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Fry’s Cash Cows – Rd. 14

Fry is back to discuss all the relevant rookies ahead of Round 14!

13 down, 11 to go!

The two easier bye rounds are behind us. Now, the going gets tough. With two thirds of the league set to rest over the next fortnight, the depth of our fantasy teams will once again be tested and our favourite downgrade options seem poised to miss Round 15 at this rate. However, this also provides coaches with the opportunity to move on from the rookies who have maxed out in price and replace them with a proven performer. A tricky two-week block is ahead for a lot of coaches – don’t lose focus now!

Rookie/cash cows are typically defined as players who started the season priced at $300,000 or lower


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. Darcy Wilson, Saints ($614K, 68 AVG, 108 BE)
  2. Will Graham, Suns ($485K, 64 AVG, 68 BE)
  3. Sam Clohesy ($564K, 72 AVG, 87 BE)
  4. Oliver Dempsey, Cats ($555K, 68 AVG, 57 BE)
  5. Blake Howes, Demons ($464K, 57 AVG, 59 BE)

Injured/non-playing rookies

  1. Harley Reid, Eagles ($559K, 65 AVG, 60 BE)
  2. Joe Richards, Magpies ($376K, 79 AVG, -20 BE)
  3. Hugo Garcia, Saints ($374K, 54 AVG, 27 BE)
  4. Colby McKercher, Kangaroos ($592K, 73 AVG, 24 BE)
  5. Darcy Jones, Giants ($312K, 43 AVG, 44 BE)

Cash Cow King – Round 13

A lot of our reliable rookies failed to fire last weekend, which saw an unlikely hero emerge as the top scorer. We expected Suns defenders to get a boost playing against St Kilda, but none of us thought we’d see Bodhi Uwland drop 120+! His career-best game was significantly better than the rest of the cash cow class this week and there wouldn’t have been too many coaches lucky enough to plug Uwland onto their field. Some would’ve benefitted from Billy Dowling’s ripper score while Caleb Windsor had a strong showing ahead of Melbourne’s bye round. I thought about giving Harvey Harrison (71) a nomination thanks to his superior ownership, but James Borlase (80) and Nathan Kreuger (79) still deserve to be recognised – even though they were virtually unowned in Round 13.

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Making Moves

Fresh legs

Here’s a quick synopsis of the rookies who are coming off a bye in Round 13:

Jeremy Sharp ($725K, 81 AVG, BE 71) – The only relevant cash cow on this list. You could stick with Sharp but an upgrade within the next few weeks is the ideal play.
Josh Draper ($274K, 34 AVG, BE 22) – Draper has provided coaches with a green dot DEF, but he’s not a fantasy factor.
Jed McEntee ($312K, 33 AVG, BE 22) – Meh. Needs to produce more 60+ scores to capture our attention.

Money makers

Unfortunately, as we start to project towards life post-bye-rounds there is a lack of trustworthy downgrade options. As it stands right now (don’t say it, don’t say it, don’t say it), there is somewhat of a rookie crisis with the best cash cows on offer all owners of the Round 15 bye. Those who missed the boat on Billy Dowling ($247K, 89, BE -18) will make it a priority to acquire him this week and the performance from Nathan Kreuger ($295K, 79, BE 0) against the Dees has seen him vault into second amongst the popular trade targets this week. Kreuger’s teammates Harvey Harrison ($348K, 71, BE 6) and Charlie Dean ($350K, 55, BE 10) may also be looked at for cash-strapped coaches – although paying $150K more for them over a basement-priced rook does sting.

AFL 2024 Round 13 - Adelaide v Richmond - A-50239889

Will Hamill ($329K, 75, BE 4), Lachlan McNeil ($300K, 51, BE 14) and Calsher Dear ($339K, 68, BE 18) also have inflated price tags and there are issues facing each of them that may deter coaches from pulling the trigger. Personally, outside of Dowling and Kreuger, I’d try to avoid the cash cows who still have a bye round – perhaps investing in the likes of Toby McMullin ($290K, 34, BE 11) or Logan Morris ($321K, 60, BE 2) instead with the hopes that they can put up a score worthy of featuring in your best 18 during the next fortnight. Outside of the cheaper options, Bodhi Uwland ($543K, 124, BE 7) is the only rookie who has significant cash to make on the back of his supreme 120+ effort. This late into the season though, Uwland is at a point where non-owners wouldn’t consider a move for the Suns defender.

Keep the faith

Make no mistake, these rookies can go if it improves your overall squad. Most of the characters who still have cash to make will rest next round and getting one more decent score out of them would be ideal. At the top of this list are the Western Bulldogs rookies – with Riley Garcia ($513K, 62, BE 48), Joel Freijah ($391K, 40, BE 32), Ryley Sanders ($503K, 54, BE 53) and Harvey Gallagher ($500K, 50, BE 50) all capable of outperforming their breakeven against the Dockers. Freijah has become the most popular discounted Dog over the past month and some are already opting to jump ship and give him the flick after his 40-point effort last Friday.

Ideally, you’ll get one more score out of him and then trade away at his bye, although it’s not crucial to keep Freijah. You could stick with middling cash cows like Jhye Clark ($371K, 61, BE 24), Oisin Mullin ($376K, 56, BE 26) or Finlay Macrae ($376K, 68, BE 20) once their bye finishes, but the best move is to couple a few of them together and chase another upgrade. Outside of the returning Jeremy Sharp, Kai Lohmann ($588K, 62, BE 49) is the only other cash cow who has served his bye that coaches may be trusting on the field. While a pair of 90+ scores before his bye captured our attention, I still view Lohman as a 60-65 AVG player so buying into the Lions forward isn’t a move I’d entertain.

Cut them loose

Alright, let’s get down to business. We know that the crappy performances from Aaron Cadman ($337K, 34, BE 55) and Harvey Thomas ($370K, 32, BE 55) has led to them losing value and a lot of our mainstream rookies are falling into the same category. Gold Coast duo Sam Clohesy ($564K, 55, BE 87) and Will Graham ($485K, 48, BE 68) have served their purpose as money makers and can be moved on this week, with Clohesy currently tabbed as the most traded out player in the game. Not too far behind him is Saints winger Darcy Wilson ($614K, 34, BE 108), a player that some were hoping they could use this week and then cull him in Round 15 which coincides with St Kilda’s bye.

AFL 2024 Round 13 - St Kilda v Gold Coast - A-50680161

No one and I repeat there was NO ONE priced above $600K that scored worse than Wilson on the weekend and while he might put up a respectable score against Brisbane, I think the wise move is to send him packing while his price still starts with a 6. Other rookies putting their feet up this week can be cashed in, with Oliver Dempsey ($555K, 54, BE 57), Caleb Windsor ($487K, 81, BE 64) and Blake Howes ($449K, 36, BE 71) all players that I would want out of my team. With three trades up our sleeve, combining the salaries of these rooks should help you net an elite upgrade (or two) and continue the trend of getting these cheap types off the field.

Thin Ice

With all four of these players set to rest in Round 15, it’s going to take something special from them to avoid the axe next week. Kane McAuliffe ($340K, 20, BE 36) was trending in the right direction as a serviceable cash cow, but if he starts as the sub once again his cash generation will effectively be ruined. I’m hopeful that he can surpass his breakeven against Brisbane, however McAuliffe isn’t the same ‘home run’ rookie that some of us were expecting. His teammate Seth Campbell ($455K, 43, BE 47) has done well to hang around for this long, although most coaches reading this would have moved him on already – with Chris Burgess ($360K, 31, BE 36) and Lachie Sullivan ($407K, 45, BE 42) also poised to add one more score before they’re sent packing.

Wait and see

I was off on my projection for Jack Hutchinson ($203K, 28, BE 21) with the mid-season draftee struggling to get going against North in Round 13. Without an official preseason under his belt, Hutchy still needs to build his tank and we could see him sent back to the WAFL for a block of games. With that said, I still believe he’ll feature in more senior games for West Coast before the season concludes, but we may have to wait until another opportunity arises. Hutchinson isn’t the only cheap FWD who is hard to trust at the moment. Enter Bailey Laurie ($216K, 52, BE 15), a fourth-year player who was given the chance to run out a full AFL game (no vests) against Collingwood for just the second time in his career!

Given Laurie’s inability to carve out a consistent role with Melbourne, I don’t expect him to be named when their bye concludes and even if he is, there’s a proven track record of the young Dee coping a vest. Desperate times may call for desperate measures though and I’m monitoring the Demons as a team that may give some of their young guns an opportunity in the final third of the season. There will be other teams who hand their unproven rookies a few games late in the year, but no matter what, you can keep this eclectic trio of cash cows out of consideration – Samson Ryan ($347K, 33, BE 46), Toby Pink ($269K, 39, BE 18) and Matt Roberts ($503K, 52, BE 97).

AFL 2024 Round 13 - West Coast v North Melbourne - A-50660460

Sub status

Subbed On – Kane McAuliffe, Corey Durdin, Jack Bytel

Subbed Off – Wil Dawson, Jack Carroll, Jack Carroll

Only a small handful of rookies were affected by sub vests over the weekend, with most of this entourage unowned by a lot of coaches. There isn’t a lot of optimism for McAuliffe after he was demoted and a return to the VFL once Richmond’s injury list improves seems like the likely scenario. Let’s hope a lot of our favourite cash cows can dodge the fluro again this weekend!

State League Stats

James Tsitas, Suns (151) – 41 disposals, 12 marks, 5 tackles, 1 goal
Saad El-Hawli, Bombers (124) – 25 disposals, 4.1 in front of goal
Charlie Lazzaro, Kangaroos (123) – 36 disposals, 5 marks, 5 tackles
Lawson Humpries, Cats (117) – 28 disposals, 8 marks, 1 goal
Koltyn Tholstrup, Demons (116) – 29 disposals, 5 marks, 5 tackles, 1.2 in front of goal
Nick Watson, Hawks (108) – 18 disposals, 8 marks, 4.2 in front of goal
Jedd Busslinger, Bulldogs (107) – 27 disposals, 10 marks
Kaleb Smith, Tigers (106) – 22 disposals, 7 marks, 6 tackles
Max Ramsden, Hawks (105) – 14 disposals, 26 hitouts, 5 marks, 5 tackles, 3.1 in front of goal
Ted Clohesy, Cats (102) – 21 disposals, 10 tackles, 1 goal
Zane Trew, Eagles (98) – 25 disposals, 6 marks, 5 tackles
Hugo Garcia, Saints (97) – 15 disposals, 4 marks, 7 tackles, 3.1 in front of goal
Riley Hardeman, Kangaroos (97) – 23 disposals, 10 marks
Tyrell Dewar, Eagles (95) – 15 disposals, 9 marks, 5 tackles, 1.1 in front of goal
Tyler Sellers, Kangaroos (93) – 17 disposals, 7 marks, 3.3 in front of goal
Zac Taylor, Crows (91) – 18 disposals, 7 tackles, 1 goal
George Stevens, Cats (90) – 25 disposals, 6 marks, 1 behind
Harry DeMattia, Magpies (88) – 23 disposals, 7 marks, 1 goal
Luke Beecken, Lions (88) – 22 disposals, 6 marks
Hamish Free, Kangaroos (86) – 17 disposals, 28 hitouts, 5 tackles, 1 goal
Harry Barnett, Eagles (85)
 – 11 disposals, 26 hitouts, 7 tackles, 1 behind
Charlie Edwards, Crows (84) – 13 disposals, 5 marks, 5 tackles, 2.1 in front of goal
Toby McMullin, Giants (83) – 21 disposals, 1 goal
Steely Green, Tigers (83) – 16 disposals, 4 marks, 6 tackles, 1.1 in front of goal
Ethan Read, Suns (82) – 23 disposals, 18 hitouts, 1 goal
Jake Rogers, Suns (79) – 22 disposals
Clay Hall, Eagles (76) – 24 disposals, 6 tackles, 1 behind
Max Gruzewski, Giants (74) – 11 disposals, 6 marks, 2.3 in front of goal
Coen Livingstone, Eagles (73) – 14 disposals, 15 hitouts, 1.1 in front of goal
Ed Allan, Magpies (72) – 19 disposals, 6 tackles
Will McLachlan, Lions (72) – 11 disposals, 7 marks, 2 goals
Andy Moniz-Wakefield, Demons (71) – 17 disposals, 4 marks, 5 tackles
Taj Woewodin, Demons (68) – 20 disposals
Jacob Blight, Tigers (65) – 18 disposals, 6 marks
Wil Parker, Magpies (65) – 18 disposals
Iliro Smit, Magpies (56) – 8 disposals, 22 hitouts, 6 tackles
Jaxon Binns, Blues (55) – 10 disposals, 1 goal
Geordie Payne, Kangaroos (43) – 10 disposals

Remember the Name

In no particular order, here are some of the other rookie-priced players to consider throughout the season.

DEFENDERS

James Leake (Giants, $252K)
Jakob Ryan (Magpies, $200K)
Billy Wilson (Blues, $201K)
Arie Schoenmaker (Saints, $200K)
Archie Roberts (Bombers, $200K)
Jedd Busslinger (Bulldogs, $200K)
Charlie Edwards (Crows, $240K)
Saad El-Hawli (Bombers, $200K)

Logan Evans (Power, $200K)
Jacob Blight (Tigers, $200K)

MIDFIELDERS

Caiden Cleary (Swans, $231K)
Clay Hall (Eagles, $200K)
Hugh Jackson (Power, $200K)
Harry Rowston (Giants, $241K)
Harry DeMattia (Magpies, $228K)
Mitch Hardie (Cats, $200K)
George Stevens (Cats, $200K)

RUCKMEN

Henry Smith (Lions, $200K)
Coen Livingstone (Eagles, $200K)
Max Heath (Saints, $200K)
Archer Reid (Eagles, $213K)
Will Verrall (Demons, $200K)
Taylor Goad (Kangaroos, $243K)
Mitch Edwards (Cats, $207K)

FORWARDS

Kynan Brown (Demons, $200K)
Andy Moriz-Wakefield (Demons, $200K)
James Tsitas (Suns, $200K)
Ashton Moir (Blues, $216K)
Tom Anastasopoulos (Power, $200K)
Brayden George (Kangaroos, $200K)
Max Hall (Saints, $200K)

Campbell Gray (Tigers, $200K)
Toby Murray (Crows, $200K)


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Sigma Luka
Sigma Luka
1 month ago

Wow Fry this is such a great article and awesome

jezza
jezza
1 month ago

Do you think Peatling is a potential option?

jezza
jezza
29 days ago
Reply to  Fry

Cheers mate, lots of help

My name is Green
My name is Green
1 month ago

Great write up Fry

I need your HELP!!! Struggling to crack into top 20k!!!

DEF: Clark, Daicos, Sinclair, Whitfield, Dale, Martin (Graham, Dean)

MID: Merrett, Dawson, Green, Steele, Bont, Gulden, Young, Sullivan (McAuliffe, Reville)

RUC: Grundy, Xerri (Barnett)

FWD: Heeney, Flanders, Powell, Dempsey, Sexton, Fisher (Harrison, Frejiah)

UTL: Mannagh

Bank: 65k

Combo 1:
Dempsey to Dowling
Steele to Serong
Dale to Ryan
A bit of sideways trading

Combo 2:
Graham to Shoenmakers or any 200k Def Rook
Sullivan to Serong
Dempsey to Dowling
Traditional 2 down 1 up but eliminates a rook off the field

Much appreciated.

Paul
Paul
1 month ago

Definitely combo 2. You wanna get all those rooks off field, getting sullivan to a premo is priority for you i think.

My name is Green
My name is Green
1 month ago

Thanks Fry and Paul.

Should I get Serong? I just have enough to go Ryan

Liam
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Liam
1 month ago

Great write up as always Fry

Would you go
#1 Oliver-Simpkin
Dempsey- Dowling
Howes- Ryan leaving 100k or

#2 Oliver- Serong
Dempsey- Dowling
Ramsdem- Morris leaving 241k

#3 Oliver- Ryan
Dempsey- Dowling
Ramsdem- Morris leaving 171k

Or try get in Zorko instead of Luke Ryan

Help Me
Help Me
1 month ago

Hey Fry. Thoughts on my trades,

Oliver—>Wines
Miller—>Day
Clohesy—>Simpkin

I Still have Fyfe and Wilson and was planning on trading them as well as McKaullife, bringing in Sexton, Dowling/Shoenmaker and 1 more on field player

Thoughts Appreciated

Help Me
Help Me
29 days ago
Reply to  Fry

Def: Sheez, Whitfield, NWM, Dale, Martin, Ryan (Parker, Pink)
Mid: Gulden, Walsh, Miller, Rowell, Green, Oliver, Clohesy, Boak (Mannagh, Mckaullfie)
Ruck: Gawn, Grundy (Barnett)
Fwd: Heeney, Flanders, Zorko, Wilson, Fyfe, Fisher (Jones, Harrison)
Utl: Dawson

If I do what you said I’m not sure who to bring in

seven
seven
29 days ago
Reply to  Help Me

i prefer your second set of trades rather than the first tbh

Help Me
Help Me
29 days ago
Reply to  seven

I’m leaning towards my first one as the second would have Dowling on field

seven
seven
1 month ago

just thought i would give everyone some exciting news arie shoenmaker is finally debuting and could be a great option for a 200k rookie

Cecil
Cecil
1 month ago

Dowling training with the Bs, maybe Sub risk?
Kreuger or Schoenmaker on the radar now

brian Smith
brian Smith
1 month ago

Any thoughts on which new rookie is better – Schoenmaker or Busslinger?

seven
seven
29 days ago
Reply to  brian Smith

im leaning more towards schoenmaker only because of bevo. Bevo is so untrustworthy and could just be another Sanders

doug
doug
1 month ago

awesome stuff Fry!! looks like we finally get the DEF 200k rookies this round..

how would you rank Kreuger vs Arie +95k..

currently got Kreuger due to his BE being 0 with Arie a watch for post bye where we should have a better understanding of if he gets to string a few games together.. but that extra 95k next week would be handy..

Rippo
Rippo
29 days ago
Reply to  doug

Same here, but feel I need to see at least one game from Arie with solid scoring and with no vest, also Krueger allows me to cover gawn this week.

tim
tim
29 days ago

who to get in for wilson, gulden or zorko?

Paul
Paul
29 days ago
Reply to  tim

Zorko for me, fwd status and has a juicy matchup this week, chuck the VC on him! Fortunately I have both and can see why you would go Gulden instead, hope that helps

Luke
Luke
29 days ago

Hey Fry, great write up as usual.

Looking at
Freijah -> Schoenmaker (Gets Fisher forward off the bench in defence).
Powell -> Simpkin
Oliver -> Ryan/Gulden/Zorko (thinking Gulden atm)

The Powell to Simpkin trade I am not that sure on, but I can see them averaging similar (maybe even Simpkin averaging a bit more) and it gets me some cash too.
Thoughts?

Dulcify
Dulcify
28 days ago
Reply to  Fry

Trading out a player averaging 82.3 and bringing in a player averaging 66, doesn’t make much sense to me. 🤪

Daft doggies
Daft doggies
29 days ago

I have the cash to go either Ryan, Zorko, or Fisher this week. Is going Ryan/Zorko the priority or should I still focus on Fisher for value?

I’m a little worried how Mckercher returning could affect Fisher’s scoring.

Thanks for the help!

Reecefm Go Lions
Reecefm Go Lions
29 days ago

Wow Brisbane have 2 games in the one weekend? :o They already are playing ST Kilda and already played Tigers just a few weeks ago.

“Kane McAuliffe ($340K, 20, BE 36) was trending in the right direction as a serviceable cash cow, but if he starts as the sub once again his cash generation will effectively be ruined. I’m hopeful that he can surpass his breakeven against Brisbane,”

Liam
Liam
29 days ago

Hey Fry great article as always!
If you had to trade one of McAuliffe, Freijah and Sullivan who goes first this week? Need the cash to facilitate my other moves of Zorko and Simpkin in for Stewart and Oliver and to save for next week.

Tex
Member
Tex
29 days ago

Lachie Neale or Chad Warner?

Tex
Member
Tex
29 days ago
Reply to  Tex

or Jack Crisp?
I’m leaning towards Neale vs St Kilda
(best I can do for $900k this week, pity Merrett is on his bye)

Rippo
Rippo
28 days ago
Reply to  Tex

Neale will get tagged.

Tex
Member
Tex
28 days ago
Reply to  Rippo

Fark me, I should have listened to you Rippo!

shiver me timbers
shiver me timbers
28 days ago
Reply to  Rippo

Swapped Oliver to Neale and absolutely regretting it. Getting absolutely discombobulated. This is some brutal tagging going on here.

Ham and Cheese Reville
Ham and Cheese Reville
28 days ago
Reply to  Tex

Even Jack Hill the blind miner could have seen Neale getting clamped this week, you numpties

Tex
Member
Tex
27 days ago

At least I didn’t empty the bank for Luke Ryan’s 70! :-)

Rippo
Rippo
27 days ago

Jack Steele, what is going on.

shiver me timbers
shiver me timbers
27 days ago
Reply to  Rippo

Same as Luke Ryan can’t believe I got him in this week

shiver me timbers
shiver me timbers
27 days ago

Haha just as I said it he gets 24 points in 30 seconds due to junk




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