Class of 2010 – Midfielders

We have some great, bloody great Über Premos, set to run around in the midfield this year! And we know that the likes of Dane, GAJ, Pendles, Selwood, Boyd etc are going to smash it.

Getting your starting MIDS right and deciding who your upgrade targets will be (particularly given MBR) a very interesting puzzle to solve.

In keeping with my previous class of 2010 article, I wonder if there are any heroes of yesteryear that we may have missed off the list. Who was a premo in 2010? And sucked a big one last year… I am sure that we can all think of a few.

Time to look at the Class of 2010 – Midfielders and see if there is merit in going “unique”.

Now because they have been talked about in previous articles I am not including Lenny or Barlow in this analysis…but we know they are both bloody good value

Let’s start with the most expensive first:

Leigh (To be said in Forrest Gump voice…”I Love you J(L)enny”) Montagna $485,000

Based on 2010 average should be priced: $545,000

 

Ave

Disp

Goals

Games <100

100+ Games

100s turned into 110+ (%)

2011

96.4

24.1

13.0

12.0

9.0

78%

2010

108.5

28.7

18.0

8.0

18.0

78%

Diff

-12.1

-4.6

-5.0

4.0

-9.0

0%

Ahh Joey… in 2010 the world was yours…and then come 2011…CRACK…there goes Lenny’s knee and with it, any chance of you being the player that you were in 2010.

Lenny and Joey work together like a well oiled machine, Lenny is all of the greasy dirty hard working parts of the machine…and Joey is the Johnson Rod (Seinfeld reference) that plays well as an outside receiver and bangs it long and hard. Joey relies on the inside feeders to deliver him the pill and when he gets it he uses it.

Pros:

The boy can score, has been a DT Uber premo before and IMO can be so again.

Cons:

Like most of the guys on this list how do you fit him in? Maybe if you are playing 5 premo mids from the start you might sneak him in but would he make it in over Lenny who is 100k cheaper? Shares the BYE with Ablett, Murphy, and Mitchell.

Verdict:

Brave is the man that punts on Joey, but I reckon he could be one of the better smokies this year. Had he had a good year last year he would be like Boyd and the astute coaches would already have him pencilled.

Jimmy (Permanent 3 day growth) Bartel $482,200

Based on 2010 average should be priced: $540,000

 

Ave

Disp

Goals

Games <100

100+ Games

100s turned into 110+ (%)

2011

95.9

22.0

26.0

12.0

12.0

58%

2010

107.7

26.3

14.0

9.0

15.0

73%

Diff

-11.8

-4.3

12.0

3.0

-3.0

-15%

Jimmy, he went from being the champion of junk time ball to just…well… not that guy anymore. 96 is still a bloody good average but…. Jimmy…. we expect more.

Pros:

Since 2007 has been a mainstay in many coaches’ teams and has consistently rewarded us with great numbers. He is a goal kicker…love those +9. Plus he is THE Jimmy (Another Seinfeld Reference)

Cons:

Was last year what we expect of the new Jimmy? Surely not. How do you put him in your team ahead of Captain Joel? Shares the Bye with Collingwood

Verdict:

Behind Joey would be the second most likely for a punt, I am sure there are coaches that will run with him. Not for me, if he is smoking come round 13 (post bye) will consider as an upgrade

Daniel (Must handpass….must handpass) Cross $481,100

Based on 2010 average should be priced: $520,000

 

Ave

Disp

Goals

Games <100

100+ Games

100s turned into 110+ (%)

2011

97.3

24.1

1.0

12.0

10.0

60%

2010

103.7

26.5

2.0

9.0

16.0

50%

Diff

-6.4

-2.4

-1.0

3.0

-6.0

10%

Well… someone who shall remain nameless, decided to go unique last year and picked this guy instead of Boyd. OUCH. Like getting kicked in the privates with boots made out of Hungry Nut eating piranhas. Oh how I cursed his name last year. Anyhoo…

Pros:

He gets as much of the pill as Amy Winehouse…and is always thereabouts.

Cons:

To say that he loves a handball is like saying that Shaun Higgins likes his hair…Understatement. Handballs a lot, not a big tackler or goal kicker so is reliant on getting a lot of the ball for his DT points. People will pick Boyd over him

Verdict:

Never mention his name to me again. I can’t even eat Hot Cross Buns any more without getting a stabbing pain in the groin…bastard!

Luke (Being Hawks captain doesn’t affect your DT ave…No really it doesn’t) Hodge $467,300

Based on 2010 average should be priced: $510,000

 

Ave

Disp

Goals

Games <100

100+ Games

100s turned into 110+ (%)

2011

96.6

24.3

19.0

11.0

11.0

50%

2010

101.6

24.7

15.0

10.0

13.0

57%

Diff

-5.0

-0.4

4.0

1.0

-2.0

-7%

You’ve gotta love Hodgey… he is a footballer’s footballer (whatever the hell that means)

Pros:

A lot depends on his role this year, but he can and will find the ball and use it very well (not that that is relevant) you know what you will get with Hodgey; at worst he will bring you a mid 90 ave…How I wish he was dpp. Only Mitchell, Shiels and Franklin had better averages than him last season.

Cons:

Where will he play and what will his role be? The emerging young Midfielders (think Shiels, Smith etc) mean that he may be back to the sweeper role…which means he won’t be averaging 110+ which is what you need for a mid.

Verdict:

Not for me… Love watching him play…but not gonna feature in many sides I wouldn’t have thought.

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Now there are 3 other guys that I looked at but seriously nobody will pick them… I am talking about:

Kane (I am the hard spot on the bottom of your foot) Cornes

Shane (Hey Hardwick…look at my surname man…please pick me) Tuck

Brad (I played underage cricket for Australia…no …really I did) Green.

All of these guys put impressive numbers up in 2010…but seriously…combined they are currently owned by 1.7% of coaches (majority of that is Green…I bet it is a bunch of guys picking their team by colour…yep they would have Black and Brown too)

So there you have it…the Prefects of 2010 that went AWOL in 2011. Do you have the balls to pick them this year? Who is your mid smokie?

Cheers

Rainman

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42 Comments

  • great article rainman (can you please stop the rain btw)
    Ahhhhh Luke hodge our brave warrior. At some stage everyone will be sucked in this year by Hodgey, and once we all own him the limping will begin!

    • Hodge hasn’t been a value pick since he lost his Defender DPP status. As a Mid-scoring Defender he was awesome. As a Defender-scoring Mid he’s a terrible pick.

      • To be fair to Hodgy, he had no preseason last year due to the one week achilles injury that lasted 2 months. He’ll average over 100 this year.

        Not that I recommend picking him – I’m just saying. He’s more of a Supercoach selection.

  • Nice write up.
    LOL- “look at my surname….please pick me….”

  • Nice one Rainman. I have had Cross the past two years fully knowing what his output would be – he was good for the price.

  • Good read Rainman. Joey looks the most likely of those options but not for me at this stage.
    Possible upgrade target for Ghengis!

  • Thanks for your article. Food for thought.

    IMO the midfield has many options with less risk.
    Also, evidence here of likely improvement is circumspect.

    “Well… someone who shall remain nameless, decided to go unique last year and picked this guy instead of Boyd. OUCH.”…….enough said.

    I’ll be going G n R, perhaps tempted by Sloane, but that’s it.

  • Great work Rainman. Keep them coming I will keep on reading them with a stupid smirk on my face face.

    I was half expecting to see Cooney on this list. If memory serves me averaged bout 90-95 in 2010 and only in the 70’s last year. Priced at under $400,000 for the upcoming season. Could be a possibility for a M5 spot if fit.

    Once again great article. I think you have been BOG this preseason :-)

    • give yourself an uppercut

      • Why? If Cross makes the list and is worth 100 grand more then why wouldn’t Cooney? It is called thinking outside the box dipsh!t. If you are going to comment at least contribute.

    • Simply Baffling! I am baffled!

      • What I find baffling is logging on everyday and the same players being discussed. Swan, Ablett, Cox, Giles, Hayes etc.

        Articles like this one are written so there can be a discussion about other players can be had. I haven’t got Cooney and wont have Cooney but why not have a chat about it? People are throwing up a 30+ year old coming back from a knee reco as a possibility for M5 so why not mention a former Brownlow medalist that has had a few injuries since he won it.

        The whole idea of this site is to discuss DT and players. We don’t always have to discuss the same players every article do we???

  • Hard to fit any of these blokes into my team with all the premiums seemingly set for big years.

    However, I do like the look of the slightly cheaper Sloane.

  • Great article Rainman, good at this point of the pre-season to cover off anyone you may not have given thought to.

    I enjoy the more statistic based pieces you do. Keep up the great work.

  • Nice work.

    Mate, I had Joey and Cross!!! The pain.

    And I had Mundy who got injured!

    • Kane Cornes is right at home with these other falling/rising mids.

      He went from av 100 in 2010 to av 79 in 2011!

      Only someone like Sloane would have as much chance as rising by av 20 as Kane. And still, Kane must have more chance as he has been there.

      Shit, I think I am tempted to get Kane Cornes! Help meeeeeeeeee!

      I have been thinking of three Premium mids and the best rooks. Kane does not fit. But. . . but. . . .

      • Cornes had a good NAB cup game too and scored the winning goal against the Blues, high risk and high reward, not for me though.

      • Kane Cornes? April fools is still a month away there mate!

        Huzzah!!

      • I’m a port fan, but i would never pick Kane now. He knows as he has said he will be playing the Chad cornes role. If there is a young player coming through, he might be rested a lot 5 games missed over the year

  • Good work Rainman

    – Sloane all the way

  • I had Joey and Jimmy last year, and hated them both.lol

    Having said that im tempted to take Joey, with Lenny back….

  • I had N Roo, Didak, Grimes, Higgins,Bartel, Sylvia and Sandilands last year…. finished top 1% so could have been worse…Shite selecting…

  • Need your help guys. How can I make this team better?

    DEF – Goddaqrd, Deledio, Birchall, Grimes, Hargrave, Clarke, Darley (Bugg, Brown)
    MID – Pendles, Ablett, Rockliff. Hogan, Miles, Neale (Magner,Gibson)
    Ruck – Burger, Mummy (Giles, Big O)
    FWD – Franklin, Fyfe, Pav, Martin, Lewis, Sidebum, Treloar (Smedts, Hall)

    15k left.

    Any suggestions?

  • this is actually very funny, cause i was looking at the lowest premo’s owned just for a change. I also found that Dom (I love it when choco throws me infront of the media) Cassisi, was right down there and slightly cheap. He is known as a tackling machine, so even if port doesn’t win ball he will be hard in there. Would be an extremely risky pick but could be rewarding.

  • Great work as always Rainman! I’m tossing up between Joey and Lenny at the moment. At this stage Lenny could get the gig. I think by the end of the year he will be in the M6 position with so many premos on offer. I’d be happy if it worked out that way.
    Thanks for your research buddy.

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  • My midfield could of not gotten any worse last year. Had Mundy, Joey and Bartel as well as Swanny. all of them did shit or got injured. I traded Swan out during his patch which was lucky for me because I got him straight back for 400,000. Will be interesting to see how Joey and Bartel go this year.