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The Fantasy Analyzer : Round 8 Rumblings

Lets face it. We’ve all read countless pieces about how to deal with these byes. We know they’ll be difficult, we know just about any midfielder worth his salt is sipping latte’s on the Round 8 weekend. We also know that there are only 2 rounds of trading before we hit these byes, which means we can potentially avert 4 donuts.

latteLets face it. We’ve all read countless pieces about how to deal with these byes. We know they’ll be difficult, we know just about any midfielder worth his salt is sipping latte’s on the Round 8 weekend. We also know that there are only 2 rounds of trading before we hit these byes, which means we can potentially avert 4 donuts. Anyway, whilst all these articles generally tell you what and what not to do, today I’ll show you my general plan throughout these weeks, giving an idea about how and where the focus of trading should be during these treacherous weeks, for a side which has generally not worried a whole heap till this stage. A tutorial if you will. Enjoy!



Current Round 7 Squad (before Trades)

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Bye Total


Now obviously my side is stock full of Round 8 players. Far too heavily, and thus the side is likely to suffer when the 8th round of footy comes along. Nonetheless, with two weeks of trading till this dreaded bye rolls into town, lets see if I can turn this ship around…






Trade Plan

Round 7
Fasolo to Hallahan (R9), swap Hunter Forward
Grffiths to Hanley (R10)
(10k left)
New Bye Structure: 12/7/11

Round 8
Langdon to Gardiner (or other R9 Back rookie)
Cotchin to Salem
(410k left)
New Bye Structure: 10/8/12
I’ve managed to cut the losses in Round 8, whilst still fielding a side that’ll feature far less guns than usual. That’s okay, everyone is feeling the pain and with 20 players potentially playing, I shouldn’t have to rely on the likes of a Rohan type.

Round 9
Polec to Selwood
Dunstan to Pendlebury
(30k left)
New Bye Structure: 7/11
Two dead set guns have been brought in, which allows me to not only regenerate after the Cotchin loss, but actually strengthen my midfield further. Heading into Round 9, I have 23 players playing and I should be on for a very competitive score.

Round 10
Rohan to Honeychurch
Hickey to McIntosh (or whoever else that can be afforded)
Round 10 is a difficult bye because most of the guys I own from this week are guns. Nonetheless using two sideways trades I’ve potentially strengthened my standing overall and have 21 playing for the last week of this tough predicament.

Final Analysis
Obviously the chances are injuries and the like will halt my trading plans. After all this is a fantasy game which can largely be determined by chance. Nonetheless, if all falls into place, not many can suggest that this side would go poorly through the bye period if these trades are made. Bringing in 3 stars in Hanley, Selwood and Pendlebury, cutting off peaked cash cows in Polec and Dunstan, and maintaining strong depth on the bench throughout this bye period has been successfully achieved. Now considering the side started with a horrendous 14 non-playing Round 8 players, the tables have turned quite quickly. So don’t loose faith, even if your bye’s look dire at the moment. The best of coaches can always trade out of iffy situations, and backing your gut is one of the smartest decisions you can make. Below is a poll that’ll show just how much trouble most of us are in with Round 8!

AFL Fantasy: Trade or Hold Zorko?

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Thanks for reading! Follow me @B_Gogos, for a fantasy chat any day of the week. Good luck fantasy fellows, should be another ripping weekend of footy and best of luck with all your fantasy sides!



  1. Jack

    May 1, 2014 at 5:48 pm

    Thanks a million benny, really has helped me think ahead and starting planning future trades which will ultimately improve my team for after the byes.

    • Ben Gogos

      May 1, 2014 at 6:08 pm

      Good to hear it helps Jack. Just thought it was a bit of a different piece which may help those who need to really focus on how they can go about prepping for the byes (Y)

  2. Angus

    May 1, 2014 at 6:16 pm

    There’s also potential for round 8 bye players with potential niggles to be rested this week for a bit more of a rest, i think the carnage will extend well beyond the said three rounds

    • Angus

      May 1, 2014 at 6:26 pm

      *possible niggles

    • Ben Gogos

      May 1, 2014 at 7:29 pm

      I’d be very surprised if you’re right mate, I don’t think clubs would want to be resting stars for 2 weeks in a row, because that can lead to a loss of conditioning… It’s a fair point, but I’d be very surprised if your hypothesis comes to fruition.

  3. Tim fitzallen

    May 1, 2014 at 6:57 pm

    Looks like all your planning might be thrown out the window with hickey dunstan Langford griffiths fasolo all outs this week good luck with your trades but good coaches would have been planning for these byes since rd 1

    • Ben Gogos

      May 1, 2014 at 7:27 pm

      Hahah thankfully none of the outs hurt me too much. Strong depth with Hampson, Griffiths out anyway, as is fasolo and dunstan can make way for Hallahan ;) I agree that good coaches plan well in advance, but you can also go over board with this strategy. Last year I was very bye focused from the start and I was sitting outside the top k heading into the byes, which realistically means little chance of overall. This time I’m sitting 440th, not as nice a bye structure, but a stronger team in-depth… Time will tell but I think I’m sitting pretty atm…

  4. Savbrigas

    May 1, 2014 at 6:58 pm

    Who to trade (2 trades): Griffiths, Langdon, Dunstan, Tyson, T.Mitchell

    • Ben Gogos

      May 1, 2014 at 7:30 pm

      Griffiths and Mitchell out of that lot imo mate (Y)

      • Savbrigas

        May 1, 2014 at 8:46 pm


  5. Mick

    May 1, 2014 at 7:16 pm

    That’s all well and good, but i cannot trade as the AFL Fantasy App will not let me… ????? what do you suggest ???

    • Ben Gogos

      May 1, 2014 at 7:30 pm

      Having the same issue mate, just stay calm, I’m sure they’ll sort it out soon enough.

      • Shags

        May 1, 2014 at 8:45 pm

        Its round 7 … you think they’d have it sorted…

  6. Highlander

    May 1, 2014 at 7:18 pm

    Why am I not able to make trades or reverse them on Fantasy? Is there a genuine problem or is it just my computer. Getting sick and tired of all the problems if in fact it is a problem.

    • brob

      May 1, 2014 at 9:44 pm

      just you

  7. blackandwhitenoise

    May 1, 2014 at 7:44 pm

    who should i play this week out of lloyd or kennedy-harris?

    • brob

      May 1, 2014 at 9:43 pm

      play Lloyd and put the E on Kennedy-Harris. Lloyd may or may not play

  8. Tim fitzallen

    May 1, 2014 at 8:18 pm

    Your team is doing well at the moment Ben but by the end of the byes u will still have 2 rookie mids and 1 mid price ruck to upgrade and u will quickly drop off in the rankings as all the top teams will have a full squad of premiums by then we still should be trying to strengthen our teams during the byes this is where the serious coaches that have planned for the byes will clearly get an edge over the competition

    • malarky

      May 1, 2014 at 10:32 pm

      So what’s your ranking mate?

    • Ben Gogos

      May 2, 2014 at 10:38 am

      We shall see mate, it’ll be interesting that’s for sure. I’m far from certain everyone will have full teams by the time the byes are over, especially if carnage takes over. Don’t mind keeping on with Crouch, I think he might sustain a 100 for a little while. Hoping strong depth in the squad will keep me in the reckoning!

  9. Jake

    May 1, 2014 at 9:09 pm

    Great read Mr Gogos!!! Lots to think about and have been thinking about for a while. Regardless if you are a good coach or not Tim, you can’t predict or help injuries. If you get injuries then a lot of the plans you were thinking of go out the window and they are patch up jobs, all of a sudden the injuries or outs compile and it’s patch up job one after the other until you can get some stability.

  10. The General

    May 1, 2014 at 9:30 pm

    Great team, what’s your ranking?

    • Ben Gogos

      May 2, 2014 at 10:34 am

      Just inside the top 400 mate (Y) doing a little better in SC at this stage though, my focus may be there after the byes… We shall see.

  11. brob

    May 1, 2014 at 9:42 pm

    whats the chance that Lloyd plays. not sure to play Lamb or Lloyd. Or do I stick the E on Lamb in case?
    I think he might play because Jake King isn’t named.

    • Ben Gogos

      May 2, 2014 at 10:36 am

      Wait for teams tonight mate, they’ll be announced at 5pm

  12. Tim fitzallen

    May 2, 2014 at 6:45 am

    My ranking is 718 malarky the pigeon loft

  13. samdiatmh

    May 2, 2014 at 8:22 am

    and now we watch as Ben goes into panic-mode for today deciding on carnage (ie Hanley not playing for one – maybe Hibberd instead?)

    • Ben Gogos

      May 2, 2014 at 10:35 am

      Haha might plump for Malceski at this stage mate, likes playing the Lions. Bit worried about his recent history against the Hawks, but I may just back him in. Lacking in cashola to grab Hibbo unfortunately…

  14. Ben Gogos

    May 2, 2014 at 10:39 am

    Also forgot to mention, but I will again be on a Live AFL Fantasy Radio tonight at 7PM! Tune in as we help with your lead into lockout and then fantasy analysis of the Blues Pies! We are also interactive with twitter, using the #FantasyFM if you want some questions answered!

  15. hdelves

    May 2, 2014 at 5:11 pm

    does the best 18 scoring players rule account for both RDT and Fantasy or just Fantasy?

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