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Tbetta’s Bullets: Round 9

Welcome back to Tbetta’s Bullets for another week! Apologies for the delay (again)… Hopefully you had a successful Round 9 at the office, and there was certainly plenty to get excited about if things went your way. So what did Round 9 mean to you? Let’s take a look!


  • Bad Headlines

Welcome back to Tbetta’s Bullets for another week! Apologies for the delay (again) – the Bullets will be an erratic feature over the next few weeks unfortunately, while my trusty laptop undergoes life-saving surgery. Hopefully you had a successful Round 9 at the office, and there was certainly plenty to get excited about if things went your way. Par was around 2100 this week, and a score of 2150 would have had you sitting at about 16,000th for the round.

So what did Round 9 mean to you? Let’s take a quick recap with some bad headlines:

“Ins-Ton-taneous Reward”

Shocking prose, but a pleasing plot. We had some huge scores this week, culminating in a grand total of 67 players exceeding the magical century mark, including 24 players with over 120 points. To put that in perspective, only 52 players topped the ton in Round 8, 58 in Round 7, 50 in Round 6 and just 48 in Round 5. As a result, it’s no wonder that we found many teams scoring upwards of 2200 this week, despite our sides far from ‘complete’ and with a healthy serving of bad luck in late withdrawals and injury doing its best to crash the party.

“Beautiful Swan Actually Ugly Duckling”

It feels taboo to think it, let alone even say it, but… Swanny is on the canvas. 90 and 85-point scores are nothing to sneeze at for mere mortals – but we’re talking about a fantasy God here. What’s more disappointing than searching for a third digit and walking away unsatisfied, is the way he’s actually gone about his footy – he looks lazy, uncaring, and he’s spending way too much time languishing at the pointy ends of the field.

To make matters worse, I’m hearing whispers of a rest – whether that’s simply Twitter rumour or speculation borne in fact, I’m not sure – but I wouldn’t be surprised, and that’s the problem. I’ll be looking past Sir Oinkington for the Captaincy this week, that’s for sure, and won’t be considered until I see him oinking playfully in the mud like in the good old days.

“Why didn’t you T-Ellis?”

A week ago, I was encouraging all Ellis owners to purchase Trophies for ‘Trade of the Year’ – hopefully you didn’t put down a deposit or anything, because you’re going to want to hold fire on that one. I can deal with late withdrawals – I don’t like them, but I understand they’re part of the game – what I can’t deal with, is when clubs know that a players if going to miss on the weekend, but fails to enlighten the general public until 90 minutes before bouncedown. What a joke – Richmond had doubts about Ellis as early as Thursday, and a similar situation unfolded at Brisbane on Friday where the Lions already knew that Docherty would take Golby’s place in the squad (which we only knew thanks to a Tom Rockliff slip of the tongue), but didn’t let the AFL community know until the last minute. Despicable – the AFL has a lot to learn from elite professional leagues like the NFL and the NBA, where medical news is fast, accurate and honest.

“Coaches Love Seeing Hawks Junk”

I mean, what? Well, I guess it would be interesting, but I’m more concerned with the scoring of a pair of heavily traded in Hawks last week, Roughead and Franklin. Both were out-of-sorts early on, particularly Buddy, who legitimately looked drunk when attempting to gather the footy. He must have had a quick nap and a coffee at half time, because he was certainly a different beast after the break, kicking four goals for 75 points in the second half. The same goes for Roughy, who was barely sighted with 42 points to 3Q time, but pulled out some Bartel-esque junktime with 45 last-term points to bring his game total up to a respectable 87 points.


Steve Johnson: The man, the enigma. Nothing epitomises Stevie J more than the love-hate relationship he has with his fantasy coaches – one week he’s a round-killer, a donut-forcing late withdrawal, and the next he’s an all-conquering, cherry-picking, point-producing fantasy machine. With an average of 120.8 DT points per game, Stevie J is solidifying himself as a must-have DTer – the good news is that for those who don’t have him, he’s already had his rest and should be good to go…. Provided you can afford his $573k pricetag, that is.


  • Polling and Trolling

Polling R9

3. Barlow (149)

Michael Barlow is a DTer’s wet dream. Not only does he purely accumulate the footy, but he’s putting up exceptional secondary numbers in the Marks and Tackles column – so much so, that’s he’s a bee’s prick away from averaging the famous Triple Trouble (25d, 5m, 5t) at 25.8 touches, 4.6 marks and 6.4 tackles per game. But the best thing about Barlow? He’s not damaging enough (especially compared to Mundy, Hill and Fyfe at the Dockers) to earn a tag, so we never have to worry about those termites eating away at his score.

2. Premium-Lite Defenders

Around about Round 6, when every man and his dog was upgrading their backline to guys like Hartlett, Birchall or Waters, no one spared a thought for those players on the cusp of Premium output in the backline. Ibbotson (130), much to my shock/anguish, has been incredible since his late start to the season, averaging a competition-high 106 points for a Defender; Duffield (119) has a low of 96 in the last month; Hibberd (113) can’t get away from the footy and is averaging 98 in his last five; and Enright (101) is turning back time with a low of just 99 in his last four starts. I guess that’s what we get for wanting nice things.

1. Douglas (124)

I’m still trying to figure out who this guy is? Apparently, Richard Douglas (a fat name if I ever heard one) has been playing in the AFL for about 7 years, with his best fantasy return an 88-point average from 22 games in 2010. So how does he suddenly produce back-to-back 120+ totals for a season average of 101.7? If you ask me, this guy simply killed off Matthew Wright as a fantasy option for us all, and what a coup it was. We all thought Wrighty had it sorted, frolicking around with that high half-forward role, but Douglas has just waltzed in there instead to average career-highs in all the critical statistical categories – disposals (22.2), marks (6.4), tackles (4.1) and goals (1.3). No idea how you would have picked a break-out prior to the season, but great selection if you’ve been on Douglas for the get-go. You Adelaide fanboy, you.

Honourable Mentions: Stanton (144), Boyd (144), S. Johnson (144), Montagna (126), Masten (126), Kerridge (126), Priddis (111), Franklin (108), Naitanui (105), Stokes (103), Jones (98), Hutchings (97), O’Meara (86).


Trolling R9

3. Late Withdrawals

Imagine Jason Dunstall in ‘Coach Killers’ mode , talking about late withdrawals. That’s me. If you boasted either Ellis or Birchall this week you would have been fuming, but having both guaranteed a donut and likely had you Barry Hall-ing the living room wall.

2. S. Jacobs (22)

If you rigged up a broom stick with a rotten pumpkin attached to the end and ran it around AAMI Stadium for a couple of hours, then you’d basically have Sam Jacobs. It’s been a steady decline for the Sauce, who was a red-hot chance for All-Australian honours last season. He’s averaged a measly 68 points this year, down from 87 points the last two seasons, punctuated by an aneurism-inducing 22 point substitution in Round 9. My heart aches for coaches that have to deal with a Jacobs/Leuenberger ruck duo this week, It really does. I’d rather spend a week in Ricky Nixon’s basement than deal with that mistake.

1. Daw (6)

Like West Coast Poly, the best thing about Majak Daw is his name. It’s fun to say, and puns are easy to come by. Unfortunately for DT coaches, he’s not fun to own, as points are not easy to come by for the big fella. I’m probably not going out on a limb here, but it’s looking very likely that Majak will be shown the Daw this week (see? Puns galore), which has the undesirable side-effect of leaving his owners with one less player over the MBRs.

Dishonourable Mentions: J. Lonergan (22), Thurlow (29), Mayes (45), JPK (50), Deledio (53), M. Murphy (73), K. Cornes (74), J. Selwood (75), Swan (85).


  • Bandaid Station

TBB terlich1. Dean Terlich ($321,800 DEF)

Cracked ribs was the diagnosis on the ground on Sunday afternoon, but Melbourne has come out and declared him a chance to play this weekend with painful bruising. Convinced? Me neither. While I’d recommend dumping someone like Pittard (if you have him) instead, who’s confirmed to miss the entire MBR period – in fact, I’d recommend keeping Terlich anyway, if he’s at least a chance to play over the Byes -; but if you’re deadest on dumping Terlich, here’s what you’re looking at:

↓ Staker ($132,600 FWD/DEF)

Staker’s on the bubble, and his JS looks as solid as any rookie-priced player coming our way from this point on. That’s 61 and 71 in his first two games for two about two years, so we can be optimistic that he’ll build on this form. Durability is a big concern, but his JS more than makes up for that. A no-brainer addition, really.

↑ Hanley/Enright

If you’re looking to upgrade down back, Hanley ($473,400) has to be your first consideration. Not including the game where he was subbed out with a knee issue (which helped keep his price affordable), Hanley has averaged 102.9 DT with a low of 80. He’s a lickity-lock for a Top 6 defender, so it’s just a matter of when, rather than if, with Pearce. In saying that, bringing in a non-Round 12 defender will be tough to justify for a lot of coaches, in which case, direct your attention to Enright ($462,000). I talked about his recent production in the Polling section, so we know he’s back in his best fantasy form. One thing to ponder with Enright is, do we think he’ll be rested at some stage? Absolutely. Do we think he’ll be a Top 6 Defender? Unlikely. But he could save you a lot of points in Rounds 11 and 13, which could make up for a few average points over the season.

R Birchall/Hartlett

It’s a roughie you’re after? Enter Hartlett ($335,300, 74BE) and Birchall ($411,800 ,145BE). Both are very underpriced for what they can do, but do you have the balls to bring them in? Do you date a girl that cheated on every boyfriend she ever had? Hmmm. Again, non-Round 12 byes are a nuisance, so taking a punt on these fallen Premiums might have to wait until after the Bye – coincidently, Birchall should be down to $390k or less after his R11 bye. 

TBB leuey

2. Leuenberger ($358,000 RUC)

Leuey’s been sensational for us this year, so let’s give credit where credit’s due. He helped make the Ruck line almost a non-issue for us since Round 2, something that not many coaches could have said last season… Unfortunately, it’s been confirmed that he’s out for 4-6 weeks, which means he’s cooked for the MBRs. He’s gotta go.


The first guys I’d be looking at are some in-form DPP’s, Naitanui ($426,900 FWD/RUC) and Jarryd Roughead ($471,800 FWD/RUC). NicNat has probably surprised a lot of coaches with his DT game, notching scores of 80, 103 and 105 in his last three despite being underdone. Roughead, on the other hand, is a known commodity; it’s a three-round average of 110 from him. The DPP will be very handy during the MBR’s (particularly if you’re stuck with a Rowe/Sinclair type not getting games), but it’s worth remembering that NicNat has the same bye as Cox, whereas Roughead (R11) doesn’t – a massive tick in the ‘Pro’ column for the big Hawk.

↓ Daniel Gorringe ($129,800 RUC)

Sam Grimley ($108,500, 81 in R9) is another you could consider here, but he has about as much job security as a sand salesman in the Sahara. One theory here is that you would play Blicavs this week (84 in Round 9), then both of Blicavs/Gorringe where applicable over the Byes. The other is taking advantage of some pre-existing DPP, for those that have Roughead/Cox/Ryder in the forward line, and merely switching them into the rucks (for a Rowe/Sinclair type) and stashing Gorringe on the bench for the MBRs. Obviously, the allure of this trade would be to make enough green to bring in a Premium elsewhere.

↑ Stevie J/Franklin (DPP)

This is building on the last concept of pre-existing DPP up forward – you simply bring in a Premium forward for Leuenberger. For those who don’t have Stevie J ($573,100 MID/FWD), now’s the time to pounce; otherwise, if you’re low on cash, Franklin is still excellent value at just $381,700 – almost $200k cheaper than Johnson. It’s worth noting that Stevie J has already had a visit from General Soreness, whereas Buddy hasn’t.

TBB lonergan3. Lonergan ($189,500 MID)

How disappointing! Lonergan would have been a timely cash cow for us, perfect for culling right before his R13 bye. Unfortunately, he’s been confirmed out for 4-5 weeks by the Suns, meaning that he won’t be around for the Byes. Killer!

↓ Staker (DPP)

My preferred option for Lonergan is getting him out via DPP for Staker. Many coaches (including myself), have lost any Mid/Fwd DPP they may have had with any Neade/Mayes/Daisy trades in recent weeks, so this little gem can reinstate that. Simply trade out Lonergan, slide your rookie DPP into the midfield, and bring in Staker, knowing that he can be sent back during the Bye rounds if you get into any strife.

X Hutchings ($102,700 MID)

I’ll be steering well clear of Hutchings, and I urge you to do the same. Yes, he’s scored 84 and 97 in his first two games, and comes into Round 10 with a BE of -116. But he has massive job security concerns, highlighted by the fact that he was the sub at the weekend, and punctuated with the possible inclusions of Waters, A. Selwood and Embley this week. Even without that trio fit, Dalzeill was preferred over him, likely because he’s too one-paced to inject in the same team as Kerr and Priddis. He might get lucky with other players dropping off with injuries over the MBRs, but I won’t be taking that chance – Staker’s JS is too strong to ignore, even if he isn’t as prolific a scorer.

↔ Crouch ($171,300 MID)

It’s a bit cheeky, but don’t ignore Crouch’s value. If he’s named this week, he has to be a legitimate consideration. From all reports, he’s easily Best 22 material, although he’s tipped to play SANFL this week as he builds match fitness. I see this as a positive – hopefully he won’t be ‘managed’ back into the Seniors through the sub vest, which would dampen the potential of his -42 BE.

↑ Boyd/Cotchin

Both Boydy ($481,100, 66BE) and Cotch ($456,000, 99BE) have plummeted in price thanks to moderate fitness-influenced patches, but look ripe for the picking this week. How long has it been since Boyd, who had 144 points in Round 9, has been this cheap? Years. Similarly, Cotchin is very underpriced for what we know he can, and will, do. Both are Round 11 Bye players, so bringing them in won’t hurt you in Round 13 like others will.

  • Rhino’s Rampage

TBB RhinoOne reason for the delayed Bullets this week is because our mate at Footy Rhino gave me a call – we chat briefly about the Leuenberger/Rockliff situations, before we turn our attention to creating the Nightmare DreamTeam of 2013.

Check out the Podcast below, and make sure you get around Footy Rhino’s regular podcasts, as previous editions have featured Warnie, Roy and Calvin, amongst others!

iTunes link: 
Podcast download: 


  • Long-Range Issues

It’s been a shorter article this week, so I’ll leave you with a few things to think about in the long-term. I’m more than happy to elaborate on any of these points, so hit me up on Twitter (@Tbetta9) or simply in the comments below if need be.

# MBR’s: Premos vs Cash

With the Byes looming, should we really be upgrading to Guns who are just going to have their week off as soon as we bring them in? Seems counter-intuitive, doesn’t it? Should we instead be looking to double-downgrade over the next fortnight, so that we can go bang-bang over the Byes?

For instance, getting both Hutchings and Staker this week, and whoever pops up next week (Grimley/Gorringe/Hrovat) will fatten your bank account nicely; then pulling the trigger on a couple of Premiums, say Birchall and Cotchin after Round 11, and possibly even having enough left over for a double after Round 12.

The problem with this is that you sacrifice points in the meantime. That’s two weeks where you’ll be squirrelling away cash in the bank, when it could be used to play a Franklin over a Mayes, or a Boyd over a Whitfield. It’s not worth it in my opinion, at least not this early.


As I alluded to earlier, reinstating my Mid/Def and Mid/Fwd DPP links has become an important consideration with my trades this week. Not a priority, but a definite consideration. It will virtually eliminate any chance of your side having to bench an available player over the MBRs but copping a donut elsewhere, because you simply have too many in that one line – a legitimate concern for Round 11 in my midfield, thanks to a 0-3-7 split over the Byes (before trades this week).

Bringing in Staker for Lonergan (via Mayes DPP) allows me to sit Mayes on the midfield pine in Round 11 and effectively transform my Mids split to 1-3-6. The same concept applies to the backline, where a lack of R12 Defenders means that my side could be forced to sit healthy players that week. In reality though, it’s unlikely that we’ll need these links, unless you dropped the ball with your bye planning and your structure is dangerously lopsided.

# MBRs: The Mayes Dilemma

At this stage of the year, what’s more important: Cash or JS? In my eyes, it’s definitely Job Security, and this is why I’ll hold onto Mayes even though his BE is in the 90’s for the 2nd straight week.

I just don’t see how we can justify trading a healthy player out these days. As I mentioned last week, the more that take to the field over the MBR’s the better our score will be. I’m not satisfied with just 18 players – getting 19, 20, 21 players on the park is what’s going to separate the boys from the men over the next month, and have the smart coaches flying up the rankings.

As a result, I’ll cop Mayes’ price drops (same applies to rookies like Neade and Heath), because it means that I can plug bigger holes elsewhere, like Pittard, Leuenberger, Lonergan, Sinclair – guys that have already been ruled out for the Bye period, and are just dead weight, holding us back.

# Timely Hrovat

Great name, and great timing from the young’un. Hrovat was one player I was targeting this pre-season pending job security, so there’s no doubt the kid can play. He’s a Joel Selwood type, tough and stocky, and he had 81 on debut in Round 9. The best part? He’ll be on the bubble right after his bye. Perfect!

Another timely rookie could be Sydney’s Father-Son pick from last season, Tom Mitchell. He was again named in the ‘best’ for the Swans Reserves with 30+ possessions (Edit: 42 disposals at 3Q time, according to Champion Data!), after being the travelling emergency on Friday Night. I’ll eat my hat if he doesn’t get any opportunity in the coming weeks, so keep a keen eye on Tommy for after the Swan’s R12 bye.

# To Ball or not to Ball?

That is the question… At $343,100 with a BE of just 24, plus coming off a huge 123-point effort against the Swans last week, Ball is hard to ignore. The tough-nut has averaged at least 83 points per game in every season since 2004 (ignoring 2012 obviously), so the risk factor is negligible – he’ll easily justify his price-tag. However, he is another R13 bye midfielder, which puts a massive line through him for me. Will you take him anyway?

# Ellis and Rockliff?

Why didn’t I mention this pair in the Band-aid Trades section? Because you can’t trade them – at least not in good conscience. Ellis (hamstring, 1 week) and Rockliff (quad, 2 weeks) both have their Byes in Round 11 anyway, so it’s entirely possible that they’ll both play in the other Bye rounds. With that in mind, they’re must-holds.

That’s all from me this week guys, thanks for the patience! Good luck!



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    May 29, 2013 at 9:24 pm

    Anyone else praying that Daw is dropped this week so they don’t have to trade him out/bleed cash?

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      May 29, 2013 at 9:27 pm

      he will be rested
      looked really tired on sunday

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        May 29, 2013 at 11:44 pm

        I hope you’re right. Then I can get Gorringe (or Nicholls) in for him next week.

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      May 29, 2013 at 11:19 pm

      yes, by the gods yes

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        May 30, 2013 at 1:06 am


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    May 29, 2013 at 9:34 pm

    Another brilliant article Tbetta!
    I’ve got some great DPP magic going on to deal with the Berger issue… But I can’t mention it here cause the Smurphs are playing Calvin this week!

    PS. Spent all that $1500 yet?

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      May 30, 2013 at 3:11 pm

      I will mention Boyd not playing has meant it’s back to the drawing board with trades this week. Where’s that reverse button?…

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    May 29, 2013 at 10:23 pm

    I’ve done that Simon.

    I’ve downgraded Neade to Staker and upgraded Mayes to Robbo. I’ll trade Luey when Rough comes back.
    Do I think that’s good?

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      May 29, 2013 at 10:34 pm

      If Robbo helps your bye situation, then yes I like it. Robbo may have turned a corner too… here’s hoping!

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      May 30, 2013 at 3:02 pm

      I don’t know, do you?

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    May 29, 2013 at 10:36 pm

    Thank Tbetta Great article again!! was hanging out for it this week

    What are your thought on Leuy to Zac Clarke? basically a sideways swap with Clarke also on the bubble this week, with a 90 average so far?? Bit of a risk but think he will still ruck when Sandi comes back as they will play sandi up forward.


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    May 29, 2013 at 10:43 pm

    He does as I have round 11 and round 12 byes in the fwd line. He’ll be my only rnd13 bye player in fed line.
    Hopefully he has turned the corner.

  6. Maverick86


    May 29, 2013 at 10:45 pm

    Is nobody thinking of trading in Adam Goodes?? He has looked a million dollars the last couple weeks running through the mids and with Tippet soon to feature he could well spend a lot of time there (although Reid injury will need to be covered for the next few). Many times previously he has finished the season like a man possessed, and with a BE of 46 he may not be this cheap again.

    Although he is prone to serious inconsistency so this could bring his price down.

    I don’t have Buddy so he is the obvious alternative however I’m far from sold on his form

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      Darth Vader

      May 29, 2013 at 11:08 pm

      1. I’m worried about his age. Approaching 34.
      2. I’m worried about his state of mind after Friday nights incident and todays gaffe. That could go either way.
      Big risk = Big reward….if you get it right.

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        May 30, 2013 at 1:08 am

        Yea agreed its too hard to guess if this will effect his DT score for the better or worse, or not at all

        Buddy is about $80k cheaper, I think this settles it

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        May 30, 2013 at 1:33 pm

        adam goodes is very known for his late dream team starts and should start peaking once tippet comes back hell roll around midfield a bit more look to get him in

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        May 30, 2013 at 3:26 pm

        Good point with number 2, I think it will bring out the best in him so go for it, but how long it lasts will be the issue.

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      The Chosen Won

      May 30, 2013 at 9:02 am

      I took him preseason, although his start was not great the last few week have been awesome glad I held on to him…

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    May 29, 2013 at 11:35 pm

    so nicnat or roughie??

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      May 30, 2013 at 12:00 pm

      Depends if you have Cox or not. No Cox get Nat.

      You could always play Coxy in the forwards but I don’t like that option as there’s not enough good Rucks.

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    May 30, 2013 at 12:18 am

    Mayes or Rockliff for Staker?

    Keeping Rockliff: keeps a premo.
    Keeping Mayes: much greater chance of a pulse on the field in Rd 12; should be above his current price in 4 weeks/3 games (fingers crossed); can trade Rockliff back in after his 83 and 67 roll out (making ~$35k).

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      May 30, 2013 at 12:21 am

      I think I just convinced myself to trade out Rockliff. Anyone disagree?

      I know this is a bit of a luxury, but I don’t have the Burger or Lonegan (I do have Terlich and Ellis, but I’m planning to keep them).

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        May 30, 2013 at 11:08 am

        i am considering trading him out as well….just allows so much more flexibility and also means you have a premium on the park this round and next when you wouldnt have normally, next week moreso coz you wouldnt have him there injured, or not injured…..

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          May 30, 2013 at 11:12 am

          Same here as well.. history has shown that quads can be more than a 2 week injury.. Boom! @ Dayne Beams. Plus with his scores over the last two weeks, his price is bound to drop and can do a sideways trade and trade him back in as an upgrade target in a few weeks time… however my forward planning doesn’t always work!

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            May 30, 2013 at 11:15 am

            luke ball to me is a must have, he is priced at 350k and will end up with a price similar to rockliff’s anyways….rockliff’s only scored 67 on the weekend because in hindsight he was obviously injured. trading him back in is obvious and a luxury that i could well afford given that we would still be left with 20 trades between then and the end of the season….

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    May 30, 2013 at 1:58 am

    Top stuff Tbetta. Good read and had a involuntary kak out loud (lol to the gen Y’ers) at the pic of Majak Daw.

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      May 30, 2013 at 2:03 am

      Oh and Barlow is still the number one Worzel Gummage impersonator I know of.

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    May 30, 2013 at 10:51 am

    Hrovat a viable option to get in this week for Lonergan? or wait until his on the bubble

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      May 30, 2013 at 11:17 am

      He will be on the bubble just after his bye. why would you not want to take advantage of that.

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      May 30, 2013 at 11:57 am

      Depends you’re situation. If you have cash then I’d say no just wait. If you don’t then it could be an option but you 100% must get Staker into the backline if you don’t already. He’s pretty much you’re cover now for the rest of the season and a way better option than anyone else back there – Heath/Stevenson/Thurlow/Pittard etc etc ……

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    May 30, 2013 at 11:15 am

    Wonder how many will jump on barlow 4 of hes last 5 been pretty good, im hoping brisbanes injuries will pave a way for paparone to come back in

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    May 30, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    Thoughts on Robbie Gray as a F6? Or just pass on all port players?

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      May 30, 2013 at 1:31 pm

      robbie gray is a gun will get yoou 75+ and 100s in games they play well

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        Darth Vader

        May 30, 2013 at 2:15 pm

        I love watching Robbie Gray play. Silky skills.
        BE of just 46. Only 5% of teams have him. Potential edge.
        Problem for me:
        I have been burnt multiple times in the past with him in my Team. Multiple injuries. Only out for “1 week” which invariably turns out to be 3.
        I refuse to trade him in. Definite potential though.

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    May 30, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    I really do think the last paragraph of the article is not on the money in regards to Rockliff. I have him and he is a straight swap to Boyd this week.

    Quads have never been 2 weeks and I doubt Rocky will get back up before the end of the bye rounds. He has to go.

    Dayne Beams’ quad has been 10 weeks and counting… Don’t let it happen of a premo sitting on your pine ala Gibbs..

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      Darth Vader

      May 30, 2013 at 2:27 pm



      You have just given away the biggest advantage you could possibly of had for this round.

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    May 30, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    should i get Ball, Staker or Hutchings? I have 2 trades and need to know which two toget? Opinions?

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      May 30, 2013 at 1:30 pm

      balls pretty ripping always gets takles

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        Darth Vader

        May 30, 2013 at 2:25 pm

        Hutchings has serious JS issues.
        Ball makes me nervous. Looks terrific so far.
        Staker I think will be the most traded in player this round. On the bubble and has that wonderful DPP Def/For.

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    May 30, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    Luenberger for mcintosh or bring in the big vardy expected to be back in this wkend and next wkend, ?????????????????

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      Darth Vader

      May 30, 2013 at 2:19 pm

      Vardy is a HUGE risk.
      Basically if he comes in and plays like a spud…….
      He’ll be the first player dropped to get the proven Pods back in.

      However, if he tears it apart, Blicav’s position becomes shaky.

      I can’t bring myself to do it.

      If you have no other trades of interest, you could trade your R4 ruck for Vardy. Speculative move with potentially huge dividends.

      Good luck.

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    May 30, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    Thinking something a bit different… Leuy for Kreuz, Whitfield to Gray…

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      Darth Vader

      May 30, 2013 at 2:22 pm

      I’m doing the first trade.

      I’ve been burnt by Robbie in the past. 1 week injuries somehow become 3 weeks. The pain lingers.

      BE of just 46. Only 5% of teams have him. Potential edge. Good luck.

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    May 30, 2013 at 3:00 pm

    Reports that Terlich might be playing may change my current plans, But this is what I’m looking at.

    Lonegan > OHailpin via Rocky (sits in mid bench)

    Move Ohailpin to Ruck via Rowe (Sits on fwd bench)

    Terlich > Staker.

    I really like this, and might do something similar to this anyway even if Terlich is playing, as this I will have OHailpin as r4 and Blicavs r3 due to JS, and gives me a DPP to mid from fwd, and a DPP to ruck from fwd, and I already have a dpp to mid from defence. All in all, lots of DPP magic to be had during the chaos of MBR.

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      May 30, 2013 at 3:04 pm

      I do have berger, but I figure I may as well trade him after the round 11 bye, and probably to Roughhead.

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        May 30, 2013 at 3:20 pm

        I think delaying injury trades will only hurt you during the byes.
        General Soreness will be paying you a visit carrying a large baton.

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          May 30, 2013 at 3:32 pm

          Im trading two injured players here tho. But yes I do see what you mean. Believe me, I’m looking to trade out as many injuries as I can.

          I will look to trade Berger to maybe Gorringe next week, and maybe Rowe to Roughie after that. Setting up all the DPP (1 mid/def, 1 fwd/mif, 1 fwd/ruck) will cover me for injuries.

          As I have JPK, Terlich, Rowe, Berger, Rocky, Lonegan, Wright*. I have no shortage of LTI and possible LTI or omitted players to trade.

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            May 30, 2013 at 3:42 pm

            Rocky may play rnd 12.
            Terlich will play this week.
            I would be focusing on those that definitely won’t play during the byes.

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    May 30, 2013 at 3:36 pm

    Def: Goddard, Hanley, Birchall, Scotland, Goodes, Vlastuin (Terlich, Thurlow)
    Mid: Ablett, Swan, Pendles, Watson, Priddis, Moloney, O’Meara, Longergan (Crouch, Viney)
    Ruc: Cox, Berger (Blicavs, Currie)
    Fwd: Stevie, Rocky, Bartel, Robinson, JJK, Mayes (Macaffer, Rowe)

    Remaining: $220k
    – Mayes > Staker, obvious trade really
    – Viney > Barlow, was going to be Boyd initially, thank god the Dogs were honest about it

    Hopefully Blicavs can score 70’s for the next couple rounds, will look to bring in Roughy later.
    I’m wary about Rocky, but given his bye his Rd11, I’m willing to hold him, hopefully it is only a 2week injury (not a Beams situation). But I’m not overly confident.

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    May 30, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    Jobe Watson and Marc Murphy are among a few doing plenty for dpp status next year I reckon. What do you think?

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      Albert Lloyd

      May 30, 2013 at 3:59 pm

      Watson with DPP would be orgasmic.

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    Shinboner Spirit

    May 30, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    damn, thought I had my trades sorted by getting in Boyd, now he’s going to miss! back to the drawing board I guess…..

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    May 30, 2013 at 5:05 pm

    Boyd out for the clash against Port on Saturday night !!!

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    May 31, 2013 at 12:16 am

    can someone explain the staker dpp link? i know he’s fwd/def, but does that mean he can only be subbed for someone in either of those positions with dpp link?

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