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Fry’s Cash Cows – Rd. 21

With just a few weeks left in season 2022, Fry is back with one of his final cash cow updates!

20 down, 3 to go!

Rookies aren’t exactly the primary focus for coaches right now, but there are still a few of us who are shuffling cash cows late in the season. Some will still have an abundance of green dots on their bench and flicking out one of those pesky characters for a $190k player in order to maximise $$$ at the trade table is a smart route to go down. There are only six trades left before another fantasy campaign comes to a close, so use your trades wisely and chase those gun players!

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. Jacob Wehr, Giants ($433K, AVG 59, BE 63)
  2. Patrick Parnell, Crows ($357K, AVG 49, BE 47)
  3. Hugh Dixon, Eagles ($346K, AVG 45, BE 67)
  4. Nick Daicos, Magpies ($766K, AVG 88, BE 113)
  5. Nic Martin, Bombers ($605K, AVG 81, BE 84)

Injured/non-playing rookies

  1. Sam Hayes, Power ($408K, AVG 56, BE 51)
  2. Greg Clark, Eagles ($420K, AVG 59, BE 90)
  3. Jackson Mead, Power ($390K, AVG 48, BE 63)
  4. Cooper Stephens, Cats ($334K, AVG 52, BE 26)
  5. Judson Clarke, Tigers ($287K, AVG 42, BE 33)

Power Ranking Cash Cows – Round 20

After 20 weeks of action, these are the top-10 cash cow performers!

Cash Cow King – Round 20

Hawthorn’s Josh Ward (107) continued his strong vein of form late in the season, leading the way for all rookies in Round 20. His teammate Connor MacDonald (84) wasn’t too far behind him to finish amongst the best scoring cash cows; alongside Port talent Jase Burgoyne (81) and touted Roo Jason Horne-Francis (79). Following his triple-figure score, I can’t go past Ward for my nomination this week.

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Round 21 Rookie Rankings


If you’re still fielding a ‘rookie’ in the back-6 then surely (hopefully) it’s Nick Daicos ($766K, 65, BE 113), and although the Magpie phenom has produced unreal scores in his first year, his time has come. After posting his lowest score in months, Daicos is primed to become a trade out candidate this week with the likes of Tom Stewart, Angus Brayshaw and Bailey Dale emerging as potential difference makers. Outside of Daicos, there aren’t too many trustworthy DEF cash cows, although a strong Round 20 showing could help Jase Burgoyne ($347K, 81, BE -1) make some more money before he’s axed.


  1. Nick Daicos (Magpies)
  2. Jase Burgoyne (Power)
  3. Nasiah Wanganeen-Milera (Saints)*
  4. Patrick Parnell (Crows)

* if named

The backline produced quite a few fresh faces last week, with second-year Crow Josh Worrell ($215K, 62, BE 0) finishing as the best scorer from the bunch. Worrell wasn’t too far ahead of North Melbourne’s mid-season draftee Kallan Dawson ($212K, 57, BE 3) and as long as they survive team selection on Thursday night, the cheaper duo are clearly the targets for coaches who are seeking a defensive downgrade. The same can’t be said for GWS’ Leek Aleer ($255K, 24, BE 39) who failed to light it up during a difficult day for the Giants, leaving serious doubt over his place in their side.

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)


Most midfields are full of top-tier talent right now, but there are still a few noteworthy rookies floating around. Last week saw the return of Mitch Owens ($307K, 63, BE 17) which was a delight for those coaches who stuck with him on the pine while Adelaide’s Jake Soligo ($494K, 62, BE 55) continued to trend in the right direction. No cash cow was turning as many heads as Josh Ward ($586K, 107, BE 26) though, with the Hawks ball-winner producing his second 100+ score in three weeks and doing so in an impressive fashion.


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

Over the weekend we saw another strong performance from Tyler Sonsie ($317K, 76, BE 3) which bodes well for Richmond’s future, while No. 1 overall pick Jason Horne-Francis ($445K, 79, BE 57) bounced back with his best performance since the bye rounds. There won’t be too many coaches who are playing either of those 2021 draftees, but it was encouraging to see them scoring at a solid clip either way. Another debutant emerged in Round 20 with Jye Menzie ($199K, 38, BE 15) living out every kid’s dream by playing his first AFL game as the medical sub. He made the most of his limited game time and if the Bombers opt to squeeze him into their starting 22, there’s nothing wrong with targeting Menzie as a bench option this week.

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)


Your time is precious, so once again the rookie ruck brief will be a quick one. Caleb Graham ($293K, 25, BE 35) maintained his epic scoring capabilities and his teammate, first gamer Mac Andrew ($279K, 32, BE 38), wasn’t much better. The once popular Eagle Hugh Dixon ($346K, 8, BE 67) made an appearance as West Coast’s sub, but even he failed to top 30 points in a bleak weekend for cash cows in the RUC department.


  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)
Max Heath (Saints, $190K)
Alex Mirkov (Blues, $190K)
Samson Ryan (Tigers, $190K)


Naughty, naughty Jai Culley ($332K, 36, BE 6)!! Not only did the Eagles rookie disappoint fantasy coaches with a crappy score, his choice to feather Noah Anderson on the chin with his elbow will see him miss the next fortnight of action. Some coaches are hopeful that super sub Josh Carmichael ($353K, 46, BE 23) can save the day after he once again posted a healthy score in limited game time. There’s no reason why the Magpies wouldn’t give him an extended run after his efforts thus far, but we’ll have to wait until Thursday night to find out. If neither of them makes the cut, then some will look towards Elijah Hollands ($251K, 49, BE -1) as a fieldable option, but I’d advise against trusting the Gold Coast young gun.


  1. Nic Martin (Bombers)
  2. Josh Carmichael (Magpies)
  3. Noah Cumberland (Tigers)
  4. Ben Hobbs (Bombers)

The strong scores continued from late-season cash cows Ash Johnson ($288K, 58, BE 1) and Noah Cumberland ($387K, 67, BE 4) with the latter earning a Rising Star nomination following his five-goal haul. Hopefully one or both of them are sitting on your bench increasing in value, but there are still some fantasy teams who own Hawthorn’s Sam Butler ($302K, 59, BE 25) with his return to their senior side a timely boost for coaches. The usual Essendon suspects Ben Hobbs ($491K, 62, BE 66) and Nic Martin ($605K, 62, BE 84) once again produced matching scores and any squad still clinging on to either of them should act accordingly and give them the flick ASAP.

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. Wambalam

    August 3, 2022 at 11:18 am

    Another great article. Would there be any value in evaluating non playing loophole options in the last four weeks of the season for dual position players who play on Sundays? Luke Rankin (DEF/FWD), Ned Long (MID/FWD), Jai Serong (MID/FWD) and Will Kelly (DEF/FWD) come to mind.

    • Fry

      August 3, 2022 at 2:09 pm

      It’s tough to forecast ahead, but a lot of those players you listed are unlikely to play over the last 3 rounds. If you’re going to grab a $190k player then grabbing a DPP player like you suggested is smart

  2. Chem

    August 3, 2022 at 3:31 pm

    Who goes first?
    Sicily, Crisp, Daicos, ROB, Neale, Macrae, Heeney, Taranto or Juicy?

  3. Fry

    August 3, 2022 at 5:39 pm

    It might be Preussy if he misses this week, otherwise I’d ditch Sicily

  4. Linda hamilton

    August 3, 2022 at 6:33 pm

    Smith, Bont, English, Parker, Duncan, Gawn, Rozee or Moore?

    • Fry

      August 3, 2022 at 8:41 pm

      Luke Parker

  5. Jacko

    August 3, 2022 at 7:35 pm

    Love it once again Fry. Have a couple of big questions for you as I lost my first final but into an elimination this week.

    My weakest players are: Sicily, Daicos, Crisp, Darcy Cameron and Sean Darcy. Sicily to me is the weakest so he will go to a Sinclair, Dawson or Redman. Who would you prefer out of those three?

    The other trade is up in the air. Could trade Daicos but Melb seem to give up points in defence so keeping him and Crisp might not be the worst call?? Cameron could go but with the news that Grundy has had another setback he could be a chance for another 90-100 score. That leaves Sean Darcy who I don’t have much confidence in but with an easy draw on Cal’s scale could he be worth holding?

    One of them need to go and I’m very unsure who. Who to bring in is another question. Thinking Parker (v nth melb), Bont (v Freo), Baz Smith (v Freo) or Marshall (v cats). Who would you rather?

    • Fry

      August 3, 2022 at 8:43 pm

      Hey mate, if it was my team I’d go Sicily to Sinclair and hope he can go gangbusters with the second trade Sean Darcy to Luke Parker against North. Good luck!

  6. Harry

    August 3, 2022 at 7:37 pm

    Does Rowan Marshall in Geelong worry you as much as it’s worrying me. Or should I look past that and get him in. I feel like Geelong can suffocate teams down there and really block big DT scores.

    Marshall, Parker or Bont?

    • Fry

      August 3, 2022 at 8:44 pm

      Personally, I prefer the idea of going Bont or Parker especially if St Kilda bring in more ruck support. That being said, if he’s solo again he should be in for another massive score and he’s only going against Ceglar

  7. Paddy

    August 3, 2022 at 7:39 pm

    Trades below Fryski.

    1) Sicily > Sinclair

    2)Cameron > Marshall, Bont, Smith, Taranto, Parker (pick one pls)

    • Fry

      August 4, 2022 at 4:22 pm

      I’d do the Sicily to Sinclair move mate

  8. Miller

    August 3, 2022 at 7:40 pm

    Who is a priority to trade: Cameron, Darcy or Daicos

    • Fry

      August 4, 2022 at 4:23 pm

      Darcy in my eyes

  9. Andy

    August 3, 2022 at 10:25 pm

    Thanks Fry. Daicos/Crisp might do ok according to the scale, and Sic plays at UTAS. Short might struggle. Keays’ role was a worry last week – who to trade?!

    • Fry

      August 4, 2022 at 4:23 pm

      I’d ditch the rookie, even though Daicos has scored like a champ in the past

  10. Juicy

    August 3, 2022 at 10:55 pm

    Do you think Preuss plays this week?

    • Fry

      August 4, 2022 at 4:24 pm

      I can’t see why GWS wouldn’t give him another rung but it’s so tough to forecast with Preuss. Here’s hoping he does!

  11. Darce

    August 4, 2022 at 2:53 pm

    Am I nuts to bring in Hall just to try get a league win this week? Gotta risk it for the biscuit.

    • Fry

      August 4, 2022 at 4:24 pm

      Not at all, if he’s back I’m seriously considering him myself!

  12. Jacko

    August 4, 2022 at 8:45 pm

    Helmet Brayshaw, Sinclair or Hall for Sicily??

    • Fry

      August 5, 2022 at 5:31 pm

      I think I’d go for Helmet out of those 3 mate

  13. Harry

    August 4, 2022 at 9:55 pm

    Who scores more this week Fry. Sean Darcy v WBD or Cameron v Dees??

    • Fry

      August 5, 2022 at 5:32 pm

      I’m backing Sean Darcy in

  14. Woosh

    August 4, 2022 at 11:18 pm

    Hey Fry what do you think I should do here?
    Def: Sinclair, Dawson, Docherty, Crisp, Daicos, Sicily
    Mid: Laird, Mills, Miller, Steele, Macrae, Guthrie, Neale, Petracca
    $150k in the bank
    Thinking Sicily to Stewart, but should I then go Daicos to Helmet/Hall? (Which?)
    Or I could go any of the last 4 Mids above to Walsh but feel that’s a bit sideways.
    Or I could keep Sic and go Daicos to Stewart and then get one of those 4 mids to ABrayshaw.

    • Fry

      August 5, 2022 at 5:32 pm

      I’d give Sicily the flick for Stewart mate

      • Albo

        August 7, 2022 at 2:30 pm

        This comment aged well…..

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