The Friday Scramble: Round 20

FridayScrambleCan you feel it? The freshly cut lawns, the birds are chirping, the sun is out more… ahh who am I kidding. It is still bloody wet and cold, but it is Fantasy Finals time! With it still so rubbish outside then it is perfect to be sitting inside and watching the footy, but more importantly watching the scores of your players tick over. Our Supercoach friends are in the second week of finals, but for AF and RDT we are in the first week of our finals. Hopefully you have finished in the top four and you can play your way into a preliminary final. Otherwise, it is cut throat from here on out, so no mistakes!

But just because it is finals time doesn’t make us immune from issues with our teams. We still have plenty to worry about… some may say scramble about!

Finals First!

So I am sure that I don’t need to point this out to you guys, but just in case you are new to the site this year or it is even your first year that you have played the game, here are a few things that you should consider as you head into the first weekend of finals.

  • Don’t get knocked out wondering what if. If you have trades in the bank and you could move a poor performer to a premium, do it. You can’t take chances if you are in a knockout final this week. If you are in a qualifying final then it might be justified, but not in a knockout one.
  • Don’t blow a trade on the bench. In RDT and SC where we are limited by trades, don’t use one up just to strengthen up your bench cover (unless you have 8 trades left and have nothing else to do). You need to be saving your trades for resting or other injuries to your stars as we progress through the rest of the season. Of course in AF, you may as well use it up!
  • Check out the competition. If you are in an important final where you must win, it would be worth a quick look at your opponents team to see if there are any weak points in your line up that you can fix up.
  • Trade for unique or trade for safety? If you need to make a trade, you could go one of two ways. The safe one which is to eliminate a point of risk. So trading in a premium that your opponent has that you don’t and you are worried about. Or you could take the risk and bring in someone that your opponent doesn’t have and is a unique that could either make or break your game!

Forced Trades

Unfortunately we are without Nic Naitanui again this week for personal reasons. This means that you will need to trade him, unless you have a great setup with your DPP capabilities. Obviously the key here is to go to the best that you can afford which is Goldy if you don’t have him. The problem there is that he will use up most of the cash you had on the bench. And under no circumstances (well ok, if you have 8 trades left and no other issues) should you be double trading to get him in.

There are other great options that won’t cost you the earth and you can do comfortably, that would be to bring in Stefan Martin or Sam Jacobs. Sam could be a great option as he faces Essendon, Brisbane, West Coast and Geelong on the run home. Martin has Carlton, Adelaide, Hawthorn and the Bulldogs. Max Gawn is the other option you could look at and if you already have a R/F in your lineup you can put Max in and he can cover you on two different lines.

We are also without Adam Treloar this week and it looks like it may be more than one as he is out with injury and is not being rested. In regards to who to bring in for him, then there are a plethora of options in the midfield and everyones circumstances will be different with the amount of money you have and your other players. My advice here is simple, get the best person available. Take the guy that is likely to average the most from here to the end of the season.

Selection Table

From a big names point of view, no really bad news that we didn’t already know about, only good news with Nat Fyfe finally returning, however, there is a LOT of rumour about that Mundy could miss this week, personally I hope he doesn’t as I have him! Lobbe heads back to the SANFL but I doubt many of you have him in your side.  Clancee Pearce bounces back into the side this week, Deledio returns as does Stevie J. 

Dan McKenzie, Sam Colquhoun, Tom Clurey and Brayden Maynard are all out, but they would only be bench players for you anyway.

On the in’s list we see our old mate Glenn Glenn yet again, but he is second last on the bench, so don’t get excited!!


For me this is a fairly simple one, I would be keeping Newnes. The other two have been a bit questionable of late.  Kolo is suffering with Malceski back and Yeo has hit a bit of a slow patch lately.  Newnes seems to have saved his best for the second half of the season.

I like this question John. I will give my thoughts, but I encourage you all to have a go at this question in the comments.  If I had to pick a couple I would have to say it would be Gaff, Macrae and Mundy.  Now I know you are all saying they have been in the news etc, but really they aren’t the ones that have been talked about.  Gaff was in Priddis and Natanui’s shadow.  Macrae was in Bont’s shadow and Mundy was in Fyfe’s shadow but they are ranked 12, 14 and 13 overall in terms of averages.  The round one sneaky pick would have to have been Jack Steven.  Not many would have predicted what he did this year.

I am going to assume that this is in AFL Fantasy, otherwise I wouldn’t recommend going with a double trade to get in Hannelbery (just for you Calvin).  However, if it is AF then I would say that this is a good trade to make.  Oxley is cooked and not in the side at the moment and Saad should be moved on.

Can’t say I am a big fan of your fashion or twitter handle there, but you did ask a good question, so that counts for something! Firstly the guys you want to trade out.  Steele getting a vest and then getting dropped does worry me a lot.  I do note that he is named on the field which is something.  If I had to pick a sub in that team I would probably go with Zac Williams.  Kamdyn hasn’t been fantastic of late, but he has been fairly consistent in his scoring.  The thing going for Steele is the fact that Scully is out for basically the rest of the year and Treloar is out injured and may miss more than one.  Kamdyn has also been fairly solid in that Tiger team playing every game this year.  So it will come down to what the other bench cover you have is like.  Based on that I think that Steele offers a little more value with his dual position eligibility.

Now for the guys you are bringing in.  Bartel is a jet and has been consistent of late, the Cats are in a fight for the eight so no chance he gets rested.  Boyd has played every game since their bye in round 11.  This makes me very nervous that he would get a rest before the Doggies hit the finals.  So, based on the flexibility that Steele provides you and the fact I am concerned Boyd may get a rest in the next couple of weeks I would love to be able to find a way to split this trade!!  If I had to make a choice, I think you have to go Steele to Bartel only because I think Bartel playes every game guaranteed.  But it is a really tight call in my mind.

Things To Remember

  •  Don’t get yourself knocked out whilst conserving trades.
  • Beware of potential resting in ALL trades you make from here on out.
  • Use your trades on field players, not upgrading your bench.

Hopefully you are all in the top 4 and will make your way straight through to the Prelim finals.  It will be a big weekend of footy, but always be aware of late outs on Friday so keep an ear on the late team mail, particularly that for the Derby.  I wouldn’t put it past Ross to make us suffer somehow from that game!!

For all of you that miss out and have a loss this week (or win your Elim final) I will be back again next week as usual to try and help you go all the way through the hard way to your Grand Final!!  Best of luck and catch you all on twitter @pkd73




  • Need a sixth defender for Saad. Got Hodge, Laird, Newnes Simpson, & Kelly. Have $498k in kitty. Who is best option???

    Like Higgins, but sounds like he could be late withdrawl. Thinking Roberton, Houli, Mackie or Hibberd. Anyone else worth considering??

  • Who should i bring in for Brodie Smith? Picken, Hodge, Boyd, Shaw or McVeigh?

    • If the rest of your team looks good and you don’t need the cash, shoot as high as you can with Hodge.

      If that $80k helps your team elsewhere, Boyd is great value and can easily pump out 100+ scores.

  • Which defender should i bring in as my sixth defender
    I already have Mundy, Boyd, Newnes, Shaw and Houli, need a sixth

  • Hmmm, this Mundy talk has got me thinking.

    I don’t have any defensive cover, meaning a straight donut if he is out. I can swap Dick into my defence (and field him) and Bartel into forwards for Lambert, leaving Mundy at M3 with Lambert and Dawson as cover.

    To simplify: field Lambert (no Mundy cover) or field Dick (Mundy covered by Lambert)


    • On another note, my opponent for my qualifying final has Hamling as Mundy cover.

    • Gotta take the gamble on Mundy making it I reckon, Dick is good for about 25, not worth losing a certain 60-75 points to chase a possible 25. Hamling isn’t that damaging anyway, so worst case your opponent gets a 40 point jump on you, which would be covered by Lambert’s superiority over Dick anyway.

    • Mundy is in a lot of teams (30%), if he goes out, chances are a lot of people will be in same boat and unlikely to affect your rank etc. Only concern is if he is a unique to you in an important league final.

    • Mundy had a full training session with main group today and looked to have no issues

  • Best move – thinking they may all boost my score by 30 points, can only do 1.

    Saad to a Houli –

    Parker or Barlow to Hanneberry –

    Riewoldt to Bartel or Goddard –

  • Fyfe and Higgins or Greene and Boyd??

    • Greene and Boyd.

      Whispers Higgins might be managed this week, no treloar, no scully, no colignio – Greene will play through guts and port dont tag

  • Other option I have is Grundy to Martin???

    Best move – thinking they may all boost my score by 30 points, can only do 1.

    Saad to a Houli –

    Parker or Barlow to Hanneberry –

    Riewoldt to Bartel or Goddard –

  • Is anyone considering trading Bont considering the Dogs have Melbourne and earlier this year Vince went to him and kept him to 45?

    I’m thinking of moving him to Hannebery, considering Sydney’s easy run home. Although that will leave me with both Lambert and Yeo on field.

    Crazy talk or good idea?

    • I’m not trading Bont (this week anyway) but I was thinking he won’t score well against Melbourne. Wouldn’t be silly to trade him

    • I like Hanners, but don’t much like Yeo & Lambert on the field. Could you do a bit of a sideways trade
      Bont > Bartel, Mitchell, Deledio, Issac Smith or even down to Sloane/Cripps/Pierce Hanley. It’s Risky, but honestly who doesn’t think one of these names is an improvement on Bont.

      Use the $100k+ you’ve just saved and turn Yeo into a premo defender like Boyd, Mundy, Shaw.

  • Thoughts on these?

    Stretch to Atkins (Atkins on field for Treloar)
    Yeo to Boyd

    I will most likely not be able to afford Barlow to Jelwood next week, but Boyd scores very well so I’m not to worried about not being able to afford Jelwood next week. I’m literally scared that Boyd will be rested for finals though, will Boyd be rested? or red vested again? or will he be fine?

  • A: Knight/Amon to Atkins/Dick and Colq to Boyd OR
    B: Yeo to McVeigh and Colq to Kelly?

  • I have downgraded Glenn to Dick and Trading Ceski out who should i bring in, I have 604K to play around with.

    • Boyd, Mundy, Picken, Shaw in that order..IMO

      • Already have Boyd, Mundy I’m worried about, Also my opponent has Mundy, I’m thinking Picken or Shaw,

        Which one would you go with.

        • kind of a coin flip… Picken will be solid against Dees, but has a high BE and will use every $ you have.
          Shaw is cheaper, lower BE and great draw for last few weeks.

          Think about next week’s trade plan and if you can do it with Picken & no cash… or if the extra $35k will help you reach a player you want more.

          Picken will average higher until end of season.

  • Move to Far North Queensland, Dunny. Plenty of sun and birdsong

  • Who to trade out: Vince or Armitage

    Who to trade in: Rockcliff, Hannebry or Montagna?

  • Re sneaky pick
    This is the best of mine, anyway (no, I’m not having a great year!)
    Brent Stanton
    Original Price $565K (Current price $597K)
    games missed zero
    average 105.4
    Considering he’s endured the season that has sent his captain to England to drink beer & watch cricket, just making his average would have been an achievement. He’s a very maligned player I think.
    Reliability is still a valuable commodity in 2 trades a week & maybe undervalued. Particularly with the injury rate this year.
    I was intending to keep Stanton til byes & change over, but just haven’t had the chance. Thank Goodness.
    Since then 113,58,114,122,124,143,100

  • Sloane vs Lachie Hunter?
    any thoughts??

  • Should I keep Sidebottom or trade?

    • Surely you can use your trade to upgrade a rookie or a mid pricer? if he is your worst issue congrats on an amazing team

  • Who to trade in?? Boyd or McVeigh?

  • Need Malseski out, whos the best defender under 520 000? Im deciding between Enright or Mcveigh? im leaning towards Mcveigh. been up and down lately, but still capable of big scores

  • Hodge, Yeo, Gibson, Newnes, Hibberd, B.Smith, (Schade, Hamling)
    Lewis, Parker, Priddus, Heppell, Rocky, Barlow, Selwood, McVeigh (Harmes, Amon)
    Jacobs, Goldy (Nasimith, Holmes)
    Gray, Swan, Dusty, Titchell, Zaharakis, Lambert (Knight, Garner)

    I can trade Amon to Atkins and Yeo to a any promo def, mid or fwd under 526k (DPP Mcviegh/ Lambert)

    Really need help as Im in an elimination final this week thanks :)

  • Best trades options considering I have the week off?

    Double downgrade ; B.Goodes -> B.Reid via Marsh DPP & Amon -> Mcguane via Knight DPP? Banking 219k for next week to upgrade Lambert or Daniel & just in case money for a rested premo

    Or Downgrade / Upgrade ; B.Goodes to Reid & Caleb Daniel -> Hunter leaving 30k in the bank & Lambert as only onfield rook. But with Heppel rotting in the mids too?

  • This is for fantasy

    Toby Greene/Luke Shuey and James Kelly

    OR Pearce Hanley and Bachar Houli/Kade Simpson

    I have no idea

  • Joel Selwood for Lambert Yay or nay ?

  • Has anyone got a crystal ball?
    Need to know who gets the Vest for Essendon this week.
    Melksham, Edwards, Merrett or Howlett

  • DEF: Hodge, Boyd, Mundy, Mcveigh, Newnes, James Kelly ( Byrne, J.Kolo )
    MID: Hannebery, Pendles, Steven,Armitage,Rocky,Parker,Barlow,Lambert(Knight,Smith)
    RUCK: Goldy, Jacobs
    FWD: Swan, Gray, Titch, Dusty, Bartel, Ziebell ( Reid, Mcguane )

    Treloar > Hanners
    Lambert > Heppell / Selwood

    or hold Lambert and downgrade Knight to Atkins and get Danger in next week

  • Nic Nat – Goldy
    Malceski – Gilbert


    Nic Nat – S.Martin
    Bennell – Hannebery

    Brought in Bennell instead of Selwood last week and I want him gone.

    Trade 1, Goldy, Bennell, Gilbert play, Goldy captain
    Trade 2, S.Martin, Hannebery, Makceski play, Hannebery captain.

    Tight knock out final.

    • Bennell was never going to be consistent so I’d hold him.
      First trade looks good.

      Nice username too!

    • Honestly I think Martin & Goldy are as good as each other over last games of the season, so save $90k and maybe use that to turn Eski into maybe McVeigh?

      Bennell can ton up and is less of an issue than Eski.

  • Trade in Selwood for Lambert. Or hold off and get Dangerfield or Lewis next week

    • Ask yourself these questions:
      1. Will you win this week regardless? If No, get Selwood now.
      2. Do you want to bring Selwood in eventually? If Yes, get him now.

    • Go Selwood

    • Lock it in. Who’s to say Dangers or Lewis don’t get injured/suspended/rested next week.

      • Danger wont get rested as crows run needs them to win nearly all games for finals. lewis on the other hand is the one to be worried about but yes

        +1 selwood

  • My best sneaky picks this year were: Shaw (early, but getting noticed now), Roberton, Williams and Robinson. Heres to them keeping up their form