The Friday Scramble: Round 15 – Bye Round 3

FridayScrambleTalk about stepping up when we needed it!  We needed our rookies to perform over the byes and in round 14 they did just that!  Hopefully they didn’t use all their good scoring in that week as we need to call on them just once more.  Now we just have to negotiate this week and then we are home free with all our premiums performing and playing every week…. Oh hang on, sorry, got a bit carried away there!

Loop Hole Logic

So last night we had our second Thursday night game of the season and this means it is our second chance at the loophole captain (if you don’t know what I am talking about, check out  Calvin’s Captains article from early in the week).

Last night we had a few players that we could have taken and these are the key guys that most would have taken….

Zach Merrett – 123.  Definitely take that score.  I certainly will be!  I always set 120 as my minimum for a loophole captain.  Points in the bank are the best kind!

Zaharakis – 50.  Clearly you don’t need my advice here.  No way.  He scored just 3 points across the middle two quarters with a -3 and a 6.

Gaff – 131. Most definitely take this one.

Priddis – 103.  This one is going to depend on what else you have playing this week.  If you don’t have much, then I would say you could take it, but I would be surprised if you don’t have someone that could score better.

Remember, most of us think that 120 is the score that you should be looking at as your par.  However, remember, this also depends on the strength of what other players you have.  So if you don’t have any other great options,  you may take a score of 110 maybe from your VC.

Selection Table

As we know we have teams on byes, so just make sure that you aren’t trading those guys in unless you have at least 18 players on the field.

Wow, what an uneventful week of selections!  Not too many highlights which certainly helps us.  Probably the one that will affect the most will be the dropping of Sam Gray.  Now Kane Mitchell has come into the side but I would be very nervous about bringing him in.  He will probably not score highly and his job security would have to be questionable at best.

Kolodjashnij comes back in this week as does the ex Motley Crue drummer Tom Lee (sorry,couldn’t help it).  I am sure most don’t have Lee anymore, but in case you do then it will help out.  As for bringing him in, I wouldn’t be doing that as I am sure you will have to trade him out soon!

Trent McKenzie is out with a quad injury and for that you probably should look at trading him out as he will be out for 3-4 weeks.

Johannisen is probably the biggest name to return this week.  He has a BE in AF of 114 and RDT of 133.  For that reason and the fact he is playing the Swans I would probably stay away from him for another week at least.

Jack Silvagni comes in for his first game, so if you need someone at a bargain price to bring in this week that is playing, you may want to consider him this week.


Bye Round Strategy

So for this week we now have 12 teams that have finished their byes (well only 10 clubs we can pick from now since there was a game last night).  So pretty much as long as you don’t pick someone on the bye this week you are good to go.  This is where we start to look at strength of schedule and who the teams are playing in the bye rounds.

The two teams that I really like the run home of is Adelaide and Greater Western Sydney.  Both have pretty good runs.  Adelaide only play Geelong and West Coast of the current top 8 in the run home, but beware, the West Coast game is at home in the last round of the season, our GF.  GWS play West Coast and the Kangaroos in the run home.  And they face North in the last round at Etihad.  Both teams though should provide you with a heap of points in the run to the GF.  (Obviously GWS have the bye this week, so you don’t want to bring them in just yet)

The team that I like the finals series of is Carlton.  They face St Kilda, Brisbane, Melbourne then Essendon.  The only players that I really like from Carlton are Docherty, Simpson and Gibbs.

The plans that I had was to come out of the byes with a full premium team, however, remember, they may not be the absolute best players, so you are never finished upgrading unless you have the best averaging 22 players in the comp.

Things To Remember

  • As with the last week, we are in Partial Lockout mode, so all trades in SC and RDT today are NON REVERSABLE.
  • Obviously your West Coast and Essendon players are locked out.
  • If you are using the loophole make sure you don’t stuff it up.  Check Calvin’s Captains if you need help.

Like most of you I am not sorry to see the back of the byes after this week and we can get back to regular programming!  If your league has been taking a hiatus from matches over the byes, I hope you haven’t been kicking back and doing nothing, hopefully you have been trading to get your team up to be the very best it can be.  Catch you all next week, @pkd73


  • Sloane, Gibbs, TMitchell or Treloar? (for last spot in midfield)

  • Gday all,
    Need some feedback here please. I’m going z merrett in the loophole.He was selected as vc before the thu lockout and hanneberry as c. Now today i am unable to select any other player as captain ( afl fantasy on android) obviously looking to put the c on one of my rd 15 bye players.It will allow me to swap hanners and mitchell and then he is c which is fine but i have 2 other non playing mids so if hanners is selected as emerg, will he automatically replace mitchell or is there a chance he may replace rocky or danger? I dont recall ever it being this hard, is this an app issue or am i missing something here? Cheers for your help team.

    • I had same problem. App not working, but all good if you log in to main site via browser.

      • sign out, then sign back in again!
        iPhone has been doing the same thing. signing out then back in seems to be fixing that for me!

    • Be careful did this last week on my iPhone app on the Friday changed my Capt it rolled my team back – wtf? I did not notice it do this – advice get to PC and do it even if you have to go to Internet cafe or something

  • Is Curry to Lucey and Reid to Suckling good trades?

    • PL
      The answer may be below if you can wait a week!!!
      Sam Michael a strong possibility to play next week
      Good luck for the run home👍

  • Thanks Dunny for your weekly write up – always great reading!!
    I actually don’t mind the byes as its a great opportunity to move through the rankings
    Currently ranked 372 along way from the early season 20000+
    May struggle this week with only 18 on the park😡🤔
    Good luck with run home and thanks again for your efforts throughout the season
    PS the DT gods have come to the rescue with a strong possibility that Sam Michael may get a run
    Worsfold states that both Jamar/Leuenberger will struggle to come up next week👍
    Perfect for everyone’s Currie downgrade😊

  • Question why is my captain locked if i had it on jack steven?

  • Zaharakis 50, Fantasia 50, Walla 45, Hams 39.

    What a GREAT start to the weekend.

    On the plus side my favourite alcoholic Beverage is 40% off….Sign from the GODS????????

    • You know when you’re out in the desert, and you’ve been lonely for weeks, and you sight a gorgeous siren. You embrace her and your lips meet. At this moment you realize you’re actually kissing a camels arse.
      This is a visualisation of the moment i (and perhaps you) drafted Orazio.

  • Hanners and Phillips or Riewoldt and Silvagni?

    • I like Phillips, but Hanners up against a quality team who love to have the ball in their hands, and he has a huge BE (about 130 i think). If you can find a better option than him then press the trade button.

    • hanners/phillips easy

  • How long is Wagner out?

    Big loss for my defence a week too soon.

    • Not sure but I’d trade him if you can, he needed to go regardless of injury

  • Vince and broad
    McVeigh and Maynard (average like 100 last four)
    Laird and Trengove (going well now only ruck)

    Bear in mind that anyone I get this week will be on the field

    • Broad is a role playing defender and will play on either Schulz or Westhoff
      McVeigh is so inconsistent and so shite
      Laird had one bad week and Trengove will play ruck but against Maric..
      I would go option 3

    • Poor advice IMO. McVeigh provides good value, and is building coming off no preseason, however bringing in Maynard would be point chasing. Trengove would be ballsy, having had two 50’s in the last month. Number one is the safest, although try downgrading elsewhere. Broad might not be a regular.

  • Barlow replacement options? Got Riewoldt, Martin, Montagna, Hall , kerridge. Havent got Zorko but he isn’t playing this week. Dearth of premo options.

  • Thoughts on trades?

    Really need a fwd but cant get Zerrett now.
    Gresham -> Parker (Now 9 premo mids) **Zaha -> Fwd next week**
    Davis -> Silvagni (Bank 85k)

  • will wells be back next week ?

  • So some how last night my team was reset after i have made my trades and subbed all the necessary players off the bench onto the field. Has this happened to anyone else?! Was ranked 103 overall before last week and dropped to around 500 but no doubt this has absolutely fucked me.

    • Just change the ones who didnt play last night onto the field and vise versa? its only a partial lockout

      • I cant. The ones that played last night were reset on back on my bench for some reason. So having scored on the bench, there on no options available to sub them, captain them etc. But their scores seem to have counted though i think.

  • Laird or Suckling? Extra cash is gold..

    • I am selecting Suckling over Laird both for cash gain and for (IMO) equal points potential over remainder of games.

    • Yeah – tough. I’ve had to dig deeper because of Wagner going down, so I’ve ignored Laird and gone to Suckling. It will be interesting to see what Sucker’s role is now with JJ back and Lukas Webb being named. Hopefully it frees Suckers up to play a free floating intercept wing/def and kick a couple of sausage rolls.

    • With Johannisen coming back this week and Adelaide having a very nice run home it is definitely Laird for me.. 5 of their last 8 games are in Adelaide, only play Geelong (A) and West Coast (H) from the top 8..

      • Johannisen will effect the way that Suckling plays, but for the better. His main role will be a wing player and therefore will score more points than playing off half back. Vital time for cash flow and is a great pick up. Alternatively, you could go for Johannisen for a bit of a POD ;)

  • Wagner (Dees) is out. Who should I trade him to? I have 30K in the bank.

  • SO…..

    I had Currie out for Naismith to generate some cashola!
    But, now that Dunkley is out im reversing that to bring in Clay Smith…
    Anyone else seen his numbers and looking to do the same thing?

    • do you have Phillips? Clay smith is $3K less, but Phillips has a healthy -27ish BE so will generate cash even if scores 0

      • yeah Fooz, I already have Phillips!
        Dunkley dropped me to 19 available, so Dunkley -> Smith seems like the smart decision..

    • I’d consider Currie to S.Michael now since ML and Jamar have gone down.

  • Still can’t decide…

    Wagner + Barlow + $133K -> Laird + Suckling +$121K
    Wagner + Willis + $133K -> Suckling + Phillips + $36K
    Wagner + Barlow + $133K -> Laird + Phillips + $341K (= 2x upgrade next week)
    Wagner + Barlow + $133K -> Laird + Hall + $35K (not sold on Hall – BE too high)

    hmm. starting to like the idea of the spare $341K…

  • So here’s my team with 29 players

    Shaw, Simpson, Larid, Suckling, Dea, Ruggles (Tucker, Harwood)

    Dangerfield, Rockliff, Steven, Titchell, Hunter, Sloane, Pemdlebury, Phillips (Mathieson, Sumner)

    Gawn, Martin (Currie, Frost)

    Riewoldt, Merrett, Zorko, R.Gray, Davis (Hams, Reid)

    I can get any player in mid or fwd that I don’t have. Would it be better to finish my midfield or keep it even and get a dusty or Montagna?

    • imo treloar would look great in that midfield. he will score more than dusty/monty

  • Merrett 123 or risk the C on Steven or Treloar??

  • Great article as always Dunny, I had the VC on J. Kelly for 119, atm have the C on G. Ablett. Should I loop hole or hope Gazza can out score him?

  • Def: Docherty, J.Smith, Shaw, Vince, Laird, Boyd (Leslie, Ruggles)
    Mid: Selwood, Danger, Zaha, Hanners, Hunter, Ward, Rockliff, Steven (Mathieson, Blakely)
    Ruck: Gawn, Goldy (Pierce, Currie)
    Fwd: Merrett, Petracca, Hams, Kerridge, Davis (Kommer, Reid)

    The obvious move is Blakely to Phillips. But Davis (in this week) and Ruggles both have money to be made! I want to get Suckling in, but do i trade Davis to Suckling and miss the money?. I will still have 294K in the bank if i do.

    Then probably up Hams to Zorko soon. Thinking out loud ahahha

  • So, should I take the 106 for JJK or leave the C on Titch???

    Ouch. What a crappy start. 39 for Hams and 53 for JJK. It can only get better. Surely!

    I’ve gone Currie and Blakely for Parker and Silvagni.

    Given that I used Blics DPP to get Silvagni in for Currie, will I be able to reverse those trades and do something different?

    Can anyone tell me what the long term future of Josh Dunkley looks like?

    • Ive got simlar trades atm but am worried parker wont perform. He has had monster scores but then also sub 70 score… im worried but he is cheap

    • nah, i’d roll the dice elsewhere (titch a good option) instead of taking the 106.

    • Of all weeks why did JJK have to suck so badly, I honestly thought he was gonna break records lastnight….oh how I was wrong !!!!!

  • Would you take 119 VC from kelly

  • Ruggles to Broad or Davis to Phillips

  • Only have the 13 players this week but glad I went zieball down to gaff and made gaff vice captain also is Nic Nat to Grundy a good trade

  • My Mid is currently: Titch, Dangerfield, Pendles, Ablett, Hunter, Zaha, Duncan, Rocky (Gresham, Mathisen)

    Should i trade out Gresham -> Steven then drop zaha next week for a fwd? (Only have 4 premo 2 rook FWDs)

  • With so many maxed out rooks to cull do I still trade zaha after lockout to gaj, or just keep culling?

  • Kerridge out this week or keep him until Barlow comes back( RTD)

  • Sloane or Ablett?

  • Blakley/Wagner to Broad/Volt or Silvagni/Doch? Which combo scores more?

  • DEF: Shaw, Vince, Simpson, Laird, Bartel, Smith (Ruggles, Collins)
    MID: Titch, Rocky, GAJ, Hunter, Jelwood, Zaharakis, Steven, Blakely (Wagner, Mathieson)
    RUC: Gawn, Martin (Cox, Currie)
    FWD: Merrett, Martin, Montagna, Kerridge, I.Smith, Suckling (Davis, Reid)

    Got 17 playing this week, 30k in bank
    Thinking Blakely and Davis to either Riewoldt and Silvagni or Hannebery/Parker and Phillips, thoughts?

    • i’m liking hanners phillips combo.

    • Phillips the more solid rook combined with Parker for value (as I have him) and save some cash. But Hanners for consistency – Fairly cheap atm.

  • Going Reid>Silvagni & Gresham>Parker leaves $8k
    Next week I’ll downgrade one of ruggles,mills,J.smith or currie and upgrade one of mills or j.smith to mcveigh or JJ. Means I’ll have one rook left on the field (in defence).

  • Bring in Broad or Silvagni in AF?

    • Could score the same and have similar JS. So Silvagni to save the cash.

    • Job security is 50/50 for both. Tiges and Blues have best 22 players a week or two away. I am going with broad this week and sos next.

  • Need some cash who would you trade out for Phillips? Gresham or Mills

  • any glaring moves for me this week?

    D: Shaw, Vince, Simpson, Laird, Smith, Ruggles (Collins, Tucker)
    M: Danger, Hanners, Rocky, Ablett, Treloar, Duncan, Hunter, Blakely (Philips, Mathieson)
    R: Goldy, Stef (Currie, Cox)
    F: Dusty, Barlow, Gray, Hall, Kerridge, Petracca (Frost, Hams)

    $83k in the bank

    looking at Blakely to Parker
    probably Barlow to Monty next week (possibly Zerrett if I have the cash)

    Currie down to Clay or Silvagni? obv the $50k extra isn’t great for a bench spot but the scoring ability is much greater. Don’t think I’m keen on Broad with shaky JS

    appreciate any advice

    • also, is it a waste of money bringing in Clay Smith vs Silvagni if I can’t get Clay onto my field this week?

      I stupidly played Hams on my field so can’t make room for Clay F or M

  • Best mid upgrade option? (Can afford all bar Danger)

    Already have Rock, Titch, Gablett, Hunter, Parker, Jelwood…

    Wanting Treloar as he’s my favourite player and just love watching him go about it; but do people think I am blinding myself to a better option?

    Best of luck for the rest of the season lads.

  • Is Hanners worth the extra money over Parker/Gray?

  • Looking for some advice

    Upgrade – ablett, vince or dusty

    Downgrade – clay smith,broad or silvagni

    My team is

    Shaw boyd simpson bartel j.smith tippa wagner hartley

    Hanners rocky danger titch steven gibbs zaha mathieson menadue janson

    Goldy lycett frost currie

    Zorko merrit kerridge wingward davis Phillips hams mccarthy

    Thanks in advance for any feed back