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Fantasy form watch: Gun Bomber fails to launch

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 02: Zach Merrett of the Bombers in action during the 2017 AFL round 15 match between the Essendon Bombers and the Brisbane Lions at Etihad Stadium on July 02, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media)
Zach Merrett has damaged his Pig chances after a disappointing showing against Brisbane

IT WAS a huge round. A whopping 22 players stepped up to score over 120! Unfortunately, a certain little Piglet, and popular captain selection didn't get the memo. We will discuss that in more detail in a moment. On a positive note, in a season starved for good downgrade options, we suddenly have a handful of young guns putting their best foot forward as we strive to complete our teams.

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Bryce Gibbs is in rare form, backing up his thumping score a couple of weeks ago with a round high 160 from 30 touches, two goals and 15 tackles. He is an absolute beast and is currently only being enjoyed by less than six per cent of the competition. Unfortunately for everyone else, you snooze, you lose… He is now over $700k.

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Honourable mention: Luke Parker looks like he might be back! And at his current price, it is hard to resist. He was a dominant force against the Demons with 38 touches, six marks, six tackles and a goal while looking as fit and comfortable as I have seen him all year.

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Zach Merrett will have to wait for his pending Pig status after a disappointing effort in a favourable matchup at home to the Lions who have been giving up big scores at will. Coming off 10 straight 100s, Merrett had a horrible first half by his standards, eventually scoring 78 from 19 touches, well short of his 32-possession average. He hurt the 12 per cent of coaches that game him captain responsibility.

Honourable mention: Caleb Marchbank has had a sensational season, but his scores are moving in the wrong direction and it's time for the rookie of the year contender to go. His marks and tackles were down this week, recording just thee and zero respectively for a score of 44.

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There were a heap of boys stepping up over the weekend and they are all viable options, despite their inflated prices following fine performances. Declan Mountford (90), Alex Witherden (96), Sean Darcy (114), Luke Ryan (77) and Malcolm Karpany (95) all stepped up for their coaches and are now on the radar as downgrade or patch up job options.

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The top five 

  • Bryce Gibbs: 160
  • Luke Parker: 148
  • Kane Lambert: 147
  • Michael Walters: 145
  • Patrick Dangerfield: 142

The run home: How the race for the finals is shaping up

Trade targets

  • Chad Wingard
  • Kane Lambert
  • Luke Parker
  • Sean Darcy
  • Dom Sheed

After the siren: Flaws that could stop the contenders

Fantasy mailbag

He is a gun, keep him!

Risk it to get the biscuit!

As a luxury trade, and yes.

It’s tempting, but Stef scores well at home and he has a good match up this week.

Not something you need to worry about, I hear your players called a crisis meeting tonight #pushed

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