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Fry’s Cash Cows – Rd. 20

The fantasy finals are here, but that doesn’t mean your final few rookie investments aren’t important!

19 down, 4 to go!

We’ve reached the fantasy finals and I’m praying that you’re reading this piece with no cash cow picks still sitting on your field. Coaches are at the point of the season where they may be starting to punt bench spots and offload those fattened cash cows to provide you with the handy $$$ for an upgrade around the ground but don’t simply gloss over the players you trade in. With one month still to go on the fantasy footy calendar, there are still money makers to be found if you look in the right places.

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. Nic Martin, Bombers ($616K, AVG 82, BE 79)
  2. Jacob Wehr, Giants ($441K, AVG 61, BE 57)
  3. Patrick Parnell, Crows ($390K, AVG 50, BE 46)
  4. Ben Hobbs, Bombers ($492K, AVG 62, BE 64)
  5. Sam De Koning, Cats ($406K, AVG 48, BE 55)

Injured/non-playing rookies

  1. Sam Hayes, Power ($408K, AVG 56, BE 51)
  2. Massimo D’Ambrosio, Bombers ($329K, AVG 57, BE 5)
  3. Greg Clark, Eagles ($420K, AVG 59, BE 89)
  4. Judson Clarke, Tigers ($287K, AVG 42, BE 33)
  5. Mitch Ownes, Saints ($281K, AVG 43, BE 24)

Power Ranking Cash Cows – Round 19

After 19 weeks of action, these are the top-10 cash cow performers!

Cash Cow King – Round 19

There were only five points that separated this week’s nominees with the majority of cash cows hopefully out of your thinking. The two mainstays who may still be residing on your field, Nic Martin (82) and Nick Daicos (82), went head-to-head with the duo posting the same point total. The final game of the round featured the other top scorers, with Marcus Windhager (84) and Jai Culley (87) turning heads at Optus Stadium. While he would’ve likely been sitting on the bench for his owners, I’m giving the mid-season Eagles recruit the nod this week and siding with Culley.

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Round 20 Rookie Rankings


As we round the corner for home, Nick Daicos ($776K, 82, BE 81) is probably the only rookie residing on the field for successful coaches and if you’re staring at any other cash cows in your back-6, removing them is a priority. Both Jase Burgoyne ($294K, 61, BE 2) and Jacob Wehr ($441K, 64, BE 57) have produced solid scores recently, but there’s no reason why either of the duo should be sitting at D5-D6 this late into the season. The same could be said for Nasiah Wanganeen-Milera ($527K, DNP, BE 66) who didn’t make the trip over the WA last round and remains on the chopping block now that he’s served his purpose as a cash cow.


  1. Nick Daicos (Magpies)
  2. Nasiah Wanganeen-Milera (Saints)*
  3. Jacob Wehr (Giants)
  4. Jason Burgoyne (Power)

* if named

I can’t endorse the likes of Ben Miller ($279K, 61, BE 1) or James Blanck ($223K, 37, BE 20) as viable targets this late into the season, which means it’s slim pickings for fantasy coaches down back. Giants backman Callum Brown ($336K, 72, BE 5) returned from a one-game absence to produce decent numbers, but his already inflated price tag means he’s not worth targeting this late into the year. A Charlie Ballard injury could pave the way for Jez McLennan ($190K, DNP, BE 25) to finally break through, but a score of just 54 fuelled by 12 touches on the weekend means a call up is unlikely.

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)
Fischer McAsey (Crows, $201K)
Will Kelly (Magpies, $190K)
Will Gould (Swans, $190K)
Jez McLennan (Suns, $190K)
Garrett McDonagh (Bombers, $192K)


Strong performances from Jake Soligo ($485K, 75, BE 49) and Josh Ward ($530K, 75, BE 24) keep them in the mix as top midfield cash cows, but the time to part ways with them is now. Ward has probably already been ditched by the entire fantasy community, and while Soligo has shown an ability to string 70’s together, that’s not going to cut it while he’s chewing up a valuable MID spot this late into the fantasy season.


  1. Nick Daicos (Magpies)
  2. Nic Martin (Bombers)
  3. Jake Soligo (Crows)
  4. Josh Ward (Hawks)

A surprising showing from Marcus Windhager ($397K, 84, BE 30) could see the up-and-coming Saint string some games together to close the season, but I do wonder how he’ll back up his season-high score with just one other score over 65 in 12 tries. His young teammate Mitch Owens ($281K, DNP, BE 25) is still likely sitting on the pine for coaches and dominating at VFL level with 90 points and two goals could see him become a factor down the home stretch too. Tyler Sonsie ($275K, 44, BE 14) may soon find himself removed from Richmond’s side, along with Hugo Ralphsmith ($427K, 33, BE 68) who is starting to bleed cash, keeping them in the mix of trade out candidates.

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)
Matthew Johnson (Dockers, $250K)
Josh Goater (Kangaroos, $248K)
Hugh Jackson (Power, $190K)
Tom Joyce (Eagles, $190K)
Bailey Laurie (Demons, $190K)


Let’s not waste your valuable time. With plenty of value on offer in the ruck department right now, there’s no reason to be stingy and try to reinvent the wheel with a near-basement-priced player. Caleb Graham ($292K, 55, BE 23) was the only rookie-priced player to take to the field in the RUC department last week and even though his score was ‘ok’ the only downgrades I’d be making are in the R3 slot.


  1. Brynn Teakle (Power)*
  2. Caleb Graham (Suns)

* 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)
Charlie Comben (Kangaroos, $190K)
Mac Andrew (Suns, $282K)
Max Heath (Saints, $190K)
Alex Mirkov (Blues, $190K)
Samson Ryan (Tigers, $190K)


This may be going out on a limb, but after what I’ve seen from Jai Culley ($289K, 87, BE -28) in the past fortnight I have faith that he can continue to produce over the final month of the fantasy campaign. Chewing up heavy midfield minutes for the Eagles has seen the big-bodied MID score well through two games, forcing his way ahead of the likes of Nic Martin ($616K, 82, BE 79) and another booming mid-season pickup Josh Carmichael ($324K, 32, BE 2). Hopefully, if you’re investing in him then Culley won’t make it as one of your top-6 forwards, but if you’re in a desperate position, trading Darcy Cameron to him nets you a healthy $447K – just saying…


  1. Jai Culley (Eagles)
  2. Nic Martin (Bombers)
  3. Josh Carmichael (Magpies)
  4. Tyson Stengle (Cats)

The forward line continues to provide viable downgrade options with second-gamer Noah Cumberland ($331K, 71, BE -15) putting forth another strong outing against Fremantle on Friday and debutant Elijah Hollands ($217K, 64, BE -1) made the most of his chance after FINALLY breaking through to the senior side. I wouldn’t feel comfortable fielding any of them over the FWD’s in the top-4, but they could become handy trade targets – especially if you still own the likes of Ben Hobbs ($492K, 55, BE 64) and/or Jackson Mead ($390K, DNP, BE 63). For what it’s worth, Mead had a strong showing in the SANFL with 23 disposals and a score of 107, but he needs to go whenever you get the chance.

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)
Sam Philp (Blues, $205K)
Arthur Jones (Bulldogs, $206K)
Wade Derksen (Giants, $190K)

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  1. Mike

    July 27, 2022 at 9:29 am

    Luke Ryan, Hall or Blicavs??

    • Fry

      July 27, 2022 at 11:49 am


    • Actually Fry

      July 27, 2022 at 2:12 pm

      Hall for me mate

  2. NotADoctor

    July 27, 2022 at 10:01 am

    Which trade option is best?
    Darcy Cameron to Preuss and Sic dog to Dawson
    Hough to 190k defensive rookie and Darcy Cameron to Gawn, B.Smith, Bont, English

    • Fry

      July 27, 2022 at 2:14 pm

      I like the second one and nabbing English

  3. Aurelian sol

    July 27, 2022 at 11:49 am

    Which two players go first?
    Heeney, Cripps, ROB, Darcy Cameron, Sicily, Neale

    • Sam

      July 27, 2022 at 12:11 pm

      D.Cameron easily and probably Heeney in my opinon!

    • labrat

      July 27, 2022 at 12:20 pm

      I went Cameron and Sicily from a very similar looking list.

    • Fry

      July 27, 2022 at 2:15 pm

      Darcy Cameron, daylight, then probably Heeney

  4. Sam

    July 27, 2022 at 11:53 am

    Hey Fry how are you mate? Should I risk bringing in A.Hall and trade out someone like Sicily or Daicos or maybe even Crisp. Torn on this one tbh, so any help is appreciated!

    • Fry

      July 27, 2022 at 6:32 pm

      I’m good mate! I’m a fan of the Aaron Hall move, trading Someone like Sicily for him is the route I’d go down

  5. Thank

    July 27, 2022 at 2:17 pm

    Dawson or Stewart?

    • Fry

      July 27, 2022 at 6:33 pm

      Stewart for me

  6. Afk

    July 27, 2022 at 3:06 pm

    Would you consider going Neale to Steele?

    • Fry

      July 27, 2022 at 6:33 pm

      Nah probably not, no one team is that complete haha. Surely there’s someone else worth culling prior to Neale

  7. Phteven

    July 27, 2022 at 3:38 pm

    If Treloar and Brodie are both out and I am forced to field a rookie, should I go with Culley or Callum Brown?

    • Fry

      July 27, 2022 at 6:34 pm

      I don’t think both of them will miss, but if they do, go for Culley

  8. Euman

    July 27, 2022 at 6:08 pm

    Gawn, Marshall or Witts (already have English)

    • Fry

      July 27, 2022 at 6:34 pm

      Gawn out of those three

  9. Jack

    July 27, 2022 at 6:44 pm

    Hall or Stewart for Sicily?

    • Fry

      July 27, 2022 at 8:03 pm

      I prefer Sicily to Stewart mate

  10. Will

    July 27, 2022 at 7:48 pm

    Is Brodie injured?

    • Fry

      July 27, 2022 at 8:42 pm

      Pulled up pretty sore, but apparently he’s right to go for Friday

  11. Jacko

    July 27, 2022 at 8:06 pm

    Love your work Fry. Thanks for all your help throughout the year. Been unreal!

    Got a few on injury clouds this week so teams will tell all!

    But at this stage thinking:

    Hewett > Stewart
    Darcy Cameron > Gawn
    (Means I keep Sean Darcy)


    Hewett > Stewart
    Sean Darcy > Gawn
    (Keep Cameron)

    Thanks ma dude

    • Fry

      July 28, 2022 at 9:51 am

      Glad I could help mate!
      I’m in the same spot myself trying to decide whether I should axe Cameron or Darcy. Either way, I love the Stewart upgrade, but I think if Cox is out and Grundy plays VFL keeping Darcy Cameron and trading Sean Darcy is the way to go

  12. Henry

    July 27, 2022 at 8:07 pm

    Gawn, Bont, Smith or Marshall? Who to get in for Darcy Cameron?

    • Fry

      July 28, 2022 at 9:51 am

      As someone that grabbed Baz Smith last week, I’m biased and want to side with him, but the answer is Gawn

  13. Paddy

    July 27, 2022 at 8:08 pm

    Would you trade Sean Darcy or Darcy Cameron first?

    Darcy plays Gawn and Cameron plays a ruckless Port…. Hmm

    • FlikeyLuke

      July 27, 2022 at 9:09 pm

      Same problem Paddy. Trading out Sean Darcy, thought he would be worth a punt as a smokey several weeks back – hasn’t fired a shot this year. Cameron has runs on the board, after the flogging the Pies got last week in the centre he starts there against Port IMO. Cameron has to go though, I have a forced trade on another line or I would trade both this week.

    • Fry

      July 28, 2022 at 9:52 am

      Such a tough one hey, I think Sean Darcy goes first though

  14. George

    July 27, 2022 at 8:10 pm

    Hopefully Whit, Treloar and Brodie get up or I’m in serious trouble. If they do who’s the priority to trade:

    Cameron, Sicily or Darcy?

    • Fry

      July 28, 2022 at 9:52 am

      Treloar and Brodie are looking promising, let’s hope Whitfield’s back too! Out of those three, I think Darcy goes first

  15. Charlie

    July 27, 2022 at 8:11 pm

    Gawn, Taranto, Marshall, Bont or Bailey Smith?? Can’t decide

    • Fry

      July 28, 2022 at 9:53 am

      Gawn is probably the pick mate, although I’m a big fan of Bailey Smith

  16. Skipper

    July 27, 2022 at 8:13 pm

    Who’s your VC and C this week Fry?

    • Fry

      July 28, 2022 at 9:53 am

      At this stage similar combo to the last few weeks; Andy Brayshaw VC then Laird C

  17. Ryan

    July 27, 2022 at 8:16 pm

    If I have to field a rookie… which one; Brown or Hollands?

    • Fry

      July 28, 2022 at 9:54 am

      I’d have more faith in Hollands mate

  18. Liam

    July 27, 2022 at 8:25 pm

    hey fry, you reckon trading sicily for someone like stewart or brayshaw (dees) is a good move?

    • Fry

      July 28, 2022 at 9:54 am

      Yeah, nothing wrong with that! I’d grab Stewart over Brayshaw too

  19. Dave

    July 27, 2022 at 8:46 pm

    What’s a better trade:

    Cameron > Gawn
    Sicily / Daicos > Dawson

    • Fry

      July 28, 2022 at 9:54 am

      First one, gotta have Gawn

      • Albo

        July 28, 2022 at 8:43 pm

        Yep, Gawn won’t be any cheaper this season than he is now.

  20. Jax

    July 28, 2022 at 7:45 pm

    I’m stuffed; Hewett not up nor Treloar and I don’t have rookies to field for them (not named) Do I trade them straight out for another premium? I’m honestly stuck here :/

    • Fry

      July 29, 2022 at 9:29 am

      Yeah mate give them both the flick. Even if you don’t have much money in the bank you should still be able to get two decent players for them

  21. George Clinton

    July 28, 2022 at 8:06 pm

    Fry legend, Leek Aleer or Kallan Dawson? Thanks dude

    • Fry

      July 29, 2022 at 9:29 am

      Dawson mate

  22. Phteven

    July 28, 2022 at 8:46 pm

    Best replacement for Treloar; Bont, The Tarantula or English?

    • Fry

      July 29, 2022 at 9:30 am

      I’d be tempted to grab one of the Bulldogs, probably side with Bont

  23. Jacko

    July 28, 2022 at 9:13 pm

    Gawn, Taranto or Baz Smith for Treloar?? Really can’t decide. Rain on Friday night scares me a bit with Gawn but I feel like he’s probably the number one choice. Taranto with Kelly back?? Bazlenka at the cattery. All tough ones!

    • Fry

      July 29, 2022 at 9:30 am

      Out of those choices I’d grab Gawny

  24. Josh

    July 28, 2022 at 11:06 pm

    Who should I put on field in FWD
    Horn-Francis or Elijah hollands

    Or could put in jase Burgoyne/ Greg Clark for him in the mid field

    • Fry

      July 29, 2022 at 9:31 am

      Ooooo toughy, I think you have to back Hollands in over Horne-Francis but it feels dirty…

  25. Hugo

    July 29, 2022 at 9:22 am

    Hey Fry! Love your work mate, should I bring in B.Smith, B.Keays, M.Bont or T.Stewart for George Hewett or hold him for another week?

    • Fry

      July 29, 2022 at 9:32 am

      Hewett has to go mate, I’d turn him straight into Tom Stewart

      • Hugo

        July 29, 2022 at 9:42 am

        Ooooo you reckon over Bont and Baz??

        • Fry

          July 29, 2022 at 7:25 pm

          I’ve been huge on him all week. Three of his last four at GMHBA, back him in

  26. Todd

    July 29, 2022 at 9:41 am

    Do you think I should keep Treloar? Or get rid of him?

    • Fry

      July 29, 2022 at 7:26 pm

      Ditch him mate, it’s too late in the season to be doing otherwise

  27. Yuri

    July 29, 2022 at 9:49 am

    Dawson or Stewart?

    • Fry

      July 29, 2022 at 7:26 pm


  28. Henry

    July 29, 2022 at 12:27 pm

    Righto Fry. Need your help with this one mate:

    Need to ditch Treloar for either: Gawn, Bont, Taranto or Smith.

    Gawn in the wet really scares me. Taranto has been solid in his last month. Even with Kelly in the team. Bont’s last 4 games v cats ave 107. And Smith doing Smith things.

    My first reaction was Gawn but now because of the weather, I’ve thought about it a bit more and I’m thinking maybe Bont or Taranto. If I went with Bont it would be matching my opponent (going for league win) or do I go a Gawn / Taranto to be unique …. Thoughts??

    • Fry

      July 29, 2022 at 7:27 pm

      I’f be inclined to go Bailey Smith out of those options mate

  29. Cam

    July 29, 2022 at 1:19 pm

    Best defender under 800k?

    • Phteven

      July 29, 2022 at 1:50 pm

      Hayden Young is a possibility.

    • Fry

      July 29, 2022 at 7:27 pm

      Angus Brayshaw

  30. Sam

    July 29, 2022 at 8:20 pm

    Stewart or Baz Smith for G.Hewett

    • Fry

      July 29, 2022 at 11:34 pm

      It’s tight, but I’d go Stewart

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