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Bryce Gibbs – Deck of Dream Team 2013

Bryce Gibbs used to be my boy and 2013 will be the year to remind me why. Quite honestly, I don’t think there is a player that ticks more boxes than Gibbs this year. Lock, Load, Throw Key.

  • Roy

dec28_gibbsName: Bryce Gibbs
Club: Carlton
Position: Mid/Def
Assistant Coach 2013 Price: $473,300
Bye Round: 13
2012 Average: 92
2012 Games Played: 22
Predicted Average: 112

Why should I pick him?

When playing in the midfield, Bryce Gibbs has the potential to score at an elite standard. In 2011 when he finished the season in a mid/fwd role he absolutely dominated with a streak of 8 AFL Dream Team 100’s which included 123, 128 and 139 to go with 3 scores over 110. Last year he played a lot off half back, often going unnoticed and picking up less possessions and marks than we have become accustomed to. The positive from that is he averaged 15 point less per game meaning he is now at a bargain basement for someone of his ability.

Due to his role last year Bryce has regained DPP status which provides flexibility and the opportunity to select one of the games potential elite mids in the backline.

Towards the end of 2012 when we were questioning if Gibbs would ever reach the heights we expect of him, he bounced back to remind us of what he can do with 4/5 100 point games to finish with 118, 122, 125 and 141 showing he also knows how to go on with the job.

With new coach Mick Malthouse having a good history of developing young midfield stars and the fact he has hinted that Bryce is set for a greater midfield role, he seems destined for a personal best season. The Pie midfield under Malthouse was also renowned for pumping out huge scores which is a big positive.

Since entering the league, Bryce has missed just 1 regular season game in 6 seasons so he is extremely durable. This is probably a reflection of his outstanding ability to gain uncontested possessions and marks which is a positive for our DTers (risk free and high scoring).

Despite his outstanding ability, Gibbs is third in line from an opposition defensive mindset. When teams look to shut down the Blues midfield, Chris Judd and Mark Murphy are always first on the hit list which should allow Gibbs to flourish.

Why shouldn’t I pick him?

The only reason not to pick Gibbs this year is to be unique. Personally I am not a fan of this tactic, but there are always a few out there that don’t select a player in the hope that they fail, giving them an advantage over the masses. Heads up: don’t do it with Bryce Gibbs.

There is actually no reason you shouldn’t pick him

Deck of DT Rating.

King – If Gibbs was named just as a mid, I would seriously be considering him at this price. The fact he can be selected as a defender makes it an absolute no brainer and he should be everybody’s first picked. The new coach is a cherry on top as he has ticked all other boxes. Look for Gibbs to take his personal best average of 107 for the season up to 110+.

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    December 28, 2012 at 8:12 am

    Great Read Roy!!
    Totally agree I see him as lock like Ablett and Leuey should be, Great stuff!

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    December 28, 2012 at 8:30 am

    Nice article Roy. I don’t think too many will be starting without him.

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    December 28, 2012 at 8:45 am

    cant stand him as a player but hes in.

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    Big Feller

    December 28, 2012 at 9:11 am

    Top article Roy.
    At that expected average you can’t afford not to have him!

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    December 28, 2012 at 9:27 am

    great value and a lock unless something drastically changes

  6. Graeme


    December 28, 2012 at 9:32 am

    Had him from the start last year. Whose shit advice was that? Finally traded him and then he came good. FMDT. But yes, he is an absolute must this year.

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    December 28, 2012 at 9:34 am

    He’ll be one of my first 5 players picked. Super lock.

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    December 28, 2012 at 9:42 am

    Great write-up Roy. I’ll watch him in the NAB Cup and see how he goes, barring injury he is locked in my team for sure.

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    Super Hans

    December 28, 2012 at 9:46 am

    He is that much of a lock I don’t think he should even be in the Deck.

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    December 28, 2012 at 10:08 am

    First player locked for me.

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    December 28, 2012 at 10:30 am

    I agree with all above. Is a lock.
    I’m surprised that “most” of the deck so far has been either locks “GAblett, Cotchin, Leuey, Gibbs or certain No’s as in McIntosh and a couple of others that slip mind.
    Curious as to when all the 50/50 choices will be coming upin the deck.

    • Warnie


      December 28, 2012 at 10:35 am

      The Christmas period is a pretty quiet time on the site… so these guys are all up now – method in our madness, however… I’ll go and look through some of the list and give you some 50/50 calls in my opinion over the deck in the last couple of weeks. Beams, Murphy, Redden, Knights, Franklin, Kennedy, Moloney, Thomas. Don’t stress, there are still another 34 to go!

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        December 28, 2012 at 10:52 am

        you’re right. there have been a few 50/50s already. Amazing how quickly we forget! LOL.
        My comment was not in any way meant to be a criticism – the work done by everyone putting the deck together is fantastic and appreciated no doubt by all DT enthusiasts.
        Look forward to more of those “hmmmmm” players to come.

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    December 28, 2012 at 10:49 am

    predicted average of 112, lock for everyone, how is he not an ace as a defender? Very picky Roy

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    December 28, 2012 at 10:57 am

    surely he’s an ACE this year! He’ll be everyone first pick in the backline

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      December 28, 2012 at 4:15 pm

      +1 He should be a king if he averaged the same as last season consistent defenders that ave over 90 arent to easy to come by if you project him to ave 112 he is a Joker (Better than an ace in some games) in my opinion.

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    graham allen

    December 28, 2012 at 11:20 am

    first picked but unsure to pick him in backline or midfield. had murphy but canned him for gibbs as a m4. gives me good mid/def options.

    hmmmmm thankfully still go 3 months to get this right.

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      December 28, 2012 at 8:41 pm

      the joke is on you bud if you pick gibbs in the midfield

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    PurpleArmy (aka Space Goats)

    December 28, 2012 at 11:52 am

    Agreed should totally be an ACE, especially when the only reason to not pick a player is to be unique. Watch him rack up those +6’s all day again :)

    Lock for me

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    December 28, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    Top Article Roy! Gibbs is my 2nd lock behind Luey, Bryce is set to go Boom! Whoever drives away in the car would surely have this bloke in their team. You blokes do a great job with the deck – keep em coming!

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