The Tragic wraps up round four 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
Apologies for the lack of communication on my behalf over the weekend and coming week - as The Tragic got hitched! I'll still be getting out my usual articles over the week before round five however and keeping coaches in the loop with the latest happenings. Though unfortunately, due to jet setting off during my usual podcast time slot for the honeymoon, there will be no podcast this week :-( ...we'll be back on board again for a round five podcast wrap though next week.
Onto what happened in round four now. I didn't get to catch a whole heap of footy over the weekend as I was also based in an area with little reception, though what I did catch was mostly terrifying for a coach! It all started when the Thursday night team selections dropped...reverse trades! As I had to end up getting rid of JOM for ANB, and also Barrett for Parfitt. Two trades that worked out well and better than expected in the end.
My team of tragics ended up with a respectable score of 2056 considering the conditions, which surprising launched us back into the top 1000 at an overall rank of 830. Tuohy and Jones hauled themselves off my chopping block for another week at least, while Roughead and Hampton both come under trade consideration. The rucks as usual were the broad shoulders and carried the load superbly, can't have enough love for Grundy and Stef at the moment.
It was a stark contrast to last week's monster scoring when my 2200+ score sent us packing out of the top 1000. The premiums didn't fire and captain options failed miserably for most...though if you had Rocky of Titchell, you would be praising the fantasy gods right about now. Overall, it was possibly the worst round for fantasy scoring overall for most coaches and a par score would have been well under 2000 - if you cracked the 2k score, you were doing well.
Tom Rockliff - 157
Rory Sloane - 143
Dayne Zorko - 139
Brandon Matera - 138
Dylan Roberton - 134
Zach Merrett - 134
Sam Menegola - 133
Sam Docherty - 132
Tom J Lynch - 132
Luke Shuey - 132
Tom Stewart - 29
Jamie Elliott - 34
Oliver Florent - 36
Jarrod Berry - 38
Jarred Picket - 38
Mark Blicavs - 39
Sam Powell-Pepper - 39
Curtly Hampton - 41
Sam Petrevski - Seton - 44
David Swallow - 47
AROUND THE LEAGUES
Let's take a look at how teams went in our two Fantasy Tragic leagues over the weekend, plus the ladder situation as it stands currently.
FANTASY TRAGIC LEAGUE 1
FANTASY TRAGIC LEAGUE 2
Few major fantasy names were injured this weekend, though a few mid priced players did suffer. Only a small percentage of coaches will have these blokes in their teams at the moment.
Tom Ruggles - Concussion
Tom Cutler - Hamstring Tear
Charlie Cameron - Hip Flexor
Jake Kelly - Eye Socket
Steven May - Hamstring Tear
Michael Barlow - Hamstring/Lower Back Issue
Travis Cloke - Possible Rib Break
Tom Boyd - Left Cheekbone
*** Dangerfield has come out on Talking Footy last night and said he will be fine to play this coming week - i'll take the champ's word for it. Hat off to him for doing a show after a gruelling game as well...class.
* Sam Menegola, reported for slong tackle.
* James Parsons, reported for high contact with elbow.
* Conor McKenna, copped 1 week ban for high contact.
Right out the gate i'll be looking at moving on Roughead this week - though in saying that, every week so far I have made an early rage trade to see it changed come Thursday team selection news.
In the hope that everything goes to plan however, here is what i'm currently thinking...
Roughead DPP with ANB, then upgrade to Oliver.
Hampton trade down to a 150k defender.
Everyone else on my field is either not ready to be culled for cash, or they are not at a price where I can grab myself a keeper. Oliver, if by year's end is my M8, I will be happy with that. He has proven over the first month that he can be a genuine 100+ averaging midfielder, hopefully he can keep things up in a team that has a very fantasy friendly game style.
Hampton was disappointing to say the least last round after coming off season high. He's made 100k and you can make 150k from him at the very most...though, it could be tough finding a 150k defender this coming round, its slim pickings. He has a BE of 28 which he will no doubt get, though if it gets me someone like Oliver, then so be it. Roughead to Oliver is a 25-30 ppg gain on average from here to the end of the year i can foresee.
YOU CAN'T IGNORE IT
After a month of fantasy now under our belts, it gives us a genuine scope of how we as coaches have done in terms of nailing those players that jumped out of the gate and came out firing, making us plenty of cash along the way.
Below I have the top 10 list of players who have risen in price over the first four rounds. Personally, I currently have 6 of those top 10 players, which isn't too bad of an effort. Though I did only start with 5 of them initially for a 50% strike rate.
There are a couple of potential keepers in there with Marc Murphy and Clay Oliver leading the way - if you chose these two blokes in your squad, hats off to you! A risk that had well and truly paid off. The others are either cash cows or stepping stones. If you don't have any of the aforementioned, then you have missed the boat - but don't fret, there will be others on the way no doubt.
Some names to keep an eye out on in the coming weeks as potential cash cows include:
That's all from me, i'm off honeymooning this week - Good luck for round 5!
Remember to check out our injury list, captains and selection table during the week.