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    Duzz

    March 20, 2020 at 1:18 pm

    Jack steele and Brodie smith
    Or
    Mitch duncan and nick haynes

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      Tommy Tinkerer

      March 20, 2020 at 2:05 pm

      Steele and Smith all day

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    Cody

    March 20, 2020 at 1:25 pm

    thoughts on docherty being captain this week as he scored 95?

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      Michael

      March 20, 2020 at 2:05 pm

      Not if you have Macrae or Grundy in your team…..

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      Tommy Tinkerer

      March 20, 2020 at 2:06 pm

      I’m considering this as a safe pick but also think Macrae is likely to surpass it (should play huge TOG and chops the Pies). Leaning to Macrae (C) at this stage

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        Cody

        March 20, 2020 at 4:13 pm

        so then grundy or macrae as captain?

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          Sam

          March 20, 2020 at 4:45 pm

          Point came up in the podcast. Grundy and Gawn for that matter rack up heaps of points late on when everyone is tired and they just go down the line. Will the short games effect this?

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    Jimmy45

    March 20, 2020 at 1:42 pm

    Crisp, Docherty Houston, Birchall, Roberton, brander (Watson, ash)

    Macrae, Oliver, Mitchell, Steele, Greenwood, Rowell, green, Pickett (anderson, budarick)

    Grundy, Jacobs (Naismith)

    Whitfield, Gresham, Brayshaw, c. Jones, Sturt, Cavarra ( Townsend, king)

    ( Cameron) 25k in the bank

    Any thoughts on above am not 100% on jones from the crows but he should get more mid time he’s priced at 43 so should go up a bit, anything worth changing around, cheers in advance

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      Tommy Tinkerer

      March 20, 2020 at 2:13 pm

      Understand that rookies are super thin but I hate the amount of cash you’ve got on your bench, between Ash, Anderson, Naismisth and Townsend you could easily get another premium in your forward line where I think running with four rookies who will be lucky to average 40-50 (BCV) is a mistake.

      Love the Gresham pick.

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    Ebaan Escobar

    March 20, 2020 at 1:44 pm

    Given game time has been reduced by 16 mins is it worth spending up on $800k plus players. The average surely has to drop based on reduced game time and thus price should come down. Grundy $905k surely would come off just on this point a lone averaged over a few games.

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      Tommy Tinkerer

      March 20, 2020 at 2:04 pm

      Not the case – see Warnie’s post on this. Break evens are linked to total points scored each round so if all scores are 20% less the break evens will be 20% less as well.

      Based on last nights game more players spent a larger portion of the game on ground with lesser players (fringe and rookies) being the one’s seeing a lower TOG percentage. Makes sense that given they’re conditioned for longer playing times and in a shorter game you want your guns out there as much as possible

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      Tim B

      March 20, 2020 at 2:08 pm

      Not how it works. Total value of players remains the same every week. Same number of players = similar price changes. Therefore, lower BEs (~80% of what they would have been).

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    RICHO

    March 20, 2020 at 1:50 pm

    Gaff Or dunkley
    or Josh kelly

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      Tommy Tinkerer

      March 20, 2020 at 2:00 pm

      Dunkley. I think the gut runners like Gaff and Whitifeld will still score well because of high TOG but might not get to top up their scores at the back end of quarters when others are usually stuffed

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    Tommy Tinkerer

    March 20, 2020 at 1:55 pm

    With the 17 round season and it appearing that lesser players are most impacted by the shorter quarters I’ve tinkered to get one more rookie off field.

    Effectively Whitifeld/Townsend has become Gresham/Petracca. Happy to have Gresham back as a POD having only removed him due to the StKilda R11 bye.

    Would love to have the extra $14k to get McInerny up to Robertson if named but can’t find it among the rookies.

    Thoughts appreciated.

    Def: J.Crisp, B.Smith, D.Houston, S.Docherty, D.Roberton. I.Cumming (J.Brander, B.Williams)
    Mid: J.Macrae, S.Coniglio, T.Mitchell, J.Viney, M.Rowell, N.Anderson, T.Green, M.Pickett (J.McInerney, T.Brown)
    Ruc: M.Gawn, S.Jacobs (T.Xerri)
    Fwd: D.Smith, J.Gresham, H.Greenwood, C.Petracca, A.Brayshaw, C.Budarick (B.Cavarra, S.Sturt)
    Utility: C.Taylor
    Remaining: $34k

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      Jimmy45

      March 20, 2020 at 2:13 pm

      Just gotta run with what you first think some players mite be able to run out the shorter quarters others won’t and your not really gunna know until a few games are played

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      llizardofoz

      March 20, 2020 at 2:17 pm

      I’m thinking along those lines regarding Whitfield.

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    BushChooks

    March 20, 2020 at 2:03 pm

    Bewley or Lukosius?

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      Tommy Tinkerer

      March 20, 2020 at 2:17 pm

      Lukosius for me. Haven’t got a spot for him in my team but I’m bullish he can go high ~75 in his new DEF role, great user of the ball and looks like the Suns are keen to use him as a distributor. There’ll be plenty of ball in their back half again this season. DPP an additional sweetener for managing the FWD/DEF rookies.

      Might be talking myself into him….

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    Mad Fish

    March 20, 2020 at 2:04 pm

    Is it worth going Naismith instead of Jacobs to get Gaff instead of McGrath and Schultz instead of Taylor?

    I do have Ceglar as back up in the forward line if the Naismith plan goes to pieces.

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      Sam

      March 20, 2020 at 4:50 pm

      That sounds like a decent plan. That balanc3 of being conservative and taking a risk is what it’s all about. If your conservative elsewhere in you team then go for it.

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    tim

    March 20, 2020 at 2:10 pm

    Birchall or Haynes? cant decide, i know Birchall is cheaper but unsure

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      Clunk

      March 20, 2020 at 3:39 pm

      Haynes comfortably for mine

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      Sam

      March 20, 2020 at 4:51 pm

      I’m happy I got Haynes in the draft.

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    Wizza

    March 20, 2020 at 2:17 pm

    G’day Fellas, just wondering what you think? I have 18k left over

    D: Crisp, Docherty, Houston, Smith, Roberton, Brander (Starcevich, Goddard)

    M: Danger, Cogs, Fyfe, Titch, Rowell, Anderson, Green, Pickett (Brown, Mcinerney )

    R: Gawn, Jacobs (Naismith)

    F: Whitfield, Dusty, Greenwood, Brayshaw, Townsend, Taylor ( Davis, King)

    U: Xerri

    TIA

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      Dallas

      March 20, 2020 at 4:40 pm

      Of last years top point scorers, you have 1 of the top 16 (Gawn), 2 of the top 26 (Danger) and 3 of the top 33 (Crisp). Understand expecting Doch and Titch to be in that first category, but I’d be at least looking at turning Fyfe into one of the top 5 from last year.

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        Wizza

        March 20, 2020 at 4:55 pm

        Cheers :)

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    Fooz

    March 20, 2020 at 2:17 pm

    Sticking with this:
    D: Crisp, Houston, Doch, Roberton, Cumming, McAsey (Brander, Williams)
    M: Macrae, Zerrett, Cogs, Titch, Viney, Rowell, Green, Pickett (Brown, Budarick)
    R: Grundy, Jacobs (Naismith)
    F: Whitfield, Petracca, Brayshaw, Atkins, Bewley, Taylor (King, Davis)
    U: Darcy Cameron.

    – $15K spare
    – Lots of Midpricers
    – decent cover on every line
    – Upside all round – expecting stability from Macrae, Grundy, and Whitters.

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      The Chosen Won

      March 20, 2020 at 3:11 pm

      Good Luck™®©

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    Scott

    March 20, 2020 at 2:43 pm

    Need help:
    DEF- Crisp, B Smith, Houston, Doc, Roberton, Mcasey (Brander, B. Williams )
    MID- Merrett, Neale, Cogs, Titch, Pendlebury, Rowell, Green, Pickett (Anderson, McInerney)
    RUCK- Jacobs, Naismith (xerri)
    FWD- D. Smith, D Mac, Rozee, A. Bradshaw, Bewley, F6. (Cavarra, King)
    UTL- Budarick
    Bank- $308k

    I would love your thoughts on the team, and also suggestions for F6.

    Cheers guys!

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      The Chosen Won

      March 20, 2020 at 3:20 pm

      Zac Langdon

      Good Luck™®©

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    Reno

    March 20, 2020 at 3:11 pm

    Macrae & Shultz
    Or
    Dunkley & Bewley?

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    Loo

    March 20, 2020 at 3:14 pm

    Not sure…

    Def – Crisp, Doc, Houston, Roberton, Zerk, Mcasey (Hamill, Williams)

    Mid – Macrae, Zorko, Cogs, Titch, Yeo, Tomlinson, Green, Pickett (Robertson, McInerney, Budarick)

    Ruck – Gawn, Jacobs (Xerri)

    Fwd – Whitfield, Dusty, MacPherson, Brayshaw, Brander, King (Georgiades, Cavarra)

    Thoughts?

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    Heats

    March 20, 2020 at 3:22 pm

    Bailey Smith and Viney vs Bont and Schultz?

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    Wathen FC

    March 20, 2020 at 3:40 pm

    Thoughts?

    DEF Crisp, Houston, Docherty [VC], Lukosius, Cerra, Roberton (Brander, Williams)
    MID Macrae [C], Coniglio, Adams, Mitchell, Viney, Rowell, Green, Pickett (Budarick, T.Brown)
    RUC Jacobs, Naismith (Cameron)
    FWD Whitfield, Smith, MacPherson, Brayshaw, Patton, Schultz (M.King, Davis)
    UTL (C.Taylor)

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      Lockstar

      March 20, 2020 at 3:54 pm

      Lukosius is a no for me. Doesn’t have high ceiling. I rather put brander at D6, trade in starcevich and use 200k elsewhere eg Cerra -> Smith

      Risky going Naismith R2. If he gets injured youre gonna be in trouble

      Don’t get the hype on MacPherson. He played well last year and average 90 (through a midfield rotation) this year though, he will solely play as a half forward so i cant see marsh scores where he didnt get matched up on be the same as the proper season, i like greenwood instead who does have a midfield rotation and if he goes bust, so does everyone else. Also could go Patton to McInerney (Budarick to FWD line) because Patton’s scoring will be iffy so extra 200k to spend elsewhere.

      Could i get thoughts on mine below?

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        Wathen FC

        March 20, 2020 at 4:01 pm

        I agree with you on changing the defensive line. Smith seems like a top six defender and perhaps I’m not completely sold on Lukosius because of role change. However I have to disagree with you on MacPherson. It feels like he’ll be more in and around the ball than Greenwood. Obviously I lose more if MacPherson goes bust but Greenwood (despite being a tackling bull) completely flunked it in the second pre-season match. He is very vulnerable to role change whereas MacPherson still junks the ball when he’s playing at half-forward.

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        Wathen FC

        March 20, 2020 at 4:02 pm

        Also with the whole Naismith thing, it’s pretty much compulsory now considering the quarters are shortened. Additionally, I have Patton as cover in case Naismith does sustain an injury or gets dropped.

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      Wathen FC

      March 20, 2020 at 3:57 pm

      I have $24k left in bank in Fantasy.

      This is my SuperCoach team:
      DEF Houston, Crisp, Smith, Docherty, Roberton, Noble (Zerk-Thatcher, Williams)
      MID Macrae, Fyfe, Mitchell, Dangerfield, Bontempelli, Rowell, Green, Pickett (T.Brown, McInerney, Budarick)
      RUC Jacobs, Cameron [C, looped] (Naismith)
      FWD Walters, D.Martin, Brayshaw, Patton, Smith, Brander (C.Taylor, King)

      $23.3k left in bank in SuperCoach.

      This is my Real Dream Team side:
      DEF Crisp, Smith, Docherty [VC], Houston, Noble, Roberton (Brander, Starcevich)
      MID Macrae [C], Coniglio, Mitchell, Adams, Viney, Rowell, Green, Pickett (T.Brown, McInerney, Budarick)
      RUC Jacobs, Naismith (Cameron)
      FWD Whitfield, MacPherson, Petracca, Smith, Brayshaw, Patton (King, Cavarra)

      $32.7k left in bank in RDT.

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    Lockstar

    March 20, 2020 at 3:57 pm

    Remaining: 64k
    DEF: Crisp, Smith, Houston, Doc, Roberton, Brander (Starcevich, Williams)
    MID: Dunk, Cogs, Cripps, Adams, Titch, Rowell, Green, Pickett (Brown, McInerney)
    RUC: Grundy, Jacobs (Draper)
    FWD: Whitfield, Greenwood, Brayshaw, Bewley, Budarick, Taylor (Davis, King)
    UTL: Cavarra

    Any thoughts will be helpful, feel free to be critical

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      Wathen FC

      March 20, 2020 at 4:05 pm

      Xerri or D Cameron is a better R3 than Draper, in my opinion.

      Good back-line and a great midfield. Pretty much text-booked copied my defence and midfield, lol. Rucks are good too.

      Forward I’m not too keen on Brayshaw. Having two rookie forwards is also a concern. Maybe change Bewley to Schultz and Greenwood to Petracca? I don’t feel like you could do much with your two rookie forwards at this stage.

      Best of luck!

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      Wathen FC

      March 20, 2020 at 4:12 pm

      Greenwood* not Brayshaw. My apologies lol. Had a big night last night.

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    Lachlan Taylor

    March 20, 2020 at 3:59 pm

    Zerk Thatcher an option?

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      Wathen FC

      March 20, 2020 at 4:06 pm

      In RDT and SC, yes.
      In Fantasy, no.

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    Jay

    March 20, 2020 at 4:04 pm

    Any thoughts would be appreciated
    DEF: Smith, Houston, Doch, Roberton, Cumming, McAsey (Brander, Williams)
    MID: Macrae, Gaff, Cogs, Titch, Greenwood, Rowell, Green, Pickett (McInerny, Brown)
    RUC: Grundy, Naitanui (Naismith)
    FWD: Whitfield, MacPherson, Petracca, Brayshaw, Budarick, Taylor (Cavarra, King)
    (Xerri)
    161k remaining

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    Mitch

    March 20, 2020 at 4:15 pm

    Jack Madgen or Fisher McAsey?

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    Jack

    March 20, 2020 at 4:33 pm

    MacPherson, Greenwood or Gresham?

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    Louie

    March 20, 2020 at 5:02 pm

    Crisp and Cavarra (F6) Xerri on Ruck bench

    Or

    Greenwood (F4) and Brander (D6) with Naismith on Ruck bench

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    KangA-A

    March 20, 2020 at 5:02 pm

    Hey guys, thoughts on Zac Langdon or Schultz??

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    Will

    March 20, 2020 at 5:16 pm

    James Sicily and Schultz
    Or
    Cumming and Greenwood?

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    Mad Fish

    March 20, 2020 at 5:31 pm

    Which option?
    – Cerra
    – Noble
    – Cumming
    – BZT

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      Wathen FC

      March 20, 2020 at 5:34 pm

      Assuming you have enough money for Cerra, go for him.

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        Mad Fish

        March 20, 2020 at 5:40 pm

        That I do, $81k left over. BZT and Cumming let me go Cavarra up to Schultz though as F5.

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    Wathen FC

    March 20, 2020 at 5:31 pm

    Finalised my team as Sunday teams are finally completely announced!

    DEF Crisp, Smith, Houston, Docherty [VC], Roberton, Madgen (Brander, Starcevich)
    MID Macrae [C], Coniglio, Adams, Mitchell, Viney, Rowell, Green, Pickett (Budarick, T.Brown)
    RUC Jacobs, Naismith (Cameron)
    FWD Whitfield, Smith, MacPherson, Brayshaw, Patton, C.Taylor (M.King, Cavarra)
    UTL (Davis)

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      Tommy Tinkerer

      March 20, 2020 at 5:58 pm

      Nice team.

      What a relief that C.Taylor and Starcevich got the nod.

      Ballsy with the Jacobs/Naismith combo in the ruck. Interested to hear on how you plan on getting to the Grundy/Gawn combo (if you plan to do it at all)?

      Best of luck.

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    Rob

    March 20, 2020 at 5:34 pm

    Lloyd and Noble or Crisp and Cerra or Smith and Howe

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      Wathen FC

      March 20, 2020 at 5:36 pm

      Third one.

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        Tommy Tinkerer

        March 20, 2020 at 5:49 pm

        Definitely Smith and Howe

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          llizardofoz

          March 22, 2020 at 9:23 am

          Smith and Wesson

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    Lockstar

    March 20, 2020 at 5:37 pm

    Hey guys, lockout is almost upon us so good luck to everyone. I’m really hoping my choice becomes clearer before lockout, but would love dt community help!

    What do i do with my extra 100k
    1. Ben Davis -> Noah Anderson (via UTL)
    2. Dunkley -> Premo mid under 821k (exl. Cogs) and Xerri (R3) -> Naismith (R3)
    3. Schultz -> Bewley and Keep 65k for upgrades next week
    4. Keep 100k for upgrades next week

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      Wathen FC

      March 20, 2020 at 5:43 pm

      4. in my opinion.

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    Aaron

    March 20, 2020 at 5:39 pm

    Thoughts on this very uncertain team?

    Crisp, Houston, docherty, Robertson, cumming, brander (starcevich, Williams)
    Mcrae, Bont, cogs, titch, Selwood, Rowell, green, Pickett (brown, mckinerny)
    Grundy, Jacobs (Cameron)
    Whitfield, Smith, macpherson, Bradshaw, budarick, Taylor (king, Davis)
    Ute: xerri

    39k

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    Tommy Tinkerer

    March 20, 2020 at 5:46 pm

    Final team locked and loaded. Late scramble of losing Anderson on field to afford Naismith at R3 (best chance of generating the cash to get Jacobs up to Grundy ASAP).

    Def: J.Crisp, B.Smith, D.Houston, S.Docherty, D.Roberton. I.Cumming (J.Brander, B.Starcevich)
    Mid: J.Macrae, S.Coniglio, T.Mitchell, J.Viney, M.Rowell, ,T.Green, M.Pickett, C.Budarick (J.McInerney, T.Brown)
    Ruc: M.Gawn, S.Jacobs (S.Naismith)
    Fwd: D.Smith, J.Gresham, H.Greenwood, C.Petracca, A.Brayshaw, C.Taylor (B.Cavarra, S.Sturt)
    Utility: Max King
    Remaining: $9k

    Good luck all. Back yourself in and enjoy it

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    texantexan

    March 20, 2020 at 5:47 pm

    Budarick or Cavarra F6 on field?

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      Tommy Tinkerer

      March 20, 2020 at 5:50 pm

      Budarick for me. Better scoring potential and handy DPP. Looked like he had a decent role in the Marsh

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        The one

        March 20, 2020 at 5:53 pm

        Best combo

        1. Viney and Schultz or
        2. Zmerret and budarick?

        1 or 2

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    The one

    March 20, 2020 at 5:53 pm

    Best combo

    1. Viney and Schultz or
    2. Zmerret and budarick?

    1 or 2.

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      Jaso

      March 20, 2020 at 5:54 pm

      2

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        Tommy Tinkerer

        March 20, 2020 at 6:11 pm

        2

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    Aido

    March 20, 2020 at 5:59 pm

    Sauce Jacobs / Noble
    or
    Naismith / Brodie Smith

    thanks very much

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    bort22

    March 20, 2020 at 6:00 pm

    Rank these rookies based on job security (tough I know):
    Cavarra
    Davis
    Sturt
    McInerney
    Brown

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    The one

    March 20, 2020 at 6:03 pm

    Best combo

    1. Sicily, viney and Schultz
    2. Nick Haynes, zmerret and budarick?

    1 or 2

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    Shags

    March 20, 2020 at 6:05 pm

    Sicily + Zerk (on field)

    Or B.smith + Mcasey (Starcevitch or brander on field).

    I liked Zerks preseason form (locked in my RDT) but at 300k+ super pricey for AF.
    Mcasey is not likely anything more than a benchwarmer though.

    But flipside, Sicily gives me heeby jeebies as a premo option.

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      Tommy Tinkerer

      March 20, 2020 at 6:19 pm

      Personally I think B.Smith is a must but I also have no time for McAsey.

      If going with Sicily I would partner with Cumming instead. 83 and 101 in the Marsh and went at 87 in the NEAFL last year. Safe for 60+ in my opinion and with Ash being the main competition for his role you’ve got a logical downgrade target if he’s dropped.

      Best of luck

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    Jimmy

    March 20, 2020 at 6:09 pm

    Patton or Bewley at F5

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    The one

    March 20, 2020 at 6:12 pm

    Best combo

    1. Sicily, viney and Schultz
    2. Sicily, Bont, budarick.
    3. Nick Haynes, zmerret and budarick?

    1 2 or 3

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    Liam

    March 20, 2020 at 6:19 pm

    Thoughts on my team, any changes I Shoudk do before final lockout

    Laird,Houston, Doch, Roberton, Brander,Starcevich(Watson,Williams)

    Macrae, Neale, Cogs, Cripps, Mitchell, Rowell, Anderson, Green( Pickett, Brown)

    Grundy, Jacobs( Cameron)

    Whitfield, Greenwood, Brayshaw, Patracca, Townsend, King( Budarick, Cavarra)

    Ult Xerri

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      Tommy Tinkerer

      March 20, 2020 at 6:30 pm

      Solid but I think it’s a bad move to have no bench cover in your defence with Watson and Williams missing out. Definitely need to find a way to get Brander or Starcervich off the ground. I think given the rookies available you should send a premo MID back to a Crisp/Smith type as Pickett is worthy of being on ground.

      Personally I would also play Budarick on ground and switch out King for C.Taylor and you’ll need to find a replacement for Xerri who also missed the cut.

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    The one

    March 20, 2020 at 6:24 pm

    Best combo

    1. Sicily, viney and Schultz
    2. Sicily, Bont, budarick.
    3. Nick Haynes, zmerret and budarick?

    1 2 or 3.

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