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Fry’s Cash Cows – Rd. 2

With Round 1 in the rear vision mirror, Fry is back to discuss all things cash cows!

One down, 22 to go!

In case no one has told you yet, AFL Fantasy is a long season. None of us are scrambling to squeeze Bazlenka into our lineups after his hot start, but there are some holes that will likely need plugging – especially from a rookie standpoint. The performances of certain cash cows will force a lot of coaches to act swiftly with their trades this week and aiming for 30 green dots (or as close to 30 as possible) should be your priority at this time of the season.

If you missed out on my AAMI Series cash cow watchlist be sure to check it out here.

Rookie/cash cows picks are defined as players who are priced at $350,000 or lower

Power Ranking Cash Cows – Round 1

After one week of action, these are the top-10 cash cows in the game right now!

NR = not ranked last week

Cash Cow King – Round 1

Boy oh boy did the cash cows come to play in Round 1!

Four young guns topped triple-figures in their AFL debut with an unprecedented amount of points coming from the sub $300k club. Nick Daicos’ (102) mammoth score wasn’t a huge surprise and Josh Rachele (100) showed us flashes of his talents earlier in the preseason, but it’s fair to say none of us saw the Jack Hayes (111) coming out party that arrived on Friday night! While Hayes’ debut was impressive, Nic Martin (130) was the one who stole the show and was in a class of his own with the 6th highest score of the entire round.

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Round 2 Rookie Rankings


Woof. We knew the defensive rookie cupboard was bare, but with Sam De Koning ($190K, 20, BE 29) knocking himself out, we really are approaching Defcon 1 levels of concern. Thank god we had one decent scorer from our backline soldiers in the form of Patrick McCartin ($290K, 59, BE 18) with his first appearance in red and white an encouraging one. Chalking up 6 marks and 14 touches without too much trouble should make McCartin a fieldable rookie in defence with more scores in the high 50’s and low 60’s on the way. Other cheap backmen Joel Smith ($236K, 49, BE 13) and Josh Gibcus ($276K, 35, BE 34) didn’t light the world on fire for coaches, but unless another option emerges, trading them out won’t likely be your biggest issue.


  1. Paddy McCartin (Swans)
  2. Josh Sinn (Power)*
  3. Sam Skinner (Power)* 
  4. Joel Smith (Demons)
  5. Sam De Koning (Cats)

*if named

Speaking of those other options, we may see Port Adelaide hand a gig to Sam Skinner ($190K, DNP, BE 25) and/or Josh Sinn ($246K, DNP, 35) which would be a blessing for coaches in dire need of a cheap defender. With Aliir Aliir set to undergo surgery on a syndesmosis injury and Trent McKenzie banged up, we might see both cash cows enter the Power’s lineup vs. Hawthorn, but honestly, I think the fantasy community would take whoever is named! There are a few more expensive options like Noah Answerth ($338K, 57, BE 30) who might entice coaches, with unused St Kilda sub Nasiah Wanganeen-Milera ($270K, DNP, BE 35) another player to keep an eye on in coming weeks should he break into the starting 22.

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 2022 watchlist in case they burst onto the scene. In no particular order:
Nathan O’Driscoll (Dockers, $190K)
Darcy Wilmot (Lions, $260K)
Jake Stein (Giants, $190K)
Josh Fahey (Giants, $208K)
Nathan Kreuger (Magpies, $287K)
Sam Skinner (Power, $190K)
Isaac Chugg (Magpies, $190K)
Nasiah Wanganeen-Milera (Saints, $270K)
Rory Thompson (Suns, $190K)
Garrett McDonagh (Bombers, $192K)
Bodhi Uwland (Suns, $190K)


The universal pick for the Rising Star award in Nick Daicos ($332K, 102, BE -7) continued his hot form from the preseason with the first fantasy century of his career. The majestic Magpie nearly doubled the score of the rest of his midfield peers with North Melbourne’s own up-and-comer Jason Horne-Francis ($309K, 61, BE 21) the next best engine room rook. Even though we should see clear daylight between the duo over the season, I still expect Horne-Francis to push his average into the high 60’s or even the 70’s and serve as an important cash cow.

Hawthorn pair Connor Macdonald ($253K, 47, BE 19) and Josh Ward ($284K, 41, BE 31) were the next two in the MID rankings with subpar scores in the 40’s, but I wouldn’t be jumping off the ship with either draftee just yet. Coaches were expecting a lot more from Ward from a scoring standpoint and if he can get up for Round 2, I expect the No. 7 pick to deliver for coaches as early as this weekend. The same might not be true for Jackson Mead ($205K, 44, BE 11) who cracked the top-5, but posting just 10 disposals against Brisbane might see him flicked out of the Power lineup, or handed the sub vest instead.


  1. Nick Daicos (Magpies)
  2. Jason Horne-Francis (Kangaroos)
  3. Josh Ward (Hawks) 
  4. Connor Macdonald (Hawks)
  5. Jackson Mead (Power)

There was a glut of players in the $200k price bracket who made their first AFL appearance over the weekend with most of them putting up disappointing scores. Brady Hough ($239K, 40, BE 21) was the most owned one of the bunch with the Eagles debutant his draft peers Angus Sheldrick ($255K, 28, BE 35), Mitch Owens ($223K, 22, BE 33) and Jake Soligo ($214K, 17, BE 35) all failing to fire for those who invested in them. Team selection might make it easy to swing the axe on one of the underperformers if you need to patch up a hole in your side with Lions sub Harry Sharp ($198K, 23, BE 26) one potential replacement if he squeezes into their starting team. Geelong’s Cooper Stephens ($190K, DNP, BE 25) impressed in a practice match over the weekend and nearly 10% of the competition will be hoping he can also enter the fold before too long.

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 2022 watchlist in case they burst onto the scene. In no particular order:
Jed McEntee (Power, $190K)
Greg Clark (Eagles, $190K)
Arlo Draper (Magpies, $202K)
Reef McInnes (Magpies, $190K)
Matty Roberts (Swans, $224K)
Matthew Johnson (Dockers, $250K)
James Tsitas (Suns, $190K)
Robbie McComb (Bulldogs, $190K)
Josh Goater (Kangaroos, $248K)
Finn Callaghan (Giants, $286K)
Hugh Jackson (Power, $190K)
Tom Joyce (Eagles, $190K)


You can’t give serious thought to starting Jack Hayes ($253K, 111, BE -31) in one of your on field ruck spots, even after the Saints’ recent signee had a debut game for the ages. Thanks to Paddy Ryder’s injury prone body, Hayes was able to get his fantasy career off to a flying start with 18 touches, 10 marks, 3 goals and 111 points! His spot in their side is safe for at least one more week and I’ve been high on Hayes replacing Ryder in the St Kilda outfit this season, despite some of Brett Rattern’s previous comments. The only other cheap ruck who generated interest in fantasy circles was DPP Eagle Hugh Dixon ($197K, 32, BE 19) who doesn’t have the same promise after his measly 32-point outing. Lastly, I want to give a shoutout to Lloyd Meek ($357K, 67, BE 26) who put up solid numbers against Reilly O’Brien, but he’ll likely make way for Sean Darcy when Thursday night teams are revealed.


  1. Jack Hayes (Saints)
  2. Sam Hayes (Power)*
  3. Hugh Dixon (Eagles) 

*if named

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 2022 watchlist in case they burst onto the scene. In no particular order:
Paul Tsapatolis (Cats, $190K)
Jacob Edwards (Kangaroos, $190K)
Luke Strnadica (Eagles, $190K)
Mac Andrew (Suns, $282K)
Max Heath (Saints, $190K)
Alex Mirkov (Blues, $190K)


All hail Nic Martin ($266K, 130, BE -44)!! Essendon’s recent SSP addition is the only player since Champion Data started recording statistics in 2000 to amass at least 25 touches with 5 goals in his first appearance at AFL level – proving to be the difference for fantasy coaches who opted to start with the $190K FWD. If you didn’t have Martin’s score contribute to your weekly total, then there’s a high likelihood his place was taken by Crows dynamo Josh Rachele ($327K, 100, BE -7) who burst onto the scene with an epic five-goal cameo of his own.

We can’t expect him to kick a massive bag each week, although, there are high hopes that Rachele can still keep scoring at a decent rate for the 60% of teams who invested in Adelaide’s new cult hero. I don’t have the same confidence in the future numbers of Tyson Stengle ($344K, 100, BE -3), even though the new Cat managed to top triple-figures against the Bombers registering his seven shots on goal. Healthy cash generation should continue for the other members of the top-5 in Corey Durdin ($216K, 59, BE 2) and Tristan Xerri ($301K, 61, BE 19) with the pair performing their role for their respective AFL sides and fantasy coaches alike.


  1. Nic Martin (Bombers)
  2. Josh Rachele (Crows)
  3. Tristan Xerri (Kangaroos) 
  4. Tyson Stengle (Cats)
  5. Corey Durdin (Blues)

I’ve yo yoed on my opinion regarding Willie Rioli ($312K, 61, BE 22) and his fantasy scores all preseason, but the talented West Coast forward didn’t take long to reintegrate himself back into the lineup with his score benefitting as a result. A proud member of 42% of the Eagles’ centre bounces we could see more healthy point totals from Rioli moving forward, and I’d certainly recommend selecting him over his new teammate Patrick Naish ($330K, 60, BE 26) despite the similarity in their scores. In a perfect world, you wouldn’t invest in either, with big-name players set to return for West Coast as early as this weekend, but there are worse options to chase in your forward line.

Priced around the same mark, Finn Maginness ($333K, 68, BE 20) got his 2022 campaign off to a healthy start, while Hugo Ralphsmith ($254K, 25, BE 37) was handed the dreaded medical vest which saw plenty of his supporters abandon ship prior to Round 1. Ralphsmith did manage to play over half the game for the Tigers, but unfortunately, he couldn’t get his scoring trending in the right direction. The same could be said for fellow sub Francis Evans ($195K, 30, BE 19) who saw 57% TOG for his poor score with Kaine Baldwin ($194K, 28, BE 21) also failing to capitalise on his chance from a fantasy standpoint.

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 2022 watchlist in case they burst onto the scene. In no particular order:
Ely Smith (Lions, $190K)
Jai Serong (Hawks, $190K)
Luke Pedlar (Crows, $210K)
Sam Darcy (Bulldogs, $288K)
Ned Long (Hawks, $190K)
Joel Jeffrey (Suns, $196K)
Sam Philp (Blues, $205K)
Arthur Jones (Bulldogs, $206K)
Jackson Callow (Hawks, $190K)
Ash Johnson (Magpies, $190K)

Maurice Rioli (Tigers, $190K)

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  1. JMD012

    March 23, 2022 at 7:14 am

    Hey Fry, back for another year of the Fantasy Roller Coaster! Would love an opinion from the best in the business. Unfortunately missed out on Martin so have to bring him in. So I am generally happy with almost all Premiums and midpricers I started with, just deciding on the below, all legends feel free to discuss as well as Fry
    1) Ward -> Martin and (Free Trade to do anything with)
    2) Milera or Answerth -> Sinn or Skinner and Baldwin or Dixon -> Martin
    If 2) which one of Milera or Answerth to trade out and why and which one of Sinn or Skinner to bring in?
    Appreciate any feedback.

    • Fry

      March 23, 2022 at 2:18 pm

      I’d probably go with No. 1 even if Ward gets up and then use the other trade to drop Dixon/Baldwin for Skinner mate

  2. DBJ

    March 23, 2022 at 7:32 am

    Would you trade ward to 170k rook if it allows Brodie to Rowell?

    • Fry

      March 23, 2022 at 2:20 pm

      Probably not mate, especially given the fact $170k rooks are extinguished. Rowell is pretty unreal, but Brodie should still get the job done too

  3. NP

    March 23, 2022 at 8:03 am

    I thought Durdin looked good – would have him as third best fwd cash cow IMO

    I’ve got SDK and Gibcus down back – thinking of trading one or both to Sinn and Skinner (if named), I assume Sinn has the higher scoring potential but unsure how much to value the 190k rookies vs the <300k rookies

    • Fry

      March 23, 2022 at 2:22 pm

      Fair call, just thought Xerri’s role was more fantasy friendly and Stengle’s score couldn’t be ignored.
      Moving one or both is a solid idea to generate dough, but if you can only do one I’d go Gibcus to Skinner

  4. Wei teck

    March 23, 2022 at 8:10 am

    Which two players should I trade out?
    Crisp, Whitfield, Mcinery, M.Crouch, Dusty, gibcus, S.De koning, j.ward, c.mcdonald, hough or baldwin

    • Stevo

      March 23, 2022 at 9:32 am

      Depends which rookies you missed out on. You probably already have Daicos, Rachele and Hayes. If you don’t have Nic Martin, you could get rid of a guy who gets dropped (probably Hough or Baldwin) and replace with Martin. Of the more premium players, I’d trade out Crisp. He’s going to drop a lot in value, and Lipinski and Nic Daicos coming into the team may have changed his role. I’ve got similar issues to you, and I’ll probably go Crisp down to Sicily, Baldwin up to Nic Martin, and have left-over cash to upgrade a crap defender the following week.

    • Fry

      March 23, 2022 at 2:23 pm

      I’d flick any of the rookies in that group that are dropped first, then Gibcus, Hough, Baldwin for the likes of Skinner and another rookie you missed

  5. Lenny

    March 23, 2022 at 9:07 am

    hey fry- where do you sit on the two power boys if both are named?

    • Fry

      March 23, 2022 at 2:24 pm

      Skinner performed strongly in the SANFL last year and being basement priced + FWD status I’d grab him over Sinn who hasn’t played tons of footy in the last few years. Sinn is still a solid option, but I’d rank Skinner ahead of him

  6. Beady Eye

    March 23, 2022 at 9:12 am

    Not sure why you’re including Crouch in that group… yes he scored in the 80s but it came from 66% TOG and he passed the eye test. His scoring will be fine once he gets backs to playing his normal game time.

  7. Screech

    March 23, 2022 at 11:28 am

    Hi Fry-sy, Milera is my only concern. Thoughts on “upgrading” him to Foley. Even with Witherden returning this week I still think he can score well. When Duggan returns in a couple of weeks maybe not so much, might just be a quick cash grab…?

    • Fry

      March 24, 2022 at 10:46 am

      Witho and Duggan coming back could push Foley up the ground a little bit, but I’d want to give Milera another chance first. If it’s your only pressing concern need then it’s not a terrible play

  8. Ryan

    March 23, 2022 at 12:35 pm

    Mcartin or skinner(if named)

    • Fry

      March 24, 2022 at 10:46 am

      If it’s on field, go McCartin; bench, pick Skinner

  9. Hinchy

    March 23, 2022 at 1:27 pm

    fix up the bench (SDK and Hough) or trade Mclernery to Houston

    • Fry

      March 24, 2022 at 10:48 am

      I think fix up the bench mate, especially if some rookies emerge

  10. Hinchy

    March 23, 2022 at 1:38 pm

    Sinn or Skinner for my bench (JS, scoring etc)

    • Squid

      March 23, 2022 at 6:32 pm

      Wait for teams and there is no way of knowing what sort of JS or scoring they will have

    • Fry

      March 24, 2022 at 10:47 am

      Agree with what Squid says, but I’d go Skinner with his DEF/FWD versatility and extra $$$ you save

  11. Mr Duck man

    March 23, 2022 at 3:38 pm

    Who should I field out of Hayes, Ward, McDonald Xerri or Durdin?

    • Fry

      March 24, 2022 at 10:48 am

      Probably Xerri, lock Durdin in as your E tonight just in case he tops 65

  12. Will Kelly

    March 23, 2022 at 5:04 pm

    No mention of Will Kelly?

    • Fry

      March 24, 2022 at 10:49 am

      Not yet, but he could be an option if he’s picked

  13. Andy

    March 23, 2022 at 7:07 pm

    Not a cash cow, but is it worth bringing in Caldwell?

    • Fry

      March 24, 2022 at 11:03 am

      Not in my opinion, I think there are better MID options

      • Andy

        March 24, 2022 at 4:41 pm

        Thanks Fry!

  14. Bill

    March 23, 2022 at 10:42 pm

    After a bad start, I’m wondering if I can now manage to f—k this fantasy year up completely.

    • Fry

      March 24, 2022 at 11:04 am

      Trade in your favourite players and then you’re never going to lose mate!

  15. Ward Rakei

    March 24, 2022 at 7:59 am

    Thoughts on bringing in stengle for some easy cash flow with his breakeven being -3?

    • Fry

      March 24, 2022 at 11:05 am

      It’s not a terrible shout, I just can’t expect him to get too many more healthy scores – unless Geelong keep winning by huge margins

  16. Bok

    March 24, 2022 at 12:39 pm

    Best D6 if all (properly) debut out of Sinn, Skinner and Wanganeen-Milera?

    • Fry

      March 25, 2022 at 10:09 am

      I’d be tempted to take Skinner and the $$$, but probably back in Sinn – easier to jump off him if he’s not around for long and scoring should be fine

  17. Tommy

    March 24, 2022 at 1:46 pm

    I have 8 out of the top 10 rookies, just stengle and xerri missing (traded him out sun morning to get Martin on field). Non playing rookies are Skinner and pedlar and SDK, so not much to do rookie.

    I have opportunity with additional cash to do a one time trade up, Crisp to Hall, or W Brodie to Lipinski.

    Given we need time to generate cash, these are the only upgrades I can do for a couple of weeks I think, what would you do?

    Or get Xerri in, and find another rookie when teams drop?

    • Fry

      March 25, 2022 at 10:11 am

      If you’ve already got Skinner and a lot of the other must-have rookies, there’s nothing wrong with chasing another upgrade. Out of those two, I’d prefer to go Crisp to Hall and give Brodie another chance in Freo’s midfield – especially now that Fyfe is out for a while

  18. Ward

    March 24, 2022 at 3:42 pm

    what is wang-milera scoring potential?

    • Straight shooter

      March 24, 2022 at 4:36 pm

      Wouldn’t jump into it without a look first think he’s a impact player should be good for supercoach a watch for fantasy. Got an opportunity to cement his spot though with billings an Clark out for awhile.

    • Fry

      March 25, 2022 at 10:16 am

      He only averaged 48 points from his 4 NAB League games so I’d pause before getting him. I think he’ll be a lot of flash over fantasy substance and would look at one of the Port debutants instead

  19. FryKnowsThings

    March 25, 2022 at 1:50 am

    G’day legend, killer read as usual. I am blessed with Milera, Nic Martin, Dustin Martin and Brodie. I’ve got Hayes on ruck bench and nailed all the other rookies besides Stengle and Xerri. I am fixed on trading Milera to Dixon via DPP to cover Nic Martin on field with Hayes. Rolling McCartin on field. That leaves me with Dusty to fix up and roll the dice with Brodie. Thoughts on the following?

    1) Dusty > Heeney
    2) Dusty > Butters
    3) Dusty > Xerri (leaves almost $600k for upgrades next week
    4) Baldwin > Xerri and just hold dusty (but that cops a Durdin 22 if Dusty does not play!)

    I’ve also got Mead and Soligo on my mid bench which is not pretty!

    • Fry

      March 25, 2022 at 10:33 am

      Thanks legend!

      Out of those options, I like the Dusty>Heeney move, although I’d wait to pull the trigger as late as possible in case news comes out about Dusty playing. If that’s the case go option 4

  20. Fan

    March 25, 2022 at 2:26 am

    Hi Fry

    Would you recommend trading dusty for Heeney or holding him and switching another rookie like Baldwin to Xerri and fielding Xerri to cover Dusty for a week? Not sure how Heeney will go this week against the cats so thinking to take a risk and field Xerri.

    • Fry

      March 25, 2022 at 10:33 am

      Tough one, I don’t mind the idea of Dusty to Heneey, although fixing a non-playing rookie for Xerri (who should go alright vs. West Coast) and keeping Dusty is the smarter move IMO

  21. Sam

    March 25, 2022 at 6:44 am

    Help please Fry. What’s the smartest.

    1. Mcinerny to Hayes for cash gen + 400k for next week or
    2. Straight to heeney and miss out on cash gen rookies?

    • Fry

      March 25, 2022 at 10:34 am

      I’m in the same boat myself, I think TBH I’d roll with No. 2 unless you can flick McInerney up to a big dog down back

  22. Justin Stitchup

    March 25, 2022 at 8:19 am

    G’day Fry. Which 2 to field outta Hinge Skinner & Gibcus? Thanks Legend

    • Fry

      March 25, 2022 at 11:30 am

      Hey mate, I think I’d rank them in the order you’ve got listed. The smart route might be to lock in one as an E if you’ve got a non-playing defender

  23. RundleMall

    March 25, 2022 at 9:18 am

    G’day Fry. Tick off Milera to Dixon to field Hayes? Got unlucky with dusty who is almost certain not to play. Missed Lipinski, Heeney and Butters. Thinking Heeney or chase Xerri for price since he will be rucking this weekend?

    • Fry

      March 25, 2022 at 11:33 am

      Solid first trade mate, there’s a lot of similar questions hey. Don’t mind the Heeney/Xerri and cash route – personally I think I’d go for Heen

  24. LikedItAlot

    March 25, 2022 at 9:25 am

    Is Sam skinner a must or can we wait a week?

    • Fry

      March 25, 2022 at 11:35 am

      Given his basement price, you can wait if you’ve got more pressing needs. I think he’ll go alright vs. the Hawks though

  25. Mayfair

    March 25, 2022 at 9:26 am

    Thoughts on playing Xerri on field this week to cover Dusty? Or shall we fold on Dusty and look for a similarly priced premo. Bummed that I missed Treloar, was a perfect swap!

    • Fry

      March 25, 2022 at 11:35 am

      That’s a smart play mate, especially because it looks like Dusty will only be out for this week

  26. Andy

    March 25, 2022 at 12:55 pm

    Hey Fry. I have all the key rookies atm. Feel like I should chase cash gen for now but too greedy. Can’t decide whether to:
    – trade Milera up to Young (and trade a non playing rookie for a debutant) or
    – downgrade Milera to Skinner (onfield though) and trade up Hough/Mead to Lipinski.

    • Fry

      March 25, 2022 at 6:39 pm

      I like the second options out of the 2 mate, Fielding Skinner is dicey, but he and Lipinski are my preferred duo over Young/debutant

  27. Matt Wilson

    March 25, 2022 at 4:59 pm

    O’Driscoll lileky to just be a one week prospector is it worth considering over Sinn/Skinner?

  28. James

    March 25, 2022 at 6:47 pm

    Trading Baldwin to Skinner
    Keeping Milera on field
    Trade Martin to Sinn via loop action so McCartin has cover if Fails
    Skinner E for the forwards.

    Trade Hough back to Martin next week when dropped after a price rise or similar.

    Quit my team if I can’t afford getting Martin back.

    I love footy.

    • Fry

      March 25, 2022 at 7:33 pm

      Fingers crossed, all good to have plans in place but prepare for the worst…

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