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The Thursday Scramble: Round 7

Injuries create opportunities…. right? Let’s Scramble

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Is it just me or is this season just getting harder and harder! We just keep getting thrown injury after injury and the new concussion protocols give us some certainty as to a player being out but it still doesn’t help us.  6 rounds down and 17 to go.. sounds like Scramble time to me!

Injury City!

Wow, what a round this one was.  I don’t think there would be too many teams that aren’t affected by any of the big name outs this week. Dunkley and Neale are the big concerns this week as they will be missing some significant time and must be traded out. Dusty is one that you can hold if you need to (definitely hold in RDT and SC) as we know he will be back after one week…. or do we? We have now found out that he has been playing injured and is it an opportunity for the Tigers to rest him for an extra week? To be honest, I don’t think so. They play the Cats on Friday night in round 8 and it is a must win game for them given they have lost a few early.

So with Dusty, if you can move him to the bench and hold whilst you fix up other issues, go for it. This is the same rule we have had for a long time, a one week injury/suspension is always a hold.

Dunkley and Neale are the interesting ones. And there are a few reasons they are interesting too. I am not really going to go into who the best replacements are as there are a lot of different permutations on this and it will come down to a few factors like where you have them playing and how much cash you have in the bank.

What I find interesting about them is the fact they open up a heap of opportunities for you.  With the DPP status of Dunkley it means that it doesn’t matter whether you had him in your mids or in your forward line you can use your DPP to switch things around and get the best result. Here are a couple of scenarios that I think you should consider.

  • If you have only Dunkley. Regardless of where he is on your field, a great plan of attack is to look to “Downgrade” him to another premium player. What I mean here is, don’t just go to the most expensive player that you can find who is performing. Be a little smarter than that and look to trade him to a player that is having a great season and is averaging well but is a little cheaper than most. What this then allows you to do is use that excess cash and trade in one of your maxed out rookies (Sydney rookies I am looking at you here) and you can possibly get one of them up to a premium player too. The best place to look here for that “cheaper premium” is possibly the forward line as they don’t tend to be as expensive as the big dog midfielders. This is the beauty of Dunkley.
  • If you only have Neale. You can follow exactly the same advice I have for Dunkley above, however, if you are going to use some of his money to go to a forward “cheaper premium” just take into account that this means that you will need to flip one of your DPP players up to the mids. The concern here is just look at who you are moving and who does it mean you now have to play on field. If you flip up a rookie DPP they will go into Neale’s spot on field so you need to either take them or move one of your mid rookies onto the field. So just be careful here.
  • If you have Dunkley and Neale. Go Nuts!!  This should give you plenty of cash to swap these guys to two other premiums and you won’t even miss a beat!!

Whatever you do, just think through the trades carefully and look at what it means for the rest of your side.

Something else to consider here too is the byes. We aren’t too far away from them now and these guys that you are trading in are ones that you should be planning to hold through the bye period so if you are tossing up between two players here perhaps consider bringing in the one that results in the better bye structure for your team.

Are these guys Cash Cows or Cash Donkeys?

I don’t know about you but the cash generation this year seems to be a lot slower than what we have seen in the past. When this is the case you have a couple of options. Neither of which are brilliant but hey, gotta work with what we have right?

First option is to accept less from a downgrade. That is, we trade out a rookie before they are fully priced or we trade out to a more expensive “rookie” and just take what we can get. Sometimes you just have to do this as you have no other options.

Second option is to take the lower amount of cash and upgrade to a player that doesn’t cost quite as much, so you aren’t going to the absolute top but to a player that is doing well but they are a bit cheaper than the top of the tree players. This is a bit like what I was saying above with Dunkley and Neale.

Third option is to just wait it out. Not really the preferred option as it means you are stuck with guys that aren’t scoring too much for longer than you want to be and it will stop you achieving that overall ranking that you are looking for.

Things To Remember

  • The Byes. All trades you make from here on need to have one eye on the byes.
  • Loopholes. You can use them for your rookies too, not just your captains.
  • Everyone else is having the same bad luck as you. Well maybe not Everybody, but most of us!

Don’t despair, hopefully the trades you make out of these injury issues will see you catapult yourself into contention for your league and well up in the rankings in the respective game you play!  Have a great weekend everyone and see you all again next Thursday.

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.



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    April 29, 2021 at 6:10 am

    Bolton v Dev Robertson + 285k?

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      April 29, 2021 at 10:19 am

      Bolton top 6-8 fwd with this role at 600k is a nobrainer.

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        April 29, 2021 at 10:30 am

        You think he’s too 6-8?

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        Beady Eye

        April 29, 2021 at 12:58 pm

        Depends on how far away you think Prestia is (official injury report says 3-4 weeks). Bolton’s premium scores have coincided with Prestia being out of the side.

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          April 29, 2021 at 1:19 pm

          With how good he’s looked in there, maybe he gets a run when Prestia comes back anyway? Dusty more forwar?

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            Beady Eye

            April 30, 2021 at 11:18 pm

            That’s the irony, he always looks good when he gets a consistent midfield time. Unfortunately he’s one of the more versatile Tigers mids, so he gets shuffled off to other positions when more one-dimensional mids (like Prestia) come into the side.

            He’s definitely a good short term pick, just don’t know that I’d bank on his current role lasting long enough for him to finish as a top 6-8 forward.

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              JT & Frenchy, Gangsta Boyz

              May 1, 2021 at 6:34 am


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    April 29, 2021 at 6:14 am

    Callum Mills and Shaun Bolton
    Dyson Heppell and Steele Sidebottom?

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      April 29, 2021 at 6:15 am


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      Rod Rude

      April 29, 2021 at 6:25 am

      You won’t get a lot of value on Sidebottom

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      David C

      April 29, 2021 at 7:45 am

      Ridley should be back, Heppell will lose his kickins.

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        April 29, 2021 at 11:16 am

        Heppell didn’t kick out once on the weekend…

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          David C

          April 29, 2021 at 11:21 am

          He did 9 kickins and played on for 7 of them.

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    April 29, 2021 at 7:26 am

    Ive got dunkley but ive also got a tonne of cash cows ready to be moved on (campbell gulden rowe h jones jordon) . Wanting to move these guys asap so can i leave dunks on bench till next week?

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      David C

      April 29, 2021 at 7:45 am

      Have to trade Dunks, too much coin to leave on the bench.

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      April 29, 2021 at 6:37 pm

      Bro, you wont get any love from your bank manager to keep him on the bench. Its a sell option only… sell, sell, sell….

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    April 29, 2021 at 7:42 am

    Re Dusty, I saw on the news he is going to NZ. Bit more risk involved in holding him imo, border crossings, and all that if he gets quarried up then that’s another 14 days

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      April 29, 2021 at 2:06 pm

      Hi Brad how ya goin mate. Definitely agree with you there but I insist of picking up brownlow medalist JOEL SWEELLOODDODO. if u dont pick him up you will die. LOLOLOLOL

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    April 29, 2021 at 9:00 am

    Dunkley to Tom Mitchell or Treloar?

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      April 29, 2021 at 9:32 am

      No right or wrong answer here, both are good. I’m looking at Treloar with Dunks out.

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      April 29, 2021 at 11:53 am

      Neither is wrong, Treloar will be less likely to be tagged given the depth that the dogs have

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    Battered Savs

    April 29, 2021 at 10:23 am

    If you were going to lock one in for the rest of the year, would it be Oliver or Petracca?

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      April 29, 2021 at 11:10 am


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      April 29, 2021 at 11:52 am

      I would rather Petracca given his ceiling, but Oliver is a consistent 115-120 every week

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      April 30, 2021 at 2:31 pm


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    April 29, 2021 at 11:06 am

    Do i get treloar and atu
    Go down to farrar and robertson and upgrade next week
    My team value is lacking

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      April 29, 2021 at 11:55 am

      Treloar, no question. Hes likely to increase in value as much as any of them. not to mention the extra 50 points he will get you this week

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    April 29, 2021 at 11:10 am

    D: Laird, Docherty, Stewart, Cumming, Hind, Idun (Burgess, Koschitzke)
    M: Oliver, Merrett, Dunkley, Taranto, Perkins, Powell, Gulden, Jordon (S Berry, Campbell)
    R: Gawn, Grundy (Flynn)
    F: Martin, Phillips, Fantasia, Bergman, F Macrae, Warner (Rowe, Jones)
    U: Meek
    Cash: 43k

    Currently thinking Dunkley and Gulden to Macrae and Farrar, and then next week Martin and Campbell/Jones to a mid/fwd and a cash cow.

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      April 29, 2021 at 2:04 pm

      As a intelligent human being I say this lineup is SHIT. Wheres Joel Sellwood the MVP. Digusting

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    April 29, 2021 at 11:49 am

    Shai or Cunnington plus $50k

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    April 29, 2021 at 12:41 pm

    Would you pick the likes of Oliver, Petracca etc? or get Treloar for more value?

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    April 29, 2021 at 2:16 pm

    Is Fyfe a decent option for Dunk? His kicking does seem to be a bit off but he is ridiculouslt underpriced imo

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    April 29, 2021 at 2:34 pm

    If I had either Dunkley or Neale I would be trading in Zorko as I think he will have plenty of the ball now Neale is injured. I had to bring in Macrae this week so not for me as I need a VC option. The only thing that scares me about Macrae is now Dunkley is out will he be played on the wing? I don’t think sp and I hope not but…….

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    Ando the brain dead barfly

    April 29, 2021 at 3:13 pm

    Boak ruled out if anyone has him

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    April 29, 2021 at 6:09 pm

    Should there be any concern with atu named in the VFL side?

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      April 29, 2021 at 7:15 pm


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    April 29, 2021 at 6:26 pm

    Is this an unusual season with so many injuries to top line players, and most of them Mids?

    So far, with more good luck than good management, I have missed these ones in Fantasy:
    Danger, Dunkley, Shuey, Sloane, Neale, Adams, De Goey, Butters, Dusty, Duursma, Cerra, Coniglio, Prestia, Shiel, Witts, Hickey.

    I only copped Caldwell and Ridley.
    You would think I’d be doing better.

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      April 29, 2021 at 6:50 pm

      Oh yeah, there was also Rowell in round 1. I had him- traded him for Caldwell.

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    April 29, 2021 at 7:07 pm

    Caleb Daniel to Houston/Ridley
    Or Brockman/Rowe to Farrar

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    April 29, 2021 at 7:32 pm

    RDT. H.Jones 228k and Rowe 293k out, for Farah and Roberton for future cash- all on bench, or Gulden out, Mathieson in- on field, and one of the two aforementioned. Only 21 trades left

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    April 29, 2021 at 9:03 pm

    1) Rowe -> Atu (and maybe field, otherwise F Macrae)
    2) Highmore -> RCD (bench) or
    3) H Jones -> Frederick (bench)


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    April 29, 2021 at 10:30 pm

    Treloar and parish
    Duncan/Steele and Bolton?

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    May 1, 2021 at 9:18 am

    I can get anyone up to $730k

    I’ve narrowed it down to:


    What do you think?

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      Double Parked

      May 1, 2021 at 9:24 am

      Zorko/Sidebottom over the rest

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    Chris Flynn

    May 1, 2021 at 12:37 pm

    Flynn to Hickey or Thilthorpe?

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      Ando the brain dead barfly

      May 2, 2021 at 5:58 am

      Hope you picked Hickey over Riley Alphabet

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