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Fry’s Cash Cows – Rd. 17

With the fantasy finals inching closer Fry is back to discuss all things rookies/cash cows!

16 down, 7 to go!

Casual reminder fantasy coaches, there are only three weeks left until the fantasy finals begin! Before we reach that point of the season, everyone will want to offload the pesky rookies who are still sitting on their field, yes, even the likes of Nic Martin and Nick Daicos. Timing the trade out is one of the hardest moves to execute in fantasy and as a lot of mainstream cash cows reach their peak value, it’s smart to offload them to a premium player and maximise the number of points on your field.

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

Mooooving On

Part of the 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. Corey Durdin, Blues ($333K, AVG 45, BE 50)
  2. Paddy McCartin, Swans ($462K, AVG 55, BE 62)
  3. Hugo Ralphsmith, Tigers ($436K, AVG 54, BE 55)
  4. Ben Hobbs, Bombers ($507K, AVG 63, BE 69)
  5. Nic Martin, Bombers ($650K, AVG 84, BE 89)

Injured/non-playing rookies

  1. Sam De Koning, Cats ($435K, AVG 47, BE 63)
  2. Greg Clark, Eagles ($456K, AVG 69, BE 54)
  3. Cooper Stephens, Cats ($334K, AVG 52, BE 25)
  4. Sam Hayes, Power ($408K, AVG 56, BE 49)
  5. Jason Horne-Francis, Kangaroos ($503K, AVG 64, BE 85)

Power Ranking Cash Cows – Round 16

After 16 weeks of action, these are the top-10 cash cow performers!

Cash Cow King – Round 16

Dashing Don and the newest Rising Star nominee out of the hanger Massimo D’Ambrosio (77) produced the best score of his career on the weekend, narrowly outpacing West Coast’s Brady Hough (76) amongst the top rookie scorers. Callum Brown (94) burst onto the scene in his first game of the season with an epic 90+ total, but once again a prestigious Magpie talent was the best cash cow on offer last round, posting his 5th triple-figure score of 2022.

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Round 17 Rookie Rankings


The defensive line continues to boast strong cash cow performers with the Rising Star favourite in Nick Daicos ($689K, 117, BE 58) leading the charge. He’s being ably supported by up-and-coming jets like Jacob Wehr ($445K, 67, BE 32) and Massimo D’Ambrosio ($284K, 77, BE -11) who are still getting it done for coaches and don’t need to be considered as trade-out options for another few weeks at least. The output from Patrick Parnell ($320K, 59, BE 18) has been a bit more of a roller coaster ride, however, he’s still trending in the right direction and the form of Nasiah Wanganeen-Milera ($514K, 74, BE 49) needs to be mentioned also. Only 5.5% of coaches are rocking with NWM in their sides, but the flashy first-year Saint has scored 70+ in three of his last four outings.


  1. Nick Daicos (Magpies)
  2. Jacob Wehr (Giants)
  3. Massimo D’Ambrosio (Bombers)
  4. Patrick Parnell (Crows)

Over the weekend, Rhett Bazzo ($264K, 20, BE 26) and James Blanck ($200K, 20, BE 23) reminded us why it’s never a good idea to invest in key backmen, with Josh Gibcus ($320K, 52, BE 54) another lockdown DEF who has struggled and been ditched by most of the fantasy community. If you find yourself with one of them on your bench, it might be wise to flip them for Jase Burgoyne ($220K, 68, BE -4) who finally broke through for his first AFL game on the weekend and held his own against Freo. He should retain his place in the Power side after gathering 17 touches for his decent score.

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 Eyre (Bombers, $190K)
Will Kelly (Magpies, $190K)
Will Gould (Swans, $190K)
Garrett McDonagh (Bombers, $192K)


While he maintained his place amongst the top MID cash cows, the time is coming to cash in Jake Soligo ($461K, 73, BE 39) as he nears $500K. Over 25,000 coaches are still trusting the Adelaide rookie with over half of them still playing him on their field, likely in their final midfield spot. There’s still room for Soligo to grow, but if instead, you’re playing one of the most owned players in Nick Daicos or Nic Martin it will be hard to resist turning them into a premium midfielder. There’s a change in the 4th spot in the engine room ranks this week, thanks to another strong game from Brady Hough ($425K, 76, BE 36). West Coast’s first-year sensation won’t still be residing in a lot of sides, however, his ability to chalk up a high number of marks (10 against the Tigers last round) has seen him continue to post some impressive scores lately.


  1. Nick Daicos (Magpies)
  2. Nic Martin (Bombers)
  3. Jake Soligo (Crows)
  4. Brady Hough (Eagles)

The Eagles blooded another fresh face over the weekend with Zan Trew ($205K, 46, BE 10) finding his way into a handful of fantasy sides along with Gold Coast battler James Tsitas ($190K, 23, BE 26). As some of the most popular Round 16 downgrade targets, their scores weren’t exactly what coaches were looking for, although the crew that rolled the dice on James Tunstill ($239K, 61, BE 4) would’ve been happy with his output in game two.

Marcus Windhager ($376K, 54, BE 30) and Robbie McComb ($424K, 62, BE 46) both scored adequately as MID/FWD options and another basement MID/FWD rookie in Josh Carmichael ($190K, DNP, BE 25) is surely getting close (96 points and 23 touches) to cracking Collingwood’s AFL rotation, even though they’ve won 6 games on the trot. He and Tyler Sonsie ($236K, DNP, BE 31) put up decent numbers (27 disposals for 84 points) at VFL level with North’s Josh Goater ($248K, DNP, BE 32) another standout (96 points from 19 touches) who is hopefully nearing a debut.

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:
Arlo Draper (Magpies, $202K)
Cooper Murley (Magpies, $194K)
Will Hayes (Blues, $271K)
Tyler Sonsie (Tigers, $236K)
Matthew Johnson (Dockers, $250K)
Josh Goater (Kangaroos, $248K)
Hugh Jackson (Power, $190K)
Tom Joyce (Eagles, $190K)
Bailey Laurie (Demons, $190K)


The resurgence back to fantasy relevance continued on the weekend for Tristan Xerri ($509K, 63, BE 43)  with North Melbourne’s young ruckman seeing his ownership increase despite his already inflated price tag. The field remains bleak outside of Xerri in the RUC department with both Caleb Graham ($281K, 23, BE 44) and Bailey Williams ($393K, 33, BE 62) hardly filling coaches with confidence following their most recent efforts. Scott Lycett is expected to return for Port Adelaide, but we’re still uncertain if it will be at AFL or SANFL level. Either way, it doesn’t bode well for Sam Hayes ($408K, DNP, BE 50) and those who still have him sitting at R3 may want to think about giving him the flick to utilise the cash he’s already made, even if it’s for a non-playing basement rookie ruck.


  1. Tristan Xerri (Kangaroos)
  2. Sam Hayes (Power)*

* 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)


I continue to lump Nic Martin ($650K, 72, BE 89) and Ben Hobbs ($507K, 71, BE 69) in together as cash cow options up forward, however, it’s clear that Martin is the Bombers youngster you should have the most faith in. The Essendon pair find themselves as the most trustworthy FWD cash cows right now, with Tyson Stengle ($561K, 58, BE 69) not too far behind them. All three have to be traded out eventually, but I’d rather keep the Geelong small forward over Hobbs now that Stengle is clearly entrenched in the Cats’ side and producing decent numbers in the process.

A lot of the fantasy faithful will be excited by the output from Callum Brown ($261K, 96, BE – 17) over the weekend, but I can’t see him replicating too many games that are similar to his four-goal showing against Hawthorn. A low breakeven and handy DEF/FWD status has already led to nearly 7,000 coaches bringing him in, but don’t say I didn’t warn you if he drops a sub-50 score in Round 17.


  1. Nic Martin (Bombers)
  2. Tyson Stengle (Cats)
  3. Ben Hobbs (Bombers)
  4. Connor MacDonald (Hawks)

Hawthorn’s Connor MacDonald ($419K, 69, BE 30) held onto his place in the top-4 and even though there are an abundance of other FWD’s under the $400K price bracket, none of them are emerging as viable trade targets right now. Jackson Mead ($395K, 65, BE 28) is a bit hard done by, but the other young guns including Phoenix Spicer ($190K, 24, BE 24), Hewago Paul Oea ($197K, 34, BE 18), Dominic Bedendo ($203K, 43, BE 12) and Sam Butler ($286K, 33, BE 35) shouldn’t really be viewed as serious threats. Willie Rioli ($442K, 65, BE 30) continues his strong comeback season, but if there are still any Josh Rachele ($339K, 35, BE 60) owners out there, another injury setback that will see him miss a week or two gives you a perfect reason to jump ship.

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)
Elijah Hollands (Suns, $190K)
Jai Serong (Hawks, $190K)
Josh Carmichael (Magpies, $190K)
Sam Darcy (Bulldogs, $288K)
Jai Culley (Eagles, $190K)
Ned Long (Hawks, $190K)
Sam Philp (Blues, $205K)
Arthur Jones (Bulldogs, $206K)
Ash Johnson (Magpies, $190K)

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