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The Weekend Wash-Up – Round 15

And we’re back… We go again. I’m not really sure if it was a good Fantasy week or not anymore, it’s hard to tell when you don’t own any good players.

And we’re back… We go again. I’m not really sure if it was a good Fantasy week or not anymore, it’s hard to tell when you don’t own any good players. I’ll stick with the shorter format just for this week as quite honestly, I haven’t spent enough time researching to provide anything truly informative. But that’s not what we’re here for anyway, right? It’s time for some more stress relief as we charge towards finals, it’s time for the weekend wash-up!


The Round started with Melbourne and Sydney, and Thomas Bugg got things off to a flyer. He has been sent straight to the tribunal for that shocking punch on Mills (1). Sadly without (m)any good bloke references he could be facing up to 4 weeks out if the jury is feeling particularly harsh. Luke Parker (148) remembered he was actually a gun footballer, I could tell from this score alone Round 15 was going to be kinder to me than others. He’s cheap and worth looking at (with caution). Newman (116) has averaged 101 since I traded him out of my side for $305,000. Good times. Viney (64) can’t stay out on the park, Vince (69) wasn’t the answer, and Lewis (52) is arguably the draft burn of the season. I don’t blame you for thinking twice as to who Lewis is, I did it myself. Hannebery (51) lost $52,000 and now has a BE of 159. He used to be a gun clearance midfielder, but this season is Dan’s lowest averages for contested possessions, clearances and disposals since 2012. I don’t know why he has now become a full time winger, another Longmire victim.

The Eagles won in Melbourne, proving anything can happen this season. Andrew Gaff (130) brought his own footy again, he has been a resounding success this year averaging 109. Sheed (102) is a Fantasy jet, breakout complete. Yeo (78) continues to be used as a swingman, which baffles me. He’s so good rebounding off half back, just let him settle down. With no Dangerfield or Bontempelli to run with next week hopefully he’s freed up. I’m guessing nobody had seriously considered Karpany (95) before this week, that was a shock! Expect 50’s. Sadly the Doggies have forgotten how to play Fantasy footy, I wonder if they know they’re still allowed to switch the play? Macrae (98) fought hard late, Dahlhaus (81) didn’t. Wallis (58) is still rusty and Johannisen (51) is still basking in his norm smith glory. Somebody forgot to deliver a package.

Gibbs (160). Bryce bloody Gibbs, that is all. He has a 3 round average of 153 and a 5 round average of 142, those are ‘pigesque’ numbers. Coming into the prime of his career aged 28, we really should have seen the scope for further improvement. An average of 120 though? Incredible. Docherty (132) is also priced at $723,000, Carlton fans should be absolutely killing it this season. His 5 round average is 136, those are mind numbing numbers. It just doesn’t look right, is this Dane Swan or Sam Docherty? His 54 points in 10 minutes during the first term had half the country erect and the rest permanently dysfunctional. Part man part machine. Kreuzer (122) in comparison is averaging a lazy 123 points over the past 5 rounds. Hang on… SOMEONE CALL ASADA! Something doesn’t add up at Carlton. Murphy (130) finally decided to join in on the act, it was a nice change to see one of my Blues actually perform. Adelaide may have won the game in the end but we know who the real winners were. Laird (76) certainly wasn’t one, he has averaged 53 points less than Docherty over the past month. He’s averaging 100 and I’m not happy, it’s a new standard these days. Sadly Marchbank (44) is past his used by date and continues to bleed cash. He has to go.

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Gary Ablett (127) dominated in his 300th as you’d expect, he’s now averaging 119 this season and is owned by 10% of coaches. Do not scratch your eyes, the best player of this century is nearly averaging 120 and the majority of us don’t own him. Insanity. It turns out Lynch (117) had been struggling with a back problem the previous 2 weeks. Well why the hell didn’t anyone mention that BEFORE. These AFL coaches really don’t think about the pain we go through, so selfish. Lyons (133) is becoming an elite midfielder, I’d happily call this a breakout game. I don’t think he’s going to look back, gun. North Melbourne were playing so there’s bound to be some losers, and boy am I glad to have Mitchell Hibberd (43) back in my side 3 weeks after trading him out. I’d make a pretty safe bet that he will be straight back to D8 and not playing within the next fortnight. It’s his destiny. Pearce Hanley (26) didn’t play the 2nd half and is going to be a make or break midpricer next season. I don’t know if I could ever do it.

Dangerfield (142) is in superhuman mode, carrying a 6 round average of over 134. I can actually enjoy watching Geelong this season which is a nice change from 2016. Menegola (113) is a gun midfielder, which perfectly explains why Champion Data granted him forward status. You just have to sit back and laugh, then make sure you get him into your team. Whitfield (123) laid 8 tackles which is probably more than Gaff has laid in his whole career, so that might have been a bad comparison last week. Black (66) returned, and it wasn’t hard to see why he had been dropped in the first place. Zach Tuohy (64) continues to confuse, while another Zach was added to the crew. It wasn’t a great week for the Z’s all round, with Guthrie (37) managing just 13 touches and no tackles on debut. Old mate Lloyd (51) came in as a late inclusion, and you wouldn’t have known it unless the commentators mentioned the late out during the game. I’ve seen solar powered flashlights with more use than this guy.

Who else picked up Kane Lambert (147) off the free agents list recently? Honestly thank god for my draft team this season, it keeps me going every weekend. As far as Lambert is concerned I haven’t got a clue what’s going on, but I’m not complaining. Yet. They might as well skip all the formalities on Brownlow night, it’s going to be a miracle if anyone even gets close to Dangerfield or Martin (131). He probably clocked up another 3 votes this week, he’s unstoppable. Ellis (109) seems to be back to his best, however I can’t bring myself to watch the Tigers so I can’t really help you here. Wingard (141) is still a superstar, he seems to have become a forgotten man over the past couple of years. You wouldn’t know which Gray I was talking about if I didn’t add an initial. R.Gray (59) has lost the plot completely, and so has Ken Hinkley. He’s a jet, just put him in the guts. Please. Ebert (72) has a three round average of just 77, and let me tell you it’s as satisying as I could have ever imagined. Justice is being served.

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A month ago this battle would have been shaped up as The Master vs The Apprentice. Sadly Merrett (78) and Rockliff (90) can’t dig a deep enough hole after this performance. I’m at a loss as to what has happened to Rocky, but Zach’s score was even more of a surprise. To make things sweeter, I had him captain in every single Fantasy format you could imagine. There goes that whole ‘good weekend’ idea. Zorko (124) bounced back but it’s still not enough given that insipid display last week. Witherden (96) is looking like a must have and given I still need to play a defensive rookie I’m not going to say no! Martin (74) keeps toying with my emotions, I can tell you already he’ll sneak a ton next week to tempt me into holding him. At least Archie Smith (36) had a corking game…………. Brisbane won so sadly I doubt anything will change. Jake Barrett (30) is a crab. God I’m fickle.

Mitchell (135) is the only performing Fantasy Pig in the land, so captaincy should be a no brainer. Hell, he’s averaging 129 and hasn’t gone below 108 all season. We shouldn’t even consider anyone else. Hopefully Buckley enjoyed both of his final quarter goals. Other than Tom this was a pretty average Fantasy game. Treloar (98) was ok. Sidebottom (100) was ok. Adams (95) was ok. Grundy (95) was ok. Pendlebury (90) was OK. I’m bored, can we move on? I guess I should mention McEvoy (68) has been hit with a reality check lately, and about time too.

Fremantle and St Kilda finished off the round in style with another cracking game. It’s lucky the footy is so good otherwise I seriously wouldn’t know what to do with myself. I’d probably even watch a game of Rugby… Nevermind. Steele (119) had as many tackles as he did kicks, handballs and marks combined. Do we consider getting him back in? If it’s a choice between him and Walters, I formally abstain. Speaking of Michael… I’ll hold fire. The biggest Fantasy talking point of the weekend came when Sandilands (15) broke down again. Step up Sean Darcy (114). He finds the footy, he dominates hitouts, and he tackles. Tick, tick, tick! Surely a must have this week, and I’m considering upgrading Goldstein to him this week. I made a similar move earlier in the season and that worked out ok didn’t it? Oh wait, my ruckman got injured for 26 and I had to upgrade him to Mumford. Not so great. On a positive note, this couldn’t go any worse! Amongst the rest of the rabble, Steven (63) continues to spiral downwards. Is he underpriced next season, or just a dud? I can’t see any good excuses for this score. Nathan Brown (10) might have become the first Fantasy player in history to fall to basement price while playing. Did Presti or Dawson ever manage that feat? Brown failed to reach his breakeven of 28, falling 18 short. He averages 27 points per game, I’m almost tempted to applaud that effort. I might bring him in just to see what happens. Lastly Nick Riewoldt (54) copped some criticism for what some called ‘unsportsmanlike’ behaviour. Whatever the hell that means. Who cares? I for one thought it was bloody genius. Of course if it was the Eagles and not Freo I’d be absolutely fuming. Get over it. Take what you can, give nothing back. What he should be given criticism for is the sudden refusal for him to ever leave the forward 50. Not pretty.

It’s Nominations time, and I actually have a player to vote for this week…

Parker – Bingo! Parks dominated with 38 disposals (19 contested) including 9 clearances and a goal. About time.

Docherty – Doch could nearly win a stubby every week to be perfectly honest. Another 26 beautiful uncontested disposals and 132 points this week.

Gibbs – It’s rare that a player wins two stubbies in three weeks, but Gibbs is a chance (if anyone owns him). He only had 30 disposals, but also added 15 tackles. Massive!

Walters – There was some good ones to choose from, but this was probably the best individual effort of the weekend. 32 disposals and 6 goals, not a bad day out.

Dangerfield – Just the lazy 45 disposals for Danger this week including 25 contested and 13 clearances. Ok we’re not playing supercoach and caring about that fancy stuff, but he’s a jet!

So, who gets your vote?

This Game Sh*ts Me

What you’re about to see is intended for mature audiences only. It contains coarse language, betrayal and sexual references.

The Fantasy Gods have bent me over and gone in raw. I’m feeling insecure and frankly I may never trust anyone ever again. I trusted you Tom.

Walters had just scored 38 and 59, was playing up forward and looked like he’d first picked up a football 2 months ago. Rocky was returning from the bye well rested and ready to go into Pig mode. $288,000 I paid for this upgrade. Two-Hundred and Eighty-Eight thousand. I’m going to call 000 and report a robbery because that is a disgrace.

This stat gets me every time. Ready yourself. Since I made this trade, Walters has outscored Rockliff. By 23 points to be precise… That’s pretty ugly you say, but not the end of the world. Oh really? HE HAD HIS BYE. MICHAEL WALTERS HAD A WEEK OFF AND HAS STILL OUTSCORED TOM ROCKLIFF. Not to mention the losses I took from captaining Rocky twice. This has to go down as the biggest trade loss in the history of AFL Fantasy, and it involved me upgrading Michael Walters to arguably the best Fantasy scorer of all time. And you try to tell me my team isn’t cursed… I’m done. This game sh*ts me.

The Other Bits and Pieces

Anyway…… 2168. I should have had a seriously good week, but of course my team sucks and I have 3 rookies playing. They contributed 117 points. Sean Darcy nearly managed that by himself. I’m basically playing with 20 men so considering that, I’ll take it. I’m in a couple of cash leagues so I have to throw overall ranking out the window and try to recover my team for finals. Witherden and Darcy are in, next week is going to be even worse for me. Until then.

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  1. Jeff

    July 4, 2017 at 8:09 am

    best mid to see out the season

    Zorko, Martin, Duncan or Ross?

    • Alan

      July 4, 2017 at 8:20 am

      I’m going Zorko over Martin.. I can see more tags going to Martin as he’s their barometer, but I feel like other teams don’t worry about Zorko as much, giving him more freedom..

      • Doug

        July 4, 2017 at 8:43 am


      • Simon

        July 4, 2017 at 10:03 am

        Zorko’s tagged 45 is a distant memory already…?

        • Alan

          July 4, 2017 at 10:27 am

          1 hard tag from 15 games doesn’t worry me..

          I would think that Saints (Rd 16) and GWS (Rd 18) in have more to gain by tagging Martin than Cats (Rd 16) and Blues (Rd 18) do by tagging Zorko.

          • Simon

            July 4, 2017 at 11:56 am

            Sure, but the blueprint’s there… he was tagged by SJ Reid, hardly the type to make most quality players shake in their boots. Reid tags, Zorko does nothing. Essendon don’t, Lions win.

            My confidence comes from Dusty knowing how to handle a tag. Zorko hasn’t added that string to his bow just yet.

          • Alan

            July 4, 2017 at 12:43 pm

            That may be true, but I’m also taking Zorko’s 10 scores of 110+ over Martin’s 7…

          • Simon

            July 4, 2017 at 12:58 pm

            Advantage Alan!;)

          • Alan

            July 4, 2017 at 1:57 pm

            Don’t think you could go wrong with either, I’m just a sucker for players who tackle more than average.

  2. Alan

    July 4, 2017 at 8:11 am

    OMG Matt, these write ups get better and better, absolutely cracking article!!

    For me I’m done with big Stefan and his yo-yo scores with Archie in the team, he’s gone this week for Darcy allowing me to upgrade Roberton (via DPP) to Zorko and netting me about $300k for a massive upgrade next week..

    • Brad

      July 4, 2017 at 9:52 am

      Thinking the same thing mate. Will leave me $299 to spend next week to finally upgrade Barrett.

  3. Doug

    July 4, 2017 at 8:42 am

    Def-doc, Adams, newnes, Lloyd, laird, Newman (Ryan, willis)
    Mid- titch, zerrett, danger, Treloar, gaff, JPK, Oliver, greenwood (berry, mountford)
    Ruck- Kreuzer, Witts (soldo, Cameron)
    Fwd- yeo, menegola, Heeney, buddy, voldt, Dahl (Lloyd, polson)
    2k in the bank

    My trades are currently berry and voldt > witherden and Parker which leaves 4K in the bank

    Thoughts on these trades and other suggestions would be appreciated.

  4. Bigfoot

    July 4, 2017 at 8:52 am

    Awesome write up Matty,I’m starting to feel better again.I might even go in and look at my team today.I was on 1900+ Sunday with Roo,Newnes,roberton,Steven & Neale to go.God saint “kill”da ruined me.

  5. Brad

    July 4, 2017 at 9:46 am

    Dilemma… Want to generate some cash. Darcy seems to be the man. Who do I downgrade Martin or Witts? I’m leaning towards Martin as Witts has been a lot more consistent. Or avoid all together haha

    • Ced

      July 4, 2017 at 9:51 am

      I’m in the same boat. I would take a risk with trading Stefan to Darcy if you’re really desperate for cash (depending if Smith is still in the team). I have Grundy and Witts and thinking of doing the same but to Witts.

      • Brad

        July 4, 2017 at 9:55 am

        I’m just desperate to finally upgrade Barrett next week haha would do it this week but want Witherden before his price jumps up anymore.

    • Euman


      July 4, 2017 at 9:53 am

      Tough call I would lean toward Martin ATM if Archie keeps getting named and I heard rumour Martin has ankle complaint. As to if to do or not I’m considering same. Now can’t see darcy getting 114 per week but would expect an almost Nankervis type so 80, 90, 72, 114 sort but probably average around 85 (just my opinion). Worth it? I think so because even if Martin bounces back a little what are we talking at best say a 100 average but what could you do with all that cash with last round of dpp in 2 weeks? That said my season is shot so I’m clasping at straws

      • Brad

        July 4, 2017 at 10:01 am

        Heard about the ankle too. Yeah wasn’t expecting massive numbers but the cash generated will used in a much better way elsewhere.

        • Euman


          July 4, 2017 at 10:16 am

          My sums for me Martin to darcy Barrett to karpany had 100k leaves me 525k in bank

    • Simon

      July 4, 2017 at 10:06 am

      I doubt Darcy gets sole ruck duties… the minute Griffin gets fit he comes in to help. They can’t expect a 19-yo to shoulder sole ruck duties every week. He’s a massive risk at R2.

      • Euman


        July 4, 2017 at 10:17 am

        Good call

      • Anthony

        July 4, 2017 at 10:24 am

        Griffin is closing in on 31 and to me, being a Fremantle supporter we are in a “Rebuilding Phase” so if Ross wants to stick by his word (which he probably won’t and make me seem like an idiot) he should refuse to bring in Jonothan Bloody Griffin!

        Just needed to get that of my chest after that big L to St Kilda

        God Freo are SHIT

      • Huxley

        July 4, 2017 at 10:29 am

        Agree with Simon, I’m trading in Preuss for Darcy.

      • Euman


        July 4, 2017 at 10:51 am

        How far away is griffen

        • PowerAde

          July 4, 2017 at 12:32 pm

          griffen will not play unless darcy breaks both legs and loses an arm

      • Grovers Guns

        July 4, 2017 at 11:13 am

        Griffen won’t be back.
        Ross prefers only 1 ruckman and it will be Darcy with support from Johnson and Cox (get him into your fwd/def bench(

        • Euman


          July 4, 2017 at 11:15 am

          Is he fwd as well? If so no brainer

          • Simon

            July 4, 2017 at 11:58 am

            No, he means Cox.

            Hope you’re right, Grovers Guns… I’m not bringing him in as I already have enough ruck coverage and need to upgrade this week. Passing on him and Witherden for this reason. Gulp!

      • Danny

        July 4, 2017 at 2:42 pm

        Stef to Darcy nets you $258k. Griffin back in a couple of weeks? This is when you go Darcy to Gawn. Darcy will make probably another $50k this week alone, and Gawn will likely lose $20-25k to be $500k. Give it 2 weeks and it will mean maybe $150k to upgrade. So you have made $100k in two weeks. Seems like a good plan to me. Hell, you could even go Darcy back to Stef and still pocket a heap of cash.

        • Brad

          July 4, 2017 at 8:38 pm

          That’s what I’m thinking too. Lets roll the dice. Surely darcy will be ok for the next couple of weeks. I think I’m gonna lock it in.

    • j

      July 4, 2017 at 12:15 pm

      I’m in the same boat, so I’m trading Witts down to Darcy.

      The way I see it, Witts was a mid-pricer for me to start of, and has topped out although he has been brilliant the past 6 weeks.

      I’ll watch how Martin goes. If he sucks, Gawn comes in for him the following week. If Martin shakes of the ‘Archie Smith team-mate “tag”‘, and goes well, Gawn will come in later on, and Darcy can be my R3.

  6. Ced

    July 4, 2017 at 9:48 am

    Great write up Matt.

    Hi people,

    Bit stuck for trades.

    Def – Doc, Adams, Newnes, Lloyd, Laird, Newman (Ryan, Cox)
    Mid – Titch, Zerrett, Danger, Murphy, Gaff, JPK, Sloane, SPP (Hibberd, Mountford)
    Ruck – Grundy, Witts (soldo, Filipovic)
    Fwd – Yeo, Macrae, Boak, Greene, Barrett, Greenwood (Lloyd, Black)

    Bank: 261k

    I was thinking options:

    1. Sloane -> Parker and Barrett -> Billings/Heeney/Stevens/Menegola/Hill/Wingard
    Leaves me with around 100k-120k

    2. Witts -> Darcy and Barrett -> Billings/Heeney/Stevens/Menegola/Hill/Wingard
    Leaves me with around 360k the week after which I was thinking Sloane -> Ablett and SPP -> Parker (pending performance)

    Thoughts or other suggestions appreciated?

  7. Euman


    July 4, 2017 at 9:48 am

    Nice write up. I feel the pain on Rocky I did similar. I must say though I’m not upset the Rock has served me well over the years I salute you. Yes has not scored well lately but when I look at my team and see his smiling face I feel safe and secure, and a little excited each week that he could pump out 180. i would feel worse if it had gone the other way and I didn’t get him watching him pig it up I woulda. Cried. With the shit scores I just go shrug he will be back next week keep the faith rocky old mate. It’s like round 12 v Clubba Lang the Rock will find something. The highs outweigh the lows

  8. Euman


    July 4, 2017 at 10:18 am

    Anyone know if Ryan Burton is injured? He’s got red dot on my phone app same as other injured players but I ain’t heard nothing.

    • Anthony

      July 4, 2017 at 10:20 am

      Na he is not injured and sometimes the app glitches

  9. Anthony

    July 4, 2017 at 10:19 am

    Need help Guys

    $150 in the Bank ranked 247 looking to move up

    Before trades I have:

    Doc, Laird, Newnes, Mike Hibberd, Witherden Mbank (Ryan, Scharenberg)

    Zerrett, Titch, Danger, JPK, Gaff, Lloyd, Adams, Dependlebury (Cousins Mountford)

    Kruezer and Stef (Darcy Filipovic)

    Yeo, Heeney, Macrae, Dahl, Sheed, Cox (Beech, Lloyd)

    Should I go:
    A) Scharenberg- Buzza Via Cox DPP and Marchbank to the likes of Zorko, Kelly, Martin etc. with Minimum 10k left

    Stef to Buzza, Play Darcy and then Go Scharenberg, MBank etc to Lloyd Via DPP to Any Mid with At least 300k left for next week?

    If you guys can think of anything better please tell me


  10. Sam

    July 4, 2017 at 10:43 am

    Best mid to have no matter price tag?

    • Simon

      July 4, 2017 at 11:59 am


    • j

      July 4, 2017 at 12:18 pm

      Just rank in order of the average of the last 5 matches + season average for your answer.

  11. Pete

    July 4, 2017 at 10:47 am

    WOW! Dream Team Talk………

    “Is this what it feels like to be raped? I’m feeling insecure and frankly I may never trust anyone ever again”.

    No sure how writing this is meant to sound funny or insightful.

    Rape is not something to be laughed at or posted like that on a forum where young men frequent.

    I think you may need to find a new editor.

    • Euman


      July 4, 2017 at 10:59 am

      Your comments are indicative of what’s wrong with the world to suggest that the people on this sight condone rape is ridiculous. The young men and women would associate the use of the word in the alternate modern meaning usually associated with gaming, like World of Warcraft or League of legends even call of duty. It is meant as to mean “I was beaten badly” “I didn’t see it coming and didn’t have a chance”. Yes I see the connection to the original meaning but you are taking it out of context my friend. This is a modern alternate meaning which is commonly used in every day conversation and in no way is meant to laugh at the original meaning at all. I have used the word frequently in this modern context and hope it has not offended you or anyone else but you need to get up to date with the modern lingo or you will continue to be offended.

      • Pete

        July 4, 2017 at 11:07 am

        “Is this what it feels like to be raped”?

        Can you please tell me how this has some alternative meaning?

        Surely some other word can be used.

        I saw your mum the other day and raped her while we were playing Warcraft.

        • Euman


          July 4, 2017 at 11:13 am

          Please read my comments again. And btw my mother died of a stroke 3 years ago.

          • Pete

            July 4, 2017 at 11:16 am

            I hope you weren’t offended, you must have taken my quote out of context my friend.

        • Euman


          July 4, 2017 at 11:18 am

          Note that I do not take offence by your comments because I understand their context. You were trying to make a point and did not actually rape my mother or intended too. So in effect you have shot down your own original rant and statement. Stick to footy I will do same I wish you well

          • PowerAde

            July 4, 2017 at 12:28 pm

            well said Euman, well said.

            disclaimer was enough for any reasonable person

          • JAG

            July 4, 2017 at 6:48 pm

            This is why we can’t say Ho-Ho-Ho at Xmas anymore.

        • Will

          July 4, 2017 at 1:30 pm

          It is almost as if you were LOOKING for something to be offended. I didn’t pay any notice to that sentence as it is a COMEDY piece but you just had to bring it up didn’t you. Political Correctness has gone too far and it is ruining society. Sick of Social Justice Warriors like yourself Pete.

      • Diesel

        July 4, 2017 at 4:27 pm

        Agree. The world has gone soft and too politically correct when we can’t even joke about it without someone getting offended. It wasn’t even in bad taste. Keep up the good work Matt.

    • umop3pisdn

      July 4, 2017 at 11:16 am

      +1 My thoughts also.

      As for the spud below, context is an important yardstick. There was no mention of gaming and trust was referred to; a common feeling associated with a despicable act. Rape is not to be made light of.

      It’s wrong to defend the use in this context by belittling someone else. Have a hard look in the mirror. What’s the use in making someone feel insecure about their thoughts, you bully.

      • Euman


        July 4, 2017 at 11:19 am

        Thoughts on Vince with Viney gone and Bugg (plus few others) will he get mid time? He is only $415k I can swap marchbank only cost me $17k his b/e is 69 I think. Guess I wait n see where he is named – THOUGHTS APPRECIATED

      • Pete

        July 4, 2017 at 11:22 am

        Thanks :)

      • Hogan

        July 4, 2017 at 12:53 pm

        This rampant political correctness is crushing one of the foundations of a free society, free speech.

        It is perfectly acceptable to take offense to written or spoken opinion and voice a counter opinion.

        On the other hand, it is extremely dangerous to demand any opinion or turn of phrase that may offend be censored. Not far down this path lies political prisoners and minority rule. Take care what you wish for, the end result may be significantly different to expectation.

        • umop3pisdn

          July 4, 2017 at 2:57 pm

          I’d recommend you do a little research on free speech and political correctness before using them as arguments for trivialising acts of indecency. Conversely, a lack of education on these topics is resulting in people, such as yourself, brandishing them wantonly against those who are attempting to speak out against the norm. It is just and right to speak out against rape and it should never be belittled or trivialised.

          • Jeff

            July 4, 2017 at 3:29 pm

            umop3pisdn only accepts free speech when he/she agrees with it and anything else he/she disagrees must be CENSORED!! This is what communist countries run with, Australia is a democracy. Maybe you should get educated, people are sick of PC warriors trying to silence everyone.

          • Hogan

            July 4, 2017 at 3:48 pm

            umop3pisdn, free speech is pretty self explanatory. I have done a fair bit of research on political correctness and the best definition I have found so far is “Political correctness is the insane belief that you can pick a dog turn up by the clean end”.

            So, from up on your high horse and through your fog of cognitive dissonance, can you please try to explain how you interpret “It is perfectly acceptable to take offense to written or spoken opinion and voice a counter opinion” to mean I am against speaking out against rape?

            Censorship, which Pete was directly calling for by stating “I think you may need to find a new editor” is the direct opposite of free speech.

            You may need to pursue some further education yourself on the topics of free speech and censorship. I suggest you start with the history books. While you are doing your research have a look at the negative consequences political correctness is having on resilience in the youth of today.

          • umop3pisdn

            July 4, 2017 at 4:22 pm

            Jeff: spud

            Hogan: What’s the job of an editor? You’re implying they’re the “free speech police”. Advocating that they’re an oppressive form of censorship is ridiculous.

            I don’t think you’re even sure what you’re arguing for. Free speech being a tool for a free society is founded on the idea that everything can be openly talked about in the public arena so that we as a society can openly debate a topic which will result in a natural conclusion. So quoting in this context has absolutely no bearing on the topic at brand, other than to incite the uneducated toward your argument (enter, Jeff).

            As for political correctness; how is that relevant to this conversation? Where’s the pejorative in our comments? Again, you’re using a phrase that paints someone as a villain because pop culture has enshrined such.

            What are you actually trying to say, other than “I’m annoyed that you have a problem with trivialising rape”?

          • Hogan

            July 4, 2017 at 6:57 pm

            umop3pisdn, the job of a competent editor is to check spelling, grammar and format, along with factuality and legal liability. In no way should a good editor be the “free speech police”. Paul was clearly calling for a Social Justice Warrior type editor to step up and sanitise the writing on this site so no special snowflake could be exposed to dangerous words.

            This type of call for censorship, and that is exactly what that sentence in Paul’s post was, is an attack on free speech. Not your definition of free speech, but actual free and open dialogue. Matt’s reference to sexual assault may have been in poor taste, but calling for his column to be edited to bleach his personal sense of humour is directly attacking free speech.

            I have no problem with Paul taking offense to Matt’s language and saying so. I take offense to Paul calling for Matt’s work to be edited because he and possibly a small number of others may be offended by it.

            The pejorative in Paul’s comment was the call for Matt’s work to be censored. The pejorative in your argument is to imply Paul wasn’t calling for censorship.

            Now as for my thoughts on Matt’s column, I enjoyed it and found it overall to be entertaining and edifying. I abhor rape and somehow yet I took the reference in context and was not offended.

            I also don’t really think there are AFL fantasy gods. I hope I don’t offend anyone with this opinion.

    • Simon

      July 4, 2017 at 12:01 pm

      Self-harm also gets a regular run… I get it’s meant in jest. Those who seriously feel like ‘visiting the shed’ after a bad week in Fantasy should seek professional help.

    • What the Bejeebers

      July 4, 2017 at 12:05 pm

      Shut up the both of you. This is a footy forumn, treat it as such. I’m sure if someone was offended they’d speak up or at leadt PM the DTT boys. Talk footy and nothing else, please. “This is the generation to be offended” ~Macklemore (why am I quoting Macklemore).

      • umop3pisdn

        July 4, 2017 at 12:07 pm

        Pretty sure this was someone speaking up about being offended..

      • Pete

        July 4, 2017 at 12:09 pm

        “Talk footy and nothing else”?

        Why talk about rape then? Maybe we should be sending out some positive messages.

        • What the Bejeebers

          July 4, 2017 at 12:21 pm

          He was talking about it in the context of footy, don’t take this one out of context bud. It’s all meant in jest and you guys are all getting worked up about, it’s frustrating.

          This guy’s speaking up for those that will POTENTIALLY be offended, he didn’t say he hinself was offended amigo

        • Ben

          July 4, 2017 at 3:29 pm

          Do u work for the church?I here thay dont like hearing the word raped they prefer the word boys hope I didn’t offend anyone

          • Hogan

            July 4, 2017 at 3:54 pm

            See, that’s an obviously offensive statement and I am offended but its apparently OK with the Social Justice Warriors to make statements like this because they are anti-church.

            Luckily, I am an adult who went through childhood before political correctness went mainstream so my resilience levels are high enough that I can just say “Ben, you are an obvious tool” and move on. I don’t feel the need to call for Ben’s opinion to be censored.

    • Matt

      July 4, 2017 at 1:12 pm

      Why is it when someone has a differing opinion we have to get all worked up over it. Clearly it is in no way condoning rape nor was it intended to offend, I probably reference a lot of things that could be touchy for some people and for that I apologise.

      I’m not a very serious person so I don’t read into things too much, but I can see how someone could get offended. Let’s stop attacking each other over nothing.

      • Simon

        July 4, 2017 at 1:47 pm

        It’s like complaining after a George Carlin show that he swears too much… don’t go if you don’t like it. Readers should know by now what they’re in for when they tune in to the Wash Up.

        “Offence is the collateral damage of free speech.” – Ricky Gervais

        That is one mofo who knows what he’s talking about.

  12. Euman


    July 4, 2017 at 11:03 am

    Thoughts on Vince with Viney gone and Bugg (plus few others) will he get mid time? He is only $415k I can swap marchbank only cost me $17k his b/e is 69 I think. Guess I wait n see where he is named – THOUGHTS APPRECIATED

    • Simon

      July 4, 2017 at 12:05 pm

      Vince is the Fantasy equivalent of contracting an STD… may feel good putting him in at the time, but how will future Euman feel about your heat-of-the-moment act?

      • PowerAde

        July 4, 2017 at 12:30 pm

        omg, how dare you bring up STD’s, i’ma recovering stdaholic

        • The Chosen Won

          July 4, 2017 at 12:35 pm


          Well Played!

          Good Luck in 2018

        • Simon

          July 4, 2017 at 1:02 pm

          Sorry PowerAde, you know I’m a huge fan of yours, especially when you’re blue and I’m hungover. How’s this then:

          Vince is the Fantasy equivalent of a piping hot vindaloo… may feel good putting that stuff in your face hole now, but in the not-too-distant future when it’s coming out your butt hole you may feel a bit differently.

          • D Day

            July 4, 2017 at 2:13 pm

            Gold rush powerade > blue powerade.

          • Simon

            July 4, 2017 at 2:49 pm

            Will have to give it a crack next time!

          • PowerAde

            July 4, 2017 at 4:56 pm

            so long as it isn’t my crack

      • Euman


        July 4, 2017 at 12:42 pm

        Love the analogy Simon and think you maybe correct double downgrade for me get cash

  13. JC

    July 4, 2017 at 11:31 am

    Best read of the week. Very entertaining Matt.

  14. Jake

    July 4, 2017 at 11:39 am

    Cousins to Lambert/Walters/Buddy/Stevens (field Ryan)


    Marchbank to Lloyd (field Parsons) (+170k)?

    Really stuck, great article bye Matt

    • Euman


      July 4, 2017 at 11:50 am

      Tough option 1 I worry on Lambo cause Hardwick has used as tagger obviously not last 4 weeks. Walters won’t kick 6 goals every week. Buddy been good but not on my list Stevens has potential.

  15. Liam

    July 4, 2017 at 5:21 pm

    Need help with trades this week. Have 16k in the bank!
    Suggestions welcome

    Doch, Laird, Shaw, Adams, Newman Scharenberg,(Witherden,Ryan)

    Rocky,Danger,Merrett,Tmich,Ablett,Hanners,JPK, Sidey( Mountford, Cunico)

    Martin, Jacobs( King, Cameron)

    Macrae, Buddy, Volt, Gray,Greenwood, Barrett(JKH, Beech)

    • Liam

      July 5, 2017 at 11:46 am

      Can someone help above?

  16. Wise Guy

    July 4, 2017 at 5:31 pm

    lets get back to the political correctness. That was the best fun I have had for a while.
    P.S.I was waiting for the comment “you may be slow so i will type slowly for you”.

  17. Robinson Kruzer

    July 4, 2017 at 6:34 pm

    The article was a good read as always, despite the soapbox of comments that followed it.

  18. OXnFOX

    July 5, 2017 at 3:45 pm

    Great article as always, funny as hell and some great banter and actually adult conversations.
    I was mighty impressed at the non-footy smarts of some of the comments posted.
    So much better than 13-14 year old hormonal teens calling each other “brah” and referring to every player that has a bad game as a “mare”.

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