Goddamn, I love the bye rounds in draft formats. It can be total bedlam in some leagues, with desperation adds and drops being made to scab petty victories. I think 3 chaos rounds is the perfect amount in a season and it can derail the dominant, and bring life to the woeful. 

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 (slightly reduced because of byes this week) structure catering to AF/DT/UF scoring, as well as Supercoach, in certain cases. But first, let’s see how my round 11 tips performed:

HITS

Heath Chapman (100 AF/77 SC) – he’s a hold, even in deeper leagues, and looks set to be a fantasy stud in years to come. This was an atypical effort as his SC game is usually better. 

Joel Selwood (116 AF/111 SC) – keep rolling him out while Danger misses. Perhaps bring him off your bench in a shallower league. 

Zak Jones (98 AF/93 SC) – that’s his first useful score and he may have finally warmed up. Keep him active while Steele is out. 

Lachlan McNeil (82 AF/73 SC) – I didn’t watch this game and I don’t have this guy’s footy card. Gah?

Tim Membrey (90 AF/100 SC) – Timmy is legitimately one of my favourite streamers. If you can ever loophole him or play him in a soft matchup, do it. 

Mabior Chol (71 AF/105 SC) – crushed it in the first half and could have really gone BOOM if he continued on in the second. Sadly, our boy can’t be relied upon week to week. 

MISSES

Oli Florent (45 AF/46 SC) – I streamed him and I swear that every time I do, he turns in a stinker like this. He must be one of the most frustrating players to own in keeper leagues. 

Callum Jamieson (35 AF/41 SC) – well he played first ruck, but that means very little when your team’s score is literally being doubled every week by the opposition. 

That’s a solid week for the Stream Team, and a fine bounce back after a flat round 10. Let’s move along to round 12 where 99.9% of teams will be streaming this week. Yep, it;s time to cut your iffy players and get aggressive! Keep in mind the pool to stream from will be 33.33333% more shallow this week…

DEFENDERS

Paddy McCartin vs. Melbourne – now this is a risky one, but you need a little luck during the byes. His scoring hasn’t been overly attention-grabbing this year but defenders are scoring on Melbourne and if Sydney decide to slow the game down, their backs could see some nice scores. 

John Noble vs. Hawthorn – with a nice run of scores over the last 3 weeks, and a propitious opponent for defenders to come, Noble is as safe as they come as a defensive stream this week.

Lachlan Young vs. Gold Coast – during rounds 8-10, Young was looking like a great waiver pickup with a new role down back for the Roos. He then went and stunk it up in round 11 and as an owner, he hurt me in a few leagues. Regardless, I’m holding the faith given his matchup this week. 

MIDFIELDERS

David Swallow vs. North Melbourne – he has the matchup and has averaged around the 90 mark (AF) in the last 2 weeks. Fiorini isn’t making the squad right now so you’d imagine Swallow remains in the guts and finds plenty of points against the league’s second easiest team to score on in the last 5 weeks.

Liam Shiels vs. Collingwood – his best days are behind him, but he’s playing the only role he knows (inside mid) and inside mids get it done on the Pies. 

Greg Clark vs. Adelaide – I know I know, we should be streaming guys playing AGAINST the Eagles, but pickings are slim this week and Glark’s 60-70 odd could be valuable for some teams. 

Hugh Greenwood vs. Gold Coast – REVENGE GAME??? Seriously though, it’s the Suns who should be seeking retribution, but they kind of have it already given how Hugh’s decision to leave for the most irrelevant club in the AFL has played out. Anyway, I don’t mind Hugh as a play this week, moreso for SC (where I just scooped him up). 

RUCK

Rhys Stanley vs. Western Bulldogs – good ol’ Rhys. He’s a maybe to play but has a favourable matchup for ruckmen if he does. You won’t find much else on the wire to fill a ruck slot this week. 

FORWARDS

Mabior Chol vs. North Melbourne – I’m doing it. I’m giving Mabior consecutive starts in the Stream Team. He’s coming off a goal scoring game and with the hopeless Roos in the gun, that could well continue. CHOL SZN IS IN!

James Rowe vs. West Coast – obviously this pick is based on his opponent, but Rachele is also missing, which should mean more opportunity for Rowe up forward. He’s gone over 75 (AF) in 2 of his last 3 which induces some confidence as well. Ps. This game is meant to be wet and I reckon this will suit Rowey – he’ll go down as my ‘Shoe-in of the Week’.

Mitch Lewis vs. Collingwood – key forwards get it done on the Pies and I’d expect the Hawks to bounce back after an embarrassing loss and Collingwood to revert to the mean after a hard fought win over the Blues. 

So there’s the reduced Stream Team squad that will be rolled out this week. With a third of the competition out, we should see some pretty bogus streams across our leagues and I’m pumped for it. Nab James Rowe and let the good scores roll! Tell me about your James Rowe experience it in the comments or on Twitter: @lionelhutz4prez 

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