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Daniel’s Dilemma: Midfield Trauma

Gary Ablett is the talk of the week and we’re all looking for a replacement. Daniel covers three unique options for the Little Master.


Welcome back to Daniel’s Dilemma! Another week, another dilemma and the fantasy gods have struck us with lightening not only once, but twice. It is our midfield that has endured the most pain over the weekend, with suspensions and injuries completing a deteriorating round.

The round saw Adelaide midfield dynamo, Rory Sloane recorded the biggest score of the round with a whopping 143 points as the Crows eased to a 68 point win over Western Sydney. This score was closely followed by our favourite son, Tom Rockliff who repaid his many owners faith with a score of 137 against a determined Tigers outfit.

The headaches started on a Saturday night when Gary Ablett landed awkwardly on his shoulder courtesy of a tough Brent Macaffer tag. With the star midfielder on only 67 with nearly half the competition placing the ‘C’ comfortably on him, a chorus of groaning and moaning was to be expected.

At the time of writing, Ablett was travelling to Melbourne to seek further medical advice on his diagnosed dislocated shoulder, but it hasn’t become any clearer to the Gold Coast staff how serious the outcome is.

Though Ablett’s injury is not the only migraine we have to deal with: Brendon Goddard and Tom Rockliff have also been issued a one week ban for rough conduct and striking respectively.

This news obviously implements further discomfort when deciding who to replace our star with, making it tougher to introduce a new midfielder in confidence.

With this predicament at hand we need to look at our options and act accordingly to make sure that the absence of Ablett does not affect our fantasy teams as much as we first thought.

Even though you may feel that there is a simple sideways trade to another in form gun, I will present to you my best 3 unique players that us coaches can seriously consider before pressing that deceiving trade button.


1: Levi Greenwood ($553,826) 1.29% Ownership

It is amazing to see the amount of owners that Greenwood has acquired, considering he is averaging 102 and has not dropped under the magical 100 mark in 6 of his 7 previous games!

He seems to be able to pick up possessions around the ground with ease and with St.Kilda, Carlton and Geelong the next 3 games for North Melbourne this rich vein of form is set to continue.

Greenwood has been in unassailable form lately and the strong North Melbourne midfielder should be strongly considered before you make any trades this week.

Click here for Greenwood’s 2014 stats on DT Live.



2: Brandon Ellis ($536,485) 2.2% Ownership

The Richmond midfielder has been a shining light in what has arguably been a dull season for the yellow and black.

He manages to produce score after score that keeps his very little number of owners proud of there invest they made throughout the season.

Ellis has racked up an incredible 7 straight tons and is a target you should seriously consider when replacing Ablett.

Richmond has Port Adelaide, West Coast and GWS in their next 3 games and even though these may seem like difficult fixtures, Ellis has shown that he can perform against the best clubs.

Click here for Ellis’ 2014 stats on DT Live.


3: Tom Liberatore ($531,378) 6.72% Ownership

Liberatore is a name that we have become accustomed to when it comes to reliable, hard tackling midfielders this year.

He manages to top the scoring lists week after week and it’s the impressive numbers he is producing that keeps his owners coming back for more.

In his last 10 games, Liberatore recorded over 8 hundreds and has also accumulated numerous amounts of tackles to help him to those totals.

With Gold Coast, Essendon and Hawthorn approaching, Liberatore will find it hard to keep up this tantalising form, though he can match it with the best and should be firmly placed on your watch list for this week.

Click here for Liberatore’s 2014 stats on DT Live.


Given that your midfield may have been inflicted with a lot of pain over the weekend, it is important to consider your options to replace the irreplaceable. The player to fill the shoes of Ablett has to be one of a high standard, but it’s always worth having a look at the players ‘outside of the box’.

Which of these uniques would you bring in for Ablett?

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  1. Deztroyer


    July 8, 2014 at 6:23 pm

    no JPK or stevie J?

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      July 8, 2014 at 6:28 pm

      He was listing unique options

    • Warnie


      July 8, 2014 at 6:29 pm

      With 24% ownership for Steve Johnson and over 10% for Josh P Kennedy, they probably didn’t qualify for uniqueness… (that was what Daniel was trying to achieve with the article).

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      D Day

      July 9, 2014 at 9:39 am


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    July 8, 2014 at 6:28 pm

    Thanks Daniel. Interesting thoughts. Just quick note that Greenwood is 553k and Gaz scored 67. Not being nitpicky, was a good article!

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      July 8, 2014 at 6:31 pm

      sorry for double post.

      • Daniel


        July 9, 2014 at 1:18 pm

        Thanks Elliot, I will make sure I double check next time

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    July 8, 2014 at 6:30 pm

    Hey Daniel thanks for that, I’m going to go ultra unique and take a punt on Bernie Vince, what are your thoughts on him?

    • Benjo


      July 8, 2014 at 7:02 pm

      You have to be a very very very very very very very very very brave person to do that. My advise would be to pick up a POD like priddis or levi

      • Daniel


        July 9, 2014 at 1:19 pm

        Bernie Vince is definitely a huge gamble and in my opinion and I would choose a safer option, though feel free to take risks as you may as well go for gold with not many rounds remaining

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    July 8, 2014 at 6:31 pm

    I’m going: out Gazza & Tex Walker (or, if Hibberd is not fit, out Langdon); in Stevie J & Harley Bennell (or Nick Dal Santo). I would prefer Duncan to Bennell, but I fall $13k short.

  5. Benjo


    July 8, 2014 at 7:05 pm

    Hey Daniel, great article!
    Not to be picky but wouldn’t Priddis be in your top 3 by half a chance. Very consistent and has a 3.3% ownership.

    • Daniel


      July 9, 2014 at 1:23 pm

      Thanks Benjo!

      Priddis is definitely an option and i’m glad people are willing to add to the list of POD’s that are already included. Your right with his consistency and he seems to be just as good as the 3 mentioned in my article

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    July 8, 2014 at 7:07 pm

    No Priddis?

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    July 8, 2014 at 7:48 pm

    Priddis.. owned by 3.8%.. only dropped below 98 once in 15 matches.. 100+ in 12/15… surely worth a mention?

  8. gambler


    July 8, 2014 at 8:21 pm

    Daniel, for an article where you’re talking about a replacement for none other than Gary Ablett and you’ve only compared 3 uniques (which is good) I would have though you’d atleast go and check what each player averages on their coming opponents until seasons end. The link to DT live stats is fine but its only 2014 stats and doesn’t really point to alot for these guys other than they’re in good form which everyone knows. Appreciate the effort but what you’ve missed is one of the most important factors when picking 1 of these blokes. I’ve gone back and done this for all 3 and it only took a few minutes. Here’s just 1 –

    Brandon Ellis:
    Port 128 last year
    West Coast (DNP)
    Gws 127 this year
    Essendon 143 last year
    Adelaide 112 last year
    St kilda (started in vest, 28 in 1 qtr)
    Sydney 117 this year

    I know who I’m picking. Greenwood is prone to a tagging role every so often, just as Libba is prone to a tag. Even with Griffen in the team it’s not certain that he will go without attention now as every coach saw that K Cornes and even Viney were able to keep him quiet. Ellis on the other hand will never get the tag above Cotchin, Martin and Deledio.

    Isn’t that all more relevant info to help people make a decision rather than saying “this guys in good form” which everyone knows. Tbh, why isn’t someone like me writing these articles? The people that frequent this site are knowledgeable and intellectual…. they want some finer points to help them get ahead of the pack. Most casual articles here lack depth at the moment and I’m 100% confident that someone like myself would provide that. (Aside ofcourse from Jeppas Juniors and Calvins Captins which takes hours of research)

    It just sucks when I see people confined only to the comments section of the “My Team” thread that are doing more research and giving more quality advice than people who are actually assigned to write articles for this site.

    • Warnie


      July 8, 2014 at 8:58 pm

      Shoot me an email if you have an article idea and would like to contribute!

      • gambler


        July 8, 2014 at 9:43 pm

        Cheers Warnie I’ll shoot you one soon. I have plenty of ideas but the one I’m really working on is something a bit different. Just quickly, have any of you guys thought about comparing teams based on which types of players they give up their points to? (by types of players i mean inside vs outside players). Depending on teams game styles these days there are big differentials going on in which types of players different teams give up points to (think about Sydney’s contested game vs say, Ports outside running play and the effect that has on which types of players get points on them). I’m pretty sure it’s going largely unconsidered too as nobody’s thought to rate teams and players in this way then compare that to its effect on Fantasy points. I’ll email you with more soon.

        • Daniel


          July 9, 2014 at 1:24 pm

          Thanks for the extensive insight Gambler, I will make sure to dig that bit deeper into getting the important stats for this type of research

    • inztantkarma


      July 8, 2014 at 9:35 pm

      i’m tipping that gambler is the sort that will write and article and the whine and complain in the comments section about his own article………..

      Easy to be a critic, harder to do something worth critiquing.

      • gambler


        July 8, 2014 at 9:43 pm

        Why would I complain about my own article inztantkarma? Haha. Funnily enough you’re being a critic too. If you care to read around I have given plenty of helpful advise to others :)

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      July 8, 2014 at 9:44 pm

      point taken but these articles are only the halfway point for us to make a decision. I regularly read all the articles to help me decide but use other sources like DT Live and footywire etc to look at all highlighted players mentioned in articles. Though extensive or some research here are always appreciated, we shouldn’t rely heavily on stats given on here and proven in some rounds that previous stats have been pointless. Giving links to DTers is a good way to make them utilise sites and make them do a bit of research themselves.

      Look forward to reading your articles in the future! Lets see if one can do better.

      • gambler


        July 8, 2014 at 9:52 pm

        I agree. I’d go further and say you should actually watch as much footy as you can then base your decisions on that first, then go look at the stats. The things i suggest aim to provide more information for both casual and the serious players to consider in making their decision – not making any decisions for people as that should never be the case.

    • Stuart


      July 8, 2014 at 10:28 pm

      Thanks for the added research Gambler!

      • gambler


        July 8, 2014 at 11:23 pm

        No worries Stuart. I take this shiz very seriously as you can see.. come close to the prize before and just missed out, but am continuing to do a lot of research striving for it again. Not much of a gambler when it comes to DT as my nickname would suggest, this is why I do a lot of research and it’s in my nature to share.

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          July 8, 2014 at 11:29 pm

          Thanks mate this has made me look at getting ellis in this week. Can u please help me below as i think you can give me some real good advice. My comment is right at the bottom :)

    • Mark


      July 9, 2014 at 12:08 am

      Probably convinced me to get Ellis. Was tossing up between him and libba.

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    Arthur Mongrel

    July 8, 2014 at 8:40 pm

    Well that kills off my season – Ablett as skipper, traded out Hibberd and brought in Kelly and got 2345 scores from Birchall, Dangerfield and Wingard. On top of that, brought in Goddard last week – thank GOd I hadn’t got around to getting in Tom Rockliff, as yet!

    Anyway, if anyone is keen to have a crack, I’ve started an NFL Fantasy League and have 6 spots left in a 10 team league. Go to and register for the fantasy competition and enter league code 2295958 and then password WAFFLE.

    Good luck to everyone down the stretch – looks like the repechage finals for me!

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      July 8, 2014 at 10:40 pm

      I’m up for it. It looks a lot more complicated than AFL Fantasy!

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    Arthur Mongrel

    July 8, 2014 at 8:41 pm

    Crap scores – not 2345!

    Would of been real happy with 2345!

  11. Warnie


    July 8, 2014 at 9:06 pm

  12. Brak


    July 8, 2014 at 10:24 pm

    Cheers Daniel, I love all the articles but don’t blame others for my own decisions. (Traded Gunston to Jack last week).
    Obviously there are other guys, I was going to finally bring Rocky in but now getting Greenwood, have had him in Real DT for ages and he hasn’t let me down yet. Also love consistency of Pendles, Barlow and Priddis who are obvious choices for those not already owning them.

    • Daniel


      July 9, 2014 at 1:25 pm

      Thanks Brak, seems like a fair call, I would go for those trades.

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    July 8, 2014 at 10:46 pm

    My only beef with greenwood is part time tagger (Kane cornes). I refuse to trade in a player if a risk of tagging role.

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    July 8, 2014 at 10:52 pm

    Who would you trade in only got $500,000.
    J Selwood
    S Gibson
    O meara
    A swallow

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      July 8, 2014 at 11:09 pm

      I’d wait til you can spend around 550 or more for a better mid.. but if cant wait this week then get someone like Parker, Hanley, Duncan or Hodge (in that order) then get a better mid next round? Tuue Mids <500, I'd go for Gibson – North's finals draw can't be ignored. BCrouch also looks good for his value as he is a ball magnet

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    July 8, 2014 at 11:19 pm

    Hey guys which trade should i do and who should i get

    1)Gaz and Goddard to libba and ellis
    2) Gaz to libba/ellis and suckling to hanley
    3) Gaz to libba and jaensch to hanley
    4) Gaz to anyone and jaensch/suckling to dal santo

    • gambler


      July 9, 2014 at 12:40 pm

      Tough mate. Trade Gaz but hold Godd for his week off and play your M9. Keep the faith and remember the reason you picked Goddard up in the first place.

      Do you have Stevie J? If not then thats your replacement for Gaz imo. Then go Suckers > Dal Santo (plays his old team will be keen to do well this week), and try get Ellis and Jaensch > Hanley next week. If you got Stevie already then get Ellis + Dal Santo this week, then next week Jaensch > Hanley and possibly take a look a libba.

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    July 8, 2014 at 11:34 pm

    I get the fear of getting Greenwood due to the part time tagger role but here is something to consider:

    R7 vs Gold Coast: He tagged Ablett, NM lost the game = still got 27 touches at 120 points

    R10 vs Geelong: He tagged Selwood, NM lost the game = still got 33 touches and 146 points

    R12 vs Richmond: Ran with Cotchin, NM won = still got 29 touches and 109 points

    R13 vs Adelaide: He tagged Danger, NM lost the game = still got 32 touches and 109 points

    So even when he has a tagging role, he is busting out massive scores.

    STK – NM should win, no reason to tag anyone
    CARL – NM should win, MAY tag Murphy/Gibbs but game could be over by half time and able to run free
    GEEL – proven he can go 140+ on them this year already
    GWS – NM should win, no reason to tag anyone
    WB – NM should win, could tag Griffen but no reason to
    ADEL – already tonned up when tagging Danger this year
    MELB – NM should win, no reason to tag anyone

    Saying all this of course he is going to go 70 this week but there is not a reason not to get him in.

    There’s my article application haha

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      D Day

      July 9, 2014 at 9:46 am

      I dont think he tagged any of the players that you said. Just because they line up on each other doesnt mean he is tagging them.

      • gambler


        July 9, 2014 at 12:45 pm

        Yeah what D Day said. In saying that though he will still bust out some massive scores until seasons end but he’s also very likely to also bust out a 70 or 2 in his remaining 7 which may very well cost you. That 77 against Brisbane i don’t like at all.

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    July 9, 2014 at 10:51 am

    should i trade Chapman>Harvey/another forward or should i trade kolodjashnij>hodge/dal santo?

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    July 9, 2014 at 2:11 pm

    On the weekend north sent jacobs to tag issac Smith and he done a good enough job so hopefully greenwood ‘ s tagging days are over, I’m bringing him in for ablett, good fixtures coming up and gives me enough cash to upgrade chappy to duncan

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    Fat Knife

    July 9, 2014 at 5:53 pm

    I still have Higgins and Tex in the fwd line. I also have gaz, Rocky and Goddard.

    I can get omeara and downgrade mclovin and then next week I can get Jack and Parker for a complete team albeit with omeara in there. Or I can get a better mid and have to suffer Higgins at least two more weeks.

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