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PatchCoachKingsLogoWell. That was something.

The round eight teams dropped last night, and they let an almighty splash up from the bowl which gave our buttocks a good licking before sliding back down with what remained of our forward lines.

Daniel Wells, Marcus Adams and Lincoln McCarthy are gone, injured. The delicious specimen that is Cyril will miss this week. Shaun Higgins is gone for three months. And oh.. add Bachar Houli to the mix now. Just for fun. He’s out too.

Toby Greene is sore after overexerting himself against Fremantle.

Michael. Bloody. Barlow. Has. Been. Dropped.

Never again will I select a player in a team coached by Ross Lyon. I don’t even have Barlow and I’m pissed.

I can’t imagine how poor Higgo feels.

Peter Higginbotham Supercoach

It’s carnage. CARNAGE.


I’ve already run through the big ticket items. Michael Barlow has been dropped just two weeks after scoring 135.

Toby Greene has “general soreness” after dutifully returning to butcher duties in Perth and will miss the clash with the Gold Coast.

Shaun Higgins is out for the count and Daniel Wells is going to be missing one or two after he injured his quad against the Saints last week. I reckon if Norf were playing the Hawks he’d had got up, but they’ll be toying with Essendon this week so they’ll be fine without him.

However, North have also selected Majak Daw this week – will Goldy be managed? I’ve heard nothing to suggest that will be the case, I’m just asking the question. I hope the answer to said question is “shut up Patch, you silly bugger”.

Champion rookie swingman Marcus Adams is the same and will miss one or two. I’m moving him on this week, but with a breakeven of 68 he’s still got a little bit of cash to make, so you’d be within reason to keep him.

Lincoln McCarthy is out this week. I’d cut and run on the Prez, his breakeven is off the charts and he won’t be making us sweet, sweet dosh any time soon.

Livewire Cyril Rioli has family matters to attend to this week, and I hope everything ends well for him on that front.

Higgo’s darling pick of the week Courtenay Dempsey has twinged a hamstring, so don’t trade him in for the love of god. Jonathon Simpkin is also on the long term injury list after badly doing his hammy. However, Darcy Parish returns.

Jacob Hopper has been named to make his debut for the Giants. At nearly 200k we’ll give him a miss for the moment, but keep your eyes on the Giants’ top pick from last year. Said to be an absolute jet, despite a lacklustre NAB cup.

And for anyone still hanging onto James Aish, he’s been dropped after Champion Data named him the worst midfielder in the AFL. Head up, Jimmy, you can bounce back mate.

AND in late news, Bachar Houli will miss this week with a wrist injury – at this stage the injury seems indefinite – and Josh P Kenedy from the Swans is out.

It’s crazy, it’s madness, it’s Friday the 13th.


Is it just me, or does the midfield make very little sense this year? Nat Fyfe was an unmitigated disaster, Gary Ablett and Scott Pendlebury have been completely unlike themselves, Matt Priddis and Robbie Gray have been unable to next steps.

Middling breakout option The Real Deal Dylan Shiel hasn’t been the Real Deal and Ollie Wines and I have had words. Liberatore hasn’t quite hit the mark we expected him to.

Only Dangerfield (god bless his soul), Luke Parker and Callan Ward have repaid the faith. Dan Hannebery and Joel Selwood have stormed from nowhere, but beyond that… it’s been disappointing.

But this gives as an opportunity to snaffle these fallen premos in the midfield for crumbs in coming weeks. Robbie Gray – who isn’t back yet – has a BE of 200, Priddis is at 150. Ablett is stagnating at a cheap price. Look to bring these blokes in over the next few weeks, because we know they are quality.

They will also be cheap, and the name of the game is value for money. I’d back those three blokes to match it with Hannerbery and Selwood all the way home, and they’re much, much cheaper. Keep your eyes firmly locked on them, community!


After being sent of Canberra last week, Trading Places is back!

Eddie Murphy’s

-75 – Christian Petracca
-53 – Ben Keays
-43 – Josh Smith
-18 – Mitch Brown
-18 – Tom Ruggles
18 – Tom Papley
27 – Ben Kennedy
28 – Connor Menadue
67 – Mitch McGovern
74 – Sam Kerridge
101 – Lincoln McCarthy

Dan Aykroyds

209 – Brett Deledio
201 – Todd Goldstein
184 – Sam Mitchell
152 – Gary Ablett
152 – Matt Priddis
124 – Chad Wingard
114 – Jarryd McVeigh


Look, I’ve had an absolutely shocking experience with captains this year. Awful. Last week was Luke Parker’s 89 against the Dons, the week before was Goldy’s 49.

I had a long, hot shower this week community. I did some thinking.


I have lost any pretence of authority on the captaincy selection front – so I’m telling you who I’m going so you can avoid then.

Since Dangerfield’s 155 in round one I’ve had underperforming captain after underperforming captain. So I’m looking at Danger VC this week, and Heath Shaw as C, because he can’t be any worse than what I’ve had so far.

So my captaincy advice is to avoid Shaw because I have cursed him. Absolutely VC Dangerfield though. Beyond that, Ablett is due to bounce back against GWS (who he has a massive average against), Pendles looks to have hit form and BIG MAXY GAWN is ON FIRE.

And I’m done! Best of luck community, Supercoach Gods know we’ll need it.


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The SC Gods have cursed us coaches like never before this round! May the force be with us all this weekend.


Oh it's CARNAGE this week mate!


What have us mere mortals done to deserve such harsh treatment by the bearded SC Gods of old! I feel as though we may all soon have to lay before them a sacrificial offering to atone for our coaching sins such as picking Michael Bartholomew at years start.


We spurned Their Son, the Great Bald One, and as many brought him back in they tried to punish us for our hubris. Flagellation time, I feel.


Patch JPK is out also.


Cheers mate, I've chucked him in.




Gotta also add JPK to the Carnage that is this round 8..


Chucked in minutes after the article went up. Keen eye, mate!

Key Motment

Patch and community. Need some advice.

I was going to double downgrade this week (keays and pat) ,but now thinking of upgrading to S. Motlop instead of Keays. I got 600k in the bank, but doubtful as to what rookies are in the pipeline. Should i bank the rookie cash and then upgrade for the next few weeks, or get motlop and hope some more rookies arrive. Cheers


I'd hold off on Motlop, mate. Two good games – and cushy games against the Suns and a weak-travelling Eagles side – do not a premo make. I'd be looking at Zorko, Martin or Montagna ahead of him, but I feel painting the fence would be a good move.

Key Motment

Thanks Patch. Do you think there's enough rookies coming through to keep downgrading?


Do I trade Marcus Adams or Lincoln McCarthy? Adams will get me more cash but it means I would have to start menadue on the field, where as If I don't trade Adams and Trade McCarthy, I would start Dea?


I'd prefer to start Dea onfield, but it depends on who you're going to and how much cash they will gain or lose. Who were you thinking of trading to, Gibbsy?


I have 510k to replace Adams with a forward or a mid (backline is set for now). That’s a relatively restrictive price range, but with a team that’s getting awfully close to full-premo, should I trade in Buddy (and pray to god he keeps his current form up) or trade in Zaharakis (and hope he runs out the season as a top 10 mid?)

I feel Zaharakis will maybe score more over the course of the season, but Buddy might be more likely to finish in the top 10 of his position.

After an average first two rounds, I’ve worked my way back up to the cusp of the top 1000, so I guess this is a fairly important decision for my team. Any help would he appreciated! Cheers

Key Motment

I think Franklin is a pretty sure bet. Career best form and def average a 100 from here on in. Should be top 10 in the fwd line like you said.


I still have doubts about Zaharakis' fantasy footy output. But, if you want to win the thing you need to pull apart from the pack, and Zaha will let you do that more than Buddy. Far riskier move though. I'd go Buddy myself, mind you.


Buddy looks value, will still throw the occasional turd I suspect but hasn't blown a game apart yet which he will also do. Much greater chance of Buddy being top 10 forward than zaha being top 10 mid IMO….


Anyone else noted that Petracca is named on the wing for Casey tomorrow??


Wtf was relying on him to field 22 players now that stuffs up everything

Forbidden Dount

By the beard of Zeus, No. Surely he is playing in th one's this week!


Named on an extended bench last night. Watch for the Sunday teams tonight. Dees wouldn't drop him, surely?


Well it is Friday 13th and our teams are already turning into a horror movie this round so maybe 'Tracca is the next to meet his doom!


What is this! Next it'll be announced Gablett and Goldie are late outs…


He's 100% playing. All of our extended bench get named for Casey each week, dont fret.


Despite having Wells, Greene, Laird, Mckenzie (did have adams until traded him out) I had avoided total carnage and had 22 players playing this week, now this Houli injury has screwed me over and given me the big 0!!!!! Absolutely spewing. Could have been much worse though. Need a big performance for my 21 playing players this week!


Likewise. I'm at a full team as long as there's no more late outs. Thank god for playing rookies.


Don't Bash a Houli!


Dahlhaus or Martin for Adams.
To field 2 out of the 3, Papley, brown and Keays.


Martin for sure


You get to choose between rookies this week? You lucky bastard.


Rance or Kade or Pittard? Would rather Kade over Docherty if I go the carlton option


Kade for mine, mate.


Cheers 🙂


hey guys,

I've already got kade and deciding between the other 2… surely rance would be next right? or better to pocket the extra $50K odd?


I think this round my bench has reached a new high (or low),
All of laird rocky wells Greene and Barlow warming the pine……
If nothing else this round highlights the importance of having swinging bench players (even bad ones like menapoo), three outs and a non playing loopholer in my forward line, no problem with a bit of swing swing….


It does indeed, mate!


Dusty or buddy?


Buddy for mine, Marvin. Want to see a form turnaround from Dusty


Cheers patch. my thoughts had been along those lines but there seems to be a lot of love for dusty


Patch. Tossing up Adams to Dahlhaus but like the idea of getting Zach Merrett instead & saving 100k. Thoughts?


Dahlhaus another level of quality above Merrett, as much as I love him. Go the quality.


Adams –> Bartel in the Backline
Rockliff –> Ward

Double upgrade this week, good idea?

My midfield bench is – Greene, Wells & R.Gray
Back bench – Laird, Ruggles
Fwd Bench – Barlow & Wyatt


Are these good trades or is there a better option?


We'll all have Menapoo onfield this week, Moz. I love those trade ins.

I N Pieman

Anyone know how many points ill get for the 2.9 Million on my bench this week?


Not sure nuts but I am sure that you will outscore me on and off the field, Good Luck mate.


Bad luck mate, even pricier than my 2.7mil bench warmers!


Probably more than I'll get from Sheridan all season!


Reckon Ross bloody Lyon's team selection meetings is like the "you're cut" episode of The Simpsons.


still cant decide whether to go rance or go docherty and pocket 70k?
please help community


already have shaw,laird and kade


I was thinking the same and for some reason just don't want to go two defenders from the same team. If carton have an absolute stinker which lets face it is likely then both will possibly spud up.
So I went rance even at the higher price

Boltons Blues

if Carlton have a stinker, the ball will be in their defence the whole time = more possible points for Doc/Simpson
In saying that, i had the same problem, already got simpson and didnt want 2 blue boys down there come seasons end, so i went Rance


I'm on team Docherty – I'm just not a fan of KPD in general. Both likely to average similar numbers but Doch to be more consistent I feel


Anyone worried about Rance? Big spat with chocko recently. Wonder if it will affect him at all and how he feels about the club?

Boltons Blues

ive missed most the carnage this week, had Adams and Wells, traded Adams and kept wells.
brought in Rance and Petracca, happy with this week, only if i can get my captain pick right, last 2 weeks ive stuffed it (Gawn 90 odd and Parker 80odd)
Good luck and let the games begin 😀


Any suggestions welcomed!!!!!!!

Shaw, Ruggles, Brown, AMT, DBJ, Dea, (LAIRD (inj), ADAMS (inj))
Danger, Joelwood, Gaz, Viney, Shiel, Cripps, Libba, Kennedy (Hewitt, Davis, JSmith)
NicNat, Goldy
Hall, Buddy, TLynch, Zerrett, CDaniel, Kerridge (WELLS, McGovern)

Probably Should Work on my backline this week.

Hate to trade Kennedy with a low B/E but currently thinking;
Kennedy to Petracca……
Adams to Boyd/Rance……..


Nice mate! Would take Boyd myself


Cheers Patch…. Currently have gone Kennedy and Adams to Petracca and Boyd.
Gives me a full starting 22 this week, and my only "weak" players are DBJ, AMT, Dea, Brown, Petracca, Kerrridge


Mills and McCarthy to Petracca and Selwood or
Mills and Adams to Petracca and Zorko


Zorko might be handy this week if you need to cover donuts. If you have a full 22 then Jelwood


Would take Selwood over Zorko…. just.


Weitering to Simspon/Docherty and Mills to Keays

Next week: M.Crouch and Adams/Kerridge/Kennedy to Priddis and Selwood/Pendlebury

Thoughts on who to get this week and next for who???


One week at a time, Tom. Anything can and will happen as this week has shown. Your trades for this week are good


Simpson or Docherty
May need the $50k for upgrades next week

Shake n bake

Houli out


Hiscox (who definitely had a brilliant time growing up with a name like that) is in for jpk. Another academy gun.

Hunt in for Houli


Tough decision community

Docherty or Pittard


Docherty for me, mate.


Im in the shit
Like most i have some outs that need to be attended too
I have only 4 playing fwds with no swing without trading
Barlow greene wells all fwds
My question is, is ruggles still worth bringing in?
186k -18 B/E and most importantly he's named
I need a fwd rookie or a def as i can swing brown which gives me 22
Or what i dont want to do but is my last option is to trade one of the 3 named
Any input would be great


Ruggles a last-ditch option, mate. I assume you have Petracca?


Yeah i grabbed him on debut
In and i cant bring Anyone more Expensive otherwise i cant get dusty

The Weapon

Should I bring in Ward, Pendlebury or Jelwood????


I would go Jelwood personally


So is anyone going to trade Houli? Or to early?


Keays or Davis onfield.


Davis isn't playing, is he??


Sorry my mistake!

Keays, Smith or Menadue, pick 2.


Keays and Smith, Menadue is Sh!$ can't wait till I get rid of him but to much else to worry about this week!



First time putting my team up here, I am absolutely stuffed this week and not sure what trades are the best.

Shaw, HOULI, ADAMS, Brown, Byrne-Jones, Hartley

Danger, Hanners, Ward, Gaz, Wines, Libba, Mills, J.Smith
GRAY, Davis, Dunkley

Gawn, Goldy

Hall, GREENE, BARLOW, Kerridge, BenKen, Petracca
WELLS, Wyatt

24 trades, 26.6k in the bank.

Weitering + Mills – > Simpsons + Keays? Still not fielding enough 🙁


Those trades solid, mate, but good grief you're in for a rough week.


Simpson or Docherty

May need the extra cash next week for my upgrades
They are above




Keays or Macpherson?


Keays for me


Trade kerridge and adams/weitering


Hold the Kedge, trade the latter two


dusty, zorko or dalhaus


The Zork, THE ZORK!


Dusty gotta take bargains when they present themselves so you have more cash to get full premo quicker


What % of teams is Zorko in? Is he a good option or would you bring in Dusty?


I'd bring in Zorko over Dusty, mate. In 8.7% of sides, but that'll skyrocket this week to about 15% I'd wager


Would you trade Houli Patch?


It's hard to say without knowing how bad his injuries are. If you've escaped carnage I'd hold, at least until we get a better glimpse of what's wrong. If you're desperate this week, flick him.


I'm think i might buck the trend and select Corey Enright in defence as i think he is a better pick than Mcveigh, Pittard, Docherty,Simpson

not only is he a POD 1.7% of teams he is just about as consitent as they get avg 92 this year even with a 57 he has tonned up 3 times this year and scored 89 and 90,

i feel like in a week of carnage he can be a player that pushes me up the ranks


Bloody keen eye for a POD, Callum. Seasoned campaigner who has done the long campaigns before.


I was thinking the same. Anyone know why Enright didnt play round 4? Injury or rested?


Community! This question has been driving me nuts. I cant make up my mind! Im trading mills to either Ward or Parker, but who!!!!. I have only hanneberry from sydney and I have Shaw and Greene from gws. Who would you pick out of ward and parker and most importantly why?


Apart from backline and considering the carnage, anyone jealous of my team fielded this week?

Shaw, Boyd, Brown, AMT, DBJ, Dea, (LAIRD (inj), Ruggles)
Danger, Joelwood, Gaz, Viney, Shiel, Cripps, Libba, Petracca (Hewitt, Davis, JSmith)
NicNat, Goldy
Hall, Buddy, TLynch, Zerrett, CDaniel, Kerridge (WELLS, McGovern)


Bring in keays or mcpherson this week community?
Likely going to get smashed by my opponent so going the double downgrade to go the double upgrade next week!


Same here mate but I reckon I'll take McPherson and pocket the 15k


I'm going Keays this week and having another look at MacPherson for next week – wanted him in round one but he wasn't named.


should we trade adams out this week if hes possibly out for 2 weeks?


I think so, farmer!

Jack Blucher

I have danger vc and ward C. thoughts community?


I thought when you slaughter some lambs and offer them up to the gods, you get rewarded, not feel the full force of their fury. Good luck to everyone this weekend.


We must have picked the wrong lambs…


Have houli, laird and adams out in the backline with no DPPs I can swing back. What should I do?



ST 1974

Love your work Patch. Another awesome Simpsons reference. Trying to deal with the carnage as best as possible. Which trade option is the best out of:

Weitering to Simpson/Boyd/Doc and Mills to Petracca (if named) OR

Weitering to Pittard (POD) and Z Smith to S Martin OR

Weitering to Simpson/Boyd and McGovern to Petracca (Would need to do this one tonight)



simpson or docherty (docherty saves 40k)??


I have the same problem
I think I am going for Docherty because of the cash


Should i go mills to gaz and take the 0 for houli or go suckling to pittard or bartel?


Depends if your playing for league then hold Houli, however if your playing for overall go Suckling to Pittard – I personally wouldn't bother with Bartel, he will be rested quite a bit.

Grahame Lebroy

The SC gods can be a cruel bunch sometimes, and I have a bench loaded with keepers and will be copping 1 doughnut in the backline now with Houli out. Lets keep it positive, its only 1 weekend. My strategy is to pretend the footy isn't on this weekend. My team is set now, I will only be briefly checking in to decide whether or not to take the VC score or not and that's it. SC and its gods can get stuffed this weekend

Shake n bake

Really would like feedback
Mills to Patracca McCarthy to Zorko or
Mills to Ward & McCarthy to Patracca?


1st one, Zorko top 6 FWD


Mills to Ward & McCarthy to Patracca much better. Try get your midfield completed first.


Hey community just have a quick question…

Rance (549k), Bartel(473k) or Simpson (534k)? Which 2 would you go with as il bring one in this week and one next week.
All work well for the week 14 bye which i think is the one giving most teams trouble so just comes down to scoring and price.

Thanks in advance


In this order: Rance, Simpson, Pittard, Docherty, Bartel.

Forget Bartel.


Trade Mills or MCCarthy for Keays???


Mills because McCarthy won't lose you cash as he wont be playing this week. As long as you can start 22 players.