The Friday Scramble: Round 20

FridayScrambleWe have made it!  We are at DT Finals!  Hopefully you have all found your way into the top 8 and for a lucky few of you into the top 4 and that all important double chance.  From here on out your focus (assuming you are only looking at league wins and not the overall cash because Hook has that wrapped up hopefully) is on your opponent and what they are doing and what you can do to beat them.  So your strategy may change as to who you may look at to bring into your side.

I think we have come out of the round fairly well unscathed which means that you shouldn’t have to use your two trades this week to get rid of an injured or suspended player for a change (unless you have Buddy or Kreuz) and you can use them to improve your team, but also think of using them strategically too.

Trading Strategy

Now I am not going to tell you here who it is that you should be bringing in, I will leave that to Jimbob and his Trigger Happy article.  What I wanted to mention was the strategies that you can employ to get you that all important win in the first week of the finals.  Now obvioulsy you are all in more than one league, but if you are like me then you would have at least one if not two that you are really desperate to win.  So I would be looking at what I needed to do to win that league and then see what effect that strategy has on your other leagues and hopefully you come out on top in all of them.

The Gamble – So you have had a look at your opponents team and they are pretty much the same as your team with a couple of differences that you think that you can’t win it based on that.  So it is here that you start looking for the ultra uniques, the guys that are on a bit of a hot streak that you maybe wouldn’t have considered previously.  Refer back to Tbetta’s Bullets from Tuesday and you could consider some of the guys that he mentioned like Steele Sidebottom, Heath Scotland, Shane Mumford and Lachie Hansen.  These guys are risky but they will be unique and they could go big.  Unless you have the double chance (and even then consider this strategy) you have to get the win to stay in it, so no point having an “Honourable Loss”

The Safe Bet – This is the opposite of above.  You have the game won on paper and you are in the top 4.  You could take the view that you are going to play it safe and get the consistent guy and not the risky one.  Take your tried and true guys here like Corey Enright, Joel Selwood and Dusty Martin.

Defence Defence Defence The other side of the coin (there are three sides?) is where you have looked at your opponent and you already have plenty of uniques and you have some that are a little more risky than theirs!  In this case you may wish to play a bit of Defence.  By this it means trading away your riskier uniques and matching up some of their premiums.  This might mean that you trade out Ricky Henderson and bring in Dyson Heppell or you may trade Marc Murphy to Michael Barlow.   What I am trying to say here is take the guys that are the proven winners that are also on your opponents team if you think you have a few too many uniques and a couple of them you can’t trust in the heat of battle.

Buddy Again!

Well we lost him, he came back with a bang then a whimper and now we have lost him again in what is arguably the Hawks easier of thier run home.  This is the one we thought he could do the best particularly with the Saints losing most of their backline for the rest of the season!  But what this does mean for us is that Rough should now fire up again and be the main target as the Hawks head forward.

Kreuz Chaos!!

Ouch! One of our popular picks in the last few weeks has been big Kreuz.  Now he is out with the Old Man Calf disesase!  OhNo!  He is in 13.42% of teams as of Thurs Night and I imagine that it will have thrown many a trading plan out of the window!  The key is that he is the highest price ruck at the moment so you can pick absolutely anyone you want!  Key choices would be Rough, Big Will and Coxy.



Both of those are good combinations Troy, I guess my main question is your motivation for each of the two trades.  Do you need to be unique to win or are you simply trying to find the best scoring duo.  In my section above this is really the Defence move vs the Gamble move.  Being unique can certainly pay off but if you are up against a heap of teams with Barlow and Beams then you may want to play some defence as those guys are likely to score very well.  If I was safely in the top 4 then I would go Barlow/Beams.  However, if I had to win and was the underdog then it would certainly be worth the risk of Sidebottom and Scooter.  And when I say a risk, they will score well, but if they fail and you are the only one that has them then you will fall back and it will be very hard to win your matchup.


Beamer has come back with a bang after his long layoff at the start of the year.  Griffen is certainly a guy that has been on fire of late and is also now the number one midfielder at the dogs, particularly with Boyd out with OMC disease (Old Man Calves).  Whilst Griffen is $63k cheaper is he going to bring you the points that Beamer will?  Well Beams faces Syd, Haw, WCE, Nth in his last 4 and Griffen faces Carl, Adel, Bris, Melb in his last 4.  To me I think Griffen has the better run home (all but the Bris game are at Etihad) but I just think that Beams isn’t likely to have a score under 100 which Griffen could.  Lastly, it also comes down to your cash.  If you have heaps then go Beams, but if the 63k difference will wipe out your bank then Griffen may be the better option and would allow you more flexibility in trades next week.  If money is no option, then I think Beams is your man.


Certainly not a terrible decision.  I think that given he has a few weeks rest now he should be raring to go.  Last time he played the GWS (his only time) he scored a 120, they are playing at Pattersons… need I say more!  The following week it is Melbourne at the MCG whom he has averaged about 89 over the last three contests.  Given their current form I can’t see him scoring that low this time!  If you are looking for a Point of Difference then Pav would be a great one!  He is only in 2.89% of teams so the odds of your opponent having him would be slim.


If you have no other issues to deal with and you really think that Gibbs is now no good then I think that Gibbs to Enright is a good trade.  One thing that does worry me about Gibbs is that now that we know that Carrazzo is out for the rest of the season (Another Calf Injury!!) Gibbs is more likely to take on a tagging role which is when we know he scores poorly.
Your second option there of trading NRoo to either Hansen or Mayne is an interesting one.  I have been surprised by Hansen.  Over the last 7 his lowest has been 97 (excluding his 0 when he was injured).  If you told me this would happen I wouldn’t believe it.  He faces Adelaide at AAMI this week, he scored a 60 on them last time and had 48 and 65 in the two prior against them.  I think he will beat those scores but a fired up Adelaide may be an interesting prospect for him.  Mayne is another interesting one.  We know that the Dockers have a fantastic run home from here and his lowest in the last 5 has been 83.  One thing that does worry me though is the return of Pav.  This could go either way, Pav will take a better defender but he will also be the main target.
Once again this is going to come down to your situation in your matches and whether you need to play it safe (and go with Gibbs to Enright) or if you need a POD (and go Roo to Hansen/Mayne).

Things To Remember

  •  No-one Remembers Who Simply Made the 8! – Go all out in your finals, do whatever you have to do to win!
  • Watch Out For The General! – As we inch closer to real AFL finals, as teams are set in their position and can’t move we are more likely to see the General rear his ugly head.
  • Trade according to your position – See my section above, check out their team and then trade accordingly.
  • There is no such thing as a perfect team – you can always improve, even if it is downgrading the last spot on each line for cash to use next week (or this week).
  • Check your team before lockout carefully! – I know of a case last week where Grundy was traded in for Nicholls but accidentally was onfield leaving Roughie on the bench.

Last week my team fared reasonably well with a score of 2,309 and I am edging closer to the top 2000 finally!  I guess the lesson there is that it is very hard to come back from a poor starting team.  On paper my starting side looked fine, but a few wrong bets made it struggle very early.

Good luck in your first final (unless you are playing me of course) and hopefully you are in the top 4 and can get that rest next week.  However, that rest is a time for you to get your team ready for the Prelim finals the week after.  As always, check out Jimbob’s Trigger Happy later on today for how you should be looking to spend your trades and also keep an ear out for any changes this afternoon.  Give me a follow on twitter @pkd73 if you don’t already and I will try and keep you as up to date as I can.


  • I have to choose 3 out of Lewis, Roughy, Bartel and Stokes to play. I currently have Stokes on the bench.

    • Lock in Lewis and Roughy – Saints have depleted back line and no Buddy means should have a larger share of the goals. Jimmy has been playing in defense a lot, but if h goes huge then you want him on your field. If your the underdog in the 8 go Stokes, otherwise Bartel.

  • looking to next week already:) So good strategy if you have the double chance from top 4 finish to get the best players you can in this week then double downgrade next week if confident of winning this round then bring in another 2 good players for preliminary final? Good write up again as well Dunny:)

  • Need to boost up my team and looking for a bit of help
    terlich –> Enright or Hanley (thinking hanley)
    staker –> boomer, bartel or jordon lewis (opossition has lewis)


    • Hanley and bartel

    • Just my thoughts here but I think Ellis is the go.
      Cats play Port who are coached by Hinkley. Every time an ex Cats coach plays the Cats they tag Enright as they understand his value. I think Port will do the same.
      Hardwick has commented publicly about the importance of Hanley. I think they will tag him as well.
      Richmond have a dream run and Ellis is playing well and has the ability to go large.
      I have Hanley already but traded Grimes to Ellis for this reason.

  • Who should I be trading out? Kruezer or Ibbotson.

  • Who would you trade out first? T.Mitchell or Ibbotson?

    • If you keep Ibbo this week, then you have to keep him next week as he plays Melbourne. I doubt Mitchell will be tagged too much again though. Who are you getting in?

  • Thanks Dunny! Who would you trade out of Malceski or Ibbotson?

  • What’s the better trade?
    T mitchel to griffen and priddis becomes my emergency
    Trade mckenzie to Hanley and play priddis?
    do both trades and bench kruezer and play Grundy on field instead of a trade to Minson

    • I would definitely go with 1.
      Griffey could tear Carlton apart with no Carrazzo.
      GC play Melbourne so Mackenzie should do well.
      Grundy may get murdered by the physical Swans who will be out to make a statement.

    • I have the same dilemma except I have Ibbotson not McKenzie and I can swing Cox into the ruck to cover Kreuzer but I would have to play Mayes or Staker in the fwds.

      I think we have to avoid playing rookies (Grundy/Mayes) so there goes trade 1. I am stuck on what to do with the 2nd trade because my opponent has Ibbotson as well who plays an easy team (but his form has been terrible). My opponent can easily trade Ibbo as well.

      Priddis to Griffen or Beams is very attractive but Priddis is certainly more reliable than Ibbotson or McKenzie.

      • Yea iv got ibbo aswell. I think probly keep him, should be ok against gws!
        Fingers crossed!!

  • In a heap of trouble, which player should I bench this week?

    Cloke, Stokes, Martin, Lewis, JJ Kennedy, Stevie J or Bartel?

    • Either Cloke or Stokes. I’d play Stokes over Cloke due to playing Port.

    • Nice problem to have but with the Pies playing Sydney I would bench Cloke. Was my plan until I had to swing Roughie into the rucks.

  • Great stuff Dunny loving the morning read

    Was wondering who is priority to move on Malceski, Ibbo or Gibbs? And then who to Enright, Hanley or Scotland?

  • Is it worth going Franklin > Gunston? risky but worth the POD. Then Kreuz > Minson because he is playing Warnock. Or should I just stick with Roughy in either position? HELP

  • Interesting article. I have Kreuzer.

    Do I trade Blicavs to Hanley (moving Gibbs to my mid bench), Priddis to J Selwood and play Grundy, or

    trade Kreuz to Mumford (leaving Grundy on the bench), Blicavs to Joel and have Tom Mitchel on the bench?

  • Good luck to all in finals!

    DEF: Gibbs, Heppell, Goddard, Hibberd, McKenzie, Ibbotson SUB: Clisby, Thurlow
    MID: Swan, Ablett, Pendles, Barlow, K Jack, Priddis, T Mitchell, S Mitchell SUB: B Crouch, N Graham
    RUCK: Cox, Goldstein SUB: Blicavs, Currie
    FORWARD: Bartel, Stevie J, Stokes, Rockliff, J KEnnedy, D Martin SUB: Staker, Daniher

    $236,000 in bank

    Want to bring Hanley into defence, do I get rid of Ibbo or McKenzie?
    Looking to upgrade T Mitchell in the Mids but do I go to Beams or Griffin??

    I know a lot of these are toss of the coin on any given week really, but anyone got any thoughts?

    • Mitchell is the main one. I would go Griffen as he has a great run home and is on fire.
      The defender is interesting. If you don’t need a POD I would go Mackenzie. If you are looking for a POD I would trade Gibbs to Hanley or Ellis.
      Ibbotson, Hanley, Mackenzie and Ellis have a dream finals run and can go large.
      I have 3 of them and might look to bench Gibbs.
      The other option is upgrade Mitchell this week and do a downgrade as Hanley may get tagged and your backs are strong. Next week upgrade Clisby to Hanley or Ellis giving you a premo cover.

      • Yeah thanks DVDCats plus it still leaves me with cash in the bank up my sleeve for next week.

  • Minson, Roughead or Gunston?

  • The GENERAL??? WTF – is anyone concerned that Goddard, Ibbotson & henderson as defenders of which i have all 3 are named on the extended bench with yellow lights? It maybe possible all 3 will have week off.

    Goddard – playing West Coast at home, should be easy game good time for a rest and lets be honest when was the last time you saw him named on the extended bench?

    IBBOTSON – just came off small injury, yes freo could be looking at 2nd place if they could win all matches but lets be honest they are playing GWS why risk him – and more importantly do we trust what Ross Lyon says?

    HENDERSON – thye are playing Nth but have some big names back in the side, Sloane & Porplezia to name 2 – his job security maybe in doubt

    ANY COMMENTS PLEASE – as i have 3 and only one covered on bench this is vital as may need to trade 2 of them (not Goddard obviously)

    • West Coast should be an easy game? HAHA. It wont be an easy game for the bombers, especially since Essendon have been playing shit lately.

    • don’t be silly. They are all required role players in their teams and wont be rested this week.
      Goddard is playing well in a struggling Essendon team, Lyon likes having his settled defence so Ibbo will come straight back in and Henderson is Adel main rebounding defender (none of the ins play that position) which is important in a game which should be pretty close

  • My backline is Goddard, Heppell, Gibbs, Shaw, Henderson, Grimes, Ibbotson, and Clisby. I am worried about Ibbotson being a late withdrawal so I need a decent backup. With Grimes not scoring well he would be my first player to trade out. I current have only $2000 cash spare. But I could gain more cash by trading out Kreuzer to Minson or Goldstein. My first option for Grimes would be Scotland! What do people think?

    • Yes is an issue, note Ibbo has not scored well either since Mcpharlain been out, so maybe look to unload him. Your issue like mine is that Goddard and Henderson may not play either see my comments above. We need to wait for final teams tonight although the Sunday games which all 3 are in are nto really final anyway. i may have to burn 2 trades jsut to get team on paddock in backline.

      Your other question as to who to bring in is easy – Pearce Hanley v Tiger on MCG will run free and gain plenty of possissions
      . Otherwise even Ellis is back scroing and is named at Half Forward (not tht that means much anymore) and should rotate through mids

  • What to do with Kreuzer??

    I was all set on Mitchell – Griffen with Ebert at M9 and Zorko – Bartel with Cloke at F7.

    Do I stick with this and play Grundy as R2 or only do one of these trades and trade out Kreuzer?

    Opponent doesn’t have Kreuzer.

  • i have cox and can afford any other ruckman, who do i go with?

  • Stokes or NRoo on the field?

  • roughie is a great option for this week. but when franklin returns is rough still a premo ruck? because i don’t want to waste a sideways trade next week on changing him to minson.

  • Gone TMitchell and Kruezer out, Cox to Ruck, Pavlich and @Tbetta9 boy Scooter in… now who to start, Delidio or Prestia…

  • Thanks for your help Sicko’s and DVDAcats

    Good advice

  • Im top 4 in 3 of my 4 leagues. 6th in the other. Thinking Ibbo for more reliable Enright and T Mitchell for Griffen, Just think more people have Barlow so might surprise them with Griffen whos in fine form. Any thoughts?

  • 2 questions

    1. Priddis or T Mitchell on field?
    2. Bellchambers & any defender or Grimes & any forward ???

    Also anyone thought of Bock as a real big (and cheap)smoky? Good run home should kill Melb defense this week.

    • Definitely Priddis, T Michell may struggle against the star studden collingwood midfield. Goldstein is a great ruck option.

  • Great article Dunny! Who to bench of McKenzie (v Melb), Ibbo (v GWS) or Henderson (vNorth)??
    Leaning towards Hendo…

    • Gotta start with McKenzie on the field this week! Play Ibbo as the other and Henderson as your Emergency…

  • Hey Dunny, thanks for the article…
    Made top 4 in all of my leagues, so very happy!

    Can you please give me your recommendation on this weeks trading:
    My gap is currently in the Ruc/Fwd line.

    Nicholls to Grundy frees up some $$$ and he will be used as bench cover.
    Other trade I am tossing up beween Bartel & Minson; I have Roughy, so he
    would move to Ruc or Fwd as necessary.

    Thoughts appreciated…

  • What do people think of Redden? Easy run home could be a POD

  • gooddard out, pendles more than likely to miss.

  • Who should I put on the bench out of Watson, Griffen, ROK, or K.Jack????

  • Who would you start in Titchell or Deledio?

  • DEF: Goddard, Heppell, Gibbs, Ibbo, Hanley, Enright (Grimes, Clisby)
    MID: Swan, Ablett, Pendles, Barlow, Jack, Stanton, J.Selwood, Cotchin (Priddis, Mitchell)
    RUCK: Cox, Kreuzer (Nicholls, Grundy)
    FWD: D.Martin, Rocky, Bartel, Stevie J, Riewoldt, JJK (Daniher, Staker)

    10k remaining….Thoughts on trades or improvements??
    I was thinking of trading Kreuzer for Minson and Grimes for Hibberd/Ellis otherwise I can go Nicholls to Vardy/McBean and then Staker to a Roughead to cover Kreuzer??

  • 1

    Kreuzer to minson
    Kreuzer to Harvey via DDP
    Kreuzer to Cloke DPP
    Kreuzer to n.roo DPP
    My opponent has Cloke and n.roo I don’t should I get the pod in Harvey?
    Please help!

  • im contemplating in getting jack,j. selwood, montanya not sure need help and for backs not sure
    shaw, henley or enright??

    thanks guys

  • A few people are highlighting that Carazzo is out and no one will tag. Curnow has been doing the tagging, taking Hill last week and Ablett the week before. Carrots has been out for a lot of the season and when he returned he has only tagged a couple of times. I imagine Curnow will take Griffen and he has been pretty good, though I have Griff so hoping Curnow is good enough for the Blues to get the win but not for Griff to get under a good hundred.