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Fry’s Cash Cows – Rd. 23 + Award Nominees

As the 2023 fantasy season starts to wind down, Fry puts forth some rookie award nominees!

22 down, 2 to go!

We’ve made it to the penultimate round of the 2023 fantasy season, and if you’re still reading these articles I appreciate you hanging in there. Much like a portion of the competition who have had things work against them this season, I’m ready for a break from the weekly anxiety fantasy coaches endure. Before we wrap things up though, it’s important to narrow down the nominees for the major cash cow awards (dropping next week) and highlight the rookie success stories of 2023.

Rookie/cash cows are players who start the season priced around $300,000 or less

Mooooving On

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

  1. Campbell Chesser, Eagles ($370K, AVG 43, BE 48)
  2. Jaspa Fletcher, Lions ($413K, AVG 51, BE 76)
  3. Elijah Hewett, Eagles ($442K, AVG 45, BE 38)
  4. Darcy Wilmot, Lions ($578K, AVG 60, BE 80)
  5. Luke Nankervis, Crows ($368K, AVG 63, BE 11)

Injured/non-playing rookies

  1. Angus Sheldrick, Swans ($516K, AVG 62, BE 32)
  2. Ryan Maric, Eagles ($390K, AVG 49, BE 40)
  3. Cooper Harvey, Kangaroos ($280K, AVG 45, BE 22)
  4. Oisin Mullin, Cats ($248K, AVG 30, BE 54)
  5. Will Ashcroft, Lions ($722K, AVG 83, BE 96)

Cash Cow King – Round 22

We were treated to some eye-popping cash cow numbers last week, led by Dockers MID Matthew Johnson. After sub-affected scores of 12 and 22 in his most recent outings, Jonno went gangbusters against West Coast to record the first 100+ score of his young career. For something different, Harry Sheezel was one of the best ball-winners for North with his EIGHTH game of 110 points or more this season, while his teammate George Wardlaw laid nine tackles for his solid score. Second-game Bomber Elijah Tsatas flourished against the Roos with 23 touches and Corey Wagner rounded out the nominees with his 3rd highest score of the year.

Who's gets your vote as the most important cash cow in Round 22?

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Round 22 Power Rankings

After 22 weeks of fantasy action, here are the current top-10 cash cow performers!

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 $200K player, there are still some rookies who offer assistance over the final fortnight. Here are my favourite targets ahead of Round 22.

  1. James Tsitas ($200K, MID/FWD, Suns)
  2. Karl Worner ($216K, DEF/MID, Dockers)
  3. Josh Fahey ($227K, DEF/MID, Giants)
  4. Hugh Jackson ($200K, MID/FWD, Power)*

* 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 2023, 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 23


It’s fairly obvious where one of these votes will go, but a variety of defensive rookies deserve mention for their heroics at different points of the season. Darcy Wimot has the 2nd most total points out of all the DEF cash cows, however, coaches likely moved him on before they could benefit from his scores in the back end of the season. West Coast duo Reuben Ginbey and Campbell Chesser were popular picks to start the season and the others amongst the group all played their role for a large number of coaches.

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

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GameDay Squad – Create. Coach. Compete.


Similar to the backline, there isn’t a ton separating some of the MID cash cows. Will Ashcroft, Ollie Hollands and Cam Mackenzie were all popular starting choices and the first-year midfielders helped coaches get off to a great start. They were well supported by bye-round specialists such as Matthew Johnson and George Wardlaw – with these two rookies helping provide coaches with a somewhat trustworthy starter. I expect the midfield vote to be tight…

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

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Gross. Samson Ryan is the only rookie RUC who should be celebrated after featuring in over half of the 2023 season. His lanky counterparts weren’t able to find the consistent games necessary to emerge as viable trade targets. Honestly, I thought about giving a mention to non-playing R3’s like Max Heath and Jacob Edwards for their loophole assistance.

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

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There are a few standout rooks that will absorb the majority of the votes up forward. Starters like Kade Chandler, Luke Pedlar and Mattaes Phillipou generated plenty of cash for their owners before they were eventually offloaded and those who benefitted from Angus Sheldrick’s scores will have a special spot for him on their end-of-season trip. Anthony Caminiti and Jacob van Rooyen crack the list after their ability to toil away and slowly tick upwards in value, although it’s hard to envision them seriously challenging for votes.

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

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Reserves Watch

Noteworthy 💰🐮 AFL Fantasy numbers from Round 22 state leagues

Jaxon Binns, CAR (119) – 26 disposals, 10 marks, 4 tackles
Jack Buller, SYD (54) – 14 touches, 2.1 in front of goal
Aaron Cadman, GWS (155) – 21 disposals, 12 marks, 8.3 in front of goal!!
Billy Dowling, ADE (111) – 20 disposals, 5 marks, 10 tackles, 2 goals
Cameron Fleeton, GWS (79) – 21 touches, 8 marks
Charlie Constable, GCS (133) – 37 disposals, 10 marks
Will Gould, SYD (66) – 10 disposals, 5 marks, 5 tackles, 1 goal
Mitch Hardie, GEE (87) – 26 touches, 5 tackles
Hugh Jackson, PA (106) – 25 disposals, 5 marks, 7 tackles
Jacob Konstanty, SYD (100) – 15 touches, 11 tackles, 1 goal
Mitch Knevitt, GEE (103) – 24 disposals, 5 marks, 5 tackles, 1 goal
Bailey Laurie, MELB (115) – 30 disposals, 4 marks, 6 tackles, 1 goal
Kai Lohmann, BRIS (111) – 16 touches, 6 marks, 6 tackles, 4.2 in front of goal
Cam Mackenzie, HAW (84) – 19 disposals, 6 marks, 6 tackles
Finlay Macrae, COLL (88) – 25 disposals, 7 tackles
Ned Moyle, GCS (106) – 21 touches, 38 hitouts
Oisin Mullin, GEE (51) – 17 touches
Liam Reidy, FRE (124) – 19 touches, 7 marks, 5 tackles, 18 hitouts, 2 goals
Harry Rowston, GWS (87) – 25 disposals, 5 marks, 1.2 in front of goal
Harry Sharp, BRIS (125) – 30 touches, 7 marks, 1 goal
James Trezise, RICH (70) – 16 touches, 6 tackles

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)
Rhett Montgomerie (Bombers, $200K)
Jakob Ryan (Magpies, $246K)
Sam Durdin (Blues, $213K)
Darragh Joyce (Lions, $241K)


Connor Blakely (Suns, $235K)
Billy Dowling (Crows, $216K)
Ed Allen (Magpies, $264K)
Hugh Bond (Crows, $202K)
Mitch Hardie (Cats, $200K)
Henry Hustwaite (Hawks, $228K)


Jacob Edwards (Kangaroos, $200K)
Alex Mirkov (Blues, $200K)
Hamish Free (Kangaroos, $200K)
Max Heath (Saints, $200K)


Jaxon Binns (Blues, $238K)
Joe Richards (Magpies, $206K)
Finlay Macrae (Magpies, $290K)
Hugh Jackson (Power, $200K)
Patrick Voss (Bombers, $200K)

FOLLOW ME ON TWITTER@SportsbyFry for all things AFL Fantasy (and more)! Feel free to hit me up with any questions you have throughout the season. Good luck! ✌️

An Australian coffee/burrito enthusiast who is the frustrated owner of 16 fantasy teams. Writer for SportsbyFry and DT Talk ?

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9 months ago
Reply to  Fry

I had a message saying enter a valid poll answer for def and mid. Once I viewed results and then went back to vote, it worked. Try that.

9 months ago
Reply to  Adam

This worked for me too.

9 months ago

Fry, thanks for your great contribution this year. Was able to vote for Rucks & Fwds. So will go Def – Sheezel, Ginbey, Cincotta & Mid – Ashcroft, Johnson, Phillips.

9 months ago
Reply to  Burger

Sorry, you wanted 4 Mids, so I’ll add Hollands as the 4th

9 months ago

What are your thoughts on K.Amon is he worth the risk after coming off a 138??

9 months ago

Thanks for your superb and valuable research/commentary throughout the year. Voted for Rucks and Fwds.
Def: Sheezel, Ginbey; Mid: Ashcroft, Phillips

Drunken Monkey
Drunken Monkey
9 months ago

Great stuff as always Fry
My votes:
Def: Sheezle Weddle Wilmot
Mid: Ashcroft Wardlaw Phillips Hollands

9 months ago

Hey Fry, thanks again for your outstanding work this year.

Would it be a bad idea to trade out Doch this week even though he has been selected to play? These are my thoughts…

Option 1:
R23: B.Crouch or Steele > Bont & Doch > Newman
R24: E.Hewett > Tsitas & G.Hewett > Tex

Option 2:
R23: B.Crouch or Steele > Bont & E.Hewett > Tsitas
R24: Stewart or Doch > Newman & G.Hewett > Tex

Advice would be appreciated, thanks mate.

9 months ago
Reply to  Fry

cheers man, so u would advise steele out before crouch then obviously?

9 months ago

Top work Fry, thanks for another great season, easily the best article each week.

What should I do here:
Out – Coniglio, Steele, Crouch, LDU
In- Oliver or Green

9 months ago
Reply to  Fry

Luckily I heard the news, I went Oliver though!

9 months ago

Unfortunately I miss the LDU out and now have to rely on Chesser score today. My opponent has gone English captain should I match or go Bont?

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