Dane Swan will be a massive Finals sized headache for millions of Fantasy Footballers this week. Some of us also have upgrades to consider before this vital first week of Supercoach and Dreamteam finals.
This week’s Cattle Market lists players from each line in priority order. You may well already have many from the lists… but the first from each line that you don’t have will be the player that I’d suggest you trade in this week. Simple as that folks. I’ve also chucked in a Terry Tight Arse option on each line for those with budget concerns
Best of luck
- late mail 1: Heath Shaw reported to have left the training track early today (Wednesday)
- late mail 2: Big Hamish McIntosh.. word is he OUT for the season
**note – this week’s finals week 1 podcast is here folks.. get stuck right in!**
BACKLINE PRIORITY LISTBrett Deledio (mid) | RICH | $552,300 | Avg 118 Plays: WBD, FRE, ESS, PTA
Simply the premier Fantasy defender of the season folks. 144 against the Lions last weekend which followed up a 126 v Carlton the week before. Blow me down with a feather if you haven’t got him yet.Heath Shaw* | COLL | $517,600 | Avg 105 Plays: SYD, NTH, WCE, ESS *late mail… reportedly left training early Wednesday – in doubt?
Still many sides are without Mr Shaw including the great JR Brumby FC. Has scored tons in 8 of his 14 games this season but has cranked out some big numbers when he has. Traditionally averages reasonably well against Sydney, North and West Coast so should be high on your defence shopping list.Brendon Goddard (mid) | STK | $445,800 | Avg 102 Plays: MEL, GEEL, GWS, CARL
Cruising into August with two 120+ scores against Collingwood and the Doggies in recent weeks.Beau Waters | WCE | $506,000 | Avg 102 Plays: GEEL, PTA, COLL, HAW
Has been solid all year barring his injury absence. Absolutely loves it against the cats – he averages 119 against the lads from Gene Simmonds Stadium. Port Adelaide the week after. Juicy.Grant Birchall (mid) | HAW | $459,400 | Avg 94 Plays: PTA, GCS, SYD, WCE
I have Grant wedged up here not only because his form has been reasonable but also because of his bloody ripping first 2 weeks of finals. Should cut sick against poor old Port this weekend.Heath Scotland (mid) | CAR | $507,000 | Avg 101 Plays: BRL, ESS, GCS, STK
Has not scored below 89 since rd 10 – cranking out some very solid numbers. Shows no worrying signs of his 30 something years and will be relishing games against Brisbane, Essendon (who he averages 122 against) and Gold Coast Suns in his finals campaign.
BACKLINE TERRY TIGHT ARSE SELECTION:Sam Fisher | stk | $387,900 | Avg 83 Plays: MEL, GEEL, GWS, CARL
My old mate Chips. Easing magnificently into form with 92, 97 and 104 in his last 3. Looks to now have regained his touch after injury and with a 1st and 3rd finals week like his…. Bloody good value.
MIDFIELD PRIORITY LISTGary Ablett | GCS | $674,700 | avg 138 Plays: GWS, HAW, CAR, ADE
What more is there to say? Actually I have one thing to say. Everyone who has been on this blokes back this season can GET STUFFED. Don’t often fire up but we need to celebrate this fine sporting monument to the game while his is still in his prime.Watson the Jobe | ESS | $574,000 | avg 123 Plays: NTH, CARL, RICH, COLL
Jobe my young mate. You may have the exact same voice as your father… but you are all your own man re: the way you play the game. Like with young Gaz you have carved one big bastard of a niche in this game all by yourself mate. Well done. Should be the next highest priority trade in next to GAJ for mine. Arrived as an absolute MUST this season. The timbre of his voice makes my muzz twitch.Scott De Pendlebury | COLL | $606,400 | avg 126 Plays: SYD, NTH, WCE, ESS
Could be quite a few going the straight swap Swan > Pendles this week. A word of caution here – Pendles averages just the 96 Supercoach points against Sydney so I would proceed with that in mind. Don’t mean to sully this champion’s name as soon as he makes a Cattle Market… a genuine champion of AFL and/or Fantasy Football and/or the trouser.Scott Thompson | ADEL | $511,700 | avg 114 Plays: FRE, BL, MEL, GCS
Finals draw has Scotty Thompson high on my finals priority list. Is reasonable against Fremantle but then will smash that big Bull of a body of his into Brisbane, Melbourne and Gold Coast. Has been resplendable this season.Joel Selwood | GEEL | $550,300 | avg 121 Plays: WCE, STK, WBD, SYD
Must remember to call young Joel this week to apologise.. has not featured heavily in this the inaugural year of the JR Community Website. Joel, I’ll tell him… I just can’t believe you haven’t snapped in half yet… you go in so hard son! Just keeps on keeping on. Believe he will be old in football terms before his time but must be thought about if you have all of the above. Performs well against West Coast (brotherly rivalry).Sam Mitchell | HAW | $550,900 | avg 112 Plays: PTA, GCS, SYD, WCE
Has had 2 sub 100 weeks which is the reason he is so far down my priority list. Feeling is he will likely take Port Adelaide and Gold Coast over the next fortnight and just possession the absolute bejeezus out of em. Formlines are formlines though folks… you must consider the possibility that a low level niggle may be affecting him… risk but some real upside.
MIDFIELD TERRY TIGHT ARSE SELECTION:David Mundy | FRE | $415,900 | Avg 83 Plays: ADE, RICH, NTH, MELB
As I said to Clarry last night at the Seaford – don’t turn your nose up at King King bloody Mundy. Remember last season when he was for a period the stand out Supercoach midfielder of the competition? Well slabs of that form have been on display for the last fortnight in his 128 v West Coast and 104 v Port. Could be the premium midfielder you need when you can’t afford a premium midfielder this week.
RUCK PRIORITY LISTIvan Maric | RICH | $575,100 | avg 116 Finals: WBD, FRE, ESS, PTA
Crouching One – I hope you don’t mind me telling the Community that I walked in on you during some kind of weird bloody incense candle dark room worship thingo were you had pictures of Ivan all over the joint. Don’t blame ya son. Something special. Not as gifted athletically as some of the other rucks but has something of substance pumping away under those ribs of his.Ben McEvoy | STK | $521,500 | avg 104 Finals: MEL, GEEL, GWS, CARL
Has averaged 115 in his past four. Faces Melbourne this week, a Geelong with injury dramas in the ruck division the week after then GWS and Carlton. Enough fodder there to get Benny boy up into the top 2 ruck considerations for the round for mine. In good touch. A gentle giant.
RUCK TERRY TIGHT ARSE SELECTION:Jonathan Giles | GWS | $397,500 | avg 91 Finals: GCS, MELB, STK, NTH
Don’t despair too much if you’re one of the poor buggers who traded him out earlier in the season. Even I – widely acknowledged in the outer south eastern suburbs as the premier Fantasy Footy mind of our generation – did consider this move before round 16. Fact are these.. for this price, at this average, with Gold Coast and Melbourne over the next 2 weeks, coming of a 112 then a 177 – this bloke is a bargain. Again.
FORWARD LINE PRIORITY LISTMatthew Pavlich (mid) | FREO | $636,600 | avg 112 Plays: ADE, RICH, NTH, MELB
Relief for many that he got off his match review business this week. Gets the nod ahead of some of the blokes to follow based on a favourable finals draw and a long history of proven long term reliable form. 175, 113, 160, 108 and 170 over the last 5! Melbourne in the GF.Cryil Rioli (mid) | $571,800 | avg 104 Plays: PTA, GCS, SYD, WCE
Cyril you little bloody ripper. Is there anything quite as exciting as watching this bloke rack up Supercoach points for your team? Have a look at that finals run… bewdiful…. 159, 105, 127, 134 and 124 last 5. Just slipped beneath Pav just for that niggling soft tissue risk with Cyril…. Just hang in there at least 4 more weeks (and of course the finals season for the Hawkers sake as well mate)Dayne Beams (mid) | COLL | $616,900 | avg 116 Plays: SYD, NTH, WCE, ESS
Must admit I’m surprised he has kicked into gear as much as he has this season. No doubt he’s here to stay as a lock for many years now. 137, 162, 109 and 144 in his last 4 clashes. Second priority behind the Pav for mine.Patrick Dangerfield (mid) | $564,700 | avg 112 Plays: FRE, BL, MEL, GCS
Love ya Danger. Come to St. Kilda mate. I’ll make you feel right at home. Super finals run. Super player. In super form. 110, 138, 133 and 127 last 4 and will be out top play at AAMI Stadium this weekend against the Frockers.Clancee Pearce (mid) | $513,300 | avg 91 Plays: ADE, RICH, NTH, MELB
May be controversial but I’m happy with my decision to insert Clancee as priority #5 in the forwards. Crucially he has received the big tick in terms of the Ross Lyon game plan, and his scores of 117, 125, 139 and 114 over the last 4 weeks have coincided with the Fremantle team getting ‘onboard’ with Ross’ dastardly plans. Like Danger has a nice finals run. Tick.Ryan O’Keefe (mid) | $563,600 | avg 100 Plays: COLL, WBD, HAW, GEEL
Agonised over the final one but Rhino gets the gig. Has been solid as a rock all season. Must get a Sydney bloke on this page as they’ve been real good all season.. has averaged 124 over the last 4. Gotta tell you though – about 5% of me is worries he’ll cop a rest between now and the big Fantasy Footy dance.
FORWARD TERRY TIGHT ARSE SELECTION:Brad Green | MEL | $338,000 | avg 58 Plays: STK, GWS, ADEL, FREO
Playing like a man with something to prove towards the end of his career * 89, 93, 60 and then a 123 against the Gold Coast last week. Feel he may come home with some solid tons… would have been a nice pick up back when he was $230K odd a month back (listen to your old mate Jock eh?) Still value here
* note.. didn’t that Brad Green comment prove to be on the money? eh? eh?