Brady Rawlings: Deck of Dream Team 2011

Name: Brady Rawlings
Club: North Melbourne
Position: Defender
Bye Rounds: 3 & 21
2010 Average: 92.5
2010 Games Played: 22
Predicted Average: 96

Why should I pick him? I can’t believe I am writing this, but the numbers don’t lie. Brady Rawlings must be considered for DT this year for a couple of reason. Firstly he is named a backman, and anybody back there capable of averaging 100 is golden, last year over the last six weeks he averaged 105. Secondly, although he is a no thrills type player, his durability more than makes up for it. In the last five years Brady has missed only two games, increasing his value dramatically. Last year, particularly in the second half of the year, Rawlings was given freedom as a creative player, something he hasn’t been used to, as traditionally he has been recognised as one of the games best stoppers. This role change has had a huge positive influence of his DT output and respect from the footy community. Actually it also tells me he has been a wasted talent at the club for 10 years, but that’s another matter.

Why shouldn’t I pick him? It’s Brady Rawlings lady (assuming we still have 1 female fan) and gentlemen. You know, that tagger from North Melbourne who before last year had a personal best DT average of 78. Traditionally the good DT players have a breakout year in their third year, but Brady has mixed it up with an 11th year breakout. Surely this has risk written all over it, a one off fluke at best. He is not available to select in the teams that follow the “over 30 rule” as he turns 30 this year. A huge concern is that he was freed up to find the ball in the place of the injured Liam Anthony. When they played together at the start of the year, a handful of Brad’ys scores were 85, 83, 71 and 65. Not awful, but concerning for a player that will come at a price of a 93 average.

Deck of DT Rating. KING – I never thought Brady would be labeled a King, but if you select him, it is to keep him, and with high scoring expectations. If the end of last year showed an indication of things to come, he could actually have his best average 12 years into his career. This would be considered a very risky selection, especially considering he could return to his tagging role at any time. I do however love the thought of pissing off all my mates by winning the head to head match up due to a Sunday afternoon 100 point performance by Brady Rawlings. The reactions would be priceless.


  • Good write up and the numbers don’t lie.
    But not sure if I can handle his name in my team.
    I stare at my team a lot and seeing his name there eac time, wrecks all the confidence in the other players in my team

  • I actually tracked this bloke last year, & he tends to get 30pts+ in the first qtr, (frequently,) then fades out.
    Can’t really see his ave. improving, possibly even slip a little.
    Barring the early injury in a game, he could be the one that gets subbed out- WHO KNOWS?

  • Thanks but no thanks. I had strongly considered him and even had him in my team for a few days but I am not willing to cop a bye donut from one of my ‘premium’ players so soon into the season.

    Brady Rawlings DT Scores 2004-2010:

  • I don’t believe he will back up last years form…………not for me

  • I strongly considered this guy after last year, but with Anthony coming back I think his scores will dip

  • I did have him in my side, but took him out for the above reason. He could be a decent upgrade option near finals time.

  • He averaged 89.9 in the seven games that Anthony played, I’m not sure why that would be a problem. They don’t even play the same position.

    I only reason not to consider Brady is North Melbourne’s draw. Both byes are single round byes, and the second one falls in the first week of the DT finals. If you’re looking for a good option for an overall score than Brady should be pretty solid.

    Averaged 100+ for the final nine rounds of the year as well, so there could even be a slight improvement on his numbers in 2011.

  • Carn the Roos!!!!! Bloody good team player, but as for DT, i’m not yet convinced.
    I also think his average this year may drop and with the choice of DEF this year i can’t see him fitting into my team.

  • Oh did i mention CARN THE ROOS!

  • im locking in sorta person u need for overall win

  • I might pass ;)

  • no.

    i dont think he can keep it up. hahahhaha

  • A definite no. Already got my defence premiums locked in;

    Goddard, Gibbs, Deledio, Duffield

  • He will be in the taggin role too much for my likes

  • i’m going to have to pass. good write up but!

  • Fair call to write him up. He has the numbers that defy the trends.

    Buuuut no.

  • IMO. Must consider if going for overall win and may be the unique pick that gets you there. If you are looking to limit the number of byes in one week than he is your man! Should be pretty easier to cover in round 3 with a GC rookie.

  • His average won’t get any higher, his getting old, and with Anthony, Swallow etc. breaking out I won’t jump on him.

  • hey guys wot do u think of leon davis he should be under 300k this year, he averged a 99 in 2009 but only a 64 in 2010?