SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 19: Lachie Whitfield of the Giants celebrates with his team mates after kicking a goal during the round nine AFL match between the Greater Western Sydney Giants and the Carlton Blues at GIANTS Stadium on May 19, 2019 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

BYES ARE APPROACHING

It’s only a matter of weeks until the bye rounds are upon us. During rounds 12, 13 and 14 only our best 18 players will count each week as we scrape together a team with our three weekly trades.

Looking at your bye structure is very important heading into this time as you can get a significant advantage on the rest of the competition.

It’s always good to have a structure of 8-10-12. This means, having eight players missing in week one of the byes and more players missing towards the end is ideal. This will allow you to trade people who have their bye, for people who are coming off their bye.

WHO TO TARGET

Leading into the byes, it’s a great idea to have a sneaky look at which players have a great run of easy games coming up. This will maximise your points and give you a leg up against your mates.

Geelong has the easiest Fantasy draw coming up where they play the Gold Coast Suns, Sydney and Richmond. Owning players like Tim Kelly and Mitch Duncan should reward you during this time.

On the flipside, Melbourne has the trickiest run as they play GWS, Adelaide and Collingwood. If you haven’t traded Angus Brayshaw out yet, now is definitely the time to do so.

WHITFIELD 190!

That’s how it’s done!

Lachie Whitfield headed into round nine with a breakeven of 177 and many coaches were saying to themselves, ‘I’ll wait till he drops in price and then I’ll pick him up.’

Well, that didn’t work as he pumped out a huge 190 and went up $9,000 in price.

From 40 touches, 18 marks, three goals and even four tackles, Whitfield had a career-high score and now holds the title for the biggest score in 2019.

AYE AYE CAPTAIN

After scores of 152 and 149, Brodie Grundy will be a highly sought after captain option again this week. He plays the Swans on Friday night and has a very impressive record against them.

His last two scores against the Swans saw him post 150 and 133, both at the SCG where he plays again this week.

He’ll be up against Sinclair who has given up the third most points to opposition ruckman this year. The best scores against him have been Stef Martin (125), Max Gawn (125) and Shane Mumford (113).

Patrick Cripps should bounce back after being tagged to 45 last week and meets the Saints, a team he has scored 122, 143 and 131 in his last three games.

Finally, expect Mitch Duncan to continue his hot form against the Suns. Duncan has averaged 129 in his last three games and even scored 136 against Gold Coast last year.