Category: Hold’em

AFL Fantasy Hold’em – Round 13

AFL Fantasy Hold’em – Round 13


Fantasy Hold'em

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We’ll help you make the decision on whether to make the CALL and pick the player up, HOLD firm in the face of poor scores or FOLD when it’s clear the player is no longer up to it and needs to face the axe in AFL Dream Team.

Tom Mitchell
CALL
Tom Mitchell (MID) is clearly the big one to bring in this week. Averaging 121 points per game in his first two games he will go into this weeks game with a breakeven of -171. He also returns to AAMI Stadium to play Port Adelaide this week where he scored 144 two weeks ago against the Crows.

Garrick Ibbotson (DEF) has averaged 104.2 points per game over the last 5. Since returning to the side since round 5 he has only had two games under 96 (65 & 69) and scored 4 hundreds from 7 games. Fremantles defensive style and desire to hold possession of the ball suits high DreamTeam Scores. Last week I talked about the Dockers run home. They play only 3 challenging opponents Geelong (Round 14), West Coast (Round 16) and Carlton (Round 19). The Dockers easy run home with games against GWS (H), Melbourne (A), Port Adelaide (H) and St. Kilda (A) to finish the season. All four games that will be in our AFL Fantasy Finals.

Kieran Jack (MID) has been in fantastic form averaging 155 points per game over the last 5. He has demonstrated this year he has the ability to go UBER with 4 scores over 110. Two over 130. The Swans next four are against Port Adelaide, Carlton, Melbourne and GWS, a very good run for a premium player.

Nathan Hrovat (MID) HAS BEEN NAMED! He has lived up to the hype of being a ball winner. Averaging 67.5 with a break even of -66 downgrade to him this round.

HOLD
Joe Daniher (FWD) was fantastic last week. He looked the footballer that had been hyped. But hold off until at least after his bye.

FOLD
Michael Evans (MID) has reached his peak. At $283,900 with a breakeven of 84 and a month out with a toe injury, trade him out.

Jaeger O’Meara (MID) has been a terrific midfield rookie. He is class personified and arguably the best midfield rookie to come from the draft over the last 5 years. But he is a rookie and with only 1 score over 100 in his last seven you should be looking to upgrade him to an uber premium player. Jaeger is currently averaging 92.4 over the last 5 and is ultra consistent, but we want 100+ scorers in our side leading into finals.

Marc Murphy (MID) has again suffered another collision injury. He is way under value at only $390,800 and has a breakeven of 133. If he comes back before DreamTeam finals he could be a great cheap, unique option to pick up. But trade NOW!

Brent Macaffer (FWD) has reached his peak. In his third role this season at the Pies (Forward, Defender and now Tagger) Macaffer has been lucky to avoid the AXE from our teams so far. An increase of $236,700 should be taken advantage of now and you should look to use that money to upgrade to a premium.

NEWS
I wrote this last week about Jimmy Bartel.
Jimmy Bartel (MID/FWD) has been reported to be spending the week in the USA watching the NBA finals. Geelong have a history of resting players and I would not be surprised if he missed the following Round 13 game. Speculation only not fact.

If Jimmy Bartel does play, don’t be surprised if he is substituted if the Cats get out to a healthy lead mid way through the third.

TOP 10 Scorers for Round 12
Rd 13

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Fantasy Hold’em – Round 12 Preview

Fantasy Hold’em – Round 12 Preview


Fantasy Hold'em

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We’ll help you make the decision on whether to make the CALL and pick the player up, HOLD firm in the face of poor scores or FOLD when it’s clear the player is no longer up to it and needs to face the axe in AFL Dream Team.

TOP 10 Scorers for Round 11
Rd 11

Remember all trades this round should only be done if they fit within your bye structure. Look to trade in round 11 players who have just completed their bye.

CALL
Paul Duffield (DEF) has averaged 100.4 over his last 5 and is valued at $465,700. Owned by only 4.04% of coaches, Duffield is one of the more unique defender options available. The Dockers also have one of the easiest draws to finish the season with 7 of the last 12 at home and games against only 3 current top 8 sides. Geelong (Round 14), West Coast (Round 16) and Carlton (Round 19). Another positive is the Dockers easy run home with games against GWS (H), Melbourne (A), Port Adelaide (H) and St. Kilda (A) to finish the season. All four games that will be in our AFL Fantasy Finals.

Michael Barlow (MID) has been in terrific form averaging 130 in his last 3 games. He is valued at $535,300 and has a breakeven of 76. Again similar to Duffield the easy draw will benefit Barlow and he could be one of the most popular choices come finals time.

Nathan Hrovat (MID) lived up to the hype of being a ball winner. Averaging 67.5 with a break even of -66 downgrade to him this round.

Tom Nicholls (Ruck) has been terrific in his two games this season averaging 94.5 points per game. Charlie Dixon is out injured joining fellow ruckman Zac Smith on the sideline. This is good news for Nicholls who should have a clear run as the number 1 ruckman for the Suns. Priced at $108,500 With a breakeven of -120 get him this week before he increases in price.

HOLD
Joe Daniher (FWD) looked impressive against the blues scoring 60 points. He is still young and still needs more physical development. He is one of the most popular trade in targets this week, howver people should remember he does have the bye next week. Hold off until at least after his bye.

Mark Blicavs (RUCK/MID) has been one of the most traded out players this week. I don’t personally understand the logic. He was intentionally reseted before his bye. He will be back next week and could be the vital cover you need for a round 13 bye ruck man.

Matthew Boyd (MID)
is incredibly well priced at $481,100 with a breakeven of 68. He is coming back from a calf injury, the second of the year, which does put doubt in your mind. With the additional trades this week i think he is worth the risk, but next week once the byes are over.

FOLD
Majak Daw (Ruck) was a late withdraw last weekend on the Gold Coast because of the heavy rain. He has reached his peak and you should be looking to trade him out for Nicholls.

Sam Rowe (Ruck) & Daniel Currie (Ruck) fit into the same category as Majak Daw. Both have not played regularly and are burning a hole on your ruck bench. Trade them out for Nicholls this week.

Sam Kerridge (FWD/MID) valued at $329,000 has been dropped by the Crows and should also be dropped by your DreamTeam. He has been a terrific cash cow increasing by $220,500, but now sits with a breakeven of 117 and a bye next week. Kerridge is having the week off this weekend before playing SANFL for Sturt with Brent Reilly next weekend when the Crows have the bye.

NEWS
Jimmy Bartel has been reported to be spending the week in the USA watching the NBA finals. Geelong have a history of resting players and I would not be surprised if he missed the following Round 13 game. Speculation only not fact.

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Fantasy Hold’em – Rd. 11 Preview

Fantasy Hold’em – Rd. 11 Preview


Fantasy Hold'em

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We’ll help you make the decision on whether to make the CALL and pick the player up, HOLD firm in the face of poor scores or FOLD when it’s clear the player is no longer up to it and needs to face the axe in AFL Dream Team.

TOP 10 Scorers for Round 9
Rd 10 Top 10

Remember all trades this round should only be done if they fit within your bye structure.

CALL
Matthew Kreuzer makes the call list in back to back weeks. Scoring 119 on the weekend, with a breakeven of 26, he is valued at only $353,500. He is terrific value and will continue to rise in price over the next few weeks.

Brent Stanton has been in terrific form since coming back from injury. He has averaged 123.7 over the last 3 and has only scored under 114 twice.

Dane Swan is super cheap at $521,000 down $167,100 from his starting price. He is a ball magnet. Bring him in.

Rookies Tom Mitchell (-126), Nathan Hrovat (-66) Kyle Martin (-118) and Thomas Nicholls (-82) are all fantastic rookie options to bring in over the next few weeks. All showed they have the potential to play key roles in their respective sides throughout the remainder of the season.

HOLD
Brent Moloney is the number 1 traded out player this week. I’d hold him this week and wait and see whether he gets up from his back injury. He has had one disappointing game on the weekend 24 and now has a breakeven of 135. I’m not advocating that you keep him next week, just keeping him now gives you more options next week.

Sam Dwyer is the 5th most traded out player this week. I’d recommend keeping him. Especially if you have him in your forward line. With not many round 13 forward bye options, there is a possibility you only have 1 or 2 players having the bye in round 13. My advice is that you have at least 2 players from every bye round in your defence, midfield and forward line.

FOLD
Trent Cotchin! What has happened to this one time high scorer. He has not scored over 100 since round 4 and does not seem to be as clean with his disposal this season. The expectation of the captaincy may be wearing on him.

Majak Daw looks like he has hit the wall. He played VFL on the weekend and with a breakeven of 113 a trade to Tom Nicholls is a good option.

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Fantasy Hold’em – Round 10 Preview

Fantasy Hold’em – Round 10 Preview


Fantasy Hold'em

I have moved this article to Wednesday to see if it will increase readership, which has declined slightly over the last few rounds. If you like our articles comment here or on our facebook page.

We’ll help you make the decision on whether to make the CALL and pick the player up, HOLD firm in the face of poor scores or FOLD when it’s clear the player is no longer up to it and needs to face the axe in AFL Dream Team.

TOP 5 Scorers for Round 9
Michael Barlow – 149
Adam Goodes – 147
Brent Stanton – 144
Steve Johnson – 144
Matthew Boyd – 144

Robbo
CALL
Mitch Robinson (FWD/MID) has averaged 89 points per game over his last 5 and is well priced at $420,200. He comes up against GWS this week and should continue to score well.

Matthew Boyd (MID)has found form averaging 101.7 in his last 3, scoring 144 last weekend. He does have a round 11 bye which is not ideal for a player you are looking to bring in this week, but his potential to be a top 8 premium midfielder is terrific.

Michael Barlow (MID) has been in terrific form. Averaging 124 over the last 3 he has a breakeven of 52 and is now ranked as the 5th highest scorer for the season to date. He is a unique option and is one you should strongly consider. He has the round 12 bye.

Brent Staker (DEF/FWD) $132,600 is the obvious inclusion of the week. He is a forward/defender so replace him with any under performing or injured player you are looking to move out.

Luke Ball (MID) is on the bubble this week. He is unique option and with all the injuries down at the Pies, he will be in the middle for long parts of the game. He is a unique mid-price option that could make you money on a downgrade and bridge you to a fallen premium in a few weeks.

HOLD
Dane Swan (MID) has been average at best, playing large parts of games up in the forward line (remember this next year Virtual Sports!). His average over the last 3 is only 95.3 and he has dropped $150,200 with a break-even of 152 this weekend. Everyone should have him, so keep him in. But consider choosing a different captain.

Mark Hutchings (MID) $102,700 is a good midfield rookie option. HE has proven ability in the WAFL and is a good ball winner. However his long term job security is questionable and this is a bad time, with the impending bye rounds, to bring in players who have questionable job security.

UPDATE:
Dean Terlich injury has been downgraded to bruised ribs and is a chance to play this weekend.

FOLD
Matthew Leuenberger $358,000 (Ruck) has broken his thumb and is expected to be out for 4 weeks. With the bye rounds coming over the next few rounds, you cannot afford to hold him on your bench. Consider a sideways trade to Matthew Kreuzer ($322,000) or slight upgrade to Nic Naitanui ($426,900).

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Fantasy Hold’em – Round 8 Review

Fantasy Hold’em – Round 8 Review


Fantasy Hold'em

We’ll help you make the decision on whether to make the CALL and pick the player up, HOLD firm in the face of poor scores or FOLD when it’s clear the player is no longer up to it and needs to face the axe in AFL Dream Team.

TOP 5 Scorers for Round 8
Round 8 Top 5
Brandon Ellis – 155
Kieran Jack – 138
Gary Ablett – 135
Josh Kennedy – 135
Nick Vlastuin – 131

CALL
Josh P. Kennedy (MID)… I hear the people on the street shouting already, “HE’S A SUPERCOACH PLAYER ONLY!” Yes I hear you but consider this. Kennedy is only priced at $486,500 and is a round 12 bye player, unlike Swan, Ablett, Pendlebury, Murphy, Watson and O’Meara who all are round 13. He has had scores of 121 and 135 in his last two against difficult opposition, Hawthorn and Fremantle respectively. Another positive is he’s a good captain choice for round 13 when all those players mentioned above are out. Sydney travel to AAMI Stadium to play Port Adelaide where in his last two games against the Power he has scored 121 and 94. He also won the Peter Badcoe Medal in that last game against Port Adelaide on ANZAC weekend 2012. He also played against Port Adelaide during preseason and scored 138 in a Swans loss.

Jobe Watson (MID) is back. Priced at $481,400 he has a breakeven of 70 so should rise in price. He averaged 112.4 last year and is currently only averaging 100.2. This average is influenced by his poor game against GWS where he scored only 54.

Still over 40.7% of Coaches do not have Gary Ablett (MID). He has a breakeven of 97 this week and will begin to rise over the next few weeks. This is the last week to get him again before he goes over $600,000

Finding a good forward or defender rookie at this time of the season can be difficult. One to consider despite only playing 1 game this season is Brent Staker. Staker is a Forward/Defender and is cheap at $132,600. When he was not injured he has been a starting 22 player for Voss. He could average 65 on the bench.

The other option is Jackson Thurlow (DEF) who has less job security, but is cheaper at $116,200 and a breakeven of -56. Thurlow has looked good in his first two games.

ELLIS, Brandon (edited)
Did you take our midweek advice and jump on Brandon Ellis (DEF)? He top scored for the round with 155 against GWS and goes into this round with a breakeven of -44 despite increasing in price by $73,800 over the weekend.

CALL/HOLD
Lance Franklin (FWD) again makes it into the hold category. He scored a solid 81 on the weekend and dropped $26,600, a total of $141,200. He has a breakeven of 99 this week against an improving Gold Coast Suns. He should score around this mark regularly, but it has just not happend this season for Buddy. His price is about rock bottom. Plus he plays Melbourne in 2 weeks.
Verdict
If you don’t have him make the CALL, if you have him HOLD.

HOLD
People talking about trading Steve Johnson (MID/FWD), don’t be daft! He will be back and dominate this week against the Power.

Defender rookies Goodes, Terlich, Vlastuin all need to be kept until at least the bye rounds. They have all been fantastic and will provide you with good options during the bye rounds.

Majak Daw (RUCK) had a poor game scoring only 35 and being subbed off, however he still looks to have a role within the North Melbourne side and should be kept at least until the bye rounds.

FOLD
For the second week in a row i’m recommending you trade out Ollie Wines (MID). He has been a fantastic rookie player to start this season. He has done everything we could have hoped for, but now you need to trade him out, before he losses more value. He will start the next round with a breakeven of 92 and has only averaged 65 in his last 3.

Lachie Whitfield (MID) it is time to go. He has a breakeven of 73, but has only averaged 59 over the last 3, including a score of 36 on the weekend. He looks tired and the GWS bye is not until Round 13. He needs to be traded out now while he still has good value.

Brent Stanton (MID) is not worth carrying with a breakeven of 190 and being a round 13 bye player, you have better options. A straight swap to his captain Jobe Watson will net you around $30,000 and allow you to maximise your team value leading into the byes.

Matt Jones (MID) $342,600 has been terrific for Melbourne, but if you can trade him down for a cheap rookie option do it this week. Brad Crouch (MID) returning from injury and a 20 plus game in the SANFL will cost $171,300. Crouch has good job security and is a genuinely talented player who will be a good bench option. This trade will make you $171,300 coincidently the same price as Crouch himself and half of Jones original value.

Hamish Hartlett (DEF/MID) do I really need to say any more. He is already losing value, down $65,100 for the season and now only $356,300. With a breakeven of 127, and his current 3 game average of 42.7 points per game, it is highly unlikely he will score that against Geelong this week. TRADE!

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Fantasy Hold’em – Round 7 Review

Fantasy Hold’em – Round 7 Review


Fantasy Hold'em

We’ll help you make the decision on whether to make the CALL and pick the player up, HOLD firm in the face of poor scores or and FOLD when it’s clear the player is no longer up to it and needs to face the axe.

CALL
Todd Goldstein has been the second best ruckman in AFL Fantasy: DreamTeam this season. Playing with renewed confidence as the number 1 ruckman at North Melbourne, Goldstein will go into round 8 with a breakeven of 38. If you are playing Cox in your forward line, Goldstein should be a target.

Pearce Hanley, how good is he! The Irishman is now arguably the Lions most influential player and continues to show the rest of the competition he is a top line player. Scoring 129 on the weekend and with a breakeven of 59 he is a prime target for anyone wanting to upgrade their defence this week.

ELLIS, Brandon (edited)
If you are looking for a mid price defender i’d recommend Brandon Ellis. He has averaged 99.7 over the last 3 and has a breakeven of -20.

HOLD
Lance Franklin has been in disappointing form over the last 3 weeks with scores of 62, 53 and 57. His price has fallen considerably to the low $400,000’s and he will start next week with a breakeven of 144.
SO WHY HOLD HIM?
In his next 3 games he plays GWS, Gold Coast and Melbourne leading up to the bye. If he can’t score well in these games then something serious is wrong.

Brett Goodes is BACK! Averaging 79.4 points per game and the two games will have given him a chance to recharge. If you held him, great! You now have a terrific number 6 defender.

Tom Lynch had a fantastic game against GWS scoring 165. He looks like he has found a role in the Adelaide side with the exclusions of Walker and Tippett. However it is doubtful he will score this highly on a regular basis. HOLD on making this trade.

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FOLD
Ollie Wines has been a fantastic rookie player to start this season. He has done everything we could have hoped for, but now is the time to trade him out and maximise his value. He will start the next round with a breakeven of 99 and will likely lose more money over the next few weeks.

Hamish Hartlett has a breakeven of 205. Even if he has a decent game his value is going to crash even further. Jump onto a consistent defender who will score good scores. If you jumped off Bryce Gibbs, he should be back this week should be your number 1 target.

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Fantasy Hold’em Round 5 review

Fantasy Hold’em Round 5 review


Fantasy Hold'em

We’ll help you make the decision on whether to make the CALL and pick the player up, HOLD firm in the face of poor scores or and FOLD when it’s clear the player is no longer up to it and needs to face the axe.

CALL
Marc Murphy is my “BIG CALL” of the week. He is a must in every AFL DreamTeam this week. At only $527,800 he has a breakeven of 92 and has average 114 over the last 3. Murphy looks to have overcome the injuries that were restricting him in the early rounds and has a fantastic draw coming up. Games against Melbourne, St. Kilda, Port Adelaide, Brisbane and GWS Giants in the next 5 games, Murphy has the potential to return to his form of 2011 where Murphy ended the season averaging 111.4 ppg.

HOLD
Bryce Gibbs has a low level hamstring injury and may miss 1-2 weeks. He is the number 1 traded OUT player thus far with 7.58% of all trades removing him from their sides. WHY? If you’re short on cover look at this as an opportunity to downgrade a Port Adelaide backs if they are not playing, i.e. Pittard. Gibbs is a gun and will be back. Yes we have 2 trades a week, but that is 2 trades lost trading him in and out during the most important time in cash cow milking season. If you waste trades now you will miss out on the milky bar later.
Milky Bar kid

FOLD
Westhoff
How things change in a week. Westhoff had a terrible week scoring 45 and goes into this round with a break even of 150. Jump off now while his price is sky high and enjoy the coin you’ve made over the last few weeks.

Brett Deledio struggles to handle to hard tag. He has a breakeven of 165 and is priced at $535,400. Sideways trade to Marc Murphy or Jobe Watson this week and rectify your mistake of thinking he could take his fantasy scoring to the next level consistently.

Rookies
Max Gawn (BE -73), Marco Paparone (BE -50), Sam Kerridge (BE -43) and Setanta O’Hailpin are all on the bubble this week having played two games each.

CALL
Max Gawn looks to have found a role as a forward replacing Mitch Clark and also in the Ruck where his size gives him an incredible advantage. He has had knee reconstructions in the past, but for a short term cash grab he looks like a solid option.

Setanta O’Hailpin appears to have replaced Patton in the Giants attack. He is a good serviceable player who potentially could average 60 points a game. Another advantage is his forward/ruck availability making him an ideal option if you missed Sam Rowe.

HOLD
Brett Goodes is suspended for two weeks! What should I do? HOLD HIM! He has been a fantastic rookie selection. He is averaging 79.4 points per game and the two games off might give him a good chance to enjoy the 2 weeks resting to come back fit and ready to go. If you are in trouble with a lack of options to play in defence with injuries to Duffield and Gibbs, trade out one of the Port Adelaide 3 who is not playing (Pittard, Stevenson and Heath) to Nick Vlaustin who had a great first half but faded badly in the second half. He should be better for the experience.

If you still have Matt Jones from the Demons HOLD him. He looks to be one of the main Demons starting 3 midfielders. He was in at the centre bounce more than Evans and should be considered a lock for at least a few more weeks.

If you still have Kane Mitchell luck may be on your side. Jackson Trengove has had surgery on his foot and will be added to the long term injury list. Meaning Kane Mitchell would be in pole position for an upgrade.

FOLD
If you have Scott Lycett, Jimmy Toumpas or Lachie Plowman you should be looking for other price making rookie options.
mark-blicavs
Mark Blicavs while not an urgent trade, should be looked at being moved on when possible. I would consider Gawn to Blicavs one of my trades of the week.

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Fantasy Hold’em – Round 4 Review

Fantasy Hold’em – Round 4 Review


Fantasy Hold'em

We’ll help you make the decision on whether to make the CALL and pick the player up, HOLD firm in the face of poor scores or and FOLD when it’s clear the player is no longer up to it and needs to face the axe.
Westhoff

CALL
Justin Westhoff who would have funk it! What a start to the season, averaging 128.8 points per game after the first 4. He is now the most expensive forward and has the second highest average in the game. He looks terrific drifting between a deep forward to the half back line finding possession everywhere he goes. At $521,500 and a breakeven of 53 he has almost hit his maximum.

Kane Cornes is rolling back the clock. An old favourite for many DreamTeamers, Cornes is now the number 1 ranked player in the game averaging 129.8 and is still only valued at $548,600. The positive to this is that when Port looked to shutdown Ablett they went with Cassisi who looked fantastic in the lockdown role. This is a good sign for DreamTeamers with Kane allowed to play his natural run and spread game.

Rookies
Michael Evans (BE -104), Sam Mayes (BE -78) and Taylor Duryea (BE -64) are all on the bubble this week having played two games each. Mayes as a forward/midfielder despite being priced at $152,200 looks fantastic and should be one you consider as a downgrade target. Possibly for a rookie or mid-pricer who looks to have reached his max.

HOLD
Brent Moloney goes into round 5 with a breakeven of 73 this weekend. He has had a solid season average of 86.25 and comes up against his former side Melbourne on the weekend at the GABBA. HOLD onto him for at least one more week if you can. He should destroy the Dees this weekend and provide you with that last solid score before you upgrade or downgrade him next week.

Majak Daw looked promising before suffering concussion. His score of 23 at his price of $108,500 is not that big of a problem, he should get more game time and is definetly one to consider if you do not have him over the next few weeks.

Jack Viney only has a breakeven of 29 this week and should still increase in value. If he is your only trade option, a trade down to Evans will make you a quick 80k.

FALLEN PREMIUMS
Toby Greene is one to watch. Hold on pulling the trigger yet, but at $419,400 and a breakeven of 105 he could be a bargain buy next week if he performs well.

Dayne Zorko is valued at $418,800 and has fallen in price by $69,000 so far this year. He looked to be back in good form last week with a score of 88. However with a season average of 66.5 per game and a breakeven of 113 it is worth holding for at least one more week.

FOLD
Lachie Whitfield is a fantastic young player. He has a breakeven of only 32 this week but has been a yoyo performer this season. His season average of 67.75 is good and an increase of $72,600 is solid, but if you have no one else to trade take the opportunity to bring in Mayes or Evans this week who are on the bubble and will increase in value beyond Whitfield.

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Fantasy Hold’em – Round 3 Review

Fantasy Hold’em – Round 3 Review


Fantasy Hold'em

We’ll help you make the decision on whether to make the CALL and pick the player up, HOLD firm in the face of poor scores or and FOLD when it’s clear the player is no longer up to it and needs to face the axe.
Westhoff

CALL
Andrew Swallow looks to have taken his game to the next level. Owned by 9.16% of Coaches, he continually racks up possession in the first 3 rounds averaging 126.33 points per game to start the season. At his price of $557,300 and a BreakEven of 91 now is the time to make the call and jump on him before his price explodes.

Travis Boak has started the season terrifically averaging 110 points per game and showing us why he is so highly rated down at Alberton. at $463,500 and with a BreakEven of 46 he could be a real unique in your side. Currently owned by only 2.61% of Coaches.

Rookies
Brad Crouch (B/E -61), Dean Terlich (B/E -70), Sam Rowe (B/E -71), Jackson Merrett (B/E -61), Callum Sinclair (B/E -53) and Jack Hutchins (B/E -57) are all on the bubble this week having played two games each. My preference would be to target Terlich if you did not start the season with him. He looks like a solid 60+ contributor in defence and should get plenty of game time and ball in his area in a disappointing Melbourne side.

HOLD
Gary Ablett has had a slower than expected start to 2013 averaging 108 points per game, and his value may fall under $600,000, however that does not mean jump off. Hold the faith he has a reletively good run with Port Adelaide, GWS, Fremantle (Crowley) and Melbourne in his next 4.

Justin Westhoff appears to have been given the freedom under new Power Coach Ken Hinkley to roam between Forward and Back. His scores to start the season have been amazing, leading the league with an average of 131.3 points per game. With his price at $463,600 he is already now one of the premium DreamTeam forwards. He is one to watch.

FOLD
Travis Varcoe
Travis Varcoe was never a great selection to start with and his season has now been compunded with another shoulder injury on the weekend. After scoring 12 in limited game time, you should be looking to trade him out ASAP.

Kane Mitchell goes back onto the POWER Rookie List after 3 games as the SUB. Trade him out this week if you have him.

Matthew Kreuzer has looked fantastic so far this season. I myself was happy to have him in my round 1 side, with scores of 114 and 91 to start the season. However now after being subbed out of the game early on 21 with a broken thumb that is expected to be 6-8 weeks, you cannot afford to hold him. I have 3 options i’m currently considering. Trading him across to Goldstein who has also seemed to have rediscovered his 2011 form. Alternatively placing Cox back into the ruck and bringing in Franklin who has an achievable breakeven of 100. The second option is to bring in Marc LeCras at $355,400 wearing an arm guard on the broken arm, who is on the bubble this week after only missing 1 week with a broken arm and a breakeven of 47 will be around the $400,000 price range in two weeks.

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Fantasy Hold’em – Round 1 Complete

Fantasy Hold’em – Round 1 Complete


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Fantasy Hold'em
We’ll help you make the decision on whether to make the CALL and pick the player up, HOLD firm in the face of poor scores or and FOLD when it’s clear the player is no longer up to it and needs to face the axe.

CALL
Bryce Gibbs
Bryce Gibbs scored 133 on the weekend. If you are the 1 in 2 coaches who does not have him, BRING HIM IN NOW as a defender.

If you don’t have Brett, Goodes (91), Jack Viney (86) and Ollie Wines (86) then you need to jump onto them ASAP. All look to have prominent roles within their respective sides and all look like having big season.

Goodes dominated across halfback with 24 touches and 7 marks. Both Wines and Viney broke an AFL record with 16 contested possessions in an AFL debut.

Brent Moloney at only 309,800 was always going to be a great pick-up and did not disappoint with 96 in a losing Brisbane side. This highlights his ability to win his own ball.

Port Defenders – Stevenson (74), Pittard (62) and Heath (58) all had good games in the opening round clash against the Dees. Pittard looks the most likely to hold his spot for the entire season, with Stevenson not far behind. Heath may struggle to retain his position once Dom Cassisi, Alipate Carlile and Robbie Gray come back into the 22.

Photo by: Quinn Rooney; published on http://www.abc.net.au/news/2011-08-20/lions-give-it-a-go-against-pies/2848508
Photo by: Quinn Rooney; published on http://www.abc.net.au/news/2011-08-20/lions-give-it-a-go-against-pies/2848508

If Matthew Leunenberger at $233,600 is back this week consider bringing him into your side.

HOLD
Andrew Swallow looked very impressive in his sides loss to the Magpies on Sunday scoring a round high 141. At $528,800 he is a unique option to the cooky cutter midfielders most Coaches have. Wait one more week and possibly jump on for a few weeks as his price rises and allows you to upgrade to a falling uber premium.

Matthew Kreuzer has always been a DreamTeam tease for many coaches. On the weekend he scored 114 against one of the best ruckman in the game Ivan Maric and looked to dominate at stages. His agility for a 200cm + player is phenomenal and his work rate throughout the game was tremendous. It is worth waiting one more week to see whether this is Kruezer taking the next step or just one out of the box.

I’ve noticed on the Assistant Coach many people have traded Dayne Beams. Reverse the trade and leave him in your side, he will be a star!

Getty Images Robert Cianflone file photo
Getty Images Robert Cianflone file photo

Arryn Siposs one of my favourites on this blog started with a solid 80 on the weekend. Keep an eye on his form next week. READ SIPOSS HYPELIST.

Hold Robinson (21), Zorko (52), Franklin (73) and Greene (37) for one more week, you can sell them before their price fall next week.

FOLD
Shaun Higgins at $396,200 and coming off a score of 115 looks like a fantastic buy, but if history has taught us anything, injury and a low score are usually just around the corner.

Lachie Whitfield will be a fantastic player and showed glimpses on the weekend. But at $183,700 he needs to score higher. Downgrade to a rookie you missed (Viney, Wines, O’Meara, Jones, Kommer) or to Brad Crouch who looks set to debut this weekend.

Travis Varcoe
Travis Varcoe scored 53 points on the weekend. He just does not seem to find enough of the ball and you should look to upgrade to Josh J. Kennedy (West Coast) who has a negative break-even of -33.

Read Week One Fantasy Hold’em – HERE