Tim’s Round Review: Round 5

The alarming fact about DT Talk is that there is currently a lack of articles on a Monday. Like an insomniac without Foxtel, every Monday morning, I wake up and see the same thing. Whilst not “Home Shopping” or an ad for the newest “ab-crunching” machine, reading the 753 comments on the latest “Round Review” is not much better. I find that “tbetta’s Bullets” in the afternoon is too long a wait for a DT addict like me and I need some content to appease my cravings, as I’m sure many of you do too. What I hope I can start to provide is a rundown of each individual game for the weekend, focusing on these main areas:

  1. The best players
  2. The worst players
  3. The rookies
  4. Issues that arose from the game (e.g. injuries, subs etc.)

Whilst my first article is written on a Wednesday, it is only a result of the past 7 days of intense footy, and what a week it has been. Gold Coast, St. Kilda and Richmond won their first games, Scott Pendlebury, as expected, played amazingly well to win the ANZAC Medal, and Sandilands had an almost AFL record 53 hitouts. But let’s focus on DT.

Brisbane vs. St. Kilda

This was arguably the most important game of the round, with both the Captain and Emergency Loopholes playing a major role in everyone’s weekend. Unfortunately, the main captain options scored well, but not well enough to be clear enough to keep as captain, rather than change to Swan, Boyd and co. With Montagna (126), Adcock (119) and Goddard (113) as the main choices, people were left scratching their heads and only those with Redden had any confidence. The boys on the bubble were also on show and were great to boot with basement price McCauley (86) and first round draft pick Polec (83). Alistair Smith also scored 49 but doesn’t seem to be too fantasy-relevant. Bewick (21) was the other main rookie and his back injury will have many worried about his fitness for next week, and with a B/E of 47, he probably won’t make much more money unless he busts out a few big games. Keep him for a little while before you downgrade him, especially with the fact that Hibberd, Jacobs and Phillips (Port) should all get games this week. For those with Nick Dal Santo, his 66 would have you a bit worried but he is a gun and should rebound this week against Adelaide, his 2nd best team over his past 5 game average. Riewoldt also seems to be struggling this season without Hayes helping the midfield deliver him the ball but I’d still give him three rounds to see if he can crack the ton.

Port Adelaide vs. Gold Coast

Arguably the game of the round with the Suns coming from 40 points down to win in the dying minutes. However, the same could still not be said for the Gold Coast rookies with one still failing to score a hundred. Despite the exclusion of Prestia, giving some teams a tasty donut, there were still some who impressed with McKenzie (82), Matera(84), Swallow (81), Stanley (75), Harris (71) and Smith (63) adding at least 24k to the price, and for Port, Cam O’Shea (70) and Jasper Pittard (77) continued to rack it up, adding 22k and 35k respectively. As for the premiums, since the ousting of fan favourite Kane Cornes, Port has lacked anyone who could constitute one, with Boak (74) and Westhoff (92) the only players over 300k. However, for those looking for an under-priced future premium to trade to, Hamish Hartlett again proved why the critics have praised him so much, scoring a classy 124 for a season average of 94.7. Rischitelli played another solid game with 109, again leaving everyone bemused as to why Brisbane left him go, and Jared Brennan finally shook off the new club hangover to post 96. Ablett looks good for the picking in a few rounds as well, with a below-par 83 sure to drastically drag down his price. The only real issue to come out of the game was the potential for Stanley to be reported from his bump on Broadbent, but he apparently he should be fine.

Carlton vs. Adelaide

In terms of DT, this really was an incredibly one-sided game with not a single Adelaide player scoring over 90. Because of this, it meant that the popular rookies in Otten, Smith and McKernan scored below their bests with 55, 61 and 58 respectively. There was an upside though, with Knights scoring 87, rising 19k, and Thompson, scoring an average 86, rising 18k. On the flipside, Carlton’s line-up was riddled with high scores, with 5 players breaking a hundred, the top being Murphy who broke his form slump to post 126. Ellard, in his first game for the season, lived up to his preseason form with 112 and Judd (108) continued his good form. The main problem for this game, though, was the gradually diminishing scores of Bryce Gibbs. His 70 showed he never really felt the rhythm of the game and failed to attract the ball running from half-back through the middle like he did in the first two rounds. It also meant his price has dropped to below 400k and it seems with his new B/E of 147, it will continue to drop. What to do? We will have to watch him over the next few weeks to see. In terms of Carlton’s rookies, both Curnow (78) and Duigan (53) had poor games by their standards, with Laidler’s 85 a great game for his owners. Just something I have noticed, but Michael Jamison has come back from his suspension in excellent form, with an average of almost 71 and was on track for another 90 to go with the one from Round 3 before halftime before he was pushed back into his standard fullback role. His B/E of 34 and price rise of 27k, coupled with the form of fellow fullback Daniel Merrett, has me considering the changes to the game which are occurring, as traditional backmen are being pushed into running roles. Hopefully a change for the betterment of their DT games. However, the game from another popular (less popular now) running back in Chris Yarran of 44 showed that, despite supposedly finding form lately, he is still at his inconsistent best, being subbed off in the 3rd quarter clutching his ribs, something which may even see him miss a week.

North Melbourne vs. Richmond

The obvious note from this match would have to be the wonderful game played by Drew Petrie with his 6 straight and 143 points hopefully a sign of what is to come for his owners. With a price tag of 243k and a B/E of -13, he won’t be cheap for long so jump on if you dare. The other highlight was of course the ever increasing form of Dustin Martin, who has defied the second-year blues to score 141, including 33 touches, and have an average of 101 and a cost of 361k. He looks the goods if he can hold his form throughout the season to take the step into becoming a premium. Bachar Houli also showed his potential with 114 as did Foley (108), annoying the coaches who traded him. Andrew Swallow rewarded coaches who picked him up at the start of the season with 109, but unfortunately not those who put the C on him this week, as 109 compared to other round scores was not high enough, despite being higher than Swan. There were also a few fantasy-relevant rookies in this game. Atley (63) and Conca (70) were solid, but the others were shocking with Tarrant (38), Grimes (41) and Vickery (25) all scoring weakly. The main issue for the round, which affected almost every coach on the DT Talk website by the sounds of it, was regarding the other main rookie, the big man C-Rich himself. Firstly, Brad Scott decided to start him as the sub. If this wasn’t bad enough, when he finally came on at the end of the third quarter he had 3 touches and 2 tackles to only score 14, leaving him with a mere 7k price rise and a B/E of 40, one which at the moment looks unreachable for him. I recommend a trade in the near future! People would also be reasonably disappointed with the current form of Liam Anthony (68) who has been unable to recreate the magic of his first year, and has so far failed to reach 100.

Essendon vs. Collingwood

The ANZAC Day game and one to be remembered for years by many. But not for its showcase of high-class skills and the closeness of the encounter. Instead it will mainly be remembered by DT coaches for the massive score by Scott Pendlebury (166) which included 34 touches, 10 marks and 3 goals, and also for the rise of Rising Star favourite Dyson Heppell who scored an equally impressive 107. For the coaches who placed their faith in the history of Pendle’s ANZAC Day DT scores, they were duly awarded with a 332 captain’s knock. Heppell’s performance was also incredibly strong as he continued his way towards premium status with his consistent form, 35k price rise, -1 B/E and 86 average. The match was also significant due to the untimely “bad” scores by Swan (104) and Watson (101), on whom many had placed captaincy, and their subsequent high B/Es, only good for those wishing to trade them in, although for Swan, you may still need to wait a while. However, the game still marked the continued downfall of both Didak and Ryder, who have both dropped more than 38k and scored 68 and 59 respectively, and need to be monitored for form, with both coming up to their bye rounds in the next month. Apart from Heppell, there were no rookies of any note, although since Hird has said today, Heppell may be rested for this weekend which may lead to the inclusion of Hibberd who, if he continues to get games, should be a handy downgrade target in a few weeks time.

Fremantle vs. Western Bulldogs

The top scores continued into Monday night as well with Matthew Boyd (162) posting the equal 14th highest number of touches of all time with 45. His display was truly breathtaking and he was another who pleased coaches who gave him the C, handing them in return a handy 324 points. Unfortunately for the Bulldogs though, he had no support with Griffen the next highest scorer with 107, and Higgins (90) only saved by a brave effort in the final quarter trying to get his team over the line. Liberatore (82) was excellent again with a 49k rise and a B/E of 6, however, his best friend Mitch Wallis was unfortunately named as the sub and only scored 10 in the last quarter. Hopefully we will see him fulfil his potential next week if he isn’t named the sub, so he will at least have a decent B/E. For Fremantle, Fyfe was again in great touch, scoring 107 to maintain his 104 average, as was 211 who had a huge 53 hitouts to score 109. Mundy also continued to show why he will be in the top 10 midfielders this year with 120. The inclusion of Lower was a welcome return for many coaches as well, posting 79, including the winning goal, and giving himself an neat rise of 25k and a new B/E of -13. His rookie counterpart in Jayden Pitt, however, suffered the same fate as C-Rich. He was also named the sub by Mark Harvey and was only brought on for the 4th quarter to score a poor 20, giving him a price rise of 25k but a B/E of 22. Adam Cooney (62), Brian Lake (61) and Rhys Palmer (53) were the shockers for this game, with Lake’s B/E of 201 sure to be an all-time record. They should all have hefty price drops in the next few weeks and be pounced on if they turn their form around. Finally, the issue with this game, which should actually no longer be an issue considering you should have traded him out by now (although apparently this message didn’t reach Warnie!), was the late withdrawal of Greg Broughton, which left most teams that had him with an bitter and ugly donut, as though to add insult to injury.

Hawthorn vs. Geelong

Geelong stamped their authority as the team to beat Collingwood this year with a strong 19 point win over Hawthorn, lead by the ever-reliables in Bartel (124), Chapman (130) and Selwood (134). All three have reachable breakevens next week, but have the bye, meaning that this is probably the cheapest you will buy them at for quite a while. Steve Johnson also overcame a slow start to score 97, as did Enright (94). However, due to Geelong’s depth, they have no rookies playing at the moment, although Allen Christensen and Cameron Guthrie have both played two games for a B/E of -12 and -4 respectively, though neither should get a game for some time. Despite this, Mitch Duncan continued his rise towards premium status, with a reasonable 79 which gave him a 11k rise and a B/E of 54, definitely still reachable, meaning he may reach 350k +. Hawthorn suffered an almost equally terrible fate as Adelaide, with only Mitchell (114) surpassing the ton, maintaining his high average. Hodge was completely tagged out of the game by Ling, scoring only 40, and it seems as though Rioli will be out for a few weeks with a hamstring injury. Despite this, there were still  few good performances with Suckling continuing his good form with 96 and Franklin kicked 3 goals and only had 2 FA to post 91. On a final note for this game, Bruce was once again quite s***house scoring 53. As with Geelong, there are few rookies who are expected to play for Hawthorn this year, although Savage played reasonably well to score 68, but his B/E of 41 for two weeks time is climbing to regions which may see his price peak soon.

The final word

So that is what to expect for me every week. I wish you all the best of luck for this weekend, as the games start again tomorrow, and remember, move all of your Fremantle, Geelong and Hawthorn players to your bench.

72 Comments

  • This is fantastic Tim! Thanks! We should look for a good name for it! Creative juices weren’t flowing for me this morning…

  • maybe you shouldn’t have left your creative juices on the bed sheets, Warnie… ^^

    thanks Tim, top article to read while crunching on my cornflakes.
    hopefully you get time to review the games as concisely when they are played over 3 days.

  • Top stuff – keep it coming!

  • Great DT review. Look forward to more of the same.

  • yeah nice work tim you read my mind! mondays are the bain of a dreamteamer! no more football for another 5 days (usually), you go down in the ranking and usually no new articles but at least now i have something to look forward to! :D

  • Name: Team Punishment

    Score: 2,049

    Overall Rank :248 (im still dropping 2weeks ago I was 13th)

    CAR Club Rank 22

  • hey guys sorry to be off topic slightly……

    as a part of my captian loophole i made 2 of my mids bench emergencies……….

    and for some reason they gave me the SMALLEST emergency as my score, is that normal? they gave me palmers 40odd instead of harris 70odd..i know its not much but it counts!

    whats the ruling on this if you have 2 emergencies playing on the one line?

  • is there a partial lockout on thursday

  • will anyone in australia not loophole cox?

  • Mundy has never actually been on my radar until just recently and could be a fairly unique pick in the midfield. Since Hayes went down i’ve been looking for another midfielder who doesnt have a bye during DT finals

  • The Kings of Leon review

    Current Squad $183K

    Goddard Gibbs Deledio Gram Bruce Duigen Smith – Stanley Otten Toy
    Swan Boyd Pendlebury Mitchell Curnow Libba – Harris Atley Irons
    Sandilands Cox – Smith & McCauley
    Goodes Franklin Reiwoldt Pavlich Knights Darling Tapscott – Richo Krakour Matera

    Tossing up weather or not to trade Bruce to Adcock this week. Im sure I’ll do it last minute.
    After this week I will trade like a mad man to fill in the gaps leaving me with my final team as follows.

    Goddard Gibbs Deledio Gram Adcock …..Lake Enright
    Swan Boyd Mitchell Pendlebury ……Selwood ?
    Sandilands Cox
    Goodes Franklin Reiwoldt Pavlich Knights ……Chapman Didak.

    The only position i cant figure out is the final midfield keeper. It was to be Hayes but he’s gone. It is to be the final piece to my puzzle so I hope it is obvious when the time comes!

    • which rookie are you cashing in on to go krak – chappy?

      • rnd 7 – not sure which rookie yet, however rookie to $$$ then krakour to chappy.
        rnd 8 – curnow to $$$ and rookie to didak
        rnd 9 rookie to $$ then rookie to selwood

        after that hell for leather with the trades until that team is complete. Then I just hold on with 8 or 9 trades for LTI’s

        • The way Didaks playing id rather keep Curnow.

          • is it worth now with $78,500 in the bank, getting rid of otten and stanley to bring in adcock. maybe trade in pederson or hibberd. i posted my team in the other topics (the trade one) but people seem to be skimming over it. just interested in a few opinions, as while stanleys break even is roughly 7, one sub and boom. and i doubt adcock is getting any cheaper. could bring him in this week, then in 2 weeks time cash out cornow…..to get chappy, leaving libba or harris my 6th mid, till i pursue lake/ablett.

            or too early? i dont see otten, or stanley really going up too much more.

        • Who will you be downgrading to?
          I am more inclined not to get a doughnut through the multibye’s and have a strong bench. Last years strategy will not work this year.

          • i copy and pasted my other post here for you to look at

            heres my team so far $78,500 in the bank

            gibbs, deledio, grimes, goddard, heppell, lower, otten, duigan, stanley ,b.smith

            swan, pendlebury, bartel, boyd, montagna, cornow, libba, bewick, harris

            cox, petrie, smith, keefe

            sylvia, n.reiwoldt, frankilin, didak, krakouer, darling, knights, c.richardson, prestia, matera

            now i would love to bring chappy in for the first leauge game back,but at the same time do not want to waste potential money on upgrading too early.

            maybe i should get adcock this week,but is he worth it? i love my cats,but if im getting chappy, enright would really hurt if im playing round 22. hibberd is still not playing, so i f i did this …who to move?

            lastly, i never considererd j.riewoldt, i rather possession winners over key position players. but he is just so cheap, he has to improve. maybe bump of richardson for him,but i would still need to get the extra money somehow.

            cornow, libba etc….im not touching, they are getting me ablett when it is time. petrie/smith are getting me sandi.

            should i just stay pat for now? or which of the following would you recommend i pursue?

            if i did get adcock, it would have to be hibberd or perderson i guess

    • what premium you going for first tkol, chappy or someone cheaper like enright?

    • ablett is going to come good.

    • Montagna

    • Looks pretty stock standard Dr Dream Tickle. might fall short of your lofty expectations.

      But at least you having a go.

    • No trades this week then?

    • Your team is very, very solid TKOL, well done.

  • WOW! What a great article!
    Super stuff!

  • can’t decide on petrie vs nights to hold my 7th forward place in my final team. I expect Knights to have a higher average but i don’t want to trade Petrie on a low BE. I might be forced to wait to jump on DIDS and upgrade my defense

    • def rookies look closer to maxing out (eg stanley duigan laidler smith otten)

      • yea exactly but i need chappy in next week so im going to have to upgrade one one: Tappy, Darling or Matera

      • Yea but the only problem is there is a serious lack of downgrade targets in the backs and the foward line. I think trading over the next 3 or four weeks is going to have alot of non playing rooks traded in.

        • also true but i have Krak in my mids so i will downgrade him to wallis/hibberd and then i need one of my forward rookies to be at least $198000 to get chappy, need my rookie forwards to have big games!

  • Seriously considering the Krak to Jack trade this week.
    Didnt really want to trade but if Krak doesnt play for awhile…..and i may not see Jack this cheap again.
    That will leave me with Knights Petrie and Jack. If god loves me he will make them earn there 6th 7th and 8th spots and i will be very happy. That way i can concentrate on slutting up my backline once they start sorting the yoyo scoring out and the real contenders step forward i really dont want to get burnt.
    I think where i have benefited is leaving my backline weak for a stronger more consistant scoring midfield. I have had back rookies often matching scores with other teams premiums in the backs , whereas my premium mids have been taking thier rookie mids to school weekly.

    • I assume this means no Didak?
      team name?

      • Call Me Daddy. I dont like Didak and i think Cloke and Dawes gunna steal all his thunder.

        • solid work # 1! interesting, i don’t see Didak getting many points from the marking on a lead in the forward line (Cloke + Dawes) however i still see him as an elite forward. next week my forward line will be: (Chappy), Goodes, Sylvia, Volt, Buddy, Knights, Petrie.
          Thoughts?

          • You are right there, i just dont like the guy lol.

            Looks good to me, everyone elses teams always do. Grass is always greener.
            im praying Knights Petrie and Higgins will all be keepers. Probably end up being Higgins 6th with Knights /Petrie as 7th forwards but would be stoked if i can get away with keeping all 3 on the paddock.
            I honestly have no idea how i am #1. When i first joined my work league and made a team i would have been lucky to have named 33 players outside of Freo let alone pick a decent side. All praise be to this site.
            This goes as a warning to everyone, i seriously have no idea what im talking about and just use my fluke rank to back up the dribble i post lol. Now if you wanna no anything about Super15 or NRL im your man.

          • How long you been DT’ing for Kuruki?

  • Have $150,000 in the bank and looking to upgrade Krakouer to J. Riewoldt. Is this a good move and can someone tell me what Jack’s BE is this week?

    • Riewoldt, Jack BE 47

      Bye rd 11

    • It’s a risky move .. If you pick Jack up and he fires then you will be laughing. if he dud’s then you have just wasted a trade and money.
      Nobody can tell you if it is a good trade or not but if you do it and he starts cranking out 100’s it may be the edge you need to get ahead of your rivals. No risk no major reward.

      • if it helps i thought he looked a lot better on sunday
        he seems to have sorted himself out and his attitude and was more focused on the team rather then himself, which funnily enough led to him scoring better

  • So is it def partial lockout this week being the Thursday game

  • Richardson -> Goodes or Higgins? It would be to Chapman/Fyfe/Pav but their first bye is this week.

    • Hold onto him and then get Chappy next week. Unless he gets dropped and you have no cover then get Goodes

  • What’s everyones thought’s on Heppel’s chances of playing this week?? I hope the dude doesn’t get a rest.

    Also pulling my hair out over Libba or Harris to start?. If Curnow gets a rest this week i may be in the shyt.

    • i think he will play. no point worrying about it though, i’m pretty sure we all have cover.

      Harris for me this week with Libba playing the pies and i am feeling that a dreaded vest may be coming his way soon.

  • Well written Tim. Best article I have seen for a while. Interesting and relevant with no bad language or grammar errors.

    Professional standard. Keep it up.

  • so when is the next post coming out with all the BE and stuff?

  • is it a partial lock out this week?

  • Tim’s Take

  • Great write up… love your work! Keep pumping these out every week and I’ll be logging on first thing Mondays. Top stuff :)

  • Thanks for all the hard work Tim. EXCELLENT analysis! Look forward to your next piece.

  • Great article, I like how you include relevant info about the games as well as dt info eg lower kicking winning goal may help improve js. For me I rate this style better than tbettas bullets (no offense tbetta) I just feel most of the bullets are covered many times in ppls rd reviews.