Benjo’s PODs – Round 9

Hi guys and welcome to the Round 9 edition of Benjo’s PODs. Each week I’ll be having a look at PODs from each of the four positions. First, let’s review last week’s PODs.


Elliot Yeo

Yeo had a good game, scoring 96 DT points against the Saints. Unfortunately, for many coaches who traded Yeo in, he is out for a week. My advice would be to hold him.


Josh Kennedy

JPK continued his run of good scores against the Hawks with a 102. Owners would have been proud with his output.


Ivan Maric

Maric scored 98 DT points in a good win over the out of form Port Adelaide.


Brett Deledio

I was so close to getting him in last week. He scored 111.

On average, my four players scored 101.75. What an effort!

Now to this week’s PODs.


Kade Simpson

SimmoDoesn’t Simmo have a high ownership? Simmo was only averaging 81.4 before pulling out of Carlton’s round 6 clash with Brisbane. Loyal coaches like Jeppa held him for the two rounds he was out and got payed back with a big 114. One game doesn’t mean anything. I don’t want to chase points! Why should I bother getting him in?

1. Simpson has a good DT history. Over the past five years, Simpson has only averaged below 90 once, in 2013 where he averaged 85. Defenders often have their ‘breakout’ year in their later days, so this is better than getting a young defender such as Tom McDonald.
2. Kick to handball ratio. Simpson loves to kick the ball. He averages 13 kicks to 7.2 handballs a game since 2003, in his debut season with Carlton.
3. Now this is the reason why everybody should consider Kade. He averages 6 marks a game this year. When Simpson is fully fit, you know that he can be damaging and can may as well win you some all important league matches.
4. CEILING! Unlike most defenders, Simpson has a massive ceiling. Last week against Geelong he recorded 116 DT points, despite his woeful team losing by over 70 points. He reached the ton ten times last year, including two massive consecutive 140s. 140!
5. When Simpson is fully fit, you should be very confident having him in your team. Carlton love to chip the ball around down back, so Simpson would be the number one target to give the ball to.
6. Carlton are in last place at the moment, conceding 901 points. An average of 113 points a game! If the ball stays down in the backline for long periods of time, expect some big scores from Kade.

Q and A:

Would you take Simpson over Mundy, Boyd or Hodge?

I would take Simpson over these defender premiums. Simpson has shown what he can score, so I’d be willing to save the cash and go for Simpson. He has dropped almost 50k on his starting price, so he is at his cheapest price.

Simpson is the perfect rookie upgrade player. I’m trying to get him and Rocky into my side this week!



Matt Priddis

PriddisI really don’t want to write this piece on him, but I think I have to giving his current form!

Matthew, Matthew, Matthew. My secret gem over the past few weeks. His ownership is still only 8.22% in Fantasy. Is he too pricey?

1. Priddis was set for a 200 point game against the Suns two weeks ago. Simpson moved him forward in the second half, limiting him to only 55 points.
2. Priddis goes hard at the footy! He averages 6 tackles a game and this year he’s stepped it up to 7.5 tackles a game. This is already 30 points!
3. Priddis is averaging 30.5 disposals this year. Although, he does need to work on his kick to handball ratio. It is currently 1 : 2.4!
4. His consistency. Priddis went under 90 three times last year! He went under 100 six times, although three of these scores were high 90s. He is almost guaranteed a ton each game. Disposals + tackles = points!

Q and A:

1. Would you choose Priddis over Rocky?

No. In this case you have to choose Rocky. He is just too damaging if you don’t have him and is set to average over 110 from now to the end.

2. If I wanted to go for a unique pick, would I go Steven or JPK?

If your after a little uniqueness in your midfield, I would go for JPK. Although Steven is on fire at the moment, he is just too expensive.

This week, go for Rocky, but if you want a little uniqueness in your midfield, Priddis is the guy who I’d trade in.



Mark Blicavs

BlicavsMark Blicavs has completely gone under the radar. His last five scores have been: 107, 93, 111, 81 and 120! He is only owned by 9.47% of the competition, yet I think that 7% of those people are in it for the MID/RUC status! Now why haven’t we heard more about Blicavs?

1. Blicavs averages 19.5 disposals this year. Stefan Martin only averages 16, Sam Jacobs averages 15 and Todd Goldstein only averages 15 disposals. These are some of the top ruckmen of DT this year and Blicavs is out scoring them disposal wise!
2. He averages 5 marks this year and he averages 4.5 tackles! You would like these stats for a midfield premo, yet we are talking about a ruck mid pricer!
3. Blicavs is one of the fittest rucks in today’s game. When he doesn’t play in the ruck, which is the most of the time, he spends roaming around the ground. Did you see the tackle he layed on Pendlebury about two weeks ago?
4. To prove that Blicavs is the real deal, he was receiving a tag for half of the game against Carlton and still managed a 120!

Blicavs’ price tag might seem to be expensive, but is cheap for what the big man is capable of. His round 13 bye is also handy. What is not to like?



Devon Smith

Smith was a juicy POD on many people’s radars heading into the season. He started the season off disappointing his owners, scoring 59 and 67. I know that many people on the DT Talk, ‘My Team’ section were trading him out that round. Wow, they were wrong. He has averaged 107 since then! I have a feeling that he is going to continue this awesome run of scores!

1. Since averaging 12 disposals in the first two rounds of the year, he has averaged 24 disposals. Smith has a kick to handball ratio of 2:1, which is very handy.
2. Smith is averaging 5 marks a game. This is very good for a small forward/midfielder like Smith.
3. Smith is averaging 7 tackles a game for the whole season! 7 tackles a game!
4. Let’s look over his stats. 24 disposals, 5 marks and 7 tackles. From these stats, he basically achieves over 120 DT points a game!
5. Smith also averages one goal a game this year. Very important to note especially if the Giants are playing a weaker side, where Smith has the ability to kick up to 5 goals!
6. It’s a pity that awesome goals don’t count as extra DT points. Smith would be killing it!

Smith is arguably in career best form, so now is the time to get him.



1. Now is the time to play the Break Even game. There are absolutely no good rookies on offer right now, so we have to look for some midpricers who have decent BE’s. I’m looking at McInnes from the Eagles. He has a BE of -6 and his job security looks to be good for the moment.
2. Rookies are expiring! Cripps will be gone for many this week.
3. Look at the fixtures! GWS have a relatively easy draw, facing the Bulldogs and Brisbane in their next two.
4. This may sound silly but read and listen to as many articles/podcasts as possible!
5. The bye rounds are approaching! Get ready.


Good luck this week! I hope you enjoyed the second edition of Benjo’s PODs.

Comment your trade ideas down below and I’ll try to answer as many as possible!


  • I’ve had Priddis, have done since the start <3. Another great read Benjo! Can't wait to see if this week's POD's pay off.

    • Thanks for reading Lewis. I’ve loved Priddis ever since I got him around three weeks ago. Jet!

  • Would be cautious with Simpson because he has R11 bye!

    • Hi Antongus.
      You make a fair point. You may lose 30-40 points during the byes if you get Simmo in now, but Simmo will be a top six defender. I am tipping him to average over 95 from here to the seasons end. I’m a big fan of him!

  • Boom!!!

    In comes Rockliff and Simpson.

    Out goes Prestia and Cripps.

    Instantly makes my team so much stronger. Not even worried about byes with Simpson at that price!!

    • Thanks for reading G Train. You have to be careful trading in two round 11 bye premiums. If your structure suits it, then go for it.
      As I said above to Antognus, those two will definitely be keepers and will arguably be in the top 8 for their postition. You might lose

      • *30-40 points per player, but they are keepers and will average more than some round 13 guys.

        • I am pretty R11 and R12 heavy. I will be looking to get Mackie in (started with him this year) and antoher R13 Fwd or Def.
          Rockliff and Simpson to hard to pass on right now.

          • If you’ve got Hodge/Boyd already, I wouldn’t get Simmo in. If not, lock and load.

            Devon Smith looks great. Very small ownership as well.

          • I will definitely look into Smith. I will need one or two rookies to hopefully get a game and R13 Dumont I am hoping for the best.
            I don’t have Boyd or Hodge (had to trade due to 3 games off). I do have Yeo who is now sitting on my mid bench ready for round 10.

          • Both those trades look good then.

  • Kept Simmo in RDT (yay!)

    traded in AF to Barlow, which i prolly shouldnt complain about.

    Hes one of a couple of defenders I will make a scramble for next week. This week I had to get Rocky in.

    I got Priddis in at his lowest price ($538,000), been amazing. Loving his stuff :)

    • Thanks for reading Shags! Good decision to keep Simmo. He was always going to bounce back.
      Barlow has been terribly frustrating for me, but I finally think he can average 105+ from now to the seasons end.
      I got in Priddis against Port Adelaide. He has gone 105, 155 and 114, for a price of 538k!!

    • Oh good form by the way Benjo :P

      • Hehe I hope I wasn’t bragging too much in that area. Good start though!

  • Great read Benjo! Do I trade thurlow in for bont and swap Yeo to bench and play Amon or trade Yeo altogether (that will put a massive dent in my bye structure)?
    Thinking to play Amon

    • Thanks.
      Did you consider Bont a keeper? Was he a part of your bye structures? If he was, keep him. If not, trade. I personally wouldn’t be getting Thurlow in. Mackie and Kelly are both back into the side, which could limit his output. At the moment, I am keeping Yeo and fielding Schade/Byrne.

      Any other options to do?

  • Devon is the sex

  • What about Stevie J this round?

    • Stevie J still doesn’t look 100% for us to be trading him in. There are much better options around his price tag. Rocky is a must this week.

  • Had Priddis and Devon (<3) since the start. Had Simpson, but traded him last week to Rocky and am strongly considering Blicavs this week.

    Great write up and obviously agree with all of your PoDs

    • Thanks for reading. I’m pretty sure it was you that was considering trading Devon on the ‘My Team’ section haha. Priddis had a slow start to the season, which was good for people who picked him up at the start of his run. I brought in Jelwood two rounds ago. A bit disappointed with his two round average of 81.5, but I understand that he was being heavily tagged. Can’t wait until he starts his awesome run of 130s!

      • Haha, I nearly did, but Lumumba and Kolo were frustrating me more, and they went to Simmo and Oxley. That was definitely a win!
        I’ve never had Jelwood. Always seemed a game away from a 60 or would be to expensive. Might have to change that when he starts that run!

  • Make sure you listen to the Trader’s Podcast as well! One of the best in a long time!

  • Good read, thanks! Reinforces my thoughts about bringing in Simpson this week too.

    Thinking of going Cripps to Rocky and CEY to Simpson (via Saad to mids). Just means I have to field Krak though. Also only leaves me with $16K.

    • Cripps to Rocky is a lock. You have to trade CEY now as well. Simpson is a great option. Just be careful fielding Krak though. He is no certainty to play and he may even find another red/green vest.

      • The other option is Bont to Smith as I am round 11 bye heavy in the forward line. Leaves me with around $50K, and can look at CEY next week.

        • If Bont is part of your bye round and you can’t change it, or in other words you have the perfect bye round structure for your fwd line, I wouldn’t trade. In most cases, you’d trade Bont out if you didn’t have a set bye structure in your fwd line. Although Bont is a concern, I’d keep him for one more week as CEY is more important to trade.

          If Bont gets below 70 next week, perform an upgrade/downgrade to try and even up your bye round structures by going Bont to Smith.

          • Cheers. I’ll have a good look at my bye structure overall. I think I am struggling because there is a major lack of downgrade options so cash generation is proving hard.

  • lumumba to boyd(0k remaining) or simmo.
    current defence:Mundy, docherty, yeo, newness, lumumba, saad (goodes, schade)

    i miss out on goodes to simp by 30k:(

    • I like Simmo more than Boyd. Same bye round and Boyd’s durability is certainly questionable. Plus you’ll save 80k of so.

      • another option is cripps>simmo Via Saad DPP thoughts on this instead.

        • I am actually telling people to keep Lumumba. I’d go Cripps to Simmo. When you complete your backline, you can put Lumumba as your D7, which could be very handy come finals time.

          • cheers. any other reasons for keeping lumumba? hasn’t done well in past few weeks but has rd 13 bye;)

          • I just think that he should surely avg 75 for about the coming six weeks or so. If you field him as your D5/6 then this avg would be good for that position. When you complete your backline, he would be a handy D7. The rookies tend to fade out after the byes. Veterans like Lumumba tend to play their best at the end of each season. If he can lift this avg to around 85, then he’d be brilliant bench cover.

  • Hi DTT’ers,

    I just watched Channel Nine News Adelaide’s sport report with Warren Tredrea and apparently, Tom Clurey(120k) is in line to be Trengrove’s replacement. If you are like me and looking to downgrade a rook in order to get Rockliff in this week then this is a perfectly viable option.

    • *looking to downgrade a maxed out rook i meant, i’ll be trading Crapps> Rockliff & McIntosh> Clurey while banking a cool 200k.

      • Yeah I heard that he’s coming in for Trengove. I was very interested in his preseason. I’m personally not getting him if he is named, because I think he will have very minimal cash generation. In other words, I don’t think his output is that good.

  • Good read banjo. I’m looking to get in Duggan and rocky for cripps and Honeychurch. Thoughts?

    • Thanks Rocky. Both those rookies have maxed out in price, so now is the time to trade them. Rocky is a must have this week. I love the look of Duggan as an Eagles supporter. I think his JS is good, but could be rested any minute now with ‘general soreness’. Otherwise, I like him. Collected lots of the ball against the Saints.

      • In fantasy he is a bit expensive, so I’m planning to save 70 odd thousand and getting in Cordy. His FWD/RUC comes very handy in the byes.

  • Hi Benjo

    Would ever consider upgrading Cripps to Blicavs and having him in the midfield until bellchambers bye, when i could then trade belly out, sub blicavs to ruck for rest of the season (or at least until he tops out) and then trade in a premo mid for belly. In other words, if blicavs good enough to hold down a M7 spot until the byes.

    Other options with the Rd 13 bye (only ones i would consider) are:

    None of which seem all that desirable. I think i might ride the Blicavs BE until the byes at least. What do you reckon?

    • First off, I loved your article yesterday! Great stuff!

      I personally would stick with the pack and trade Cripps for Rocky, assuming you don’t have Rocky. We all know what Rocky can do. His last three scores have been two mid 90s and a big 120. He has totally bottomed out in price and if he bangs out a 150, your in trouble.

      Blicavs is a brilliant option though. Great thinking as well, but be prepared for forced trades etc as well.
      I also like Gaff, but Blicavs is the better option.

      So basically if you don’t have Rocky, get Rocky. If you already have Rocky, enjoy the Blicavs ride!

      • Thanks Benjo. Already got rocky, so i think i might give Blicavs a crack

  • Hey Benjo who of the tw should I dump?

    I’m looking to get devon smith and wait another week on rocky

    • Smith has a BE of over 130 in AF, so he must go! He’s also dealing with concussion, which will limit his scoring.

      Honeychurch has a BE of 62 and he basically has no chance of getting that.

  • Hey Benjo, great read mate! Nice to have you writing articles and you obviously nailed it last week! What do you think about these trades:
    Cripps–> Rocky and Bont–> Simpson
    This doesn’t really hurt my bye structure and I think it generally improves my team!
    At the moment I’m looking like this with these trades locked in:
    Def: Boyd. Simmo. Hibbo. Newnes. Ox. Kelly (Goodes. Schade)
    Mid: Lewis. Armo. Pendles. Parker. Beams. Barlow. Rocky. Saad (Amon. Glenn)
    Ruc: Nic Nat. Belly (spuds)
    Fwd: Gray. Swanny. Dusty. Titch. VDB. McCarthy (Clark. Krak)

    Rucks are a bit weak so next week I’ll look to offload Belly to a Stef/Jacobs type if any decent downgrades come along. What do you think about this? sorry for the novel haha

    • Sorry Matt, my page has refreshed like three times while I’ve been writing your reply!
      Here we go,
      Love the first trade. Rocky is a must this week.
      Don’t like the second trade. I think you should keep Bont until after his byes. I was considering trading out Kelly, but he still has a BE of 23, which he can definitely get.

      • Some trades I’d consider are TBC to McInnes via Clark. Has the handy round 13 bye and a BE of -6. Or you could do your original trade of Bont to Simmo. Goodes is out for a month, so you could maybe trade him down to Byrne, if he is named.

        In order:
        1. Goodes to Byrne, if named
        2. TBC to McInnes
        3. Bont to Simmo

        • thanks a lot mate these are all options I’ve been fiddling with so far, will definately look at Byrne for the cash.

  • Definitely have some good points on going Simpson this week.
    I have Stanton as one of my PODs in my midfield. He’s been steady but not spectacular and makes me nervous. Would it be dumb to go him to Rocky, allowing me to trade Cripps to Simpson?
    Other issue is that I also have Yeo/Goodes/Salem and will have no bench cover in defence as a result. I just figure its better to get them out out when there is a more reliable downgrade target.

    • Doughnuts suck in DT, therefore you must have no zeroes on your field! I’d trade Salem to Byrne, if named and then Cripps to Rocky.

      Stanton has been steady, but he could burn you any week now.

  • Cos of ur weak bench cover in DEF, get out Yeo for Simmo and Stanton for Rocky (he’s a must have!)

  • Good point. I currently have no donuts on field. But I like the Yeo option, just to be safe. Thanks

  • Thanks for your advice on Cordy Benjo

    Can you clarify what you said about Duggan getting rested? Also i have the option of Cordy or duggan – which will make the most cash??

  • In the spirit of “playing the break even game”, I’m likely preferencing Goldstein (who I don’t think will return to acceptable form) to Jacobs over Cripps to Rockliff. Unfortunately, I am just short of being able to afford them both this week. Oddly, I’m also incredibly light on this dreaded round eleven bye I keep hearing so much about. So I guess I have my own points of difference. As such, good advice is hard to come by.

    I am really unsure whether I should sacrifice Boak/Ziebell (which I do not want to do) to get Rockliff right now, or pick up somebody primed to make a lot of money this week – offsetting the “loss” I make by Rockliff appreciating.

    What would you do with this team?

    D: Butler, Rich, Oxley, Ibbotson, Saad, McIntosh (Kelly, Tarrant)
    M: Armitage, Pendlebury, Fyfe, Ward, Parker, Boak, Ellis-Yolmen, Vandenberg (Cripps, Glenn)
    R: SMartin, JACOBS (Phillips, Cox)
    F: TMitchell, Gray, Swan, Goddard, DMartin, Ziebell (Krakouer, Dale)

    Bank $94,000 – one trade remaining

    • Try and trade Ibbo or Butler
      If you really want to bring in Rockliff, I’d trade boak IF i needed to pick!

      • Given the lack of promising defensive options, and the fact that so many people have intensely focused on improving that area, my strategy has been to largely ignore that line bar absence. Kelly and Tarrant are the only two that didn’t start the year in my team. It has actually worked really well.

        I am very much looking forward to getting Hodge back (also a round pre-season pick) and culling the rest of the line in its entirety. Just a little too soon.

      • That said, Tarrant isn’t looking likely to survive the week anymore.

    • Wouldn’t do the first trade. Goldy will come back firing, just like last year.

      • I think you’re right. I tried some more creative rookie shuffling, and like the look of the result much better:

        D: Butler, Rich, Oxley, Ibbotson, Saad, McIntosh (Kelly, CLUREY)
        M: Armitage, Pendlebury, Fyfe, Ward, Parker, Boak, ROCKLIFF, Vandenberg (Cripps, Ellis-Yolmen)
        R: SMartin, Goldstein (Phillips, Cox)
        F: TMitchell, Gray, Swan, Goddard, DMartin, Ziebell (Krakouer, Dale)

        Clurey could just as easily be Byrne, and Glenn could yet survive over Krakouer, depending on team selections.

        Thanks so much for the great advice, Benjo.

  • Pick one- Mackie, Taylor, Thurlow or Higgins?

    • Mackie, but should drop $ again

    • I like Mackie as well, but it’s too early for him.

    • Maybe try Thurlow instead? Their prices should cross over the next couple of weeks, and you can consider jumping then for free.

  • prestia –> rocky

    ebert –> hodge

    or leave the ebert trade and downgrade salem?

    or go goldy to jacobs?

  • Could you guys stop bringing up Devon Smith. I’m still crying myself to sleep on my decision to trade him out after his first two round scores. Now look at the little prick, won’t go under 100 now that I don’t have him.

    • I’m actually a bit surprised why people traded him out. In my first two weeks, I had four rage trades!

  • Would you pick up Jack Steven or Steele Sidebottom as a POD this week? Who can you see averaging more for the rest of the season? Both owned by under 10%.

    • They are both great options. Beware that they have the round 12 bye, so if you are stacked on that round, I’d look elsewhere. I started with Steele this year so I recommend Steele.

  • Thanks mate, great read! my bye structure is looking pretty good right now, I started with Sidey too but traded to ellis after his injury