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Bulldogs v Lions NAB Challenge

Brenton Peake went along to the Western Bulldogs v Brisbane NAB Challenge game at Visy Park on the weekend. Don’t forget to sign up to the Fantasy Freako over at for all of the Dream Team scores from the NAB Challenge games.

Just thought I’d provide a bit of a review of the game for the Dream Teamers out there. First of all Higgins is in great touch and should definitely be in your team based on performance. The only reason not to include him is if his body is too risky but he looks fit and he has to have a injury free season sometime. Sherman was good and got a bit of it for those keen on the ex-Lion reinventing himself at the dogs and also Vezpremi won a lot of it and slotted in well. Jarrad Grant was dissappointing as he looked good last week and I thought he might go to another level this year but he barely touched it. At this stage Liberatore looks the more likely of the father/sons and used the ball well, surprisingly he seems more adapted to AFL level than Wallis and I’d look at him for a bench spot over Wallis from what I saw. Ward did a few nice things but didnt dominate.

The Lions were awful and its going to be a long year for their supporters and Voss is sure to be under the pump. Not that anyone would have him in their team but if you do have Buchanan kick him out, cause he’s sh*thouse. The positive of Brisbane being ordinary is there kids might get a go and there are a few cheap options. Ryan Lester showed a lot of promise and took 3 or 4 strong grabs, if he continues the form he was in he should be in there round 1 side. Josh Green has a real crack and will get some game time during the year. Claye Beams was dissappointing and didnt see much of it but he started in the centre square and was there for most of the game so I’m assuming they will be looking to him to play a bit this year for those looking for cheap mids on the bench. Polec didnt do much but he is classy and is sure to play. He didnt look a ball winner from todays evidence but once Black and Power return he may have a lot more support. Tom Collier has shown no improvement for the once highly rated draftee. Of the more senior players Raines won a lot of the ball but played sh*thouse so he may be an option for dream teamers but dont look at him if you play the other fantasy game because he butchered the crap out of it. Rich was the only shining light but I do wonder whether he will continue to struggle in such a poor side. Jed Adcock barely touched it but it was his first game back. I’m not as convinced as others about him so his not in my side but thats just a personal preference. Mitch Clark struggled up forward and doesnt seem to have a spot so I’d be wary of him.

Anyway thats about it, book in Gold Coast and Brisbane as being a good clash!

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    February 28, 2011 at 9:57 am

    Still unsure about Adcock for the same reason. Maybe paying a little more for A Everitt would be a better way for that mid priced player. Any others worth mentioning at that price point in DEF?

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      Brown Dog

      February 28, 2011 at 1:26 pm

      Great Write Up

      SHIT HOUSE – Sums up Brisbane’s Season before it has even started.

      We’re paying someone 1.5M to F OFF back to Victoria

      Man its going to be a long long long YEAR….

      Remember Richmond last year except we won’t be comming home with a wet sail.

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      February 28, 2011 at 8:20 pm

      Went for Brad Shephard from the weagles… risky but Nab form has been okish

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    February 28, 2011 at 10:07 am

    Yeah, Adcock isn’t currently in my lineup. He is cheap for his potential, but I think our money could be better spent. Also, with Brisbane being as awful as they are… Adcock at his price is a ‘keeper’ but I’m a big fan of having as many ‘top 8 keepers’ as I can.

    Sucks about Wallis… as the rookie with the most DT sluttyness about him, he will play some games this year, but Round 1 might be a bit of a long shot. Might be one of those guys we miss out on because of limited opportunity.

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      Black Klaw

      February 28, 2011 at 11:32 am

      I too am a little hesitant about Adcock, but I reckon I will go with him. I can understand your wariness of him Warnie but I don’t see that much better value elsewhere! Please elaborate!

      I am not sold on Adcock being a keeper either, he will make you some cash and save you a double upgrade trade. The only thing is with these types of pick ups is if your hurting or need improvement elsewhere in your team then upgrading him gets put on the backburner.

      The other thing you must watch out for with these undervalued players who arent dead set premiums is getting too precious with them and wanting to keep them because they are scoring well, anomalies like waters and Malceski who pumped out premiums scores all year obviously occur sometimes. For example I had luke ball last year and he had strung a few good games together and peaked at around $410k and I swaped him for Montagna and about $30k when Joey had dipped. Think Nathan Krakour a few years ago, came out of the blocks hard and rose to around $300k from starting at aobut $200k, if you had sold him then you were laughing but if you thought he was going to keep it up and become a premium then you were wrong and he dipped back to around his starting price. So 60% of the time, everytime stick to your plan and sell your undervalued, non-premium when they peak in price.

      If Adcock made you $80 – 100k then you would be happy I reckon.

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    Shaun Dawgs

    February 28, 2011 at 10:14 am

    When does the Fantasy Freako newsletter come out?

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      February 28, 2011 at 10:16 am

      Wednesday I reckon.

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      February 28, 2011 at 11:03 am

      Looking fwd to checking out Daniel Cross’ stats from the bulldogs/brissie game. REckon he might get close to Boyd this year DT score wise…have picked him in my provisional team. Provisional meaning of the 33 players selected so far, only Swan is a certainty to be in there rnd 1 :-)

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        Black Klaw

        February 28, 2011 at 11:34 am

        Kick to handball ratio is too low and doesnt take as many marks as Boydy. He would probably get the same amount of possessions as Boyd but not DT stats.

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          February 28, 2011 at 1:39 pm

          tackles is the main area that boyd excels. Will get you minimum of 5 a game and occasionally up to 10. He laid the second most tackles in the league last year.

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    February 28, 2011 at 11:44 am

    plz join my league
    all players that think ther up for a challange
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    February 28, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    No to Adcock, Higgins close to a lock and ditto to Cross.

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    February 28, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    going to be a bad year for my lions :( Adcock will do well, he probably will get a run in the middle coz ders no one else der!

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    February 28, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    Im thinking Higgins is a lock. A risk worth taking imo.

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      February 28, 2011 at 1:46 pm

      In the forward line i take it? Who are your other fwds btw? I am keen on squeezing him in somewhere but dont know if i can!

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        February 28, 2011 at 3:17 pm

        Yeah in the fwds, too many gun midfielders available haha
        At this stage I have in my fwd line Goodes, N Riewoldt, Franklin, Higgins, Gray, Krakouer, Richardson
        with Prestia, Matera, Smith on the bench
        Still not sure about Gray though. I’m just hoping that he stays fit and lives up to his potential. Is any1 else taking a punt on him?

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          February 28, 2011 at 3:20 pm

          Yeh fair enough. My forward line is similar with knights instead of gray and pavlich instead of higgins. I’m in a cash league and trying to win that so Pavlich having no byes is the reason i have him over higgins.

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    February 28, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    currently i have adcock in my side… however i had a thought the other day and would love your opinion.
    i have petri up fwd (not using his dpp), however if i downgrade him to a rookie i will have enough $$$ to upgrade adcock to Broughton (with the money i have in the bank currently).

    what do you think? will petri and adcock make more $$$ than what a rookie and broughton will?

    plus more importantly score int he mean time as i build my team over the season.

    i’m going for the league win, so either adcock or broughton will be benificial.


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      February 28, 2011 at 3:02 pm

      obviously broughton isnt there to mak $$ he’s there to score.

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        February 28, 2011 at 3:18 pm

        Mate, it really depends on your structure. How many rookies you already have in the forward line etc. I would go broughton and a rookie as petrie is out for rd one and then two byes after that. Just make sure the rookie you pick is a good one and you don’t have too many that your forward line is imbalanced.

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          February 28, 2011 at 3:52 pm

          i have 4 premiums in the fws curerntly + Knights with krak and then a rookie on the field too if i do the swap.

          afetr rnd one matera should be alright to score until i get to upgrade the fwds if he continues. plus c.richardson etc. (except rnd 3).

          strong enough?

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            February 28, 2011 at 4:46 pm

            Yeh more than fine i would have thought.

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    February 28, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    Will Brisbane ever play a pre-season game in Queensland!!!! Probaley not….
    The AFL has really stuffed the NAB fixture up tho. Saints and Essendon meet AGAIN this week and so do GC and Sydney in the challenge!!!!!!

    Higgins shaping up like a lock at this stage

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    February 28, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    Going to keep Adcock, lots of potential, and you can’t base his 2011 season on his first game back from injury.
    Now I’m just tossing up between Higgins and ROK, both can average 100+, just not sure whose fitter and will be more durable. Opinions?

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      February 28, 2011 at 4:22 pm

      I am tossing up between Higginn and Gianciracusa? How did he go?? Which one played more midfield??

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        February 28, 2011 at 6:26 pm

        I would also like to know this…midfield time is a massive factor

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    February 28, 2011 at 11:16 pm

    I have dropped ROK from my team as he burnt me a bit last year and still doesn’t seem to be 100% either.

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    March 1, 2011 at 1:29 pm

    Just wonder how Easton Wood played? I’ve got him pencilled in as a smokey for me in the backline

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      March 1, 2011 at 2:03 pm

      Me too, would love to know how he’s performing. There was talk earlie this year as he will be the go to kick coming out of the backline with Hargreave out… Any news?

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