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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 7 tips performed:
Nathan Broad (85 AF/92 SC) – most of the Richmond defenders scored usefully against Hawthorn this week.
Willem Drew (69 AF/107 SC) – his game is better suited to the Supercoach format, but I expected better in terms of AF.
James Jordon (95 AF/100 SC) – it was only against West Coast, but Jordon has shown auspicious signs in his first 2 seasons. I imagine he’d have some decent value in keepers.
Luke Davies-Uniacke (100 AF/115 SC) – with JHF and Greenwood named as outs on Thursday, as well as the late withdrawal of Simpkin, the pathway to points was unobstructed for LDU this week. He’s a hold in case this game has jolted him back to life.
Jordan Sweet (85 AF/98 SC) – will Stef Martin ever play again? Run Sweet whilst the other 2 big dogs are down and/or out.
Kiedean Coleman (79 AF/88 SC) – he could average scores like this going forward and with his valuable F/B status, is a hold in all leagues until further notice.
Tom McDonald (83 AF/82 SC) – I expected a higher SC score here, but he made for a fine F5 regardless. With North upcoming, I’d hold TMac and potentially run him on-field again.
Aaron Naughton (95 AF/104 SC) – the Pies are looking more and more like a great matchup for opponents as the season progresses.
Luke Foley (50 AF/57 SC) – was turfed HARD in the 4th but wasn’t scoring fantastically to that point anyway. He doesn’t need to be owned.
James Worpel (41 AF/34 SC) – how he performed so poorly without Mitchell is a greater mystery than the fuckin’ pyramids to me and yes, you can feel free to cut this abysmal draft day pick.
Dayuuuumm, look at that ratio, baby! The Stream Team has been rolling for the last few weeks now and given my league mates are starting to read this, I’m going to have to take the foot off the pedal… NAHHHHTT. I wouldn’t do that to my 29 readers… Let’s take a look at the GOLDEN streams this week:
Liam Baker vs. Essendon – defenders score on the Bombers and you’d think they would want to perform this week, which could mean more ball in the Richmond defense. It’s a loose take, but it’s a take.
Noah Answerth vs. Hawthorn – he scored a 98 (AF) 2 weeks ago and has a fruitful matchup in the Hawks to come. He’s a deeper league option for those in need and has a basement that won’t bury your chances of winning.
Darcy Moore vs. Fremantle – key defenders are scoring on the Dockers this year and we’ve seen some high ceilings from Moore in the past (especially in SC, where he scored 102 on Freo the last time he faced them).
Brodie Smith vs. St. Kilda – with the Saints being a friendly opponent for Brodie Smith types, this shallow league play should be a safe one. He may have been dropped in leagues after an ugly succession of scores and a missed game so check your wire and act accordingly.
James Jordon vs. North Melbourne – the green light shines bright here, so go! He plays North, he scored well last week and James Harmes is set for a stint on the sidelines. Did someone say RIVER play?
Lochie O’Brien vs. Sydney (LOOPHOLE) – this is a beneficial matchup for outside mids and he’s coming off a 98 (AF) against the Giants. He plays Friday night so set him as a bench EMG and see how it goes.
Luke Dunstan vs. North Melbourne – I’m writing this before teams are announced, so if he is named, the combination of Harmes’ injury and an easy matchup make Dunstan a viable play this week.
Jarrod Berry vs. Hawthorn – his scoring form has been deplorable and this is purely a matchup based suggestion. He’s a cut candidate if he can’t get it done this week.
Callan Ward vs. West Coast – this is the week to pick him up in shallower leagues and activate him in every other.
Paddy Ryder vs. Adelaide – ROB is no certainty to return and Ryder looked awesome in his ruck role last week. He could have an easy avenue to points against whoever rucks in lieu of ROB this week (some cat I can’t be bothered looking up right now).
Tom McDonald vs. North Melbourne – he’ll be under the roof of Marvel against the hapless Kangas and should be fed plenty of ball. He’s done some serviceable scoring in the past 2 weeks and I’m comfortable calling this a safe stream.
Jesse Hogan vs. West Coast – key forwards crush the Eagles and it goes without saying as to why. Add to that new coach bump the team will get and you’ve got a very fun stream in Stevie Fizz’s boy, Jesse, this week.
Rory Lobb vs. Collingwood – I saw Collingwood live last week and it made me want to refund the $5 children’s ticket I used to get into the ground. The point here being, they are bad, and Freo should decimate them as they bounce back from their loss last week. Key forwards are getting it done on the Pies too, just FYI.
Tom Papley vs. Carlton (LOOPHOLE) – forwards (not key forwards) like the Carlton matchup and with the Friday night fixture, Papley is a free bet. He’s coming off great scores last week and this little germ could start your weekend off quite splendidly under the big, Friday night lights.
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And as always, may your streams flow golden and strong!