NAB Cup: A DT Guide to the NAB Cup

So the NAB is nearly here.  Thank god the footy is back right!  Now if you are someone new to DT or you haven’t really taken it all that seriously before… welcome.  In the past you have watched the NAB hoping your team does well and doesn’t get any injuries.  Well now all of that has changed, the way you watch the NAB is now changed forever.  Now you will be looking at every game, pouring over every stat and medical report.  You have been tinkering with your team for a couple of weeks and now it is time to see how the guys that you have in your team are going and what their role will be.  But beware, there are a few things you need to remember when watching the NAB Cup series.  I have had a look at a few of them below for you.

  1. Beware of First Round Lineups.
    Remember what the NAB cup is for…. Experimenting!  Each coach is going to want to see how their youngsters and the guys coming back from injury are going.  So they are going to give their rookies and their 2nd and 3rd year players a bit more of a run.  So when you see your rookie that you have had your eye on (and no one else is considering because they think this guy isn’t going to get a run) get himself a near full game in the first week, don’t get all excited and lock him never to review him again.  Keep an eye on how much game time he gets later in the competition.
  2. Out of Position
    As with the experimentation above, you will see coaches give a guy a different role to see if he can do it.  They will do this to see if the guy can play out of position during the season to cover an injury or to inject a bit of a spark.  As with the above, this is generally going to happen early in the competition rather than later.
  3. Take more notice of round 4 lineups
    So the opposite of point 1 above, but what you will find is that coaches will generally use a pretty much round 1 line up in the last week of the NAB with guys playing in their regular positions in that week.  They have done their tinkering and are fairly settled on this line up.  Take detailed notice of what happens in this round and give it more weight than the previous 3 weeks.
  4. Where is my Premium?
    Don’t stress if your premium isn’t getting a full game or is even missing from a preseason game.  This is particularly true if it is an older guy.  The AFL season is a long and arduous one.  Coaches are going to give these guys a bit of a run to get some game time into the legs, but they sure as hell don’t want to risk them getting injured or having them wear out before the real stuff starts in September.
  5. Read, Read and Read some more!
    Check out the reviews of every game, read about coaches press conferences, make sure you sign up for Freako’s newsletter as he sends out the info on each of the NAB games.  Make sure you take into account the above 4 points when analysing data and points.  Just beware of hype.  I know that for me, living in a two team town, the media pick up on absolutely everything and they will talk up a guy even though he may never see the inside of the changerooms.  So balance your readings with fact and opinion/fluff pieces.

So those are just a few of the things that those of you that are new to DT need to consider when you watch the preseason.  I know that for you seasoned DT’ers these things are all second nature, but for those that are just joining us at the DT Anonymous meetings, these are some things that need to be considered that can really help you set your team for round 1 with the best possible chances for the season ahead.

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  • Great advice. I would add “Don’t read too much into a big/poor score” onto that list (but instead look at the role the player has in the team). I certainly read too much into a big pre-season score with Astbury last year and got burned, hard.

    • Very much so, take good note of the role they are playing, once again towards the latter half of the competition as we see what Coaches really plan to do with their players.

  • Definitely won’t worry too much about the NAB, too many Astbury and Yarran stories going around. The one everyone should be waiting for is the round 1 teams of the H&A season.

    • Reading AFL Teams is my favourite aspect of being a DT addict. The idle chit chat beforehand which hides the real tension and drama of waiting for them to shuttle out of headquarters, the shock of the new as one or two teams get an early release, the dread of confronting a list in which one of your players has been injured or out of form and the comedy of other people’s responses. Last year, people were worried when Nick dal Santo was named in a forward pocket and got excited when Heppell was named on the ball. This year, people will be overjoyed when their rook midfielder lines up next to Sandilands and Mundy, their forward pocket flog finally gets a go at half forward where he should have been playing all along or their full back gets promoted to centre half back. Bring it on!

      PS. Good article Dunny, spot on.

  • best thing we’ll get is the GWS, GC, Port for some rookies.

    also i think alot of ppl will be taking a keen eye on many rucks and their counterparts.
    i’m actually a little bit keen to see the crows line up, there is value value value there this year. if the tiprat plays alot on the ball rucking ala leigh brown role, he might find room in my SC team but not DT.

  • SEN have just reported that LeCras has done his knee. Dunno yet if it’s 4-6 or the season.

    • NOOOOOOOO!!! DT aside, that would be devastating!

    • Good news for Koby Stevens?

    • He is doubtful for round one which mean it isn’t too serious. Probably be back round 5 but still sucks for us Eagle fans :(

      • That’s just Linsane, I put him in my team this morning!

        • Linsane! Mark my words Tkol, Jeremy Lin will not be dominating when Melo comes back.

          • Nice to see we have some basketball/NBA fans on this site as well! I play fantasy bball amongst just about every other fantasy sport from the US. I am from Phoenix, Az.

          • His number today against the kings will be more like his stats when melo comes back 10 points, 13 points

          • Long-suffering Knicks fan. I don’t give a shit who’s dominating as long as this streak doesn’t end. ;)


          • They’re playing better without him anyway. Should just keep him on the sidelines.

          • Take note of the Knicks record pre-Melo injury to post. Melo needs to learn to pass more. He hogs it too much and plays D like a revolving door. Knicks are better when the ball moves. This will stop once he comes back and Lin will suffer.

          • think you meant 10 points & 13 ASSISTS mate. he is going incredible at the moment! That 3 to win it yesterday against the Raptors elevated him to new heights…

          • Yeah sorry I meant 13 assists. I hate Melo’s one on one game style if he could just watch the last 7 games and see how the team has worked and adjust his game to suit, he can still average 20+ points a game. He also needs to play defense. The worlds suffering from LINfoma at the moment…haha

          • A point guard that CAN play, as opposed to a struggling forward that isn’t even shooting 40% from the field? Lin’s numbers aren’t going to change much with Carmelo’s return.

      • Early mail says its an ACL, not confirmed yet, but devastating if thats the case!

  • What are peoples thoughts on Ryan Hargrave? Havent heard anything about him this preseason. Is he injured? if not, can he get back to 2010 form?

  • Freako’s nab cup review is a very good source of post nab news, It is the reason I had Suckling , Shiels and Fyfe,from the start last year.

  • How do I get the Freako’s newsletter??? Please help!

    And also noticed that Dylan Sheils has not been named in the GWS squad. Is he injuried???


  • LeCras injured his knee in training this morning, he is having scans later today.

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  • Cheers Donny, but the above is very obvious, if you don’t know the above yet then you should not being playing Dream team at all.

    • Mate’s Dunny, not Donny – he is an Osmond :)

      Plus while this might seem simple and straight forward to you this site caters for all levels of DT experience and the above info is well put together and thought out and is pure gold for some of those newbies to DT…..

      …just my two cents!

      • Correct, this is fairly straight forward for experienced players, but this article was more for the rookies that have come across to this site that may be in their first or second season playing DT.

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