Swan v Pendlebury
No toss up between two premiums was more talked about pre-season than Swan v Pendlebury. Half way through the season I thought would be a good time to have a look at how the choice has panned out. Swan v Pendlebury… who has been the better pick so far this year?
No toss up between two premiums was more talked about pre-season than Swan v Pendlebury. Half way through the season I thought would be a good time to have a look at how the choice has panned out. The comparisons between the two players were pure. They play for the same team, so bye factor was taken out of the equation, and due to the same fact (and ideally only wanting two premiums out per line during the MBR) you could not have both in addition to other less expensive premiums who shared the same bye such as JSelwood, Stanton, Watson and to a lesser extent DPPs such as Chappy, Beams, Goodes and Fyfe . Swan and Pendlebury were the two most expensive players in the competition, and general consensus was that you needed to start with either one or the other, but which one …..?
When doing this comparison I looked at my 2 leagues, which are both rather competitive and include some well known and respected DTers. From that I came up with some assumptions. I have gone on what the majority of people in the competition have done which I think is only fair:
- You started with one of either Dane Swan or Scott Pendlebury. I am sure there are you out there who started with both or neither, but with 68,098 starting with Swan, and 76,603 with Pendlebury, and approximately 250,000 people in the comp at the time, the odds have it that over half the comp probably started with one or the other.
- You did not trade either Swan or Pendlebury when they got injured. Again, with 68,098 starting with Swan, and 26,418 combined trading him out in R9 and R10. The majority of people kept him. With 76,603 starting with Pendlebury, and only 19,935 trading him out before R11 and 4,329 last week, the majority have also kept him as well.
- I have ignored captain choice, (apart from the R5 loophole opportunity explained below), as there are too many possibilities. Stats suggest that Ablett has taken the armband most weeks when on the park anyhow.
For each round I have added a Hindsight-o-Meter. Common instrument used by people all around the world after an unpredictable event has occurred. Most commonly seen on this site aimed squarely at Calvin the Monday after his #1 Captain choice has a Barry Crocker.
Just for the record, I chose Swan over Pendlebury, my team just did not look right without him.
Swan, Dane – 102
Pendlebury, Scott – 132
Teams (eventually) locked in, it was time for the Swan-Pendlebury saga to begin. In the end of the (Fri)day, it was Team Pendlebury that came out on top. SP10 outscored the previous years highest averaging player by a full 30 points. Teams who made the Pendlebury choice even got him for $21,400 cheaper. I looked like it was not only a good decision, but a great one.
H-o-M: Swan 0 – Pendlebury 1
Swan, Dane – 116
Pendlebury, Scott – 122
More of the same in Round 2. Pendlebury again outscoring the Great Dane, this time only by 6 points, but still enough to fire an email to your mates who started with Swan over Pendles saying how much of a DT genius you must be, and the old “told you Swan was overpriced” got thrown around a fair bit to add salt to the wound.
H-o-M: Swan 0 – Pendlebury 2
Swan, Dane – 109
Pendlebury, Scott – 62
This is where, like all good sagas, there was a big twist. Enter Pendlebury’s nemesis – Andrew Carrazzo. Carrots limited Pendlebury to 15 touches, about half of his usual quota. Swan on the other hand racked up his usual 30+ possessions out scoring his adversary by a whopping 47 points, erasing the previous two deficits and then some. Suddenly coaches were regretting sending the above email. Reading the forums, a few even contemplated trading the superstar for fear of him getting tagged out of games from now on. Sanity prevailed (although a couple of thousand traded him before R4!) and Pendlebury owners just put it down to him having a bad game (and Carrazzo a particularly good one).
H-o-M: Swan 1 – Pendlebury 2
Sidenote: Carrots is now back and in Round 15 with all being equal so will Pendlebury. Predicting there will be some sort of plague like avoidance between Pendles and the captain’s armband that round!
Swan, Dane – 134
Pendlebury, Scott – 124
Pendlbury owners quickly look to who Port Adelaide will put a hard tag on him, and who’s name pops up, DT legend and one of my favourites Kane Cornes. Cornes goes to Harry O, Pendles gets Pearce and it is business as usual. All Pendlebury owners breathe a collective sigh of relief. “It was just a once off”. Although, Swan takes the honours again, but this time only by 10 points.
H-o-M: Swan 2 – Pendlebury 2
Swan, Dane – 171
Pendlebury, Scott – 113
Round 5 and yet another twist. The Vice-Captain loophole is upon us and it falls on the ANZAC Day clash of Collingwood v Essendon. Lets be honest, and I am sure some of you will disagree, but if you have either Swan or Pendlebury, you are using them for the loophole this week. Calvin had Stanton (coming off a 175), Pendlebury then Swan in that order for the loophole options. Fast forward through 120 minutes of great footy, Essendon going down by 1 point if you do not remember, and there stands Dane Swan with the ANZAC Day medal amassing 171 Dreamteam points in the process. Pendlebury with 113 and Stanton on 77. Swan loophole users are keeping his 171 thank you very much. Pendlebury loophole users have a decision to make. Whether they held their one in the hand, or chased their two in the bush may not have really make much of a difference unless you went right out of the box. Saying this because other pirate suggested Captains were Boyd (115), MMurphy (117) and if you had the balls to pick Goddard (58). Out of the box options like popular midfield guns SThompson (138) and Rockliff (136) all went well, Mitchell (63) and JSelwood (69) not so much. Fair to say no one got near Swan. Double points this week on the Hindsight-o-Meter.
H-o-M: Swan 4 – Pendlebury 2
Swan, Dane – 117
Pendlebury, Scott – 133
Pendlbury back on top this week. Like a good dual, SP10 gets one back on his teammate, 16 points to his favour.
H-o-M: Swan 4 – Pendlebury 3
Swan, Dane – 143
Pendlebury, Scott – 119
Take above statement, Ctrl ‘H’ Pendlebury and SP10 with Swan and DS36, and 16 points with 24 points to get this weeks result.
H-o-M: Swan 5 – Pendlebury 3
Swan, Dane – 95
Pendlebury, Scott – 133
Yet another twist is upon us. With both superstars cruising along to +120 scores Swan pulls up with a Hammy strain early in Q4 and heads down the race not to be seen again. It does not look good for those who own the great man, prognosis ……. out for 2 weeks.
H-o-M: Swan 5 – Pendlebury 4
Swan, Dane – 0
Pendlebury, Scott – 88
This week was set to be a pivotal week in your DT season as a Swan owner. We had seen the mistake people made trading Ablett for a two week injury. The old saying “fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me” was never so fitting. No one likes having a player worth almost 600 thousand dollars warming the pine. Funny thing was so, for some, this did not end up being as bad as we thought. I for one was forced to place Adam Treloar on my field, who would have been bench cover, who pumped out a very nice 119 after a paltry 57 the week before. Looking at the rookies that you would have needed to field in Swan’s absence in Round 9, it most likely would have been one of the following: Zorko, Horse, Old Mac, Treloar, DSmith, Adams, Coniglio, Shiel, Kennedy or Magner (Green DNP). These players averaged 71 points between them and it will depend on your individual team as to who you used on field as a replacement. Out of the rookies listed, Treloar (119), Zorko (94) and Shiel (94) actually outscored Pendles. But for the purpose of this article, the points in the Hindsight-o-Meter must go to Pendlebury.
H-o-M: Swan 5 – Pendlebury 5
Swan, Dane – 0
Pendlebury, Scott – 59
Swan out for his second week it was much of the same, playing a rookie to replace the great man until his return. Again it would most probably have been out of Zorko, Horse, Old Mac, Treloar, DSmith, Adams, Coniglio, Shiel, Green or Magner (Kennedy DNP). This lot averaged 73 for the week, with 7 of the 10 outscoring Pendlebury. [insert controversy] – Even disregarding the fact that many had Pendlebury as their captain, going on the stats you would have been better off owning Swan, having him on the bench and playing a rookie than playing Pendlebury in this round. Only the greatest Dreamteam player in history can take the points in the Hindsight-o-Meter while sitting in the stands doing nothing.
H-o-M: Swan 6 – Pendlebury 5
Swan, Dane – 142
Pendlebury, Scott – 0
Pendlebury’s injury could not have come at a worse time. For many Pendlebury owners, this was the week where you decide to keep or trade the superstar. Precedents firmly set by the well known cases 2 week cases of Ablett v DT Community and the more recent Swan v DT Community, the majority bit the bullet and held. The problem with this was keeping him was all but a guaranteed additional donut. (Out of the 11 teams that had Pendlebury in my most competitive league, all 11 teams incurred an additional donut by keeping him, as they already had donuts in their midfield). This hurt. Swan on the other hand pumped out a lazy 142 on his return.
H-o-M: Swan 7 – Pendlebury 5
Below is a small graph indicating points differential between having one over the other. Factored in are the R5 loophole and what points you gained by replacing the injured players at the time. Bear in mind that with the magic number pre season being around 4,946, Swan costing $21,400 more and DT being 11 playing rounds in for these two players , mathematically the even point is Swan being 48 points in front .((21,400/4946)*11=47.59). My calculations have him 243 in front.
What does the rest of the season hold for this absorbing duel ….. who knows. Teams who own Swan are on top at the moment, but as you have seen from the above, that can change very quickly. According to the Age and Collingwood’s injury list Pendlebury looks to miss again this week, but If DT history tells us anything, it’s that it is unpredictable.
Lets hope that when both get back on the park they both score well and stay fit.
(Team name – Surly Duffs)