The Friday Scramble: Round 14

FridayScrambleOk, so who woke him up? We don’t normally see “General Soreness” until a bit later in the season.  However, he came out earlythis year. Although he is now trying to hide from us by calling himself “Corporal Calf Soreness”.  Of course last week we lost Stevie Johnson, Dayne Beams and Jack Gunston as late outs before their games.  What a horror week some coaches had!  But, that is the way it goes.  Because we don’t have a rolling lockout in RDT or AFL Fantasy we have to roll with the punches.  Hey, at least we knew Gunston was out before lockout!

What we did see on the weekend was some upsets in the real side of our favourite sport which filtered through to Fantasy by having no less than 6 GWS Giants score over 100!  Wow!!

Selection News!

Well it seems the General has visited us again this week! But thankfully he returned us some soldiers from duty.

The Returnees:

Jared Polec – returns from his ankle injury, so if you are relying on him he is back again thankfully.
Jack Gunston – Not too many of you probably have him, but he is back and ready to go.
Dayne Beams – Thank You!!  I reckon nearly every team has him, so him going out really tested people’s bench cover.  He is back, so rejoice!
Jack Martin! – No one would still have him, but it is great to see this kid back again this week.
Steve Johnson – I can hear the collective sigh of relief from all those coaches that brought him in last week only to see him miss out.  Hopefully his rest means his form turns around.
Luke Shuey – He is not in every team, but he is a POD that a lot of teams have, I am sure they are relieved.

The Departed:

Dan Hannebery – With his ankle tendon injury he will be out for a few weeks.  He needs to be traded out.
Jarman Impey– Out with the General Soreness.  This is not a surprise. He has played every game so far this year and he is due for a rest.  If you have him for bench cover, I hope you don’t get a late withdrawal!
James Aish – Another of our rookies out for a rest.  This is also his first week off (apart from the bye of course).  If he is bench cover, certainly keep himin your team!
Paul Chapman – We all knew that this was going to happen! He is up for one for one of his scheduled rests for the season.  He should only be out for the one week, so if you have him and have cover, hold as he will be back next week.


To be honest mate if I had to trade one of those guys out I would be trading out Langdon.  Mainly because I think that Hodge has the higher ceiling scores.  Langdon has made all the cash he is going to make, so I would only be looking at keeping him if you are going to keep him until the end of the season. Having said all that, I would be keen on getting Jimmy into my team.

Of those three guys I would be looking at trading out Birchall or Langdon.  I still like Suckling as that damaging left foot can score some goals.  Birchall has been very consistent in the last 4 scoring 83, 87, 75 and 77.  This isn’t the consistency we would be hoping for, it is a bit low!  However, Langdon will be ok for a couple of weeks without Fasolo in the team.  We know that he is better when Alex is out.  So if you had to trade out one of these guys I probably say Birchall at this point.

This answer depends on the form of the game you are looking at.  If you are playing in RDT or Supercoach where you have limited trades I say no, don’t do it, you never sideways trade apart from a long term injury.  However, in AFL Fantasy, you can afford to do this, so by all means if you think that Dunn can do better (with a name like that how can he fail!) then bring him in.  Personally I think that both of these guys are capable of scoring well, but they are both likely to score poorly.

Both great players having great seasons.  Sloane is averaging 103 and has had 4 games under 100.  Priced at $487k in RDT he is a bit of a bargain.  Jack is averaging 102 with three games under 100.  He is priced at $548k. It is a very tough call.  I like both guys.  Sloane will get more attention each week because of the Adelaide midfield not having as many out and out guns as the Sydney midfield.  However, with Hannebery out now, Jack will draw more attention.  I think this one comes down to price, I go Sloane.

Leagues Update

Wow!!!  Great stuff Fellow Friday Scramblers!!  Can you believe it.  We have 2 of the top 5 leagues in AFL Fantasy!!  Well done, very proud of my Friday Scrambler leagues!


Things To Remember

  • Have some bench cover! – now that the General is in town, bench cover is more important than ever.
  • Don’t blow trades for one week restings. – In the limited trades forms of the game, don’t blow a trade if you don’t have to, and if you are  going to then make sure you bring in a guy that won’t get rested and you are ok to keep for the rest of the season.
  • Give Calvin another chance – I am sure he wasn’t happy with Rocky’s performance last week as his captain choice.  He will deliver this week.  Trust me!
  • Don’t give up! – The AFL threw up 3 upsets for us last week, you can do the same in your leagues.  There are enough games left for you to make that leap into the top 8 if you are only a couple of games outside.  Go for it.

Another week, and hopefully no late outs.  I don’t think that I could take it again this week.  The scores are starting to get high and the Par score is starting to rise which means that you have to keep your team ticking along.  Make sure you listen out tomorrow in case there are some late changes.  If I hear anything I will let you know on twitter via @pkd73.  Good luck and catch you all next Friday.


  • Having some trouble with picking a def

    Bartel,Swallow,McVeigh,Suckling,Langdon,Kade Kolo

    Kade Kolo to Jaensch, Birchall or Petterd?


    • What bench cover have you got?
      Jaensch I think has reached his ceiling (i’ve moved him to the bench for Bartel next week), Birchall and Petterd I wouldn’t rate or think will be top 8 defenders.
      If that is your starting 6def I would go to Hanley and/or Hibberd and have Langdon as bench cover.

    • where is Simpson?

    • Do not get Jaensch. Most smart coaches who already have him are looking to offload. Try to get Simpson or Hibberd.

  • Love ya work dunny. Im double downgrading this week. I’m very wary of the players I want vs heavy tags this week. Brent Harvey and rockliff. I’m going ambrose to kersten, derickx to Ben brown . what u reckon. Cheers mate. Ur advice is always spot on

    • I don’t mind Ambrose to Kersten, just beware that Geelong don’t leave their kids in for more than a few games though, so he will be a quick cash grab. Not sure on Derickx to Ben Brown though. Bit risky for mine.

  • Nice read Dunny, didn’t realise how well the leagues were going!
    I’m looking for a defender under 460k, possibly houli maybe? Already have suckling, hibbo, Swallow
    Or I could get Mcgovern instead of Stefan Martin and have more cash for the upgrade? Worried about mcgovern’s hip flexor issue though

    So basically Martin and a defender under 460k or Mcgovern and any defender above 460k?

    • Get McGovern and best defender you can buy (Bartel, Simpson, Hanley – my prefered order). He will play all year if not injured and with the WCE having a full forward line and a few bcakmen injury issues, he may get more time in defense the next two weeks. I am hoping that will then see him become DPP at round 16 whcih will make the perfect bench cover for rest of season as there is SFA cheap options down back.

  • Hey dunny, who would you play out of Langdon or Higgins? One of them is being upgraded but the other one has to play?

  • Langdon and trade Missy.

  • You know dunny. I’ve only asked you and taken ur advice all year. The only blemish u made with me was trading Langdon out. Good strike rate considering I’ve asked every round so far. Great work. Keep it up.

    • Cheers mate, sorry that I stuffed that one up. I have continued to be surprised / impressed on his continued output.

  • What should I do?
    Keep chappy and play McGovern and trade walker to Harvey/gray/buddy
    Trade chappy to one and keep walker?
    And who which fwd would you pick?

  • Who to downgrade Langdon to for my D7? Tom

  • side note – they seem to have changed the trading rules – I just traded for the first time with the updated android app (updated last friday, just before lockout at 7.45 and prevented me from making changes – putting tex on the field over s.martin, good move in the end =P) and it let me do a double dpp trade. I traded chappy out of the fwds, moved danger from mid to forwards, moved McVeigh to mid from Def and then traded in a defender – all in one single trade.

    not sure if this works through the website, but it worked on the android app

  • This week I’m Tradeing out Tyson for J Martin and Tradeing out Roo for Harvey, hope I do not regret these Trades.

    • doesnt martin have a really high BE? not sure that theres a real rush to get him in, he’ll probably drop over 50k in the next couple of weeks. i would keep over him for now.
      n roo for harvey however, sounds good

    • Will is right. You would be far better off trading to someone like Miles than Jack Martin

  • Great article Dunny! So interesting as always!
    I am trading out Cotchin this round and can go to any mid. I am tossing up between Libba and Ebert. Which one should I go for and why as I want a player that has a high ceiling.

  • I have 186k in the bank, need help in what trades I should be doing this week!??

    Simpson, swallow, mcveigh, smith, suckling, houli( litherland, bees)

    Ablett, pendlebury, liba, beams, jelwood, swan, dal Santo, c beams( Lloyd, miles)

    Sandi, cox( derickx, currie)

    Parker, Martin, gray, Nroo, roughy, cloke( shenton, McGovern)

    • Derickx or Cox to martin and Nroo/cloke up to a premo. Also I’d be playing miles over claye beams.

    • currie to S Martin – I would worry about deidrix JS with Pike back this week can team play both? will see Martin will provide cover and make cash is 258k and has dpp to fwds. this would use about 100k but

      not sure this one in def is litherland playing/ bews does not seem flavour of month maybe bews to simpkin

      Or bring in Thurlow 115k (but wont play)for Diedrixx take the cash this would mean your only cover is martin but JS looks good

  • Which fwd to get in
    Harvey, gray or buddy?

    • HARVEY – I have Gray and Harvey think Harvey is best more chance go large. Buddy is too up and down for me although playing my hapless Tigers tonight and is big chance to kick 15 lol Im expecting a record score by Swans

    • Very likely boomer will cop a heavy tag this week. Melbourne are tough to score against. I would be going Gray. Although if you want someone who has the potential to kick 20 goals tonight go buddy lol.

  • Hey Dunny…. Good write up again. Cheers.

    DEF: Simpson, McVeigh, Swallow, Suckling, Shaw, Langdon (X. Ellis, Langford)

    MID: Ablett, Pendles, Beams, Goddard, Barlow, Swan, Cotchin, Dunstan (C. Beams, Shenton)

    RUCK: Sandilands, S. Martin (Grundy, Currie)

    FWD: Parker, D. Martin, Dangerfield, Dahlhaus, Franklin, N Riewoldt, (C. Cameron, Ambrose)


    I am keen to get McGovern and Miles for future bench cover.

    Riewoldt > McGovern
    Dunstan > Miles
    = $506k

    Next week:
    Cameron > $550k mid ….. Miles (E) and Shenton (FWD bench)
    Grundy > Jacobs/Mummy
    Langford > Bartel (Langdon to bench)

    Would it be silly not to spend my kity this week?
    Should I be doing something else?

    • You will be at risk at F6 for a couple of weeks
      Cameron to Stevie J & Langford to Bartel
      Then look at ruck and F6
      Grundy> Jacobs Ambrose> R Gray

  • Simpson,swallow,hibberd,jaensch,suckling,Langdon (Langford,bews)
    Rocky,ablett,beams,Pendles,sj,swan,jelwood,Barlow Shenton,hallahan)
    Sandi,derrickx (lowden,currie)
    Parker,chapman,Martin,dahlhaus,gray,Elliott (s frost,Cameron)

    Unsure what to do this week, have only 36k in bank

    thinking maybe Langford and Hallahan out

  • Trading out Stants and can get any mid, suggestions would be appreciated

  • downgrading Sam Lloyd this week to free up some cash to upgrade my final rookie in Ambrose next week. Would it be a better option to bring in Mcgovern or Kersten and get the extra 90k?

    • i like mcgovern as the “proven” option over kersten. he’s set to some some good cash too. kersten might end up like bews. sitting on 180k and hasnt had a game in weeks

    • Geelong don’t like to over expose their kids so if McGovern fit will play more games and have better JS than Kersten – just my opinion

  • Lost patience with J Selwood, gonna bring in Barlow, also thinking trading out Polec, whos someone good under 450 000 that’s consistent? im leaning towards Griffin

    • Maybe look at Carazzo, Jaeger or Bennell from GC, Bernie Vince, Swallow is building,

      Dylan Shiel scores have been off the chain lately! Have a look!

      You could even downgrade to Miles for a bit of coin?

      • I’d agree with the Miles idea. It’s not really worth bringing in a MID at 450k as a keeper – you’re better off saving that cash and getting miles, then upgrading him when he hits 400K. By then you should have the 150k that you saved, plus the 400 that hes worth and have about 550 to spend on a real premo.

        OR look at someone other than barlow for your selwood trade. Ebert at 520 maybe? swanny for 527? heppell 527? fyfe 509? this could free up the cash to get a better mid than 450k for your other trade.

  • How is it that Cox can have a 2 week rest? Anyone close to the Wiggles got comment?

    I’m not complaining, as I have plenty of cover, but just considering additional trades over the next few weeks. I was going to upgrade him soon anyway.

  • Thoughts on Andrew Walker instead of Jaensch?
    Only 2 scores under 80 while Jaensch has had 5

    • jaensch has been terrible these last 2 weeks. So yes, walker looks better than jaensch right now, but really, neither of them are top 6 defenders. might be ok on the bench?

    • Walker went forward last week too.
      Jaesnch has been annoying. I’m probably going to keep him at this stage, but put him on the bench over Langdon as D7

  • gunston – gray or birchal – mcviegh/hanley?

    • Looks 50:50 to me
      Gray is good choice
      I choose Hanley over McVeigh
      BUT Hanley plays Freo this week
      and for the future Swans have better Finals run
      Swans – StK WB Tigers
      BL – Coll Freo Gee

  • Give sheils another week or downgrade to miles, will be at m8


    Chappy to gray/Parker?

  • Liam sheils sorry, been scoring well but may have fallen back into the tagging role with langford out

  • who to put on the field:
    hmac or martin
    mcgovern or ambrose


  • Which 3 out of 5 to put on field: rhyce shaw,seedsman, langdon, hooker or birchall?

    Also out of rocky, cornes and zaharakis, zaka captain?


  • what trade first?
    fasolo to Kersten
    Longer to Martin

  • McGovern or S.Martin on field?

  • What is Derickx’s breakeven like?

    Definitely getting in Martin and Miles this week but trying work out who to get rid of to get them in. Also have Cox in the rucks so could get rid of him instead of Derickx if his BE is decent.

  • Thoughts on which option?
    Ambrose to Mcgovern
    Hallahan to Simpson


    Cameron to Mcgovern
    Hallahan to Hanley

    also who to field out of Martin and Mcgovern?

  • do i field shenton(named on field) for a likely 50-70,llyod(named on bench) for a likely 75+ or obrien(named on filed) whose never played a full game but could go big since he normally gets 30 in a quater as sub.

    Thoughts would be appreciated! Please help!

  • Ambrose to kersten and tex to R.Gray or tex to mcgovern for cash?

  • Field Stefan Martin or Nick Riewoldt. 14 weeks ago I would have had myself committed for asking that question. What do you guys reckon?

  • is anyone bringing Miles in this week as M8 ?

  • Chappy to Parker? Or field Mcgovern and go Tex to Parker

  • Anyone else think that McLovin is a decent chance to outscore Riewoldt in AFL Fantasy this weekend?

  • What are u leaning towards?

    • I think he is a decent chance yes, however, the Eagles backline hasn’t been stellar of late and Riewoldt is a quality runner. If McLovin continues to impact contests the way he has been so far, given the fact I think the Eagles will more than likely win the supply battle, I think he could probably outscore Riewoldt. Really depends which version of West Coast turns up to play.

      As it turns out I’m fielding both.

  • Great work Dunny, only the truly greats have two leagues in the top 15.

  • Riewoldt > McGovern


    Dunstan > Miles

    Lock or not?

  • Def: Simpson, Hibberd, Mcveigh, Swallow, Suckling, Langdon (Laidler, Litherland)
    Mid: Ablett, Rockliff, Pendles, Beams, Swan, Barlow, Treloar, Jelwood (Shenton, J.Lloyd)
    Ruck: Sandilands, Jacobs (Currie, Thurlow)
    Fwd: Danger, Parker, Boomer, Martin, Dahlhaus, Zorko (Ambrose, Cameron)


    1) Jelwood > Hanley (DPP Langdon) & Danger > Gray
    2) Zorko > Mcgovern & Jelwood > Libba
    3) Ambrose > McGovern & Jelwood > Priddis or cheaper
    4) Jelwood > K. Mitchell & Zorko > Gray
    any other trade advice would be helpful, stuck! cheers