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The Friday Scramble: Round 5

We all love footy and a 5 day round sounds great, but as a Fantasy coach it is a bit of a nightmare! But lucky for us we all love to Scramble!!!!

Welcome to what could possibly be the longest week of football ever!  Our first game is tonight as per usual, but then our last game is next Wednesday and then two days after that it all starts again for the following round. What a schedule. Great for watching midweek footy, terrible for Fantasy coaches. More on that later. But first it was bloody fantastic to meet so many legends last night at the DTTalk In Adelaide show at the Arkaba. And just quietly, how good was Rocky, not only a great fantasy pig but a bloody top bloke too. It was fantastic to meet all of you and we had a heap of fun, Apologies for those we didn’t get a chance to chat to, there were so many there it was awesome. So for those of you in Perth, i get along and have a great night with heaps of people that are all Fantasy footy nuts just like yourself.

Round 5 Lockouts!

Since we have a game on Tuesday and another one on Wednesday we won’t know these teams by the time the first game tonight starts. This is a problem for us particularly where rookies are concerned. The ones that I am worried about are Bayley Fritsch and a possible in of Jack Higgins. I am a bit less worried about Sam Murray but no top of that who knows what premium might get dropped (I am looking at you Michael Hibberd).

So my thoughts on this round are that you should be making sure that you have bench cover across each line. And if you can I would be trying to make sure that your bench cover is someone that is playing in the first weekend of the round. So that means someone that plays on Friday night or Saturday so that you are a lot more secure in the knowledge that they are actually playing.

The Teams were announced last night and will be trimmed tonight as per usual for the games from Friday through Sunday. For Tuesday and Wednesday games the final 22’s for those two games will be finalised on Monday night at 6:20pm EST.

Now, each of the formats always have different rules on lockouts and this week is no exception. The formats are doing the following:

  • AFL Fantasy – Full Lockout when tonight’s game starts! So you won’t know anything about the teams for next week.
  • Real Dreamteam – For this week only it will be a Full Rolling Lockout. There was a poll on twitter and the players spoke and this is where it ended up. So you will be able to change players up until the start of the game they play in.
  • Supercoach – As usual it will be a full rolling lockout.

For Real Dreamteam players just remember. Trades are sticky once that first game starts tonight, the reverse trade button will not work. So if you are trading after the first lockout you better be happy with it!

A Return to Regular Transmission, I mean scoring

Round 4 saw us have a lower score than we had in the first three weeks. One of the key reasons for this was the poor scoring by some of the rookies that we have been backing in and are used to scoring 80+ scores. Now those of us that have been playing this game for a number of years were surprised at how high the scores were and sort of expected a round like this to occur at some stage.

One of the things that I would say about all of this is that you shouldn’t panic. If we look back at post round one trades and see all the coaches that traded out Nat Fyfe, I am sure some of them would be regretting this now. The same goes for rookies. We should never expect them to be consistent nor should we expect them to play every single week. The player I am thinking of here is Nick Holman. He was particularly poor this week but he does still have a low BE of 38 in Fantasy, 28 in RDT and 25 in Supercoach. All of those scores are indeed achievable for him despite having a down week (let’s hope he holds his spot, if he doesn’t I would still consider holding him).

Obviously if there has been a couple of weeks of poor scoring (2-3 weeks) then you should be looking to move them on. Personally I concern myself mostly with the Break Evens of the player. If the rookie hasn’t reached a BE that is close to what he is scoring then he stays in my team. Clearly there are exceptions to this and that is where there is an LTI as in the case of Ryan and Venables from the Eagles.

What I am trying to say here is that don’t panic just because we had some lower scores this week. It will happen from time to time, just ride this one out and look forward to these guys making cash and us being able to upgrade them to premiums.

Selection Table

Brief thoughts again guys, sorry but been a big night with the boys!

  • Nic Newman – What the hell? Who knows what this bloke has done wrong!
  • Sloane – This week off is what he needs. Should bounce back better once he returns, but I won’t be surprised if he is out for two as they have GC at home next week.
  • Gallucci and Poholke. Just don’t think they have good Job Security, you could put them in this week but don’t plan a long relationship with them.
  • Kreuzer – I think we all saw this coming. Might be time to part ways as this could stick around for a while.
  • Rocky has finally succumbed to that calf injury. Hopefully a week off (maybe two as they are at Etihad next week) will do him the world of good.
  • Burton back for the Hawks but that is just a squad until tonight, so don’t get excited yet.
  • Barlow is back but on extended bench. We think he will come back in but who knows. It doesn’t look good for Holman though with some big names on that extended bench.

That is about it for Selections as we don’t know the other teams just yet. It is a bit of a guessing game so just play the ones that we know are probably safest and go from there.

Things To Remember

  • Make sure your emergencies play Sat or Sun so you know they are actually playing.
  • I would pick a captain from the weekend games just to be safe.
  • AFL Fantasy position changes kick in next week, listen to the Traders from Wednesday night for all the details.
  • Next week we have an incredibly short turn around between the end of the round and the start of the next one.

Sorry for the shorter Scramble this week guys, been a big night at the Ark and hopefully there is enough here to help you all out. As much as I love footy being on most days, as a Fantasy Coach it is more difficult and it means we are flying blind a little bit. However, importantly we are all in the same boat and no one has an advantage so let’s just play the round and see how we all go.

Until next week, have a great round and I will see you all again next Friday.

Cheers, @pkd73



  1. The Mammajam

    April 20, 2018 at 1:12 pm

    Do Hawks have to name squad tonight?

    • Ben Cousins is innocent

      April 20, 2018 at 1:18 pm

      Yep all teams except tues night/wed arvo

    • Ned kelly

      April 20, 2018 at 1:18 pm


      • Hawk

        April 20, 2018 at 1:36 pm

        It’s yeah…. but it’s ok because your probably getting your throat thrashed

        • Ned kelly

          April 20, 2018 at 7:06 pm

          Go and grab another used conny out of the fridge spoofeater

    • The Mammajam

      April 20, 2018 at 1:25 pm


  2. .

    April 20, 2018 at 1:30 pm

    Sidebottom, Cogs or Titch as captain?

  3. thebopper58

    April 20, 2018 at 1:37 pm

    Hi everyone

    Interesting news on AFL.COM.AU in regards Melbourne teams
    Are the Dees about to swing he axe??
    Vince/Bugg/Garlett/Fritsch named on extended bench for Casey
    Best of luck

  4. Hawk

    April 20, 2018 at 1:38 pm

    Love the ownership of the gola going up…… y’all thank me later

    • PowerAde

      April 20, 2018 at 3:01 pm

      like we thanked you for the first two rounds?

      • Hawk

        April 20, 2018 at 3:17 pm

        It’s a long season gayderade

  5. Stevo

    April 20, 2018 at 2:15 pm

    Trade Fritsch over brayshaw now that he’s been named on extended bench for casey demons? Options are

    Fritsch – guelfi/crowden
    O’connor – Mirra

    First trade is Dow to Cunico (or crowden depending on second trade). Really unsure of Mirra though so leaning towards Fritsch out.

    • DoubleA

      April 20, 2018 at 2:53 pm

      I’d be a bit worries about Cunico’s job security once Gary Ablett is back, so maybe Dow to Crowden and Fritsch to Guelfi (with the risk that you won’t know if he is in the side before lockout)?

      Have you already got Coffield? Otherwise you could go Dow -> Coffield and Fritsch -> Crowden.

  6. Davo

    April 20, 2018 at 2:26 pm

    Really stuck between
    Zerret & $170K Ruck vs JOM & Taranto

    1 gives me Zerret + English + Waterman on field.
    2 gives me JOM + Taranto + Ragoleta on field.

    Predicted scores seem about the same to me?

    • Peter

      April 20, 2018 at 3:35 pm

      I’d go 2 mate

    • Nick

      April 20, 2018 at 3:55 pm

      Definitely option 2 I reckon. Taranto is playing St Kilda who concede the 3rd highest dt scores. English is up against Sandi and will most likely struggle

      • Davo

        April 20, 2018 at 4:30 pm

        Thanks guys. Much appreciated.

        I should probably add that 1 leaves me with $207k in the bank (might be able to get Taranto next week) while 2 leaves me with $25k (and no obvious way to get Merret in the next couple of weeks).

  7. Big Dog

    April 20, 2018 at 2:32 pm

    You sure RealDT is full rolling lock out? Looked at the game rules regarding partial lockouts and it says Rds 2, 13, 14, 15, 16 and 17??

    • Dunny

      April 20, 2018 at 4:46 pm

      Yup, positive. It was changed this week by Virtual Sports.

      • Big dog

        April 20, 2018 at 6:31 pm

        Cheers mate.

        Big Dog

  8. anth80

    April 20, 2018 at 2:39 pm

    Which one out of Mirra or Duman should I bring in?

  9. nkthegunner12

    April 20, 2018 at 3:17 pm

    Have the Traders abandoned their team? Just noticed in my league they still have Langdon, Kelly, Ryan and didn’t appear to make a trade last week

  10. John

    April 20, 2018 at 3:26 pm

    Thoughts on polec to gain defender dpp??

  11. Lewie-14

    April 20, 2018 at 3:29 pm

    Which option ?????

    Liam Ryan to Guelfi
    Holman to Merrett
    2k left
    Ryan to Guelfi
    Cripps to Merrett
    $353k left
    Ryan to Guelfi
    Cripps to Sidebottom/Cogs
    $206k left

    Thoughts ????

    • JungleMuffin

      April 20, 2018 at 5:19 pm

      1st option. Holman could probably be kept around longer, but you won’t be missing out on much cash over the next 2 weeks given his 29. The other options are too sideways.

  12. SikDg

    April 20, 2018 at 3:54 pm

    Do I go venebles to Crowden or Guilfi and who to field out of traded in player (Crowden/guelfi) or waterman

  13. RockWiz38

    April 20, 2018 at 4:31 pm

    Ryan to Guelfi
    Brayshaw to Seedsman

    Leaves Holman on my bench. Getting rid of Brayshaw because he has an ugly BE and Holman has the easier matchup.

    Or do I get rid of Billings who is starting to shape-up as heache of the year?

  14. Lewie-14

    April 20, 2018 at 4:38 pm

    Is playing the BE game with Mitchell too dangerous?

    Mitchell to Zerret gives 300k in the bank, he has 168 BE and will likely cop the tag this weekend and bring him back in a couple of weeks when he dips?

    • Dunny

      April 20, 2018 at 4:48 pm

      You don’t trade out Mitchell

      • JungleMuffin

        April 20, 2018 at 5:20 pm


  15. dan

    April 20, 2018 at 5:13 pm

    who are some good rookie options this week? not sold on cunico, job security not great. poholke may only get 1 game before sloane comes back. thinking crowden is my best option, but feel i’ve kind of missed the boat. already got guelfi and mirra.

    • JungleMuffin

      April 20, 2018 at 5:30 pm

      Slim pickings this week. Agree on Poholke and also think Duman might not have the best JS, but shoukd score decently.

      You are a bit late on Crowden, but there’s still a bit of coin to be made if you don’t mind the price, which isn’t super high all things considered.

      • McGlovins

        April 20, 2018 at 6:28 pm

        Poholke will be in and out. Crows just want to see how he travels. Not sure why you’re writing off Crowden -12 BE, avg nearly 60, 250K. He is nearly the best rookie buy this week.

        • Ned kelly

          April 20, 2018 at 6:52 pm


        • JungleMuffin

          April 20, 2018 at 6:52 pm

          I’m not writing crowden off at all, I’m questioning why you’re deciding to jump on him now and not 3-4 weeks ago when he was 80k cheaper.

        • JungleMuffin

          April 20, 2018 at 6:55 pm

          I’m also agreed that Poholke has poor JS, not saying you should bring him in.


  16. Jack

    April 20, 2018 at 6:02 pm

    Merrett in for Lloyd ok?

    • JungleMuffin

      April 20, 2018 at 6:57 pm


  17. McGlovins

    April 20, 2018 at 6:19 pm

    Poholke will be in and out. Crows just want to see how he travels. Not sure why you’re writing off Crowden -12 BE, avg nearly 60, 250K. He is nearly the best rookie buy this week.

  18. lizard-of-oz

    April 20, 2018 at 6:37 pm

    All rookies are a chance…some work ….others….
    Poholke is as good a punt as any other.

  19. lizard-of-oz

    April 20, 2018 at 6:41 pm

    Go as named. In that order.

  20. Jay

    April 20, 2018 at 6:46 pm

    Do I trade out z Guthrie who has been dropped or fritsch who not sure playing. I do have d8 playing to backup Guthrie but don’t have f8 playing to back up fritsch.

    • Ned kelly

      April 20, 2018 at 6:50 pm

      Fritsch named at half forward for casey

      • Jay

        April 20, 2018 at 6:51 pm

        We’ll hate ales it easier then thanks

        • JungleMuffin

          April 20, 2018 at 6:59 pm

          Don’t hate ales….they’re beer too!

  21. M8

    April 20, 2018 at 7:03 pm

    DEF: Laird, Lloyd, Ryan, Doedee, Murray, Coffield (Finlayson, Murphy)
    MID: Mitchell, Fyfe, Merrett, Whitfield, JOM, Kelly, Brayshaw, Holman (Banfield, Barry)
    RUCK: Martin, Gawn (English, Cameron)
    FWD: Billings, Heeney, Smith, Taranto, Christensen, Fritsch (Giles-Langdon, Venables)

    Cash: $170k

    Should I go:
    1.) Venables to Guelfi and Fritsch to Crowden
    2.) Venablesto Crowden/Guelfi and Ryan to Seedsman.
    Thoughts on trades or other options appreciated.

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