Carlton Blues: AFL Dream Team Picks
McRath gives us his 5 Blues that he has on his watchlist. There are plenty of premium options at Carlton. Murphy, Gibbs and Scotland will feature in plenty of teams you’d think. Which Carlton Blues are currently on your AFL Dream Team watchlist?
This series of ‘club preview’ posts are written by DT TALK regular contributors choosing their 5 players they have on their watchlist from the respective club. These aren’t who we think will be the top 5 highest scoring players… and are not necessarily in order. They are just our opinions of the 5 players who we have on our watchlist heading into the 2012 season.
McRath’s top five Blues
1. Marc Murphy (MID), $551,300.
The most expensive Blue of the lot (and rightly so), Murph will be looking to build on his outstanding 2011 season where he broke out into the elite midfielder status. It seems he is preparing to take over the # 1 midfielder tag at Carlton, but don’t let this deter you – he is a class act. Durable and capable of some high scores, expect Marc to improve again this year to push his average above 115.
2. Bryce Gibbs (MID), $529,000.
My boy Bryce had his best year yet in 2011, despite being subjected to a number of negative roles by Brett Ratten. Tipped for a permanent midfield role this year – I’m backing Gibbsy to go one better in 2012 and become a ‘super premium’. Priced at a reasonable 107 average, he’s cheaper than many other young guns like Redden, Rockliff, Selwood and his buddy Murphy. He may not fit into some coaches’ structures however I can’t find any negatives worth noting against the young superstar.
3. Heath Scotland (DEF/MID), $493,500.
One of the most reliable and consistent defenders of the past 5 years, Scotto is the rock in an improving Blues team. Whilst he does not come cheap, he is one of a dying breed of gun DPP defenders in the 90+ range. He appears to be getting better with age as opposed to most 30+ y.o. players who’s output seemingly dies off after they hit that mark. On consistency and his outstanding preseason form alone, he deserves to at least be considered.
4. Mitch Robinson (MID/FWD), $456,200.
Refer to my Versus Article I wrote in January about this guy. As crazy as he is, he knows how to find the ball and has a hunger for footy that few can match. With his DPP link to the forward line, he is a great option next to Buddy and Cloke in your front 6. Whilst not enjoying the best preseason, he should ripe by R1 and ready to churn out points all over the field. He may not be pretty but he will play his heart out and leave nothing in the tank.
5. Andrew Carazzo (DEF/MID), $454,800.