Sound the sarcasm alarm! Dion Prestia is set to miss! Yes, the iron man/Mr. Reliable/the model of consistency himself will not suit up this week, and he’ll go on to miss his 100th career game. What a milestone. Some folks may have missed this during the week (if they were vacationing in a neighbouring galaxy), but Tom Stewart will also miss, as will Riley Bonner, on a more significant note. As always there are gaps to fill, so let’s get out the polyfilla… that’s actually how that’s spelt, I just learned. 

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 14 tips performed:

HITS

Liam Duggan (88 AF/97 SC) – my only defensive tip that didn’t fail last round. He’s a hold given the apparent revitalisation of the Eagles. 

James Harmes (87 AF/103 SC) – played well in a tagging role on Neale and is a hold for now. 

Jesse Hogan (89 AF/101 SC) – Stevie Fizz truthers, rejoice! 

Peter Wright (90 AF/105 SC) – shit damn I love streaming 2MP! It’s far more satisfying than owning him but he has scored well 2 weeks running now. With that said, I don’t love his prospects this round with the Swans on deck. 

MISSES

Tom Doedee (39 AF/73 SC) – I DID say he’s a better play in SC, but I also said his basement won’t hurt you in AF… after all of it, this tip is closest to the ‘miss’ end of the spectrum. 

Marcus Adams (22 AF/40 SC) – fuck me. I did not consider the Darcy Gardiner absence, which meant Adams played with more accountability. My bad. 

Ed Richards (47 AF/ 52 SC) – another week, another ‘shoe-in’ getting kicked in the dick! In my defence, he scored this from 31% game time as he was subbed off due to a head knock. Whose dick will the shoe kick this week?

Sam Durham (36 AF/42 SC) – well it looks like the Eagles are no longer a team that just any old opposing player can score on. 

Shane McAdam (34 AF/24 SC) – oh boy. He went off hurt but still played 73% game time. I chose the wrong Crows forward as a number of others scored quite well. Sorry, kids. 

Well I can’t call that a very successful week, considering the misses outweighed the hits. But just like the cost of living right now, I can’t be kept down! So let’s look ahead to round 16, shall we?

DEFENDERS

Hayden Crozier vs. Brisbane (LOOPHOLE) – Caleb Daniel won’t helmet up this round so one of Crozier or Bailey Williams may benefit greatly. I’m officially listing Crozier because he will be available in almost all leagues. Additionally, he makes for a perfect loophole option given his Thursday evening fixture. 

Nic Newman vs. St Kilda – the Swans defenders gorged themselves on points against the Saints last week, so get Newman active where you can (this is a shallow league suggestion). Brodie Kemp might be good in the deepest of leagues as well. 

Adam Kennedy vs. Hawthorn – with a fine matchup for defenders, and the ability to squeeze out a 90+ on his day, I don’t mind this flyer at all. 

Mitch Hinge vs. Melbourne – my favourite dating app (only blokes who have been single in the past 5 years will get this) doesn’t have the highest ceiling, but he’s a great user and a young talent that the Crows should be developing (piss off, Brodie Smith). The matchup is nice and he has a decent floor; I like him for an 80 odd as a D5 (with more upside in SC leagues). 

MIDFIELDERS

Harry Schoenberg vs. Melbourne – boy, did I expect more from this bloke this season…anyway, he was back in the team last week and scored a reasonable 71 AF. The reason I like him this week though is because Laird had an injury scare at training and is in some doubt. Add to that the freefall of Matt Crouch’s career and you may just see Harry score something useful this week.

Jack Ross vs. West Coast – he has a juicy matchup compounding with the absence of both Cotchin and Prestia. Sorry Jack, but you’re my ‘shoe-in of the week!’

Sam Menegola vs North Melbourne – one for shallower leagues here. Menegola will be playing his third game of the year meaning hopefully, he’ll have removed any remnants of rust and can pump out a fantasy ton against meek opposition. 

David Swallow vs. Collingwood – the Pies have been a lucrative venture for opposing mids so I reckon the JAG poster boy can drop one of his elusive triple figure scores this week. 

Dylan Stephens vs. Essendon – outside mids get it done against the Bombers and Stephens is coming off of a commendable 79 (AF) last round. This is a stream for your M7 slot or deeper if you’re in dire straits. 

FORWARDS

Tom Lynch (listed, handsome) vs. West Coast – he’s been one of my most successful streamers this year and he’s just about due for a BOOM game. Yeah you dislike him, but sometimes you have to separate the artist from his art, except in the case of R. Kelly… you should probably torch/bin/delete any of his music if you have it. 

Joe Daniher vs. Western Bulldogs (LOOPHOLE) – key forwards are still scoring on the Dogs and with the Thursday night game, Joey D makes for a perfect bench loophole play as the Lions seek to bounce back after last week’s travesty. 

Tyson Stengle/any Geelong FWD vs. North Melbourne – he’s coming off 2 pretty solid weeks so he may have been snapped up in deeper leagues. In any case, get him active – play him over one of your regular starters. This one could be a long, cold bloodbath for the Roos. 

Levi Casboult vs. Collingwood – whatever the opposite of the ‘shoe-in’ is, that’s what Levi is this week. Key forwards do well on the Pies though, and as the current display picture for the Draft Doctors twitter, there is not a more #onbrand stream than this in round 16.

I’m hoping the stream team bounces back this week, led by its shoe-in, JACK ROSS. Hit us up in the comments or on Twitter: @lionelhutz4prez 

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