The bye rounds are done and dusted so now we can finally look to the business end of the season. No matter what your agenda is, taking a risk or two at this stage of the season can seriously pay off. For those that don’t mind living on the edge, consider Stephen Coniglio, Jason Johannisen and Brett Deledio all of whom are owned by less than 5% of coaches in Fantasy and Dreamteam. If you want to get ahead, pick a point of difference!
THOSE THAT MATTER
Jack Silvagni (Fwd. $146,000, -9 be AF. $121,300 DT) – Watching Jack was uncanny. The long sleeves, the chest mark, the sideways movement…all like his old man. When Silvagni was named Thursday night I was skeptical trading him in given he’s a young tall forward but he exceeded expectations on debut. ‘Son of Jo’ racked up 15 touches, 6 marks, 4 tackles and 76 Fantasy points. Bolton loved his work rate and he had a team high 7 score involvements too. Stats like that will keep in him the team and as Fantasy bench backup you have my blessing to trade him in. Wait the extra week for Dreamteam just in case. There is a risk that Silvagni plays only a handful of games.
Matthew Hammelmann (Def/Fwd. $131,000, 17 be AF. $121,300 DT) – Hammertime was poor back in Round 14 so don’t be surprised if he’s dropped this week. If Hammelmann is given another chance, I’d love him to play with a bit of freedom because he can be damaging with the ball in hand. If you don’t own him, I’d look to others instead.
Clay Smith (Fwd/Mid. $190,000, 13 be AF. $233,800 DT) – As expected, Smith took his senior opportunity with both hands and played like it was his last ever game. Coming back from three knee reconstructions is bloody tough but the kid’s got grit and now it’s about playing good, consistent team footy. Against a tough side in the Swans, Smith had 69 Fantasy points from 16 possessions, 2 marks and 6 trademark tackles. This is right on his scoring range and even though he’s a little pricey, I consider him the number one trade down option this week Note his dual position forward / mid status which makes him perfect bench cover.
Ryan Clarke (Mid. $164,000, 33 be AF. $121,300 DT) – Sourcing an accumulator at this time of year is rare but Clarke definitely knows how to find the footy. The young midfielder plays inside and is a tackling machine too. Unfortunately, North Melbourne has a pretty settled team and even if he does play, his job security will always be a concern but I remain hopeful. Scoring 70+ for a couple of games might suit a few coaches. It’s a case of high risk, high reward.
Tom Phillips (Fwd/Mid. $208,000, 0 be AF. $182,800, -32 be DT) – Phillips owners should be a little nervous. A poor game last week combined with an early Taylor Adams return is looking to be a big problem. I’m hoping one off game doesn’t result in Phillips axed but you never know with Buckley. In a perfect world, we get two more matches from Phillips and then we move on. Pray to the Fantasy gods!
Rhys Mathieson (Mid. $223,000, -10 be AF. $187,500, -45 be DT) – With 96 Fantasy points in his last outing, Mathieson has shown his ceiling and no doubt Fantasy coaches want more. Coming off the bye, Brisbane’s next four opponents are the Suns, Giants, Essendon and Port so the outlook is good. If you don’t own him and don’t mind spending the extra then trade him in!
Jesse Joyce (Def/Mid. $158,000, 3 be AF. $152,300, -18 be DT) – A couple of decent on field performances and the Suns current injury list bodes well for Joyce. Initially, it wasn’t expected that he would stick around in the seniors for long but Eade cant drop him in the short term. Playing a lock down defender role, Joyce isn’t going to be a great scorer but he’s a heartbeat with dual position status. Consider.
Jason Castagna (Def. $143,000, 12 be AF. $121,300, -12 be DT) – Castagna’s hot form in the VFL has to be rewarded by Hardwick this week. The running defender has averaged an impressive 14 kicks, 11 handballs, 4 marks, 5 tackles, 1 goal and 102 Fantasy points from his last three outings. He failed to make an impression in his two AFL games earlier in the season but the lessons learned are now priceless. Castagna will probably take Broad’s spot and should average close to 60 Fantasy points per game. A decent option for those needing a cheap defender.
Sam Menegola (Mid. $127,000, 25 be AF. $121,300 DT) – I suspect that Chris Scott is still not happy with his R14 loss to the Saints and Menegola is one of a few showing form in the magoos for the Cats. The mature age mid can score at a decent click but job security will always be a worry given Geelong’s depth. Probably smart to wait a week with Menegola if he’s named.
TOP 5 LISTS
Considering price, scoring potential and job security, here’s my Top 5 rookie options for Round 16:
- Clay Smith
- Jack Silvagni
- Rhys Mathieson
- Jason Castagna
- Ryan Clarke
- Rhys Mathieson
- Jack Silvagni
- Jason Castagna
- Clay Smith
- Jesse Joyce
— Nooie (@Sprunt_co) July 5, 2016
Absolutely not. One bad game isn’t a deal breaker and I expect Essendon to give him another opportunity this week. Hold him unless the upgrade is significant.
— Jason (@Jason12588) July 5, 2016
No but for Fantasy I’d grab Clay Smith ahead of Mathieson for his dual position status.
— Oscar Hambleton (@ozziedabeast) July 5, 2016
Yep, he’s not a Top 6 forward. Trade aggressively. Don’t be shy.
— Jake Pizzuto (@Jake_pizzuto) July 5, 2016
In order I’d offload Wagner first (injured*) then Davis, Dea and Blakely last.
— Nick McKinnon (@njmckinnon) July 5, 2016
Smith for sure.
— Luke Strudwick (@strudy23) July 5, 2016
Zorko the great!
— Taezer (@Taezer87) July 5, 2016
If we’re talking sole job security then pick Mathieson. Yes, Smith’s DPP is huge and timely I might add. I’m trading in Smith this week.
@JeppaDT who will score more clay smith or jack silvagni?
— Steven (@Steven18095391) July 5, 2016
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