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Deck of Dream Team 2012: Chris Masten

Chris Masten is next up in the Deck. He’s been on fringe for the Eagles for the last couple of seasons, resulting in a few vests and a few matches at WAFL level. So why would you even consider him? Well, his numbers don’t lie…

Name: Chris Masten
Club: West Coast Eagles
Position: Midfielder
Assistant Coach 2012 Price: $278,500
Bye Round: 11
2011 Average: 56.3
2011 Games Played: 10
Predicted Average: 91*

Why should I pick him?

 I wasn’t planning on including Masten in the Deck… That was until I saw some very interesting numbers! But firstly, let’s get the obvious stuff out of the way.

Masten was a fringe Eagles player last season, in and out of the side due to both injury and form. And when he did play, he was often vested… So why should we go anywhere near him?  Because West Coast enjoyed a freak run with injury, meaning close to their best 22 was on the park for the majority of the season. As much as I would like that to happen again in 2012 as an Eagles supporter, it won’t, meaning that a fringe player in 2011 will most likely be a regular in 2012; form and health permitting. Needless to say, this also reduces his likelihood of being the sub, an ‘honour’ usually reserved to youngsters (Gaff, Stevens) or fringe players (Masten, Ebert, McGinnity) at West Coast.

He also has the standard pre-season pump up, which basically said he’s tearing up the track yet again, dominating the 800m runs (see image – Masten, Shuey and Gaff lead the pack, with Sheppard and Neates close behind). Hopefully, this culminates in his first injury-free season.

Now for the numbers. As it says above, Masten played 10 games at an average of 56.3. But that includes his game in Round 1 where he only scored 12 before injuring his ankle and being subbed off. Remove that game, and he averaged 61.2 from 9 games. But don’t forget, Masten was often subbed for the Eagles, copping a vest in a further 5 games, in which he averaged 30.4.

So, from the 4 games he played without being subbed, he averaged 99.75! His last two home-and-away games he scored 140 and 115, mainly due to his increased fitness and more defined role as a tackling clearance player. In fact, he averaged 5.5 tackles a game over those 4 matches he played unsubbed. If he can replicate these numbers in 2012, he will be a huge mid-price improver!

Why shouldn’t I pick him?

There’s a multitude of reasons, so it’s probably easier to do it in dot-point form:

  1. He hasn’t had a fully fit year to date. He didn’t have a full pre-season in his first year (like most draftees), and in the years since he has been troubled by knee and ankle ailments. The good news is that they aren’t soft-tissue, so there is still hope.
  2. He’s a sh*t bloke.
  3. While his job security should be fine (as always monitor pre-season), his role is up for debate. Will he play as an inside midfielder, like at the end of 2012 when he was so productive, or is he more likely to fulfil the HFF position vacated by Ebert? And will that role be as fruitful for DT coached?
  4. Not only does he have sh*t tattoos, he’s gone and got himself some more.
  5. The 2012 buzz-word: Structure. Maybe you don’t want to have many mid-pricers, or you’ve already made up your mind on someone else. Or maybe you already have too many players from the Round 11 bye.
  6. He has a really sh*t haircut.
  7. I can never remember how to pronounce his name. Is it Mass-ten, or Mars-ten?
  8. Will he average enough to become a keeper? If not, would you rather pick a rookie instead, if it’s just going to result in an upgrade anyway?
  9. Every year he ‘burns up the track’, and yet, he hasn’t put together a full season.

Deck of DT Rating: Queen. The upside is huge (can net you close to $170k if he averages the 91 I’ve predicted), but the risk is just as big. His nab cup form will be essential in gauging his role and ability in 2012, so watch closely. At any rate, his numbers are highly interesting, and if they are a sign of things to come, Masten could be this year’s Shiels!


EDIT: Predicted average is based on Masten being injury-free and not subbed. Just reiterating, if you look at the numbers, 91 is an average he can easily attain if he stays fit and in form. This doesn’t mean you have to pick him, and I don’t expect you to – just an interesting talking point.



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    December 29, 2011 at 7:41 am

    Sorry Tbetta, got bitten by him a couple of years ago. He is on “The List”, along with Higgins, Grimes and others.

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      December 29, 2011 at 11:57 am


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        December 29, 2011 at 7:21 pm

        not sure about masten,but off topic have a go at shuey ,he doesnt have the tan or tats but he is built like a tank ..starting to look like swan,,and we know how good he is.
        one thing for sure he is going to be hard to tackle next ripped up six pack for him just like swan,ofcourse heez nowhere near swan yet but nice change to see a player built like an old time footballer not a lean modern one,,i know wich one id rather try stop gaff masten easy,but shuey looks solid

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          December 30, 2011 at 12:08 pm

          sorry about the off topic stuff ,but who cares its only masten,and one of the main things i have to say about him ,is we should never of drafted him at #3 pfft he better keep getting 90+ scores
          but 5 tackels a game is a good start,and the price is right

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    December 29, 2011 at 8:02 am

    Nice Write up i would get him in my team but he doesnt really work with my byes

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    December 29, 2011 at 8:09 am

    on the list with higgins and grimes alright!

    butchers the ball… stevens might even get a gig before him

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    December 29, 2011 at 9:02 am

    I think there are better mid priced options out there who have less shit haircuts/tattoos.

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      December 29, 2011 at 9:22 am

      + 1

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    December 29, 2011 at 9:04 am

    I’m curious Tbetta, why the hating? Do you know the bloke, or has he burnt you in the past?

    I think he will be a unique pick because no bugger will want to risk having him. As long as he keeps butchering the ball, he’s a risk to be dropped.

    Nice write up though.

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      December 29, 2011 at 10:27 am

      Haha I’m really exaggerating, but I had a personal experience where he dogged a mate of mine, so never been the biggest fan.

      And there’s always the fact that he’s a high draft pick at my favourite club who has, to date, done nothing.

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        December 29, 2011 at 9:56 pm

        Haha shit bloke.
        Word on the street is that he’s an absolute jerk.

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    Big Feller

    December 29, 2011 at 9:58 am

    You forget that he’s going out with one of the best looking chicks in Australia – the distractions are too big for me. Pass!

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    December 29, 2011 at 10:11 am

    A little inside knowledge here but watch out for Ed Curnow early in the year he has worked his ass off to play round 1 and looks likely to crack his way into a star studded midfield

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    December 29, 2011 at 11:31 am

    massive pass on this guy

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    December 29, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    this guy is a DUD! why you put him in?????

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      December 29, 2011 at 12:16 pm

      Did you read the article?! That will answer your question.

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      December 29, 2011 at 10:10 pm

      Mate, I think it’s pretty obvious I’m not his biggest fan, but you look at his numbers and you have to think… What if?

      Just a talking point, I never said you should pick him.

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    December 29, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    A Big NO For me!

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    December 29, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    Wasn’t even on my radar, shows how much I’ve still got to learn. I feel confident picking premos and rooks, its the mid-pricers that require the best minds to nail it.

    His midfield status makes it incredibly difficult to pick him though.

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    ryan fletcher

    December 29, 2011 at 1:19 pm

    thanks for the write up mate. being an eagles supporter i have been waiting for this guy to produce the goods too. those numbers are very interesting…….ive said never again but maybe have to monitor in nab cup.

    ps. its a REALLY shit haircut!

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    December 29, 2011 at 1:32 pm

    yes the shit haircut, combined with the shit tattoos and also the fact that winder-lich-my-balls is a similar price and a fwd mid will have me taking winderlich over this gooch any day!

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    December 29, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    Being an Eagles supporter, I hate this guy so much.

    I have screamed **** you Masten you stupid ******* **** at the TV screen a million times. He is the turnover king and a butcher of the ball.

    He struts around subi like a proud peacock with his little trendy haircut. If anyone ‘deserves’ to get injured its this guy.

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    December 29, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    Horrible footballer, shit bloke and most importantly, crap dt’er.

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      December 29, 2011 at 2:03 pm

      +1 and WONT average 91 maybe 60-75…

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        December 29, 2011 at 10:11 pm

        Fair call – I’ve added an edit in the main article to clarify. Cheers!

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    December 29, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    I dare someone to put both Priddis and Masten in their teams. They both have haircuts only a crash test dummy would admire, one bloke can’t kick it 30 metres (Did the boy Priddis ever leave his own backyard as a kid?) and the other bloke…can’t kick it. Imagine playing kick to kick with these two.

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      king cashew

      December 29, 2011 at 3:46 pm

      priddis is a gun.

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      December 29, 2011 at 3:51 pm

      2nd in the B & F at West Coast who finished top 4 and you’re bagging Priddis? haha

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      December 29, 2011 at 4:09 pm

      bagging Masten I understand.. but Priddis? Serious?

      Avg of 105.41
      lowest score 75
      highest score 150

      look like pretty decent numbers to me, but hey, maybe I’m biased?

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      December 29, 2011 at 5:26 pm

      Looks like Santa didn’t give three boys what they wanted for Christmas. Lighten up guys and don’t cry. I didn’t say Priddis wasn’t a good player anyway (and even you guys must admit he is limited in the kicking department) but I’d love all three of you to pick him in your team. That 105 ave will cost you a measley 15 points a week as a “premium” midfielder.

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    December 29, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    Love the hate being poured over Masten.

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    December 29, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    I had him pencilled in as a unique myself, when he managed to string together a few full games at the end of the season he was looking dangerous.. definitely not 100% on him, but I’ll be keeping a close eye on his preseason and nab cup performance..

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    December 29, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    I’m good thanks.

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    Big Feller

    December 29, 2011 at 4:42 pm

    I’m not really too fussed about Masten but what are people’s thoughts on Shuey ($413,000) and Gaff ($322,900)?

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      December 29, 2011 at 6:41 pm

      Gaff is tempting the hell out of me, None sub games looked so good. But i swore to myself guns N rooks in midfield.

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    December 29, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    The only way this spud will have an average of 90+ is if he plays one game and gets 90.

    He is a complete tard cant believe you have predicted an average of 91!?!?

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    December 29, 2011 at 6:15 pm

    i thought this was deck of dream team, not hacks of dream team 2012.

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      December 29, 2011 at 10:05 pm

      haha lmao! ;)

      And a Queen??? WTF!

      There isn’t a card in the deck low enough for this hack!

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        December 29, 2011 at 10:13 pm

        The rating is based on their pick type – for instance, a Queen is a possible mid-price cash cow.

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    December 29, 2011 at 7:02 pm

    Forget about him!

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    December 29, 2011 at 8:31 pm

    What they all said !!

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    December 29, 2011 at 9:15 pm

    Off subject…Anyone know when DT 2012 will open?

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    December 30, 2011 at 3:29 am

    Hey Tbetta, you’ve copped some massive heat over this one. Don’t lose heart mate – thanks for your work. Guys are welcome to say they’re not going to list the guy, but the criticism of you profiling him is way out of order. If all we get in the deck is guys that everyone knows already that they’re guns – what benefit is there? None at all. The Jacks, Queens, and even some of the Kings, is where the uniques will be – including the break-out players that so many miss each season. Whether Masten is one of those or not is irrelevant, the stats you’ve put out there show exactly why you’ve given him a run in the deck. He’s been on my watchlist, but Gaff, Shuey, or Even Stevens (sorry, that’s real bad) are probably ahead of him for me. Anyway, even if Masten’s form next year doesn’t come up to the 90+ you’ve given him, it won’t be nearly as bad as the form of some guys & their comments on here. Cheers, and HNY. Look forward to reading more from you next year.

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    December 30, 2011 at 11:41 am

    Interesting. Nothing really stands out about this guy. Small 5″10 midfielder with shaky disposal. If you look at the Eagles midfielders they got these big hard bodied mids going through there, hard to see where he fits in at this stage. Shuey, Selwoods, Embley, Stevens,Butler, Gaff,Kerr, Priddis,Rosa, Swift. One slip up and he could lose his spot easily.

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      January 12, 2012 at 11:29 pm

      Swift??? hahaha u got to be jokin Masten is 1000 better than Swift and he is a crab

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    December 30, 2011 at 11:43 am

    Any footballer that spends more time on his appearance and fashion than learning the skills of the game is a no for me and seriously the hitler haircut has to go !!!

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    December 30, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    Although I can’t see him averaging 91 he will surely average in the 80’s and with an injury free year and a confirmed top 21 spot he’s surely a lock like Winderlich.

    A very close watch for me, his pre-season will tell a lot and even if I don’t pick him he still has 2 games to show his worth.

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    December 30, 2011 at 9:14 pm

    Seeing a lot of alternative players at the moment, but I’m not bothered as I believe we will see quality write ups of the more common, bread and butter players by the time the 52 days have ended.

    I think point 10 for Masten should be:
    Is a frontrunner that loves to collect the possies against minnow teams like the Lions and us in Round 23 and 24 respectively. Or perhaps he just revels in playing in the wet? Foot skills are below average across the board in these conditions.

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    December 31, 2011 at 2:08 am

    HEY GUYS! TBETTA mentioned Masten as a Queen so that means that you have to pick him in your midfield ok?! He mean thats you shouldn’t consider him, you MUST pick him.

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    January 1, 2012 at 5:12 am

    Saw him at the flying Scotsman yesterday. Hope he dominates as an eagles fan but hes a total cocksmith.

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    The Johnsonator

    March 4, 2012 at 11:52 am

    89 last night….
    very tempting…

    is in my team at the moment!

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