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Ripe for the Picking – To Buy or Not To Bye?

Who is ripe for the picking as we hit the end of the byes?

We’ve almost made it! It’s been a huge two MBR’s so far and I fear the worst is yet to come in Round 13 (hopefully not, Round 11 was horrible). I’ve managed to field at least 18 in both byes so far but this week will need some serious luck to get all 18 on the park, with 3 trades and $87k to turn 15 into 18 after a fabled triple-upgrade last week, including the pig himself! (Who I’m not at all happy with). The problem with getting this late in the season is that all the value is drying up, we need to delve as deep as we can, bringing in players we wouldn’t have dreamed of at season’s start (Cannon McKenzie). My tip is to avoid this at all costs, I’m seriously considering copping a big fat doughnut this week, just to avoid ruining my team with players that shouldn’t be there. Anyways, I’m here to dig out the few mid-priced gems left and present them to you! There may be slim pickings this month but, to ripen up this article a bit for you, I’ve also decided to do a bit of extra research and answer a question myself and all the other writers have been asked many times in the past fortnight: Who is in the best 22? Without further ado, I present to you the players who are Ripe for the Picking, and Sparksy’s All-Fantasy Team.



Jake Lloyd ($517,000 BE 117)

He made my #1 spot last article when he was almost $50k more expensive, then all hell broke loose. Jakey Lloyd’s concussion in Round 10 before his bye was well documented in the Fantasy world, and his score of 2 was much despised by all who owned him. I must admit, I felt sorry for all those owners, but on the inside, I was rejoicing as I could now bring him in after his bye cheap as chips! The 84.76% of coaches like me who were silly enough to not start with him should be having those same feelings as now we have a chance to make amends! Currently averaging 96.5, take the ‘2’ out and that makes it 106, Lloyd will comfortably be a Top 6 Defender for the rest of the year, without a doubt. He put up a HUGE 122 on the weekend against the Doggies in a big win and the Swannies don’t look like slowing down again this season, so all aboard. This 122 matches his 122 against the Saints in Round 9, the week before his injury. He has a low, non-injury effected, score of 87 in Round 1 and has been under the ton four times, including his ‘2’! The best thing about bringing Lloyd in now though is none of these stats. It is the fact that he is currently $4k below his starting price and could possibly drop a little bit more this week. This bloke was considered well unders at the beginning of the season, and now not only do we get a second chance at bringing him in, we get him even cheaper! If you’re a non-owner this is the easiest lock you will ever make in your Fantasy career; set and forget.

Jack Newnes ($515,000 BE 82)

 The new DPP is unlucky to not hold the #1 spot this week but his value is undeniable. Before I start, I would like to stress one thing; if you’re bringing one in this week, go Newnes over Lloyd, both will be Top 6 Defenders but Newnes offers more value right now, however Lloyd will average slightly more. Newnes is currently a PoD, owned by just over 9,000 coaches, but don’t expect this to last. The thing is, Dual-Position gainers tend to get a lot more attention than your regular players as they are hyped to the extreme. For Jack however, this hype is very much warranted and, once again, non-owners can thank an injury-effected score for his low price-tag. In Round 9, Newnes had a first-quarter injury leaving him stranded on 10, and affecting all seven coaches silly enough to have picked him as a midfielder up until that point (not an official stat). After Round 4, and around the injury, Newnes started to set the Fantasy world alight, and removing his ‘10’ gives you some wondrous numbers for a Defender. A Last-3 of 122, a Last-5 of 113.2, and an average after Round 3 of 111.4. He’s gone under 100 three times since Round 3, including his score of 10 with the other scores being 99 and 91. These are solid numbers for a Midfielder, let alone a guy who now has Defender status. As I said, I’d pick him over Lloyd just for this week due to breakevens, but you can’t go wrong with either really.

Kade Simpson ($544,000 BE 138)

Image result for kade simpson 2017Simmo is lucky to slot into my third and final spot over Dylan Roberton ($566,000 BE 127) but managed to sneak in due to price, ceiling, and an easier run home. There is but only one negative about Kade’s current AFL Fantasy game – he is wildly out of form. After not hitting the ton since Round 8 (74, 92, Bye, 71), Kade’s price is at a season-low and should be dropping even further with a breakeven that high. I understand what you’re all thinking, “this seems like a deal-breaker, has Sparksy officially lost the few brain cells he had left?”. The answer is no, I have not. In fact, Simmo will be a Top 6 Defender by the end of the season purely because of his run home. In Rounds 13 and 14 he faces Gold Coast and Richmond, two teams who leak a few points and tend to not man up any loose half-backs. Rounds 15 and 16 will be tougher, against Adelaide (although they’re his favourite team to score against) and Melbourne who haven’t given up many points this season, however both games are at the MCG, not travelling is a bonus. From then on he has a Fantasy gold mine, finding points as he pleases. Western Bulldogs, Brisbane (interstate), Geelong, Essendon, West Coast (interstate), Hawthorn and Sydney. Now, I’m not saying that trends don’t change or that these teams won’t start drying up for opposition points against (Essendon are already a very limiting team), but traditionally with maybe the exception of the Bombers, these teams don’t shut down any loose half-backs, so I’m very excited about what Simpson and Docherty can do on the run home. With a BE that high, you can probably wait a week or two and get him a few thousand cheaper, but he will be a Top 6 Defender so keep a sharp eye on him.

Sparksy’s All-Fantasy Defenders –

Sam Docherty – $681,000 Avg. 119.3 BE 106

Taylor Adams – $627,000 Avg. 115.6 BE 141

Jake Lloyd – $517,000 Avg. 96.5 BE 117

Rory Laird – $550,000 Avg. 103.3 BE 118

Jack Newnes – $515,000 Avg. 92.5 BE 82

Kade Simpson – $544,000 Avg. 97.2 BE 138


Dylan Roberton – $566,000 Avg. 103 BE 127

Heath Shaw – $504,000 Avg. 87.5 BE 82

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Scott Selwood ($485,000 BE 31)

Here we have our first true diamond in the rough and, if you don’t already have him, this is the last week he will be real value. Scooter is currently the closest thing to a must have that isn’t a true premium. I think the whole Fantasy community can recite his three game Fantasy scores of 119, 119 and 125 off by heart, giving him an average of 121 going into his bye last week. Geelong’s run home looks solid, but I’m not sure how long Scooter can keep up this sort of scoring. West Coast this week should be nice to him as they leak points in the middle and he should have plenty of high quality midfielders to run with and give a +4 cuddle to. Same goes for next week, playing Fremantle and Nat Fyfe at Kardinia Park. The week after however is against the Giants at Spotless and this game has me a bit worried. The best thing about Scooter is his ability to lay a tackle. He currently has 44 tackles over his three games, that’s an average of 14.7 tackles per game and amounts to 176 of his total Fantasy points which leads to my favourite stat yet. 48.48% of Scott Selwood’s Fantasy points come from tackles. That’s almost half of his points per game coming from tackles, 59 points per game of his 121 average! He doesn’t even need to touch the pill and he will still score a 60! And the best news is, you can’t stop it! If a bloke wants to lay a cuddle, what can you do? You can’t tag a player to stop him tackling! It’s exciting stuff, I’m just worried it will stop soon. If you don’t own Scooter, you should look at getting him in, he’s one of the true stepping stones left and will be handy when he tops out.

Rory Sloane ($595,000 BE 138)

Image result for rory sloane 2017Ah, the Sloane debate, it’s certainly an interesting one. A potential Top 8 Midfielder with a season ceiling of 157, he’s been above 150 three times this season and above 130 six times. And yet he’s priced at $595k with a BE of 138 and people are jumping off him left, right and centre, why? The tag, of course. It certainly seems that Rory doesn’t have the ability to shake unwanted attention, leading to him having four scores in the 60’s this season. Unfortunately for Fantasy coaches, it also seems that no Sloane = no Adelaide, with the exception of this week, and therefore the best way to beat Adelaide is to tag Sloane out of the game. This means teams put exceptional effort into shutting Rory down, more than just tagging, it genuinely seems like a team focus to eliminate any impact he can have on the game. This makes Sloane a high risk-high reward prospect and has done all season. The point-differential between Rory’s highest and lowest scores is 95, that’s almost a 100-point differential without an injury effected score. Even between his highest sub-ton and lowest ton score, the differential is still 19. This proves that Rory goes big or goes home really. I guess the most important thing you guys want to know is how does Sloane stack up on the run home? Well, out of the ten rounds he has left (Bye this week), he plays 5 of the Top 8 teams for points allowed, or the easiest teams to score against. He also plays Carlton (Round 15, Curnow), Melbourne (Round 17, Vince), Geelong (Round 18, Selwood) and Collingwood (Round 19, Greenwood) all of which tag heavily. Of those four, Sloane has played two already this season (Melbourne for 63 and Geelong for 92) and only Carlton overlaps on both the easiest teams to score against and the teams that tag heavily. The two remaining teams are Port Adelaide and Essendon who Sloane has already played this season and knocked around for 139 and 143 respectively, albeit this was before Round 7 when North Melbourne worked out how to stop Sloane and Adelaide simultaneously. So, in short – 5/10 remaining teams are in the top 8 easiest teams to score against, 4/10 of those teams will definitely tag Sloane, 1/10 of those teams overlap, the remaining 2/10 of those teams Sloane has already scored 130+ on this season. I’ll leave it to you to work out whether he comes into calculations.

Jaeger O’Meara ($377,000 BE 78)

I can already hear you all saying “stop flogging this horse, Sparksy, it died 7 Rounds ago” and you’re probably right. However, some people (me) are quite desperate and desperate times call for desperate measures. It’s a long shot and he’s no shoe in to come back straight after his Bye this week (source) but Jaeger could provide a handy money-spinner later in the year if he can get back and find form. This one’s a longshot, (understatement of the century), but it could be a long shot some may need to give a go and it really could have some benefits. After his Bye he plays Adelaide, who he probably won’t even play as Hawthorn are cautious. However, if he can get up the week after that he plays Collingwood who are his easiest team to score against by about 14 points! Not only that, but of the nine opponents he plays after Adelaide, he averages over 90 on seven of them! We all know the kid can play, in both real and Fantasy terms, he’s just had a really tough run. Let’s hope the Hawthorn doctors have finally got him right and he can be back by Round 15 to kick some ass.

Sparksy’s All-Fantasy Midfielders –

Tom Mitchell – $728,000 Avg. 129.3 BE 141

Tom Rockliff – $710,000 Avg. 125.4 BE 152

Zach Merrett – $685,000 Avg. 125.3 BE 128

Gary Ablett – $684,000 Avg. 120.9 BE 118

Patrick Dangerfield – $649,000 Avg. 116.3 BE 99

Dustin Martin – $639,000 Avg. 116.7 BE 75

Adam Treloar – $617,000 Avg. 114.1 BE 109

Dayne Zorko – $653,000 Avg. 119 BE 109


Josh Kelly – $660,000 Avg. 113.9 BE 117

Josh P. Kennedy – $555,000 Avg. 98.4 BE 83

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Max Gawn ($588,000 BE 177)

If you owned him from season’s beginning until Round 3, or even 4 or 5, I apologise for this next segment, you may even want to skip this paragraph… Maxy Gawn is back people! (source) If not this week then next week, the (ex)Beard will be running amuck in the red and blue, destroying every ruckman in his path. One of the three true premier ruckman in the league, Maxy went down in Round 3 on just 32 with a price-tag of $634,000. He subsequently dropped $46k, gained a BE of 177 and a 10-week break. Now coach Goodwin reckons he will have Gawny back within a fortnight Max-imum (get it?) and Fantasy Coaches need to work out whether he’s a worthwhile purchase or not. My personal opinion is a no, I think Stef and Grundy will average more for the rest of the season, hence why I started with them and still have them both. I wouldn’t trade Stef or Grundy to him, it could be a nice cash grab but it’s also a very sideways trade and you must have better things to do. I believe Max could potentially get as low as $530k, that currently only nets you $60k from Stef and $80k from Grundy. However, Max could be a very nice upgrade for anybody still holding a Witts/Kreuzer and wants to get rid of them. It’s definitely touch and go for Gawn, but keep a solid eye on him.

Tom Bellchambers ($418,000 BE 55)

It may be an irrelevant time and he may be on the “never again” list, but I’ve finally managed to pick a semi-decent mid-priced ruckmen midseason! Belch has been making me proud and earning a special place in my heart these past three weeks. He’s played four Rounds for an average of 88.3 which is punching about 40 points above his weight, however it’s his Round 11 performance that makes me proud. He MONSTERED Mummy, of all the ruckmen, he mummified the Mummifier! I genuinely think I shed a tear that day, the boy who everybody pinned their hopes on at some point in the past four seasons finally came through! I can’t see why you’d want or need to pick him up, every coach in the competition should have their two ruck spots sorted. But, if you haven’t been paying attention for the past seven years and you’re low on cash and have the sudden urge to trade in a mid-priced ruckman, Belch is a decent cash grab.

Sparksy’s All-Fantasy Rucks –

Brodie Grundy – $609,000 Avg. 110.7 BE 81

Stefan Martin – $587,000 Avg. 108.9 BE 121


Max Gawn – $588,000 Avg. 79.3 BE 177

Sam Jacobs – $583,000 Avg. 103.6 BE 114

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Luke Dahlhaus ($518,000 BE 113)

Jack Macrae ($530,000 BE 107)

The two Doggies’ boys are at a season low in price, currently sitting $39k and $66k below their respective starting prices. Shoe-ins for a Top 6 Forward spot each, most teams already have at least one, but now’s the time to jump on the other. Averaging 95.5 and 98.6 respectively, the boys and their team have a smooth run home, playing West Coast, Carlton, Gold Coast, Brisbane and Hawthorn in five of their last 11 games, plus the Bulldogs finished off quite strongly last year and I expect the same this year. Macrae has dropped under 90 just twice this year and Dahlhaus only four times, proving these guys have great consistency, and they’ve both never gone below 70, so even their low scores aren’t that bad. I understand I’m preaching to the choir a bit here as they both have 35%+ ownership levels but they are the best value they’ve been this season.

Chad Wingard ($507,000 BE 94)

Image result for chad wingardWingard was slightly disappointing on the weekend, putting up a 71 against the Bombers, his third lowest score of the season. There are two good things to take out of this; Port Adelaide were deplorable so a 71 is actually quite respectable and Essendon are the fourth stingiest team in the league for points against. Although Chad’s run home includes Melbourne (Round 18) and Adelaide (Round 20) who are the second and third stingiest teams for points against respectively, the rest of the run home is one of the best in the league. His Last-3 and Last-5 are both impressive, with averages of 100.3 and 101.6 respectively, after a move to the midfield earned him DPP status. Unfortunately, Chad wasn’t around for the first two MBR’s, meaning a lot of people, myself included, missed out on getting him when they needed. He’s still value now as he is priced under his capabilities, however he will probably end up hovering around the $530k-$550k mark and he’s not a Top 6 Forward. One thing Wingard will be good for is as a filler. Sometimes, when cash is low, coaches will need to bring in a player who is slightly cheaper than a premo but has similar output. You know he won’t quite be a keeper, but you wouldn’t be disappointed if you never got around to upgrading him. Chad is that type of player, and he’s certainly not a bad pick if you decide to go with him.

Liam Jones ($291,000 BE 41)

The man of the moment. Before I begin, I would just like to say that Jonesy had a legitimately good game on the weekend, no question. I’m going to do my best to keep a straight face while doing this write-up, I’ll let you know when I fail. Jones’s Fantasy game is not strong to say the least. 15th of June, 2014, Round 13 against Collingwood. Remember this date. That is the only time he has tonned up with a 112. Honestly, I’m actually kind of impressed, I was fairly confident in thinking that he’d never cracked the 100. Including his 72 average this year (off one game) he has a career Fantasy average of 52.1 (I failed). However, Carlton are a different side this season! They piss about with the ball in the back half like nobody else, racking up +6’s like they’re going out of fashion. This showed in Jones’ game on Sunday with 14 disposals (11 kicks) and 8 marks. I don’t think that this will be a regular occurrence and you should expect more scores similar to Jones’ career average from now on. A score of 52 is only 11 above his BE this week, and that gap is going to get closer every week. As such, if you’re thinking about Liam Jones as a legitimate option, I’d probably reconsider.

Sparksy’s All-Fantasy Forwards –

Elliot Yeo – $594,000 Avg. 107.6 BE 119

Jack Macrae – $530,000 Avg. 98.55 BE 107

Michael Barlow – $546,000 Avg. 95.9 BE 91

Lance Franklin – $545,000 Avg. 98.2 BE 106

Luke Dahlhaus – $518,000 Avg. 95.5 BE 113

Sam Menegola – $539,000 Avg. 100.5 BE 115


Koby Stevens – $533,000 Avg. 96.6 BE 115

Isaac Heeney – $516,000 Avg. 96.7 BE 87


*PLEASE NOTE* My All-Fantasy Team is my personal opinion using the information I’ve gathered through my own research. It consists of the players I think will average the most between Rounds 14-23. It most certainly is not the be-all and end-all and I understand completely if you have a different opinion. In fact, I would LOVE to hear who’s in your All-Fantasy Teams!


So, that’s it for another Ripe for the Picking! I hope you all enjoyed the read and gained a bit from it in some way! As always, hit me up on @SparksyDT for all your Fantasy needs and I’ll get back to you! Cheers, and happy trading!




  1. Will

    June 14, 2017 at 8:44 am

    What does everyone see Scooter averaging? If he keeps getting 10-12 tackles a week I can’t see why he can’t average 105-110

    • sir relton

      June 14, 2017 at 9:19 am

      He’s a win-win in my opinion. Worst case he gets a couple 70’s – 90’s and you use him to get that last premo mid in rd 15, best case he tackles his way to a 110 ave and stays in the team long term.

    • TimorSaint

      June 14, 2017 at 9:33 am

      same … im trading in scooter this week too (and newnes), but will scotter average 100+ ? im trading fyfe out for scooter and it makes me nervous

    • Sparksy

      June 14, 2017 at 9:52 am

      I think he will drop back down to around 80 at some point but he’s definitely still value either way! A 110 average is unlikely but it’s certainly not out of the question!

  2. CarFan

    June 14, 2017 at 9:26 am

    Why would anyone want to get rid of Kruze? Averaging 107!

    • sir relton

      June 14, 2017 at 10:29 am

      He’s under appreciated, but it’s due to his history of big scores mixed in with big injuries and he’s never been a consistent premo. That being said, I got him last week :) and if he gets through the rest of the season unscathed, he could well be the highest averaging ruck.

  3. anth80

    June 14, 2017 at 9:45 am


    No mention of Brad Ebert?
    Surely better option then JPK? He should nearly be top 8 mid.

    • Sparksy

      June 14, 2017 at 9:55 am

      Ebert was pretty close. Port have a great run home, just like Sydney, just JPK tends to finish big and I think Sydney will too. Ebert is certainly a great pick!

  4. Fooz


    June 14, 2017 at 9:57 am

    I’m still not sure how Menegola’s role will go, long term, with Scooter back in the side. Both play fairly similar, but there’s only room for one lock-down (tagger) in a side surely. I’m concerned that Menegola’s average going forward from here will suffer…

    Still, having said that, an average of 90 in the FWDs would still be beneficial. Just need him to drop about 40K and then I’m sold.

    • Sparksy

      June 14, 2017 at 10:10 am

      I don’t think Menegola’s average will suffer too much, if at all. I’m very worried about him getting dropped however, he does tend to lose his spot in the side every now and then!

    • Grovers Guns

      June 14, 2017 at 11:14 am

      I have noticed that Menegola hasn’t tonned up since Scooter has returned.
      It does concern me

  5. Nush

    June 14, 2017 at 9:59 am

    Need some opinions, I can afford upgrading Otten to Yeo, OR do i upgrade to cheaper (wingard/similar) and use extra money to upgrade marchbank to newnes/lloyd aswell, or just go to Yeo and forget with him.

    • TimorSaint

      June 14, 2017 at 10:03 am

      id go newnes … he will cost close to $600k in a month i reckon

    • Sparksy

      June 14, 2017 at 10:12 am

      Both are fantastic options! It depends if you would be happy with Wingard in your Forward line instead of Yeo, because at this stage in the season, it’s quite likely he will keep his spot in your 22.

    • Gibo

      June 14, 2017 at 11:35 am

      If you haven’t got Barlow or dahlaus I’d get them in with Newnes. Both will be Top 6 forwards and as sparksy has said are value NOW. Yep can wait and drop some $$ over the next couple.

  6. TimorSaint

    June 14, 2017 at 10:03 am

    nice work sparksy … your article, along with jeppa’s, are the most valuable to me ;) – cheers

    • Sparksy

      June 14, 2017 at 10:15 am

      Comparing me to King Jeppa?! You make me blush! Thank you man, I’m glad you enjoy it! JJ’s will be here soon I believe, most anticipated one of the year I reckon.

      Also, appreciate the ‘value’ pun, intended or unintended. 😉

  7. anth80

    June 14, 2017 at 10:21 am


    With the comment you made about Menegola Losing his spot. Should I avoid as I was bringing him in this week?

    • Sparksy

      June 14, 2017 at 11:00 am

      He should be fine! He’s technically only been dropped for one game this season, I think they’ve now realised he’s best 22.

  8. Aaron

    June 14, 2017 at 10:44 am

    What are your thoughts on Dom Sheed? Seriously consider bringing him in, great value, potential keeper?

    • Aaron

      June 14, 2017 at 10:45 am


    • Sparksy

      June 14, 2017 at 11:03 am

      2 40’s, 2 70’s and only 2 100’s this season, it’s a pass from me. Could be a good PoD if he keeps up his previous two-games of form!

      • Aaron

        June 14, 2017 at 11:13 am

        I reckon I might take the punt, got the need for sheed

        • Sparksy

          June 14, 2017 at 11:17 am

          I like it, good luck to you.

    • Gaffy

      June 14, 2017 at 8:31 pm

      I think sheed becomes a good stepping stone with a BE of 40 and reasonable recent scoring worth a punt.

  9. Dardymen

    June 14, 2017 at 11:00 am

    Should I grab doc this week or grab Newnes and Lloyd in stead if I get doc it uses up a fair bit of my cash on one upgrade as opposed to getting two ptemos

    • Sparksy

      June 14, 2017 at 11:05 am

      I may be slightly biased as he’s been my boy for three seasons now, but as far as I’m concerned, Doch is the most required player in the game. If you don’t have him you’re really missing out. That being said, Newnes and Lloyd are both MUCH better value right now so I’d take them.

    • AndyV

      June 14, 2017 at 7:26 pm

      I’d say it depends what your trade plans are for next week. I broke the bank to get Rocky last week and its really screwed me over. I’m now in a position where I need to get very creative with my trades and bring in some left field picks to generate any coin.

  10. Diesel

    June 14, 2017 at 11:27 am

    Great write up Sparksy! I thought RoberTON is a bit stiff to miss out in your top 6 for Simpson. Other than that, can’t really argue with your other picks.

    • Sparksy

      June 14, 2017 at 12:39 pm

      It was SO close! Carlton just has a better run home than St. Kilda and Roberton tends to have a few 70’s too!

  11. wiley

    June 14, 2017 at 11:31 am

    Who has to go first, Myers or D. Lloyd for Dusty?

    • Sparksy

      June 14, 2017 at 12:40 pm

      Either and both, at least Myers plays I guess but neither will gain value.

  12. Timothy

    June 14, 2017 at 11:32 am

    Barlow and Dusty vs Danger and Dusty, which options? Barlow is probs going into my fwd line

    • Sparksy

      June 14, 2017 at 12:41 pm

      Danger and Dusty for me.

  13. Bec

    June 14, 2017 at 11:42 am

    Keep or trade Sloane? Thinking about trading him to Scooter and then upgrading Fyfe to Danger.

    • Sparksy

      June 14, 2017 at 12:42 pm

      Certainly not a bad move!

    • Kye

      June 14, 2017 at 12:44 pm

      i’m trading him to Dangerfield, because surely everyone will know now to tag Sloane to even have a chance against the Crows. He got tagged by Koby Stevens, which isn’t even a known tagger, Even though he could go huge with a 150 every fortnight, I’d rather go Danger and sleep safe at night knowing he’ll ton every week.

  14. Dave

    June 14, 2017 at 11:51 am

    Is it time to part with heath Shaw to bring Doch in? I’ve already got Adams, Laird, Newns And Lloyd.. Feel like Doch is the final piece of the puzzle.

    • Sparksy

      June 14, 2017 at 12:42 pm

      He most certainly is! Go for it!

    • Kye

      June 14, 2017 at 12:44 pm

      Doch is a must have right now, pig in the backline!

    • Nick


      June 14, 2017 at 3:52 pm

      No way! Shaw has just started to turn it around! Doc has to be in your team as soon as you can, but you don’t trade out premiums to get premiums!

      • charlie

        June 14, 2017 at 5:35 pm

        Shaw is not a top 6 def this year Doc is. I say trade him in!

  15. Pete

    June 14, 2017 at 12:39 pm

    Does anyone know what’s going on with Robbie Gray? Is he injured? Will he come good? I might make a play for him in draft league. He has a few tons but some stinkers too.

    • Sparksy

      June 14, 2017 at 12:44 pm

      He’s playing too much forward.

      • Pete

        June 14, 2017 at 12:52 pm

        Do you think his scores can improve?

        • Sparksy

          June 14, 2017 at 1:00 pm

          Not unless he has a role change. He can still score big, he just needs a few goals.

  16. OceanEarth

    June 14, 2017 at 12:48 pm

    Great article. Love the amount of research and effort you put into this mate. Very useful.

    • Sparksy

      June 14, 2017 at 1:00 pm

      Why thank you. ☺️

      • Simon

        June 14, 2017 at 1:20 pm

        Yeah, plus one mate. Awesome work!

        • Sparksy

          June 14, 2017 at 2:01 pm

          Thanks! ☺️

  17. Foo Foo the Snoo

    June 14, 2017 at 1:34 pm

    Love this article… well done Sparksy!

    Dilemma of MacRae vs Menegola vs Barlow… any help appreciated!

    • Sparksy

      June 14, 2017 at 2:02 pm

      Thank you! Macrae for me!

      • Huxley

        June 15, 2017 at 12:21 am

        Close one, but Barlow pips Macrae in my opinion. Barlow seems to be getting better as the season goes on.

    • Foo Foo the Snoo

      June 15, 2017 at 9:49 pm

      Thank you for talking me out of Menegola!

  18. Marcus

    June 14, 2017 at 1:47 pm

    I thought I would be the only one considering D Sheed until I red Aarons comments.

    • Huxley

      June 15, 2017 at 1:20 am

      Worth a punt considering its slim pickings out there. He’s been learning quite a bit off Sam Mitchell and his game has improved as well as kicking a couple of goals now too.

  19. Tex

    June 14, 2017 at 1:47 pm

    Sparksy – your articles are *always* brilliant. Well done mate!

    • Sparksy

      June 14, 2017 at 2:03 pm

      Cheers heaps Tex! 😁

  20. Patrick

    June 14, 2017 at 2:24 pm

    Ablett vs Danger vs Zorko vs JPK ?

    • HeathShawsShankedRedemption

      June 14, 2017 at 2:29 pm

      Tough call, I think gaj has the best run home, but 3 of them will be very close, where as JPK should pick up the most $.

  21. HeathShawsShankedRedemption

    June 14, 2017 at 2:27 pm

    At the moment my trades are Fyfe & Otten to Scooter & Sheed. Makes me nervous to say the least, but both seem like decent stepping stones… also leaves me with 250k for next week.

    Or should I say stuff it, and bring in Gaj & Lloyd and deal with no cash next week?

    • The Wizard

      June 14, 2017 at 6:44 pm

      unbiased opinion because it’s not my team, say stuff it!!
      It looks to me you are using 2 stepping stones to get 2 stepping stones and therefore not really improving your team (although i see the value in scooter).
      An example would be i was faced with simmilar last week and ended up getting Rock,Gaz & Doch leaving no cash this week, but have still managed to come up with Newnes,Scooter and a dead ruck this week with no starting cash. get the guns and thank me later.

      • HeathShawsShankedRedemption

        June 14, 2017 at 7:01 pm

        Yeah might be the right choice. May even go Scooter & Barlow so I get one set n forget premo but still get some cash generation in the middle.

  22. Brett

    June 14, 2017 at 3:24 pm

    Hmm too many choices of who to bring in.
    Who out of Kennedy(swans), Newnes, JLloyd and Scooter selwood and in what order

    • Nick


      June 14, 2017 at 3:50 pm

      I’d grab Newnes or Lloyd first, cause they are very likely to be top 6 defenders, whereas JPK and Scooter will not be top 8 Mids.

  23. Nick


    June 14, 2017 at 3:48 pm

    Cheers for the article Sparksy, your All-Fantasy team looks solid to me! I just wish there were some better forward options!

    What do you think about B. Ellis? $450k, scored back to back tons, and has a good Fantasy history…

    I already have Lloyd and Newnes and want to wait a couple of weeks for Simpson to drop a little more.

    Am I crazy for looking at Ellis?

    Cheers mate!

    • Alex

      June 14, 2017 at 4:00 pm

      No you aren’t. I think it’s a pretty smart choice

      • Plugger

        June 14, 2017 at 4:16 pm


        And with a BE of 51 he offers not only points but cash over the next few weeks. Sound stepping stone who might also put his hand up as a keeper. And with the low BE he provides space to re-trade without too much damage to your coins even if he weakens in performance (which his current form argues against).

        • Nick


          June 14, 2017 at 7:39 pm

          Cheers folks, looks like I’ll bring him in then!

    • AndyV

      June 14, 2017 at 7:37 pm

      I’m considering Ellis too due to a lack of funds. Not seen the last couple of Tigers games, but his stats suggest his role may have changed. A couple of years back he looked like being a future premo

      • Nick


        June 14, 2017 at 7:40 pm

        Yeah, I haven’t seen the games either. Hopefully he’s back to his best!

  24. anthony

    June 14, 2017 at 4:17 pm

    gaz or doc ?

    • tbd

      June 14, 2017 at 5:14 pm

      Doc first imo

    • Nick


      June 14, 2017 at 7:43 pm

      Doc cause he’s a defender.

  25. Fletty

    June 14, 2017 at 4:34 pm

    Thoughts on these trades

    Cam McCarthy to Scooter
    Jeremy Cameron to Jack Newnes
    Rory Sloane to JPK


    Cam McCarthy to Shai Bolton
    Jeremy Cameron to Scooter
    Sloane to Ablett/Rocky


    Cam McCarthy to Shai Bolton
    Jeremy Cameron to Yeo
    Sloane to Ablett/Rocky

  26. Fuzzball

    June 14, 2017 at 4:36 pm

    Looking for best upgrades Fyfe to Scott Selwood, WHE out Ryder from ruck to foward line and Krez in and last bt not least Sloa e out for either Dusty or Ablett. Any thoughts

    • Pnxtyarmo

      June 14, 2017 at 8:24 pm

      Fyfe ok, Kruze… risky, I’ve been burnt but he might kill it for you. Is Sloane your worst player? If so, great. If not, fix your other issues first.

  27. dec

    June 14, 2017 at 4:45 pm

    Thoughts on below trades;
    1. Preuss – Frampton
    2. Otten – Newnes
    Leaving me, after trading out Myers, with $400k. And then call me crazy
    3. Myers – R. Gray.

    I know Gray has been fairly average this season, but with no viable downgrades in the midfield (for those without a bye this round) he could make a good stepping stone if he gets his stuff together.

    Opinions will be greatly appreciated.

    • Alex

      June 14, 2017 at 5:21 pm

      Gray’s scoring is trash because he is playing up forward with no midfield time. I wouldn’t go near him until he started playing through the midfield, rather than a deep forward pocket. You would be better off downgrading Myers to a rookie playing this week and pocket the cash

      • Nick


        June 14, 2017 at 7:47 pm


        Wait till you see some form from Gray before jumping on.

  28. tbd

    June 14, 2017 at 5:13 pm

    Dahlhaus or Scooter

    • Fletty

      June 14, 2017 at 5:17 pm


    • Nick


      June 14, 2017 at 7:48 pm

      Depends if you want a FWD keeper or a mid-priced stepping stone who will make a little cash then need to be traded out.

  29. Ayden

    June 14, 2017 at 6:17 pm

    Scooter over rated not worth the cash

  30. lizard-of-oz

    June 14, 2017 at 6:41 pm

    Every year i start Dalhaus in the forwards…every year I am disappointed.
    513k ? yeah maybe naw.

    • HeathShawsShankedRedemption

      June 14, 2017 at 7:04 pm

      Why? He’s averaging 96 and should be a top 6 forward. That’s what you brought him in for – not his value

  31. Brillzy03

    June 14, 2017 at 7:44 pm

    What do we think about these trades:
    Daniel Lloyd –> Mackenzie Willis
    Sloane –> Dusty
    Brennan Cox (Don’t ask) –> Scooter
    Also really want Newnes this week but don’t have the cash for three upgrades, which two should I take out of Scooter, Dusty or Newnes??

    • Nick


      June 14, 2017 at 7:51 pm

      Depends on what is more scarce for you – money or trades?

      I feel I have an abundance of trades this year, with the 9 we’ve had through the byes, so I am placing higher value on generating cash, since we don’t have many decent rookie options.

      But like The Wizard said, Dusty & Newnes are keepers, Scooter will probably cost you an extra trade (and make a little coin).

  32. The Wizard

    June 14, 2017 at 7:47 pm

    dusty & Newnes both keepers and 1 less trade to make later

  33. Al

    June 15, 2017 at 2:17 am

    Great article Sparksy, appreciate the time and effort you put into this feature. Is Prestia on anyone’s radar? Has taken him a while to find his feet at the Tigers but looked back to his ball magnet ways against the Roos before the bye. At $424k he seems a very good buy. The other player who I have found myself considering as a stepping stone is Lewis Jetta, looked to have finally worked out his role at Domain and made the most of the large ground. He won’t be consistent but much like the rest of his side will play well when at home.

  34. Alan

    June 15, 2017 at 7:35 am

    Really keen to get in Newnes & Heeny this week and need to flip D.Lloyd for a cheaper rookie to get that extra cashola but it doesn’t look like there’ll be any sub $180k rookies from MID/FWD playing..

    Is it worth fielding 17 this week to get in 2 underpriced stars for the FWD & DEF or should I look at getting in 1 of Newnes/Heeney and 2 cheaper options knowing I’m going to be trading them out soon anyway??

    • Alan

      June 15, 2017 at 8:53 am

      Or I can go Sheed instead of Heeney, 4 of the next 5 games at home and the 1 away game to play the Doggies who are giving up heaps, this allows me a bit extra cash to get in JKH or similar..

      1. Heeney (Top 8 FWD) and a non playing rook (like Buzza) and play 17 this week
      2. Sheed (mid priced cash cow) and a playing rook (like JKH) and play 18 this week

  35. Steele

    June 15, 2017 at 9:46 am

    Is it worth trading out Fyfe for Scooter Selwood. Im doing DT so trades are like gold, but would it be worth doing the swap?

    Will Fyfe come good at the end of the year or can you see them averaging something very similar?

    • Alan

      June 15, 2017 at 9:59 am

      I’d say it’s like for like.. Doesn’t matter what their year end averages are, only what they average from here on out and I can’t see Selwood (I got him in the first week he was picked) averaging much MORE than Fyfe for the rest of the year..

      • Steele

        June 15, 2017 at 11:32 am

        Preuss > Buzza
        Myers > Scooter

        Yay or Nay?

        Or hold on to the trades?!

        • Travis

          June 15, 2017 at 7:28 pm

          Hold onto the trades, what for? So you can say your the only bloke with trades left at the end of the season? You only get 2 trades per round max (3 during bye rounds) regardless if you haven’t used any in the past so no point not using them, even if you just downgrade your bench to make some cash don’t not use them bro

  36. Simo

    June 15, 2017 at 11:39 am

    Preuss > Buzza
    Myers > Scooter

    Yay or Nay?

    Or hold on to the trades?! (RDT)

  37. Travis

    June 15, 2017 at 7:22 pm

    Rippa read sparksy love your stuff. Starting to shape my team for the best 22 only, don’t really need to be grabbing any more stepping stones as I’ve got the money on the bench to make money off of to get only the best blokes in. Had a tough call to make this week trading out Taranto for menegola/ Barlow. Decided to go for menegola due to DPP and POD at the moment, both should finish the season top 6 Fwds so will end up getting the other in the coming weeks. Happy dream teaming to all, looking like an interesting round. Still managing to field 18 this week so pretty stoked and hoping to climb back into the top 500 after an abysmal week last week

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