Deck of Dream Team 2012: Marc Murphy

Name: Marc Murphy
Club: Carlton
Position: Midfield
Assistant Coach Price: $551,300
Bye Round: 13
2011 Average: 111
2011 Games Played: 22
Predicted Average: 118

Why should I pick him? Last year Marc Murphy took his game from good to great and this was reflected by an increase of 12 points per game. He now stands as one of the elite players in the competition and will now come at an inflated price, however he ticks a number of boxes that mean he needs to at least be considered. Murphy is a hard working ball magnet who last year collected 30+ disposals on 11 occasions and racked up 100+ DT points in 16 of his 22 games including an impressive score of 145 in round 10 vs the Demons showing he has captain qualities. Although at times he cops a tag, it is usually a secondary one as the main defensive focus tends to go towards Judd and this year Murphy proved he can score effectively when faced with the negative attention where in the past doubts had lingered over his ability to do so. Marc has proven over his career that he is unbelievably durable, only missing 1 match in the last 5 years and its nice to have premium players that you can be confident will take the park on a weekly basis. As Carlton’s bye falls in round 13, his selection would limit the damage through the bye rounds due to a minimal  number of premium mids set to miss that round with Gibbs, Mitchell and Ablett the main ones in my eyes.

Why shouldn’t I pick him? There are not many reasons why Marc shouldn’t be selected. An argument could be made that it has taken him 6 years to make that significant leap to the elite level and he will likely not make another improvement in average. It has already been well publicized that Bryce Gibbs will have an increased role through the midfield and that “time” needs to come from somewhere meaning Marc will possibly be pushed out of the middle on a more regular basis.

Deck of DT Rating: King- Marc is an absolute gun and part of a significantly improving team which is why I think he will push Ace status by the end of the year. Even if Marc’s midfield time did decreased, it will not be enough to negatively affect his scoring and may actually give him the opportunity to kick a few more goals to add to his already respectable 19 last year. If you like Murph, there is no reason not to pick him, he is reliable and will improve again. Structure is the only reason he is unlikely to line up for destROY as I currently have my original “boy” Gibbsy in there.

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  • Murph is locked for my SC but not my DT although if he improves he may find himself there by the end

  • Taking a risk. He is going to be my number one mid and captain choice for the first 5-6 rounds. I dont mind his draw and i reckon carlton will be the outstanding side this year. get on

  • Great player and worthy of a spot in any midfield but where to fit him in? He will become an upgrade target.

  • Murph is set for his biggest year yet and is a lock for me. Especially looking forward to giving him the big (c) 1st 2 rounds against richmond and gc and watching him tear them to shreds!

  • I have had him locked for the past 24 months

  • Yep absolute lock for mine. Like the blues draw, espeally early.

    Premo mids are set…..however doing further analysis as we speak

  • Murphs or Gibbs? Juddy said tha latter is to have a breakout year but I am tempting to pick up the former.

  • His head is like a tennis ball. Tossing up whether to pick him though, picking the right 3 or 4 premium mids is going to be critical to success this year.

    Ablett, swan, Boyd, pendles, Thomson, murph, Mitchell and throw in Barlow who most will pick up and that equals some tough decisions. Watson will have a big year also… Who to pick arrrgggghh!

    • Ha ha – love that before the analysis, it’s necessary to point out his head looks like a tennis ball – good call.

  • Barring injury, Murphy will still be among the top echelon of midfielders in DT land in 2012. I’m going a bit unique with Gibbsy so can’t fit him in to start with; however to suggest he’ll decresae his output this year is heresy – he’s coming into his DT prime year and will emerge as the no. 1 midfielder at the Blues and one of the best in the league.

    Could be a Charlie coming to the Blues in 2012. Only question – will it be Juddy, Murph or Gibbs?

    • I believe you mean “who will the brownlow go to out of….. Swan, Pendles or Daisy”

  • murph for me is the better performing dream teamer, gibbs’y will play more midfield this yr, but they say that every year with him and deledio. one injury down back and they are both back there.

    • You’re gonna have a cookie cutter team this year Crumpet!
      It’s not gonna get you into the granny again :-P

      • ur cookie cutter team should stop throwing things at bike riders mc hammerhead, have u thought of boyd at all

  • Hows that general chat/discussion section coming along?

    • Most people use the ‘My Team’ forum for general discussion, and seems to be working fine so far?

      • What about a permanent chat box like they have up when the DT Talk stream is on. That would be awesome, so you can talk a bit of smack with whoever else is online and not have it pasted on the page for the whole day.

        • This. Only hard part might be finding what time tkol is on

        • x 1,000,000

          A chat application that was like a forum, all the time, would rule.

          I would also love that it if someone commented on your comment, you were notified!

  • Like Roy mentioned he will push for Ace status next year…..Geez I reckon he should have been given an Ace in this DODT. 7th highest average and 4th highest overall total points. ANY player who has an average of 110+ and plays all 22 games should be an Ace.

  • Great write up. Had him all last year and doesn’t disappoint. I think he’s in for another great season. I believe he will improve his average by kicking close to 30 goals because In the second half this year he regularly kicking a couple and I think he will dominate the low ranked teams even more so. I agree very stiff not getting an ace status but I suppose that’s not really the point of the article

  • Naturally my team changes everyday, and Murphy is in atm.
    Really hoping, tho, that Montagna can return to his lofty standards of 2009 & 2010, (so hopefully the preseason comp will sort that out,) & pocket the $66k- I’m greeedy!

    • Hey eeepobreci, i remember last year you suggested to me Murphy when i couldn’t decide between Juddy or Murph and he did the job, he was even my captain when Swan was out :)
      Thinking Gibbs is a better option this year though

  • im a bit tight with the ace for a mid. need to have averaged 115 or looking to return to that average (eg gaz who has done it before). its just the number i decided to run with so will stick with it. rockliff averaged more than murf and only got a king rating from me as well.

  • Midfielders
    Scott Pendlebury [COL] $576,900
    Gary Ablett [GCS] $554,700
    Scott Thompson [ADE] $538,500
    Brendon Goddard [STK] [DEF]$474,200
    Michael Barlow [FRE] $424,800
    Stephen Coniglio [GWS] $175,200
    Chad Wingard [PTA] $157,200
    Dylan Shiel [GWS] $104,200

    Still only temp line-up, gotta fit gibbs in somehow and maybe boydy.. don’t know who to dump.. any ideas peeps?????

    • Thats a stacked midfield. But yeah i agree get rid of Goddard to the back line.. And the only way id pay the extra cash for Wingard and Coniglio is if they were going to play on the field. Id downgrade one of them to help pay for Gibbs. There’s plenty of other cheaper mid options that will fatten just as fast.

    • Goddard to defense would be the most obvious solution.

    • haha any ideas,,yeah spend ya whole salary cap on ya midfield…thats the only way ya gonna squeeze two more premiums into that midfield..or have a very weak bk/fwd line
      but go for it ya never know know ,and with no injuries ya wont have to worry about ya midfield ,ballzy move if ya do ,but alot to be said for no midfield headaches,good luck

      • Here’s my pre pre-season team. till NAB cup should say..
        Brendon Goddard [STK] [MID]$474,200
        Brett Deledio [RIC] [MID]$452,100
        Sam Gilbert [STK] $345,600
        Jack Grimes [MEL] $329,400
        Brian Lake [WBD] $255,200
        Matthew Buntine [GWS] $161,700
        Brandon Ellis [RIC] $116,700
        Steven Morris [RIC] $104,200
        Luke Brown [ADE] [MID]$98,700

        Scott Pendlebury [COL] $576,900
        Gary Ablett [GCS] $554,700
        Scott Thompson [ADE] $538,500
        Michael Barlow [FRE] $424,800
        Stephen Coniglio [GWS] $175,200
        Sam Docherty [BRL] [DEF]$130,200
        Kyal Horsley [GCS] $119,800
        Dylan Shiel [GWS] $104,200

        Shane Mumford [SYD] $452,400
        Sam Jacobs [ADE] $434,200
        Jonathan Giles [GWS] $117,800
        Orren Stephensen [GEE] $98,700

        Lance Franklin [HAW] $503,000
        David Zaharakis [ESS] [MID]$443,200
        Dustin Martin [RIC] [MID]$442,500
        Steele Sidebottom [COL] [MID]$428,800
        Jason Porplyzia [ADE] $202,500
        Darren Pfeiffer [PTA] [MID]$117,800
        Josh Bruce [GWS] $104,200
        Adam Treloar [GWS] [MID]$104,200
        Dayne Zorko [BRL] [MID]$104,200

        • $264,400 left…

        • You’ve got five DPP MID/FWD’s in your forwards and none in your mids, what’s the use? You need Zorko or Treloar on the pine in the midfield.

          • Benny dare I question the master but is having dpp in mids that vital for start of season? Surely this can be adjusted leading up to bye rounds with the trading in of cash cows as new trade rules allow you to move fed to mid without wasting one.anyways I stand to be corrected

  • That’s an easy one Nath, imho.
    Shift Goddard to defence and slot Bryceyboy straight into the guts.
    I see what your trying to do with Goddard as a DPP link, but his scoring power MUST be utilized in defence as one of the (very) rare super-premiums in that position.

    • Cheers phil, still need a dpp back/mid – go with a rookie dpp or can you suggest a mid pricer??

      • I dont think you will really need one at the start of the season maybe you could look at getting that link when you make your first downgrade.

  • Will get Murph on one condition if he averages more the Jellywood in the NAB cup

  • Had him in my team about 3 times, wanted to go with 5 premos (Swan, Rocky, GAJ, Murphy, Barlow) and a rookie mid plan but dropped him for a rookie. So come round 11-13 he might make an appearance in my team (pending form/injuries etc)

  • I love Marc Murphy, gets heaps of easy ball with tons of running. Not exactly the toughest bloke going around but with Judd & Robinson fit Marc will carve it up!

  • Murphy or swan though? I’ve got ablett, Sean, Scotty Thompson and Barlow at the moment …

  • had him last year…and couldn’t have been happier. Side looks wrong without him.

  • Murph or Judd????

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