The number 4 is becoming extremely important as we prepare for the penultimate round of the 2019 fantasy season. There are just four trades left, four teams remaining in the Finals race and a mere four points are all that separates 1st and 2nd in the overall rankings. Unfortunately, it feels like there are only four downgrade targets to pick from at the moment as well, as cash cows dry up and premium shuffling takes priority for the remaining few rounds.
Below I presented some trade targets and potential inclusions for this weekend, but for the rest of the season, I’ll be focusing on rookie/cash cow awards, narrowing down the field before I hand out some well-deserved silverware. Each position has multiple candidates who can vie for an end of season award nod, with this week focusing on finding the finalists in the four MVP positional fields. Make sure you get your votes in, before it closes at the end of Round 22.
Hugh Goddard, Blues ($170K, 31, BE 34)*
Changkuoth Jiath, Hawks ($178K, 38, BE 18)
Jason Carter, Dockers ($193K, 30, BE 18)
John Noble, Magpies ($187K, DNP, BE 8)*
Jordon Sweet, Bulldogs ($170K, DNP, BE 26)*
Caleb Graham, Suns ($176K, 36, BE 19)
James Bell, Swans ($170K, 25, BE 27)
* = if named
As I’ve mentioned multiple times in the Fantasy Finals money in the bank should be your highest priority, even if that means trading in uninspiring rooks. All of the sub $200K rooks failed to fire this week, but if they hold their spot, a bench place could have their names all over it. Debutants Changkuoth Jiath and James Bell may be one-hit wonders, but they loom as the best FWD and DEF picks if the axe doesn’t fall. In the midfield, there aren’t any pure MID’s who appeal to me with Jye Caldwell and Kyle Dunkley priced too high for my liking at $269K. If you find yourself with someone like Brett Bewley still in your midfield group though you could chop him out for a cheaper more reliable option and still make at least some money.
OUTSIDE LOOKING IN
Corey Lyons, MID, Lions ($170K, NEAFL score: 111)
Nick Shipley, MID, Giants ($170K, NEAFL score: BYE)
Michael Knoll, RUC, Swans ($170K, NEAFL score: 120)
Ben Davis, FWD, Crows ($171K, SANFL score: 76)
Lachlan Scholl, DEF, Crows ($170K, SANFL score: 78)
Lachie Hosie, FWD, Kangaroos ($170K, VFL score: 27)
Brayden Ham, FWD, Bombers ($207K, VFL score: 86)
Patrick Naish, DEF, Tigers ($245K, VFL score: 82)
Derek Eggmolesse-Smith, DEF, Tigers ($224K, VFL score: 5)
Josh Corbett, FWD, Suns ($268K, NEAFL score: 87)
There aren’t many rookies filtering back through to the senior side and even fewer or are in line for a late AFL debut. Mid-season draftee Michael Knoll is at the top of the food chain, but it appears unlikely that Sydney would throw him in for a baptism of fire against Max Gawn this weekend or even Todd Goldstein to close the year. Corey Lyons and Nick Shipley are again the hard-luck stories with Jye Caldwell lucky enough to earn a late call-up and make his debut.
Cash Cow King – Round 21
This week’s high scorers included a lot of relevant fantasy rookies, who have been floating around for most of the year. However, the heavy hitters like Duursma and Walsh couldn’t be found, with the B-graded cash cows stepping up in Round 21. It would be easy to side with Peter Ladhams after his ton in his fourth game (again with the No. 4) of the season, but I’m siding with Bailey Smith, who feasted against the Bombers after stringing some decent performances together. Kudos Bazlenka.
We have been treated to 72 debutants so far through season 2019, with a lot of them filtering in and out of our fantasy sides throughout the year. Some became reliable mainstays in our sides, often outscoring the premium types who surrounded them. However, not all cash cows performed up to our expectations, with a handful of them worthy of special recognition as one of the best performers at their position.
Make 2-4 selections (depending on position) to choose your picks for the finalists of the positional award races.
Voting closes at the conclusion of Round 22
Honourable mentions: Griffin Logue, Jack Scrimshaw, Isaac Quaynor
Honourable mentions: Will Hayes, Oskar Baker, Brett Bewley, Jackson Hately, Nick Hind
Honourable mentions: Darcy Fort, Noah Balta
Honourable mentions: Jack Petruccelle, Dylan Moore, Oliver Hanrahan, Nick Larkey
Next week I will be back with the final voting ballot for all the rookie/cash cow awards including Game of the Year, Position MVP’s, the Cash Cow King and more! Be sure to check back next Wednesday to lodge your votes.