Benjo’s PODs – Round 12

Hi guys and welcome to the Round 12 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.


Shaun Higgins

Higgins only scored 78 DT points, but when you break down his stats, they were actually reasonable. Higgins had 17 disposals, 5 marks, 4 tackles and 2 goals. Made 15k as well for the owners who brought him in last week.


Jarrad McVeigh

105! McVeigh has been one of the most consistent players this year. DPP as well! I wouldn’t get him in this week, as he has the bye round. He should be one of the most traded-in players in round 13.


Shane Mumford

Mumford was on track for a monster score. He had 66 DT points by half time! Although he injured his ankle early in the final term. He finished with 94 DT points. Reports are in that Mumford is out for the season! Very unlucky if you brought him in!


Mitch Grigg

Now I made a mistake putting Grigg as one of my PODs last week as he had the bye. All week I needed a POD forward option, especially a round 12 forward premium. I took a punt on Roo, and it went pretty well!

Nick Riewoldt

Nick Riewoldt had an absolute monster. 124 DT points! The key to Roo’s DT game is the amount of marks he takes. He has only dropped below 10 marks twice this year! One was an injury affected three marks. Even in this game he was expected to get 12 marks, based on quarter time stats. The other game against the Bulldogs, where he took nine marks.
He also kicked 4 goals as well!
On average, my four players, including Nick Riewoldt, scored 100.25. Woo! Back over the 100 mark again.
Now to this week’s PODs.



Daniel Cross

Daniel CrossThe DPPs are out! Cross is now a defender, and must be considered.

  • His ownership is at 0.26%! Only 240 people playing AFL Fantasy have him!
  • Cross’ lowest score this year is 70, while his highest score is 112. Consistency is very important, especially for defenders this year.
  • Cross has averaged 100 twice in a season, and over 90 six times in his career!
  • Cross has averaged 22 disposals this year, and has only gone under 20 disposals twice as well.
  • Cross averages 6 marks this year, adapting well to his new role.
  • He hasn’t lost his tackling ability, averaging a handy 4 tackles a game.

Cross is a great option this week. Just be wary of his bye round. Many will have the likes of, Shaw, Yeo, Lumumba, Clurey and more. You’ll save some cash as well, if you trade Cross in over an uber premium.




Jack Macrae

MacraeHe was the ‘pick up of the season’ for many last year, but now he is priced at 530k. Is he really worth it?

  • 1.2% ownership! This is not really targeted towards Macrae, but here is an example of how useful low ownership numbers are. For example, you are ranked 800. The difference in points between 800 and 550 is only 100. If you have Adams, and the rest have Barlow, you would have gained 250 rankings, just from one players efforts!
  • Macrae averages 5 marks this year.
  • Macrae also averages 5 tackles a game this year. It’s nice to know that a player can average solid in both of these figures.
  • This option is more safe in a certain way. Dylan Shiel relies on marks and disposals to crack a good score, while Matt Priddis relies on tackles and marks to get a good score.
  • Now this is why everyone should consider Macrae. He faces, Brisbane, St Kilda, Carlton and Gold Coast in his next four games. They actually have quite an easy run home as well.
  • Brisbane gave up a massive 149 to Callan Ward a fortnight ago.
  • St Kilda gave up five tons on the weekend. Five of these players all played predominantly midfield, which is a good sign for Macrae.
  • Carlton have been very hard opponents to score against this year under Mick, but now Mick has been sacked, things may change. Under their new coach, they’ve given up 12 tons in two weeks. 12!
  • And Gold Coast… Well the score line says they did very well against the Dockers, although they still gave up 8 tons!

Macrae has a very high ceiling, and when he’s on fire, there is no stopping him! Fixture analysis is very useful in DT, and Macrae simply has the perfect run home. Lock and load!



Matthew Kreuzer

Oh no, not Leuenberger all over again! Cheap rucks have failed us this season, so why should we head in this direction?

  • He’s averaged above 75 four times in his career. It’s a bargain getting him for only 244k!
  • Kreuzer has been spending more time up forward this year, recording 2 goals against the Crows two weeks ago.

The bottom line is that Kreuzer is cheap for what he is capable of, and with a BE of 24, could be what we are looking for in terms of a stepping stone. Great downgrade/sideways option!


Koby Stevens

The former Eagle is averaging 90.25 and his price has sky rocketed up to 463k! Is he worth it?

  • 2.49%! Another massive Bulldogs POD.
  • Once again, the Bulldogs have an easy draw. I’ve listed above how many tons they’ve gave up.
  • His lowest score this year has been 58, which came in his first game of 2015.  Since then, his lowest score has been 82 and his highest score has been 114. Could be a keeper if he keeps these scores up!
  • Stevens could save you a lot of cash as well. He’s about 100k cheaper than Goddard and Mitchell.
  • Stevens is averaging 7 tackles a game this year. Nice!
  • He’s averaging 21 disposals as well.

This is one of the only players I’ve listed on Benjo’s PODs to be 50/50. Remember, DT is a marathon, not a sprint. He has got a very tasty draw over the upcoming weeks, but also finishes the year off nicely as well. But are you happy with him being in your final six forwards? He could potentially average 90-100 from now until the end of the season. I personally wouldn’t get him in, but I wouldn’t go against anyone whose bringing him in.


My team scored 1715 in Fantasy, which I was a bit disappointed with, considering I fielded 20 players! Captain Barlow was a delight. Joel Selwood was off with a blood rule every minute. Clurey almost beat his half time record, at full time. But the big talking point this week is Elliot Yeo. Fantasy Freako tweeted out that Yeo only had 25% midfield time on the weekend, which was his lowest amount of time since round one! People may need to consider trading him out now.


  • Look at Calvin’s Captains this week! With so many of our round 12 bye premiums out, we need a captain that can score over 100! Also when choosing a captain, looking at the players’ current form is a must. I was silly in putting Barlow as captain. Even though Fremantle still scored 8 tons against the Suns, Barlow had been in horrible form before the Suns match, and his role was still not what DT coaches wanted from the milestone man.
  • Consider your trades. Only trade a player out, if they have experienced a role change, impacting on their DT scores, if they are injured/suspended of course, and if they are in bad form. Bad form means that they have had three or more shocking games in a row. People were silly early in the season, to be considering trading Beams out, with only one poor score.
  • This round is going to be jam-packed, full of carnage! Many coaches will struggle to field 5 players in the midfield this week! Many teams, like mine, will be sweating on the availability of certain rookies. Mumford has already been ruled out for the season with an ankle injury, while other teams are hoping numerous rookies can be called in to their respective sides.

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

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


  • Thank you Benjo, ATM i am looking at getting in Macrae or adding a premo to my backline in Kade Simpson. Macrae clearly has the better run over the next few weeks but simson in the backline is very tasty having dropped quite substantially and on the back of a 3 round average of 103. Thoughts on what I should do guys?

    • I would take a punt on Macrae. Worst case is that Macrae will average 90, and you dish him off to an uber premium. Simmo has the tendency to average 70s for a string of games. I love both, but Macrae looks tastier.

      • wouldn’t say that Benjo

        I say the worst case scenario for Macrae is that he’s flat out dropped (as he was for rd7) which means he misses part of that good run

  • If the tigers get a jump like they did against freo simmo will have to put yeo in the guts. He should be starting there. Also last week was a bit of an anomily as eagles had to try clear the centre with the bombers outing nearly every player in there. This game will be a better indicator

    • I hope so Bruce. I was at the game and he either played at full back or full forward.

  • J Kelly to Boyd and CEY to Macrae or Wallis or VBERG to Stevens or M Grigg. Macrae will leave me with no money to get McVeigh next week

    • VBerg is still out for a month, so he must be traded first. Apparently Grigg injured himself last week. Can you get to Simmo or a Docherty type before Stevens?

  • Grigg, who has played the last five games for the Crows, sprained his ankle whilst running over the break. Head of Football David Noble said the left-footer requires further assessment to determine the extent of the injury.

    “Unfortunately, ‘Griggy’ rolled his ankle quite significantly and will be out for several weeks,” Noble said.

    “We’re not quite sure of the exact timeframe at the moment, but he’s in a moon boot and will be for a few weeks.”

    From the Adelaide Website

    I can not catch a bloody break.

    • Unlucky Nooie! He’s in fine form. Hope you get a better score than last week. I’ll add that to the post.

      • Thanks mate, really annoying. Have found another POD that may be good, especially with his draw, next week. Robbed a bank and got in Stef and Hodge so things are looking good. Still fielding 15 odd this week. I hate byes.

        • Brought in Roo as my POD last week, so far it’s looking good. Bloody Mummy is out for the season :( ATM I’m going Mummy to Stef and Clark to Docherty. Think Dochman can come good. He’s scored 99 and 99 under his new coach.

  • brought macrae in this week, good captain choice swell??

  • another top write up Benjo!!
    im one of those people who have both Barlow and Yeo unfortunately.
    other spuds like TBC need upgrading/sideways trading first though.
    im thinking TBC -> Kreuzer and Leslie -> Boyd or TBC -> Martin and Leslie -> Hamling. with Goldy and Martin in the rucks I can leave them for the rest of the year, but with Yeo, Saad and Mcintosh in my DEF I think I should be going there first with Boyd.
    what do you think?

  • What about Rory Sloane Benjo?
    Severely under priced for what he’s capable of doing. Won’t getted Tagged?
    Also Brodie Smith in defence?

    • Common picks – this is a POD article which is why he didn’t mention them.

      But yes, Brodie Smith is a good pick – not so sure on Sloane.

  • Good read benjo, any love for Biggs? Can he produce neafl numbers in the coming weeks. Easy run etc and at 273k could be a bargain?

  • Loving your work Benjo. Top write-up & analysis! Love the comment about low ownership – hadn’t thought about it like that!

    Vanders to Dahl (means I’m 1 fwd from complete fwd line)
    Barlow to Lewis (gives me good capt choice & strengthens mids)
    Barlow to Dahl (DPP with Vanders nxt wk to upgrade to Lewis/other mid)
    Barlow to Boyd (DPP with Lumumba nxt wk to upgrade to Lewis/other mid)

    I Barlows poor game haven’t been all in a row but surely he qualifies?

    Thoughts please Benjo?

  • Also just my 2 cents re: Yeo. I haven’t watched the Eagles that closely but I think his role will depend on McGovern’s fitness. Didn’t he get injured last wk? Yeo would have gone back if that’s the case.

  • Wasn’t Sloane a top 8 mid last year?
    Who would you suggest then Cotchin?

  • Good read Benjo but what are your thoughts on an underpriced Marc Murphy. He is coming off the bye so will play and has a 3 round average of 100+!!! Also Carlton seem to have more fight now and are playing better footy as shown by their result against the crows

  • I would’ve thought under 3.5% is a pod

  • Thanks Benjo, loving the reads like always
    Keep it up

  • Whether or not to get Kreuzer is doing my head in. A lot of pros and cons. What’s the general consensus about the big fella?

  • Gonna suggest Rory Laird. Has had a 43 and 54 this year after concussions but the rest of the time has been awesome but for one other 40 game (might have been injured then too, dunno). The rest of his games have been 77, 4x90s and 109, 110. (The 54 was his half time score too.) For a DEF that has been gold for me. Been even better in SC