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The Friday Scramble: Round 16

Once again we have been dealt a few rubbish cards this week. More stars out of the game this week with Ryder, Buddy and Waters being struck down with multiple week injuries this week. But….. we have been waiting for it all year… COUCHY is finally here! Does that help your scrambling??

Another week… More Carnage!  However, are we throwing the term Carnage around a bit too much this year?  Well probably.  Things don’t seem to be too much different from week to week, it is just the names that change, so from an individual team point of view it may seem like carnage but it is just the competition evening itself out.

So what have we been hit with this week?  Well the key ones are…

  • Beau Waters – out for 3-5
  • Buddy Franklin – out for 3
  • Paddy Ryder – out for 3-4
  • Nathan Foley – out for season
  • Marley Williams – out for season
  • Jimmy Bartel – Suspended for 2 weeks

There, I think that they are the main ones, and that is just the news from this week!  Let alone the fact that we are still without Brendon Goddard and Dusty Martin for one more week!  The only good news on the teamsheet was the welcome returns of Scott Pendlebury and Marc Murphy from injury this week.  Whilst a lot of people held Pendles, no one (in their right mind) would have held Murphy and given he has a BE over 200 I would hope no one is considering picking him up today either!

I don’t reckon there will be many coaches that have avoided all of this carnage this week but hopefully you all have cover!  At least the coaches heard our cries and brought some cover in for us this week like Redden, Couch and Aaron Hall.

I reckon that there are going to be a lot of DT Coaches that are going to have their bench cover tested again this week.

It was only a matter of time….

We all knew it would end in tears and we all expected it and that is why many of us stayed away and cursed every great score he put up.  But our old buddy Beau Waters finally delivered us an injury.  Personally I considered him a while back and ended up going with Heppell so I am in my own world of hurt with no excuse to trade!  However, many who have had Waters and have reaped the rewards of his great season are now stuck with the dilema of what to do with him.  Really it isn’t a dilema, just a choice.  Keep or Trade.

Once again, and as every decision is at this time of year, it comes down to trades remaining and the position your team is in.  If you are going for the car, then of course you have to trade.  However, if you are in it for the league win and you are cemented in the top 8 or even better top 4, then you could probably get away with keeping him (depending on your matchups over the last 4 rounds).

The big plus in regards to trading him is that he is priced at $450k so you can pretty much trade him for most defenders.  Favourites that I have heard around the place are Birchall, Suckling, Carrazzo and Scotland.

 The General Cometh….

Yet again we saw the General pay us a visit on the weekend with Stevie J just heading to the Gold Coast to hit the theme parks really!  I am fairly sure that there was never any thought of him actually hitting the park.  This caused a lot of donuts in the DT world!  As we draw closer to finals and teams start to become locked away in the top 4 and 8 we will find that the General will visit more regularly and we may find that our stars start to get themselves in a Red Vest!

Just keep a look out when your players are up against GWS or Gold Coast.  We all know what the Hawks did last year when they rested their stars in the last round.  This time around we have Adelaide up against Gold Coast in the last round and it is the Kangas that are up against GWS.  Can’t see the Kangas doing any resting because they will be fighting for a spot in the 8 but Adelaide may be in a position to rest.

There isn’t much that you can do about a red vest, but you can about the General.  Whilst you are “Finalising your team” (is there ever such a thing as a completed team?) you need to make sure that the guys on your bench aren’t just the cheapest dude you could find who is lucky to get a game in the Magoos, but is a guy that is going to get a game week in and week out.  They may not be the best scorer in the world, but if it means that you will escape a donut then it is better to have a 15 than a 0.  Heaps of games are won by less.  So far this year I have won 2 games by less than 5 and lost one by 3.

 Thanks Neeldy!   ….. FOR NOTHING!

Well finally… our mate Tom Couch has been named for his first game.  Whilst this is great for the kid and for Melbourne, but it has STUFFED US DT COACHES AROUND!!!  Not only did a lot of people punt on him getting a game early after he was elevated to the list and then have subsequently traded him out for no gain or a loss.  If he plays too much this year it will stuff his price for next season!  The prefered scenario is for him not to play and then be a rookie price again next year, come out and smash it from round 1 and be one of our best cash cows of the sesaon!

Having said that, if you held him, well done, but I am sure you are probably struggling by now in the overall standings, hopefully your leagues are going well as you would have needed this position to be scoring for you through the MBR’s.  I reckon though that he is a big chance for the Sub marine to pay a visit to him.  If not first up, he would be a big chance for a Red Vest.

Good Luck Tom!  Just don’t overdo it on the scoring so that we can have you at a cheap price next year.


As the news broke across the twitterverse early this week that Chook was hanging up his binoculars and TAC Cup Guide, many a tear was shed as we came to the realisation that one of the greatest talent spotters of our time was giving it all away.

Each week he toiled just so that we could have great Cash Cows and Benches full of playing youngsters.  He gave so much yet asked so little.   So I say, good luck in your retirement chook.  Enjoy and keep Merv Gray Autos up the top of the leaderboards.

Things to Remember

  •  DT is a Marathon not a Sprint -But the finish line is just around the bend so if you have someone out for 4 weeks+ you need to trade their sorry a#$ out of your team!
  • Take your league position and overall aims into account before trading– No point trading just to fill a one week donut at this point unless it is the last round before finals and you need to get into the 8.
  • Chook is a bloody legend – and don’t you forget it!
  • Keep your eye out today for late changes! – I wouldn’t be surprised to see a few of them out there this afternoon!  Thankfully Essendon were honest this week by telling us that Paddy was out not like they did with Zaha.
  • Don’t be too demanding on Murph and Pendles – These guys are coming back from a fair time on the sidelines and may not be right back in the cut and thrust!  Just remember how Goodesy was when he came back a couple of weeks ago.

A Massive week in DT where we lost some stars and gained a Rook we thought had gone for the year.  Just be wary with your trades now that most are getting down to being able to count them on one hand.  If you don’t need to trade it would be better to save them for finals than use them now to get a handfull of points.

Have a great Friday and weekend of DT’ing.  Catch me on Twitter to find out any late news I hear about @pkd73 or even just random stuff like last weekend when my lawnmower fell apart whilst mowing!



  1. HirscHirscH

    July 13, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    Few trades I’m thinknig about for lunch:

    Coke Zero – Orange Juice
    Sausage Curry – Thai Green Chicken


    Coke Zero – Ginger Beer
    Apple – Donut

    I really want the Ginger Beer but I have a feeling it’s my bosses and I don’t really want to take the risk seeing as I’m on probation from the forklift-wine party incedent.

    The Thai is also tasty but is it too much of a sideways trade?

    • Daudy

      July 13, 2012 at 2:33 pm

      Downtrade to a Salad. Reliable JS and always available, but doesn’t score very high.

      Then upgrade donut to six pack of donuts.

    • Jerome

      July 13, 2012 at 2:39 pm

      Ahh some tough choices to make to finally complete your lunch.
      Very tough I think.

      I would take the punt on the supposed boss’ ginger beer cos it has a higher ceiling and i am doing the trade myself.

      Hope it helps

    • J-P

      July 13, 2012 at 3:04 pm

      Hirsch – if you are worried about (your) JS with Ginger Beer, i hear a lot of people are going with Carrots?

  2. Jamie

    July 13, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    Hi All

    My SC Team Looks like this

    I have Deledio, Enright, Birchall, Lake, Carrazzo, S Shaw, Goddard, Bugg and Delaney at back

    Selwood, Ablett, Boyd, Del Santa, Beams, Priddis Smith McDonald in mid

    Cox, Giles with Redden and J Staley cheap forward switch

    Sidebottom, Dangerfield, Pavlich, Roughhead, Trelor, Zorko, Dickson , Buddy and Pfieffer up front

    9 trades left and 33k in the bank.

    I have a tough game this week and next week.

    Equal Second overall and currently top on points in my league. Going for top 4 finish on league points and going for overall points.

    I want to get Goodes in this week and think Trelors time up , any thoughts on who else I should cut ?

    Delaney to Baguley or Bugg to Baguley ?

    Any other thoughts ?

  3. Richdogg

    July 13, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    In a bit of strife at the moment. 3 trades left

    Have Simpson which is a 3 – 6 weeker
    Have Ryder which is a 3 – 6 weeker

    Both players I picked on durability, which is ironic

    This week, I have Gibson as cover in mid and Redden as cover in ruck

    Still contemplating weather I should hold or trade

    140 k in bank

    Still eyeing Murphy in the next couple of rounds as an option

    • Crilly10

      July 13, 2012 at 2:43 pm

      Hold, 3 trades should be saved for finals, try to cement your spot in finals and only use trades if you think theres a chance you’ll miss the eight!

      This is simply because theres no point making finals if you have no trades or felxibility to actually have a shot at winning a game in finals.

  4. Eli

    July 13, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    Giles or Hargrave?

    who will go up more and who will win me finals?

    • HirscHirscH

      July 13, 2012 at 2:36 pm

      Neither will win you finals. Go directly to jail. do not go past GO. Do not collect $200

    • Richdogg

      July 13, 2012 at 2:41 pm

      The best of the two would be Giles if you have to choose

      • Eli

        July 13, 2012 at 2:45 pm

        thannks rich dogg and hirscHirscH

        but with 2 trades do i get rid of giles next week?

        • AD_Allstars

          July 13, 2012 at 3:04 pm

          No leave giles. I am in a similar position. Hargrave will hardly play so chop him (for someone consistent NOT YARRAN) .

          Leave the other 1-2 trades for horror injuries. 2 years ago i made my last trade early and that week Kreuzer did his knee (touch wood).

          oh yes and i just traded in Sylvia who is on my never again list (Melbourne although sh*t have a dream run home)

  5. deez go

    July 13, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    Can someone answer why people think Giles will tire towards the end of the season. Yes, his scores are down but he is a Mature-aged player with a harder body then Zac Smith, and at Port Adelaide he could play forward, DPP in 2008 I believe.

    • Arron

      July 13, 2012 at 2:49 pm

      Giles is down in from and i dont think may premiship teams will have him in, look to upgrade if you want to win it all

      • deez go

        July 13, 2012 at 3:03 pm

        Thanks Arron, but I have no chance for the car.

  6. joshyd123

    July 13, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    Bugg to yarran? Or downgrade to cheap defense? Who is a cheap defender to get?

    • dools

      July 13, 2012 at 2:59 pm

      this is no time of year to be downgrading your buggs to ants

  7. Jerome

    July 13, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    with 7 trades do I get rid of Waterscos i still have 2 more upgrades and need to fix up my bench cover

  8. Chris

    July 13, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    DEF: Delidio, Goddard, Waters, Birchell, Conca, Heppell, Carrazzo (sam shaw, Spurr)

    MID: Swan, Ablett, Stanton, Boyd, Thompson, Beams, (Gibson, Sexton)

    RUCK: Cox, Giles, (Redden, Campbell)

    FWD: Franklin, Sidebottom, Robinson, Dangerfield, Martin, Cloke, Zorko, (Pfierrier, Black)

    5 trades left with $41,300 in the bank

    keep or trade waters..? :/ if i keep ill cop a donut this week than have sam shaw to cover him, but would shaw play every game and have good cover thats wat im not so sure about..
    trade waters i go down to 4 trades, just a decision on whether i get suckling, scottland, hanley or johnson…

    overall im pre happy with my team. Looking like ill have to keep pfierrier, i was going to downgrade or upgrade but i think i need to save trades now.. for injuries etc

    Any thoughts would be great??

    • leetrevor81

      July 13, 2012 at 3:46 pm

      Trade Waters. 8 rounds left and Waters could be out for 5 of them.

      Sam Shaw’s job security is good but before the weekend he had a couple really low scores.

      The trades you have left are to cover injuries and Waters will be out for possibly more than half of remaining games, so do it I reckon

    • Columbus

      July 13, 2012 at 3:47 pm

      If your going for a league win i’d hold,
      Because those trades will become very important during finals,
      And the way things are going this season there’ll be a few more LTI’s

  9. Slappers


    July 13, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    should i trade saad or pefifiter for goodes?

  10. jack

    July 13, 2012 at 3:02 pm

    who should I play on the field???

    Clay Smith


    Sam Gibson

    • Slappers


      July 13, 2012 at 3:04 pm


  11. Ryan

    July 13, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    Ive decided to go with carrots + ellis instead of my burgoyne + gram combo. It puts more pressure on carrots to ton it up though:/ instead of burgoyne and gram gettin there averages hmmmm

  12. Slappers


    July 13, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    ok…. i have buddy, ryder, waters, goddard, martin all out this week…

    my bench has been battered… with spurr (no game time), williams, sexton all out…

    i have 3 trades…

    should i trade old mac to a a first gamer (any ideas who) to make some cash…

    leaving me with 2 trades for finals and a bank full of cash?

    • jake

      July 13, 2012 at 3:58 pm

      You could get couch, McIntyre or murdoch.
      They have played 0, 1 and 2 games respectively
      Couch would be your best bet I reckon

  13. Marcus

    July 13, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    4 trades left. Should I trade out Waters?

    • sebastian

      July 13, 2012 at 5:23 pm


  14. Damo


    July 13, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    Nice article as always Dunny!

    So heres the problem:

    5 trades left

    DEF: Goddard, Delidio, Broughton, Adcock, Birchall, Enright, Carrazo (Shaw, Spurr)

    MID: Swan, Ablett, Selwood, Stanton, Mitchell, Priddis (JMac, Gibson)

    RUC: Ryder, Giles (Stephenson, Redden)

    FOR: Sidebottom, Franklin, Martin, Robinson, Chapman, Dangerfield, Zorko (Cameron, Sexton)

    Option 1:
    Jmac out, sub sexton to mid, get in couch

    then giles to maric


    Option 2:
    Same JMac trade then
    Trade out Ryder instead even though i just got him in last week

    Playing a must win game this week. Sitting in equal second in my main league and the guy i am playing against is breathing right down my neck a game behind,

    Any opinions and suggested would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

  15. leetrevor81

    July 13, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    Glass half full…If Redden didn’t come in for the power with Campbell and Giles out a lot of us would be screwed

    I’ll upgrade Giles next week, replaced Waters and Franklin this week

  16. sebastian

    July 13, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    Giles to Jacobs and Beau to Jed adcock , 1 trade left. Thoughts

  17. smith

    July 13, 2012 at 5:53 pm

    Need to upgrade my backs.

    Do you think:

    1. Hargrave – Birchall
    2. Morris – Suckling
    3. Morris – Enright

    I’m thinking most people will say 2, but Enright is a tad unique and is projected to score slightly more for the rest of season, not that projections are enough to completely base a decision on.

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