It’s Friday!! You know what that means? More MLB and AFL Fantasy news to get you through the weekend. Plenty of trades changed the fantasy output from some of the major leagues’ relevant stars while the weekly selection axe/injury bug has plagued some teams fantasy output. Without further ado
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- THE value that Joel Selwood and Dayne Beams is undeniable. Beams came out and turned in a round high 142 and Selwood (115) put up his highest score since Round 11. Thanks in large part to some injury affected low scores both players are now under $500K and it’s hard to ignore trading either, or even both of them in if you aren’t an owner currently.
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- THERE aren’t as many as last week, but as it currently stands there are five blokes scheduled to grace the AFL field for the first time in their respective team’s colours. As we near the finals, the dreaded ‘late out – rest’ call is on the front of all of our minds so snapping up some bench cover with one of these young guns is a great tactic.
- LAST week we saw Beams top score as I addressed before, but there were some unique names atop the list as well. Jack Gunston (132), Taylor Garner (127) and Jack Crisp (121) all cracked the 120 mark, with regulars Sloane (134), Mitchell (130) and Grundy (127) also in the club. The disappointment reached an all-time level for Tom Rockliff owners, with the Pig reduced to a tagging role that saw him churn out 44. FORTY FUCKING FOUR!! We’re used to seeing Rocky get 44 in a quarter, not an entire game! He wasn’t alone though with vanilla picks Rory Laird (74), Nic Newman (56) and Isaac Heeney (72) all woeful.
T.Rockliff > J.Kelly & J.Lloyd > B.Houli
ALL good plans always come undone. I was trading Rocky out all week before I changed my mind on Greenwood to Gray this morning. Then with Jake Lloyd’s last minute omission I threw caution to the wind and decided that Bachar Houli would be coming in. Finally, I went full crazy and threw Rocky out for Josh Kelly. Here we GO!
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INJURY NEWS – INJURIES will keep Round 19 Riewoldt-less with the cousins from Richmond and St Kilda omitted from their teams. Michael Walters injured knee will keep him out of action for the rest of 2017 with other popular players Brad Crouch, Koby Stevens and Chad Wingard also sidelined for a few games.
- EDUARDO Nunez was the latest big name to receive a ‘hug’ as he was traded from the San Fransisco Giants to the Red Sox. Nunez will likely see a lot of game time for Boston given the fact that he has versatility and has been one of the hottest bats in the league over the past few months. J.D. Martinez (Tigers to Diamondbacks) and Brandon Maurer (Padres to Royals) are two other relevant names to switch teams recently. Martinez started slow, but hit a grand slam in his last at bat and seems to have found his feet in Arizona, while Maurer has lost his value as a closer and will likely serve as the setup man for the Royals.
- DEBUTANTS aren’t usually the flavour of the major league baseball world, but it’s also not very often that three debutants hit their first home run in the same night! Rafael Devers (3B, Red Sox, 31.3% ownership), Yoan Moncada (3B, White Sox, 43.4% ownership) and Lewis Brinson (OF, Brewers, 6.6% ownership) are now officially on everyone’s radar.
- MANY coaches have already pounced on Devers with his ownership shooting up 25.4% to make him the most added player this week. After his first start since May, Danny Salazar (Indians, SP, +20.7%) and the in form Nick Williams (Phillies, OF, +24.9%) round out the top three of added players.
- WITHOUT taking injuries into account Keon Broxton (Brewers, CF, -13.3%) and Jeff Hoffman (Rockies, SP, -12.6%) are the two players who claim the unwanted honour of being the most dropped players in fantasy baseball over the past week. David Robertson (Yankees, RP, -11.8%) and Ian Happ (Cubs, LF, -10.8%) also have their poor form to blame for owners jumping off the ship.
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INJURY NEWS – THE biggest name who features in this week’s injury news is easily Clayton Kershaw. The Dodgers ace is sidelined with back tightness for possibly over a month, the same injury that kept him out of action last year. Stephen Strasburg’s elbow injury isn’t as bad as first thought with the Nationals pitcher likely to only miss a start or two. Great news for the Astors with Dallas Kuechel (neck) returning in the coming days after a long stint on the sidelines. Johnny Cueto (finger) should return Monday for the Giants, Castro (hamstring), Justin Boar (oblique) and Dexter Fowler (wrist sprain) are DL bound.