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Travis Varcoe: Deck of Dream Team 2011

The word on the street is that Varcoe is in for a dramatic increase in midfield time as an instant injection of pace to the Cats onball unit. Popular opinion is that this will lead to a 90+ average, however I am not so convinced.

  • Roy

Name: Travis Varcoe
Club: Geelong
Position: Forward/Mid
Bye Rounds: 6 & 22
2010 Average: 75
2010 Games Played: 17
Predicted Average: 83

Why should I pick him?The word on the street is that Varcoe is in for a dramatic increase in midfield time as an instant injection of pace to the Cats on ball unit. If this is the case, the natural effect this will have on his DT output is an increase in average. A close inspection of his last 3 years tells of a player that used his 3rd year to develop some much needed consistency, as opposed to the (popular with coaches) 3rd year breakout rule where evidence suggests significant improvement occurs.  A positive progression in last years statistics was the frequent bobbing up of  30 point scores seemed to have been left in 2009.

Why shouldn’t I pick him? Through injury or form, Travis has never played a full year of footy, which is a worry. This year, I know he will have no problem being in the best 22, however injury already has questions marks over his start to the year and the all important pre season. Although he is confident his surgically repaired shoulder will be ready for the first match of the season proper, NAB action is out of the question.

Deck of DT Rating.QUEEN- Basically I have reviewed Travis due to popular demand. I can definitely see the upside people are talking about, however, last year in the high scoring Cats team, he only scored one 100. At times it was harder not to score with the Cats game style, but DT scoring just didn’t seem natural to him. Being priced at a 75 average is risky, as you would need a 90+ to feel fully satisfied with the selection. If he has dual position, that will increase his value, otherwise he is unlikely to be as popular as people are saying.


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    December 29, 2010 at 6:05 am

    yeah im not seeing the reason for the hype around varcoe would rather go for guys like petterd, knights or even fev.

    keep up the good work guys loving the deck, cant wait till it gets to the backline, i have my midfield and rucks pretty much set but im strugling to pick the premium back guys.

    looking at wether its worht picking up guys like deledio, gibbs, broughton, grimes etc..

    • Warnie


      December 29, 2010 at 9:29 am

      Yeah, for slightly cheaper… and the dual positioning bonus… Ricky Petterd is a much better option! I’m all over him… in fact, he will be up tomorrow on the Deck of DT!

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        December 29, 2010 at 12:52 pm

        good call warne dawg, his is definately pencilled into my side

    • feathertopDT


      December 29, 2010 at 2:35 pm

      delidio and Gibbs will be in my team i dont know about broughton though

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    December 29, 2010 at 10:05 am

    Locked in as a forward. Not only because of the ‘hype’ but because of his price on fanplanner, he’s a good mid priced forward that will get game time.

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    December 29, 2010 at 10:45 am

    are there many other cheap or even rookie forwards that will score well?
    for me the backs, mids and rucks are pretty settled (though they will change 10000 times before season starts)

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    December 29, 2010 at 11:06 am

    If his shoulder looks to be ok and he is on track for round 1 he will be in my team as a forward. Havent listened to the hype just going on what I have seen of him, he has class stamped all over him and with Ablett out I reckon he is set for a breakout………Petterd is cheaper granted and is on my shortlist but if I was in the playground at school pickin teams and I had Travis or Ricky to choose from…..well sorry Ricky but Travis is in every day of the week

    Great write up and yes can see your reasoning for not being overly keen on him but oh well at the end of the year I will probably be saying “I should of listened to bloody Roy and the boys” especially as he is in the price range I promised myself I was going to stay away from this year…….

    Bugger it gonna pick him anyway, the devil on my shoulder assures me he will be a gun!!!!

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    December 29, 2010 at 11:08 am

    never trust an aboriginal in the land of AFL dream team.. they are not your typical “possession accumulators”.. that is all

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      December 29, 2010 at 11:14 am

      Admit I dont know much about DT and aint very good at it however I do know for sure that your comment here was simply pathetic……say something about the individual mate…….thats my advise cause I am sure you wouldnt want me saying that all brisbane supporters who are proud of it have no penis would you????

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        December 29, 2010 at 11:22 am

        Sorry if that seems uncalled for however I think any sensible aussie would understand why that stereotypical comment no matter whether it was meant to offend or not is simply not acceptable……
        Oh just one more point Proud………….I seem to have no trouble in accumulating possesions on the footy field and I cant remember one team mate or opponenet whose ability to win the ball was decided by the colour of their skin

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          December 29, 2010 at 12:19 pm

          No, it wasn’t uncalled for, mate. That guy is a racist idiot, and no matter what race, you should never be racist. Your an idiot, ProudLion, poor form.

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      December 29, 2010 at 3:07 pm

      all these comments are quite an overreaction to what seems to be intended a harmless joke based on a generalisation. there is absolutely no racist connotations involved in the comment, just as if someone was to say ‘hes an aboriginal so hes quick and has freaky skills’, fact is, they generally arent your ‘typical posession accumulators’, emphasis on ‘typical’ coz bar aaron davey i couldnt really name one who is or has been. how i hate all this political correctness.
      on another note, ill be staying away from varcoe coz of his shoulder, trying to watch pre seasons more carefully, though what i have seen in his better games has been all class, and increased midfield time could turn him into a posession accumulator, who knows

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    December 29, 2010 at 12:47 pm

    i don’t think he was being intentionally that racist was just wrongly phrased
    usually indigenous players aren’t exactly what you would call possession accumulators
    they are more known for their own special type of footy, which may be a racist comment
    but i dont think many indigenous people would mind me saying that..

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    December 29, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    All i was trying to say is that the indigenous are extremely talented and make impacts on games with 10-15 possessions. They aren’t your typical work horse midfielder who will rack up 30 possessions. Yes, indigenous players are a speciality to watch in our game but due to their tendency to drift in & out of games they aren’t usually suited to a possession based game like dream team. You’d be better off getting varcoe in super coach.
    I don’t really care if you think i’m racist i’m just stating the facts based on historical data. It’s like stating that on average a black man is taller than an asian man. Is that racist? No, it’s based on historical data.

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      December 29, 2010 at 2:28 pm

      With a few exceptions (as always) I agree with Proud Lion’s last comment. McLeod and Goodes are the two exceptions that come to mind.

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      December 29, 2010 at 2:52 pm

      yes i agree completely
      I’m not trying to be racist but it is true aboriginals are not as good as other afl players at getting possessions (with exceptions of course)
      this dosnt mean there any worse then other afl players, they just dont get the ball as much.
      a perfect example is alwyn davey he is a GUN he is always doing something special but he never scores huge in dt
      but varcoe is different i think he dose get himself into the game and get the ball a fair bit i will definetly consider him in 2011 if hes a dual possition player

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      December 29, 2010 at 5:42 pm

      Yeah, i understand ur point, and i agree. But next time just elaborate more because it seemed like a racist comment from my perspective. Sorry for the mistake.

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        December 29, 2010 at 6:30 pm

        Fair enough Proud and yes I do understand what you mean however when i first saw your comment I hope you can understand why I probably did over-react……….unfortunately we are in a day and age where people are usually being nasty but very happy to say thats not the case on DT talk and move on….bring on the footy thats what we are here for!!!

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          December 29, 2010 at 10:08 pm

          good to see sense prevail, and everyone walks away smiling :) now to look forward to ricky petterd tomorrow

  8. feathertopDT


    December 29, 2010 at 2:34 pm

    to get back on subject Varcoe will not be in my team in 2011 i will go for Petterd instead

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      December 29, 2010 at 4:27 pm

      Yep, me too.
      Too many are assuming that Ablett’s absence will ensure more time in midfield, and hence higher scores.
      I’m sure Corey will slot straight back in, with the younger Hogan & Duncan other candidates.
      Then there’s the “New Coach,” factor!
      Will the Cats be the high possession team of recent times- what gameplan will Scott adopt?
      I’m tipping more direct footy- less handball happy!
      I can see Varcoe maintaing, or only slightly improving his 2010 average, but 90s? Nup, No Way!!!

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        January 7, 2011 at 4:43 pm

        It’s not so much filling Ablett’s role, because there are many contenders, it’s more the change of game plan. If you watch a few games (round 19 2nd qtr is a good example) we were only really competitive against the best when we stopped lateral handball, moved varcoe towards wing and half back, and got him to go direct with it to get over the zone. So if you pick Varcoe for 2011, it’s not so much on the basis of the Ablett thing, it’s more on the basis of a thought that a remodel of the gameplan by Scott will move Varcoe into a higher role, particularly considering we are not blessed with many guys with pace so we do need him further up the ground.

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    December 30, 2010 at 2:25 pm

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