The Friday Scramble: Round 11

FridayScrambleYou Bloody Beauty!  Bye rounds are over and we can now get our guys back on the ground without having to play the duds that we only ever play in an absolute emergency!  On top of that we get Stevie back from suspension and there are certainly some other bargains out there.  But!  Just to mess with us a little more the AFL decided that we had to have a Thursday night game so hopefully you have had some good scores from last night’s game.

Loopholin Along

So, let’s have a look at the scores of the players that you may have had last night had your VC on and whether or not you should keep those guys as your C score.

Joel Selwood – 103 is not enough.  Had a quiet night.  His Kick to Handball ratio was terrible.  Far Far too many handballs.

Steve Johnson – 94  His return from suspension wasn’t a successful one.  Less than 30 touches and no real influence.

Jimmy Bartel – 91 No massive score like last week.  No goals and under 30 touches for Jimmy.  Had the short sleeves on.  Never a good sign.

Josh P Kennedy – 123.  Close but it depends on the rest of your team.  If you have no other options then you could take it, but 120 is usually the cut off so no one would get stuck into you for taking it.

Kieren Jack – 123  Another guy with a good night that is almost a lock for captaincy.  However, if you have a GAJ or Pendles you may want to hold out.

They would be the most popular choices.  Others that I would consider are Calvin’s mate Bird (131), McGlynn (133) and Malceski (143). However, I bet no one had the VC on them.  Just remember if you want to keep this score you will need to have a non playing player that you can put on the field with the C on him.

The key is that you need to have someone on your team that is capable to score more than your VC guy if you aren’t going to take it.

Premo Pick Ups

The last in my series of looking at guys who have just come of the byes who are primed and ready for you to pick them up!

Brendon Goddard –Need a bargain in the midfield?  This could be your answer.  He is only $489k in RDT.  His average is low at 98 and his BE is 52. His average is low due to the 13 he got in round 4 when he was injured.  Other than that he has only 1 score under 100 which was 95.  He will be a popular pick up.

Jobe Watson – Started with a bang but then went into his shell and then had 5 weeks in a row where he scored under 100 before he jumped out of the box again with 149 and 116 in the last two weeks.  He is down about $20k on his starting price and hopefully it now looks as though he could be back on track.  Not sure he would be your first picked but could be a nice point of difference.

Nathan Fyfe – Averaging 105 in RDT and he has a BE of 95.  Priced at $553k in RDT he is not much higher than his starting value.  Fremantle have a great run coming up and he should put some fantastic scores in.  He will go up in price so he is ripe to get now.

Michael Barlow – Had two scores in the 130’s before he got injured.  Has come back with 80, 88 and 98.  This has seen his price drop $50k from his starting value.  For me this makes Barlow a tasty option, once again like with Fyfe, they have a great run coming.  Their next 8 games see them play Dogs, Crows, Richmond, Lions, Eagles, Demons, GWS then Saints.  That is a phenomenal run where Freo should do very well!

Tom Rockliff – I am sure Roy would sack me if I didn’t mention his boy!  He is averaging 123 and is priced at $584k in RDT.  His last two scores have been over 140.  Interestingly his lowest score of the year came in their only win where he scored 76!  If you don’t have Rocky I think he is well worth picking up and if you do I am sure you won’t be disappointed.  If you are tight on cash though, you may want to wait until these 140’s roll out of his pricing which will see his price come back down to the mid $500’s.

How Many Trades?

In the limited trades versions of the game we need to start considering how many trades we have used and how many left.  There is no magic number of trades you should have.  What I would do is say that you need at least 2 trades for every non keeper you have on the field and then I would say about 8 trades for emergencies for the rest of the season.  Obviously the more the better, but that would be the minimum I would want to have at this stage.  But that is me and I am fairly conservative.

Things To Remember

  • Trades Will Stick – In RDT and SC any trades you make today can’t be reversed because the round has already started, so be careful
  • BE’s and Prices don’t matter for Keepers – If you have a keeper who has a poor score, don’t stress on any Be or price change, you aren’t going to trade them so it won’t affect you!
  • Upgrade and Upgrade some more!  – No point hoarding trades if you are playing rookies on the field, so get to and upgrade, there are really no restrictions now.
  • Wear your mouthguard! – can you imagine the spray Elliot Yeo’s mum gave him for not having his mouthguard in!!

This is a big comeback week for us all.  Hopefully you have only one or two rookies left on the field and you can upgrade them soon!  Given the Saints play tonight you will know whether or not Shenton is the sub or not.  So hold off on trading him in until you know if he is or not.
Catch you all on twitter!  Cheers


  • Gablett or Pendles as captian ?

  • Happy with K. Jack’s score of 123, that will do for my captain this week, a good trade in, under the radar POD

    • Well done. Certainly a good trade in. I have JPK’s score as my VC in AFL Fantasy. Unsure as to whether I stick to it as I do have Pendles at my disposal.

      • Pendles surely won’t score much more than 120 with the Curren tag. I’d happily take 123 as VC to be on the safe side. Worst case scenario, Pendles get’s 140 and you essentially lose 17 points.

        • Fair point Matt. However, I think Pendles can break that tag. Agree though, probably won’t be much difference in score.

          • Agree better to lock it in, if they are flogging, sometimes the stars get rested

          • Good luck with that. I am banking 246 points.

            Results from the survey I did earlier are:

            Yes take the 123 and be satisfied with 246.
            77.78% 7

            No. Take the risk and captain Pendelbury
            22.22% 2

  • great read dunny :)

    I’ve got myself in a bit of strife, and have to play either Cameron or Ambrose. who would be better on the ground?

    • i’d go Ambrose. Cameron is a big chance for the vest after his quiet game against Carlton

    • Toss of the coin this one I think. Probably go Ambrose as Cameron will get a vest soon.

  • Thanks Dunny, Thoughts on Fasolo?

  • Nice work Dunny! I loopholed Selwood, so it’s back to GAJ for me!

    Quick one. I have Langdon as D6 & X.Ellis as D7. Two Choices:

    Langdon > K.Simpson & Ellis D7
    X.Ellis > Jaensch & Langdon D7

    I’m leaning towards the latter as I trust the X Man as much as he trusts his own body

  • i cannot reverse any of my trades if enright was involved right?

  • Thanks dunny. Thougts on christian howard if he gets named. Hes on the extended bench for the WB

    • Haven’t really looked at him. I think there are better options out there.

  • Who would you play on the field this week Hallahan vs GWS or Langdon vs STK?

    Probably not much difference in score but could one have an advantage?

  • Cheers Dunny, great article

    What should I do with Cloke? I can go him to Shenton then upgrade elsewhere or hold the trade? He’s got some easy matches coming up still

    And Hallahan or Hartung on the ground vs GWS?

    • Surely you have someone else to downgrade to Shenton. Cloke v Saints may have a big night.

      Hallahan on the ground

  • Ah, these 7:50 night games, how I love them.

    Ah, what, this game started at 7:10 you say? Dammit, I didn’t realise. All my round 10 premise are on my bench in all 3 comps. WTF

    Now, where did I see that delete team button again…..

    • I hear you bud. Have my premos on the ground but didn’t get in in time to reverse my muck around trades from earlier in the week so all locked in, even the AFLF ones which had no Sydney nor Geel players, just couldn’t reverse. Now have Jed Bews 29 in SC and possibly a donut or even two in RDT

  • I have selwood as my vice and rohan as my captain but it wont let me change the C? anyone else have this problem

  • the guy im up against in afl fantasy is second(im first) but his actually scored 10 more points than me, so its pretty close this week.

    my unique players are: kade simpson, birchall, swan, kane mitchell, dahlhaus, gray, brent harvey, jacobs, stevie J (94)

    his are : Bartell (87), Mcveigh (93), rockliff, polec, hallahan, mumford, nick rewoilt, wright, Chapman

    Should i switch hallahan for Kane mitchell to just cancel his out, or should i be backing kane mitchell to beat hallahans score? hallahan could go big v gws, but then again so could mitchell!

  • Thanks for another scramble Dunny.
    I’ve got Kelly sitting at D7(E) this week. Should I take his 73 (put Aylett on field) or back Langdon & KK to outscore him?

    • Langdon should do better than 73.
      I have similar quandry – RShaw sitting on bench with the E and 98points. Giorgio on the bench next to him. Do I put Giorgio on the field to get Shaw’s score and bench one of Suckling, Simpson, Hibberd, Swallow, McVeigh and Langdon? If so, which one?

      • Bench Langdon. Obviously. Points on the board.

        • He could go big against Saints but the big worry is what if there’s a late withdrawal by one of the other defenders?

  • Great read as always Dunny, top stuff. Need to start one of Fasolo or Langdon on field, who would you think gets the nod?

  • Thanks Dunny. Who should I Captain folks? Scott, Dayne, Dane or Gary? Had shit luck with Captain choices lately.

  • get in heppell or pendles? i already have swan, ablett, jelwood, rockliff, beams

  • Thanks Dunny. Who would u go out of Barlow and Ebert in RDT? Both the same price.

  • Hear Derickx – MOOOO

    • Peter, you need your hearing checked. I have Derickx and what I hear is kaching, kaching. He scored 81 last night, got us $30k for his effort and his BE next week will be around 15. I reckon has has 40-50k left in him (at least).

      • Also if, like me, you have Hampson at R3, he might become a problem over the next month. With Maric back Hampson may get less work or even the boot and be the better trade out.

      • That’s what I’m talking about MOOO. Cash cow :)

  • Hey Dunny… good scramble.

    Hallahan or Dunstan on field this week?


  • Hallahan all day long. Won’t be sub this week. His JS is a shoe in after last weeks impressive display (note his piggish last qtr of 35 points) will dominate GWS

  • who is more prone to vest…

    ambrose _ named on extended bench
    cameron _ named on field


  • I’m ranked 4017 and Pretty happy so this week I Traded out Enright and Hallahan for Docherty and K Mitchell. With Docherty playing his old side and being named in the Centre I fell it’s a ballsy Trade but if it comes off I’ll be a happy man and with Port playing Melbourne I added K Mitchell. Now with 232,427 in the Bank then Next week I can add 3 Premium Mids and go BANG.

  • Thats 2 Premiums

  • Crazy to play hallahan over tyson this week?

    • I know a bloke playing Polec over Montagna this week…. so your move is not crazy in comparison.

  • Am I better off bringing in Pendles or Rockliff? Already have Swan and Beams so conscious of having too many pies in the midfield.

    • Rocklike has higher ceiling but pendles cheaper and probably the more consistent for a solid 110

  • K Mitchell or Gaff at M8?

  • Pendles record against St kilda is awesome, rocky never tonned up against carlton so pendles for sure

  • Hi Dunny great write up!
    My forward line is currently;
    Dangerfield Parker Harvey Dusty Dahlhaus and L.Taylor.
    I am strongly considering a double upgrade this week mainly due to a tough fixture and an easy one next week. Liking the idea of completing my forward line with Chappy using some DPP action (leaving me with just Polec & Tyson as the standalone rookies on my field.)
    He has Rich, GWS, Melb and Adel in his next four weeks, has had a 3 week rest and surely won’t be further rest until they’re top 8 hopes become more realistic.

  • Josh Kennedy scored 123 as my vice captain last night. Should I play the loophole and take 246 as captain or risk playing Pendles, Beams, Gaz or Watson as captain?
    I will post the results later on.

    • I myself am in that exact scenario, leaning towards taking JPK’s 246, points in the bank are gold.
      Worst case scenario your captain scores 70-90 (i.e..Gaz last week) and you lose 40 points, best case they get say 140 you only gain 15-20 points.
      Risk outweighs the reward IMO

    • 246 for sure

  • Take the 246 for sure

  • I have one more trade to do this week.

    I really want to bring in Shenton so I can upgrade next week but my only available rooks to trade for him are:

    1. Nahas
    2. Ambrose
    3. Billings
    4. Polec
    5. Tyson

    What do you think is the best option – keeping in mind Tyson and Polec are on my field?

    Thanks in advance…

  • Who will score more lads.
    Kane mitchell or hallahan?

  • Dear Tom derickx. You are awesome. Juicy plump MOOO’s going around and he is one of them

  • please help!
    heppell or pendles?

  • I need a cheapish forward to have as a keeper (already have Buddy and Tex). Who out of the following and why? The cheaper the better.


  • Super pav has an excellent draw coming up and will probs carry an 90+ average for the next 8 weeks, is cheap enough at the moment

  • Yeah I’m liking Pav, good draw, cheap and unique. Still wary of his ability to get a sub-60 though

  • The only 2 consistent forwards this year have been Parker and chappy and dahlhaus to an extent all the others named have had a 60-70 score but I think pav is probs the best value out of them

  • Who’s a better choice, Hibberd or Burgoyne? Hibberd has a good run coming up and more consistent but unsure? good read aswell cuz

  • Heads up, Swan and grundy late withdrawals