The Plus Four: Round 15

We’re through the 15th round of 2010. Only 3 more roster games until we start the final series. Do what you can to be in the top half… noone wants to win the Tit-ed Cup!

THE BARLOW TRADE

We all would have clicked the “T” button on Friday (unless you are an impulsive trader and did it earlier) to get rid of Michael Barlow. For most, it was just to trade in a similar priced gun. Montagna, Ablett, Bartel and Boyd were the gimmie picks there and most would be happy. Some went with the DPP in Chapman and Goddard (don’t start). As a Dane Swan owner, I was happy that you needed a fair bit of extra cash to get on him. He is a bloody jet! Team Swan is much better than Team Ablett!

WARNE DAWGS TRADING CURSE

Ok… for those who followed what I did this week with my Barlow trade, hope you’ve had some fun laughing at my expense. For those who don’t know, I traded in Brendan Goddard for Barlow into my midfield. “Oh yeah, great call… gives me a MID/DEF dual position link. Don’t have to put up with playing against Goddard each week”… blah, blah, blah! For fucks sake. Can I not get anything right. Out with the flu. That sucks arse. I have no mid cover at the moment (Gysberts, Shuey) but had Webberley playing in my backline. So, I could have had Goddard in my backs and subbed Hodgey into my mids and if Goddard was out, Webberley could have taken his spot. FMDT.

So the curse. My last three players I have got into my team have included Colin Sylvia (played 1, missed the next 3), Ryan Hargrave (played 1, missed the next 2) and Jordan Gysberts (played 1, hasn’t played since). I’m having a bad run. I only have 4 trades left now, so if I do use those, I’ll give you a heads up so you don’t make the same mistakes!

THREE LEAGUE ROSTER GAMES TO GO

I played against my good mate Pokey this week. His team the Pokestars has over performed this year. Must have read this website in the pre-season and gone against all of the advice I gave out! I was pretty lucky in the end. He had Goddard just like me, but in his backline… where he had Ricky Henderson on his bench who smashed out 119. He called me on Saturday night accusing me of hacking his team as he forgot to click the ‘E’ in him (he still had that up his sleeve too). Damn. Unlucky Pokey, could have gone down to the wire! I’m now in the top 4 baby! Ohhh yeah! Here come the Dawgs!

AFL DREAM TEAM STRUCTURE IN 2011

There’s been a bit of talk about how AFL Dream Team will look in 2011 with the inclusion of Gold Coast and with it, and uneven roster that will include byes. It sounds like Virtual Sports will look at a simple solution, which I am certainly in favour of. That would be just to add more trades (24 could be the magic number for the 24 round season) and extend our bench. I am sick of hearing these friggen ridiculous ideas of supplementary trades where you can temporarily swap players for the week, or take a players average. With increased trades and extra bench, the hardcore fans can look at new strategy to play the game and it will keep the ‘regular’ punters involved for longer without DT ruining their lives as well!

95% of people play the game for the fun of the league matches. That has to be a priority when coming up with the solution for the ‘one off’ 2011 season. A preferred structure of the season by the AFL is to have 22 normal 8 game rounds (with one bye each week) and two rounds which would have 5 and 7 byes respectively. These would be ‘bye’ rounds in league games (like NRL DT). If they go with 19 normal rounds and 5 rounds with 3 byes each week, things might be a little different for DT.

Let’s face it, the AFL (and people who host other fantasy games) don’t want you to have to spend hours on it each week. People want to be able to look at it simply. If you think this might make it ‘too easy’ or whatever, then make sure you give us all a ride in your Toyota next year when you win it!

There will be more about this later in the season!

DT TALK EPISODE BEING FILMED TONIGHT

We will be getting away from writing our damn school reports for a few minutes tonight to bring you a brand spanking new episode of DT TALK. We have a special guest in the studio this week – m0nty from FanFooty.com.au. Make sure you tune in tomorrow to hear from the great man and also the regular DT TALK rubbish that we speak!

That’s all I’ve got this week… I better get back to writing school reports (I could write about DT all day – maybe I should run a Dream Team class next year?!). Enjoy your Monday everybody!

43 Comments

  • Yeah goddard out HURT. Waters did a hammy didnt he? might hurt a few more. Nicky R 0 points quarter time, looked alot better second half, straight swap for about ne one for finals!

  • you know what’s going to happen next year.. it will take about 14 rounds for people to master the strategy, and by that time it’ll be time to prepare for 2012.

    anyone that can work out the optimal system from the start is going to have a huge advantage. seems like bench coverage will be more critical, and getting a spread of players from clubs will be moreso as well (no loading up 6-7 cats players, for example)

    • Not at least until after they have had their bye. Study of the program for next year will be important.

  • nice post warnie.

    not to show off but i had daniel connors and decided to hold off on the barlow trade. sometimes the DT gods smile upon thee, will trade at finals.

    next season will be crazy, DTTalk will be even more invaluable.

  • viva la espanyol!

  • i got in Montagna this week over goddard. more time in mid for monty,
    goddard not playin helped me win in a league, cause yes i sitll dont have him cant afford him now.

    good to see Manzac scored the same as when my grandpop was born 1898.

    i ended up with 2035 betts 23 enright 42 let downs.

    i dont mind extra trade idea.

    cheers Warnie

  • Great Post Warnie.

    This weeks is huge when it comes to J BROWN!

    Will he wont he??

    He would make a great emergency for us loyal(foolish) keepers!

    • brown should be back this week but wont get the lions email till another few days, would like to see the big man in action.

      • is the news letter usually correct? what day does it come out?
        it will be interesting to hear your findings!!

        • that was in the email tonight and yeah its a newsletter for memmbers etc… (im a lions member)

          Voss on possible team inclusions
          “Browny (Jonathan Brown) and Goose (Matt Maguire) are likely to play this week.”

          “Matt Maguire is probably less likely than Brown, but they trained really hard last week and we ramped up their work over the weekend. They are both looking in reasonable shape.”

          “It’s just a matter of looking at the work they have done and determining whether we think it’s enough for them to get through a game of footy.”

          “Browny though isn’t over the line just yet. We are not going to take any chances with him. We have to be really confident that he can not only play, but he can also pull up well afterwards.”

          “So we won’t make our decision until we are 100% confident on that.”

          some reason my comment came up down the page so hope this works lol

      • I’d sure hope so. My forward line needs boosting.

        • Or someone else to knock out a random 30!!!! Hope he comes back fit and scoring well.

  • Great post Warnie.
    If you get bored this year would be good to see the Barlow trade analysed each week in this section. Such as the main swap for him (Boyd, Montags, Ablett, Swan) and keep a running tally. So at the moment picking up Boyd has been the best option thus far, just ahead of Swan and then Montags and Ablett last.

  • P.S – Roy get off the fucking dope. You look like you have just pulled your 10th bong in that photo.

  • Was just going over some of the trades made in my forward line. I have no idea what the hell I was doing (first yr dter). Bradshaw to Roughead. Roughead to Gray. Gray to Playfair. Medhurst to Ballantyne. Ziebell (not warren) to Brown. Im lucky the rest of my team is working hard to cover my crappy fwd line.

  • i hate barry hall!
    i have bazza in my team and every week i go to sell him he smashes out a good score!
    do i upgrade barry hall or take the rollercoster?
    thinking roo would look better in my team come finals.

    • Rodney eade said it’s likely him and brad Johnson will be rested this week for the trip up to Darwin , afl.com.au has the story

    • Hall injured his ankle on the weekend mate…so he will miss the Pt. Adl game this weekend according to Rocket Eade. Wait for the final teams of course, but this could be your perfect excuse to get him out this week!

  • Thoughts on Gram next week? Will be 290k. Looks like a bargain to me! Need to offload Maguire. Strijk/Davis just isn’t cutting it.

    • Sounds like a good move, Rhyce Shaw, Heath Shaw and Grant Birchall are also options around a similar price

      • and Andrew Carrazzo

        • Gram would easily be the best pick out of the lot. Need him to drop 25k more. BE 176. Please don’t smash it.

          • Maybe considered the best option but always added risk of reoccurence of injury, with the season he has had.
            Looked like he had gained a few kilos (or grams…….:-) , that was terrible) during his layoff.

  • Thanks Warn, will be interesting to hear what the wise man monty will have to say.

  • Is the DT Finals the same lay out as the afl finals???

  • We might need big JB to cover a Pods donut – only rumour, but he may miss either this week or next week with his ankle issues

  • Hey Warnie, haven’t you had other shockers this year in addition to those three? I guess you could call Gray as one to start with. But didn’t you trade in Brennan for Reiwoldt earlier in the year only to get Brennan injured/suspended? I dead set reckon you’ve been the kiss of death this year for players coming in. Bloody DT you’ve been unlucky mate!

  • m0nty

    UN BAN ME!!!!!!!

  • **WARNIE**

    I Always respect your comments, but when you personally don’t like something, no need to brand the idea as “friggen ridiculous”. (reffering to sup trades)

    What happens to the 24 trade idea if 4 or 5 teams ALL have a bye in the same round (as has been discussed as a possibilty) and you have 15 players from these teams not playing and i have only 3 missing. How are you going to cover these 10 or 11 donuts coming your way?

    That may not happen, and we wont know until then, but i like both options and this is a forum where ideas are discussed openly by people hopefully without fear of being branded ‘ridiculous’ by someone as well respected as yourself.

    Just my thoughts.

    • Blogs were made for personal opinions, and that is mine.

      I am thinking on behalf of ‘reality’ here. These ‘supplementary’ trades won’t happen – just won’t work for the structure of the game. The bye(s) will bring in a great deal of strategy. There won’t be ‘rules’ on how many players you have from one team, but there will be some things that as a coach you will need to think about. While it won’t be ideal to have these donuts, it will hopefully only be for 2 weeks (depending on the model) – which won’t be league games. For the hardcores, trading will be very strategic… and picking the right dudes on your bench will be VERY important. The game will be much more tactical next year.

      Take your point, but yeah… gotta be controversial and say my bit! ;)

  • Great post Warnie!

    DT would be a great subject at school!! LOL!! It not only involves maths, english, and research for your team as a DTcoach.. but it involves life experience and emotions such as love, pain, joy, and hate. It tests your decicion making, anticipation and overall patience!! I would love to have had DT as a subject at school!

  • that was in the email tonight and yeah its a newsletter for memmbers etc… (im a lions member)

    Voss on possible team inclusions
    “Browny (Jonathan Brown) and Goose (Matt Maguire) are likely to play this week.”

    “Matt Maguire is probably less likely than Brown, but they trained really hard last week and we ramped up their work over the weekend. They are both looking in reasonable shape.”

    “It’s just a matter of looking at the work they have done and determining whether we think it’s enough for them to get through a game of footy.”

    “Browny though isn’t over the line just yet. We are not going to take any chances with him. We have to be really confident that he can not only play, but he can also pull up well afterwards.”

    “So we won’t make our decision until we are 100% confident on that.”

  • I’ve got 4 trades left

    I have Barlow to get rid of my emergencies are Moles and Gysberts

    Do I

    A.) Trade Barlow to a gun (besides Ablett Chappy Montagna Swan Bartel and Selwood)

    B.) Trade Moles to Blair THEN Barlow to Ablett

  • my mate was gona bring in ablett and harvey this week, but i stupidly convinced him to go boyd and goodes. bcus o that he beat me by 10 points. ah well….