Elliot Yeo – Deck of DT 2016

Yeo make me close me eyesName: Elliot Yeo
Club: West Coast Eagles
Position:  DEF/MID
AFL Fantasy: $436,000
AFL Dream Team: $456,300
Bye Round: 14
2015 Average: 78.7
2015 Games Played: 21
Predicted Average: 86

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Why should I pick him?

After a couple of years showing brief flashes of potential, 2015 was the year that Yeo finally confirmed his fantasy chops. At his best, the former Lion was a rare mark-heavy inside midfielder with a talent for playing the Beau Waters role went sent back as the +1 in a constantly evolving West Coast backline. This was Yeo’s modus operandi throughout the middle part of the season, averaging 96.7 points over a 12-game span, courtesy of 21 touches, 6 marks and 4 tackles a game in that capacity.

Unfortunately for last year’s owners, the defence crisis at the Eagles – sparked by Mackenzie and Brown ACLs initially, and then Schofield niggles later – sent Yeo into Band-Aid mode. His size, speed and strength made him an ideal all-purpose unit and Adam Simpson sealed his fantasy fate by utilising him in lockdown roles, resulting in average-deflating scores of 31, 33, 47, 47.

Of course, in fantasy, one season’s trash is the next year’s treasure. Instead of tossing up whether to overpay for a $520k+ MID-only Yeo (hint: no way), we now have the option of snapping up the same bloke for a 78-point equivalent in the backline. Given that Mackenzie and Brown are tracking beautifully for Round 1, common sense says that Yeo moves back into his ideal role further away from the defensive sticks.

With a resume that boasts 9 scores over 90 last season (in spite of his role variety) including a huge 150-point monster, a healthy statistical diversity with solid mark/tackle figures and the ability to hit the scoreboard (kicked 3+ goals on three occasions last year) – what more do you want from your D3/D4 slot?!

West Coast Eagles Elliot Yeo shows the umpire the gap in his teeth after his collision with Collingwoods Jarrod Witts during the 2014 AFL Round 10 match between the Collingwood Magpies and the West Coast Eagles at the MCG, Melbourne on May 24, 2014. (Photo: Greg Ford/AFL Media)

Why shouldn’t I pick him?

As it so often happens in life, Yeo’s strengths can be a double-edged sword. His status as an all-purpose tool in Adam Simpson’s kit means that any injury or worrisome match-up could result in Yeo being sucked out of his fruitful midfield bruiser role and into a fantasy prison. The fact that it took two or three really key injuries to affect his role in 2015 is encouraging; yet his excellence in the Mr Fix-It mantle could mean the Eagles opt to send him back to plug up the leaky boat early, before trying to save the Titanic.

From a fantasy perspective, there’s only so much space in our backlines and Yeo is in a fiddly price range alongside some similarly interesting prospects. Taking too many of these types can have season-derailing consequences because if they tank, you’ve got nowhere to go but sideways without a whole lot of cash – realistically a double trade. As someone who had to manoeuvre out of Lumumba and Early Kolo disasters last year, I can suggest that it might be worth limiting your exposure in the typically frustrating defensive line.

Dance with me, Yeo

Deck of DT Rating.

QUEEN – I really like Yeo’s prospects this year and if all goes to plan, he’s one of the few defenders that I can see real value in. You can always pick the full price, safe-as-houses 80-point regulars (Houli, Mackie, Birchall, Simpson) – but no one has ever won their league paying full-price across their whole team. Yeo is a risk worth taking, and we always have the NAB Cup to help us diagnose his likely role for 2016.

Personally, he’s in a group of Premium Lites that include Kolodjashni, Rosa, Brodie Smith, Savage, etc, of which I’ll look to whittle down to two over the pre-season. Is Yeo on your radar?

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20 Comments

  • Yeo and is in my present team.
    Although I don’t really have any lock-in defenders right now so my defence with probably change the most between now and March 24.

  • With those absolutely AWFUL low scores, I can’t see him doing actually worse than what he’s priced at, so the risk isn’t feeling too bad for me. The lock in defenders stock isn’t looking too pretty, you’ve got Boyd, McVeigh, Shaw and Bartel and all of a sudden you’re into 80 average guys priced at 80, and playing full price for that sort of mediocrity feels wrong, so I’m feeling happier backing in these sorts of picks. If McVeigh misses r1 I’m honestly tempted to take in 3 of these types of guys and only one proven performer, given the last of options.

  • everyone’s misgivings about yeo are misplaced.

    will average 95-100.

  • Thanks Tbetta
    I thought I read somewhere YoYo was under an injury cloud and training away from the main group??
    I live in Santa Monica CA so it’s hard to keep up with all the news but he’s in if he’s fit
    With Brown/MacKenzie back he’ll play more in the mids we hope!!
    Would be great to see the Bullets back which was always a great read?!?!

    • You did – he’s had a hand issue over the Summer, so I didn’t include it in the Deck, as it obviously won’t affect his fitness.

      I’d love to do the Bullets again but unfortunately I don’t have the 8-12 hours on a Sunday/Monday morning to get it done anymore. Thanks for saying so though!

  • I don’t know i am looking at replacing to of my ageing defenders and Yeo is consideration i don’t think Bartel, Enrigh and McVeigh can carry me home again like last year

    I want to pick Yeo and if he isn’t playing defence lock

  • In the mix with Duryea, Rosa, B.Smith etc

  • Thanks Tbetta, I have Yeo firmly locked into D3 for now, expecting an average of 95ish with good midfield time
    Fantasy code: 7Z5JV7NX

  • With the key eagles backman now in the side he will dominate. Lock for me.

    I am wanting to create a top league filled with strong teams. If you think you’ll have a strong team please join.

    Only 2 spots left

    Code is 9PV94XY7

    Last year I did the same thing and we had a top 50 league keen for the same

  • He’s in my team…. For now. Hurry up NAB Cup!!!

  • With a full squad available again (knock on wood) he’s gonna be running wild through the mid and difting fwd to kick goals. Lock (at this stage).

  • Can you guys do one on H Hartlett as I’m thinking of him for a POD this year.

  • Lol how much does the photo look like they’re ballroom dancing

  • Great write up tbetta,
    I traded Yeo into my squad just at the time he started to stink it up. Thought “never again” however the Eagle fan club have persuaded me to forgive and forget. I do think he could be great value this year.
    He’s locked in my side as D4.