The Weekend Wash-Up – Friday the 13th

This week’s wash-up comes to you exclusively from my shed, where I’ve resided since about 2pm this afternoon. I don’t really know where to start this weekend, but what did we expect to happen when Round 13 begins on Friday the 13th? Late withdrawals, donuts and bad trades were just the start, but my final score? R.I.P Matt. Hold onto your butts, it’s time to take a look at the weekend wash-up.

The Legends

Miles (105) – If a player was on my radar then were was a high chance they scored well. Miles was fantastic for the Tigers on a dark day for the club, GWS look to have let exactly what they needed slip. A ball winning midfielder. He’s a tough nut and will continue to rack up solid scores, he’s easily in Richmond’s best midfield. VERDICT: Great option for your bench as cover.

Franklin (122)  – There’s not much more I need to say about Buddy, when he’s on he is unstoppable. Redemption for his poor score last week. VERDICT: He’s still solid value for a bloke who has 6 tons in his last 9 games.

Jack (117) – One that has slipped under the radar is Jack. Many would’ve been put off due to his shocking form towards the end of last season, but he doesn’t look like slowing currently. His low ceiling makes me hesitate, however 7 consecutive tons is hard to ignore. VERDICT: I still have to pass.

Lobbe (133) – I really should back myself in more often. Backed Lobbe in for a massive second half of the season, but didn’t have the balls to go through with it. Congratulations to those who did, he’s on fire. Hit 40 hitouts again, before the last 2 weeks his season best was 34. VERDICT: Now is the time to pick him up.

Ebert (136) – 40 disposals is a great outing in anyone’s book, if only he could do this consistently! The potential is there, the consistency isn’t. VERDICT: Still not sure he’s a top 8 mid.

Naitinui (116) – I called this one too! Nic Nat is back at full fitness and thrived without Coxy in the ruck. He’s still a bargain and should be strongly considered if you’re after a ruckman or some quick cash. VERDICT: He’s looking good.

Prestia (139) – 4 consecutive tons, 3 round average of over 125. Hard to argue with those stats, we all knew Prestia had the ability to go big, now he’s doing it consistently. VERDICT: Great POD.

McGovern (95) – He’s been a shining light in a terrible season for the Eagles. He will be a sensational rookie to have as cover for the rest of the season, job security is no longer an issue. VERDICT: Still great value.

Harvey (126) – I can’t argue it anymore. Harvey is the second, if not best forward in the comp. He should be high on everyone’s prority list. VERDICT: Gun.

Hanley (113) – I gave you the stats last week and he didn’t let me down. He’s now averaging 100 vest aside. He’ll be coming in for me this week.  VERDICT: Top 6 defender comfortably.

S.Martin (100) – I don’t regret not bringing him in, however he was brilliant for those who did. Negative breakeven this week so it’s not too late to get on board! VERDICT: Great value, but has Sandi this week.

Bartel (148) – I don’t need to say anything more about this bloke, he is a true legend! VERDICT: Just get him in.

Kelly (129) – He has his quiet games, but when Kelly is on he can go big for a defender. 12 tackles propelled him to a brilliant 129 and worthy of another mention. Keep him on the radar. VERDICT: He should be a top 6 defender, don’t be afraid to grab him!

Liberatore (126) – He just keeps getting it done. Libba was a colossus for the Doggies on Sunday and single handedly dragged them over the line. He’s had 10+ tackles for a ridiculous 5 weeks running and hasn’t gone under 7 tackles since Round 4. VERDICT: Beast.

Goddard (157) – Finally BJ rounds out the legends, and what a legend he is! He smashed out a famed triple double to propell him to a whopping 157 point haul, more than enough to make up for last weeks disappointment. VERDICT: Not sure I’d bring him in now, although he should be as consistent as anyone!

The Losers

Docherty (48) – Straight back to Earth for Docherty owners this week, it’s been a great run but this probably spells the end. Shouldn’t be on your field and is peaking in value. VERDICT: I’d be trading.

Rohan (0) – Many of you may have missed the fact that Rohan managed to actually play a game of footy without registering a single stat. Wow. (It was sub affected, but even so…) VERDICT: Irrelevant but interesting to see how bad things could have gone for us.

Cornes (53) – It’s never a good sign to see one of your premium mids is being tagged, however getting the news that they have a shut down role of their own is a complete disaster. This is why Kane can’t be considered a legitimate option. VERDICT: Trade.

Le Cras (53) – I had him firmly on my radar, he’s now drifting well off it. This wasn’t his best effort. VERDICT: Avoid.

Kolodjashnij (34) – I seriously hope everyone has moved KK on, from their fields at least. If not, I’ll see you in rehab tomorrow. VERDICT: He is worthy of a spot on your bench in my opinion.

Jaensch (69) – If this has seemed brief it’s because there is the slight matter of this game sh*tting me off to attend to. This bloke played a part of my psychological downfall, and to make things worse I can’t trade him. VERDICT: If you have the luxury trade available, it’s time to upgrade.

Dangerfield (73) – As bad as he’s been, it’s not the worst of our problems. Most of us own him, and you’d be a brave soul to trade him out now considering the damage he can do. Not to mention the fact he’s due, remember what I said about his 4 game runs of form. It’s time for a turnaround. VERDICT: Hold.

Rockliff (75) – I had Rocky captain and yes, this wasn’t his best effort. However there was bigger losers this week, myself the main culprit. He’s still averaging over 120, Rocky will be back big time. VERDICT: Remain calm people.

Selwood (74) – Ok panic. Time to f**kin panic! God knows what has happened to him, but since I traded him in 4 weeks ago he may as well have been an out and out forward. Pathetic. VERDICT: I’m going to hold and pray for a miracle. Gold Coast go head to head in midfield so hopefully he goes big this week, last chance.

Riewoldt (41) – St Kilda were simply disgusting on the weekend, it’s time for N Roo to go. You can’t carry these shockers. VERDICT: Trade time.

Stanton (68) – As I said on twitter, the only thing that will be picking up in terms of Stanton’s game without Watto is a tag. This turned out to be the case, and as we all know when Stants gets a tag… I will say no more. VERDICT: Nowhere near a top 8 mid.

Beams +SJ – I wonder if for once, JUST ONCE the top teams could name the squad that they will ACTUALLY BE PLAYING COME GAME DAY! Christ sake, these mind games are pointless and only piss everyone off. I highly doubt SJ got injured between Friday and Sunday, same deal with Beams. They were never playing, and those (like me) who just traded SJ in were played for fools. VERDICT: Anyone who says there isn’t luck involved with DT is kidding themselves. To those who say something along the lines of “How did you do so bad, I’m on 2500 with 10 in play”, screw you.

Talking Point

Yes I wasn’t a Buddy fan at the start of the season, and yes I’m sitting here with egg on my face writing this. Although it took them a while, Sydney have overcome their Mummy problems and are clearly the team to beat this season. Buddy was undoubtedly the weekend’s talking point, with 3 incredible goals in a matter of 5 minutes when the game was directly in the balance. What a superstar.

This Game Sh*ts Me

I sit here sobbing whilst writing in a puddle of my own tears, so you can guess where this section is going. I had a weekend that deserves to rot in hell, starting from last Friday. Lemony Snicket’s sequel to ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’ was a cracker. *Novel incoming* Jobe Watson managed to pull a muscle nobody thought possible, starting the downward trend. However this situation was recoverable, and who better to do that job than Steve Johnson? St Kilda had no taggers starting, Geelong should win easily and he will have a day out. You can’t keep a great player down for long. So I brought him in despite his massive BE. There was an alternative I was strongly considering, involving bringing in Hanley this week with his low BE, then moving him back to defence next. My other trade was between Nic Nat and Mumford in for Cox. I had tipped Nic Nat to thrive without Cox in the team, and his cheap price was too hard to ignore. As I’m sure you can tell, I went with the supposedly ‘safe options’ and brought in Mumford and SJ. Not only did that cost 146 points (Yes, 146) but it has set me back roughly $100k as well. I’ll be honest I can handle my core players deciding to play dodgeball as there’s nothing I could do to change that. Beams’ late withdrawal was nasty, but I had cover. However when it’s your trades that f**k you over, all you can think about is what could have been. What should have been. AND THAT’S WHY THIS GAME SH*TS ME!


Here are the 5 nominations for this week, I’ll just skip the voting as my best player here is not applicable:

Bartel – He’s been by far the best defensive pick of the season, Jimmy has been a DT legend for year’s and he’s winding back the clock. Superstar.

Goddard – He was looking for redemption after last week and he produced it in style. Forget how bad his Bomber teammates were, his 157 was a highlight on a dark day for the Dons. Massive.

Liberatore – He just keeps getting it done! Once again he laid 10+ tackles and had 23 contested possessions. Beast, certainly worthy of the neutrals votes.

Harvey – Speaking of getting it done, Boomer is going to new levels. Things are getting out of control, he’s averaged 117 in his past 5 games and his making or breaking DT seasons! Huge.

Prestia – 4 consecutive tons sees Prestia make it into the nominees, and rightly so. His 3 round average of 125 is unmatched, he looks to have come of age and what a sight it is.

Who will get your vote?

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The Other Bits and Pieces

The moment I’ve been dreading. I actually thought my players might bounce back after last week’s catastrophe. Little did I know that World War 3 was about to breakout. You know what, let’s just skip this section, pretend the last 3 days never happened and start a fresh next week. No? Well I scored 1885. Rest in pieces. Didn’t pass 1900 in RDT either for what little it’s worth. Yeah… Hope you enjoyed etc. etc. I’m off to drown my sorrows! Thank god for the World Cup.

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  • Haha great read as always matt.
    I’m holding all my premos this week. Double downgrade. Giving
    Them 1 more chance. on my to trade list is Nroo, J.selwood, , zorko, A.swallow and Burgoyne. Whichever 2 dud it again next week are gone.

  • 1865… yep 1865. Overall rank now blown out to 2385 after being in the top 1000 a couple weeks ago…

    Rockliff captain; have Beams, Steve J and Gunst0n; and having N.Roo tops it all off…I can’t win!

  • Nice article Matt.

    Got a few on the chopping block this week. Higgins has to go this week and looking to downgrade to Stefan Martin (I can work him back to the ruck and Parker from my mids into the forwards later next week). This means I can either trade Zorko or Joel Selwood, but struggling to decide which one and who I should trade to. Can trade Zorko for a forward or mid. Already have Boomer, danger, dusty and chappy.

    Please give me some advice people I am in crisis mode right now cause I got a tough league opposition.

    • Definitely trade Zorko. He is a player who gives you (about once a month) a score of 120+. But you pay for it a lot of scores in the 50s & 60s. I like more consistency. If you have 2 or 3 inconsistent players who bottom out in the finals you are finished. I copped a bit of criticism on this site when I traded him out after his round 9 14. Since then he has scored 114, 76 & 71. Is the 114 worth the 2 70s? Not to me.

      • Yeah I was thinking down that line. Who do you think I should get in for him though? Was thinking Libba in my mids or maybe Buddy?

        • Hmmm I would trade Zorko as well but maybe think about bringing in Robbie Gray? I brought him in early in the season and he is the most solid player consistency wise. If you want a mid I would 100% bring in JPK over Libba.

          • I really need someone who can smash it out the park this week. Bit concerned about JPKs record on Richmond. Figured Buddy could kick like 20 goals this week since the boys are down in form and key forwards have being having a field day on the tiges of late. Plus JPK has a pretty high break even this week of 134, so I was hoping that I could get him cheaper at some point later.

          • I honestly believe that Buddy is like a Zorko 2.0 where he can either give you 60 or 120 and I don’t think he’s that top 6 or even 8 forwards by years end (neither is zorko). Wasted trade really IMO. And at some point you’ve gotta get JPK in so why wait an extra couple of weeks when you could be getting those 120+ scores he’s been pumping for the last 2 months immediately? Does you opponent have strong mids or are they average?

          • Strong mids. Essentially it will be whoever I get in matched up with Ebert.

          • Ebert is a bit of a gun… Hopefully he pulls another 60 for you but he has that potential to go 140 like on the weekend. He is playing the WB at Adelaide so probability says he’s gonna go big. Good luck man

          • Nanana Picken gonna jump on Ebert this week for the boys. Give me a nice 63.

          • Oi Donstain, Dijon and the bois are gonna wreck you

        • Either one of those seems good. I got Buddy 2 weeks ago. He was my star in the just finished round.

  • 1824 KK,Rocky (C), Stevie, Nroo, Jelwood, Beams, Danger.

  • Hey matt thanks for that mate, horrid score this week thanks to roo stevie gunners beams and rocky (c). Have 60k in the bank and looking to offload gunners and roo. I like Franklin but also like dusty, dont have enough for both. Are there any good options around or under the lecras price range. Cheers.

  • Life is pain.

  • You know you are going badly when NONE of the Golden Stubby nominees is in your team. But all that changes this week. Out Fasolo (or perhaps Hallahan) and Gunston, in Bartell & Harvey.

    I had 6 of my Round 12 starting line-up not playing in Round 13. After this week’s trades that will be down to 2 – Beams & Cameron. Still managed 2021.

  • Didn’t have the greatest of scores (2015)… But would like to send out a big thank you to a Mr D Beams for his late out on Saturday. Luckily for me I had his brother covering for him, and his magnificent 59 was enough to get me over the line against destROY…

  • is scott thompson (crows) is he a good option for 480 k?
    is he a good pod?
    and also libba vs barlow vs stevie j?

    • Thompson has been to inconsistent so I would so No.

      I went Barlow a couple of weeks ago and been very happy. Libba is also on fire and getting very expensive but he is a gun and will get him next week – see my post below. SJ will drop in price the next 2 weeks consider then.

  • After a crap score last week (2002) scored 2263 and ranked 161 for the round – very happy with last weeks trades Watson & Griffiths out – in Hanley (113) & Kelly (129).

    Double downgrade this week Langford > Miles & S Lloyd > McGovern which will then give me enough coin next week to bring in Libba & Bartel. Will then have 21 premo’s – another downgrade/upgrade and Im lookin good.

  • No Callan Ward? Been in ripping form lately

  • Great read Matt. I managed 2216 this week RDT and had just traded SJ in and put the C on him. Luckily I had the VC on Goddard. Still copped a 0 as I had Beams and only Taylor as cover. Higgins to Wingard will be my only trade this week I think , I’ll most likely keep Langdon to save trades as he’s the only onfield rookie left in my side.

  • Half my team may as well be on the chopping block! Ranking has gone from 400 to 2100 in the last 2wks!!!

  • Ross, Wingard will do your head in like Zorko, both their games are suited to Supercoach. I would avoid him if you can & look elsewhere.

  • “To those who say something along the lines of “How did you do so bad, I’m on 2500 with 10 in play”, screw you” hahaha gold!

    Managed over 2100 this week carry bloody roo’s 41. Ebert gets the golden stubby for me but like you i’m not convinced. But like warnie said, take away the 2 60’s and he’s averaging 3rd best in the comp!

  • Trade jaensch or Langdon ?

    • Jaesnch. Langdon still has a little more cash to make and will probably put out another 85+ this week against the hawks. Jaensch more likely to lose value.

  • While I’m happy that Goddard delivered 157 this week, if I really wanted to be negative, I’d say that it adds a little extra sting to the fact that he was my captain last week for 74.. Typical.

  • Need to upgrade a midfielder but unsure who to get rid of. Choosing between Wines, Cornes and Tyson? I was thinking Tyson but the scores from Wines and Cornes are no better.

  • dont know what more zaharakis needs to do for a mention

  • I am looking for a mid to replace Jelwood. I am considering:
    1. Trelor – not mentioned above.
    2. Libba – getting a bit expensive now.
    3. Prestia.

    Which one and why?

  • all 3 are guns arent they, cant go wrong? I’d probably take treloar (cos i already have libba)

    any thoughts on j.lloyd/ambrose traded out for miles/mcgovern? i know thats its slightly premature to trade out those cash cows, but I make $50k, get miles as a permanent M9, and mcgovern is going to make some more cash.

  • Sucks when you have Stevie J as Captain and then Beams as Vice

  • Langford to Weller and sheils to miles leaving $300,000 for a double upgrade next week, z merrett to Harvey amd janesch to bartel


  • hey boys, just wondering who to go?

    Libba, Prestia or Kennedy

    cheers boys

  • McGovern or Martin in?

  • thoughts on kerstens chances of getting a game soon

  • Great article matt , i cant decide what to do… Upgrade langdon to hanley or trade cotchin to barlow. Thoughts?

  • Hey Matt, Great Read.

    Just wondering, Who do you think is the best downgrafe option.

    Thanks :)

  • Hi Matt, what option do u think I should take this week?

    Option 1
    KK >X Ellis
    Cornes > Liberatore/Pendlebury

    Option 2
    KK > Seedsman
    Billings > Honeychurch bench trade

    Option 3
    Billings > Ross bench trade
    KK > Bartel

    Help would be greatly appreciated

  • 1 or 2?

    1. Langdon > Bartel
    2. Zorko > Boomer

    Thanks :)

  • SJ captain and Beams VC in RDT. That’s why this game shits me.