In addition to Bulldogs Ryan Griffen and Jordan McMahon being ruled out for round 9, the Herald-Sun reports that fantasy stalwart Brad Johnson is “50/50” and Luke Darcy is also doubtful for the Manuka Oval clash against the Swans. Griffen and McMahon have short-term corked thighs, while Darcy’s hip is under scrutiny… and while the Hun says BJ has an ankle problem, the Age says it’s a thigh. Against fantasy killers Sydney, Johnson’s typically solid scoring record was under threat, but this now completely ruins any captaincy thoughts that any DT/SC coach may have been having about him.
Elsewhere in the forwards, Nathan G. Brown is likely to kit up for Coburg this week, which is worth keeping an eye on. And the Adelaide Advertiser says Mark Ricciuto is pushing for selection this week. Few coaches would be brave enough to draft Roo any time soon, but if he does get slotted back into full forward, it will mean good things for Nathan Bock who will get shifted back out to the half-forward line where his fantasy scoring will be boosted.