Collingwood Magpies: AFL Dream Team Picks
Aki gives us his 5 Magpies that he has on his watchlist. Is it Dane Swan or Scott Pendlebury at number one? Or are you crazily thinking to take both?! Which Collingwood Magpies 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.
Aki’s five from the Pies.
1. Scott Pendlebury (MID), $576,900.
Pendles has been a favourite in my household since the get-go, I have picked him in every team I have ever had. I always said to myself, one day he will average more than Ablett and he proved me right last year. I’ve even been fortunate enough to sit down with the bloke and talk about footy, he is a pure professional. With all that being said, and with maybe a little bit of bromance getting in the way, he is the first picked in my Dream Team: “anNEALEiation”. The Magpies are set-up so Pendles can have maximum impact with his disposals and game sense. He will be in positions to have an impact on the game as much as possible and this year it’s going to be no different. You can’t tackle him, so don’t worry about the tag. They are too busy trying to keep up with Swanny. Lock this guy in now.
2. Dane Swan (MID), $598,300.
Dane Swan is the heart and soul of Calvin’s Captains. Why? Because he is the biggest ball magnet the DT land has ever seen and you are stupid if you don’t consider him with the magical “C” each and every week. The brownlow medalist hasn’t had much of the footy during the NAB Cup. Do we really read into that? After the 1st round win over GWS in the NAB, Swanny was interviewed and didn’t even know they Pies won. Last year in the NAB he averaged about 20 possessions a game. Then between rounds 1-4 he averaged over 30. Dane Swan does not care about the NAB Cup. The dilemma I have come across is what most probably have. You are going to find it tough to pick Pendles and Swan from Round 1, as the bye is going to hurt a lot. Plus Swanny is very pricey. Do we try and get him in after the Pies bye in Round 12? Or do we go with the DT Gold from the start? If I can upgrade a rookie well before the bye and get Swanny cheap, that’s my ideal scenario. The dice is ready to be rolled.
3. Steele Sidebottom (MID/FWD), $428,00.
Rusty Frontbum has had a lot of DT Talk coverage this year, so it is only fitting I put my two bobs worth in when it comes to the Iron Backside. Buckley loves him and he is in the Pies best 10 players. He has been training with the midfield group, has had a very solid preseason and was the best performer on Friday night in the NAB Cup loss to Adelaide. Is he going to pump out 100+ weekly? I doubt it strongly. What he will do this year, is besides adding flexibility to our DT side’s with his DPP. He will bust out some big scores and be a regular contributor. If he was around $300k, he would be considered a lock in mid-pricer. $428k is a bit of risk, but I think this year, Steele will reach another level and Gettt Upppp.
4. Heath Shaw (DEF), $454,000.
A lot of people will cringe at his name and curse him for letting us down at the end of most years. For me, I am thanking him for getting the “shaw rule” put into DT this year. The rule of course being the ability to undo the trades you use during the week if you need to. I am not going to harp on about his misdemeanours, that’s been done to death. Heath Shaw will predominantly play off the wing and float across the half-back line setting up the Pies in attack. They will play a lot more direct footy this year, so expect Heath to be fed a lot of handballs and burst forward. He is a fantastic player and I am predicting he will have a much more consistent year this year. I’d put money on it. I do worry about his lack of have any achilles when he runs or the thought his lower back will compact down turning him into a dwarf, but I am sure the medicos at Collingwood will keep him in good order.
5. Alan Didak (FWD/MID), $363,700.
If it was not for injury, Dids would easily be my number 2 selection. He is a marvellous player and had a bad run with injury the majority of last year as he had a very disrupted preseason in 2011 due to having the old Pec reattached to his chest. Remember this guy is a lot tougher than people think. He plays through a lot of niggling injuries that keep a lot of players out. Didak’s pre-season this year was flying along and his form of 2010 was looking like returning. Yes he has had a minor set-back hurting his adductor during training, but he is back out on the track and a Round 1 starts does look possible. He will hit his straps and dominate at some stage. I always want to start the season with 30 fit players that are ready to go. But even sometimes if does pay to grab someone you are going to bring in Round 2 or 3 if he comes in and looks the goods.
OTHERS ON THE WATCHLIST: A few players I must quickly throw in there. Dale Thomas (MID) $509,200 would be a lock if he was a FWD. Dayne Beams (MID/FWD) $502,800 has been mentioned with Sidebottom this year with his DPP and improvement but purely missed out on my top 5 due to him not training with the midfield group and being a little more pricey this year (and more expensive than Steele). Rookie Jarrod Witts (RUC) $98,700 has been all the rage down at Collingwood, but he may not be a regular as of yet. Another rookie Peter Yagmoor (DEF) $98,700 has looked great and been spoken of highly so far this pre-season and might sneak in the the Pies 22 a fair bit. Last but not least, is the Irishman, Marty Clarke (DEF) $141,500 who might take a little bit of time to get back into the system, but once he does, he will be a very important player down at the Pies.
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