Chook’s Rooks – Round 20

The arrival of Dream Team finals is traditionally a bittersweet experience for the rookie-centric coaches among us. We’re just as excited as the rest of you to see whether our teams can leap the last hurdles on the track to ever-lasting league glory, but we’re a little sad to be doing it without our beloved first-year footballers. Usually by this stage of the DT season our best cash-cow kids have been tossed aside, double traded for a gold-rolled premium and an $80k bench-warmer. This year, though, it’s a little different. The advent of the bye and the existence of some out-and-out stars in this year’s crop of youngsters mean some coaches will be fielding up to three rookies (or rookie-priced players) in their assault on the first round of finals. He won’t be around for the grand final itself, but plenty of coaches will be hoping Dyson Heppell gets them there. Other coaches count defenders Danny Stanley and/or Nick Lower as part of their finished team, while those hanging on to North Melbourne veteran Brady Rawlings could be forced to use rookie cover. The absence of fellow Kangaroos Andrew Swallow, Drew Petrie and Brent Harvey and the possibility of Colin Sylvia serving another week in the seconds means the likes of mid-fwd maestro Tendai Mzungu and ruck-fwd Matthew Lobbe will receive a call-up from some coaches. Some brave souls might even have the balls to give Ian Callinan a guernsey if he’s named to make his return from injury this week.

I was going to give a Calvin-style breakdown of the best rookie options to cover your Petrie and Sylvia-shaped holes, looking at the player’s first game against this week’s opponent, and their scoring history at the ground, but then realised I’d be doing Get Off The Bench blogger Dunny out of a job. It’s a probably a good thing that I’m now redundant around these parts, because f%^$ me does my English Premier League fantasy team need some attention…

Not much point in delving into the three-or-more gamer bracket then, so we’ll skip straight to the two-gamers in the off chance you’ve saved a downgrade trade for round 21. You’re one of the guys who put down “DT” for the religion question on last night’s Census, right?

Two gamers

Essendon defender Michael Ross started as the sub again, but was forced to wait much longer this week before getting a run around, coming on in the fourth quarter to register six points. Best FanFooty joke of the weekend was claiming him as your captain in SuperCoach, where he scored -2. Those jokes never get old. Not a bit.

Our other two double-gamers, Adelaide midfielder Aidan Riley and Gold Coast defender Jeremy Taylor, avoided subs vests of either colour to score 50s. Taylor was lucky enough to have the ball in his half for the majority of the game against Geelong, with four first-quarter goals kicked on him by Stevie Johnson before being moved to Cam Mooney. You can’t be too critical of Taylor; the league’s top defenders would’ve had trouble containing Johnson in that match, given the delivery he received from his loosely-checked midfielders and the rich vein of form he finds himself in.

One gamers

Brisbane midfielder Josh Dyson ($92,500) became the 135th rookie-priced player to blip on my radar this year when he debuted in round 20. You heard right. 135. Anyway, you don’t expect much more than 31 points from sub-affected players, except when they get as much game time as Dyson, who got three full quarters of game time after the early injury to Joel Patfull. Not. Good. Enough. No one’s doing full-stop thing anymore, are they? Damn, I’m so 2009.

I did edge a little closer to the current decade when I finally picked up a smartphone last week, inspiring me to start using Twitter and some other stuff a bit more, so let me over the weekend which rookies are making or breaking your first week of finals @djch00k.

Oh, thanks to Who’s Your Daddy? for the reminder about the DT Talk league in the EPL fantasy competition, which kicks off this weekend. Head to and enter league code 40564-160018. A Charles N’Zogbia hat trick might just ease the pain of being bundled out of the DT finals in the first week.


  • Gona b running dis week 3 rookies the gu, Isaac smith and don’t wana hav a rookie inda ruck hav Petrie and lobbe upgrade Petrie or bench him for this week hope I win and upgrade lobbe also hav 154,000 in da bank any help?

  • Don’t any1 get Taylor he is out for the season with groin surgery..

  • Only a few rounds to go!

    This is the business end of the season?

    This is why we play!

  • Is Zmith definitly rested? If so im in sht!
    If cox plays im alright…

    • Nobody will know until the teams come out, chill.

    • That seems to be the word on the street. McKenna also mentioned it as a possibility on monday night. I thought they would play him being it against Brisbane (pretty much a home game) and the possible win…
      Thats probably just wishful thinking on my part, if he’s out i have to trade. Just have to wait until the teams come out tomorrow I guess.

      • Any news on cox, Injury list says he’s a test(hip)

        • Iz h3 alrht hopfuly, 0r 1m 1n trble…. Lol funniest message Ive seen FRITZ

          • If you want to be the first to know I’d suggest getting on Twitter and following the likes of AFL_PKeane and FootyTragic those guys are the first to know. Don’t forget to add the DT Talk guys too :)

  • Cheers Sully23:)

  • Anyone know a cheap $80K defender that might possibly play (just in case).

    Also who should I off load – Poo Polo or Buckley? Poo has a good run but Buck may fill in any stars that may get rested in the next few weeks.

  • Chook you need to set up a Head to Head league for EPL

    • Word.

      If you want head-to-head action, get on 40564-307710

      Now if they could just stop rioting long enough, we might get some games this week.

      • Cheers all over it, one things for sure, the rioting will stop for a couple of hours while the games are on.

  • If I wantd an engrish lesson I would of asked I was asking a simple question proper grammar I can do without help wit wat to do wit my team muchly appreciated

  • Gibbs, Goddard, Deledio, Enright, Heppell, Stanley, Puopolo (Jacobs, Hunt, Lisle)

    Murphy, Pendlebury, Swan, Boyd, Ablett, Rockliff (Montagna, Mzungu, Evans)

    Cox, Ryder (Lobbe, McCulloch)

    Fyfe, Cloke, Chapman, O’Keefe, Sylvia, Watts, Krakouer (Howe, Richardson, Dixon)

    4 trades left with $54,400 in the banks (6th on ladder so must win this week)

    any help would be great…

    • you need goodes and buddy in forward line DO IT!

      • (this week) evens to callinan then jacobs to fisher, leaves me 2 trades with $46,300
        (next week) Krakouer to buddy…


        • no

          this week if you wanna win – ablett to goodes and poo to fisher, be better to dump monty but you haven’t got the cash and there is a chance ablett won’t play even if he’s picked and that will shoot you

          you got mzungu for cover or can use krak too. no point having $$$ on the pine if he’s not on your field in a must win match and your 7th fwd and 7th def need upgrading

          • save one trade to get petrie or someone in for ryder if you make it through, if desperate next week and the week after you could dump a fwd for petrie and ryder just sits on the bench GF week if u make it

  • Dr Dream Team says to pick up Jeremy Taylor… How about you do some research you lazy incompetent f**kwit.

    • His other advice was pretty solid today though.

    • feel better?

      where’d you do yours? found it on this website I reckon…. Maybe you did contact someone at the Suns, if I’m wrong I apologise.

  • Well thank you for your comments they were needless to say not useful and good to see some of you watch the news but its Josef, and I was asking for help but everyone seems to well want to educate me on a few abbreviated words so I’m sorry I misspelt a few words but i would like my original question answered if that is ok with all of you and for those who think I call myself FRITzL because of that sick individual there is such thing as defamation of character or am I now losing some of you intellectuals out there

  • Have one trade remaining and $34,900
    Im expecting to win this week so geelong bye will have no effect
    Should I save the trade to use on gibbs rnd 23 or get rid of waters now?
    Any other ideas would be appreciated
    Def: Gibbs, Goddard, Delidio, Suckling, Stanley, Adcock, Waters* (Buckley, Jacobs, Thompson)
    Mid: Pendles, Swan, Boyd, Ablett, Thompson, Bartel (Mzungu, Calinan, Andreoli)
    Ruck: Cox, Mcevoy (Lobbe, Mccauley)
    Fwd: Johnson, Fyfe, Chapman, Goodes, Franklin, Sylvia, Riewoldt (Lynch, Matera, Richardson)
    *Will be out for atleast one more week

  • How about Zmith to Tom Nicholls as a down grade?
    Could then sub petrie into rucks to give me cox + petrie with nicholls as cover.
    Nicholls shuld come in if Zmith is rested

  • Petrie —> Mumford or Leuenburger

  • Balls……

    They just said Penlebury is going to be rested and that he won’t be happy but it is best for the team.

    My bet Hodge will miss GC too maybe Mithcell.

  • Bloodly Hell..
    Nani’s double against Man City has turned him into a popular pick now and with Luiz in doubt i’m not happy.


    P.S hoping higgins can pull his finger out this week.

  • ‘Brownlow Medal fancy Scott Pendlebury has played down his chances, saying he could be rested ahead of the finals’.

  • rookies!! yeah dpp’s

  • Hey guys this is my team:

    Gibbs, Deledio, God, Hep, Adcock, Suckling, RMurphy (Poo, Chaplin, LThompson)

    Swan, Pendles, Boyd, Ablett, Monty, Mitchell (Mzungu, Swallow, Jacobs)

    Petrie, ZSmith (Lobbe, Max Bailey)

    Franklin, Chappy, Fyfe, Pav, Goodes, Sylvia, ISmith (TLynch, Jayden Pitt, Talia)

    I have 114,400 in the bank and 2 trades left. I’m currently 2nd in my league so I want to win this one to get a bye. Was trying to manage to get Sam Fisher and Mumford somehow so i have only one rookie in the ruck (seeing as ZSmith seems likely to miss) but I dont seem to have enough money to do so.

    What do you guys think i should do? Help much appreciated!!

  • Hey guys im in a real pickle at the moment. i’ve got 3 trades left $220,000 sc and i need to take out heath shaw and jonathon brown. i know; i should have taken them out ages ago but the i would have been left with only 1 trade going into finals. im looking at getting Suckling and Goodes as well as getting Tom Rockclif for David Swallow. but being only allowed 2 trades this week i don’t know if should get rockliff or not this week cause his price might go up. What do u guys reckon?