Oh no Heater… not again

Not only did Heath Shaw get injured early in the first quarter in round 9 and post an awful score of 9, he has been ruled out of Monday’s game against Melbourne, according to the Herald-Sun.

All-Australian defender James Clement and Heath Shaw are both out of contention, with their respective calf and corked-thigh injuries.

Oh, but wait, here’s Adrian Fletcher on the official Collingwood web site.

Jimmy Clement is probably about 50-50 to play, but Heath Shaw should be right. We’re mindful about the week off coming up, and you don’t want to rush anyone back because you’ll just break them down.

The worst case scenario is that this turns into a Nigel Lappin deal where the Pies hierarchy tease us with hopeful news and even pick him in the team multiple weeks in a row, but withdraw him at the last minute so that he ends up missing three or four weeks while sitting on fantasy benches. The uncertainty is even worse this week because it’s a Monday game, so there will be no indication in the team update on Friday night just before lockout as to whether Heater will suit up.

This is a complete disaster for his fantasy owners. After scores of 56, 46 and 9 in his last three weeks Shaw’s price has plummeted $84,500 below its round 1 level, with $45,800 of that drop coming this week. My first instinct is that this makes him untradable, because you just don’t throw away that kind of money if you want to succeed. However, my advice is that if you can bear to part with a trade and you have a big cash wad just sitting there, I’d trade him anyway. It’s just not worth the aggro. Or the ulcer.

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