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The Weekend Wash-Up – Round 14

The byes really bring the best out of some of our players.

One year my team won’t totally bottle the bye rounds. It wasn’t this year. I guess it’s time for the weekend wash-up.


Stewart (121) – Nobody has ever doubted that Tom Stewart was a gun, but this performance was special. Better real life player than Fantasy player.

Bontempelli (127) – Bont scored 120 again. Is anyone surprised? They shouldn’t be. Somehow still underrated in Fantasy.

Menegola (111) – Need to make a late season charge from deep? Sam Menegola should be on your watchlist. Mitch Duncan is gone and this guy can average 100. He’s cheap.

Daniel (109) – I like Caleb Daniel the inside midfielder! I’m never sure what Bevo is going to do next, but this is a move I can get behind. In fantasy at least… Hard to trust it though.

Hunter (103) – Not reaching his massive ceiling, but Hunter has been rock solid over the last 4 weeks. He’s back.

Wines (154) – This season has marked a passing of the guard in midfield. Oliver Wines, Jarryd Lyons, Touk Miller, Darcy Parish. Ridiculous. Formerly just an inside bull, Ollie Wines is now capable of getting 43 disposals and 8 tackles. Gun.

Miller (122) – Touk was quiet is a big loss, with just the 31 disposals and 9 tackles. Unbelievable.

Lyons (161) – This is why you need midfielders that can tackle. We all know Jarryd Lyons can rack up 36 touches. When you add on 12 hugs, you get a beast score like that. What a jet.

Neale (111) – There may be a tag coming next week, but it’s all aboard the Lachie Neale bandwagon from there on. You almost can’t go wrong at his price. Almost….

Simpkin (108) – Jy has been my boy lately, I just didn’t have the guts to pull it off. He’s currently playing for a spot on my team in 2022.

Cunnington (106) – Because I don’t like 2021.

Taranto (145) – It would have been nice for you to do this with a VC next to your name Tim, but you’re carrying most of my under performing premiums. Midfielders that love a hug are worth their weight in gold.

Cumming (119) – Boy oh boy wowee. Lachie Ash being left out unlocks Cumming’s potential. Suddenly he has a monopoly on kicks ins and he’s the driving force out of their back line. Could average close to 100 if things fall into place, what a pick he was.

Haynes (95) – A trade in worked out for once! Huge tick, but I’m not sure he can average more than 85. Temper expectations.

Mitchell (134) – I thought the bye might have come at a perfect time for Mitchell, and his 125 and 134 following the week off suggest that was the case. He is almost looking piggish again, especially his tackling numbers. Titch may be back…

Stringer (136) – When you see Stringer have a game like this, you just have to question why he can’t even get close to this impact consistently. He really can be the package if he wants to be.


Duncan (8) – This just sucks. If this happened to my team and I wasn’t inside the top 1000, that would probably be it for me. I wouldn’t blame you at all. I’ll prepare the shed for you, and even clean up afterwards.

Johannisen (30) – Never give up on your dreams kids.

Smith (58) – Bazlenka hang your head in shame mate. Less time on instagram and more time remembering how to actually touch the pill might help. He’s looking a bit pasty to me, maybe he just needs to sun to come back out.

Markov (73) – Has to go at this point. Serviceable.

Ellis (61) – Brandon Ellis. In case you were wondering, he’s not part of the new school premiums. Useless.

Jones (31) – Lachie Jones… He scores a 70 when nobody needs it, but when we’re all desperate for the bloke to show something. Anything. We barely get a heartbeat. Thank god his string went ping.

Xerri (35) – Goldy will go down as one of the greats. One of the all time great ruck killers. Don’t bother playing a second ruck with the bloke, North just need to put him on ice. What are they gaining? Disclaimer, I don’t actually put myself through watching North and Xerri might just suck. He probably does.

Green (41) – Oh my goodness. There I was watching the Giants beat the Eagles and I thought Tom Green was the second coming of Clayton Oliver. Turns out he’s the worst trade I’ve ever made, overtaking two of the great names in f**k up history in Michael Walters and Heritier Lumumba. He is as useless as Ben Simmons shooting sleeve. Get a dog up ya, pathetic.

Ward (49) – Callan’s saving grace, and it’s only small, is that he gave me a wild streak of three consecutive tons. Looking back at it, I was lucky to even get those. It takes real skill to attend more centre bounces than you get disposals, whilst also not laying a single tackle. Wish I had Kieran Briggs instead. Genuine mud.

Williams (48) – I was pretty close to getting Zac Williams last week, and that really would have been the final straw. Carlton have paid this bloke $800,000 to do what exactly? I wish Browny had really ruined his reputation because this is as gutless as it gets. It’s almost not out of line for me to label it cowardly. He has been impossibly bad.

Walsh (55) – Yes he’s being tagged. Yes his teammates should have helped out more. But there’s only so much they can do. 2 tackles? Two tackles is all Sam Walsh could manage. It was more than his zero kicks for the first half. The tags will come, and he can’t be this bad. That was disgusting.

Newcombe (27)

Phillips (59)

Merrett (88) – We chose this guy over Lyons?

This Game Sh*ts Me

What are we playing for? Really at the end of the day what’s left over these last two months. There’s a small 1% of the competition with something going for them, but what do the rest of us do now? Play for pride? Pathetic… Just the Tuesday morning lift you needed hey? This game sh*ts me.

The Other Bits and Pieces

1739. I said last week was do or die for the boys, and they dug my grave beautifully. Nearly forgot I was supposed to lift everyone’s spirits, not destroy them. My bad! My rank has gone backwards during the byes. Again. Skipper Darcy let me down for the first time all season but this isn’t on him. Tom Green. Thank you for placing one of the final nails in my coffin. 41? Callan Ward, forget your three tons mate. 49? Nothing short of a disgrace.

What has really killed me this season is the rookies. Deven Robertson was my last good rookie pick… In Round 4. Caleb Poulter, how about Finlay Macrae. Ryan Byrnes, try Ronin O’Connor out for size. When I tried paying up for job security during the byes, Lachie Jones doesn’t register a score for me, while barely making me $70k. Joel Amartey was the obvious call the other week. In a state of panic at work I ended up with Tristan Xerri. Hmmmmm. Finally I need one rookie to stand up this week. One. I get a 27 from Newcombe, 31 from Jones and 41 from Tom Green. Hang on… Meanwhile I’m watching other teams get 110 from Highmore. Total pisstake. I’m salty and I’m not afraid to admit it, but we move.

I don’t care what else happens this week, I don’t care about the fact I still have Deven Robertson on my ground. I’m making a statement. Those two GWS dogs are gone.

Ward -> Neale

Green -> Pendlebury

Robertson aside, Caleb Serong will be my 21st player. Every other player on my list can be a solid 85-90 if not an uber premium. It’s a nice spot to be in, but that’s until you look at my bench. If you think you have cash generation problems, think again. I DON’T HAVE A CAPABLE ROOKIE. I tried, I really did. And failed. Lachie Jones will be my best cash in, and that’s barely gets me $150k.

I chased upside with my trades last week, so I held Serong and dumped Tom Phillips. He has no hope. But maybe, just maybe… Caleb Serong can figure it out. It wouldn’t shock me if he comes home averaging 90+, and we look at him as a value pick next year. Perhaps we just went a year early? There’s no substance to that statement, but a man can dream.

As you can tell, it’s clutching at straws time but if we can get a cap from outside the top 1000 with this team you can forget LeBron’s 3-1 comeback against Golden State. This would top it.

Good luck this week legends, let’s make it a big one first week off the byes.



  1. Justin Stitchup

    June 22, 2021 at 8:33 am

    Hey Matt, Leaning to these picks but just after your advice please..
    Would you chose:
    Pendles over Toby Greene?
    Daniel over Hurn?
    Thanks mate

    • Aby Benny

      June 22, 2021 at 6:29 pm

      yep for both

    • Matt

      June 23, 2021 at 1:38 am

      Pendles and Daniel for sure mate!

  2. Bill

    June 22, 2021 at 9:07 am

    Yep. Duncan finished me.

  3. LastYearOfAflFantasyForMe

    June 22, 2021 at 9:48 am

    If you had Duncan and put the VC on him, only to realise you accidentally put the C on him because you were finalising your team at the cinema right before a quiet place part 2 starts, it’s enough to make you retire from AFL fantasy for good.

    • The Cricket

      June 22, 2021 at 12:10 pm

      Yep. And then to not even be able to straight swap him for a replacement! Another $150k or thereabouts needed … Totally shitty!

      • Bill

        June 22, 2021 at 3:04 pm

        Now we have to trade out Duncan before Thursday night, when we might not know who is playing in the Sunday games. For instance, Flynn etc… for other trades.

  4. Bman

    June 22, 2021 at 9:53 am

    Another ripper Matt! Love your work.

    My 1st trade is locked in going Markov -> Amartey through DPP
    For my second, would you lean towards;
    A) Kosi -> Pendlebury (Amartey & Newcombe only rooks on field)
    B) Phillips -> Wines/Lyons (Field Treacy, Kosi, Amartey)

    • Aby Benny

      June 22, 2021 at 1:13 pm

      Both good options, but If it means fielding treacy I’d go option 1, and gets a rookie off field, and pendles should average 90 points or so from now on.

    • Matt

      June 23, 2021 at 1:41 am

      Thanks mate! That’s tough. Is Kosi on ground? He probably goes, but god damn Phillips is horrendous.

  5. Sally

    June 22, 2021 at 11:10 am

    Looking at a Forward line upgrade. Thinking Dusty or Pendlebury what is the better option

    • Former Dr Dreamtem

      June 22, 2021 at 11:34 am

      Tough choice, I feel Pendlebury is more consistent and will give you 85-100 every week, Dusty is liable to annoying 65’s now and then but has a higher ceiling and can go 120 if he feels like it.

    • Henry

      June 22, 2021 at 12:27 pm

      Go Dusty. Pendles is averaging 85 overall and about that in his last 3 and last 5. In others, that’s probably what you are going to get for the rest of the season. Dusty is also averaging 85 but averaged 98 for his last 3 and 93 for his last 5. You will probably get 10 points per game more from Dusty over the rest of the season.

  6. The Cricket

    June 22, 2021 at 12:16 pm

    The one good thing about this season is that with the rolling lockouts continuing I can take a conservative approach and take any VC scores over 100 so I don’t have the stress of a whole weekend worrying if my captain’s going to tank!

    • The Cricket

      June 22, 2021 at 12:18 pm

      Thank you Jack Macrae 🙏

    • Matt

      June 23, 2021 at 1:42 am

      There’s still something about just locking in your skipper. Takes guts to go someone different

  7. Tyson

    June 22, 2021 at 12:20 pm

    is karl amon a good POD that should get more recognition, has a nice run home

    • Matt

      June 23, 2021 at 1:43 am

      Yep great POD, just too outside for my liking. Not sure he can average more than 100, which he would need to be. I won’t stop you though!

  8. Henry

    June 22, 2021 at 12:32 pm

    Why do coaches obsess about PODs? Your mix of players is your POD.

    • Tyson

      June 22, 2021 at 1:02 pm

      i was just asking if amon is a good option thats all

      • michael goulios

        June 22, 2021 at 2:42 pm

        I think amon is a good option but nail an uber premo if you can

        • Tyson

          June 22, 2021 at 4:18 pm

          i can go to wines, crouch, neale which im thinking wines as he should be top 8 mid but amon could be a nice pick that could get me up in the ranks

          • Aby Benny

            June 22, 2021 at 6:34 pm

            I’d go wines

    • Matt

      June 23, 2021 at 1:44 am

      There’s nothing better than nailing a pick and nobody else has him. Parish was like that for me, it’s why I favour guys like Simpkin a good gamble. I personally find it boring going with the same options as everyone else, BUT if you’re right up in the mix of the top 100 play it smart

  9. Miyagi-san

    June 22, 2021 at 1:56 pm

    Who would you rather come into your side as a value upgrade, potential Fwd/Def 5/6 by seasons end?

    Pendles at 592k
    Houston at 584k


      June 22, 2021 at 1:58 pm

      THE RIDLER!!!!

    • Aby Benny

      June 22, 2021 at 6:33 pm


    • Matt

      June 23, 2021 at 1:45 am

      I love them both. Honestly up to who you’d prefer

  10. Cody

    June 22, 2021 at 2:41 pm

    menangola or pendles

    • Cody

      June 22, 2021 at 5:00 pm

      for cash or i can get to someone such as a neale or a crouch

      • Aby Benny

        June 22, 2021 at 6:33 pm

        even better than pendles, I’d go neale out of those two even if he might cop a tag this week. Has a great run coming up.

    • Matt

      June 23, 2021 at 1:46 am

      Pendles over Menengola for the DPP

  11. Sand

    June 22, 2021 at 6:10 pm

    L Jones to Haynes or Phillips to anyone under 766k
    2nd option would mean 3 rookies on field instead of 2

    • Aby Benny

      June 22, 2021 at 6:33 pm

      I’d move on L jones he is a rookie after all, and injured. Haynes has low BE so if things dont work out hell make cash and will be at a decent price soon. If you did trade phillips I’d go whitfield/neale, but first option is better i think.

  12. Luke

    June 22, 2021 at 9:41 pm

    Hey mate. Went from 300th to 150 over the byes with 0 sidegrading. That means 1 rook on field (reeves/Treacy) but have Phillips, hind, Markov, harmes, short.
    Thinking scott to Foley, Phillips to pendals with 15k in the bank. Do I just fix up the spuds until I have enough cash to go Treacy or reeves to Grundy?

  13. Matt

    June 23, 2021 at 1:48 am

    Huge mate. I chose to sideways those duds like Phillips, Markov etc. It will be interesting to see what works best. I like those two trades…

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