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  1. Aby Benny

    July 4, 2021 at 7:42 pm

    danger in this week or double downgrade and zorko in next week?

    • Jay

      July 4, 2021 at 9:31 pm

      Danger looking the goods

  2. Tony

    July 4, 2021 at 8:22 pm

    536kin bank
    What should I do?

    • Aby Benny

      July 4, 2021 at 8:23 pm

      I’d upgrade jiath and highmore if you can. Jiath to full premo and highmore to someone like haynes/newman.

    • Harry

      July 4, 2021 at 8:28 pm

      I’d trade dusty to danger then highmore to salem/newman/whit you will still have loads of money left tho

  3. Harry

    July 4, 2021 at 8:22 pm

    Def- led mills whit crisp stocker high (bianco connolly)
    Mid- crae tanto lyons wines titch zez cunnington houston (newc valente)
    Ruck- gawn amartey (hunter)
    Fwd- jelly hall langford martin pendles treacy (maddern briggs)
    Ut – (mead)
    Score- 2278
    Overall rank- 2581
    Trade recommendations thanks thinking something like martin and treacy out to grundy or danger

    • Gandreg

      July 4, 2021 at 8:41 pm

      Who is zez

      • Harry

        July 5, 2021 at 12:31 am

        Zach Merrett

    • Brian Smith

      July 4, 2021 at 10:05 pm

      Sacrifice Highmore to a rookie, Bianco on to field, gives you some cash to move with. You need to fix R2 and F6. Maybe even double down to fix it next week

  4. Jeff

    July 4, 2021 at 8:32 pm

    DEF: Hall, Laird, short, newman, highmore (Briggs, connolly)
    MID: Macrae, TT, mitchell, merrett, whitfield, Crouch, smith, bianco (Newcombe, Bramble)
    RUCK: Gawn, ROB (Meek)
    FWDS: Kelly, Langford, hunter, martin, pendlebury, poulter ( Amartey, macrae)
    UT- o conner
    Bank : 285$

    Any recommendations cheers?
    Thinking of getting danger from poulter and maybe a downgrade

  5. Caleb

    July 4, 2021 at 8:35 pm

    DEF: Laird, Stewart, Short, Daniel, Harmes, Williams (Connolly, Bianco)
    MID: Macrae, Parish, Steele, Taranto, Marrert, Walsh, Rowell, Newcombe (Bramble, Harry Sharp)
    RUCK: Grundy, Gawn (Reeves)
    FWD: Kelly, Hall, Pendlebury, Billings, Dangerfield, Phillips (Amartey, Williams)
    U: Martyn
    78k left
    Just 3k short of Phillips to DeGoat.
    Any trade suggestions? Thanks

    • Brian Smith

      July 4, 2021 at 10:07 pm

      You’ve got a couple of Williams – which ones?

  6. Tom

    July 4, 2021 at 8:36 pm

    I need help badly, so lost as to what to do this week

    DEF: Laird, Whitfield, Hall, Cumming, Haynes, Stewart (Bianco, Madden)

    MID: Macrae, Taranto, Lyons, Merrett, Keays, Langford, Mitchell, Sharp (Newcombe, O’Connor)

    RUC: Grundy, Gawn (Reeves)

    FWD: Ziebell, Kelly, D.Rob, Poulter, Hind, Hunter (Macrae, Amartey)

    UTL: D.Williams

    44k in bank, help!

    • Chief007

      July 4, 2021 at 9:42 pm

      Hind to degoey then cut a

      Hind to degoey downgrade a rookie off field should give you $$$ to upgrade somewhere the following week

  7. K

    July 4, 2021 at 8:42 pm

    Although I really need a good cheap defence option for D6.. probs going Dusty to Oliver and downgrading a bench spot.

  8. Chris

    July 4, 2021 at 8:55 pm

    Hoping Matt Parker gets a gig against the pies this wkend!

  9. Jay

    July 4, 2021 at 9:03 pm

    Any help will be appreciated, only 64k in bank before trades

    Laird/ crisp/ Stewart/ Houston/ Haynes/ Bianco (kos/ sharp)
    Zerrett/ Taranto/ macrae/ Keays/ Whitfield/ Langford/ hunter/ Robertson (Newcombe/ Scott)
    Gawn/ Grundy (treacy)
    Hall/ jelly/ Darcy/ pendles/ dusty/ amartey (Jones/ brockman) – Briggs

    • Brian Smith

      July 4, 2021 at 10:10 pm

      Kozzie out, Dusty to Zork or Hunter up. Or double downgrade with 2 of Kozzie, Jones, Brockman.

  10. Nick

    July 4, 2021 at 9:03 pm

    DEF: Laird, Whitfield, Stewart, Lloyd, Ridley, Idun (Bianco, Madden)
    MID: Macrae, Taranto, Mitchell, Merrett, Walsh, Gaff, Pendlebury, Sharp (Newcombe, Bramble)
    RUC: Grundy, Gawn (Meek)
    FWD: Ziebell, Kelly, Hall, S.Darcy, Heeny, Weightman (Briggs, Amartey)
    UTL: D.Williams
    10k in bank
    What should I do?
    Idun definitely gone down to a rookie and move Bianco on field. Thinking of trading a non-playing rookie to another rookie or trade Heeny, Ridley, Weightman or Gaff to a premium player.

    • Brian Smith

      July 4, 2021 at 10:13 pm

      Weightman and Ridley ok for now. Gaff & Heeney bleeding cash & points. Take some cash & go sideways eg DeGoat/Stringer.

  11. Bec

    July 4, 2021 at 9:09 pm

    what do people think of these trade

    CJ to De Goat (I think I have to bite the bullet
    Highmore to Danger

    That will give me

    Kelly Hall Danger Dusty Pendles and DeGoat in FWD line

    and only 2 rookies to fix up next week

    from the girl who loves her feet slimed

    • Brian Smith

      July 4, 2021 at 10:15 pm

      Highmore still going up, maybe Dusty to Danger, and bank some cash? Depends who your rookies on field are of course.

      • Bec

        July 4, 2021 at 10:33 pm

        yeah, BE of 42 and if he gets to 57 (his average) he will go up 11K

        Danger BE is 63 and his ceiling is way better than Highmore.

        It leaves me with Bianco as my rookie on field. With Madden and Gould on bench.
        Then hoping to upgrade Madden and then put Bianco on bench next week

        I think the upside of Danger is way better than Highmore plus Highmore has the Lions this week

        from the girl who loves her feet slimed

  12. Skidz

    July 4, 2021 at 9:52 pm

    74k in bank

    DEF: Laird/Whitfield/Cumming/Harmes/Haynes/Jiath
    MID: Macrae/Parish/Steele/Mills/Walsh/Sidebottom/Kelly/Bianco (Bramble)
    RUCK: Grundy/Gawn (Lynch)
    FOR: Danger/Dusty/Dale/Pendles/Rozee/Amarty

    Brackets are only bench players with any cash worth to trade
    Should be an easy win this week, so can downgrade if necessary

    • Brian Smith

      July 4, 2021 at 10:17 pm

      Cox was rubbish, so Lynch possibly back on field. If he’s not, then grab his cash. Anyone you can get Jiath to sideways? He’s going down and needs to be moved.

      • Skiddz

        July 5, 2021 at 9:10 am

        thinking of downgrading jiath to sharp for cash-making potential, then upgrade next week.

  13. Promo

    July 4, 2021 at 10:01 pm

    DEF : Laird,Mills,Whitfield,Stewart,Cumming,Daniel (Bianco,Briggs)
    MID :Macrae,Taranto,Mitchell,Merrett,Walsh,Oliver,Robertson,Newcombe (Bramble,O’Connor)
    RUC :Grundy,Gawn (Reeves)
    FWD : Zorko,Kelly,Hall,Dangerfield,Pendlebury,Amartey (Watermen,Scott)
    UTL : Rosas
    39k Bank

    Any Ideas???

  14. teaguetrain

    July 4, 2021 at 10:18 pm

    Rich, Mills, Laird, Houston, Haynes, Cumming (Madden, Bianco)
    P Cripps, Harmes, Dow, Cunnington, Bailey Smith, Worpel, Heppell, Sharp (Newcombe, Luke Edwards)
    Thilthorpe, Amartey (Reeves)
    Pendlebury, Hall, Sam Berry, Langford, Ziebell, Lachie Hunter (Logan Mcdonald, Larkey)
    UTIL: Liam Jones

    Thinking of going Cripps & Thilthorpe > Grundy & Rookie (Connolly?)

    $162k in the bank

    Any ideas greatly appreciated

  15. Brian Smith

    July 4, 2021 at 10:19 pm

    $39 is not enough to move any of your on field rookies, so you could do a double down such as Waterman & Scott.

  16. Brian Smith

    July 4, 2021 at 10:23 pm

    I’m finally dumping Phillips, and Poulter has to go, gives me $1147 to spend. Both players are on field. Options include DeGoey + M.Kennedy, Danger + P.Dow.
    Any other thoughts?

    • Brian Smith

      July 5, 2021 at 2:14 am

      Or maybe Phillips to Danger, cash downgrade for Scott (bench) and keep Poulter for one more run?

  17. Art Vandelay

    July 4, 2021 at 10:24 pm

    DEF: Newman, cumming, laird, Whitfield, crisp, Daniel
    Highmore, Madden
    MID: Taranto, macrae, Merrett, Mitchell, Lyons, poulter, newcombe, Bianca
    Bramble, O’Connor
    RUCK: Gawn, Grundy
    FWD: hall, Pendlebury, danger, dusty, Kelly, hunter
    Wilson, Amartey
    Utility: Reeves

    300k in the bank. Ranked 1283rd.

    Should I do one solid upgrade to premium eg. Bont, Touk, Steele etc… or I could get a couple of value guys eg. De Goey, Stringer, Kennedy etc?

    • Brian Smith

      July 5, 2021 at 2:23 am

      Grab a decent Premium for Poulter, and then dump Highmore for some more cash to spend next week. But maybe avoid the top pricers you named, grab a high 700s / low 800s like Zorko or Petracca

  18. James

    July 4, 2021 at 10:24 pm

    Newman or Ge goey?

  19. Harmes

    July 4, 2021 at 10:29 pm

    1. Short and Cumming to Petracca and Newman/de goey

    2. Hind and Haynes to Newman and de goey

    • Chris

      July 5, 2021 at 7:54 am

      I had only thought of upgrading Short but not a bad alway of getting cash for other improvement

    • Aby Benny

      July 5, 2021 at 7:28 pm

      haynes has only had 1 bad week, give him another chance. same with cumming. Short and hind i’d move on over those 2. I’d hold cumming over haynes tho.

    • Aby Benny

      July 5, 2021 at 7:28 pm

      out of those 2.

  20. Musca

    July 4, 2021 at 11:17 pm

    Def- hall, ziebell, Lloyd, short, Daniel, Cummins
    ( madden, Bianco)
    Mid- mccrea, parish, Taranto, Merritt, whit, Walsh, Zorko, sharp
    ( Byrnes, Newcombe)
    Rucks – Gawn, Grundy
    ( lynch )
    FWDS – Kelly, hunter, Langford, pendals, owies, weighman
    ( amartey, d.Williams )
    Ult- meek

    Bank – 120k

    Any thought on next moves or who to bring in.


    • Brian Smith

      July 5, 2021 at 3:46 pm

      You don’t need two good Mid bench, cash one of them out and upgrade Owies.

      • Musca

        July 5, 2021 at 4:37 pm

        Yeah plan was definitely trade out Byrnes and owies but don’t know who for. Danger, mills, laird or a gun mid? Or a cheaper option like a stringer ect for a cash grab and a rookie like bramble. Not sure about keeping langord either

  21. Alex

    July 4, 2021 at 11:19 pm

    Hi guys – really stuck on what to do this weekend and help would be much appreciated!

    DEF: Mills, Stewart, Daniel, Houston, Markov, Haynes (Bianco, Connolly)

    MID: Steele, Wines, Macrae, Taranto, Merrett, Laird, Langford, Byrnes (Newcombe, O’Conor)

    RUCK: Gawn, Grundy (Meek)

    FWD: Kelly, Hall, Smith, Martin, Hind, Poulter (Amartey, Briggs)

    Bank: 17K

    • Brian Smith

      July 5, 2021 at 2:25 am

      Poulter & Hind need to go, one up, one down and Amartey on to field

  22. Paul

    July 5, 2021 at 12:28 am

    Def: Laird, Heppell, Lloyd, Cumming, Harmes , Bianco (Highmore/Cox)
    Mid: Macrae, Taranto, Merrett, Walsh, J Kelly, Langford, Houston, Poulter(Bramble/Newcombe,)
    Ruck: Grundy, Gawn (Meek)
    Fwd: Hall, Dusty, Pendles, Darcy, Phillips, Amartey
    (Williams/ Briggs)
    Utl: Shipley
    Bank= 18k

    Trade Options:
    1) Cox > Sharp via DPP & Poulter> De Goey/Stringer

    • Brian Smith

      July 5, 2021 at 2:28 am

      See previous comment: Phillips up, Poulter down, Newcombe / Bramble on to field. You have to count Phillips as a rookie (three scores of 55!), and Poulter is losing cash fast.

      • Paul

        July 5, 2021 at 3:23 am

        Thanks for the advice above.

  23. Greg

    July 5, 2021 at 12:42 am

    Am i crazy for getting rid of poulter and highmore to degoat and M.Kennedy (7k short from stringer)
    could do poulter to danger but then would have to do a downgrade to upgrade highmore next week

    • Brian Smith

      July 5, 2021 at 2:31 am

      Kennedy is only a stepping stone anyway, might as well go straight to Danger. Your question: will Kennedy go up in cash more than Danger next round? As CAR is playing GEE, I doubt it – take the GEE player.

  24. Sam

    July 5, 2021 at 8:11 am

    DEF: Laird, Lloyd, Stewart, Houston, Ridley, Haynes (Bianco, Worrell)
    MID: Macrae, Taranto, Merrett, Mitchell, Walsh, Whitfield, Cunnington, Harmes (Newcombe, Bramble)
    RUC: Grundy, Gawn (Lynch)
    FWD: Hall, Kelly, Pendles, Hunter, Dusty, Amartey (Briggs, Williams)
    UTL: (Connolly)

    $84k left, What’s my next move? Would really like my last rookie off field but Amartey is scoring decent


    • Screech

      July 5, 2021 at 2:14 pm

      Sydney have a tough match up against WB this week, so I would still look to get Amartey off your field. I know it seems premature, but you could get Bianco & Amartey to De Goey/Kennedy & Connolly (or even a 170k throwaway DEF) ?

      • Doug

        July 5, 2021 at 3:08 pm

        With this my last week with only 1 rookie left in my starting 22, would you keep Amarty at F6 over Bianco/Newcombe at M8?

        • Screech

          July 5, 2021 at 5:13 pm

          can’t you loop bianco and newcombe? if so, I would do that…

  25. Doug

    July 5, 2021 at 8:30 am

    1 of the 60s club has to go this week for me to upgrade ROB (averaged 95 for me) to Grundy..
    – Cumming & Haynes probably get a pass as they’ve been solid for a few weeks before this one..
    – Same with Hunter (5 weeks over 90 before this)..
    – Dusty can go bang, and his BE of 97 is reasonably achievable..

    So it’s Daniel (BE 97) vs Langford (BE 117), to be replaced by
    1. M. Rowell for $$ or
    2. T. Kelly for points

  26. Tim

    July 5, 2021 at 10:12 am

    DEF- Laird, Whitfield, Stewart, Cumming, Daniel, Houston (Lachy Jones, Briggs)
    MID- Parish, Wines, Macrae, Taranto, Merrett, Walsh, Bianco, Sharp (Newcombe, Bramble)
    Ruck- Grundy, Gawn (Reeves)
    FWD- Kelly, Hall, Ziebell, Darcy, Pendlebury, Amartey (Madden, Anthony Scott)

    Ranked about 500th and have about 70k in the bank wondering what I should do

    • Tim

      July 5, 2021 at 10:14 am

      thinking of either moving Daniel on to an Uber premium or getting amartey off the field for de goey or Matt kenedy

      • Brian Smith

        July 5, 2021 at 3:51 pm

        Guessing whichever of your options you don’t do this week, you’ll do next week. So who makes more points and loses less cash: Amartey vs WBD or Daniel vs SYD. Personally Daniel will do better than Amartey, so get some cash from Scott or Jones and try to get to someone like Kennedy maybe?

  27. Caleb

    July 5, 2021 at 10:31 am

    DEF: Laird, Stewart, Short, Daniel, Harmes, Z.Williams (Connolly, Bianco)
    MID: Macrae, Parish, Steele, Taranto, Marrert, Walsh, Rowell, Newcombe (Bramble, Harry Sharp)
    RUCK: Grundy, Gawn (Reeves)
    FWD: Kelly, Hall, Pendlebury, Billings, Dangerfield, Phillips (Amartey, Williams)
    U: Martyn
    78k left
    Thinking fist trade Phillips to M.Kennedy. Then 33k left and unsure what to do

    • Brian Smith

      July 5, 2021 at 3:53 pm

      Pick the highest b/e from your bench and grab the cash.

  28. Henry

    July 5, 2021 at 12:00 pm

    Who to bring in with my 2nd trade: Newman, Stringer or de Goey or do a double downgrade and get a big dog next week?

    • Aby Benny

      July 5, 2021 at 7:29 pm

      De goey/newman depends if you want a fwd or def, but I’d go de goey over newman, just.

  29. Fishxma

    July 5, 2021 at 1:16 pm

    Similar to above – best 2 from Stringer, Degoey and Newman?

    • Aby Benny

      July 5, 2021 at 7:30 pm

      de goey and newman

  30. Matt

    July 5, 2021 at 1:26 pm

    Any clues on next set of DPP? I was thinking at least Aish and Tucker likely to get DEF status.

  31. Fishxma

    July 5, 2021 at 1:33 pm

    Wines and Sharp or best 2 from Newman/degoey/stringer? Thoughts please

  32. Rfjsfh

    July 5, 2021 at 1:52 pm

    Which option is the best
    1) Hind to Dangerfield
    2)Poulter to De Goey
    3)Hind to Dangerfield Poulter to Dow 90k in bank

    • Aby Benny

      July 5, 2021 at 7:30 pm


  33. John

    July 5, 2021 at 1:58 pm

    Hi Guys, Stuck on trades for this week.

    DEF – Ziebell, Connolly, Cumming, Haynes, Aliir, Bianco (B Walker, Carruthers)
    MID – Miller, Macrae, Taranto, J Kelly, Whitfield, Merrett, Sharp, Newcombe (Bramble, Brockman)
    RUCK – Gawn, Grundy (Fullarton)
    FWD – D Robertson, Owies, Amartey, Hunter, Hall, Dusty (Madden, Honey)
    Utility – L Edwards
    128k in bank

    Should I trade out Aliir and Brockman and try and get danger and a rookie? Or do i get de goey or stringer

  34. Keats

    July 5, 2021 at 2:19 pm

    Quite unsure what do do this week

    DEF- Laird Whit LLoyd Houston Cumming Newman (Parks Gould)

    MID- Macrae Lyons Merrett Taranto Mitchell Oliver Gaff Newcomb (Bramble, O’Connor)

    RUCK- O’Brien Amartey (Reeves)

    FWD- Zorko Kelly Hall Kennedy Stephenson Hind (Williams, Macrae)

    Utility- Briggs

    26k in the bank
    Thinking along the lines of Hind to Grundy but very little cash gen on the bench remaining so cash hard to come by any thoughts appreciated. :)

  35. Bill

    July 5, 2021 at 3:06 pm

    Strapped for cash after bringing in Grundy last week. (It was the right time to part company with Flynn.)

    So bringing in Danger and Garcia for Poulter and Owies.

    Means that I play Newcombe instead of Owies (probably slightly better)
    But Danger instead of Poulter (much better)

  36. Mighty Puds

    July 5, 2021 at 3:49 pm

    Have two rookies on field (Bianco and Amartery) but since both are making good cash and neither has really peaked yet, considering going Langford to De Goey and ROB to Grundy. O’Brien to Grundy feels a little dirty and this scenario would give me 5 Pies, but is Grundy just that much of a must for the run in??

  37. Brian Smith

    July 5, 2021 at 3:58 pm

    ROB is only one game away from being a baby giraffe again, so Grundy is the play for Rucks. If you don’t like COL, then go for Darcy. Langford prob not as urgent – DeG not doing 120 every week, and Langford not doing 65 every week. Next week could see them both on 90.

    • Mighty Puds

      July 5, 2021 at 4:07 pm

      It’s not that I don’t like Langford, it’s just that moving him to JDG frees up the cash to go to Grundy who is a top 2 ruck (ROB obviously not) and realistically Langford and JDG should be pretty similar from here on in. Haven’t had the ruckpig all year either.

  38. Sly Bacon

    July 5, 2021 at 5:46 pm

    Team Name; Sly Bacon
    Overall Score; 31,925
    Overall Rank; 1,150

    D1) Laird
    D2) Whitfield
    D3) Stewart
    D4) Lloyd
    D5) Houston
    D6) Haynes

    M1) Wines
    M2) Taranto
    M3) Merrett
    M4) Mitchell
    M5) Walsh
    M6) Adams
    M7) Pendlebury
    M8) T. Kelly

    R1) Grundy
    R2) ROB

    F1) Kelly
    F2) Hall
    F3) Sidebottom
    F4) Hunter
    F5) Martin
    F6) Hind

    All rookies are off-field as of this week, now I can start phasing out the potato’s keeping me up at night.

  39. Matthew

    July 5, 2021 at 6:04 pm

    Hey guys macrae-danger and amartey-Kennedy?? Or would it be better to sideways Daniel, Houston, Ridley, sidebum and dusty?

    • Aby Benny

      July 5, 2021 at 7:32 pm

      dunno if i’d downgrade macrae. If you do prepare to suffer a 140 from him the next week. However, you could go from macrae to oliver or someone like that. danger could have less mid time cause of cameron’s injury.

  40. TIMMMM

    July 5, 2021 at 10:08 pm

    Seriously need help I don’t know what to do

    DEF: Laird, Whitfield, zieball, short, Haynes, walker (foley, edwards)

    MID: macrae, Taranto, wines, Guthrie, bontempelli, Merrett, Newcombe, Bianco, (conolly, Ralph smith)


    FWD: hall, Kelly, Zorko, Darcy, Sidebottom, hunter ( amartey, brockman)

    84k in bank I’ve got no idea what to do I need help

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