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CAPTAINCY CHAT with Lekdog and Patch

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PATCH: Gday community, Patchy and Lek here. Post MaSloane has had to hang his captaincy hat up for the season with life commitments eating into valuable captaincy analysis time. He’s done a ripper job so far this season and thank him from the bottom of our hearts for the work he’s done. So, your homeboys are here to have a good old chinwag about captaincy options.

LEKDOG: Patchy! Let’s talk captaincy options for the week.

PATCH: Yes, let’s. We’ll crack into the first game, Hawthorn vs Sydney and there’s pretty much no reason to not VC Tom Mitchell if you have him, right? 127 last week and despite a poor run over the past three, you can’t ignore a bloke who’s able to pick up 50 touches a game. If you DON’T have Titch, do you look at VCing anyone? Heeney? JPK if you brought him in?

LEKDOG: I’ll pass on guys like Heeney, Buddy or Parker (please god be good soon Parker) but JPK entices me…well he would if you HADN’T TALKED ME OUT OF HIM. Kennedy is actually my choice ahead of Titch. He’s in bloody good form, averages 114.1 against the Hawks and does ok at the ‘G with an average of 92.5. His last three against the Hawks netted him 119, 118 and 50.

PATCH: #sorrynotsorry. The first of six??? Saturday games is GWS v West Coast and… well… For two sides teeming with talent, there aren’t a lot of Fantasy options here to VC here. You know know who we shouldn’t VC in this game? Lachie Whitfield. Because he’s not Patrick Cripps AND NEVER BLOODY WILL BE. You’re costing me first place in Supercoach, Lachie. FIRST PLACE. I will not rest until the round I can trade you out of my godfosaken side. I. WILL. NOT. REST.

LEKDOGSix games is too many for someone who likes to watch all of the games…or do we always have six? Who knows #research. 
I’d be looking at a VC on Yeo who averages 100 against GWs and 104 at Spotless Padium or maybe Nic Nat because does maths GWS are allowing 113.9 points per game to opposition ruckmen in 2018. WAIT WHAT!?! They’ve played against like Tom Hickey and Rhys Stanley…wow.

PATCH: Elliot Yeo is certainly a good pick there, but we’ve got to rely on the tribunal not suspending Nic Nat to see him monster the all-Australian ruckman… *checks notes, doublechecks notes and clears throat* …Lachie Keefe.

Onto what will undoubtably be the worst match of the round in Essendon and Carlton – two highly skilled teams in good form who have all of their good players playing. God it’ll be the worst. Zachy Merrett is averaging a Jackson Merrett-like 81 for the season and 91 over the past five rounds and I don’t like it one little bit. I’m not throwing the VC or C on a bloke with a top score of 114.

Considering Carlton will win by 47 goals and Patrick Cripps will collect 297 contested possessions against the weak Essendon midfield, he’s got to be the go-to man unless you’re brave enough to try Old Man Simpson in the sleeves. But in the wet and the cold you’ve got to go Paddy, surely? Only scored 100 against us last time, which was also cold and also wet and we also lost because Carlton are our bogey side and I hate it.

LEKDOG: If Nic Nat is out, a sly VC on Lycett wouldn’t be awful. Cripps. Lock him in. Alternatively Jackson Merrett or Marc Murphy if he gets up…Jacko is in 500 more teams than Murphy by the way, the world is a strange place. Now onto an equally as good game, Melbourne v Gold Coast. Only one man we should be thinking about here.

Actually make that two, Clarry and Gawn are both pretty good. Are we calling him Clarry? Is that a thing now?

PATCH: Sounds scrappy enough to suit him. We’ll go with Clarry. Partly because I’m not clever enough to think of a witty joke about him not having a soul because he has red hair. I don’t mind a sneaky Jarrod Witts VC if you’ve got him, considering he’s scored well against good ruckmen this year. Goldstein (131), Stefan Martin (117) and… uh… Tim English (114) have all had tons against their name, but if he’s going to be eaten alive – literally consumed while his heart still beats, torn limb from bloody limb in a screaming mess of man-meat – it’ll be by Maxwell Gawn, Esquire.

Onto the showdown and there’s one man on my mind here. Robert the Gray. ROBBIE. Could go absolutely bananas, but by here most people will have used their VC loop, so I’d be avoiding him for the C. If you’ve got Lynch from the Pies you could consider it, but the game later on Saturday night is where my true heart lies in this weekend’s games, unless you’ve got someone who stands out in the Showdown?

LEKDOG: Another bloody showdown, I swear this happens every fortnight. Matt Crouch, great buy-in option this week by the way, has scored 100 and 122 over the last two weeks. Averages 102 against Port and scored 139 against them in Round 20 last year. Nothing else worth talking about here I reckon. Another big matchup here with the Doggies taking on the bigger-catties (Lions). Macrae, Macrae, Macrae all day and twice on Saturday. Averages 119 against the Lions and his past three scores against them are 96, 121, 162…he could hit the double ton here. Dayne Zorko as a smokie.

PATCH: Will he get tagged though? After last week where he melted the Suns on Mars (see what I did there?), surely Mitch Robinson (another great buy-in option) goes to follow him around and rough him up? I dunno, the Lions can be pretty dumb though. Remember that time they traded Fev in? Hysterical. Gets me every time.

The Community’s darling Toby McLean had an incredible game last weekend, don’t reckon he backs it up for mine. So that leaves Zorko (who will continue to be bad, don’t bring him in yet and I know I said that last week about JPK but I mean it this time) and Macrae, and Macrae would be absolutely locked away as captain…

…if it weren’t for Nathaniel Fyfe playing St Kilda in Perth at the exact same time.

LEKDOG: Speaking of Fyfe… He actually doesn’t like playing the Saints and doesn’t do it very often. I love him and he’s a gun but I’m avoiding the C on him this week. Lachie Neale is much more appealing with scores of 123, 118 and 117 in his last three against the Saints. Jackl Steven is a sneaky Saints option if you’ve got him but let’s be honest you don’t and St Kilda are bad so why risk it?

PATCH: JACK BILLINGS CAPTAIN. LOCK IT UP AND BAKE IT AWAY, TOYS.

LEKDOG: Trade him in, I dare you. I DARE YOU. 

PATCH: Double dog dare, AROOOOOOOOO! Moving on from such frivilities, can we talk about Dusty? It’s been nearly a month since he tonned up. What is going on here? Is he injured? Is he hurt? Is he struggling emotionally with the sudden death of a beloved pot plant? We may never know, but what we do know is to avoid him.

Dusty averages 115 against the Roos, which is A LOT, but also that Ben Jacobs bloke is a thing and he’s either be tagged or sent forward to get away from Jacobs. As for North Melbourne, Shaun Higgins isn’t bad. 122 in round 4, 61 in a half before being decapitated against Hawthorn, one week off and then a 123 last week. Pity no-one has him, but one to look at? Maybe?

LEKDOG: You never mention that man’s name to me again. This game is too late to VC loophole so just avoid it community! The final game for all of you C options is Pies v Cats. The obvious one for me now that Pendles is injured (he may play but he’ll be sore) is Joel Selwood. Averages 100 against the Pies and 105 at the ‘G although his past few games against them have been rough. I still like him. I don’t like Dangerfield for this game, this should be the perfect Danger game. Why is this happening to us?

PATCH: Random fun fact: Shaun Higgins is averaging 101 points more than Sam Docherty this season. Wow! Me saying things like that is probably why the Supercoach gods keep breaking things I touch. That includes Patrick Dangerfield. This is the sort of game we’d have loved last year – giving us the chance to VC literally anyone and whack the C on Paddy if it fell through. Can’t touch him here, and would steer clear of Pendles.

I like Mitch Duncan after his 134 last week, but my smokie is Adam Treloar. Averaging 128 over his past three games and 115 for the year, he’d be one I’d heavily consider this week considering Joel’s record against the Cats. Pity no-one has him. Lek – who is your VC and C as we speak?

LEKDOG: You bastard. Oliver into Selwood.

PATCH:  I’m currently running a Titch/Fyfe combination, but I reckon you’ve convinced me to put the captaincy on Macrae. Community – stay tuned for tomorrow’s cheat sheet! Until then, let us know what you’re thinking for captaincy options!


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Jim_bob321

Hey community,
Would it be worth to either trade in Macrae or Mclean with both having low BE's?
Have the money to do one of these trades… Finlayson to Macrae/Mclean
Need one more upgrade to have all premos except kelly in the midfield (already have Bont)
And forward consists of Buddy, Sicily, Smith, Spargo, Gray, Fritsch/Henry
Cheers

Stirlsy

Depends on byes Jim-bob but id take the mid first and get that to where you want it.

Stirlsy

Couldn't care less about this right now….. its all about NicNat at the moment boys……

Patch

Flabbergasted. Confused. Hurt. What has happened to our game?

BloodyFranklin

In all honesty I have to say that this isn't surprising at all. The legitimacy of the AFL has been questionable for many years now and Nic Nat's suspension is just another nail in the coffin. Alongside the "rules" being modified each year, the game changes also and what is considered fair one season could potentially be deemed as a reportable offence the next. The inconsistency is unbearable and I can only imagine how frustrating that is for the players… let alone the fans. I'm reading comments like "RIP The Tackle 2018" and "Footy died today!"… Footy died fuuckin years ago. Want to see the real Australian Rules Football? Go watch a game of NTFL, or even the WKFL ( I only used these as examples as I am relatively familiar with them ) or one of the many other similar rural leagues, nationwide… The leagues where you only get ruled out if you get KTFO. That's where you can observe our beautiful game in all it's glory. That's where the unsung heroes mix blood with mud (and in some instances probably just shit and dirt).

If the AFL is so concerned about the head of the players, why not make helmets mandatory?

… You know why? …

Because that's not the fuucking game.

Gord29

Was nothing in the NicNat tackle! The point Micheal Christan made on the Verdict about him being bigger and not using duty care is ridiculous when you compare it to Tom Hawkins knee in the back getting away with a fine espically with what happened to Tom Lonergan. That was reckless with intent to course him to hurt and completely avoidable

BrownlowBoy

Nic Nat gone

Stirlsy

I'm crying

Mr_Pink_

That decision is embarrassing for the AFL… particularly given the leniency shown to Steele Sidebottom and Ryan Burton this year… Michael Christian needs to have a good hard look at himself

Jack

Um, why does Michael Christian need to have a good hard look at himself? Because, he gave NicNat 1 week which was in line which rules that had been put into place not by himself…..Furthermore, the 1 week was upheld by a tribunal which he was no part of??? I'm confused.

Not having a go at your personally Mr.Pink as I've seen many on here write things worse than what you have, I'm just staggered that people can't see why this wasn't a reportable offence giving the AFLs focus on protecting the players head.

Quite simply if he wanted to tackle in that fashion, he had to roll the player to make sure his head didn't hit the ground. He didn't, and the player received concussion.

Crowboy94

Michael Christian is a FLOG!

Jack

Not sure what a flog is but are you angry with him because you have NicNat on your Supercoach team? How dare he….

Crowboy94

Maybe you are right. You are the flog 😂. And no I dont have Nic Nat.

Mr_Pink_

Hi Jack – I don't think the AFL are serious about protecting the head… that was my point. I saw Steele Sidebottom lay the exact tackle on Zac Fisher earlier this year the AFL don't like. Sling, 2 actions, arms pinned, head into turf… only a fine. The reason…? He didn't get concussed. If that exact same tackle was laid on Patty McCartin he would have been out for 6 weeks… you can't have a judicial system based on outcomes (different players can take different levels of physicality) if you want to clean up the game. Base your decisions on the action! Ryan Burton then puts Shaun Higgins into hospital overnight… severe concussion and even a bit of plastic surgery. Outcome from MRO…? Not even a fine…. Apparently this bump was not unreasonable and was a football action. You can surely see how your average football fan (and I am a football fan above all else – I watch a hell of a lot of this sport and grew up immersed in it) is confused… I'm ok with the suspension if I thought the AFL was serious about concussion.

Stirlsy

Better wrap and send that one too Mr Pink, better still take over Gills position at least you make sense.

Whatyasmokin

Well said Mr.Pink, its a ridiculous state of affairs honestly.

Husky

Racist….

Russty_

Maybe Christian should be thrown to the Lions?…but that's not Racism, that's religious persecution. 🙂

HumanBob

According to current court action a former sun might think that maybe if NicNat was a lighter but not in the weight department he could have gotten off.

Crowboy94

#thetackleisdead!

Kkk

#bumpisback (burton)

Sc_Wow

So big people can’t tackle little people anymore I guess.
Joke

Mr_Pink_

Apparently a player has a split second to estimate how much his opponent weighs, wrap him up correctly, turn him exactly 180-185 degrees, land beneath him to ensure he has a nice soft cushion, ask him how he is on his way down and serve him a cup of tea…

Stirlsy

Comment of the week wrap it up and send it to the AFL Mr Pink

Mr_Pink_

Might just do that Stirlsy 🙂

SC_Sixty_6

The big person shouldn't drive the little person's head into the ground

StevoRivo

Oh crap! If Crouching was here, he would fly-kick Michael Christian all the way to Pyamma!
Nic Nat / Olango loop dead this week.
Trade or hold NicNat community? If so, who is or new R2?

Stirlsy

If you have say 24 plus trades and were in top 3000, you could think about it but if you have fewer trades then that, its take the donut.
I'm ranked inside top 1000 and have my plans in place I want to double downgrade this week and wont budge from the plan and ill be eating a donut when Weagles take on GWS.

StevoRivo

Thanks Stirlsy. Currently ranked 2400 with 24 trades & $140k. So yes it’s tempting. Thinking NicNat & Garlett to Grundy & Spargo. Altenative is to cop the donut and move Holman or Finlayson to Macrae or Crouch.

StevoRivo

NicNat & Langdon to Grundy & Spargo. Very tempting.

Stirlsy

OK im over my crying ill take the [email protected]#$%@n donut ….. Now what was the question ….. oh yes Captains and VC …… Titch into Fyfe or Gawn for me…

redherringfc

With Nic Nat out, should I put Lycett on field ahead of Kreuzer this week?

Lycett was getting traded out until the news on Nic Nat came through.

Ahmad rubas

Thoughts on banfield to spargo and Holman to Sicily via crowden dpp

Stirlsy

Spargo looks like a must have rook, other trade looks ok but he can stuff up Sicily the odd low score plus he hasn't hit anyone yet, just showed Jelwood his knees and walked all over some other guy.
But been in my side since the start.

Ahmad rubas

Yeah he could easily get suspended again but his scoring potential looks really good and if I don't get him now he will be more than 500k plus he has useful DPP. Ideally I would of traded Sicily in last week and titch this week but did it the other way around

BlueBaggerJosh

Hey guys ranked 3000 and wondering whether I should do what's best for my personal league or rank. My initial plans were Holman-Spargo and Billings-Sicily. Should I change my second trade to flick Nic Nat/Olango or just cop it? I'm leaning towards copping the donut because I'm low on trades (19 left, been aggressive and fairly close to full premo) What are you all doing?

StevoRivo

See Stirlsys comments above. Anything less than 24 trades and you’re best to cop the donut on NicNat. That suggests you stick with the initial trade plans.

Stirlsy

Iv got 22 left and taking the donut, and staying with my plans to dbl down this week, now if I can find 2 woman to assist me ill be laughing.

Stirlsy

Sorry my last comment might be outside the AFLs code of conduct, Lek and Patch will sit in judgement tomorrow nite to let me off or give me a week off…..
Save me Community!!!

Holty01

If you only have a couple of upgrades to do, id say 19 is plenty. I think if you can get to full premo with 10 trades left u have done well.

Kkk

Didnt get any bites on my last post so thought i would try again.
Need ronke and spargo, who do i trade this week out of billings, holman and garlett. Want all 3 gone…. Thoughts community? Cheers!

Stirlsy

Hard to say Kkk, everyone is in different phases at the moment with their teams, Billings can't go down anymore can he?
So without seeing yr team my advice would be to DBL down grade …. the Rookies

Kkk

Billings has a b/e of 122 so pretty sure he wont be making that. Sunday was the first time watching him for the season, just looks lost out there! He was the one i wanted gone most, but thanks for advice mate!

Stirlsy

Yeah ok then Billings and Garlett as Holty said Holman is fine for another week im holding him on bench just has that 33 still in cycle so limits his money making.

Kkk

Fair point stirlsy! Cheers mate!

Holty01

Billings and Garlett first. Holman next week

belly button fluff

Well long term I'd agree Holman. even keeping him for the bye. But if your getting rid of the three no matter what I would bet that Garlett gets more than Holman this week. not strong on stopping little annoying forwards or anyone Essendon atm.

belly button fluff

Then again I did start the year with Weitering. Ruined the season first round. So could be wrong. Too late Holty I don't want to bet now… ;P

belly button fluff

keep garlett for a this week if your absolutely set on removing those three. Garlett may actually accidentally score well against Essendon this week. IMO. Billings is actually dead, otherwise I would have said keep him one more since you have already lost all the money now. But he is dead RIP.

Kkk

Lol conflicting opinions on here, was planning on doing what you suggested holty01 but have got the same feeling as belly button fluff (nice name) and can see garlett going well, this is why i came to the community!! Not really much clearer on what to do haha. Cheers for the feedback though!

Patch

Personally on the side of getting rid of the two rookies. Billings can't keep being this awful, can he? Surely not. I'm in the hold camp but boy oh boy I wouldn't begrudge anyone from shooting him into the sun.

Holty01

Hey Patch, where are you ranked mate? The community already knows but we would love to hear it again.

Patch

I'm not big on tooting the horn on it. I think it's 198? Or 197?

It'll all come crashing down shortly though, I have no doubt.

Kkk

Thanks for that patch! Now i literally have no idea what im gonna do, was set on moving him on, now i dont know. Trading zorko 2 weeks back seems to have burnt me, good chance billings would do the same. This game is so frustrating!!

Russty_

Hey Ku Klux Klan, don't think you need Ronke, Buddy could be back this week, I'd punt Billings and Garlett, and hold on Holman a bit longer. Gives you more money to do stuff with.

Patch

It's an absolute quagmire that Jack Billings, but he can't get any worse, can he?

Personally I think the time to flick him has gone but won't look you in the eye and say you have to hold him – he's been god awful and you're within your rights to shoot him into the sun.

JohnDJ59

Billings to Spargo, Garlett to Ronke. Holman could wait a week or so.

Corey

Captaincy Option
1. Titch into Cripps?
Or
2. Titch into Fyfe?

Valens_FC

Make a decision when there’s a decision to be made…. see how Titch goes first, hopefully a 150 and on to next week!

JohnDJ59

Titch into Fyfe, Fyfe at home against the Saints, could go huge.

Patch

Reckon Cripps could demolish the Dons this week Corey

Tyruddanaut

IM copping a doughnut this week. I don’t think Crossley will outweigh the value of OLango and I think I will only lose 20-30 point with a Finlayson to Hurn upgrade. Just love Hurns efficiency.

Sam_01

Community I am currently 1362 playing for ranks, have the nicnat dilemma but most importantly I’m playing my mate and can’t afford to lose to him haha.
Is it worth just upgrading Finlayson to Simpson and a rookie down to Spargo or should I
Get Spargo and also trade up big olango to mcinerny or a back up if there is any?
Or Spargo in and just get grundie was planning on waiting till the bye for that though
Thanks community

Patch

Ranked at 1362 you'd almost have to back your side in to beat the mate without NicNat. As a few others have said above I can't personally justify a trade on Nic Nat or in the rucks – I'd be copping the donut and focusing on Spargo and upgrading elsewhere, Sam

Sam_01

Thanks for the words of wisdom patcho! Look initially I did back myself to win but he is getting inside my head hahah. Looks like I’ll be bringing in old mate simmo and hopefully he tears Essendon up

Dale

Alright so I’m in a pickle I have nicnat and traded him in 2 weeks ago. Olango is R3. I have 22 trades so
Am I best to trade olango to crossley or McInerny rather than trade nicnat or cop a 0.

Patch

I'd cop the donut, Dale. Just not worth it for the one week for mine mate. It stings but there's not much we can do.

TRIGGA_HAPPY

Well looks like i will be joining the nic nat flavoured donut club.
U never know cameron might come in after some good form in the magoos. Cmon horse only need a week mate.
Dont think i will change my plans to bring in crouch put holman on the bench.
Hoping this covers the loss in nic nats points and saves a trade.
May as well keep pushin.

Russty_

It's only one week Trig, heard Nank might miss too?…bloody hell, looks like I might be copping one too, certainly won't be trading him out for missing one week.

INPieman

Still can't decide if I bring in McInerney or take the donut. It would stall the upgrade process. I hate donuts

neil demons delight

I am going to see who I play in TRIGGS HAPPY LEAGUE.. Want to make finals there nothings else counts

neil demons delight

Dammit got SHAKE good thing is he has the same rucks IF you're seeing this SHAKE I will cop a doughnut if NANK is rested cheers and good luck Shake but not too much

Shake_n_Bake_

Haha l dont think Nank will be rested. Not many changes to my side Neil, Spargo will get a gig so unless any other surprises at the selection table l will remain the same.

Finnius

Trade Brayshaw or Holman this week??

Russty_

Hi Finn, I reckon hold Holman a bit longer, unless you have to trade Holman to get the upgrade you want…seems to have a much higher potential than Brayshaw so far.

Stirlsy

Toss a coin

Russty_

If a guy trying to kick the Ball, kicks some guy's leg, and breaks his leg…is that a dangerous kick?…. for him to be rubbed out for weeks, or is it just an unfortunate incident on the Footy field?
Unbelievable Nicnat got a week for that, they might as well all wear helmets and Sumo Wrestler blow up suits..so no one gets hurt, ever.

Cyriledagain

Sorry Rusty, but cant agree. Deserved a week – no duty of care and potentially very dangerous.

Russty_

Mate…duty of care is only something recently invented, there was no such thing in the history of Footy, if anything it's Amon's duty of care to make sure he's strong enough to be able to handle AFL Footy, it was accidental, nothing intentionally dangerous about it.

Stirlsy

I think the all wear helmets thing is just around the corner Russty, the AFL will have to tell players they recommend helmet use, to cover their arses on litigation down the track.

Russty_

Hi Stirsly, understand that point of view mate but if you look at the NFL, and how they all wear helmets, and I don't know if you've seen that movie 'Concussion' (true story) or not…but the Doctor that pursued that case actually proved that the player's heads being whacked against the Helmets during an impact contributes to a worse concussion, so not sure if that would solve the problem…maybe the soft type 'Caleb Daniel' Helmets would be a better option?
It's kind of like professional surfing, all professional surfers know they could get eaten by a shark at any time, it's their choice to be out there in the shark's habitat.

Stirlsy

Yes im not talking the Knakle helmet style thing he was the one who wore the motorbike helmet played for Sainters but more the Daniel style just think with the class action against AFL now from older players, it will give AFL no option to at least recommend the use of Helmets.
It should always be up to the player if they want to wear them but that day sadly is coming.

Russty_

I think if that happens, it'll look like a bunch of Westworld Robots playing eachother . .Could dramatically reduce the appeal for the public if all player's heads look the same.

gator59

Bring back the Dunstall helmet…lol

neil demons delight

Reckon RUSSTY would know about the mushroom head NARGLE. He would fit in good now another shocker pick

SC_Sixty6

Nic nat VC and C.

Russty_

Come on mate, you're doing too well to have a meltdown now, get it together man 🙂

Will

Who goes first, Doedee or Petracca?

seen_burns

Should be holding doedee till his bye

SC_Sixty6

Currently Grundy has accumulated 200 points more than NIC NAT in 7 rounds. Should the scoring trend continue he will have around 700+ come end of year.

Cop a donut or take the #1/#2 ruck for 2018. Yeo was going to be my inclusion for finlayson but Yeo does have a 115 BE or there abouts.

Russty_

Hey 66, I'd say if you think Nicnat was a mistake, and Grundy is going to be number 2 after Gawn, go for it, I know you blokes play for rankings so maybe biting the bullet is a better option…as you stated with Yeo's BE, you could afford to wait a bit on him, Finlayson IMO, could bounce back and still knock out a few better scores than the last 2 weeks.

Stirlsy

NicNat has scored ok for his Gametime, but thats the thing with him, he still hasn't been given that extra gametime, are they using him in bursts and this will be the trend till at least the bye rounds, unless a game is close that they want to win id expect this trend to continue at about 60%….
The downside SC66 is Gawn Grundy have same bye but that shouldn't be a major problem by the time it rolls around, yr other premo's can cover, you only need 18 after all.

Kevdup

Not sure if this is a common theme. Each year, I race towards the finals in my leagues, then limp through and get my butt kicked with no trades and a team short of full premiums. (not interested in overall rank, just my leagues)
I have the likes of Kelly/Greene (GWS), Buddy warming my bench. Is it best to cash in guys like Finlayson, Holman, Doedee with rooks to build cash for premos, or rather trade under performing rookies like Fogarty and Barry? Any tips to kick A in my leagues will be appreciated!

The Ranger

Hold your premiums if you can and trade your fat rookies Kevdup. You want rookies to make 150K or more ideally.
Finlayson down to Spargo should allow you to upgrade another rookie to a premo. Crouch is nicely priced.
Or you could go Holman down to Mutch too which would give you a big bank for next week.
With injuries I tend to trade if I know or think I know that they'll be out for 3wks or more.

Kevdup

Cheers thanks Ranger, I have the Fin in def, considering go Holman to Spargo and Fin to Simmo. Ty

The Ranger

Simmo will be 20K cheaper next week if you can wait.

TheGreatBozza

If your focusing on leagues only, try to preserve your trades! Last season in my only cash league I finished off the season on 12-1 run and had 7 trades for 4 weeks of finals.

As Ranger has said, time your rookie culls perfectly and try to hold an injured player if possible. This week I'd look to cash in a Barry and Fogarty who look like dead weight. Holman can still make cash while Finalyson/Doedee are good to the byes!

hedski

I will be if English is rested, if that happens I'd be tempted to cash him in for Oscar and build the warchest, would mean holding Billings tho.

hedski

Thanks for all your hard work Post, good luck for the rest of the year.
Titch into Fyfe atm, could change.

Andrew

I have Laird, Simpson and Hibberd as my defensive premos (loose term for Hibberd) – who is best to get in for Murray – Hurley, Yeo or someone else?

Davo

I am going Yeo as with Shuey out it can only help, but Hurley will be required at some stage, might depend on your bye rounds structures.

Andrew

Primarily care about league so I think I'm just going to tank R14

Banga

Pick 2 to trade out for Crouch and Spargo. Got 28k in the bank before these trades

Findlayson
Dow
Tracca
Billings

Ja191

Shittings and petrappa

Adam

Cripps into Fyfe, pending on where my opponent
Goes it may change
Murray into Hurn only trade this week

SC_Kev7

Great work guys, nice read. Teams pending Olango will be my only loop, so that limits me to Sicily or Titch tomorrow night. I'm leaning towards Titch and we'll go from there

Jim_bob321

Have the seen the weather expected for Melbourne???
Going to wreak havoc

Patch

Cheers Kev! Will be in the same boat if Murphy is named, and Titch wins that battle for mine.

stockman007

Dustin Martin to macrae? Before dusty goes down even further and while I can afford Macrae?

Mystic_Mac

Dusty will come good.

KSinny

Definitely do not trade Dusty

murray

yeah do it

Chris

Good trade, I'm doing the same this week

Ricardo

Silly sideways trading

Sc_Wow

Must have a solid team if you’re trading dusty out

HarryH

Yeah if Dusty's the biggest problem you have you must be kicking butt!

neil demons delight

Never thought I would see it. Crazy move He will still be up there Toss up post byes between dusty and crouch for last mid.Having said that Macrae is a must just not for dusty

JugHead

Will be an interesting week or two for filling the last premo mid spots. Starting Danger, Zerret and Josh Kelly has kept me behind the eight ball all season so far.
Crouch and JPK look great value this week. Next week Dusty and Oliver.
I strongly believe grabbing the right premo mids when their price is right goes a long way in determining your season.
With the current price of some of these premo mids, Im surprised to see ppl talking about their def/fwd upgrades and ruck worries. NOW is the time to grab some of these guys, irrespective of other lines.
Turning a 75 averaging def cow with good JS into a 95 avg def premo is not as important as turning a mid cow into a premo mid with a potentially much higher ceiling.
Personally, I'm turning the Petracca experiment into Spargo to generate cash with no regrets.
Good luck choosing the right mid premos all. Thats where the rubber hits the road.

Greg

Sometimes easier said than done, feel it's a bit of a balancing act – I'm about 7k short of doing Holman to Spargo and Brayshaw to Crouch. Could get there if I get rid of Dow instead but there's still a little bit of cash to be made, which I need to keep in mind for upgrading Fritsch / Henry to Robbie Gray in a few weeks.

I've now got 4/5 rookies not making any cash in Mirra, Murphy, Guelfi, Barry and Olango which is concerning.

Sc_Wow

Most people only have Kelly at M8. No need to upgrade him yet so it leaves the other lines free to upgrade

neil demons delight

Agree WOW my last spot was macrae only Kelly left in mids. Question for WOW / the ppl still in contention like yourself what would you do with N N like No 1 2 3 who all have him . would you kill a trade to say GRUNDY or wear it . It certainly gives ppl like you only 1 00 — 200 behind a great chance Easy for us league guys -wear it

Sc_Wow

If I had him I’d be trading

The Ranger

Big shout to Post for stepping up and writing these articles for the last seven rounds.
Onya mate.
Titch into Fyfe for me this week.

Lekdog

Absolutely, he a bloody gun

DDown

I think this week has to be a double downgrade… no real bubbles next week.

Sheldon

Are we holding any hopes of Mutch, Worpel keeping their spots for much longer?

Keenbutclueless

Clarko has flagged that there may only be one change this week, with Henderson coming back. Makes Worpel a 50/50 shot, I reckon. Like Mutch’s chances. Not sure outside of Fantasia that there is a Long list outside of the team knocking down the selection door. Personally I think Tippa will get a rest before Mutch gets dropped

Sheldon

thanks Keen

TheGreatBozza

Am i mad for taking a punt on Sicily VC captain over Mitchell? Fyfe more than likely my C for the weekend

Keenbutclueless

Maybe! Depends on whether you think the rain will create more intercept marks for Sicily or not. Can look at it both ways – more difficult to be precise going forward, hence more opportunities for intercept marks, or the rain will make intercept marking more difficult. As for Titch, I think the rain gives more opportunities to tackle. He doesn’t mind a cuddle. His kick to handball ratio is not great anyway, so don’t think that will reduce his score.

DavidC

Yep, it's going to be wet. You have to go Mitchell.

Scoops McSupercoach

Community.. I need your help urgently!!!

Brought in Cripps last week to bring my Mid Premo tally to 7 (Kelly at M8).

Trades this week were going to be Murray and Finlayson out, Sicily moved from FWD to DEF, bring in Spargo and Big Shannon Hurn.

It pains me to say, but I have Luke Parker stinking it up at M7.. And even worse, as a dogs supporter I never thought Jacko would go this gangbusters. Do I scrap my previous plans and trade out Parks for Jacko instead of bringing Hurn in?

HELPPPPPP

Keenbutclueless

Plan A better. Give Parker until his round 14 bye. Maybe look to upgrade Parker and Kelly then.

DavidSA

AFL brand is dead
I know so many Port supporters saying it's just a free kick and Amon is not even ready for AFL
Well no shit he isn't ready even I would kill Amon if We both met for contesting the footy.

Bet he asks everyone in Port magpies team to help spot him doing push-ups lol

Derek

There certainly is a lot of love for McCrea this week. People even trading out Dusty to get him in.

In the words of the great Jock Reynolds, “let me be the devils avocardo…..”

We could of, should of, seen this coming with the dogs playing so many of their early games at ES, 6 of their first 8 games. It catches up with them with 6 if there last 7 games away.

McCrea’s last two massive scores against Suns and Carlton, not the strongest teams in the AFL. Prior to tat he scored 103 and 98 against good teams Fremantle and Swans.

This week up against Lions, at ES, expect another big score. After that, the dogs next 9 games are against top 8 teams, do we expect the 103’s or the 141’s?

And what about the Bont. He didn’t play on the weekend. Bont plays forward, McCrea does well, Bont in the guts, McCrea does OK. Does McCrea’s score rely on the Bont too much?

I think it has been a perfect storm for him. Good draw, plenty of Home games, No Bont or the Bont playing as a forward.

Will he be a top 8 midfield? Probably/maybe.
Will he keep up his average? Against poor teams yes, against good teams I doubt it. Will he get more attention from other teams? Absolutely.

DavidSA

exactly!
And the fact of bringing in someone over 625k will eat into your next upgrade budget.
I too would love to bring him in I have the cash but then I can't paint the fence next week.
This week painting the fence for Yeo next week painting the fence for Crouch or Danger.

Have 257k left after Yeo

If I got Macrae would have only 80k left

Derek

Yeo will be joining my team this week as well.

Sc_Wow

Chuck 2 games in against the Roos to come too

JohnDJ59

Will people please stop spelling Macrae the wrong way, I'm not getting into you Derek, just that so many posts, even in the SC chat are getting it wrong.Apart from that I agree with you Derek, I won't be getting him in, I knew the players I wanted in my mids at the start and I'm not going away from that.My top six were set, the other two were up for grabs. Danger, Titch, Fyfe, Dusty, Oliver, Crouch,/ Coniglio, Bont, Pendles. I currently have Titch, Fyfe, Dusty, Oliver, Coniglio, Pendles. I did start with Crouch as well but had to trade him out when he got injured, I will be getting him back in this week or next.

Valens_FC

Fully agree on Macrae Derek, but alas, I think there's a similar argument about Yeo versus good and not so good teams. A glance at the Eagles upcoming draw suggests similar caution should be exercised.

Derek

Yeah. I always had Yeo as top 6 defender, as long as he was fit and over his preseason problems.

I still have 10 ahead of Macrae

Defying_Madness

Yeo isn't priced over 600k as well though. He is also basically a lock to be top 6 due to the limited options down back. Two completely different scenarios so I don't think you can compare them.

Valens_FC

Think the context was more that Derek was saying (at least in his first post) that while Macrae may be a top 8 mid and thus transferring him in is not a bad thing, paying the current price doesn't make sense because it will likely come down.

Whilst Yeo is clearly not priced over 600k, his 100+ games have been against Gold Coast, Carlton, Dogs, Port and Sydney (1 good team, the rest average/bad). The 27 against Geelong was actually lucky because he was on negative at 3Q time. Next 5 are GWS, Richmond, Hawthorn, Saints, Sydney….3 out of 5 away games. Same as Macrae, some of his better scoring may be behind him not in front of him. I'm not saying not to get him, just that sometime in that sequence might represent better value given that 4 of those next 5 games look pretty tough.

INPieman

It's the classic case of chasing lasts weeks points. Last week was the week to get him. More than likely his best score for the season. Will he keep up 130…not a chance. That space is reserved for uber guns

Liam

Not saying you’re wrong but similar things would of been said for Oliver and docherty when they broke out to 110 plus guns from under 500k.

Just food for thought

Valens_FC

Yeo already has a 27 on the board that wasn't injury impacted…. don't remember those boys doing that! And history says he has those games multiple times a season.

Defying_Madness

He was playing a different role on Danger, that isn't his normal scoring

Liam

I was talking about Derek’s post regarding Macrae not about yeo.

Phil

It's a good point you make but I do think you have underestimated him just a little. If he does score 103's against the top teams and more against the lower, he averages 115 at least. Is the enough to be top10? Easily.. Is he worth 625k, more likely than likely,

As long as I've played SC the uber premiums all have something in common. There always midfielders (bar the odd ruckman) and are always inside midfielders with an outside game as well. Chris Judd, Gary Ablett, Paddy Dangerfield etc are/were all top inside midfielders that always seem to find space on the outside too.

I've always looked at Macrae as an outside midfielder, a very good one, but I still wouldn't pick him. This year though his inside game has massively improved. Look at his contested possession rate and tackle count if you want proof. He is very tall and I believe harder to tag than most (Banfield did tag him earlier)
He is the real deal I believe

Phil

*more unlikely than likely (apologies)

Derek

No Libba?

The Ranger

I certainly wouldn't be bringing him in at 625K but then I wouldn't bring anyone in at 625K as the aim is to pick up the premos when they're on a downward curve.As you've said previously Derek 520-550K is a nice price to pay.
Macrae averaged 117 over the last seven rounds of 2017 so that suggests that his current streak is not a fluke but he's also always dropped the odd crap score along the way..
I'm with Phil, I think he can be top ten from here on.

Lazza

Sell on the way down, buy on the way up.. not buy on a downward curve… you buy when they appear to be trending back to their glory days .. not before

The Ranger

I stand corrected Lazza, I was imprecise with my description of exactly where on the curve you might choose to make your purchase.

Russty_

That's insane, anyone trading out Dusty for Macrae, he's never averaged more than 106.9, can see him dropping back down into the mid to low 500's when he comes back down to earth..that's about the time when Dusty will start catching on fire and knocking out the big scores.

Danners

Can't agree more Derek, would rather save the $100k and get a M.Crouch. This does remind of what happened to Sloane last year, average 130+ for the first 6 rounds and fell off after that.

BadgerHoney7

Titch into Fyfe/Gawn seems pretty normal this week.

Neverweaken

Titch into Cripps? Or Cripps into fyfe/gawn

Jacob

Cripps into fyfe for me

Mystic_Mac

Buddy out. No certainty for next week either.

Lekdog

Killing me

Neverweaken

At what point do I trade him

Mystic_Mac

My forward line is an absolute shambles to say the least. I'm forced to trade him.

SC_Sixty6

Oliver into Fyfe. Fyfe may not have a good scoring history against saints but he's in career best form atm. Leading brownlow I suspect.

After watching Fyfe play in the international series against Ireland I put money on him for the brownlow. Looked so good, as does he in the first 7 rounds.

Was paying $15 at the time.

AuroraBorealis?!

Who are you planning to loop if Oliver goes big? I'd love to put the vc on him as well but the only two (consistent) non-playing players i have are Olango and L.Murphy. Olango plays before Melbourne and Murphy plays 35 minutes after, which isn't enough time to give a good indicator of Olivers final score. Do you have LDU on the bench or something?

BadgerHoney7

Brayden Ainsworth, Ah Chee and Ed Phillips all making debuts this week. Ed Phillips specifically averaging over 30 disposals.

Keenbutclueless

That’s an awesome early call. Just read on AFL site that Phillips will debut. Will keep my eyes out for your other two predictions.

Defying_Madness

Hopefully Phillips gets a few games since the saints are shit anyway

Jonzzzy

Alright lads, sitting pretty at 652 overall with 22 trades to spare.

Laird, Simpson, McGovern, Doedee, Finlayson, T.Cole (L. Murphy, Naughton)

Fyfe, Macrae, Cripps, Titch, Martin, Coniglio, Kelly, Angus Brayshaw (A Brayshaw, Crowden, Barry)

Nank, Gawn (Olango)

Heeney, Mclean, Lambert, Petracca, Fisher, Henry (Fritsch, Guelfi)

Any suggestions?

I was considering moving finlay or tracca onto Sicily.

If finlayson, need to generate some cash with a downgrade.

Ja191

Tracca to Sicily is a good trade. I see tinlayson tonning up if he plays his usual role which I think he will with Cameron back. He was on track for an 80 last week at ht with woeful de until they put him forward

Jonzzzy

Love the thinking mate, i had the same feeling about finlay too – hopefully it pays off!

TommyC99

Which 2 to trade out out of
Dow
Findlayson
Billings
Petracca

Plan is to bring in Crouch and Spargo. Got 28k left (it is possible to trade out top 2 but would only have 2k)

seen_burns

If it's only out of them, then Finlayson and Petrappa in my opinion, Viney coming back in a few weeks will only decrease his scoring, and still hoping Billings can turn his form around.

ROB14

Thinking of bringing in Gibbs…. Crouch is back and hopefully Sloane this weekend, Gibbs should be able to run free again? Thoughts

Russty_

I guess, if you think he's a top 8 mid this season and you want to finish with him.

seen_burns

Maybe hold off one more week, hasn't been scoring the greatest and has a breakeven of 114.

gator59

Which one to trade Murray or Finlayson

Russty_

Hi Gats, I went Murray first last week for Howe, reckon Finlayson was worth sticking with a bit longer, I'm hoping he can get back to his 90-100 scores again.

gator59

Hi Russty,, That's the way i'm thinking too.. A BE of 86 is a bit big which I think he may get near.. Plus he's DPP comes in handy too

Russty_

Yeah mate don't think he'll lose much cash by keeping him, and yes dpp is very valuable, especially for me as I have still have O'connor making stuff all cash on my bench lol.

Joe T

Who's the bigger priority this week, Matt Crouch or McLean?

Neverweaken

I would say McLean. At least thats who Im getting first. Crouch next week

Russty_

Crouch might not go up much this week, but Mclean could go up 30k.

Joe T

Cheers guys, that was my thinking too. I'll back McLean

Redpill5

Does anyone know if Essendon is likely to tag paddy cripps? Thinking of going the vc on him instead of titch but only if there is no tag…

Sc_Wow

They have no taggers, Heppell tried with tich

Russty_

Not very successfully either, think that dead Squirel hanging off his chin ruined his aerodynamics 🙂

Redpill5

Cheers lads. Now that Barry has been dropped, this could actually work. 50% chance of rain sat vs 95% Friday. I’m going crippa!

Rocksta

Titch will carve it up in the wet conditions tmr night. He’s the in and under player so it won’t affect him.

Redpill5

You might be right rocksta, but it is supposed to be very wet, so I’d expect all scores to be down. Titch may top score but I think cripps can go bigger, plus he’s due.

Redpill5

How’s titch looking now rocksta? :-/

Tom

Bring in Crouch or Toby Maclean this week? McLean has a lower BE but Crouch has a very tasty record against the Power

DavidC

Look at your bye structure. McLean has a good bye and might be a good get but I don't know your team.

Russty_

I reckon Mclean Tom, could raise 30k in price and Crouch might not go up much this week.

Russty_

Sloane's out for another 2 weeks, if that influences anyone's decision to bring Crouch in.

Crowboy94

Yep bringing him in! He isn't easy to tag