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Dual Olympian and Australian basketball legend Mark Worthington had a look at the recent NBL pre season tournament to give DTTALK fans an exclusive preview of the best buys leading into the season opener. Get around the big fella, he is a superstar!

  • Roy

With AFL Grand Final weekend upon us and another season of AFL DT behind us we find ourselves lost Monday through Friday with a huge void of DreamTeam action…The injury updates, the tribunal decisions and the crunching of the numbers to see if your favourite DT’er is gonna have a blinder this week against his opposition. Well drag yourselves out of the mud and dust yourselves off as we at DT Talk (www.dreamteamtalk.com) are jumping on the NBL Dream Team wagon. Many of our favourite AFL players are huge basketball fans so what better way to stay in DT touch than to have an offseason refining your skills. The NBL just had there preseason tournament and we might have seen a few players that stood out while a few diamonds in the rough also appeared. We are here to give you an insight on some of the players you might wanna look out for.

Forwards

Shawn Redhage (Perth Wildcats) – $127,900

The Co- captain of the Wildcats was named MVP of the preseason tournament on the weekend. Commonly dubbed “The scoring machine” Shawn has always been a very consistent scorer. Last year he was a little down on his numbers after coming back from what most thought was a career ending broken hip but looks to have regained his touch that has made him a 6-time club MVP at the historic Wildcats franchise.

Thomas Abercrombie (NZ Breakers) – $154,000

Abercrombie enjoyed stepping out of Kirk Penny’s shadow last season and repaid his coach Andrej Lemanis by being selected in the NBL All-star 5 last season. Averaging 15.2 points a game last season combined with the fact they loss Gary Wilkinson to Estonia, Abercrombie will be heavily relied on again this season. Be cautious of his ankle injury to start the season but I have him as a must this season.

Seth Scott (Melbourne Tigers) – $116,700

Scott had and up and down pre season tournament but coach Chris Anstey likes him so far. I couldn’t go pass his last game where he had 24 points and 21 rebounds. He did however have 7 turnovers to go with it but knowing Anstey I’d expect him to help refine his value for the ball while putting him into an offence to allow him to succeed. If 20/20 games become regular for this import i’d expect him to be a DT All-star.

Centres

Daniel Johnson (Adelaide 36’ers) – $180,200

With 7 footer Luke Schensher coming back to Adelaide I thought DJ’s number would suffer but that was put to rest when he exploded for 32 points in the opening pre season game. The ever quiet in nature Johnson has improved on his number ever year after serving his apprenticeship under former 2 time NBL MVP player and current tigers coach Anstey. I high volume shooter and quality rebounder DJ produce great DT number week in and week out.

Alex Pledger (NZ Breakers) – $114,100

“Chief” is now the number 1 centre in NZ after the departure of Wilkinson and the breakers have placed the faith into Pledgers hands. After averaging 8.6 points and 5.3 rebounds a game last season i expect with his increased court time to have increased output. His size is only rivalled but Schenser in the NBL and I expect him to have a break out season.

Guards

Kevin Lisch (Perth Wildcats) – $166,100

Last seasons MVP for the NBL should definitely be high on your priority list in NBL DT. Averaging 17.3 points a game last season Lisch helped steer the Wildcats to one win away from winning the championship. With a similar roster to last season look for last years MVP to get similar looks and feel even more comfortable with his teammates as he has become the man at the Wildcats. Lisch also has a very underrated passing game which see’s him rack up the assists as well.

Cedric Jackson (NZ Breakers) – $191,300

Cedric the entertainer is a triple double waiting to happen and is very effective during all games. His scoring, passing and rebounding game is over shadowed that he possibly the best since Darryl MacDonald at picking someones pocket. Look out for him again this season as he looks to make the Breakers the first team since the Sydney Kings to 3-peat.

Jamar Wilson (Cairns Taipans) – $151,000

The pint size point guard up in FNQ did everything for the snakes last season. If the Taipans want to make it back to the finals this season they need a huge year from him and to bring his all round game to a higher level in 2012/13 season. Coach Aaron Fearne has revolved his offence around Wilson’s ability to play off the on ball. I see him with a few massive games this season.

Those are what I consider to be this year’s premium players. As for the dark horses here is my list.

Forwards

Tom Garlepp (Sydney Kings) – $49,100
Greg Hire (Perth Wildcats) – $43,500
Clint Steindl (Cairn Taipans) – $49,100

Centres

Ben Allen (Townsville Crocodiles) $43,500
Matt Burston (Melbourne Tigers) – $66,100

Guards

Jason Cadee (Adelaide 36’ers) – $62,500
Rhys Martin ( Wollongong Hawks) – $101,400
Corey Webster (NZ Breakers) – $49,100

Hope you join NBL DT this season. To signup go to dreamteam.nbl.com.au and get your mates involved!

Cheers, Wortho!

Unlike the AFL, the NBL teams have different games on a week to week basis. Some teams my have a ‘bye’ as some others double up. These are the rounds for you to get busy and load up (especially with your captain selection). Enjoy this handy resource.

Thanks heaps to Wortho! If you’re not following him on twitter… get around the gun! @Wortho44 and for all your AFL and NBL DT needs don’t forget to follow @DTTALK @RoyDT @CalvinDT @WarnieDT and visit www.dreamteamtalk.com

Roy

The most successful DTer out of the boys prides himself on his multiple top 200 finishes... nearly as much as he prides himself on his guns! The coach of destROY wants you to follow him on Twitter: @RoyDT.

79 Comments

79 Comments

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    Aidan

    September 26, 2012 at 7:35 am

    Yeah, I signed up, should be a laugh knowing nothing about basketball

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      Sam

      September 26, 2012 at 9:54 am

      Mate, same here
      No harm in giving it a go

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        BennyJ

        September 26, 2012 at 10:27 am

        I’d have more of an idea about the NBL than the Soccer so I’ll give it a go.

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    rowan

    September 26, 2012 at 9:22 am

    Are you boys having any leagues

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      Warnie

      September 26, 2012 at 9:38 am

      Yep. I’ll post a couple soon!

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        rowan

        September 26, 2012 at 9:42 am

        Thats great (:

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        Green Ninja

        September 26, 2012 at 3:42 pm

        Assume this is the VIrtual Sport @ Sportal competition?

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          Warnie

          September 26, 2012 at 4:56 pm

          The official one (made by Virtual Sports) at dreamteam.nbl.com.au

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            Green Ninja

            September 26, 2012 at 5:23 pm

            Thanks Warnie…post a league so we can join in

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    Sam

    September 26, 2012 at 9:56 am

    When do the team lists come out in the NBL? Is it like AFL?

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      Jeppa

      September 26, 2012 at 1:16 pm

      It is nothing like AFL. No team lists ever come out.

      Every team has a squad of 10 players, plus 2 or 3 development players. You need to just keep an eye on injuries via team websites and nbl.com.au…it can be tricky!

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        Sam

        September 27, 2012 at 9:01 am

        Thanks mate!

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    Sam

    September 26, 2012 at 10:48 am

    Who’s the best pick for someone under 60k?

    I don’t know anyone here.

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      Jeppa

      September 26, 2012 at 1:19 pm

      Russell Hinder! $41,900. Broke his leg last season and missed the whole year. One of the team leaders at the Crocs.

      Get on Adam Ballinger too. $69,300. Had an injury prone year last season and has moved to Melbourne from the 36ers

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        Sam

        September 27, 2012 at 9:15 am

        I’ll take your word for it

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          Sam

          September 27, 2012 at 10:25 am

          Is adam ballinger worth having on the court, or is he more suitable for a substitute?

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            Mark

            September 28, 2012 at 9:58 pm

            bench player. lets see what sort of input he can have after a few injury plagued seasons

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    Green Ninja

    September 26, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    Steindl shot the p1ss out of it at the Blitz….good cheapie

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    What the bejeebers

    September 26, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    I made a league and here is the code: 611840

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    The x Factor

    September 26, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    If anyones interested in a fantasy a league league on foxsports my code to join is 4677-973. anyone welcome :)

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    Warnie

    September 26, 2012 at 11:05 pm

    Just set up a league for those reading this awesome article by Wortho! Thanks again man… this has helped me heaps! Also.. thanks Calvin for the great fixture graphic. It doesn’t seem as bad as other years with the byes all over the place.

    Warnie DT TALK – 791993

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      Magpie Mayhem

      September 27, 2012 at 4:55 am

      Thanks Warnie…..I’m in Here is another one that Calvin has kindly joined…invite code: 308973

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        Aidan

        September 27, 2012 at 7:30 am

        Cheer Warnie – I’m in
        My league code is – 401796

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          What the bejeebers

          September 27, 2012 at 9:53 am

          Are those leagues full???
          Because I am trying to get in them but the site is not letting me….

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            Aidan

            September 27, 2012 at 10:05 am

            Warnies is full.

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            What the bejeebers

            September 27, 2012 at 5:46 pm

            Ohh:(
            What about yours??

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            Aidan

            September 27, 2012 at 10:23 pm

            Mine was 5/12 last time I looked

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            What the bejeebers

            September 27, 2012 at 11:28 pm

            Well it doesn’t work for some reason:(

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            Aidan

            September 28, 2012 at 7:45 am

            Well, it’s probably because I tryped it wrong. The correct code is 401769

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    Sam

    September 27, 2012 at 9:11 am

    Daniel Johnson and Cedric Jackson are both big money.
    Are they worth it?

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      Connor Richards

      September 28, 2012 at 11:35 pm

      not as much as big man Julian Khazzouh who last season was at 250k. he’s now left for another league but anyhow. ive got both johnson and jackson because they are both big players and i could build my team around them. johnson is about 40k more then the next high priced centre which is a big margin where as lisch and and maybe a few others (in my opinion) could score as well as jackson.

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    Sam

    September 27, 2012 at 9:59 am

    what’s a reasonable score in nbl dreamteam?
    150? 200?

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    Roy

    September 27, 2012 at 10:00 am

    here is my last league code:
    723333

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      What the bejeebers

      September 27, 2012 at 5:51 pm

      Didnt get in time for that one either:(
      Any chance you could post another one??

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        Aidan

        October 1, 2012 at 9:31 am

        Normally the word ‘last’ indicates that its final one of its kind

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    Sam

    September 27, 2012 at 10:06 am

    Hey guys,

    Are u guys gonna post articles for nbl dreamteam?
    It would be great help for someone like me!

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    Tobin Mason

    September 27, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    Hey, can either Roy or Warnie create another league, if possible?

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    Warnie

    September 27, 2012 at 7:20 pm

    The Warne Dawgs current NBL lineup.

    FORWARDS: Abercrombie, Ballinger (Garlepp, Hinder).
    CENTRES: Johnson (Allen)
    GUARDS: Jackson, Wilson (Cadee, C. Webster).

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    flyingHIGH

    September 27, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    spots available guys – 846729

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      flyingHIGH

      September 27, 2012 at 9:28 pm

      682479

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    Magpie Mayhem

    September 27, 2012 at 10:34 pm

    Here is another Mayhem DT league code….please dont join and forget to update your team…… all welcome, just play the season out thats all I ask…….invite code: 718769

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    What the bejeebers

    September 27, 2012 at 11:32 pm

    Mad Romeys so far:

    FORWARDS: Abercrombie, Tragardh (Steindl, Hinder)
    CENTRES: Pledger (Burston)
    GUARDS: Lisch, Crawford (Cadee, Webster)

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      What the bejeebers

      September 27, 2012 at 11:38 pm

      OR:

      FORWARDS: Abercrombie. Ballinger (Steindl, Hinder)
      CENTRES: Tragardh (Burston)
      GUARDS: Lisch, Deleon (Cadee, Webster)

      Thoughts, which one is better??

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        Connor Richards

        September 28, 2012 at 11:39 pm

        ballinger is a risk but the rest of your starters are better in the second team. id still go with the second team though

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    Aidan

    September 28, 2012 at 7:46 am

    401769 – 7 spots left

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    Sam

    September 28, 2012 at 9:25 am

    best forward upto 130k?

    I’ve got Redhage, is there a better deal?

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      What the bejeebers

      September 28, 2012 at 9:49 am

      Seth scott??

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      What the bejeebers

      September 28, 2012 at 9:52 am

      Or peter crawford

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        Sam

        September 28, 2012 at 12:49 pm

        Thanks for the help mate.

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    Wortho

    September 28, 2012 at 10:05 pm

    Here’s my team

    Forwards
    Abercrombie, Scott, Garlepp and Hire

    Centers
    Johnson and Allen

    Guards
    Jackson, Madgen, Cadee and Webster

    Join my league
    752586

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    hutcho

    September 28, 2012 at 10:28 pm

    League code: 534998

    Plenty of spots left guys :)

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    Wolfpack

    September 30, 2012 at 4:23 pm

    TEAM – wolfpack

    Tragardh,redhage
    ( Ballinger)(steindl)

    Johnson, D(B.Allen

    Henry, C, (J.Harvey)
    Cadee, J, (m.cedar)

    Cash left – $62,000

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    Sam

    September 30, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    hey guys,

    I’m very new to nbl.
    It would be great to receive some feedback on my current line-up, so here goes:

    FORWARDS: Tragardh, Ballinger (Garlepp, Hinder)
    CENTERS: Johnson (Allen)
    GUARDS: Jackson, Lisch (Cadee, Demos)

    I’m not too sure about the final spot for my guards. Demos was just for team balance, to have an equal number of players from each team. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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      Chook

      September 30, 2012 at 9:52 pm

      As Wortho said, consider Corey Webster from the Breakers, mate. Out for a year with drugs suspension, but looks to have his shit together and can score with the best of them. Otherwise, ex-Blaze guard Goulding has had some good numbers for Melbourne but costs a tad more (about $60k I think).

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        Sam

        October 1, 2012 at 10:09 am

        Thanks mate

        I’ll take that into consideration!

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          Sam

          October 1, 2012 at 10:54 am

          I’ve made these changes

          Seth Scott for Ballinger
          Ryhs Martin for Lisch
          Chris Goulding for Demos

          My team looks a fair bit better, thanks again chook!

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    Sam

    September 30, 2012 at 7:14 pm

    Is there any forward worth having on the court ahead of ballinger who costs less than 72k???

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    Tobin Mason

    September 30, 2012 at 7:45 pm

    Here is my team-

    Tobins Team

    FORWARDS CENTERS GUARDS
    Abercrombie Johnson Jackson
    Ballinger (Allen) Lisch
    (Steindl, Hinder) (C Webster, Demos)

    Dont know a lot about NBL so any feedback on my team would be great!

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    Tobin Mason

    September 30, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    Here is my team.

    Tobins Team

    FORWARDS
    Abercrombie
    Ballinger
    (Steindl, Hinder)

    CENTERS
    Johnson
    (Allen)

    GUARDS
    Jackson
    Lisch
    (C Webster, Cedar)

    Dont know a lot about NBL so any feedback on my team would be great!

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      bmx

      September 30, 2012 at 8:02 pm

      not sure of ballinger as a starting forward, maybe a bench option, and cedar is alright if it is michael

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        Tobin Mason

        September 30, 2012 at 8:54 pm

        thanks

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    Tobin Mason

    September 30, 2012 at 8:29 pm

    thanks mate

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    Chook

    September 30, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    Put a league together as well, guys. Jump on in.

    591365

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      Xebradant

      October 1, 2012 at 7:35 pm

      Thrilled that I got into your league.
      I’m a massive NBL DT’er and unfortunately didn’t look on dreamteamtalk until today.

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        Chook

        October 2, 2012 at 11:14 pm

        Happy to have you on board! Unless you’re really, really good. I was hoping to avoid the ass-whoopings I got handed in my AFL DT league this year. ;)

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    Pamela

    October 1, 2012 at 12:15 am

    In the past month I’ve joined the NFL and EPL cos I miss the DT. Don’t know the sports though and I don’t know anything about NBL but I can’t wait to start learning.!!!

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    Warnie

    October 1, 2012 at 10:32 am

    A tweet last night from Chris Anstey said that Ballinger will be unlikely for Round 1. Remember your bench players score in NBL DT, so you can’t just whack him there.

    Restructure, restructure, restructure!

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    Sam

    October 1, 2012 at 10:58 am

    lockout’s not too far away.

    Who’s a better pick for captain, Johnson (Adelaide), Jackson (New Zealand) or Tragardh (Cairns)?

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      bmx

      October 1, 2012 at 5:15 pm

      for round one i’d be going with johnson

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        Sam

        October 1, 2012 at 8:34 pm

        Yeah I was thinking the same.
        Well, that’s confirmation

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    What the bejeebers

    October 2, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    What is the average salary cap you should have left after you buy all your players??

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      What the bejeebers

      October 2, 2012 at 2:37 pm

      Only one more spot left in my league
      CODE: 611840

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    Dan

    October 3, 2012 at 7:28 am

    Hello my first post in DT talk loved it all year probably got me to 179th overall.thanks
    I’ll try and give a bit back in the nbl as I’ve gone around before coment/ridicule at will !!!

    This is not DREAMTEAM it’s nbl a whole new ball game, similar yes but not the same.
    My two cents:
    Pick your side for rounds 3-4-5 in mind so you don’t have to trade early. You can still have a good side as all teams play once in r1+r2

    Redhage,crawford (garlapp,hinder)
    Tragardh (Alan)
    Ervin,Wilson (Henry,,cadee)

    Come round 4 look to trade cairns players to kings for their b2b doubles.
    2011 MVP Ervin is a must at 116k

    Also teams on here looking to go the big money loading up with swan, ablett,buddy(Johnson,Jackson,Tragardh,ect) in one team is not ideal to start. The bench players score(only half yes) but score and often decide games. So pick a gun or two yes but share the $$ around with some players, pick bench players that will likely get some minutes.By changing a jackson to a lisch or Wilson saves 30-40k and then let’s you turn a 40kish bench player into say madgen, Harvey or goulding, all ok players who will get more minutes(and intern points)

    Just my 2cents I’m no guru but have played this comp the last 4 years

    So take what you will from it

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    Pittbull

    October 3, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    I have won my past two seasons public league championships and I’m looking for a 3peat this season! Unfortunately half the teams become ghost ships. I’m looking for 11 more teams that will remain active all season and play it out. Might even turn it into an AFL DT league next year if there is good banter.

    League Code: 674528

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    Tobin Mason

    October 3, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    Ive made a few changes to my team.

    Tobins Team

    FORWARDS: T Abercrombie, S Scott (T Garlepp, R Hinder)
    CENTERS: D Johnson (B Allen)
    GUARDS: K Lisch, W Jamar (C Webster, J Cadee)

    Any feedback would be great!

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    Matt

    October 3, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    Jason Cadee has a hand injury and is likely to miss first couple of games.
    Just trying to help, Google his name to find out for yourself

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    Matt

    October 3, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    The injury is nothing major he could
    Actually miss no games at all.

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    What the bejeebers

    October 5, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    Should I bring in Deleon for Jackson and then upgrade S.Scott??

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      What the bejeebers

      October 5, 2012 at 3:39 pm

      I did it, Jackson–>Deleon & Scott–>Abercrombie. You gotta risk it for the biscuit;)

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