WE have made it to the end of the AFL Fantasy season. Don’t for a second think that you can relax though, with the football season just a fortnight away from kicking off and fantasy baseball playoffs just around the corner.

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AFL

  • GARY Ablett’s in different 2017 continued with the Suns star named to play the final game of their season only to be later withdrawn. While his per game numbers look good he hasn’t exactly delivered for owners this year. Could he be in another uniform next season or even hang the boots up and retire?

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  • LUCKY coaches around the country are competing for Fantasy premiership glory this round and many of them are trying to look for those unique players who make provide a difference. While I touched on such players in my DT Talk article, a quick hit list of players may give you another idea as lockout looms.
    – Matt Crouch, Chad Wingard, David Zaharakis, Bryce Gibbs and Luke Parker all shape as great choices.
  • RETIRING greats like Luke Hodge, Matt Priddis, Nick Riewoldt, Jobe Watson and Sam Mitchell to name a few will all run out for the last time in the AFL this round. Some of them may see finals action, but regardless of if they do or do not, their Fantasy careers come to a close at the completion of the round, leading to thousands of coaches (myself included) paying homage and trading them in for a last hoorah out of respect.

MY TRADES

J. Newnes > L. Hodge & H. Greenwood > B. Acres

AFTER trying to orchestrate a move for the in form Wingard or Beams to improve my ranking I’ve given up hope. Greenwood’s omission leaves me with no choice but to try and throw darts at the scrap heap to replace him with Acres the lucky beneficiary. Of course, that means that I am able to play Hodgey in his final AFL game which makes the move worthwhile as I get to farewell a champion.

AFL HAWKS SUPPORTERS DAY

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INJURY NEWS – Lachie Neale is back for Freo after overcoming injury issues with Grundy (returning from suspension), Newman, Pittard and Sheils other ins that may benefit a few teams. Tex Walker and Hugh Greenwood are out for the ladder leaders with the aforementioned Gary Ablett another glaring omission. Ziebell, Hannebery and Burton are the other Fantasy relevant outs.

NFL

  • NEWS broke this week that the Browns and Jaguars are another step closer to naming their starters for the regular season. DeShone Kizer and Chad Henne will start Week 3 of preseason action respectively for each team making Brock Osweiler and Blake Bortles somewhat irrelevant moving forward.
  • AFTER signing with the Bills just a week or two ago Anquan Boldin has instead decided to retire. For that reason, he has become the most dropped player by owners along with John Brown (Cardinals, WR) and John Ross (Bengals, WR) being delisted.
  • IF I’m addressing the most dropped I should also look at the most added. Leading the pack is Seahawks running back Thomas Rawls as he seems to be atop Seattle’s depth chart at half back, with Zay Jones (Bills, WR) and Cooper Kupp (Rams, WR) also demanding plenty of attention.
  • ALTHOUGH his contract woes continue, LeVeon Bell has seemingly announced a date that he will return to the Steelers. Arguably the best back in the league tweeted out his return date to the relief of Pittsburgh fans worldwide.

INJURY NEWS –  WITH the exception of Odell Beckham there were no serious injuries over the past seven days. Beckham tweaked his ankle after being hit while making a catch and is day-to-day with his status in Week 1 of the regular season up in the air. Kyle Rudolph (Vikings, TE), Mike Evans (Buccaneers, WR), Brandon Marshall (Giants, WR) and Devonta Freeman (Falcons, RB), DeAndre Hopkins (Texans, WR) are all dealing with minor issues, but it shouldn’t affect them massively moving forward.

MLB

  • EUGENIO Suarez (Reds, 3B), Manny Machado (Orioles, SS/3B) and Gary Sanchez (Yankees, C) are the best batters dominating fantasy baseball right now. Sanchez and Machado have been well owned for the majority of the season, while Suarez has seen his ownership grow by over 7% as a result of his blistering hitting.
  • THE Byron Buxton roller coaster (Brewers, CF) continues to provide us with headlines as he became the most added batter over the past week. It was thanks to the outfielder contributing stats across the board with multiple home runs, steals and RBI’s. Patrick Corbin (Diamondbacks, SP) was the highest added pitcher after tossing 13 K’s and allowing just one run in his last 16.2 innings.
  • POTENTIAL trade piece Justin Verlander (Tigers, SP) was one of the best pitchers last week after his killer start in a rare W over the Dodgers with Gio Gonzalez (Nationals, SP) filling in admirably while his injured All-Star teammates recover. Sean Doolittle (Nationals, RP) has proved he was a good get for the NL contenders with Corey Knebel (Brewers, RP) killing it last week too.
  • INJURIES have led to heaps of players being dropped in the past seven days.Michael Wacha (Cardinals, SP) and Cesar Hernandez (Phillies, 2B) have no excuses though with their bad form making them the leading pitcher and batter dropped from teams.

INJURY NEWS – STAR pitchers Max Scherzer (Nationals, SP) and Yu Darvish (Dodgers, SP) are DL bound while Clayton Kershaw is still hurt with owners begging for a return. Other relevant pitchers Jon Lester (Cubs, SP) and Alex Wood (Dodgers, SP) are going to miss time too. Bryce Harper (Nationals, OF) and Carlos Correa (Astors, OF) are the best batters who remain on the DL with Miguel Sano (Twins, 3B/OF/DH) and Cody Bellinger now sidelined too.