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The Friday Scramble: Round 9

Its China time! The Suns and Power are over in China for their annual game and we have an extraordinary amount of changes involving rookies this week! On top of that we are all trying to upgrade. A massive week now let’s get in and Scramble!

Nǐ hǎo or for those of us not in China, Hello! That’s right the annual game in China is on this weekend between the Gold Coast and Port Adelaide. The importance of this for us Fantasy Coaches is that the all important Round 10 bye is just around the corner and this is the last game these players will play before their bye. But before we get there we have plenty of other things to worry about.

The Jack Macrae Conundrum

Jack has been the hottest topic over the last couple of weeks. The concern here is that if you bring him in this week he will be fully priced. Yes he may still have a good score (however, I am concerned he may not given he is playing Adelaide at home), but you will be playing top dollar.  It is only Calvin that likes to do this, and it isn’t the ideal strategy.

For me, I wouldn’t be bringing him in at this point. I think there is far better value out there that you can use your valuable dollars on. Odds are that he won’t be scoring like this every week and in a week or two his price will come down…. hmm. that seems as though it could coincide with his bye round! For me, I wait for his price to normalise a little and then I go for him after he has had his bye.


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Upgrade Decisions

There are a few players that a lot of people are targeting this week including Dangerfield, Yeo and McLean. For me these are all guys that we should be looking at for our teams this season. The question is when to bring them in. There are a few things that I will be considering in my upgrades and it doesn’t just apply to these three guys.

  1. Firstly I will be considering the break even of the players.  Danger has 120 AF, Yeo has 104 and McLean has 84. If we look at this McLean is the obvious choice as he is set to rise the most this week. On top of that he also has dual position status and is a forward, he is valuable to us there.
  2. Secondly, at this stage of the season I am seriously considering my bye structure. Whether you do it on a spreadsheet or use the app, it is important to look to the byes. If I was to bring in a premium at this stage I would be looking at one from the Round 12 bye which means they are here for the two bye rounds that have 6 teams out and will cause us most problems. That first bye has the Blues, Hawks, Eagles and Dogs. Many of us should still be fairly strong in round 12 with plenty of players available so taking a player like McLean or Yeo shouldn’t hurt you too much.
  3. Lastly my on field structure. As we upgrade we need to be making sure that we are reducing our exposure to rookies on the field. I am fairly sure I have mentioned it before, but when trading you should be looking at reducing the number of rookies on your field. Sideways trading isn’t what we want to do, it is by upgrading the rookies on the field that will help you improve your team in the longer term.

Many of us have a fairly stacked midfield and based on that I would be looking at going McLean, Yeo then Danger in that order if I was to upgrade to one of these guys.

I was asked about going a double downgrade or a down and up this week. To be honest I wouldn’t be adverse to either of these decisions. It really depends on what you can do. If you are struggling for cash then you may want to do the double downgrade this week. I would look to improve my team first but if I didn’t have the cash to do the upgrades then I would be looking to double down ready for next week.

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Quickfire Answers

Jacobs – For now I say hold. He is underperforming but if you are going to trade him then I would look to do it around his bye unless he is a late out.
Buddy – He is back. So for those that traded I would reverse that. He is hopefully ok for us now.
Billings – As an owner, it pains me to say I am still holding. As with Jacobs, if you are going to trade him out I would do it around his bye round.
Doedee – If you are trading him out I would be going for Yeo over Simpson. I think he has a higher ceiling and plays more through the midfield so should be more consistent. They both have that R12 bye though which is helpful.
Rocky – I wait til round 11. Not only do I want to see one more game out of him I also want to wait until after his bye.


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Rookie Movement

It was a massive week at the selection table for the Rookies this week. Here is a bit of a run down and my thoughts on them…..

Darcy Fogarty – He returns as Walker is out of the team. Walker is set for a few weeks out so Fogarty should be a solid option for a few weeks.
Lachie Murphy – Another Crow rookie comes back in to cover the many injuries that the Crows have. His job security is shaky, but with the number of injuries at Adelaide he should be ok.
Aaron Naughton – Trade him out. Simple as that. No ifs buts or maybes about it.
Matt Guelfi – He is back!!  Just what we needed! We all know he can play, it is just a matter of the coach understanding this!
Dylan Clarke – He makes his debut this week. He is an option to bring in in AF and he is cheap.
Jordan Ridley – Probably not at this stage.
Kobe Mutch
– Has been rested. Not ideal. But thankfully Guelfi came back in. Given it is a ‘rest’ he should hopefully be back and good to go by the time we need him for bye rounds.
Esava Ratugolea – Injured and our first official victim of the General! General Soreness has hit and he should only be out for one week.
Taylin Duman – Omitted. Not sure on his likelihood of getting back in at this stage.
Pat Ker – Debut for Carlton. I wouldn’t jump on him, I prefer Clarke.
Mitch Lewis – Debut for Hawthorn. As with Ker I wouldn’t be relying on him just yet.

Things to Remember

  • With all that Rookie movement double and triple check your teams this week.
  • Something tells me the Crows aren’t finished with changes, keep an eye on late outs tonight. Nothing official, just a feeling I have.
  • Beware the tagger. Taggers seem to keep ruining our captains. Check out what Calvin has to say and then make sure your choice doesn’t play a tagger this week.

Heaps going on at the moment and it is only getting harder as we are heading to the bye rounds. Make sure you have done your research on your players this week and back them in. As I said earlier, trade the underperforming premiums around the byes and keep improving your team and removing rookies from the field.
Have a great weekend and hopefully you have a great score too!  Catch you all next Friday as the Suns and Power prepare for a week off and our teams face their first test of depth.

202 Comments

202 Comments

  1. 13th Man

    May 18, 2018 at 11:52 am

    Here’s my conundrum.
    I’m trading crouch but if I go from Banfield to Phillips I can’t quite afford to get Crouch to Macrae, so do I miss Phillips another week if it means getting Macrae
    A). Banfield to Clarke and Crouch to Macrae
    B). Banfield to Phillips and Crouch to Danger

    • Frank

      Frank

      May 18, 2018 at 11:57 am

      B- is it worth picking up Macrae at his peak, whereas Phillips will go up maybe 30k or more this week and Danger is at his lowest for a while

    • David C

      May 18, 2018 at 4:07 pm

      Gibson in for Adelaide. Suspect he will go straight to Macrae.

  2. Frank

    Frank

    May 18, 2018 at 11:55 am

    Trade Finlayson to Simpson or Doedee to Yeo?
    Can’t do Finlayson to Yeo

    Current DEF: Laird, Lloyd, Savage, Murray, Doedee, Fin (COS, Pearce)
    Got Seedsman and Whit in the mids who will eventually become defs, so can only choose one of Yeo or Simpson

    • Matt

      May 18, 2018 at 12:14 pm

      IMO fin > simmo

  3. stan

    May 18, 2018 at 11:59 am

    stuck at bottom of last page

    1. christensen + Waterman to phillips + Clarke (play spargo + guelfi F5+F6) leaves 613K

    or

    2. Christensen + waterman to phillips + sicily. Leaves 157K

    • Matt

      May 18, 2018 at 12:08 pm

      i like 2.

  4. Mark

    Mark

    May 18, 2018 at 12:10 pm

    Stuck with who to trade out. Do I go Banfield or Mutch.
    Banfield trade would give me more cash to spend next week. But he is still playing.
    Mutch gives me less cash but he’s not playing and generating cash. Plus who knows how long the rest will be for.

    • AF Rising Star

      May 18, 2018 at 1:36 pm

      Banfield IMO

  5. Loz

    May 18, 2018 at 12:10 pm

    Finlayson > Yeo or Holman > Taranto?

  6. Matt

    May 18, 2018 at 12:12 pm

    Sicily or Yeo? Apparently Yeo is going to run with dusty this week, can’t see him having a big score. On the other hand I feel like sicily may get a tag too. Do I save the cash and go with sicily?

    • AF Rising Star

      May 18, 2018 at 1:35 pm

      With Shuey out Wce cant use Yeo as a hard tagger. Yeo feels safer.

  7. Harry

    May 18, 2018 at 12:18 pm

    Yeo vs Simpson?

    • AF Rising Star

      May 18, 2018 at 1:30 pm

      Yeo IMO

  8. Chris

    May 18, 2018 at 12:33 pm

    Captain Titch or Gawn?

    Feel Titch could get 70, or could get 150

    Gawn pretty safe for 110-115

    • AF Rising Star

      May 18, 2018 at 1:33 pm

      Titch, but I could very easily b wrong. Gawn is safer yeah

  9. Zac

    May 18, 2018 at 12:34 pm

    Field Guelfi? Or Dylan Clarke on debut?

    • AF Rising Star

      May 18, 2018 at 1:31 pm

      Guelfi is the safer option

    • Simon

      May 18, 2018 at 4:31 pm

      Guelfi named in the centre, not that it probably means too much… but his exposed form suggests this will get him to around 70ish, hopefully more. He goes alright for a rookie

  10. Prof

    May 18, 2018 at 1:18 pm

    What’s going on with Greene?

  11. Jack

    May 18, 2018 at 1:31 pm

    Sicily or McLean?

    • AF Rising Star

      May 18, 2018 at 1:32 pm

      McLean! Hes less likely to b tagged or suspended

  12. getachubby

    May 18, 2018 at 1:35 pm

    I don’t have any port or GC players to cover next week as yet , so I was thinking

    JOM – Rocky and Naughton to Phillips Or Clarke Via Sick dawg DPP ( moving SIC back , rocky to the FWD line and phillips/Clarke to the Mid

    Thoughts ?

    • AF Rising Star

      May 18, 2018 at 1:38 pm

      So who will u field nxt week

      • getachubby

        May 18, 2018 at 2:26 pm

        probably just field an upgraded rookie ( these trades leave me 289K in the bank )

    • AF Rising Star

      May 18, 2018 at 1:43 pm

      Hello Guys, which one wud u trade O’Meara to? I have already locked in Finlayson to Ed Richards.

      Macrae (97be) and make him captain ahead of Titch and 9k left over,
      or,
      Yeo (104be) and about 190k left over and a DPP in the midfield?

      I have Doedee, Christensen, Banfield etc to trade next week so i dont need cash and havnt got Dylan Clarke.
      Thoughts?

    • Belly

      May 18, 2018 at 2:17 pm

      Do it, grab rocky and philips this week
      Next week get Clarke in the mid and he can be your cover for rocky via dpp.

  13. AF Rising Star

    May 18, 2018 at 1:44 pm

    Hello Guys, which one wud u trade O’Meara to? I have already locked in Finlayson to Ed Richards.

    Macrae (97be) and make him captain ahead of Titch and 9k left over,
    or,
    Yeo (104be) and about 190k left over and a DPP in the midfield?

    I have Doedee, Christensen, Banfield etc to trade next week so i dont need cash and havnt got Dylan Clarke.
    Thoughts?

    • Tom

      May 18, 2018 at 2:08 pm

      I know Macrae is top dollar but he’s scoring that well. Yeo probably better value though, could get him this week then have cash next week for Macrae to see what happens with him.

  14. Ken

    May 18, 2018 at 1:45 pm

    Which 1 to play out of Finlasyon, Doedee or Coffield

    • AF Rising Star

      May 18, 2018 at 2:01 pm

      Coffield against the Pies this week

  15. yogojy

    May 18, 2018 at 2:03 pm

    Lots of very similar trades just can’t choose between billings and Christensen/ cash generation or scoring

    1. Billings to Clarke, crowden to Phillips

    2. Christensen to Clarke, crowden to Phillips

    3. Billings to Clarke, doedee to premo defender

    4. Christensen to Clarke, doedee to premo defender

    • AF Rising Star

      May 18, 2018 at 2:10 pm

      Crowden has to go. 1 or 2 depending on which bye rd u have more players missing

    • Tom

      May 18, 2018 at 2:11 pm

      I would go billings to Phillips and Doedee to Yeo/Simpson. IMO Phillips this week because already has the negative breakeven and should have higher price rise.

    • J

      May 18, 2018 at 2:13 pm

      4

  16. Tom

    May 18, 2018 at 2:05 pm

    Hey guys, any thoughts on these options?

    1. Doedee –> Phillips (via DPP)
    Finlayson –> Simpson

    2. Doedee –> D. Clarke (via DPP)
    Finlayson –> Yeo

    3. Doedee/Finlayson –> Phillips
    Nankervis –> Grundy (am scared Nank could be late out and have no ruck cover)

    Cheers!

  17. Lewie-14

    May 18, 2018 at 2:09 pm

    DEF-Laird,Simpson,Lloyd,Doedee,Murray,Coffield(Naughton,Pearce)
    MID-Titch,Coniglio,Sidebottom,Gibbs,Danger,Parker,Merrett,T.Kelly(Phillips,Banfield)
    RUC-Gawn,Jacobs(McInerney,Cameron)
    FWD-McLean,Heeney,Billings,Fritsch,Ronke,Rioli(Guelfi,Gowers)

    $37k in the chest
    Currently thinking:
    Banfield to Clarke
    Doedee to Yeo
    Leaves $7k

    Thoughts ?

    • AF Rising Star

      May 18, 2018 at 2:11 pm

      Solid

    • Jess

      May 18, 2018 at 2:21 pm

      I’m doing the same but trading out Finlayson over Doedee

  18. Hallypants

    May 18, 2018 at 2:15 pm

    D5 & D6 out of Doedee, L.Murphy & Coffield

    • AF Rising Star

      May 18, 2018 at 2:22 pm

      Coffield and Doedee

    • sam

      May 18, 2018 at 4:06 pm

      Tough one between Murph and Doedee for D6. They’re going to be playing in the wet, so not too many marks for Doedee.

  19. John

    May 18, 2018 at 2:21 pm

    I havent seen anyone comment on Lachy Hunter? If you drop his 1 bad day hes averaging 120.. Thoughts?

    • Simon

      May 18, 2018 at 4:34 pm

      He comes into my RDT this week for Banfield. Cheapest $ per point player by a mile averaging over 100 unless you count Curnow… but we can’t bring him in. So bang for buck, Hunter’s hard to beat imho

  20. Owen

    May 18, 2018 at 2:26 pm

    Seriously considering chucking the C on big Grundy over Macrae. Silly idea?

    • nkthegunner12

      May 18, 2018 at 2:39 pm

      Nope, should destroy Hickey and the hapless Saints

  21. nkthegunner12

    May 18, 2018 at 2:40 pm

    Get rid of Crouch or O’Meara? Crouch definitely the better player, but O’Meara has a good bye round.

    • Shags

      May 18, 2018 at 4:02 pm

      Id cull JOM. Im assuming you started JOM as a stepping stone anyway.

  22. sam

    May 18, 2018 at 2:58 pm

    which 2 to play out of coffield, finlayson, phillips??

    • Matt

      May 18, 2018 at 3:05 pm

      coff and phillips

  23. M8

    May 18, 2018 at 3:07 pm

    DEF: Laird, Lloyd, Ryan, Doedee, Murray, Coffield (Finlayson, Murphy)
    MID: Mitchell, Fyfe, Coniglio, Merrett, Whitfield, JOM, Kelly, Banfield (Spargo, Mutch)
    RUCK: Martin, Gawn (McInerney, Cameron)
    FWD: McLean, Heeney, Smith, Taranto, Billings, Ronke (Giles-Langdon, Guelfi)

    Cash: $172k

    Originally went Billings to Sicily and Banfield to Phillips, leaving $253k for next week. But now with JOM out what should I do? Currently have gone Billings to Sicily and JOM to Ed Phillips leaving $425k
    Thoughts on trades or other options appreciated.

    • Matt

      May 18, 2018 at 3:09 pm

      Banfield > Phillips and JOM > Macrae looks tasty

    • M8

      May 18, 2018 at 3:12 pm

      This leaves me with putting Spargo FWD (bench) and Guelfi on field and McLean to the mids.

      • Matt

        May 18, 2018 at 3:19 pm

        scratch that, the trades you’ve done look good. Could look at upgrading Doedee > Yeo/Simmo and JOM > Danger next week, just a thought.

  24. S&M

    May 18, 2018 at 3:12 pm

    Field Phillips or Guelfi

    • Matt

      May 18, 2018 at 3:21 pm

      Guelfi

    • Stevo

      May 18, 2018 at 3:38 pm

      gotta be phillips vs collingwood right?

    • Simon

      May 18, 2018 at 4:35 pm

      Why not both? *Mexican music*

      • S&M

        May 18, 2018 at 4:47 pm

        Can’t, it’s all to do with switching DPP around. Got to be either

        • Plugger

          May 18, 2018 at 6:09 pm

          Phillips

  25. anth80

    May 18, 2018 at 3:14 pm

    Trade out Banfield and Doedee for Clarke and Sicily or trade out non playing rookies Duman and Mutch for Clarke and Racing ce or Cumming?

    • anth80

      May 18, 2018 at 3:17 pm

      *Rice* typo

    • Matt

      May 18, 2018 at 3:27 pm

      Get the sic dawg in

  26. mfawcett

    May 18, 2018 at 3:19 pm

    Crazy to do a double downgrade this week with Barry & Ratugolea > Phillips & Clarke? Give me 309k to play with next week. Also, who to play between Doedee and Coffield in the backline? And which 2 of Brayshaw, Phillips, Clarke, and Spargo in the midfield? Cheers

    • Matt

      May 18, 2018 at 3:23 pm

      Not crazy, getting 2 cash cows who look like they’ll be must haves replacing dead weight on the bench. Good trades. I’d go with coff in defence over doedee. And Brayshaw + Phillips in the mids.

      • Plugger

        May 18, 2018 at 6:11 pm

        Yep, Brayshaw and Phillips for me.

  27. Jono

    May 18, 2018 at 3:23 pm

    Gowers or Wigg to Clarke. Thinking the latter, as I can still make a bit of a cash off Gowers.

    • Matt

      May 18, 2018 at 3:26 pm

      Wigg as he isnt playing and won’t make any cash

  28. Mad Fish

    May 18, 2018 at 3:31 pm

    Is it risky getting Clarke in this week with the risk that he might just be dropped again next week? I’m thinking of going Ah Chee instead, but even he is named on an extended bench. What do people think?

    • Shags

      May 18, 2018 at 4:00 pm

      The reason Im not going Clarke is due to his JS being a concern.
      If he smashes it and confirms a top 22 spot in the team I will jp on next week.

  29. Davo

    May 18, 2018 at 3:48 pm

    Ronke + 125k or Clarke + 283k

    I know Ronke is overpriced, but I just cant go past that – 30 breakeven.

    • Shags

      May 18, 2018 at 4:06 pm

      Ive nevwr been a fan of buying expensive rookies after a few price rises. There could be 100k or more in Ronke but Clarke has a higher potential.

      Saying that Clarkes JS concerns me. Bombers rookies are in and out of the side this year.

      • Davo

        May 18, 2018 at 6:01 pm

        Thanks mate!

  30. Dylan

    May 18, 2018 at 3:58 pm

    Sicily or Adams? Really like Adams this wk vs STK but Sicily probably top 6 DEF and a nice bye.

    Thanks a lot!

  31. Jacko

    May 18, 2018 at 4:05 pm

    RDT
    Looking at doing Doedee to Yeo and Banfield to Ainsworth (can only afford him)
    Next week get Phillips in for Ratuglea (dpp spargo)

    Thoughts?

  32. Shags

    May 18, 2018 at 4:08 pm

    1. Ronke or Guelfi on field
    2. One of Spargo Philips or Stephensen on field.

    • Simon

      May 18, 2018 at 4:37 pm

      Crap shoot amigo, you should know that! Whichever way you go you’ll be wrong… or at least, that’s how it rolls for me

      • Shags

        May 18, 2018 at 4:39 pm

        Lol I know its a crap shoot. I like to here peoples opinions for the crap shoot though ;)

        • lizard-of-oz

          May 18, 2018 at 7:06 pm

          You like to get comment and thats it.
          Does it increase your pay packet or JS.
          Every week stupid should I’s.

    • Stevo

      May 18, 2018 at 5:23 pm

      guelfi and phillips for me

  33. chris

    May 18, 2018 at 4:47 pm

    play spargo or guelfi?

    • Shags

      May 18, 2018 at 4:49 pm

      Guelfi.

    • Dubzzy__IX

      Dubzzy__IX

      May 18, 2018 at 4:49 pm

      Guelfi 100%

  34. Dubzzy__IX

    Dubzzy__IX

    May 18, 2018 at 4:48 pm

    Would you rather get rid of banfield or Dow? have to play one of them on field because i cant keep another week of zerret, also l.hunter or l.neale for the upgrade, really torn on this

    • Shags

      May 18, 2018 at 5:22 pm

      Much of a muchness. Id prolly cull Dow first.

  35. C

    May 18, 2018 at 5:43 pm

    Def: Laird, Yeo, Brayshaw, Doedee, Murray, Keefe (Naughton, Irra)
    Mid: Macrae, Titchell, Coniglio, Neale, JSelwood, Gibbs, O’Meara, Kelly (Bayok, Brayshaw)
    Run: Gawn, NicNat (Big O, Olango)
    FWD: McLean, Taranto, B Ah Chee, Spargo, Guelfi, Poholke (Ratugolea, Kirby)

    Options:
    1) O’Meara + Doedee/Naughton –> Phillips + Sicily/Simpson + 410k
    2) O’Meara + Ratugolea/other bench fwd or mid –> Treloar/Fyfe/Pendlebury + Clarke + 46k~70k

    Option 1 – most likely trade Doedee cos of high BE with some cover and hold naughton to trade next week. Most likely for other of Sicily/Simpson

    • C

      May 18, 2018 at 5:44 pm

      Thoughts?

  36. archie vivash

    May 18, 2018 at 7:11 pm

    Where’s my name sake?

  37. Mad Fish

    May 18, 2018 at 7:32 pm

    Play Finlayson or Doedee?

  38. Jay

    May 18, 2018 at 7:37 pm

    Play Doedee or Keeffe

  39. Jay

    May 18, 2018 at 7:39 pm

    Play only 2
    Waterman, gowers. ZGL

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