Cerra and Parish-types are really straining some teams, but that’s why this article is written! However, it may not be enough given it’s the final bye round and player absence is already an issue. But yes, there is one more round of ‘how will I really fair this week’ fantasy footy and I’m hoping bye carnage hasn’t sent your season into too much of a crisis…

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 13 tips performed:

HITS

James Aish (88 AF/88 SC) – Aish has been sneaky-good in recent times, and I’d only be dropping him if you really needed a warm body this week. Freo play a pretty fantasy-friendly brand of footy, which he benefits from. 

James Jordon (124 AF/135 SC) – BOOM! The Melbourne mids feasted and Jordon definitely  wasn’t left hungry. You love a stream like this during the byes and you can’t drop him after his recent scoring. 

Callan Ward (102 AF/114 SC) – very nice! Ward is playing off of half-back and clearly relished his newly found role in this game. 

Rory Lobb (77 AF/ 76 SC) – me makes the hit list mainly because I desperately needed one of my ‘Shoe-ins of the Week’ to finally be a hit. In actuality, a 75+ from a streamed forward is more than acceptable. 

James Peatling (83 AF/92 SC) – that’s 3 useful scores in a row from Peatling, but 2 of them have come against North and West Coast. You have to hold, but I wouldn’t expect this kind of production to continue. 

MISSES

Tommy Cutler (59 AF/43 SC) – he was a late substitute for McGrath but couldn’t make the most of his opportunity. Cut where necessary. 

Trent Dumont (38 AF/36 SC) – he sustained a calf injury in the third quarter and was subbed out… it happens. 

Matt Flynn (43 AF/71 SC) – he makes the list because he scored a 43 AF against the Roos. I wouldn’t expect him to play next week. 

As long as the good outweighs the bad, it’s a win for the Stream Team. Here’s who I like from the final week of the reduced free agent pool:

DEFENDERS

Ed Richards vs. GWS – with Bailey Williams currently occupying a wing, Ed Richards has been scoring usefully in recent times . GWS aren’t the most generous team for defenders, but they don’t exactly deprive them either. 

Will Powell vs. Adelaide – I’m intrigued to see how the Suns format their team with Weller out and Bowes coming back. I’ll be keeping an eye on how Powell, Budarick and Markov are used and in my mind you could stream any 3 of these guys this week against the Crows, who do tend to leak points to opposition. Powell is coming off an AF ton but Weller played the majority of that game before he got hurt, making the injury a non-factor. 

Sam Taylor vs. Western Bulldogs – key defenders were scoring well against the Dogs before their bye and Taylor notched up a nice 86 (AF) last week. I like Taylor as a stopgap for the final bye round.  

MIDFIELDERS

Isaac Smith vs. West Coast – with a 5 round average of <80 in AF (and an average worse in SC), Smith may be available in shallow leagues and with his upcoming opponent, could seagull up and down the wings all day. Check your wires. 

Jye Caldwell vs. St Kilda – another shallow league option, Jye should see an increased role with Parish set to miss. 

Greg Clark vs. Geelong – Geelong rate in the mean for opposing mids to score on, and with a wire plundered due to the bye rounds, a guy like Clarke might be the only filler left out there for you. 

Brayden Fiorini vs. Adelaide – if he’s named, grab him. I’ve seen him be dropped across all of my leagues, and I’d consider them competitive. 

RUCK

Rhys Stanley vs. West Coast – the Stream Team’s talisman, big RHYS, should have a field day against whoever the fuck rucks for West Coast these days. I picked him up last week as a preemptive streamer (wink). 

FORWARDS

Gary Rohan vs. West Coast – you know you (don’t) wanna. Jokes aside, I’m feeling this. Consider Gary my ‘Shoe-in of the Week’!

Jesse Hogan vs. Western Bulldogs – CONTROVERSIAL given last week’s lamentable sub 40 AF score, but the data tells us that key forwards get it done on the Dogs. Add to that the rejuvenated spirit the Giants carry under their new coach and Jesse might just redeem himself for letting down the DD community last week. 

Nick Holman vs. Adelaide – is there a player with less frills than Holman in the comp? This is a ‘break glass in case of emergency’ play as I’m assuming he’s available everywhere. Despite my derision here, he has a nice matchup at home and can pop out the odd 90 here and there. He can, however, also drop 30s, but they usually come against teams above the Suns. 

Only one more week of a strained waiver wire to stream from – persist! It’s honestly looking pretty bare for straight mids, so all the best in that department. There is some meat on the bone when it comes to forwards and defenders, so heed my words, or don’t. Hit us up in the usual spots for any streaming discourse: @lionelhutz4prez. 

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