MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 25: Bachar Houli of the Tigers kicks during the round 10 AFL match between the Richmond Tigers and the Essendon Bombers at Melbourne Cricket Ground on May 25, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Graham Denholm/AFL Photos/Getty Images)

BYES START NEXT WEEK

Sound the alarm!

Actually, relax… it’s ok. Next week you will have three trades to use over the bye periods where you can make magic happen.

Use this time to make your team better each week and not just straight swamp premium players.

By using two trades to cash in rookies and one trade to bring in a premium player is a sound strategy.

Just make sure this week when you use your two trades that your team is reasonably balanced with bye players, remembering only your best 18 on-field players will count towards your overall score each week.

THE TIGERS ARE READY

Bachar Houli (DEF, $679,000) – Although durability is a concern for the Tiger defender, his numbers are amazing as he comes off 144, 117 and 113. He meets the Kangaroos this Friday night and should continue his hot run.

Brandon Ellis (DEF, $637,000) – With just one poor score in his last five games, Ellis has really stepped up this season to average 94. He has averaged 109 in his last three and is relishing his move from defence to the wing.

Dustin Martin (FWD/MID, $620,000) – After dropping $109k from his starting price, Dusty has proven he is back and ready to be selected in our Fantasy teams. Off the back of 109 and 135, Dusty has a break-even of just 62 and won’t come any cheaper than this.

Oskar Baker (MID, $202,000) – Ok he’s not a Tiger but Melbourne have found a little gem in this mature-aged recruit. He scored 35 and 72 in his opening games against very hard opposition in the Eagles and the Giants. He’ll be around for a while so jump on now while his break-even is just -3.

AYE AYE CAPTAIN

In a nutshell… it’s Brodie Grundy (RUC, $858,000) v Lachie Whitfield (DEF/MID, $805,000).

Grundy plays against Rory Lobb and the Fremantle Dockers at the MCG where he has averaged 140 in his last five games. Against Lobb last year, while he was playing with the GWS, Grundy scored 111 and 127.

His form is hotter than hot at the moment as he sits as the No. 1 inform player in the game averaging 150 in his last three.

However, if you’re after a man to score you 190, then Lachie Whitfield is your guy against the Gold Coast Suns who are still the easiest team for midfielders to score against.

At home this year, Whitfield has scored 190, 162 and 109. Since round seven, the top three players from each team that have played the Suns have averaged 121.

This could be nasty and having one of these stars wearing your captaincy badge, you can’t really go wrong.