The Friday Scramble: Round 16

If it isn’t one thing it is another. Come on Fantasy Gods, what the hell are you trying to do to us?  I am sure there is more than one person out there that went Macrae to Treloar and then to Fyfe! I must say that it is starting to get a bit ridiculous. So, just when we thought it was safe to look at our teams again we go and lose Fyfe.  So if there wasn’t any other reason to do it, we have one now, Let’s Scramble!!

Another Thursday Night Loophole!

Another chance at the loophole and how did you go? As always let’s have a look at who was on offer last night and how they went.

Calvin’s Choices
Mitch Duncan – 100   Not enough for us to take this week.
Paddy Dangerfield –   76   Yuck!
Jake Lloyd – 112   A good score but not enough to take with Titch to come.
Joel Selwood – 127   The only score that is even worth looking at this week. You can take this one if you are worried about Titch.
Gazza Ablett – 54  Yuck! Yuck!

If you didn’t pick one of Calvin’s players the only other players that got over 100 were Callum Sinclair with 116 and Luke Parker with 111. The line this week as set by Calvin was 125. As always there is the risk of someone like Titch going massive! But hey, he could have a low score or get to 200. So the only score really worth considering is that of Jelwood. If you are nervous then take it.

Another word of advice when taking the VC score is to make sure you pick someone that isn’t even on the emergency list. I know there were quite a few coaches caught out last week when Paul Ahern was a late inclusion for the Kangaroos.

Fyfe…. What do we do?

So the word from down Freo way is that he is going to be out for a month. So this could be 3 or it could be 4. Who knows. There are a few different scenarios so I will look at them here.
AFL Fantasy. This is the simplest one. He is a must trade here. With two trades a week there are no excuses for holding him.

Image result for nat fyfe injuryRDT/SC with more than 4 trades left. Here I would strongly consider trading him out. Whilst you have limited trades I am going to guess that you don’t have much quality on that bench nor are they going to be 100% to get a game each week.

RDT/SC with 4 or less trades left. This gets a lot more tricky. You still have 7 rounds to go after this one and with the increased occurrence of injuries we are having you may still need to replace players later on. This call will depend on your bench and how your team is going.

In the limited forms of the game the one thing that I would make sure you have crystal clear in your mind is that you are a 95% chance to not have Fyfe back in your team this year. You can’t trade him out with a plan to get him back in (unless you are really flush with trades). With 6 or less you simply won’t be able to do it. Of course if another premo goes down from about round 20 onwards you could bring Fyfe back in but the thing here will be that how strong will he come back! We know that some people can take a bit of time to get going again after a soft tissue injury.

As for who to bring in for him. Look for some value and also look for someone that has a good run home and that is where Cal’s Scale of Hardness comes in. If you have a 50:50 decision to make then I always take the guy that has the better run home. And remember this table isn’t based on the AFL Ladder but it is based on who is giving up the most Fantasy points to their opponents.

Selection Table

There have been a heap of changes this week with some coaches swinging the axe and some players just getting themselves injured!  We have already talked about Fyfe and we know that Heeney was out last night so here are the other things that I thought were noteworthy from the teams this week.

Matty Kreuzer comes back in to the side which is a bit earlier than some thought he might. If you held then it will be a welcome relief.
Logan Austin returns for the Saints against his old side. But really don’t rely on much more than bench cover for him.
Bailey Rice finds himself omitted, if you have him then look to trade him out.
Jimmy Webster returns this week which will be a welcome return for some coaches.
Darcy Byrne-Jones returns after sleeping in last week. Not sure that he is in too many teams though.
Charlie Spargo comes back in!  Some great bench cover again for us, but don’t trust him on the ground if you need a rookie.
Sean Darcy will be relevant in draft leagues as he comes in to cover for Sandi who is still out and may be out for a couple with that calf injury.

Image result for sean darcy

The Kangaroos have named quite a few this week with LDU, Jacobs and Preuss all coming into the squad.
Similarly the Suns have done the same with Brodie, Heron and Ah Chee all coming in and Ainsworth missing along with Dawson. None of these blokes should be on the ground though.
Sam Murray finds himself back in the Collingwood squad but I am doubting many of you have held him this long.
Lachie Keefe is also back in the squad this week for the Giants, if you have him he is probably only bench cover though.
Patton looks to be out now for the year with another ACL which is sad news for him.

 

Things to Remember

  • You should be looking to have no rookies left required to play on your field now (except for injury cover like Heeney) anymore, that is where you should be focussing your trades.
  • I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Trades in SC and RDT are sticky today. You can’t reverse them.
  • With all those squad changes on Sunday make sure that you are checking the final teams tonight at about 5pm EST to see who is in and who is out before making your final choices.
  • Just 4 games til finals so if you are only playing for leagues then you may want to start looking at your opponents and where you sit on the ladder before making your trades.

Looks like a great weekend of footy this week with some good games to be played. Hopefully they live up to the hype. We saw some great scores last week and with a bit of luck this would be the way things continue for the remainder of the season.

Just check your league settings in your leagues as some of them might be playing finals sooner than you think!

65 Comments

  • Cheers Dunny!! Had the VC on Lloyd and was rubbing my hands together at quarter time, but he didn’t keep it up..

    Happy that I resisted “upgrading” Kelly to Gola or Buddy, now just need to decide between Hoges (could run of 5 games) Lambert (POD with low BE) or even Billings (risky, but low BE with high ceiling)

  • Wingard, Hurley, Goddard, Walters, Billings?

    Can get one of these for Rice, which is best?

    • Nathan my thoughts:

      I don’t trust Walters (had him 1 week prior to suspension & last year for a bit), Billings (was finally able to dump him pre St.Kilda dropping him), Goddard (can go very low) or Wingard (is he gonna be a mid for the rest of the year? I don’t trust that assumption); Hurley very consistent.

      That said, Hurley doesn’t often go big, hovers around the 90’s, all the others can go big, although we’ve not seen it from Billings this year. A change of role since he was dropped may just change that and his scores the past cpl of weeks reflect a ‘new’ player.

      If you’re comfortable with Wingard having settled more as a mid than a forward for the year out, I’d likely select him as a forward (for higher ceiling). If you want set and forget stability in your backline my thoughts lean toward Hurley.

      Cheers!

  • Going with an aggressive trades this week.

    Heeney – Lynch from the Bulldogs via Sicily, fielding for 1 week.
    Nic Nat – Grundy

    I think Lynch should score 60-65, Nic Nat only good for a 75 now so not much difference.
    Grundy being the second highest scorer in the comp is a must have.

    Banks $207K
    Then next week dg Mcinerney and upgrading Murphy to Simpson / Whitfield

    • I wouldn’t reply on 60-65 from Lynch Kingzy, although I’m hoping that’s the case myself; brought him in last week. He hasn’t been a great scorer in the 2’s, although the Dog’s do have big wraps on him as a running half back intercept type player.

      My backline sucks and has been a slog all season – whether from poor selection (started with McGrath), injury (e.g Aish), luck etc, but I’ve got no bench cover now and running with Lynch also. I’ve had all the sh!t rookies: Dunmin, Eagles, Brander etc and long moved on the decent rooks from the start of the season like Doedee.

      Currently: Bray, Yeo, Crisp, Whitfield, Savage, Lynch. Looking to offload Brander next week, if I can manage a suitable downgrade. It’s all very well having some decent downgrade mids, but they don’t overly help when there’s nobody really to downgrade. Oh, and no bench cover in my forward line now either – Heeney (back next week) and Battle gone, Ahern gets a guernsey this week. 244K in the bank & hoping I don’t drop too much cash with the likes of Curnow who won the coin toss over Gaff post byes!

      • Yea it is a risk for sure, I hope he can get to 60. The dogs do like to share the ball around, I think I read he was touted as a ‘play maker’ so hopefully they use him lol. Its only for 1 week.

        Thats unlucky mate, hopefully you can get your premos in asap

        Before these trades my back line was:

        Laird, Yeo, LLoyd, Brayshaw, Sicily, Hurn
        FWD
        McLean, Smith, Heeney, Hoff, Rocky, Fristch

        But I want Grundy so I am taking the risk! :)

        • For Grundy defo can’t hurt who is a must have along with Gawn obviously.

          Good luck!

          • Looks like it might of been a stroke of genius hahaha
            Nic Nat might be a late out this week, pulled up very sore

  • Does anyone know if there’s another round of position changes soon?
    Am running with Dusty & Danger in the mids. Hoping at least one of them gets a FWD spot, otherwise they need to be moved

  • Field Mihocek or J.Smith?

    • I don’t think Mihocek will score too well this week, i.e like his usual 60’s of the past few weeks playing in the forward line. He’s gonna be playing as a lock down defender I assume. J. Smith hasn’t shown much in his 3 games, although last week he looked a bit more comfortable.

      I’d go Smith in a tough call and hope he can smash out a mid 60’s – 70’s…(bonus if he scores in the 70’s).

  • RDT
    Mids currently –
    Titch, Curnow, Zerret, Cripps, Zorko, Rocky, Cogs, Fyfe

    Fyfe to ??

    Gaff – best average, eagles can’t rest him before finals
    Murphy – POD, blues great fixture (downside is may not spend all time on ball as Dow, Fisher etc continue development?)
    Beams – if stays fit has big ceiling?
    Sideass – may attract tags now with no treloar?

    • James: I don’t ever recall Gaff getting rested?

      Gaff seems to be the form mid for now, other than Titch or Cripps who you’ve got already.

      Sideass should remain consistent (was quiet last week), I wouldn’t overly worry about any tag, at least not from Essendon…Treloar never got tagged either. I just don’t see him going as big as Gaff.

      I do like Murphy as a POD – I don’t see that downside as per your suggestions, but I’m always concerned about him getting an injury or a really low score.

      What about Kelly?

      I’d think either Gaff or Kelly as your #1 options; any others more of a POD.

      • Gaff $70k cheaper than Kelly, and rumours of Kelly having groin issues worries me that he might be sent for surgery if it flares again and GWS out of finals contention? Getting low on trades in RDT

        I think Gaff the ‘safe’ choice in this case, i would like to roll the dice on Murphy with the Blues draw but think i will go Gaff

  • Brought in Gaz last night for Heeney which stunk. Who to bring in for Fyfe. I have 717k

    Cripps
    Zorko
    Pendles
    Crouch
    Dusty

    • Anybody other than Rusty – had him all year until his bye & wasn’t able to dump him earlier. Has he tonned up once since the opening 2 rounds? He’s priced so low cause he’s not been very fantasy relevant this year.

  • Field Sier or Ahern? thanks!

  • Dudes am I “up”grading Fristch to Wingard (actually makes $9k or something) or keeping Fritta on field for one more week and bringing in Sier to the bench? First trade was Heeney to Whitfield (via dpp.)

    I really like the look of no rooks on field, could always double downgrade the bench next week…

  • Adams or Heppell?

  • I can go Guelfi to any midfielder I want. Was going to go with Crouch but the broken hand is worrying, now thinking Cripps instead.

    Thoughts? Can get Crouch / Adams next week if still performing well

  • In a predicament in the forward line in RDT at the moment, will have to field 2 rooks.
    Subbed Heeney into the mids so I could rid of ZGL for Sier, but he’s somehow stuck on field in the forward line, so I need to trade out one of my non-playing forward subs to avoid a donut (means unwillingly keeping and fielding ZGL).
    Can either trade out Tim Smith or Liam Ryan, Smith will get me a bit more coin but will probably return sooner than Ryan and won’t lose money. Which one?
    And will need to field one of Ahern and Spargo, would want to field both but Heeney’s made it so I have to field ZGL.

  • Sorry, Nowhere else to post this. Team Sheets forum dead and no funeral date and place provided.

    REQUIEM for TEAM SHEETS

    Not even the ghost of Jelmsy to say a few words at the funeral of Team Sheets. Team sheets had a life that was, until towards the end, a life well lived.

    No acknowledgement of its demise seems to me to lack dignity and respect for many fine chats over the years that have now been stone motherless silenced with no word of explanation or condolence to members who have valued that living forum.

    Piss-week to the silent decision makers who have just asphyxiated it this year, seemingly because the Team Sheets time slot simply took the spotlight off a Traders Thursday evening efforts. Both should have been given the air to breath and live well.

    It makes a bit of a lie of your reassurances Jelmsy, that the regular late opening of the forum was just simply due to your time management.

    A dead forum occurs due to policy management not poor time management, because slippage in time management can be remedied from changing the time manager. Your time management was not the reason for the forums demise (and the reduced content and very delayed forum opening over recent times may not even have been your content/time management decision), it was the policy decision, unvoiced to members, to shaft the timely opening of a Team Sheets discussion in favour of a Traders in the Spotlight session; a decision which no one had the guts to put their name and face to, or to respectfully asks members their view re the prospect of shutting down the Team Sheets discussions in favour of another Traders show.

    You gave your name Jelmsy to ‘time management’ apologies, but you were only covering, I think we can reasonably deduce, for a faceless, voiceless decision to give the spotlight to the Traders chat over the members Team Sheets chat in relation to the important weekly event of the Team Drops.

    The forum died on your watch, Jelmsy, and you let it happen without a whimper or a note of explanation to forum participants.

    That reads to me as disappointing, and a very regrettable instance of mushroom treating dreamteamtalk members; keep them in the dark and feed them manure . . . “We’ll present them with what we want them to want, not ask them what they actually want, and we won’t, in any case, discuss with them what’s happening”. The sentiments of aloofness and arrogance come to mind, given members posts requesting, over recent months, the re-nuturing of the Team Sheets discussions.
    REQUIEM for TEAM SHEETS

    Not even the ghost of Jelmsy to say a few words at the funeral of Team Sheets. Team sheets had a life that was, until towards the end, a life well lived.

    No acknowledgement of its demise seems to me to lack dignity and respect for many fine chats over the years that have now been stone motherless silenced with no word of explanation or condolence to members who have valued that living forum.

    Piss-week to the silent decision makers who have just asphyxiated it this year, seemingly because the Team Sheets time slot simply took the spotlight off a Traders Thursday evening efforts. Both should have been given the air to breath and live well.

    It makes a bit of a lie of your reassurances Jelmsy, that the regular late opening of the forum was just simply due to your time management.

    A dead forum occurs due to policy management not poor time management, because slippage in time management can be remedied from changing the time manager. Your time management was not the reason for the forums demise (and the reduced content and very delayed forum opening over recent times may not even have been your content/time management decision), it was the unvoiced policy decision to shaft the timely opening of a Team Sheets discussion in favour of a Traders in the Spotlight session; a decision which no one had the guts to put their name and face to, or to respectfully asks members their view re the prospect of shutting down the Team Sheets discussions in favour of another Traders show.

    You gave your name Jelmsy to ‘time management’ apologies, but you were only covering, I think we can reasonably deduce, for a faceless, voiceless decision to give the spotlight to the Traders chat over the members Team Sheets chat in relation to the important weekly event of the Team Drops.

    The forum died on your watch, Jelmsy, and you let it happen without a whimper or a note of explanation to forum participants.

    That reads to me as disappointing, and a very regrettable instance of mushroom treating dreamteamtalk members; keep them in the dark and feed them manure . . . “We’ll present them with what we want them to want, not ask them what they actually want, and we won’t, in any case, discuss with them what’s happening”. The sentiments of aloofness and arrogance come to mind, given members’ posts requesting, over recent months, the re-nurturing of the Team Sheets discussions.

    Posts on the Team Sheets forum spoke of what members wanted; timely opening of the forum and fuller in/out summaries, and the opportunity to exercise effective discussion on inclusions/omission from the team drops, from early Thursday evening through to Friday.

    Now dead in the water. Sorry Shaggs your engaging 2017 baby has deceased under its 2018 non-guardianship.

    Jelmsy (or any of the silent policy determiners), on behalf of those many members who have valued the Team Sheets forum, you are invited to speak at the funeral, or even just, for respect’s sake, ‘of’ the funeral . . .

    • apologies for the over paste . . . only one at the funeral and my sentiments may have disturbed my dexterity!

      • Wow…you should apologize….that was extremely tedious, you must be one of those guys at work that noone wants to get trapped with as you have to suffer their boring stories

        • No, Deckrow, Plugger sounds like just one of many that cared for the Team Sheets chat. Do you stand up for what you value or are you one of those guys who couldn’t give a damn? Perhaps some find those who do not care by far the most boring. I don’t, I find them the most concerning.

          • So explain to me what you caring people actually do, other than state how caring you are….”the holier than thou’s

      • Plugger, you might have been the only one at the funeral, but I reckon quite a few of us were there in spirit :)

  • Trading out Fyfe but no Warne chest – pick one of E. Curnow, T. Phillips or Brayshaw?

    • Who gets booted first- Seedsman or Taranto

      • Offload Seedsman. He’s well and truly off the boil since that early season run of fantasy form.
        Tatanto’s frustrating, I know, but he does have a decent ceiling. It’s just a bit of a rough ride. Worth holding atm – Patton’s absence may be good for his scoring!? (I’m hoping so lol)

  • Ffye and Guelfi to crouch and McLean /sicdawg leaving Waterman F6
    Or
    Guelfi and waterman to McLean and Ahern .
    Sier m8

    Cheers

  • Anyone know how if you can reverse a trade that necessitated Heeney move from FWD to MID?!

    Yesterday I brought in Hogan (taking a punt on a good run of 5 games) for Brayshaw via Heeney DPP but now I’m thinking that Lambert would be as good a punt as Hoges, and I’d bank an extra 75k for next week

    But it won’t let me reverse this second trade, I’m assuming because it involves Heeney even though he’s not the one traded out, he’s just moved to the MID bench..

    Is there a way around this? Changing my player IN from Hoges to Lambert?

    • I’d assume you can’t, not being able to sub Heeney into the mids has also stuffed me up.
      Think the players are locked as in not being able to be affected in any way with substitution or trading rather than just actions that move the player directly

      • Think so.. Sucks because I don’t want to move anyone, just switch Hoges to Lambert, but that’s may fault for doing the trade yesterday instead of today..

    • You can’t reverse any moves of players once they’re locked out. Lockout applies to everything, not just trades – covers positional switches (both field and bench), C and VC, emergencies.
      Straightforward and fair enough imho

  • Hey guys need advice on who to field for last fwd position:
    Spargo or Ahern??

    Think both have favourable match ups..

  • Pick one to trade out:
    1. Tim Smith
    2. Ed Phillips

    Pick one to trade in:
    1. Matt Crouch
    2. Patrick Cripps
    3. Andrew Gaff

    • are you worried about crouches broken hand? resulting in maybe a reduced tackle count? dropped marks? late out? gets worse and misses next week?

      • Geez didn’t realize his hand was buggered, thanks for the notice mate

        • yeah, the crows are talking it down saying hes 100% chance to play. but still… it would have to affect his game somewhat you’d think

  • Sier or giro now fyfes not playing thoughts ??

  • My problem this week is shoul I play J Smith or B Lynch in my Backline as they are the only Rookies I have left in my side, I’m thinking J Smith will score better but Lynch is playing in Melbourne and Smith is in Darwin

  • Upgrading a rook and dealing with fyfe this week. Im looking at bringing in both a top line mid and top line def- premos currently in each line are:
    Titch, j.kelly, gaff, Coniglio, McLean, e. curnow for mids. laird, sic, whit and yeo for def.

    Currently thinking m.crouch and simpson+199k.

    Convince me if any other better combos?

    • crouch with the broken hand has put me off…
      sidebottom? gibbs? cripps? neale?

      • Have we got a clear idea about his hand? I thought he had it last week and trained with it this week for no probs?

        Have thought about those options-sidey cop Moore attention now treloar out, worried about him only scoring 80 against gc?? Neal killed it last week while fyfe got tagged but 2nd half offered zip, feels like cripps has gone 80-80-140-90 this year…v. confusing!

      • Can’t trust them Crows when it comes to injury reports.

      • +1 Will! I so don’t trust Pyke!

  • Need 1 Premo Forward and 1 Premo Mid: Am only focused on this weeks scores as it’s a must-win game for my league.

    Forward: Wingard vs Rockliff

    Midfield: Laird vs Gaff vs Coniglio vs Neale vs Zorko vs Cripps

    Pick 1 of each! Thank you!!!

    • Rocky and gaff from those would be my choice mate

    • I agree with Miyagi-san. Rocky will be less likely to be rotated through the forward line than Wingard, never know what Hinkley will do though. Gaff has pretty low ownership 11%, and he is a gun at the moment. I’ll be looking at getting him in myself and the next couple of weeks.

  • Field J Smith or Lynch?

  • Upgrading a rook to a forward. Gotta choose between rocky and ed langdon. who doyou legends think is best?

  • Rice to Lynch (1 emergency for each position)

    or

    Brander to Sier (no DEF emergency)

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