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Fry’s Cash Cows – Rd. 18

With the fantasy finals just around the corner, Fry provides us with a simplified rookie guide to help maximise points on the field while still making the right rookie selections!

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With the fantasy finals now just around the corner, it’s time to scale back our rookie trading and prioritise points on the field. Investing in playing emergencies and a bit of cash generation is still important, but it isn’t as high a priority as it was during the early and middle portions of the year. I’ve simplified the rookie guide for the next few weeks to give you an idea of what moves you should be making if you’re involving cash cows in your trade plans. Comment below what you think about the new setup/layout as we prepare for the business end of the season.

Feel free to comment your questions below, but the general rule of thumb is no mention for a player = not worth talking about.


DOWNGRADE TARGETS

Defense

Hugh Goddard, Blues ($170K, DNP, BE 41)
Francis Watson, Eagles ($196K, 72, BE -5)

Midfield

Josh Deluca, Blues ($239K, 35, BE 36)
Doulton Langlands, Saints ($189K, 59, BE 4)
Will Snelling, Bombers ($222K, 58, BE 14)

Ruck

Jordan Sweet, Bulldogs ($170K, DNP, BE 26)

Forward

Hayden McLean, Swans ($205K, 87, BE -14)

We were treated to multiple debutants last weekend, but their presence isn’t guaranteed again in Round 19. While Hayden McLean top scored after an impressive showing against Freo, my pick of the targets at the moment is Will Snelling. Making his highly anticipated Bombers debut, Snelling got better as the game progressed and I have faith he can tackle his way to some decent scores to close the season.

McLean is worth considering if you need a FWD target, especially given his ruck responsibilities and Sydney’s dire need for help in that area. I’d lean towards picking him over Doulton Langlands by a smidge with Josh Deluca a last resort if he holds his spot in Carlton’s outfit (unlikely). Shannon Hurn’s return could be the end of Francis Watson who also impressed on debut, but if he holds his spot he’s a fine DEF target and Hugh Goddard could be back after his one-week absence.

HOLD STRONG

Defense

Noah Answerth, Lions ($352K, 56, BE 47)
Jordan Clark, Cats ($475K, 54, BE 70)
Xavier Duursma, Power ($526K, 84, BE 80)
Corey Ellis, Suns ($342K, 69, BE 17)
Isaac Quaynor, Magpies ($316K, 61, BE 23)
Sydney Stack, Tigers ($521K, 66, BE 85)

Midfield

Brett Bewley, Dockers ($324K, 64, BE 27)
James Rowbottom, Swans ($403K, 81, BE 19)
Sam Walsh, Blues ($670K, 89, BE 105)

Ruck

Zac Clarke, Bombers ($306K, DNP, BE 21)
Reilly O’Brien, Crows ($730K, 134, BE 94)

Forward

Shai Bolton, Tigers ($473K, 71, BE, 32)
Mabior Chol, Tigers ($355K, 62, BE 35)
Oliver Hanrahan, Hawks ($302K, 68, BE 1)
Ian Hill, Giants ($263K, 49, BE 17)
Mitchell Lewis, Hawks ($409K, 81, BE 26)
Gryan Miers, Cats ($433K, 61, BE 58)

A lot of the players from this portion of the article are likely sitting as an emergency on coaches benches out there, but some of them are still floating around your field. The likes of Xavier Duursma and Sydney Stack might not be your highest priority, but if you can upgrade them to move a rookie off your field that’s still the route I’d advise taking. Sam Walsh is another one in a similar boat, with his price potentially at an all-time high. Reilly O’Brien‘s situation is different from the aforementioned cash cows, with a real chance that ROB can still keep climbing. There’s nothing wrong with playing him in one of your ruck spots to close out the year.

If you’re spoilt for choice and find yourself with two playing emergencies in one line then some of these players could still be axed to continue cash generation. Gryan Miers is probably at the top of that list after yo-yo-ing between great and awful scores in recent times. Noah Answerth is another one who some coaches are moving on, but speaking from experience, it’s still important to have someone playing on your bench in case you get Shannon Hurn’d like I did.

TIME TO GO

Defense

Chris Burgess, Suns ($192K, 37, BE 29)
Griffin Logue, Dockers ($342K, 56 BE 59)
Callum Wilkie, Saints ($435K, 58, BE 69)

Midfield

Tom Atkins, Cats ($339K, 32, BE 71)
Dylan Clarke, Bombers ($437K, 67, BE 59)
Michael Gibbons, Blues ($430K, 78, BE 55)
Nick Hind, Saints ($286K, 22, BE 59)
Jay Lockhart, Demons ($367K, 20, BE 96)
Bailey Smith, Bulldogs ($427K, 35, BE 87)

Ruck

Darcy Fort, Cats ($253K, DNP, BE 14)
Archie Smith, Lions ($242K, DNP, BE 24)

Forward

Liam Baker, Tigers ($500K, 55, BE 96)
Zak Butters, Power ($394K, 72, BE 55)
Jarrod Cameron, Eagles ($317K, 24, BE 36)
Nick Larkey, Kangaroos ($326K, 29, BE 52)
Matthew Parker, Saints ($366K, 54, BE 62)
Connor Rozee, Power ($458K, 65, BE 77)
Will Setterfield, Blues ($479K, 72, BE 59)

The higher the breakeven the higher the trade priority in my opinion. It doesn’t sound like rocket science, but after what we’ve seen from Liam Baker over the season I can understand why 3.2% of the competition would want to give him another chance. Regular readers will know that Jay Lockhart isn’t my favourite rookie after weekly suggesting a trade out. Trading out Lockhart and Bailey Smith in your midfield for a cheaper alternative could be a nice way to make a quick buck as well.

More popular players like Will Setterfield, Nick Hind and Connor Rozee can all be moved on after serving their purpose in our sides. Setters and Rozee could help you make a lot of money and if they’re on your field an upgrade would be a high priority. Hind was given another life after the Saints opted to change coaches between rounds, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see him dropped following his third straight score under 40.

OUTSIDE LOOKING IN

Corey Lyons, MID, Lions ($170K, NEAFL score: 139)
Patrick Naish, DEF, Tigers ($245K, VFL score: 128)
Jackson Hately, MID, Giants ($377K, NEAFL score: 115)
Charlie Constable, MID, Cats ($500K, VFL score: 110)
Derek Eggmolesse-Smith, DEF, Tigers ($224K, VFL score: 110)
Willem Drew, MID, Power ($402K, SANFL score: 103)
Nick Shipley, MID, Giants ($170K, NEAFL score: 101)
Jye Caldwell, MID, Giants ($250K, NEAFL score: 95)
Lachlan Scholl, DEF, Crows ($170K, SANFL score: 88)
Peter Ladhams, RUC, Power ($216K, SANFL score: 87)
Oskar Baker, MID, Demons ($381K, VFL score: 83)
Rhylee West, MID, Bulldogs ($220K, VFL score: 77)
Curtis Taylor, MID/FWD, Kangaroos ($181K, VFL score: 71)
Ben Davis, FWD, Crows ($171K, SANFL score: 70)
Tyson Stengle, FWD, Crows ($232K, SANFL score: 40)
Josh Corbett, FWD, Suns ($268K, NEAFL score: 12)
Brayden Ham, Bombers ($207K, VFL score: BYE)
Michael Knoll, RUC, Swans ($170K, NEAFL score: BYE)
James Rose, FWD, Swans ($330K, NEAFL score: BYE)
Kyle Dunkley, MID, Demons ($196K, VFL score: DNP)

A handful of relevant names put their hat further into the ring for a recall, none more so than a pair of Tigers defenders. While I don’t expect Patrick Naish and/or Derek Eggmolesse-Smith to instantly return to the senior side, they are keeping themselves in the mix to play senior footy again in 2019. Jackson Hately again did his chances no harm with a 29 touch outing while Willem Drew is another youngster consistent scoring well at the reserve level. Both of them will come into calculations for the Giants and Power respectively, but other popular rooks like Oskar Baker, Rhylee West and Kyle Dunkley face a tougher road to returning.

Cash Cow King – Round 18

While the race for fantasy finals spots continues to be a talking point, there is a serious race on for the Cash Cow King of 2019. Shoutout to Rising Star nominee Mitchell Lewis who gets a spot on the poll, but the other three players will most likely finish in the top-3 for the season-long award. Sydney Stack will demand votes too, but at the current rate, Reilly O’Brien is performing we may have a runaway winner in a month’s time. Kudos ROB.

Ranking Rookies

Taking all fantasy aspects into consideration, here are my top 3 rookie/cash cows you should own/make a move for in each position.

Defenders

  1. Francis Watson*

  2. Hugh Goddard*

  3. N/A

Midfielders

  1. Will Snelling

  2. Doulton Langlands*

  3. Corey Lyons*

Ruck

  1. Jordan Sweet*

  2. Michael Knoll*

  3. N/A

Forwards

  1. Hayden McLean

  2. Doulton Langlands*

  3. Oliver Hanrahan

* = if named


Feel free to shoot your rookie/cash cow questions through on Twitter at @SportsbyFry for me to answer in the article. If Twitter isn’t your preferred domain hit me up on Instagram or Facebook and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.

Good Luck for Round 18!

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33 Comments

33 Comments

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    M8

    July 24, 2019 at 8:37 am

    My Team:
    DEF: Lloyd, Crisp, Laird, Stewart, Sicily, Smith (Naish, Goddard)
    MID: Duncan, Gaff, Merrett, B.Crouch, Macrae, Cripps, Clarke, Cameron (Kelly, Baker)
    RUCK: Grundy, Gawn (Clarke, Flynn)
    FWD: Boak, Dangerfield, Kelly, Dusty, Ziebell, Worpel (Young, Gardner)
    Cash: $150k.
    Thinking of going,
    J.Kelly (yes I still have him) to Dunkley and Naish to either McLean, Snelling or Langlands.
    or should I try get Sicily to Whitfield and Baker down, thoughts on trades or other options?

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      Fry

      July 24, 2019 at 11:15 am

      If you’ve held Kelly this long it might almost be worth keeping him around when he’s back for the fantasy finals. Downgrading Baker to Snelling might give you enough to still go Sicily to Whitfield too? That’d be my move

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        M8

        July 24, 2019 at 11:51 am

        Cheers for your thoughts Fry, great articles too! I am pretty set on holding Kelly now may as well after holding this long, my only worry is it will be hard for me to get Dunkley. At this stage I’m thinking of either going Baker to Snelling and Sicily to Whitfield leaving $79k or should I go Baker to Snelling and Naish (via Gardner) to McLean leaving $349k.

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          Jag67

          July 24, 2019 at 12:47 pm

          Sicily is your (and everybody elses) weakest link, so he has to go. Clarke listed as injured, so perhaps use him instead of Baker to get to Whitfield. Try the McLean move next week.

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          Fry

          July 25, 2019 at 3:04 pm

          Thanks champ!
          As a non-Dunkley owner I feel your pain, but Whitfield is a good get too. Moving Baker to Snelling and Sicily to Whit is the smart move

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    Fantasy Mad

    July 24, 2019 at 9:32 am

    Thanks Fry, as always, for an informative, and useful, article re rookies. New setup/layout looks good.

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      Dave Bajamo

      July 24, 2019 at 10:01 am

      +1 -I prefer the streamlined layout 👌

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        Fry

        July 24, 2019 at 12:50 pm

        Cheers lads, appreciate the feedback

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      Jag67

      July 24, 2019 at 12:48 pm

      Ditto

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        Jag67

        July 24, 2019 at 12:50 pm

        Ditto to FM, not DB

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    Harry

    July 24, 2019 at 10:09 am

    Love it mate. Always look forward to this article each week. I think you were supposed to chuck Mclean in the Ranking Rookies Fwd.

    I’ll be doing a double downgrade this week to get some cash for 1st week of finals.

    Rose > Mclean
    Hind > Langlands / Snelling

    I think Snelling will be slightly better than Langlands but I feel his DPP could come in handy through finals as I’m sure there will be some more late outs. Would you take Landlands over Snelling for his DPP or still take Snelling?

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      Fry

      July 24, 2019 at 12:53 pm

      Thanks mate, appreciate it! Yeah McLean slipped through the cracks again, he should be there now haha.
      I think that’s a smart play to save a bunch of coin for the finals, I still rate Snelling above Langlands even though the DPP is tempting. There’s a chance Langlands will only be around for 1-2 more weeks, if at all, so backing Snelling in is the wise move IMO

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    Omar Fahal Moustafa

    July 24, 2019 at 10:21 am

    Sicily to Stewart or Salem?
    I already have Lloyd, Laird, Houli, Crisp, Williams

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      Fry

      July 24, 2019 at 1:57 pm

      Nice defensive lineup, I think I side with Stewart based on his higher floor and a few friendlier fixtures to come but Salem’s also a good get

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    Fooz

    July 24, 2019 at 11:08 am

    Good read Fry.
    * = if named. haha…..
    Sometimes I feel that about is true about more than half my team atm.

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      Fry

      July 24, 2019 at 1:58 pm

      Story of my season haha

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    Jay

    July 24, 2019 at 11:47 am

    Outside the top players for each line I have the following players
    Def: B Smith/ Stack (last rookie)
    Mid: Murphy
    Fwd: dusty/ worpel/ Ziebell
    I have exactly zero $ in bank
    Looking at stack out and not sure either o baker on bench or one of above
    Any suggestions

    1) Stack and O baker gets me – Z Williams/ Newman/ Salem/ laird/ Shepard
    2) Ziebell and stack could get me Adams and Ryan
    3) Murphy and Ziebell gets me Z Williams and Greene/ Adams
    4) Murphy and Ziebell gets me Greene and Adams

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      Fry

      July 24, 2019 at 1:59 pm

      I’d look at downgrading Baker to maybe a Snelling type or another rookie that fits then throw that dough on top of Stack to upgrade him. Salem and Laird are my favourite picks in that bunch

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    EHDQ

    July 24, 2019 at 1:27 pm

    Get Clarke and Cameron off your field as priority. I’d get rid of Kelly and Baker/Clarke first

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    Seamus

    July 24, 2019 at 1:57 pm

    honestly ROB at this stage is a premo ruckman just as much as marshall/gawn/witts are, hes only had 1 bad game since round 8, and a 5 round avg of 122. easy keeper for end of year tbh, not that itd cost much to upgrade him anyway gawn only costs 20k more

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      Fry

      July 24, 2019 at 2:00 pm

      The Fantasy ROY award is his to lose at the moment!

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    James

    July 24, 2019 at 4:12 pm

    Whitfield, Lloyd, Houli , Stewart, Laird, Quaynor
    ( Naish, Gardner)

    Mccrea, crouch, Duncan, rocky, gaff, Merrett., hunter, Clarke
    ( Bewley, hind )

    Gawn, Grundy
    ( fort, Flynn)

    Danger, Kelly, dusty, Dunkley, Ziebell, BOak
    ( hill, larkey)

    167k in the bank

    Would love some advise for trades this week. It’s a must win game to make finals.

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      Fry

      July 24, 2019 at 7:09 pm

      If it’s a much win my advice would be to cash in a rookie for a $170k bloke and throw that money onto Clarke to get the best player possible in the MID, maybe and Adams of Shaun Higgins type

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        James

        July 24, 2019 at 7:18 pm

        yeah was thinking of doing that. But im stuck between going a gun defender in Crisp or a Mid either Yeo , Neale , M Crouch , Oliver ect?

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          Fry

          July 25, 2019 at 3:02 pm

          That’s a tough one, honestly Crisp might be the form player in that group, Crouch against Carlton I tempting too. If it was my team I’d probably go him or Yeoy

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    Old Fella

    July 24, 2019 at 4:59 pm

    Am i better of getting Taranto or Whitfield into my midfield for Cripps?
    I still have Sicily in the back line so can swing Whitfield back in a week or two when i offload him.

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      Fry

      July 24, 2019 at 7:10 pm

      Whitfield’s DPP makes him mighty tempting in my opinion

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    Luke

    July 24, 2019 at 8:22 pm

    Just wanted to say thanks Fry for your research and sound advice. Reading your post each week has been a highlight of the season. My team sucks this time around, but it would have been a lot worse if I didn’t have access to this valuable intel. Great work legend, hope to see you back next year!

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      Fry

      July 24, 2019 at 10:28 pm

      Thanks legend, that means a lot. You didn’t have to go out of your way to say it so I really appreciate the kinds words. Sounds like you and me both need to focus more on the non-rookies in 2020! 😂

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    Belly

    July 24, 2019 at 9:43 pm

    Great read as always Fry, as others have said, super easy to read and helpful in terms of layout.
    I’m torn between Snelling and Langlands like many others, are they in covering injuries?

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      Fry

      July 24, 2019 at 10:31 pm

      Thanks mate, good to know. I think Snelling will keep getting games, he’s playing somewhat of the Devon Smith role and with Heppell under a cloud he could see more time in the guts. Langlands I’m less sold on. Jack Steven played int he VFL this week and could take his place as early as this week with Dan Hannebery another one to keep your eye on to steal games from him

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        Belly

        July 24, 2019 at 11:56 pm

        Thanks mate.

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    The Cricket

    July 25, 2019 at 4:42 pm

    Like the new layout, Fry!

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