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The Friday Scramble: Round 4

Injuries to Premiums, Injuries to Rookies and just about everything in between! Another massive week of Fantasy is ahead of us but before that we need to Scramble!!

Another week another injury to a key player and another injury to one of our key cash cows. But are we all surprised that one of them happened? We have also had our first lot of price changes in the limited trade formats of the game. We have also seen positional changes in the Ultimate Footy format of draft. In the words of a great Victorian cricket commentator… “It’s All Happening”. So with all that in mind we have plenty to talk about and as always… plenty of Scrambling to do!

Oh No Gazza!

Well he came into the season after a hammy injury and at the start of the last quarter of the game on the weekend (when he was doing very well) his hammy went ping again! Unfortunately Chris Scott has said that this one is a bit more serious than the previous one and he is listed as 3-6 weeks. I think they will be cautious with him given his age. There are a couple of things that this means to us as Fantasy Coaches. Firstly, he needs to be traded. Now you can trade him up or down, but something you may want to consider is whether or not you wait another week and trade him to Danger as he is likely to drop in value again this week. This is being discussed around the place as a valid thing to do.

But secondly what this also could mean is that Sam Menegola will get to spend more time in the midfield again. For those that have suffered through his scores over the first couple of weeks in the season this would be a welcome outcome of Gazza’s injury.

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What to do with Liam Ryan?

Well at first we weren’t sure how long he would be out for and we all considered holding him to be a valid strategy given his fantastic breakeven. However, now we know that he will be out for 10-12 weeks he is a must trade out. At this stage of the season we can’t afford to have a non-playing rookie sitting on your forward bench. There are too many cash cows available at the moment. The other side of this is when he is ready to come back in around about round 16 we may be looking for one of the last few downgrade targets and with his price he could be a good choice and we know that he will play and score well so you could use him as good solid bench cover.

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Enough is Enough

At some point you need to all it and say Enough is Enough. But when is that time? Some have already gotten rid of their premium players like Hibberd, Zach Merrett and Rocky. Now I am not going to sit here and blame anyone for doing that. Each of these guys was costing you points.

Now I constantly hear people talking about how much money they have lost etc when a premium drops in value. Last I checked it isn’t the value of your team that determines the winners it is points. If you don’t trade plan on trading someone out then he could drop all the way to $1,000 and it doesn’t matter, as long as they are still scoring well, who cares! (sidenote, yes I do know that if they have dropped that far they have probably been scoring -100’s, I have exaggerated for illustrative purpose)

If you lose $30k on a premium because of one bad score it doesn’t matter, as long as they come back with a big score after that it is all good. Sadly those three blokes I have already mentioned haven’t returned to premium scoring. Of the three I am still holding Hibberd in a couple of forms of the game and Zach in another. But Rocky had to go (I didn’t start with him but would have traded him out if I did). I can tell you know I don’t plan on trading either of the two other blokes out because I have them in RDT and SC and I don’t want to waste a trade with a sideswap at this point in the season.

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Selection Table

Here are some of what I consider the highlights of the Selections for  this week.

  • A rookie shuffle at Adelaide Murphy out with a hammy for what they say is one week and Fog is back in. I am holding Murphy here.
  • Taylor Adams out injured for the Pies, also with a one week hammy. For those fed up with him it is an excuse to trade him. Personally I would hold.
  • Josh Kelly is out with a groin and is listed as TBC. That’s never a good sign. For me until we hear exactly how long I would hold I think. Rumors that it is only one week. So don’t do anything rash just at the moment.
  • Toby Greene finally returns.
  • Jack Higgins has been omitted after just the one game as Caddy returns. This is actually good for us (well if we didn’t pick him up last week) as this means he will come back later when we are really in need of a downgrade.
  • Nic Newman returns!  He must have been round doing Horse’s lawns and some painting to get his way back into the side.
  • JJK is very draft relevant and he returns and in that same game we see Jack Bowes from the Suns come in.
  • Cam O’Shea is back as the Blues lose Marchbank through injury. I would be very warry of picking up Cam but realistically he could hold that spot until Marchbank returns.
  • Powell-Pepper is out through his club suspension. I suspect it will be Amon that will come in out of the players Port named.
  • David Mirra has been named again on the extended bench for the Hawks. I would be wary about trading him in.
  • Angus Brayshaw is finally back in for the Dee’s.
  • Rhys Stanley has been named again for the Cats and is listed as first ruck. That will please those that took him in drafts.
  • Jack Steele and Hunter Clark headline the ins for the Saints this week.

Draft Position Changes in Ultimate Footy

For those of you that play the UF format the first lot of position changes hit on Wednesday. The players that were affected were Lachlan Murphy, David Mackay, Christian Salem, Tim O’Brien, WHE, Devon Smith, Alex Sexton, Jack Billings and Lachie Fogarty.

Things To Remember

  • One poor score doesn’t make a season but if they suck for 3-4 weeks in a row then you can legitimately get rid of them if you want.
  • Check your player’s matchups. When deciding who to play on ground it is always worth checking who they are playing.
  • Rookies are inconsistent. No ifs buts or maybes about it. They are inconsistent scorers and there is nothing we can do about it. Just hope and pray you get the right one on the ground.
  • If the first three weeks area anything to go by, Geelong will have a late change!


That will do us for this week. Make sure that if you are in Adelaide or Perth that you have your tickets for the DT Talk Live shows that start next week in Adelaide and the following week in Perth. They promise to be fantastic nights where you can get together and have a few drinks with fellow Fantasy nuts. If you are heading to the Adelaide show make sure you say Hi.  Whilst I am talking about saying Hi, a bit of a shoutout to my local footy team, the Towns, who got up in their first round for a win last week. Good job boys, hope that is the start of a great season ahead.

Because of the DTTalk Live show next Thursday night I may have a little bit of a shorter Scramble for you with a bit less on the selections, but don’t worry I will give you all something for your Friday questions! Until then, cheers and have a great weekend!!

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  1. Loz

    April 13, 2018 at 11:47 am

    Ryan to Christensen
    Kelly to Gibbs/Danger

    Or get a rookie for Ryan?

  2. greg

    April 13, 2018 at 11:49 am

    go danger or someone like coniglio/fyfe?

    • mac

      April 13, 2018 at 12:31 pm


    • Dunny = No

      April 13, 2018 at 4:06 pm

      go cogs or fyfey. danger is set to lose some more cash and have we not learned anything from premo’s who have niggling injuries?

  3. nkthegunner12

    April 13, 2018 at 11:56 am

    Liam Ryan to Coffield locked (via DPP)

    Thinking Langdon to Waterman, and play him on field over Fritsch

    • greg

      April 13, 2018 at 12:06 pm

      sounds good

    • Belly

      April 13, 2018 at 4:15 pm

      Doing the exact same trades and playing Waterman on field over Fritsch.

      Can’t decide between Coffield of Z.Guthrie on field though?

  4. Hallypants

    April 13, 2018 at 12:00 pm

    Thinking Ryan (WCE) to Taranto. Thoughts?

    • The Walrus

      April 13, 2018 at 12:25 pm

      Taranto was averaging 100+ after round 2. GWS bring in Hopper (who has a similar game to Taranto) and Tim scores 52! Don’t do it.

      • The Spud

        April 13, 2018 at 12:42 pm

        Josh Kelly out could mean more mid time for Taranto

        • Hallypants

          April 13, 2018 at 1:43 pm

          That’s what I was thinking…

          • David C

            April 13, 2018 at 2:08 pm

            Griffin back as well to consider.

        • Hallypants

          April 13, 2018 at 2:08 pm

          Or save some cash with Christensen??

    • Ned kelly

      April 13, 2018 at 12:34 pm

      Petracca a better choice than taranto imo

  5. Carnthecrows

    April 13, 2018 at 12:02 pm

    Waterman or crowden?

    • Dunny = No

      April 13, 2018 at 4:04 pm

      waterman – looked good when pushing up the ground and better JS.

  6. Nick

    April 13, 2018 at 12:08 pm

    Any love for Seb Ross? Feel he could go 115 this year, big call but has an incredible fantasy game

  7. Liam

    April 13, 2018 at 12:25 pm

    Really stuck on what trades i should look at doing this week, 41k in the bank

    Suggestions would be appreciated

    Thinking of going

    Ryan- Rata then Merrett- Lyons/fyfe

    But now with Kelly out, should i hold kelly and still do the same trades??

    Cant stand merrett anyone, saying that watch him go 120 this week

    Laird, Hibbered, Lloyd, Finlayson, Murray, Doedee( Pearce, Z.Guthrie)

    Tmitchell, Merrett, Kelly, Jelwood,Neale, Bradshaw, T. Kelly, Holman(Banfield, Barry)

    Martin, Gawn( Cameron, Meek)

    Billings, Heaney, Mclean, Gowers, ryan, Fritsch( rayner, Waterman)

    • Liam

      April 13, 2018 at 1:04 pm

      ?? Someone help please

      • oc16

        April 13, 2018 at 1:18 pm

        if i were u i would go Ryan to Crowden and that should allow u to go Hibberd to Simpson. id keep Merrett and Kelly (apparently its a 1 week injury) in over Hibberd

        • McGlovins

          April 13, 2018 at 1:34 pm

          Latest mail is Kelly is out for multiple weeks – from SEN.

    • Brad

      April 13, 2018 at 1:38 pm

      Geelong named two rucks *plus* Ratugolea, so I would avoid him.

    • David C

      April 13, 2018 at 2:12 pm

      You have to trade one of Merrett/Kelly in my opinion as no cover on the bench. Merrett has lost too much cash. Trade Kelly I reckon and Ryan.

      • Liam

        April 13, 2018 at 2:36 pm

        Gibbs or danger for Kelly?

  8. Bretto

    April 13, 2018 at 12:39 pm

    Do I trade Wingard? 92, 54 then 73.. do I hope he eventually moves back into the midfield or cut the losses from inconsistencies? torn on this one

    • Anthony

      April 13, 2018 at 1:43 pm

      cut your losses power players are unreliable as

      look to bring in Mclean if you dont have him already

    • Anthony

      April 13, 2018 at 1:43 pm

      cut your losses power players are unreliable as

      look to bring in Maclean if you don’t have him already

    • Dunny = No

      April 13, 2018 at 4:02 pm

      I’d hold, surely more troubling issues to fix? Get the rooks right and fix up any fallen premo’s.

      Wingard won’t lose you much cash from here on.

  9. jim

    April 13, 2018 at 12:45 pm

    Are people still going Ratugolea?

    • Euman

      April 13, 2018 at 3:46 pm


      • lizard-of-oz

        April 13, 2018 at 6:47 pm

        its a point scoring game not a BE game as Dunny has finally realized.
        I’ve bin saying that here for years but the sheep have no ears.

    • Dunny = No

      April 13, 2018 at 4:00 pm

      yeah oath mate

      • Sognenis

        April 13, 2018 at 4:38 pm

        No bad scoring potential now with Smith/Stanley named

  10. Boz

    April 13, 2018 at 12:49 pm

    I’ve got Zerret, Treloar, Lobb & Ryan to deal with!

    Option 1:
    Zerrett > Danger
    Ryan > Waterman / Crowden / Ratugolea
    Hold Lobb on pine with Fritsch covering

    Option 2:
    Lobb > Gray/Heeney
    Ryan > Waterman / Crowden / Ratugolea

    I’m leaning to option 2 with Heeney & Waterman

  11. The Spud

    April 13, 2018 at 12:50 pm

    Waterman and Fyfe/Oliver/Hunter
    Crowden and Cog

    Also have the option of benching the rook and playing fritch in which case I would go with crowden and cog

  12. Snag

    April 13, 2018 at 12:57 pm

    Crowden or ratugalea ?

  13. Lewie-14

    April 13, 2018 at 12:59 pm

    Barry or Banfield ?
    2 out of Fritsch,Rioli,Ratugolea,Gowers ?

    • j

      April 13, 2018 at 3:14 pm

      Field Banfield – he’ll be tagging someone all game, and should go around 65 again. Barry’s on extended bench, and only had 40 last week…be wary

    • Dunny = No

      April 13, 2018 at 4:00 pm

      People just need firing premo mids with Duncan, Zerrett, Mrouch, Treloar, Parker, Rocky all gone walkabout.

  14. Loz

    April 13, 2018 at 1:03 pm

    Gibbs vs Danger?

    • JP

      April 13, 2018 at 1:11 pm

      Same for me. Gone Gibbs although Danger without Ablett should kill it first game at geelong.

    • The Cricket

      April 13, 2018 at 3:06 pm

      Why are so many people seemingly stuck on Gibbs or Danger as midfield options? There are other mids out there!

      • j

        April 13, 2018 at 3:16 pm

        They are proven 110+ players from previous seasons. The other players are not.

        • The Cricket

          April 13, 2018 at 5:38 pm


      • kobe bryant

        April 13, 2018 at 4:09 pm

        Because they’re the best 2 mids? Proven and consistent ability to go 110-115+

  15. Bazza

    April 13, 2018 at 1:06 pm

    In limited trade format, should I trade or hold Billings?
    If I trade, I would make the Billings to Conig trade (via dpp)

  16. sam

    April 13, 2018 at 1:16 pm

    danger + 10k


    Coniglio + 90k

    • Jason

      April 13, 2018 at 1:20 pm


    • The Spud

      April 13, 2018 at 1:23 pm


    • umop3pisdn

      April 13, 2018 at 1:40 pm


      • Pally

        April 13, 2018 at 2:25 pm

        That song has been stuck in my head all week.Was going Gibbs,now thinking Danger.

    • Pally

      April 13, 2018 at 2:29 pm

      Yes,Cogs first.

  17. Ntsagournos

    April 13, 2018 at 1:22 pm

    Option 1:
    Merrett -> Danger/Macrae/Hunter/any others
    L.Ryan -> Ratugolea


    Option 2:
    Merrett -> Ben Jacobs
    L.Ryan -> Franklin

    And which mid would you pick for Merrett in Option 1?

    • Jason

      April 13, 2018 at 1:33 pm

      Yea option 1 and Danger

    • Dunny = No

      April 13, 2018 at 3:57 pm

      It depends who your M8 or F6 is. Whichever is weaker, upgrade that respective line.

  18. Lewie-14

    April 13, 2018 at 1:43 pm

    Trade Brayshaw or Barry for Coffield ?

    • Stevo

      April 13, 2018 at 2:22 pm

      out of them brayshaw (if barry named)

  19. Lewie-14

    April 13, 2018 at 1:55 pm

    Scrap that last comment, traded Brayshaw…

    Field 1 out of Holman,Barry,Banfield ?
    Bench 1 out of Gowers,Rioli, Fritsch ?

    • Bazza

      April 13, 2018 at 2:03 pm

      Field Holman. Bench Rioli.

      • Stevo

        April 13, 2018 at 2:25 pm


  20. David

    April 13, 2018 at 2:30 pm

    Hey Boys in trouble!

    Holding Kelly!

    Which of these three options!

    A) Ryan to Crowden
    Merrett to Dangerfield

    B) Ryan to Coffield
    Merrett to Conilgio

    C) Ryan to Coffield
    Higgins to Waterman

    • Stevo

      April 13, 2018 at 2:43 pm

      B or C

      C probably better but either is fine. I’m doing something similar and going with B

    • Pally

      April 13, 2018 at 3:24 pm

      I read (somewhere?) that Kelly had hip problems.Merrett is not injured but it can take time to get over head knocks.He will soon learn to deal with taggers.His kicking is not the best so many coaches won’t tag him anyway. Option B does look good though.

  21. Jason

    April 13, 2018 at 2:35 pm

    1.Kelly to Danger
    Stephenson to Ratugolea
    2.Kelly to Cogs
    Stephenson to Ratugolea or spend big Christenson

  22. Will

    April 13, 2018 at 2:36 pm

    Dusty or Fyfe and 70k?

  23. Andrew

    April 13, 2018 at 2:39 pm

    Doedee, Murray, Finlayson
    which 2 to put on my field?

    • The Milkmen

      April 13, 2018 at 4:17 pm

      All three for me.

  24. John

    April 13, 2018 at 2:40 pm

    Looking to trade Hibberd and had set up a trade of Treloar to Titch this week, but wondering if it’s worth soldiering on with either of those so I can cover Ryan for this week. Will I miss out on too much if I hold Ryan one more week?

    • Grovers Guns

      April 13, 2018 at 3:07 pm

      Regardless what you do, you will miss out more on not having Titch in your side as you get 2 of his scores. Though this may be the 1 week he doesn’t get 120+ with Vince. If you have Franklin chuck the C on him

      Treloar may come good with a few forwards returning so would hold out of him and Hibberd

    • Ned kelly

      April 13, 2018 at 3:08 pm

      Mitchell straight away mate

      • Pally

        April 13, 2018 at 3:35 pm

        Yep and put the C on him which stands for Clone.

  25. Whitelies

    April 13, 2018 at 3:48 pm

    Draft captain question

    JPK or M. Duncan?

  26. Dunny = No

    April 13, 2018 at 3:53 pm

    Don’t rate Dunny’s articles – the poorest on the website in my opinion.

    Can’t stand looking at that absolute mug of his either.

    • Pally

      April 13, 2018 at 4:04 pm

      So don’t rate.

    • lizard-of-oz

      April 13, 2018 at 6:54 pm

      hey you’re here ..there must be something init 4 you.

  27. Dhgd

    April 13, 2018 at 4:00 pm

    Field Tom Dodee or Murray?

  28. Con

    April 13, 2018 at 4:11 pm

    Kelly to either Gibbs/Danger
    Hibberd to Savage

    • Dunny = No

      April 13, 2018 at 5:02 pm

      if you are deadset on trading out hibberd then sure.

      but expect for savage and hibberd to score very similar.

  29. Adam

    April 13, 2018 at 4:36 pm

    Whats the best option?

    1 – Coniglio & Mclean
    2 – Fyfe & Greene
    3 – Hunter & Seedsman plus cash

    • Dunny = No

      April 13, 2018 at 5:00 pm

      2. Fyfey will be close to top 8-12 mid and greene is locked for top 6 forward

  30. Ballantynes Day

    April 13, 2018 at 4:45 pm

    Who should I trade in out of Lyons, Steven and Hunter?

  31. St guns

    April 13, 2018 at 5:08 pm

    Gday fellas I’m a bit stuck ,trading Murphy to coffield as my first trade and I have jelly +40k left.. leaves me short of danger/Gibbs so who do I pick out of pendles duncan ross?
    My current mids Titch Dusty Kelly Beams Cogs tKelly Holman Dow .. ban field brayshaw

    Or do I skip coffield and get Oshea and danger?


  32. David

    April 13, 2018 at 5:30 pm

    Play fogarty (crows), fritsch or waterman on field? 🤔

    • Justin11

      April 13, 2018 at 5:34 pm

      I’m playing Waterman before Fritsch.

      • David

        April 13, 2018 at 5:38 pm

        Don’t thonk waterman will be affected by kennedys return?

        • Justin11

          April 13, 2018 at 6:11 pm

          Still think he will score better than Fritsch, plus he’s playing at home against the suns.

  33. Ntsagournos

    April 13, 2018 at 5:52 pm

    Merrett to Danger or Macrae?

  34. lizard-of-oz

    April 13, 2018 at 7:04 pm

    Check out the Traders teams…remarkably similar.
    Warnie has strayed a little away…but not too far.
    10 to 20k finish for all.

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