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The Thursday Scramble: Round 6

Just because there is no Thursday night game doesn’t mean you can’t Scramble

More injuries, some huge scores and coaches are scrambling to put a team on the field. This is where the game starts to get interesting!

Rookie Resting

We are going to start seeing this more and more in the coming weeks. Some of these rookies have played 4 or 5 games and as a result they will start to be in line for a rest or even worse they could be named the injury sub. This is where your depth and your DPP setup will start to become most important. This is where you need to make sure that you have a few rookies that are going to play even if they won’t score well.

When you see that one of your rookies is out for the weekend’s matches make sure that you do read the context in which they are out. Is it just a rest, are they being managed or are they out for another reason? Has a star returned to the side? All these things need to be taken into account and that will help determine whether or not you keep them or look to trade them.

Often when a rookie that is struggling to generate money is rested they are heavily traded out. But as always, do your due diligence. Have a look at their BE and whether or not there is one poor score in their price cycle that is hurting it. If that is the case you may want to hold them as their cash generation may just be stalled and not finished.

However, if there is a rookie that is getting close to needing to be culled and they happen to get a rest then that is often the perfect time to do it. You could hold them for that week off and have them come back and maybe make you another $5k or so. Or you can downgrade them to a rookie on the bubble that is likely to make you somewhere in the order of $30k across those two weeks. Sometimes you need to cut these guys a little early in the interest of a bigger return elsewhere.

Of course there is the issue of having three guys on the one line that aren’t performing and they also are in line for resting. That is a recipe for disaster. If you are in that situation then you need to trade one of them out by either upgrading them or trading down to a rookie that has better job security.

Thursday Night’s Be Gone

What does no game tonight mean? You have to talk to the family? You have to walk the dog? No, the most important thing that it means is that before the first game of the round we will know teams for 6 games. So we will have far more information than we have had so far this season. Apparently this is going to be the case now for a few weeks. This is great for us particularly when you take the aforementioned Rookie Resting into account. At least now we will know before the first game starts.

This doesn’t mean that we lose the Captain Loophole like we had in the past. Given we still have the rolling lockout situation throughout the rest of the season it means that we can still enact the Captain Loophole and have two goes at it.

Just remember though, now that there is no Thursday game it means that there is a second game on a Saturday afternoon. This means that those of you that are working or are involved in local footy need to check on four teams during the day and not just the two. Don’t get caught out.

Is it time for Set and Forget

Now we already know that Flynn is back this week but the form of Mumford over the last two weeks has been outstanding and as was mentioned on a podcast this week Mumford is 2-0 and Flynn is 0-3. You have to wonder how long the Giants will persist with him.

More importantly how long do you persist with him? Is it time to go for Gawn and Grundy? This is the question that many players are asking themselves. There are a couple of schools of thought here and I hope to provide you with some insight.

Last season I was on the Naismith train and it derailed pretty quickly. From that point onwards I was literally scrambling to get a playing ruck that would actually score on the field. I went through Mr Worldwide and English just to name a couple. Why didn’t I go straight to Gawn you ask? Lack of funds. I think that if you don’t have a massive Warnechest at this point and you really want to get the big Demon in your side you are going to have to do one of a few things.

  • Double downgrade this week and then pray for no other issues and use that cash to get to Gawn the following week.
  • Wait until Flynn has maxed out in value and hope that you can do one downgrade to then upgrade Flynn to Gawn or Grundy.
  • Wait until the byes when you get three trades in a week and use two to go down and one to go up to Gawn or Grundy (whichever you are missing).
  • Wait and pray that he has one or two low scores in a row that see his price drop so that you can pick him up. This is what I did last year but that day never came!

As I have said before, certainly nothing wrong with using Flynn but there will come a point where he has maxed out and you need to be ready with some cash to upgrade him at that point. We have seen that after week one the big dogs have worked out their role with the new rules and they are scoring well. Hopefully Flynn comes back from his rest bigger and better, but I think we can all agree that he isn’t going to be there every week for the rest of the year and I know of a few coaches that had to rely on Treacy last week, you don’t want to have to do that more than once.

Things to Remember

  • Just because it is a regular round structure we still get our teams a day before and it is still a rolling lockout.
  • Keep an eye on your trade numbers in SC and RDT. Remember we only have 30 this year again.
  • You need to be thinking about your upgrades and downgrades a week or two in advance now as we will have to pull the trigger on a few soon.
  • Make sure you are reading match reports and listening to podcasts to get all the available info on the rookies before you bring one in or trade them out.

Have a great week everyone, I know that SC had some big scores this week but AF not so much. It can be a cruel game but just back in your research and put the best team out on the park that you can.  Cheers til next week.

A passionate Port Adelaide Fan who simply loves footy! That is how I would describe myself. Catch my weekly article "The Thursday Scramble" with all the last minute things to think about for the weekend Follow: @pkd73.



  1. Dan

    April 22, 2021 at 6:21 am

    Sholl and Mcreery
    Ward and Farrar?

    • Chicken Dinner

      April 23, 2021 at 9:16 am

      Ward and Farrar. Sholl is a medium hold, would waste a trade. I think the boat has gone

  2. Harmes

    April 22, 2021 at 6:29 am

    Best pick this week

    Fyfe or
    Andy Brayshaw

    • Chicken Dinner

      April 23, 2021 at 9:17 am

      This week Andy has a field day. Long term id take Fyfe in the fwd line

  3. Doug

    April 22, 2021 at 7:17 am

    Is Ziebell the real deal?? They’re 0-5, and from what I’ve seen his kick-in efficiency is pretty poor, so any chance Noble switches it up?

    1. B.Campbell to J.Ziebell OR a (seemingly) underpriced premiums who could/should push the Top 6
    2. B.Campbell to D.Martin / N.Fyfe / J.Kelly / L.Hunter / S.Sidebum

    • BRYTON

      April 22, 2021 at 7:21 am

      Ziebell is too expensive for me to touch now

  4. Markus

    April 22, 2021 at 9:16 am

    Upgrading serong this week do I go to treloar Neale or Mitchell? Want to go Neale but nervous that he’ll cop a tag this weekend

    • Chicken Dinner

      April 23, 2021 at 9:18 am

      1. Mitchell 2. Neale both great targets. If you are keen to shoot up the ranks then go Neale. No top team has him, if they did they would be a top team

  5. Iceman

    April 22, 2021 at 9:24 am

    Philips > Dunkley
    Cambpell > F. Mcrae (+193k)


    Philips > Fyfe
    Campbell > C. Ward (+28k)

    Rank 16,000

    Effectively, is it too late to get on Dunkley or should I look at the two underpriced POD options?

    • Iceman

      April 22, 2021 at 9:32 am

      Further comment – how do we feel with non playing bench rookies (including utlity spot) I have three in Highmore, Meek and Deven Robertson. I think OK for now but I do have an eye on moving them eventually.

    • Jezza

      April 22, 2021 at 2:13 pm

      I’m in the same boat as you and don’t see how it’s too late too late to get Dunkley this round
      He will only be going up in price from here

    • Chicken Dinner

      April 23, 2021 at 9:19 am

      Get on Dunks. You tick two good boxes with the best trade. Cash gen and premium. Bottom option is a place holder trade.

  6. Thebopper58

    April 22, 2021 at 9:50 am

    Lachlan Jones (Port) OUT for a month with ankle injury

    • Phteven

      April 22, 2021 at 3:01 pm

      Curses he screams to his God in Heaven above!

  7. Kurt

    April 22, 2021 at 9:55 am

    Would you go Daniel and T.Phillips to Ziebell and Sholl or Mitchell and Hind??

    • Kurt

      April 22, 2021 at 10:09 am

      Or even Taranto instead of Mitchell??

      • Chicken Dinner

        April 23, 2021 at 9:22 am

        Michell for sure. Hind and Sholl train has gone IMO. Mitchell and Ward are good options if you can get to them, otherwise downgrade Phillips to Farrar and use the cash next week if you are hell bent on flicking phillips

        • Kurt

          April 23, 2021 at 3:28 pm

          Thanks mate

  8. Matt

    April 22, 2021 at 10:51 am

    Will Clark hold? If he plays I can keep him for one more week, and double downgrade to get rid of Dow/Brockman, which isn’t an attractive move but gets rid of red dots and banks some cash

    • Scott

      April 22, 2021 at 10:56 am

      Like you Matt, one more week would be handy for me. Means I can leave a rookie off the ground (now have Kosi, Highmore and Jones in defence to move on as quickly as possible). Upgrade Clark in Round 7.

  9. Scott

    April 22, 2021 at 11:29 am

    would you bring in Impey instead of Stewart or Crisp to save money for midfield upgrade to Neale or similar next week?

    • The Cricket

      April 23, 2021 at 3:19 pm


  10. Big Brown Stains

    April 22, 2021 at 11:43 am

    A lot of people get stressed over their Mickey Mouse teams 😫

  11. Bill

    April 22, 2021 at 12:09 pm

    Not to wish Mumford ill, but it would nice if he pulled a hammy that would put him out for a month or so.

  12. Matthew Perry

    April 22, 2021 at 5:07 pm

    Hi all. Looking for 2 people to join new Draft League. Name: “Road To Glory”. Code: D62VKFZC 8-team league. Live draft TONIGHT (Thursday) 8PM. Head-to-heads start in Round 6. Please join if committed to full season.

  13. JT & Frenchy, Gangsta Boyz

    April 23, 2021 at 5:31 am

    There’s talk of Magpies changing things up. How is McCreery’s job security?

    • The Cricket

      April 23, 2021 at 3:23 pm

      Not good, I would’ve thought.
      Maybe best not to bring in any Pies rookies until team are announced on Saturday evening. It’s a pain, but best to play it safe I reckon.
      These rolling team selections are a nightmare!

      • Belly

        April 23, 2021 at 4:06 pm

        Surely one of Macrae, Mcreery or Randall are going to be Sub. Definitely need a 3rd trade this season and rolling team announcements is ridiculous.

  14. Ashley

    April 23, 2021 at 6:42 am

    D: Laird, Doc, Stewart, Cumming, Idun, L Jones (Burgess, Koschitzke)
    M: Oliver, Merrett, Martin, Taranto, S Berry, Powell, Gulden, Jordon (Brockman, Perkins)
    R: Fawn, Grundy (Flynn)
    F: Dunkley, Phillips, Hind, Fantasia, Warner, Campbell (Rowe, Jones)
    U: Meek
    Cash: 1k
    Currently thinking Jones and Brockman to F Macrae and Farrar/Bergman.
    Not sure if I’m missing something obvious though.

    • The Cricket

      April 23, 2021 at 3:32 pm

      Campbell has maxed out and there are whispers he may be rested this week, so it’s time to offload him

      • Mighty Puds

        April 23, 2021 at 4:07 pm

        True but as long as you have cover could hold and hopefully trade out next week if he’s not named (would be a decent chance to come back in after a rest I’d think).

  15. Chicken Dinner

    April 23, 2021 at 9:23 am

    ID leave Brockman on your bench and worry about in at the byes. Jordon and Campbell have maxed out. Flick them and make some more cash

  16. Steven

    April 23, 2021 at 11:25 am

    Will Sloane be back for round 7???

    • The Cricket

      April 23, 2021 at 3:26 pm

      I haven’t paid it any attention, but the weekly Sliding Doors article is a good way to get a feel for what’s happening at each club re injuries, form and selections

  17. harv

    April 23, 2021 at 12:38 pm

    Def: Laird, Short, Markov, Clark, Idun, Jones- (kosi, burgess)
    Mid: Merrett, TT, Walsh, Phillips, Cambell, Powell, Gulden, Jordon- (sharp,brockman)
    Ruck: Grundy, Gawn- (flynn)
    Fwd: Dunks, Dusty, Tex, Stepho, Hind, Warner- (rowe,jones)
    Utl: Fullarton

    Thinking sharp to f macrae and clark to mccreery through hind dpp,
    Any advice cheers

  18. Marty

    April 23, 2021 at 1:18 pm

    Anyone else think you need 3 trades instead of 2? You literally cannot improve your team whenever you get an injury/ suspension.

    • Ando the brain dead barfly

      April 23, 2021 at 2:48 pm

      Defo need more trades this week bro. Braeden Campbell & Jordan Clark need to go as it looks like they won’t be playing, plus injured Lachie Jones. I was hoping to trade out Tom Phillips but now have other fires to put out

  19. Jezza

    April 23, 2021 at 3:31 pm

    Is it worth holding lachie Jones this week or getting rid of him to a macrae or farrar?

    • Captain_Pine

      April 23, 2021 at 5:08 pm

      Jones will be out for up to a month apparently. So I don’t know about holding tbh. Better to have some cash generation imo

  20. Daniel

    April 23, 2021 at 5:32 pm

    Whos the better rookie in the long run Prior or Mansell? leaning for Prior did kick couple of goals last week.

  21. Belly

    April 23, 2021 at 6:24 pm

    Campbell and Clark confirmed out…. Burgess survived

  22. Sam

    April 24, 2021 at 7:52 am

    D: Laird, Doc, Stewart, Cumming, Idun, Hind (Burgess, Jones)
    M: Oliver, Merrett, Martin, Taranto, S Berry, Powell, Gulden, Jordon (Brockman, Campbell)
    R: Fawn, Grundy (Flynn)
    F: Dunkley, Phillips, Perkins, Fantasia, Warner, Rowe (Koschitzke, Jones)
    U: Meek
    Cash: 1k

    Currently thinking of something like
    L Jones > Farrar
    Brockman > Macrae (not convinced on this one from a job security perspective)

    Am I missing something here? Or is that the play?

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