Tue. May 17th, 2022
2021 Fantasy: Round 8 Top 5 Trade Targets Under $300K

Round 8 of the 2021 H&A season begins on Friday night, @aflratingsPete ranks the Top 5 Trade Targets Under $300K in AFL Fantasy classic. 

The following list is a balanced opinion of which players to target, the comments are important to acknowledge; ability, playing role, job security, cash generation & potential scoring output have an influence on the rank. 

1.Riley Collier-Dawkins (Richmond) MID $193K BE -1

Collier-Dawkins was outstanding in his AFL debut last week against a high quality Western Bulldogs midfield, he recorded 14 Disposals, 3 Marks & 5 Tackles for 63pts. 

Under Damien Hardwick younger type players needs to fully earn their position in the team & have the ability to slot straight into a high quality game structure, Collier-Dawkins did have to wait a while to play his first game but he adapted to AFL level very quickly. 

Trent Cotchin (3-5 weeks) is currently sidelined with a hamstring injury, Dion Prestia (2-3 weeks) recently had a setback with a calf injury & Kane Lambert (2-3 weeks) is also sidelined with a calf injury. 

The window for Collier Dawkins could be 2-3 weeks at a minimum, in that time if he plays well enough he could solidify his place in the team for a longer period. 

Season Ave: 63.0

2. Nick Bryan (Essendon) RUCK $195K BE -4

With many fantasy coaches still holding Matthew Flynn it might be an opportunity to cash him in for Nick Bryan who was excellent on debut last week, he played in the No.1 ruck spot for the Bombers showed a glimpse of what is likely to be a very good AFL career. 

Andrew Phillips is still in the frame for the Bombers, while Sam Draper is still listed at 3-5 weeks away. It is expected Bryan will get multiple opportunities for the remainder of the season. 

If Bryan is named for Round 8 it won’t be an easy match-up which is likely to be against Shane Mumford.

Season Ave: 67.0

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3. Ryan Byrnes (St Kilda) MID $200K BE -9

Ryan Byrnes came in for his first game of the season last week & posted a very healthy 75pts in what was a very soft match-up in a St Kilda 69pt win, his -9 BE (Break Even) heading into Round 8 is quite appealing. 

Byrnes found most of his ball out on a wing last week, if that role is maintained he should be able to create a decent profit in a very short amount of time. 

Season Ave: 75.0

4. Caleb Poulter (Collingwood) MID/FWD $224K BE 17

Caleb Poulter was solid in his AFL debut last week, he recorded 15 Disposals & 5 Marks for 51pts. His role playing as a wing type midfielder does place him in a decent spot from a fantasy perspective, he can find plenty of ball in open space & use his excellent foot skills to hit targets further up the ground. 

Poulter might be overlooked this week as a trade target with other options available.

Season Ave: 51.0

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5. Will Phillips (Nth Melbourne) MID/FWD $289K BE 22

In a season where fantasy coaches are struggling to find consistency relating to games played Will Phillips can offer some type of comfort, he’s been a regular in the Nth Melbourne team since making his debut in Round 3.

Phillips recorded a season high 66pts in Round 7, he was also used at a season high 29.0% of centre bounces.

Despite the slow start from a fantasy perspective Phillips is likely to provide security each week, an increase in scoring this week still could provide a decent ROI along with very little ownership. 

Season Ave: 43.8

*Martin Frederick (Port Adelaide) was named as omitted by Port Adelaide senior coach Ken Hinkley prior to article publish. 

Article by @aflratingsPete 

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