After holding it down for the past few years, Steve Fizz has allowed me to step up to his Dozen Deals article, some big shoes to fill. I’m going to try and keep it as close to the original format and see if a different perspective is of any use to everyone. We’ll continue to use BUY, SELL, HOLD, ADD or DROP. Continuing with a view based on a 10 team 22 player roster, buy sell and hold will apply to players that will generally be owned, while add and drop go for those you may find on the waiver wire, I’ve followed the advice this year, and there have been some great deals to be had, a tradition I’m hoping will continue.
Draft is different from salary formats in that players don’t have the same value (price) for all coaches, which leaves us to decide each players value. Finding undervalued and overvalued players and using that to make deals is what makes draft so unique. Deals that can be made in one league would never be made in another, and knowing your opponents is one of your best tools when it comes to orchestrating trades. A good trade at the right time can win you your league. We’ll try and keep an eye on everyone, so you can focus on winning your league between the weekends.
ADD – Darcy Moore (F)
Hasn’t scored well in fantasy, but with his spoils (20 over the past 2 games) and intercept marking (9 over the same period), playing CHB could yield interesting opportunities, with Scharenberg (RIP to the goat in 2018) going down, this leaves the door open for Moore.
ADD – Brodie Smith (D)
Smithers is ready for a return. He’s played a couple in the twos and with Seedsman injured, it just makes sense. He hasn’t played AFL since last season so don’t expect the world, but at this point in the year, he provides great waiver value if available.
DROP – Matthew Scharenberg (D)
Light a candle at the shrine. An ACL injury is terrible news all round.
ADD – Wayne Milera (M,F)
Was noticeable on Saturday night (except to the Demons trying to tackle him). Milera is playing off half back and would have defender status were he not already a DPP. Worth a play in the forward line if he’s around in your league.
ADD – Harry Cunningham (M,F)
A nice consistent player due to a midfield role, Cunningham can give you a relatively high floor, albeit with a low ceiling on his scoring potential.
ADD – Tim Membrey (F)
The Saints are staying at Etihad for the last month of the year, and with the Doggies, Bombers, Hawks, and North, they have some okay match ups. Hopefully they try to shape the 8 and take a few scalps to finish the year on their home deck and Membery can get on the end of a few.
BUY – Ben Brown (F)
A trade option for those still able to make moves, Boner Brown has Brisbane and the Bulldogs on deck for the next two games and is coming off an unfavourable match up with West Coast and a beating at the hands of Collingwood. Should bounce back over the next fortnight.
HOLD – Tom Stewart (D)
A syndy is never ideal, but from reports Stewart’s ankle is not as bad as it could have been. A potential round 22 return.
DROP – Paul Seedsman (D)
If you can carry Seedsman on the bench, it’s a gut call. If you need to get someone in, I’d be ditching the Seed. Smith should return, and it’s been a lean period for Seedsman owners. If you need to make a move, do so in confidence.
ADD – Harley Bennell (F)
Like the man himself on the Gold Coast, let’s get loose. What better way to take out the premiership. He’s been giving it a crack in the WAFL, and Ross should be making changes to the Freo side that copped a hiding from the Hawks.
ADD – Sam Kerridge (M)
Maybe wait to see if he gets a guernsey on Thursday night, as the Blues may be hesitant to make changes, but if he plays he scores. Simple.