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Jeppa’s Juniors – Round 5

Many rooks are back in the good books and there’s plenty of new faces. Jeppa’s got the full analysis here before another week of important trades. If you’re serious about Fantasy and Dreamteam then this is a must read!

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It was a decent week for many in Round 5 and we finally have some cheap rooks at our disposal. Those thinking of a double downgrade, do so only by offloading guys like Powell-Pepper, Pickett and even Stewart. If you’re thinking about trading Will Hoskin-Elliott just remember that he’s averaging 87 Fantasy points per game. All players have an off day.

Hot off the press! Rookie positional changes in Fantasy are confirmed as follows:

  • Curtly Hampton, Def/MID
  • Andy Otten, Def/FWD
  • Jake Barrett, Mid/FWD
  • Will Hoskin-Elliott, Fwd/MID
  • Dan Houston, Fwd/DEF

Naturally, the ‘juniors’ that have gained DPP status will prove handy for their owners. The more options, the better and I’m going to have Curtly in my midfield this week just as an example.

Those That Matter

We’ve finally received a bit of luck with our rooks. Curtly Hampton (Def. $343,000, 9 be AF. $318,000, 14 be DT) was on fire scoring 119, Andy Otten, 99 (Def. $302,000, -1 be AF. $288,400, 4 be DT) almost tonned up, Matthew Kennedy, 89 (Fwd. $262,000, -8 be AF. $261,100, -17 be DT) and George Horlin-Smith, 81 (Mid. $286,000, 14 be AF. $244,000, -6 be DT) are back and determined and Aaron Black (Def. $184,000, -23 be AF. $132,400, 70 be DT) started his season with 100 Fantasy points that no one saw coming.

Focusing on Black, he played a supporting role to Hawkins in superb fashion. He’s a big unit and 21 possessions, 7 marks, 5 tackles and 2 goals was a great day out especially against decent opposition in St Kilda. Can he maintain such hot form? Definitely not. Will he lose his spot when Parsons serves his suspension? I don’t think he will especially if he shows what he did last Sunday. In all honesty, Black is a more reliable forward than Parsons and he suits Geelong’s forward line far better in my opinion.

Aidyn Johnson (Fwd. $168,000, -2 be AF. $132,400 DT) made the most of his opportunity in Round 5 coming in late for Hamish Hartlett. Playing in Port’s forward half, he finished with 14 possessions, 5 marks, 1 tackles, 2 goals and 67 Fantasy points. To be frank, Johnson enjoyed some easy ball as a result of some poor Carlton defending and he’ll find the going a lot tougher against better opposition. We can’t trust Johnson’s job security and I’d expect some low scores from him down the track. Pass.

Jay Kennedy-Harris (Fwd. $170,000, -3 be AF. $160,400 DT) looked decent in a half forward role for the Dees amassing 11 possessions, 5 marks, 7 tackles and 70 Fantasy points. I’m surprised JKH came into the Dees 22 so quickly after missing a fair chunk of preseason and playing just one 1 VFL game. This tells me he’s rated internally and his job security is solid as a result. A good option to trade in if you need a forward but note he’ll average in the high 50’s / low 60’s.

Mature age recruit Ben McNiece (Def. $158,000, 13 be AF. $109,300 DT) made his debut for the Bombers on Anzac Day and he didn’t look out of place. Boasting an elite left foot kick, he took a few kick ins but only racked up 11 possessions and 45 Fantasy points in the game. I really like the look of him but I’m worried he’ll be used as a ‘stopper’ and not so much a ball winner. In saying that, the tools are there and with a bit of confidence, he’ll grow into AFL footy pretty quickly.

Ed Vicker-Willis (Def. $163,000, 7 be AF. $132,400 DT) needs to do more. He didn’t really have an opponent against the Dockers and switched between defence and the forward 50. 15 touches, 5 marks, 1 tackle and 55 Fantasy points isn’t the worst output but I want better. Now 0-5, North will be playing the kids so long term I reckon the job security is there for EVW but the scores won’t be. Not for me with Stewart and Pickett already suffocating my bench.

Lewis Melican (Def. $165,000, 3 be AF. $132,400 DT) is your typical tall defender. A lock down role where winning the ball isn’t his priority. With Alir Alir breathing down his neck for his spot, I’d stay clear. There are far better options to bring in this week anyway.


David Myers (Mid. $197,000, 34 be AF. $136,400 DT) – Jackpot! Myers was the must have to start this Fantasy season until he injured his finger in the JLT Series, now he’s fit and ready to fire. In his first game of competitive football in 618 days, Myers blitzed in the VFL last weekend with 34 possessions, 8 marks, 7 tackles, 1 goal and an eye catching 135 Fantasy points. He’s easily in the Bombers best 22 and assuming Myers is named for Round 6 then you absolutely MUST trade him in. Lock and load!

Mitch King (Ruc/Fwd. $150,000, 26 be AF. $132,400 DT) – Making a recent return from an ACL injury, King is one of the last ruckman standing on the Dees list and he may be thrust into the big league after injuries to Gawn and Spencer. He’s not going to be a huge scorer proven by his 2 kicks, 5 handballs, 2 marks, 4 tackles, 26 hitouts and 59 Fantasy points in the VFL last weekend but as bench cover it will still be respectable. King’s dual position status as a forward is a big plus but you should wait and see what he produces on debut before trading him in. He might not even be named for Round 6!

The previously mentioned Daniel Lloyd (Fwd. $150,000, 26 be AF. $125,300 DT) is still dominating in the NEAFL. Job security isn’t guaranteed with Lloyd at GWS but he’s racking up the possessions and hitting the scores that could translate into something decent at AFL level. Put him on your watchlist.


Considering price, scoring potential and job security, here’s my Top 5 rookie options for Round 6:


1   David Myers (if named)

2   Aaron Black

3   Jay Kennedy-Harris

4   Ben McNiece

5   Ed Vickers-Willis


1   David Myers (if named)

2   Zac Fisher

3   Nic Newman (if named)

4   Tom Williamson

5   Aaron Black


Myers all the way. Considering scoring potential and job security, he’s easily the best option and we all need to own him.

You could this week given that the Cats play the Pies who have been average in most aspects.

Keep them if you can. Both have been kicking ass in the reserves.

SPP. He’s pretty much topped out.

Doesn’t look like it unfortunately. Trade him.

King, Cameron & Soldo in that order.

McNiece or Ed Vickers-Willis. I have McNiece marginally ahead of EVW.

Eddy. Mountford is one of the first mids back into the 22 for North.

Of course! Pickett has been a slow burn.

Great work bud. I’d go Roughy to a Premo as long as you get Myers with the other trade.


Feel free to ask me a question below and don’t forget to add me on Twitter @JeppaDT for all things Fantasy and more. Happy trading!

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    April 26, 2017 at 12:29 pm

    field butler or black?

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      April 26, 2017 at 6:30 pm

      Hard to answer. Depends on Melbourne weather for Sunday.
      Butler should be good for 50-60. Black could get you 80-90 or in the 30’s.

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      April 27, 2017 at 12:56 am


  2. Chris


    April 26, 2017 at 12:41 pm

    Hey Jepp, great article!

    Going SPP to Myers, should the other trade be Taranto to Black or Roughead to LLoyd/Roberton?


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      April 26, 2017 at 6:35 pm

      I am an Essendon supporter. I am not as bullish on Myers as Jeppa. I am not even convinced he will get a game.

      I would probably get Black this week for the dollars, and then trade Roughead next week.
      You could possibly trade Roughead to Black.

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      April 27, 2017 at 1:15 am

      Taranto to black

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    April 26, 2017 at 12:46 pm

    Trade in Balic or Black?

    I’m going to wait a week on Myers if named

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      April 26, 2017 at 6:37 pm

      Either is good.

      May be Balic just. Better JS (assuming he is named this week).

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    April 26, 2017 at 12:55 pm

    I Double Downgraded last week, I traded out M Hibberd and B Eddy for EVW and Polson, but that was only because I had to.

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    April 26, 2017 at 1:05 pm

    Thanks once again for an enjoyable article. Thinking of trading Roughead and Eddy to Kennedy-Harris and Black which will mean that next week I can trade Powell-Pepper to either Merrett or Rocky. The other option is to trade Roughead to either JKH or Black and then upgrade SPP to a mid price liker Menegola, Gray or Barlow?

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      April 26, 2017 at 6:45 pm

      Tough one to answer, no wonder you are confused!!

      I don’t rate JKH job security. Maybe option 2. Barlow and Gray have a round 9 bye, but also gained DPP status. If you think either is a top 6 forward then I would go that. I hold Menegola in a draft league. Very steady for around 100 each week.

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    April 26, 2017 at 1:12 pm

    Hey Jep.
    What’s better?
    Preuss to King and SPP to Bont?
    WHE to JKH and SPP to Titch?
    SPP to Myers and Pickett to JKH and collect more $$ for a mid upgrade next week. Or trade Rough to Gray/ Lloyd Montagna etc and SPP to Myers?

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      April 26, 2017 at 6:55 pm

      I can’t see Melbourne playing King.

      Team selections will determine your moves this week.
      I am trading Roughead, although holding him for a Launceston game is tempting.

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        D Day

        April 27, 2017 at 9:56 am

        Who else is going to ruck at Melbourne?

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          April 27, 2017 at 11:06 am

          Pedersen I’d say, with help from Frost and Watts. Would be a big risk to throw in King for debut after 1 week back from an ACL.

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    April 26, 2017 at 1:18 pm

    IF Murphy doesn’t play who would you rather pick:

    A. Ebert
    B. B Crouch
    C. M Crouch

    also, Black or Kennedy-Harris?

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      April 26, 2017 at 2:33 pm

      M crouch without a doubt
      has a great run as well and will be getting a bit more outside ball with brad becoming the inside player

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    April 26, 2017 at 1:29 pm

    I think in my team, (Riley) Knight falls and slowly fades to Black….

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    April 26, 2017 at 1:32 pm

    If I am able to trade in any midfielder of my liking
    Who do I trade in, considering I already have

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      April 26, 2017 at 1:46 pm

      merrett of course

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      April 26, 2017 at 6:56 pm


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      April 27, 2017 at 2:36 pm

      jelwood. don’t forget jelwood everybody

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    Mad Shueys

    April 26, 2017 at 1:56 pm

    Hey Jeppa. What are your thoughts to flick SPP for Myers meaning I can bring in Zerret. Or a straight swap for Pickett to Myers but only able to bring in Laird? My bench rookies are : Butler , Polson , Barret , Pickett, Newman and Stewart. And Pruess & Cam covering rucks.

    Thanks in advance mate.

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      April 26, 2017 at 7:03 pm

      Zac Merrett.

      I hold Laird. A must have in the backline.

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    April 26, 2017 at 1:56 pm

    No mention of Blake Hardwick? Seems like a great option.

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    April 26, 2017 at 2:02 pm

    Feels so good to get rid of Berry and Pickett this week. 22 and 25 respectively on the weekend.. C’mon.. think an under 8’s lad would have a better knack for scoring!
    In the debate of JKH vs Black.. Feel like both could have serious yo-yo scoring but JKH could be slightly more consistent in my opinion.. Gone with him at this stage but may jump Black next week anyway!

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    April 26, 2017 at 2:10 pm

    Who do I trade out for Black out of Roughead, WHE, Butler?

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      April 26, 2017 at 2:29 pm

      Out of those three, Butler.

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      April 26, 2017 at 2:40 pm

      Roughy for sure gonna lose cash om him he not so premo with out silver service

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      April 26, 2017 at 7:06 pm

      I hold all 3.
      Probably trade Roughead this week.

      Giving WHE at least another week.
      Butler has a low b/e, still more money to be made.

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      D Day

      April 27, 2017 at 9:57 am


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    April 26, 2017 at 2:39 pm

    Any thoughts on Blake hardwick from hawthorn looked composed and seemed to fit in the half-back role seamlessly will he hold his spot with players to return

  15. Stuart


    April 26, 2017 at 2:46 pm

    Butler> Black & Pickett>Myers at this stage

    Carrying Newman, Barrett, Balic, Preuss & Eddy. Hopefully some are back in this round!

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      April 26, 2017 at 7:07 pm

      Thinking a lot of people will be in the same boat with the bench rooks you’ve got. A decent amount of potential there. Glad I’m on board all of them

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    April 26, 2017 at 3:22 pm

    Just a heads up to all i reckon Harrison Wigg will debut this week and is scoring very nicely in the SANFL

    Balic, Wigg, JKH, Myers, M.king(If named as i have spencer) – I might do a double downgrade

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      April 26, 2017 at 6:34 pm

      probably a good idea to double downgrade next week too with all these good rookies….

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      April 26, 2017 at 7:13 pm

      Can’t see King being named. Just played first game back after a knee reconstruction.

      JS for Wigg would have to be very very questionable.

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    April 26, 2017 at 3:31 pm

    Good work Jeppa.

    Even if Myers is named, I’ll wait one more week. Worth noting that he does have a history of injuries. This week going SPP-> Black on the FWD bench (will reluctantly start Taranto for one week before flicking him to Myers) and Swallow to Parker. Next week Taranton-> Myers and maybe Barrett to Balic

    In the coming weeks might try turn Roughie to Heater via Otten

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      April 26, 2017 at 7:20 pm

      Parker. that’s interesting.

      Average 89, b/e 118 and not yet scored a ton this season.

      I understand he is playing Carlton this week. Heath Shaw in the same boat.

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    April 26, 2017 at 3:38 pm

    Roughy to black & swallow to Martin or Ablett ….or roughy to black and swallow to Myers if named ?

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      April 26, 2017 at 3:49 pm

      you can’t go two mid pricers to rookies. 1 is the better option for sure.

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      April 26, 2017 at 7:25 pm

      If Myers is named I would go 2. Money making is vital at this time of the year. Should give you plenty for an upgrade next week.

      If Martin is Dustin Martin, then I would take him over Ablett.

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    April 26, 2017 at 3:40 pm

    who to trade out of pickett, parsons and balic?

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      April 26, 2017 at 3:47 pm

      if pickett is named trade parsons, easily keep balic out of them but if he isn’t named it could be a worry. With Black in the side if he has another good game I don’t see parsons coming back in at least not straight away. If pickett is out he or parsons would be fine to trade out

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      D Day

      April 27, 2017 at 9:59 am

      I would trade out Pickett.

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    April 26, 2017 at 3:55 pm

    if barrett plays im very tempted to do something like whe to black, play barrett fwd and go roughy to gray which leaves me with 105k. Thoughts on those trades? Only problem with it is if newman still isn’t named. Other players I have that I would want to trade are pickett and miles.

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      April 26, 2017 at 3:57 pm

      good read btw jeppa, easily most helpful article every week

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      April 26, 2017 at 4:00 pm

      if barrett doesn’t play is it still worth doing those trades and play balic f6?

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        April 26, 2017 at 7:54 pm

        I’ll be giving WHE at least one more week, I’d trade out Roughead and (Pickett or Miles), help to fix up your rookies somewhat.

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      April 26, 2017 at 7:31 pm

      I’m giving WHE another week, and am looking to trade Roughead to Black,

      I don’t like Barrett’s JS any more. Brisbane playing pretty well.

      I am expecting Newman to come in for Kieren Jack this week (Jack already a confirmed out with hip problem).

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    April 26, 2017 at 4:21 pm

    Considering BEs, would it not make more sense to bring in Black this week and Myers next week?

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      April 26, 2017 at 5:58 pm

      I personally think so. Black will go up a heap more than Myers, so if you want both then you’d definitely trade in Black this week.

  22. Nick


    April 26, 2017 at 4:53 pm

    Since Myers has a B.E. of 26, and Black has one of -23, shouldn’t we go with Black this week and leave Myers till next week?

    Cheers Jeppa!

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      April 26, 2017 at 5:10 pm

      Yeah, but if you are playing him on your field, forget about the money – Myers could score you 70-90 points.
      Average vs.
      Crows – 75
      Brisbane – 55
      Carlton – 75
      Collingwood – 75
      Geelong – 85
      Hawthorn 81
      Melbourne 86
      Roos – 103
      Port – 103
      Rich – 67
      Saints – 92
      Doggies – 93
      WCE – 66
      Swans – 50
      Suns – 79
      Giants 82

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      April 26, 2017 at 7:38 pm

      Myers b/e is 34 on Footywire.

      I am watching this week (not convinced he will be in AFL team, Essendon supporter) and will reassess.

      I am bringing in Black this week (if named).

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        April 26, 2017 at 10:46 pm

        suspect that is a real DT breakeven, not Fantasy BE

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          April 27, 2017 at 2:29 pm

          No, 34 is his Fantasy B/E according to Fantasy Coach.

      • Nick


        April 27, 2017 at 7:45 am

        Yeah, my bad on his BE. I was used to rookies having BEs of 26, but obviously Myers starts at an elevated price, and thus, a higher BE.

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    April 26, 2017 at 5:55 pm

    jeppa, whats your thoughts on balics js assumed he is named this week?

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      April 27, 2017 at 3:15 am

      Very good. I’m a Freo supporter if that helps.

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      April 27, 2017 at 1:56 pm

      I’m a Freo supporter and less confident on his job security. He will def get games and he is rated at the club, but there are several other players who will step in if he has one or two bad games.

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    April 26, 2017 at 5:57 pm

    Black or Balic? I’ll most likely miss out on the one I don’t get. Who has better JS and value?

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      April 27, 2017 at 11:19 am

      Black will make more cash short term but I reckon Balic has better JS. Black can’t do 100 every week or he wouldn’t have been in the VFL for 18 months!

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    April 26, 2017 at 9:23 pm

    with rookies choking spots looking to bring in uber premo zerret or just premo defenders howe/roberton, both trades leave either spot pretty vulnerable (Low scoring abilty) so any help would be great
    1) barret and WHS to zerret and 150k defender copping T.stewarts score with 2k left
    2) picket and WHS to roberton/howe and black with 91K left

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      April 27, 2017 at 11:14 am

      That’s a tough one, I don’t see Barrett playing any time soon and at least Pickett is a heartbeat over the byes (albeit a feeble one). Probably option 1, Zerrett is a must have and Roberton/Howe are unique if a little riskier.

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    St guns

    April 26, 2017 at 9:25 pm

    Hi Jeppa,thanks for your work mate,
    Do you think Taranto will get his spot back?
    Taranto to Myers
    Eddy/Pickett to JKH good trades?

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      April 26, 2017 at 9:48 pm

      good trades lock and load

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    April 26, 2017 at 10:37 pm

    Bring in Zerrett or Rocky? Already own Trelor, Danger and Titchell

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    April 26, 2017 at 11:23 pm


    Always a must read and your efforts are very much appreciated
    Being a passionate WCE your thoughts on Cripps replacement???
    Is our man Watson a chance of being upgraded???
    Read that he had an ankle injury???
    What about Mutimer averaging around 25p in the WAFL???

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    April 27, 2017 at 10:09 am

    Great article again Jeppa.

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      April 27, 2017 at 10:55 am

      yeah nice work jeppa – all over it again. just wondering. what is a good tam value at the momnet? im on around 12.8 mill …. and when should i stop chasing rookies and cash and flog the rooks off for POD premos ?


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        April 27, 2017 at 11:12 am

        Im of the opinion that you flog your rooks off when their B/E gets scarily close to their averages..

        S. Powell-Pepper for instance, his average is 64, his B/E is 48 and his last 2 scores have been 39 & 60.. playing at the ‘sty’ this week, he’s definitely on the block for me.

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    April 27, 2017 at 10:50 am

    whew ! – more mentions of myers in this article than on boxing day, and more mentions of black than during an SA power outage ! …. guess im trading in myers and black this week :)

    (dont you be a late withdrawl murphy !!!)

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    April 27, 2017 at 11:01 am

    Top article as usual Jeppa.

    After 2 sub par games and a loss in $$. If named, is it worth taking the risk of trading D. Swallow to D. Myers? or considering ceiling and experience, trade out a maybe topped out S. Powell-Pepper for D. Myers instead?

    Either way. Neither have set the world alight in their last 2 and its a very good cash grab.


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      April 27, 2017 at 11:16 am

      I’d ditch SPP, hasn’t got near it the last 2 weeks. Would understand if you’re frustrated with Swallow’s last 2 but I reckon he is more likely to bounce back.

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    April 27, 2017 at 11:04 am

    Thinking of downgrading Miller to Black but that will only get SPP to a Shuey type.
    Should I double downgrade (SPP to JKH or Myers) which might allow me to get to Zerrett next week?

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    Mick B

    April 27, 2017 at 1:59 pm

    Roughead to A Black is a done deal…
    SPP to Myers is the plan if selected. This gives me $416K. Next week Parfitt to Rockliff…

    Please name David Myers!!

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    Foo Foo the Snoo

    April 27, 2017 at 2:53 pm

    So if Myers gets an 80 this week for example… how much would his price increase?
    I guess I’m wondering if I should grab Black and Balic now and wait a week on Myers. If named.

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      April 27, 2017 at 3:25 pm

      what if you get an injured premo or two ? – stike whilst the iron is hot

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        April 27, 2017 at 3:56 pm

        Then downgrade one of the premos to Myers if he goes well and trade the other one to anyone in the comp.

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        Foo Foo the Snoo

        April 27, 2017 at 4:04 pm

        Wouldn’t think any of those players are premos. Really more interested in the value of seeing how Myers goes first game back.
        Also am keen to fix my rookies before spending some cash over the next few weeks. Still have Miles and Pickett to sort out.

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    Super's Stars

    April 27, 2017 at 5:23 pm

    Who should I trade out for Black.

    WHE or Roughie?

    I’m leaning Roughie.

    • Glenn


      April 27, 2017 at 9:12 pm

      Roughie, no reason to trade WHE ahead of him

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    April 27, 2017 at 9:15 pm

    Touk miller and swallow for balic and trealor. Was thinking of getting rid of shaw for laird and balic in for swallow or miller. Thoughts

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    April 27, 2017 at 9:38 pm

    Field Balic or Jay Kennedy-Harris?

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    April 27, 2017 at 11:07 pm

    JKH or Black?

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    April 28, 2017 at 12:39 am

    Black or Kennedy-Harris on field?

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    April 28, 2017 at 1:52 pm

    Hey jeppa do you know much about billy longer? Whats his JS like?

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