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Fry’s Forgotten Few – Round 18

Sic-Dog’s replacement, an underrated Demon and a pair of sneaky forward choices.

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To be honest, it’s going to be tricky for me to finish with a rank that I am happy with. Fresh off a season-high over 2,300 you’d think my spirits would be a bit more positive. However, after moving up just 798 spots, I realise that I’m still miles from the leaders in the pack. It might be time for me to practice what I preach and take a flyer (or two) on some POD’s.


Shannon Hurn, Eagles ($597K, 73 BE, 10.15% ownership)
Yes, I know I am technically cheating here as Hurn doesn’t meet my sub 10% ownership criteria. Sue me, his numbers speak for themselves. There are a few low scores across his 2018 scorecard, but Hurn’s season has taken us by surprise. He has enough runs on the board to prove this is no fluke. Sneaky choice.

Zac Tuohy, Cats ($534K, 72 BE, 5.88% ownership)
Another guy kind of flying under the radar is Zac Tuohy. After breaking out last year, he has slipped slightly below his 2017 average, however, Tuohy is still totalling over 80+ points a game. With Geelong’s run home opening up and Tuohy starting to hit his stride you could do a lot worse.

Draft Sleeper – Jayden Short, Tigers ($578K, 82 BE, 4.68% ownership)
Short was unlucky not to take Tuohy’s spot this week after the Tigers hot past few weeks. There was no way anyone had him on their radar early, as he averaged 68 points through the first 10 weeks of the season. Since then though, Short is putting up 91.2 points per contest. Tick.


Jack Macrae, Bulldogs ($781K, 161 BE, 5.84% ownership)
While it might be wise to wait a week or two before you get your hands on Macrae, there are some opportunities too good to pass up. If you find yourself in a position to be trading in a premium midfielder, then Macrae could be your man. The Bulldog looks set to average 120ish from here on out and challenge Tom Mitchell as the leading scorer. Invest.

Clayton Oliver, Demons ($724K, 100 BE, 7.16% ownership)
I need to apologise to Oliver. I haven’t given him enough love in the forgotten few and his ownership percentage is still criminally low. In the last fortnight alone Oliver dropped a career-high 141 on Freo and followed it up with 120 a few days ago against the Dogs. Yes, I know those scores came against easy foes, but you only need to look at the rest of his scores to know he’s legit.

Draft Sleeper – Mitch Wallis ($541K, 75 BE, 1.01% ownership)
As teams start to solidify themselves for finals it’s important to have reliable bench players. While Wallis won’t win you a final, he can still offer an 85 at the right time. He seems to have put his injury issues behind him and could provide some late-season stability.


Sean Darcy, Freo ($542K, 82 BE, 0.47% ownership)
If Darcy fails to shake his worrying groin complaint then you can forget about him as an option. However, the gentle giant showed capable signs against Port Adelaide last week, albeit they missed Patrick Ryder for over half the game. Still, he’s an intriguing left of field play.

Draft Sleeper – Scott Jones, Freo ($220K, 10 BE, 20.45% ownership)
Scott Jones came back in on the weekend and to be honest he might be the last man standing. With Sandilands and Darcy in doubt, he is all but assured a game this week. His return comes at a perfect time for fantasy coaches who may be in need of late-season replacement after the weekend’s carnage. If you are stuck as a Natanui, Ryder or Kreuzer owner, here’s your man.


Jack Riewoldt, Tigers ($538K, 54 BE, 8.5% ownership)
Yeah I’m serious. Is it a bit of flash in the pan, boosted by his Round 15 score of 136? Maybe. There is a big enough sample size to suggest that these numbers aren’t a fluke and that these big scores are here to stay. Of course, I’m not saying to do it, but the stats are there.

David Mundy, Freo ($587K, 74 BE, 2.87% ownership)
At this point of the season, a lot of fantasy teams are cooked. If you are one of the unlucky ones who has been struck by a curse, then Mundy could be your saviour. A nice, reliable consistent source of points, Mundy can sit in your forward/midfield line and help ease that pressure.

Draft Sleeper (s) – Blake Acres, Saints ($584K, 108 BE, 1% ownership)
Brett Deledio, Giants ($591K, 49 BE, 0.49% ownership)
Picking either of this pair could be a season-defining move. With both Acres and Deledio set to return from injury, they could prove to be a late-season diamond in the rough. Of course, there is the realistic possibility that they have already been snapped up, but if one (or both) are still there, then pounce. Quickly.

The Three Big Questions Of Round 17

Who Is A Viable James Sicily Replacement?
Over 20% of the league is faced with a dilemma this week, with James Sicily the latest star hit by injury. The Hawks utility is out for up to six weeks, making him a must-trade. There are plenty of options down back, depending on what you want to spend. If money isn’t an issue, Rory Laird’s your choice. If you own him though the next best option is Angus Brayshaw. The Demon has been on fire and could really be the best defender by years end. Failing that a downgrade target could be Alex Witherden or Michael Hurley.

Is It Too Early To Throw Away A Bench Spot?
A few trades ago I traded Oscar McInerney from my bench and brought in Ryan Abbott. It left me with no ruck emergency, but it was a necessary move. If you have two emergencies in one line, downgrading them to a basement rook to maximise dough is a solid option.

Are There Any Relevant DPP’s?
With the exception of Dangerfield, most of the new DPP’s are irrelevant in classic fantasy. Some cash cows like Stefan Giro (added FWD), Brody Mihocek (added FWD), Quintin Narkle (added FWD), Ed Richards (added MID) and Michael Apeness (added RUC) all gained new positions, which will be a boost for some benches.

Back From The Dead

Jack Macrae, Bulldogs (133) – See above. Macrae’s going to be a must-have.

Ed Phillips, Saints (82) – Nice to see Phillips ball out in his return. Maybe a heartbeat on people’s bench.

Bachar Houli, Tigers (76) – Not the player he once was.

Kade Simpson, Blues (72) – Are we sure he isn’t hurt?

Bailey Rice, Saints (72) – Handy bench boost as a late in. Might even hold his spot.

Jack Darling, Eagles (66) – Will need a week or two to get his legs back.

Toby Greene, Giants (61) – Ditto.

Good luck for Round 18!

Peace ✌

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



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    July 19, 2018 at 3:38 pm

    My trades are: Sicily to Brayshaw and Fritsch to Heeney. Macrae or grundy will be coming in next week.

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    July 19, 2018 at 3:39 pm

    This week I need a Rookie in my Forward Line. Who would be a better option Venables or Mihucek?

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    July 19, 2018 at 4:04 pm

    People may call me crazy but if J Lewis is named tonight and Mihocek is named they are the 2 that will be in my team then next week I can go big and bring in Macrae and maybe Grundy

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      The Cricket

      July 19, 2018 at 5:41 pm

      Dunno about crazy, but your ideas are certainly a bit ‘out there’ …
      The obvious question is whether they work out for you. How’s your team going this season?

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      The Cricket

      July 19, 2018 at 5:47 pm

      Thanks for the write-up Fry.
      I think you meant Scott Jones (not Jordan Roughead) as a Ruck draft sleeper!?

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        July 19, 2018 at 10:43 pm

        Haha thanks mate, I was tossing up between the pair as to which one I would include and clearly forgot to change the name back haha

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    Where's the Fyfe

    July 19, 2018 at 4:29 pm

    Deledio doesn’t play for the Tigers anymore. Great article besides that.

    Would you bring in Hurn, Witherden, Hodge, Houli, Ellis or Salem for Sicily and guarantee Gibbs to Macrae next week or just get Whitfield and hope Gibbs doesn’t drop by too much?

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      Daniel Kotronis

      July 19, 2018 at 9:03 pm

      Toss up between Hurn and Witherden

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      July 19, 2018 at 10:45 pm

      Old habits die hard haha. Thanks mate!

      Hmmmm tricky one. As a Gibbs owner, I can understand the frustration. I don’t think he’ll go down too much this week with a matchup against the Lions, but if I had to pick someone else from the list I’d take Witho, hands down

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    July 19, 2018 at 4:35 pm

    If it was me I would bring in Hodge and that’s what I’m doing right now actually

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      Ned kelly

      July 19, 2018 at 4:45 pm

      Shocking advice

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      David C

      July 20, 2018 at 1:03 pm

      Hodge not playing

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    July 19, 2018 at 5:03 pm

    It’s not advice. And nobody has to copy because I’m also bringing in T Lynch (Adel) for T Smith which is a sneaky move and I hope no one does what I’m thinking, so you can go jump back on your horse Ned and ride off far into the wilderness. I just feel I have to make 2 Trades that are on Field players seeing Sicily has gone.

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      July 19, 2018 at 5:44 pm

      I don’t think anyone else will be doing that.

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      Ned kelly

      July 19, 2018 at 6:24 pm

      Fair enough

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        July 19, 2018 at 6:47 pm

        Hey Ned you would make a good call service representative or salesman , top pieces of info you give all the time you knob jockey.

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          Ned kelly

          July 19, 2018 at 7:20 pm

          You’d make a good taste tester for a flavoured condom company, but your iq is prob to low to get the job

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    July 19, 2018 at 8:19 pm

    Tossing up between Walters to Macrae and Sauce to Grundy

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      Daniel Kotronis

      July 19, 2018 at 10:33 pm

      Sauce to Grundy. I’m holding on Macrae until next week, the tag is a concern, but if he can pump out another 130+ his price should only drop $5-15K

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      July 19, 2018 at 10:47 pm

      Lock in the Sauce trade this week I say

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    Daniel Kotronis

    July 19, 2018 at 9:00 pm

    Giro to Heppell and Doedee to Mundy

    Left with $130K

    DEF: Laird, Yeo, Brayshaw, Hurley, Witherden, T.McDonald (Redman, Brown)
    MID: Titch, Jelly, Coniglio, P.Cripps, Heppell, Taranto, Seedsman, E.Phillips (Sier, J.Smith)
    RUC: Gawn, Sinclair (Abbott, Cameron)
    FWD: D.Smith, Westhoff, McLean, Franklin, Robinson, Mundy (Battle, Ahern)

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    July 19, 2018 at 11:06 pm

    No love for Lycett? Could average 85-90+ from here out imo.

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      July 20, 2018 at 9:58 am

      Definitely on the cards, I’m interested to see how Vardy and he play together first

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    July 20, 2018 at 12:45 am

    Dunkley? He’s been brilliant

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      July 20, 2018 at 9:59 am

      Spoke about him two weeks ago. Gun!

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    July 20, 2018 at 7:19 am

    How is Armitage for a draft sleeper? Very low average due to some terrible early season form, but since the byes and in line with the Saints mini resurgence he’s popped out a 96 and three consecutive tons. Anyone remember the season he and Jack Steven went off to be the highest scorers of the year?

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      July 20, 2018 at 10:03 am

      Would have probably cracked into the list this week if Macrae didn’t ball out as much against the Dees. Keep an eye on him for sure!

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    July 20, 2018 at 10:05 am


    Elliott Yeo or Angus Brayshaw for Sic Dawg?
    Brayshaw’s numbers have been phenomenal in the last few weeks but I feel Yeo is a must have defender?

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      July 20, 2018 at 8:00 pm

      I think Brayshaw is a hair ahead of Yeoy, but to be honest they are both must haves

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