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The Weekend Wash-Up – Round 9

Matt isn’t a coward this week, battling through a broken hand.

A near broken hand won’t stop the wash-up going to air this week, there was just too many spuds to allow anyone off the hook. It wasn’t as painful as some of our players efforts last weekend, that I can assure you. It will be short and sweet. It’s time for the weekend wash-up!

Legends

Guthrie (138) – Ceiling, tick. Consistency, tick. Name, cross. Fantasy coaches make no sense.

Duncan (134) – 15 marks… This bloke is unbelievable. I do wonder if a tag is coming, his ball use is simply elite. Best fantasy player in the game!

Heeney (107) – OK. I’m not completely sold, but when he’s this cheap… If you can’t get up to a Dusty, like me, Heeney is an option. Just don’t expect much more than an 80-85, but at this discount I’ll take that. Pure forward and injury risk is high.

Simpkin (142) – 38 disposals, 23 contested, 13 clearances, 9 tackles… Simpkin had a gaaame son. Inconsistent but value.

Lyons (142) – 37 disposals, 9 clearances, 9 tackles… Not even worth writing home about for Jarryd Lyons. His 5 round average of 119 is no joke, what an absolute jet.

Zorko (124) – Less midfield time but it didn’t matter for Zorko. We know he’s a gun, nothing new here.

McCluggage (121) – If you didn’t realise McCluggage was a fantasy gun by now, I really can’t help you. What a pick he has been this season. Awesome.

Baker (118) – Richmond’s midfield injury crisis is a Baker’s delight… He was good. But I’m not sold long term. And now I’ll show myself out.

Martin (105) – Dusty was just being Dusty. 28 touches, 4 goals… For 105 points. Just the one mark and tackle for Martin but that’s what he does. At his price you trade him in and ask questions later.

Hopper (126) – Always seems to show flashes but can never put it all together. Should really be better than he is, but he isn’t. Tom Browne signing out.

Kelly (115) – Josh Kelly is a must have. If you haven’t grabbed him yet, make it your highest priority. This was looking like a 140+ score, but you can’t complain with that production. Gun.

Flynn (109) – This is just infuriating. Three weeks ago I was forced to trade Flynn to a $700k rookie. Now he gets his chance and produces this absolute gem. He should have been the pick of the year, but it’s the Giants and Leon Cameron. What could have been.

Ward (107) – I thought Ward was getting squeezed out of the midfield mix, but he led the Giants for CBA’s. It’s going to be a week to week proposition role wise, so I wouldn’t trade him in. However I’m sleeping a little easier at night with Callan in my side.

Wines (130) – That’s how you bounce back from a 70. This is Wines third big score of 125+ in the last four weeks. The consistency has always been there, and now the ceiling is too. Bye round upgrade target.

Parish (131) – My favourite player in the AFL. It’s getting to the point I’m going to need a framed Darcy Parish poster. This guy is amazing. He’s legit.

Hind (122) – Nick Hind was already great with a lowest score of 71 for the season. Well in the last two weeks he has tonned up, and now he has found a new ceiling. Averaging 90+ and a hold until late in the season. What a legend!

Brayshaw (137) – 5 round average of 111. I love this guy. He ticks every fantasy box, as long as the tags stay away.

Darcy (133) – Amazing. Here’s a number one ruck who is going to dominate the competition for the next 10+ years. He also happens to be available as a forward and has 4 tons in his last 5 games. I think he’s still value and is in my trade sights this week. Gun.

Jordon (110) – That’s how you lay a tackle fellas. While James Jordon continues to perform, he stays. I’ll be showing his tape to Caleb Serong during the week.

Walsh (121) – This guy kills me every week. It’s not the only reason I don’t watch Carlton, but it’s certainly one of them. Gun.

Witherden (127) – If he holds his spot when Hurn is back, the world is Witho’s oyster. $650k is cheap.

Laird (125) – Mr Consistent. Put him next to Jake Lloyd and pencil them in to average 105. As reliable as they come.

Losers

Marshall (50) – Forgetting Rowan Marshall. Even when he’s good, he’s bad. Too many injury headaches to pick with confidence considering the upside isn’t massive.

Clark (36) – Jordan Clark. Let’s pretend that never happened shall we.

Grundy (84) – Are you really telling me Tom Hickey is this immoveable, invincible force? Not good enough.

De Goey (56) – Drink it in because this is Jordan De Goey’s last ever mention in the wash-up. Mark those words. He’s dead to me.

Jiath (58) – There seems to be a bit of a myth that Jiath is a reliable 70. He is literally the furthest thing from that. This is his third score of 50 or less in the past five games, not even close to good enough. I think he can go.

Worpel (64) – Worpel can worm his way back into the hole he came from two weeks ago because he isn’t worth a lick in a full strength side. The Hawks just can’t find the right mix, but I’m not sure Worpel O’Meara and Mitchell is the answer. Mopeds.

Mitchell (84) – Just as the pig starts sniffing bacon, he produces this. Against North Melbourne. And he faces Ed Curnow next week. Yikes.

Phillips (76) – My phillips screw driver reference remains my personal favourite for the year, and that’s the only positive I can take from this guy. I’m off to stare at a wall for 120 minutes because that’s what it’s like to watch this bloke play.

Powell (40) – Harsh – But FAIR. Give us a 60 Tom! Season high in CBA’s but perhaps in need of a rest, Powell’s time is up. Be ruthless.

Ash (47) – If we’re going to pump up your tyres for the good scores, you’re not getting away with an effort as weak as this. Gutless.

Rozee (58) – I hate to say I told you so, so I won’t. Just set up a few mirrors in your room and really ask yourself some questions. The answers may not be pretty.

Bergman (45) – Thanks for your service Bergmeister, but this week was a prime example of why you need to get the rookies of your field. For every Jordon there are 5 absolute spuds. And potentially a coward.

Merrett (67) – Speaking of cowards, congratulations Zach. Wah wah wah my name is Zach and I can’t get a kick if a player actually stands next to me. Rough treatment? Was Ben Rutten taking the piss? One of the most gutless efforts you’ll see, a couple of little bumps and poor baby Zach goes crying to his coach. Embarrassing.

Serong (70) – For all that Merrett had going against him, I’ll tell you one thing he possesses that Caleb does not. An ounce of ability. I was watching him off the ball on Sunday and my god, he must nearly doze off between every stoppage in play because I don’t think I’ve seen an AFL player work less. He just walks from contest to contest and eventually the ball might actually come near him. Get on your bike.

Sholl (68)

O’Brien (59) – Last and very, very least. The new born giraffe is still finding its legs. I don’t have time to wait around and watch it learn it walk, get out of my sights. He faces Max next week. My god. He might have 2 touches and score 30, and that’s if he plays. He’s impossibly bad, I won’t ever understand it. Never again.

This Game Sh*ts Me

Captain hindsight always finds himself having a field day when it comes to fantasy trades. Three weeks ago I had the perfect chance to grab Sean Darcy, dominating as a number one ruck and huge value as a DPP. I sit here today correcting that error, and it only cost me $140,000 and 105 points. One bad trade can be a game changer, and you won’t let yourself live it down. Neither should you. This game sh*ts me.

The Other Bits and Pieces

2092. It was another week of what could have been. The same spuds continue to hold me back and any chance of pushing for the car has gone. What can I say, I’m a realist. That being said our rank has halved week by week for the last few Rounds and we’ve made it to the top 2000. A hat is definitely there for the taking!

Sholl, Phillips and Serong never fail to disappoint, while trading in ROB basically sunk my season. He has played his last ever game for the Prawn Quackers, I don’t care if he averages 120 (he won’t). You’ve got to know when to hold them and when to fold them, and O’Brien is a hard fold.

I’m going to make the move I should have done three weeks ago and bring in Sean Darcy. I’m all aboard the Darcy train, I see no reason he can’t push an average of 100 for the remainder of the season. If I told you there’s a $630k forward that can push the top 6 while also providing vital cover if Grundy or Gawn go down, it sounds a whole lot more promising. It will allow me to grab Max in a couple of weeks time and hopefully shift Darcy forward. Bingo.

I’m less sold on bringing in Heeney, there’s so many risks involved here. Longmire has said he’s a week to week proposition depending on how he pulls up, an alarming statement to make. Having said that, my fears came true as Warner is out of the midfield rotation so his time is up for me. I can’t see him averaging much more than 60, and surely Heeney can give us 80+ until his bye.

O’Brien -> Darcy

Warner -> Heeney

Dusty and Ridley are in my sights as far as upgrades go, while Whitfield is ripening nicely for Round 13. I’m not convinced Ridley is an automatic 100+ with Heppell in the backline and a few less kick-outs, but he’s way too cheap.

Good luck next week legends, fingers crossed for a return to some respectable scoring!

26 Comments

26 Comments

  1. Dan

    May 18, 2021 at 7:45 am

    Glad there’s another ROB to Darcy man out there, feels sooooo god

    • David C

      May 18, 2021 at 9:32 am

      Did the same.

    • Jag67

      May 19, 2021 at 1:14 pm

      Let the buyer beware. Has the same BYE round as Gawn/Grundy.

  2. Luke

    May 18, 2021 at 8:58 am

    Similar trades! Marshall to Darcy, Powell to dusty. 10k off cerra 😭

  3. Squid

    May 18, 2021 at 9:23 am

    2 weeks ago I traded Flynn to Marshall over Darcy, I went Marshall because Darcy is injury prone….. Welcome to my season, haven’t cracked 2k since R1 and still getting my weekly forced trade. I wonder what delightful drama the fantasy gods have in store for me this week? Unluckiest (though not the worst) season ever.

  4. Jim

    May 18, 2021 at 11:32 am

    Great write-up once again Matt.

    Interesting point you make about Darcy and his forward status. I’d never considered him before. This week I was going to bring in Zorko up forward, but I would save 90k if I went with Darcy. Is this a good option (despite the Sydney matchup)?

    I already have the big two in the rucks.

    Cheers

    • Matt

      May 18, 2021 at 2:00 pm

      Thanks mate. You have the final call but I’m backing in the big fella! I think he’s a great option

  5. shwd

    May 18, 2021 at 11:43 am

    option 1: Powell to Kelly/Zorko/Darcy
    Option 2: Koschitzke to Ridley
    Option 3: Farrar to Dusty
    Which one would you reccomend?
    cheers

  6. Jmak

    May 18, 2021 at 12:12 pm

    Would any one sanction Grundy to Darcy for cash grab?

  7. DoorKnob

    May 18, 2021 at 12:32 pm

    Imagine trading trading in Darcy two weeks ago for 582k and still holding Flynn, then you got to swing him into the forward line while Flynn tonned up in the Ruck, good times let me tell you.

  8. anth80

    May 18, 2021 at 12:40 pm

    Matt,
    Great right up again.
    What’s better:
    Meek to O’Connor and Powell to Ridley.
    Powell to Ridley and Warner to Heeney.
    Powell to Dusty and Warner to either Heeney or Daicos?

    • Matt

      May 18, 2021 at 2:01 pm

      Cheers anth. I’m a fan of option 2

  9. JOEL SWELLEDOOD

    May 18, 2021 at 2:23 pm

    JOEOLEOLEOELEELOELEOELEOL is better JOEL SELWOOD IS THE BEST PLAYER EVER

  10. kynan shiel

    May 18, 2021 at 2:52 pm

    how many people win a fantasy cap?

    • Jezza

      May 18, 2021 at 3:55 pm

      Top 100

  11. Steve

    May 18, 2021 at 3:22 pm

    Update powell to dusty, helmet or ridley?

  12. Bozo

    May 18, 2021 at 4:42 pm

    Parish vs Guthrie

  13. Jezza

    May 18, 2021 at 5:39 pm

    Excellent write up Matt!
    I hadn’t considered Heeney up until now, was wondering your thoughts on going Powell to either Fyfe or Lloyd
    Or Scott/Dev Robertson who are on field up to Heeney and hold Powell for one more week?
    My other trade is Farrar down to O’Connor assuming he holds his spot

    • Matt

      May 18, 2021 at 11:50 pm

      Anthony Scott? He has to go.

  14. Trent

    May 18, 2021 at 6:18 pm

    Warner to Dusty
    Or
    ROB to Darcy?

  15. Bill

    May 18, 2021 at 6:28 pm

    To do upgrades over the next few weeks you also have to do downgrades.
    How do you manage that when already have the best playing rookies?

    • Squid

      May 18, 2021 at 8:14 pm

      Yes, you are correct, to upgrade first you must downgrade, however you also erred as there really is no such thing as “best playing rookies” just premos and cows to turn into premos so get culling Bill.

      • Bill

        May 18, 2021 at 8:29 pm

        If I was to downgrade next week it would probably be to a cheap non-playing rookie who I hope will come into the team.
        That’s my point, Squid.

  16. The Mash

    May 18, 2021 at 7:27 pm

    Matt, the Merritt commentary was spot on Wah Wah Wah. Killed my score. Anyway great read as always

  17. Damo

    May 18, 2021 at 8:53 pm

    1) Heeney + Parish/T Kelly/Wines/Brayshaw/Boak/Zorko/Treloar/Crisp/Whitfield/Mundy

    2) Dusty Martin + Billings/B Crouch/Sheed/Sloane/I Smith/Cunnington/McGrath/Heppell/Redden/Swallow/Fyfe/Sidebottom/Langdon

    Thanks heaps!

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