BANG! The sound of the hits your fantasy team has and will take this year. It’s also the sound they use on the ‘Golden Fist’ segment but I’m taking it back from those bozos. Moving on, we have model citizen Jordan DeGoey suspended… shock. Big O has been rubbed out as well and my Brisbanian heart breaks. Maybe you’re still reeling from the Salem/Tarryn/Dusty misfortune (yes, I have all 3 in one of my teams).

In any case, this article aims to assist in filling any holes 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 streamers (perhaps longer in some cases, AKA RIVER plays) 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.

Here, I will list a team of players with low ownership that may (or may not) be available in your leagues. I will fill a team in the 4-5-1-4 structure catering to AF/DT/UF scoring, as well as Supercoach, in certain cases. But first, let’s see how my round 2 tips performed:

HITS

Callum Wilkie (72 AF/89 SC) – is a safe bet week to week. I like him as D8 insurance. 

Blake Aces (110 AF/105 SC) – play mids West Coast while they are grossly undermanned. 

MISSES

Will Powell (46 AF/58 SC) – the Suns kick-mark game has vanished and so has Powell’s relevance. Buy low maybe? Swallow and Weller are having an impact too. 

Jared Polec (41 AF/38 SC) – direct your anthrax laced hate-mail to P.O. Box 666 Dafuq Was I Thinking Playing This Squib Against Brisbane at The GABBA.

Jack Martin (0 AF/-6 SC) – he started as the sub and got a -6 (SC) from 2% gametime; can anyone tell me how? Hopefully you made adjustments if you were running him on the field. 

Rory Lobb (55 AF/57 SC) – I expected more given Darcy’s absence. 

As you can see, it was mediocre round for my stream team. Acres may have won you a matchup and the misses (Polec aside) should not have damaged your chances too significantly. Anywho, let’s look ahead to round 4.

DEFENDERS

Mitch Hinge – he’s been rotating between defence and a wing and looks to be assimilating nicely into his newfound team. He plays the Bombers this week, who have been a plus matchup for defenders so far this season (thanks, Stevie Fizz). It should be also noted that Hinge’s damaging left boot makes him a fine option for Supercoach leagues. 

Changkuoth Jiath – this guy is the epitome of run and gun right now and his get and go dragged the Hawks back into the game last week. CJ has a favourable matchup on the Saints this week (another team Stevie Fizz has identified as a plus match up for defenders) and with Scrimshaw possibly missing, there will be a little extra ball to be had down back for the Hawks.

Isaac Quaynor – has a soft matchup on the eagles this week and with JDG missing, Pendles and Crisp may see more time in the middle, meaning more points for Quaynor coming out of defence. 

Steven May – this is more of a Supercoach conducive play and he’s definitely owned in those leagues, but should score well in AF as well this week. Lever will be back and the Dees come up against a Port side who are lacking tall forwards, meaning accountable defending may be low on Melbourne’s priority list. Lever’s return could really free up May and with Salem out, a D2 type score isn’t out of the question. There is some RIVER* potential here to boot.

MIDFIELDERS

David Mundy – he looks likely to return this week and with Serong a chance to miss and Fyfe still sidelined, could get amongst it early. Moreover, Andy Brayshaw will bear the brunt of that nasty DeBoer/Ash tag-tandem from fantasy hell. 

Chad Warner – He plays the Roos this round and with the early Saturday game, loopholing Warner is a great play. In saying that, I’m adamant in playing him on-field as well. 

Seb Ross – Ross faces the Hawks this week, and I reckon I could notch up an 85 on them as your M7 right now… Anyway, the tacit messaging here is to play mids against the juvenile Hawks midfield. 

Lochie O’brien – is coming off scores of 96 and 78 (AF) and looks settled on Carlton’s wing. He has the Suns this week and if you’re struggling to field mids, he should score adequately as an M7. 

Dion Prestia – I probably should have discussed him in this week’s ‘Get Wired’ piece but make sure he ain’t on your FA list. He’s coming back from his hamstring injury and will go straight into the guts of a Richmond team desperately needing class midfielders. He’s an obvious RIVER* play if he scores anything above a 75. 

RUCK

Darcy Fort – As mentioned previously, the Big O is set to miss this week due to suspension, allowing Darcy Fort the chance at maximum vengeance in his revenge game against Geelong (I don’t believe in the revenge game boost when a guy barely took the field for his previous team, just FYI). 

FORWARD

Lance Franklin – he’s at home against the Kangas this week and might get to the 2000 goal mark considering how poor North looked last round. He also plays pretty early on Saturday, opening up a loophole play here. 

Jamie Elliot – he’s probably owned in your league, but owners should play him with confidence against the WAFL Coast Eagles this round, especially with JDG sidelined due to touching someone inappropriately (what, in this context is was inappropriate). 

Peter Wright – faces the Crows this round and Todd Marshall was able to notch up 90+ points on them last week. 2MP can go big on his day and could win you a matchup from your M4/5 slot against a Crows team with a rebuilding defence. Plus, who doesn’t love yelling “TWO METER!!!” with outstretched arms every time he clunks a grab. 

Tim Membrey – another big forward who can kick a bag and score nicely as a streamer. He’ll play the Hawks and I have a feeling their’ bubble is going to burst soon and the Saints looked pretty damn good going forward last week. They are playing tall and Richmond simply couldn’t handle the King/Membrey/Marshall/Ryder/Hayes forward combination. 

*RIVER play – when a player’s flow is a little longer and stronger than a stream, meaning he may hold value for multiple weeks to come, whether it be due to a role change, injury or other.

That’s it for this week folks. Let me know if you’re rolling with any of these guys or if you’ve got some other fine streamers in mind. Get me on Twitter: @lionelhutz4prez

And as always, may your streams flow golden and strong!