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Fantasy form watch, round three: Roses continue to bloom

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Is Luke Parker on the Fantasy chopping block?

INJURY struck early with big Max Gawn turning head-to-head match-ups on their head, while others returned from injury as if they hadn't missed with Nick Riewoldt once again dominating under the roof at Etihad. While all of this happened, the Fantasy 'roses' continued to bloom with Marc Murphy, Dyson Heppell and Jobe Watson all demonstrating premium form.

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Dustin Martin did it again with a phenomenal game against the Eagles, posting a round-high 156. He had a massive 40 touches and two great goals, which is making coaches think twice about waiting for him to possibly receive DPP status and just getting him in regardless, he is a genuine Fantasy superstar.

Honourable mention: For anyone like myself who wasn't smart enough to start with the under priced Marc Murphy, he has been on the trade radar following a sensational start to the year but now of course comes at a cost. He was like the Murphy of old against the Bombers, putting on a clinic and leading his team to victory with 145 from 32 touches, 10 tackles and a goal.

Nine things we learned from round three

Rage trades

The rage has been building over the past couple of weeks, especially with all the under priced premiums dominating and Luke Parker might have pushed his coaches too far after failing to fire against the Pies. Parker didn't take a single mark on his way to an underwhelming 84 from 23 touches. We say to never trade a premium (look what Hannebery did this week), but it will take a strong coach not to consider it.

Honourable mention: New Eagle Sam Mitchell has looked sensational, scoring at will until his game against the Tigers where the wheels fell off to some extent, delivering just 78 from his 25 possessions. I certainly wouldn't panic here but once again it is hard to watch with so many players in his price bracket dominating.

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Piglet

Who else could it possibly be other than North big man Braydon Preuss. He backed up his 100-point game last week playing without Todd Goldstein, raising the bat again this week despite Goldy leading the ruck. The man mountain had 26 hit-outs, but it was his 16 touches, nine marks and two goals that impressed me most on the way to 105. With Max out injured and rookies miss firing in other positions, he is a genuine option to play on the ground.

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The top five

  • Dustin Martin: 156
  • Marc Murphy: 145
  • David Mundy: 144
  • Alex Neal-Bullen: 141
  • Rory Sloane: 139

Trade targets

  • Nick Riewoldt
  • Brodie Grundy
  • Dyson Heppell
  • Marc Murphy
  • Braydon Preuss

Mailbag 

  If you have a luxury trade and can get him to a premium, do it.   Great hold, well done! Nice score carrying Balic as well.

The most asked question has been, "What do we do with Maxy?" The obvious option is to trade him to Brodie Grundy or Stef Martin with a like for like trade, which doesn’t have an impact on your structure. There are a few bargains out there like Matthew Kreuzer who is playing far better than his asking price or even the extreme measure I mentioned above with Preuss if you want to switch the position of playing a rookie on your ground. At this stage, if you have a balanced team, Grundy and Stef are the go.

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