WHEN Greene turns to red, the Fantasy coaches take notice.
Toby Greene is out! He has been listed as injured after sitting out the majority of the last quarter in round 22. Greene has become a popular trade target over the last few weeks averaging 126 in his past five games and now must be traded. But what do you do? This decision alone will shape many Fantasy Grand Finals this week.
Alarm bells also rang with the naming of Melbourne’s Brayden Preuss. Like Greene, Max Gawn sat half of the final quarter last week with hamstring awareness. Will he be a late withdrawal? Will Preuss dramatically affect his scoring? Or will Max continue his recent good form against Todd Goldstein that has seen him average 114 from his past three? This is another important decision that will shape Fantasy results this week.
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Jarrad McVeigh returns for his final game for the Swans, along with his superstar teammate Lance Franklin, who plays his 300th game.
Meanwhile, Essendon made six changes. Tagger Dylan Clarke returns alongside Tom Bellchambers, who will battle the Ruck Pig Brodie Grundy, and for the first time this year we will see Tom Jok (MID, $170k), who has averaged 68 from his nine games in the VFL this year.
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Josh Kelly (MID, $807,000)
The superstar Giant eased back into it last week with a 75 against the Dogs who are the most difficult midfield to score against. This week he faces the Suns who are one of the easiest teams to score against and a big score is on the cards as he plays himself into form for the finals.
Tim Taranto (MID, $750,000)
The breakout star has certainly stepped up in the Giants' injury-plagued midfield this year with an elite average of 113. Although he was the only midfielder not to get among the points against the Suns earlier this year, expect him to rectify that week with a big return.
Dan Houston (DEF, $583,000)
The Power’s recent form fluctuations hasn’t been reflected by the scoring of Houston in recent weeks. A role change for the youngster has been fully embraced and his three-game average of 108 reflects that. He is certainly an upgrade option for the cash starved coach.
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Dom Sheed (MID, $622,000)
Last year's finals hero hasn’t mirrored his form for the Fantasy finals with a three-week average of just 62. After a good season, he has done the unthinkable by scoring less than 50 in two out of three weeks of the finals and has to be traded as a consequence.
Rory Sloane (MID, $625,000)
The star Crow was a great selection this year, consistently scoring above his initial price suggested throughout the first half of the season. Unfortunately he hasn’t maintained that scoring at the pointy end of the season with a five-game average of 88. He has a tough game against the Dogs in Ballarat this week and another sub 100 score is on the cards.
Toby Greene (MID, $784,000)
The in-form player of the competition has devastatingly gone down when it counts the most. The superstar Giant has been sensational the last five weeks since moving into the midfield with an average of 126 in that time. Unfortunately the writing was on the wall after sitting out the last 15 minutes of last week's loss to the Bulldogs where he finished on 99.
No. 1 – Brodie Grundy v Essendon @ the MCG
In round six, Grundy dominated Bellchambers for 123. Previously he scored 122 and 110 against the Bombers and with Bellchambers returning this week after missing the last seven, you’d expect him to be a little rusty. Grundy has scored over 140 in 32 per cent of his games this year and I’m expecting big things from the newly crowned pig on Friday night.
No. 2 – Jack Macrae v Adelaide @ Mars Stadium
Last year against the Crows, Macrae dominated for 144. He’s back at Mars Stadium where he has averaged 128 in his last four and should go out with a bang.
No. 3 – Josh Dunkley v Adelaide @ Mars Stadium
This guy has had an amazing year and finds himself coming off scores of 150, 123 and 113. He met the Lions at this ground earlier this year and posted a very solid 127.
No. 4 – Josh Kelly v Gold Coast @ Metricon Stadium
His 75 last week can easily be ignored. After five games on the sidelines, it would be expected that Kelly would take some time getting back into the swing of things. He scored 140 and 166 in his last two games against the Suns and has averaged 122 in away games this year. A trade target and a captain target that will shape many Fantasy Grand Finals.
No. 5 – Zach Merrett v Collingwood @ the MCG
Merrett comes in to the top five to replace the injured Greene who has been one fire. However, Zach has been ripping it up himself and is coming off scores of 124 and 141. He has averaged 117 in his last five against the Pies and will be great on Friday night.