Benjo’s PODs – Round 10

Hi guys and welcome to the Round 10 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.


Kade Simpson

Simpson had an alright game, tallying 86 DT points. He looked like he was going to get the ton, although he was moved into the midfield for the third and fourth quarters, only taking one mark in both of the quarters.


Matt Priddis

Priddis only scored 78 DT points. He racked up 29 disposals, but only tackled twice!


Mark Blicavs

Blicavs scored 91 DT points. He was very impressive in the ruck when Stanley and Clark left the game.


Devon Smith

52! Yuck! Glad I didn’t pick him up this week. Only managed 11 disposals as well.

On average, my four players scored 76.75. Much below last week.

Now to this week’s PODs.


Matthew Boyd

This guy has been absolutely killing it this season! He is averaging 108.6! But can you pick him up, knowing he’ll be rested any time soon? Let’s find out.

  • Boyd has averaged 108 DT points over the last six seasons. You know what you are going to get from Boyd.
  • Boyd’s positional change from midfield to defence has actually helped his DT game this year. He averages 8 marks a game this year! Everyone should consider Boyd based on this.
  • Boyd is averaging 27 disposals this year; he is available as a defender! His kick to handball ratio is at 16.5 : 10.7, which is nice.
  • Boyd is available as a defender! This is the main reason why I’d jump on Boyd.

Would you take Boyd over an overpriced Hodge or Mundy?

I would definitely take Boyd over these players. I can’t trust Hodge at the moment. How can Hawthorn possibly make two or three late changes a game? He is playing St Kilda this week, so he is a definite chance to be a late out. Mundy does this to us every season. He always averages 110 before his bye and then after his bye he goes under 85.

Boyd looks great. The only downside with him would have to be his bye round or his dodgy calves, but apart from that I’d try to get him into your side this week. I certainly am in mine. Get him in!


Toby Greene

You’ve got to be kidding me… No I am serious! Toby Greene has to be considered now and here’s why.

There is a huge amount of risk in this move, but remember what he did last year? From round 17, Greene averaged a massive 124.2 points per game, went over 110 points in 6 of the last 7 games, and scored an incredible 165 against a depleted Collingwood in round 22 where he found the ball 42 times!

Greene has been playing forward this year, so he is a good chance for DPP. This would be handy during the byes, if he is given it.

I have a feeling that something big is about to happen. He’s averaged 107 in his last three.

He has completely bottomed out in price for what he is capable of. He’s currently sitting at $511k in Fantasy.

He’s got a BE of 70, so even if he averages 90 minimum, you could offload him to a round 11 bye premium when it’s Greene’s bye.

Would you take the risk? Massive risk vs reward involved here. If your a risk taker, I would go for it. Thinking about it, there is not much risk involved. If he averages 90 at the least, so be it. If he averages 120, Greene will push your team up the rankings! Go for it


Callum Sinclair

I brought in Sinclair at 290k two weeks ago and haven’t been disappointed. He is averaging 79 from the five games he has played and is only owned by 8.41% of the competition. He could be the perfect stepping stone to a premium during the byes.

Sinclair averages basically a goal a game this year. He scored 2.2 against the Cats. The Eagles’ two main targets, when kicking into their forward 50, were Kennedy and Sinclair. If Sinclair can kick more goals, he will be set for a good score.

Sinclair has the beautiful round 13 bye. If you swap Bellchambers to Sinclair, you could trade Sinclair at his round 13 bye and almost make 100k by doing so.

Sinclair also roams around the ground to take uncontested marks, which everyone loves as a DT coach.

Sinclair has a BE of 23, so he will make you 100k if he continues his form.

A cheap, consistent stepping stone. What is not to like?


Buddy Franklin

Thirteen, thirteen! Buddy is cheap! Everyone loves a guy who can kick thirteen a match who is cheap!

Buddy apparently has 26% ownership, but I reckon only 5% of serious DTers have him. He was always going to go big against Carlton. He destroyed White, but I thought that Rowe did a good job on him. Guess who he has got next week? Gold Coast!

Buddy could certainly be the POD everyone wants. If he continues to kick four goals a game over the next month, he could average 105+.

Basically, all you need Buddy to do is to mark and kick the goal. If he does this, then he’s in for a good score. Although he belongs to the dreaded, round 12 bye, there aren’t any other forwards who have the round 12 bye. I only have Swanny in my team, so I need another round 12 bye forward, to boost my team for the bye rounds.

Don’t think just do? He’s playing Gold Coast. Enough said.


My team scored 1919 in Fantasy, which I was a bit disappointed with to say the least. But my biggest disappointment was Lewis. I kept Lewis on my bench for the two weeks he was out for and took a doughnut in the process. He got me 115 last week, but I would’ve liked a bit more. Now your a late out! Oh come on! Coaches around Australia held Lewis for one reason, to get ahead of the competition when he comes back. Soak in some of those 150s! But now the people who held him are falling behind the others who traded him? Lots of people like me had Krakour as the emergency. The one week we need you Krak! The one week! McCarthy was crap, so was Oxley. Trade time I think.

But it doesn’t stop there. I had so much midfield carnage this week as well.
My midfield consists of, Lewis, Beams, Rockliff, Barlow, Heppell, Priddis, Selwood and Ward. Only one player managed to crack the ton. One!
A late change from Yeo to Hodge, to Cripps to Rocky killed me.

How did you guys go this week? Did anyone score lower than me?


Remember to put the VC on a half decent player!
Get as much advice from other people as you want, but in the end it’s your team. Decide what trades you want to do. I’ve been caught out many times going trades I wasn’t settled on. Take last week for example. I had a set plan that I would trade in Rocky after the byes and Hodge last week. This decision costed me 50 points and a trade!
Trade Oxley the most inconsistent player to ever play DT!

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

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


  • Does anyone know if stefan martins scoring output will be negatively affected by rocky being a possible out?

    • He should be fine. He scored 94 and 107 when Rocky was injured the first time and 116 when Rocky was knocked out in the first 5 minutes.

      • +1, big stef just keeps on keeping on. the sky could fall and he’d still crack the tonne.

  • Class write up again benjo, greene was my favourite player last year might get him in round 17

    Yeo, Newnes, Taylor, Seedsman, Thurlow, Oxley (Clurey, Kelly)
    Pendlebury, Fyfe, Heppell, Parker, Beams, Rockliff, Cripps, CEY,(Saad, Amon)
    Jacobs, Bellchambers (Downie, Pierce)
    Gray, Swan, Martin, Mitchell, Bontempelli, V’Berg (Clark, Krakouer)

    This is my team. What would you do before i give my options?

    I have got these 2 options

    Rocky -> Wallis & Oxley -> Boyd
    Rocky -> Dumont (play saad, he might be out too) & Oxley -> Hodge


    • I have 132k as well.

    • Thanks Rocky. I love the look of the first option. Wallis has a BE of 9! Will certainly make you cash.

      I love Boyd. Great trades!

  • Another great read Benjo, Thanks for the article.

    I thankfully did the Yeo to Hodge trade you unluckily changed from.

    I’m personally a massive fan of Toby Greene’s (had him as captain for his 160 last yr) however after already experiencing so many injured midfield premos I don’t think I can afford to take the risk. Another POD guy I am looking at in the mids is Wines – the kid is a jet.

    • Wines should be great mate round 13 bye too.

    • Thanks Lachie.

      Last week was a complete stuff up. I was 2k short of going Salem to Clurey and Oxley to Hodge. If I did this, I would’ve scored 100 more points :(

  • thoughts on wallis benjo?

    • As I said above he is a great option. 121 and 147 in his last two weeks. BE of 9 and even if he averages 90 odd, he will make you almost 100k!

  • Nice article, I was thinking of sticking a different GDubs player in. Whitfield is well priced and could do alright up to his bye.

    • I like Greene better. Same amount of risk, but definitely more reward going with Greene.

      • I’ve only got $507k and wanted a r13 player. Looking at Blicavs,Ziebell and Whitfield, might take a hit in the mids just to get rid of Bellend to Goldstein instead.

        • i had whitfield earlier on this year. he got some good scores but he doesn’t get enough of his own ball i don’t think, so he’s a bit of a rollercoaster. i suspect this year might be a bit early for him. i was going on the basis that they were talking him to play every game, so i thought he’d be ready but perhaps needs to develop his game more. i’d advise against him. go with greene or the blitz.

  • Scotty Selwood worth the risk at such a low price?

    • i couldn’t do it.

      this might sound crazy, and i still feel burned from last year, but josh caddy has been building nicely. 414K, 56 BE. selwoods BE is 99.

      can’t believe i’m saying this but mitch hallahan has picked up his game since being dropped. same price as selwood, BE 34, cracked ton in last 3. do you dare? lol

      • sorry, to expand on selwood, his role can change at any time it seems. yeah he can score good but then he’ll troll you. never know which one is going to show up. how could you possibly sleep at night?

        • His role doesn’t really change, even when he was averaging 107 he was still doing it as a tagger.

          He’s a pretty likely inclusion for me for Cripps next week, mainly because I’m saving cash to try and get in Hodge the next week, he’s not a full season keeper, SHOULD be a safe solid score and profit though, unless he breaks again.

  • Loving the read Benjo, keep up the hard work

  • Ebert or Hannebery??
    Need help

    • i like hannebery, but i like a gamble. however, ebert seems to have a tendency to score well early but then drop off, but still manages a good average at the end. go with hannebery, the swans are flying!

    • Some people may say that Ebert is in poor form and therefore you should get him back in. But he will BURN you with 50s like he did in the second half of last year. He is not a keeper, whereas Hanners probably is.

  • great article benjo! i’ve been running a bit of a crazy POD team all year. here’s how it currently sits

    Yeo, Hibberd, Newnes, Seedsman, Saad, Hamling (Salem, Talia)
    Lewis, Neale, Parker, Beams, Titchell, Rockliff, Wallis, Dumont (Cripps, Dick)
    Martin, Spencer (Clark, Holmes)
    Gray, Swan, Martin, Buddy, V’berg, Hogan (McCarthy, Cordy)


    this is after trades, oxley > dumont, krak > wallis. they should stick.

    avg 1951, currently ranked 5671. i was up around 1600 last week until lewisgate.

  • Sick read as always Benjo. I personally would take Hodge over Boyd but that’s just me.

    Currently ranked 16th overall. Have 3k in the kitty.

    DEF: Hodge, Mundy, Newnes, Ibbotson, McIntosh, Saad ( Smith, Hamling )
    MID: Pendles, Fyfe, Parker, Beams, Treloar, Barlow, Rockliff, Cripps ( Krak, Amon )
    RUCK: Jacobs, Mumford ( Holmes, Cox )
    FWD: Swan, Dusty, Gray, T.Mitchell, Bontempelli, Vandenberg ( McInnes, Byrne )

    Looking at going Rocky > Wallis & Krak > Dumont leaving me with $201,000 to play with next week.

  • Rocky > Durmont

    Oxley > hodge / Kate Simpson / picken?

    Keep in mind I like to have money in the bank, that’s why made looks attractive. Thoughts?

  • Great point on the stick to your gut point. Can’t remember the last time a last minute change paid off. All week I had Sinclair in, asking for advice, finally got some (solid) advice on going Clark instead due to job security, which did make sense thus I took it, but if you’ve got some kind of gut move, stick with it. One day I’ll learn. Not complaining about the help, thanks guys, complaining about my own lack of courage.

  • Which two to trade out this week?

    – Clark
    – Oxley
    – Rockliff
    – Salem

    • Clark first.

      Rocky is gone for a long time so he needs to go, but Oxley is about to plummet in value, so I’m holding Rocky one week unless Ox is dropped in which case he goes first.

  • just wondering, will clark and rocky be definite outs or will we have to wait till thursday night?

    • Rocky listed as 4-6 weeks

    • Clark has been speculation somewhat, but almost certain to miss a couple, but Lions have said they’ll take no risks, he’s definitely gone.

  • Brandon Ellis as a P.O.D?? Very little talk about him. Gets his 25-30 touches a week which equates to 100+ points. Not going to get tagged in front of Cotchin, Deledio, Martin. Averaging 105 and I see no reason why he can’t average 105-110 for the year which puts him on the cusp of the top 8 mids. Currently in 4% of teams. Will be bringing him in Rocky this week