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Fry’s Cash Cows – Rd. 12

Fry is back with a HUGE cash cow guide to help us navigate the first of 3 dreaded bye rounds.

11 down, 12 to go!

Strap yourselves in AFL Fantasy coaches, things are about to get a whole lot trickier. From the Brodie Grundy injury to navigating the first of three unforgiving bye rounds, coaches currently have their work cut out for themselves – and that’s before we even consider the COVID ramifications that are hanging over the league!

Keep in mind a lot of these things are out of our control, but what we can control is how we utilise the 9 valuable trades we’ve been gifted with throughout the byes. Obviously, the aim for every coach is to emerge with a better team once these bye rounds have concluded, so while it’s wise to maximise the number of players you’ve got on the park each week, the focus should still be on improving your overall squad. Moving on red dots, cashed out cows and underperformers for value picks, decent downgrades and premium players is always a smart route to go down.

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. Chad Warner, Swans ($475K, AVG 72, BE 90)
  2. Nik Cox, Bombers ($389K, AVG 57, BE 59)
  3. Lachlan McNeil, Bulldogs ($315K, AVG 42, BE 46)
  4. Harry Jones, Bombers ($325K, AVG 44, BE 47)
  5. Finlay Macrae, Magpies ($240K, AVG 32, BE 50)

Focusing solely on players with a Round 13 or 14 bye, Chad Warner sits firmly at the top of the trade out candidates list. His recent struggles have seen him start to lose value along with fellow rookie Nik Cox. Coaches would have ideally held these cash cows through the byes to provide solid scores, but with their scoring drying up, their ownership is bound to take a hit.

Injured/non-playing rookies

  1. Braeden Campbell, Swans ($379K, AVG 57, BE 61)
  2. Errol Gulden, Swans ($460K, AVG 74, BE 88)
  3. Tyler Brockman, Hawks ($284K, AVG 50, BE 22)
  4. Lloyd Meek, Dockers ($245K, AVG 41, BE 20)
  5. Paul Hunter, Saints ($245K, AVG 50, BE 6)

Braeden Campbell and Errol Gulden have probably been axed from your lineup already, but there are still plenty of coaches holding the faith with Tyler Brockman. The discarded Hawk hasn’t played since Round 4 and I can’t see him being a factor over the bye rounds either. Moving him and forgotten rucks Lloyd Meek/Paul Hunter on to a Ned Reeves type is a trade worth making.

Cash Cow King – Round 11

James Jordon’s dominance in the first half of the fantasy season means we’ve come to expect scores in the 70-80 range on a weekly basis, so unfortunately he missed the nomination cut this week with his 71. Another cash cow finished with 71 points and is poised to be VERY important down the stretch, with Collingwood debutant Trent Bianco showing glimpses of his fantasy potential. More established cash cows Lachie Jones (73) and Deven Robertson (79) snuck their way into the top-scoring rooks of the round, but all three of them were beaten out by Hawthorn tall Ned Reeves (81). This week I’m giving my tick of approval to Lions cub Dev Rob for his continued consistency, but this round’s Cash Cow King vote is set to be a close one.

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Round 12 Bye Rookies

With a third of the league taking the week off, it’s time to take stock of the cash cows who have the bye this round and discuss their fantasy prospects. Some of the rookies who’re resting up this round will still be relied upon to contribute once they return, but now is a good time to trade away any of the Round 12 cash cows letting you down.

DEFENCE

Lachie Jones ($316K, 73, BE 31) – A career-best 73-point outing from Lachie Jones has thrown him back into fantasy relevance after an ankle issue saw him miss 4 straight games. Honestly, even with his inflated price, Jones could be an option for coaches looking to shuffle rookies around and keep cash generation ticking over.

Connor Idun ($425K, 53, BE 51) – After a few scores in the 30-point range early this season, Connor Idun has gone on to become a safe, stable source of points in the backline. 12% of coaches are still running with Idun in their lineup and there’s no rush to trade him away.

Chris Burgess ($335K, 53, BE 45) – Ugghh. Chris Burgess has had some moments as a fantasy cash cow this season, but the bye rounds present you with a perfect opportunity to cut dead weight. His DEF/RUC status could help you field a stronger team in the next few weeks, but let’s be honest Burgess has got to go.

Miles Bergman ($392K, 15, BE 55) – There’s no easy answer for Miles Bergman owners with the Port youngster stuck in the dreaded medical sub role. A combined 15 points in the last two weeks rocking the team tracksuit has led to coaches abandoning ship and trading Bergman away. If he continues to feature as the sub for the Power, trading Bergman out of your lineup makes sense.

Jy Farrar ($352K, 24, BE 53) – The scoring has dried up and adding DEF status won’t save Jy Farrar from the wrath of fantasy coaches. An average of 42.7 in the last month is enough reason to flick Farrar out of your lineup, with over 2,000 teams moving the rebounding Sun on ahead of Round 12.

Keiren Briggs ($182K, DNP, BE 11) – While there were no VFL games last weekend, Kieren Briggs did his best the week before to re-enter the selection frame. If he pushes his way back into GWS’ best-22 he could emerge as a solid downgrade target. Watch this space.

MIDFIELD

Tom Powell ($471K, 64, BE 107) – The time to ditch Tom Powell has come. If you haven’t already traded the Roos rookie away, then chasing in on his remaining value is crucial over the next few weeks. Don’t be surprised if he continues to score in the 70’s for the rest of the year, but turning Powell into a non-rookie and making the most of his price tag is smart.

Will Phillips ($279K, DNP, BE 52) – For Will Phillips, season 2021 hasn’t exactly gone according to plan so far. Whether it’s playing multiple games as the sub, featuring in the reserves at VFL level or struggling to find his feet in the AFL, I’m still clinging on to hope that Phillips can be a worthwhile fantasy player in the back half of the year.

RUCK

Matt Flynn ($501K, 61, BE 39) – Those coaches who still own Matt Flynn won’t want to cash him in just yet. With Brodie Grundy dealing with an injury issue, coaches will be clinging to hope that Flynn can hit the field in Round 13 & 14. After the bye rounds, he’ll be primed to be traded away and give coaches a very handy influx of cash in the process.

Tom Campbell ($414K, 49, BE 37) – Most, if not all, of the coaches reading this probably aren’t rocking Tom Campbell in their lineup, but that doesn’t mean his season to date can be skimmed over. The North tall has been playing his role to perfection as a backup ruckman and in a week or two, he’ll be ready to be axed from your lineup.

Ned Reeves ($245K, 81, BE -2) – Don’t be surprised if we see a large group of the fantasy community bring Ned Reeves into their sides – providing he’s named to play for the Hawks in Round 13. If Reeves can hold onto his spot, he could be a very helpful contributor during the middle rounds of the season.

FORWARD

Jacob Koschitzke ($358K, 29, BE 56) – To trade or not to trade, that’s the biggest questions for Jacob Koschitzke owners this week. On one hand, he’s done his role as a cash cow and trading him now while he has some value makes a lot of sense, however, once he comes off his bye, Kosi could help coaches in the two latter bye rounds. Personally, I’ll be holding him for now, but if there’s another decent trade target in your sights, don’t hesitate to move the Hawthorn forward.

Tyler Brockman ($284K, DNP, BE 23) – This one speaks for itself; Tyler Brockman has got to go. Having been absent from the Hawks’ side since Round 4, Brockman is the definition of a red dot and you should explore a trade for him ASAP.

Sam Flanders ($398K, 84, BE 40) – Sam Flanders doesn’t find himself in many fantasy teams at the moment, despite his recent successes. Five of his last six scores have all been over 60 points, with a career-best 84 last time out fuelled by 19 touches, 5 tackles and 5 marks. His price makes him tricky to trade in, but considering the Suns’ X-factor isn’t a farfetched move at all.

Round 12 Rookie Rankings

With the bye rounds upon us, I’ve narrowed each of the four field positions down to a top-3 (or top-2 in the RUC’s) rather than a top-5. If you’re still fielding more than 3 rookies in any line on your field A) may God have mercy on your soul and B) make that a priority to fix!

DEFENCE

With his bye approaching in Round 13, I can understand why Nik Cox ($389K, 46, BE 59) owners are ready to move him on. Granted, the Bombers’ young gun has clashed with some decent opponents in recent weeks, but that’s still no excuse to score less than 50 points in three of his last four outings. There aren’t too many cheaper alternatives in the back-6, but the newest Magpie in Trent Bianco ($198K, 71, BE -5) has put his hand up after a strong showing in his first AFL game. Bianco hardly qualifies as a backman, but 13,5000+ coaches have seen enough to snag the DEF/MID with one of their three trades.

The most traded in player so far this round started his career with a bang by gathering nine touches in the first quarter and I expect Bianco to keep scoring in decent bursts, providing Collingwood keeps giving him games. There are no guarantees that Tom Highmore ($293K, 51, BE 22) will get the same luxury at St Kilda after the defender has managed just four games thus far. His somewhat sketchy job security led me to rank Liam Stocker ($332K, 40, BE 40) ahead of him this week with the second-year Blue continuing to carve out a role in Carlton’s backline. Stocker has his own scoring concerns from a fantasy standpoint, but with his place in the side safe for now, hopefully he can keep his price ticking upwards with another strong score.

Top-3

  1. Nik Cox (Bombers)
  2. Trent Bianco (Magpies)
  3. Liam Stocker (Blues)

As I mentioned, there’s not a lot to love this week about the remaining DEF rookies with James Madden ($229K, 57, BE -1) the next best potential cash cow down back. His teammate Jaxon Prior ($329K, 70, BE 38) has been much more consistent in recent times, but I have my doubts over trading in either Lion right now. Should Madden hold his place in Brisbane’s side I’ll change my tune slightly, but don’t expect him to be the cash cow who turns your season around. Luke Parks ($243K, DNP, BE 42) missed selection last week and a small portion of coaches are hoping he can return to Carlton’s lineup, while untried Crow Josh Worrell ($179K, DNP, BE 25) continues to stake his claim for a debut with strong games at SANFL level (84 points from 19 touches and 9 marks last week).

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)
Jacob Wehr (Giants, $170K)
Josh Worrell (Crows, $170K)
Joel Jeffery (Suns, $170K)
Bailey Laurie (Demons, $228K)
Isaac Chugg (Magpies, $170K)

MIDFIELD

The gap between James Jordon ($553K, 71, BE 78) and the rest of his midfield peers continues to narrow, but the Demons rookie deserves a ton of credit for what he’s achieved in the first half of the fantasy season. So far, Jordon has more total points than the likes of Caleb Serong, Tom Phillips and Dustin Martin and at this rate, coaches won’t need to move him off their field until it’s ‘completed team’ time. Since entering the Saints side in the last few weeks, Ryan Byrnes ($384K, 69, BE 13) hasn’t been too far behind Jordon, establishing himself as the second-best cash cow MID in the game at the moment.

You would think his 107 points against the Bulldogs and 69 points against the Kangaroos would’ve happened the other way around, but Byrnes should be capable of more 70+ performances against both the Swans and Crows before his bye. I don’t have the same scoring confidence in Riley Collier-Dawkins ($372K, 63, BE 27), hence his 3rd place ranking, but by no means does that mean RCD should be an afterthought. There were concerns around his potential TOG with a bunch of big-name Tigers returning, however, Collier-Dawkins went on feature in 72% of the game while attending 16 out of 33 centre bounces against the Crows. The pending return of Shane Edwards and increased responsibility for the likes of Trent Cotchin and Shai Bolton could spell doom, but it’s fine to keep RCD around – for now.

Top-3

  1. James Jordon (Demons)
  2. Ryan Byrnes (Saints)
  3. Riley Collier-Dawkins (Tigers)

Caleb Poulter ($395K, 66, BE 14) was unlucky to miss out on being included in the top-3, but he’s hardly fallen behind the pack after another solid score in Round 11. Poulter was one of the most popular trade in’s over the past fortnight and there’s no reason why you wouldn’t continue to field him once the byes draw to a close. We can’t have that same amount of confidence in his teammate Finlay Macrae ($240K, 12, BE 50) and some of the other MID rookies such as Lachie McNeil ($315K, 33, BE 46), Hugo Ralphsmith ($184K, 38, BE 19) and Anthony Scott ($309K, DNP, BE 58) are all potential trade outs should they drop a sub-40 score leading into their bye week.

There is no certainty Scott returns to the Dogs lineup, but he’ll likely be one of their inclusions with Riley Garcia ($170K, 5, BE 57) set to be dumped after suffering a concussion on debut. Sam Berry ($319K, 31, BE 57) is dealing with a concussion issue of his own which could pave the way for a  Ronin O’Connor ($185K, DNP, BE 9) inclusion after the young Crow managed 95 points from 21 touches, 8 marks and 6 tackles for Adelaide’s reserve squad.

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)

RUCK

With Matt Flynn and Ned Reeves putting their feet up, the rookie ruck cupboard is relatively bare this round. Jordon Sweet ($349K, 31, BE 40) picked a bad time to drop his worst score of the season, with Tim English’s presence definitely impacting his fantasy ceiling. With Stef Martin waiting in the wings, this week may be Sweet’s last run around with a chance he makes way for Stef on Thursday night at team selection!

Riley Thilthorpe ($345K, 54, BE 51) was the only other name worth mentioning (no offence Bailey Williams) in this section, with Adelaide’s touted prospect scoring very much in the realm we expected. Scores around the 50 mark are likely the best returns we’ll get from Thilthorpe from here on out with his 8 career hitouts in 6 games highlighting the fact he’s being utilised as more of a forward than a ruckman.

Top-2

  1. Jordon Sweet (Bulldogs)
  2. Riley Thilthorpe (Crows)

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

The fantasy community seems somewhat divided by what to do with Chad Warner ($475K, 52, BE 90) after his numbers have slowed up in recent rounds. For five straight weeks, Warner has seen his score decrease and if the trend continues, coaches won’t be happy with a score under 52 against the Saints. His monthly average is now down at 58.5 points per game and aside from Brodie Grundy, Warner is the most popular player being traded away who isn’t scheduled to have their bye this week. It hurts after his positive start to the season, but we may have to axe Sydney’s last relevant cash cow before his Round 14 bye arrives.

Aside from Warner, there are still some notable fantasy forwards who are offering coaches stable sources of production. Deven Robertson ($402K, 79, BE 31) has found some consistency by scoring three straight 70’s and the possible return of Lachie Neale may eat into his production, or worse, see Neale take his job completely. I think Robertson has shown enough recently to hold his spot in Brisbane’s side, but only time will tell. Following Dev Rob is Cody Weightman ($325K, 46, BE 18) who shone a light on my concerns around his scoring with just 46 points last round. I wouldn’t be too stressed as an owner, but this low score may scare some coaches off who were considering a move for the Bulldogs goalsneak.

Top-3

  1. Chad Warner (Swans)
  2. Deven Robertson (Lions)
  3. Cody Weightman (Bulldogs)

Unlike some other lines, the FWD’s provide us with a variety of choices and Archie Perkins ($398K, 66, BE 58) is the next one in line to push his way into the top-3 and I wouldn’t be trading him away just yet. Like any rookie, Perk has had his highs and lows as a cash cow, but I still have high hopes he can be a fantasy factor over the remainder of the season. James Rowe ($382K, 52, BE 39) may not provide us with great scores for the rest of the campaign, but the Crows small forward has definitely seen an uptick in production approaching the byes.

Rowe will be a handy contributor for coaches who held him through his subpar scores as will Bombers pair Harry Jones ($325K, 47, BE 47) and Alec Waterman ($303K, 58, BE 25). While the two of them could provide us with solid scores in Round 12 & 14, I’d be tempted to offload them when their bye arrives should a downgrade target emerge. Carlton forward Matthew Owies ($316K, 50, BE 26) has earned the right to hang around for a few more rounds and Josh Treacy ($225K, 38, BE 25) could provide coaches with some Brodie Grundy cover as long as he’s able to retain his place in Freo’s team.

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)
Elijah Hollands (Suns, $258K)
Sam Philp (Blues, $203K)
Jake Bowey (Demons, $230K)


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58 Comments

58 Comments

  1. Juice

    June 2, 2021 at 5:42 pm

    G’day legend, another top article. So we all have plenty of choices to make this week. I was wondering would you go Mills and Darcy or Oliver and ROB? CJ to Bianco is my other lock. Both Mills and Oliver have good match ups but I feel the first pair is safer given the potential flop of ROB and the fact that he has been slightly ‘injured’. Other option is to bring in Crisp instead of Mills due to a slightly juicer BE and he is playing Adelaide. Let me know your thoughts legend!

    • Fry

      June 2, 2021 at 8:01 pm

      Thanks mate!
      Personally, I prefer the Oliver-ROB combo. O’Brien may be dealing with issues, but he’s shown a bit of a ceiling before compared to Darcy (who has plenty of injury issues of his own!). Plus, Clayton is an absolute weapon

  2. Yumi

    June 2, 2021 at 5:52 pm

    Champion advice as usual! Can you rank Mills, Crisp and Doch in terms of scoring potential for the rest of the season? I am thinking Mills is the choice while he is still under 800k. I feel that he can easily go 120+ this week vs the saints. Crisp is also a good pick against the witches hats.

    • Fry

      June 2, 2021 at 8:12 pm

      Thanks mate,
      Out of that trio I’d lean towards Crisp, although Mills is still a great pick

  3. InFryWeTrust

    June 2, 2021 at 5:57 pm

    Legend! I am in a pickle. Can you help me pick out of Oliver, Lyons and Mills? Should I just go in order of BE? Leaning towards Oliver or Mills.

    • Fry

      June 3, 2021 at 12:00 pm

      Out of those three mate I’d grab Oliver 9.9 times out of 10

  4. Nick

    June 2, 2021 at 6:11 pm

    Love your work Fry! Thinking of going Koz to Bianco and flynn to heeney. Stuck between 2 options for my last trade. Which option would be the better play.

    1. Warner to Fyfe (19 on field)

    Or

    2. Cumming to Crisp (20 on field) + 90k salary to chase whitfield next week for warner

    • Fry

      June 3, 2021 at 12:01 pm

      Thanks legend, appreciate it!
      I think I’d lean towards the Warner > Fyfe move, gotta get those rooks off the field and Cumming could still contribute when he returns

  5. Dan

    June 2, 2021 at 6:48 pm

    Hey Fry, long time reader first time commenter. What are your thoughts on trading in Reeves this week? You risk him not getting picked next week but it gives you some cash and saves you a trade next week. Is he good enough to keep his spot!

    • Fry

      June 3, 2021 at 12:03 pm

      Glad to have you amongst the comments mate! Personally, I wouldn;t be flicking him out yet, there’s no reason to indicate he won’t hold his spot. He’s scored in decent bunches so if he’s not named in the team next Thursday, you can always trade him away then. Besides, I don’t think there are any cheaper rucks I’d be trying to downgrade Reeves too

      • Dan

        June 3, 2021 at 6:06 pm

        *trading him in this week. I don’t have him yet 😂

        • Fry

          June 4, 2021 at 11:29 am

          Hahaha my bad. Getting Reevers this week is a fine move, I can’t see him getting dropped in Rd 13 but you never know…

  6. Bill

    June 2, 2021 at 7:34 pm

    Thanks, Fry: Good judgement to recommend Bianco last week.
    He looks like a good pick.

    I.M.O. the good thing about the byes is the three trades to get rid of deadwood.

    Would you upgrade to Mills or Lloyd. I’m thinking Mills.

    • Fry

      June 3, 2021 at 12:04 pm

      Thanks mate, let’s hope he can keep up the decent scoring rate
      You’re right, it’s very handy to remove some of those underperformers. I trade Lloyd in a few weeks ago and haven’t been disappointed but Mills is the better fantasy player at this point of the season.

  7. Jag67

    June 2, 2021 at 7:46 pm

    Is there any other place to get current breakeven numbers besides footywire. The numbers there haven’t updated properly from last round. According to them, Bianco hasn’t played a game yet, so BE still at 25.

    • Bill

      June 2, 2021 at 11:45 pm

      Bianco’s BE is -5 on fantasy.

    • Fry

      June 3, 2021 at 12:13 pm

      If you’ve got the AFL Fantasy subscription then you can still view the BE’s for players with the Round 13 & 14 bye, otherwise I’ve been using FanFooty and Footywire for Round 12 guys

      • The Cricket

        June 3, 2021 at 2:51 pm

        FYI you can find bye players’ BE’s on the fantasy app by opening the ‘full profile’ page and looking at the round after the bye (so, currently, round 13).
        This is for Assistant Coach subscribers – don’t know whether it works for others

  8. Nathan Grant

    June 2, 2021 at 8:53 pm

    Who to trade out outta Grundy & Flynn?

    • Fry

      June 3, 2021 at 12:14 pm

      That question’s a lot harder to answer than I thought it would be. Out of the two I’d almost flick Grundy first, but it depends a bit on who you’re trading him too. Flynn still has a somewhat low BE and he could help through the last two bye rounds.

  9. Mad Fish

    June 2, 2021 at 10:15 pm

    Would you trade Warner before Powell if you can field 19 players this week?

    • Belly

      June 3, 2021 at 12:47 am

      Yes, he won’t make his BE so will lose cash and if your planning to trade then both anyway cut him loose now. There’s a chance if things change you’ll need to field one of them next week, Phillips has a better chance of scoring and making his BE.

    • Fry

      June 3, 2021 at 12:15 pm

      Both Warner and Powell can go at the moment, so if flicking Warner first suits your bye structure better go for it

  10. JMD567

    June 2, 2021 at 10:37 pm

    Hey Fry and everyone! Great article once again.
    Just want your opinion. I am planning on trading out Grundy, I have 2 options.
    1) Grundy and Ralphsmith -> Reeves and Heeney
    2) Grundy and Ralphsmith -> Darcy and Madden
    So I guess the first question would be who will average more over the year from now Darcy or Heeney and second question would be how confident are we Reeves stays in the team Post Bye for Hawthorn. My trades will be dictated by this, what’s your gut feel?

    • Johnny

      June 3, 2021 at 9:53 am

      Shocking trades

    • Fry

      June 3, 2021 at 12:20 pm

      Thanks mate, appreciate the support!
      If you’re flicking Grundy I think you want to grab the next best ruck possible which is easy for Max Gawn non-owners. If you’ve already got Max I’d be more tempted to go for Sean Darcy or Reilly O’Brien type and use the rest of your money to upgrade someone like Chad Warner or Tom Powell. Reeves is still a solid target, but with the uncertainty around his JS you can wait and potentially trade him in next week if he’s in the Hawks’ team

    • The Cricket

      June 3, 2021 at 3:04 pm

      Darcy’s dpp status could be handy. He’s up there among the top 6 forwards. And if he ends up sitting in your forward line you can use him in the ruck if you need to in an emergency, leaving your cheap-as-chips cashcow ruck rookie on the pine and not having to take a crappy score.
      I’d be wary of bringing in Madden at this point. With Neale and Lester both on track to return it’s possible he’ll be dropped. (I have him and I’m expecting this, but fingers crossed he keeps his spot and makes some more coin!)

  11. Test

    June 3, 2021 at 8:00 am

    When will the mid season draftees be added to Fantasy & Supercoach? Will it be before this round starts?

    Also will you boys be making a post about these players before lockout?

    • Ling

      June 3, 2021 at 8:48 am

      +1

    • Fry

      June 3, 2021 at 12:22 pm

      Firstly, I don’t know anything official but I can’t see a world where they include them prior to Friday’s game. That likely means they’ll be added to the system once lockout lifts following the weekend and I’ll have my two cents on all the relevant players in next week’s guide. I still might do a stand alone piece looking at each player, but it depends a bit on the Fantasy gods (Warnie) and when these players are added for coaches.

  12. Bye Bye Bye

    June 3, 2021 at 12:33 pm

    I could use some debutant announcements about now!

  13. BNB

    June 3, 2021 at 5:10 pm

    G’day legend. Am I crazy for bringing in ROB over Darcy? I just love his match up this week and surely he can hit at least an 80-90 without Grundy. I feel Darcy can also get injured just as easily as ROB. The extra cash from ROB gets me to Oliver this week and Whitfield next week. Bye planning is going strong!

    • Fry

      June 4, 2021 at 11:30 am

      If I was trading Grundy I’d feel a lot more safe bringing in ROB over Darcy so back yourself in!

  14. TimTam

    June 3, 2021 at 6:23 pm

    Hey champion. Do you think Grundy is a hold? I have 20 green dots even with him out.

    • Fry

      June 4, 2021 at 11:30 am

      With 20 green dots yep I’d definitely hold Grundy

  15. Belly

    June 3, 2021 at 7:12 pm

    BE’s have been updated on Footywire in case anyone needs them.

    • Belly

      June 3, 2021 at 7:15 pm

      saying that some are still wrong… ffs

  16. Jacko

    June 3, 2021 at 7:23 pm

    Hey Fry! Absolutelty love your work mate. Keep it up.

    Need some help with trades this week mate. Thoughts on the below:

    Highmore > Bianco
    Warner > O’Connor (DPP)
    Sholl > Whitfield

    This leaves me with 18 for this week and gives me Whitfield for the next couple of bye rounds where I will struggle a bit more to field the 18. Would you be confident in that? Or play Sholl where he’ll probably lose $20k and then get Whitfield in next week?

    And if you don’t think O’Connor, who would be the next best cheapish option?

    • Fry

      June 4, 2021 at 11:32 am

      Thanks legend, appreciate the support!
      Off the top, O’Connor is a solid downgrade target but his job is hardly safe. Personally, I’m also grabbing Whitfield this round so I rate that move!

  17. Henry

    June 3, 2021 at 7:32 pm

    Any news on Amartey? Worth the risk or would you go with Lynch?

    • Fry

      June 4, 2021 at 11:33 am

      I don’t love either, but I’d pick Amartey over Lynch

  18. Harmes

    June 3, 2021 at 9:29 pm

    Hi Fry

    Hunter or Cripps?

    • Fry

      June 4, 2021 at 11:33 am

      Good question, I think I’d side with Cripps but both are great picks

  19. tobyalford@icloud.com

    June 3, 2021 at 9:48 pm

    I’m 100% winning my first bye so:

    Should I go with McGrath to an uber premium this week and have 300k to spend next week
    or
    Trade kozi to O’Connor/any other rookie below 200k and have 638k next week to do a triple upgrade?

    • Fry

      June 4, 2021 at 11:34 am

      A triple upgrade sounds like an unreal move not gonna lie! If you’ve got enough players this week to get the job done, trading and stashing some $$$ is the way to go

  20. Mark

    June 3, 2021 at 10:32 pm

    Amartey, lynch or edwards who’s the best downgrade option?

    • Fry

      June 4, 2021 at 11:37 am

      None of the trio excite me a ton, but I’d rather pick Amartey out of the group

  21. Damo

    June 3, 2021 at 10:34 pm

    Harmes + 53k or Hunter

    • Fry

      June 4, 2021 at 11:37 am

      I’d rather the $$$ and Harmes

  22. Luke Sebastian

    June 4, 2021 at 10:12 am

    Fryboy! Ronin O’Connor or Edwards the better option through the byes and beyond!
    Cheers for the fantastic articles.

    • Fry

      June 4, 2021 at 11:41 am

      Hey mate! I think I’d rather side with O’Connor over the Eagles debutant, neither instil me with a lot of confidence though

  23. JC

    June 4, 2021 at 10:48 am

    Hey Fry, Bailey Dale or Lachie Hunter?
    Cheeers

    • Fry

      June 4, 2021 at 11:44 am

      Lachie Hunter for me mate, easily

  24. Jordan Andrews

    June 4, 2021 at 1:57 pm

    Hey Fry, who has the best JS of the first game Ruckmenn – Amartey or Lynch?

    • Fry

      June 4, 2021 at 5:54 pm

      I’d go with Amartey purely beacuse Grundy will more than likely replace Lynch as soon as he’s healthy

  25. texantexan

    June 4, 2021 at 4:44 pm

    What’s the word on Clavarino? JS? Only 25 last week but am considering a non-playing DEF downgrade to him for the cash.

    • Fry

      June 4, 2021 at 5:55 pm

      I’d lean more towards Harry Edwards because he’s played a handful more games for the Eagles. Non of the DEF options are great, but Clavarino holding his spot from last week is a plus

  26. Bailey

    June 4, 2021 at 6:53 pm

    Hey Fry. Great as always.

    Do I bring in Oliver or as the Eagles and Tigers players may have their bye moved to round 14, bring in a player like Bontempelli or Docherty?

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