Dream Team Extra: Grand Final Week

 

It’s been a long and carnageous year of Dream Teaming and we’re finally here: it’s Grand Final weekend! By some great stroke of luck, I’ve managed to crawl my way into one granny and I’ll be going all-out with my last two trades and cash-in-the-bank. Hopefully you’re looking good for your GF. If not, this is the week to risk it to win it!

It’s been a relatively quiet news week with not much of fantasy relevance, so maybe we’ll squeeze in a few pearlers to help us see off season 2012…

 

Granny Smokies

Freo, Adelaide, Collingwood, Richmond and Brissie have easy-to-average opposition this week. If you have a trade or two it will be worth looking at guys like Duffman, Sandi, Fyfe, Sloane and Heater as affordable uniques who are a big chance of racking it up. Of course if you’re flush with cash, you could load up on in-form premos like Mundy, Danger, Swan, Beams, Cotchin, Tuck and Redden.

 

Risk vs Reward

If you’re staring down the barrel of a granny or five this round, the age old debate of risk vs reward will have been running through your mind since last weekend. Issues like who to trade in, who to make captain and who to play and who to bench. If you’ve subscribed to the Assistant Coach and the projection is for tight games, then a little risk may be in order; if the projection is for comfortable wins, then err on the side of caution.

 

They’re All Lyon

Top gripe for the season has to be the lack of transparency from most of the AFL coaches regarding the playing prospects of fantasy-relevant guns. The inaugural Lyin’ Lyon award for 2012 goes to none other than the nemesis of DT coaches, Ross Lyon. His biggest DT-killing move was to play Broughton as a tagger/lockdown specialist with regularity throughout the year and his late withdrawal of Griffin cost a few Preliminary Finals last weekend. Thanks Ross. For nothing.

Keep in mind for next year…
1 – Lyon will keep lyin’.
2 – Gregory will rip it up in the preseason, but be very, very scared come lockout if you’re thinking about taking a punt on him for the third season running.
3 – They all lie. Some are better than others.

 

In? Out? Shaking It All ABout?

Lyon hasn’t been the only problem coach this season. Most have sinned when it comes to late withdrawals and injury news. We’ve seen Pendles and Buddy out for more than their 1-2 week projections, while Scotland and Waters both drank from the fountain of life to bounce back waaay ahead of their respective estimates with miracle cures. I guess I can see why a coach would want to give one of his guns every chance of proving his fitness to run out at game time, but more often than not, late withdrawal whispers proved true. Scotland and Waters cost trades, trades which were so much more precious than in previous years due to those horrible multi-bye rounds.

Keep in mind for next year…
1 – Get on Twitter! 60% of the time it’s right every time.
2 – Make sure you have cover/depth in your EMGs.
3 – It might pay to hang on to your injured gun until you get the chance to knock on his door and see him with a cast on his leg.

 

Take It Easy!

And I mean that quite literally! Only a few weeks of footy remain and then AFL’s out with summer coming, bringing an off-season of hot days, cold beers and barbies. Have a great break and huge chillax before it all starts winding up again for Preseason 2013!

Reeelax…

 

Anyways, that’s the rub for the Dream Team season. Thanks for checking in each week for the round-up. Good luck if you’ve got a Grand Final to play for this weekend. See ya in the preseason!

 

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17 Comments

  • Another great article throughout the year.

    Thanks all at DT Talk for the entertainment!

  • Thanks TeeTee, appreciate your efforts this year.

    Ross Lyon is firmly on top of my ‘never again’ list!

  • I am in the “err on the side of caution” camp, as this is the third time I am playing my oround opponent, played him last round of season, won, first final, won, and now in the grand final.

    On paper I should win, but I have 1 trade left to play with, and he I know for sure has two.

    I’m pretty sure He’ll go on the attack.

    The players I might consider trading to squeeze a few extra points are

    BACKS: Suckling, Waters, Heater
    MIDS: Barlow
    RUCK: Giles
    FORWARDS: Buddy.

    So far I might consider some of the following, although many if not all are too risky, or two much a sideways trade. I still want peoples opinions.

    Giles -> Sandilands
    Barlow -> Swallow/Pendles
    Buddy -> ROK
    Suckling -> Heppel/Enright
    Waters -> Duffield/Birchal
    Heater -> Heppel/Enright/Birchal

    The few trades I think could squeeze me the most points are Gile -> Sandilands (risk as Sandi has that sneaky feeling of chance for resting/injury)
    And Suckling has been stinking it, would seriously consider trading for Heppel/Enright.

    My opponent already has Buddy and ROK, Suckling, Heater, Giles, Pendles.

    Barlow -> Pendles would be a really conservative trade as my opponent has him and I cant see Barlow making a 120+ score (has been very consistent 100-110 but is playing Melbourne) but could see Pendles smash it.

    Lastly I could go super super conservative and trade s.shaw -> M/Johnson, so that I can have a “premo” on my bench in Backs, Mid and Fwd line.

    This is all assuming of course there are no omissions of my current premo list ;)

    I also have both Martin and Robbo (if he plays) sitting on my bench as bench cover which adds another level of difficulty to the mix.

    • There is also Giles -> Mumford
      Giles -> Jacobs (My opponent has him)
      Giles -> Maric
      Or pretty much any Ruck. (have Cox)

      • Giles to Sandilands IMO.

        Giles is a high liability and I reckon Goldstein will beat the hell out of him to atone for his embarrassing effort against Sandi. Even more so if Jamar doesn’t play, Sandilands is virtually gauranteed 90+.

        ROK is a gun but got geelong at geelong, thats not easy. And there’s no point trading backmen, who knows what each of them will score this week. Apart from Scotland, Deledio and Goddard, they are all way too inconsistent.

        Also barlow will get between 101 and 109 like he does every week. you’d take that

      • I’d steer clear of tinkering with your backs mate, as said above it really is a lottery week in week out.

        If you’re able to wait until lockout to see what trades your opponent has made that may make the decision easier, if not I’d play safe and trade Giles > Sandi or Buddy > ROK. I think Sydney will beat the Cats and ROK could tackle his way to 100+. Buddy has been pretty average the Eagles in recent history.

    • Giles>Mumford

  • Listen to Warnie on HarfTime SEN today.

    PART 1: http://t.co/0dZ3WSXc
    PART 2: http://t.co/45LbpkeP

  • How should I use my final trade:

    Birchall/Waters/Heppell -> Grimes
    OR
    Buddy/Martin/Treloar -> Dangerfield

  • Does anyone know if there will be a Finals DT this year? I remember there being a comp a couple of years ago but didn’t see it existing last season…? I know the NRL DT comp is having one and is also produced by VS.

  • alright, tough one, who do i play on my field out of boyd, murphy or gibbo against GWS?
    then in the backline dempsey or sam shaw against GCS?

  • Btw nice one Teetee, enjoy the break :-)

  • Def: Deledio, Goddard, Birchall, Heppell, Hanley, Carrazzo, Waters (Spurr, Darley)

    Mid: Swan, Pendlebury, Ablett, Priddis, Rockliff, Cotchin (Gibson, M.Williams)

    Ruc: Cox, Giles (Stephensen, Redden)

    Fwd: Dangerfield, Beams, Sidebottom, Franklin, Robinson, Zorko, Martin (Treloar, Sexton)

    2 trades
    $68,800

    Any suggestions would be appreciated????

    • giles>sandilands

      rockliff>thompson

      IMO

      good luck

      • I am in a very close GF and have 1 trade left with no cash in bank. I am looking at possibly trading a mid. I have Swan,Ablett,Boyd,Thompson,Selwood and Watson. Can anyone confirm if Watson is under an injury cloud??I am thinking of trading Watson for Tuck. I think Tuck at MCG could do better than injured Jobe vs Pies. Any thoughts or other options. I am playing for 1k!!!