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Jeppa’s Juniors (feat. Anthony) – Rd 7

Jep’s looking after his much more important Junior who was born last week (congats), so Anthony steps in!

While rookie master Jeppa is out this week looking after his newest junior, I’ll be casting an eye over our rookie options this week. Fear not though, Jeppa will be back soon!

In a week where we really needed our rookies to stand up, unfortunately not many did.

Our Winners

Sam Petrevski-Seton ($372,000 BE 38) led the way with a 93 for anyone who played him on field this week. This takes his 3 round average up to 81 now and with his BE at 38 he will still generate us more cash over the next few weeks.

Aaron Black ($259,000 BE -4)  also did more than enough again to hold his spot in Geelong’s side by creating space for Hawkins to move into while scoring 73 points himself. Up against Essendon this week where both Cam McCarthy and Shane Kersten just scored 79 and 88 respectively, he should be in for another decent score.

Caleb Marchbank ($395,000 BE 43) and Andy Otten ($370,000 BE 28) just keep getting it done for us. With a score of 84 this week pushing Marchbank’s BE to 43 and Otten’s 79 taking his to 28 they’ll still probably be a few of the last rookies we move on this season as they’re paying dividends on the field.

Blake Hardwick ($265,000 BE 6) is still decent value if you didn’t jump on him. With a BE of 6 he is tracking along nicely and I can’t see him losing his spot any time soon.

If you’ve kept Jake Barrett ($279,000 BE 0) all this time then you’d have been happy with his 69 points this week. Adding another $38K to his price tag and still at a negative BE for more cash generation. Our only concern with Barrett is his disposal under pressure doesn’t seem to be improving. With a few Lion cubs still waiting in the wings for games, let’s hope he can keep his spot.

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Our Losers

James Parsons ($219,000 BE 16) offered so much promise this week. But like a lot of Geelong’s team he just forgot to show up against the Suns. His 27 points definitely would have hurt you if he was on your field but unfortunately it has also pushed his BE into the positives with a 16. Hold the faith that he’ll bounce back this week against Essendon but maybe keep him on the bench.

David Myers ($199,000 BE 31) is possibly another example of VFL form not translating to the big stage. With 41 points in a week where we needed more, it not only hurt our fantasy score but also pushed his BE to 31. He’ll need a decent score this week to be a worthwhile cash cow. With past season averages of 80ish he certainly has the potential so lets just hope this was a case of needing a game to adjust to AFL speed.

Harley Balic’s ($250,000 BE 8) 41 also would have hurt this week and has pushed him to a BE of 8. He still has a bit of cash to make but his rollercoaster scoring his making him difficult to justify a spot on the field.

Cash out!

Take Curtly Hampton’s ($356,000 BE 67) money and run! At this point he has made you an extra $152K from when he started but with a BE of 67 and a lot less midfield time these last two weeks it looks like he’ll struggle to make it. Cash out now!

Will Hoskin-Elliot ($419,000 BE 83) may be another cash out now prospect. It’s no secret that his fantasy game suffers greatly in the wet, practically halving each time to 50. With a BE of 83 this week and rain on the radar it’s looking very likely that WHE will lose more cash this week. He’s already made you $189K so take the money and run if you can.

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Jet Setting Rooks!

We have a few rookies possibly heading to China this week and the fear of the unknown is strong here. With weather reports seeming like they’ll be playing in a post-apocolyptic wasteland, who knows how this will effect scoring? Add into the equation that they have a bye following this game, my instinct is to fall on the side of caution and trade out my fattened up Port and Suns rookies now.

Dan Houston ($349,000 BE 67) and Sam Powell-Pepper ($332,000 BE 49) are absolutely ripe for the picking to cash out and use their cash elsewhere.

Brett Eddy ($179,000 BE 13) and Aidyn Johnson ($168,000 BE -1) are in a different barrel though. Eddy has kicked a few bags in the SANFL the last few weeks and could prove handy. If he’s named and you still have him there is cash to be made. If he’s named and you don’t have him then perhaps a downgrade to him this week could be a plan to free up cash elsewhere. Keep in mind though, playing in a sandstorm might prove difficult for a marking forward so you may not want to risk him on your field. While Johnson could earn a recall if Port decide to spare any of their stars from the flight.

Over at the Suns, you may want to consider Brad Scheer ($157,000 BE 14) this week if you need a downgrade in your midfield. While his score wasn’t great he certainly did enough to hold his spot for a week at least.

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Rookie Watch

As mentioned with Jake Barrett, one of the Lion cubs pushing for selection is Josh Clayton ($150,000 MID). It’s his 3rd year at the club and he was named as an emergency last week. If you’re desperate for a downgrade mid he could be an answer if named but I’d only be going there as a last resort. He didn’t exactly set the world on fire last year with scores of 28 and 37.

The watchlist for downgrades needs to include Luke Ryan ($150,000 DEF)Matthew Scharenberg ($234,000 DEF)Harry Perryman (DEF/MID. $224,000)Daniel Lloyd (FWD $150,000), Hugh Greenwood ($150,000 MID/FWD) and Nathan Freeman ($150,000 MID). While Freeman and Ryan still may be a few weeks away, Scharenberg, Perryman and Lloyd are ready to go and and instant downgrades if named. Greenwood may still need to be upgraded so keep an eye on that.

Meanwhile Nic Newman seems to be the new Tom Mitchell. Absolutely killing it at NEAFL level adding another 30 touches and a goal to his stat sheet but inexplicably left out of the senior side. Looks like Horse has found his new whipping boy!

Tweet it out!

Here’s a few questions tweeted in yesterday!

In order I’d be trading out;

  • Hampton
  • SPP
  • Houston
  • WHE
  • ANB

However if ANB misses out again then move him to the top of the list.



Mutimer’s JS is about as good as his scoring, which isn’t fantastic…

In all seriousness he showed more last week, was composed with ball in hand and definitely did enough to hold his place.
The concern is where Simpsons priorities lie with challenging vs building. Hutchings also played well enough to hold his spot this week but one will miss to make room for Duggan. Unfortunately unless he does something incredibly special he’ll be a fringe player this year.

Add to this the news yesterday that Cripps is ahead of schedule for a return from injury and Mutimers JS gets a 2-3 week deadline.


Slim picking this week but with fingers firmly crossed it’s;

  • Myers
  • Greenwood (if named)
  • Perryman (if named)

Honestly I’m really struggling with this…
Black is still great value if you didn’t grab him.
Mutimer is a chance if you’re desperate but has an expiry date as mentioned above, McNiece is still well priced if he comes back otherwise pay the extra and grab Hardwick.


Butler, WHE still has potential to score well.


Oh man, we’d love him to come in soon but after an injury recently he’s only just finding his feet at WAFL level again. Promising signs last week though so fingers crossed he could be good cover during the byes.


I think so. Based on his past average where he’s shown us that he can average 80 a season with a 100 as a ceiling, we’ve gotta hope it was just a slow burn to get use to AFL again.
Considering he’s in their best 22 though you’ve just got to take the chance on him.

Thanks for the tweets and for reading! Best of luck with your rooks this week and I’ll hope to catch a heap of you at #DTTALKinPERTH!

Feel free to tweet me on @Anthonydsmith86 with any other questions!

Joining the DT Talk writing team in 2013, Anthony is a West Coast boy (man, we have a lot of Eagles lovers here) and he will bring us plenty of great content again this year. @anthonydsmith86.



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    May 10, 2017 at 7:16 am

    Hampton to Scharenberg a decent option? What’s Scharenberg JS and scoring potential like?

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      May 10, 2017 at 10:11 am

      I’m considering the same but if a cheaper option were to debut this week I’d probably go there…can see more worth in using the extra 80k on upgrading to ubers over the next 3 weeks and money is hard to find this year.

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        May 10, 2017 at 1:30 pm

        Definitely aim for a cheaper option if named. Fingers crossed for McNiece.

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    sir relton

    May 10, 2017 at 7:16 am

    Thanks for the research Anthony.
    Missed one winner in Matty Kennedy. Is his JS decent with a few outs the giants are having?

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      May 10, 2017 at 1:32 pm

      I’ll be honest, Matty Kennedy is in my personal side and his 90 was very much appreciated! With a BE of like 16 this week he’ll certainly be held for a few more weeks for me!

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        May 10, 2017 at 1:54 pm

        +1 !

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    May 10, 2017 at 7:26 am

    What about Lloyd of the Giants?

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      May 10, 2017 at 12:06 pm

      I’m no expert but giants fwd line would be hard to get into. Saying that, stevie j has been quiet of late and cameron may rest him

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        May 10, 2017 at 1:33 pm

        Yeah cracking the side is the issue, he’s been a very strong performer in the 2’s so no doubt he’ll get a shot soon but whether he’ll be given a decent run of games is the concern.

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    May 10, 2017 at 8:17 am

    Hey Anthony.
    What’s better Hampton and WHE to Myers and Neale or SPP and Hampton to Myers and Heeney/Franklin?
    Currently done WHE and holding SPP on more week as he has an attainable BE of 49.
    What do you think?

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      May 10, 2017 at 8:24 am

      Neale has been getting injections in his knee to get him through games. It hasnt hurt his scoring but could still be a risk…

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        May 10, 2017 at 8:37 am

        Do u have a source on that?

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          Grovers Guns

          May 10, 2017 at 8:47 am

          He was on radio yesterday afternoon talking about his 100games this week and said he was getting shots/treatment for knee soreness but no major damage and wouldn’t expect to miss games

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            May 10, 2017 at 1:35 pm

            Neale has been tracking a lot better and Pav also mentioned that he played the first few rounds injured but is good now.
            However I still like Heeney more, just due to how crap our premo fwds have been

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      May 10, 2017 at 8:37 am

      Or Murphy, Martin?

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        sir relton

        May 10, 2017 at 9:40 am

        I’d strenthen whichever line is currently weakest. if you only have 2 or 3 fwd keepers I’d bring in Farnklin.
        If you have 4 or less premo mids, look to bring in another.

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          May 10, 2017 at 10:17 am

          Currently have 5 premo Mids Danger, Rock, Zerrett, Treloar and Fyfe. With Macrae,Dahl, Steele and Rough in fwd line with WHE and Balic. But I’ll move Barrett in there to get Murphy.

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            sir relton

            May 10, 2017 at 10:23 am

            ok I’d get a mid. Martin if you can afford. Or fallen Hanners or Steven if you think they’ve turned the corner.

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              May 10, 2017 at 11:18 am

              I can afford Martin and Murphy. 626 is my limit I can go. Spewing I can’t afford Titch he’s my number 1 target. I like Neale. But I decide it’s either him or Martin. Thanks mate

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    May 10, 2017 at 8:29 am

    hampton+SPP to 150k

    next week WHE Houstan to premo and heeney

    good idea

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      Grovers Guns

      May 10, 2017 at 8:47 am

      Great idea if you can find a $150k player worthwhile to bring in

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    May 10, 2017 at 8:54 am

    melican an option? scored well on the weekend and has a BE of 0

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      May 10, 2017 at 12:27 pm

      I’m probably bringing him in this week since there is nothing else

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        May 10, 2017 at 1:38 pm

        After the way Horse has been treating Newman i’m honestly terrified to have anymore Sydney rookies in my team.
        He’s definitely an option if you’re desperate though, just not sure his JS + Scoring potential is high enough

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          May 10, 2017 at 2:21 pm

          It’s better having playing rookies than players sitting on your pine doing nothing. For people like myself who went the guns n rookies structure you have to turnover rookies quite constantly to get cash….. I had my 1st upgrade last week and I’m still ranked 2671.

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    May 10, 2017 at 9:05 am

    Worth noting on Myers, he was played purely as a defender against Fremantle, a position he has continually failed miserably at in the past. Seemed like Woosha was experimenting with a few positional changes in that game. His VFL form was based on playing as an inside mid so I would recommend waiting at least another week to see his role once a few players come back in.

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      May 10, 2017 at 1:47 pm

      100% correct mate. Fungers crossed they use him through the mids against Geelong this week

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    May 10, 2017 at 9:07 am

    I plan to apply most of that watchlist over the bye round, have a feeling it will be slim pickings for bench coverage for a lot of teams after the byes.

    AFL coaches should be forced to bleed rookies into the senior teams over the bye rounds. Gil, I know you’re watching, make it happen.

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    May 10, 2017 at 10:19 am

    Great article, Jepp.
    I’m thinking Out – ANB & Parfitt. In – Melican and one of Yeo/Neale/Franklin (leaning to Yeo). What do you think?

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      May 10, 2017 at 10:25 am

      Yup never thought I’d be saying this at the start of the season but Yeo looks the way to go…he has been looking awesome. Neale back though thank god as I’ve had him from the start of the season..Really think it’s whoever fits your structure better cause they are all good picks…am guessing end 12 bye of Yeo would be appealing as well.

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    May 10, 2017 at 10:20 am

    Cheers for the article…your cash out section was on the money with Hampton & WHE given there marching orders this week after doing great jobs…Merrett coming into the lineup this week…not sure on who else hoping for some new rookies…

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      May 10, 2017 at 1:48 pm

      CHeers mate, gotta add Houston to that section now too! Keep WHE another week if so!

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        May 10, 2017 at 7:20 pm

        =Thanks for the article Anto. In this particular case I would put Houston just above WHE because it gives you more cash to play with and the Port dude’s average is just above his BE, but the Collywobbles bloke has an average below his BE. That’s generally how I roll.

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    May 10, 2017 at 10:35 am

    So I did the unthinkable and didn’t start with Rocky. Only way I can bring him in this week is by bringing a 150k rook in (aka Luke Ryan). Is it worth hoping he gets named in a few weeks or just doing something else this week, want to delete me team after I see how much Rocky scores and then bring him in the week after.

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      May 10, 2017 at 1:51 pm

      Luke Ryan unfortunately hasn’t been doing enough, consistently enough to earn his spot yet so it may be a longer wait than we’d like on him.
      Honestly if he’s not still sitting in your team then I’d be tempted to get Hibberd in to sit in that spot. At least he’s a DPP for movement purposes and he’s a chance to come back eventually.

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        May 10, 2017 at 11:43 pm

        Cheers mate. Great alternative. Don’t need them to even be an emergency anyways. Cheers for the top work.

  12. Fooz


    May 10, 2017 at 10:47 am

    No one talking about Himmelburg? His JS at the giants has surely gone up a notch with more injuries to their Defenders.

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      May 10, 2017 at 10:58 am

      thats a fair point – but im looking a eddy a bit more clesly this week

      • Fooz


        May 10, 2017 at 11:14 am

        I can’t see him averaging much more than 60 tho. His last two in the NEAFL (remembering Calvin’s Rule) were 81 and 126 = 40.5 and 63

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    May 10, 2017 at 10:48 am

    Spp has a 49 be
    Houston 67

    But you have spp ahead of Houston to get rid of… plus spp is cheaper in price…

    • Fooz


      May 10, 2017 at 11:14 am

      Houston out = trade

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        May 10, 2017 at 1:40 pm

        Houston has shot up to number 1 with the news he’s out now.
        Original reasoning for having SPP higher is if you have to play either on field I was more comfortable taking Houston’s score than SPP’s but it honestly wasn’t by much.
        If you could trade both out this week I would.

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    May 10, 2017 at 11:03 am

    Needing to trade out Hampton do I do the upgrade to shaw? Or downgrade to an unknown rookie, got $500k in the bank

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      May 10, 2017 at 11:38 am

      shaw or docherty ? its a tough call given shaw is so cheap.

      eddy misses out again. houston out too :(

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        May 10, 2017 at 1:42 pm

        Hampton to Shaw is a bloody great option if you’re convinced Shaw is a keeper this year.
        Otherwise bank to cash to use on a premo elsewhere.
        Jeez Shaw is a great price though…

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          May 10, 2017 at 3:32 pm

          Shaw is so tempting for Hampton!
          With WHE, Beams and Spp spudding it up, but $650k in the bank too many options…
          Whe/beams -yeo
          Hampton – shaw

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    May 10, 2017 at 11:32 am

    Thanks for stepping in and for the good article, Anthony. (Congrats to Jeppa!)

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      May 10, 2017 at 1:42 pm

      Thanks Maggie! Giant shoes to fill though so hoping Jep is back soon!

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    May 10, 2017 at 11:49 am

    Neal-Bullen > Z Jones via dpp
    Watson > Rocky

    Thoughts? Yes No?

    Current team:
    Hampton, Laird, Otten, Marchbank, Adams, Docherty
    Bench: Vickers, Stewart

    Powell-Pepper, Heppell, Watson, Mitchell, Dangerfield, Dahlhaus, Fyfe, Murphy
    Bench: Barrett, Balic

    Martin, Nankervis
    Bench: Soldo, M King

    Black, Macrae, Steele, Neal-Bullen, Hoskin-Elliott, Heeney
    Bench: Butler, Kennedy-Harris

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    mice mint

    May 10, 2017 at 12:00 pm

    who would be a good cheap option to get in for hampton and play on field ?

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      May 10, 2017 at 12:03 pm

      i really like Jones. Had him since round 1. he’s a line breaker, loves to run carry kick, tough and aggressive – one of swans best players this year, and averageing 94 in his last 5 games

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    May 10, 2017 at 12:08 pm

    Scharenberg has been on the radar longer than the imperial russians – will he play, is he good, and whats his likely average and JS. thoughts anyone ?

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      TJP's Heroes

      May 10, 2017 at 12:18 pm

      JS poor I think
      Average 50 – 60 I think

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        May 10, 2017 at 1:45 pm

        You’d think with how Collingwood are travelling he’d be a decent chance soon. But yeah his scoring could be a concern if Collingwood refuse to try to move the ball from their halfback line. They seem scared to recently.
        Scharenberg is a good ball user though so fingers crossed they give him a shot and he shows something!
        All that said, his body is the biggest concern

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    TJP's Heroes

    May 10, 2017 at 12:17 pm

    Best mid under 643k to get in order out of

    Joel Selwood
    Dustin Martin
    Scott Pendlebury
    Marc Murphy
    Lachie Neale
    Josh Kelly
    Dan Hannebery
    Stephen coniglio
    Mitch Duncan

    Cheers any help is much much appreciated

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      May 10, 2017 at 12:27 pm

      gotta be hannas on ability and price, but duncan is killing it

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      May 10, 2017 at 12:32 pm

      Id lean towards Hannebery, he’s cheap and had a good few games. Horrible bye though. If you have too many round 11 bye players I’d choose Pendles

    • Fooz


      May 10, 2017 at 12:50 pm

      I’d lean towards Coniglio – his draw coming up is bonza. Bit hard to read tho after only one game

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        May 10, 2017 at 4:00 pm

        Dont forget about Jack Steven, im bringing him in this week

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    May 10, 2017 at 12:59 pm

    Due to there being 0 good cheap rookies (Myers JS isn’t as good as people say in my opinion) I’m leaning towards

    Hampton + WHE to Hardwick and Yeo via dpp.

    Hardwick looks like a consistent 60 and a good cash cow to trade out at the round 13 bye. I’ll wait a week on Myers and other rookies that pop up this week.

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      May 10, 2017 at 1:46 pm

      Myers is best 22 IF Woosha uses him in the midfield.
      As a defender his scoring and JS gets a lot shakier.
      That is a decent trade though!

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    May 10, 2017 at 2:19 pm

    Need help with trades this week. Have 269k the bank! Suggestions please!

    Swallow -who??

    doch, laird, curly, marchbank, Newman,Otten( EVW, Williamson)

    Danger, rocky, Fyfe,tmitch,Sloane,Adams,d swallow, myers(barret, miles)

    Martin, Jacobs( king, Cameron)

    Macrae, buddy, Steele, nank black, McCarthy, (balic, polson)

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      May 10, 2017 at 4:31 pm

      Any suggestions for trades above?

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      May 10, 2017 at 6:22 pm

      Liam, Heeney or Yeo should be okay, good luck.

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        May 10, 2017 at 7:42 pm

        Who should I trade out to get heeney in?

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          Foo Foo the Snoo

          May 10, 2017 at 8:50 pm

          Jeez put on your big boy pants and have a go yourself!

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    May 10, 2017 at 3:08 pm

    Best trade option?

    Hampton & pickett -> rocky & 208k rookie


    Hampton & anb -> rocky and z.jones

  23. Nick


    May 10, 2017 at 3:26 pm

    Cheers Anthony! A great help. I was looking at trading out WHE and Hampton, very happy when the experts agree!

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    TJP's Heroes

    May 10, 2017 at 3:59 pm

    Whats everyone’s thoughts on Nic Newman will he play this week and next week or will horse hold him out surely he gets a gig this week id love to play him over Hampton this week

    I ended up trading WHE – Hannebery which means next week I can do mccluggage in the forward line upto Toby greene who I think will be looking for a big second half of the year

    And then the following week I can do Hampton/Newman upto a Heath shaw/ Jason johannisen or Michael Hibberd depending on who has the best 3 round average

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    May 10, 2017 at 5:06 pm

    The podcast fingered Jeremy finlayson. Anyone know any more on where he is at?

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    May 10, 2017 at 5:48 pm

    Anybody looking at J Sinclair from Saints?

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      May 10, 2017 at 7:03 pm

      Looking yes, but don’t think i could do it in RDT. Trades run out quickly and tten stuck with a fringe player

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    May 10, 2017 at 6:53 pm

    thinking about going ANB to myers and then going greene to dalhaus

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      May 10, 2017 at 7:04 pm

      Feel like greene can’t be your biggest spud even with suspension

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      May 10, 2017 at 8:43 pm

      if you’ve held him for 1, you kind of have to hold again imo (he is just out one more right?). If you can upgrade a rookie that means you will have the same amount of premos playing as if you traded greene. That way when greene comes back you would have improved your team a lot more than sideways trading greene. Hope I explained that well

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    May 10, 2017 at 7:19 pm

    Of the following three players, which two would you field? – Taranto, Balic and Myers?

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    May 10, 2017 at 8:47 pm

    I have hampton, ANB, WHE, Houston and Butler still.
    Which 2 are priority to trade out this week.
    If i trade out ANB and WHE i can manage to bring in rocky, otherwise for the others titch will most likely be the in (or k simpson).


    • Belly


      May 11, 2017 at 12:22 am

      I have those 5 too, I’m thinking WHE needs to go this week and probably Hampton, I’m concerned they will both lose cash.
      Houston can stay this week as he can’t lose anything, ANB is worth one more go I reckon, Butler should make his BE and has good JS.
      Titch is still a must have so not a bad 2nd option to Rocky.

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      May 11, 2017 at 4:51 pm

      I think ANB, I have all you mentioned besides Houston, and at this stage im leaning toward ANB as gonski.

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    May 11, 2017 at 4:30 pm

    And we have some fresh meat confirmed!!

    Mark O’Connor. Defender. Tick. R12 bye. Tick. Doesn’t play for Collingwood. Tick.

    Welcome to Pie Free Zone Mark! All I ask is that you do enough to hold your spot for 5 games…

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