Bailey Smith, Lachie Whitfield, Tim Taranto, Ed Langdon, Brayden Preuss, Brayden Fiorini, Jaeger O’Meara, Patrick Dangerfield, Hugh McCluggage, JPK, Mason Redman and to an extent, Handsome Tom owners, I’m here for you. With quite the collection of starting players on our benches this week, the Stream Team becomes the most important resource on the fantasy draft landscape! Right!?

Anyway, 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 10 tips performed:

HITS

Liam Baker (111 AF/134 SC) – hoooooweeeee! There’s a match winning D4/5 right there. Hold him for a week and see if this is in any way real. 

Brodie Smith (108 AF/108 SC) – he’ll be owned in deeper leagues and he’s worth holding in shallower ones, but I wouldn’t expect too much in his game against the Cats this week.

Callan Ward (84 AF/87 SC) – he’d had some lean weeks but a move down back saw a marginal bounceback for the veteran. He’s a hold for now.

Jesse Hogan (73 AF/110 SC) – he played West Coast so don’t give this too much merit. He’s a hold, only to see if the Giants are better under McVeigh. You can also cut him for a better stream. 

MISSES

James Jordon (58 AF/52 SC) – not an abhorrent score, but given the matchup and the absence of Harmes, I had higher hopes for my ‘shoe-in of the week’. 

Well, after a strong run of form from the Stream Team in recent weeks, it finally slowed down into ‘meh’ territory in round 10. I’ll try and find some more ‘feast or famine’ type picks this week to avoid painstaking indifference. Here we go:

DEFENDERS

Heath Chapman vs. Melbourne – just take a look at what the North Melbourne defenders did against Melbourne last round and you’ll know why I’m commanding, not suggesting, that you activate Chapman this week. In fact, all Freo defenders can be played with confidence this week. 

Liam Duggan vs. Western Bulldogs – with Hurn, Rotham and Foley sidelined, some ball will be up for grabs in the Eagles’ defence. The Dogs are also a decent matchup for defenders and with how much ball I foresee being in the Eagles’ backline this week, Duggan has a good shot at scoring well. He’s also shown some ceiling in the past and has 100+ AF scores in him, just not this year… but I think that can change this round.

Ryan Burton vs. Essendon – has a favourable matchup for defenders and can score well when he’s on. It’s probably a shallower league play but he may have been dropped in deeper leagues after a lacklustre 3 weeks. 

Changkuoth Jiath vs. Gold Coast – defenders enjoy it against the Suns. Add to that the fact that Day is missing and CJ could see some points come his way this round. He’s a better SC scorer than he is AF, just FYI. 

MIDFIELDERS

Jeremy Sharp vs. Hawthorn – Jeremy has made me look impish once or twice already this year, but after some fine performances in the twos, I’m going back to the well. If selected, he’ll have a favourable matchup for midfielders and will be obtainable in 99% of leagues right now. 

Joel Selwood vs. Adelaide – Danger’s sharp decline has suddenly resulted in a few weeks of absence, leaving a gap in the already shallow Geelong midfield. The Cats need a leader in there and with a friendly matchup against the Crows at home, Selwood should be that guy. Selwood has RIVER potential whilst Danger is sidelined. 

Oli Florent vs. Richmond (LOOPHOLE) – JPK’s injury could open the door to higher scoring for Florent, and if I’d written ‘Get Wired’ this week, he would have featured, so call this a RIVER play. Richmond are a fair matchup for mids, so loop Florent from your bench or play him with confidence at your M6/7. 

Zak Jones vs. North Melbourne – obviously we love this matchup, but Jones hasn’t really got it going this year. If there is a team that can catalyse an improvement in form though, it’s the Kangas. There is a chance he goes 120+ this week – he has that kind of ceiling on his day. 

Kamdyn McIntosh vs. Swans (LOOPHOLE) – it’s simple here: the Swans are a good matchup for outside mids and McIntosh should be available almost everywhere. He won’t drop a match-winning ton, but his 70+ will suffice in your M7 slot/make for a fine loophole option Friday night. 

RUCK

Callum Jamieson vs. Western Bulldogs – ahhhh, yeahhhh, so I wouldn’t know what this guy looked like if he stood up in my porridge and slapped me (pretty sure I’ve used that gag before). Anywho, he’s currently the first ruck at the eagles and will face a returning Tim English who is said to have dropped some weight. English was a great target to stream rucks on in the past so if you’re like me and have a Ryder type in the ruck right now, Jamieson could be a fun punt. 

FORWARDS

Todd Marshall vs. Essendon – key forwards are scoring on the Bombers and with Dixon back, the defensive attention on Marshall should be alleviated. We’ve seen him bully some minnow teams already this year, and a sneaky bag and big fantasy points isn’t out of the question. 

Lachlan McNeil vs. West Coast – another round, another forward to stream against the Eagles. This is a deep league suggestion and one of those streams you would use so you can light up the group chat with ‘mate, you’re losing to a team with lachlan McNeil on-field this week.’ If Bailey sex-bomb is out, I like McNeil even more. 

Tim Membrey vs. North Melbourne – another round, another forward to stream against North. Membrey is a Stream Team favourite and will be a fine F4/5 this round. 

Mabior Chol vs. Hawthorn – not only do key forwards play well against the Hawks, but the Hawks have also run out of healthy ruckmen. Now Chol isn’t the primary beneficiary here (that would be Witts – RIP if you’re against him this week), but the added hitout count coupled with the friendly matchup makes Chol a fun play this week. Keep your expectations in check, of course. 

I get very little hate for writing this article. I’ve never had someone come at me for taking one of my tips and having it suck. Let’s change that: @lionelhutz4prez on Twitter. You can also throw praise my way if I guide you successfully, of course. 

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