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Player of the week

Zach Merrett Ess Mid $506K BE 61 Avg 83
Yep he’s back. Three round average of 110. Still available at a sweet price. Done deal.



Kade Simpson Carl Def $521K BE 83 Avg 109
Feels like the new Yeo this year. Great ceiling but can’t stay on the ladder.

Elliot Yeo WC Def $532K BE 93 Avg 100
With that huge 150 now out of his calcs, Yeo has probably levelled out for now. Who am I kidding. Get on the rollercoaster and scream with 35,000 others.

Michael Hurley Ess Def $549K BE 84 Avg 105
Locked top 6 defender. Consistent as.

Shannon Hurn WC Def $480K BE 84 Avg 102
Good pick up by tk.
Shagger is certainly winding back the clock with a respectable 89 last season and backing it up with some nice tons this year. Blip on the radar in round 5 but smashed out a 130 last week to put his hand up. Signs pointing to top 10.

Alex Witherden Bris Def $500K Be 66 Avg 96
Not a noted premium but certainly continuing where he left of last season. Only one score under 89 so far. Consistent. Firming as a top 10 defender.

Jeremy Howe Coll Def $463K BE 33 Avg 95
Monster career best game last week. Just reinforces his sizable standard deviation this year. Risky.


Josh Kennedy Syd Mid $441K BE 66 Avg 86
Maybe think twice before you jump on this week’s hype train. Second ton for the year on the back of two sub 60 scores. I’d be wanting a lot more evidence to suggest he’ll be a worthwhile selection.

Jackson Macrae WB Mid $596K BE 98 Avg 123
Picked up where he left off a couple of rounds ago. Ripping it up with Suns and Lions to come. Only in 5% of teams.

Scott Pendlebury Coll Mid $572 BE 93 Avg 110
Has flown under the radar a little bit. Not anymore.

Andrew Gaff WC Mid...
For those that care, take a look in here for the latest review of the ORFFA
As the Western Derby approaches the end of the 3rd its time to recap Round 6.

Big Maxy has gone HUUUGE as have plenty of others, Danger has gone sub 100 so will be a tasty price pretty soon and 10 or so rookies have played their first game of 2018.

How has your team gone and how are your team and TS leagues ranked (once lockout is over) ?
Cripps and the Bont have fired up for Friday night footy, here are the teams for the remaining games (as at Thursday night)

Friday, April 27

Western Bulldogs v Carlton at Etihad Stadium, 7.50pm AEST

In: L.Hunter, H.Crozier, B.Williams
Out: T.Dickson (hamstring), L.Webb, M.Honeychurch

In: C.Marchbank, M.Kennedy
Out: J.Lamb, J.Garlett

Saturday, April 28
Geelong v Sydney at GMHBA Stadium, 1.45pm AEST

In: T.Hawkins, C.Gregson
Out: D.Menzel (groin), J.Thurlow

In: R.Fox, D.Robinson, B.Ronke
Out: D.Hannebery (groin), L.Franklin (foot), D.Towers (injured)
New: Ben Ronke (Calder U18)

North Melbourne v Port Adelaide at Etihad Stadium, 2.10pm AEST

In: L.Davies-Uniacke
Out: S.Higgins (concussion)

In: D.Barry, A.Johnson
Out: H.Hartlett (knee), L.Thomas (suspension)

Greater Western Sydney v Brisbane Lions at Spotless Stadium, 4.35pm AEST

In: N.Shipley, Z.Langdon
Out: D.Simpson, T.Greene (foot)
New: Nick Shipley (NSW/ACT U18)

In: D.Rich, O.McInerney
Out: L.Hodge (rested), R.Bastinac
New: Oscar McInerney (Casey)

Hawthorn v St Kilda at University of Tasmania Stadium, 7.25pm AEST

In: J.Worpel, S.Burgoyne, W.Langford
Out: J.Sicily (suspension), L.Shiels (back), C.Glass
New: James Worpel (Geelong U18)

In: J.Webster
Out: H.Clark

Adelaide v Gold Coast at Adelaide Oval, 7.10pm ACST

In: M.Crouch, D.Mackay
Out: J.Kelly (hand), K.Hartigan (hamstring)

In: M.Barlow, M.Spencer
Out: M.Rischitelli, D.MacPherson (leg)

Sunday, April 29
Essendon v Melbourne at Etihad Stadium, 1.10pm AEST

In: J.Laverde, M.Leuenberger, P.Ambrose, K.Langford, K.Mutch, B.McNiece, J.Ridley, D.Clarke, S.McKernan
Out: J.Begley (knee), T.Bellchambers (rested), J.Green (hamstring), D.Myers (rested), M.Hartley
New: Kobe Mutch (Bendigo U18), Jordan Ridley (Oakleigh...
Wagga Wagga 1167 def Charlie’s Opening 980
The Wombats did just enough to keep things comfortable against the winless cave dwellers. Sicily (123) was great until he remembered he’s an epic wanker and acted accordingly. Lycett decided to surprise Coach Lenny with a 116 and Oliver (104) was the pick of the mids. On the downside, only a lack of available players may save Barrass (23) this week.

An interesting tactic from the Spelunkers coaching staff as they choose to spend the weekend watching u18 prospects rather than attend their own game, no doubt confident that the seeds of the tank tree will bear fruit this year. Had they been there, they would’ve enjoyed the efforts of Merrett (114) and Atkins (104), but not much more. Only Dale (40) genuinely stunk it up, while everyone else was just a bit ‘meh’.

Lovely Banks 1133 def Some witches hats (aka the Lefties) 801
An easy and stress-free week on the track for the Lilacs as they enjoyed light training against some witches hats. Track watchers said Heeney (123), the Hoff (106) and Jonas (105) looked the pick of the bunch during the drills, while Tom Stewart (62) took the opportunity to take a week off from channelling Corey Enright. Now sitting at 3-2, there’s plenty of optimism amongst Lilacs supporters this year.

For the ‘Hats/Lefties, rumours abound that Ross (160) and Berry (96) may find themselves dropped this week for attempting to positively impact the result. Most of the others were either missing or not very good.

(That review will properly bite me on the arse should the Lefties beat Birdsville this week!)

Iron Knob 1410 defeated Gariwerd 1046
A strong showing from Jimbo’s men saw the Knob post their best score of the season and the highest score of the round. Gray (137) was the standout but ten scores over 90, including six tons, highlighted the Codpieces dominance. Mirra (54) and Darling (42)...
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But before we get hasty, we need to be thinking about which premos we realistically think will be top shelf in their respective positions for the rest of the year. Remember there’s still plenty of footy to play out and aggregate is just as important as average when deciding on premos you are bringing in at this point of the season.

The list below is purely my take on which premos have bottomed out (or still represent value based on average) and are worthy considerations to fill your top shelf for the remainder of the season.

Player of the week

Elliot Yeo WC Def $506K BE 40 Avg 101

It will no doubt be a rollercoaster as he occasionally gets thrown into a different role. Pretty much lock him in as a top 6 defender regardless. This will probably be the cheapest we’ll see him all season.
Edit - WARNING, possible late out with injury


Kade Simpson Carl Def $532K BE 99 Avg 117
Another locked top 6 defender that has all but bottomed out after matching his 141 BE this weekend. Could wait another week without massive price jump.

Zach Merrett Ess Mid $486K BE 71 Avg 77
Is Zerrett back? Back to back tons would suggest so.

Top 8 mid? Coin toss I reckon but has form. Don’t be put off by the slow start, that’s his MO. Previous two seasons (where he has averaged 109+ for the year), he started with only 3 tons in first six games. Not to mention his concussion affected round 1.

Clayton Oliver Melb Mid $581K BE 117 Avg 115
Can probably wait a week or two but can’t see him getting much cheaper. Solid odds for top 8.

Stephen Coniglio GWS Mid $540K BE 98 Avg 121
Why on earth haven’t you got him yet? Do it. Do it now!

Joel Selwood Gee Mid $533K BE 122 Avg 108
Cleared to play. Basement price. Even money chance of top 10 mid. Can probably wait a week.

Patrick Cripps Carl Mid $545K BE 84 Avg 116
Had us a little...
A long round of footy saw some great scoring from Gawn, Fyfe, Cripps and others and some disappointing scores from the likes of Dusty and Titch and another suspension for Sicily.

Scores seem to be final in SC - congrats to Wu Tang Clan who scored the highest in my 3 TS leagues, the 25% mark was 2239 and 50% mark was 2170.

Let us know how you went !
Friday 20 April at SCG (7.50pm)

B: Smith, Grundy, Lloyd
HB: Mills, Rampe, McVeigh
C: Jones, Parker, Heeney
HF: Cunningham, Franklin, Hewett
F: Papley, Towers, Jack
FOLL: Sinclair, Kennedy, Hannebery
I/C: Florent, Rohan, Hayward, Marsh
EMG: Aliir, Fox, Robinson, Ronke

IN: Rohan, Marsh
OUT: Newman, Aliir

B: Brown, Talia, Hartigan
HB: Laird, Doedee, Seedsman
C: Atkins, Gibbs, Knight
HF: Lynch, McGovern, Milera
F: Jenkins, Walker, Otten
FOLL: Jacobs, Douglas, Ellis-Yolmen
I/C: Greenwood, Gallucci, Kelly, Poholke
EMG: Hampton, Wilson, Fogarty, O’Brien

IN: Knight, Otten, Gallucci, Poholke
OUT: Betts, Sloane, Mackay, Fogarty

Saturday 21 April at Etihad Stadium (1.45pm)

B: White, Brown, Savage
HB: Gilbert, Carlisle, Newnes
C: Geary, Steele, Acres
HF: Sinclair, McCartin, Billings
F: Gresham, Membrey, Long
FOLL: Hickey, Ross, Steven
I/C: Dunstan, Clark, Coffield, Weller
EMG: Longer, Armitage, Austin, Battle

IN: Membrey, Clark, Weller
OUT: Roberton, Lonie, Marshall

B: Deledio, Tomlinson, Shaw
HB: Finlayson, Davis, de Boer
C: Lloyd, Griffen, Whitfield
HF: Greene, Patton, Hopper
F: Taranto, Cameron, Reid
FOLL: Simpson, Ward, Coniglio
I/C: Corr, Shiel, Haynes, Himmelberg
EMG: Bonar, Cumming, Keeffe, Shipley


Saturday 21 April at MCG (4.35pm)

B: Plowman, Jones, Mullett
HB: O’Shea, Rowe, Simpson
C: Fisher, Dow, Kerridge
HF: Lamb, Casboult, Curnow
F: McKay, Curnow, Wright
FOLL: Phillips, Cripps, Petrevski-Seton
I/C: O’Brien, Garlett, Thomas, Silvagni
EMG: Kerr, Shaw, Graham, Lebois

IN: Rowe, Kerridge, Lamb, McKay, Phillips
OUT: Cuningham, Weitering, Kennedy, Kreuzer, Graham

B: Hurn, Barrass, Sheppard
HB: Jetta, McGovern, Duggan
C: Sheed, Shuey, Masten
HF: Cripps, Darling, LeCras
F: Waterman, Kennedy, Lycett
FOLL: Naitanui, Yeo, Gaff
I/C: Redden, Nelson, Hutchings, Rioli
EMG: Petrucelle, Watson,...
Wagga Wagga 1213 d Wineglass Bay 882

The Marsupials chalked up their first win for 2018 in style, knocking together 1200+ despite playing one forward short.

Wagga's midfield foursome of Oliver, Gibbs, Swallow and Shiel racked up 450 points between them to lead the charge. Sicily and Cripps notched tons up forward, while Jarman Impey shows signs of real progress in 2018.

The Packers also enjoyed a series of centuries in the midfield - from Mundy, Dunstan and newcomer Stephenson who looks the goods. But too much was left to too few, with only Alex Neal-Bullen really firing and just one fit player on the bench.

Venus Bay 1372 d Charlie's Opening 1081

Eventually someone might beat Venus Bay in season 2018 ... but I'm not sure who and when as Fitzy's mob rolled to another big score in their win over the cave dwellers.

Barely a weak link across the field. Lids, O'Meara and Carlisle warming the emergencies list. Bench rookies scoring 100s. Plenty of talent there to allow Venus Bay to indulge the ups and downs of the Yeo yo-yo. Of course, this week's 150 meant Elliot managed to pull off all the tricks without clunking himself or any nearby spectators in the scone.

The Spelunkers were improved this week but remain a work in progress. Short played tall, Hooker the forward looked better back and Duggan appropriately dug in to ton up. Bont, Zerrett and a welcome Atkins century pushed the total towards 1100.

Waikikamoocow 1392 d Whitsunday 1121

Hmm, maybe I spoke too soon when wondering who might measure up to Venus Bay, with the cow-kickers continuing on their merry and undefeated ways over the Warriors.

You know you have depth when your best first 15 scorer starts on the pine (looking at you, Mr Menegola), and your best scorer for the weekend doesn't even get a guernsey (that's you, Mr Parfitt).

Even with Mitchell, Jacobs and Fyfe looking mortal, others stepped up - McLean, Dunkley, McGovern and the returning Prestia. Bailey Williams...
Man, lost my cash league by an O'Meara and a Parfitt.

I can stomach the O'Meara score, but losing to the guy who selected Parfitt, sheesh.

Nah, I kid, well played buddy.

How had everyone else done this week?