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The Friday Scramble: Round 13

Middle week of the Byes and things just keep getting worse with Rocky out! Let’s Scramble!!

Every year we have the same problems, we plan for the bye rounds diligently all year and then we finally get to the byes and then we get guys out! We always knew that some of the rookies would be questionable but then we lose Rocky as well, what is the world coming to!  I don’t know about you, but I need to scramble!!

Thursday Loophole is Back!!

Did you have a crack at the loophole last night?  You’d be mad if you didn’t! It is a free hit. We have a few in a row now up to Round 15 and then we go back to normal for round 16 to the rest of the season. So importantly, how did you go last night? Did you pick a great VC?  Here is how they went and what we should take.

Dusty Martin 140 We take this in a non bye week! Lock it in.
Bachar Houli 88  Nope, not enough from him this week.
Matt Crouch 101
If you have absolutely nothing much else you could take it but I am sure you can find better.
Brad Crouch 129
You could certainly take this score. In a lean week 129 is more than enough.
Rory Sloane 109
As with Matt. You can take this if you have no other good options.
Rory Laird 116 You can take this one if you are short of other great options.

Reilly O’Brien 146 Now you are just lying to us if you reckon you took ROB as your VC. Seriously though, bloody well done if you did!!  What a week for him to pull out a score like this one!

With this being a bye round our line is a little lower than normal depending on who you have as a back up option for your captain. So whether or not you take any of the VC scores is up to your judgement this week. Personally I would take ROB, Dusty, Brad Crouch and Prestia (if you actually had him as VC). At a stretch you could take Laird, Sloane or Matt Crouch, but I think you will have better options than those three guys.

So what do you do now if you are taking a VC? Well put your C on someone that isn’t playing of course. And what makes things even easier for us is that we have players on their byes to use. So you could make Grundy or Gawn your C as we know that there is no chance at all they will play!

Bye Round Strategy Part 2

Pretty simple strategy for us this week. Trade out the rookies this week that aren’t playing or have reached their peak and then bring in the premiums that had their byes last week.

In a season like this one where we are struggling to get rookies coming through and those that we have had recently haven’t been living up to what we need from them. Then they just don’t get picked!

Blokes that I would look to trade out if you haven’t already would included Jordan ClarkJosh Corbett and Lockhart. An interesting one is Marty Hore he has made us a heap of cash but with his recent good form his BE has dropped in most forms of the game. However, he is scoring well and is getting a regular game. Something we can’t say for many of our other ‘rookies’. So there is a huge temptation to actually keep him. If you are struggling to get your upgrades done you could plan to keep him as your D6 for a while yet. However, if you need to use his cash to upgrade your premiums then do it, you don’t want to hold up your upgrade plans for the sake of keeping a rookie.

Can you trade in a bloke that has his bye next week?

Well with our troubles at selection this week and the nature of the teams that are on round 13 byes you may want to consider bringing in a player this week that won’t be there next week. This is certainly a valid strategy in certain circumstances. If it is going to help your structure for next week without hurting you then you may just need to pull off something like this. Don’t be afraid to do it if you think it is going to help your side both this week and next. One of the key times to do this is if you have to trade out a rookie that has their bye next week due to not being selected this week then if you bring a bloke in that has the same bye then you haven’t lost anything at all. Don’t discount this as a strategy.


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Selection Table

Another week and more carnage!!

Dylan Shiel returns for the Bombers which is good news.
Chad Wingard is out with another soft tissue injury. Time to move him on, he just can’t be trusted.
Chris Burgess and Josh Corbett are both out for the Suns.  This seals their fate.  MUST trade these blokes now.
Nick Hind at the Saints is a debut player and for AF don’t be afraid to bring him in. In the other formats only do it if you have no other option.
Robbie Young has been a huge disappointment for us and is now dropped! He hasn’t made enough cash to be traded but you may have to cut your losses.
Jack Steele is out which will affect some teams. Once again you may need to trade him.
Lachie Young out for the Dogs is a huge issue for those that held. But this just gives us a great excuse to trade him out now.
Shaun Higgins will be out for a while. Trade him.
Jackson Hately is on the extended bench again. Wouldn’t mind knowing the record for being named on the extended bench and not getting a game, he will go close!

Things To Remember

  • Trades are NOT reversible in RDT and SC now that the rolling lockout has commenced.
  • Don’t be afraid to make a bold move over the byes. It can really boost your team up the rankings.
  • R14 bye players aren’t off limits. Be careful but if it fits your structure then you can do it.
  • Players on their byes aren’t locked until the start of the last game in RDT and SC.

This is one of the toughest rounds of the byes for us so there is an option that you may have to take a donut this week. If you are struggling don’t panic, just make sure that you set yourself up for next season. Best of luck for this week’s round and hopefully you can scrape together more than 18 and have a great score this week.  See you all next Friday.




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    Alan J

    June 14, 2019 at 6:23 am

    Houli at 44 at the first break had me giddy about the VC on him, but it took him 3 mre quarters to double that fast start.. Still, averaged 113 across 7 players, so pretty chuffed..

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    June 14, 2019 at 6:48 am

    Caleb Daniel or Connor Blakely?

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      June 14, 2019 at 8:19 am

      Both good choices. Daniel has a lower BE; Blakely BE is 108. I would like to see another good score before jumping on Blakely.

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        June 14, 2019 at 8:35 am

        Yeah fair call on the BE’s there

        Blakely a huge POD at this point though so a bit to weigh up, also saves 25k which isn’t much but could be the difference between getting a big dog mid

        This is also for my final defensive position as well. Will do Smith to Whitfield at some point

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          June 14, 2019 at 9:55 am

          Risk and reward. Difficult to say without seeing your team. I am attracted by the POD as well as the price. I still have to complete my last defensive positions, and Blakely wont change much in price. Plus I am not 100% confident that he can pump out consistent 95s to 100s yet.

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    June 14, 2019 at 6:59 am

    Set yourself up for next season?!?! It’s a totally new and different game each season you can’t say that!

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      Gary Ablett Snr

      June 14, 2019 at 7:25 am

      I think Dunny means next week,

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        June 14, 2019 at 8:09 am

        I think nick Graham had the record for extended bench namings without getting a game. Bolts loved a good trplly

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          June 14, 2019 at 2:12 pm

          A good ‘trplly’?

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      June 14, 2019 at 11:32 am

      There’s a few gaffs in his article, such as

      Can you trade in a bloke that has his bye next week?

      Well with our troubles at selection this week and the nature of the teams that are on round 13 byes you may want to consider bringing in a player this week that won’t be there next week. This is certainly a valid strategy in certain circumstances. If it is going to help your structure for next week without hurting you then you may just need to pull off something like this. Don’t be afraid to do it if you think it is going to help your side both this week and next

      – makes no sense, how can bringing in a player this week that won’t be there next week help your structure for next week??

      Change his post’s name to Friday Shamozzle

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        June 14, 2019 at 12:02 pm

        I think it’s pretty obvious he means help this week without hurting next week. Give the bloke a break

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        June 14, 2019 at 2:29 pm

        Instead of changing the name of the article Peter how about the people who appreciate the effort the author has gone to continue to read it and people like you stop reading it…Also Peter we may want to change your name to Wanker….I’m guessing judging from your comment that most who know you already refer to you as such….good luck for the Weekend Pe……sorry Wanker….lol it does have a ring to it doesn’t it!

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          June 14, 2019 at 3:54 pm

          Ah a keyboard warrior what’s a Ravalle, now that’s a wanker name isn’t it Ravalle :)

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        Peter is a wanker

        June 14, 2019 at 3:50 pm

        You wanker!

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          June 14, 2019 at 7:17 pm

          Can’t turn it round matey….YOUR keyboard warrior behaviour was called out…that’s what happened…..I am easily found for a face to face chat if your pathetic post being called out for what it was offends you so….

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    June 14, 2019 at 8:42 am

    Bewley or Hind?

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      June 14, 2019 at 9:37 pm


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    June 14, 2019 at 9:02 am

    1. Gardner and Fyfe (capt fyfe)
    2. Gardner and Zmerret (capt Zmerret)
    3. Logue and Fyfe (capt fyfe)

    1 2 or 3

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      June 14, 2019 at 10:03 am

      Stay away from Merrett. Possible 3 tags in 4 weeks

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        The Cricket

        June 14, 2019 at 12:01 pm


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    June 14, 2019 at 9:07 am

    1) Clarke & Blakely/Daniel
    2) Gardner/Logue & Sicily


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    Mod Kings

    June 14, 2019 at 9:20 am

    I had ROB as VC, it was a pretty calculated move I believe. He has done well against quality Rucks in the past, it was a given against Balta and Chol he was going to go big. I’m surprised no one else did to be honest!

    I feel better now I’ve said this…

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      June 14, 2019 at 9:57 am

      Great call!

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      June 14, 2019 at 2:11 pm

      Not the only one, had the VC on him too

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    June 14, 2019 at 9:38 am

    Why does my score not equate to the combined score for my players that have played? How long before it register’s?

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      June 14, 2019 at 11:41 am

      Registers straight away, maybe you have scoring players on the bench in which case they do not get added to your overall score. Or your missing something obvious………..

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      The Cricket

      June 14, 2019 at 12:06 pm

      If it’s the app, then it’s because it’s just being bloody hopeless like it always is! Total scores on both My Team and Matchups pages of the app have, in my experience this year, NEVER been accurate.

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        June 14, 2019 at 12:22 pm

        Cool, aslong as it’s correct at the end of the round. Thanks for the info

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          June 14, 2019 at 1:10 pm

          It’s definitely the app, corrects itself by the end of the round. Absolute crap when in a H2H league and don’t know who’s winning.

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    June 14, 2019 at 10:03 am

    Thinking Broadbent, Corbett and Rocky to Sic-dawg, Bewley (or Hind) and Walters. Was gonna go Rocky>O’Meara at first but Walters looks pretty consistent and is 40k cheaper. Not sure iff I should just go omeara?

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      Michael Barker

      June 14, 2019 at 10:21 am

      Omera has a last 3 average of 95 and last 5 88
      Walters has 101 and 95
      Ownership about the same id risk it with Walters

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        Michael Barker

        June 14, 2019 at 10:24 am

        F$&k I might even get him ( just hurts to bring in a docker)

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    Michael Barker

    June 14, 2019 at 10:16 am

    Hey legends stuck between taking a hit in points with trade up down trade or go for gold with sideways
    1. Clark , Hore , Burgess. – sicdawg, Garn, Logue??
    2. Clark , Heeney , Neale – sicdawg , Hind , Merritt
    3. Clark , Heeney , Neale – sicdawg, hind , Dunkley $148

    Trades 2+ 3 field 11 premos this week and 13 next before trades.cheers

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      June 14, 2019 at 11:38 am

      I rather do the Cryptic Crossword, it will be easier to work out that jumble of info, seriously…………

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        Michael Barker

        June 14, 2019 at 11:49 am


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          June 14, 2019 at 11:52 am

          How’s the other replies going then………………

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          June 14, 2019 at 3:54 pm


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            Michael Barker

            June 14, 2019 at 4:37 pm


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      June 14, 2019 at 1:06 pm

      Hard to say. Merritt will have a good week this week, but will be tagged for the following three weeks – I will be bringing him in after that. 1 at least gets rid of Burgess, who has been useless for the last 12 weeks and is not going to improve. Is #3 actually going to improve your team after the bye?

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        Michael Barker

        June 14, 2019 at 2:42 pm

        All improve after byes ,as long as Heeney and Neale don’t go on a surge after .

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    June 14, 2019 at 10:34 am

    Can you double-check that comment that you can put the “C” on players who have the bye this week?

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      Michael Barker

      June 14, 2019 at 10:48 am

      It works I put the ‘C’ on Grundy in the app and Dusty’s score doubled straight away

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    June 14, 2019 at 11:14 am

    Hind or Clarke? 182k or 61k left in the bank

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    June 14, 2019 at 11:34 am

    Nominations for best value player of the year: B.Crouch, O’Brien, Walsh.
    All have been great and made lots of cash for their owners.

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      June 14, 2019 at 11:50 am

      Why? Are you bored?

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        June 14, 2019 at 12:44 pm

        I’m the chairman of the board.

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    June 14, 2019 at 11:35 am

    182k in the bank is more enticing than 61k……….. their job security is the same

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      Ted Morgan

      June 15, 2019 at 11:11 am

      Peter Wanker, why do you continue to write rubbish

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    June 14, 2019 at 11:56 am

    Who to trade out of Henney, or Hore. Either will get me to sic dawg. Thanks

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      June 14, 2019 at 12:21 pm


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    June 14, 2019 at 1:54 pm

    Atkins to Hind
    Rocky to Dunkley
    Answerth to Sicily

    Planning in upgrading L Baker next week to a mid via Dunks.

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    June 14, 2019 at 2:23 pm

    Real stuck on who to pick between Sicily, Daniel and blakley. Would love some opinions

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      June 14, 2019 at 4:41 pm

      Blakely won’t reach his BE this week so I’d wait on him. I imagine sicdily will be more consistent than Daniel so i’d jump on if cash isn’t an issue. Daniel is good value, I just dont trust Bevo

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    June 14, 2019 at 3:32 pm

    Sic-dawg has the higher ceiling, but also the greatest odds of punching someone’s lights out and being suspended. Daniel is coached by Beveridge, so you can’t 100% trust whether he will keep the same role from week to week. Blakely has only put in one decent score in his three matches this year and his BE is 108, so it is probably best to see if he will consistently hit the 90s, and it is most likely his price will probably drop over the next couple of weeks, so he can be brought in later.

    I am bringing in Sic-dawg due to his higher ceiling and hoping Clarkson will have pulled him into line following his latest brain fart.

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    June 14, 2019 at 4:44 pm

    Kelly or Danger?
    Will danger rest towards the end of season?

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    Rocky Road

    June 14, 2019 at 4:55 pm

    G’day fellas which option is better

    OUTS: Broadbent – Clark – Larkey
    INS: Sicily – Logue – Ziebell
    OUTS: Broadbent – Clark – Answerth
    INS: Sicily – Gardner – Ziebell
    OUTS: Broadbent – Clark – Larkey
    INS: Blakely – Gardner – Boak
    OUTS: Broadbent – Clark – Ham
    INS: Daniel – Gardner – Curnow

    Also is Ed Curnow a option? 575k and attended 15CB previously only attened 14 for the year.

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      June 14, 2019 at 5:24 pm

      2 for sure

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    June 14, 2019 at 7:23 pm

    Hind/ Bewley or Gardner

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