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 – Just about anyone from Geelong.
Just make sure they’re not playing in defence. With a win just about required to make finals, and at home, look for the Cats to back up last week’s win over Fremantle. Parfitt, Menzel, and dare I say, Jordan Murdoch are options.
ADD – Dom Sheed (M)
I rated Sheed highly coming into this year, what a disappointment. So, with apprehension Sheed could play a decent game this week. If you need a midfielder, there are worse options out there.
ADD – Aaron Francis (D,F)
Seems to poll much better in SC, likely due to his ability to intercept and use the ball well. Was a highly touted player, he has struggled with mental health issues keeping him off the park. Drafted 6th in 2015, he is looking worth that pick and could be a great option in 2019, too.
ADD – Jaidyn Stephenson (M,F)
A risky play, but Stephenson has shown an ability to get on the end of a few goals and rack up a big score. Fremantle surely won’t be as bad this week, and play at home, but Collingwood will be too good. Should see Stephenson as a beneficiary. WHE and Josh Thomas are also worth a look if they’re available.
ADD – Eddie Betts (F)
Coming off a couple of bad games, and a bad season, back Eddie in to finish the season strong. Against his former club in an otherwise meaningless game, Betts is an exciting option to roll out in a grand final. Though you’ll probably end up watching Sydney Hawthorn on Saturday night.
ADD – Majak Daw (R,F)
In recent years if you’d called to delist this bloke, you’d hear very little argument. But Majak has looked fantastic in defence for North. A real intercept marking threat, the Kangaroos can man up and dare teams to go long down the line. His recent form is good, and if he is able to play as a loose man in defence, look out.
ADD – Logan Austin (D)
A slight risk to drop another 30, but I’ve liked the way Logan has gone about it this year, showing some great form.
ADD – Chris Mayne (F)
If winning the premiership with Chris Mayne in your side doesn’t get you a little excited, then we have nothing to say to each other. If you’re a person of culture, look for the former Docker to deliver a killer blow at Optus Stadium.
DROP – Orazio Fantasia (F)
The hammy injury probably had everyone drop him last week .But you also need to drop the surname pronunciation of fan-tay-sha. It’s apparently fan-tah-sia. Someone pass my condolences on to BT.
ADD – Conor McKenna (D)
A nice running game has been huge for Essendon in their resurgence. While the Power have more to play for, Essendon are fighting hard, and no one fights (or bites) quite like an Irishman.