Lampe’s Price Watch- Round 19

For most of us, round 18 provided some much needed respite, with many of the big names pumping out big scores.

Round 19 marks the last round before finals begin, and whether it be forced or luxury trades, we all have some big decisions to make in order to put ourselves in the best possible position come week one of finals.

Here is a look at some of the best and worst options in each line of the ground.

Defenders:

Buy:

Luke Hodge ($623,000): Given that it is the week before finals, the number one defender to bring in (slightly ahead of Picken imo) is Hodge. You will be paying a premium for him at above 600k, but he is worth every cent. Hodge has only had one poor match all year (52 against Essendon in round 13), and has been sensational other than that. He has notched up five hundreds on the trot, four of these being 120+, and has 11 in total from 14 matches. This has led to him being the second highest averaging player in the competition, only 0.71 points per game behind Steven. Hodge’s massive numbers have come largely from his flexibility that allows him to play a number of roles, even within a match. He is Hawthorn’s ‘Mr Fix It’, racking up multiple + 6’s in defence, gathering 25+ touches in the middle, and often laying five or more tackles. This variety allows him to still score highly when one aspect isn’t firing, and produces a massive ceiling when all are working in tandem. Hodge’s break-even is 104, and playing West Coast this week (a team he had 120 on last year) he may be even more expensive come the first week of finals.

If you could have any player in your Squad right now, you could make a very strong argument that Luke Hodge would be that man. 60% of the competition still don’t have him, so be in the minority and pick the best fantasy defender in the game.

Heath Shaw ($562,000): There has probably been a lot of people stay clear of Heath Shaw…well because he’s Heath Shaw. In all seriousness though, he has been in outrageous fantasy form. He had the second highest score of his career last week (147), but it is his form over an extended period of time that makes him one of the in-form players of the competition. Since round nine, Shaw has had scores of: 136, 70, 119, 128, 102, 89, 125, 90 and 147. At least partly paying us back for years of tears and frustration. He faces the under-performing Bombers this weekend, a team he scored 125 against last year, and could be in for another big score. He finishes the year with a relatively friendly draw against Port, Sydney, Carlton and Melbourne, and although he doesn’t have a great recent history against these teams, it is a different Heath Shaw right now.

You will be paying top dollar for him, but if you think he can continue his exceptional form he is worth the money. He has a break-even of 80, so he could be nearing 600k soon.

50/50:

James Kelly ($415,000): If you need to upgrade your defence and you can’t afford one of the big boys, then Kelly looms as a solid in-between option. He has hit back strongly since his horrific injury, with scores of 60 (as the sub), 121, 88 and 81. He seems to be playing a reasonable amount on the ball, and with the Cats pressing for finals, hopefully they will keep his hard and experienced body around the contest. One small worry is that Kelly had a bad end to last season. I picked him up around the same time last year, and received a number of sub-par scores, (54, 56, 94, 64, 66 and 86). He should be able to do better than that for the final rounds of this season, with an average of 85 not beyond him.

At a little over 400k, he is good value for money. He does have a tough month ahead, but with the risk comes the reward.

Avoid:

Brodie Smith ($356,000): Unfortunately, I think it’s time to either avoid Smith, or potentially cut him loose (for the 15.75% of coaches who took the punt on him). He started the year with a bang, but two severe concussions and a run of poor form has halted what many predicted to be a break-out season. Smith has averaged only 64 in his last three matches (and 68.6 in his last five), and although this doesn’t make him the worst defender going around, a mini upgrade to a Hodge, Picken or Mundy could net you an extra 30-40 points a week.

If you may have more pressing trades, or want to keep him, his break-even is only 68 so he should be around the same price next week. If you are in the position of luxury trading, Smith looms as a good candidate to complete a mini-upgrade with.

Midfielders:

Buy:

Joel Selwood ($502,000): How good was Selwood last week!? He scored a massive 146 fantasy points, his third hundred in a row. However, it must be remembered it was only against the Lions. This week he faces a match tougher assignment against the Swans. He only had 80 on them last try, but did manage six consecutive hundreds before that. He comes up against the Hawks the week after, a team he has a huge standard deviation against. He often wills them within reach with a big score, or is minimized by the reigning premiers brilliance. It is more in the last three weeks of the season, in which Selwood could cut loose. He finishes the year with matches against St Kilda, Collingwood and Adelaide, having posted some big numbers against all of those sides in recent times. This includes scores of 132, 133, 113 and 110 in his last four matches against Adelaide… the team he comes up against in the Dream Team Grand Final.

Selwood looks to have returned close to 100% fit, has dominant numbers in the second half of recent seasons, and has now put three good matches together consecutively. His break-even is only 48, so he could be in for another big price rise if he delivers again this weekend.

Daniel Hannebery ($599,000): Hannebery is a player who has been on my radar all year, but unfortunately, is one that I haven’t been able to secure. He produced a season high 153 on the weekend, but once again, it is his excellent form over the course of the season that makes him one of the top fantasy prospects heading into finals. Hannebery has gone 125+ on six occasions, has nine hundreds from seventeen matches (more than one every two outings on average), and has only gone under 86 once this year. He faces Geelong and Collingwood in his next two, and while he should be good against these sides, it is again his end to the year which gets me excited. Hannebery plays St Kilda, GWS and Gold Coast in his last three matches, and being only 24 years of age, should avoid the rest that is bound to come a few Swans way.

Hannebery is another player having a break-out fantasy season, averaging 111 points to date. His round 23 encounter against Gold Coast, who he had 132 on earlier this year, could give you a big advantage if you make it into the final week of season 2015.

50/50:

Isaac Smith ($503,000): Smith’s first half of the season was as good as any midfielder, scoring 118, 151, 125, 123, 106 and 116 from rounds three to nine. Incredible numbers. However, Smith has slowed since then, scoring his first hundred in six weeks last weekend (101). Smith’s problem in the second half of the season hasn’t been consistency, he has rarely gone under 90, it is more that he has lost the ability to produce that monster score. This has resulted in him dropping over 100k from his max price earlier in the year. However, it is this very drop that has me interested in him once again. If he can reclaim his form of earlier this season, and come up with a couple of big scores, he would provide fantastic value for his current price. He comes up against West Coast this week, a team he had 108 on last year, but again it is his last few weeks that are the biggest attraction. Smith finishes the year with matches against Brisbane and Carlton, and although he only had 81 on the Blues a few weeks ago, these are two of the teams you would most like your players to face at the pointy end.

There’s no guarantee that Smith can get back to the form of earlier this season, but it is a possibility. Given his price, he may be worth a punt in the hope he can do so. At worst, he should bring you scores between 90-100 from here on out.

Avoid:

David Armitage ($531,000): This is probably a little harsh given that he has been nothing short of magnificent this year, but Armitage may be one player to avoid right now. His form has dipped slightly (scores of 77, 73 and 84, in three of his last four matches) and Alan Richardson admitted that he “certainly copped a few whacks” two weekends ago. There is every chance he could prove me wrong and hit back with another big score, but the odds of him doing so must be slightly lower, given he is playing somewhat hurt. Armitage’s break-even has shot-out to 136, so another sub-par performance could see him close to 500k in a week or two.

Armitage has been one of the standout players this season, averaging a tick under 108 points per game. However, I would advise you to tread wisely given his high break-even, dip in form and being a bit banged up. If he proves me wrong and hits back, he could be a great bargain over the next few weeks.

Rucks:

Stefan Martin ($575,000): If you don’t have the extra 91k to get to Goldstein, Martin is the clear standout as the second best fantasy ruckmen in the competition. He pumped out a massive 134 last week against Geelong, his second highest score ever, and there could be more of the same against Gold Coast this weekend. He has scores of 116 and 122 in his last two matches against them. Martin could be a perfect upgrade for the 16.5% of coaches who own McKernan, or the 20% of coaches who own Leuenberger. With Leuenberger in particular, unlikely to be seen again this year.

If you are looking at cementing your rucks, Martin is a brilliant second choice. An average of somewhere between 100-105 is more than feasible for the Lions big man.

50/50:

Aaron Sandilands ($489,000): The Freo giant has been in good form since his lackluster beginning to the year, having really hit his strides in the last two months. Sandy is coming off a season high 113 last weekend, and has four hundreds and two 90’s, in his last seven matches. He comes up against the relatively inexperienced (and small…compared to him) combination of Longer and Hickey this week, and could be in for another 100+ score. His break-even is only 83, so another hit-out frenzy could see him up above 500k next week.

Sandilands has always had massive fantasy potential, due to the 50+ points he often receives from hit-outs. Lately, he has been adding to that with 15+ touches, multiple marks and a few tackles. This has upped his average about 20 points per match since the middle of the season.

Forwards:

Buy:

Taylor Adams ($575,000): IMO, Adams has a good chance of being the number one forward for the remainder of the year (I forgot about him last week when I placed Goddard at number two, who I have since relegated to third. Sorry!). Adams has been nothing short of exceptional since his return from a broken toe, barring his wayward elbow of course, with scores of 146, 126, 95, 139 and 113 since then. This has made him one of the highest averaging players in the competition, when he has taken to the field during this period. Adams is always likely to be behind Pendlebury, Sidebottom and probably Swan, when it comes to copping a tag, and is often left to his own devices (accumulating DT points). His break-even is 90, so another big score could see him very close to 600k.

Trading out Adams when he missed with a toe injury, is a trade that still haunts me. I would advise you to learn from my mistake, and enjoy his points for the rest of the year.

Jimmy Bartel ($495,000): Although I’ve mentioned Jimmy a couple of times lately, it would be remiss of me not to do so just one week out from finals. Bartel was hyped-up all pre-season, and although injury has derailed his year, we are beginning to see the fruits of this work. He has come back with scores of 116, 122, 90 and 103, but it is the way he has looked on the park, after such a long time out, that has been most impressive. Jimmy still remains at least 50k under-priced, and with a break-even of just 73, his value decreases each week you don’t trade him in.

If you are one of the 23% of coaches who are looking to do something with Franklin, or any other forward, Jimmy is a fantastic target. Along with Selwood, he has a tough two weeks against Sydney and Hawthorn, but ends the year with easier matches against the Saints (148 on them last year), Collingwood (93 last attempt) and Adelaide (99). You should weigh up whether Adams is worth the extra 80k, and go from there.

*If you are in the half of the competition that doesn’t own Robbie Gray ($494,000), he is exceptional value at under 500k. He is coming off a big hundred, and with a break-even of only 86, won’t be this cheap for long.*

50/50:

Mitch Robinson ($473,000): If Robinson’s last month is anything to go by, he is getting back to the form that made him one of the top fantasy forwards a few years ago. He has scores of 118, 114, 90, 100 and 92 in his last five matches, and has considerably upped his disposal and tackle count during this period. Robinsons’ break-even is only 49, so if you are willing to take the punt on him, now is the time to do so. He comes up against Gold Coast this week, and with matches against Carlton, Adelaide, Hawthorn and the Western Bulldogs ahead, he could be in for more 100+ scores if his run of form continues.

It is a massive punt, but he is capable of pulling it off, and rewarding you with big fantasy numbers. I don’t have the guts to do it, but with just 0.87% ownership, he is an extremely unique option that could pay off big time.

Avoid/Trade Out:

Lance Franklin ($423,000): There hasn’t been much going Buddy’s way lately. His fantasy scores have been horrendous over the last month, and he is clearly suffering from a back issue that looks to be significantly hampering his movement. Unfortunately, he looks no guarantee to face the Cats this weekend, and I would advise you to consider upgrading him to a more reliable forward target, with the big matches ahead.

Buddy’s break-even is 109, so another poor performance would make it even harder to trade him to a fitter and more reliable forward. At his best, he is as good as anyone in the competition, but it looks like 2015 is not going to be his year…at least fantasy wise.

Final Thoughts:

Lampshade’s Lads managed 2223 in round 18, but in what was a high scoring round, this was only enough to move me up 139 places to 2641st overall. I am looking at trading Bartel (if I can raise the funds) into my forward line this week, and if not, a player like Toby Greene.

If you have any questions I will be more than happy to answer them in the comments below, or if you add me on twitter @David_lampe1 I will get back to you there.

Good luck to everyone in round 19, hopefully you cement your place in the top 8, push for the 4, and have a rise in the overall rankings.

75 Comments

  • Cheers Lampe. McVeigh worth mentioning? At that price he’s probably at least in the 50/50 range for defenders

    • I think McVeigh has a solid chance of being about the 6th best defender,so he definitely has potential at his price. He’s been a little inconsistent but he has big upside and a fantastic draw in the last three weeks.

  • Great article Lampe!
    I can afford to bring in any mid this week. Who should I pick? Hannebery?
    Steven?
    Macrae?

    • Very tough one. Honestly, I think Macrae and Steven may be slightly better over the next two weeks, but if you make it to the final few rounds Hannebery could be huge. So it depends what your looking for. All fantastic options though.

  • Thoughts on McVeigh vs Gray in the midfield F7 spot?
    I have 508K to spend.
    Already have Ebert, Jelwood, Dahl, Goddard, Bartel, Titchell,

    • I would go with Gray mate. I think he should be at least 10 points better than McVeigh on average for the rest of the season.

      • Fair call, thanks for the advice. With Fyfe out now for another week thoughts on Barlow as a sneaky POD? $507K

        • I quite like Barlow atm. He has been better since his bye, maybe he was carrying something before that. Who knows.

          With Fyfe out this week he should spend more time in the guts, and consequently have a bigger score. But his time around the contest will probably be reduced again when Fyfe returns.

          I reckon he should average about 100 for the rest of the year.

  • Do you think it’s too risky to be bringing in the likes of Lachie Hunter at this point in the season? I have Wines and Ablett to trade, whilst still playing Colquhuon at D6.

    I was thinking of Ablett to Selwood and Wines to Hunter via a DPP forward to the mids. Gives me $200K to upgrade Colquhuon next week. Or am I better off getting in premiums at this point?

    • Hey Jess. I wouldn’t do it personally, but his last two games have been exceptional.

      I like the Ablett to Jelwood trade, but would probably use the second trade on an upgrade. But I guess it depends what you can do with the 200k+ next week, and who you can get with that.

      What position would Hunter be playing at?

      • Hunter would be at D6 so risky move. My team pre-trades is:

        D – Hodge, Shaw, Newnes, Kelly, Malceski, Colquhoun (Edwards, Hamling)
        M – Pendles, JPK, Montagna, Fyfe, Lewis, Rocky, Ablett, Wines (Lambert, Glenn)
        R – Goldy, Jacobs (Holmes, O’Brien)
        F – Swan, Martin, Gray, Dahl, Ziebell, Bont (Steele, Knight)

        I have $29K in the bank. Ablett to Selwood gives me $100K.

        I could then go Wines to McVeigh (switch him to defence next week) or get someone like Tom Mitchell or Bartel??? Leaves me with around $80K to put towards a Colquhoun upgrade. Or spend all my money on the likes of Priddis/Bennell/Ward etc.

    • You should have a plan for your remaining $ and the players you are targetting next week.

      You should be looking at their expected price rise / fall based on their breakevens, and pull out the calculator and figure out exactly how much $ you will have and what trades are possible.

      Are you gunning for top overall? Are you guaranteed top 4 and may potentially have a week off Hunter’s scores after he plays Melbourne week 1 of Fantasy Finals?

      Do you have any other issues? If you trade in Hunter will it just be for a potential cash grab and stepping stone to some other premium? Will you be stuck with Hunter as you deal with bigger problems, thus making it a wasted trade if he starts to pump out crap scores?

      Lots of things to consider.

      • Yeah a lot to consider. Hunter would be purely a cash grab but I don’t want to get stuck with him. I finished top of my Fantasy league so get the double chance.

        • Jess, given that Fyfe is now out for another week, I would be even more inclined to say go with the double upgrade. Pushes the risk of Hunter up to high for me. But as always, it’s up to you.

      • I like Wines to Mitchell / Bartel better.

        80k + you could cull Steele next week and use Knights as a dpp for Lambert as the emergency for your fwd/mids. Should allow you to buy something like Mundy next week.

        Again, is it do or die (5-8) in your finals in 2 weeks time? Or are you top 4 and have a double chance, or are you gunning for #1 overall. Is this Fantasy or RDT?

  • Hey Lampe, well done again.

    Would love some help with my trades this week, considering I brought bloody McEvoy in last week instead of Sinclair!!

    DEF: Hodge, Boyd, McVeigh, Simpson, Newnes, Malceski (Hamling, Dick)
    MID: Pendles, Armitage, Rocky, Beams*, Ward, Barlow, Wallis, Lambert (Dumont, Steele)
    RUC: Jacobs, McEvoy (spuds)
    FWD: Martin, Gray, Swan, Mitchell, Motlop, McKernan (Daniel, Marsh)
    29k in bank.

    My issues are: McKernan, McEvoy, Steele and lastly Malceski. (along with Beams)
    Who is the priority to trade out of those 4?
    I hate having McEvoy in my team, but I also want to trade McKernan or Steele. I have a lot of DPP’s in the team so Steele could go, Lambert in FWDs and McKernan on bench.

    What do you think? Cheers mate, ideally would like to trade Beams/one of the 4 I suggested to 2 under priced premos!

  • Hey mate, I think one trade that definitely fits the bill is Beams to Selwood, leaving you with 98k in the bank. Or even a Bartel/Goddard type, if you fall slightly short of a desired target with your other trade.

    This second trade is a lot tougher. I would advise you to look at the best possible player you can get each of those three too, and trade in the best one. Probably nail it down to who you can get for Steele and McKernan, and choose the best out of those actually. This is assuming Malceski gets up that is!

    • Thanks mate. If Malceski doesn’t get up I think I’ll look at getting Mundy and getting a cheaper mid

      • Sounds good mate…teams out soon, so hit me up then if you want a chat.

        • Thanks mate. Malceski named, no McKernan and Steele extended bench.
          McEvoy on bench as Ceglar is on the ball…

          Stef as the lone ruck really has me liking the look of him!

          What are your thoughts now? :P

          • Stef should be awesome mate (120+ imo). The tricky part for you, is how do you get there with Beams out as well?

            If you are really worried about McEvoy, Jacobs is still the best option behind Goldy and Martin imo.

  • Hey Lampe! Great write as usual – thank you!
    I’m in an Elimination final this week so it’s all in.
    I was trading out Steele to Selwood and with Fyfe out I’m looking to trade him to a premo midfield.
    Thoughts on who I should go to? Montagna, Stevens or Hannas? Or should I go the DPP in Bartel or Adams?

    • Big game leisure, hopefully you get up! I really like the Steele to Selwood trade. Very tough call on the other trade. In terms of purely the highest average from now on, I would go: Steven, Hanna, Adams, Montagna and Bartel in that order. But there can’t be much between any of them mate. All terrific options! In terms of this week, Adams could cut loose against Carlton, but he is also higher risk than Steven or Hanna imo.

      • Thanks for your thoughts Lampe! My opponent has Selwood but he’s cheap, and cancels him out.

        • Yep, it’s worth getting him anyway imo. His price is very hard to ignore, given all the factors previously stated.

  • I think one issue with Hodge is that he’s fairly likely to be rested ahead of the finals (round 22 seems likely), whereas Picken, for example, will probably be required to play the season out. That being said, I’ve got Hodge (and not Picken), and have had him since round 1. Just something to keep an eye on. Certainly, he’s not leaving my team for the time being.

    • It’s a really possibly mate, I agree with you. Let’s hope that if it does happen, we know when teans come out! My hope is that the Hawks will really be pushing for top 2 and don’t have the luxury. Also that his stints on the sidelines earlier this yr will get him through. Do remember Picken had a dodgy calf earlier in the yr, but I agree he is more likely to play every remaining match than Hodge.

  • Macrae or Hannebery?

    • Hannas

      • Very tough call. Both have been outstanding lately, Macrae in particular. For the next two weeks I think Macrae will be slightly better, but Hannebery in the last 3 weeks of finals is my pick, with his fantastic draw coming home. Both are terrific options though mate, can’t go wrong with either!

  • great article lampe. i can get any midfielder. im thinking Picken just ahead of adams and macrae. if i get picken i can trade a defender and get a mid next week but if i get adams then i wouldnt be able to move him as i have a complete fwd line. if i get macrae obviously i would have no dpp. thoughts? xheers

    • or anyone else like hanners. i already have fyfe, rocky, heppel, barlow, selwood, parker and bartel.

    • Thanks Jake. I like the Picken pick mate. He has been in sensational form, and should be good again this weekend. I also really like the idea of being able to put Picken into your defence and add another midfielder to your side. It should improve your team long term.

  • Franklin out

  • Best mid for 434k?

  • James Kelly possibly, and then you could always switch him to your defence or upgrade him at a later stage. With a bit of luck he can average 85+

  • trading beams to Hannebery, leaving me with $118K, then either;
    1. Grundy to Martin
    2. Knight to Reid (extra 60k for next week) or;
    3. Oxley to Kelly
    thoughts?

  • Hey Jaiden. The first trade seems like a beauty.

    With the second, I would probably go Oxley to Kelly. Primarily because Oxley is out (not even an emergency this week) and Kelly will hopefully average 80-85, and is named in the guts.

    I would be nice to have Martin though! Who would you be playing instead of Oxley if you didn’t get Kelly?

    • Edwards would be scoring, leaning towards doing Oxley to Kelly this week and next week Grundy to Martin,if Grundy doesn’t perform again, although he might start to score what he was earlier in the year with Witts being dropped, so still might be worth keeping? But Martin definitely has a higher ceiling.

      • Yep, I would definitely go Oxley to Kelly this week mate. Like you said, Grundy may improve on his recent form with Witts dropped, but Martin should still be about 10-20 points better than him from here on out.

        However, like I said, I believe Oxley to Kelly is a far more important trade in your situation right now. It should also net you significantly more points.

  • it* would be nice

  • Mckernan to Goddard, Dalhaus or Taylor Adams?
    Atm i’m backing Goddard

    • I’m backing in Adams to average slighter higher than Goddard. Then Dahlhaus in third, but he should still be good. However, When you factor in the extra 74k from Goddard to Adams, and what you could potentially do with that next week, it may very well push him into first place on the list.

  • Hey mate, good read.

    Please help me out. Have 45K in the bank and am thinking of trading T Hunt to Mundy and Beams to L Hunter.

    DEF: Gibson, Hooker, Hunt, Boyd, Smith, Edwards (J Kolo, Byrne)
    MID: Beams, Pendles, Rockcliff, Knight, Bont, Adams, Cripps, Sidebottom (Fyfe, Dumont)
    RUC: Naitunui, Jacobs (Griffin, Cox)
    FOR: Goddard, Swan, Dahlhaus, Martin, Dale, Gray (Karnezis, McGrath)

    Thanks for the help!

    • Thanks Destroyer. I really like the Hunt to Mundy trade, and if the only way of getting there is the injured Beams to Hunter, I don’t mind it in this specific situation. I wouldn’t normally advise you to trade in a player like Hunter at this stage of the season, but he is coming of two excellent scores, and I think it does slightly improve your team.

      Have you considered a less risky route? Something Like Beams to Selwood/Bartel, and Hunt to the best defender you can get?…anyway, go with your gut feel mate.

      • Thanks again mate, if I do the Beams to Selwood it leaves me 114K in the bank. Still go Hunt to best possible player? if so who do you recommend?

        • I would mate. You could always upgrade again if you have the luxury trade, and make it later into the finals series. My number one pick would probably be Kelly. Other options I’d consider for that price would be: Birchall, Hibberd and Mackie.

          None of these would be my first choice defender options, but for their price they should be solid enough. There is also bound to be one who exceeds expectations and averages 90+… hopefully you can pick the right one!

  • McGuane or Ben Reid?

    • To be honest, I’d probably go McGuane. I am a bit biased since he’s been sitting on my pine all year, but as long as your not playing them the 26k could come in handy. They should score relatively similarly in the short term.

  • My scenario – $157k in the Bank. Trade 1 this week Grundy > Martin leaving me $47k. Trade 2 ??? I am really worried about Armitage and his output so do I trade him out? This would give $578k to spend BUT who do I get out of Adams, Priddis, Ellis or ? Or do I go for Bartel or McVeigh and move either fwd/def next week for another premo mid.

    Trade 2 can be McKernan > rookie (120k) giving me $247k for a double premo upgrade next week. Obviously if I trade out Armo I would not have the $$$$ to do a double premo upgrade next week – decisions decisions

    • Hey Chatta, I really like the first trade mate. A great mini upgrade.

      For the second trade, it comes down to your personal gut feel on Armitage’s output. If you are going to trade, my number one pick would be Adams. He has been in sensational form, and his DPP is handy.

      Can you do one upgrade next week anyway? Try to do what will leave you with the best possible team come the first week of finals.

  • i dont know what player to get in of greene robinson shuey or t lynch(crows)

    • My gut feel is Robinson. I would order them from best to worst as: Robinson, Greene, Shuey and T lynch. That is my take.

  • I can afford any mid 605k or under and not sure who to go. Thinking Steven, Dangerfield, Macrae or Stanton.

    Current Mids:Hannerbry Pendles Gaff Armitage Rocky Heppel Selwood

    Or any suggestions ?

    • Hey Michael. In my opinion, I would order them from best to worst as: Macrae, Steven, Danger and Stanton. That’s only my gut feel, and all are terrific options…at least the first three are, but Stanton could be good too:P Just more risk.

  • Enjoyed your work all year Lampe, well done mate. Business end of the year and trying to sew up top 4 league spots. F6 has been a headache (as well as DEF obviously), couple options I’m considering…

    DEF: Boyd, McVeigh, Hibberd, Yeo, Newnes, Malceski (Clurey, Fields)
    MID: Pendlebury, Heppell, Macrae, Rockliff, Goddard, Parker, Swan, Selwood (Glenn, Harmes)
    RUC: Martin, Jacobs (Holmes, Cox)
    FWD: Martin, Dahlhaus, Mitchell, Gray, Bartel, Lambert (McKernan, Fantasia)

    One trade remaining this week (I’ve already done B.Smith to McVeigh), $83k in bank.

    1. McKernan -> Hunter on field, $50k in bank, Lambert to F7
    2. McKernan -> $120k rook, $280k in bank to upgrade Lambert next week
    3. Something else?

    • Tex,

      I wouldnt be in a crazy rush to upgrade Lambert. He has the Suns next week at home and in 3 weeks he could be 370k.

      I would look at upgrading Malceski. If you can get Picken next week not much beats your team..Even this week you could go Malceski to James Kelly..

      If you are determined to upgrade Lambert next week Toby Greene is at a decent price with some upside

      • I agree with Midnight Youth in some respects. I still like the downgrade this week with your second trade, but assess who is the best to upgrade with next week with all that cash. It may be Malceski to Picken, it may be Lambert to a gun forward. Have a look at their scores this week, any injury doubts, price, etc. and make your decision next round.

    • Thanks Tex, I appreciate it mate. I like the first trade, a good mini upgrade.

      I’m a bit torn for the second one. I am leaning towards McKernan to a 120k rook (possibly McGuane), and get in a real top liner next week. This will give Lambert another week to gain money, see how he performs, and get closer to his max price. I don’t mind the Hunter pick (two big hundreds in a row), but it is just a little too risky for me given we are so close to finals, so I would personally go the other way.

      • Cheers for the decent replies Midnight Youth and Lampe, appreciated. In the end I did the McKernan downgrade to Marsh, gives me $283k in the bank for next week which I’m looking forward to spending!

        With Lambert scoring 60 tonight, I think at this stage it pretty much needs to be him, I might swing Swan or Goddard into the forwards and upgrade Lambert to a premo mid around the $560k mark. Malceski is my other worry (see how he goes this weekend).

        • You have Goddard and Swan in the mids?

          • McCarthy (FWD) became Goddard (MID) in Round 13 and Swan had been a FWD since Round 1 but again was subbed into the MIDS when I did a FWD upgrade, can’t remember who/when.

            Swan can stay MID now, Goddard will sub back into the FWD line and Lambert will become a premo MID. I’m relatively satisfied with my team apart from not being able to get Hodge in there at some stage.

  • Mcguane or Marsh?

    • McGuane imo. More experienced, and with a bit of luck will hold his place with the Lions massive injury list.

  • Hi all this week I’m thinking of Trading.

    1. In – Bennell and Hunter for J Lewis and Lambert or
    2. In – Jelwood and Hunter for J Lewis and Lambert or
    3 In – Bennell and Jelwood for J Lewis and S Mitchell

    I want to get rid of the Hawk’s cause it’s not worth having them if they are late outs. I’m not expecting them to be out this week but it gives me extra money so I can get in S Martin next week.

    I am seriously thinking of the second option, what should I do.

    • I am gobsmacked you would even consider trading out Lewis ….. what you been smokin man???

    • Hey Marcus, I understand your concern with the Hawks as late outs. They do it more than pretty much anyone in the comp, and it is a real concern heading into finals. However, I can’t advise you to trade out any of Lewis, Lambert or Mitchell right now. Lewis is back in form, Mitchell has been down a touch but is still a good mid option, and Lambert’s break-even is -7 so he has plenty of cash to make. I especially don’t agree with trading Lambert to Hunter, as I don’t think that is a real upgrade (even though Hunter has been good, and you never know what he will produce for the rest of the year).

      Although I don’t agree with it, if I had to pick one of the options it would be number three. At least that way you are getting two premiums in return, and some cash generation.

      My mentality may be a little old school, but I think it rings truer given that finals are only a week away. For me, there is to much risk in this strategy to begin with, and even more since finals are almost here. However, it is your team, and if you really believe in your convictions go through with them despite what we all think. We’re not always right…

  • Or I can do first option and do a bit of DPP with Swanie.

  • Hi and thanks to chatta and Lampe for you comments but I brought in Bennell and Hunter and I ment I was Trading out Steele not Lambert and yeah I traded out Lewis witch maybe is wrong but I wanted the money and Lewis hasn’t been as good as what he was earlier in the year.

    M Boyd, Yeo, Newnes,
    Higgins, Malceski, Smith
    P’bury, Montagna, Swam, S Mitch
    Parker, Rocky, Bartel. Wallis
    Goldstein, Jacobs
    Bennell, Martin, Dailhause
    Tom Mitch, Hunter, Lambert

    21.000 In Bank