Brad Sewell: Deck of Dream Team 2011

Name: Brad Sewell
Club: Hawthorn
Position: Midfield
Bye Rounds: 6 & 17
2010 Average: 82
2010 Games Played: 18
Predicted Average: 98

Why should I pick him? Brad Sewell has proven that he can be an elite Dream Teamer. In 2009 he had a massive DT breakout as his role chanced from tagger to attacking midfielder. With this role change came a dramatic rise in average from 85 to 101. In 2010 it was a less than ideal start to the year for Brad missing the first four rounds and not getting his DT season really going until 15 where he scored his first 100 for the season. Over the next 5 weeks he averaged 95. Hawks football manager Mark Evans recently singled out Sewell as the standout performer in this years pre season to date, which is promising after last years interrupted start to the year.

Why shouldn’t I pick him? I think the only reason people wouldn’t pick Sewell is he is in an awkward price bracket that doesn’t fit everybody’s structure. The last 3 years Sewell has played 18, 19 and 18 games for the season so the desire for an injury free year becomes a slight concern.

Deck of DT Rating. QUEEN – Personally I think Sewell will be a King by the end of this year. If the pre season report is true, there is no reason he will not bounce back to his 2009 100+ average. The fact that he is such a good tackler reduces the risk of this selection because he only has to rack up 15 touches and he will still produce a respectable score. Before this article, I was not even considering him, now I am.

14 Comments

  • Would have to show alot in the preseason to dump anthony for him, as my structure will be 2-3 super premiums, 1 mid (anthony) and 2-3 rookies

    • Dont think Sewell will make it into my team.

      Its off topic but who thinks it crazy to have Scully, Martin and Trengove all in the same midfield. They are all similarly priced and I would expect all 3 to go up 15 points in improving teams.

      Is this putting too many eggs in the ‘second year improver’ bucket?

      • The mantra Second Year Blues is more likely to apply.

        First year players are an unknown quantity at senior level, that is not the case in the second year as players generally get a harder tag

  • I am a Hawks supporter and I like Sewell but won’t be putting him in. I think his best footy is played as a tagger (hold your opponent and gather some touches Kane style) and this should be his role with the Hawks this year. Also remember that he had been dropped before his first 100 in round 15 and only played in that game due to a late withdrawl. Not surprised he is going good in pre-season though, you only have to look at him to tell he had to work mighty hard to get into the Hawks best 22. Remember the addition of Bruce and Rioli wanting more time in the middle too.

    On a side, seriously considering Scully on the basis of that one insane game he had last year with 18 touches in the last quarter, he looks pretty special and one person who could avoid the dreader 2nd year blues.

    • I agree! I am not confident of his numbers going up. He doesn’t have a resting position so will rest to the bench. I also agree with Tooves that I hope he does more tagging jobs!

  • Last time i had the AFL prospectus (about 3 years ago) the player values were only “estimated”. Is this still the case or are they “actual” values? I will be receiving it in a few weeks time.

  • Good player but doesn’t fit into the structure I am after this year…….

  • yeh at a very awkward price. good write up but i think ill pass.

  • This is the beauty of Deck of Dream Team. Offers up some names that people wouldn’t normally think about… and can find you a unique option! Someone like Brad Sewell would be fantastic for a league win as he has one multir-bye… and being unique to other dudes in the league. I think he will get himself back up to a 90+ average.

  • Too dear for what you will get ………….plus he will be missing in action for 3 – 4 games , just when you need him
    either through injurie or resting

  • I will watch him, but not a big chance. If you really think about it, he’s not really gonna improve his avg. to 100+. I think he will get a 80+ avg., because of some factors, like age, injury, midfield time, undure role, and Hodge, Mitchell, Burgoyne, Lewis, Ellis, Young etc. taking up most of the space in the midfield. I will still consider him through the pre-season. Personally, i think he is quality player and a great guy, but there are safer options out there.

  • No thanks to pricey for mine. If under 300,000 however it could be possible