The Friday Scramble: Pre-Season Edition

FridayScrambleReally?  It is time for the season to start again?  Already?  Well stuff me, here we are, just 6 days out from the season opener between Carlton and Richmond.  So what does that mean, we need to make sure that our teams are all set and ready to go.  I will be back next THURSDAY morning with a quick look at round 1 then again on Good Friday for the first official Scramble, but this week I thought I would just cover a few things from the NAB cup to help you as we head towards that first lockout.

Who’s In and Who’s Out?

Over the next week you need to get a handle on who is actually going to play and who isn’t.  First port of call is the tribunal and who is suspended.  But don’t just look at the guys who were suspended during the NAB that won’t be playing, Sandilands and Daisy are the ones that spring to mind along with Zorko.  I just want to pause and thank the tribunal for taking the Daisy Thomas decision out of our hands.  You also need to look back to the end of last season and see who has suspensions hanging over from last year.

Next we need to look at injuries.  Who is broken down already.  Reece Conca was getting a few headlines but now he is out for 10 weeks with another hammy injury.  The bigger name though is that of Dayne Beams who is out… wait for it…. indefinitely!  How scary is that!!  There is always a beneficiary though and in the case of Beams, Rocky tends to score better without Beams there.  And with Conca out it would appear that one of the Tiger rookies will have a better chance of getting a good run on the ground.  Speaking of the Tigers it looks like Shane Edwards should be ok, but I would be very careful.

As for who is in, the most important thing is to keep an eye on rookie elevations.  These guys are generally being elevated for a reason and with no green vests anymore if they make the team they should score some reasonable points.  Keep an eye on Twitter and whenever we hear anything we will certainly let you know.

Midprice Mayhem?

Every year we toy with the idea of having mid pricers in our side and every year it burns us.  We all know that the key to this game is Guns n Rookies.  So why oh why do we toy with midpricers?  Well there are always a few that we have to take a gamble on.  If you are going to take a crack at a mid pricer, the ones that I would suggest looking at are those that are guys who can score at a premium level.  We often find these guys are someone that had an injury riddled season last year or something similar.  The ones that spring to mind are Libba and Brad Crouch.  The others are ones that have gone elsewhere for opportunity.  Sam Kerridge is the one that I would see as being an obvious one in that category.

No Form is Good Form?

We all locked both of these guys in straight away based on talent and discounted prices.  Gary Ablett and Brad Crouch were locked into a LOT of teams. UWPSWJPC  However, we haven’t seen either of them in the preseason (however Brad did play in an SANFL game which was fairly close and the Crows lost).  This is another golden rule of DT that we are all lining up to break this year.  We all know that we shouldn’t pick a guy that hasn’t played in NAB.  At least in the case of Crouch we know he didn’t play because he got on the cans when he wasn’t supposed to.  But for Ablett I am worried.  Is he over the injury?  Will he play round one? Will he play 20+ games?


Since we have a Thurs night game in round 1 we have a few Lockout differences.

Firstly the obvious, Supercoach will be as per normal with full rolling lockout each and every week.
AFL Fantasy is a Partial Lockout, which means Thurs night guys will be locked out at the start of that game and then all other players are locked out at the start of the first Saturday game which is Melb v GWS.
Real Dreamteam is implementing a full rolling lockout for round 1 Only.  So this means it will be the same as Supercoach, all teams will lock at the start of their respective games.  Just remember this is only for round 1.

Things To Remember

  • Just under a week to go!
  • Make sure you read Jeppa’s Juniors wrap of the NAB.  You won’t find a more comprehensive take on all the rookies anywhere else.  Look for it very soon!
  • Byes are later in the season this year, so they aren’t quite as important for planning at this stage, but they need to be in your upgrade plans as you will have upgraded some of your rookies prior to the byes hitting.
  • Don’t get yourself locked into rookies at this stage, you need to make sure you have some wiggle room for when the teams drop next week.

That’s just a few random thoughts for you as we head to the last week before lockout.

All the best for your last weekend off until October.  I know I will be making the most of it.  Check back in with me next week for a special THURSDAY Scramble before the R1 opening game and then I will be back again on Friday for the regular scramble.  Keep an eye out for the guys and myself on twitter.  You can find me @pkd73 and then some of the other guys on @warnieDT @calvinDT @royDT @tbetta9 @jeppaDT




  • Just with Guns n Rooks – it works for RDT still but AF will be different. The prices on rookies and returning players makes it harder this year. With the ability to trade 2 per round hopefully we can get on a rookie as often as one a week or fortnight over the first 6 or so rounds and make our money that way.
    Nice refocus Dunny. Too many changes in strategy in the weeks leading up lead to season long regrets every year.
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    • agree the pricing of rookies over last few years have made it hard to pick a guns n rookie strat. This year seems harder than ever there is not many standout cheap rookies any that maybe ok are 240k but then so is the likes of simpokin and kennedy and even kerridge and wells for 60k more so a more spread strat seems to be the go

  • Dunny.
    Great article. I’m torn over Ablett as well should I pick him or not?

    • I wasn’t going to start with him but GC play Ess/Bris in first 4 weeks so leaning towards yes now…

    • I got “He is Garry Ablett” – i have seen him play at Metricon eh sproukers were yelling ‘polish your head Gary you a trophy’ – my sife who detests football said ‘who is that guy with the bald head he is everywhere.

      remember ‘underdone Gaz’ last year 174 and 175 i think

      Mmmm Son of God at Metricon, v Bombers = 178

      Come on its not like he needs the practice he knows how to play and be honest a 90% fit Gaz will score more than a 100% Pendlebury or Steven – the man has the uncanny knack of knowing where the ball is – before you die go and watch him live please.

      If Gaz even rests forward he will kick 4 goals the man is the greatest player in our history only an injury stopped him getting a third brownlo

      Note im a Richmond supporter not Gaz or Suns

      Lock n load if named

      • How the mighty have fallen…I picked up Gazza at pick 29 (my 3rd pick) in elite fantasy draft…..As Mel Gibson once said “Big smile, big smile”. Can’t for the life of me, remember who Mel used to play for. May be the lions under lethal lee…

        • Yes cant believe they are even considering overlooking him Mel Gibson played for the Pies all show

    • I’ve still got the bald master in RDT, but reluctantly let him go in AF due to uncertainty levels. ..

  • Nice article Dunny.
    We do manage to get one weekend off though before October, thanks to Gillion’s brilliant idea to have a break week, which will most definitely be exploited.

    Sneaky Code drop in there as well. Was trying to work out what the acronym stood for.

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  • Thanks Dunny, look forward to Good Friday”s scramble. I believe with the scraping of the vests and reduced/limited interchanges this year there’s value in the mid pricers. Would hate to miss the boat so heading this way, back to Guns’N’Rooks next year for sure.

  • Gday fellas
    Does anyone know whether or not J.Redden is injured for West Coast? I’ve been all over him but only now hearing about a serious injury? Will he be fit for Round 1?

    • He played last weekend against essendon and scored around 60 from 60% game time just off the top of my head, someone correct me please. Havent heard of any new injury but is set to line up in the WAFL this weekend and is a good chance for round one.

    • He scored 60 in NAB4 from 73 mins 55 secs. I haven’t heard of any new injury concerns.

    • He played about 60% TOG for 60. Problem is he is risky for injury and we didnt get a true feel for his role.

      Definitely on my watchlist.

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  • Great article Dunny
    Got nine spots left in elite draft league name is Zac Dawson For Brownlow this Sunday 7 pm WA time

  • Dunny’s Friday scramble is an essential DT read. Brilliant as always.

  • RDT full rolling lockout FTW!

    • Hey Albert, no offence intended here… but did you come here one day and simply forget to ever leave? Please say yes, I do love a good Albert_Lloyd comment and they’ve coming thicker and faster than ever these days.

      • In case you’re worried if I’m joking or not, here’s an extract from an actual conversation I had with my brother the other night…

        Him: Hey Simon, how’s it going? Did you watch any footy over the weekend?

        Me: Nah, don’t watch footy any more… just comment on it on that Fantasy blog you put me onto. Did you stay up late like I did to see Fat Albert’s (our nickname for you) comment last night?

        Him: Um, no. I had sex.

        Good times…

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  • QUESTION – is Aaron Mullett going to play round 1?

  • next QUESTION – Hall v Matt Crouch and why

    Note already have Sam Gray and Lonegran

  • Noted in freako Port only has one ruck? i guess other is Ryder who did not play

  • Yeah, the Ablett pick is a tough one, because if I don’t take him I’ll most likely choose a mid-pricer (like Brad Crouch, incidentally) to replace him, and that’ll change my team structure. Gary reckons he’s fine, but I wish I could have watched him first – even a quarter just to see how he was moving would have put me at ease …

    On another note, I have some slots left in my AF league. You’re welcome to join it: 6RHRHFEM

    • Hi Dan do you rate Brad crouch higher than Matt Crouch?

      • I currently have Matt in my team over Brad. Last week I had both, however, and if Brad is named Round 1 I’ll certainly consider putting both in again. Ball-magnets, both of them.

      • i rate both but concerned over Brads lack of games over lat few years. Have had both in team (not at same time) this preseason but now dropped as upgraded Matt to Tichell

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    • Code didn’t work. Is it for AF or RDT?

    • Ha Ha.. this one was meant to invoke a bit of discussion. Not meant to answer all of life’s questions. Next week will have more answers… when we know a bit more about what is happening with teams.

  • Can’t believe we are here again,ready to go! Im looking forward to not looking 90 minutes before every game waiting for the sub players to be named! Also quick question. Would u start with Hanners or Pendles?