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Fry’s Cash Cows – Rd. 15

With another footy frenzy on the horizon, Fry provides us with the cash cow info we need for Round 15!

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Rookies aren’t taking priority for a lot of coaches at the pointy end of the season, with cash cows either absent from contending sides near the top of the rankings or overrunning coaches’ fantasy teams – forcing some to turn their attention to the 2021 season. In the coming rounds, award picks and nominations for the cash cow class of 2020 will start to rear their head, but as we gear up for another footy bonanza here are some pointers on how to handle the few remaining rooks on your field (hopefully) over the coming days.

Rookie/cash cows are usually players who start the season priced at $300,000 or lower


Cash Cow King – Round 14

Quick shoutout to Trent Rivers (66) and Xavier O’Neill (64), who both earned their first CCK nomination of the season for decent scores on the weekend. However, Round 14’s Cash Cow King nomination comes down to a two-horse race between Gold Coast’s Noah Anderson (80) and Jake Riccardi (83) from the Giants. Anderson has been a fantasy staple for the bulk of the season, but Riccardi is making a late run for a spot in the Cash Cow team of the year after his second straight 80+. Until he comes back to Earth it’s hard to pick against Riccardi and he gets my vote for the second straight week.

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Bye Teams

This round all North Melbourne, Gold Coast, Geelong, Western Bulldogs, Port Adelaide and St Kilda players will be awarded their average score – providing they played in Round 14. These players will be locked in at the start of the round, so if you want to make any changes do so ASAP! Here are the mainstream rookies who you can lock in a score from for the round ahead:

Noah Anderson – 57
Izak Rankine – 52
Laitham Vandermeer – 45
Brad Close – 43
Ben McKay – 42
Max King – 41
Connor Budarick – 39
Lachlan Hosie – 39
Sam Flanders – 33
Ryan Gardner – 27

Mooooving On

Fattened cash cows

  1. Darcy Cameron, Magpies ($361K, AVG 44, BE 62)
  2. Marlion Pickett, Tigers ($472, AVG 53, BE 57)
  3. Max King, Saints ($364K, AVG 41, BE 47)
  4. Connor Budarick, Suns ($306K, AVG 39, BE 36)
  5. Brandon Starcevich, Lions ($321K, AVG 42, BE 32)

Once again, Noah Anderson removed himself from the trade out conversation with an 80 in the previous round. The news wasn’t so promising for Marlion Pickett and Darcy Cameron, with owners surely looking to pull the trigger and trade out the underperformers.

Injured/non-playing rookies

  1. Curtis Taylor, Roos ($381K, AVG 46, BE 60)
  2. Sam Simpson, Cats ($412K, AVG 57, BE 54)
  3. Jarrod Brander, Eagles ($421K, AVG, 53, BE 51)
  4. Tom Green, Giants ($322K, AVG 42, BE 21)
  5. Boyd Woodcock, Power ($290K, AVG 47, BE 0)

Most of the usual suspects still appear on the injured/non-playing list, but Boyd Woodcock’s omission in Round 14 means he’ll likely be sent packing by a portion of the competition. With the Power on their bye this week, expect coaches to cash in on the $120K he’s already made.

Rookie Rankings

DEFENSE

Coaches who are still fielding a large number of rookies in the backline are starting to feel the pinch with Will Day ($482K, 59, BE 41) and Jarrod Brander ($421K, 27, BE 51) both left off the team sheets ahead of the next batch of games. The Hawks rookie has put his hand up as the best defensive cash cow in 2020 since his debut in Round 6, but this is a good excuse to swing the axe and upgrade him to a top-6 calibre backman. The same can be said for Brander and his inferior price tag, with 20%+ of teams likely eyeing a move up where possible. Mainstream rooks Lachie Ash ($358K, 57, BE 39) and Trent Rivers ($352K, 66, BE 16) are the big guns left to pick up the slack in DEF – which certainly helps to highlight how shallow the DEF depth chart really is.

Matt Cottrell ($243K, DNP, BE -1) should return to the field after resting in Carlton’s last game and there’s a chance Tobe Watson ($255K, DNP, BE -5) finds his way back into Freo’s best 22, especially after Luke Ryan went down with an injury against GWS. Lachie Sholl ($267K, 37, BE 20) falls into the same bracket as Cottrell and Watson, with all three unlikely to be deemed decent trade targets given their increased price tag. Still, desperate times call for desperate measures and if you need to offload to a playing defensive rookie there are slim pickings.

Top Trade Targets

  1. Will Gould (Swans)*
  2. Lachie Sholl (Crows)
  3. Bailey Williams (Eagles)

*= if named

 Best of the Rest

These players may or may not be in the selection mix this week, but be sure to keep them on your 2020 watchlist in case they burst onto the scene. In no particular order:
Hugh Goddard (Blues, $170K)
Jez McLennan (Suns, $170K)
Will Gould (Swans, $220K)

Trent Bianco (Magpies, $182K)
Josh Worrell (Crows, $216K)
Damon Greaves (Hawks, $170K)

MIDFIELD

Atop the midfield pecking order, Caleb Serong ($528K, 47, BE 67) and Noah Anderson ($495K, 80, BE 48) continue to duke it out with the pair viewed as the best two fantasy rookies in 2020 by a lot of coaches. Anderson put pressure on Serong with his second 80-point game in three weeks, with the Dockers young gun underperforming against the Giants. In the coming weeks, award nominations will be filtering through and it’ll be tough to pick against one of these talented midfielders as the best cash cow from this season.

Holding on to either Serong or Anderson as your final on-field rookie isn’t a terrible choice, but there will be a large portion of the fantasy community that looks to finally move on from Marlion Pickett ($472K, 35, BE 57) this round. While his scoring rate has been solid in the past month or so, all rookies have to go eventually and a poor score gives nearly 40% of the league a good excuse to finally upgrade the Richmond cult hero. If you’re looking to make a quick buck, you may want to shuffle him to Xavier O’Neill ($233K, 64, BE -15) or Samuel Wicks ($307K, 56, BE 18) who loom as the best downgrade options in the midfield at the moment. Wicks has probably risen too much in value to warrant trading in, but there’s still time to pounce on O’Neill.

In his first two AFL games, O’Neill has performed admirably, solidifying a place in West Coast’s team at least for the meantime. Elliot Yeo is expected to miss another week or two and Jack Redden is nearing a return, although if those veterans stay on the sidelines there will be plenty of opportunities for O’Neill to keep ticking up in value. Another fresh face in Thompson Dow ($237K, 37, BE 19) will be hoping he can string some consecutive games together in Richmond’s outfit, however, his place in a premiership contender is equally as uncertain. Both O’Neill and Dow will cost an extra $60K-$70K than a basement rook, with Jack Bytel ($238K, DNP, BE 8) another inflated youngster potentially worth investing in – providing of course he returns to St Kilda’s side. If no new players emerge, coughing up for a reliable emergency who should keep growing in value may be your best plan of action.

Top Trade Targets

  1. Xavier O’Neill (Eagles)
  2. Thompson Dow (Tigers)
  3. Jack Bytel (Saints)*

*= if named

Best of the Rest

These players may or may not be in the selection mix this week, but be sure to keep them on your 2020 watchlist in case they burst onto the scene. In no particular order:
Luke Valente (Dockers, $170K)
Finn Maginness (Hawks, $214K)

Riley Collier-Dawkins (Tigers, $170K)
Jackson Mead (Power, $222K)
Tom North (Dockers, $170K)
Cooper Stephens (Cats, $240K)

RUCK

The long-awaited debut of Bailey Williams ($183K, 38, BE 7) was a welcome sight for almost 40% of AFL Fantasy teams and he’ll look to keep ticking over in value against Essendon this week. Williams has been named in the same team as Nic Naitanui and Oscar Allen, which could chew into his production somewhat. Still, if Nic Nat is rested in the next game or two, it could lead to a fruitful game from Williams – allowing him to be a handy money maker in the last month of fixtures.

He’ll try to keep rising in price against Essendon, who will be playing their own youthful ruckman in Sam Draper ($334K, DNP, BE -7). After missing another contest with ‘rest’ Draper is tough to trust on the field for fantasy coaches, but if he’s playing, there’s nothing wrong with throwing him into R2 for a score around the 60 mark. Tom De Koning ($264K, 25, BE 17) and Darcy Cameron ($361K, 15, BE 62) are the only other relevant ruck rooks ahead of Round 15, with both of them nearing the end of their tenure as worthwhile cash cows. De Koning doesn’t need to be moved on in a hurry, but for coaches eager to cash in on Cameron’s growth – now is the time.

Top Trade Targets

  1. Bailey Williams (Eagles)
  2. Sam Draper (Bombers)
  3. Tom De Koning (Blues)

Best of the Rest

These players may or may not be in the selection mix this week, but be sure to keep them on your 2020 watchlist in case they burst onto the scene. In no particular order:
Jordan Sweet (Bulldogs, $170K)
Matthew Flynn (Giants, $170K)
Bailey Williams (Eagles, $170K)
Lloyd Meek (Dockers, $170K)

FORWARD

It’s unlikely that the coaches still playing top-ranked forward Izak Rankine ($404K, 55, BE 42) will move him on this round, with a bye score of 52 on its way. However, Rankine’s three-round average of 46 signals that a succession plan for the Gold Coast young gun is in order – and chasing a cheaper rookie like Jake Riccardi ($296K, 83, BE -38) to make a quick $100K is one such move. Some rolled the dice on Riccardi last week only to be handily rewarded with another epic score and his stupidly low breakeven makes him an appealing target, despite growing $78K last round.

Finding trustworthy FWD cash cows for our field is becoming tough as the year draws to a close with a bunch of popular names omitted last round. Seeing Boyd Woodcock ($290K, DNP, BE 0) and Zac Foot ($203K, DNP, BE 8) left off the teamsheets last week stung after the bulk of coaches traded one or both of them in for Jake Aarts ($349K, 52, BE 40), Brad Close ($316, 35, BE 32), James Bell ($376K, 40, BE 42) and/or Max King ($364K, 24, BE 47). Those cash cows, plus a few other mainstream names have been hanging in there for coaches over the past month, but as we chase every extra dollar possible to finalise our fantasy sides there’s nothing with sending them packing to a cheaper alternative.

Top Trade Targets

  1. Jake Riccardi (Giants)
  2. Zak Foot (Swans)*
  3. Irving Mosquito (Bombers)

Best of the Rest

These players may or may not be in the selection mix this week, but be sure to keep them on your 2020 watchlist in case they burst onto the scene. In no particular order:
Cameron Taheny (Cats, $172K)
Miles Bergman (Power, $244K)
Nakai Cockatoo (Cats, $255K)
Dylan Williams (Power, $226K)


If there’s a cash cow/rookie that I missed or you want more info on, feel free to comment below or drop me a line throughout the season! You can find me on TwitterInstagram and Facebook for all things AFL Fantasy (and more)! ✌️

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An Australian coffee/burrito enthusiast who is the frustrated owner of 16 fantasy teams. Writer for SportsbyFry and DT Talk ?

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71 Comments

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    Bok

    September 1, 2020 at 12:26 pm

    170ker most likely to debut soon?

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      thebopper58

      September 1, 2020 at 12:40 pm

      Bok

      Maybe Greaves (Hawks) or Valente (Dockers) as their season come to an end
      Both have been named emergencies over the past weeks

      Good luck

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        Eldeco

        September 1, 2020 at 1:21 pm

        No chance on Valente

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      Fry

      September 1, 2020 at 1:05 pm

      Maybe Riley Collier-Dawkins if he passes his fitness test? There aren’t too many others to be honest mate…

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    Nate

    September 1, 2020 at 12:38 pm

    Does Witherden hold his spot?

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      Fry

      September 1, 2020 at 1:05 pm

      I think he’s done enough to hold

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    Erin

    September 1, 2020 at 12:42 pm

    Hi fry
    Pick 1

    Lyons
    Ed curnow
    Tim Taranto (6 GWS players in my team then)

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      Fry

      September 1, 2020 at 1:05 pm

      Taranto

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      Alex

      September 1, 2020 at 4:00 pm

      Lyons – role and place 100% secure, never injured, only had one poor game all season and all his figures up on last year including kick to handball ratio now at elite level.

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    JMD012

    September 1, 2020 at 12:49 pm

    Hey Fry,
    Just a quick one. Have 2 trades locked in which are Serong -> Rookie and Thurlow -> Williams
    For the 3rd trade what do you think
    Option 1) Woodcock – Haynes (Day and Riccardi 2 rookies left on field)
    Option 2) Day – Houli/Stewart (Sholl and Riccardi 2 rookies left on field)
    With both of them not scoring and hitting their Breakeven at all this week it has thrown a spanned into my plans. Originally had only Option 1 to go for. But now I have both. Sometimes I wish I only had 1 option.
    My goal is to do a triple downgrade next Round and load up on either Riccardi or Sholl being my only 2 rookies.

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      Fry

      September 1, 2020 at 1:06 pm

      I’d do option 2 and get Houli mate

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      Lyndon Berwick

      September 2, 2020 at 10:52 am

      I’d hardly call that a quick one JMD012 ;-)

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    Mad Snake

    September 1, 2020 at 12:57 pm

    Desperately needing to get Cottrell (or his sub Sholl) off my field, I am trading out Cottrell, Woodcock and Cavarra and bringing in 2 $170k rooks (here’s hoping Collier-Dawkins is named tonight) which allows me to get the in-form Scrimshaw on the field. Leaves just $3k to spare and no cover in the mids (unless RCD plays). Day’s resting wrecks the plan to get an unproductive rook off my defensive field. What can you do? Too many of my rooks were dropped in the last 2 weeks.

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      Fry

      September 1, 2020 at 1:07 pm

      Souns like you’re making the best of a bad situation mate. A lot of us in the same boat!

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      Jag67

      September 1, 2020 at 1:14 pm

      Sholl looks like he cemented a spot in the side, where as Cottrell was dropped last week. If you have to keep 1, go Sholl.

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    John

    September 1, 2020 at 1:09 pm

    Fielding riccardi
    1. Brayshaw/Cogs to Gaff/Taranto
    2. Brayshaw/Docherty to Zorko/Haynes
    3. Brayshaw/Cogs to Hunter/J Kennedy
    OR
    upgrade to get j cameron and go cogs to taranto or doch to haynes

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      Jag67

      September 1, 2020 at 1:21 pm

      IMO:
      Brayshaw to Taranto/Hunter. GWS and WBD have easier runs home for MID points, so Cogs may come good.

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      Fry

      September 1, 2020 at 4:39 pm

      I like No. 1

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    Nick

    September 1, 2020 at 1:11 pm

    Which trade should I do?
    1. Watson to B.Williams (WCE)
    Bytel to 170k rookie
    Day to Crisp

    2. Bytel to O’Niel
    Day to B.Williams
    Xerri to Fullaton

    3. Draper to B. Williams
    Bytel to O’Niel
    Day to Houli

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      Fry

      September 1, 2020 at 4:39 pm

      No. 3 mate, every day of the week

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    Gallos

    September 1, 2020 at 1:12 pm

    Is this a good trade?
    Close to B.Williams (via DPP)
    Bytel to O’Niel
    Day to Houli

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      Charlie's Angels

      September 1, 2020 at 3:11 pm

      Yes

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      Fry

      September 1, 2020 at 4:40 pm

      Yeah mate, good moves

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    Jacko

    September 1, 2020 at 1:21 pm

    Fry! Love your work again mate. Much appreciated.

    Few different options this week that I would love you opinion on:

    1) Bytel > O’Neil
    Woodcock > RCD (or 170k debutant?)
    Draper > Scrimshaw (Dpp)

    2) Woodcock > RCD (170 Mid)
    Draper > O’Neil (dpp)
    A Brayshaw > Taranto
    (this option means I have to play Bailey Williams at D8)

    3) Draper > 170k
    Close > Toby Greene
    Woodcock > 170k

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      Fry

      September 1, 2020 at 4:45 pm

      I like No. 2 personally mate

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    Henry

    September 1, 2020 at 1:23 pm

    What option would you rather on field:

    A) Scrimshaw and Brayshaw (melb)

    B) Taranto and B. Williams (150k in bank)

    C) Hunter and B Williams

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      Fry

      September 1, 2020 at 4:53 pm

      B for me mate

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    Adam

    September 1, 2020 at 1:33 pm

    which 170k mid/fwd is most unlikely to play so i can bring in for loopholes?

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      Fry

      September 1, 2020 at 4:55 pm

      Josh Honey from Carlton is $171K and unlikely to feature again – if you need the extra $1K I like Tom Joyce from Brisbane

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    JMD012

    September 1, 2020 at 1:36 pm

    Another one Champion Fry!
    So am going to get Houli.
    For the other Upgrade do I get Stewart/Haynes/Williams.
    Stewart will leave me with only ($2K Salary)
    Haynes will leave me with ($59K Salary)
    Williams will leave me with ($77K Salary)

    Which could help me next upcoming weeks to upgrade Sholl and Riccardi

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      Fry

      September 1, 2020 at 4:59 pm

      Thanks legend! Smart choice, Houli is a great get.
      I think it’s wise to go after Williams and chase a good score, personally I like Stewart more, but you’re only going to be awarded his average this week

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    Marcus

    September 1, 2020 at 2:17 pm

    I rate Fullerton from the Lion’s and he will be comming into my side along with Cittrell and Worpel. Outs are Bailey Smith, Starsevich and Bytel. So the 2 additions to my field are Riccardi and Worpel and of my field are Bailey Smith and wicks. Fingers crossed LOL

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    Unknown

    September 1, 2020 at 2:39 pm

    Gaff or Steele/ docherty to Haynes
    Hunter/ Rookie downgrade
    Gaff/ bailey smith to greenwood

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      Fry

      September 1, 2020 at 5:00 pm

      I like the Steele/Haynes combo

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    Nick

    September 1, 2020 at 2:57 pm

    Any 170k FWD’s any chance ?
    Need to milk woodcock to upgrade Brayshaw, but would prefer not to be completly exposed on the bench

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      Fry

      September 1, 2020 at 5:01 pm

      Not at this stage bro

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    Hi this is my name

    September 1, 2020 at 3:33 pm

    Marlion to Shuey
    Woodcock to Riccardi
    Matthew Ling to Damon Greaves

    Any thoughts fry?

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      Fry

      September 1, 2020 at 5:01 pm

      I like it, Shuey has been underrated and could end the year with a BANG!

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    Julie

    September 1, 2020 at 4:21 pm

    What’s your opinion on Fullarton? Is there a spot for him in the team at the moment?

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      Fry

      September 1, 2020 at 5:02 pm

      I’m not a fan, he’ll be out within the next fortnight IMO

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    Jimmy

    September 1, 2020 at 4:31 pm

    Dawson, Scrimshaw or Mcevoy?

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      Fry

      September 1, 2020 at 5:02 pm

      Scrimshaw

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    Fooz

    September 1, 2020 at 4:43 pm

    RCD gets my M10 spot as the throw away that’s closest… Hope that Richmond give him a go.

    …or at least a reset … ;)

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    Jacko

    September 1, 2020 at 4:47 pm

    How about these trades Fry man?!

    Woodcock to O’Neil
    Brayshaw to Houli (dpp)

    Would you tick this off? or would you rather chase the value in Scrimshaw?

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      Jelly

      September 1, 2020 at 5:00 pm

      eat my brown salty mess, go on. tug on my beef fritters and make my meat mlik flow you bunch of lessies. cmon and lets have some fun jacko – jacko u there jacko- jacko wat my mess

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      Fry

      September 1, 2020 at 5:02 pm

      Nice ones mates, I definitely think it’s wiser to go up to Houli rather than chase Scrim

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    Henry

    September 1, 2020 at 4:47 pm

    Taranto or Houlie?

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      Fry

      September 1, 2020 at 5:03 pm

      Houli

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    Mad Fish

    September 1, 2020 at 5:13 pm

    Who is more likely to play for the rest of the year – Cavarra or Bytel?

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      Fry

      September 2, 2020 at 12:37 pm

      I’d pick Bytel

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    George

    September 1, 2020 at 5:17 pm

    Zorko, Gaff or Steele?
    given a potential tag for steele in last and 2nd last rds?
    Cheers fry

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      Fry

      September 2, 2020 at 12:37 pm

      If you didn’t jump on Gaff I’d take Zorko

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    Paul

    September 1, 2020 at 6:51 pm

    Draper or Pittonet on field ?

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      Fry

      September 2, 2020 at 12:37 pm

      I would’ve backed Draper in mate

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    emily

    September 1, 2020 at 6:56 pm

    thank God I traded C.Glass to Houli this week only on 8 at half time.

    1 trade to go hoping for a 170k rookie, time to trade everything lol

    from the foot fetish girl

    mmmmmm feet in pasta

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    Andy

    September 2, 2020 at 12:52 pm

    I’m surprised Henry was dropped so quickly- thought he would get another go.

    Sydney, Fremantle and the Bulldogs are pretty quick to drop rookies.

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      Rock Solid

      September 2, 2020 at 4:11 pm

      Andy Pansy, why were you surprised? Did you watch him play as Henry was hopeless.

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        Andy

        September 3, 2020 at 12:10 am

        High draft pick, Rock head. Players sometimes need a few games to acclimatise to the big time.

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    Barry Hutter

    September 2, 2020 at 4:09 pm

    Cashing in your bench players may seem good but not having bench cover that actually plays is a big risk when teams are resting or managing players with the rolling lockouts. Playing one player short give you a huge disadvantage

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      Andy

      September 3, 2020 at 12:13 am

      Tell me about it. I’ve had most of my rookies dropped in the last few weeks, some of them for no good reason.

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        Ted Morgan

        September 3, 2020 at 3:43 pm

        Andy Pandy, your obviously not very good at picking rookies

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          Andy

          September 3, 2020 at 6:03 pm

          The imposter is back again, throwing out lines at random trying to get a bite. Needs to get a life.

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            Rodney Williamson

            September 4, 2020 at 3:21 pm

            Andy, what makes you think there is an imposter???

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          Andy

          September 4, 2020 at 4:28 pm

          Give it a rest, Hawk. If you don’t have a real life, don’t bore everyone else to death with your childish games.

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            Ron Saker

            September 4, 2020 at 11:27 pm

            Andy, what’s with the negativity bud? Having a bad day or life?

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        Andy

        September 5, 2020 at 12:27 am

        Hawk, go and see the psych, now.

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          Gail Waters

          September 5, 2020 at 11:44 am

          What’s wrong with this nutty Andy?

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            Ken Atkins

            September 5, 2020 at 12:25 pm

            It seems that Andy is both anal and a bit of a dumb twat

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              Roger Randal

              September 6, 2020 at 10:28 pm

              This Andy Pandy old guy is really a dud.

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                Dave Richardson

                September 6, 2020 at 10:30 pm

                Yes, Andy is is a real nob

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    Michael

    September 2, 2020 at 4:15 pm

    Maynard or Z Bailey to Houli? Tough trading out someone who can get 117 but he has Charlie cameron and a bye coming up?

    Also gus brayshaw to zorko/taranto/Oliver? I like zorko for fwd status and who he eventually pushes out (b smith or simpkin).

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