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Get Off The Bench: Round 13

Wow, what a tough week this is, with Collingwood kicking back we were in trouble, but now with Selwood, Mundy, D Swallow and Z Smith all missing it is gonna be a tough round to field a full squad!

Well we all knew this round was going to be another tough one with us all missing guys like Swanny, Pendles, Daisy, Krakouer and Heater.  But add on to that the other guys that managed to find their way out of having to play this week like Mundy, Joel “I didn’t see his head there” Selwood, David Swallow and Zac Smith and our benches are going to be even further tested this week!  To make matters worse, some of our “go to” guys put in very average performances last week which make our decisions even harder than they should have been!

These guys are your best bets….

Ed Curnow is back to his pre injury form, however, since his return he has played Port and Brisbane.  This week they have the Swans, so his scoring may not be up around the high 90’s but it should be in the 70’s – 80’s.  Nick Duigan has just continued to have a great season, however, last time they played in the wet as the SCG he racked up a measly 43.  Perhaps it was the conditions, but it is something to be wary of.  Personally I think that he will be fine under the warm dome of Etihad.

Stewy Crameri has been a bit up and down with his form of late and this mirrors the form of the Bombers!  He has had two games in the 40’s in his last 3 but there was an 82 in that loss to Melbourne.  I would still play him against the Roos though.  Dyson Heppell worried me a bit on the weekend, he just went missing.  He had his lowest score on the weekend in Perth, but hell, the whole team was crap so we might let him off as he has enough credit in the bank.  Michael Hibberd on the other hand put up another solid score with a 70.  He is averaging in the mid 70’s now and assuming Hirdy doesn’t try and drop him again he should be a safe play for your team this week.

Nick Lower is another that has continued a great season and I will have no hesitation leaving him on my field this week against the Dee’s, he should carve them up across half back.  Tendai Mzungu is now playing exactly how we all expected him to and with all the outs in the Mids this week I think he will be in a lot of team’s best 22 this week.  His 79 was his second best score and after his first quarter I thought he might get his first ton, but he did slow up a bit.  He is only going to get better and better.

Danny Stanley has really played well this year and he will continue to score you in the 60 – 90 range every week from what I can see (he has only had 2 games lower than that).  David Swallow has started to show signs of fatigue or is it now that GAJ is firing he is getting less of the ball.  He is scoring in the 50’s and 60’s since their second bye and I am concerned about him (so much that I have dumped him).  However, he is out with an Ankle injury this week so I would be trading him if you can.   One Sun that has been firing and mostly with a bloody big left leg is Trent McKenzie.  His scoring has been bloody consistent in the 60 – 85 range with one ton thrown in there for good measure.  Most importantly, this kid hasn’t been thrown a vest yet either! 

Puopolo has been solid but has started to dip in scoring of late but he will still be good for around 65ish.  Shane Savage is doing well of late with scores in the 60’s and 70’s to follow up his 144 a few weeks ago.  Jeremy Howe is a rook that you may want to jump on and play if you are downgrading this week.  He has an 86 and a 75 to his name and with the way Melbourne are playing, they may as well get some game time into their kids because their older boys just aren’t getting it done.  Whilst at Melbourne you may need to play Max Gawn this week with no Z Smith playing.  His scores are in the mid 50’s so not fantastic, but they are servicable.  However, with Jamar back, he may see less minutes.  Stefan Martin has also been good in ruck for the Dee’s and once again if Jamar is back and plays a full game then I think Martin’s scoring will suffer.

Our other Ruck option is Nathan Vardy I like this guy, he has scored well with 70, 77 and 58 in his 3 full games (he had a red vested 29 in his first).  I think he will be a talent so if you need to put him out there, he will be up against big boy McEvoy if he is in the middle.

Alex Johnson is still scoring well for the Swans.  He has been sitting in the 60 – 85 range for his last 6 apart from one 35 which came against Port at the SCG which is a bit strange so we will discount that as a statistical anomoly.  Sam Reid is another Swan that has been solid of late.  His scores are in the 60’s and I think you can expect that from him pretty much most weeks.

Jack Darling burnt a lot of teams last week, but I am going to let him off with that rubbish 27.  He was playing the Crows at AAMI and just couldn’t get into the game.  I would still play him and against Port at Pattersons he should well and truly get his touch back as there will be plenty of ball coming to him up forward.  With Lynch and Kennedy getting the bigger bodies of Carlisle and Chaplin, he may find himself with Pettigrew on him who he should be able to outmuscle.  This is his last chance though.  If he stuffs it again he is going way down the list!

Tom Liberatore had a 26 and then got dropped a couple of weeks ago.  Last week he had a 65.  I think he should get back to his better scores this week, but mainly because they are playing the Crows at Etihad. 

Michael Evans has been someone that a lot of people have picked up and he has repayed them with 112, 58 and 83, but he copped the green vest last week and only returned a 24.  Hopefully this doesn’t become a trend for him, if not, he will score well.  Just be careful, he is on the extended bench.

If you are struggling then give these blokes a run….

Nick Smith is a guy that has played well in patches thoughout the season but he seems to be in a bit of a slump at the moment with a 47 and 27 in his last two.  I would steer clear if you have options and down back you should have better options.

Reece Conca is a guy I have talked up a bit this year, but he is in a slump as well.  29’s in his last two just ain’t gonna cut it.  I would put him on the pine if you have the option to do so.  His BE is up to 145 too so I would look at ditching him if you get the chance.  He leaked $20k last week and is set to do the same again this week. 

Our lone Power player Ben Jacobs is back this week and I think he will do well over at Pattersons.  He seems to have a reasonable tank on him and his scores have been good and should return you a number around about 60.  With his DPP ability you may need to play him in the Mids.  As usual he is on the extended bench, so be careful.

Cameron Pedersen has had two games in a row now so is probably due for General Soreness but his scores have been ok.  I have him in this category only because of his inconsistent run of games.  If he gets a full game and plays well he will be up in our top section next week.  Teammate Shaun Atley is an interesting case.  He has had a 74 and 60 in their last two, but before that had 3 scores in the 30’s.  I still don’t know if I can trust him.  His two good scores have come against Adelaide and Gold Coast.  If he can put up a good score against Essendon this week I will rethink my position on him.

Dion Prestia is finally getting some games, he has had 3 in a row, but the first two were Green Vested.  His only full game was a 79.  If he gets another full game and scores like that I will start to trust him.  Daniel Harris has started to regain a bit of form, but I am still a bit wary of him.  He should score in the 50 – 70 range, but just be careful at the moment, and with them playing at Aurora I just don’t know how he will go.

Tom Lynch looks like he is in line for the prestigious Beau Muston award for this year.  His first 3 scores of 95, 92 and 66 have been followed up by shit scores of 31 and a red vested 18!  I must say this guy is really annoying me, I was one of those sucked in to picking him up as a downgrade that I could trust to be a good sub on my bench but now, he has been rubbish!  Sam Iles is another guy that is just plugging along in the 50’s and 60’s.  He has great talent but just isn’t showing it at the moment with his scoring.

Luke Breust will certainly go into the record books!   His first 5 games of AFL have ALL resulted in Green Vests!  The poor kid has started every game in the tracksuit.  However, given the Hawks run of injuries he has come on early in most and is averaging just on 50.  I think he will get a full game this week and should score in the 70’s.

All of the Crows fringe guys Otten, Sellar, L Thompson, Wright and McKernan have been good options at one stage or another but with the form of them and their team I just don’t trust them.  Otten had a good first game back with an 83, but history shows he can follow that up with a 50 or a 40.  Wright has probably been the most consistent of the group and if I had to play one I would play him.  And before you all have a go at me saying who would have those guys, I have seen these guys in more than a few teams that both mine and my son’s teams have come up against recently.

There you have it, that is the run down on those guys that are trying to get a game in your team this week.  Would I trust all of them, no way, but we are going to be forced to play some guys and hope like hell they perform with so many of our stars out this week.

I hope you don’t have any donuts and all your last few picks on the field come up good for you!  Hit me up on Twitter @pkd73 for any last minute help or suggestions for guys you want mentioned in this column.


  1. Lower
  2. Duigan
  3. Stanley
  4. Puopolo
  5. Heppell
  6. A Johnson
  7. Hibberd
  8. Martin
  9. Pedersen
  10. Reid
  11. Jacobs


  1. Curnow
  2. McKenzie
  3. Heppell
  4. Mzungu
  5. Savage
  6. Crameri
  7. Hibberd
  8. Harris
  9. Atley
  10. Jacobs
  11. Libba
  12. Evans


  1. Vardy
  2. Bailey
  3. Gawn


  1. Darling
  2. Mzungu
  3. A Johnson
  4. Howe
  5. Prestia
  6. Breust
  7. Lynch
  8. McKernan

A passionate Port Adelaide Fan who simply loves footy! That is how I would describe myself. Catch my weekly article "The Friday Scramble" with all the last minute things to think about for the weekend Follow: @pkd73.



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    Alex's All Stars

    June 17, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    No mention of Browne or Bailey?

    Would be good to hear your thoughts on them given Smith is out this week.

    I’ve got Browne, and he was on my bench last week and outscored Smith which came as a surprise.

    Always a good read though, cheers for your work.

  2. Slappers


    June 17, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    this week:
    Krak —> Howe
    D.Harris —> Redden / Fyfe / Bolton (which one do you pros think is best)

    Next week:
    Selwood —> Pendals or Ablett?

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      June 17, 2011 at 1:29 pm

      DO NOT trade out Kraks.
      Well done for having him still, he will prove vital over the closing rounds.
      Keep him as your super sub from here on in as he doesnt havent any byes and finishes off the season well going on last years efoorts!

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        Alex's All Stars

        June 17, 2011 at 1:33 pm

        agreed, if you’ve still got him keep him. i traded him a while ago and wish I’d hung onto him over Prestia.

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          Albert Lloyd

          June 17, 2011 at 2:48 pm

          I turned Krak into Hodge which at the moment isn’t looking too bright.

          Time will tell, especially this week.

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      June 17, 2011 at 2:27 pm

      also, consider jack, great come back last week scoring 50 in just over a quarter of footy. cheap as chips

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    June 17, 2011 at 1:28 pm


    This is a call to action. Get off the bench and help we win $5,000.
    It only takes 2 facebook likes.
    I am a massive underdog,
    Getting smashed my 300+ votes, to a pogostick. Yes a gay ass pogo stick.
    Why should you vote for me?
    Well if i win i’m going to hold an all inclusive party with a shit load of booze.
    If you live in the gold coast area you can come to the best party of the year!!

    Takes 2 facebook likes.Vote for the WiFi Toilet.

    Don’t be as week as Zac Smith’s general soreness and vote.


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      June 17, 2011 at 1:30 pm

      Get Fucked

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        June 17, 2011 at 1:53 pm

        i think the correct term to describe how im feeling after your get fucked comment is ROFLMAO X 2

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          Phil Ken Sebben

          June 17, 2011 at 2:09 pm

          x2! lol

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        June 17, 2011 at 1:58 pm

        :) HAHAHA

        T-BAGGING TIME !!!!!

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      Phil Ken Sebben

      June 17, 2011 at 2:07 pm

      Hey mate your consistent inappropriate spamming/begging is making you out to be a bigger douche than Ricky Nixon. Time to give it a rest. No gives a rats tossbag!

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        Phil Ken Sebben

        June 17, 2011 at 2:08 pm

        *No one

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          Albert Lloyd

          June 17, 2011 at 2:50 pm

          Where’s your proof PKS, that Slighthawk was in a hotel room in his underwear, snorting lines of cocaine and having sex with 17 year old slappers?


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        June 17, 2011 at 2:32 pm

        Righto keyboard warrior. You would do the same if you had the chance

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          June 17, 2011 at 3:11 pm

          @Slight Hawk

          Ever been to the cricket? Next time the crowd goes:
          You are a wanker
          Clap clap clap clap clap

          Stand up and take a bow.

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    Alex's All Stars

    June 17, 2011 at 1:31 pm

    Who to play out of the following?

    Hibberd or Prestia

    Mzungu or Darling

    I’m taking another punt on Sammy Gilbert even though he’s been named up forward again… I wish Ross Lyon would just come to his senses and move Sammy G back down in the defence permanently.

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      June 17, 2011 at 1:40 pm

      Prestia for no reason other than he should get a full game.
      And Mzungu he has a big tank and has potential to top 100 where as Darling peaks at 80 then gives up

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    June 17, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    Just looking for thoughts and any advice on what to do to my team?

    Strongest team is as follows with 10 trades left and 61 thousand in the bank:
    Def: Gibbs, Shaw, Deledio, Goddard, Adcock, Broughton, Heppell (Lower, Puopolo, Jacobs)
    Mid: Boyd, Pendles, Swan, Bartel, Dal Santo, Hodge (Hibberd, Evans, Prestia)
    Ruck: Cox, Smith (J.Tipp, Derickx)
    Forward: Stevie J, Buddy, Chappy, Goodes, Petrie, Didak, Darling (Mzungu, Richardson, Callinan)

    Was looking at upgrading Darling-Fyfe this week and then some1-Sylvia next week and then dpp Petrie back to rucks and just having Smith as cover. The only problem is I’m not sure on who 2 downgrade. The only real rookies I have that are cashed upare in defence but they all have relatively small b-es and Pup is playing gc. Would love to get the team finished soon plus Darling may leak a bit of cash so not sure what 2 do..

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    June 17, 2011 at 2:16 pm

    7 trades left – can strengthen my backs this week by getting Deledio in for one of Stanley/Heppell/Hibberd/Puopolo/Adcock (all on the field except Adcock obviously).

    Or leave as is and save the trade?

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    June 17, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    held onto jolly this long but thinking of bringing gawn in for him this week to cover the loss of z.smith. Pocket a fair bit of cash and got this far without using jolly as it is. Or worth holding onto him and cop the donut this week. Thoughts?

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    June 17, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    Can someone tell me what

    and Lowers Breakevens are! please!

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      Albert Lloyd

      June 17, 2011 at 2:51 pm

      please answer him

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      June 17, 2011 at 3:09 pm

      no offence, but why do people keep asking for BEs on here? Go and check the freako (posted on this site) or fanfooty yourself!

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    June 17, 2011 at 2:26 pm

    To ask a question actually related to the article!

    Should I start Mzungu vs Melbourne, or Puopolo vs Gold Coast? (due to DPPs)

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      June 17, 2011 at 3:13 pm


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    June 17, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    I hate this time of the week. We’re all itching to go, constantly checking out our team, refreshing this sight to see if some breaking news appears… FFS Just start the bloody games already! Im already planning next round, I live a week ahead in DT world!

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      Albert Lloyd

      June 17, 2011 at 2:55 pm

      If only you lived in reality the other time.

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        June 17, 2011 at 4:37 pm

        maybe get a life

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    June 17, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    Hi guys who would u start on the field out of bailey and vardy keeping in mind bailey is playing gcst with z. smith out too, but vardy has been scoring more than bailey over the last few weeks

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      June 17, 2011 at 4:58 pm

      I’d go Bailey.. Dunno why, but I’ve got the same problem and thats what I’m doing.

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    June 17, 2011 at 4:36 pm

    Isaac Smith?

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    June 17, 2011 at 5:23 pm

    who should i trade darling or krakour?

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      June 17, 2011 at 6:17 pm

      darling, if you don’t need him to play this week.

      krak’s dpp plus no more byes and job security (brad dick out for the season) makes him a better option i think.

      but wce might want to bring in someone like callum wilson at some stage to put darling’s place at risk.

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    June 17, 2011 at 6:00 pm

    I need HELP please. I traded Krak to Howe which should have netted be a 160k profit but my remaining salary has not changed from the 40k it was prior to the trade! 160k has gone missing, which i need to upgrade K Tippet to Sylvia! Please help! How do I fix this??


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    June 17, 2011 at 6:15 pm

    The real question is why is someone averaging 80 (Heppell) ranked 4 for defenders?

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    The x Factor

    June 17, 2011 at 6:36 pm

    Iles or prestia?

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