Dion Prestia – Deck of DT 2018

Image result for dion prestia s.afl.com.au 200Name: Dion Prestia
Team: Richmond
Position: Midfielder
AFL Fantasy: $577,000
Bye Round: 14
2017 Average: 81.9
2017 Games Played: 19
Predicted Average: 96

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Why should I pick him?

As of right now… Prestia is in my team. Yep, go Calvinator.

Although you shouldn’t need much more justification than that, I’ll let you in on a few secrets about the nuggetty meatball.

Firstly, when players switch clubs they tend to take a while to find their feet. Prestia joined the Tigers last year after a limited pre-season, hear that, a limited pre-season. He went on to average just 81.9, which is a massive drop from the 100, 96 and 95 he has averaged in the past.

This pre-season he is flying. In his own words, he admits that he entered 2017 underdone and after a full pre-season under his belt in 2018, he will hit the ground running from round one.

In his first 8 games last year he averaged just 71. This proves he was cooked before he started. He ended the season (obviously in better nick) with an average of 107 in his last four games and then he entered the AFL finals series where he scored 99, 83 and 128. Boom!

Prestia is the definition of a ROSE. A guy who has averaged well in the past and a guy who is a dead-set bargain this year. Guns and Rookies in the theme that people generally rock with but although Prestia can be deemed as ‘mid-priced’ the gamble here is certainly slop-sided.

Calvin does big calls so here I go… he will be what Marc Murphy was in 2017 and with only 2.5% ownership, not many Fantasy coaches have caught on to this great find … until now.

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Why shouldn’t I pick him?

“Cheap for a reason” is the quote you will hear a lot over the pre-season as a ‘gamble’ like this can burn you.

Running the gauntlet with a guy like Prestia can end your season before it begins. He had some rotten scores last year and if he starts the 2018 season like that then you will be not a happy camper. 55, 54 and 54 where his worst efforts and he only cracked the 100 figure mark on three occasions.

Then we look at this… can Richmond actually back it up? I say no. This could be one of the worst premiership hangovers since the Bulldogs and although that will infuriate some Tiger’s fans, lets be real here for a second. They fluked 2017 and might even struggle to make the 8 this year. A massive call but mark my words.

Durability – he has only played in 62% of games over the last three years. He has had his issues. You can’t select a guy with this sort of ‘durability’ as you will be chasing you tail all year with late withdrawals and Thursday night headaches.

Deck of DT Rating.

KING – As I said, I’m on the little nugget. He’s easily 10-15 under-priced if not more. He’s had a killer pre-season and will only replicate what he did at the end of 2017.

He ticks all boxes. Ended the year in super form. Great pre-season. Averaged over 100 in the past. Under-priced.

Another bonus is that he has the ‘good bye’. Which is the last one, and from here he can be upgraded to a guy who has had their bye. By this point he would have made you great coin and act as a stepping stone to a premium of your desire.

Trust me… get on board.

After going 100 in the past, can Prestia push that mark again?

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  • Calvin they are some shitty calls on the Tigers, just cause half the Adelaide team choked in the final including the beloved Taylor Walker. We beat the other 3 teams in the top four to win the Flag and played good footy, it was building over the last few rounds. I used to like your articles Calvin but now I think the calvinator motor has broken down. I respect what you guys do… but that was a shitty thing to write. Watch us go back to back. Wow this rant was longer then Taylor Walkers speech…Fuck Adelaide, hope Port smashed you in the Derby

    • Those who live in the past have no future.

      Good Luck™

      • Chosen Flog everyone looks back at their teams win and Flag wins. hell I bet you know a Hawthorn support or two. Don’t hit me with your mid aged man advice alright

        • Its ok to look back but to abuse someone who gives up their time for free to help underprivileged kids like you is taking too far.

          You owe Calvin an Apology!

          Good Luck™

          • as a mad tiger who was at the game 3 rows back punt road end next to the cheer squad, i do not think tigers will win the flag this year. Im not saying they cant or wont just i dont think they will. They will be up there again though and definite in 8 if not top 4 again. The 2017 season everything fell into place in alst 7-8 weeks that wontalwasy happen and with the comp so tight its hard.

          • Ha ha no apology needed mate. It’s all good. I’m just laughing.

    • Love your passion ha ha. Keep up the good work

  • You sound a bit salty Calvin… You’re going to cop alot of angry tigers fans abuse now! Enjoy 😎

  • I have had Prestia in my side since the beginning.

    As for hangovers why did Adelaide players come back to preseason in less than ideal condition?

    Be prepared to eat a lot of Humble Pie when Richmond makes the finals, the first game against Carlton may presage “where Richmond is at”.

  • Richmond have a better chance of making it back to the GF than the Crows do and then Rory will leave at the end of the year and Tex will get even more mad.

  • Western Bulldogs finished 7th, Richmond finished 3rd, 2 points behind Adelaide. Richmond lost 3 games by under 5 points. You can’t fluke a whole season. On Prestia, I hope not too many people take him on, hope he stays a unique.

  • Tigers dont really play a fantasy friendly game, so I cant see Prestia getting his average back near 100. Far too many other better options around

    • Better options priced at 82, are u on drugs mate

      • Maybe not quite that cheap, but there are plenty of value premo’s in the mids to pick from. He’s certainly not good enough to be a keeper and I dont think his scores will be big enough to make you too much coin either

  • He is a definite no from me. The Tigers definitely over achieved in 2017, will be interesting to see how they go with a tougher draw in 2018. That being said, they won the 2017 premiership fair & square beating some good sides along the way..

  • Well done Calvin, nice bit of Tiger baiting there. Normally the trolling is done in the comments section rather than by the writer!

    I like your thoughts on the Meatball. The only reason I’ll avoid him is his durability concerns and stacked bye round.

  • Richmond have a far better side than adelaide they have an all round group who work together which is shutting teams down aka Adelaide. And THANK LORD IM ON THE OTHER SIDE OF TRACK AND GO FOR PORT. I CAN GUARANTEE THEY WILL WIN ONE BEFORE ADELAIDE.. and why people want to leave adelaide but join and enjoy being with port… must be a real shit culture at adelaide football club.

  • Live scenes of Calvin writing this article…
    Calvin fishing

  • ok hes convinced me, dropping one ofm y premos to Prestia will free up some cash for upgrade eleswhere so who goes – thoughts?

    Mid: T.Mitchell (125), T.Adams (116), J.Kelly (116), D.Beams (113), T.Rockliff (115), J.O’Meara (89), L.Davies-Uniacke (69), T.Kelly (66)

    • Beamer? Surely the other premos are locked tight. Beams has been in and out of my team heaps already. Durabikity vs fast starting and ceiling
      If you drop titch for prestia fell free to join any league im in😉

      • pisser and good advice, now i look at my mids im reluctant to drop any, but beams to prestia is mightly cash grab and if prestia goes at 95 plus then its a win, beams had solid finish last year

    • Either Adams or Beams. I would drop Adams of those 2 as I don’t he has much value

  • There’s no such thing as a fluked premiership. Tigers dominated 🐯🏆🎉🎉
    Prestia is a great POD pick

  • Been asking for a Prestia card for weeks, no regrets it :) got to find room for him. Ross or Blakey out for prestia?

  • Get some tissues for your issues Calvin and the rest of you whinging f*#ks out there, Tigers won the premiership, nothing fluked about it, we are the best & looking foward to back to back and beating you all again. Cheers!! 🏆

  • Apologises to those who don’t have a sense of humour and can’t take a little banter. Bahhh, some gold comments in here. FYI – Prestia is now out of my team but may come back in at some point.

    • U stuck with him longer than any one who sticks with the crows haha

    • We got a good sense of humour your just a bad loser Calvin, Might as well be wearing that green vest now buddy

    • If we cant win the flag, why not stir up the Tigers supports?

      Settle down you mad lads, enjoy being reigning premiers :)

    • Keep up the banter Calvin, im loving it and all the bites you get.
      If people are getting this passionate and its not even JLT time yet then Its going to be one hell of a season.
      Go Eagles

    • Ahahaha classic, kudos calvin !

      These tigers supporters are seriously thin skinned. Such easy prey.. Like shooting fish in a barrel.

  • Don’t understand all the stupid comments, everyone on this site loves footy and fantasy. There’s no need for the anger. Much love everyone, love the work the traders do. It makes the footy season even better than it already is

  • mates what is this calvin is a legend and we all love his captains articles cmon tigers fans stay classy

  • Calvin’s a legend and Tigs are gonna have a much expected hangover and roll in as 9th this year (familiar territory). A fluk’s a fluk.

  • im pretty sure i copped at least two out of those three scores in the 50s last season. i got burnt…am i a glutton for punishment?

  • Richmond done a Steve Bradbury

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