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Deck of Dream Team 2012: Gary Ablett

We kick off the Deck of Dream Team for 2012 in style with the little master. After moving to the GC Suns in 2011, Gary Ablett has now found his feet and is ready to fire. Although the move made Gary millions, his average dropped 7pts and I’m tipping he’ll be back to his DT best in 2012. Join me and I’ll tell you why!

Name: Gary Ablett
Club: Gold Coast Suns
Position: Centre
Bye Round: 13
2011 Average: 112
2011 Games Played: 20
Predicted Average: 122

Why should I pick him? Gary Ablett’s move to the Gold Coast Suns was always going to hurt his average in his first year. Therefore, being priced at an average of just 112, Gazza is a bargain in 2012. In the 2 years leading up to his move Gary averaged 119 in 2009/10 with Geelong and now that he has settled in, things will return back to normal. To prove this point… in his first 5 games this year, Gazza averaged just 92. After finding his feet and settling in Gazza closed the season averaging 122 in his last 5.

Of course, Ablett is DT captain material. With massive numbers on the board from last year of 156, 146, 135, 175, 142 and 147 he is an Irish Pirates dream. He loves playing the Dockers where he averages a massive 141 on them in his last 3 games and doesn’t mind the Hawks (avg. 130 in last 3), Bulldogs (125) and the Eagles (123).

Gazza also gets to play GWS twice in 2012 (Rd. 7 & 20) but but but… now add to that, he plays 7 teams in his first 9 games who didn’t make the top 8 last year. BOOM!

Another bonus here is… Ablett shares his bye with Carlton, Hawthorn, St Kilda, Richmond and Port making him free to play in Rd.12 when you’ll need to rest the other premium guns from Collingwood and Geelong.

Ablett is a pretty durable dude as well. Yeah he missed 2 games this year, but only missed one in 2010 putting him at playing 94% of all games over the last 2 years (inc. finals).

Why shouldn’t I pick him? Maybe you plan on loading up on Hawks and Carlton guys and you’re worried about that Rd. 13 bye… you really shouldn’t be. Or maybe you hate bald people. Either way, my arguments here are not going to be very good.

Deck of DT Rating. ACE – plain and simple. Let’s get it clear ladies and gentlemen… Garry Ablett is an ultimate untaggable premium who is at a cheap price with a dream run early in the 2012 season. Get on him from the word go.

Do you need a Captain? Then Calvin will help you out. Don't want a Captain? Calvin will tell you anyway. The man who digs deep into stats will help you pick a great captain and give you plenty of Fantasy advice. Follow him on Twitter: @CalvinDT



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    December 10, 2011 at 6:11 am

    Nice way to start, the big G ABLETT. First guy I pick every year (except last year). But each time I need to fight my hatred of bald people to select him. Chapman too.

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    December 10, 2011 at 7:31 am

    I’m gonna have to PASS- “Positively Absolutely Select the Superstar!”

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    December 10, 2011 at 9:26 am

    My biggest lock….god damn he may well end up being the best player the AFL/VFL has ever seen!!

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    December 10, 2011 at 9:27 am

    If he’s not locked into your teams i feel bad for you. Probs the cheapest he’ll be all season.

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    December 10, 2011 at 9:35 am

    This one seems logical unless a preseason injury occurs. Midfield premo picks are going to be so intense preseason. Definately about 10 solid candidates that need squeezing into only 2 or 3 or 4 odd slots.

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      December 10, 2011 at 9:38 am

      Agreed whilst GAZ is one of the greatest I’m also eyeing off Swan, Pendles, Murphy, Rockliff not to mention others like Redden, Hayes, Mitchell etc.

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    December 10, 2011 at 9:42 am

    I’m probably going to go Gaz and pass on Swan.

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    December 10, 2011 at 10:02 am

    Great start Calvin! Gazza lock and load for me :D

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    December 10, 2011 at 10:13 am

    Agreed Calvin, apart from a pre season injury, a lock for me.

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    December 10, 2011 at 10:19 am

    he’s in for me ahead of swan, gun

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    December 10, 2011 at 11:10 am

    Biggest lock for a premium player. Simple.

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    December 10, 2011 at 11:13 am

    theres no picture of an ace behind gazza….

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    December 10, 2011 at 11:14 am

    Great way to start!

    Nearlly a lock, fighting with Rockliff for that spot. But swaying to Ablett.

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      December 10, 2011 at 12:18 pm

      SERIOUS??? SMJ all the way!!!!!!!!!!!

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        December 10, 2011 at 12:46 pm

        Yeah I agree. Sweet Merciful Jesus all the way. LOL

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            December 10, 2011 at 8:14 pm

            wow he was easily pushed in the right decision…haha, You totally MUST have Shaun Higgins in there too. hasnt missed a game in years…;)

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            December 10, 2011 at 8:22 pm

            Higgins big Fwd lock, is any team complete without Higgo?

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            December 10, 2011 at 9:37 pm

            Okay, I’m jumping on Shaun Higgins. Because when it comes to DT, I need advice. Plus he has only missed about 20 games in the passed three seasons. People, jump on him! I will be. LOL :)

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      December 10, 2011 at 6:39 pm

      He’s not even in your FP team… WTF???

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    December 10, 2011 at 11:16 am

    obvious pick, made all the better by the fact that his team, being in it’s second year, will get concessions, like playing GWS twice and versing bottom half teams, increasing his scoring potential even more!

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    jim cowski

    December 10, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    yeh hes a lock this bloke. best player in the competition imo. slightly underpriced

    too easy

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      December 10, 2011 at 12:15 pm

      So are we going to see you type GAJ every week on Calvin’s Captain’s instead of Swan :)

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        jim cowski

        December 10, 2011 at 8:08 pm

        you might do. i go with whoever i think will get the highest that round.

        last year i went Swan the majority of the time. he ended up with the highest average- not a bad decision me thinks.

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      December 11, 2011 at 1:08 am

      what will Ablett’s price be roughly???

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    December 10, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    Lock and Load.
    First picked for me in 2012.

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    December 10, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    “Or maybe you hate bald people”- Vin you crack me up!!!

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    December 10, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    No doubt he is a gun! in an improving side capable of huge scores. Why am I not going to pick him?

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      December 10, 2011 at 12:50 pm

      Read above^^

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    December 10, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    can see him taking over swan
    averaged 127 if you dont count his first 5 games the 23 he got

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    December 10, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    Hmm…Looking at going Swan, Ablett, Rocky, Murphy but any of them bar Swanny could go for a cheaper option so I can stock up on high-draft pick rooks. Only time will tell.

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      December 10, 2011 at 6:41 pm

      HIGH draft pick rooks?? not a fan of makin money?

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    Woodys Wasps

    December 10, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    Its pretty hard to ignore his early season draw, and his average after R7 last year. Lock it in, Eddie.

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    December 10, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    could yous do one on patrick karnezis??
    averaged around 60 i think if u dont dont count his subbed scores
    hes been bulking up over the preseason (88kg now) and with mitch clark gone i cant see him being subbed on or off
    he’s gonna be a super star but its just a matter of when

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    December 10, 2011 at 6:07 pm

    he is my 1st pick followed by swan and pendles

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    December 10, 2011 at 6:31 pm

    the problem this year is that there are too many people to choose from in the mids when realistically you can only pick 4 premiums

    Ablett as mentioned
    no reason why Swan won’t continue his numbers
    Pendlebury can only get better
    Rockliff and Redden should explode
    plus there are cheapies like Mundy and Barlow

    it’s too hard to choose

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      December 10, 2011 at 8:06 pm

      pendles is a slight risk as he’s gonna be under a lot of pressure coz he only signed a 12 month contract which could have an effect but i doubt it

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    The x Factor

    December 10, 2011 at 7:07 pm

    who would you leave out of pendles, gaz, rockliff and swan?

    I’m in a tight situation!

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      December 10, 2011 at 7:27 pm

      Proberly Rockliff. The other three has or will smash him in points IMO.

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        December 10, 2011 at 8:21 pm

        Rockys not one to overlook here. his last 11 scores for the year were all tonnes with the last 10 all over 110+, pretty consistent in my opinion. Coming into his 3rd year (if you dont count the 1 game in ’09) Could take it to a Ablett/Swan level this coming season

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    December 10, 2011 at 7:30 pm

    Any hints on who it’ll be tomoz?? Hayes? Barlow? Grimes?

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    December 10, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    Calvin has made God’s favorite a real tempting proposition.

    However, I am going to chose Swan instead.

    Swan obviously has the edge over Gary because he does not believe that there is an invisible man in the sky with a list of ten things you can’t do. (note: some things on the list are repeated)

    I do not deny that blind faith helps a footballer, only that it hurts my innate sense of reason.

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      December 10, 2011 at 7:59 pm

      So good to see ‘The Deck’ back on the interporn! I mean net.

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      December 10, 2011 at 9:37 pm

      yet when you are fiddling with your team all through march i guarantee that at one point at least you will ditch swan for ablett to use cash somewhere else

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    December 10, 2011 at 9:49 pm

    Little of topic, but Barlow or Mundy and why??

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      December 10, 2011 at 10:59 pm

      can see him averaging the same if not more than mundy and he’s cheaper

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        December 11, 2011 at 12:43 am

        Barlow might not get a discount in 2012 as he averaged 85.5 since returning from a broken leg.

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          December 11, 2011 at 12:58 am

          Barlow priced at an average of 85? That should still be a lock for anyone. And discounts have nothing to do with your average from last season. It’s the amount of games you played during the last season. He played 9 games last year, players who have only played 9 games have been given discounts before. If he was given a discount it’d only be 10% though.

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    December 11, 2011 at 12:25 am

    Gazza! I was going to do similar to last year and get him once he has found ridiculous form. Had not looked at the fixture but his looks very tempting. If he is smashing the pre season I will lock him in. Any news on his pre season? He’s the king. Headaches when you don’t have him

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    December 11, 2011 at 12:41 am

    locked and loaded!

    the harder question is murphy/selwood/rockliff

    leaning towards rocky?

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      December 11, 2011 at 12:55 am

      I would go murph. Had him this year and he’s only getting better. Has a decent first 10 rounds as well. Can’t go wrong with rock either tho

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      December 14, 2011 at 1:27 am

      selwood. Take out his concussion and his average was way bigger. Also young, should be gunning it.

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    December 11, 2011 at 10:26 am

    He’s a lock in my team
    not going to start Swan in my team gonna wait for his price to fall a little first

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    December 11, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    My midfielders are goin to be Ablett and Swan and then 2 out of Selwood, Murphy, Stanton, Hayes

    Ablett looks the best value out of the premium midfielders
    He had injury interrupted pre season this year
    He improved as the season went on
    The Suns should improve which will only help his scores.

    Ablett will be in my side for the first time since he could have been chosen as a forward

    Ablett = Lock

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      December 11, 2011 at 6:24 pm

      selwood and hayes of those two for me

      selwood because i just think hes the best of the lot dt scoring wise and he could absolutely explode in my eyes if he doesnt get suspended again

      Hayes because hell be cheap and has proven hes the greatest time and time again

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    December 11, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    Locked and Loaded!!!!!
    My mids shaping up to look like this: Swan Ablett Hayes Barlow Rockliff Coniglio (Greene Mitchelll)

    Plzzzz rate this draft team!

    TEAM NAME: mufc
    DEF: B. Gibbs, B. Goddard, B. Deledio, B. Waters, T. Armstrong, B. Lake, P. Davis (M. Buntine, S. Docherty)
    MID: D. Swan, G. Ablett jnr, T. Rockliff, L. Hayes, M. Barlow, S. Coniglio (T. Greene, T. Mitchell)
    RUC: M. Leuenberger, H. McIntosh (B. Longer, J. Giles)
    FWD: L. Franklin, N. Fyfe, T. Cloke, D. Zaharakis, J. Brown, W. Hoskin-Elliott, A. Morabito (J. Porplyzia, D. Markworth)
    CASH LEFT: $96,300

    alot of things are going to change as the new season gets closer and i doubt my def will look anything like that at the end, but i like the look of my mids at the moment.
    critizism WANTED! as well as positives and what i should keep the way as is if possible

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      The x Factor

      December 11, 2011 at 9:42 pm

      geez! Thats the exact same midfield as mine!

      and everything else is preety similar.

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    December 11, 2011 at 10:21 pm

    Popular midfielders who share a bye with Gary Ablett:
    Carlton: Marc Murphy, Bryce Gibbs (DEF), Chris Judd, Heath Scotland (DEF), Mitch Robinson
    Port Adelaide: Travis Boak. Chad Wingard, Hamish Hartlett (DEF)
    Hawthorn: Sam Mitchell, Luke Hodge, Liam Shiels, Jordan Lewis
    Richmond: Trent Cotchin, Brett Deledio (DEF), Dustin Martin, Nathan Foley
    Gold Coast: Gary Ablett, Michael Rischitelli, Jared Brennan (FWD)
    St Kilda: Leigh Montagna, Nick Dal Santo, Lenny Hayes, Brendon Goddard (DEF), Jack Steven

    You may notice I’ve left second year players out. They are usually not dependable and offer little value for money following their debut year.

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    December 11, 2011 at 11:19 pm

    Pass i’m afraid. Passing the pass which means he’s a Lock, stock and two smoking barrels Lockkkkkkkk!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!wooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

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    December 30, 2011 at 11:36 am

    Scary thing about him is his price is cheap. First player picked. A monster season coming up.

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    January 2, 2012 at 10:02 pm

    Too cheap to ignore! Going to pick him before Swan!!! Lockity lock :D

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      Big Feller

      January 2, 2012 at 11:03 pm

      You been on holidays Swanlow?

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