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Dream Team Extra: Round 4

Who’s hit the headlines this week? What’s the fallout from the weekend? Let’s take a look at a few newsworthy snips, and maybe a bit of juicy goss, that may have an effect on your Dream Team this weekend!


After the relative calm leading into Round 3, we were left in tatters after the weekend’s carnage, with plenty of DT-relevant news to cover this week. I’d go so far as to say that the majority of coaches will be hit by at least one piece of the grim tidings below, so read on for a bit more pain!


To Fyfe Or Not To Fyfe?

One-third of Dream Team coaches have Nat Fyfe in their squads and I reckon most of you will be considering your options after his shoulder was dislocated quite badly in a tackle last weekend. @Mark_Berry1 tells me that his shoulder popped out, was put back in but then popped out a second time. Seriously Fyfey that’s gotta hurt!

The initial reports were that he could require surgery and be out for up to three months. However, he latest report is that he’s had one consult and is getting a second opinion to possibly be cleared to play this weekend. Quite a turnaround, huh? Well, there are two trains of thought regarding what to do with the DT dynamo, so let’s take a look at the options.

If he’s named in tonight’s Docker’s team sheet to play, then most are likely to hold on to him. Why? Rewind to Round 7 last season: Fyfe dislocated his shoulder and limped off the field. There was much wailing and gnashing of teeth in the DT world as coaches bemoaned the impending Armanathan but, lo and behold, The Lanky One strolls out in his best duct-taped-Chris-Judd impression the following week and spits out a lazy 114 against the Weagles. Then he soldiers on and plays out to Round 23 for an average of 98 for the year. After Fyfe’s 2011 heroics, he’s more than worthy of hanging on to if he’s named tonight. For those coaches wanting more incentive to stick phat with Nat (do the kewl kids still say ‘phat’?!?), have a read of this.

However, there is a fairly strong feeling among fantasy coaches that he’s a high risk for re-injury, that he’s likely to be either green vested or red vested, that he won’t be able to maintain his DT output for the year, or all of the aforementioned. Fair call too, as we don’t like seeing our guns limping around and struggling to play, let alone scoring poorly for us. If you’re in this school of thought, then this is trade week. I won’t list any of the trade-in options, but I will say that whatever your decision, this is the week to commit. As @Aki_DT highlighted in this morning’s Dream Team Stock Market, Fyfe’s value is estimated to plummet by around $55k after this round, so it’s trade now or forever hold your Fyfe!

There is inherent risk in either decision, so it’s not one to be taken lightly, particularly with the lack of consistent ‘premium’ forwards at the moment. Have a good think about it and don’t panic!


Goodes News Bad News, Lake Not-So-Placid & Jack The Slinger

One of Goodes, Lake or Grimes must have organised a catch up with each other, ‘cos they’ve all managed to get this weekend off. Make note though, that Goodesy went in to bat for his coaches at the tribunal, only to have his sanction upheld and also score a fistful of carry-over demerit points which are unfortunately not applicable to Dream Team in his absence! So the three of them will enjoy a weekend of bro bonding over herbal tea and cucumber sandwiches while being treated to the delights of hot stone massages and foot treatments.

I wouldn’t recommend trading Goodes and Lake out, but Grimesy hasn’t quite performed in comparison to his middling price, so this is an opportunity to offload him if you’re so inclined. In any case, some of you will be unfortunate enough to be hit by all three, so your bench cover will be tested this week.


Injury Woes

Unsurprisingly, Matty Leuenberger succumbed to his achilles complaint and the early estimate of six weeks to recover may blow out to 8-9 weeks. If you did start with him in your team, you can either sideways trade him for a premo ruck or downgrade to fellow Lion Billy Longer. I would seriously consider the latter option as Longer will be filling in for Berger and mooing nicely by the time Leuey’s back.

A word of warning to coaches playing a 1+3 ruck division. Matthew Lobbe is listed as ‘test’ for Port. If he comes back in over the next few rounds, I expect Redden to play second fiddle, so keep an eye on Port’s team list in the coming weeks to help you decide which rook to slot in at R2.

Those who jumped on Courtenay Dempsey last week will breathe a sigh of relief at him being marked out for a ‘test’, but I’m not convinced. The Bombers will err on the side of caution and rest him if he’s not quite right, lest they play him and risk losing him for longer if that hammy goes ‘snap’ instead of ‘ping’, so make sure you’ve picked a playing Emergency on your DEF bench.


Pick Me! Pick Me!

Dunno about you, but my faith in GWS’ rookies is growing by the week with some steady performances after the three opening rounds. In defence, Bugg is a fair way ahead of Tomlinson and Hombsch, with Ellis, Morris and Mohr bringing up the rear. Magner came crashing down to earth (a la Barlow in his third game), but still deserves top-billing out of your midfield rooks, then JMac, Shiel, Greene and Clay Smith. For the tall timber, Giles is still a head above Redden and an improving Big O; if you have man-mountain Billy Longer, he’s a must for your R2 after the demise of Berger. Dev Smith is my pick up forward, then Kennedy, Milera, Tomlinson and Hall.


Anyways, that’s the rub for this week. I think I may have jinxed last week’s Friday 13 round by hoping to see a few 2300s, so I’ll just wind up by wishing everyone good luck! Feel free to add any news bits, rants, raves, etc below to keep us on the move. See ya next Thursday for another bout of media trawling!


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  1. Antipasto

    April 19, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    Heater, you’re a terrible bloke. 2 weeks

  2. Kevin

    April 19, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    I have last/rookie on-field spots I don’t know who to play, help would be appreciated.

    Defender: Ellis, Morris, Smedts
    Mid: Magner, Shiel, McDonald (Is he back this week or next?)
    2 Forwards: Cameron, Kennedy, Milera, Stanley

  3. Bradley

    April 19, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    nathan Fyfe to Dayne Beams? I know Beams will drop, but he is a gun and if Fyfe even plays he will be dropping much quicker anyway

    • portetdaspet

      April 19, 2012 at 5:07 pm

      The fact that Fyfe will drop in price isn’t really justification to get another player in with a big BE. You are better to get a player with a good BE this week (Robinson or Sidebottom) and wait til Beams bottoms out to upgrade to him.

  4. Kiwiii

    April 19, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    Just watched fox sports news – Fyfe just had his meeting with the surgeon and said the following

    a) it’s still touch and go for tomorrow
    b) He is going to need surgery this year be it now or end of the year.

    So from a combination of that and Ross Lyon saying they wouldn’t risk him unnecessarily, you’d have to trade him wouldn’t ya

    • Kuruki

      April 19, 2012 at 5:30 pm

      Ross Lyon is all talk. he says he will not risk him yet he has him doing full contact training. He is desperate for him to play and he will play him unless the doc says otherwise. Fyfe had the exact same issue last season and he was a gun.

  5. wombat face :)

    April 19, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    heath shaw to enright?

  6. joseph

    April 19, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    posted before but something happened:
    For everybody that has porps, what are you doing with him, he doesn’t seem like he will go up much in price. Is it wise to trade him to Smith????

    • McScoundrel

      April 19, 2012 at 5:28 pm

      It is wise to follow your own path joseph and to help those in need.

  7. marigoldman

    April 19, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    Heath shaw and Dale Thomas out for two matches!!!!!!!!!!! FMDT

  8. marigoldman

    April 19, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    Heath Shaw and Dale Thomas out for two weeks. The beginning of the end.

    • McScoundrel

      April 19, 2012 at 5:37 pm

      Your presence comforts us and gives us joy.

  9. Ramrod

    April 19, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    Fyfe is out, Barlow is in.
    Berger out, Jacobs in.

    I’ll probably stick to this even if Fyfe is named. Out of the two I think I’d rather have Barlow, less to worry about and he’s quite the bargain. Makes up for Fyfe’s loss.
    Also without the first trade I don’t have the cash to get in a keeper for Berger. Jacobs playing some great footy, the Crows do well at stoppages so he should get a lot of chances. Also a bit unique, which I don’t mind. (Thanks to Tbetta for the suggestion)

  10. the sandgroper

    April 19, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    seeing as at the moment everyone seems to be talking shite, I might add my stupid thought of the day. Next year I might make up a DT side using only players that had fathers play in the vfl/afl, and if I cant make up a full side of them I will only fill the gaps using molly dukers

  11. Megatron

    April 19, 2012 at 5:23 pm

    Ohh Nathanial ohh Nathanial, what art thou f**k should I do with you Nathanial.

  12. melpete

    April 19, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    It never rains but it pours for some, Dale Thomas and Heath Shaw both out injured for at least a fortnight guys

  13. porterhouse

    April 19, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    Who should get a run this week, James Magner or Koby Stevens?

  14. TheColonel

    April 19, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    Shaw out for this week and ANZAC clash.

    People who have him deserve everything they get.

  15. Kuruki

    April 19, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    IP ban all above me. Please dear lord.

    Fyfe is going to be a make or break decision. if he soldiers on all those who traded will get him back. I don’t think my mind will be made up until lockout makes it for me….DT will turn me grey.

    • Kuruki

      April 19, 2012 at 5:36 pm

      Now they are below me ….get em get em

      • TheColonel

        April 19, 2012 at 5:41 pm

        Sorry If you had heater but please don’t ban me for reporting the news :P

  16. TheColonel

    April 19, 2012 at 5:40 pm

    Warnie please ban these grubs.

  17. kem

    April 19, 2012 at 8:41 pm

    anyone else not been able to access the site tonight?

  18. johnny37

    April 19, 2012 at 10:16 pm

    ok ok, who is trading shaw out and who for?

  19. Patrick

    April 19, 2012 at 11:08 pm

    Who’s gonna score better Neale or Coniglo?

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