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Fry’s Cash Cows – Rd. 22 + Award Nominees

As the fantasy season winds down, Fry puts forth some rookie award nominees!

21 down, 2 to go!

We’ve reached preliminary final weekend, which means there are only 18 games left in the AFL Fantasy season! While coaches will be focusing on trading in POD’s and examining their finals matchups, I’m getting the ball rolling for award season by looking at some of the best cash cow contributors from season 2022 so far.

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

Power Ranking Cash Cows – Round 21

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

Cash Cow King – Round 21

For a change, Nick Daicos (108) put together another strong performance in the first match of the round, however, the Rising Star favourite wasn’t the top rookie scorer of the weekend. Elijah Hollands (118) put together the best game of his young career to lead the pack, with Josh Ward (84) and Brynn Teakle (86) not too far behind him. Gold Coast’s touted youngster gets my tick of approval this week.

Who's gets your vote as the Cash Cow King for Round 21?

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Round 22 Rookie Rankings

With the exception of Nick Daicos, coaches would’ve made it a priority to remove all the rookies from their field, however, forced trades may have complicated those plans. Fingers crossed you are reading this without a cash cow still in your starting 22, but if you do have to field a young gun, here are the ones I have the most trust in to close the season.


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


  1. Nick Daicos (Magpies)
  2. Josh Ward (Hawks)
  3. Jake Soligo (Crows)


  1. Brynn Teakle (Power)
  2. N/A


  1. Nic Martin (Bombers)
  2. Josh Carmichael (Magpies)
  3. Tyson Stengle (Cats)

* if named

Round 22 Downgrade Targets

Cash is key at this point of the season and while there’s nothing wrong with throwing a bench position away for a $190K player, there are still some rookies who offer plenty of value over the final fortnight.

  1. Brynn Teakle ($235K, RUC/FWD, Power)
  2. Kallan Dawson ($248K, DEF, Kangaroos)
  3. Wade Derksen ($190K, DEF/FWD, Giants)*
  4. Jai Serong ($198K, MID/FWD, Hawks)
  5. James Tsitas ($190K, MID, Suns)*

* if named

Award Nominees

Successful coaches this season wouldn’t have been able to reach great heights without the assistance of reliable cash cows. Below you can have your say on which players should be in the mix for the positional MVP award after their efforts in 2022, and next week I will be back with the final voting ballot for all the rookie/cash cow awards including Game of the Year, the Cash Cow King and more!

Make 2-4 selections (depending on position) for the finalists of each award race.
Voting closes at the conclusion of Round 22


Who are your 3 nominations for the Cash Cow Defender of the Year?

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Who are your 4 nominations for the Cash Cow Midfielder of the Year?

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Who are your 2 nominations for the Cash Cow Ruck of the Year?

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Who are your 3 nominations for the Cash Cow Forward of the Year?

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  1. Dulcify

    August 10, 2022 at 8:46 am

    Hey Fry, surely by this stage of the season you know Stengle plays for the Cats.

    • jjbkeeper

      August 10, 2022 at 9:42 am

      But tigers are felines

    • Fry

      August 10, 2022 at 10:40 am

      Swapped out Noah Cumberland and forgot to change the team! At least I had a similar animal

  2. Mike

    August 10, 2022 at 10:43 am

    Hey Fry, which trade option is best for Cripps and Carmichael:

    1. Hall/Cerra/Prestia/Whitfield and Lukosius/Mitch McGovern

    2. Zorko/De Goey/Stephenson and Menegola/Bailey/Green/Setterfield

    3. Walsh/Parker/Baz and Hollands/rookie(fielded)

    which is best and who to get?

    • Fry

      August 10, 2022 at 2:53 pm

      Interesting choices, I’m hesitant to suggest Hollands on field but after his recent score you might be able to get away with it. Non of the second names in the top-2 excite me, so I’d roll the dice on Hollands and go for Walsh with Kennedy/Hewett/Cripps missing

  3. Jason

    August 10, 2022 at 10:49 am

    Taranto to luke parker and cripps to oliver or steele ??

    • Jason

      August 10, 2022 at 10:51 am

      Or brayshaw ??

      • Ben

        August 10, 2022 at 12:12 pm

        Taranto & Brayshaw

    • Fry

      August 10, 2022 at 2:54 pm

      Like the Parker in and I’d nab Oliver with the second move mate

  4. Daeja

    August 10, 2022 at 11:13 am

    Who goes first out of Preuss, ROB, H.Young, Daicos, Crisp, Macrae, Neale, Brodie or Heeney

    • Fry

      August 10, 2022 at 2:54 pm

      Preuss goes if you ask me

  5. Asol

    August 10, 2022 at 11:14 am

    Which option is the best?
    Gawn, English, Bont, Bailey Smith or D.Moore

    • Fry

      August 10, 2022 at 2:54 pm

      I think I’d back in Max Gawn

  6. NotADoctor

    August 10, 2022 at 1:30 pm

    Why is tft rank server down?

    • Fry

      August 10, 2022 at 2:55 pm

      No clue mate, try a different browser

  7. Tom

    August 10, 2022 at 1:35 pm

    not sure who to trade out here thoughts?
    taranto, crisp or treloar? if i did trade one, whom for; oliver, parker or someone else? like bont or baz

    • Fry

      August 10, 2022 at 2:03 pm

      Taranto not playing so trade him out. I’d go for Parker here mate

    • Fry

      August 10, 2022 at 2:55 pm

      Taranto to Oliver if you can get him – otherwise grab Parker

  8. Andy

    August 10, 2022 at 1:51 pm

    Thanks for your articles and advice this year Fry. I’m playing an only slightly stronger team this week, which I guess means it could go either way.
    Do I just match opponent with Laird v Nth?! Or one of these 2 options, bringing in both players, 1) Walsh & Steele (trading Neale, both PODs atm) or 2) Hall (POD) & Merrett (to match opponent, and keeping Neale).

    • Fry

      August 10, 2022 at 3:03 pm

      Thanks mate, appreciate it!
      I think if you can get Rory Laird, you get him. If it was me I’d captain him and cancel out that matchup

  9. Barbie

    August 10, 2022 at 1:57 pm

    Zorko or Stephenson?

    • Fry

      August 10, 2022 at 3:03 pm

      Zorko for me

  10. Jason

    August 10, 2022 at 2:46 pm

    Cripps to steele. Oliver or brayshaw ??

    • Fry

      August 10, 2022 at 3:03 pm

      Cripps to Oliver

      • Jason

        August 10, 2022 at 6:28 pm

        Why are you so hot on oliver over steele and brayshaw ?

  11. Liam

    August 10, 2022 at 4:35 pm

    Taranto to Oliver or Merrett?

    • Fry

      August 10, 2022 at 6:23 pm


  12. Lowroller

    August 10, 2022 at 7:19 pm

    Which combo is best?
    Stephenson and Oliver/Steele or Zorko and Gawn/B.Smith

    • Fry

      August 11, 2022 at 10:26 am

      Zorko and Gawn is hard to pass up!

  13. Jacko

    August 10, 2022 at 7:43 pm

    Love your work Fry.

    Unfortunately just shy of getting both Hall and Marshall this week which was Plan A.

    Is Marshall a must have this week?

    Otherwise thinking:

    Daicos > Hall
    Darcy > Baz Smith


    • Fry

      August 11, 2022 at 10:27 am

      Thanks mate!
      That’s a bummer, as a non-Marshall owner myself I feel your pain. Hall and Baz Smith are pretty good ins though, I’d grab them

  14. Woosh

    August 10, 2022 at 10:05 pm

    Thanks for all your advice and insights this season Fry, definitely the most useful article of the week.
    Pushing to try and climb a couple of hundred spots to crack the top 500, what do you think of these options:
    Brodie to Marshall
    Or Guthrie/Macrae to A.Brayshaw? Or Oliver I guess as you seem to like his final 2 over AB.

    • Fry

      August 11, 2022 at 10:29 am

      Cheers mate, I appreciate the kind words!
      Hmmmm tough one, I think Brodie to Marshall is a nice upgrade, although the idea of nabbing Clayton (you’re right, I prefer his last two over AB) for Guthrie is tempting. See how teams unfold, but I think I’d do the second move and grab Oliver

  15. Harry

    August 11, 2022 at 6:54 am

    1) Hall and Bailey Smith
    2) Zorko and Marshall
    3) Hall and Bont
    4) Houston and Marshall

    • Fry

      August 11, 2022 at 10:29 am

      No. 1 for me

  16. Jacko

    August 11, 2022 at 9:33 pm

    Change of plans with Duncan an out. Which option do you like?

    1) Daicos > Hall & Duncan > Marshall
    2) Daicos > Hall & Duncan > Baz Smith

    • Fry

      August 12, 2022 at 11:28 am

      I think I’d do No. 1 mate

  17. Henry

    August 11, 2022 at 9:34 pm

    Sean Darcy lives again!! Is Marshall, Bont or Bazlenka the best option to bring in. Leaning towards Marshall

    • Fry

      August 12, 2022 at 11:28 am

      I feel you, I can’t get rid of the bloke either! Out of those options I’d be inclined to pick Marshall

  18. Harry

    August 12, 2022 at 11:13 am

    If I have to field one of these rookies which one; O.Lord, W.Kelly or J.Serong (if he is named)?

    • Fry

      August 12, 2022 at 11:29 am

      To be honest, I don’t love any of them but I’d rank them in reverse order you listed them

  19. Borris

    August 12, 2022 at 1:01 pm

    Hey Fry & anyone else :)

    From this team who would you look at offloading & bringing in to improve it the most for this round?


    Docherty, Sinclair, Helmet Brayshaw, Lloyd, Crisp, Sicily


    Merrett, Steele, Mills, Brayshaw, Cripps, Neale, Petracca, Macrae


    Marshall, ROB


    Parker, Bont, Smith, Brodie, English, Heeney

    • Fry

      August 12, 2022 at 2:55 pm

      There’s not a lot of ways to improve that team, it looks pretty good on paper! I’d probably have Crisp, Macrae and English in the firing line though for maybe a Zorko/Oliver combo or maybe chase Gawn, Touk or a unique like Brad Crouch

  20. Sam

    August 12, 2022 at 2:06 pm

    Thoughts on Crisp to Zorko? Bank coin and Crisp match up not great

    • Borris

      August 12, 2022 at 2:08 pm

      Was thinking that Sam! Who would you trade in with the second one using that coin I would have about 200K?

      • Borris

        August 12, 2022 at 2:10 pm

        Is Tim English next in line to go now he has to share ruck duties & has always scored poorly the last few times with shared ruck?

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