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Daniel Menzel – Deck of Dream Team 2013

A definite star of the future, Daniel Menzel is a player with enormous potential. After a bad couple of years with injury, Jeppa looks at whether or not Menzel is DT worthy in 2013.

  • Jeppa

Name: Daniel Menzeljan02_menzel
: Geelong
Position: Fwd
Assistant Coach 2013 Price: $232,100
Bye Round: 12
2012 Average: 0 (’11 Av. 62.2)
2012 Games Played: 0
Predicted Average: 69


Why should I pick him?

When fit, Daniel Menzel has a massive upside. Trust me, this kid can play. He is exceptional overhead for a player of his size and when the ball hits the deck, he has the skills and pace to kick a goal. Menzel only needs a few opportunities to have a significant impact on a game and good things happen more often than not when he has the ball in his hands.

He reminds me a lot of Stevie J especially when Stevie played as a permanent forward. They both are extremely evasive and both can kick them from pretty much anywhere and anyhow. With Stevie J passing on a few tricks to his younger teammate, you can expect Menzel to add various strings to his game in years to come.

Whether it’s in the forward pocket or on a forward flank, Menzel is in Geelong’s best 22 so there is no job security issues here, it’s just whether Menzel can stay fit and consistently get on the park.

Why shouldn’t I pick him?

Two knee recos in less than 2 years is an incredibly tough break for any young player.  In September 2011, Menzel ruptured the ACL in his right knee and in June 2012 in his VFL comeback match, he damaged the ACL in his left knee. On December 21, Menzel went under the knife again and had keyhole surgery on the strained ACL that was most recently reconstructed. Bad Omen?

With his latest setback, Menzel will be eased back into full training and given ample time to get back to full fitness. You can write him off for Round 1. At best, I think he would be aiming for a round 8 return (mid May).

Menzel predominately plays in the forward 50, which limits his DT scoring output. For a player with his skill, he probably doesn’t push up the ground enough. Menzel has scored 100 or more on only one occasion and that was when he kicked 5 goals. As a DT coach, you can’t be picking players who constantly need to be kicking bags of goals to crack 100.

Menzel comes at a high price for a player that did not see any action in 2012. In my opinion, his price tag only allows him to earn you $70,000 – $80,000 at best before you look to upgrade him. In my view, there are far better mid priced (Bock, Gray) and rookie (Lee, Growden) forward line options that will earn you a significant amount of money with decent scoring output.

Deck of DT Rating.

Joker – Picking Menzel in your initial side is just not an option, as he won’t figure until well into the season. Even when he does string a couple of games together, I’d still stay clear as his scoring ability does not appeal. Hopefully Menzel can use this upcoming season as a building block for 2014 where I hope he will be encouraged to push up the ground and play a Stevie J/Chappy type role.

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  1. nickc

    January 2, 2013 at 8:31 am

    Good one Jeppa. Really out of left field there, but not for me in 2013. Although he must have something in him if Geelong is still investing in him after his injury concerns.

  2. chels

    January 2, 2013 at 8:46 am

    I really hope Daniel can stay injury free for a prolonged period. I, along with most DT’ers will be watching his early games, but I suspect rushing is neither his nor my strategy.

    Many thanks Jeppa.

  3. Big Feller

    January 2, 2013 at 9:23 am

    I’ve seen his name bandied around a bit and this confirms my suspicion that he’s not worth the risk.
    Cheers Jeppa.

  4. Semisonic

    January 2, 2013 at 9:39 am

    Was never an option for me in my fantasy squad but from a footy perspective I really hope the poor kid can get his health right and play some games. A world of talent and as said, has the potential to be the next SJ. Excitement plus. Would be sad to see it all go to waste.

  5. Bandicoot

    January 2, 2013 at 10:02 am

    As someone who is highly unlikely to be picked by anyone this season (especially early on), I thought this was a strange choice Jeppa. I would have liked to have seen a deck card given to his younger brother Troy, who I am considering as my mid/fwd option.

    • daniel

      January 2, 2013 at 10:07 am

      +1, but good article Jeppa!

    • Jeppa


      January 2, 2013 at 12:54 pm

      Don’t worry, Troy Menzel will get a work out in Jeppa’s Draftees in the pre season.

  6. Blazinup

    January 2, 2013 at 10:06 am

    Joker!!! This article is a joke…
    What a waste of a deck…

    • Antipasto

      January 2, 2013 at 10:36 am

      Ask for your money back..

    • rainman

      January 2, 2013 at 11:49 am

      The decision around players for the deck is made by Warnie and the boys.

      Would it be too hard for you to thank Jeppa for his efforts, a lot of work goes into these by unpaid contributors who do this in their own time.

      If this player doesn’t interest you, then simply don’t comment. No need to be a keyboard warrior.

      • RLGriffin

        January 2, 2013 at 12:15 pm

        No harm in pointing out Jokers. I’ve seen his name appear a few times in some initial teams. There’s just as much value in telling people to stay away as there is to tell people to take a chance. If there was a Deck of DreamTeam article when I first started playing listing Jokers like Kozy or Glass, it would have been just as helpful as one written on The Chad, or Bowden.

        Nicely written Jeppa. Good work.

        • Antipasto

          January 2, 2013 at 2:47 pm

          The Chad and Bowden… +6!

    • Warnie


      January 2, 2013 at 12:03 pm

      As we’re overseas at the moment, we did the Deck schedule before we left… which was before the assistant coach prices. We anticipated Menzel to probably be about $180K which would have made him a very interesting pick. The injury stuff is a worry too considering he was training before we left. Sorry that we didn’t go back and change things to keep you happy…. but thanks heaps Jeppa. Great article.

      Sorry that your time was wasted, Blazinup.

      • Blazinup

        January 2, 2013 at 1:15 pm

        Guys I admire the work on this website and even ‘bought u a beer’.. But Daniel Menzel is clearly not in fantasy reckoning not even as a downgrade option.
        It’s not my time that was wasted…

        • RLGriffin

          January 2, 2013 at 3:49 pm

          He did give you the names of four other cheap forwards if you noticed.

          • Shaun

            January 2, 2013 at 5:35 pm

            Yet another troll who probably didnt even read the article….

          • Blazinup

            January 2, 2013 at 6:57 pm

            If I’m not mistaken this deck was about Daniel Menzel…

          • Blazinup

            January 2, 2013 at 6:59 pm

            You passing judgment on me Shaun??

        • Teckst

          January 2, 2013 at 10:52 pm

          I do miss having a villain on this site… Bit of banter is always entertaining…

          Appreciate the effort in every article…

    • Jeppa


      January 2, 2013 at 12:57 pm

      There are also a lot players still to be covered in the deck. So hold no fear.

  7. dyslexia

    January 2, 2013 at 11:54 am

    His brother Troy might be a better bet as rookie or cash cow.

    • feathertopDT


      January 2, 2013 at 1:24 pm

      Oh I cannot wait to see what Troy does
      Money for jam if he can get going

  8. stew42

    January 2, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    I was looking very keenly at this lad around early December. The surgery is unfortunate, because with a preseason, this guy could explode. But now I won’t look at him until he’s on the bubble.

  9. AFFEL

    January 2, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    Excellent work Jeppa … Not DT relevant in 2013

  10. lethal

    January 2, 2013 at 2:12 pm

    Good work Jeppa!
    He may not be DT relevant but it’ll be good to watch him if he does get things happening. I’m sure that you’ve helped some by not talking him up too much! Having said that Dr DT may pick him up… LOL. Thorough research is never wasted.
    Looking forward to the next DoDT!!! Would really like one on Matt Wright (Adel).

  11. Pepper Pig

    January 2, 2013 at 5:07 pm

    Yep I agree a waste of a deck as no genuine DTer would consider him early on. But seroiously guy what do u want- vanilla aces swan, cotchin, watson etc or some out of the box thinking to give you some options. Be thankful there are websites & contributors like this to keep our interest in the off season.

    Off topic I know but is anyone considering the rollercoaster that is Travis Cloke? Cheap as chips and capable of big 100’s. Now that his contract is finalised surely won’t be as unreliable in 2013 as daniel connors alarm clock? Would love to know his 2012 average prior to signing vs after?

    • ShaunWDT

      January 2, 2013 at 5:41 pm

      Giving him a serious thought, hell average 90 I reckon… No Dawes getting in his way anymore

    • dirk diggler

      January 2, 2013 at 7:23 pm

      Cloke will be in my side…no question

  12. ShaunWDT

    January 2, 2013 at 5:43 pm

    His injury setback is nothing, all it means is he will probably come back through the VFL, may be worth consideration mid season

    • Recall

      January 2, 2013 at 7:28 pm

      The injury does matter if he can’t play to mid season. It means the player isn’t even close to needing to be monitored in January if he can’t play till may

  13. Ghilli

    January 2, 2013 at 9:05 pm

    Thanks Jeppa! Complete missed the fact menzel got injured again and had him in my team, i’ll just have to go for a differnt injury riddled player in Chris Knights

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