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Lefty’s “Hail Mary” LeftFielders – Prelim Final

I thought I would offer a few ‘Left Field’ trade options for you to consider/tell me I am an idiot until teams are announced tomorrow. The only rules I have set myself are they must be under 5% ownership players.

Afternoon all,

Firstly apologies for my prolonged absence, real life dramas have conspired to really leave me no free time this past month (special thanks to Virgin Airlines for the 41 hour delay in flying Phuket to Perth and managing to lose my bag for 2 days in the process).

I wasn’t even able to write a post after the AFL decided to name a round after me last week… yeah ok it wasn’t for me but hey I take what small crumbs life throws my way. Although that said my ‘Leftys’ of Hanley, Heppel, Roughead and Jack  didn’t exactly rise to the occasion – luckily I had the week off in 4 of my 5 leagues so it wasn’t disastrous but still very frustrating.

Which brings me to this weeks prelim finals weekend, where I thought I would offer a few ‘Left Field’ trade options for you to consider/tell me I am an idiot until teams are announced tomorrow. The only rules I have set myself are they must be under 5% ownership players as with 18 players per league theoretically you would likely be the only player with these uniques.

Obviously if you hold the upper hand already I would advise caution – but for those of you needing to make some points up on your opponent here we go…



Michael Johnson                $385,200                   3.3%   (owned)

6th highest ranking defender, 10 of his last 13 have been 80 or higher. I know McPharlin out was supposed to cripple his easy scoring of loose man mark and kicks but with 95 and 86 the last 2 weeks and Port at home followed by the hapless Saints next week he has to be deriously considered.

Robert Murphy                  $394,900                   2.5% (owned)

10 of his last 14 have been over 80 and with Brisbane and Melbourne in the next 2 weeks “Bobby” is a really good option. Dogs are playing awesome footy at the moment and will smell blood in the water against the fragmented Lions and hopeless Dees. Also he is a likable character on AFL 360 with his Rascals segment so that gets him a tick as well.




Richard Douglas              $404,900                  2.2% (owned)

The big reason I am looking at Richie is he plays Melbourne this week at AAMI where he has 7 x 100’s already this year with a top score of 124 against easybeats St Kilda earlier this year. McKenzie will go to Dangerfield so that is Melbournes only good player accounted for – Douglas could have anything this week. Oh and he plays my lowly Eagles the week after in the GF where we will roll out Embers, Selwood and any other half fit pensioners for their last game.

Steele Sidebottom          $502,600                   4.1% (owned)

Ever since Beams has returned to the Pies side Steele has been able to play his predominantly loose role picking up cheap marks and kicks at will. His last 4 scores at the ‘G are 105,143,126 and 89. With the last 2 games at the ‘G and a Friday night training drill against the Eagles this week followed by more of the same against North next week, I actually think he may beat Beambox these last 2 weeks.




Matthew Lobbe             $431,100                     1.4% (owned)

Freo and Carlton in the last 2 this year with a last 5 games average of 102! If you are blessed with no holes in your team this is one I would definitely be looking at.

Zac Clake                      $372,500                      5.4% (owned)

*Ok I cheated here but I couldn’t find a better option under 5%

Port and St Kilda in last 2 with no Sandi should mean a return to premo territory for Clarke. Vastly improved player this year and plays better when the lead ruck.




Daniel Giansiracusa      $346,900                 1.0% (owned)

Faces Brisbane and Melbourne in last 2 games against who this year he knocked up 101 and 101. Slight risk of green vest I guess but I doubt it, I can see him getting a mountain of it versus Dee’s in last round. Won me a GF vs Jeppa 2 years ago when he belted out 130 odd versus the Dockers so a bit of nostalgia here maybe!

Tom Lynch                      $363,100                 4.9% (owned)

165 versus GWS earlier this year shows Lynch has a big ceiling versus lesser teams. Melbourne and West Coast in last 2 weeks should make for tasty feasting for the Adelaide forwards. Already has a 100 against Freo this year at Patterson’s so the trip west wont bother him.



So there you have it, a couple of Left Field options on each line for you to potentially consider. Good luck to all those competing this weekend, Warnie I hope the beers are cold at least this weekend so you have something to cheer about at the DT Talk catchup.





  1. Rubitonurnuts

    August 21, 2013 at 5:57 pm

    M Johnson – 6th highest ranking defender ? Huh – what am I missing here ?

    • Kemosabe

      August 21, 2013 at 6:05 pm

      Total score, not average.

      • Lefty

        August 21, 2013 at 6:15 pm

        correct – sorry should have clarified that it was total not average. Toss a coin him, duffman and even Pearce next 2 weeks I reckon?

  2. Elliott

    August 21, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    Hm, Richie Douglas is very interesting. Maybe getting him in at M9 and play him for the week over say Cotchy for my team…

    • Lefty

      August 22, 2013 at 11:17 am

      I think Cotch has a sore knee anyway this week? I hope he gets rested as my opponent has Deledio so if Cotch is out watch Del get held to 60 odd

  3. PortPower

    August 21, 2013 at 6:22 pm

    Lefty, what do you think Clarke will score in the last 2 rounds? (Port and Patersons and Saints at Etihad) Also with Sandi possibly back in round 23, will that affect his scoring?

    • Warnie


      August 21, 2013 at 6:23 pm

      Less than JJK.

    • Lefty

      August 21, 2013 at 6:41 pm

      mate I reckon you would be safe to lock in 85+ with whether he gets a couple of goals the difference between tonning up or not. His marking is becoming a real aspect of his play – and particularly if wet I am not convinced Sandi is ahead of him at Freo?

      • PortPower

        August 21, 2013 at 10:13 pm

        Thanks a lot :)

  4. Matt

    August 21, 2013 at 6:54 pm

    Any other half fit pensioners for their last game. Good gag :) I am on the Man of Steele

    • Lefty

      August 21, 2013 at 7:04 pm

      me too mate – my opponent in my main cash league has him already so will probably get him in to negate that score.

  5. zac

    August 21, 2013 at 6:58 pm

    Thoughts on Bennell? 112 95 and 121 with St.k and GWS to play is pretty tempting…

    • Lefty

      August 21, 2013 at 7:03 pm

      wow totally missed that one mate – cant argue those numbers! Although anyone with a “H” at the start of their name is a worry – Hendo, Hanley, Heppel…..

      • Jack


        August 21, 2013 at 8:29 pm

        Wat about hartlett ahah

        • Lefty

          August 22, 2013 at 11:13 am


  6. Jake

    August 21, 2013 at 7:53 pm

    Thoughts on Sharrod Wellingham?????

    Bar his first game back from injury he has had 93, 111, 97, 100 for a four round average of 100.25.

    Only owned by 2.56%

    Opinions Please

    • Jake

      August 21, 2013 at 7:55 pm

      and scored the 97 and 100 against Essendon and Geelong- half decent teams

      • D Day

        August 22, 2013 at 9:33 am

        Essendon a half decent team? You’re kidding right? They are a shambles!

        • colesy

          August 22, 2013 at 1:20 pm

          A weeks a long time in footy, essendon could be back to their best next week

          • D Day

            August 22, 2013 at 3:24 pm

            Yea, if their shipment arrives and gets through customs.

  7. Brad

    August 21, 2013 at 10:31 pm

    Tom lynch I’m pitting in my dream team could go huge.

    • D Day

      August 22, 2013 at 3:25 pm

      Risky but could pay huge dividends.

  8. Lefty

    August 21, 2013 at 10:38 pm

    Sharrod is another I looked at- just wonder how he will handle the pressure back in melbourne vs pies. From memory has not done well in pressure games and will the occasion get to him?

  9. dannyk71

    August 22, 2013 at 10:56 am

    bachar houli, 60 last week but 104,87,91 the 3 prior with sydney and hawks in there gws this week will get heaps of soft ball, essendon next week had 92 on the dons

    • dannyk71

      August 22, 2013 at 11:02 am

      jaryn geary way outside had 104 last week had 117 on gc round 1

      • Lefty

        August 22, 2013 at 11:16 am

        bloody hell next you will be throwing up Butler… haha

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