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  1. Aluniesheis

    Aluniesheis

    February 26, 2021 at 2:37 pm

    Gawn ended the debate about R1 and Captain- fit and playing exactly how he did last year. Harmes played centre and forward, but with Brayshaw and Viney out, roll still maybe not enough upside. Jordon was good, and Oliver also played well. Not a massive amount of fantasy relevance for Melbourne outside of the obvious.

    For Richmond, it was workmanlike from the stars, 4-5 first choice players out and they rotated some rookies through CBA and stoppages. I thought Dow looked good in 4th quarter, Martyn and Ralphsmith also but not classic relevant. Nank not an option for me, Chol chop out and Jones looked ok.

    Keep it simple, Gawn/Grundy

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      Mighty Puds

      February 26, 2021 at 3:28 pm

      Still feeling comfortable with the Grundy and ROB (upside in both) combo but Gawn looked awesome.

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        Aluniesheis

        February 26, 2021 at 3:48 pm

        You can’t hopefully go wrong either way, but the captain option on Gawn is a massive carrot, assuming Gawn beats Grundy by 5-10 and O’Brien by 10. You need a captain option in midfield who might make up the difference.

        Just as an aside, Stanley has an okay record at mitigating the scores of oppo ruckmen which might limit O’Brien around the ground in R1.

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          LW

          February 26, 2021 at 4:22 pm

          I can’t see not having 30 players playing in round 1, therefore the loophole is irrelevant.

          Captain options for me will be Gawn or Grundy, thus no need for a captain option in the midfield.

          • Aluniesheis

            Aluniesheis

            February 26, 2021 at 4:38 pm

            Agree, VC Grundy Friday and Captain Gawn. Could go Flynn and Fullarton (UTI- as he might not play round 1) if Grundy goes 130. Don’t try and find the midfield premo who goes 120, just back in Gawn.

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            Double Parked

            February 26, 2021 at 4:39 pm

            Might be some merit in having a non-playing rookie purely for the loophole. Could use F8/D8 or have a utility with good DPP. Would enable good flexibility across lines and allow you to have up to two shots at nailing your captain for the week. Imagine Grundy gets hurt early in Rd1 and you have the VC on him, it would suck copping the bad score on field once, but twice would really be a kick to the guts..

            Obviously the downside of this strategy is you have a spot on your roster not earning any $$$…though would be willing to risk that if the defence rookie options look weak heading into Rd1

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              LW

              February 26, 2021 at 8:41 pm

              yes it is an interesting point. I think we get enough rookies so you will be selecting a non playing option over a playing option.

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              aflfantasyfreak

              February 28, 2021 at 10:02 am

              Interesting thoughts mate. My opinion is that whilst Grundy may fail in the opening round lets say if you captain him for the whole season and he averages 120 you are still going to get an average captain score of 120 over the season which you take. I think come round 1 you should have all bench spots with playing rooks as cash generation is key to completing your team as soon as possible.

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    LW

    February 26, 2021 at 3:00 pm

    Sier attending the most centre bounces for Collingwood (14) definitely peaks interest from today.

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    CS

    February 26, 2021 at 3:30 pm

    1. Sloane (M4) & Heeney (F1) OR 2. Sier (M5) & Dangerfield (F1)

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      Aluniesheis

      February 26, 2021 at 3:45 pm

      I’d wait on Sier- with Adams and others out, you’d want Sier to score 80 in a game first- you can always get on after he scores well in a game.

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        LW

        February 26, 2021 at 4:01 pm

        Yes not in my side more just an add to watchlist.

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    Jacko

    February 26, 2021 at 3:37 pm

    What option boys?

    1) Lloyd and Powell
    2) Stewart and Dow
    3) Docherty and Dow

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      Aluniesheis

      February 26, 2021 at 3:43 pm

      1 is 150-160
      2 is 150-160 also
      3 is the same- the question becomes which is more likely and 1 seems more likely followed by 2. Powell if he plays and scores 50 should appreciate slightly faster than Dow if he scores 60.

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      LW

      February 26, 2021 at 4:02 pm

      C Daniel and Dow?

      Bulldogs defenders have a good opening month of match ups so should score well.

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    Harry

    February 26, 2021 at 4:18 pm

    Hately at $486 or Serong at $636k? for M5

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      LW

      February 26, 2021 at 4:52 pm

      Serong

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      aflfantasyfreak

      February 28, 2021 at 10:32 am

      Serong by the length of the flemington straight

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    motor

    February 26, 2021 at 4:31 pm

    Gawn did look awesome today. He was awesome lol. A few more rookie forward options put their hands up as contenders. Humble pie is definitely a serious possibility to be on the menu for my lock out afternoon snack.

    I know aluniesheis said this in the traders podcast he did that the forward rook options may be more plentiful.

    At present I am in no man’s land. No structure in my team that for the last 2 months I was comfortable with.

    The defenders are frightening me. We went through this last year. Very few downgrade options on the horizon if you are skinny on back line premiums. If you start a Lloyd Whitfield Laird Williams structure the rest of your team gets hammered cash wise.

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      Squid

      February 27, 2021 at 3:27 pm

      Not so sure about the rook situation easing up, there’s a few popping up but some “locks” are MIA, it does seem though we should have a decent crop of forwards and happily rucks but mids not actually looking like we’ll get a huge bunch of reliable ones and backs could get scary.

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        Mighty Puds

        February 27, 2021 at 4:13 pm

        There’s some of the forward group who could be picked in other lines, Nik Cox could be a good one to have in defense while Braeden Campbell could be picked as a midfielder. Errol Gulden looked good today and even Bruhn from GWS might be a mid option.

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    Robbo

    February 26, 2021 at 5:05 pm

    DEF – Lloyd, Howe, Williams, Cumming, Gould, Highmore, (Bianco, Wehr)
    MID – Cripps, Coniglio, Laird, Taranto, Rowell, Caldwell W.Phillips, Downie (Cockatoo, Caampbell Valente)
    RUCK – Grundy, ROB (Flynn)
    FWD – Sidebottom, Dunkley, T.Phillips, Rozee, Dow, Rowe, (Kelly, Tracey)

    100k remaining – Waiting on a fit Whifield or Adams for the upgrade, and obviously a clearer idea on which rooks will play.

    Thoughts on my team would be much appreciated.

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    Ando the brain dead barfly

    February 26, 2021 at 6:53 pm

    Danger or Dusty?

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      The Chosen Won

      February 26, 2021 at 8:39 pm

      Good chance you will have both by seasons end, Ask yourself which one presents the best value in round 1.

      Good Luck

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        Cooper

        February 26, 2021 at 9:06 pm

        Go Danger, good matchups

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    CJ

    February 26, 2021 at 7:47 pm

    Crisp or Worpel?

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      Ron Burgundy and the Channel 2 News Team

      February 26, 2021 at 8:40 pm

      I want worpel but I can’t justify he will score as the same input with Mitchell in the team. Clarkson is a great coach he’s proven that with stars in the past. He may bring the best out of him this year due to the injuries Mitchell is racking up.

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      Gandreg Gustavvson

      February 26, 2021 at 9:09 pm

      Work dawg

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        Gandreg Gustavvson

        February 26, 2021 at 10:28 pm

        Damn auto correct. Should be Worp dawg.

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    Brucey Don't Like Rusty

    February 26, 2021 at 9:05 pm

    Daicos or Cerra?

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      Sangs

      February 27, 2021 at 8:20 am

      Daicos, might have more time in the middle with pies injuries and no phillips/trelor

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    Sam

    February 27, 2021 at 1:03 am

    Hey guys appreciate any feedback on this team

    Def – Laird, Williams, Milera, H Young, L Young, Gould
    Mid – Zerrett, Oliver, Walsh, Taranto, Sloane, Rowell, Phillips, Downie
    Ruck – Grundy, Marshall
    Fwd – Danger, Phillips, Caldwell, Cockatoo, Campbell, Rowe
    Bench is all 170k’s

    Cheers

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      Snags

      February 27, 2021 at 8:17 am

      Marshall a small chance to play R1 and if he does the injury should be enough to look elsewhere. id go Witts, should improve on last year then upgrade or sideways trade to Marshell later. Cockatoo to Dow with the extra $$

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    Snags

    February 27, 2021 at 8:08 am

    Wayne Milera @ D4
    or
    Tom Green @ M6

    ??

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      Phteven

      February 27, 2021 at 3:27 pm

      Bad news. Milera now long germ injury

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    John

    February 27, 2021 at 9:16 am

    Just tweaked my squad.
    DEF:
    Lloyd-Crisp-Barrass
    Frost-Cummings-Young (Barras-Gould)
    MIDFIELD:
    Laird-Taranto
    Martin-Rowell-Phillips
    Heppell-Battle-Bytel (Powell-Cockatoo-Bianco)
    RUCK:
    Grundy-McEvoy (Treacy)
    FOWARDS:
    Heeney-Lobb-McKay
    Lynch-Thomas-Fantasia (Richards,WB-Rowe,ADEL)

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      Snags

      February 27, 2021 at 10:43 am

      Martin to slone perhaps, upgrade lobb to Martin, like the big boy pick, can swing back to def and upgrade a defender to premo ruck. Frost to Milera. Fwd line is very average.

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        Ando the brain dead barfly

        February 27, 2021 at 2:54 pm

        Not Milera

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    NL

    February 27, 2021 at 10:00 am

    Would love feedback on this team please!
    Def: Stewart, Williams, Milera, ash, young, highmore (Gould, wehr)
    Mid: gaff, Walsh, worpel, taranto, Rowell, sier, Phillips, downie (mead, valente)
    Ruck: Gawn, Grundy (flynn)
    Fwd: Dunkley, Phillips, Caldwell, Dow, cockatoo, Cahill (Bergman, kelly)
    UTL: H. Jones

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      Snags

      February 27, 2021 at 10:47 am

      Solid. Few uniques that are we’re under done last year. Like the ash pick, showed glimpses late last year. Would go cockatoo to finlay McRae or Rowe. Read somewhere cockatoo was being “managed”.

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        Squid

        February 27, 2021 at 3:18 pm

        McRae not even on pies radar it seems.

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          aflfantasyfreak

          February 28, 2021 at 10:39 am

          I still think Macrae will play round 1. I think we should see him next week in the AAMI game. As for Cockatoo he has had a slight setback and so he is being managed. Will not be playing round 1. As for your team NL you’ve adopted a very similar structure to myself and personally there isn’t too much to fault. Milera is out for the season after a bad knee injury so you will need to find a replacement for him. Keep monitoring Dow and Siers role going forward but they seem good picks at this stage. Dunkley may not be as prominent in the midfield once others return. Fingers crossed we see Treloar amongst the mix next week.

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    Jeff

    February 27, 2021 at 10:57 am

    DEF: Lloyd, Crisp, Williams, Webster, Cox, Gould
    MID: Steele, Walsh, Taranto, Sloane, Rowell, Sier, Campbell, Downie
    RUC: Grundy, Witts
    FWD: Danger, Dusty, Phillips, Dow, Macrae, Cahill

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    LW

    February 27, 2021 at 11:32 am

    All of Taranto, Coniglio and Hopper have spent time as a deep forward in the first qtr v the Swans.

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      aflfantasyfreak

      February 28, 2021 at 10:43 am

      From what I saw of Taranto I didn’t like. People are saying he played a lot of midfield minutes and was great but in my opinion he seemed to be the one to spend the most time forward with Kelly and Green getting priority at CBA’s. It wasn’t until Kelly got subbed off that Taranto got more time in the middle. One to watch closely next week when we get more stats and teams play a more serious outfit. At this stage I think Taranto isn’t the lock everyone thought he was.

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        Mighty Puds

        February 28, 2021 at 10:56 am

        He attended 15 CBs compared to Kelly (6), Coniglio (13) and Green had around 10. He seemed to be everywhere just racking up touches, seemed to be the Giants main guy at the centre bounces. yeah he went forward on occasion but it seemed like Kelly was playing on the wing with Taranto, Cogs and Hopper the main three and then Green helping out.

        Worst case he sits forward a little (most mids will due to reduced rotations) but he seems like one of their go to inside mids next to Hopper and Cogs. He was good though and given his price and what he did last time he had a good preseason it’s a good pick.

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    Phteven

    February 27, 2021 at 12:05 pm

    Thilthorpe played well in Crows B grade hitout versus Ports

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    Phteven

    February 27, 2021 at 12:48 pm

    Milera injured in As. Suspected patella tendon rupture!!

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    Mighty Puds

    February 27, 2021 at 1:13 pm

    Campbell and Gulden looking the goods in Swans v Giants match, think both are a good chance for R1 with Logan MacDonald not far off either (wet game so hard to gauge him much). Gould has looked ok but with Rampe out not sure. For GWS Taranto looks great (racking it up), Cumming taking plenty of kick ins and Flynn No.1 ruck by this match.

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    LW

    February 27, 2021 at 1:47 pm

    Early takeaway from the Fremantle and West Coast Eagles game.

    Fyfe, Brayshaw and Cerra the preferred starting midfield, Serong rotating alongside Mundy as the 4th midfielder.

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      Mighty Puds

      February 27, 2021 at 1:53 pm

      What’s the Freo defence looking like in terms of Young, Chapman etc?

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        LW

        February 27, 2021 at 2:14 pm

        I’m fairly sure Chapman is a second half feature; some nice +6s from Young in the first quarter, seemed a bit quieter in the second.

        Haven’t been watching too closely but that’s my rough examinations.

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          Mighty Puds

          February 27, 2021 at 2:17 pm

          Nice, just wanting to make sure Young seems best 22, easy pick at that price.

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            Aluniesheis

            February 27, 2021 at 2:29 pm

            Green looks a better player than Hately- if he get game time

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    Steven

    February 27, 2021 at 2:31 pm

    Danger, Dusty or Dunks ???

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    Ando the brain dead barfly

    February 27, 2021 at 2:50 pm

    Hayden Young or Isaac Cumming?

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      Aluniesheis

      February 27, 2021 at 2:54 pm

      Both

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        LW

        February 27, 2021 at 3:00 pm

        Hayden Young if you’re picking just 1 but I agree with both.

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    LW

    February 27, 2021 at 3:31 pm

    Been having a quick study of each club’s likely starting midfield and their 4th/5th options, I will likely make a full post on here in the coming days.

    What has caught my attention on initial view is as follows,

    – Dow could likely have the 4th most CBAs after Cripps, Walsh & Z Williams
    – Who is Collingwood’s 4th most CBA midfielder after Adams, Pendles & Daicos?
    – North Melbourne’s starting midfield will be the only one in the competition with a player not above 700k (Anderson will likely be the 4th midfielder & Dumont is set to return back to his wing position)
    – GWS’ 4th midfielder is quite possibly in the 400k region.
    – Who is Hawthorn’s 4th midfielder if Tom Mitchell misses the start of the season?

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      Phteven

      February 27, 2021 at 5:54 pm

      LW. Thanks for the Intel report.

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      Aluniesheis

      February 27, 2021 at 8:00 pm

      With Dow, the key will be, does he attend more CBA’s than Setterfield and Curnow in a real game.
      With Coll- the likjely MID’s are rotation players like Elliott, De Goey, Sidebottom, Brown
      GWS goes Kelly, Whitfield, Coniglio, Taranto, Hopper- this is why Whitfield if fit is a good buy because to find a MID on another line is the game.
      Hawthorn mid rotation probably still has Shiels as 4th, but Cousins is close. None are fantasy relevant.

      A key question is, who is Sydney’s 3rd mid. After today, you’d have to say Mills. But is he any value?

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        LW [Why Don't you Choose a Different Alias?]

        February 27, 2021 at 8:13 pm

        – Setterfield is the ? Curnow has been touted as playing a HF role, same as Murphy
        – Not including Sier?
        – Phil Davis said on the broadcast that Cal Ward will likely be used as a 2nd ruck to chop out Flynn. Similar to what we have seen Richmond and Bulldogs do in previous seasons.
        I am talking about starting midfield i.e. CBA. Whitfield DEF & Kelly wing = Green/Ward 4th mid.
        – Shiels would go to 3rd, does someone like Maginness get a great opportunity?
        – Mills is definitely 3rd mid, Rowbottom and Florent the 4th/5th

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    Sally

    February 27, 2021 at 4:05 pm

    Is there something wrong with Sinclair that got Hickey in the number 1 spot today?.. Perhaps viable at around 250k if he stays there?

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      LW

      February 27, 2021 at 6:54 pm

      Sinclair’s best position is a FWD/2 ruck. That’s what the Swans traded for.

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        Sally

        February 27, 2021 at 7:44 pm

        So worth a punt ya think?..

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          Aluniesheis

          February 27, 2021 at 8:05 pm

          No, he was average against Flynn. He will play and score 60. He can’t rest forward like Sinclair, so he will play 70 percent ruck and off the rest with Sinclair and Reid rucking the rest.

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    Heater

    February 27, 2021 at 6:14 pm

    Anyone Brave/Stupid Enough to start Flynn at R2?

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      LW

      February 27, 2021 at 7:24 pm

      Only you are heater, not brave but stupid. Good luck 2022

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        LW [Why Don't you Choose a Different Alias?]

        February 27, 2021 at 7:28 pm

        Again, not me.

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      Aluniesheis

      February 27, 2021 at 7:46 pm

      The answer is no, but it’s not as silly as it sounds. If Giants played before Coll and Melb and you EMG him and he scored 70 then that becomes a massive price point against other rookies on ground. With the Giants playing late you could not take the risk. The other problem is that Flynn as ruck will need a rest and Mumford will play a few games to give a chop out.

      But the aim of the early rounds is to get the top scoring rookies on ground in order to free up cash for high scores elsewhere. So, not as silly as it first appeared. Your playing 6-8 rookies on ground, where is not that important, value is what is important and 170 K ruck playing first choice and he looks ok, he must be in your squad.

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        Heater

        February 27, 2021 at 8:17 pm

        My thinking is I currently have McEvoy at R2 and Gould at D8 and that a Solo ruck is likely to score more.. So can switch Big Boy to def to field Flynn and then just make sure I have a way to switch back if it fails

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          LW [Why Don't you Choose a Different Alias?]

          February 27, 2021 at 8:25 pm

          Yes, I have no doubt that Flynn will be one of the best scoring rooks.

          I personally wasted a considerable amount of trades on these two ruck positions last year hence I am quite content to go set and forget with Gawn and Grundy and be happy with Flynn’s $.

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            Heater

            February 27, 2021 at 8:29 pm

            Haha I Always seem to start with weird rucks (Nic Nat and Naismith last season from memory) Never learn my lesson

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              Aluniesheis

              February 27, 2021 at 8:32 pm

              Remember Selby’s advice, keep it simple for Round 1 and be gutsy in the season. Flynn bench and go Gawn/ Grundy or ROB.

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          Aluniesheis

          February 27, 2021 at 8:30 pm

          I also really want McEvoy at D4, but only if Ceglar not playing. Not worth the risk. A worry is Hawthorn’s defence and whether playing McEvoy in DEF and Ruck with Ceglar in FWD and Ruck will be there options. This means they both score around 70 and 60 and both are no good for fantasy.

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            Heater

            February 27, 2021 at 8:33 pm

            Yeah definitely depends on how they go about it next week.. Hopefully mostly rucks and goes fwd not back

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      Squid

      February 27, 2021 at 9:25 pm

      Hell yes I say! Im 110% on both but wait, hear me out.

      He’s Likely to be right amongst the highest scoring rooks and with great JS, wasted on the bench best of all it makes my team look so damn sexy everywhere else, slotted him in 5 minutes after the Preuss news and haven’t looked back, Mummy coming out and saying he is cooked sealed it.

      See you all at the finish line, I’ll be waiting to cheer you on because I’m good like that.

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    Phteven

    February 27, 2021 at 6:24 pm

    Be safer to pop him on the bench

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      LW

      February 27, 2021 at 6:51 pm

      I think you may, could be a Freo ruck at 170k also.
      A shame Comben has an injury because he would be a starter round 1.

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        Aluniesheis

        February 27, 2021 at 7:54 pm

        If Darcy is out, Meek looked ok today as a possible UTI with Flynn at R3. Treacy didn’t really look like a ruckmen, but a second tall.

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          LW [Why Don't you Choose a Different Alias?]

          February 27, 2021 at 8:15 pm

          Yes, Treacy showed some very promising signs. Where he plays is not necessary, it is the potential of a playing R3 (Flynn R2).

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            LW [Why Don't you Choose a Different Alias?]

            February 27, 2021 at 8:16 pm

            I’m not doing it but if I were, I’d be wanting another playing ruck rookie with fairly solid JS at R3.

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              Aluniesheis

              February 27, 2021 at 8:33 pm

              With Taberner coming back, i don’t think Treacy plays, but he looked okay against the West Coast reserves.

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              Squid

              February 27, 2021 at 9:37 pm

              Campbell at north looks to be getting gig as key forward and backup for poor old Goldy, Tilthorpe likely plays a bit and Darcy is almost a lock to get injured first game back going by his history, probably roll his ankle in warmup or something so Meek will be a fair chance of getting a run.

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    Alastair W

    February 27, 2021 at 7:07 pm

    Would appreciate any feedback

    DEF: Lloyd, Laird, Williams, (Bianco)
    Cumming, Gould, Highmore. (Roberton)

    MID: Mitchell, Walsh, Cripps, Serong, (Collier-Dawkins)
    Rowell, Powell, Phillips, Dow (Downie)

    RU: Gawn, Grundy (Flynn)

    FWD: Dunkley, Phillips, Caldwell (Rowe)
    Flanders, Cambell, Macrea (Jones)

    UTL: Chugg

    $14k BANK

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      Aluniesheis

      February 27, 2021 at 7:51 pm

      Most sides are rolling with 2 DEF rookies, but from the scratch matches I have seen, the DEF rookies, even if playing won’t be high scorers and I think we might have to pay up and leave a maximum of 1 DEF 170 K rookies on ground.

      Gould didn’t enthuse me today and with Rampe back he might need to wait on an injury play. Bianco only played half a game. Chugg doesn’t look as likely nor Macrae. Flanders also may not play. W. Phillips also not as likely as we thought. Roberton is no chance to play.

      Gulden looked very good today, Downie also before, B. Campbell used the ball well and Rowe at ADL played nicely. Jones and Bergman looked good, but both seemingly are fighting for one spot.

      Mitchell is a massive risk and not worth starting, even if he does start.

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        LW [Why Don't you Choose a Different Alias?]

        February 27, 2021 at 8:28 pm

        I didn’t watch the Essendon game but I sense Cox could be the best available rookie option at d6.

        Highmore d7 and then hopefully a 170ker d8, Koschitzke looking the most likely.

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        Squid

        February 27, 2021 at 9:49 pm

        I feel like the rookie squeeze is real, the scratch matches are bearing this out, most rooks are fringe in squads of up to 30 and while we’ll hopefully get enough we’re going to have to jump on whatever is going.

        Just glad I’ve been planning for minimum rooks, bloody Milera today didn’t help things though, can’t catch a break poor bugger.

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    Brian Smith

    February 27, 2021 at 7:57 pm

    With Milera gone, one choice is up to Withers, but if he keeps giving away possession, his teammates won’t give him the ball? So off to Harmes then.

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      LW [Why Don't you Choose a Different Alias?]

      February 27, 2021 at 8:17 pm

      The question with Harmes is how long will Viney be out for, because him returning will decrease his output.

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        Mighty Puds

        February 27, 2021 at 10:29 pm

        You’d think Harmes still gets some midfield time as part of rotation. He came in for me today with Milera going out.

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    Taylor

    February 27, 2021 at 8:17 pm

    How would everyone rate Walsh, Taranto and Worpel order-wise?
    Have had the first two in my side all pre-season but Worpel has me thinking..

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      LW [Why Don't you Choose a Different Alias?]

      February 27, 2021 at 8:25 pm

      Taranto > Walsh > Worpel for me.

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        Taylor

        February 27, 2021 at 8:32 pm

        That’s pretty much where I have them off the back of the first round of scratch matches. Just feel like Worpel could be big early on if Mitchell isn’t right to go straight away.

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          harry

          February 27, 2021 at 8:38 pm

          Who knows maybe Mitchell might have to play a new role this year , they can’t just let him get injured all the time. Highly targeted and with Worpel , I think he is in the leadership group and Clarkson a smart coach, he will bring the best out of him this year. I’m going Worpel, Cripps and Taranto as my top 3 kids.

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          LW [Why Don't you Choose a Different Alias?]

          February 27, 2021 at 8:50 pm

          Is Worpel now first in line for attention with Mitchell out? Something to ponder.

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      Phteven

      February 27, 2021 at 8:30 pm

      Worpel, Taranto , Walsh for me. Too many Carlton mids vying for position tike this year.

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        Taylor

        February 27, 2021 at 8:35 pm

        Very good point there. Seems like a lot of names they want to roll through the middle whereas Hawthorn look set with their lot.

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        Mighty Puds

        February 27, 2021 at 10:31 pm

        Walsh, Taranto, Worpel. Walsh seems primed to have a big year and Taranto as well, Worpel is good but think the other two will be better.

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    LW [Why Don't you Choose a Different Alias?]

    February 27, 2021 at 8:42 pm

    Currently I have 8 rookie positions in my Mid/Ruck/Forward, M8, M9, M10, R3, F6, F7, F8 & UTL

    Powell, Downie, Brockman/Gulden/Jordon, Flynn, Campbell, Rowe, Cahill, H Jones

    I may strengthen a midpricer to another premium as I think we get more than 8 mid/ruc/fwd rookies in this bench price bracket (200k or so and below).

    Thoughts/Who you currently have?

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      AFL FANTASY FREAK

      February 27, 2021 at 8:52 pm

      Similar names to what you have mate except I have the 9 rookies across the same zones with the extra being in the forward line.

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        LW [Why Don't you Choose a Different Alias?]

        February 27, 2021 at 8:54 pm

        Yes I’ll most likely go to 9 too, either the extra at m7 or f5.

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          Squid

          February 27, 2021 at 9:54 pm

          Sooooo you’re accepting that there wont be heaps of rookies this year now?

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            LW [Why Don't you Choose a Different Alias?]

            February 27, 2021 at 10:01 pm

            I didn’t say that. rather the opposite.

            “as I think”… there will be.

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            motor

            February 27, 2021 at 10:04 pm

            Lol. Ouch squid!

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              LW [Why Don't you Choose a Different Alias?]

              February 27, 2021 at 10:17 pm

              My prediction is more than 15.

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      motor

      February 27, 2021 at 10:01 pm

      And in defence LW? I am presuming 2 or possibly 3?

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        LW [Why Don't you Choose a Different Alias?]

        February 27, 2021 at 10:03 pm

        2 or possibly 3 play?

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          LW [Why Don't you Choose a Different Alias?]

          February 27, 2021 at 10:13 pm

          Oh I understand your question now, completely miss read it.

          2 on field with the 8 rookies mid/ruc/fwd overall, but now adjusted it to 1 on field in def and 9 rookies mid/ruc/fwd overall.

          So overall 12 rookies.

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    motor

    February 27, 2021 at 10:11 pm

    How many on field.? Just one?

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      LW [Why Don't you Choose a Different Alias?]

      February 27, 2021 at 10:16 pm

      4 rookies on field overall.

      I think the best set up is definitely 1 in def and then undecided whether it is 2 in the mid or 2 in the fwd (the line that doesn’t have 2 evidently has 1).

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        Mighty Puds

        February 27, 2021 at 10:38 pm

        Currently have 6 rookies on field, 1 in defense, 3 in the middle and 2 up forward. I know 3 in the mids seems week but the mid rookies are normally the best scoring. Have Rowe (F6) as the only sub 200k on field with Campbell, Powell, Downie (Gulden, Jordan on bench) with Jones (D6) and Cox (F5). Pretty satisfied with the overall rookie structure and think all are a good chance to feature.

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        Phteven

        February 27, 2021 at 11:19 pm

        I also have 4 rookies on field with Downie (hopefully) being the cheapest.

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    motor

    February 27, 2021 at 10:27 pm

    I am running 11 with the 2 roos in the mids more because of their prices to give me some wriggle room. Downie 200k in m9. N Cox at f6. Rowe at 196k on the bench. Jones at 240k and Highmore at 182k in the back bench again for wriggle room. How does my overall team look. Very very short on keepers!

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      Mighty Puds

      February 27, 2021 at 10:34 pm

      Personally think Jones is too much for the bench, getting a guy like Gould/Bianco/Kozi gives you 70k to use on field. Alternatively could move Cox to defense and have another forward on field.

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        motor

        February 27, 2021 at 10:54 pm

        I totally agree Puds that Jones is to much on the bench but much easier to downgrade a week out when we see next weeks teams. Personally I think defence is going to cause us grief all year. I don’t think Cox is more than a 60/40 starter. If he is a starter R1 he will be on field. If Jones starts R1 he starts on field. We Just have to wait and see next week’s “serious” teams. I thought this week’s games were more confusing than clarifying the rooks lol.

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          Squid

          February 27, 2021 at 11:20 pm

          Jones most likely won’t play, Bergman to get first crack if either play which is not something I’d be too hopeful for. I think your plan of minimal rooks overall and higher priced place holders to allow flexibility is solid.

          All I’ve got from the scratch matches is some popular mid pricers are looking mighty tasty (as are a couple of sneaky picks I’ve got an eye on) and the majority of rookies people were relying on to come through are for the most part fringe to unlikely if sighted at all.

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            Mighty Puds

            February 27, 2021 at 11:26 pm

            That’s an interesting take from the scratch matches given the number of rookies that looked good and played good minutes in nearly full strength teams. Agree though that popular picks like Kelly, Macrae, Robertson, Chapman, Highmore weren’t as good but there were a few others that were, think Port give Jones a go before Bergman given how much they’ve talked him up.

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              Squid

              February 27, 2021 at 11:54 pm

              I feel like most of the rooks were being tested and being used to ease the workload on first choice players more than being slotted in, those being properly auditioned, like the Roos and Sydney boys had 2 or 3 going for the one spot likely up for grabs, the community cup games will be more reflective of what we can expect come r1.

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            Phteven

            February 28, 2021 at 2:11 pm

            As a Port supporter It is going to be hard for Jones to break into their backs.

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          LW [Why Don't you Choose a Different Alias?]

          February 27, 2021 at 11:53 pm

          I have Nik Cox ahead of Jones as a defender rookie option.

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    motor

    February 27, 2021 at 10:32 pm

    Flynn at r3.

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    Robbo.

    February 27, 2021 at 10:43 pm

    Hey crew,

    Version no. far too many

    DEF – Lloyd, Howe, Williams, Cumming, Gould, Highmore, (Bianco, Wehr)
    MID – Cripps, Coniglio, Laird, Taranto, Rowell, Caldwell W.Phillips, Downie (Cockatoo, Caampbell Valente)
    RUCK – Grundy, ROB (Flynn)
    FWD – Sidebottom, Dunkley, T.Phillips, Rozee, Dow, Rowe, (Kelly, Tracey)

    100k remaining – Waiting on a fit Whifield or Adams maybe Mills for the upgrade, and obviously a clearer idea on which “rooks” will play

    Thoughts?

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      Squid

      February 28, 2021 at 12:06 am

      Not bad, like the fire power fwd though would probably swing Caldwell there and upgrade Rozee to a mid mid pricer of similar value for a likely better output.

      Def looks a little weak and relies on a number of fringe rookies all getting selected, id be concerned about that.

      Not what I’d be rolling with overall but I think I can see what you’re trying to do and it could come off

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        Robbo.

        February 28, 2021 at 1:20 am

        Cheers yep DEF was my concern. It looked better when I had Whitfield instead of Loyd and a few more $ to spend through there. I’d prefer a mid pricer there and 1 of Gould/Highmore or any other cheapie that will get a crack. – There is still a possibility I’ll put Laird in DEF and see what I can do in the mids.

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    Squid

    February 27, 2021 at 10:56 pm

    I’ve got 11 also, Flying Flynny the YOLO R2 specialist gives me 10 or so keepers thanks to the massive savings over every other ruck. Some decent value picks fill the rest. The last time we had a gift like this for R2 was Giles when GWS first entered the comp, may as well use it I reckon.

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      Phteven

      February 28, 2021 at 11:39 am

      I’m with you Squid. A few weeks ago coaches were salivating at the prospect of Preuss at r3, freeing up cash. Flynny gives more $$$$. I will never finish in the top 10 million, but this will be a fun ride!!

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    motor

    February 27, 2021 at 11:10 pm

    I simple don’t have balls to do that Squid!! I have looked at that option and I either get no sleep or throw with stress or both!. Mostly both!!

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      Squid

      February 27, 2021 at 11:35 pm

      C’mon, do it, what can possibly go wrong ;)

      Seriously though worst case if Flynn and whichever R3 you go with go down it’s only a downgrade/upgrade to fix, it’s more than likely you’ll be able to straight swap to another warm body to fill the gap and keep making you cash.

      As I see it we seem to have almost a record amount of rook priced rucks likely to play in a year where the overall rookie pool is very shallow and someone has taken a slash in it, may as well take advantage of any openings on offer, you’re never going to win just following the pack.

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    Mighty Puds

    February 27, 2021 at 11:10 pm

    With Milera out looking for a replacement around his price point. Thinking Harmes, Sholl, Ash are the best in that bracket (already have Cumming and Young). Thinking Hamres given his upside but not sure what Viney does to him, what do people think??

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      LW [Why Don't you Choose a Different Alias?]

      February 28, 2021 at 9:47 am

      Viney will no doubt effect him. Sholl I have above Ash. I think you can also throw McEvoy into the mix in this price bracket should he be playing ruck.

      D3 is a difficult selection, I for one am not confirmed on this position.

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      aflfantasyfreak

      February 28, 2021 at 10:13 am

      I think Harmes is the best option out of the names suggested. While Viney and Brayshaw could affect his midfield minutes they can both play outside roles or forward and are known for low TOG. I think Harmes should still get regular rotations and is priced 30 under what he did as a midfielder. More upside than the rest so I think you take that risk.

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    Robbo.

    February 28, 2021 at 1:56 am

    Considering Rozee out for Daniher, (if he stays fit and is named) Gives me some coin towards an upgrade on top of the potential for big Joe to go big…. Too Risky?

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      Squid

      February 28, 2021 at 5:23 pm

      He’s about as sensible a pick as Vickery, good luck.

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    CJ

    February 28, 2021 at 9:19 am

    Dow or Daniher at F4?
    Concern is job security for Dow and injuries for Joe.

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      Thomas V

      February 28, 2021 at 10:12 am

      Definitely Dow, can see them average not too far apart in the mid 70’s and Joe have some meagre weeks

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      aflfantasyfreak

      February 28, 2021 at 10:16 am

      If Dow looks to be in the midfield rotation consistently you pick him. AAMI will be the decider for whether Dow is legit this season but I’d be backing the young man to improve rather than taking a punt on a key forward with injury history. Daniher will have rollercoaster scores as a key forward so hold off on him until he goes bang and then ride that cash wave.

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        CJ

        February 28, 2021 at 8:36 pm

        Thanks guys! Solid advice

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    Thomas V

    February 28, 2021 at 9:59 am

    Stumped between these two options.

    1. O’Brien (110), Lloyd (110), Tom Green (80), 170k Defender/Highmore at D6 (40)
    2. Gawn (114), Sloane (90), Harmes (80), Cox at D6 (50)

    Gut feel is the first option because I’m not confident Harmes will get the ball winning midfield role we want him to. Also not confident with Highmore or a 170k rook at D6 though.

    Thoughts?

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      Thomas V

      February 28, 2021 at 10:02 am

      I should note option 2 has some better rookie coverage on the bench (Rowe at F7, Gulden M9)

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      aflfantasyfreak

      February 28, 2021 at 10:18 am

      Option 1 for sure mate. Highmore could possibly score more than cox and you get two set and forget premium options. Tom Green looks set to take a big leap in his second season.

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