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Start or Sit – Round 3

Start or Sit is back for season 2018, bringing you a weekly view on the top options to field in each position, and who to leave on the bench for the round. Left-field options are often the match-winners and this weekly article does the research for you, to get your team over the line.

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DEFENCE

Start: Lachie Weller

With scores of just 65 and 36, it’s understandable why some coaches have lost confidence in Lachie Weller. He has settled behind the ball at the Suns, however he was simply poor in the role against Carlton. This week, however, marks the first time Weller plays against his former club, and it happens to be a home game for the Suns in Perth. Gold Coast gave up a lot to bring Weller across and it would be fitting for his first big match to come against the Dockers. It’s certainly a risk, but Weller has the ability to pick up 100+ points in Round 3.

Sit: Shane Savage

Savage was all the rage preseason and he has certainly started the season well enough to suggest the form is sustainable. A matchup against the Crows looks solid for a rebounder on face value, given Adelaide are likely to dominate against the Saints. The concern comes from the pressure applied in the Crows’ forward half, which will likely rush Savage. The 27-year-old has had 25+ disposals and 7+ marks in each of his first two games this season, however it’s unlikely he will be given such freedom on Saturday night. You can afford to fade Savage in Ultimate Footy if you have a solid defensive bench.

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MIDFIELD

Start: Jarrod Berry

Realistically, the likelihood of Brisbane travelling to Adelaide and beating the Power is as good a chance as Berry winning the Brownlow this season. However, we’re hoping for a vote-friendly performance this week from the 20-year-old, who has started the season off well. With scores of 106 and 65, it’s easy to see why the Lions have blooded so many games into the young midfielder. Although Berry isn’t known for collecting a lot of the ball, it’s his ability to get into the game through his tackling or goalkicking that makes him an attractive option. Brisbane’s youngsters will get plenty of opportunities in this match and Berry should be able to post an 80+ score.

Sit: Ben Cunnington

Cunnington is a good player, however from an Ultimate Footy perspective, he fails to reach a consistently solid level of scoring. For someone who handballs so much, Cunnington relies on collecting a lot of the ball and high tackling numbers to reach scores in the 90+ range. He’ll likely go head-to-head against Clayton Oliver this weekend, however concerns about his fitness means Cunnington can be left on the bench. He spent a considerable amount of time off the field in the third quarter of North Melbourne’s Good Friday clash, so it wouldn’t surprise to see him spend a little more time off the ball. Cunnington is too risky to field.

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RUCK

Start: Tom Bellchambers

We need to be taking full advantage of whichever ruckman is playing against the Western Bulldogs, given their clear weakness in that position. To make matters worse for them (and better for Bellchambers), Trengove and Roughead are injured and will miss this match. Although Bellchambers’ scores haven’t been great to start the season, he is looking fit and particularly agile around the ground. He is known to produce a blinder sporadically, and this could be the match. It wouldn’t surprise to see Bellchambers have a 20-disposal, 40-hitout, two-goal performance this week.

Sit: Levi Casboult

In some of the deeper Ultimate Footy leagues, coaches have taken advantage of Casboult’s ruck status to sneak some cheap points as their R2. Given Matt Kreuzer is back this week, and the Blues are taking on the tandem of Grundy and Cox, Casboult isn’t going to get many hitouts. While it could result in a greater impact on the scoreboard, it’s best to stick Casboult where he belongs in Ultimate Footy – on the bench.

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FORWARD

Start: Charlie Curnow

Curnow continues to be a really impressive fantasy contributor this season, which is somewhat surprising. Scores of 115 and 82 have made him a strong starting option based on form, however given his previous inconsistencies and low scoring, it’s understandable as to why people are hesitant. What makes him a great option this week is the fact Casboult will return to the forward line, making him the focal point of Carlton’s attack. Curnow will be freer in attack and will be pushed into the midfield more, which should see him continue to collect a fair bit of the ball. He should score well this week.

Sit: Jeremy Cameron

Since the start of 2017, Cameron has suddenly emerged as a top fantasy forward in Ultimate Footy, having never shown much form early in his career. Clearly his fitness base has continued to improve, meaning he can move up the ground to collect the ball while still being deadly in front of goal. Despite a 24-disposal, 123-point effort last season against the Swans, the depleted nature of the opposition in 2017 must be taken into account. The matchup this week, however, is simply one I don’t like. Sydney’s defence against key forwards has been solid to start the season and small ball seems to be the best way to score against them. Cameron could hit the scoreboard a bit, but I can’t see him scoring more than 70.

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