Hello, all! Matty Faz here, and with round 1 complete, I’m here to dish up a steamy 9 course waiver wire meal whilst the free agents list is at its hottest. I’ll be looking into guys with low ownership that could bolster your team’s strength/depth going forward. I’ll ALSO make mention of some high scorers from the round past that seem like mirages and ARE NOT worthy of sacrificing your waiver priority for.

Let’s start with the guys I believe are worthy of waiver priority picks, be it for the short term or longer. 

HAYDEN CROZIER (100 AF/93 SC) – DEF

Was a late in, replacing one of Stef Martin or Jason Johannisen and this doesn’t exactly scream job security. However, he scored well, looked great doing it, and has shown proof of play conducive to fantasy scoring in the past. It’s possible that guys Richards, Vandermeer and Garnder get the axe before Crozier does in a losing Dogs side so if you have a lamentable D5/6 to cut, Croz is worth a grab. I probably wouldn’t waste a waiver 1-4 on him though, unless your defence is a shambles. 

NICK MARTIN (130 AF/114 SC) – FWD

He’s a first year player, yes, but he’s a forward, he’s on your wire and he’s just scored an enormous ton on debut. This wasn;t just about his score though, it’s also about how we went about it. I think they call it ‘observable thirst’ on another site… so drop your presumably droppable F6 and roll the dice on what could be this generation’s Michael Barlow (I kid, there will never be another Barlow and I spit at you for thinking so). 

MARCUS ADAMS (93 AF/106 SC)  – DEF

Probably not a guy I’d use a high waiver priority on, but he could be a serviceable D5 type going forward. Brisbane don’t have many accumulators outside of Rich down back and someone has to get the points when they are setting up from defence, right? Adams took 11 marks and had a tasty 4:1 kick to handball ratio. 

LACHLAN SHOLL (89 AF/108 SC) – MID

We saw the kid’s fantasy chops during the first half of last season and his score this round came after he started the game as the sub (playing 62% TOG). I’m finding it hard to determine Sholl’s job security, but I don’t mind the idea of him whilst Seedsman and Laird are out. 

JAMAINE JONES (97 AF/105 SC) – FWD

I’ve lived overseas for the last 3 years and have to admit, I didn’t know who Jamaine Jones was as I watched him carve it up last night. His score is to be taken with a grain of salt, considering the Eagles’ current omissions, but he had some midfield clock (8 CBAs) with 20+ touches and 5 tackles and is forward listed. He’s probably more of a streamer (RIVER play for those that read my other article *wink*) until West Coast’s main cavalry return, but when it comes to the forwards this year, taking punts on free agents of this ilk early in the season is low risk/high reward (assuming you’re dropping an average F6/7). 

JACK ROSS (77 AF/88 SC) – MID

He didn’t get those coveted CBAs, but with Mr. Everlast himself, Dion Prestia, going down, and Jack Graham running like a 3 legged dog, Ross could make for a nice M7 type in the early part of the year. Trent Cotchin isn’t exactly a midfield maestro anymore, let’s be real. 

ANGUS BRAYSHAW (86 AF/79 SC) – MID

The boys spoke about him on the pod, mentioning a possible role shift (wing to defence) with the Witch Hunt himself, Christian Salem (shout out to my boy, Arthur Miller), going down early. That’s a stack of points leaving the Melbourne side and Gus doesn’t really need that role shift to be a viable M7 type anyway. If you are struggling in the mids, Gus could be there for you. 

TOM PHILLIPS (86 AF/77 SC) – MID

Was the starting sub and came on to accumulate his score from only 61% game time. He ran through the middle but the Hawks’ midfield rotation was whack, yo… it seems like Sam Mitchell has really mixed things up and it’s hard to determine what’s going in the Hawks’ engine room just yet, so I wouldn’t be using a high waiver priority on Phillips. With that said, we know he has something of a fantasy game and useful M7s can be hard to find. 

And just quickly, here are the players I think are proverbial flashes in the proverbial pan, unworthy of using your waiver priority on: 

LUKE FOLEY (100 AF/ 98 SC) – DEF

If you can find one content provider who spoke this name preseason, I’ll kiss my own ass (apart from Dossy, who has more ‘boys’ than George Pell). Alex Witherden was out and the Suns shot poorly – stay away.

JACK HAYES (111 AF/127 SC) – FWD/RUCK

Don’t get sucked into the salary hype here. Yes, he’s 26 and has been a SANFL sensation, but I’m happy to let someone else use their priority pick on a first year, key position forward for St Kilda who scored like this on the Pies… Ryder could also pop back up at any moment. 

TYSON STENGLE (100 AF/120 SC) – FWD

A small forward who kicked 4.3 against a woeful Bombers outfit. 1 CBA though? Still, pass.

MATT FLYNN (87 AF/119 SC) – RUCK

Preuss is set to return this week. Enough said.

MITCH LEWIS (94 AF/110 SC) – FWD

I just don’t like key position forwards who play for crap teams unless I am streaming them against another crap team. He simply won’t play the Kangaroos every week. 

Alrighty, there’s my first crack at a waiver wire article. Leave some feedback/opinions in the comments or get me at @lionelhutz4prez over on Twitter. The season is finally underway! And I went 0/3 in my redraft leagues! So feel free to erase from your brain everything you just consumed here! Peace out!