The Weekend Wash-Up – Round 3

You’ll be hard pressed to find a week with bigger score differentials than the past few days. Some will be sitting in their thrones with a comfortable 2200+ after some monster scores from a few of our most popular players. Then there’s the rest of us whingers, hard done by due to injuries, vests and generally shit picks. Here in this article we group together and look with spite at those ‘lucky’ pricks. One day we’ll have to admit perhaps they’ve made some smarter calls, BUT TODAY IS NOT THAT DAY! Anyway, it’s time for the weekend wash-up…

Legends

Swan (144) – Oink! Most of us enjoyed the original swine’s return to the pen, admittedly I wasn’t one of them. Role was always the question with regards to Swanny. With Sidebottom, Adams and Greenwood on the sidelines the stars have aligned. It’s ANZAC Day next week, I will say no more.

Armitage (143) – Who? The writing was on the wall for a breakout season last year. Armitage is becoming a key midfielder for the Saints, he actually notched a massive 153 last season. He proved again that he has a massive ceiling, and isn’t the worst option if you’re after a differential. Doesn’t go below 80.

Steven (138) – There is always the fear of a tag on Steven, but when he’s allowed to roam free he is as damaging as most of the best. I’d suggest the ship has sailed, but if he keeps this scoring up he will become seriously relevant! Great pick by those that backed him in.

Watson (140) – The question here is, was Watson’s 2012 season a flash in the pan, or has he been held back over the past 2 seasons with the drug saga? The early evidence suggests the latter may be true, he’s well in the mix to be a top 8 mid considering Heppell is now attracting the tags. Great differential.

Sloane (130) – Previously, every time I heard Rory Sloane’s name all I could think of was Entourage. Emmanuelle Chriqui may be decent, but Rory is taking things to another level. His consistency, now matched by his ceiling makes him perfect couple material. Get on board.

Ebert (111) – He couldn’t, could he? Chew on these stats. Ebert’s average in the first 6 games last season. 118, including a massive 152. Sound familiar? His average for the final 16 games on the season, 91.8… You have been warned. Perhaps this is the year he will push on with it, but he has done this before.

Beams (126) – Legend is a big call, in fact I got a huge amount of Golden Stubby nominations for Beamer. Don’t get me wrong it’s brilliant to see him bouncing back, but he is still averaging 87! This is what we expect from him, more please Dayne!

Roughead (140) – Not really relevant but any bloke who gets 28 possiessions, 21 score involvements and 7 snags deserves a mention. There’s always that one guy in your league who owns big Roughie, I just hope you didn’t face him this week.

Lewis (152!) – The rise of Lewis has been incredible. He used to be Mr Consistent, notching a solid 90-95 average year in year out. Suddenly last year he started pumping out these 150+ scores out of nowhere, averaging 130 in his last 6. A fluke was the general consensus early this pre-season, but the NAB Challenge set to dispel that theory. I liken it to the Michael Clarke syndrome. Pup had made 18 centuries up until 2011, but had a high score of 168. Once he discovered ground beyond the 150 landmark against India, he proceeded to pump out 4 double hundreds in the same year. Lewis has discovered there is land beyond the 120 mark, and he’s enjoying himself to a feast. Fantasy beast, perhaps even pig?

Hodge (159!!) – I didn’t get to watch this this match, but I’m guessing we have a new pig sty. I got in the car to hear Hodge had another great game, standard I thought. Had him in my team all pre-season, but got Prince Lumumba instead. Then I heard he got 44 touches, I’ll leave the rest to your imagination. I don’t think anyone saw this level of beast mode coming, now we’re all scrambling to get him in. Do it ASAP!

Neale (162!!!) – SPEAKING OF BEAST MODE. I’d prefer not to talk about my Eagles, but I was more than happy for Neale to slut it up. He was another midpricer I’d stuck with, and this game goes to show why it’s always best to back in your pre-season picks. Even so… 162?!?! I’m going to be riding his wave for weeks to come, I’ll be interested to see if he can back it up. There’s no denying he’s a pure ball winner, but you have to credit his 95% disposal efficiency. Gun.

Hill (149) – You won’t ever see Hill get an acre to stretch his legs in again. Don’t even think about it.

Selwood (137) – Selwood is a safe pick every season and he is getting the business done yet again. Surely it’s only a matter of time before he rubs out these shockers and pushes his average past 110. The lack of quality around him makes things hard, beware the constant barrage of tags he will receive. Step up SJ!

Losers

Geary (54) – I don’t want to say that I saw this coming… So I’ll just say that everyone in their right minds saw this coming. At the end of the day, it’s Jarryn Geary. Why do we expect better!

Hibberd (66) – The only reason you’d be picking him is for his supreme consistency. He won’t up his average but at least you can rely on him. I should say, you used to be able to rely on him. He didn’t enjoy his tag at all, in fact he notched up 38 of his points within 15 minutes. His graph for rest of the game looked like something produced by Nathan Brown.

Walker (49) – The fact that he kicked 3 goals in this game makes for even uglier reading. Key forwards, wet conditions. This is why some fantasy coaches can’t have good things. That is unless you started with him, in which case you have every right to call yourself a genius. Just quit while you’re ahead.

Shiel (47) – You know what they say, whatever goes up must come down. F**king hard. Shiel is a gun, however he has been too hot for his own good. The fact that he is now right up there on the tag list makes me extremely nervous, I’d be getting an itchy trigger finger if you don’t already have Hodge.

Griffen (68) – I hope nobody is still putting up with Griffen’s complete ineptitude, it must be a painful experience. I am proud to say I have never owned the attack dog, it’s time to put him down.

Parker (61) – What the hell happened here? It sounds like he was played forward, why I’m not completely sure. Did Longmire face him as a unique this week, or is this to become something more regular. Parker is an absolute jet, surely he will smash it against Fremantle next week. It’s tough with unlimited trades, but I’d be holding. I still have him in my top 10 mids. Just don’t serve this up next week Luke or it’s curtains.

Ziebell (7) – We all have our what was I thinking moments. The irony that Ziebell owners even got 7 days of rejoicing before he kamikazed himself is even more painful. What could have been… The fact is when you’re taking yourself out hitting an opponents back trying to spoil the ball, questions have to be asked. Fool me once, shame on me. Fool me twice…

Bartel (8) – Now this just gives me the sh*ts. I drafted him in ahead of Swan based on form and role, and Round 1 looked like a sign of things to come for Jimmy. The concussion was unfortunate, but I decided to hold him. What reward did I get for my patience? Glad you asked. A 136 point loss, $70k down the shitter and a headache for the next week. Cruel. Let’s hope he makes a swift recovery, everyone loves Bartel and he will become a bargain pick up around the Bye rounds.

Goodes (26) – Yes he was the sub again, and no I still haven’t figured out what the Doggies are cooking up in the coaches box. To make matters worse he was subbed on during the second quarter. See you later Goodsey, be sure to let the door hit you on the way out.

Anderson (14) – Andersub (Yes that’s the best I could come up with) was at it again, only this time he didn’t pull a decent score from the wreckage. Many would’ve had him as an emergency for the Bont… The Bont… Read on.

Stokes (22) – And this is why drafts suck. They are a great concept, but if one of your top picks goes down, pack up your bags and tank it for next season. Ok so Stokes isn’t a top pick, but if your draft goes deep into the selection pool then you will currently be considering Guthrie as a replacement. There’s always a sense of injustice.

Sheppard (49) – Remember when Brad Sheppard was a thing? Yeah, I can’t believe it either.

Kolodjashnij (45) – Remember that time when Kolo was still a thing after lockout… We literally selected him based on the loose word he was moving up onto a wing this season. He has been so woeful that I’ve learnt to spell his name. That says it all really…

Barlow (55) – This is just one of those moments where you sit back and think… WTF?! Fremantle’s midfield had a field day. Neale, Mundy and Fyfe brought their own football’s to the game. Barlow however decided to have the weekend off, not what you expect from Mr Dream Team himself. Take a step back for a moment. He was a hero last week belting out 145, and he will be back at it against Sydney this week. Back him in.

The Mark Stevens

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How footy has changed over the past few years. 5 years ago we could all enjoy the LIVE free to air coverage from the brilliant commentary crew at Channel 10.  These days we have to put up with Basil and Hamish on a Saturday afternoon, 2 hours delayed for those here in WA. Fantastic. Some of this weekends quotes included; “That is the angriest I have seen Brandan Goddard.”  That was as he pointed to his face, before proceeding to jog back to his position. Has Basil not seen his other 249 games? Not to mention the riveting coverage about the commentators favourite movies, not that I give a flying ****. If I wanted to know the cast of Dances with Wolves I’d find out myself. Then there’s BT. Travis Cloke has taken a big pack mark. Do you say a) “Huge mark by Travis Cloke!!!!” Or b) “And he stands up and says, MY NAME IS TRAVIS CLOKE!” Obviously B, how else would you wake everyone up after they’ve been listening to Tim Watson?

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There are plenty of deserved winners this week, get voting! Here are your nominees…

Neale – Sure the Hawkers were awesome and are certainties to pick up the stubby this week, but Neale gets my vote. 162 from a risky midpricer? That’s unheard of.

Lewis – When Rocky and Ablett went down early, Gotham needed a hero. JL has put his hand up and said “My name is Jordan Lewis, come with me!!!” Sorry, BTisms. Worthy winner if he gets it.

Hodge – If he doesn’t surely Hodgey will get it. 200 looked on the cards for a brief moment, but I guess we can settle with 159…

Swan – The original swine (Can OS become a thing?) was back to his pigging ways. 1 vote = 1 slice of bacon at the G next week.

Sloane – Perhaps not just for this week, but those who picked him Round 1 will surely snag him a few votes. What a pick!

This Game Sh*ts me

I have a few bones to pick this week. Firstly, H.Lumumba. I (unlike many) had the luxury trade available to dump him this week. Of course, happens every time. 99% of people that owned him didn’t really want him, and nor should they. Take the points and run for the hills, he did it in 1 quarter! Not only do I have to deal with my former spuds picking up their game, injuries are always going to be a nut buster. The simple swap from Swan to Bartel should have been an even contest. The differential this week was enough to change a season. Not only did he get injured he has lost another 50k, making it impossible for me to get Hodge in this week. Top banter all round.

Luxury trades, injuries and their general sh*tness… What else can I think of. Of course, it wouldn’t be a week of AFL Fantasy without a club treating us Fantasy coaches with complete ignorance. Marcus Bontempelli. How bloody hard is it to name him out on Friday? There is nothing worse than trading in somebody for a 0. Or is there? Perhaps talking down the rumours, announcing that he is on the plane and going to play the day before takes the cake. “Bontempelli fit to face the Hawks” was the article I recall. Not only does Luke Beveridge vest Goodes, at the airport he came up with “Yes he’ll play.” Never trust a bloke with dodgy hair kids. And that’s why this game sh*ts me.

The Other Bits and Pieces

It was another decent round for me, but far too much could’ve should’ve would’ve. 2032 in AFL Fantasy, while another solid 2024 in RDT has me positioned nicely after 3 rounds. There’s not much that summarises this season so far, I guess Luke Beveridge’s haircut comes pretty close. I’m guessing this was a much better week for most, hopefully things continue onwards and upwards! Those in pain, I can only hope this has eased things somewhat… If I can be your morphine, then I’m doing my job!

If you enjoy seeing me rage and want a punching bag when sh*t goes tits up, follow me on twitter@MattCraigDT. My views are honest, possibly helpful and occasionally entertaining! Hit me up with your weekly Golden Stubby nominations, and mainly what gave you the sh*ts! I value everyone’s opinion.

79 Comments

  • Great stuff yet again Matt!
    This week I used some leftover Rocky/Steele trade money to trade KK to JLewis, which itself resulted in a 197 point increase, as a result of fielding Saad(was previously in MID) over Goodes, captaining Lewis over HepD and mostly…NOT HAVING KK
    Things were looking up…then, at lockout, Taylor Adams is a late out. Can’t afford a premo so Bont is the best option…or should I say Cam McCarthy’s 62 as emergency is the best option.

    Love The Mark Stevens this week, 100% true.

  • Had lumbum on the pine as emergency lol

  • when you look at his upcoming run i’m prepared to deal with walkers dud score in the wet. after all this is australia how much more rain can there be?

  • Cheers Matt.

    Looking at Rischitelli, Neale or Coniglio at the moment.

    My thoughts:

    Rischitelli – proven performer with two seasons 97 average. Finally has the role he was after at GCS. Concerns are that he may lose this role with GAJ coming back in at some point. GWS and Bris next two look good.

    Coniglio – from what I’ve seen he can play. More appealing to me than the likes of Whitfield because he can tackle and doesn’t rely on 30 touches for a good day. Concerns obviously that he has been vested this season.

    Neale – probably the most interesting candidate. Certainly won’t have the consistency of the other two but showed his worth on the weekend. Role always in doubt with such a stacked Freo midfield these days.

    Would appreciate any other thoughts.

    • having watched a few GC games, I REALLY like Rischitelli’s role, seems to have taken on the mantle with Gaj and JOM both out for a period
      of course, no doubt of a tag either (because he’s well, horrid)
      Gaj returning to full fitness should taper the scoring, but get on the train and enjoy the ride

      haven’t actually considered Coniglio, but over a 90+ average with a sub vested 20odd is VERY hard to ignore here – but be prepared for a rollercoaster with the plethora of GWS mids (see Shiel prime example, 120+ followed by 60)

      Neale – I jumped on due to NAB form (cause why wouldn’t you?) and have found him a little underwhelming so far – that 162 probably saved him from the chopping block, and think it was a fluke with Fyfe/Barlow (and arguably Mundy) being more prominent DTers

      Steven (also in that range) will DIE to a tag (check his Q4 of round 1 for proof) but is it worth tagging StKilda? Teams don’t seem to think so, and he’s another with a nice role, but be wary

      my ranking:
      Rischitelli (until Gaj returns), Steven, Neale, Coniglio

      • Cheers. Unfortunately Steven just out of reach, otherwise he would definitely be in there, but thanks for the input – really helps.

    • No worries. The thing about Fantasy is that players who are underpriced don’t stay there for long. Firstly I’d avoid Coniglio, not a lock in their midfield. Last week to get in Rishcitelli or Neale. Neale’s role isn’t in doubt, he runs through the middle every week (Especially centre bounces). Can Rischitelli keep this up, I doubt it. I see him as a 95-100 average player at best. Neale is probably the same, but has more potential. Due to the fact that Neale’s price is going to soar for a few weeks, I’d go after him for quick cash at worst. Considering he averages 98 against Sydney and 120 against Melbourne he looks good.

      • Yeah actually you make a very good point. Neale can be sideways traded to a premium in a few weeks if he under performs, and I did notice his previous history against the next opponents. Looks a good shout. Cheers.

        • Neale will suck a LOT of people in this week. Will make $$ no doubt but had 59 v Port and 95 v Cats. Barely anything to write home about. Eagles didn’t show up yesterday and tried to go H2H with no tagging tactics at all. Don’t get sucked in.

          • Nah I reckon your wrong, Neale was setting radars off last season he has stepped up again this year, no risk of a tag and gets he’s own ball. Im writing 59 v port off as it was first game of season he is well and truly 95 – 100 avg

  • The 2015 struggles continue.
    I traded beams for wines this week… Bartel is out and because of all these injuries I have not been able to get rid of kk or griffen.
    Do I dare go back on my trade and bring beams back in for wines? Otherwise I looking at armitage or sloane. And thoughts on dalhaus or motlop for bartel?

    • Hahahaaa I traded Beams > The Bont but at least he “should” be back this week unlike Wines. Cant go wrong with Sloane in my opinion a proven performer and Adelaide have a very good run of games. If it helps I traded Bartel > Sloane via DPP

      • I would feel sorry for you but that is a stupid trade lol trading a premo to a midpricer especially with the Bonts next few games…

        • And yes i may seem like i am just being a dick as the game has already played out but I was always sceptical about how the bont would score over the next few weeks. Sure i didnt predict he was not going to play but still.

          • Tough, inside midfielder… He will still score well. It was just as much about his price rises also, wasn’t a bad trade

        • It’s a stupid trade in your opinion but you get 2 trades a week and it was done for several reasons – increase my score, make some cash & stop bleeding cash. Unlucky The Bont didnt play but stand by my decision. Mind you Beams may have scored 126 but still lost $15k in value. Having made that trade I can now bring in Sloane for Bartel & Hodge for Parker which overall makes my team even stronger. Parker has been poor after coming back from his concussion. I might add I finished in the top 1000 last year.

          • No i see where you are coming from i just have been getting a bit angry at everyone trading bont, not even realising there next few games, along with the fact that his tackling will decrease as his body starts to wear out (he isnt the biggest bloke is he. Yet.) and finally the better teams which he is coming up against over the next few weeks will not let him run around by himself. Also i might add i finished 59th in RDT last year, different format but still.

      • Brilliant! I forgot about DPP. Swan into the fwd and bartel and wines out for premium mids.
        Thank you Sir!

  • No love for Whitfield?

    • he does seem that he will do quite well this year. Nice dt game getting plenty of +6s on the edges of the contests.

      • Whitfield is young and still has quite a few games round 70-80 amongst the 110-130 games. Once he becomes more consistent in a year or two he will be a gun.

        • Agree with that, I started with him as captain, then last week he looked way off the pace… so I dropped him

          Idiot

    • Only because of last weeks poor effort. Looks good but will hurt you some weeks, future star if not a current one

  • Another great article and I feel your pain – traded Beams > The Bont and got Newtons score which cost me 67 points and then to lose Bartel :( Scored 2031 which could have been over 2200. Happy with my other trade Leuy > Grundy.

    Best trade I made was Sidey > Rich which has now given me the scope to trade Bartel > Sloane (via DPP) and Parker > Hodge. People may question my decision to trade Parker but 2 very low scores since his concussion has me worried. Will pick both Beams & Parker again in the future if their form warrants. Yes Beams scored well at the weekend but he gets tagged and hasnt handled it well so far this year IMHO.

    • Thanks mate. Great trades in my opinion

      • Thanks Matt – in my opinion no player is necessarily a “keeper” – perform badly even if you’re a premo you’re out and with 2 trades each week you can do exactly what you want.

  • I’ll tell you guys a story about my team and how close I am to deleting my team. Note that I’m in a cash league ($100 entry) with a decent prize pool.

    First round:
    So I started with Rocky, Ablett and Sidebottom. Ok I admit Ablett (in hindsight) was a stupid pick so I’ll take this one on the chin. But as you all know, Rocky and Sidebottom were smashing it and were on track for awesome scores then BAM! both got injured. Ok well f*** me. Then comes the last game of the round, Hawks v Cats. Did you guys know that Bartel (more on this bloke later) went down with 3 F***ING seconds left on the clock? This is getting ridiculous.

    But I persevered and I traded Rocky and Sidey for Barlow (more on this bloke later) and Ellis.

    Second round:
    Ablett continues to spud it up (again will cop this one on the chin). Bartel is out but decided to keep him (naturally). There were other spud scores on the board with the likes of Leuy and B. Goodes being subbed. All in all, not a very good score but am ok with it. Lost my first league game (as expected).

    Third round: (I’ll try to hold back the expletives)
    Come team selection, Ablett and Leuy both out. Ablett was somewhat expected and was going to trade him anyway but Leuy…….boy oh boy. Just so you know my other trade was going to be KK FOR F***S SAKE!!!! But ok that’s fine, positive spin on it and thought to myself, let’s upgrade this spud for a set and forget ruck. In comes Jacobs and the Bont. Now note that all week, I had Ablett —> Sloane locked but am forced to trade in the Bont due to financial issues. How did that work out for me you ask?? More on that soon.

    All in all, was content with my team. Saw the bloke that I’m vsing in the cash league and am confident about winning it. Now Friday night, went to watch Insurgent wiht the gf at George St (yes I’m from Sydney) at 6pm. Just as a learning experience, NEVER EVER EVER do this on a Friday night. Got a text from my mate in the middle of the movie saying that there’s rumours Bont’s gonna be out. Ok cool whatever can’t do shit about it (was in the middle of a good scene).

    Then Swanny happened and I was cheering. Saturday games went past and I was cheering (except for Parker). Was on track for a 2k – 2.1k score and on track to beat my opponent in the league CONVINCINGLY. Had a bit of a go at my mate who has Dylan Shiel and Redden (poor bugger). All was going well.

    And then comes Sunday. Mother f***ing Sunday. Was at yumcha with a few mates having a laugh and a dumpling till we checked Wallis’ score. Now this is odd. His score has remained on 10 for the past 20 or so mins. Now why the f*** could that be you ask? I have no idea. And then I saw that B. Goodes has been subbed on. And now I have a 10 on my field. A f***ing 10. 9+1, 2×5 etc etc. My mate had a smirk on his face like the muppet he is. Ok whatever let’s block that one out and continue with the Sunday.

    And then Bartel happened. Got out of yumcha and mate checked the scores and said that Bartel was on 8 at Qtr time. I repeated the question – “Eight? EIGHT?????” – a few times. I checked myself and saw that Cory Gregson (who was a sub) had a 3 next to his name. Yelled out to my mate and told him to check DT talk and lo and behold, Bartel subbed out. Awesome…….just f****ing awesome.

    Now my opponent has neither Bartel or Wallis so obviously, I was shitting myself. From a definite and convincing win, to a omfg-this-is-gonna-be-a-close-one win. To my great misery, he also does not have KK who of course spudded it up like I expected him to.

    So onto the last game of the evening, Freo vs West Coast. At this point, I had Barlow + 100 points vs Sandi and Nic nat. I thought to myself, this will be decently close but I should win it. Lo and behold, Barlow’s ankle played up and he spent a lot of time on the bench resting it and ended up with a score of 55.

    Overall, I lost to my opponent by 8 points who mind you had players like “Schade” (who the f*** is this?? I have NEVER EVER heard of him but apparently he’s from GC) and “Jamie Benell” AND he had a donut from Schade to top it off.

    I was so damn angry and am so close to deleting my team. I’m so fkn sick of this. This is the worst start I’ve ever had and am so close to just calling it quits. That’s why this game shits me.

    /rant

    • Wow. similar thing happened to me last week when i was away in Adelaide, reversed my trades because tom lamb in RDT was out along with Lids, bartel and Rocky. Went out to dinner, with the game starting at 8:10 was going to get back quite early around 7:40 but me being from sydney, i forgot all about the fact that 7:40 was when the game would actually start because of the 30 minute time difference.

      So when i got home i rushed on to my phone to try and make some changes… But i was too late. Also not too mention that apart from that week my two other weeks my gw rank has been in the top 2000…

    • That was an enjoyable read, mate.
      What are you ranked in NSW?
      I’m 54th, after copping a donut from Bont with an emergency who has actually quit the AFL (Tim Sumner, GCS)

    • Loved reading this mate. I reckon at the end of the season, there should be a post where DT TALK post the best rants from season 2015, good or bad. I’d have a pretty good one (shit one for me aha).

  • DEF: hibbo, shaw, newnes, lumumba, mcintosh, oxley (goodes, saad)

    MID: lewis, bont, barlow, parker, neale, rich, newton, CEY (cripps, vandanberg)

    RUCK: goldy, belly (holmes, cox)

    FWD: martin, gray, swan, bartel, salem, honeychurch (clark, mccarthy)

    4k remaining

    1. bartel + goodes > j.watson + byrne
    2. bartel + goodes > hodge + byrne
    3. another way to get hodge in my team?

    • Wrong page mate. Though i will just warn you that dont be all set on getting Hodge. In his next 3 games he faces 3 teams that concede on average less than 2 midfield hundreds per game.

      • Hodgey only averaging 87, 83 and 79 against next 3 teams in the past also. Could worth waiting a bit.
        He kindly gave me 2150 this week on another note

      • but his BE is only 59

  • Not a chance in hell you knew how to spell Emmanuelle Chriqui’s name without googling it.. Hell, I had to copy and paste it just to put it in this comment. Good sort though. Would ravage with the force of 1 million Naitanui’s

  • Love the Mark Stevens this week mate! Basil and Hamish I have nothing against as blokes, but their commentary is average at best. Prime example of this was Hamish’s call of Jarrod Garlett’s long running goal against Geelong. One of the finest individual efforts from such a young player to take the game on and have such poise to finish the way he did however the commentary was dull and made you feel like it was regulation… Not to mention Eddie on Fox or the expert comments of Riccuito. I miss the good ol’ days of channel 10 coverage on a Saturday evening where we could have a few laughs watching Before The Game prior to a LIVE blockbuster game featuring Stephen Quartermaine and Michael Christian, or even Tim Lane. These days it’s a win if I get to listen to Dwayne Russell or BT!

    • Pains me every damn week

      • actually the one thing that I like about s-t-r-e-a-m-i-n-g the games
        sure, sometimes I get the bland european commentator that basically knows the names of the players, but I also don’t have to endure the likes of Hibb-aaaaaaard from Tim Watson when watching an Essendon game

  • Hey guys i can finally trade kk out! I only have 425k to spend cause of bartel so who would be the best option?
    I was thinking taylor hunt and liked the way jasper pittard played help plz!!

  • Newton to Krakour and Van Berlo to Bontempelli are my current trades. Bontempelli should score as well or better than VB and has a low break even, so looking a good stepping stone to an uber premium. Krakour looked comfortable at AFL level and had 17 touches in his 61. Any one see some other good rookie options that looked good over the weekend?

  • Great stuff once again, Hodge is easily the Golden Stubby winner for me. What more could he have done? He and Todd Goldstein are the only blokes keeping me sane after the shitstorm of a season we’ve had so far.

    • Cheers mate, I guess it comes down to who people own. A captain scoring 300+ and a popular underpriced player scoring 160… Strange week

  • Bartel -> Bont (BE 24)
    Kolo -> Hunt (BE 39)

    or

    Bartel -> Bont (BE 24)

    Kolo -> Andrews/Kelly/Andrews (Depends on selections) & (Play Saad on field). Which will allow me to upgrade Langford or Belly next week.

    All thoughts appreciated. I will help you out in return.

    • Mate, tough one, in your shoes I’d go with Bartel – Bont & KK to Hunt, play it safe

    • I’m probably going to do exactly the same as your first option (but M. Wallis instead of K. Kolo). Not completely sold on Hunt though, so I’m hesitant. Will Lids’ eventually return decrease his scoring?

  • Thoughts on Goodes to Whitecross?

    • I considered it, but ended up going Goodes to Byrne. He looked pretty good and should be out of the vest next week as Carlton blood young players

      • what should I do next. I’m considering Naismith to Kreuzer for ruck cover. Also considering Mumford to Martin especially if berger is out again. Id rather keep bellchambers for a little longer and when kreuzer is back I can rotate them.

        • Kreuzer’s getting some VFL games first, so he’s still a couple of weeks away (more of the downgrade for Belly imo)

          • That was my plan before the season started but it only costs me 80k to get him and it can really come in handy to have a ruck who plays, especially in the byes.

  • Can Someone please help, is it possible to trade Bartell from FWD line and substitute a DPP from your mids to your fwds allowing you then to trade in a mid? If yes can you explain how? This is in Fantasy.

    • go to advanced trades and when you select to trade there will be an S on the players that can be moved to that position

      • And if using the app, just select bartel as your player to trade and then scroll down to your midfield and the player should have a curved arrow which changes his position.

        • Thanks to both, got it through advanced trades but I’m sure app would work as well.

  • BREAKING NEWS: Rockliff could make suprise return this week against the eagles.

  • Hey all I’m in desperate need of a mid fielder but only have $444k to spend any suggestions on a reliable mid priced midfielder

    • Riskyourtelli is very popular.

      Im in the same boat

      Im more than likely going to save the cash and go for a more certain uber premo next week.

  • You know why this game shits me?

    So far I’ve had 6 trades and all 6 are forced trades involving injured premos. I haven’t had a chance to ditch KK or any of the other spuds festering in my team.

    Now I can accept that bad luck is part and parcel of the game (I play poker for a living) but what gives me the shits is seeing all these absolutely disgraceful luxury trades people are making while I desperately patch up my broken side.

    5000 people trade out Dustin Martin after week one. Give me a fucking break.

    4500 people trade out Jack Newnes after week one. Give me a fucking break.

    4500 people trade out Dayne Beams after week two. Give me a fucking break.

    And not to mention the Lumumba rage trades after a perfectly respectable 70, the Swan doubters after a decent 80, the Parker doubters after a 86 etc

    And then the hype bullshit… Mundy is almost essential… fuck off. Who is more important, Tom McDonald or Sam Docherty… fuck off. Should I replace Ablett with Bontempelli or Rischitelli… fuck off.

    I really hope the luck evens out and these jokers with their awful knee jerk trades end up paying the price for such stupidity. Anyway. bitter bastard ranked 40k. over and out.

    • Same boat as you mate. I spent months building a fantasy squad only to stuff it up by adding Rockliff, Ablett, Salem and Sidebottom last minute.

  • Thoughts on Stevie Motlop for Bartel? Conflicted as hell with only 520k.

    • Been sitting on my elite bench. Can be slightly inconsistent but had a better preseason this year as opposed to last. A good POD IMO

  • Anyone know news on wallis injury?
    had the worst week only got 1882!!! Wallis, bartel, kolo, parker, barlow, talia on Bench!!! nuff said! just wondering if he’s going to miss a few weeks??

    • According to the western bulldogs website he will miss at least the next 2 weeks.

  • No Wells-related posts yet, so I must be the only one with him. Wells + Bonts in the mids + Jed Andersub + Bartel = bye bye top 10 :(

  • Hi lads need help with trades please:
    DEF: hibbo, gibbo, newnes, hunt, mcintosh, saad ( goodes, byrnes)
    MID: lewis, barlow, hep, sloane, parker, newton, CEY, cripps (o’brien, vandenberg)
    RUC: goldy, belly (holmes, cox)
    FWD: dusty, gray, bartel, bennell, salem, clark (mccarthy, lambert)

    24k remaining, opinions and banter welcome cheers boys

  • What to do with Hibbo? BIrchall is only 10g more and is averaging 97…

    • if you have spare trades, then I’d look at axing

      like the rest of Essendon, he still lacks match fitness, which means no late-game junktime to boost the scores

    • I’d hold personally, will probably average very similar scores by end of the year