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The Weekend Wash-Up – Round 9

So, how was your weekend? Enjoyable? High scoring? Good for you.

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So, how was your weekend? Enjoyable? High scoring? Good for you. I’ve got 99 problems and a lack of bad scores ain’t one. Fantasy continues to drag me through the gutter and I love it, there’s plenty to complain about once again as we commence the weekend wash-up!


Duncan (169) – I didn’t catch the game but can we have the Geelong statisticians at every ground? You get a tackle, you get a tackle, everyone gets a tackle! 31 disposals and 7 marks is standard procedure for Duncan these days, but 18 tackles?! Machine. For anyone after a Round 12 bye last week, here was your answer. Hope that helps.

Dangerfield (156) – I genuinely thought Danger was on track to post a 200+ score early in the third term. Can somebody let me know what happened? Did he have a stroke mid-game? I guess I’ll take 156.

Z.Smith (148) – Ok this is just stupidity. I’m saying no more.

S.Selwood (119) – His 17 touches was hardly inspiring, but 17 tackles is! Decent option this week, but I’m not totally convinced. He can definitely pump out 90’s, but will rely heavily on tackling. It’s at the stage of the season where I’d rather bring in fallen premiums that I’m happy to back in for the season.

Ross (135) – It’s about time Seb Ross got some applauds for his efforts. That outlier of 42 in Round 1 is masking his true average, he’s actually going at around 110 and his owners would be quietly chuffed. Great pick.

Roberton (121) – There’s no doubt in my mind that Roberton is a top 6 defender. Half backs are the new fad, and I only have one in my team. Not hard to see where it’s all going wrong! Gun.

Lloyd (122) – A half back flanker racking up uncontested possessions and junking it up. Shock. Can’t go wrong here.

Newman (113) – Honestly I feel sick. Let’s just take a moment to think what might have happened if he hadn’t been a late in against the Roos. Nope, didn’t make me feel any better. If you own him enjoy every second of it, because for the rest of us it’s absolutely gutting.

Billings (113) – Massive tick. Jack is a ball magnet, well done to all those that got on early!

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Hannebery (159) – I’d still rather see Hanners in the guts, but if he’s allowed to roam a wing and rack up 12 marks then I’m all for it! It’s just another what could have been pick for me. Brilliant call by those who grabbed him cheap.

Beams (144) – Due to his injury history and lack of clarity regarding his latest absence, holding Beams was an extremely gutsy move. This score was reward for those old school players out there refusing to waste any trades, what a score! 40 disposals isn’t a bad way to announce your return to full fitness. Beams averages 113 without Rocky in the side, you’d have to say he’s nearly that good anyway. Legend.

Zorko (119) – It looked as though Zorko was on track for another monster score but you’ll still take 119, he certainly wasn’t hurt by the absence of Rockliff. He’s looking more and more like a top 8 mid! The Zork was a very sneaky draft selection that’s for sure.

Laird (114) – Keep knocking up those tons Rory. Half back flankers, what more can I say!

Pendlebury (144) – What happened to Pendlebury’s consistency? He’s still averaging his standard 110 this season, but it includes three 80’s and three 140’s! This really is a roller coaster ride, you don’t know what’s around the corner but you know exactly where you’ll end up at the end of it!

Treloar (126) – It’s almost as though Treloar didn’t think I could hate him anymore than I did before. It’s not smart coaching putting a bloke averaging 114 on your never again list but Adam is getting close! Someone try tagging him, that seemed to work fairly well.

Howe (125) – Shoutout to anyone who nabbed Howe in the middle of their drafts. He’s averaging 90 and that’s invaluable! Great selection.

Grundy (119) – No Cox, no worries! Grundy won’t be getting any cheaper this season, but only bring him in if you have the luxury trade available.

Adams (116) – Taylor Adams is clearly a top 8 mid. If you didn’t pick him up in defence due to his injury ‘history’, hang your head in shame. Legend!!!

Zaharakis (137) – I was avoiding Zaharakis’ return to form last week, but you can’t ignore it this week. Essendon had an absolute field day so don’t get too carried away, but he’s still dirt cheap and this is his second 120+ in a row. I don’t know anyone who’s crazy enough to make this move, but I wish anyone that does all the best.

Merrett (127) – People were actually complaining about Merrett’s score. Incredible. Sure he didn’t match Tommy’s tally, but that’s your fault for not picking him as captain instead. Zach hasn’t put a foot wrong all season and continues to rack up. Merrett got this score with only 1 tackle, he was averaging 6 per game coming into Round 9. What could have been!

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Pedersen (120) – This would have been Jake Spencer, right? Let’s be honest, Melbourne were probably done a favour when he went down. If only they could do us a favour with our tips. Pedersen has thrived in the ruck and this is a pat on the back for those who grabbed him off the free agents (I hope he was there) in their drafts. Ruck position change incoming! Sadly, there’s also Max Gawn incoming.

Goldstein (148) – Thirty seconds. 30 seconds and one tweet was the difference between me owning Todd Goldstein and Shane Mumford. Completely my fault, beyond idiotic and probably up their with the worst lockout trade this season. Why couldn’t my internet have lagged… Safe to say Goldstyne is back! Beast.

Gibbs (133) – Gibbs has been solid without being spectacular, but this was an awesome score. Good to see him and Murph dominating every week!

Docherty (119) – What are the odds of an opposition team playing a defensive forward role on Docherty? Apparently pretty low! Teams continue to allow the best ball users space to roam off half back, it’s baffling. Of course good coaches all own Doch and can pen in a ton every week! Gun.

Kreuzer (119) – It seemed only a matter of time before Kreuzer decided to put the pieces together. As an owner you’d be fearing an injury every week and there’s definitely better options out there, but for drafters especially he has been a massive win! I can say I’m a proud and happy owner, picking him up in Round 11. Cheers to that.

Blakely (134) – This smells so much like Lachie Neale it’s unreal. Back in 2014 Neale started his breakout season slowly, mainly due to the green vest (Remember that thing). Blakely was given tagging roles to start the season, highlighted by his impressive 17 point effort in Round 2. However in the past 4 weeks he has been unleashed, averaging 29 disposals and 105 points per game. His 88% TOG impressed me the most and suggests he’s ready to dominate in midfield. Owned by less than 1% of teams, I’d seriously consider him as a differential. Perhaps he’s a touch expensive after last week @$491k but I’d give him a look. On the shopping list next season for sure.

Walters (118) – Thanking you! It’s a case of simple abductive reasoning. In English, if he looks like a premium, plays like a premium and scores like a premium then he probably is a premium! Walters continues to thrive in his midfield role and I’m glad I pulled this trigger. Sure it’s a week to week proposition, we just need 3 more games in the midfield. Please Ross.

Mitchell (177) – Tom Mitchell has been a ball magnet since the day he was born. Fun fact, he was finding the footy before he could walk. There has never been a moment in the past 4 years when he hasn’t sat in my team when playing, no matter how hard Longmire tried. Go back through the archives and you’ll find my never ending love for Titch. Round 10 2013, the Sunday Knee-Jerk. His famed green vest debut. He followed up his impressive debut with 144 in his second game of AFL footy. Round 23 2014, his first 160+ score. I labelled him an uber premium then and there. Sure it was 2 years early but who’s counting. Round 2 2016, I predict him to become a Fantasy legend. It’s a proud moment to see him be anointed pig status and my god it’s deserved. Apparently 73% of coaches missed the memo. He’s a LEEEEGEND and a lock for years to come.

I wish it was all positive, but of course AFL is a game whose media loves nothing more than to strike down a player at any given opportunity. Bloody scum. I don’t think I’ve heard a more irrelevant, incorrect, misinformed, deceiving, misleading, misguided… SHIT HOUSE argument than Tom Mitchell’s metres gained. My god, it has burned a hole in my brain. Honestly, who pays these clowns. He’s an inside midfielder whose job is to win the 50/50 contested ball and give his outside team mates first use. That’s it. No, he’s not Patrick Dangerfield and capable of going forward to kick 4 goals. He’s not Brad Hill or Andrew Gaff getting handball receives and gaining metres up the wing. “Oh but his disposal efficiency is 21st at the Hawks.” Oh really? Dangerfield ranks 25th at the Cats. I’m no genius, but that might have something to do with the fact that they have 15+ contested disposals every game?! Clearly he’s not a half backman kicking at 80% efficiency, I reckon if you threw him back there getting uncontested disposals he might hit a few sideways targets. Thanks for pointing that out! Next we’ll be judging full backs on their goals scored. Completely irrelevant. Docherty only averages 1 inside 50 per game, what a disgrace!!! And breathe…

Not only did Titch have 50 disposals (22 contested), he laid 8 tackles and had the most pressure acts on the ground. He also leads the competition for assisted metres gained. I’d say he’s doing his job fairly well! Yes assisted metres gained is a stupid stat, but it’s no more stupid than metres gained itself. The best part is if Hawthorn had won the game this would have been the birth of a star. Are you telling me it’s his fault the Hawks lost the game? Give me a spell. Let’s move on…


Macrae (76) – There’s not many losers this week so Macrae doesn’t get off this score. He’s still averaging 99 which is what we all expected, don’t get greedy. He’s on notice.

Bontempelli (73) – I was just sitting there waiting for Bont to have a miraculous last quarter, find his way to 100 and get the Doggies over the line. I swear this is the first time he has gone quiet with the game on the line. I’m calling it a one off.

Hunter (47) – Not a popular Fantasy pick, but I’d have happily taken him in Draft. He scored 30 of his points in the second quarter, that’s about as ugly as it gets. Massive burn, I’m just happy it wasn’t last season!

Parker (83) – They’re mostly irrelevant losers this week, so it’s no surprise I’ve managed to pick up a couple. I really thought Parker was back to his best over the past couple of weeks. He had 28 disposals but importantly isn’t marking or tackling. He’s averaging 2 less tackles per game this season compared to 2016 and it’s really hurting. My faith is going, going… Luke it’s nearly ******* gone. For the love of god try and lay a tackle.

Heeney (70) – I was so close to chasing Heeney instead of Walters last week, and it would have been absolutely typical. Many fresh owners will be hurt by this score and it begs the question, can he average 95+? He can certainly score tons and dominate on any given day, but the consistency might not be there yet. His role still looks good so I wouldn’t be too worried.

Jones (59) – Zak Jones owners have a tough call to make this week. He has averaged 81 and made $117k in the process, however his break even is 97 and he has the dreaded Round 11 bye. I’d say it’s time to move on.

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Mumford (77) – … Watching Mumford get towelled up in the ruck by Nankervis was the last straw. It got to the point where there was only one thing Mumford could do to make up for this effort. I’m not proud but I have to admit a dark part of me wanted the Big Mummifier to run off the line and poleaxe Nank into 2018, earning himself a lengthy suspension in the process. It would have been a win/win for me. It wasn’t to be.

Shaw (68) – I didn’t say or suggest anything…… *Cough*. If it makes any difference I would have grabbed Heath Shaw if I had the chance. So there’s that. Otherwise I can’t help you, enjoy the headache.

D.Lloyd (44) – Lloyd or Myers, Lloyd or Myers, Lloyd or Myers… You have chosen, poorly. I may not shrivel up and die like in Indiana Jones but sometimes it feels that way.

Soldo (34) – Ivan Soldo spent more time on the bench than he did on the ground. I’m not even sure we can call this a heartbeat during the byes, you wouldn’t feel a pulse.

Hampton (46) – Ah yes thank you Fantasy gods! It’s not like Hampton was on track for a great score, nor did I desperately need Curtly to play until Round 13 because I already have more problems to fix than trades to fix them with. If that was the case, I’d at least put on a brave face. *Bursts uncontrollably into tears*

Wellingham (26) – It took a lot to put a smile on my face this weekend but seeing Wellingham’s score did the trick. There are 10,000 Fantasy coaches out there who will never watch a JLT game again. The Eagles were absolutely putrid and Andrew Gaff can lucky his lucky stars for that second half.

Lewis (79) – I gave him a pump up early in the season, so it’s only fair that I update you with Jordan Lewis’ consecutive scores of 70 and season average of 91. Still, he’s tracking as well as Fyfe.

Salem (48) – Christian Salem has been hot property this season, averaging a handy 90. Nothing like 48 points and a one week suspension to put a dampener on the whole thing. Now he doesn’t play until Round 12 and becomes a must trade… Plenty of Disney stars would be proud of that fall from grace.

Waite (41) – Come on let’s be honest, there’s one poor Fantasy coach out there who did it. Waite had a breakeven of 50 after all. There’s no chance we’ll ever hear from them as first of all there’s no way you’d ever admit to committing such an atrocity, and secondly they’ve already packed their bags and taken an early off-season.

I’ve already called off the vote for one Pig this season, so you better believe that Tom Mitchell is winning the Round 9 stubby. What a man. But which is your favourite?

Tom Mitchell, Contested ball beast – He’s not all about junk, winning 22 contested disposals.

Tom Mitchell, Pressure king – Leading pressure acts in the game whilst racking up a healthy dose of leather poisoning, what can’t he do? Just ask the media to find out.

Tom Mitchell, Assisted metres gained champion – I get the feeling champion data just made this stat up. How can you keep a record of that? Nevertheless it sounds cool.

Tom Mitchell, Fantasy Pig – Not only does he do the hard stuff, he looks after us Fantasy coaches as well. 7 uncontested marks thanks to endless gut running. Clearly my favourite Tom.

Cameron Ling, Moron – A tagger who tried to bag out a player for winning the ball. Funny guy.

Who gets your vote?

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This Game Sh*ts Me

Take your pick. Being forced into trades every week is really starting to break me down. Just let me patch up my mistakes, please. However it’s not the forced trades that sh*t me this week, it’s those poor decisions you made a month ago that come back to haunt you EVERY week. I’m waiting for the Round the good picks have an off day and my spuds deliver up something other than inexplicable garbage. It never happens. Will Fyfe crack another ton this season? Will Shane Mumford outscore Goldy again in his career? Is somebody ever going to mark up Docherty? Nankervis… I was wrong, OK Nank? Now please stop being so good.

Six weeks later and my problems still all date back to Max Gawn. My number one rule this season was to not mess around with my rucks, yet here I sit watching Shane Mumford try and kill 10 blokes every week.  This game sh*ts me.

The Other Bits and Pieces

Last week I said to tune in and find out how f**ked up sh*t could get. Don’t ask me why I add the asterisks. Funnily enough at the time I was talking about my planned Michael Walters experiment. If only I knew what was to come… If I did I might have found a shovel and been done with it there and then. Balic and Black had placed my forward line under heavy stress, sadly I hadn’t accounted for Touk Miller also taking the week off, not his first for the season. Of course a trade was forced thanks to Rocky’s shoulder, and one Daniel Butler groin strain later I was eating a donut. Not during the byes. My team is bad enough as it is, trust me. It won’t shock you to find out the results with 21 men didn’t really improve. 2152. Usually a very decent score, until I see kissed bastards across the country with Nic Newman and 2300+.

As is always the case I can’t keep up with my forced trades at the moment. Hampton has gone down injured and has to go, but I already have 5 other non-playing rookies to deal with. Tom Stewart is in this week….. Yep. Just to top things off I’m $1,000 short of trading Pickett to Hall.

Bring on Round 11, I can’t wait to try and post a three figure score.

This article was 2999 words. It’s now 3005.



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    May 23, 2017 at 7:43 am

    Love the write up Matt!! I managed to crack the top 800 off the back of a 2293 round..

    Torn between 2 scenarios this week, trade in 2 mid range money makers with high end potential, or go premo and rookie??

    1) Z.Jones & C.Hampton to S.Selwood/C.Blakely & M.Walters
    2) Z.Jones & C.Hampton to G.Ablett & H.Greenwood

    Feel like Option 1 is the risk I need to take to get in the top 500, but Option 2 is a safer bet..

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      May 23, 2017 at 9:29 am

      I like the riskier option 1 but my concern is can you afford to miss out on Greenwood when the rookies are starting to dry up?
      Will you be trading him in next week instead?

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        May 23, 2017 at 9:38 am

        Yeah, I like him, but they did play Brisbane, so I’m wary……..

        Greenwood would only be bench cover and to make money, but it sounds like a few rookies are coming good in the 2s.

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      May 23, 2017 at 9:33 am

      Or I can go Jones & WHE to Walters & JPK..

      I’m just trying to chase Walters money before the bye and pairing him with a keeper…

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      May 26, 2017 at 7:18 am

      That Jones to Selwood trade is looking like a decent outcome :D

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    May 23, 2017 at 8:13 am

    Hey Matt, if it makes you feel better you beat me by 25 and I’m not even sure what my team’s problem is.

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    May 23, 2017 at 8:25 am

    Hey Matt.
    Great article again.
    If it makes you feel better too my team is a shambles this year. I’m having my worst year in fantasy. Lost all of my league games bar one and that was a draw. But I’ll keep on keeping on because I love it. Can we start the season again please.
    Anyway just wanting your opinion bringing in a GCS or Port player this week. Which mid is better to bring in.
    Current trades are Otten to Greenwood and SPP to. Either Ablett, Ebert, Hall, Sloane or Martin. Which mid would you go. Currently got bald Jesus.

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    May 23, 2017 at 8:33 am

    Great write up mate. Your not wrong with the stupidity of the media over Tom mitchell,what a bunch of clowns,pure jealousy! Watching mummy play purely to see if he would destroy somebody for a little satisfaction… Hilarious.I versed the bloke who had z.smith as ruckman this week, luckily Goldy said hang on a minute there son & i won by 30 odd points.

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      May 23, 2017 at 10:55 am

      Not just the media… Bucks was into him too saying he’s coached against him since under 16s and never really bothered to tag him. I can see why, as Collingwood still won the game. Good for us Fantasy coaches, as the last thing you want is for him to get tagged…

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        May 23, 2017 at 11:31 am

        I’m loving that bucks said that hopefully all the other coaches took note and tagging is never an issue!

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        May 24, 2017 at 10:01 am

        It’s true that collingwood didn’t need to tag Mitchell to win,that falls on the Hawks around Mitchell not stepping up.Burgoyne summed it up perfectly “you can’t win 22 contested possessions and dish it out to yourself to create run. I think what Buckley & co would have been better off stating is he knew Mitchell’s support would be beaten there for a tag wasn’t nessecary.You can win as much of the ball as you like,but your only as strong as your Weekest link.

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    May 23, 2017 at 9:08 am

    Yeo needs to go in the Losers List. No I’m not just salty that I brought him in last week instead of literally any other player. Bloody spud.

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    May 23, 2017 at 9:21 am

    I love the saltiness of the people who traded Newman. Pays to be a but patient with rookies, employ some good old school DT prowess once in a while.

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      May 23, 2017 at 9:40 am

      +1 Same thing with Treloar

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        May 23, 2017 at 1:34 pm

        Treloar was injured. Newman was dropped. Completely different

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      May 23, 2017 at 9:47 am

      Haha. You could look like a fool if he wasn’t a late inclusion after being dropped twice in three weeks… just saying.

      Definitely not dumb… but just as KOTD as being a ‘smart’ old-school DTer.

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        May 23, 2017 at 10:58 am

        It’s pure luck. I avoided Houston because of his role and Pittard coming back, but that backfired. I kept Barrett and Newman hoping they’d be picked again and it worked out. But I still have Preuss, Black and Matt Kennedy holding up spots on my bench not playing. There’s no trick, no rhyme or reason… just flat out fluke-ish luck sometimes.

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          May 23, 2017 at 12:38 pm

          Good on you Simon, injecting a bit of truth into the discussion. I luckily kept Newman as I had more pressing issues to address at the time. No real skill involved. So much of this game is luck.

          On the other hand, picking Rocky, Titch, Merret or Danger is not luck. That is intelligence.

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        May 23, 2017 at 1:39 pm

        Bit salty there Warne Dawg?

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        May 23, 2017 at 9:41 pm

        I kept Newman but for the same reason i’m now holding Aaron Black..

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    May 23, 2017 at 9:35 am

    Again you gave me a smile mate. I said a couple of weeks ago it looked like we had similar teams – a heap of non-playing rookies on the pine – continuous injuries or suspensions. PLUS continually picking the wrong players – tossed up for hours Lloyd (GWS) or Greenwood – not hard to figure out which one I picked :( But my second trade I finally got a winner Rocky > Hanners. Always enjoy reading your article and chin up mate you have plenty of friends in the same boat.

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    May 23, 2017 at 9:40 am

    Imagine trading in Mumford… what a spud…
    I’m ranked 29k if it makes you feel better :/

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    White Line

    May 23, 2017 at 9:57 am

    Another great article Matt. I sooo relate to some of your pain…I rage traded Pendles and Billings a few weeks ago….I also swear I am the kiss of death, bought in Rocky then does his shoulder…but I also bought in Roberton and Sauce a month ago. Legends.

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    May 23, 2017 at 10:02 am

    JPK Hannebery or Ross

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    White Line

    May 23, 2017 at 10:29 am

    Oh and I also traded Lloyd instead of Myers…but needed the extra cash to get to Zerrett. Greenwood would have been better but I was expecting 23 not 93!!!

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    May 23, 2017 at 10:40 am

    I feel so tempted to bring in Pottard, but that means I can’t have a Warne chest. Should I double downgrade?

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      May 23, 2017 at 10:50 am

      Hopefully (fingers toes and everything else possible crossed) we will be able to do a double down one mega up with the three trades available during the bye rounds. My plan after R11 is to go Atkins ($475k) to Rocky ($723k) which currently needs $248k from the double downgrade to pull it off!

      I’m thinking Hampton to Greenwood and Marchbank to Pittard.

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        May 23, 2017 at 11:35 am

        Sounds great!

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    Salopek Real Estate

    May 23, 2017 at 10:53 am

    awesome article and loved he Tom Mitchell defense. media can gagf

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    May 23, 2017 at 11:01 am

    Can someone please tell me why people are trying to Trade Players in from clubs other than Suns or Port, because if you trade in these players you going to have to think about them once there Byes come around. Whereas if you trade in a player that has already had there Bye you can fix things up after the bye Rounds have finished.

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      May 23, 2017 at 11:47 am

      They have had their byre round already meaning they are playing through when other teams had byes.

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        May 23, 2017 at 11:49 am

        Sorry about the above reply I read the comment wrong. I guess people are thinking long term still. I am looking at Barlow as a forward option.

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      May 23, 2017 at 12:17 pm

      Not everyone is chasing overall.

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      May 23, 2017 at 12:50 pm

      because we are not even half way through the season yet; why get in inferior players that don’t get the job done? i.e. I’m in the market for a defenders, so I want the likes of Docherty, Lloyd, Roberton. If I were to go Pittard instead its pretty much saying would I rather Pittard+90 (for the extra game he will play) vs Docherty for the rest of the year. I’d pick Docherty.

      Mid’s it is slightly different because Ablett+110 vs any other mid premium is a bit less clear cut.

      Tl;dr: you want to make your teams better. It’s a long season and you don’t want to be stuck with Lyons and Hall and Pittard and Barlow if you didn’t even want them to begin with, just for a little win in one coming round.

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      May 23, 2017 at 1:10 pm

      I’m getting Greenwood and Walters this week for Hampton and Matt Kennedy because a) they’ll be playing, and b) they’ll be generating cash. The only keeper from either Port or GC is Ablett and he’s overpriced.

      Buy low, sell high. It’s how you end up with a shit-hot team for finals. Filling your squad with Barlows, Halls and Pittards just keeps it mediocre.

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        May 23, 2017 at 4:24 pm

        Pittard is currently a top 8 defender by average and Adams could well be a top 10 mid so I think you’re being a little harsh on him with effectively a ‘mediocre’ rating.

        If I get to the finals with 6 of the top 10 defenders I’d think that was OK.

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          May 23, 2017 at 4:31 pm

          why limit yourself? It’s pretty clear that Doch, Adams, Laird, Lloyd, Robbo, Simpson will be the top 6 DEF unless something crazy happens. Why settle for 6/10 top defenders when you can have 6/6 top defenders?

          ps, he didn’t give Adams a ‘mediocre’ rating

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    May 23, 2017 at 11:21 am

    Another putrid round for me, didn’t even crack the 2k mark. Thinking Sam Petrosvki-Seton to Greenwood and then Balic up to either Wingard or Barlow?

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    May 23, 2017 at 11:23 am

    Calvin the Captain specialist, what a load of sh.. He told everyone to be careful picking Titch as captain last week.

    If you a person that doesn’t know a lot about the game don’t believe everything that comes out of Calvins mouth. We are only 9 Rounds in and there have been about half a dozen things he has said that is wrong.

    He does not really know FOOTBALL and because I trusted everything he has said I am not ranked as well as I could of been.

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      May 23, 2017 at 11:38 am

      fantasy is one big gamble mate, previous scores is just a guideline anything can happen!

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      May 23, 2017 at 11:51 am

      You are sounding a bit salty, was Titch in Calvin’s top 5? If so, nobody to blame but yo-self.

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      May 23, 2017 at 12:18 pm

      How can you not listen to a pirate? You have to listen to any pirate suggestions!

      he has a flipping eye patch!

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      May 23, 2017 at 12:18 pm

      Marcus mate, nobody is holding a gun to your head. Calvin cops **** when he gets it wrong and isn’t given credit when he gets it right, so ease up.

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      May 23, 2017 at 12:31 pm

      Calvin’s advice is free buddy. Like he says on the podcast, he didn’t go to your house and click the button on the wrong Captain for you.

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      May 23, 2017 at 1:12 pm

      Hey Marcus, please let me know if there’s anything I can ever do to serve you in some way to make your life easier.

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    May 23, 2017 at 11:30 am

    To answer your first question, Danger managed to smash his head into the back of someone else’s scone – I think it was just before half time. Not surprised his third qtr was a little flat.

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    May 23, 2017 at 11:37 am

    Go Walters or scooter Selwood

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    TJP's Heroes

    May 23, 2017 at 11:37 am

    Is tom Mitchell a must have or do you save $142k and get Dan Hannebery??
    Could average about 5-10 points less ?

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      May 23, 2017 at 11:38 am

      You have to go to hanners

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        TJP's Heroes

        May 23, 2017 at 11:40 am

        If I get hanners my midfield is

        Zerrett, hanners, Trealor, Adams, Steven, Fyfe, danger, Myers

        With greenwood #1 for bench cover

        And if I get hanners I will have a complete forward line with macrae, Dahl, Steele, nank, Heeney, WHE

        Thoughts on that?

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          The fault in your plan is...

          May 23, 2017 at 12:44 pm

          You won’t have Titch, Rocky or Danger.

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            TJP's Heroes

            May 23, 2017 at 3:44 pm

            I have danger..
            And I plan on getting rocky back in for Fyfe after his bye and I’m using greenwood as my cashcow to make that happen

            Only one I won’t have is titch

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            There is no fault.

            May 23, 2017 at 4:46 pm

            Aah well looks good then. Didn’t see Danger ’cause no capital D. Thought you were referring to the danger of having Fyfe. Fyfe to Rocky will have you set. Then get Titch ASAP.

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          May 23, 2017 at 1:15 pm

          Complete till new DPPs come out…

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            May 23, 2017 at 2:34 pm

            I haven’t heard many waiting for Round 12 to see who comes available especially in fwd line…hoping like hell at least 1 or 2 good options appear…I’d be sticking with trading in only certain too 6’s in def and fwds and finishing our mids where we have more certainty…not much but a little

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    May 23, 2017 at 11:41 am

    all the big scorers are in round 11.
    struggle town with trades this week.
    Want Hampton gorrrrne but round 13 bye saves him again……
    Wheres all he good cheap defenders at???

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    TJP's Heroes

    May 23, 2017 at 11:44 am

    And which 150k defender most likely to get a gig?
    Thinking Luke Ryan from dockers?

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      May 23, 2017 at 11:52 am

      I’m thinking about Brooksby and Howe but couldn’t get really burnt by Howe.
      150-250K players would be ideal lets hope for new inclusions this week

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    May 23, 2017 at 11:50 am

    Would it be crazy to go ANB & Hampton > Adams & Greenwood leaving me 129k for next week. Both would be in the midfield for now and swing Adams to backline next week. Or better to bring in Ablett or someone else. Already have Mitchell, Merrett, Hanners, Dangerfield, Fyfe in my midfield.

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      May 23, 2017 at 11:56 am

      yes, a little crazy – not good for byes

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    May 23, 2017 at 12:01 pm

    Great write up!
    Any suggestions on trades for this week?
    Def: Adams, Lloyd, laird , marchbank, Newman, otten (Hampton, hibberd)
    MID: Merrett, T.mitchell, Zorko, Kelly, gaff, parker, Myers, SPP (Bowes, mountford)
    RUCK: grundy, nank (soldo, king)
    FWD: Riewoldt , macrae , yeo, Heeney , Barrett, greenwood (Kennedy-Harris , Poulson)

    Bank : 138k
    Round 9 score : 2222 (with a donut)

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    Joel vh

    May 23, 2017 at 12:08 pm

    Hey matt, if it makes you feel any better I’m currently ranked 15th and dominating atm. Just thought i’d share that with everyone

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      May 23, 2017 at 1:06 pm

      Great backline, I would worry about that forward line and the number of 0s sitting on your bench though – I count 15 at most playing R11

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    May 23, 2017 at 12:19 pm

    Classic Downgrade/Upgrade..

    OUT – Hampton IN – Someone cheap like L.Ryan
    OUT – Bowes IN – Hall/Ablett/Barlow/Ebert (I’d go Hall/Ebert as a POD)

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      May 23, 2017 at 12:20 pm

      Bugger, this was meant to be a reply to Ryan

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    May 23, 2017 at 12:20 pm

    Need help with trades this week. Have 31k the bank! Suggestions welcome

    Thinking of going Balic-Greenwood then either Mcarthy/Otten-Walters

    Doch, Laird, Shaw, Adams, Marchbank, Newman,( EVW, Williamson)

    Danger,Merrett,Fyfe,Tmich,Sloane,Hanners,Myers,Lloyd (Balic, Barrett)

    Martin, Jacobs( king, Cameron)

    Macrae, Buddy, Steele, Nank, Otten McCarthy, (Black, polson)

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      May 23, 2017 at 12:55 pm

      Re Liam’s choices –
      I think you have the optimal trades. Would offload Otten rather than McCarty which give a little more in the bank for next week. There is no one more attractive than Walters in that price range, on the up, in the forwards. Make your trades with confidence!

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    Super's Stars

    May 23, 2017 at 12:39 pm

    Who thinks GHS will get a run this week?

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      May 23, 2017 at 1:14 pm

      Who do you drop to make way for him? Black’s in the same boat… would be walk-up starts anywhere else, but Geelong back in the winner’s list means next to no changes.

      So unfortunately I don’t think he will…

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        May 23, 2017 at 1:33 pm

        Agreed, though O’Connor might be the first one out should changes happen in the next week or so

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    May 23, 2017 at 12:43 pm

    Fyfe to Duncan, Ablett, Martin or Ebert?

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      May 23, 2017 at 12:48 pm

      Any one is better than Fyfe. Ablett is playing through the rest of the byes.

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      Foo Foo the Snoo

      May 23, 2017 at 2:55 pm

      What’s the hate for Fyfe? He got a 90… I know he’s shed a lot of cash and is down on form… but why would you sell him now when he’s underpriced? Just crystallising your losses.

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        May 23, 2017 at 4:56 pm

        If there were any signs of Fyfe improving you might be able to justify holding him. He is obviously struggling with the guilt of moving east next year for the $$$ and will continue to perform poorly under the burden of conscience. Cut your losses and invest your dollars in a quality performer.

        Also, Fyfe has a low ceiling even when at his best. Duncan, Ablett and Ebert will all perform better for the rest of the season. I don’t like Dusty’s haircut.

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          May 23, 2017 at 5:01 pm

          Having said that Plugger’s comments below regarding value and timing of trades are well worth a read. Gaz has a high BE at the moment and is vs Melbourne this week. Might get a tag. Fyfe probably won’t lose a lot more value in the next couple of weeks.

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          May 23, 2017 at 6:22 pm

          Man, I got Hampton, Otten, Jones even Marchbank and WHE to worry about before Fyfe. At least Fyfe’ll get you 90.

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            May 24, 2017 at 10:18 am

            You are correct, Jones is probably a more pressing issue than Fyfe and the others need to go in the near future. Hampton won’t lose money until he plays again. Marchbank, Otten and WHE will probably at least make their BE this week and will then be maxxed out.

            I stand by my statement that Duncan, Ebert, Ablett and even Dusty are better than Fyfe. That was the question asked.

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    May 23, 2017 at 1:31 pm

    Ablett Hall or Barlow out of the suns? More cash saved with Hall and Barlow

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    May 23, 2017 at 2:18 pm

    Michael Walters too risky to pick up now? anyone thinking of doing it?

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      May 23, 2017 at 2:25 pm

      Well, he has a BE of 14, so that shores up against risk for a start. He will take you through to the final bye round which is handy, and shouldn’t loose value before that time. If he starts to lose value then offload at the bye round. He is very good value, no immanent signs of role change, is scoring, and good for most bye structures.

      If you think Lyon will shaft the contentment, then you may exercise caution, but the mix over there at the moment has Freo at 5 on the ladder and old Ross also has a conservative as well as a radical side. I think he will be conservative and maintain current roles for a little bit at least.

      All the best with your choice.

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        May 23, 2017 at 2:32 pm

        Cheers mate, another question, would u pull the trigger on the walters trade, even if it meant not being able to upgrade fyfe to Gablett? seems like a more permanant trade option

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          May 23, 2017 at 2:54 pm

          I’ve got GAZ, but have had him for a few weeks. If his body stands up to it , he would be one of my top 8 mids at seasons end – easily. There is a little body risk, as we know, and in relation to Walters there is a little bit of Lyon risk. But I don’t think the current presence of risk is worth worrying about in either case. In both cases, Walters and Ablett, risk is manageable, but GAZ currently has a BE of 121, so he will probably not shoot up in value quickly just now – Walters will and his coin rise will be better than GAZ for the next few weeks. I think you could pick your time for trading GAZ in over the bye period and still get most of the gain from him, Walters you need to go now for optimal return.

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            May 23, 2017 at 3:02 pm

            p.s. Fyfe’s value is going to hover over the next few weeks, I would think, and his BE is around his projected, so he probably won’t leak much over the next few rounds – you don’t have to act on him this week, just pick the best week to trade GAZ in and Fyfe out over the bye period, and, who knows, Fyfe might even come good – I’ve got him and am not sending him to walk the plank! But this week I would look to secure the value that Walter’s currently represents, without worrying that I did not trade Fyfe for GAZ just now.

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            May 23, 2017 at 7:38 pm

            Cheers mate, thoughts on a sneaky M.Barlow trade in for my FWD this week?

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    May 23, 2017 at 2:28 pm

    Top article, Matt.
    Scooter or Walters in this week?

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    May 23, 2017 at 2:56 pm

    Great article as always Matt….this year certainly has been a rollercoaster..
    I think even with the 3 trades a week and an easier Round 12 bye those with good bye structures (not only numbers on field each week but even distribution of premium players) will still set their seasons up during the 3 weeks…which isn’t good cause looking at my team a bad year may even get worse!!!

    Trades this week considering downgrading Hampton and Marchbank to Danger (Rnd 12 bye and great value) and Scharenberg who I think has to come in for Aish this week or Ryan from Freo, saving that 80k would be good but don’t think Ross will co-operate and debut him this week.
    Lastly been seeing alot about Gaz,Hall and Barlow as options but wondering if Ebert might be a better option…thoughts all,?

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    May 23, 2017 at 4:16 pm

    Need help with trades this week. Have 23k the bank! Advice welcome

    Round 11 heavy as I brought in JPK and Heeney last week for Rocky and Preuss, with the forced rocky trade. (Was going Danger and Greenwood, but was looking to maximise points, worked out well!)

    Looking at a GC or Port player I don’t really want long term, or a double downgrade. Walters also an option.

    Round 11 players on the chopping block Barrett, Marchbank, Z Jones, Polson

    Others are Hampton, Butler, Otten, Stewart, Fyfe as the byes progress.

    Thinking Hampton to Greenwood, Otten to the backline & Barrett to Wingard.


    Hampton to Greenwood, Marchbank to Pittard


    Barrett to Greenwood, Marchbank to Barlow
    (means playing Stewart and having Hampton on the pine)

    Adams,Laird,Jones,Marchbank,Newman,Hampton (Stewart,McNiece)

    Titch,Merrett,Zorko,Sloane,Murphy,Gaff,JPK,Fyfe (Lloyd,Hibberd)

    Martin,Nank (Soldo,Strnadica)

    Macrae,Dahl,Steele,Heeney,Otten,Barrett (Butler,Polson)

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      May 23, 2017 at 5:57 pm

      GO Hampton and Polson out for Greenwood and Walters if u have the ?

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    May 23, 2017 at 5:49 pm

    I was genuinely surprised so many jumped off Newman. He had the best scoring potential of all the rookies this year and a very low BE at both occasions when he was dropped. Also due to the quality of player he is, he was always going to get another chance at some stage and when he did he’d be making more money a week than anyone you could’ve possibly traded him too.

    Most teams are still stuck with a Hibberd/Eddy/Pickett/Polson/Miles type as well and imo it made no sense trading Newman before any of them.

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      May 23, 2017 at 6:31 pm

      Agree – I kept Newman based on just the perspective you have provided. In fact, on the week he was brought off the emergency list at the last moment, I had him on the field, just in case such an eventuality transpired, with O’Connor on the bench as emergency. Of course, there is a bit of fortune involved in things working out well, but in the Newman situation we could anticipate that the strategy of keeping him (and on field, with an available E on the bench) was a strategy we could implement without that strategy being deemed all arse!

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      May 24, 2017 at 12:32 pm

      I traded him out when he was dropped the first time but traded him straight back in when he was named the next week. I avoided a donut and brought in another rookie at the same time so it worked perfectly for me

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    May 23, 2017 at 7:41 pm

    With no wingard, Potentially being in M.Barlow into fwd line?

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      May 23, 2017 at 8:13 pm

      Yes, potentially you could. I’m getting Greenwood and Walters tho as they’re better value. Barlow will set you back $5729 per point which is right up there… Only Billings in the top 30 forwards is worse value

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        May 23, 2017 at 9:24 pm

        you have to consider his injured 44 tho…. and plays through the byes so he isnt terribly overpriced atm….

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    May 23, 2017 at 8:11 pm

    love your stuff Matt. probably the only decent article left on here

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      May 23, 2017 at 8:15 pm

      No probablies about it! Hands down the best article since tbetta stopped writing the bullets

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        May 24, 2017 at 10:26 am

        Agree Matt writes a great review, though possibly not the only quality material remaining on the site. I find all of the articles at least entertaining. Jeppa has some very useful insight on which rookies will be playing and why.

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    May 23, 2017 at 11:34 pm

    Thoughts on Elliot Yeo as a potential trade in this round?

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