The Friday Scramble: Round 16

FridayScrambleWell things are back to normal, no Thursday night footy, but that also means that in RDT and AFL Fantasy we have no more Loophole VC action, so the Pirate is getting a rest from all the twitter messages asking him how the Loophole works.  It is back to the same old set and forget once lockout hits. What a huge round it was last week too, many of our guns went big which certainly helped us all get to some great scores, particularly in Supercoach where a heap of the guns went massive. Clearly what has been on everyone’s mind this week has been how the heck do we get Rocky and Ablett back in our teams? Well I will give you a bit of an insight into some of my thoughts on this matter and a few other random notes as we Scramble!


Seriously, this is all we have been focussing on this week, and with bloody good reason too.  These two guys are proven stars of all forms of the game and we all should be trying to get at least one, if not both in.  Some of you may have brought one of them in last week, if you did, good work… now the tricky bit getting the other one in.  The table below is a bit of a ready reckoner for these boys as you try and get them into your sides.


I think that the time for waiting for them to drop further in price is over. Definitely for Rocky. And let’s be honest with ourselves. The likelihood of Gaz missing those BE’s is very slim. Even if he does, I can’t see him missing by much so he won’t drop much in price (*Disclaimer: obviously if the boys get an injury all bets are off).

Clearly you will all have different guys that you can trade out to get them in and I am not going to go through all of them, but to be honest, the most obvious one if you have him is Joel Selwood. He has one week off thanks to thinking he was at KFC last week and he hasn’t been performing anyway so if you can use him to upgrade then I would say don’t hesitate.

In SC and RDT obviously you have to take the number of trades into account.  After this weekend we have 7 rounds of footy left. Now here is where it gets interesting. Not all competitions and not all leagues in all competitions play to the same round. So if you are going for a league win you need to look at what week your grand final is in and then work out your trades to that week. If you are going for overall then obviously you are playing until the end. My personal thought is that I would like to still have at least 5 trades left at this point in the season. But once again this depends on the strength of your squad.  If you have really solid guys as your bench cover in each position you can probably afford to be a little lighter on in trades.

Selection Table

Well it was an interesting night at the selection table. No massive dramas from what I saw, but there was some rookie action that might just make things interesting.

Very interesting to see Mitch Duncan named. He is still on the injury list as 2 weeks away with his foot injury. We also see Jake Kolodjashnij listed again for what would be his second game of the season. He is last on the bench and looking at that Cats lineup I think he would be a certainty for the vest (watch them prove me wrong). In that same game we see Baily Dale make his return which is awesome for those of us relying on him for some bench cover. We also see Will Minson missing with a shoulder injury. If you do still have him then I would be certainly moving him on (he shouldn’t be in your side still though).

GLENN GLENN is back! Wow we have been waiting on this for a while! He finally gets to play his third game. He has juicy negative break evens in all forms of the game (well except for AFL Fantasy where it is zero). But the excitement level from his owners is undeniable. Unfortunately though we see David Swallow go out again after just the two games back. Sam Docherty is back

Jamie Elliott is out with a back injury, no news that I have seen on how long he is out as he didn’t appear on the Collingwood official injury report this week. On the other hand though we see Clancee Pearce being dropped from the Dockers lineup after his quiet game 7 possession and red vesting last week, this is an interesting one if you have him, at this stage I would suggest holding.  Paul Duffield was also a victim of Ross Lyon’s axe, but I doubt if many of you have him in anything other than draft leagues.

Great to see Jarryd Roughead back from his cancer scare. I wish him all the best in his return.  Speaking of returns, a big in for the Lions is Stefan Martin. Interestingly he is named in the forward pocket with Leuenberger as the first ruck. However, I think that Martin will still score back at the standard he was previous to his suspension.

Big night at selection for the Showdown in Adelaide this week.  We see Nathan Krakouer come back to the lineup, but just remember that this is only a squad at this stage so he may still miss out on the final cut. You need to check the final team tomorrow. In that same game we saw Cam Ellis-Yolmen and Nathan Van Berlo dropped from the team. So if you are still holding these guys there are no excuses now, you can trade them out.  The game also sees Rory Atkins and Jesse Palmer in line to make their debut this week.

Oh and speaking of debut’s we see Hugh Goddard named this week, and there was word from St Kilda that he would play this week. Keep him on the radar, and don’t trade him in just yet, let’s wait and see how he goes and if he holds his spot.

Bench Cover

Most of you will now have complete or near complete teams. So one of the things you should be making sure of is that you have good bench cover to get you through the rest of the year. Obvioulsy this is more important in RDT and SC given that we can make a couple of trades a week in AFL Fantasy. Now these guys don’t need to be uber premiums of course as we can’t afford to do that. But you want to try and have someone that plays every week and is likely to score you something over 60 at least.

However, one thing that I would say is, in RDT and SC don’t blow trades on getting bench cover, just try and work it into your other trades that you are making each week.

Things To Remember

  • No Loop Hole! – So make sure your Captain is on who you want to be your Captain this week!
  • Did I mention that Gaz and Rocky are back – Do your best to get them in.
  • Not every week will be like last week. – Don’t get too depressed if you aren’t getting scores like last week!

Good luck this week in your efforts to bring one or both of the two guys back into your teams. Also it would be great to see another week of scoring like last week, but knowing the Fantasy gods like we do, I won’t be one bit surprised to see this week be a complete disaster!  Catch you all on twitter @pkd73 across the weekend.


  • Great work Dunny. But if a dilemma, bring in hodge and play Paddy Cripps or bring in Ablett and play Rich?
    I’m leaning towards Hodge and grab Ablett for Cripps next week?

  • I’ve also downgraded Jacobs for Downie leaving Kruez and Goldy in the ruck to leave plenty for s couple upgrades. Thoughts?

  • Dumont to Mcveigh


    Krakour to Mundy

    leaning towards second as Mundy should score better as he is essentially freo’s second mid

  • Goldy v Pendles v Rocky for captain? Goldy the obvious one but his record against the Dons, and the 70 earlier in the year, worry me

    • Well in his form and against McKernan I see why Calvin has picked him no.1, but it sounds like you have already talked yourself out of it so pick Rocky or Pendles. Calvin was worried about Melbourne’s taggers, and prefers pendles

    • Rocky feels too risky to me, second week back, heavy tagging team, it is possible Beams/Hanley/Rich will take the heat in case Roos is more worried about users than accumulators, but I’m not going him. If I had Goldy I’d take him any day. Personally I’m tossing up between Hodge and Parker.

  • Drop Fyfe or Ebert? Cash wise I think Fyfe has more to lose. Ebert on a longer losing streak

    Other turds include Yolmen, KMac and T.Dixon

    • Neither, keep upgrading your rookies till your side is all premos, then worry about under performing premos. The points you lose for players out of form is made up by your upgrades, and eventually your premos may hit form.

    • yolmen aint playing, and kmac is a useless spud. i dont know WHY you would even consider trading out fyfe ahead of those two. the mind boggles

  • How do these trades sound?
    Wallis/Lumumba to Rockliff/Williams
    Next week Im looking to do:
    Fantasia/Saad to Ablett/Fields

    • fantasia will be due back next week or week after with the lowest BE in the league… if youve held that far, might as well keep holding

  • Who to field between Z Jones in DEF listed on field, or Amon in MID currently listed in extended bench?

  • Glenn Glenn! I love his nickname, but can I respectfully suggest it works even better when done in a New Zealand accent. Glinn Glinn. Try it on.

  • play mckearnen or caleb daniel at F6?

    • I’ve got the same dilemma – leaning towards McKernan as even though he’s up against Goldstein, he’s still averaging 19 possessions per game since he came back into the side and I’m not ready to rely on Daniel just yet.

  • C Pearce was concussed right, not dropped?

  • So my midfield looks like this:
    Lewis, fyfe, armitage, beams, Parker, heppell, macrae and rockliff.
    Is it worth bringing in gaz for any one of these players?

  • Lost patience with Ebert so what big gun to bring in? im thinking, hodge, lewis, armtiage, ablett or priddis?

  • Or should I trade cripps for Rocky and keep Ebert?

    • Hold Ebert mate. He will come good. Look at the form of most ‘Premos’ they go through dry spells. Everyone was trading out Beams, Parker and Lewis earlier this year!! Keep him!!

      • ok Cheers, so Cripps to Rocky you think? Rocky at his best is capable of huge scores

  • Help. Thoughts. Support!!!!!

    My first trade is locked at McCarthy to Knight leaving me with $229k

    Second trade will be Thurlow to a defender.

    Def already is Hodge, Shaw, Yeo, Newnes, Oxley, Thurlow (Edwards, Byrne)

    My options are…..(Well anyone really, keeping in mind would love $$$ for next week Wallis and Cripps upgrades so looking for value)

    1) Picken and $25k
    2) Mundy and $79k
    3) Kolo and $110k
    4) MvVeigh and $107k
    5) Birchall and $191k
    6) B.Smith and $253k
    7) Malceski and $246k
    8) Fields $464k

    What would people do?

    • I’d say definitely not the last one, it’s too late in the season to be fielding rookies not as cover. Also no to 5) because Birch is a virus who gets stuck in your team for 5x as long as you hope. Since you want to upgrade both Cripps and Wallis in the same week, I don’t think 25k is gonna cut it, but the Kolo and McVeigh ones should give you enough for Sidey/Duncan + Rocky or similar, If you want a Gaz or JPK you’ll need to get Smith or Maceski though

      • Mmmm……..It’s a tough one. I do like the look of Kolo and that makes Wallis -> Ablett next week and then i can downgrade Clake for a Lambert type. I already have Rocky so will be looking at Sidebottom.

        Thanks for your comment.

        • Yeah if you want Wallis to Gaz, that’s gonna cost you about a 100k assuming Gaz makes his BE and Wallis goes 80 odd, so that would mean two weeks for Cripps. Personally I’d rather do it that way than take a non keeper in Malceski or Smith over Kolo or McVeigh.

  • Any Gold Coast fans on here?

    I’ve got Boston on the bench and need to make a call on whether I trade him out for Glenn. They both did well in reserves and Glenn got the nod, is he in their best 22 for rest of season? I’d like to capitalise on Glenn if he is going to be there long-term but what’s going on with Boston?

    I’m considering doing this trade in replace of an upgrade to Rocky/GAB this week to give me more salary cap room before finals.

  • Hey all! I have one spot left in either mid or forward.
    Who should I field out of McKernan, Knight, Krak, Nick O’Brien?

  • How long will pittard and saad be out for??

  • Great Read Dunny!

    Just a question, who should I field?

    a) J. Kolo and J. Steele
    b) Amon and Malceski

  • Play Z.Jones or Fields at d6?

  • 29k in the bank

    DEF: Hodge, Mundy, Boyd, Mcveigh, Newnes, Ibbotson ( J.Kolo, Fields )
    MID: Pendles, Armitage, Fyfe, Parker, Beams, Treloar, Barlow, Wallis ( Dumont,Smith )
    RUCKS: Jacobs, Goldstein ( Cox, Holmes )
    FWDS: Swan, Gray, Dusty, T.Mitchell, Ziebell, Mckernan ( Lambert, Byrne )

    Which option >
    1) Dumont > Knight & Wallis > Rocky. 67k
    2) Ibbotson > Z.Jones & Wallis > Steven 91k
    3) Ibbotson > K.Simpson &Dumont > Knight 2k

  • Wallis> Rocky & Kavanagh> O’Brien w/1k left? I still have CEY though….other option is T Adams> Rocky & CEY> Mayes?

  • I’ve got Boston on the bench and need to make a call on whether I trade him out for Glenn. They both did well in reserves and Glenn got the nod, is he in their best 22 for rest of season? I’d like to capitalise on Glenn if he is going to be there long-term but what’s going on with Boston?

    I’m considering doing this trade in replace of an upgrade to Rocky/GAB this week to give me more salary cap room before finals.

  • Should I…

    Trade Oxley to Rockliff and have to play Glenn ($1K remaining)??
    Trade Wallis to Rockliff but have to play Daniel ($82K remaining)??

    • Full team before trades:

      DEF: Boyd, Hodge, Mundy, Yeo, Newnes, Oxley (Hamling, Clurey)
      MID: Pendlebury, Armitage, Fyfe, Neale, Lewis, McVeigh, Wallis, Glenn (Dumont, Amon)
      RUC: Martin, Jacobs (McKernan, Naistmith)
      FWD: Martin, Swan, Mitchell, Gray, Dahlhaus, Steele (Daniel, Cox)

      ($38k remaining)

      1st trade was Hamling to Fields leaving me with $119k

    • I just realised I have to play Glenn for both situations unless I trade Dumont to Knight which allows me play one of Glenn, McKernan, Daniel or Knight through DPP.

  • How long is pittard and saad out for?? Really need to win this week to make finals?? Need to do two trades in the backline, what should I do??? Have 96k in bnak

  • Fields or j.kolo????

  • Do i field Krakouer, Stretch or Lambert as my Mid 8
    Do i field Daniel, Mckernan or Krakouer/Lambert

  • Is it worth paying $579k for Picken in RDT?
    Current backline is Hodge, Newnes, Yeo, Higgins, B.Smith, S.Edwards (McKenzie, Byrne)
    Plenty of other cheaper options, but this will be a keeper, money is less of an issue thatn trades, will only have 4 left after trading Cripps>Rocky, and Mckenzie>Premo Defender.

  • hodge or picken and why

  • Krak or Mckernan on field??

    • Krak – can’t have McKernan on vs. Goldy I don’t think

      • although he’s named on extended IC :|

        • My thoughts too. Mckernan does get a bit of the footy though. Will be interesting to see final teams – want to field Krak.

  • Thoughts on Ox –> Smith as a downgrade and then Cripps —> Rocky?

    Want to cash in on Rocky’s cheap price now and Cripps out if the only way I can do it! It means I have to play O’Brien as M8 but his 75 last week was reassuring and he’s named in the guts!


  • Walis or Cripps to Rocky?

    Cripps will play 95% on the ball while Wallis is named up forward and is spending a lot of time there lately.