Andrew Walker: Deck of Dream Team 2011

Name: Andrew Walker
Club: Carlton
Position: Defender/Midfielder
Bye Rounds: 8 & 23
2010 Average: 77.7
2010 Games Played: 15
Predicted Average: 90

Why should I pick him?If there was ever a year, or group of circumstances to prompt a long overdue “breakout” year, this is the one for Andrew Walker. He is considered one of the fittest athletes in the AFL and is currently completing his first 100% healthy pre season. Due to a couple injury plagued years, Walker has been finding his feet from Carlton’s half back line, a role that hasn’t been kind to him, or his DT scores. Amid trade controversy, he and Brett Ratten have spoken in the off season and agreed on a new role in the midfield, and resting forward which could change his average by up to 20 points per game. Due to his elite stamina, he is also unlikely to be subbed off.

Why shouldn’t I pick him? After scoring 111 in his debut match against West Coast in 2004, Walker has struggled for any consistency apart from being consistently frustrating from a Carlton supporters perspective. Lack of form and injuries have meant that Walker has only played one full season out of a possible seven, which rings alarm bells.

Deck of DT Rating. Queen. Walker is the definition of a Queen in the DT sense. Not that he is as good looking, or looks like a girl, but he is the type of player that will come at a cost, but has huge potential upside. On the other hand, he could easily just flop like his previous years and spend half the year injured. At this stage, I like this risk if he is named a back.

17 Comments

  • Interesting idea. Should be noted that you are a Blues support, right? I think this concept maybe one of the biggest in this years DT and could be the difference between a car and a disappointing year. Is there still room for midpriced improvers or is it going to be a year of pure guns and rookies? I actually used a midprice improvers stradegy last year (and if my trading wasn’t so crap) it probably would have worked! I think there is still room for the midprice players but the guns I pick this year (different to last year) will all be the top shelf guns. I also won’t be frightened off by the high price rookies as they played last year and played well!

  • Not for me, just too risky, and where could he slot into carltons midfield??like my risk to be à little norr calculated. Must say though lads i love this concept, its good to get peoples different views on players.
    Also à little hope if someone can, when using the mobile theme i cant work out how to post replies or comments

    • Bloody Carlton.

      They make carrots into a tagger and shove gibbs in the backline and now walker gets midfield time.

      Im not touching him. I dont believe for a second when Ratten says that someone will be getting more midfield time. Hes said that so many times in the past and ende dup just making carrots a tagger.

      No deal!

  • Hadn’t considered him. I’ve penciled in 2 MPI’s in defense, and one in midfield. I might take him in defense if Gibbs is not listed as a back, but otherwise pass.

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  • Dont know how much midfield time he’ll get with Judd, Murphy, Gibbs, Mclean, Carrazzo, and Simpson.

    I am interested in Walker, for sure and a few goals added in there due to FWD time could really boost his scores.

  • I agree with Mollyfud in that this year is more a guns and rookies year with a few cheapies such as andy otten. There is no room in my team for Walker not ony because of his price but also the fact that he is so incosistent. However there is no doubt that he could have his breakout year this year but that is not a risk i am willing to take.

  • will gibbs be named as a defender, that would be amazing

  • Think I might pass on Walker.

  • Yes he doesnt really interest me for a lot of reasons as stated by others above most of all doesnt fit my strategy this year…….

    A huge pre-season might increase the interest in him but as I have mentioned previously Ratten IMO is the biggest pain in the arse coach for DT coaches the i have encountered. He can kill a Carlton players DT scores as good as any tagger in the league…..

  • If you’re going for a League win (instead of chasing the car), you may want to stay away from Blues players given their second bye is in the Preliminary final..

  • I’m staying away from him. Too inconsistent, and not gonna get much midfield time. And with Ratten also not knowing how to play him, he might end up in the ruck. But if, he gets some forward time, you never know if he slots in a few goals. He done it a few years back. Still a little too risky, and there are better options.

  • Pass

  • I’m a Carlton man & I wouldn’t bother.
    Midfield time – No way, he just ain’t that aggressive for an insider.
    Forward time – Betts Garlett Yarran maybe Houlihan so don’t know where
    Doubts – disposal is a bit crap and his shoulder is buggered.

    I shall keep an eye on him to see what comes of things!

  • He will get CRUNCHED and that will be the end of him ……………….don’t get me wrong I like him but he is to injury prone.