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Fry’s Cash Cows – Rd. 9

With popular rookies starting to peak in value which ones should you hold and who needs to be axed? Fry has all your answers in the Round 9 cash cow guide.

Eight down, 15 to go!

My fantasy season continues to spiral downwards and if the first two months weren’t testing enough, the bye rounds are now just 6 trades away! Hopefully, your team is trending in the right direction and while pouncing on the right downgrade targets in the next few weeks to balance out your side will be crucial, the real test comes in which rooks you choose to trade out.

Personally, I think it’s smart to hold onto the Chad Warner’s and Tom Powell’s of the world for as long as possible, resisting the urge to turn them into premium players and be stuck fielding James Rowe or Jacob Koschitzke in their place. Every team is going to be in a different scenario, but regardless of where you sit, it’s time to start thinking about how you’re going to generate cash throughout the bye rounds and beyond.

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 ($460K, AVG 74, BE 88)
  2. Nik Cox, Bombers ($413K, AVG 59, BE 68)
  3. Deven Robertson, Lions ($345K, AVG 58, BE 52)
  4. Sam Berry, Crows ($327K, AVG 50, BE 48)
  5. James Rowe, Crows ($326K, AVG 50, BE 50)

The uninspiring scores continued from Errol Gulden in Round 8, leading to a price drop for the second straight week. A lot of coaches will prioritise trading Gulden away and fellow first-year pro Nik Cox is peaking in value as well – which could see some give him the flick. Adelaide duo Sam Berry and James Rowe have made their money and can be moved on while another poor score from Deven Robertson could see his ownership drop as he plateau’s in value.

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. Lloyd Meek, Dockers ($245K, AVG 41, BE 20)
  5. Tom Highmore, Saints ($240K, AVG 57, BE 2)

The same usual suspects appear in the non-playing group with all 5 of these players still residing in over 25% of teams! If you’ve managed to move Matt Flynn to R3 I can see the appeal in holding onto him, but the same can’t be said for Braeden Campbell and Tyler Brockman who have been anchored in the 2’s for weeks now. Even if they do return, they’ve made their money and can be moved on. Lloyd Meek and Tom Highmore may also still have growth, but unless something drastic changes they appear set to feature heavily at reserve level.

Cash Cow King – Round 8

The CCK nomination for Round 8 is an easy vote in my eyes with Rising Star nominee James Jordon (95) leading the way for fantasy rookies last weekend. His 23 touches and 8 tackles led to the best cash cow score of the round, although North’s unique ruckman Tom Campbell (88) did his best to make things interesting. He and Jordon Sweet (65) stepped up for the few coaches that put their trust in them and Suns defender Jy Farrar (68) bounced back from a crappy outing to drop another 60+ score. Let’s be honest though, Jordon is going to dominate this week’s vote.

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Round 9 Rookie Rankings


There is still a lot of uncertainty in defence when it comes to fantasy cash cows, but versatile DEF/FWD Miles Bergman ($405K, 63, BE 29) continues to produce. Nearly half his total came via a 29-point second quarter, but during a weekend where reliable rookies were hard to come by, Bergman didn’t let us down. Defender No. 2 also owns valuable DPP status, but his place in fantasy teams isn’t as safe after scoring just 49 points against the Giants. Nik Cox (413K, 49, BE 68) actually went down in value last week for the first time this season and three scores under 55 in the last month may see some coaches axe him from their squad. He should be good for a 60+ against Freo this weekend, so I wouldn’t cut the Bombers youngster just yet.

Connor Idun ($395K, 62, BE 37) has moved himself up the pecking order to No. 3, with his consistent scoring hard to ignore, while I finally caved and acknowledged Chris Burgess’ ($327K, 54, BE 35) form by giving him a top-5 ranking. That leaves Power defender Martin Frederick ($265K, 28, BE 16) who is no certainty to be in the lineup for Round 9 after he was used as the medical sub in Showdown 49 vs. Adelaide. If he can squeeze his way back into the 22, then there’s still merit in trading for Frederick, however, it’ll be tough to justify such a move if he’s named as their sub again.


  1. Miles Bergman (Power)
  2. Nikolas Cox (Bombers)
  3. Connor Idun (Giants)
  4. Martin Frederick (Power)*
  5. Chris Burgess (Suns)

* if named

After whining for the last few weeks, we’re spoilt for choice when it comes to cheap defenders – although I have genuine concerns over their ability to score at a reasonable clip. Of the entire DEF group, Jaxon Prior ($297K, 62, BE 13) takes the cake as the most consistent scorer over recent rounds and Rhyan Mansell ($261K, 47, BE 22) just keeps stringing games together in Richmond’s backline.

Blues duo Luke Parks ($246K, 45, BE 18) and Liam Stocker ($274K, 39, BE 27) seem set to score in the 40-50 range as long as they’re included in Carlton’s side while young Eagles Harry Edwards ($212K, 27, BE 12) and medical sub Luke Foley ($170K, 6, BE 55) are likely to be dropped ahead of next round. Bulldogs debutant Buku Khamis ($174K, 31, BE 21) could be a one-hit-wonder and even if he holds his place in their team I won’t be expecting a huge fantasy score. Sticking with debutants for a minute, Trent Bianco ($170K, DNP, BE 25) had a day out in his first VFL game in Pies colours racking up 29 disposals, 7 marks, 7 tackles and a goal for a score of 129. Add the young DEF/MID to your watchlist in case he earns an AFL berth in the near future.

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)


Last weekend Tom Powell ($536K, 58, BE 62) dropped his lowest score since Round 2, but I’m still slotting him in as the best MID cash cow – for now. James Jordon ($471K, 95, BE 30) is doing his best to gain ground on Powell, with those two cementing themselves as the clear cut top-2 midfielders at the moment. I wouldn’t look to trade either of them out just yet, especially if they keep scoring in the 70-80 point range. Errol Gulden ($460K, 44, BE 88) on the other hand has served his purpose as a cash cow and should be axed ASAP.

Gulden saw his price decrease for the second straight week after dropping a season-low 44 points against the Demons. Upgrading the Swans rookie to an elite fantasy type is obviously the ideal tactic, but if you can’t go up, it’s still worthwhile turning Gulden into a value pick like Aaron Hall or James Harmes. Rounding out the top-5 this week are Riley Collier-Dawkins ($232K, 64, BE -10) and Ryan Byrnes ($240K, 58, BE -10) who both served their purpose after being the most popular trade targets in Round 8. I still have RCD rated ahead of Byrnes and given the injury issues to the Tigers, there’s a roadmap where Collier-Dawkins features in their side for longer than we expect.


  1. Tom Powell (Kangaroos)
  2. James Jordon (Demons)
  3. Errol Gulden (Swans)
  4. Riley Collier-Dawkins (Tigers)
  5. Ryan Byrnes (Saints)

I’m not giving up hope on Will Phillips ($279K, 6, BE 51) yet, despite the budding North midfielder spending another round as the medical sub and playing just 20% of the game. He and Caleb Poulter ($254K, 66, BE 4) seem like the best of the leftover MID’s, with Poulter looming as a much smarter downgrade target following the first two games of his Collingwood career.

Dogs duo Anthony Scott ($309K, 57, BE 28) and Lachlan McNeil ($277K, 52, BE 24) continue to produce 50’s and aren’t pressing trade issues as long as they stay in the AFL side, while the return of Tanner Bruhn ($226K, 42, BE 33) and Sam Berry ($327K, 43, BE 48) in recent weeks hasn’t changed their fantasy prospects. Both of them can be flicked if you get the chance with a pair of Richmond players performing strongly in the VFL which could see them earn their shot in the senior side. Will Martyn ($171K, DNP, BE 23) has already had his chance this year, but could be in line for a recall and Hugo Ralphsmith ($170K, DNP, BE 25) is another player in the mix to play the first AFL game of his career – perhaps as early as Round 9.

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)
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)


An 88-point effort against Brodie Grundy and the Pies was a pleasant and somewhat unexpected boost for Tom Campbell’s ($349K, 88, BE 8) owners. Sitting in just 4% of teams Campbell has solidified his place alongside Todd Goldstein in the Roos’ lineup, although those who haven’t traded him in yet have missed the boat. Another week presents another uncertain situation for Matt Flynn ($394K, DNP, BE 16) with a VFL bye last weekend meaning the young GWS ruck didn’t get a chance to push his case for a recall.

If you can hold Flynn at R3 without your team self combusting that’s still the ideal scenario, but if he’s on your field and doesn’t get named Flynn has got to go. Coaches who invested in Riley Thilthorpe ($341K, 39, BE 39) a few weeks back have enjoyed a nice price increase from the 2nd overall pick, however, there isn’t a lot of growth left. I’d look to move Thilthorpe on to a cheaper alternative regardless of if he’s in your RUC or FWD line.


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

* if named

It’s a shame that Jordan Sweet ($244K, 65, BE -12) seems poised to make way for Tim English after the young Bulldog produced his second decent score of the season. Stefan Martin’s Achilles issues could see Sweet stay in the Bulldogs side and if that’s the case he’s a fine downgrade target. Should Sweet miss the cut, then West Coast’s Bailey Williams ($279K, 53, BE 30) is another RUC target for your benches, with his FWD status another handy string in his bow. However, while Sweet and Williams offer some great upside Sam Hayes ($170K, DNP, BE 25) is the pick of the bunch this week, with the Power young gun in line to make his AFL debut over the coming week’s thanks to Scott Lycett’s four-game suspension. Peter Ladhams could get a look in, but Hayes should still feature in Port’s lineup after his 40-hitout, 75-point game in the SANFL last round.

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)
Joel Amartey (Swans, $170K)
Max Lynch (Magpies, $172K)


We aren’t used to seeing scores under 70 from Chad Warner ($516K, 64, BE 74) and as a result over 1,000 coaches are choosing to move the Sydney cash cow out of their squad. While the temptation of moving his $500K+ salary into a premium player is real, I’d rather shuffle the less reliable rookies and give Warner another chance against Collingwood this weekend. Speaking of second chances, Jy Farrar ($360K, 68, BE 29) returned to his 60+ best last week for the coaches who held onto him and Archie Perkins ($400K, 60, BE 35) did his bit against GWS to solidify his place as a top tier cash cow FWD.

Both Farrar and Perkins can be trusted (to a certain degree) in the lead up to the byes before being moved on, but the same can’t be said for Deven Robertson ($345K, 36, BE 52). The rollercoaster that is Dev Rob continued in Round 8 and while he was alright against Fremantle there are no guarantees he’ll hold his spot for long. With a growing breakeven, it’s wise to think of an alternative option in case Robertson is sent back to the VFL. Lastly, Sam Flanders ($317K, 60, BE 16) doesn’t find himself in too many fantasy sides as he continues to develop and find his feet at AFL level. Three’s 60’s in his last three games aren’t going to set the world on fire, but if Flanders is as good as I think he is, there’s an 80+ score just around the corner.


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

The somewhat surprising omission of Atu Bosenavulagi ($304K, DNP, BE 7) doesn’t look like it’ll last long with a string of injuries to the Kangaroos opening the door for a recall. He and Charlie Lazzaro ($267K, 46, BE 26) could be called upon in the next few weeks which would lead to an increase in price and production, but the future doesn’t look as bright for Emerson Jeka ($174K, 31, BE 19). He could be sent back to the VFL to rejoin Tyler Brockman ($284K, DNP, BE 22) with Jacob Koschitzke ($355K, 39, BE 38) becoming a much more consistent performer for Hawthorn at AFL level.

After a career-best 76 points and 3 goals in Round 7, Harrison Jones ($292K, 53, BE 19) came back to Earth last weekend with fellow FWD’s James Rowe ($326K, 48, BE 50), Beau McCreery ($314K, 31, BE 40) and Matthew Owies ($223K, 49, BE -1), following Jones’ lead with average scores. Of that quartet, Owies is the only one who still offers some value if he keeps getting selected by Carlton while the other three can be sent packing if the right trade presents itself.

A concussion in the VFL for Jamarra Ugle-Hagan ($270K, DNP, BE 40) means his highly-anticipated debut will be delayed, but pressure forward Malcolm Rosas’ ($170K, DNP, BE 25) has been rewarded for strong form at reserve level by being selected to take on Brisbane in QClash 20 this weekend. His fantasy track record gives me pause and my advice is to wait at least a week and see what Rosas Jr is capable of and if he can feature in multiple games.

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. Rachel

    May 12, 2021 at 5:15 pm

    Great read, thanks for the insight Fry.

    Do you think it’s worthwhile hanging into F Macrae to see if he gets recalled or is trading to Owies for an extra green dot a viable option?

    • Fry

      May 12, 2021 at 7:27 pm

      Thanks legend!
      I could definitely see Macrae returning this week or next, but if you’ve got no other red dots turning him into Owies is an alright move to keep cash generation flowing

  2. Beady Eye

    May 12, 2021 at 5:20 pm

    Thanks for another comprehensive wrap-up of the rooks, Fry.

    Moreso than that, congrats on finding that most rare of beasts: a photo of Brad Hill laying a tackle.

    Though on closer examination it appears his arms are splayed and he’s about to give away a free for in the back… nevermind.

    • Fry

      May 12, 2021 at 7:28 pm

      Anytime mate, glad to help!
      Hahahaha, congrats to you! That might be the funniest comment I’ve received over the entire season so far!! 🤣

  3. Wei

    May 12, 2021 at 5:25 pm

    Which rookie is better to get?
    Byrnes or Poulter

    • Fry

      May 12, 2021 at 7:29 pm

      I rate Byrnes just ahead of Poulter – although his DPP status is handy

  4. Azza

    May 12, 2021 at 5:49 pm

    Mills or Gaff?

    • Fry

      May 12, 2021 at 7:29 pm


  5. Doug

    May 12, 2021 at 5:50 pm

    Which combination is better?
    1. Mills/Gaff and Poulter/Byrnes
    2. Rooze and Harmes

    • Marc Russell

      May 12, 2021 at 7:10 pm

      Option 2 needs more trades in the end

    • Fry

      May 12, 2021 at 7:29 pm

      Gaff and Byrnes

  6. Henry

    May 12, 2021 at 6:02 pm

    Great work, Fry. I need to unload Stephenson and Gulden. I am planning to bring in Harmes (pretty well set in concrete) and Jack Macrae. Would I be better off with a cheaper option, e.g. Kelly?

    • allsortas

      May 12, 2021 at 6:52 pm

      get the big dog

    • Fry

      May 12, 2021 at 7:30 pm

      Cheer man!
      Love those moves mate, Harmes and Macrae are two stellar in’s I’d lock and load!

  7. Bok

    May 12, 2021 at 6:31 pm

    Good stuff cheers Fry. Would you trade R3 Flynn even if named to get Gulden to JKelly?

    • Fry

      May 12, 2021 at 7:31 pm

      If he’s your R3, it’s likely that your rucks are in a good position so chopping him to pull off Gulden to Kelly is fine

  8. Robbo

    May 12, 2021 at 6:34 pm

    Thanks again Fry, love this article. Who out of all the rookies and any positions would be best/priority to trade in/downgrade to this week. Already have RCD. Cheers

    • Fry

      May 12, 2021 at 7:35 pm

      Cheers legend, appreciate it!
      See which other players filter through on Thurs, at the moment other than RCD, Byrnes is a solid choice and Poulter’s DPP makes him a handy in as well.

  9. InFryWeTrust

    May 12, 2021 at 8:29 pm

    G’day legend! Always a great read. So I avoided the Stephenson issue and I have some luxury trades for the first time. Currently looking to cull two of Sholl, Gulden, Cox, Robertson, Rowe, Brockman, or Highmore. Part of me is thinking to hold Gulden due to the match up but happy to be convinced otherwise! I’m pretty keen on C. Mills & Llyod due to the match up but who is the better pick? I’ve listed a couple of scenarios below (including Mills since he has the higher price tag) and would love your expert thoughts! And yes, I missed J. Macrae and this is actually my chance to get him!

    1) Sholl + Gulden to J. Macrae + Byrnes (+25 k)
    2) Sholl + Gulden to C. Mills + Byrnes (+116 k)
    3) Sholl + Robo to C. Mills + Byrnes (+1 k)
    4) Gulden + Robo to Sloane + Byrnes (+15 k)
    5) Double downgrade to Byrnes + Hayes (if named) ($$$)

    • Fry

      May 13, 2021 at 10:37 am

      You’re making me blush! I appreciate the love mate
      In my opinion Gulden’s got to go as he keeps bleeding cash – even if he scores well against the Pies he’s not playing them every week. So that leaves you with scenario 1 or 2 and if you can get Macrae I say lock it in!

  10. Tom

    May 12, 2021 at 8:43 pm

    Which two to field?
    RCD, Poulter, Brockman, Kozi, H.Jones, Lazarro, F.Macrae, Scott

    • Fry

      May 13, 2021 at 10:39 am

      RCD and Macrae (if named) or Scott

  11. Nathan Grant

    May 12, 2021 at 8:45 pm

    Both must be fielded in best 22.
    What to do?
    1) trade out Gulden & Sholl for any 2 out of Daniel, Harmes & Rozzie
    2) trade out Gulden & Robertson for A.Hall & Owies or new named Rookie
    3) trade out Gulden & Sholl for A.Hall & Byrnes or Poulter

    • Fry

      May 13, 2021 at 10:39 am

      I like the idea of turning Gulden and Sholl into Daniel and Harmes mate

  12. Nathan Grant

    May 12, 2021 at 8:53 pm

    or 4) Gulden & Robertson for Daniel and Byrnes or Poulter

  13. Jame

    May 12, 2021 at 9:15 pm

    can afford anyone under 800k

    Stephenson to ?

    • Fry

      May 13, 2021 at 10:40 am

      I’d grab an elite MID mate – Mitchell, Gaff, Walsh, Treloar, etc

  14. Damo

    May 12, 2021 at 11:18 pm

    Brockman -> Byrnes or Meek -> Sweet?

    • Fry

      May 13, 2021 at 10:41 am

      First one

  15. Bill

    May 12, 2021 at 11:56 pm

    Unlike most years, this year I haven’t paid attention to the byes.
    I’ll let it work itself out.

    Ignorance is bliss.

    • The Cricket

      May 13, 2021 at 10:33 am

      Good luck!
      It’s funny how we coaches often try different approaches as the seasons roll by ….
      This year I’m being more conservative and chilled with my VC and captain’s picks. I’m setting the VC bar a bit lower and taking decent scores without all the drama and stress of waiting for another dude to do better. Don’t be greedy is my new mantra! It’s cool so far …

      • Bill

        May 13, 2021 at 7:26 pm

        Sounds like a good strategy. I’ve had all sorts of problems with captains this year- never my strong point.
        I get a good score from a vc, then the only spare non-playing player I have is selected with the injury vest…

    • Fry

      May 13, 2021 at 10:41 am

      May the fantasy force be with you…

  16. owlsanctuary

    May 13, 2021 at 2:57 am

    Thanks Fry, super helpful as always!

    Gulden out is obviously a priority, but does it need to be this week? There’s an argument for holding on to him as he has a late bye, good matchups to that point, and also has a possible day out at Collingwood this week. For me, it’s him or Koschitzke gone this week. Any thoughts?

    • Fry

      May 13, 2021 at 10:42 am

      Cheers legend, glad I can help!
      There are certainly reasons to hold onto Gulden with a handy matchup this weekend, however, considering he’s bleeding cash you still want to move him on ASAP. It depends a bit on what you can trade him too, but like I said above, even getting him to someone like Aaron Hall is a wise way to go.

  17. Bnbdiamond

    May 13, 2021 at 4:33 am

    G’day Fry. I can afford Llyod or Mills but should I go Harmes instead? Also, would you put Llyod in front of mills? Also, is holding Gulden a bad play?

    • Fry

      May 13, 2021 at 10:44 am

      A) I’d prefer Lloyd and Mills over Harmes, but there is some serious value up for grabs with Harmes
      B) Lloyd, Mills, Harmes in that order probably
      C) It’s not ideal given his poor scoring in recent weeks but it depends a bit on what you can trade him too. I still think he should be moved on

  18. Moon Rising

    May 13, 2021 at 8:34 am

    Hi mate, I am torn. Do I bite the bullet and bring in a missed premo like Macrae by trading Sholl and Gulden? Or target Lloyd/Mills for the pies match up and bank the coin? There is also the temp of Harmes! So many choices!

    • Fry

      May 13, 2021 at 10:46 am

      Too many to choose from! If you’re tossing up a decision like this, think about which player’s you’ll trade in and not move on again before the end of the year. Macrae or Lloyd (in that order) is the way I’d go

  19. Glass Half Full

    May 13, 2021 at 8:36 am

    G’day legend. Is Harmes a priority trade or should we bring in an under priced premo in the back line like the Doch/Lloyd?

    • Fry

      May 13, 2021 at 10:51 am

      I’m all in on Harmes but if you can get up to a Doc/Lloyd type that’s a hard move to ignore. Harmes should still be only $550-$560ish next week too

  20. JMD012

    May 13, 2021 at 10:33 am

    Hey Fry,
    I have a plan going into the and it targets 3 of 5 people. Kelly/Daniel, Merrett/Gaff, Ridley, bear in mind I am ranked in top 400.
    The 2 I am struggling with is the Merrett and Gaff debate, I am not sure if I should play it safe with Merrett or slightly more risky due to low ownership. And whether I go Kelly or Daniel. Both arguably have upside however I am lacking in the Fwd line. But Daniel I am worried about 2 things the tag and also Bevo moving him around.
    Who does everyone think I should target pre bye
    Merrett or Gaff
    Kelly or Daniel

    • Fry

      May 13, 2021 at 10:53 am

      They’re all good targets mate and there’s honestly not much splitting the pair. I think though you have to side with the consistency from Merrett and pick him over Gaff while Kelly has a far greater ceiling than Kelly. If it was my team I’d go Merrett/Kelly, but like I said all are good targets

  21. Fry my man

    May 13, 2021 at 11:35 am

    Is it worth getting Byrnes but will have to bench him over F.Macrae, Scott or Lazarro OR is it better to get Poulter and then field him?

    • Marc Russell

      May 13, 2021 at 12:05 pm

      word out of St Kilda is Zak Jones has some sort of quad tendon injury that will cost him months, perhaps that is good for Byrnes job security

    • Fry

      May 13, 2021 at 2:13 pm

      I’d grab Byrnes and field him over Lazarro and Scott mate

  22. Josh K

    May 13, 2021 at 12:16 pm

    Hi Fry.

    Would you go

    1. Bergman to B Crouch
    2. Warner to J Kelly
    3. Powell to Gaff
    4. Kosi to Worpel
    5. Rowe to Rozee?

    • Fry

      May 13, 2021 at 2:15 pm

      I’d do 4 or 5 and hold onto Berg, Warner and Powell. Out of those two trades I like Rowe to Rozee

  23. SlavicPrincess

    May 13, 2021 at 1:48 pm

    Agonising over… Bont or Treloar?

    • Fry

      May 13, 2021 at 2:15 pm

      That’s a bloody good question. I traded Treloar in last week and while Bont has a higher ceiling I’d still rather Treloar in my side

  24. Aidan Bailey

    May 13, 2021 at 3:19 pm

    Loved the article Fry! a must read every week!
    im in a bit of a situation, do I
    A) Chapman and Dev Rob -> Harmes and Byrnes (already have RCD)
    B) Tom Phillips and Chapman -> Byrnes and Duncan
    think ive only got a few none-playing rookies (Highmore, Flynn F.Macrae)
    Any help would be appreciated legend!

    • Fry

      May 13, 2021 at 4:25 pm

      Thanks legend, appreciate the support!
      Out of those two options I like No. 1 mate. Harmes is a good in and helps still get another rookie off the field

    • Straight shooter

      May 13, 2021 at 4:51 pm

      Get duncan Low ower ship an going big lock

  25. Jef

    May 13, 2021 at 5:20 pm

    The legend! G’day fry, great stuff as usual. Would you say Robo goes before Gulden? Especially if he isn’t named? If I cull Gulden I can get to a missed premo (Macrae) but if I cull Robo, I can get to an under priced premo in Llyod. Hate missing Macrae’s score every week but I am leaning towards Lloyd due to the pies this week but Calvin still has Macrae as a higher captain choice. I’m torn! Any advice much appreciated!

    • Fry

      May 14, 2021 at 1:46 pm

      Thanks legend!
      Tough one, especially if Robbo goes this week it’s tough to hold onto. Although, I have a hunch he’s going to hold his place and if that’s the case Gulden to Macrae is a HUGE move. If he’s dropped though, turning him into Lloyd is still a great plan of attack

  26. Josh K

    May 13, 2021 at 5:40 pm

    Hi fry.

    Would you go Worpel, Dusty or Rozee?

    • Fry

      May 14, 2021 at 1:46 pm

      I’d grab Dusty first, Rozee second and Worpel last

  27. Jmak

    May 13, 2021 at 6:48 pm

    Highmore has been named!

    • Bill

      May 13, 2021 at 7:23 pm

      Good news for those who kept him. I got rid of him weeks ago in fantasy.

      But I could still trade Cox for him next week if he looks like staying in the team.

      • Fry

        May 14, 2021 at 1:47 pm


  28. James

    May 13, 2021 at 8:30 pm

    Kosi to Dusty or Meek to Rozee?

    • Fry

      May 14, 2021 at 1:47 pm

      Kosi to Dusty

  29. Jason

    May 13, 2021 at 9:11 pm

    Hi mate,
    Could you rate JS and scoring potential in order from best to worst for the 4 rookies (Wilson, Ralphsmith, Oconner, Briggs) named today as none have really featured that heavily in write ups for the year:

    • Fry

      May 14, 2021 at 1:48 pm

      It’s impossible to tell what their JS is before going through one team selection, there’s the possibility they’ll all play again in Round 10 or they’ll all be dropped. Weighing up job security and scoring potential though I think I’s rate Wilson and O’Connor as the best pair

  30. Jacko

    May 13, 2021 at 11:41 pm

    Mate! Love your work.

    Would you trade Serong to J. Kelly or is Serong not that big of an issue and just swap out a few non playing rooks on the bench to Sweet and Poulter?

    I would’nt mind getting J Kelly before he gets above $700k. hmmm

    • Fry

      May 14, 2021 at 1:49 pm

      Serong to Kelly is a decent move, I’d put time and energy into fixing the red dots, but if you want Kelly that’s a nice pathway to securing his services

  31. Denny

    May 14, 2021 at 2:11 am

    Hey fry, always love your work! What’s Byrnes JS like? Thinking he could be first out with Dunstan putting pressure on? Would Briggs or Sweet be better?

    • Fry

      May 14, 2021 at 1:52 pm

      Thanks dude, appreciate it!
      I think I rate Byrnes’ JS pretty highly after Zak Jones’ latest setback. I’d definitely chase Byrnes over Briggs and Sweet

  32. Scott

    May 14, 2021 at 2:14 pm

    For those of us with a red dot at R3, could Ladhams be the answer for four weeks and to cover the Gawn and Grundy bye?

    • Fry

      May 14, 2021 at 2:26 pm

      He could be, but I expect Hayes to get some games over the next month. When he comes in he’s your answer at R3

      • Scott

        May 14, 2021 at 2:35 pm

        If he gets selected this week, I’ll grab him but the talk is that Ladhams will play.

  33. Ando the brain dead barfly

    May 14, 2021 at 2:15 pm

    Hi Fry. I’m torn. Mills or Lloyd? Cheers

    • Fry

      May 14, 2021 at 2:26 pm

      Lloyd for me mate, proven track record of success and call me a hater but I just can’t get behind Mills

  34. Scott

    May 14, 2021 at 2:16 pm

    sorry it would be for six weeks!

  35. Jezza

    May 14, 2021 at 4:53 pm

    I can go from Stephenson to Duncan with around 140k left or get JKelly with 330k for the following weeks upgrades, what would you recommend?

    Any help would be appreciated

  36. Nige

    May 14, 2021 at 6:25 pm

    Hi I’m Nige and I’m a defender hoarder.
    I can’t say no to a cheap or bottomed out defender. I’ve got Stuart, Doc, Houli, Laird, Hall, Idun, Bergman, Fanta, Kosi, Hall I just bought Harmes and I’ve got the cash for the Riddler for next week. I don’t think i can quit cause i need a fix of Lloyd. Every time I try to get rid of one, another Mid or Fwd breaks. DPP is ruining my life and my whole fields infected.

    Is a vaccine on the way?

    • Nige

      May 14, 2021 at 7:12 pm

      … never ends. Highmore named, now I have to reverse one of my trades and keep Highmore and cull Goulden.

      • Ando the brain dead barfly

        May 14, 2021 at 8:57 pm

        Traded Gulden out instead at the last minute too. Out for a few weeks by the sounds of it. So much for trade planning!

    • Ando the brain dead barfly

      May 14, 2021 at 8:49 pm

      I feel your pain Nige..I tried to get Lloyd but just fell agonisingly short of $$ so will have to death ride him v Magpies which is gonna be hard to do

  37. BJ

    May 15, 2021 at 1:59 am

    If you had to trade one out, who would you choose between Warner and Powell?

    Have Stephenson to Ridley locked in and can trade either of Warner/Powell to Harmes which leaves me with only 3 rookies on field (one of Warner/Powell and then Bergman and Farrar who need to fatten a bit more before I can cull them).

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