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Cyril Rioli: Deck of Dream Team 2011

Delicious….. yes, fair call. This guy not only looks awesome when he is scoring his DT points, he does it frequently and with an ever growing ceiling.

  • Roy

Name: Cyril Rioli
Club: Hawthorn
Position: Foward
Bye Rounds: 6 & 17
2010 Average: 86
2010 Games Played: 19
Predicted Average: 95

Why should I pick him? Delicious….. yes, fair call. This guy not only looks awesome when he is scoring his DT points, he does it frequently and with an ever growing ceiling (last years top 3: 127, 130, 143). Cyril is an ever growing talent who has mastered the forward line and looks set to concur the midfield in the near future. Sometimes when you watch footy, you just sit back and say, wow, they are way better than everybody else out there. I know I’ve said it about Gazza a few times, but just behind him, I’ve said it the second most about Cyril. The year Rioli reaches his potential and can shrug off injury concerns, look out competition, and any DT that doesn’t have him. If he can get the tank to play midfield, lock him in. In the last two rounds last year, he gave us a look into the crystal ball with a 115 average.

Why shouldn’t I pick him? At this stage in his career, when Cyril is having a quiet game, it is heavily reflected on his DT output. An example of that is last year, he failed to reach 70 points on 8 occasions and as coaches we need more. The poor kid is in a position where he is so good, he gets tagged before he has even had a chance to develop fully as a players, let alone learn the art of breaking tags. Hopefully with another pre season under his belt, and a new captain that is far more likely to assist him in breaking the tag, this may be a lesser issue. Although he only missed 3 games last year, there were various weeks where his hammy’s were a concern including his half time ending to their knockout final vs Fremantle.

Deck of DT Rating. KING – At his price, he must be considered a king. Although you are expecting improvement, he will be seen as a keeper and not a stepping stone to a “better player”. I’m a huge fan of Cyril and if on the off chance he is duel position, he is a huge chance to be in my team. Last year he missed alot of the pre season through injury so I think if he can get through this one unscathed, an instant improvement is unbackable. With increased midfield time, bulk and experience, a 100 point average is in the near future for this talented kid.



  1. demonator

    January 19, 2011 at 7:04 am

    If he stays injury free I will have no problem picking him.
    I picked him up last year when the voldt went down, the first 3-4 weeks I thought it was the worse decision I could of made.

  2. Magpie Mayhem

    January 19, 2011 at 8:15 am

    If your serious about winning……….he is too risky imo, I am going for guns and rookies so he does not suit me, but I am sure he will be in a lot of teams. I can’t wait to see him play as a mature 24-25 year old In his peak.

  3. Brown Dog

    January 19, 2011 at 10:12 am

    I can’t see this bloke increasing his output to average 95 this year.

    He uses the ball so well, if he increases his output by 10 points the Hawks will be a shoe in for the GF. Teams won’t let this bloke off the hook and will be tagged during the year.

    Still worth considering as I don’t think his average will drop but will probably average b/n 85-90

  4. ShrewDext

    January 19, 2011 at 10:38 am

    I’ll structure my team for a shot at the car in 2011, or the best possible overall ranking.

    Rd 6 makes taking Cyril almost impossible considering the Geelong, Fremantle and Hawthorn stars that will require coverage during that bye round.

    It’s ultimately a decision between Cyril or Chapman / Buddy / Pav / I Smith and Mzungu. Throw Sandilands into that mix requiring cover from Petrie and it makes for a horror round in the FWD line.

    I think Cyril will almost become a top 7 FWD by years end especially if the increased midfield minutes come his way.

    Will have to pick the fixture apart and see who has the easier opening rounds to decide on my starters but I’ll struggle to get Cyril in from the outset.

    • Midgemania

      January 20, 2011 at 12:46 am

      Correct me if I’m wrong mate, but the AFL website says that – given the head-to-head starts in Round 1 – the DT season is suspended in the 5 rounds that have a 3-team bye. So you don’t have to worry about covering your Cats, Dockers and Hawks in Rd.6 because there won’t be a head-to-head that round.

      Check the link here:

      • eeepobreci

        January 20, 2011 at 1:07 am

        He said he’s going for car……. So head2head not the issue!
        It’s about having as strong a side as possible for points, therefore having premiums that aren’t from teams playing in the multi-bye rounds!
        Hope that clears it up for you.

        • Midgemania

          January 21, 2011 at 12:34 am

          Roger that. Thanks for clearing it up mate.

  5. Nooie

    January 19, 2011 at 10:59 am

    Don’t think there is any room for him. Only chance if he is MPP FWD/MID. As you said he can pump big scores…. but a bit to inconsistent for me

    Nice write up

    • 1111_0000

      January 19, 2011 at 11:10 am

      For me not in DT, but SC loves him.

  6. PieMan

    January 19, 2011 at 11:25 am

    I said in the Jack Grimes Deck of Dream Team that he has been locked into my 2011 team since last year.
    Well Cyril is the same. I reckon he will average 100 this year so he is LOCKED and LOADED ;)
    Great write up Roy!

  7. magpies01

    January 19, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    Too risky. Not risky as with Petrie or Knights (where you would take the risk) butrisky as in he’ll frustrate you alot. Injury prone, gets tagged, doesn’t have a proper role yet (half forward flank, forward pocket, midfielder?), and when he has a quiet game he gets 50. Quality player, and will be a star in the future, but for me, not this year.

  8. tom

    January 19, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    No way

  9. Fatty McButterpants

    January 19, 2011 at 1:37 pm

    Too inconsistent and injury prone for me. I think I read in another Deck of DT a post about players with a history of soft tissue injuries being more at risk this year as they will be rested (say) in the fwd pocket rather than going to the bench. Could this be the case for Rioli?

  10. Geoffk

    January 19, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    Rioli can be oh so tempting but oh so frustrating.
    I bought him after Riewoldt went down last year (he had 130 and 71 in rounds 2 & 3) and he averaged 65.6 for the next 7 rounds. I then sold him for Pav before Round 11 and he then averaged 97.5 for the rest of the season.

  11. jim cowski

    January 19, 2011 at 2:16 pm

    I is gonna pass.

    “he failed to reach 70 points on 8 occasions and as coaches we need more.”- i am one of those coaches.

    he’ll improve, but not enough for me. maybe 2012

  12. Benatration

    January 19, 2011 at 5:29 pm


  13. pj

    January 19, 2011 at 5:38 pm

    I’ll pass looking at Leroy jetta.

  14. Assasins

    January 19, 2011 at 9:36 pm

    no go here

  15. KGENE

    January 20, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    Once bitten!

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