One of the most fun aspects of playing draft style fantasy football is making trades. It’s not like the salary cap version where you just make them, in draft you’re haggling with league mates and trying to get the best deal and sell high, buy low – all while balancing your team for a tilt at a premiership.

If you’re new to the Draft Doctors podcast, the ‘A Dozen Deals’ article has been a staple for 2 years, where each week I write about various transactions you could make; be it a BUY, SELL, HOLD, ADD or DROP. Buy, sell and hold all relate to players who are most likely owned, and add/drop to players who may or may not be, more fringe type players. I base these suggestions on a 10 team-22 player roster, so depending on your league size and format, there may be some variation in value (which I will generally specify). The whole point of the article was to give opinions on making moves in your draft league. Did all the moves work out? Not quite. However, through the season there was a very high success rate and by and large they worked out.

With players going down like flies, the waiver wire is starting to get thinner than the hair on my head, so we look to more matchup based plays to fill out our squad. There are a few deals to be done, so let’s look at them.

BUY – JEREMY McGOVERN (D) – Hasn’t had a huge year by any means, but is still a solid defender. Has been moved forward in recent weeks to cover the loss of JJK and Darling and his output has suffered. With those two expected back in the coming weeks, we should expect McGovern to slot back into defence and resume his usual scoring.

ADD – NIC NEWMAN (D/M) – Ok, so sorry for not telling you to grab a vomit bag first. I know we’ve all had our fingers scorched by Nic this year, but I think he’s a good speculative add. If you don’t want to blow top priority on him and wait for teams, cool, but with Dan Han, Keiran Jack and (more importantly) Jarrad McVeigh getting injured on the weekend, there’s room for him to come in. The important part is that McVeigh went down. We know Newman does his best scoring behind the ball, unlike earlier in the year when he was played more forward. After 37 touches in the NEAFL, he’s pressing his case, although we could just get flat-out Horsed on this one.

DROP – JARRAD McVEIGH (D) – Missing at least the next month with a busted collarbone, I really don’t feel like hanging onto an 80 averaging defender and rolling him out in a final after missing so long. Would much prefer to try find some value on the wire to plug in.

ADD – DARCY PARISH (F/M) – Much like the Swans, the Bombers copped a few injuries this week against the combined Collingwood/umpires outfit. One of the big breakouts who never broke out from the pre-season, Parish had a monster game in the VFL with a lot of contested possession. Lowly owned and should by all rights come back in for a matchup against the Gold Coast, followed by one against Freo.  Speculative, but has played a lot of games and may be ready to showcase his talent at the end of the season.

ADD – MARCUS ADAMS (D) – If you don’t want to trade for McGovern, go pick up Adams off your wire if he’s there. Pretty much the same thing, maybe a lower ceiling.

ADD – DONUTS MOTLOP (F/M) – Century City last week for the star, a matchup against Freo is sure to provide teams who pick him up with points. I might not guarantee a ton like Jonno, but expect 80+.

DROP – DARCY LANG’S SOUL – Lang was baulked into another dimension by Luke Hodge on the weekend, where his motionless corpse will be studied by scientists in an attempt to better understand the space/time continuum.

BUY – JIMMY WEBSTER (D) – Back in action, expect Webster to warm up and get going before finals hit. His last 2 (injury score included) bring down his average.

SELL – MITCH ROBINSON (F/M) – Really love Robbo, so if you don’t want to sell, cool, but his average is HUGE and I worry about him going forward. He was a great pick earlier in the year, returning monster value as an inside mid. With Brisbane adopting a more kick-centric approach, it’s hurt Robinson’s ability to score as he’s not really a fantastic space-finding mid. I’m looking to cash in now on his average.

HOLD – BLAKE ACRES (F/M) – If you’ve held or traded for Blake Acres, good news! He returned to VFL action on the weekend and had 31 disposals and 8 tackles in limited TOG and should be back in the seniors sooner rather than later.

ADD – DAN MENZEL (F) – If you’ve got a spare bench spot in a deeper league and are pretty right for finals, Menzel looms as a really good sneaky stash. Super low owned and matchups against Freo, Brisbane and the Suns at Kardinia Park could be a goldmine. He’s returned to VFL action and is likely to be in the seniors soon.

DROP – TOM BOYD (R/F) – Usually when a player is listed as a forward but play in the ruck, they’re a very valuable fantasy commodity. Boyd is an exception, having only hit a ceiling of 86 DT and 89 SC, despite having played against some of the more favourable matchups. Coming up, he’ll face Gawn, NicNat and Ryder before getting a good one in the Saints, before again having a couple of tougher matchups. If you’re playing him in the ruck, you’re probably cooked anyways but I’d grab a Darcy/Ceglar first. If you’re playing him as a forward, I’d prefer to move on to another option.

That’s it for this week, good trading and good luck in your matchups!

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