The Sunday Knee-Jerk – Round 3

I would really love it if Swan could play before a Sunday arvo. The issue being is that my week is already ruined by that stage! I think I had the dream team equivalent to beer goggles on last week when looking at my side. The dons scores were boosted against Melbourne, my rooks had scored way above their potential and my team looked like a bunch of superstars. It was as if the potato crop had suddenly blossomed into a group of golden spuds. However I should have known, things don’t turn around that quickly. I was rudely awoken on Friday night with Watson’s score, and things have been slowly taking turns for the worse ever since. I will find a couple of well formed spuds here and there, but most of them have grown to be deformed, dirty and almost unsellable. Time to dig a few of them up, then replace and rebuild! It’s time to knee-jerk.

The Legend

While I didn’t own many legends this week, I managed to sneak in a serious POD. Not. Wines (126) is an absolute jet. If you didn’t get him, kick yourself in the nuts, then seriously consider your DT credentials. He’s worth it. Not a sub risk lads! Dustin Martin (144) has to be one of the standouts this weekend. Much maligned for his fast starts and poor finishes, we were speculative when he sat on 69 at HT. Little did we know he’d outscore himself in the second half, and have his highest scoring quarter in the fourth! Has he turned a corner? Too early to tell. I’m not jumping on straight away. I think the big question this week may be this. What is Westhoff (140) taking? They are some seriously effective peptides, he just runs all day! Massive tank, quality player. If your like me and didn’t bring him in, we’ve missed the boat. Am I ready to pay a premium price for him yet? I’m not so sure, he can’t keep going like this! However he could still make huge cash. I’m torn! Josh Kennedy (113) is another fantastic pick, while guys like Cotchin (119) and Swallow (123) kept on keeping on. Kornes (128) is loving the Ken Hinkley era so far, he looks exactly like his former self! Great draft pick! *Pats self on back* *slumps again*

The Sunday Chop

*Licks lips*. Where to begin. Dayne Zorko (51) is doing his best to undo all his good work for us last year with another spud effort. I’m torn between trading him or not. I can’t remember stuffing up a trade decision this bad for a long time though. I could have traded zorko to westhoff and I score 89 more and am $90,000 richer. Yet alone how much cash I gain over the next few weeks. Do I bite the bullet and jump on the Hoff? To be decided! Travis Varcoe (9) has to go, as does Kruezer (21) who went down with a thumb injury and is expected to miss a while. Mitchell (38) grabbed another sub vest and doesn’t look like breaking that tag anytime soon. Crouch (63) has come at a perfect time, not that he played great against Port. Patton (15) had his horror run of luck continue when he did his ACL. Shame. Whitfield (36) gets one more week before getting ditched for Mayes (95). Finally Pittard (28) did his best Zac Dawson impression to kill a lot of our scores. Terlich (75) straight in!

The Clown

This category will be hard to narrow the options down, as I’m placing 10 entries for it every week! Trades, bench decisions you name it. However Whitfield (36) has made me look like a complete fool this year. His first round effort of 48 indicated he was perhaps going to struggle in his first year in AFL, so I hurriedly benched him and planned his exit. Then his 102 against Port changed everything! He was a DT slut, owning a wing and looked every bit the number 1 draft pick. So straight back in he comes. NEK MINNIT! Of course the week I benched him, Jones had his lowest score of the year (48). 130 points down the drain. Also if you’d put a red nose and a colourful wig on Zorko he would have fitted the role perfectly.

What we’ve learnt?

  • It takes balls to succeed in the new land of 44 trades.
  • Just ask those who traded in Libba or Dixon. Don’t get blinded by the Hoff!
  • Swan is winning a lot more contested ball. Not great for DT!
  • The teams we forget about score well. Too much thought is never a good thing!
  • The Hoff has spent his weekends sitting at home, musing his beard and watching old video tapes of Richo. He plays the same game!
  • If you didn’t notice, Westhoff is now formally known as, ‘The Hoff’.
  • Hoff is actually great for a lot of words. Hoffmania, Hofftastic, Hofftides. Give me some more!
  • I can only compare the lesser Dayne’s confusion on the weekend to this. The Q clash was a fish shop, and Zorko was a blind lesbian.
  • Melbourne are in a deeper hole than the Mariana Trench.
  • Dusty has always been a tease. Just like the girl next door. His score this week was equivalent to a boob transplant. Do we go for it now? We’re getting drawn in. Those who went for it early just got a nice surprise!
  • #YOLO trades are the talk of the week. JJK and Westhoff are the ambassadors. Libba and Dixon are the warning signs. Take note of both, don’t expect it to be all smooth sailing.
  • Is there any Danger of paddy cracking the ton?!
  • Melbourne’s recruiting policy is the equivalent of the dung beetle. Picking up the shit that got left behind.

This game sh*ts me

How long have we got? 20 rounds to go and my team is probably destined to fail. Poor scores can be recovered, but when your missing out on value that everyone else is getting, it’s game over. Especially with the new trading system. Second year blues shit me. Under-performing premos shit me. Frees against shit me. The sliding rule shits me. Rookies shit me. Inconsistency shits me. Braggers shit me. But most importantly my potato crop shits me. And when you look at your side and feel the urge to puke, your not going to enjoy the next 20 weeks. And that’s why this game shits me.

The other bits and pieces.

In the aftermath of a shocking weekend for me, I ended up with 1898. Not even 1900. What a tease. Not that it matters, I’m almost done already! The question is how do we go about using our 44 trades? There will be many rookies on the bubble over the next few weeks. Rowe, Crouch, Mayes, Lee, Wright and eventually Vlastuin. Do we make most of our cash here or jump on over performing mid pricers? As I’ve already touched on, Westhoff and JJK paid off massively, but Libba and Dixon have cost points. Rookies are the safe option to make cash, you can hardly go wrong. However they will cause you big headaches. If you jump on a lightning mid-pricer, you might make cash and earn big points! Possibly even a keeper. One thing I know for sure is this, the winner this season will have a massive set of cojones. It’s a new land of DT. And I’m still adjusting… but learning to love it! Cheers.

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352 Comments

  • Team:
    DEF: Gibbs,Heppel,Goddard,Goodes,Stevenson,Pittard (Heath,Terlich)
    Mid:Stanton,Pendles,Swan,Gablett,Danger,Wines,O’Meara,Viney (Crouch,M Jones)
    RUC:Leuy,Goldy (Currie,Blicavs)
    FWD:Kennedy,Cox,Rockliff,Bartel,Robinson,Patton (Lee,Macaffer)

    CASH:85,300

    WHAT TO DO!?

    Thinking
    Option1:
    Lee->Neade/Dwyer
    Currie->Rowe/Sinclair (Which One)

    Option2:
    Danger->Swallow
    Lee/Patton -> Neade/Dwyer

  • Tough draw in my league, Im second highest points scorer, I lost to the 3rd highest point scorer in first round by 7 points, & Im playing the top scorer this week. Then Ive got a few easy beats. To maximise my points this week Im thinking of trading one of JOM or viney or Jones to Crouch, & then trading Patton to Hoff/Martin.

    The less risky option is simply kommer -> crouch and zorko -> any premo fwd.

    • reccomend to zorko > premo trade and if possible getting rid of patton as he is injured and honestly sucks

      • Could be argued that he was a better pick than Macaffer. Got 60-70 both weeks, had JS in spades, he was my perfect fwd emg… :'(

  • Team:

    DEF: B.Goddard, B.Gibbs, D.Heppell, B.Goodes, J.Pittard, L.Stevenson. (C.Heath, D.Terlich.)

    MID: D.Swan, G.Ablett, S.Pendlebury, A.Swallow, P.Dangerfield, O.Wines, K.Stevens, J.O’Meara. (J.Viney, B.Crouch.)

    RUC: D.Cox, M.Leuenberger. (M.Blicavs, S.Rowe.)

    FOR: J.Bartel, T.Rockliff, D.Martin, M.Wright, J.Kennedy, S.Dwyer. (J.Neade, B.Macaffer.)

    $101,600 Remaining.

    Any suggestions on what trades I should make?

    Thinking of going Wright to Westhoff and Blicavs to Sinclair. These trades would leave me with $99,900. Or even Wright to Knights or Pettard. Thoughts?

    • would be a good idea to go wright > goldstein (DPP with cox) or upgrade K.Stevens/Danger > cotchin/swallow/westoff
      Do not reccommend getting in sinclair hes too far down the list with Cox, Nic Nat, Lycett and blicavs will still make you some money probably the best JS for a rookie ruck besides rowe (now that kruz is injured) Wright > westoff trade isn’t too bad

  • Riddle me this, Batmsn –

    Have the General (Patton) who is now goneski! Want to get Turdlich into my defence.

    Why can’t I go Patton out, Dwyer to forward line, perhaps Heppell or Johnny B Goodes to the midfield and Terlich into the backline?

    Doesn’t seem to want to let me do that, on the old trade wizzer.

    Any thoughts???

    • that is exactly what i was planning to do this week with karnezis through
      Terlich > Dwyer > Karnezis
      Dream Team creators went to the trouble to do DPP they may as well do it right
      But worked it out so last week went K. Mitchell to Terlich (DPP with goodes) so i wont get stuffed up like you but do a seperate trade with karnezis.

      My advice would be do two seperate trades if possible hard to say since dont know what ur team lookes like or what trades ur doing but well thats just how FMDT works!!!

      • Yeah – was thinking I might have to do 2 separate trades. Not what I wanted to do, because the other trade I wanted to do was to bring in Luey to the ruck division. So, the proposed trade really doesn’t work at all now.

        Thanks for the feedback – like your avatar as well – impressive!

  • Shaun Higgins will miss the rest of the season with a navicular stress fracture in his left foot.

  • Ok thinking of going Armstrong > R. Douglas (DPP with Goodes) because missed out on douglas last week and he’s a smokey will score 90+ along with monfries and molony, and my Def is too strong… terlich only rookie on field so to balance up scores…

    And then Kruezer > Rowe because even though rowe is not the best onfield ruck option with Jacobs and not going leuenberger for the extra 10 points but rowe will long term give me more $$$ and rowe is cheaper and has DPP which will be useful for next weeks trades.

    Will use the extra $250,000 left for next week to go Karnezis > Goldstein (DPP with rowe) and then another trade somewhere else.

    So all in all will only need to have a 60-65 score from rowe 1 week since he’ll be going straight to my fwd bench next week, and goldstein will lift up my scores.

    ***IF YOU TOOK THE TIME TO READ THIS THEN PLEASE LEAVE SOMEFEDBACK*** cheers

    • Not sure Goldstein is DPP , Sinclair isnt a bad option, as Nic Nat is likely to be out for 6-8 weeks, and he is far in front of Lycett. I am cosidering bringing both Rowe and Sinclair this week, for Kommer and Currie, swithing Neade to mid bench for Kommer and Rowe to vacant forward bench, as I wasnt totally convinced with Crouch.

  • Should I downgrade molony to wines and then get Stevie j but keep Kane Mitchell
    Or
    Keep molony get rid of Kane Mitchell and then get Stevie j
    Thoughts on wat one I should choose thanks

  • Gibbs, Goddard, Grimes, Goodes, Stevenson, Terlich (Pittard, Vlastuin)

    Swan, Ablett, Cotchin, Murphy, Sidebottom, Wines, O’meara, Viney (Crouch, K Mitchell)

    Maric, Berger (Blicavs, Currie)

    Franklin, Rockliff, Martin, J Kennedy, Zorko, Dwyer (Neade, Macaffer)

    Option 1: Sidebottom > Moloney – Zorko > Rowe, Leaves me with 550k.
    (Next week K Mitchell > Mayes, and Macaffer > Cox/stevie J/Bartel)

    Option 2: K Mitchell > Moloney – Zorko > Rowe, Leaves me with 150k
    (Next week Macaffer > Mayes, Sidebottom > Mid Super-premo)

    Option 3: Currie > Rowe, Zorko > Bartel (Miss out on Maloney, no cash left)
    (Next week, K Mitchell > Mayes – Sidebottom > Mid Premo or Grimes > Birchall)

    Thanks for the helps guys.

  • Team is as follows: Who shuld i trade, only have 1 trade left

    DEF: Goddard, Heppell, Gibbs, Goodes, Stevenson, Terlich (Pittard, Heath)
    MID: Ablett, Swan, Pendelbury, Fyfr, Liberatore, Wines, O’meara, Crouch (Stevens, Viney)
    RUC: Jacobs, Luenberger (Blicavs, Currie)
    FWD: Westhoff, Kennedy, Bartel, Rockliff, Cox,Neade (Rowe, Macaffer)

    Cash left : $266,200 (looking to save cash to upgrade stevens to swallow next round)

  • Hey everyone!
    As I dodged all the bullets that round 3 served up I a ready to make some ones and downgrade and stuff. What should I do
    Kommer to Crouch
    Or
    Mitchell to Crouch

  • This was my team for this week:
    Heppell, Gibbs, Goddard, Goodes, Stevenson, Pittard (Heath, Vlastuin)
    Swan, GAJ, Pendles, JPK, M.Murphy, Danger, Ollie Wines, Jaeger bomb (Viney, Crouch)
    Cox, Blicavs (Currie, Daw)
    Buddy, Rocky, N. Roo, JJK, dwyer, Caff (Rowe, Karnezis)

    With 42k left.

    I didnt score toooo badly with 2040 ish, but I want the hoff this week to get some cash, and im unsure what to do with my midfield – feel like trading GAJ out and avoiding his price decrease might be worthwhile.

    THOUGHTS ANYONE???

    • Dont trade GAJ, it will bite you in the arse. You didnt pick GAJ to make you money so it is irrelevant if he drops 50k. he is a gun and will earn you massive points more often than not. At the end of the day, that is what the aim of the game is.

  • should i trade k mitchell or kommer this week. kommer out for 2 weeks aswell.?
    thoughts?

    • Kommer has been offered a 2 week holiday by the MRP and Kane Mitchell is back on the rookie lst after his temporary upgrade. Perhaps you should trade both.

  • Ok thinking of going Armstrong > R. Douglas (DPP with Goodes) because missed out on douglas last week and he’s a smokey will score 90+ along with monfries and molony, and my Def is too strong… terlich only rookie on field so to balance up scores…

    And then Kruezer > Rowe because even though rowe is not the best onfield ruck option with Jacobs and not going leuenberger for the extra 10 points but rowe will long term give me more $$$ and rowe is cheaper and has DPP which will be useful for next weeks trades.

    Will use the extra $250,000 left for next week to go Karnezis > Goldstein (DPP with rowe) and then another trade somewhere else.

    So all in all will only need to have a 60-65 score from rowe 1 week since he’ll be going straight to my fwd bench next week, and goldstein will lift up my scores.

    ***IF YOU TOOK THE TIME TO READ THIS THEN PLEASE LEAVE SOMEFEDBACK*** cheers

    • Sounds good man, just go with your gut instinct – most of the time it doesnt lead you astray.

      I too still have karnezis sitting quietly on the pine, not sure what im gonna do with him. But rowe, with kreuzer out, should be seeing alot more of the footy and hopefully getting higher scores. I personally am thinking of trading GAJ out this week to a cash cow (probably the hoff) with a midfield/fwd switch, and bringing sinclair in for currie – who’s eating doughnuts like nobodies business

  • thinking of trading daw but torn between whether to go with rowe or sinclair. thoughts??

    • i myself would go Rowe, simply because he may get more gametime now that Kruezer is out, plus his average is 6 higher than sinclair = bit more cash after 3 games played. but check named teams friday before trading him in though,
      if one is dropped, buy the one that is named to play.

    • rowe when nic nat is back in 2 to 3 weeks sinclair will be omitted

  • what you guys reckon about buddy > hoff then in a few weeks swap them back for cash?

  • Who to trade in for pavlich???? I have rocky, bartel, westhoff, kennedy

  • Any thoughts appreciated please…

    Karnezis to Rowe
    Kommer to Martin

    Thoughts about leaving Zorko in for 1 or 2 more taking risk to see if he can produce a better score.

    Or get rid of him for Martin and leave Kommer on bench and trade him out next week?

    Cheers

  • Kommer to Crouch makes sense to me.

    Which other trade do you reckon?

    Daw to Sinclair
    Pittard (or Stevenson or Heath) to Terlich

    ?