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G’day community,

Well, it’s here.

Finals time. What we’ve been preparing for. It’s what we play this beautiful game for. A win can lift you into the upper echelons of society. You’ll walk taller than the common folk around you. What happens here on in will define how you live your life.

A loss and you’re kicking empty cans around all summer thinking what could have been, why I traded him in, how did he beat me?

As mentioned in previous weeks, every decision you make here on in, there’s no turning back. Make the right call, and you’re on the road to glory. Make the wrong call, and it’s going to be a long summer.

Let me help you make the right call.

Here is this week’s Flesh, with a video to get you pumped up!


JOBE WATSON (ESS) MID – $420,600 DT/$502,200 SC
– Next 4 Games: WCE (H), NM (H), CARL (A), RICH (H),
– Recent Scores: 79, 130, 127, 24, 115

Pumping out 115 on return from injury, in driving rain, against a relentless Collingwood outfit s enough for me to be convinced about Jobe Watson. He’s a proven points scorer who will score big regardless of the opponent. 31 touches, 3 tackles (with a dodgy shoulder) and 6 marks in first game back from injury shows not just how good his is, but how important he is to Essendon.

Many will argue the case that the ASADA circus has finally hit Essendon and they’re cooked. That’s all well and good for the players, but Watson is fresh coming off a 3-week break. If you’re looking for an upgrade to Tom Mitchell, and have cash to turn, Jobe Watson is the ideal trade in option this week.

AARON SANDILANDS (FRE) RUCK – $381,000 DT/$488,700 SC
– Next 4 Games: GWS (H), MELB (A), PORT (H), STK (A)
– Recent Scores: 31, 74, 84, 88

It’s the biggest (no pun intended) punt you’ll make all year. Do you risk trading in the towering giant to help win you a SuperCoach premiership/overall ranking? Many will say no, and it’s a valid call given the injury history he has. However, he is a proven point scorer as well, and we only need his body to hold up for 4 more weeks.

In his return 2 games from a lengthy lay off, Sandiman has scored 84 and 88. If you break down his scores, you can see there’s potential for him to score higher as the weeks go on. He’s guaranteed to amass high number of HOs, but what’s more interesting are his disposals. He’s averaged 4 kicks in his last 2 games, yet still managed to weed out an 84 and 88. Give Freo’s run home, he’ll continue to monster the remaining ruckman, and is a SuperCoach smoky heading deep into finals

SAM MITCHELL (HAW) MID – $436,100 DT/$469,500 SC
– Next 4 Games: STK (A), COLL (H), NM (A), SYD (A)
– Recent Scores: 118, 125, 51, 96, 125

For those unable to afford Jobe Watson, another upgrade option is Sam Mitchell. The Hawthorn champion has gone under the radar, which is surprising given his recent form. Take out that 51, and you have a 116 average over last 5 weeks.

Trading in Sam Mitchell should be a tactical one to help win you your first final. He’s got St Kilda this week, who has packed it up for this season, so there’s potential for him to score big. Then, for those who win straight through to the preliminary final, he’ll face up against North Melbourne – a side he scored 137 on earlier this year. Again, like Jobe, a good trade in option for Tom Mitchell if he’s your M8.

PEARCE HANLEY (BRIS) DEF – $421,500 DT/$480,200 SC
– Next 4 Games: RICH (A), GWS (H), WBD (H), GEE (A)
– Recent Scores: 86, 117, 105, 113, 108

After a mid-season slump of some sorts, a couple of easy games has seen Pearce return to form and become a must have. He’s found more of the ball in recent times, gathering 27 touches in his last 2 weeks. Before you say, it was only against St Kilda and Melbourne, that’s significant because he’ll play against GWS and Western Bulldogs in the SF and PF, so you want someone who will score big against weaker opposition.

If you don’t have him yet, and keen to upgrade Gibbs/Duffield, Hanley is your man and probably the safest defensive option in a year where the defenders have failed us.


At this time of year, unless you have trades to burn, you’re almost forced to go into finals with the premiums you have. Using up potentially 2 trades to dump a JPK or a Gibbs isn’t worth it if some sides decide to rest key players. However, there’s one player that has to go this week…

TOM MITCHELL (SYD) MID – $399,100 DT/$417,100 SC
– Next 4 Games: COLL (H), STK (H), GEE (A), HAW (H)
– Recent Scores: 106, 113, 80, 106, 48

He’s been a revelation this season, coming in and pumping out premium scores at a time where the rookies were beginning to dry up. However, it’s time to say goodbye to Tom. There were warning bells when he scored 80 against the Eagles, and the 106 delayed the inevitable.

The fact the Dogs sent a tagger to Tom just shows how far he has come in his short career. Not only am I expecting the trend to continue, I also expect a Vlastuin-type demise and a drying up of high scores. It’s the perfect time, right on finals, to send him to Jobe Watson or Sam Mitchell as mentioned above. If you’ve got Tom as bench cover, keep if he plays, but if he gets dropped, cash in that $$$ and upgrade Gibbs or any other underperforming players.


– Brent Harvey (NM), BE 70
– Sam Mitchell (HAW), BE 70
– Trent Cotchin (RICH), BE 99
– Dustin Martin (RICH), BE 81
– Brett Deledio (RICH), BE 85
– Dean Cox (WCE), BE 44
– Nathan Fyfe (FRE), BE 47
– Tom Rockliff (BRIS), BE 70
– Pearce Hanley (BRIS), BE 77
– Kieren Jack (SYD), BE 48
– Chad Wingard (PORT), BE 58
– Hamish Hartlett (PORT), BE 44

– Steve Johnson (GEE), BE 142
– Jimmy Bartel (GEE), BE 116
– Jarryd Roughead (HAW), BE 138
– Lance Franklin (HAW), BE 102
– Gary Ablett Jr (GCS), BE 175
– Trent McKenzie (GCS), BE 126
– Matthew Kreuzer (CARL), BE 139
– David Mundy (FRE), BE 124
– Michael Barlow (FRE), BE 121
– Jack Steven (STK), BE 150
– Ryan Griffin (WBD), BE 133
– Josh P Kennedy (SYD), BE 135
– Patrick Dangerfield (ADEL) BE 185
– Scott Pendlebury (COLL), BE 168
– Jobe Watson (ESS), BE 172


Unfortunately, the inner sanctum of the pub has gone into lockdown in preparation for week 1 of the finals. No pub talk this week, but next week will be back in operation.

Remember community; send your questions to @Mr_Crimmins or the other esteemed members of the community. Good luck this weekend ladies and gentlemen. Do your community proud.

Mr Crimmins.

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  1. James says:

    No Buddy or Kreuzer this week.

  2. Amos Frank says:

    Great read mate!!!

  3. JS7 says:

    Ryan Griffin and Michael Barlow – get them in.

    Easy run home in the finals.

  4. Jimmy says:

    What to do with staker if hes on my field in defence?
    3 trades left with 14k in the bank
    Finished top 2 in all of my leagues

    • Slats says:

      Staker has to go – I see him playing mainly forward with Brown out and he has a tough run home.

      • Jimmy says:

        who for? already got gibbs, goddard, thompson, mckenzie, shaw

        • JS7 says:

          Can you swing Staker into forward line and upgrade there? Or downgrade from Staker in defence and upgrade another player to a premium.

    • chandanrajdb says:

      Hi Jimmy……


      OUT: Staker
      IN: Dixon or H Scotland…….both of them are in really good form recently…..I personally would go to Dixon….GCS have an easy run home next to Freo IMO……if you are thinking Dixon is injury prone….anybody can get injured…..its all LUCK IMO…..

      Just to generate some cash for your final upgarde in any position I would also be trading Ruck Bench rookies like T Nicholls to B Grundy……and do final upgrade next week or week later…..

      Good luck in the finals mate….


  5. Slats says:

    How about Matthew Pavlich as a POD?

    Only owned in 2.37% of teams. Plays Greater Western Sydney this week – a team he has dominated against int he past.

    Freo's has an easy run home in SC finals: (GWS, Melbourne, Port Adelaide, St Kilda). I think just like Sandi, Pav is worth a punt.

  6. James says:

    Hey Mr Crimmins,

    Have 5 trades this week and 305,000 in the bank what should I do? Currently 1st in my league.

    1. Keep Kreuzer and score a zero or trade him? Traded him in last week. No coverage for him.
    2. Upgrade Staker to Dustin Martin
    3. Upgrade Duffield to Scott D Thompson.

    Doing 2 trades this week.

    Appreciate your thoughts.

    • SCaddict says:

      I would trade Kreuzer mate. That's exactly what trades in the finals are for. Minson or Goldy would be the ones to look at.

      And yes I like the idea of upgrading Staker to Dusty too especially if it only costs you one trade. I would hold on to Duffman even though he's been pretty disappointing.

      This will then leave you with 3 trades for the remaining 3 weeks which is a pretty good position to be in. Many coaches already have less than that going into the first week of the finals.

      • Paul says:

        Kreuzer is only out for one week according to Carlton website, minor calf strain expected to play next week it says. More like there resting him me thinks.

        • SCaddict says:

          You are probably right Paul. Ordinarily I would keep Kreuzer if this happened mid season or if James had adequate bench cover or next to no trades left. But this is the Supercoach finals and one donut may be the difference between elimination or playing in week 2 or making a prelim.

          There's no guarantee Kreuzer will be back next week and you can't rollover spare trades into next year so you don't want to get knocked out of your leagues with a bunch of trades left in your back pocket.

          So all circumstances considered I would make the trade myself especially with 5 trades left. If you only had 1 or 2 trades it would be a much tougher call. Mr Crimmins may disagree though but this is my $0.02 fwiw.

          • throttlefinger says:

            Agree with SCaddict. Season wouldn't trade Kreuze. But it's win or die time. If you have trades left, make the trade to give you better chances. Who does your opponent have? Finals mean looking to see what you're up against. May get away without trading. They may have a Goldy/Minson combo that you'll have to match or minimize. You don't want a Blicavs in there against that. Good luck.

        • BestCoastEagles says:

          Minor calf strain says Carlton, the same Carlton that said Gibbs had a minor calf strain and missed 5 weeks.

        • Skintip says:

          Kreuzer is injured mate and will miss more than one. Carlton needed to win every game and 'resting' Kreuzer is a bit of a ridiculous thought- especially against Minson. I wouldn't be surprised if the big man has played his last game for the year. Blues won't make finals and Malthouse needs to decide whether Warnock is worth keeping or getting rid of.

          Of course this is just opinion- but there is no logic to resting Kreuz- so be wary that he may miss the rest of the year.

    • Watto says:

      Check if your opposition has a zero, many people are in this position.
      Who is you other non playing ruck man? Could you trade them? How confident are you are winning and will you risk it this week for a better team next week and the next? Kreuzer has been in ripping form and it would be a shame to trade him.

      I'd upgrade staker to Martin or perhaps if you have a Rockcliff,Harvey,or Johnson in your mid to a Fyfe, or Watson.

      • James says:

        Only have Currie and McBean as backup, can bring Cox up into the ruck but backup in the forward line is Kennedy and Danhier so either way I'd score a zero. My only loss during the season was to the opponent I'm playing so I do need everyone playing. His only non-scoring player this week was going to be Buddy Franklin but he has Jeremy Howe on the bench. I'm thinking Kreuzer to Minson as he has a better run home than Goldy.


        • Super_Freak says:

          If you really want to keep Kreuzer, you could trade out one of your rookies for Grimley. Has been named on bench this week. It will make you a little cash for upgrading, but his score may not be much better than a donut.

    • davidzita1 says:

      Get rid of Kreuzer, bring in Goldy or Minson. Also upgrade Staker to Martin.

    • BestCoastEagles says:

      Kreuzer to Minson, Staker to D Mart.

  7. JS7 says:

    Make sure you have emergency cover for both Priddis & Ibbotson – would not be surprised if they are late outs.

    • Devilz says:

      Agreed – will most likey trade Priddis to Fyfe – pending teams also have Ibbo on bench with Staker coving

  8. Alex says:

    Is michael walters a good selection?

  9. Remy says:

    Sam Grimley? JS Is not good but I only need him to (hopefully) cover Kreuze for 1 week……

  10. Remy says:

    I'll have 0 trades left if I do this trade!;(

    • Remy says:

      Good trade?

      • throttlefinger says:

        Might want to save a trade, Remy. Is your ruck situation more dire? Barlow will get you consistent points whereas JPK has been up and down all season (which feels like a fart that never goes away). If Blicavs is your R2, I'd do that trade. If not, go Barlow.

        • Remy says:

          I have Goldstein, Kruezer, Nicholls and Blicavs.
          Problem is I cannot go straight from JPK to Barlow:( I am cash restricted so I need to trade two out to get Barlow, however I play 1st place this week and he has JPK and Blicavs…. But I'm in a bit of a pickle to be honest, I need help!

          • Remy says:

            In short I really, really want to win!

            • throttlefinger says:

              No use having two trades when your season is done, right?

              Blicavs his R2, Remy? Regardless, Brundy is playing against the swans forest of bigs. Could mean big SC points or a dud. Brundy has some mad dog in him so I'd think more the former. Blicavs is hitting the Vlastuin Wall. Shocked if he goes 80+. More important, fantastic POD with Barlow and Brundy against your opponent. Plus both will be solid contributors if you win and Nicholls returns.

              • Remy says:

                The guy I'm playing has a full premo team, hasn't lost a single game all season…….. Last time I checked he had Blicavs as his R2 but now he has Will Minson…… If I am to win this week i'll need to make one trade at least.
                My team is……
                DEF Goddard, Gibbs, D. Pearce, Ibbotson, Carlisle, B. Ellis (Birchall, Thorlow)
                MID Gary, Pendles, Swan, Selwood, Steven, Jac. Redden, JPK, Hannebery (Mitchell, Hill)
                RUC Goldstein, Kreuzer, Nicholls, Blicavs
                FWD Stevie J, Martin, Roughead, JJK, Buddy, Mayes (Macaffer, Daniher)
                Who should I trade out Throttlefinger???? Under performing players include Carlisle, Mayes and JPK
                I Can go JPK to anyone under 500k.
                What should I do????????

                • throttlefinger says:

                  You need someone to replace Buddy. Don't think Macaffer will get the job done. Swap for Cox. Or downgrade Blicavs for Brundy and get Rockliff, if you can. Or Walker…although many have him. Would roll the dice on JPK and hope he gets up for the Pies. Seems your Fwd and Ruck would be the best spend of those last two trades.

                • Tylo says:

                  Mate with only 2 trades left you would be crazy to dump JPK. He might be having a bad patch but is still a true premium, you have bigger problems than him. You do have a double chance remember. If this guy hasnt lost a game all year I would be biding my time til the granny if I were you.

                • BestCoastEagles says:

                  Look at your Rucks Remy. Don't worry about trading JPK. Trade Kreuz for Sandilands and Spuddy to Rockliff

  11. Will says:

    Who would you bring in out of these- Jack, Dangerfield, Beams, Griffen, selwood, steven and o'keefe for a final midfield upgrade.

    • Remy says:

      Griffen or Jack or Dangerfield or Beams or Selwood, lel they're all good picks Will.

    • throttlefinger says:

      Griffen for sure. Surprisingly not many STILL don't have him. And he's been golden for going ton. 122 average…can't miss on that.

    • Will says:

      Thanks I'll get griffen then

    • ShinbonerSpirit says:

      Griffen only just ahead of Dangerfield (the price difference sways me).

    • Devilz says:

      Griffen – If u can make it too the Granny then he might win it for you. Plays deez round 23

  12. Sainter says:

    Mr Crimmo and Jock, it's a must win game for me with no second chance.

    Basically I have Nicholls as R2 who is not playing and no back up as Blicavs not names, I only have 1 trade left and literally $1000 in the bank. This means I can only straight swap Nicholls out – but who for? This is the list, really appreciate some strategic advice hear with previous history and the weekend opposition.

    Pederson, Bellchambers, Giles, Jacobs, Vardy, Pyke.

    • Will says:

      out of those I would probably get Bellchambers or Vardy as I see much upside in them over players like Jacobs and Giles who look like averaging the same throughout the rest of the season

    • Super_Freak says:

      Can you swap fwd to ruck (cox, roughy) and trade in a fwd instead of one of those guys. Couple of blokes in that price range that may score better than the ruck options you have listed. Bock looked OK in his first game back last week. 71pts from about 3/4 of a game then was subbed off. Should get better as his fitness improves

  13. Luke says:

    Hey guys, which option looks better for this week?

    Option A:

    Nicholls – Grundy
    Mitchell – Watson

    Option B:

    Goodes – Dixon
    Staker – Deledio (via Rockliff)

    2 trades left and 11k in kitty.

    Cheers guys

    • Luke says:

      Playing qualifying finals in all of the leagues I made top 8 in, so I think the time to make the moves is now I reckon.

      • throttlefinger says:

        Option A. As Mr. C pointed out, Watson, even with coming back from injury and playing in the rain, went ton against the Pies. Grundy is a bit of a risk but is playing this weekend so it's a good sign. You may only want to make the Mitchell trade. Who is your other rucks?

    • davidzita1 says:

      Option A mate, Jolly struggling to get up and Watson continues to thrive under pressure

    • chandanrajdb says:

      Hi Luke…..

      Why dont you try….the below option…..

      OUT: Goodes & Staker
      IN: H Scotland & Jobe Watson……or even Pavlich……..


    • Super_Freak says:

      Would steer clear of Lids. Has burnt me badly since bringing him in a couple of months ago. Doesn't like the tag.

  14. Raff says:

    Brains fried, can someone try and explain the emergency loophole and how best to use it, would be much appreciated

    • throttlefinger says:

      The idea is to name a player in an early game as your vice-captain and the "C" on someone who plays later in the weekend. If your VC scores poorly, leave your "C" on a star and take double his score. However, if your VC pumps out a huge score, simply shift your "C" to a non-scoring player (eg Ablett) and you'll get double your vice-captain's score when final scores are tallied on Sunday night.

      • raff says:

        thx throttlefinger as i said brain is fried I meant to ask about the rookie emergency loophole sorry

        • throttlefinger says:

          Shit man, I don't even know about that…maybe my brain is frying too.

          • Tylo says:

            Raff, you need a lot of things to fall into place for it to work. First you need just 1 non-playing player on that line. Start him on the ground with the 'E' on the bench player who is playing first. If the emergency player scores high, you leave it like that and get his score (but remember if there are any late withdrawals you will have no emergency cover left). If the emergency scores low, you move the non-playing player onto the bench and get the other player's score.

  15. davidzita1 says:

    Griffen, Stevie J or Cotchin for Captain's loophole?

    • JS7 says:

      Griff dog.

      • throttlefinger says:

        Agree. Griff is on fire. Guaranteed 120+.

        • throttlefinger says:

          See who your opponent is looping. Chances are they'll have Gazza as cap. The loop is for risks so recommend seeing who they are looping so you don't lap scores. The loop could be a saving POD. Had 2 wins earned solely on my loop choice.

  16. James says:

    Goldstein, Minson or Sandilands?

    • throttlefinger says:

      Goldy. Been playing consistently well, getting most of the hit outs and racking up solid scores.

  17. Ryan says:

    Is it worth taking Priddis out? Or Tom Mitchell and put Priddis on my bench. If I did, who would you get out of Kieran Jack, Mitchell and Barlow?

    Also, want to trade Staker out in my FWD. Martin, Walker or Boomer?

    • chandanrajdb says:

      OUT: Priddis & Staker
      IN: Jack & Dusty……IMO


  18. Osh says:

    Unfortunately only have 1 trade left who should I upgrade: Staker, Franklin or Nicholls? NEED HELP!!!!!!!!

    • Super_Freak says:

      Tough one. I would keep Staker as he is playing. I would try to bring in a premium fwd if possible. Depends on your cash as to who you trade out.

  19. Victor says:

    Hey guys, have a massive decision to make. This week is a must win for me, for I'm in 2 elimination finals. I need to get rid of Staker and Franklin, and which one trade left, who should I get rid of? I have 3k in the bank, and Lee is my forward bench cover while Docherty is my defence cover (Staker is DEF for me)

    Thanks guys

    • CHRIS says:

      franklin. staker is playing.

      • Super_Freak says:

        Agree. Lee did play well last week, but that may be a fluke. Staker should bounce back. Has been really consistent till the last couple.

  20. davidzita1 says:

    Punt Buddy, Docherty a better scorer than Lee, Staker at least has decent run home

    • Victor says:

      Lately Lee seems to be scoring okay, but isn't consistent in output high scores while Docherty consistently outputs average scores, also with Brown out, will Staker be predominantly playing in the forward line?

  21. MATT says:

    has anyone esle heard mundy will be a late out for fremantle.

    • Devilz says:

      has a sore ankle – was 50/50 during the week according to Ross the Boss, I reckon he is a fair chance to be rested for this week.

      U might need to save a trade for Sunday and if he is a late withdraw you can trade him into Fyfe, Barlow or Pav

  22. davidzita1 says:

    Have 2 trades left, is it worth trading Priddis to Selwood or K.Jack?

    If so, which one do I get?

    • Jimbeard18 says:

      I'd go sellwood has more reliability for mine and should thrive the catters fighting for a home final

    • BestCoastEagles says:

      Selwood just David. Can go wrong with either.

    • Devilz says:

      Selwood – he loves playing at skilled, should pull some big scores.

      I have had Jack all season, his a gun and probably my best pick however with his last 2 scores of 140+ he will most likely pull out a low 100 this week.

  23. James says:

    Who to get in for Franklin, Jarryd Roughead or Aaron Sandilands?

  24. Damien says:

    Whos a good ruck whos around 350k ish atm? For dreamteam

  25. Johnny says:

    Who should i play? Tom Mitchell or Brad Crouch?

    • Sully321 says:


      • Johnny says:

        Was there a reason for Mitchell's bad score last week? Or has his form ran out

        • davidzita1 says:

          Got tagged by Liam Picken, speaks volumes to how good he's been playing, get the feeling he won't get the same attention from Pies, expecting 100+

      • Remy says:

        Be wary of the dreaded tag….. Tom got his first tag last week and struggled.

    • throttlefinger says:

      Say Crouch. He's play has been better each round. Went ton the last two rounds. Can't see Roos slowing him down. Mitchell…can't see him doing much against the Pies.

    • Super_Freak says:

      Yeah definitely 50/50. Crouch been really good lately, but Mitchell could post big score if Pies don't tag him.

  26. Jake says:

    Mini dilemma here, got 2 rucks and 1 spot…

    Who should i play out of Grundy and Grimely.
    Considering they are both averaging the same…

    • CHRIS says:


    • chandanrajdb says:

      IMO……Grimley has a good chance of scoring well against St Kilda……whereas Grundy playing against Swans he wont be scoring too much…….


  27. @Jacko2128 says:

    Currently have kreuzer, with sam rowe as cover on field. I have the double chance also. With 3 trades and 300k left, do I hold Kreuzer OR trade him for a pavlich or goldstein?

  28. Smithy says:

    Good idea to play Viney over Tom Mitchell for better consistency?

    Would like some thumbs up or thumbs down..

  29. Jimbeard18 says:

    Should I bring in Mayne (POD and easy run home), Maric (Proven ability and will want to bring it home for the tigers) or really risk it and bring in Cyril??

    • Johnny says:

      Mayne would be the best option

    • ShinbonerSpirit says:

      I'm actually going to say Maric. Richmond are looking like a top 4 side, and Ivan is a vital part of that. My guess is he'll come home strong.

  30. Rememberthetitans says:

    All the best to supercoaches for the finals !!

    Any suggestions on trade advice for the up coming weeks , finished 2nd in my league , though thinking will need some luck in the run home , was too active trading

    Side is

    Backs – gibbs, Goddard , h shaw, enright ,dufffield , ibbo (staker, Wilson )

    Mids – ablett, Pendles, swan , Steve j , fyfe , priddis , j Kennedy , tmitch (crouch, Martin)

    Rucks – maric , leuy (currie, Grundy)

    Fwds – bartel , cox , walker , buddy, Kennedy, rocky (mcaff and lee)

    3 trades $250k in the bank

    Few holes .. Was banking on freo with an easy run home with ibbo and dufffield .. Should I pick up Hanley or hArry Taylor with a few games at skilled


    Let the backs roll haven’t been that productive

    Upgrade priddis (might be a late withdrawal I’m thinking) and tmitch to 2 a grades

    Or 1 mid (Barlow/griffin) and buddy to Martin

    Decisions ?? :/

    Thanks for the input lads , good luck

    • chandanrajdb says:

      IMO……1 mid……Griffen……and Buddy to Dusty sounds like two good trades mate…..


    • Tylo says:

      Maybe Macaffer to 1 of the Hendersons. He can cover Buddy for this week then swing back to give you an option over Duffman or Ibbo after that.

    • Super_Freak says:

      I would much rather have Staker on the ground than Mac or Duff the burnman. Could swing staker forward and trade mac to Hanley (Duff on the bench). Would only leave you about 50k for an upgrade though.

      Either way, I would sub Staker for Duff, just my opinion though

  31. Rocksta says:

    I just traded Staker for the Duffman as need the POD.

    Am I crazy?

    • James says:


      • throttlefinger says:

        Could be a great move. Playing GWS. Risks no rewards. Be surprised if Staker did better than the Duffman.

    • davidzita1 says:

      Seek medical attention immediately Rocksta 🙂

    • ShinbonerSpirit says:

      Terminally. Duff is burning me. Don't do it.

    • Gilly says:

      I've got them both and I am trying to work out which to use as D6, leaning towards Duffman. I don't think that I would trade Staker to Duffman though

    • BestCoastEagles says:

      Duffman & Ibbo have been missing McPharlin. If it was me i would steer clear of Duffman

  32. Virtual says:

    With Nicholls not back this week I need to sort out my R2. Given Freo's run home I'm looking at Pavlich via Cox DPP, but I'll need to double trade to make it happen.

    Some options for second trade are Staker to Grundy as R2 (leaving Cox FWD) or maybe Lewis Johnston as F6. Both Grundy/Johnston would only play this week.

    I have 3 trades left before trading this week, (I have Franklin so if I don't trade it would mean plying BOTH Stake & /Macaffer)

    Another option is Sandilands into Ruck and leave Cox FWD.


    • BestCoastEagles says:

      Sandilands and move Cox forward. Big Sandi Balls is going to be the X Factor. Have bought him in this week myself

  33. raff says:

    can someone try and explain the emergency rookie loophole thingy and how best to use it, would be much appreciated

  34. Mike says:

    Have Buddy, Staker on ground + Macaffer as emerg. Do I upgrade Staker and hope Macaffer does ok, or upgrade Franklin and have Staker play instead of Macaffer?

    • BestCoastEagles says:

      If it was me i would upgrade Spuddy. Macaffer is playing a tagging role so i can't see him smacking anything decent.

  35. David says:

    Have 2 trades, is it worth using one to upgrade Staker to Pav? Won't be able to afford him next week

    • BestCoastEagles says:

      Great move David. Big Pav will take the game by the scruff of the neck after his forced lay off. Freo's easy finals run no chance of been rested. Leaves you 1 trade in the sky rocket for emergencies. Finals time you have to think out side the square and take a few risk's anyway.

  36. God says:

    griffen or watson? got the cash for both and 2 trades left. Griffen has an ideal finals run, but at 80k more restricts the quality of my last trade. thoughts?

    • David says:

      You're God, you don't need advice

    • BestCoastEagles says:

      Watson will drop another 40k this week if you can hold of on him. I would normally say Griffin ( Points Pig) but that extra cash will come in handy.

  37. Mick says:

    DEF – Goddard, Enright, Heppell, Shaw, Gibbs, Duffield (Clisby, Thurlow)
    MID – Ablett, Pendlebury, Swan, Selwood, Barlow, JPK, Cotchin, Priddis (Mitchell, Saunders)
    RUC – Minson, Nicholls (Osborn, McBean)
    FWD – Cox, Rockliff, Bartel, JJKennedy, Franklin, Johnson (Staker, B.Kennedy

    1 trade left with 183k what should i do? Any thoughts or suggestions muchly appreciated

  38. Zimmer says:

    What's Grigg's (Adel) JS like for the rest of the year? Thinking of using him to make some cash. Anyone?

  39. Ryan says:

    Jack, Fyfe or Watson? I'm leaning towards Fyfe. Or Watson. Actually I'm not sure. Fyfe has an easy run home but Watson looks fresh, while Jack is killing it. Please help!

  40. Alex says:

    Has anyone got any information about Pendlebury and Priddis? hearing that they might not play. Will cop a doughnut if they both don't play.

    • BestCoastEagles says:

      Heard the same very nervous indeed. Do you have any trades left Alex ?

  41. Curtis says:

    Kieren Jack or Ryan griffin

  42. BestCoastEagles says:

    Crimmo ya Ol veteran, great advice on Big Sandi Man. It's finals time and time to think outside the square. Risk people say it's finals time and risk is the name of the game. NO BALLS NO GLORY !!. Good luck to everybody for the Finals

  43. Zimmer says:

    Have a couple of dilemmas. Any advice would be good. 4 trades left around 50k in the bank. Thinking of making 2 trades this week.

    Have got Staker as M8 at the moment. Have also got Zorko as F8 and Mayes on the bench. Thinking of trading Mayes to Scotland, (swinging Staker fwd).

    After that, so close to being able to do a number of things but 5 and 10k off. Want to get rid of Zorko, but don't quite have the cash to do anything significant. ie Sandi or Pav.

    Other than that was thinking of turning Priddis into Sam Mitchell.

    Any advice welcome. Team as it stands below.

    Def: Goddard, Heppell, Shaw, Gibbs, McKenzie, Staker (Hutchins, Thurlow)
    Mid: Ablett, Pendles, J.Selwood, Kennedy JP, Cotchin, Watson, Mundy, Priddis (T. Mitchell, Hrovat)
    Rk: Goldstein, Cox (Rowe, McBean)
    Fwd: Walker, Rockliff, Roughead, Kennedy JJ, Johnson S, Zorko (Mayes, Kennedy B)

  44. ShinbonerSpirit says:

    Griffen should go big for those who don't want to go with Ablett as captain for whatever reason (Jordie McKenzie's inclusion?). Robbo, Carrazzo and Kreuzer out. Minson will dominate in ruck, giving first ball use to Ryan Griffen who won't be tagged by Carrazzo or Robinson.

    • JS7 says:

      Curnow has been Blues number 1 taggger so I would expect him to neutralise Griffin to some extent.

    • Tylo says:

      expecting Gibbs to go to Griffen

    • Johnny says:

      Whats the reasoning behind not putting Ablett as captain this week? Considering they are VSing Melboune

      • ShinbonerSpirit says:

        There is none. I'm picking him myself. He should destroy Melbourne. Only blip is the inclusion of McKenzie, who is a tagger, but that shouldn't make a difference. Just putting out a different captain choice or at least a good loophole option.

  45. trader says:

    Help please. I have 1 trade left. I am full in the MIDs, but I need an extra FWD or DEF and I've made a call that out of those I don't already have, Charlie Dixon is ready to smash the teams ahead in the superb run home the Suns have. What I want to do is trade out TMitchell, send Ben Kennedy from FWD to MID, leaving room to switch Staker from my D6 to F7 and then allowing Dixon to come in as my D6.

    When I trade Mitchell and move Kennedy into the MID, the system then won't let me sub Staker from Def to Fwd.

    Has anyone had that problem and found a solution?

    • Bruce says:

      Unfortunately it can not be done. You can only make one substitution per trade.

  46. Raff says:

    sorry people but can someone try and explain the emergency rookie loophole thingy and how best to use it, I know the captains loophole but staker vs clisby…….could be the difference

  47. Zimmer says:

    Brisbane is playing first, so you have Staker as your backline emergency, and you have Clisby on the ground. You'll also need a non-playing backman who plays after Brisbane, who you leave on your bench.

    If you have all these elements, you see what score Staker gets. If its a good one, you put the non playing back on the field and Clisby on the bench.

    If you don't want to take Staker's, ie. go with Clisby, you don't change anything. Because he remains on the ground you get his score.

    Hope that makes sense.

  48. spinnerau1 says:

    G'day community!!

    Just a simple request: In order of best to worst, who of the following will have the better scoring week this week?

    Tom Lee

    Popular concensus will dictate who I will play this week, a win meaning I get the week off next week!


  49. spinnerau1 says:

    Cheers Shinboner!

  50. Sully321 says:

    My midfield before any trades this week is
    Ablett, Selwood, pendles, jack, JPK, cotchin, danger, Priddis, t.Mitchell, crouch

    Got 3 trades left and about $26,000 in the bank

    I was thinking out Priddis and in fyfe but I also have buddy and have staker or Rowe as cover for him. I'm still thinking Priddis to fyfe or martin, bartel or Mitchell


  51. David says:

    Staker-Pavlich or Priddis to someone like K.Jack or Selwood?

  52. Mike says:

    Hey guys, who has more potential, Sandi or Pav?

    • Sully321 says:

      I'd take sandi as a good POD and playing tiring Gilles this week

    • ShinbonerSpirit says:

      Sandilands. Scoring shouldn't be affected by the game result.

    • dannyboy says:

      yeah sandi for sure. pav a bit iffy with his match fitness

    • BrianB says:

      Who would i pick Sandilands. Who has the more potential to post big scores Pavlich by a country mile. Both under done as far as matches this year and i think Freo forwards are a lot better this year. Big Sandi is coming up against no quality rucks so i think he should post the better scores for the remainder of the year. Both at bargain prices.

  53. BigJanks says:

    How long until the extended benches are named? It's 12am in San Fran and it's a work night. Can't make my move until I know whether or not Priddis will play. I know he was on the flight to Melbourne thanks to twitter.

    There are 8 PODs with the guy I'm playing and based on the projections he has me by 2 points. I've been keeping track of each team this year and he has 4 trades left. I assume that he will use 2 to ensure a win.

    Should I trade Priddis with the injury cloud and upgrade him to a POD gun (Beams, Jack, Jobe)? Or should I trade him for someone that my foe has (Griffen, Selwood, Cotchin, Stevie J)?

    Or should I do the above with T.Mitchell and if Priddis is out I can always use Crouch as my Emergency since he is slated to start as a rover?

    Guy I'm playing has Priddis and T.Mitchell both in his current line-up. I suspect that he will be trading Mitchell for an upgrade so I'm leaning towards doing that as well since his Emergency for Priddis would be either Kommer or Mayes.


    • ShinbonerSpirit says:

      Mate, chances are Priddis will be named in the final squad, but late outs are always a possibility, with West Coast's game on Sunday. How many trades do you have left, and is it an elimination or qualifying?

      • BigJanks says:

        I'm in an elimination with 3 trades and $400. So I will need to burn 2 trades, a down grade (Thinking Nichols to a WB Ruckman that I can utilize for my VC loophole as the dogs have Saturday night then 3 straight Sunday games to end the year) and then an upgrade to finalize my last midfield spot. My team would basically be complete and I'd save my final trade for an unforeseen injury….if I win.

        I just saw that the benches were named. Gonna stick with Priddis as Crouch is a fine Emergency. I actually hope he is a late withdrawl as my coverage with Crouch is better than Mayes/Kommer.

        I've checked the analyser and his team has increased it's projection by 28 pts. I've added the 28pts to the guys I think that he could trade (Mitchell, Priddis) and those totals are 119 and 122….There are no mid fielders with those projections this week.

        So I went to his forward line and the only viable option for him to trade would be staker. Adding 28 pts to his total gives 115 which both D Martin and Harvey are projected.

        My guess is that he has done a downgrade to get the extra $100K to snag one of these guys.

        I have Martin so that could take away a POD for me…

        He is now projected to win by 30. The only way I can make up 30 is if I go Mitchell to a POD (between us- (Beams, Jack, Jobe, Danger)) or nullify one of his PODs (Griffen, Selwood, Cotchin, Stevie J)

        Thoughts Shinboner? Thanks for the help….Nothing like stressing at 12:30am!

        • ShinbonerSpirit says:

          If it's an elimination, you have no choice but to use the two trades. The problem here is that we're assuming Priddis will be out. I think that's unlikely, but try the following. Make only one downgrade now (depends on your team) and wait for the WCE game (what time would that be over there?). If Priddis is a late out, trade him for either Danger or Fyfe.

          You could always go straight to Beams/Watson now, but chances are you'll be trading out Priddis for absolutely no reason. If Priddis is named, that downgrade you made can creates cash for next week.

          • BigJanks says:

            I think I'm going to keep Priddis (we both have him) and hope that he is a late withdrawal. As my Emergency in the Mid is Crouch whereas he has Kommer or Mayes.

            Since it's a crap shoot on who to choose as my Mitchell upgrade (downgrading Nichols to Cordy) I'm going Stevie J as if I win I'll need the mid/fwd flexibility since non of my current mids have dual positions other than Vlastuin.

            Thanks for the help mate.

  54. dannyboy says:

    who should i trade buddy for, boomer or bartel?

    • ShinbonerSpirit says:

      If money isn't an issue, Boomer.

      • dannyboy says:

        got 3 trades and 260k left. if i go staker to heater and buddy to boomer that will leave me with 1 trade and 78k. if i go bartel instead ill have 1 trade with 149k in the kick. that is probably to much to leave for one trade so im leaning towards boomer anyway. cheers shinboner

  55. @Jacko2128 says:

    Which option, currently have 3 trades and 300k with a double-chance for finals:

    1. Trade tommy mitchell to Boomer Harvey or pav or mayne?

    2. Trade Kreuzer to Goldstein or minson?

    3. Both these trades, leaving me with 1 left ?

    • ShinbonerSpirit says:

      Kreuzer to Goldstein/Minson (flip of a coin). Trades like this is what trade-hoarding for the finals was meant for: covering major injuries/omissions.

    • Jack says:

      are you in a winning position without trading? is Mitchell on field? if you have no other ruck cover I'd be trading Kreuzer

  56. @Jacko2128 says:

    4. trade tommy mitchell to stokes

  57. [email protected] K1nG says:

    Whats a better option?

    In: Jobe Watson and B.Harvey/A.Walker

    Or In: R.Griffen / Kieran Jack and any forward under 466,000?


  58. Jack says:

    All my opponents have Goddard and Bartel and I can trade only one in. Who is likely to pull out a big score and be damaging to my winning chances? Thanks community

    • ShinbonerSpirit says:

      Goddard for mine. With Watson back, won't be receiving the brunt of the opposition attention anymore, and is in better form.

  59. Tebble says:

    should i play viney or tom mitchell?

  60. George says:

    Thoughts on Mitch Grigg from Adelaide???????? Came on as sub against Port (sometime in Q3?) and scored 96. Good trade down option for T. Mitchell???????

  61. Nic says:

    Swan or Ablett as captain?

    • ShinbonerSpirit says:


      • Skintip says:

        I guess Jelwood will score around 155 and GAJ about 65 so go Jelwood I reckon….

        Just being a smart arse I am- I went Jelwood VC so I was one of the luckier ones. Ablett stunk it up and may have some niggles

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