This Week in AFL Fantasy

Round 3 – Who stays and who goes.

During the first few rounds of the season it is about getting the rookie right and fixing up glaring errors. It’s the time to create a solid base not chase points. You should back premium players you put research into during the pre-season – as they usually come good. Cream rises to the top.

Meanwhile, money growth for rookies is always best at the start – each week without the best rookies is money lost (and so the longer it will take you to complete your team).


Always go for the rookies with the lowest break evens:

Player Position Break Even
Jake Waterman FWD -19
Sam Murray DEF -14
Esava Ratugolea FWD -13
Nick Holman MID -7
Tim Kelly MID -6
Tom Doedee DEF -4
Jeremy Finlayson DEF, MID -4
Lachlan Murphy DEF -4
Tim English FWD, RUC -3

Tim Coffield (DEF) from St Kilda is another rookie who should be strongly considered.


Here’s the list of players that couldn’t keep their hands to themselves this week:

Player Club Weeks Suspended
Zaine Cordy Western Bulldogs 1 Week
Conor McKenna Essendon 3 Weeks

If you hold McKenna, I would recommend trading him.

This Weeks Noticeable Outs from Injury

If you own any of these players, then trade them:

Player Club Expected Weeks Out Prognosis
Gary Ablett Jnr Geelong 3 Weeks Hamstring Injury
Nakia Cockatoo Geelong TBC PCL
Cam Guthrie Geelong TBC Ankle
Pearce Hanley Gold Coast TBC Re-Injured his shoulder
Calab Marchbank Carlton 4 Weeks Ankle
Lewis Melican Sydney 3 Weeks Quad
Sam Reid Sydney 8 Weeks Quad Tear
Liam Ryan West Coast 3 Weeks Ankle

Stay or Trade?

Jack Billings (58) – Poor second half. I expect him to improve. Keep

Andrew Brayshaw (43) – Threatens to do better. Should hit his Break-Even so keep for another week. Keep

Ryan Burton (39) – He’s in a race to the bottom. Upgrade to a rookie. Trade

Todd Goldstein (60) – Played well the week before but beaten this week. No reason to trade. Keep

Aaron Hall (14) – Tagged out of the game – completely. Historically unusually poor, so I think he should bounce back. Keep

Michael Hibberd (68) – Trade him to Coffield (if you don’t have him). Trade

Jason Johannisen (67) – The Doggies easily disposed of the Don’s. So the ‘JJ’ experiment has failed. Trade

Tom J. Lynch (53) – Coming off 139 the week before, but beaten this week. Keep

Dustin Martin (67) – Unusually poor game. He should bounce back. Keep

Zach Merrett (60) – I’m still not a fan of trading players who can just turn the corner and dominate. Keep

Devon Smith (72) – Wasn’t the only Don to have his colours lowered. There’s no reason he can’t turn it around. Keep

Tim Taranto (52) – Was moved forward with Hoppers return. As a stepping stone player I don’t see him increasing further. Time to upgrade. Trade

Lachie Whitfield (65) – Don’t worry – he only scored this badly because I traded him into my team. Will still be a top 6 defender. Keep

Chad Wingard (73) – Needs to find form – but can go big. Keep

Jarrod Witts (64) – You have to take the bad scores with the good. Keep

Aaron Young (51) – Looking at his Break-Even (69), now is the time to trade. Trade

Elliot Yeo (46) – Prone to a few poor games (on coaches orders). Keep

Dayne Zorko (72) – You don’t own Zorko unless you’re aware of his inconsistency. But has a huge ceiling. Keep