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Chook’s Rooks – Round 3

The introduction of byes this year means we’ve still got some Gold Coast, Adelaide and North Melbourne rookies yet to experience their first price rise. Size counts, so who’s got the biggest breakeven?

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In a year when plenty of rooks are pumping out premo-like scores right from the get-go, you have to go the extra mile to stand out from the crowd. That’s just what Adelaide defender Brodie Smith did in round three… and I’m not talking about his more-than-handy score of 77 in a week that many of the top-dollar defenders failed to fire.

In a blatant bid to curry favour with this rookie reporter, Brodie gifted me a much-needed league win when our two sides went head-to-head in round three of the DT Talk “All-Stars” league. He clearly had the better team, but left bye boy Drew Petrie on the field with no emergency selected in order to let my duds win, like a dad lets his six-year-old son knock over his leg stump time after time instead of swatting those pies for big-time sixes, Shane Watto-style. Anyway, it worked and I’m now a big fan of this Crow bloke Smith. You should be too, as he’s one of a several Adelaide, Gold Coast and North Melbourne players still available at their starting price courtesy of the bye system this season. More about them in the “Two Gamers” section further down the page, but first to the kids who’ve already started accumulating the cash.

Three Gamers

The headline story amongst the three-gamers is the battle between Carlton’s cracked-leg comeback kid Ed Curnow and Western Bulldogs fro bro Tom LIberatore. After both were drafted in to DT squads at a feverish pace last week, Curnow won the first round with another 100 to is name, this time against clearly the best team in the competition, while Libba hurt his hand and could only manage a 76 against clearly the worst. Curnow has round two of the bout wrapped up already, with Libba to sit this week out with the bye. Both made monumental climbs in price this week, with Curnow making his beaming new owners a tidy $77,000, while Libba shot up $66,400. Their breakevens remain brilliant, with Curnow at -61 and Libba, when he next plays, at -73. As forecast, a bunch of players jumped $40k+ this week, including popular picks Luke Tapscott, Dyson Heppell, Nick Lower, Nick Duigan and Jack Darling, although the fourth-biggest mover in the rookie bracket was a far less-selected player – Hawthorn midfielder Shane Savage – who leapt up $46,900 after averaging 70ppg over the opening three rounds. At the other end of the spectrum, owners of high-draft picks (and therefore highly-priced rookies) Reece Conca and Andrew Gaff will be getting a little nervous after those two rose less than $10k each and carry breakevens of 34 (Gaff) and 40 (Conca) into their round four matches.

Two Gamers

Much like last year’s draft, the top positions in this week’s list of best breakevens are dominated by Gold Coast players. Few will be surprised to see Daniel Harris (BE -73) in pole position, although his underwhelming round three score of 62 will affect future price rises. For as long as I can remember, we also have a rookie cash cow in the rucks, with Zac Smith occupying second spot with a handsome BE of -68. Gold Coast teammates Trent McKenzie and Dion Prestia are next with mid-60 breakevens, with all four Suns expected to rise between $40k-$50k if they keep up their current averages of about 70-80ppg. There a bunch of non-midfielder options also available, with Shaun McKernan, Danny Stanley, Jayden Pitt, Robbie Tarrant, Brodie Smith, Cameron Richardson and Brandon Matera all offering decent breakevens this week.

One gamers

Of the blokes to make their debuts on the weekend, GC defender Michael Coad scored best with an 82, while Brisbane’s Jared Polec played well for his 67. Bear in mind that both come at a higher price than your bargain-basement rooks.

Apologies for the tardiness and brevity of the Rooks post this week, peeps. Been a busy Chook, running around like my head’s cut off, trying to get school reports done. A better effort coming next week, I promise.



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    April 13, 2011 at 8:47 pm

    My Backline is my weak point and I would like some opinions on how to improve it I have made no trades on it yet and I fell like i can waste 2 on improving it. So it looks like this:

    B Gibbs
    B Goddard
    C Enright
    G Broughton
    B Deledio
    D Heppel
    D Stanley
    R Lester
    N Duigan
    N Lower

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      April 13, 2011 at 9:57 pm

      pretty unique backline there…haha. Not a lot you can do mate, only player id be bringing in would be Gram (has the bye though). Backs are shit this year, everyones having problems, just gotta wait for our ‘guns’ to fire

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        April 13, 2011 at 10:15 pm

        cheers so i will wait to upgrage either lower or stanley later on then thanks

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    April 13, 2011 at 8:50 pm

    I have 68,000

    It doesnt really matter at this stage but it would help later on when you are upgrading so that you can get the people you want

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      April 13, 2011 at 8:51 pm

      OOP Thats ment to be in reply to Mini Freo

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    April 13, 2011 at 11:28 pm

    Last week I said that I would give Brad Green two weeks to prove himself because he was playing Brisbane and the Gold Coast … and then he scored 74 against Brisbane, which, sadly, is also his high score for the year. I don’t really see him getting back up to a 400k level. I considered trading him out for Dawes this week, but that would put him alongside Didak and Krak. Should I wait another week or make the trade now before Green loses another 30k and Dawes increases another 30k? Or is that a stupid trade?

    Also, is it wrong for me to be looking at Suckling? Now that Stratton’s out for the season his job security has really improved.

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      Innocent Criminals

      April 14, 2011 at 9:39 am

      Hey PickAxe

      I share your pain.

      The only reason Green is in my side was because Chappy (a) wasn’t ready for Rd 1; and (b) has such a high BE that I figure he will have to come ‘down down prices are down.’

      So I tucked the extra $70k under my pillow, and started with Green as my “fill in” for Chappy.

      Problem is of course that if Green keeps dropping I’m gonna need more than $70k to upgrade him, which looking at doing after Rd 6.

      So yes, I need two more games from Greeny (he has the bye round 5), and hope he can break the ton this week against the Suns.

      As for Suckling, I don’t think there’s anything wrong with looking at him, provided you’re not hurting anybody and your girlfriend knows about it. Be discreet if you’re at the game obviously, as those Hawks supporters are a backward lot.

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    April 14, 2011 at 12:07 am

    Hey lads! first time dream player from Ireland so still learning the ropes! Overall score 6114 so going pretty average but won all my head to heads so happy enough!
    just looking for bit of advice really if possible
    team for this week look like:
    Backs: Gibbs,Enright,Grimes,Shaw,Heppell,Lower,Duignan(otten,stanly,goddard)
    Mids:Swan,Curnow,Prestia,harris,Swallow,Foley (Boyd,Montagna,Irons)
    Rucs:Cox, Sandilands(Smith,Curnow PA)
    Fwds: Franklin,Goodes, S Johnson, Krackouer,Knights,McKernan, Petrie (N Rievoldt,Cam Richardson,Matera)
    Thinking its time to cut Foley( playing pies this weekend) but not sure to bring in
    Have only 61k in the bank!
    Any help be appreciated

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    April 14, 2011 at 8:50 am

    I hate to admit this but I am going to have to consider bringing in Adcock after the bye.

    I dont feel too bad, as pre round 1 i was about 50grand short of him in my team, but he looks good as an upgrade target.

    Any good reasons aside from being injury prone?

    For me I can hopefully get 1 more game out of mckernan this week, but am thinking he will be dropped soon and see if i can sneak Adcock in with him.

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    April 14, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    krakour vsing richmond
    preista vsing melbourne
    tapscott vs gold coast
    i neeed two of them on field 1 back
    which two thoughts

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    April 14, 2011 at 6:54 pm


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    July 25, 2011 at 7:53 am

    That is known that cash can make us disembarrass. But how to act if someone has no money? The one way only is to get the loan or just consolidation loan.

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