Liam Anthony: Deck of Dream Team 2011

Name: Liam Anthony
Club: North Melbourne
Position: Midfield
Bye Rounds: 3 & 21
2010 Average: 95.1
2010 Games Played: 7
Predicted Average: 105

Why should I pick him? Liam Anthony is not only a great bloke, more importantly he is a jet DTer.  Last year he didn’t let down his gutsy fans who paid top dollar for him after an outstanding debut year in 09 where he averaged 96 though 10 games. Liam was well on track to average 100 by the end of the year, only to be cut down with a shoulder injury in round 7. Through the first 7 games he showed that 09 was no flash in the pan with  best scores of 112, 115 and 132. So my reasons to pick him will make him hard to resist: 1- he will be discounted due to missing a large portion of the year. 2- he is in an improving team that are “the fittest they have ever been” -Boomer Harvey. 3- he is built for DT and is in his 3rd year at this level. 4- tag still goes to Harvey

Why shouldn’t I pick him? Liam’s first 2 years at AFL level have been interrupted through injury which leaves obvious concerns about durability. Both injuries have cost him half the season which rings alarm bells. When he plays at his best, teams have been prepared to tag both him and Brent Harvey, which dismisses the chances of him flying completely under the radar.

Deck of DT Rating. KING. Anthony will not come as cheap as some players who have 100 point average potential, however it is like buying a Sony over a Samsung. You know from experience that it will not let you down quality wise. I actually have a feeling he will move into Ace status this year where he will be captain “ACE” potential.


  • Not sure he has obtained King status. Need to play more then 17 games to do that! Injuries too much of a risk when we are going to be needing trades to handle byes and the likes. Would want to be getting a hefty discount to make the risk of injury worth the reward of points per dollar spent.


    • hey mollly when can expect a pre-season podcast of coaches box?

    • Our ratings are basically this…

      ACE: Premium. Potential captain option.
      KING: Expensive, or could have some value… but ultimately a keeper.
      QUEEN: Mid range player with potential upside.
      JACK: Cash cow/cheapie.

      • This will really help as a suggestion is that for Forwards and Defence players, you could have two/three aces, kings, or queens, and 3 jacks. For Ruck you could have 1 of each, and for midfield you could have 2 of aces, king and queen, and 3 jacks.

      • thanks for your ratings system that explains it better.

      • Anthony should be a QUEEN than, seeing as he has upside and has not reached his full potential yet. Few players wil be ACE’s, probalby Swan, Ablett, Goddard, Montagna, Chapman, Hayes, Pendles and Boyd. I like this new ranking system Warnie, i think most players will be KING’s and QUEEN’s.

      • i thought you said you were doing 52 players

        but if your only doing Ace, king, queen and jack its only 16

  • King because at that price, he’s gotta be a keeper. Risky, but we all know he has massive potential. If he smashed the ps, then he’s a huge chance!

    • Hes got the scoring potential, but hasnt played enough to be locked and loaded. Will monitor his preseason and hope he’s ready to go!

  • huh? “There is no telling the role that he will play under a new coach, especially one that is defensive minded.”

    since when did north melb get a new coach?

    • haha, my bad…… lets call it a pre season clanger. had the scott brothers jumbled up in my head. ill fix it

  • could make or beak a team big time!
    how muchw ill he roughly cost?

  • Fan Footy’s speculative planner has him at $365,800 (10% discount) – I dont know how close to the mark that will be though…..

    I hadnt really thought about Anthony too much for this season, the injuries in 09 & 10 had me looking elsewhere but can see why you rate him highly but yeah maybe they have to do a little bit more to be a king……I would have thought he was more a JACK = young royalty with the scope to move up quickly!!

  • I reckon you’d be mad to start with Anthony. North are 1 of only 6 teams to have 2 DT byes and 1 of them is in the first round of finals! Only cash cows (eg Petrie) and rookies (eg Richardson) from North for me. STRATEGY PEOPLE, STRATEGY!!

    • Depends on what your strategy is my friend! If you’re after the car, then he is a perfect candidate! You’d want to stay away from teams who have 2 group byes and look at those 6 teams who have both byes by themselves! Strategy people, strategy! ;)

      • Touche, teacher. I should have mentioned I’m playing for a league win rather than the car. Still, if I was playing for the car, I don’t know if I’d spend $365k on a mid who’s played just 17 games.

      • he will get injured before finals anyway so the byes not a concern

    • Have to agree with Fatty there,ill worry about the car next year

  • missing round 1 of league finals = no go zone for me

  • Sorry boys not sold.

    Yeah he has the potential to be an absolute gun but with goldcoast and all the rookies out there i am not going to spend that much cash on a potential gun. Saving my cash for the superstars only.

    Durablility is a major concern. Plus hes never played a full season. I dont want this kid to run out of steam halway through the season.

  • I would get him if he’s under $370,000, because if he’s over that he’s too expensive. He would be a good option as a mid-priced midfielder, not a premium and not a rookie. If he keeps fit and has a good pre-season, he will be a very good buy. Anyway, very bad news, footy-wise and DT-wise. Anthony Morabito will probalby miss the whole 2011 season because of a knee injury at training. Poor guy only in his second season, had real potential. Also, DT wise he would’ve been a very smart buy, since he would’ve been so cheap. Ah, poor guy, bad news.

  • nah you had it good last year, ace was captain and 2 was rookie. but, i really don’t care about how you do it i just thank you guys for all your hard work and your help.

  • This guy can really accumulate!
    Injury prone makes him quite risky.
    I thnk there will be better value out there.

  • I dont think last years shoulder dislocation puts him in the ‘injury prone’ category. Showed no signs of foot problmes after 1st year stress fracture and if you look at the way he did it this year (100 kilos of travis cloke knee backing into marking contest) it wouldve happened to anyone.

    id be more worried if he was a forward or back but i doubt he will be doing much overhead work anyway – mostly an outside running receiver. Watch NAB cup to see how what his confidence.

  • I might consider him but so far my midfield is
    Swan Judd Dal Santo (GC) Swallow Marc Murphy