The Weekend Wash-Up – Round 14

What to make of Round 14… Was there anything to make of Round 14? The Thursday night teams really set the tone for the weekend. Aside from a brilliant contest Saturday night, the games were too spread out, the byes are crap and there wasn’t much spectacular Fantasy scoring to talk about. Even so, the rankings don’t stop and there was some huge ground to be made (or lost) this week. Which side of the ledger did you fall on? Did you even field 18? It’s time for the weekend wash-up!



Sloane (139) – Rory has made me look like a fool, I didn’t think he had a massive Fantasy game in him but I’ve been proven completely wrong! Sometimes you have to put your hand up and admit a mistake and this was certainly one for me. This was Sloane’s fourth score of 130+ this season, taking his average above 105. What a beast.

Treloar (127) – After one slightly down week Treloar was back to his best, pumping out another 120. This is his 8th score above 115 for the season… They’ve only played 13 games!!! He has been insanely consistent and definitely sits above Pendlebury in my pecking order. Safe as houses. Now we just need him to see that there’s land beyond 130 points!

D.Martin (127) – When Mitch Robinson inevitably went to Dusty I feared the worst, as did 50% of the competition. Even though Robbo was concussed in Q2, Dusty had his number regardless. In previous years he may have laid down, but not this season. He then picked up his game after Robbo went off and finished with a huge 29 kicks for the day. Legend!

S.Martin (105) – Is Stef back to his absolute best? No. Is Stef a steal at $406k? YES!!! He managed this ton thanks to 23 disposals and only 21 hitouts. He’s doing it both ways, good to see! He’s back.

Gibbs (126) – Gibbs enjoyed a well earned break over the byes and was straight back to his best form. He is scoring over 120 with ease and must come into upgrade calculations this week! Personally I’ll be looking elsewhere but I can see why you’d want to get on board, he’s a jet.

Selwood (113) – So, June was one of ‘THOSE’ Selwood months. He didn’t drop under the ton and averaged a handy 114.5 points per game in the process, decent. What will July bring? Traditionally Joel storms home, but he broke that trend last season. It’s a big risk, but he does play 3 of his next 4 games at Simonds Stadium, a ground where he averages 112 from 25 games. He also averages 108, 103, 122, 89 and 112 against his next 5 opponents respectively. You could do a lot worse for a post bye Round upgrade, keep Selwood in mind.

Riewoldt (116) – Roo needed the 2 week break and he looks all the better for it! He’s still charging up and down the wing, gathering +6’s at will. He is still averaging over 10 marks per game this season, those are crazy figures. At $564k I’d be looking at bringing him in if possible, 5% ownership for the number 3 forward is ridiculous…

S.Mitchell (121) – Sammy Mitchell now has a 3 round average of 110 and looks to be back in form. Yes he has the bye this week but a $475k price tag can’t be ignored considering how hot he was at the start of the season. Get him on your watchlist for Round 16!!!

Ablett (129) – Finally the last premium (Of very few) to fire this week, who else but Gazza. This is his fourth consecutive score of 120+ since returning from injury, and it was clearly his most dominant. The bye has done him wonders, racking up 40 disposals for the first time since he injured his shoulder in 2014. Not to mention his lazy 15 clearances… He’s back to his best and must be a priority trade this week.

Rookies – I’m clearly not a rookie expert and I usually leave this to our man Jeppa, but they need a shoutout this week! There was so many brilliant scores in our time of biggest need, especially from Ruggles (96). Having averaged 57 before the byes, he has scored 83 and 96 if you don’t mind!!! Brilliant. Other notable mentions included Collins (81), Smith (96), Phillips (92), Mathieson (96) and McGovern (81), heck even Cox got 60! All things considered we were saved big time by these blokes this week, consider it a parting farewell gift. They can come in for a lot of criticism but well done boys! Enjoy the rest of the year off.



Bartel (45) – We were let down big time by a few of our big name premiums this weekend. Finally Jimmy’s run of 90+ scores is over, and it’s ended with a bang. He leaves his owners with a sour taste in their mouths as he leaves on a week’s holiday with the bye. Maybe Bartel needed the rest? He’ll still be a gun when he returns in Round 16, this will make for a nice discount for non-owners like myself.

Pendlebury (83) – 3 weeks ago I was convinced that Pendlebury was back to his best, but suddenly he’s unfit and playing forward again?! This is SO frustrating having to watch Pendles get outdone by Danger every week, old school isn’t always cool. Treloar has to be your best bet from the Pies.

Laird (75) – Another popular trade in gone wrong, and don’t I know it! I had Laird penciled in this Round for a while now and this performance hurt, thank god he recovered it late… There’s always next week. A big ton would be nice (necessary) Rory.

Sidebottom (84) – Can Sidey ever take that next step to uber premium? I’m not sure he can. Think about it, who is the highest scoring winger you can remember? Gaff and Sidey almost top the list. Macrae was great in his second season, and Hunter has done similar this season. Anyone else? None are 110+. All the best scoring uber premiums ply their trade in the centre circle and through the middle. Wingers have their days in the sun and go 140+, but too often they find themselves out in the cold. It’s not helping that Sidey is also extremely dangerous when allowed to run free, he has been shut down the last couple of weeks and that trend could continue. He’s great value @514k if money is a problem, but for $50k extra you could find some better scorers.

Robinson (19) – Robbo was still very relevant in RDT for those that started with him, so this score hurts. Thankfully most of us could drop it from our best 18’s! Mitch was just picking up form so this is disappointing, considering it’s a concussion I’d definitely be holding him! He’ll be back after Brisbane’s bye.

Hanley (41) – Season high 146 one week, season low 41 the next. A one off you reckon? Earlier this season he scored 144, only to follow it up with scores of 57, 61 and 68. Pearce is unbelievably inconsistent and it’s a headache I simply couldn’t deal with. Thanks to DPP he isn’t the only new defender to consider and there’s certainly better alternatives to pick from. Shocker.

Kerridge (69) – At this stage of the season there’s no room for passengers in our teams. I dropped Kerridge after a 60 and he bounced back with a 140, so there’s no way you’d trade him this week considering he has had his bye. Round 16 onwards however it’s free game, and he’d be high on my chopping block once your team is ‘full’.

Armitage (62) – Did we say that Armitage was value a few weeks ago? I think you heard us wrong. No, we said he had a one off season and should be avoided at all costs. I swear that’s what we said… That’s what I heard anyway… Why would I lie?

McKenzie (34) – BOOM! Well, the cannon realistically went *poof*. He has a 5 round average of 27, that’s hilarious. For comparison Zac Dawson has a 5 round average of 40 (That is career best form to be fair). Even so, @200k Trent McKenzie probably is a reasonable downgrade option to sit at D7/8 for the remainder of the season. He can comfortably average 60-70 if his body stays fit.

Shaw (42) – Lastly, Headache Relief Heath let me down. Big time. Can we just browse past this? It really does take away from his 176 and I just hope this doesn’t become a trend, surely he just needed the bye… Either way he’s here to stay in our teams. Incoming bargain for the 50% that don’t already own Shaw! Good on you if you were lucky enough to have the numbers to drop this score, I was not.


It’s nominations time and let me tell you it was a rough week! There was diamonds out there though…

Sloane – Sloane is a tackling machine, another 13 this week takes his season average to 7.3. More than handy, that’s 30 points per game!

Ablett – 40 disposals, 25 contested, 15 clearances (!!!) and a big golden stubby vote from me. Great to see Bald Jesus weaving his magic again.

D.Martin – I like the new ‘untaggable’ Dusty. I like him a lot.

Mathieson – It wasn’t Matho’s fault that he wasn’t picked in previous weeks, and I’m not sure it was his fault he got dropped in the first place. All he could do was perform when given the chance, and thanks to 24 disposals and 7 tackles he did exactly that!

Ruggles – I was extremely worried what Ruggles was going to produce over the byes. Not in my wildest dreams (Not that I have wild Fantasy sport dreams… Ha ha. Ha.) could I have imagine him scoring 179 points over his 2 games. One he was on my bench for but we’ll brush over that minor detail, well worthy of your votes!

Who gets your vote?

This Game Sh*ts Me


“Oh Hey I didn’t see you there”

Let me tell you a little story about a beast. At least he was supposed to be a beast. Five weeks. Five weeks I held onto Rhys Mathieson and suffered while he remained in the NEAFL. Week after week we thought he must have earned his spot back, but alas it seemed that Leppitsch was sinking his final knife into our backs before his imminent sacking. Of course Round 13 and bye week 1 comes along, still no Mathieson. I could either rely on him miraculously being selected next week, or at least grab a player who’s named. So I traded in Kade Stewart. Shocking call and I can cop that, but then and ONLY then does Leppitsch bring Mathieson in, one week before Brisbane’s bye. Why? He goes and knocks up 96 while I have eat the saltiest donut of all time. 1 trade, 96 points and a lot of cash down the drain because one player was picked a week late… That’s why this game sh*ts me.

The Other Bits and Pieces


*Me and my ‘Best team’*

1679. I ended up with a more than decent total but it could have been so much better if it wasn’t for Leppa! Nevertheless with close to my best team on the park next week I should be in for some enjoyment in Round 15… How our are teams looking? They should be getting close to full by this stage of the season, it’s a great time of year. Happy trading. I’ll be back next week as we dreamily stare at our 20+ premiums getting it done! Or so we hope…


  • Should I trade out tucker

    • If that gets you a premium or you have no major problems, sure, he has the bye. I think he can still make money though if that’s what you’re worried about.

  • Last week I was nicely set up for 20 or 21 on field for Round 14 after trades. Then came Thursday night selection! Result, just 16 on field and a score of 1484, exactly 600 under my Round 13 score and a drop of 1,164 in the rankings. Strangely I won both my league games.

    This week with the right trades I could have a shot at 18 on field, but I play the top team in both my leagues. And I have only $35k in the kitty. So I’m wiping this week and getting rid of Stewart and Sam Frost, bringing in Mathieson (again) and a bottom priced ruck/forward and going into next week with $137k to spend.

  • Not sure why THE DUE doesn’t cop a mention in the rookie section! 103 from the spud of all rookie spuds got me to 1888 this week, even though Mena should have been traded long ago, I know.

  • After their scores this week, is it worth hanging onto Ruggles & Collins despite their byes this week?

    Original bye plan was to downgrade/upgrade these 2 and get in Doc or Simmo but now wondering whether to hold on and get more cash?

    Instead, now I’m thinking about getting rid of some dead wood (Mohr & Howard for example).

    Either way would have 20 on field players. Any advice?

    • Doing Mohr and Howard will get you very little cash generation, and probably not enhance your team with so few decent cheap rookies.
      There’s more cash to make in Ruggles, but I want 20 playing this week and he won’t be on the ground for me ever again so he’s going to become whichever rookie out of Broad, Aliir or Marsh gets named.

  • Who rates higher: T Mitchell, Steven or treloar

    • Pick a name out of a hat, you can’t go wrong.

      Trealor would be my pick, but I have the other two so that tells you how undecided I am. Steven probably more consistent than Titch at this stage, so Treloar > Steven > Titchell imo

  • Not including Kerridge and Dea, I’ll have 18 keepers, is that on track for this time of year? It’s my first year

    • You’ll find a lot of “Experts” saying they’ve got full teams by the end of byes. It’s doable with smart initial choices and bullet dodging luck, but i’d say to have 18-21 Premo’s is a good point to be at at this stage

      • Agreed Relton…if a team is full after byes they have either dodged every bullet or taken a hit points wise holding injured premos….i have tried to do the latter nbut will still have kerridge and 1 rookie on field rnd 16.

      • have 1 premo defender to go after bringing in Vince this week. Kerridge also at fwd but he has been as good as some premo’s. I’m sitting at 1050ish overall.Can’t imagine the year the top 100 must be having.

  • Hey Matt,

    Should I trade out Collins for Joyce or Broad and go Blakely to Parker and have 17 on field this week.
    Or Davis who has just about maxed out to Naismith via Cox and Blakely to Treloar and have 16 on field? If Castsgna gets a gig 17?

    • If you have so many on the bench i would definitely trade to avoid donuts but I’d trade someone other than Collins. I’d trade out a potential keeper who is gonna lose some value and bring them back later. I’d even do it next week trading out Davis then if you can. Whatever Davis gets this week is better than 0

    • Must try to get to 17, so option 1!

  • Couple of questions:

    1. Do I hold Walters after that game?
    2. Who should be a higher priority out of Ablett, Dusty and Simpson/Doc?

    • 1. Bye is a good enough reason to say thank you for the last effort Michael and never again.
      2. Ablett and Dusty are only going to increase in value for the next 3-4 weeks. I’d get them in before Simpson/Doc.

  • anyone else unleashing two sideway trades?

    currently on

    Duncan/Robinson > Parker/Zerrett

    • Nothing sideways about those trade dude. They’re called upgrades.

    • Pretty solid trades, I’m not 100% sold on Parker though, think he won’t have the midfield time he needs to be a top mid, his last game against Melbourne was more due to the conditions than anything else.

      And I wouldn’t look to trade Robinson so quick. Poor game and he’ll lose some coin, yes, but he has just hit his straps and has the bye this week, so he won’t miss any games and his form warrants holding.

  • Hey guys
    I have 21 playing this week, and I want to get Nroo in this week.
    1st trade i did was tucker to rookie via DPP now my 2nd trade to get Nroo can only be walla or wagner. I will have 20 playing after trading one of them.
    Is it bad trade going one of them to Nroo?

    Thoughts and advice please?

    • Nroo is a must in the FWD’s

      Trade Walla!

      Good Luck

    • What rookie did you bring in to have one less playing now..?

      And Walla to NRoo is a perfect upgrade.

  • barlow or hall for degoey?

  • Def: Shaw, Boyd, Vince, McVeigh, Ruggles, Collins (Lee, Alir)
    Mid:Rocky, Titchell, Steven, Neale, Hunter, Priddis, Zaha, Blakely (Mathieson, Davis)
    Ruc: SMartin, Goldstein (Frost, Currie)
    Fwd: Merrett, Martin, Hall, Gray, Kerridge, Menzel (Hammertime, Apeness)

    21k in the bank

    This will be my normal starting team out of the Byes. I’m really stuck for trades this week and next cos I’ve got couple of Rooks that need to cash in and Hall
    Ive been thinking bout bolstering defence with Lee and Davis for Suckers and a starting MID rookie. With the hope of upgrading menzel to a good premo the round after with a collins or Ruggles. Suckers got a low BE and if I don’t get him this week may effect trades in future due to $$ problems. On top of that there is kerridge I want to offload, and Zaha and Hall situation that may arise in the future. What should I do??

    • Try get Phillips this week as a downgrade – then upgrade Ruggles/Collins to Suckling, or upgrade Blakely to Gaz

  • i agree trade walla

  • So, Keays and Blakely will be going out the door this week. Blakely with a golden handshake and thanks for the cash, Keays with a size 10 boot print on his you know what.

    I like the look of Nathan Broad. Any thoughts on his JS and earning capacity?

    For some strange reason that looks a lot dumber with hindsight, I went with Scott Thompson over McRouch. Crouch would have got the VC too, instead of Thompson.

    So Keays and Blakely for Crouch and Broad. Make sense?

    • Don’t. Chase. Scores.

    • Broad is cheap and make a little bit of cash but JS is very shaky. If he is your D8 you are happy to leave there, then go for it. Not any real defence rookies left.
      Blakely to MCrouch doesn’t make much sense on the back of 1 great game. I started with him and traded him 2 weeks ago and am happy with that.

  • This is interesting.
    As part of my planned trades this week coming it was going to be Ruggles and McCarthy to Laird + rookie (Broad/Silvagni etc). But then they go and pump out a decent score – just before their bye – and Laird spuds a 75.

    I had briefly considered keeping them and doing a double downgrade this week instead, but then I thought – instead of having $0 in the bank, I’ve now got $34k to play with thanks to ruggles/McCarthy parting gift.

  • Simpson and Zerret ($0k) or Docherty and Boyd ($37k)
    Can’t do any other combination of those two except Simpson/Docherty which I think is the worst choice.

    Will be trading KStewart and DRich for those players (DPP allows it)

  • Thoughts on these trades?

    Kelly (GWS) to Ablett and Rioli (Rich) to Phillips +93k??

    Not sure on Phillips JS but he looked real good last week.

  • Z Merrett or Riewoldt?

    • Saints have an easier draw over the next month. Having said that, Zerrett’s form has been irrepressible all year. Why not try get both?

  • What are everyone’s thoughts on Gablett or Treloar?

    • Ablett has been unbelievable last 4…nothing under 120 but still making me nervous every game… considering Treloar at present to trade in….i think he will be a top 8 mid for the next 5 years….

    • Gaz easy. Back in unstoppable mode.

      Top 3 mid with Rocky and Danger.

  • Who’s a good 400-500k mid to bring in?

  • Who should i bring in? My Fwd line lacks premos but gaz in great form

    gaz MID 8
    vince DEF 5
    dusty FWD 3

    • Depends who goes out i trade and who gets relegated to the bench. Work out the greatest differential in points.
      Gaz will score the most
      All top 6/8 in their positions so needed by end of year.

    • You should already have all three. Gaz & Dusty are priorities.

      • Barnburners which one first?
        Posted my team below

        • I think that you must get Ablett. Has two home games against St Kilda and Brisbane. You would expect minimum of 120 for both. Has a low break even so he will not be any cheaper week by week. Richmand has Port away this week which may be a worry with Martin. I would consisider trading out Zaharakis he is your weakest midfielder, will not be in the top 20 midfielders and the bombers will fall away as the season gets longer. I am contemplating unloading Rockcliff and Dangerfield for one or two weeks. (I am heavily loaded With RD 15 Mids.) May be worth punt,however, I did the same last year with Stevens & Neale and was not able to get them back. You must have both within the next two weeks.

  • Thoughts on Josh Jenkins? Has an amazingly easy run coming up.

  • Cheers grovers guns :) guys going out would be tippa and r davis using ddp
    My team is

    Shaw boyd bartel simpson j smith wangner (tippa, hartley)

    Danger rocky steven Gibbs titchell hanners zaha z merrit (janson, mathieson)

    Goldy lycett (currie, frost)

    Zorko kerridge wingard davis hams phillips (mccarthy, menadue)

  • Would anyone recommend Brandon Ellis?

  • How does Gibbs not get a mention!? 127 on the Giants at spotless. No one else this year has done that. It’s a fantasy wasteland for opponents.

  • is collins worth holding on to over his bye??