Late Week Pickups – Round 4

Each week I’ll be looking at players who are sitting in the free agency pool that can be used in your matchup that can give you a little extra scoring power. When using these players, I use Ultimate Footy’s ownership of 65% or less to give everyone a go for those that play in bigger leagues.


Dawson Simpson: The big man will be playing sole ruck with Rory Lobb going out of the team with an injury. Owned at 41% the big man has scored well in the past against Fremantle, scoring 98 in AFL fantasy and 91 in Supercoach last year with 44 hit outs’. Mind you that was without Sandilands, so it will be interesting to see how he goes against him.

Never really given an opportunity for a sustained period, now is his chance to claim the sole ruck position. Look to grab if you’re carrying Ryder on your bench.

Robbie Tarrant: Up against the Blues this week and its fair to say that their ball use going inside 50 isn’t that good. Last week the Pies defenders scored well and expect that trend to continue with Tarrant this week.

At 41% ownership I’m surprised he is not in more teams, especially with the Roos expected to be down the bottom of the ladder and the ball flying inside defensive 50 a lot. In a game that I expect a lot of turnovers, expect Tarrant to get a lot of marks.

Trent McKenzie: The super boot is back and making his debut for the Power. In just 14% of teams, I’m expecting the long kicking defender to be taking the kick in duties to get over the top of the Bombers defence.

In the past McKenzie has averaged 84 in Supercoach and 80 in AFL fantasy. While the Bombers haven’t been clean going inside 50, a fast-paced game similar to the Bulldogs game last week will mean a lot of intercept marks for McKenzie and the Power.

Ryan Griffen: Get your spew bags ready people, Ryan Griffen has returned to the GWS line up. With Josh Kelly out for at least a week, the Giants have brought in another big body to compete with Fyfe and co.

Owned by 52% of teams I’m tipping Griffen to be in the guts as a replacement for Kelly. The last time Griffen played against Freo he went 137 AFL fantasy and 141 Supercoach. Coming off 30 possession, 5 tackle game in the NEAFL against the Swans. Worst case add him to your bench for depth.

Jackson Thurlow: Named on the extended bench, this is Thurlow’s time if named. The high draft pick who is owned in just 15% of teams, will be the perfect cover for Cam Guthrie who is out for 8 weeks with an ankle injury.

Thurlow has shown he can score when he has continuity in his game. With that he can lock his position in the Cats defence and be a contributor for a long time.