2016 Fish

We Wish You Well

In recent years there have been three clear choices when it comes to fantasy royalty. Dane Swan, Tom Rockliff and Gary Ablett. Unfortunately, injuries have yet again contributed to an early season finish for Ablett and it may well be the last time that the little master is an automatic…
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Bye Bye to the Byes

The byes are finally behind us. As usual, they didn’t disappoint. From premiums scoring poorly in the final bye round, to sure-bet rookies being rested it is always a challenge. Take something out of them and use it to your advatage next year. So we are finally on the run…
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Time to Build the Benches

It seems funny to look at strengthening a part of the field that doesn’t appear to have a direct effect on our weekly score, but the bye rounds are the perfect time to emphasise how important it is to have a strong bench. Last week may have been an anomaly…
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Thursdays on my mind

To paraphrase the famous song, “Mondays I’ve got Thursdays on my mind…” Thursday games are back, and they’re here for a while to come. We haven’t had one since the first game of the season but, starting this week, we have four Thursday night games in a row (and then…
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Beware the Byes

Just like the byes have a reduced number of matches each week, this week’s column will provide a summarised point of view. They are here. There is not a lot that can be done now. Some teams have been preparing for the byes for weeks, whilst others have only given…
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The Byes are Here

It seems strange this year that we have been talking about the byes since the season started, but in all honesty most teams didn’t make a serious effort in picking their initial squads with the byes in mind. Some trades may have been made with a rough plan in place,…
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Which Rookie Do I Trade?

It’s a pretty easy game in theory. Start with gun rookies. Ride them until they reach their breakeven and then trade them out to the next rookie ready to go up in price. On a weekly basis Rids provides us with his excellent Cash Cow series http://coachespanel.com.au/cash-cows-round-9/, which points us to…
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It’s Time to Roll the Dice

There are two things that are crucial to a successful upgrade/downgrade. One is the fallen premium and we have plenty of them. Guys like Lewis, Steven offer huge value based on previous performance and potential output for the respective price tags. The other is cash generating rookies and this is…
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It’s Time to Say Goodbye

If feels like we have been here before. Rocky out. Rocky in. Rocky out. It is becoming a rather concerning pattern. It’s an easy choice this week though. Rocky has to go. There is some talk about leaving him on the bench, but I don’t see how that can be…
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Welcome Back Rocky

When the round lockout ended on Sunday night I was like most coaches around the country. I logged in and traded in Josh Smith and Tom Rockliff. Easy as that. Trades done for the week. It’s too hard to say no to a mid rookie with a crazy breakeven like…
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