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tbetta’s Bullets: Round 7

Round 7 was a barren and fruitless week for myself and many coaches. Doesn’t stop me unloading my Bullets though! This week i assign the Makers and Breakers as usual, and check out the Barlow Curse, the Plague, and Upgrade Theory!

  • FMDT

This is the first time I have ever used these four letters in this permutation. Ever. I have always stayed away from this terrible acronym because I think it’s overused and reminds me way too much of highly pimpled and bespectacled 14 year-old boys and their desire to shorten everything. But in the wake of Round 7, I think I can make an exception to my rule.

This was supposed to be the week where we returned to the pre-MBR standard of 2000 plus. Sure, the Pies were out with the bye, excluding Swan, Pendles and the like, but we adapted to having so many guns out from Rounds 4 to 6 that this was barely a concern. But instead, we weathered a DT holocaust fraught with LTI’s, late replacements and downright sh*t scores.

If you registered a score beginning with a two, you have every right to be proud of yourself this week. The norm was 1800s, with a large amount even unlucky enough to post in the 1700s. Surely, this week we will be back to big scores and even bigger smiles? Wait, Carlton has the bye. No Gibbs, Duigan, Curnow, Judd, Murphy or Yarran.

I can’t wait until Round 12 when Port has the bye.


  • The Barlow Curse

In another edition of the Bullets I talked about the Gysberts Curse, but that is nothing compared to the epidemic sweeping teams across the country. The phenomenon I speak of is the Barlow Curse. We’ve been talking all season so far about whether Curnow could be the next Barlow, and it seemed like he could. Mature-ish ager, huge average in his first year, 6 letter name ending with ‘ow’ – the comparisons go on. But I can’t help but think that we prayed a little too hard that Curnow would repeat the feats of Barlow last season, because that’s what he’s done. Barlow went down with his horrific broken leg mid-season, and now Curnow has decided to try and get the one-up on him and injure himself even earlier!

I’m probably over-reacting. He had an obvious shoulder complaint halfway through the1st quarter in the Saints-Blues clash yesterday, but returned after receiving some extra strapping and a shot. He may as well not have though, as he didn’t do a thing when he returned, looking very tentative in a perfect Dal Santo impression, hanging around off the edge of packs.

My point is that it may not be a season-ending injury like Barlow’s. His BE is around 35 so he still has some value if it’s only a few weeks on the sidelines (Edit – used dodgy BE. Actually more like 90). The good news is Carlton has the next bye, so you have two weeks to monitor his injury and trade if you need to.

I think it’s time we start praying that he becomes less like Barlow.


  • The Plague

I don’t want to spend this week’s entire edition talking about injuries, but it has been a common theme over Round 7. I’ve already talked about Curnow, but his 13 was devastating in the midfield, especially in the return of the League Matches.

Stevie J was a late withdrawal with a shoulder niggle, further depleting forward lines already missing Krakouer, Dawes and (Missy) Higgins.

But the big news his week is the season-ending injury to Jack Grimes. He was a solid backman for close to 24% of teams this season, averaging a touch over 87 in his first 5 games. His 6 against the Crows was an absolute week-killer. Add that to Higgin’s girliness and Otten’s demise, and it’s not making a good case for players with histories of injury. Next thing you know, Adcock will break his funny bone and Knights will pull an ear muscle or something.

I’m just hoping we have used up all our bad luck as far as DT is concerned for the next few weeks, and we can get back to feeling good about our teams again.


  • Trade n’ Brave

Upgrades. In theory they’re the best thing since sliced bread. In practice, I’m starting to hate them. Here’s my track record:

YARRAN to O’KEEFE. Yarran is getting tagged out of games, I have 150k burning a hole in m pocket, and ROK is setting the world alight. He’s coming off two 100+ games and I want to beat his price rise. Good call you say? I thought so too. But his next three games read: 68, 68, 56, and he has dropped $41,200 over the year. Let’s not mention Yarran has shot up 26k.

SHUEY to CHAPMAN. My big trade last week was to get in Chapman, while shedding Shuey, who had reached his price ceiling. Good call there, Shuey scored 50-odd and dropped 8k. But Chapman? He scored 76, his lowest score in 2 years. The kicker? I had Selwood as Captain all week until I changed last minute to you-know-who, losing me almost 50 crucial points.

Lessons learned: 1. Never change your Captain last minute. It can only give birth to pain. 2. Whenever you make an upgrade, expect them to score about half of their average – that way, you won’t be disappointed.


  • Makers and Breakers

I’m going to start with the Breaker’s this week, which is fitting given my pessimistic outlook on DT at the moment.


1. Grimes 6

2. Curnow 13

3. Knights 43

4. Redden 64

5. Martin 62

Grimes and Curnow are the obvious choices, as they were easily the most damaging scores of the week. Knights is third for his 43, which was mostly junk time touches. His scores have been hovering around 90 lately, so such a big backward step is disappointing. Redden is next with his 64 – against the Suns! Many took a gamble with him as Captain in the absence of Swan, and he could only muster the 16 disposals against the youngest midfield in the competition. Someone pointed out last week the red-hot form of himself and Rockliff and their absence from the Makers lists so far, and they have a good point. Their scoring has been magnificent, but with more exposure now, these below-par scores will cop more scrutiny. Same goes for Martin, who was the flavour of the week before the round commenced. Apparently Fremantle noticed, and sent DeBoer to him. Expect more of these scores while he gets used to the hard tag.

Honourable mentions go to Chapman and Goddard, who both scored well below what their ability and price warrants.


Nahas 136

Rischitelli 131

Watson 127

Kerr 110

Gibbs 121

I’m not going to order them this week, it’s too hard. Anyway, Nahas makes the list this week for his second straight 130+ score on the back of 30 touches and 4 goals. With Martin absorbing the tag, he just ran free all day. I thought this guy wouldn’t be a good DTer, but he’s averaging 124 from his last three, and is well on his way to proving me wrong. Rischitelli also makes the list for the first time based on his solid recent form. He is relishing his freedom given that Ablett takes the tag, and is averaging a tidy 105.5 for the year. He could be a good unique pick after the Suns Round 10 bye. Watson was fantastic against the Eagles and his 127 reflected that. Another big score in what has been a huge year for him individually. Kerr finds a place in the Top 5 thanks to his 110, marking a return to form for the winged Eagle. Interestingly, it’s his first ton since Round 14, 2008! Gibbs rounds out the Makers with an overdue 121, breaking his streak of sub-100s. It was impressive in itself given he was given the tagging job of Goddard, no easy task.


  • This week maybe?

Could Round 8 be the long-awaited return of decent scoring? Carlton being out with the bye doesn’t help, but hopefully our other players can step up – I’m sick of sub-2000 scores.

As always, make sure you check the teams and do NOT trade until Friday. Hopefully you’re not in the same position of my mate who reckons he ‘needs to do 4 trades this week’!


Also, seeing as I couldn’t make up my mind on the order for the Makers list, tweet me @tbetta9 yours and I’ll retweet the most popular!


Until next week…




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    May 10, 2011 at 6:36 pm

    Whats about Bock? Ex – All Australian, only $280k there a bouts, averaging in the 70’s. The Suns look to him a fair bit when the ball is in their backline to settle the play down (and its there a lot) and would be very unique..
    Sam Fisher is one I’m going to consider to ($453,000 in the bank) so can get anyone really, other suggestions outside the norm???

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      Albert Lloyd

      May 10, 2011 at 6:51 pm

      Why on earth do you have that much money sitting in the bank?

      You don’t earn interest on it you know!

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        May 10, 2011 at 7:08 pm

        Got rid of Higgins last week for I Smith and collected $270K or so, and it helps to upgrade rooks to prems when the time is ripe.
        Was in top 5000 til this week (dropped to 9000 due to No Swan or Pendles, and Grimes Curnow Knights etc) and the plan is to eventually trade all rooks and mids up, and that can’t be done with out the cash.

        It will be spent but it doesn’t need to be all at once, does it? You know, keep a little for a rainy day.

        We also had a plethora of cheap rooks to choose from at the start at rock bottom prices, which means we all should have that little extra cash in the kitty.

        Does anyone else hoard their cash or spend on the highest priced/averaging player they can afford??

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          May 10, 2011 at 7:31 pm

          Spend. Leave under 100k if you can.

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    May 10, 2011 at 6:41 pm

    Barlow – 4-6 weeks now…gonna spend most of the year in the WAFL but him and Hodge will be handy pickups in 2012 ;)

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      May 10, 2011 at 6:51 pm

      Yeah. I love that the 4th most expensive player in the league hasn’t even played a single game. Probably too late for anyone to pick up this season.

      As a Freo Fanatic I want him back in the team and playing at his absolute best in the next 2 weeks. That’d be awesome. And we’d kick some arse!

      As a general footy supporter I realise that he probably won’t come back at his absolute best, and will need to work up to that after having spent so long out of the game.

      As a DTer this year I want him to come back and score poorly but play well enough to get picked every week so that his price plummets and I can pick him up next year.

      I actually think he’ll be playing himself into form just in time for our finals run. Fingers crossed. Freo for the Flag!

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        May 10, 2011 at 7:12 pm

        Not if you dish up that shit from saturday

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          May 10, 2011 at 7:20 pm

          And not with chopper maybe in there kicking behinds
          jack Anthony must’ve f**ked someone’s mrs to not get a look in

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    May 10, 2011 at 6:41 pm

    LOL, Suck it Montagna you dog…

    Looks to be out for at least one week for his dog act against an injured Curnow.

    Hope he contests it and fails, then he’ll be out for two.

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      May 10, 2011 at 6:44 pm


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    mini freo

    May 10, 2011 at 6:59 pm

    What about…..
    1) Grimes to Shaw
    2) Curnow to Goodes
    Then i swap Krak and Goodes this will restor my mid/fwd dpp

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      May 10, 2011 at 7:05 pm

      i am gonna go swallow to smith next week then switch sylvia to fwds and prestia to mids and upgrade prestia to either mitchell or pendles

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    May 10, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    I just made a Tuesday trade lol. DAnny Stanley to Puopolo

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      Albert Lloyd

      May 10, 2011 at 7:08 pm


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      May 10, 2011 at 7:15 pm

      hope it doesn’t burn you come Thursday because then you’ll CRY like a little GIRL ;)

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    May 10, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    Trying to put a positive spin on the curnow shit. An average of 90 isn’t a midfield keeper anyway. He’s priced at about 280k which is more than a lot of the cash cows will peak at. So im looking at it as a quicker upgrade to a gun, at least it wasn’t a mid premium that did his shoulder.

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      May 10, 2011 at 7:56 pm

      It’s had a positive effect on my team . As i am now going to have Boyd instead of Curnow as my 6th mid. otherwise Curnow would have been it. Thats gotta be a positive.

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    May 10, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    grimes > poo

    curnow > boyd/pendles

    rather upgrade curnow because theres no defenders id really want at the moment, ill wait for someone to hit some form

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      Big Feller

      May 10, 2011 at 8:07 pm

      Thinking the exact same thing!

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    May 10, 2011 at 7:32 pm

    Anyone know if Suckling will play this week? Have heard sweet FA about his injury, duration etc.

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      May 10, 2011 at 10:05 pm

      Ditto hombre… Herald Sun article hinted he might be back this week. Not sure though, with knees you never really know.

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    May 10, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    Little help here……
    Curnow -> I. Smith, Libs to Swan? Now?Next week? Not at all?
    Team so far
    DEF: Gibbs,Goddard,Gram,Adcock,Heppel,Lower (Stanley,Puopolo,Hibberd)
    MIDS:Pendles,Boyd,Goodes,A.Swallow,Murphy,Harris (Libs,Curnow,Bewick)
    Rucks: Cox, Sandi (Smith,McCulloch)
    FWDS: Franklin,Fyfe,S.Johnson,Didak,N & J Riewoldt,Knights (Darling,Matera,Richardson)
    $63,900 left in the kitty.

    What would you do?

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      May 10, 2011 at 8:02 pm

      First id be finding my missing back and telling him to get back on the paddock. Then id be looking in the mirror and asking myself why the hell i didnt have Swan already!!.
      In other words do it Yesterday!!!!!

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    May 10, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    anyone thinking swapping grimes to pratt???

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      Blue boys

      May 10, 2011 at 8:29 pm


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        May 10, 2011 at 10:08 pm

        Me either. Try harder…

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    The Southside Way

    May 10, 2011 at 8:17 pm

    Grimes -> Puops
    Curnow -> Any premium

    Then next week,

    Otten -> rookie
    Heppell -> Any premium

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      May 10, 2011 at 8:25 pm

      why would you be trading out Heppell now, the kids a gun. Surely you have other areas on the ground that need some attention first.

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        The Southside Way

        May 10, 2011 at 8:35 pm

        Sure he’s a great young player, but why keep him in your dream team when he’s just about fully fattened in price and when there a better players you can choose.

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      May 10, 2011 at 8:32 pm

      Why on earth would you upgrade Heppell!?
      He’s the Curnow of the defense – potential keeper / last upgrade trade.
      Also, he’s already averaging 80+ this season which is of premium standard for a defender….

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      May 10, 2011 at 8:50 pm

      I think his lowest score is a mid 70 and is averaging mid 80s so pretty solid for a 6th or 7th defender. If you have him in your midfield try and use his dpp to get him into your backline

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    May 10, 2011 at 8:27 pm

    traded out brad green last week for chappy haha.. dam

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      May 10, 2011 at 8:33 pm

      A week early but deff a good trade in the longrun. It took an absolute thumping win before Green registered a decent score. Back to mediocre again this week id say.

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    May 10, 2011 at 8:28 pm

    Trade Options:
    1. Grimes to Rawlings; wait until next round to decide on Curnow
    2. Downgrade Grimes to (perhaps) Puopolololo; Curnow to Pendlebury or Mitchell
    3. Downgrade Grimes; bank the money

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      Blue boys

      May 10, 2011 at 9:05 pm

      FINALLY!!!! Someone who actually knows how to spell “The Poo’s” name properly………..

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    May 10, 2011 at 8:35 pm

    wat about grimes to nickoski, its unique and his scored back to back 90s

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      May 10, 2011 at 8:43 pm

      Definitely don’t rule that out, he floats forward a lot too so he’s not stuck in the backline.

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        May 10, 2011 at 9:01 pm

        nishy watch a game of footy. he plays off the forward flank the whole game. he’s a nuffy anyway. pick him please

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          May 10, 2011 at 9:08 pm

          Ok honestly I’ve watched WC once this season and he started at half back doing crap all then went forwards kicked a couple of goals, looked decent up forward.

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          May 10, 2011 at 9:09 pm

          Also, if he’s scoring 90s consecutively he is getting the ball at least, and that’s what DT is about.

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    May 10, 2011 at 9:18 pm

    ye so u recon it would be a good pick

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      May 10, 2011 at 9:29 pm

      If you need a bit of money then yeah its not terrible.

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      May 10, 2011 at 9:30 pm

      Nico is very injury prone, his shoulders are rubbish.

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    May 10, 2011 at 9:32 pm

    ye but his looked good this yr… ill think about it

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