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Fantasy form watch: The piglet from Game of Thrones

The 10: round seven's best moments An amazing weekend of football and there were some thrilling moments
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 06: Debutant, Ivan Soldo of the Tigers in action during the 2017 AFL round 07 match between the Western Bulldogs and the Richmond Tigers at Etihad Stadium on May 06, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media)
Will Ivan Soldo be a one-week wonder after scoring 75 Fantasy points on debut?

THERE are good players, there are players that have a good couple of weeks, but as we have been discussing on our Podcast, there is a group of three players who are whole new level… One is already a fully-fledged Pig and there are two guys with developed snouts who are nipping at his trotters. Lucky for me, I traded in Zach Merrett this week to complete the set of three little Pigs with Tom Rockliff and Tom Mitchell and they carried me to an overall rank of 100.

Fantasy Pig

I should apologise for being predictable and repeating myself… However, I'm not sorry. As a matter of fact, until Tom Rockliff has 100 per cent ownership, I'm not really doing my job as a Fantasy advisor. The Pig was amazing against the Swans, working his tail off the whole game despite the lack of support around him at times. The stand in captain, was also carrying the C for many Fantasy coaches and he didn't disappoint with 32 touches, seven marks, a workhorse like 11 tackles and two goals for 167.

Honourable mention: Aaron Hall has been frustrating his owners all year, but repaid the faith against the Cats with a thumping score of 156. He was hunting the ball right up until the final siren, eventually collecting 32 possessions with 10 marks, eight tackles and a goal. He is down $74K on the season and he is one to watch after Gold Coast's early bye.

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Rage trades

You would never do it... well you probably would, but make sure you reverse it straight away. Many coaches chased the in form Rory Sloane at top dollar on the back of a phenomenal streak of 130+ games. He was watched very closely by the Roos and never got going as a result, finishing the game with 18 touches and 65. He will bounce back in no time.

Traditionally Josh Kennedy goes BANG after round six, significantly increasing his average from that point until the end of the season. Well the only thing that went bang was Warnie hitting his computer screen after showing some faith in the Swan skipper and trading him in this week. Kennedy was tagged and managed just 20 touches and a goal for 58. Until we see an extended streak of triple figure games, steer clear.

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Ivan Soldo may sound like the name of a character from Game Of Thrones, but it's not like he is some sort of super-sized human among regular sized men... Well, let's move on. We are yet to find out if Soldo will be any more than a one-week wonder, but it was a wonderful week for any coaches that played him to cover for teammate Toby Nankervis. He had a whopping 42 hit-outs on his way to a very handy 75.

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The top five

  • Tom Rockliff: 167
  • Bradley Hill: 159
  • Aaron Hall: 156
  • Jarrad Waite: 150
  • Jack Viney: 145

Trade targets

  • Lachie Neale
  • Luke Shuey
  • Ivan Soldo
  • Tom Mitchell
  • Elliot Yeo


I am here to listen mate. We have all made bad calls, just stick with it and get Titch ASAP.

Certainly worth considering for the price. I wouldn't move the earth to make it happen though. He still sits behind a number of defenders on the priority list.

Both under-priced. I think Heeney is a greater priority for value, especially given the fact he is a forward.

It's a fine line, especially with the byes approaching, we need active players. Having said that, it's not worth chasing bench players that don't appear to have job security.

Hampton goes first.


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