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Lemon or Swiss watch?

I was so close! So close I could nearly taste it. I went two whole days without tweaking my team! It was ready, compete. I’d still log in every now and then just to make sure but there was not one thing I could do to make it better. What a feeling… all those amateurs will be flustered on Thursday panic fixing their team while I’ll be kicking back… I’m done.

I was so close! So close I could nearly taste it. I went two whole days without tweaking my team! It was ready, compete. I’d still log in every now and then just to make sure but there was not one thing I could do to make it better. What a feeling… all those amateurs will be flustered on Thursday panic fixing their team while I’ll be kicking back… I’m done.

Then I got the Sunday paper, hmm Grima played for the 2’s… he’s what? He’s pushing for round 1? What does that mean for Tarrant? He’s not locked on!… bugger, better log in… who else is there for the bench… Brodie Smith? Can I trust Craig to play him? … And with that I’m back in the game, scouring forums looking for a nailed on back bench. Atleast my keepers are set.

With lockout less than a week away our teams should be close to completion. The only tweaking should be to the rookies who we will hear new news on each day. We all know keepers and potential keepers are important, they are like buying a car; you are going to have them for a long time so you better buy one that doesn’t break down all the time. With that in mind I have compiled a list of keeper-ish players who people are considering this year whose reliability is doubtful to say the least. Some may trip over on the way out of the shower, some may do a hammy tying a shoe, some are just made of balsa wood or plasticine, but all should be taken with caution.

Lemons:

Chris Knights: in his short AFL career he has had his physio frequent flier points clocking up big time.

  • 2006 – 10 games played
  • 2007 – 21 games played
  • 2008 – 15 games played
  • 2009 – 18 games played
  • 2010 – 5 games played

Stats show since becoming a regular he has missed a total of 41 out of a possible 110 games. Can he turn it around? The stats don’t lie. Choose only if you are using him to make a quick 6-7 weeks’ cash before the muscle strain/s.

Jed Adcock: This guy seems to get some kind of injury in the first quarter all the time, he normally comes back on but the stats never lie.

  • 2005 – 22 games played
  • 2006 – 8 games played
  • 2007 – 22 games played
  • 2008 – 21 games played
  • 2009 – 15 games played
  • 2010 – 9 games played

Stats show while he can put a couple of seasons together he has missed a total of 35 out of a possible 132 which I guess isn’t too bad, might not be such a bad pick after all.

Josh Drummond: seems to be injured more than not which is frustrating because when he plays he kicks the ball more than most, the go to man out of the bombarded lions defence.

  • 2005 – 14 games played
  • 2006 – 7 games played
  • 2007 – 11 games played
  • 2008 – 13 games played
  • 2009 – 19 games played
  • 2010 – 7 games played

I don’t care what the price you can’t carry a player like that! If he was a racehorse you’d bring out the screen…

Brock Mclean: can a change of club make a change of fortunes?

  • 2005 – 19 games played
  • 2006 – 16 games played
  • 2007 – 14 games played
  • 2008 – 14 games played
  • 2009 – 19 games played
  • 2010 – 6 games played

Has yet to play a full season, too much of a risk for me.

Paul chapman: the king of the hammy twang

  • 2005 – 18 games played
  • 2006 – 22 games played
  • 2007 – 16 games played
  • 2008 – 17 games played
  • 2009 – 17 games played
  • 2010 – 21 games played

He rarely plays a full season but in fairness when he plays he dominates. Could be worth the risk, its picks like this that make or break your year.

Jack Grimes – has only been in the system a few years but it doesn’t look great for him

  • 2009 – 11 games played
  • 2010 – 14 games played

If this trend continues he will be the next Drummond, let’s hope he stays fit this year, he will be in a lot of teams.

Colin Sylvia – Another being talked up this year, seems to be injured or suspended a lot

  • 2005 – 16 games played
  • 2006 – 15 games played
  • 2007 – 16 games played
  • 2008 – 18 games played
  • 2009 – 17 games played
  • 2010 – 15 games played

Has not strung one full season together, can you trust him to start now? You need all your premiums firing EVERY week. As well as injuries there should also be a no  d*ckheads policy, those who love the tribunal can’t be considered either.

Shaun Higgins – No doubts on the skill of the guy but can his body take the rigours? The next edition of operation by Milton Bradley may have Shaun Higgins in the board with a tennis elbow needing to be removed by the tweezer.

  • 2007 – 20 games played
  • 2008 – 4 games played
  • 2009 – 17 games played
  • 2010 – 16 games played

Yet to string a full year together, have to take on trust. Which by the way I will be doing.

So all of these players are being strongly considered by some but just think while they are sitting on your bench gathering dust or burning sideways trades another team’s premium will be racking up the points, taking their team average up past yours….. Which brings me to the Swiss watches, these guys won’t miss a game even if they have a limb half hanging off, they may not score as much as a super-premium but by years end it will add up.

Swiss watches:

Adam Goodes: has missed 3 games in 10 years, what a freak!

Kane Cornes: has not missed a game in 7 years, is he a robot?

David Mundy: missed 2 games in 5 years, durable as they come.

Boyd, Montagna and Cross fit into the list of Swiss watches also.

So who to choose? The injury prone star who if things go well will propel you into the top tier of the competition or the durable grinder who will pump out the same score every week for 24 weeks? We all have our favourite Mr Dependables, who’s yours?

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