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Rhys Palmer: Deck of Dream Team 2011

The man who ruined Michael Barlow’s debut season is burning up the training track and wants to get back to the form he had in his own debut season. Rhys Palmer is looking at a 15 point increase on his average and with that, lock himself in your AFL Dream Team!

Name: Rhys Palmer
Club: Fremantle
Position: Midfielder
Bye Rounds: 6 & 16 (both multi byes)
2010 Average: 74.5
2010 Games Played: 13
Predicted Average: 90

Why should I pick him? We can all remember Palmer’s first year. He burst onto the DT landscape in his first game in 2008 with 87 and then backed it up with a 90. Not a bad debut! He finished ’08 with an average of 87.5. His next two seasons weren’t as pretty. He has averaged 79 and 74.5 in his last couple of years, down on that debut effort. These have both been injury riddled seasons but the man is back performing well this preseason. In the latest training reports, we hear that he is leading all time trials and looking good. A full preseason and a more secure midfield spot (with retirements and other injuries) should see him bring his average up to the 90’s in 2011.

Why shouldn’t I pick him? You may feel like Rhys Palmer is the DT devil. Remember when our boy Michael Barlow broke his leg? Yeah, that’s right, Palmer was the one who ran into him. But other than that, his body is a worry… however, we should see him playing out the 22 games. If you’re after the car in the overall win, you will need to make sure there aren’t too many other players who share the same bye rounds in your midfield.

Deck of DT Rating. QUEEN – Lock him in if you are playing the game purely for a league win! He will never need cover as both Freo’s byes are over multi-bye rounds. I’m a fan of how Palmer plays and there is definite upside in him. Priced at 75, he’ll be better value because of his potential than some of the other ‘cheap’ guys around his price!



  1. Calvin


    January 8, 2011 at 6:49 am

    The early brid catches the DT worm and because I’m up I feel like I have caught Rhys.. but I don’t think I want him… dudes with knee issues worry me but with that said… if he has a smoking Pre-season I might change my mind. In 2011 I reckon we will see a few dudes around this price, and I reckon this dude might carry a little more risk than some of the other lads.

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      I WIN

      January 8, 2011 at 9:06 am

      Anyone know how Barlow is going ??

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    January 8, 2011 at 9:38 am

    Can anyone tell me why Sam Day is classified as a ruckman on Fan Planner?

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      Josh H

      January 8, 2011 at 9:56 am

      Yes – all the talk over here is how Palmer and Mzungu are fighting it out in all the preseason time trials, so that is always a good sign!!! Players tend to improve significantly in their second year back from a knee reconstruction, so that is also a good reason to pick Palmer.

      However, I am not convinced that Palmer will end up being a keeper in my mids, therefore feel there is probably better value / more upside in “other cheaper risky” guys like Tambling, Hartlett, Foley, and McLean.

      With the Gold Coast coming in this year, and with potentially so many other good rookie mids, this will mean in my side that there is only room for 1 – 2 of these guys (so Palmer won’t be one of these at this stage).

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    January 8, 2011 at 9:57 am

    Probably not the guy for me, already got enough multi-bye players, however if his pre-season is strong enough… Wouldn’t mind him, but am going for an extra strong midfield this year.

    Atto and I Win, commenting on the actual topic generally helps, there’s other sites like monty’s if you want to discuss off-topic rubbish. The boys put in hard work for us all, maybe at least say hey good write up, not just come here too mooch of everyone with your questions.

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      I WIN

      January 8, 2011 at 10:20 am

      thanks for the tip, didn’t think it was to far off topic since they are both in Mids for the same team and depending on how barlow is coming along might affect people’s choice

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    January 8, 2011 at 10:01 am

    Hey guys, long time/first time.
    Don’t wanna disrespect the deck so can u start a ‘pre season team’ thread please.
    Have been putting in the hard yards and would appreciate some feedback in a relevant thread.

    Keep up the good work.

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      Friday Night Footy

      January 8, 2011 at 10:54 am

      so freo players are desirable for those going for the league win. cheers for the tip warnie…. the car would be nice but i’ll be focussing on the leagues for some cashola. anyone keen for cash leagues? in in 2 already and keen to go in another.

      Might gor for at least 1 freo player in each position (duffield, broughton pav, sandi and maybe palmer who is good for some of those precious tackles. palmer might end up being the next montagna)

      palmer definitely an option and i dont mind freo’s new logo and guernsey. plamer has plenty of upside and could be a Friday Night Footy inclusion this year

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    January 8, 2011 at 11:13 am

    Sorry doesn’t really fit into my plans.
    Good write up Warnie ;)

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    January 8, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    Thanks for the footy fix Warnie. The article went perfectly with my hangover. Some of my friends think it’s sad, but I am checking DT talk every day hahahah

    Palmer is a little bit more expensive than I want to pay for that ‘mid’ coming back after injury position. For Palmer type money I am more tempted by Gigg or, dare I say it, Robbie Gray. Liam Anthony is also around that price on Fan Planner and I think he has real potential but, scores like 127 followed by 42 are scary.
    I am going to keep an drunken eagle eye on Foley and Brock. Even though Brock is born to loose. (sorry Brock, I have to pick on someone) In the end I think I will be going for safety. DT is just to important to my mental health to *&^% it up!

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      January 8, 2011 at 1:20 pm

      Hope you make it through the season without a stay in a psych ward mate!!! lol

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    January 8, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    Ditto with my comments yesterday on McLean.
    With the right balance, clever trading, and obviously luck, I believe it’s possible to win league and still have a very respectable overall ranking.
    Too awkwardly priced for mine.

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    Fatty McButterpants

    January 8, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    Not for me. Even if he does average 90, you will make bugger all money on him and he will still need to be traded because you cant afford to have a mid average less than 100 if you want to win your league or the car.

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    January 8, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    Price is the problem….aleready trying to talk myself out of having a crack with Varcoe in the FWD line at around the same money….its just the same mistake that I made last year….too many awkwardly priced players…..
    .This year with the help of the Deck I suppose there are just so many of that type….I mean Palmer, Tambling Mclean in the mids……Petterd, Petrie, Knights, Varcoe in the FWDs and Otten and probably others that I cant think of right now in defence…..It makes it look so appealing to load up with them……only problem the DT gods will surely play their part and alot of them will end up being bitched about week in week out in the DT duds section of our reviews!!!!!! Got to be so careful to pick the right ones……
    This guy Palmer has all the talent in the world and I hope he ends up a gun of the comp cause DT or not love watching him play….class is the best way to describe him….the injuries and last two seasons are just too much a risk for mine….he needs to show more than a great preseason for me to have him in my team….the multi byes kill it for me also as I intend on winning the car this year just as soon as I can decide on which one!!!!! lmao yep thats right people from 32k to number 1 in one season!!!!! (Top 5k is my real goal this year…I play for overall ranking rather than leagues as I dont have enough friends to fill a league!!!! lmao)

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      January 8, 2011 at 1:44 pm

      Mr Palmer and his 5 sons never forgive him for breaking Barlows leg.Anyone reckon Broughton will go midfield with mzungu to take his old role?Any chance of doing M.Johnson in the deck,im sure there will be plenty of comments

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      Magpie Mayhem

      January 10, 2011 at 2:28 pm

      Good comments “TheRavalle” …….what you say makes sense….when you start a league, post the code here, and you will fill it fast with top “D T GOD “opponents and you will really earn your wins through the year.
      I will post a couple of codes myself watch out for them…….

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    jim cowski

    January 8, 2011 at 3:15 pm

    still angry that he broke barlows leg so not for me.

    nah but seriously, a good write up and i think the predicted average is spot on. he just doesnt fit my structure- something im very happy with atm and not thinking of changing.

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    January 8, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    Hey Warnie, any chance of doing a deck of dream team on Simon Hogan???

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    January 8, 2011 at 6:08 pm

    locked in! i dont care whos legs he breakes as long as its not his own!

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    January 9, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    Being a Fremantle Supporter, I might sound biased, but i see Palmer as a huge improver in 2011. But a bit too Awkwardly priced for me to be honest, But i could definatly see 50-100k increased in his price. If i was going to go with any fremantle midfielder (Besides Barlow) I’d have a look at Steven Hill. Hasnt really been talked about much, But hes coming into his 3rd season (Break-out year) And i could certaintly see him improving his average by alot this year, If he learns how to break a tag! I wouldnt mind a write up in him If its not a problem Vin. Thanks for all your help boys

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      January 10, 2011 at 1:54 pm

      Could be on the cards cadsky,he is a clumsy bugger.Palmer was a one year wonder had him his first year and never again

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    Magpie Mayhem

    January 10, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    He wont make you any money …….better off to research and find a breakout player who will.

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    January 11, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    No chance

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    January 20, 2011 at 8:43 am

    I seem to recall reading local Perth press stating ‘attitude’ as more of a problem than injury for Palmer in 2010. If he buckles down he could be a superstar, he is certainly talented enough – roll the dice…

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    January 24, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    not at his price–would rather foley, or play a rookie- (e.g swallow).

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