The Friday Scramble: Round 7

FridayScrambleRookies, Carnage and returning Premo’s!  What a bloody week we have ahead of us!  There are so many things that we need to consider this week that I am sure we won’t all get to do everything we need to do done.  So, we simply need to prioritise what we do with our teams.  So, let’s have a look at things as we Scramble!

Injury City!

Just when we thought things were going ok and we have had a few injuries and then we cop a heap more of them!  Rory Laird is now out for 2-3 weeks with a fractured toe.  In AF you can certainly trade him out, however, if you have rookies that are going to start leaking cash and adequate bench cover you could hold him still.  But in SC and RDT I will be holding Laird.  Limited trades and it being only 2-3 it isn’t worth using a trade on him.
Down back we also have the issue of Jacob Weitering who is also out for 2-3 with a shoulder injury.  In regards to him, I would be trading him out in all forms of the game.

Luke Hodge has also been announced as out for 4-6 weeks so he is a must trade in all forms of the game as you simply can’t carry that sort of value on the bench for that long.  Speaking of out for a long time, Matthew Lobbe is out for at least 12 weeks with a knee injury he copped in the SANFL on the weekend.  He also must be traded out (he wasn’t performing anyway so this is a handy excuse to trade him), this does give Dougal Howard a bit better job security.  Speaking of the Power, Robbie Gray is also out for another couple of weeks.  In AF he can be traded out, but in the other forms you can probably keep him if you think it will just be the two.

Rookie Upgrade Time!

Whilst we have some injuries there are other issues afoot, we need to still trade out some rookies before they start losing some cash.  As you would have seen on Wednesday Jeppa gave us some great advice in regards to our rookies.  There are some that must go.  And to be honest I completely agree with his assessment.  Below is some of Jeppa’s details with my take on the guys he talked about.

Weitering must go first.  He is injured as mentioned above.
Menadue (Fwd/Mid. $245,000, 56 be AF. $246,300, 53 be DT) has been struggling and must go.  The Tigers have Hawthorn then Sydney.  A tough run.
Dea (Def. $300,000, 64 be AF. $299,400, 81 be DT) Dea is struggling to keep up any form of scoring and will start losing money now.
McDonald-Tipungwuti (Def/Fwd. $290,000, 48 be AF. $284,300, 52 be DT) isn’t the worst rookie at the moment, but if you have none of the issues above then he should be on your list.
Parish (Mid. $359,000, 84 be AF. $331,100, 65 be DT) is an interesting case.  He has now been listed as “rested” so the key here is that he won’t drop in value this week.  So if you have multiple issues you can afford to hold him.  If you have adequate cover for him, you can consider holding him.  However, this doesn’t also come without risk.  If you do decide to wait until next week, we don’t know what will happen.  You may have two injuries to key premos which would mean you are stuck with Parish.  This is a tough call if you are keen on unloading him.  If I had nothing else to do this week I would trade him out.

Go back and have a detailed read of Jeppa’s Juniors to get all the details, including who to bring in.  Let me just say that the name Smith should be at the highest point of your list of people to bring in.

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Selection Table

Ruggles is back!  So if you kept him, he will finally start making some more cash for you.
After some tonsillitis last week that caused him to be a late out, Yeo is back in this week.
Not surprisingly Ryan Davis has been omitted by the Suns.
Clayton Oliver gets himself another game.  I know a few people have held him with his BE of 32 in AF and 7 in RDT.  He should be able to beat those, but may need to be traded out in AF next week, conveniently his teammate Petracca will be looking for a spot in your side then!
Brad Crouch finally returns for the Crows.  Many have had to hold him due to a number of other issues with their sides.  It will be a tough week for him against the Dogs at Etihad.
Taylor Adams is set to miss another week.
And leaving the biggest name to last… Dayne Beams is back for the Lions.  The big question that remains to be answered is what impact will his return have on Rocky and Zorko. 


Now that Lobbe has gone down for around 12 weeks Howard is likely to keep his job.  However, I won’t be surprised to see him get a rest after 4-5 games in a row.  I don’t see him as being a huge scorer, but should be a consistent scorer.

Was pretty much Port’s best the week before and was very handy last week.  He should be fine.

Hmm… tough call this one.  The only thing that stops me picking Rocky here is that I am concerned about his status with his injuries.  Last year we all traded him back in only to see him go out again.  If you are confident about Rocky’s fitness then I would go that option.  However, there is nothing wrong with Hanners.  The leftover cash with the Rocky trade is also very attractive.

Not sure which Crouch you are referring to there.  Brad is back this week, so if it is him that may change your mind.  However, despite that I am a bigger fan of your second trading option there.  It gets you in a premo and a gun rookie who should skyrocket in price.


Things to Remember

  • Only two Sunday games this week due to Mothers Day, so those playing SC with its rolling lockout remember there are two twilight Saturday games this week.
  • Now that we are in the midst of upgrade trading, start to (if you haven’t already) have an eye on the bye rounds and what that means as a part of your trading.

There has been plenty going on in the footy world this week.  Make sure that you have got your teams set and are ready to go for another huge weekend.  Keep an eye out for any late changes tomorrow.  Best of luck and catch you all again next Friday!  @pkd73




  • Have traded out Lonergan and M Adams to get in Rocky and Smith (via Mills DPP). Means I still have T Adams on the bench ready to come back next week(hopefully). Right call or too much money wasted on the bench?

  • Dea > Boyd/Simpson or M.Crouch > Rocky? will be doing the other next week

  • It’s M.Adams.
    So hold Laird? I’ll have to play Harwood on field

  • Trade options 1, 2 and 3:
    1. Menadue -> Rocky and Walla -> MacPherson (DPP) (14k remaining)

    2. Menadue -> Rocky and M. Adams -> MacPherson (DPP) (54k remaining)

    2. Walla -> Rocky (DPP) and M. Adams -> J. Smith (DPP) (21k remaining)

    • It really depends if MacPherson or Smith will be on the field for you. If you need to field one I’d go with option 3, however if you’re only looking for mid bench cover, then go with number 2

  • Boomer been too quiet for me, whos the best guy to bring in 573000 under? i could get nick Riewoldt, Joey, Dusty, Zorko, Barlow. im leaning towards Dusty should get big scores with cocthin out for a bit.

    • Roo in my opinon is the best fwd there. Zorko scoring potential will hurt a lot with Rocky and Beams back into the team this week so avoid. Barlow with fyfe out is getting all the ball with Neal and looks to be back to bests in AF terms. Dusty is ok but has some serious off field issues with his dad in prision in NZ. I am going to avoid until i see 3 games at 100+ then ill know hes back to his best. so IMO go Roo

  • With Kerridge a possible late out, which is the best potential emergency?

    Mitch McGovern, Blakely, Sumner

  • Is there anyway Zorko could keep this up? He’s been named as follower again but can’t really tell how Beams and Rockliff back will affect him. Rockliff didn’t limit Zorko’s scoring in the first couple weeks

    • You don’t bring in Zorko now, the ship has sailed and he’s no value now.

      You don’t win this game by chasing tails.

    • Concern with Zorko is with Beams back.
      Ever since zorko was a rookie, I have thought he would be DT premium gun.
      Beams back might free him up even more.

      • So you’re saying he should score even more?

        • I’m punting on him being a top 6 FWD. He’s got a really nice ceiling. If he gets consistent he’s still worth it. Has a BE in the 60’s so he’ll go up more before he peaks.

    • I doubt he can keep it up – he’ll be in a lot of losing games and mid time may go down with Beams and Rocky back in the swing of things.
      Really the value is with Barlow or Dusty, both will average the same as or higher than Zorko.
      You could also use DPP to put Adams, Tippa or Browne forward and get a premo defender like Shaw, Boyd or Vince, all three I have much more confidence in being a top 6 for their position.

  • With Blakely and Macpherson is it worth getting keays for an extra 40k? He will be playing fwd more with beams back in the side. Next week I plan to get one of the other mid rookies and if blakely and macpherson both hold their spots it may be worth keeping the extra money. Whoever I get is on my bench btw and with blakely I would definitely be able to do davis to macpherson and adams to dusty next week too.


  • M.Adams to Castagna, field Ruggles and Ryan Davis to Rockliff. Good Trade!

    • idk about castagna, is there any other way you can bring in say a mid rookie like blakely/keays/smith

      • Got no links man, how is everyone else linking to get Adams out for Smith? Only other way is to trade De Goey/Libba out for him but not sure if that’s the right way to go

        • people can do it two ways, mills to defence and adams traded to a mid. Or go adams fwd through tippa/brown then move him to mids through davis. If you can’t do it then you can take the risk with castagna, being named again is a good start seeing as he was a late in but no idea on his js

          • Damn, already got rid of Mills and haven’t had Brown or Tippa all year. Castagna’s js is worrying but I don’t think there’s manyother if any rookie defenders around 125k is there? Really feel like not having Smith could come back and bite me

  • Hey guys!

    I’m targeting Parker this week. Just wondering if I should be trading out Nick Graham. Didn’t expect him to be omitted again but he has again this round. Trading Graham out will free up cash, or should I trade out Callum Mills instead?

    Many thanks

  • Love me a bit of friday scramble!

  • Sam Gray dropped, can’t even do anything about it with Laird there. Just got to grit the teeth and hope Tippa can get 60s.

  • Should I go
    Dea and s Gray to rocky and j Smith
    Dea and Davis/adams for macpherson and Smith and get rocky next week for a rookie

  • Dea (68 b/e vs Syd) or Lonergan (77 b/e vs Melb) to Smith? who will lose less

    • 64 b/e for Dea, my bad

    • Lonergan will prob score more in a home game against Dee’s that they can prob win. He’ll probably get mid time too… think of it this way, if Dea 60 and Lonergan got 70, I’d rather Lonergan’s 10 extra points, even if it costs $5k more in price drop.

  • Sam Gray out!! Will be another spanner in the works for some.

  • AF 102k in bank need help with trade options 1, 2 and 3 this week:

    1. Menadue -> Rocky and Walla -> MacPherson (DPP) (14k remaining)

    2. Menadue -> Rocky and M. Adams -> MacPherson (DPP) (54k remaining)

    2. Walla -> Rocky (DPP) and M. Adams -> J. Smith (DPP) (21k remaining)

  • ruggles or harwood on field?
    Brown, Menadue or McGovern on field?

    • torn with same question in the backline – I’ve gone Harwood, but not with any confidence.
      dunno about forwards.. maybe Menadue?

      If it makes you feel better, everyone mentioned will struggle to score 60 points, so it’s unlikely your choice will make much difference.

  • Playing 8 rookies on field, going to be a long weekend guys.

  • Thoughts on who to bring in between yeo, rich or Seedsman?
    Trading out parish and looking for a swingman to go in the back next week

    • Maybe Rich… winnable game against Power, decent form.
      Yeo is coming off illness and playing away, where he averages considerably less.
      Seedsman is an option, but I like Rich more.

      Maybe Fantasia around that price is good too? Rosa isn’t heaps more?

  • S.Gray -> Rocky is done
    For trade 2:
    Dea -> Smith (on field)
    T.Adams -> Franklin?

    • not worth chasing points for one week i like dea to smith. dea is hopeless and will get destroyed. therefore better in long run

  • Which 2 should I field out of dea Tippa Ruggles and Harwood ??

  • who should i field as D6 out of Menadue, Brown or Tippa?

  • Bigger Priority: Hanneberry or Rocky?

    • tough one, both should do well this weekend. rocky is too cheap to be behind hanners IMO

      • Yeah true but Hanners has a lower break even and playing at home in good conditions. Although, the rain could actually be an argument for Rocky who loves the +4s. I think Hanners will potentially increase by more so Rocky will have to wait till next week.

    • on price have to say Rocky.

  • Oliver versus Lonergan on field, at Metricon?

  • Play one:
    McCarthy, Cameron, Ruggles or Hartley?

    • Cameron maybe. He has shown he can go 90 previously.

      I like that three of those options are playing with a massive home ground advantage. Hartley is the one to avoid in that mob.

  • Cheers for the article – one thing – Menadue’s BE in AF is 46, not 56. (dunno about RDT). And IMO he doesn’t deserve to be second on that list. Surprised to not see Marcus Adams on that list at all. Personally I have Dea, Adams and Menadue and I went Adams out.

  • S mitchell is out