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NAB Cup: A DT Guide to the NAB Cup

We all wait for the NAB to see the progress of some guys and who is getting a game and if that rumour you heard about some guy now playing in the midfield are true. But there are a few hints and tricks for the newcomers to DT…..

So the NAB is nearly here.  Thank god the footy is back right!  Now if you are someone new to DT or you haven’t really taken it all that seriously before… welcome.  In the past you have watched the NAB hoping your team does well and doesn’t get any injuries.  Well now all of that has changed, the way you watch the NAB is now changed forever.  Now you will be looking at every game, pouring over every stat and medical report.  You have been tinkering with your team for a couple of weeks and now it is time to see how the guys that you have in your team are going and what their role will be.  But beware, there are a few things you need to remember when watching the NAB Cup series.  I have had a look at a few of them below for you.

  1. Beware of First Round Lineups.
    Remember what the NAB cup is for…. Experimenting!  Each coach is going to want to see how their youngsters and the guys coming back from injury are going.  So they are going to give their rookies and their 2nd and 3rd year players a bit more of a run.  So when you see your rookie that you have had your eye on (and no one else is considering because they think this guy isn’t going to get a run) get himself a near full game in the first week, don’t get all excited and lock him never to review him again.  Keep an eye on how much game time he gets later in the competition.
  2. Out of Position
    As with the experimentation above, you will see coaches give a guy a different role to see if he can do it.  They will do this to see if the guy can play out of position during the season to cover an injury or to inject a bit of a spark.  As with the above, this is generally going to happen early in the competition rather than later.
  3. Take more notice of round 4 lineups
    So the opposite of point 1 above, but what you will find is that coaches will generally use a pretty much round 1 line up in the last week of the NAB with guys playing in their regular positions in that week.  They have done their tinkering and are fairly settled on this line up.  Take detailed notice of what happens in this round and give it more weight than the previous 3 weeks.
  4. Where is my Premium?
    Don’t stress if your premium isn’t getting a full game or is even missing from a preseason game.  This is particularly true if it is an older guy.  The AFL season is a long and arduous one.  Coaches are going to give these guys a bit of a run to get some game time into the legs, but they sure as hell don’t want to risk them getting injured or having them wear out before the real stuff starts in September.
  5. Read, Read and Read some more!
    Check out the reviews of every game, read about coaches press conferences, make sure you sign up for Freako’s newsletter as he sends out the info on each of the NAB games.  Make sure you take into account the above 4 points when analysing data and points.  Just beware of hype.  I know that for me, living in a two team town, the media pick up on absolutely everything and they will talk up a guy even though he may never see the inside of the changerooms.  So balance your readings with fact and opinion/fluff pieces.

So those are just a few of the things that those of you that are new to DT need to consider when you watch the preseason.  I know that for you seasoned DT’ers these things are all second nature, but for those that are just joining us at the DT Anonymous meetings, these are some things that need to be considered that can really help you set your team for round 1 with the best possible chances for the season ahead.

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  1. Henry Anscombe

    February 16, 2012 at 12:06 pm


    • DucKing

      February 16, 2012 at 12:11 pm

      Clearly you were “tampered” with as a child.

  2. RandomPickaxe

    February 16, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    Great advice. I would add “Don’t read too much into a big/poor score” onto that list (but instead look at the role the player has in the team). I certainly read too much into a big pre-season score with Astbury last year and got burned, hard.

    • Dunny

      February 16, 2012 at 12:59 pm

      Very much so, take good note of the role they are playing, once again towards the latter half of the competition as we see what Coaches really plan to do with their players.

  3. odeyseus

    February 16, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    Sage advice Dunny.

  4. stew42

    February 16, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    Definitely won’t worry too much about the NAB, too many Astbury and Yarran stories going around. The one everyone should be waiting for is the round 1 teams of the H&A season.

    • McScoundrel

      February 16, 2012 at 2:09 pm

      Reading AFL Teams is my favourite aspect of being a DT addict. The idle chit chat beforehand which hides the real tension and drama of waiting for them to shuttle out of headquarters, the shock of the new as one or two teams get an early release, the dread of confronting a list in which one of your players has been injured or out of form and the comedy of other people’s responses. Last year, people were worried when Nick dal Santo was named in a forward pocket and got excited when Heppell was named on the ball. This year, people will be overjoyed when their rook midfielder lines up next to Sandilands and Mundy, their forward pocket flog finally gets a go at half forward where he should have been playing all along or their full back gets promoted to centre half back. Bring it on!

      PS. Good article Dunny, spot on.

  5. christoph

    February 16, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    best thing we’ll get is the GWS, GC, Port for some rookies.

    also i think alot of ppl will be taking a keen eye on many rucks and their counterparts.
    i’m actually a little bit keen to see the crows line up, there is value value value there this year. if the tiprat plays alot on the ball rucking ala leigh brown role, he might find room in my SC team but not DT.

  6. Willow

    February 16, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    SEN have just reported that LeCras has done his knee. Dunno yet if it’s 4-6 or the season.

    • Flogging Hip Star

      February 16, 2012 at 1:31 pm

      NOOOOOOOO!!! DT aside, that would be devastating!

    • RandomPickaxe

      February 16, 2012 at 1:32 pm

      Good news for Koby Stevens?

      • Flogging Hip Star

        February 16, 2012 at 1:37 pm

        Or Josh Hill??

    • Sceptic

      February 16, 2012 at 1:56 pm

      He is doubtful for round one which mean it isn’t too serious. Probably be back round 5 but still sucks for us Eagle fans :(

      • tkol

        February 16, 2012 at 1:58 pm

        That’s just Linsane, I put him in my team this morning!

        • Sceptic

          February 16, 2012 at 2:00 pm

          Linsane! Mark my words Tkol, Jeremy Lin will not be dominating when Melo comes back.

          • Austin Pwrz

            February 16, 2012 at 2:14 pm

            Nice to see we have some basketball/NBA fans on this site as well! I play fantasy bball amongst just about every other fantasy sport from the US. I am from Phoenix, Az.

          • PurpleArmy

            February 16, 2012 at 2:42 pm

            His number today against the kings will be more like his stats when melo comes back 10 points, 13 points

          • alekshead

            February 16, 2012 at 2:45 pm

            Long-suffering Knicks fan. I don’t give a shit who’s dominating as long as this streak doesn’t end. ;)


          • The Bug

            February 16, 2012 at 3:01 pm

            They’re playing better without him anyway. Should just keep him on the sidelines.

          • Semisonic

            February 16, 2012 at 3:42 pm

            Take note of the Knicks record pre-Melo injury to post. Melo needs to learn to pass more. He hogs it too much and plays D like a revolving door. Knicks are better when the ball moves. This will stop once he comes back and Lin will suffer.

          • Austin Pwrz

            February 16, 2012 at 4:05 pm

            think you meant 10 points & 13 ASSISTS mate. he is going incredible at the moment! That 3 to win it yesterday against the Raptors elevated him to new heights…

          • PurpleArmy

            February 16, 2012 at 4:26 pm

            Yeah sorry I meant 13 assists. I hate Melo’s one on one game style if he could just watch the last 7 games and see how the team has worked and adjust his game to suit, he can still average 20+ points a game. He also needs to play defense. The worlds suffering from LINfoma at the moment…haha

          • Vishnu27

            February 16, 2012 at 5:17 pm

            A point guard that CAN play, as opposed to a struggling forward that isn’t even shooting 40% from the field? Lin’s numbers aren’t going to change much with Carmelo’s return.

      • schmason

        February 16, 2012 at 6:04 pm

        Early mail says its an ACL, not confirmed yet, but devastating if thats the case!

  7. Danger

    February 16, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    What are peoples thoughts on Ryan Hargrave? Havent heard anything about him this preseason. Is he injured? if not, can he get back to 2010 form?

    • Danger

      February 16, 2012 at 2:13 pm

      I see he is name in the NAB Cup Squad. Hmm

      • THESKULL

        February 16, 2012 at 2:16 pm

        Spilt personality?

        • tkol

          February 16, 2012 at 2:26 pm


        • Danger

          February 16, 2012 at 2:42 pm

          Well he averaged 90odd in 2010 didnt he? Thanks for your fantastic information.

          • THESKULL

            February 16, 2012 at 2:53 pm

            Me or the first guy?

          • tkol

            February 16, 2012 at 2:55 pm

            Guys please stop, you’re killing me

          • Haydos_17

            February 16, 2012 at 3:00 pm

            Wouldnt be jumping on Hargrave Danger. He has only deleivered 1 good dt year in his career, and that was when the Bulldogs used to play kick to kick in the backline, which i dont think they will do under McCartney. Also Morris is out for the first month or so of the season, so Hargrave could be forced to play shut down roles.

          • Austin Pwrz

            February 16, 2012 at 4:07 pm

            theskull attacks again – always good for a quick one liner

      • Danger

        February 16, 2012 at 3:23 pm

        Thanks Dos_17 and Thommo. Good info.

        • THESKULL

          February 16, 2012 at 3:43 pm

          Thank yourself as well Danger.
          You did some good reasearch with the nab cup squad thing (remember it was personality B)

          • Danger

            February 16, 2012 at 5:06 pm

            I don’t know if you can read but I asked if people think he can get back to his 2010 form.

            I had got back from my lunch break at work and didnt have much time to research.

            You were quick to offer some help though, so thanks.

    • Thommo

      February 16, 2012 at 3:02 pm

      He was ok in intra-club which says nothing except that he isn’t injured.

  8. Magpie Mayhem

    February 16, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    Freako’s nab cup review is a very good source of post nab news, It is the reason I had Suckling , Shiels and Fyfe,from the start last year.

  9. OCD for DT

    February 16, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    How do I get the Freako’s newsletter??? Please help!

    And also noticed that Dylan Sheils has not been named in the GWS squad. Is he injuried???


    • Sceptic

      February 16, 2012 at 3:51 pm

      He is injured. Forgot what it is but it has something to do with the groin for 3 weeks I believe.

      • OCD for DT

        February 16, 2012 at 3:55 pm

        Thanks Sceptic. Can’t wait til we have some form on these rooks.

      • adzman

        February 16, 2012 at 4:56 pm

        thought it was an appendix?

        • giants

          February 16, 2012 at 5:11 pm

          Yeah, appendicitis is what I read. I don’t think I’ve seen any official confirmation though.

    • Magpie Mayhem

      February 16, 2012 at 4:20 pm

      Just keep following this fantastic site and how to get freako’s stuff will appear right here.

    • boagii

      February 16, 2012 at 4:24 pm

      He had his appendix taken out recently

  10. boagii

    February 16, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    LeCras injured his knee in training this morning, he is having scans later today.


      February 16, 2012 at 4:31 pm

      You heard it here first folks haha

      • boagii

        February 16, 2012 at 4:35 pm

        Do you always laugh at your own jokes?

        • THESKULL

          February 16, 2012 at 5:04 pm

          Yeah most of the time.
          Funny is funny mate if you don’t have a sense of humour it’s not my fault blame your parents.

          • Vishnu27

            February 16, 2012 at 5:24 pm

            With that in mind, those responsible for your gene pool have a hell of a lot to answer for!

          • chewylizard

            February 16, 2012 at 5:37 pm

            “Funny is funny”

            Fair call that one.

          • boagii

            February 16, 2012 at 6:16 pm

            Your like canned laughter on a bad sitcom, you laugh hoping it has a contagious effect on others to join in. Looks like it has worked with these two.

      • malnmel

        February 16, 2012 at 9:52 pm

        entertaining skull keep up the good work lol….

  11. Funkmachine

    February 16, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    A League has been created for only the most hardened DT’ers Join if you think you have the clout to be part of the league with the highest average 339435

    • boagii

      February 16, 2012 at 6:16 pm


  12. DALBS

    February 16, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    Cheers Donny, but the above is very obvious, if you don’t know the above yet then you should not being playing Dream team at all.

    • gruff griffo

      February 16, 2012 at 8:02 pm

      Mate’s Dunny, not Donny – he is an Osmond :)

      Plus while this might seem simple and straight forward to you this site caters for all levels of DT experience and the above info is well put together and thought out and is pure gold for some of those newbies to DT…..

      …just my two cents!

      • Dunny

        February 16, 2012 at 10:50 pm

        Correct, this is fairly straight forward for experienced players, but this article was more for the rookies that have come across to this site that may be in their first or second season playing DT.

        • EmeraldIllusion

          February 17, 2012 at 5:49 am

          Most of us appreciate it Dunny, don’t worry. Cheers for the write up.

  13. Wardo

    February 16, 2012 at 8:26 pm

    Off topic… But Champion Data are looking for extra staff in WA to take live stats at WAFL colts/reserves/league games. Just casual…. Only downside is you aren’t allowed to win the car anymore… But you get paid to watch footy. Let me know if your possibly keen.

  14. gingjok1

    February 16, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    @ Funkmachine.. thanks for the code.. Joined and looking forward being a part of a serious competition.

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