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Liam Anthony: Deck of Dream Team 2011

Liam Anthony could have been the Michael Barlow of 2009. He was pretty much in everyone’s starting line ups but didn’t play Round 1, after being named, because of stress fractures. When he finally made his debut in Round 13, he knocked out 94 and proceeded to average 95 in his debut year.

  • Roy

Name: Liam Anthony
Club: North Melbourne
Position: Midfield
Bye Rounds: 3 & 21
2010 Average: 95.1
2010 Games Played: 7
Predicted Average: 105

Why should I pick him? Liam Anthony is not only a great bloke, more importantly he is a jet DTer.  Last year he didn’t let down his gutsy fans who paid top dollar for him after an outstanding debut year in 09 where he averaged 96 though 10 games. Liam was well on track to average 100 by the end of the year, only to be cut down with a shoulder injury in round 7. Through the first 7 games he showed that 09 was no flash in the pan with  best scores of 112, 115 and 132. So my reasons to pick him will make him hard to resist: 1- he will be discounted due to missing a large portion of the year. 2- he is in an improving team that are “the fittest they have ever been” -Boomer Harvey. 3- he is built for DT and is in his 3rd year at this level. 4- tag still goes to Harvey

Why shouldn’t I pick him? Liam’s first 2 years at AFL level have been interrupted through injury which leaves obvious concerns about durability. Both injuries have cost him half the season which rings alarm bells. When he plays at his best, teams have been prepared to tag both him and Brent Harvey, which dismisses the chances of him flying completely under the radar.

Deck of DT Rating. KING. Anthony will not come as cheap as some players who have 100 point average potential, however it is like buying a Sony over a Samsung. You know from experience that it will not let you down quality wise. I actually have a feeling he will move into Ace status this year where he will be captain “ACE” potential.



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    December 11, 2010 at 8:21 am

    Not sure he has obtained King status. Need to play more then 17 games to do that! Injuries too much of a risk when we are going to be needing trades to handle byes and the likes. Would want to be getting a hefty discount to make the risk of injury worth the reward of points per dollar spent.


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      the rollers

      December 11, 2010 at 8:46 am

      hey mollly when can expect a pre-season podcast of coaches box?

    • Warnie


      December 11, 2010 at 1:30 pm

      Our ratings are basically this…

      ACE: Premium. Potential captain option.
      KING: Expensive, or could have some value… but ultimately a keeper.
      QUEEN: Mid range player with potential upside.
      JACK: Cash cow/cheapie.

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        December 11, 2010 at 2:38 pm

        This will really help as a suggestion is that for Forwards and Defence players, you could have two/three aces, kings, or queens, and 3 jacks. For Ruck you could have 1 of each, and for midfield you could have 2 of aces, king and queen, and 3 jacks.

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        December 11, 2010 at 2:49 pm

        thanks for your ratings system that explains it better.

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        December 11, 2010 at 7:02 pm

        Anthony should be a QUEEN than, seeing as he has upside and has not reached his full potential yet. Few players wil be ACE’s, probalby Swan, Ablett, Goddard, Montagna, Chapman, Hayes, Pendles and Boyd. I like this new ranking system Warnie, i think most players will be KING’s and QUEEN’s.

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        December 11, 2010 at 7:41 pm

        i thought you said you were doing 52 players

        but if your only doing Ace, king, queen and jack its only 16

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          December 11, 2010 at 7:58 pm

          52 players sorted into 4 categories, which means about 13 players in each category. What are you on about?

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            December 11, 2010 at 9:36 pm

            just last preseason it was all the cards not just these 4

            but, it could be better

          • Warnie


            December 11, 2010 at 10:24 pm

            So we want to give you a 2 of spades? Presti? Get a grip! These four categories makes it easy!

          • Warnie


            December 11, 2010 at 11:40 pm

            We’re not going to waste your time with people who you wouldn’t consider!

  2. Warnie


    December 11, 2010 at 8:51 am

    King because at that price, he’s gotta be a keeper. Risky, but we all know he has massive potential. If he smashed the ps, then he’s a huge chance!

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      December 11, 2010 at 6:05 pm

      Hes got the scoring potential, but hasnt played enough to be locked and loaded. Will monitor his preseason and hope he’s ready to go!

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    December 11, 2010 at 10:21 am

    huh? “There is no telling the role that he will play under a new coach, especially one that is defensive minded.”

    since when did north melb get a new coach?

    • Roy


      December 13, 2010 at 10:11 am

      haha, my bad…… lets call it a pre season clanger. had the scott brothers jumbled up in my head. ill fix it

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    December 11, 2010 at 11:09 am

    could make or beak a team big time!
    how muchw ill he roughly cost?

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      December 11, 2010 at 11:48 am

      $365,800 according to Monty’s fan planer “”

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        December 11, 2010 at 1:32 pm

        even 365,000 isnt bad for a bloke that is predicted to average 105, im defs on him this year.

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    December 11, 2010 at 11:45 am

    Fan Footy’s speculative planner has him at $365,800 (10% discount) – I dont know how close to the mark that will be though…..

    I hadnt really thought about Anthony too much for this season, the injuries in 09 & 10 had me looking elsewhere but can see why you rate him highly but yeah maybe they have to do a little bit more to be a king……I would have thought he was more a JACK = young royalty with the scope to move up quickly!!

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    Fatty McButterpants

    December 11, 2010 at 1:19 pm

    I reckon you’d be mad to start with Anthony. North are 1 of only 6 teams to have 2 DT byes and 1 of them is in the first round of finals! Only cash cows (eg Petrie) and rookies (eg Richardson) from North for me. STRATEGY PEOPLE, STRATEGY!!

    • Warnie


      December 11, 2010 at 1:26 pm

      Depends on what your strategy is my friend! If you’re after the car, then he is a perfect candidate! You’d want to stay away from teams who have 2 group byes and look at those 6 teams who have both byes by themselves! Strategy people, strategy! ;)

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        Fatty McButterpants

        December 11, 2010 at 4:01 pm

        Touche, teacher. I should have mentioned I’m playing for a league win rather than the car. Still, if I was playing for the car, I don’t know if I’d spend $365k on a mid who’s played just 17 games.

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        December 15, 2010 at 12:10 pm

        he will get injured before finals anyway so the byes not a concern

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      December 17, 2010 at 11:36 am

      Have to agree with Fatty there,ill worry about the car next year

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    December 11, 2010 at 1:23 pm

    missing round 1 of league finals = no go zone for me

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    December 11, 2010 at 6:54 pm

    Sorry boys not sold.

    Yeah he has the potential to be an absolute gun but with goldcoast and all the rookies out there i am not going to spend that much cash on a potential gun. Saving my cash for the superstars only.

    Durablility is a major concern. Plus hes never played a full season. I dont want this kid to run out of steam halway through the season.

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    December 11, 2010 at 6:55 pm

    I would get him if he’s under $370,000, because if he’s over that he’s too expensive. He would be a good option as a mid-priced midfielder, not a premium and not a rookie. If he keeps fit and has a good pre-season, he will be a very good buy. Anyway, very bad news, footy-wise and DT-wise. Anthony Morabito will probalby miss the whole 2011 season because of a knee injury at training. Poor guy only in his second season, had real potential. Also, DT wise he would’ve been a very smart buy, since he would’ve been so cheap. Ah, poor guy, bad news.

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      December 11, 2010 at 7:46 pm

      cheap buy for 2012

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    December 12, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    nah you had it good last year, ace was captain and 2 was rookie. but, i really don’t care about how you do it i just thank you guys for all your hard work and your help.

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    December 14, 2010 at 8:59 am

    This guy can really accumulate!
    Injury prone makes him quite risky.
    I thnk there will be better value out there.

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    December 15, 2010 at 11:53 pm

    I dont think last years shoulder dislocation puts him in the ‘injury prone’ category. Showed no signs of foot problmes after 1st year stress fracture and if you look at the way he did it this year (100 kilos of travis cloke knee backing into marking contest) it wouldve happened to anyone.

    id be more worried if he was a forward or back but i doubt he will be doing much overhead work anyway – mostly an outside running receiver. Watch NAB cup to see how what his confidence.

  13. feathertopDT


    December 23, 2010 at 9:09 am

    I might consider him but so far my midfield is
    Swan Judd Dal Santo (GC) Swallow Marc Murphy

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