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Weekend Forecast – Round 16

It’s a big weekend with plenty of decisions to be made. Let Bails’ help you out!

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The carnage continues to follow us coaches every week, with more injuries to deal with.  As reported by The Traders on last nights teams stream, the most traded in player both last week and this week, Luke Jackson, is in doubt to play against Adelaide on Saturday with a knee injury. I have seen some coaches already went English, who was missing again, down to Jackson, locking in a trade where they may need to trade Jackson back out again. Along with this, it was reported on Wednesday night that Rory Laird was in doubt to face Melbourne with a shoulder issue, but has been named and looks like he will play, but stay tuned to the news. Braydon Preuss was also not named for those coaches that held him. All these forced trades and issues mean it is hard for coaches looking to move their final rookies on, but we just have to keep putting one foot in front of the other.


We had another Thursday night game so lets have a look at what happened.

Brisbane vs Western Bulldogs @ The Gabba

Lachie Neale (133) – This man is just too good! I don’t know why I didn’t put the VC on him. He is well and truly a top 8 mid, and could well be on his way to a 2nd Brownlow.

Tom Liberatore (128) – Libba has been a name some people have looked at, but after tonight, there will be a lot more people looking at him as a potential top 6 forward. His last 4 scores, 115, 99, 110 and a season high 128.

Hugh McCluggage (120) – Another name coaches may need to start seriously considering. His last 4, 118, 114, 136 and 120. He is getting expensive now, but the numbers don’t lie.

Bailey Dale (117) – With Caleb Daniel out for around a month, I think he becomes a decent option. Has been really solid this season averaging 93.6 and priced at around 750k, he should be better with Daniel out.

Josh Dunkley (113) – Another guy that just gets it done every week. He has only gone under 100 on 2 occasions in 15 games.

Marcus Bontempelli (108) –  The Bont looks like he is really starting to heat up. Back to back scores of 118 and 108 have him entrenched in the top 6 forwards, most likely top 3. If you don’t have him, he is a great target.

Keidean Coleman (105) – Kiddy Coleman has looked fantastic in his last 3 games, and his scoring has followed, with 94, 90 and 105. I wouldn’t be bringing him in, but for yhose coaches that held, they would be very happy and I would continue to hold him.

Adam Treloar (100) – Got to the ton and did what he needed to. Just keep an eye on the news as it was rumoured/reported he may have experienced hamstring tightness late in the game.

Jack Macrae (93) – sEven though is was still over 90, it was another poor score from Macrae. That is now 5 scores under 100 this season, and it is mainly due to him not consistently getting those marks and tackles to get the big scores. For the time being, I am not sure I can use the C or VC on him.

James Tunstill (61) – For those that jumped on, he was solid in his second game, and looked calm with ball in hand. Probably not the time of year to pay up for rookies, so if you missed him, I would not worry about it.

Dominic Bedendo (43) – The debutant looked really good in the first half, but faded in the 2nd half and Brisbane took control of the game. Should stay in the team, and could be a solid FWD rookie option if he does indeed hold his spot.

Daniel Rich (32) – Experienced hamstring tightness during the 2nd quarter, and was ruled out of the rest of the game at half time. Apparently it was just precautionary, but keep an eye on the news over the next few days.

Dayne Zorko (6) – Same as Rich, he experienced hamstring tightness within the first 10 minutes of the game and was subbed out. He said post-game it was precautionary and he aims to be right for the next week, but given his history with soft tissues injuries, he may well be missing for a week or two.


Now, lets get into the rest of the Weekend Forecast.


Carlton vs St Kilda @ Marvel Stadium

Weather Forecast

***Roof Closed***

Team Lineups



Adam Cerra


Will Setterfield (Medi-Sub), Jordan Boyd (Injured)

St Kilda


Jack Higgins, Paddy Ryder, Mason Wood, Bradley Hill


Ben Paton (Omitted), Ryan Byrnes (Omitted), Ben Long (Omitted), Darragh Joyce (Omitted), Cooper Sharman (Omitted)


Players to Watch

Trade Targets: Sam Docherty, Sam Walsh, Jack Sinclair, Jack Steele

Other players to watch: Rowan Marshall, Patrick Cripps, George Hewett

Captain/VC Options: Sam Docherty, Jack Steele, Sam Walsh

Essendon vs Sydney @ MCG

Weather Forecast

Around 12°C, mostly cloudy

Team Lineups



Brandon Zerk-Thatcher, Darcy Parish


Nick Bryan (Omitted), Ben Hobbs (Omitted), Brayden Ham (Medi-Sub)



Justin McInerney


Ryan Clarke (Omitted), Lewis Taylor (Medi-Sub)


Players to Watch

Trade Targets: Zach Merrett, Callum Mills, Jake Lloyd, Luke Parker, Massimo D’Ambrosio

Other players to watch: Nic Martin, Darcy Parish

Captain/VC Options: Callum Mills


Adelaide vs Melbourne @ Adelaide Oval

Weather Forecast

Around 11°C, mostly cloudy

Team Lineups



Lachlan Murphy, Riley Thilthorpe


Will Hamill (Injured), Ned McHenry (Injured), Shane McAdam (Injured)





Jayden Hunt (Medi-Sub)


Players to Watch

Trade Targets: Jordan Dawson, Angus Brayshaw, Clayton Oliver, Luke Jackson, Christian Petracca

Other players to watch: Rory Laird, Christian Salem, Reilly O’Brien, Ben Keays

Captain/VC Options: Jordan Dawson, Clayton Oliver


Gold Coast vs Collingwood @ Metricon Stadium

Weather Forecast

Around 11°C, periods of light rain expected (65% chance of rain)

Team Lineups

Gold Coast


James Tsitas, Connor Budarick


Brayden Fiorini (Medi-Sub), Jy Farrar (HS Protocols), Alex Davies (Injured)



Jordan De Goey


Jeremy Howe (Illness), Isaac Chugg (Omitted)


Players to Watch

Trade Targets: Darcy Cameron, Jack Crisp, Jarrod Witts, Touk Miller, James Tsitas

Other players to watch: Jordan De Goey, Scott Pendlebury, Nick Daicos

Captain/VC Options: Touk Miller


Geelong vs North Melbourne @ GMHBA Stadium

Weather Forecast

Around 9°C, mostly cloudy

Team Lineups



Gary Rohan, Patrick Dangerfield


Cooper Stephens (Medi-Sub), Joel Selwood (Managed), Tom Stewart (Suspension)

North Melbourne


Lachie Young, Charlie Lazzaro, Jack Mahony


Flynn Perez (Omitted), Bailey Scott (Injured), Aiden Bonar (Injured), Tarryn Thomas (Personal Reasons)


Players to Watch

Trade Targets: Mitch Duncan, Aaron Hall, Jackson Archer, Cam Guthrie

Other players to watch: Patrick Dangerfield, Jy Simpkin, Jed Anderson

Captain/VC Options: Mitch Duncan (VC Option), Aaron Hall (VC Option), Cam Guthrie


Richmond vs West Coast @ MCG

Weather Forecast

Around 13°C, partly cloudy

Team Lineups



Kane Lambert, Jake Aarts, Rhyan Mansell, Sydney Stack, Jason Castagna


Dion Prestia (Injured), Judson Clarke (Omitted)

West Coast


Nic Naitanui, Harry Edwards, Sam Petrevski-Seton, Jai Culley, Zane Trew


Callum Jamieson (Omitted), Josh Kennedy (Managed)


Players to Watch

Trade Targets: Zane Trew, Rhett Bazzo, Jai Culley (If named)

Other players to watch: Nick Vlastuin, Jayden Short, Elliot Yeo, Liam Baker

Captain/VC Options: None


GWS vs Hawthorn @ Giants Stadium

Weather Forecast

Around 16°C, rain (100% chance of rain)

Team Lineups



Zach Sproule, Matt Flynn, Wade Derksen





Jack Gunston, Will Day, Finn Maginness, Kyle Hartigan


Daniel Howe (Omitted)


Players to Watch

Trade Targets: Lachie Whitfield, Stephen Coniglio

Other players to watch: Tom Mitchell, Tim Taranto, Harry Himmelberg, James Sicily, Josh Kelly

Captain/VC Options: Stephen Coniglio

Fremantle vs Port Adelaide @ Optus Stadium

Weather Forecast

Around 19°C, sunny

Team Lineups



Connor Blakely, Michael Walters, Nathan Wilson, Sam Sturt


Liam Henry (Injured)

Port Adelaide


Darcy Byrne-Jones, Orazio Fantasia, Tom Clurey, Robbie Gray, Jase Burgoyne


Sam Mayes (Omitted), Riley Bonner (Injured)


Players to Watch

Trade Targets: Andrew Brayshaw, Sean Darcy

Other players to watch: Connor Rozee, Karl Amon, Dan Houston, Will Brodie, Ollie Wines

Captain/VC Options: Andrew Brayshaw


My Trades

De Koning -> Tsitas

Daicos -> Steele

Trades are straight forward this week, one up one down. It is time for SDK to go, so I will bring in James Tsitas who is making his debut for Gold Coast. I will then use that money to move on my final rookie in Nick Daicos, who has been fantastic and not performing like a rookie, and bringing in the big man Jack Steele. I love what I saw from him last week, and he will likely be carrying the captaincy on debut for me.


Anyway, thanks again everyone for reading the Weekend Forecast. If you have any questions about your starting teams, or anything else, leave your questions in the comments section below or hit me up at my Twitter or Instagram (links provided below).

Good luck for round 16!

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  1. George

    July 1, 2022 at 3:06 pm

    Bails mate always a great write up!
    Can you help with these trades as I’m tossing up between the two options

    Tom Stewart to Jake Lloyd and Hobbs to Dusty Martin (all I can afford) and the other option is Tom Stewart to Brayden Maynard and then I can go Hobbs up to Mitch Duncan for his 250th against kangas.. your thoughts?

    • Straight Shooter

      July 1, 2022 at 4:55 pm

      Mitch Duncan could be good with Stewart out

      • George

        July 1, 2022 at 4:57 pm

        So you would go Maynard and Duncan over Lloyd and Dusty??

    • Steve

      July 1, 2022 at 5:02 pm

      Dusty is not Fantasy relevant anymore, wasted trade as he’s not a keeper, you are better off grabbing Archer/Ambrosia/Tsitas etc and using the cash next week to upgrade to someone better.

      • George

        July 1, 2022 at 5:10 pm

        I get what ur saying steve, but I’m purely playing for league as my ranking is shocking
        And I feel Dusty vs west coast will score higher than any rookie i pick from
        Would you choose Maynard and Duncan though? Is is Maynard a waste aswell

      • Joey Ramone

        July 1, 2022 at 6:32 pm

        Archer is out

    • JungleMuffin

      July 2, 2022 at 12:08 am

      Had Lloyd since round 2-3. Don’t bring him in, he just doesn’t have the junk time in him any more with Sydney’s game plan. I’ll be moving him out in a few weeks.

  2. Art Vandelay

    July 1, 2022 at 3:42 pm

    Should I straight bat it and trade
    Soligo -> 190k rookie
    Daicos – > Docherty

    Or roll the dice with
    Soligo -> 190k rookie
    Wehr-> de Goey
    The latter gives me daicos playing instead of a rookie first gamer

    • George

      July 1, 2022 at 3:55 pm

      I would bring in Docherty, De Goey always in trouble or suspended
      Now help a brother out George

  3. Hugh Mungus-Wanga

    July 1, 2022 at 4:13 pm

    Hobbs is playing now

    • George

      July 1, 2022 at 4:55 pm

      So what if he’s playing, he’s crap and needs to be upgraded regardless

      • Hugh Mungus-Wanga

        July 2, 2022 at 6:01 am

        Extra player might be helpful for someone with Red Dots. I traded Hobbs

  4. Urgent Question

    July 1, 2022 at 5:28 pm

    Do I take a punt on Jackson playing or trade Cripps to Steele?

  5. Steve

    July 1, 2022 at 6:56 pm

    Jackson confirmed out, its donut time…

  6. Jag67

    July 1, 2022 at 7:20 pm

    This has certainly not been the year for the ol’ “set & forget” ruck strategy.

  7. George

    July 1, 2022 at 8:38 pm

    Is something wrong with Cripps, he does fuck all
    Should be dropped

  8. George

    July 1, 2022 at 8:39 pm

    Is something wrong with Cripps, he does nothing
    Should be dropped

    • George

      July 1, 2022 at 10:29 pm

      Same with Docherty.. what a wasted pick up, does absolutely nothing

  9. Pendles4Brownlow

    July 1, 2022 at 10:31 pm

    Doc – FMDT

    • Angus

      July 2, 2022 at 4:13 pm

      Mills – FMDT

      • Millshills

        July 2, 2022 at 5:13 pm

        Captain Mills has single handedly ruined my season, lesson learnt, Mills is NEVER a good captain choice, he is Excellent for the VC, but never rely on him for the big C.

  10. Mark Fawcett

    July 2, 2022 at 11:18 am

    Well, at least I’m semi covered with Jackson out. Have Caleb Graham at least for 10 points or, lol. At least I didn’t trade Jackson in this week but last. English for Cameron this week. Plus I’ve copped Zorko’s 6.

    • lizard-0f-oz

      July 2, 2022 at 1:41 pm

      tough. copped grahams 21 last week.
      had brought jackson in this week but was able to
      reverse to xerri.

  11. Craig Poole

    July 2, 2022 at 11:32 am

    Take Neale’s VC score as captain or rely on Miller ?

    • Burger

      July 2, 2022 at 11:39 am

      That’s a no-brainer. Take Neale’s vc score & run…..

    • John1

      July 2, 2022 at 12:12 pm

      Is this a real question?

  12. Tommo

    July 2, 2022 at 11:49 am

    Any help on a player I can grab for 801k or under as I’m trading out Hately and already consigned to copping a donut from Jackson – currently thinking Merrett, Short, Duncan, Petracca, Hall to name a few (can go def, mid, fwd due to dpp)

  13. Steve

    July 2, 2022 at 12:11 pm

    Highest scoring ruck for the next two weeks that hasn’t already played this week, excluding Cameron ?

    • Angus

      July 2, 2022 at 4:11 pm

      I think O’Brien, facing ruckless Melbourne this week and Hawthorn next week, should have a few good ceiling scores and then you can trade him to Gawn or English when they’re back

  14. IHTG

    July 2, 2022 at 12:18 pm

    I traded Witts out at his bye, deeming him surplus to requirements after bringing in Gawn and English, wish I had kept him, that one decision has kept me from getting rid of my rooks, and I’m now bringing Witts back in for Jackson, FML.

  15. Ando the brain dead barfly

    July 2, 2022 at 1:39 pm

    Rory Laird good to go today. Club was just being cautionary

  16. Russell Pindick

    July 2, 2022 at 8:59 pm

    Big Maxy is back next week

    • Andy

      July 2, 2022 at 11:18 pm


      • Russell Pindick

        July 3, 2022 at 5:18 am

        Simon Goodwin “He’ll be right for Thursday night”

        • BestowedMisery

          July 3, 2022 at 2:53 pm

          Eh Russ, what do you call someone with a pindick?


          • Dulcify

            July 3, 2022 at 6:19 pm

            Could also be called prick.

  17. JungleMuffin

    July 3, 2022 at 12:43 pm

    On for 2400 this round pals, even with Heeney and AALLLLLLLOYD stinking it up as usual.

    Of course my team would come good once the season is over….

  18. Bill

    July 3, 2022 at 1:32 pm

    Of my second class rucks, ROB smashed it against ruckless Melb.
    Witts was disappointing against Collingwood.

    Which one becomes English next week?

    I’m going to wait on Gawn- he’s let me down enough already this year.

  19. BestowedMisery

    July 3, 2022 at 5:45 pm

    Going to have my best score for the year with a
    Jackson 0..
    Yep, I was a fool that brought in Taranto last week.

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