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The Friday Scramble: Round 10

As usual we all know that there aren’t three bye rounds, but there are actually 4 as we often have some sort of carnage in the round before the official byes!

FridayScrambleIt is just like clockwork, you can set your watch to it. We all have our teams set ready for the byes and then bang, carnage hits.  But hey, shouldn’t we be used to it by now this year. I think we have had just about everything, stars getting injured, stars underperforming, rookies dominating one week and then being rubbish the next and then just this last week we had the late withdrawal of our lock in, 100% no problems captain. So it is at this point of the season you have a choice, you can either spit the dummy and say get stuffed, or you can pick yourself up and use this as a way to improve your team and hopefully rocket through the rankings.  Hopefully you choose the latter, that is what I am doing and here are a few of my thoughts as we scramble through the last full round before the byes.

Selection Carnage!

Last week I remember writing that I thought things weren’t too bad and that all was well with the world.  Well that has certainly backfired on me this week! Let’s look at a few of the key things that have happened.

Well the obvious one is Rocky, but we all knew this was going to happen.  He said he was going to be out for 2-3 weeks, but the official injury report is saying 4-6 which to me says, trade him out.  The only way you would keep him is if you don’t care about your ranking and you are in a league that doesn’t play through the bye rounds.  There are a few options, you can either trade him down to a rookie, upgrade him to a premo or try and sideswap him.  All of these scenarios really depend on how much cash you have and what you are planning through the bye rounds.  Personally I will be probably trading him to someone like Mitch Wallis who has had a couple of great weeks lately and hence will rise in price.

Nathan Krakouer is in a heap of teams and he has found himself on the outer and so far on the outer that he is back on the rookie list at the Power.  First he got the green vest last week and now he has been omitted (it is a fairly long term omission too!).  Personally as a Power fan I didn’t see this coming, I thought his form down back in the last few weeks has actually been quite good.  However, the main problem here is that he has been returned to the Rookie List so that William Frampton can come back to the senior list and play for the Port Magpies in the SANFL. Just remember though, after round 12 I believe one rookie listed player can be elevated so he may come back on to the senior list.  And before you ask, yes Polec is on the LTI, but Sam Gray is elevated for him currently.

At the Crows there has been a couple of relevant things. Both Rory Sloane and Brodie Smith return to the side which is a bonus for them but also for Fantasy coaches.  However, both have fairly high BE’s (both are in the 140’s in RDT) and they could fall in value this week (although they are playing Carlton) and then they have their bye, so they may be ideal pickups post bye round 11.  Also at Adelaide is rookie Jake Lever who is out with an ankle injury.  Interestingly though, he isn’t on the official AFL injury list.

The Bont is out this week with an Adductor injury, he has been struggling of late and with the Dogs having the R11 bye I guess this is as good a time as any for him to have a rest, he is listed as a test, so I expect him to return after their bye.  Many of us were hoping to hold Mitch Clark until his bye, well guess what, he has gone and injured his calf.  So he is out.  That has thrown a lot of plans into disarray!  We also now know that the mystery injury to Jobe Watson is a groin injury and he could be out for a couple of weeks with that.

A bit more rookie news sees Dan McKenzie miss this week thanks to a concussion, at this stage hopefully only the one week but they have the R12 bye so we could see him return for R11, or they could hold him out until after their bye.  And Liam McBean has been omitted just as he was on the bubble this week.  We do see the first game for Hugh Goddard this week, he has a round 12 bye so he could play two games and then have one off and be an ideal downgrade after round 12 for us to get some cash to do an upgrade in round 13 to a round 12 player.

On the ins at least we have Jordan Lewis back this week and we have Matty Kreuzer in for his first game of the year.  Probably the big name back, and many draft teams will be happy to see Pearce Hanley back.  We also see Elliot Yeo return from suspension.


For me here I think I go with Hamling. I am running with your comment about not worrying about the byes because ideally you would wait until R12 to pick him up as he will be on the bubble after his round 11 bye.  However, if you are desperate for someone this week I think that is where I go.  You mention Clurey’s job security, however, really he only has that security whilst Trengove is out.  Once Trengove returns I think Clurey heads back to the SANFL.

Ok, I am mildly confused as to the trades in this tweet but I will give it a go.  I guess we now know that the Bont is out so that would be a zero.  I don’t think Lewis will miss again this week so no zero there.  I think that there is never a good reason to go into a round with a donut (bye rounds are maybe the only exception). So if I was trading in this situation I would always trade to avoid a donut.  If I was trading to only have bench cover, then sometimes I would take that risk.  If you get a late withdrawal so be it, however, if there is a high risk player (like Bont would have been if he wasn’t named out on Thurs) then maybe you would make sure you had the cover, but generally you have to back the guys on the field in.  So hopefully in a round about way I have answered your question there Ben.

Good morning Sir.  Well this is an interesting one. Sinclair has been fairly stable in regards to his scoring since he came in at round 5 with an average of 80.  So I certainly wouldn’t call it stupid, but there is nothing there that would call it genius either.  I am assuming he is either your F6 or bench cover.  If that is the case it is fine.  He has already risen $118k in Fantasy (assuming that is where your question is based on his price), but a BE of only 23 should be quite achievable, so not a bad selection.  The only other factor to consider is the bye round, but since Geelong and West Coast have the same bye in round 13 that isn’t an issue for you.

Things to Remember

  • Any trades you make this week MUST have the bye rounds in consideration unless you really don’t care about overall rank and aren’t playing the byes.
  • If you are going to drink when you travel with your team, ALWAYS fix up the mini bar bill before the team manager sees it!
  • Don’t stress about having Rocky and having to trade him out, there are a heap of other coaches in the same position as you.
  • Make sure you set your Emergencies and VC each week and think about it, you never know when you need them, just like we did this last week!

Well, our last full round before the byes, good luck and hopefully we can all get out of the other end of the next three weeks unscathed! Trading through the byes is tricky but it is very important.  Next week I will cover that a bit more, but at this stage, you should be considering your team position and what your team should look like at the other end of the byes.

Catch you all on twitter over the weekend @pkd73 and hope you all have a great Queen’s Birthday weekend of footy.



  1. iamcarlton

    June 5, 2015 at 7:39 am

    Cheers for the mention dunny!

  2. HairyMan


    June 5, 2015 at 8:07 am

    Great stuff Dunny! Just one thing, you have written that Dan McKenzie has the Round 11 bye but he actually has the round 12 bye

    • Dunny

      June 5, 2015 at 10:40 am

      cheers mate, will fix that up, slip of the keyboard!

  3. zacp97

    June 5, 2015 at 9:25 am

    Great read Dunny!
    Who should I trade in For Bont(Fwd) and Rocky? I can get anyone I want and it doesn’t affect my bye structure

  4. ES

    June 5, 2015 at 9:58 am

    Good call on the mini-bar. The Suns to include that little chestnut of wisdom for their future draftee inductions?

    What’s your thoughts on holding Rockie for RDT? There’s been so many forced trades this year, I’m of a mind to hold him for long term structure. If its four weeks, I can cop that, but six is a lot of points that Fyfe or Sidebottom could be pumping out instead. Dropping the Rock now, I reckon it’d be a struggle to get him back in again.

  5. Chris16

    June 5, 2015 at 9:59 am

    Looking for some advice – First time playing so the byes (and injuries) are freaking me out a bit

    Ranked 102 right now so dont want to drop too far off

    My Team is this

    Picken, Ibbo, Mcintosh, Oxley, Saad, Rich
    Lewis, Fyfe, Danger, Watson, rocky, Ward, Stanton, Cripps – CEY & Dumont
    Goldy, Bellendchambers
    Swan, Gray, Titch, Walker, The Bont, V’berg – Clark & Bailey Dale

    Oxley – maybe
    The Bont

    Trade options – I need at least one player with a round 13 bye

    Picken & Rocky for any of these

    Thurlow & Hannebery (will kill the suns, bring in with a C) – Means Bailey Dale will start

    Shaw & Greene/Barlow et al – Dale still plays

    Picken & the Bont for – Shaw & Blicavs – moving bellchambers forward – Means Dumont plays (reduced time with Swallow playing) and no bench in the mid

    Preference right now is bring in Hanners and Thurlow – And have the risk be Bailey Dale – Who we at least know is a starter


    • Taezer

      June 5, 2015 at 12:26 pm

      Firstly, what are you def bench players, because Picken & probably Ox wont play this week. also how much $$ do you have in the bank?

      You need to cover the doughnuts and make use of your Mid bench, so I would use DPP to get some flexibility.

      Rocky to someone like Devon Smith, Jack Ziebell or if you can handle the R11 bye get in Deledio (then DPP bont to mid bench and play CEY).

      Next to cover is def – not sure your bench, but I’d trade Picken or Oxley to Yeo/Shaw or Thurlow/Grimes if you don’t have the cash.

      Avoid 0’s with players who will go up in value and trade them back out after the byes.

      • Chris16

        June 5, 2015 at 3:05 pm


        have Hamling benched to cover Oxley, so not too bad there

    • llizard-of-oz

      June 5, 2015 at 3:08 pm

      Earth to space cadet. YOU ARE not ranked 102. You would need three of these..Yeo Steven Armitage Martin. Nice try in the BS stakes.

      • Chris16

        June 5, 2015 at 6:03 pm

        Space cadet to idiot

        Go check the rankings… And go check all my other posts.

        I AM ranked 102, and never had any of those players.

        Its there to see, quit making a dick out of yourself and open your eyes.

        Nice try though

        • Chris16

          June 5, 2015 at 6:08 pm

          Actually just checked… i’m 108

          You’re still wrong though, and a dick

          Teams called First Time Lucky

  6. Liam

    June 5, 2015 at 10:12 am

    Have 220k in the bank!?!

    Injuries: lever, Mckenzie, oxley(maybe) Rockliff,Bont, Clark, krak!!!

    What trades should I be doing???????

    McIntosh, pittard Oxley, newnes, geary, Lever,Mckenzie, saad

    Lewis, pendles, beams, Ebert, Rockliff, danger, Parker,vandenberg, Amon,dumont, freeman

    Mummy, belly( gorringe)

    Swan, buddy, bont, Schneider, Clark, Gray, lamb, krak

  7. Cold War Vet

    June 5, 2015 at 10:30 am

    After a whole week of working out my trades for the byes it has all gone to salt!needless to say I am now slightly screwed for round 12. Trying to decide whether to go Dalhaus or Kennedy for Bont.

    • Taezer

      June 5, 2015 at 12:29 pm

      I reckon Dalhaus – Kennedy will be marked by Hooker & Rance in next couple weeks and I think his scores will drop. Dalhaus’s role has been much better for consistent scoring. Depends on your bye structure too i guess…

  8. shadowboxer89

    June 5, 2015 at 10:49 am

    Sucks just brought Rocky in last week now hes out again, Thinking trading him for either Masten of Deleldio. Also is Bont for Higgins good? only have 40,000 in the bank, any suggestions?

    • Lachlan

      June 5, 2015 at 2:27 pm

      rocky to wallis and use the extra cash to upgrade cont to someone better

  9. JPKing

    June 5, 2015 at 10:49 am

    Whats the decision on who to get out of Acres Dumont or Boston. I like acres as hes named on the wing while the others both on the bench

  10. serial_thrilla

    June 5, 2015 at 10:50 am

    Great article as always Dunny.

    What would be your order of priority for removal of the following:
    – Oxley
    – Krakouer
    – Rockliff
    – Griffen
    – Bellchambers
    – Clark

    The spuds are just piling up!
    Cheers bud.

    • Robo

      June 5, 2015 at 5:50 pm

      im in the same boat. (but dont have grffen)
      im thinking this order
      **This is assuming u have no fwd bench cover & you do have defense bench cover.

  11. Scott

    June 5, 2015 at 10:51 am

    I need some advice. I am trying to trade Rockliff then move Yeo in midfield then trade in a defender but the fantasy website wont let me make this change

    • Stuart


      June 5, 2015 at 11:10 am

      advanced trades tab

    • denvermax


      June 5, 2015 at 11:14 am

      You need to go to the Advanced Trades tab at the top.

  12. Nathan

    June 5, 2015 at 11:17 am

    Dunny great work as per usual, just one quick question.

    Who is the better option out of Deledio, Titchell and Greene? Who can you see averaging more from here on in? Greene is much more beneficial for the byes for me, followed by Lids.

    Main point though, what do you expect all three of them to average from here on in, atm I have gone with Greene, but maybe is it worth having one lower score in round 12 and grab Titchell for long term gain?

  13. Liam

    June 5, 2015 at 11:20 am

    Who to trade first out of Clark and krak???

    • Taezer

      June 5, 2015 at 12:32 pm

      Krak won’t play again until at least after the byes, maybe longer (he’s back on the rookie list), Mitch Clarke could play next week.

      Depends if you need the money or not…

  14. Bobby

    June 5, 2015 at 11:23 am

    What combination to get in for Bennell & Rockliff – got $1.02m to spend…
    1) Sidebottom & Wallis
    2) Shiels & Greene
    3) Shiels & Deledio
    4) Hodge & Wallis
    5) Barlow & Wallis
    6) Barlow & Greene

    or any 2 $500k players

    • Crisis

      June 5, 2015 at 11:50 am

      if your bye structure allows then option 1 is great

  15. Pete

    June 5, 2015 at 12:15 pm

    Yeo or Simpson ??

    • Taezer

      June 5, 2015 at 12:34 pm

      Yeo for BE & Bye structure easily.

    • serial_thrilla

      June 5, 2015 at 12:34 pm


  16. Hawksman

    June 5, 2015 at 12:27 pm

    Franklin, Devon Smith or Delidio

    • serial_thrilla

      June 5, 2015 at 12:35 pm

      Franklin could average the same, but will be more inconsistent. Smith is still prone to a shocker, as seen last week.

    • Taezer

      June 5, 2015 at 12:35 pm

      Three different Byes – do you care about bye structure? if not, Buddy could go huge these next couple weeks.

  17. MrBarrelroll

    June 5, 2015 at 12:27 pm

    what annoying is that im going for overall ranks but cant trade rocky without having a donut.

    • llizard-of-oz

      June 5, 2015 at 3:14 pm

      Yep I Share your grief.

  18. Blood Brothers

    June 5, 2015 at 12:39 pm

    Carnage in my forward line. Bont & Adams, Krak & Clarke (traded), and now Bennell gone….
    Leaves by strategy for the byes in tatters…

    • llizard-of-oz

      June 5, 2015 at 3:18 pm


  19. Chipsy_DT

    June 5, 2015 at 12:47 pm

    holding rocky on the bench til next week due to bye structure trades. Lets hope dumont gets on the field and amon gets a full game! :O

  20. Kyle

    June 5, 2015 at 12:49 pm

    Thanks bennell :(

  21. subdub

    June 5, 2015 at 1:00 pm

    Who to trade out between Bont & Bennell? Bennell has had better recent form and has a round 12 bye. Any help appreciated.

    • shadowboxer89

      June 5, 2015 at 1:31 pm

      Easy Bont is injured, always go with he player thats actually playing

      • serial_thrilla

        June 5, 2015 at 1:48 pm

        Doesn’t help that Bennell is also injured. ;)

  22. Albert Lloyd

    June 5, 2015 at 1:18 pm

    Dumont or Robinson?

    • serial_thrilla

      June 5, 2015 at 1:48 pm


  23. shadowboxer89

    June 5, 2015 at 1:21 pm

    Masten or Deledio?

    • serial_thrilla

      June 5, 2015 at 1:49 pm


  24. leisuresuitlarry

    June 5, 2015 at 1:54 pm

    I am ranked third in my Classic league.
    Thoughts on trading out Rocky to Boston (or Dumont), and Clark to Titchell?
    Oxley to Hamling, and Rocky to Boston to free up some cash after the bye rounds?
    Thanks in advance!

    • Euman

      June 5, 2015 at 1:58 pm

      What about Rocky to Wallis gives you little cash – have you goat any more cash?

      Then the Oxley to Hamling

      Otherwise like Tichell I got him in for Krakeor and he wil lgo off against SUNS this week

  25. Euman

    June 5, 2015 at 1:55 pm

    Ok I got same questions Dumont or Robinson I see Serial Thrilla you say Dumont can you say why?

    Robinsons JS bothers me although this week he is named on field

    Dumont has been named on 7 man bench which scares shit out of me

    so based on that I have Robinson but really think Dumont is the man


    • Euman

      June 5, 2015 at 2:00 pm


    • MrBarrelroll

      June 5, 2015 at 2:07 pm

      Out of those two i would say dumont.

    • Lachie Neale

      June 5, 2015 at 2:18 pm

      I would go Dumont as his JS seems better than Robinson’s, just wait to see if he makes the final 22 when named at 5:00.
      Neither have great JS though.

      • Euman

        June 5, 2015 at 2:44 pm

        cheers all and Lachie you had better play little good game this week

    • Taezer

      June 5, 2015 at 3:26 pm

      Dumont might be on the extended bench, but he is performing well in a losing side. He might get a vest on sunday, but either way he’ll be in and around the Roo’s team all season.
      Robinson has that tough R13 bye & he will go out when McGlynn/Heeny/Grundy come back.

  26. MrBarrelroll

    June 5, 2015 at 1:56 pm

    Thoughts on trades

    rocky to titch via bont
    oxley to fantasia via byrne

    leaving me with 200k.

    • MrBarrelroll

      June 5, 2015 at 1:58 pm

      ive only got bench cover for backs :(

      • Euman

        June 5, 2015 at 2:00 pm

        both solid choices titch is a must this week I got him in cause playing Suns in Sydney will be massacre and they have just had 2 more seniors outs of team today

        • MrBarrelroll

          June 5, 2015 at 2:03 pm

          ive got parker and JPK as well :D

    • Swanny01

      June 5, 2015 at 2:14 pm


  27. Swanny01

    June 5, 2015 at 2:13 pm

    looking at:

    Rocky –> Ebert
    Salem –> Fantasia

    Any other FWD downgrade targets?

    • Euman

      June 5, 2015 at 2:49 pm

      cant really see any fwd downgrades but you can maybe move someone via dpp from mids to fwds

      so Salem out – then someone to forards from mid and then bring in either Dumont/boston/robinson

      ive decided on Dumont

      I still have Honeychurch, and Clarke just sitting there had to dump Rocky and the Krak is carnage

      Went rocky to titch and Krak to Dumont

  28. Lewie-14

    June 5, 2015 at 3:11 pm

    Rocky > Titch
    Bonts > JJK as POD (could fail or could pay off, the way this seasons been whats to lose !!!! )

  29. Columbus

    June 5, 2015 at 3:30 pm

    Acres or Dumont??

    • Euman

      June 5, 2015 at 3:33 pm

      lots are leaning toward Dumont is the way I have gone

  30. Euman

    June 5, 2015 at 3:31 pm

    the rock to titch solid he v depleted suns will be pig sty of DT points

    Josh Kennedy in form

  31. Blood Brothers

    June 5, 2015 at 3:57 pm

    Thoughts? (and any suggestions welcome).
    Carnage in my forward line with Adams, Bont & Bennell out (want to keep them all in the short term, at least until after the byes).
    Planning to trade Krak (was on the cards anyway, but now with Rookie status a must, to Fantasia). And then Clarke to Steele (pending final teams).
    Will mean a donut in any case.
    Still have Rock on the bench til next week (or a trade for Wallis if Steele isn’t selected).
    Would have traded Rock (and therefore Wallis if Steele doesn’t play and I get him this week), as part of a rolling strategy of one primo mid during the byes.
    Ox is still a sore point, but my aim is to trade for Malceski after one game back & his price bottoms out.
    Risk of Steele & Fantasia wearing the green vest, but could get value out of them rather than Wallis, and still field a near complete team.

  32. fantasyking

    June 5, 2015 at 4:58 pm

    Any help with trades would be much appreciated:

    Backs: Yeo, Simpson, Smith, Higgins, Newnes, Jake Kelly (Saad, Mcintosh)

    Mids: Lewis, Fyfe, Pendles, JPK, Parker, Heppell, Cripps, Sheed (Rockliff, Mckenzie, Glenn)

    Ruck: Goldy, Belly (Read)

    Fwd: Gray, Swan, D Martin, Titch,Tarrant, Bontempelli (Clark, Krak)

    Lots of injuries this week, will have to cop a donut if i dont make a move, have 13k in the bank

  33. Duggy007

    June 5, 2015 at 5:03 pm

    McInness or Dale for F6?

  34. Eli

    June 5, 2015 at 5:03 pm

    Tom Mitchell or Luke Dahlhaus??

    • Duggy007

      June 5, 2015 at 5:09 pm

      Prefer Mitchell

      • Robo

        June 5, 2015 at 5:55 pm

        yea definitely for this week atleast.

  35. leisuresuitlarry

    June 5, 2015 at 5:04 pm

    Which Rookie should I target… Dumon, Boston or Hamling?

    • Duggy007

      June 5, 2015 at 5:10 pm

      With Gold Coast’s injury list… I think Boston.

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