Welcome to another edition of Start or Sit, with a slightly shorter version given the quick turnaround between ANZAC Day and the beginning of Round 6. Results have been on the improve, with value identification, both positive and negative, getting many UF coaches the win over the past week.
Macmillan has been a consistent contributor for the Kangaroos over a long period of time, yet has never taken to the fantasy format overly well. The 26-year-old has had a couple of nice weeks, following a 72 against Carlton with a great 84-point effort against Hawthorn. He loves to kick the ball and has been taking more marks recently, which should help him easily cover his 71-point season average.
Crozier is back in for the Bulldogs and comes across a favourable match-up immediately, against the Blues. I’m expecting the Bulldogs to chip the ball around more in defence, which should mean Crozier posts a good score.
Fantasy defenders are the best options when they provide coaches with two things – kicks and marks. Houston is a good source of both, although his consistency isn’t quite there at the moment. With the ball flying high into North Melbourne’s attack at the moment, Houston should be able to back up his 89 points from this past weekend.
The instinct will once again be for coaches to field Wilson after his great fantasy performance last week. It’s best to avoid him, however, given he won’t be getting 24 kicks every game. The derby may see him receive some negative attention.
The Tigers don’t give up too many points to small defenders, and Murray isn’t one that takes too many marks. While he’s exciting to watch, Murray can be left off your field for Round 6, particularly with fatigue kicking in.
The 31-year-old is back in Gold Coast’s team and has settled in his usual wing role. Rosa can be a handy final midfielder to start, particularly given both teams like to spread the ball out to their runners. Rosa’s solid form should continue.
Murdoch has had a fine start to the season, averaging 82 over his first three games. The Swans are seriously lacking in pace around the ground, which will be great for Murdoch’s game style. The 26-year-old should kick a couple of goals from the midfield and score well.
Dow has been far better over the past week or two for Carlton and it’s only a matter of time before it translates into fantasy scores. While the Friday night contest between Carlton and the Bulldogs mightn’t be overly appealing, I’m expecting Dow to hit the 70-point mark, which is enough excitement to glue at least one set of eyes to the television.
Not overly keen on starting Hopper this week, particularly with no recognised ruckman starting for the Giants, and the fact he’ll play a bit more time in attack due to Toby Greene’s absence. I think it will just be a one-off “sit” week for Hopper.
Lewis is a veteran that is well past his best. He’s returning from injury and will play his role for the Demons, but not for our Ultimate Footy teams unfortunately. Lewis is averaging 69 fantasy points over the first month of the season
Of course you’re starting Stef Martin if you have him, but it should be highlighted that he is sharing the ruck role with debutant Oscar McInerney. He’ll score well given GWS has no ruckman, but just watch him.
He’s not playing. Don’t assume he is.
The ruck woes at the Giants have resulted in Patton playing as the team’s main ruckman. He played this role against the Swans earlier this season, laying 10 tackles and posting a big fantasy score. Patton will be one of the top forward options for the week.
After starting the year strongly, Matera has dropped off over the past three weeks. He’s a big-game player, however, and will love having all eyes on him in the Derby. Matera is a sneaky play this week, having shown the ability to post triple-figure fantasy scores.
The matchup against Gold Coast sets itself up to be a “random player scores brilliantly” type of contest for the Crows. Milera has all the tools to be a damaging player and has two 75+ scores this season. He’ll play on the wing and in attack this week, making him a dnagerous forward-line option.
Hawkins is back after missing last week through injury, facing an unfriendly contest against the underrated Heath Grundy. It’s difficult to see Hawkins moving around freely and shaking off the Grundy shadow, making him a pass for this week.
Scores of 89 and 88 in the last two weeks has Stephenson in fantastic form heading into the huge clash against Richmond. Inexperienced coaches tend to try and chase points in all fantasy formats, which can prove to be disastrous. The 19-year-old will play against arguably the best defensive structure in the competition, there’s no chance he posts another high score.
That’s it for Start or Sit this week, as always, leave comments on Facebook or Twitter if you have any questions or differing views.
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