The byes are a whacky time; deep leagues can get realllllly deep, captain choices get obscure and nervy and guys with names like ‘Judson’ make their debut. The silliness is something to be embraced in draft leagues and there are 2 more rounds of it to go.

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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 12 tips performed:

HITS

Paddy McCartin (68 AF/95 SC) – I did say his game is more conducive to SC scoring, so I’m giving myself this one. Oh, and defenders against the Dees is the Draft Doctor’s new catch-cry.

Liam Shiels (89 AF/72 SC) – the AF score was useful for a bye score and I’d roll him until his bye (Round 14). 

Hugh Greenwood (86 AF/98 SC) – he broke an almost 2 month run of less than average scoring this week but he can’t be relied upon after this scoring alone. If there is nothing better on your wire, keep him during the byes. 

Rhys Stanley (87 AF/102 SC) – we love this from one of our most treasured assets here at Stream Team FC. 

Mitch Lewis (71 AF/106 SC) – he kicked 4 goals and this is one of the main reasons players of this class score better in SC. 

MISSES

Lachlan Young (27 AF/54 SC) – not what you need in a bye round, and if it makes you feel any better, I lost my home league matchup thanks largely to this score. He was in defence but just did not get near the ball. I’ll take responsibility for this blunderous suggestion – I will be better!

Mabior Chol (25 AF/60 SC) – the SC score didn’t burn you too badly, but the AF score totally incinerated. I expected more involvement against the Roos!

James Rowe (54 AF/43 SC) – so ever since I began the ‘Shoe-in of the Week’ thing, I haven’t had one appear in my ‘HITS’ column. Keep an eye on Twitter Friday to see who the fuck you should steer clear of next week…

Well hopefully there was enough there to keep your squad above water during round 12. The bye grind continues this week, and here are the stopgaps I like for round 13:

DEFENDERS

James Aish vs. Hawthorn – call me a score chaser here (he scored 123 AF last week), but Aish looked excellent on a wing last round after a couple of lean scores previous. We’ve seen the Hawks give up points to mids and defenders this year, making Aish a viable option if he wasn’t scooped up off your wire earlier in the week.

Tom Cutler vs. Carlton – not one I’m hugely confident in, but Andy McGrath is in doubt, making Tommy Cuts a sneaky-good option if he is named. 

Lachlan Ash vs. North Melbourne – he scored decently before the bye and Taranto is set to miss again this week. And of course, he gets the ‘vs. North bump’. 

MIDFIELDERS

James Jordon vs. Collingwood – he’s probably been scooped up in deeper leagues due to his serviceable form of late and is a solid play this week, especially if he gets some time on the inside (inside mids versus Collingwood is a plus matchup). 

Callan Ward vs. North Mlebourne – with an obviously favourable matchup, Ward may have been dropped in your deeper leagues after a poor month of form and a concussion prior to his bye. He’s also worth a look in shallower leagues as a bye round stopgap. 

Lochie O’Brien vs. Essendon – with a friendly matchup for outside mids, O’brien is a viable plug-and-play option this week. He’ll never go BOOM for you, but is capable of a very useful 90 odd as your last midfielder. 

Trent Dumont vs. Richmond – with a fair matchup in the Tiges, Dumont is a guy whose scores prior to the bye have been M6-7 worthy. The grimy weather conditions could favour players like Dumont, who aren’t exactly known for their elite ball-use.  

RUCK

Matt Flynn vs. North Melbourne – there are still doubts over Preuss’ return to the ones this week and Flynn will be a great play if Preuss doesn’t get up. 

FORWARDS

Rory Lobb vs. Hawthorn – ooooh, I really like this one. Lobb has fantasy tons in him when he’s up and about and the Hawthorn matchup is a juicy one for key/ruck forward types. Stream him in and thank me later. 

James Peatling vs. North Melbourne – he just picked up DPP status (forward added as that’s where he’s playing) and that kind of flexibility can be very useful during the byes. Opponent analysis is not required at this stage – we all know the drill against North. Peatling had 2 great scores for a forward before the byes so he’s worth a shot this round. 

Jeremy Finlayson vs. Richmond – Hayes is out and Finlayson has been named in the ruck. The weather forecast is one of cold, wet misery and if it’s a stoppage-heavy affair, Finlayson could rack up some points in the ruck, albeit against some pretty tough opponents in Nank and Soldo. 

There’s your Stream Team for round 13, folks. Please note that I have written this before Thursday teams were announced so don’t castigate me too much if a couple of these suggestions don’t turn out. Hit us up on the socials or in the comments with your streaming queries this week: @lionelhutz4prez 

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