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The Friday Scramble: Round 19

This is it… you are either gonna be In or Out and no one wants to be Out so you need to start scrambling if you are on the edge of the 8 and make sure you are one of the ones that are still fighting it out for glory in the DT Finals from next week! I have a few bits and pieces that might help you as you scramble your way to a victory!

This is it.  No more time for pretending or posturing.  If you don’t do it now then you won’t get another chance!  Yes, it is your last chance to cement your position in the top 8 or even better, secure the double chance in the top 4.  If you are sitting in the 8 on percentage or just out, then this week will be the true definition of scrambling for you!!

However, whilst it is a special week where you know exactly what you need to do in terms of winning to keep or gain a spot, the usual issues of DT still exist!  We are still missing gun players with our mates Buddy and Robbo on the sidelines.  What this means is you may be forced to use one of those trades you have been hoarding or you may have some bench cover still.  Whatever the case may be we will have a look at a couple of scenarios whilst we scramble!

Are You Down To Your Last One???

Given the amount of players we have had go down this year I wouldn’t be surprised if you were down to your last one.  The question now comes down to what you are going to do with it!!  On Tuesday we had a great article by DTTalk newcomer @tomcraigie which was all about using your last trade.  I encourage you to go back and have a look if you haven’t already at Talking Points: Using Your Last Few Trades

As I eluded to above, if you are down to one trade and you are struggling to make the top 8 then you have to lay it all down on the line and use it. No point having a trade left and missing out on the top 8 by percentage!

If you can afford to hold and still stay in the 8 then do so.  You will need those trades when you get to the finals as there will no doubt be some resting.  This is what I have done for the last two weeks and will be doing again this week.  My overall ranking has suffered for this but at the end of the day I am after league wins as I was too far back to go for the car.

Bloody Broughts!

Greg Broughton has achieved one thing this year and that is to make it onto our Never Again list!  We were all sucked in yet again by promises at the start of the year of lots of midfield time for him and even early in the year he played there and scored some nice scores.  However, as usual, Ross Lyon has stuffed us around and started playing Broughts up forward.  Then to top things off he is now out for the year! 

 The main problem is that is that he is not worth much these days so unless you have a heap of cash in the bank you are pretty much stuck.  The main guys that you can trade direct for him are not ones that you really want!  Your choices would include (assuming you have $0 in the bank) Rhyce Shaw, Nick Malceski, Reece Conca or Brandon Ellis.  Whilst a few of these may have drifted through your team so far this year, they are probably no longer there for a reason!

The highest average from those guys belongs to Eski with 72.5 but he does have a bit of a liking for a Vest so that does worry me a bit when you can’t afford those sort of scores in finals.

If you are going to trade out Brougton then hopefully you have some cash and can go a little higher to someone like Michael Johnson or dare I say his name at this time of year, but Heath Shaw.

When does an I become a LTI?

We all hoard away our trades for this time of the year to cover a Long Term Injury.  But what defines a long term injury?  We have all been burnt this year, most notably by Scotland and Waters when we thought they were going to be out for extended periods of time and we would have to trade to cover them only to find that they are back the following week.  On the other side of the coin we had Pendles who many thought would be back fairly quickly but ended up having an extended stay on the bench of many teams.

So that brings me to the here and now and we have now been without Buddy for 3 weeks and tonight makes his 4th game missing.  4 seems to be the magic number that people use to determine if we should trade a player, particularly when we have heaps of trades and are trying to cement our position in the 8.  There is no hard and fast rule, it will always come down to your goal (league v overall), your current position and your number of trades remaining.

I know that some people traded Buddy out a few weeks ago but if you were like me and pretty much locked into your top 8’s then you held him thinking he would be back ready to have a game before the finals (i.e. this week!). 

Once again I come back to the principle of … if you need to win to get in the 8 and you have no decent cover, then you have to trade him.  But if you can get the W with what you have, hold him, all reports point to him being back for next week v Port in Tasmania and you wouldn’t want to miss out on those 130+ pts!

 Time for a Rest?

As you are making your trades this week to make sure you are in the finals, just cast an glance towards the next 4 rounds as well as anyone you trade in this week is pretty much going to be with you for the long haul and you don’t want to be bringing someone in this week that is going to be up against some of the more miserly teams during the finals and you also don’t want to pick someone that is likely to get themselves a rest.

We all fear the rest but do a bit of research and have a think about those that might still get a rest.  The most obvious candidate (and a member of my DT) is Scott Thompson.  At the start of the season it was said that he would be managed through the season and to date he hasn’t had a rest apart from his bye.  And given the draw that the Crows have I would not be surprised at all to see him accidentally miss the flight to Brisbane in a couple of weeks.

So just have a good look at the guys you bring in to see if you think their team is in a position to rest them and if they need a rest.

Things to Remember:

  • It’s all or nothing this week! – You should do what you can to make the 8.  Even if you get bundled out next week you can still heap s%#t on the other 10 teams in the league that didn’t make it.
  • Always look ahead – Just cause you have to look left and right when you cross the road you should always look forward so you don’t walk straight into a pole or parked car.  This is also true in DT.  Always check who a trade-in to your team is going to play over the next few weeks.
  • Dressage is NOT interesting – nor will it ever be.
  • There are no advantages to Tanking in DT – so go all out for a win.
  • Stay close to Twitter and a computer on Fridays. – The Sam Jacobs late out was pretty much common knowldege on Friday avo.  There are often Donuts to be avoided if you have the info late on a Friday. Given the niggles to some of our stars like Coxy I would be worried that he may be a late out.  Luckily the gods have smiled with the Big O being an in this week.

Good luck for what is a MASSIVE weekend of DT.  I hope you all get the W and make your way into the 8 (unless you are playing me of course!). 

Keep an ear out on Friday Avo for any late breaking news and make sure that you have your best team on the park so that you have the best shot of a high finish in your league.

If I hear anything I will certainly tweet it via @pkd73 on Friday and I will give you some more mad ramblings across the weekend!!



  1. chappalenkoubeauty

    August 3, 2012 at 6:40 am

    Mild dilemma.
    If I tank this week, I will play my best mate week one of the finals. He has the weakest team of the four in our 4 ladder positions. Goes against my grain but I am 6th he is 5th even tho my nat rank is much higher. Teams 7 and 8 are coming home with 2300s the past few weeks.

    Problem is I play the bottom guy on the ladder and even if I put all my non selected players onground I may still win.

    Never thought this way b4 but we all want to beat our mates, especially in finals.
    4 trades left rock solid on 2200 with an ok team sitting 8700 nationally. What would Dean Bailey do??

    I will be able to bring both Swan and Pendles in next week to debut in the finals ala Dermie.
    Hmmmmm, cue think music.

    • Thollo

      August 3, 2012 at 7:58 am

      If that bottom player is as bad as they usually are it would be impossible to actually tank. So congrats on yet another league win sir :3

      • IanB

        August 3, 2012 at 1:16 pm

        All too complicated.

        Last week I relied on the likes of Sam Gibson & Mark Baguley to fill in from the bench rather than trade to cover Sidey, Buddy, Robbo & Broughton (he really doesn’t count though I suppose) and I lost Stevie J with 1 point. Early projection was that I would lose by 200 with a score of 2200. Look what happened though – I won by 200 with 2350! You can only put so many premos on the bench and you still stand to win.

        Just plan for finals as this is a bye week. If your mate manages to lose and miss you during finals, just call him a big chicken.

        As to what Dean Bailey would do, I suspect the “cancel my team” button would be right up there as then he would lose for sure.

    • Waffles

      August 3, 2012 at 7:58 am

      Thanks Dunny always read your articles :)

      Guys is it worth getting rid delollio -> Cloke leaving me with 1 trade for finals cash and Greg broughton.

      • Ingoes

        August 3, 2012 at 9:42 am

        Look, Cloke is cheap. This trade could pay off. But I wouldn’t do it.

        One good score against GWS shouldn’t give you much confidence. If you get an injury after this that isn’t in your backline, you are going to wind up stuck with Broughton as expensive useless bench fodder.

        Hold your trades.

        • IanB

          August 3, 2012 at 1:32 pm

          Cloke is cheap for a reason – his recent scores against good teams has been cr?p!

          Wait and keep those 2 trades for finals.

          If you are lucky with injuries then a double trade before the GF might be possible – like Broughton to a cheapie followed by an upgrade like Dell’Olio to a reliable fwd. Otherwise you really have to just look out for a sideways trade to use Broughton’s dollars and and injury cover somewhere else – or 2 injury covers. The trade you propose gains little and closes down finals options.

  2. Shags

    August 3, 2012 at 8:53 am

    4 trades for the finals. Luxury ;-)

    • IanB

      August 3, 2012 at 1:33 pm

      And a bit of cash too?

      • Shags

        August 3, 2012 at 3:26 pm

        Bit of cash 140k

      • IanB

        August 3, 2012 at 4:05 pm

        3 trades and $75K for me. A bit less bliss but still good for finals.

  3. Savo

    August 3, 2012 at 9:25 am

    2 trades left and I have swan, abblet, pendels, scotty tommo, boyd and Stanton with s.gibson and couch as cover,
    trade Stanton out and bring in..
    fyfe, murphy or boomer Harvey with his fixture making it tempting?
    Gibson would be very risky to play on field in finals, currently on top of ladder and might finish there.

    • sickos

      August 3, 2012 at 9:27 am

      Save trades mate

      • Savo

        August 3, 2012 at 9:40 am

        Gibson wont be sub will he?

        • IanB

          August 3, 2012 at 1:46 pm

          Surely he won’t be.

          Gibson might turn out to be somewhat of a windfall. North play their remaining matches all at Etihad where Gibson has scored 110, 68 & 133 in his matches there (ignoring a low score as sub) and I can’t see the Bulldogs tagging him ahead of Swallow & Harvey. Also North plays GWS in round 23 – DT GF grand final.

          He might turn out to be your cheapest ever midfield keeper.

          • Savo

            August 3, 2012 at 2:20 pm

            yer cheers, i think ill hold stanton and then i have a choice who to play on the feild when stanton comes back, i might even play gibson ahead of him!

    • Ingoes

      August 3, 2012 at 9:46 am

      Not Harvey IMO. Way too easy to tag. Could not rely on this guy in a cutthroat final.

      I would play Gibson this week and look to a possible Stanton trade for your first final. Fyfe would provide an extra DPP link, which may be useful depending on your squad.

      • Savo

        August 3, 2012 at 10:06 am

        My forwards are buddy, beams, chappy, sidey, danger, porpa, zorko (treloar and Patrick)
        agreed about Harvey but I thought D.wells might get the tag, but I think fyfe might be the way to go next week, fyfe doesn’t have the best draw but he will always be solid wont he?

        • Ingoes

          August 3, 2012 at 5:07 pm

          Do you already have a M/F in your mids? If not then I would be going Stanton>Fyfe, to get one of these happening for the finals.

    • Rambo Tambo

      August 3, 2012 at 10:14 am

      I’m in the same boat also with 2 left, bringing in Murphy. Stanton is done.

  4. sickos

    August 3, 2012 at 9:26 am

    I have 7 trades left and a completed team apart from my back line I’m playing Ellis on field,
    Finishing top 4 and will probably win this week and looking at these trades to strengthen my finals campaign.
    Do these trades sound ok
    Ellis – suckling
    Dickson – cloke for bench cover in the finals

    What does everyone think about these trades?

    • sickos

      August 3, 2012 at 9:47 am

      Are these trades wasted?
      Bit worried bout cloke

    • Ingoes

      August 3, 2012 at 9:57 am

      Look you have heaps of trades so I get the temptation, but because you have trades, I don’t really think you need bench cover, especially of the T.Cloke variety. Dickson is pretty reasonable bench cover already.

      If I had 7 trades, I’d be trying to improve my best 22, not my 23rd or 24th player. If I made my bench stronger in the process, all well and good.

      If you are starting Ellis this week, who are your D8 and D9? I’d be trying to upgrade one of them to Suckling and keep Ellis as your D8.

      Do you have Fyfe? If not, you’d be better off trying to get him in to vamp up your forwards and push your F7 to the bench.

      If I was you, depending on the nature of your actual squad, I think I’d go D8/D9 to Suckling and a downgrade for some cash somewhere this week, and Dickson to Fyfe next week. Gives you an improved 22 for first final, and still 4 trades for the finals series.


      • sickos

        August 3, 2012 at 12:18 pm

        My defense bench is Marty Clarke and Sam shaw.

        Do u think itl be better keeping Dickson and goin Haynes > couch just for cash to afford the suckling trade?

        I was only trading Dickson to cloke so I had a bit of cash for the suckling trade

        • IanB

          August 3, 2012 at 2:40 pm

          Can you do Marty Clarke to Stephen Wrigley (named for his 2nd game at $85K) and then Ellis to Suckling? Sam Shaw might be enough bench cover alone and Wrigley might actually get more game time. I don’t think Clarke’s JS is all that good anyway

  5. KillerKiel

    August 3, 2012 at 9:28 am

    Hey everyone, should i still be persisting with mumford?, 3 trades left sitting on top and inside the top 1000.Thinking of getting jacobs,minson or goldstein,thoughts?????got Cox,giles and cambell

    • mightybulldogs

      August 3, 2012 at 9:53 am

      Get minson his cheap and his putting up some good scores and Also his value is going up but its up to u

    • Ingoes

      August 3, 2012 at 10:05 am

      He’s back in. Makes more sense to keep him this week, when he is playing, than last week when he wasn’t (which cost me a donut). Surely.

      He was on 54 well before halftime when he went off the other week. Worth seeing if can play like that this weekend, methinks.

      Alternatively, you could go right ahead and burn a trade. You have more than enough ;)

      • IanB

        August 3, 2012 at 1:51 pm

        Keep the trades and see what happens. The ruckmen have been dropping like flies and it would be a shame to trade out the one who gets injured this week. Keep the trades and ask yourself the same question next week.

        • IanB

          August 3, 2012 at 2:00 pm

          Oops – I meant it would be a shame to trade IN the ruckmen that gets injured this week

  6. And_lovingit

    August 3, 2012 at 9:58 am

    Advice please.
    3 trades left, 95K in the bank. I want to improve my backline.

    Deledio, Carazzo, Hanley, Grimes, Goddard, Birchall, Ellis, (Darley, s Shaw).

    Option 1.
    Darley to Fisher.

    Option 2.
    Darley to Bell.
    S Shaw to Scotland.


    • Rambo Tambo

      August 3, 2012 at 10:20 am

      Ellis to Suckling would be your best bet

    • SloppyJoe

      August 3, 2012 at 10:26 am

      Option 1 should not be considered. Option 2 if you need to boost your position ahead of finals. Or what the other guy said.

  7. agups

    August 3, 2012 at 10:04 am

    B. Ellis > Suckling for an extra 40k, leaving me with 2 trades and 1 upgrade left for the year?

    • Rambo Tambo

      August 3, 2012 at 10:21 am

      Looks solid to me

  8. SloppyJoe

    August 3, 2012 at 10:28 am

    5 trades left, not much cash, playoff in my league fora top 4 spot, backline is:

    Lids, Goddard, Carrots, Scotland, Birchall, HShaw, Lake (Ellis, SShaw)

    Thinking of: SSHaw–>Bell and then Lake–>Waters. Would appreciate advice (other options are to upgrade JPKennedy to Murphy or do nothing)

    • bomber_tom

      August 3, 2012 at 10:45 am

      I you go Ellis to Bell, you have alot more cash for future trades though.

      • Rambo Tambo

        August 3, 2012 at 11:04 am


      • IanB

        August 3, 2012 at 1:59 pm

        +1. I think Sando really likes Sam Shaw in his team

  9. kev

    August 3, 2012 at 10:37 am

    only want do to one trade.. stanton to swan or broughts to eg suckling/heppell.
    shaw and baguely on the bench for broughts and gibson on the bench for stanton.
    not sure which is the better option, would love to have swan in my team but gibson has proven he can score well and stanton may come good. while broughts will not play again but not sure if i would gain as many points playing a premium def over baguely than swan for stanton
    3 trades left with just enough cash to go straight stanton to swan

    • bomber_tom

      August 3, 2012 at 10:44 am

      Gibson could get 100+, I’d go Broughts to Suckers.

      • IanB

        August 3, 2012 at 2:17 pm

        +1. Actually Broughton to Blind Freedie would be a good trade too.

        Your plan to hold off with Stanton/Swan/Gibson looks sound too me. Stanton can’t get any more injured and Swan’s price surely can’t go up more than Gibson’s either.

    • Rambo Tambo

      August 3, 2012 at 11:10 am

      Where are you sitting in your leagues? Is it do or die?

    • MW

      August 3, 2012 at 11:23 am

      When in doubt…. get the DT Pig!!!

      Not just the points>Stanton but also the extra captain option/points to consider.

      • kev

        August 3, 2012 at 12:32 pm

        safe in top 4 in all my leagues… stanton should hopefully be rushed back in and play next week and like you said gibson can score well but the pig is well the pig haha.. going to be a last minute decision i think

  10. bomber_tom

    August 3, 2012 at 10:41 am

    Broughton to Hanley/Suckling/Adcock?

    I can afford anyone cheaper than Hanley?

    • kev

      August 3, 2012 at 10:48 am

      who are your other defenders? i wouldnt go hanley.. look at heppell maybe? thats what im thinking or even fisher

      • bomber_tom

        August 3, 2012 at 10:53 am

        DEF: Heath Shaw, Waters, Heppell, Broughton, Deledio, Goddard and Carrazzo.

        If I get Fisher, I have like 100K left in the bank and no trades, leaving me a bit vulnerable.

        • IanB

          August 3, 2012 at 2:44 pm

          For a last trade, consider Broughton as a bank overdraft ito use if you really have to – or as the basis of a final trade before GF. If you have cover for now, wait.

          • bomber_tom

            August 3, 2012 at 2:46 pm

            Cheers Lads!
            I think I will put Sam Shaw in as my D7 and trade Broughts next week and get Birchall.

    • Rambo Tambo

      August 3, 2012 at 11:09 am

      Johnson or Suckling are your best options

    • MW

      August 3, 2012 at 11:28 am

      Can you wait a week or do you need to win this week??

      Just thinking Birchal has a high b/e and might come become an option next round, meanwhile suckling who is your next best option is unlikely to rise above Hanley’s current price.

      Wait and see what happens with both this round then pick one of them depending on form I say!!

      • kev

        August 3, 2012 at 12:26 pm

        yeah definitely not fisher then..i would go suckling or wait like the guy above me said and get birchal.. depends on your bench cover if you dont have any decent cover it woud be silly to wait

  11. Vested Warrior

    August 3, 2012 at 11:13 am

    Thoughts on Ebert to Murphy? 4 trades left. Extra cash will allow a better defensive upgrade or forced to play Bugg. Need win for top 4.

    • Rambo Tambo

      August 3, 2012 at 11:20 am

      Looks like a waste of trades, Bugg has been good recently. Surely there are better uses.

  12. Danvers Mighty Men

    August 3, 2012 at 11:24 am

    Please help me.

    4 trades left and stanton in my midfield.

    Is it worth downgrading stanton to a basement price player then upgrading lake to waters to complete my defence? it will leave me with 2 trades left and also mean that gibson will be on the field. also leaves me with enough cash to upgrade gibson so any mid next week and leaves me with 1 trade heading into finals.

    Worth doing or just hang onto the trades and rely on a stanton return?

    • MW

      August 3, 2012 at 11:34 am

      Do you need a win? If not HOLD!

      Stanton is out so won’t reduce in value and you have cover. You can always pick up a basement player next round.

      Waters is unlikely to skyrocket in price too much and you may find one of your premos goes down this round and you start your finals campaign wishing you had that trade back…

  13. Bradley

    August 3, 2012 at 11:34 am

    pendles or jobe???

    • MW

      August 3, 2012 at 11:50 am

      Flip a coin. They are both great options.

      Essendon has the slightly better DT finals draw IMO. Both play North & they play each other in Rd 23. The other two games are:

      Coll = WCE , SYD
      Ess = RIC, CAR

      I also have a niggling feeling that if the pies get to a point where they have consolidated a top four spot they may just give him another rest in round 23 (vs bombers) because of that cracked tibia…

      Essendon will be going all out just to make the eight most likely so I highly doubt Jobe will get a rest.

      Plus Collingwood don’t tag which means Jobe will probably get 150 in the DT Grand Final !!!

    • Rambo Tambo

      August 3, 2012 at 11:58 am

      Pendles all the way

      • MW

        August 3, 2012 at 12:17 pm

        Was my initial reaction as well.

        However upon more research (ie the draw as per my comment above) I am leaning to Jobe in that heads up.

        It has also made me consider the very real possibility of the pies leaving a few behind for the long trip to Subi in round 22.

        If the Pies win the next 3 I think there is a good likelihood of 2 out of Swan / Pendles / Beams (Side got his rest last week) not making that trip which wil be a killer for my (and many other teams)

        Here’s hoping the Swans & North knock off the Pies in Round 20 & 21 meaning they still need to win in round 22!!!!

        • kev

          August 3, 2012 at 12:39 pm

          would stanton out make any differernce to watsons score though?

        • Rambo Tambo

          August 3, 2012 at 12:43 pm

          I doubt Pendles will get rested (maybe Beams & Swan), he’s only been back for 3 weeks. They’re not really in a position to rest anymore either.

          • MW

            August 3, 2012 at 2:01 pm

            Agree that right now they are not in positin to think about “resting”.

            However I was on the premise they won the next 3. Otherwise forget it…

            In that scenario my ladder has them equal on points with SYD / ADE & HAW. In that scenario I’d look at it knowing SYD vs HAW in round 22:

            If SYD beats HAW they will have to travel round 1 of finals regardless (SYD/ADE 1st & 2nd)
            If HAW beats SYD then Hawks will probably finish 1st and the Pies would probably rather come 4th anyway then and get the Hawks at the MCG round 1…

            Of course if Hawks lose to Syndey they will probably play their B side vs WCE.

            Eh maybe just after this season I see carnage around every corner!!!

  14. Roger

    August 3, 2012 at 11:57 am

    Check out how many blokes Melbourne have got playing this week starting with “J”. Perhaps they need to focus on a different letter of the alphabet!

    • OXnFOX

      August 3, 2012 at 12:38 pm

      Jared, Joel, Jeremy, Jordie, Josh, Jake, 4 James and 3 Jacks!!!

      Jared is my 1st cousin, we named our 1st son Jett (because of the term ‘DT Jet’) and we have another on the way that we are naming Jaxx.

      Seems you are onto something ;)

      • OXnFOX

        August 3, 2012 at 12:58 pm

        Forgot Jordan! So that’s 14 out of 22 start with J!

      • IanB

        August 3, 2012 at 3:14 pm

        Good thing they didn’t choose Z. Zorko might not do as well as all of those J people together – but the again he might!

  15. Slappers


    August 3, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    im seriously considering ROK for the big C…

    250 game match… will kill it i think…

    • kev

      August 3, 2012 at 12:34 pm

      wish i had him

    • IanB

      August 3, 2012 at 2:47 pm

      Tempted too but Swan is in such good form and Ablett vs Melbourne might be a massive turkey shoot.

      Only tempted though.

  16. brad_86

    August 3, 2012 at 12:34 pm

    Whats everyones thoughts on how long Franklin and Robinson will be out for?

    I can have a forward line this week of the following but will have no cover.

    Beams, Sidebottom, Dangerfield, Martin, Porplyzia, Treloar, Zorko

    I need to win to make top 4. Should i trade one of the two out or take the risk everyone plays and Treloar etc keep up their high scoring.

    I have 5 trades and 80k.

    Further to this who is likely to come back in and score the highest? For instance i could trade either to Fyfe and make a minimum of 70 odd thousand.

    Plenty of benefit in having cover this week and Fyfe could easily average the same as these two if and when they come back.


    • MW

      August 3, 2012 at 12:48 pm

      Check out your matchups. If you think it will be tight the Robbo to Fyfe EVERY time of those options.

      All reports are Buddy only just missed this week, where as the Blues camp has been very quiet on what is happening with Robbo!!!

      With 5 trades it might be worth it regardless if you can utilise the 70k elswhere to upgrade to a premo in round 1 of the finals!!!

    • IanB

      August 3, 2012 at 2:56 pm

      I’ve had enough of Buddy, Sidey, Robbo. With Hawthorn playing so well without him, I don’t think they will treat Buddy as their “go to” player when you comes back and he won’t score massively for a while. I think Robbo is more likely to match his regular score when he comes back. So this week, Buddy turns into ROK.

  17. crispy

    August 3, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    This is easily the most important article of them all at this stage of the season! I love a good Friday morning read! Thanks.

    Need to trade Stanton to a MID/FWD DPP to avoid a FWD line donut. I had 3 FWD donuts last round and it cost me a game by 6 points! Not happy.

    I already have Beams, Sidey, Danger, Robbo, Martin and Zorko.

    I only need a win in one of my leagues to guarantee finals and it will be a close game as it stands at the moment. Need that extra 100 points!

    I was considering Fyfe or ROK. Maybe even Pav…

    Thanks for your help!

    • Slappers


      August 3, 2012 at 12:39 pm

      i have ROK… think he will kill is with his 250th game this week

    • turftoefixer

      August 3, 2012 at 12:54 pm

      4 trades left and not much in the bank, 80k or something and need to wwin to finish 2nd, Dont want to finish 4th and play top team in the first final. MUST WIN!

      Option 1: Dan Nicholson to Bell
      Stanton to Swan
      Balance:99K 2 trades

      Option 2: Franklin to Fyfe/ROK
      Stanton to Swan
      Balance: 14k 2 trades

      Team as it stands:

      Deledio, Scotland, Gaoddard, Birchall, Carrazzo, Baguley – nicholson,

      Ablett, Boyd, Pendlebury, Rockliff, Stanton, Barlow, – Couch, Sexton

      Franklin, Sidebottom, Dangerfield, Stevie J, D.Martin, Zorko, D.Smith – Dickson,

      Cheers for any feedback

      • turftoefixer

        August 3, 2012 at 12:59 pm

        also who to play Baguley, or Sam Shaw at home….

        • Rambo Tambo

          August 3, 2012 at 1:04 pm

          I’d go Baguley myself

      • Rambo Tambo

        August 3, 2012 at 1:03 pm

        Option 2 with ROK would be the best thing you could do hands down!

        • IanB

          August 3, 2012 at 3:16 pm


  18. shadowboxer89

    August 3, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    Pretty much cemented my spot in the top 4 for both leagues, I have two tough games to finish of the season before finals, have 5 trades left and want to boost my forward line, have $80 000 left and want to get rid of the inconsistent Pfeiffer and get mid range consistent scorer, thinking Darling is in good form, who else can i get for under $336 300?

    • MW

      August 3, 2012 at 2:28 pm

      If you are safe in top 4 (and not jostling for position to play an easier opponent) then with 5 trades I’d downgrade Pfiefer and bank the cash ready to get in a proper premium this week or next …


      Darling is not someone you want to be bringing in right now IMO unless you are on 1-2 trades and are desperate to cover a donut. Darling has the same consistency issues as Pfieffer just his low & high is a bit higher than Pfieffer.

      If you want consistency You want premos!!!!

      If you want high ceiling you want Premos!!!

      After all, there is a reason why they are at that price…

      Now repeat after me…..

      You want ???

      • bomber_tom

        August 3, 2012 at 2:37 pm


  19. bomber_tom

    August 3, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    Who are you guys most excited to pick in Dream Team 2013?

    Mine are Mark LeCras, Tom Mitchell, Anthony Morabito and Xavier Ellis.

    • Mike Oxlong

      August 3, 2012 at 2:44 pm

      Broughton, Sylvia, Hargrave and Higgins

      • bomber_tom

        August 3, 2012 at 2:45 pm

        I hope you are joking.

        • Justin

          August 3, 2012 at 3:15 pm

          The Jaeger Bomb!

          • bomber_tom

            August 3, 2012 at 3:49 pm


    • Megatron

      August 3, 2012 at 3:04 pm

      Morabito will probably miss a massive chunk of the season and Ellis’s career at Hawthorn is just about done.

      • bomber_tom

        August 3, 2012 at 3:15 pm

        Ellis will be cheap as chips though.

        • Genghis Khan

          August 3, 2012 at 3:26 pm

          Doesnt matter if he’s not getting games.
          Mine are Lecras, Luenberger, Wright, Murphy, Fyfe, Sloane all strong chance off the top of my head…

    • MW

      August 3, 2012 at 3:09 pm

      Mitchell / Lecras yes
      Ellis unsure.
      Morabito concerns me coming off 2 x knee reco.

      Kennedy (WCE), Cloke, Mumford / Sandi (if dicounted), O’Meara, Bateman Rohan, Rischitelli, Leunberger amongst others…

    • Shags

      August 3, 2012 at 3:29 pm

      Tom Couch? Lol

    • bomber_tom

      August 3, 2012 at 3:48 pm

      Already planning for next year, how sad xD

      DEF: Beau Waters, Dyson Heppell, Grant Birchall, Brent Reilly, Xavier Ellis, Jimmy Toumpas, Sam Docherty (Sam Colquhoun, Matt Buntine, Brent Staker)

      MID: Jobe Watson, Travis Boak/ Hamish Hartlett/Trent Cotchin, Dane Swan, Nat Fyfe, Lachie Whitfield, Jaeger O’Meara (Brad Crouch, Oliver Wines, Jack Viney)

      RUC: Matthew Leuenberger, Paddy Ryder (Brodie Grundy, Sam Rowe/Joe Daniher)

      FWD: Jarryd Roughead, Lance Franklin, Dayne Zorko, Mark LeCras, Dayle Garlett, Matthew McDonough (Ben Kennedy, Taylor Garner, Josh Growden)

      Optimistic that Kennedy, Staker, Ryder, Roughy, Garlett, Reilly, Heppell and Toumpas will be DPP’s next year.

  20. Aidan

    August 3, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    When do updated teams come out?

    • bomber_tom

      August 3, 2012 at 2:57 pm

      Around 6:30PM Adelaide Time?

      • Aidan

        August 3, 2012 at 3:21 pm

        Cheers for that mate

        • bomber_tom

          August 3, 2012 at 3:48 pm

          Idk, I check it at about 6:30 anyway xD

  21. Megatron

    August 3, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    I feel like going Buddy –> Beams.

    Feels like a waste but really want Beamsy in my teamsy

    • IanB

      August 3, 2012 at 3:19 pm

      or perhaps Buddy to ROKsy in your teamsy?

      • Megatron

        August 3, 2012 at 3:52 pm

        ROKsy < Beamsy

        • LeapingLeo05

          August 3, 2012 at 5:25 pm

          Beamsey up to Scotty

  22. Ben Yeates

    August 3, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    DEF: B.Deledio, B.Goddard, B.Waters, H.Scotland, M.Suckling, D.Heppell, A.Carrazzo (S.Darley, T.Bell)
    MID: M.Boyd, G.Ablett, S.Pendlebury, M.Murphy, S.Mitchell, B.Stanton (A.Miles, M.Newman)

    • Ben Yeates

      August 3, 2012 at 3:09 pm

      DEF: B.Deledio, B.Goddard, B.Waters, H.Scotland, M.Suckling, D.Heppell, A.Carrazzo (S.Darley, T.Bell)
      MID: M.Boyd, G.Ablett, S.Pendlebury, M.Murphy, S.Mitchell, B.Stanton (A.Miles, M.Newman)
      RUC: D.Cox, I.Maric (T.Campbell, A.Pattison)
      FWD: L.Franklin, M.Robinson, D.Beams, S.Sidebottom, P.Dangerfield, N.Fyfe, D.Zorko (C.Cornes, T.Couch)

      3 trades left, finished team i guess, should i get rid of Stanton, he’s been a dick lately and had him captain last round. should i upgrade to swan and have 1 trade left for other random carnage?


      • SloppyJoe

        August 3, 2012 at 3:16 pm

        I say do it.

      • IanB

        August 3, 2012 at 3:17 pm

        Note to self – “Random Carnage” – good Dream Team name for next year.

    • SloppyJoe

      August 3, 2012 at 3:15 pm

      Cool Starry Bra

  23. mfawcett

    August 3, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    Going to hold out trading this week and see where Franklin and Ryder are next week and whether or not they return? Still fielding a pretty good team minus those 2 and think the trades would be better served next week in the finals or the week after as I”m locked in for a top 4 finish.

  24. baconb

    August 3, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    One trade left…

    Is it worth doing Ellis to Fisher?

    I have only 25k in the bank and can obviously do this trade and not much more.

    Have good cover in most areas I believe… but I need to win but can’t work out of this trade is worth doing or not…


    • Gav

      August 3, 2012 at 3:40 pm

      Do it!

  25. Gav

    August 3, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    Do i get cotch, lids or tucky (all tigers)???? Putting a finishing touch on my team. I have 519,800 available. I would rather them over Boyd, stanton. Help pls!!

    • bomber_tom

      August 3, 2012 at 3:50 pm


  26. Robb Stark

    August 3, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    Dilemna :( 2 trades left and safe in the top 8. 28k in the bank

    Option 1
    Ellis to Fisher this week and Treloar to Fyfe next week ( so i can play fyfe and keep cloke as bench cover)

    Option 2
    Downgrade someone and then upgrade Ellis to a proper premo in Waters/Scotland next week. (But will have wasted $$ in the bank doing nothing)


    P.S Ellis is my last rookie still on ground ( Smedts and SShaw cover)

    • MW

      August 3, 2012 at 4:22 pm

      If you are safe do nothing.

      Save those trades for nex tweek when you might need to sideways a premium. Better to have a few $$$ wasted in the bank than a truckload $$$ sitting on the pine.

      You want as many options as possible to avoid donuts in finals and you can always do the upgrade next week if you don’t need the trade..

  27. Zac

    August 3, 2012 at 4:02 pm

    Was watching that aboriginal footy show last night and im sure i heard them say Boyd was out this weekend, can anyone confirm or did i hear wrong?

  28. Chris

    August 3, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    DEF: Delidio, Goddard, Suckling, 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)

    4 trades left with $93,100 in the bank

    This week im looking at having 2 donuts, i can cover for Stanton but not robinson and pfierrier with buddy on my bench reserves. With my ranking being 16,763, leagues are my my 5 leagues im sitting:

    4th on percentage,

    7th ( after rd 19 i will finish either 7th or 6th) ,

    6th, 3 teams on 40 points im on 44, if i lose it will come down to percentage, ill either finish 6th,7th or 8th. if i was gong to drop out would probs have to get a flogging but im playing 3rd last team so i “should” be ok.. haha

    4th, ill finish either 3rd,4th or 5th, me and 2 others are on 48 points and percentage is very tight

    3rd. im 3 games ahead of 4th so i have got my spot in the “4” for this league.

    im in 2 minds whether i should trade or day im thinking to trade and the nxt im thinking no hold till finals nxt week.. with only 4 trades maybe i should hold..?
    if to trade, thoughts: stanton maybe? or someone in my forward line…

    Thoughts on this?? suggestions??

    • Zoom

      August 3, 2012 at 5:38 pm

      Switch Beams with Robbo and play Gibson on field.
      That’s a starting point, only use you trades if you really want all leagues or are happier winning 1.

  29. mememe

    August 3, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    5 trades, I’m set in top 4 so don’t need to trade…

    Should I upgrade Johnson or Heppel to waters?

    • Zoom

      August 3, 2012 at 5:44 pm

      Don’t waste the trades!!

  30. LeapingLeo05

    August 3, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    Back line : Lids, Goddard, Adcock, Heppel, H.Shaw, Carrots, Broughton, (S.Shaw, Darley)

    Took two doughnuts, in the last two weeks, and now Brought’s gotta go anyway!!!

    4 trades, and 180k.

    Waters, Suckling, Scotland, Grimes?

    Who’s gonna be best for finals? Or have i missed anyone?
    and good luck to all in finals.

    p.s. will finish top four in cash league (win or lose). should i wait till next week or pull the trigger.
    actually have cover this week with S.Shaw.

  31. Chris

    August 3, 2012 at 5:17 pm

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

    got 4 trades left

    Decided to trade stanton, ive got a total of $500,100 to spend.
    Options i got: Murphy, Rockliff, mitchell or anyothers?? would love to get pendles but would only have about $9,000 in my salary afterwards haha

  32. Zoom

    August 3, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    3 Trades and 65k

    Franklin > Sidebottom and Bugg > Waters or

    Franklin > Fyfe and Giles > Ivan?

    In the top 4 in all leagues but 1, in which i’m having to win to make the eight. Thoughts?

  33. briby

    August 3, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    Need a win to make the eight, Franklin to Swan, Beams to Fwd, Robbo on the bench, not enough cash to upgrade him. But if Boyd, Pendles, Swan, don’t play, at least i tried.

  34. Aidan

    August 3, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    i traded franklin to fyfe ahhhh dont no whether to reverse :S only 2 trades for finals then

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