Ahoy there! Matty here, or Fazlington (AKA @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.
Did The Streams Flow Golden? – Round 19 Review
Dane Rampe (84 AF/ 107 SC) – play defenders on Freo at the moment. Rampe is typically a better SC scorer too, FYI.
Oli Florent (95 AF/ 91 SC) – feasted in Sydney’s win.
Jame Worpel (96 AF/ 90 SC) – is a hold now, playing pure inside midfield with the Hawks mids at full strength.
Mitch Robinson (117 AF/ 89 SC) – played midfield, kicked a couple of goals and was one of the Lions’ best.
Jeremy Sharp (112 AF/ 96 SC) – loped up and down his wing to suck up all those points sans Ellis and Markov. I’m ordering my Jeremy Sharp face-badge right after this sentence is typed.
Lincoln McCarthy (76 AF/ 88 SC) – played a stellar small forward game on some weaker opposition.
Jamie Cripps (85 AF/ 78 SC) – always a fine option when the Eagles are tipped to win at home.
Tom Green (100 AF/ 119 SC) – future fantasy stud alert! The Coniglio late out may have helped him, but this guy should be on your radar for years to come, especially in SC. He attended more CBAs than Taranto did too, just FYI.
Trent Mckenzie (15 AF/ 19 SC) – I sincerely hope you only tried a loophole here… a defender against Collingwood missing this badly is remarkable, but in the last 2 weeks, we’ve seen poor defensive scores relative to that of recent history. Is ‘defenders against the Pies’ a thing of the past? I’ll need one more week of data to believe.
Mitch Georgiades (38 AF/ 38 SC) – the selection table at Port saw 4 tall forwards being played and 3 out of 4 of them put up good scores. Guess which one didn’t…
Damon Greaves – OMITTED
Oleg Markov (7 AF/ 8 SC) – left the game in the first quarter with a hamstring injury.
Kieren Briggs – NOT NAMED
Harry McKay – OMITTED/INJURED
Well it was a far more HIT or MISS kind of Stream Team round this week, with the HITS winning out (pats self on back). My Port picks humiliated me, but if you were leaning on the likes of Georgiades and Mckenzie, you probably shouldn’t be in or around the finals anyway. Let’s have a gander at the Round 20 streams, shall we?
Sam Petrevski-Seton – SPS was mentioned on this week’s pod and for good reason. With a kind matchup on the Saints this week, and the likes of ZWill and Doch missing, SPS is just the type of player who could lick up some of those available points. He now plays the first game of the round and is a fine loophole option to boot.
Rhyan Mansell – more of an SC play in my eyes, and let’s face it, probably a desperation play this round. Mansell is coming off of 2 SC 80+ games, with one of those being against the Cats last round (a tough matchup for defenders). He faces the Dockers, AKA the new ‘defenders against’ squad, this week and if you’re starved of D5 options, this guy will be available on wires and will be playing in a depleted Richmond backline.
Will Powell – now he’s probably owned in your SC leagues, with a fine average of 85, but go ahead and check anyway. He had a 3 week run of 70s (SC) then tonned up on the Lions last week. Powell plays the Dees this round, who let the likes of Josh Schache score well in a new found defensive role last week. With a floor that won’t kill you (even in AF), you could do a lot worse than Powell this week. Oh, and Markov is out, which could mean more points too.
Josh Rotham – I saw this guy on my SC waiver wire this week and with 2021’s letdown poster-boy, ZWill, going out of my side, Rotham could be my replacement. His basement isn’t low, he has 100s in him, and he plays the Pies this week. Now ‘defenders against Collingwood’ haven’t been great in the last 2 rounds, but I’m willing to give it one more go with a West Coast team that don’t hate the chippy-chippy game. Rotham scored an AF ton on the Pies earlier this season as well.
Mark Blicavs – his game is more suited to SC scoring, but with a matchup on the Roos this week, Blicavs is a fine stream on every platform. He likes to run off the ruckman who rests forward, meaning he’ll probably play on the likes of Xerri this week. This could mean points, and having scored 77 (AF) on the Roos already this season, Blix is a risk free stream for your D4/5 slot in my eyes.
Lachlan Bramble – the mature-age rookie currently has a half-back role in a team missing some half-back types (Sicily, Impey, Jiath, Day). He’s gone for 99, 73 and 81 (AF) in his last 3 games and faces the Lions this week, who by no means restricted the Suns defenders’ scoring last week.
Trent Cotchin – any fringe mids from the Tigers are a play this week, given their matchup on the bleeding Freo squad. Cotchin has gone 80+ (AF) in his last 2 games and is as safe as they come for your final midfield slot this round.
James Rowbottom – he’s 2 weeks back from a period on the sidelines and scored 65 (AF) from 59% game time last week. He could be available on wires and displayed a strong patch of fantasy form earlier this season. The Swans also have a lucrative matchup on the Bombers this round.
Blake Acres – mentioned on the latest pod as a waiver pick-up, Acres should slot back into the depleted Freo midfield this week. Richmond are a plus matchup for midfielders and being on the expansive turf of Optus Stadium, I see a world where Acres takes his chance to perform this round.
David Mundy – this one is for shallower leagues. His scoring has been lamentable for the past 2 rounds but with Fyfe and Walters done, and a friendly game against the Tigers to come, it might be worth checking your wire for Mundy. It could even be worth playing him over one of your more questionable starting mids this week.
Brandon Parfitt – another one for more shallow leagues, Parfitt could find himself with some added midfield responsibility this round with Duncan, Selwood, Miers and Higgins all missing or a chance to miss. Seeing as he plays the Roos, give Parfitt close consideration if Selwood and Higgins are to miss.
Noah Anderson – after a 2 week injury layoff, Anderson has returned with 2 decent scores in limited game time – scores he built against the Dogs and the Lions. He faces the Dees this week, who have not been hard to score on in recent weeks, and if given his full allotment of game time, should score solidly.
Rhys Stanley – gross… So we’ve all had a ruckmen go down, which has forced us on over to the ‘Players’ tab, where we’ve clicked on the filter by position button, ‘R’, only to see this name as one of the top 3 listed free agents staring back at us. If you can’t relate to this situation, how has your first year of playing AFL fantasy draft gone for you?
But seriously, he’s available on wires, his low scores aren’t harmful, and he plays the Kangaroos this week. Rucks are pretty healthy at the moment but if you win this week and for whatever reason needed Stanley to do it, please tweet @ the Draft Doctors.
Daniel Rioli – with a role change seeing him run out of defense most recently, and a pleasing matchup against the ‘forget this season’ Dockers to come, Rioli is a great stream for your F4/5 slot this round. If his running back role is to continue, he makes for a great river play* over your fantasy finals as well.
Tom Atkins – with the switch to a half-back role, Atkins has shown glimpses of fantasy relevance this season, but hasn’t strung a tight enough run of form together to warrant ‘must own’ status. With that said, he can score well on his day, he very rarely burns you with a sub 50 score, and he plays the Roos this week. Consider Atkins for your F4/5 slot if necessary.
Charlie Cameron – usually a better shout for SC, Cameron plays the Hawks this round, who let some pretty undeveloped Adelaide forwards score decently last week. He’s coming off of 2 78+ SC scores and could really pop for you this round, but on the contrary, could completely fail you like a lot of small forwards have the potential to do.
Tom Lynch (Handsome) – Richmond face an eroding Freo outfit this week and will want to win, and win big, if they are to have a chance at making finals this season. I like Lynch as a stream this round, especially for SC, where he has scored 70+ in his last 2 games against the Dockers.
Josh Bruce – now he has a 5 round average of 49 (AF), but facing the Crows at Mars stadium is a prospect too juicy to ignore this week. I think any of the Dogs’ forwards are a decent play this round, but I’m choosing Bruce on gut feel, as I reckon he’s due to kick a big ol’ doggy bag. Woof.
*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 the hits and misses from this round.
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May your streams flow golden! … ugghh, yeah, that’ll do.