Ahoy there! Matty here, or Fazlington (@lionelhutz4prez on Twitter), bringing you an article that aims to assist in filling any gaps your weekly lineups may have – whether it be a sneaky loophole option for your benches or a genuine plug and play. These are one week prospects for mostly redraft leagues; patch and play suggestions for those loose ends that need some tying off, especially if your priority waiver claims were missed. 

Each week I will list a team of possible stream players with low ownership, that may (or may not) be available in your leagues. I will fill a team in the 5-7-1-5 structure that many leagues run with, catering to AF/DT/UF scoring, as well as Supercoach, in certain cases. 

How’d My Streamers Go? – Round 17 Review 

HITS

Luke Davies-Uniacke (86 AF/ 100 SC): man, stream guys against the Eagles at the moment.

Liam Baker (78 AF/ 89 SC): “defenders against Collingwood” and a solid river play* going forward given the lost stocks in the Richmond defense. 

Changkuoth Jiath (80 AF/ 94 SC): did his work in 3 quarters before exiting the game with a knee concern.

Tom Green (83 AF/ 92 SC): a safe stream delivering as predicted. 

Tom De Koning (91 AF/ 85 SC): rucks against the Cats. This was TDK’s highest score of the season. 

MISSES

Shaun Atley (37 AF/ 31 SC): sorry. I’m just really sorry.

Trent Cotchin (51 AF/ 54 SC): this was the last chance for Tigers streams… fade them now.

Luke Breust (43 AF/ 47 SC): Hawthorn sucked, and so did Breust.

Adam Kennedy (51 AF/ 56 SC): just didn’t have a scoring role on the day. 

Jeremy Finlayson (29 AF/ 37 SC): was the injury substitute. 

Devon Roberston (27 AF/ 20 SC): scored as poorly as my Lions played.

Mitch Robinson (43 AF/ 34 SC): couldn’t follow on from last week’s serviceable scoring. 

So it wasn’t a fantastic week on the prediction front, with a number of my more dubious streamers scoring poorly. Let’s all hope for a bounce back this week as we look ahead to Round 18.

DEFENDERS

Jacob Weitering – “defenders against Collingwood.” Averaging 75 AF and 92 SC, Weitering is most likely owned in your leagues but if you have him on your pine, or he’s available in AF formats, have him on-field this week. 

Lachie Henderson – plays Freo, a plus matchup for defenders, on Thursday night and is a great loophole option in your defense – especially in SC. 

Josh Rotham – West Coast play the Crows this week and Essendon’s defenders scored at ease against them last round. The Eagles are clearly out of sorts right now but I like their defenders this week and Rotham has scored nicely in his last 2 games. 

Jayden Laverde – even though the Roos beat the Eagles, Eagles defenders still scored nicely on them. Laverde plays the Roos this week and should be a tight plug and play, particularly in SC. He has scored 80+ (SC) in his last 2 games against the Roos and scored well last round – tick, tick!

Bailey Williams – better for SC here, Williams faces the Suns this week – a plus matchup for defenders, typically. But have the Suns turned a corner and finally figured out how to win games after Round 10? I can’t see them keeping up the winning form against the Dogs, so play your Dogs defenders with confidence this week. Williams has gone 90+ (SC) in his last 2 against the Suns, just to seal the deal for this week.

MIDFIELDERS

Angus Brayshaw – averaging an almost unownable 68.8 (AF), Brayshaw could (should?) be on waiver wires and faces the Hawks this round. He scored 75 on them earlier in the season and even guys like Serong toned up against the Hawks last round. 

Bailey Smith – he has been scoring like a yo-yo these past 4 weeks, and I’ve seen him dropped, even in my deeper league, as a result. If he is on wires in your leagues, it’s time to change that, as he faces the Suns this round and is coming off a nice 100+ score (AF). 

Tom Cutler – had a solid 77 last round and faces the Kangas this week. Should he hold his spot, I like him as a one week stream. 

Will Setterfield – before his injury, Setterfield was showing signs of life with an 81 and 94 (AF) in 2 out of his 3 games before going down. He returned last week for a measly 30 odd against the Cats, but with the Pies to come this round, a 75+ score for your M7 slot isn’t out of the question. 

Lachlan Bramble – he doesn’t have the most lucrative matchup this week, as he faces the Dees, but his scores have been trending up lately. The Port mids still scored on the Dees, despite losing, and Brambles 99 (AF) and 120 (SC) makes him a player to look at this round, especially if Wingard remains sidelined. This is one for deeper leagues only. 

Caleb Serong – was relieved of his tagging duties last week and if this is going to be the case moving forward, he becomes a strong river play* for the remainder of the season. He plays in the first game this round, making him a great loophole option on the back of a perfect AF and SC ton last week. 

James Jordon – has shown that even with the Dees’ full allotment of mids available, he can still score, notching up a 92 and a 76 (AF) in 2 of his last 3 games. Jordan has a friendly matchup with the Hawks this week and Melbourne really should blitz them. 

RUCK

Sam Draper – has only gone over 80 (AF) once since his return a month ago, but does face the Roos this week. Essendon are playing well and if you’re in dire need of a ruck this week, Draper is probably available on your wire. 

FORWARDS

Taylor Duryea – listed as a forward in all formats, Duryea actually plays out of defense and faces the Suns this week. A safe stream if you can grab him off the wire, or consider him an on-field option if he is a fringe player in your forward line. 

Peter Wright – scored an AF ton on the Kangas in round 10 and comes up against them again this week. The Bombers are playing good footy and if you’re looking for some boom potential on the wire this week, 2MP is worth a look. 

Kysaiah Pickett – came back with a fantasy relevant score last round and comes up against the Hawks this week. We saw Pickett go on a run of decent scores from rounds 2 – 7 earlier this season, so perhaps he can repeat that run and become a river play* leading up to fantasy finals. Additionally, he scored 95 (AF) on the Hawks earlier this year. 

Dan McStay – with Hipwood going down, McStay’s workload is set to increase. He faces the languishing Richmond outfit this week and based on what some of the Magpies’ forwards did last round, McStay could snag himself some goals and be a worthy F5 plug and play this week, especially in SC. 

Gryan Miers – plays the first game of the round against Freo, deeming Miers a nice loophole stream from your bench. He’s 2 weeks back from a lengthy lay off and was scoring adequately as a forward before his injury. If he’s available on wires, give him a look this week. 

*river play – a player whose stream value extends past just one week, whether it be because of a good run of matchups or any injury to a teammate. 

So there you go, 18 low-ownership guys who could help you fill any gaps in your lineup this week. Tune in next week where I’ll go through some hits and misses from this round.

Catch me on Twitter (I barely post and have a lowly following): @lionelhutz4prez 

May your streams flow golden! … ugghh, yeah, that’ll do.