Matthew Boyd: Deck of Dream Team 2011

Name: Matthew Boyd
Club: Western Bulldogs
Position: Midfielder
Bye Rounds: 4 & 20
2010 Average: 115
2010 Games Played: 20
Predicted Average: 117

Why should I pick him? There are a small hand-full of elite premiums and most teams will start with at least one as a reliable captain option. Often when on this topic, the names Gazza and Swan come to mind, but too frequently Matty Boyd is left out of this equation. This guys is one of the best, he is very consistent and rarely lets his coaches down. Last year his worst score was 75 and apart from this, had only 3 more scores below 100 (one of which was 95). Boyd also has a high ceiling, last year recording impressive scores of 142, 143, 145 and 154. Between 2006 and 2010 Matty has missed a total of only two game, which occurred last year when he smashed his hand (still only missing two) when lesser men would have taken at least a month.

Why shouldn’t I pick him? The only reason not to pick him is if he doesn’t fit your structure, or you prefer one of the traditional premiums to hold down the number one midfield spot. I cant actually think of a bad thing to say about this guy….. hmm. Ah here is something, in 2003 he averaged 28 over 8 games, that’s pretty crap.

Deck of DT Rating. ACE – Who cares about 2003, this guy is an absolute jet. I think the chances of him decreasing in average are very slim and he may even push 120. He is a durable ‘go to captain’, that tries his guts out the whole game and will give you a four quarter DT effort. The icing on the cake for me is that he is a great tackler, reaching the grand total of 10 in one game last year (bonus 40 points).


  • Locked and loaded! I picked this guy up last year after Barlow went down perfect replacement! Can’t think of any reason why not to pick him

  • feathertopDT

    I’ll pick him over swan this year sounds stupid but for 30K less he can average bout the same

  • I’m trying to think…

    Do I go Pendles, Boyd, Chapman and Anthony and hope Boyd/Chapman/Goddard/Voldt will be sufficient captains and pick Swan up after his two byes and get pendles before his average rises, he’ll be a star this year…

    or Swan, Boyd, Chapman and Anthony… and use Swan as my locked captain…

    This article is maybe making me lean toward the first… It’s tough. I want Boyd but I can’t afford to have both Pendles and Swan with Krakouer on the bench.

    Boyd a sufficient captain? I think yes.

  • For me it’s out of BOYD and CROSS to join Swan in the midfield. Leaning twds BOYD because he is cheaper.

  • Boyd = Mr Reliable. First picked for me.

  • Toss up between Boyd and Montagna for me. Both have the bye in round 4, and although I’d ideally like to start with both of them, I guess I’ll have to choose since I don’t want both of them out in the same round.

    Might look to trade one of them in after round 4.

    • I’m thinking the same thing. Want to start with Swan, Boyd and Monty in the Mids. I’m going for a league win so might be worth it

  • Lock n load

  • Absolute gun!!! I had him from Round 1 last season, and will do likewise in 2011…

  • At the moment I have Swan/Hayes/Selwood/Anthony.
    But I am thinking of maybe getting Boyd in for one of Hayes or Selwood.

    Good write up Roy

  • absolute lock! Superstar and one of my most loved players

  • Im going league win so Swan/Boyd/Montagna for me

    • Same starting midfield I’m looking at. Pulled in Boyd last season when Barlow went down. Was a very good move! Like him as a player, love him as a DTer!

  • Swan and Boyd locked so far.

    Leaning towards Bartel for my thrid, will wait and see.

  • I usually under rate him. But not this year!! Locked

  • “Ah here is something, in 2003 he averaged 28 over 8 games, that’s pretty crap.”
    Hahahahaha, love it :)
    Ah yeah, turns out my swan, boyd, montagna combo is quite popular.. But I have Kornes as well so that makes it pretty unique :) good write up thoough

    • nice combo with cornes… why he is a unique stumps me?? if you want a consistant scorer he’s the man… according to fanfooty he played 22games the last 7 yrs.
      swan / boyd / cornes + Mitchell (some one else not many mention) anyone know why? is there a reason mitchell doesnt show up on ppls radar during DT Planning? he seems rather consistant. (minus the 2or3 quite average scores last season)

  • Love Boydy, only issue is his bye that is at the same time as the saints and decisions need to be made.

    • Yeah, but when you’ve already got Goddard and Reiwoldt in your side (and surely, you must!) then it makes it just a little easier to choose a Bulldog instead of a Saint in the middle.

  • excuse the language, but he is a fuking jet.

    i picked this guy at the start of last year (along with pendles), and he just kept on pumping out amazing scores.

    super durable, captain choice, ultra consistent and a high ceiling- what more could you want.

    100% lock for me.

    Great write up.

  • Was thinking of lining up with Swan and Montagna but this bloke might be a better fit than Monty……..especially considering the comment about having Goddard & Riewoldt in the side as well.
    Good write up DT lads and good thoughts by the posters…..

  • There are 2 battles going on in my midfield
    Boyd vs Hayes and Bartel vs Hodge. Right now I’m leaning towards Swan/Hayes/Bartel but Boyd is a gun and he is definetely worth consideration.

    • go boyd mate.
      he loves etihad stadium.

      here are his scores from last year when playing there- 128, 154, 108, 75, 143, 116, 142, 117, 145, 112, 117.

      if i remember correctly, the doggies are playing there 13 times this year.- JUMP ON.

      now i havnt actually checked hayes’ stats like i have boyd’s, but that is because i cant be bothered.

      • FRUIT! Those are some awesome stats. I’m sold. Especially as the Dogs have a dream start – Essendon, Brisbane and GC, all at ES. That’s my captain sorted for the first 3 weeks.

        • A win vs the dons then a loss to the lions followed by a loss to the GC isn’t exactly what I’d call a dream start ;)

  • Another good point in Boyds favour is that the Doggies second Bye is the last round prior to DT finals – close enough to the real finals the threat of an additional “rest” is most likely gone

    • That’s good and bad – I wouldn’t want Boyd on the bench if I’m needing a win to make the 8 or top 4.

  • I suppose at the end of the day you are trying to get the six best midfielders in and trying to buy them at their lowest price. Guys like Ablett are probably going to drop a little, whereas Boyd is as consistent as they get so he will always be around the same sort of price, whether you pick him up now or in a couple of weeks his price should be much the same, its just whether the bloke you are picking instead of him can match or beat his scores, in that case I’d be backing Boyd.

  • You don’t have to be Sigmund Freud, to know your team sucks, without Matty Boyd!

  • My midfield so far is Swan, Bartel, Green, Hodge A.Swallow and Collins.
    Realy no room for him. Possibly in for Bartel? Who knows it’ll be decided when thhe real dollar value comes up

    P.S Nice write up

  • First pick last year and will be first pick this year.

  • There are many wise coaches commenting on this legend doggie, and if you absorb half of what thay are saying especially the jim cowski comment……………….he has to be a lock!!

  • After last season, Boydy has proven his worth as a Bluechip Premium.

    Ablett changing teams has made the decision on the initial team alot easier… Boydy is a lock for me…