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The Friday Scramble: Round 21

No second chances as we hit Semi Finals week! Just sounds like time to Scramble to me.

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It’s win at all costs from here on in. No more second chances. All our finals are knockouts to win the big one. But if you have lost and are out of the finals don’t give up just yet! There are three weeks to go with rankings at stake. Just three weeks to Scramble!

Semi Final Week

Just three weeks to go and it is all knockout games. But you might have the week off which is even better.

Obviously if you are playing or even if you aren’t then you need to trade out the guys that are done for the rest of the season or are looking to be out for at least a week or two with injury.

If you have the week off then you may want to use that to enact a bit of strategy. You may want to think about two ways you can go.

Strengthen your team.
You could use this week to trade out an underperformer (Sick Dawg I am looking at you) and bring in a stud. This way you are getting the best possible team you can on the park and being ready to go for next week and being strong.

Double Downgrade
You may want to take the opportunity of your bye this week to double downgrade to build a bit of a Warne chest ready to pounce next week. There is certainly some merit to this strategy. If you have no injuries and no other issues that you need to worry about this week then you could certainly take this path. But don’t do it if you do have an injury to deal with. There is always the risk that you get another two injuries next week and then you have three to deal with.

All or Nothing
If you are playing this week then you simply have to do everything you can to win. This could mean one of the following strategies:

  • Match a unique. Find the key unique in your opponents team and bring them into yours.
  • Create a unique. If you both have a premium that you think might underperform this week then trade them out and bring in a premo that you think will have a big game.
  • Pick a different captain. It is very rare that we look to go against the Pirate. But if you are looking to get one up on your opponent then you may want to pick a different captain and see if you can get an advantage that way.

Selection Table

This was what I would call a fairly uneventful week at the selection table for this time of year.

Jezza Cameron comes back in, just when we need him. If you are in the rolling lockout forms of the game then this is the perfect opportunity to loophole him.
Preuss is out! Not that he had much impact on Gawn last week.
Heppell is back but don’t count on a massive score on him.
Snelling is out injured which hurts those that were relying on him as cover.
Caleb Daniel is now gone for the season with a hammy. Must trade.
Dan Hannebery is back. Not fantasy relevant but great to see.
Sam Jacobs is in the squad. Not sure if he will make the cut but if he gets a game this could spell trouble for O’Brien’s ability to score.
Nank is back! Only relevant for those that held him in draft leagues.
Stack is also back which is some good bench cover.

Things To Remember

  • Any trade ins must have a reference to the Scale of Hardness with just three games to go.
  • Captain choice will be critical this week with the two big dogs playing each other. You may want to look elsewhere.
  • Try and keep bench cover where you can. Late outs are always on the cards this time of year.

That’s about it from me this week everyone, a fairly short Scramble as there isn’t a great deal to report on this week. No massive injuries or controversies that will affect our teams. Just make sure you have your team set and ready to go and that you get the win in this all important week.

Lastly a big shout out to the 300 or so competitors in the DT Shiva draft competitions who all start their finals this week, whether they be to take out their league or to avoid relegation. Thankfully I will be in the major finals this year and won’t get relegated like last season. Check out if you are interested in the biggest draft relegation and promotion league for AFL.

See you all next week as we try and win our way into the big dance!



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    Dr Noodleman

    August 9, 2019 at 6:28 am

    Who to Trade Out?
    Jarrod Cameron (extended bench)
    Doulton Langlands (back next week or not?)

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      August 9, 2019 at 7:56 am

      I’d trade whoever has the most value. That extra $10-15K (whatever it may be) could be big for that last move

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    August 9, 2019 at 7:57 am

    RDT Players – 3 trades left

    1. Sicily to Shaw as a POD
    2. Sicily & Clarke to Whitfield & Bell

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      Dave Bajamo

      August 9, 2019 at 10:00 am


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        Dr Noodleman

        August 9, 2019 at 10:10 am

        + 1

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    Ethan D’Lima

    August 9, 2019 at 8:01 am

    Already downgrading Hind to Bell. Who should
    I trade Cripps or Kelly?

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      Fantasy Footy Fan

      August 9, 2019 at 11:57 am


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    August 9, 2019 at 8:25 am

    Which trade this week:
    Blakely —> Williams ($7k short of Crisp)
    M.Murphy —> Taranto/Yeo
    Witts —> Gawn
    T.Kelly/Worpel/Martin —> Greene.

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    August 9, 2019 at 8:27 am

    How come no Hannebery as possible selection?

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      Hanners Mum

      August 9, 2019 at 5:54 pm

      Ive picked him this week

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        Hanners Nannas

        August 9, 2019 at 7:25 pm

        Same! It was too good an option for his price, possible score and run home- Was just asking in case there was something I had missed. Hoping he has a good game, looks like he’s been overlooked

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          Hanners Great Nannas

          August 9, 2019 at 10:38 pm

          Let’s hope he does is proud!

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            Dan Hannebery

            August 11, 2019 at 8:12 pm

            I did this one for you ladies!!

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    August 9, 2019 at 8:49 am

    is greene risky to bring in with the conditions in Canberra tonight – would Billings under the roof be a better choice?

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      August 9, 2019 at 9:39 am

      Yes and Yes

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    August 9, 2019 at 10:04 am

    who to trade sicily out for?
    Newman Stewart

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      Fantasy Footy Fan

      August 9, 2019 at 11:59 am

      Crisp vs Dee’s looks good

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    Dr Noodleman

    August 9, 2019 at 10:08 am

    Mr & Mrs Stewart’s Boy…Newman! LOL

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    Dr Noodleman

    August 9, 2019 at 10:51 am

    …Williams might be worth a punt

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    August 9, 2019 at 11:05 am

    Would u go heeney or Kelly to Greene
    Or Stewart to crisp or Williams. Was going for macrae next week but can’t thanks to sneezing being out.
    Keep heeney for a pod

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      August 9, 2019 at 11:49 am

      Heeney, Kelly plays North who don’t tag, + no scott selwood means more mid time for kelly

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    Digby Hall

    August 9, 2019 at 11:39 am

    Chances of zorko being a late out or not getting many minutes? I have Kyle Dunkley bench cover which isnt great. Is it worth being safe and trading out zorko?

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      Fantasy Footy Fan

      August 9, 2019 at 12:02 pm

      Trade Zorko, he has to be a late out

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        Fantasy Footy Fan

        August 10, 2019 at 6:00 pm

        Sorry, hope you kept him

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    August 9, 2019 at 11:49 am

    Gawn or Greene or Prestia or Neale or M Crouch?

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    August 9, 2019 at 12:14 pm

    Crisp and Dusty
    Z Williams and Duncan

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      Fantasy Footy Fan

      August 9, 2019 at 2:57 pm


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    August 9, 2019 at 12:30 pm

    Witts to Gawn or Salem to Houli???

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    Mad Fish

    August 9, 2019 at 12:31 pm

    Which option?

    Kelly –> Greene
    Hunter Clark –> Houli
    Cripps –> Greene or Fyfe/Bont/Yeo/Prestia

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      Nathan Ablett

      August 9, 2019 at 12:39 pm

      I like Houli vs Carlton

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    Nathan Ablett

    August 9, 2019 at 12:40 pm

    Bewley -> Bell & Daniel -> Whitfield


    Daniel -> Houli & Sicily -> Risky option like Houston/Shaw

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    August 9, 2019 at 1:04 pm

    Need help please, not sure who must go

    Team with only 13k in bank
    Whitfield/ Lloyd/ houli/ crisp/ Stewart/ Smith (answerth/ Naish)
    Macrae/ treloar/ gaff/ b crouch/ Duncan/ rocky/ Murphy/ Curnow (hind/ carter)
    Grundy/ witts (fort/ Cameron)
    Boak/ dunkley/ kelly/ dusty/ worpel/ Greene (Atkins/ Gardner)

    1) Witts and Curnow to gawn and t Miller/ fiorini/ ? 640k?
    2) witts and Curnow to Goldy and Laird
    3) witts and bench player to gawn and downgrade bench
    4) other options

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    August 9, 2019 at 1:15 pm

    What Has Jiath scoring been like in VFL

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    Michael Barker

    August 9, 2019 at 1:26 pm

    1.Worpel – Green
    2.Z Jones – Houli
    3.Sloan – Trelor


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      Nathan Ablett

      August 9, 2019 at 1:49 pm

      Sloane -> Treloar if I had a choice

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      Fantasy Footy Fan

      August 9, 2019 at 2:37 pm

      Don’t trade Worpel. 2 for me

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      Dave Bajamo

      August 9, 2019 at 3:04 pm

      I like 2. Jones looked pretty average last game and Houli is in form/ plays Carlton

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      Michael Barker

      August 9, 2019 at 3:42 pm

      Thanks Gents , yeah 2 is the safe option. Still might even go Sloan to Green after listening to Podcast.
      Worpel stays!

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    August 9, 2019 at 1:27 pm

    Greene V Sidebottom?

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    August 9, 2019 at 1:38 pm

    Hey legends.
    Getting rid of Sicdog this week – feels good (also means a certain ton coming his way!)

    I have Whit in my mids, so can flip him back and downgrade bewley for cashola.

    This means I can get any mid sub 741k. Who goes biggest for thesr last 3 rounds?

    Already have Gaff, Zerrett, Rocky and Cripps in that price range.


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      Michael Barker

      August 9, 2019 at 3:45 pm


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        August 9, 2019 at 3:49 pm

        Hey mate thanks for the reply – I already have those guys (including Gaff).

        Main options I can see are Greene/Billings/Duncan/Fyfe/Yeo.

        Any thoughts there?

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          Michael Barker

          August 9, 2019 at 4:24 pm

          Sorry misread.. yep go Green

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    The Milkmen

    August 9, 2019 at 1:49 pm

    Seb Ross or Touk Millar? Leaning towards Ross but uncertain with Stevens and Hanners coming in. Don’t know too much about Saints

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      August 9, 2019 at 4:18 pm


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    August 9, 2019 at 2:36 pm

    Which one?

    1. Stewart > Williams

    2. Sloane > Duncan/Bont

    3. Worpel > Gawn/Billings/Greene


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      The Milkmen

      August 9, 2019 at 2:38 pm

      2? But I don’t get 3.

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    August 9, 2019 at 3:43 pm

    My team is looking good but was thinking hurn to williams hurn has not been doing that well . Is that a stupid idea?

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      August 9, 2019 at 4:15 pm

      Not at all, Williams if flying

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    Michael Barker

    August 9, 2019 at 3:43 pm

    Sloan to Green or Gawn Via DPP

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      August 9, 2019 at 4:18 pm

      Gawn. Kelly’s return next week might push Greene back Forward

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        Michael Barker

        August 9, 2019 at 4:54 pm

        :) was responding to above question but that move is not off the table

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    August 10, 2019 at 11:34 am

    Hindsight is a great thing. Just reading thru all the posts from people planning to trade out Sicily or Worpel or deciding not to trade in Greene because he is unreliable in the wet! I traded out Sicily. The good news is that that is probably his good score for the month.

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      August 10, 2019 at 6:50 pm

      Yes, hindsight is a wonderful thing. I was going to trade out Sicily for Laird but thought that after such a bad stretch that he has to have a decent score at some point(I need to win my Semis), However I traded out Zorko.

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