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The Friday Scramble: Round 10

We have had the first of our mid season Thursday Night games. We are also one week away from our bye period. So many things to worry about whilst we head into Friday and start scrambling!

I think I say this every year just at the round before the byes, and that is, this isn’t supposed to be a bye round, but it is certainly shaping up to be one with more than one fantasy relevant player out, by my count there are three at this stage.  We will look at that as well as what we need to do for the bye rounds and also have a bit of a chat about the Thursday night game stretch we are in, one of which was last night of course.

So, let’s get to it.


So with our run of Thursday Night games we can do some Captain Loopholing.  NOTE: This is a manoeuvre that should only be made by experienced coaches (well, at least work out how it goes before doing it).  Remember to do this you must have someone that is not playing on your bench that you can bring on your field as captain.  It is usually safest to do this in your ruck line as you are less likely to need a bench player there for a late withdrawal as there are only two on field.

So, did you do a loophole last night?

The ones that people may have considered were….

Image result for patrick dangerfield 200Danger  125DT 163SC – Take these scores to the bank.  125 is our mark, so take it.
122DT 134SC – DT this is really on the borderline, but you could do it if you have nothing else.  SC, Take it.
73DT  104DT  No
109DT  99SC – No
 90DT  97SC – No
58DT  61SC  No way

Polec is the only other player you would consider, but I will be shocked if anyone took him as VC.

We normally look at a score like 120 to take one of these as your captain, but when we are seeing massive scores like 170+ from our newest Pig in the Pen, Titchell, you may want to risk it for a few more.  Personally I am nervous at 120, but anything over 125 I usually consider a lock.

The Fifth? Bye Round.

Well last week was a mini bye round with Power and Suns players missing, but this week we have our regular pre-bye round problems.  Let’s have a look at these blokes that are really annoying us this week.

Image result for aaron sandilandsSandilands is out for just one week, hopefully, with his sore hammy.  Now if it is just the one week, then we can survive because most of us have Nank or Ryder up forward and we can hopefully swing them into the ruck.  He has his Bye in round 13, so we really need him to come back in round 11 for Bye cover.  So my verdict: HOLD.  After Round 11, though, if you don’t have Stef, you should look at making that trade.

Wingard, what a hassle this injury is!  You held him through the Power Bye in round 9, but now it looks like he will be out for both Round 10 and Round 11 with this calf injury.  This is really annoying for us as you would have been planning on him being in your side for all three weeks of the bye.  He has been playing mostly midfield this year.  I think your move here would depend on the comp and your bye situation.  In AF I think you can safely trade him.  Given the 3 trades and no cap then go for it.  However, in SC and RDT you may want to hold.  It really depends on how your structure is.  If you can’t get anyone decent in to cover you for round 11, then you could consider trading him, but if you don’t have many trades left you should hold.

Hampton has the last bye of the lot in round 13, so the fact that he is going to be missing would have stuffed up the plans of many coaches.  His BE was terrible, but some may have held simply for bye cover in round 11.  Given we know he is out for probably 3 but at least two, then you should be definitely trading him out at this stage.

Ablett is out with his shoulder.  We all kind of expected that this would happen at some point this season.  It is just a shame that it happens this week.  At this stage it looks like he will miss just this week, so you may want to hold him so that he is there for you over the bye period.

Selection Table

Nick Riewoldt misses this week with a knee injury, this is a concern, hopefully this is just the one week and he returns for the byes.  In that same game we see Cloke missing, many thought this might happen given his game last week.

Image result for alex neal bullenAlex Neal-Bullen returns which will make a lot of people happy!  Similarly David Swallow is back for the Suns, it is anyones guess as to how long he is back for.  The good news at Adelaide is not only that Jenkins is back, but more importantly Greenwood has held his spot, so in AF, grab him, but in RDT or SC you do have one more week.  I need him this week to cover some non playing guys so I have to jump early on him.

Speaking of rookies, Scharenberg is in for the Pies finally.  In AF you may want to look at him.  Sadly for Grundy owners, Mason Cox is back in the Sunday squad, we know what he does to Brodie’s scoring.  Similarly, we see in that game that Archie Smith has been named for the Lions.  I am sure we will all be hoping that those two blokes miss out!  Oh, and Tom Cutler comes back in for those DT Shiva fans.

I think most pundits knew that Fraser McInnes would miss out (although I heard one podcast that suggested he was the rookie to select this week.  They will remain nameless).  Sadly Kurt Mutimer has also been dropped.  But on the plus side for rookies, we see Braydon Preuss get in the squad again, but I am doubting he will make the cut.  If he does, then this may save you if you are a Sandi owner.

Image result for nick riewoldt


Well, not a bad thing that you can’t get Ablett, won’t be a case of What If now will it!  Now, I apologise that it is after the Geelong game as Duncan would have been a good choice.  I think I would possibly go Barlow as he has been producing and should score well as has no Ablett taking possessions.  Walters is an interesting one.  I would normally say no, but his form has been great and you could use him as a stepping stone.

Well your requirement of a R12 bye makes it tough.  Down back you could have gone Mackie but if you didn’t then Houli is probably your next best, but really I don’t like any of those options.  Up Forward, well you have JJK or Jack Riewoldt, and really I don’t like those two either.  So, you may just want to downgrade, or look for another option for upgrading to a different bye round player.  Sorry I couldn’t help.

Things To Remember

  • Remember that Trades in RDT and SC will stick today, NO reverse trades available in those games today.
  • Set yourself up for next week.  Make sure you are ready for the byes.
  • Your Rookies will miss games during the byes, it is inevitable, be prepared, have a plan A, B and C.

Get ready for carnage and I am sure there will be some late outs and other trouble.  Just stay calm and ride with it.  There will be plenty of us in this boat, if you can plan ahead you will be in a good place, just try and plan your trades and moves right through the bye period and then just adjust as things happen each week.  Catch you all next week for our first bye round!  @pkd73

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    May 26, 2017 at 12:44 pm

    Field barrett or greenwood?

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      May 26, 2017 at 12:46 pm

      Greenwood… can you answer the Q above yours???

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        May 26, 2017 at 12:51 pm

        Hall has good run but will he cop a tag With gaz out?

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    May 26, 2017 at 12:48 pm

    My Team:
    DEF: Adams, Docherty, Laird, Marchbank, Otten, Williamson (Stewart, Vickers-Willis)
    MID: Mitchell, Merrett, Dangerfield, Hannebery, Fyfe, Powell-Pepper, Myers, Barrett (Lloyd, Mountford)
    RUCK: Martin, Grundy (Preuss, Cameron)
    FWD: Macrae, Dahlhaus, Steele, Nankervis, Heeney, Hoskin-Elliot (Butler, Polson)

    Cash: $280k

    Thoughts on going Barrett to Hall and Butler to Greenwood? Cheers. Or get someone like Barlow or Yeo for Barrett? Also could get Treloar which does affect bye structure though.

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      May 26, 2017 at 1:15 pm

      Treloar will still drop, so hold on that one if it doesn’t suit your bye structure. Personally, I don’t think Hall can keep up his form so I’d go Barlow or Yeo, probably Barlow but Yeo if your Rd 12 team is looking good. Butler to Greenwood should be a lock, so stick with that one.

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      May 26, 2017 at 1:17 pm

      im a hall fan, but another DT talker reckons he’ll cop the vince tag. barlow saves you some coin and is DPP ?! … if it was me id still take Hall. loved his 150 game the other week

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    May 26, 2017 at 12:49 pm

    Field barrett or greenwood??

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      May 26, 2017 at 12:54 pm


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        May 26, 2017 at 1:15 pm


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    May 26, 2017 at 1:06 pm

    Leave Ablett in or to trade him out for Aaron Hall??

    Both will help me in Bye rounds. Aaron Hall will help me with THIS round too??

    What to do?? Thoughts??

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      May 26, 2017 at 1:15 pm

      hold ablett – hall will get tagged

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        May 26, 2017 at 1:18 pm

        abletts 3 game average is near the best … he’ll bouce back. i reckon the shoulder is an excuse for “having two weeks of boss – sorry”

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      the Cricket

      May 26, 2017 at 2:48 pm

      Don’t even think about it.

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    May 26, 2017 at 1:38 pm

    Thoughts on

    Barrett > Greenwood & McCarthy > Barlow

    Getting rid of Barrett this week for my bye structure

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    May 26, 2017 at 1:50 pm

    cousins or willsmore?

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      May 26, 2017 at 1:54 pm

      I’ve gone Cousins due to him getting 15 tackles in his game on the weekend

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    May 26, 2017 at 2:01 pm

    Shocking start to the round for me. Danger 125, Pittard 55 and Parsons 27. Fortunately Danger had that big last quarter. Also it looked like Pittard was going to get a lot less, so guess it could be worse.

    Very frustrating considering I got Pittard over Harbrow because I thought he would give me the lease headaches with a low score of 89. Also I chose to field Parsons over Hannan for some reason even though Hannan is coming off of 77

    Hopefully big 100s tonight from Franklin, Hanners, Heeney and Mitchell to get rid of this sick feeling

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      the Cricket

      May 26, 2017 at 2:53 pm

      Mid-priced players are mid-priced for a reason. An occasional breakout of high scoring does not a premo make! Sorry for your loss :(

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    May 26, 2017 at 2:02 pm

    Field two of Taranto, Greenwood, Myers, Barrett

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      May 26, 2017 at 2:09 pm

      Safe option would be Myers and Barrett. Not sure Greenwood can replicate last week’s 90+ effort and Taranto is a yo-yo

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      May 26, 2017 at 2:59 pm

      I agree with bomberpap. Greenwood got a bunch of goals vs the worst side in the comp, I’d be waiting to see some reliability before feeling comfortable.

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        TJP's Heroes

        May 26, 2017 at 3:11 pm

        Greenwood gunna do the job on Fyfe and Mundy… I expect 6+ tackles so could be a 60 – 70 point game
        Both don’t like defensive running so if greenwood can make them defend it could be interesting

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    May 26, 2017 at 2:10 pm

    Dunny… “Remember that Trades in RDT and SC will stick today, NO reverse trades available in those games today.”
    That’s meaning AFTER tonight’s game starts right? But uh-oh, RDT is currently not showing the Reverse Changes button. But we should be able to reverse anything not involving Power or Cats players today… correct? Other people in my league seeing the same thing.. AFL Fantasy site is fine.
    Anyone else?

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      Lachie Neale

      May 26, 2017 at 2:13 pm

      No, as soon as the first lockout starts in RDT and SC you cannot reverse trades.

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        May 26, 2017 at 2:22 pm

        Thanks Lachie. I just re-checked the Partial Lockout rules on the site.


        “No longer…” When did this change? My trade was luckily an ok one, but a few guys in my league are now fielding donuts. Were we notified about this anywhere? :/

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          Lachie Neale

          May 26, 2017 at 3:18 pm

          It has always been this way.

          The “no longer” is referring to you being able to reverse your trades earlier in the week, however as soon as the first game starts this is “no longer” an option.

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        May 26, 2017 at 3:25 pm

        Is it 3 trades in RDT through byes. I know that will make them disappear quickly, but would be nice for next week.

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    May 26, 2017 at 2:22 pm

    Get barlow in or just go straight to yeo?

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      May 26, 2017 at 3:32 pm

      ive gone to barlow before yeo this week.

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      May 26, 2017 at 3:51 pm

      Barlow is better in terms of no up coming bye but Yeo is likely to be top six forward come end of year. I’d go Barlow and then look to get Yeo after his bye.

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    May 26, 2017 at 3:00 pm

    I want to grab Nic Newman in RDT as a stepping stone (he’s my only decent option $ wise) and I can play around him in the first bye round. But I’m concerned about his job security. He’s no good to me if he disappears again in a week, especially if McVeigh comes back. Very conscious of burning a trade for a stepping stone player. Thoughts?

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      May 26, 2017 at 3:28 pm

      He would need to have a real stinker to be dropped in the next three weeks IMO. Can’t say any non R11 bye defenders interest me. Picked up Hibberd, but he’s a bit dearer but definitely 1st team player (already have Newman though)

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      May 26, 2017 at 3:28 pm

      if newman gets dropped again ill trade in Zac Dawson in a protest trade! – he’s the hottest rookie in the game. trade him in.

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        May 26, 2017 at 3:43 pm

        thanks guys, agreed. appreciate the responses :)

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    May 26, 2017 at 3:08 pm

    Who to have on field out of Otten, Berry or Williamson?
    Thanks all!

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      May 26, 2017 at 3:26 pm

      otten vs freo … thats an 80 i reckon

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    Fantasy King

    May 26, 2017 at 3:13 pm

    Should I loophole Danger as my captain or risk it and put Titch or Treloar as captain?

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      May 26, 2017 at 3:36 pm

      this morning i was saying keep dangers points, but treloar at home v lions … that could be a massive score. tough call

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    Tyson (NEED HELP)

    May 26, 2017 at 3:30 pm

    people is T.stewart is my emergency and got 74, can I get his score by putting Hampton who was on my bench during that game to on field after the game and get Stewarts 74 points?

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      May 26, 2017 at 3:34 pm

      injured players on feild revert stright to the emergency players score, so ‘yes’ you can do that to pick up the stewart 74

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      Andrew Gaff

      May 26, 2017 at 3:37 pm

      yes, as long as u chucked the E on stewart prior last night’s game and field hampton or non playing player, Stewart’s 74 will count

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      David C

      May 26, 2017 at 4:18 pm

      Yes you can but there is risk if there is a late out in defence. You no longer have an emergency.

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    May 26, 2017 at 3:47 pm

    Loopholing my way after last night.. I’ll take Dangers 125 and bank it and I had to chose between Stewart and EVW as D6 this weekend so kept Stewart on bench as E and now will bring on Hampton as C for EVW. 74 for D6 at this stage feels like 120+.

    Trade wise is anyone doing a triple downgrade this weekend ahead of R11? I have a favourable league match up so can afford to d/grade and means the following week I can pick up Rocky AND Docherty after their byes.

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      May 26, 2017 at 4:00 pm

      That first scenario there is exactly what I’m doing, holding Hampton is actually handy for those reasons, the 74 from Stewart and for the captaincy loophole. Also there’s no good back premos with a favourable bye so upgrading Hampton in 2 weeks is a good move

      I’ve been considering Dusty but opting for Barlow now due to that reason, having cash over the byes. If you can’t bring in Barlow/Hall then by all means do a double down to pounce during the byes

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        May 26, 2017 at 5:25 pm

        Hampton has definitely been MVP for that reason this week lol.. and he won’t lose money. I have Laird, Lloyd and Adams so the only two def’s i’m after are Doch and Roberton but can’t upgrade til after r11 as I’m heavy in that week. I have Newman who I will keep as my D6 going forward, if he can average 90 like now then worth keeping IMO.

        I could easily get Barlow or Hall or even a r12 premo but I’m going to hold off and get Rocky and Doch, long term better options as they’re both top3 in their positions and I’ll still have cash in bank.

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    May 26, 2017 at 4:11 pm

    Hey guys

    I have two questions:

    1: Do I take Danger’s 125 or go with Merrett or Titchell? I feel like both are capable of 150+ this week, or do I play it safe and just pocket a 250 and move on?

    2: Do I get cute and hold Hampton to take Stewart’s score of 74? I’d be trading Otten out and then Hampton next week. I’m not heavy on round 11 bye (12 evenly spread out over the lines) but Otten could be handy for next week with selection being an issue

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      May 26, 2017 at 4:42 pm

      I’m passing on Dangerfield VC to take Titchell C. What could go wrong, save injury. Worst would be a 102, lose 25 points, best is very good.

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    May 26, 2017 at 5:49 pm

    Its a long time coming using the rule for taking to long to kick the ball. Some players seem to have the ball for a hell of a long time … If you are going to have the rule use it… Bad luck Port you got to comfortable Kick the ball

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