Here we go again. More injury and disaster across the board is going to put another dent into teams everywhere. The timing couldn’t be worse. The AFL hasn’t got a fixture past round 7, and it’s starting to sound like condensed rounds may come into affect. Players missing 6 weeks may miss 7-8 games, and on top of that, fantasy providers have to figure out how to make the scoring work.

This season is ridiculous, but that comes with a freedom. Chase players you’ve always wanted, make dumb trades, and blame Covid if anything goes wrong. I know that’s caused every one of my losses this year. Yeah, that’s got to be it.

In Dozen Deals, we dive into players worth adding (that are under 65% owned in Ultimate Footy), players you should drop or hold, as well as players you might want to buy or sell in a trade. To keep it semi consistent, a 10 team 22 player format is the standard, but all leagues should be able to find value here.

Let’s get into it.

Matt Rowell DROP
Surgery and a 12 week layoff has got to be a season ender for Rowell. It was great while it lasted.

Jack Graham ADD
Back again this week coming off a decent game, getting to plenty of centre bounces (relatively speaking since there was only 7 goals for the game), and more importantly, getting the ball and getting some tackles. Shai Bolton was also an interesting addition up near the ball, but failed to capitalise and is generally higher owned. Another one to watch for.

Izak Rankine ADD
What a debut for Rankine, kicking 3 and looking like he’d already played 50+ games. Maybe the Gold Coast will be good after all. Was Stevie right this whole time? A line up with Rowell and Rankine should get the Sun’s fan very excited.

Dustin Martin BUY
A pretty poor game against Sydney coupled with a lacklustre start to the year will have coaches second guessing if Dusty is up to it this year. He’s a worthwhile risk, especially seeing how slow he started last year, and got going towards the pointy end. Though 2020 has curveballs a plenty, Dusty feels like a gamble worth taking.

Zac Fisher ADD
Matthew Kennedy might hold Fisher out another week, after a strong performance. But if you’re looking long term, Fisher seems likely to get in and stay in to the Blues line up. With Port coming up, the Blues will have their work cut out for them, especially if Murphy or Cripps miss.

Isaac Heeney DROP
An ankle injury turned out to be serious, and Heeney is set to miss the rest of the season. Fuck 2020.

Josh P Kennedy HOLD
aaand another 6-8 weeks for JPK. This is bordering on drop territory, especially if the fixture gets condensed. But, given how the season can be stopped and started, it’s probably worth waiting a couple of weeks to see how JPK recovers.

George Hewett ADD
Someone has to get the ball, right? Hewett seems a natural to take more on with JPK out, and Sydney needing someone on ball. Rowbottom may get a little more work as well, but given how Sydney has been gutted, they may just end up on the end of more blowouts.

Ryan Clarke ADD
For someone a little more daring, maybe Clarke could get some CBAs with JPK out. A bit of a whipping boy and for good reason, Clarke might be needed to pick up a little more of the slack on the inside. Clarke has played outside, which isn’t exactly his strength, going at 14% by foot on Sunday. Ouch.

Rory Sloane HOLD
Another one? really? 4-6 weeks for Sloane with a broken hand. That’s just long enough to be annoying, but just short enough to mean he’s not worth dropping.

Sam Simpson ADD
Put on quite a performance in his first game in 2 years, with a ton in both formats. At 22, Simpson has had a few years to develop and it showed. selected as Jack Steven was rested, a return of 27 touches might make him hard to shuffle back out of the side. Jump on and see how long the ride goes!

Luke Davies-Uniacke ADD
A breakout contender at the start of the year, held off after bone bruising, LDU may finally be ready to make his return. It comes at a really important time for North Melbourne, who are sorely missing a bit of energy in the middle. LDU is worth a look at to see how he comes back, after playing in the scratch match vs Essendon this weekend.