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The Fantasy Analyzer: Three AM Thoughts

Ben looks at an action plan to help you navigate the last few weeks of Fantasy.

cant-sleepBeing a fantasy coach is always difficult, whether it be the moment the game is opened and pondering your initial setup or months after it finishes and the inevitable backlash you are sure to cop from colleagues, trillions of thoughts will enter and exit your mind throughout this time frame. A few nights back I was considering how I possibly made the decision of going from Macrae (after his sub affected 69 against the Cats) to his teammate Tom Liberatore, effectively costing me 120 points over the past fortnight… Thats a bad trade! Having lost those points and now sitting in a poorer position because of it, I’ve come up with a step by step guide on how to edge the gap between you and your goals, thankfully thought up prior to that 3AM deadline!




Action Plan

  • Define who you are missing

This can be a longwinded statement, but having a key idea of who you don’t currently own and there potential hurt factor can truly be the key between winning and being an also run. I’m currently a non-owner of Jimmy Bartel for one, and he has been ripping me to shreds in head to head encounters on a biweekly basis. Jimmy is now one of my higher priorities, because this is a clear place in which I am leaking points. Players like Kieran Jack, Jackson Macrae and Todd Goldstein are others who I think are big misses for my side at this stage.

  • Determine what and where you’re going wrong

Largely this comes down to the clear under performers of your side, or in some cases, a very immediate and obvious lack of bench depth. Once again using my team as the example, players like Liberatore, Boyd and Beams are obviously impacting my ability to hit the heights that we are all desperate to achieve week on week. But as I suggested, bench depth, especially for the coaches vying for the prize is extremely important. Setting up with the likes of a Miles as opposed to a Langdon-type can have the potential to be a 50 point swing!

  • Risk it for the biscuit

The next strategy and by far the hardest to truly swing the game back in your favour is picking that differential that defines you from here till that final siren in Round 23. There’ll be a player that goes on a 110+ run from here on in that less than 5% own guaranteed. So choosing that player and backing him to the hilt is one of the more important things you can do, or as previously analogised ‘risk it for the biscuit’!

  • Avoid rumours and innuendo

A safe way to play this game is to simply avoid social media, especially in the hot spot of a late Friday afternoon. Wait for the final teams to be named and treat this as the truth. Having read and been told numerous stories of people backing out of clearly thought out trades that they’d been brewing on all week, simply because they read that there was a late out just around the corner, only to have watched as the missed player outscores the chosen player by some times triple figure margins, can just about be the difference between a weekend from hell and enjoying your time off from your weekday based work.

  • Enjoy the game

Having been a stress merchant around this time in recent seasons, I’ve decided to change tact and so should you. Being calm and clear as you make decisions helps in any form of life and especially in fantasy football. Watch the games, walk the dog and spend quality time with your loved ones. It’s stereotypical talk, but you’ll see positive results!

So what do you guys think? Remember to give me a follow on twitter @B_Gogos and tune into AFL Fantasy Radio Live at 7PM this Friday! Ask questions using the #FantasyFM and we’ll answer them in the lead up to the game and then continue with a fantasy commentary during the match! Good luck with all your fantasy sides this weekend!



  1. Handsome Rob

    Handsome Rob

    July 24, 2014 at 4:59 pm

    Pavlich is what’s going wrong for me. I’ve wanted to trade him out for weeks but injuries to other players have prevented me. Don’t care if I only field 20 players next week – he must go! Thinking of bringing in Carlise. Even if he only scores 60 against Sydney next week, his value will increase by about $50k so I can trade him out the following week in time for the 1st final.

  2. Handsome Rob

    Handsome Rob

    July 24, 2014 at 5:03 pm

    Ps. Good point about enjoying the game, Ben. Too often I get wound up about DT and don’t enjoy watching the greatest game in the world.

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    July 24, 2014 at 5:24 pm

    Taylor Walker is my major on-field weakness. I’ve used my trades for this round, but next week he’s out, probably for Kieran Jack. After that I have some work to do on my midfield and bench cover.

  4. Donstain


    July 24, 2014 at 5:24 pm

    Yeah might have to take that enjoying the game tip on board. Tore my hair out last week over people like goddard and kelly.

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    July 24, 2014 at 8:25 pm

    Missing the likes of Harvey/Gray in my forward line but that will be rectified next week. Have been building my bench cover and next round will have good cover for defence (Hurn), mid (Miles) & forward (Zorko). Just need a decent R3 now but I don’t see that as critical just yet.

    Also keeping an eye on SJ – might bring him in later.

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      July 25, 2014 at 6:58 pm

      I’m waiting until after the Freo game for SJ.

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    July 24, 2014 at 8:47 pm

    Not sure how Goldstein is a big miss for any team.

    Your rucks should be Jacobs and Martin surely. Where does Goldstein come in?

    Perhaps you should have read your advice about ‘staying calm, walking the dog’ and not doing another ‘Liberatore trade’.

    My 2cents

    I’m in the same boat with Pavlich, he is the last dud to go from my team this week.

    Although @HandsomeRob , I dont like the sounds of the Carlisle trade. You complain about possibly only fielding 20 players next week, yet you are willing to trade in Carlisle with the plan of trading him out the following week? Unless you have a plan for that extra $50k and an upgrade target in mind, and NOTHING else to worry about, I dont like it. This especially applies if you cop an injury or suspension or rested player(s) in coming weeks. Then you might be stuck with Carlisle longer than his BE will hold up.

    You need a plan, not a weekly knee-jerk. There are better ways to make $ in DT.

    • Handsome Rob

      Handsome Rob

      July 24, 2014 at 11:05 pm

      All good points, Milansta. But I didn’t explain my situation – Pav is my only weakness, I’m playing for a league win, and I’ve secured a top 4 finish. I don’t have any injury concerns atm, I was just stressing how keen I am to get rid of Pav. As I can’t quite afford a good replacement for him (eg K Jack), Carlisle may be an adequate stepping stone.

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