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The Friday Scramble Round 21: Finals Week 2

One final down and hopefully you are still alive. You may be the underdog, you could be the favourite but no matter what the situation is I am sure that there will be plenty of Scrambling to do!

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What an absolutely amazing weekend of Footy we saw last week. Friday and Saturday we had 5 games decided by less than a goal, we had some almighty Fantasy and Supercoach scores and we saw Gaff do his best Mike Tyson impersonation on Andy Brayshaw. Not only did he end Brayshaw’s season he also ended the seasons of a number of coaches, particularly in draft leagues. He certainly made my job in the DT Shiva that much harder!

Anyway, my issues aside, there are no tomorrows for the losers now in Fantasy, RDT and Supercoach. The double chances have all been used up and we are now into the knockout phases. That means just one thing! Plenty of Scrambling!!

Gaff’s Gaffe!

In the limited trade forms of the game, this is the very reason that we save trades for the finals. You just never know what will happen. The big question now is…. who the hell do we bring in for him? Obviously this will be different for every team as you will all have differing amounts of cash and different players in your midfield already. But let’s have a look at some of the options that you have to replace him.

Image result for andrew gaffIn AFL Fantasy we are lucky that he is the 7th highest priced midfielder so you can get up to the second most expensive player in Cripps and it will only cost you $32k. The only player that needs a heap of cash to get to is Tom Mitchell.

If I had to put the options in an order I would look at the following guys.

  • Clayton Oliver. He has been fantastic lately and with an average of 110+ he is pretty hard to go past.
  • Josh Kelly. Since returning from injury he has been great and doesn’t look like slowing down.
  • Patrick Cripps. In a fairly ordinary Carlton side he is the one shining light. Look for him to continue his solid form.
  • Jack Macrae. Another player that went down for a while with injury and he is now looking like he is back to where he was early in the season when we all jumped on him. You will actually make $30k by downgrading to him.

In Real Dreamteam I would be looking at Macrae, Matt Crouch, Stephen Coniglio or Dayne Beams. In Supercoach Matt Crouch is the same price as Gaff and a good option or you could look at Taylor Adams, Dusty or a smoky like Seb Ross.

Finals Thoughts

No second chances for anyone now. It is do or die. In Supercoach and RDT there isn’t a great deal of point saving trades now. If it means avoiding a donut you just do it. If you have more than 2 trades left at this stage and no forced trades to make this week then you can comfortably use one as a luxury trade. At most I would be keeping one trade per week for the next couple of weeks. Other trades should be used to make sure that you get through to next week.

Captains in finals. Here is somewhere that you can use a few tactics. Now we all know that the smart thing to do is just follow what Calvin tells us to do (right? we all just blindly follow him don’t we?). But if you think that you are the Underdog then you may want to go with a unique captain. This is where you might consider a Grundy or a Gawn. Maybe you go a Clayton Oliver or even Jack Macrae. If you can jag a roughy as your captain that has a massive day then you could just pull off a miraculous victory.

I spoke a few weeks ago about checking your opponents team and either negating a unique or creating a unique. This is really only a tactic you can use if you have 6+ trades in SC or RDT. In AF of course with your two per week you can certainly do this if you have no other issues to contend with.

Selection Table

A quick run down of my thoughts of the highlights from selection last night.

Image result for toby nankervisToby Nankervis is out injured. This is an opportunity to trade him up to Grundy if you have the cash.
Tim Taranto returns which is handy for owners that held him.
Toby Greene is out again injured but I don’t think too many people have him at the moment.
Matt Kreuzer is back in the side which is great for those that have him in draft.
Joel Smith is out injured. This will hurt those that have been relying on him as a cover down back for guys like Hibberd or Savage. Well now the time has come to try and get a trade done.

Things to Remember

  • Don’t overthink things. Just get your best team out on the park and play things smart.
  • If you are the underdog just do everything you can to win. Be a bit strategic if you need to be. Check your opponents team.
  • Don’t worry about next week, you have to get through this week first.

Best of luck this week everyone. With a bit of luck you have the week off after a big win next week. If not then get down and dirty and get the win.  Catch you all for the Prelim Finals next week!




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    August 10, 2018 at 6:54 am

    Steph to Grundy OR Ahern to Danger?

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      Alan J

      August 10, 2018 at 7:08 am

      I’d say the get Grundy from those 2..

      You can never be sure where Scott is going to play Danger these days..

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        August 10, 2018 at 7:18 am

        Thanks.. was leaning that way.

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    Alan J

    August 10, 2018 at 7:03 am

    Still torn who to drop between Rocky and The Chad…….

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      AF Rising Star

      August 10, 2018 at 8:46 am

      Sam PeePee is out omitted, Rocky should get more inside mid time, keep him

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    August 10, 2018 at 7:21 am

    Macrae and Adams or Adams and Gus brashaw

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      AF Rising Star

      August 10, 2018 at 8:49 am

      Depends on the rest of your defenders because Brayshaw is a definite top 6, however Macrae is the better player

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    August 10, 2018 at 8:05 am

    Parker to Crouch or Ablett?

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      AF Rising Star

      August 10, 2018 at 8:53 am

      Ablett comes with risk, but will keep you some cash for next week. If you want a less risky option and don’t need cash, Crouch is very solid.

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      The Cricket

      August 10, 2018 at 6:16 pm

      Ablett could be great this round vs the Hawks. Just so long as you’re prepared for him to be rested in one of the last two rounds. That’s gotta be on the cards with the cats playing Freo and the Suns, and them wanting Gazza fit and rearing to go for finals?

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    August 10, 2018 at 8:51 am

    Goddard to Whitfield
    Wines to Kelly
    Rocky to Dunkley?

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      AF Rising Star

      August 10, 2018 at 8:55 am

      Whitfield, Kelly, Dunkley in that order. Wines and Rocky should get more inside mid time this week with Sam PeePee out

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      Daniel Kotronis

      August 10, 2018 at 9:02 am

      Goddard to Whitfield

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    August 10, 2018 at 8:51 am

    Which trade gets the best points this week?

    I have both Curnow (plays Freo) + Heeney (plays Melb) but can only trade one.

    A) Curnow > Macrae
    B) Heeney > Dunkley

    Even though I think Curnow will score more this week – I’m leaning more to Macrae, purely because i’m considering bringing in Menagola next week over Dunkley. He finishes with Freo + Gold Coast Grand Final.

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      The Cricket

      August 10, 2018 at 2:41 pm

      Curnow to Macrae (for the reasons you gave).
      Also it’s possible Heeney will return to form.

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    August 10, 2018 at 9:12 am

    Macrae or Crouch

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      August 10, 2018 at 11:35 am

      Gotta go Macrae. He looks to have hit form and has a good run home (if you have the funds)

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    August 10, 2018 at 10:45 am

    Hey boys, start Walters (at home vs Carlton) or Wingard?

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    August 10, 2018 at 11:05 am

    Ed Curnow to Macrae or Martin to Grundy? I know everyone is saying Grundy due to his form but is there any concern that in the last 5 rounds against Brisbane Goldy scored 59, Stanley 67, Jacobs 57, Ceglar 62 & Kreuzer 79.

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      David C

      August 10, 2018 at 1:06 pm

      Yep, I traded in Grundy earlier in the week but have now reversed that trade. I will look to get Grundy next week. Went Heeney to Dunkley instead.

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    August 10, 2018 at 11:34 am

    Hey guys, who should I put into my fwd line? I have $600 k

    My main options are McDonald, Taranto and M.Robinson…

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      August 10, 2018 at 12:35 pm

      Out of those I’d go tmac, but consider lambert too

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    August 10, 2018 at 12:33 pm

    Have to trade nank and don’t have the coin for Grundy, who to get? (Already have Gawn)

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      August 10, 2018 at 1:41 pm

      Goldstein, I reckon.

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      August 10, 2018 at 4:36 pm

      Witts for me, next 2 look good at home, then Geelong at GMHBA

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    August 10, 2018 at 12:34 pm

    thoughts on ahern to abblett as a unique? must win final.. bloke i’m playing has macrae,
    crouch and beams already

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      August 10, 2018 at 12:36 pm

      Yeah do it, loves playing the hawks and could go huge

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    August 10, 2018 at 12:40 pm

    1) J Smith to Freeman & T Smith to Dunkley

    2) K Simpson to Brayshaw & P Ahern to Jamie Cripps / Forward Under 564k

    3) Simpson to Brayshaw & Heeney to Dunkley (this leaves Ahern at F6)

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    August 10, 2018 at 1:50 pm

    Not playing in my league this week.
    Gaff to Oliver

    and to make some cash to get Brayshaw in next week:
    trade either, Sier for Johnson via Farrell DPP
    or, Ahern for which cheap fwd?

    (I’d rather trade our Ahern than Sier, because Sier still should increase in price. But can’t see someone cheap to bring in for Ahern.)

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      Dan Butler For Brownlow

      August 10, 2018 at 5:10 pm

      Sam Switkowski has been named for Freo, don’t know about JS but at least he’s basement priced

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        August 10, 2018 at 5:34 pm

        Thanks. I might getting him next week as cover, if he stays in the team.

        Decided to go Pierce for Ahern, switching Frampton to the fwds.
        No cover for fwds, but I’m not playing leagues this week anyway so doesn’t really matter.

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    August 10, 2018 at 4:59 pm

    buddy or robinson?

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      August 10, 2018 at 5:00 pm

      or mcdonald

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