Another ANZAC day clash is done, and so is another handful of big men! Grundy played through a knee knock at the cost of his next 10-12 weeks. Sean Dracy found a new way to miss games (by getting hit in the head). We discovered late last week that English will miss a few with a hammy and RoMarsh might take the next match off with a quad issue. We are in the thick of it now, and with scoring trends beginning to solidify, stream SZN is in full effect.

So, 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.

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 6 tips performed:

HITS

Jacob Weitering (90 AF/119 SC) – defenders score well on Freo and I can’t see Weitering remaining relevant, especially in DT formats. 

Jordan Clark (92 AF/88 SC) – a good score considering defenders don’t usually enjoy the Carlton matchup. Young and Chapman should be back this week, just FYI. 

Shaun Higgins (84 AF/82 SC) – he’s got a nice basement and is worth a hold if you can handle the frequently missed games. 

Sam Switkowski (71 AF/85 SC) – a fine streamer when Freo play weaker teams. 

Todd Marshall (137 AF/141 SC) – BOOM, BABY! This was a matchup winning stream and I hope some of you out there got to enjoy this score. 

MISSES

Marcus Adams (21 AF/49 SC) – I’m sorry for your loss. 

Jackson Hately (39 AF/32 SC) – I was at this game and didn’t notice Hately from where I was standing. Now I know why. He’s also an inside mid playing out of position. 

Jeremy Sharp (DNP) – was the medi-sub and did not get activated. 

Max Lynch (52 AF/56 SC) – back to the wire for rucks we go… and Rhys Stanley isn’t even available at the moment. 

Some boom, some bust and some everything in between. At times, you’re just throwing darts at a board and hoping they stick. Anyway, we trudge on; here is who I like for round 7:

DEFENDERS

Taylor Duryea vs. Essendon – the Bombers are a plus matchup for defenders and Duryea has a high basement with a penchant for going large from time to time. He’s a safe D5 for this round. 

Riley Bonner vs. St. Kilda – the Port defenders alternate the high scores week to week, but with a propitious matchup against the Saints, most should get theirs this round.  

Isaac Quaynor vs. Gold Coast – he’s not an exciting play but he’s on most wires and has a plus match up for defenders this week. He should be good for 75, but he has made me look foolish once already this year. 

Blake Hardwick vs. Melbourne – this is one of the best matchups for defenders and with a low score of 65 (AF) this year, Hardwick makes for a fine D5 this round. 

MIDFIELDERS

James Jordon vs. Hawthorn – midfielders feast on the Hawks and that’s all you really need to know here. 

Josh Daicos vs. Gold Coast – he’ll be owned in deeper leagues, but is worth activation in shallower leagues with a plus matchup for mids against the Suns this week. He scored a 101 (SC) the last time he met them, just FYI. 

Lochie O’Brien vs. North Melbourne – as I’ve alluded to in previous articles, useful pure mids are more scarce than I anticipated this year, with another handful of them getting DPP status this week in UF. Is it okay to play B/C eligible players in the midfield now? Has the game evolved to this point? Are defenders the most abundant of on-field scorers? In any case, O’Brien has a nice matchup for outside mids and should score adequately as an M7.

Kamdyn Mcintosh vs. West Coast (LOOPHOLE) – the Eagles give it up to outside mids and the Tiges will be without Dusty and Cotch, so there will be some points distribution. I like Kamdyn for a ~80 score this round. 

Jack Redden vs. Richmond (LOOPHOLE) – Yeo is missing and the Tigers are an auspicious opponent for inside mids. Redden has been a failed pick so far and if he doesn’t get it done this weekend, owners should probably turf him. 

RUCK

Lloyd Meek – Stunningly, Sean Darcy is missing a game of footy this week and his direct replacement is Meek. He faces the Cats who have been a surprisingly tougher matchup for rucks so far this year, but the ruck cupboard is pretty bare right now and some coaches could be forced into a Meek score this week. 

FORWARDS

Darcy Cameron vs. Gold Coast – With Grundy down for what could be 12 weeks, there is some serious RIVER* potential on offer here. Cameron should take over the prime ruck duties at Collingwood and score handsomely as your F5 for a bulk of this season. He was most likely claimed in deeper leagues, so shallow leaguers, make sure he’s not on your wire ASAP.

Connor West vs. Richmond (LOOPHOLE) – he’s playing in the middle and the on-ballers have enjoyed playing Richmond so far. Chuck West in your FWD emergency spot and loophole his score in after his Friday night clash (if he does something). Additionally, Elliot Yeo’s omission should help his chances of scoring. 

Tom Lynch vs. West Coast (LOOPHOLE) – with an auspicious matchup against a languishing Eagles side, handsome Tom makes for a great loophole option this Friday. I’d even go as far to say you could balls up field him in SC. He’s been below average this year and I reckon he’s due. 

Aaron Naughton vs. Essendon – Naughton’s form has reflected that of his team’s, but key forwards relish the Essendon matchup so if he was dropped in your league, you can give him a chance this week and have some confidence in doing so. 

I feel like the dam wall is about to break when it comes to fantasy relevant omissions, especially with regard to H&S protocols. Streaming will be vital this year so let me know which way you’re going in the comments or on the Elon Musk-sphere: @lionelhutz4prez

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