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Deck of Dream Team 2012: Matthew Boyd

Matthew Boyd is an absolute gun, we know that. We also know he is turning 30, so can we bend the “no 30+” rule for a man who has averaged personal bests in the last 2 year for Dream Team? Its a tough call, especially at such a high asking price.

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Name: Matthew Boyd
Club: Western Bulldogs
Position: Midfielder
Assistant Coach 2012 Price: $573,800
Bye Round: 11
2011 Average: 116
2011 Games Played: 22
Predicted Average: 117

Why should I pick him? The last two years, Matty Boyd has elevated himself into the elite premium category, not only pumping out captain worthy scores almost every time he hits the park, but doing it without missing games in-between. His average of 116 was the 3rd highest of any player in the competition last year and despite being 29 years old, it was his personal best. 2010 was a breakout year for Boyd in DT where he took his average from 103 to 115 and he doesn’t look like dropping off during what he has described as the most grueling pre season of his career. Despite the increased pre season load, Boyd is continually a front runner and showing the way to his younger teammates. In the last 6 years, Boyd has missed just 2 games through injury which is durability that can be matched by few stars of the competition. Last year, Matty managed top the 100 point mark on 17 occasions which included some absolute thumpers of 155 and 162, while breaking the 120 barrier an impressive 9 times.

Why shouldn’t I pick him? Although he has a strong history of durability, the fact that he is turning 30 next year immediately rules him out of many sides due to age. Unfortunately for the Dogs, next year they only play the GC (125 in 2011), Freo (155 and 162 in 2011) and GWS once each throughout 2012 which will supply Boyd with less easy scoring opportunities than some cheaper premium midfield options (man he is brutal to Freo). Trying to find negatives for such a great competitor is hard, so I’ll throw this out there with no real conviction: Over the last few years there has been little competition for time through the middle but Adam Cooney must be getting close to a return to the centre which could mean Boyd is given a rest more frequently as opposed to being at almost every contest.

Deck of DT Rating: ACE-The Dogs are fresh and invigorated after a poor showing last year and seem to have a new lease on life under new coach Brendan McCartney. Even if the new game plan doesn’t work out, Boyd still has the ability to stand up and score well when the rest of the group is being comfortably defeated, so any team improvement will be an added bonus here and possibly cause a slight increase in average. Although I think he is a jet and will not drop off, at this price and with a less than favourable draw, Boyd is only a 10% chance to begin the season with destROY.

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    December 24, 2011 at 7:42 am

    Agree Roy, he is unlikely to be on my starting team, but a worthy upgrade target.

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      Optimus Prime

      December 24, 2011 at 8:32 am

      +1, great write up Roy, Boyd is a jet but he won’t be starter in many team, more of an upgrade target for me…

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    December 24, 2011 at 7:45 am

    One of those guys who I have in my team at the beginning every season. But looking like a pass this year… Same with Dean Cox… Need to look for more value this year

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    December 24, 2011 at 8:09 am

    haven’t even really considered boyd this year, not sure why, i think maybe there are just too many, more promising mid options.

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      December 24, 2011 at 8:11 am

      great write up by the way Roy

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    December 24, 2011 at 8:43 am

    Good write up Roy. I’ll probably look to Boydy as an upgrade target. I’d like to see the Dogs new game plan before putting up big bucks.

    Just to clarify if any readers are scared off by Boyd’s age reference. He is 29 for all of the 2012 DT season, except R23.

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    December 24, 2011 at 9:46 am

    Good write up, boyd isnt very likely to start in my team, better options in the midfield imo. He will probably be very unique this year, but unique for a reason.

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    December 24, 2011 at 10:25 am

    I do scratch my head how this guy is not going to be in anyones starting team.

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    The x Factor

    December 24, 2011 at 10:43 am

    boyd is locked……….. to be in my team by the nd of the season.

    only have swan and GAJ from the get go and there going to be hard to beat. (plus barlow and hayes)

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      The x Factor

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    December 24, 2011 at 10:45 am

    Getting old and too expensive for me. There’s better players around the $550, 000 range.

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      December 24, 2011 at 12:34 pm

      Who scores better then Boyd you speak of??

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        December 24, 2011 at 1:06 pm

        pendles swan ablett and murphy all will this year i reckon plus rocky and selwood probably will to, without giving it much thought

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          December 24, 2011 at 8:21 pm

          I think people are writing him off a bit early. Allot said the same about Cox last year untill he hit the paddock. For me Boyd is more a certainty for another top 5 finish then Murphy Rockliff or Selwood.

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    December 24, 2011 at 11:08 am

    Nice Roy, you summed it all up well. I am to hung over to make up a witty compliment though.

    I had Boyd last year. Picked him by chance really.

    I couldn’t pick Judd because of his head. And anyone who has a wedding on New Years is a #$%&wit. Yes, yes, I know his girlfriend wouldn’t piss on my if I was on fire, but maybe she would if I asked her nicely while wearing a $200 T-shirt made by a footballer who thinks he is a fashionista.

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      December 24, 2011 at 11:09 am

      Oh sorry, ‘Wife’

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      December 24, 2011 at 11:58 am

      Drinking allready GJB?

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        December 24, 2011 at 1:21 pm

        I wish. I am suffering from mixing tap beers / ciders all up and down Brunswick st last night. Luckily, I was able to rock thongs and get in everywhere – except the Hawaiian bar on Johnson st!!! It was a bummer because I’d just been telling the girls that I was with that I was the ‘Bouncer wisperer.’ and that I spoke a secret language to them which left them under my control.

        And my housemate picked up this smoking chick that I’m in love with, bastard! Hint: never introduce girls you like to musicians in well known bands.

        I must have been to casual when I told him earlier, ‘If you pick up ——, I will kill you.’

        But, now that it’s one thirty and I’m still hung over, I might have to have a couple just to regain my equilibrium.

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    December 24, 2011 at 11:57 am

    Have to Pass. Already got Swan, Gaz and Thommo, so no room for him.
    Starting Team: NO
    In My End Team: YES

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    December 24, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    Round 1 no. Round 12 yes.

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    December 24, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    Only room for two butchers in my starting team. Thompson and Swan it is. Nice article though Roy, didn’t realise he was only 29. I don’t think age will hurt him much given the role he plays.

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    December 24, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    same as everyone else, not starting with him but upgrading him mid year

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    December 24, 2011 at 8:20 pm

    Not sure with”old”
    But he is the go to man in bulldogs and should average 90+
    Mid season he will be in my team probably rnd 12. . .

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    December 25, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    Agree with the Ace!
    Boyd is a DT Jet. Strong chance to be traded into my side. Looking for younger midfielders with potential for more upside to start the season

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    December 30, 2011 at 11:27 am

    I can’t forsee a drop off for this guy. A true iron man. Tough in and under and also gets free for loose possessions in the back line, wing etc. Avoids the first tag, usually set for Griffen. I would pay for the 115 points per game now, rather than predict a cheaper player might outdo this bloke…

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