AROUND THE GROUNDS Round 11

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It’s time, it’s Round 12 and that means those motherflippin’ bye rounds have now hit us. At least they’re nice enough to ease us into it this week, with just Carlton, Hawthorn, West Coast and the Western Bulldogs absent, so we should be able to get through this week without many issues. The two weeks after that might be a bit more difficult as 6 teams get a week off, but we’ll have the extra trade to help us if needed. Now is about the time we might think about upgrading some rookies as their bye rounds hit, so lets go take a look at what happened in Round 11 and see what’s what.

Victoria

Carlton

Carlton tried, but they could match Sydney for the four quarters on Friday, losing 91-61. Cam O’Shea had 15 disposals, 7 marks and 7 rebound 50’s, but was again hurt by clangers, with 6 of them pushing his score down to 46 SCPoints. Paddy Dow had 13 disposals, 3 tackles and a goal for 65 SCPoints, Lochie O’Brien had 12 disposals, 4 marks and 2 inside 50’s for 39 SCPoints and Pat Kerr had 11 disposals, 4 marks, 6 hitouts and a goal for 77 SCPoints.

The Northern Blues suffered a big defeat at the hands of Geelong, losing 104-34. Matt Shaw had 17 disposals, 6 marks and 2 rebound 50’s and Angus Schumacher had 13 disposals, 2 marks and 4 tackles.

 

Collingwood

Collingwood won their 3rd game in a row, defeating Fremantle 138-77. Josh Daiscos had 15 disposals, 5 marks, 5 tackles and a goal for 63 SCPoints, Flynn Appleby had 12 disposals and 5 marks for 36 SCPoints and Jaidyn Stephenson was quiet with 5 disposals, 4 tackles and a goal for 34 SCPoints. The big performance was from Brody Mihocek in his AFL debut, booting 4 goals, along with 12 disposals and 5 marks for 97 SCPoints. Can’t expect 4 goals every week, but a fantastic performance for him in his first game.

In the VFL, Collingwood had a large defeat at the hands of Richmond, with the Pies losing 115-47. Rupert Willis was the leading possession getter for Collingwood with 36 disposals, 4 marks and 2 tackled and Sam Murray had 21 disposals, 4 marks, 5 inside 50’s and 7 rebound 50’s,

 

Essendon

Essendon were no match for Richmond on Saturday night, losing 114-43 at the ‘G. Matt Guelfi had 16 disposals, 4 marks and 4 tackles for 76 SCPoints and Jordan Ridley had 7 disposals and 3 marks for 36 SCPoints.

Essendon lost to Footscray in the VFL 72-61. Mason Redman had 22 disposals, 2 marks and 4 tackles, Dylan Clarke had 20 disposals, 7 marks and 8 tackles and Trent Mynott had 15 disposals, 3 marks, 7 tackles and a goal.

 

Geelong

Big win for Geelong, taking out Gold Coast 121-36. It was also a big game for Tim Kelly who returned to his big scoring ways with 130 SCPoints from 24 disposals, 5 marks, 5 clearances and 2 goals. He lost just $2,700, but more importantly his BE is back down to 52 this week, with a projected rise of another $40K. He has a Round 14 bye, so that seems like the target to trade him out if you want to. Lachlan Fogarty had 17 disposals and 6 marks for 73 SCPoints, Jamaine Jones had 14 disposals, 4 marks and 2 tackles and Jack Henry had 5 disposals and 3 marks for 50 SCPoints.

Geelong defeated the Northern Blues in the VFL, winning 104-34. Quinton Narkle had 20 disposals, 2 marks, 4 tackles and 2 goals and Gryan Miers had 13 disposals, 4 marks and 6 tackles while Ryan Gardner did his damage in front of goals, booting 6 with 10 disposals and 3 marks.

 

Hawthorn

A close game, but Hawthorn just got the win in the end, taking the game 64-61 against Port Adelaide. They did not have any rookie priced players playing for them.

The Box Hill Hawks lost 80-73 to Werribee in the VFL. James Cousins had 24 disposals, 5 marks and 6 tackles, David Mirra had 19 disposals, 4 marks and 3 rebound 50’s and Mitch Lewis had 7 disposals, 4 marks, 15 hitouts and 3 goals.

 

Melbourne

Melbourne didn’t have many troubles getting the win against the Bulldogs, taking the game 100-51 on Saturday afternoon. Tim Smith was disappointing with just 7 disposals, 2 marks and 6 tackles for 26 SCPoints. Charlie Spargo was similar with 11 disposals, 5 marks and 2 tackles for 31 SCPoints.  Bayley Fritsch came through for us though with 26 disposals, 14 marks, 4 tackles, 7 rebound 50’s and a goal for 111 SCPoints. His BE is 40 this week, so he should add some more cash coming off a 3-round average of 95 SCPoints.

The Casey Scorpions had an 84-46 win against Williamstown in the VFL. Oskar Baker had 23 disposals and 7 marks and Harrison Petty had 15 disposals and 4 marks.

 

North Melbourne

North Melbourne continued their excellent form on Sunday, defeating Brisbane 141-87. It was the long-awaited debut game for Paul Ahern and he certainly didn’t disappoint, grabbing 29 disposals, 4 marks, 3 tackles and 5 clearances with 4 rebound 50’s for 84 SCPoints. Tom Murphy also made his AFL debut and had 14 disposals, 2 marks and 3 tackles for 40 SCPoints.

In the VFL North Melbourne defeated Sandringham 125-68. Mitchell Hibberd had 34 disposals, 8 marks, 6 inside 50’s and 7 rebound 50’s and Will Waker kicked 4 goals with 16 disposals and 9 marks and Kyron Hayden chipped in with 3 more, along with 16 disposals and 3 marks.

 

Richmond

Richmond ran over the top of Essendon without much issue on Saturday night, winning 114-43. Jack Higgins had 14 disposals, 2 marks and 2 goal assists for 67 SCPoints and Callum Moore had 11 disposals, 6 marks and kicked 2.3 for 60 SCPoints.

Richmond defeated Collingwood in the VFL, winning 115-47. Shai Bolton had 18 disposals, 8 tackles and a goal, Tyson Stengle had 16 disposals, 7 tackles and 2 goals and Ivan Soldo had 11 disposals, 4 marks and 37 hitouts.

 

St Kilda

St Kilda booted 7 goals to 1 in the last quarter, but still fell short against West Coast, losing 101-88. Logan Austin was again good with 26 disposals, 14 marks and 2 marks for 92 SCPoints. Ed Phillips had 17 disposals, 3 marks and 7 tackles for 58 SCPoints, 17 disposals, 6 marks, 5 clearances and 5 clangers 51 SCPoints and Bailey Rice had 16 disposals, 5 marks and 3 rebound 50’s for 62 SCPoints.

In Round 9 of the VFL season, the Sandringham Zebras lost to North Melbourne 125-68. Nicholas Coffield led the Zebras with 31 disposals, 9 marks and 5 tackles, Hugh Goddard had 13 disposals, 6 marks and 4 rebound 50’s and Josh Battle kicked an inaccurate 1.5 with 11 disposals and 5 marks.

 

Western Bulldogs

The Bulldogs moved to 4-7 after losing to Melbourne 100-51 on Saturday afternoon. Patrick Lipinski had 17 disposals, 2 marks and 2 tackles for 54 SCPoints, Billy Gowers had 16 disposals and 3 tackles for 71 SCPoints and Ed Richards had 16 disposals, 2 marks and 3 clearances for 63 SCPoints. Roarke Smith had 13 disposals and 2 tackles for 42 SCPoints.

Footscray had a win in the VFL, defeating Essendon 72-61. Lewis Young had 8 marks and 8 rebound 50’s and Fergus Greene kicked 2.1 with 10 disposals and 2 marks.

 

South Australia

Adelaide

Adelaide had their 2nd loss in a row and tumbled out of the 8 after being defeated by GWS 97-81. Darcy Fogarty had 11 disposals, 4 marks and a goal for 62 SCPoints while Lachlan Murphy had 9 disposals and a goal for 26 SCPoints and Tom Doedee had 18 disposals, 1 mark, 3 tackles and 78 SCPoints. His BE is 55, and is another one who should easily sit until his Round 14 bye.

The Adelaide Reserves had a bye in the SANFL last week.

 

Port Adelaide

The lead flipped back and forth a few times in the last quarter, but Port fell just short, losing to Hawthorn 64-61. Riley Bonner had 17 disposals, 4 marks and 3 tackles for 70 SCPoints.

In the SANFL, the Port Adelaide Magpies had a 106-71 loss to South Adelaide. Dom Barry led the way for Port with 29 disposals, 3 marks and 1.1. Jack Trengove had 27 disposals, 4 marks and 9 tackles and Will Snelling had 20 disposals, 4 marks and 7 tackles

 

Western Australia

Fremantle

Fremantle had their 7th loss of the year, going down to Collingwood 138-77.  Andrew Brayshaw had 19 disposals, 3 marks and 5 tackles for 65 SCPoints, Michael Apeness made his 2018 debut and had 17 disposals, 5 tackles, 17 hitouts and a goal for 70 SCPoints while Bailey Banfield had 15 disposals, 6 marks, 5 tackles and a goal for 89 SCPoints. Taylin Duman had 14 disposals and 6 marks for 54 SCPoints, Adam Cerra had 11 disposals and 3 marks for 34 SCPoints and Stefan Giro made his AFL debut and had 10 disposals, 2 marks, 4 tackles and a goal for 39 SCPoints while Scott Jones, also making his AFL debut, had 6 disposals, 3 marks, 4 tackles, 8 hitouts and a goal for 49 SCPoints.

The Peel Thunder had a win in the WAFL, defeating Claremont 65-54. Luke Strnadica had 15 disposals, 3 marks, 2 tackles and 28 hitouts, sharing duties with Lloyd Meek who had 15 disposals, 3 marks, 5 tackles and 32 hitouts.

 

West Coast

West Coast took the pedal off the floor in the final quarter, but still hung on for a 101-88 win against St Kilda on Saturday night. Tom Cole had 21 disposals, 5 marks and 4 rebound 50’s for 71 SCPoints and Jake Waterman had 10 disposals, 7 marks and a goal for 47 SCPoints.

In Round 9 of the WAFL East Perth lost to West Perth 93-69. Brayden Ainsworth had 27 disposals, 7 marks and 2 tackles and Luke Partington had 27 disposals, 8 marks and 7 tackles.

 

New South Wales

GWS

GWS got their season going again with a 97-81 win over Adelaide on Sunday afternoon. Zac Langdon had a good day in front of goals with 13 disposals, 2 marks, 8 tackles and 3 goals for 88 SCPoints while Daniel Lloyd had 9 disposals, 2 marks and 9 tackles for 55 SCPoints. Sam Taylor made his AFL debut and had 9 disposals and 3 tackles for 57 SCPoints.

The UWS Giants had a win in the SANFL, defeating the NT Thunder 96-45. Full stats were not provided for this game, though Lachlan Keeffe, Jeremy Finlayson and Nicholas Shipley were named in the bests for GWS.

 

Sydney

They were pushed for half a game, but Sydney won in the end, defeating Carlton on Friday night 91-61. Ben Ronke was again solid with 13 disposals, 5 marks, 2 tackles and 5 inside 50’s for 63 SCPoints, while Rylet Stoddart had 6 disposals, 1 mark and a goal for 21 SCPoints. He’s averaging just 28 SCPoints over his two games, so I wouldn’t consider him as a suitable downgrade target at this point.

In Round 9 of the NEAFL season, Sydney had a 51-point win against Sydney Uni, winning 98-47. Daniel Robinson had 30 disposals, 5 marks, 13 tackles and 10 inside 50’s. Colin O’Riordan had 22 disposals, 8 marks and 3 tackles and Darcy Cameron had 17 disposals, 11 marks and 54 hitouts.

 

Queensland

Brisbane

The Lions had their 10th loss of the year on Sunday, losing to North Melbourne 141-87. Cam Rayner had an excellent game however with 21 disposals, 6 marks, 7 tackles and 5 clearances for 89 SCPoints. Zac Bailey had 14 disposals, 5 marks, 3 tackles and a goal for 73 SCPoints and Oscar McInerney had 12 disposals, 1 mark, 10 hitouts and a goal for 53 SCPoints.

Brisbane lost to Aspley in the NEAFL, going down 65-46. Corey Lyons was the leading disposal getter for Brisbane with 31 disposals, 13 marks, 3 tackles and 5 rebound 50’s. Mitchell Hinge had 23 disposals, 12 marks and a goal and Brandon Starcevich had 21 disposals, 5 marks and 5 tackles.

 

Gold Coast

Not a good result for the Gold Coast, going down to Geelong 121-36 on Saturday afternoon. Nic Holman had a solid game with 19 disposals, 6 marks and 6 tackles for 88 SCPoints, while Will Brodie played his first AFL game of 2018 and had 14 disposals, 6 marks and 4 clearances for 57 SCPoints. Charlie Ballard had 13 disposals, 5 marks and 1 tackle for 41 SCPoints and Jacob Heron had 8 disposals and 2 marks for 35 SCPoints.

In the NEAFL the Gold Coast defeated Southport 93-79. Brad Scheer had 26 disposals, 6 marks, 7 tackles and a goal, Jack Scrimshaw had 23 disposals, 8 marks and 7 rebound 50’s and Wil Powell had 20 disposals, 9 marks, 6 tackles and kicked 2 goals.

 

Top 5 under 200K

 

DEF

 

  • Brody Mihocek – $102,400 – 97 SCPoints
  • Logan Austin – $159,700 – 99 SCPoints
  • Bailey Rice – $173,400 – 61.7 SCPoints
  • Sam Taylor – $117,300 – 57 SCPoints
  • Roarke Smith – $158,300 – 55SCPoints

 

 

MID

 

  • Paul Ahern – $123,900 – 84 SCPoints

 

  • Josh Daicos – $190,500 – 57 SCPoints
  • Will Brodie – $187,700 – 57 SCPoints
  • Tom Murphy – $124,900 – 40 SCPoints
  • Charlie Ballard – $133,600 – 32 SCPoints

 

 

 

RUC

 

  • Scott Jones – $117,300 – 49 SCPoints

 

 

FWD

 

  • Paul Ahern – $123,900 – 84 SCPoints

 

  • Callum Moore – $133,600 – 64 SCPoints
  • Michael Apeness – $153,700 – 70 SCPoints
  • Jamaine Jones – $123,900 – 53 SCPoints

 

 

  1. Josh Daicos – $190,500 – 57 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. Daniel says:

    Is bringing in boak and westhoff to much if I already have Robbie gray or should I get one of them and Michael walters

    • Rick Grimes says:

      Probably a bit overkill. Double up on a line is as far as I go in one club. But theyre all worth a look if it doesn't bother you. Go with gut.

  2. Rick Grimes says:

    Gee we've been spoilt for rookies this year. Even the mid pricers have largely panned out ok. Its getting the freakin premos right that has munted a lot of us. Frustrating. But ey, that's why we play!

    • Russty_ says:

      Hear hear Rick, and then when you do have the right premos, they get bloody injured or suspended by a soft as MRP, good job guys…ruining another year of the Brownlow Medal, Greenwood wasn't even hurt FFS.
      I won't be watching again this year.

      • Rick Grimes says:

        There's no consistency. That's all we really ask for. Seems there's a different interpretation each week.

        • SC_Sixty6 says:

          Rick! As the leader I think you should run for the top job at MRO. You are a wise wise man and have shown plenty of leadership in the past. If people are slowing you down you just shoot em. I see this happening with the MRO. They step outta line then you just pop em like the old Rick Grimes!

      • DavidSA says:

        4 weeks ago @ Jock Reynolds – PODCAST: SEND THEM TO … · 0 replies · +2 points
        i think Wayne Carey said it best last year "are we going to judge head injuries on intent or not?"
        Dangerfields tackle was the perfect tackle players get tought to pin the arm so they can't handball thus increasing the chances of holding the ball. Dangerfields intent was exactly that but Kruzer who is well over 100kg fell down like a light weight.

        This tackle from NicNat is not any different intent was the tackle and the weight of players reversed so it looks bad but Amons arms were not pinned so why did he not use them to protect himself???????????

        No one here is trying to protect Nat because he is in our team lol it's the brand of football that needs to be restored

        Cotchin hit Shiel flush on the chin with his shoulder but his intent was winning the football so he only got a fine.
        Intent is the key word here

        If the AFL allows this to continue we will see Brownlows taken away from rightful winners soon enough and Danger was nearly the first last year

        • DavidSA says:

          Little did I know it would be this soon that a potential Brownlow winner can't win because of this sh*t version of AFL we have

  3. Russty_ says:

    Fyfe didn't get off…was deemed intentional!…bugger.

  4. TRIGGA_HAPPY says:

    And …

    Laird has a fracrured hand (very likely to miss)

    Good luck getting 18 on the park this weekend.
    This is just the beginning. 🤔

    • Rick Grimes says:

      Holy sheet. Carnage

    • Russty_ says:

      Reckon anyone who thinks 8 trades left after the byes is dreaming if they think they're gonna last the year, too much can and will go wrong between now and round 22 in SC.

      • SC_Sixty6 says:

        We will see Russty. I never have had more than 10 trades past the byes. I get through fine.

        • Russty_ says:

          Yeah Sixty we'll have to see how it goes, I'm getting nervous about trades left already and I still have 15, have seen many a good coach go down and fade away near the end in the past since 2007, only takes a few more carnage weeks and it can be all over.

    • SC_Sixty6 says:

      Easiest round of the byes I reckon. Even with fyfe and laird out.

      Rd 13 I'll have 17 premos playing and rd 14 I'll have 14 premos playing. Good planning goes a long way.

      Laird and fyfe everyone relevant has so no loss.

  5. Rick Grimes says:

    Is Cogs stuffed?

    • TRIGGA_HAPPY says:

      Yep ruled out.
      So cogs, fyfe, laird and bye players
      Some rooks may get chopped this week and some players may not come back ie howe etc.

      Yikers..

      • Rick Grimes says:

        Down to 19 players. Only 9 of those premos.

        • SC_Sixty6 says:

          🙊😷 yikes. That should mean you'd be around 14 premos for the next 2 rounds Rick?

          • Rick Grimes says:

            Think I'll be fine. I'll be bringing in a couple of premos each week from very ripe rookies. I don't spend my life pre planning something that is completely fluid. Nice emojis…

            • SC_Sixty6 says:

              I agree. Why would someone spend their entire life on 3 weeks of byes. We finally agree Rick. 😘

      • Ja191 says:

        What source trig? Afl injury thing quotes “coniglio should be right to face Gold Coast but will need to pass concussion protocols later in the week.” – Adam Curley

        • TRIGGA_HAPPY says:

          I read it somewhere yesterday Sen or fox maybe

          He had delayed concussion symtoms and if a player is still showing signs of concussion on Tuesday they will not play on the weekend. 6 day turnaround doesnt help.

      • Shake_n_Bake_ says:

        I said it at the start of the week!! Don’t count on rookies injuries suspensions not happening. It will happen in rd 13 & 14 to!!

    • Cotchinator says:

      Coniglio trained today with a few of the NEAFL players but participated in all drills. Maybe a smokey to play.

  6. Rivo says:

    It’s like another 2 teams have byes this week or is it just me? Fyfe, Cogs, Laird all down already. Down to 10 premos and 21 this week. Who’s next?

    • Derek says:

      Most of us will have Fyfe, Laird and Cogs.

      This week should still easily field 19+ with the outs.

      I have 20 with those 3 out, but that relies on Murphy, Ridley and/or Finlayson to be named. Whoever gets dropped will turn into Austin this week and one of the others become Simpson the following week.

      Round 13 is my weakest round. Besides Simpson, not much else I like from the round 12 bye teams.

      • Rivo says:

        That’s true Derek. Carnage for most. Perhaps targeting a couple of Port players this week is not such as bad idea.

        • Derek says:

          My original plan was Lycett to Ryder this week. But Ryder’s an injury Inverness now.

          RGray is a great option, but not cheap.

      • Shake_n_Bake_ says:

        Yeah l believe Murphy and Ridley on shaky ground even teams with Spargo & Smith. Austin my only trade in this week. Sicily after this bye. With the Austin trade it will leave me with 17.

      • The Ranger says:

        No love for Sicily Derek?
        Ignoring the flog issue he looks like a top 8 def and/or fwd.

  7. TBone_9 says:

    Reckon could be in a bit of strife this week boys. 135k in the bank with 18 trades left though.

    Laird, Yeo, Sicily, Simmo, Howe, Doedee (L. Murphy, O’Connor)

    Danger, Titch, Fyfe, Oliver, Parker, Cogs, Dusty, Walters (E.Phillips, Brayshaw, Barry)

    Gawn, Nank (Olango)

    Heeney, McLean, D. Smith, Fritsch, Guelfi, Henry (Spargo, T. Smith)

    Cheers guys 🙂

    • Jack says:

      You'll be fine Tbone. You could trade Henry out and swing Sicily temporarily fwd to get another defender in. You'd be only 2 short in the backline (assuming Howe and Murphy named) Rucks are fine, fwds are fine.
      In the mids Phillips covers Fyfe, Brayshaw covers Mitchell. Trade Barry for Ahern and he covers Cogs.
      20 playing and 1 more trade left to get 21 if u want.

      • TBone_9 says:

        Cheers Jack, that’s a good idea with the Sicily swing with Henry out mate. Only problem is I wanted Hurley for my last def spot and was going to go Doedee to Hurley after Hurley’s bye. Maybe I trade Henry out and grab Buddy instead? Great idea with Barry though mate, might have to go early on Ahern

    • Marcus says:

      I'd hang on to Henry personally
      Could go Murphy to Austin if he isn't named
      If Murphy is named, then maybe just straight swap O'connor for Austin. Hurts to trade for a loss but gives you a rookie with good scoring potential on for next 2 weeks

      • TBone_9 says:

        Cheers Marcus, yeah Henry might have a bit of cash still to make, but also need to try and be full premo once the byes are over. I kind of like having the O’Connor swing so if Murphy isn’t named I think him to Austin would be worthwhile

        • cburgz says:

          could go murphy to austin, barry to ahern, henry to tom phillips (swing walters fwd) or spargo to franklin (keep henry) and get cripps after the byes for your last mid

  8. Joe says:

    Is it worth trading Keefe to Austin and Venables to Moore so I can field 18? 16 trades left, the injuries to Cogs and Laird plus Fyfes suspension this week have blown my bye plans!

    • Russty_ says:

      Yeah I think it is, Moore or Ahern early unless you specifically need two round 14 players.

      • Joe says:

        Would prefer Ahern, just don’t like going early on rooks.. cheers for the comment!

        • Russty_ says:

          No worries, I think he could be one of the rare few who is worth going early on.
          Sorry I meant to say unless you have plenty of players for round 14 cause Austin and Moore are out.

  9. AuroraBorealis?! says:

    I assume that like in round 10, the players with the bye will lockout ofter 4:40 on sunday. Can anyone confirm if this is the case? Just wondering for loophole purposes

  10. Russty_ says:

    For most of the 178000 people playing this year, who were probably very eager to know, Jarrod pickett could be fit to play next week.
    He has a solid 46 average and is only $254000…bargain!

  11. NoLanguage says:

    Laird Fyfe and Cogs out leaves me with 17 this week. What an absolute shitshow!

    Worth going early on Ahern to field 18??? Only option would be to trade Barry

    • DavidC says:

      Laird and Cogs are doubtful at this stage, not confirmed outs.

    • redherringfc says:

      There’s not much point hanging onto a Port player because he’s already had his bye if he isn’t getting any games.

      I’ve turfed him this week. If he’s named I’ll reconsider.

    • Russty_ says:

      I would trade Barry to Ahern if Barry isn't named this week..if it doesn't affect your round 13 bye too much.

  12. Rivo says:

    I still have 21 available but is it crazy to go for 2 Port players this week given the outs everywhere? 16 trades & $95k. This is risky but….

    Option 1:

    Out: Murray, Higgins & Henry;
    In: Mihocek, Rocky & Gray.

    Alternative play was:

    Option2:

    Out: Murray, Higgins & Keefe
    In: T-Mac, Austin & Ahern (keeps DPP swing)

    Option 3:

    Out: Murray, Higgins & Keefe (loose DPP swing)
    In: Austin, Ahern, Gray.

    Thoughts?

    • cburgz says:

      Option 2

    • Doc_1 says:

      Is there any point having this Sicily-TMac swing?
      If you’re getting them it’s both it as Premos so you want them both on ground. The swing is most useful if it’s with a non playing or bench option like Keefe so you can actually get an extra premium on field in case of injury, non selection or for looping purposes.

      • Jack says:

        It just gives you a bit of extra cover if one of the 2 go down. For example Sicily (Def) acts like a flog and gets suspended. Perhaps you have a better F7 than D7 let's say Fritsch at F7. You can swing McDonald back to Defence and field Fritsch. It may even save a donut.

        But your right, it does work better with a rookie

    • NoLanguage says:

      I would go Option 2 for sure

  13. KSinny says:

    If Laird, Cogs and Fyfe are out this week I only have 9 premos with 19 Playing provided none of Murphy, Ridley, Smith or any other rookies are dropped or rested. This round has turned out not to be that easy after all.

  14. martin says:

    Is jacobs gonna go to ol gaz or danger?

  15. redherringfc says:

    What do people think about Buddy at the moment?

    His TOG was 117 minutes on the weekend. This is a positive sign that he might be over his bruised heel, but someone here said he is having trouble training.

    I was going to get Menegola this week, but a fit Buddy should outscore him over the rest of the season and he’s 45k cheaper. And, unfortunately, the Saints will have trouble keeping him quiet.

  16. neil Dees 4 premiers says:

    Don't know about anyone else but FIGJAM looks better on the sun's page 13 rather than page 11 much more life like

  17. Sc_Wow says:

    I keep seeing people blaming the fact that rocky tagged on the weekend effecting his score.
    He only started tagging in the second half, he was scoring crap before half time too and was having no effect on the game. He actually did quite a good job on Tich so I would expect to see rocky to continue to tag in the future, a role he had with the lions towards the end of 2017 (go check those scores)

    • SC_Sixty6 says:

      We needs GIFS here. 'drops the mic'

    • DavidSA says:

      his 1st qtr was below par but had a healthy 22 pts after the 1st break due to tackles mainly
      His 2nd qtr was a turd and that's when Hinkley decided to make him useful, he was terrible before half time

      • Sc_Wow says:

        Yep that’s what I was saying. So you can see Hinkley making him useful from the start next week (tagging)

        • DavidSA says:

          On a sc level if rocky is a tagger then he'll no obviously
          Ports fwd line is stinking so Gray is there because Dixon is a skirt and Wingard can't jump
          Rockliff would only benefit with Gray in the mid because he can create space for Rockliff on the outside
          Every other Port mid is too slow and not on Grays level of both hands and vision

          • DavidSA says:

            not a single person would have imagined him to fall so much this year as he has so far. Thought worst case was he would be 85-90 best case 100-105 before the season started. Just insane, what's his excuse now though… he does not seem to know Port game plan and maybe it's the game plan that's the problem.

    • Derek says:

      i only saw the second half. He was puffing hard at every stoppage. As a result was only focused on stopping Mitch and not too worried about the ball. Mitch was heading to score 150+

  18. JugHead says:

    How many Mebourne players is too many?
    Like a lot of others, I have Gawn, Fritch, Spargo and Smith. Spargo and Smith will likely get moved on at some point.
    Fritch may turn out to be an ok F6/7.

    But on my watchlist are T Mac, Oliver and Hogan.
    Petracca is even looking better than earlier in the season.
    Not about to go Hibberd, but with Lever now gone, the dynamics will change. IF you think Hibberd will get better, he is cheap.

    I'm not about to make any crazy predictions, but I wouldn't have tipped the Doggies or Tigers mid season in their flag years.
    If you think the Dees will play deep into September, surely a lot of those guys will score well…..

    • Russty_ says:

      I've got 6 in my team at the moment, makes it a bit of a problem in round 13 but after that it's all gravy, hopefully I'll get T-Mac at some point too.

      • neil Dees 4 premiers says:

        You're a wise man Russty and no Billings also NDD

        • Russty_ says:

          Even Petracca's coming good now Neil, could've maybe hung onto him?..haha

    • NoLanguage says:

      Yeah I have 5 atm too.

      In saying that if I Hibberd doesn't go 95+ this week I'm going straight swap to T Mac after the Dees bye and Spargo down to Mihocek