Eight down, 16 to go!
It’s very possible some coaches reading this had half a dozen players score over 150 points on the weekend. That’s absurd! How absurd you ask? There had only been two scores over 150 (can you guess them?) prior to Round 7. We’ve had nine in 18 games since. If you were able to nail the picks around these massive point totals then you can see it’s easy to make a quick leap up the rankings. For most coaches though, their squad is being weighed down by those pesky cash cows who have topped out in value. Watching Ginbey, Chandler and Pedlar fail to reach 150 points combined would’ve stung over the weekend and as you make your final batch of trades before the byes, remember to get rid of the rookies.
Rookie/cash cows are defined as players who started the season priced at $300,000 or lower
Part of our 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
- Fergus Greene, Hawks ($361K, AVG 42, BE 70)
- Reuben Ginbey, Eagles ($478K, AVG 64, BE 59)
- Darcy Wilmot, Lions ($376K, AVG 48, BE 48)
- Kade Chandler, Demons ($511K, AVG 68, BE 57)
- Jacob van Rooyen, Demons ($344K, AVG 47, BE 40)
- Cam Mackenzie, Hawks ($434K, AVG 56, BE 66)
- Will Phillips, Kangaroos ($405K, AVG 53, BE 50)
- Lachlan Cowan, Blues ($327K, AVG 41, BE 29)
- Matt Roberts, Swans ($223K, AVG 28, BE 18)
- Angus Sheldrick, Swans ($200K, 18, BE 34)
Cash Cow King – Round 8
The rest of the field tried their best, but Harry Sheezel (98) couldn’t be caught. Dylan Williams (92) came from nowhere to steal top honours from the Rising Star favourite with Carlton pair Ollie Hollands (86) and Alex Cincotta (75) getting close as well. Samson Ryan (69) earned a nom for his effort against the Eagles, however non of them outscored North Melbourne’s young gun for the sixth time in seven weeks.
Round 8 Power Rankings
After 8 weeks of action, these are the top 10 cash cow performers in season 2023!
It wasn’t the fantasy feast some of us were expecting, but Harry Sheezel ($784K, 98, BE 88) was still head and shoulders above his rookie peers. He found his 30 touches and still looks like a keeper. Will Ashcroft’s ($639K, 61, BE 66) numbers weren’t as great against Carlton but expect him to bounce back next week. We’ve seen down scores from Ollie Hollands ($504K, 86, BE 32) as well, although he produced career-best fantasy numbers on Friday night. 21 touches and a goal mean that he’ll keep rising in value for the bulk of the competition.
On the cheaper side, Dylan Williams ($367K, 92, BE -5) is one who has turned heads with his last fortnight. He looked right at home in Port’s backline in Round 8, recording the second-most intercept possessions in the game against the Bombers. Kane Farrell’s potential inclusion could put pressure on his spot, but if Williams is in the best-22 he might be a genuine play. Almost everyone has Alex Cincotta ($371K, 75, BE -12) by now and a large group of coaches would also own Samson Ryan ($404K, 69, BE 7) as he benefits from Toby Nankervis’ injury. It may only be for the short term, so enjoy Ryan’s numbers while you can. Downgrade options Harry Sharp ($246K, 56, BE 9) and Blake Drury ($221K, 53, BE 6) could make some handy cash, with Drury my favourite pick of the two. Sharp may not be in Brisbane’s side for long and the Roos rook has a clearer path to fantasy relevance.
Keep the faith
He avoided the vest this week and there are enough good signs to think Seamus Mitchell ($358K, 54, BE 18) will keep playing his role for the Hawks and fantasy coaches. Those who persisted with Bailey Humphrey ($313K, 66, BE 30) and/or Mattaes Phillipou ($427K, 66, BE 47) were rewarded with the MID/FWD’s scoring at a decent clip over the weekend. It’s hard to trust them on your field each week, although Humphrey and Phillipou seem to have solidified a spot in their respective best 22’s. A score of 64 thanks to seven marks helped Max Michalanney ($461K, 64, BE 48) deliver for his owners against Geelong and forgotten backman Miller Bergman ($319K, 57, BE 9) made his return with a season-high 57. If a cheaper option becomes available, it’s wise to still offload Michalanney. Bergman on the other hand should keep rising in value, provided he can stay in North’s team.
Cut them loose
I can’t blame you if you’re one of the 5% of coaches who swung the axe and rage-traded Fergus Greene ($361K, 6, BE 70) out after his dud showing vs. Freo. I’m one of them. It’s worth pointing out, Greene should still hold his place in the Hawks side although scoring 24 points in two combined games means plenty of people will still give him the flick. Some coaches opted to do that last week with Reuben Ginbey ($478K, 60, BE 59) and featuring on the half-back line for West Coast won’t solve his fantasy scoring woes.
Ginbey did attend 41% of the centre bounces, but the talented Eagle did most of his scoring from defence. Time for an upgrade. Sticking with the backline, Darcy Wilmot ($376K, 34, BE 48) can go thanks to his yo-yo scoring and Alwyn Davey ($336K, 34, BE 48) should probably be cashed in before too long as well. Another popular bench pick Judd McVee ($398K, 44, BE 44) has served his rookie purpose and it’s not a terrible idea to explore a downgrade involving the Demons defender.
GameDay Squad – Create. Coach. Compete.
Let down performances from Luke Pedlar ($464K, 45, BE 48) and Kade Chandler ($511K, 37, BE 57) mean their days in most fantasy sides are numbered. Both of the FWD cash cows have given us enough reasons to leave them on the field, however, if they dish up another shocker we may have to act quickly. Chandler is already the third most traded player, with Luke Pedlar a bit down the list at No. 8. One place above him is Melbourne tall Jacob van Rooyen ($344K, 41, BE 40) who had his two-game suspension upheld by the tribunal tonight meaning he’ll be out for the next fortnight. When he’s back in Round 11, there may be others ahead of him in the pecking order, so expect JVR’s ownership to decrease.
Wait and see
If you were amongst the 7.7% who took the punt on Ryan Angwin ($267K, 24, BE 21) it was rough to watch him go out and record just 10 disposals without a mark or tackle against the Dogs. He’s avoided the vest so far this season, but we could see Angwin demoted vs. Collingwood. A few potential inclusions for Hawthorn could also see Josh Weddle ($304K, 46, BE 18) left out of the side, even though his numbers have been solid through two games. If Mitchell really wants to stick with the youth it makes sense to give him another go.
Subbed On – Zane Trew, Ollie Dempsey, James Tsitas, Jye Menzie, Francis Evans, Jack Bytel
Subbed Off – Aaron Cadman, Fergus Greene, Marc Sheather
A lot of cheap players found themselves vested over the weekend, but they continue to remain a non-factor with the top scorer recording 24 points. That score came from Zane Trew ($252K, 24, BE 31) who was given 62% of game time after Jai Culley went down. He couldn’t make the most of his opportunity against the Tigers and there are no assurances he’ll continue in the role. After hyperextending his knee, second gamer Marc Sheather’s (200K, 21, BE 57) absence could create an opportunity for one of the Sydney youngsters. It’s probably wise to avoid them at first though.
A lot of memorable names were amongst the best state league scorers on the weekend, with coaches eagerly waiting for viable rookies to make themselves known. Quick shoutout to Harley Reid (touted to be the No. 1 pick in the 2023 draft) for being the top scorer in the first VFL game of the weekend – posting 116 points from 21 touches, 8 marks and 9 tackles. In the same game, Lachie Cowan and Jaxon Binns did their best to stand out although they may have slipped down Carlton’s depth chart. One defender who is quickly rising and continues to tease fantasy coaches is Josh Fahey with the Giants youngster performing well, again.
His numbers read 20 disposals and 78 points – low by his standards. Since moving to the wing though, Fahey continues to impress for GWS and his chance is bound to come soon. Please. Former cash cow favourites Cam Mackenzie and Will Phillips scored well over the weekend, with the Hawks draftee a chance to replace Josh Ward in Round 9. He gathered a game-high 30 touches for a score of 129 while Phillips recorded 91 points thanks to 25 disposals and 7 tackles. The mythical Will Gould could be in Sydney’s calculations after 20 touches (95 points) and Sam Sturt put his best foot forward for a recall with 24 touches, 7 marks and 1.3 in front of goal for a score of 97.
Port Adelaide’s Hugh Jackson was the best rookie out of SA on the weekend, chalking up 101 points from 23 touches with 10 tackles. It’s hard to envision him getting a game on the back of this effort, but it’s a good sign. Finlay Macrae was amongst the action again (124 points) with 26 disposals and 11 tackles, along with Essendon’s Rhett Montgomerie. Now that Jordan Ridley has been ruled out with a concussion, the door may open for the mature-aged Bomber, who has decent form behind him. Fresh off 11 marks with 25 touches and a score of 110, Montgomerie has averaged 88 points and 20.8 touches in 6 VFL appearances. I won’t be stunned if we see him make an AFL appearance soon.
Remember the Name
In no particular order, here are some of the other rookie-priced players to consider throughout the season.
Jake Stein (Suns, $288K)
Josh Fahey (Giants, $200K)
Rhett Montgomerie (Bombers, $200K)
Jaokb Ryan (Magpies, $246K)
Sam Banks (Tigers, $200K)
Sam Durdin (Blues, $213K)
Darragh Joyce (Lions, $241K)
Connor Blakely (Suns, $235K)
Jhye Clark (Cats, $286K)
Billy Dowling (Crows, $216K)
Elijah Tsatas (Bombers, $292K)
Ed Allen (Magpies, $264K)
Hugh Bond (Crows, $202K)
Jaspa Fletcher (Lions, $278K)
George Wardlaw (Kangaroos, $294K)
Henry Hustwaite (Hawks, $228K)
Jacob Edwards (Kangaroos, $200K)
Lachlan McAndrew (Swans, $200K)
Alex Mirkov (Blues, $200K)
Hamish Free (Kangaroos, $200K)
Harry Barnett (Eagles, $256K)
Max Heath (Saints, $200K)
Dante Visentini (Power, $200K)
Josh Sinn (Power, $233K)
Thomas Berry (Suns, $286K)
Jaxon Binns (Blues, $238K)
Joe Richards (Magpies, $206K)
Finlay Macrae (Magpies, $290K)
Patrick Voss (Bombers, $200K)
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Lad I have had to hold caminiti on the bench I have been struggling that bad.. Is he back in this week? *Some* kind of bench cover would be great at least on one line. Oooooof it’s rough out there!
I think he’ll stay on the outs mate, move him on
If Saints were smart, they’d drop Membrey for him. Big “if”..
Yeah, can’t see that happening…
I am moving on the PU and also pedlar, getting Fahey and Stewart/mills I don’t know who? Thoughts.
Nice one! I’d go for Cal Mills over Stewart at the moment FYI
Mills got injured on 3, !!!
i adjusted my trade and brought in Fahey instead of Mills to take advantage of Ginbey’s 96 and pocket the extra $$
a sub 70 from Ginbey would’ve seen me start Mills in the guts..
Is playing Dylan Williams on ground a play so I can downgrade Chandler to Fahey and upgrade Rivers to Brayshaw?
Or is it safer to keep Chandler on ground and go Greene to Fahey and Rivers to Fiorini to build cash for a Chandler upgrade next week?
I’m in a similar position with my trades this week and I’m giving Chandler another life. he should score well against the Hawks and I think I prefer the Rivers > Fiorini trade mate
Cheers as always Fry! Thinking of trading Ginbey & VRooyan to Atkins & D.Williams this week.
Who would you field between Williams & Pedlar?
Happy to help mate! They sound like pretty solid moves to me. If you can I’d try loophole one but otherwise back in Williams against the Roos
Cheers mate! Also would you rather trade ginbey to atkins or setterfield to mills?
I think Ginbey to Atkins to save some $$$
Which trade option?
1. Greene to Dury and Setterfield to Mills
2. pedlar to Dury and Setterfield to Anderson
3. Greene to Dury and Pedlar to Fiorini
4. Greene to Dury and Wilmot to Atkins + cash
5. McGrath to Fiorini and Setterfield to Mills
I like No. 3 out of those options
D. Williams in -> Greene out
Atkins in -> Davey out
Heard Fahey is getting a game though but I would have to field him or McVee if I brought him in, so taking Atkins instead
Those are pretty sweet trades if you ask me!
Is Liam Duggan an option?
26% and 41% CBAs in last 2 games after none for first 6 rounds with scores of 96 and 101.
Could go 100 if he keeps getting CBAs and priced at 750k with a BE of 76, could be a good POD?
Could be, but I’d prefer others around that price (Hayden Young, Zak Butters, Whitfield)
Good write Fry,
McVee —> Fahey(if named)
Wilmot —> R Atkins
Those sound like good moves to me
Good stuff Fry as always!
I’m looking at either:
1. Setterfield to Laird with Sheezel, Ashcroft, Hollands and Cincotta as rooks on field
2. Jones to Mills with the same rooks on field
3. Or Ginbey to Fiorini with one of Hollands/Cincotta benched
Thank you, as always
I kind of like the Jones to Mills one, but I prefer the value in going Ginbey to Fiorini. Toughy, see if the teams throw us any curveballs
Grundy and setterfield to English and atkins or Grundy and greene to obrien and parker? I have a bad team at the moment.
If Atkins is still in Gold Coast’s side then I’d lean towards that trade – although O’Brien and Parker could be an interesting pivot
Top read as always and G’day from London! Which of the following would you tick off?
1) Greene & Ashcroft for Drury/Fahey & Mills
2) Greene & Pedlar for Drury/Fahey & Fiorini
3) Greene & Worpel for Drury/Fahey & Cera
4) Greene & Worpel for Williams & Fiorini
Leaning towards 2 or 3 but need your tick of approval mate! It comes down to Fiorini vs Eagles and Pedlar vs Saints. I’d also feel much more comfy with Cera on the field rather than Worpel but Worpel has a good run to the buys and has been a lucky/good hold.
Good to hear from you again!
Other than Greene I’d say Pedlar is the next most pressing trade matter – go No. 2 mate
Another great article Fry.
Would you recommend/prefer culling the fatterned non-playing/ potentially dropped rookies (Wilmot, Cowan, Greene, JVR) over some of their duds who are out but have no cash (Angwin, Chesser, Roberts).
Does it really come down to who is playing in this situation? All names on bench.
Thanks again for all your help.
It’s a tough scenario to be in and it depends largely on what replacements you can get for them. I’d probably keep the cheaper ones and hope they find their mojo as the season progresses and I think trading the non-playing rooks (JVR and Cowan) is more of a priority than ditching Greene/Wilmot at the moment
Do I go worpel and chandler out for brayshaw and Fahey
Pedlar and van rooney to aktins and fahey
Fahey may not get rewarded, but if he and Atkins are named I’d pull the trigger on that move. Worpel still has some good scores left in him
Thanks for the help
No dramas mate, good luck this weekend!
Pedlar to Drury (on bench)
Chandler to Gulden
Fkn love it – huge to get Chandler to Gulden
Great article as usual Fry.
I am weighing up a few options this week
Greene -> Drury/Fahey
Setterfield -> A. Brayshaw (maybe Mills + extra cash)
Greene -> Drury/Fahey
McGarth -> C. Mills
Pou -> Fahey (200k rook)
Greene -> Fiorini
Can be Pou to Drury and Wilmot to Fiorini.
McGarth and Setterfield to either
1. Atkins and Brayshaw
2. Mills and Fiorini
Feels a bit sideways but option both feel like upgrades for the under preforming Essendon duo.
At the moment, I am leaning towards option 1 because Brayshaw probably won’t be this cheap soon and is looking much better.
To be honest, if I was you I’d do Greene down to Drury and McGrath to Fiorini. Pocket the coin for an upgrade over the next week or two
Who’s the best rookie under 300k?
Trying to go cheap to save some money for upgrades
Drury, Sharp probably next
Fiorini or Atkins + cash?
Such a toughy, I think you go for Fiorini though
1. Stocker and Chandler to Brayshaw and Drury
2. Stocker and Chandler to Powell and Akins
3. Chandler and Hollands to Mills and Drury
1,2 or 3
I was looking long and hard at trading for Powell myself this week. Go for No. 2
Bailey Smith or Mills
Hey fry. Love your work mate.
Was going to double downgrade this week but as you would know there isn’t many great downgrade options atm. Thinking of going Greene > Drury but the other trade is up in the air.
1) Wilmot > Atkins (would mean Ginbey is out on the bench)
2) Ginbey > Atkins
3) Roberts / Uwland (cheap red dots) > Sharp or basement price rookie – if there is one.
Toughy, I like the first move and turning Wilmot into Atkins is probably the second best choice. Can always try and loopholes Ginbey too
Fry, O’Donnell or Will Gould?
In a word, neither. Gould could likely be flicked straight back out when Tom McCartin is fit and who knows about O’Donnell! If I had a gun to my head I’d side with the Dogs rookie, but purely because he’s $11k cheaper than Gould
Thanks Legend. We now have Cameron Fleeton as a Def cheapie too. I need a basement priced Def to finance my Mid upgrade, so it’s one of those 3.. Fleeton, O’Donnell, Gould. Prob JS issues with all 3