IT’S official, I’ve hit rock bottom. Another score around the 1850 mark has me questioning why I even bother. I had just three tons across my field (one of which came from a rookie) and none of my midfielders scored over 86. Bleak times at the Large Fry’s and Coke HQ.
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1846 – The year that the Battle of Palo Alto took place (I really need to start scoring higher)
DREADFUL. Woeful. Pathetic. Deplorable. All accurate synonyms to explain my Round 5 performance. Shoutouts to Doedee, Gawn and Heeney. The rest of you, lift.
Nat Fyfe, MID, $711K – 136
BACK to his Brownlow winning ‘Beast Mode’ best Nat Fyfe is on fire. A lot of time and effort went into shutting him down on the weekends, but he still bossed the Bulldogs, amassing a career-high 43 touches. The Derby should be huge. Yep.
Tim English, RUC, $405K – 107
MAX Gawn is a bit hard done by, but English deserves some props. The Dogs rookie was faced with the daunting task of handling Aaron Sandilands. Not only did he perform admirably he notched his first career ton.
Ed Curnow, MID, $719K – 132
THE front-runner for the ‘Seb Ross – Most Underappreciated Player’ award through the first five weeks is easily Ed Curnow. The Blues star mid has scored the 4th most fantasy points as it stands right now and isn’t showing any signs of slowing down.
Tom Mitchell, MID, $875K – 83
BACK-to-back 83’s for Titch’s lowest scores as a Hawk. This isn’t exactly what a Pig should be dishing out. I have faith that he will bounce back this weekend, but after struggling with a ‘tagger’ in consecutive rounds he could get more attention.
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Toby Greene, FWD, $698K – 52
ORIGINALLY this spot belonged to Buddy until I found out his score was affected by injury. Toby Greene didn’t have the same excuse. He needs to repay his owners with a big one this weekend.
Bryce Gibbs, MID, $794K – 65
THIS might be the lowest point of Gibbs’ season. Much like Mitchell, I expect him to bounce back. Still, this doesn’t excuse this type of behaviour from what is supposedly a safe 110+. A string of four straight home games should see him return to normal.
Quickfire Trade Thoughts
IN – MY forward line needs to be addressed and I know I’m not alone. Despite the Round 10 post-China bye, Robbie Gray (FWD/MID, $671K – 126) is hard not to pick. He has been amazing lately and, along with the aforementioned Nat Fyfe, might be the form player of the comp. Zach Merrett (MID, $625K – 109), seems to have recaptured his powers and he will be a popular target. Don’t sleep on the versatile Toby McLean (MID/FWD, $638K – 109) too, after the young pup top-scored for his team on the weekend.
WHEN it comes to rooks Jack Higgins(FWD, $282K – 85), Matt Guelfi (FWD, $234K – 72) and David Mirra (DEF, $222K – 64) will all be popular targets this week. After all three had solid showings on the weekend, you could opt to cash in one of your cash cows.
OUT – LUKE Parker (MID, $678K – 73) will be a popular trade out option after failing to fire yet again. He isn’t the only premium disappointing us with Jack Billings (FWD, $603K – 87) also failing to live up to the hype. Mid pricers Allen Christensen (FWD, $456K – 109) and Christian Petracca (MID/FWD, $550K – 69) are also in line to be axed if they have one more bad showing. It’s no coincidence all these players are all in my team.
APART from that, rookies near topping out are another priority. There aren’t too many popular options in the ballpark this week after Andrew Brayshaw (MID, $337K – 75) and Aaron Naughton (DEF, $326K – 53) did their jobs. Non-playing rookies like Bayley Fritsch (FWD, $313K – DNP), Dom Barry (MID, $275K – DNP) and Zach Guthrie (DEF, $323K – DNP) are all must trades if you have nothing worse to do.
- WE should welcome Rory Sloane and Matt Crouch back into the mix this week if everything goes according to plan. I’d love to bring Crouch in, but it might be wise to wait a week. The same can’t be said for Giants duo Josh Kelly and Rory Lobb. their status during main training sessions will be telling while Zac Langdon is likely to return. Buddy is out for perhaps multiple weeks and Dayne Zorko looks like he will play after an elbow complaint against the Suns.
- GOOD news for Tom Mitchell and Joel Selwood owners. The popular duo has been cleared of any wrongdoing on the weekend. With the exception of banned Bulldog Lachie Hunter’s return this week, there isn’t a lot of other fantasy relevant news. Unless you own Lindsay Thomas, who is going on a three week holiday for whacking Scott Selwood.
- THIS week Luke Parker and Jack Billings are almost a done deal. I’ll be targetting the likes of Danger or Gray, but I’m hesitant. With a large amount of bank, I could add it slowly onto topped out rooks and build or I could cash in now for the points. Teams will dictate a lot. Good luck in Round 6!