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Cal’s Scale of Hardness – Rd. 9-12

Who has the best run coming up? The People’s Prince delivers!

RED, GREEN… TABLES – they are back ladies and gentlemen so before we get started, please read the frequently asked questions to help you fully understand how this (simple process) all works.

How are the colours allocated and what do they mean?

Over the first seven rounds, teams are ranked, based on the amount of Fantasy points they give up to each position. Easy teams to score against are rated GREEN, right through to harder teams who are allocated RED. These are not made on my personal judgements, but actual stats for what teams have given up so far this year.

Surely West Coast are not green, surely they don’t give up points to midfielders?

Stats are stats. Heading into round 8, they ranked as the 4th easiest to score against for midfielders, giving up an average of 89pts to the top three scoring midfielders from the other teams so far this year. Yes… Collingwood had it tough on the weekend and they might turn it around based on that. BUT…stats are stats, and what they say, is what they say.

Should this dictate my trades?

Yes… no… it’s up to you. It’s a guide. Chasing awesome runs might pay off but at the same time, it could also back fire in this CoronaBall game we love so much. It’s a guide and should be looked at, especially when it comes to deciding a 50/50 call. It’s also handy to see the BYE games coming, along with any potential tags from the likes of Matt deBoer, Jack Steele, Ed Curnow and Luke McDonald.


Port have a juicy run coming and if Dan Houston was to be moved out of the middle during this patch, then we shouldn’t be too concerned. Jack Crisp hasn’t done much this year, but hopefully he can get himself going over the next four weeks. He did score 76 in the last three quarters last week so the signs are good.

FLAG: Can Jayden Short continue his hot run considering the match-ups he has coming? It will be tough by the looks of it.


Jy Simpkin struggled last week with a Curnow tag and a sore ankle but his run that is coming up, should see him back in coaches good books. He meets two of the five easiest teams in the next three weeks and if you moved him out last week, you might want to plan his return back into your teams. Also expect Shaun Higgins to go off during this time as well.

Collingwood have a decent run coming up, especially after round 10 when they meet the Crows and the Demons who rank at #1 and #2 easiest this year. Expect the likes of Adam Treloar, Taylor Adams and Steele Sidebottom to be running a muck over those two weeks.

FLAG: Does David Swallow cop two tags in a row from Matt deBoer and then Jack Steele? He is shaping as a popular trade target, but he might start attracting some attention.


So why did Warnie trade in Jarrod Witts? We’ll he snuck a peak at my tables didn’t he (Arrrg). Witts has a dream run coming up against some pretty average opposition who have been giving up plenty of points this year. The next two for Brodie Grundy look nice, despite his form being sub-par over the last three weeks.

FLAG: Don’t be concerned… but Max Gawn has the toughest run coming up. Port are usually tough with Lycett (Max had 68 against him last year) but with Ladhams the main man at the moment, rucks haven’t struggled against him. Then he’ll meet Reilly O’Brien, Goldstein and then Grundy. This will certainly be a test for the big Demon who is in ripping form!

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    July 27, 2020 at 4:54 pm

    Not sure Stef Martin will score many points over the next fortnight with a broken back! Nice info otherwise!

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    Beady Eye

    July 27, 2020 at 5:40 pm


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      July 27, 2020 at 8:41 pm

      Forward data isn’t really relevant – most fantasy ‘forwards’ are just midfielders that spend time up there anyway.

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    July 27, 2020 at 6:03 pm

    Would you go
    1. Michael Hibbard from Melbourne to gaff or
    2. Curtis Taylor to Zorko

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      July 28, 2020 at 2:11 pm

      Hibberd to Gaff, Taylor should have a good one this week based off of track record

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    July 27, 2020 at 7:20 pm

    Are we keeping Simpkin and B Crouch or dumping them?

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      July 28, 2020 at 9:25 am

      Crouch is a trade I reckon. Simpkin not sure. Do you prioritise upgrading rookies to premiums, or remove unperforming premiums, and I’m not sure I have the answer on that. Simpkin has a huge breakeven of 100 with I’m not sure he can get to (particularly with him being more susceptible to a tag now)

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    July 27, 2020 at 7:23 pm

    Who is the best mid to bring in this week out of Whitfield, Zorko or Dusty

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      July 28, 2020 at 10:01 am

      Not dusty he is on my never again list

      You need Whitfield then get zorko for pod then dusty if your desperate

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        July 28, 2020 at 2:23 pm

        Hi Ic3
        If I’m desperate lol I’ve never been so desperate in my life. I been playing BE game all year and my Ranking is one of the worst Rankings for this time of year ever since the Cave men gave up using clubs. I’ve got 94k in Bank and would love to get Witts in but I don’t know if I can as I got to fix Tucker up. (I’ll have to give up eating).

        Then fix up Noble and Traded out Pitnetts for Jacobs and planed to jump on Witts this week. But with Tucker injured I’m not sure which way to go. I have also been looking at Bailey last couple of weeks just waiting for right time to pounce and I think this is the right week, but golly gosh what do I do. Ow no then there is Maynard. HELP

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    July 27, 2020 at 9:20 pm

    Why does Treloar’s Fantasy profile picture look weird?
    He has some sort of stupid expression on his face

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      July 27, 2020 at 9:43 pm

      Thats what he looks like

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      July 28, 2020 at 12:11 am

      It’s called the collingwood effect

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    July 28, 2020 at 12:34 am

    Which upgrade?

    Ash to crisp
    C taylor to brayshaw

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      July 28, 2020 at 2:09 pm

      Brayshaw, but only if ash isn’t on your ground

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    July 28, 2020 at 10:02 am


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    July 28, 2020 at 10:51 am

    Man.. A sneak peak of that Ruck chart would’ve been handy last week.. I was 50/50 with English or Marshall, but went English based on his ability to gather possessions, although seeing the red cells probably would’ve swung me the other way..

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    July 28, 2020 at 11:54 am

    I know that Cripps has a good run, and Anderson still has an OK BE, but can I justify trading them if it means I can get to Duncan and Bray?

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    July 28, 2020 at 1:52 pm

    D Butler up to Greenwood or a rookie like Bennell up to an underpriced mid like Zorko, Bont or E Curnow?

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      July 28, 2020 at 2:08 pm

      I’d want to get bennell off the ground tbh. Probably Zorko is your best bet

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    July 28, 2020 at 2:15 pm

    Zorko a good underpriced option?

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