I’m really into Stranger Things right now – what a captivating series! Speaking of stranger things (segue), the Essendon defenders stacked on the points against the Swans? And Carlton defenders didn’t over-indulge on the Saints? The point here is that trends eventually end and new ones form (at an even more rapid rate these days thanks to the brain scrambling, attention sapping likes of Tik-Tok). The point here is the youth are fucked, we must keep abreast of scoring trends so as to source the best stream targets… and that’s why we are here!

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 16 tips performed:

HITS

Nic Newman (90 AF/95 SC) – this was an easy one and I don’t take much pride in it. I expected more actually. 

MISSES

Hayden Crozier (34 AF/ 43 SC) – comically poor. There isn’t much else to say here. 

Adam Kennedy (46 AF/43 SC) – it was very wet, and although defenders against Hawthorn are usually a solid play, this match wasn’t conducive to a kick-mark style of footy. 

Tom Lynch (49 AF/52 SC) – the Eagles are not the walkovers they used to be. 

Well that was an indifferent week… and overall a failure for the Stream Team as my one hit wasn’t even that big of a hit. I promise to be better! Let’s have a look at some round 17 options:

DEFENDERS

Jack Bowes vs. Richmond – Budarick and Markov will be omitted this week, reducing the Suns’ running defender stocks to near nothing. There’s a scoring void that can be filled by the likes of Bowes, despite the indifference of his recent form. 

Ethan Hughes vs St. Kilda – the Saints stunned many of us with their play last week, which saw the Carlton defenders score a little less on them than expected. I’m backing the Saints to revert back to their mean and for the Freo defenders to put up some useful scores. Hughes should be obtainable and is mostly a deeper league option. The only caveat here would be the possible return of Heath Chapman; in which case, you might consider streaming him. 

Brandon Starcevich vs. Essendon – he’s had 2 69s (nice) in AF the last 2 weeks and had an 85 before that (try an 85 out, trust me). Rich and Zorko are set to miss and with what has been a typically good opponent for defenders to come, Starcevich may give you a solid D4/5 score. 

Mitch Hinge vs. Hawthorn – I’m going back to the well here, but my favourite dating app has given us a string of 60s (AF) in recent weeks and with a fine matchup for defenders, could be ready to take his scoring to the next level. 

MIDFIELDERS

Jack Ross vs. Gold Coast – last week’s ‘shoe-in’ wasn’t a total farce, (as has been the trend so far), scoring a 70 odd in both formats. Dusty is set to miss, as will Cotchin, and Prestia is a test. There is still space for Ross to give you an M7 score here. He won’t get the shoe this week, however. 

Hugh Greenwood vs. Collingwood (LOOPHOLE) – more like Hugh Greenwouldn’t… whatever that means. Something to do with his surprisingly poor year, okay? Sorry for trying to bring some laughter to your day… Moving on, the Pies are a plus matchup for all mids and Hugh can definitely continue his reasonable form from the last 2 weeks. Check your wires, prioritise in a 50/50 call, or loop him from your bench if you can (he plays the first game Saturday). Fuck it, let’s call Greenwood, the ‘Hugh-in’ of the week. 

Josh Daicos vs. North Melbourne (LOOPHOLE) – he’s scored 85+ (AF) in the last couple of weeks and with this matchup, should keep things rolling. You’re the ugly older sister though Josh, despite still being heaps young and handsome.

Jackson Hately vs. Hawthorn – I have a lot of stonks in this guy, and after thinking he was a shrewd mid-season pickup, has tapered off somewhat since the byes. This is mostly due to his role shifting to one that is more outside, but outside mids get it done on the Hawks. If Hately was dropped in your league, become a HATER and roll him out this week. Current owners, if his inadequate scoring continues this week, feel free to cut and run. After all, HATERS gunna HATE.

Jye Caldwell vs. Brisbane – the Lions have been the prey for inside mids in recent times, and with Parish said to still be under a corked calf shaped cloud, Caldwell could be someone to seriously consider after a month of some pedestrian scores. 

RUCK

Tristan Xerri vs. Collingwood – this is a plus matchup for rucks and it’s looking to be a wet game, which typically results in more ruck contests. He’s still splitting his ruck time with Goldy, but with where the Roos are at (AF-Hell), the smart thing to do would be to blood the youngster as much as possible… you’d think. 

FORWARDS

Jack Ginnivan vs. North Melbourne (LOOPHOLE) – it’s meant to be rainy at the G on Saturday, and what player would you rather have in slippery, slimy conditions? With piss-weak opposition, I can see a scenario where Mr. Popular here scums his way to an 80. This is of course, a desperation play for deeper leagues. 

Logan McDonald vs. Western Bulldogs (LOOPHOLE) – most of the season, key forwards have had their way with the Dogs. This trend did not continue last week against the Lions but I’m happy to deem that an outlier. Sydney will want to bounce back and Logan has 80+ scores in him. With the Friday night game, he makes for a fine looping option. 

Cam Rayner vs. Essendon – salary cappers were stumbling over their dicks to start this guy early days and it meant he became a draft-day bust considering his unrosterable averages (62.5 AF/66.3 SC). He sucked last week too (are you sold yet?), but with a matchup suited to mid-forward types, I reckon the bounce back is on and that Rayner can score 80+ this round. 

Todd Marshall vs. GWS – if Lycett is back, Dixon won’t have to ruck as much, which means defensive attention will be diverted from Marshall. We’ve seen him go big when he kicks a bag and the Giants aren’t exactly a prohibitive team – I like Marshall for your F4/5 slot here. 

So Hugh Greenwood is my shoe-in of the week and he [was] on enough waivers across my leagues to give this some master stroke potential. Hit us up for any stream related discourse in the comments or on Twitter: @lionelhutz4prez. 

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