friends, so no replacement I guess.
Roo’s vs Giants
Considering every pre-season prediction had North getting the spoon, and most had pencilled the Giants in for top 2, this game was evidence of the massive fortune reversal of both sides. Furthermore, a lot is said for Tassie and their desire for a footy team, and people often give them schtick for not showing up to games when they are played there… but you can’t just assume people will go watch a game because… football. Give them their own team and the stadium will be filled. Sure, you will have to charge 2 seats per person due to the heads thing, but it’s a full stadium nonetheless.
Sam Reid sent the fantasy world into meltdown when he went off the ground clutching at his hamstring in the fourth, playing no further part in the game. Coaches were left flustered, scrounging for ideas to replace the 44-average forward.
Prognosis – 44 avg – 3 weeks
Potential Waiver Pickup – Lids and Kelly may both come back into the side next week, however, and I’m going to keep saying this… Aiden Bonnar. GWS have a bunch of passengers at the moment, give him a run ffs.
In more relevant news Rory Lobb also came off the ground clutching his shoulder in the fourth. He wasn’t listed as an official injury, though shoulder complaints and rucks do not mix. Keep an eye on this over the coming weeks.
Prognosis – no issue… yet
Potential Waiver Pickup – If it does indeed become a thing, expect Dawson Simpson to come back in to the side. He can throw up some surprisingly good scores when he gets going.
Roo’s vs Giants
The battle of China was about as disappointing as a Great Wall car. You know it isn’t going to be that great, and in the end, it isn’t that great.
Jack Martin who has been quite serviceable for his owners this year was a late out before the game, choosing to pull a Cameroonian Comm Games athlete disappearing act, and flee into the Chinese wilderness. He later came back to after not heeding the warnings and drinking the tap water.
Prognosis – Shanghai Sickness – No issue
Potential Waiver Pickup – No waiver here
Riley Bonnar and Tom Jonas both received treatments through the game, however with the bye next week they should be good to go.
Bombers vs Cats
Both teams managed to come out of this game pretty much unscathed. Except the Dangerwoodlett ego. Going to be an interesting couple of weeks for this group, if they can’t click, when does Chris Scott start trying something different. Didn’t look great against the pies, looked even worse against the Bombers.
Swans vs Dockers
Joel Hamling is a professional Australian rules footballer playing for the Fremantle Football Club in the Australian Football League. He was born in Denmark, Western Australia, but was brought up in Broome. That is a direct cut and paste from Wikipedia, some will call it lazy. Some would be right. He got KTFO by a Buddy elbow to the chin.
Prognosis – I do like danish’s though – 1 week
Potential Waiver Pickup – All the relevant Dockers are likely off the waiver already. Best to just look away
Generic Henchman 1 aka Zac Jones also copped a head knock in the last quarter and didn’t return to the game.
Prognosis – No issue
Potential Waiver Pickup – no waiver here
Pies vs Saints
Look, I say it every week, but Richo… he’s gotta be close. The Saints are just so far off the pace. Maybe he is coaching injured? Is that a thing?
The Fas copped a bit of bad luck. After finally making his debut for the year, it looks like he has come down with a Syndy. He is set for scans Monday, though expect this to put the brakes on his season… that never really started I guess.
Prognosis – SYNDY! – 6 weeks
Potential Waiver Pickup – Everyone they put in to this role ends up getting injured. I think they will go for a reshuffle, with Brayden Sier potentially coming in for his debut, or maybe a Wills call up. Keep an eye out for Wills, the guy can find the ball.
Nathan Brown who is boasting a season average of 29.4 (yep, really) suffered a medial ligament strain, and is going to miss a couple of weeks.
Prognosis – 2 weeks
Potential Waiver Pickup – The Saints have absolutely no one putting their hand up in the 2nd’s. Just stay away.
Not exactly an AFL injury, but a slight breeze was blowing at the Sandringham game, and consequently Nathan Freeman injured his shoulder. At what time do you just put this kid in a bubble?
Demons vs Blues
Bolton is going to be having some tough conversations this week. The Blues were well off the pace the entire game, with Murphy’s return the only shining light on a bleak day. Then just when you think it couldn’t get worse, Murphy goes down to the rooms in the first with a sore foot. He played out the game, but it is important to note that he was just coming back from a foot injury. This could be a recurrence.
Prognosis – 1 week (pending scans)
Potential Waiver Pickup – Wait this one out. If it is a recurrence he will need to rest, though Carlton didn’t exactly have anyone stand-up in the 2’s
Dem Demons though. Hands up for those who dropped Petracca after his string of bad performances, thinking that Viney’s return would make things worse *hand up*.
Lions vs Hawks
James Cousins was the only injury to come out of this game. He copped a head knock, though he should be ok to play next week, though he didn’t exactly set the world on fire, and will likely be dropped.
Prognosis – no issue
Potential Waiver Pickup – Jono O’Rourke has gotta get a game at some time, right?
Eagles vs Tigers
There was a moment in this game where I thought I was going to get away with murder. In the first quarter Elliot Yeo was assisted from the field by trainers. I had the Sneeze in my team, some points up my sleeve, and thought I was home and hosed. Though you know when you get the feeling of a sneeze, and you make this stupid looking face for like 30 seconds, then it never comes? That was what happened to my team. The Sneeze scored about 5 points after half time. Adding on to that, Yeo came back and dropped a ton on my face, losing me my week. Yeo said after the game that he is likely to have scans on his knee early in the week.
Prognosis – Dream crusher – 4 weeks
Potential Waiver Pickup – Hutchings already got swept off most waivers, though look for people to drop him after an ordinary outing today, and swoop on him.
AFL Fantasy App
I think it is time to put the AFL Fantasy App on the long-term injury list. I had been persisting with it until this week, and I have finally made the swap to using the browser on my mobile. It’s just easier at this stage. It doesn’t randomly shut down, I can make team-to-team trades, and I can look at stats. Not to mention a functional waiver. The McLachlan’s are collectively not impressed. Especially Haim, that rascal.
Prognosis – Season