The Friday Scramble: Round 7

FridayScrambleAnother week, more problems! I thought I said last week that I have had enough of this rubbish Fantasy Gods! How is your team going? Mine has been going about as well as Capt Carlton’s Hovercraft!  I am sure that I am not the only one, on top of this we are supposed to be upgrading our teams as our rookies are dropping off the radar. Poor old Jeppa found his cupboard fairly bare this week too. How about we just stop the competition and start all over again? No? Oh well, sounds like a Scramble is in order then!

Injury Corner

Or is it really a corner?  I reckon it is more like a warehouse with all the injuries we have had to deal with lately! Clearly Rory Sloane is a big issue for most. Obviously you need to trade him out as 4 to 6, so options that you could look at would be Lachie Neale $1k less, Rocky is actually $2k less than Sloane!  Michael Barlow, Kieren Jack and Jack Redden are all cheaper options you could trade to. Obviously if you have the cash you could trade up.  My best bets for you would be Pendles, Fyfe, Ebert or if you wanted to go a bit unique you could go Armitage or Steven. I realise that both of these are considered risky but they are averaging 121 and 115 respectively.  One thing to note is that with the way the draw is they haven’t played any finalists from last year as yet apart from Essendon.

On the rookie front Adam Saad is now out for at least one week if not two with a hamstring injury. His BE is still 17 so if you can afford to keep him in your squad I would do so.  However, with Isaac Heeney being out for the 4-6 weeks and his BE being higher, I would be trading him out this week if you haven’t already.

The Selection Table!

Wow, more issues for us with selection, but some problems solved too.  Here are some of the highlights as I see them.

  •  If you were considering Will Hams from Essendon as a downgrade, don’t he has been omitted.
  • Ricky Henderson has come back in for Adelaide, he is a $353k defender but this season has only averaged 67 unlike last season where he did well…. pass.
  • Both Jed Anderson and Brendan Whitecross have been omitted. This is not a good sign at all.  However, I don’t think we should be surprised since Whitecross has had the green vest in the last two games, one of which he was a late inclusion for. I was going to advise not starting him anyway this week.
  • Ben Newton has finally been dropped, not surprised here.  Upgrade him or trade him down.  I can’t see him scoring better, so he was a trade for me this week anyway.
  • Mick Malthouse has really swung the axe.  Only one of any note for us was Boekhorst really.  If you had Walker he is out with a knee.
  • Josh Glenn for the Suns is out with an ankle (and probably some poor form from last week).  Matera and Bennell both come back in after their “lay off”.
  • Cockatoo for the cats has also been omitted. I can’t say I have seen a lot of teams with him in it, but if you have him, you may want to re-evaluate.
  • Great to see Matty Boyd come back in, he could line up in your backline now in AFL Fantasy of course.
  • Tom Mitchell has held his spot.  It is widely thought that the absence of Heeney makes it easier for them to keep Mitchell.  He is cheap and we know he can score, he would be well worth picking up in my opinion.
  • Karl Amon is in the squad for the Power, watch out for him, if he can get a regular game he could be a nice downgrade target for you.

I know I don’t normally go through so many ins and outs, but there were a lot of fantasy relevant ones this week. This is where the real skill of shuffling your team around and having enough coverage starts to come into play.

If you are looking to do some downgrade/upgrade action, make sure you have had a very good read of Jeppa’s Juniors this week as there is plenty to know in the world of rookies.  Things aren’t as abundant as they have been in the past and you may need to make some tough calls at your selection table… just like Mick!

One of the upgrades many are looking at is Stevie J who is $442k/68BE in RDT and $451k/82BE in AFLFantasy.  My concern with Stevie is his scoring hasn’t been the best with last week’s 117 and his first round 92 being his only scores over 75. Also in the next 7 weeks he faces Sydney, West Coast, Adelaide and Port Adelaide all away from home. So for me I will be staying clear of Stevie for now.


Well Rocky came in with a nice score, not 100, but certainly better than he has been.  I think if we can see one more week of him and perhaps a 100 then he may just be ripe for the picking and his price will be ridiculously low.  Don’t pick him up this week though, I would be giving him at least one more week as his BE in all forms of the game is quite high and as a result he will drop in price again.

Things to Remember

  • The teams have been playing in their ‘bands’ from last year so form could go all over the place in the next few weeks.
  • Everyone else is having trouble knowing which rookies to play on field too.
  • Bye’s aren’t far away, so if you are going for overall or your league plays bye rounds, make sure you are all over your bye structures starting now.
  • You can’t trade out all rookies at once, so you need to prioritise.  Check Jeppa’s article for his thoughts on the order he would dump them in.
  • After this round we are almost 1/3rd of the way through the season!

Best of luck to you all this week, it has been the most trying season of them all so far I think and things just won’t get any easier.  Hang in there and don’t go putting your hovercraft in the Yarra, things aren’t that bad just yet!  Stay close to twitter tomorrow, this year we seem to have had a lot of team selection changes on the Friday, the most I have seen in a season for a while.  Speaking of twitter, catch you all on there over the weekend @pkd73.


  • Great read Dunny.

    I have gone Newton to Duncan , but I have enough to go to Ward. However that will leave only 35k for next week.
    Also Anderson to Amon (hoping he gets a game)
    That means I have been forced to keep McIntosh and McCarthy, but I can hopefully upgrade them next week.
    I have kept Saad and Glenn for now.
    What do you think?

    • I am tossing up between Duncan, Neale and Ward this week.

      Duncan’s relatively srong run coming up rules him out for me so between Neale and Ward.

  • My team before any trades

    mundy, Oxley, rich, newness, McIntosh, salem (Kelly, SAAD)
    ebert, gray, Stanton, beams, cripps, Lumumba, newton (Glenn, Lewis)NO SUB
    Goldy, Belly (cox, holmes) NO SUB
    swan, bont, martin, Higgins, Hogan, clark (McCarthy, byrne)

    389K IN THE BANK

    thoughts on trades, have had so many thoughts this week and now no Glenn or SAAD

  • Clancee Pearce or Grant Birchall?

    • I’d go Birch out of those two, but really both are unreliable nightmares. CP has already made his cash though, so I’d take the Birch on the basis that the ship hasn’t sailed like Pearch. But Birch Birches up with sub 60s like 8 times a year, he’s on my never again list.

  • Birchall for mine, should be good for a 90 average, Pearce around the 80-85 mark.

    Saad> Dick and Hunt> Boyd
    Good trades?

  • Had got rid of macintosh and newton was playing as low be and ive held lewis.

    Reversed that now though newton out shuffled dpp everywhere and cash next week to grab rocky for mccarthy

  • Armitage vs Pendles?
    Is this just a run of form for Armitage or is he the real deal?

    • That is the question I am battling with to be honest. As I mentioned in the article, they haven’t played the big guns of the comp yet and first real test this week v Adelaide. Will be interesting to see how he goes.

  • Jeremy
    I’d trade the following Newton and either Hogan/McCarthy move the Van or Gray to fwd then buy two strong mids
    I brought in Beams and SJ with similar cash flow and players!! Good luck

    • thanks had McCarthy ear marked all week with McIntosh, so far going Duncan and titchell for newton and McCarthy but have all day to change mind I guess.

  • PS go with your gut feeling as both Duncan (low BE) and Mitchell are great choices also!!

  • Not much in the way of downgrades this week. Looking for a mid-pricer who might make more cash than Schade/Stretch etc. Mitch Grigg high points-per-minute. Could he be the answer? Anyone else worth considering?

    • M Crouch, who should tear up with Sloane out of the side
      he’s a vest risk, but if he plays the full game, expect tons

  • thoughts on billy stretch?

  • McCarthy to either Mitchell or Ziebell for me.

  • 1. CEY > karnezis + 44k
    2. CEY > mckenzie +3k
    3. CEY > schade + 104k
    4. CEY > stretch + 78k

    • don’t trade CEY

      • He still has a BE of -1 but i traded him this week! He was the only option i had that i didnt feel like i was being robbed

  • Is Yeo a good option for Hunt?

    • Yes,

      Simpson was playing him in defence due to the injury crisis WC have back there, but seems to have said “fkkk it” and moved him into the midfield (where he was touted to play preseason)

      • I’m also tossing this up.

        Am concerned that Rosa and Selwood coming back soon will punt him back to defence though.

        Wellingham seems to have shifted back to cover him in defence so I really don’t know what to expect from him in the next couple of weeks.

        • wellingham was playing a run through role in HF and HB. Yeo had that game when he got mid time, but he is not worth it.
          Wait another week

        • Rosas been playing defence all season already so he’s no threat.

          Yeo has been great in the middle, that’s his role from now on, it’s just a question of what he can average in that role. . I’m pretty confident of an 85 ave. from here

  • Pendles at M1 and $8k left


    Mitchell @ M6 (DDP link to fwds) and $154k left??

  • Have Armitage/Steven been tagged this year? Are they now likely to be?

    • Data view says that Steven was tagged last week! Maybe they let him go after half time since 87 of his points came then. It also says Armo’s 113 was tagged.

      • Excellent. Thanks – where do you find that info?

        •, then the AFL tab, then about half way down the page is link for “Data View” which gives those sorts of details.

    • And as a Steven owner, I’m hoping all the publicity about Armo’s 45 means he’s gone up the order over Steven, but I doubt it.

    • Armitage was tagged in 2 games this year > 89 and 112

  • Great read dunny. Who play on the park out of Hogan or M.Clark? Thoughts?

  • Thoughts on downgrading Mcintosh to kristian jaksch the kade simpsons for elite defender? Has Kristain held his spot?

  • Parker, Duncan or Stevie J?

  • Need to field two out of Clark, Krakouer, Honeychurch and McCarthy
    Please help?

  • Does anyone have an opinion on who to play on the park – McIntosh or Jake Kelly?

    • Good question! I’ve got the same issue.

      I’m leaning towards McIntosh. Both 40-80 type players with the odd 90-100. Kelly arguable the better form, but that was against GC. McIntosh has a higher average and I think that will remain the case at year’s end.

  • what is Higgins BE this week

  • McIntosh or J. Kelly on the ground this week? McIntosh better average starting on the wing (same as last week though). Kelly good score last week, but was a big surprise and against GC.

    • Kmac will get alot of the ball v Colingwood – Kelly might against the saints
      Toss of a coin

  • Who to bench out of Venderberg, Miller or Cripps?

    • Miller I reckon. Cripps is too good to bench and Vandenberg has a better chance than Miller to go 80+

    • Vandenburg against the Hawks, won’t score above 60

  • probably need to trade Kade Simpson this week – can only afford either Enright, jaensch or picken to become D1 as injuries mean I cant downgrade this week.
    or do I DPP pearce to defence and trade simpson for Parker, Duncan or Mitchell in the thought I turn one of them straight into rocky in the next week or 2 barring more catastrophes!
    what are your thoughts on picken can he keep this form up?

    • I’d say the DPP one, Enright is geriatric, Jaensch can be hit and miss, and Picken could be an aberration. I wouldn’t be sideswapping to Rocky next week though, I’d try and find a downgrade somewhere to turn like a Vandenberg into him instead.

      • 100% agree. I reckon Duncan looks like the best pickup; if his form continues for you tho why would you sideways trade him? Use some dpp magic to get either McIntosh or Vandenberg to Rocky next week

        • Also Pickens form is directly related to his role. I have him in a draft league and have been watching his past few games and he’s playing a prime ball winning midfield role. That could change this week when Wallis and Jong come back in. I’d be wary of getting him in a classic league

  • Anyone watch the Doggies play on the weekend?? If so, can you explain HOW in the hell Ayce Cordy scored a 91?? He’s on my bench, I got him in earlier on in the season, watched him spud up, leaking me about 50k. Was going to trade him because I thought there was NO WAY he would ever score more than 30, he was THAT bad…. Not complaining, just really don’t understand how that happened.

    • He scored it because he wasnt used as the sub for once! wouldnt trust him tho

      • Well, in one of his games earlier in the year, he was on for 25 when he was subbed off half way through the third on 19.

        To sum up how bad he was in that game, he was their sole ruck, but they subbed him and put Roughead into the ruck. Despite his 2.5 quarters in the ruck he had less hitouts than Lin Jong that game. He was subbed because he was terrible, not vice versa.

  • Hey guys; what are your thoughts on bringing Priddis in for Sloane? Has bottomed out in price after a poor start (only 10k more than Sloane) but has averaged 105 over the past 3 rounds and not gone below 100 in that time. Also has suns and Saints in the next 2.

    • I’m making that trade

    • Has the handy round 13 bye as well. genuinely looking at that trade. Only thing with Priddis is he doesnt bust out those jaw dropping huge scores some of the other premos get you, but traditionally is as Consistent as they come.

  • thoughts on thurlow, has he got a low BE

  • Clark, Salem, McCarthy, Krakouer.
    Which 2 to field?

    • Salem and McCarthy IMO

      • Thanks that’s how I have it now.
        Clark vs Swans at FF has me worried… so think I will bench him this round.
        Krakouer vs Brisbane might do well… but safer to go with Salem who is playing in DEF vs Hawks and McCarthy who is in FWD vs the down and out Blues.

  • McIntosh and Simpson to Schade and Boyd/Gibson/Jaensch? Got 688k for a premo defender so should I splash the cash on Boyd?

    • Why not McKenzie instead of Schade?
      How about Enright for your premo defender?

  • Thought on these trades

    1. CEy – Mckenzie (STK)
    DPP with Saad.

    2. Mcintosh – Yeo

  • I am torn at the moment between a high risk strategy and a safer low reward strategy.

    The high risk is:
    Sloan > JPK
    Geary > Duncan (with some DDP shuffling)

    The risk here is that it will leave me with no bench cover in the mids and def: Goodes and Saad on the def bench and CEY and Newton in the mids

    The safe option is to downgrade/cash in on a couple of non playing rookies this week, bank cash, and look to bring back Lewis or Rocky next week.

    Any thoughts

    • You must get rid of Sloane clearly, JPK or Duncan is a good swap. Saad and CEY have lots more money to make, Goodes or Newton I’d downgrade definitely because they don’t have much more to offer

      • Newton to Duncan, SLoane to JPK…
        I disagree with Goodes… He is just above to 200k mark and if he continues to play without the red vest, he could easily get you another 100k. Newton on the other hand is done!! Has to go asap along with Sloane

        • Don’t quite have enough cash in the bank for that trade unfortunately.

      • Goodes has a BE of 20 odd…. As long as he plays a full game (he did last weekend), he should make that easily

  • I think hold CEY, but get rid of Newton and obviously Sloane…

    What about Sloane to JPK, and Newton to Duncan??

  • trades this week
    Out: CEY, NVB
    In: T. Duryea, M.Duncan
    Team This week:

    Def – Hibbo, Duryea, Ibbotson, Ox, Mcintosh, NJ Brown (Smedts, J. Clarke)
    Mid – Pendles (C), Ebert, Fyfe(VC), M. Duncan, J.Newnes, Rich, Cripps, Vandenberg (J.Glenn, J.Lewis)
    Ruc – Nicnat, Bellchambers (J.Griffin, M.Clark)
    Fwd – Goddard, Swan, D. Martin, Bont, Hogan, Tarrant (M.Cox, B.Reid)

    Next week looking at Eberts score from this week seeing if he will continue his good run and possibly getting rid of rich and Mcintosh

  • Field Clark or McCarthy and why?

    • Id say McCarthy and reason being he is playing carlton… solid score ahead

  • Hunt > Boyd and Talia > Cordy via Salem to backline freeing me up 313,000 for next week. Hopefully another semi-decent scoring ruck/forward to move between Bellchambers and Clark if needed.

  • m.duncan, l.parker, s.johnson or t.mitchell

    • i personally think stevie j can average 100 from this round to the end of the season. Duncan will most likely average 95ish, with some massive scores then a few 60’s. Parker, who knows. Should be good for a 100-105 avg but I’m not sure. If tmichell can keep his spot, he’d be the pick of the bunch. No chance of a tag, brings his own footy and loves a tackle.

  • Sloane, Simpson, Glenn, Newton, Saad, CEY and Goodes all out for me.

    I’m stuck with one 0 unfortunately.

    I’ve got 730k in the bank…

    Best options for trades? Am I better off leaving Kade on the bench and trading someone like Saad or Goodes, or upgrading Simpson due to his poor showing too?

    I was thinking Simpson -> Mundy and Sloane -> Selwood/Barlow.

    Newton is stuck on my field as a 0 thanks to Glen & CEY on my mids bench. I can’t even swing a DPP to get a full team.

  • My 2 trade options:

    1)Rich Sloane out – T Mitchell, Barlow in
    2) Bellchambers, Sloane out- Stevie J and T Mitchell with Clark in 2nd ruck and hold rich to dpp def next week


    • I think if you’re booting Belly, you have to upgrade to a set and forget, not stuff about with moving Clark into R2 because then you have essentially achieved nothing.

      I personally would keep Belly for another week or two until he tops out. Get rid of Rich + Sloane for Titchell + Barlow/Selwood