The Tragic wraps up round eight 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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It's been a frustrating few weeks for The Tragic, with website issues - largely my own fault. Though, on a Fantasy front, things have been a little more pleasing.
Round 8 will be remembered as the Rocky round for the vast majority of coaches that have him in their teams. After dishing up a huge 169 the week before, Rocky still managed a 130 before have his shoulder wrenched out of it's socket. Needless to say, there is a high probability that our go to captain will be out for at least 1-2 weeks, and with the bye round in round 11 for the Lions - it could be a case of finding that silver lining for Fantasy coaches in the wake of this tragedy.
The Tragics were steady this round with a score of 2171, though dropped roughly 100 places to 616 overall after being just outside the top 500 the week prior. We got in Sam Docherty, who didn't let us down on debut with a 127 score. Though, the likes of Otten, Tuohy, Pendles, Dangerfield, Fyfe and Touk Miller all bitterly disappointed with below par scores.
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.
Obviously the big talking point this week was Tom Rockliff - but there were some other notable injuries to be aware of.
Jy Simpkin: Right shoulder injury in Q1.
Sam Naismith: Left knee iced up late in Q4.
Jayden Hunt: Collision with Jacobs early in Q3 left him KOed.
Rhys Stanley: Got his right foot twisted under himself in a marking contest.
Sam J. Reid: Concussed early in the second term and failed the concussion test.
Aidan Corr: Early collision in Q1.
Jimmy Webster: Right hand injury in Q1.
Cyril Rioli: Knee iced up at 3QT.
Tom Rockliff: Dislocated shoulder late Q4.
*All players that were reported accepted fines for the round, no players are missing any weeks in round 9 as a result.
I've traded so far this week with two thoughts in mind. One being that Rocky is going to miss 1-2 weeks and therefore he has to go, and secondly, the bye rounds.
The silver lining with Rockliff is that he is the most expensive player in the game at the moment. So i've traded him down to JPK on the back of his return to form on the weekend, then made the small leap from Touk Miller to Heeney because of Miller's bye round this week and Heeney's excellent form over the past 3 weeks. This gives me 191k in the bank for a double upgrade next round where I will look to offload some of my round 11 players.
My bye round structure, with these trades complete, currently looks like:
13 - 5 - 12
Which wouldn't look too dissimilar to a lot of teams out there. Though, in previous years - i've found that going into the bye rounds with some sort of plan usually gets you leaping up the rankings as there are a heap of coaches out there who don't care about it what so ever.
My advice is, if you have planned something out over the next month of Fantasy...start now. Even if you know that there will be changes, as happens every Thursday when teams drop, at least you have a general structure that you can follow - even if it's not the player you originally thought you might get in.
Remember - you get 3 trades over those 3 bye rounds, so those that can cash up and go big on the upgrades, plus have the flexibility to trade to whoever they please, will take the advantage. Downgrading Rocky goes someway to putting that cash in the bank just for that purpose and game plan. Imagine being able to do a triple upgrade over one of those bye rounds! Huge.
Players that should be on your radar this week:
Best Rockliff Replacements in Order:
1. Tom Mitchell
2. Z Merrett
3. Luke Shuey
4. Dayne Zorko
5. Josh Kelly
Best Rockliff Replacements for Cash Grab in Order:
3. Clay Oliver
4. Dyson Heppell
5. Luke Paker
YOU CAN'T IGNORE IT
The bye rounds.
As I mentioned before, it's time to start planning this round if you haven't put much thought into it already. There is still time to get the team right, especially having 3 trades over those three rounds.
The best word of advice I can give is to make sure you go in with at least 100k minimum in the bank - just for flexibility more than anything else. Rounds 11 and 13 are the big killers, and just glazing over my team the past couple of days it's going to be tight going to field a best 18. The big reason why is due to our non playing rookies - those with names like Eddy, Hibberd and Pickett still sitting there (guilty on Pickett) will no doubt be facing some donut goodness during the rounds - unless a miracle occurs and they get named.
If you can, try to get some Port and GCS players into your squads after this coming round. Blokes like Hall, Barlow, Pittard, Ablett, Harbrow and maaayyybee Robbie Gray (groin soreness pending) are all targets as they would have already had their bye this round.
After that, and if you don't fancy any of those names, then it's the round 12 bye blokes you need to get in...I currently only have 5 of them. So names like Duncan, Yeo, Shuey, Dusty, Gaff, Selwood, Dangerfield and Higgins are all viable options to bring in over the next fortnight.
That's all from me for now,
Remember to check out our injury list, captains and selection table during the week.