10 Commandments of Winning DT Pro

G’day Guys,

After about 5 years of banter between mates in our private DT leagues and an overdose of watching US sitcom, “The League”, last year we decided to kick it up a notch and enter a DT Pro League. DT Pro (free when subscribed to Assistant Coach) opened up our minds to selecting unique teams based on a Live Draft format (i.e. a player is drafted to 1 team only and remaining players are available via the trade pool).

Once a DT Pro League is filled (10 teams), a draft order is randomly determined and then be prepared for a couple of hours of Draft anxiety! The 60 seconds allocated for picking your unique player in either the Back, Mid, Ruck or Fwd positions feels like 15 seconds and before you know it, it’s your turn again!

We initially had our reservations of the draft format. That is, once our teams were drafted, we did not expect any team trades to be offered. However, we were pleasantly surprised! With player injuries and the advent of last year’s bye format, we were forced to offer trades to better our team or fight tooth and nail to be first to snap up an up-and-comer from the trade pool (aka ‘the Scrap’). This brought on a new meaning to the banter experienced. Tongue in cheek terms like ‘tip rat’ (~someone who bottom feeds on the Scrap to pick up the next DT stud) and ‘trade rape’ (~a team trade offer that is disproportional on paper) became the norm.

In our League, my team was by far the true underdog going into the Grand Final. The following video was presented as the Inaugural Champion acceptance speech during our “DT Pro Presentation Night” (an excuse to tell the wives, but a Lad’s p!ss-up really). The boys got a kick out of it, so thought we’d share the video.

Oh and the 10 Commandments to Winning your DT Pro League

  1. Thou shalt always know the injured players prior to the live draft! (It was a classic moment watching picks 110 and 111 go to Mzunga and Malceski, both LTIs!)
  2. Thou shalt remove injured players from the ‘auto pre-draft selection’ (Round 2, pick 14 – Michael Barlow! Brought the house down!)
  3. Thou shalt ensure a full functioning wireless connection and back-up iPad during live draft (Kepler Bradley, enough said!)
  4. Thou shalt set a daily alarm for11.58am for release of players into the trade pool (otherwise the ‘Tip Rat’ will beat you to the likes of Suckling and Redden from the ‘scrap’)
  5. Thou shalt not book a 2 week Canadian holiday during the DT season (to awake to 300+ whatsapp messages about trade offers)
  6. Thou shalt not waste early draft picks on 2 Ruck positions (Round 2, pick 19 – Patty Ryder)
  7. Thou shalt give greater consideration to DPPs during draft strategy (Drew Petrie was greater value being able to cover 2 positions)
  8. Thou shalt consider premium players that are playing against GCS (and now GWS) during the finals weeks.
  9. Thou shalt not accept a trade based on a couple of hyped up games and inflated average (D Giansiracusa for J Hill, following his early good form, aka ‘trade rape’)
  10. Thou shalt not spill beer on opponent’s laptop keyboard during the live draft!

Happy DTing



If you would like to advertise your DT Pro League, do so in the comments. We’re pretty confident that there will be heaps of DT TALK readers who would love to be invovled in a league with other like minded coaches!


  • great article 1st

  • well do

    Thanks ;)

  • Very funny video!

  • That video was amazing.

  • Hate to say it but Ultimate Footy craps all over Dream Team Pro. From the drafting to the options to the cost its hard to go past it really for a draft style comp.

    Come on DT lift your game!

    • Only bad thing about Ultimate Footy is that the live draft time slots run out quickly apart from that it smashed DTpro, can’t they made such a bad thing even poorer by dropping it to squads of 15 with only 10 playing.

  • Great Video!

    LOL @ 2:32 – “You’re a wanker” !!! Haha, Gold!

  • Concur with Pendles10. Ultimate Footy is a well thought out web based draft program.

    We’re now into our fifth year of a ‘draft format’ league – expanding now to 18 teams in 2012. Draft night is great fun – 5 hours of drafting madness and mayhem – held at the winners house from the previous year. If you haven’t given a ‘draft league’ a go – pull your mates together and give it a crack this year. Really tests how well you know your AFL lists… especially when you get to the later rounds.

    Only 10 days till our draft night!

  • League code for anyone interested. 742312

  • Can you join dream team pro if you do a month by month subscription or do you have to sign up for the full year.

    • It says yearly subscribers, so I’m guessing you wouldn’t be able to do it

  • join my dreamteam pro league 669268 – 4 spots left

  • Nice article! 10 commandments were hilarious (Barlow). Can anyone tell me – is it possible to do the live draft on ONE PC? Or do you need to log in and out for each person’s turn in the draft?


    • You have to be logged into your team to make a pick and it’s only 60 seconds so you’ll each need a computer or phone or something unless you’re superman quick at logging on and off or know a way to log into two different dream teams at once.

  • g’day gents never done it before, is it hard??

    • Depends how much you love Swan?
      I spose if he has a really big game it could get hard

      • who are the best picks, rookies or Guns

        • Ignore that air bandit’s comment, have a look over the whole site and take it all in, then if you have any questions post them in the “My Team”section of this site. there will be heaps of people only too happy to help.
          Good luck….

        • If you’ve looked at the settings it’s only 15 players per team so only 150 players selected in total so you won’t really get down to rookies unless you find a Barlow/Curnow type rookie.
          Theres no prices for players it’s just done by picking players in turn so you’ll just have guns and then slightly less guns and then some mid pricers and that should be about all.

  • I’m a gold subscriber, I don’t think i’ll bother with DTPro.

  • Just created a new league for anyone who wants to join 184170. Preferably teams that are competitive.

  • Just purchased assistant but can’t seem to find dt pro?? can anyone help? concept sounds great

    • top of the page under the AFL logo…dreamteam and dreamteam pro link bro…

  • I’m being lazy and not looking but when is ‘the draft’ or can you nominate?

  • Not Sure where to put this but looking for people to join in a League:

    “Little League: No.548367

  • Need teams to fill 4 spots in our league, all new at DT Pro (have played 3+ years of DT though)

    League Number: 925381

  • Love it ! Great laugh

  • Something that annoyed me last year was how rude people were in my public league (DT Pro).
    Unfortuneately there is NO moderation of the “Coaches Box” so dont let your kids play unless u r ok with Foul and abusive language.

    Tip: Dont overlook a player because u hate the team he plays for; I hate Collingwood but it would be a sin to pass up Dane Swan or Scott Pendelbury now wouldnt it?

  • Tried to join all the leagues in the above comments but they were all full so I started a new one. League code – 325638 (Pro Yeah!!!)

  • All leagues are full so I created a new one 346575

  • Still after a DT Pro League? 6 spots to fill – code 497989