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Fry’s Cash Cows – Rd. 8

As rookies continue to top out in value Fry explores what cash cow moves to make prior to Round 8!

Seven down, 16 to go!

Last round reminded us why it’s a priority to remove rookies from our field with mainstream names producing dud scores that led to a lot of teams scoring under the 1,900 mark. Tom Powell and James Jordon tried to fly the flag for the cash cow class of 2021, but as the byes quickly approach it’s time to axe the rookies who have served their purpose. Of course, that’s easier said than done for some coaches who have other pressing injuries issues, but downgrade options are bound to dry up throughout the season which only makes it more important to have as many green dots in your lineup as possible.

Rookie/cash cows are usually defined as players who are priced at $300,000 or lower

If you missed out on the 2021 Rookie Guide I wrote prior to Round 1 check it out here!

Mooooving On

Part of our weekly trade focus is to remove some of the rookie-priced players who are no longer making money. When a cash cow sees their average fall in line with their breakeven or they find themselves on the outside looking in for multiple weeks at a time, that’s usually a good time to give them the axe.

Fattened cash cows

  1. Errol Gulden, Swans ($484K, AVG 78, BE 83)
  2. James Rowe, Crows ($330K, AVG 51, BE 54)
  3. Sam Berry, Crows ($327K, AVG 51, BE 44)
  4. Chris Burgess, Suns ($315K, AVG 54, BE 34)
  5. Anthony Scott, Bulldogs ($295K, AVG 45, BE 33)

Some coaches pulled the trigger on Errol Gulden last week and with the Swans youngster dipping in value, expect his ownership percentage to keep trending down. The money-making days for Crows pair James Rowe and Sam Berry appear to virtually be over, while Chris Burgess has served his purpose and can also be moved on. A sore Anthony Scott has also topped out in value and while he’s not a pressing trade issue he could be moved on.

Injured/non-playing rookies

  1. Matthew Flynn, Giants ($391K, AVG 79, BE 16)
  2. Braeden Campbell, Swans ($379K, AVG 57, BE 61)
  3. Tyler Brockman, Hawks ($284K, AVG 50, BE 22)
  4. Paul Hunter, Saints ($245K, AVG 50, BE 5)
  5. Tom Highmore, Saints ($240K, AVG 57, BE 2)

With Matt Flynn spending another week at VFL level, coaches are starting to run out of patience. There are no certainties that he’ll return for Shane Mumford this week or next, with Braden Campbell in the same position despite a solid showing in the two’s. Tyler Brockman and Tom Highmore did their chances of a recall no harm, but they’re still on the outside looking in. Saints ruckman Paul Hunter isn’t as likely to be included in their best 22 anytime soon, therefore a trade away is the smart plan.

Cash Cow King – Round 7

There was only one cash cow/rookie who topped the triple-figure mark this week, and he did so in dramatic fashion! When Bayley Fritsch’s elbow collided with Tom Powell’s (104) temple just before half time, coaches feared the worst and thought he wasn’t going to get a chance to add to his score of 58. Instead, Powell came back onto the ground and battled his way to a 100+ score that included 32 points in the last quarter.

Powell wasn’t the only cash cow to impress in Round 7 with fellow MID James Jordon (91) not far behind his point total in the same game. Miles Bergman (83) and Archie Perkins (79) also deserve a mention for their respectable scores over the weekend, but it’s hard to see people ignoring Powell with their nomination this week. Through one-third of the season, he’s got some competition but the CCK award is seemingly Powell’s to lose.

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Round 8 Rookie Rankings


After claiming the top DEF ranking last round, Miles Bergman ($371K, 83, BE 7) continued his rich vein of form despite Port Adelaide copping a beating from the Lions. Bergman scored 36 points in the last quarter – finishing the game as the 3rd highest scorer for the Power to keep Nik Cox ($418K, 52, BE 57) and Martin Frederick ($241K, 65, BE -12) behind him in the pecking order. A large portion of the fantasy community would have traded Frederick in last week and the Port defender will once again be a sought after target following his second score of 60+.

Essendon’s swingman Nik Cox didn’t have the same fantasy success in Round 7, but he’s still cemented himself as a startable rookie each week. However, it’s possible that the Bombers will give him a spell after playing every game so far in 2021, so make sure the emergencies in your backline are ready to save the day. Connor Idun ($375K, 74, BE 28) returns to the top-5 this week thanks to two straight scores in the 70’s and fantasy coaches who are hunting another downgrade target may want to target Blues backman Liam Stocker ($261K, 58, BE 18). Scores of 40 and 58 aren’t super appealing, but the former 19th overall pick did score 160 points from his lone VFL game this year! His price tag makes him an awkward target, but I won’t be shocked if he strings a few more games together.


  1. Miles Bergman (Power)
  2. Nikolas Cox (Bombers)
  3. Martin Frederick (Power)
  4. Connor Idun (Giants)
  5. Liam Stocker (Blues)

While I’m bullish on Liam Stocker, his Carlton teammate Luke Parks ($226K, 49, BE 13) will have to increase his output if he wants to stay in the side. Similar could be said for Chris Burgess ($315K, 52, BE 34) who appears to be playing on borrowed time, with Gold Coast a certainty to select another ruck prospect in the mid-season draft one month from now. Some of you may be wondering where Heath Chapman  ($369K, 39, BE 7) is and why the young Docker didn’t break into the top-5? Unfortunately for Chapman, the Dockers and over 5,000 coaches a shoulder reconstruction will rule the young defender out for roughly the next 3 months.

I underestimated how long Rhyan Mansell ($242K, 46, BE 16) would hang around for in Richmond’s team, but he still looms as bench cover at best. Cheaper options like Nick Murray ($197K, 45, BE 8) or Harry Edwards ($194K, 65, BE -2) may become downgrade targets if they hold their spot, but much like Mansell, I don’t expect great numbers from them. In the two’s Josh Worrell ($170K, DNP, BE 25) produced 79 points from 22 touches and 6 marks while Kieren Briggs ($170K, DNP, BE 25) scored 97 from his 16 hitouts, 14 touches, 5 marks and 6 tackles. Both talls appear to be on the cusp of an AFL debut and hopefully one of them breaks through in the near future. A strong 30-disposal performance from Tom Highmore ($240K, DNP, BE 2) could see him also break back into St Kilda’s lineup, but I think he’s destined to stay in Sandringham colours.

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:
Matthew Ling (Swans, $219K)
Kieran Briggs (Giants, $170K)
Denver Grainger-Barrass (Hawks, $260K)
Will Gould (Swans, $170K)
Trent Bianco (Magpies, $170K)
Jacob Wehr (Giants, $170K)
Josh Worrell (Crows, $170K)
Joel Jeffery (Suns, $170K)
Bailey Laurie (Demons, $228K)
Isaac Chugg (Magpies, $170K)


Through seven rounds of footy, Tom Powell ($517K, 104, BE 26) has established himself as the best fantasy rookie in the game. His versatile MID/FWD status means that coaches will likely hold on to Powell through the byes and into the latter portion of the year, with James Jordon ($439K, 91, BE 42) doing his best to prove he belongs as well. Jordon’s 29-point game in just 56% TOG back in Round 4 is the only real blemish on his fantasy resume – with an 80.5 average from six contests if you disregard his poor showing against Geelong.

The temptation to flick Jordon out is real, but I’d advise against it unless you’re landing a Tom Mitchell, Zach Merrett, Mitch Duncan type. While trading Powell and/or Jordon isn’t on the radar, nearly 8,000 coaches are opting to give Errol Gulden ($484K, 61, BE 83) the flick. Sydney’s dynamic talent is averaging 62 points a game in the last month, with his price starting to trend in the opposite direction. Turning him into an elite MID is the route you want to go down rather than downgrading him to a cheaper option like Will Phillips ($289K, 66, BE 22).

Phillips’ fantasy struggles have been tough to watch, but the talented North midfielder is gradually finding his feet, registering career-best numbers for disposals (16) and fantasy points (66) against Melbourne. The final member of the top-5 is Saints debutant Ryan Byrnes ($200K, 75, BE -9) who will be one of the most popular trade targets this week following his 75 points against Hawthorn. I won’t expect him to haul in 9 marks again every weekend, but Byrnes is still a wise investment for your M9/M10 slot.


  1. Tom Powell (Kangaroos)
  2. James Jordon (Demons)
  3. Errol Gulden (Swans)
  4. Will Phillips (Kangaroos)
  5. Ryan Byrnes (Saints)

Another debutant in Riley Collier-Dawkins ($193K, 63, BE -1) was unlucky to not crack the top-5 with his Friday night showing against the Bulldogs turning a lot of heads. RCD was able to finally break into Richmond’s senior side and didn’t look out of place at all, registering 14 disposals, 5 tackles and 15 CBA’s (good for 2nd most in the team). Personally, I’d rather trade Collier-Dawkins in over Ryan Byrnes given the injuries to Richmond’s midfield unit, but both are bound to be popular targets this round.

There are a few trade targets in the MID group this week, which is helpful because we could see the likes of Finlay Macrae ($253K, 36, BE 33) removed from Collingwood’s AFL side after a few quiet performances. His teammate Caleb Poulter ($224K, 51, BE 17) might be safer after making his debut last week and much like Will Phillips, another North young gun in Charlie Lazzaro ($257K, 56, BE 29) appears to be finding his mojo at the top level.

The owners of Sam Berry ($327K, 54, BE 44), Finn Maginness ($250K, 52, BE 41) and Anthony Scott ($295K, 45, BE 33) will be looking to offload those cash cows in the coming weeks, with their residence inside the best 22 far from set in stone. Keep your eye on Docker Joel Western ($170K, DNP, BE 25) as a potential Round 8 debutant as well, however, I’d advise waiting a week to trade him in if he is 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 2021 watchlist in case they burst onto the scene. In no particular order:
Jackson Mead (Power, $170K)
Jeremy Sharp (Suns, $221K)
Cooper Stephens (Cats, $170K)
Luke Pedlar (Crows, $250K)
Caleb Poulter (Magpies, $212K)
Thompson Dow (Tigers, $192K)
Reef McInnis (Magpies, $226K)
Brody Kemp (Blues, $170K)
Zane Trew (Eagles, $170K)
Lachlan Bramble (Hawks, $170K)
Nathan O’Driscoll (Dockers, $218K)
Luke Valente (Dockers, $170K)


Those who made the investment in Tom Campbell ($306K, 54, BE 17) as a safety blanket in the ruck department have been rewarded with some decent scores. Campbell is only averaging 13 hitouts on the season, but he has carved out a niche as a second fiddle to Todd Goldstein in the Kangaroos’ lineup. The frustration around Matt Flynn ($394K, DNP, BE 16) continues with the 10th most popular player quickly seeing his ownership plummet as he keeps ping-ponging in and out of the Giants’ lineup.

An average near 80 and a low breakeven has seen some coaches demote him to R3 and he could earn another gig at AFL level after a 60 point outing for GWS’ reserves last weekend with 12 touches and 17 hitouts. Either way, Flynn can’t be trusted week in, week out on our field so make sure you’ve got another playable ruck in case the Giants big man is again forced to play VFL. The third RUC this week Riley Thilthorpe ($328K, 46, BE 18) backed up his debut score by halving his scoring output with a 46. These type of numbers in the 40-55 zone are what I expect Thilthorpe to produce moving forward, making it hard to pay up for him now at nearly $350K.


  1. Tom Campbell (Kangaroos)
  2. Matthew Flynn (Giants)*
  3. Riley Thilthorpe (Crows)

* if named

Dons debutant Nick Bryan ($195K, 67, BE -4) was unlucky to not crack the top-3 and right now, he looms as the best ruck downgrade for the coaches who have a luxury trade up their sleeve. I can imagine Bryan is only a short-term solution until Sam Draper is back up and running, but there’s a chance he’ll still miss a month of footy which could see the young Bomber grow another $100K-$150K in price if he continues to stay in their lineup.

The news isn’t as promising for the rucks on the outside looking in with Paul Hunter ($245K, DNP, BE 5), Tom Fullarton ($215K, DNP, BE 14) and Jordan Sweet ($200K, DNP, BE -7) all facing an uphill climb to re-integrate themselves into their senior lineup’s. Sweet was the best performer out of that group thanks to his 117 points in the VFL, but I can’t see any of the trio breaking through in Round 8. Fremantle duo Josh Treacy ($204K, DNP, BE 27) and Lloyd Meek ($245K, DNP, BE 20) did their selection chances no harm scores of 132 and 107 respectively. Treacy bagged 5 goals with both he and Meek sharing the ruck duties – which could lead to either of them rejoining Freo’s lineup to clash with Brisbane.

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 2021 watchlist in case they burst onto the scene. In no particular order:
Sam Hayes (Power, $170K)
Bailey Williams (Eagles, $271K)
Joel Amartey (Swans, $170K)
Max Lynch (Magpies, $172K)


There isn’t a lot to report atop the FWD rankings with Chad Warner ($517K, 83, BE 38) still producing and comfortably locking himself into the No. 1 rank. After that, it’s anybody’s guess. A second strong score in three weeks has seen Archie Perkins ($374K, 79, BE 18) vault his way up to second in the forward pecking order and there’s no reason to think he’ll be removed from the top-5 list if he keeps playing like this. Expect Essendon to give him a rest at some point throughout the year, but right now Perkins is growing with every quarter he plays.

The three forwards that make up the rest of the top-5 were all mainstream trade targets last week with Jy Farrar ($332K, 38, BE 22) the most popular cash cow available. Nearly 6,000 coaches brought him in, only to end up disappointed while watching Farrar record just 3 marks and 38 points in a “fantasy-friendly” matchup with the Magpies. While that has led to plenty of questions over his future ability, I have faith he can hold his place in Gold Coast’s side – with the job security of Deven Robertson ($340K, 44, BE 28) and Atu Bosenavulagi ($304K, 55, BE 7) much dicier. Robertson has produced yo-yo fantasy scores so far in 2021, but his scoring ceiling means coaches will give him another chance if he remains in Brisbane’s lineup. Similar can be said for Bosenavulagi, who hasn’t shown the same scoring prowess, but still looms as a start-worthy player should the Roos keep him in their team to take on Collingwood.


  1. Chad Warner (Swans)
  2. Archie Perkins (Bombers)
  3. Jy Farrar (Suns)
  4. Deven Robertson (Lions)
  5. Atu Bosenavulagi (Kangaroos)

Key forwards are not the rookies we desire in fantasy circles, but Jacob Koschitzke ($340K, 53, BE 15), Harrison Jones ($271K, 74, BE 18) and to a certain extent Beau McCreery ($303K, 63, BE 13) have all done enough to keep their price rising with breakevens in the teens heading into Round 8. The ship may have sailed on Sam Flanders ($287K, 67, BE 11) as a trade candidate, despite stringing some decent games together and James Rowe ($330K, 38, BE 54) has served his purpose for coaches – currently listed as the 3rd most traded out player.

At reserve level, an impressive game from Oliver Henry ($228K, DNP, BE 28) saw him chalk up an absurd 140 points, fuelled by 22 touches, 13 marks and 6 shots on goal (3.3). He could come into the side at the expense of Finlay Macrae, with Braeden Campbell ($379K, DNP, BE 61) also in the mix to return for the Swans. A straight swap for Errol Gulden might not make as much sense in Sydney’s side, but after 25 touches, 6 marks and 7 tackles led to a score of 117 from Campbell, his VFL stay could be a short one.

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 2021 watchlist in case they burst onto the scene. In no particular order:
Ely Smith (Lions, $170K)
Nakia Cockatoo (Lions, $243K)
Jamarra Ugle-Hagan (Bulldogs, $270K)
Maurice Rioli (Tigers, $170K)
Hugo Ralphsmith (Tigers, $170K)
Elijah Hollands (Suns, $258K)
Sam Philp (Blues, $203K)
Jake Bowey (Demons, $230K)

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  1. Aby Benny

    May 5, 2021 at 5:24 pm

    Nick Bryan or Byrnes in first?

    • Fry

      May 5, 2021 at 6:36 pm

      Hmmmmmm, I’d side with Byrnes

  2. wolverines19

    May 5, 2021 at 5:28 pm

    Great work Fry. Was wondering if you would bring in Frederick over RCD?

    • Fry

      May 5, 2021 at 6:37 pm

      Nothing wrong with it if you want to nab Frederick. He’ll be too dear next week, but you should still be able to make a move for RCD

  3. James

    May 5, 2021 at 5:44 pm

    Jordon (42BE, v SYD) or Warner (59 BE, @ MEL) as a trade out for this week with the other one hopefully going next week?

    Also, Treacy wasn’t among the 30 players Freo flew over so he’s probably not playing this round or the next

    Cheers Fry!

    • wolverines19

      May 5, 2021 at 5:45 pm

      wouldn’t be trading either out. I’d do another downgrade if you can’t get who you want with someone else

    • Fry

      May 5, 2021 at 6:39 pm

      If they were your last two rookies then moving them on makes sense, otherwise I’d think twice about trading them out. In answer to your question though, Jordon then Warner.

      True! I thought I saw his name amongst the squad of 30, but must have been daydreaming 😂

      • Anthony

        May 5, 2021 at 11:24 pm

        He did kick 5 goals in the reserves – could be a sniff

  4. Bailey

    May 5, 2021 at 6:06 pm

    Hey Fry. Another good read as always. Looking to bring in only 1 rookie this week (going Tex to Hall this week). Trading Brockman or Rowe (can get any rookie). I already have Powell, Jordan, Warner, Bergman and Farrar on field but can play the rookie I bring in over Farrar. So would you bring in Frederick or RCD? Leaning towards Frederick as I will bring in RCD next week then I can have both in my team next week or would you just get RCD into my team. I can also loop both rookies on my bench as I have 1 or 2 rookies that aren’t playing

    • bomberpap

      May 5, 2021 at 6:17 pm

      Frederick is this week or never, while RCD you can afford to wait one more week. If Rowe gets dropped you would probably move him on and keep Brockman who still has a little bit more cash to make.

    • Fry

      May 5, 2021 at 7:51 pm

      Thanks legend! 🙌
      I like the first trade! If you’re going to grab Frederick now’s your chance, although if you’ve got a DEF emergency maximising money and going for RCD might be the way to go. Both are good picks to be honest

      • Bailey

        May 6, 2021 at 3:52 pm

        Thanks Fry. Yeah I have Kosi on DEF bench with Highmore but can swing him forward as I would be trading out Rowe or Brockman. And I would probably play Frederick or RCD on field this week instead or Farrar so still advise going Frederick then RCD next week?

  5. bomberpap

    May 5, 2021 at 6:12 pm

    Thanks Fry. I missed the Chapman news so will have to move him on!

    What are your thoughts on these options:

    1) Gulden > RCD and Flynn > Josh Kelly
    (no def bench cover, possibly Berry/Scott on field)

    2) Waterman > RCD (via DPP) and Chapman > Frederick
    ($214k in the bank to get Kelly next week and 2 additional green dots)

    • Double Parked

      May 5, 2021 at 6:30 pm

      Not Fry but I like 2 as it gives you 2 good cash generators and helps fix the bench situation leading into the byes – more green dots the better !

      Also, Kelly has had just the one good game so far, gives you one more week to look at him before you jump

      • bomberpap

        May 5, 2021 at 6:39 pm

        Thanks mate, leaning towards 2 as well. Playing you in both DT Talk leagues this week (I’m Bewick’s Bananas), so you may get your wish of not coming up against Kelly haha

        • Double Parked

          May 5, 2021 at 7:05 pm

          Haha just checked ! Well I guess in that case take what I said (and what I say) with a grain of salt. Though having a look at your side, with Chapman out (before trades) you’re looking at 7 red dots on the bench and that’s assuming Berry keeps his spot with Sloane coming back.

          Kelly won’t move in price much this round, even if he goes well, while you have the opportunity to get two solid cash generators in with solid job security, and hopefully another in Worrell/Byrne next week leaving you with 5 red dots (or even 4 if you can downgrade one and upgrade Flynn to a Martin/Daniel/Ridley) before Rd 9. This will mean you have 7 trade for upgrades/downgrades and clearing those final red dots for the byes. If all goes well you get 20-21 players playing for each week of the byes and any poor rookie scores in those rounds don’t get included in your best 18.

          That’s how I’m going about it, at least

          Good luck for this week!

          • bomberpap

            May 5, 2021 at 7:51 pm

            Legend, thanks heaps. Bench players are wearing a bit thin. I’m hoping Berry holds until Crouch comes back, but he’s only a 50 player at best. Looking at Worrell next week for sure, depending on teams. He’s gotta be close.

            I’ll have to get lucky but could get down to 4 or less red dots within the next 2 weeks, and then look to move up in rank during the bye rounds if I can generate enough cash for some solid upgrades. Definitely targeting Ridley after locking in Kelly.

    • Fry

      May 5, 2021 at 7:52 pm

      Happy to help mate. I think out of those two, I like No. 2 – getting more green dots and $$$ in the bank is better than fielding 21

  6. Woz

    May 5, 2021 at 6:21 pm

    Gday Fry, good article mate always useful. I’m thinking of holding fantasia this week (i think will be good against crows) but i was wondering your thoughts on who should go 1st… fantasia or campbell from the swans? Cheers

    • bomberpap

      May 5, 2021 at 6:24 pm

      Fantasia has only really had one bad game, and Campbell only one good one. Plus Fantasia is a lock best 22 player for Port and Campbell has been sub once and now dropped to VFL. Campbell first out for sure.

    • Fry

      May 5, 2021 at 7:54 pm

      If Campbell misses again this week he goes first. Although if both are playing then I’d trade Fanta first

  7. Nathan Grant

    May 5, 2021 at 7:00 pm

    Should I get 1) Ziebell & RCD or 2) Titch & Frederick.
    Whatever way I go both will be on field.

    • bomberpap

      May 5, 2021 at 7:04 pm

      Titch & Frederick easily. Ziebell going well but doesn’t compare to Mitchell who has averaged 120+ in a whole season before and is just warming up. Frederick also looks great, RCD you can potentially get next week.

    • Fry

      May 5, 2021 at 7:54 pm

      Pounce on No. 2 I reckon mate

  8. Nathan Grant

    May 5, 2021 at 7:24 pm

    Cheers, gives me a little more cash that trade to get Daniel or Kelly next week with RCD most likely.

  9. Henr

    May 5, 2021 at 7:38 pm

    Tex to Jack Macrae
    Lachie Jones to Frederick with 1k in the bank
    Do you think these trades are fine or go someone cheaper than Macrae so I have more cash to upgrade Gulden next week

    • Fry

      May 5, 2021 at 7:55 pm

      They sound like perfect trades mate – get Macrae while you can

  10. Big Nob

    May 5, 2021 at 8:43 pm

    Can we trust Ziebell?

    • Fry

      May 6, 2021 at 10:52 am

      A large portion of the fantasy community thinks so, I just can’t bring myself to do it. Even if he’s the top scoring DEF/FWD I won’t be jumping on the bandwagon, history suggests he’s too volatile

    • The Cricket

      May 7, 2021 at 11:57 am


  11. A

    May 5, 2021 at 8:54 pm

    I’ve got a few problems
    Chapman, Gulden, Rowe and two non-playing rookies in Brockman and L.Jones are still in my team.
    I was thinking of a Gulden to RCD and Rowe to J.Kelly with 97K in the bank but will have to field two of Kosi, RCD, F.Macrae, Scott, H.Jones or Lazarro on field.
    And then I plan to double downgrade next week and dump Chapman and one of the non-playing rooks.
    How does that sound?

    • Fry

      May 6, 2021 at 11:07 am

      Getting J.Kelly is a good in, but it still might be wise to shuffle those rookies around so you’re fielding a full 22. If you’ve got 22 playing though, Gulden>RCD and Rowe>J.Kelly makes sense, but I’d address my bench first

  12. Double Parked

    May 5, 2021 at 9:46 pm

    Hey Fry,
    Would you consider Frederick a must have? I really want to bring him in for Chapman, but think I might have to let him go and get RCD this week. The reason being is if I get Freddy I’ll be looking at having 16 players from the Rd12 bye in my side.. meaning I’d need to use 8 of my 9 trades by the time of the start of Rd12 to get 22 playing players that round.. doesn’t leave a lot of room for error (or injury)!

    • Fry

      May 6, 2021 at 11:08 am

      By no means is he a must-have, you just outlined why he doesn’t suit your team! Going RCD instead is hardly a loss and avoiding those Rd 12 byes is going to be important

  13. Cody

    May 5, 2021 at 10:17 pm

    can go chapman to fredrick or chapman to rcd via dpp. Would it be wiser to go fredrick this week bc he’ll be pretty expensive next week, then bring collier dawkins in for someone like a burger or a macrae

    • peterthomas25

      May 6, 2021 at 11:04 am

      This is probably going to be the last week to jump onto Frederick IMO.

    • Fry

      May 6, 2021 at 11:10 am

      Sounds like a solid move mate, Freddy and RCD are good trade targets, but Frederick will probably be too expensive to grab next week

  14. Mad Fish

    May 5, 2021 at 10:23 pm

    Am I crazy thinking of trading in Ziebell over Macrae just to keep a little bit of cash and for the match up?

    • Fry

      May 6, 2021 at 11:10 am

      A little bit 😂but for a little less $$$ I can see the appeal

  15. TurnerTops

    May 5, 2021 at 11:29 pm

    Hey Fry!

    thanks once again for your efforts every week with this article. It’s a true life saver!

    Just a quick one for ya.

    Who do you rate as the top two rookies to bring in this week. I’m thinking about a double downgrade to build a little kitty to spend later on. I’m currently thinking Byrnes & RCD purely because they are still basement-ish price. I’ve already got frederick.

    Thanks again mate for the article

    • Fry

      May 6, 2021 at 11:11 am

      Thanks mate, anytime! Happy to help.
      If you’re trying to maximise the $$$ in the bank then Byrnes and RCD is the way to go

  16. CWTK

    May 6, 2021 at 8:09 am

    Who is the best rookie to play on field to get?
    Frederick, RCD or Byrnes

    • Fry

      May 6, 2021 at 11:12 am

      I’d rank them in that order mate, RCD could make a case for No. 1 over Frederick though

  17. peterthomas25

    May 6, 2021 at 11:02 am

    Rowe to Poulter or Collier-Dawkins?

    Which one is more likely to survive in their teams through the byes at least?

    • Fry

      May 6, 2021 at 11:13 am

      Personally I don’t think either will survive through the byes, but RCD is your answer

  18. AWTK

    May 6, 2021 at 11:28 am

    Field Brockman, Scott, Lazarro, F.Macrae, H.Jones or Kozi?

    • Fry

      May 6, 2021 at 12:06 pm

      Lazzaro, Scott then F.Macrae (who might be dropped)

  19. Jezza

    May 6, 2021 at 1:40 pm

    Fry great write up mate!
    Was wondering your thoughts on these trades, thinking either downgrade Rowe or Gulden to Collier-Dawkins and upgrade O’Brien to Grundy (already have Gawn)

    Or downgrade Flynn at R3 to Bryan for more cash and then upgrade gulden to a Josh Kelly or Hall
    Or stick with getting Grundy for O’Brien?

    Any help would be much appreciated

    • Fry

      May 6, 2021 at 5:07 pm

      Cheers mate, glad you enjoyed it!
      Hmmmm those are two decent scenarios. I don’t hate the idea of landing both Grundy and Gawn though, so I’d probably lean towards flicking Gulden to RCD then landing the top-2 rucks

  20. Stu

    May 6, 2021 at 2:58 pm

    Assume it’s not the end of the world if we skip getting Frederick? Looking at RCD this week.

    • Fry

      May 6, 2021 at 5:09 pm

      Nah not at all. I’m going RCD over Frederick this week too and if you’re back line is pretty solid he’s not a must have

  21. Chris

    May 6, 2021 at 5:21 pm

    Who is the best rookie to bring in right now and then plan to get the other 2 the week after
    Frederick, RCD or Byrnes

    • Fry

      May 6, 2021 at 6:18 pm

      This may be the last week you can afford Frederick, but RCD is my fav pick of the bunch TBH

  22. Wei

    May 6, 2021 at 6:56 pm

    Get Hall + cash or J.Kelly
    Also field two of RCD, Lazarro, Scott, F.Macrae

    • Fry

      May 6, 2021 at 10:35 pm

      I’d grab Kelly mate
      Also I’d go Lazarro, RCD, Macrae, Scott in that order

  23. Hoover

    May 7, 2021 at 4:38 am

    G’day legend. Top article as usual! I’ve gone Rowe to RCD and looking to bring in Hall. Should I go Gulden to Hall or Tex to Hall? I’m a crows fan so hoping Tex kicks a bag in the showdown but looking at previous clashes, he doesn’t score great against the power. It is also a port home game :/. I could also go Tex to Jack Macrae but it leaves my forward line very thin!

    • Fry

      May 7, 2021 at 11:37 am

      Cheers mate, appreciate it!
      That sounds like a good first move, personally I’d move Tex on for Hall and keep Gulden for another week

      • Hoover

        May 10, 2021 at 8:32 pm

        Again, in Fry we trust! Now to decide whether to fold on Gulden or Sholl this week. Looking to bring in Mills.

  24. Bailey

    May 7, 2021 at 1:16 pm

    Thanks Fry. Yeah I have Kosi on DEF bench with Highmore but can swing him forward as I would be trading out Rowe or Brockman. And I would probably play Frederick or RCD on field this week instead or Farrar so still advise going Frederick then RCD next week?

    • Bailey

      May 7, 2021 at 1:18 pm

      Oh hang I just read Frederick has been omitted so my decision is made ahaha. Thanks anyway Fry 👍

      • Fry

        May 7, 2021 at 2:38 pm

        That makes the decision easy haha!

  25. llizardofoz

    May 7, 2021 at 2:30 pm


    • Fry

      May 7, 2021 at 2:39 pm

      TBH I don’t expect him to hang around for long or score too well either Needed 3 goals for a 60 last week, let’s see if he can prove me wrong this round though

  26. Lemmy

    May 7, 2021 at 3:23 pm

    I am gonna keep Gulden until the byes I think he one of those 4 horseman with Powell, Jordan and Warner
    No.1 Trade
    ✅Riley Collier-Dawkins❌Matt Flynn
    My second trade is a toss up below either do 1 down 1 up or do a double downgrade
    Group A
    ✅Aaron Hall❌Nikolas Cox
    Group B
    ✅Ryan Byrnes❌Nikolas Cox
    Any thoughts on which group you would go for Fry cheers and also great article as always :)

    • Fry

      May 7, 2021 at 4:47 pm

      Makes sense mate, if you’ve got a plan don’t let anyone deter you!
      Personally I like Group A, get that instant reward from Aaron Hall

      • Lemmy

        May 7, 2021 at 6:00 pm

        My original idea was getting rid of the players who have the highest breakeven which was Gulden and Cox and I do have heaps of bench cover if i need it.
        My original Idea and this was my favourite cause I get Kelly and Hall I do feel like I am gonna regret getting Hall but then I thought try and keep Gulden maybe and worry about getting players like Flynn out since he is wasting on the bench but it’s not like he has a massive BE and could be back next week for all I know.
        My original trades
        ✅Riley C-D❌Nikolas Cox
        ✅Josh Kelly❌Errol Gulden
        Which you like better Group A from my last post or my original trades?

        • Fry

          May 7, 2021 at 7:19 pm

          I think Hall’s still a good pick, but Josh Kelly will be better from here on out

  27. Belly

    May 7, 2021 at 6:29 pm

    Ouch, Flynn named as Emergency and Bryan has been dropped…

    • Fry

      May 7, 2021 at 7:19 pm


  28. Bailey

    May 7, 2021 at 6:29 pm

    Play RCD or Farrar on field?

    • Fry

      May 7, 2021 at 7:19 pm

      Back Farrar in mate

  29. Belly

    May 7, 2021 at 10:46 pm

    Hey Fry stuck on my 2nd trade.
    Tex to Kelly and play Burgess at R2 $428k for next week or
    Tex to Grundy and field one of Farrar,Rowe or Scott (or take RCD score if one of those out) 293k left
    Or keep Tex and go Flynn to Grundy leaving 71k

  30. Nick

    May 7, 2021 at 11:19 pm

    What order to field out of Lazarro Farrar Robertson?

  31. FigJam

    May 12, 2021 at 10:13 pm

    G’day legend. What are your thoughts on prioritising Harmes this week over a premo like Llyod or Mills? I am looking to trade Sholl for Lloyd or Mills for the pies match up but Harmes is also tempting for the cash + BE.

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