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When you read this first paragraph you might think, this isn’t @lionelhutz4prez writing. And you’d be right to think that, because it’s your old mate Jono stepping in this week, while Matty has personally gone off to make sure his shoe in of the week won’t play or play a quarter and wreck your chances of winning your matchup for the week.

I won’t be going over Matts hits and misses as I’m not about to take credit for someone else’s glory and I refuse to have my fantasy football integrity tarnished by someone else’s decisions to field players.

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.

DEFENDERS:

Callum Wilkie vs Western Bulldogs: Man, the Bulldogs are one pathetic loser. Even their coach has basically conceded the season is over. The Bulldogs have been giving it up to opposition defenders the last 2 weeks and I expect this to continue against the Saints. Wilkie has had a lean patch the last few weeks, but I am confident that the Bulldogs can come out and give him the confidence to bang out a massive score for you this week.

Blake Hardwick vs West Coast Eagles: Surely not. What the hell am I even thinking? One good score and we think he’s going back to his 2021 scoring. Well, here’s the thing. Defenders have been scoring well against the Eagles and while they have been Amber Heard terrible, they have been better in the previous weeks and after dropping 124 AF/133SC against Adelaide, its got to be worth a shout.

Isaac Quaynor vs Adelaide: Oh man. I thought Hardwick was the bottom of the barrel but this must be close. I’m not sure why they don’t use this guy more off the half back. He has decent disposal efficiency and can run, so I’m not sure what the problem is. He is not a massive accumulator but will put in a decent score most weeks. If you have some injury concerns in your defence then Quaynor is good enough to go 70 plus and maybe more up against the Crows this week.

MIDFIELDERS:

Kyle Langford vs Gold Coast Suns: With a lack of midfielders on our waiver wires, I’m willing to roll the dice on old mate Langford. Seemingly moving back to his role last year where he was scoring well, before pinging his hammy, it has taken a couple of weeks to get the speed of the game back. This could be fools gold or a stream that turns into a river down the track.

Hugh Greenwood vs Richmond: *Cracks knuckles*. Time to roll out the sacked coach clichés. Look, we all know that when a coach is sacked, every player on that team is going to have a career best game the following week. Players now have the eyes of potential new coaches watching them and making assessments on them. Or, it could be that Jason Horne-Francis has been out of the team for the previous 3 weeks and has had a bump in CBA’s. I dunno, but I’m going with the sacked coach theory.

Marlion Pickett vs North Melbourne: Averaging 83AF/88SC in his last 3, I’m looking at Pickett to fill my M7 spot. Not the sexiest name going around, but if you have a couple of injuries, it’s a player on field.

RUCKS:

Darcy Fort vs GWS: There have been whispers that the Big O has been struck down by the spicy cough. If this is the case, then look to be grabbing this guy off your waivers. Has the forward eligibility, so even if you are a Big O owner you can slot him in your forward line.

FORWARDS:

Marbior Chol vs Essendon: Oh man this guy has had some season. Kicked 3 on Grimes last week (which is no easy feat) and ended up with 62AF/98SC. Essendon can give up a score, just look at the depleted Lions last week who still managed to score 90. With the Suns on the charge to September, I can see Chol doing a reverse Kyle Reimers.

Max King vs Western Bulldogs: The Bulldogs aren’t defending s%#t at the moment and anyone who can mark a footy can kick a bag against them. With the Saints having more to play for, King should go ham against team who would rather be on Mad Monday or sitting on a beach in Bali sipping on a Bintang.