Fry’s Forgotten Few – Round 8

A third of the season is behind us and for some, the next two-thirds isn’t looking very fruitful. Don’t give up hope though guys, there is still a helluva lot of footy left to be played and one bad/good decision can change your entire fortunes. Over the coming weeks, I feel like a handful of players will make their second appearance on the FFF this season with their form just too good to pass up. Maybe I should actually invest in some of them then. Hmmm.

DEFENCE

Heath Shaw, Giants ($591K, 83 BE, 5.97% ownership)
Dare I say it, Headache Heath could be a serious option. He has lacked massive scores but has been good for an 80-100 without much stress. That’s definitely not something I thought I would be saying this far into the 2018 campaign. He is as cheap as he will come and could be a sneaky target for one of your topped out cash cows.

Jimmy Webster, Saints ($551K, 65 BE, 0.62% ownership)
You could be forgiven for not knowing about Jimmy Webster as he continues to fly under the radar. He played in the first three games of the season before a hip flexor complaint sidelined him for a few weeks. He has responded with a 100 and 95 in the last two games raising the eyebrows of plenty of coaches. His previous track record shows a bunch of inconsistencies, but he may have turned over a new leaf.

Draft Sleeper – Dan Houston, Power ($527K, 60 BE, 0.36% ownership)
A few weeks ago I mentioned that the Power have a handful of draft-eligible backman. There is still a bit of a cloud thrown over the bunch with uncertainty surrounding the best option. In my mind, Houston is the man you want and should be added over his Port teammates if you need a heartbeat on the pine down back.

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MIDFIELD

Joel Selwood, Cats ($706K, 99 BE, 5.94% ownership)
Why do we always ignore Jelwood? Sure, he is bound to miss 1-3 games throughout the season with suspension or some form of concussion, but the Cats maestro has hardly put a foot wrong in 2018, averaging 107 through seven weeks. Seriously consider.

Jack Redden, Eagles ($569K, 30 BE, 1.5% ownership)
A week ago I flagged Jack Redden as a draft option, now it’s time to consider him in classic. He followed his Western Derby score of 124 up with a mammoth 138 against Port, good for the 4th highest score of the round. THIS is the guy the Eagles thought they were getting from Brisbane and with Shuey out for at least a few weeks, the points could keep flowing.

Draft Sleeper – Touk Miller, Suns ($575K, 62 BE, 0.36% ownership)
Averaging 100 flat from his last three matches, Miller is a smokey worth taking a punt on. He started the season pretty slow but has posted back-to-back scores over 100 against Adelaide and the Bulldogs. With Gold Coast lacking capable footballers left right and centre, Miller might be worth stashing.

RUCK

Tom Bellchambers, Bombers ($546K, 66 BE, 0.63% ownership)
The revolving door that is the FFF ruck department unearths another suspect character in Round 8. Returning to the senior side after a one-week hiatus, Tommy Bellchmabers wasted no time reacquainting himself with the footy amassing 113 fantasy points. I don’t seriously consider him an option just yet, but if you can’t get one of the big dogs and this run of form continues, he may deserve another mention.

Draft Sleeper – Mason Cox, Magpies ($393K, 46 BE, 3.71% ownership)
Maybe Cox and Grundy can co-exist? With the later of the pair tearing up the competition Cox has struggled to find his feet up forward. His scores are a little bit all over the place, although his time on ground is hovering at around 80%. If he can use that time to better efficiency and start producing more scores of 75+ then he can be a very decent Plan B.

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FORWARD

Mitch Robinson, Lions ($631K, 93 BE, 7.42% ownership)
Red Bull Robbo is 100% on my radar this weekend he should be on yours too. The ultra-consistent Lion hasn’t scored below 89 this season and seems to be back to his healthy best (touch wood). Do it.

Jesse Hogan, Demons ($608K, 94 BE, 5.58% ownership)
Public service announcement Jesse Hogan is making me re-write my narrative. Usually, tall forwards are taboo in my eyes, but I may have to rethink my theory if the Dees goalkicker keeps this up. Averaging a hair under 95 for the season with only 17 goals to his name proves that he can get it done all over the ground.

Draft Sleeper – Jed Anderson, Kangaroos ($455K, 48 BE, 0.45% ownership)
The former Hawk has taken a while to hit his straps as a Roo. After managing just five games in 2017, he seems close to full strength, playing in every match so far averaging a solid 70.7 points. My tip is he will continue to get better, especially if North keep rolling.

The Three Big Questions Of Round 6

Dayne Zorko: Now Or Never?
A moment of silence for all those Zorko owners who traded him away after six weeks of misery. Watching him rack up 176 points against the Magpies is the stuff of nightmares. Priced at just $576K this is by far the cheapest the Lions utility will be. I would personally avoid the Zork as we have seen him ping pong between 40’s and 150’s before. If you thrive on little sleep and stress though, now is the time to pounce on him. Enjoy the ride.

How Is Your Bye Structure Looking?
We are still a decent amount of time away from the beginning of the byes, but do yourself a favour. Yesterday I checked my team to see how I was shaping up and if the byes started today I would be screwed. Not only do I have 15 players with a Round 14 bye, but I have 11 in Round 13 as well. You want to have a nice balance with a perfect bye structure looking something like 8/10/12 for the three weeks. Just something to consider over the following weeks as you make your trades.

Is Callum Sinclair A Premium Ruckman?
Cal Sinc may have established himself as a serious player in the first seven weeks of the season. With the fourth-most fantasy points out of all ruckman the 3.66% of the competition who have him in their sides would be absolutely stoked. After another big score on the weekend, I think it’s fair to say that he has potential to be a top-5 ruck when the season is complete and he is a fantastic unique choice if you want to go left of field.

Back From The Dead

James Sicily, Hawks (135) – The roller coaster that is Sic Dog peaked on the weekend. Fingers crossed the downhill slope isn’t within sight.

Shaun Higgins, Kangaroos (105) – Severely underrated.

David Armitage, Saints (79) – No, David Armitage is not a mid-priced option.

Matthew Kreuzer, Blues (70) – We needed more from Kreuz, but owners would have just been happy he played.

Christian Petracca, Demons (62) – So much for a breakout year…

Patrick Ryder, Power (52) – He’ll be better in his second game back from injury this weekend.

Taylor Adams, Magpies (48) – Lol.

Peace ✌

Got a question that needs answering? Feel free to leave a comment below or message me on Twitter @alexgfry_ and I’ll get back to you!

47 Comments

  • should i get heath Shaw or lachie Whitfield for Jeremy finlayson

  • DEF: Laird Yeo Whitfield Coffield Doedee Murray (Naughton, Pearce)
    MID: Titch, Dusty, Coniglio, Zerrett, Seed, Parker, Kelly, Mutch (Dow, Banfield)
    RUCK: Gawn, Stef (Crossley, Cameron)
    FWD: Heeney, R.Gray, D.Smith, Billings, Waterman, Fritsch (Rat, Crowden)

    What are your thoughts on these trades:

    1) Billings/Crowden > McLean + sub 221K Fwd Rook (likely Keeffe)

    2) Billings/Banfield > Fyfe/Curnow + sub 200k Fwd Rook (likely Keeffe)

    3) Billings/Doedee > Macrae + sub 184k Fwd rook

    4) Naughton/Banfield > Sic dog + sub 178k rook (fwd or def)

    Any thoughts appreciated and responded in turn!

    • I like option 1 or 2. Feel Doedee still has something in him so not keen on option 3 and just not keen on siccy at all.

    • At a glance, probably prefer option 4 as it’s a traditional downgrade/upgrade, building around your premiums and all that, but it would depend heavily on what new rook you’d be getting.

      After that, probably option 1 – Crowden is the best rookie to cull. I’d hold Doedee and Banfield for as long as they’re getting games.

      Quick note – From what I’ve read this week I think Keeffe is a high chance to miss with Lobb returning.

    • I’m a little bit worried about Keeffe and his JS. If I had to choose I would get Macrae while you can

  • Nice write up Fry, Boak over Siccy for me to, don’t trust Siccy one iota.

    Not sure if you have mentioned Ed Curnow in previous FFF, if not what are the chances of featuring him? About same ownership as Robinson at around 7.7%, great ceiling, reasonably consistent with two 80 odds and 5 x 100+ scores against some good teams, good form previous years…all looks legit to me.

    • Boaky has been awesome, great call.
      I have mentioned him before, from memory it was 2 weeks ago. Serious option

  • Finlayson and Christensen to M.Hutchings and McLean.

    Or

    Finlayson and Christensen to Redden and Robbo

    • Second one – Hutchings hasn’t secured his spot & is often given hard tagging roles, way too risky in my opinion.

    • Appealing as McLean is, would rather 2. Higher risk (is this the real redden? Is robbo going to brain fade and have a 3 week holiday?) But with big questions over Hutchings js i think its the better option.

      Even if redden spuds a 40, robbo is good for 90, giving you 130 points for the round. 30 better then mclean hitting the ton and hutchings playing WAFL. Robbo could easy sit in your f5/f6 at end of season and if redden goes alright could be a good pod/cash grab stepping stone in byes.

      Have a look at mine above?

    • No 2, don’t trust Hutch

  • Is anybody else thinking D Thomas or Lambert in the Sorward line, they might not be consistantly high scorers but they are both playing good footy and are due for a few good scores.

  • What’s everyone think, which is better off

    1. Waterman- 170k(ahern or Clarke if named then Finlayson via Coffield to beams or anyone under 686k

    2. Waterman- Spargo then Doedee- Sicily

  • Hi PowerAde, I just think Daisy is almost starting to get back to how he use to play with Collingwood

  • what would you rather?

    – mclean and 57k
    – JPK and 121k
    – m crouch and 66k
    – duncan and 5k

  • Option 1: Waterman -> Spargo, English -> Stef (56k remaining)
    Option 2: Waterman -> Tom McCartin, English -> Grundy (69k remaining)

    Thoughts?

  • scratch that, i meant

    – mclean and 123k
    – jpk and 187k
    – crouch and 132k
    – duncan and 71k

  • JPK or Zorko?

    I like Zorkos run.
    Bulldogs no tag
    Hawks no tag
    Sydney no tag (not hard anyway)
    North Melbourne Jacobs
    Essendon No tag
    Bye
    is it worth the risk or go JPK

  • Hogan the real deal? As in a 95ppg top 6-8 forward premo?

    • I think he could be a top-8 FWD for sure. Gold Coast and Carlton coming up too means more points

  • Thoughts?

    1- Play McInernany (Nic Nat to bench) and trade Finlayson to Sicily (or Yeo or Simpson)
    Or
    2 – Play Finlayson and trade Nic Nat to SMartin

    Trade 1 locked of English to McLean

    • Great First Trade btw.
      I would go with option 2. if you can get to grundy or gawn i would pull the triger as i think those two are a slight step ahead of martin at the moment. If not, martin is solid enough and has a nice matchup against the Dogs this week (boyd and no cover) im predicting 117.
      option 1 is also tempting as you could get to Simpson (top6 lock) or Yeo who have the favourable bye however Nic Nat is not going to make too much money and is not good enough to be holding aka he is not a top premium and Martin is.

    • I think it’s important to have two bonafide ruck stars. Sic/Yeo/Simps would be handy, but there are plenty of options in the DEF compared to the RUC.

  • Which one?

    1) English/ Billings to McLean/Keeffe +135k for next week (means Finlayson on field in mid & Keefe up fwd)
    Or
    2) English/ Finlayson to McLean/Philips +5k, (means worst fwd is Billings/Christensen, have to field Banfield, Mutch or Philips at M8)

    Keen to chop Billings as he’ll likely carry on with 70’s and having 135k for next would let me chop Finlayson&Banfield and get Crouch.

    But 2 means I only really have 4 rooks on field Murray, Kelly, Doedee +1 of the above. But 5k makes it hard to get a premo upgrade next week (Doedee & Banfield gets me about $825, leaving $655 after picking up a 170 newbie)…

    Sitting just over 500th

    • Jeez tough call. I think No 1 is the best route, giving you a ton of coin and lets you ditch two underperformers in Billings and English

  • a) get rid of dead wood and pick rooks up cheaper

    b) grab points and buy rookies at a more expensive price

    Pretty much, points or money?! Thanks so much.

    • You don’t win the prize by making money….
      BUT will the money in the long term lead to more overall points than the point gain in the short term .?

      Finding the balance of the two (plus a cr@p load of luck) is the way forward.

    • The toughest question in the entire comp. It’s hard to find the right answer, but all I’ll say is I went for money and am struggling to climb back up and find the points

  • Is it worth getting in Grundy/Martin this week and scramble the next few weeks to field a competitive team in Rd 13, or would looking at Sinclair/Witts/Kreuzer be a decent option and save some $$ along the way..

    • Scratch Kreuzer from that, not convinced he’ll play every game from here on..

    • Scratch Kreuzer from that, not convinced he’ll play every game from here on..

    • I think Martin is the way to go this week. Saves you a little bit from Grundy and should be huge this weekend. At least that pockets you some $$$ too.

  • English to Robinson or Taranto? Having trouble deciding!

  • I love the consistency or Robbo, lock him in!

  • Was going to bring in D Thomas for sure as his breakeven is awesome, but just reading an article on how Port are putting Rocky on the ball I may as well go Rocky as I have fallen back a bit in Ranking. As its a bit of a risk but who knows it may pay dividends in the long run, but then again its a bit of a risk I’m willing to take.

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