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Fry’s Cash Cows – Rd. 10

With fantasy rookies starting to falter, Fry looks at the cash cows we should hold and who can be traded ahead of Round 10!

Nine down, 14 to go!

Most coaches struggled to top 2,000 points last round in what turned into a testing time for the fantasy community. Rookies who we have trusted from day dot are starting to falter, with value picks like James Harmes, Dustin Martin, Jordan Ridley and Caleb Daniel all emerging as potential trade targets. All cash cows need to be moved off our field eventually – even the likes of Tom Powell and Chad Warner. That doesn’t mean they have to be traded away in the immediate future, but with the byes etching closer, it’s important to establish an action plan to get these rookies off the field.

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 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. Nik Cox, Bombers ($413K, AVG 59, BE 68)
  2. Jy Farrar, Suns ($368K, AVG 58, BE 52)
  3. Miles Bergman, Power ($415K, AVG 64, BE 55)
  4. Sam Berry, Crows ($327K, AVG 50, BE 48)
  5. Jacob Koschitzke, Crows ($369K, AVG 54, BE 46)

The time has come for some of the more popular cash cows the leave our teams with talented DEF/FWD rooks Nik Cox and Miles Bergman reaching their peak. All rookies need to be moved on eventually and that duo plus Gold Coast’s Jy Farrar are all in the gun this week for coaches. Those who need to generate a bit of extra dough for an upgrade may also look to move Sam Berry or Jacob Koschitzke off their benches, with their money-making days also seemingly over.

Injured/non-playing rookies

  1. Errol Gulden, Swans ($460K, AVG 74, BE 88)
  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. Finlay Macrae, Magpies ($254K, AVG 39, BE 34)

The injured Swans duo Errol Gulden and Braeden Campbell are the highest trade priorities for owners, with both Syndey juniors ruled out until after their bye in Round 14 thanks to stress fractures in their legs. The latter trio in this group all have a clean bill of health, but they can’t squeeze their way back into their respective AFL sides. Finlay Macrae could be included over the coming rounds, but I don’t have as much faith in Brockman and/or Meek earning a recall.

Cash Cow King – Round 9

An inspired performance against the Blues saw James Jordon’s (110) stock continue to rise as an elite fantasy cash cow. The Demons midfielder has strung a few impressive performances together in a row, narrowly beating out Matt Flynn (109) for the highest rookie score last round. Flynn’s 100+ outing was still impressive and coaches who’ve held onto the GWS big man are bound to benefit from his continued growth. Riley Collier-Dawkins (86) and James Rowe (76) get honourable mentions for their efforts, but Jordon/Flynn are set to dominate the votes this round.

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Round 10 Rookie Rankings


Ugghh. Here we go again with rookie fantasy defenders, with viable options failing to filter through and the mainstream names starting to let us down. Both Miles Bergman ($415K, 45, BE 55) and/or Nik Cox ($390K, 28, BE 80) have dominated the top of the DEF rankings in recent times, but coaches are getting an itchy trigger finger given their recent efforts. If you can upgrade either of these DEF/FWD’s it’s a hard move to pass up, with Cox used as the medical sub last round in the final quarter vs. Freo and Bergman scoring two-thirds of his points in a single quarter.

The number of rookies that coaches are fielding in their respective backlines may dictate how aggressively they can look for a trade involving Cox/Bergman. Should you have Connor Idun ($407K, 55, BE 48) locked away into your D5/D6 slot alongside them, then I would feel safe pulling the trigger, but if you’re still playing someone like Liam Stocker ($295K, 61, BE 22) or Tom Highmore ($268K, 49, BE 10), I’d be less confident making such a move. Idun continues to score at a respectable rate and is far from a pressing issue for coaches, but Stocker and Highmore don’t come with the same assurances.

Carlton’s young defender continues to find his feet, but it’s too late to consider trading for him given his near $300K price tag and we’re all aware at how dicey Highmore’s place in St Kilda’s side is. Without any reliable cheaper replacements emerging in defence, moving any of these top-5 cash cows up to a value pick like James Harmes or a premium defender like Lloyd/Doc is the smart tactic and a move I’d make sooner rather than later.


  1. Miles Bergman (Power)
  2. Connor Idun (Giants)
  3. Nik Cox (Bombers)
  4. Liam Stocker (Blues)
  5. Tom Highmore (Saints)

Outside of the top DEF rookies Jaxon Prior ($317K, 45, BE 29) and Rhyan Mansell ($262K, 22, BE 41) continue to plod along with meagre scoring efforts and hopefully, they’re residing on your bench rather than being trusted on the field. The likes of Luke Parks ($243K, 13, BE 41) and super-sub Martin Frederick ($262K, 9, BE 48) are probably also sitting on the pine for a portion of the fantasy community and if a decent downgrade target emerges I’d look to move them on with Chris Burgess ($324K, 28, BE 51) a trade-out priority as Zac Smith nears a return.

One potential downgrade target is versatile GWS tall Kieren Briggs ($184K, 45, BE 11) who featured as a back-up ruckman and defender against the Tigers. If he can hold his place in the side as a support act for Flynn/Mumford then Briggs is bound to become a more popular option. Coaches continue to monitor Trent Bianco ($170K, DNP, BE 25) at VFL level following his 18 touches and 86 points last weekend, however, there’s no chance of Harry Sharp ($201K, DNP, BE 28) making a return in the near future due to a syndesmosis injury.

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)
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)


All hail James Jordon ($520K, 110, BE 27)!! Only a few short weeks ago a 29-point performance had coaches scrambling to find a trade partner for Jordon, but the Dees rookie has produced above and beyond our expectations since that Round 4 effort. Fast forward to the present and a five-round average of 85+, including 91, 95 and 110 in his last three matches has seen Jordon emerge as a keeper throughout the byes and beyond!

Unfortunately for Tom Powell ($524K, 40, BE 95), the news isn’t as positive, with his season-low of 40 points forcing a lot of coaches’ hands. Currently, the most traded out player in fantasy, Powell’s lofty breakeven and posting just 64% TOG last week are indications that the Roos rookie can be moved on. Ideally, you’d want to keep him on your field over some other MID/FWD cash cows, but I can’t blame coaches for wanting to cash in on Powell’s price before he starts to decline. I wouldn’t do it personally, but then again, I’m not winning the race for the car either…

Outside of the top pair, Riley Collier Dawkins ($290K, 86, BE -18) is establishing himself as a playable MID rookie, attending 24 of the 29 CBA’s against GWS for a season-high 86 points. As injuries pile up in Richmond’s engine room, RCD is making the most of the opportunity in front of him, with coaches now viewing him as a cash cow that can remain on our field throughout the bye rounds. He edged out Ryan Byrnes ($276K, 48, BE 7) and Caleb Poulter ($288K, 59, BE 8) for 3rd – both of whom have performed well in their three AFL games to date. I view Byrnes as the better fantasy option over Poulter, although both have made a significant chunk of change and it’s hard to justify bringing them in now.


  1. James Jordon (Demons)
  2. Tom Powell (Kangaroos)
  3. Riley Collier-Dawkins (Tigers)
  4. Ryan Byrnes (Saints)
  5. Caleb Poulter (Magpies)

As I already mentioned, injury issues will keep Errol Gulden ($460K, DNP, BE 89) in street clothes over the next 4-6 weeks, but another setback to a key Crow could open the door for players like Ronin O’Connor ($185K, 49, BE 9). He and fellow Adelaide midfielder Sam Berry ($329K, 51, BE 45) could be given more opportunity in the midfield, with Matt Crouch undergoing surgery for his troublesome groin that could rule him out for the rest of the year. Should O’Connor hold his spot in their 22 this week, expect him to be a highly sought after player.

The usual suspects outside the top-tier MID’s continued to play their role in fantasy teams, but I wouldn’t be putting too much faith in the likes of Charlie Lazzaro ($279K, 45, BE 28) or Tanner Bruhn ($223K, 27, BE 35) moving forward. Those two and popular pup pair Lachlan McNeil ($299K, 59, BE 22) and Anthony Scott ($319K, 43, BE 39) are likely still in your team to help ease the stress throughout the byes. If a decent trade presents itself though, don’t hesitate when it comes to moving them on. Other potential MID trade targets like Finlay Macrae ($253K, DNP, BE 34), Connor Downie ($202K, DNP, BE 30) and Thomson Dow ($192K, DNP, BE 28) appear set to continue biding their time in the VFL before earning a recall.

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)


Just when we thought Matthew Flynn ($451K, 109, BE 19) couldn’t get any more frustrating, the GWS rookie further rubbed salt into the wounds of fantasy coaches around the globe. 36% of teams still own Flynn, however, only 13% of them played the Giants ruckman on their field last weekend – with a large group of us watching his season-high score of 109 go to waste. It’s not all doom and gloom for the coaches with Flynn at R3, but watching him outscore every popular ruck while sitting on the pine is a bitter pill to swallow.

If you’ve aborted Operation Flynn on your ruck bench, there’s a chance Tom Campbell ($381K, 60, BE 27) or Riley Thilthorpe ($348K, 50, BE 47) is in his place. I wouldn’t feel safe playing either of these two on my field and it’s fair to assume that neither is going to keep rising significantly in price. Both of these RUC rooks can be flicked out if a cheaper option emerges, with Campbell in particular netting you over $200K should you send him packing for a basement priced player.


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

Speaking of basement priced players, most of the fantasy community will have their eyes and ears glued to Port Adelaide’s updates ahead of Round 10 with unproven ruckman Sam Hayes ($170K, DNP, BE 25) bound to be a popular target if he comes into their AFL side. Hayes didn’t get a chance to press his case for senior selections thanks to the SANFL bye last round, but there’s still a chance he’ll be included to take on the Brodie Grundy and the Pies.

Jordan Sweet ($283K, 51, BE 4) will likely make way for Tim English in the Bulldogs’ lineup unless Beveridge and Co decide to keep him in the 22 and play a supporting role. Either way, Sweet’s days are numbered with most expecting Eagle Bailey Williams ($280K, 31, BE 39) to also depart West Coast’s best 22. If you own either of those two and Sam Hayes does come into the Power side, that could be a worthwhile move to pocket roughly $100K.

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)


Forward rookies didn’t exactly come to the party with fruitful scores last round and as a result, coaches are ready to wield the axe. The safe No. 1 FWD of the past few weeks in Chad Warner ($509K, 61, BE 81) provides us with the easiest launching pad to land a premium, however, I’m not too keen on the idea of flicking Chad out just yet. As the owner of the Round 14 bye, Warner could be utilised through the earlier two rounds before he’s chopped out – with the young Swan more than capable of producing a few scores of 70+ in the coming month.

The next two in the pecking order Archie Perkins ($401K, 35, BE 63) and Deven Robertson ($356K, 70, BE 41) don’t give me the same confidence and their Round 13 bye may or may not suit your current team structure. Both talented rooks have had their issues scoring with consistency, but they have at least displayed the ability to nudge their scores over a mediocre 50 – which is more than we can say for some cash cows.

I’m high on the idea of holding them both given their scoring ceiling, but an upgrade will have to come over the byes when both Perkins and Robertson inevitably peak in value. Sam Flanders ($352K, 73, BE 16) continues to produce for the 872 coaches that invested in him, but another Sun in Jy Farrar ($368K, 41, BE 53) can be offloaded ASAP. Two good scores to start his career saw us bite heavily on the Suns backman, but a three-round average of 49 highlights how poor he’s been scoring recently. With Geelong on the horizon, I’d look to cash in (and hopefully upgrade) Farrar before he starts bleeding cash.


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

We were treated to a plethora of debutants last week although Hugo Ralphsmith ($176K, 34, BE 19), Tom Wilson ($175K, 33, BE 19) and Malcolm Rosas ($170K, 22, BE 29) failed to fire for the FWD’s. Of that group, Wilson is the only one I still have some interest in, although none of the trio excite me from a fantasy standpoint.

The other leftovers such as Jacob Koschitzke ($369K, 59, BE 46) and Harrison Jones ($309K, 47, BE 25) keep ticking up in price with Matt Owies ($256K, 53, BE 5) in the same position after three straight weeks in Carlton’s side. Some have inquired about talented small forward Cody Weightman ($253K, 73, BE 7) after his 70+ last week, but I don’t expect too many similar scores from the Bulldogs goalsneak. He’s still cheap enough that should he drop another stellar performance in Round 10, you can pull the trigger on him a week later, but again it’s a no from me.

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. Lemmy is GOD

    May 19, 2021 at 5:52 pm

    Nice work mate always love to read these best part of DT Talk :)

    Thoughts on bringing back Highmore?

    • Lemmy is GOD

      May 19, 2021 at 6:13 pm

      Bringing back Highmore allows me to do some DDP action with Miles/Kosch if I need to

      • Fry

        May 19, 2021 at 11:07 pm

        Thanks bro, appreciate the support!
        I don’t think we can trust Highmore – especially not on our fields! The appeal to land Mitchell is real, but I’d bide my time and make some other moves

      • Jim

        May 21, 2021 at 11:14 am

        Highmore out anyway

  2. Blood Brothers

    May 19, 2021 at 6:18 pm

    Hi Fry,
    Field Perkins or Bergman this week?

    • Lemmy is GOD

      May 19, 2021 at 6:30 pm

      Bergman against the Pies sounds good to me that’s what I am doing with Miles and I traded Perkins a few weeks ago.
      If I was you if you have 1 rookie on the bench who has not played in a while then you could just do the loophole trick Port v Pies just before North v Bombers so you could put Bergman on the bench with E on and if you like his score then put the non playing rookie on field and take it if you don’t like it then roll with Perkins on field and it also depends if you got Miles down the fwdline since Perkins is a fwd/mid player

      • Blood Brothers

        May 19, 2021 at 7:16 pm

        I think the Port and Bombers games overlap to much to do the Emergency loophole, and my non-playing players will be locked out by then in any case.

        I was leaning towards Bergam because of the Pies factor, by Perkins is up against the Roos as well.

        In all honesty, there’s probably only going to be 10 points or so in it, and nothing for me to lose too much sleep over…

    • Fry

      May 19, 2021 at 11:08 pm

      I’d back in Perkins – potential MID clock gets him over the line in my eyes and he should produce decent numbers against the Roos

  3. Robbo

    May 19, 2021 at 6:31 pm

    Gday Fry, thanks for the write up mate… i need a downgrade option for either fantasia in def or fwd and powell fwd or mid… whats my best option here? Already have RCD & byrnes. Thanks

    • Lemmy is GOD

      May 19, 2021 at 6:38 pm

      Highmore has a BE of 10 still and i’m also might be getting him in to do a DDP/Utility moves and all with Bergman if you need another rookie Highmore too me is still cheap if you don’t have him I rather him then those 180k rookies people jumping onto right now I need another game from them too back it up. Highmore is still great we know all know what he can get to I think he has 150k more to make

    • Fry

      May 19, 2021 at 11:13 pm

      Honestly mate, there’s not a ton around at the moment. Like I’ve said before Briggs is a half decent option if he can hold his place in the side, but I also think it’s wise to hold Powell. If you’re moving Fanta on, you could target someone like Poulter, but like I said it’s slim pickings unfortunately

  4. Bailey

    May 19, 2021 at 6:44 pm

    Hey Fry. Great read as always.

    Now at this stage I am looking to offload Powell for Dusty and Markov for Heeney as there are no rookies I really feel comfortable bringing in. Stocker is tempting as he should play through the byes and played higher up the ground, but 295k is a lot. Poulter, Owies, Byrnes, Weightman all have their own issues, whether it be scoring or job security so only one left is O’Connor but would like to see him for one more week. I have Farrar on bench so would love to bring in a rookie for him and only one that tempts me is Stocker. Is there any merit in bringing him in over the byes? So would you pull the trigger and get Heeney for Markov or bring in another rookie for Farrar on my bench?

    Also, would you trade out Powell or trade out one of Sholl, Jiath or Phillips instead?

    • Fry

      May 19, 2021 at 11:16 pm

      Thanks legend!
      With not alot of rookies filtering through it’s tough to find the right trade mix this week! Personally, if you’re paying up for Stocker I wouldn’t mind making a Farrar>Poulter move, even though it feels a bit dirty and nets you about $80K-$100K. If it was my team, I’d give Jiath the chop before Powell, but again it’s a tough spot to be in. See if any of the rooks are rested/dropped tomorrow night – that may change some of your thinking

  5. Harry

    May 19, 2021 at 7:23 pm

    Ridley or D.Martin?

    • Fry

      May 19, 2021 at 11:17 pm

      Bloody close, but Martin for me

  6. Shrub

    May 19, 2021 at 7:24 pm

    Field Scott, H.Jones, Lazarro or Brockman/Macrae (if named)?

    • Fry

      May 19, 2021 at 11:17 pm

      Macrae, Scott, Lazzaro, Jones, Brockman for me

  7. Nick

    May 19, 2021 at 7:25 pm

    Should I get rid of Farrar and Cox to get 170k rookie and Martin/Ridley or try to get rid of some red dots in Macrae, Brockman, Meek and L.Jones?

    • Blood Brothers

      May 19, 2021 at 7:27 pm

      If you still have Lachlan Jones I wouldn’t be trading him now, he’s close to recovering and a chance to play again shortly

    • Farmer wants a Fyfe

      May 19, 2021 at 8:13 pm

      I’m in the same boat. I was planning on using that Rd12 trade round to fix up the non-playing rookies and generate some cash, but I have the cash to go Macrae to Heeney this week and hold Farrar.

      Given Adams imminent return, might be the time to clear some red dots if it doesn’t compromise the ability to upgrade is my thoughts

    • Fry

      May 19, 2021 at 11:18 pm

      Move the Meekster and Brockman on mate – there’s still some upside to Macrae and if you;ve held Jones this long it’s worth seeing if Port include him again in the next few weeks

  8. Henry

    May 19, 2021 at 7:28 pm

    Great work as usual, Fry. I need help with my problem. I have a Clayton’s forward line, with Hall and Tom Phillips at F1 & F2. I’m trading out Powell and Fantasia and bringing in O’Connor. But who else? I’m thinking either Dusty or Josh Kelly. Kelly is more consistent but has a dreaded round 12 bye.

    • Fry

      May 19, 2021 at 11:19 pm

      Despite the headaches it will cause for the bye Kelly is my favourite FWD at the moment – if you can get him, ask questions later

  9. Bill

    May 19, 2021 at 8:06 pm

    All good info, Fry. Cheers!

    Who do you think is the best new likely rookie who hasn’t played yet?

    • Fry

      May 19, 2021 at 11:20 pm

      Anytime mate!
      Bianco appears the most likely now that Josh Worrell has gone a bit off the boil. Obviously Sam Hayes as a RUC is around the mark and when he returns from his concussion Ugle-Hagan should get a berth soon. I’m really just forecasting and predicting though mate, best bet is to stay glued to the team news tomorrow and peek the emergencies for relevant names

  10. JMD567

    May 19, 2021 at 8:31 pm

    Hey Fry,
    Who would you prefer, Owies or Weightman? Didn’t quite get your view through in the article. I am
    Planning on either one of Owies or Weightman to play hopefully for the entirety of the Byes. Which one do you think?
    Hope you have been well mate. Always love your insights.

    • Fry

      May 19, 2021 at 11:24 pm

      Hey mate, personally neither of them seem like they can be trusted throughout the byes, although I’m siding with Owies here. He’s scoring at a solid rate and he’s strung more performances together than Weightman – besides it may be harder for him to cement a permanent place in the team at the Dogs. Don’t be surprised if his 73 is a flash in the pan and even if he produces another solid score or two I’m still picking Owies

  11. Del

    May 19, 2021 at 10:18 pm

    Which would you prefer
    1-Powell to Josh Kelly
    2-Farrar to Dusty

    • Fry

      May 19, 2021 at 11:25 pm

      Bloody good question. Heart says 2 and to hold onto Powell, but my head keeps saying rookies off the field! Grab Kelly and don’t look back mate!

  12. Lemmy is GOD

    May 19, 2021 at 11:42 pm

    Thoughts on Zac Bailey $502k just through the byes gets a rookie off the ground?
    Like I was thinking of these moves now and Bailey has a BE of 54
    Last 4 games he has these scores 76, 81, 89, 74

    • Jack

      May 20, 2021 at 3:13 am

      i would prefer heeney mate.

    • Fry

      May 20, 2021 at 9:41 am

      I like the idea of flicking Jones and Farrar over Powell and Warner and Bailey is a fine pick. Don’t expect him to light the world on fire, but like you said it gets another rook off the ground

  13. MudGutz

    May 19, 2021 at 11:56 pm

    G’day legend, another week another great article! So I can bring in anyone I want this week. I don’t have Macrea but I was thinking to bring in Oliver or Lyons for the better price (and break even). Thinking to go with Oliver due to round 14 bye + plays Adelaide and Collingwood before the bye. Will be culling Powell and Farrar to get there.

    • Fry

      May 20, 2021 at 9:44 am

      Thanks mate, really appreciate the support!
      If you can land anyone I think it’s wise to look at your bye structure, but it’s Macrae then Oliver for me.

  14. Thebopper58

    May 20, 2021 at 12:57 am

    Hey Fry

    Always great assistance with your insights
    With a dearth of rookies coming through truly what can one do???
    Your list of ‘best of the rest” a good portion of those players are injured
    Grainger-Barass/Laurie/Mead/McInnis/Hollands/Smith/Bowey aren’t coming through too soon

    It doesn’t leave much only Bianco Worrell and Valente where have all the rookies gone???
    Maybe a factor is the lack of lead up game time last year with no reserves/NAB games
    It’s tough so you’ve got hold onto many of these spuds

    • Fry

      May 20, 2021 at 9:45 am

      Cheers mate!
      It’s a bloody tough time without rooks filtering through and you’re right a lot of the ones we’re waiting on are injured! No reserve level games last year certainly hurt players without the ability to push for senior selection, but hopefully some diamonds in the rough emerge over the rest of the year

  15. Mad Fish

    May 20, 2021 at 9:03 am

    Hoping Mayes plays for a good downgrade.

    Currently looking at Atu down to O’Connor and Burgess to Mayes, which will give me enough cash to upgrade Powell/Fantasia to an elite mid next week, sound good?

    • Mad Fish

      May 20, 2021 at 9:05 am

      I mean Hayes.

    • Fry

      May 20, 2021 at 9:46 am

      Sounds like a good double downgrade to me – hopefully Hayes gets the callup

  16. James

    May 20, 2021 at 10:37 am

    Hi Fry.
    Please help.

    First trade is ROB to Dusty

    1. Flynn to Heeney and play Bergman (mcevoy ruck) or
    2. Worpel to Cripps and play Flynn?

    • Fry

      May 20, 2021 at 12:07 pm

      See if Flynn holds his spot mate, that could dictate which way you go. I don’t love the Cripps addition, but I’d prefer 2 if Flynn survives

  17. James

    May 20, 2021 at 10:38 am

    Sorry I mean this
    Hi Fry.
    Please help.

    First trade is ROB to Dusty

    1. Flynn to Heeney and play Worpel (mcevoy ruck) or
    2. Worpel to Cripps and play Flynn?

    • Fry

      May 20, 2021 at 12:08 pm

      Same as above mate, Flynn may determine which route you go down, but I can’t get behind a Heeney trade

  18. James

    May 20, 2021 at 2:36 pm

    Hi Fry
    Would you go

    Walsh + 0k
    B crouch + 100k
    Dusty + 200k

    • Fry

      May 20, 2021 at 2:45 pm

      Great question mate, I think I’d go the middle route with B.Crouch as long as it matches up with your byes

  19. Harmes

    May 20, 2021 at 4:00 pm

    Best trade ins

    1. B crouch and poulter or
    2. Dusty and Heeney?

    • Fry

      May 20, 2021 at 4:15 pm

      I’d rather the two non-rookies even though Heeney gives me nightmares

  20. Perovskite

    May 20, 2021 at 7:29 pm

    G’day Fry, great article! I’m tossing up between Reeves and Bianco, who gets approval from you? Also would you go with option 1 or option 2?

    1) Powell + Farrar to J. Macrae + Bianco (or Reeves)
    2) Farrar + Brockman to D. Martin + Bianco (or Reeves)

    Option 1 is my missing premo route, option 2 is a classic clearasil treatment (AKA Red Dot Removal!)

    • Fry

      May 20, 2021 at 11:24 pm

      Thanks mate!
      If I was considering those two rooks I’d side with Bianco 10/10 – rookie rucks don’t have the greatest track record of fantasy success. As much as I hate to see Powell go, landing Macrae is too good to pass up, so No. 1 for me

  21. Damo

    May 20, 2021 at 8:30 pm

    Best job security going forward out of: T Bianco/Nick Murray/H Ralphsmith/J Madden/J Treacy/H Edwards

    • Fry

      May 20, 2021 at 11:25 pm

      How long is a piece of string? In all seriousness I would be lying to you if I said I had any idea. All of them have played a handful of games at best so it’s nearly impossible to tell what their JS is like. However…..out of those options I think I have the most faith in Bianco once he breaks in to their side

      • K

        May 21, 2021 at 8:31 am

        Do we know if Bianco is likely to start?

        • Fry

          May 21, 2021 at 1:03 pm

          We’ll find out this arvo when Sunday teams are confirmed

  22. Hello to everyone

    May 20, 2021 at 11:00 pm

    Hi Fry

    Would you trade or keep Brayshaw? If I keep then 1 less rookie on the ground next week when he comes in. Thoughts?

    • Fry

      May 20, 2021 at 11:26 pm

      There’s certainly merit in holding on to Brayshaw, just don’t be shocked if he misses another week

  23. JMD567

    May 21, 2021 at 12:01 am

    Hey Fry, just another question mate. The Brayshaw news has put me into a spin. My POD in the top 200 has now got injured. I fully understand that it may be 1-2 weeks but I am willing to hold at this time that is how I think.
    So in light of this would you tick off keeping Powell and Warner for this week (in the lead up to trade next week both of them to nail Merrett), trading out Bergman (may or may not make the team) and Farrar to Ridley and Ralphsmith (who I understand has sketchy job security but let’s face it even Owies and Weightman who knows on their security as well)
    My thinking is Brayshaw is out for 1 week and I trade out Powell I am left to field 1 of Bergman or Harry Jones or Waterman on field. Still in a very good position to get Merrett but maximise points (fingers crossed) with Powell versus Bergman/Jones/Waterman

    • Fry

      May 21, 2021 at 1:08 pm

      The Brayshaw calf injury is a real spanner in the works hey. Personally, it hink it’s wise to trade him but I totally get where you’re coming from. Bergman appears to be on thin ice, so flicking him makes sense and what you said about Ralphsmith is accurate – although he’s cheaper and just as likely to stay as the Owies/Weightman’s of the world. Sounds like a well thought out plan mate, I think I’d back Waterman in if Bergman is the one you trade away

  24. Butter mouse

    May 21, 2021 at 8:48 am

    G’day! In terms of BE and draw, would you still chase J. Macrae over Duncan, Steele, Oliver or Lyons? Love Oliver’s bye and liking Duncan’s and Lyon’s BE. Currently locked Bianco + Macrae but Oliver and Lyons are tempting me! Set me straight?

    • Fry

      May 21, 2021 at 1:11 pm

      So many options it’s hard to pinpoint one! TBH, I’d use their bye rounds as a bit of a tiebreaking and go for either Oliver or Macrae

  25. Hello to everyone

    May 21, 2021 at 1:16 pm

    Hi Fry

    Bergman to Harmes or
    Flynn to Dusty?

    • Fry

      May 21, 2021 at 1:42 pm

      I’d do Bergman to Harmes mate, Flynn is bound to grow at least another $40-$50K if he plays

  26. Caleb

    May 21, 2021 at 1:26 pm

    Is it worth going Powell to Isaac Smith/ Jack Billings for a POD who doesn’t need goals to score and potential top 6 fwd or go the cheaper Dusty Martin?

    • Fry

      May 21, 2021 at 1:54 pm

      That’s a tricky one, I think out of that trio I’d rather have Billings based on name, but Isaac Smith has been awesome to start the season! I like the idea of grabbing him as a POD

  27. Euman

    May 21, 2021 at 1:54 pm

    Any love for Treacey 204k ruck forward was named

    • Fry

      May 21, 2021 at 1:55 pm

      Given the fact he has three games under his belt and less than 100 total points I’d be inclined to tell you to avoid him. Still, there aren;t many cheap options around so he could be solid bench cover

      • Euman

        May 21, 2021 at 2:02 pm

        cheers understood

  28. Ashlee Azhar

    May 21, 2021 at 4:20 pm

    Farrar to Poulter / Fantasia to Dusty
    Farrar to Byrnes / Fantasia to Ridley/Small Potato

  29. peterthomas25

    May 21, 2021 at 4:22 pm

    Hey guys, I’m really stuck on trades this week. Looking to trade Gulden and N. Cox to –
    Byrnes (BE 7) and C. Daniel (63)
    C. Jones (39) and Cumming(81)/Lukosius(89)/Markov(75)/N. Newman (74)
    C. Daniel and Stocker (22)

    Players would be fielded. All help is appreciated.

  30. Will

    May 21, 2021 at 7:03 pm

    Which rookie below 200k is best to bring in right now?

  31. Nathan Grant

    May 22, 2021 at 3:28 pm

    Need help who to field outta T.Wilson or H.Jones.
    All feedback appreciated.

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