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The 11th Hour Shakes…

It’s been a big day in DT land… as Anthony starts this article, you can see where his mindset is: “I am writing this while crouched in the corner of my cubicle space, scared to look at the computer screen with my team on it.” Enjoy the read!

eleventhhourHello fellow coaches!

I am writing this while crouched in the corner of my cubicle space, scared to look at the computer screen with my team on it.

I don’t completely understand what happened. The last 3 weeks have gone by and I’ve barely touched my team, I was actually really happy with the structure and players I’d selected. This is mostly due to the fact that I’ve spent the entire preseason doing nothing but research for my Fantasy team. Hours spent reading DT Talk articles and discussing with my fellow coaches via forums and twitter all the various strategies and player combinations to decide which would be the strongest possible round 1 team.

As always I had a quick look over my team last night, looking at a few players I’d left out but couldn’t see any possible changes I could make. I went to bed, still really happy with my team.

Then it happened.

3am I woke up from an AFL Fantasy induced nightmare. Ryan O’Keefe had completely killed it in round 1. I need Ryan O’Keefe in my team! I quickly logged on, made a few changes and by 3:15am I was back asleep with Ryan O’Keefe sitting in my midfield.

This morning I woke up, remembering the outcome of what I’d done mid morning but not completely sure how I’d done it. I logged on to see that ‘midmorning’ Anthony had also decided that in order to get the cash needed to upgrade to ROK in his midfield, Buddy Franklin‘s services would no longer be required in his forward line. Instead he had decided that Siposs deserved a spot at F3. This didn’t sit well with ‘fully awake’ Anthony.

This resulted in more research and scouring of Fantasy relevant articles on the internet and knee jerk reactions.


Gary Ablett Jnr to play less game time!?’ I’m not paying over $600k for an underperforming premium.. Drop!

Ricky Petterd promoted to the senior list!?’ He’s scored 77 points per 100 mins in the NAB!… Lock!

Now that I think about it Pittard hasn’t really impressed me… Drop!
Is Whitfield really worth $180k!?… Drop!

… This went on for most of the morning, leaving me with a team I could no longer recognise and was deeply ashamed to call my own! The thing is, I knew I was going too far, but couldn’t stop. The more changes I made, no matter how justified I thought they were, the worse my team would look, resulting in even more changes!

After some sound advice from some fellow twitter coaches who have talked me off the proverbial Dream Team ledge (you guys know who you are) I’ve gone back and changed my team to how it looked last night before my 3am nightmare.

The moral here is that we are in the ’11th hour’ at the moment. Lockout is very close and it is causing a lot of us to second guess our decisions.

Just remember, you’ve done the research and locked in these players for a reason. Back your preseason judgement and don’t mess with your structure. You will regret it!

The only changes we should be looking at this week are based on injuries or whether rookies are playing.

If you feel the urge to make those sweeping changes, take a deep breath, step away from your team and talk to another coach!

And remember, Keep calm and lock Swan!

Good luck fellow coaches!

Joining the DT Talk writing team in 2013, Anthony is a West Coast boy (man, we have a lot of Eagles lovers here) and he will bring us plenty of great content again this year. @anthonydsmith86.



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    March 19, 2013 at 10:34 pm

    Ha, one of the better reads Ive seen on here – well done!

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    This Is Smelly Pete

    March 19, 2013 at 10:48 pm


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    March 19, 2013 at 11:07 pm

    I started getting the shakes as soon as the news came through about Leuenberger last week!

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    March 19, 2013 at 11:13 pm

    I know the feel bro. I know the feel.

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    March 19, 2013 at 11:42 pm

    I stare at my team all day at work.. it’s getting to a point where it’s actually ridiculous

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    March 20, 2013 at 6:14 am

    Anyone still looking for a DT league, feel free to join: 628146

    Finished about 150 overall last year and aiming to improve. :)

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    March 20, 2013 at 7:25 am

    I have made minimal changes, I have had Hibberd locked since NAB Rd1, only thing I did yesterday was went Scooter to Kennedy, Kennedy should cream the first few rounds and then I might make a move on the falling Ablett…..

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      March 20, 2013 at 11:46 am

      falling Ablett… LOL

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    March 20, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    This precise thing happened to me last night. A scan of my twitter feed will see a string of tweets sounding out my disillusionment with SO many teams having 90% of the same players. Started making changes left, right and centre! Woke this morning, calmed down, and settled back into my normal side.

    Bring on Friday FFS. :D

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    March 20, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    spots still left in this league: 134145

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    March 20, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    spots still left in this league: 134145!

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    March 20, 2013 at 3:41 pm

    has anyone heard if the Berger is playing or not. I heard his reserves game went well

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