The Weekend Wash-Up – Round 4

This season of Dream Team has been like entering the ring against Mohammad Ali. Blow after blow has been landed, and just when you think you’re getting back to your feet, you taste the floor again. My team has pulled off the first stage of the rope-a-dope with perfection. Unfortunately being pathetic is the easy part. A lot of things went right for us, but the carnage still ensued. Not only were many of us left to deal with empty ruck stocks, the sub vests came into play for the first time this season. It’s that time of the year when we start to separate the pre-season specialists from the real deal. It’s time for the weekend wash-up.

The Legends

Beams (131) – He might as well head the list every week. There’s not much more I can say about Beamer, only that he’s over taken our other beloved tatooed midfielder. It just feels right. VERDICT: We all have him, right?

Lloyd (107) – Llllllllllllloyd! What a name, and what a performance he put in during a dismal Richmond display. Unfortunately as I will touch on later, his price has already started moving in Fantasy so we must act quick. Let’s just hope it wasn’t a flash in the pan. VERDICT: We’re desperate for quality forward rookies, so we must bring him in. There’s no time to wait in Fantasy, however you can afford to hold off for a week in RDT.

Rockliff (133) – His average of 120 in the run home last season was no fluke, I honestly believe he can match it with the big 3. He may slip under the radar for some as you will need to adjust the order to score by average to see him, however at DTTALK we’ll be all over him. The great thing about him is he doesn’t just rely on possessions, with 13 tackles next to his name this week he will always put in the effort required to ton. VERDICT: I want to get him in ASAP. I also want SJ and Jelwood and have a hundred other trades to make, so priorities must be ordered. He has a ceiling to match every player in the game, so there’s no doubt he’s currently underpriced. Will average 115+.

Ebert (152) – I could have included half the Port Adelaide squad, but when someone cracks the 150 barrier they must get a mention. Ebert has been a prolific scorer ever since joining Port, and this isn’t the first time he’s gone massive. Kane Cornes must also get a mention for his monster 145, we are allowed to get him in! Unfortunately they don’t play Brisbane every week and win by 113, so we must take these scores with a pinch of salt. VERDICT: I’d still avoid with so many other midfield options destroying it.

Polec (105) – The Polec and Dunstan decision would’ve hurt many, me included. He is showing plenty of class since moving from Brisbane and has been a bargain pick up for us in all forms on fantasy. Hold him and enjoy the ride. VERDICT: Gun, but this game was tailor made for scoring. Expect him to continue his 70-80 scores.

Macrae (134) – I don’t have much more to say about this kid, other than the fact that he’s a DT jet! He sits out on a wing and just collects the footy. A lot of the footy. He’ll go back into defence for a few cheap +6’s, then gut run up the wing to get the ball back. The Dogs look for him at every chance as his disposal is also quality, there’s no reason to be doing anything else other than enjoying his scores as they roll in. Perhaps we should lower our expectations to 100, just so we don’t get too disappointed. VERDICT: I’d even consider getting him in at his current price, there’s no reason why he can’t keep up this pace until at least his bye. Will be an extremely handy stepping stone, which even that is harsh terminology. Surely a keeper in RDT.

Higgins (127) – Thousands of coaches put their reputations on the line when they picked Shaun Higgins. If it went wrong I’m not sure the mental scars will have been curable. Fact is he hasn’t been injured (yet), and his monster score on the weekend was the justification for all the hours you sweated over pre-season with him in your squad. VERDICT: Vindication. This week is your last chance to grab him before it’s too late. I still don’t consider him a keeper.

Swallow (123) – He is a hero. We predict a lot of players to breakout, yet every year only a very select group do. We’ve picked him up for 380k in defence and he’s averaging over 106. Huge. VERDICT: Keeper in my mind, however his price is nearly at its peak.

Mitchell (122) – For those who held him through injury or managed to get him in Fantasy, I salute thee. He’s won the battle with McVeigh hands down so far, however you would have to think the tags are coming. He is too influential when allowed to run free. VERDICT: Will be in the top 3 players in defence come the end of the season, however he is in my long term plans at this stage.

Suckling (106) – Another midpricer who has delivered the goods. Suckling is only going from strength to strength, and he will continue to get better with improved match fitness. His current average of 93.75 is more than we could of hoped, just enjoy the ride. VERDICT: Don’t think he’s a keeper just yet, but I could be proven wrong.

Johnson (168) – What can I tell you here that we don’t all know. He likes golf. He also likes the odd case of leather poisoning. He is the biggest DT slut we have seen since the Great Dane of 2012, I’m sure we will enjoy a few more of these scores to come during the season. We could see him score 500 points between rounds 16-18. VERDICT: Round 10 against the no tagging North Melbourne, mark it down as your bye upgrade.

Selwood (125) – Jelwood is going to reach new heights this season with his new partner in crime SJ. With less opposition attention he will continue to rack up monster scores, he is yet to score below 100 this season. VERDICT: Solid, safe point scorer. Top 5 mid.

Adams (127) – Patch Adams must come under serious consideration this week. With all our forward line catastrophes, he has averaged 95 to kick-off the season. Not bad I hear you say. This also included a sub score of 81. 1st quarter injury? No, he came on midway through the third term. He is thriving in his midfield role, we just tipped his breakout season a year too early. VERDICT: Priced at 427k he is very gettable, the only question is whether he can keep the pace up. The battle is between him and Zorko. I’m currently in the Zorko corner, but could be easily persuaded.

Cunnington (127) – I usually give North players the cold shoulder, however it’s their time to stand up and be counted. I seem to remember this happening last year as well, so consistency is always a question mark. Cunnington is on fire at the moment, however I doubt anyone will have the room to fit him in. VERDICT: Not the worst POD.

Sloane (131) – Another player that may carry less DT relevance than he should, but puts in an incredible effort week in, week out. They’re the players you just have to admire, I don’t think a Sloane hater exists. VERDICT: Yet to go below the ton, he’s finally hitting the required level of consistency. WARNING: He started last year with 3 tons in his first 4 games, then managed just 5 more for the rest of the season. Need to see more.

Jacobs (125) – Sauce! There were many Hickey owners that were praying he could capitalise on their bad luck and brought him in. A blessing in disguise? He was fantastic for his monster 125, taking his average over 100. VERDICT: If he can average 90 then he’s done his job. He’s certainly capable of being a top 3 ruck.

Riewoldt (110) – Finally I end with Riewoldt, it’s just fitting. It’s so hard to get him in at that inflated price, however if you have him there’s one to set and forget. VERDICT: Will be the highest averaging forward, however I’ll wait for his price to drop slightly. It’s peaked currently.

The Losers

Cloke (33) – I will presume at either nobody is stupid enough to have him, or those that do are currently locked away in the shed. This one is for the draft leagues. Those poor souls that thought the new rules may help out Clokey. Those who even drafted him in the second round. You would be correct in stating that I am one of those idiots. He has a lot of ground to make up. VERDICT: It will take something bloody spectacular to have me consider him as a fallen premium, rather than just a general sh*t train.

Griffiths (37) – This was unfortunate. The weather conditions were never going to suit the big man, as Tyrone proved. Griffiths struggled to 37, however I reckon he’ll bounce back next week. Especially if Vickery misses. VERDICT: Hold, his price isn’t done rising just yet.

Cotchin (70) – First scalp of the wash-up! I copped a fair bit of abuse for having him on the chopping block, however I backed it up by trading him to Ablett this week. No guts no glory. He will have his 120’s, however the tags will just ruin things. He still can’t break them, and until then the 70k difference between him and guys like Rockliff/Selwood seems like miles. VERDICT: It’s a luxury trade, so only trade him if everything else looks settled. He should smash Brisbane this week.

Thomas (65) – Where does Dale Thomas’ career go from here? He went to the blues to win a premiership, and instead he will have to re-build. I guess he can decide what he does next while making angels in his left over pocket cash. VERDICT: There began a tale with 3 midprice midfielders. One named Liam build a wooden house. One named Jack built a brick house. The other built a portaloo and used it to sh*t on his owners. I’m really not sure what you can do, perhaps the best thing is to wait until you can upgrade.

Georgiou (19) – Oh boy. He might start losing cash after just 3 weeks, and that’s not even a joke. 83% game time for 19 points. Yikes. VERDICT: I remember when Prestigiacomo was at rookie price. It didn’t go too well for him either. I guess you hold until the next rookie bobs up, or straight swap to Zac Dawson.

Hanley (44) – Hear that? That’s the sound of 30,000 Hanley owners turning on the gas. He looked on track for a massive score on 41 at quarter time. I don’t even want to imagine the frustration. VERDICT: His price is stable enough to swap him straight to another premium defender, all is not lost.

Leuenberger (10) – After the ruck carnage this week, I sincerely hope nobody owned Leuey. Not only was he sh*t when fit, he’s gone down again with injury. Hopefully for the big fella it’s not too serious. VERDICT: Make what you can of the mess. Hopefully Hickey returns to give you a straight swap.

Caddy (38) – That unfortunately, what the sound of those Hanley owners lighting the match. There will be some people out there who took all the carnage head on this week, I just hope they are all ok. VERDICT: Dump him ASAP! Can’t win em’ all.

Rohan (25) – This was pretty much expected to be honest. See what you’ve done Chappy and Dahlhaus! Rohan produced what must be one of the worst sub displays seen, it took him almost 30 minutes to get a touch as the freshest man on the field! VERDICT: Lloyd has answered our prayers. Trade.

Mitchell (67) – My Breakout Blues have come back to haunt us. Looking back at it we’d all love our time over again to re-consider. Something pretty simple has happened. Kieren Jack has returned to the mids, forcing Mitchell back down to the forwards. Until he can get consistent midfield time his scoring will always be curtailed. VERDICT: Very soon he will be the first picked in our DT squads come Round 1, and I mean that. However things are out of his control at the moment, if you can then I’d be trading him.

Franklin (40) – Buddy hell. -10,000 points for originality, however it gets the point across. His DT days look behind him, yet we must be reminded that he’s only 27! Opponents have learnt to contain him, and unless he finds away to breakout he will be left to mull over these scores around 50, with the occasional 130 to tease us of what could’ve been. VERDICT: It’s painful to watch a guy with so much potential struggle like this. Perhaps he’ll return one day, for now write him off.

Watson (78) – This hurts, however with the incredible quality running through the midfield pool now you can’t afford to drop your game, even for a week or two. 153. 120. 96. 78. It’s a worrying trend that he must turn around this week against St Kilda. They have been allowing for some high DT scores, surely Jobe can bounce back. He made 15k to Tommy Rockliff just last week, the landscape can change quickly! VERDICT: Obviously a keeper in RDT, but must bounce back in Fantasy.

Merrett (67) – Lastly I’m including Merett, but only to calm the doubters. The bombers were in the game early, and he was on 30 to quarter time. Unfortunately they were under manned and therefore punished, so possession was hard to come by. Even though his last quarter was disappointing, we have to remember. He is only a stepping stone. He won’t average 120 every week, however he should perform well in games exactly like the one he’ll play next week. VERDICT: Remain calm. His score was reasonable and he should repay us this week, his price continues to rise.

Talking Point

The snowball effect. A figurative term for a process that starts from an initial state of small significance and builds upon itself, becoming larger (graver, more serious). Enter the rucks. Firstly we got the news of Hickey’s injury on Thursday, but this had little consequence. A luxury trade was tossed aside to fix him up, drawing plenty of complaining from his owners. However things only got worse for some coaches when Mumford decided to wake up and feel the need to go and have a cheeky op. As you do. Why not? I’ll tell you why, Shane. BECAUSE WE SUFFER! More like Shame Mumford… Moving on, even this news could be spun positively, with Currie covering for most teams and no price drop to worry about. Please step up to the plate, Brad Scott. He cited the reason for Currie’s late withdrawal to be the weather conditions. We all know that his DT match-up had Mumford and was relying on Currie’s bench score. Well played Bradley. Unfortunately it caused widespread mass destruction and was the reason for thousands of house fires across the country. That was more a vent than a talking point, luckily I make the rules.

Clown of the Week

Can we really go past the Carlton football club? Let’s just settle with Stephen Kernahan. There’s thing you probably shouldn’t say as a club president, and threatening to fly to Morroco if your team loses might be one of them. Clearly Sticks thought there was no way the Blues were going to lose, and to be frank I thought the same, however the embarrassment was only multiplied ten fold. They’ve gone from sacrificing youth to recruit daisy Thomas in a bid to push for a premiership, to at least a 5 year rebuild in a matter of months. Brisbane are still paying for their mistakes, and Carlton may have to do the same…

This Game Sh*ts Me

Let’s be honest, a lot sh*ts me. Vest scores in particular, of which I had 2. Scores of under 40, of which I had three. However longer term issues are always far worse, and unfortunately I am at opposed to a key new feature in AFL Fantasy. I’ve kept quiet about their early season glitches, as all new platforms have. They really aren’t a big issue. I won’t start on the assistant coach debacle. However there’s only so far we should change the game. I’m even pro unlimited trades. However changing the pricing system is one decision that I’m struggling to adjust to. They have tried to make the game suited to the more casual dream teamers, yet they expect us to have the knowledge of AFL recruiters?! They clearly didn’t think the new system through when at the drawing table. Yes it’s fine for premiums and mid-pricers, however it hurts a major part of the game. Downgrading. They have come up with a system which means we don’t even get to see the new rookies play a game before their price sky-rockets. If the most dedicated of Dream Team coaches don’t have the inside knowledge on every new rookie coming through, then how are the casual players meant to know? Sam Lloyd has obviously fired up the debate. A basement priced rookie is what we all needed after some disastrous scores in our forward lines, and at a price of 135k his score seemed a blessing. We can see him play another game then downgrade (upgrade) to him for Rohan, perfect. Unfortunately with the new system, he has already flown to 165k and is basically a straight swap from Rohan. The difference is huge, as it has stopped me from getting Caddy to Higgins. Now I know my issue is isolated, however I feel for all the people who don’t research their dream teams and are expected to push through that. How can we upgrade our teams if the rookies we want to downgrade to have already risen in price by 50%? We’re left with no choice but to guess which rooks to pick and have no ability to plan our trades around downgrading. On the plus side it will add differentials to our teams, or at least rewarding those who take the gambles, we’ll just see how it pans out when you gamble and lose. The 2 week wait for a price rise seemed an integral part of the game, and that’s why this game sh*ts me. Rant over.

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Onto a more positive note! It was Macrae that took home the stubby comfortably last week, so he is ineligible for the award this week. That’s a real shame, as he’s been my only risky selection to step up. We have a couple of fresh faces, as well as some guns returning for another run at the coveted prize. Let’s take a look at the nominees…

Swallow – His performances have snuck under the radar with so much to worry about elsewhere, I only got 1 nomination for him! It’s time to recognise Swallow’s outstanding efforts. We took a big risk on him at the start of the year, paying 380k for a player who averaged just 70 last season. We’ve nailed it, he’s producing a 4th year breakout season just like his brother. I know his average of 106 is treasured in my team, earning him my vote for the week. A big 123 this week got him over the line, don’t take it for granted.

Higgins – Missy Higgins is a serious contender for the Stubby this week after notching a monster score of 127. Some beautiful late junking helped push his score well past the ton and send his breakeven under 0. Proving to be a great pick for those who held strong and well worthy of a nomination.

Johnson – My Eagles frustrate the hell out of my sometimes, and allowing the oppositions most influential players to run around without any sign of a man within 20 metres is one of those times. SJ had his own field on Saturday, waltzing around for 37 disposals, 11 marks and 8 tackles to reach 168!!! Anyone who owns him would surely give him the vote, anyone who had him captain will dream of his effortless “pigging” for the next week. Yes I said it.

Ablett – I just had to include GAJ, even though we take his scores for granted. At quarter time he was nursing a wrist injury and on just 20 points. His final score of 132 saved my week and many others, the game is simpler with him in your team.

Jacobs – Finally big Sauce Jacobs gets a nomination, and I’m leading the line of his praises. Earlier in pre-season we had our DT-TALK mock draft, and I managed to pick up Jacobs at pick 206 as about the 10th ruckman. Even though it’s just about the only thing I did right, I’ll claim it. He’s earned a golden stubby and is well worthy of your votes. He capitalised on Hickey’s absence with a big 125 amongst the ruck carnage, well done to those who got him in.

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The Other Bits and Pieces

Same old story this week. A lot of promise, but for no result. Too many spuds populate my team for a solid score at the moment, although I did make par for the first time this season. If this was the masters, I’d be missing the cut. 2062. The less said the better. Here’s to a week of forward line culling. I’ll toast to that!

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72 Comments

  • Great article Matt – as usual. Traded in Mummy last Thursday. Do I trade him out for Jacobs or use the trade to improve elsewhere? Still recovering from trading Higgins out pre round 3 for Zorko.

    • Cheers Henry. Mumford is a tough one, I still think he will be a top ruck, but perhaps Jacobs is a wise choice until the byes

    • Dont feel bad Henry I did exactly the same thing – Hickey > Mummy and had Currie as emg = a big ZERO.

      I also had Higgins in my draft side before start of round 2 and got cold feet after being burned in the past.

      Glad to say I have had Macrae, Shiels, Swallow, Dunstan, Polec. Merrett, Hunter, Beams, Tyson & Suckling since the start of Rd 2. And too a lesser extent Griffiths, Langdon & Cunningham.

      • This week was the first week that I was actually happy with my Minson > Mummy call haha

      • Thanks Chatta. Despite the desperate tone of my original post, it wasn’t really doom & gloom for me. I happily scored 2224 on the weekend and won comfortably in all my leagues. And the good news is this week I get rid of Caddy for Lloyd and get left with a kitty of $201,000.

        Thanks also Matt for the reply.

  • What were your thoughts omn Dangerfield?

    • He was better, but just couldn’t push on in the last. He really needs to fire over the next few weeks, I reckon he will

      • After the game yesterday the commentators said he was playing with an injury, ankle i think it was. Does this deter you?

  • What were your thoughts on Dangerfield? ?

  • traded out mumford for jacobs and caddy for dangerfield based on their runs in coming weeks…. or should i go caddy to chapman????

    • very solid trades, only thing is, you’ll have to skip on the unknown quantity of Lloyd but hes 165k so thats ok.

    • don’t get chapman, I’m sure he screwed people over this round by being a late out and most likely won’t play more than 16 games. I don’t know how long mumford is out but I’ve been hurt by jacobs a couple times and I don’t trust him to be consistent. Caddy to danger is good though.

  • Geez! Petrie is now at $323k with a BE of 93 and Cloke is at 356k with a BE of 112! Look like nice downgrade options later ;)

  • I am one of those idiots

  • Great article. The dale Thomas quote was gold. I don’t know what it is a more important trade Langford to D.Swallow leaving me with Langdon on the bench or or McDonough to Patch/Wrighty (yes I still think he will average 90 despite being a rollercoaster) with L.Taylor on the bench.

    In simple terms Patch/Wrighty and Langdon or D.swallow and L.taylor.

    • Hehe. I haven’t seen enough of Lewis Taylor to make an informed decision, Langdon is solid. Swallow is obviously a safer bet than Adams/Wright, I guess it depends where you sit and how much risk you need to take

      • Thanks. I’m in the low risk category sitting 800th in rdt so I think I will take swallow and if patch/Wrighty perform again next week ill consider.

  • Trying to trade out Hanley for a Mid??
    Well before you send yet another angry email to fan hub, try this.
    Move Hanley to the mids, (only works if you have another Def/Mid to swap with of course), then SAVE yr team. Then do the trade. This seemed to work for me. (After being told numerous times that I was unable to trade Hanley for a mid!).

  • Totally, totally, TOTALLY agree with the rookie price changes. Of all the differences, that is by far the worst and needs to change. It has totally changed the dynamic for the worse

  • Completely agree with Matt about the rookies having huge price changes in 1 week… Too much weighting applied to their first and only AFL game! It basically ruins downgrading. To bank and save some money, you’d have to pick a rookie that hasn’t even played a game yet! And who the hell knows if and when they will play a game? Pretty dumb Fantasy, pretty dumb.

    • I really don’t see why someone that took a punt on him before the game shouldn’t reap the rewards ahead of someone who takes their sweet time to fix up other parts of their team for 2 weeks and then gets him in for the same price.
      There should be reward for risk. When trades were limited this wasn’t a problem, because part of the skill was judging whether burning a trade was worth it. Now that number of trades aren’t an issue then you need to give back some reward for this risk.
      I agree 100% with the price rises after 1 game

      • I agree too, I play only RDT but I remember last year with unlimited trades everyone would land those same rookies after two weeks and it was difficult to climb the rankings. If you’re going to have unlimited trades you need to import new elements of skill. The instant price rises favour coaches who have done their research.

      • You took I guess because it suited you at the time, I somewhat doubt you knew how good he was going to be. It’s a fair point, but what if somebody had 2 injuries to deal with (like most)? Do they just deal with it? It’s a very harsh and unforgiving system, you won’t be so happy the week you bring someone in early for a vest. Even if they rose after 2 games it would make more sense…

        • But you are talking about extremes Matt. Most of the time rookies will appear, they won’t smash out a ton in their first game, and they won’t rise by 30k in a week.
          If you have 2 injuries then you have to make a decision…that’s the point isn’t it?
          I get your beef, but if anyone had the balls to trade in Lloyd last week then I say they have to be rewarded more than those that waited.

          • Top article as always Matt! quickly becoming my favourite article of the week…no offence to anyone else…

            I have to say I’m with Dirk on this one though, the instant price rises adds the difficulty back in that unlimited trades took out. More risk for more reward and it means you really have to think and consider your downgrades instead of just taking the highest scoring rookie like every man and his dog normally do.

      • “There should be reward for risk. When trades were limited this wasn’t a problem, because part of the skill was judging whether burning a trade was worth it. Now that number of trades aren’t an issue then you need to give back some reward for this risk.”

        Correct me if I’m wrong Dirk, but doesn’t Fantasy has a limit of 2 trades a round?

        • Hey Huxley,

          Yes it does have a 2 trade limit per week but you can’t run out of trades anymore. Dirks point was you couldn’t just pick every rookie that came along or you run the risk of being out of trades by round 15, In Fantasy that is no longer a problem.

        • Great article Matt.

          Just on the weekly price rise, I was one who suggested that player prices changed after every game. As some other posters have said above, it rewards coaches who research and take a risk, unlike in the past where every man and his dog jumped on the next best thing after his first two games. In the past, there have been many rookies who got 1 or 2 games and then sat on your bench like cardboard cutouts for many weeks, performing like bulls with tits.

          To anyone who chose Lloyd this week, well done to you.

          • I enjoy all the debate. We will obviously adjust, however I agree that is will add an element risk/reward and hopefully change teams up a bit. I guess we must pour most of our research into rookies now!

          • Sounds like a new segment/article is needed: The Rookie Hit list! I’m looking at Joel Tippett (if he gets named) as a downgrade option. Any thoughts on him? Need to bank some money so I can afford a premo next week…

  • Who would be the better pick Stevie j or Rocky?

  • Here’s another clown of the week, The NAB fantasy league, price increases after one game ????? WTF

    • oops, maybe I should of read the article right though and seen that you already mentioned it

  • Should I hold Mumford on the bench and cop a 40 odd score from Currie/derickx, and trade Pav to Lloyd and Tyson to rockliff? Or avoid one of those and trade out mummy for the time being?

  • My last 2 weeks: LeCras, Ambrose, Dalhaus, Chapman (not unexpected, just really bad timing), Caddy, Mumford, Currie, Hanley. I managed to rise into the top 2000 last week despite the carnage, but have plummeted to outside the top 7500 with a score of 1951 this week. FMDT (or should it be FMF?)

  • Got caddy, rohan and scooter. Do I: A) hold scooter and swap caddy for fasolo/Higgins (unsure) and rohan to lloyd or B) Scooter to Pendlebury and caddy to Lloyd

    • trading Scooter feels a bit like a luxury trade given you have Caddy and Rohan to deal with.

      • If it was me I would trade Scooter first and get Pendles in, he hasn’t really looked like a premo 105+ player this year so I’d wait and see if he’ll pick it up.

  • My trades:
    Hanley to Mitchell
    Caddy to Lloyd (zero risk + make 200k+)

    Next week I’ll have money to trade Polec to a premium. Probably Jelwood. What you guys reckon?

    • trades are sensible enough..although Polec to Jelwood is a R9 bye to a R8 bye…depends really on what the rest of your bye structure looks like

  • how can you have a losers without the biggest one in the comp value-wise in Scooter??

    for the most expensive guy under 600k to start the season, he’ll be lucky to be over 450k after this week

    • my RDT trades are -Caddy -Scooter +Fasolo +Wingard(or other premo FWD)

    • Very true, sorry I missed him. He’s been a massive disappointment this season. As an eagles fan I reckon he punched above his weight last season, I’d trade him if you didn’t have Macrae or can reach a premo.

  • Ok fellas, here’s my predicament:
    I had a relatively satisfying score this round of 2019pts in Fantasy with $30,187 in the bank. Which is frustrating due to my forward line being slightly rubbish this week (Chappy 0, Mitchell 67, Merrett 67, Martin 107, Caddy 38 as sub, Hunter 73, Kennedy-Harris 45, Fasolo 71). Now, my alarm bells are ringing on Mitchell, Caddy and Kennedy-Harris.
    Possible trades in my eyes for Mitchell are: Dangerfield(81.5), Gunston(97), Zorko(90), Leigh Adams(95)
    Possible trade for Caddy: Lloyd or downgrading Mitchell and gaining extra coin for the caddy trade?
    Possible trades for Kennedy Harris seems only to be in the form of Lloyd..
    Help please!!

    • Hey Samaj,

      No doubt you need to upgrade somewhere there. Since there’s not much in the way of fwd rookie options I think It’s a good idea to get Lloyd in while he’s still cheap and JKH doesn’t look like going too far. It really depends what you can get for either Caddy or Mitchell after that.

      • My thoughts exactly. Iv got to get rid of caddy step one. Then it’s either Mitchell or Kennedy Harris after that. I’m thinking of giving one more week for Kennedy Harris and still trading in Lloyd straight for Mitchell/caddy on the field for one week to gain some extra cash for next weeks trades!

  • Ok fellas, here’s my predicament:
    I had a relatively satisfying score this round of 2019pts in Fantasy with $30,187 in the bank. Which is frustrating due to my forward line being slightly rubbish this week (Chappy 0, Mitchell 67, Merrett 67, Martin 107, Caddy 38 as sub, Hunter 73, Kennedy-Harris 45, Fasolo 71). Now, my alarm bells are ringing on Mitchell, Caddy and Kennedy-Harris.
    Possible trades in my eyes for Mitchell are: Dangerfield(81.5), Gunston(97), Zorko(90), Leigh Adams(95)
    Possible trade for Caddy: Lloyd or downgrading Mitchell and gaining extra coin for the caddy trade?
    Possible trades for Kennedy Harris seems only to be in the form of Lloyd..
    Thoughts?

    • Start banking money for the rd 9 midfield upgrades, Mitchell and Caddy out for Ambrose (if he plays) and Lloyd. Or keep Mitchell and trade a mid out for Crouch. The rookies are hot at the moment, pick the fruit before it ripens.

      • yeah I am cashing up for the byes as well. Doing a double downgrade this week. Everything else I’ve done has turned to sh@@ so far so might as well lol

  • Great article Matt. Easy trades this week. Cut Daisy for Crouch, and Caddy for Lloyd. Make lots of cash…

  • For the bye rounds is it going to be 18 players like last year or just the normal 22???

  • Great article as always Matt! Fast becoming my favourite along with the other great content ;)
    What do you think about holding Mumford and playing Currie. ( Nervous after last round :/)
    But this allows me to upgrade Langdon to Simpson in the backline meaning I don’t have to play two rookies and of course trade Caddy to Fasolo/Lloyd.. Thoughts?

    • Thanks! If this is fantasy I’d be trading Mummy, however it should be worth holding and chasing Simpson in RDT. Langdon is a solid scorer and Simpson won’t smash out much more than a 90 avg

  • Will Hanley miss the week?? Haven’t heard anything about how bad his injury is

  • Always a great read Matt! Was feeling pretty down on Friday night after fielding Griffiths and Cotchin but managed to scrape to 2150 and 175 overall. Agree with your thoughts on the whole pricing change thing and wonder if/when the formula will be revealed? It is one of the most important aspects of Fantasy and would love to know if someone has managed to work it out (maths is definitely not my strong suit).

  • Who should I bring in for Hanley???

  • Great write up Matt :)

    Currently gone Caddy to Loyd then D Martin to Heppel.

    Was tossing up with Heppel and Rocky,in the end both similar % except Heppel 10G cheaper.

    Really wanted to get T Mitchel out but reckon the others are more important.

  • Who would be the best option for Buddy???