Melbourne Demons: Dream Team Preview

This is the next of our submitted Club Dream Team Previews. Thanks to Sylvinator for sending this one in! You will receive a stubby holder and if your article is one of the two that gets the most Facebook “Likes’ (just above this blurb), you’ll get yourself an AFL Prospectus! Read on!

The majority of the top DTers in the AFL come from teams that win consistently. While Melbourne may have languished down the bottom of the ladder the last 3-4 years, if you believe that Melbourne will be a big improver this season, then it might be time to jump on a couple of demons. Melbourne also has a multi-round bye, which is really good if you’re going for a league win. Melbourne is a team on the rise, and there are a few really terrific DT options.

First I’ll only focus on the potential premium demons worth considering

DEFENCE

Jack Grimes: Grimes averaged 82 in 2010, which was his 3rd season of AFL (down on 89 in 2009).  There are many reasons to consider Grimes. Firstly, he’s been training with the defenders this pre-season. While this may sound like a bad thing, it definitely isn’t. Last season Bruce played the loose roaming half-back role. With Bruce gone and Grimes the only demon backman with quality disposal, that position is his to own. At his best, Grimes will have 10+ marks every game (most of them chips in the backline) and a very high kick to handball ratio. He has had injury troubles, but in an interview with 3AW last week he said his back and hamstring were feeling great and that he had trained the entire summer unhindered. Touch wood, hopefully that means he is over his injury troubles. In my opinion, if Grimes plays a full season there is absolutely no doubt he will average 90+. To put that in perspective, last season only 7 defenders averaged above 90 (Goddard, Hodge, Lake, Gilbert, Scotland, Enright and Kelly).  My prediction is that Grimes will finish in the top 5 overall defenders. Therefore, he should be in your team by the end of the year!

MIDS

There is no one from Melbourne that you should be seriously considering as a premium midfielder. Tom Scully (79 average) and Jack Trengove (76 average) will improve, but are too awkwardly priced. None of Moloney, Davey, Jones or McKenzie are what you should be looking for. Morton is a potential guy, if he has a break out season he could average 85+, but still not worth looking at.

FORWARDS

Colin Sylvia: Sylvia is now probably Melbourne’s best DTer. He has averaged 95 and 96 in the past 2 seasons, and is only getting better. He is in the peak of his career, he tackles, marks, kicks goals. There is really no down side in picking him. He has proven in the last 2 seasons that he scores well even when the demons are losing consistently, and it is fair to assume that as the team improves, it will only make it easier for him to score. Another plus is that Davey always gets the number 1 tag. Sylvia is essentially a goal kicking midfielder, and the fact he’s listed as a forward is something that should definitely be taken advantage of. I think he will average 100 this year easily. Last season, only 1 forward (Chapman) averaged 100+. Only 10 other players averaged 90+. He will finish the season with the second best average of the forwards and therefore is a must have.

Brad Green: Green  is a gun player and is not slowing down at 29. He averaged 98.5 in 2010, and will probably average about the same in 2011. He kicks goals and assuming the demons win more games, this should help his average. He also goes into the midfield if he has been out of the play for a while, so it is rare for him to have a real stinker. Will be in the top 10 forwards by season’s end so worth considering.

Ricky Petterd: I actually would advise strongly against Petterd. He is a really exciting player, but has never been a natural DTer. He doesn’t have a high possession game, and you will get frustrated when you see he’s kicked 4 goals from 8 disposals. He will be priced around 65, and won’t average above 80 in my opinion. There are much better options out there.

RUCKS

Mark Jamar: not worth looking at. All Australian in 2010 with an average of 73. Won’t improve on that average.

ROOKIE PRICED PLAYERS

I wouldn’t be looking at any 2010 draftees. 4 Key position players, doubtful they will play early on and wouldn’t be point getters either.

The two players I’m looking at as rookies are Luke Tapscott and Sam Blease. Both will play plenty of senior games if fit. Both didn’t play their first couple of seasons due to injury. Both first round picks very highly rated by the club. Tapscott will average 75 if he plays- ready-made afl body.

42 Comments

  • not really looking at anyone past colin at this stage.

  • Scully will kill it. 79 is a great debut season, and we all saw what he was capable of in that friday night game against the doggies. I won’t be selecting him because of the team structures this year, but he will be a premium next year. If I knew he could be a “super premium” i’d be on him, but i’m only looking to have the real guns in my side at the end of the season. Good write up though sylvinator

    • Scully will be unbelievably good in a couple of seasons; he’s full of class and he reminds me a lot of Chris Judd. I wouldn’t look at him for DT this season, though. Too expensive and you never know what you’ll get from second-year players.

      • i reckon he’s already ready, there’s not much of him and he averaged 79. More confidence, better fitness base.. imagine when he’s body has fully matured!

        • yeah, imagine him fully matured, you reckon he will cost extra because he will be at GWS?

          • That’d be pretty disappointing for dees supporters.. And I don’t think the GC prices have been too bad this year? In fact I barely noticed it :)

          • I don’t reckon he will go to GWS. I’d be very surprised if he did, judging by how confident Melbourne are of him staying. If he went I would be absolutely devastated.

    • scully is an absolute gun!!!!! jump on

  • I’m a huge demon fan, but I don’t have a single demon this year. That may change if Grimes has a good pre-season, but at the moment I’m too nervous about his injuries. Other than that I don’t really see any options worth considering. Good write-up mate.

  • Nice write up.
    Interesting you think both Sylvia & Green will be in the top 10 forwards.
    Sylvia is a gun & locked in my prelim team.
    Can’t consider Grimes, suspect he may be another made of leggo- too risky when teams will already have the likes of Otten, Petrie,Knights, McLean, Foley…..& he obv is “premium,” like, where the others are not.
    Cheeers!

  • Tapscott for me

  • I am looking for national ranking.
    Both their buys are multis so they are a low priority team for me.
    Had Sylvia pencilled in but at his price he needs to play 22 and kill it.
    Not quite convinced.
    Thanks for the heads up on Petters.
    Was thinking bout him for the bench but looking at others.

  • grimes top 5 scoring defender???? Big call!
    Particularly witht he likes of Dids and Gibbs in the back line now

  • Look past your man crush on Sylvia – he’s never played over 18 games in a season! He may have averaged 95 & 96 in the last 2 years but he only played 17 and 15 games respectively. Averaged less than 70 over a 22 round season. Too soft – pass.

    • +1

      • Last year were freak like injuries.
        Broken jaw from a hip and shoulder (shit happens)
        And a infected toe.
        Really these arent injuries that he could help like a soft tissue injury.
        He will benefit from a strong pre season and be top 5 forwards this year as he will play mid and rest forward.

        And as sylvinator said green is a good pick i have them both (and grimes) if green goes missing you will see him push into the midfield and get easy kicks

        • infected toe = soft. Last 6 seasons he’s played 16, 15, 16, 18, 17 and 15 games. Seems ever year is a freak year for this guy.

          Prefer Green, although will be the wrong side of 30 once the season gets underway.

          • I bet that “soft” big toe of Sylvia would smash the shit out of you by itself.

            Locked.

          • im considering him for the first time after his last 2 seasons,should b at his best now.
            but about the SOFT infected toe comment,i had one last year,and could hardly put my work boot on (with pain killers)..and there would of been no way of kicking a footy.(and im hard as fuck haha)
            and remember clubs dont always tell the truth,he may never have had a infected toe in his life.
            id b more worried about your wife thinking your cock is soft ,than sylvias toe ;)

    • completely agree. ive got green over sylvia, purely because sylvia WONT give us a full season. green is a star and should dominate.

      still deciding whether to keep green or lock in buddy.. but again the chances of buddy playing a full 22 are pretty rare also.

  • i reckon i’m gonna take a punt on scully. i know a lot of people just completely write off certain prices in this game but seriously.. if you look back at all the great buys over the years there are always guys that start off a little awkwardly priced. trust your gut instinct rather then a certain structure that dismisses players who could (albeit rarely) average over 100.

    • So are you selecting him as a keeper?

      • Pick scully in 2012. He and Trengove will both average 110+ in their third year of AFL footy.

      • As outlined by others, Scully is a really tough one this year – and despite my primarily guns and rookies structure, and his really awkward price priced at approx 79, I reckon he will be in my team in round 1.

        The pro’s are that he is an absolute jet, who with his speed and endurance running ability I feel could even make his way into the top 25 footballers in the AFL in only his second year. He is having a great pre-season, the word is that he has that “judd / robert harvey like” strength in the hips (so Melbourne players are finding it really hard to tackle / stop him) – and he finished last year really strongly in DT scoring.

        In this sense, he is a little underpriced – and it obviously also helps if you are going for a league win with these Melbourne players in your team.

        The negatives are obviously that he will get a lot more attention from opposition teams this year, there may be some distraction from the GWS talk, and there is also a good chance that he will find himself with the number one opposition tagger following him around. You would imagine that it would be one of Davey, Sylvia, or Scully that cops the hard tag?

        Also, at this early stage, there again appears to be a heap of good rookies again in the MIDS to choose from!!

        All up, he is a really difficult choice for me. If you pick him, then I reckon you may have to pick him on the basis that you want him to be a keeper? Big call, but I reckon he could average 100 – 105 points this year, which should be good enough to get a spot on anyones starting 6 MIDS? However, as aaron_11766 pointed out, this is probably still just under the average of the “super premium mids”!!

  • Like some others, not convinced on the Grimes front. Not that he’s not capable of avg 90+ but his body. Just seems to be destined to have injury concerns. Wouldn’t read to much into him saying he was fighting fit on the radio. You could get your leg amputated and still talk up a big game pre-season ;)
    Good write up Sylvinator. Not sure if you can see past your man crush on Colin though to be giving unbias opinion on him! haha

  • Good write up, although Grimes is too risky even though they have mentioned him playing midfield this year. I have Sylvia as he is a gun, but any sign of injury and he’s out.

    • The midfield talk is to be believed. I don’t know if it will be this year, but I’m certain he has always been groomed to eventually become an elite on-baller as opposed to a permanent half-back.

  • I’ve been looking at Sylvia too – I had him, but then I cut him a few days ago, simply because of his track record of injuries… If he hasn’t played over 18 games in the last 5 years, what’re the odds of him playing 22 this year? Sylvinator – definitely a downside in picking him.

    If any Melb fans know how his body’s going this preseason, would be pretty interested.

    Grimesy – I reckon i’ll take him… his body is still more reliable that Sylvia’s.

  • Warnie, have you got a west coast team review yet?
    If not i’ll write one up.

  • Sylvia’s first 4 years were literally ruined by injuries.

    However he is now way over them. Last year he played unhindered by any soft-tissue injuries, he just had 2 freak injuries (broken jaw by dog act of Josh Kennedy and toe clot). This year he once again has had a full pre-season, no reason to think the groin issues that plagued his first 3 years should re-appear.

    He is injury free and in career best form

    • Stop trying to convince these guys.. if they dont want Sylvia in their team, thats ok makes him a more unique pick for us! :D

      Great article btw, very straight to the point.

      Still tossing up on Grimesy tho, atm cant fit him in my side.. but will still watch his NAB cup form and prob frantically change my side to slot him in!

  • Yep. Locked.

    • – that was meant to reply to the post from JungleMuffin:

      “I bet that “soft” big toe of Sylvia would smash the shit out of you by itself.

      Locked.”

  • Any words on R Campbell? Looking for a CHEAP 4th ruck who has a chance of game time.
    ATM its a toss up between Campbell, Bailey, Redden or possibly even J Charman (if not injured).

    • I’m on Robbie for now, but he’ll have to play round one for me to keep him because two of my other rucks are Gold Coast boys. If he doesn’t play I’ll look for a cheap 4th ruck who is getting a round 1 game, or I’ll go for a DPP ruck to interchange with Petrie.

  • what does everyone think of jordy gysberts could be an absolute smoky at 200000 averaged 75 over just the 4 games he played last year including a 100 and a 90

  • sylvia will chop. dees on the way up this year can only mean good things for a bloke that gets a mix of cheapies and in and under. just ask warnie how good those 120 to 140+ scores were last yr. and its pointless to argue about only playing most of the season, with the byes this year resting will do a lot of injury prone guys some good, and if you have picked your team well with 3 bench players and DPP should be able to cover missing blokes in backs/mids/fwds