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Dion Prestia – Deck of DT 2018

Calvin is on board and with only 2.5% ownership, can he convince you as well?

Image result for dion prestia 200Name: Dion Prestia
Team: Richmond
Position: Midfielder
AFL Fantasy: $577,000
Bye Round: 14
2017 Average: 81.9
2017 Games Played: 19
Predicted Average: 96

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Why should I pick him?

As of right now… Prestia is in my team. Yep, go Calvinator.

Although you shouldn’t need much more justification than that, I’ll let you in on a few secrets about the nuggetty meatball.

Firstly, when players switch clubs they tend to take a while to find their feet. Prestia joined the Tigers last year after a limited pre-season, hear that, a limited pre-season. He went on to average just 81.9, which is a massive drop from the 100, 96 and 95 he has averaged in the past.

This pre-season he is flying. In his own words, he admits that he entered 2017 underdone and after a full pre-season under his belt in 2018, he will hit the ground running from round one.

In his first 8 games last year he averaged just 71. This proves he was cooked before he started. He ended the season (obviously in better nick) with an average of 107 in his last four games and then he entered the AFL finals series where he scored 99, 83 and 128. Boom!

Prestia is the definition of a ROSE. A guy who has averaged well in the past and a guy who is a dead-set bargain this year. Guns and Rookies in the theme that people generally rock with but although Prestia can be deemed as ‘mid-priced’ the gamble here is certainly slop-sided.

Calvin does big calls so here I go… he will be what Marc Murphy was in 2017 and with only 2.5% ownership, not many Fantasy coaches have caught on to this great find … until now.

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Why shouldn’t I pick him?

“Cheap for a reason” is the quote you will hear a lot over the pre-season as a ‘gamble’ like this can burn you.

Running the gauntlet with a guy like Prestia can end your season before it begins. He had some rotten scores last year and if he starts the 2018 season like that then you will be not a happy camper. 55, 54 and 54 where his worst efforts and he only cracked the 100 figure mark on three occasions.

Then we look at this… can Richmond actually back it up? I say no. This could be one of the worst premiership hangovers since the Bulldogs and although that will infuriate some Tiger’s fans, lets be real here for a second. They fluked 2017 and might even struggle to make the 8 this year. A massive call but mark my words.

Durability – he has only played in 62% of games over the last three years. He has had his issues. You can’t select a guy with this sort of ‘durability’ as you will be chasing you tail all year with late withdrawals and Thursday night headaches.

Deck of DT Rating.

KING – As I said, I’m on the little nugget. He’s easily 10-15 under-priced if not more. He’s had a killer pre-season and will only replicate what he did at the end of 2017.

He ticks all boxes. Ended the year in super form. Great pre-season. Averaged over 100 in the past. Under-priced.

Another bonus is that he has the ‘good bye’. Which is the last one, and from here he can be upgraded to a guy who has had their bye. By this point he would have made you great coin and act as a stepping stone to a premium of your desire.

Trust me… get on board.

After going 100 in the past, can Prestia push that mark again?

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    Jugs Tigers

    February 18, 2018 at 8:17 am

    Calvin they are some shitty calls on the Tigers, just cause half the Adelaide team choked in the final including the beloved Taylor Walker. We beat the other 3 teams in the top four to win the Flag and played good footy, it was building over the last few rounds. I used to like your articles Calvin but now I think the calvinator motor has broken down. I respect what you guys do… but that was a shitty thing to write. Watch us go back to back. Wow this rant was longer then Taylor Walkers speech…Fuck Adelaide, hope Port smashed you in the Derby

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      The Chosen Won

      February 18, 2018 at 8:58 am

      Those who live in the past have no future.

      Good Luck™

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        Jugs Tigers

        February 18, 2018 at 9:03 am

        Chosen Flog everyone looks back at their teams win and Flag wins. hell I bet you know a Hawthorn support or two. Don’t hit me with your mid aged man advice alright

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          The Chosen Won

          February 18, 2018 at 9:33 am

          Its ok to look back but to abuse someone who gives up their time for free to help underprivileged kids like you is taking too far.

          You owe Calvin an Apology!

          Good Luck™

          • Euman


            February 18, 2018 at 9:52 am

            as a mad tiger who was at the game 3 rows back punt road end next to the cheer squad, i do not think tigers will win the flag this year. Im not saying they cant or wont just i dont think they will. They will be up there again though and definite in 8 if not top 4 again. The 2017 season everything fell into place in alst 7-8 weeks that wontalwasy happen and with the comp so tight its hard.

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            February 18, 2018 at 3:42 pm

            Ha ha no apology needed mate. It’s all good. I’m just laughing.

    • Calvin


      February 18, 2018 at 3:46 pm

      Love your passion ha ha. Keep up the good work

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    February 18, 2018 at 8:45 am

    You sound a bit salty Calvin… You’re going to cop alot of angry tigers fans abuse now! Enjoy ?

    • Calvin


      February 18, 2018 at 3:46 pm

      Ha ha love it

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    February 18, 2018 at 9:05 am

    I have had Prestia in my side since the beginning.

    As for hangovers why did Adelaide players come back to preseason in less than ideal condition?

    Be prepared to eat a lot of Humble Pie when Richmond makes the finals, the first game against Carlton may presage “where Richmond is at”.

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      February 18, 2018 at 9:25 am

      As a Carlton fan I can comfortably say pretty much any team would win by at least 30 or 40 points so I wouldn’t get to hyped if that is what happens

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    February 18, 2018 at 9:06 am

    Richmond have a better chance of making it back to the GF than the Crows do and then Rory will leave at the end of the year and Tex will get even more mad.

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    February 18, 2018 at 9:07 am

    Western Bulldogs finished 7th, Richmond finished 3rd, 2 points behind Adelaide. Richmond lost 3 games by under 5 points. You can’t fluke a whole season. On Prestia, I hope not too many people take him on, hope he stays a unique.

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    February 18, 2018 at 9:08 am

    Tigers dont really play a fantasy friendly game, so I cant see Prestia getting his average back near 100. Far too many other better options around

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      Ned kelly

      February 18, 2018 at 9:27 am

      Better options priced at 82, are u on drugs mate

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        February 18, 2018 at 9:34 am

        Maybe not quite that cheap, but there are plenty of value premo’s in the mids to pick from. He’s certainly not good enough to be a keeper and I dont think his scores will be big enough to make you too much coin either

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          Ned kelly

          February 18, 2018 at 9:45 am

          Any body 20 unders needs to be looked at hard

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            February 18, 2018 at 9:54 am

            Well its down to an opinion of what you think he will average. I don’t personally think he’ll go much more than 90 at best. If I thought he’d be going 105 or thereabouts he’d be in my team

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            Ned kelly

            February 18, 2018 at 10:15 am

            Full preseason does wonders, will finish where he left off,he is also now a richmond legend aswell, still young i put him at 102, perfect stepping stone to uber during byes

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            February 18, 2018 at 10:19 am

            well good luck to you. He’s not for me but the more unique he is the better for you if it comes off. I’m sure I’ll have one or two picks in my team you wouuldn’t like

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            Ned kelly

            February 18, 2018 at 10:22 am

            Hes not in my team yet

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    February 18, 2018 at 9:14 am

    He is a definite no from me. The Tigers definitely over achieved in 2017, will be interesting to see how they go with a tougher draw in 2018. That being said, they won the 2017 premiership fair & square beating some good sides along the way..

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    February 18, 2018 at 9:23 am

    Well done Calvin, nice bit of Tiger baiting there. Normally the trolling is done in the comments section rather than by the writer!

    I like your thoughts on the Meatball. The only reason I’ll avoid him is his durability concerns and stacked bye round.

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    February 18, 2018 at 9:33 am

    Richmond have a far better side than adelaide they have an all round group who work together which is shutting teams down aka Adelaide. And THANK LORD IM ON THE OTHER SIDE OF TRACK AND GO FOR PORT. I CAN GUARANTEE THEY WILL WIN ONE BEFORE ADELAIDE.. and why people want to leave adelaide but join and enjoy being with port… must be a real shit culture at adelaide football club.

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      February 18, 2018 at 9:43 am

      A Richmond fan and a Port Adelaide fan walk into a bar. A literal f**king bar… because they’re too busy boasting how great their teams are to notice it.

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        February 18, 2018 at 10:20 am

        Haha funny and who u go for?

  10. Warnie


    February 18, 2018 at 9:51 am

    Live scenes of Calvin writing this article…
    Calvin fishing

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      February 18, 2018 at 10:03 am

      About to be eaten by a shark, sponsored by tigers fans……..

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      February 18, 2018 at 11:02 am

      He’s 100% a salty Adelaide fan then.

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        Jugs Tigers

        February 18, 2018 at 4:09 pm

        He is a salty fan, Go Tigers. Hope they mention my name in the next podcast for calling CALVINATOR OUT! Nah got mad respect for what Warnie and Roy bring to the table, Calvin serves the bevo’s though

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          February 19, 2018 at 12:01 am

          Salty cos hes in the ocean ?

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      February 19, 2018 at 12:49 am

      AHAHAHA Warnie LOL!!! He’s definitely fishing! But maybe in a little salt water haha

  11. Euman


    February 18, 2018 at 9:53 am

    ok hes convinced me, dropping one ofm y premos to Prestia will free up some cash for upgrade eleswhere so who goes – thoughts?

    Mid: T.Mitchell (125), T.Adams (116), J.Kelly (116), D.Beams (113), T.Rockliff (115), J.O’Meara (89), L.Davies-Uniacke (69), T.Kelly (66)

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      February 18, 2018 at 10:08 am

      Beamer? Surely the other premos are locked tight. Beams has been in and out of my team heaps already. Durabikity vs fast starting and ceiling
      If you drop titch for prestia fell free to join any league im in?

      • Euman


        February 18, 2018 at 10:11 am

        pisser and good advice, now i look at my mids im reluctant to drop any, but beams to prestia is mightly cash grab and if prestia goes at 95 plus then its a win, beams had solid finish last year

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      February 18, 2018 at 4:07 pm

      Either Adams or Beams. I would drop Adams of those 2 as I don’t he has much value

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    February 18, 2018 at 10:48 am

    There’s no such thing as a fluked premiership. Tigers dominated ????
    Prestia is a great POD pick

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    February 18, 2018 at 12:01 pm

    Been asking for a Prestia card for weeks, no regrets it :) got to find room for him. Ross or Blakey out for prestia?

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      February 18, 2018 at 12:15 pm

      Blakely just because i have him in my team haha

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        February 18, 2018 at 12:50 pm

        Went for Ross. Unsure of his ceiling;) … now have $150k spare to trade out Nic Nat if required

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    February 18, 2018 at 2:02 pm

    Get some tissues for your issues Calvin and the rest of you whinging f*#ks out there, Tigers won the premiership, nothing fluked about it, we are the best & looking foward to back to back and beating you all again. Cheers!! ?

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    February 18, 2018 at 2:53 pm

    Fyfe or Prestia

  16. Calvin


    February 18, 2018 at 3:49 pm

    Apologises to those who don’t have a sense of humour and can’t take a little banter. Bahhh, some gold comments in here. FYI – Prestia is now out of my team but may come back in at some point.

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      February 18, 2018 at 4:05 pm

      U stuck with him longer than any one who sticks with the crows haha

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      Jugs Tigers

      February 18, 2018 at 4:10 pm

      We got a good sense of humour your just a bad loser Calvin, Might as well be wearing that green vest now buddy

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      February 18, 2018 at 6:16 pm

      If we cant win the flag, why not stir up the Tigers supports?

      Settle down you mad lads, enjoy being reigning premiers :)

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      February 18, 2018 at 7:34 pm

      Keep up the banter Calvin, im loving it and all the bites you get.
      If people are getting this passionate and its not even JLT time yet then Its going to be one hell of a season.
      Go Eagles

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      February 18, 2018 at 10:01 pm

      Ahahaha classic, kudos calvin !

      These tigers supporters are seriously thin skinned. Such easy prey.. Like shooting fish in a barrel.

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    February 18, 2018 at 9:06 pm

    Don’t understand all the stupid comments, everyone on this site loves footy and fantasy. There’s no need for the anger. Much love everyone, love the work the traders do. It makes the footy season even better than it already is

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    February 18, 2018 at 10:05 pm

    mates what is this calvin is a legend and we all love his captains articles cmon tigers fans stay classy

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    February 18, 2018 at 11:05 pm

    Calvin’s a legend and Tigs are gonna have a much expected hangover and roll in as 9th this year (familiar territory). A fluk’s a fluk.

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      February 19, 2018 at 1:17 pm

      What the hell is a fluk?

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    February 19, 2018 at 4:28 pm

    im pretty sure i copped at least two out of those three scores in the 50s last season. i got burnt…am i a glutton for punishment?

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    February 20, 2018 at 2:40 pm

    Richmond done a Steve Bradbury

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