THE BYES ARE HERE
It wasn’t a matter of when, but how… how have you prepared yourself to battle the byes over the next three weeks?
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During this time, only your 18-highest scoring on field players will count. To help with this we will have three trades a week, and boy, will we need them.
This week is a tricky one as the trades you make, you will be bringing in players who are either on their bye (and you can do that, if you have a strong 18+ players covering you this week) or have their bye coming.
However, the most common strategy this week will be to “cash-up” your bank heading into round 13 where you can upgrade players with their byes coming up, to premium players who just had theirs.
Teams with the bye for round 12 – Port Adelaide, St Kilda, Bulldogs, Essendon, Fremantle and Hawthorn.
In order to fill your bank, you’ll need downgrade options. Whilst some of options have their bye this week, you can still bring them in, if you already have a strong 18 playing this round.
Oskar Baker (MID, $254,000) – After a hard introduction to the AFL, Baker was awesome last week against Adelaide. He scored 87 points from 21 disposals and seven marks and did all this from just 69 per cent game time. He has the round 13 bye and meets Collingwood on Monday.
Brett Bewley (MID, $203,000) – Played his role in the upset win over the Pies on the weekend with his 13 possessions and six tackles. He has his bye this week, and should be named for Fremantle in the future after that impressive win.
Dylan Clark (MID, $291,000) – Scored a huge 109 with a tagging role on Patrick Cripps last week and didn’t look out of place. He has the bye this week and is a sure thing to continue his role with the Bombers after his bye.
Ryan Gardner (FWD/DEF, $178,000) – Drafted last week, and played a few days later. Although he only managed 40pts, the fact the was thrown straight into the team is a huge positive. He won’t be a huge scorer, but will help you fill up your bank with some cash. He has the bye this week as well.
It’s round 12 and that means a new crop of dual position players have dropped.
While some of these names don’t seem very relevant in Classic, they are very relevant when it comes to coaches who are playing Draft.
The full list of names can be found here, with Shaun Burgoyne, Jack Ziebell and Hugh Greenwood leading the 23-man list.
AYE AYE CAPTAIN
Over the last four weeks, Adelaide have given up the second most points to opposition midfielders, only second to the Gold Coast Suns.
The GWS travel to play them this week and they should all score well.
With scores of 140, 135, 120 and 115 in his last four games, Josh Kelly (MID, $806,000) tops the list.
His 140 last week was aided by a huge 88 point second half. He played the Crows last year in round 21 and was on pace for a nice score before he was KO’ed on 67, after just 53 per cent game time.
As for a roughie, consider Dayne Zorko (MID, $725,000) who meets the Blues. He has scored 114, 119 and 125 against them in his last three and players are scoring at ease against Carlton at the moment, highlighted by the eight Essendon players who scored over 100 against them last weekend.