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Hudson suspended… fantasy chaos!

The Adelaide Crows press conference this afternoon was not about Mark Ricciuto‘s retirement after all. It was to announce that Ben Hudson, Darren Pfeiffer and Bernie Vince have been given one week club suspensions for being out past curfew following Andrew McLeod‘s 31st birthday celebrations. Vince and Pfeiffer missed curfew by 20 minutes and Hudson missed by an hour.

Fantasy coaches couldn’t give two hoots for Pfeiffer or Vince, but Hudson has been a major anchor of thousands of teams. He was still in 39,197 Dream Teams and 15,420 Super Coach teams as of this week. Along with the news that Brad Johnson might miss this week with hamstring tightness, Scott Lucas is still fighting off the effects of the soreness that affected his game against the Hawks, and Paul Chapman is no certainty for this week either, the Hudson news will strike fear into the hearts of fantasy coaches heading into finals.

If you have a trade left to spend on Hudson and you are desperate to burn it, two choices recommend themselves. At the high end, Brendon Lade has scored consecutive tons and his partner in ruck Dean Brogan is out for 1-2 weeks more with back spasms. Blade ALWAYS scores well without Brogan in the side. At the low end, Wayde Skipper has had two excellent scores in a row and is dirt cheap. Can you see any other bargains out there?


  1. Warnie

    August 8, 2007 at 4:56 pm


  2. Peter

    August 8, 2007 at 5:34 pm

    The guy I am playing in league finals this week has Hudson, Chapman, Lucas and Johnson haha! If all of them happened to miss, well, I can only hope…


  3. Thomas

    August 8, 2007 at 5:42 pm

    iv lost hudson this week but.. does this mean young griffin will return in? if so that will cover me big time

  4. m0nty

    August 8, 2007 at 5:44 pm

    It does mean Griffin will probably return, Thomas. I wouldn’t expect him to score more than 30 in Geelong though.

  5. luch

    August 8, 2007 at 6:33 pm

    lol omg do anymore of my players want to get injured…..i traded in lucas last week……damn you joey…all ur fault…..ahaha just kidding….it was the right trade to make……..

    does anyone one know if angus graham will be getting another game this week…?

  6. Ed

    August 8, 2007 at 6:37 pm

    I was reading that apparently Lucas has been injured since early in the season.

  7. Sydney Suck

    August 8, 2007 at 10:15 pm

    damn, bernie vince was gonna be my skipper this week.

    argh, i have hudson, lucas and johno.

  8. Ed

    August 8, 2007 at 11:08 pm

    Lucas trained well today so he’s not that much of a concern.

  9. rossi

    August 9, 2007 at 9:45 am

    Hudson, Gilbee and possibly Johnson and Chapman out for me… good start for the finals

  10. Reesy

    August 9, 2007 at 10:15 am

    Hudson, tredrea, sandilands all out. Lucas, Johnson, Chapman and Walker all possibly out – this gets better and better for me.

  11. Darcy

    August 9, 2007 at 3:09 pm

    Brad Johnson doesn’t look to good for this week. Should i pick up skipper in the ruck?

  12. juddy

    August 9, 2007 at 6:00 pm

    call me crazy but i was thinking of trading brad johnson for pavlich this week???

    should i???????
    im in the top 4 :)
    and if i win this week i rekon im 99% certain to make the gf (easy league! :p)

  13. Tom

    August 9, 2007 at 6:22 pm

    the problem with your team is that you have both Tredrea AND Walker – Tredrea is an absolute shocker who is good for a 50 every four weeks

  14. Ed

    August 9, 2007 at 10:51 pm

    Juddy – BJ is named to play, could be a wasted trade and probably better used elsewhere.

  15. HBM

    August 9, 2007 at 10:54 pm

    So glad I kept some trades in reserve. The guy I am playing has one, and has Johnson, Ottens, Chapman, Lucas and Hudson in his side. Wouldn’t mind if they all missed.

  16. Nick

    August 10, 2007 at 9:11 am

    I’m struggling – have hudson, sandilands, BJ, chapman, gilbee, ottens, waters

    I’ve got graham angus as ruck emergency.

    I like the look of Skipper but is he going to play ou the rest of the season cos i can’t waste a trade?

    i’m in top 4, i might be better conceding this week