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Fry’s Forgotten Few – Round 14

Nine great POD’s, what to do with Rory Laird and Stef vs. Gawn vs. Grundy

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Thank god there are only six games remaining. Honestly, I can’t remember a bye period this bad. Thousands of coaches have had their seasons ruined thanks to injury issues galore and for those of us left standing there are still tough times ahead. Luckily there is a healthy group of trade targets fresh off their bye. Here is the pick of the bunch who all have criminally low ownership percentage.

Fresh Legs

The Magpies, Demons, Lions, Kangaroos, Bombers and Giants all enjoyed the week off in Round 13. That means that there are some serious talents on the trade table this week. Perfect Macrae downgrades are up for grabs along with options in every line.

Steele Sidebottom, Magpies ($722K, 95 BE, 6.03% ownership)
Looking for a downgrade target from Macrae? Sidebottom might be your guy. With a 130 and a 120 leading into his week off, there’s no reason to think these numbers will stop. With Carlton and Gold Coast in the next fortnight, the time to bring him in is now.

Clayton Oliver, Demons ($703K, 89 BE, 5.08% ownership)
Sidebottom isn’t the only midfield POD that should be on your radar. At just a hair over $700K his price won’t get any lower with a three-round average almost eclipsing 120. Personally, I think the Demons are set to fall slightly, but if you’re a believer there’s no reason not to grab him right away.

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Jesse Hogan, Demons ($619K, 111 BE, 6.06% ownership)
Coleman Medal contenders are always good Fantasy scorers, that makes perfect sense. Jesse Hogan is taking things to a new level this season scoring seven tons already this season. He cooled off against Collingwood though and I would at least wait another week to see if he can recapture the vibe.

Tom Philips, Magpies ($685K, 108 BE, 2.97% ownership)
Now things are getting interesting. A ton of coaches around the country have their eye on Phillips this week. He has shown us what he is capable of with an enormous 143 in Round 11. However, it did come against the Dockers and his follow up game against the Dees saw him score just 61. I’d wait one more week and watch his role.

Michael Hurley, Bombers ($574K, 109 BE, 6.84% ownership)
Once a reliable POD and a viable trade target the last few weeks have been brutal for Hurley. However, he seems to be back to himself racking up a 95+ against the Tigers. I can’t find a way to squeeze him into my defense at the moment, but if he performs against West Coast I might have to make room.

Mitch Robinson, Lions ($632K, 102 BE, 5.01% ownership)
Red Bull Robbo has been right on my radar all season to date. On track for a career-high average over 95 the first half of the season has been promising and he is a solid trade target this week. He has the chance to be a top-6 forward if he hits his straps.

Dayne Zorko, Lions ($735K, 110 BE, 9.77% ownership)
By the skin of his teeth Dayne Zorko qualifies for the list. We all know the story of the Lions champion. 120, 120, 50. When he is on there might not be a hotter Fantasy player in the comp (sorry Rocky), but he has been known to vanish in games. I wouldn’t be bringing him in so I can sleep at night, however, he hasn’t gone below 100 since Round 6.

Tom McDonald, Demons ($648K, 63 BE, 5.13% ownership)
Tom McDonald has the fourth highest average (99.3) among all forwards. Just let that sink in for a moment. A solid supply of goals has led to his success, which is a warning sign for potential investors. Still, if you crave some defense/forward DPP action then he’s a great pick.

Jack Crisp, Magpies ($688K, 101 BE, 4.81% ownership)
It seems like the real Jack Crisp is here. If he didn’t fall one point shy against Melbourne, Crisp would have entered the byes with five straight tons. His average of 117.6 over that span speaks for itself though and he has all the signs of a top-6 defender. Lock and load.

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Ruck & Midfield POD’s

Here are the two ruckmen and eight midfielders who currently have under 10% ownership that I would keep an eye on in the second half of the season. In no particular order…

Jarrod Witts, Suns
 ($646K, 109 BE, 5.01% ownership)
Callum Sinclair, Swans ($605K, 94 BE, 5.15% ownership)

Clayton Oliver, Demons ($703K, 89 BE, 5.08% ownership)
Mitch Duncan, Cats ($670K, 129 BE, 2.01% ownership)
Matt Crouch, Crows ($648K, 106 BE, 5.54% ownership)
Gary Ablett, Cats ($700K, 99 BE, 3.86% ownership)
Ollie Wines, Power ($643K, 58 BE, 5.1% ownership)
Andrew Gaff, Eagles ($734K, 128 BE, 6.77% ownership)
Steele Sidebottom, Magpies ($722K, 95 BE, 6.03% ownership)
Dayne Zorko, Lions ($735K, 110 BE, 9.77% ownership)

The Three Big Questions Of Round 14

Stef Martin vs. Brodie Grundy vs. Max Gawn?
The three best ruckman in the comp all put their feet up and got some well-earned rest last week. It’s no surprise that all three will be trade targets for those who are looking to lock down the best of the best. Grundy’s numbers speak for themselves and despite his inflated price he deserves the title of No. 1. Stef vs. Gawn, however, is a little closer. I think I have Martin ever so slightly based on some of the huge numbers we have seen this season. As long as you have two of the three though you will be set.

  1. Brodie Grundy
  2. Stef Martin
  3. Max Gawn

Is It Crazy To Hold Macrae?
Let’s put this to bed. Yes. Macrae seems to out for almost a month and even if he somehow comes back after two or three, hamstring issues are no joke. I know it sucks if you paid top dollar for him last week, but don’t make two mistakes.

What About Rory Laird?
This one is slightly different. Laird should be expected back to action after his bye this weekend. However, as we have seen in the past (*cough* Josh Kelly *cough*) you can get burnt for thinking a one-week injury means just that. As an owner, I’m holding him, but if he isn’t in the Crows outfit for Round 15 it might be time to act.

Back From The Dead

Nat Fyfe, Freo (125) – Great trade target post byes. Top 8 mid.

Jack Billings, Saints (104) – Is he back?

Jarryd Lyons, Suns (99) – I thought he’d be much better this year, sorry for those who listened to my advice.

Dustin Martin, Tigers (76) – It hurts to see Dusty dish these scores up.

Aaron Sandilands, Freo (70) – Pretty standard from big Sandi.

Stephen Hill, Freo (66) – Hill has severely dropped off this year.

Liam Ryan, Eagles (58) – Should still make some money in the next few weeks.

Luke Shuey, Eagles (53) – 2019 watchlist.

Good luck for Round 14!

Peace ✌

Got a question that needs answering? Feel free to leave a comment below or message me on Twitter @fry______ and I’ll get back to you!



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    June 21, 2018 at 4:10 pm

    Parker to gaff or Steele

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      June 21, 2018 at 7:59 pm


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    the Cricket

    June 21, 2018 at 4:31 pm

    Mitch Robinson is injured – on Injury List as 1 to 2 weeks away from return

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      June 21, 2018 at 8:00 pm

      Once he comes back though I think he’s a great POD choice

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    June 21, 2018 at 4:34 pm

    Best defender available?
    Whitfield or crisp I’m thinking..

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      June 21, 2018 at 4:36 pm

      If I go Whitfield I’ll have 640k to spend on another defender.. any out there worth a punt?

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      June 21, 2018 at 4:41 pm

      Who else have you got?? Only other optins are: Sicily, Lloyd (BYE), Simpson and Yeo….or take a punt on Blakely or Ryan next week.

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      June 21, 2018 at 4:49 pm

      Hurley is best available. He has a BE of 110. If he hits over 90 Tonight get him in. He is at a discounted price because of his injury. Before his injury is was averaging 95. Crisp and Whitfield will give you a 60 in a championship final. You don’t need that stress. You’re welcome

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        June 21, 2018 at 8:02 pm

        I’m watching Hurley like a hawk RN. Big score could see him come in

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      June 21, 2018 at 8:01 pm

      Out of the pair I think I like Crisp, just.

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    June 21, 2018 at 4:38 pm

    2 POD’s for me this week.
    Traded Banfield, Macrae and Doedee to
    J.Smith, Sidey and Crisp.

    Hunter and Goldstein to be traded in the next few weeks to Grundy and …

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      June 21, 2018 at 8:03 pm


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    June 21, 2018 at 6:00 pm

    Love your stuff, Fry. Appreciated.🎉🎈🍾🍸🎊🍹🍷

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      June 21, 2018 at 8:05 pm

      Thanks mate, appreciate the support 💪

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    June 21, 2018 at 6:35 pm

    Oliver v Pendles v Phillips?

    Can’t split them

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      June 22, 2018 at 1:15 pm

      Pendles. Mr Consistent

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    June 21, 2018 at 6:39 pm

    Whitfield or Hurley?

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      June 21, 2018 at 8:07 pm

      Whitfield, only because of Hurley’s high BE

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    June 21, 2018 at 10:00 pm

    mcdonald and kelly with 96k in the bank
    kelly and sidebottom/treloar with 20-30k left

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      June 21, 2018 at 10:02 pm

      like the work fry has got me a few bargains in the draft

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      June 22, 2018 at 12:44 pm

      I think empty the bank for this one mate and get Kelly with Sidebottom. Glad to hear I can help! After the byes I’ll be digging in to the Draft again so stay tuned

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    Mad Arab

    June 22, 2018 at 11:45 am

    Hi Fry, remember my stupid idea to build up a huge “Warne Chest” prior to the byes? I managed to get up to $1.9M in the bank and at the start of this round I am ranked 12,253 so been holding my own. Before people come in spinner I am just trying something different which I posted before the byes.

    So far over the byes and including this week I have traded in Rocky, Westhoff, Sicily, McLean, Ed Curnow, Yeo, J Kelly, Angus Brayshaw & Wingard. I now have no rookies in defence or forwards and one in the mids. Next week that rookie will probably come Treloar. From here I will only have to upgrade the likes of Dusty (but he could come good), Parker & maybe Stef to Grundy. Pretty happy how it has all panned out.

    Cheers Mad Arab

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      June 22, 2018 at 12:50 pm

      I remember mate, from Round 10! Glad to hear, it seems like it’s worked out pretty well. Fingers crossed you can keep climbing 🤞

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