AFTER all the uncertainty, twists and turns, we have finally made it to the big dance.
Don't listen to what your eliminated League members say, there is no asterisks on this trophy, a win this year is as tough as it gets. The same goes for coaches gunning for a cap … Or even the car, this will be one memorable triumph and go down as one of the great wins.
The following article is designed to help you to maximise your three trades in order to finish the season on a high. Fixture analysis isn't everything, but it can certainly assist in splitting a 50-50 decision, or help you find a bargain if cash is an issue. Here are my teams to target per position:
Defenders vs Pies, Tigers, Crows, Bombers, Blues
Midfielders vs Roos, Crows, Pies, Tigers, Dees
Forwards vs Hawks, Suns, Roos, Crows, Bombers
Roy's Rollin' 22
Watch the below video to see my Grand Final edition of the Rollin' 22 for my ranking of the best options in each position for the week. Since recording however, I've moved Andrew Gaff into Lachie Neale’s position given the points being leaked by the Roos and the potential Ed Curnow tag who held Neale to just 14 points in the second half last time he tagged him.
Caleb Daniel ($632,000 DEF)
After scoring 85 against the Eagles, there were positive signs that the defensive accumulator was back to his best. He was back alright, in a big way and it was the Hawks that copped it with a season-high 128 which included 11 marks.
Tom Rockliff ($807,000 MID)
The Pig is back and given its Grand Final week, you need him to bring him the bacon. He is the form player of the competition with a three-game average of 110 following back-to-back scores of 122 and three triple figure scores in four games.
Blake Acres ($596,000 MID/FWD)
After an impressive pre-season, injury prevented the new Docker from reaching his best form earlier in the year. That has changed however, looking right at home on the wing with 108, 79 and 97 in his past three.
Also consider: Zach Merrett, Josh Dunkley, Andrew Gaff, Tim Kelly, Kade Simpson
Tom Mitchell ($779,000 MID)
The Pig has been in outstanding form with a low score of 84 and three triple-figure outings in the past seven games prior to his latest. Unfortunately he had his lowest score of the season in the prelim against the rampant Dogs. Never fear though, he will bounce back in a big way this week to repay the faith.
Sam Docherty ($571,000 DEF)
Coaches of Doc quickly went from rejoicing him hitting the park following a week under an injury cloud to questioning why he was named after he left the game in the first quarter on just 11 and failed to return.
Jy Simpkin ($556,000 MID/FWD)
Another player to pass his fitness test was the breakout Roo, but coaches would have been far better off trading the young star. After leaving the round 16 game on 31 following a head knock, he fronted up but managed a disappointing 45 which included just three kicks.
Tim Taranto ($668,000 MID)
In what shaped as an easy match up against the Dees, coaches held high hopes for the star midfielder, especially considering the absence of Stephen Coniglio. He had 15 touches and no marks for just 44.
Also consider: Brodie Smith, Bachar Houli, Zac Bailey
Hopefully the Fantasy Gods smile upon us and keep the managed players at a minimum! Either way, you have made it this far, be a butter mouse until the end! Good luck and happy trading.