Let’s take a look at who’s hot on this weeks waiver wire in hope of getting season back on track!
Injuries, suspensions, substitute vests and issues of form. Yep, fantasy season is in full swing. Personally, my team is in ruins. It all came down to Monday night football. With my opponent still having Andrew Carrazzo and Mitch Robinson yet to play it was all up to Chris Yarran to get the win. I mistakenly thought I had struck gold when Carrazzo was a late withdrawal which evened up the contest. To my demise Yarran went down with an injury scoring a measly two points. The agony of a loss. The ecstasy of a win. I should’ve known, especially after the horror weekend that had unfolded losing both Jonathon Griffin and Chris Knights.
Jackson Thurlow: After debuting for Geelong, Thurlow finished with 74 AFL fantasy points. With Rivers on the sidelines there is a good chance that Thurlow will continue to get opportunities. He averaged 95 AFL fantasy points in five games for Tasmania in the national championships. Thurlow is owned in just 11 per cent of leagues.
Matt Shaw: After a disappointing start to the season, Shaw’s last three weeks have been impressive averaging 95 AFL fantasy points. He’s now averaging 71.6 points for the season and could prove to be a good pickup. Owned in just 32 per cent of leagues Shaw is an interesting pick.
Sam Colquhoun: Another victim of the substitute vest. Colquhoun finished with 52 AFL fantasy points. He’s definitely someone to consider and was highly touted throughout the pre-season. This was reflected in his ADP of 286.5 but it seems a lot of people have lost the faith and Colquhoun is owned in just 14 per cent of leagues now. Jump on.
Luke Ball: Set to return for Collingwood this week Ball would be a great acquisition for any owner looking to boost their midfield stocks. Ball is averaging 30 possessions over the last two weeks in the VFL, so he is coming into this game in good form. It’s important to note that Ball still is owned in 85 per cent of leagues. If you’re in one of the 15 per cent of leagues that has him released as a free agent it would be a good idea to sign him soon and beat everyone else to the punch.
Mark Hutchings: A prolific ball winner in the WAFL, Hutchings got his first taste of AFL against Brisbane where he finished up with 84 AFL fantasy points. Owned in just four per cent of leagues he is almost guaranteed to be available. Although, he is a speculative pick and we can’t get carried away after one good score – the signs are ominous but buyer beware.
Nathan Foley: Playing his first game for Richmond this year Foley will look forward to having more of a role in the side with the loss of Tuck. He finished with just 47 points against Port Adelaide but you’d expect that his output will improve. Foley had an ADP of 179.8 and is owned in 61 per cent of leagues.
Jaryd Cachia: Unfortunately, Cachia has been the substitute in the two games he has played for Carlton where he has finished with 27 and 58 AFL fantasy points. If Cachia can avoid being the sub this week he could prove to be a valuable midfield pickup. Cachia finished with 20 disposals or more in 12 of his 19 matches in the SANFL last year. He’s owned in just one per cent of leagues.
Adam Tomlinson: He didn’t play more than three games in succession last season but we’re hopeful that will change this week. Tomlinson is coming off good form against Adelaide where he finished with 103 AFL fantasy points and is now averaging 65.7 points. Forwards are really hard to come by at this time of year and will probably be snapped up quickly if he has another good outing. Another good point is his flexibility in playing at either end of the ground. He’s a dual-position defender and forward and there aren’t many of them going around. Tomlinson is owned in just eight per cent of leagues.
Aaron Black: Black has now put in three decent performances with scores of 76, 63 and 90 to be averaging 76.3 AFL fantasy points. As previously noted, it’s tough finding capable forwards for fantasy at this point so Black is someone to think about. He is owned in 27 per cent of leagues.
Shaun McKernan: After putting in two good performances of 65 and 78 AFL fantasy points it seems that McKernan has finally arrived. With Jonathon Griffin out for the season with an ACL many owners will be looking to the waiver wire for another ruckmen. McKernan could be the answer is previous rucks in our waiver wire articles are no longer available. McKernan is owned in 28 per cent of leagues.