NAB Cup semis podcast: Coaches Box #57

Our second video episode went off without a hitch… well, the audio needs work, but we’re getting there!

At least this week we got both sides of the conversation on the video version! We start, after a brief musical interlude to start the show, by discussing the big issue of the week, the attack on Dream Team by Fairfax columnist Richard Hinds. M0nty relates some of his own frustrations with the anti-fantasy culture at Fairfax, and Molly gives his thoughts of what the reasoning behind the hatchet job might have been.

Onto the footy! From the Collingwood win over Essendon, Dayne Beams and Steele Sidebottom are important fantasy rookies with the potential to start in round 1. Scott Pendlebury copped a tag, putting his premium credentials under the microscope. Anthony Corrie disappointed yet again, leaving the door open for younger guns Brent Macaffer and Brad Dick. For the Bombers, Jason Winderlich impressed again, while the boys discuss Brent Stanton‘s claims at graduating to become a top-shelf premium fantasy midfielder. Hayden Skipworth had a shocker after quarter time but Molly isn’t worried, while m0nty still doesn’t like Courtenay Dempsey.

Speaking of constantly injured players, Paul Chapman teased us with some huge numbers in the Saturday night game. Harry Taylor produced some impressive stat lines himself, while Josh Hunt did nothing wrong in his bid to become part of an unsettled Cats back six. Shaun Grigg continues to rack up Dream Team points for the Blues, while the solid out for Brad Fisher in the Brendan Fevola role makes the boys wonder about the tall forward structure and how Cameron Cloke and Matthew Kreuzer fit in down at Cardboard Park. One bloke who won’t fit in for a while is Robert Warnock who has been placed on the long-term injury list, which means hot early fantasy tip Chris Yarran may have to contend with Jefferey Garlett for a small forward spot, while Sam Jacobs‘s chances for an elevation just improved markedly.

Over at Port, Wade Thompson is now the front runner to take the open elevation spot on the Power’s list, while Nathan Krakouer, Shaun Burgoyne, Peter Burgoyne and Jason Davenport all posted excellent Dream Team numbers in the NAB Challenge match against North Melbourne. Meanwhile, Adelaide coach Neil Craig has backed in both Trent Hentschel and Jarrhan Jacky for round 1. Bradd Dalziell has been the hottest fantasy scorer in the 2009 preseason, while Jed Adcock has not been doing much wrong either in what could be a banner year for Brisbane players in general for fantasy purposes. At Fremantle, Byron Schammer snagged the best DT score of the week playing in the proto-Derby, while Shane Tuck topped production for the Tigers. Mitchell Brown scored heavily playing much of the game on Pav at centre half back, leading m0nty to wonder if he’s set to pass Jarrad Grant in popularity on fantasy forward benches. Finally, Molly prognosticates on the last year of Jason Akermanis.

Each week on either a Wednesday or Thursday night at 10.30pm Eastern time you’ll be able to watch and chat with the hosts m0nty and Molly using this Coaches Box Live link.