For those who take it way too seriously

Friday, April 13
Adelaide v Collingwood at Adelaide Oval, 7.20pm ACST

In: D.Fogarty
Out: L.Murphy (hamstring)
Emg - Gallucci, Hampton, Wilson, O'Brien

In: J.De Goey
Out: T.Adams (hamstring)
Emg - Blair, Mayne, Fasolo, Mahocek

Saturday, April 14
Greater Western Sydney v Fremantle at UNSW Stadium (Canberra), 1.45pm AEST

In: T.Greene, D.Simpson, R.Griffen
Out: R.Lobb (knee), J.Kelly (groin), H.Perryman
Emg - Bonar, Keeffe, Shipley, Perryman

No changes
Emg - Duman, Tucker, D Pearce, S Jones

Richmond v Brisbane at the MCG, 2.10pm AEST

In: J.Caddy, D.Prestia
Out: S.Lloyd, J.Higgins
Emg - Lloyd, Higgins, Broad, Soldo

In: D.Beams, Z.Bailey
Out: C.Cox, R.Lester
New: Zac Bailey (Norwood)
Emg - McStay, Lester, Barrett, McInerney

Western Bulldogs v Sydney at Etihad Stadium, 4.35pm AEST

In: S.Biggs
Out: Z.Cordy (suspension)
Emg - Young, Webb, Roughead, Lipinski

In: A.Aliir, Z.Jones, N.Newman
Out: S.Reid (quad), L.Melican (hamstring), G.Rohan (personal)
Emg - Fox, Marsh, Robinson, Ronke

North Melbourne v Carlton at Blundstone Arena (Hobart), 7.25pm AEST

In: R.Tarrant
Out: N.Hrovat (thumb)
Emg - B McKay, Wood, Mountford, Zurhaar

In: C.O'Shea, J.Silvagni, L.O'Brien
Out: C.Marchbank (ankle), C.Polson, J.Lamb
New: Lochie O'Brien (Bendigo U18)
Emg - Phillips, Graham , Lamb, H McKay

West Coast v Gold Coast at Optus Stadium, 6.10pm AWST

In: J.Kennedy, L.Duggan
Out: M.Hutchings, L.Ryan (ankle)
Emg - Cole, Schofield, B Ainsworth, Hutchings

In: J.Bowes
Out: P.Hanley (shoulder)
Emg - Powell, Spencer, Rosa, Heron

Sunday, April 15

Essendon v Port Adelaide at Etihad Stadium, 1.10pm AEST

In: M.Guelfi
Out: C.McKenna (suspension)
New: Matt Guelfi (Claremont)
Emergencies: Hartley, McKernan, Langford, J Merrett.

Not much this week to talk about so there's not going to be a normal list format yet. The key points of discussion are what to do with Liam Ryan, who is unfortunately out for 10-12 weeks and Gary Ablett.

Gary Ablett
Rather straightforward. At $620,700 he can be turned into pretty much any premium you can afford. So if you don't have any of the top guys, grab them, maybe hop onto the Cogs-train too, otherwise it's who you feel is best.

Which brings me to a point of discussion that's a good excuse for filler. Right now Jackson Macrae is getting a lot of love since he currently sits as the second best player after the freaky Mitchell. After only being in just under 3k teams, he's going to be in a lot more by trade deadline. Is he worth it? This is where diving back into the stats is a good idea.

Last year, there were quite a lot of players who started with a 130+ average, here they are listed and with their final overall average:
Dustin Martin
3Rd Ave: 144
2017 Ave: 119 (2nd best)
Marc Murphy
3Rd Ave: 142
2017 Ave: 108 (16th)
Patrick Dangerfield
3Rd Ave: 139
2017 Ave: 136 (1st)
Marcus Bontempelli
3Rd Ave: 131
2017 Ave: 105 (20th)
Oliver Wines
3Rd Ave: 131
2017 Ave: 99 (39th)
Rory Sloane
3Rd Ave: 130
2017 Ave: 110 (10th)
Scott Pendlebury
3Rd Ave: 130
2017 Ave: 107 (19th)

Most of these players are very good but what this shows is that if you brought in anyone who's not in that elite bracket (Dusty/Danger) you got them after they had their best scoring period for the season (Sloane is kinda anomaly, remember he went insane for 5 rounds then really dropped off badly til end of season). You would have been better trying to bring in Mitchell, Kelly, Crouch, Neale or Oliver. Making that call though, that is the hard challenge.

Scoring peaks are very hard to maintain. Right now I'd say by end of season Titchell is in line for a 130+ season, Dusty 120+, Danger...
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ORFFA Round three – a return to normalcy?

Finally, we had TNT (team naming Thursday) and games played over Friday evening and the weekend. So we were back to normal in the sense. There were no repeats of the multiple team entries including JJ; so we were back to normal in that sense. Having 15 guys who would play? No chance; so we were back to normal in that sense. Would the favourite teams win - based either on the ChiefBet scale or the table after two rounds as indicated in the headers – read on to see if this was business as normal. Oh, and by the way this week we focus on the poorer performers rather than the normal approach of applauding star performances. All points count, you cannot ignore the weak links in your team.

WWW (14) v VBV (1)

ORFFAns had assumed the good mates would play a sporting game and applaud their opponents whenever possible. Well that was the theory. In what turned out be something of a yeo yeo (27) verbal stoush, Lenny had the barrassed (36) effrontery to ask of Fizzy how Dayne Beams was travelling? Fitzy gave as good as he got with a retort which your correspondent thinks included “gaff***ed” (123) followed by a Crisp (128) enquiry about how Cam Guthrie (7) was travelling. The VBV continue on their march to the top spot and perhaps, this year, finals glory. Lenny’s internet appears in need of an upgrade from dial-up to fibre and some new tweaks / apps in the MSD. WWW 931 lost to VBV 1379

WKI (3) v WBP (13)

The Packers made the long commute to the green and pleasant land of Jerusalem; well Bulls actually. Jerusalem is a little ways up the river. James Baxter established Aotearoa’s first hippie commune at Jerusalem in 1968 – great days. So peaceful, such a contrast to the uncouth, shambolic ritual of post-match drinks in the Bulls Hit Tavern. But I digress. For the locals, Aaron Hall (21) copped...
2212 this week felt like a bloody solid score, still only 6,753th for the week though shows that there is still people getting a ton of mileage out of their players!

I reckon Fogarty and Ryan is going to to push a few forward lines to the limit, but hey, the way that English is going, it might be worth trading into some kind of R/F link to get him onto the field in the forward line :D

Anyways, how have you guys gone?
Not much movement at all in the teamsheet, which is kinda nice :D

In: Krooooooze, Higgins
Out: O'Shea
Firstly, I want everyone to realise how great the TS stats section is. Seriously go clink on the link and check out all the information on different tabs. It's a gold mine of information. Huge props to @walesy always delivering the goods that we enjoy.

Onto the article.
Another weekend of slapping and sniffles...

Cows 1354 slopped on Wombats 1210

This was billed as a strictly one-sided affair but the memo didn’t reach Wagga Wagga. Lenny’s troops flew out of the blocks courtesy of tons to Gibbs, Swallow, Oliver and a misplaced Jenkins. The home side, comfortable with their preseason conditioning, elected to tease the opposition by fielding just a smattering of players up until half time. Fortunately, Sauce and Fyfe needed little assistance early as they weaved a merry haka around the come-what-Mayes and half-dead Rat. A solid second half performance from the hosts saw TMitch and McLean put on a clinic despite some unsociable tactics from Kneecaps Sicily.

Vultures 1388 gnawed on Cockies 1024

The tale of two contenders, largely let down by their rucking rabble.
Both teams set sights on muscling in with height but the sandy slopes of the Venus Bay centre square were not well prepped for big men. Krooz ran screaming before the ball was bounced and Sandi ended up waist deep in his namesake and tellingly, was shorter than a crouching Matt. Martin and TBC went head to head with no clear winner, other than perhaps Archie Smith. Tall forwards had a better showing with Hoges and Jenkins going goal for goal with 5 apiece. The Vultures depth was duly tested here but cameos from benchers in Finlayson and Menzel saw the home side prevail.

Packers 1143 picked a peck of pickled Lefties 830

So, we can all field Jenkins right?
A wishful Lefties coach pondered how to fill yet another semi-deserted team sheet.
None-the-less we bounded into the annual French Park Faceoff with shifty eyes and chaffed gonads as we sought to elevate ball-tampering to a new level.
To be honest, it was apparent from early on that the Lefties needed all the help they could get as the impending 6-million-dollar man gave the Packers an unassailable early lead. Who woulda thought that fielding 1.5 defenders was a poor coaching move.
Not to...
@walesy is out of the office for a bit, which gives me the opportunity to start this week's review thread with a

2460 - ranked 357 for the round! Moved up 33k places this week in the overall rankings. :D

Props to Martin, Mitchell, McLean, Laird, Howe, Smith, Whitfield, Doedee and Johannisen

Slops to Caddy for getting suspended for Round 3 :( and Ryan for being on my FWD bench with a lazy 115!

How did you go? Tell us your hits and misses.
Round 2 starts on Thursday night so be sure not to miss the early partial lockout hot on the heels of thursday night teams at 630pm.

Thursday March 29, 7:20pm, Adelaide Oval

IN: W.Milera, T.Walker
OUT: R.Douglas (suspension), C.Hampton (groin)
EMG: J.Gallucci, K.Cheney, M.Signorello, R.O’Brien

IN: B.Houli
OUT: N.Vlastuin (concussion)
EMG: A.Miles, S.Lloyd, J.Higgins, I.Soldo

Friday, March 30
North Melbourne v St Kilda at Etihad Stadium, 4.20pm AEDT

No change
Emg - Daw, Mitch Hibberd, Ben Mckay, M Wood

No change
Emg - Gilbert, Coffield, Marshall, Weller

Saturday, March 31
Carlton v Gold Coast at Etihad Stadium, 1.45pm AEDT

In: D.Cuningham, C.O'Shea
Out: J.Silvagni, M.Kennedy (ankle)
New: Cameron O'Shea (Northern Blues)
Emg - Kerridge, Polson, J Silvagni, De Koning

In: A.Hall
Out: M.Rosa
Emg - Rosa, Spencer, Brodie, Nicholls

Collingwood v Greater Western Sydney at the MCG, 4.35pm AEDT

In: C.Brown, M.Scharenberg
Out: J.Smith (hamstring), M.Cox (suspension)
Emg- J Blair, C Mayne, T Broomhead, B Mihocek

In: T.Scully
Out: A.Corr
Emg - J Hooper, D Simpson, L Keefe, A Corr

Brisbane v Melbourne at the Gabba, 6.25pm AEST

In: C.Cox, R.Mathieson, R.Bewick
Out: D.Rich (ankle), M.Robinson (suspension), T.Bell
Emg - T Cutler, Z Bailey, J Barrett, A Smith

In: D.Tyson, T.Bugg
Out: C.Maynard, M.Hannan
Emg - Stretch, Kent, Frost, Maynard

Fremantle v Essendon at Optus Stadium, 5.10pm AWST

In: S.Hill, J.Hamling, A.Cerra, M.Crowden
Out: S.Kersten, D.Pearce, C.Sutcliffe, D.Tucker
New: Adam Cerra (Eastern U18), Mitch Crowden (Sturt)
Emg - Sheridan, Darcy, Hughes, B Cox

No change
Emg - Baguley, J Merrett, Redman, Leunberger

Sunday, April 1
Western Bulldogs v West Coast at Etihad Stadium, 3.20pm AEST

OK, so this may not be a regular thing (so chip in in future if you want) but for now I'll get the ball rolling with Best Buys this week and start the discussion for the upcoming round!


Player of the Week: The Hold (N/R, Free!)

That's right the best player to bring in this week is no one at all. It's week one people, this isn't AFL Fantasy, cool your jets! Your underperforming premiums? You picked them for a reason, back them in. A rookie you don't have went nuts? They could score 20 next week and be out the door. Chill, assess your team, make any correction trades next week before price rises. It's never a good idea to waste too many trades on players early, and losing trades early on when you will need them by the end covering injuries is asking for trouble. You will just have to ride the rollercoaster with players and hope they do well soon. Good luck

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