Our last upgrades

As we all look to upgrade the last of our premiums into our Defender 7/Midfield 6/Forward 7 spots, I thought I would look into some good, unique, and hopefully slightly cheaper players that would hold your team strong when others around you are crumbling. I’ve especially looked for unique players that are flying under the radar slightly just because they might be averaging that couple of points less than the ‘must have premiums’. Anyway, I hope you enjoy it and find it helpful in getting your team exactly right.


Andrew Carrazzo

  • Price: $384,400
  • Season avg: 82
  • % of teams owned by: 2.76%

This guy is a gun. Coming back from his injury that he sustained early in his round four match against Essendon, Carrazzo didn’t miss a beat, climbing to 118 in a best-on –ground display against the Eagles. If you take out that one point injury-affected score, he has a season average of 103, beaten only by Deledio of all the backline players. However, the best thing about this guy is his price, which will continue to plummet (thanks to his injured game) with a current break even of 136. Wait until after his round 14 game against the Hawks (whom he doesn’t average well against anyway) before jumping onboard at the bargain basement price of around 360k. Perfect upgrade for the likes of Hargrave/Clarke etc.

Jack Grimes

  • Price: $405,200
  • Season avg: 86
  • % of teams owned by: 6.44%

He has battled injuries over his career, but go back a couple of years or so and he was one of the top defenders going around averaging close to 90. This season he started slowly, but in his last five games has an average of over 95, and has also been consistent, not going below 75 since round three. This is perhaps due to his recent move into a struggling midfield and acting as a dependable go-to man. You’d have to be brave to trade Grimes in, but as he really builds into a season for the first time you might begin to reap the rewards.


Michael Barlow

  • Price: $437,100
  • Season avg. 90
  • % of teams owned by: 4.69%

Before you look at his season average and think: no way is he going to be in my six premium midfielders, I urge you to take a closer look at his scores… and by that I mean his round one score of 52 and his round two score of 67, and perhaps jiggle the memory a bit and recall that he was the starting substitute in both those matches! Suddenly his season is looking a lot better, hey?! Now, in both those matches he came on early, once nearly half way through the third quarter and once at half time. If we multiply his scores by the time in which he was an active player in the match, he started the season with scores of 140 and 130 respectively! I know that he had fresh legs and all that, but still pretty impressive don’t you think? So if we take into account those new scores his season average turns into a much better 104, with 100+ scores in every match but three. (And one of those was a 99.) Still not quite a super premium, but certainly a very respectable sixth midfielder.

Josh P. Kennedy

  • Price: $436,300
  • Season avg: 103
  • % of teams owned by: 9.26%

Got off to a ripping start to the season before starting to deteriorate slightly with a last five game average of 91. In that time he scored a 81 and a 83 which are his only scores under 94 for the whole season, showing he’s pretty consistent. On the other hand he can also go big with scores of 147 and 136 already this season. If you’re after a player who will score lots of 90s (a fairly solid score in itself) and some big 100s in-between, you’ve found your man.


Danny Stanley

  • Price: $416,000
  • Season avg: 97
  • % of teams owned by: 0.96%

The ex-Magpie seems to have found his home at the Suns, playing an important role at centre-half forward/forward pocket. Didn’t play until round eight due to injury but since then has three 100s, a ninety and an eighty. He is very consistent, and while he will never get a big hundred can always be relied upon for a useful ninety or solid low hundred. Unlike many other premium forwards he does not attract a good opposition defender or a hard tag. What I love most though is the tiny number of teams he is in, and so making him surely the perfect Forward 7. Reliable, consistent, good scoring and unique. Definitely a great upgrade option for Treloar/Smith etc.

Ryan O’Keefe

  • Price: $425,200
  • Season avg: 81
  • % of teams owned by: 2.85%

After a very slow start to the season Ryan is starting to return to the form that saw him as one of the top premiums in the years past. If we’re kind and take out his first three scores of the year, that would bring his season average up to 97, a very good average for a potential Forward 7. In that time he has amassed four 100s and a 98. His draw for the rest of the year is also good for him, with career averages of over 81 against all but one team that the Swans play during the rest of the year. Definitely a bit of risk involved but if he keeps up this current form it’ll certainly be worth it.

Well, that’s about it, thanks for reading and good luck for the rest of the season. It seems that twitter’s the big thing on DT Talk, and although I’m not a big user (as you would probably be able to tell from my two, yes 2, tweets), I do hop on occasionally so feel free to follow me and put forward any questions or comments. You can find me at @rjblakers1000

All the best,

Rainjan Blakers


  • any one from melbourne feel that earth quake??

  • is Dane Swan a must have now the byes are finished? And also, only 4 trades left, with 1 more upgrade to go, is that survivable? Cheers.

    • Dane swan has been a must have all year, except for his injury. Also, you will need to be lucky and can only trade for serious injuries that will end the players season.

  • Sorry to write my whole team up here but what do you guys think? I think it’s complete.

    This will be the team i will be playing in round 14 except for injuries or omissions.

    Defenders: Goddard, Deledio, Suckling, H.Shaw, Waters, Hargrave, Clarke (Darley, S.Shaw)

    Midfielders: Boyd, Swan, Ablett, Mitchell, Barlow, J.Selwood (J.McDonald, Gibson)

    Rucks: Cox, Maric (Giles, Redden)

    Forwards: Franklin, Beams, Sidebottom, Martin, Robinson, Zorko, Dickson (Sexton, Couch)

    Cash left: $46,200

    Not sure whether to do what everyone else will be doing in going Hargrave – Carrazzo or upgrade Dickson or Martin.

    Thoughts are appreciated. Oh and ranked 4,213.

    • Great team!! Do both trades, Carrazzo imo is in the top 3 defenders and will be great value in two weeks. Dickson to martin is a good trade yet its not the best unless you can see Martin pick up his form. I would go Dickson to goodes/chapman/stevie J.

      • keep martin, trade Dickson

      • Thanks, but i already have both Martin and Dickson haha but yeah was thinking dickson to maybe a fyfe later on because he has a B/E of 190+ so will drop to below 400k. But will probably go hargrave > carrots.

        • Sh*t sorry haha just saw your first comment, yeah thinking going dickson – a premo and grave – carrots.

  • looking at two ways to go: (7 trades left 210k left)

    Zaha to Beams and Morris to Carrots; Loose Zaha but upgrade Morris


    Hall to Johnson (Freo) and Hargrave to Carrots ; Keep Zaha, trade Hall and Hargrave

    Bottom line is do I keep Zaha to become my F7 instead of Zorko?

    Or go with Beams and keep Zorko as F7.

    Someone put me out of my misery.

    • “Zaha to Beams and Morris to Carrots; Loose Zaha but upgrade Morris.” Go with that option.

      Zaha is going to be out for some time and the Beamer should have a place in all DT’s.

  • is hayden crozier likely to stay in the team. Ross Lyon has mentioned a few times this year he is all about promoting youth and from here on in, it doesn’t look like freo will make the 8…..


    • desperately in need of downgrade options :\ haha

    • I think crozier will be in the team except for injury until fyfe returns.

    • I’ve gone Hall -> Crozier for now, until the teams are announced that is. Not fazed really, as long as he plays this week, it won’t matter to much after that.

      • yeah I know it won’t matter, but my other forward bench options are sexton (who I’m not sure how much longer he will be in the team for) and I’m looking to upgrade zorko eventually. Therefore, Id ultimately like someone who is playing on my bench in case of a late out in future rounds, but whether thats possible or not is a different question haha.

        the options at the moment are slim picking and i think I’m asking a bit much finding a decent forward rookie with decent JS at this point in the year haha.

  • My team
    Backs: Deledio, Goddard, Broughton, Waters, Adcock, lake, S.Shaw (ellis/spurr)

    Mids: Ablett, Boyd, Watson, Redden, Hayes, Priddis ( Williams/ J Mac)

    FWD’s: Buddy, Sidey, Dangers, Pav, Walker, Cornes, Martin ( Pfeiffer/Dickson)

    88k in the kitty
    8 trades left.

    How can I improve?? suggestions would be greatly appreciated!.

    • Well first having ruckmen would be a good start, then maybe upgrading walker – beams/stevie j/ chappy same with cornes, but appart from that seems okay to me

    • Pfeiffer > Zorko (you should have him, you’re gonna pay triple, the longer you leave it the more sorry you will be)

      JMac > Gibson

      Then personally I would go

      Hayes > Swan

      but you could also go

      Cornes/Walker > Beams.

      And definitely plan to get Carazzo in Round 15

  • My Midfield of: Swan, Pendles, Watson, Selwood, GAJ and Boyd is complete

    Looking to get Carrots in as my last defence upgrade

    Have 1 more upgrade left in the forward line which I won’t be doing until Zorko slows down (if he slows down at all)

    • Question is Smegmatron, how does your Forward line and defense look?

      I’m thinking with that calibre of midfield, you’ve scrimped somewhere else.

      • DEF: B Waters (0), D Heppell (0), M Clarke (0), R Hargrave (0), B Ellis (71), H Shaw (0), S Darley (68), B Deledio (108), B Goddard (71)

        Will be getting gravy if he doesn’t lift.

        FWD: S Sidebottom (0), P Chapman (0), P Dangerfield (79), D Martin (86), A Treloar (21), D Zorko (140), A Kennedy (0), L Franklin (122), M Robinson (84)

        With Treloar and Kennedy on the bench.

        Pretty darn good team eyyyy

  • hey everyone, just need your opinion on whether to upgrade my team or not?
    so far i have 6 trades remaining i used three this week
    i have $26000 left
    this is my team so far

    DEFENDERS- Suckling, Waters,Bugg,Hargrave,Lids,Goddard,Ellis ( Shaw,Darley)

    MIDFIELD- Stanton,Swan,Ablett,Boyd,Priddis,Zorko ( Gibson,Sexton)

    RUCK- Hale,Giles ( Redden,Stephenson)

    FOWARDS- Sidebottom, Robinson,Dangerfield,Pavlich,Ballentyne,Smith,Saad ( Ried-swans, Kennedy)

    i think my fwd line need some work.
    cheers for feedback

    • Yeah your team needs some work, but I think it’s a little bit too much to do for this season.

      Build it the best you can, and maybe you will get a little bit luckier next season with some of your value picks.

      If I was you, I’d focus on the Forwards. Other than Sidebottom, Robinson, Danger and probably Pav, you could probably cash in any of the other forwards tor try and get in top liners who might have bottomed out eg Goods, RoK or if you can afford it, Buddy/Beams etc.

      If you could manage to pick up a premo Ruck who has dropped enough to offer some good value, maybe you could go for that instead. Haven’t looked at Hale closely myself, but from the numbers I did see early, he wasn’t killing it. Still, see how it goes, I guess that’s a luxury trade.

      I’m sure you know where you’d like your team to be better, so make sure you keep in mind for next year what mistakes you made (not necessarily position dependant) and learn from it.

      Good luck for 2013 brother.

      • thanks alot buddy, yeah i agree 2013 i can take in from the mistakes i made last year.
        my teams failed to get over 2300 this year which has been a dissapointment.

        cheers bud!

  • Guys massive help! Would you rather
    Scenario 1. scott thompson + hargrave/dempsey already in the backline
    Scenario 2. Josh kennedy + 50ish K to upgrade one of the above to carrazzo the next week

  • What does eveyone think of my team, reckon i could make it to the final week of eliminator?

    Delidio, goddard, waters, scotland, birchall, Bugg(carrazo next week), darley, sam shaw

    Boyd, Thompson, Kennedy, pendlebury, shuey, dal santo, gibson, couch.

    Rucks: Maric, giles, stephenson, redden

    Fowards: Franklin, sidebottom, chapman, beams, johnson, dangerfield, martin, zorko, crozier

    2 trades left

    all i got to do i reckon is survive this weeks MBR and i reckon i could make it all the way to the end of the eliminator

    • You never know what can happen, but you haven’t really got any trades left to change your team without an LTI, so the best you can do is hope I suppose.

      Forwards are strong, Def is strong, Mids could do with a tiiiny bit extra, but I guess it;s too late for that now.

      Look, it’s a premo team. If the chips fall your way on the day, you could knock off any opponent, hopefully it’s not me :D

      • thanks for the feedback, at the start of the year i was aiming for a unique midfield, seeing i have had no Gablett or swanny i’ve done pretty well, ranked about 1,500 overall, just hoping my mids can hold on for the rest of the season.

    • You wont make it because you don’t have enough trades to cover injuries

  • i need help
    team after byes

    Backs: lids, goddard, hurn, clarke, hargrave, H shaw, morris, S shaw, guthrie

    Mids: Ablett, Hayes, Sloane, Jelwood, barlow, priddis, horsley, gibson

    Rucks: cox, giles, stephenson, redden

    Fowards: buddy, sidebum, robo, chappy, danger, M johnson, saad, sexton, walsh

    i have 6 trades and 31,000

    • backline in struggletown, downgrade hargrave and get carrazzo

    • Delete team , sorry.

    • Morris to Spurr (and hope he gets a game), then Hurn, Clarke or Hargrave to Carrazzo. If you have enough trades, I’d be trying to get 2 premo defs, Carrazzo and Heppel or Broughton etc.

  • DEF:Lid,Goddard,waters,Lake,clarke,Bugg,Hargreave (Firitto and S.SHaw)

    Mid:Pendels,Stanton,GAJ,Mitchell,Boyd,Mcdonald (Gibson and D.Nicholson)

    Forwards:Robinson,Franklin,Chapman,Beams,SIdebottom,Zorko,Johnon (Crozier and Redpath)

    With 7 trades where is this team lacking considering I will be brining in carrazzo for Hargreave next week and 168,000 left in the bank?

    • I’d be bringing in Carrazzo for Bugg…. Hargrave likely to score higher than Bugg

  • DEF: B Deledio, B Goddard, B Waters, G Birchall, D Heppell, M Clarke, R Hargrave, S Darley, S Shaw

    MID: M Boyd, J Watson, G Ablett, S Thompson, D Shiel, K Horsley, J McDonald, D Smith

    RUCK: S Jacobs, J Giles, O Stephenson, J Redden

    FWD: L Franklin, S Sidebottom, M Robinson, P Chapman, D Beams, D Martin, D Zorko, A Treloar, A Hall

    Salary cap: $360k, Trades left 11

    What do you guys think of my final trades?:
    R13 (this week): D Smith/Horsely -> Swan
    R14: Horsley/McDonald/D Smith -> Gibson
    R15: Clarke/Hargrave -> Carrazzo
    Horsely/McDonald/D Smith -> Pendlebury
    R16+: Downgrade
    Bring in Scotland/Suckling etc or Maric/Cox

    Leaves 5 trades for finals and only Zorko +Clarke/Hargrave or Giles as weak links

  • DEF: Goddard, Scotland, Waters, Johnson, Birchall, Houli, Hargrave (Clarke, S.Shaw)
    MID: Pendlebury, S.Selwood, Mitchell, Rockliff, Redden, Priddis (Zorko, Williams)
    RUCK: Maric, Giles (Stephenson, Redden)
    FWD: Franklin, Beams, Sidebottom, Robinson, Martin, Dangerfield, Pearce (Porplyzia, Sexton)

    Going Treloar- Beams & Ellis – M.Johnson this week to finsh my team.

    Thinking the extra 70+ points from Johnson this week will allow me to gain more points short term at worst, than if i were to wait around for Carrazzo next week.

  • I have 200k with 6trades remaining.

    DEF Delidio, Goddard, Broughton, Birchall, Shaw(H eath), Waters, Spurr, Shaw(Sam)

    MID Mitchell, Pendles, Priddis, Swan, Boyd, Zorko, Williams, Gibson

    RUCK Ryder, Giles, Big O, Redden

    FWD Robinson, Danger, Beams, Sidebottom, Porplyzia, Whitecross, Hall, Smith

    This is after I just traded:
    Old Mac>Gibson

    What do people think?

    I want to get Ablett in at some stage to complete my team and look at possibly upgrading Giles for the finals.

  • I have 200k with 6trades remaining.

    DEF Delidio, Goddard, Broughton, Birchall, Shaw(Heath), Waters, Spurr, Shaw(Sam)
    MID Mitchell, Pendles, Priddis, Swan, Boyd, Zorko, Williams, Gibson
    RUCK Ryder, Giles, Big O, Redden
    FWD Robinson, Danger, Beams, Sidebottom, Porplyzia, Whitecross, Hall, Smith

    This is after I just traded:
    Old Mac>Gibson

    What do people think?
    I want to get Ablett in at some stage to complete my team and look at possibly upgrading Giles for the finals.

    • 2 incomplete backlines and 2 incomplete forward lines buddy. Need your full team to judge but I’m guessing there are bigger problems than trading Dustin Martin. He may not have broken out as we’d hoped yet but he’s a keeper. The other two trades look good, go Devon Smith to Beams if you have the cash, otherwise maybe look at Stephenson or Redden to Goldstein or Griffin especially if Giles misses again.

      • Agreed, Martin to Beams is a rookie trade. Upgrade Porplyzia if anyone, and even Whitecross. If you want Ablett swap Zorko forward for Smith and upgrade Smith if cash is ok.

  • Treloar to S Gibson
    Didak to Swan

    with only 4 trades left and $125,200 for the season my team is as complete as it can be.
    If i had Cox from the start i might still have about 8 trades left but Hale, Mcintosh and Sandilands pre seaded him in my team.

    so my team for the remainder of the season is….

    BACKS..Deledio, Goddard, Waters, Birchall, Adcock, H Shaw, Hargrave (Ellis, S Shaw)

    MIDS..Boyd, Ablett, Mitchell, Swan, J Selwood, Barlow (Adams, S Gibson)

    RUCK..Cox, Giles (Big O, Longer)

    FORWARDS..Franklin, Sidebottom, Robinson, Chapman, Dangerfield, Martin, Zorko (Dickson, Sexton)

    wish me luck….its a long way to go with 4 trades left

    • mate dids might end up playing next week or the week after. Do you really need to make that trade?

      • you could go treloar to Swan.

        Wait for a week see if anything changes and then go didak to gibson if you really want to.

  • Current Team with 5 trades left.

    DEF: Deledio, Goddard, Waters, Birchall, Hargrave, H. Shaw, Darley (S. Shaw, Spurr)

    MID: Boyd, Ablett, Watson, Thomspon, Swan, J. Selwood (Neale, Gibson)

    RUC: Ryder, Mumford (Giles, Stephenson)

    FWD: Sidebottom, Beams, Franklin, Robinson, Martin, Cristensen, Zorko (Hall, Smedts)

    Upgrade Targets: Carrazzo + Goodes

  • Thoughts on my team?

    This is bringing in Swan for treloar, Beams for porps and Gibson for kennedy this week.

    Lids, Goddard, Waters, Shaw, Clarke, Hargrave, Ellis, Bench S Shaw, Spurr

    Ablett, Boyd, Thompson, Stanton, Swan, Pendles Bench: S Gibson, Sexton

    Maric, Giles, Stephenson, Redden

    Sidebottom, Franklin, Beams, Dangerfield, Robinson, Chapman, Martin Bench: Zorko, Hall

    In two weeks I will bring in Carazzo and maybe heppell in a week.

    Is it the right move?

  • DEF: Waters, Johnson, Heppel, J. Grimes, Birchall, Goddard and Adcock

    MID: Pendelbury, Priddis, Boyd, Selwood, Mitchell and Watson

    RUCK: Maric and Giles

    FWD: Sbottom, Franklin, Dangerfield, O’Keefe, D, Stanley, Zorko, Steve Johnson

    Thinking of trading Giles to Jono Griffen seeing as he will take up the ruck duties and should play for rest of the season. I have 6 trades left and 80,000 in my salary cap. Any ideas?

    • That is quite a good team but Zac Clarke will Ruck as well and a few times last year Clarke played even in the middle when Sandi was rucking. No thanks to me, if you have a rookie like redden downgrade, and with the 180k upgrade giles to the best ruck you can get, seeing with 534k you can get anyone you like.

      • I disagree. Griffen averaged 89 last year when replacemnt for Sandi. Scores without Sandi (including the injured one) have been 84,82 and 102. Definitly a good option for $350k

        • Yeah but would you want a 350k player who will average about 85-90 or the best ruckman you can get for just one trade more?

  • I have Bugg, Ellis, Spurr and Wilkes as my 4 rookie defenders, and kennedy, rowe and pfeiffer my 3 forward rucks. I also have 71k and 14 trades after this round. For future Upgrading should I get rid of Redden and Stephenson for Pattison and Tom Campbell? I think that is 217k to add to the 71k I already have, plus pfeiffer and wilkes’ money,is 200k enough to get upgrade Bugg, Ellis and Kennedy

  • Does anyone trust Travis Cloke to sort his shit out? Ridiculously cheap but I’m very hesitant

    • No I dont trust him, but for a few extra bucks, swap with Treloar….worth the risk I think.

  • Thinking of upgrading Heppell or Hargrave for Carrazzo Thoughts?
    and downgrade treloar for Gibson?

  • Team as it stands now with $249,400 in the bank

    Deledio, Birchall, Goddard, Clarke, Waters, Hargrave, H.Shaw (S.Shaw, Darley)

    Boyd, Pendles, Rockliff, J.Selwood, Ablett, Treloar (Sexton, Gibson)

    Ryder, Giles (Redden, Longer)

    Franklin, Martin, Beams, Dangerfield, Johnson, Robinson, Zorko (Milera, Hall)

    Carrazzo coming in for either Clarke or Hargrave, haven’t made up my mind which yet in the future but right now I really would like to bring in Swan for Treloar but after his less then stellar performance last week I’m 18k short atm and no chance to make up the difference in coming weeks.

    Should I look to downgrade Hall for the cash and to cop one less 0 this week or just settle for another mid instead?