The Tragic wraps up round nine 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?
The team is up and about this week after a season high score of 2362, which bumped us up 200 spots and into the top 500 to 416 overall.
It was a case what could have been however, and not to sound greedy, but if Tom Mitchell had a capital C next to his name, things could have been a lot different...roughly about 50+ points different in fact. Though, captain honours went to Taylor Adams with a round score of 116, which isn't anything to scoff over, having Dangerfield with his 150+ was salt in the wound.
It's hard to fault players in your team with a week like this, though there were some candidates putting their hands up for trade bait. Both Zak Jones and Caleb Marchbank happened to already be in my 3 week bye round trade plans when they both under performed and did very little to change my mind. So there is a good chance both will depart this week for some Suns and Port players possibly.
Others to disappoint were the newly acquired Isaac Heeney with his 70 and Nat Fyfe, who would have been gone weeks ago if I could...and I dare say there are plenty of other coaches with similar feelings.
AROUND THE LEAGUES
FANTASY TRAGIC LEAGUE 1
FANTASY TRAGIC LEAGUE 2
It has to be said, that overall this year, fantasy coaches have been relatively blessed in terms of major injuries to key fantasy players. Compared to previous seasons, we've had a good run - it's just the rookies that have made up for our elevated stress levels. *touch wood*.
Again, there weren't too many injuries to report this round:
Dale Thomas: Concussion.
Sam Rowe: Right knee knock.
James Aish: Fractured cheek bone.
Claye Beams: Left hamstring iced up in Q2.
Curtly Hampton: Right ankle roll in Q3.
Jack Newnes: Smashed in a clash with Mills in Q1.
Harry Cunningham: Foot problem - out 10 weeks.
Nakia Cockatoo: Right hamstring pull.
*Christian Salem was the only one from the MRP to cop a week for his wayward elbow.
As i mentioned earlier, i have a 3 week plan in place for the bye rounds which started last week with a cash grab from a Rockliff downgrade to JPK and Touk to Heeney. That gave me 191k to play with this week...and I intend on bringing in some players that are going to help with my bye structure over the next month of rounds.
With the Port and GCS boys coming back off their bye round this week, there are some great value players there that are going to stick by you over the byes without the hassle of having to think about them missing games. My list of relevant players for those teams include:
You might even include Kolojashnij in that list off his 125 score before the bye and Tom Lynch who has been respectable as a forward before his score of 36 before the bye.
At the moment, i'm looking at offloading Zak Jones for either Pittard or Harbrow - then Marchbank to Barlow via a DPP with Otten. The idea is to then use the triple trades next week for a double downgrade and get Otten upgraded to a decent midfielder from round 11, while also moving Taylor Adams back to his rightful place as D1 in my team.
The only thing I worry about these trades is...am i missing out on some quality rookies this week? Perhaps...the likes of Hugh Greenwood and Daniel Lloyd are mighty tempting, but they will have to wait. I'm hoping a few others like Harry Wigg who dominated this round with 38 touches in the SANFL may crack a game soon, as well as well Luke Ryan who was best on ground with 30 touches for Peel and Tim Mohr who dominated Josh Schache down back on the weekend. These rooks are going to come in mighty handy over the byes and i'm pretty glad we have 3 trades to play with to be honest.
If you are in the enviable position of having a team that is already good to go for round 11, then it's all about cash generation this round. Try and get some rooks on your bench and cash your team up ready for the carnage over the bye rounds.
YOU CAN'T IGNORE IT
PODFUTR (Players of Difference Flying Under the Radar).
So many teams are still rocking with the stock standards that it can almost be said that its a good thing when popular players go down, because it opens up the competition and allows coaches to really have to think about their selections.
At the moment in my team, I have just 3 players that could potentially be considered as PODS. Those guys are Michael Hibberd, Scott Pendlebury and Josh P Kennedy - all three have an ownership of under 10%. And I truly think that it's their form that ultimately decides overall ranking for my team. All three went 100+ this round, and it's no coincidence my ranking did likewise. PODS are what get you up the rankings - performing PODS that is. Please note, I got JPK in just last round...
So with that in mind, the bye rounds become the perfect time to start thinking about getting a couple of PODFUTR into your teams...below I have listed my top 10 players over the past 3 rounds that are chopping up and have an ownership of under 10%.
Jack Viney - Last 3 Ave: 123.7 - 1.49% Ownership
Dan Haneberry - Last 3 Ave: 130.3 - 7% Ownership
Mitch Duncan - Last 3 Ave: 129.3 - 1.93% Ownership
Josh Kelly - Last 3 Ave: 126.2 - 7.65% Ownership
Jack Billings - Last 3 Ave: 126.7 - 4.65% Ownership
Aaron Hall - Last 3 Ave: 114.7 - 2.54% Ownership
Scott Pendlebury - Last 3 Ave: 113.7 - 8.57% Ownership
Patrick Cripps - Last 3 Ave: 112.7 - 7.84% Ownership
Nathan Jones - Last 3 Ave: 113.3 - 0.91% Ownership
Seb Ross - Last 3 Ave: 112 - 0.48% Ownership
Well there you have it, remember to trade smart this round and get yourself set for the first of the bye rounds next week. Cash your teams up ready for every scenario that's thrown your way and the inevitable carnage that occurs during this time of the season.
I'll be tweeting out my final trades before lockout. Remember it's a Thursday night game this round, so that means it's partial lockout round - remember to get your Cats and Port players locked away.
That also means we get a double chance at captain this week...I think Dangerfield is the obvious one here, unless you have Duncan or Ebert and want to take a chance there. If you're still unsure on how it all goes down, check out my Captain Loophole video HERE to see how it all works.
Til next round, good luck coaches and hope your trades work out for the best!