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Fry’s Cash Cows – Rd. 7

As cash cows start to top out in value, Fry is back with all the helpful rookie info ahead of Round 7.

6 down, 17 to go!

With cash cows starting to score like stereotypical rooks and a lot of the mainstream picks topping out in value, coaches are facing a very important weekend of trades. The Brodie Grundy sized problem will see a lot of coaches undergo plenty of change in their ruck rotation, with the likes of Jack Hayes, Josh Rachele and Paddy McCartin all in the firing line!

Rookie/cash cows picks are players who start the season at $300,000 or lower

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 a good time to give them the axe.

Fattened cash cows

  1. Josh Rachele, Crows ($488K, AVG 68, BE 69)
  2. Josh Ward, Hawks ($406K, AVG 55, BE 48)
  3. Connor MacDonald, Hawks ($355K, AVG 47, BE 53)
  4. Jason Horne-Francis, Kangaroos ($511K, AVG 67, BE 70)
  5. Corey Durdin, Blues ($311K, AVG 44, BE 35)

Injured/non-playing rookies

  1. Jack Hayes, Saints ($408K, AVG 61, BE 65)
  2. Patrick McCartin, Swans ($349K, AVG 46, BE 56)
  3. Brady Hough, Eagles ($273K, AVG 43, BE 16)
  4. Hugo Ralphsmith, Tigers ($374K, AVG 52, BE 30)
  5. Sam Skinner, Power ($208K, AVG 33, BE 16)

Power Ranking Cash Cows – Round 6

After six weeks of action, these are the top-10 cash cow performers in season 2022!

Cash Cow King – Round 6

Surprisingly, a reborn Josh Gibcus (89) posted the highest rookie score last weekend, with 12 marks fuelling the best score of his young career. We’re starting to expect decent scores from Nic Martin (86) each week with Geelong forward Tyson Stengle (79) and young Port ruckman Sam Hayes (77) not too far behind. I think Gibcus deserves plenty of credit and he gets the vote for his efforts in Round 6, but this score may be a flash in the pan.

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Round 7 Rookie Rankings


Another week, another look at Nathan O’Driscoll ($398K, 56, BE 7) down back. The Dockers young gun is still the only real option in defence as a viable cash cow, even if the chatter around his job security refuses to die down. A tough task against Geelong means a lot of coaches who have him sitting at D6 will look to shuffle their team around, but I wouldn’t go throwing Josh Gibcus ($336K, 89, BE 6) into that spot after his ripper effort vs. Melbourne. Those coaches who stuck with Paddy McCartin ($349K, 35, BE 56) this far will likely want to swing the axe as well, with his breakeven shooting upwards after he was subbed out against the Hawks, meaning he’ll miss Round 7 too.


  1. Nathan O’Driscoll (Dockers)
  2. Nasiah Wanganeen-Milera (Saints)
  3. Josh Gibcus (Tigers)
  4. Paddy McCartin (Swans)
  5. Joel Smith (Demons)

Bench fodders Sam De Koning ($238K, 45, BE 13) and Jake Stein ($255K, 17, BE 33) find themselves at opposite ends of the spectrum in the eyes of fantasy coaches with the former producing his best score of the season to increase his worth. Helping himself to 15 disposals should see De Koning keep his price ticking over, while another poor outing from Stein could see him make way for Josh Fahey ($208K, DNP, BE 27). The Giants backman was the best of the DEF cash cow performers in the 2’s with forgotten backman Sam Skinner ($208K, DNP, BE 16) failing to light it up with just 49 points.

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:
Darcy Wilmot (Lions, $260K)
Josh Fahey (Giants, $208K)
Isaac Chugg (Magpies, $190K)
Rory Thompson (Suns, $190K)
Garrett McDonagh (Bombers, $192K)
Bodhi Uwland (Suns, $190K)


We got what we expect out of Nick Daicos ($636K, 77, BE 59) and Jason Horne-Francis ($511K, 67, BE 52) on the weekend with JHF creeping towards being culled unless he can produce another lofty score. Daicos may have even been moved into the back-6 for coaches, freeing up a midfield spot for Ben Hobbs ($319K, 46, BE 15) who managed just 6 points in the second half after a promising start.

If Hobbs isn’t residing at M7-M8, you may be thinking about giving Greg Clark ($190K, DNP, BE 25) the nod, with the mature-aged Eagle inches away from his senior debut. There’s every chance he’s selected in West Coast’s outfit to take on the Tigers this Friday, and if he is, expect Clark to be one of the most traded in players after a fantasy average of 114.7 in his 19 WAFL games last season.


  1. Nick Daicos (Magpies)
  2. Jason Horne-Francis (Kangaroos)
  3. Ben Hobbs (Bombers)
  4. Greg Clark (Eagles)*
  5. Josh Ward (Hawks) 

* if named

We saw another mature-ager earn his debut last round with Robbie McComb ($210K, 53, BE 5) performing well enough for coaches to suggest he’ll hold his spot. He and Marcus Windhager ($276K, 61, BE 5) are doing their job, although it may be time to consider trading out Connor MacDonald ($355K, 34, BE 53) and/or Reef McInnes ($266K, 13, BE 32) with the second-year Magpie registering just two touches on Anzac Day. For Fremantle’s WAFL side, Neil Erasmus ($333K, DNP, BE 5) went OFF with 144 points from 34 disposals over the weekend, however, a late head knock will likely keep him out of contention for Round 7. Tyler Sonsie ($236K, DNP, BE 31) is another one to keep an eye on with the Tigers draftee maintaining his solid form in the VFL (23 touches for 77 points).

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:
Greg Clark (Eagles, $190K)
Arlo Draper (Magpies, $202K)
Matty Roberts (Swans, $224K)
Matthew Johnson (Dockers, $250K)
James Tsitas (Suns, $190K)
Robbie McComb (Bulldogs, $190K)
Josh Goater (Kangaroos, $248K)
Hugh Jackson (Power, $190K)
Tom Joyce (Eagles, $190K)


A season-ending ACL tear comes as devastating news for Jack Hayes ($408K, 18, BE 65) with the versatile Saint poised to be one of the most traded out players. Making a straight swap between him and his Port Adelaide counterpart Sam Hayes ($258K, 77, BE -15) could be a handy way to net some fast cash with the Power tall recording 47 hitouts against West Coast last weekend. Speaking of West Coast, Hugh Dixon ($329K, DNP, BE 0) still appears to be battling a niggling calf worry that may see him miss another 1-2 weeks of games, but I wouldn’t be chopping out the RUC/FWD just yet. His replacement Luke Strnadica ($213K, 58, BE 2) performed admirably for the Eagles, but I can’t see him becoming much of a fantasy factor moving forward.


  1. Sam Hayes (Power)
  2. Hugh Dixon (Eagles)*
  3. Luke Strnadica (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)
Mac Andrew (Suns, $282K)
Max Heath (Saints, $190K)
Alex Mirkov (Blues, $190K)


The battle at the top of the FWD rankings continued this week with Nic Martin ($520K, 86, BE 41) once again claiming the No. 1 slot for his heroics on Anzac Day. He produced his highest score for coaches since his Round 1 coming out party and a large portion of the competition would’ve reaped the rewards. Tristan Xerri ($523, 61, BE 55) continues to serve his purpose and play his role as a handy cash cow, but Josh Rachele ($488K, 40, BE 69) may find himself on the chopping block after his second straight lacklustre score. With the Giants on the horizon, Rachele gets one more life for me, but I won’t blame you for cashing in the Crows cult hero.


  1. Nic Martin (Bombers)
  2. Tristan Xerri (Kangaroos) 
  3. Josh Rachele (Crows)
  4. Malcolm Rosas (Suns)*
  5. Ollie Dempsey (Cats)

* if named

Geelong newcomer Ollie Dempsey ($207K, 48, BE 9) may come as a surprise in the top-5 rankings for coaches and he doesn’t have a fantasy-friendly matchup looming with Freo coming to town. Still, I’m backing the young gun to outperform the likes of Corey Durdin ($311K, 28, BE 35) and Willie Rioli ($441K, 25, BE 65) who have done their dash as worthwhile cash cows. Some coaches may also turn to Roos small Paul Curtis ($242K, 57, BE 10) after his impressive debut in which he managed four shots on goal and a well-rounded stat line. Lastly, we could see basement priced MID/FWD Ned Long ($190K, DNP, BE 25) join the list of debutants after another triple-figure score on the weekend for the Box Hill Hawks thanks to 7 marks and 10 tackles.

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)
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. Euman

    April 27, 2022 at 7:49 am

    Great article maybe a typo at top of page I think Rachelle avg/BE is 67 & 69 but still fattened

    • Fry

      April 27, 2022 at 10:09 am

      Whoops, fixed now. BE of 69 does make him one worth trading

    • Jay1

      April 28, 2022 at 12:25 am

      Another typo is JHF BE of “70”, actually in 50s

  2. Blake

    April 27, 2022 at 8:25 am

    Do you field greg Clark if he plays over NOD? Not sure which one.

    • Fry

      April 27, 2022 at 10:10 am

      I think I would play him over NOD. Tall task coming for Freo down in Geelong

  3. Dan

    April 27, 2022 at 9:47 am

    Thoughts on Keidean Coleman down back?

    • Fry

      April 27, 2022 at 10:14 am

      I rate him, definitely someone worth targeting!

  4. Grovers Guns

    April 27, 2022 at 9:56 am

    Excellent again Fry

    Grundy > Gawn is my first trade (Preuss R2, SHayes R3 and Xerri F4 – Dixon @ Utility)

    2nd trade harder ($131k left in bank)
    – Butters to Cripps (Brodie DPP) and play Rachelle
    – Rachelle to Rozee
    – fix bench for cash (Mead/Durdin to Clarke with Windhanger DPP) – I think Clarke will play and be good for 70-80


    • Fry

      April 27, 2022 at 10:24 am

      Cheers legend!
      I like the idea of making some $$$ and going Durdin to Clark mate

  5. Garry

    April 27, 2022 at 11:25 am

    Cripps or Oliver to average more the rest of the season?

    • Pendles4Brownlow

      April 27, 2022 at 4:52 pm

      I’m loving Cripps at the moment, but he will eventually buckle under the weight of carrying the Blues, but he has not peaked, so will be good to move on come the bye

    • Fry

      April 28, 2022 at 9:33 am

      Toughy, Cripps for me though

  6. Tony

    April 27, 2022 at 2:39 pm

    Would you recommend Coleman or Rosas for F6, if I go with Rosas I’ll be able to get JHF up to Walsh/Mills/Touk next week

    • Fry

      April 28, 2022 at 9:34 am

      I’m pretty high on Coleman TBH mate, I’d go for him

  7. Bombers

    April 27, 2022 at 4:01 pm

    Have now copped 3 forced trades in a row. Tempted to upgrade whilst I can but it means i miss Hayes (Port). Can do Grundy to Gawn & Rachele to Cripps, or do I need to get Hayes (Port) in to generate cash.

    • Fry

      April 28, 2022 at 9:35 am

      I’m in the same boat so I feel your pain. Sam Hayes is a good rookie target, but Gawn and Cripps in is too hard to pass up

  8. Mike

    April 27, 2022 at 6:48 pm

    Could one take a punt and field Gibcus this week?
    Move a Hewett type to Mid7 and bench JHF.
    NOD would be benched D7.
    Do all of the above and JHF scores his first 100.

    • Fry

      April 28, 2022 at 9:36 am

      I’d much rather field JHF over Gibcus so I say back in the midfielder in Horne-Francis

  9. The Kid

    April 27, 2022 at 8:41 pm

    Hi Fry, love your work. S Hayes or Clark and the extra $$$?

    • Fry

      April 28, 2022 at 9:36 am

      If he’s named, Clark for me mate

  10. Paddy

    April 27, 2022 at 11:20 pm

    Love your work fry!

    Thinking of going:

    1) Ralphsmith > Clark
    Grundy > Oliver (via Preuss to R2 and Hayes Utility)
    Leaves me with $130k


    2) Zac Williams > Coleman
    Grundy > Oliver

    Leaves me $270k

    • Fry

      April 28, 2022 at 9:37 am

      Thanks mate!
      If Clark’s named I’d grab him, but No. 2 is a great trade if he’s not named

  11. Jacko

    April 27, 2022 at 11:22 pm

    Oliver, Walsh or Mills mate

    • Fry

      April 28, 2022 at 9:38 am

      Can’t really lose with any of the trio, but I’d personally rank them in that order

  12. Justin Stitchup

    April 28, 2022 at 5:46 am

    Hey Fry Legend, Would you play Rachele v GWS or JHF v Blues? Thanks bud

    • Fry

      April 28, 2022 at 9:38 am

      Hmmmmm I think I’d side with Rachele, but it’s close!

  13. Andy

    April 28, 2022 at 10:30 am

    With the latest injury news on Xerri, I need to hold Rachele another week. Would you opt for JDG or Heeney?

    • Fry

      April 28, 2022 at 3:55 pm

      Out for 3-4 weeks with a foot injury so I’d flick him well before Rachele. Probably JDG if you ask me

  14. Hinchy

    April 28, 2022 at 1:59 pm

    Hey Fry, would you trade ward over mead to get to de goey over rozee

    • Fry

      April 28, 2022 at 3:57 pm

      Definitely, I like the Ward > DeGoey move!

  15. JJ

    April 28, 2022 at 4:43 pm

    Trade in De Goey (Fwd) or Tom Stewart (Def)? Who will average more for rest of the season?

    • Fry

      April 28, 2022 at 4:56 pm

      I’d rather have De Goey in my team

  16. brian Smith

    April 28, 2022 at 5:32 pm

    Any thoughts how Cooper Hamilton compares to Clark?

    • Fry

      April 28, 2022 at 11:04 pm

      I’d back in the scoring pedigree of Clark over Hamilton

  17. chem

    April 28, 2022 at 8:56 pm

    G’day legend. Should I bring in Cripps or Mills this week? Trying to be smart with BE. Cripps match up is sweet but Mills has a BE 30 points lower and will likely be harder to afford in the long run.

    • Fry

      April 28, 2022 at 11:16 pm

      See which one maybe helps your byes, I’d rather Cripps though

  18. Wordle

    April 28, 2022 at 9:41 pm

    I’ve got major issues in my team.
    Need to trade Grundy and got a lot of dud rookies in my team.
    Who goes first?
    McCartin (although can’t really get him to anyone), Ward, McDonald, Xerri, Rachele, Durdin or McEntee
    Also which player should I trade in and play on field?
    Clark + cash, Hobbs or Hayes + cash

    • Fry

      April 28, 2022 at 11:17 pm

      I feel ya mate!
      Grundy goes to Gawn first if you don’t have him, otherwise Pruess/Sam Hayes for R3. The non-playing ones go next, Ward or McCartin (if you can use DPP) to Clark is the way I’d go

  19. Jacko

    April 28, 2022 at 9:47 pm

    Xerri going down has thrown a spanner in the works :(

    Would you go:
    1) Xerri > Clark
    Grundy > Oliver
    And $275k in bank but have to play Durdin or SDK in ground as F6.


    2) Xerri > Coleman
    Grundy > Oliver
    And $95k

    Option 2 obviously means I don’t get Clark straight away. Is that a problem?

    • Fry

      April 28, 2022 at 11:19 pm

      I’d love to grab Clark this week if you can, but there’s always next round. I’d go No. 2

  20. Darce

    April 28, 2022 at 11:18 pm

    Hey Fry – reckon Rachele will post a passable score for us this week?

    • Fry

      April 28, 2022 at 11:20 pm

      He bloody needs to! Repaying the coaches this week vs. GWS would be huge

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