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The Friday Scramble: Round 10

Our early bye round has struck, what does that mean for teams? Also who should be our first trade out targets Rookies or Underperforming Premiums? Oh, and just to really annoy all of us, we see a heap of the rookies that we are relying on dropped this week! Well I have look at all of this as we jump into the day and get Scrambling!

Our round numbers are now in Double Figures! Something Yeo didn’t see until after quarter time last week. And thank god he did as I brought him in to my Supercoach and RDT sides last week. So the fact he hurt himself is probably all down to me. This is the first week that we face this season where a few key outs could really hurt us given we have two sides on a bye. On top of all that we have our rookies ready to be culled and fallen premiums to make decisions on. To me that sounds like the perfect recipe for some scrambling!!

The first of the Bye Rounds

This week we get our first taste of the weeks to come with two teams missing from our roster. Gold Coast and Port Adelaide players are all taking the week off to come back from China. What does this mean for us? Well just that we need to make sure we have cover. It is more the opportunity that we will have next week to pick up some players that should carry us through the multi bye rounds comfortably.

But don’t get carried away with your planning. Don’t make the mistake that Roy was talking about on the podcast on Monday. Don’t just pick up Power and Gold Coast players because they have had their bye. Make sure that they are players that you are prepared to hold and want to have in your team. The key ones that jump to mind are Rocky and Robbie Gray. Picking up guys that you don’t really need can be a disaster. But more on this next week.

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One thing I wanted to address this week was that you don’t have to jump to get rid of some of our Power and Suns players this week if there is no value in it. Someone like Barry or Holman doesn’t have to be traded out because you haven’t been playing them on your field anyway. They are permanently rooted to your bench currently and if the are missing this week (hell Barry hasn’t played for ages anyway) it won’t make any difference to your side. Someone like Holman should probably be held given he now has a valuable low BE.  I would suspect that anyone that has Riley Bonner has been playing him on the field and he has reached the critical point where he should probably be traded out anyway so trade away.

Where should I be focusing my trading?

Like most of you I am in numerous Facebook groups and other chat forums where I constantly see people asking who they should trade out and asking questions like why people still have Billings or Hibberd in their sides. For me this all comes down to how you play the game. If you were going to trade out Billings or Hibberd or other similar players you needed to make that decision in the first two or three weeks and commit to it then and there. This is particularly relevant in the limited trade forms of the game.

I for one have held these two ‘players’ so far this season and have spent my time and trades on upgrading my rookies and getting ‘premium’ players on to my field. If I am going to move these blokes sideways I would prefer to do that around their byes than leaving someone like a Thomas Cole or a Nick Holman on the field who can be brilliant one week and terrible the next.

So when I get people asking me these types of questions I always err on the side of upgrading rookies off my field before I look at sideways swapping a supposed premium. Having said that I certainly would love to have gotten these two blokes off my field, particularly after the steaming pile that Hibberd dished up this week.

The Selection Table

Many people have been saying we have had bad weeks at selection over the past few months, but that was nothing. Why is it that all the bloody teams decide that when some other teams are on a bye round they have to completely screw things up and rest their rookies!  Of all the weeks to do it!!

Once again my thoughts on a few of these things and what we should do with these guys.  Obviously we will all have different circumstances and some will be forced to trade whilst others will have the luxury of choosing. If you are facing a donut anywhere then clearly you must trade in that position.

Image result for sam murray collingwoodSam Murray – If you have a choice I would suggest keeping him a little bit longer. But similarly if you need to I wouldn’t be concerned about trading him out, he is close to averaging his BE so not much more growth. However, with a rest this week he is a chance to play through the bye period.
Nick Coffield – I would be happy enough to trade him out without looking back.
David Armitage – He finds himself out of the side again. He has been a disappointment. If you are still holding him this is a good opportunity to move him out without regret.
Jack Higgins – This is a good sign, all we need is a few weeks out of him now to play during the bye rounds, at least until round 13.
Marc Murphy – Being back out again is a huge concern. He is out once again with this foot injury. I think if I had him I would consider moving him on as this doesn’t look like it is going to heal quickly.
Lachlan Keeffe – This is a blow for those that brought him in. The only good side is that if you have him on a different line than Sicily you can swing them around. That would be the key reason to keep him.
Jeremy Finlayson – If you haven’t traded yet this is the perfect excuse to do so. He has finished his growth for you now.
Isaac Cumming – With some big players back in this week he loses his spot. He may find it tough to get back in the side for now.
Josh Kelly – With the three aforementioned Giants out he comes back in finally! Not many have persisted with him this far in but if you have thankfully he returns. Don’t expect too much after this long out.
Dylan Clarke – A bit harsh for him to be dropped on the back of just one game with 46 points. Hopefully he is a chance to return soon.
Mitch Crowden – Just when we need the bench cover Crowden has found his way out of the side. I don’t have a good handle on his chance to return, but there were some big names put in to that side so he may be out for a little while unfortunately.
Matt Crouch returns this week but don’t be too excited just yet. I am sceptical as to whether or not he is over the hammy injury fully.

I guess one of the keys here is that just because a rookie is playing now there is no certainty that they will stay in the side across the bye period when we really need them. As we progress we are more and more likely to see these guys rested.

Things To Remember

  • More than ever all trades need to be taking the multi bye rounds into account. Personally I am leaning towards players that have a R12 bye as only four teams are missing then and I have plenty that will be playing.
  • I know it is obvious but move your Power and Suns players that you are keeping to your bench.
  • Make sure you have options. There is plenty to occur between here and the end of the byes which can cause all sorts of trouble so keep as much flexibility in your team as you can.

With 10 rounds in the books after this weekend your team should be taking shape nicely and you shouldn’t have too many more rookies on the bench that need to be upgraded. Keep working towards this and you should be in a great position post bye rounds.

Catch you all next week for Round 11, the last before the multi bye rounds start!

175 Comments

175 Comments

  1. Matt

    May 25, 2018 at 2:08 pm

    “We’re really pleased to report he’s going to be fine. He will play this week.” – Simpson on Elliot Yeo

    • andyjh

      May 25, 2018 at 2:28 pm

      Thank FK!! Really couldn’t afford to lose him this week.

    • Deeply Suspicious Person

      May 25, 2018 at 2:32 pm

      Aaaand, again … “he’s going to be fine”, not “he IS fine” … just sayin’ …

  2. Hannah

    May 25, 2018 at 2:10 pm

    English > any 170k ruck & Holman > Danger +3K

    Vs

    O’Shea > Rice & Billings > Buddy +31K

    • andyjh

      May 25, 2018 at 2:29 pm

      Billings>Buddy. Stop torturing yourself with that 660k rookie named Billings…

  3. Fooz

    Fooz

    May 25, 2018 at 2:18 pm

    Interesting.
    I’ve “sort of dodged” most of the rookie carnage. I’m going to stick to my Monday trades.

    DEF: Laird, Lloyd, Seeds, Murray, Doedee, Finlayson (Cumming, Pearce)
    Mid: Macrae, Titch, Conigs, Duncan, Ross, Zerrett, Kelly, Phillips (Banfield, Mutch)
    Ruck: Gawn, Nankervis, (Big O, Cameron)
    FWD: Taranto, Heeney, Dunkley, Petracca, Fritsch, Rioli (ZGL, Murphy).

    Trades are:
    Kelly > Curnow, Finlayson > Ridley/Rice (still deciding)
    Dunkley goes to bench (he’ll be Rocky next week anyway).
    ZGL and Rioli play (yeek)
    Pearce stays as Emergency for Murray (crossing fingers).

    It could all go to poop PDQ, but *shrug* I’m sticking to my trade plans…
    R11: Dunkley and Rioli > Rocky + McLean…

    • andyjh

      May 25, 2018 at 2:27 pm

      Mate your team is going to be deadly after rnd 11

      • Fooz

        Fooz

        May 25, 2018 at 2:46 pm

        Thanks mate.

        … carnage will follow us all, and I’m sure I’ll be cursing my selections next week.

        Captain choice will be interesting come R12 with Macrae, Titch and Curnow all having a rest. Rocky for Captain R12!!

        • The Cricket

          May 25, 2018 at 3:17 pm

          Captain 🐷 … and order is restored

    • Fooz

      Fooz

      May 25, 2018 at 3:14 pm

      …Except I can’t add up. Rocky + McLean is more cash than I’ve got!!! Drat.

      (hang’s his head in shame)

      • Fooz

        Fooz

        May 25, 2018 at 3:45 pm

        gawd. the day just gets worse. Sorry for the inappropriate apostrophe.

    • The Walrus

      May 25, 2018 at 5:29 pm

      Fooz, in your situation I would go for Rice in defence. I was very impressed with his first game and was quite surprised he did not score more.

  4. M8

    May 25, 2018 at 2:24 pm

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

    Cash: $193k

    Currently have gone Murray to Yeo and Finlayson to Rice leaving $225k, then put Whitfield back and Coffield to the mids fielding Banfield. thoughts on trades and other options appreciated

    • Matt

      May 25, 2018 at 2:38 pm

      Looks great M8

  5. Matt

    May 25, 2018 at 2:40 pm

    DEF: Laird, Yeo, Lloyd, Simmo, Seedsman, Murray (Coffield, O’Shea)
    MID: Mitchell, Neale, Gibbs, Merrett, Parker, Kelly, Brayshaw, Phillips (Mutch, Clarke)
    RUC: Gawn, Martin (McInerney, Cameron)
    FWD: McLean, Heeney, D.Smith, Billings, Bundy, Guelfi (Rioli, ZGL)

    60k in the bank.
    1st trade is Coffield > Rice. 2nd trade Murray > Sicily or Blakely, who would be the better option? Leaves me with 103k/104k. Next week will look to upgrade Rioli > Rocky. Thoughts? Cheers.

    • Fooz

      Fooz

      May 25, 2018 at 2:47 pm

      Nice.
      Blakely at home for me this week. SicDawg will get riled by WCE being stingy and have another week’s rest…

  6. Kingzy

    May 25, 2018 at 2:48 pm

    Yeo is a lock to play this week.

    So DOedee – Rice
    Murray – Yeo.

    DEF:Laird, Yeo, Lloyd, Sicily, Seedsman, Hurn (Rice, Murphy)
    MID:Titch, Cogs, Neale, Bont, Zerrett, Taranto, Parker, Kelly (Phillips, Mutch)
    RUC:Gawn, Nic Nat (Mcinerney, Cameron)
    FWD:McLean, Smith, Heeney, Robinson, Fristch, Guelfi (ZGL, Clarke)
    $147K left

    Next week Guelfi or Kelly to Rocky!

    • Matt

      May 25, 2018 at 3:04 pm

      Solid trades Kingzy, your team is looking superb

      • Kingzy

        May 25, 2018 at 3:41 pm

        Cheers Matt.
        The only question left is who to captain.
        Leave it on Titch, or go left field with McLean or Bont

        • hijacker

          May 25, 2018 at 4:41 pm

          Yeah I’m trying to figure out which of Titch (especially with Simmo indicating he might not get attention), McLean, Bont or Gawn to captain.

        • Alan J

          May 25, 2018 at 6:12 pm

          I’m looking at COMPLETELY left field and putting the C on Lloyd…

          • hijacker

            May 25, 2018 at 6:25 pm

            That’s probably not as left field as you think. I’ve heard quite a few people talking about captaining Lloyd already. I reckon Bont and McLean are both more left field. With that said, I would probably be looking at captaining Lloyd if he were in my team.

          • Kingzy

            May 25, 2018 at 6:45 pm

            I hav lloyd, but Iam going McLean. Hoping lloyd goes well, but McLean vs Collingwood and macrae being tagged hopefully will Mean more ball for McLean. And bont hopefully to lol. Titch should crack the tonnes against west coast, but they have been so restrictive I don’t think he will go 120+. Look at dusty last week.
            Good luck whoever you put the c bomb on!

  7. Kate

    May 25, 2018 at 2:53 pm

    Gray or Billings out for Buddy? If I keep Gray then Rioli needs to play on field.

    • McGlovins

      May 25, 2018 at 3:37 pm

      Gray will outscore Billings over the journey. Billings looks shot this year.

  8. Dylan

    May 25, 2018 at 2:55 pm

    a) Crisp + Banfield

    b) McLean/Cripps + A. Pearce

  9. Sunnyjim

    May 25, 2018 at 2:59 pm

    Should I bring in lloyd, Howe, Sicily or crisp? If I get lloyd then I will have to trade gowers to Rocky next week but the other 3 I can trade crowden to Rocky instead

    • Will

      Will

      May 25, 2018 at 3:44 pm

      i’d have to say Lloyd for that ceiling.

  10. sam

    May 25, 2018 at 3:31 pm

    1.yeo or buddy?

    2.trade o’shea (BE 60) or murray?

    • Will

      Will

      May 25, 2018 at 3:42 pm

      1. flip a coin
      2. o’shea

  11. Daniel

    May 25, 2018 at 3:36 pm

    Howe, Whitfield or Simpson?

    • Will

      Will

      May 25, 2018 at 3:41 pm

      i like simmo

  12. Will

    Will

    May 25, 2018 at 3:43 pm

    damn, such carnage. Guess i’m upgrading Murray early

    Murray – Yeo
    Coffield – Ridley

    I’m really torn on trading out robbie gray for buddy/mclean instead of trading murray. I like NOTHING about a FWD pocket robbie gray >_<

    If i trade murray my DEF 6 is
    Yeo, Simpson, Laird, Lloyd, Sicily, Doedee
    and my FWD 6 is
    Heeney, Smith, Taranto, Guelfi, Ronke, Esava

    if i trade Gray my DEF 6 is
    Laird, Simpson, Lloyd, Sicily, Doedee, Ridley
    and my FWD 6 are
    Buddy, Heeney, Taranto, Smith, Guelfi, Ronke

    I really cant decide which FWD/DEF combo is better, considering how terrible Gray is as a full time forward

    • McGlovins

      May 25, 2018 at 3:56 pm

      I like the second one as well. Murray will be back in next week.

      • Will

        Will

        May 25, 2018 at 4:23 pm

        gray will be back next week too, and then wont have any more (planned) weeks off :\

        • McGlovins

          May 25, 2018 at 4:24 pm

          I thought you were ditching Gray because of his move forward with Rocky in the team? That’s a decent gamble I reckon.

          • Will

            Will

            May 25, 2018 at 4:29 pm

            Thats exactly what i’m thinking, but still undecided now that murray is out this week. You’ve helped steer the boat towards the “trade gray” scenario.
            Its essentially a choice between fielding this week –

            buddy + ridley

            or

            yeo + esava

  13. Duncan

    May 25, 2018 at 3:53 pm

    Hi guys!

    Should I trade in McLean which would mean Pearce on ground or bring in Sicily which would leave Banfield on the ground.

    Thanks a lot !

    • Will

      Will

      May 25, 2018 at 4:24 pm

      i think sic and banf are a better combo than mclean and pearce.

  14. Chris

    May 25, 2018 at 4:02 pm

    Murray to Tim Smith (480k for next week, double upgrade)
    Or
    Murray to Whitfield/Simpson (40k next week, Get rookie to Rocky)??

    • Jp

      May 25, 2018 at 7:01 pm

      Simo

  15. Jeffo

    May 25, 2018 at 4:07 pm

    Hurn Sicily or Lloyd

    • Will

      Will

      May 25, 2018 at 4:27 pm

      llllllllllllllllloyd

  16. Trey

    May 25, 2018 at 5:48 pm

    Sic dawg or Yeo

  17. Fooz

    Fooz

    May 25, 2018 at 5:51 pm

    Damn karmabus

    reverse trades:
    I can’t have Dunkley sitting on the pine and playing both ZGL and Rioli.

    So:
    Kelly gets another week!

    Finlayson > Rice
    Dunkley > McLean

    traditional up/down and it means my WarneChest grows to $344K

    • Kingzy

      May 25, 2018 at 6:58 pm

      Very good choice mate, I wouldn’t want to field zgl you’d get a 40

  18. the phantom cactus planter

    May 25, 2018 at 6:58 pm

    Jack Darling is a trap for young inexperienced punters.
    He’s producing career high nos. but as soon as WCE lose a few
    [maybe starting this rd] he’ll be back to normal low non fantasy
    output.

  19. Jp

    May 25, 2018 at 7:00 pm

    Cogs treloar or gibbs for roy?

  20. archie vivash

    May 25, 2018 at 7:28 pm

    Roy from traders is in trouble.Cops a doughnut if Lauchie Murphy misses the cut.

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