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The Friday Scramble: Round 20

Finals week one! No tomorrows! You have to win this week! No massive problems at the selection table which is nice. But I am sure you still have some issues to sort out! Join me in a Scramble.

FridayScrambleIt’s FINALS TIME!!!  You and your team have fought all year for this.  The chance to bask in Premiership Glory!  But how is your team going?  Are they fully fit?  Are they in the right headspace?  Hopefully they are all ok.  It is this time of the year when we have to start relying on our bench guys as we have more late outs this time of the year than any other.  The one thing that we do have going for us is that the fight for not only the top 8 but also the top 4 is so tight that teams don’t have that luxury at the moment.

Just to make things very exciting we have had Tribunal issues and injury issues!  Can things get any harder?  Where are all those people who think this game is too easy these days??

Finals Basics

I am sure that the vast majority of you know how the finals work.  For those that don’t, things are exactly like the AFL finals.  If you have a look at your league’s page you will see a tab that says Finals.  You will see the flowchart of the finals just like below (which is from our DTTalk Writers League).



Selection Tables and Injuries

Wow, how lucky did a heap of teams get with Stevie J getting off of his suspension earlier in the week with him being in a heap of teams.  What this means is that the Crowley tag will now probably go to him and leave Joel Selwood to run free and rack up the points!!  Great to see Sam Mitchell return this week.  I am sure that I am not the only one that is keen to see him back out there.  As a Power fan I am not sure that I am as happy to see Lance Franklin return.  But I am sure that many of you with him in your teams are happy about it.

We did see that David Swallow went down with an injury last week.  He has been named this week and I am hopeful that he does get up and play as well as he has so far this year.  I won’t be dropping him from my side, but what I will be doing is making sure that I have adequate bench cover just in case he is a late out.  Kade Kolodjashnij has been named this week and he could be a good one for you to have as a bench cover.


Well now that we know that Stevie did get off this is a very interesting question.  We know that Crowley generally goes to him and Stevie doesn’t like the attention (he tends to belt Crowley).  This would be the definition of a luxury trade.  If you are 100% that he will get the tag then yes I think it is a good idea.  However, in the last game he started on Matty Stokes and then went to Stevie later.  The big question here is who you think will get the tag.  If you don’t have any other Cat midfielders (namely Joel) then it might be a good tactic to get past an opponent that has both of those guys.

I like this question as Hertier is someone that I have been noticing a bit more over the past two weeks.  He seems to be playing a bit more midfield time.  I am not sure if this has coincided with Swanny being out of that midfield rotation or if he is just charging in from the back of the square and it looks like he is in there.  But you are right, over the past two weeks he has had 96 and 98.  Unfortunately he has only one other 90 which was against Adelaide and he has had two 100+ scores in R4 and 5 against Richmond and North Melbourne.  Upcoming he faces West Coast, Brisbane, GWS and Hawthorn.  For me this is a fantastic run and if he can continue to get some mid time and be that link up player from Half Back I don’t see any reason why you shouldn’t be picking him up as a great unique.

Must say I think Crisp would be a fair point of difference for you.  His third game this week with 97 and 96 in the bank so far.  Certainly good scores.  These scores have come against Gold Coast in a one sided game at the Gabba and a close one against Melbourne at Etihad.  This week they are up against an Adelaide side that must win to keep finals hopes alive.  I think it will be a tougher assignment than he has come up against this year (no disrespect to the other two teams, but an Ablettless GC and Melbourne are not like an Adelaide fighting for their life).  Miles on the other hand has played 8 games so far and his last two scores have been his lowest with 86 and 43.  These came against West Coast (away in the pouring rain) and GWS at the MCG.  Prior to that he was consistently scoring in the 90’s and 100+’s.  Personally I go Miles as he has more form on the board than just the two games that Crisp has.

Let’s start with Dahlhaus they play St Kilda, North, Sydney and GWS.  So a couple of good games there where he should score well.  He hasn’t had his best couple of weeks.  But I think that he will bounce back v St Kilda.  I would be a little worried with the North and Sydney games but a nice one against GWS for the Grand Final.  Suckling has Melboune, Fremantle, Geelong and Collingwood to finish up.  His scores haven’t been all that good.  Even though he had a passable score last week I just don’t think that he will score as well as Dahlhaus will for the rest of the season.

The ideal thing would be to keep a trade for the GF.  However there is no point having a trade left if you have been bundled out of the finals.  So really I would be using that trade at any point that you think you may not win in your match up.  If you do have to use the last one make sure you get someone that is going to see you right through for the rest of the season and will play each week!


Things To Remember

  • BENCH COVER! – Last week a heap of people got caught out with no Bench Cover for Sam Mitchell, I was one of them!  I know we all focus on our on field players, but don’t forget about having someone on each line that you can put the E on that will play.  If you are able to make luxury trades, it may be worth not doing that and getting someone reliable on the bench.
  • Go for it! – If you are in an Elim final don’t hold back, you have to go for it!  There are no tomorrow’s!  If you are in a Qualifying final then you should also be going for it as great to have that week off and miss out on the carnage that could happen and you can strengthen your team for the Prelim.
  • Overall Rank – If you aren’t in the finals or get knocked out this week, don’t give up, keep going and get your rank as high as you can.  Play out the full four quarters!
  • No Loophole – This week we don’t have the loophole that we have had in the past couple of weeks as we are back to a regular round of footy with just the one lockout (in AFL Fantasy and RDT).  So get your Captain right straight up.  Check out Calvin’s thoughts!

Big week in Fantasy this week.  Don’t leave any stone unturned and leave nothing to chance.  This is the week to go for glory!  Hopefully you can get your team over the line and progress towards the ultimate prize.

A big shoutout to the members of my two Friday Scrambler leagues.  Well done guys, we are sitting with the 3rd and 4th ranked leagues overall currently, let’s hold that right through to the end and prove that “Those who Scramble on a Friday find themselves covered in Glory on a Sunday!”

Cheers til next week!  @pkd73




  1. hedges99


    August 8, 2014 at 6:50 am

    Gday dunny got some mixed ideas
    Trade im thinking about is Miles to Crisp and Gunston to Gray + 120k
    or doing
    D.Swallow -> B.Smith and Gunston -> Gray
    but im leaning towards the first option for upgrades elsewhere


    • Dunny

      August 8, 2014 at 8:58 am

      If you do have other upgrades to do then the first option would be smart (as long as you have cover for Swallow in case he is a late out).

      • hedges99


        August 8, 2014 at 12:08 pm

        Cheers Dunny Mate, Thanks for all your help over the season!

  2. Croquet_Kings

    August 8, 2014 at 7:16 am

    Thanks Dunny and for all the scrambles this season – much appreciated.

    With the late outs what do you think of upgrading Langdon from D7 to either Mitchell or Simpson and then moving either enright or Kelly back to the bench as cover.


    • Croquet_Kings

      August 8, 2014 at 7:39 am

      Sorry forgot one thing:

      In doing this it means I need to play Zorko on the field instead of upgrading him to Mitch Duncan.

      So should I do the trade and have good bench cover in the backs or upgrade Zorko.

    • Dunny

      August 8, 2014 at 8:59 am

      I think I go the trade and have that cover. We are in the height of General Soreness season.

  3. Recall

    August 8, 2014 at 7:27 am

    Great work Dunny. Thoughts on Stevie J to sidebum and
    Swallow to Eski??
    Luxury I know but the swans have a good run home as do the pies

    • Dunny

      August 8, 2014 at 9:00 am

      Yeah I like those trades.

  4. Tigers

    August 8, 2014 at 7:28 am

    Goddard to macrae or chappy to mcglynn/franklin???

    • Dunny

      August 8, 2014 at 9:01 am

      Both are ok. I probably go Goddard to Macrae, but keep an eye on a rest for Chappy over the next few weeks once the Bombers are cemented in the 8

  5. Flyn

    August 8, 2014 at 8:04 am

    Cheers Dunny!

    Currently have Goddard and Miles sitting on the field, so which would you trade? Obviously with the finals mentality I’d be trading Miles incase Goddard went big tonight, but I can’t really see that happening. Named at HF AGAIN – know that doesn’t count for much but I can just see a repeat of last Friday happening tonight. Miles a safe bet for 80+ IMO. Thoughts?

    • Flyn

      August 8, 2014 at 8:05 am

      Also if BJ sits up forward, Tigers’ defence has been quite good over the last month. Would love to hear anyone’s thoughts on this! Cheers

    • Dunny

      August 8, 2014 at 9:03 am

      Tough call this one. I can see a great case for going either way. Goddard is a champ but he seems to have dropped away without Watson in the team and it is Heppell that stood up. Mate I honestly don’t know which way I would go. If I had to make a choice I probbly keep Goddard on field just because of experience and runs on the board over the years.

      What does everyone else think.

      • Flyn

        August 8, 2014 at 9:24 am

        Cheers Dunny, I’m going to keep Goddard!

        • Mark


          August 8, 2014 at 9:53 am

          I’d keep Goddard too. Experience and higher ceiling.

      • samdiatmh

        August 8, 2014 at 9:54 am

        I agree here, I’m keeping him because of his history against Richmond (and at the MCG this season) but it’s last-chance saloon for him

        pity, because Essendon actually have a pretty nice draw too (which is probably the reason I haven’t rage-traded him yet)

      • Vested Warrior

        August 8, 2014 at 11:40 am

        I have a similar dilemma with Goddard. I know he is in bad form but hard to trade a guy who has 114, 117 and 131 in his last 3 vs the Tigers.

  6. Elasticity


    August 8, 2014 at 8:15 am

    Great stuff Dunny! I’m first in one of those leagues :)
    Onto my question, in RDT I am ranked 7th in both of my leagues and I only have the one trade left and I am unsure what I should do. My options are:
    A) Don’t use it this week
    B) Trade Hibberd to Ward (via Mitchell DPP)
    C) Trade Ambrose to someone like Caddy, thus giving me a bench player in my FWDs.
    I’m currently leaning towards B

    • Dunny

      August 8, 2014 at 9:05 am

      I like option B. I guess it comes down to whether you think you can win those two games without trading. If you can then don’t trade, but if it is too close to call then pull the trigger on option B.

      • Elasticity


        August 8, 2014 at 4:10 pm

        Cheers! I think my head-to-heads are a bit 50/50, so I’ll go with option B :)

  7. sickos

    August 8, 2014 at 9:17 am

    Best back man to pick up that I haven’t got out of
    Dal santo
    Who will be most dangerous over finals?

    • Benjo


      August 8, 2014 at 9:56 am

      He is playing two matches at Simmonds and I am picking him up this week. Consider Petterd as a POD

  8. Dingus


    August 8, 2014 at 9:28 am

    Cheers Dunny, I’m in one of your leagues so hopefully we can push rank #1

  9. Riley Thorne

    August 8, 2014 at 9:38 am

    DSwallow or Crisp on the field

  10. Mark


    August 8, 2014 at 9:51 am

    Enright to jaensch, Brodie smith or Brodie Martin?

  11. Benjo


    August 8, 2014 at 9:55 am

    Great article Dunny! What are your thoughts on Swallow to Petterd? Also, I am currently leaning towards trading Stevie J and then getting him back in for the Hwathorn game. Thoughts?

  12. Jess

    August 8, 2014 at 9:55 am

    Great article as always. What do you think of these trades:

    Swallow > Hanley (Hurn D7)
    Miles > Malceski via NDS to mids as M9

    Leaves me with $170K. The only trouble is trying to decide whether I should be trading in Hodge instead of Hanley or Malceski.

  13. mememe

    August 8, 2014 at 11:02 am

    Great article as always. Should I trade Goddard (poor form) or N Jones (plays Hawks) to Sidey or Macrae?

  14. djblurr

    August 8, 2014 at 11:04 am

    Is Sam Blease in Melbournes best 22? Has he just returned to the side after injury or?

  15. Fat Knife

    August 8, 2014 at 11:24 am

    Blease got omitted

  16. preston007

    August 8, 2014 at 11:40 am

    Thanks Dunny… another stellar season of advice.

    Am trading Wingard to Zaha, but am torn between Swallow to Hanley / Mitchell OR Miles to Ward (or similar priced Mid).

    Very appreciative of peoples thoughts on this.

    • Vested Warrior

      August 8, 2014 at 1:55 pm

      I keep expecting Hanley to throw out a 60 and Mitchell has had an interrupted return. Probably more points in upgrading Miles.

  17. shadowboxer89

    August 8, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    Who should i trade out for Hanley, Swallow who did get injured last week or Burgoyne? tough decision

  18. djblurr

    August 8, 2014 at 12:09 pm

    Trying to trade miles to selwood and getting this error on fantasy:

    Sorry, action is locked, please try again

    • shadowboxer89

      August 8, 2014 at 12:10 pm

      I got the same thing, what is going on

  19. NotSo


    August 8, 2014 at 12:28 pm

    Always a good read on Fridays Dunny!!

    Any advice on which of the fwd upgrade options below would be appreciated!!

    a) Robbie Gray (club illness worries and poor recent team form)
    b) Dahlhaus (playing fwd and average recent form)
    c) Chapman (average recent form and ‘rest’ prone)

  20. hollywood

    August 8, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    Swallow passed a fitness test and is all good to play, will also captain the club so lock in 100+

  21. Oliver


    August 8, 2014 at 12:45 pm

    Tough question this one; who would be better to have Joel Selwood or Jack Macrae?

    • Riley Thorne

      August 8, 2014 at 12:57 pm

      Macrae Plays saints and Gws still

  22. Fat Knife

    August 8, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    Do I trade out Goddard (for good) or Johnson (to be picked up again in rd 22)?

    Thinking Gibbs is a great POD.

  23. Jeremy

    August 8, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    I have Langdon and McGovern as bench cover, should I look to find alternatives or will they most likely play this week.

    • MD

      August 8, 2014 at 1:55 pm

      good cover.

  24. Jess

    August 8, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    Trading Swallow and Miles to two of Hanley, Hodge or Malceski. Which two should I choose?

  25. jibtron

    August 8, 2014 at 1:15 pm

    im upgrading lecras, trade in Franklin or Harvey?

    • Vested Warrior

      August 8, 2014 at 1:53 pm

      I would say Harvey given Franklin has had some injury worries.

  26. MD

    August 8, 2014 at 1:39 pm

    A) Swallow + Suckling + Selwood

    B) Mitchell + Suckling + Goddard

    C) Swallow + Mitchell + Goddard

    DEF COVER = X. Ellis

    Best combo… A, B or C ?

    • Jeremy

      August 8, 2014 at 2:42 pm


  27. Deztroyer


    August 8, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    Great write up dunny.

    Would you say it’s too risky to bring in Zaha this week?

  28. Vested Warrior

    August 8, 2014 at 1:53 pm

    I was looking to bring in Sidey given his good run but he does have the hawks in the final round. Would it better to go Priddis who has GC is the final round and 2 games at home in between?

  29. Jeremy

    August 8, 2014 at 2:34 pm

    My team before trades

    Bartel,Hanley,Simpson,mcveigh,sitchell,jaensch (Langdon,bews)
    Rocky,SJ,Pendles,beams,Barlow,jelwood,d swallow,Parker (Shenton, orourke)
    Martin,goldy (lowden,currie)
    Harvey,Martin,danger,grey,chapman,dahlhaus (McGovern,redpath)

    Thoughts – only 7k in bank

    someone suggested
    1) swallow to petterd with sitchell back to mids
    2) SJ – sidebottom

    • Jeremy

      August 8, 2014 at 3:20 pm

      could do shenton to barry and then chapman to Sidebottom via parker dpp

  30. Lachlan__

    August 8, 2014 at 4:20 pm

    is it best to trade in sidey or priddis?

    • MD

      August 8, 2014 at 4:51 pm

      or selwood?

  31. Dr Bruce Reid

    August 8, 2014 at 4:29 pm

    Hey. I am desperate for some advice.
    Who would u get out of

    • Ravin

      August 8, 2014 at 5:02 pm

      Got the same Dilemma. Have Bartel in my team at the moment.

    • Jess

      August 8, 2014 at 6:09 pm

      I have Bartel but trying to decide between Hodge and Malceski. Think Malceski’s price is going to sway me.

  32. Tom

    August 8, 2014 at 5:14 pm

    best mid under 533k?

  33. Tom

    August 8, 2014 at 5:15 pm

    worth getting malceski?

  34. Tom

    August 8, 2014 at 5:20 pm

    which option?
    1. d.swallow to malceski and stevie j to sidebottom/macrae
    2. d.swallow to b.smith and dalhaus to a pemo mid under 533k

    • mememe

      August 8, 2014 at 7:15 pm

      option 1, dalh vs saints could go big

  35. Jess

    August 8, 2014 at 6:11 pm

    Two questions please:

    1. Hodge vs Malceksi (getting Hanley as well)
    2. Bench Mitchell or NDS?

  36. daymo69

    August 8, 2014 at 7:35 pm

    Did anyone just see on fox footy that Westhoff was on crutches?!
    Will he play?
    I already traded swallow > Mitchell
    Carlisle > mcveigh

    Or should I keep Carlisle and trade
    Westhoff for someone?

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