Travis Varcoe: Deck of Dream Team 2011
The word on the street is that Varcoe is in for a dramatic increase in midfield time as an instant injection of pace to the Cats onball unit. Popular opinion is that this will lead to a 90+ average, however I am not so convinced.
Why should I pick him?The word on the street is that Varcoe is in for a dramatic increase in midfield time as an instant injection of pace to the Cats on ball unit. If this is the case, the natural effect this will have on his DT output is an increase in average. A close inspection of his last 3 years tells of a player that used his 3rd year to develop some much needed consistency, as opposed to the (popular with coaches) 3rd year breakout rule where evidence suggests significant improvement occurs. A positive progression in last years statistics was the frequent bobbing up of 30 point scores seemed to have been left in 2009.
Why shouldn’t I pick him? Through injury or form, Travis has never played a full year of footy, which is a worry. This year, I know he will have no problem being in the best 22, however injury already has questions marks over his start to the year and the all important pre season. Although he is confident his surgically repaired shoulder will be ready for the first match of the season proper, NAB action is out of the question.
Deck of DT Rating.QUEEN- Basically I have reviewed Travis due to popular demand. I can definitely see the upside people are talking about, however, last year in the high scoring Cats team, he only scored one 100. At times it was harder not to score with the Cats game style, but DT scoring just didn’t seem natural to him. Being priced at a 75 average is risky, as you would need a 90+ to feel fully satisfied with the selection. If he has dual position, that will increase his value, otherwise he is unlikely to be as popular as people are saying.