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Fry’s Forgotten Few – Round 5

After another depressing week, I’m sure I’m not the only one looking for a difference maker. These unique players might help you climb back up the ranks.

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Quick Round 4 wrap up. Shit. Moving on to Round 5, the new DPP’s are on the horizon and there are plenty of coaches eager to find the next difference maker. A handful of this week’s Forgotten Few are REALLY unique options, as I try to avoid covering the same players week in, week out. Fingers crossed Round 5 is kind to us and we can all rediscover that pep in our step.


Shannon Hurn, Eagles ($638K, 83 BE, 4.74% ownership)
Look in all honesty Shannon Hurn shouldn’t be on your radar, but it’s getting to the point where his numbers are hard to ignore. The Eagles skipper is one of 3, THREE, defenders averaging a ton in the early going and with his elite kicking on full display, he looks the goods. I’d still back in guys I’ve talked about previously like Tuohy or Hurley. Don’t sleep on Bunga though.

Alex Witherden, Lions ($574K, 62 BE, 2.18% ownership)
Oh how quickly we forget. Everyone’s favourite darling defender in the second half of the 2017 season finds himself on just 2.22% of teams this year and yet, his numbers are relatively similar. After increasing his scoring output every week 100+ could very well be on the cards against the Suns this weekend.

Draft Sleeper – Angus Brayshaw, Demons ($462K, 73 BE, 4.86% ownership)
I drafted Brayshaw in my draft league and was hoping he would become a stud. Spoiler alert he hasn’t. However, if he can find his mojo then he could be a sneaky target on the scrap heap, especially because of his DPP.


Steele Sidebottom, Magpies ($769K, 94 BE, 2.49% ownership)
As I was looking for a Gary Ablett replacement last week I noticed that against Adelaide Sidebottom had his 2nd highest career fantasy average. 137 points later any guesses which club he averages the most points against? You betcha, Essendon. If he doesn’t go 140+ and win the Anzac Medal this round I’ll eat my shoe*.

Ed Curnow, Blues ($719K, 84 BE, 5.93% ownership)
If Carlton’s gun midfielder continues his form this season he’ll be in the running to win the ‘Seb Ross’ award as the most underappreciated player in the comp. Jet.

Draft Sleeper – Luke Dunstan, Saints ($650K, 68 BE, 0.73% ownership)
Full disclosure, a date with the Giants this weekend puts a ceiling on Dunstan’s output. That being said he has scored 231 points in two games. If he produces against GWS, you know what to do.


Rhys Stanley, Cats ($503K, 72 BE, 0.89% ownership)
While I wouldn’t recommend it, there aren’t many unique ruckmen who are putting up decent scores. If Stanley can hold his spot though, then he may emerge as a solid 80 each week with his RUC/FWD dual-position status super handy.

Draft Sleeper – Tom Hickey ($468K, 71 BE, 0.25% ownership)
Read above. Hickey is in the same boat as Stanley and with few unique options tempting us it might be a long year if you don’t have a reliable ruckman. Don’t give up faith though, carnage comes in many different shapes and sizes.


Toby Greene, Giants ($666K, 96 BE, 7.99% ownership)
Forget the fact that his temper gets him in hot water for a moment, Toby Greene is a beast. He has a real chance to be a top-6 forward if he can stay on the park for the rest of the season. With every game he plays his ownership will continue to spike, so if you want to be ahead of the curve then invest soon.

David Mundy, Dockers ($608K, 72 BE, 2.12% ownership)
By trying to keep it fresh and avoid re-mentioning a player I prepared myself to scrounge through the depths of forwards to find my second guy. It didn’t take long for Mundy to stand out and it got me thinking. Again, there are probably safer options out there at this price, but with Mundy going at an average of 92.8 he is a true POD. Think about it, but not for too long.

Draft Sleeper – Brandon Parfitt, Cats ($515K, 25 BE, 4.8% ownership)
A Round 4 high 138 last week has seen Parfitt draw a ton of attention from coaches, both in draft and classic. While I don’t think he will maintain his average of 95+, he could definitely be a solid source of the occasional big score. Snap him up.

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The Three Big Questions Of Round 5

How Do We Deal With Our Premium Defenders That Suck?
Will the real premiums please stand up? Michael Hibberd, Jake Lloyd, Jack Crisp, Kade Simpson, and of course, the Elliot Yeo-Yo have all left coaches tearing their hair out through the first month of the season. I miss Sam Docherty…

Should I Trade Injured Cash Cows Or Fattened Cash Cows?
This week I am looking at doing a bit of rookie shuffling to build up a nice healthy amount of savings. With that in mind players who find themselves are Andrew Brashaw (close to maxing out), Dom Barry (omitted), Liam Ryan (injured) and Daniel Venables (injured). It made me wonder if an injured player isn’t going to go down in price, but an underperforming cash cow is, which one is the smartest one to trade. In an ideal world you want all 30 of your squad members playing each week to generate more cash flow, but still leaving the likes of Ryan or Venables on your bench, knowing their price is going to stay the same is a strategy that just might work.

Are The Taggers Here To Stay?
I’ll be honest I haven’t been able to watch as much footy as I would have liked no that I am in Canada. That being said I have watched all the Dockers games and I have seen first hand the effect that Bailey Banfield has had on premium players like Aaron Hall and Zach Merrett. He isn’t alone with Ben Jacobs, Scott Selwood and Bernie Vince all capable of holding stars of the competition below their averages. And of course, we saw what Nathan Jones did to the illustrious ‘set and forget captain’ Tom Mitchell. It seems like we are going to have to take taggers into consideration once again when choosing out captains/trade options. Sigh.

Back From The Dead

Mitch Duncan, Cats (93) – Duncan won’t be scoring in the 90’s very often this year.

Toby Greene, Giants (90) – Solid return from the Giants pest, wouldn’t surprise me if this was his average in 2018.

Jack Steele, Saints (89) – Everyone’s favourite whipping boy is back to for the Saints. Expect 40 next week.

Josh Kennedy, Eagles (81) – Draft option for sure, JK will kick a bunch of goals in the Eagles potent offense.

James Sicily, Hawks (78) – Fine score from the 🤮🐶, although I would want more as an owner.

Angus Brayshaw, Demons (67) – He’ll be scoring better than this next week, right?

*Full disclosure I plan on eating no shoes

Peace ✌

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    April 19, 2018 at 2:22 pm

    Sidey does tend to go well against the Pies haha

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    April 19, 2018 at 2:45 pm

    Bit off topic but who would you opt for out of Menegola and R. Gray ?

    Could potentially get both but at the cost of Merret which i would have to wait for until next week?


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      April 19, 2018 at 5:43 pm

      I’ve got the same problem. I’m going Billings to Menegola.

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        April 19, 2018 at 7:50 pm

        +1 Gray’s Round 10 bye makes him a target after then, but stick with Menegola for now

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        April 19, 2018 at 7:58 pm

        That’s an iffy trade given Menegola is 50-50 as far as premium performances go. Sure Billings hasn’t been killing it (arguably understandable given StK performances so far) but is it really that much of a clear cut unquestionable win as far as trades go? Not to mention being pretty sideways.

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    Billy Hoyle

    April 19, 2018 at 2:46 pm

    Damn none of these players besides rucks are free in our draft league. Have Brayshaw and hoping he can be 85-90.

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      April 19, 2018 at 7:56 pm

      I’ll try and find a few deeper gems next week. Any position, in particular, you are trying to get help in?

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        April 19, 2018 at 9:30 pm

        Defenders are tough to pick in draft Fry, any help greatly appreciated!

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          April 20, 2018 at 12:22 am

          They are indeed, some of the rooks like Murray, Finlayson or Coffield. Less than ideal, but like you said slim pickings. Maybe one of the Port guys as well (Bonner, Jonas, Hartlett)

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            Billy Hoyle

            April 20, 2018 at 1:54 am

            Only 19 defenders currently averaging over 80 with a 10 team league you can imagine some of the players being fielded.

            Picked up Jackson Thurlow as Cats have a friendly game down back.

            Really keen to find some forward gems as I’ve stuffed mine up (dropping Wallis when not named). Could Dean Kent finally provide consistency?! Hutchings?

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    April 19, 2018 at 4:00 pm

    When will B Crouch be back?

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      April 19, 2018 at 5:34 pm

      5-6 weeks experts say.

  5. Euman


    April 19, 2018 at 4:45 pm

    great article fry – remind me who is Bunga?

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      April 19, 2018 at 7:58 pm

      Shannon Hurn 👍

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    April 19, 2018 at 4:52 pm

    What do i do with Zorko gents, side trade or will he punch out that big score in the Q clash with Gold Coast?

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      April 19, 2018 at 4:57 pm

      hold him he will come good

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        April 19, 2018 at 6:37 pm

        Luv ya confidence Euman he’s doing my head in.

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          April 19, 2018 at 7:59 pm

          As a non-owner, it’s easy for me to just say hold, but in reality, there isn’t a lot else you can do. 105+ this week

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    April 19, 2018 at 4:56 pm

    in a season which will go down as my worst for sure i can pick one error (among many) that still annoys me. 2 weeks ago i agonized over replacing Sickly (not spelling error there) to either Luke Ryan or Seedsman guess who i chose?

    To rub salt into the wound 30 minutes before kick off round 1 i had Seedsman in and swapped him to Sickly

    two words – delete team

    Other points yes Fry i agree there is comfort in a non playing rookie knowing he wont drop in price.

    Ive decided not too, i was going to hold barry and instead dump guthrie who has b/e of 51 with small chance of dropping in price proj to get 43 and drop couple of k, obviously barry = nil (all assumes guthrie gets another game)

    I could actually afford Guthrie to seedsman with venables to guelfl but leaves me little cash.

    The allure of the dpp has me mystified. I have Dusty and will delight to see his smiling face sitting in my forward line. But have gone for cash to assist this and resisting all the tempting guys you are throwing up to me. Venables to guelfi and barry to crowden leaves me $365k

    That said while i ramble i could actually go Guthrie to say mirra and then Luke Ryan to seedsman and have $391k left for next week but would have 2 non players in veneables and barry, and miss out on some rookie projected cash with guefli proj +31k and crowden +39k thats like near $70k i would miss out on less guthires drop of a few k, so end result im going the cash option my team sucks anyway.

    We should be able to pick Rocky up too for like $170k as a forward soon too.

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      April 19, 2018 at 6:21 pm

      In the same boat. Could snag Seedsman but choosing to keep the cash flowing.

      I’m not sure what’s going on this year but everyone appears to have forgotten the golden rule of not sideways trading players. Even the Traders are recommending sideways trades. Tarde out Merrett?? What??

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        April 19, 2018 at 8:01 pm

        Everything’s going all over the place this year, I think that a bit of rookie shuffling to build some $$$ for next week is a popular move and it’s one that I will definitely be doing

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        April 19, 2018 at 9:15 pm

        I think there are two things that have messed us up this year. 1. Many of us hit most of the rooks. 2. There have been some premos massively under-performing. Thus, we’ve had nothing better to do as rooks price was still skyrocketing (apart from Rayner). From now on sideways trading should generally be avoided at least until the byes (and then sparingly) or for injuries.

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    April 19, 2018 at 5:05 pm

    Looking to trade out josh Kelly, I was wondering who to get in, tossing up between, sidebottom, pendels, Merrett, macrae, danger or Duncan, thoughts ?

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      April 19, 2018 at 5:41 pm

      I would go to Merrett. Sitting at a nice discount and BE of 107 is manageable.

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        April 19, 2018 at 8:02 pm

        Sidey, he’s a gun. Bank the points

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      the Cricket

      April 19, 2018 at 8:02 pm

      Golden rule – when replacing an injured premo, chose another who’s underpriced or at least not overpriced.

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        the Cricket

        April 19, 2018 at 8:04 pm

        And probably not a bad idea to consider Byes at this stage if it’s a toss up between a couple of otherwise similar options.

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    April 19, 2018 at 7:01 pm

    I just want to add a * to Angus Brayshaw for people. I had him in my team for lockout and moved him on after round 1 for various reasons. I don’t question that he’s underpriced, but I do think he has tradeoffs currently.

    One of the issues I have is it took until round 4 for him to be brought into the team, despite arguably being good to go round one despite a ‘minor’ issue with teeth. Apparantly he’s not an automatic selection for the Dees as evidenced by his non selection, but they’ve also got a wealth of options in the VFL (Harley Balic couldn’t get a game after kicking 6 goals) which mean much less job security than you want from a premium.

    Not only is the competition for selection an issue, but also competition for the juicy scoring positions on field. Goodwin appears to appreciate the defensive side to his game and may chose to make the most of it, which may not be the most conducive for scoring.

    There’s also a risk with his concussion issues, which we’ve seen with Merrett can crucify you. There was some talk of changing his playing atyle up a bit to help minimise this risk, which could potentially impact this, like restricting his intent on the ball, or maybe even tackles.

    Anyway, not saying he’s not worth considering, just trying to poont out a few risks thst may come with bringing him in.

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      April 19, 2018 at 8:03 pm

      Very true, I had him in Draft to start the year and was spewing he couldn’t crack into the side. Hoping he proves to be a solid draft option.

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    April 19, 2018 at 8:20 pm

    With dpp coming up any thoughts on these players. Goddard, pendles, bont and henderson cheers!

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      April 19, 2018 at 9:10 pm

      I’ve been watching a bit of the Pies, I think Pendles would be a stretch. Dusty playing a fair bit forward seems more likely. Have seen a lot of Bont forward as well, would be a great DPP Fwd. Goddard people are saying likely DPP Def

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        April 19, 2018 at 9:33 pm

        It’ll be interesting if Chopsticks gets DPP. One one hand he’s unarguably a potetntial top 6 forward if he’s on ball, but on the other hand he’s also currently scoring a hell of a lot of his points through sausage rolls up forward. I don’t think he’s capable of kicking bags of 5 and 6 week in, week out, and his scoring output could drop as a result, as we saw 2 weeks back.

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      April 20, 2018 at 1:57 am

      Dusty maybe, Pendles probably not, Bont likely, Hendo not too sure, haven’t watched enough

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    April 19, 2018 at 10:04 pm

    Wondering who goes first between Holman and T Kelly?? And who do I bring in first between Seedsman and Zerrett?? Both seem to be a lock for top 6 in their positions even with the impending DPPs next round

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      Aldyth Dartnall

      April 19, 2018 at 11:22 pm

      Holman and Seedsman. Zerrett wont go up heaps in price this week

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      April 19, 2018 at 11:28 pm

      Jonno Holman scored 29 and has a high break even. He is also on the extended bench and Barlow and Rosa are back – leading to potentially less midfield time (like last week). Kelly is still going to appreciate in value. Your call. Cheers

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        April 20, 2018 at 2:04 am


    • Slutty bitch

      Slutty bitch

      April 19, 2018 at 11:28 pm

      Thoughts please, i cant decide on my 2nd trade (I’m already doing Guthrie to the Freo debutant)
      Billings to Seedsman or
      Billings to Menegoala or
      Andy Brayshaw to Matt Guefi

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        April 20, 2018 at 2:05 am

        I’m contemplating dealing Billings or Brayshaw too. I’m trying to save as much money for the new DPP’s next week so I like the last one

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    Sam langers

    April 20, 2018 at 9:32 am

    Holman to JOM
    Hunter to zerret
    Holman to JOM
    Brayshaw to Cunico bank $64k
    Try to get seedmen and save hunter

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    April 20, 2018 at 3:10 pm

    Thoughts on Polec gaining defender dpp??

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