A DOZEN DEALS – ROUND 18
EACH WEEK I’ll be bringing you my thoughts on which players to BUY, SELL, HOLD, ADD and DROP in AFL Draft Leagues. The moves are based on a 10 team redraft league with 22 players per team, so if your league is shallower, deeper or keeper, use your best judgement as to what moves apply. Remember no-one HAS to trade with you, but the least you can do is make offers to try improve your team. Also consider your league set up and team structure before making a move. This is a list about value and treating your team as something that is constantly evolving to try get it as solid as it can be. As I always say, “if you ain’t trading, you ain’t trying!” You can hear the rest of my thoughts each week as part of the Draft Doctors Podcast released each Monday.
If you missed last week’s column, I’ll be brief but given most leagues are about to hit or have hit fantasy finals, your trade deadline has probably passed, so I’ll be focusing on add/drops from here out. If you DO have a trade question, feel free to hit me up on Twitter or Facebook via the usual accounts. Of course, without the trades, there’s a few less moves, I’m sure you’ll live:)
I know the free agency pools are getting thin, but there’s some great options to help you in your matchups as always. We’ve started seeing league titles roll in and we’re stoked! We love seeing you guys win, it makes it all worth it. And these are your titles. We love talking players and options and moves, but at the end of the day, it’s your team and you’re making the decisions. Anyways, on to the deals….
ADD – AARON MULLETT (D) – Still only owned in 63% of UF leagues, so I’m going full broken record until that number rises! Deserves to be in more teams, is absolutely the man to be using the ball in North’s back half, which is under fire each week it seems. This was left almost untouched from last week, I just had to change the ownership % up a bit. It’s been a long season, gimme a break!
ADD – ADAM TOMLINSON (D) – GWS seem to have settled their defence and are content to have Tomlinson use the ball out of defence when required, giving the ‘defensive forward’ role to Haynes last week. A matchup vs Fremantle looms, who have been targeting opposition defenders with their forward 50 entries it seems. Monster scores against leaves me thinking this is an okay plug and play if you need the help.
ADD – JEFF GARLETT (F) – Owned in only 41% of leagues and playing North Melbourne this week. In the last 3 matches, North have surrendered 7 goals per week to a small/mid forward tandem (Fantasia/Tippa; S Gray/Wingard; Nyhuis/Walters) and the week before that gave up 4 goals to Ben Ainsworth. I know ‘goals don’t matter’, but kicking 4 gives you a really nice baseline to get a good score. Look for Garlett to get on the scoreboard here. Also JAKE MELKSHAM has kicked 3 goals in back to back weeks and may be another good option. I certainly like the small forwards more than the keys, especially if Tarrant is back.
ADD – JACK DARLING (F) – 42% owned, Darling has kicked multiple goals in every match except 3 this season. One would expect some sort of response from the Eagles at home against Brisbane this week. The fact Zorko is out makes me like this more, as he is Brisbane’s leading tackler (and top 10 in league), so me thinks there’s a little less pressure on the ball going inside 50 for the Eagles. Think it’s a safe play, even if it’s not the highest upside.
ADD – JARROD BERRY (D,M) – Think this could be a savvy play. Berry is spending reasonable time on the ball for Brisbane, and with Zorko out, this should increase. Led the Lions for clearances last week. Should slot into your defence no problems and give an OK score. Stef Martin should take advantage of the ruck matchup and give some good service to his mids too. Available EVERYWHERE!
DROP – Your injured guys who aren’t/may not be back in time! Be realistic about when players are coming back/if they’re coming back and whether you’d be comfortable playing them off a long break. Obviously if your finals start in round 21 you’ve got some wiggle room, but you’ve got to weigh up you want these guys on the field and miss a matchup play, or whether you’re comfortable with your opponent picking them up.