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The Friday Scramble

The Friday Scramble: Round 1 Part 1

Footy’s back and that means that we spend our Friday’s trying to scramble to put the best team we can on the park. Today I have had a look at some of the things you should be considering for this first week of the season.

The Friday Scramble - with Dunny

The Friday Scramble – with Dunny

This is it.  All your research is done.  No more stressing, you simply have to make a decision and go for it.  But why are you worried?  No need to be, you have done plenty of research, heard all the rumours, watched all the preseason DTTalk episodes and even been to some NAB Cup and Practice games.  What could possibly to go wrong?  You are the only thing that can go wrong, you can doubt yourself, you can listen to last minute rumours with no source and you can tinker with your structure that you have already decided on.

Let’s be honest, this week and next week will be the most important scrambling that you will do all year.  The initial set up and player selection are amongst the most important things to your season.  They will set you up for the rest of the year.  Whether it is GnR or Midpriced Mayhem it is your plan and that means it is right for you.  So trust your gut and go with it!

Having said all of that, let’s look at a few things that are important to consider today.

What is Locked Out Today?

Well in case you missed it from Warnie’s article on Tuesday night “Lockout Dates, Times and Hot Tips” (I know you all read it already), tonight we see our players from Adelaide, Essendon, West Coast and Fremantle all being locked into position.  Our next lockout comes next Thursday night before the Carlton and Richmond game.

What this means for you is that not only are you locked with those players, but your structure is locked also.  E.g. if you had Dean Cox as your R1 and then you had Leuenberger for R2, but swapped him for Sam Jacobs you would be locked into that two Premo ruck strategy and it would take you a couple of weeks of using both trades to set everything back to how you had it if the big Berger comes back in.  However, by starting a second Ruck that isn’t playing this week, you at least give yourself until next week to see if Leuenberger does actually come up and you can keep your original structure.

Aye Captain, I see a Loophole off the Starboard Bow!

Any split round brings joy to the heart of our very own Irish Pirate, Calvin!  It means that he gets two cracks at finding you the perfect captain to get your season off to a great start!  However, this week you shouldn’t be wanting to use a Loophole as you should have all your players playing!  Check out Calvin’s article from Wednesday night and get all of the low down in Calvin’s Captains!

Should I be worried about the Byes?

Last year saw many of us (including me) spend an inordinate amount of time structuring our starting teams around the bye rounds making sure that we have cover everywhere.  What eventuated was that we got to the bye rounds and we had various injuries and suspensions that meant our structure had been blown completely out of the water, and worse still we compromised our starting squad because of it.

This year with 2 trades every week and only 18 of our players on the field counting during the bye rounds, we don’t need to worry as much.  The strategy that I am taking in to the season in regards to the byes is to make sure that I have a fairly even spread of players across the byes.  However, I am not stressing if one week has more than others in it as I know that as I get closer to the byes I can start to focus on it a bit more and with 2 trades every week I don’t have to worry about wasting trades and can trade in and out through the byes to cover any deficiencies.

 Rookie Stress

One thing that we all discuss and argue about at the start of the season is which of the rookies are going to be named and playing round one.  With this split round it makes it difficult as we won’t have all of the team lists in front of us to help us make decisions.  Worse still is that the team most rookies are coming from is Port who don’t play until next weekend!

The main one that we are worried about this week is Nick Kommer who is playing tonight.  So this is a good thing as not only will we know if he is a late out or not, but we will also know if he will be wearing the green vest.  This means you have time to either dump him from your side if he isn’t in and get a guy that is playing or at worst one from a team that isn’t locked out yet so you still have options, or if he has the vest you can move him to your bench and wait til next round to see who is playing and put them on your ground.  There are a number of options that you will have here.  We were all thinking we would have Crouch tonight, but he was named as an emergency, so nothing is a certainty when you are a rookie.


At the moment we still have time with the majority of our squads to tinker over the coming week.  Our big calls don’t need to be made just yet, but the ones we are making tonight will most defnitely shape them!  So make sure you are confident with your plans now as next week you will be restricted in what you can do.

Things to Remember!

  • Saturday Night’s teams are locked tonight – I hope you have got this by now… we have drummed it into you!
  • Allow yourself some flexibility – Unless you are completely married to your structure, allow yourself some flexibility so that you can still make some tweaks next week.
  • Re-introduce yourself to social meda on Friday afternoons – This is where you will find out all the latest info leading to lockout.
  • Tonights game starts at 8:30 EDT – Yes it is a late start because AAMI Stadium is bloody hard to get to after work on a Friday night, so it is an 8:10pm start local time.
  • Don’t leave it til the last minute to make changes as the VirtualSports servers will get very busy, you don’t want to get stuck with Tambling in your starting 22 right Warnie?
  • You still have a family – Over the next 24 weeks your family will still be there.  Try and find some time to say hello between Mon and Thurs cause Fri – Sun you will be a slave to DT!

Good luck for the season coming up folks and I hope you have a stack of fun.  Stay tuned to DTTalk throughout the year as we try to bring you all the info you need to take out your league.  Give me a follow on Twitter if you don’t already, @pkd73 I generally tweet from all Power home games if I see anything (and the network gives me some bandwidth to use) as well as random thoughts throughout the weekend’s games.



  1. Ingoes

    March 23, 2013 at 11:24 am

    Why do I hate Patty Dangerfield right now?

    Not only did he spud with a 51…

    He talked me into bringing Luke Brown into my squad

    • Taylor Nadebaum

      March 24, 2013 at 4:08 pm

      He was always going to get tagged, no one knew about him last year

  2. leetrevor81

    March 23, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    He should of been able to see in the future and predict Luke Brown would go off injured! Don’t worry though, I forgot to look in to my crystal ball as well and also picked Luke Brown :(

    I also had Dangerfield, don’t worry he is a gun he will come back

  3. Khal Drogo

    March 23, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    Cya danger pathetic 51. Cant handle a tag. Now watch Cotchin kill it for picking danger over him. Always happens FMDT

    • leetrevor81

      March 23, 2013 at 1:10 pm

      With 2 trades a week it will be very tempting to kick someone out of your team as soon as they have a bad performance, but just remember any gun could have an off game and Danger could get 150 next week…

      If danger has another couple bad performances I’ll get rid of him…but getting rid of him after one bad game could hurt you.

      Dangerfield would of copped a lot of tags last year, if coaches are only just realising he is worth tagging this year they shouldn’t be coaching an AFL team

      • Dream on!

        March 23, 2013 at 2:59 pm

        Give Danger another shot, unless you can find absolutely no other productive thing to do with your trades. I don’t have Danger so I’m not fuming like you must be, but it’s a dilemma I’m facing with Goddard. The conclusion I’ve reached is give him another chance next round to prove why I picked him and if he gives me another crappy score then I’ll jump off him before his price plummets.

        • leetrevor81

          March 23, 2013 at 4:45 pm

          Well Goddard got 70 odd with about 15 touches. 70 certainly isn’t horrible, and you know Goddard is going to have his fair share of games between 20-30 possessions so I”m not too worried about him.

          Add on to that if you have him as a defender, expectations for defenders compared to mids are a lot lower. An average of 90-100 is excellent as a defender in the last couple years, which Goddard certainly should achieve

        • Richdogg

          March 23, 2013 at 4:55 pm

          “Dream on!”, it’s a bit hard to compare Danger’s shit performance with Goddard. Pretty much everyone who is serious about DT has Goddard, therefore if he does poorly, it affects everyone. Dangerfield is slightly more unique which makes both a good performance and a bad performance really stand out!

    • Taylor Nadebaum

      March 24, 2013 at 4:09 pm

      Cotchin will get tagged as well, he also cant handle a tag if you look at his nab cup scores

      • shemrock

        March 24, 2013 at 4:20 pm

        Kinda funny how people still think they know what’s going to happen.

  4. Adam

    March 23, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    happy with my unique in Watson, could’ve gone huge if he plucked a couple marks up forward which he almost did

    • Samsa

      March 23, 2013 at 1:22 pm

      Got Watson aswell, just waiting for Boyd to outscore Cotchin aswell.

    • swans2011

      March 23, 2013 at 2:15 pm

      Same here mate!

    • Adam Williams

      March 23, 2013 at 4:13 pm

      one half of my unique combo (Watson and Lids)…hard to say who celebrated more when he kicked that running goal in the dying minutes

  5. fmtv

    March 23, 2013 at 2:14 pm

    will be interesting to see how much Watson gets when he plays a team that actually wants to win.

  6. swans2011

    March 23, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    I hope no one here got sucked into Baguley. Also Wright killed it, goes to show how little NAB cup form means

    • derek

      March 23, 2013 at 2:24 pm

      I’m surprised no-one talked much about using the “emergency” loop hole. I had Brown (ADE) and Kennedy (WC) in my team, but i have them as emergencies in case they injure their foot and have to come off in the third quarter ;).

      • leetrevor81

        March 23, 2013 at 4:48 pm

        I wish I had Brown as an emergency! But if he played a full game he might of got a handy 50-60 points, tough luck for me I guess! I thought…I have a guaranteed starter here and who knows what will happen with the other rooks so I figured the smart option was to have him on the field

        • derek

          March 24, 2013 at 4:33 pm

          I had Brown as emergency, now i’ll make sure he stays there. However i also had Kennedy as an emergency, now all i need to do is bring Rowe into my starting 22 and Kennedy’s points count. The emergency loop-hole is great.

  7. Mucho-grande

    March 23, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    Must admit Danger was tempting after his game against Geelong.
    Zorko is is popular – but let see if he can handle a real tag in the season proper.

    • DoubleA

      March 23, 2013 at 9:55 pm

      I really don’t see Zorko getting tagged with Rich, Redden, Rockliff, Black and Moloney in the Lion’s mids. Could be wrong, but you can’t tag everyone.

  8. jack

    March 23, 2013 at 6:24 pm

    Thoughts on roughy?? (I have cox as well so fwd/ruc….)

    • Richdogg

      March 23, 2013 at 7:22 pm

      Good combo man. I’ve gone Roughy fwd, Cox ruck

  9. Noodles71

    March 23, 2013 at 9:53 pm

    Barlow is a gun…….

  10. DoubleA

    March 23, 2013 at 10:05 pm

    Damn you Barlow. After whatever the hell Dangerfield called last night (surely not footy) you pull out a game like this. It’s like you just had a massive blow-up with the missus and a supermodel walks past and winks at you….

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