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The Friday Scramble: Round 2

Round 2 and once again we have had one game already. Did you VC? Do you have Riewoldt and need to trade? Do you know about the trading rules today? Well that is enough questions to need a scramble!

Wow what a first round of footy, there were upsets, great scores, poor scores and injuries.  But really, I can’t recall a round one where we have seen such big scores from our premium players.

Once again we had a game last night which means we had a crack at a loophole vice captain.  There were a few more options last night than what we had last week.  We will have a look at that in a moment, and we will also have a look at a few thoughts on what to do with our rookies.

Lastly we also have to deal with some ins and outs on the selection table!  So…. without further adieu, Let’s Scramble.

Loophole Options

So who did you put the VC on last night?  Last week it was Dusty that was the man, but there were a couple more options last night.  Here are the key players:

Dusty: 86.  Just No.
Pendles: 110.  Not quite enough.  I am sure you have someone else in your team that will score more than that.
Treloar: 127.  Just enough.  125 is our par score these days for taking a loophole, so if you did VC Treloar you can keep that score, but we wouldn’t be surprised if people chased bigger scores from Danger or Rocky.
Adams: 99.  Not enough.
Cotchin: 119.  Not quite, but if you don’t have a Danger or Rocky type you could take it.
Grundy: 123.  Good score for a ruckman.  Once again, if you don’t have anyone else that could possibly get this much then you wouldn’t be a bad person for taking it.
Will Hoskin-Elliot: 124.  Yeah right.  You VC’d WHE.  You must be related to him cause no one else would have done it.  We know he is good, but didn’t forsee this.  As per Grundy you could take it if you wanted to.

As always it is up to you whether you take one of those scores.  It really depends on your options later in the weekend.

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What to do with Saint Nick?

Firstly it was pleasing to hear that this wasn’t a serious injury that would end his career.  But we do need to deal with what has happened.  The official word is that he will be out for 2-6 weeks (well that’s what he told the Footy Show apparently).  Given his age and his history with his knees I suspect it will be closer to 4 or 5 than it will be to 2.  They will want to be super cautious with their big key forward.

In AFL Fantasy there is simply no choice here, you have to trade him.  In that form of the game that is way too much money to have sitting on the bench given you have two trades a week.  As the guys mentioned in the AFL Fantasy Podcast on Monday, you can downgrade Nick and use some of the cash to perhaps fix up one of your rookies and go to a more expensive rookie that is playing.

Given that I think he is more likely to be out for more than 3 weeks I would also be trading him out in both of Supercoach and Real Dreamteam.  I would only do the trade of Nick and then bank the rest of the cash to see what happens this week.  Quite simply I think he is too much cash to have sitting on the bench.

I know there will be many who will disagree and say that you could hold him.  I can understand that tactic, but my reasoning is simply about the amount of cash on the bench for 3 or so weeks, we simply can’t afford to do that.

Rookies anyone?

I’m not sure why everyone was surprised early this week about how low some of the scores of the rookies were.  I think that what we have seen is a return to what used to happen before we had the Gold Coast and GWS rookies and after them the Essendon Top Up Players.  We have been blessed in recent years with this plethora of cheap quality scorers.  So we have to go back to where we used to be, looking at rookies who are around the fringes of their team.  Some of these guys will be a lot slower burn than what we have seen lately.

If you don’t have Nick Riewoldt to contend with in AFL Fantasy then you should be looking to make your two trades in finding some rookies that are playing for this week if you have one or two that have missed out this week.

In both Supercoach and Real Dreamteam I highly recommend holding and not making any trades at all unless you will have a donut.  We only have one week worth of data.  Who knows what will happen with the rookies.  We should wait and see what happens this week.  Their prices won’t change and you may trade one out that has a blinder and you pick up someone who had a great game last week but fails this week.  There is of course the risk that you may have more than two things to fix next week.  So it is up to you.

If you are going to trade a rookie out this week, the only one that I would trade is Joel Smith as he is out for a long period of time.  I would give all of the others one more week to see what they can do.

Selection Table

Not a great deal this week thankfully.  Some of the keys though.  Jake Spencer is on the extended bench, but probably just insurance in case Maxy’s sore back flares up, but I don’t think this will happen.  Gawn should be ok.  David Swallow is back.  Apparently he was close last week, but they didn’t want to risk him.  Taylor Walker returns for the Crows and Luke Hodge for the Hawks as they play each other.  There were a couple of new rookies listed which were Nic Newman and Teia Miles.  Matthew Kennedy has been dropped, which was a risk, but thankfully Taranto has kept his spot.  Leigh Montagna comes back in but David Armitage is out with a groin injury.

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Partial Lockout Rules

Remember, we are in Partial Lockout mode for AF and for RDT.  One word of warning.  In RDT and SC, you CANNOT REVERSE TRADES TODAY.  Once you pull the trigger on trades in those forms of the game they will stick.

In AF you can still roll back a trade that you have made BUT…. you can only do it if you haven’t used DPP to make the trade and if the trade doesn’t involve anyone from last night’s game, but just be super careful.  I won’t be pulling the trigger until I am 100% certain on what I want to do with my team.

Things to Remember

  • Don’t Panic it was just one round.  So look at the future, don’t compromise the structure of your team just because of one week.
  • Make sure you understand how to use the Captain Loophole before you use it.  It isn’t hard but it is easily stuffed up.
  • AF Leagues start this week in most cases.  Make sure you put your best team forward.

Lastly, a massive congratulations to our very own Warnie who welcomed, along with his partner Jo, a daughter, Georgina, into the world last week about 3 hours before lockout!  I am sure she will be appointed as head coach of the Warne Dawgs soon after the board lose faith in Warnie.

As always, keep yourself up to date with the latest news today and keep an eye out for any late outs.  I am sure the rolling lockout in RDT helped last week when Swallow was a late out.  We don’t get that luxury this week, so make sure you have some good bench cover.

Cheers and best of luck!  Follow me on twitter @pkd73 and I will always drop any news I hear prior to lockout or, for those Supercoach players, across the weekend.



  1. Alex

    March 31, 2017 at 1:58 pm

    Hi all

    I would keep an eye on teams today. Hannan still on an extended bench and I would expect Dom Tyson to make the side. As someone mentioned above, he or ANB could be in the firing line and if so I would invest in Miles for your Kennedy/Eddy

    • Simon

      March 31, 2017 at 3:02 pm

      Hannan would have to be stiffer than Bill Paxton to miss this week… not sure what else he could have done on debut to be picked again!

      • D Day

        March 31, 2017 at 4:19 pm


    • bomberpap

      March 31, 2017 at 3:14 pm

      Out of the two would you assume that ANB has slightly better JS though?

  2. buckets

    March 31, 2017 at 2:03 pm

    DEF: Adams, Laird, Lloyd, Marchbank, Hampton, Otten (Stewart, Hibberd)
    MID: Danger, ROcky, Titch, Fyfe, Gaff, Beams, JOM, SPP (Barratt, Mountford)
    RUC: Gawn, Nank (Preuss, Cameron)
    FWD: Dahl, Steele, Roughy, Taranto, WHE, Kennedy (Eddy, Pickett)

    $130K. Thoughts on:
    Kennedy -> hannan
    Eddy -> miles

    Look at Newman next week assuming hibbo is dropped, and even if he’s not

  3. Stevo

    March 31, 2017 at 2:12 pm

    Pick 2 of Newman, Miles and Hannan?

    • Stevo

      March 31, 2017 at 2:16 pm

      also who are people playing out of Otten and Stewart? Picked Otten last week but thinking Otten against hawks. North have a few talls and otten should be a bit more free I would think

      • Kreb

        March 31, 2017 at 2:34 pm

        Otten in the previous years (and 2017 JLT) has been reliable for a 60-75 so long as he’s taking the the third tall or resting ruck. I think Kelly will take Breust, and Talia and Hartigan will take Gunston and Roughead respectively. Should allow Otten to zone off Vickery for some cheap ones (I hope).

  4. SamBennetts

    March 31, 2017 at 2:29 pm

    Eddy –> T.Miles
    Wellingham –> Z.Jones

  5. M8

    March 31, 2017 at 2:33 pm

    Field Stewart or Otten?

  6. Tex

    March 31, 2017 at 2:45 pm

    Unsure who to dump for Newman – Ed Vickers-Willis or Hibberd?

    • SamBennetts

      March 31, 2017 at 3:36 pm


  7. Omulloway

    March 31, 2017 at 2:45 pm

    Thoughts on swapping out Gawn for Kruezer? worried Gawn is carrying back injury and highish BE, Kruezer has low BE and saves me 100k? thoughts :)

    • SamBennetts

      March 31, 2017 at 3:37 pm

      Don’t sacrifice structure, long term stay with Gawn

      • TimorSaint

        March 31, 2017 at 3:49 pm

        i agree – will gawn be a late withdrawl ??

        • Simon

          March 31, 2017 at 4:39 pm

          Yep, right after saying “just the tip, I swear”. Wouldn’t be the first guy to do it.

    • D Day

      March 31, 2017 at 4:20 pm


    • capt.gumby

      March 31, 2017 at 7:30 pm

      Trade in Murphy or Watson?

      Doing my head in…..

  8. peter

    March 31, 2017 at 2:48 pm


  9. John

    March 31, 2017 at 2:54 pm

    Field Stewart or otten?
    Voult to buddy or Neal bullen?

    • Eaglehawks

      March 31, 2017 at 4:05 pm

      Volt to Buddy, whats the point of trading down for cash when you can get a potential Top 6-8 FWD now
      im fielding Stewart only because they are playing Nth who bled a fair few points

  10. Brent

    March 31, 2017 at 3:14 pm

    Kennedy to Hannan

    Kennedy to Miles

    Eddy to Miles

    Which is the best trade here lads? Cheers

    • SamBennetts

      March 31, 2017 at 3:38 pm

      Kennedy to Hannan

    • TimorSaint

      March 31, 2017 at 3:49 pm

      kennedy to weideman … extra coin and weideman is playing at half forward … thats half a vote of confidence that he’ll play plenty of games i reckon

  11. Zac

    March 31, 2017 at 3:20 pm

    Melbourne fans what can you tell me about Hannan? Didn’t play any JLT games and then comes out with an 88. Is he job security good? Can he score like that frequently?

    • Mat

      March 31, 2017 at 3:35 pm

      I’m a bulldogs fan, playing for Footscray last year his numbers weren’t great, averaging 60 odd in the vfl. Watching the demons game last week, I noticed he had two purple patches in the second and third quarters which accounted for a large amount of his score. I personally believe he will not back his round 1 score up. I also believe he is a fringe player and one bad game he’ll be out of the best 22. Hope this helps

  12. Thrice

    March 31, 2017 at 3:55 pm

    Now that people are saying Eddy wont play I can activate the bench loop hole if i need.

    Should i take Butlers 59 as my E and field Eddy or should I field Miles and back him to go bigger than 59?

    Butlers 59 or Miles?


    • D Day

      March 31, 2017 at 4:22 pm

      I’d take the 59 for sure

  13. Eaglehawks

    March 31, 2017 at 3:58 pm

    Fox or Newman – who has better JS who would score better
    Cheers, good luck this week

    • Simon

      March 31, 2017 at 4:10 pm

      Neither were selected (despite being available) for R1 so you can pretty safely conclude their JS is about as existent as decent Justin Beiber lyrics. Banking on either will be an unsafe wager, doubt they’ll be capable of anything major.

      Fox probably scores better, but that means nothing… Aaron Hall and Michael Barlow were ticking along above 100 pts per game and got dropped.

      • Eaglehawks

        March 31, 2017 at 4:23 pm

        Cheers, all true. But Hall and Barlow are Eade and Lyon respectively and who could ever read those two or work out what they thinking.
        Upon further readings I recon I go Newman purely because Rampe out for number of weeks and I recon he can fill the shoes.

  14. Kade

    March 31, 2017 at 4:01 pm

    Otten or Nic Newman on the field?

    • Simon

      March 31, 2017 at 4:12 pm

      Otten has exposed form and it’s shittier than guano. So Newman.

      • TimorSaint

        March 31, 2017 at 4:38 pm

        you reckon Newman will get many games ?

        • Simon

          March 31, 2017 at 4:43 pm

          Has good form last year in the NEAFL. Granted, NEAFL form is about as reliable as a second-hand lawn mower, but sadly it’s all we’ve got. Not sure what the backline stocks are like in Sydney, but there are a few injuries which suggests if he goes alright he’ll keep Aliir squared at bay

          • Alex

            March 31, 2017 at 4:49 pm

            I don’t know about that, Aliir was very good last year and I suspect that as soon as he is fit and firing he will be in the side. He seems to be pretty highly rated by commentators who know what they are talking about as well

          • Simon

            March 31, 2017 at 4:53 pm

            Yeah, I’m just some dude on the internet so in no way should anyone take my online advice as gospel

          • PowerAde

            March 31, 2017 at 4:55 pm

            you crack me up.

            second hand lawn mower, Justin Bieber lyrics, shittier than guano and my personal fave, stiff than bill Paxton.

            I imagine a southern US of A drawl narrating in your posts

          • TimorSaint

            March 31, 2017 at 4:55 pm

            i rate Aliir – pretty slick and cool under pressure

        • Alex

          March 31, 2017 at 5:11 pm

          Simon does have pretty good gear I must say.

          Query though, who is the Che for the 2k teens?

          Are Kimye the iconic Che esque imagists of our time?

          If only because their vapidity and brashness is an amplification of a generation fixated on fleeting imagery and empty discussion hammered out in 140 often pointless characters?

          • PowerAde

            March 31, 2017 at 5:15 pm

            Julian Assange for president of the peoples liberation front

  15. Connor

    March 31, 2017 at 4:12 pm

    1) Miles at F6 and Mcgrath

    2) Miles at M9 and Neal-Bullen

    • Simon

      March 31, 2017 at 4:38 pm

      Your post involved 3 guys who shouldn’t be a permanent part of anyone’s team. Are we really that light on for rookies this year? Colon shift nine

      • TimorSaint

        March 31, 2017 at 4:41 pm

        i agree – look at Z.Jones before McGrath, and WHE (if you have cash) or Weideman before Miles … im still not convinced about NB … one good game against the tired saints and all of a sudden he’s getting traded in. No mention of him pre-season from memory.

        • Thrice

          March 31, 2017 at 5:05 pm

          NB racked up a 40, 63 and a 71 from only 63% TOG during the preseason. He was forshadowed by his price range of being that of someone slightly higher than a rookie and that these scores where nothing spectacular because he wasnt given a full game.

          He was then given more TOG and went on to score 110 for the first round playing mostly around the fwd flank and moving up a little toward the ball. He is also playing Carlton this week…not as good as Saints.

          Applying these figures to playing say 80% TOG and you would predict a score around 80. Pretty decent for someone priced at 288k.

          Combine this with the fact he has a low BE so he will produce cash and he he can run for days, you have yourself a decent pick. Oh and who else you going to have in the forward line as rookies are useless other than WHE.

  16. TimorSaint

    March 31, 2017 at 4:47 pm

    come on swans fans – admit it – is cameron the new curry ? will i have to stare at that name all season, sitting at R4 doing nothing

    • Billy

      March 31, 2017 at 4:56 pm

      why does that matter?

    • JT

      March 31, 2017 at 5:13 pm

      cash matters

  17. Jarrod

    March 31, 2017 at 5:10 pm

    Should I do Mountford to Fox or Hibberd to Newman? I can only do one

    • Alex

      March 31, 2017 at 5:13 pm

      Neither, get Miles

  18. Jarrod

    March 31, 2017 at 5:14 pm

    Take Grundy’s 123 for loophole or just tom danger?

    • PowerAde

      March 31, 2017 at 5:22 pm

      anything over 120 IMO is fine to keep

  19. bomberpap

    March 31, 2017 at 5:19 pm

    Looking at 5 bench zeros this week – thanks Brad Scott for the pleasure of having all 3 emergencies on your list. Brett Eddy and Cameron the other 2.

    Have traded in Neal-Bullen instead of Hannan so hoping the extra $100k spend is worth it!

  20. Matto

    March 31, 2017 at 6:02 pm

    Who should I drop Nroo for?
    Current options are:
    1. Franklin +88k
    2. JJ Kennedy +101k
    3. Touk Miller +159k
    4. Jack Steele +221k

    • Alex

      March 31, 2017 at 6:15 pm

      Of that lot I like Touk or Steele, even though I would expect Franky to score the most

    • TJP's Heroes

      March 31, 2017 at 7:33 pm

      Steele all day everyday he will average 95 this year, his tackling and pressure around the ball is fantastic

      Plus you get $221k to play with

  21. TJP's Heroes

    March 31, 2017 at 6:06 pm

    Take trealoar 127 or hope rocky goes absolutely bang against the bombers

    Leaning toward rocky ..

    • MATTO

      March 31, 2017 at 6:17 pm

      Go the PIG! can you help me above

  22. Jarrod

    March 31, 2017 at 6:13 pm

    Can only trade out one of Mountford and Hibberd, which one should I trade?

  23. Ay

    March 31, 2017 at 6:36 pm

    Gaff or Heppell? Stumped

    • bomberpap

      March 31, 2017 at 7:25 pm


  24. Premiership Edition

    March 31, 2017 at 6:36 pm

    Is it worth keeping Eddy or Hibberd to loophole Treloars score?

    Otherwise I’m going Eddy > Miles, Hibberd > Newman

  25. Marsh

    March 31, 2017 at 7:22 pm

    weiderman or parfitt on field? any reasons

  26. capt.gumby

    March 31, 2017 at 7:31 pm

    Trade in Watson or Murphy?

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