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Midfield Make-Up

This year there has been plenty of conversations around… what we as DT Coaches are doing with our midfield make-up for 2011. Check out the possible make-ups you might already have.

This year there has been plenty of conversations around… what we as DT Coaches are doing with our midfield make-up for 2011.

Many people are going for the Gun/Rook strategy but others are saying they fancy the Gun, Mid-price man, rook approach…. which one are you?

NOTE: For the purpose of this discussion, lets call a rookie a dude that is priced under the 160k mark.

Gun, Gun, Gun, Gun… then roooooookies

These coaches are hitting hard early. Most likely have a Swan, Boyd, Montagna, Bartel or Ablett combo and then have the rookies filling the gaps. This is a solid approach but probably a little over board as they will have no money elsewhere to buy anyone of quality.

Gun, Gun, Gun… rooookies

A little more balanced, but probably still top heavy. This coach will certainly benefit from high scores early, but have they picked the top 3 guns? And will other coaches be able to snap up these players if they have a few bad games and drop in value.

Gun, Gun… roooookies

Wow, now we are nearly on the other side of the fence. This guy would have the Boyd/Swan combo and then have loaded up else where with rookies. The big question here is… will they find that many rookies who will be getting games on a regular basis.

Gun, Gun, Mid-Priced… roooookies

This guy is looking to either keep the MP or turn them into Ablett after he finishes his bye. Either way, it’s not a bad combo but a MP is risky. You’d be looking at Foley, McLean, Tambling and they are that 50/50 at the moment, it’s hard to call if they will hold together… if they even play.

Gun, Gun, Mid-Priced, Mid-Priced… rooooookies

Are you good enough to nail, 2 MP players? Wow… will be tough but if you know who they are and if you know they will kill it this year… go for it, a little risky in my book.

Gun… all roooookies

This guy has gone overboard so ignore the shit he’s dribbling to you, cause you’ll beat him easy!

So… what combo are you going with in your midfield at the moment.

Who will you have as your captain for Round 12?

  • Gary Ablett (65%, 1,650 Votes)
  • Dane Swan (28%, 702 Votes)
  • Scott Pendlebury (1%, 36 Votes)
  • Brent Stanton (3%, 70 Votes)
  • Jobe Watson (1%, 38 Votes)
  • Someone Else (2%, 53 Votes)

Total Voters: 2,549

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    February 17, 2011 at 5:11 pm

    thanks mate!, yeah this method has worked for me in the past, and I tried going GUN GUN GUN GUN rookies last year and didn’t do as well. So I’m back to the ever reliable GUN GUN GUN rookie approach :D.

    In Terms of bank balance I’m still not sure, by Round 1 I will most likely have used the money somewhere (hopefully) but then again having that extra money may work in my favour.

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      February 17, 2011 at 5:12 pm

      woops posted this in the wrong spot :S

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    February 17, 2011 at 5:21 pm

    Swan, Hodge, Murphy, Corey, Hannebery, Swallow

    G, G, G, G, MP/G, R………I’m sick of my team looking the same as everyone else so im going to change it up this year and see how I go!

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    February 17, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    Swan, Boyd, Selwood.J, Judd, Jack, Swallow – Gaff, Hibberd, Callinan

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      February 17, 2011 at 5:32 pm

      Love to see the rest of your side with a gun ladedn midfield like that.

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    February 17, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    My midfield is likely to change 253 times before the opening bounce but at the moment it’s:

    Swan (G)
    A.Selwood, L.Anthony, R.Palmer,
    Swallow, Libba, Wallis, Calinan

    Would really like to keep Blair in as I recon he’s only gonna get better but worried about two Pies in the midlfield.
    Any comments?

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      February 17, 2011 at 6:53 pm


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    February 17, 2011 at 5:41 pm

    Swan, Boyd, Goddard, Selwood, Anthony, Gaff

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      February 17, 2011 at 5:46 pm

      Gun >$350,000
      Mid priced $160,000- $350,000
      Rookie <$160.00

      My side has – 13 guns, 4 mid priced, 5 rookies (Bench- all 11 rookies).

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        February 17, 2011 at 6:56 pm

        thats a bit contraversial, i think there is a difference in the price of a gun depending on position, for instance it might be 350k> for defenders and rucks but for the mids a gun would have to be over 400k IMO unless they are discounted like anthony

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          February 17, 2011 at 7:02 pm


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            February 17, 2011 at 10:30 pm

            And i could have written a 9 page document on the definition of Gun, but i complied a guide in 3 lines, yes there is differences in what some under priced guns are at, and by saying $350,00 and over was a gun, it was a figure picked with Anthony in mind, the same way the original article states that a rook is anyone under $160,00 (Krakour/otten ain’t Rooks)

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    February 17, 2011 at 6:01 pm

    Guns: Swan, Boyd, Bartel
    MP/Gun: Jack
    The rest rooks.

    You gotta take a few risks with mid-priced players to win.
    I have Knights, Adcock, Petrie and Fraser as mine.
    Worst comes to worst I can downgrade them to a rook.
    Apart from Fraser, if they can remain injury free they can be keepers.

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      February 17, 2011 at 6:56 pm

      Mid priced really needs to be defined as experienced player who is under valued eg Petrie, Adcock, Knights, Krakouer, Harris, Fraser, Otten etc …. I think 4 under valued players is necessary just pick wisely

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    February 17, 2011 at 6:01 pm

    Gun,Gun,Gun, Mp (Cotchin) and rookies :d

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    February 17, 2011 at 7:17 pm

    I’ve gone with the gun, gun, gun, rookies approach
    Swan, Monty, Bartel, Swallow, Gaff, Mzunga with Harris, Heppell & Smith on the bench

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    My Mates

    February 17, 2011 at 7:18 pm

    Swan, Boyd, Bartel, Boak, Foley, Swallow (Harris, Smith, Hibberd)

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    February 17, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    Hayes or Montagna?
    plus should i save my $70, 500 salary cap left-over for upgrades?

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      February 17, 2011 at 8:01 pm


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    February 17, 2011 at 7:32 pm

    Gun,Gun,Gun,Gun,Gun, Rookie is my set up

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    February 17, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    and still able to have a balanced team

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    February 17, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    swan, boyd, hodge, bartel, d.swallow, gaff


    swan, , bartel, hodge, anthony, cotchin, swallow freeing up money for another forward gun

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    February 17, 2011 at 7:37 pm

    2nd option

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    February 17, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    Giggedy, Giggedy… Gun, Gun, Gun, Gun, Harris, Rook, Rook, Rook, Rook!
    The way I see it, bloody lucky for us that Harris is so cheap!
    Could have easily been priced closer to Monty’s early FP, i think it was $176k.
    I am also of the opinion that Gun Fwds & Backs, can let you down more than the Gun mids.

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    February 17, 2011 at 8:37 pm

    is liam anthony MP or gun?

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      February 17, 2011 at 8:40 pm

      my mistake… i posted b4 i read previous comments

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    February 17, 2011 at 9:27 pm

    Gun, Gun, Gun, MidPrice, Rookie, Rookie (Rook, Rook, Rook)

    Swan, Montagna, Bartel, Dangerfield, Gaff, Mzungu (Harris, Hibberd, Schneider)

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      February 18, 2011 at 11:36 am

      I doubt schneider will make it on to the senior list for any games

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    February 17, 2011 at 10:12 pm

    My midfield isswan, goddard, bartel, selwood, polec, d.harris

    subs= j.caddy, t.mzungugugugu, I.calinan


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      February 17, 2011 at 11:02 pm

      You have to put Goddard in your backline, no questions asked.

      Reason: MIdfields are without a doubt the highest scoing players by position. Therefore, during the season you should aim to upgrade your midfield to the best six premium midfielders you can. So with your current set-up you will have something like this at seasons end: Swan, Ablett, Goddard, Bartel, Selwood, Montagna plus your backline.

      Now if you were to have Goddard in your backline you could get away with having say a Boyd or Pendlebury in you midfield replacing him, but also have him scoing in your backs. Technically you have 7 scoring midfields because without a doubt, Goddard will be the higest scoring defender again this season barring injury.

      Be careful of having both Bartel and Selwood as the Geelong bye will hurt your scoring assuming you probably have another player such as Chapman in your line-up. Look to swap Polec for Swallow, plainly because he should play every game this season and would average 20-30 points higher than Polec in my opinion.

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    February 17, 2011 at 10:42 pm

    Need to free up some coin
    Mids are Swan, Boyd, Montagna, Bartel, Harris, Swallow
    trade Swan to M Murphy
    Or Boyd/Montagna to L Anthony, only query is Anthony being injury prone

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    February 18, 2011 at 4:48 am

    Got some spots to fill in this league 498528 get on it.

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      February 18, 2011 at 3:22 pm

      Just did.. 3 more needed

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    February 18, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    Gun Gun Gun. L Anthony. Rookie Rookie

    Anthony is considered mid price yes?

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    February 18, 2011 at 4:02 pm

    5 guns, 2 mid-prices, 2 rooks.

    Swan, Boyd, Hodge, Bartel, Jack & Rich on the ground.
    Ward, Swallow & Wallis on the bench.

    Probably a bit too much $$$ on the pine, but I can’t find it in me to axe anyone.

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      February 21, 2011 at 10:46 pm

      drop rich for harris, will probably out-score him for half the price

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    February 18, 2011 at 5:35 pm

    Thoughts? M Boyd and P Contin as sub or anthor player for same price or L Hodge and R Conca. Rest of midfield is D Swan, L Montagna, L Anthony, D Swallow, A Gaff, J Polec and D Harris

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    February 18, 2011 at 5:41 pm

    4 ‘Guns’ (priced 90-110) and 5 rookies.

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    February 18, 2011 at 10:07 pm

    Swan, Bartel, Boyd, Hodge, Anthony, Heppell (Polec, Harris, Mzungu).

    Could probably downgrade a Heppell or Polec to upgrade some others around the ground.


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    February 19, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    Middle is probably where you are going to make the most money, so I like the Gun/Gun/MP then rookies approach.

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    February 19, 2011 at 2:16 pm

    Swan, Boyd, Montagna Bartel with K.Jack + 4 rookies is my current setup. 15 keepers.

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    February 19, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    Swan, Montagna, Bartel, Stanton, Mzungu, Wallis (Swallow, Harris, Hibberd)

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    February 19, 2011 at 2:42 pm

    I’m going for the Gun, Gun, Gun, Rookie, Rookie, Rookie, (Rookie, Rookie, Rookie)

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    February 19, 2011 at 3:59 pm


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    February 20, 2011 at 1:59 pm


    Swan, Boyd, Hayes, Bartel, Palmer, Mzunga (Swallow, Heppel, Harris)

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    Jades guns

    February 20, 2011 at 9:50 pm

    Join the league if u want some competition 572121

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    George Chisholm

    February 21, 2011 at 9:26 am

    Swan, Hayes, Selwood, Judd, Foley, Harris

    thats mine,

    what do u think?

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    February 21, 2011 at 8:56 pm

    Can someone tell me the results from the poll wont load for me

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    February 21, 2011 at 9:30 pm

    I cant believe how many people are overstacking their midfield with guns, but each to their own.

    A) Its like running a buisness, you have to make money to buy better products. As we ALL know, the most lucerative players are midfield players. If we take this piece of information the most lucerative rookies are going to be midfielders but if your midfield is full of guns where can you fit them in.

    B) You potentially risk loosing a huge amount of money if they dont perform, where we will be able to pick them up cheaply.

    C) You risk putting a sub-par Def and For on the field. Think about what position the rookies score the least points in. Thats where you dedicate some extra moolah…

    Hope this will be helpful for someone, but not to helpful :)

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