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Gary Ablett Jnr – Deck of Dreamteam 2013

So you have thrown away all the wrapping paper, started eating leftovers and woken up with a hangover you don’t remember how you got. Lets take a look at a guy that everyone must have in their team.

Name: Gary Ablett Jnrdec26_ablett
Club: Gold Coast Suns
Position: Midfield
Assistant Coach 2013 Price: $642,500
Bye Round: 13
2012 Average: 124.7
2012 Games Played: 20
Predicted Average: 122

So you have thrown away all the wrapping paper, started eating leftovers and woken up with a hangover you don’t remember how you got.  It is Boxing Day, the test is about to start and you are still trying to work out what the hell some of the presents your aunt and uncle gave you are.  Sit back and relax and I will restore some normality to your day.  Lets take a look at a guy that everyone must have in their team.

Why should I pick him?

Sometimes these articles just simply write themselves. Let’s be honest.  It is Gary Ablett!  Do you need any more than that?  The question you need to ask yourself is “Am I serious about winning my League and/or the FJ?”  If you answered yes to that question well this means that you have to select Ablett.

GAJ does start out at a fairly high price and a fairly high average.  He may drop slightly over the first few rounds but he does come up against teams like GWS, Melbourne, Brisbane and Port in the first 7 weeks.  These teams shouldn’t trouble him a great deal and I think that he should score 125+ against each of these teams. My only concers are the tagging efforts of guys like Andrew Raines.

In his last 3 seasons for Geelong he scored averages of 112, 119 and 119 and his first two seasons with the Suns have netted him 112 and 124.  It just shows that the little master has settled into his role at Gold Coast and some of the other players are stepping up and taking a bit of the pressure off him.  Whilst it hasn’t resulted in wins he is getting a little more free possession.  His possession count has gone up from 30.3 avg to 33.7.

One thing we do know about Gary is that he is fairly durable.  he has played at least 19 games in each of his last 4 seasons. So you can pick him with a fair amount of certainty.

Why Shouldn’t I pick him?

The price is the key here.  He is  the second most expensive player behind Swanny.  He is priced at an average of 124 and you would think that he will drop in price at some stage during the season.   By how much is the question.  Last year he started at $554k and the lowest he got was $521k.  Was it worth burning a trade for the sake of saving $30k?  I don’t think so.  The biggest risk is the amount of points that you are likely to miss out on could be significant and if your opponent has him for captain you could well lose the game based on that choice alone.

Over the last couple of years he has had a couple of issues with his hammy’s but to be honest I don’t think that this is a reason to not pick him.  He only missed two games last year through injury and I can’t see that being any higher next year.

Deck of DT Rating:  Ace.  Seriously, was he going to be anything else?  This guy is a DT Stud and we know it, so like I said before, if you don’t have plans to have this guy in your team then you are not planning on having any success. I can’t see Gary finishing the year averaging any less than 120.  based on that he will be in the top 5 average scores for the year.

Are you going to start with GAJ?  I will be.

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  1. Pettiger

    December 26, 2012 at 8:02 am

    Morning Dunny. Not much you can say about this champion. I have resisted for so long based on his price but you just have to have him. Locked.

  2. Armagizmo

    December 26, 2012 at 9:14 am

    Great article dunny. Lock.

  3. rainman

    December 26, 2012 at 9:21 am

    Great work ad always Dunny… Nothing more to be said… Lock

  4. Big Feller

    December 26, 2012 at 9:54 am

    Top article Dunny – I’m pretty sure his back should be ok and I’ve had him locked from the start.
    I’ll definitely enjoy coming up against opponents that don’t have him in their team!

  5. Kevin

    December 26, 2012 at 10:16 am

    Great Boxing Day read Dunny!! He was always going to be a lock!!! Good luck to those who don’t have him!!!

  6. Rayza

    December 26, 2012 at 10:23 am

    Nothing stops this man you could inject him with the Calesie Virus and he’d still end up getting 40 touches.

  7. nickc

    December 26, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    great work Dunny.

    He is dream team.
    ‘Nuff said.
    Oh yeh…. Lock

  8. Antipasto

    December 26, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    If you follow the crowd you won’t be winning the car. Pass for me.

    Timothy Broomhead (COL, MID, $108,500) is a worthy alternative. You will save yourself 534k, you’ll be unique, plays for a high scoring team, plus you get a far cooler name for your money. I only see positives.

    You heard it here first.

    • Jackadaktal

      December 26, 2012 at 3:42 pm

      Seems legit
      If he’s named round one he’ll be my permanent captain

    • Dunny

      December 26, 2012 at 9:55 pm

      Agree that everyone will have him, but I think that he is one of the guys that you need to have to stay up with the pack.

      Will be watching Broomhead closely. Not sure that you can say to take him instead of Ablett though just yet.

    • Brett

      December 27, 2012 at 12:29 pm

      Broomhead breaking into the Collingwood I don’t think so

      • Brett

        December 27, 2012 at 12:31 pm


        • Antipasto

          December 27, 2012 at 12:43 pm

          Well, Swan is getting fat, Beams will be tired after a big year, Ball coming back from a serious injury, Thomas hasn’t got the tank to run in the middle… I’m quietly confident that Broomhead will cement his spot from Rd 1.

  9. mtooler

    December 26, 2012 at 9:31 pm

    If Redden and Murphy are Aces, GAJ is a Joker.

    • Dream on!

      December 26, 2012 at 9:53 pm

      And Swan is the rules book?

  10. Dunny

    December 26, 2012 at 9:59 pm

    Wow, slow day here today, I guess everyone agrees that he is a complete Lock and no more needs to be said!

    • Antipasto

      December 26, 2012 at 10:56 pm

      They’re all busy researching Broomhead!

  11. Andrew

    December 26, 2012 at 10:21 pm

    DEF: B. Goddard, J. Grimes, B. Gibbs, G. Broughton, J. Pittard, S. Docherty (S. Colquhoun, D. Terlich)
    MID: D. Swan, G. Ablett jnr, T. Cotchin, S. Pendlebury, M. Murphy, A. Embley, B. Crouch, J. O’Meara (N. Hrovat, J. Viney)
    RUC: D. Cox, M. Leuenberger (M. Daw, B. Grundy)
    FWD: S. Johnson, T. Rockliff, C. Sylvia, J. Kennedy, B. Macaffer, B. Staker (T. Lee, C. Bartlett)
    CASH LEFT: $60,500

    New team, thoughts?

    • Bandicoot

      December 26, 2012 at 10:45 pm

      You’re in the wrong section Andrew.

  12. Calvin


    December 27, 2012 at 3:35 am

    Great write up – when you buy a Gazza, you get 2 Gazza’s (CAPTAINED)
    Cheap as when you think of it from that angle!

    • Birdy

      December 27, 2012 at 10:51 am

      but when you buy a swan and a gazza, you only get two swans and one gazza

  13. Dream on!

    January 1, 2013 at 10:49 am

    After looking through Gaz’s record over the years, he seems to start seasons really well. So unlike Swanny who you can snare after maybe 6 rounds when his average is often at its lowest, you’d have to wait a long time before Gaz becomes decent value and you’d have lost a lot of points by then. So if you’re looking to take one of Swan or Gaz in your starting squad I’d say take Gaz.

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