The Friday Scramble: Rd 3

Another DTTalk Exclusive: The Friday Scramble - with Dunny

Another DTTalk Exclusive: The Friday Scramble – with Dunny

This is it, things get real now!  We finally get to unleash our teams in anger.  Our matchups finally start and bragging rights are now up for grabs.

So what do you need to do?  Well there are a few things that are critical.  Let’s look at the big issues for this weekend.

Are your Rookies set?

Price changes start this week, so if you haven’t got yourself on the big movers then this is your last chance!  The very first thing you need to do is take yourself back in a time machine to Wednesday morning and have a look at Jeppa’s Juniors.  Jeppa took you through everyone that you need to have in your team.

Make sure that you have got them all set and have the right ones on your ground.  This is the tough part, getting the right guys on the ground has been hard in the first two weeks, but I think we are starting to see some trends….  Guys like O’Meara, Wines, Stephenson  and Viney are the guys that we should be looking as our best bets to have on our field.  With all these trades this year you don’t need to sit on those speculative ones.  So if you still have Vlaustin in your line up then you should be trading him out and then looking to use him as a downtgrade target once your other cash cows have fattened up a bit!

Trades done?

Have you got your trades set?  We have the two trades a week now and as such we should be using them.  Everyone thought that the game was going to be so much easier this year with these two trades every week.  Hands up those who think that picking two trades a week has been easy?  Just judging from twitter traffic this week I don’t think that this is the case!

The one bit of advice that I can give you is to be very careful with your trades.  What I would advice is to look at your trades in the following order:

  • Rookie Fix Ups – If you don’t have the gun rookies and you took a chance on someone else that hasn’t fired (like Kane Mitchell) then you need to get in the guys that are going to skyrocket in price.
  • Premo Stuff Ups – Next you may want to trade out a “Premo” that you have taken a chance on and they just haven’t fired.  One example of this could be someone that is dear to our fellow writer Crutton, Toby Greene.  After last year he was someone we all thought was going to be a gun this year but they just haven’t fired a shot yet.
  • Big Price Drops – Well this sort of goes hand in hand with the previous category.  If you have a premo or a mid pricer that is going to plummet in price then this is the sort of guy that you may want to trade out and then pick up again later on when the price is lower.  This is a risky strategy indeed and I would only recommend this if you have no issues with the above areas.  If you can drop a premo like a Toby Greene or a Zorko that is going to drop, you could pick up a mid pricer or rookie, let them go up in price and then use that cash and the price rise to get your premo back when they bottom out in a week or two.
    Many a veteran DTer will tell you that this is just ridiculous and you never trade out a premo, but in this new Gen Y version of DT where trades are plentiful, then there doesn’t seem to be any reason why you wouldn’t do it!

BEWARE:  Be careful at who you pick up or drop.  Make sure that any trade is backed up with solid research and thought.  Just remember, a stack of people traded in Ty Vickery last week.   Whilst we have plenty of trades, there are still only two per week, so if you trade out a premo ahead of a price drop with the view to getting them back next week, just be careful as you may have two other problems that are more immediate next week which mean that you miss them at the cheap price and they may explode pushing their price even higher.  This is particularly likely this week given that any really poor score from round 1 will only be in their price change formula for this week and this week only.

Make sure you check out JimBob’s article from yesterday Trigger Happy.  Plenty of sage trading advice in there! Also keep an eye out at lunch time today for the return of Aki’s DT Stock Market.  He will also have all the BE and price change information that you are likely to need.

Captain set?

Last week many of us (myself included) ignored the most famous pirate in the land and went with GAJ as we were afraid of the Carrots Tag on the Pig.  Well, I for one will be heading back to the fold and following Calvin this week.  If you don’t have Swanny then you should get yourself off the plank and back into the Captain’s headquarters and see what Calvin’s Captains has to say.

Whilst your captain choices over the past couple of weeks haven’t meant too much apart from ranking and the car, many of us are in this for the league wins so now is the time that this will matter most!  If you stuff up your captain choice and your opponent nails it, this can mean the difference between winning and losing your match.  So take some time, do what Calvin tells you, then keep calm and lock Swan!

 Things to Remember!

  • Get your Rookies Right – Thinking that it won’t matter if you only make $20k instead of $30k from your rookie before you dump him is not going to help you when in about 10 weeks you fall 5k short of the ultra gun that everyone else has!
  • Triple Check your Team before Lockout - I have heard too many stories this year already of people forgetting to make a change or put an E on one of their lines (well that may have been me that one) as lockout arrived.  Make sure it doesn’t happen to you.  On Monday at work when you have been beaten by 10 points, telling them “well I would have won if I had done this” isn’t going to get you the W from Virtual Sports!
  • Beware the Hype Player - You all saw what happened to Vickery last week, well jumping on Westhoff just because of 154 doesn’t guarantee it will happen again this week (but I am certainly praying he plays like that again).  These type of players will have a ripper but it will be surrounded by some shockers too.
  • Not all Beards Look Good! – So guys like Watts should worry more about getting the pill than their excuse for a facial forest.
  • Liven up your “Coaches Box” – Of all my leagues very few have any banter in the Coaches Box!  Have a bit of fun and get stuck into your mates (whilst following the language rules etc of course).  DT is more fun when you know who you are beating and let them have it!

Get stuck into it guys!  This week marks the start of what it is all about, matches against your mates.  I know that particularly my league at work is one where a loss on the weekend will mean you are subjected to ridicule all week!  Also keep a look out for the regular updates of the DT Talk Writers League which will be coming up each week thanks to Anthony.

If you do have another shocker this week, well cop it on the chin and use those trades to keep improving your side and remember…. They don’t hand out Premierships in April!

Catch you all on Twitter: @pkd73





  • Avatar of Shinboner Spirit

    I like it, considered Riewoldt myself. He posted pretty good scores this year and will definitely post another against GWS. I would trade out Stevens for Wines as JPK has a greater potential of posting a good score

  • Avatar of StenchMaster

    Viney, Wines, or Kommer on field for M8?

    Normally I’d say Wines but I/C listing has me worried…
    Especially after getting burnt last week with Karnezis.

  • Avatar of Shags

    I want to trade zorko. I dont want to jump onto Westhoff. Who should I get?

    • Avatar of Vested Warrior

      LeCras? Monfries?

      I have the same issue (with Karnezis out) but finding it hard to turn down the potential $$ from Hoff. In the 1st showdown of the year in 2011 and 2012 he scored 100 … the 2nd showdown of last year was in the 60′s.

      • Avatar of Shags

        Lecras, Monfries, Westhoff? Seriously this is the best fwds have to offer right now? lol. Maybe should keep Zorko afterall.

        • Avatar of Vested Warrior

          Good point and I totally agree – gone are the days with all the mid/fwd stars to choose from. I was thinking more for value than anything.

          What about Bartel or Chappy who are going ok and shouldn’t drop, the other premiums will likely go backwards.

  • Avatar of Mina

    Moloney + 200k or
    Keep in mind Maloney plays gc and Melbourne
    Barlow plays essendon and hawks

    • Avatar of Seamus

      get moloney, he is only averaging 10 pts less than barlow and you can use the 200k cash to upgrade someone somewhere else

  • Avatar of Zac

    help please

    kitchell to viney or wait til next week and go kitchel to crouch???

  • Avatar of Lucas


  • Avatar of Vested Warrior

    Which 2 to put on the ground?

    Macaffer, Dwyer (vs Hawks), Varcoe (Carlton) or Neade (Adel)

  • Avatar of lbj631

    still dont know whether to go dwyer or westhoff? i am looking to trade in 2 to 3 rounds

  • Avatar of 2dogs

    Newbie here. Looking at going Danger to Maloney & Karny to the hoff . Make some quick cash & then hopefully, in a perfect world, trade up to premos in couple of weeks. Too risky?

    Digging the DT Talk app

  • Avatar of ziraxe

    Hey guys need some input..

    Shuey -> Watson or Stanton
    Broughton -> Dixon or Heath Campbell

  • Avatar of 2dogs

    Hoff to buddy is the plan . May even get a hopefully firing Danger back, at a cheaper price. Have all the best rookies so all good there. Thanks guys

  • Avatar of Jackadaktal

    holding kitchell and karnezis till next week and going:
    Zmith -> Luenberger
    Varcoe -> JJKenedy

    … at this stage

  • Avatar of Rudiger

    So have traded out K Mitchell and brought in Lachie Whitfield.

    Should i leave him on the bench or swamp him for someone in my midfield:

    Swan, A Swallow, Moloney, Murphy, Deledio, Fyfe, Mundy or O’Maera?

    At the moment I’m thinking Mundy or Murphy…am leaning towards Mundy because of his ‘poor’ record against Essendon (but when he is good he is great).

  • Avatar of lbj631

    Which 2 on the field Dwyer, Macaffer, Neade or Rowe

  • Avatar of Shags

    Dwyer, Neade. No particular reason.

  • Avatar of Kevin

    HI Guys, need your thoughts for my trades this week. Two options here:
    Option 1:
    JPK > Moloney
    Karnezis > JJK

    Option 2:
    Zorko > N. riewoldt
    Karnezis > JJK.

    My gut feeling tells me option 2 is the better option. Reckon JPK will step up this week.

  • Avatar of dangerdan01

    j grimes- birchall?

  • Avatar of Deztroyer

    team is:
    Hep, God, Birchall, Goodes, Gibbs, Pittard (Stevenson, terlich)
    swan, pendals, gaz, cotchin, moloney, wines, o’meara, viney (mitchell, crouch)
    Cox, burger (bilcavs, currie)
    Rocky, martin, kennedy, wright, bartel, neade (rowe, macaffer)

    thoughts on my team?

    • Avatar of dangerdan01

      Good overall team. I would probably have rowe on the ruck bench and dwyer on the forward bench so that when rowe’s price increases, you can downgrade to the likes of currie or daw.

  • Avatar of Blirrel

    Who thinks Armstrong, Crouch and K.Stevens will start in the 21??? Its terrible you cant compensate for SUB selections. Atm Ive brought Armstrong back in cause of his inclusion this week with Pittard/Plowman on the bench.
    I reckon Crouch loves the big stage at AAMI and is goin to have a big one, im also starting with K.Stevens because his scoring per/min has been impressive so far this season. Both Viney and O’Meara on the bench.
    Whats peoples thoughts on the extra emergency? its a bs rule that if you have 2 emergencies selected the lower score is used? poor use of the extra emergency i think. so we use it now to back up our playing rucks? In the past this was never a real priority. The extra EMG should be utilized to cover a sub? But obviously not always probable specially for these situations, i was frustrated when embers was named on the wing started as a sub RD1, RD2 Stevens named on the wing also but started as a sub game day. WTF??? Not much you can do really:( if only i started with Wines and Whitfield instead, i wouldnt be to far off the leader otherwise:(

    • Avatar of Blirrel

      By the way if you have Kennedy and he isnt your captain, your mad!!! People want to be reminded he scored 177 against the doggies at subi the game he kicked 10. Its at the G yes but his opponents are McDonald and Frawls, who also got to cover Sinclair/Cox and Darling. I reckon he could kick a dozen!

      • Avatar of Kevin

        Well, it’s time to start putting your mouth where your money is and starting locking in kennedy as your captain. He could easily get 170, then on the other hand he could get 70.

        • Avatar of Blirrel

          I believe he will get 110+ no doubt, he’s been my captain since sunday night;) and in my team since feb! I cant see him scoring 70 or less to many times this season. Hes fully fit and firing, if he gets shutdown in the forward 50 he’ll pick up cheap touches and +6′s working out of it, the man has a big tank. If you havent got him DTKING then best that you do!

          • Avatar of Kevin

            Blirrel I do have Kennedy but not as caption I don’t haven’t courage u do. Good luck with ur pod captain it may well work wonders

  • Avatar of Deztroyer

    who to have on field and who to put the (E) on

    DEF: pittard, stevenson, terlich
    MIDS: Wines, o’meara, viney, crouch, mitchell
    FWDS: Neade, rowe, macaffer

    • Avatar of Blirrel

      I believe Stevensen will avg more than Pittard all year mate, he has a more trusted boot out of the backline than pittard. He starts my field, also because i know the person im playin this round will start with Pittard, so a bit of tactics involved as well.
      Rule Mitchell out as Gray might even sneak his spot this week! Wines yes! Viney struggled against more experienced midfielders last week same goes again this week. I would probably start O’Meara he was terrific last week expect same output against the likes of Steven, Armitage. He’s good enough at 18 to match the saints;)
      Neade a no brainer as with Macaffer who is starting to build every week.
      If i was you i would duel position trade rowe into your ruck when blicavs peaks, couple of FWD options to consider in the coming rounds, no one is talking about him now but Viv Michie is my smokey;)
      Also people be aware of buckley being named in the forward pocket, i wouldnt be surprised if he starts as a sub, been a common tactic last 2 rounds for clubs, it sh!ts me

  • Avatar of Ryan

    Karnezis for Westhoff for his price change then after lockout westhoff to mitch robinson?

  • Avatar of Jason



    Zorko>Neade + 300 odd grand


  • Avatar of Dean

    I konw this is DT talk, but need SC help… J Selwood or Swan for C?

  • Avatar of Sphincter

    Nee some help with the best trade of these 3.

    1. JPK to Moloney

    2. Zorko to Chapman

    3. Karnezis to Neade

  • Avatar of Anthony

    Considering 2 Trades this week, 1st is firm.

    1st karnezis > dwyer

    2nd danger > swan or whoever i want OR varcoe > JJK?


  • Avatar of Leigh

    Boys…….. Macaffer is out..

    Back to the drawing board

  • Avatar of ruben

    Lads, Team is fair solid n 3/4 will rise

    Already Karnezis > Kennedy

    Thinking of Stringer > Dwyer… jus want some thoughts (Collingwood fans or whoever) on his situation of making the 22? Im not sold on him holding his spot this week or next.


    Deledio is one that will be my biggest drop price (although he’s footy been good) Maybe Deledio > Moloney/S.Mitchell ? Thoughts??

    • Avatar of ruben

      Stringer n Currie only players that wont rise

      Deledio n Franklin only players with High BE scores, Rest of squad with reachable BE scores

  • Avatar of Scott

    luke brown or campbell heath for vlastuin? Already have pittard and stevenson and terlich. I was thinking Brown as he is more likely to stay in the side for longer

    • Avatar of ruben

      Campbell Heath better job security than vlastuin. Richmond best 22 is solid while port are picking players on merit. so Heath should hold his spot

  • Avatar of HAWKAS

    DEF: Birchall, Gibbs, Goddard, Goodes, Pittard, Stevenson (Heath, Terlich)

    MID: Swan, Sam Mitchell, Pendles, Cotchin, Gazza, Moloney, O’Mearea, Viney (Crouch, Kane Mitchell)

    RUC: Cox, Berger (Blicavs, Daw)

    FWD: JJKennedy, Rockliff, Martin, Buddy, Neade, Dwyer (Macaffer, Rowe)

    CASH LEFT: $279,300

    Who to start on the ground out of Viney, K.Mitchell or Crouch.

    Any thoughts on the team would be great thanks.

  • Avatar of Matt

    who is most likely to get the sub out of crouch, stevens, viney and wines

  • Avatar of ilovedt

    Karnezis to Martin or Bartel

    If I go Martin I will have 80k left and planning to go JJK to Monfries next week. Or Bartel? And have 20k

  • Avatar of Mark

    Whitfield or Viney on field?

  • Avatar of Danvers Mighty Men

    What are peoples thoughts on bringing in Steve Johnson this round? Is there any risk?

  • Avatar of Adam

    Need to get rid of Bolton, Zorko, Byrnes, Karnezis & Macaffer.
    pretty sold on getting JJK & Dwyer, but who to remove?
    would love to have a midfield DPP so i could get moloney.

    • Avatar of Alex Coleman

      Neade, Martin, Bartel, Rockliff and several others hav midfield DPP’s. Moloney will go up and gain you cash but I think he will bottom out around 450 k

  • Avatar of Alex Coleman

    Mid Premo’s=Swan, Ablett, Pendlebury, Watson, Cotchin
    Projected average (as a whole):600
    This is roughly 1/3 of the salary. These guys give me walk-up hundreds every week but are chewing up cash from other areas such as D4
    Should I consider downgrading one or two to say Fyfe, Barlow, Moloney etc to gain cash so I can to distribute to other areas. I know most people are running with Ablett/Swan and one of these remaining three. Then a Fyfe and Moloney. What should I do guys??

    • Avatar of Gav

      Get rid of Watson for Fyfe, with possibility of getting moloney in for Cotchin. Your choice though.

      PS. Could please help me out with my question below Alex?? Goog luck

      • Avatar of Alex Coleman

        I’m thinkin one of them to Barlow/Fyfe and maybe upgrading to Moloney later on. The thing is with 8 of my 10 rookies being in the top 10 of cash generation I may not need to. I’m hoping to get D4 to a premo from one of Pittard/Stevenson with the cash I have (120k) apart from that its just waiting for things to happen. I have to see how things turn out but upon consideration, I need more advice and evidence on why to trade them out

  • Avatar of Gav

    Who should I trade Karnezis out for? Should I trade Macaffer, Mitchell or Zorko as well? If I trade Macaffer or Zorko out for JJ Kennedy should I get a rookie or Premo in for Karnezis? My current forward line is: Bartel, Rockliff, Franklin, Martin, Zorko, Karnezis, Dwyer, Macaffer.

    • Avatar of Alex Coleman

      I think you should get rid of one of your premo’s as you have 5 so either Zorko or Franklin. I think you should upgrade Karnezis to JJK. Zorko/Franklin to Neade. You can use the remaining money for an upgrade in other areas