The Sunday Knee-Jerk – Round 2

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It’s not a rage edition, would you believe it! My team is actually performing reasonably. However that does not mean we didn’t all have our share of FMDT moments this weekend, just that they were mostly self inflicted! I know mine were. The sub rule is becoming a real pain in our asses, it’s getting to the point when I bench my better rooks in fear of a vest. Nek Minnit, I’m 100 points down. So maybe we should play our best players on the ground ignoring our fears on the sub! Oh wait, no. That won’t work either, we’ll end up with single digit scores on our field… Might as well cop a round 2 donut. I just can’t wait for this season to settle, it’s all over the shop at the moment. However there were some legends this Round that saved my bacon, thank you Melbourne! Time to review the teasing few days that were Round 2.

The Legend

This weeks legend really should have been in my DT from the start. He is just so reliable and will always sneak under the radar. Jobe Watson (143) is a man’s DTer. He wins all the contested possessions, kicks the important goals but will also slut a few points for you as well. I just love watching him play and dominate, a great POD and should be one of your first upgrade targets. Love him. Heppell (147) is almost as big a legend, he just defines a DT slut. Collects a heap of ball in the half back line and is now pressing up into the midfield. Just not as unique. If you went with Hartlett over him last week, hasn’t that just come back to bite you in the ass. Oh boy. Hanley (124), Stanton (142), Goddard (121), Melbourne and O’Meara (100) deserve special mentions.

The Sunday Chop

He was ok last week, but Karnezis brought us to new lows yesterday. It’s never good to see a player spud, but when you see singles digits in your team… Ball breaking. 9. Nine. Neuf. Neuve. Nove. You get the point, terrible. Those who started Mitchell (18) over guys like O’Meara and Whitfield because he was playing GWS, I feel for you. The sub rule is breaking our necks! The quicker we dump our rooks the better. Watts (38) could make a claim for 2 in a row, while Greene (72) didn’t make the improvement that was needed.

The Clown

It could easily be me again, and half the DT community for getting our benches horrifically wrong. Making the right or wrong call could have cost you 150+ points. That’s massive… However this one can go to the AFL. While the review system was a bit of a clown again, the fixturing was even worse. Why have 3 massive games all on the Sunday. I wouldn’t have minded 2 high quality Sunday games, but you couldn’t watch all 3! especially when the Friday night game wasn’t exactly a blockbuster. Not to mention the Saturday night farce! Get it right please AFL, one of the Sunday games had to be played Friday/Saturday night, end of story. Clowns!

What we’ve learnt

  • The Demons are as irrelevant as Julia Gillard’s election campaign.
  • Melbourne have started tanking already.
  • The AFL haven’t got a clue.
  • Roy thought he was a certainty for the green vest, so Calvin has done his best to better him. He’s done a good job.
  • Watts is one of the worst number 1 draft pick in recent memory. Probably the worst.
  • He also looks like a peasant from the 1300’s at the moment.
  • The AFL officials forgot to check the updated weather forecast, why bother having a roof when your not gonna use it.
  • Bartel is one of the greatest last quarter DTers in history. Imagine if he bothered to try for a whole game.
  • The Dees asshole is currently looking like the Japanese flag.

This game sh*ts me

We thought the 4 emergencies system would give us some help with our bench decisions. Nope. There is no solutions with this sub rule in effect. I’d love it if the AFL found another solution to there grand plan, whatever that is. Every week I’ll have some would have’s, could have’s, but didn’t. Cheers sub rule! And that’s why this game sh*ts me.

Some late clown entries came in from the Geelong North game, close the bloody roof! The Pig has started slowly, I’m not even inclined to watch. I’m heading off to the Eagles, let’s pray for an eagles win! Hope everyone has less FMDT moments this week, personally I’m looking at around 2100. I’ll update my score when I get back. Cheers all, COYE!

If you enjoyed my raging and want a hittable punching bag when sh*t goes tits up, follow me on twitter @MattCraigDT. My views are honest, mostly helpful and occasionally entertaining! Also hit me up with any suggestions for who you thought were the Legends, Losers and Clowns, plus what you’ve learnt the past week. I value everyone’s opinion!

124 Comments

  • I’m holding on to Mitchell personally because I think he will be good when they finally give him a shot at a full game, but I can see why you would trade him too.

    Wines and Dwyer both look like good options but it seems a waste to have $141,200 unused. Maybe you could turn one of your midfield premiums in to Ablett with the extra cash and hold on to Mitchell (you can keep him on the bench till he gets more game time)

  • People’s thoughts of trading Roughead to Kruzer and pocket the cash for later. Finding Roughy rather disappointing and Kruzer ticking over pretty play 2 good sides thus far

    Thanks

    • Kreuzer rucked against Quentin Lynch for 3 1/2 quarters after Jolly went down. And couldn’t crack the ton. I was actually thinking I’d get him in before the weekend – but not on that performance

      • Thanks for the reply Ingoes. I haven’t had the chance to watch the game yet but presumed it was raining/slippery so thought that score may have been ok seeing the ball would have been on the ground a bit. Only guessing though like I said

    • I haven’t seen Roughead play but I know in the first game Baily was a late inclusion, which means Hawthorn had in the team Roughead, Hale and Baily.

      In the second game all 3 were also named.

      So from this I assume this means instead of Roughead playing his role from last year of part forward part ruck, it looks like he is playing full time at full forward.

      So my advice is check out the teams Thursday night, If one of Hale or Baily are dropped, keep Roughie, if not trade him out.

      Personally I have traded Roughead to Leunberger as it looks like Leunberger will score the same, and the money allows me to upgrade Karnezis to a premium

  • I’ve got a possible solution for the sub rule for the DT overlords to consider for next year. For any sub you had on the ground you are able to get the points from your emergency for any quarter in which your sub did not take part, in which your emergency did. So if you had a sub that came on in the 3rd qtr, and you had an emergency that was subbed off in the 4th, then you’d get all the points for your on-field starter and the points for the first half from your emergency.

    • It seems a bit unfair that our dreamteams lose a player when they’re subbed, but the actual team gets a replacement. Possibly dreamteams could be reduced to 21 players plus this rule, and/or each team gets 3 emergencies plus a designated sub who automatically replaces anyone who gets a vest on field… so many possibilities that are better than the current crap.

      • its just like your player getting injured, try to pick players that aren’t likely to get subbed, a team full of rookies will suffer a few sub issues, though thats the risk you take trying to earn money of rooks

        • I completely realise all that. I was responding to the article’s comment that the sub rule is really annoying for us DTers. Moreover, in the past DT was just like the real game: get an injury, lose the player for the rest of the match. Now, a DTer gets and injury/vest he loses the player but has no replacement. My suggestion is one way to make DT more like the real game and less of a pain in the ass when we guess wrong (and there is a degree of guesswork – hence luck – because you need to have rooks to make money). Finally, there are 18 green and 18 red vests each week, whereas the number of injuries each week is much lower so was less of an issue.

  • Some of the stuff written here…Good players have disappeared
    This once great tactical game is a shadow.

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