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As discussed in the podcast – we are all at a crossroads my friends. Let’s not kid ourselves. Finals may well be won with the selections that you make this week. But let me tell you this. League Premierships will be won with the selections that you choose not to make in lieu of an extra trade in 5 weeks time.
Proceed with discipline. Stick to your game plan. This is when the big boys come out to play.
I’m Jock Reynolds, and here is my take on the bargains available in this last round of the regular season
BACKLINE BARGAINSBeau Waters | WCE |$493,200 | be 69 This week: FREO Finals: GEEL, PTA, COLL, HAW
Bloody good to have him back and firing. Many would be regretting the decision to drop him earlier in the season. 87 first back v Adelaide but a big beautiful 146 against the Lions last weekend. Avg 102 this season. Must be considered by those looking to firm up their backlines for finalsBrendon Goddard (MID)| STK | $431,100 | BE 80 This week: COLL Finals: MEL, GEEL, GWS, CARL
Refuse to believe talk that some members of our community are Goddardless after trading him out. Suck it up and trade him straight back in kids. Have a gander at the price on him! A resplendent 127 against the Doggies over the weekend which announced his arrival back. Will tear the Magpies to shreds this weekend. Can you afford to go into a finals campaign without him as he lines up against the Demons in week 1? Eh?Heath Scotland (MID) | CARL | $499,300 | be 62 (mid) This week: SYD Finals: BRL, ESS, GCS, STK
A solid 117 against the poor old Tigers last weekend which backed up a lovely 127 the week before. Brisbane Lions, weakening Essendon then Gold Coast in the first 3 weeks of finals coupled with his proven Fantasy quality over many seasons makes him hard to resistMark Baguley (MID) | ESS | $164,200 | be -39 This week: ADE Finals: NTH, CAR, RIC, COL
Solid contributor in his first 3. I don’t want to completely rule him out as a trade down option just yet at this price – his dual position eligibility may just be the straw that breaks him into your team.Tom Bell | CAR | $104,700 | be -104 This week: SYD Finals: BRL, ESS, GCS, STK
Has impressed the trousers out of me in his first 2 games. Of his 29 disposals total over his first 2 games 18 have been contested and he has rebounded the pill out of his defensive area 7 times. Like his prospects at a job for the rest of the season. A real find.Sam Frost | GWS | $130,700 | be -51 Next 3: PTA Finals opponents: GCS, MEL, STK, NTH
Reasonable in his first 2 hitouts scoring 72 and 59. Would absolutely go Tom Bell before him but an option if you need anothery.
MIDSGary Ablett | GCS | $638,700 | be 70 This week: MEL Finals: GWS, HAW, CAR, ADE
Are there any of you out there on the wide world internet who don’t have the little champ? What a bloody little legend the Jock Reynolds Fantasy Footy’s own Gary Ablett is. May break records over the next fortnight coming into Melbourne and Greater Western SydneyMarc Murphy | CAR | $493,300 | be 34 This week: SYD Finals: BRL, ESS, GCS, STK
Surprised this old bastard with his 160 over the weekend. Did not appear to have been paid due respect by the Tigers and I’d be surprised if he was allowed the same latitude against the studious Swans this weekend. Has cranked out 112, 108 and 160 since returning from injury… will be fresh in your finals series… lovely finals run.. a definite priority this week if you need a midfielderAndrew Swallow | NTH | $558,900 | be 92 This week: WBD Finals: ESS, COLL, FRE, GWS
Has had a very nice run over the last 5 matched averaging 127. His next 2 are softish with the Doggies then a weakening Bomber outfit. If you’re confident of making the Grand Final he’s line up on GWS and is a slim chance of being rested with the race for the top 8 expected to go down to percentage this year.Nick Dal Santo | STK |$456,400 | be 69 This week: COLL Finals: MEL, GEEL, GWS, CARL
Expect him to dominate this weekend as the Saints dismantle Collingwood. Fair dinkum… look at the price on my old mate Nicky Dal. Has been frustrating the bejesus out of me all year… but at this price and with that finals run he must be considered by the thrifty.Brent Moloney | MEL | $303,000 | be 59 Next 2: GCS Finals: STK, GWS, ADE, FRE
103 in his first game back from the outer. Gold Coast next week and also GWS in 2nd week of finals. Will be keen on proving his value to his mates. A reasonable roughie for the dice rollers this week.
RUCKSIvan Maric | RICH | $548,100 | be 77 This week: BRL Finals: WBD, FRE, ESS, PTA
I’ve asked myself a question re: rucks this week. If I was in the market for a premium ruckman, with money being no dramas, who would I select? Big Ivan gets the nod. Since round 3 has failed to reach the 100 mark only once. He has the wood on Nic Nat for consistency, for run home, and is also less likely to be rested/rotated coming home. I really bloody love big Ivan. Welcome at the JR Community Banquet hall anytime. Was fantastic in his 159 last week, and will destroy Brisbane, The Doggies, Freo, Essendon and Port in his lumber home.
FORWARDSBrendan Whitecross | HAW | $458,800 | be 63 This week: GEE Finals: PTA, GCS, SYD, WCE
Many enquires re: young Brendan this week by Community folk. Must say I am not sold on him as a reliable selection, but gotta say he looked very good in his 139 against Essendon last week. As with all the Hawks the Port Adelade Gold Coast double in the first 2 finals weeks is juicy. Nice point of difference but not for me.Cyril Rioli | $557,400 | HAW | be 80 This week: GEE Finals: PTA, GCS, SYD, WCE
Reckon this bloke is the PERFECT fantasy footy prospect when he is on song. Bloody brilliant when you have a player in your lineup that can get you up out of your seat. No denying his form is RED HOT now… 134, 127, 105 and 159 are his last 4 scored. I’m wary that he is approaching a high point price wise – and he remains a soft tissue injury risk for mine. Be cautious here… but if the chips fall your way he could win you a flag. I’ll be selecting him this week.Ryan O’Keefe | $563,600 | be 85 (mid) Next week: CAR Finals: COLL, WBD, HAW, GEEL
In sparkling form – you’d be very pleased if you snagged him when he hit 440K earlier in the season. Had just built and built and built all season. Word of caution again here – he faces a string of teams that he traditionally scores poorly against for the rest of the season – but in the form a strong run home would not surprise me.