Benjo’s PODs – Round 11

Hi guys and welcome to the Round 11 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.


Matthew Boyd

Boyd had a rather quiet match, scoring 87 DT points. He only recorded 4 marks. The good thing here is that you can select him as a defender. You’d accept 87 from a defender any day of the week.


Toby Greene

38 and a red vest. Yuck!


Callum Sinclair

My boy Sinclair only scored 36 DT points. Reflect back to the Eagles game on Sunday played in Tasmania. One side was kicking goals from 90m and the other couldn’t kick one from 20m! Terrible conditions and should bounce back this week.


Buddy Franklin

Only scored 77 DT points. Thought he would’ve gone a bit bigger against the Suns.

On average, my four players scored 59.5. Disappointing to say the least.
Now to this week’s PODs.


Shaun Higgins

He is on the ‘never again’ list for some, but he most be considered now.

Higgins has FWD/DEF DPP status. This is very handy.
He has the handy round thirteen bye.
He averages 109 in his last three. 109!
His next three games are, Sydney, GWS and Gold Coast.
He has a BE of 46 in Fantasy. If he keeps up his run of good scores, he can easily average 90-95 from now until years end.
He averages 1.8 goals this year. This is handy if he can kick three goals a game.
Higgins averages 4.5 marks a game this year.
In his last three games, Higgins has recorded, 9, 6 and 6 tackles. I don’t think he will keep up these stats though.
He has only dropped below 70 twice this year. Consistency is very important in our sides this year.

Higgins looks to be a reliable defensive option this year. I’m not trading him in, but I wouldn’t argue with someone who is. Good option.


Jarrad McVeigh

He was in almost everyone’s team last year as the ‘reliable 90 guy’. But why should we consider him this year?

If you think about it, there isn’t much risk at all in this move. He will get you anything between 90-110.
There were suggestions that McVeigh has a good chance to get DPP status early in the week. You will jump ahead of the pack by jumping on him early.
His lowest score this year is a sub affected 72. This 72 was from 65% game time!
He’s scored four tons this year. Four out of nine games!
He’s averaging six marks off half back this year.
Averages five tackles this year!
You will also get some big scores out of him, scoring 131 against the Suns last week. Although it was against the Suns, it is nice knowing he could knock out a big score.
He also knows how to find plenty of the pill, knocking up 39 possessions last week!
Although it’s a long time away, he faces, GWS, St Kilda and Gold Coast in his last three matches!

I cannot find a single disadvantage for McVeigh’s scoring ability. He’s a gun. DPP makes my mouth water.


Shane Mumford

A late change from Goldstein to Mummy in the final minutes of lockout in round one and I thought my season was over already. It’s not. Mummy’s going under the radar and has been producing some great scores along the way.

Mummy’s price has remained between 480k and 500k for weeks now. At a BE of 89, he’s probably not going to make you any cash. He’s a keeper anyway!
Mummy has only dropped below 80 once this year, and that was nine rounds ago in round one!
Mummy has averaged 48 hit outs over the last four weeks! What has he been eating?
Big Mummy averages 6.3 tackles a game!
Mummy’s best two attributes to his game are tackles and hit outs. If he gets a lot of these, then he is due for a monster of a score.
Mummy’s has consistently produced solid scores this season. Mumford is a great upgrade target.


Mitch Grigg


This is why everyone should consider Grigg. He has scored, 83, 89, 87, 90 and 84 in his last five weeks. Talk about standard deviation!
A little big more information about Grigg is required though. In round two, he copped the green vest. He effectively got 36 DT points from in a quarter when subbed on!
The only person who could possibly come into the Adelaide side is Brad Crouch, although Grigg shouldn’t be the one omitted, more likely Ellis-Yolmen, who got the red vest last week.
He’s got a BE of 41 and is set to increase in price. Could be a nice stepping-stone.
Grigg averaged 70.4 DT points in 2013.

Although he shouldn’t be traded in this week as he has the bye, he could be a nice stepping stone after his bye.


My team scored 2029 in Fantasy, which I was a bit disappointed with. My midfield scored an A+. Lewis, who I put as my captain, was the lowest scorer in my mids this week. Shoutout to Ward, who scored 149 as VC!


I like Yeo the best in the backline. He’s been averaging really well since being moved into the midfield/forward line.

Very interesting question! This is what I’m thinking. In round 11, Stef + Sauce would get you 0 points. In round 13, Stef + Goldy would get you 110 points. After the byes, there are 9 rounds left. Sauce has to average 12 points more than Goldy. Is it possible? I would go Goldy.

Stevens has the bye this week. Next week he’s a good option. He’s very risky but with the current form he’s in, he would be a good pick up that would make you a bit of cash. Also has a great draw.

Out of those options, I like Wines the best. Stevie J has been spending a lot of time up forward and Jones has produced some below par scores as well. Wines really has looked to have taken his game to the next level.

Now this tweet was by Lefty. Lefty started with Mundy, miles before his DPP was announced! Great effort! Anyway, is Rory Laird a top six defender? I don’t think he is to be honest. He has been in tremendous form, but can he beat the likes of, Hodge, Boyd, Mundy, Yeo, Simpson, Shaw and possible more sneaky DPPs? I don’t think he can make it.

A very good point made there. I am seriously considering Murphy after his bye. With a new coach in Barker, I think Carlton can become a more competitive side, and therefore help their DT scoring. Look at his price tag. 460k! Definitely worth a punt.

Grrr… I dislike all North Melbourne players after beating my beloved Eagles. But seriously, CEY has to go. Brad Crouch was back to his best in the SANFL on the weekend, so he will be first in, while CEY looks like first to go. Dumont is probably the best option. He has a BE of -15 so get in quick!


The bye rounds are upon us! Make sure that you try and get to fielding a full 18 squad.

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

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


  • Love the reads Benjo, keep up the hard work

    quick Question: what are your thoughts on Gaff

    • I got Gaff in this week, even though I’m an Eagles supporter but he is a great POD!

    • Cheers Stewy! Thanks for reading week in, week out.

      As an Eagles supporter, I don’t mind Gaff, but his disposal efficiency can be woeful. I like McVeigh and Wines better, but he is still a good option.

      • Thanks guys, I am planing to get him this week as his form has been great as well as a round 13 bye. Thanks again

  • Sorry about the link under McVeigh in there guys! Just his heat-map if you want to see it.

  • Higgins averages 1.8 goals this year
    just imagine what his score would be if he could kick straight :P

    for my rucks (RDT) I have Mumford and Maric locked in as my keepers, but with the (luxury) if it arrives of bringing in Smartin later in the season, I prefer the consistency

    and your reasoning for Goldy over Jacobs is lacking
    yes, he misses out on a ruck score this week, but then misses out on Goldy in rd13
    a better way to look at it would be to look at DT finals
    rd21: Goldy vs Sandi (oof), Jacobs vs Smartin – Jacobs wins
    rd22: Goldy vs Minson (hmm), Jacobs vs NicNat – tie, marginal Goldy imo (Minson could be dropped)
    rd23: Jacobs vs Geelong (oof), Goldy vs Maric (hmmm) – Goldy win

    personally, I’d be leaning towards Goldstein for the trade-in target – it helps with bye structure, and then he has a friendlier DT finals run (considering I think Sandi will be managed later when Freo have top4 sown up)

    • Thanks for reading Sam.

      Yeah I agree. I was really rushed when I wrote this as I had an exam to study for :P
      Very good reasoning there. I agree with you 100%. Thanks for the feedback!

  • Couple of blokes in my team surely worth a mention sometime soon – Ellis and Wines!

    • +1, They are both great POD options and I traded both into my team after Rd 1. Got Wines back last week after his unfortunate injury. Both have the potential to go high and they rarely have poor weeks.

    • They’ve both been in great form lately. I didn’t do Ellis because he has the bye, but I might consider him and Brad Crouch next week.

  • Another great article Benjo, nice work.
    Personally I’m very glad that last week I decided to pick up Wines as a POD instead of Greene.

    I reckon McVeigh is a lock for DDP next week and I’ll try my best to get him in Rd13 after his bye. Only potential downside is he could be rested if the Swans establish themselves in the top 2, especially as he was vested against the Blues, but I doubt it’ll stop me getting him.

    • Thanks Lachie. Greene was probably too much of a POD in a way haha. Wines is a great pick up.

  • ellis has been AMAZING for my team week in week out !!

  • Thanks for the mention benjo, great article!

  • Good article Benjo. I brought in Old Man Boyd on the back of your advice (unfortunately it was for Harry T…)

    Speaking of sneaking DPP, I reckon Parker must be a good chance for Forward status. I’ve watched every Swans’ game and I feels as though he’s spent at least 70% of his time forward. Has anyone seen his heatmap?

    • I don’t think Parker will get it. His heat map shows that he is predominantly playing in the midfield :(

      Don’t be disappointed by Boyd. 87 is still a good score by any defender this year. Look who the Bulldogs have after their bye :O

  • Good work Ben – I should have clarified re Rory Laird I was talking RDT not fantasy. Since the injuries to Jaensch and Smith he has really stepped up – and has the 5th highest 5 round average of any defender in RDT with a 94.2 average over the last 5 weeks. This comes with a high of 110 and 4 scores in his last 5 games have been 99 or better.

    Personally I am looking at him as a $100k upgrade from Saad next week – and his mate Danger is every chance to join him in my side.

    PS – Danger at $21 is a good each way Brownlow bet, Fyfe is no value at under $2

    • for the record, Laird averages 117 with Jaensch out of the side
      I reckon it’s a good cheapie-option, but do note that it’s either 90+ or bust for him

      7 games over 70, of which 6 of them are 90+
      but then he’s also had 3 games under 60, so be wary of that

      • True. 117? That’s a bit too big I would say. More about the 90ish range.

      • 2 of his scores below 60 were due to him suffering concussion I think, so if you exclude them he has 1 score below 75 and 2 below 90, which for a defender is pretty good. In RDT I reckon he could challenge for top 6, however I still feel Simpson and Hibberd have the chance to come good.

    • Sorry Lefty. In RDT, he is a great chance based on recent form. Based on his recent stats, and as you said with Smith and Jaensch out of the side, he is a great pick up in RDT. I like to play it safe with defenders, because you don’t know what you are going to get from them, e.g. How much time the ball is in the backline etc. Still a great option.

  • Stuffed up on Greene as well last week, hopefully he bounces back!
    Would Vandenberg/CEY to Higgins/Kelly (bit of DPP action next week) be good trades or too sideways?

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  • Anyone got a good foward POD i can get in this week??

    • There’s only like 3 articles this week already on good trade options :S

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  • Should we consider that Grigg’s scores came from teams who leaks points? He’s been up against GC, St Kilda, GWS, Freo and Carlton in the last 5 weeks. The only “decent” teams in that mix would be definitely Freo and arguably GWS.

  • Should we consider Wellingham

  • “The only person who could possibly come into the Adelaide side is Brad Crouch.”

    Richard Douglas is a lock to come in too, mate, and Henderson could also come in and play on the wing. Grigg was the green vest specialist last season, and while I’d say Matt Crouch and CEY would be dropped before Grigg, it can’t be said he wouldn’t get the green vest ahead of Mackay or Wright.