The Tragic wraps up round three 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 check out 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?
It's safe to say that this round was possibly the highest score I have personally scored AND still dropped down the rankings, a tick over 500 spots to be ranked 1507 overall (9904 for the round).
There were some MONSTER scores out there and my 2207 this week just wasn't enough to stay in the top 1000 teams. That aside, I'm surprisingly not that upset by it. Reason being is because the team overall, was consistent and that's all a coach can ask for. Plus, those pesky mid pricers came good, blokes like Jones and Steele who were on the chopping block last week bounced back.
Sure, there were the odd spud scores scatter around - names such as Tuohy, Balic, O'Meara and possibly Dahlhaus all under performed compared to what was expected. It was a bad coaching move on my behalf to field Balic in the first place, though it was a toss up between him and Fox who scored 69 in the end.
But the premiums came out to play, just as they have since round one. Solid. As. A. Rock. Grundy and Stef are clearly my success stories of the season so far, particularly with Gawn going down on the weekend. You can bet that 90% of those Gawn owners will be straight swapping to Grundy if they can this week.
Tom Mitchell as captain didn't pay off as well as I had expected - though with the belting the Hawks endured, I should think myself lucky with a score like that, it could have been a lot worse. Special mentions go out to Touk Miller who keeps rolling on for his 108 this week, WHE... AGAIN, superb, Preuss for generating some crazy cash, Barrett for holding up the M8 spot and Hampton for sitting on my bench and putting doubt in my mind again on fielding himself or Otten this coming week. Dilemma.
Dustin Martin - 156
Marc Murphy - 145
David Mundy - 144
Alex Neal-Bullen - 141
Rory Sloane - 139
Gary Ablett - 138
Joel Selwood - 137
Nick Riewoldt - 137
Taylor Adams - 137
Bryce Gibbs - 136
Teia Miles - 29
Max Gawn - 32 (Injury)
Cameron Guthrie - 32
Ryan Griffen - 32 (Injury)
Liam Picken - 33 (Injury)
Cale Hooker - 39
Jackson Thurlow - 41
Josh Caddy - 43
Jack Billings - 47
Andrew Swallow - 48
The big name over the weekend was obviously Max Gawn with his hamstring injury. It has been revealed today that he will be out for up to 12 weeks - time to trade the big bearded one.
Max Gawn - Hamstring (12 weeks)
Darcy Gardiner - Quad
Mitch McGovern - Hamstring (TBA)
Nick Vlastuin - Busted Nose (Should be ok to play)
Ryan Griffen - Head Knock (TBA)
Paul Puopolo - Knock to the leg (TBA)
Paddy Ryder copped a week for striking.
I desperately need to do something with my M7/8 position before next round and that is the priority. Initially it was GHS there before he had a finger break, then Balic played there last round which was a mistake. I need a player that is going to be consistent at the very least and perhaps get up around the 70-80 average minimum.
I can't see anyone under the 299k SPP that can fill that void, so I have had to make an early cash cow downgrade to get myself Neal Bullen.
As it stands, my rage trades are:
Zak Jones OUT, Nic Newman IN
Butler OUT DPP Pickett, IN Neal Bullen (M7)
Though Jones looked much better last round, he has a BE of 40, which is attainable. Newman though outscored him still, is 150k cheaper and has a negative breakeven. So in the hope that Newman can keep up his decent scoring and at least match Jones, it seems like a win/win trade to generate some cash and therefore have someone in ANB at M7 so I can breathe a little easier - plus that 141 was massive! He still has plenty of cash to generate also.
I would love dearly to upgrade Tuohy and Omeara right now, but they will have to wait, the M7 position is priority. I'm hoping to upgrade either of those two next week if they reproduce another sub 80 score.
The biggest trade talk this round will be the Max Gawn trade, though it really is also the simplest trade as well.
Realistically, you have two options - Grundy or Stef Martin. If you don't have one of them, get them in. If you can't afford one of them for one reason or another, then go Kreuzer - but know that you won't have a top 2/3 ruckman with Kreuzer in your side. He will be more than serviceable and perhaps top 5 by year's end, but Grundy and Stef is where its at!
Your other option I guess is Nankervis. If you have him in your FWD line like myself, then you can flick him into the ruck and grab a premium forward for Gawn's price. Its a nice scenario to be in, you just have to look at the silver lining and make the best of an unfortunate situation.
YOU CAN'T IGNORE IT
With so many 'cookie cutter' teams going around at the moment in fantasy classic, player's of difference (POD's) are becoming super important during these early stages of the year.
I play in 6 different classic leagues and the difference between the top and bottom scores was a tick over 100 in 4 of those leagues. Taking a closer look at the teams in my leagues, the average different players in comparison to my own team was 6 out of 30. Given, the leagues i'm in are fanatic coaches who follow all the major fantasy sites and are lulled in to the usual players - but its going to be your POD's that end up winning you the league and having your team scale the overall rankings. It only takes 2-3 POD's who are performing week in, week out to make a difference and get you over the line.
Here I have compiled some of the best performing POD's with low uptake.
Zach Merrett - 122 average, 5.83% ownership
Nathan Jones - 119 average, 0.69% ownership
Joel Selwood - 118.3 average, 2.61% ownership
Brendon Goddard - 116.7 average, 0.31% ownership
Dayne Zorko - 113.7 average, 2.39% ownership
Luke Shuey - 112.3 average, 1.62% ownership
Mitch Duncan - 109.7 average, 0.37% ownership
Brad Ebert - 108.7 average, 0.79% ownership
David Mundy - 107 average, 0.33% ownership
Gary Ablett - 104.3 average, 4.88% ownership
Good luck for round 4!
Remember to check out our injury list, captains and selection table during the week.