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The Weekend That Was: Round 20 (Finals Week 1)

What a round! Get an entertaining wrap from the Fantasy Fanatic!

Round 20… The beginning of the end. For some that end has come far too soon (bring on Mad Monday!) while for others we press on with bigger fish to fry in the coming three weeks. A mix of heartbreak and pure elation in Fantasy circles! As always, we’ve got a host of spuds to rinse and guns to pump up!

I get the feeling there are a lot of coaches out there that need this! Without further ado here is The Weekend That Was for Round 20!


Freo vs Melbourne


Andy Brayshaw (137)¬†‚ÄstHuge¬†in a piss poor effort from the¬†Dockers!¬†One moment really typified¬†Bray‚Äôs¬†commitment to the cause for mine ‚Ästfive minutes¬†to go in the game, a loss all but certain and he wills himself to chase and make a rundown¬†tackle‚Ķ +8 baby!

Petracca (110)¬†‚Äď I flagged him as a¬†hold¬†during the week¬†and my word he¬†rewarded owners¬†who kept the faith!¬†30 touches¬†and¬†8 tackles!

Gus Brayshaw (108)¬†‚ÄstBray^2¬†if you don‚Äôt mind! Seemed to play a lot more around the footy and his¬†CBA‚Äôs¬†were right up!¬†A massive boost for owners with a potential favourable role change heading into the final three weeks of the fantasy season.

Brodie (104)¬†‚Äď Elite.¬†Fun fact: Brodie¬†hasn‚Äôt¬†dropped under 90¬†in his¬†past six¬†outings‚Ķ Incredible for a guy we selected as a¬†‚Äėspeculative mid-pricer‚Äô¬†to begin the season!


Jackson (53)¬†‚Äď Not a great audition against his club for¬†2023 and beyond‚Ķ¬†Certainly not helping his own cause for a¬†phatter contract!¬†In fairness to him, seemed to be hindered with a¬†heavily strapped right leg.

Weideman (20)¬†‚ÄstHad less kicks than he has aggots‚Ķ¬†Genuinely hard to do!

Collingwood vs Port Adelaide


Rozee (115) ‚Äď



Butters (103)¬†‚Äď Yeah¬†good onya Zac¬†ya galoot! Where was this about¬†15 weeks ago¬†when we needed you?!

Jase Burgun (Burgoyne) (81)¬†‚Äď Cheeky¬†emergency loop¬†anyone?! Huge from the young lad who was probably covering for¬†Hewett¬†or¬†Witherden¬†in a heap of squads ‚Äď saved our bacon big time!


N.Daicos (65)¬†‚ÄstLong overdue 60¬†from the¬†gun rook.¬†Owners can‚Äôt be too salty given his form of late ‚Äď unless you had him as a¬†unique in an elimination final‚Ķ¬†In that case,¬†rage trade¬†and probably follow through!

Crisp (64)¬†‚Äď Another Collingwood win by a¬†bee‚Äôs d*ck, another¬†Crisp mare‚Ķ¬†Shock me!¬†Jack, you are either playing¬†midfield or half back, the two most fantasy friendly roles in footy. Undiagnosed¬†Sherrin allergy¬†is the only plausible explanation.

Pendles (56)¬†‚Äď It pains me to say this but¬†4%¬†of the competition¬†living in the past‚Ķ

Sydney vs GWS


Gulden (155)¬†‚Äď Not really fantasy relevant but deserves a shoutout for an epic game with¬†33 disposals, 12 marks¬†and¬†2 goals!¬†We knew he had this in him after an¬†elite rookie season in 2021.

Parker (118)¬†‚Äď Did someone say¬†‚ÄėBattle of the Bridge?‚Äô¬†Never. In. Doubt. That‚Äôs three consecutive¬†Brett Kirk¬†medals¬†for the Sydney gun! In a class of his own when it comes to the cross-town rivalry.

Mills (116)¬†‚Äď Gun. You watch¬†Pills Thrills Mills¬†and wonder in what universe it was possible for¬†him to drop a 50.¬†Daylight robbery¬†for those who jumped on at¬†<$900K!


Taranto (71) ‚Äď




Himmelberg (69)¬†‚Äď And the¬†Berg bubble¬†finally bursts‚Ķ It was never going to end well with the Berg¬†starting forward.¬†Thankfully, the¬†back six of GWS got pantsed¬†in the first half and back he went‚Ķ Only to have a¬†crackpot¬†by the name of¬†Clarke¬†for company in Q3! Salvaged his score late with a few¬†kick-ins¬†and¬†HB received¬†but he‚Äôs timed his stinker horribly for owners!

Warner (65)¬†‚Äď Stitch up of the highest order. After a run of¬†103, 100, 127 and 115¬†you‚Äôd happily tick off trading in¬†the Chad¬†on form alone! You‚Äôd be forgiven for thinking¬†‚ÄúThe Swans have so many guns, surely he doesn‚Äôt cop the tag at this stage of his career with such elite company!‚Ä̬†Then‚Ķ in a huge compliment from GWS,¬†Lachie Ash¬†stands next to him at the opening bounce. Unfortunately,¬†the Chad never got going¬†and left those who traded in wondering why they bother playing this¬†sh*t game!

Tom Green (53)¬†‚Äď To add a bit of¬†poetic licence to¬†George Ezra‚Äôs¬†new hit‚Ķ¬†‚ÄúGreen green grass, blue blue sky, sh*tty scoring for the whole of July.‚Ä̬†Highest score of 55 in July, enough said!

St Kilda vs Hawthorn


Marshall (163)¬†‚ÄstEnormous!¬†But the¬†St Kilda selection committee¬†have a lot to answer for after the troll of all trolls naming¬†big Tommy Campbell¬†in the ruck on Thursday night. This undoubtedly would have put a few coaches off selecting the¬†Marshmallow‚Ķ¬†Fast forward to¬†Saturday arvo,¬†and¬†big Tommy¬†has been¬†given the ass¬†without an injury and (more importantly) with¬†trade plans already locked in!¬†30 touches¬†for a ruck man‚Ķ proper disgusting!

Mitchell (115)¬†‚Äď The¬†Pig¬†delivers in a time of need! At last count, a handful of¬†needless +6‚Äôs¬†around the ground ‚Äď fantasy legend!

‚ÄėPsychiatric‚Äô Ward (107)¬†‚Äď May well shake the¬†‚ÄėPsychiatric‚Äô tag¬†if this is what he continues to run with!¬†One¬†to watch¬†in the future.


Sicily (67)¬†‚ÄstSickening. A¬†season worst¬†the first week of finals may just unravel a great year for coaches that had him a¬†unique in a knockout final!

Marecus¬†Windhager (33)¬†‚Äď Yikes. I f*cking hope you didn‚Äôt have¬†Windy covering for Cogs‚Ķ¬†About as useful as tits on a bull.

Geelong vs Western Bulldogs 


Dunkley (119)¬†‚Äď Just¬†Dunks doing Dunk things.¬†Owned by¬†69% of the competition¬†for a reason! Snuck forward for¬†two snags¬†and a nomination for mark of the week!

Selwood (47)¬†‚Äď A terrible fantasy game but love him or hate him,¬†350 games is a massive achievement!¬†Leads the¬†+1 (frees for) stat¬†by the length of the Flemington straight.


Bont (86)¬†‚Äď Stiff for¬†Bont¬†owners as he was clearly hampered in the final quarter sitting at¬†full-forward¬†where he added a paltry¬†seven points¬†to his score‚Ķ Fingers crossed he gets up for next week ‚Äď fair to say they‚Äôll need him!

English (73)¬†‚ÄstBloody awesome Tim‚Ķ¬†Love spending my Saturday night watching a¬†two metre ghost¬†lope around and do the equivalent of¬†watch paint dry!

Marecrae¬†Macrae (72)¬†‚Äď Speaking of¬†watching paint dry‚Ķ¬†Anyone else notice¬†Marecrae¬†filth up when a teammate doesn‚Äôt use him with a¬†short 10m pass¬†when there is an oppo up his clacker?! You don‚Äôt mind seeing that as a fantasy coach but take that rage and put it into your next contest,¬†cobber!

Sm(n)iff (65) ‚Äď May have lost a couple of¬†insta followers¬†after that showing‚Ķ After a couple of weeks off with¬†Stevia-related indiscretions, Baz seemingly had slotted straight back in, only to drop this¬†turd¬†first week of finals!

Crom vs Carlton


Cripps (139) ‚Äď



R.Laird (130)¬†‚ÄstLudicrous.¬†You know you have a¬†pig on your hands¬†when you never sweat about their scoring. There‚Äôs no need to constantly refresh the webpage because you just know a¬†120¬†is about as certain as the sun rising tomorrow! In a¬†class of his own¬†at present.

Walsh (128)¬†‚Äď Hard to imagine Carlton getting spanked with¬†Batman and Robin combining for 80+ disposals‚Ķ¬†Fantasy coaches won‚Äôt give a¬†rats toss bag¬†about the scoreboard as long as he keeps this up!

Doch (119)¬†‚Äď My word¬†Doch junk¬†is disgusting! This could have been¬†130¬†if his team mates knew how to hit a¬†30m target to a 1v0‚Ķ


ROB (62)¬†‚ÄstPure sh*thousery¬†to think ROB owners could go to¬†Marshall or Gawn¬†and actually¬†save $$$¬†this week‚Ķ¬†Definition of fraud!¬†Hopefully you cashed out.

West Coast vs Gold Coast 


Miller (122)¬†‚Äď Another example of a¬†big dog coming up clutch¬†when it matters most‚Ķ Imagine if he¬†Touk¬†more than¬†1 mark?!¬†Hopefully he is okay after¬†landing on his head in the dying seconds¬†of the game after copping some contact below the knees!


Witts (78)¬†‚Äď Honestly I had no idea he resided in almost¬†17% of teams!¬†Not catastrophic when you consider the likes of¬†Max (87)¬†and¬†English (73)¬†this week until you see¬†Marshmallow and his 163‚Ķ¬†What could have been!

Culley (36)¬†‚Äď Disaster, catastrophe, calamity, debacle, tragedy. But for those still relying on a¬†rook on field,¬†all it¬†deserved!¬†For those who had him covering¬†Cogs, what nightmares are made of. Not sure if anyone tuned in but he was getting¬†suspended anyway,¬†so might as well try harder and¬†ping a hammy!¬†Time to Cull Culley.

AFL 2022: Gold Coast Suns v West Coast Eagles, Jai Culley, elbow, Noah Anderson, match review, suspension, ban, rookie, Mid Season Draft

Richmond vs Brisbane Lions 


Bolton (114)¬†‚ÄstElectrifying.¬†Obviously a horrible day in front of goal¬†(2.5 for the record!)¬†but everything else he touched turned to gold! Better player than his Fantasy numbers would suggest.

Zorko (97)¬†‚Äď Arggghh¬†p*ss off you little flea‚Ķ¬†For anyone who wants some background on my hate-hate relationship with¬†Dayne ‚ÄėSpaghetti Strings‚Äô Zorko¬†feel free to go back in time‚Ķ¬†The shorts of it are he is¬†dead to me.¬†Period.


Short (82)¬†‚ÄstControversial¬†call from yours truly mid-week to¬†include him as a ‚Äėfold‚Äô‚Ķ¬†This is why, the hybrid¬†half forward/mid role¬†is not going anywhere and I can‚Äôt see¬†Shorty¬†increasing his output until something changes!

Essendon vs Norf


Merrett (172)¬†‚ÄstInspirational! 135¬†points alone in the¬†second half¬†has to be some kind of record! With a¬†five round average of 136, Zezza¬†is showing us why he was earmarked as a¬†future pig¬†many moons ago.

Redman (139)¬†‚Äď If you are sizing up your matchup for this week and pound for pound you don‚Äôt stack up,¬†Mason Redman¬†could be your man‚Ķ Almost certain to be a unique with¬†<2% ownership¬†and has gone¬†125+¬†in¬†four of his last nine¬†outings! You‚Äôd rather take the punt and¬†lose by 200 points¬†than die wondering in an honourable loss.

Simpkin (126)¬†‚Äď Had to put a token¬†Norf player¬†in here‚Ķ In all seriousness, a massive individual effort alongside a¬†bunch of list cloggers¬†with¬†41 disposals!


LDU (68) ‚Äď



After an elite five weeks… UDL came crashing back to earth with a thud!

Martin (62)¬†‚Äď Followed the pattern of rookies going¬†completely missing¬†when we needed them most‚Ķ Had¬†50 to HT¬†then proceeded to do¬†sweet FA!¬†Has had an amazing season but surely we get a week of¬†limited collateral damage¬†at selection¬†so we can move him on.


The Juggernaut Review 

2276. Actually not bhed and believe it or not, 2/2 in knockout finals! You wouldn’t read about it! Kind of soul destroying when I found out I had 5th to 8th in my other league well and truly covered this week after missing on percentage!

If Round 20 taught us anything, it was the age old rule of them of ensuring your rooks are strictly bench only at this stage of the season! For those who had Cogs (or just ran with a rook at F6), here is a snapshot of some of the utter crud we were left with…

  • Jai Culley (36)
  • Marecus¬†Marcus Windhager (33)
  • Elijah Hollands (49)
  • Callum M Brown (6)

Long story short, you wouldn’t trust these blokes running a bath, let alone filling in for your fantasy side in a qualifying or knockout final! No doubt it would have cost a few coaches out there a place in the second week of finals…

Looking ahead, for those still alive, you will be in one of two scenarios. It’s either a case of putting your feet up for the week (must be nice!) or fighting for survival in a do-or-die semi-final. If you did earn the week off, first of all, lucky bastards well done. Strategically, it’s all about positioning yourself best to launch come prelim finals time in R21. Understandably, a popular tactic is the double-downgrade to leave a sizeable Warne chest in the kitty for luxury upgrades and navigating carnage come R21! Anyone in the hunt for a coveted hat will be looking to maximise points so the double-downgrade may not be the best option. If you are in a semi-final, this week is now or never… Take a look at your matchup and the uniques and make the assessment on how you stack up. If you need to throw caution to the wind, there are bound to be plenty of diamonds in the rough that could get you a leg up if you go in as underdog. Another tactic coaches will go to is to bring in an opponents unique player/s, thereby neutralising their score! At the end of the day, the ball is in your court…

Again¬†good luck to all coaches except my opponents¬†(ūüėú) this week!

Thanks again legends and flex how you went in the comments!

Yours in Fantasy,

Fantasy Fanatic #70


Just a weekend warrior sharing his two cents on all things Fantasy footy! Not a complete nuffie having received a coveted hat with an overall ranking of 70 in season 2021. Up the mighty Sainters! Go ahead and check out my website for more AFL fantasy classic advice, tips, and banter at: Any support is greatly appreciated!



  1. Dulcify

    August 2, 2022 at 9:04 am

    Selwood (great player that he has been) also has more ducks ūü¶Üūü¶Ü than the Albert Park Lake.

  2. Nathan Ablett

    August 2, 2022 at 10:14 am

    Put in owens to try and loophole brayshaw from VC, owens ended up coming in late and being my captain and I missed out on lairds 130 on the bench. Nice !

  3. Andy

    August 2, 2022 at 11:10 am

    My opponent this week has Laird, Marshall, Steele, Sinclair.. I have none of those (and yes have dropped from 5k to 8k in matter of weeks). Do I try match a big gun or go unique.. trying to find a POD who will have a blinder this wkend

  4. JJBKeeper

    August 2, 2022 at 1:47 pm

    Crisp or Sicily out first for Dawson/Reman, or get Mills in? No DDP to get either out and get Mills

  5. Benson

    August 2, 2022 at 4:51 pm

    Who goes first?

    ROB > Marshall


    Sicdawg > Stewart

  6. mark Beckman

    August 2, 2022 at 5:27 pm

    was feeling sick at half time of the Essendon game having keep Merrett captain and not taken Lairds vc score

  7. Ando the brain dead barfly

    August 3, 2022 at 3:08 am

    Looks like no Hewett or Grundy in this week

    • Minister for Manila

      August 3, 2022 at 7:31 am

      Hewett out is confirmed

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