Dex Files – Leigh Montagna

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Concrete Booking AgencyTG Footy Tracgic - DexterGee, we saw some monstrous scores this week! Unfortunately, for me – I was hit with a Lewis late out, add Clark, McKenzie, Miller, Griffen, Selwood on-field and McIntosh on the bench; it wasn’t pretty.

So after 9 weeks and a mediocre overall rank of 3,879; “SoapOnARope” has been ruled out of contention for the 50k – therefore all my attention will be put towards winning leagues. We all know you can’t win with the same teams.

This weeks’ Mr Forgotten is Leigh “Joey” Montagna. Priced at $526k, he’s not cheap – but is he worth a valuable spot?

History has shown that Montagna can get off the chain. Just look at his last 8 years’ averages: 2014 (89.40), 2013 (114.8), 2012 (99.2), 2011 (100.7), 2010 (114.8), 2009 (125.8), 2008 (97.2) & 2007 (102.4). Of the aforementioned seasons, Montagna has missed just 8 games – that’s effectively 1 game a year he’d missed prior to 2015.

This year however; Montagna suffered torn cartilage in his left knee in the NAB Challenge. He was ruled out for 4 weeks when he was booked in for a scope to clean up the joint. Montagna recovered quickly to feature in the Saints’ round 1 loss to the Giants, scoring 110 SC.

Montagna experienced soreness in his knee and the Saints took a conservative approach – with him sitting out for the next 5 weeks, ensuring he was over his niggles. Since then though; Montagna has come back with 104, 128 & 117 for a 3 round average of 116, and funnily enough – 114.8 for the season so far.

After his second match of the year (round 7), he was a late withdrawal with Hamstring tightness, he has since played 2 games unhindered.

In his 4 games this year, Saints have won 2 and lost 2. What’s impressive is he is averaging 119 in losses, and 110.5 in wins. (A nice little stat to look at, considering St Kilda faces Fremantle, North Melbourne, Geelong and Sydney in finals).

Here are his 2013 -2015 numbers, and a small comparison to work with:


In 2014, Montagna had his worst year since 2006 (St. Kilda finished last with just 4 wins and an average losing margin of 58 points). If we compare his stats to 2013 (his 3rd best ever SC year), he was down in almost every category; the worst being Disposals, inside 50’s and of course SC output. This could be attributed to the overall performance of St Kilda last year being uncompetitive, him just having a down year and/or him carrying an injury of sorts. Without watching his match tapes, I can’t conclusively deduct why.

In 2013, St Kilda finished 3rd last with just 5 wins and an average losing margin of 47 points; yet Montagna recorded his 3rd best Supercoach year. This gives us hope that he can replicate the feats of 2013 this year.

If Montagna can accumulate a 114.8 SC average with the likes of Lenny Hayes, Jack Steven, David Armitage & Nick Dal Santo in the guts; why can’t he achieve the same feat with Steven, Armitage and arguably Newnes commanding more attention than him?

His season so far has been marred with injury, but maybe Montagna can keep it together and average 100-110 from here-on-out. Not for the faint hearted, but providing you can get yourself cover – he could be the ultimate PoD to drag you up the ranks – considering he’s in only 0.9% of teams (less than 2,000).

I’ve already got Titch and Buddy in the forward line, so my Round 12 quota is full – but for those who don’t care about byes – or don’t have many R12 bye players, he could be one for you.

Well Community, is Montagna for you? Do you have the plums to pick him – or is he just too risky? We’d love to hear from you!


TOM · 03/06/2015 at 15:59

Thoughts on my team please. 80k in the bank.

Simpson, Shaw, Gibson, Newnes, Oxley, Saad, Lever, McIntosh
Fyfe, Selwood, JPK, Parker, Beams, Rocky, Treloar, CEY, Miller, Steele, McKenzie
Goldy, Maric, Read
Gray, Martin, Swan, Hogan, Tarrent, Clark, Lonie, Krak

My bye structure

Round 11: 9 out
12: 10 out
13: 11 out

Was thinking Oxley to Hamling then Krak to a premo forward. Or I could do Krak to Laverde who should get a game soon and Oxley to Hodge.


    Patch · 03/06/2015 at 16:22

    If you're looking at a non-playing rookie in the forward line on the cusp of games, Steele from GWS is tearing up the NEAFL and Hugh Goddard surely can't be much further away. I'd look at these two before Laverde.

    Essendon not looking likely to pump games into kids, sadly.

      TOM · 03/06/2015 at 16:26

      I already have Steele in my midfield.

      Youngy · 03/06/2015 at 18:54

      Hope Goddard gets a game soon, especially with the byes approaching, he has been in my team all year

    Rob · 03/06/2015 at 16:25

    I would go oxley to hamling and then Tarrant or krak to a forward premo

      Gareth · 03/06/2015 at 16:43

      as a key-position player, can Hamling be relied upon to get consistent ok scores?

        BKW · 03/06/2015 at 17:51

        No, but he’ll be a decent bench option

General Soreness · 03/06/2015 at 16:00

Brilliant Dex, massive POD, if his bye was not so annoying I reckon I would be rolling the dice at that price. We all need one or two POD's to separate us from the herd. Will this be someones shark move in 2015?

Jacob · 03/06/2015 at 16:00

Not for me

Jedd · 03/06/2015 at 16:05

Team after byes. Still have 250k in bank. Comment opinions

SimpsonMcIntoshMcKenzie/Hamling (McKenzie/Hamling, Goddard)

Pendlebury LewisSloaneRockliff

JacobsGoldstein (Brooksbury)

Roughead Mitchell Krakour

    scrofl · 03/06/2015 at 16:16

    Is your spacebar busted?
    But seriously, that looks like a good post-bye team. How many trades will you have afterwards?

      Jedd · 03/06/2015 at 19:24

      15, who should I upgrade Krakor for?

        jezzahill · 04/06/2015 at 11:38

        If you can get enough cash for Robbie Gray, he should be your next option up forward.

Patch · 03/06/2015 at 16:14

Love it Dex. As someone who loaded up on r13 bye players, at this stage he is in my side. Brilliant stuff, mate.

scrofl · 03/06/2015 at 16:14

I'm thinking of downgrading Oxley to Hamling and upgrading Bellchambers to Buddy – this will leave me with around 100k in the bank.
If not Buddy, who else at a similar price should I be looking at?
I've already got Dusty, Gray, Swan and Goddard. Don't suggest Titch, as I don't want him anywhere near my team.

Thanks community!

    r2d2 · 03/06/2015 at 16:22

    D smith ? Dahlhaus ?

    Patch · 03/06/2015 at 16:23

    Bit more expensive, but Dahlhaus is looking very, very good.

    derek · 03/06/2015 at 18:01

    I thought bartel would be back by now

    TRIGGER HAPPY · 04/06/2015 at 16:36

    How about a flick into the mids using krak as dpp to swap into fwd line then can go tbc to joey or another premo mid around $500k?

r2d2 · 03/06/2015 at 16:19

Maybe someone too look at ….. But not until after round 12 for me

Jezg · 03/06/2015 at 16:20

Nice one dex. Great minds think alike. Have had joey in my sights for a few weeks. Only problem is the Sydney and freo finals draw. I know you noted his score output in losses but I think those teams will be hitting their straps by seasons end and if so the saints will be lucky to even touch the ball let alone produce 100+ SC scores. Im also liking Sam Mitchell so those two where my toss up for my final promo upgrade post byes. Thoughts??

Rob · 03/06/2015 at 16:23

Thoughts on my team please.

20k in the bank and 18 trades left.

DEF: Shaw, Simpson, Newnes, Higgins, Saad, Mcintosh (hamling, goodes)

MID: Fyfe, Pendles, Selwood, Gray, Griffen, Rockliff, CEY, Miller (krak, heeney, mckenzie)

RUC: Maric, Nic Nat (cox)

FWD: Martin, Goddard, Swan, Wingard, Hogan, Tarrant (Clark, TBC)

My bye structures:

Rd11: 8 not playing
Rd12: 9 not playing
Rd13: 12 not playing.

Really need some help on what trades to do now and in the coming bye rounds.
Would appreciate any feedback on my team and what trades to do through the byes.


    Dominic · 03/06/2015 at 17:32

    Not a bad team there mate. Trade out krak this week for someone like jack steele, laverde etc.

      derek · 03/06/2015 at 17:58

      leave Steele & laverde alone until they have first been picked and second have played a few games. The drowngrades you make now are not designed to make you any cash (you won't have trades left to cash them in), they need to be players who will play. I think krak is a good option to get games in the future, he is DPP – HOLD.

      Get rid of cash cows who have reached their peak or who are injured. IE: Goodes, Heeney, Clark, Miller.

      Rocky out for 4-6 weeks, he has to go.

        Liam · 03/06/2015 at 19:10

        Agreed derek, you want as many playing bench players as possible during byes

        Dann · 03/06/2015 at 19:11

        But by your reasoning Clark should be kept because he's got golden job security and a breakneck of only 56 and only 1-2 week injuries.

Tom · 03/06/2015 at 16:26

what to do with clark?

    hedski · 03/06/2015 at 17:21

    I have traded him via krak to dumont. They have same bye. Would have held but need fwd cover if the bont misses this week.

      Dee · 04/06/2015 at 00:19

      Hold after Geelong's bye…

Tom · 03/06/2015 at 16:33

if I can upgrade Oxley now should I do it or should I hold him through the byes?

Sean · 03/06/2015 at 16:34

What to do with Rocky? Dont have enough money to upgrade to anyone decent

    derek · 03/06/2015 at 17:46

    have to find someone. What about Selwood, have you got a few coins to make the trade?

      Youngy · 03/06/2015 at 19:01

      Potentially hold?

    SCaddict · 03/06/2015 at 19:15

    Wallis downgrade could be considered. Make $100K and get a decent scoring player through the byes that is also likely to significantly appreciate in price.

      dean · 03/06/2015 at 20:32

      Ive locked him into my team this round avg 103.5 if you take our his injury game.

        SCaddict · 03/06/2015 at 21:28

        I think he has a decent shake at averaging around the 100 mark for the rest of the season in the post Libba void the Inner Sanctum talked extensively about in the preseason.

        Certainly I strongly rate his chances of out scoring the likes of other popular value midfield picks in Griffen, Rich and Juddy from here.

Nicholas · 03/06/2015 at 16:39

Great article just wondering what to do
Forward is gray, goddard, martin,, franklin, swan, clark, hogan, tarrant who to bring in and finish forward deledio or dahlhaus.
Also should i get rid of for him tarrant or clark

TOM · 03/06/2015 at 16:42

Who to get rid of first pick 2

Oxley, Miller, Tarrent, Krak

    Rob · 03/06/2015 at 16:46

    tarrent, krak

      BKW · 03/06/2015 at 17:54

      Oxley, Krak (miller next)

Kylie · 03/06/2015 at 16:43

put him in my side last week for the same reasons in your article! hoping he remains injury free and is the ultimate POD for me!

Mac · 03/06/2015 at 16:43

We can hold Clark this week, he is out, wont lose cash.

    Youngy · 03/06/2015 at 19:00


      Dee · 04/06/2015 at 00:21

      he still could play this week….

Gareth · 03/06/2015 at 16:44

Will Jelwood be a good get soon?

    Youngy · 03/06/2015 at 19:00

    Definetly, Im looking to jump on after his bye

    SCaddict · 03/06/2015 at 22:22

    Would need to stitch a couple of 120 plus games together to get me excited about the idea. Just seems like there are so many factors counting against him this season but he's a proven gun so it would be crazy to completely dismiss him that's for sure.

    TheCompletePackage · 03/06/2015 at 23:59

    Why would you bother?

      Dee · 04/06/2015 at 00:21


Abrax · 03/06/2015 at 16:47

Need some help guys…Pick one out of Pendles, Lids, Dahlhaus, Hannebery, Mundy or Wines. I'm leaning towards Wines but would like some input

    randomcliche · 03/06/2015 at 22:12

    Lids, if he wasn't playing freo this week….

      MoshedPotatoes · 04/06/2015 at 11:39

      Richmond will beat freo

    Mick · 04/06/2015 at 15:06

    Dahlhaus for mine tossing up wines myself but think we should be top 10 or down for cash

Sean · 03/06/2015 at 16:51

thoughts on Dan Robinson (syd) and Boston from goldcoast?

Looking at maybe bringing one of them in a week early this week

which one should I go?

    Baggyizzle · 03/06/2015 at 17:27

    Boston for sure, if he stays healthy (got done from Glenn) he has a ton more job security.

    I get the feeling sydney rotate there last two spots on the field to young kids to make sure they are blooding players.

    Will be other peoples chance soon.

    SCaddict · 03/06/2015 at 19:20

    Robinson's JS is not flash. Grundy will probably come back this week and Bird is playing well in the twos. Certainly would be a very risky play to bring him in this round before he is even on the bubble.

todd · 03/06/2015 at 17:09

another great article as always, i have been looking at some fallen premiums for my mids. Toby Greene caught my eye he is priced at $486,400 averaging 88 but a 3/5 round average of 105 and 100 looks good to me. in 2014 he averaged 83 for his first 8 games, and then he averaged 120 in his last 7 games. he has played 9 games and is averaging 5 more points than last year for his first games. do you think he can average of 95-100 for the rest of the season, it would fit my mids as he has a round 13 bye

    Youngy · 03/06/2015 at 18:59

    Feel that points will be stolen from him in the Gaints mid.

Adrian · 03/06/2015 at 17:30

Hi community who should i bring in for rockliff?
sidebottom, beams, dangerfield, pendulbury, shiel or j selwood?

James · 03/06/2015 at 17:47

Should I bring in Stef Martin/Sam Jacobs after they have had there bye in Round 12 or bring in Goldstein in Round 14?
If I wait for Goldstein it means I will only have one playing ruckman in round 13 in Bellchambers as I also have Mumford out.

Thoughts would be appreciated.

    derek · 03/06/2015 at 18:00

    you only need best 18 players during the bye rounds. They can be any position

      James · 03/06/2015 at 18:14

      Its my worst bye round with 11 out

      SCaddict · 03/06/2015 at 19:26

      So long as you can field them. Having 7 or 8 playing defenders or forwards in a given bye round is probably a waste unless you have some late outs or snot vests to deal with.

        James · 03/06/2015 at 20:04

        As for preference with ruckman?

          SCaddict · 03/06/2015 at 20:18

          Getting Goldy in this round would be my recommendation if you can swing it. The way Bellch is struggling he's barely worth keeping til his bye and Goldy could shoot back up towards high $500s if you wait til Rd14.

          Otherwise Jacobs in Rd12 would be my next preferred option as Bellch at R2 for another whole month seems intolerable to me. I upgraded him to Blicavs a fortnight ago.

            James · 03/06/2015 at 20:23

            Only thing with that is I was thinking of keeping Bellchambers for the season as an R3 and F7 cover.
            Was going to go Tarrant up to either Jacobs/Martin/Goldy.
            Like the idea or not worth it?

              SCaddict · 03/06/2015 at 20:33

              Yes that's doable for sure James. Just get Bellch off your field sooner rather than later by any means possible would be my call.

                James · 03/06/2015 at 20:43

                Yep for sure, thanks for the help

@boltie_monster · 03/06/2015 at 17:55

thoughts on David Armitage as POD?

    Liam · 03/06/2015 at 18:10

    Way to much for me

    Danners · 03/06/2015 at 18:38

    Yeah probably too much, would prefer Mundy

    Youngy · 03/06/2015 at 18:58

    I'm a bit against Liam and Danners, I feel that Armitage is quiet a good pick for a POD, He is scoring very well and doesn't look to be slowing down.

    Still think there are possibly some better options, but if you feeling like a shark move he's your guy

    throttlefinger · 03/06/2015 at 21:44

    Agree with the other gents. Ship has sailed…

Sean · 03/06/2015 at 18:19

would it be bad to hold Rockliff?

has hes bye soon so he might be able to come back a bit earlier

    Josh · 03/06/2015 at 19:05

    That’s what I’m doing

    hedski · 03/06/2015 at 19:21

    Im holding and building around him. Going t bring hodge in mid after his bye then swing him down back when rocky good t go.

    SCaddict · 03/06/2015 at 19:50

    It's a tricky call on whether to hold him especially if he ends up missing 4-6 weeks as per the official injury report.

    It's possible he could come back early but he came back early last time and that didn't work out too well so I wouldn't blame the Lions for being extra cautious this time around even though the guy is a dead set warrior. Risk of another punctured lung is no laughing matter.

    So it may come down to each coach's trade situation and how well placed they are for the byes. Having nearly $500K siting on the bench over the byes will hurt a lot of coaches not just in terms of rankings but also with league wins.

    I'm comtemplating going Rocky to Wallis with designs of Wallis ultimately becoming my M9 for my SuperCoach finals end game. That's the plan anyway. I held both Sloane and Kelly but Rocky has to go for mine.

      hedski · 03/06/2015 at 20:29

      Definitely some good advice addict will be having a serious think. So hard when just traded in last week.

        SCaddict · 03/06/2015 at 21:17

        Yes I can certainly understand plenty of coaches holding him and hoping for the best. It's just such horrible timing when we are all so thin on numbers with the byes coming up.

        Either way it could be one of those season defining calls so it will be interesting to see how it all plays out over the next month.

          throttlefinger · 03/06/2015 at 21:47

          Yeah, think it's your situation. If you have good coverage and are doing well in your league, I'd keep. Save your trades for the big battle. If you're going for the big pot, him coming back and picking up where he left off right away is hoping a lot. Or if you're like me and you're crapping the bed in standings and leagues, you need to make a change. And that could be a nice POD against those who do keep him. Get you back in the swing of things.

          At least that's what I'm hoping for…

            hedski · 04/06/2015 at 00:19

            yeah gonna hold. Normally bang but fair bit of that til now.

              throttlefinger · 04/06/2015 at 00:23

              Rock on, my man! (pun intended)

                hedski · 04/06/2015 at 00:38

                Ha cheers

Josh · 03/06/2015 at 18:35

Ohhh finally dex
I havnt read this article yet
But I’ve been wanting to ask jock and the community about montagna
Really looking forward to the read…
If you read this, do you Think cripps to montagna would be a good trade this week?
Thanks mate

Danners · 03/06/2015 at 18:37

Great stuff Dex! I remember last year, Montagna went well to start off then just dropped off. He would be a good POD selection though if I could fit him, but he has the round 12 bye

Billy · 03/06/2015 at 18:45

Bit long in the tooth

Jordan · 03/06/2015 at 18:52

I'm holding Rocky as I have decent bench cover. This week I'm going

Oxley to Hamling and Krak to Buddy as both Ox and Krak will start losing money and are both vest candidates. This will leave me with 130k in the bank.

Then next week I will look to Trade Clark down to a rookie and McIntosh to maybe Brodie Smith if fit.

Then in round 12, I will look to Trade Touk Miller to Lewis.

If all goes to plan, by round 13, I will be 5-6 off a full premo team with still roughly 15 trades left.

Good plan?

Youngy · 03/06/2015 at 18:56

Great Article Dex!

Understand why Montagna is a good pick, but probably won't be bringing him in anytime soon

Liam · 03/06/2015 at 18:58

Does Rocky has to go?
Was thinking of holding him.

panther · 03/06/2015 at 19:01

got montagna last week going well so far also what are your thoughts on B.Ellis, M.Boyd, I.Smith

    Danners · 04/06/2015 at 13:37

    Ellis and Boyd are good options, not sure on Smith

Mitch · 03/06/2015 at 19:02

community could you shed some light on what i should do this week

backs – shaw, newnes, kolojasni, mcintosh, lever, oxley, n.brown, hamling
mids – fyfe, pendles, selwood, parker, beams, griffen, cripps, yolmen, rockliff, mckenzie, saad
rucks – goldy, maric, cox
forwards – gray, d.martin, swan, goddard, tarrant, clark, salem, krakour

22 trades left and 134k in bank
had a average week and dropped out to top 3%


Bont · 03/06/2015 at 19:11

Was wondering if I could get some thoughts on my team and some trade options?
How long is Rocky out for? Does he need to go? And which rookies if any need to go?

Def: Shaw, Smith, Newnes, Oxley, Saad, K Mac [Kelly, Mckenzie]
Mid: Fyfe, Dangerfield, Selwood, K Jack, Neale, Rocky, Cripps, Cey [Krak, Dumont, Boekhorst]
Ruc: Maric, Blicavs [O'Brien]
Fwd: Gray, Swan, Martin, Goddard, Bont, Clark [Dale, H Goddard]

Trade options
1. Krak – Glenn
2. Rocky – Any Mid
3. Clark – Any forward
4. Oxley – Any forward
5. Hold

Have 18 trades and 318K in the bank. Not sure whether to hold or do some trades. Was planning on waiting and doing lots of trades in the byes but now not sure.'

Help would be great.

    SCaddict · 03/06/2015 at 19:59

    Offical AFL injury report is estimating 4-6 weeks at this stage and I would expect the Lions to take a cautious approach this time so this sort of timeframe could prove to be the case in the end.

    Rocky came back earlier than expected last time which you would have to say backfired in hind sight.

    Danners · 04/06/2015 at 13:36

    1. and 3. and get Dahlhaus

      Mick · 04/06/2015 at 15:15


james · 03/06/2015 at 19:13

Got 750k to get a mid who do i get I've already got Fyfe, Priddis, Pendles, Jelwood, Parker, Heppell

    hedski · 03/06/2015 at 19:34

    Beams sidey kennedy Danger?

Buddy · 03/06/2015 at 19:24

Wines or Boak?

    Mark · 03/06/2015 at 20:46

    Im getting one of them for rockliff this week too. Leaning towards boak

    Danners · 04/06/2015 at 13:35

    Boak or Ebert

Jordan · 03/06/2015 at 19:39

Get rid of Tarrent or Krak first. Krak may be sub but maybe better in the long run?

    dann · 03/06/2015 at 19:59

    Rumours were he was close to being dropped before he was the sub last week.

Tophawk · 03/06/2015 at 20:15

Keeping Rocky. Period.

Going T.Miller to Dumont. Time to cash in some lambs.

Tossing up between Clarke-> Franklin or Oxley->Hodge.

Which option is better?

    TOM · 03/06/2015 at 20:25

    I'd say Hodge, only becuase Clark won't lose you money. Another option is Ox to Hamling and Clark to Buddy.

Rob · 03/06/2015 at 20:22

Are these good trades?

Krak to Glenn ( If he plays )


Tarrent to Steele ( if he plays )

leaving me with 450k leading me into the byes.


TOM · 03/06/2015 at 20:24

Not sure about anyone else, but this week I'll be having a very close look at the forgotten Sun, Nick Malceski. He could drop in price and could be a nice bargain.

    SCaddict · 03/06/2015 at 20:38

    Needs to show some form first before I would even consider him. His style of game was well protected at Sydney where he could run free and play that rebound running role with so many other defensive minded Swans around to support him.

    But at the injury ravaged Suns he hasn't been able to deal with the added pressure of being 'The Man' to this point. Perhaps he can turn his season around but I'm a Doubting Thomas right now.

      TOM · 03/06/2015 at 20:42

      Agreed SC, but his role may change. Also Brodie Smith is looking a good trade in option soon when he's fit again.

        Paul Walnuts · 03/06/2015 at 21:07

        Fallen Premo Bargain – S.Pendlebury @ $574k for anyone that doesn't have him, down $94K from the starting price

        SCaddict · 03/06/2015 at 21:12

        Yes Smith was going great guns early in the season until he started copping those concussions. Hopefully he comes bouncing back after a fortnight off as he's definitely an upgrade target for Rd12/13 for many coaches including myself.

    Derek · 04/06/2015 at 08:44


      Derek · 04/06/2015 at 09:17

      I have Hodge, Smith, Malceckci coming into my team after their byes. Bang bang bang

Mark · 03/06/2015 at 20:45

Is krak to yeo a good trade he has a rd 13 bye and i can switch him to my defence

    SCaddict · 03/06/2015 at 21:49

    Yeo has been one of the form players of the past month and if his bye suits you and you can make good use of his DPP eligibility then just go for it I reckon.

    My own personal preference is that I like Simpson, Murphy or Rance more for around the same coin only because their roles seem more assured to me but Yeo could prove to be an awesome pick for you.

      Mark · 04/06/2015 at 07:25

      Well im switching him from my mid to defence with mckenzie so its really convenient

        SCaddict · 04/06/2015 at 11:17

        Pull the trigger then I say.

Mac · 03/06/2015 at 20:47

I've decided to go Ox to Hamling and Krak to Buddy

Chicko · 03/06/2015 at 21:06

Excellent write up Dex! I’m at full premium in the mids although have Lewis, Sloane and Rocky to deal with but i like the POD nature of Joey. Top work again mate

throttlefinger · 03/06/2015 at 21:42

Top notch, Dex. The knee and playing for the Saints is worrisome for the coin. Definite elephantiasis of the plumes required.

Considering for the same price. Brandon Ellis. Averaging 114 in last 3 against good squads (Pies, PTA & Ess). Hasn't dipped below 90. Averaging 106 for the year with an seam popping SD of 12.8. Only in 1.2% of teams.

Risky yet my team has been drinking tea with whale dung so may take the plunge.

    Danners · 04/06/2015 at 11:48

    Yeah I have noticed Ellis the past few weeks as well, he does look like a great POD, might find his way into my team soon

nathan · 03/06/2015 at 22:02

Hey community

I’m pretty disappointed that rocky is out from 4-6 weeks

Just bought him in last week instead of franklin

So this week it comes down to trying to work out if I keep rocky or move him on?

I’m going to bring in Wallis who will be my m9 by completion of the bye rounds

So either way trade rocky for Wallis or trade Clark for Wallis

If I go rocky to Wallis I can also bring in franklin for krakour which finishes my forward line

Sounds easy to just flog rocky off but being him he might only miss this week and his bye

    throttlefinger · 03/06/2015 at 22:09

    Rocky will be gone a month plus. If he were coming back for sure R12, I'd say keep him. Re-injurying the same ribs so going to be out at least a month. I'd say follow your plan.

      Derek · 04/06/2015 at 09:14

      Hanley will be back this week or next to fill the gap

    Flozza · 04/06/2015 at 00:34

    They’ll be a little more conservative with Rocky now after confirming a multiple re-break, 4 wks min.. Hold him if you can afford to hold him otherwise if plenty of trades do the deed!

      nathan · 04/06/2015 at 08:09

      Thanks guys
      Trading out seems to be the way because as you guys I feel he’ll miss at least 4 weeks to make sure he’s right this time

l. Gibbs · 03/06/2015 at 22:32

Who should I upgrade Oxley to, Enright?

And who should I downgrade Touk Miller for?

    Gryffindor · 03/06/2015 at 23:40

    Ox to Hodge if you have the $$
    Enright has had a 73, 65 and 58 and only 3 tonnes this year, just not looking as consistent as he used to be

    Wait for teams tomorrow night and get Glenn if he's playing, if not either hold or take a punt on Boston

    Flozza · 04/06/2015 at 00:26

    Dumont if picked, he didn’t let North down at all but will have to see how they view it..
    Wait on Boston and Robinson(swans rate him and was very clean in slippery conditions)

    Flozza · 04/06/2015 at 00:28

    Ohh Oxley to hodge is a goody, for less coin look at laird(adel)

Dee · 04/06/2015 at 00:23

I like the Oxley to Enright trade… And I'm leaning towards Boston, better JS.

Dee · 04/06/2015 at 00:25

from what rank can you still win the BIG 50K pot from? I'm 2800+ is there still any hope from here or am I dreaming?

    Rick Grimes · 04/06/2015 at 08:33

    Only if you have some great PODs and a heap of luck. I’m now aiming for a top 1000 finish, which would be a personal best. I think if you aim for max points it’s gonna serve you well h2h anyway.

Stickman · 04/06/2015 at 01:33

Are Saad and Hogan potential keepers or should we just trade them when they hit max price?

    nathan · 04/06/2015 at 08:05

    I think it Comes to if you have a full premo side when you want to trade the out or not
    I think hogan has to go
    Saad on the other hand is 50/50 but I feel be can get more points out of other Backman

      Donavan · 04/06/2015 at 08:37

      I'll be keeping Saad, if he keeps scoring well.

      Hogan will be one the last upgrades in my team

Mac · 04/06/2015 at 07:29

Ox to Hamling and Krak to Buddy are these good trades with 100k left in the bank?

Tom · 04/06/2015 at 07:32

I can trade Ox to young Hamling which seems to be what everyone is doing, then I have a choice. Krak to a premo forward or Krak to a premo mid like Pendles but that will leave me with no fwd/mid swing.

Or I go Krak to Dumont which will leave me with no mid/fwd swing and go Ox to Hodge.


    Donavan · 04/06/2015 at 08:43

    I think there are better options than Hodge. Even though he missed with suspension I suspect he will miss another match or two from round 15 on. The Hawks will manage him, also means he could be subbed off when cruising to victory against lesser teams late in the season.

    I'd prefer – Simpson, Hibberd, Rance, mcDonald (and his price is looking attractive) or Murphy.

Dave · 04/06/2015 at 07:50

Oxley to hamling

Krak to dalh

    nathan · 04/06/2015 at 08:02

    If you are worried about the byes probably not the best thing to bring in 2 dogs players who have the rd11 bye
    Look at you structure and bye players

    Danners · 04/06/2015 at 13:34

    Sounds good

Derek · 04/06/2015 at 09:29

I’m starting to think that Gaz may not return soon to AFL and starting to think who should be worth of his place in my team. I have Sam Mitchell just keeping Gaz’s seat warm (he doing good).

I have Rocky at M7, yet to decide to keep or trade him, assume I keep, I need one more premium if Gaz doesn’t make it back.

Tossing up between Beams, Sidebottom & Selwood. I’m Not considering Sloane or Parker. Or keep it open for Gaz, Sammy doing a good job?

    Danners · 04/06/2015 at 13:34

    Doc Larkins said that Gaz would come back not fully healed so I don't think he is worth a spot. Sidebottom is too much, Beams is a good option. Selwood could be risky, could wreck your top 200 ranking (congrats on that). Might be worth looking at a POD like Ellis, Boyd, Lewis, etc.

      The Ranger · 04/06/2015 at 15:12

      Sidebottom has looked really good the last two weeks.
      I'd get him in if you can afford it.

brook · 04/06/2015 at 10:41

trading out rocky but what is best combo?
1. keep ox till R12, krak -> dumont, rocky -> titch
2. keep krak till R12, ox -> glenn, rocky -> goddard

Nicholas · 04/06/2015 at 10:44

Great article just wondering what to do
Forward is gray, goddard, martin,, franklin, swan, clark, hogan, tarrant who to bring in and finish forward deledio or dahlhaus.
Also should i get rid of for him tarrant or clark

    Danners · 04/06/2015 at 13:34

    Clark, won't play next week

    4rm · 04/06/2015 at 22:14

    I'd go Clarke to Dahl, Lids at his age has injury worries and I don't expect him to be able to play out the full season, he is too important to the Tigers and will be managed. I also don't expect him to keep up his current scoring. On Dahls side ,he is younger ,had a very good season last year and is rapidly improving this year. He has shown consistency with sone great scores. I'm on him after his bye.

Francis · 04/06/2015 at 12:37

I have Oxley, Krak, Rocky, Tarrant and Clark. Think I have to make 2 trades this week. Who should go out?

    Danners · 04/06/2015 at 13:31

    Krak and Clark

Rick Grimes · 04/06/2015 at 12:46

Thoughts in Armitage as a POD? In only 3% of teams and killing it.

    Danners · 04/06/2015 at 13:30

    Too much, and you could get better players with the Round 12 bye

Mitch · 04/06/2015 at 12:58

Would it be stupid to downgrade rockliff to a rookie to free up money for upgrades
Mids are fyfe, pendles, beams, selwood, parker, cripps, yolmen, saad, mckenzie, rockliff
134k in banks with 22 trades left

Nick · 04/06/2015 at 13:29

What do I do with rockliff? Trade or hold?

Danners · 04/06/2015 at 13:31

Hold, wait till after his bye and assess him then

    derek · 04/06/2015 at 16:38

    I was saying get rid of him, but I'm thinking that I might hold him now. the byes are a funny period and with a bit of planning and good luck, won't really miss him that much.

panther · 04/06/2015 at 13:44

who to get out of
B.Ellis and M.boyd
T.Greene and M.Barlow

Josh · 04/06/2015 at 13:47

Team is shaping up nicely currently ranked 1k, after a score of 2,518 this week. Wondering if anyone has any thoughts/tips for my current structure on a move to the $50,000 still in the question?
Genius move of choosing a POD of Deledio over Rocky is already paying off.
Tmac, Enright, Shaw, Newnes, Simpson, Lever (Brown, Mckenzie)

Fyfe, Danger, Pendles, JPK, Wallis (welcome), Rich, Saad, CEY (Heeney, Anderson, Glenn)

Goldy, Nic Nat (Brooksby)

Gray, Martin, Swanny, Goddard, Titch, Deledio (Bellchambers, Read)

Plan is to downgrade Rich, CEY and Saad next week (all with the bye), have 1.3 million in the warchest and then welcome in, B.Smith as bench cover, Hodge and Beams.
Week after Armitage and Buddy and then the team will be complete of full premiums!

Bringing in Wallis as my shark move, hoping to fly up the ranks with a kid who's average 105 if you take out his sub/injury affected scores. Plays very nice opponents in the next five weeks and could find himself being a M9 loophole option.
Thoughts? Was considering Wines but thought against it now.

Jambo · 04/06/2015 at 14:21

I reckon Mitch Hallahan is seriously worth a look at. With Ablett, Prestia, and Swallow out for the long-term; Mitch Hallahan is their major playmaker in the side (aside from Ris… [his last name is way too long]). After Prestia was injured, he scored 110, 89, 109 for a 3-round average of 101. Coincidience? I think not.

    derek · 04/06/2015 at 16:28

    he is a serious good B grader.

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Krazee-Eyez Killa · 04/06/2015 at 17:13

This may have been addressed, but are many people looking at Wallis as a valid downgrade option, even purely from a money making perspective?

You’ve gotta think if he stays in decent form, he’s gonna make at least another 100k, as well as racking up some points in the meantime.

What do you guys think about this:

Oxley to Simpson

Rockcliff to Wallis

Both trades will only cost me around 7k, and I’ve still got over 200k in the bank

    SCaddict · 04/06/2015 at 18:18

    I'm planning on doing these exact trades Killa (subject to tonight's team sheets) so it get's the green light from me.

      Krazee-Eyez Killa · 05/06/2015 at 12:06

      Next week the plan is to go from Cripps to Lewis for probably only around 70k or so, and CEY to Sloane for maybe 80k. Could even potentially hold off on Sloane for another week due to his pretty high BE.

Liam · 04/06/2015 at 18:13

Nathan Krakouer back on Rookie list. Has to go now.

Adrian · 04/06/2015 at 18:38

Who should i bring in for mitch clarke?
Devon smith, lance franklin, dayne zorko, nick riewoldt, harley bennel, crisp or motlop?

    Tophawk · 04/06/2015 at 19:57


Nicholas · 04/06/2015 at 18:42

Great article just wondering what to do
Forward is gray, goddard, martin,, franklin, swan, clark, hogan, tarrant who to bring in and finish forward deledio or dahlhaus.
Also should i get rid of for him tarrant or clark

    Nicholas · 04/06/2015 at 18:45

    also who to bring in for miller boston or robinson

Liam · 04/06/2015 at 18:45

Who has to go first out of these three?
Krak, Miller, oxley

    hedski · 04/06/2015 at 18:49

    Krak now

    SCaddict · 04/06/2015 at 18:53

    Depends on your bye structure but all things being equal probably the Ox as he's most likely to lose you the most cash this weekend.

    You can give Krak the flick next weekend as he will hold his value now.

      hedski · 04/06/2015 at 19:06

      I needed him t cover bont. Turmoil now

        SCaddict · 04/06/2015 at 19:13

        Yes if you need to patch up immediate donuts then that becomes the priority over byes and cash considerations.

          hedski · 04/06/2015 at 19:19

          Still thinking about possible swings with trades. Might b able t hold krak a week or 2. Long time between now and 1st bounce.

    Tophawk · 04/06/2015 at 20:04

    Krak. He is back on the rookie list. Oxley has been named and has had a nice rest as he will play on Monday against the Dees. The Ox might surprise a few and have a solid game.

    You might as well deal with Krak as he aint coming back this year. Perhaps replace him with Jack Steele from GWS. Huge potential this kid and this trade will raise you some good coin.

Liam · 04/06/2015 at 18:54

Steele, goddard, maynard and mclean from the doggies all named this week.

    SCaddict · 04/06/2015 at 19:08

    Always good to get access to fresh meat but a few of these lads still need to make the final 22 cut.

      Liam · 04/06/2015 at 19:12

      Yeah, steele and goddard are playing though and look like very good downgrade options in the coming weeks.

        Paul Walnuts · 04/06/2015 at 19:38

        Steele a gun in the making

          Tophawk · 04/06/2015 at 19:48

          I am going Krakouer to Steele and Clarke to Franklin this week.

          Steele has been running riot in neafl. His NAB cub form was excellent also. I like this kid. I am going to punt a trade on him.

            Tophawk · 04/06/2015 at 19:52

            Also a DPP player. Steele (MID/FWD)

Tophawk · 04/06/2015 at 19:02

Hi community,

Teams just out.

The BAD:

Tom Rockliff, Jobe Watson, Marcus Bontempelli, Liam Picken, Taylor adams, Daniel Mc Kenzie, Nathan Krakouer, Jack Martin, Charlie Dixon, Jake Lever, Ben Mc Glynn, and Mitch Clark all OUT.


Rory Sloane, Brodie Smith, Hugh Goddard, Jack Steele, Pearce Hanley, Elliot Yeo, Hugh Beasley, Josh Mc Guiness, Josh Clayton, Peter wright, Braiden Maynard,and Toby Mc Clean all named.

Lots of rookies making their debut this week. Got some massive decisions to make tonite!

Any suggestions appreciated

Stickman · 04/06/2015 at 19:04

Had my trades planned to set me up for the byes and the Bont, Clark, Krakouer, Lever, Adcock and McKenzie have screwed that up. So lost at the moment.

Liam · 04/06/2015 at 19:14

Thoughts on going krak to steele this week? or wait a week or two

    Tyler · 04/06/2015 at 19:18

    Go now, krak wans't named and is back on the rookie list. He has to go

      Tyler · 04/06/2015 at 19:22

      Unless of course you have enough cover for now. But if he isn't named through the byes, get him in

    Northernsoul74 · 04/06/2015 at 19:23

    I'm considering as Krak out leaves me with a donut in fwds. If Steele is in the final 22 I may take the chance as he's highly rated and will do everything he can to stay in that team. Big risk though.

    SCaddict · 04/06/2015 at 19:28

    I don't mean to pour cold water but it's always wise to wait until you get fully fledged bubble boys.

    You don't want to be like those Glenn owners stranded on 2 games headed into the byes.

      Northernsoul74 · 04/06/2015 at 19:53

      Yeah usually I agree 100% addict but I fancy Steele more than the others and need to do something this week. I'll wait for final teams tomorrow.

        SCaddict · 04/06/2015 at 20:23

        I reckon all you blokes are a little Steele crazy. 🙂

        I'll be holding back at least a week if not two myself.

    Tophawk · 04/06/2015 at 20:10

    Thats exactly what I am doing.

    Krak out and Steele in. Yes its a risk, but if you want to win this thing, it is time to calculated risks. I just have a good feeling about this trade.

    Just my take

      Dean · 04/06/2015 at 20:29

      i'm in the same boat but its a tough call, I like Boston & loved Robinson's first game last week but with Sydney's midfield or there whole list I don't think Robinson will play many games,

      So for that reason im leading towards Steele

Higgs · 04/06/2015 at 19:24

James Kelly or Jackson Thurlow as a Round 13 bye potential keeper?

Rob · 04/06/2015 at 19:26

Barron's scouting report??

Tom · 04/06/2015 at 19:41

Ox to Hamling and

Miller to Lewis or
Krak to Buddy

Paul Walnuts · 04/06/2015 at 19:44

Anyone not putting the VC on Fyfe ? Thinking of going Buddy v Gold Coast with the C on R.Gray – thoughts anyone ?

    brook · 04/06/2015 at 19:45

    solid option but i will prob go fyfe … dont have buddy myself

    Tophawk · 04/06/2015 at 19:56

    I am going VC on Fyfe and the C on Robbie Gray this week.

      hedski · 04/06/2015 at 20:26

      Being the only person in sc who doesn’t have fyfe I will prob go danger.

Ryan · 04/06/2015 at 19:47

Krak for Wines


T. Adams for Deledio

    Rob · 04/06/2015 at 19:54

    Krak for wines

Francis · 04/06/2015 at 19:47

Is Dumont the best DG this week? Swallow is back and he wasn’t dropped

    Dean · 04/06/2015 at 20:12

    I would put Steele, Boston & Robertson ahead of Dumont now that his price has increased. I like Robinson but I cannot see him having much game time as you couldn't imagine he would make top 22 very often.

    Think I will be going Steel…

      Northernsoul74 · 04/06/2015 at 21:26

      If Steele is in the 22 tomorrow I expect him to take his chance.

Dean · 04/06/2015 at 20:02

Krakouer not playing this week…

Cant decide whether to go GOODES to HAMLING or GODDARD

Luviboy1 · 04/06/2015 at 20:13

Just a bit of intel for the community, Oxley is named on the ground for Collingwood's VFL game.

Tom · 04/06/2015 at 20:19

Thoughts on my team please. 80k in the bank.

Simpson, Shaw, Gibson, Newnes, Oxley, Saad, Lever, McIntosh
Fyfe, Selwood, JPK, Parker, Beams, Rocky, Treloar, CEY, Miller, Steele, McKenzie
Goldy, Maric, Read
Gray, Martin, Swan, Hogan, Tarrent, Clark, Lonie, Krak

My bye structure

Round 11: 9 out
12: 10 out
13: 11 out

Oxley to Hamling and then Miller to Lewis or Krak to Buddy?

Liam · 04/06/2015 at 20:29

Oxley to hamling and krak to buddy for sure.

@TheHolyMullet · 04/06/2015 at 21:05

Let this be a warning to you all, I got Montagna last year when I was ranked about 400 overall and 3rd in Tassie, he single handedly ruined my entire season. Be cautious of these so called 'tried and tested' performers. I'd be scouting for some other P.O.D, but I think the majority of that is just remaining butt hurt from last season. I will caution you with this one Supercoach rule, which isn't a given, but gee you need to weigh it up, that is; favor players from good teams.

BigDropKick · 04/06/2015 at 22:55

Anyone trading Bont? I am … Sooner or later we are going to get rid of him?

    Tophawk · 04/06/2015 at 23:11

    NO WAY.
    He has a 2 week break (with the rnd 11 bye), and then the dogs play Brisbane at home in Melbourne, and the following week play St Kilda away in Melbourne.


BigDropKick · 04/06/2015 at 22:56

Thoughts on Armitage for Rocky… I can get any midfielder except for round 12 byes….

    Tophawk · 04/06/2015 at 23:12

    Very expensive trade option. Might be better value elsewhere

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