Essendon Bombers: AFL Dream Team Picks
Adzman gives us his 5 Bombers that he has on his watchlist. It’s hard with the Bombers missing the game in Wangaratta, but he looks at some of of DTs best performers and the bare cupboard when it comes to rookies! Which Essendon Bombers 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.
Adzman’s five from the Hangar.
Hard to get a read on the Bombers after they missed the game in Wangaratta because the 30 minute plane ride couldn’t land. Rumour has it they intend to get to Adelaide mid-season by hot air balloon…. I wouldn’t suggest making any bomber captain until you have read the wind charts that week.
1. Jobe Watson (MID), $492,500.
Tim’s boy seems to get better and better every year. He was close to the best player in the competition for the first half of last year leading the Brownlow and averaging 117 DT points until the hamstring injury. He never really got back to full fitness for the rest of the year hence his average dropped to 99.5. In his first NAB hit out this year he scored 107 and looked a class above, his decision making was first class and his kicking seems to have stepped up another level. Watson is owned by 5.4% of players making him slightly unique. If he stays fit he will be a great pick at a bargain price.
2. Brent Stanton (MID), $528,300.
We all know Stanton is one of the ultimate DT sluts. What he lacks in decision making or disposal he makes up for with pure gut running and sometimes just plain mooching of the ball off others. Toward the end of the game when somebody takes a mark just watch him hook around and take the handball… your DT eyes will roll with dollar signs every time! He averaged 105.8 last year and had a score of 107 in his only NAB appearance this year. Owned by a measly 1% Stanton is a unique premium capable of massive scores that could make the difference for your side.
3. Dyson Heppell (DEF), $415,900.
Last year’s rookie hero straps on the boots for a second year. Can he replicate or better last year’s efforts of 83.4? It’s a tough ask. He played a somewhat unaccountable game style last year just hanging off half back being the link man however he did show glimpses of time and poise when in traffic. In his NAB cup game this year he scored 55 while playing an accountable midfield role however he did seem to get loose a lot to receive ball at half back like old times. The bombers want to get the ball in his hands and he does look bigger and fitter, should be a good pick up.10.4% ownership can’t be wrong!
4. David Zaharakis (FWD/MID), $443,200.
The man who kicked the winning goal on ANZAC day a few years ago says he is sick of talking about it and doesn’t want to be remembered for it. He went some way to fixing that by winning the Best and Fairest last year averaging 91.1. He really ramped the average up in the second half of the year when he moved into the middle. He seems to have been nursed through this pre-season carefully only having a few sub affected appearances, so not too sure what to glean from the NAB score of 34. He looks fit, strong and confident; he has just been sitting in the pockets like he’s been told to take it easy! I still think he’s ready to break out into the 100s, so do 8.2% of other players.
5. Courtnay Dempsey (DEF), $244,800.
Dempsey is coming back from a knee reconstruction but has shot the lights out so far this pre-season. He has looked every bit as good as he was…in fact his head seems to be in a better place and it has taken his game to a new level. He is the man at the bombers who links defence and attack; He may be the player the profits from Heppell’s move further up the ground. Dempsey was about to break out when he went down last year, He had averaged 75 the year before and ended the year with a few hundreds in a row. Don’t expect a massive break out into the high 90s from him this year but for the price he could be a good value pick that scores well and keeps the cash ticking over. If for no other reason pick him for the beard!
OTHERS ON THE WATCHLIST: I need to mention Paddy Ryder (RUCK, $394,400) here. He dominated the NAB game scoring a breezy 83 but crucially he had hunger and desire, if he continues in that vein he could be a good pick in the competitive ruck spots. Cory Dellolio ($85,800) is a cheap rookie who again played well for Bendigo this weekend, I’d say he is a monty to be upgraded but his main competition for s spot Alwyn Davey kicked 5 goals… so keep watching that space. Jake Melksham ($344.400) has looked noticeably bigger pre-season and has been getting a lot of it, numbers last year indicate a break out this year and it is very possible. Another rookie Brendan Lee ($85,800) carved it up for Bendigo this weekend also and looks to be one or two injury’s away from getting a spot in the bombers best 22.
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