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Deck of Dream Team 2012: Heath Shaw

He is the reason we have the ‘Reversible Trades’ this year and he is the reason I have headaches when the footy starts. But after averaging 91.7 last year, Heath ‘stupid’ Shaw is one of the better scoring backs going around. Get in there and check out my thoughts on this loose unit.

Name: Heath Shaw
Club: Collingwood
Position: Back
Assistant Coach 2012 Price: $454,000
Bye Round: 12
2011 Average: 91.7
2011 Games Played: 14
Predicted Average: 92

Why should I pick him? Last year, decent ‘backs’ were extremely hard to find. Not one single backmen last year averaged over 100 and with Heath pumping out an average of 91.7, he was ranked as the 5th best for the season (excluding Gibbs who is now purely a Mid). Heater can rack up solid numbers too… he scored 100+ a nice 43% of the time and averaged 103 during the finals series. Over the last 6 years, Shaw has averaged 80+ every single time and is a proven DT scorer.

Why shouldn’t I pick him? … Because he’s “stupid” and that is his own description of himself after he does these “stupid” things. Heath Shaw has been a regular in my Dream Team of the past 4 years… and he constantly gives me a “Heath Shaw Headache”. Shaw hasn’t played a full season of footy in 4 years mainly because he’s … moronically stupid.

In August 2008, Heath was cruising in the car with team mate Alan Didak sloshed off their faces. Then they crashed, lied about it and were suspended for the rest of the year.

Then last year Heath played just 14 games before placing a $10 bet on his captain Nick Maxwell. Heath then copped an 8 week ban for being ‘stupid’ after many trigger happy DT coaches traded him in before it was announced late on Friday afternoon. This my friends is the reason this year we have reversible trades – or the Heath Shaw Rule as it is now referred too.

Deck of DT Rating. KING – I doubt very much that Heath can improve his average a great deal from the 91.7 last year (his best ever). But, he can maintain it. Heath Shaw will easily be in the best 7 backmen in 2012 and therefore you need him in your team at some point. Start with him or pick him up at a later date… you will certainly need him. Personally, providing he doesn’t do anything stupid over the pre-season… he will be a starting member of team Calvinator.

TWITTER….  @CalvinDT for advice on dreamteam and to chat about life in general.

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