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Friday Fantasy Cheat Sheet – Rd. 2

Get your round two selection info, trade tips, captains picks and more.

  • Ben

Welcome to a new article for DT Talk this season; the Friday Fantasy Cheat Sheet.

Our aim with this is to post the things you need to know heading into the full lockout on Friday evenings with information on the top trades, cash cows following team selection, advice on whether to take the VC and the question of the week.

There could be more to come as this evolves, but we want this to be a nice simple and easy place to get the info you need regardless of how much time you have to agonise over your team! Suggestions are welcomed in the comments.

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Ben’s Top Trades

Ben of the @BeaufortBeaus takes a look at the most popular trades of Round 2 so far.

1Harley Bennell (MID, $224,000)Tom Green (MID, $252,000)
2Jeremy Howe (DEF, $549,000)Andrew Brayshaw (MID/FWD, $508,000)
3Jack Viney (MID, $652,000)Lachie Whitfield (FWD, $829,000)
4Darcy Cameron (RUC/FWD, $170,000)Brodie Smith (DEF, $623,000)
5Bailey Smith (MID/FWD, $537,000)Darcy MacPherosn (MID/FWD, $632,000)
6Sam Sturt (FWD, $197,000)Ben Cavarra (FWD, $173,000)
7Trent Rivers (DEF/MID, $208,000)Dylan Roberton (DEF, $317,000)
8Brett Bewley (FWD, $398,000)Fischer McAsey (DEF, $252,000)
9Chad Wingard (MID/FWD, $605,000)Marcus Bontempelli (MID, $755,000)
10Callan Ward (MID, $539,000)Isaac Cumming (DEF, $315,000)

Harley Bennell has played two games since 2015 and none since 2017, but is rookie priced despite averaging over 85 four times during his heyday at Gold Coast. The safe option is to wait a week to check whether his injury history means he’s stuck in a forward pocket or his TOG is low, but who can blame the thousands of coaches who have jumped on board this fairy tale as soon as possible.

At the other end of the spectrum, there are no surprises to see Jack Viney traded in by so many coaches after top scoring in Round 1. The inside midfielder looked like a man on a mission against West Coast after losing the captaincy over the preseason. Don’t expect 132 every week, but he’s massive value even if he only matches his career best of 101.2.

Meanwhile a lot of the pre-season was spent predicting which mid-priced forwards were worth the punt, but Bailey Smith looks like the pick of the bunch after 95 points in Round 1. Macrae and Dunkley were disappointing against Collingwood, so I’d be concerned that their bounce back will hurt him. Patrick Lipinski’s back in the team too and may take up some of those precious CBAs.

Pies Jeremy Howe and Darcy Cameron round out the top five and hopefully you were one of the coaches who snuck them in before partial lockout. Howe started slow when he was stuck defending Dusty, but racked up the +6s with Jack Crisp in the second half to end on a solid 79. Cameron also gave owners of Sam Naismith a sigh of relief with a respectable 58 but who knows if he’ll keep his spot when Mason Cox returns.

Now to the players that coaches are desperate to trade out, with Tom Green topping the list after a disappointing debut. He’ll be a superstar down the track, but he’ll almost definitely be dropped to make way for Callan Ward. He’s an easy swap to Bennell though.

The huge popularity of this next one perplexes me, because why not give Andrew Brayshaw another opportunity to perform like he did in the Marsh Series? The 44 points and 65% TOG in Round 1 was concerning, but his 61 breakeven is more than achievable. I recommend fixing up bigger problems but also wouldn’t be surprised if he struggles to hit 50 again.

It isn’t a big shock to see Lachie Whitfield cut by so many coaches though. This altered season means that getting rookies off the ground as quickly as possible is a necessity, and trading Whitfield down to Bailey Smith can net you a whopping $292,000. He’s going to hit his monster ceilings a few times this season, but just remind yourself about what the extra cash allowed you to do.

Brodie Smith is another premium that coaches are happy to trade out after just 35 points in Round 1. I’m giving him another chance because his role in the midfield looks secure and Adelaide were dreadful across the board but will surely bounce back in the Showdown. That said, he’s already lost $23,000 and will drop further if he can’t reach that enormous 90 breakeven.

And if you’re unfortunate enough to own Darcy MacPherson, join the flock of coaches geting him out. He’ll be playing across half forward and there are plenty of better options who are $100,000 cheaper.

As a side note, Dylan Roberton is certain to sky rocket up this list when coaches respond to the news that he’s been dropped after just 20 points in Round 1. Swapping him out for debutant Trent Rivers is sure to be popular.

Sam Sturt has been dropped as well, so reverse that trade before full lockout tonight. Perhaps we’ll be able to capitalise on his -11 breakeven later on in the season.

Fry’s Cash Cows

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Trade Targets

Carnage. Absolute mayhem ensued last night after the Round 2 teams dropped with plenty of rookies and cash cows affected! While we still don’t know the fate of every younger for the weekend ahead, I’ve dug through the rubble to find the top trade targets and address how to play your rookies on your field.

  1. Trent Rivers, DEF/MID, $208K
  2. Ned McHenry, MID, $170K
  3. Harley Bennell, MID, $224K
  4. Jarrod Brander, DEF/FWD, $240K
  5. Thomas Berry, FWD, $170K

Shoutout to both Dylan Stephens (maybe) and Laitham Vandermeer who are both in line to make their AFL debut this weekend, but they don’t crack the top-5. Trent Rivers is my top cash cow this week, thanks in part to his mammoth numbers as a junior. The WA-born product averaged 109.8 from 9 WAFL games last year (albeit at Colt level) and hopefully, he’ll get enough game time to show off his handy foot skills. Based on his cheaper price tag, Ned McHenry piques my interest at No. 2, with the young Crow named on a wing for Showdown 48. If you’re looking for a rookie MID for your field then look no further then Harley Bennell, who will play his first game since 2017 after overcoming ongoing calf injuries.

The aforementioned Demons duo will play their first game for the club along with Luke Jackson – the No. 3 overall pick in last year’s draft. While Jackson looks like he’ll be a great player in the future, he doesn’t offer much value in fantasy with the tall prospect set to develop closer to goal to start his career. Jarrod Brander is the pick of the bunch if you need to plug a hole at either end of the ground, but with 55% of coaches already owning the versatile Eagle, chances are he’s already on your deck.

Finally, Lions debutant Thomas Berry will get to run out alongside his older brother Jarrod against the Dockers and those scrambling for a forward downgrade might be tempted. From 19 NEAFL games a season ago, the younger Berry averaged a steady 73.6 points boosted by 6.5 tackles, making him a decent option for those eager to field a full 30 players the round.

Starting Rankings

Based on matchups, role and scoring potential here’s a roadmap to how you should start your rookies on your field in Round 2.


  1. Jarrod Brander, Eagles
  2. Trent Rivers, Demons
  3. Brandon Starcevich, Lions

Desperate times: Fischer Mcasey, Crows


  1. Matt Rowell, Suns
  2. Harley Bennell, Demons
  3. Noah Anderson, Suns

Desperate times: Tom Green*, Ned McHenry, Dylan Stephens*, Trent Rivers, Justin McInerney*

*no guarantee to play


If you’re starting a rookie in your rucks this week, may God be with you.

Desperate times: Luke Jackson, Demons


  1. Jarrod Brander, Eagles
  2. Jacob Townsend, Bombers
  3. Curtis Taylor, Kangaroos

Desperate times: Thomas Berry, Ryan Gardner, Connor Budarick

Click here to read Fry’s weekly cash cows article ??

Calvin’s Captains

Heading into the Thursday night game my VC LINE stood firm at 88pts and nothing has changed. This means, I will not be taking Grundy’s 82.

On the other hand, if you had Phillips, Pendles, Adams or Houli who all cracked 100 (BCV 125+) then I’d be locking that away. We still have some great options coming… but in these uncertain times, it’s very tricky to predict what they might score.

Macrae scored 84 in round one, and should be better this week against the Saints who gave up plenty in the first week. He has scored 132 in his last two games against the Saints and should do enough to pass popular picks like Grundy and Cripps.

  1. Jack Macrae – v STK
  2. Max Gawn – v CAR
  3. Tom Mitchell – v GEE
  4. Josh Kelly – v NTH
  5. Andrew Gaff – v GCS
  6. Patrick Cripps – v MEL
  7. Stephen Coniglio – v NTH
  8. Tim Kelly – v GCS
  9. Patrick Dangerfield – v HAW
  10. Elliot Yeo – v GCS

Click here to read Calvin’s weekly captains article. ?‍☠️

Roy’s Question of the Week

Naismith was rolling nicely as R2 (flop) and my R3 is B.Williams. Should I
A) Naismith to Pitt (keep 300K in the bank)
B) Naismith to Lobb ($10K in the bank)
C) Something else

– @Cameron_ortlepp

Hey Cameron, I am in the same boat here and am still in disbelief I don’t have Cameron in my team to take advantage of him as a ruck emergency, because taking that score of 58 would be the correct play for those who do.

As far as our options go, Mr Worldwide aka Pitbull, aka Pittonet is definitely an option and given he has number one ruck responsibility, it has a bit of a Reilly O’brien feel to it so he should serve as a good cash cow. I quite like the idea of keeping Naismith and getting MWW as some security on the bench, especially if Naismith doesn’t return next week. MWW is a capable scorer as shown in the VFL last year where he averaged 98 but the unfortunate thing is his navy debut is against Max who will monster him. After that however (assuming Max doesn’t end his career) he has a run of nice match ups and should be a respectable long term prospect.

I don’t mind Lobb as an option, he was outstanding in the pre season and likewise in round one.

You could trade out someone like Dylan Roberton, swing B. Williams into the vacant defender position, allowing you to have Pitt and Naismith which would save weekly patch ups in the ruck department.


Ben's a Swannies supporter whose love of fantasy footy far exceeds his skill. He coaches the Beaufort Beaus and is on the hunt for a hat. Is a fifth year breakout on the cards? Follow on Twitter: @BeaufortBeaus.



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    June 12, 2020 at 1:24 pm

    Funny that Cal mentions the Bailey Williams swing with Roberton out at the end. That’s the exact move I’ve done.

    • Roy


      June 12, 2020 at 3:03 pm

      As if Cal would think of a creative move like that

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    June 12, 2020 at 1:24 pm

    McHenry or Bennell for Green?

    • Warnie


      June 12, 2020 at 1:31 pm

      Bennell for me. While there is risk, he is more chance of the mid clock for half-decent scores (may have some limited TOG though) while McHenry may end up as a small forward with less job security.

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        Daniel Seaton

        June 12, 2020 at 2:24 pm

        Makes zero sense to me.Will play limited time on the field,had numerous problems with his calf and will no doubt breakdown at some point soon

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        Tim B

        June 12, 2020 at 2:59 pm

        Really hard to assess injury risk vs. job security. Seems pretty similar with Bennell a moderate (high?) chance of injury, McHenry a decent chance to be dropped. Both could be rested from time to time. On McHenry, I have a hunch the crows won’t be very good this year and with no option of playing 2s, McHenry may play most games. As a Dees supporter I’ll be all over Bennell given half a chance, but I’m not convinced that’s the better decision.

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    June 12, 2020 at 2:35 pm

    Best trades

    1. Merret to Viney
    Tom Green to Ward


    2. Tom Green to H Bennell
    Cavarra to Bewley?

    1 or 2

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      Bjorn Hevroy

      June 12, 2020 at 2:41 pm

      If Cavarra to Bewley is to get Cavarra or King off the field then 2, but if you’ve got C.Taylor at D6 already I’d probably go 1

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    Bjorn Hevroy

    June 12, 2020 at 2:40 pm

    T.Green & Naismith out for

    Bennell & Gawn
    Ward & Naitanui

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      June 12, 2020 at 3:51 pm

      Don’t get nic Nat. Naismith to pittonet green to a mid premo? If you can afford.

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    June 12, 2020 at 2:45 pm

    I’ve got two very different options this week, please give me your thoughts!

    I traded Roberton out for Howe yesterday…

    I’ve got Narkle in my midfield who was disappointing in round one and I’m doubting him. I’m considering trading him out for Callan Ward and Bonts out for Viney.

    Narkle -> Ward
    Bonts -> Viney

    Other options are Green (on my bench) to Bennell but I feel I need the points from one of the previous two trades and waiting a week on Bennell might be the best call.


    Bonts -> Bennell (put on field)
    Budarick (on ground) -> Petracca

    I’d then trade Narkle out the following week for either Viney/Ward.

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    Will Newton

    June 12, 2020 at 3:02 pm

    Ward or Viney?

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      June 12, 2020 at 3:09 pm

      Viney points on the board. Give ward 1 week.

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    June 12, 2020 at 3:09 pm

    Ok. Im going hard.

    whitfield>bailey smith
    Green> viney

    I think aggressive trading this year is the go especially this round.

    Im sure whitfield will be one if not top fwd this year, but Im one less rookie on field.

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    June 12, 2020 at 3:15 pm

    Green out for Ward or Bailey Smith?

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    June 12, 2020 at 3:26 pm

    Where does cumming sit on the backs list. I’ve got branded, rivers and cumming and I have to field 2

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      June 12, 2020 at 5:37 pm

      Bench rivers, see how he goes first before fielding him and other two have good matchups

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    June 12, 2020 at 3:51 pm

    Roberton to Rivers or Green to Bennell? Whats the priority (Can only choose 1)

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      June 12, 2020 at 3:53 pm

      Who’s your bench cover for each?

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      June 12, 2020 at 4:10 pm

      I think wait to see if greens named, if he is then trade robbo and wait a week on Harley but if Greene’s gone then could be helpful leaving Roberton on the bench in case he’s back next week

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    June 12, 2020 at 4:08 pm

    Hey Legends!!

    got Cameron last night and put the E on him but stuck on what other trades to make, any help would be much appreciated!

    A) Do I take Cameron’s 58 on bench & put Naismith on field allowing me to trade Sauce to either Ward or Bazlenka & grab 1 of either Rivers/Bennell


    B) Keep Sauce & grab the rooks going Roberton -> Rivers (Brander on field) & McInerney/Green -> Bennell

    B means I’ve got 7 rooks on field (Rowell, Anderson, Bennell, Pickett, Brander, Budarick, Taylor) so leaning towards A so I can get either Budarick or Bennell off field for Smith/Ward
    Cheers boys and good luck for round 2, bring it on !!

  12. Fooz


    June 12, 2020 at 4:28 pm

    Trades R2:
    Roberton > Rivers
    Naismith (was my R3) > Xerri … I already have D Carmeron as UTL
    Atkins (can’t believe I started with him!) > Ward

    Still leaves $112K in warnechest for next week.

    Macrae gets the C.

    • Fooz


      June 12, 2020 at 4:29 pm

      Oh. Tom Green goes to the bench.

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    June 12, 2020 at 4:31 pm

    Bailey Smith or Chad wingard?

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    Daniel Seaton

    June 12, 2020 at 4:58 pm


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    Warnie Must Go

    June 12, 2020 at 10:12 pm

    Warnie goes with Tom Mitchell as captain. Its embarrassing he gets to be a trader. #fantasylives matter #SelbyforWarnie

    • Warnie


      June 13, 2020 at 9:39 am

      My stalker, Ivor Mac, is back. I’m glad you care so much about the decisions I make. Imagine if you didn’t have Macrae or Gawn and went with Titch as your skipper because he was next on Calvin’s list… ?‍♂️

      You are a parasite.

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        Warnie Must Go

        June 13, 2020 at 12:08 pm

        Warnie most of your reply is not factual. Anyway I won’t post on this site again, as I am neither a parasite or a stalker. Take care

        • Warnie


          June 13, 2020 at 1:48 pm

          FYI – Your IP address is recorded when you post. Your IP address is quite unique as it is international. It doesn’t take much of an internet detective when in the past you posted with your name and email address… posted under a few other pseudonyms since and have basically only posted to have a crack at me in the last few months when I called you out. You were very complementary of me in the past! Haha. Yep, I can see all of your old comments.

          My whole post was factual. Maybe calling you a parasite wasn’t the right word…

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            The Chosen Won

            June 14, 2020 at 10:04 am

            Good Luck in 2021

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    June 13, 2020 at 12:42 pm

    ‘Wont post again’……you’ve created a new identity to do this.
    The Traders ought to be big enough to cop some flak but this a gutless attack.
    Reminds me of 2018 [I think] when we had Hawk impersonating everyone.

    • Warnie


      June 13, 2020 at 1:50 pm

      We cop plenty of flak – and sometimes we bite harder than we should, it is generally with the tongue firmly in cheek like most of the stuff we do – but this guy is a full-blown troll.

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        The Chosen Won

        June 14, 2020 at 10:05 am

        Worse than me?

        Good Luck in 2021

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    June 13, 2020 at 4:38 pm

    There are no degrees of uniqueness .Unique is unique.
    Back to school.

    • Warnie


      June 14, 2020 at 9:23 am

      No there aren’t – but this is the internet, it’s a figure of speech that is definitely used when it comes to Fantasy footy… rightly or wrongly, we talk in terms of players being more unique than others!

      Anyway – point taken, but I am sure you get my point as well. ?

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    David C

    June 14, 2020 at 9:26 am

    West Coast smashed, big trouble for them, no draft picks next year either. Hard times ahead.

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