Get Off The Bench: Round 8



We got some fresh meat last week and a lot of us broke the rules and traded them in before they had played a game, I am talking about Paul Puopolo and Isaac Smith.  They were outstanding in their first game on Friday night against the Power, they took to the big time like a first year Uni student takes to Tequila.  This week we will be without two of the more popular picks in the rookie market Ed Curnow and Nick Duigan as they put the feet up and have a bit of a rest however, Ed’s rest is a little longer than most of us would like now that he is out for up to 6 weeks.  This doesn’t mean we will be caught short though!

As I mentioned last week I am no longer going to review guys that are going to be certain starters for you every week (unless you have 22 guns).  This will be players like Heppell at the moment, but that list will grow as we move forward during the season.  However, with these guys dropping out of this column we have some new guys coming in as we get General Soreness and Poor Form taking an effect on some of our mid range players.  With Curnow out now we may need to consider him in this arena until he gets back to his stunning best (which hopefully is in his first week back).

Defenders

Interestingly this week our fringe defenders only managed 2 vests between them all this week with Jesse O’Brien and Josh Toy both donning the Green, however this didn’t really have an impact for Toy as he was thrust into the battle fairly early when Gorringe went down with a dodgy hammy.  However, he has made sure he won’t get the vest this week with him being dropped!  O’Brien didn’t have as long on the ground coming on in the 3rd when Raines was asking if anyone got the number of the bus that hit him.  And he didn’t do much with the time he had on the ground only managing to scrape together about 15 points.  With his last couple of weeks being a bit of a slide from his heights from rounds 2 and 3 I am starting to worry about this guy.   Although is Job security should be ok given they don’t have much else up there in Brisbane at the moment.

Adelaide pair of B Smith and L Thompson both struggled a bit last week but then again so did their entire side so their scores in the mid 50’s were not too shabby.  I like both of these guys and think that their job security is fairly safe given that Craigy doesn’t like to make too many changes and he needs to develop this batch of youngsters.  I can see both of these boys doing fairly well against the Suns this week and would expect both of them back in the 70’s.  Brisbane uncovered another dude covered in Tatts this week (what the hell is going on up there, is it a tattoo led financial recovery?) in Bryce Retzlaff.  He did ok in his first outing scoring a 46 and getting forward on occasions.  He is a Fwd / Def and is only owned by 2,588 people of whom I would suggest some were autopick teams and others were Bris supporters.  However, keep an eye on him, he may become useful down the track as a cheap downgrade.

Hibberd missed out on a game last week, but don’t write this guy off.  If he makes the team this week he will be a good bet with his 68 in his first game.  Nick Lower has been very good but did only get a 55 in his outing against the Tigers.  However, given the derby is on this week I would expect a tight game so there could be some chipping around in the back lines and he could pick up some cheap possessions. 

Nathan Krakouer made a comeback to the Suns side last week and scored a few goals which boosted his score up to 105, however, his only other two games this year saw him subbed out with scores under 30.  Teammate Danny Stanley he has been very steady this year with scores in the 60’s and 70’s.  I can’t see this changing in the near future as he is playing more off of a half forward flank and the better the Suns get the more he will see of the ball. 

Paul Puopolo made his debut for the Hawks and scored a tidy 62.  He was much better in the first half and slowed in the second, however, I think that was more due to the Hawks gaining control in the second half and him seeing less of the ball.  He certainly didn’t look out of place and should be a good bet going forward.  Jake Batchelor pulled out a big one against Freo with an 83, but his form before that was a little inconsistent as he had a 31 the week before.  So I don’t know how safe he is to play each week.  Dylan Grimes has had a solid run in the 40’s and 50’s.  Good scores, but there are better choices.

Jamie Cripps played his second game and had his second score in the 30’s.  Better options exist.  Nick Smith from Sydney sunk me in a league game last week since I underestimated him, but he had a nice 87, that was his 3rd score in the 80’s.  I have certainly started to take notice of this guy and he is a good option.  Mark Niscoski has put in back to back 90’s now and with the form the Eagles are in, he certainly wouldn’t be the worst choice!  Lastly, Lukas Markovic has come back to earth after his 62 with a 31 and this is about the range of scoring that I would expect to see from him.

Midfielders

Matthew Wright from the Crows has been very good in his two non-vested games.  He has scored a 60 and a 54 and looks a player.  I think that with the injuries and poor form that the Crows have at the moment then I think his job security is quite good.  Andrew Krakouer made a fool of us with his 113 in his last outing after turning in some crap scores over the previous 3 games.  I just don’t know what to make of him, I don’t know if I would trust him.  He has the ability, but he may not have the consistency.

Stewart Crameri continued on his merry way with another 89 points this week.  This was his 4th best score after 3 tons.  Play this boy!  Daniel Harris is OUT so don’t put him on the ground.  Sam Iles played his third and had a 65 after his best of 74.  He is going to be a star of the future, he is a good player and seems to have locked up a place in this lineup.  Trent McKenzie has popped up with some great scores, he has scores between 58 and a pair of 82’s.  He has a great leg on him and penetrates deep into the 50 so look for him to kick some long goals.  David Swallow rounds out the Suns Mid’s.  He has stalled in his improvement but is still doing a great job for a youngster in his first season.  He has settled in the upper 70’s and low 80’s over the last few weeks.  A very safe bet to keep his spot for a while and will score in the 80’s going forward I think.

Isaac Smith made his debut against the Power and found some form in the second half which included slotting the sherrin through the big sticks.  That will always get some nice points, and he did that to get an 89.  He has DPP to allow him to play up forward as well. 

Well stuff me, I reckon Gysberts must read this article since he went out and got a tidy 90 points to show how inconsistent he is!  However, it was against a Crows team who was a bit of a rabble on Sunday so I wouldn’t read too much into it.  In a similar vein to Swallow, Shaun Atley has been sitting in the 60’s and low 70’s.  Two more like this are Reece Conca and Jasper Pittard.  These guys all are fairly safe bets and are a bit of a toss of the coin to see who you would put on the ground. 

Andrew Gaff has been named this week and Woosha has promised that he will play the full game this week after a full game in the twos last week.  So I am eager to see how he will go as I rate this kid.

Thomas Liberatore and Mitch Wallis have both shown they know how to get the ball yet Mitch hasn’t scored as well with a Non Vested 39 in his last outing.  Both of these guys have been named on the extended bench so check on Friday after final teams to see which one makes the side.

Forwards

The guy that is looking like he will drop out of this analysis shortly will be Jack Darling.  He has been on fire all season and I can’t see him slowing down in a hurry.  This guy is now one of the players that I will be keeping as my last forward for the rest of the year.  He is averaging 77 and that is acceptable for that last position on the ground.

Shaun McKernan didn’t suffer as much as his Crows teammates as he kept a steady 44 last week which matches his average scores in the 40’s and 50’s.  Until I see something different from the Crows I can’t see his score fluctuating wildly.  Someone that has fluctuated from their opening games is Jesse O’Brien, he suffered at the hand of the Green Vest last week and scored only 15 points.  I just don’t trust this bloke at the moment, he isn’t consistent enough.  Speaking of consistent though, Kyle Hardingham continues his trend  He scored a season high 88 last week which backed up his previous best of 76 the week before.  This guy was priced at $205k at the start of the season and would have been a better pick up than Jack Watts who I am sure a large number of people went with.

Jayden Pitt continues to disappoint me, his 37 last week in a full game is just not good enough.  Particularly when he has had a 76 and 87 this season.  His BE is now fairly high and as a result I think some teams will be looking to trade him out.  Daniel Menzel is an interesting one, I didn’t pay much attention to him earlier in the year but he has had 38, 89, 72, 28, greenvested 46 and a 64 so far this year.  For a guy in the Cats lineup that has so many stars in it, that isn’t a bad effort.  If you have him, well done and certainly consider him for a spot on the ground.

On to the Gold Coast Suns and our first name here is Thomas Lynch, he made his debut last week and scored a very handy 95!  He looked a player too, certainly not lost like one certain teammate of his.  If he has a game like that against Adelaide this week, I think he will be a downgrade target for sure with a  price of $120k.  Brandon Matera hasn’t reached the high that he did against the Power, but he has been serviceable and handed in a nice 59 last week to keep his price rising.  He seems to be tracking along ok and won’t hurt your scores if you play him.  Personally he will be my forward line sub this week I think.  Liam Patrick is another guy I didn’t know too much about, but he has scored a 79 last week after a greenvested 21 the week before, this kid also looked good out on the field and should only get better so if you are one of the 3,195 coaches that have him, he may be worth the punt this week.

Speaking of guys worth a punt, Isaac Smith was on the list of many a coach at the start of the year but when he wasn’t in the Hawks 22 in Rd 1 he was dropped off and kept on the downgrade target radar.  Well that radar pulsed 89 times on Friday night and I think he can continue that form going forward!  Play this guy if you need to.  Luke Tapscott had a nice game against Adelaide with a 72, this was his best score since his opening pair of 80’s.  The Dees play the Roos this week and I think that he should have another tidy game!

Keiren Harper was brought in by a few teams as he had a tidy 61 first up and then he has had a 40 in his second outing, so I am not sure how this kid will go this week.  However, with that 40 at the Cattery, we can cut him a bit of slack.  Drew Petrie had another great score with 91.  He has earnt his coaches $61,700 now, so he is doing very nicely for those that picked him as a cash cow.  Up against the Dees I think he will pull another nice score.  For the Doggies we have Lukas Markovic and Brennan Stack.  Both of these guys have been handy over the last week or so with Stack getting a 96 last week and Markovic struggling to a 31, but the week before he had 62.   

So on to the rankings for this week.  Last week I had people wonder why I ranked some in certain orders, I have a look at how they did last week and who they are playing this week, but in some cases it has been a bit of a toss of the coin.  And before you all ask, I have rated Krakouer low because I just don’t trust his consistency.

Defenders

  1. Stanley
  2. B Smith
  3. Puopolo
  4. Nicoski
  5. Lower
  6. L Thompson
  7. N Smith
  8. Batchelor
  9. 

Midfielders

  1. Crameri
  2. I Smith
  3. Swallow
  4. McKenzie
  5. Iles
  6. Krakouer
  7. Libba
  8. Wallis
  9. 

Forwards

  1. Darling
  2. Hardingham
  3. Petrie
  4. I Smith
  5. Tapscott
  6. Krakouer
  7. Matera
  8. T Lynch
  9. Menzel

 

So let’s see how we go this week with these choices.  I had @jarradandshahn hit me up on Twitter this week at @pkd73 and ask a couple of questions so to answer them I would go Swallow over Libba and Krakouer because of consistency with Harris out and I would go Stanley over Thompson and Lower once again purely because of consistency.  If you have some questions please tweet me and I will see if I can answer your problems.  Catch ya next week!

130 Comments

  • Great detail, nice article.

    Dont think Puopolo will get a go this week. Hawks bench is too strong.

    Questions for peoples perusal:

    1. Will Heater Shaw keep it up? Want to replace Grimes with him, but he has shat on me sooo many times in the past, i’m thinking he’s a sure (shaw) thing to get back to tagging 50’s and 60’s.

    2. How likely is Ben Jacobs to be the Sub this week?

    3. Will Krak get the vest as well?

    4. Does anyone think Isaac Smith will continue to get games, did anyone see him play?

    5. Will Palmer EVER come good? He averaged 97 in the pre-season and has done nothing since but is still getting games.

    6. How serious is Harris’ injury? GC have the bye next week, and although he has more money to be made, is it worth getting rid of him this week?

    My bench players that you mentioned (the ones that everyone has) are still performing and its sooo hard to pull the trigger. I have 22 trades left!

    • 1. Interesting what the guys had to say on DT live last nite about heater. Hasn’t really had the tagging role he had last year and the pies are flying, IMO if it aint broke don’t fix it.

      2. Jacobs into the side 1 or 2 weeks early due to ports form back here in adelaide they are pumped about him coming in although maybe a little under done, but has been doing well in SANFL the last weeks. Fitness during an AFL game an issue? IMO yeah he will

      3. Tough i thought maybe buckley might get it

      4. I didnt see him play but if he pumps out another 80 and gets named again next week, i’ll be on!

      5. Palmer this year no thanx

      6. Not sure but either he or swallow are being upraded next week. Harris it could be.

      22 trades! ur doing well to restrict urself! just don’t hold onto them cows too long!

      good luck!

      • Krak will start id have thought. They wouldn’t wanna stagnate his improvement by giving him less game time. He’s been eased back into AFL got dropped, I imagine he played a full vfl game then came back and dominated in shit conditions. He’ll start! There ya go I’ve jinxed him

  • Cheers again TOP read.
    My rooks on field this week are Backs : B.Smith, Lower, Stanley (jacobs emg)
    Mids : D.Swallow, (wallis emg) not cool
    Forwards : Darling (emg Krak )

    So not too bad although missing an emg in my mids hopefully doesn’t hurt too much.
    I suppose My question is im bringing in Swan next week hopefully for 460 something so is it time to go Swallow or Harris??
    PS Thursday nite trade because am going away, and curnow turned into MUNDY…….. Unique?? Im shitting myself! Tight lines

    • i reckon see if you can get in michel instead of mundy because when some of freos players get back from injury ie barlow the teams structure might change and then his scoring diminished where as for michel you know he is going to score well each week. Hawks have the single bye aswell were as freo have another multi bye to come up

      • true about the changing team dynamics multi bye doesn’t worry me too much as its league wins im after, a poor start has me in the 8000’s. It was either one or the other lets hope it pays off.
        cheers

  • Who is more likely to get the vest Jacobs or Berwick

  • Surely lower will get a game over puopolo

    • lower starting rover

    • He may get more game time, but I think Puopolo will score better just given that Lower will be in the Derby and that will be a scrappy tight game and Puopolo is up against the Saints who suck at the moment.

  • Alot of coaches are under real pressue this week.
    Its important to remember to keep your cool in a crisis and not make trades in a panic that go against your overall plan.
    If need be, cut your losses and take the beat , Save 1 or 2 trades and reload next week.
    Dont burn your season because your head is in a spin!

    • TKOL – I heard a rumor of a potential article on DT talk?

    • Made my 2 trades this week leaves me with 17 left no no trades next week and then potentially Brennan in for harris or swallow. Next week I will have judd, Gibbs and hopefully rioli back in for what will be my strongest side yet but I’m sure everyone will be in the same boat

  • ZOMG MY HEAD IS IN A SPIN I JUST TRADED GRIMES FOR NICOSKI AND DARLING FOR JUSTIN PLAPP

  • If Curnow was in any other team that wasn’t playing in the finals id hold him and use him as a 6th or 7th. But as it is I have too many Carlton players so bye-bye! My backs are facing a dohnut so Grimsey has to go. Otherwise id wait a week to see how the back rooks are going. So gonna take a punt and go Grimes > Jacobs, and Curnow > Boyd. Sounds good, until Jacobs gets injured/dropped, subbed….or cranks it!

    Boyd under the done alot this year. Slut it up son!

  • I just traded Duffield to Heath Shaw. What do we all think??

    • What a headache of a trade that is.
      Heath Shaw always starts off well and is tagged out of it for most of the season.

      • Someone else commented that there are more quality players in the Collingwood beast now to worry about that perhaps Shaw will be off the hook this season. Lets hope so…

      • He will at least get more than 60 each week unlike that piece of shit Duffield

      • Just a bit of Heath Shaw stats. Last year he averaged 83 in the first half of the year, then dropped off to 77 for the 2nd half of the year. But in 2009 He averaged 81 in the first half then increased that to 84 in the 2nd half. And the years before that he was as inconsistent as they come. But so far Shaw has had his most consistent start to the year bar 2007 and I would think that will continue whether he gets the forward tag or not.

    • You must be thinking what I’m thinking – that Didak’s dt scoring ability was transferred to the Heater in that car accident. I’m taking the punt on the new Alan Shaw.

  • Is it more important to upgrade your midfield or upgrade your forward line first?

    Lots of opportunities to upgrade this week with a few injuries.

    Thoughts?

    • Im going where the points are and thats currently in the mid field ( surprise surprise ) with the exception of a handful in the forwards it hasn’t been setting the world on fire and the defensive end has been just plain disappointing. IMO

  • Fantastic article – good read

    Your thoughts pleaae

    Grimes – Newman / Rance???? (no cash to spare)

    Who woud you make an emerg: – Krak / Matera

    • i would go Newman ahead of Rance, but if you really need the cash then i would downgrade to B Jacobs from Port.

      I would wait untiol you know the subs for Cats v Pies. If A Krak is not named as the sub, then i would make him the emergency.

  • Alex Johnson from the Swans?

  • With 3 Carlton boys in my backs and Grimes and Toy out something had to be done.
    Went
    Out – Laidler
    In Bob Murphy
    Out – Toy
    In – S Fisher

    Mids are Swan, Pendles, Boyd, Jelwood, Redden, I Smith, Harris, Berwick and Curnow.

    With my mids being relatively strong, and having DPP with Smith and my DPP fwds (Chappy, Goodes, Kraks, and Fyfe) my Q. is this..
    Come round 14 or there abouts Curnow will be back, so based on the info above would it be wise to keep him Most teams will flick him this or next week and he will become a unique 6th or 7th midfielder.
    I have $340,000 in hand so don’t really need to trade for cash..
    Thought appreciated. Thanks

    • Your mids are fine so you should hold on to Curnow to save the trade for sure.

    • I would have held Curnow if not for my horror mid-season league draw. With six top eight teams over the next seven weeks I couldn’t wait for Curnow and have any confidence about staying in the eight. Sounds like a smart move if circumstances permit, and injury time frame is accurate.

  • here are my 2 trades for this round:

    OUT: J Grimes, IN: B Jacobs
    OUT: E Curnow, IN: S Pendlebury

    Thoughts?

    • You can’t go wrong with Pendlebury not sure on Jacobs though. Untried at the elite level so I’d see how he performs this weekend.

      I think Calvin pointed out in his write up that Port produce Poor(t) dream team scores against the Swans individually and as a team.

      He may cover a potential doughnut but I wouldn’t expect he would score many in his first game and at the SCG

    • I am not one who favours rookies until they have played 2 games, but if you need the cash jacobs has dpp value

      I’d go Selwood – B/E 77 before pendles – B/E 166, otherwise Martin from Rich would give you cash to reconsider the grimes trade

      • Pendles BE is only 102, although that should increase a lot next week when his 166 drops out and his 87 is in with whatever he scores tonight (unless it’s 150+!)

    • Most trades that incluse getting Pendels into your mids is a reasonable trade in my eyes.

  • How is the weather in Melbourne? (i am in sydney)

    If it hails like the BOM says should I stay away from Pendelbury and go for Mundy who plays in sunny perth?

    Or does Pendelbury score in the pouring rain too?

    • Was raining yesterday in Melb, cleared later that night. This morning it’s not raining but is overcast. I would expect a few showers at most, however, it might not rain altogether.

      • possible showers, strong winds and potential of hail in afternoon/evening

      • Cheers, that link will help me decide between roofless Swan and the domed in Boyd for captain .
        Leaning towards Boys as I hate the Friday Night Captain.. (FNC) and we know what that can also stands for…..

  • I handed in my resignation as a member of the selection panel last Tuesday and it was (gratefully) accepted by the board. That leaves you as the lone selector Dunny. So looking down the list, I’m playing Stanley and B Smith in defense. I’m holding off on the Curnow trade for now so I’m a little light on in the mids this week. Down, down, down I go…all the way to Krakoeur. Woah mama! If he’s good enough for that chump Michael Malthouse, he’s good enough for me. Bewick can lower that be without playing and Concaman once again gets the nod. I finish on a bright note with Darling in the forwards.

    • No pressure on me then McScoundrel, mate I reckon you have made some reasonable choices there, but these fringe guys are still screwing me over when I think they are going to play well! We can just analyse them and hope they are consistent, that is why I am tend to pick the consistent guys.

  • who do you think will score more DT poins? S.Buckley or B.Matera

    Buckley is name in the Midfielder

    • Materia loves AAMI and is due to score – he’d be my pick

      Tough test for Bucks – could be subbed

      • He played 1 game at AMMI………

        • Yep and he loves it……..was against an Adelaide based team too, just like the Crows!!!!

          • Against an Adelaide based team to??? What????

            Why would they play a non Adelaide based team at AAMI, that’s funny

          • Hahaha…………at last. It’s taken me almost 3 1/2 hours to get a reply from that comment!!!! Thanx. :-)
            Was taking the piss a bit with the earlier comment.

  • Heres my dilemma:

    I thought I had the cash for Grimes to Adcock Curnow to Mitchell….but im 4 k short…ahhh!

    So now my options are:

    1…..Grimes – Shaw, Curnow to mitchell
    2….Grimes – Suckling, Curnow to Pendles

    Thoughts?

    Cheers

  • I still dont trust Adcock. I know if I pick him up pick up a soft tissue injury. You might just be the man Rawlo ot the old faithful Enright! Tick Tock

    • agree – look at higgins

    • you have to risk it to get the biscuit mate!! adcock has been one of the few shining lights for brisbane, he looks fit and healthy but you can never be sure… i got rawlings over enright just to be different and because north are going to se more ball in there back 50

  • Looking at Grimes – Rawlings & Curnow to Goodes, but tempted to just move on Grimes this week, downgrade Hale to a 80K crap ruckman and then next week look at a Curnow & Swallow/Harris to a Goddard and Goodes after they have both dropped a little more.

  • Mitchell or Selwod

    Who would you back????

    • selwood – b/e 77

      • B/E doesn’t really matter, he’s a keeper so i won’t need him to make money

        Who do you think will score better through out the season, Averages are hard because of Selwood concussion game?

  • Rawlings has been on my radar from day one, I didn’t pick him initially but only because I couldn’t squeeze him in. Now that I have the chance to throw old lucky legs into the team, I’ve decided pendlebury is on my radar.

    Adcock has been great so far, sure, I’m worried about him breaking down. But you can’t live worrying about tomorrow, especially when there is a car waiting for me in Melbourne.

    • i got rawlings in this week mate, it was between him and enright but needed some seperation from other teams so chose the less picked of the 2 hopefully it was the right chioce :)

      • north have first week of finals so ill be getting adcock and then enright in a couple of weeks

  • Just a quick one guys…

    For those who live in Perth, you’ve undoubtedly heard the story of young Luke Adams, an up-and-coming young ruckman from Swan Districts. For those of you who don’t know, Luke was knocked unconscious in an unprovoked attack almost a fortnight ago, and is fighting for his life in Royal Perth Hospital.

    The Swan Districts Football club, in conjunction with Luke’s family are putting together an event this Saturday at Steel Blue oval for the match between swans and Subiaco. Bounce down is at 2:15 and I encourage everyone to attend. The two teams will have a joint banner which they will run through.

    The theme is that everyone has a family and a mate, and that we should really think about our actions.

    So get down to Steel Blue oval and show your support for Luke, but also for the wider community. He’s a great kid and he deserves all the help he can get.

    • Be heading down myself.. Cheers for the reminder

    • +1

      • here here – and for those not farmilar with Perth, if someone says “let’s go to Northbridge” go to Subi instead

        Go Swans (2010 Premiers)

    • The offender was a Bikie.

      Lock him up and throw away the key.

      • whoever it was, it doesn’t really matter, my thoughts are with Lukey, stay strong buddy.

      • It was not a Bikie, that was just media jumping to conclusions to get a better story. A Bikie was there but had nothing to do with the guy getting thrown out the window. And the girls had nothing to do with the altercation either.

  • hey guys this week i have puopolo as my 7th defender (otten, toy, gibbs all not playing). puopolo is listed on the extended bench so if he doesnt get listed is it worth trading otten down to anther rookie defender? there are none going around really…. i think if puopolo doesnt play ill just cop the donut

  • interesting to hear maxwell is probably out tonight with a calf. for those considering shaw in for grimes (like myself), it find it very concerning that when maxwell was missing in RD 1 and 2 shaw could only manage a 75 and 65. but when maxwell is in the team i think his role as the general back there allow’s shaw to be freed up for some big scores. will have to wait and see on maxwell i guess

    • long bow, small sample size.

    • Maxwell wont play. Tarrant will start and one of the Emergencies will be Sub. Krak to clean up in the wet and smash out 100.

    • You’ll be happy to hear I decided to downgrade Curnow instead of Grimes… Simply because I like the look of Rawlings at the moment and I’d prefer to get in I.Smith over Jacobs.

      So I went Grimes to Rawlings and Curnow to Smith. Leaves me bucketloads next week to get rid of Otten if Puopolo plays and plays well or Jacobs, and grab another 100k and trade out probs matera for chappy or put Prestia in mids and grab Pendles!

  • I have to play either Iles or Bewick this week, who should it be?

  • I need a hand my team is this

    Backs: Deledio, Goddard, Shaw, Stanley, Heppell, Adcock, Lower (Gibbs, Otten, Hibberd)
    Mids: Pendleybury, Boyd, Libba, A Krak, Ben Jacobs, Atley (Montagna, Harris, Bewick)
    Ruck: Cox Sandilands (L Keefe, Moran)
    Forwards: Goodes, Sylvia, Stevie J, Franklin, Riewoldt, Petrie, Darling (Richo, Prestia, Matera)

    I am happy with my forwards and I have 189 k in the kitty should i be going for daneo swan next round?

    • mids need work mate everything else looks good but id definately be getting another premo into that midfield swan or anyone

  • Need to use either Bewick or Jacobs to cover a donut from Harris being out. Am worried they will both be the subs this week. Any thoughts on who to play?

  • 16 trades. am thinking of the following

    harris –> jacobs

    then can afford swallow –> selwood/mitchell/watson

    who will score more points?? have no others players from these teams in mids..

    is it better to make the trade this week or next? swallows price will rise but so will the premiums. this week means i will prob get 30 points extra.

    • do it this week but leaving yourself with 14 trades is a little light on?? i would go mitchell just because of watsons GF bye where mitchell plays GC that rd.. selwood has been really impressive though and plays in the strongest of those 3 teams so it doesn’t really matter who u get they will all get the job done

      • cheers mate, not so worried about the league im ranked 144 and going for top. leaning towards selwood this week. bit cheaper, and most consistent. wont have to make many trades after this week anyway.

        mids would be: swan, pendles, judd, chapman, selwood, mundy, (libber,buckley, jacobs)

        • nice midfield yeah i have selwood along with swan, judd, redden, boyd and swallow for my best midfield regardless of byes and im pretty happy with it but will probably get mitchell for swallow in a few rds time. im also going for overall but it started out just looking for league wins now i find myself ranked 29th overall so hopefully i can keep it going!! good luck mate

          • I will be seriously looking at getting rid of Swallow soon if you mean A Swallow he will be the death of me i am sure.

          • nah i ment D swallow but i no what ur saying!! liam anthony dissapointment of the year?

  • Great read. It really is good to see such a large amount of dream team related blogs around the place, so thanks. Another one of my favourite DT blogs is here http://www.thisisafl.com/blog/category/dream-team/ highly recommend it. Thanks guys, keep up the good work!

  • for those who dont live in melbourne. the wonderful city has produced another shitter!!! light rain but would imagine the G would be quite a slow track come tonight from the last few days. So for those considering swan, pendles, selwood etc keep in mind it will be wet weather footy

    • Thanks Alberto, was concerned about the rain bucketing down tonight.

      All my potential captains are playing in that game! (Swan, Pendles, Selwood)

      Might have to look elsewhere.

      • no worries. its not pissing down but its enough and added to the last few day the ground has had a fair drink. I can just see it being a very physical in close game where DT scores are affected. im putting the C on boyd this week and if swanny outscores him then shame on me

    • Has been pissing down for well over an hour where I live – expecting the ‘G to be mud tonight, similar to Carlton vs Swans. Captain Boyd is a lock!

  • BACKS: gibbs, goddard, lower, delidio, duffield, stanley, heppell (hibberd,otten, grimes)

    MIDS: swan, boyd, swallow, bartel, goodes liberatore (bewick, harris, curnow)

    RUCK: cox, sandilands (smith,derrickyx)

    FWDS: franklin, riewoldt, chapman, sylvia, krakour, darling, knights (richardson, prestia, matera)

    $34K, 20 Trades left.

    I like many am in same boat considering the grimes/curnow chop to jacobs/pendles. I don’t want to act too soon and think I can wait another week or two. I am open to advice about improving my team. Since I have cover I think I will wait but is this the right move?

  • Ladies and Gents of DT,

    I am interested in your thoughts of the potentially of my team as I near the finalisation process. Probably only need 1 more premium on each line.

    Defence: Heppell, Enright, Bob Murphy, Suckling, Lower, Adcock, Goddard, Stanley, McKernan and Hibberd
    Mids: Swan, Jelwood, Chapman, Rischitelli, Gibbs, Didak, Swallow, Pittard and Liberatore
    Rucks: Sandliands, Cox, Z Smith and J Tippett (Petrie link)
    Forwards: Franklin, Stevie J, Pavlich, Fyfe, Darling, Petrie, Knights, Tapscott, Matera, I Smith.

    I’m probably looking at getting Pendles in the Mids and maybe Goodes in the Forwards depending on what is happening in about 5-6 weeks time. :-)

    Any thoughts would be appreciated. :-)

  • Hey Albert Lloyd… What have you ended up doing with the Gregory? Besides cursing his DT scores, of course. :-)

  • Wallis to be omitted

    Mulligan, young midfielder Mitch Wallis and Nathan Djerrkura would be omitted from the Dogs’ extended 25-man squad later on Friday, Eade said.

    Read more: http://www.theage.com.au/afl/afl-news/morris-to-take-on-jack-riewoldt-20110513-1elnp.html

  • Breust has been confirmed for his debut for the Hawks this weekend (Hawks website). Puts a big question mark over Puopolo’s spot in the team.

    Would think Ellis and Young are certainties. Along with Breust, leaves final spot between Puopolo, Schoenmaker, Savage and Osborne…

    Anyone traded him in already??

  • great write up, i went grimes to adcock and otten to jacobs as have gibbs and duigan and coad also so no options to avoid the aweful dough nut.

    on a side issue who would you guys take as captain out of these choices this week?

    sandi
    delsanto
    embley
    martin
    nahas
    ball
    bolton

  • Who should I bench out of:
    A Krakouer
    Knights
    Petrie
    J Reiwoldt
    Darling

    • Probably Krak Knights and Darling to be safe.. Kraks inconsistent, Knights only because last score and Darling because I’d rather Petrie who is on fire and Jack because he could stand up and kick a bag against the dogs in an upset by the tiges ;)

    • on recent form you’ve gotta say chris knights, but the cows are playing the gold coast with taylor walker out. I reckon that really is a flip of the coin!

      • Take last week out and knights has had a solid month. I’ve got the same 5 to choose from but only two spots… Krak at the G might be a goer on the field!! Its really hard picking out of these guys because they could all smash it or score 30…

  • who should i get? Daniel Kerr or Isaac Smith? help please?

    Daniel Kerr has strong JS but he might get suspended/injured. teams also tag him.. but at the moment he’s hit some form

    Isaac Smith scored well last week and is cheap but his JS isnt too good? do you reckon he can keep getting 70+?

    thanks

    • Look if you can hold off a week i would see what Smith does this week. If its another 80 or 90, go for it, if not, then look elsewhere…

  • Trading out Curnow…

    Anyone know the B/E of Sam Mitchell and Matty Pav this week? just wondering whether to do the trade this week or next….. only reason thinking bout pav over mitchell is his dpp, and he is cheaper.

    Cheers

  • Hey Tingram … According to tooserious.net Mitchell has a BE of 115 and Pavlich has a BE of 128 :-)