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Jeppa’s Juniors – Round 2

This is the week you need to get your rookie players right! With more data to go by, Jeppa has analysed all of his ‘juniors’ and makes the big calls on the keepers and the pretenders. A must read.

The outlook on rooks has improved greatly after the action from Round 2. A few fresh faces have given us hope and confidence appears restored in the structure we started with.

History suggests that this is the round to lock in your rookie selections. After lockout on Friday night the cashcows you don’t have will likely become out of reach. It’s a case of short-term pain for long-term gain. In my opinion, you’re better using both trades to bring in dominant rookies that you may not have in lieu of a sideways trades to chase points. Remember this game is a marathon not a sprint.

So who do we keep and who do we offload…



Dan Butler (Fwd. $204,000, -9 be AF. $132,400, -61 be DT) was solid but not amazing. Playing his accustomed small forward role, he racked up 13 touches, 3 marks, 3 tackles, 1 goal and 59 Fantasy points. His work off the ball would please Hardwick but it doesn’t give any assurances to Fantasy coaches. He’ll probably sneak out the back of the Eagles Web defence a few times this weekend so he’ll be solid again as bench back up. I don’t own him and it’s not a priority for me to bring him in.

Performing well beyond expectations, Will Hoskin-Elliott (Fwd. $317,000, -29 be AF. $258,900, -82 be DT) was arguably the best player on the ground last Friday night. What I’m loving most about WHE is that he’s taking marks all over the ground. He had 12 against the Tigers to go with 21 possessions, 3 tackles, 3 goals and an amazing 124 Fantasy points. As one of the few performing rookies this season, we all need to own him. It’s not too late.
Fresh meat in Nic Newman (Def. $175,000, -9 be AF. $132,400 DT) and Will Hayward (Fwd. $228,000, 9 be AF. $129,800 DT) comes in a time of need. Both performed to the level expected at Sydney and both have decent job security in the short term. They scored 77 and 74 Fantasy points respectively and with the lack of punch in defence, if you don’t own Nic Newman then I suggest you trade him in immediately. Hayward is a feasible option too.

49 Fantasy points from Oliver Florent (Fwd/Mid. $227,000, 33 be AF. $174,800, 13 be DT) is about as good as it will get. He started great with 39 Fantasy points to half time but faded badly which is a sign of a youngster. Avoid him.

The neat kicking Teia Miles (Fwd/Mid. $164,000, 7 be AF. $132,400 DT) made a decent debut for Hawthorn with 15 touches, 3 marks, 2 tackles and 54 Fantasy points against the Crows. I sung his praises during the preseason and he did enough to hold his spot especially with Birchall out for a month. Interestingly, he was given a few kicking in duties (one he butchered) but it shows that Clarkson is prepared to back him in. As a dual position forward / mid that is cheap, it’s hard to ignore him.

Crows pair Andy Otten (Def. $186,000, -13 be AF. $132,400, -48 be DT) and Curtly Hampton (Def. $244,000, 5 be AF. $171,500, -41 be DT) did their job for Fantasy coaches. 81 and 66 Fantasy points respectively is pretty decent output from a rook especially this season. I still wouldn’t go out of my way to trade either of these two into your team. I still believe Otten will make way for Lever and Hampton hasn’t been scoring as well as expected. Good but not amazing.

Ben Ainsworth (Fwd/Mid. $288,000, 17 be AF. $206,300, -36 be DT) 56 and Jack Bowes (Fwd/Mid. $237,000, 36 be AF. $179,300, 9 be DT) 40 didn’t save their side from a humiliating defeat. With little A-grade support around them, both youngsters are going to struggle to reach the scores that we require for AFL Fantasy. Pass.

In my professional opinion, Tim Taranto (Fwd/Mid. $249,000, 33 be AF. $215,300, 22 be DT) is just warming up. I know he’s not hitting the scores we need but his role for the Giants allows him to reach 70+ Fantasy points each week. Playing up forward and on the ball, he finished with 8 kicks, 7 handballs, 4 tackles and 54 Fantasy points against the Suns. Owners should hold Taranto. The talent is there; he just hasn’t put it all together yet.

Jake Barrett (Mid. $194,000, -8 be AF. $134,800, -50 be DT) is lacking a little polish. He can win a bit of the ball and tackle well but he really must use it better. Playing at half forward, Barrett could only manage 11 possessions (64% efficiency), 3 marks, 7 tackles and 65 Fantasy points. Don’t be surprised if Barrett loses his spot to McCluggage this week…I’m really quite worried.

Andrew McGrath (Def/Mid. $304,000, 13 be AF. $219,800, -45 be DT) is cruising along nicely but some junk time helped him reach 65 Fantasy points against the Lions. You seriously cannot spend that much on McGrath in Fantasy and bring him in now. I wouldn’t even trade him into Dreamteam. My gut tells me that he’s about to hit a wall.

Braydon Preuss (Ruc. $209,000, -30 be AF. $132,400, -85 be DT) take a bow! The big unit came in for Goldy late and none of us expected him to hit a three figure score. He finished with 13 possessions, 4 marks, a whopping 46 hitouts, 5 tackles and 105 Fantasy points. We all own Preuss so it’s just a note of commendation really. Majak will make way for Goldy this week so don’t worry about Preussy’s job security.

A good game from Kayne Turner (Fwd. $244,000, 7 be AF. $180,900, -29 be DT) has him as a notable Fantasy contributor in Round 2. Lively like he usually is at half forward, Turner finished with 9 kicks, 5 marks, 5 tackles, 2 goals and 78 Fantasy points. Once a yoyo scorer, always a yoyo scorer. Not for me until he provides consistency and even then he’ll be too expensive.

Ice in his veins! George Horlin-Smith (Mid. $262,000, 23 be AF. $201,700, -10 be DT) kicked the winning goal for the Cats in their nail biting win of the Roos and he needed it too in order to reach a mild 59 Fantasy points at the final siren. The problem with GHS is his game time being hindered by the Cats coaching staff for no apparent reason. In Round 1, he only got 64% time on ground followed by 66% last week. This is affecting his scoring and it’s frustrating for owners including myself. With Miles available, it makes sense to bank the $100k.

Brandan Parfitt (Fwd/Mid. $212,000, 22 be AF. $125,300, -24 be DT) was electric in the first quarter. 29 Fantasy points at the first change but not much after that. Parfitt has a poor Fantasy ceiling and for that reason he’s middle pack in the desired bunch of rookies.

Tom Stewart (Def. $189,000, 17 be AF. $125,300, -19 be DT) just doesn’t want to win the footy. Playing a lockdown role, he’s not getting the touches that we need and he scored a mere 43 Fantasy points against North. Stewart is bench back up only, plain and simple.

Caleb Marchbank (Def. $262,000, -6 be AF. $237,600, -32 be DT) is becoming a rock for our defence. Busy from start to finish, Marchbank had 11 kicks, 5 handballs, 6 marks, 4 tackles and 80 Fantasy points in Round 2. Why aren’t there more rooks like Marchbank!? A must have. Make it happen.

A bit like Taranto, Sam Petrevski-Seton (Mid. $270,000, 18 be AF. $197,300, -25 be DT) is about to go bang. The biggest appeal about SPS is his midfield role. Bolton wants him at the stoppages and in the guts so when his fitness base improves, he’ll be scoring 75+ Fantasy points consistently. He had 64 Fantasy points from 69% TOG last weekend so take note. If Barrett is dropped then I may look at him but his price stings.

Sam Weideman (Fwd. $180,000, 3 be AF. $199,700, 7 be DT) 54, Harrison Macreadie (Def. $176,000, 9 be AF. $125,300, -20 be DT) 51 and Jarrod Pickett (Fwd/Mid. $165,000, 10 be AF. $132,400, -9 be DT) 49 are a slow burn for owners. Don’t expect anything amazing from these three but at least they’re suiting up.

Cameron McCarthy (Fwd. $227,000, 26 be AF. $207,600, 15 be DT) would be frustrating to own. Plenty of talent but he’s not getting the supply that he needs from his mids. 0 goals and 43 Fantasy points is what he produced against Port. He’s still got currency so owners should offload him now!

Plenty of junk time boosted his score but Dan Houston (Fwd. $215,000, -30 be AF. $125,300, -94 be DT) was pretty dam good against Fremantle. The forward, turned defender has been a great contributor in the first two rounds and this week he racked up 18 possessions (all kicks at 83% efficiency), 11 marks, 3 tackles and 99 Fantasy points. It would be risky for the non owners to bring him in now though because Jasper Pittard is only a week away and Houston is likely to make way, no matter how good he plays.

Sam Powell-Pepper (Mid. $267,000, -2 be AF. $143,300, -79 be DT) backed up his debut with another cracking game against Fremantle. Playing as a pure mid for Port, SPP looks like a 10-year veteran with his clearances, fend offs and ball use. The beast finished with 25 touches (92% disposal efficiency), 4 marks, 3 tackles and 84 Fantasy points. Solid scores and optimum job security is what Powell-Pepper provides and it comes in a time of need. Owners rejoice.

A late in for Hamish Hartlett, Brett Eddy (Fwd. $163,000, 0 be AF. $109,300, -27 be DT) improved vastly on his Round 1 output. Granted it was against Freo but he still managed 11 possessions, 3 tackles, 2 goals and 68 Fantasy points. I’m not sure if he’ll hold his spot but a few more games out of him at that output would be pretty handy.

Poor on field performances and scores from Jy Simpkin (Fwd. $223,000, 35 be AF. $170,300, 15 be DT) 44, Robbie Fox (Mid. $155,000, 17 be AF. $109,300 DT) 37, Mitch Hannan (Fwd. $212,000, 7 be AF. $125,300, -54 be DT) 32, Jake Kelly (Def. $211,000, 41 be AF. $206,800, 42 be DT) 20 and Harrison Marsh (Def. $239,000, 34 be AF. $229,600, 24 be DT) 15 have them facing the axe this week. Owners beware.



Harley Balic (Fwd/Mid. $150,000, 25 be AF. $132,400 DT) – It appears Balic will make his debut this weekend. He’s coming off 29 touches and 123 Fantasy points for Peel on Saturday and the Dockers need to reignite themselves with some youth. I’m very likely to trade him in this week because of his high ceiling as a rookie and thats rare this season. 

Jarrod Berry (Def/Mid. $218,000, 36 be AF. $147,800 DT) – Before he injured his knee, Berry was shaping as a first picked rookie defender prior to Round 1. He’s as tough as they come and would fit nicely in the Lions best 22. His stat line in the NEAFL last weekend read 14 kicks, 15 handballs, 12 marks, 4 tackles, 1 goal and 128 Fantasy points! As a dual position, defender / mid, I am seriously considering him for my D6 position.

Hugh McCluggage (Fwd/Mid. $246,000, 41 be AF. $210,800 DT) – Probably a little pricey for what we need right now but McCluggage is a future star of the AFL. He does everything with style and the Lions will want to get games into him ASAP. If you want to be different then trade him in but I wouldn’t with the cheaper Miles and Balic available.



Considering price, scoring potential and job security, here’s my Top 5 rookie options for Round 3:


  • Nic Newman
  • Will Hoskin-Elliott
  • Teia Miles
  • Harley Balic (if named)
  • Jarrod Berry (if named)


  • Will Hoskin-Elliott
  • Sam Powell-Pepper
  • Caleb Marchbank
  • Curtly Hampton
  • Dan Houston


Twitter Q&A

Definitely. Balic is a ball winner and cash is king right now.

You’re not gaining much with that trade. I’d rather see you do GHS to Miles or Balic and bank the money.

Good call. I don’t mind the move as long as you’ve got a plan to bring in a biggish fish next round.

If SPP plays a blinder and only scores 84, what does he score when he plays poorly? Look to trade for cash.

Option 1. Get your rookies right at this point.

Basic for the long term JS and he can score.


Fix up your rookies this week. Earning the dollars from playing rooks will set you up for success.

A legend of the AFL Fantasy game, Jeppa provides the best rookie content on the internet, bar none! Follow the man behind the most viewed Fantasy series on the web, the Juniors, on Twitter: @JeppaDT.



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    April 5, 2017 at 4:36 pm

    J Smith to Newman and Steven to Balic gives me cash to upgrade Steel and Roughy to premos next week. Waddya reckon?

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    April 5, 2017 at 4:48 pm

    Otten will not go out for Lever. Kelly will make way for him. But it may not be this week if JJ doesn’t play.
    Appreciate your hard work and informative articles Jeppa, but starting to think you don’t watch any Crows games. Otten was one of Adelaide’s best last week and reminded everyone he’s a valuable swing man. He even rucked at times. His JS is as tight as any rookie’s at the mo and could play every game if he doesn’t get injured. I know it’s been a while, but veryone seems to have forgotten how good Otten was before he did his knee. I reckon he’ll average in 70s from here.

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      April 5, 2017 at 6:19 pm

      Lol totally disagree!!

      He’s the perfect emergency in case a big man goes down fwd or back he can slip straight into either roll.

      “His JS is as tight as the mo”” lmao I want some of what your smoking dude ?

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        April 6, 2017 at 10:38 am

        I’m smoking a knowmyfooty doobie. I’ll pass it to the left hand side so you can have some.

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      April 5, 2017 at 6:52 pm

      I’m a Crows fan also, and think that Kelly will go out for Lever and Otten for Jenkins personally

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        April 6, 2017 at 12:12 am

        Can’t drop Otten for Jenkins we’re both in the side last week mate ?

        Why drop Kelly?? If I see stats backing up he’s a shower house defender getting goals kicked on him each week fair enough… but when your looking at “developing” our team (even though we’re bloody brilliant atm ?) why would 22 yr old Kelly be dropped? I would of thought bring in Lever play with Kelly backed up by the Mighty Talia…Hartigan in there aswell for “taller defenders”

        This is why I see Otten as our perfect man to be dropped when our unfit best 22 guys come back… Would be good going into every game knowing if a big man goes down either end we can swing things around with a Otten coming from emergency filling whatever hole is left

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          April 6, 2017 at 10:53 am

          Developing our team?!?! We’re not Carlton dude! Name a single player who’s getting a run just to get games into them.

          I’m not saying I personally think Kelly should be dropped. I’m going on form and team structure. Kelly is a good player for sure. I just reckon Ottens can play Kelly’s role and more. I could be wrong, but time will tell.

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            April 6, 2017 at 4:40 pm

            listen to OdisCrows, has the ranking to back up his opinions, # 3 going for gold

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              April 7, 2017 at 2:38 am

              And a cheer squad too. Lever for Jenkins this week, so it’s a moot point for now.

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    April 5, 2017 at 4:57 pm

    Great read. After this article I’ve decided

    Weidemann -> Balic
    Hibberd -> Newman.

    Now, which two to bench out of Newman, Otten and Heater?

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    Jack J

    April 5, 2017 at 5:18 pm

    Thoughts on my trades for this week;

    1. Mitch Hannan > Harley Balic
    2. Jake Barrett > Sam Powell-Pepper

    Cheers, it was a cracking article.

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    April 5, 2017 at 5:33 pm

    Mills to burton and hibberd to SPP (still bench cover)

    Or mills to burton and hibberd to balic, save cash for next week?

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    April 5, 2017 at 5:47 pm

    Thanks Jepp you legend!

    Thoughts on Ryan Burton in DEF?

    Not a rookie as such, but going Mills -> Burton will allow me to go Taranto -> WHE.

    If I hold Taranto as Jeppa suggests, then my only other way to bring WHE in would be to trade out Roughie (not enough cash to upgrade a rookie yet).

    DEF: Adams, Laird, Mills, Marchbank, Hampton, Otten [Newman, Hibberd]
    MID: Danger, Rocky, Treloar, T.Mitchell, Beams, O’Meara, Swallow, Barrett [Miles, Mountford]
    RUC: Gawn, Martin [Preuss, Cameron]
    FWD: Macrae, Dahlhaus, Nankervis, Roughie, Taranto, Houston [Weideman, Pickett]

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    Gary Ablett Snr

    April 5, 2017 at 5:54 pm

    Hearing GHS will be an out this week with an injury.

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      April 5, 2017 at 6:21 pm

      It’s confirmed

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        April 5, 2017 at 6:23 pm

        Hombsch is out for port- Helps Houston you’d think
        Edwards also out for Tigers- Helping Butlers JS this week

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    April 5, 2017 at 6:15 pm

    Mountford to Teia/Balic or Aaron Hall to Tom Mitchell?

    Obviously at this stage you want to be fixing rookies and generating cash but Hall/GC don’t look too flash and this could be my last chance to grab Titch for a long time so thats what I’m leaning towards atm.

    Teia and Balic will still be cheap enough to get next week, whereas I won’t able able to afford Titch anytime soon if i don’t trade a premo. Pus you know, Titch vs GC this week…

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      April 5, 2017 at 6:57 pm

      Mountford > Balic.

      Hall played possibly the worst game of his life and still pumped out 75… absolute max you can gain from that trade is 50 extra points if Mitchell scores 125 and Hall has another spud game. Mitchell won’t go up in price that much anyway.

      If Balic or Miles has a big game you’ll be paying 40k more for them but there’s no way Mitchell is going to increase that much in price. Hall did score a ton in round 1 too remember.

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    April 5, 2017 at 6:39 pm

    Trade out Steele to Murphy and Taranto to Balic and have both Miles and Balic on field or fix rooks? I know fixing Rooks is important at this early stage. 1st trade sticks other option is Hibberd to SPS with only 5k in the bank.
    What’s the best option?

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      AFL Fantasy Fanatics

      April 5, 2017 at 8:16 pm

      I would be keeping Steele, and prioritising getting rid of Taranto and Hibberd, for cheaper rookies that will generate cash. You can always upgrade to premiums later on the rounds.

      Check us out at our FB Page AFL Fantasy Fanatics

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        April 5, 2017 at 8:44 pm

        SPS is not exactly cheaper but he is playing. Better option then him?

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    April 5, 2017 at 6:40 pm

    Trading out Mccarthy for WHE and need to trade out Mills for something with $330000 up my sleeve, suggestions??

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      April 5, 2017 at 6:43 pm


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      AFL Fantasy Fanatics

      April 5, 2017 at 8:13 pm

      You could go either Newman Or Mcgrath I think are the best options. Burton is pricey abd he’s only played 1 game.

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      April 5, 2017 at 9:03 pm

      If you mean Mills + $330k then I’d personally upgrade him to a premo.

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    April 5, 2017 at 8:08 pm

    Chol is a chance to suit up for Tigers is $150k and Def/Fwd

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    April 5, 2017 at 8:21 pm

    Do I trade in T Miles or H Balic ?


    Do I start Butler or Ainsworth?

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      AFL Fantasy Fanatics

      April 5, 2017 at 10:34 pm

      I would trade in Miles since the Hawks are vsing the Suns this week. It shouldn’t a hard game for them and Miles should score better then last week. Balic can wait another week. I would also start Ainsworth this week, as Butler is against the Eagles, the 2nd hardest team to score points against.

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    April 5, 2017 at 8:46 pm

    Am I better off trading Taranto to SPP and Zach Guthrie (cats) to Harrison Macreadie (with a BE of 9) or
    Taranto to SPP and Hibberd/Wigg/Eddy/Hannan/Houston/Picket to Harley Balik

    Advice would be so greatly appreciated!!!

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      AFL Fantasy Fanatics

      April 5, 2017 at 10:28 pm

      I would trade Taranto to SPP and Hibberd to Balic, since Hibberd won’t mak any cash on the bench. Balic also has a low breakeven of 27 (if i’m correct). Wait until Balic is named though before trading him in.

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    April 5, 2017 at 10:25 pm

    Who to trade ghs to? Pepper/Houston/Berry/Balic? Whoever I get will play on field which is why I’m thinking Pepper atm then get balic next week and see how berry goes. Thoughts?

    Great article btw

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      AFL Fantasy Fanatics

      April 5, 2017 at 10:30 pm

      Definitely GHS to SPP, because SPP has a BE of -2, so he’ll increase quite a fair bit this week. With scores of 71, 84, he is a solid choice to play on the field. You can see how Balic performs this week and make up your mind next week if you want to trade him in.

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    April 6, 2017 at 6:38 am

    I don’t really follow Port – with Hombsch out does Houston now have better JS as he plays down back? Looking to bring him in this week over Miles if the Hombsch injury provides better JS in the short run

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    April 6, 2017 at 12:23 pm

    What should I do?

    Option 1

    C McCarthy -> H. Balic
    T. Stewart -> J. Berry

    Bank 58,000

    Option 2

    C McCarthy -> H. Balic
    Hibberd -> N. Newman

    Bank 99,000

    If Hibberd gets named this week is there any point in trading him out? I think the cash cows are better in option one but obviously banking the 99,000 is tempting for future trades. I don’t think T. Stewart will be making much more money either.

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    April 6, 2017 at 2:01 pm

    Fyfe + Taranto -> Rockliff + Hampton ?

    or better of getting in two cash cow rookies

    Bowes + GHS -> Hampton + WHE ?

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      AFL Fantasy Fanatics

      April 6, 2017 at 4:07 pm

      Definitely the cash cow rookies, You already have Fyfe, and he is doing well so no need to upgrade him to Rockcliff. WHE is a must get if you wanna hop on the boat. He’ll increase too much next week so get him while he’s cheap.

      Check us out at our FB page AFL Fantasy Fanatics

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    Donald Drumpf

    April 6, 2017 at 2:54 pm

    1. GHS,M Hibberd > Miles,Newman.
    2. Mills,Hibberd > Salem,Newman.
    3. Mills, GHS > Salem,Oliver.

    Leaning towards option 1. Just for the rook fix. Miles/ Balic.
    Any thoughts appreciated.

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      AFL Fantasy Fanatics

      April 6, 2017 at 4:04 pm

      Option 2 is the best choice, fixing rookies are always important although Salem is a risk, you could go with other defenders such as Lloyd if you have cash, or Murphy and Mcgrath. Newman is a good choice. Good luck!

      Check us out at our FB page AFL Fantasy Fanatics

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        April 6, 2017 at 4:17 pm

        Can you please take your promotion somewhere else.

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          The Chosen Won

          April 6, 2017 at 4:35 pm


          Worst facebook page in history!

          Good Luck in 2018

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        Donald Drumpf

        April 6, 2017 at 5:01 pm

        Option 1 it is then. Thanks B.Roll & Chosen one for ur subliminal answer.

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    April 6, 2017 at 7:01 pm

    How does Hibberd/Butler to Berry/Balic sound?

    Can’t afford WHE and have no other pressing trades..

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      April 6, 2017 at 8:37 pm

      or trade Hibberd/Taranto instead?

      Would prefer to keep Taranto but Butler will riase higher in value

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    April 6, 2017 at 7:12 pm

    Who should I trade for Balic?
    C McCarthy, Eddy or Durdin?

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    April 6, 2017 at 9:17 pm

    Is logue worth picking up? Need to get some cash out of mills and already have Newman

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    April 6, 2017 at 9:46 pm

    challenge… im one to consider a risk, H Shaw is a dud so far this year! and he needs +120 to breakeven. if he goes another 70-80 i’ll lose big on him. the other one i am considering trading out is Z Jones. I’m looking to downgrade to a rookie/under 300k player with big upside and cash return potential… who would you go? Burton or Newman?
    and thoughts on the trading down the premium to a rookie for the cash return?

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    April 7, 2017 at 2:06 am

    Thanks AFL Footy Fanatics

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    April 7, 2017 at 2:10 am

    A.F.F your input is truly appreciated.

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    April 7, 2017 at 3:50 pm

    Who should I start for D5/D6 between Hampton, Newman and Otten

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    April 7, 2017 at 6:19 pm

    Hey jeppa thoughts on Jordan foote?

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    April 7, 2017 at 6:55 pm

    Thoughts on Jordan foote

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