Lampe’s Price Watch – Round 16

The lead up to round 16, has personally been one of the most enjoyable of the year to date. This is due to many of the stars who we assumed would be walk up players in our sides, suddenly being back on the radar. Since these underpriced guns are in every line of the ground, choosing which ones to pick-up is the tough part.

Here is a look of some of the best on offer:



Luke Hodge ($567,000): Hodge pumped out a massive 148 on the weekend, the third highest score of the round. As a result, his break-even is down to 89, and he could very easily be up above 600k in a few weeks’ time. If you were to take out his aberration from a few weeks ago (52), his average jumps to an astounding 118.1. Hodgey comes up against Sydney this week, a team he posted an enormous 157 against, in his Norm Smith winning performance last year. This is one of four hundreds in his last five matches against the Swans, so another 100+ score could easily be on the cards.

In my opinion, he will be the number one defender from here on (just edging out Boyd and Picken). Every fantasy team is better with Hodge in it.

Grant Birchall ($414,000): Another Hawk who should be seriously considered. Birchall is underpriced based on potential and previous year’s performances. In what is becoming something of a trend, he started the year with a bang, but dropped off considerably after that. This year, it was predominantly due to an ankle injury. He has now played three matches since his return, including a 31 touch, 116 point game last weekend. He looks back near full fitness, and with a break-even of just 65, this could be the optimal week to trade him in.

Birchall is an option you should strongly consider when completing your backline. He has the potential to average 85+ for the rest of the year.

*Side note* The Hawks boys love it down in Tasmania, dismantling virtually every side that goes down there. In the process, they rack up huge fantasy numbers. This is important, as they play Brisbane in the week of the Dream Team Grand Final down in Launceston. If you have a few Hawks in your team, and Clarko doesn’t given anyone the week off, it could pay massive dividends.


Nick Malceski ($359,000): After a score of 90 on the weekend (his highest of the year), Malceski’s growing on me with each passing week. Things look to be finally coming together for him, improving as the Suns continue to get better. The obvious reason to pick him up, is due to his extremely low price. He is down over 160k from the beginning of the year, and was a player that averaged 92 last season. He currently has a break-even of 56, so each week you wait, his value decreases slightly.

I am personally looking at bringing in Malceski next week, with the hope he can average 80+. It is a classic, high risk-high reward scenario.

Brodie Smith ($352,000): Another to keep on your radar, simply due to the value and potential he holds. Smith looks to have bottomed out last week, and is on the way back up. He has been solid in his last three, with scores of 80, 71 and 80, enough to keep you interested at his price. Smith’s situation is very similar to Malceski’s. He has a low break-even (45), and it is a case of risk vs reward.

I don’t think you should be getting both Malceski and Smith, as the odds of both coming off are probably to low. If you manage to pick the right one, it could be a masterstroke.



Gary Ablett ($566,000): Gary has done more than enough to prove that he is back. It is a pleasure to watch him running around again, with the Suns and the entire competition better off for it. In terms of fantasy, he has come back with two scores of 119. He is down to 566k, and with a break-even of 112, there is every chance he has reached his basement price. Ablett comes up against GWS this week, and like most teams, has played them well in the past. He has scores of 122, 131, 132, 99 and 106 in his five career matches against them.

If his shoulder stays strong and he continues to gain match fitness, he should improve as the year goes on. A fit Ablett can easily average 115+

Tom Rockliff ($510,000): The Pig didn’t take any time getting back into the swing of things, racking up a huge 128 against the Swans. As a result, Rocky has already increased 25k from last week and with a break-even of just 63, there is much more to come. Quickly! He comes up against Melbourne this week, and with the tight tag almost certain to go Beams way, he could be left to post something very big.

He was easily the standout fantasy player last year, and should go close to reclaiming that mantle by years end. Every fantasy team should have a full fit Rocky come finals time.


Nat Fyfe ($574,000): Fyfe is one player who should be avoided this week. This is due to his very high break-even of 147. He is coming off easily his worst score (59) for the year, in a match in which Freo was demolished. He also suffered a cork from another raised knee from Sam Mitchell (hmmm…but that’s a different story). Before last week, Fyfe had been a measure of consistency, only dropping under 100 two times (97 and 95) for the year. As a result, don’t write him off due to one poor game, but there are significantly better options to choose from this week.

When he bottoms out in about two rounds, he could be a bargain. He is a walk-up start for between 100-115 in most matches, so don’t hesitate in trading him in then.



Nic Naitanui ($483,000): I was (and still am) a strong advocate of trading in two of the top four ruckmen. This is due to the smaller number of spots available in this position. However, with Goldstein (618k, B/E 78) and Martin (582k, B/E 93) becoming more unattainable with each passing week, Naitanui becomes more of a relevant option. About a month ago, I said to pass on Naitanui as I didn’t think he was good enough to mix it with the big boys. In that time he has easily surpassed my expectations, averaging 95.2 in his last five matches.

With a break-even of 78, he could be up above 500k in a few weeks’ time. I would still get one of the top guys if you can afford it (in particular Goldstein, who has been in unreal form) but that might not be a valid option for many coaches. Nic Nat could be a middleman along the way.

*Side note* One of the other reasons I put up Naitanui this week, is the fact that Carlton take on Fremantle. This means that Kreuzer will be taking on Sandilands, who has been monstering everyone he plays. Consequently, a significantly lower score compared to the last few rounds is a real possibility, and his cash generation may be slowed in the short term.


Sam Jacobs ($506,000): Out of the top four ruckmen, Jacobs is the one I would be avoiding this week. In his last five matches, he hasn’t been able to reach the form he began the season with. This includes three scores under 100 during this period. Obviously no one can blame him for his performance last week, in the most trying of circumstances. Everyone simply wishes him and all the Adelaide players the best, both on and off the field. In regards to this week though, he does have a break-even of 122 and with scores of 62 and 67 in two of his last three encounters against Port, there is a lot going against him right now.

In my opinion, there’s too much risk in getting Jacobs this week. He could however, be a steal at about 485k in a few rounds time.



Toby Greene ($465,000): One that is definitely worth considering, when completing your forward line. Greene has been in impressive form lately, with eight scores of 91 or higher in his last ten matches. If you take out his sub affected 38, his average increases from 88 to a healthier 92. This one poor score, is also the reason Greene is significantly undervalued right now. Further adding to Greene’s stock, is the fact that Dylan Shiel has been ruled out for the remainder of the season. If he can gain more midfield time in his absence, he may be able to reproduce the massive numbers he finished last year with (116, 127, 126, 165 and 125 in his last five).

Greene comes with some risk, but could easily be worth a shot at F6. He never attracts a tag due to the wealth of talent around him, and is a ball magnet when allowed to play a free flowing role.


Jimmy Bartel ($489,000): 41 touches in his first match back in over three months. Seriously, who does that!? We all know that Jimmy is a superstar, and at under 500k, I’m already tempted to pick him up. The big question is when? Despite his amazing return on the weekend, he still has a break-even of 121, and there is some doubt about his role going forward. With Duncan out for the year and Stevie J playing almost exclusively in the forward half, there should be plenty of midfield time and subsequent fantasy points, for Bartel to feast on.

If you want to play it safe, give Jimmy one more week. On the flip side, he comes up against the Doggies this week, a team he has five hundreds against in his last six meetings.


Lance Franklin ($469,000): I’m not quite sure what’s happened to big Bud. It looks like he’s just struggling for a bit of touch, with things not falling his way. He has four scores of 77 or lower in his last six, however that does include a monster 141, which more than highlights what he’s capable of. Franklin comes up against Hawthorn this week, and hasn’t been able to produce his absolute best against his old team. He has managed only 46 and 79 in his last two meetings, and was held scoreless for one of the first times in his career earlier this year.

We all know that he can explode at any second, but timing it correctly is the key to picking him up. With a break-even of 119 and a tough match this week, I’d give Buddy a miss right now. If he nears 450k in a few rounds time, he will be incredibly hard to ignore.


My Top 3 trade-in targets this week:

1) Tom Rockliff: An absolute gun, and incredibly you can get him at just over 500k. It’s a no brainer!

2) Gary Ablett: He’s been the best player in the AFL for half a decade. He is even more of a must have at his current price.

3) Luke Hodge: The number one fantasy defender in the game. Your team feels so much better having Hodgey back there. Pick him up and enjoy the points.

My pick of the 50/50’s:

Nick Malceski: It’s something of a gut feel, but I think Malceski is the slightly better option when compared to Smith. I am backing him in for an 80+ average from here on out, and will be trading him in next week if all goes according to plan.

Final Thoughts:

Lampshade’s Lads managed 2155 in round 15. Unfortunately, in a high scoring round, this resulted in me dropping 162 places to 1664th overall. I’m looking at sideways trading my worst performing midfielder to Ablett this week, as I can’t pass him up any longer. My second trade will likely be a downgrade (cheers Jeppa for the effort and commitment even when away) in order to free up some cash. This will hopefully allow me to trade in Malceski or Bartel next week.

If you have any questions I will be more than happy to answer them in the comments below, or if you add me @ David_Lampe1 on Twitter, I will respond to you there.

Good luck to everyone in round 16, hopefully a big league win and a spike in the rankings is headed your way.


  • Birchall and $191k for Oxley or Wallis upgrade next week


    Picken and $28k


    • What position are you filling for the trade this week? Picken will be instant reward. Birchall a little too risky for me

      • Picken would sit at D1 and Birchall at D5 with my defense being Hodge, Shaw, Yeo, Newnes, Thurlow and Oxley.

        • yeah its a tough one. I would go Picken. If you have rookies coming in to make more cash it shouldn’t be a problem

    • Very tough one mate. I’m really torn with this.

      I think a lot depends on who you can trade Wallis to next week. If it’s Rockliff or Ablett i’d probably go Birchall and 191k. If it’s a lesser player, i’d probably go with Picken who has been in outstanding form.

      • Is there anyway you can upgrade Wallis next round, even if you get Picken this week?

        • Next week I can downgrade Clarke, Edwards, Kavanagh, Dumont to try and find cash to get to Ablett. I think having Birchall at D5 and $191 is what I will do.

      • I already have Rocky so it would be Ablett.

        Wallis $473k + $191 = $664k

        Ablett $570k – $664 = $96k

        Cripps $458k + $96k = $527 Midfielder

        Therefor next week Wallis to Ablett and Cripps -> $527 mid


        • I like Wallis to Ablett. Good upgrade.

          I think for under 527k, Sidebottom is still your best bet. He has been a bit up and down but if he puts in another strong performance this weekend, I would personally go with him.

  • With Roo’s injury worry, I’m looking at trading him out regardless if he plays or not. Will allow me to Bring in Rockliff via DPP and allow me to trade Rich to Malceski as my D5. Otherwise I would be looking at Rich to Z Williams as D5 which is concerning as have Maynard as D6, but also allow me to upgrade Wallis to Rockliff.

    • I’m looking at potentially moving on Reiwoldt even if he is named, high risk of a late withdrawal Saturday/Sunday, and going him to Bartel/Dahl allows Wallis to Rockliff. Arguably making my team better too.

      The fact he missed 3 games early this season with his calf scares me a lot

      • That’s just convinced me 100% Powerlicious. Sorry Roo, but was good to have you for 3 weeks haha

        • I agree 100% guys. A fully fit Riewoldt is a fantastic fantasy player, but there is just too much risk with his current injury status unfortunately. Your trades of Riewy to Bartel/Dahl and Wallis to Rocky are very strong Powerlicious. They will very likely improve your team. They seem great to me!

    • I think that’s a smart trade given the current state of things. With Roo’s injury worry it’s not the worst move, especially since you are gaining Rocky in return. Malceski is a much better option than Williams at D5 imo as well.

  • Great article Lampe!

    I’m so close to deleting my team this year. Injuries and suspensions have killed my team. I’ve got Jelwood, and likely Roo to be out this week.

    I’m a big fan of Bartel, despite his shocking start to the season due to injury, and it looks like I’ll bring him in for Callum Sinclair.

    My trades this week look like, Sinclair to Bartel and Jelwood to Knight, leaving only Kern and Oxley as the only two rookies on my field.

  • Good article with plenty of thought provoking insights. I am tempted by Greene next week. My current plan is to go Cripps to Rocky and Lumumba to Malceski with 64k left. I agree with your comments on Hawks players for the finals. Not sold on Birchall though, but if I want Hodge I need to upgrade McCarthy to say Knights to fund an upgrade to Hodge next week. This means I will miss out on Malceski (and play Lumumba this week). Any insights?

    • Thanks Toasted.

      I love the Cripps to Rocky trade, that’s a beauty. In regards to your second trade, I think you need to look at it from a long term perspective. Who would you rather have in your team, Hodge or Malceski? In my opinion, playing Lumumba over Malceski for one week is definitely worth having Hodge for the rest of the year. The only slight risk with this plan is if injuries stop you from getting Hodge next week, but there’s not much you can do about something like that mate.

      • Sounds very logical Lampe. Thanks. With the extra cash I can ponder for my trade next week either Lumumba to Hodge or Bont to Ablett. But we all know about best laid plans….

        • Haha no worries mate.

          Yep, it’s good to have multiple options. Make a call next week when you know even more about the players, their form, etc.

          I sure do. Had a few this year that have been quelled by injuries, but all you can do is keep plugging away and hope for a change in fortune.

  • It’s a bit like that isn’t it mate. Every time I have a great plan or i’m about to get close to upgrading another player, an injury strikes and prevents it!

    I love the Bartel trade as well. He is such a gun, and it’s hard to see where it can go wrong. Injuries aside.

    Nice stuff with the trades, hopefully you can get Knight back up to a premium Mid ASAP.

    • Knight is sitting at M10 for me, so I hope he can avoid the vests, and produce some solid numbers.

      Hopefully Docherty plays this weekend, as I’ve been holding him for long enough!

      Players who I would like to upgrade are: Kern, Oxley, Lynch* and Wallis. Wallis will hopefully go to Rocky next week, and I’m planning on trading Oxley to Birchall, or Malceski if I can’t afford big Birch.

      • Yep, he should be a solid rookie with some good cash generation if he can.

        Haha hopefully! If not, you can always upgrade him in the coming weeks.

        Like I said, Wallis to Rocky is a fantastic trade and Birch/Malceski have their risks, but both have significant upside as well.

  • Great stuff Lampe.
    I have Roo but hoping he is playing this weekend and going to hold.
    Currently looking at the following trades, any thoughts?
    1: Oxley to Z Williams, Wallis to Rocky. $134k in the bank for next week
    2: Oxley to Knight, Wallis to Rocky. DPP newnes to DEF completing it. Fielding Knight and Amon/Dumont in the Mid. $215k in the bank to upgrade Dumont next week to $525k player

  • Yep, hopefully Riewy gets up. I have a feeling that because of the incredible significance of the occasion to him, he will play. But, that’s only a gut feel not really based on anything mate.

    I would probably go with option two, Kingzy. Z Williams has a low break-even and has been good in his last three. However, i’m not completely sold on him and at 274k, he is getting the to the price where you would want to be very sure he was going to score well.

    I like the idea of DPP’ing Newnes and completing your backline. Obviously look at the who is named in the teams, and where they are named, but one of Knight, Amon and Dumont should hopefully do ok. The tricky part is playing the right one.

    In terms of 525k player, i’d go Sidebottom if he scores well this week. He’s been inconsistent but I still have faith that he will come good for the remainder of the year.

  • As always Dave, good read. Glad you put up the 50/50 with big mal and smith.. So

    Def: Newnes, Edwards, Hodge, Yeo, McVeigh, Mundy (Clurey, Goodes)

    Mid: Pendles, Armitage, Rischitelli, Fyfe, Dangerfield, Lewis, Cripps, Knight(Amon, Dumont)

    Ruc: Goldstein, Kruezer(Holmes, Brooksby)

    Fwd: Bont, Steele, Gray, Martin, Riewoldt, Titchell(Cox, Honeychurch)

    $186K in the tank.
    Ha again I pick up a premo and he fails me. Riewoldt(it’s almost like I knew it was going to happen).. This week without a doubt Cripps is gone for Rocky and Goodes for Malceski. Leaves me with only $36K. Did take a punt last week and got in Riley Knight who looks like he could get more game time! Looked pretty good for a rookie. But with Reiwoldt in doubt I have to get rid of Honeychurch, move Riley into fwd move Mundy into mids and put Edwards or clurey on in the backline to still utilise my trades the same way. This game is a prick! Can’t anyone just play week in week out anymore? Is James Kelly a good option in the backline instead of Malceski?

    • Thanks Stat.

      Bad lucky with Riewy, there’s not much you can do about that mate. It was the right trade, he’s a very good player and you just need a bit of luck. I like those trades of Cripps to Rocky and Goodes to Malceski. Two upgrades that are both very solid. I would personally go Malceski over Kelly, mainly due to the price difference and that I believe he has slightly more upside. Kelly isn’t a bad pick at all though, especially under 400k.

      Knight did score very well first up for a rookie, so hopefully that can continue!

  • My back line currently is Boyd, Mundy, Yeo, Newnes, Smith and Rich. I was thinking of doing rich to Malceski so I could have enough money to get Gaz for Cripps next week. BUT if I get Malceski then that would pretty much complete my backline and I wouldn’t be able to get hodge, Picken or McVeigh in my def. Should I try and get a premium def instead of Malceski or should I get Malceski so I can get gaz next week. I’ve also got smith so both might not pay off. Thoughts would be appreciated

    • Tough one mate, especially since Gaz is on the cards next week. I would probably just (and only just) get one of Hodge or Picken in your defence over Malceski this week, if you can. You obviously want Ablett at some stage, but there is always the risk of injuries between now and next week, and you never know what can happen with forced trades. Is there anyway you can leave Rich for now and get Ablett this week?

      • i could trade adams to gaz, then next week downgrade kav and upgrade rich. I was planning on holding adams and fielding mckernan but i could get gaz and hodge instead of malceski and gaz. But this would also mean holding cripps for a while instead of holding adams?

        • It’s a close one but I would get Hodge and Gaz if you can. In the long term, they will pay you back with the most points. Holding Cripps shouldn’t be too bad either, as he has been scoring fairly well. Since Adams is out for two weeks not one, I would probably trade him in this scenario.

  • Will KK get more midfield time with David Swallow out for the season?

    • It’s a definite possibility BBW. He should still play a lot in the defence, as the Suns love having it in his hands running out of there, but a few more rotations through the guts is a chance.

      • In terms of Fantasy though, i’m not sure it would necessarily enhance his score. The vast majority of his numbers come from +6 (mark-kicks) in the backline.

      • Definate possibility. Cheers. Haha

  • Hey Lampe, took your advice and brought in JPK and Rockliff last week, ended up getting 2439 RDT. My only concern this week is Devon Smith , is it worth burning a trade on him? I’ve got 7 left with only lever as an onfield rookie. I was going to trade in KK for Pearce and bench Lever but can’t decide On trading Smith out.

  • Good to see it paid off mate:)

    Umm it’s a tricky one, especially in RDT. Are you looking at overall rankings or just league wins? If it’s just league and you have a match you are likely to win anyway this week, then stick with him for now. If overall rankings, there is more reason to trade, but make sure it is to a very top guy.

    The other thing to consider is that he plays Gold Coast this week, so if he is ever going to come good then this is the week.

    Try not to burn many more trades too mate. You will probably need at least 4 come finals, to be a realistic chance to win it.

    • I’m sitting 37th ATM, the Gold Coast game is the only reason I’m thinking of keeping him. I think he scored 112 on them this year but his last few rounds have been ordinary to say the least. Thanks mate ,might give him one more week.

  • Hey Lampe, should I trade Franklin out in RDT or should I wait to see if he comes good? I have 180k in the bank so I could bring in anybody, but I’m trying to save the money to finish my backline, so I’m thinking either Bartel or Zorko. Only have 6 trades left.

    • Hey Reegs, with only six trades left i’d hold for now mate. There will most likely be more valuable things to use those trades on in the next 8 rounds.

      • Cheers mate. I think you’re right because I also still have Lumumba :/ who I want to trade out if he doesn’t start performing come finals, and I’m also going to upgrade Lever when he peaks which I’m hoping will be around finals time. So if I trade out Franklin now I probably won’t have much room for injuries or suspensions.

        • Yep, I would easily say to trade out Lumumba before Franklin. That could be a good trade come finals time. To have a serious shot at winning finals you will need 3-4 trades in the last month.

  • Wow nice mate! so your definitely in it. Yep 112 this year, and 68 and 117 before that, so a bit of a mixed bag. Go with you gut because it’s obviously served you well so far.

  • Another great read, well done mate.
    Glad to have picked up Hodge last week for his 148!

    I have a question, even though my midfield is full of 8 ‘premos’, is Rocky for Wallis worth doing while he’s cheap instead of fixing up my unfinished DEF and FWD lines?

    DEF: Hodge, McVeigh, Simpson, Hibberd, Newnes, Oxley (Brown, Hamling)
    FWD: Martin, Gray, Swan, Mitchell, Motlop, Daniel (Lambert, Marsh)

    I was thinking
    1. Steele + Malceski for Brown + Oxley with Marsh swung back in DEF and Daniel put at F7.
    2. Mundy + Fields for Brown + Oxley to ‘complete’ my defence.
    But that would mean missing out on Rocky, what are your thoughts?
    Sorry if this has confused you! ;)

    • Thanks Portpowerr, appreciate it:)

      I’m really, really torn on this one. All three options have serious merit.

      Option one isn’t a ‘full upgrade’ but it does considerably strengthen those lines. Option two more or less completes your defence, and it is a very strong line that way. On the other hand, I think that Rocky is very close to a must have.

      If you get Mundy and Fields would you be able to get Rocky next week if your second trade is a downgrade? If you can, that would be my ideal scenario. If you can’t, I would probably get Mundy and Fields (just!) over Rocky this week. I would get Malceski and Steele last out of those options, but even they are very solid trades.

      All in all, you can’t go wrong with any of them but that is my gut feel.

      • Yep, I’d have 111k in the bank after getting Mundy and Fields, so rocky would be in next week! The only problem is that I would have to play Daniel again. How does that sound? Thanks a lot mate, appreciate it!

        • Yep, that would work nicely. I think playing Daniel would be ok for a few weeks. It’s a bit of a guessing game as to whether he avoids the vest, but if he can, he should average about 65. That’s reasonable enough for now.

  • Thanks Lampe! Always got some good feedback. Jimmy Bartel will be plump and ready next week to pick up in the forwards. ;)

    • No worries mate, hope I can help. Bartel will be very ripe! It’s either him or Malceski for me.

  • Hey Lampe… Brilliant read as always & love the work and effort! Always get something out of this article and really appreciate it !!!

    Need some advice… this is my team below… I am an expert at burning trades and so I only have 4 Trades left & 61K in the Bank :-( Currently 8th on the Ladder and need to win the next few to make the finals!!

    Adams is not out for 2 weeks… So should I trade him to Hodge via DPP Steele & Saad or Newness into my Def (Which surely needs help!)
    OR leave the defence & get Ablett for Adams via same DPP and miss out on Hodge…
    Would have loved to get able to get Hodge in my defence & another premium in the Mids but does not look likely… Unless I go for a Premium who has reduced heaps in Value (Selwood – but he is not playing this week!!)

    Any suggestions?

    DEF: Newnes, KK, Hibberd, Simpson, Oxley, Ibbotson (Saad, Hamling)
    MID: Pendles, Fyfe, Heppell, Ebert, Parker, Lewis, Rockliff, Steele (Boston, Amon, Kav)
    RUCKS: Goldy, Martin (Downie)
    FWD: Swan, Martin, Gray, Bont, Mitchel, Adams (Hogan. Krakouer)

    • Thanks GBKJ, appreciate it.

      I would probably get Hodge and put Steele into the forwards mate. Ablett is the better fantasy player, but in terms of which line needs more work, it’s your defence. I would also advise you to only use one trade this week if possible, as you are going to need them in the next 2 months!

      At some point Trade Saad to a premium Mid, but that will only leave you with one trade left (after you have got the cash through a downgrade), so I would hold off on that until as late as you can.

  • Trade Fyfe to Ablett or
    thurlow to Malceski then ebert to ablett??

    • Umm probably Thurlow to Malceski and Ebert to Ablett. In my opinion, Fyfe should be slightly better than Ebert for the rest of the year. Thurlow to Malceski is a mini upgrade as well.

  • Hey mate, please help me

    I have 90K in the bank and not sure what to do?

    DEF: Hooker, T Hunt, Gibson, Boyd, Smith, Edwards (Byrne*, Hamling*)
    MID: Bont, Fyfe, Pendles, Stevens, Beams, Adams*, CEY*, Cripps, Beams (Krakouer* Dumont*)
    RUC: Jacobs, Naitunui (Griffin, Cox*)
    FOR: Martin, Gray, Goddard, Swan, Dale, Dahlhaus (Karnezis*, McGrath*)

    the ones with an * are out this week and I really need help as I am only averaging 1900 lately

    • Hey Destroyer. With your first trade, I would personally downgrade Krakouer to either Knight or Lambert. With your second trade I would upgrade CEY to Rockliff. Krakouer may get a gig this week (he’s on the extended bench) but he is the only rookie you can downgrade to get enough cash to upgrade CEY to Rocky.

      I was also wondering why you had 9 players listed in your Mids?

  • Would love some help with my Fantasy team.

    My defence is Hodge, Shaw, Yeo, Newnes, Oxley, Colqhuon (Hamling, Edwards). I have Cripps and Wallis left to upgrade in the midfield.

    I was thinking of Ox to Malceski and Wallis to JPK. Next week Cripps to Ablett.

    Or I can actually do both mid upgrades this week but leaves defence thin for another week.

    Or should I look at doing something with Colqhoun? Really don’t like a rookie at D6 at this stage of the season but could downgrade him to Fields to make a bit more cash. Will just have to wait to be able to upgrade that position.

    Cheers in advance.

    • Hey Jess. I would personally do the two Mid upgrades this week. I would think of this in terms of the long term. If you have forced trades next week and were unable to get a player for some reason, Ablett and JPK would be the two that you would most want to have in your side already. I’d get them while you can.

      I would then sideways trade OX to Malceski next week, and either upgrade or downgrade Colquhoun depending on how much cash you have left. It’s not ideal to have a rookie at D6, but with a bit of luck, one of Fields (if your are forced to downgrade Colquhoun to him), Edwards or Hamling will be half descent and avoid the vest for the next few rounds.

      Hopefully Edwards avoids the vest tonight (you will know before lockout) so you can base your trades around that and maximize your points for this round.