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Fantasy Footy byes week 1 – how you coping folks?

Published by Jock on

Your Supercoach MobThis great games capacity to reveal intense beauty in the face of complete carnage continues to amaze me.

This week’s podcast has been released – click here

The byes are a terrible time for many. Resolve is tested. Confidence is battered. Hardship abounds. Many of us are struggling for inspiration as we enter the heart of fantasy footy bye round darkness. But two magnificent bright lights of hope and prosperity have emerged. They remind us that greatness can emerge at the most unlikely time. When all seems lost. They both answer to Tom. And I consider them both friends.

Tom Mitchell, Sydney, Midfielder
31 possessions. 14 contested. 10 tackles. 126 Supercoach points. 144 Dreamteam points.
Tom Nicholls, Gold Coast Suns, Ruckman
16 disposals. 10 tackles. 33 hitouts. 139 Supercoach points. 113 Dreamteam points. 

Lets stay strong folks… lets stay disciplined. Lets remember that everyone is having just as much trouble with these bloody byes. I want to know how you’re travelling this week? Anyone looking at scoring up around 1800?

Also.. the podcast will be on Monday night this week – needless to say she will be an absolute cracker.


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looking at 1784


looking at 1800+


1456/12/Ablett, have 19 playing and one is JJK so hoping his not playing due to the fact everyone will be relying on him to make up their 18. Jumped on Mitchell for Saunders, Nicholls for Daw and Martin for Brown via Vlastuin. Going to have a full premium team by Round 14 with 6 trades left and back-up on each line.


i hate you! Well done on the structure of your team.


Heading for a league win, around 1800-1900. Sub loop worked well, as has the Captain loophole.

Can someone just confirm for sure if you have make a bye player Captain, it the loophole still works? It's making me nervous.


Good score buddy. Pretty sure it works… might want some1 else to confirm b4 executing. And make sure the loophole bye player is selected b4 the Pies/Demons 1st bounce.


I have Gawn on the field, and saw that he played yesterday, so I might play it safe and put it on him. Thanks.


Can't put the C on Gawn if he's played. You can put it on a player with the bye this round, and you'll get your VC score doubled.


I think Zimmer meant he played in the VFL yesterday so no chance of playing again on Monday in the seniors.

But yes you're right the byes take the sweat out of captain loopholes. One of the few upsides to the bye rounds.


hay zimmer it dose not work like that I looked over the rules for the bye round and it states if u do that the vc points dose not count it sucks but that's what it says


Yes, the captain loophole does work


For those still wondering, here is the relevant section from the rules and conditions:

Club Byes and 'Best 18' scoring in 2013

There will be three rounds (11, 12 & 13) in 2013 where six teams will have a bye in each round.
To better-reflect the actual competition, you'll score from your best 18 players only (therefore your Best 18 scores) in any position, from your selected, on-field Starting 22. You'll still need to ensure that your best available players are in your starting 22 line-up.
During these three rounds, you'll simply need to manage your team as you normally would – select, trade and set your Starting 22 with as many 'non-bye' players as possible in your starting 22 line-up.

Remember, it's the Best 18 from your Starting 22, and does not include your bench as per any other week.

If you have further available players in any position during these multi-bye rounds, you may set Emergencies for those positions as usual. Emergencies will continue to replace non-starting players in your Starting 22 with the usual rules, in the same position (including any 'bye' player that you may have left in your Starting 22) and their score will only count if it is in your Best 18.

Set a Captain (and Vice Captain) as you normally would for double points. If your Captain's doubled score is NOT in your Best 18 scores, then their points will not count – you simply get your Best 18 scores only. Similarly, if your Captain's doubled-score is NOT in your Best 18 scores, you do NOT automatically receive double points from your Vice Captain – your Vice Captain only receives double points as per any other round, if your Captain does not play for any reason.

To allow for maximum squad management flexibility during the rolling lockout, you'll be able to substitute and trade players who have a bye right through the round – up until the start of the last match (when SuperCoach goes into full lockout).

You'll not receive any points from players whose team/s have a bye, and don't play in any of the multi-bye rounds.


So, even though it's worded in a confusing manner, it's cool either way.


Team Fly High Bombers scored 1409 with 12 played (stars were Walker, Murphy, Gibbs, T Mitchell & Captain GAZ – no loophole reqd.). Hoping to score around 1800. Strategically brought in T Mitchell to save the inevitable mids mayhem in R13 bye – expecting to take a huge hit with only 2 non-R13 mids. Showed restraint in not procuring the services of Dane Swan to prevent further pain in R13.

Bringing in T Nicholls next round to assist my R12 rucks. Will make me heaps of money but unsure whether he is a flash in the pan (aka M Daw) or a consistent 80+ scorer ….. Surely can't be considered by the community for the Ruck1/2 position this late in the season. Thoughts appreciated??


Showed restraint on Swan too… But I think Selwood is the better option now for the M8 position! In the rucks I'm bringing in Tom Nic next week to replace Hannath! So that will leave me with Minson R1 Nic Nat R2 Nicholls R3 Daw R4 and I still got Cox in the forward line, I think my Rucks are set for the rest of the year so is my backline… After the byes just gotta get either Selwood/Watson/Danger, gotta work on my forward line still…. Just don't know who is a good forward premium option! I was thinking Walker or Stevie J…. Hmmmmm


Gr8 work Dee. Your rucks are locked & ready. No changes reqd. for the rest of the season. I might be starting rumors but I've a slight suspicion that Tom Nic must be the gr8 Nic Nat's son or nephew ;-). N b4 any1 says I'm racist, u should note that I'm SriLankan.

Die hard bombers fan ….. Watson has been v. erratic recently. Dunna wotz goin on wit him …. hopefully he turns in some consistent performances for my SC and teams sake. You're prob right about Selwood but would like to see another performance like that with a Top 8 side b4 trading.

In the fwds, Walker has been tearing it up. Personally, I've got Walker over Johnson b/c of his age & decreased likelihood of being "managed" throughout the season. Your call … toss of a coin. Good luck mate.


This comment sought of infers that you have to be Australian to be racist???

Pauline Hanson

Sleepy, your comment infers that there are only Sri Lankans & Australians on this planet. I think you meant ‘non-Sri Lankan’


looking at 2000-2200 at the moment


Wow …. out of this world. Good luck Pete, you will be in the running 4 the $1k this round.


haha thanks mate


Lol good luck for the other two rounds…


Exactly Jeremy…. LOL


got 1086 with 8 big scorers left looking at between 2000 to 2100 that's if my cap who is dane swann has a huge game and cloke as well and just hope josh kenndey kills saint Kilda and dean cox also got heath shaw I am sure he will score between 120 to 140 and got priddis and dean turlic so maybe looking at 2100 if I get that I am happy with 18 players


WOW….. Good on ya mate! All the best…


I hear Josh Kennedy could be a late out…


And…. breathe. That's one long sentence Nick! You're in good shape, it's all set up for Swan to tear the Dees apart tomorrow.


Currently 10/1140, GAJ captain. 10 left to play, so with a couple low scores (Kerridge 30) getting replaced, should be well over 2000 hopefully.


This week is looking good for me ,1158 scored from 10 players. I'm looking at a predicted score of 1926 but could possibly get it up around 2000 if Swan and a few others score above their predicted. I still have Swan, Nic Nat, Priddis, Shuey, Cox, Josh j Kennedy, Macaffer and Terlich to play.


Coping the losses on the chin. Having a woeful week with only 2 100+ scores so far; Gaz and Gibbs.

Traded in Hawkins for the gold coast game thinking he will score well against the expansion teams and become a f6.. or at least a good stepping stone to a stevie j type… that isn't looking like a good move


That Nicholls plays like a champ, Blicavs out next week. Was out pointing Goldstein. Mitchell to come in post bye.


1102 from 10 Gaz Captain 46 from crouch will be replaced with only a 50 from Dixon.


Currently 1041/9, VC on GAJ C on Pendles so will move C onto bye player on field, looking at around 2050-2100 depending on whether Kennedy plays today.


Looking at 1800-1850 this round and I have balanced my team to score 1800 + for the next 2 byes. Not compromising my team in the process. Only made 1 trade in this round in Tom Nicholls as my ruck 3 but was useful for covering Will Minson's bye.


Jock I was hoping for 2000 this week and tacking that way too .. I hear JJK might be a late out which will hurt

Hoping its just a rumour




There is an article on the herald sun website about JJK Kennedy


JJK looks good to go – ranked 132 at the moment old mentor .. hoping to be in contention after these byes


Mick I'm 48 points behind you overall, sitting at 192, what do you reckon one needs to score across the three byes to stay in contention!? I've had a true shocker this week, tracking for just on 1800!! ARRRRRR


1587/14, I am looking at getting around 2000, I have 20 players and Gazz C witth Tom Nicholls on the field. Can't wait to bring Tom Michell in for Cachia round 13.


I reckon i'll be around 1900-2000, but i've got a question about emergencies and would really appreciate if someone could clear up my confusion as it will affect my score a lot:

I brought in Tom Nicholls yesterday for Hannath (you ripper!) but had him on the bench, but i put the emergency on him. I currently have 16 scoring players on the field (got fyfe on field as captain loophole for gaz, with pendles on the bench to cover) and took ben kennedy and terlich off, so nicholls could come into my best 18 (pendles and nicholls making up the last 2 spots).

But I thought about it a bit more and was just wondering if i could have both terlich and kennedy on the field (hoping that they will score more then hawkins' and crouch's scores of 48 and 46) and still get Nicholl's score of 139, even though he is an emergency and i will already have 18 scoring players on the field.
Sorry if this is a bit confusing (and long) but it's hard to explain.

I would be really grateful if someone could help me out!! Thanks 🙂


Thanks for the reply Jock!

I've got 16 on the field (pendles on the bench as captain's loophole, as well as nicholls) and having jj kennedy out means that i can have ben kennedy in the starting 18/22.
I dunno whether to risk having terlich on the field/ or as an emergency so i can let everyone know what happens (as i've got one close game this weekend, but the other 2 i'll win by a fair bit). I think i'll try having terlich on the field, which will make it 17 scoring players, and then pendles and nicholls take up the last spot in the 18, as well as the other replacing brad crouch's score, as he is the lowest in my team at the moment. Hopefully that works, will let you and everyone else know how that goes 🙂


Taylor and Jock, I posted the section from the rules and regulations above as a similar situation was stressing me out as well.

I think if you have 17 on the field and a non-scorer and the line that Nicholls is on you will get his score. Don't quote me on it, as its pretty confusing but i think it works that way. Check out the section above in the I started. Hope it helps.


Here's the relevant paragraph:

"If you have further available players in any position during these multi-bye rounds, you may set Emergencies for those positions as usual. Emergencies will continue to replace non-starting players in your Starting 22 with the usual rules, in the same position (including any 'bye' player that you may have left in your Starting 22) and their score will only count if it is in your Best 18."

Think you'll be right.


Thanks Zimmer, yeah went with 17 on the field, so i'll get nicholls' score as the 18th player.

I did read over the rules quite a few times, but still couldn't get my answer, so thanks for clearing that up, sure we weren't the only ones confused by it!


I'm in the same boat. 17 on the field including hannath with nicholls's 139 on the pine with an e next to it. As of yet it hasn't been added to my overall score. Anyone else with this issue???


I'm pushing for 2000 jock with some ripper scores from Mitchell, Nichols, gazza and walker
Got swan captain tomorrow and hoping for some bulk scores from Pendles , Ben Kennedy and Kyle Martin


any news on Josh J Kennedy


He's all good to play today mate 🙂


Or maybe not, he's now a late withdrawal… sorry!
I've got him in my team so that's annoying!


1479 with McEvoy, Nic Nat, Terlich (possibly Gawn), Kennedy (WC), Shaw and Pendles to play. Daniher and Crouch are my lowest scoring players but I have 21 possible available players for this round.

I am going to have to get Nicholls in next week, plus Fyfe is ready to be brought in. Might wait on Hanly and then Cotchin because there price will go down again.


I'm projected to get 2037 with incredible games from all my players instead of watson and jack hutchins. i thought he wouldnt count as i have 20 playing but dwyer not playing and now jjk out his 5 will count. Still hoping for at least 1950


still will have 18 players with kenndy pulling out I had 19 players on the field so should still looking good for a good score


Looking at 1700 with JJK out


Bloody Nightmarish…
Im about to lose the unlosable…

It was 18 vs 14…
Then I lost Blicavs and Taylor to managment…
Huthcings outted…
now Kennedy outted…

I didn't have walker and gibbs. They do.

What a balls-up.

Mick Klavins

Looking at 2100! 1726(prescaling) with 3 scores to come out of pendles swan Terlich macaffer B.Kennedy!

Mick Klavins

Make that 1734 with 3 to play


got 1292 so far after 13 with 5 big scorers left in my cap swann he will have a field day with Melbourne tomorrow and cloke if he is on fire he could kick 10 with melb bad back line also shaw and he could score 120 maybe 130 if he is on fire and macaffe he could score in the 100 plus and turlic so looking at maybe 2086 or 2100 maybe if I score just under 2100 I will be happy


1630 atm, gazza cpt 306 :), got Tom Mitchell this week, got Pendlebury, Cloke and terlich left to play.


Is Sidebottom a valid trade in option? Im looking specifically at players with Rd 13 bye and if you take out two horrid scores of 40 he's averaging 120. Great POD. Dwyer – Sidebottom very tempting. An extra player on the field this week should get me the win as well.


15 played for 1808. Pendles, Macaffer and Terlich left.


great score mate


15/1576, shaw, pendles(C), Evans/macaffer projected 2,001


Well i have had a number of players under perform this week…
Hibberd & JPK screwed me..
Danger & Watson were not up to scratch
Kerridge was useless…
JJK a late out

Bloody hell, lucky im playing bottom of the league this week..

One positive tho.. Nicholls; you bloody beauty!


Bad luck mate, not my best week either, but super impressed with Tom Mitchell.
Just got Pendels and Shaw to play, im on 1444 at the momemnt


going for 5 wins across my 4 leagues. should deinifitely have 3 out of the 4 (have higher scores and more players to play then opponents), but the fourth is going down to the wire. he's top of the league and i'm fourth. we've both got 3 players of difference left and there's 10 points between us. I'm up by the 10 and need jolly, pendlebury and terlich to outscore swan, cloke and ben kennedy… could happen, but….


**four wins across four leagues even – bye gone to the head…


had some underperformers, but still just managed to scrape together 18 players…not happy with Charlie Dixon's reinjury and sub-off though.


so your saying if you have 17 scoreing players and got a e on someone you will pick up his score if you had a player pull out and it dose not matter what postion the e is in as josh kenndey pulled out so just woundering if I still pick up the score of a mid if he has the e named on him


projected to make 1953 with pendles macaffer terlich and swan to come. I'm on 1530 atm


Thinking I could get around 1900 from only 17 players due to JJK's withdrawal. Currently ranked 350, does anybody know if that will be good enough to move up the ranks…? I have cover for the following rounds as well so placed well to try and catch.


I'd be making a trade to get 18 scores maybe Kennedy or swan


Pushing 2K if Swan, Pendles and Heater have reasonable games against the Deeplorables tomorrow. Fingers crossed there are no sneaky late withdrawals to rest up some of the Pies stars.

Looks like Tommy Mitch will make a legit onfield M8 proving last week was no fluke. Stoked I traded in Nicholls this week and was instantly rewarded. Can't wait to bring in Big Wilba and Duffman for Rd 12 action. Life's good!


on 1600 with Swan Pendles Macaffer Kyle and Terlich still to play looking very healthy


Hey guys, I’m 1299 from 13 played. Got Swan, Pendles, Cloke, Terlich, caf to come. Using the C loop on Ablett with a bye player. Score ain’t too bad. Looking at a win. Can someone confirm C loop works on bye player?? Cheers


Looks like you'll be getting a good score 🙂
I'm using the loophole on Gaz as well, but to answer your question- the loophole does work on bye players (i'm using a bye player also), so you're all good!


1169 with 6 to play still, lots of under performers with only cox and gaz breaking the ton for me so far . Kennedy being a late withdrawal yesterday hurt because I had a doughnut on the field !! Hope swan pendles shaw Kennedy caff and terlich get me some smashing scores .


only cox and ablett,where is j.selwood priddis, heppel or even steveie j

Swan and pendels should score over 120 each


I reckon if it wernt for the byes, this week i would have scored 2400,


Just heard that sam dywer will miss 1-2 more weeks


Chucked the C on Zorko and the VC on Ablett, when will GAJ's score double? Conclusion of round perhaps?


yep at the end of the round


18 played with mccaffer and turdlicker left to play currently on 1866 if both play well could crack into the 1900`s next 2 rds also evened out to ten outs thanks to some planning, which pretty well started this time last year after scoring 900 odd in last years 1st week of the byes . was hoping it will see me break my way into top 1000 currently ranked 6500th or there abouts !!play no.1 in the country next week .during byes i know but would still be helluva scalp if can pull it off . awesome work jock and co heres to u boys looking forward to many more years of you blokes and your sh%t hot website !!! cheers


The only thing worse than my team this week is the toothache I've got!


Had a few let downs this round but I'm not sure if I should the captain loophole on ablett or have pendlebury or swan as the captain. Advice be great thanks


Looking at a big one…1760 with five to come today! Projecting 2170 with pendles, swan, shaw, terlich and mccaffer to play today! Had plenty go right including Mitchell and Nichols on top of Hannabery, Selwood, Walker, Cox, Nic Nat, vc Ablett, Gibbs etc. Danger and Hibberd a bit below average but can’t really complain!


I must gloat. I tradined in Nicholls this week for leuenberger, cash in the bank and 130 score = intensely massive smiles.

Hero for a day.


Traded Gawn to Nicholls. Kept Leuenberger on the bench for a R15 comeback, although if Nicholls avgs 80-100 i'll just trade leuey to a rook


Same as you DeanBartel although i traded leuey up to minson the week before.


Dirty weekend for me. Start of round proj score 1743 and opponent 1736. Now me 1454 and opponent 1993. What happened? Kennedy times 2, Petrie, Swallow, Dixon and Gawn is what happened plus opponent picked T. Mithell and Nicholls and big C on Gaj. Got 3 players over the ton but opponent had same 3 LOL Oh well thats what the game is all about.


1778 from 15. Swan, Pendlebury, Macaffer and Terlich to play so the Pies v Demons might actually be worth watching. Got to be happy with trading Sinclair and Neade out for Gibbs and Nicholls (Staker moved forward for Neade)