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Deck of Dream Team 2012: Koby Stevens

Koby Stevens has been on the Eagles main list for 2 years already, but has been unlucky in terms of injuries and the Eagles dream run in 2011. He is a highly rated youngster who could finally put a full season together in 2012 and reward the punters who pick him up!

Name: Koby Stevens
Club: West Coast
Position: Midfield
Assistant Coach Price: $104,200
Bye Round: 11
2011 Average: 18
2011 Games Played: 2
Predicted Average: 72

Why should I pick him?

Remember that guy called Luke Shuey? Well, Koby Stevens is so similar in a lot of ways it is a bit ridiculous. Let’s check it out, head-to-head style.

Luke Shuey

vs

Koby Stevens

Pick 18 (Priority, 2008 AFL Draft)

Position Drafted

Pick 23 (2009 AFL Draft)

Victoria

Home State

Victoria

Inside Midfielder

Position

Inside Midfielder

Spent his first two years on the Eagles main list battling a range of injuries (and personal issues), including osteitis pubis, a leg fracture, stress fractures and glandular fever.

Durability

Over his first two years he has battled recurrent knee injuries and, like Shuey, osteitis pubis.

6 games

Games in 1st two years

7 games

Shuey has been destroying pre-season, always one of the leaders in both sprints and long-distance running.

Pre-season

Koby earned an off-season pump-up of his own, putting his name forward for early consideration for games in 2012.

22 games, 83.5 average

3rd year Stats

?

As you can see, a lot of similarities there…. And we all know how good Shuey was in his first fully-fit year at AFL level. Also, Koby is highly rated by all of the media, club and public, in very similar fashion to how Luke was revered before he even put together a whole season. Anyway, I think I’ve talked up the resemblance enough.

The best bit about Stevens is that he comes at rookie price ($104,200) due to his measly 18 average from only 2 games last year! Not that it’s a worry though – he was green vested in both of the games, only coming onto the field in the fourth quarter on both occasions. Looking through his WAFL stats, however, shows he can score well, averaging 87.4 DT points over 19 games despite niggling knee concerns.

Another positive about Stevens (and why he could be highly successful this year) is the fact that he is basically a mature-age recruit. At his price, coupled with his ability and developed body, we have to think of him in the same breath as the Horsleys, Zorkos and Saads of this year’s crop.

Why shouldn’t I pick him?

Durability is the big thing here. He actually put together a lot of games last year however, with 19 at WAFL level and 2 for the Eagles. But he was still troubled by his bung knee for a fair chunk of that time, so the big question is; can he stay fit? Shuey did it, can Koby?

The other obvious concern is his job security. Many of the Eagles faithful rate Stevens easily in West Coast’s best 22, but he hasn’t put enough runs on the board yet for us to feel any significant amount of confidence. He will probably fight for spots with Masten, Swift, Gaff and McGinnity over the course of the pre-season, but if he does well, look for Worsfold to give him a chance like he did for Gaff and Darling early in 2011. And there’s always the worry that once he earns his spot, he’ll be a common choice for the sub.

Deck of DT Rating:

JACK. As I said earlier, we have to think of Koby as a mature-age recruit here – he’s bigger and stronger than other rookie-priced options, so that has to count for something. And given his similarities with Shuey, his third year in the system could be when he goes bang!

At the stage, the coaching staff at Tbetta Than You have flagged him as one to keep a close eye on over the course of the nab cup. Remember, he only has to average around 70 to be considered a great rookie pick-up, so keep him on your radar!

 

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Alex Trombetta has been with DT Talk since 2011 providing content in various forms. A lover of Classic, Draft and DFS, you can be sure to be getting top-notch advice from the Eagles man.

27 Comments

27 Comments

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    aflbabble

    January 10, 2012 at 6:09 am

    Very concerned about the vest becoming his accessory of choice.

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    eeepobreci

    January 10, 2012 at 6:51 am

    Love the comparisons to Shuey!!!
    Must be considered at this stage.

    Could see the dreaded “vest,” as mentioned by Jono, BUT IMHO this applies to most if not all rookies.

    Great stuff Tbetta!

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    mezaire

    January 10, 2012 at 7:14 am

    I don’t think he’s the type Woosha prefers for the vest. I ecpect Koby to get given the first crack at taking Eberts spot and Hill, Shephard, Swift or Newman getting the vest.

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      tuppy

      January 10, 2012 at 12:53 pm

      yep that is the plan above..from the horses mouth,,pre season will tell if he makes the spot his

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    Bilby

    January 10, 2012 at 7:35 am

    Locked, only a poor NAB Cup showing will see him out of my team.

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    adzman

    January 10, 2012 at 8:09 am

    sitting on my pine at this stage…..

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    Brock

    January 10, 2012 at 8:12 am

    Definitely watchlist. Fighting it out at the moment with the likes of Zorko, Horsley, Shiel, Clifton, Mitchell, Kavanagh, Kerridge etc. I hope he does a Shuey

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    Shazzam66

    January 10, 2012 at 9:00 am

    I keep hearing WC supporters raving about this young kid.

    Hope he can stay fit and avoid the vest, I think he trumps Masten surely?

    He’s currently on my pine.

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    PurpleArmy

    January 10, 2012 at 9:40 am

    Nice!, yeah as soon as I heard he was having a good preseason he was straight in my team. Reports are he will take Eberts spot so that’s promising.

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    Josh H

    January 10, 2012 at 10:35 am

    JS may be a big issue?

    I haven’t checked, but I think you will find that Ebert was not even in the starting 22 for the WCE in the last few games (ie finals) last year – therefore Stevens can’t replace him?

    And, Rosa will also need to come into that WCE team that played in last years finals – as he is definitely best 22.

    Therefore, Stevens would probably need to jump ahead of two players to get a game, unless injuries occur – and players like Masten did finish the year very well?

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      PurpleArmy

      January 10, 2012 at 10:46 am

      he only needs to play the first 10-11 rounds then hes downgraded. The way everyone has been raving about him he’s gonna get a few games early

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      tuppy

      January 10, 2012 at 12:59 pm

      but ebert played every game up until the finals,,they knew he was going,and you know how that goes once the find out your off,alot of the time your off tap
      he will be given every chance ,still could share the vest with gaff though

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    FLOPITOUT1

    January 10, 2012 at 10:58 am

    Too early to make a decision yet definitely one to watch in the Nab tho

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    Coasters

    January 10, 2012 at 10:59 am

    Not to mention Woosha was asked his best midfield for the future abuot haldway through last year and Koby was number 3 or 4 and mentioned before the likes of Ebert, Masten & Rosa.

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      McRath

      January 10, 2012 at 1:34 pm

      Do you have a source for this? If so, that’s awesome.

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    dools

    January 10, 2012 at 11:22 am

    great article tbetta! this info is gold and the mans just earnt a place on my bench :0)

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    run2dmax

    January 10, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    Would definitely say it’s way to early to lock Koby in. I’ve been surprised to see him in so many plan teams. His ideal role is inside mid, which just happens to be the role Masten played so well end of the year when Kerr wasn’t in the team, and then of course there is Kerr and Priddis playing that inside role with Scooter Selwood tagging and Shuey rotating through there.

    On the outside role, Rosa is a lock, Embley is a lock and Gaff is getting in whenever and where ever he can.

    Then for Ebert’s old role, you have Hill who is trying to get into the team and that’s probably his most likely spot and Newman would like to make a claim on that spot as well.

    Koby will get a few games, but he’s definitely a likely green vest candidate. At the very least, see how he goes in the NAB cup.

    As for the comparison to Shuey, I would definitely say that Shuey has a greater turn of speed and creative use of the ball than Koby. Koby maybe a bit tougher, but the roles he’s suited to just don’t open at the moment.

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    GrandOldFlag

    January 10, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    Want him but team is looking pretty solid before NAB cup. Will have to either keep him on the radar or slot him in ahead of another rookie if he looks like going off. Currently got Morabito as the first in line to cull for him. Thoughts?

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      juddy69

      January 10, 2012 at 10:36 pm

      Morabito isn’t a great Dream Team scorer. Was hailed as having such a great rookie season but averaged only something like 48 if that. And especially after coming off a full knee reconstruction I would think Stevens is a safer bet.

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    adzman

    January 10, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    http://www.essendonfc.com.au/images/11/09_01_2012_handball_drill-l.jpg

    check out the size of hurley!

    he could cause some pain this year!

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      GrandOldFlag

      January 10, 2012 at 3:20 pm

      Beefcake! Not a hugelt DT relevant player, but would hate to have him tearing down at me and I am 6’6″!

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    TheColonel

    January 10, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    who? ;)

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    GJayBee

    January 10, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    Nice Tbetta, you’re going above and beyond the call of duty!

    Steven’s is though the door, but it ain’t locked!

    Cheers

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    McScoundrel

    January 10, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    Good to see players like Stevens (who have been in the system for a while but for one reason or another, haven’t yet made an impact) in the deck. Not in my team for now as I think there are safer players who could be at least on par with him.

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    Birdy

    January 10, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    he’ll be starting in my team barring injury, great write up :)

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    dtHobzie

    January 10, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    Been torn on this bloke – if he gets a game could be a great inclusion! but too many “if and buts” about him for me. Competeing for a spot, past injuries, green vest etc….

    ..if he’s on my bench not getting a game i’m worried the rookies around him will be increasing in price while he sits on the pine not making me any money for an upgrade! others preferred for me i think.

    i’ll have him on the watchlist for NAB cup i spose. but thats not a perfect indication as others on here seem to think. too many players missing and coaches testing different things.

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      umberumberka

      January 11, 2012 at 1:24 am

      No doubt he will be ear-marked to take Eberts place. Agree about the NAB form. Will be a cash cow if injury free and given a run by Wosfold.

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