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Chook’s Rooks – Round 20

It’s finals time and, for a change, some of our rookies are coming along for the ride. Which young guns are part of your tilt for the title?

The arrival of Dream Team finals is traditionally a bittersweet experience for the rookie-centric coaches among us. We’re just as excited as the rest of you to see whether our teams can leap the last hurdles on the track to ever-lasting league glory, but we’re a little sad to be doing it without our beloved first-year footballers. Usually by this stage of the DT season our best cash-cow kids have been tossed aside, double traded for a gold-rolled premium and an $80k bench-warmer. This year, though, it’s a little different. The advent of the bye and the existence of some out-and-out stars in this year’s crop of youngsters mean some coaches will be fielding up to three rookies (or rookie-priced players) in their assault on the first round of finals. He won’t be around for the grand final itself, but plenty of coaches will be hoping Dyson Heppell gets them there. Other coaches count defenders Danny Stanley and/or Nick Lower as part of their finished team, while those hanging on to North Melbourne veteran Brady Rawlings could be forced to use rookie cover. The absence of fellow Kangaroos Andrew Swallow, Drew Petrie and Brent Harvey and the possibility of Colin Sylvia serving another week in the seconds means the likes of mid-fwd maestro Tendai Mzungu and ruck-fwd Matthew Lobbe will receive a call-up from some coaches. Some brave souls might even have the balls to give Ian Callinan a guernsey if he’s named to make his return from injury this week.

I was going to give a Calvin-style breakdown of the best rookie options to cover your Petrie and Sylvia-shaped holes, looking at the player’s first game against this week’s opponent, and their scoring history at the ground, but then realised I’d be doing Get Off The Bench blogger Dunny out of a job. It’s a probably a good thing that I’m now redundant around these parts, because f%^$ me does my English Premier League fantasy team need some attention…

Not much point in delving into the three-or-more gamer bracket then, so we’ll skip straight to the two-gamers in the off chance you’ve saved a downgrade trade for round 21. You’re one of the guys who put down “DT” for the religion question on last night’s Census, right?

Two gamers

Essendon defender Michael Ross started as the sub again, but was forced to wait much longer this week before getting a run around, coming on in the fourth quarter to register six points. Best FanFooty joke of the weekend was claiming him as your captain in SuperCoach, where he scored -2. Those jokes never get old. Not a bit.

Our other two double-gamers, Adelaide midfielder Aidan Riley and Gold Coast defender Jeremy Taylor, avoided subs vests of either colour to score 50s. Taylor was lucky enough to have the ball in his half for the majority of the game against Geelong, with four first-quarter goals kicked on him by Stevie Johnson before being moved to Cam Mooney. You can’t be too critical of Taylor; the league’s top defenders would’ve had trouble containing Johnson in that match, given the delivery he received from his loosely-checked midfielders and the rich vein of form he finds himself in.

One gamers

Brisbane midfielder Josh Dyson ($92,500) became the 135th rookie-priced player to blip on my radar this year when he debuted in round 20. You heard right. 135. Anyway, you don’t expect much more than 31 points from sub-affected players, except when they get as much game time as Dyson, who got three full quarters of game time after the early injury to Joel Patfull. Not. Good. Enough. No one’s doing full-stop thing anymore, are they? Damn, I’m so 2009.

I did edge a little closer to the current decade when I finally picked up a smartphone last week, inspiring me to start using Twitter and some other stuff a bit more, so let me over the weekend which rookies are making or breaking your first week of finals @djch00k.

Oh, thanks to Who’s Your Daddy? for the reminder about the DT Talk league in the EPL fantasy competition, which kicks off this weekend. Head to and enter league code 40564-160018. A Charles N’Zogbia hat trick might just ease the pain of being bundled out of the DT finals in the first week.



  1. FRITzL

    August 10, 2011 at 7:04 am

    Gona b running dis week 3 rookies the gu, Isaac smith and don’t wana hav a rookie inda ruck hav Petrie and lobbe upgrade Petrie or bench him for this week hope I win and upgrade lobbe also hav 154,000 in da bank any help?

    • Benny

      August 10, 2011 at 7:33 am

      u hav gud grama skilz, dat iz impreseev

      • gricho

        August 10, 2011 at 10:13 am

        Lurn 2 English.

      • Albert Lloyd

        August 10, 2011 at 11:08 am


    • mikepilley

      August 10, 2011 at 8:00 am

      I don’t understand! Someone help me! Is this some sort of new millennium where punctuation and spelling are irrelevant?

      • Albert Lloyd

        August 10, 2011 at 11:08 am

        I hope not :S

    • SlightHawk

      August 10, 2011 at 8:36 am

      fritzy, 4 som1 ranked 126 u should really impr0ve ur english

      • Phil Ken Sebben

        August 10, 2011 at 2:43 pm


    • Ezmae

      August 10, 2011 at 9:19 am

      That was like reading a text from someone born in the 90’s!

    • SloppyJoe

      August 10, 2011 at 10:03 am

      I want to smack you in the face with your iPhone.

    • Pettiger

      August 10, 2011 at 10:36 am

      I’m too old for this language. Can somebody translate it for me?

      • Benny

        August 10, 2011 at 12:14 pm

        I believe it means “I am a gigantic tool”

      • gruff griffo

        August 10, 2011 at 1:32 pm

        spot on…..maybe English is his third language?

    • dt talk king

      August 10, 2011 at 5:29 pm

      guyz remember nm hav da bye!!

    • dt talk king

      August 10, 2011 at 5:30 pm

      it will be interesting to see the players breakeven’s in the finals, interesting stuff ey lads

  2. jb

    August 10, 2011 at 9:08 am

    Don’t any1 get Taylor he is out for the season with groin surgery..

    • Albert Lloyd

      August 10, 2011 at 11:09 am


      • GrainFedBeef

        August 10, 2011 at 11:49 am

        Tay…ror. yur engrish ned woking on Abert

        • Albert Lloyd

          August 10, 2011 at 6:04 pm

          My sincerelest aporigies

  3. Frankie Muniz

    August 10, 2011 at 9:12 am

    Only a few rounds to go!

    This is the business end of the season?

    This is why we play!

  4. Mmmm...Donuts

    August 10, 2011 at 9:23 am

    Is Zmith definitly rested? If so im in sht!
    If cox plays im alright…

    • Sully23

      August 10, 2011 at 9:30 am

      Nobody will know until the teams come out, chill.

      • Mmmm...Donuts

        August 10, 2011 at 9:33 am

        Gold coast coach Mckenna said ‘ If Gary is in any doubt we will rest him”:(

        • Sully23

          August 10, 2011 at 9:35 am

          It’s 50/50 Gary feels fine atm. It’d be wise to have to good cover though in case of a late withdrawal.

          • Mmmm...Donuts

            August 10, 2011 at 9:38 am

            50/50 CHANCE! I thought it would be 80-20 in Abletts way:(

          • Sully23

            August 10, 2011 at 9:40 am

            Hamstrings are f**ked , they rarely come good quickly. I hope it’s a better chance than that too, I have both Zmith and Gaz

      • SlightHawk

        August 10, 2011 at 9:33 am

        So he won’t be rested?

        • Sully23

          August 10, 2011 at 9:38 am

          It’s a fitness thing. Both Gaz and Zmith will need to prove they are fully fit too play.

          • Mmmm...Donuts

            August 10, 2011 at 9:42 am

            If Ablett, Zmith, and Cox are out Im stuffed, my Opponent have none of the three:(

          • SlightHawk

            August 10, 2011 at 9:58 am

            So they will play?

          • Phil Ken Sebben

            August 10, 2011 at 2:45 pm

            please answer Slight!

        • UmpiresRFu_ked!!

          August 10, 2011 at 10:43 am

          If cox pulls out 4 out of my five(smith, petrie,cox, maccauley,hale) ruckman wont be playing FMDT.

          ps has Brock Maccauley passed away?

          • Dingo

            August 10, 2011 at 11:12 pm

            Cox never pulls out LOL

        • Albert Lloyd

          August 10, 2011 at 11:10 am

          plz answer hymn

    • Ezmae

      August 10, 2011 at 9:32 am

      That seems to be the word on the street. McKenna also mentioned it as a possibility on monday night. I thought they would play him being it against Brisbane (pretty much a home game) and the possible win…
      Thats probably just wishful thinking on my part, if he’s out i have to trade. Just have to wait until the teams come out tomorrow I guess.

      • Mmmm...Donuts

        August 10, 2011 at 9:34 am

        Any news on cox, Injury list says he’s a test(hip)

        • Mmmm...Donuts

          August 10, 2011 at 9:41 am

          Iz h3 alrht hopfuly, 0r 1m 1n trble…. Lol funniest message Ive seen FRITZ

          • Sully23

            August 10, 2011 at 9:46 am

            If you want to be the first to know I’d suggest getting on Twitter and following the likes of AFL_PKeane and FootyTragic those guys are the first to know. Don’t forget to add the DT Talk guys too :)

  5. Mmmm...Donuts

    August 10, 2011 at 9:50 am

    Cheers Sully23:)

  6. Big Feller

    August 10, 2011 at 11:11 am

    Anyone know a cheap $80K defender that might possibly play (just in case).

    Also who should I off load – Poo Polo or Buckley? Poo has a good run but Buck may fill in any stars that may get rested in the next few weeks.

    • Pettiger

      August 10, 2011 at 11:25 am


      • UmpiresRFu_ked!!

        August 10, 2011 at 11:34 am

        I wish he’s a midfield forward

        • SlightHawk

          August 10, 2011 at 11:55 am

          D15 1z tr|_|!
          |-|3 d|_|/\/ pl/\Y i/\/ D-f3/\/c3, h3 pLaY 1/\/ /\/\1df13ld 0r 1/\/ dA 4\/\/d L1n3.
          |-|3 aL50 pL/\Y5 4 da cR0\/\/5

          • Albert Lloyd

            August 10, 2011 at 12:13 pm

            He spelt the word Yale with the number 6.

          • UmpiresRFu_ked!!

            August 10, 2011 at 12:23 pm

            Terrible grammar you left off a t after /V lol

          • mtooler

            August 10, 2011 at 4:43 pm


  7. UmpiresRFu_ked!!

    August 10, 2011 at 11:41 am

    Chook you need to set up a Head to Head league for EPL

    • Chook

      August 10, 2011 at 12:47 pm


      If you want head-to-head action, get on 40564-307710

      Now if they could just stop rioting long enough, we might get some games this week.

      • UmpiresRFu_ked!!

        August 10, 2011 at 3:44 pm

        Cheers all over it, one things for sure, the rioting will stop for a couple of hours while the games are on.

  8. FRITzL

    August 10, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    If I wantd an engrish lesson I would of asked I was asking a simple question proper grammar I can do without help wit wat to do wit my team muchly appreciated

    • UmpiresRFu_ked!!

      August 10, 2011 at 12:24 pm


    • Albert Lloyd

      August 10, 2011 at 12:32 pm

      I think it is you who should be giving us the lessons in Engrish, not vice versa.

    • phatmaniac

      August 10, 2011 at 12:47 pm

      be quiet and go back to your padded cell fritzl

    • SlightHawk

      August 10, 2011 at 1:05 pm

      Joseph, locking up your family in your rape dungeon is no excuse for spelling like an illiterate peasant

      • Albert Lloyd

        August 10, 2011 at 2:07 pm


    • mtooler

      August 10, 2011 at 6:47 pm

      For the last time, Sandilands to Lobbe is a GOOD TRADE!

  9. joyce1188

    August 10, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    Gibbs, Goddard, Deledio, Enright, Heppell, Stanley, Puopolo (Jacobs, Hunt, Lisle)

    Murphy, Pendlebury, Swan, Boyd, Ablett, Rockliff (Montagna, Mzungu, Evans)

    Cox, Ryder (Lobbe, McCulloch)

    Fyfe, Cloke, Chapman, O’Keefe, Sylvia, Watts, Krakouer (Howe, Richardson, Dixon)

    4 trades left with $54,400 in the banks (6th on ladder so must win this week)

    any help would be great…

    • UmpiresRFu_ked!!

      August 10, 2011 at 12:39 pm

      you need goodes and buddy in forward line DO IT!

      • joyce1188

        August 10, 2011 at 12:48 pm

        (this week) evens to callinan then jacobs to fisher, leaves me 2 trades with $46,300
        (next week) Krakouer to buddy…


        • kelonwheels

          August 10, 2011 at 2:30 pm


          this week if you wanna win – ablett to goodes and poo to fisher, be better to dump monty but you haven’t got the cash and there is a chance ablett won’t play even if he’s picked and that will shoot you

          you got mzungu for cover or can use krak too. no point having $$$ on the pine if he’s not on your field in a must win match and your 7th fwd and 7th def need upgrading

          • kelonwheels

            August 10, 2011 at 2:33 pm

            save one trade to get petrie or someone in for ryder if you make it through, if desperate next week and the week after you could dump a fwd for petrie and ryder just sits on the bench GF week if u make it

  10. Justin

    August 10, 2011 at 1:12 pm

    Dr Dream Team says to pick up Jeremy Taylor… How about you do some research you lazy incompetent f**kwit.

    • Albert Lloyd

      August 10, 2011 at 2:14 pm

      His other advice was pretty solid today though.

    • kelonwheels

      August 10, 2011 at 2:35 pm

      feel better?

      where’d you do yours? found it on this website I reckon…. Maybe you did contact someone at the Suns, if I’m wrong I apologise.

  11. FRITzL

    August 10, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    Well thank you for your comments they were needless to say not useful and good to see some of you watch the news but its Josef, and I was asking for help but everyone seems to well want to educate me on a few abbreviated words so I’m sorry I misspelt a few words but i would like my original question answered if that is ok with all of you and for those who think I call myself FRITzL because of that sick individual there is such thing as defamation of character or am I now losing some of you intellectuals out there

    • Albert Lloyd

      August 10, 2011 at 2:10 pm

      You no use a minimum standards of grammar, we no a help.

    • SlightHawk

      August 10, 2011 at 2:15 pm

      So you’re not Josef Fritzl? ……. awks

    • Sloane_Ranger_9

      August 10, 2011 at 2:16 pm

      A full stop at the end of every sentence wouldn’t hurt.

    • Pettiger

      August 10, 2011 at 3:42 pm

      Spelling, punctuation and grammar and you might get a bit more respect. People might respond if you didn’t write like a six year old – unless of course you are six.

      • Pettiger

        August 10, 2011 at 3:43 pm

        and somebody please answer him……..

      • Albert Lloyd

        August 10, 2011 at 4:23 pm

        That’s pretty insulting.

        To most six year olds.

  12. Silky Smooth

    August 10, 2011 at 2:34 pm

    Have one trade remaining and $34,900
    Im expecting to win this week so geelong bye will have no effect
    Should I save the trade to use on gibbs rnd 23 or get rid of waters now?
    Any other ideas would be appreciated
    Def: Gibbs, Goddard, Delidio, Suckling, Stanley, Adcock, Waters* (Buckley, Jacobs, Thompson)
    Mid: Pendles, Swan, Boyd, Ablett, Thompson, Bartel (Mzungu, Calinan, Andreoli)
    Ruck: Cox, Mcevoy (Lobbe, Mccauley)
    Fwd: Johnson, Fyfe, Chapman, Goodes, Franklin, Sylvia, Riewoldt (Lynch, Matera, Richardson)
    *Will be out for atleast one more week

  13. Mateyman

    August 10, 2011 at 2:59 pm

    How about Zmith to Tom Nicholls as a down grade?
    Could then sub petrie into rucks to give me cox + petrie with nicholls as cover.
    Nicholls shuld come in if Zmith is rested

  14. Gus

    August 10, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    Petrie —> Mumford or Leuenburger

    • Cowboy

      August 10, 2011 at 3:33 pm


    • Albert Lloyd

      August 10, 2011 at 3:39 pm

      Jolly and Jacobs also good options (though Jacobs is playing at the Cattery this week and Jolly might get rested down the track, though you may only need him this week).

      • Gus

        August 10, 2011 at 3:44 pm

        i miss out on buying jacobs by $200 fuuuckk

        • Albert Lloyd

          August 10, 2011 at 4:23 pm

          Luey is just as good really.

          • SlightHawk

            August 10, 2011 at 4:33 pm

            berger for smith a few weeks ago, he has been putting out consistent 90’s.

          • Samsa

            August 10, 2011 at 4:36 pm

            I deserve a thankyou for helping you with that decision SH :D

          • SlightHawk

            August 10, 2011 at 4:47 pm

            haha the option was mumford, both have been solid. How was malceski’s solid 9 points on the w.e? haha

  15. Barony

    August 10, 2011 at 4:25 pm


    They just said Penlebury is going to be rested and that he won’t be happy but it is best for the team.

    My bet Hodge will miss GC too maybe Mithcell.

    • mtooler

      August 10, 2011 at 6:50 pm

      “They”, as in

      He said he may miss one in the next 4 weeks.

  16. Samsa

    August 10, 2011 at 4:35 pm

    Bloodly Hell..
    Nani’s double against Man City has turned him into a popular pick now and with Luiz in doubt i’m not happy.


    P.S hoping higgins can pull his finger out this week.

  17. Sundry

    August 10, 2011 at 4:55 pm

    ‘Brownlow Medal fancy Scott Pendlebury has played down his chances, saying he could be rested ahead of the finals’.

  18. dt talk king

    August 10, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    rookies!! yeah dpp’s

    • Albert Lloyd

      August 10, 2011 at 6:05 pm


  19. mikester112

    August 10, 2011 at 6:01 pm

    Hey guys this is my team:

    Gibbs, Deledio, God, Hep, Adcock, Suckling, RMurphy (Poo, Chaplin, LThompson)

    Swan, Pendles, Boyd, Ablett, Monty, Mitchell (Mzungu, Swallow, Jacobs)

    Petrie, ZSmith (Lobbe, Max Bailey)

    Franklin, Chappy, Fyfe, Pav, Goodes, Sylvia, ISmith (TLynch, Jayden Pitt, Talia)

    I have 114,400 in the bank and 2 trades left. I’m currently 2nd in my league so I want to win this one to get a bye. Was trying to manage to get Sam Fisher and Mumford somehow so i have only one rookie in the ruck (seeing as ZSmith seems likely to miss) but I dont seem to have enough money to do so.

    What do you guys think i should do? Help much appreciated!!

  20. Shashank

    August 10, 2011 at 6:23 pm

    Hey guys im in a real pickle at the moment. i’ve got 3 trades left $220,000 sc and i need to take out heath shaw and jonathon brown. i know; i should have taken them out ages ago but the i would have been left with only 1 trade going into finals. im looking at getting Suckling and Goodes as well as getting Tom Rockclif for David Swallow. but being only allowed 2 trades this week i don’t know if should get rockliff or not this week cause his price might go up. What do u guys reckon?

    • Albert Lloyd

      August 10, 2011 at 6:27 pm

      What’s sc? Supercoach?


      • Shashank

        August 10, 2011 at 6:42 pm

        salary cap. what do u reckon i should do?

    • mtooler

      August 10, 2011 at 6:55 pm

      It depends what your cover is like in the different poisitions.

      • mtooler

        August 10, 2011 at 6:58 pm

        Also, I’m just postulating, but I’m guessing you’re in need of DPP coverage.

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