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Brett Deledio – Deck of Dream Team 2013

A solid team consists of a balance in players with the X-Factor and players who are reliable. And if it’s reliability you want; look no further than Mr Indestructible, Mr Hair-Care Extraordinaire, Mr Brett Deledio.

jan14_deledioName: Brett Deledio
Club: Richmond
Position: Midfielder
Assistant Coach 2013 Price: $568,600
Bye Round: 11 (Shared with Brisbane, Fremantle, Hawthorn, Port Adelaide, Richmond & Western Bulldogs)
2012 Average: 110.3
2012 Games Played: 22
Predicted Average: 110


Why should I pick him?

Let’s start with the obvious. This season plenty of coaches have already ruled out Deledio due to one factor; he can now only be selected as a midfielder. Let’s put this aside and look at the other facts at play.

First; the kid is indestructible. Since debuting in round 1, 2005, Brett Deledio has missed a total of four games, having played in 172 of a possible 176 matches. Three of the four games he missed were in 2007 when he broke his hand. He was out for three matches. For a broken hand!

Secondly; he is coming off his best season, with mega-scores of 160, 141 (x2) & 140 last year. In fact, he scored over 110 points 40% of the time, and only dropped below 100 on five occasions with a 99, 91, two 78s, and a 71. Both 78s were scored against Fremantle, and both times he was tagged by Ryan Crowley.

Thirdly; he doesn’t rely on kicking goals to score big like some midfielders, with only 4% of his Dream Team points coming from goals last season. He can find his own ball and generate points without relying on team mates. 65% of his points came from disposals last season, with 17% from tackles, and only 14% coming from marks.

And lastly, he is as Bye Friendly as a midfielder can be this year, only clashing with the premium likes of Jack Redden, Tom Rockliff, Sam Mitchell, Trent Cotchin & Matthew Boyd.

So he is a midfielder only, so what? Last season when Deledio was compared to the entire competition, not just the backline, he was the 7th best player on average, and scored the 6th most points in the league for the entire year (24 more than Dane Swan, and only 107 short of competition leader Matthew Boyd).


Why shouldn’t I pick him?

Brett’s main deterrent is that with last season being his best yet, it doesn’t mean he will go on and improve, or even hold his spot with the game’s elite. In familiar circumstance, at the start of the 2012 season, Tom Rockliff & Bryce Gibbs both came into the year on a high average after great season the year before, and both failed to deliver. Deledio’s best season before last year was in 2008 when he averaged 97.5, and before that was his 2011 average of 91.4. If he falls back to those heights as a midfielder priced at a 110 average, he is looking at a 20 point decrease in average, dropping well away from the best midfielders of the competition, and with that, a massive loss of potentially $100,000 from your salary cap.


Deck of DT Rating

KING – Deledio should be able to hold his average this season. With the growth of Trent Cotchin & Dustin Martin, as well as Shane Tuck & the returning Nathan Foley in support, Deledio should have no trouble playing permanently in the midfield at TigerLand, getting his own ball, and continuing to score big! If you are after consistency in your midfield, Deledio is your man.


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  1. Super Hans

    January 3, 2013 at 8:40 am

    Nice article. I wasnit considering him but you make some great points. especially on his consistency and durability.

  2. Rayza

    January 3, 2013 at 8:56 am

    What a midfield mix they have this year… They’re expect big things down at Tiger Land this year and Brett in my opinion will have a massive season. What a POD too, I’d have full confidence that he would deliver in any head to head battle in your midfield with your respective weekend opponent.

  3. lethal

    January 3, 2013 at 9:13 am

    Thanks Griff, very well put together DoDT! While this gun may be a lot of teams to begin with, reckon I’ll hold until his price drops (providing it does). Definately in the mix to upgrade to though, as he very rarely lets you down and plays week in week out. Bummer that his DP status is no longer.

  4. nickc

    January 3, 2013 at 10:05 am

    Nice one Griff !
    At the moment I have Cotchin in my side (like a lot of others I suspect), but what a compelling argument to have him. Stats don’t lie. But can he keep it up?
    What to do? What to do?

  5. Antipasto

    January 3, 2013 at 10:16 am

    Mmmm 4 of diamonds

  6. Bandicoot

    January 3, 2013 at 10:26 am

    your article makes sense (as does most of the deck articles). Only problem with that scenario is that I then want 52 players in my squad of 30.
    My major concern with choosing Deledio as a premium midfielder is that he will then be taking the spot of someone who has proved over a number of years that they are capable of maintaining a 110+ average. the likes of Swan, Ablett, Boyd etc, etc. Deledio may very well have such a year again but he is yet to prove that he is capable of doing it year after year.
    He would certainly have been picked as a def if he had maintained his DPP but purely as a premium mid I think i will stay with the tried and tested.

  7. Dream on!

    January 3, 2013 at 10:56 am

    The tag usually goes to Cotchin, who handles it much better than Lids. Chances are it will stay the same, but if opposition teams give up on trying to stop Cotchin then Lids could really suffer. Probably won’t happen, but at least you know that Cotchin should be good whether he gets tagged or not, but there’s that slight possibility that Lids could be stopped.

  8. graham allen

    January 3, 2013 at 11:14 am

    bandicoot/ Dream on: i think lids is a proven dt performer. we must remember he was used in various stop gap positions in a fairly poor richmond out fit for a good few years. I cant remember his average score dropping under 80’s possible 90’s in that time. Point being he will be purely used as a midfielder and is more than capable of winning his own ball and handling a ‘tag’ in what is shaping up as quality richmond side all over the park.

    for me i have 2 choices here lids or cotchin. With dream team becoming so much easier (gulp) thanks to the boys here on DT Talk and various other fantasy sites helping us out it really comes down to ‘uniques’.

    As you said most people will go the tried and tested method making it a lot harder to gain the toyota advantage. Lids being the super fantastic player he is i can see him averaging 110 – 115.
    Its a punt but then again thats what is all about???? Rant over and happy dream teaming.

  9. Big Feller

    January 3, 2013 at 11:18 am

    Definite upgrade option for me as I feel the Tigers will be up and about this year but I’m wary of the Gibbs effect of DPPs who turn to mid only players.
    Great write up RL

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    January 3, 2013 at 11:49 am

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      January 3, 2013 at 11:50 am

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  11. Pettiger

    January 3, 2013 at 3:36 pm

    Nice one Griff. The forgotten midfielder looking at posted teams. Was a champion last year and there is no reason why this shouldn’t continue.

  12. AJ

    January 3, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    Cheers for the writeup Griff ! Tho i reckon i’ll be taking Cotchin infront of Delids … and having both for a tigers heavy midfield isnt overly appealing.

    Oh wait, i shoulda waited till Blazinup posted so i’d know if this deck entry was acceptable. *rolls eyes*

  13. hman

    January 4, 2013 at 9:59 am

    great article as per usual! hey Griff do you think i would be insane to have both Cotch and Lids in my MID? I had Cotch and lids both last year, obviously one in the def and one in the mid.. but do you think I would be mad to pick them both this year? I am very keen as i think it could pay off.

  14. bannanas

    January 4, 2013 at 1:22 pm

    Won’t start with him but he could well end up in my team with 8 mids, only thing for me has been mentioned above, how he goes about handling a tag. At the moment cotch gets the tag, but his form in the second half of the year was virtually untaggable and if he carries that into next year teams might give up on him and tag lids instead as he is very damaging. This happened a few times last year, noticeably freo, who decided they couldn’t stop cotch and so sat on lids and did it quite effectively, upgrade target for me

  15. matty

    May 5, 2013 at 11:18 pm

    as of round 6 2013, GTFO of my side Deledio, consistency my arse

    • matty

      May 5, 2013 at 11:19 pm

      EDIT: the guy is a gun don’t get me wrong, but these scores just won’t do

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