DT INSIDER: 2013 Overrated DTers

Following The Tactician’s recent article on the most underrated DTers in the game we thought we should follow it up with a list of the most overrated DTers going around so far. There are a bunch of players who are in an awful lot of teams but whose performance are simply not matching their level of popularity.

Some of the players listed are in DT’s because they are fun to watch. People often like to put their favourite players in their DT’s because it’s fun to see them do well. But seeing your favourite player stink it up DT wise is not fun, you know what is fun? Having someone that consistently dominates the DT scoring. So do away with the biases and get in the DT guns, not those that get the DT hype  but those that put the points on the board. Given the 2 trades per week rule we no longer have to sit idly by and suffer whilst we watch a supposed premium score like a bunny, trade them out and get a true gun in.

So let’s see which players so far are the most overrated in DT land:


Buddy Franklin

Is the poster boy for this article. Remarkably, Buddy finds himself in nearly 50% of all Dream Teams in 2013. How is he going?  Well to put it bluntly, terrible. Buddy has dropped nearly $150,000 in price and is averaging a tick under 80ppg. Where does this rank him amongst Forward eligible players? 31st. That was not a typo, Buddy is ranked 31st among all forwards in DT scoring. Hard to know why his scoring has dropped so much, no doubt his contract saga is playing a role, we saw last yr with Cloke that not sorting out your contract can have a detrimental effect on your season and we’re seeing a similar drop in production from Buddy this year that we saw from Cloke last yr.


Grant Birchall

After flying out of the blocks this season averaging 120 over the first month, Birchall has hit the ground with a thud averaging 60 since. 60ppg. Despite this miserable average Birchall still finds himself in a quarter of all DT’s. No doubt many have cut bait in recent weeks given his spudiness but he still remains one of the more popular premium backs. Time to lift Grant!



Trent Cotchin

Like Birchall, Cotchin started the season on fire, but after picking up a knock early on Cotchin hasn’t been right since. Trent has averaged under 80 for the past 2 months, sub-optimal. Despite this crappy production, Cotchin still remains the 6th most popular premium DT midfielder (not taking DP players into account). Amazing.



Dayne Zorko

If Dayne was listed on the Stock Exchange, you’d be fearing a margin call from your bank. He’s dropped a quarter of his value since the start of the season and things dont look like they’ll be improving any time soon. Dayne is averaging a pedestrian 75ppg as a DT forward and amazingly is still in one in six DT’s.



Patrick Dangerfield

Don’t get me wrong, Paddy is a dead set GUN footballer, but he is averaging under 100ppg, that ranks him 20th amongst all DT mids. Despite this Danger is in 20% of all DT’s, making him the 5th most popular DT premium mid. See the discordance? Ranked 20th in scoring, yet is the 5th most popular premium mid. To put this into perspective, his midfield teammate Richie Douglas is currently averaging more than Dangerfield yet is only in 1.7% of DT’s. Patrick’s somewhat disappointing average can be put down to his inconsistency, he has “only” scored a ton in 5 of his 12 games this yr. Teams put a lot of work into stopping Danger and he subsequently spends quite a bit of time forward trying to break the tag.


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  • Sad to say I have two of these guys… now I’m forced to part ways with Birchall which I’m not at all sad about.

    I bought Buddy at a ‘bargain’ price a few weeks ago so I’m still hopeful he can find some for in the next few weeks.

  • Don’t have any of them, since I got rid of Cotchin nearly two months ago!

    Best trade-out decision I’ve made this season!

  • I love how I have had all of them and still have four of them :(
    but I should be parting ways with birch this week :)

  • Had Zorko initiall.. parted ways with him after first 5 Rounds. Traded Cotchin in during MBRs due to Tiger’s month of easy draw – worst decision ever! Now I feel like I am stuck having him in my side… ARRRGGGHHH!

  • Jobe Watson has to be over rated dt wise. Touted as mr consistent last year, he has been anything but.

    • I agree, Watson is supposed to be all that.. Dangerfield has had two 140’s this season and last 5 weeks he is right on his average of 99 against some quality sides he put up 89 and 98 rather than 75nunder like Watson and Stanton have done

      • +1000000 Dangerfield > Watson

        Watson is the most overrated player at the moment. Dangerfield has a nice run, for the rest of the year. I think Adelaide still have a decent chance of making finals if they find some form. With that in mind I think Dangerfield will gun it in the back half like he did last year (that’s why I kept him despite his round 13 bye).

  • +1. The only thing he has being consistent with this yr is opening his big mouth.

  • the only one from that list i have had all year is zorko, but i only had him for 2 weeks at the beginning.

  • I wouldnt say dangerfield is overrated. Coming from a crows suporter is a bit dodgy but his scores are up from last year and ppl pick him becauee he is crows best scorer (with the exception of douglas this year)

    The others are all coming off breakout years last year (except cotch) and are suffering second year blues, sort of

    • LOL you can tell you are a Crows supporter. His scores are down from last year – 2012 avg 102, 2013 avg 99.75.

      Also, he has never been the Crows best scorer, that would be Scott Thompson that you’re thinking of 2012 avg 104.8, 2011 avg 108.5.

      In short, sucked in if you picked Dangerfield, he is overrated. At least he was one spud I managed to avoid this year, just don’t mention Zorko :(

      • wouldnt exactly say an average of 99.75 is a spud player but hey if you say so.

      • Compared to this time last year Dangerfield’s scores have risen.
        If he has a run home like last year he will average even more than 102.
        So Trent Crebbin is right, and Tooves you are a tool.

        • BOOM.

          And also on the afl app his average was 99 in 2012, up by a point with an easy run this year

          Anddd he would score even more but he has to play forward from tex going.

          No shit im a crows supporter I did say that..

          • And also danger is not a spud. Would not be surprised if he wins a brownlow in the next few years- the guy can do everything.

          • +1 He is an incredible footballer. Second only to GAJ IMO.

  • Ditched Birch & Danger. Stuck with Zorko & Buddy (had both from the start!).
    Honorary mentions from team go to Heartless (gone, but got him at his peak) and Wright (gone). Also had Lids early when he tanked – gone.
    This year have spent way too many trades patching up these crap decisions.

  • If I trade Birchall to Heppell, can I still make another trade tomorrow, or am I locked out for both of my trades? I know it sounds silly, but I’m just making sure, weirder things have happened…

    • You could still make another non-reversible trade tomorrow, of course excepting WC and ESS players.

  • JPK, Watson, Murphy all overrated

    • Had JPK all year…gonna get him out eventually in a week without carnage. Definitely a supercoacher. All 3 of the guys you’ve said would be better supercoachers for that matter…that’s probably why they’re overrated.

  • Had JPK and Murphy from day one. Still hoping JPK can avoid the spud 50-60’s until I can finally trade him out. Franklin at 50% doesn’t surprise me, with everyone adamant he would ‘turn it around’ so the original owners and some of us bought him at his lowest point. He’s not going to turn it around.

  • To those disagreeing with the point saying JPK over Danger etc, it’s just meant to be a ratio of expected DT scores vs ownership%. JPK is 10% owned and Danger 20%, both of them lower than expected DT average.

  • If you exclude Dangerfield’s first round score of 51(he had the flu), then his average for the year is 104.
    And since round 5(his last 7) his average is an elite 112!
    His price was 476,000 at the conclusion of round 5, which is a bargain!
    He also has a high ceiling, with two scores over 140. I don’t think he is an overrated dream teamer at all!

  • Only had Buddy & Birch this year. Just dumped Birch. He killed me. Got him in just before his fall from grace. Ouch…
    Have had Buddy all year & will be dumping him soon too. Been loath to as he has lost so much cash & I’ve been waiting for him to explode…
    In a few weeks I think he will have to go for Stokes…

  • Dangerfield is in so many teams because everyone knows the moment they drop him he’s going to belt out 140s. Plus he’s been going pretty well after a slow start. I’m not shifting him out at this stage. Man am I glad I couldn’t afford Birchall around round 3 or so when I was desperate to get him in. Not that I didn’t have my share of disasters (Zorko, K Harper, Karnesiz, etc). Oh well.