The Renegade

The Renegade

The Renegade is RFS' home grown H2H celebrity coach. Imagine the fantasy love child of Jack Gibson and Wayne Bennett. To extend the analogy, Lone Scout is horrific offspring of Ricky Stuart and himself. @The_RNGD

Wednesday, 19 July 2017 00:00

Q & A With The Renegade: Round 20

Well with the Byes over and done with, injuries starting to creep in it’s now we find out who are the Men and who are the mice. Last week I managed a healthy 1027 which lifted me to a rank of 219. With 4 trades remaining things are looking good. With people running out of trades the questions tend to dry up a little, so my articles will too. I will fill in popular questions in case people care or have trades left.

I am getting Pearce and Smith in the next 2 weeks, who do I get first? Pearce with a break even of 70 against the Knights or Smith after a week off.  Paul Messell

I would lean towards Smith he is likely to be fresh, it also means you can set and forget your captain and will probably get 70 (since I decided not to get him). If you’re wondering about my logic, It is that I got AM9 last week so as long as CS9 doesn’t outscore AM9 by more than 52 then I made the right call.

Watson/Cornish/Lino... which one for cash out for the run home?  Paul Messell

None- at this time of the season why would you want one of these? Your team can’t suck that bad you have to play them. You’re not trying to make cash. You may get stuck with a AE if things go wrong. Get Bucky Fizz or Willy Hypocrite or anyone that is 138k and won’t play.

J. Wallace keep or trade this week?  Junior Thompson

I would be tempted to run until seasons end. He’s averaging 46 in a weak position. In other positions it may be more valuable to upgrade i.e. centre or wing. If you are going to, though, you might as well do it this week. I only hope you are getting Fifita as he is the only worthy candidate.

Heard anything about Curtis Scott?  Richard Mckernan

It will be a game time decision. He wasn’t named in the Storms feeder team. I know our old mate and Fantasy rookie Butters believes he has the scoop and he is not in my team so wouldn’t mind if he’s a no show, but stay by your device to make a late change.

Will Issac Luke take a more leading role with SJ gone?  Mark Affleck

Yes, he will do goal kicking. If you are thinking of bringing him in for the remainder of the season you have issues.

Is trading either RTS / Edwards and Fuimaono for Teddy and Turbo leaving Jayne too sideways? Leaves me with 2 trades for the rest of the year and about 150ishk in the bank.  Shazial Sheikh

It is a little bit. However at this part of the season it’s about putting your best players you can in. Your team must be stacked if this is your worst problem. The Fui trade for TTurbo is golden though.

Cleary, DCE, Teddy or equivalent value 2RF for SJ's spot. Will play in my 17 each week. No extra cash or trades available.  Toby Williamson

I would probably lean towards Cleary, gets his points from KM and goal kicking. As we saw this week also has a few other strings that can be played to go big. I also assume he will provide a little cover for you as well.

I have Reynolds, Norman, DCE and SJ in my halves. Should I trade SJ or hold him? Brenton James Head

It’s a lot of coin to keep sitting for a minimum of 4 weeks, I would look to trade but maybe look to get that cash into another position as you look ok at half. 


Thanks for all the questions, don’t forget if you have used all your trades to enter the RD 20 challenge. Will you try and make cash or loop every week? Let’s go for another 1K this week!



Wednesday, 05 July 2017 00:00

The Renegade Q&A - Round 18

Well the curse definitely reversed and bit me in the bum this week! With McGuire taking a trip to Disneyland and JBrom dying, my week and Eliminator was doomed. I rallied late to score 874 and drop back to 223 yet still lost the Eliminator. That pain is set to be multiplied this week with my 9 players pre-trades being reduced to 7 with injuries to Brown and Whare. So I will hold on for dear life this week and then go marching home with an all but set team.

Need to ditch 1 of these WFB's to bring in DCE. Edwards, Calker, RTS, Gutho or Slater..  Jason Tavares

Slater as he misses 2 weeks, you also get a nice trade out price. You will still need to flick one next week I assume? If so Gutherson may be done!

Thoughts on a starting Tyrone Peachey at centre worth the gamble?  Matt Seymour

It’s a gamble all right, but anytime you gamble you want to know what the odds are, and endeavour to get them to favour you. Peachey to me is a longshot, I would favour a Dylan Walker or obviously TTurbo. Picking a player that has a utility role is dangerous. Remember Cartwright can’t be far away, that will force a shuffle and Peachey may be back to the pine.

With most of my "inspired" bye planning players either playing Origin now or injured, is it worthwhile just forgetting this weekend and planning to really smash next week with an ultra gun team?  Paul Baker

Cue the Jim Reeves classic, “Welcome to my World”. Good question. Yes is the simple answer. As an example you have a choice get Merrin this week or cash out player X bank cash and get 138k player that scores 15 this week and never plays again. Next week use that money and get Mannering Lolo etc.. you will get the Mannering points all season and not left watching an inconsistent Merrin. In saying that if you see a gun you term a genuine keeper then get this week ie Kapow.

Looking to trade out Graham this week. Is Tolman the best way to go? Martin Michea

He is solid, plays big minutes but probably doesn’t have a 60 or 70 in him. I would hope you already have Kapow and it might be better to wait a week and get Fifita.

Is Munster a sell now he has two weeks off? He usually scores less in a full Melbourne squad.. is McGuire still a borderline keeper?  Tyler Weymouth

Yes Munster is a sell for me, looking at Manwhore or Moylan. Yes Mcguire is a borderline keeper if playing him at prop and he doesn’t get knocked out.

Best cash out this week?  Jaymie Dunlop

Join the queue, I can’t see any cash out scoring more than 25. Keep an eye out for last minute team changes.

Where can a steal/find/beg/stab/shoot people for more trades?  Shannon Bouguerra

I have something you may be interested in - private message Reece William Brown - if that doesn't work, try Patrick Windred.

Cotric > TTurbo or too sideways? I have 9 trades left and ranked 74th trying to get those extra points to hold rank.  Paul Messell

It will be worth around 80 points and will also give you DPP. Line ball but in your position points on the board are better than not. Keep up the good work.

Currently running with Fifi and McGuire who's the must have frf for the run home. Going 2 trade HSele and some other cash outs got every other position with heaps of cover and currently 11 trades.  Sonya Wirihana

With 11 trades you have done well, I may look at switching Mcguire to Kapow but other than that it’s a pretty sweet front row.

Thoughts on RTS to DCE? Would mean my halves will be SJ and DCE with lolohea 18th man. And my WFBs will be Munster, Calker and Edwards with Mitchell 19th man. Will leave me 4 trades  Stephen Gregory

Sound and Looks good to me.


Well I am avoiding curses now so may all 10 of your players score well. Don’t forget to use the loophole and roll on next week. Thanks for all your questions.



Wednesday, 28 June 2017 00:00

The Renegades Q & A - Round 17

Well a reasonably solid 881 has seen me shoot up to 165! I don’t want to brag but my team is STACKED for this week and my hardest decision is who to leave out? Hayne and Lolohea look like warming the bench, although Hayne may get a late call up. This bodes well for the Semi Final of the Eliminator competition. Luckily, my voodoo on players I do not have seemed to pay off as Vaughan limped off. I might throw a name out at the end of this week’s injury curse I want to impart.  Special mention to Shoayb “look at me” Khan, I am happy to help. But this is a question and answer, you post a question, I copy and paste then answer. Buy a prop and sell Yeo. But you would prefer to get attention than listen to advice so that advice is probably worthless.

What to do with Vaughn thinking of trading him out to someone then trading Brailey to friend is that worth the two trades or should I cash out Brailey and upgrade my second row forward and run with 1 gun hooker.  Matt Seymour

I like Andrew McCullough as a hooking option to end the season, so upgrading Brailey to him would be an option. The only must have FRF at the moment is Kapow! With Fifita to be brought back later.

Who do you see as final centre positions?  Richard Mckernan **Shoayb Khan take note**

I do not see any must haves, except maybe TTurbo I would hold any centre that is averaging above 35. Centre’s are so flukey that you take what you can get and save the trade.

Who should I get rid of out of Cotric, Hayne and Moga? Alternatively, keep the lot and save a trade trying to get some cash for a gun frf.  Scott Wirihana

I wish you could hold for another week, Hayne worries me he only scored 58 with 2 tries last week. Your right one has to be dumped, I will say dump Moga. Bennett may give him the Hunt treatment. You have to upgrade your FRF!

 Is it better to have 2 hookers or 3 bench 2rf's?  Martin Auditore

There are 8 2RF averaging 54 or above and 3 hookers doing this. I would lean towards the 2nd Hooker option as the 6th ranked 2RF is averaging 57 and the 2nd Hooker is averaging 60, plus it provides injury cover if your other hooker gets injured/suspended/rested.

Is it a good idea to run out of trades asap to focus on charity work?. Reece William Brown Tree

I assume you are referring to a famous strategy called the Marg technique. You burn your trades early to keep your fantasy team relevant and inside the top 2k so that the people stay in your lounge and you’re not left with no friends and a bunch of useless algorithms. Or short answer NO!

Should I bring in L Brown for Hunt as a cash out and playing centre this week or cash out Graham and upgrade Hunt to Turbo?  Mark Brown

I do not like the idea of playing Lewis Brown, but I like the idea of using him as a cash out and having him as a number in the coming weeks. I also love the idea of upgrading to TTurbo. Without knowing your other positions, read between the lines and boost your own decision.

What to do with Graham?? Already have Fifi and Kapow as my other front rowers and $119k in the bank and 8 trades left so ideally trade a set and forget for rest of the year... was going to get Vaughan as my last front rower but he's broken too. Wait for him to come back and then just swap for graham or get someone in now? Reserves are McInnes, Gal, Surgess and Hayne/Cotric/Loloheia/Fbrown if I don't trade and rest of team reasonably solid.  Ross Cranston

Yeah it sounds like if you trade Graham it’s for trading’s sake only. You have cover this week so at least hold till a better option appears. If they are my reserves I might cash out one of those WFB/CTR to Lewis Brown and sit on a big wad of cash and look to complete your team post origin with someone then. It also gives you numbers in the coming weeks.

Cameron King a decent cash out for Kaysa? Running one hooker (McInnes) until round 20 then trade to Smith. Paul Messell
Or go Roache? Daniel Schwamm

Both are good cash outs; however, King may have an extra week or two in him. If upgrading is a possibility I like this option as AM9 is averaging almost 60 so you sort of need him anyway.

Merrin or Taumalolo?  Luke Greenhalgh

On surface you say easy Lolo, but you may think Merrin plays every game. Lolo will still make 100 points on Merrin based on averages. Also, Merrin is a mid-ranger, Lolo is a must have.

 Is D. Edwards a keeper in your books or should I eventually be turning him into a gun half via Munster/Walker?   Marc Wells

I passed on him and he is burning me every week, luckily, I hear that Cartwright isn’t far away and that could finally get him demoted. Until then I would hold.

 Who to start between Cotric, Hayne, Fuimaono, BJ or brown?  Todd Allan

Similar problem, Fui is a lock (ok 2RF but it kills my pun). Am leaning towards BJ as Cowboys love to rush and this could mean Tackle Busts and Dragons should defend better on Hayne. But it’s a coin toss over those 2.

Thanks for all the questions, some are a little repetitive so read the whole article if your question was not answered.  This week I am putting the curse on Mansour or Edwards, maybe a collision under the high ball injuring both ala Steve Waugh Jason Gillespie. Shout out to my boy K5, chin up and much respect.


Thursday, 22 June 2017 00:00

The Renegade's Q & A - Round 16

I want to start the week off by publicly bagging Mrs Renegade! It’s bad enough I didn’t pick Crichton, but thanks to going out for dinner I was too late to loophole Taumalolo’s 80 costing me another 20 points. That will be the last night out she gets in the League season. Despite this it left me with a solid 805 and continuing to rise to a more than respectable 230 in the ranks. Good news for this week is with a full team and still 12 trades left, things should continue to trend in the right direction.

I have sweet FA trades remaining - do I just go for broke and hope for the best?  Mark Jessup

I always like to hold 1 trade, it keeps fantasy relevant. Otherwise if you have to keep burning trades and then boast like 'I was once ranked…' and neglect to tell us your final rank it’s a strategy I heard that in a lounge somewhere.

Should i trade Walker? And if so Edwards, Teddy or Tom Turbo? Tyler Weymouth

It appears a lot of people have a lot of potential keepers at WFB. This appears sideways, with trades running short I would rather hold trade and treat Walker as a keeper. In saying that you may be short of numbers, if so get TTurbo, he can play centre and will be a keeper. Teddy gone for this week.

 Thoughts on any players currently outside top 5 for avg points in their position who'll turn it up for the business end of the season? Any current guns who you see flopping?  Matthew Anthony

Matt Moylan has averaged over 50 last 5 games and is revelling in the playmakers role. Look for him to move up. Cameron Smith to decrease his output, not to be average but lowering it enough that you could risk not getting him back in your team. He’s averaging 62 now I predict he will average 55 for the remainder of season. I figure he will get some rest before finals and probably play some in the halves.

 Whare a good cashout option ?  Paul Messell

I wouldn’t put the house on it! (wee joke for our kiwi brothers) Yes you are paying 8k for someone that might get you 40 points in 2 games when you need a little cover. People will worry about AE at seasons end, if you are taking an AE then you have issues anyway.

Playing overall. What round is best to bring CS9 back in?  Josiah Orr

RD20 but if you have cash could I tempt you into going AM9 now? Based on averages AM9 would get more points from now till the run home. Factor in the answer I gave above and it may be more. With Ben Hunt out of favour it looks good that he will play 80 minutes till seasons end.   Dale Roberts hope this covers your question.

 Teddy, is he essential to use a trade to bring in to your team for the run home if you already have 3-4 wfbs scoring 40-50+ each week?  Sam McLeod

No, I am sure that trade would be more valuable somewhere else. His injury proneness and playing for the Tigers are also reasons I wouldn’t be busting a nut to fit him into my squad.

Which out of a gun forward, gun half or gun WFB is the best to have. Looking at either JWall for Fifita, or Suli for a gun half or gun WFB. JWall is in my res while Suli is like 20th man. Jason Tavares

I would ask myself which position has the least guns? For me I say HLF with Pearce and SJ averaging 57 the drop off to the next level is 10 points which is quite the drop off.


With the Final 8 in the eliminator this week I wish severe injuries on all players I don’t own. Although maybe I should just wish that they make the origin team as this seems to rule them out of playing for their clubs. Remember when Syndesmosis was the fashionable injury, well it appears the Gallenitis is this year’s fashionable disease for rep players. This has changed things with Billy and Smith both missing. Have a good week!


Thursday, 15 June 2017 00:00

The Renegade's Q&A - Round 15

Well signs look good for the run in, last week I scored a solid 986 and jumped into rank 325. With trades in the bank and a solid foundation it will be pedal to the metal as I boost my way home. The only slight glitch is this week when I look like maximizing 15 players.  In further good news I smashed my eliminator and am in the final 8! With the week off this week it will be a good week if I can hold rank.

Slater to Surgess or Sione Mata'utia to Surgess?  Matt Seymour

Kick Sione to the curb, that’s a must do trade! Thinking of trading Slater is crazy talk, he is averaging 45 and has gone from cash cow to potential keeper.

 If Cam Smith backs up next round is it ideal to bring him back or wait till Round 20?  Paul Messell

As I too am in a similar predicament, my advice is also what I will be doing. Wait till week 20.The game he plays in against the Roosters if it becomes a blowout look for him to be benched or play in the halves. Just a tip for young rogue rookies make sure you don’t run out of cash or trades!

Hoping to get Galenl in for Stone. Would you trade Cotric out or Moga?  Fa’a Tau

Nice trade, I would trade Cotric! Wingers tend to get less chances and Moga has real nice base stats. It’s rare for wingers to be genuine keepers.

Slater and Wallace a trade?  Luke Adams

Wallace yes not a frontline keeper in a position that has a lot more players averaging higher that play more games. Slater I would hold as I see him a potential keeper in a weak position.

 McInnes. Is he a must for this round? CS9 or McCullough trade out?  Paul Baker

For one round? Hopefully not. Yep maybe bench CS9 till round 20 then switch out AM9 and get the great man back in your team.

 When Moylan gets dpp is he worth it? Nick Gibbs

Are you high on NSW juju? Is he worth his status a dpp? YES if you play the games you get dpp. Or is he worth trading in? Of course, but trade him in as a WFB which he already has. His last 5 games he has a 50 point average. Also this question has no relevance this week! PS keep pm’ing those NSW teams.

 Thinking trading Milford to Lolohea until tigers have next bye then hopefully he has made enough coin so can upgrade him to Pearce after origin. Crazy idea?  Jake Carter

It’s a punt I took last week, sadly he looks a little lazy and overweight. Maybe with Brooks there to lead the team he will perform better, he has quick feet which is good for tackle busts. I think a straight switch to Aren or Munster would be better as you will get more points and save a trade. If you are playing overall.

 Matthew Eisenhuth. Cash out, cash cow, or Trap A/E later on in the year?  Logan Burnside

Cash Out! Just a bit of advice, all the high scoring players are 2rf’s, so at seasons end I will be aiming for 6 2rf’s. Not some 24 year old journeyman that I cashed out on to get 16 points in week 15.

Thoughts on trading out Mannering for Taumalolo? Mannering has been nothing short of awesome this season but with two byes to come I feel if I don't jump on Taumalolo I could really suffer. Other options are Merrin?  Ted Grant

The concerning thing is that Manners has been getting rested and his good scores involve a try. It’s a trade for me, to miss Lolo could just hurt too much. Merrin, wash your mouth out, the dude is heart and ass broken.

Should I get Nathan Brown this week or have I missed the boat? Richard McKernan

He would be a very low end keeper or 18th man and playing Week 15 and 18 I hope you have cover for the other weeks. If not you could have some  Steve Nicholls sea sickness coming your way.

Which one out of CWalk or Gutho would be the best to keep for the run home, potentially 18th man.  Jason Tavares

Walker all day, Guth is getting the Aubo role and just filling gaps. Even if he gets the FB job I would still back Walker to lift and average ok coming home.


Thanks for all the questions. Don’t forget to loophole this week and hope that your opponent’s team gets filled with injuries.




Thursday, 08 June 2017 00:00

The Renegade Q & A - Round 14

Well with a solid 693 I only lost 50 spots and managed to stay inside the top 500. No thanks to a big hairy red head pulling out late, really it’s a society problem as well though.  For once I will give props to my nemesis Lone Scout who scored an impressive 814 to take a 20 point lead on me. This week is a full round and a good score a must if you want to be a contender. Panic selling Smith last week forces me to play captain roulette this week.

Is Cody Walker a keeper in the halves? I was planning on shifting him to WFB but MWZ being dropped scuppered my plans. Ted Grant

Not ideal, but hey I am sure at seasons end people will have Milford/DCE and their average is very comparable. I am sure you can make an opening and have him as a WFB where he almost becomes a gun.

Is it worth spending the extra cash in the backline for POD's this year? Seems like everyone is running the same mix of FRF/2RF to a degree eg Lafai/Hopoate Rapana/Mansour.  Dean Langford

You want to use your cash to get as many points as possible. Don’t look for POD’s for the sake of it. If they gun it people will just bring them in, if they go at average then you will lose ground. In saying that Rapana/Mansour would be fun to watch.

Munster in for Cotric?  Matt Seymour

Don’t hate it, your team must be going pretty well if your comfortable trading a 38 point WFB. 72 points for 1 trade or running out of trades and having to run Abbey last 2 weeks??

Is upgrading Abbey to Semi a silly move if it gives me 17 for round 15?  Paul Messell

I love these boasting questions! Sweet move you should move up the ranks in round 15.

Which centre do you rate as a "must have" for the run home? Michelle Moore

Whoever you pick you must stick with! People have to learn to stop burning trades in crap positions. I like TTurbo when back, I like Croker and the Black Widow is great value and if players could stop getting injured he would play 80 minutes in the back row every week and average 45. On average Jimmy the Jet would have to be in the mixer to. #girlsontop

Kapow, Merrin or JDB. Better option to run home with?  Jason Tavares

JDB great base stats and most consitant. The Kapow the the Slug.

Who would u keep if u had to Elliott or Bodene and yes Elliott would help me out in rnd 18 which I need badly?  Lamo Penishands

Can’t you sell them both? If not hold Elliot, but please don’t tell me it’s for the rest of the season! If it was then you have to hold BT.

Hayne and BJ viable CTR options?  Patrick Hewitt

Hayne needs to go boom this week or he will be done, fullback should help. Hold a week. BJ is a viable option but he is a rollercoaster, don’t come out boasting when he scores 70 because he might just get 7 the week after.

What to do with Cotric/Suli if Croker is your other keeper centre, and you plan to cash one to fund Brailey > CS9. Hold Cotric until Tturbo/Aitken are back or target someone sooner rather than later for byes + the run home? Lachlan Angus

You sound like the kind of guy that want a cheap reliable centre to pump out 40’s each week mostly from base stats, I think you would be suited to a Blond with Brown eyes who likes beach walks and romantic dinners. The only thing is you can’t be arachnophobia. Say hello to Mitch Aubusson. Sell Cotric and I’ll chuck 12k in to the mix.

I have Munster in the halves, and need to get another to partner him. My options are C. Walker, ARey, DCE or Cleary??  Anthony Baldwin

ARen, with his goal kicking and general KM he should outscore the rest.

Keep or trade kaysa? Nathan Dengate and Harley Ngaau

Settle down lads, hold at least till the bye periods are over. He plays all those big rounds. Maybe just strap a mattress to his head so he stops getting knocked out.


Thanks for all the questions, with me winning my Eliminator battle last week it puts me into the Final 16. There are some murmurers out there that say I shouldn’t be eligible, I say stop crying and beat me. But for those in the PC brigade I will donate my winnings to charity if I survive to the end. Till next week save a trade and wish injuries on all your opponent’s players.


Thursday, 01 June 2017 00:00

Renegade Q&A Week 13

Renegade Q&A Week 13


Well a score of 669 propelled me up to 439th. With a big eliminator clash looming this week, I am happy to say I will be fielding 17 scoring players. That big spud Graham could disrupt mine and others though. I am more interested in the combined score of these 2 weeks and probably foresee a slight loss in ground. With the Captains loophole in play and players backing up, anything could happen.


Thoughts on only running with 1 gun hooker ? Cashed saved would be used to upgrade FRF and 2RF spots to keepers ( Fifita, Lolo etc ) so reserves would be hopefully a combo of keeper FRF's and 2RF's  - Jason Tavares

Absolutely, in years gone by we had multiple gun hookers. It’s always best to get the best scoring players regardless of position. Word of caution though, if the great man got injured or suspended(ok that is a joke) you would want a trade up your sleeve. I too am looking at running Smith solo.

How important is grabbing Edwards? - Jordan Zouroudis

It’s all relative, I personally won’t be. However, if I had 16 players, 100k in bank and Abbey on the bench, he would look a whole lot more attractive. It’s Round 13 , so head hunting speculative cows that at best will make 120k, but will require 2 trades makes no sense in my strategy. Yes he has a low BE, yes he has has made tackle busts, but the Panthers have players like Hiku and Moylan that could easily take his job.

Kodi Nikorima. How long until is price begins to plummet? What's the priority to trade him out? Potential cash out/ upgrade options?  Ben Morrish

Hold that thought, with Milford all but ruled out. I would hold this week if you can, he has a BE of 32 and should beat out Benji for the 6 spot. If he doesn’t get the spot then I would flick asap, an upgrade to DCE or Munster is not too hard. Game time decision.

I'm leaning towards building my team and not caring about byes. Is this a good idea?  The Shoayb Khan

You’re a dickhead! No I am joking, it’s an interesting strategy and not completely flawed. The thing I would say this year is points now are better than perceived points later, that can be robbed through injury or suspension. Your idea is to Ussain Bolt it, get your team set and gas it home passing all the trade drunk fools that spent their load on bye friendly clowns like Nathan Brown. I will watch with interest, however I suspect you will come limping home mid pack.

Who's the priority this week to offload - Brailey cause I can get a scorer, or KNiko cause he is losing money? Sonya Wirihana

Easy Brailey, he aint ending the season in your team and with Sege due back, chase those points. Also see above for Niko answer. PS it isn’t an upgrade if you get Edwards or Lolohea. If you cant get Friend or AM9, then hold Brailey and save the trade.

Edwards or Lolohea going forward?  Jordan Hamel

Oooh Yuck and Gross, can’t people just save trades. But Edwards is the lesser of two evils.


Thanks for all your questions , may players we don’t have get injured and our captain score 100. Till next week take care and remember to check out





Thursday, 25 May 2017 00:00

Round 12 Q & A with The Renegade

With a solid 877 and moving up 90 spots to 732, the best part of the year has arrived! Not only did the past week see me move up the ranks it saw old mate Lone Scout finally cave to the relentless pressure. Normally he packs up over byes and tells everyone that he is a H2H player (aren’t we all). Heading into the byes I will run 14 players and be left with 19 trades up my sleeve.

AM9... what to do with him?  Adam Pollard

Hold he is missing one game! The word I have was he wanted to play this week but the NRL stepped in.

Trade CS9/Fifita or hold?  Luke Adams

I think trading Fifita makes sense, he misses 5 of the next 8 games. It’s a lot of cash to have sitting. Just remember though you want him in your final 17 so make sure you can get him back. 

If we're trading, who are the best options?  Ben Morrish   
This is a bit trickier. If Brown plays it’s him. You must have Surgess, Crighton and Gallen. These guys will play 6 of next 8. It may seem like a luxury to use two trades but it will be 150 points. It also is only a trade as you are bringing in a keeper. Take the 150 points off and say, would I like my rank??


 What do u think Fualalo will score playing lock for dogs? good option?  Matthew Bethel

38, I don’t know! Reading Des Haslers mind is impossible. I would assume he is set for big minutes.  23k  for 75 points for a cash out seems like worth it. People assume a cash out must be base price, I like your thinking.


 I can't remember.....but during this weekend can you trade out blue dots and dnps (players playing oranges) during the weekend leading up to the last game Sunday? Shannon Bouguerra

You can trade Blue Dots all weekend and Red dots only till that team plays.


Why would K5 be seeking advice from Lone Scout?   Greg Johnson

He is a narcissistic whore! So is K5! It would be more promotion of the K5 Brand than wanting advice from bland NRL funded part time fantasy player. I will give that answer a K5 5 star rating!!


Who to trade Norman to?  Jack Shannon

Cash out to Brown and splash the cash elsewhere? If not the obvious choice is Adam Reynolds. WARNING do not buy the crap on Moses and his great base stats from KM’s. He WILL miss 10 tackles in a game and score single digits if you own him. Just ask the Renegade queen #girlsontop


 If I have JGraham, Tolman, Yates, Surgess, Pimple, JWall, Crichton, NBrown and Elliot as all my forwards is it worth blowing most of my kitty to go Leota to Gallen ?  Jason Tavares

As long as you don’t use all your blow on Bromwich, then Gallen is a good option. I like spending cash, odds are injuries/form will happen and you just use that cash to get your next target.


 I'm dropping Rapana - bringing Radradra, Manu and Burgess.  Vanessa Briana-Anderson

You absolutely need Surgess, however I hate trading players that are playing so try and find another path. Then if need be boot Rapana Rd 15, and as Mrs Renegade says it’s only money so if he bleeds a bit don’t worry.


CHN to Tolman or Gallen? Or put Wallace on the block as well and get both?  Aaron Burns

Gallen! Which would mean Wallace to Tolman, I think it’s sideways and you also don’t want Tolman as a keeper.


Best captain option this weekend?  Cornelius Talagi

Keep an eye on for an article rating options and loophole options, also look out for a cash out/cows article too. I might just be going for Gallen.

Thanks for all the questions and with the byes starting it means the eliminator takes a rest. So my domination will have to wait a week. Hope all our players go well and see you next week.



Thursday, 18 May 2017 00:00

The Renegades Q&A; Round 11

Well apologies for my mid-season hiatus, I wish it was due to being on a tropical beach somewhere with no internet. Truth be told I was overworked helping some people out away from home without a laptop. Luckily for you guys though I still managed to see all games and keep my finger on the pulse. Not only that but I managed to bank some trades and move inside the top 1K. With the byes and origin almost upon us, it’s time to separate the Renegades from the Scouts.

Which half do I want to get if I'm not worried about bye coverage: Walker, Munster or Cleary? And is Bodene Thompson or Trent Merrin worth a buy? Both underpriced but not setting anything alight yet!  Jarrod Cherry

The two premium halves are SJ (assume you have) and Pearce (probably set to stuff NSW chances again) That being the case I would be all over Adam Reynolds, averaging over 50 with a stuff you attitude. Just so happen he plays all the byes. Avoid BT and Merrin fallen stars that aren’t keepers and you would be losing ground at seasons end if you cant trade.

What's the go with Walker?   Strahan McIntosh

He will play, simply flexing his worth. Should be a nice wee pick up for the byes. Although if he does go rogue,  would be very salty for all his owners.

Who the best option for Kafusi to Surgess, Gallen or for a point of difference thinking Tapow  Sonya Wirihana

I think you answered your own question, but Surgess is a MUST have for all overall players with his bye schedule.

Fantasy rookie and I'm in a H2H league that doesn't play the major byes, should I worry about them at all or just focus on my H2H battles? Haden Papa

Just worry about your H2H win that and next year step up for the real challenge. If you haven’t prepared your team for byes. It will suck on both levels.

(Overall) Which would you bring in out of Crichton or Gallen, regardless of which boats may or may not have sailed. Matthew Duggan

With a 5 Round average of 64 and better byes and 80k cheaper and just to disagree with Lamo Penishands, Crichton out points Gallen’s 5 round average of 61.  Remember when looking at averages that Crichton’s numbers are distorted due to his early season bench role.

Brown or Kapow   Billy Beere

Nathan Brown is an overall players delight, with sweet byes and increased minutes it’s a no brainer.

Adam Elliot worth a trade? 2 * 80 mins and plays 12 and 18   Anthony Cirone

Yep, with Klemmer and possibly Jackson in origin he should get his 80 minute role back. Maybe pick up next week though.

Graham or Gallen for Kaufusi this week yes graham will most like drop more cash but Gallen still a chance for origin??  Clint Jung

I love people that answer their own questions! But yes sound logic, although I have pretty strong mail saying Gallen is done with origin and not his choice.

Who would be an ideal replacement if i wanted to offload Slater to either a wfb, or half via Walker when already having the likes of Walker/Sj halves and RTS/Hayne wfb for byes.  Lachie Angus

Either Gutherson if you can live with a 40 average, or Reynolds if you want to gamble this week that he wont play origin(if can wait a week it should be a lock)

Playing overall and have 21 trades with Smith, Fifita, McGuire, and possibly Hayne, Slater and Wallace getting Origin call ups. Who gets traded to more bye friendly players?  Judah Frost

I would look to switch out Mcguire to either Graham,Surgess or Crighton  and Slater to Guth, Walker or punt on Radradra.


Thanks for all your questions, I might of missed a couple either due to you self answering or nonsensical (you know who you are). So start burning trades, I will be looking to bring in Fuimaono as he has sweet bye coverage and looks the goods. Hopefully like me you are still in the eliminator and all our players go Boom this week.

See you next week. 



Friday, 21 April 2017 00:00

Q&A with the Renegade: Round 8

Coming off a couple of 900 weeks the old Renegade is charging through the field and hoping to crack the 1000 this week. With my poor excuse for a rival Lone Scout now only 11 points ahead, it was at this stage last year I put the hammer down (or he dropped his load) and the contest ended in a victory procession to the end of the season. Also nice is the fact I have managed to bank 4 trades so far, some nice cash out options would be handy, but when Origin kicks in I am sure there will be plenty.

My team is strong (top 500) but am very weak with one of my halves, got Hampton in last week for Elgey and couldn't reverse after he was named on bench. Do I get Kodi to band aid the situation or should I bite the bullet and cash out Sironen to upgrade Ryley Jacks to Areyn or Pearce?  Jordan Brown

I am thinking that Nikorima as a temporary solution may be the better option. With uncertainty over who will be the NSW halves pairing it may be that Niko will act as a nice bridge till that is answered and we can maybe spend 100-150K upgrading Niko to the unnamed gun half.

Am I correct in thinking that Kaufusi should be cashed out upon the return of Tohu Harris if that’s happening in the next couple weeks?  Peter Li

Not really, You should cash out when you think he is no longer capable of reaching his BE. His BE this week is 12 and if Harris returned this week I would still hold. Kaufusi might be ahead of Kenny Bromwich in the order too.

Is it worth getting Leilua now or waiting for Croker to bottom out in a week or two and get him instead? Or on the other hand getting Leilua now as well as Croker in a few weeks? Julius Harris

If you can, get Leilua now, I got him a couple of weeks ago. I much prefer to get players that are trending in a positive direction. Leilua may however be in the Origin mix, but to me has a more upside.

I traded Brailey to McInnes a couple of weeks ago.. am I crazy for thinking about the same trade in reverse, considering the Sharks' byes? Stephen Merriman

It’s irrelevant if you have had a player in the past, ask yourself this question is it a good trade now? To me it looks bad, trading the 3rd ranked Hooker and a keeper for someone that you will trade again once Sege returns.

Paul Vaughan, keeper or do you think he'll end up averaging around 40s?  Paul Messall

He will do bloody well to average in the 40’s considering he is currently averaging almost 57. In Fluke or For Real the consensus was that he would be around the 50 average.

What is better? A- Siro to Crichton, or B- Addo-Carr to Burns then Siro to Gallen?  Jordan Le Long

Easy A!  Costs you 1 trade and the average won’t be too dissimilar and Crichton is bye gold.

Jacks to Hampton - Yates to Crichton, BT or whitehead? Good trades?  Henare Ranginui 

Prefer Niko to Hampton but love the Crichton part.

Leota, Yates, Elgey, Jacks, Moga, Kelly, Burns, Abbey + $78k in the bank. Who's out and who to bring in.  Mitch Ollerenshaw

Nikorima I am really keen on so maybe flick Elgey and hope Jacks can get one last boost, although still doubtful he will play.

Can you rate if Brenko Lee; Michael Gordon and Holmes are genuine POD's in the ctr/wfb for the byes?  Lachlan Camilleri

POD = Points of difference, however in this case it may represent points of dementia! Lee is awful, Gordon is average at best and Holmes is the only potential, however for that money you could also get Gutherson who should get his 6 role back soon. To be fair I checked averages and was stunned to see Lee average almost 39. I just think at this stage of the season it guns or cows. Mid rangers don’t offer much.

Is there a half worth cashing Jacks out for (under 250k ish) that's not Niko? Also, best centre keeper atm? James Irlam

Not really, Hampton if he can get the hookers role back.  Best Centre all hail the EX Black Widow Aubo! 80 Minute back rower that lives off base stats with no chance of Origin. Set and forget.

Crichton or Whitehead? H2H only  Chriskey Arbidans

Whitehead! Only for H2H Crichton for Overall. Unless you don’t feel Whitehead is a keeper then saving a trade and going Crichton may be better. But Whitehead to me seems logical.

 Is Jacks a hold for Origin or swap for someone like Niko?  Luke Greenhalgh

If you are npr Jacks I would probably hold for Origin, if you need to play him then a switch to Niko would be a good idea.

Thoughts on Merrin ? Will he come good or is it time to give him the boot? Patrick Hewitt

You have hung on for this long you might as well wait, his performance really picked up during origin last year. In saying that a quick switch to Crichton will turn out more profitable.


Thanks for all the questions, with the start of the 1st ever Renegades Eliminator I wish you all big scores! You better hope you don’t get me next week though as your journey may end right there. Keep saving trades and keep reading the website.


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