The Tragic wraps up round two of the AFL Fantasy season with his thoughts on what happened, what didn't and what coaches should be thinking about for next round.
We'll cover how The Tragic went in the round and some of the trade targets that are on our radars, plus which players are ready to get cut from our fantasy teams. Which players impressed, and which players frustrated. We cover it all in the latest Tragic Talk AFL Fantasy Wrap.
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HOW DID THE TRAGIC DO?
All things taken into consideration...I was happy with how things went. A score of 2109 and ranked in the top 1k still with some frustrating moments was more than what I was expecting after Friday night's match.
The rookies were a little better overall, I had traded in both Miles and Fox to rid my team of the scum that is Hibberd and Eddy...though Ed did end up playing after all as a late in Sunday. Most went north of 50 points, and realistically, that's all we coaches can ask for at the moment. Otten was obviously the exception and was showcasing himself for my D6 spot over Hampton for round 3 - time will tell if that happens or not.
Who let me down? Well, it was everyone who I had heaped praise on the week before... Zak Jones, Jack Steele, Zach Tuohy and Crouch - I am looking at you! They were abysmal to say the least and are all in the firing line for trade bait. At this point in the season, rookies are obviously a way off from culling, so generating cash from big dog premiums is a proven strategy, and one I will be using this week no doubt.
Danger was amazing as per usual as my captain choice for the week, its going to be hard to take that C from him...if the day ever comes. My ruck line was the highlight - i'm feeling very happy with my selections in Grundy and Stef there as they both went 120+, they are clearly the best combo going around at the moment. Special mention must be made to Will Hoskin-Elliott, I certainly didn't expect this type of form and I must apologies to Will for making the remark about himself and Taranto being a close call for fantasy coaches...the jury has clearly made it's mind up about that choice.
Rory Sloane - 152
Dom Tyson - 146
Luke Shuey - 144
Zach Merrett - 140
Tom Lynch (ADL) - 139
Patrick Dangerfield - 139
Robbie Gray - 138
Clayton Oliver - 135
Adam Treloar - 127
Lance Franklin - 127
Christian Salem - 127
Mitch Hannan - 32
Josh Gibson - 36
Jackson Thurlow - 43
Angus Brayshaw - 45
Richard Douglas - 46
Jack Crisp - 47
Daniel Rich - 48
Dom Sheed - 49
Jackson Ramsay - 50
Tom J Lynch - 52
Kade Simpson - 53
A few sore players over the weekend, but nothing overly serious for fantasy coaches which is always a good thing this early in the year when we are still trying to fix up our errors and underperformers!
Josh Jenkins - Busted Ribs (4-6 weeks)
Kurt Tippett - Ankle (1-2 weeks)
Braydon Preuss was also reported for destroying Jackson Thurlow with his knee in the kidney. Will likely get off - it just looked really bad.
My initial rage trades at the moment are Crouch and Jones OUT, Oliver and Salem IN. I like these trades for two reasons...firstly, because Crouch is on a downward spiral and as a premium mid, hasn't been scoring like one - therefore Oliver fixes that problem and will most likely be roughly the same price within the next two rounds. Secondy, Jones has been moved to the backline with Rampe now out and things may get worse with Heeney's pending arrival. It was a ballsy pick that could have paid off if not for unfortunate circumstances.
Steele will more than likely survive my wielding axe this week with news Jack Steven has a broken rib and will be out for a while at least - more time in the guts and TOG in general is a good thing for Steele. The fact he racked up 40+ points after half time was promising and the Saints play Brisbane this week, lots of boxes being ticked there.
Tuohy stays on notice.
Coaches should have sured up their rookie spots last round with their trades, which means that this week is about fixing up those mistakes. Players have now had two rounds to prove themselves, they had one chance, and if you are ruthless like myself, you will cut the dead weight.
Any players that are bleeding cash - especially premiums, are prime to get downgraded to a performing cheapie that can net you cash to upgrade some other spud elsewhere. See my above rage trades for a great example of this! Your rooks obviously haven't generated enough cash yet - so you will need to generate that cash with a premium downgrade or structure change. Even someone like Hampton could get the flick for a player like Nick Newman, so you can play either Newman or Otten in D6, net yourself 60K and use elsewhere around the ground. Newman, Otten and Hampton look like they will be averaging roughly the same for the foreseeable future anyway. That was another option that i'll be thinking about this week before lockout.
YOU CAN'T IGNORE IT
Mid price mayhem may have paid off in the first week with handsome dividends for coaches willing to take the risk...
Though round two was a timely reminder of the damage these mid price players can cause to our teams and quickly destroy any hope a coach has. The infamous midpricers can languish in limbo price wise, which leaves you grappling just out of reach of upgrading to the big dogs we want by the end of the year...
The popular ones have shown their true colours in round two for one reason or another, sometimes as a coach its totally out of your control - things like role changes or injuries to other players will ultimately hinder a player's output from one week to the next.
What you need to do now as a coach is make the decision early - this is key. Leave that languishing mid pricer there too long and they will hurt you. Weigh up the pros and cons of what is happening with a player, check the boxes and if they come up with more crosses than ticks, then it's time to offload. Scope out their breakeven if you have two or more of these blokes in your team and go for the one with the highest...at least the other ones have a better chance of scraping up a few more dollars before you off load them next round.
Good luck for round 3!
Remember to check out our injury list, captains and selection table during the week.