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Goodbye, byes – Ep. 208

PODCAST: It’s a big week as the last of the bye rounds is here.

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TWO DOWN, one to go. The most challenging three weeks of a Fantasy coach’s season is multi-bye rounds. On average, a third of our squads are on the sidelines, especially in rounds 13 and 14 but switched on pundits aim to have as many as possible playing each week.

Although, injury, suspension and selection have made things tougher than first thought.

Round 14 is the final bye round and our last chance to have three trades to use and the added benefit of counting the best 18 scorers from the regular on field 22. If you’re fielding more than 18, firstly consider yourself lucky, but secondly, you have the advantage of dropping off the lowest scores from the 19th man on.

As the bye rounds play out, the basic strategy for coaches is to trade out players on their bye, preferably cash cows who have done their job, for players who are coming off their bye, preferably premiums.

This week Adelaide, Fremantle, Geelong, Richmond, St Kilda and the Sydney Swans are on a bye. Therefore there are a range of trade targets from the 12 other clubs.

Two popular downgrade targets in the back line thanks to great performances in round 12 will be Mason Redman (DEF, $212,000) coming off a score of 92 and Joel Smith (DEF/MID, $199,000) who racked up 80 points.

One, or both, are being brought in for defender cash cows who are on the bye this week such as Tom Doedee (DEF, $450,000), Logan Austin (DEF, $391,000) and Bailey Rice (DEF, $341,000). While there is an argument to hold all three, the common goal is to make your team better over the byes; that is, finish with more premiums on your ground as we head into the last few rounds before Fantasy finals.

On this week’s episode of the Official AFL Fantasy Podcast, Roy, Calvin and Warnie discuss trading strategy ahead of round 14 with a focus on the best players to have in your side for the run home.





  1. Daniel Kotronis

    June 18, 2018 at 6:16 pm

    Is Billings back?

    • Euman


      June 18, 2018 at 8:11 pm

      I think so and expected it after he was dropped. He has the bye this week and I would check his break even before bringing in. Personally if his b/e is >100 I would wait another week

      • Jimbo

        June 18, 2018 at 11:18 pm

        Billings be 63

    • Roger

      June 18, 2018 at 8:15 pm

      I hope not as I only traded him out 2 weeks ago after starting the year with him…

    • Jimbo

      June 18, 2018 at 10:26 pm

      Dan not confident. I brought him in last week purely based on price and the 50+ touches in the reserves. My concern is that he didn’t play consistently on the ball (only 2 clearances). It was the Gold Coast. I’d take the risk on wingard at that price point and be happy with Billings 80 – 85 a week……

    • Simon

      June 19, 2018 at 11:12 am

      If he is, it’ll cap a great season for me having traded Zorko, Zerrett and him while keeping Parker, Dusty and Seedsman.

  2. Joel vh

    June 18, 2018 at 8:28 pm

    Where was Roy’s Rolling 22?? :(

    • Simon

      June 19, 2018 at 11:13 am

      One click away, hombre:

  3. Dave

    June 18, 2018 at 9:19 pm

    Macrae -> J Kelly
    Parker -> Yeo
    Seedsman -> Crisp

    Or should I downgrade Seedsman or Savage for Redman or J Smith?

    • David C

      June 19, 2018 at 6:38 am

      I think you need one of those defensive rooks.

      • Daave

        June 19, 2018 at 1:43 pm

        Thanks for the respins but nah, gonna go beast-mode team option instead (I’m only just in the 8..).

        Will get the better one of Smith and Redman next week for savaaage

  4. Belly

    June 18, 2018 at 9:36 pm

    That guy planned well for the R14bye :)

  5. versus not verse

    June 18, 2018 at 9:38 pm

    a better question would be when will roy stop saying verse? he’s a school teacher isn’t he?

    • blimp on the radar

      June 18, 2018 at 10:59 pm

      Maybe he teaches poetry

      • VERSE

        June 18, 2018 at 11:14 pm

        Good one haha

      • theking

        June 19, 2018 at 7:27 am

        Rap battles in the AFL. Kids these days.

  6. Spocky

    June 19, 2018 at 11:10 am

    Touhy –> Simpson
    Ed Phillips –> Wingard

    • Kanye

      June 19, 2018 at 11:52 am

      1 everyday

      • Alan J

        June 19, 2018 at 12:14 pm


        Phillips will get back in at some point, if you can cover him..

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