Mid-priced Masters

Much maligned and constantly overlooked, the mid-priced player has become somewhat of an outcast within the mainstream dream team “market” over the last couple of years. Due largely to an increase in mature aged recruits and the current adoption of the youth policy (think Richmond, West Coast, Melbourne etc), mid priced recruits have, before now, been seen as a waste of money and too high risk for those coaches whom fancy themselves a Dream Team contender. Of course, there is always the exception (ala Bradshaw 2009 and Malceski/ Waters/ Hall 2010), with some long term injuries and form drops leading to players that just cant be overlooked. Unfortunatly these players are often few and far between and, for every Nick Malceski and Beau Waters, there is a Robbie Gray and Mark Seaby waiting to strike.

However, as the great songwriter Bob Dylan and even greater movie Anchorman once quoted: “The times they are a changing”. With the addition of the Gold Coast “Guns”, and subsequent bye that comes with them, team diversity and MPP are essential, with the years of stocking up on St Kilda and Geelong players all but a distant and wonderful memory. This year it is all about team structure, with every pick/ trade important and job security a key requirement. For this reason 2011 may see the resurgence of the mid priced players, with many injured stars and up and coming guns prime for the picking. So, with this in mind, If your are willing to take a bit of a risk here are a few names from each club that might be the unique picks you’ve been looking for to rise your team to dream team glory (or sink to a new dream team low haha).

Remember, No risk no reward!!!!!!!

Gold Coast

Josh Fraser ($228,400) – Number One ruck job, increased job security and greater game time IS destined to lead to significant increase in value and “keeper” status. With Petrie now reported Fraser is the logical choice for those looking at a cheap keeper.

Nathan Krakour ($208,800) – Also a good option and one that i think has been missed by many coaches, with job security as good as you will get and that free roaming backline role set to bring in some hefty scores throughout the year. Currently locked in as my 7th backman and hopefully can establish himself as a keeper by the end of the year.

Others of Note: Campbell Brown ($268,600), Jarred Brennan ($361,300)

Adelaide

Andy Otten ($142,400) – Get on and watch the value soar. Missed all last year and is ridiculously undervalued. Didn’t come second in Nab Rising Star for no reason and will become the Malceski of 2011. Just make sure you don’t miss the boat.

Chris Knights ($221,900) – So much potential but injuries have ruined his career to date. At this price it is hard to resist, although i have the feeling he is a player that can either make or break a team. If your willing to take a risk then Knights is your man, ruling out injury he is destined for an average of over 80!!!!!!!

Others of Note – Kurt Tippet ($260,500), Sam Jacobs ($289,300), Richard Tambling ($237,300), Jason Porplysia ($284,100) Patrick Dangerfield ($276,900)

Bulldogs

Patrick Vezpremi ($206,400) – Traded from Sydney after limited opportunity, Vezpremi fits right into the Bulldogs fast/skillful game style and has a very good chance of establishing himself as a bulldogs regular. Definitely one to watch in pre-season as he is a bit unique and has potential to increase price significantly.

Justin Sherman ($277,700) – After falling out of favour with Brisbane a change to the bulldogs may be just what the doctor ordered. A proven dream teamer with a good goal sense, Sherman will slot straight in to the bulldogs best 22 and could become a handy asset for teams looking for a unique edge.

Others of Note – Nathan Djekura ($166,100), Callan Ward ($228,000)

Richmond

Nathan Foley ($235,900) – After 2 injury riddled years, both dream team and Richmond fans alike are hoping Foley can recapture the form that saw him become a star of the competition in 2008. At his best Foley WILL average over 85, the question is just whether he can stay injury free and reach his former heights. One that may be overlooked and could be a gem if he gets the body right.

Bachar Houli ($255,100) – Overlooked at Essendon for who nows what reason, Houli will find games easier to come by in Richmond and has the potential to become a very good dream team player. One whose role and form in the Nab cup should be monitored carefully.

Trent Cotchin ($307,800) – The great white hope of Richmond, Cotchin has all the potential in the world and will take the competition by storm when he gets it all together. Whether that will be this year is up for debate but be warned it will happen =p

Others of Note – Dustin Martin ($296,800), Shaun Grigg ($346,700), Mitch Morton ($315,300), David Astbury ($197,400)

Port Adelaide

Domenic Cassisi ($371,100) – Proven high scorer who would be a unique pick that could pay dividens. Much better options around although is definitely not off the radar completely.

Robbie Gray ($282,400) – Pick if you dare!!!!! could be anything and has the potential to score well, will this be Robbie’s year??? It will take a brave man to pick him but could pay off.

Other of Note – Danyle Pearce ($320,700), Hamish Hartlett ($262,400), Mitch Banner ($258,700)

St Kilda

David Armitage ($294,800) – Another who has been talked about for a couple of years now and is yet to fire. May be his year, although I sincerely doubt it!!!!

Ryan Gamble ($157,800) – Found it hard to fit into a Geelong team full of stars, Gamble will benefit from a change of scenery and could well establish himself within St Kilda’s best 22 early. Watch to see if he can continue his NAB Cup form as he may well be a GAMBLE that pays off (couldn’t resist).

Others of Note – Brett Peake ($303,400), Dean Polo ($185,200)

West Coast

Daniel Kerr ($196,800) – Has the potential but is injury prone, cant handle a tag and has shown poor form at the tribunal. If he can get on the field he will be the bargain of 2011, however Kerr is no longer the man he was with Judd and Cousins around and is extremely risky. Feel free to pick him but don’t complain and whinge when he goes out early with an injury or finds himself on the wrong end of the tribunals wrath. You’ve been warned!!!!!!

Others of Note – Luke Shuey ($280,300), Ashton Hams ($254,100), Tom Swift ($268,600), Scott Sellwood ($291,100)

Kangaroos

Drew Petrie ($209,700) – The talk of the pre-season, Petrie is majorly underpriced and will be a popular choice throughout the dream team world. Has been injury prone of late, although in the past has been fairly reliable and shown he can score well. His suspension is a bit of a blow but will be a worthy choice it if you are willing to wait till rd 3 for results.

Others of Note – Gavin Urquhart ($245,500) Jack Ziebell ($276,600), Ryan Bastinac ($272,000)

Essendon

David Zaharakas ($295,500) – Has put on a fair bit of muscle over the preseason and is looking to play more of a role through the midfield. Fits into the third year rule and looks set for a big year. If you can overlook his awkward price he could become a keeper.

Michael Hurley ($264,900) – Another that fits in the third year rule, has been progressing well and could be set for a breakout year. Watch Nab Cup carefully.

others of Note – Scott Gumbleton ($231,600), Travis Colyer ($294,800), Jake Melksham ($246,800), Mark Williams ($162,000)

Carlton

Brock McLean ($264,900) – Another who has been talked about regularly, the former Melbourne star had a year to forget last year and will be looking to reconfirm himself within the AFL’S elite. Word is he has been killing it over the preseason and is set for a big year. Awkward price but looks likely to be a popular choice that may pay dividend for those willing to take the punt.

Others of Note – Andy Collins ($274,900), Andrew Walker ($322,800), Andrew Carazzo ($339,000)

Collingwood

Steele Sidebottom ($332,200) – After two standout performances in last years Grand Finals, Steele is set for a massive year. Expectations are high and should establish himself as a star of the competition by years end. Another one at that awkward price, however he does fit into the third year rule and has potential to burn.

Dayne Beams ($361,500) – Much like Sidebottom, Beams is in his third year and looks set for a big one. Probably didn’t have the finals series he would have dreamed of but will be looking to show that he is up there with the games best. Probably better options for his price but could well be a smokey.

Others of Note – Chris Tarrant ($185,300), Brad Dick ($196,200), Leon Davis ($266,700)

Brisbane

Jed Adcock ($262,500) – Proven Dream teamer who looks likely for a big year. At his price he should be considered by everyone as the comparisons between him and Malceski/Waters is too obvious to ignore!!!

Todd Banfield ($241,400) – Excitement machine who can be inconsistent at times. If he can get a bit more consistency to his game then should be considered.

others of Note – Josh Drummond ($273,900), Jack Redden ($329,600), Daniel Rich ($312,800)

Sydney

There are a heap of mid pricers at Sydney who could be in for a big year. Take your pick out of:

Mark Seaby ($218,600), Rhyce Shaw ($288,100), Andrejis Everitt ($281,700), Ben McGlynn ($356,200) Josh Kennedy ($306,200), Daniel Hanaberry ($334,200), Trent Dennis Lane ($228,000), Kieren Jack ($376,000), Lewis Jetta ($225,200)

Geelong, Fremantle, Melbourne and Hawthorn

Only a few from both these teams and running out of time so ill just chuck some ones to watch:

David Hale ($184,000), Rhys Palmer ($309,500), Tom Scully ($328,500), Marcus Drum ($123,700), Mathew Stokes ($319,200), Jack Watts ($224,500), Jack Trengrove ($316,100), Brendan Whitecross ($241,400), Mitch Duncan ($278,200)

Thanks for reading and please feel free to add some more names to the list if I’ve missed any!!!!!

By Daniel Ramage.

59 Comments

  • Has anyone heard anything about Gumby? Not a great year 2010 but if he is injury free???? could be a mid price lock for the forward line if the Bombers are playing. Also how is Fyfe going? Is he going to get that midfield time?

  • Whats the go with Adcock? Still not quite ready to play?

  • Bugger all defenders in this category!

    • That’s ’cause there is ‘bugger’ all Mid-priced defenders avaliable this year… besides adcock/otten

      Good write up btw Daniel

      • Exactly. Ben Stratton is another, I guess.

        • Eastern Wood ($198K). Looks likely to fill Harbrow’s role across HB. Boyd and/or Eade said as much in recent intervews. JS and will increase.

    • Keep an eye on Matt Suckling from Hawthorn. IF he gets himself into the seniors he could prove a unique pick.

      See how he’s used over the rest of the pre-season, with Murphy injured and Brown gone, there could be an opening. Though early money is on Puopolo and Cheney filling the vacant spots.

  • I like the look of Dangerfield, not even mentioned here…not sure weather I should go with Zaharakis or Dangerfield.
    What do you guys rekon Dangerfield or Zaharakis?

    • dangerfield had the same hype the same price and the same good pre season form last year.. plus he likes to run into goal posts and break his arm.. i picked him last year and he cost me so i would stay away..

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  • Good article Daniel. Certainly gets you thinking and doubting. I have enjoyed the different stories and slants and reports this per – season.

    Great job boys. Thanks.

  • After many adaptations to my team…and more to come I presume! I’ve decided to include more MPP’s in my lineup.

    My MPP’s include: Adcock, JP.Kennedy, B.Martin, ROK, C.Knights, Zaharakis, J.Fraser and Gamble.

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  • Okay, midprice defender pop quiz.

    G Urquhart – P Bower – M Hurley.

    Who’s the better DTer?

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  • Doesn’t Hale play for the Kangas?

    • Not anymore mate………you must’ve missed the trading period this year!! :-)
      Be interesting to see how the Hawks use him, would imagine mainly in ruck unlike kangas.

  • David hale is a dt dud at any price… I don’t know why anyone would risk taking him

  • Adcock set to play this weekend

  • i still have 5 spots left in my dreamteam number 802792 if anyone is interested.

  • Petrie out – Watts in!!

    • Petrie wont be playing to Rd four(NM bye Rd 3), hes out for me.

      • He’ll be playing rounds two and three. He was only suspended for ONE match. Sure, he has a bye round in Rd 4 – However, if your ruck bench is that weak that you can’t cover for one weeks suspension then you’re in trouble because every player is missing at least two games this season, unless of course they like Petrie get suspended. Therefore, you should have picked someone capable of covering him. This year there are plenty of cheap back ups in the ruck dept that are more than likely to see a good amount of action.

        Campbell
        Hale
        Derickx
        Smith
        Moran (likely)

        I would advise against ditching Petrie, on the premise he ain’t playing til round four because that’s just incorrect.

        http://www.heraldsun.com.au/sport/afl/drew-petrie-facing-one-match-ban/story-e6frf9jf-1226009554873

        http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/1488677/latest-from-wire/

        • Sorry, fucked up there, the bye for NM is in Rd 3 not 4. Still, He’ll play 2 out of the first four games.

          • Or another way of putting it Petie is only playing 1 game out of the first 3. The first probably worse than the third as most people’s third ruck is smith and GC have round 1 bye, meaning you’re playing your 4th ruck in the first round, if playing. Not the best way to start the season. But sure, if you can wear it, Petrie will still be a good pickup and will make you money…

          • And another thing… I’ve just noticed I listed Smith as a round one cover for Petrie, which if fuck’n retarded considering GC have the first bye!

        • NM bye in round 3

          • Yeah, that’s true. 1 out of 3, but the bottom line is he’s (Petrie) is only suspended for one game. Dropping him on that basis, or on the mis informed idea that he is sitting on the sideline for more than a match due to suspension isn’t a good enough reason IMO. The round three bye is a non issue, for me at least as every team has two byes in the year. Therefore, no matter who you choose they are getting a rest at somepoint.

            As for the suspension, can anyone guaruntee that their picks won’t get injured or suspended for 24 rounds? I doubt it. At least with Petrie you know what the deal is before the season starts, which helps you out a little.

            Hale and Campbell should get games in round one IMO. Moran is a contender, although I wouldn’t lock him in just yet. Any of those (going by your argument about Smith) should provide sufficient cover as your fourth ruck.

            Dericx is another viable fourth ruck that may get a gig, but like Moran I wouldn’t count on it just yet.

            I just reckon dropping a potential bargain on the back of one weeks suspension isn’t a good idea.

          • I certainly don’t want to talk anyone out of petrie but I think a lot will wait for round one teams to be announced before picking him. At his price he makes a massive difference to team structure so there could be some big last minute shuffles.

            I can’t see Moran getting a gig straight up…

          • No agreed… I’m waiting for the round 1 line ups myself. After reading a little Adelaide press about how ‘impressive’ Moran has been, and considering Jacobs didn’t set the world on fire during his NAB cup game. Moran may just surprise. He’s on the radar, he’s just not a lock yet.

        • *is

        • North have a bye Round 3, so he’ll miss two of the first three, and perhaps more importantly cannot rise in price any earlier than round 5. That isn’t something you want out of a player you’ll likely need to upgrade, he isn’t making value fast enough IMO.

          Also, the round 1 bye means he cannot provide cover for anyone considering Josh Fraser. Due to Petrie’s suspension, I feel as though I can’t really consider taking either.

          • Petrie in the forward line replaced with watts in the forward line. Watts is kinda giving me that feeling….
            Only about 10K more, plays for Melbourne, highly unlikely to get suspended, and moves around the ground similar to what Goodes can do!!!

    • does anyone think M.Bailey will play round one? i wanna keep petrie as my 2nd ruck….who else would be a good choice for 4th ruck?

  • still pondering over porplyzia. can he find the form from a few years ago or will he stay closer to goal, limiting his possesion numbers. thoughts?

    also having a hard time between jack, hanneberry and kennedy, thoughts?

    cheers

    • Neil Craig suggested that Ian Callinan being in the side would allow them to play Porps further up the field. This has me thinking that:

      1) Callinan is either considered best 22 or close to it
      2) Craig plans to use Porps up the ground, at least in bursts
      3) Dangerfield may not be released into the middle as much as we’re hoping

    • porps is one of my favourite players when on song, but that hasn’t been for while now. Out of form last year, injury prone = massive risk.
      Jack a great choice in the middle

      • yeahhh porps is a big risk, i have got Ian Callinan in already. pretty much locked jack, just was wondering would it be worth having hannebery and or kennedy as they are both going to be guns?

  • i need a mid priced defender
    nic suban
    Jed adcock
    and easton wood
    thoughts any other suggestions?

    • Nathan Krakouer, shown for in 2009 but is a big risk and incossistent but should have great js at the suns.

      Andy Otten, coming back from injury very cheap at around 140K and will spend time in the midfield

  • Alex Rance anyone? played awesome off half back in the round one NAB match….

    also which two players from Fyfe, Zaharakis and Dangerfield

  • Is anyone concerned that blokes like Callinan aren’t even on the senior list at this stage. Another cadbury cow will need to be placed on to the long term injury list for him to actually play this year.

    Also, is it just me or is Krakouer going to see very limited game time? He is coming into a premiership winning team. Why wouldn’t you go for a cheaper suns player that will be guaranteed game time?

    • I’m pretty sure all teams can promote 1 rookie in march, not 100%
      Lot’s of unsurety about Krakouer, so no, it’s not just you & there’s merit to what you say, just a matter of picking the right one!

      Matey some friendly advice, I think you’ve posted “first comment,” twice now……. it’s really frowned upon….. If you were on here last year, you’d know.
      Please try to refrain, it just attract bad comment’s!
      Atleast we’ve got few more weeks to assess the Krakouer situation.
      Atley could be a better choice now Greenwoods out for 7, & Ziebell???

  • What does everyone think of Liam Anthony and Josh Kennedy

  • Monfries? Doing well so far…

  • anyone considering varcoe?

  • Need a mid price forward! around 300k i have atm Morton but im not feeling to confident with him in my team.
    I have Lecras in sight and maybe Grant.

    any thoughts?

    cheers