AROUND THE GROUNDS – ROUND 8

Round 8 seemed to sum up our year with rookie selections almost perfectly with the contrasting results by two heavily traded in players in Ben Ronke and Charlie Spargo. Supercoach doesn’t always go your way, some weeks you’re a Ronke, some weeks you’re a Spargo. No matter what side of the fence you ended up on last week, there’s still plenty of time to go in the year and plenty of time to get your season back on track if you’ve gone off the rails a bit. Anyway, let’s go have a look and see what Round 8 dished up to us last week.

Around the Grounds

Victoria

Carlton

Carlton got their first win of 2018 last Saturday with a 91-78 win against Essendon. Lochie O’Brien had 15 disposals, 8 marks and 4 rebound 50’s for 50 SCPoints while Paddy Dow had 11 disposals and 4 tackles for 60 SCPoints. Harry McKay booted 2 goals with 7 disposals and 4 marks for 61 SCPoints and Jarrod Garlett had 6 disposals, 2 marks and 5 tackles for 35 SCPoints. His BE is 41 this week with a current 3-round average of 34.7 SCPoints.

The Northern Blues lost their VFL match last week, going down to Williamstown 78-35. Angus Schumacher had 17 disposals, 5 marks, 4 tackles and 5 rebound 50’s, while Pat Kerr failed to hit the scoreboard for the first time this year, having just 6 disposals, 2 marks and 3 tackles.

Collingwood

It wasn’t a good day in front of goal for the Pies, kicking 5.15 while losing to Geelong 66-45. Sam Murray had 19 disposals, 5 marks and 3 rebound 50’s for 65 SCPoints. His BE is at 62 this week with a 5-round average of 74.6 SCPoints. If you have Murray, along with Doedee and Finlayson, they’d be the priority this week ahead of Murray in my opinion. Flynn Appleby had 15 disposals and 6 marks for 60 SCPoints, while 6 clangers from Callum Brown took a big chunk out of his game, finishing with 14 disposals for just 18 SCPoints. Jaidyn Stephenson had 11 disposals, 2 marks and 2 tackles for 49 SCPoints, his BE is 63 this week, with a 5-round average of 76.6 SCPoints. If he kicks a couple of goals against St Kilda, which is very possible, then he should beat that without many issues.

Collingwood’s VFL side had a 4-point win against Geelong last week, taking the game 91-87. Brayden Sier had 24 disposals, 3 tackles and 4 inside 50’s, Brody Mihocek had 23 disposals and 9 marks and Sam McLarty booted 2 goals with 9 disposals and 10 hitouts.

Essendon

Essendon suffered another loss last Saturday, losing to Carlton 91-78. Kobe Mutch had 11 disposals and 4 marks for 46 SCPoints and Ben McNiece had 10 disposals, 2 marks and 4 tackles for 50 SCPoints.

Essendon’s VFL side had a 74-53 win against the Sandringham Zebras. Dylan Clarke starred with 38 disposals, 7 marks, 6 tackles and 5 inside 50’s while Matt Guelfi had 23 disposals, 6 marks, 3 tackles, 4 inside 50’s and 5 rebound 50’s, Jordan Ridley had 23 disposals and 9 marks and Aaron Francis had 18 disposals, 9 marks and 3 each of rebound and inside 50’s.

Geelong

It wasn’t the prettiest game, but Geelong got the 4 points in the end, defeating Collingwood 66-45. Tim Kelly had 22 disposals, 2 tackles and 6 clearances for 91 SCPoints, Jordan Cunico had 18 disposals, 5 marks and 2 rebound 50’s for 45 SCPoints and Esava Ratugolea had 15 disposals, 3 marks and a goal for 58 SCPoints with 4 clangers in there. Jack Henry failed to back up his Round 7 Rising Star nomination game, finishing with 6 disposals, 3 marks and 3 tackles for 35 SCPoints.

In the VFL, Geelong lost to Collingwood 91-87. Sam Simpson had 23 disposals, 4 marks and 4 tackles, Mark O’Connor had 17 disposals, 9 marks and 3 rebound 50’s and Charlie Constable had 15 disposals, 2 marks and 4 rebound 50’s.

Hawthorn

Hawthorn had a narrow loss against Sydney last Friday night, losing 79-71 with no rookie priced players on field.

The Box Hill Hawks lost their Round 6 match to the Casey Demons, going down 111-72. James Cousins had 22 disposals, 4 marks, 8 tackles, 6 inside 50’s and 4 rebound 50’s, David Mirra had 22 disposals, 8 marks and 8 rebound 50’s and Mitch Lewis kicked 4.1 with 10 disposals, 3 marks and 4 tackles.

Melbourne

Melbourne had a quality win in the end against Gold Coast, taking the game 146-77. Bayley Fritsch seems to have found a new lease on life as a wingman, finishing with 26 disposals, 4 tackles and 7 inside 50’s for 98 SCPoints. His BE is 24 with a current 3 round average of 84.3 SCPoints. Keep him as a starting forward option for now. Charlie Spargo couldn’t keep his form running for a 3rd game, recording just 9 disposals with 2 goals for 49 SCPoints. He’s now priced at $178,700 with a BE of -19 this week.

The Casey Demons had a solid win against the Box Hill Hawks, winning 111-72. Timothy Smith kicked 3.3 with 20 disposals, 10 marks and 7 tackles while Oskar Baker had 20 disposals, 6 marks and kicked 1.1.

North Melbourne

North Melbourne put up a good fight, but fell just short of defeating Richmond, losing 82-72. They did not have any rookie priced players on field.

In the VFL, North Melbourne were smashed by Richmond, losing 139-51. Paul Ahern had 22 disposals, 4 marks, 3 tackles and 4 inside 50’s, Josh Williams had 21 disposals, 5 marks and 4 each of inside and rebound 50’s, while Tristian Xerri had 3 goals with 15 disposals, 8 marks, 3 tackles and 11 hit outs. 

Richmond

North Melbourne pushed them, but in the end Richmond were too strong, winning 82-72. Jack Higgins had 14 disposals, 4 marks, 3 tackles and 2 behinds for 51 SCPoints. His BE is just 36 with a 5 round average of 70.8 SCPoints, so still a bit of cash in him yet.

In Round 6 of the VFL, Richmond had an easy win against North Melbourne, winning 139-51. Liam Baker had 23 disposals, 2 marks and 6 tackles with a goal, while Corey Ellis had 22 disposals, 2 marks, 3 tackles and a goal. Tyson Stengle kicked 3 goals with 14 disposals, 3 marks and 3 tackles and Shai Bolton had 11 disposals, 3 marks and kicked 2.1.

St Kilda

St Kilda lost to Fremantle on Saturday night, going down 89-59. Ed Phillips had a quality AFL debut, recording 24 disposals, 3 marks and 5 tackles for 87 SCPoints. Hunter Clarke had 17 disposals, 4 marks and 5 rebound 50’s for 56 SCPoints while Nicholas Coffield had 16 disposals, 2 marks and 3 rebound 50’s for 64 SCPoints.

 

Sandringham Zebras had a 74-53 loss to Essendon with Bailey Rice clocking up 30 disposals with 3 marks and 6 rebound 50’s and Nathan Freeman had 28 disposals, 2 tackles and 5 rebound 50’s. Josh Battle kept the Saints inaccurate goal kicking alive in the VFL, booting 2.4 with 15 disposals and 3 marks. 

Western Bulldogs

The Lions made a late charge, but the Western Bulldogs were good enough to hold them off in the final quarter, defeating Brisbane 107-93. Ed Richards had 16 disposals, 2 marks and 4 tackles for 70 SCPoints while Billy Gowers had 15 disposals, 6 marks and 2 goals for 57 SCPoints. Patrick Lipinksi kept his goal scoring streak alive (he’s now 8.0 over his 4 games this year), booting 2 goals with 15 disposals and 6 tackles for 82 SCPoints. Aaron Naughton suffered an ankle injury early in the game and will likely be out for the next 2-3 weeks. That has unfortunately killed his value with his BE rising to 100 thanks to the score of 0.

The Footscray Bulldogs had a 102-69 loss to Port Melbourne in the VFL, Tim English had 30 hitouts with 11 disposals, 5 marks, 3 tackles and kicked 1.1.

South Australia

Adelaide

The Crows got the lead back with 40 seconds left, but coughed up a goal almost immediately to the Power in the dying stages of the game, losing the Showdown 95-90. Tom Doedee had 15 disposals and 4 marks, but finished with just 56 SCPoints. His BE is now at 90 with a 3-round average of 69, he’s looking like a trade out option this week. Myles Poholke had 7 disposals and 4 marks for 36 SCPoints and Jordan Gallucci had 6 disposals and 3 tackles with 4 clangers for 20 SCPoints.

The Adelaide Reserves side had the week off due to the SANFL VS WAFL game.

Port Adelaide

A 7 goal third quarter set them up for a win and a goal with 20 seconds left sealed it as Port Adelaide won the Showdown, defeating Adelaide 95-90. Riley Bonner finished with 17 disposals and 8 marks for 60 SCPoints, his BE is 61 this week with a 5-round average of 60 SCPoints. His time is looking like it is now up, or will be soon.

 The Port Adelaide Magpies had a bye last week due to the SANFL VS WAFL game.

Western Australia

Fremantle

Fremantle got their 4th win of the year, defeating St Kilda 89-59. Andrew Brayshaw had 15 disposals, 5 marks and 6 tackles for 58 SCPoints, Taylin Dunman had 15 disposals and 6 marks for 46 SCPoints while Adam Cerra had 14 disposals and 3 tackles for 79 SCPoints. Bailey Banfield had 12 disposals and 5 tackles for 47 SCPoints and the recent re-signed Mitch Crowden had 10 disposals and 3 tackles for 38 SCPoints. His BE is now at 55, which is achievable, but he’s running on a season average of just 49.1 SCPoints.

The Peel Thunder spent a week on the sidelines thanks to the SANFL VS WAFL matchup.

 West Coast

West Coast had a quality away win against GWS, winning 86-61. Coming off a 3-round average of 84.4 SCPoints, Tom Cole was probably a bit disappointing with his 9 disposals, 5 marks and 36 SCPoints. His BE is still at 32 for this week, so a bit more cash in him yet. Brayden Ainsworth had 15 disposals, 3 marks and 5 tackles for 66 SCPoints in his debut game while Jake Waterman did his work in front of the goals, kicking 3 with 12 disposals, 4 marks and 94 SCPoints. Willie Rioli finished with 9 disposals, 4 marks, 5 tackles and a goal for 69 SCPoints. His BE this week is at -4. 

No game for East Perth last week due to the SANFL VS WAFL match. 

New South Wales

GWS

GWS had a disappointing loss to the West Coast Eagles on Saturday, failing to score a goal in the last quarter, losing 86-61. Isaac Cumming made his AFL debut and had 14 disposals, 3 marks and 2 tackles for 64 SCPoints, Lachlan Keeffe had 11 disposals and 27 hitouts for 57 SCPoints, Daniel Lloyd had 10 disposals, 2 marks, 4 tackles and a goal for 53 SCPoints and Zac Langdon had 8 disposals, 2 marks and 2 tackles for 50 SCPoints. Jeremy Finlayson had 17 disposals, 4 marks and 5 clangers for 61 SCPoints. His BE is now 85, with a 3-round average of 62.7 SCPoints, like Tom Doedee, his time might be up for us.

In the NEAFL, the UWS Giants lost to Sydney 73-42. Nick Shipley had 31 disposals, 5 marks and 4 rebound 50’s, Sam Taylor had 25 disposals, 11 marks and 2 tackles and Harry Perryman had 24 disposals, 6 marks, 4 tackles and 7 rebound 50’s.

Sydney

Sydney had a quality win last Friday night, defeating Hawthorn 79-71. Ben Ronke was the obvious star, booting 7 goals with 11 disposals and 10 tackles for 120 SCPoints. He obviously won’t kick 7 goals every week, but the tackles and forward pressure he created should keep his scores relatively healthy if he can replicate that every week. His price jumped $90,800 this week while having a BE of -57, with a projected score of 93 gaining him an extra $66,800. Daniel Robinson was better in his game back in the AFL side with 20 disposals (17 handballs though), 2 marks and 5 tackles for 77 SCPoints, while Oliver Florent had 25 disposals, 3 marks and 5 clearances for 79 SCPoints. Will Hayward had 15 disposals, 5 marks and 3 goals for 77 SCPoints and Tom McCartin made his AFL debut and had 8 disposals, 4 marks and 3 tackles for 27 SCPoints. 

Sydney’s Reserve side had a 73-42 win against the UWS Giants. Colin O’Riordan had 33 disposals, 12 marks, 4 tackles, 7 inside 50’s, 5 rebound 50’s and a goal and Darcy Cameron had 14 disposals, 5 marks, 6 tackles, 20 hitouts and 2 goals. 

Queensland

Brisbane

Brisbane made a run late in the game, but couldn’t quite nab their first win of the season, losing to the Western Bulldogs 107-93. Zac Bailey had 17 disposals, 4 marks and 4 tackles for 47 SCPoints while Oscar McInerney did some damage in front of goals with 2, while also having 13 disposals, 4 marks, 4 tackles and 12 hitouts for 81 SCPoints. Cam Rayner had 9 disposals, 1 mark and a goal for 36 SCPoints and Matt Eagles had 7 disposals and 4 marks for 42 SCPoints.

In Round 6 of the NEAFL, Brisbane had a 96-4 win against the Gold Coast Suns with Corey Lyons having 21 disposals, 4 marks and 3 tackles and Brandon Starcevich having 16 disposals, 2 marks and 5 tackles.

Gold Coast

Gold Coast had their 5th loss of the year last Saturday, going down to Melbourne 146-77. Brad Scheer had 18 disposals, 3 marks and 4 inside 50’s for 61 SCPoints, Charlie Ballard had 9 disposals and 5 marks for 42 SCPoints, Brayden Crossley had 9 disposals, 3 marks and 8 hitouts for 53 SCPoints and Nic Holman finished with 10 disposals, 4 marks and a goal for 50 SCPoints. He lost $6,600 for this week, but has a BE of 44 with a current 3 round average of 51.

In the NEAFL, the Suns reserves side failed to kick a goal in their 96-4 loss to Brisbane. Jacob Dawson led the Suns with 31 disposals, 3 marks and 5 tackles, Jack Scrimshaw had 25 disposals, 1 mark and 2 tackles and Will Brodie had 21 disposals, 2 tackles and 3 inside 50’s.

Top 5 under 200K

DEF

  1. Isaac Cumming – $123,900 – 64.0 SCPoints
  2. Flynn Appleby – $167,300 – 58.3 SCPoints
  3. Lachlan Keefe – $123,900 – 54 SCPoints
  4. Taylin Duman – $185,900 – 55.8 SCPoints
  5. Matt Eagles -$123,900 – 45 SCPoints

MID

  1. Ed Phillips – $123,900 – 87 SCPoints
  2. Charlie Spargo – $178,700 – 69.3 SCPoints
  3. Brayden Ainsworth – $117,300 – 66 SCPoints
  4. Kobe Mutch – $163,800 – 57.7 SCPoints
  5. Lochie O’Brien – $200,000 – 46.6 SCPoints

RUC

  1. Oscar McInerney – $179,900 – 66.7 SCPoints
  2. Brayden Crossley – $117,300 – 59 SCPoints

FWD

  1. Charlie Spargo – $178,700 – 69.3 SCPoints
  2. Brad Scheer – $159,400 – 65 SCPoints
  3. Lachlan Keefe – $123,900 – 54 SCPoints
  4. Sam Weideman – $188,500 – 42.8 SCPoints
  5. Charlie Ballard – $117,300 – 37.5 SCPoints

And that’s it from me this week. As usual, you can either leave a comment in the section below, or hit me up on the Twitter @BarronVonCrow. Seeya next week!

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  1. rtz says:

    anyone bringing in Cumming after one game?

    • Phil says:

      Very risky rtz. He had the lowest time on ground out of any Giants player. At least that shows he has a good points per minute rate though. I'd wait for a second.

  2. Rocksta says:

    Surely Guelfi gets a game again this week? I must be a poor judge because I thought he did quite well in his first stint at AFL level.

    • Tyruddanaut says:

      He’s mostly being managed as a way to get some more run through the inexperienced players

  3. Murray says:

    T mac or Simpson . Have 503k for a premo def. who would you have out of these two or someone else?

  4. Keenbutclueless says:

    Chose Spargo and Mutch over Ronke. Was a bad feeling last weekend. Got a feeling that it might even get worse if one or both of them miss this week.

    • TRIGGA_HAPPY says:

      Mutch will stay in keen
      Whoosa will play the kids see who is up to AFL.
      clarke will be given a crack this week.

      • Keenbutclueless says:

        Hope you are right Trigga! Running out of cash generation. Mirra, Murphy, Barry, Guelfi. Don’t need another one in that list.

        • Lazza says:

          Was looking out to R14 today … strategy is going to be tested with a lack of newbies to facilitate down trades for cash gen and painting up and down over the next 5 weeks.. cash gen is going to be a huge test over the coming weeks unless the bottom tier start blooding their youngsters.. could see a lot of marginal trades..

  5. seen_burns says:

    Keep Doedee or Finlayson? 50/50 on both.

    • Keep says:

      I'm keeping Finlayson. Just needs to lower his changers for a 80+

    • Filth Wizard says:

      Giants are in trouble while Adelaide will keep winning so is easier to play well in a winning team. I would get rid of Finlayson first.

    • Russty_ says:

      Sold em both this week..until I change my mind lol

  6. Trats says:

    Constable only play 1/2 game due to concerns about him having a concussion
    Thoughts on Ainsworth's js?
    Surely Sier, Clarke and Ridley debut this week.

    • SC_Kev7 says:

      Reckon it's a bit iffy, Trats. Gov, Jetta, and Sheed should be right to go this week. Nic Nat back as well. If he survives this selection this week Shuey is not far away either. For mid downgrade I'd rather Ed Phillips

  7. AFC1886 says:

    Oliver or Danger this week?

  8. Yoong says:

    Webster or howe

    Thanks

  9. Corey says:

    Do We Recieve 3 Trades Next Week

  10. George says:

    Petracca, not only is he too slow, but he is also the worst kick at The Dees according to this mornings HS. So frustrating especially after it was touted that this was to be his breakout year. Yes, I got him in but got rid of him two weeks ago and will never pick him again.

  11. Greg says:

    Likely going Brayshaw to Phillips (one week early) and then Finalyson to Sicily, not sure if there are any better premo defenders to get in – have Laird, Simpson, Yeo and Hibberd currently

  12. Noah says:

    I have naughton but Keefe as cover and im not sure what to do with Naughton. Still have Doedde and Finlayson onfield.
    Anyone have any advice?

    Cheers

    • KSinny says:

      you could him for a couple more weeks since he isnt playing and won't be losing any cash

    • KSinny says:

      This week I'm getting rid of Doedee for Yeo and keeping Naughton and finlayson for at least another week.

  13. Cisco says:

    Hurley in doubt, morning tv news 🙁

    • INPieman says:

      Listed as 1-2 weeks on the AFL site

      • Greg says:

        How many players get 1-2 week hamstrings…

        • Scribba says:

          None. Usually four weeks. Coaches sometimes tell porkies.

          • Sc_Wow says:

            Tex was 1 it didn’t do major damage just surface stuff. Listed as 14 days

            • Lazza says:

              Maybe, but Tex is doubtful this week … may have come back too soon (big assumption by me that this is down to his hammy)

  14. DavidSA says:

    Stringer getting dropped yet? He look FAT

    • Joeballs says:

      So does Walla.
      Actually they should look at their fitness guy too because they have run out of puff most games esp the second half. They need a hard not a soft coach.

  15. Noah says:

    Is billings to phillps and doedee to yeo a good trade?

    • redherringfc says:

      Without seeing your team I’d be guessing no.

      I think if you’ve held Billings this long it’s now a case of wait for him to do something. Put him on the bench if necessary.

      Do you have any Rookies who have maxed out in price? Finlayson, Murray, Banfield, etc.?

  16. Simo036 says:

    I have cash enough this week to upgrade 2 of Finlayson, Petracca, Naughton & Doedee to premo's. Which 2 should go 1st?

    • Derek says:

      I’m holding Finlayson.

      GWS have stuffed him around the last few weeks, played him forward when Cameron was out.

      PDavis out this week will make sure Finlayson will be in defence where he has scored well.

    • FFC says:

      I'm holding Finlayson also this week. But maybe my reasons are different to Derek…hopefully Davis is out and Finlayson can score well down back. Not sure what your side is but, in DEF with Hurley and Howe (Laird, Simpson, Yeo, Sicily already in team) out as potential upgrade options i don't see an obvious upgrade target…unless you looking for MID upgrade option?

      Check Bye Rounds…but Naughton for me.

      • Derek says:

        My main problem is F6.

        Same issue though, who is there to upgrade to? Buddy, Walters, Greene all injured.

        I would prefer having Doedee and Finlayson on field ahead of Crowde/Garlet/Langdon/Spargo

        I will upgrade to Simpson round 13 after his bye, so need a few more reasonable weeks out of him

  17. Oliver says:

    Are people trading Hurley out, or holding him?
    Just don't want it to end up like another Buddy situation

    • INPieman says:

      It's 1-2. Hold

    • Fritz says:

      One can’t be half pregnant so if he looks like missing a second week then it will be another two = 4 which is the usually time of a hammie. As Pie says – wait a week.
      Re discussion about the luck of SC. I had penciled Hurley in for this week. LUCKY me.

      • Danny says:

        Was in my side last Friday until a late change of heart saw Yeo come in. Sometimes luck is on your side!

    • Keenbutclueless says:

      If Mirra or Murphy don’t get named, then I have no cover. I prefer to trade him now. If it is 2 weeks, then he will play 2 weeks before his bye. With his 66 in there, might be a good upgrade for Mills in Rd 14.

    • Russty_ says:

      Bombers HQ confirmed with Herald Sun..it's a minimum of 2 weeks.

  18. TRIGGA_HAPPY says:

    Test for injured freo trio chance to play.
    Dont like their chances.
    Fly to Sydney this week.
    Walters – knee. Not sure i would want to be sitting on a plane for 4 hours there and back with a bad knee.. Orginally said will be back after sydney game. Think this is still true.
    Hill – quad. Tight quad on a plane probably not.
    Wilson – back. Same deal.

  19. blakeyboi says:

    Defence: R laird M hurley T cole T doedee J finlayson S Murray

    Bench: L Murphy, T duman

    Midfield:
    T Mich Dusty Fyfe Cripps S coniglio Z merrett T kelly C Spargo

    Bench: D Fogarty, D Barry, N coffield

    Ruck:
    M Gawn N naitnui

    Bench: T english

    Forwards:
    I Heeney T Mclean D Smith T Taranto J Hogan B ronke

    Bench: B Fritsch M Guelfi
    450k thoughts 20 trades

    • DavidC says:

      Your defence is a bit of a mess. Are you going to hold hurley? If Murf isn't named you are going to have Duman on field with no backup. You might have to trade Murf if not named and slide Coffield into the backline, go early on Phillips. Then upgrade Doedee to maybe Yeo.

    • Crowboy94 says:

      Use your cash man…. to much just sitting there.

  20. Sc_Wow says:

    Nank in doubt for this weekends game. Didn’t train with the main group

    • Keenbutclueless says:

      Thinking down to Kreuzer. Will pocket some cash. Fits my bye structure better. NicNat is another option. My left field option is McKernan at 303k. With Daniher out, maybe gets a run at it for a few weeks.

      Hmmm whilst I like the left field pod as much as anyone, it’s really hard to argue McKernan ahead of Kreuzer. Mind is playing mid-week tricks on me.

      • redherringfc says:

        I’ve had Kreuzer since the start with Lycett as cover. Got rid of Lycett this week as I’m feeling (somewhat) confident Kreuzer is about to become the number 2 ruckman.

        So go for McKernan. My predictions have been absolute crap.

    • Lazza says:

      Bugger.. screws up my trades this week… wasn’t ready for my planned Grundy trade.. was looking at R14.. otherwise looking at a O.
      So my ‘Kreuzism’ has arrived..

  21. Simon says:

    Which trades should I make?

    1. Banfield and doedee out for Phillips and darling/Robinson/hogan/tmac (via Sicily)

    2.banfield and Holman/Brayshaw our for danger and Phillips

    3. Greene to McLean and have banfield and doedee losing cash?

    4. Hold
    Thoughts?

    • Simon says:

      I got that wrong if I was to get danger I would have to get rid of Tim Kelly.. do scratch number 2

    • JohnDJ59 says:

      Do not get in Phillips after only one game, what if he gets injured this weekend ?, Green to Mclean, get Phillips next week, Kelly is good enough to have as your M8 or M9 for the rest of the season, at the moment that is.

  22. DavidSA says:

    AFLC since 2012

    • DavidSA says:

      Always
      Fu*king
      Losing
      Consistency

      Rule changes, interpretation changes, what gets you suspended changes

  23. Crowboy94 says:

    2 new rookies set to Debut for Essendon this weekend.

    • TRIGGA_HAPPY says:

      Clark. Dpp nice.

    • Defying_Madness says:

      Damn that means Guelfi probably isn't playing

      • Sandyf62 says:

        He played well for the vfl side, you would think they would give him another go.

    • The Ranger says:

      Clarkes a mid and Ridley is a defender so Guelfi may get a game yet Crowboy.
      I've seen Ridley at VFL level a few times. Got a nice kick on him.

      • TRIGGA_HAPPY says:

        Had em both in an early pre season draft.
        Can both play. Pretty handy.

  24. James says:

    DEF: Laird Yeo Hurley Doedee Cole Naughton (Keefe Murphy)

    MID: Fyfe Cripps Titch Martin Cogs Zorko T.Kelly Holman (Banfield Brayshaw Barry)

    RUCK: Gawn Martin (Cameron)

    FWD: McLean Sicily Heeney Christensen Fritsch Henry (Spargo Guelfi)

    $450k and 20 trades any suggestions? Was thinking of upgrading naughton to Webster and then upgrading Christensen to any forward just not sure which forward

    • Russty_ says:

      Hurley will miss at least 2 weeks, I read from the Herald Sun.

      • James says:

        Are you suggesting I trade him? because I traded him in last week (of course)

    • Defying_Madness says:

      Naughton to Simpson and Christensen to Menegola

      • James says:

        Would it be better to trade Naughton or Doedee I’m still unsure?

        • Defying_Madness says:

          Doedee is playing and Naughton isn't and you are running out of fit bodies down back.

  25. Jimmy says:

    Would it be better to pick up webster or Simpson this week?

  26. Rick Grimes says:

    What are people doing with Franklin? Sounds like he's could be weeks longer. Maybe even post bye? Can't have him on the pine every week.

    • Lazza says:

      Hey Rick,
      I'm really torn on this one … trading out Franklin delivers Yeo and Bont to me this week… but once bitten twice shy … I broke the "don't trade your Premo's" rule earlier this season when I dumped Zorko for …. effin Zerrett… though I'm not cut over getting rid of Tobyflog… I'm still holding Walters who will be back by next week..
      But, I'm 100% certain that I will be trading Franklin back in before years end … its tough because he has one of those shite injuries that take time to heel (pun intended)… problem is we don't freakin' know how long … I've had him from day 1 … held him for what will be 4 weeks injured … but need to look at it as if it occurred this week .. so it's a 1-2-3 weeka .. or is it? faaarrrk

    • Ricardo says:

      ditch him

  27. Lazza says:

    Hey Patch. Lek, Barron whomever, why is it that I only get to see the articles many hours after they are posted? Is it because I use my Guest handle rather than my member login? Though I don't receive any alerts via email etc..

    • The Ranger says:

      You need to keep refreshing the home page Lazza. It's been a problem for a while.

    • Rick Grimes says:

      Have to refresh browser when you come to page.

  28. Rick Grimes says:

    Who has the stones to pick Rocky? 30 touches last week. Is he nearing beastzone? $373k. Sheesh

    • TRIGGA_HAPPY says:

      Delayed stones. Reckon will bring him in rd 11.
      See how he goes again this week and the mid minutes he gets if goes ok bargain to bring in for bye cover.

    • The Ranger says:

      I can't even talk about it Rick.
      My stones have been burnt by Rocky so many times they resemble burnt prunes.

      I'll still prob end up getting him in again…

    • redherringfc says:

      If he plays the week after his bye he’s straight into my team.

      So be warned, he’s almost certain to get injured that week.

  29. Lazza says:

    Hey everyone,
    Thought this might be of interest regarding your POD strategy … it by Father Dougal from SuperCoach Talk (currently 4th overall in SC) who was mentioned on this weeks PODCAST … not meant to be an ad for SCT.. it just came to mind after 66 shared his POD strategy.

    "" While I’m at it, I didn’t write a pre-season sermon this year about how PODs (Points of Difference) are a bad concept that leads people astray. Did one the year before and the year before that, so gave it a rest in favor of other things. But, since we’re here, I think PODs are a misleading concept that lead people astray. If someone said to you:

    “I’m going to bring in the second best player available because a lot of other people are bringing in the best player available”

    Would you says “makes sense” or “that might be a bad plan”? I’m going with bad plan. Of course, often to get a POD people end up with the fourth best player, if that. Not really an improvement.

    There is one way to get that much sought after POD, who you have and scores well and few other people have – pick whoever you think are the very best players, and hope that lots of other managers don’t think they are the very best players, and then happen to be right on one or more of them that other people didn’t pick. No way to force it; if you get one you do. Luck works too of course, you might pick a guy for reasons other than you expect them to do well and then they surprise you – rather like how I got Ronke, actually. There were no defense downgrade options that let me make the moves I wanted to, so I got him in for English because I wanted to avoid a donut in the forward line. Made a move I was forced to. No skill at all, needed a forward, got the forward on the bubble with the best break even who was named, and Mr. Jackpot paid a visit. Luck is a big part of success in Supercoach, so don’t go sub-optimally on the skill part that you *can* control. ""

    • Mustang says:

      You could have simply written – ‘pick who you think are the best players’ and, I am also Ronke this week!

    • Laird Lad Donuts says:

      Lots of supercoachers fall into the trap of picking the Point of difference, It really does depend on if you are going for wins or rankings, rankings you should go by the player who you think will average more, but if you are looking for a win say its for you to get into the final and your opposition has a better team but lots of common players also then maybe you do need a POD! because if that POD scores more than the higher averaging player that week maybe because the POD is versing a easy team, those extra points might get you over the line!

  30. Simon says:

    Which two to trade out?
    Banfield, doedee, Holman, Toby Greene?

  31. Jordan says:

    Which trades?
    1.greene to McLean
    2.Greene to hogan (to have leadway to get danger next week)
    3.get rid off banfield and doedee as they will lose cash?

    • taylor says:

      2

    • Lazza says:

      You have to have McLean .. itsa JR thing.. he is more important to get right now than Danger who you also should get, but can pick up later..

  32. Jordan says:

    Does anyone think these are good trades?
    Banfield and Toby green out for Rockliff and hogan.
    Rockliff provides me with bye round cover and could be a valuable m9 late in the year or a final upgrade.

    • Lazza says:

      Depends on your team make-up Jordy.. both trade outs are good decisions , but your targets are speculative PODs, but both are well priced.. if your plan is for Rocky to ultimately be your M9 then go for it..

  33. taylor says:

    OUT Doedee ($355,300) IN Yeo ($531,300)
    OUT Finlayson ($345,300) IN Simpson ($501,000)
    have to go double defenders because hurley isnt playing
    thoughts

    should i get sicily over one of the two?

  34. NEIL demons delight says:

    Congrats BARON such a great read The site is getting better each week Kudos to all the guys.I had doubts at the start not now.. I might opt for Worpel I think he is one out of the box Maybe Derek can change my mind cheers NDD

    • Defying_Madness says:

      He was dropped last week. With Poppy back makes it harder for him to find a spot

  35. Steeeve says:

    Thank you Essendon, provider of rookie options. Please keep both debutants through the byes. Oh and bring back Guelfi. Cheers Essendon, Steeeve

  36. Ando says:

    Can Tuohy be a decent option for the rest of the season? Started the season solidly but has been average recently.

    Would be a straight swap with Finlayson. Has dropped $123K since the start of the season and is very durable.

    Thoughts?

    • Russty_ says:

      That 50 and 25 he got didn't help his case, otherwise not too bad, ideally you'd want your top 6 defenders averaging over 95 though..do you think he can get up to that?

      • Ando says:

        Cheers for your input Russty. He averaged 88 last year, so I think he is capable, although it is a big risk.

  37. r_calve says:

    Menegola, McDonald, Webster or Mundy?

    who to trade in?

  38. Pauly says:

    So im trading jom and doedee this week will have 870 to work with do i go:
    1:silicly to backline and bring in a darling or mclean
    2: bring in oliver for jom and keefe or cumming for doedee
    3:trade doedee and naughton to a yeo simpson or webster and a cumming on the bench

  39. yaboyazza says:

    Banfield & Finlayson OUT
    E. Philipps & ??? IN

    Got 502k, bring in Webster, Simpson, Hurn, Witherden?
    Would love to bring in Yeo but just missing out with the $$$. Could trade out S. Murray instead of Banfield and have enough for Yeo, but there's no def rookies with good JS, or am I mistaken? Thoughts?