Pre-season Media Watch: “Where’s Your Club At?”

"Where's your club at?" A must read article.

Make sure you check out articles like this one, and take mental notes (or even write stuff down if you’re as tragic as me) on who is looking good and who isn’t. Take note of who are having limited pre-seasons as usually that means players may not be up to scratch early on in the season.

The latest “Where’s your club at?” article from the official AFL website is a ripper. Here are some DT relevant notes I took from it:

  • ADELAIDE:
    Richard Tambling won’t be into full training until the new year. He could be a bargain pick of 2011.
  • BRISBANE:
    Big man Jonathan Brown and big knob Brendan Fevola are still a long way off joining the main group. JB usually has limited pre-seasons and is to be expected. Fev will be bloody cheap, as his average dropped over 30 points last year.
  • CARLTON:
    Matthew Kruezer is returning from a knee injury and isn’t training. Quite a few would have him penned in as an improving ruck. Could be struggling for round one.
  • ESSENDON:
    DT dick tease, Brent Prismall is working hard… if he is in Hird’s good books, then he could be someone to reach premium status in 2011.
  • FREMANTLE:
    Look out for Tendai Mzungu as one of the most popular bench players in 2011. He is likely to be listed as a defender and is mature age… ticking a lot of boxes.
  • GOLD COAST:
    Names will continue to float around for these guys. We’ll be having a crack at picking best 22s closer to the start of the season.
  • HAWTHORN:
    Cameron Bruce will get picked up in the pre-season draft. Will play, but is maybe a bit too old.. and expensive.
  • MELBOURNE:
    Look out for Addam Maric who will be close to rookie priced. A great bench option for those who are going for the league win. Colin Sylvia could be a great fwd/mid pick up again. Ricky Petterd is recovering from a shoulder reco… but will be under-priced and well worth a look at.
  • NORTH MELBOURNE:
    I have Drew Petrie penciled in as my 2nd ruck, but he won’t join training until the new year. Cameron Richardson is a rookie priced player to monitor.
  • PORT ADELAIDE:
    Marlon Motlop wants Nathan Krakouer’s half back position. Hasn’t set the DT world on fire, but will come very cheap and is training well. Robbie Gray will hopefully trick heaps of people… but then I suppose if I don’t pick him, he’ll have is break out year we all thought he could have had in 2010.
  • RICHMOND:
    Under priced midfielder, Nathan Foley, is pretty much only running at the moment.
  • WEST COAST:
    Number 4 draft pick, Andrew Gaff has been talked up… so hopefully he’ll be a chance to join the Eagles midfield.
  • WESTERN BULLDOGS:
    Dream Team slut, Brian Lake, won’t be running until mid-January after multiple operations. He should be one of the first considered as his DT numbers are that of a premium defender these days, but the limited pre-season could hurt. Monitor his progress.

Do you have any other things to add from other articles you’ve read recently?

24 Comments

  • What surgery does that whore Lake need? Anyway, I’m focusing on Freo, Dees, Lions and Swans players since they have all their byes when league games aren’t counted. Liking the looks of Colin Sylvia. If Jono Brown gets fit, he’s locked in. Sandilands is probalby locked in as my No.1 ruckman, but I wouldn’t look pass Darren Jolly. Thanks for the post Warnie, keep em comin’. (By The Way, why aren’t Calvin and the others putting up any write-ups)

  • About GC, here is their likely starting setup according to Adelaide’s ‘The Advertiser’:

    F: Brandon Matera, Charlie Dixon, Harley Bennell
    HF: Luke Russell, Sam Day, Jared Brennan
    C: David Swallow, Michael Rischitelli, Maverick Weller
    HB: Nathan Krakouer, Nathan Bock, Jarrod Harbrow
    B: Josh Toy, Michael Coad, Campbell Brown
    1R: Josh Fraser, Gary Ablett, Daniel Harris
    Int: Dion Prestia, Josh Caddy, Zac Smith, Karmichael Hunt

  • one problem there should be only 3 on the interchange bench

  • Robbie Gray can average 150 in the pre-season, I still wouldn’t go near him after last year. Early New Year’s resolution, don’t listen to those ‘more time in midfield’ rumours. They’ve already started about Cyril.

  • So many seemingly good rookies to choose from at this stage cant wait to see how they progress.

    Didnt have enough rookies in my team last year……….but not sure how many is the right balance at present thinking 5 each for the FWDs MIDs and DEF.

    As last year was my first i dunno if last year was a little unusual with the high scores 2k+ right from the start…I think scores will be lower on average in DT11

    • Depends on the position.

      I try and load up the backline with premiums and only a couple rookie/underpriced players. I dont get any value from rookie backs except for making money and bench cover.

      I will stack my midfield with rookies like Swallow and the the rest with premiums. Rookie midifleds are where I make the majority of my money becasue they rack up the possesions and score fairly well (hopefully).

    • It’s best to get high draft picks on the bench, and better to have no rookies/debutants on the field, but most of the time you have 1 in FWD, DEF,and MID. In Defence, there are usually more rookies (don’t know why really, but i just noticed) so you would probalby have 2 on field. Midfield is the best position to stack up on rookies since they usually get alot more game time, eg. Barlow, Scully, Connors etc. Foward rookies are probalby the smartest buy, not because they’ll get you the highest scores or be the cheapest players, its cause they’ll usually get you a score, and their best when their on the bench, cos they just sneak into the forward line and kick a few goals. Ruck usually doesn’t have many rookies and you should consider having 1 or 2 years experience with your 2 big ruckman. One thing i have noticed though is that rookies and draftees usually don’t make it through the whole year without getting injured or losing form, mostly because their bodies aren’t ready for it, e.g Barlow broke his leg, Alex Silvagni lost form towards the end of the season, Podsiadly lost form towards the end etc. Nonetheless, rookies are the make or break of your team, and don’t take them for granted!

      • Yep I am hearing you….. last season I had far too few rookies resulting in my premiums being compromised and me having far too many mid priced unique picks (which most of them turned out to suck!).

        Have been thinking about watching the progress of quite a few players coming back from injury this year like Ricky Petterd, Nathan Foley & Andy Otten……..but not sure whether all 3 would be a good idea in the one team?

        Also heres a question for everyone………..which experienced player in the league do you expect to improve the most this year and push up towards premium numbers???? Long way to go but will be interesting to look back on………………….for mine Travis Varcoe (lol bet you werent expecting that!) averaged 62 in 09 and 75 last season…….I reckon with Ablett at the Suns Varcoe will step up this year….at present he is locked in my team anyways!!!!

        • Good question…. couple players I’m thinking are gonna push up are probalby Paul Haselby seeing as he went down so much, or maybe Justin Sherman as he’s gonna get a better team around him at the Bulldogs. But really, I can’t go past Dean Cox, i mean if he gets over injury, has a good preseason, and hits form, he will hit the $450,000 + easy. By the way, i would stay away from Petterd and Foley, since they are very injury prone, but i think Andy Otten would be a smart buy.

    • Just remember, whatever you do, don’t stack up on GC Players for reserves as they will have the best rookies because of the way the season is set out this year (byes).

  • Anyone looking at picking up Jarrod Harbrow? I mean he will obviously get alot of the ball since he is one of the Sun’s more experienced players. His run off half-back should generate some good plays, which means big points. Could be a cheap one. (Thumbs up button is cool btw, but i fear there will be too many ‘thumbs up for (smart comment here)’ quotes)

    • Harbrow has to serioulsy be considered. All depends on his fitness leading up to round 1, but he will be the go to man in the back line to switch play and break the lines. Locked

      • I’d be a bit more cautious about Harbrow…

        Yes, he’ll be the go-to man in the backline to switch play etc, but I’m sure interest from opposition coaches will increase next year to try and curb his influence, and there’s no proof as yet that he’d be able to cope with the extra attention.

        At the bulldogs, he was often 3rd-4th in line as the go-to player out of the backline behind Gilbee, Hargrave and Lake. At the Suns he’ll have Bock, C. Brown, N. Krakouer… So I’m sure he’ll get a lot more interest from the opposition.

        See how he copes in Pre-season.

  • what’s with this ‘thumbs up’ thing?

  • Ports Ben Jocobs is dealing with the AFL workload very easily, sounds like a midfield rookie? AFL ready?

    • On FanFootys FormPlanner (or whatever its called) Jacobs is down as a Defender which would be better I suppose……..more mid rookies to choose from than backs