The Weekend Wash-Up – Bye Round 2

I wasn’t going to write a wash-up this week but what the hell, we all probably need it. This was meant to be the easiest bye, or so we told ourselves. As if anything is easy in this game. I could sit here for hours trying to come up with clever metaphors for the pain that was suffered by many this weekend, but the will has been drained out of me. Long story short I’ve had a disaster and it’s going to be a quick fire screamo. It’s time for the wash-up!

Legends

Lloyd (122) – J.U.N.K. Bargain alert, his 66 point final quarter is what Fantasy is all about. Get on board!

Ablett (153) – Ablett’s 5 round average has ticked over to a nice 132, making him as much of a pig as anyone in the game at the moment. Gary Ablett is looking at a PB season and is owned by only 9% of the competition. We suck.

Image result for tom mitchell s.afl.com.au hawthornMitchell (141) – Oink. OINK! (buy a beanie)

Beams (145) – Was trading Beams the correct decision? It really depends who you traded him to. In my case it was Luke Parker and it probably rates with the worst trades of all time. Beams has a 3 round average of 135 and holding was a massive win. Well done to those old schoolers.

Zorko (130) – Dayne Zorko is averaging 119. That is insane. A draft bargain and a Fantasy bargain, yet he remains a POD. God this game must be funny for some coaches, you could have a midfield of Zorko, Pendlebury, Ablett, Ebert, Shuey, Kelly, Duncan and Sidebottom, dominate everyone in your league and still have 8 unique midfielders. Amazing.

Merrett (151) – There are few players you can totally rely on, but Zach Merrett is one of them. A joy to watch and a joy to own. You beautiful man.

Kreuzer (149) – If you weren’t sure if Kreuzer had arrived, let me reassure you. Kreuzer HAS ARRIVED. He wins the footy, he tackles, he dominates the hitouts, and he’s just about everything I want my ruckman to be. Legend!

Docherty (149) – As a Docherty non-owner, could I request just one team to put a man within 10 miles of him on the field? Is that possible? Thanks in advance. What a freakin beast, he’s nearly oinking.

Grundy (158) – There should be no doubts as to who the number 1 ruck is now that Mason Cox is out of the picture. Surely I can say that with confidence now? Grundy’s price is only going in one direction, and it’s going that way very quickly.

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Losers

Firstly I’ve got a few special mentions to give. Zak Jones didn’t have a recovery this week. In fact he didn’t do anything at all. I hope you didn’t hold over his bye, but trading after that ton would have been gutsy. Rory Sloane was back at it with a tragic 62. He has been held to under 20 disposals three times, including two games with under 15 touches. Our rookies can get 15 disposals. If he sees an opponent walk within 20 metres of him that’s it, the toys are out of the pram. Princess. I also saw a comment last week suggesting I was being harsh on Myers, and perhaps they had a point. 50’s are OK for a rookie. Well how about now? Is 39 points in a 70 point demolition acceptable? The Universe has more edge than David Myers played with on the weekend. Nearly as pathetic as my science joke.

However if you want a list of losers, look no further than my team. First up, Aaron Hall. Little did I know when I picked him up, he hardly plays midfield anymore?!?! He’s just another Touk Miller. No racism, they just both don’t find much of the footy. Nathan Fyfe what happened. Did they have to secretly amputate his leg during the off season? I can’t blame the past leg troubles for his form, he just doesn’t even try to follow up. It’s appalling. I gave him 1 more week on top of the 1 more month he was given ages ago. Gone. Shane Mumford. Ok yes it was probably the stupidest Fantasy decision I have ever made, but did you really have to go and let Kreuzer score 150? My apologies, it was only 149. That’s just rubbing it in. Jack Steele. I know I’m not alone here, what was that effort? I need to question why the Saints had him on the bench for 36% of the game when he ended up with the second most pressure acts. Who makes that call in the coaching box? Or can he just not run out a game? That was the EXACT reason I traded him out in the first place. 5 weeks ago I had the option of getting Heeney instead of Steele for $60k less, and it really reminds how bad I am at this game. Steele didn’t even make my best 18.

And to you, Michael Hibberd

Did anyone else get him this week? Hands up. The chances are that in Fantasy, every coach with half a brain went for Newnes instead. I didn’t have the extra $12k handy and I now own a player who hates getting +6’s. Remember when I laughed at people with Pittard!!! Honestly I watched him like a hawk for 3 quarters before I couldn’t take it anymore, he either wants to handball it out of defence or run away as far as he can. A half backman who doesn’t chase uncontested footy, I’ve done well to pick one.

If you think I’m going to burn the Pig though, think again. There’s some lines you simply never cross. Anyone getting loud this week about a cheap pig incoming may have another thing coming there way…

Special mention to Tom Williamson for his 33 point effort which luckily wasn’t included in my score. It will be next week though. So many heads on the chopping block, and sadly most of them are set to play again this week. We’ve got some tough decisions to make…

For those people with good teams, it’s your chance to shine. It’s nomination time!

Ablett – Bald Jesus baby. Say no more.

Beams – Did you hold Beams? Did you sneak him back in after his bye this week? If so you’re a genius and have been handsomely rewarded.

Merrett – There was nearly another pig in the pen the way Zach was travelling at 3 quarter time. Captainers, get voting!

Grundy – Grundy is more unique than you’d think, 4 in 5 coaches don’t own him. That lucky 1 in 5 should be giving him their vote!

Docherty – Even with the ridiculous level of scoring in midfield, I reckon Docherty is currently leading the Fantasy player of the season awards. Nearly favourite for another stubby here.

So, who gets your vote?

This Game Sh*ts Me

If you couldn’t tell I’m a little bit salty this week. Last Tuesday I mentioned a trade plan for this week, including getting Kreuzer and Newnes. How good would that have been?! I’ll tell you how good. An extra 166 points good. That’s right, the reverse trade I pulled on Thursday cost me 166 points.

So what happened? I was always going to cull Preuss, so it left me with 2 potential upgrades. Choice 1, upgrade Mumford to Kreuzer and Otten to Newnes. Tick, tick. It would also leave me with $240k in the bank to upgrade my Freo spuds this week. Then there was option 2. Operation Rocky. I had to get Hibberd instead of Newnes which was always risky, but that allowed me to go Michael Walters to Tom Rockliff. BOOM! That trade couldn’t possibly go wrong, and quite frankly I thought it could be 166 points in the other direction. Spare me the Rocky was never going to score well it’s DTTALK’s fault garbage, every stat was pointing towards a monster score. You only have to look back to last year to see what kind of disgusting scores Rocky pulls off coming back from injury, and Freo are his favourite team to play against. Of course in hindsight his shoulder was still stuffed, he refused to tackle and I was left with a terrible captain and a $723,000 problem.

But you know what, that’s not even what sh*ts me. No, it’s what Michael Walters did that sh*ts me. He delivers me a 30 and a 50, then comes up with that score after I trade him out… I suppose I was meant to know he’d do that because Brisbane would be an easy win? But Freo got smashed? Where is the logic? This game sh*ts me.

The Other Bits and Pieces

1871 doesn’t sound like the end of the world, but to me it is. I had 22 players this week, and trust me you should look forward to next weeks wash-up. I might go under 1500. My squad is falling to pieces! I’m at the point of no return so Dom Sheed comes in for Fyfe this week, that is an upgrade if I’ve ever seen one. This allows me to get Goldstein in for Mumford, a move I should have stuck with 6 weeks ago. This tragic collapse is all down to you, Max Gawn. If only I’d started with Grundy… Good luck this week everyone, I’ll be waving goodbye to you all as I slip out of the top 10000. It was nice knowing you.

62 Comments

  • Did Rocky look ok? I didn’t see the game, and was wondering if there was a role change, or was he not quite 100%, or just had an off day?

    • He looked like he was avoiding the ball and most contests all day. Maybe the shoulder wasn’t as good as he lead us to believe. He should bounce back to his normal self soon enough.

      • He just really hasn’t played much with Captain Beams. Every time one of them comes back from injury, the other goes down. Their role overlaps a bit and Zorko was on fire.
        Also Brisbane were winning the clearances so easily the ball was straight out of the ruck. Rockliffe usually jumps on as the second man in any centre bounce tackle, but there were no tackles to be had…

  • Ditto about Walters..

    Needed to move him or WHE and took Will’s lower BE which was a L for me.. That did allow me to flip Myers for JPK which was a big W.. BUT then a took a massive L by going Hanley over Newnes (I’m a sucker for the POD and thought Hanley looked like he’d gotten back to his 90+ scoring ways..)

    So 2 L’s and 1 W for the week and a slip of 800 spots back to 1582….

  • Well I went Preuss (Nank to R3 for this week then gone), McCarthy and Laird (for bye coverage) to Newnes, Rocky and Barlow.

    win overall but making Rocky captain over my weekly Titch captain did prove costly.

    So far this week have gone Walters, Myers and Fyfe to Beams, Heeney and Beech.
    May trade Steele in and out as well a couple of times to feel better

  • I’m a Nat Fyfe owner still too and your Dom Sheed joke cracked me up and i cant stop laughing at it.

    • Fyfe owner in draft, had a massive first half until Ross left him to die up forward.

      He says midfield got obliterated so hoe does moving him forward solve their forward AND mid woes. Blame Cam McCarthy for ruining every chance he had, and a first year player up forward resulting in Fyfe moving up there.

  • Thanks for the article mate, as always a great read. Bye rounds have been a rollercoaster for me…1549 first week followed by 2175 this week to give me the 93rd highest total for the round…sounds great but this week will be a real crash only being able to field 18-19 at best after trades and benching 7 of my top line premiums….
    Have decided not to trade any premiums during the byes so hoping to be coming home really strong starting round 14.
    This week’s trades at present… Scharenberg & Greenwood out; Willis & Barlow in
    Wish I didn’t need to trade those two rookies but need the coin and numbers on field this coming round.

  • Hahaha look forward to reading your articles every week. They crack me up. That Gif is hilarious. Please tell me Rocky will be back! Feel numb knowing I (we all) could’ve got bald Jesus for less :(

  • Would you hold or trade JJ?

  • Will Dom Sheed be consistent enough to consider? He’s been looking good and is well priced, actually looking at getting him in for Dahl as a POD and free up a bit of cash. Thoughts?

  • Great article again Matt.
    However a big omission from the Losers was J Johannisen. I have blindly held the faith this year, and was looking forward to an absolute roasting of his 27 points on the weekend (the only thing that would have mad me feel slightly better with this score – too low in $ to even trade now).
    I’ll almost had the write up done for you “And you think Sloane was a princess, well how about a bloke that gave up on having any sort of impact after copping a few friendly bumps everty five minutes in the first half. JJ had two choices, try to justify his salary for next year (being uncontracted) or fly the white flag, pull out a deck chair and hope every keen selector can justify a “bad game” every now and then. WIth a score of 27 over a full game I’ll let you decide what choice he made.. pathetic!”

    • Bretto are you trading him? I have him out for Newnes at the moment. Just can’t take it anymore. Knowing my luck he will bounce back. Sigh. It’s either Steele or JJ who goes out…

      • JJ to Newnes is the opposite of the worst trade of the year

      • Tempting to trade, but you have to hold JJ now and back him in. Has dropped too much in price. If you look sideways at his price he is the one with the most potential for a Def at that price. You could trade him a few weeks later at a higher price, he won’t keep up this garbage.
        Prioritise upgrading mid price rookies to premos at this point.

    • That’s a good point, goes to show how irrelevant he is now as I didn’t even pick up his name. Sorry, I’ll keep an eye out for him next week ;)

  • My team currently:

    Doc, Laird, Newnes, Marchbank, McGrath, Ryan (Willis, Hibberd)

    Titch, Zerrett, Danger, Dusty, Sloane, Heppell, Fyfe, Cousins (Pickett, Lloyd)

    Kreuzer, McEvoy (Pruess, Cameron)

    Yeo, Macrae, Dahlhaus, Hill, Otten, Greenwood (Weid, KJH)

    —- Looking at potential trades (i’m resigned to the fact this week is gonna suck, but luckily have no league match up)

    Do I:
    1) Downgrade Preuss to a Buzza, and upgrade Fyfe & Otten to Beams & Buddy (or similar)

    2) Rookie swap JKH/Pickett to Beech, Fyfe to Scooter & either Otten to a Buddy/Barlow or McGrath to Lloyd

    3) Preuss to Buzza, Pickett/Lloyd to Ablett/Rocky and Otten to Beech

    Help!

  • Goldstein is a very risky pick Matt. His form is terrible and North supporters want him dropped. While I don’t think Scott has the balls to actually do that, I think we will definitely see Preuss take some ruck load in the coming weeks.

    • Only 3 or 4 rucks you’d want in your team from this point on, and Goldy isn’t one of them! Mumford 2.0

    • Haha you don’t say. I just have no way of affording Kreuzer now :( Hoping the week off has done him some good

    • Witts has to be a look in, not an ideal trade but he’s been a solid scorer and carrying a 3 game avg of 100.3 and a 5 game avg of 103.6 you can definitely go worse.

  • Cheers again Matt, feel your pain.

    Option 1 – Newnes, Zorko, Heeney.
    Option 2 – Newnes, Rocky, Dale.

    FAIL.
    +3: Jake Barrett. Rookie bliss.
    -3: Touk Miller. Didn’t even suit up.

    Beat you by 3 points. My side is not looking too bad though after a shocking start with a few mistakes like Heater. Actually at my highest overall rank for the year at 23475. Assuming no injuries I will have 20 players for R13, 21 if Buzza is named.

    This weeks likely trades:
    Myers out for Freeman (or another 150k rookie hoping at least one gets named)
    Roughead out for Scooter
    McCarthy out for Heeney

  • Nice write up this week!
    Got a few options for me, let me know ur thoughts
    1. Sloane and watson to Doc and JJK
    2. Sloane and watson to Ablett and Lloyd
    3. Sloane and watson to Doc and Menegola

    Would love some help!

  • Matt, I enjoy your articles so thank you for writing one this week, in return I’ll provide some advice – Don’t trade in Sheed and Goldy!! Please, can’t you wait 2 weeks for Gawn? Or What about Scooter? Why not a rookie for Fyfe and get to Krueger? You know you want him!! Sheed? That’s sooo speculative, it is 50:50 at best! Repeat after me: Downgrade, make money, upgrade, spend money!!

    Then again, your pain makes mine more tolerable, so maybe stick to your guns. It soothes my pain of having Sloane’s score taken out this week for not making my top 18! That was poor Rory!

    • $720k for a guy who won’t score for you 2 weeks in a row? Ouch!

      Think how funny the Wash Ups would be from this point on if Matt did trade in Goldy and Sheed… my sides hurt just imagining it

    • Hahaha much appreciated. I wanted Scooter, but then couldn’t afford any reasonable ruckman. I don’t really want Goldy but can’t reach Kreuzer. I could get a rookie for Fyfe, but who? David Swallow could work, but……… Yeah. Only players I can downgrade are Rd 11 or 12 and need to trade out 3 round 13 players to avoid a donut.

      So basically, I’m fucked.

  • Hey lads and lasses

    Currently going:

    Fyfe > Scooter
    Dan Lloyd > 150k Rook (currently Cunico)
    Zjones > J Lloyd

    Thoughts?

  • 1960 last week. Not bad.

    Currently going
    Myers + SPP + Cousins > Scooter + Miles (jumping early, but he was named as an Emergency… and yes, I know he’s not playing this week) + some 150K rookie (plllleeeeeaassse – anyone will do)

    If MHibbo (NM) and Preuss get a gig (HAHAHAHA) I’ll have a 21 on ground to choose from.

  • Fyfe > Joel Selwood

    Fyfe > Dangerfield

    Fyfe > Mitch Duncan

    Joel is pretty cheap atm, so do you think he would be a good pick up?

  • Of course we need your Weekend Wash Up Matt… I keep checking back on the site waiting for it to pop up every week! Need my fix or I’d be lost

  • My backline is

    newman, newes , adams, laird, harbow and touhy

    I will get Lloyd but not this week but really besides Doch? This is pretty solid (obviously could have roberton / doch but much of a muchness)

    What do I do

  • Lads, sloane and watson out for

    Doc and menegola
    Doc and jjk
    Lloyd and ablett
    ?

  • Shaw > lloyd or hold?

  • Is it worth bringing in Jake Lloyd this week or hold off. He must lose that score of 2 soon

  • In draft, what are the odds I had 4 defenders are score their season low. JJ being tagged wuttttt (I get it Sydney, he has burnt you but still….)

    Fyfe, Sidey, Hibberd all doing well at HT then didn’t make their way out the rooms. This Game Sh*ts Me.

  • Really keen to get in Newnes & Heeny this week and need to flip D.Lloyd for a cheaper rookie to get that extra cashola but it doesn’t look like there’ll be any sub $180k rookies from MID/FWD playing..

    Is it worth fielding 17 this week to get in 2 underpriced stars for the FWD & DEF or should I look at getting in 1 of Newnes/Heeney and 2 cheaper options knowing I’m going to be trading them out soon anyway??

    • Or I can go Sheed instead of Heeney, 4 of the next 5 games at home and the 1 away game to play the Doggies who are giving up heaps, this allows me a bit extra cash to get in JKH or similar..

      1. Heeney (Top 8 FWD) and a non playing rook (like Buzza) and play 17 this week
      2. Sheed (mid priced cash cow) and a playing rook (like JKH) and play 18 this week

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