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?