The Friday Scramble: Round 16

FridayScrambleScoring seems to be all over the place this year.  We have a low week then a high week, did you score ok last week?  Are you winning your league matchups?  I hope you are.  As we move closer to the end of the season and finals time (only a few weeks away now) you need to position yourself in the 8 or better yet in the top 4.

Whilst we had some great overall scores, we did see a few premiums underperform for us like Libba who was tagged by Viney.  But gee there were some fantastic scores too Gary Ablett had 157 and Dyson Heppell who seems to be loving it without Jobe in the team with his 152.

But enough of this score talk….. something happened yesterday that once again changes the game.  In AFL Fantasy we saw more position changes occur.

Positional Changes

In AFL Fantasy this year as you know we have the positional reviews that take place during the year and here is our second round of these changes.


Here you can see those guys that have had an extra eligibility added.  It seems as though there has been a run on ruckmen having forward added to them, and of course the inevitable midfielders having either forward or back added.  Let’s have a look at a couple of the more relevant guys to us.

  • Nick Dal Santo – With an average of 91.3 he is not the kind of guy you would rush into your midfield, but as a defender, that is a far more attractive and at $432k, the price is right if you ask me!
  • Nic Naitanui – The inevitable Forward eligibility has been added to quite a few ruckmen, With Nic Nat picking up this eligibility he can be very handy as you can use Stefan Martin to swing him around if you need to.
  • Dean Cox – Whilst the big fella has picked up Forward also, he isn’t someone I am as excited about.  His 88 average isn’t up there with the best forwards, but if you are struggling for cash and have him, you could get out another player to get in a ruck, and stash Coxy up forward.  But in all honesty, the risk of him being “managed” further has been mentioned and as a result, I would probably stay clear.
  • Dale Thomas – Do you still have Dale Thomas?  Really? Well if you do he can now be a forward, but his average of 75 means that I would probably steer well clear of him.
  • Jarman Impey – Picks up the Defensive eligibility, and rightly so as he plays in defence every week.  He isn’t someone I would bring in, but if you have him on your bench up forward, you may want to swing him to the backlines for bench cover.  That is about it though.
  • Kieren Jack – Yes, Yes and Yes again.  An average of 101 is more than enough for you to get this guy in your forward line.  His price is up there with the more expensive forwards, but don’t hesitate if you have the cash.  The guy is a jet and will continue to score well.
  • David Zaharakis – Well personally I hope he doesn’t score well this week, but after that he can go for it!  His average of 98 isn’t as good as Jack, who is a similar price, but he is still a solid scorer who I would have no hesitation in bringing into my forward line.


Selection News

Sam Mitchell finally comes back.  I am sure no one kept him, but don’t jump on him to trade him in as his price will plummet over the next couple of weeks as his BE is somewhere in the 200 range at the moment.  If he was your first pick in an Ultimate Footy league (like he was for me in the DT Shiva) then you will be celebrating.  Hopefully you didn’t trade him to someone else in recent weeks!  If you had the man he came in for, Cyril Rioli then trade him out.  8 or so weeks is what we are hearing, and given our season only has about that many weeks left we can’t afford to be keeping him.
Ricky Henderson is named for the Crows, not all that exciting on his own as we wouldn’t have him and wouldn’t get him before he plays, but what his return means for Matthew Jaensch who is in a heap of teams is the larger concern!  Jaensch has been playing the role that Ricky has had in the past and his points could suffer (not sure they could be worse than he has been of late, but you never know).
Tom Langdon back is a good thing for those that held him for future bench cover, he will drop in price thanks to his low score in his last game, but if you plan to keep him for bench cover for the rest of the year (which is what I would probably do if I still had him now in the limited trade games) then that wont’ bother you at all.  Another defender making things hard this week is Michael Hibberd.  His departure will be a big loss for a number of teams.  I haven’t seen much on how long he will be out for and he isn’t on the official AFL injury list which doesn’t help.  For now, trade him in AFL Fantasy, but keep him in the limited trade versions.
Lastly, Ryan Griffen returns for the Doggies on Sunday.  I must say I am surprised to see him back so soon after his issues at Adelaide Oval a couple of weeks ago, I thought he would be out for 2-3.  However, I won’t be expecting much from him this week, and at this stage he is just in a squad, so he may still be an out when teams are finalized tonight.



For me I keep Selwood and trade out Dahlhaus to K Jack.  I did see in the comments last week that a couple of people thought I was crazy advising to keep Joel last week.  I for one am glad I did, his score was very nice!  I just think that you are going to get more value out of that second trade than the first one.

For me here I am going to go with Pendles nearly every time.  Lately Stevie J has been getting himself tagged and he just doesn’t seem to be handling it well, whereas Pendles gets tagged and he just shrugs it off and gets himself a nice score.  Of course to do this you are trading out Dane Swan and normally I would have a go at you for this, but he simply isn’t delivering this year.

Good question this one.  Chad Wingard is averaging only 78 and Anthony Miles is averaging 101.  Chad’s average over the same time that Miles has been playing is 84.  Their prices are about the same.  Now if I had to pick one, I probably go with Wingard to be honest.  I think his job security is unquestionable whereas Miles may have it a bit tougher to keep his spot.  I hear what you are all saying, Miles is a jet.  However, the fact remains that it took so long for him to get a game whereas Wingard is a walk up in Port’s best 22.  In addition, Wingard has been spending more time at centre bounces this last few weeks than he had earlier in the year which leads me to think he is about to turn it around.  However, this is a tough call and I can certainly understand why you would go with Miles.

Things To Remember

  • Gary Ablett will get Tagged – We already know that Macaffer will be going to Gary, so just beware when you are thinking Captains, however, it is at Metricon and he loves it there.  But of course you have all consulted the Irish Pirate Calvin in his weekly article haven’t you!
  • Big Congrats to Anthony Morabito – who gets up for his first game in 3 years, well done and I hope you have a great game.
  • Save those trades – in RDT and Supercoach.  There are still 8 weeks to go and you don’t want to run out of trades before the finals.

Another big week in Fantasy this week, and I hope that it translates to the scoreboard for you all on the weekend.  Thanks to everyone that pitches in answering questions and helping people out in the comments below.  Sorry that I can’t answer too many of them due to work and also my internet at work doesn’t really allow me to answer too many before I start either, so thanks again for helping each other out, it is what we are all about.

Warnie has tweeted a bit as have we all that Round 23 and the 30th of August is the date for the Annual DTTalk catch up somewhere in Melbourne.  Put it in the diary if you are in town that weekend and come along and have a beer with us to celebrate another year and for some of us a DT Premiership!


  • Great article once again Dunny.

    I am hoping to upgrade Zorko this week, amd I have enough cash for either Duncan or Buddy. Being a Cats fan my heart tells me Duncan, and my head probably does too (just) due to the Cats draw. But Buddy has been in great form. What would you do?

  • Give Jaensch one more go or trade out? With Riley out could get more of the ball?

  • Cheers Dunny! Enjoying the friday scramble on a thursday night in Copenhagen! Your last thing to remember makes me feel better for not trading while I’m away… in RDT anyway. As for fantasy, is it silly to trade Macrae to KJack, and swing him fwd? Or have I had too much Tuborg?

  • Barring an injury-free weekend, I’m doing Suckling to Dal Santo, and Gunston to K.Jack next week.

  • Should I trade Hibberd to Dal Santo

    • Yes. Great trade. To much doubt around hibbo and Nicky dal should be good 80+ each week with a few tons in there

  • Which option is better?
    Go hibberd to a top defender, bartel/eski/Hanley and keep walker
    Trade Langdon to weller for cash, Bench hibbo , play weller and trade walker to Duncan?

    • I like option 2 as i guess its fantasy doing the duncan trade. i’m keeping langdon tho for his dpp, useful when trading

  • Hibbo to Hodge, Hanley, dal Santo, or malceski ?

  • I’m up in the air about what to do.
    I need to offload redden. My trade targets are Nroo, Burygone, Sandi, Cloke, A.swallow. Sandi may not be obvious but he’s form has slipped and clark is doing more ruck time. Nroo must surely turn the corner. To good a player not to. So I’m gambling as I’m going against my own rule of “no Stevie J” as geelongs run is easy. Im downgrading Redden for stevie J which banks me 50k. Sandi to Stefin Martin. Plan is next week Nroo to K.Jack , Burygone to sitchell. Its the 100th time I’ve changed my mind. But this makes sense. Sandi has a higher BE than Nroo

    • I would trade NRoo first, he isnt the problem its his team, dont see them improving for remainder of year and he wont improve either. Conditions suit sandi in darwin cause the game will more likely have more stoppages, cause of greasier ball and players may be affected by weather a little more late in game so more bombs down the wing and more chnace to take grabs, it is a hrad choice though

  • I will upgrade martin to mummy in 2 wks

  • Hey who do i trade out first jaench or suckling?

    • i had traded suck out over Jaensch but swapped it once teams came out last night. Jaensch has been playing Hendersons role this year and now hes back who knows wat he will do and if henderson is the starting sub u would think Jaensch would be up there in the handful of potential red vestees (especially if hes spudding again)

      The deciding reason im keeping suck 1 more week over Jaensch is cuz Hawks avg more dt points than Adelaide and are also playing a team that give up slightly more than Gws. Ball fwd tagged suck for a 69 and then he played in a tsunami for a 65. Playing under the roof of etihad i would back him to put up a solid score (hes still gone next week tho… unless he gets a biiiig tonne!)

      • I was going to do the same. But with Hibbo out, have kept both Jaensch and Suckling.

        Had been considering Jaensch -> Dal Santo and Wingard -> Duncan

        but with Hibbo a definite out –
        Now gone: Hibberd -> Simpson, Wingard -> Dangerfield due to cash constraints.
        Next week now considering for Jaensch / Suckling to Dal Santo… perhaps… or Hibbo to come back in.

  • Ok call me crazy but I dropped Hibbo and Sandi out for Franklin and Dalsanto, I moved Martin into R1. I think it’s time to make some big calls as I have two tough games this week.

  • trade out nathan jones or macrae for jack?

    • With the backline re-shuffles required with Hibberd out, and underperforming Jaensch / Suckling, who to put on bench as emergency out of


  • With Griffen back in should I still be trading Libba

  • My backline with 1 trade left in fantasy
    Hodge, Swallow, McVeigh, Simpson, Suckling, Weller (C. Howard, Hibberd)
    I have 120k left and am looking to get rid of Hibberd/Suckling-Bartel. I’m not sure who to trade out. I think Weller is good enough to put out a 65-80 against the Tiges, but not getting rid of Hibberd leaves me with no bench cover and I lose a guy who is consistent and a top 6 if not top 8 defender. Then there is suckers who is losing cash and is not a guy I want in my side at the end of the year so what to do? Hold Hibberd and have no bench cover for a week (helps my cash generation however as Suckers is likely to go now) or trade Hibberd, have bench cover and potentially deal with another shit score/price drop from Suckers. Thoughts? What should I do???

    • Sorry I might add, trading Hibberd gives me 40k towards next weeks funds and might allow me to go Walker-Jack instead of Walker-Parker next week and in 2 weeks Suckling-S. Mitchell will be a straight swap. Thoughts??? Really stumped here

  • Without Hibberd injury i had it all worked out. What do you think of Hibberd > Dalsanto and Gunston > Dangerfield?

    I wanted to raise some big money this week for the double next week. Jack and Bartel will have to wait.

  • Suckling/Jaensch to Dal Santo?
    Chapman/Dahlhaus to Jack or Parker?

  • Downgrade hallahan to lonergan or morabito? Pearce is sub so morabito could score well?

  • need a POD mid for then next 3 weeks, who would ppl recommend. i’m leaning towards JPK.

    current mids are Ablett,Swan, Beams, Barlow,Rocky, Goddard, Miles, XXXX

  • Take out Dal Santo’s 39 match and his average is 95.4 …. priced at $432k DEF.


    • Yes, dal santo v.g. Value.

      • did u know if u take out all rockys scores under 172 hes avgs 172!

        u cant just take out scores that dont suit u… he scored a 39 which shows hes capale of scoring putting up another 39… he didnt get subbed, he played 4 whole qtrs. he had a “slight shoulder knock” in the 3rd qtr wbut thatt doesnt change anything anyway cuz he went on to have his 2nd highest scoring qtr for the game in the 4th.

  • Was thinking trading Tyson for Miles, then Langdon to Dal Santo, but now got Hibberb out, dont know how long hes out for, should I keep Tyson and Langdon and just trade out Hibberd for Dal Santo?

    • if you bench hibberd and get another injury next week, and hibberd is out for longer, you may have 2 non players… need to weigh it up, do you want cover or save yourself the price drop by trading Langdon now.

      • Yeah tough call, I have no idea, Hibberd being injured ruin by plans, Whats ur idea?

        • who have you got in defence?
          i’m in the same boat but have Enright and bews on bench. i need to fix my fwd line so i’m benching Hibberd in the hope its one week, playing Enright and E on Bews.

          if you dont mind the price drop in langdon and he will eventually be your bench cover for the season, trade Hibberd.

          • my defense is Mcveigh, Simpson, Bartel, Swallow, Hibberd, emerg is B Martin, I just traded Hibberd for Dal, not sure what to do with Langdon cos hes on my field.

          • same on field defence as me but i have Kelly over Langdon… definitely trade hibberd for Dal Santo.. Having langdon and B Martin on field is weak… Langdon will still get you 60-80 this week against GC

  • Who to offload suckling>dal santo or birchall>dal santo.
    Both the hawk defenders have been unreliable, but which of the two could more likely return to some form (if either)?

  • Should I trade Langdon to weller for the cash or
    Just keep Langdon as bench cover and trade down elsewhere?
    Who will score better out of the two??

  • Is Hooker to Dal Santo and Naitanui to Stefan Martin good trades?

  • next week ill be trading C.beams to Honeychurch for some cash then do I either upgrade:
    T.Walker – B.Harvey
    T.Walker – K.Jack
    T.walker – S.martin (to grab cash)
    M.Jaensch – S.Mitchell

  • I’m hanging on to Hibbo. I simply have too much else to do. This week I’m de-Hawking. Out Suckling & Gunston. In Hanley & Gray.

  • Should I get Robbie Gray, Lance Franklin or Mitch Duncan? I any afford Jack

    • before ddps got added this week i had planned to bring buddy in over everyone else and would probably take him over duncan. but theres meant to be a 90% chance of rain (10-20mls) strong winds and potential thunderstorms… so if that happens buddy might have a real shocker! so that ruled him out. i ended up taking KJack but if he wasnt an option i would probably take duncan and move him on to someone else after his easy run finishes

  • surely if you have hibbo, you would bench him if you have adequate bench cover, especially if it is ellis. the difference between what ellis scores and what hibbo’s replacement would score is most likely only 20-30 points, so not worth a trade if he is only out for a week. Plus you can you use the trade to improve elsewhere, so you probably lose nothing.


    Swallow, Simpson, mcveigh, hibberd, jaensch, suckling (simpkin, bews)
    Rockliff, ablett, Pendles, beams, sj, Barlow, swan, jelwood (Langdon, Shenton)
    Martin, sandi (lowden, currie)
    Dusty, Parker, grey, chapman, dahlhaus, McGovern (Elliott, Cameron)

    was thinking Langdon and Elliott with only 26k in bank this week but

    Now hibberd, even harder to pick, def struggling with simpkin on field

  • Howdy, I have a dilemma.
    I’m in the top 50 in RDT and I have Michael Hibberd with Jed Bews my only playing bench player in defense. I was planning to trade Hibberd to Bartel instead if taking Bews 20 odd, but this will not leave me with enough cash to upgrade Stefan Martin when Leuenberger returns and trade Suckling to Mitchell in a couple weeks

    For overall would it be better to trade Hibberd or take Bews score?

  • DEF: McVeigh, Hanley, Kelly, Swallow, Suckling, Hibberd (Delaney, Bews)
    MID: Rockliff, Ablett, Pendles, Beams, Swan, Barlow, Cotchin, Jelwood (Lloyd, O’Brien)
    RUC: Sandi, Jacobs (Thurlow, Currie)
    FWD: Danger, Dusty, Boomer, Gunston, Parker, Tex (Shenton, Kersten)

    Cash: $100,000 remaining

    I’m really stuck with what to do! Should I keep Hibberd or offload him for Dal Santo? I was also looking to get rid of Gunston/Walker to someone like Jack/Gray/Duncan/Buddy

    What do you guys think? Help is greatly appreciated

  • Def: Bartel, Simpson, Swallow, Hibberd, Suckling, Litherland (Bews, Georgiou)

    Mid: Rocky, Ablett, Pendles, JPK, Cotchin, Heppell, Goddard, Miles (Lloyd, Ross)

    Ruck: Sandi, Martin (Currie, Renouf)

    Fwd: Parker, Danger, Zorko, Nroo, Westhoff, McGovern (Kersten, Ambrose)


    Was thinking of going Hibberd – Dal Santo and Suckling – Hanley and fielding Litherland for one more week
    then downgrading Ambrose next week and upgrading Litherland – McVeigh/Malceski thus completing my defence

    Then ill downgrade Lloyd and upgrade McGovern when his price peaks
    The only problem is im going to start running out of downgrade options so im hoping Kersten & whoever I downgrade Ambrose to make some cash allowing me to upgrade Nroo + Miles


  • Heppell or Goddard?

    • ive got both atm, but i would prob take goddard if i had to pick one

  • Brad Crouch or Joel Selwood?

  • is langdon playing??

  • With stevie J, Bartel, Selwood in doubt with sundays game, Should I get in selwood or dont take the risk and do Nroo to Buddy??

    This is the link for the in doubt players