Fantasy team of the season so far
No Roar, Perth, Heart or Jets players have been good enough to make the cut as The Scout reveals who to keep and who to cull from your Hyundai A-League fantasy team.
Everyone knows the "list column" is what journos do when they have no angle to speak of. It-s taken The Scout 19 weeks and several ales to reach that point, but it-s finally here as I review the Team of the Season thus far.
I-ll also be making sell or keep recommendations on each player listed with an outlook as to what they may achieve, but before I do that, I-d like to give myself a huge pat on the back for telling you all to buy Joel Griffiths as a point of difference last week.
It seems a few of you listened as he went from being in 55 fantasy teams to 259 teams, it-s quite a jump and after goals in his first two matches for the Sky Blues I-d only expect the trend to continue.
Without further ado here is the Fantasy Team of the Year with two thirds of the season gone.
Ante Covic, 192pts: The Wanderers keeper is 40 points clear of his nearest rival in the fantasy stakes and it-s not just because of his team-s defensive capabilities. Covic is in what might just be career-best form and has made a habit of stopping penalties and one-on-ones. I-ll even forgive him his howler against the Nix. Recommendation - Keep
Pedj Bojic, 208pts: He might be the most improved player in the A-League and fantasy wise he is doing his coaches proud. Pinpoint crosses and goals see him on top of all defenders and the Mariners are not letting up. Recommendation - Keep
Josh Rose, 200pts: The unsung hero of the Mariners back four is just as big an attacking threat as Bojic and doesn-t receive as many cautions from the refs. A bit of a cleanskin for a defender it has benefitted his fantasy game and like Bojic forms the best defence in the league. Recommendation - Keep
Nikolai Topor Stanley, 170pts: Calm and assured in the air, Topor is the ‘The Wall- nothing gets past him, well nothing short of a blurry Marco Rojas anyway. Sometimes a liability on his feet he is nonetheless a threat on goal. Recommendation - Keep
Michael McGlinchey, 196pts: Stepping nicely into the role made vacant by Tom Rogic, McGlinchey has his tail up and it finally seems that penalty miss last year has been forgotten, well, until now anyway. Always a solid fantasy player due to his crossing, his forays into the box have become a trademark, but where is the finishing? He-ll get plenty of wins due to being a Mariner. Recommendation - Keep
Marco Rojas (C), 602pts: So you wanna be a star Marco? Well take a bow sir, you-re likely the Johnny Warren Medal winner already, and you-re my fantasy hero. Every week you turn it on and the Mrs, an unabashed Victory fan goes ballistic, she-s going to cry when you head to Juventus, but you sir deserve it! That Juve move won-t happen till the end of the season after Victory have likely won it all. Recommendation - Keep
Dario Vidosic, 236pts: He-s been back to his brilliant best all season, but Adelaide are falling apart at the seams. Kossie-s exit might just be the tip of the iceberg too. The squad is littered with injured players and that means a greater load on Dario-s testy hamstrings and back. He-s no Emile Heskey, the shoulders just aren-t broad enough to shoulder the load all year. Recommendation - Sell
Jeremy Brockie, 206pts: Doesn-t have a clue how to score an "easy" goal but he does have a flare for the spectacular and has delivered it on more than one occasion. He-s like a cracker going off when he delivers. When he doesn-t Wellington are awful. He-s also not the player to carry a whole side into the finals. Recommendation - Sell
Shinji Ono, 200pts: Tensai didn-t get the tributes early. I even threw him on the fantasy scrapheap and I was wrong. He might just be the pick of the marquees. He-s younger than Del Piero and is of a higher quality than Heskey. The Wanderers are flying. They won-t be in the comp but they are strong and it-s partially because of the ever-improving Ono. Recommendation - Keep
Alessandro Del Piero, 190pts: The only Sky Blue on this list is the biggest star to ever play here and he has had a lot to do with every Sydney win. Unfortunately he hasn-t been much chop when they have lost. Despite all that the Italian can really turn it on, almost as if he was once the best in the world. Sydney might just be the dark horse this season. Had I have said that after round nine I would of proclaimed I was hallucinating. Now… not so much. Recommendation - Keep
Daniel McBreen, 228pts: “Oh Danny Boy, we love you so.” It-s hard not to, McBreen has impressed all year and has been banging them in from everywhere, but without Tom Rogic by his side the goals have somewhat dried up. I love the fact he has reinvented himself well into his 30-s, but he didn-t hit the penalty with all the confidence he had earlier ones. Yep it-s been a fun ride but like Space Mountain, it-s getting kind of old. Recommendation - Sell
Team of the Week - The cheapest highest scoring team in a valid formation Formation 3-5-2 | Total points = 230 Ante Covic (WSW 24), Matt Jurman (BR 14), James Donachie (BR 14), Ivan Franjic (BR 14), Shinji Ono (WSW 24), Marco Rojas (MV 20), James Meyer (BR 20), Michael McGlinchey (CCM 18), Nick Montgomery (CCM 18), Mitchell Duke(c) (CCM 48), Archie Thompson (MV 18)
Finally a huge congratulations to our weekly winner of a $100 VISA Moneycard. Schmoman managed by Rohill took advantage of having a team full of Wanderers stars to score 176, which was pretty good in a tough week of fantasy.