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PODCAST | The Winners’ Circle 2

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Lekdog, Patch and Damo are all winners this week as Freo, Carlton and Essendon all come home with the four points in some kind of miracle. While Kev and Foz couldn’t make the winner’s circle, the three all laugh at those who lost this week – well, just Adelaide. 

They talk about all sorts of nonsense, including a few bits and bobs of premiums and rookies and Supercoach amongst all the muck and mud and ridiculousness. 


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gvaa1

have to give a listen a bit later, thank you <img src="https://s04.flagcounter.com/mini/Jkzv/bg_FFFFFF/txt_DEDEDE/border_FFFFFF/flags_0/&quot; width="1"/>

Loop

Rusty…..Harris Andrews is out!!!!!

Russty_

Yeah it sucks Loop…he just lost his appeal and will miss the game, gotta decide what to do with him now.

Lekdog

Nightmare!

Derek

JR SURVIVOR LEAGUE

GreendaleFC (2229) needed his immunity this week to survive. To think he only won immunity last week by 5 points. Welcome to the cut-throat world of JR Survivor Champion of Champions.

We say goodbye to Dancing Dongas (2220) & Ball Fondlers (2245).

Immunity this week goes to Kezzam (2471)

Only 9 left, all seriously good players.

Good luck fellas.

COREYSC

How do we get involved next season!

Lekdog

You’re doing a great job this year Derek!

Holty01

Awesome work again Derek. Hope your holiday is going well

Shake_n_bake

Leaving Ireland for singapore now. Think I’m still in? Will have to have a look.

Wolfy

Hurn donut hurts… It's been real guys – Fondlers out.

Stacky23

4 trades 40k
Crisp Stewart Lloyd Hurn Williams Milera (Gardner nais)
Macrae Neale Cripps Fyfe Danger Yeo Mcrouch Sloane (Clarke Bewley JKelly)
Gawn Grundy (Bines)
Dunkley Boak Kelly Daniel Heeney Chol (Young Hanrahan)
Use 3 trades to get whitfield or two trades to get Luke Ryan/Sicily as final defender

Maverick_

go a sicily/houli/ryan IF that allows you to keep that extra trade and cash to fix Chol you don't want him finishing as F6.
Whitfield isn't durable enough to spend 3 trades on either his held together by sticky tape..

Streaker

With Hurn suspect this week and no defensive cover I'd suggest to go for Ryan and save a trade, Sicily's been disappointing lately.

Out of left field I'd be suggest trading Kelly out and bring in Marshall somehow, he is a must have and is scoring the same as Kelly if he plays again.

Stacky23

yeh have considered keeping Danger in the middle and getting Marshall, am top of my league though so am waiting to see if kelly is playing first week of finals as im the only person who has kept him and GWS have an easy run home

Kos

Need help on which option is better!?

Option 1: Smith > Whitfield, leaves me with Logue as D7, Clarke and Bewley as mid cover. 3 trades and $60k left.

Option 2: Bewley > Hill & Logue > Whitfield, leaves me with Smith as D7, Clarke and Hill as mid cover. 2 trades left with no funds

Russty_

2 I reckon Kos, Smith is playing well…even kicking goals so I'd wanna keep him.

Defying_Madness

Agreed on 2. Smith in better form than most of my backline haha. Plan on doing something similar with Clarke and Logue to Hill and Whitfield Kos.

Russty_

Hey Neil, yeah I'm starting to put a bit of a list together, Doch and Titch first picked, I'm gonna try not to stuff around with too many speculative midpricers next year.
Just watching Andrews Tribunal transcript on a live blog now..not sure if he'll get off but they're trying pretty damn hard haha

Saritz

Hey NDD, I think you have some good learnings. Thanks for sharing. Just be wary though. Typically, before this season, “experts” would advise just 2-3 mid-pricers. This year dispelled that logic. “Mid-priced madness” was a term used for those people considering having 4+ mid-pricers. Theory being that they statistically are too hit and miss and you end up in no mans land… not great scores, limited cash gen and ultimately need to be upgraded (burn trades). So the advice was instead use the same $ for two mids and start with a premium and rookie instead. So just be mindful about how many mid pricers you consider. Was this year an anomaly? I’m not sure. But I can see a lot of people thinking 4+ mid pricers for 2020 is ok based on 2019. Maybe they are right? But for me, 2 mid pricers is probably what I will be planning for.

Russty_

Nah he didn't get off Neil, he stuffed up actually, he said "he heard Larkey's Teeth clatter"…dummy should've kept his mouth shut.
Could've gotten off because the strike was a deflection off Larkey's hand who was coming at him for some reason.
Larkey's Lawyer wouldn't let him speak either because players tend to defend the accused.
Bloody sucks the way these Lawyers really go after them…there was no damage or treatment to Larkey afterwards so it really wasn't much at all…the result benefits no one either.

Browncow

Didn’t seem much in it. I thought he would get off. He must be one of Brisbane’s most valuable players.

Russty_

Hi Brown, I think he would've got off for sure if he didn't make the Teeth Clattering comment…silly boy.
The other guy's Lawyer jumped all over that and used it against him.

Browncow

Too honest …….. I have him in draft but didn’t have the stones to bring him into my classic team. After picking Darling/Greene early have had to play it safe. Hopefully you can see how your D7 goes before trading him.

Russty_

Nah I'm turfing him mate for Brodie Smith…back in again haha, Andrews is out of form anyway, has been hurting my results lately. I punted him from Classic and Draft this week…someone else can ride the Rollercoaster with him.

Sam_01

Lloyd Whitfield hurn doch will be straight up backline locks
Dunkley titch locked into the mids, then will probably base the rest of mids byes starting fixtures taggers etc
Fwd line will be garbage
Gawn and Grundy Locked into the rucks
Played it rather well this year, currently ranked 500 odd just have to try keep myself away from burn men like rocky… destroying my trade bank

Maverick_

I haven't thought too much about next season to be completely honest NDD am still enjoying this year too much but I think Doch and Titch will be locked in for most including me mate they will have to be a good discounted price especially sam his been very stiff. i'm very interested with how players like Danger, Dunkley, Marshall losing DPP effects teams you could even make the argument for dusty, duncan, whitfield and gaz gaining DPP? time will tell i guess. Every year i seem to get sucked in to midprice madness and this year was no different and i'm not sure whether it's paid off or not I started with Moore, MCrouch, Brayshaw, Libba, Greene & the expensve rookies Walsh and rozee Greene was punted early days and Brayshaw a flop I probably held on to him too long need to play it aggressive and cut my losses earlier.

It'd be interesting to see how the top 10 coaches started and there trade strategy! didn't the leader not have gawn and grundy??

Jace

I hope this happens but there is a chance that there may not be the 3 rounds of byes next year, Instead they may have a week off for every team all at once.
So the afl and clubs can have a midseason trade week,
I'm surprised there hasn't been more talk of this on here, it was mentioned last week.
I hope this happens but I have my doubts.

Russty_

That'd be ideal Jace…one rond no one plays, would eliminate a lot of headaches for Supercoaches all round and leave us all with more trades at the end too.

Lazza

Hey Russty, didn’t they increase the trades from 24 to 30 to accommodate the byes? If there aren’t byes next year they will likely go back to 24 trades.

Coach Craig

I love the byes from a Supercoach perspective. I started slowish this year but used the byes to jump up the ranks!
Surely some others like them too, for Supercoach anyway.
Also, not sure I like the idea of having a weekend completely devoid of footy during the season.

Russty_

The downside of it is though Craig is the extra trades you end up using in the 3 bye rounds and the planning you have to do so far in advance to have good results in the byes, makes us end up with teams we might not have really wanted just to remain competitive during the bye rounds, like picking too many Port players this year to avoid donuts.
I ended up using 8 trades through the byes …more than I wanted to but felt like I had to be competitive.

TBone_9

Hey guys, have 4 trades left with some good bench cover. Is it worth using 2 trades to get in R. Marshall for Heeney/Kelly as would love to trade Westhoff to him in 2 trades but wouldn’t have enough. I also like the idea of holding trades for anything that may come but wouldn’t be able to find a way to get Marshall in for finals. Cheers boys

Maverick_

How we all travelling for OA rank guys and in general, everyone happy with how they are travelling?
how many trades left, cash banked and are we all full premo with the odd passenger or two?
No doubt injuries to fyfe, JKelly, Cogs, hurn and earlier whitfield has delayed peoples teams who got itchy fingers and hit the 'T'

Russty_

Hi Mav I dropped 1200 spots to around 6200…2 trades left and now Andrews out…maybe Fyfe?..might have to trade this week because I'm 50-50 getting into about 5 league top 8's this week…decisions!
Not full premo cause I have to play Duursma, and maybe Logue on field this week.

Maverick_

6200 is still a very good rank mate, hopefully you can finish strong!
I think alot of people are 'full premo' but running a few speculative blokes at a D6, F6 or M8 still it's just been that type of season been injuries with some key players whether one week stingers or longer, it was also hard to get it right with a lack of rookies minimising our cash gen and people caught up in midprice madness at the start of the season (me included) and its not often that pays off.

Russty_

Cheers Mav, how you going mate?…yeah I found so many rookies had to be swapped out this year, also i started with some wrong choices, could've had 6 trades now if I was a bit wiser at the start, Pods are only really good to have at the end I reckon, not so much at the start where you need solid performers.

Maverick_

im sitting at 7300 climbed 2450 spots this week it's very tight in the top 10k doesn't take much to climb or fall.
I found exactly that russty that PODs at the start isn't always wise i started with a few to just be different and bit me in the butt early days as did a few of my midpricers. I think as much as it sucks you need to have a cookie cutter team at the beginning and nail your rookies and as the season progresses find the PODs. I still have 6 trades in hand so we'll see what happens for the remainder of the season hopefully hurn and fyfe both return this week.

Russty_

You're doing well mate and have the power of trades at the end which is invaluable, from what I've read, Fyfe and hurn will play this week or are at least good chances to, but Fyfe could be playing forward if Lobb misses with his Shoulder dislocation.

Lekdog

Struggle town over here, 3 trades left with about 100k. Ranked outside top 10%, who would’ve thought SPS, Westhoff etc would be risky haha

Brn

Top 100 with 3 trades. Tempted to use two this week to better my team, but unsure if habing only one trade is wise. Basic bench cover of clark, chol and burgess. Thoughts?

Lekdog

Not terrible cover but not good enough for having just one trade left I would think…what would the upgrades look like?

Maverick_

Top stuff Brn a very quiet achiever over here, killing it.
I suppose that depends how it betters your team doesn't it who would you be trading and looking to bring in?
Trades are vital come the last 2-3 weeks when teams send there players off for early surgeries etc if not playing in september.

Sam_01

Slipped 32 spots to 577 after a 2349 only running with the one trade

Maverick_

very nice rank sam.
Fingers crossed all goes the right way for you with injuries 1 trades very thin with alot of football to be played yet.

Maverick_

Maybe another preseason and SPS might take that leap he looks a good player lek…. somedays haha
Gotta risk it for the biscuit if those two started firing you'd of been laughing.

Holty01

Sitting at about 120 overall. Being in a couple of cash leagues has certainly affected me going down the ranks as I’ve saved trades. At the same time though, a few injuries and a couple of questionable trades forced my hand a bit to look more at leagues then overall. Will bring in a extra forward into my forward line for finals which will leaves me with 2 trades and enough money for a slab.

Maverick_

Awesome stuff Holty 120 is unreal hopefully you can keep it going.
What was your strategy at the start? did you start GnR or a little bit of midprice mayhem?

Holty01

Guns and rookies but had a real good look at fallen premiums rather then breakout candidates. For example, went Sloane over Brayshaw, seriously considered Zorko over Heeney but thought my forward line looked to weak (regret this decision). Also tried to avoid injury risks so didn’t start Kelly and Fyfe. Unfortunately I did bring then in later which went against everything I planned beginning the season and now find myself short 2 mids.

Beezneez

120 is a brilliant rank Holty. I'm 345 and have been climbing the last couple of weeks after getting to what I consider full premo. That included B Smith at d6 and B Crouch at m8. Was considering using some of my 4 trades left later to maybe upgrade those two i.e Crouch for Kelly. Their scores last week have caused a rethink. Scored 2470 last week with Clarke and Quaynor as cover for Fyfe and Hurn. Projected score this week is 2657 but not expecting anywhere near that as the SC Gods usually have a say in such things. Intending to hang tight with trades until injury rears its ugly head.

JohnDJ59

I'm a bit late joining in on this topic, my rank is 21,450 it's been sliding every week since the bye rounds, but apart from 2017 when I ended up ranked 1,501 the 20,000 to 24,000 range is where I usually end up.Used my last trade on the weekend, I tend to still have 4-6 left at this stage of the season, ended up three short of full premo, but I hardly ever get to that stage anyway. Will only be playing in one or two finals out of nine leagues, which would be my worst result since I started playing, but also a result of other players getting better.Looking at points scored, I'm actually ahead of where I was after round 18 over the last four years.38,259 now, 37,893 last year, 38,109 2017 and 38,049 2016. Next year I will try and save trades as much as possible at the start and cut down during the bye rounds so I have at least 10 trades left at the end of the bye rounds.

JohnDJ59

Getting our starting line up right is so important Neil, then we don't feel the need to do corrective trades, my team wasn't as bad as I thought it was and I did a few trades I didn't really need to do, so I will have to remember that next year. Putting a value on our trades right from the start, not just when we have used half of them already will also help, since those five to six wasted trades would be very handy right now and my season wouldn't be over if I still had them. Looking forward to next year, with a determination to get it right, or at least better than this year.

Russty_

Hey John, agree mate starting lineups are so important, make a mistake or 3 there and there's 6 trades gone just trying to fix things…while there's life there's hope bud so even with no trades if you can get 22 on field, you're still a chance at your finals, keep fighting it out. 🙂

JohnDJ59

I had three that I never should have started, Simpson, Mills and A.Brayshaw, they were all gone from my team in the first four rounds, although Angus wasn't to bad in the first six, you could see he wasn't going to be a top eight midfielder. I traded in Lloyd, Whitfield and Worpel for those three. Lloyd has been great and he should have been first picked in defence, Whitfield just caused me heartache and Worpel has been alright for what I paid for him. I'll keep at it Russty, at the moment I just hope to hang on in SonsOfAnarchy league and that would give me two finals, since I already have enough points in the Won't Back Down league.

hedski

Anus (Angus) horriblus for me again this year Mav, hovered around the 30k mark in rank all year.
Terrible year for injuries, missed some great rookies, couldn't afford to get the premos in that I needed, traded in players the week they got injured, started with ANGUS and still have him, just couldn't punt the prick with too much going on.
Concentrating on my work cash league now where I am 7th on % and in a must win this week to hold on so I will be doing my last upgrade (and trade) in defence and then holding on for all it's worth.
Team is not all that bad but not where I wanted it to be.
I will put out my trade options for that last grasp in the Panic Room later in the week and hope I get some help from all the beautiful bastards on this great site. 👍🍻😪

Swans2012

Angus is by far the biggest mistake I’ve made for seasons, he has almost derailed a really good 6 weeks for me

Russty_

You're a legend mate, very honest assessment of your situation and I like to see that there's still hope there.
That can happen and does happen so often and this is something a lot of people don't realise…is that you can get stuck with one or more players that you picked from the word go, for the whole year.
Not through any fault of your own but just because more pressing issues keep popping up, and they do.
Hence the importance of picking a good starting squad with the best players. Cookie Cutter or not.
With 30 trades over 22 rounds before finals (AFL), it ain't easy to try and have 10 trades left after the round 15 bye.
My trades just seemed to evaporate into thin air this year haha, but I will be more disciplined next season.

Swans2012

I’ve slowly clawed some respectability into my season, ranked 34k before the byes, now up to 5k. Nearly Full premo, but carrying brayshaw at m8. Will send to m9 soon, 3 trades left.

Russty_

Nice comeback Swans…late runs are under-rated, I think just hanging in there is enough for the first half of the season.

Pranav

Really happy with how my season is going ranked 1232 with 6 trades and 240k in the bank. Need final premo in defence to complete my side which will be Whitfield. Need to make a downgrade to make this happen was set on hately to hill until he got named so now thinking of bewley to hill. Surprised chol is still getting a game as my F7. Weakest points in my team are heeney F6 Stewart/Ryan D6 and brouch/dusty M8. If no one gets injured this week and Hurn is back next week I’ll happily punt dusty to a zerret/Duncan/yep type and push brouch to M8 with 3 trades and no cash leftover

SamuraiPizzaCat

Late reply but I'm ranked 6,605 with 6 trades left. Still 1 off full premo and have Hurn to cover this week. Hopefully can climb a few more ranks before the seasons over.

TRIGGA_HAPPY

Keys.

Do your research
Listen to the community but

Overall

Back your gut and make your own call.

Thing I learnt this year back in your premos a bit longer, unless injured dont look to off load until rd 7. Give them every chance ie dunks but if they havent performed as expected by then ie Brayshaw you need to cut them loose.

Stuff the byes 🙈

Browncow

My learning this year Trigga – pick actual premos. Not Darling/Brayshaw types who I hope become premos.

Russty_

Good call Browncow…that is the most important thing to do at the start, pick proven performers and not speculative (hope they'll turn into a premo this season) types…rarely works out but we keep trying for some strange reason haha.

JDP

To finish off either forwards or defenders I would appreciate thoughts on who is more important:
Def: Williams
Or
Fwd: Marshall

Thanks

Russty_

Depends on who you're replacing mate..I'd probably replace the weakest player on whichever line it is…both scoring well but Williams might play mid from now on so that's a bonus too, Marshall has been a Juggernaut in the Ruck this year, either or are good choices.

Loop

Maybe just wait a week if you choose Marshall, he only scored 50 against Gawn early in the year. I think the he'll score better this time, it'll be a test for him.

Lekdog

Marshall will outscore Williams for the rest of the year but will likely be cheaper next week

TBone_9

Hey Russty. Yeah I think even I know that’s the right decision to make, just getting caught up in the thought of needing to get Marshall. I can just afford Westy to Greene in the 1 move, but are we worried that he might go back to his 60-70’s once Kelly comes back in 2 or less weeks? But I guess Westhoff will probably only manage 80 anyways

Russty_

I've got Westy too mate and am not happy about it lol, I think 80 is the best we could hope for from him, could easily drop 50's or 60's again…but Toby tons up easy when he plays mid.
Reckon Kelly and Heeney could easily start tonning up again every week with finals looming for Cats and pride to play for with Swans.
Kelly listed as 2 weeks…still, could be more who knows?…your finals campaign could be over by the time he gets back.
I reckon back your guys in but Westy's still not trustworthy..a bit of a weak link.

TBone_9

Yeah definitely not happy with him, you don’t know whether he’s going to get you a 60 or 90 it’s so random. I think going to Toby is something I’ll ponder over the next few days, thanks for the idea mate. How’s your mob looking? Any trades for you this week?

Russty_

Only 2 left TBone but deciding to offload Andrews, to B.Smith, which leaves me with 1 but also a better chance of getting into more top 8's in my leagues this week, am in 3 for sure but 5 are 50-50 based on this week's results…so I'll go for it and hope there's not too much carnage in the next 4 weeks or so.
Happy I got Marshall for 440, imagine having gotten him in for 340?…how come you never got him mate?

TBone_9

Sounds like a good plan to me mate, with leagues on the line you’ve gotta go all out for them! I like the B. Smith pick, any reason him over a L. Ryan or Rich? Mate I wish I had gotten him for as cheap as you did. Well it all came down to the decision I made when i brought in Westy after he was below 400k and had just dropped two decent scores. It was either get him, or gamble on an unproven product in Marshall who was about 25k more… and we all know how that ended up haha. Wish I could have him now, but gotta do the best with what you’ve got right?

Russty_

He's all I could afford mate, it was either him or hunter clark…both in good form but Smith a bit more trustworthy I think.

Lekdog

For me it’s all about nailing the rookies. I didn’t have Hore or Walsh and was stuffed from the get go.

Doch should be sub 500k but Titch will still be around 600k. Similar to when GAJ got injured and they didn’t give the full discount.

No idea

I'm still holding J.Kelly with the hope he may be back as a POD by finals. Is that ambitious or just plain stupid?
Equally I'm still playing O'Brien though have the cash to upgrade this week to Grundy. Tempted to hold O'Brien for the year given other holes in my team (Playing Dursma, Logue and Walsh, plus the Kelly problem above). Is that ambitious or just plain stupid?

Maverick_

JKelly is predicted back Rd21 ( finals week 2) but whose to say he will be back then GWS may play it conservative as they have in the past with him and give him one more week have him 110% for september by then your three weeks into finals and may even be knocked out by then and you had Jelly on ya pine and the POD meant nothing…. How many trades have you got left?

would be nice to see your team as a whole to get an idea of these holes you speak about… Is duursma in ya backline? Is Walsh only playing too cover Jelly or he a genuine M8 still and duursma covering Jelly? I'd Hold off on grundy till you fix these issues

No idea

Thanks Maverick for your comments. I have 4 trades and $205000 in cash, though my current team is……
Def" Lloyd, Laird, Stewart, Houli, Duursma, Logie ( Ainsworth, Rotham)
Mid: Dunkley, McCrae, Fyfe, Neale, Cripps, Cunnington, J.Kelly, Walsh ( D.Clarke, Hill, K. Dunkley)
For: Danger, Marshall, Boak, Heeney, T.Kelly, Greene ( Pettrucelli, Young).

Getting in rookies who only played a couple of games (Rotham, K. Dunkley, Young and other's whom I've since dropped) has really hurt my season and cash generation. Still sitting 5th in my main league though.

No idea

Forgot Rucks: Gawn and O'Brien

Funkhouser

With only 4 trades hold Kelly and definately hold O'brien. Maybe trade Duursma to Whitfield and save the rest.

Maverick_

Personally i'd go Logue up too a ryan/BSmith/sicily just get a player who has a high ceiling and has bottomed out in price any of those three will comfortably outscore logue from here.
And Jelly too merrett/duncan both are unreal value I just don't trust Jelly to be back til round 21-22 which is too long so bank 100k while getting a solid premo get them points onfield.

gives you two trades remaining and a bank of 150k for next week..

Russty_

What Mav said I reckon..can't afford to have Logue on field or 2 rookies in the mids, Kelly probably won't be at his best even if he does get back.

No idea

Thanks lads for the advice. Lots to think about before the teams come out.

Lazza

You must be fairly confident of winning the finals .. it could be all over for you before Kelly is back … trade him

Holty01

So rumour has it that Fyfe may play forward for the rest of the year because of his elbow. If that is the case, would he possibly be mid/fwd next year?

Lekdog

Not sure 5 games would get him across the line unfortunately

Maverick_

Not sure Holty, would need to crunch some numbers and see if he goes over the DPP %.
Isn't it 35/65 % gametime over the season or something to be given DPP status?

Or am i making this up haha i thought i read it somewhere?

Maverick_

yup im pretty sure its a 35% threshold NDD,
season 2020 will be a real shakeup for positions and DPP

2020:
Boak, TKelly, Danger, Dunkley, Worpel all possibly moved too MID only.

Whitfield may get DPP DEF/MID?

dusty a FWD/MID?

Ablett FWD only he's not in geelongs midfield rotation enough

Lycett and Marshall both RUCK only next year

C.Daniel moved DEF only

there just off the top of my head

Russty_

He seems to be recovering well Holty I've read, Hurn trained ok too, Boak missed training today..not sure why.

The Ranger

This year has again shown that if your team isn't right after 5 rounds you're out of the big dance.
In hindsight I probably should have traded harder earlier to correct some initial mistakes and because i didn't I ended up gambling on speculative picks, few of which have worked out well – they seldom do.
Not jumping on some of the key faster earners was also a big mistake this year.I missed ROB. Marshall, Baker, Stack and Rozee and gambled on the mature age recruits like Burgess, Collins, Corbett and Young – none of whom worked out.
Actually…just writing that last line pains me….Burgess, Collins, Corbett and Young…what was I thinking?!!!
Ho hum. There's always next year…

The Ranger

It's about finding the right balance isn't it Neil?
It's no good holding on to bad picks but at the same time you can't burn too many trades too early.
It's your initial choices that make all the difference.

dontblushbaby

Rylee WEST to debut for the Dogs – Mid 117k

Bobby

Hey community

Move upto rank 180, with 4 trades left.

Do i hold my trades for finals or do I trade Sicily to Houli?

Houli hasnt scored below 90 at the G once this year and had all remaining games there.

Cheers

Beezneez

I've also got 4 trades left and want to spread them over the 5 rounds if possible. I'd hold Sicily if I were you cos he is just as capable as Houli to get a good score. Bit of a luxury imo but, in the end, it's your call.

The Ranger

Gotta hold Bobby, You might need those trades to cover injuries.

Scarpi

Hey Community
Do i hold my trades For finals Or should I get rid of Sicily
3 trades Left And About 54k Left

DEF: Whitfield, LIoyd, Laird, Houli, Ryan, Sicily (Rotham, Naish)
MID: Fyfe, Gaff, Crouch, Taranto, Cripps, Neale, Macrae, Dunkley (Scott, Bewley, Answerth)
RUCK: Gawn, Grundy (Sweet)
FWD: Kelly, Dangerfield, Boak, Daniel, Heeney, Greene ( Young, Bines)

Russty_

Hi Scarp…with the Hawks now a chance to make the 8, Sicily could lift and start producing better, at least I'm hoping so, did you get into most of your finals?
If several of them are 50-50 close either way, maybe trade..otherwise I'd hold at least for this week and see what he delivers.

Brn

Anyone else see big brodie smith doing inside mid work last week? Might be worth holding onto and see what he does against blues

Brn

Also glad i held him over hore and duursma despite backlash. Gotta back the experience

Russty_

I'm trading him back in this week…go figure haha

Beezneez

I've had him since the start ang glad I kept him. Last three weeks have been good since he has more of a forward of hb role. My defence from the start was Whitfield, Williams, Laird, Smith , Duursma and Hore. Duursma and Hore went for Lloyd and Hurn. I thoight about trading Smith but none of the candidates appeal that much. Dodged a bullet maybe with Sicily and I guess the others would be Ryan and Stewart but happy to stay with Smith until someone really stans out imo. Had Ryan middle of last year and he was disappointing. Same reason I've stayed away from Greene and Billings and McLean. Started with Danger, Dunkley, Heeney and T Kelly and added Boak and Marshall through the byes.

Beezneez

Ps Brodie playing like the All Australian he was two years ago in his current role.

The Ranger

They need his speed thru the middle so I'd be holding him if I had him.

Shake_n_bake

I just hope to finish in the top 1000 have done consistently luckily of the last number of years now. So the challenge for me is to get there by years end. Just out of it by not much at the moment. Being overseas hurts like late outs to Hurn and boak l left on field. No 1 is getting your team right from the start!!! Rookies, teams don’t put enough time into byes!! Getting premo right from the start

Shake_n_bake

Not sure about beating the tigers! Moore our huge loss Neil.

What_Bear

Hi all,

5 trades left, $95k and playing for league

Def: Laird, Williams, Hurn, Sicily, Smith (Logue, Gardner)
Mid: Fyfe, Macrae, Sloane, Cripps, Neale, M. Crouch, Oliver, Rockliffe (Clarke, Hatley, Bewley)
Ruck: Gawn, Grundy (Bines)
Fwd: Danger, Kelly, Boak, Daniels, Dunkley, Heeney (Chol, Young)

I am proposing to downgrade Hatley to Hill this week, and use the money in the first week of the finals to bring in Whitfield(Chop Laird or Sicily) and Marshall (Chop Rockliffe)

Any advice would be appriciated. Never had 5 trades at this part of the season before

Maverick_

I think that's a pretty good move Hately too Hill makes sense..
Just the 1 trade would be fine no rush on whitfield his BE is 115 and still held together by sticky tape.
just sit back and reasses after the round incase any injuries/suspensions arise.

your 1 defender light. Lloyd missing?

Russty_

Nice work Bear, I like your team and you're sitting pretty for the finals with 4 or 5 left.
Assuming you already have Lloyd?..they sound like good trades.

JohnDJ59

Hi Neil at the moment I'm thinking of starting with the best two on each line, so that's eight keepers, add another three to the midfield gives me eleven, whereas this year I think I only started with nine or ten and I ended up keeping seven of them. I will consider two to three midpricers that I will intend to keep and that will leave me sixteen rookies to find.

Brn

Hurn is out of my team for Whitfield.

Missing this week and imo will miss more before the year is out

Sam_01

Made the right call getting Whitfield at 560k as my last upgrade

Maverick_

Jeez I hope Burgess is named!
I planned on getting grundy in this week as he may go 200+ against tiges. I don’t trust Whitfield anymore I do hurn for durability so don’t really want to trade him in unless I seriously have too. What a mess

Nigel Knighton

I dont have enough trades left damn it…

Brn

Sad to see the forum go dead 🙁

Sam_01

Everyone waiting for the panic room

Russty_

Not dead Brn , just dormant…, honestly I don't think the Who's your Captain thread or Cheet-sheet threads inspire a lot of comments, Around the grounds probably falls into the same category.
Half the people here have probably given up because their season is done…and don't want to face the public.
Seems quite a few regulars from years past aren't pitching in that much anymore..for some reason.
I try to post when I can but sometimes it's just empty or I feel like I'm the only one here
Also sometimes life gets in the way.
Same article subjects every week can feel a bit same samely boring I guess.

Maverick_

I think it’s the fact it’s the same 4 threads every week no real new articles so ppl just drop by Friday for the panic room, that goes bonkers. I’ve had a few good mates use and swear by another forum and there is several articles a day posted similar articles most weeks but lots of info & chat.. but I think they have a couple more people writing there content. Lek patch BVC damo and statty are just busy but they’ve done great since taking over I still enjoy this forum.

Holty01

Hey mate. It’s the same every year. As soon as people use up all their trades or can’t make finals they lose interest. I’m not on anywhere near as much either but that’s more to do with work then anything else.

The Ranger

You're spot on Holty, it's always the same at this time of the year.
I don't think it's a reflection on the site, it's a reflection on the game.

Holty01

Well said. Agree 100%.