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Fry’s Forgotten Few – Rd 11

Alex looks at some PODs here on DT Talk ahead of round 11.

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I’m sure I’m not alone when I say that last weekend was carnage! But you aren’t here to hear about how I had to watch Lloyd get KO’d for 2, while I starred at Otten’s 107 on my bench and how Shuey’s late out dealt me my 1st sub 2000 score of the year. I’ll look at POD’s who don’t have the Round 11 bye to helpfully reboot your team as ‘Byemageddon’ begins.


Josh Smith ($476K, 76 BE, 2.13% ownership)

Last season Josh Smith was a basement rookie who proved to be a defensive lifeline for Fantasy coaches. Taking away his brain fart of 49 points, (against the Giants at their home ground mind you) Smith is averaging over 90 in season 2017 and is overdue for a big score. Invest.

Luke McDonald ($447K, 55 BE, 0.77% ownership)

With less than 1% ownership Luke McDonald screams unique. His past averages however, don’t scream must have fantasy jet. This season the 4th year Roo is averaging nearly 85 a game and with a 95 and a career high 117 in his past two, McDonald could be in for some more big scores.


Aaron Hall ($608K, 87 BE, 4.06% ownership)

Owner of the 2nd highest three game average, there are hundreds of Fantasy coaches who will be bringing Aaron Hall into their sides on the back of his form. 156, 134 and 117 over the past month sandwiched between his Round 9 bye means Hall ticks all the boxes to help you over the byes.

Connor Blakely ($528K, 55 BE, 0.76% ownership)

Blakely was unlucky to not crack the list last week on the back of his 134, but he certainly backed it up in Adelaide. On a bleak night for the Dockers, he top scored with 119, improving leaps and bounds from the 17 he scored on his last visit to Adelaide Oval against Port in Round 2. With a four game average of 115 the future is bright for this one day fantasy premo.

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Sam Jacobs ($596K, 121 BE, 8% ownership)

Despite his play Jacobs is rarely mentioned alongside Stef Martin, Max Gawn and Brodie Grundy as an elite ruck choice. Even though he comes at a cost, Jacobs is only the 18th most owned ruckman in the comp despite being one of four rucks averaging over a ton. Don’t sleep on Adelaide’s gangly tall timber.


Michael Barlow ($531K, 103 BE, 6.03% ownership)

One of the most traded in players this week, Barlow offers a ton of upside for coaches struggling to keep their head above water. Since he has already served his bye, his 92.6 season average (over 100 in his last five) would be nice to bank over the next three straight weeks.

Shaun Higgins ($516K. 90 BE, 2.96% ownership)

It’s official, I’ve lost my mind. A member of the never again list for almost every sensible coach, Shaun Higgins was never supposed to be in this position. Yet, here we are talking about his fantasy chops and why he is a decent option. While we can’t forget his past his 2017 average of 94 (a career high) makes him the 11th best forward in the competition. Hmmmm.

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The Three Big Questions Of Round 11

Can These Rookies Hold Their Spot?          

Cousins, Ryan, Scharenberg, Myers, Vickers-Willis, Cunico, Bolton, Lloyd, Greenwood. Who can we trust? With a bunch of dead wood sitting on most of our pines, we will be relying on these players to help us post a semi decent score for the next three rounds.

Should We Use This Bonus 3rd Trade For Long Term Gain?

It seems like a double downgrade followed by an upgrade is a popular method to navigate the three trade scenario. Is it worth potentially throwing a week if your structure looks like a mess so you can reload and go BANG, BANG with two uber premium upgrades though? I advise against it, but boy it’s tempting.

Who’s In Line For DPP Come Round 12?

Amid the bye hysteria many of you may have forgotten that next week we will receive another batch of DPP’s! Cam Pedersen from the Demons is a shoe in for ruck status, with a few Draft options who might gain an extra position that could dictate our moves over the next few weeks. Be sure to tune into the podcast for the newest dual position-ers as the news breaks!

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Back From The Dead

Most of the players returning from injury/suspension last week aren’t really smart choices for your Classic team. Some of them however, could be on your Draft scrap heap so pay close attention.

Guthrie (76) – Overshadowed by his midfield peers, Guthrie didn’t exactly have a Thursday night to remember. It has been the story of the year so far for Guthrie, so spend your money elsewhere.

Stringer (98) – ‘The Package’ was back to his game changing best for the Dogs on the verge of toning up after returning from a knee complaint. It is worth mentioning he had five goals in his points haul, so don’t expect this kind of production every week.

Swallow (77) – Swallow has the potential to crack BIG scores if he wants. The shame is he doesn’t do it regularly and combines those games with scores in the 40’s. Nope.

Caddy (72) – I thought that a move to the Tigers would see Caddy get increased midfield time. Instead he has churned out his lowest average since 2014. 70-80 is what you can expect from here on out.

Petrie (74) – It’s a shame that Petrie doesn’t have a string of games together, otherwise he could be in line for DPP in the ruck department. Listed as a primary forward though, I don’t expect Petrie to set the world on fire. Although it is worth mentioning the Eagles will be without star spearhead Josh Kennedy for a few weeks, which could see Petrie value rise.

Cutler (82) – An 82 on the weekend was Cutler’s 2nd highest score of the season. It’s worth mentioning that the a 3 against Richmond in Round 4 hurt his average and he has already toned up once this year. Keep half an eye on Cutler.

Hanley (30) – No one scored fewer points in the Dees/Suns game than Pearce Hanley. Enough said.

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    Coinage Master

    June 1, 2017 at 9:42 am

    Great article Fry. Edifying as usual.

    One small complaint is the use of “toned” instead of “tonned”. “Toned” means looking a bit slimmer and fitter. “Tonned” means having scored 100+. I was wondering why you were writing about players looking a bit fitter until I figured out what you were referring to.

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      June 1, 2017 at 10:03 am

      shut up you idiot.

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        June 1, 2017 at 11:48 am

        Great work for illustrating the difference between being critical yet respectful and slinging mud, Craigo!

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        June 1, 2017 at 1:58 pm


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          June 1, 2017 at 6:27 pm

          I hate tonne[French metric] instead of TON.

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      June 1, 2017 at 11:14 am

      As always feedback is appreciated. I’ll opt to write less about players body fat and more about their scores in the future!


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      June 1, 2017 at 12:13 pm


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    June 1, 2017 at 9:59 am

    Hall or Ebert?
    It’s one of these PODs for me in the midfield

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      June 1, 2017 at 10:04 am

      Hall clearly but go ebert just cause I got hall hehe

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        June 1, 2017 at 11:18 am

        I love the ‘uniquness’ of Ebert who is just quietly having a great fantasy year.
        He has only gone over 120 twice in the past two years though, while Hall has already had 3 scores this season of 120+.
        Go with the guy with a higher ceiling in Hall.

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    June 1, 2017 at 11:32 am

    Nice read Fry
    Seeing as my team has been shite from the start (i’m only new at this) Im loading up on rookies and hope they get a start over the bye period.
    At the moment i have 6 of the 9 rookies you mentioned as well as some rookies that have topped out such as Barrett, WHE and Hannan (in fact i probably have more).
    I’ve decided to bank as much coin as i can (I have 1.4m in the bank atm) and hopefully get a bit more by the end of the bye period and then go bang on some premos

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      June 1, 2017 at 11:39 am

      in fact I could add McGrath, Marchbank, Williamson and Burton to that list. Hahaha i’m so useless at this game

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      June 1, 2017 at 11:54 am

      $1.4 MIL! Jesus did you rob a bank?!
      Not a bad idea to stock up on dough and go bang with a few upgrades at a time, but be careful. An injury here or there or a player being dropped can throw all those plans into ruin!

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        June 1, 2017 at 6:34 pm

        hEY i REALLY object to the Lord’s name used like this.
        It’s your space but I won’t stay with this.

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          June 1, 2017 at 6:53 pm


          So how do you feel about the AFL endorsing marriage equality?

          I see you are sticking with them by association by being here in the first place so should be ok I guess?

          Jesus will be mad.

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      June 1, 2017 at 4:09 pm

      1.4 mil?! wtf dude, what are u waiting for? the season near over! Spend up some of that coin after round 11 n upgrade your topped out rookies on premo’s who have played their byes.

    • Sir Bobby

      Sir Bobby

      June 1, 2017 at 4:35 pm

      Your rank must be terrible without all that cash on the field. Spend it, ASAP.

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    June 1, 2017 at 11:54 am

    Unfortunately my tone has tonned :(

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    June 1, 2017 at 12:00 pm

    Had Jacobs since R1 (What does the ‘gloat’ emoticon look like??)

    I think Rory Atkins might be about to go bang. 3R av 108, 5R av 100.2.

    Was down a bit for the Crow’s two shockers, but has 3 tons in his last 5.

    Started the year with a 114 PB, played every game last year for just the one ton, has 4 in 10 games this year. $503k with a BE of 60.

    Had him since R1, was planning to upgrade him to Rocky but now having second thoughts about finding another way to do it. But on the flipside, it might be a case of sell high…

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      June 4, 2017 at 11:09 am

      Get rid of Atkins, will be worth nothing in 2-3 weeks time after his dismal efforts against the cats and has the bye this week, so perfect time to move him on

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    June 1, 2017 at 12:15 pm

    Anyone got any ideas on who will get DPP for round 12?

    Also, what is the best site to view AFL heat maps? I can’t find a thing.

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      June 1, 2017 at 12:31 pm

      Heat maps don’t mean a thing. Just look at the guy who was split 50/50 before round 6 and got DPP.

      Newnes should get Def status 99% sure. Unless Freako needs to keep face and holds him back.

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      June 1, 2017 at 12:36 pm

      Ask again tomorrow. Then the next day. Then the next day. Then the next day. On every post.


      “Tune into the podcast for the newest dual position-ers as the news breaks!”

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        June 1, 2017 at 12:52 pm

        It’s usually 12 hours old by the time the podcast is released.

        Whatever happened to breaking news….Just saying.

        It’s always nice to hear first hand by the Traders a sneaky one or two. And I’m not meaning the Fwd guy who was bought into a team to replace the 1st and 2nd choice ruck. Geez Louise, a non fantasy player could pick that one.

        It repays the faith in us listeners who tune in to every podcast.

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    June 1, 2017 at 12:32 pm

    Soldo to scooter or roughy and take the cash into next week for rocky

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    June 1, 2017 at 12:33 pm

    Zorko for forward status

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    June 1, 2017 at 1:57 pm

    Personally I’m looking at Brandon Ellis. Has been a top mid in the past, high ceiling, scores are starting to come, and he’s a straight trade from Marchbank. Will watch 1 more game and pull the trigger after his bye if the signs are good.

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    June 1, 2017 at 3:02 pm

    Who would you rather bring in?

    A. Hall
    B. S Selwood

    Potentially keeping beyond byes

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      June 1, 2017 at 4:28 pm

      Hall will score much better if that’s what you’re asking. Selwood better value but Hall is a keeper.

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    true beavers

    June 1, 2017 at 4:23 pm

    I am thinking Mitch Wallis might be a reliable scorer with value – possibly increasing his scores a bit over the last half of the season. He looks in good condition and I wonder if his time off has rejuvenated his body a bit. He has looked good in his games so far

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    June 1, 2017 at 7:00 pm

    Anyone else annoyed about the lack of DPP chat on chat with the Traders tonight?

    Once upon a time we’d get some great insights and opinions from the boys but now they just ignore you.

    They are too close to the decisions at champion data now.

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      June 2, 2017 at 6:09 am

      Maybe it’s because, how I see it, the DPP additions this round will be irrelevant.

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        June 2, 2017 at 8:03 am

        But it’s a fantasy forum where fanatics are you legends some questions.

        There are some clear possibilities and you’re not even giving them a shake:

        Newnes gain Def
        Wells gain Fwd
        Mundy gain Fwd
        Blicavs gain Ruck

        Also fair call for Zorko to gain Mid/Fwd status. He is the definition of DPP. Playing all through the midfield and also being a constant forward target. But we all know he won’t get it because championdata stay clear of such high average players.

        People like Cale Hooker Def/Fwd are simply DPP to correct their starting classification.

        Also, you should humour with some discussion because how would you know that all round 12 DPP’s will be irrelevant? I thought you were just one man’s opinion but obviously you’re an insider.

        Sorry just a rant. I guess I’m just annoyed that round 6 DPP’s may have been too aggressive when perhaps some should of been close but let’s see and hence upgrade in round 12 or 18.

        • Warnie


          June 2, 2017 at 9:59 am

          Just my opinion. Champion Data make the calls. I’ll hopefully see a working list this arvo.

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            June 2, 2017 at 10:05 am

            And for the record, we don’t ignore in the chat… over 1000 questions come in while we’re in there.

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              June 2, 2017 at 11:58 am

              Thanks WarneDawg.

              Let’s hope a sneaky one or 2 worthy DPP’s come about next week.

              I appreciate your replies. Have a good weekend

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