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The Thursday Scramble: Round 8

A few of our players are looking sore, only one thing to do, Scramble!

What a Long weekend off footy that was, but how good was it too. A few tight games, but a couple of blowouts. But what we did see was some carnage on the injury front and also some poor scores too! The one thing I took out of the weekend is it is time to Scramble!

Do you feel lucky?

So we are now starting to see a few injuries and niggles as well as some drop offs in scoring to our stars. You now need to make the decision, what are you going to do!

Connor Rozee has been named for tonight’s game. But will he be a late out? Will he last through the game? If something goes wrong, the big question will be, how long will he be out for then.

Jack Steele showed up to the toss on Friday with a strapped knee and has been with the rehab group and then in his last two has punched out an 87 and a 72 after such a great start to the year. Last year so many people that had him kept him and it ended up that he spent most of the season not scoring well.

Luke Jackson was never a long term play but his form was good, but now with Darcy back he has delivered a pair of 61’s. Can he recover from that? Or do you want to hold him through the byes because of his very favourable bye round that he shares only with Port Adelaide.

So do you cut the losses and not take the risk and trade them out now?

The golden rule that we have all held dear for so long is that unless your player is going to miss more than a week you simply hold and ride it out. The issue that we have by side swapping these premiums is that it puts you behind the pack with your upgrade cadence. By making that sideways swap you aren’t able to do a one up and one down (unless you have a heap of cash and can do a one sideways and one up). And then what do you do when you get another injury this week and the week after. It gets to the point where you are just shuffling sideways and never actually improving your side.

But what would I do in the above situations?

So with Rozee we think that even if he is a late out he should be fine for next week. So with him I would say hold him.

For Steele the big question is how bad is this knee and how long is it going to affect him? I think that I plan to hold him for now, he has North this week so should be able to score well without putting his body under too much stress. If he can get through this game and passes the eye test then I would say we can hold him beyond that. But any sign of a limp or slowness and I think he needs to go.

I like the idea of holding Jackson through to the byes so he can be cover for your ruck division since he has that stand alone bye weekend. Just beware though that he could lose a lot of cash between now and then. Also just remember that Darcy doesn’t really have a great record with being able to stay on the park.

Be carful who you drop down to

While we are in this upgrade phase of the game, we need to just be careful on what we are doing with our downgrades. It always seems great to just jump on the bloke that has got a debut or has had one good game. However, it is always good to do a bit of research before you do that. Why did they get a debut? Was someone out? Is the person they have come in for out long term or are they just out for one week and will come back in next week and displace your brand new rookie before they have had any chance to grow!  And the same reasons go for why someone may have had a good score, they may have had a role change because someone else was out. And of course there is always that dreaded vest risk.

There does come a point where we can afford to downgrade to a red dot rookie, but this isn’t it. That is more like two or three weeks left in the season.  Just remember that the players you bring in need to fatten up a little bit to fund the next round of upgrades that we need to do through the byes.

Things to Remember

  • Now that we are back to a more traditional round of footy keep an eye on those game start times and particularly the overlaps for looping etc.
  • There are a number of rivalry type games this week which can see anything happen and they are often tight matches so we will see some odd scores.
  • Start planning your trades a few weeks in advance and of course keep those byes in the back of your mind too.

Have a great weekend of footy and I look forward to coming back to you all 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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Tommy
Tommy
1 month ago

Williams to Dale
Powell to Daicos
This makes me play 4 fwd rooks though Reid, Demp, Thomas and Wilson

Or

Williams to Dale
Demp to someone under 710k like Moore or Kennedy

Chompers
Chompers
1 month ago
Reply to  Tommy

2

Liam
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Liam
1 month ago

What trades should I be looking at doing, have 23k in the bank

Thinking of going sanders-dale then Dempsey- Woewodin. Thoughts??

DEF: Sheezel, Whitfield, Martin, Young, Houston,Clohesy (Reid, Howes)

MID: Zerrett, Dawson, Green, Rozee, Bonner, Roberts, Graham, Sharp (Sanders, Mannagh)

RUC: Gawn, Grundy (Barnett)

FWD: Heeney, Flanders, Caldwell, Powell,Reid, Dempsey(Ramsden, Drury)
UTIL: Cadman

Ben
Ben
1 month ago

Curtin is making his debut tonight… anyone think he could be a good cash cow??

MiketheSituation
MiketheSituation
1 month ago

Double downgrade week for me… Dempsey to Sweet & risking the cash gen with Sharp to Curtin.

Malcolm
Malcolm
1 month ago

Sanders > Gulden
Fyfe > C. Simpson
Thoughts?
Simpson will be a bench player

Mick
Mick
1 month ago
Reply to  Malcolm

Rank 6000 is this the week to get another gun mid or do I go cadman and Campbell out 4 d curtin and mckercher your thoughts dunny to get a gun mid out roberts and Dempsey keeping cadman and Campbell rotating at m6

Paul
Paul
1 month ago
Reply to  Malcolm

Mate fyfe just scored 118 and has a break even of 37. He has a great bye too and there arent many good options in the forward line. Youd be mad to trade him..

Malcolm
Malcolm
1 month ago
Reply to  Paul

How about Sanders > C. Simpson and J.Sharp > H. Young
this might be better thanks Paul!

Liam
Member
Liam
1 month ago

Grundy-sweet then

Sanders – daicos/dale or
Sharp- Serong

Liam
Member
Liam
1 month ago
Reply to  Liam

Or Cadman- jones
Dempsey- dale

Liam
Member
Liam
1 month ago

Dempsey-dale
Cadman- jones

Or

Dempsey- jones/ Woewodin
Sharp/sanders to dale or daicos

Todd R
Todd R
1 month ago

I have a very important draft match up this weekend.
I need to loop a midfielder, would you go Boak and field Sidebottom or Byrnes
OR
Loop Sidebottom and field Boak.

Also I’m glad Tom Mitchell and Jacob Hopper are out for this guys team.

Thoughts?

PushupKing
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PushupKing
1 month ago

Upgrade season for rucks? I’m thinking Grundy to English. Rooks are solid. Opinions plz.

thatcher
thatcher
1 month ago

josh kelly or laird, pleasseee quick need to know before this arvo game

Mick
Mick
1 month ago
Reply to  thatcher

Laird

Sean
Sean
1 month ago

Butters, Dawson or Gulden?




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