The Friday Scramble: Round 5

Just when I thought this was going to be a fairly straight forward week… holy hat!  What happened at the selection table?  We thought that last week’s scoring was bad, well I think you better batten down the hatches as some of us may have to play some guys on field that we ordinarily wouldn’t.  Normally it is a few rounds later than this that we would start to see General Soreness rear his head, but no, he had to come in this early and annoy us.  And to make matters worse, he has hit us where it hurts, and that is in the rookies.

Teams and Lockout Information

So we have a very unique circumstance this week, teams were announced last night, but the teams that are playing on Monday Night and Tuesday have not been named, not even a squad!  We won’t know those teams until Saturday.

Now normally when this happens we have a partial lockout to help us out.  However, this week, in AFL Fantasy and Real Dreamteam there is NO partial lockout.  So, it is a massive risk that we have to take.  We should be ok with our premo’s but it is the rookies that are our biggest risk.  Unfortunately there isn’t anything we can do about it.  Just cross our fingers and hope!

As always, Supercoach is a rolling lockout so that isn’t affected by this.  Just remember of course, that trades are non reversible as at the start of the game tonight.

Selection Table

Bloody hell!  What happened?  First thing I know is that our old buddy John Longmire has done it to us again.  We all rushed to get Nic Newman in last week, and what happens?  He gets omitted.  Seriously?  He is far from the worst player on the Sydney team at the moment.  I think that he will be back in a week or two at the most.  Don’t go rushing him out of your team, he has a heap of cash to make.  He will get another game soon.  Whilst we are on the Swans.  Robbie Fox has been returned to the rookie list, so he is one that won’t be back in the team soon.  Florent has also been omitted, but we now get to see Isaac Heeney finally this season.

Harley Balic was a popular trade in target this week, but he is out injured, that just means he goes onto the backburner and we can pick him up a bit later on.  General Soreness has paid a visit to Tim Taranto as he is being managed, along with Matty Kreuzer and Daisy Thomas (or is that the Blues making sure he stays under the number of games he needs for an automatic contract next year?).

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I know a LOT of people last week decided to use Braydon Preuss as their ruck replacement for Max Gawn and they went and spent the money elsewhere upgrading someone else.  It was always a big risk and he had that low score last week, and now he finds himself being rested.  This means that they will have a huge decision to make if they don’t have another ruck to put in his place.  Those people will need to find some cash to upgrade someone to a good ruckman.  Whilst we are talking ruckmen, Tom Hickey is being managed!  If you have coverage for Hickey, then keep him.  Don’t trade him out yet, given he is being rested, hopefully he will return next week.

Other notables include Stevie J coming back in, Brad Crouch makes his way into the team for his first game of the season.  A good friend of us here at DT Talk, Damon over at DT Shiva, will be thrilled to see that Tom Cutler is out.  Not sure anyone else has him.  Ed Vickers-Willis finally gets a game.  AF is the only format that you should be considering picking him up in though.  On the rookie front, Aaron Black is also named for the Cats, but that is only a squad at this stage.

One in and one out at Saints land with Steven back but Armitage is out again with a groin injury which is why he probably didn’t score as well last week.  Sam Mitchell is also out with that ankle knock he picked up last week.

But the one that annoys most coaches this week will be that there is still no sign of Jaeger O’Meara.  Given he was out with a knee knock, and it is now two weeks, that is a massive concern given his history!  If you don’t have any other issues to deal with then he would be a prime target to trade up from to a premium.


Obviously this tweet was before teams came out, and David now knows that Roughy to Balic ain’t gonna work as Balic is out.  But of those first three I am a fan of Hampton to Lloyd.  Hampton worries me a bit and I do like Lloyd.  Swallow to Sloane is good but the reason I like the other one better is I think Swallow is more likely to be a better scorer than Hampton is.  Only risk for Swallow is injury, but Hampton is also a risk to be rested.

I’m not particularly keen on getting rid of Taranto just yet as I think he has more left in him, but the other part of me is saying that he has been managed and his scoring hasn’t been brilliant.  So it wouldn’t be the worst move to move him on at this stage.  You are right, cash cows are hard to find this year.  There are some, but not too many.

Hmm.  I like the move of getting rid of Roughy, but I would like it more if you were going to a keeper rather than a plug in a player that isn’t going to be in the top level of their position at the end of the year.  Yes Spencer will be the number one Ruck at Melbourne until Gawn comes back in another 12 or so weeks.  His 77 last week isn’t ideal.  I would rather pick up either a rookie that will make me cash or upgrade to a keeper.

Things to Remember

  • No teams for the last two games before full lockout tonight.
  • Don’t knee jerk on good rookies with growth left like Newman unless you need to cover a donut.
  • If you are going to get rid of a mid pricer like Roughy or Jaeger, then don’t go to another mid pricer if you can afford it, go to a cash generator or a full premium.

Looks like we are in for another tough week this week, I think I may need to put Stewart back on the ground and that makes me dislike my team a bit!  Have a good weekend and enjoy your Anzac Day.  I know I say it every year, but get out to a Dawn Service if you can.  Apologies that the Scramble is a little short today, been a bit crook this week.  Hopefully back to normal next week, I know I will be glad to see a round of footy back to normal next week.  Catch you all then @pkd73.


  • Have both Kreuzer and Preuss, don’t really want to trade Kreuzer but also don’t want a zero, which option looks better?

    A – Kreuzer to Stef Martin
    Downgrade rookie

    B – Preuss to Spencer (will have to field Spencer for Kreuzer)
    Tuohy to Lloyd/Hodge

  • Hey Ladies and Gents,

    Def: Adams, Laird, Lloyd, Marchbank, Hampton, Otten (Stewart, Newman)
    Mid: Dangerfield, Murphy, Gaff, Fyfe, Heppell, Beams, ANB, Pickett (Barrett, Hibberd)
    Ruc: Martin, Nank (Preuss, Cameron)
    Fwd: Macrae, Dahl, Steele, Rough, WHE, Houston (Butler, Hannah)
    112k in the bank

    Any trade ideas? Newman + Barrett out for EVW and Heeney? Newman + Roughy for EVW + fallen MID premo/or even Goldstein (via Nank to FWD line)?

    Side note: Picket won’t be on field

  • With all this carnage I gotta roll with either Ed Vickers-Willis or Williamson on the ground, thoughts ?

  • laird, touhy, otten, hampton, marchbank, newman (stewert, hibberd)
    dangerfield, titch, fyfe, beams, oliver, llyod, adams, treloar (barret, mountford)
    martin, nankervis (preuss, cameron)
    anb, miller, dahlhous, hoskin-elliot, rough, houston (eddy, pickett)

    57k in the bank, 2 trades remaining

    Thinking rough to burton and mountford to fisher, as well as swapping adams and hibberd through DPP?? Any other options, this week is a must win in my leagues as its 1v2 in them.

    • If it’s a must-win, I’d cash in Newman and upgrade Rough.

      Newman -> Williamson (nets $79k)
      Gives you $136k to add to Rough’s value. (total $537k).
      Then bring in someone like Isaac Smith, Matera, Miller or Walker.

  • Pick two of these three trades:
    Newman -> EVW
    Miles -> Fisher
    Eddy -> Polson

  • Roughy to Fisher (via DPP) and Gawn to Grundy (183k)


    Gawn to Grundy and miles fo Polson (17k)

  • Trading Out S.Mitchell + not decided… Who to bring in ?

    Z.Merrett + T.Williamson OR J.Lloyd + B.Fiorini

  • I’m just not gonna trust Brad Scott with rookies. Vickers-Willis is just as likely to get a single game then disappear for an extended period.. Much like numerous north rooks before him.

  • thoughts on
    roughy > polson
    miles > fisher
    + 236k itb

  • what do people think of Stef as captin this week?

  • Thoughts on:
    Newman + Eddy -> EVW + Houston

    • I’ll be holding Newman.

      Would Eddy -> Polson be a better option for you?

      • im holding newman and barrett – both played well and will return …. presssy too i think

      • Considered holding Newman but I’m also holding Taranto & Barrett and there is only so many non-playing rookies one can hold. I guess I could swap Taranto instead as he has higher BE. I just don’t trust horse longmire.

  • Thoughts on order of priority of these trades:

    A). Stewart -> Williamson
    B). Stewart -> EVW
    C). Taranto -> Houston (will have to field Parfitt/Polson/Pickett otherwise)
    D). T Miles -> Polson

    I’m currently leaning towards C & D.
    Thanks in advance.

  • Am playing ‘The Janitor’ (stupid name to start with) in my league this week. His team is that shit he even has Polson on the field hahahahahaha

    • How old are you seriously

      • do you have Polson on the field too?

      • lol … i have polson on the feild ! … and im leading my league – fantasy is a cruel game sometimes

        • you did not have Polson on your field to get to the top of your league but did you.

          But all seriousness ‘The Janitor’ sits next to me at work and I am just stirring him up – am sorry your guys are a little sensitive

          • Hehe… love a bit of comic relief. Breaks the monotony of shit like this:

            Should I do a) Newman to Williamson or b) Hampton to EVW or c) take the tampon out of my vagina or just leave it?

            It’s not rocket science people!!

          • You think bullying is funny, Simon?
            I’ve reported Euman here to HR and he’s about to be in a world of trouble.

          • Bullying’s not funny, no. Shit stirring is tho. I hope he and HR understands the difference. In the meantime, see if your employer offers an employee assistance service… I’d hate to find out you drowned yourself in your mop bucket over this!

          • Mop bucket oh the irony lol did you mean that pun?

          • Oh, I can hear them ripping in to Euman now and he’s bawling his eyes out! Not so tough when he’s removed from behind his keyboard.

          • You and him should just hug it out. Be Fantasy friends

          • You are a sick man. Maybe you and the janitor should hug it out

          • I can see where this is headed: The Janitor vs Simon vs Euman in a Triple Threat Match for the Undisputed DT Talk Heavyweight Championship.

            Can’t wait to mop the floor with you.

          • Mop the floor is that it I’m gunna clean up wipe the floor with you it will be a clean sweep

          • Wow, that was bad Euman. I would say “don’t quit your day job” but you suck at that too!!

          • This whole thread is cringe

  • Newman to Williamson and 141k
    Hibberd to Williamson and 21k??

    • in perfect world am sure you would like to do both, depends on how bad you want cash – $141k sounds good and with McVeigh back next week we may never see Newman again. I assume you want Williamson over Vickers because you see better JS? if not EVW named and is $150k

    • option 2 – hold newman – he’ll be back

  • Miles -> Fisher (on field)
    Weideman -> Polson (on field, Pickett on bench)
    Hold Newman, Berry has to play on field in DEF
    350k for next week


    Weideman -> Polson (on field)
    Hibberd -> Vickers-Willis (him or Berry on field)
    Pickett has to play in MID

    Last weeks team (will swap Nankervis to RUC this week, hold O’Meara):

    DEF: Adams, Laird, Marchbank, Hampton, Newman, Otten [Berry, Hibberd]
    MID: Rocky, Danger, Treloar, T.Mitchell, Beams, Neal-Bullen, Pickett [O’Meara, Barrett]
    RUC: Martin, Nankervis [Preuss, Soldo]
    FWD: Macrae, Dahlhaus, Nankervis, Roughead, Hoskin-Elliott, Houston [Weideman, Miles]

    • I like 2nd option – lil’ bit more cash for next week and hearing good things about evw, thinking picket may get a decent score against power

      • Cheers mate, I’m leaning that way although have massive doubts on Pickett, would love to just dump him!

  • EVW v Williamson?

  • Opinions would be great fella’s

    1) Newman>EVW/WIlliamson +Mountford>Fisher
    2) Nank>Polson +Tuohy>Adams (Gonna go huge this week)
    3) Newman>EVW/Williamson + Mountford>Polson via dpp

  • Nankervis-spencer

    Taranto-Sloan,Murphy,Mitchell,Watson,jp keneddy,oliver


    Any thoughts

    • i dont rate spencer – but i could be wrong. its a bit too sideways this time of year.

      murphy is hard to igmore, and oliver looks to be carving it up still

  • is anyone keen on roberton ? pretty impressive 3 weeks, and with brown and carlile in the saints backline – roberton is a lose (and free) man

    • Yeah, there was an entire article devoted to him yesterday. Admittedly, you said the same thing a lot quicker than Sparksy did, but it’s recommended reading if you get a spare 5 mins.

      • yeah read that – convincing – but i had roberton with the same hopes last year – and failed !

  • Don’t know about you guys, but I’m putting Polson on the field over Hannan and Butler purely because I know Polson is named, and won’t know if the others are in or not til after lockout

    • and he’s named on the wing

      • Just like Jy Simpkin was in R1 and boy what a dud pick that turned out to be… colon left parenthesis

        • or you could play butler/hannan then have polson emergency?

          • Yeah possibly, though If I find out Saturday I have no emergency, then I have to go through the stress all weekend till Tuesday hoping for no more late withdrawls in my forward line.

            I enjoy the comfort of an emergency way too much :) If Polson and McArthy (the other guy put ahead of Hannan and Butler for same reason)score crap it backfires, but takes away risk of donuts

  • Roughy to fisher (DPP) and Gawn to Grundy (183k)


    Gawn to Grundy and miles fo polson (17k)

  • Polson OK to put on field?

  • Rumours of Hannan making way for Jay Kennedy Harris ?
    Hope not coz Pickett is my emergency !!!

  • Who to field out of polson or butler?

    • Also who to captain out of adams and treloar.

      • if you want a guaranteed 60 choose Butler, if you wanna take a risk choose Polson.

        The whole collingwood midfield should go big on ANZAC day so flip a coin, i do see Adams scoring 140ish and Treloar 130 though if that helps.

      • Treloar’s last 3 vs Essendon 129, 102, 130. Adams last 3 vs Essendon 108, 127, 127.

        Both in similarly great form, tough call, flip a coin?

    • A first gamer is a big unknown, even if he racks it up in a quality seconds league, he could have a nervous start. Butler you should be a safe 50-70. Depends if you want to play it safe or take a shot at Polson being a gun first gamer

  • Thoughts on Nank to Goldstein?

  • 1) Newman to EVW and Nank to goldy
    2) rough to polson and Nank to stef
    3) Rough to polson and Hampton to Lloyd

    Cheers guys, go well

  • Out Newman + JOM
    In EVW + Kelly

    Lewie14 JKH would be vfl when hes back

  • Not sure which option to go for:
    1. O’Meara to Williamson (via DPP), and Mills to Lloyd ($86k in bank after)
    2. Roughie to Balic (will just shelf in), and O’Meara to Murphy ($17k in bank after)
    Cheers all!

  • Anyone know whats happening with Tom Phillips?? He’s not on the pies injury list but is marked as injured on AF

  • bloody awful round. can’t recall how many times I’ve reverse traded. Was going to go a double-downgrade

    Stewart + Hibberd -> EVW + Polsen (via Balic DPP) = $123K in kitty, but I really wanted cover on every line, and this would have meant that Barrett would again be the cover… which is unlikely.

    I so wanted to keep Newman and Barrett’s great BEs, but as they are (not necessarily) named – they go to ANB + Polsen via Hibberd and Balic DPPs which = cover on every line + ANB!! and I can always bring them back in next week if playing.


  • Roughead to ANB or Newman to Vickers-Willis?

  • polson or aaron black??

  • Who would you guys make your captain out of Dangerfield or Bont this weekend?

    Match up sheets say Mitch Robinson is on Boyd which is good if true. Ross is playing on danger which is a worry. Draft league question. Cheers for any advice