The Weekend Wash-Up – Round 10

You’d be forgiven for thinking we’ve boxed our way into the twelve round, yet we’re not even halfway through the season! The byes are over. I repeat, the byes are over! In the words of Precious Little, praise the lord! It’s time to sweep through the mess that has been left in the wake of the past 3 weeks. It’s time to take a look at the weekend wash-up.

The Legends

Bartel (155) – I got this one horribly wrong. He’d been on the decline for the past 3 seasons and seemed to be reduced to lock down roles. One score under 89, a season average of 106 and a monstrous 155 this week says Jimmy is back. You’ll be paying a premium for him, but you’ll be buying the year’s second highest scoring defender. VERDICT: I shouldn’t need to say much more, Jimmy is a champ. Get him in ASAP.

Kelly (131) – I was all over him last week, however I didn’t see the massive 131 coming. SJ’s indiscretion meant there was a spot to fill in midfield, Kelly and Bartel did not disappoint. He won’t score this well consistently and I still don’t think he’ll average 100. But he’s certainly a bargain. VERDICT: Top 6 defender.

Greenwood (146) – I suppose you could do worse in the midprice range, however surely his scores aren’t worth chasing. Will often be used as the Roos main tagger, however he ran loose for most of the game with Selwood spending time up forward. VERDICT: I’d stay away, will be inconsistent.

Riewoldt (156) – We all know he can play, it was great to see him answer his doubters with a big bag. On a sidenote I don’t care how many talls GWS have out, the way opposition key forwards are marking the ball under no pressure is inexcusable. Look out for Gunston and Roughead to go huge this week. VERDICT: Stay away from Jack, I wouldn’t grab him for a short term price hike.

Ellis (127) – Ellis has returned to form in style with a 5 round average of 104. He is tempting, but still seems like a bit of a front runner. He’s averaged 105 in Richmond’s 3 wins, pity there’s only been 3 of them. VERDICT: His price had bottomed out at 380k, I wouldn’t go paying over 450k for his services.

Priddis (137) – No he’s not DT relevant, but you just have to love the way he goes about it. He absolutely torched the Pies for 3 quarters on Saturday, his 35 disposals almost won the Eagles the game. VERDICT: Just wait for him to sub off concussed, then pick him up cheap later!

Pendlebury (119) – His final quarter was the difference between the two sides, Pendles is a champ in every sense of the word. Well done to those who captained him. VERDICT: Ever reliable.

Cox (113) – Picking premium rucks hasn’t been easy this year, so his performance will have brought smiles to many who have no choice but to hold him for now. VERDICT: An average of 92 ain’t too shabby.

Lewis (136) – Once again his DT relevance is minimal, but the work he does for his team is superb. With Mitchell out Lewis is elevating his game to elite levels. VERDICT: Certainly a legend.

Hallahan (95) – Those who took the punt on Hallahan are being rewarded with some superb performances for a player at his price. He was one of the Hawks best and should continue to get games with Mitchell out. VERDICT: He’ll make some serious cash. M8? Not so sure.

Griffen (115) – The attack dog was on form against the Gold Coast, but it should have been expected with the Suns happy to go head to head in midfield. The way it should be! I still don’t like his reliance on tackles and he runs into Crowley next week. VERDICT: I would be steering clear.

Dahlhaus (107) – Dahlhaus did not disappoint his new owners with a solid ton. Without doubt my best pick of the season, he’s cementing himself as a clear top 6 forward. VERDICT:  Can’t be ignored any longer.

Simpson (143) – Finally I finish off with a true DT legend. He has scores consecutive scores of 143 and 145. He’s a defender. He’s averaging 105. Need I say anymore? VERDICT: Bring back the beard. Gun.

The Losers

Bews (38) – The bubble has burst after one game. Not sure how long he will last in the Geelong side, sit him at D8. VERDICT: Consider him this week as a cash grab only.

Mumford (50) – If there’s anyone out there who held him with limited trades, put the shovel away. He’ll work his way back into it. For the rest of us, he will be cheap in a few weeks time. VERDICT: Keep an eye on his progress.

Langford (55) – He’s no loser that’s for sure, however his job is pretty much done. Look to ship him out over the next 2 weeks. VERDICT: His time is up, thank him for his services on the way out.

Ablett (78) – DRAMA! Ignoring his brownlow chances for now, his 78 was not what his captaincy suitors were after! He’ll be back in a big way next week. VERDICT: No need.

Cameron (37) – Don’t get it twisted, this is all we can expect from Cameron. He’s a perfect cash grab to throw into F8. Should only be used as back-up. VERDICT: Hopefully he can maintain his spot to at least provide us some sort of coverage.

Walker (58) – He looked very rusty out there against the Blues, he grassed too many +6’s for my liking. If he can start clunking those marks he’ll be great value, I’m still on the fence. VERDICT: Great value if he can manage an 80 average. I think he can.

Murphy (72) – Hopefully you made the early call and chopped Murph at his peak pre-bye. He’s not consistent enough to claim premium status. VERDICT:  If it was me, I’d have sold him 2 weeks ago. Nothing has changed.

Shaw (51) – It’s still early days, however the Heath Shaw trade is not exactly working out as GWS would’ve hoped. If only they had played Dream Team, they’d know exactly what to expect. VERDICT: Forget you ever read his name.

Ward (63) – His tendency to randomly pump out absolute howlers is the only thing holding him back from becoming a premium. Unfortunately there’s a heap in the same boat. VERDICT: The costly side of having a POD. Sell.

Cloke (42) How much is this guy being paid again? Let’s hope David Cloke pipes down, his son is playing like a pleb. VERDICT:  Just when you think he has bottomed out…

Talking Point

I can look no further than Ablett’s errant elbow that’s landed him in a world of bother. He had a nightmare of a time against Picken and unsurprisingly, he snapped. See the incident here. The MRP has been an inconsistent rabble this season, who knows how Gazza will come away from his game of MRP Lotto. Fact is the fairest and best player by a country mile may not end up winning the award for being the fairest and best player. That statement sums up the AFL at the moment, utter confusion. Let’s pray he gets off, however they will be careful not to go easy on him due to the name. Who knows.

This Game Sh*ts Me

For once, I’m having a tough time writing about what gave me the sh*ts during the week. Eagles aside, I had a solid weekend. However there was one factor of the game that caught my eye. Why is it when you’re in desperate need of a solid back rookie, 2 or 3 pop up elsewhere. Last week I was on the desperate hunt for a forward, only for Bews to shine a week early. You can plan all you like, the game will never let things fall your way. And that’s why this game sh*ts me.


Dangerfield brought home the stubby last weekend ahead of Gaz, but both were well down this Round! We have a player trying to become the first man to win consecutive stubbies this week, and you wouldn’t bet against him…

Bartel – Just a lazy 155 points this week for the only man who can make long sleeves look great. I was totally wrong about him this season and I’m paying the price, a lock for those who have him.

Kelly – He was immense for his new owners, presuming he was only picked up over the past 2 weeks. Well worth a vote for those who took the plunge on his DPP move.

Simpson – Simpson’s second consecutive score of over 140 should guarantee him a stubby at the best of times, forget about him being a defender!!! Going past the point of must have to a season maker or breaker, well worth your numerous votes.

Riewoldt – Finally Jack gets a nomination for bagging 11, it seems he still knows where the big sticks are. Gunston has his boots ready for filling.

Yes I’m only nominating 4 this week, that’s how bad things got! Realistically it’s a two horse race. Who will get your vote?

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The Other Bits and Pieces

You can probably tell I’m in a lighter mood this week, and for good reason. A big score of 1827 pushed my ranking to around 2000, still room for improvement but it’s a start. I’ll be honest I really chased points this week, I couldn’t carry on pushing out scores like a peanut. Expect me to thud back to Earth big time this week! If you didn’t fare so well, feel free to vent in the comments below. There’s plenty of footy to look forward to next week, a whole 9 games of it!

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  • Great read again, Matt.
    Finished the 3 bye rounds with 1862, 1781 & 1727 for 11 wins from 12 games over the 3 weeks, and overall ranking of 784 (the best I’ve ever been) and my team in good shape (providing Cameron gets a couple of more games). I’m stoked.

  • That moment when you don’t have any of the Golden Studdy nominations :'(

  • Great read. Bartel Simpson and Kelly saved my bacon this week. I’ve gone Langford > Riley, Polec to rockliff

  • Why do I keep saying it? It’s the same every week:
    Great Read Matt.

    Thinking of:

    Langford > Bews
    Rohan > Gunston

    Is Bews the best Downgrade Defender option?
    Is Gunston the best forward under $460k?

    Thanks in Advance :)

    • I presume you already have Danger and Dusty? Gunston certainly looks good; I had him from the start.

      Dahlhaus maybe; I have him as well.

    • Hehe thanks Gus. Seem like sensible trades, although perhaps it would be smarter to upgrade elsewhere or double downgrade for the week. No point in settling for Gunston presuming you don’t have all the top forwards yet

  • Nice article matt, I always like a debrief on MOndaymorning. I have to vote for Jimmy, it was such joy watching Jimmy kill it the week I brought him in for mcveigh (who had the bye). I didn’t sideways trade over all the bye rounds, but went this one for r10 (tough league opponent), and I’m so glad that I was 155 points better off for it! ranked 1300 for the round, now ~1400 overall, up from 4000 last week.
    With 300k banked up, its bye bye langford, hello mcveigh (or maybe simpson), and polec has beeen a gun, but time to make way for goddard for only a 70k price difference.

  • Best midfielder atm? I have 400k to spend. Trade Dunstan to ?
    I already have Swan GAz, Beams, Pendles, Watson and Jelwood

    • Rocky, JPK or Heppell

    • stevie J…… obviously

      • I think he means he only has 400k to spend…In which case I would say find more money! there’s no premium types under 400k, It’s slim pickings and they’re all fat.
        If it’s all you can do I’d say maybe Bastinac or Kane Mitchell. Other than that it would be a rookie, all of them would be cash cows anyway.

    • SJ then Rocky if you have 400k in the bank + Dunstan, if not I’d be downgrading elsewhere to get the necessary cash

  • whats a better trade lads.

    a) Enright to Hibberd and Cotchin to Goddard

    b) Swallow to hibberd and birchall to Kelly

    • If those are your 2 trades then you must be close to leading overall…There’s no maxed out rookies you can trade to either of those guys?

      • here my team mate..

        DEF: k.simpson, Birchall, Swallow, Enright, Langdon, suckling (langford, Bews)

        MID: Ablett, Stevie J, Beams, Pendles, Swan, Watson, Cotchin, Wines (hallahan, Lloyd)

        Ruck: Jacobs, Sandi

        FWD: Dahlhaus, Parker, Danger, B.harvey, Gray, D.Martin (Cameron, Ambrose)

        its only the defence i really need to work on. any other trade tips would be appreciated. i have 57k in the bank.

        • Wow…That makes my team look like absolute crap haha. It is really hard to suggest a trade for a team like yours, I’d say find whoever has the lowest B/E that is playing and get that guy in…Then I’d say make Langdon or Langford to Hibberd or Kelly as the priority.
          Got much cash in the bank?

          • who would you say out of my 6 starting defenders would be my priority to trade out.. enright?

            i could do enright to jaensch and swallow to hibberd

            or downgrade langford to someone cheap and i could do enright to hibberd or even bartel

          • i reckon theres more cash left in langdon.

            i just decided.. traded langford out for brodie martin and enright to hibberd! cheers mate

          • Haha I think you worked that one out for yourself mate. I’d be holding Enright over Langdon but that’s just me…I’m not the one who’s in the top 1100!

      • im ranked in the top 1100 btw.. only scored 900 in round 8 with too many bye players.. so could have been up there in the top 50 if i didnt plan to drop the rnd 8 bye

        • I’d drop Enright. I think he’s the weak link in your onfield defenders. When did he last get a ton?

          • Enright has scored 80+ in 5 out of 8 games, Langdon has scored 80+ in 3 out of 9, I don’t see where you think Enright is a weaker link than Langdon?

  • Sounding like a broken record, but another great article Matt.

    Pretty happy with trades over the bye rounds, across all formats of the game (AF, RDT, SC), winning all league matches and climbing the ladder each week.

    AF this week scored me 1703 (probably average for round 10), but also gained me an overall rank close to 2400th.

    $630K in the bank this week so looking at;
    J.Tippett > Rockliff via DPP, and maybe
    Langdon > Goddard/JP Kennedy/Pendlebury

    Any suggestions on the 2nd trade preferences?

    • I don’t really understand people that have so much cash on the bench. So you scored 1703 which is a great score, but if you used that 630k on your field you would of had two extra premiums and could of scored 1800

      • After the two upgrades this week that will gain you around 100 points, but why not have 100 extra points both weeks? confusing :)

        • Maybe he did a double downgrade last week to get the cash to make the upgrades this week? No one leaves 600k on their bench just for fun.

          • Oh and Rosco, you can’t go wrong with Pendles! can’t go wrong with any of them really…JPK if you want a unique.

    • Cheers mate, have to go for Pendles, although Goddard is solid if you need the extra cash

  • What is the best option down back? I’m thinking about kade simpson but is he likely to fall in price,
    Also do I hold onto sam loyd- looking to bring in dahlhaus

    • a breakeven of 57 for Simpson means he’s only going to go up in price in the short term, after back to back 140+’s. He’s definitely one of the best picks at the moment down back.

  • Hey fellas,
    I’m struggling to decide which trade to make this week
    I’ve stock up on cash and have traded Cunningham for C. Beams But now I have a dialemma
    Trade out hickey, Langford, Tyson, Griffen or loyd? Different positions but I was looking at possible trades of
    Hickey-Jacobs or Mumford
    I’d really love a hand guys!!!! Thanks

    • tyson to pendles id pick out of all those trades for sure mate.

      next one would probs be hickey to jacobs.. but get pendles in!

  • Thoughts on Troy Menzel as a cheap fwd option?

    • hrmmm, he looked good on sunday, but even then only scored 71 points. I dunno anything about his season (ie, vest? injured?) but he has scores on 14, 15 and 7… id stay away

  • Anyone have any sources for BE’s which are at least partially accurate? Footywire has crapped the bed.

  • Great reading again Matt, always good on Monday morning… Especially a free one!

    Glad to say Ive has Kade since day 1 and havent looked back since, same with Parker… struggling to decide who is my pick of the season so far :/ hehe
    Great again Matt, cheers.

  • If Ablett gets a week, do you trade him out, or hold him for a week?

  • Thats what I’m thinking, but curious to see what everyone else would do. He is expensive so will be tough to get back in the side and will use trades that could be used to improve your side long term

  • What do we think of bringing in Ebert this week? Or would Rockliff, Kennedy and Heppell be better options to choose from?

  • This pretty much sums up my season.. paying $750,000/$615,000 for Ablett in SC/RDT, making him captain, and getting his worst score of the season.. and possibly suspended.


  • Hey matt,
    I am looking to upgrade macrae this week to either Fyfe or Barlow, because freo have a strong draw.
    Also looking to upgrade lloyd to either Robbie Gray or Dahlhaus, thoughts?

  • Brodie martin 75, 80 last 2 scores $193,000 best downgrade option in back line?

  • Sounds like your having a horror season Daniel!
    Just for interest where are you ranked?

    • Yep.. that’s one way to describe it.

      I’m actually ranked around 4900 in RDT (after a weekly rank of 480 this week).

      Supercoach I’m sitting at 41,000th..

  • Looking to replace M.Wright with either C.Bird, J.Waite, T.Lynch, L.Franklin or B.Matera? Any advise appreciated.

  • Simpson for the stubby, single handedly one me my league game (Simpson vs. Tex & Jaensch). Won the match by 22 points.

  • Great read Matt, I finished the bye rounds ranked 284 so pretty good though I was pretty high up coming in. This week I’m looking at going Langford to Shenyon switching Swallow back and leaving me with 200k for next week. This means that I will play 3 rookies but those rookies are Tyson, Polec and Hallahan. I’m gonna leave the 200k in the bank and if they spud I can swap them straight to SJ.

  • Peoples thoughts on Callan Ward? Kinda wanna keep him as a smokey but he has a be of 149 and plays for a megashit team.
    Also who would be the best rookie downgrade option this week – mitchell, shenton, bews and/or lennon

  • who should i trade poled to? got 660k to spend

  • Thanks Matt great article,
    what are your thoughts on, Macrae – clay beams (playing polec on field, and Sam Lloyd to Parker?

  • What premium forward should I pick up? Already have Martin, Danger and Parker.

  • Hi,

    Thinking of trading out zorko this week for goddard (via dahlhaus DPP)

    And either Grundy -> Nic Nnaitanui (Cash rise)
    Or luke mcdonald -> docherty
    Or Sam Lloyd -> Waite

  • Simpson pulls off longs sleeves too

  • Crouch to ebert,
    Lloyd to Parker
    Left with 50k, thoughts?

  • guys whos should i pick up?

    Robbie Gray

  • Hey guys got 547000 to spend on a forward who do u reckon danger, harvey or dahlhaus already got chappy, martin and parker cheers :)

  • Great read Matt,

    Which to keep out of Hallahan or Lloyd as M9 going one to shenton.


  • One of the best articles of the week, but particularly like the way you stay and answer questions Matt, great work mate.

    Tossing up…

    Tyson OR Polec to Goddard?

    Griffiths to Kelly (leaving $140k in the bank)
    OR Simpson OR Bartel (leaving $80k)

    [DEF: Hibberd, McVeigh, Suckling, Birchall, Swallow (Langford, Bews)]

    • Cheers Tex, always happy to help! I’d trade Tyson of those 2, like Polec’s next 2 fixtures before we offload him. I’d go for Simpson in for Grif.

  • Hi all byes gone, need some advice on who to get I am tossing up between 3 defenders and 1 forward as follows (note I can only get one of these)

    – Kade Simpson
    – Shaun Burgoyne
    – James Kelly

    – Luke Parker

    I noted parker and Simpson last 3-5 round avg is awesome but guess it depends on who they play and the position they play

    I am playing my arch enemy this week and want the most possible points so question is of the above who would that be this week – price sort of comes into it but can afford all prices range from $463k to $531k and averages range from 94 to 105

    Appreciate any thoughts – to throw spanner in could get mid premo I guess instead for Polec with a BE of 71 but really wanted to get rid of Wright with BE 101

  • To beat your arch enemy I would leave Parker alone this week – he has Geelong to cope with. I’d go Simpson who has Brisbane and has been knocking up cricket scores. Burgoyne is handy and has GWS.

  • Cheers matt great article as always.
    Might be a bit late but who do you think will score more points this round out of Simpson and Bartel?
    Simpson is playing Brisbane which you think he should clean up but Bartel is playing the swans at the SCG?