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AFL Dream Team Strategy: How to win your league in 2011

Want to know how to use the fixture to maximise your chances to win your league in 2011? Here is an early how to guide.

How to win your AFL Dream Team League in 2011

If you’re gunning for a league win, then this year you could have an edge over your mates by using the weird-arse 2011 fixture to your advantage. In Twenty-Eleven we have 17 teams in the AFL which means byes… and not just one bye a week, there are 5 weeks with 3 byes.

The beauty of this is that for league matches, the rounds won’t count and therefore it doesn’t matter if you have players missing – apart from having a crap score, national ranking dropping and players not increasing (or decreasing) in price.

With the release of the roster last Friday, the big thing to note are the teams who are playing in the 3 round byes.

  • Round 4 – Brisbane, St. Kilda, Western Bulldogs
  • Round 5 – Melbourne, Sydney, West Coast
  • Round 6 – Fremantle, Geelong, Hawthorn
  • Round 16 – Adelaide, Fremantle, Melbourne
  • Round 19- Brisbane, Richmond, Sydney

As you can see the teams in red have both of their byes in these awful 3 bye rounds. Spelling that out quite simply, these teams will play every league roster and finals game. Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney and Fremantle players will be golden, not only as premiums, but as rookies/cheapies on your bench who will be there for cover.

If you’re 50/50 on a player, then this could be a great deciding factor. Maybe a bloke like Brad Green might get a bit more DT love? Lock and load Matthew Pavlich and Jonathan Brown in your forward line?

It also makes another positive in picking blokes from the other clubs who have one of their byes falling in these rounds. There will only be one round where you’ll have to cover them with your bench players.

Now lets look at the finals.

The final 4 rounds (21-24) will be the AFL Dream Team finals series again this year. What we have to look at here is who will have a bye, and who that means you might want to be avoiding. The last four rounds are as follows:

  • Qualifying and Elimination: Round 21 – North Melbourne
  • Semi Finals: Round 22 – Geelong
  • Preliminary Finals: Round 23 – Carlton
  • Grand Final: Round 24 – Essendon

Put simply, don’t pick any Bombers… or make sure you have trades up your sleeve to dump them for the GF. If you have Kangaroos, Cats or Blues players, you’ll have to make a decision if it’s worth a trade to get rid of them or if your bench cover is adequate. The fact Geelong are there makes it very interesting. They are a high scoring Dream Team team (which may change in 2011, but time will tell) and are drawn for their bye in the Semi Finals. If you’re awesome at Dream Team, this shouldn’t matter! You would have finished top four, won the qualifying final and should be having the week off.

Another factor is that early on in the season, you want to be making money from cash cows, who will generally be bench players. In a perfect world, these players will be the ones who don’t have their first bye until a little later on – when they’ve had an opportunity to mature. Here are the main ones to look at:

  • Round 7 – Collingwood
  • Round 8 – Carlton
  • Round 10 – Essendon
  • Round 11 – Richmond
  • Round 12 – Port Adelaide

You’ll notice Round 9 isn’t there. That’s because it’s Gold Coast. They have the Round 1 bye. Means they get their two byes out of the way early… probably makes Gary Ablett the biggest upgrade target of the year. He will be welcomed by a lot of teams in Round 10! So, we’ll be on the lookout for rookies and other cash cows from the above teams. These will give us cover for the first few weeks (especially for rounds 4/5/6 where we have a run of 3 bye rounds), and have an un-broken run of money making games. Just the trick will be picking those right players… something to think about in February/March.

Stay tuned to for more information about the fixture, with some strategy on how to do your best in national ranking in the next few days.

Co-captain of DT Talk since inception in 2007. Finally had a good season with an overall ranking of 137th for 2018... next goal is to replace the dirty old trucker hat with an AFL Fantasy one! Follow on Twitter: @WarnieDT



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    November 4, 2010 at 4:09 pm

    God so much to think about…

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    Matty Svensk

    November 4, 2010 at 8:44 pm

    Lovin the mobile look lads, LOT to think about this year, think i Will go with 2 teams so i can have à crack at league and overall

    • Warnie


      November 4, 2010 at 9:00 pm

      Thanks Matty. Will be a few new things happening on the site in the lead-up to the new year. Stay tuned… plenty of info also!! So much to think about for DT2011!

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        November 7, 2010 at 11:28 am

        Love the article.
        Just helps a bit more with a few more 50/50’s. My pre season squad is absolutely flying!

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    November 5, 2010 at 8:34 am

    Great work guys as always… Looking forward to the draft and the pre-season.. Will def be a lot to think about going into next year.. Pity we cant just skip to 2012!

    Cheers gents…

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    November 7, 2010 at 9:18 pm

    Great article boys. I think this will be a year that the better Dters who do the research will standout much more than the average copycats who get away with it due to having an adequate amount of trades.

    Any insight into what will be happening to the site over the next few months Warnie?

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    Johnny Drama

    November 13, 2010 at 2:15 am

    do you reckon brett deledio will be listed as a DEF/MID next year?

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    November 18, 2010 at 3:58 pm

    Some of the these Draftees look very good. Swallow is a lock for sure.

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    November 29, 2010 at 2:14 pm

    I don’t get it, which rounds is your league games not counted? Is it only the rounds when there are 3 byes? What about in the games with 1 bye? Please explain someone.

    • Warnie


      November 29, 2010 at 3:39 pm

      No league games in round 4, 5, 6, 16 or 19. The rest will be all league games… 15 weeks of head to head, then 4 weeks of finals.

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        November 30, 2010 at 8:39 pm

        Yes, i think i get it now. Looks like we better get some premium bench players. Gonna be a challenge in 2011.

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    December 1, 2010 at 2:38 pm

    Locking in Aaron Sandilands and Jonathan Brown from Fremantle and Brisbane. Thinking about Kieren Jack from Sydney, Brad Green and Colin Sylvia look alright from Melbourne, but can Sylvia be consitent? Stacking up on them 4 teams

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      December 1, 2010 at 2:39 pm

      Not to mention Malceski!

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