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tbetta’s Bullets: Round 9

A HUGE week in Fantasyland, and don’t it feel great?! After beating Warnie I’m all smiles as I unload this week’s Bullets. I take a look at Centurion, the Movers of the AFL ladder, my very own Tuckshop, and the Makers and Breakers of Round 9. Check it out!

  • Fantasyland

Wow. What a huge week for Dreamteam! It’s like the 40 most popular fantasy players held a meeting mid-week and made a group decision to go out and absolutely smash it. Which they did.

The leader this week scored 2530, which should be a good indication of how huge it was across the board in Round 9. 2300’s were commonplace, and some lucky teams topped 2400.

This week was supposed to stretch a few lines, with most teams having 5 or 6 of Toy, Stanley, Harris, McKenzie, Swallow, Smith, Matera and Prestia. But with scorers like Duigan (97), Lower (119), Heppell (108), Hibberd (80), Jacobs (91) and Darling (76) filling the void, it wasn’t a problem.

  • Centurion

As if you needed proof of how potent the scoring in Round 9 was, there was an amazing 53 players to top the ton. 53! I thought that was amazing. Then I went back and found out that only last week there were 63 different players who raised the bat.

The difference? Player popularity. This week, all the most-selected players topped the ton, while last week was a week for the uniques.

  • Snakes and Ladders

I think it’s no surprise that when a team starts to perform, the individual players start to perform better as well, and vice versa. That’s why an important part of pre-season is trying to pick the teams that will rise and slide sharply from the previous year; because you can bet that their players will also follow that trend.

This year, the sliders have been the Western Bulldogs (4th to 11th) and St. Kilda (3rd to 13th). While Boyd has slightly increased his average, Cross, Giansiracusa, Lake, Cooney and Gilbee have all suffered decreases on their averages for the Doggies. With the Saints it’s even more evident, with Goddard, Riewoldt, Montagna, Dal Santo, Fisher, Gram – basically every past premium – experiencing significant reductions in their scoring.

But form is a double-edged sword. Where there are teams sliding, there are other teams rising. Essendon (14th to 4th) and West Coast (16th to 6th) are this year’s big improvers. So it should be no surprise that Watson, Hocking, Zaharakis and Crameri are all enjoying career-highs this year. Or that Cox, Embley and Priddis are turning back the clock while LeCras, Shuey, Butler and Scott Selwood are starting to tap into their fantasy potential.

The same can be said of Richmond, who is playing a much more competitive brand of footy, which is working wonders for the scoring of Nahas, Martin and Cotchin.

This is another reason why I’ll never sideways trade an under-performing premium that is playing in an under performing team – because form will always turn around.

  • tbetta’s Tuckshop

There are some serious bargains on the market at the moment that I want to bring attention to. First up is the Gold Coast boys G. Ablett and Rischitelli, who are coming off their 2nd bye! Gaz is priced at $404,900 which will definitely be the cheapest you see him for the rest of the year. He’s averaging 102.5 but that will only increase now that he has some actual match fitness. Rischitelli is a favourite of mine because he scores well even when the Suns get pumped, which they often do. He’s ticking along at 104.3 a game and at $405,000 with no bye and no tag, he looks seriously tasty.

Marc Murphy is another great option at $417,200, as he’s averaging 109.4 for the year. He’s had 5 119+ scores, so he’s also handy as a game-winner if you’re also interested in leagues.

But easily the biggest bargain upgrade at this point in time has to be Montagna, whose 151 put a break on his price-drop at $413,500, an absolute bargain for someone with his scoring ability. His BE is 65-odd this week, so expect this to be the cheapest he will be for a while. Get on him!

  • Makers and Breakers


1. Josh J. Kennedy 177

2. Montagna 151

3. Shiels 131

4. J. Selwood 122

5. Evans 112

Even though he’s a crap bloke, I thought Montagna was destined for the top spot this week. His 151 in his first game back from suspension was Joey at his best, continuing his destruction of the Dees, and coming through for our favourite mad Irish pirate. His 38 touches and 2 goals was exactly what I said last week that St. Kilda needed, along with Riewoldt’s and Goddard’s games, and it resulted in a win. But he finds himself at number 2.

The top spot this week goes to one Josh J Kennedy, who’s not a highly popular DTer (only 10,000 have him), but rewarded every one of his coaches in spades. His 177 was a by-product of the monster 10 goals he kicked on Sunday evening against last year’s top 4 side in the Bulldogs (as an Eagles supporter, I’m inclined to point out that they won by more than 120 points). In fact, I saw a facebook group last night called “Josh Kennedy 10-3-63 def. Western Bulldogs 8-4-52”, which is quite amazing, because unlike many facebook groups, it’s both funny and true. I doubt it’s worth getting on him though – sure, his price will shoot up this week, but it will even out soon enough. And I don’t think I need to point out that he wont kick 10 goals eyery game.

Liam Shiels comes in next with his 131, making it his 3rd 100+ score in a row. He’s slipped under the radar for most coaches after a lot of talk about him early in the season, but he’s averaging 103.5 with a basement of 75, and has to be a serious consideration at 375k for those looking for a unique edge.

With 122 this week, Joel Selwood is on an amazing 4-game streak of 120+ scores, and 5 of his last 6. With Gablett leaving the Cats last season everyone wondered who would step up out of Bartel and Selwood, and so far the latter is the clear winner.

Rounding out this week’s list is Melbourne newbie Michael Evans, who pumped out an impressive 112 against the Saints on Saturday. In a performance sure to impress Chook, the 18 year-old, $80,400 rookie had 27 disposals on debut, ending with 112 points to lead all scorers for Melbourne. A tasty downgrade option next week, if he can prove it wasn’t a fluke.

Before anyone complains that their favourite player didn’t get in to the Makers this week, save it. With DTers enjoying such a good week, there could have been any number of players in the top 5. Honourable mentions go to Riewoldt (134) and Goddard (122) for returning to form, Shuey for his 5-goal, 142 point effort and Lower for posting 119 the week after many coaches traded him out, against his old team.


1. Riemers -1

2. Didak 30

3. Higgins 29

4. Rioli 51

5. Stanton 69

Less than 4000 coaches own Reimers, but if you put up a negative score without being injured, you can bet that you will top this list. He put up 151 a few weeks ago, but as one of the most over-rated and self-appreciating players in the league, I knew, like tkol’s success, it was only a one-off. He had two disposals and 3 frees against before he was subbed off in the 3rd quarter. This makes me smile like those guys in the Medibank ad, because it’s a shot in the arm for Hibberd’s JS.

Even though he started subbed, Didak is the runner-up this week, mainly because he tainted what could have been some huge scores for coaches who had him. It also helps me justify my sideways trading of him a few weeks ago, when I pulled the trigger on a sideways trade.

Higgins’ return from injury only manufactured 27 points and a red vest in what can only be described as ‘underwhelming’. Actually, ‘disappointing’ and ‘piss-weak’ work too. I don’t know why I expected any more from him, but he’s on the chopping block this week for sure – I can’t see how he can possibly shake off this groin injury and return to averaging 100.

It was also Rioli’s first game back, and he managed just 51 in a full game for the Hawks. He was well-held for sure, but his scoring just didn’t repay the faith from the coaches who stuck with him through his hamstring injury.

Finishing off the Breakers list for Round 9 is Stanton. It was his return game as well (I’m sensing a theme here) and he looked downright average. 69 wasn’t reflective of how shaky he looked out there on Saturday night, repeatedly doing his best potato impressions under pressure. In pre-season I was tossing up who would be the better upgrade option out of Watson and Stanton, and I think I have my answer.

  • Looking Ahead

Just a couple of last minute notes left to prepare you for Round 10 – This week the Dons have the bye, so as usual, sub them all off NOW. That way you won’t suffer a Danyle Pearce-like brain-fade, and forget to sub them off before lockout.

For all you trading addicts out there, you’ll be delighted to know that the Suns just finished their byes for the year as I said earlier, so get on now.

And lastly, please remember that this week was the exception rather than the rule. Don’t be upset or even surprised if your team fails to reach the heights of this week in Round 10 – it was just a one-off. But definitely a step in the right direction!

Until next week.

PS. Just learnt that Sandi is out for 4 weeks – keep him! Especially if you have Smith as a back-up.

Contact me on @tbetta9 on Twitter for whatever – to bring something to my attention for the Bullets, advice, or just a chat.



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    OCD for DT

    May 23, 2011 at 11:16 pm

    I need help. I need to be at my maximum by round 12 when i have a Do or Die match with a buddy of mine. This is my side and any suggestions will be appreicated. Give me hell my ranking of 31k isnt going to scare anyone!

    Backs: Gibbs, Goddard, R. Murphy, N. Smith, Heppell, Duigan, Lower(Toy, Pedersen and Poop)

    Mids: Judd, Swan, Pendlebury, Boyd, Reeden, Mundy(Swallow, Harris and Jacobs)

    Rucks: Sandilands, Cox(Smith, Derrickx)

    Forwards: Reiwolt, Buddy, Goodes, Higgins, Yarran, Darling, Krakouer(Mckernan, Matera, Tappy)

    Have $4k in the bank(kill me now)

    11 Trades(bullet to the head please)

    Any thoughts???

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      OCD for DT

      May 23, 2011 at 11:26 pm

      Anyone sold on Brennan from GC. Was thinking Fyfe but with Sandi gone might nit score as well.

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        Albert Lloyd

        May 24, 2011 at 12:35 am

        Get Fyfe and put the big C on him

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          May 24, 2011 at 9:01 am

          Yeah you pretty much need Fyfe but dunno about making him captain. A bit extreme but I would trade Tapscott to Callinan (about 2 weeks away and you have cover) then Yarran to Fyfe.

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    May 23, 2011 at 11:19 pm

    Just got a mention from Big Footy that Gary Ablett could be rested with the dreaded general soreness now that the Suns have completed their byes. Could this be possible?

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      May 24, 2011 at 9:04 am

      Against his old team I doubt it. Surely not.

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    OCD for DT

    May 23, 2011 at 11:26 pm

    Scott Stevens – Whats the go anyone????????????

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      May 23, 2011 at 11:48 pm

      He’s having real issues after being knocked out at training over six weeks ago. Difficult to tell how long it’ll take him to recover.

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      Blue boys

      May 23, 2011 at 11:55 pm

      Yep mentioned on news the other week that his concussion issues are an unknown and threaten to end his career. No answer to when he will play again???

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        OCD for DT

        May 24, 2011 at 12:14 am

        Thanks i can cross him off the list then hey! Why oh why did i go Connors at the start. I would be in heaven now with Lids or Addy. Shaw is a time bomb waiting to go off.

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    May 23, 2011 at 11:26 pm

    Should I bring in Franklin or Scott thompson??

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      OCD for DT

      May 23, 2011 at 11:53 pm

      Its the Buddy show all year long!

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      May 24, 2011 at 12:10 am

      Hey Assasin, Franklin’s a forward and Thompson’s a mid, so aren’t you comparing apples with oranges?

      Out of curiousity, if half a dozen punters responded “Franklin” or “Thompson” to your question, would you actually follow their advice? Would you put your team’s future in their hands, without knowing them, their teams or their competence?

      You don’t sound like much of a “DT Assasin” to me. More like “DT Target Practise”.

      Good luck, Buddy.

      (NOTE: Despite my reference to “Buddy”, please do not infer that I am suggesting that you should pick Franklin. Or Thompson. You may actually have to make your own decision, rather than the FMDT option. Have you considered Lenny Hayes? He looks cheap at the moment.)

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        DT ASSASIN

        May 24, 2011 at 9:12 am

        i just see other peoples opinions of what they think, but i decide the trade i do

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    May 23, 2011 at 11:34 pm

    Thinking Higgins

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      OCD for DT

      May 23, 2011 at 11:48 pm

      Why not go Fev while your at it!lol

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        DT ASSASIN

        May 24, 2011 at 9:03 am

        i ment thats who im trading

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          May 24, 2011 at 9:08 am

          Show us your team so we can see what we’re working with

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    May 23, 2011 at 11:47 pm

    Anyone know what N.Riewoldts breakeven is this week?

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      OCD for DT

      May 23, 2011 at 11:50 pm

      36 by ffgenie

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        May 24, 2011 at 9:16 pm

        Cheers mate.

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    May 23, 2011 at 11:52 pm

    What about mitchell under the breakers? Brought him in 2 weeks ago for Curnow when he hadn’t scored under 110 all year and since then a 61 and a 79 FMDT

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      May 24, 2011 at 1:52 pm

      Exact same thing happened to me. Could have gone Selwood instead but no.

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    May 24, 2011 at 3:09 am

    Can someone tell me what the reason was for Gilbee’s crappy 36 this week? (Sorry, but i live in LA and didn’t see the game.)

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      May 24, 2011 at 10:08 am

      yeah the reason for his 36 was that he is a shit soft footballer

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      John lawrence

      May 24, 2011 at 10:32 am

      123 point hiding from west coast, that did the trick.

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    May 24, 2011 at 3:55 am

    OK, doing McKernan -> I.Smith/Lynch then Prestia -> any mid I want.

    Currently: Pendlebury, Boyd, Bartel, Redden, Libba [Harris, Swallow, Irons]

    So who out of Montagna, Sylvia, Murphy, Rischitelli, Ablett, Shiels, Judd, Mundy? (would love to bring in Selwood but already 4 other Cats players in my squad, and will probably bring in Swan after the Pies next bye)

    Was initially leaning towards Monty or Mundy.

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      May 24, 2011 at 9:13 am

      I’d go Ablett or Sylvia (so you still keep your DPP which really adds flexibility). Mundy might struggle without Sandi.

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    May 24, 2011 at 6:15 am

    Hey Guys, I’m after some advice for my team and where to go next

    B: Deledio, Gibbs, Adcock. Goddard, Heppell, Stanley, Puopolo (Lower, Toy, Hibberd)

    M: Swan, Boyd, Selwood, Monty, Swallow, Libertore (Curnow, Prestia, Jacobs)

    R: Cox, Sandi (Petrie, McCauley)

    F: Franklin, Fyfe, Darling, Goodes, Didak, Rioli, Matera (Tapscott, Richardson, J Tippet)

    Thinking cutting Tapscott into Lynch and just holding onto some cash for a week or two


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      Albert Lloyd

      May 24, 2011 at 1:40 pm

      There could NOT be a more perfect trade than Tappy to Lynch this week.

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        May 24, 2011 at 1:48 pm

        Would have been more perfect if Tapscott made a little more money in the last couple of weeks.

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    May 24, 2011 at 7:54 am

    do you have enough money to get ablett in for libba ?

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    OCD for DT

    May 24, 2011 at 7:58 am

    5 trades in the next 3 weeks. Getting Fyfe, Adcock and Deledio. Anyone think Pav is a better option??

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    May 24, 2011 at 11:08 am

    $318,100 in the kitty thanks to a cash grab last week. 17 trades left.

    This week I am thinking;

    D. Harris -> J. Selwood.
    (or could use any of these; T. Liberatore, D. Swallow, C. Curnow, A. Krakouer, D, Heppell)
    Who is the ‘must have’ out of Selwood, Boyd, Pendlebury, or even GAJ and Sylvia?


    D. Petrie > D. Cox (Already have; A. Sandilands, Z.Smith, L.Keeffe)
    Z.Smith = no more byes. Cox = next bye is round 15. Surely Sandi will be back by then. Can Freo afford not to push him back? They did say 4 weeks. Sure I’ll be right.

    I will miss the T. Lynch boat but I have enough cows mentioned above for the Mzungu entrance the following week. What is more important, T. Lynch’s $60k increase or Mzungu’s DPP?

    One thing I think I should be worried about is actually having to many ripe cows on the paddock going stale.

    Also, is there any reason Krakouer might start missing games? He might be my next red light special.

    On the DPP topic. I am a DPP whore. But looking at it this year, even with the mega bye season it really doesn’t seem to be worth the trouble in the end. Maybe the rest of the season will prove me wrong.

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    May 24, 2011 at 5:13 pm

    for all of you out there who have ROCKLIFF….very good news. Only a slight calf strain 1-2 weeks

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      May 24, 2011 at 5:22 pm

      After it possibly being an achillies injury, that’s great news.

      I’ll take that!

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        May 24, 2011 at 5:29 pm

        yep me too, i was expecting 4-6 weeks :). phew!

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