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:
|Jeremy Finlayson||DEF, MID||-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:
|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|
|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