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.
DROP – Charlie Dixon (F)
Season done, another one down. Against Collingwood this week, they may as well play basketball with the number of healthy players both teams have left.
ADD – Paul Puopolo (F)
After watching the way Essendon took down the Saints, Puops could be onto a winner here. He didn’t kick a goal against the Cats, still racking up 21 touches and 7 tackles. Should hopefully add a couple to the tally against St Kilda.
ADD – Matthew Lobbe (R)
If you need a ruck, Kreuzer has been ruled out for the year and Lobbe performed well against Freo. A match up with the Doggies makes this a nice play if Lobb isn’t around (or a ruck) in your league. Otherwise wait on Geelong, as Rhys Stanley may miss opening the door for Sean Darcy from Freo to dominate.
ADD – Jarrod Berry (M)
A nice match up with Gold Coast and some decent form of late makes Berry a worth pick up for a midfielder
ADD – Blake Hardwick (D)
Another St Kilda match up provided he’s healthy, Hardwick has impressed in SuperCoach and could take gather a few intercepts. Burton is another who could, though both will face fitness assessments this week.
ADD – Jasper Pittard (D)
Finding form, Jasper has been getting picked up rapidly, so may not be available for long. A match up with the pies presents a great opportunity.
ADD – James Aish (D)
I can’t believe it’s come to this, but a role on the wing means he should score well enough. Aish was touted highly, so fingers crossed he takes the chance to prove himself while Collingwood have no one else.
ADD – Harry Cunningham (F)
Not exactly a great match up but has been in good form. A good filler for the forward line.
ADD – Harris Andrews (D)
Should be gone in all SC formats, but at 52% owned in fantasy formats, Harris Andrews could be a good play against the Gold Coast. Played well against North Melbourne and Collingwood in fantasy scoring and should be able to mop up any forward entries while providing an option to the Lions when they switch in attack.
ADD – Daniel Menzel (F)
Provided Parfitt is unavailable, Menzel should have an opportunity to kick a few against a depleted Fremantle back in Geelong at ‘Goomba’ Stadium.