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The Friday Scramble

The Friday Scramble: Round 18

I don’t think we have seen so many injuries to relevant players in one week for a very long time! Forced trades! Let’s Scramble!!

What a season! We had the agony of seeing Cogs go down on a 0 (and no you don’t get your emergency score) but then the ecstasy of the Massive score from Josh Dunkley. This game can be so cruel to us at times. But this is what makes it so much fun…. right? It is at this time of the year that we need to just roll with the punches because they will come thick and fast! With all of these Giants getting injured it is a good thing we now have two trades per week in AF. Things are getting difficult in the other two forms though as we battle with a limited number of trades remaining. All in all it seems like a great time to Scramble!

More Injuries!

The inevitable questions that we get at this time of the season is “who should I trade out?” and “Which one is a bigger priority to trade”. Well I am going to try and shed some light on these questions for you here and give my synopsis on what to do.

I know this will sound a little obvious but in AF just trade out your injured premiums. If you have more than 2 injured premiums then look at whether you have cover on any of those lines. Then trade out the guys on the lines with no cover. If you are still in trouble then trade out those that have the longest injury diagnosis. Like I said, this is all pretty straight forward.

Stephen Coniglio – Wow I feel for those that traded from Josh Kelly to Cogs. What a shocking break for you. But nothing much we can do about it. Cogs is now gone for the rest of the Fantasy season so he has to be traded. Unfortunately he lost a heap of value due to that 0 score but there are quite a few options for us to consider in the midfield. The key is to consult Roy’s Rolling 22 and Cal’s Scale of Hardness.

Nat Fyfe – Just like Calvin did on the live show last night I nearly fell off my chair when I heard that Nat was out with an infection on his elbow! Just when I think that I am getting a full squad on the park we lose Nat to that. Hopefully he will only be out for the one week. In AF you can certainly trade him out if you don’t have any longer term issues that you need to deal with. In RDT and SC I say hold, that is what I will be doing. At this time of the season if we don’t hear that it is going to be multiple weeks we need to hold in those comps as we run out of trades.

Scott Pendlebury – He has been named this week but we all know that he had some surgery on his finger during the week and no matter what they say about him I won’t be at all surprised if he is a late out. But at this stage I would leave him on your field (unless you  have nothing specific to do in AF). Just be sure to have some solid bench cover in place.

Nic Naitanui – What a terrible turn of events for Nic. Just as he was getting back he has gone down again with an ankle injury. If you did bring him in then you will need to trade him out again. But really he is only going to be in draft teams at the moment. If it is a keeper league then hold him but if not then just cut him loose to the waivers.

Darcy Moore – Many were keeping him as long term bench cover but given his history with soft tissue injuries we won’t be likely to see him again this season. Trade him out.

Michael Hurley – Another season ending injury, and once again more of a draft consideration than classic. Unfortunately, it is another forced trade out. There isn’t much else you can do here.

Brad Ebert – Ebert is out for illness? Hmm…. PCL is what I had heard and the official injury list has him out as indefinite with knee as the reason. So he is another must trade.

Ollie Wines – Wines was probably pretty close to selection but his thumb was just too bad to play. I don’t expect him to be out for long, I suspect he will return next week. He has scored reasonably well in the last couple of weeks but not great, so if you have nothing else to do then trade him to someone playing and scoring better.

Are there any Silver Linings?

Patty Cripps – We were all a little worried about Cripps this week even though he has an unbelievable record against the Suns. We were worried about a tag from the newest tagger on the block in Scheer. But with him omitted then we should expect a monster from Cripps. He is a great option for your captain. In RDT and SC he would be a great VC option.

Returning Players

There are a number of players making their returns this week and whilst they may not be in the top 10 players in their position you may need to look at some of them as value but I am sure that most of them are in draft teams.

Dyson Heppell – Heppell’s return will be great for draft owners but it doesn’t really help us much.
Xavier Duursma  – Great to see him back in the side as he gives you some cover on two lines. However, I wouldn’t go trusting him on the field anywhere.
Taylor Adams – Adams comes back and whilst people don’t have him he may have an effect on Adam Treloar. This is something we are concerned about but it certainly isn’t worth trading Treloar out.
Logue and Bewley return for the Dockers, just great to have some bench cover back!
Tom Liberatore – Libba returns to the extended bench but don’t go putting him back in your side anytime soon though. With the way that Dunkley and Macrae have been going we can only hope that Bevo doesn’t change that to put Libba back in.
Caleb Daniel returns if you were someone that held him across his injury. If not, I would give him a week to get back up to speed.

New Players

In AFL Fantasy we are always looking to try and make some money  any way we can and if you have been lucky enough to not have any major issues you may be interested in trading one of your dead bench spots to one of these guys if they get a game (The first two seem locks to get a game). In RDT and SC of course it is prudent to wait until game number 3 but if you need the cash and with only 6 weeks left you may just need to take a punt on someone that is a warm body.

Will Snelling – Great to see another of the mid season draftee’s come in for a game. However, just be careful if you pick him up, there are no guarantees as to how long he will stay in the side.
Doulton Langlands – Named on the field.  This is a good sign but make sure you keep an eye on the final teams though, wouldn’t be the first time we have been caught out by this. However all the press suggests he survives the cut.
Rhylee West – Can’t say I know too much about this guy but he is named on that extended bench so don’t be surprised if he misses.
Francis Watson, Bailey J Williams and Matthew Allen are all new for the Eagles but all are on the extended bench too (which is in number order so no hints there). Wait for final teams.
Darren Minchington is another on an extended bench (the Hawks this time) but I don’t think he will make the cut.


Eggmolesse-Smith is out unfortunately, we all knew that his time in the team was limited and the Tigers haven’t been very friendly to us so far this year.


With all the injuries and other concerns this week I don’t think too many of us will be trading for strategy but if you are then it will be all about strengthening your side for the finals. The only reason you wouldn’t do this is if you are going to struggle to win your matchup this week and this means trading to match a unique in your opponents side or bringing in your own unique to try and get that edge.

I have heard some talk this week about people using trades to strengthen their bench rather than take a mid pricer or rookie off field. For me it is a simple choice, get the rookies and mid pricers (or underperforming players for that matter) off your field as soon as you can then worry about the bench. A better option is to trade a bench player up to a premium giving you an extra one on each line so that you can set your lineup based on matchup (in AF) or loophole players on and off the field (in SC and RDT).

Things To Remember

  • Past performance isn’t a true indication of future performance. Basically, we don’t care what they have averaged, it is what they will average with the opponents they have still in their fixture.
  • Just 2 more weeks til league finals. Get yourself into them and the top four if you can.
  • Don’t despair with all these injuries. Odds are there are plenty of other coaches in the same predicament you are.
  • Trades in RDT and SC are like gold this time of year. If you can try and hold at least 3 for the finals in those comps. Things only get harder from here!

Bit of a different format for you this week but there was so much going on with players in and out this week I thought this was the best way to tackle it. Whilst there were some massive scores last week imagine how much bigger some could have been if Cogs played the game out! But that is the game right? Look to try and improve your team each and every week and don’t dwell on what might have been, look for the opportunity that having to trade a premium out gives you. I think that this year I am seeing so many more unique teams this year due to all of the carnage we have seen and the evenness in some of the lines.
Until next Friday have a great weekend!



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    July 19, 2019 at 7:01 am

    Trades brayshaw and congs to Whitfield and Murphy. Whitfield will move to def next week Roger my last rookie off the field.

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      Mad Snake

      July 19, 2019 at 1:08 pm

      I have the same ins (Whitfield & Murphy) but for Brayshaw & Duursma.

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    July 19, 2019 at 7:29 am

    Laird, Newman or salam?

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      July 19, 2019 at 3:06 pm

      Laird easily

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    July 19, 2019 at 7:32 am

    Thanks Dunny
    Always good to get a clear perspective on a Friday, after a week of panic/rage trading and reverse trading.
    It all makes sense once again.

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      The Cricket

      July 19, 2019 at 4:41 pm

      Yep, thanks from me too Dunny!
      Already facing yet another forced trade with Cogs, my head was spinning when I heard about Fyfe. My fantasy brain melted down completely.
      Reading your calm, sage words I’ve picked myself up and feel (marginally) better about it all. And I have a plan! (Which I expect will go up in smoke as this weekend progresses lol)

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    Mad Fish

    July 19, 2019 at 8:44 am

    First trade is Brayshaw to Cripps, but bit stuck on the next one. Would you go:

    Sic Dawg —> Whitfield? (hardly any cash for a Clarke upgrade next week)
    Clarke —> Murphy? (get me cash to upgrade Sic if he sucks next week)


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    July 19, 2019 at 8:46 am

    Cripps and Hunter
    Murphy and Oliver/Neale?

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    July 19, 2019 at 8:59 am

    Great read as usual Dunny!

    Team is actually set pretty early this week:

    Brayshaw > Cripps
    Sic > Newmann.
    Rocky captain.

    In the top 600, so need some unique picks to get near a hat

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    Dardy Mccarthy

    July 19, 2019 at 9:30 am

    Who goes first, Brodie Smith or Sic Dawg

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    July 19, 2019 at 9:55 am

    Already made Logue > Snelling
    Really would like to get rid of Brayshaw this week but would mean fielding Snelling, is it worth it?

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      July 19, 2019 at 1:48 pm

      Brayshaw to Snelling is a better option. You will score the same and lose less cash.

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    July 19, 2019 at 10:22 am

    Coniglio> C.Oliver, D. Martin, L. Neale, Z. Merrett, M. Bontempeli or J. O’Meara?

    Which one do you think.

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      July 19, 2019 at 3:57 pm

      Oliver or merit if you want a hundred every week

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    July 19, 2019 at 11:00 am

    I have Fyfe, Ebert and Pendlebury in my side. I am bringing into my side Merrett and Murphy as that will mean I still have 4 Emergency’s. I was thinking of bringing in Snelling for D Clarke and putting Snelling on field for Ebert but that will leave me with only 3 emergency’s. This time of Season is when you should really try to have the 4 Emergency’s and with Pendlebury not 100% to play I think bringing in Merrett and Murphy is the right thing to do.

    My Side

    Lloyd, Crisp, Houli
    Sicily, Blakley, Smith
    Macrae, Taranto, Brouch, Neale
    Merrett, Pendlebury, S Ross, Murphy
    Grundy, Marshall
    Dunkley, D’field, Boak
    Dusty, Kelly, Worpel

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    Michael Barker

    July 19, 2019 at 11:59 am

    Who’s goes first Gus or Sic dawg

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      July 19, 2019 at 12:06 pm


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      July 19, 2019 at 1:23 pm

      Gus has a higher break even and is guaranteed to lose more cash.

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        The Cricket

        July 19, 2019 at 4:43 pm


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      July 19, 2019 at 1:50 pm

      This isn’t even a question. Sic can pull out a decent score every now and then, and on his worst days is still as good as Spudshaw’s best days

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        Michael Barker

        July 19, 2019 at 2:29 pm

        cheers was just thinking Sic might go as Gus is named on ball .. but yes has been a Spud and was initially my trade along with Cogs until I seen the line up

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        July 19, 2019 at 2:57 pm

        Spot on. And the way the demons are going this year I’d be reluctant to play any Melbourne players apart from Gawn.

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    July 19, 2019 at 12:05 pm

    which pair scores more this week?

    Whitfield + Worpel or Marshall + Perryman

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      July 19, 2019 at 1:41 pm

      i think whitfield and the worpedo

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    July 19, 2019 at 12:10 pm

    Cogs & Duursma > Taranto & Cripps is locked in.

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    July 19, 2019 at 12:34 pm

    Any word on how long Fyfe will be out?

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      The Cricket

      July 19, 2019 at 4:46 pm

      Not that I’ve heard. But, let’s face it, who the hell knows? I’ve decided to hold him this week cos I have other issues to deal with. But if he doesn’t get up for rd19 then he’s gone.

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        July 19, 2019 at 6:33 pm

        Fyfe is a player I have never owned and never will………has too many injuries.
        Rockliff is a never again for same reason +age.

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        July 19, 2019 at 6:51 pm

        Looks like I’ll have to get rid of Fyfe and keep Pendles. If Pendles doesn’t play this week at least he should play next week.

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    July 19, 2019 at 1:17 pm

    M Crouch or Hunter?

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      July 19, 2019 at 4:14 pm

      Crouch for 100 every week. Hunter if you don’t mind 80 one week and 120 the next. Or in other words crouch if your team is weak and hunter if you can win without him

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    July 19, 2019 at 1:40 pm

    what do i do?
    conigs to z merrett and
    answerth to whitfield or D clarke to whitfield


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      July 19, 2019 at 1:51 pm

      Answerth if you can afford it. Clarke can still pull out a 70 or so.

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        Michael Barker

        July 19, 2019 at 2:37 pm


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          The Cricket

          July 19, 2019 at 4:48 pm

          As above

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    July 19, 2019 at 3:27 pm

    answerth it is then.
    2 rookies left on the field in rozee and walsh and finalyyyyyyyyy ill have a full team.

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      Michael Barker

      July 19, 2019 at 3:59 pm

      Walsh is killing it hardly a rook

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    July 19, 2019 at 3:54 pm

    Completed the team couple of rounds ago, but still doing bad lol. Rank 1268 :(

    Looking at:
    Dusty (M8) to Cripps
    Sicily to Ellis, unfortunately $8K short of Newman.

    WOrth it?

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      July 19, 2019 at 4:39 pm

      I don’t feel like that would change your average score. Would prefer side bottom, hunter or hendo for that price range. Maybe keep sisy unless you got more than 600k. Could go z Jones for consistency or an Adelaide defender cause they got good dt finals match ups

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      The Cricket

      July 19, 2019 at 4:49 pm

      Ellis? Just no.

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      July 19, 2019 at 6:38 pm

      Tears on the horizon.

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    Mitch W

    July 19, 2019 at 4:25 pm

    With nigs out I have to field a rookie again this week. Who do I field out of Clarke or Snelling?

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      July 19, 2019 at 7:21 pm

      Have you seen Snelling? Better the devil you know…..

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    July 19, 2019 at 5:13 pm

    1. K.Dunkley to Snelling
    Coniglio to Cripps
    (Keep Brayshaw, but have bench cover)

    2. Coniglio to Cripps
    Brayshaw to Hunter
    ( no midfield bench cover)??

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      Dave Bajamo

      July 19, 2019 at 5:19 pm

      Go 2

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    Rocky Road

    July 19, 2019 at 5:46 pm

    Duncan and Greene


    Cripps and Murphy +90K

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    July 19, 2019 at 6:10 pm

    1. Balta and brayshaw to snelling and cripps(this means i have to field one of snelling or clarke). Also leaves me with $151k.
    2. Balta and clarke to snelling and cripps (leaves me with $2k and brayshaw as m8)
    1 or 2?

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    July 19, 2019 at 6:12 pm

    Brayshaw to Hunter
    Noble to Snelling ?

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    July 19, 2019 at 6:40 pm

    1) cong and Rozee out for Murphy and e Curnow $0
    2) cong and o baker out for Taranto and Hanrahan (bench) $86k but play Rozee
    3) cong and Rozee out for Greene and either Murphy/ e Curnow $17k

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    July 19, 2019 at 6:45 pm

    Birchall? 82 in first week back but what’s his security going to be like.

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    July 19, 2019 at 7:23 pm

    Security excellent, longevity unknown

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