Late Week Pickups – Round 11


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.


Nic Newman: Back in the team this week after dominating in the NEAFL (who couldn’t). I know we use the 65% rule, but Newman is at 66% ownership and I haven’t thrown an ‘overs’ in for a while.


I’m interested in what Newman’s role will be this week as the Swans back 6 have been performing well and the Swans have dropped 2 forwards, so there is a high chance he is played in the forward line in the Tom Papley role as the pressure forward while rotating through the midfield. His stats in the NEAFL suggest this as he has kicked 4 goals 5 behinds the last 3 weeks.



Connor McKenna: Not a real household fantasy name, but McKenna has had a decent year fantasy wise. Averaging 82 in Supercoach and 70 in AFL fantasy the Irish speedster is in just 44% of teams and taking on the Tigers this week.


We know the Tigers give up points to opposition defenders and McKenna’s score build is good with his kick to handball ratio at 2:1 as well as averaging 3 marks a game, averaging 18 possessions a game.


Jade Gresham: Look I don’t really want to be rolling St. Kilda players out against the Eagles this week, but this one stands out to me. In 37% of teams there is an opportunity for Gresham for more mid time without Dunstan and Acres in the team.


With those 2 out of the team, Gresham will become the main crumbing forward as Dunstan and Acres aren’t in team to rest forward and take the points off him. I’m not expecting him to kick another bag of 6 but 2 goals and an 18-possession game is not out of his means this week.


Brayden Maynard: Named on the extended interchange for Sunday’s game against the Dockers this week, I can see Maynard coming in to fill the position of Howe and Varcoe.


In 45% of teams, we could see Maynard get back into the team for the first time since round 6. We know he is a fantasy scorer and has a great record against the Dockers in both forms averaging 93 in Supercoach and 107 in AFL fantasy. If you’re struggling for some cover this week, stash him on the bench.


Reilly O’Brien: The ole gut feel is coming into play on this one as Sauce Jacobs has been horribly out of form this year. Another player named on the extended interchange, we could see the Crows drop their main ruckman in favour for O’Brien.


In just 15% of teams, the Crows are up against the Giants who don’t exactly have a premier ruckman at the moment. If it is panic stations and Jacobs is dropped, look to pick up O’Brien for cover.