I knew a week like this was possible. Finally, everything clicked for my team on the weekend as I scored a season-high close to 2200. There is definitely room for improvement, but I’m still very chuffed with the direction I’m trending. Fingers crossed I can keep it up.

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My Team

2178 – The year that people still didn’t care about the Royal Wedding.
I’M back!!!

IT’S nice to see my team click and produce a good score. By no means am I comfortable though, with some important moves over the next few weeks. Luke Ryan has saved his spot over the last fortnight and I’ve been lucky to choose the right captain week in, week out. Another big name should come in for Round 10 at the cost of a topped out cash cow too.

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Plus 3’s

Jack Macrae, MID, $885K – 144
EVERY weekend I am reminded what could have been if I chose Macrae over Danger four weeks ago. I advised against paying top dollar for the Dogs gun, but those who didn’t listen to my advice were rewarded handsomely. Oink.

Jake Lloyd, DEF, $669K – 163
I watched with misery as Fremantle butchered the ball going inside 50 on the weekend. There was a positive though with those turnovers landing in the lap of Jake Lloyd who promptly racked up +6’s. His mammoth career-high 161 was a pleasant sign for owners who’ve stuck by him.

Brodie Grundy, RUC, $800K – 135
CLEARLY, there is no such thing as the ‘Cox Effect’ anymore. Grundy has given the label the flick and scored over 110 in eight straight games. Along with Max Gawn, he is hands down a top-2 ruckman and needs to be in your side. ASAP.

Negative 3’s

Gary Ablett, MID, $729K – 47
THE fall from grace continues for the Little Master. After averaging 125+ in the first two weeks, a hamstring injury derailed his campaign before this dismal game against Essendon. If he shows some signs of life he could be a good pickup once he drops in price. At the moment though he has ‘avoid’ written all over him.

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Dustin Martin, MID, $601K – 73
THESE aren’t the numbers that we have been accustomed to from Dusty. The masterful Brownlow star doesn’t have the greatest AFL fantasy pedigree, but still an average under 80 in his last five? You’re better than that Martin.

Robbie Gray, FWD/MID, $665K – 61
IT was a bit of a bummer to see Gray struggle in Shanghai. After a string of big games, he laid an egg for owners as he hits his bye. Fingers crossed we aren’t going to see the forward version of Robbie Gray from Round 11 and beyond.

Quickfire Trade Thoughts

IN – OPERATION ‘get Tom Rockliff’ (MID, $545K – 106) starts right now. Even though his pesky Round 10 bye rules out trading him in this week, putting plans in place to allow you to trade him in next week is a smart move. Dayne Zorko (MID, $656K – 134) is also a good trade in option, averaging 140+ in the last three games. A handful of Eagles including Andrew Gaff (MID, $716K – 107) and Elliott Yeo (DEF, $678K – 110) are on my radar thanks to their handy bye and decent scoring runs. Stef Martin (RUC, $730K – 96) is also a viable option, considering he is slightly cheaper than the big two of Gawn and Grundy.

ALL eyes were on Dylan Clarke (MID/FWD, $181K – 46) as the young Don debuted. He showed enough to warrant adding and we’ll have our fingers crossed he can hold his spot. Ed Phillips (MID, $245K – 56) will still be a handy cash cow and the newest addition to the backline might be Jordan Ridley from Essendon (DEF, $205K – 89). If the Bombers youngster can hold his spot. He’ll be on of the most traded in guys this week.

OUT – THOSE owners who have Dustin Martin ( MID, $601K – 73) and/or Sam ‘Sauce’ Jacobs (RUC, $580K – 78) on their teams might want a premium upgrade. Martin has been failing for weeks now and it might be too late to jump off the boat if you don’t have any cash. The same can be said for Jacobs, with bye structure likely to take a huge roll in who he becomes for coaches.

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IT’S not personal Jeremy Finlayson (DEF/MID, $401K – 46) and Andrew Brayshaw (MID, $409K – 54), but it’s time to part ways. They have been great servicemen and they served their job gaining me a ton of $$$. Some may have already moved them on and if that’s the case then Tim Kelly (MID, $489K – 64) and Tom Doedee (DEF, $432K – 76) are next in line.

Looking Ahead

  • THERE isn’t a ton of new injury news out just yet. Michael Hurley and Andy McGrath, who both missed the Bombers clash with Geelong, are in line to return, casting doubts over Ridley’s job security. Josh Kelly is apparently still in the maybe column but is closer than ever before. Marc Murphy left the ground for a big chunk of time and is set to have scans on his foot despite playing out the game. Elliot Yeo is the only other concern, but he went on to star in the second half after struggling early.
  • LANCE Franklin might be in some strike after an innocent elbow left Dockers defender Joel Hamling concussed. Sam Powell-Pepper will likely be looked at for his forceful bump on Ben Ainsworth.
  • MY trades this week involve Finlayson and Brayshaw being shown the door. I’m going to be getting some Round 12 bye guys to balance out my squad and I have my sights set on one of Yeo or Gaff. That leaves me with enough cash to get Rocky next week, likely from Tim Kelly.

Good luck in Round 10!

Peace ✌