The Friday Scramble: Round 23 – GRAND FINAL WEEK

FridayScrambleHere it is, the week we have all been waiting for, Grand Final week.  However, this year our Grand Final of AFL Fantasy and RDT is a bit like we have been waiting all year for Christmas, only for us to wake up on Dec 25 to find out that it was all a dream and there is no such thing as Christmas and it is just another work/school day.  And who do we have to thank for that?  Well Ross Lyon is at the very top of my list!  Trust me, he won’t be getting a Christmas card from me!  When you add his antics in with the injuries we are facing, I am not sure that the old Bye Round – Best 18 would see some of us field a full team this week.  If there was ever a week we had to do it, this is the one…. So Let’s Scramble!

Is anyone playing this week?

Well we already knew that Ross would do this to us. He is a serial rester of his players. He is basically the main reason that Supercoach brought their grand finals a week early this season. But, what we didn’t count on was some of the injuries that we sustained this week with Swanny going down, Ryan Griffen being out with injury and Michael Hibberd also missing.  The final tally on our Dockers missing (Fantasy relevant ones only) is Mundy, Sandilands, Griffin, Johnson and Pearce. Now a couple of these will only be relevant in draft leagues of course.  And add to that the fact that we are already missing Fyfe. But be thankful that we still have Barlow and Neale.

Did we think that Brad Scott would do it to us as well?  Well he bloody has! He has left us with no Goldstein, Higgins, Dal Santo and Swallow.  The Dogs seem keen to rest a couple of guys too.  Matty Boyd and Bob Murphy are both missing. I must say I didn’t think that Boyd would be missing again after he rested just two weeks ago. The Bulldogs website says that he is out with General Soreness. Harley Bennell is also out this week.

On the plus side though, a couple of coaches were nice to us by bringing us some players back! Trent Cotchin returns for the Tigers.  Trent Dumont is getting a run with the cut down Kangas side. Brett Goodes returns…. But I am guessing that if you still have him you have given up on this by now.  Jack Steele is back!!  And that could be just the bench lifeline we need!  Have you still got Oxley? Well if you have, he is back too.

Now Ross Lyon wasn’t all bad to us, however, Alex Pearce is back in the side and in deep deep draft leagues you might have Jack Hannath.

So who should we bring in?

Well, in AF we know that we have the two trades, but in RDT if you still have some trades left then congratulations! The first thing that I would do here is when trading is clearly trying to get the best bang for your buck that you can. The way I will approach trading is to firstly check your bench cover first. Put your bench cover on the field in place of the guys who are out. This way you will know where your holes are.

Then to plug those holes, I would be looking firstly at the midfield. This is where we always get the most of our points from and hence you should be looking there. In terms of who I will be looking at it would be guys in teams that have a ‘softer’ game. The main one I would be looking at is Sydney. They are playing against Gold Coast, but more importantly they are playing at the SCG where they tend to have big Fantasy scores. The players I would look at from there would be Tom Mitchell and Dan Hannebery. Another team I will be considering getting players from is West Coast. They are back at Domain Stadium and are playing St Kilda. This is a game they should win (and need to win). So I am expecting some big scores from them. Players like Luke Shuey and Matt Priddis would be the main targets. The third team I will be considering players from is Hawthorn. They are playing Carlton and should have a big win. This should translate into some big Fantasy scoring. So here I would consider Sam Mitchell who had last week off sick as well as Jordan Lewis.

If you only have the one hole in the midfield and can use another trade elsewhere I would once again be looking at the best available player you can get. If it is up forward and you don’t have him, it would be Tom Mitchell. As always if you can get a midfielder in a different position like forward or back then that is what you should be looking for.

Match Up Mania

Obviously in a grand final you should have a look at your opponent.  Check out who your opponent has and make an assessment of where they are at in terms of their outs and where you might be able to beat them.

If you look at their team and think you are a big underdog, then just go for it with maybe a bit of a risky unique that could get you over the line with a bit of a hail mary!

To really summarise this week, you don’t need these guys for more than one week, so don’t worry about too much more than what they will do this week. There is no tomorrows so simply go for it!

Things To Remember

  • No Guts, No Glory! If you have been lucky enough to make it to the Grand Final go for it!
  • Captain choice is critical in a GF, but also with a few of our regular guys like Swanny and Goldy out, it is even more important to read Calvin’s Captains from earlier in the week.
  • Don’t Give Up. No matter how hopeless it may look, you might just pull off a miracle.

I don’t think I am alone in saying that this has been one of the most challenging seasons we have seen for a while (yes I know we say this every season). But with the volume of injuries, suspensions and now restings that we have seen it is bloody hard to get a consistent team on the park. One thing that we now know that will make life a touch easier next year is that we won’t have the Subs rule.

Good luck in your Grand Finals this week, and if you aren’t in the GF, then hopefully you can rise in the rankings over this last week.  Thanks all for reading my Friday ramblings throughout the season. I hope that I have managed to help some of you get a few wins across the season. I look forward to helping you all out again next year!


  • Thoughts on Bachar Houli up against a weak North Melbourne side?

    • I’m very tempted.

      It’s either him or Heath Shaw vs Melbourne for me to replace Mundy.

      • I went Mundy > Birchall as I reckon the Hawks will have 10+ players go 100+ against Carlton and hoping Birch is one of them.

      • I’m also looking at Laird for Mundy. Urgh didn’t want these kind of decisions before the grand final…

        • McVeigh> Picken & Boyd> Houli. $0 left (Swan & Mundy on the bench though). I will have emergencies across all lines, however, Atkins & Edwards on the field. Not one but two rookies on the field in gf week! Sadly, never got to complete my team this season….#carnage2015

    • I like it. I think that the Tigers players should run rampant. I am thinking of bringing Lids in for my SC team this week for this very reason.

  • Congrats on a fantastic year with The Friday Scramble Dunny! One of my favourite articles each week.

    I am in the bottom half GF in one of my leagues. Currently going Swan and Boyd -> JPKennedy and Hannebery, leaving me exactly $0 in the bank. The only first choice player on my bench is Higgins, with Tarrant on the field to replace him. I also have emergencies for all positions, so I feel pretty confident.

    All the best for the off season, look forward to reading your articles again in 2016!

    • Thanks mate, glad you like the scramble!

      I think they are very good trades. I like Swans players as well as Tigers this week given the opposition.

  • I have boyd, mundy, goldstein and swan. Swan in the midfield. Was wondering if I should take a gamble abd bring in hartlett for swan and houli for boyd or mundy (Doesn’t matter which). I have cover for goldy and mundy) I have enough cash to get any def and mid but the reason I’d pick them is because they’re playing weakened sides. Think that this will mean that they will rack up? Or should I just go for pendles and stefin martin

    • I like Hartlett and Houli. But if you are bringing in a Mid I would be looking at Hanners or Titch as my first options. Pendles would also be a great choice. Having said that, I like Hammer, and against a weakened Dockers he may just go big. I am thinking 110 – 120 for him this week.

  • Is there any way to tweak my side to field a full 22? Losing 3 backmen has killed me for my final.

    Bank = $278k (that I foolishly thought I could use to upgrade JKolo and save one trade for injury)
    Side (pre-trades):
    B: Mundy (X), M Boyd (X), McVeigh, Newnes, Hibberd (X), JKolo (ZJones, Fields (X))
    M: Pendlebury, Lewis, Rockliff, Ellis, Armitage, Selwood, Sloane, Swan (X) (Amon, Acres (X))
    R: Goldstein (X), Grundy (Phillips (X), Cox (X))
    F: DMartin, TMitchell, Gray, Dahlhaus, Bontempelli, Bartel (BReid, Payne (X))

    So far my strategy is to:
    – bench Swan and play Amon
    – trade Goldy to SMartin
    – bench Hibberd and play ZSmith
    – trade Mundy to Picken
    – cop the doughnut on MBoyd

    Is there any way for me to avoid the 0 in the backline (other than hoping that Fields is a late in for Carlton)?

    • I suppose another question is whether it would be safer to have an EMG in my midfield or forward line? With some Swan/Bartel DPP I could field BReid and put the E on Amon instead.

    • I think I like your strategy you listed there. There isn’t much we can do this week and it is likely most teams will have donuts this week.

  • Last trade, stuck on who to get in/play..

    1. Hannebery (play Dick)
    2. Shaw (play Atkins/Dumont)

    I would go 1, but I think the midfield rookies will score much better than Dick..
    Thanks guys!

  • AFL Fantasy

    B: Boyd, Picken, McVeigh, Enright, Laird, Gilbert (M.Dick, K.Jaksch)
    M: Pendles, Lewis, Hanners, Danger, Armo, Rocky, Ebert, Selwood (Atkins, Evans)
    R: Goldy, Jacobs (No one)
    F: Swan, Martin, Mitchell, Dahlhaus, Lambert, Knight (Reid, Byrne)

    Going Goldy to Martin, and Thinking upgrading Swan because i think Dick will get between 70-80.

    My opponent has Goddard, Adams and Deledio in F: as POD, But he also has Goldy, Swan, Boyd and Mundy out.

    Who should i bring in i’m thinking about a Gray or a Wingard since Freo are being half a side and these guys will go huge or a mitch robinson.

    • With McVeigh out you’re going to have to trade Boyd to Shaw as well as Goldy to Martin.
      Dick and Reid to cover Swan and McVeigh.

  • I would highly recommend bringing in Richmond players this week. They have an easy game vs a skeleton side and we know before lockout about late outs. There will be all kinds of carnage this week so having guys who will definitely play is important.

    Martin, Ellis and Deledio are obvious options, Houli as well could go huge. Smokies are Riewoldt and Rance who could each take a shitload of marks.

    • Deledio has recently injured his back. If Richmond have the game iced, don’t you think they will send players like him to the pine?

      You are only looking at one half of the equation Fat Knife. Richmond can easily take their foot off the pedal in order to cruise into their elimination final.

      • Btw expecting a late out of Deledio this week. Remember you heard it here first Warnie.

        Don’t be salty xxx

        • How’s the weather looking for tonight’s game, Milansta?

        • I’m surprised he was named to be honest and yes a late out looks a good chance, but it’s all good as we get to see first. And you’re right about Richmond cruising but to be honest, WCE are probably the only team with anything to play for this week so you could say the same about more or less anybody. At least we know they are actually playing. I’d rather take a lazy 80 from Ellis than a donut from Hanneberry or whoever else.

  • Which pair will score more:
    Laird and Lambert

    Dick and Hannebery/JPK

    • Probably go with the Laird/Lambert combo unless you are making Hannebery or JPK your captain (the only captains I would choose over Rocky this week)

      Lambert vs North who are resting players
      Dick vs Hawks

      Close but option 1.

  • ‘Captain choice is crucial this week’


    <3 Rocky <3

    Warnie don't be salty mate.

  • Love grand finals.

    Out: Boyd, Mundy, Higgins, Swan, Goldstein

    In: Stefan Martin and Liam Picken

    Bench Cover on field (FML) – Jono Marsh (DEF), Jake Kolodanij (DEF), Brendon Ah Chee (Mid), Kane Lambert (FWD)

    This will be a rocky weekend…

    Opponent: Boyd, Hibberd and Swan out but significantly more bench cover…


  • Milansta the advice you give is so insightful and helpful. I wish you would create a website where I was able to learn tips from you and make you team so much better.

  • I’m now missing more than a quarter of my team from last week:
    – Mundy, Goldstein, Boyd, McVeigh, Hibberd and Swan.
    Any other takers just to sink the boot in?

  • If you need to feel better about outs have a look at the poor dude in 7th overall

    Griffen, mundy, boyd, mcveigh, goldy, swan, bennel

    • That is really sad.
      1.The AFL has to stop rd 23 resting.
      2.All fantasy league providers must make rd 22 GF day.

  • Which option is the best out of this bad bunch?

    Hannebery + Downie
    Pendles + Downie
    Danger + Downie
    Adams + Downie

    Stefan Martin + Reid
    Stefan Martin + Atkins
    Stefan Martin + Knight

    My current MIDS are Rockliff, Lewis, Sidebottom, JPK, Sloane, Prdiddis, Selwood.
    So I can bring in any other mid for combo with Downie.

    • SCRAP THAT …. McVeigh OUT also… so I will be bringing in two defenders and leaving 300k in the kity.


  • It seems by the above comments I have been fortunate with only 3 outs, Boyd Goldstein Swan. Trading Goldstein -> Martin Swan to Adams.

    Posted yesterday similar to Milansta to beware of trading in final’s players. They may be subbed out if games are won pending no forced injury subs. Likely candidates JPK, Hanners, Deledio, Priddis, Bontempelli (has been nursed this year) and for Hawthorn and Freo I think it is a raffle.

  • Shaw and Riley Knight


    JPK and a donut

    • Obviously Shaw & Knight. Knight did pretty well last week. If he scores 60 its a win!

      • yeah, i’d half laugh half cry if JPK goes mental and they both score 60.

        Managed to run a full team though so that’s win

  • Swan, Hibberd, Mundy, Higgins + McVeigh

    Was going Swan to Titchell and then one Defender in with Ceski and Hamling covering, but now with McVeigh out need to cover the backline 0. Thank God for the reverse trades button :)

    Welcome to the starting side Fantasia or Sicily?

    • Sicily was pretty good for me last week but still think he is too risky. I’m tossing up between Reid and Sicily.

  • Who are the best 2 DEF’s I can get this week?

    Current DEF: Picken, Mundy, Newnes, Simpson, McVeigh, Hibberd (Browne, Clurey)

    1. Mundy > Shaw
    2. McVeigh to ???

    Browne to cover for Hibberd if he makes the Bomber’s final 22.

  • It’s sad when all your Elite league teams look better than the classic side this week.

    In elite, great time to check the FA list. I just picked up Montagna & Max Gawn (for Sandilands).

  • hanners/adams and cop a donut?


    laird/shaw and play j.marsh?

  • Looks like I will lose this week. Most likely copping a donut and fielding 4-5 rookies. Mundy and Boyd are gone. Welcome Houli and Birchall, I hope you go big. Shame that I am now left with 300k.

  • Got Mundy, Hibberd, Boyd and Mcveigh out. Need to pick 2 out of Picken, Houli, Shaw and Laird. Talk about downgrades not a fan of any of them.
    Anyone got an opinion. Thanks

  • Cant afford picken and shaw combo

  • um yes I can that’s what i do

  • Weally hissed off with this Wex.

  • Got knocked out last week premlims, so got 2 trades out, gonna trade just for fun, already missing half a dozen players. feel bad for teams in grand final. good luck all!

  • Houli or Laird boys? Pros and cons?

    • Houli – bigger ceiling (145 earlier this year; more 110+ scores) + plays against a depleted NM B side.

  • Shaw or Houli or enright

  • Sorry I didn’t say this earlier… thanks heaps Dunny! Another epic year by you! Especially in SC! Good work with the notes there too.