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Dream Team Stock Market – R14

It’s back! Bigger and better than ever. The #DTSM (Dream Team Stock Market), is your one stop shop, for pretty much, well, everything! Dream Team might have the Assistant Coach (for $19.95), but the Assistant Coach doesn’t have me (free of course) or twitter (also free) or have a crystal ball (umm, working on that part).

It’s back! Bigger and better than ever. The #DTSM (Dream Team Stock Market), is your one stop shop, for pretty much, well, everything! Dream Team might have the Assistant Coach (for $19.95), but the Assistant Coach doesn’t have me (free of course) or twitter (also free) or have a crystal ball (umm, working on that part).

 

It’s fair to say, the Multi-Bye rounds took it’s toll on many of us. I’m not just referring to our teams output, but our general interest in DreamTeam and the game itself. Missing 6 teams for 3 consecutive weeks, is a bit of a joke really. Why not split it up into just 2 weeks? Or everyone takes a week off in June, wouldn’t that be more even as well? Speaking from an AFL lover and not just a DT nut, I didn’t really care at all what happened over the past 3 weeks, because to me it felt i was only being given 50% of what I wanted anyways and that I was being robbed of what I was being given for the previous 10 rounds.

 

From a Dream Team side of things, it’s even worse. Why even bother playing and putting a team in to see our sides struggle to make 1400? How is that even fun? I started writing my article for the first week of the byes after looking at the teams and thought to myself, “no matter what I write, I don’t actually believe it is of any value whatsoever”. That lasted a month. Why suggest a trade when there is SO much incertainty in the weeks to come? It’s bad enough as it is let alone take out 6 teams on rotation.

 

Please AFL and VirtualSports, think of an alternative option for next year. Get rid of this negative buzz that I felt the last 3 weeks and give the fans a bit more than what was given this year.

Extra trades? Loan players? Bigger benches? Full week off? Drugs? Something!

 

Anyways, let’s get to it….

 

 

SET IN STONE (Mid-Field)

 

 

The mid-field, isn’t it about time? Well, it’s fair to say, you have already filled your boots in this area and i will list the top 5 mid-fielders this year to date so you can compare. Also, I’ll throw in some premiums that are cheap as chips at the moment and should be considered as your 6th mid.

 

1. Gary Ablett (MID) $560,600 AVG: 126.20 POINTS: 1262 PLAYED: 10

Whilst a lot critize Gary for the choices he made, I’d like to take my hat off to him. No other player in this competition would be able to do what Gary is doing at Gold Coast. You would be crazy not to have him in your side, even if you did trade him out when he went down with a leg injury, just get him back in.

Games Left (Top 8 in Bold): West Coast, Geelong, Richmond, Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, GWS Giants, Hawthorn, Carlton, Adelaide

 

2. Dane Swan (MID) $573,100 AVG: 126.10 POINTS: 1261 PLAYED: 10

Same amount of games as Gary, 1 less point, can’t get much closer than that. Swanny looks set for a big 2nd half of the year after a few weeks off with a sore hammy. Another player that is a no brainer to have in your side come DT finals time.

Games Left (Top 8 in Bold): Fremantle, Carlton, Geelong, Hawthorn, GWS Giants, St Kilda, Sydney, North Melb, West Coast, Essendon

 

3. Brent Stanton (MID) $506,900 AVG: 122.75 POINTS: 1473 PLAYED: 12

Mr Stanton isn’t for everyone. Myself included. Looking at his production this year, I wish my mindset was different. Has had some MASSIVE games and even held the DT record for a brief peroid of time. On the other side of the coin, he does have a few crappers too. But all in all, if you have Stanton already, you are already a step of many others.

Games Left (Top 8 in Bold): Western Bulldogs, St Kilda, Port Adelaide, Geelong, Hawthorn, Adelaide, North Melb, Carlton, Richmond, Collingwood

 

4. Matthew Boyd (MID) $520,100 AVG: 115.83 POINTS: 1390 PLAYED: 12

Mr Reliable-Back-Up. Stanton isn’t for everyone. Doesn’t get spoken about often, just slots in as our number 3 pick pretty much year after year and is left there to just, do his thing. Has had another great year thus far in what has been a disaster really for the Bulldogs. Hopefully for there sake its a big 2nd half coming up and Matty can keep smashing out some big scores to ride us home.

Games Left (Top 8 in Bold): Essendon, Fremantle, Hawthorn, Carlton, St Kilda, North Melb, Richmond, Sydney, Geelong, Brisbane

 

5. Jobe Watson (MID) $523,700 AVG: 115 POINTS: 1380 PLAYED: 12

Flying under the radar of many of us. Surprisingly, Jobe is averaging just about the same as Boyd! Has only dipped under 100 twice this year (94,91). So in all fairness, has probably been even more consistant than the majority! Not going to be a Captains choice for me, but if you have him, he is kind of a unique option to roll with.

Games Left (Top 8 in Bold): Western Bulldogs, St Kilda, Port Adelaide, Geelong, Hawthorn, Adelaide, North Melb, Carlton, Richmond, Collingwood

 

OTHERS TO CONSIDER:

 

Scott Thompson $479,000 ($59,500) AVG: 111.17 POINTS: 1334 PLAYED: 12

Another solid year for Scott and with no other lock and load Adelaide mid, plus they have a pretty soft draw. Two reasons he was included early into my side early on.

Joel Selwood (MID) $451,300 ($59,500) AVG: 104.27 POINTS: 1147 PLAYED: 11

The pick of the Mid-Fielders at Geelong. With Bartel having a very quiet year by his standards, you would be safe with having Selwood in any DT.

Trent Cotchin (MID) $473,000 ($9,600) AVG: 103.67 POINTS: 1244 PLAYED: 12

The new super dooper mid field premo? Well, he is heading that way. Has had an amazing year so far and can build on that to push for a Richmond finals berth. Easier run home.

Tom Rockliff (MID) $447,700 ($106,500) AVG: 103.08 POINTS: 1237 PLAYED: 12

Patchy, but still averaging over 100. Tom could do anything on any given day. His partner in crime is catching though.

Jack Redden (MID) $504,900 ($35,200) AVG: 102.92 POINTS: 1235 PLAYED: 12

What a month Jack has had. Only scored 2 less than the Rock of the RedRock combo. Could be a smokie for your DT.

 

 

RUCK ME (Rucks)

Possibly the worst year for Rucks that I can remember in DreamTeam. Heard a few that went: Leunberger to Mumford to Sandilands to team deletion. Here are the top 2 rucks and some other options to fill your boots.

 

1. The Mullet (RUC) $485,500 AVG: 101.50 POINTS: 1218 PLAYED: 12

Ivan Maric. No-one would have predicted come mid-year that the new recruit at Tigerland from the Crows would be sitting on top of the Ruck standings for DreamTeam. Well, he is and for good reason too. He has made a world of difference for the Tigers, not just his ruck work but his attitude and contest around the ground. Do you have him in your side? Apparently 35,000 do. Did I mention Richmond only play 2 more teams in the top 8 for remainder of year?

Games Left (Top 8 in Bold): Adelaide, Melbourne, Gold Coast, North Melb, Carlton, Brisbane, Western Bulldogs, Fremantle, Essendon, Port Adelaide

 

2. The Cox (MID) $449,600 AVG: 97.33 POINTS: 1168 PLAYED: 12

Dean Cox. Whilst has not lit the world on fire so far this year, has been consistent enough and healthy enough to make it into the top 2. Is really the only lock and load ruck running around atm.

Games Left (Top 8 in Bold): Gold Coast, North Melb, Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane, Fremantle, Geelong, Port Adelaide, Collingwood, Hawthorn

 

OTHERS TO CONSIDER:

 

Patrick Ryder (RUC) $402,400 ($8000) AVG: 91.83 POINTS: 1102 PLAYED: 12

If you got Paddy, you have picked well. Feels like he is always on the verge of exploding into something massive but just does enough to be good. Could be a go to ruck next year.

Sam Jacobs (RUC) $353,900 ($80,300) AVG: 81.55 POINTS: 975 PLAYED: 12

Big sauce was tipped to be the Heinz pick of the rucks this year, but so far hasn’t moved off the homebrand shelf yet. Whilst 80 avg isn’t crash hot, it’s not that bad either considering the year of the rucks.

 

Sandilands / McIntosh / Leunberger / Mumford – wounded premium. Even though Mumford is back playing, there is no trust there whatsoever. Pass.

Jonathon Giles – needs no introduction. He should be still in your side.

Stephenson/Redden – one of these should be in your side till the end of year, simple.

 

Next week I will be doing Defenders and Forwards, so expect to see Beams and Sidebottom in that list. Things are starting to slow up now we have used quite a few trades. So i’ll be focusing on best options to finish up our teams, replacements for any players that may suffer LTI and looking at any sneaky rooks to bring us home.

 

@Aki_DT

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