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The Friday Scramble: Round 3

The first week of our league games brings us a realisation that this is it… time to get serious and make sure that our teams are fine tuned and ready to go! I have had a look at a couple of issues and have the “things to remember” for round 3.

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To quote some famous movie … not sure which one though… “This shit just got real!”  And that is exactly how it is for Dreamteam coaches this week.  No more of this playing around, our NAB cup is over, we are playing for premiership points from this week on.  So those who haven’t really paid much attention to their first couple of rounds need to really take note and make sure their team is set for this week’s action.  To be honest it hasn’t been anywhere near as exciting watching our live score just amble along with nothing to compare it to.  Bring it on!

Trigger Happy

As has been discussed on DT Talk all week, this is Fix It week.  If you think you have totally stuffed your team (i.e. haven’t selected Magner) then this is the week to fix it without suffering any price changes.  This is something we started looking at when @tbetta served up his sensational Bullets on Monday.  He showed us the results of something that I spoke about here last week and many of us mentioned last week and that was be careful trading after just one round.  We saw that guys like Lake turned things around and then someone like Callinan stunk it up after a great first outing.  So always be careful with your trading this early in the season.

@jaDTck asked me about Corey Enright.  I think that if you paid for him, you keep him at the moment.  I just don’t like trading away premiums based on 2 games.

Something else that Tbetta looked at was some of the Fix It trades that are being considered by people this week and I think that the names that I am seeing mostly in the trade circles on twitter and in the forums are Broughton and Shaw.  Personally I only have Brougthon and I was keen to and even did a rage trade on Monday to get rid of him, but I only did it with the safety of the reverse trade button.  Lets be honest, these two guys are having rubbish starts to the season and everyone wanted to trade them out at the start of the week (me included).  However, as the week has progressed my rage has subsided and reason has taken over.  Lets have a look at a couple of guys where we need to be realistic about what has happened….

Broughton:  Yes his scores have been terrible and not what we expected.  But he has played Geelong and then Sydney (at the SCG).  I wouldn’t expect massive scores in these two games anyway.  In the coming 4 weeks he plays Brisbane at home, St Kilda away, Carlton at home then Gold Coast away.  To be honest I expect big scores from him in 3 of those games.  Based on this I am going to keep him.

Shaw:  Heater sure doesn’t like a forward tag and whilst Collingwood won last week it was a far from impressive performance.  His next few weeks include Carlton, Port, Essendon and the Western Bulldogs.  I would expect him to run rampant in 2 of those 4.  Personally if I had him I would be a bit worried, but I think he will still end up towards the top end in the defender averages.

Mumford:  I was surprised to hear people saying they were going to trade him out this week!  The guy has only had one game (a 90+ score) and was a late withdrawal last week (lets face it, no one wants to play against the big 211).  I can’t see why you would dump him based on a late withdrawal!!!  His next few weeks he comes up against Redden (Port), MacGold (Roos), Zmith (GCS) and Big Cox (WCE).  I see 3 of those being big scoring games for him.  If you started wtih him, stick with him!!

Golby:  This guy has been the bone of my contention in the first two weeks.  In R1 he was on 16 at half time and then came back to have a decent score and then in R2 he went missing again and only rattled up a 42.  He was another I was looking to trade.  But then I looked at the Lions and with Browndawg to come back this week and Black out it means that Merrett can return to fullback and there is an extra slot in the midfield rotation.  On this note I think that he will bounce back and show some of that ball winning form that he showed in the NAB and was the reason he was selected in so many teams.

These are just a few of the guys that I have heard discussed.  But for those that missed it jump on @Aki_DT ‘s great DT Stock Market article from Thursday where he looks at a lot more of these guys and in a lot more depth.

Get Off The Bench

There has been a bit of a call for me to reprise my articles from last year regarding those you should play on the ground and those you should leave on the pine.  What I will do is incorporate some comments in this section where I think we need to talk about it.

However, the first thing to note here is that we only have two weeks worth of data to go on so for me the keys this week are looking at who the rookie is playing, their role and their Vest likelihood (make sure you check out this week’s Sub-Marine article for the best info on vests).

@RamboTamboDT asked me during the week on twitter about who to start out of Ellis, Smedts and Townsend.    To that I say “Rambo” we need to look at this objectively.  Ellis had a shocker of a first week with 38, but was ok last week with a 61 and the Tigers have had two very tough opponents.  This week they come up against the Dees who are a rabble.  I think he will score at least as well as he did last week.  Townsend has had a 54 and a 42.  They are playing the Eagles and will get absolutely crapped on from a great height!  I can’t see him doing any better than his 42 vs the Roos.  Smedts is playing in a very good side and has a 50 and 36 to his name.  They are playing the Roos on Sunday night and I think he will do better than the 36 but I just don’t know about him as there are a lot of other Cats back there who are rock solid and experienced who will demand the ball.  So if I had this decision I would probably go Ellis.  I think Townsend will see a lot of the ball down back (if he lines up there) but he and Smedts I see both having 50pts or less.

I have also had people ask me about Pfieffer and whether or not they should keep him (my son being one of them!).  He is playing in the SANFL and has only played 1 out of a possible 2 games for Norwood.  That was last week and he had 18 touches, kicked a goal, laid 4 tackles, got 4 frees but gave 4 away and took a mark.  So a solid game, but I don’t see him breaking into the Power lineup in a hurry, particularly with Robbie Gray coming back in this week and a couple of other guys in front of him still.

In yesterday’s DT Extra  @teeteeDT was asked who he thought would be the best options to play off the bench.  I agree with what he had to say.  If you missed it… go back and read it… but I have copied his excerpt here for you …

Down back, I’d play Marty Clarke, Brandon Ellis and Steven Morris with some confidence after last weekend, then Tommy Bugg marginally ahead of Townsend and Mohr. In the guts, Magner is a must, followed by Toby Greene, Dylan Shiel, Clay Smith and Stephen Coniglio. ‘Farmer’ Giles is the clear pick of the rookie rucks, with Jarrad Redden a fair clip behind and the Big O still in the starting blocks. Up front, Adz Kennedy has been good, as well as Terry Milera, Dev Smith and Jeremy Cameron.

Very sound advice there from TeeTee.  Only thing I would do up forward is probably drop Terry Milera down the order a touch and perhaps put Devon Smith in front of him.

I’m Not Special, I am Unique!

During preseason you may have had your eye on someone that you thought was going to be a unique, a guy you thought would break out.  One of the guys I work with thought he had one in Steele Sidebottom until he saw my team and realised that Steele was in quite a few teams.  If you have picked a guy you think is unique then unless they have a broken leg or they are really stinking it up you may want to stick with them.  If they are really bad (like last year when I started with a unique of Dan Connors) you need to use this week to fix that mistake.

A lot of your uniques will be mid pricers, and if you went that strategy you went it for a reason.  My unique this year is John McCarthy who I think will get the opportunities at Port that he never got at Collignwood and that is paying off so far this year.  There is nothing wrong with looking at other people’s teams and realising that none of them have your unique.  This is a good thing as long as their name isn’t Relton.

Mid pricers that have turned out good so far include McCarthy, Brad Ebert, Hargrave and Porplyzia (even though his first game wasn’t great).

One guy that would be a bloody mega unique is The ChadChad Cornes has been a gun this year averaging over 100 playing down back for the Giants.  There are two problems for DT’ers though.  He is only listed as a Forward and he is old and will get injured at some stage.  He would be a risk, but he could pay off because lets face it, he is the only guy down there that knows what he is doing at the moment.

My advice at this stage is that if they are averaging around what you paid for and haven’t fallen over massively in their scoring that you should look to stick with them as you picked them for a reason.  24 Trades sounds like a lot but it isn’t that many really.  You will burn through them quickly later on so be sure of it if you are going to use them.

Things to Remember for Round 3

  1. Rookie Redemption:  Make sure you get in those Rookies that are must haves that you missed out on like Magner and Giles.  Check out Chook’s Rooks to get your help there.
  2. Premature Tradeaction: Don’t just hate trade and don’t go off in the holster!  If you have, reverse it and analyse your trade.  If you have Broughton or Shaw, make sure you are really sure you don’t want to get them back again later in the season.  If you do, don’t trade them out, that is a waste of 2 trades.
  3. Select your Emergencies!  Some people got caught out last week by not checking sources on Sat morning when it was revealed that Mumford would be missing.  I know we don’t have the partial lockout priveledge this week but before lockout make sure you have 3 emergencies selected.  I often see teams with only 1 or 2.  It doesn’t cost you anything to have 3 so you might as well choose someone!
  4. Check in with the Irish Pirate  Check in to Calvin’s Captains and make sure you have the big C on the right guy.
  5. Respect the Button! No, not the Delete Team button, but the Reverse Changes button.  It not only reverses your trades but it returns your team to where it was at the last lockout!  So if you have changed captains, emergencies or moved guys around on and off the bench, this will all be lost if you reverse a trade so you will have to check and make sure it is all how you want it! 

Have a great scoring DT week, make sure you follow your matchups in the Match Centre, get yourself the Assistant Coach pack as the extra stats and the bloody great articles are really worth it.  I am really looking forward to getting my first W on the board in my leagues.  Don’t worry if the guy you were going to trade in gets a massive score this week, remember that there are still a heap of weeks to go and trades to use.

Catch me on Twitter @pkd73 and I will try and give some insightful or comedic info across the weekend.  I will tweet live from AAMI stadium with any relevant news from Power v Swans game on Sat avo provided I can get a signal.  Cheers.

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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    April 13, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    I know it’s crazy talk to be using 2 trades this week considering my side looks to be in good shape, but I am planning ahead to maximise the bank for later on.

    I really want to get Toby Greene into my squad this week as he looks to be a solid bank.

    The only two real options I have to swap him out with are:

    J Caddy ($249k)
    R Palmer ($323k)

    I’d like to stick with Palmer as I think he has some scoring potential this year, and Caddy appears to be scoring around the 70 mark which should be enough to justify his spot in my team. Is this trade worth it?

    The second trade I would like to make is Milera IN for:


    Considering Pfieffer hasn’t been named still is probably a good case to drop him.


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      April 13, 2012 at 2:39 pm

      Trade out Palmer. More cash in hand after and similar average. Palmer will give you to much variation in his scoring and Caddy still has more in him.

      Having said that, I traded Caddy out for Greene, but for not dissimilar reasons

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      April 13, 2012 at 2:55 pm

      My opinion is Caddy has no place in any dreamteam. Are you really happy with 70? If I was to go a midpriced midfielder I would want at least an average of 90, otherwise you may as well get a rookie. This is especially true since Greene has gone crazy and is averaging 100+. Having said that, Palmer is not the greatest pick either.

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    April 13, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    I had traded out Mumford and got Ryder so that with the spare cash Broughton became Goddard but I have since reversed those trades after reading this article. So maybe no trades for me this week. Will keep Coniglio and forgo changing him to Greene.

    Thanks @pkd73

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    April 13, 2012 at 2:55 pm





    Thanks heaps!

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      April 13, 2012 at 3:02 pm

      I can’t imagine a team where trading out Sidebottom is optimal. Have you got anyone else you can trade for Kennedy.

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    April 13, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    So i’ve gone caddy – greene
    and with the cash ive used a bit to go broughton-carrazo.
    is it worth the trade?

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    April 13, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    Who would you start (pick 2)
    Ellis, Bugg, Morris, Clarke
    – Right now I have Bugg and Clarke on the field, what do you reckon?

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      Adam Hawk

      April 13, 2012 at 3:24 pm

      I am starting Clarke and Morris and I have the other 2 on the bench.

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      April 13, 2012 at 3:26 pm

      Coniglio and Dickson for Greene and Milera? Is it worth it? More money in the long term.

      Who would you not start?
      Golby, Clarke or Bugg
      Thinking Clarke and Bugg at the moment.

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    April 13, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    I have traded out Golby for hargrave but i am tempted to reverse this trade and trade out Mumford for Ryder. I am concerned with Mumfords back, it will me give an extra $40000 and Ryder will score big again against Gold Coast this week. What does everybody think?

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    April 13, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    think i will stay with

    Grimes to Hargrave
    Coniglio to Mcarthey

    Main thing is Mcarthey or Masten??

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      April 13, 2012 at 4:10 pm

      Flip a coin, both good chances

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        April 13, 2012 at 4:11 pm

        *choices :D

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    April 13, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    Hey guys, racking my brain over wether its worth burning a trade to bring in greene. My options are either take out shiel or mcdonald. The money gain with greene is the positive, the only problem is both sheil and jmac aren’t bad options on the pine, is the trade going to be worth it??

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      April 13, 2012 at 3:44 pm

      I would probably just stick with them, JMac wont get rested once he gets back which is a positive and Shiel has massive potential

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    April 13, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    I traded


    Not sure about Bower’s JS though so just wondering if I should do Dickson>Milera instead as money is the object here I can’t see many non-gws rookies being keepers


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    April 13, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    Reading the reports about Seaby going to Adelaide I’m wondering if I should bite the bullet and change Mumford to Ryder now and pocket the cash?

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      April 13, 2012 at 4:03 pm

      Tom Bellchambers is named in the Ruck – Ryders score will suffer this week, although he will rise in price….for now

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    April 13, 2012 at 4:02 pm

    I don’t wish to bore everyone with my entire team, lets just say i’ve been doing this a LOOONG time (fantasy footy) and for the first time ever, i really NEED help!

    I’ve hit the reverse trade button 4 times just today alone :D

    Three options – all resulting in getting Beau Waters and Toby Greene.

    Option 1. Broughton and T.Couch

    Option 2. Tomlinson and Palmer

    Option 3. Broughton and McDonald

    1.If i trade Couch i lose my MID/FOR link (i know i can get it back later, but i really dont wanna lose Couch either)

    2. If i don’t trade Broughton then my backline is already complete and its only round 3 (barring LTI’s the backline would be…………. GODDARD, DELEDIO, SCOTLAND, ADCOCK, GRIMES, WATERS, BROUGHTON (Ellis, Morris)………………….. Have you ever seen a better backline in round 3? (maybe Shaw but who for? ;)

    Also Palmer is my Unique and he’s at his breakeven with one decent game and one shocker (dont want to lose him either)
    Tomlinson is named at HF and has DPP link – are you starting to see my headaches??

    So there you have it – I’ve decided WHO im getting, but WHO GETS THE CHOPPP!!!

    Would really appreciate a views on these options from those of you that are not scrambling like me!

    Oh and good ‘ole Chop-Chop must be due this week also.

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      April 13, 2012 at 4:08 pm

      either 1 or 2

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      Blue boys

      April 13, 2012 at 6:40 pm

      Option 2 if any old mate………although it won’t make much difference to your end of season result!!! ;-)

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    dan hocking

    April 13, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    this probably has asked to death but which two out of Bugg, Morris, Ellis should i start thinking the two Richmond lads

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      April 13, 2012 at 4:14 pm

      just wondering do you’s think trading goldby out for geary is worthwhile or even for m. clarke?

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    April 13, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    Deledio, Broughton, Waters, Shaw, Hargrave, Bugg, Clarke (Morris, Ellis)
    Ablett, Pendlebury, Boyd, Rockliff, Magner, Coniglio (McDonald, Shiel)
    Cox, Giles (Redden, Stephenson)
    Fyfe, Franklin, Martin, Robinson, Sidebottom, Porplyzia, Kennedy (Smith, Dickson)

    Scores of 2086 & 2120 so far. No trades as yet. Only $300 in the bank!

    As with most, the dilemma is Broughton, Shaw and whether to bring in Greene. I’ve read pretty much every single comment here since Sunday night and am not a whole lot closer!


    1. Coniglio -> Greene so I can use the $40k to go Broughton -> Birchall (keep Shaw)
    2. Coniglio -> Greene so I can use the $40k to go Shaw -> Goddard/Scotland (keep Broughton)
    3. Coniglio -> Greene, keep both Shaw & Broughton
    4. No trades, keep Coniglio, Shaw & Broughton

    I’m leaning towards option 1.


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    Genghis Khan

    April 13, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    Dane Swans gonna go down in value so gonna trade him out for Jumping Joey montagna.
    Also I think Buddy will struggle to hold his value so I reckon I’ll upgrade him to big Lecca Lecras!
    Pretty happy with them..
    Any other ideas??

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      April 13, 2012 at 4:22 pm

      Spot on, do it

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      Adam Hawk

      April 13, 2012 at 4:23 pm

      I’m baffled!!

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      April 13, 2012 at 4:30 pm


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      April 13, 2012 at 5:41 pm

      ROFLOL!!! Love it… Love it too much! strugglnig for air!!

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    April 13, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    Alright Guys Tough Dilemma, I have to use one trade this week and one next..

    So These are the Trades

    Broughton – Goddard

    Coniglio – Greene

    I could wait to see Broughton Lifts this week, or Coniglio he may score well this week, as i Believe the Greene trade isn’t that bigger deal.
    Next week i will still be able to afford both trades, So which one should i make this week?

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    I Work SOLO!

    April 13, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    This is my team:

    Deledio, Carrazzo, Suckling, Waters, Hargrave, Broughton, Golby, (Ellis [E], Bugg)

    Ablett (C), Boyd (VC), Palmer, Caddy, Magner, Green, (Coniglio, Neale)

    Mumford, Giles, (McCauley [E], Redden)

    Fyfe, Goodes, Martin, Hale, Porps, Beams, Kennedy (Dickson, D Smith)

    I’m planning to trade Goodes to C Cornes and Hale to Whitecross. Should i trade out Martin instead or shoud i make different trades?

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    April 13, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    If you have either Mumford or Cox this week, I’d suggest naming a ruck emergency.

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      April 13, 2012 at 5:42 pm

      what’ve you heard?

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    April 13, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    who should i get in milera or marty clarke? cheers guys

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      April 13, 2012 at 7:22 pm

      Just went Heath Shaw > Hargrave and Dickson > J Brown as a smokey.. Could go very badly but worth a punt I think

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