The Friday Scramble: Round 14

FridayScrambleSo the Byes are over.  But that doesn’t mean things get instantly easier! There are always injuries and suspensions to deal with.  And geez have we had a few of them this week.  We will go over all of these for you and I will give you my thoughts on them.  As well as all of the usual fun and frivolity that goes along with a Friday before lockout.  Also, since we had another game last night, we will have a quick look at your VC choices.

Team Troubles!

So even before we had team selections we knew that we had Buddy Franklin, Kurt Tippett and Stefan Martin out suspended and we had Rory Sloane out injured. So what do we do about this?

So for Buddy and Kurt it is a little late since the Swans played last night, so hopefully you checked out the early edition of the Scramble yesterday.

Stefan Martin is a problem.  His two weeks on the sidelines is very awkward.  If you are playing AFL Fantasy then I would say trade him out, no hesitation.  Given that he is the most expensive ruckman at this point, I would be trading him down to Todd Goldstein who has a great run to the end of the season.
If you are playing SC or RDT then you have to seriously look at your level of cover.  If you can save a trade by relying on your bench cover then that is what I would be looking at.  You might have someone like Shaun McKernan in your forward line bench and then if you can swing him to your rucks via DPP then that would be a great solution to the problem.  He will score ok, but most importantly it will save you a trade.

With Rory Sloane he isn’t the highest price which makes straight trading him a little hard if you don’t have any cash. Given the number of variables in terms of who you have in your team and how much cash you have I won’t go through replacement players.  But there is an option you could take which is to trade him out and then swap a forward into the midfield and pick up a forward. They don’t cost quite as much as midfielders.  Or you could do what I have done and actually do a third change which is once I moved a forward into the midfield I flipped a back up forward (Shaun Higgins) and then brought in a defender who are even cheaper.

But our issues didn’t finish there.  Then we had Thursday night selections!

Jarryd Roughead is out for a couple of weeks after having a melanoma removed from his lip, hopefully he is all good and back playing soon, all the best to him.  The big news story all week has been the Gold Coast and we see Harley Bennell out for this week, don’t be surprised if this is longer (this may have been announced, I haven’t found the story if it has so sorry).

I see that Heritier Lumumba is out with a foot injury, could it be that his foot is cold after not seeing the ball this year?  Anyway I am sure that most people have traded him out already. The biggest news comes from the Dogs v Carlton game.  Bailey Dale has been omitted!  Thankfully the byes are over and we aren’t relying on him playing any more.  But it does mean that we aren’t making cash from him. Sam Docherty is the other one that will affect teams.  He is out with a hamstring injury.  He isn’t on the injury list so no idea how long this could be.

We already knew that Hanley was out with his hammy, I doubt many of you have him yet, we were waiting to get him cheap.  And sorry Calvin but surprisingly after having a 4 point game last week, Jake Kelly has been dropped.

On the In side the biggest name is back!  Gary Ablett is back.  However, don’t get too excited. He has only played two games so hasn’t changed price in SC and RDT yet, wait til he is really cheap if you want to bring him in. Jimmy Bartel is also back this week which is great news, he will also get cheaper!  From a rookie point of view we see Hugh Goddard in this week for his first game.  Will be a vest risk of course if he survives the cut tomorrow.  Also watch for Caleb Daniel, he is only a short guy, but can play.  Comes from South Adelaide and hence I have seen him play a bit (also comes from my son’s club team Edwardstown), he is a real pocket rocket.

Great to see Jesse Hogan return this week too.  If you didn’t trade him out in the bye’s he should score well for you still.  And if you have him on the bench even better as bench cover he is a great option.  David Swallow also returns for the Suns but so too does Keegan Brooksby (another South Adelaide boy, no wonder they can’t win a flag, no players left).  If you brought him in a few weeks ago he should now be on track to make some money for you finally!  But most importantly, be really cheap bench cover in the rucks.


I think Fold.  He hasn’t scored over 100 since round 2 and his last 7 games have only netted two games over 83 points. He simply isn’t delivering and hence he can’t be relied upon.  Also we simply don’t know how long he is going to be out for.  Would be an easy decision (AFL Fantasy).  In RDT it would depend on trades, but I would still seriously consider it.

I would be going Beams v Freo as your captain.  I worry about Sauce v Blicavs.  I think that Blicavs athleticism will count against Jacobs.  He will score well, but I don’t think massively.  I think Beams will be fine without Stefan Martin.  Berger will have to step up.

Personally I go JPK here.  I think that he is the better chance to go big and have a good average.  I usually would say Jelwood and Barlow, but they have been too inconsistent this year so far. Obviously JPK has played already this week, so you could bring him in next week.  If you still need someone to bring in this week of that crew I think I would run with Barlow then Jelwood.  I don’t like the idea of Swallow at this stage as he is just coming back and Redden in a team with Beams and Rocky to come back shortly is also a bit of an unknown for me.

Loop De Loop

So, another Thurs game and another loophole opportunity.  Let’s see how Calvin went with his Loophole top 5.

Brad Ebert – Very quiet night for just 77 points, his second lowest score for the year.  Only 18 touches and 11 of them handballs.
Luke Parker – had 112, Calvin had the line at 115, he could be worth taking if you don’t have any of Calvin’s top couple for captain.
Dan Hannebery – 146. Take this and don’t hesitate.
Robbie Gray – Came good late for 112, just like Parker, could be a good option, but it is your call.
Tom Mitchell – 105 after following Boak for most of the night.  Not enough.

If you had JPK then bloody well done with his 151.  Bank those suckers and enjoy the rest of the weekend! I looked at him as VC in Supercoach, but decided not to take anyone from this game.  Big mistake! The only other guy I would take is Kieren Jack with 121.

Things to Remember

  • Trades are NON REVERSIBLE today in RDT and SC, however, I think you can still in AF.  Don’t get caught out.
  • If you want to use your VC score, make sure you fully understand how the Loophole works!
  • Hopefully you have moved all your premo’s back on field after the byes.
  • Most of our players had a good start on a Thurs night, so just be prepared for the absolute carnage for the rest of the week #FantasyGods

Good luck for the rest of the weekend!  I will be in a rubbish mood now since Port have lost on a Thursday night.  However, looking forward to next Thurs night at Adelaide Oval.  Even if we lose, I win since my son and I are playing AFL9’s at half time!  Keep an eye out down the northern end for an absolute spud of a player, that will be me!

Also, don’t forget to check if you are still in the Eliminator and SC Cup in RDT and SC respectively, they had a hiatus over the byes but are back this week!  Catch you all on twitter @pkd73 over the weekend.


  • Best mid under 580k? Narrowed it down to Armo, McRae, neale, Ellis and Sidebottom. Armo the obvious one, but will the Saints tough run home effect him?

  • Morning. Long time listener, first time caller.
    Question – can you loophole a syd/port emergency this week in RDT or Fantasy?
    I have Colquhoun sitting with the E in my backline. I’d like to bank his 84 over either Oxley or Saad who I have on field (…yeah, I know).
    Can I simply put the non-playing McKenzie on the field and swap Ox or Saad to bench?

  • How does afl go from here with the current news everyone has just woken up to?

  • Incredibly sad news this morning for the Adelaide, Western districts and AFL community. Feel for the players and wonder whether a game of footy is their biggest priority right now.

    • It’s just horrible, the players and club must be devastated. You’re right that a game of football is not the highest priority in this situation, a lot of people will be hurting.

  • Steele or Mckernan?

  • SMartin to Goldy and McIntosh to Hibberd
    Or cover Smartin with Downie and go McIntosh to Yeo and McCarthy to Mckernan

    Cant make my mind up

  • RIP Phil Walsh.

    does anyone know if the game is going to go ahead this weekend Adeliaide/Geelong.

    if it doesn’t, what happens to adeliade and geelong players on fantasy/ real dt? do you get a zero or do they give them the averages?

    • i think fantasy football will be the last thing on the afls mind today. who knows what happens to either the match or the fantasy scores, the crows and the afl havent figured out how to deal with this yet. its a horrible situation that theyre dealing with, so maybe show some respect and just wait to hear the news instead of speculating about trivial bullshit

      • This is a dream team website. I asked a dream team relevant question/ which is extremely valid.
        RIP Phil was the first thing I said which shows I am showing respect.

        • Tragic news and I seriously doubt the game will go ahead.

          In regards to fantasy though I’d imagine they would have some idea of what they would do incase of a forfeited/cancelled game just obviously I doubt there were the circumstances they imagined.

          Perhaps they will do something similar to bye round scoring where only top 18 score.

          • There is nothing in the rules about situations like this unfortunately as I just read it.

            I am thinking the game will go ahead- they will do it as a memorial to Phill Walsh.

        • I am pretty sure at the moment no one gives a stuff about Fantasy or even AFL in general. It is a very sad time and I wouldn’t be at all surprised if the whole round is abandoned, as there are far more important things in life.

          • you’re in idiot Lachie. if you are in the top 5 or 10 ranked teams then obviously this has major repercussions. especially if you have Dangerfield or blicacvs or laird.

            this type of situation could cost somebody $50k.

          • So you are saying 50K is worth more than the life of Phil Walsh and the wellbeing of players, officials, supporters and most people in general.

            I’m saying football and fantasy should most definitely take a backseat today to far more important things.

        • you might have thought you were being respectful, but a little line “RIP Phil Walsh” doesnt excuse the bad taste of the rest, and the apparent display of your priorities being dreamteam over the realities of situation like grief, shock and pain and the loss of a life and destruction of a family.

          anyway, never mind, I didnt intend to shame you or make you feel bad, so sorry if i did

          • Don’t you hate when people get on their moral high horse!

          • The show must go on. The players wouldn’t want it to draw out and go on for weeks. Its a tough time and would be hard to take. The questions about fantasy are relevant and someone would be looking at it. People just love to get on that high horse and parade around. We will know more in an hour after the press conference.

  • Tragic news. Feel for the wife and mother.

    Kidding yourself if you think the whole round will be abandoned.

    As for Sunday’s game .. some players will want to play, so wont be able to. The game will be postponed no doubt.

    The Fantasy/Dream Team repercussions will be huge. Not sure how they will go about it to be honest.

    The only way would be to hold this round in limbo until the game is played. And then add those scores later to come up with a league result.
    Not sure if that’s possible coding wise though.

  • No one person is bigger than the game, the show must go on.

    The practicalities of postponing or calling off a game are mind-boggling.

    People die, every day, and life goes on. Most people don’t have the luxury of taking time off work and forfeiting millions of dollars as will happen here if even one game is called off.

    The best way to honor the untimely death of this very popular figure is to play the game and leave it to the players to decide individually if the can take the field. The reserves game has been called off so there’s plenty of back up. The result will be irrelevant and 50000 can get together and mourn and honour the great man collectively in one of Australian sport’s bravest moments.

    We need to harden up as a nation and stop calling off Tests and AFL matches every time there’s a tragedy.

    • Absolute muppet comment. Have a good look at yourself.
      If the players want to play, that’s one thing but that’s their decision. You reckon you could play if one of your mates was murdered 2 days before?
      The SANFL has not been called off, I expect the Crows will forfeit that one.
      The AFL will either reschedule the Crows-Cats game or both teams will be given 2 pts. I imagine both clubs will want to play at some stage and have the opportunity to get 4 pts but sometimes there are more important things to consider.
      Either way it is a very sad day, I am shattered.

    • Good call numbnutz

  • Thoughts go out to Walsh’s family & friends, as well as the players and whole AFC club who would be so close with him on a daily basis.

    Not sure how the Crows’ group, not to mention the Cats’ team, could go out & play this weekend.

    Reminds me of a 2004 game between the Swans & Roos, when Swans’ head trainer Wally Jackson had a heart attack and died on the boundary during the 4th quarter. The game continued, with the Swans up by 40 points but lost by 6. The players were obviously in shock, and so that was no game of footy.

    Won’t predict how the rest of the weekend will unfold, and how all the implications will be sorted, but just can’t imagine what the players are going through and how they could be expected to play.

    Yes, the game is bigger than any one person, but today the whole game can mourn, reflect, and celebrate the life of a great man that gave so much to the game, 7 clubs, and numerous players.

    To tell the truth I couldn’t give a stuff about what happens in Fantasy until all the rest is sorted, and people’s wellbeing is the first priority.

    RIP Phil Walsh

  • Well said.

  • Adelaide v Geelong called off, points split between both teams

  • With all respect to this shocking and devastating situation, it’ll be interesting to see what does happen Fantasy wise. I can’t imagine what the fair & simple solution Warnie talks of will be?

    • fairest way will be give Adelaide and Geelong players their average points for the year. so if Dangerfield is averaging 108- he gets 108 and so on.

    • All players get their average would be the only one I can think of. Or cancel the fantasy round

    • We don’t even know what the the final teams would have been

  • Sooooo, not that it matter really and if I cop a 0 as an Adelaide Fan I don’t care but any idea how fantasy will deal with a cancelled game?

    • assuming each player will get there avg without a price change on the players.
      – Very sad day for AFL Football and South Australia

  • I dont think giving a players average is a fair way. As we know our premiums can have bad games and frustrate the hell out of us to lose games but players down on form, rookies and POD’s can have blinders and win us games too. So to just give a player his average and call that it isn’t really fair to all players given some people will have none and others have 3+. Plus people could just say well X player only averages 50 despite a change in role and points and put another rookie based on playing for live points and vice versa. Just abandon round 13, split points and pick it up next week. Thats just my 2 cents worth

    • No thanks, ive got a gimme game and i desperately need the 4 points

    • No one really wants to see a premo with 0 points do they?

      This game is about statistics as much as anything. Giving the average is fine and a satisfying way to solve it.

    • Agreed however, there is not going to be a fair way to do this that fantasy can be accommodated this round. Even calling entire round off for fantasy has flaws. Whatever they decide to do, given the gravity of what has happened, will fade into irrelevance. I think average scores for all listed players is, to paraphrase an old saying, “the worst solution, but better than all the rest.”
      I think it is wonderful that the actual Crows/Cats game has been ruled a draw to acknowledge the gravity of the situation, the loss of the footy club, (as well as family, friends etc), & that some things matter more than money. Crows supporters were very classy when Judd was taken from field. it would be nice to think they get a wonderful reception next time they take the field, particularly if it’s interstate. (West Coast next week)

  • For what it’s worth, this from AFL website.

    How will the cancelled game affect AFL Fantasy teams?

    All Adelaide and Geelong players listed to play this weekend will be awarded their season points average. Any new players who have not previously scored will be awarded points in line with their breakeven score. Throughout the weekend, Geelong and Adelaide players will appear as ‘DNP’ – Did Not Play – until the points are awarded at the end of the round, not during games as normal. Fantasy lockout will be lifted slightly later than usual on Sunday night once the round is complete.