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The Sunday Knee-Jerk – Round 4

DT is a fickle game. Fact is that you will rarely come across a team who dodges every bullet. One week somebody will be up and about, chirping more than their fair share. The next week they are getting rolled by the lowest scorer the week before. Join Matt as he brings us the knee-jerk for Round 4.

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DT is a fickle game. Fact is that you will rarely come across a team who dodges every bullet. One week somebody will be up and about, chirping more than their fair share. The next week they are getting rolled by the lowest scorer the week before. Not in relation to a personal experience… Ok it is. I’m up and about this week! However I know what a few of you are feeling like so it’s my job to knee-jerk for you! Don’t worry, I’ll just watch a half of Zorko playing and I’ll be ready to fire! It’s time to knee-jerk!

The Legend

There wasn’t too many massive scores going around this week, however a couple clearly stand out. Birchall (154) has taken it to a new level so far this season. So much for him getting a forward tag from the dockers, he is on fire! His price is getting out of reach quickly so it is probably advisable that we wait until midway through the year to get him at a more affordable price. If he ever slows. The milestone man (or pig) Swan (130) is back, have faith in him! ANZAC day is next… OINK! Wines (101) is next level, amazing for a first year rook. Oh yeah some other guy did pretty well again also…

The Sunday Chop

Where to start, where to start… I know. Jack Viney (18). Just to confirm he wasn’t injured. WTF?!? That’s pretty shocking, I’m sure many had some 80’s or 90’s on the pine as well. It’s a very harsh game! His status as a cash cow has been stripped from him and it seems it’s time to give him the chop! JPK was sighted by some as a breakout player. However it does not seem to be, each of his disposals on the weekend averaged just over 2 DT points. Now there’s your problem! Not a great DTer and when he isn’t tackling, he struggles. Better options going around, definitely one to chop I reckon. The Hodge (51) trade was a bit of a wake up call also. They won’t all pay off. Perhaps give him a week to rebound. Martin (58) also came crashing down to earth, hard. An amazing stat to come on him later. Oh yeah… Goldstein (69) is still Goldstein. The list is now adding as I write, Hanley (62) was ill tempered all day and has been benched with a knee problem. Was there any truth to the rumours? Perhaps there was after all, a possible chop if he’s gone for more than 1.

The Clown

Simple. To the idiots that sit there trying to make our weekend one of sitting around nervously making sure none of our premiums are late withdrawals. Turned out they ALL played. Luckily I wasn’t paying attention to half of them, some I didn’t even know about until the final teams were out! Shows how much truth they have to them. Lesson learnt. Ignore them. More on this issue later.

What we’ve learnt

  • Usually if a team has a 76% kicking efficiency during a quarter they will go into the break fairly happy. That was the combined efficiency of both Melbourne and GWS during the 1st term, 37% and 39% respectively. That’s as bad as it gets.
  • Never trust Dusty. Last week he broke his 2nd half hoodoo. This week he notched 48 in the 1st half. And 10 in the 2nd. Wow.
  • Twitter rumours have as much substance to them as a spacial vacuum.
  • Never get too cocky, you are 1 round from crashing back to earth.
  • Sideways trading is possible now, but your number 1 priority still has to be to cull the rooks. Viney is a prime example of single handedly ruining someones week.
  • Brisbane got way ahead of themselves in the pre-season, their effort was pitiful.
  • Daw is going to be the highlight reel from heaven. Naitinui originating from heaven.
  • I am not mentioning one man’s name for the rest of the season, purely out of bitterness at my stupidity and reluctance. He is formally known as ‘hewhomustnotbenamed’ in this article. I’m sure you can guess who…
  • The Eagles team could have been replaced by the half time Auskickers in front of goal. The results wouldn’t have been much different.
  • West Coast actually staged their pre-season and journeyed off on a 3 month trip around the world, planning their Premiership Mad Monday celebrations on the go.
  • From a live view I can honestly say Judd does a great Voldemort impression.
  • Juddy chicken winged Ratten’s career, now he’s relieved a pressure point without the captaincy. Malthouse has been warned to cover his eyes if anything goes wrong…

This game sh*ts me

Not much sh*ts me this week, however there was one small thing. Rookies. The most unpredictable sons of bitches to ever walk the planet. Whitfield is your prime example! I am doing my best to get my decisions right, and I did this week. The game becomes more about luck than skill at times, especially early in the year. One bad decision can cost you your week! And that’s why this game sh*ts me.

The other bits and pieces.

It’s been much hyped, but the twitter rumours were flying around all over the place. The simple fact is that if a player is named in the team on Thursday night, he is going to play. The only kind of late withdrawal we ever see is that of a warm up injury, which wouldn’t occur more than 2 hours before bounce down. Unless your Fyfe. So sit back and relax during the week, and wait until Thursday. If you team is seeing green lights, then your go! I managed a massive 2154 this week, so I’m up and about! Let’s see how long that lasts… Good luck with all your trades and let’s hope all that failed (Most. Most that failed.) this week can bounce back! Cheers.

If you enjoyed my raging and want a hittable punching bag when sh*t goes tits up, follow me on twitter @MattCraigDT. My views are honest, mostly helpful and occasionally entertaining! Also hit me up with any suggestions for who you thought were the Legends, Losers and Clowns, plus what you’ve learnt the past week. I value everyone’s opinion!



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    April 22, 2013 at 4:10 pm

    Thoughts, Option 1:
    K Mitchell to Evans or Viney to Evans.
    Or Option 2:
    Karnezis to Mayes…

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      April 22, 2013 at 5:17 pm

      Can’t you do both?

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    April 22, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    Koby Stevens to Sam Mayes and Jack Viney to Michael Evans. $316,200 Remaining.

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    April 22, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    trades so far:
    JPK to Birchall, (brought Heppell into mids).
    Stevenson to Hartlett
    Remaining salary cap: $205,300

    Planning to go Moloney to Watson and Danger to S. Mitchell next rd.

    Then the rd after Westhoff to Buddy and JJK to Dale Thomas.

    That will leave me with roughly 50k to upgrade rookes such as wines/o’meara/viney/crouch.

    This is of course if all goes to plan and no injuries/spuds.

    How many rookies should people have in their teams in each position on the field by the end of the season?

    Thoughts would be great, thanks!

    Does my plan sound alright? is 50k enough to have to upgrade wines/o’meara?

    I’m thinking that i’ll have 2 rookies on the field in defence, 2 rookies on field in mids and 1 rookie on field in fwd line by the end of the season, does that sound alright?

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      April 22, 2013 at 5:16 pm

      By the end of the season, you ideally won’t want any rookies on field. Maybe one or max two if they keep scoring well (eg Goodes, Wines).

      I’d also recommend improving your side as much as you can week to week. This may include saving cash for upgrades the following week, but planned trades two or three weeks in advance are just never going to eventuate.

      As for this week, I don’t love those trades. Stevenson still has a heap of money to make, and PA’s tougher upcoming draw may impact on Hartlett. It doesn’t sound like you have any major problem areas, so without having seen your team, I’d recommend just sideways trading JPK to Watson for now.

  4. The Butcher

    The Butcher

    April 22, 2013 at 4:42 pm

    I think there are better rookie options next week if they play (Paperone, Doherty and Kerridge). May be worth waiting a week for cows to fatten before slaughter. Just a thought.

  5. Jack


    April 22, 2013 at 4:44 pm

    At the moment I have locked 1 trade k.mitchell —> Mayes but the other one I can do is viney —> Evans and that leaves me with 140k to upgrade hodge next week or I do matt wright —> stokes/monfries/lecras I just want to no ur opinions on wat one out of them two trades I should do thanks and thoughts plz

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      Blue boys

      April 22, 2013 at 5:34 pm

      Jack, look to make the cash and stop the sideways trades. Wright to stokes/monfries/lecras is a waste, as none of those 3 are going to be top 6 scoring forwards by years end.
      If you want to upgrade Wright, it should be to someone like Johnson, Buddy etc.

  6. Jack


    April 22, 2013 at 4:44 pm

    At the moment I have locked 1 trade k.mitchell —> Mayes but the other one I can do is viney —> Evans and that leaves me with 140k to upgrade hodge next week or I do matt wright —> stokes/monfries/lecras I just want to no ur opinions on wat one out of them two trades I should do thanks and thoughts

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    April 22, 2013 at 4:50 pm

    Thoughts on these trades… JPK -> Swan and Viney -> Mayes swinging Neade onto the midfield bench and Mayes into the forwards.

    Cheers, thoughts.

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    April 22, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    Stanton or watson? Stanton always seems to drop off later in season…

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      April 22, 2013 at 5:04 pm

      Stanton i reckon. Don’t worry about drop off just yet. Much better mid essendon have this yr. Wait for watson to drop out in price has a B/e of 164.

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    Jax HD

    April 22, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    Hey guys, this is my first season playing DT so trying to get each trade right. This round I can either:
    Trade OUT Viney for Evans
    Trade OUT Viney for Mayes
    Trade OUT K Mitchell for Evans
    Trade OUT JPK for any MF Gun besides Swan, Ablett, Pendle and S Mitchell who I already have. I’m leaning towards Boyd or Stanton. Ideas?

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      April 22, 2013 at 7:03 pm

      all sounds good but i’m not sure about Boyd. I would probably go Stanton

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    April 22, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    Hi Jax, hope ur enjoying the stresses of Dt in ur first year. Hope ur going alright. viney to evans is a must and JPK> stanton i reckon. I currently have that dilemma it’s either jpk> stanton or cornes. Give boyd another week i reckon.

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      Jax HD

      April 22, 2013 at 5:16 pm

      Hi DTKING,
      Great, just what I was thinking. Thanks very much for our reply.
      Team is tracking well. Ranked 6554 overall with 2060 points last round.
      I have it all sorted so far but I’m worried about when to start trading up rookies. Too late and I get stuck with rookies as I get over taken and too early and I win a couple of games and end up being taken later on and get stuck with no money. Tough Stuff!

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        April 22, 2013 at 5:20 pm

        No problems buddy. For your first year ur going along nicely. Rookies should be traded when their break evens are to high so keep an eye on it. E.g. do trade B.goodes out just yet he’s b/e is -42 this week. But just check ur break evens and u’ll be alright.

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    Alex Coleman

    April 22, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    I’ve got two pretty easy league games this week so I’m thinking

    And then Ill choose from
    Watson>SSelwood (easy draw and avoid price drop only temporary)
    Bartel>Stevie J
    Ablett>Moloney/Mullett (bit late but still an option)

    Help would be appreciated

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      April 22, 2013 at 5:15 pm

      viney to mayes but if macaffer doesn’t play trade him.

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        Alex Coleman

        April 22, 2013 at 5:46 pm

        Cheers just what I was thinking

  12. gambler


    April 22, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    650k cash in bank (Downgraded zorko > rowe, ablett > moloney last week)

    Def: Gibbs, Goddard, Grimes, Goodes, Pittard, Terlich (Stevenson, Vlaustin)

    Mid: Swan, Cotchin, Murphy, Sidebottom, Moloney, Wines, O’meara, Crouch (Viney, K Mitchell)

    Ruck: Maric, Berger (Blivavs, Currie)

    Fwd: Franklin, Rockliff, Martin, JJ Kennedy, Dwywer, Rowe (Neade, Macaffer)

    For all you experienced dreamteamers: I’m chasing league win. Should i still be looking at using both trades on securing bubble rooks now? Considering my team is on the weak side as i downgraded last week to make money and (and avoid price falls).

    Option 1: Mitchell > Mayes, Viney > Evans (Next week Vlaus > Birchall Moloney > Ablett/Watson/Boyd) 700k left.

    Option 2: Mitchell > Mayes, Vlaus > Birchell (Next week Viney > Paparone, Moloney > Ablett/Watson Boyd) ~250k left.

    Gah, please help me

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    April 22, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    midfield consists of swan, cotchin, pendles, wines, barlow, o’meara, hodge…opinions of who i should get in?

    i can afford anyone as i am upgrading kennedy and have 380,000 banked.

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      April 22, 2013 at 5:20 pm

      any thoughts on murphy or even boak?

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        April 22, 2013 at 5:24 pm

        Umm, if u ask me adam based on ur budget i would say murphy is a safer bet. Boak has average 110, but the draw is getting harder for port, so dont be fooled into getting port players like k.cornes or boak just yet. Murphy should be fine, given the blues tough start he’s doing very good. Averaging close to 110 with a side thats 1-3 means he’s a gun. Thats my thoughts

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          April 22, 2013 at 5:39 pm

          I agree with you but Murphy is averaging 103 a fair bit of 110 but agree with your thoughts on Murph.

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            April 22, 2013 at 5:41 pm

            Yeah sorry 103. Got excited there. But he does have better potential out of them two. But J.selwood is in that price range so consider him. If u had the money adam stanton would be the way to go.

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    April 22, 2013 at 6:02 pm

    Viney -> Evans
    Deledio or JPK -> Swan


    Viney -> Evans
    Bartel -> Franklin or Stevie J


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      April 22, 2013 at 7:34 pm

      deledio for swan and option 1

  15. Jack


    April 22, 2013 at 6:08 pm

    I can do these 2 options
    1: k.mitchell –> Mayes and then viney –> Evans
    2: trade hodge for colquhoun and then get birchall and use dpp and then put colquhoun on the bench and put heppel in mid
    So thoughts on what option I should choose I am leaning towards the first one because if I do the second one I don’t get Mayes but I can live without that thoughts plz

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    April 22, 2013 at 6:56 pm

    This week Viney and Kommer out, Evans and Mayes in.

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      April 22, 2013 at 7:32 pm

      what I am doing this week but instead of kommer I am trading out Mitchell
      Good trades

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    April 22, 2013 at 7:20 pm

    Wright or Lewis who should I get rid of?

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    April 22, 2013 at 7:23 pm

    Two trades this week.

    Viney -> Evans
    Happy with that one.

    Sam Jacobs -> Lance Franklin/Mark LeCras?
    Need some help with the second one.
    I am left with only $300 if I go with Buddy.

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      April 22, 2013 at 7:30 pm

      those trades look great and I will go oscars over buddy save you a bit of $

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    April 22, 2013 at 8:22 pm

    Guys please help. Should I go
    This leaves 125,000
    This option leaves me with 587,000

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    April 22, 2013 at 8:29 pm

    im trying to decide between adcock and harbrow as i have about 390k. im thinking harbow. Am i crazy?

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      April 22, 2013 at 9:54 pm

      Harbrow of those two. Not entirely crazy, he goes alright. Dempsey’s worth looking at too, I reckon

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    April 22, 2013 at 9:00 pm

    My team is solid and i’m pretty sure I wont have enough $$$ to upgrade all my rookies. I think come end of season I will have Neade as my only fwd rookie on the field, Crouch as only mid rookie on the field and Goodes, Stevenson, Pittard, Heath and Terlich in defence, 3 of which will be on the field. Does that sound alright or is my defence just too shit. It has Goddard, Gibbs, Heppel.

    My Mids will Be: Ablett, Swan, Watson, Cotchin, Pendles, Sloane, Hartlett, Crouch (Viney, Kommer) and my FWDS will be: Thomas, Bartel, Rockliff, Martin, J.Lewis, Neade (Macaffer, Rowe), sound alright?

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    April 22, 2013 at 9:35 pm

    my team:
    def: Goddard, Gibbs, Heppel, Goodes, Stevenson, Pittard (Heath, Terlich)
    Mid: Swan, Pendles, Cotchin, Dangerfield, Hartlett, Wines, O’meara, Crouch ( Viney, Kommer)
    Fwd: Bartel, Rockliff, Westhoff, Martin, JJK, Neade (Rowe, Macaffer)

    Cash left: $325,200

    Now do you think i’ll have enough $ to upgrade all rookies?

  23. Jack


    April 22, 2013 at 9:43 pm

    Can u please help me what team should I go with this week
    Team1: def: Gibbs,Goddard,heppel,goodes,pittard,Stevenson (Terlich,Heath)
    Mid: swan,ablett,cotchin,pendlebury,hodge,molony,wines,o’meara (neade,Evans
    Ruck: cox,Berger (blicavs,Naismith)
    Fwd: hoff,bartel,rockcliff,wright,Kennedy,Mayes (Dwyer,macaffer)

    Team2: def: birchall,Goddard,Gibbs,goodes,pittard,Stevenson (colquhoun,Heath)
    Mid: swan,ablett,cotchin,pendlebury,heppel,molony,wines,o’meara (viney,k.mitchell)
    Ruck: cox,Berger (blicavs,Naismith)
    Fwd: hoff,bartel,rockcliff,wright,Kennedy,Mayes (Dwyer, macaffer)

    Plz tell me your thoughts on wat team I should go for this week and in team1 after next week I 150k to upgrade hodge and in team2 I have 5k so tell me ur thoughts plz

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    April 23, 2013 at 8:05 am

    I blame my fingers. They’re a pack of anarchists.

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      April 23, 2013 at 8:06 am

      Okay that was a comment to a previous post. Now I just sound like a lunatic.

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