Nathan Bock – Deck of Dream Team 2014

jan06_nathanbockName: Nathan Bock
Club: Gold Coast
Position: Forward
AFL Fantasy: $135,900
AFL Dream Team: $180,300
Bye Round: 8
2013 Average: 33
2013 Games Played: 2
Predicted Average: 72

Why should I pick him?

The rules for AFL Fantasy have changed.

Jesse Hogan – $265, 600, Tom Boyd – $262,900, Jack Martin – $268,300. Gone are the days where the best youth in the country can walk into our Dream Teams without a second thought. Rookies are now priced on potential and players affected by injury and time off are discounted more appropriately. There’s a shift happening – 2014 will see our benches filled with mature players who’ve been in the system for years, not 10 gun rookies who are priced in the bottom bracket and just coming onto the scene.

Now to the man who is leading this change – Nathan Bock. Moving from the Crows to the Suns in 2011, Bock was in his prime after 3 productive seasons in defence at Adelaide yielding DT averages of 84, 87.8 & 78.5. 2012 brought him more of a swing-man role at the AFL’s newest (at the time) club as he shouldered a lot of burden to smash out 21 games at an enviable average of 80.2.

With a full pre-season in front of him and the burden lifted by the growing talent on the Gold Coast, Bock is free to return and play a secondary role for the Suns – one that will be free of the heavy accountability and pressure that existed in 2012. Almost two years have passed since his horror leg break and he is ready to finish his career on a high as he helps the emerging Suns push towards the middle of the table in 2014.

Finally, did I mention his actual price-tag? At just $135, 900 you don’t need to worry about risk – place him on the bench and watch his return to the top level yield you a healthy AFL Fantasy profit. He’s nearly half the price of the top-priced rookies, so save yourself some money and #LockInBock

Why shouldn’t I pick him?

Round 6, 2012 – Bock comes from the field in Q2 with a broken leg and isn’t seen again on an AFL field until R19, 2013. Subbed off in both of his appearances for the year, Bock struggled to make a solid impact in both games as he worked back to full fitness. Will 2014 see this come to fruition? Well, I guess that’s up to the Football Gods.

Playing 6 games in the last 2 years doesn’t read well for anyone, let alone a guy who is turning 31 in 2014. Sure, the news has him on track for R1 – but how many times do we hear that at this time of year? [A lot] At this point the safe option is to attach a ‘wait and see’ clause to Bocky for now, with the notion of reassessing his position around mid-February.

But the equation is simple – if he’s fit for R1 (even only 50% fit but still named), you’d be crazy not to pick Nathan Bock. It’s actually hard to put forward a good case against him at this point.

Is he likely to recapture his pre-2012 again? No. Is he in the twilight of his career? Very likely. But is he worth picking anyway? Abso-bloody-lutely – yes.

Deck of DT Rating.

QUEEN – It’s simple – if Bock is named for R1 and appears in sound health, he must be in your side in some capacity. He’s a low risk, bottom-price player who (I’m confident) can still make an impact at the top level. Do yourself a favour and throw him on your bench for R1 and move onto your next selection. Injury-permitting, I have no doubt that Nathan Bock will be one of the most important players in your AFL Fantasy Team in 2014.

Do you agree? #LockInBock

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12 Comments

  • Good work Matt. He is too cheap to ignore in either version of the game if named in Round 1.

  • Spuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuud. On my Blacklist.

  • Lock in Bock

  • Streuth he’s 30!!! My Grandpa looks better than that… both of em!!! Did I mention they’ve been 6 foot under for over 20 years… but they still probably look bloody better than that!!! Ps: great article, the bock is locked… but I wouldn’t switch teams for him! Did I mention WHAT A SCONE!!!

  • Great write up as per usual but I am surprised you missed the greatest determining factor with Bock which is the Asada investigation. His alleged wrongdoings is more serious that Essendons and while he hasn’t yet been called on to give evidence, he is more likely to face sanctions based on the fact that the substances he allegedly took don’t seem to be a matter of dispute.

    • Cheers for the feedback lads. Apologies Michael for not picking up on it – in any case, unless something drastic happens in the offseason (and he’s fit), he should be there to play enough games to make you some important $$!

  • I know it appears at this point that there won’t be too many ‘cheapies’ playing round 1 but every year there seems to be a few surprises thrown up. I won’t be picking Bock as I don’t think he will ever pump out decent scores, so instead will be keeping an eye on the NAB cup to see who is likely to be better value come round 1.

  • This is probably a stupid question but I’m going to ask it anyway, as I’ve been out of contact with the footy world for a little bit… What’s the difference between AFL Fantasy and AFL Dream Team? Why are there two different prices?

  • Sammy J – there’s an article on a few sites around explaining the main differences. But the basics are:

    AFL Fantasy – retains 2 trades pw, ultd trades until R2, higher rookie prices but higher salary cap ($10m)

    Real DT – old school system of 30 trades for season, starts R1, lower rookie prices and a salary cap of $9.6m

    Main issue is with the trades and the contentious rule change of ultd changes until R2 – making R1 a free hit at a high score.

    • Awesome, thanks Matty. Is the consensus here at DT Talk to be playing/covering both versions? Or is there a version that will be being leant towards?

      • I think DT Talk will continue to cover all forms of fantasy. Roy, Calvin and myself will be focusing on the official AFL games (AFL Fantasy – Classic, Match Day and Elite). The winner for the DT Talk reader is that there will be content that will help you with all forms.