The Weekend Wash-Up – Round 12

Having a look at my team following Dream Team’s Black Saturday, things weren’t pretty. Luckily for most bald jesus healed the sick and cared for the poor, saving most from disaster. It’s time to take a look at the weekend wash-up.

The Legends

Gibbs (139) – Legends were hard to come by this weekend, and they came from unlikely sources. Gibbs was clearly the BOG on Friday and to be fair, it hasn’t come out of nowhere. He’s managed to crack 110 in 5 of his past 7 appearances. Unfortunately his other 2 were 67 and 72. VERDICT: Certainly worth a look, bear in mind he will still throw up the occasional shocker.

Roughead (163) – Anyone (like me) who came up against him in your head to head league, I feel your pain. This is an outlier if I’ve ever seen one, he won’t manage half this score most weeks. VERDICT: It was only his second ton of the season, I’d be avoiding unless your desperate for some quick cash.

Naitinui (91) – I saw him live last weekend against the Kangas and thought he hadn’t moved as well in 2 years. He’s backed it up against the Hawks and I’ll be seriously considering trading him in this week. VERDICT: Great value, his fitness levels look back to AFL standard. He’s even plucking marks!

Wingard (125) – WINGAAAARD WHADDA MARK. He also scored 125 points. In all seriousness he has become hugely relevant after that concussion affected 18, he certainly wasn’t feeling the ill effects on Saturday. VERDICT: Now priced under 400k, the time to jump on board is here. Just keep in mind he’s had 5 scores under 73 already this season, he may frustrate!

Lobbe (125) – Although he hasn’t yet lived up to the pre-season hype, we finally saw Lobbe back to his best. 8 tackles and 43 hitouts took him to a score of 125, his first ton for the season. He’s certainly worth taking a look at, he’s only dropped under 80 twice all season. Sandilands is the only other ruckman to match this feat. He’s been tackling well, however he hasn’t had over 34 hitouts all season. In comparison he surpassed that mark 7 times after returning from injury in Round 12 last year, passing 40 hitouts 5 times in his last 9 home and away games. He finished off last season strong and could well be a POD for the run home. VERDICT: Strongly consider.

Gray (124) – Robbie Gray has dropped under 90 just once since Round 3, having 20 disposals in each game and surpassing 110 four times in the process. Definitely worthy of an upgrade. VERDICT: Looking more and more like a top 6 forward.

D.Smith (128) – Perhaps we need to take a more serious look at him. I maintain that the ship has probably sailed, however his third score of 120+ must have him on our forward line radars. VERDICT: He’s still lacking consistency and now seems slightly overpriced.

Treloar (130) – Legend! Those who backed up their call in picking him have been handsomely rewarded. He has a 3 round average of 123 and his season average has now gone past 108, making him a top 10 mid. Incredible! Let’s hope he keeps up the pace. VERDICT: Great POD.

Macrae (139) – This was always going to happen eventually, we know he’s capable of racking up these huge numbers. It was a legendary effort for those who’ve held onto him at M8, however those who traded shouldn’t curse themselves. It was his first ton for 5 weeks, let it rest. VERDICT: A solid M8 until the perfect premium becomes available. Still averaging over 105.

Hanley (124) – This makes perfect sense to me. His bulldog opponents were scared to go near him with that bandage, and why would they. On a serious note he must be strongly considered down back, listen to these numbers. His lowest score for the year is 76, ignoring that sub affected 44 (Which incidentally was early in the second quarter, he was going huge). In fact take that score out and he’s averaging 98.25, making him clearly the third highest averaging defender this season. VERDICT: He’s cheap, get on board.

Ablett (146) – Bald jesus, welcome back. I actually captained him for the first time since Round 7, and he didn’t let me down. He just loves the challenge of playing the top sides. VERDICT: I’m sure a lot of people learned a captaincy lesson or two this week.

Sandilands (123) – Remember that guy we picked up at the start of the year for 244k? Yeah him. He scored 123 and is now averaging 95.5 for the season. VERDICT: Keeper.

Barlow (109) – Although his score wasn’t massive, it’s was what we can expect from Barlow week in week out. His direct competition this round was Goddard, and he came out a clear winner. VERDICT: What else do we expect from Mr Dream Team?

Harvey (119) – I could never bring myself to trade him in, however he’s clearly a top 6 forward. That would have to be the least logical sentence ever written, but I stand by it. Everyone else should get on board. He’s having his best statistical season by far at the age of 36. Go figure. VERDICT: How he’s still playing at such a high level is just as complex as the big bang.

Goldstein (130) – Suddenly ruckman are popping up everywhere! He came up against a rusty Maric, don’t get too carried away. He scored 49 the week before, I’d be steering well clear. VERDICT: Avoid.

Martin (123) – After only managing to reach 93 by half time, many feared he would not quite reach the ton. He stormed home by his standards to post his highest score for the year and his 4th ton on the trot. VERDICT: Gun.

Swan (114) – Finally Swanny gets a quick look in as he backed up his owners decision to hold him during his one week spell. Let’s hope he comes home strong. VERDICT: A 110 average would be solid, I’m still not totally convinced though. I rate Barlow ahead of him as a target.

The Losers


Johnson (77) – His score would’ve once again appalled his owners, but given delight to those who still don’t have him! His average is down to 111 and falling fast, surely he will bounce back this week down at Simonds Stadium. He’s my trade target for the injured Watson. VERDICT: About to bottom out, get on board.

Enright (58) – As hard as it is to say, Boris looks cooked. If there’s anyone still clinging on to him in hope, make sure he’s on your bench. VERDICT: His time looks up.

Cox (68) – Saturday was the first time I’ve ever thought that Coxy looks like he’s ready to retire. Unfortunately he just didn’t have the run in his legs and he just isn’t covering the ground anymore. I’d be seriously looking at a straight swap to Nic Nat and pocketing the cash, otherwise look for another ruck premo to trade to. VERDICT: I think his time is also up.

Montagna (66) – His name will go down in the DT history books, but not for all the right reasons. How someone can pump out 150’s week in week out, then suddenly go missing for a month is beyond me. We all know he has the capability, he just doesn’t always choose to utilise it. VERDICT: He’s a confusing player, I’d just avoid all together.

Watson (95) – This hurts! Watto was just starting to return to his best form before injury has crippled him, and it’s not your average injury. According to Tim Watson he has torn his rectus, which to my human biology knowledge is somewhere between the rectum and the anus. In all seriousness I don’t know how he managed it, but he’ll be missing the rest of the season. VERDICT: Trade time!

Goddard (74) – Yikes, this was a nasty score for those who traded him this week expecting his usual consistency. This was the round when we needed it most, and he let us down. Back him in to return to his best against Melbourne, however be warned. They have been known to tag differently to other teams (Just ask those with Beams captain) and with Watson out, he will move up the tagging chain. VERDICT: Don’t trade him in now, however back him in if you’re an owner.

Dahlhaus (58) – It was these kind of scores that make us want to erase this week from memory. Having been so reliable all season with just one previous score under 80, Dahl decided now would be a great time to do his best Jarrad Grant impersonation. I’m not sure what that actually means, but it was bad. VERDICT: Hold strong.

Higgins (52) – You know what let’s just keep them rolling. Higgins posted his fourth score in the 50’s this season and it’s now time to trade. VERDICT: I’m sure the trade button will come as a relief to many this week.

Franklin (56) – Spuds. Spuds everywhere. Thank god he got off for that bump, otherwise nooses would have been tightening. I think you have to stick with him. VERDICT: Back him in to smash it this week.

Tippet (27) – I’m not sure if anyone had Tippet as a POD, but I’m sure if they did they’re no longer in the country so it’s irrelevant anyway. VERDICT: Moving on!

Bird (71) – Didn’t see this one coming. As I said, the Bird is definitely not the word. VERDICT: I suppose you have no choice but to hope he comes good.

Walker (47) – I’ve seen better deliveries from Ricky Ponting than Adelaide served Tex on Sunday. He will be inconsistent, but hopefully he can pump out enough big ones to make some more cash. VERDICT: Hold.

Jaensch (53) – I’m going to put this one down to the concussion he suffered from that Ballantyne head clash. This is certainly an outlier and I wouldn’t be too worried. VERDICT: Hold.

Dangerfield (66) – He started of the season with 4 consecutive double figure scores, then pumped out 3 tons.  He’s had another 3 poor weeks, see where I’m going with this? You just feel he’s about to explode again. VERDICT: Still a must have.

Cotchin (94) – This is just headbutting material. He’s going absolutely nowhere. VERDICT: If you have the luxury, I would look at trading. No point in treading water.

Deledio (64) – He must be one of the most frustrating players in the AFL. He managed just 5 disposals in the second half when Richmond were put to the sword, he just isn’t proving to be the leader that Tigers fans hoped he would be. VERDICT: Certainly not a DT option.

Lennon (7) – Finally it was another tiger that summarised many peoples weeks. If you had Lennon on at F6 you had a right to think you were entitled to at least 60 points. 50? His pathetic 7 had many wishing for the byes regime of best 18 players back! Vest aside, he scored 7 points in over a quarter with fresh legs. VERDICT: His time on your field is up.

Talking Point

When isn’t the MRP a talking point? I’d just like to come out and back up their decisions this week. Ballantyne would have recieved 2 weeks with his bad record and they clearly thought that was too harsh, so they’ve rightly sent it to the tribunal. Like it or not if you go after a player and hit them high, incidentally or not you’re in trouble. Just ask Lindsay Thomas. That’s the new rule and he should end up with a week. Buddy was right to get off for his hit, the force was minimal. Those who are either complaining about consistency or their name is Damian Barrett should take a walk.

This Game Sh*ts Me

I love how bad weeks in DT snowball. When I say love I mean it has most of us slowly pressing our pens deeper into our skin at work. This week was a bloody nightmare. The best way I can summarise it is to take a quote from the DT TALK facebook page, thanks Jackson. More 70s than a retirement village. And that’s why this game sh*ts me.


On to the positive for the round, and I’ve had to dig deep to somehow scrounge out 5 nominees. Here they are:

Treloar – He’s gone 118, 120 and now 130. Surely that’s worthy of a vote! Just rewards for those who took the risk in selecting him.

Ablett – You don’t hold down a champ for long, he showed leadership in our time of need, just what we want from our captain!

Sandilands – Even though everyone had him, Sandi has been by far and away the pick of the season. Surely nobody expected him to be this good, certainly worthy of a vote.

Macrae – As a previous winner, Macrae knows what it takes to win the people’s hearts. Lot’s of +6’s! He’s a player for the future.

Roughead – Finally we have the customary big forward punching well above their weight. Roughy single handedly won many league match-ups with his monsterous 163, surely he’ll get 27,163 votes!

Who will get your vote?

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The DT gods are a sick bunch, however there are times when we can save ourselves. My team had an absolute nightmare, but getting the right captain in GAJ helped me past 2k to end up with 2035. It can’t get much worse than that, roll on next week thanks. Feel free to vent in the comments below, I’m sure you all need it!

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  • Which premo should I trade cotchin to ( except rockliff, I’ll wait tell his price goes down)
    Mid:ablett,Pendlebury, selwood,Barlow,fyfe, beams, cotchin, hallahan( Lloyd, obrien)

    And who should I upgrade Higgins or kolojashnij and to who
    Def: barrel,Simpson,swallow,Higgins,suckling,kolo( Langdon,bews)

    Got 200k in the bank. Thoughts would be appreciated! Please help!

    • Get stevie J

    • Why are you trading cotchin, when you still have Hallahan on your field? (Number 1 priority get the rookies off the field) PS I also have Cotchin and need to dump him but he isn’t my biggest issue either.

  • Thoughts on Jordan Lewis as a POD?

  • Thanks Matt,

    Is Langdon to Docherty and Higgins to Hanley worth it?
    Or should I just do a traditional Downgrade/Upgrade?

    Thanks again ;)

    • There’s not many downgrade options but Higgins to Hanley is seriously considering it

    • I brought Docherty in a couple weeks ago mate, and I’m just loving his work. POD, cheap, and good solid scores. Looking at bringing in Hanley myself this week. So I don’t think you can go wrong there with those trades!

    • Thanks Gus, they look like fair trades to me!

  • Thanks Matt, great read. Just wondering which is the better option to trade in out of Hanley + Ebert/Gibbs/Redden/Fyfe or Birchall + Stevie J/Jack? Thanks mate

    • Cheers mate, I’d consider waiting a week as I dislike Ebert/Gibbs/Redden/Fyfe but don’t like Birchall either! Perhaps look to downgrade or sideways trade elsewhere and make a better trade next week

  • Why this game shits me – I traded Roughy out for Zorko

  • Think I’ll change my team name to “That 70’s team” after this round

  • I don’t know whats worse, Clokes form or his hair cut???????????????

  • Watson to Barlow, Libba or Rocky?
    My thought is Barlow since he is the cheapest and shows most potential.

    • Barlow easy

    • Did you just say Barlow over Rocky? Rockwiz is an absolute no brainer, and what a perfect time to bring him in with Jobe gone for the season. The lions are back at the Shrine of Rocky this week against the giants and I’m expecting a 140

    • I’d go after Rocky, however if you need the cash Barlow is a worthy alternative

  • Why do I even do dreamteam. It just causes pain then when you think it might be ending (Higgins, Burgoyne, walker, montagana, Simpson, selwood, darling, Elliot, swallow, shaw) spastics just decide to shit on you

  • Strongly considering Cox to Lobbe.

  • Was looking to offload cotch but no no. Watson had to go stuff himself. Now I’ve got a conundrum. I need to offload polec as he is injured and won’t risk him as starter. 2 options. Let me know what u think
    Option 1 Polec – Miles (M8) , Watson – Rockliff. Next week I’ll go Miles to Stevie J.
    Option 2 Watson – Shiels , Polec – Macrae
    Next week I’ll go cotchin to stevie J.

  • Ebert down to A Swallow a decent trade?

    • Don’t know why you’d trade Ebert coming off a 110, and he’s playing lots of easy games at the Adelaide Oval for the rest of the season where he always does well.

    • your lucky if ebert is at your top of your priorities to trade out……….. and no

      • He is my top priority.. guess I am lucky. Just isn’t getting enough of the ball lately only got 110 in the last qtr because Port ran over St Kilda.

        • I’m sorry but I see no plausible way that a midfielder averaging 106 is your biggest issue? you must be missing something there…

  • Matt what’s your thoughts on bringing treloar in at this stage over Watson my mid is already rocky,beams, pendle, barlow, selwood, Goddard, ablett

    • I’m considering it, but your paying premium price for him, so I’d say leave him be at this stage. For just an extra 10k you could have the pig himself in your team

      • The whole point to this game is to beat your opponent. Have some balls and select a player that not many people have, Ie. Treloar. He can go big. He’s also a fucking gun!

    • you could make money and get stevie J

    • I would get SJ without having to think about it

  • Had 19 of my 22 players not reach their average as i scraped to 1882…
    12 premos scoring under 80 and my one rookie was lennon with 7.
    Dropped out of top 1000 and conducting some serious rage trading!

  • I’d say the force from Buddy’s shoulder was far greater than that of Jaensch’s floppy head knocking with Ballas. Utter crap there Matt.

    • One player got concussed and one didn’t, how else can you measure the impact? Slow motion always makes things look worse, it’s how the system is. Nothing to do with inconsistencies.

      • It’s Jaensch’s fault for not expecting the impact and bracing for it (ie: the floppy head). It was in the contest (whereas Franklin didn’t need to to anything at all) and Ballas had no other option. It’s like someone getting a week for kicking the footy and someone getting his head in the way of it. Ballas may get suspended for essentially playing perfect footy and you aren’t phased by this at all? Why should Ballas get suspended because Jaensch has poor awareness of what is around him?? It’s like someone getting suspended for running someone down when they’re not expecting it. Complete BS. Also what’s the differnce between the Fyfe one and the buddy one? A bit of blood is worth 2 weeks!!?? WTF is going on

        • I’m not saying I agree with the system, but that’s what’s in place at the moment and we have to deal with it. Fyfe was similar to Ballantyne, not Buddy. I agree it seems contradicting to be so harsh on head clashes then throw out head high bumps because there was insufficient contact, they will need to have another look at the rules

          • No it is not similar to Fyfe, fyfe could have technically tackled or smothered. Jaensch didn’t have the ball so it is completely different. Fyfe’s was an accidental headclash in an incident where he had alternatives. Buddy’s was a shoulder bump to the head where his opponent had already disposed of the ball. Fyfe’s unfortunately drew blood (not concussed etc.) so he got two weeks, this is where the system is flawed. It doesn’t take much force at all to draw blood in the head area and they graded it medium impact! An adelaide guy last year got two weeks for deliberatley raising his elbow and clocking an eagle’s player. 2 weeks! the same as accidentally clashing heads with someone apparently. The whole system needs a complete overhaul.

  • I forgot about swallow. I’m trading Watson to Redden, Polec to A Swallow. Leaves me 22 premos.

    • Interesting, but I’d personally stick clear of Redden. Will always hurt you once in a while

  • (Over 2 Weeks)

    Libba + Chappy


    Stevie J + Parker/Boomer

    • Stevie J and Parker imo

      • Do you have Stevie J Stevo? …may be some bitter owner advice coming my way here haha
        I’m leaning towards that option though

        • im picking him up this week for watson, he is cheaper than him and a proven premo. Also geelong has a crazy good run until round 20 with only essendon as their hardest team. Parker over chappy too.

  • Thanks again, Matt, for the article (especially your continued good sense re Bird).

    Who should I trade out from Watson,Polec, Hallahan, Hampson, Fasolo or Gunston? (I will keep Brodie Martin & Shenton as they still have money to make.) My thinking is Watson (of course) and Gunston for Barlow & Harvey.

    • Cheers Henry! Watson and Polec for Barlow and I need to know how much cash you’ll have! Presuming the rest are on your bench and therefore aren’t priorities

      • Thanks Matt. I’ll have $203k after the Watson trade. Gunston is on the field. The rest are bench.

        • Polec on your bench? Interesting. Guessing your M8 may need work? Otherwise you’re doing well! If you have 203k in the bank and Gunston is your biggest issue you have the best team going around! Gunston to Harvey seems the way to go then, always prioritise on field upgrades

  • Henry. Watson is out for 10-12 wks. Get out asap

  • Swallow or Hanley ?
    Barlow, Stevie J or Libba?
    Current Midfield (Rockcliff,GAJ,Beams,Pendls,Jelwood,Goddard,Watson,Shenton)

    Option 1
    Hansen -> Swallow/Hanley
    Watson -> Martin (Via DPP)than next week get a premo

    Option 2
    Hansen -> Hanley/Swallow
    Watson -> Striaght Premo

  • Thanks matt who do I get for Watson do you think?
    Lots of options but Ive narrowed it down to JPK, Libba or Stevie J.
    Who do you think?

  • Hanley hurt, I had him in for Langdon all week, but decided to cover for McEvoy missing again instead. Now with Watson’s injury and Fasolo’s imminent financial collapse (God damn you Buckley) I’m just going to have to miss him.

  • picked up stefan martin this week, love the 99 on my bench… :\ oh well at least jacobs played in the end.
    anyway, looks like i can swing martin into the forwards, so i’m thinking of playing him on the field over Tex given adelaide’s up and down form + playing north this week…? thoughts?

  • Hey matt great article mate. Whats ur thoughts on a trade for watson. O was thinkn barlow with his easy draw but then i was thinkn stevie J as he has stkilda but his b/e is still 150… Who do u think i should go?

    • Cheers mate. If you can go Barlow this week and get SJ next then that’s what I’d be going for!

  • Looking at the draw ahead barring any injuries and suspensions who do you expect to be by end of year:

    Top 6 Defenders
    Top 8 Midfielders
    Top 2 Rucks
    Top 6 Forwards

    • Bartel, Simpson, Hibberd, Hanley, McVeigh, Sitchell
      Ablett, Rocky, Pendles, Beams, Barlow, Swan, JPK, SJ
      Jacobs, Sandilands
      Parker, Boomer, Gray, Danger, Dusty, Chappy

      That’s it IMO, I’m sure there will be other opinions on mids out there, but I’m fairly sure those’ll be top 6 forwards and defenders

      • Simpson, Bartel, McVeigh, Mitchell, Hibberd, Hanley
        Rocky, Ablett, Pendles, Beams, JPK, SJ, Barlow, Libba
        Mummy, Sandi
        Parker, Boomer, Dusty, Danger, Gray, Chappy

  • Looking to trade our either Dunstan, Cornes or Wines for Barlow or Treloar. Any suggestions?


  • Excellent article again Matt

    Looking at finishing my backline so I don’t have to touch it again

    Trading out Langford and either Enright or Langdon for Bartel and either Hanley or Hibberd

    Depending who I keep it will be Enright or Langdon as my D7.

    Leaning towards Langford/Enright for Bartel/Hanley


  • Need some help here boishh

    Def: bartel burgoyne mcveigh swallow jaensch Langdon bench: Griffiths bews

    Mid: ablett Johnson Watson beams swan Goddard polec bench: acres o’brien

    Ruck: mummy sandi bench derickx currie

    Fwd: Parker Martin Elliot zorko wingard tex bench: Ambrose frost

    Thinking maybe Watson > Barlow
    And polec > swallow
    But I’ve got heaps of those inconsistent dawgs in the fwd line
    Only got $47K

  • Oh and wines in the midfield don’t ask me why

  • Watson to sj and Tyson to Goddard?

    Mids : ablett, rocky, beams, pendles, sj, barlow, Goddard, sheils

    (Beams, shenton)

    Will upgrade sheils in a couple but in good form and still rising in price

  • Great write up Matt. Need to get shot of Johnson and I was going to go with Kelly now he’s a Def/Mid. Not too sure whether to trade out Montagna for SJ or Ryder to Minson as Ryder hasn’t scored well since Bellchambers came back,

  • My mid field consists of:

    Ablett, Beams, Swan, Watson, Libba, Jelwood, Stevie J, Rocky.

    Obviously looking to trade Watson. I’m thinking Pendles Barlow, Kennedy or perhaps Treloar as a POD…


  • Who is the best forward under 500k apart from gunston, dahlhaus and zorko? Pleas help

    • Robbie Gray,NRoo,Danger,Hoff and Elliot. Robbie Gray for me, he is scoring very well ATM, also Wingard will be cheap over the next couple of weeks

    • Robbie Gray

  • Hi Matt, How’s it going? I was wondering if you could take a look at my team:

    DEF: Simpson, McVeigh, Swallow, Suckling, Langdon, Kolodajshnij (Langford, Simpkin)
    MID: Rockliff, Ablett, Beams, Johnson, Watson, Swan, Cotchin, Polec (K Mitchell, O’Brien)
    RUC: Mumford, Sandilands (Derickx, F Thurlow)
    FWD: Parker, Dangerfield, D Martin, N Riewoldt, Dahlhaus, T Walker (C Cameron, Shenton)

    100k left.

    Naturally, Jobe Watson has to go as does Polec who is starting to lose cash. If I trade Watson> Barlow that leaves me with 500k, not much to work with essentially to complete my midfield. Any thoughts?

  • Thoughts on getting shiels in for Watson this week instead of Barlow to get some cash for next week?

    • Levi Greenwood see my comments below cash to be made and expect 100+

  • Upgrade Higgins or gunston ? And to which premium forward I can afford any of them.

  • How come no ones talking about Levi greenwood whata POD and cash to be made 109 on weekend (same as Barlow and he got mention in legends?- WTF?)3 round average 129.33 and 5 game average of 119.8 went up some 28k last round (when I got him in) still priced at $520k and has B/E of 66 – upcoming opponents Crows, Melb & Brisbane. His role has been changed only scored udner 100 once (91) in last 5 games) he wont get the Kerridge tag they will go to Del-santo, or Gibson or Harvey.