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The Value Hunter: Round 14 – Magpies vs Blues

Posted Sun 24 June by roody

Magpies vs Blues

What can I say really? Pick as many Collingwood players as you can and then hope you picked the right ones.

Rucks

This is going to go one of two ways. A 65% owned Mason Cox is going to kick 4 goals and score 80 – 90 points or a 65% owned Mason Cox is going to score 30 points and burn most of the field. Either way, Cox is going to be at least 65% owned, especially considering his Queen’s Birthday performance and especially considering Carlton’s form against key forwards.

With the number of more expensive players available today, I can’t make a legitimate case for playing either Grundy or Kreuzer.

Defenders

It begins. Now that we’ve got our free square in Mason Cox, the real game begins. If recent history is anything to go by, Carlton could very well send a forward tag to Jack Crisp. Theoretically, this would open up scoring opportunities for the other Collingwood running defenders – Brayden Maynard and Tom Langdon. Apart from these three, I think Jeremy Howe might go a little under-owned today. Even Flynn Appleby is worth a punt if you’re keen to save even more cash.

My takes: Appleby, Howe, Langdon.

Forwards

There are bound to be some highly owned players today and Jaidyn Stephenson is going to be one of them. The Crown Prince of Joe the Goose could be in for another high scoring game if Collingwood comes to play. The other chalky play will no doubt be Jordan De Goey. The young mid-fwd took his game to another level on Queen’s Birthday and there will be plenty of coaches out there today hoping he can do the same thing today. Josh Thomas is always a nice little pivot of these two players.

If you really want to consider Carlton players in your forward line, then I’d target Zac Fisher or SPS. The Blues will need their runners today so I don’t mind taking a chance on either of these two.

Midfielders

Cameron Polson comes in for his third game of the year. In his first outin,g Polson scored 40 and was injured in his second game. You have to play at least one Carlton player today, so hey, you may as well save some cash when you do it! Bottom priced players seem to attract high ownerships on DS and that’s part of the reason why I’m steering clear of Polson today.

Matt Kennedy also rejoins the Carlton midfield today and admittedly, I’m still a big fan and think he’s got real potential. His priced at $8,700 and think he can bring home a 75+ score.

I’ve waiting all season for the real Taylor Adams to come back. Adams had 8 scores over 120 last year but, apart from one game, has failed to reach those heights in 2018. Adams did play a little more across half-back last year and Collingwood’s defensive runners are more accomplished this year than last. This has left Adams a little out of place, hence his decrease in fantasy output. That said, every time I see his sub $14K price tag, my brain can’t help but think back to his incredible 2017 form.

Speaking of high ceiling players under $14K, Patty Cripps slips into that range today. Cripps is getting plenty of attention as the leader of Carlton’s young midfield and this really hurts his fantasy ceiling. I think a lot of coaches will be seduced by his slightly cheaper price tag today as well.

Tom Phillips was one of the only Pies to not feast on the carcass of Melbourne’s rotting finals chances on Queens Birthday. Apologies for the morose visual but I’m writing this article after watching my team capitulate on the big stage yet again. The only thing making me cool on Phillips today is that Carlton may send Ed Curnow to try and negate Phillip’s important link role.

My takes: Polson (salary saver), Kennedy, Adams, De Goey.

roody

Blessed with blinding mediocrity across all sports, Roody quickly discovered the only joy he'd find on the sporting field was through fantasy football. An AFL specialist with 27 years of experience in Dreamteam, Supercoach, Ultimate Footy, Footyrocks and DFS, Roody loves finding value in crowded slates.

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