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Chook’s Rooks – Round 8

A record number of rookies are on the verge of their first price rise. Are you giving any of them the time of Sam Day?

I don’t know about you, but I’m not the strictest Dream Team coach going around. All the Merv Gray Autos players know they’re free to enjoy a few beers on the weekend as long as it’s not going to affect their ability to tackle like a rabid dog or kick bananas from the pocket on match day. No one’s going to get their knickers in a knot if you play out of position at MGA Stadium, especially if you’re a defender or forward who wants to have a bit of a run through the centre. Go for your life! Collect those easy mark-kick combos! Hell, you might even get yourself some dual-positioning eligibility for next season. Sure, maybe if I was a bit tougher on them, I’d start to see the players begin to implement some of the moves we’ve been practising in training, like the one where you handpass to your opponent (+2), tackle his arse to the ground (+4) and win a free kick (+1) which you slot through the big sticks (+9) for a total of 16 points. But I’m not that type of coach, the one who has rules for every little aspect of the players’ lives. Until now. I’m bringing in a dress code for my MGA boys and it’s pretty specific, too. If you want to prance around in turtle necks, Joel Selwood, then that’s fine. Swanny, you think that woollen knit will keep you warm during the winter months? Well go ahead and wear it, son. Don’t worry Sammy Mitchell, I’m not banning the Borat-style swimsuit that you seem so attached to and you’re right to keep on wearing those pink fishnet singlets, Pendles. BUT IF ANYONE EVEN LOOKS AT A F*&%ING GREEN OR RED VEST, YOU CAN PACK YOUR F%^&ING BAGS FOR GWS!

You’ll be hard-pressed to find a coach who hasn’t been shafted by the new sub rule this year, but just because we’re all feeling the pain doesn’t make it any better. The worst victim of the vest in round eight was Adelaide defender Brodie Smith, who was coasting along nicely until his fourth-quarter cameo against the GC Suns produced just 11 points. Not only did that screw coaches who had him on the ground this week (no prizes for guessing who that included), but it rooted those who had him on the bench as well. That measly score didn’t just put the brakes on Smith’s price rises, it chucked them into reverse, too. One of the most promising cash cows in the backline lost a little over $10k and shackled him with a massive breakeven of 106. The plummeting price won’t concern you if you’ve already decided that Smith will be your eighth defender, of course, because you’re keeping him for the year. If you had him tagged as a cash cow, however, then now is definitely the time to take him to market. Gold Coast forward Liam Patrick also scored terribly after copping a vest in round eight, although Patrick had close to three quarters to have an impact on the DT scoreboard and only managed five points, living up to the predictions that he’d be an inconsistent scorer.


By this stage of the year, the rookies you’ve had from the start really need to step up in the scoring department if they want to keep their price heading skyward. That’s clearly a fact not lost on our young guns, with 10 players who started the DT season at rookie price pumping out scores above 70 in round eight, including an unprecedented five who cracked the century. The best of the lot was Hawthorn midfielder Shane Savage, who knocked up a Swanesque 144 in the Hawks’ comeback win against St Kilda. He’ll step on to the SCG in round nine with a new BE of -5 after his Rising Star nomination-winning performance. Melbourne multi-purpose player Stef Martin was the Demons’ highest scoring player in their insipid loss to North Melbourne, collecting 108 DTs, while the Gold Coast’s ruck-rover combo for the next decade, Zac Smith and Dave Swallow, each reached triple figures against Adelaide. Western Bulldogs midfielder Tom Liberatore responded in the best possible way to being rested in round seven, amassing an even 100 on his return.

Elsewhere, the news is not so good. Thankfully there are still downgrade targets rolling towards us, because the breakevens are getting a bit out of reach for some of the boys. Other than Smith, the biggest breakeven belongs to Essendon mid-def Dyson Heppell, although he’s one that’s capable of reaching the 91 that he needs to hold his $293,600 price tag. Perennial sub Andrew Gaff, of the much-improved West Coast Eagles, dropped $5 grand this week and is due another drop with a BE of 79, while teammate Jack Darling, who is developing a habit of starting games like a steam train but finishing like a team stain, has a highish BE of 66. I’d be sticking with the latter for a while longer and simply hoping you haven’t got the former. Luke Tapscott and Nick Lower owners have some decisions to make, with the Melbourne forward and Fremantle back seemingly at or at least nearing their ceilings. Both need 58 to breakeven in round nine, with averages a touch over 60.


If you were thinking of off-loading Tapscott, Lower or someone else you think might have done their dash, then there a bunch of options available. No less than 11 players are on the brink of their first price rise, although that includes four Gold Coast players whose bye this week means we can sit on them for another round. So if it’s okay, I may look at Tom Lynch, Steven May, Joe Daye and Sam Day in more detail another day. Hey, why don’t I just go eat some hay, make things out of clay, lay by the bay? I just may! What’d ya say? Anyway, that leaves Hawthorn duo Isaac Smith ($92,500, mid-fwd, BE -75) and Paul Puopolo ($92,500, def, BE -74), Essendon’s late replacement Michael Hibberd ($92,500, def, BE -67), St Kilda’s Arryn Siposs ($92,500, fwd, BE -13), Port Adelaide’s Simon Phillips and Sydney’s f-bomb dropper Nathan Gordon (both $96,700, mids, BEs 2 & 6) and Brisbane’s Bryce Retzlaff ($97,600, def-fwd, BE 15). The Hawks pair have been the highest scoring of the lot, with Puoplo in particular looking at home at the top level. Both received treatment for injuries during the St Kilda game (Puopolo shin, Smith knee), but returned to the field. Keep an eye on the team sheet this week. While by no means a direct replacement for injured defender Stephen Gilham (and certainly not for ruckman David Hale), the Hawks’ growing injury list can only help the job security of these two. It’s still questionable for me, with the likes of Cyril Rioli and Cam Bruce to return, but you’ll make worse decisions this year than taking a chance on Puopolo or Smith. The fact that Hibberd only got a recall due to a late out tells you something about his place in Essendon’s best 22, but there’s no doubting his talent. Funnily enough, Siposs might have the best job security of the lot, even though he hasn’t scored as highly as some of his peers. The coach seems to be fan and must begin to embrace rebuilding now that their premiership window has been slammed shut. It’d be easy to say “let’s laugh at Retzlaff” after his 16 on the weekend, but his first-up score of 46 is probably more indictive of what we can expect in the future.


Hawthorn’s Luke Breust, a $92,500 forward, started his first match as a sub but got his chance earlier than expected after Gilham’s injury forced the key defender off in the opening term. In a ridiculously high-scoring game by the Hawks, Breust got in on the action with a 70. Heavily selected mid-def Ben Jacobs didn’t do much to appease Port and DT fans desperate for a new hero, but it’s far too early to write him off yet. More impressive in the same game was Sydney midfielder Luke Parker, who didn’t debut until the final quarter but racked up seven touches after ditching the green vest. He looks a real prospect. I’m not as bullish about Gold Coast ruck Tom Nicholls, although 45 points wasn’t the worst first-up effort.

Let us know in the comments whether you’re holding or folding on Tapscott, Lower and others. If you’re folding, who are you picking up off the deck. Fingers crossed that whoever it is avoids making a fashion statement in a green or red-coloured vest.



  1. Fudgey

    May 18, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    Am thinking three- four week Strategy to fix the ailing Fudges…. basically need to raise about $300 to add to my $183 to allow two mid and a ruck upgrades.. Due to the need to maximise cash I am thinking it may be necessary to gain all my cash over the next two weeks from my down grades and the upgrades the following two (It may lead to some short term pain though)……thoughts

    This Week
    Smith/Otten -> Puopolo
    Or Gaff/Harriss to Jacobs (would avoid a donut as I have Swallow/Harris/Watson and Kerr out this week)
    Matera/Tapscott/Prestia -> Mzungu/Lynch (although Prestia the cheapest, the others actually play so which??)

    Next Week
    Smith/Otten -> Jacobs
    Matera/Tapscott/Prestia -> Mzungu/Lynch

    Week 3
    Gaff/Kerr/Harris/Conca -> Ablett/Rockcliff (2 Trades) ——probably Harris for Ablett or too many GC (If I do Gaff and Prestia it equates to min $80k less in the bank)

    Week 4
    Petrie to Sandi

    Alternatively a downgrade and upgrade each week, but this would result in some lost cash through the new players (Poop, Jacobs/Lynch) having their initial price rise!!

    Any input appreciated, both regarding strategy and players.

    Fairly happly with my team except these positions (Defence = 6 premiums and Buckley, Smith, Otten and Toy, Mids= 4 premiums and Swallow, Conca, Kerr, Harris, Gaff, Forwards = 7 Premiums and Tapscott/Prestia and Matera)

  2. G-Bangers

    May 18, 2011 at 3:32 pm

    one question …

    Scotland or Suckling …

    thoughts people ?

    • Pettiger

      May 18, 2011 at 3:46 pm

      Suckling bye round 17. Scotland bye round 23. What do you think?

      • Pettiger

        May 18, 2011 at 3:48 pm

        Sorry, that wasn’t meant to sound sarcastic.

        • G-Bangers

          May 18, 2011 at 3:54 pm

          yeah that’s the quandry , still a little concerned with Suckling being so young that 1. his body doesn’t hold out and 2 . his form drops off at some point … where as the seasoned campaigner Scotland is as tough as old boots …

          sounds reasoning and still a tough decision …

          • Pettiger

            May 18, 2011 at 4:16 pm

            I hear you. I have been considering Suckling too. Another person who now stands up is Gilbee as he now may spend more time in the forward line going on last weekend.

  3. sgi86

    May 18, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    Now he has broken his DT hymen do people agree that swallow will now do a scully and start pumping out more hundreds?

    Rischitelli and Gablett command the best taggers so seems the boy wonder from out here in the west may just be about ready to explode (remembering that he is yet to b nominated for the rising star which he pretty much had a mortgage on at the start of the yr)

    • G-Bangers

      May 18, 2011 at 4:08 pm

      he looks the goods for sure , no disrespect but without a crystal ball you can’t guarentee what he is going to score …

      • sgi86

        May 18, 2011 at 4:11 pm

        cudnt agree more g banger was just lookin for peoples gut feelings bud so no disrespect taken.

        Was considering upgrading him but having no byes remaining and the fact that he is startin to adjust to the pressure of league footy and the expectations on his shoulders he seems the goods to me

        • G-Bangers

          May 18, 2011 at 4:14 pm

          i’m keeping him as back up , he’s more than likely to play 95% of the season if not the whole season , need him for the byes amd more importantly the MBR’s still to come …

  4. Kuruki

    May 18, 2011 at 4:15 pm

    Anyone else having issues deciding weather to play Knights this week ??
    Cant decide between him and Tappy who has come off a shyt score but is playing Saints who leaked more hundreds then Demetriou at a strip club.

    • TheColonel

      May 18, 2011 at 4:26 pm

      hmm a first year rookie whose coming against last years grand finalists
      a proven 100+ gun coming off a huge game last week


      • crumpetjack

        May 18, 2011 at 6:12 pm

        Are you talking about the same gun who got 40 against the Demons two weeks ago? And up against the Pies this week.

    • Chartreuse

      May 18, 2011 at 4:37 pm

      Tappy all tapped out imo so I’m giving him the heave ho this week. But I have Knights too…if I was keeping Tappy, I’d probably still keep Knights on the field on back of his rnd 8 score, though would be a tough choice given the near disaster Knights almost had at couple weeks ago in Melb against Dees and keeping in mind his 100+ was against the Suns.

      Once I do the Tappy trade I am actually going to have to decide between playing Knights or Krak.

      • Kuruki

        May 18, 2011 at 5:15 pm

        It’s looks by all means an obvious choice to play Knights. What has me stumped is Knights ton was against Goldcoast where they had plenty of pill up forward. This week they are playing Collingwood and chances are they will have last weeks score reversed and posted on them this week.
        Tappy has been quiet but half the Hawthorn side cracked tons against a Saints side who look disgracefull. Weigh those two things together and i cant split the two.

        • Phil Ken Sebben

          May 18, 2011 at 5:27 pm

          Cheers, um thanks for those thoughts, now it’s all as clear as mud… ;)
          I am now agonizing over the exact same dilemma. I was going Knights, but not so sure now!

  5. havntyouhird

    May 18, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    B smith makes his way out for me this werk for puopolo if he’s named due to his B/E of over 100, then wanting to upgrade a mid to a premium, was going to trade conca to pendles and leave Harris, or should I trade Harris with the bye and have conca play who’s averaging over 80 past 5 weeks??

    • DucKing18

      May 18, 2011 at 5:37 pm

      Harris BE is only 21, he has still got some fattening to do. Im keeping him until he fattens then trading him up to my 7th premium mid.

  6. whale

    May 18, 2011 at 5:11 pm

    Grimes To Suckling, and petrie to smith/lynch/siposs depending on final teams + krakouer
    [if krakouer is playing, in goes Lynch, if krakouer isn’t playing, in comes smith, if smith and krakouer aren’t playing, in comes siposs]

    Should leave a huge amount in the bank, then ill do a lower to jacobs trade next week and hopefully upgrade a mid rookie to ablett, then i should be able to upgrade prestia or krakouer the week after to sylvia or pavlich, and might even be able to squeeze in another premium with the leftover cash!

    • Albert Lloyd

      May 18, 2011 at 5:18 pm

      How many trades do you have left?

      • whale

        May 18, 2011 at 5:21 pm

        18, been keeping a steady hand so i can go wild now!

        • Phil Ken Sebben

          May 18, 2011 at 5:28 pm

          thank you for answering him

          • Albert Lloyd

            May 18, 2011 at 6:12 pm

            Lol, I’ve got 18 too.

  7. whale

    May 18, 2011 at 5:21 pm

    Just thought I’d include the tale of outstanding luck and contrasting defeat.

    In my first league, my fixture results are as follows:
    Round 1: Feed The Chickens 1,963 def by 2,000 McDream Team
    Round 2: McDream Team 2,095 def 2,089 SuperHeroMegaTeam
    Round 3: McDream Team 1,985 def 1,980 Gerry’s Greats
    Round 7: According To Tim 1,897 def by 1,918 McDream Team
    Round 8: foster the people 2,075 def by 2,079 McDream Team

    Each win, by 37, 6, 5, 21 and 4 points respectively. I have won 5 games by a combined total of SEVENTY THREE POINTS!!
    I sit on top of the table with 5/5 wins, and a percentage of 100.73.
    How lucky am i? If my opponent had played the right bench player, or chosen the correct captain each week, i could have been 0/5 and on the bottom of the ladder. In total points i am ranked 8th.

    Contrast this to my second league, which is ranked 3 positions higher then the previous one (its 152, compared to 155) where i sit 10th on the ladder, with 2 wins and 3 losses. Yet i am ranked 6th for total points. What a complete contrast of fortunes!

  8. Mega-Goat

    May 18, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    My word, when is big Matthew Watson returning? Sitting on two games…

  9. Iamlegend

    May 18, 2011 at 5:41 pm

    hey has anyone noticed TKOL’S ranking is 474: 500 points behind leaders?

    also gone missing? suspicious.

    • Mega-Goat

      May 18, 2011 at 5:45 pm

      TKOL is a greek god

  10. Birdy

    May 18, 2011 at 5:58 pm

    so all along i had been planning on going petrie to sandy and leaving Smith as emergency, but now i am thinking that smith will come close to petries price and i should downgrade tapscott to J tippet making money to go smith to sandy, then petrie can move to fwd line and be my 7th or 8th fwd, and also cover byes in the ruck. J Tippet expected to play at all this year?? and thoughts on the idea anyway ???

  11. J-eezy

    May 18, 2011 at 6:09 pm

    Pav or Fyfe? Pavs lowest score is 85, but Fyfe is averaging 100 and seems to be around the ball more than Pav. He also gets tackles. However Pav has been proven to get alot of goals and has been in a slump lately but will probably change that?

    • Mega-Goat

      May 18, 2011 at 6:12 pm

      Avatar is working wonders at the moment, Id pick him, but the pav is always good

      • J-eezy

        May 18, 2011 at 6:23 pm

        Yeah Avatar is a gun and is so tough which is why I like him. Hmmm, may as well because he is cheaper as well.

  12. patto

    May 18, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    got 170,000 in the bank,

    looking to go Lower/Otten to Puopolo
    Harris to Selwood

    then next week
    Tapscott to Lynch
    Liberatore to Ablett

    is this good trading?
    unsure whether lower/otten/harris/liberatore have reached their peaks, should i maybe be keeping them?

    • jaydoss34

      May 18, 2011 at 6:56 pm

      Yeah mate I would definitely consider doing both of the double trades mentioned above. Lower & Otten have reached their peaks, while Libba & Harris are almost there. Even if a rookie hasn’t reached it’s peak, it’s silly to not get in a bargain gun (Ablett & Selwood) just to save a few thousand. Go for it!

      • baconb

        May 18, 2011 at 7:02 pm

        jaydoss is all over it.

        Otten has peaked for sure at $197k and a 13 be.

        Yes you read correctly a 13 be

        BE = Break even if you didn’t know what that is jaydoss,

        please don’t give bad advice to people this site is to help people.

        If your going to get rid of otten cause he’s not playing thats fine but don’t say he’s peaked. Get real!

        • knickers

          May 19, 2011 at 3:04 pm

          You could get rid of Otten because though his (be) is 13…he will make you 18k..while if you grab Puopolo (if hes named) has a (be) of -74 and will make you 50k…
          If Otten comes back and continues to play the way he has he may not have 50k rise left in him..

      • Albert Lloyd

        May 18, 2011 at 7:02 pm

        Lol, Otten hasn’t peaked yet he’s just always injured. Still has a BE of 10 or something.

        • patto

          May 18, 2011 at 7:17 pm

          sorry didn’t mean peaked for otten, meant is he just generally at the point where we should get rid of him

        • patto

          May 18, 2011 at 7:19 pm

          + baconb im sure he didn’t really mean it like that, cut him a bit of slack

    • donsfan

      May 19, 2011 at 10:33 am

      but then your missing lynch’s first price rise?

      • donsfan

        May 19, 2011 at 10:39 am

        stupid by me, forgot they have the bye

  13. swanlow36

    May 18, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    Did Harris to Selwood but not keen on Lynch next week. What do you think of Swallow > Ablett or should I go Libba > Ablett instead?

  14. jbomb

    May 18, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    does anyone think hurley will get a gig this weekend or should just do a straight swap 4 suckling???

    • Brappinalong

      May 18, 2011 at 7:28 pm

      Get him outta there mate!!!

      • swanlow36

        May 18, 2011 at 7:29 pm

        Agreed, get rid of him NOW!!!!!!!!!

  15. jbomb

    May 18, 2011 at 7:30 pm

    thought so 2129 points last week with hurley a big fat donut ???

  16. swazza

    May 18, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    bewick to irons?

    • donsfan

      May 19, 2011 at 10:34 am

      no, theres rookies with better job security such as isaac smith,puoplo or ben jacobs

  17. Assasins

    May 18, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    Is anyone getting rid of C.Rich this week??

    • Brappinalong

      May 18, 2011 at 7:58 pm

      No, his a forgotten bench player and will stay that way, if he ever actually makes decent money then I’ll get rid of him but until then he’s a passenger!!

      • swazza

        May 18, 2011 at 8:01 pm

        team name brappin?

        • Brappinalong

          May 18, 2011 at 8:16 pm

          Jakob’s Crew, 679th

      • Assasins

        May 18, 2011 at 8:06 pm

        hoping he plays again soon…would be nice to get rid of this freeloader

  18. the-real-zohan

    May 18, 2011 at 8:03 pm

    SIPOSS vs Smith for my downgrade of Tappy.
    Smith is obviously a better DTer however he may be replaced by Rioli and others, now or soon. SIPOSS seems safe with the horrid Saints needing to play they youth. Of course Smith is a DDP however i already have a mid / def link and will soon bring in the talented Mzungu who will add to that.

  19. JD

    May 18, 2011 at 9:06 pm

    What about Matthew Wright (Adelaide – Mid)? He’s played 3 games this season, priced at $163,000, and has averaged 64 points, with 116 last week – although against Gold Coast.

  20. Avan

    May 18, 2011 at 9:16 pm

    Haha Patrick and his 5 points for 3 quarters…. Relton would be proud of that effort.

    • the-real-zohan

      May 18, 2011 at 9:37 pm

      haha good call. RIP Relton

  21. Ike

    May 18, 2011 at 10:16 pm

    Ok, I was keen as to get I Smith this week but hearing that Mzungulu is getting a gig in the next week or two changes my plans a bit. They both have dual possie status don’t they? I want one of them so I can sub one of Pav, Fyfe or Chap (when I get him) into the mids if needed.

    In the next 3 weeks I’m thinking of burning 6 trades. If I can get in Chappy, Joey, Pendles, and downgrade to Puopolo, Lynch and Smith/Puopolo, then the team would be looking a heap better.

    Burning 6 trades would mean I had 12 trades left after round 10 and a team which is pretty much set. Is that foolish?

    • sherman22

      May 18, 2011 at 10:28 pm

      Yeah Mzungu is a Mid/Fwd, but i would hold off for a week or two. You never know how he will go coming straight back into league footy…

      Mark Harvey said tonight that it would be silly to get him straight back, but their recent form/injuries would suggest otherwise.

      Having said that, i think once in the side, Mzungu will have better job security than Smith will… Really is your call.

      I don’t think your plan is foolish, i have forced myself to do something very similar. Will probably be making 6 trades in the next 3 weeks i’d say…

      • Ike

        May 18, 2011 at 10:45 pm

        Will just be hard to get my timing right I think, as want to get Chap and Joey especially at their cheapest, silly to bring in Lynch before his third game (bye this week). I’m thinking long term that Mzungu will be a better bet than Smith. Might just bring in Puopolo this week, then next week Lynch and Joey. Then Mzungu and Chappy. Then the week after Pendles might have bottomed out so bring him in – 6 trades based over 4 rounds might be a smarter idea.

        All depends on selections though… now I haven’t really looked that far into the future, but does anyone see issues with having Pendles and Swan in the same midfield with the bye later in the season? I do like to win leagues, but overall is what I’d prefer in the big picture.

        • Gerryboy

          May 19, 2011 at 2:02 pm

          I think loads of players have Swan and Pendles in their teams, yes you’ll lose a few points on the bye round but if your structure is right you’ll have some decent cover

    • donsfan

      May 19, 2011 at 10:38 am

      Well if your team is set you can just use the 10 trades left for long term injuries? i think you will get away with that, sounds good

  22. sherman22

    May 18, 2011 at 10:20 pm

    Need some advice fellas??

    My plan is to downgrade Tapscott to Tom Lynch, thus giving me enough Johnny Cash to upgrade Lower to any defender i want.

    Already have the usuals in Deledio, Gibbs, Goddard and Broughton (FMDT).

    I am tossing up between Suckling or Shaw… Who should i go with? Or is there anyone else you think would be better???

    Cheers guys.

    • Ike

      May 18, 2011 at 10:52 pm

      Carrots? Not many people spoke of him last week when discussing the Grimes trade because of Carltons bye but he had been in decent form before the bye. Sam Fisher has also been rock solid of late, but whether you want two players from the same team sitting in defence is your choice.

      Shaw worries me, despite assurances he isn’t like previous years, I tend to go the conservative route. You’ll never see me getting in the likes of Shaw, Brennan, Dangerfield etc because too many people have been burnt in the past.


    May 18, 2011 at 11:01 pm

    Jed lamb should be playing in the next week or two another cash cow to consider in a month

  24. Kevin Arnolds Dad

    May 18, 2011 at 11:28 pm

    Hi everyone, it’s me, Kevin Arnold’s Dad.

    Looking at downgrading Tapscott to Smith in my FWD line and upgrading Brodie Smith in DEF to either:

    1. Suckling
    2. Birchall.

    I’m actually leaning towards Birchall. Bit of a different pick considering the entire world will be on Suckling by the end of the week. Averages about 15pts less at the moment, less variation in his scores (albeit no massive ones) and i’m just a little concerned about Suckling’s knee injury risk.

    Anyway, just throwing it out there.

    Will surely change my mind 100 times and end up taking Rod Carter.

    • Blue boy

      May 19, 2011 at 8:43 am

      Mate im doing the same trade and decided im going to go with Suckling.

      mainly because he doesnt have a bye in the finals and there is a serious lack of quality defenders so might as well get him now at a fairly good price. also i figure if he does go down later in the season he possibly may have made some cash by then and could be a straight swap to possibly shaw or someone else playing well.

      Havent really looked at Birchall guess i just want players that can score as many points as possible.


      • Kevin Arnolds Dad

        May 19, 2011 at 10:40 am

        Fair call. I’ll probably end up buying Suckling anyway!

  25. monfries6

    May 19, 2011 at 7:43 am

    lower or otten -> puopolo (if named)???

    • Shane_o_85

      May 19, 2011 at 9:06 am

      How much bench back-up do you have. If you can, hold onto Otten, he has some m oney left in him. Lower has just about peaked and probably won’t even hold his spot once some quality freo defenders return from injury. Muzung in, Lower…bye!

      • monfries6

        May 19, 2011 at 9:33 am

        I’ve got stanley and batchelor as back up, I hope Lower is dropped this week so as to make my decision easier.

        • Shane_o_85

          May 19, 2011 at 9:39 am

          Think Thats the way i’ll go also. If Lower is dropped then bye-bye!

          • Gerryboy

            May 19, 2011 at 2:04 pm

            agreed Lower has reached his ceiling by the looks, out this week for the Poo…make some C.ASH

  26. bargey00

    May 19, 2011 at 8:58 am

    Trading I.Smith in but can’t decide whether to trade in puopolo or hibbered for lower? Hibbered has dpp but will puopolo be better in the end?

    • Shane_o_85

      May 19, 2011 at 9:03 am

      All these trades have a reasonable amount of risk involved. Poup has the best JS, been named and played two straight. Hibb got a crack, then got dropped, then was named an emer. then was a late call up. Poup for security, Hibb for the DPP and better scoring (if he gets another crack)

      • Juzz

        May 19, 2011 at 12:26 pm

        Hibberd made way for Dustin Fletcher – last in, first out – he was not ‘dropped’ due to poor form. Agree his JS is not as good as Puopolo.

  27. Shane_o_85

    May 19, 2011 at 9:05 am

    Just getting the consensus on this peoples, im going for a league win. How many trades should I have going into the finals?

    • Blue boy

      May 19, 2011 at 9:29 am

      i reckon 4-6

      4 if you havent picked too many from teams playing in the last 4 rounds or 6 if you need to cover those byes

      if you can make it to finals with this many trades should give you a strong advantage if your opponent has used all of theirs.

  28. Lukes Legends

    May 19, 2011 at 9:51 am


    Looking at downgrading petrie, however he is in my rucks, and i don’t have a DPP.

    Anyone know of a suitable downgrade in the rucks?

    It could be that time of the year where i trade just for cash.

    Current rucks:

    Sandi, Cox, Smith, Petrie.

    All advice would be much appreciated.

    • JollyDickKrakouerWood

      May 19, 2011 at 11:18 am

      There was an article somewhere saying that they will rest ottens at some stage and bring in a rookie ruckman that’s been impressive in the vfl and has impressed Scott. Can’t remember his name though.

    • TeeTee

      May 19, 2011 at 12:25 pm

      Matt Lobbe is rated at Port, should be back in the SANFL after injury and should get a run this season.

      • Juzz

        May 19, 2011 at 12:29 pm

        And he has F/R DPP (Lobbe) – I’m bringing him in this week or next for Hale, mainly to top up the bank balance.

    • Pugsiadly

      May 19, 2011 at 2:19 pm

      Mate, you already have solid starting rucks in Cox & Sandi with good backup in Smith for their byes, so there is no point spending extra $$ getting someone who will play (or even MIGHT play).

      You’ve got three reliable guys already, so downgrade Petrie to the cheapest guy possible to bank as much coin for an upgrade somewhere else.

      I would suggest on of the three $80,400 guys because you won’t be wanting this last ruck to ever set foot on the field anyway

      • Lukes Legends

        May 19, 2011 at 2:47 pm

        I agree Pugs, however… if there is a guy (Vardy / Lobbe) etc.. that is a chance of playing more than 3 games, i would consider spending the extra 15K in the hope that they might play 3 games and make some cash for me?

        IMO its silly getting someone that has NO chance in playing…

        • Pugsiadly

          May 19, 2011 at 3:05 pm

          Fair enough mate, but I think that’s more of a valid strategy at the start of the year than at this point because now you probably won’t have enough trades to let the fourth bloke mature and then trade him in for cash, and you also wouldn’t want him going on your field at all.

          This is why I’d prefer the extra money, but what you’re suggesting makes sense too

          • Lukes Legends

            May 20, 2011 at 8:11 am

            Pug – Vardy, Baily both playing ;)

  29. swanlow36

    May 19, 2011 at 9:56 am

    G’day Chook

    Already have CBS (Chapman, Bartel and Selwood) in the team but If I get Enright when he bottoms out, this could cost me a chance of winning overall and my league as I’ve got four Cats in my best 22. So, should I go Enright or just stick with CBS?

  30. james_10

    May 19, 2011 at 10:39 am

    Hi Guys, I have 5 upgrades to make with 13 trades and 150k in the bank.
    This week I went Curnow and Darling to Pendles and Smith.
    I now need 3 defence upgrades, 1 midfield upgrade and 1 forward upgrade.
    Carrazzo and Jacobs are locked in next week to come in for Lower and L.Thompson, and Ablett or Mitchell the next with Mzungu for Harris and Swallow which will leave me around 85-100k depending on price rises.
    That means round 12 I will need 1 forward upgrade and 2 backline upgrades, I am going to try and grab Pav and a rookie that will get a game as he is predicted to drop a bit in price for Tapscott and Matera.
    Then my Mids, rucks and forwards will be set for round 12 and 5 premium backs with Heppell and Duigan taking up spots 6 and 7. So my team for round 12 will look like this:

    DEF: Deledio, Gibbs, Rawlings, Goddard, Carrazzo, Heppell, Duigan (Puopolo, Toy, Jacobs)
    MID: Swan, Boyd, Bartel, Selwood, Pendlebury, Mitchell/Ablett (Hibberd, Mzungu, Smith(atm i have him in forwards and Sylvia in mids they will switch the week of the Ablett trade)
    RUC: Cox, Sandilands (Smith, Derickx)
    FWD: Franklin, Sylvia, Johnson, N.Riewoldt, ROK, Pavlich, Knights (Prestia, Richardson, ROOKIE)

    Rookie maybe = Callinan

    Any other ideas, this one just popped into my head last night.

    • hypojezza

      May 19, 2011 at 2:28 pm

      The Crows have already upgraded 3 rookies in the last few weeks (Wright, Schmidt, and now Aiden Riley). Does this leave any room to promote callinan to the senior list? I’d be very wary of even thinking about him until he is named.

  31. james_10

    May 19, 2011 at 11:32 am

    If Hibberd is named and Smith is named on and extended bench would it be safer to start Hibberd with Smith as emergency

  32. JacktheRipper

    May 19, 2011 at 11:50 am

    Thinking i might go out of the box

    What are the thoughts of

    1) Trading IN Goddard when he bottoms out? for a rookie say Stanley or Lower


    77,100 in the bank

    This Week
    B Matera $200,100 -> T Lynch 120,500 (I know they have a Bye) = $156 700

    Trading out A Swallow $351,100 for P Chapman $425,100 (He’ll drop but then i can’t do the rest of the trades) = 77,700

    D Harris $234,200 -> G Ablett $ 404,900 = -171,700 short minus (+) the 77,700 in the bank = 93, 000 I need

    This could come from A Krak to T Mzungu (In the Mids which are Strong, for when he starts playing) leaving my team as

    (Stanley, Lower, Jacobs) This is the weakest link then) which i could use my remaining 12 trades on

    (D. Swallow, T Liberatore, T Mzungu)

    N Voldt,
    L Franklin,
    (T Lynch, C Dixon, K Harper)

    • Lukes Legends

      May 19, 2011 at 12:01 pm

      Krak BE is low… against Adelaide i would keep him one more week… trade him out when Pies have the bye.

      • JacktheRipper

        May 19, 2011 at 12:06 pm

        So maybe Lower to an unsighted Rookie (Risks, they make you or break you)??

        • JacktheRipper

          May 19, 2011 at 12:14 pm

          Yeah that is actually the best Idea his B/E is at like -3 or something, maybe he can turn into Sylvia later if the help, Cheers Lukes Legends Best of Luck

          • Lukes Legends

            May 19, 2011 at 3:43 pm


    • Pugsiadly

      May 19, 2011 at 2:24 pm

      If that was me I’d be trying to upgrade Poo and Hibberd before you do Harris to Ablett mate.

      Just because Harris and Swallow will score more reliably than having Heppell, Hibberd & Poo on the field each week.

      Maybe do Stanley up to Goddard or Shaw instead of the Ablett trade?

      • JacktheRipper

        May 19, 2011 at 3:20 pm

        Hmm i possible Harris to Goddard might fix this problem, plus it would leave me with more money i could the DPP link Goddard into the backline and Hibberd on the Mids Bench, the remaining money could then be used

        1) Upgrade the forwards: C Dixon (The bastard) and K Harper if they rise to someone better (double trade) say J Brown when he drops sharply in value

        2) Upgrade the Backline: Lower or Stanley to Heater Shaw, therefore Poo on the Bench

        I like your thinking Pugsiadly, Cheers for the Advice and Good Luck

  33. Young GUNS

    May 19, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    alright I need to get a replacement for Jolly. I don’t want to keep him and take a dohnut.
    I have Zac smith on the bench and Cox on the field.

    Jolly is worth 300 k

    I have 63,100 in the bank.

    Who should I get in?

    • TeeTee

      May 19, 2011 at 1:49 pm

      Mumford, Leuenberger or Graham, all have been fairly consistent without being outstanding. Or downgrade on another line and upgrade Jolly to Sandi if you have 2 trades to burn?

      • Pugsiadly

        May 19, 2011 at 2:28 pm

        Go up to Sandi if you can do another trade to make $$ mate, if not maybe Ryder if you think he can come good?

  34. Case

    May 19, 2011 at 1:17 pm

    Option 1:
    Ottens to suckling

    2. Lower to suckling

    3. B smith to suckling

    And one of

    4. Harris to I smith
    5. D swallow to I smith.


    Cheers in advance


    • james_10

      May 19, 2011 at 1:27 pm

      options 2 and 4 in my opinion.

      • Zan

        May 19, 2011 at 2:31 pm


      • Zan

        May 19, 2011 at 2:31 pm




        • Case

          May 19, 2011 at 4:51 pm

          Thanks gents….I’ll go ahead and pull the trigger!

          (tomorrow of course….because even I’m not that stupid!)

  35. runny nose

    May 20, 2011 at 12:04 am

    Can I please get some advice?
    I want to bring in Puopola for either duffield, lower or otten?
    Duffield has stuck all year and I have stuck with him but has a BE 100+, lower isn’t doing much either with a BE of about 70 which is just above his average but he doesn’t have the JS of duffman and otten just isn’t playing. originally duffield was meant to be a keeper and so was otten, with lower the cash cow. i could happily trade them all out. i am leaning toward giving duffman the chop to free up so cash given he is likely to go down again this week. my faith ran out weeks ago but i had more important things to do. can anyone suggest otherwise?

    • digugs

      May 20, 2011 at 1:21 am

      your in a tough spot. Id say it depends on who you want to bring in with the cash. If you can make enough cash to get the player you want with the ottens trade then go for that. If you need more cash id probably pull the pin on duffman. The problem with this is, instead of having that keeper that you originally thought, you’ve ended up with otten, lower and puopolo as well as another upgrade on one of these later in the season.

      Way up your options. do you have trades? how much cash do you have? who are you looking to upgrade?

      • runny nose

        May 20, 2011 at 12:14 pm

        To be honest I am in no hurry to rush the cash in to my back line. i see the injection better used elsewhere. adcock and enright are my only targets down back but they are not really setting the world on fire.
        current line is gibbs, goddard, duffield, deledio, otten lower, heppell, hibberd, stanley & jacobs.
        $54k in the bank, 18 trades left.
        i would rather use the cash boost to pick up a premium in mictchell, selwood in the mids or pavlich, fyfe in the forwards instead.

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