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The Friday Scramble: Round 6

Carnage at the Selection table. Injuries all over the place. Rookies underperforming. And we are a quarter of the way through the season. This just means we have more Scrambling to do!

Can you believe we are already a quarter of the way through the season? It has flown past and my team still doesn’t look any better which is a bit of a concern…. Anyway, we still have some injuries to deal with and some rookies that need to be traded in. And the bye rounds aren’t far away from us now!  Let’s have a look at all this as we Scramble!

Forward Line Fun

Robbie Gray

Robbie has been one of the main questions I have been getting over the past few weeks. He has been fantastic this season so far and many of you are looking at bringing him in. I agree that he is someone that I want in my team.  But before you push the trade in button, just hold on. Three weeks ago I would have said yes, but right now I will be holding off until round 11 to pick him up. Remember that he has the bye in round 10 and whilst this means I hold off it also means that I am keen to get him in at round 11 because we know that he will be playing through all of the bye rounds.

Jack Billings

Jack, Jack, Jack. How you have pissed me off this season! Started like a bloody steam train in round 1 but absolutely stuff all since then. Many jumped off him after a couple of rounds and it now appears as though that was the correct thing to do. Having said that, I am suggesting that people should hold him now. He has lost so much value that you can’t really side swap him to a premium easily and it would probably take you a double trade to do so.
Now, we know he isn’t scoring like a premium, but I would pretty much bet that you have some rookies on the ground that have nearly maxed out and are a bit up and down with their scoring. I would be looking to upgrade these guys first and then once you have done that I would be looking to upgrade Billings. I have heard a heap of stats that tell me that he was terrible at the start of last year too. So I had a look and I found that over the first 6 games he averaged 76.6 and then for the remaining 16 he averaged 101.3 and you don’t want to be the one that trades him out the week before he goes bang and gets on a run like last year. FOMO.

Buddy Franklin

Where the hell do I start! The main problem that I have with him is that he is listed as 1-2 weeks. A bruised heel is the problem that I have. There is a chance he could be listed at 1-2 weeks for another 2-3 weeks. But, if you have now held him for the two weeks so far I think you are probably stuck holding him at the moment. The AFL website says that he should push for selection next week so based on that as well he is a hold for me.

Rookie Trade Outs

Over the last couple of weeks I have explained how I go about trading out my rookies and when I do it. So I won’t rehash all that here, but one thing I just wanted to say about it was, once you make the decision to trade out a rookie don’t stress if they get a great score the following week. Many people traded out Holman the other week but then he went big and this week he was poor again. They are going to be up and down, once you have made your decision about them reaching their peak then just go for it.

Should you trade out a rookie before they have fully maxed out yet if there is a rookie coming through? I say you should certainly consider it. This is where you need to use your crystal ball a bit and look forward and see who is coming up (and for that of course you all check out what The Milkmen have to say). If there isn’t much looking like it is coming then yes I think that you should be looking at going maybe a week before your existing rookie is maxed out. As the season goes on then there will be less and less rookies coming through and the longer the season goes the more likely you have to take what is on offer.
The other consideration you have to have is where they will be in your team. If you need to play these guys on ground then you have to be even more careful as to who you bring in. If they are just going to sit on your bench then you don’t need to worry about it quite so much.

Selection Table

My first reaction to the teams last night was WTF! This is always a concern with rookies, they will get dropped here and there but some need you to keep the faith. As always here are my thoughts on the highlights.

  • Deledio – Wow, just as he hits some form. If you traded him in then perhaps you may need to trade him out again given his age and injury history.
  • Barlow – Again Wow! Can’t believe he has been dropped again. Based on this I just can’t see him being viable for you in any form of the game, Salary Cap or Draft.
  • Tom J Lynch – The Gold Coast One is out injured and is likely to miss 4 weeks. Trad him out.
  • Guelfi is out. How much of a pain in the A*** is that! He is heavily owned in 20% of AF teams and 30% of RDT teams. Hold. I think he will be back sooner rather than later.
  • Mirra is also out. He also has plenty of cash to make. Sic Dawg replaces him. He will do something stupid soon enough so Mirra will be back in. I would hold him for a week or two as well.
  • Wingard is out injured. A Hammy with TBC as the timeframe. For me that means trouble. He hasn’t really been performing lately so trading him out wouldn’t be the worst thing.
  • Ryder returns to the Power lineup. This will have effects elsewhere. I suspect that Westhoff’s scores will fall and Dixon should be kicking more goals as he will be able to be based closer to goal.
  • Pittard returns but at the expense of Clurey, not Bonner which is a good sign.
  • Darcy Fogarty returns as Walker is out. I suspect that as soon as Walker returns, Fogarty will be out.
  • Kreuzer returns as well, I wouldn’t rush to bring him back in. I would be worried about how soon he returns to form after his last little stint off.
  • LDU – is out again after one week in. Consider him a significant risk for now.
  • Hunter Clark is a risk and on the extended bench with David Armitage. Both of these guys are a concern in relation to their scoring.
  • Brisbane have listed three big men! Stef, Oscar and the winner of “The Recruit” season 2, Matt Eagles.

Wow that is a lot. It was a shocking week at selection this week and unfortunately it was always going to happen.

Things To Remember

  • No matter how much planning you do, things will always go to sh*t whether it be at selection or injuries. Have plans, but expect them to be spoiled.
  • In Supercoach, set your preferred Captain on Friday and don’t leave it until it is too late. Trust me. It cost me 80 points last week!!
  • Rookies get a week off here and there. Don’t panic with them. If they have negative break evens, err on the side of holding.
  • The Bye rounds aren’t far away. Have them in the back of your mind now when making your trades.

I don’t know about you but I’ve had a couple of ordinary weeks and am looking for things to turn around. Hopefully you all haven’t had the bad luck I have and are flying this season. Best of luck this week and I’ll catch you all next Friday.



  1. stan

    May 4, 2018 at 1:15 pm

    whats everyones thoughts on spargo?

    • James

      May 4, 2018 at 7:04 pm

      check the article by the milkmen

  2. Lewie-14

    May 4, 2018 at 1:20 pm

    Thoughts appreciated……………

    DEF: Laird,Simpson,Lloyd,Doedee,Murray,Finlayson(Naughton,Pearce)
    MID: Mitchell,Coniglio,Gibbs,Sidebottom,Danger,Parker,T.Kelly,Coffield(Banfield,Brayshaw)
    RUC: Gawn,Jacobs(McInerney,Cameron)
    FWD: Heeney,Billings,English,Fritsch,Waterman,Gowers(Guelfi,Rioli)
    $170k in the bank

    Forward line is woeful and weak but trying to generate enough cash to do anything !!
    Currently looking at :
    Leaves $100k
    Leaves $249k

    • M8

      May 4, 2018 at 1:33 pm

      I prefer option 2 so at least with the cash you can try and upgrade a forward rookie next week.

    • mike

      May 4, 2018 at 2:12 pm

      Trade brayshaw to mutch then fritsch/waterman/gowers to taranto imo to start fixing that fwd line

  3. M8

    May 4, 2018 at 1:30 pm

    DEF: Laird, Lloyd, Ryan, Murray, Coffield, Finlyason (Doedee, Murphy)
    MID: Mitchell, Fyfe, Coniglio, Merrett, Whitfield, JOM, Kelly, Holman (Banfield, Barry)
    RUCK: Martin, Gawn (McInerey, Cameron)
    FWD: Billings, Heeney, Smith, Taranto, English, Guelifi (Giles-Langdon, Crowden)

    Cash: $132k

    Current trades are Holman to Mutch and Coffield (Via Whitfield) to McLean who will play in the forawrds with Crowden in the mids with Banfield on field.

    This only leaves $1k for next week, so do I try and get Ronke or Spargo instead of upgrading, thanks legends

    • mike

      May 4, 2018 at 2:15 pm

      Id go zerrett before mclean imo

    • Demonetise

      May 4, 2018 at 2:26 pm

      I have a similar decision. Although I have to go Kelly > McLean to make it happen, so am leaning towards Banfield > Spargo instead.

      Tougher call when it’s Coffield > McLean. I would say it depends on what you want to do next week (do you need the money?) Might be worth having some cash to get Crouch, but that might be able to wait a week.

      Also, might be good jumping on the rooks now. There may not be so many in coming weeks.

      • M8

        May 4, 2018 at 2:57 pm

        Thanks lads, I have Merrett. Yeah the rooks this week do seem the goods, could double downgrade and upgrade next week

  4. Carnthecrows

    May 4, 2018 at 1:40 pm

    trade out banfield or crowden??

  5. Whitelies

    May 4, 2018 at 1:49 pm

    Which option would you take?

    Option 1
    T. English -> Spargo
    A. Christensen – R. Gray (got the early bye tho)

    Wouldn’t mind keeping English as he’s going to make more money. Really wanted to trade Christensen to Deledio

    Option 2
    D. Barry -> K. Mutch
    J. O’Meara -> M. Crouch (should wait till he bottoms out)

    Option 3
    Double downgrade
    D. Barry -> K. Mutch
    T. English -> C. Spargo (this one leaves me without an R3 but could switch English back to R3 and downgrade fritsch or watermann but they are still making money
    Bank: 323k

    Option 4
    Finyalson -> C. Blakely
    T.English -> Spargo

    • getachubby

      May 4, 2018 at 3:06 pm

      everyone seems worried about the early bye why , its two teams missing mutch easier than the next 2 byes to cover ?

      • JungleMuffin

        May 4, 2018 at 4:25 pm

        Because you’re then limiting your options for sideways trading your premiums to skip the later byes, as there’s very few desirable Port/GC players. You’re not going to score as high if your premiums are sitting on the pine for a week, which can be the difference between winning and losing.

  6. Scottie

    May 4, 2018 at 1:54 pm

    I have both Guelfi and Mirra – do I hold both in the hopes that one or both make their way back in next week, or trade one out? Neither have really made enough money yet.

  7. Gus

    May 4, 2018 at 2:18 pm

    Is anyone considering M Hibberd following the weekend? Priced at 530K

    • Ictopol

      May 4, 2018 at 2:26 pm

      I’d wait for another good week from him before bringing him in. His BE is 71 so he shouldn’t go up in price by a lot.

    • Simon

      May 4, 2018 at 2:33 pm

      He was constipating my team till I ditched him right before his ton. Getting him out was like a beautiful enema… can’t even think about getting him back in any time soon

      • JT

        May 4, 2018 at 5:41 pm

        ditto che

  8. nkthegunner12

    May 4, 2018 at 2:21 pm

    Coffield to Lloyd OR Finlayson to Hurley OR Christensen to McLean

  9. Ictopol

    May 4, 2018 at 2:21 pm

    Whats the better option?

    Seedsman and having to field Ratugolea
    Taranto and having to field Finlayson

    • Carnthecrows

      May 4, 2018 at 3:14 pm


  10. Smith

    May 4, 2018 at 2:28 pm

    First year n00b to Fantasy. This has been a great source of information.

    Torn between Merrett or Neale. Can someone please help ?

    Much appreciated.

    • nkthegunner12

      May 4, 2018 at 2:31 pm

      Merrett better value

    • Matt

      May 4, 2018 at 2:37 pm

      Merrett, cheaper and had 3 straight 100+. Neale has been underwhelming with only have a great score last week.

    • Simon

      May 4, 2018 at 2:44 pm

      I pick Neale every year purely because he can score 50 points quicker than anyone except maybe Titch and Danger and he’ll win you the odd game here and there because of his ridiculous ceiling.

      Zerrett’s hot on his heels though and for the price it’d be hard to go wrong there provided you reckon he can shake the tags when they come. He’s like Jack Steven… let them run free and they’re awesome. Stick someone on them and they’re painful to watch.

      • Demonetise

        May 4, 2018 at 3:26 pm

        Apart from 2 weeks ago when tagged by Ebert and Rocky for 121? No one likes a tag, but Zerrett isn’t too bad with them.

        Should average more than Neale from here and he’s cheaper. No brainer.

        • Simon

          May 4, 2018 at 3:35 pm

          Neither Ebert nor Rocky are taggers, but fair play… if you reckon he scores tons regardless of the added attention then go for it. Sweet far call to lose

          • getachubby

            May 4, 2018 at 3:38 pm

            more value in merret atm but Neal is proven DT scorer and is a lock 100+ most weeks without wanting to put the mockers on either Neal is more durable and with Sandi playing will get first use of the ball most of the time and will allways lay more tackles than merret

          • DBoms

            May 4, 2018 at 4:06 pm

            Neale wll always lay more tackles than Merrett?

            Not sure where you get your information from, but that could not be further from the truth, Merrett is a proven tackler, and has been his whole career. Neale, not so much.

            Merretts career average = 5.4
            Neales career average = 3.6

        • McGlovins

          May 4, 2018 at 7:01 pm

          Rocky couldn’t tag a pair of jocks at Target. He’s a see ball get ball player if you’ve ever seen one. Port don’t have taggers, hence the 121.

      • Smith

        May 4, 2018 at 5:14 pm

        Thanks guys. All this is very helpful.

        I will get Neale in this week and try and get Zerrett the following week.

  11. Seb12Alba

    May 4, 2018 at 2:37 pm

    Is bringing in Macrae paying too much for someone who is at their apex?

    Tossing up Billings to one of: Macrae / Menegola / R. Gray.

    Macrae means Waterman is on my field.
    Gray/Men I play Mutch on field.

    • Jack

      May 4, 2018 at 2:42 pm

      Macrae all day for me.

      • getachubby

        May 4, 2018 at 3:02 pm

        I’m with you feel like have missed the boat on macrea and there is better value out there

  12. Jack

    May 4, 2018 at 2:41 pm

    a) Tim Kelly > Taranto (double down next week)

    b) Lachlan Murphy > Ronke (upgrade next week)

    • getachubby

      May 4, 2018 at 2:57 pm

      think you should leave Kelly for now , surly other rookies you can cull first ??

  13. getachubby

    May 4, 2018 at 2:52 pm

    decided to go Billings > Taranto and Coffield > Mutch

    leaving 501K war chest to upgrade next week Either English or waterman possibly gray and Wilson to a premo – Blakely , Goddard some one like that

    • fartypants

      May 4, 2018 at 4:12 pm

      That’s too much money sitting in the chest surely?! Can’t you do one up one down both weeks rather than double down this week and upgrades next?

    • Skyblues91480

      May 4, 2018 at 5:22 pm

      Can’t you just go Billings > Gray now?

  14. Demonetise

    May 4, 2018 at 3:20 pm

    Who to field? Spargo, Ronke, or Waterman (need 1)?

    • getachubby

      May 4, 2018 at 3:36 pm

      spargo – just over ronke, up against the saints , think has an higher opportunity to score than waterman against power and Ronke vs north –

      • Demonetise

        May 4, 2018 at 5:23 pm

        Thanks. That’s what I was thinking too. Looked really good last week, but didn’t watch the Swans/Cats game, nor the derby.

  15. Whitelies

    May 4, 2018 at 4:24 pm

    Would you downgrade Finyalson to Mutch or English to Spargo (the former of both trades have questionable JS) to get Christensen to R. Gray (even though he has a bye coming up)


    Finyalson to Mutch and O’Meara to M. Crouch (even though he hasn’t bottomed out)

    Still have D. Barry :(. Should I just do a double downgrade to free up some cash for next week?

  16. Euman


    May 4, 2018 at 4:50 pm

    great article what does FOMO mean?

    • clown4

      May 4, 2018 at 4:51 pm

      Fear Of Missing Out

  17. lizard-of-oz

    May 4, 2018 at 6:16 pm

    What’s the Lyon biso? Sometimes the jungle drums don’t reach this far.

  18. dtdan

    May 4, 2018 at 6:26 pm

    Field Holman or Crowden m8? Who do you think will score more this week?

  19. lizard-of-oz

    May 4, 2018 at 6:48 pm

    Looked at my RDT team [competition I don’t take seriously].
    All green / Greene n Kelly on the bench.
    Nothing to do .27 trades left. Sitting round top 15%
    Probably win it this year.

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