EVEN the best made plans don’t always go according to plan. As my fantasy baseball and AFL teams trend in the wrong direction I considered packing up shop this week. After shaking off my sulky mood I’ve regrouped to bring you the best advice from the past week and heading into another week of fantasy sport action!
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- CARLTON continued to dominate the proceedings from an AFL Fantasy perspective. Last week it was once again the Bryce Gibbs (160) show, with the midfielder racking up the most point of the round. A few of the normal names Patrick Dangerfield (142) and Tom Mitchell (135) found themselves amongst the top scorers once again with some lesser known players like Kane Lambert (147) and Ethan Hughes (137) joining the top scorers club.
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- ONCE again popular names like Stef Martin (74), Rory Laird (76) and Luke Dahlhaus (81) failed to fire for owners with Tom Rockliff (90) once again failing to crack triple figures. Don’t fear owners a 150 is surely not to far on the horizon.
- WITH very little new faces filtering through at this time of year the focus is on a few rookies who have risen slightly in price already. Sean Darcy, Alex Witherden, Malcolm Karpany and Declan Mountford are all around the $250K mark, meaning that they don’t come cheap. I would invest in Darcy, Witho, Mountford and karpany in that order if you were considering them.
INJURY NEWS – AFTER just one week back in Gary Ablett, Robert Murphy and Aaron Sandilands all find themselves back on the sidelines. Hamstring injuries will prevent the three stars from lining up for the Suns, Dogs and Dockers respectively with Steve Johnson and Grant Birchall also out. Team selection saw some familiar faces back in the fold with Joel Selwood, Matt Priddis and Dayne Beams leading the ins. Scott Thompson returns for the Crows for his 1st game of 2017, while Jesse Hogan is back for Melbourne after surgery to battle testicular cancer.
Scharenberg > King via DPP
Cousins > Dusty
- SINCE the last Fantasy Friday, Matt Bush (-14%, Rangers) was pulled from his closing duties meaning his value as a fantasy player is virtually dead. The other pitchers among the most dumped last week included Jamie Garcia (-9.7%, Braves), who has given up 23 runs in his last four starts and suspended Astros reliever David Paulino (-6.5%).
- A guy that I personally ditched last week, Mitch Haniger (-14.7%, Mariners) finds himself the second most dropped batter this week after going 1-17 through July so far. Mallex Smith (-10.2%, Rays) and Matt Davidson (-10%, White Sox) also find themselves back on the waiver wire in a lot of leagues.
- NOW a San Fran Giant, Sam Dyson (13.2%) finds himself amongst the most added pitchers in the last seven days. The former Ranger struggled mightily to start the season, but seems to have his shit together now, registering three straight saves from three save opportunities. Rich Hill (+10.3%, Dodgers), Ivan Nola
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- JOSH Reddick (+33.3%, Astros) is the most sought after player on waiver wires around the league after a hot week with eight RBI’s and a .429 batting average through July to date. Scooter Gennett (+20.3%, Reds) was among the popular player re-added with Starling Marte (+15.7%, Pirates) also nearing a return from suspension.
INJURY NEWS – CLAYTON Kershaw is the latest star pitcher who is scheduled to miss at least one start. Because the Dodgers ace will start Sunday’s game against the Royals, he will be ineligible to pitch in Tuesday’s All-Star Game. Kershaw will also probably miss his first game back from the All-Star break against the Marlins. Dallas Keuchel (Houston) continues to work his way back from a neck injury after missing most of June and barring any setbacks it’s highly likely Mike Trout will be back with the Angels after the All-Star break too.