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Cal’s Scale of Hardness – Round 9 Update

You asked for it… and the People’s Prince has delivered!!! RED and GREEN like never before!

There is nothing better than RED and GREEN when used correctly on table and today is your lucky day. I have updated the DEFs and MIDs heading into to round 9, based on the data that teams have been giving up. To do the ratings, I basically use a variety of websites that also do this very well and from there, look at the data over the course of the season so far, plus taking into account what teams have been doing in recent weeks.


My take-aways from the defenders….

  1. Carlton have a very difficult run coming up which effects the likes of Sam Docherty. He is averaging 112 in his last three games but maybe because he has played Freo, North and Adelaide.
  2. Nick Daicos should enjoy a bit more freedom and hopefully a little loose ball in his run into the byes as he meets two EASY AS teams in the next five weeks. He also only meets one team (Carlton) that would be deemed semi-difficult.
  3. With a potential switch to the half-back, maybe Lachie Whitfield might find it a little tough over the next three weeks. Surely it won’t be as hard as sitting forward but still, he’ll have to work harder than normal.
  4. Melbourne are easy? You kidding me… even when you look at last week’s game against the Saints, Callum Wilkie (95), Dougal Howard (90) and Josh Battle (90) didn’t struggle taking 31 marks combined.
  5. Any Gold Coast defenders worth considering? Nope probably not, but Connor Buderick is coming off 101 with 11 marks and I bet he is still in the free agent pool in Draft.


My take-aways from the midfielders….

  1. Melbourne in the next two weeks are going to be massive and therefore you need to find Clayton Oliver and Christian Petracca and get them into your team. Even after their Fremantle game, they don’t hit a tricky team until Geelong in round 17.
  2. It time for Matt Rowell to go – he can’t fight through Fremantle and the Bulldogs. Touk Miller on the other hand might be ok… he had 110 and 103 on the Dogs last year and 130 on the Dockers. The thing for Touk is… these teams don’t tag and this year, he has shown that they do weigh him down.
  3. Targeting Zach Merrett after the bye might need to be re-considered. Two very hard game wait for him after his rest although he will be primed for the picking.
  4. Five teams are rated as “the hardest” and Carlton don’t meet any of them for another five weeks. If you’re not on board the Patrick Cripps train then you better hussle or join another train called the “Sam Walsh Express” who will be ready to fire at any moment.
  5. The draw says “NO” to the likes of Jordan De Goey who did battle sickness but is still Collingwood’s main MID attending 80% of the CBAs last week.


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  1. Fred

    May 10, 2022 at 8:13 am

    Cripps (Bye R12) for value or Oliver (Bye R14) for better bye round & run?

    • Joven

      May 10, 2022 at 2:51 pm

      I have the same dilemma mate! I really want Crippa but am super heavy on R12 bye, so I think Oliver is the way to go. Cripps is cheap but I think their outputs will be similar over the coming weeks. If you aren’t too stacked on R12 bye then go for it!

    • ur nan lol

      May 10, 2022 at 5:12 pm


    • JungleMuffin

      May 10, 2022 at 5:57 pm

      Crippa. Better scores.

  2. James

    May 10, 2022 at 8:23 am

    Touk, Laird or Oliver this week? Mids are currently – Steele, Neale, Cripps, Macrae, Petracca, Mills.
    Will only be able to get one before byes, they all fit structure.

    • pendles4brownlow

      May 10, 2022 at 12:13 pm

      Oliver has a super fortnight ahead with both sets of witches hats

    • ur nan lol

      May 10, 2022 at 5:13 pm


  3. Mike

    May 10, 2022 at 11:40 am

    Could I upgrade Josh Kelly to Andrew Brayshaw?

    • ur nan lol

      May 10, 2022 at 5:13 pm

      upgrade to parish lol

  4. BestowedMisery

    May 10, 2022 at 1:35 pm

    You could but do you want to?

  5. Eadf

    May 10, 2022 at 11:39 pm

    Neale or Oliver?

  6. FreemTheDream

    May 11, 2022 at 3:37 am

    Can someone explain something to me? Am I really daft enough that I have been playing fantasy for 5 or 6 years and only now have I realised you get the lower score if one of your midfield etc. players miss and if you have the emergency on 2 mids thinking I would recieve the better score of the 2.

    Please be honest, Imust be daft. Does that not seem like we should get the better score of the 2

    Happened to me twice on the weekend, the only way I actually noticed.
    I’m not mad because I’ve had quite some success the past few seasons playing like that haha.

    • Calvin

      May 11, 2022 at 8:49 am

      Always been that way – it’s so you can’t ‘hedge your bets’ and you have to make a decision.

      • FreemTheDream

        May 12, 2022 at 1:38 am

        Alright, cheers for that Cal.

        I have definitely been playing the game a bit more serious the past few season so I’m honestly surprised it’s taking me so long to add up my score myself – well, what I thought was my score haha.

        Makes sense, i must have just mis-understood a comment one day and never looked back.

        Only upwards from here with this news

  7. BestowedMisery

    May 11, 2022 at 8:18 am

    For 5-6 years eh.. Your powers of observation never cease to amaze. :)

    • FreemTheDream

      May 12, 2022 at 1:41 am

      Haha go easy on me mate ;)
      Only reason I added it up myself was because I was sure I was going over 2k mid last game of the round.
      Ended on 1999. I was sad.

      • Pure Grunt

        May 13, 2022 at 11:27 am

        Don’t feel alone – I did that in round 1. In switching players around somehow ended up with 2 E’s in Fwd. Got Baldwins 28 instead of Rachele 100 – hurts so much will never forget!!

  8. Bexta

    May 11, 2022 at 8:25 am

    it should lock the first playing emergency no matter what the score ?

    • Suff2Say

      May 27, 2022 at 2:11 am

      That’s actually a really good point

  9. Brian

    May 11, 2022 at 2:38 pm

    why is Nick Bryan $410 has only played 2 games 1 this year 1 last year

    • Angus

      May 11, 2022 at 3:33 pm

      I’m just as confused as you are, especially with his only scores being 52 and 67, with a current breakeven of 52, it doesn’t make any sense

  10. Brallen

    May 11, 2022 at 6:10 pm

    If super Hewey is still out, who do we choose out of McCartin or De Koning this week? Both have light green easy draw according to Cal’s scale

  11. 💧jabroni🇵🇸 (@jabroni9)

    May 12, 2022 at 9:58 pm

    Cal i dont have enough for melbourne mids so between hugh mcluggage and cam guthrie, which would you choose?

  12. Jeff

    May 20, 2022 at 5:46 pm

    Do you trade out O’driscoll and get Cleary or Stein

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