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The Friday Scramble: Round 15

The byes are done but a couple of big names are missing this week still. Sounds like its time to Scramble!!!

Well we have survived another year of the byes, well survived is a strong word, we made it to the other end. But now we need to get ourselves settled and ready to go for the push to the finals! We have already had one game this week and hopefully you have gotten off to a great start, if not, then Let’s Scramble!!

The Last Thursday Night Loophole

We have had our last Thursday night game for the season which means it was our last crack at the Captain Loophole for the year. Calvin had a few options for us in last night’s game.  How did they go?

Taranto 79 He didn’t have a big night with Kelly and Cogs getting all the ball.
Kelly 120
Over this week’s line and spot on our normal line. Take this one.
Coniglio 112
Not quite what we were looking for but if you don’t like taking a risk you could take this one.
Merrett 102
Once again Merrett has had a poor last quarter.  His quarter splits were 35, 14, 37, 16. He just isn’t being consistent. Don’t take this score.

Cal set the line at 115 for last night given the options are a little light on for the rest of the round. It really comes down to what options you have in your side. There wasn’t anyone other than Kelly and Coniglio that were worth taking so it looks like Dangerfield is the best option from here.

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Now I realise that your two trade in options of Kelly or Taranto have already played but if you haven’t pulled the trigger yet then I like that option. You have a lot of cash sitting on the bench in ROB that isn’t really doing anything for you. So if you haven’t done your trades yet then I do that. I don’t mind the idea of getting Stack off the field but my priority would be to cash in ROB and use that cash to upgrade. You say that you can get to Kelly or Taranto and have cash in bank and this means you can then use that cash for another upgrade next week.  That is the best option.

Great question. I agree that the rookie defenders are certainly the most reliable at the moment with guys like Hore, Naish and Logue. But there will be a time when they need to be moved out and if you only have the three premium defenders then it would be time to move one on now. And whilst I am looking at those defenders, Witherden is only just a premium. He hasn’t had the season that we were all hoping for from him. He is averaging 80 but we really hoped for 100 from him.

As for trading rookies before they reach their top value I don’t have a big issue with this as whilst you may miss out on some cash you are also missing out on points by holding the rookie. Early in the season I would say hold, but when you get to this point you either hold a guy that is scoring you 60s for some more cash or have a guy that can score you 100s. Obviously you don’t want to trade out a guy with a negative BE or someone that hasn’t made much money, but someone like ROB that hasn’t reached his peak but isn’t on your field is an easy trade. Similarly someone that has a be somewhere in the 20s or 30s is also one that you could pull the trigger early on.

Both decisions that many coaches are facing this week. In AF, I suspect that most have already traded Rocky out, but if you are playing RDT or SC then you if you have held him this long I would hold him this week. He will play SANFL tomorrow and I doubt he will play more than the one game. Brodie Smith is an interesting one. If you have upgraded everywhere else then yes I would upgrade him. But if you have rookies on field elsewhere I would leave Smith for now and upgrade them first. If you are short of cash to get a rookie up to a premium then you can do Smith as that is probably not going to cost you quite as much.


Just a quick word on downgrades. When you downgrade from here on out you may want to change your focus a bit. Now you want to be looking at not only cheap guys but also guys that are a better than 50% chance to play for the rest of the season. These guys are going to be your bench cover and if you are running out of trades in RDT or SC you will need to rely on them.

One of the keys here is the job security of the blokes. When you have a choice always take the one with the better job security, you will be thankful for it later on in the season.

Selection Table

Hately finally got his third game!!!  I know it was last night so too late to pick him up, but he showed again why he should get more opportunities. 13 touches 6 marks and 5 tackles and he used it well with 84% efficiency. Surely this is enough to get him another game!!

CRIPPA!!!!! Patty Cripps is apparently out for 1-2 with a foot sprain.  I think my eyesight is going in my old age but I didn’t see him on the injury lists. This is something that our sport does so badly! In the limited trade forms you have to hold but in AF then feel free to trade him out.
Darcy Fort is back out again so there goes that cash generation again.
Milera is out injured with a back injury, he was running laps and hopefully back next week.
Nic Nat is back!!  Great to see the big fella back and whilst I wouldn’t get him in a salary cap format yet, if he is on the waivers in your draft league go get him.
Petruccelle is out and if you still have him this is the time to trade him.
Buddy is out as we all knew he would be. If you have him trade.
Balta has been dropped this week with Soldo coming in. If you have persisted with him this long it is time to cut ties with him now.
Brayden Preuss has come into the extended squad.  This alone is enough for me to not put the C on Gawn.

Things to Remember

  • Get those premiums back on field!
  • RDT and SC trades are all sticky today!
  • If you plan on using the loophole then make sure you have the E on the premo you have on the bench, remember to do that as we are back to normal now.
  • Don’t trade in a rookie that won’t play.

Great to see our players all back available again! Hopefully you have improved your side over the bye period and you can reap the rewards now! Not long to go now until finals so hopefully you are well placed in your league. If not then you may want to look more at picking up some unique players.  As they say, you gotta risk it to get the biscuit!

Hope you all have a great weekend, I know I will be (particularly if the Power can get up again) and I will see you all again next Friday morning!




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    June 28, 2019 at 6:39 am

    M.Crouch, Sloane or pay up for Gaff?

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      June 28, 2019 at 7:17 am

      Gaff – the Weagles have the easiest run home and the only player ahead of Gaff is Jelly. Adelaide has one of the hardest runs home and Sloane is susceptible to a tag, while Mrouch is a bit down the order this year.

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      Michael Barker

      June 28, 2019 at 7:26 am

      Gaff hands down

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      Beadye Eye

      June 28, 2019 at 9:15 am

      Gaff for consistency, Sloane for value.

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    June 28, 2019 at 7:43 am

    Crouch is going 110 without injury, Gaff 113. Is the 80k difference really worth it?

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      June 28, 2019 at 9:14 am

      The whole game is about risk vs reward. Crouch is capable of good scores and is cheaper, but Adelaide have a tougher run home. The Weagles have the easiest run home of all sides and Gaff is just a seagull, picking up easy points. Gaff is low risk, and will get you points. I have owned Gaff for a fair while, and he is a reasonable captain option when Jelly faces a tag. I don’t think I would risk putting the C on Crouch. You are aware of the risks facing Crouch – your choice.

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    June 28, 2019 at 7:46 am

    Should I go Gaff or Dunkley?

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      June 28, 2019 at 9:15 am

      I have both, and they are both great options, but if choosing between the 2 – Gaff.

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    June 28, 2019 at 8:01 am

    Trade Cripps or Rockliff for Macrae?

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      David C

      June 28, 2019 at 9:33 am

      Rockliff is on an extended bench and rumoured to be a chance of a late in. Plus you’ve held Rocky this long he is likely to be back next week. Cripps may miss 2 and is being tagged a lot lately. I guess you know I am going to say trade Cripps by now.

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    Sir Fartypants

    June 28, 2019 at 8:01 am

    Need a forward bench rookie… anyone got any info on these new blokes? Cameron is iffy for job security? Currently got Rose sitting there but he’s a bit more expensive.

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      June 28, 2019 at 9:26 am

      No guarantee on any of the forward rooks. You may want to consider the forwards named last night – Hanrahan, Davis or Hayden. But there is risk with all of the rookies, especially the forwards.

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      Sir Fartypants

      June 28, 2019 at 10:45 am

      Yeah it sounds like Hanrahan vs Cameron vs Rose… I really would like someone who will string together a decent run of games.

    • Fooz


      June 28, 2019 at 12:03 pm

      I really don’t like any of the rookies that have come in over the byes for their JS – barring Logue.

      It’s going to take a fair bit of squeezing little up/downgrades over the next 3-5 weeks until teams start sorting themselves out for those fighting for a finals berth (i.e. best team on park), those with no hope (i.e rotate the kids/rookies to see what they’ve got), and those that have gone for an early shower (repair injuries for pre-season … and play the kids instead).

      I’m hoping that players like Wooller / Cavarra / rookies we had an eye on the preseason get an extended run NOW, or not at all.

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    June 28, 2019 at 8:20 am

    Hanrahan or J.Cameron

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      June 28, 2019 at 10:32 am


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    June 28, 2019 at 8:36 am

    Interesting, I see Rocky is named as an AFL emergency but not even listed in Port Adelaide’s SANFL team?
    Possible late in?
    Might hold him on my field and will still have cover from my bench if he doesn’t play.

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    Stuart W (@StuWalker88)

    June 28, 2019 at 8:49 am

    Thinking I’ll take Kelly’s 120. Looking at Hore to Hannerbery & Corbett to Rose. Logue only rook on field. 105k for next week.

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      June 28, 2019 at 9:28 am

      I wish I put the V on Jelly – D’oh. I would take that. Trades are good.

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        The Cricket

        June 28, 2019 at 1:14 pm

        I had it on Cogs – I don’t feel quite comfortable taking his 112, but perhaps I’m just being greedy! I have other options … what to do?

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          June 28, 2019 at 1:55 pm

          Depends on which Dramafield turns up. If he turns up to play, he should easily top 112, but if not, it will be a depressing weekend.

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            The Cricket

            June 28, 2019 at 3:01 pm


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    June 28, 2019 at 9:23 am

    Can’t decide which prem to bring in:

    Dusty for Dahlhaus
    Duncan for Gus Brayshaw
    or, Houli for Hore

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      June 28, 2019 at 10:35 am

      Hard choice between 2 and 3, 3 just because I’m assuming it gets a rookie off your field.

    • Will


      June 28, 2019 at 11:11 am

      play the break evens. Whichever trade out has the highest break even, vs lowest break even of the trade ins.

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        June 28, 2019 at 11:53 am

        Thanks. A good way to choose. Dusty BE 78, replacing Dahlhaus BE 101.

      • Fooz


        June 28, 2019 at 11:59 am


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    June 28, 2019 at 9:39 am

    Who to pick as my D5, laird or Daniel??

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      June 28, 2019 at 10:36 am


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      The Cricket

      June 28, 2019 at 3:03 pm

      Laird every time, proven premo! (I have both, but Laird was my first priority)

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        The Cricket

        June 28, 2019 at 9:37 pm

        Good grief, not watching the game but Laird’s on 31pts over halfway through the third quarter? Making a liar out of me lol

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      June 28, 2019 at 5:14 pm

      Laird has the 4th highest average for defenders (including Whit who is currently injured), how would he be your D5?

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    June 28, 2019 at 10:04 am

    Thoughts on Sloane lads? 653k looks great value. Adelaide got a pretty good run home too

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    June 28, 2019 at 10:35 am

    Think Gibbons to Hanrahan and Cripps to Macrae for me.. Means I hold 2 Rookies on field (Duursma and Logue) this week but have 205k in the bank for next week. Can easily get Duursma to whatever premium I want and maybe shuffle a premium too.

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      June 28, 2019 at 10:37 am

      Sounds good.

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    June 28, 2019 at 10:51 am

    2 to field in defence-
    Logue, naish, hore or answerth?

    1 to field in mids-
    Baker, bewley or hind?

    Thanks in advance 🙂

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      June 28, 2019 at 10:57 am

      Logue and Naish if named, else Hore

      Roll a dice for the mids. Bewley against Carlton is tempting though

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    June 28, 2019 at 10:53 am

    A little off topic, but jI was wondering how everyone did through the bye rounds.
    As a (low) baseline I scored 1840, 2049 and 1912.
    What about you?

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      June 28, 2019 at 10:59 am

      1966, 2014, 1875. Moved from about 1250 to 1050 over the 3 weeks

    • Fooz


      June 28, 2019 at 11:58 am

      1923, 1896, 1930 over the three weeks. Hovered about 1000-1300th over the byes.

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      June 28, 2019 at 5:14 pm

      2013, 2015 & 2028
      Moved from around 5k up to 1600ish

  15. Fooz


    June 28, 2019 at 11:56 am

    Sigh. There goes the season.
    Had Tarantula as VC last night (coin toss with Jelly).

    Made the following trades (with $10K in bank): D Clarke (was M9 anyway) > Hayden; Parker > Lipinski (at F6)

    Danger still riding as C, so he’d better pull his finger out.

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    June 28, 2019 at 12:27 pm

    Who to choose to play on ground Logue, Naish or Lockhart?

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      June 28, 2019 at 12:37 pm

      I’d go Logue against Carlton

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    June 28, 2019 at 1:16 pm

    Duursma to Dusty or Laird? I have Caleb Daniel in my forward line so i can swing him down back

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      The Cricket

      June 28, 2019 at 3:18 pm

      Depends on your plans for improving your team, whether you want to improve your backline or the forwards this week.
      Laird is a top six defender imo – consistent and doesn’t put out awful spud scores.
      But Dusty has a low BE this week so his price may rise. If you think you’ll be wanting both of them then maybe better to grab Dusty this week from a $$ perspective?

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        June 28, 2019 at 5:25 pm

        Awesome! thinking dusty then my forward line is done and with Whitfield hopefully back soon i will look to target him.

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    June 28, 2019 at 1:38 pm

    Have Cripps but will hold him for now. Worpel is my F7 so need to move him to mids or trade. Genuinely confused.

    Lockhart+Hore to Daniel+Davis + $43k (Worps to mids).
    Logue/Worpel/Baker/Clarke my onfield non-premiums


    Worps+Hore to Hannebery+Cameron+460k. Rozee/Logue/Hannebery/Baker/Clarke my onfield non-premiums with 460k to spend next week.

    What would you do?

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    June 28, 2019 at 2:09 pm

    I would move Cripps on. A lot of cotton wool coming up for him I suspect. What about Cripps to Hanners and then Hore to Daniel if you can afford it? Team will be much better this week and will make $$.

    For me, Logue or Rozee on field for D6 this week? Take Kelly VC? Chasing down the top 3! I think they will take the VC so is it time to take a risk, or not yet! Love this game! Can make or break your weekend though!

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      Not confused

      June 28, 2019 at 2:25 pm

      Thanks! You are probably right.

      Rozee is due another breakout and WB should be easier opposition, go for him I reckon.

      Take Kelly VC, still time to take silly risks yet! Good luck

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    June 28, 2019 at 2:51 pm

    Anyone know anything about Hayden? Seems more interest in Hanrahan, but his mid/fwd flex could be handy

    • Fooz


      June 28, 2019 at 4:40 pm

      I picked Hayden up only because of the DPP. Zero confidence in his JS tho. If he tags, which is rumoured (DTLive last night), then his JS may be higher…

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    June 28, 2019 at 2:59 pm

    My midfield is
    J Kelly/ Duncan/ treloar/ B Crouch and Coniglio and have 803k to trade in another midfielder


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      Michael Barker

      June 28, 2019 at 5:37 pm

      Either Macrae or Gaff
      Gaff is set and forget for the rest of the year
      Macrae is best value and looks to start pumping numbers like last year

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    June 28, 2019 at 3:07 pm

    Oliver v fyfe. Who’s the better pick for the run home? I can’t split them

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    June 28, 2019 at 4:18 pm

    Who do i field as my D6:

    Stack or Logue?

    Cheers lads and goodluck

    • Fooz


      June 28, 2019 at 4:39 pm

      I’m fielding Stack over Logue… Especially with the roof closed at Docklands

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    Michael Barker

    June 28, 2019 at 5:31 pm

    Which trade gents
    1. Baker to Billings
    2. Baker to hanners +220k in bank
    2. Baker to Sloan


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    June 28, 2019 at 5:59 pm

    What did Cal say ….. Taranto doesn’t get Taged LOL

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