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The “Value” Forwards

Value forwards are all the talk, Calvin checks them out!

“Mid-priced” madness is a dirty word. With so much value in the forward line, Calvin has broken down the options and the players on the radar. How many of these guys is too many? With so much value here, could you be starting with the most mid-priced/value players you ever have in AFL Fantasy? Or have we actually gone too far?

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Darcy Parish $589,000

The Marsh so far: Parish attended 17 CBAs (centre bounce attendances) out of the 31 on the weekend and scored 104 from 29 touches against the Eagles. He did this in just 65% time and was brilliant.

Cal’s Comment: Warne Dawg has raved about this guy for years. The fact is… he’s always been solid but never great averaging between 74 and 79 in his first four years of AFL. Is this finally his time? The more I’ve looked at him, the more I’m agreeing with Dawg. He averaged 87 in his last 11 games (ex. a concussed 19). Priced at his season average of 79, he could be much better, especially with this extra time in the middle. A huge player of difference with just 2% ownership.

Chad Wingard $582,000

The Marsh so far: Wingard scored 53 from 15 touches in his first game from just 51% game time. The most impressive thing though was the fact, in limited time, he attended the second most CBAs (centre bounce attendances) for the Hawks behind the pig himself, Tom Mitchell.

Cal’s Comment: Chad averaged 78 for the Hawks last year but found more midfield time towards the end of the season here he scored 99, 95, 128 and 106. His body seems right and the Hawks appear to be using him exactly in the way we like it.

Hugh Greenwood $581,000

The Marsh so far: Hugh became a very popular re-adjustment to teams after his game where he scored 114 with nine tackles. He was simply brilliant with his new club and slotted into their midfield with the most CBAs from their midfield group. Worth noting though, they played Geelong who didn’t really put up much of a fight, losing by 70 odd points. This won’t be happening every week.

Cal’s Comment: Priced at 78… Hugh is much better than that. How how much is enough to pick him in your starting team? Roy is all over the Tassie kid for all the right reasons, he’ll probably lead the league in tackling this year but how much ball can he win at the Suns? He will most ,likely play a full-strength Crows team this Friday where he will battle the Crouch brothers and Rory Sloane. This will be the best we will see.

Christian Petracca $563,000

The Marsh so far: Wowee! 38 touches and a huge 145 is what we saw in the first week which boosted his ownership through the roof. He was sensational and have many believe that this is his year to finally break-out.

Cal’s Comment: Do you believe in the pre-season hype? We have been here before with Petracca but he can put us all out of our misery this weekend when he meets the Hawks on Friday night. Another big game and he’ll be very hard to over-look.

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Connor Rozee $539,000

The Marsh so far: Kicked two goals and had 19 touches for his 94 in his first game, but more impressively… he did it in just 57% time on ground and attended 8 out of a possible 32 CBAs. As far as points per minutes go, he was up there with the best.

Cal’s Comment: A second year break-out looms for this kid who is on fire at the moment and even Rockliff agrees recently saying, “I think he’ll take another step (in improvement) again this year.” Let’s not forget that this kid is a No.5 draftee and with Ollie Wines missing early games, this guy could be the answer.

Andrew Brayshaw $516,000

The Marsh so far: In just 60% time on ground, Brayshaw pumped out 90 last week (but only against Carlton which needs to be noted). He attended a team-high 14 CBAs from the 22, but did so without Fyfe and Walters in the team. This shouldn’t matter too much as his role in the middle seems locked and loaded.

Cal’s Comment: He’s been on our watchlist all pre-season after averaging 84 in his last seven games last year. Priced at 70, a third year break out is well and truly on the cards and if you were waiting to see what his pre-season looked like, then you should be convinced now.

Blake Acres $501,000

The Marsh so far: Didn’t put a foot wrong off the wing for his new club, racking up a game-high 31 touches and 104pts. 10 of those were contested which means he is ticking every box for the club at the moment. They only played Carlton though, and five players did score 100+.

Cal’s Comment: Priced at 67.5, there is a lot of meat on the bone for this guy. From his 12 games with the Saints in 2018, he averaged 81 and 78 the year before. However, he had a hamstring scare Wednesday at training and will have scans. This could be his Marsh pre-season over with his 8% of coaches going back to the drawing board.

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Jonathon Patton $366,000

The Marsh so far: Played deep forward for most parts, but did get up the ground a little. Scored well with 71 taking six strong grabs and three goals. Had a little go in the ruck, and could be used more there this week.

Cal’s Comment: So cheap, priced at 50… Patton has gone 70+ in back to back years before sitting out 2019. Looks fit. Looks ready… to average that 70 mark again.

Aiden Bonar $333,000

The Marsh so far: In his first run with the Roos, his fans would have been pretty happy. He scored 71 and didn’t really have a huge influence at CBAs. North were missing some big name midfielders which is promising in a way, knowing he can score without relying on midfield clock. Eight tackles certainly helped him out as well.

Cal’s Comment: A guy I went cold on, but now will watch closely this weekend. Could be huge value up forward, priced at an average of 45.

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Chayce Jones $318,000

The Marsh so far: Attended 10 out of 29 CBAs in week one for the Crows and managed 64pts. He did spend more time up the ground which ticks the “role” box from 69% game time.

Cal’s Comment: Will be very interesting to see his CBAs and role this week as the Crows play a stronger team with players getting more minutes in their actual positions ready for round one. Jones has been hyped up all pre-season but currently only has 8% of coaches on board at this stage.

Myles Poholke $288,000

The Marsh so far: Took the most CBAs for the Crows in the opening game as many of their stars played limited minutes. He scored 83 and backed up his 2019 SANFL form where he averaged 94 last year.

Cal’s Comment: Is he best-22? Is he the answer to the mass walk-out from many players who left at the end of last year? The players at Adelaide love this guy and always rave about his game. His role and scoring output will be very interesting this week as he looks to jump ahead of the likes of Jones and Townsend as forward line options for us in Fantasy. If Nix can actually say that he is best-22 and a midfield option, expect a huge increase in ownership.

Jacob Townsend $266,000

The Marsh so far: The role was there as he went to 8 out of 32 CBAs despite starting forward and sitting there a lot in the first part of the game. He scored 42 in 66% time.

Cal’s Comment: We need to see more. We need to see more than 42pts. He’s basically rookie priced though and this is hard to ignore. If the role is there… then he must be seriously considered as a starter on your ground. He’s never been a great scorer though. He played 10 games for the Tigers in 2018 at an average of 48, but did do a lot of tagging roles in that time.

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Alright, now we have gone through the best options, where are we all sitting? Basically, there are no right or wrong answers. It’s your team and you can do what you like with it. Personally, I’m heavy on guys like this. The weekend’s Marsh games will hopefully help me cement some of these names in.

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    March 5, 2020 at 11:23 am

    That was a complete waste of article for more details listen to last few podcast and you can get ten hours of petracca in ya cheers

    • Warnie


      March 5, 2020 at 12:04 pm

      A bigger waste of time would be to go to the effort of commenting on it. But here we are… ?

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        March 5, 2020 at 12:17 pm

        Nope has commenting might bring the realization all the talks about fwds. New stuff please… last year was better this year is repeated on and on.. brayshaw, wingard, rozee, chance jones, petracca, we get it there under value and good to get. Now there is another 300 plus players to have a look at. But here we are ?????

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            March 5, 2020 at 12:49 pm

            On next week’s episode stay tune for another 90mins of brayshaw, wingard, rozee, cheers warndog ate all the Mids and defenders. So guess we can listen to another 90mins on same players. Cheers pass

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            March 5, 2020 at 1:05 pm

            Bang on!

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            March 5, 2020 at 2:05 pm

            lol, gold. rick spelt with a silent p is the funniest

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            March 5, 2020 at 5:17 pm

            But I didn’t want anyf**king guitar lessons.

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            March 5, 2020 at 8:09 pm

            Nailed it Warnie and wow! I’ve never communicated on social platforms before but love the pod casts and all you lads do on Just tagged on the end of Cals article comments and definitely have a new appreciation for what you legends do as part of your social media role.. Full respect ?
            All the best for the season boys… Go Bombers!✌??

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          March 5, 2020 at 12:47 pm

          mate actually shut up. like to see how u’ll go

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            March 5, 2020 at 12:52 pm

            Probably better than everyone in the podcast had I know there’s more than 6players and studied others cheers

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          March 5, 2020 at 5:41 pm

          Name 300 plus players that are relevant ya penut. If ya don’t like the articals don’t read them.

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          March 5, 2020 at 11:06 pm

          I agree, let’s focus on the other 300 fantasy relevant forwards like Membrey, Castagna and Peter Wright ??

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        March 5, 2020 at 1:37 pm

        i enjoyed the article thanks.

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      March 5, 2020 at 12:39 pm

      You could always start your own AFL Fantasy website and write the articles there.

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      March 5, 2020 at 6:32 pm


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      March 5, 2020 at 7:39 pm

      Cheers, your a knob mate. Here you are having a dig a Traders article after listening to multiple pod casts and milking there open knowledgeable advice, not to mention bloody great humour. To throw out this rubbish? I think your missing the point of our amazing social activity with mates around the best game in the world. Whilst also helping each other to get better. Something tells me you never will get it. Tell us? whats your public announcement of rankings, trades, achievements or failures? 300 fwd players to choose from you reckon? Name 20 hero?
      To many questions around what your spewing out bud.
      How about you do everyone a favour and go get the drinks you toxic bench warmer…

      Love your work Traders you Tassie legends!
      Thanks for putting it all out there for all skill levels. Much appreciated from Wagga.. Couldn’t and wouldn’t be the same with out ya’s ??

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    Mad Fish

    March 5, 2020 at 11:28 am

    What do you think of Will Snelling as a value forward?

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      David C

      March 5, 2020 at 12:29 pm

      Looks good, only issue is if he is best 22. If named R1 might have a look.

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    March 5, 2020 at 12:03 pm

    Complete waste of an article? I thought it was an excellent summary of the options for mid to cheapish forwards. Marsh R2 roles and performances will narrow the options down.

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      March 5, 2020 at 12:19 pm

      Would have been good if it was new stuff, they been talking about them non stop for two weeks. There is 300 plus players so move on and have a look at other players

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        March 5, 2020 at 1:04 pm

        It’s people like you that should just piss off and go play with barbie dolls such a complete and utter selfish prick, Calvin, Warnie & Roy do this to help us they don’t have to do it, they don’t have to reveal any help. So shut up keep your little keyboard fingers at rest and respect the effort and help they give, its good stuff it’s helpful and i think 95% of fantasy coaches thank them for this, it’s the small 5% of idiots like your self that just should piss off.

        Why didn’t they talk about anyone else? Because nobody else is relevant nobody else’s is or should be in your team. That’s why.
        Run along and ahhhhh cheers for that cheers ( if you do run along )

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          March 5, 2020 at 2:03 pm

          Is it a coincidence that cheers showed up on the website as soon as the foot fetish girls got banned? and they showed up shortly after Hawk got banned?

          Theres only one flog on this website and its Hawk! Get a life buddy, you don’t need to check dt talk every 5 mins ya troll!

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          March 5, 2020 at 2:05 pm

          Coming from tjp97 who is going to pick injured young , you do need these podcast cause your like ten and select all injured. Keep listening and get those injured players.

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        March 5, 2020 at 4:44 pm

        Coming from the guy who’s made the same comment at least daily for the last week ?

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    March 5, 2020 at 12:21 pm

    My Dad is incredibly rubbish at this game. Pointing him to articles such as this one keeps him at least somewhat competitive. If you consume all the podcasts available this info would seem rather basic but then again this article ain’t for you. It’s for the time-poor people who need a prod in the right direction.

    Keep up the good work Calvin!

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    March 5, 2020 at 12:34 pm

    Wingard, Greenwood, rozee and Jones sir there for me currently. Pretty happy with them all to be honest,can’t much change though Brayshaw is in the mix as well

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    March 5, 2020 at 1:06 pm

    Trolls everywhere these days

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    March 5, 2020 at 1:28 pm

    Good work Warnie, Roy and Calvin.

    Hey Cheers a few good Players of difference for you T Lockett, J Dunstal and M Lloyd

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    March 5, 2020 at 1:30 pm

    I am surprised the Patton v Bonar voting is swung in the way it is.
    Those picking Patton… JJK is only 35k, maybe something to think about.

    • Fooz


      March 5, 2020 at 1:36 pm

      That’s probably a very good addition to trying to split that pair … I’d probably pick JJK over the other two, but Bonar and Patton both have DPP which is always inherently valuable in times of crisis.

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        March 5, 2020 at 1:40 pm

        yes Patton dpp ruck certainly is attractive, and if Willams at Eagles gets a game another dpp ruck along with Darcy Cameron maybe. Gotta love dpp

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        March 5, 2020 at 6:23 pm

        Choosing Patton as a R2 is an actual option, especially since there are a couple of DPP ruck rookies potentially available.

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      March 5, 2020 at 5:25 pm

      As an eagles supporter I hope JJK with his first complete preseason in years goes well but I swear I was watching him at times age before my eyes. On occasion he could barely jump 10cm of the ground.

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    March 5, 2020 at 1:44 pm

    Thoughts on sparrow? Can he fit into the Melbourne midfield and be best 22?

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    Ron Burgundy and the channel 2 news team

    March 5, 2020 at 2:04 pm

    Good article cal, love this read in the morning. Actually swapped acres to rozzee as he will be the one to benefit from wines out for a bit and SPP playing more of a forward role.

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      March 5, 2020 at 3:31 pm

      Yeah huge on rozee I like him more than walsh

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    March 5, 2020 at 2:05 pm

    will the mossie be in the bombers rd 1 team?

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      March 5, 2020 at 3:50 pm

      Mate nobody here knows that you have to wait and see.

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    March 5, 2020 at 5:55 pm

    Why NO Jordan Dawson??? has to be in the mix up forward

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      March 5, 2020 at 6:06 pm

      I think the worry is him going forward at times if he gets that half back, wing role top 6-10 I reakon

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    March 5, 2020 at 5:58 pm

    Anyone think Lynch (rich) a good pick not much talk about him going on priced at $ 463 some value there I reckon an the tigers play alot at the MCG to start the year

    • Euman


      March 6, 2020 at 2:23 pm

      Love lynch had good finish with a last 5 round of 74 is priced at 62, projected first round score 78 makes $10k not so bad, then based on projections $13k and $14k so potentially a 74 average after 3 rounds and gone up $37k you could go worse. Had his first uninterrupted preseason ever, and with both him and Wolt fit seems to roam up the ground a bit for kicks. I cannot see him losing you any money so safe from that point.

      That last 5 round includes a 48 as well v Brisbane only kicked 1 goal not sure what happened there, he went 67 v them next week at Gabba before 108 v Cats, nto sure on GF

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    March 5, 2020 at 9:31 pm

    Great article, shame about the trolling !

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    March 6, 2020 at 12:14 am

    LOL “Cheers” what an absolute flog!

    Don’t worry Warnie, we got ya back!

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    March 6, 2020 at 8:42 am

    Ben Ainsworth yay or nay??

  17. Euman


    March 6, 2020 at 2:24 pm

    Blake Acres is he out or not? Cant find any articles confirming only saying he was sent for scans yesterday.

    • Fooz


      March 6, 2020 at 4:33 pm

      The Worst Australian newspaper (i.e. The West Australian) is reporting that he’s out for 2 months…. Mind you, it’s always been a pro-WCE paper…

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    March 6, 2020 at 2:51 pm

    Best choice based on value JS and scoring
    – C Jones

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      March 6, 2020 at 5:39 pm

      leaning towards Townsend. Some people have bagged his effort last weekend but he is priced at a level when you couldn’t reasonably expect anymore. So far he seems to be getting some minutes in the middle.
      Bonar’s recent injury scares me because of his history.
      Jones plays for the crows, nuf said

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        March 6, 2020 at 5:45 pm

        Cheers yes Townsend is rookie price and should play

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          March 6, 2020 at 11:53 pm

          did someone ask for the foot fetish girl heheheh,

          ………Personally I love listening to the traders each week, it would b hard doing it each week but the guys do it with fun and a whole lot of laughter.

          Keep up the great work u 3, great mates and it shows on the podcast

          from the foot fetish girl who loves her feet in bake beans

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            March 7, 2020 at 5:52 am

            Is MacPherson an option? He’s named forward pocket, where is he being his points?

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    March 7, 2020 at 9:20 pm

    tommygun I think he’s def in consideration. and a POD, he’s been in and out of my team heaps.
    I’m finding I’m getting to many GS players in my side thats why I think ill stay away

    from the foot fetish girl who loves her feet in bake beans

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