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The Thursday Scramble: Round 2

There were some fantastic scores in round 1, some rookies went well, some didn’t. But we also had some popular players go down. On top of that we won’t know final squads before lockout! That sounds like a reason to start scrambling!!

Round one is in the books and we have seen some scores that we aren’t used to seeing until much later in the season. For a change we had a lot of Premo’s and also quite a few rookies scoring really well. Don’t get used to it! We know that this game will come back and bite you in the rear just as soon as you think that you have it sorted.

Today we will talk captains, rookies and trades. I have seen plenty of discussion about these things online and based on that I thought I would deal with a lot of these things.

Plenty of issues this week to deal with and plenty of advice for you too. So as they say… Keep Calm and Scramble!!

Captain’s Loophole

So last week we had a few scores on the Thursday night that were worth taking, but really Dusty was the main one that people would have put the VC on. This week we have a few more options. Some of the guys that we should consider using are Dusty, Gibbs, M Crouch, Sloane or Laird.

If you aren’t sure how to use the Loophole have a look at Calvin’s post or check back to last week’s scramble where we talk about how to do it. I think the key is the line. If you do take one of those guys you probably want them to be scoring over 130 if you have Tom Mitchell to use as Captain or 120 if you have to use someone else.

Anyway, as always, if you don’t know how to use it or you don’t have any non-playing players on the bench, don’t do it.


One of the hardest things to do, particularly during round 1, is picking which rookies to play on the field. If you didn’t get it right last week, don’t stress, you weren’t the only one. Also, just because they had a great game last week it doesn’t mean that they will go that big again. They are a week to week proposition. The main thing you want to see is them outscoring their break evens, if they are doing that then they are doing what you got them in for. If you get the right one on the field then I see that as a bonus.

As for which rookies you need to have, make sure you go back to Wednesday morning’s article by the Milkmen where they have analysed the rookies that played and those to keep an eye on.

If you missed one or two of them the strategy is different based on the format of the game you are playing. If you are playing RDT or SC I would say don’t trade for rookie errors. Their prices won’t change until after their third game so you have one more week to gather data on them before you have to do anything.

However, if you are an AFL Fantasy player, we know that the prices have changed already. In this case, if you don’t have any other issues to deal with you should be making sure that you have the rookies that are playing and are generally doing well. As I said earlier, some of the rookies can be inconsistent so don’t get upset if it doesn’t work.


Should you be trading this week and if so who?

Supercoach and RealDreamTeam
If you don’t have any LTI’s to deal with like Ryder or Libba then no, don’t trade. Trades in these formats are too valuable. The time to fix up rookies will be next week before prices start changing.

AFL Fantasy
Hell yeah, you have two a week, use them or lose them so go for it.

Trade Thoughts

Before you go tinkering with any rookie selections you should be dealing with any LTI’s first. So if you do have Paddy Ryder he is a must trade in all formats, he will be out for at least 4 weeks but I suspect it will be longer. So now that we know Nic Nat is up and running I would be tempted to go straight to him and bank some cash. Similarly Libba is also a must trade in all formats of the game. Given he is a midfielder, you have a heap of options, far too many for me to consider here. But you may want to go down to a performing rookie you missed to make some cash or a mid-pricer that fired for us.

For someone like Zac Merrett or Matthew Kreuzer who we don’t know yet if they are playing or not I would be holding if it is only going to be one week for SC and RDT. However, in AF you can afford to trade them out if they aren’t on the team sheets tonight.

If you are thinking about trading out someone like Nat Fyfe or Michael Hibberd, I wouldn’t be tempted to trade them just yet. It is one bad game. Everyone has one bad game during the season, this could be their only one this year. You would kick yourself if you trade them out and then they go big next week. As always, it is up to you, but I try not to trade premiums out just yet.

Rocky, as fantasy royalty, deserves his own paragraph. I will put it out there, I am not an owner, but if I did own him I would hold him for now as we know he didn’t have a pre-season and it was his first game in a new team. Cut him some slack. He is more than capable to come back and score big next week. Having said all of that, if you have no other issues in your AF team then you can be forgiven for trading him.

Team Selection

As we stand right now we won’t know the teams and squads for the rest of the round until later tonight, just before the game gets underway. That is fine and all normal. However, the issue we have is that final squads for Sunday’s games won’t be announced until about 5pm on Friday night. Also, we won’t know final squads for Monday’s game (hence Danger’s status) until late on Saturday night. Now. Why is this all important? Well in AF and RDT full lockout will occur at the start of the Good Friday game which begins at 4:20pm EDT. Hence we won’t know the final status of the rookies and injured players (like Danger) before Lockout occurs.

Things To Remember

  • It is just round 1. Don’t panic. There are plenty more rounds to come.
  • Rookies will frustrate you, don’t stress about getting the wrong one on the ground, as long as they are in your team you are winning.
  • Remember the Lockout Deadlines!

That’ll do us this week, the main thing is, don’t panic trade after just the one game. Anything can happen. Not only can the guy you are trading out go well, the one that you trade in might have had one out of the box!

In the meantime have a great Easter Weekend, let’s hope our rookies have another fantastic scoring weekend and these big scores become a regular thing for us this year. Next week I will return to my regular Friday morning spot as there is no Thursday night game next week. Cheers til next week @pkd73



  1. Terry Commins

    March 29, 2018 at 5:24 pm

    Go Port !

  2. Fooz


    March 29, 2018 at 5:33 pm

    I’m pressing F5 (refresh) waiting for teams to drop, but all these rookie thoughts are Crowden my brain. I think it’s on the Fritsch…

    Sorry. Forgot what time it is over east.

  3. Lewie-14

    March 29, 2018 at 5:56 pm

    Jacob’s to Nicnat a stupid idea ? I know it’s only round 1 so probably a little harsh on sauce ???

    • Justin11

      March 29, 2018 at 6:12 pm

      I’m waiting until next round- see how they both go this weekend.

    • nkthegunner12

      March 29, 2018 at 6:16 pm

      Nic Nat should destroy the Bulldogs, might be too late next week

      • Justin11

        March 29, 2018 at 7:29 pm

        Not with 53 percent game time.

  4. fost

    March 29, 2018 at 6:30 pm

    what to do with Florent? Reckon hes out the team this week after last weeks performance?

  5. Ballantynes Day

    March 29, 2018 at 6:34 pm

    O’Shea named! Thoughts?

  6. Chris

    March 29, 2018 at 6:34 pm

    Field Doedee or Finlayson?

  7. nkthegunner12

    March 29, 2018 at 6:36 pm

    D: Laird, Hibberd, Sicily, Doedee, Murray, Finlayson (Naughton, O’Connor)
    M: Titch, Parker, Selwood, Neale, Merrett, O’Meara, Brayshaw, Kelly (Holman, Banfield)
    R: Gawn, Martin (English, Cameron)
    F: Billings, Heeney, Smith, Christensen, Ryan, Fritsch (Langdon, Venables)

    45k in the bank. Not sure what to fix up, maybe Merrett and Brayshaw to Coniglio and Barry?

    • Ben Cousins is innocent

      March 29, 2018 at 6:40 pm

      Why not O’connor to O’shea?

  8. Jim

    March 29, 2018 at 6:41 pm

    O’Connor t
    1. Cam Guthrie
    2. Cam O’Shea

    • nkthegunner12

      March 29, 2018 at 6:42 pm

      I think you mean Zach Guthrie, and yes him

      • Ben Cousins is innocent

        March 29, 2018 at 6:43 pm

        you mean Zach Guthrie?

    • Brad

      March 29, 2018 at 6:45 pm

      I’m going O’Shea to save some cash. Looked awesome in that last JLT game, 40 odd in one quarter. Has averaged 70 in a season before. Guthrie is a good option, but apart from last week has so many 30-40 scores to his name

    • Billy

      March 29, 2018 at 7:07 pm

      Chase the BE. Most definitely Guthrie.

  9. The Walrus

    March 29, 2018 at 6:44 pm

    Love tonight’s teams on Apparently the Lions and Demons have agreed to play 16 a side. The Lions have brought in one but left out 3. The Demons have brought in no-one but omitted 2. The Bulldogs have brought in 3 and left out 3 but still manage to have an extended bench. The Weagles have brought in one, both of whom is playing his first game. The Weagles also have an extended bench. The numbers don’t add up for the Power, Cats and Hawks. Well done – keep ’em guessing!

    • Ben Cousins is innocent

      March 29, 2018 at 6:47 pm

      Haha shocking isnt it, you’re bound to have atleast one player missing out

  10. Ben Cousins is innocent

    March 29, 2018 at 6:44 pm

    Robertson worth a shout? looked good in first match up looks like the tagger so more time in the midfield. Is a defender…

  11. Votun

    March 29, 2018 at 6:54 pm

    would you play Dow against GC? Banfield seems safer and Brayshaw only had 66% TOG

  12. Champion

    March 29, 2018 at 6:54 pm

    What trades do I make to my team?
    Def- Laird, salem, sicily, doedee, murray, O connor (Finlayson, Pearce)
    Mid- Titch, Dusty, Pendles, Cripps, Parker, Brayshaw, Kelly, Banfield (Holman, Barry)
    Ruck- Sauce, Gawn (English, Cameron)
    Fwd- Buddy, Billings, Mclean, D Smith, Fogarty, Fritsch (ZGL, Venables)

    So far I have done O’Connor to Cam O’shea with 1k left but struggling to find another trade.

    • Champion

      March 29, 2018 at 7:33 pm

      cheers for the replies…

      • Ben Cousins is innocent

        March 29, 2018 at 7:39 pm

        I think just use the one trade im likely doing oconnor to oshea

        • Champion

          March 29, 2018 at 7:42 pm

          Yeah I might go Venables to Crowden if he’s not named but happy to back in Salem and Mclean at least 1 more week

  13. Ben

    March 29, 2018 at 7:00 pm

    DEF: Laird, Hibberd, Sicily, Naughton, Doedee, Murray (Finlayson, Murphy)
    MID: Titchell, Zerrett, Bontompelli, Parker, JOM, Brayshaw, Kelly (Holman, Banfield)
    RUCK: Nank, Gawn (Cameron, Flynn)
    FWD: Billings, Heeney, Devon, Petracca, Waterman, Fritsch (ZGL, Venables)

    20k remaining


    Bontompelli to Coniglio
    ZGL to English

    Can’t swap any of my other bench RUC/FWD rooks as I won’t have enough to afford English :(

    Thoughts and advice on my trades would be greatly appreciated! Thanks guys :)

    • Micka

      March 29, 2018 at 7:03 pm

      I’d go Bont > Cogs, Naughton > Guthrie.

      • Ben

        March 29, 2018 at 7:09 pm

        Thanks mate!

        Why’s everyone getting on the Guthrie bandwagon?

        • Billy

          March 29, 2018 at 8:16 pm

          BE of 4 and looked great. 2nd year as well so likely to go better than 1st year

  14. Micka

    March 29, 2018 at 7:01 pm

    I really don’t want to get rid of Zerret the only reason why I want to consider him traded is due to his BE, If I get Cog’s for example he will continue to generate some cash, when Zerret starts firing again ill jump back on him.

    Here are my options at the moment from Low risk to high risk.

    Rayner > Fritch, Naughton > Guthrie

    Merret > Cogs, Naughton Guthrie

    Trelly > Omera, Rayner > Taranto.

    Help would be really nice, talk some sense into me please :D

    • Adzy

      March 29, 2018 at 7:28 pm

      BE’s only matter if you intend to trade him out

  15. greg

    March 29, 2018 at 7:03 pm

    thoughts on naughton to o’shea and 170k ruck to english?

    and which 3 to play out of o’shea, doedee, murray, finlayson

    • greg

      March 29, 2018 at 7:05 pm

      only leaves 6k though

  16. Liam

    March 29, 2018 at 7:05 pm

    Thoughts on

    Rockliff- Selwood
    Naughton- Guthrie

  17. JP

    March 29, 2018 at 7:08 pm

    Parker M.Crouch or P.Cripps in for Zerrett

  18. The Cricket

    March 29, 2018 at 7:08 pm

    I notice so many coaches really hamstrung by having so few $$ in the kitty!

    I’ve always thought it was a mistake to start the season cutting it so fine, with no room to move.

    FWIW my dt/fantasy mentor taught me some golden rules that apply here: First, Guns’n’Rooks!
    Second, get the players you want, not the best you can afford.
    Third, get your premos when they’re underpriced (in one way or another).

    Leaving yourself with anything less than $50k in the bank early in the season leaves you shuffling deckchairs on the Titanic!

    • Darren

      March 29, 2018 at 7:32 pm

      So true, kept a kitty to upgrade to Danger but considering all mid premos went 100+ I’ll sit on it another week.

  19. Mert

    March 29, 2018 at 7:09 pm

    O’Connor and Brayshaw to O’Shea and Kelly? Only alternatives would be to take one of Hibberd or Fyfe out but happy to give them one more week.

    • Darren

      March 29, 2018 at 7:29 pm

      I’m doing your first picks. Always fix rookies first and O’Connor is a must. Brayshaw could come good but Kelly to hard to pass.

  20. Lewie-14

    March 29, 2018 at 7:30 pm

    Rayner for Rioli (WCE) ?? Pockets $100k

    • The Cricket

      March 29, 2018 at 10:40 pm

      Only if you really need the cash. Otherwise hold Rayner and give him a chance to do his thing and make you some $$. There’s probably other issues you can address? In Fantasy our trades are precious – don’t waste them!

  21. Jay

    March 29, 2018 at 7:30 pm

    Laird/ Lloyd/ hibberd/ doedee/ Murray/ finlayson (naughton/ Pearce)
    Titch/ dusty/ treloar/ zerrett/ Fyfe/ Holman/ Kelly/ banfield (Dow/ Brayshaw)
    Gawn/ goldy (English/ Cameron)
    Billings/ Heeney/ smith/ fritsch/ Stephenson/ Langdon (Rayner/ waterman)

    Need help on possible trades just not sure – in two minds with zerrett

  22. T ind T

    March 29, 2018 at 7:35 pm

    Callum mills a safe option?

    • T ind T

      March 29, 2018 at 7:36 pm

      him in for hibberd

  23. Ben Cousins is innocent

    March 29, 2018 at 7:37 pm

    Only Crows and Tigers locked tonight yeah? can do trades tommorrow?

    • Lewie-14

      March 29, 2018 at 7:43 pm

      Roger that mate

    • The Cricket

      March 29, 2018 at 9:36 pm

      Yep, but remember that full lockout tomorrow is earlier than usual!

      • Ben Cousins is innocent

        March 29, 2018 at 10:33 pm

        Thanks guys

  24. lin

    March 29, 2018 at 7:50 pm

    Field one of these two

    Finlayson or Murray

  25. liam

    March 29, 2018 at 7:52 pm

    O’Shea or Guthire?

    • Sam

      March 29, 2018 at 8:44 pm

      I’ve gone O’Shea, was thinking same thing

  26. andyjh

    March 29, 2018 at 8:43 pm

    I just want to apologize to everyone for Matt Crouch. Last week i had the VC on Zerrett, guess who i had the VC on this week… #VCcurse

    • AFLFantasy2k18

      March 29, 2018 at 8:50 pm

      fk sh*t fk. Pissed as hell. He was supposed to be my POD. ARGHHHHHHHHHHH #stopthecurses

    • The Chosen Won

      March 29, 2018 at 9:05 pm

      I have him in RDT I’m pissed.

      I don’t have him in Fantasy but my opponent does so suck a fat Mark lol

      Good Luck™®©

      • andyjh

        March 29, 2018 at 9:46 pm

        I dont have him in RDT so hopefully this helps me catch you.

  27. Sam

    March 29, 2018 at 8:43 pm

    Rayner or ZGL to English? Have gone ZGL out at the minute due to rayners better security am thinking

  28. GT

    March 29, 2018 at 8:58 pm

    What score is enough for loophole. Have dusty atm think 120 is the mark for me

  29. Another Arctic Flying wombat Panda of Doom named Drowning fish

    Another Arctic Flying wombat Panda of Doom named Drowning fish

    March 29, 2018 at 10:07 pm

    All you fellas on the crouch train, my dearest condolences are with you on this night of terror.


    Good luck for 2022!

    • andyjh

      March 29, 2018 at 10:38 pm

      Bro im gunna fukc everyone next week & put the VC on Titch.

  30. Cereal

    March 29, 2018 at 10:43 pm

    Starting a support group for those who traded Merrett to crouch this week. +1 if you want to join me and plan 2019 :(

  31. Paul

    March 29, 2018 at 11:06 pm

    So I’m a Crouch owner, also a Zerrett owner

    Here’s my thinking. Zerrett our this week down to Coniglio. Zach drops 20-30k this week, and next week Crouch back to Zerrett for a discounted price

    • The Cricket

      March 29, 2018 at 11:41 pm

      Good grief! Don’t waste trades offloading a (selected) player who you plan on getting back in! That’s two trades wasted on someone you could’ve just held onto.
      You never know what’s going to happen in a round of footy – just when you’d planned to get your gun back in you might find yourself with other urgent issues to deal with. The best laid plans etc (just ask MCrouch owners – and it’s only thursday!)

      • The Cricket

        March 29, 2018 at 11:44 pm

        Oops sorry, you have Crouch! Um, I think my point stands?!

    • Stevo

      March 29, 2018 at 11:44 pm

      only do this if you have literally no other trades to make. I would rather fix a rookie if you can

  32. Stevo

    March 29, 2018 at 11:43 pm

    Keep o’connor with doedee emg or trade rayner/naughton to guthrie/oshea (through sic if rayner) or gowers? worst case scenario o’connor doesn’t play and i get doedee’s score but I keep someone not making cash. Or o’connor does play and I save a trade with him on field.


  33. greg

    March 30, 2018 at 12:05 am

    houghts on naughton to o’shea and 170k ruck to english?

    and which 2 to play out of o’shea, murray, finlayson

  34. Adam

    March 30, 2018 at 9:28 am

    Coniglio, Cripps, Parker, Steven, Selwood

    Which one?

    • Another Arctic Flying wombat Panda of Doom named Drowning fish

      Another Arctic Flying wombat Panda of Doom named Drowning fish

      March 30, 2018 at 9:59 am

      Parker or Selwood bro

  35. Jay

    March 30, 2018 at 10:04 am

    Need some advise guys on possible trades, have only 23k in bank

    Laird/ Lloyd/ hibberd/ doedee/ Murray/ finlayson (naughton/ Pearce)
    Titch/ dusty/ treloar/ zerrett/ Fyfe/ Holman/ Kelly/ banfield (Dow/ Brayshaw)
    Gawn/ goldy (English/ Cameron)
    Billings/ Heeney/ smith/ fritsch/ Stephenson/ Langdon (Rayner/ waterman)

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