AFL Fantasy 2018 – Round 6 Wrap Up

ANOTHER week, another score that saw me slip in rank. After misfiring on my trades things weren’t miserable, but by no means were they great. Some big moves this week should set me up well for the future. Here’s to hoping.

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My Team

1969 – The year Shane Warne was born.
I slipped again in rank after I opted to not captain the Pig. Gawn’s 135 softened the blow, but choosing Danger over Macrae and fielding English really hurt. A few of my rookies are getting to close to topping out and are on the chopping block along with Jack Billings who failed for the last time.

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Plus 3’s

Jack Macrae, MID, $711K – 145
MACRAE is fast earning himself a spot in the plus 3 every fortnight! The Bulldog gun took things to another level on Friday night, dropping a season-high 145. His next to opponents are the Suns and the Lions. You know what to do.

Lachie Whitfield, MID/DEF, $632K – 126
SEEING the Giants youngster get dual positioning in the backline was no surprise, but this score was a pleasant one for owners. He restored their faith after three straight 60’s and could be an option if your backline is struggling.

Adam Treloar, MID, $765K – 147
SPEAKING of restoring the faith, Adam Treloar is well and truly back in coaches good books. With one of the highest scores of his career in Round 6, Treloar seems to be back to his 115+ best and looks like a top-8 mid again. BANG!

Negative 3’s

Patrick Dangerfield, MID, $765K – 70
EVEN though he offers big upside as a forward, Danger hasn’t even been playing that role well so far. He needs to lift from his seven kick game against the Swans, or else.

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Kade Simpson, DEF, $662K – 69
SIMPSON has been all over the shop this year and it’s driving owners spare. He was meant to be a reliable source of points in a post Sam Docherty world, but instead, he has bounced between 60’s and 130’s struggling to find a middle ground.

Luke Parker, MID, $652K – 80
I was able to trade Parker out last week and I know there will be a bunch of other owners who do the same thing this week. The Swans midfielder hasn’t exactly lived up to the preseason hype, averaging just 87 in the past five rounds. See ya later.

Quickfire Trade Thoughts

IN – A handful of cheaper premos will be highly coveted this round including Zach Merrett (MID, $650K – 121) and Robbie Gray  (FWD/MID, $690K – 101). Both players are in form and if you can’t get them now you might miss the boat. A lot of people are investing in Brett Delidio (FWD, $591K – 116) after his awesome fortnight averaging over 125. I don’t have the balls to pull the trigger, but there could be dumber moves.

WE saw three decent rookies emerge in Round 6, all of whom will be coveted trade targets this week. Kobe Mutch (MID, $196K – 71), Ben Ronke (FWD, $200K – 78) and Charlie Spargo (FWD/MID, $238K – 75) should keep their spot in their team’s 22 and if they do they are fantastic options to bring in.

OUT – FOR the second straight week a lot of cash cows lead the list of players who are the most traded out. Nick Holman (MID, $355K – 30) tops the table after a putrid score with Tim English (RUC/FWD, $427K – 38), Nick Coffield (DEF/MID, $354K – 21) and Dom Barry (MID, $291K – 38) also failing to fire last weekend.

OTHER popular trade out targets include a handful of underperforming premiums (what’s new). I tend to hold premium guys over trading them as they have a tendency to bounce back sooner rather than later, see Adam Treloar. For a lot of coaches though Round 6 was the last straw for Jack Billings (FWD, $576K – 64). Another failure sees him averaging just 80 on the year and he is fast bleeding cash. Bye-bye.

Looking Ahead

  • THE status of HUGE names like Rory Sloane, Matthew Kreuzer, Josh Kelly, Gary Ablett, Christian Petracca, Brodie Grundy and Trent Cotchin is cloudy as I write this. More will be revealed before the teams surface on Thursday, but it’s worth keeping your ear glued to the ground about those guys. Toby Greene and Michael Walters suffered injuries on the weekend and are likely out at least a few weeks. Greene’s injury is first thought to be worse than Walters’ and both should be traded out ASAP.
  • THERE is no MRP news for fantasy relevant players, with Matthew Leuenberger and Nick Robertson the only guys facing a potential stint on the sidelines. The Berger might hurt a few people in Draft, but that’s about it.
  • ONCE again I am faced with the dilemma of chasing points or future cash. I think the time has come for me to start climbing back up the rankings and to do so, Nick Holman and Jack Billings will become Zach Merrett and Toby Mclean. I’m still tempted to go Holman to Macrae, but that would mean I need to downgrade elsewhere.

Good luck in Round 7!

Peace ✌

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