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The Sunday Knee-Jerk – Round 19

The regular DT season has come to an end and finals are finally here. However that doesn’t mean the shitstorm of late withdrawals and pure patheticness has stopped to gives us a sigh of relief. This weekend was dominated by some shock results. However fear not, there is no shock to my Sunday evening rage.

The regular DT season has come to an end and finals are finally here. However that doesn’t mean the sh*tstorm of late withdrawals and pure patheticness has stopped to gives us a sigh of relief. This weekend was dominated by some shock results. However fear not, there is no shock to my Sunday evening rage. My team is just as sh*t as last week. It’s time to knee-jerk!

The Legends

A couple of North Melbourne players (Harvey 118, Hansen 113) fared ok. Moving on. We saw a star of the future in Whitfield (121). The Attack Dog… Uh, attacked (Griffen 133). The guy I ignored for a peanut did pretty well also (Cotchin 137). But we are here to talk about the real legends of the Round. Step up Cox (141). I almost broke out into a flashdance-esque set of moves when I saw his score getting back from the footy. You could just tell watching him. With Nic Nat out he has put the midfield on his back and looked like the ruck colossus of old. Great to see, make sure you have him for the run home! If you don’t have the next legend then, well, I’d suggest you leave this site and never come back. DT TALK’s own Rockliff (144) had a lazy 39 touches and the highest DT score for the round. The highest!!! True legend. Hanley (105) gets a mention as he is one of the few good moves I’ve pulled off recently. Well good non-move, if you know what I mean. Yeah… Go me. Compared to the other potato’s running around the backline at the moment he looks like gold! Get him! Finally Jack (140) is living up to the hype I had been hearing all season! He was sensational and if you’re after an in-form midfield premo, he looks just as good a bet as any. Cue the multiple tags.

The Sunday Chops

The sh*t we got served up in defence was incredible! There’s only so many times you can wield your DT axe unfortunately, however if you have to then place Terlich (61) at number 1! Or make that Grimes (74). Or McKenzie (69). Or Henderson (72). Or Gibbs (69). F**king Gibbs. You could do much worse than to chop any of the previous names. Grimes is scarring me beyond the point of bringing him in for Season 2014. Yes I’m already talking about 2014. Maybe some sh*t scoring is what I needed to put me off more disappointment next year. Terlich has run out of legs. So has McKenzie. Forward tags are also a massive issue, Hendo did well to push forward and recover to notch a respectable 72. I think we are just left to cop their sh*t and move on because let’s face it, it’s pretty hard to find replacements anyway! Positions where points should be easy to come by is in the forward line. So those who jumped on the Buddy (47) bandwagon are probably contemplating DT suicide right this very minute. There is no recovering your team from that. Speaking of which, there is no recovering from having Zorko (51) “The Shit Hurler”. Or maybe he is a magician? Because his disappearing act is pretty solid. I find it hard to fault. Why the hell did you have Zorko on the field you may ask? Good question. Long story short I had Beams all week then thought Dicky looks pretty solid I’ll bench Ellis and play Priddis as having him on the pine seems a waste against the Gold Coast C**ts. Suns*. Yes that worked very well for me, now to light myself on fire. I’ve always wondered what that would be like…

Anyway! On to another story. After 23 points in 7 minutes and a 32 point first term I was feeling relatively confident. Little did I know what was about to come. This was my reaction when I saw his final score. For all those even contemplating picking him up, let me assure you of this. Brent Stanton (73) is a complete d**khead. Prepare for disappointment. The Bird (64) is also not the word, he is the mole. Finally Mitchell (58) got given the biggest complement of his short career so far by getting the Picken tag. Good news for his confidence, a flaming pile of sh*t for his owners entrusting him with Priddis M9 duties. Have I even bagged the Eagles physio’s yet? Take note that when you purchase an eagle they don’t come with a 5 Round warranty. We’d be bankrupt. Prepare for injury disappointment!

The Clown

I think the clowns for this week are pretty clear cut. Technology has been brought into sport to remove the howlers. Everyone makes split second mistakes, so if we give the umpires in the heat of the moment a break surely the guys cooling their heels in a box can make the right call. Right? RIGHT?! WRONG! The Khawaja dismissal has to be seen to be believed. Just quietly, I saw these snaps of the 3rd ump deliberating that tough call, keep it under wraps…

They say pictures can tell 1000 words and in this case it tells 2000. Seriously you could have a monkey in charge and they’d come up with frighteningly similar results by randomly pressing a red or green button. Maybe that’s what they’ve been doing…. Just one is Blue with a Union Jack and the other is green and yellow. Moving on swiftly!

What we’ve learnt?

  • When things start going wrong, sh*t follows you. That’s a real thing!
  • My DT reaction to the Kangas. Maybe I should rethink that strategy… *cracks up*
  • My end of season fade outs almost match Essendon’s.
  • Review systems need to be looked at by at least 3 people. Majority vote rules. Why we still only have one third umpire, or in the AFL’s case one guy speaking in a weird voice is beyond me. Problem solvered boss.
  • Henderson? More like Horrenderson…..
  • I failed to mention Ibbotson’s late withdrawal. Harsh for those without cover, however there was some supreme smooching you know where for those with Clisby. A 50 point third quarter. What the…!
  • Never listen to my betting advice. To be fair Gold Coast went close…
  • Mick Malthouse has perfected the art of ruining top draft picks. Maybe he still has a Collingwood bone or 3 in his body at Carlton…
  • My DT season is over. It had to be included…

This game sh*ts me

I’m seriously almost over the sh*t that’s occurred in the last 3 weeks. My ranking has plunged from the top 50 to the top 500. I’ve had at least 1 late withdrawal every week. My bench decisions are as successful as Brett Ratten’s sacking. It’s just like owning your very own sewage plant. The worst thing is that it doesn’t let up! And that’s why this game sh*ts me.

The other bits and pieces.

The potato farm is back! My crops had a few off months off but they have smelt the scent of Spring. Maybe that’s what it is! Or maybe I just start going rogue in some kind of twisted dream believing I could actually win the $50k! Hook, stay strong my man. 2208 was well below par, a term which I haven’t been able to beat for over a month. Good luck for the DT Finals and good luck trading this week! I’ll be sure to let you know who I trade in on Thursday. Think of it as a warning.

Don’t forget to check out our site with the EPL season just 2 weeks away. Cheers!

If you enjoyed my raging and want a hittable punching bag when sh*t goes tits up, follow me on twitter @MattCraigDT. My views are honest, mostly helpful and occasionally entertaining! Also hit me up with any suggestions for who you thought were the Legends, Losers and Clowns, plus what you’ve learnt the past week. I value everyone’s opinion!



  1. Jack


    August 4, 2013 at 9:45 pm

    Should I get rid of stanton and get Griffen

    • Alec

      August 4, 2013 at 9:49 pm

      Yes Stanton ever since he had that injury hasn’t been up to his best. Griffen is in attack dog mode.

    • Vishnu27

      August 4, 2013 at 10:43 pm

      That’s a move I’m making this week. Was going to do it last week until my R2 & R3 went down. That performance, coupled with this past weeks efforts, seals his fate.

    • JoshA

      August 5, 2013 at 7:30 am

      Gonna do the same trade

    • Ingoes

      August 5, 2013 at 5:08 pm

      I dunno – do you mean the Stanton who was in everyone’s ultimate 22 midfield about three days ago?


  2. Danny

    August 4, 2013 at 9:53 pm

    Great article, very funny. I have reasonably good team, ranked about 1350, and money in bank, is it feasable to have guys like Stokes and Hartlett on bench for cover during finals, or have cheap spuds on bench and try improve your premos a tad?

    • Matt

      August 4, 2013 at 10:09 pm

      Cheers mate! Trust me, you can never have too much cover! Depends how necessary your upgrades are…

  3. Tom

    August 4, 2013 at 9:54 pm

    Great Read Matt!

    • Tom

      August 4, 2013 at 10:16 pm

      Trade Terlich or Grimes and have Clisby as only cover (Can afford any defender) or Trade Thurlow and have Terlich and Clisby on bench (Can only afford McKenzie who has Melb this week?

      • Matt

        August 4, 2013 at 10:21 pm

        Cheers, I’d look at Terlich to Enright/Hanley

        • Tom

          August 4, 2013 at 10:27 pm


      • Vishnu27

        August 4, 2013 at 10:47 pm

        I would go with your second option & trade Thurlow to McKenzie (who has a nice draw in the coming weeks). I agree with Matt’s comment above: “you can never have too much cover”

  4. Just Go Bang!

    August 4, 2013 at 9:57 pm

    Great article Matt, thanks heaps for posting. I feel your pain but Top 500 ain’t so bad… you could be with me, in the Top 5,000… FMDT.

  5. jono2707

    August 4, 2013 at 9:57 pm

    Matt you might warn to re-think the monkey references – comes across as racist. Yes Dharmasena is a clown, but to refer to a person from Sri Lanka in that way is, as it also is to Africans, indigenous people and some others, racist and offensive. Just ask Adam Goodes…..

    • Just Go Bang!

      August 4, 2013 at 9:59 pm

      He has a point…

    • Danny

      August 4, 2013 at 10:02 pm

      You cant be serious can you? Why dont we just ban everything with references to any animals and any colours.

      • kelonwheels

        August 4, 2013 at 10:21 pm

        Great work Danny, valuable contribution. We should still use cock to refer to people who think they are a rooster and are about as smart

    • Matt

      August 4, 2013 at 10:11 pm

      Ok. With a bit of research I can see how it could be taken that way but to be honest I had no idea what nation the 3rd ump was from haha. Will change it slightly for you :)

      • R.Swipe

        August 5, 2013 at 8:16 am

        Dont change it! Who the fk is this dickhead to pretend to be offended by every little thing?

        • D Day

          August 5, 2013 at 9:50 am

          Exactly. If he was being blatantly racist then yes, have a go at him. But there are too many prissy c*nts in todays world that get offended at the drop of a hat.
          I am not even sure these people actually get offended, they just want to be seen being the white knights of society.

          • jono2707

            August 5, 2013 at 6:19 pm

            Thanks Matt for the minor update and for the post acknowledging that it could have been offensive. Cheers

            And for the couple of morons who think its ok to attack people who stand up to racism – you guys are sad. It’s 2013….

          • kelonwheels

            August 6, 2013 at 5:15 pm

            f8ck your mum.

            just thought i’d check if you were a prissy c*nt.

            Please prove me wrong or explain to me why your choice of what is ok to say is what the world should adopt.

            Or just f*ck your mum

          • kelonwheels

            August 6, 2013 at 5:17 pm

            and in case any one needs the direction I am on Jono’s side, can’t leave my posts immediately after the rest of you because Jono got in first and was able to say what needed to be said without being as offensive to these twats as what I have. I just thought I might speak their language. anyway as I was saying about your mum

        • R.Swipe

          August 5, 2013 at 11:37 pm

          What racism dickhead? he didn’t even know where the guy was from, nor does it matter. 2013 – year of the softcock.

          • jono2707

            August 6, 2013 at 6:50 am

            Great work. What a man you are.

          • kelonwheels

            August 6, 2013 at 5:11 pm

            why is your reaction any better than the way you see Jono’s? you say he is jumping at shadows while you have gone and got your balls twisted over the fact that some people find it offensive (some people DO find it offensive that is the point, not whether you do). you are the overreactive twat here buddy, maybe back up some of what you’ve said with more than your self importance and feigned offence and you will make some sense.

            well chosen name by the way…

  6. What the bejeebers

    August 4, 2013 at 10:04 pm

    Cracking article, cracking score (because I finally had less carnage than you :D), cracking links, cracking everything!
    Im on board for FPL again this year, last year, the site and content was absolutely brilliant! Keep it up!

    • Matt

      August 4, 2013 at 10:20 pm

      cheers :D

      • colesy

        August 5, 2013 at 1:18 pm

        ya great article, cacked it at the links

  7. Jack


    August 4, 2013 at 10:08 pm

    Thoughts on fyfe as a pod and has a great run or do I just go for Griffen

    • Vishnu27

      August 4, 2013 at 10:51 pm

      Sounds like you want Griffen, Jack. Get him in. I’d go with your first option & dump Stanton

  8. Alec

    August 4, 2013 at 10:14 pm

    Backmen for about 350-425k???

    • Tom

      August 4, 2013 at 10:17 pm

      Enright, Hanley?

  9. Alec

    August 4, 2013 at 10:23 pm

    Thanks Tom, should I put Hansen in he seems to be in good form , anyone???

  10. Big Feller

    August 4, 2013 at 10:28 pm

    Great work Matt.
    The question is do I hold on to Grimes or bring back in Hanley?

    • What the bejeebers

      August 4, 2013 at 10:43 pm

      Hanley definetly, picked up from where he left off!

      • Simon

        August 5, 2013 at 9:19 am

        Why the fark can’t anyone spell ‘definitely’? You just never, ever see it spelt correctly on this site… monkeys at the keyboards!

    • Ingoes

      August 5, 2013 at 5:11 pm

      how long have you had grimes?


  11. Jack


    August 4, 2013 at 10:50 pm

    Grimes to enright/Hanley
    Staker to Johnston to free up some cash for next week either way I will be getting rid of both but just depends who goes this week and who goes next week

    • D Day

      August 5, 2013 at 9:53 am

      Get rid of Grimes. Pick up Johnston when he is named for a third game. Not much point picking him up this week.

  12. Alec

    August 4, 2013 at 11:03 pm

    Should I trade Andy Otten or staker for more cash?

  13. Jared

    August 4, 2013 at 11:10 pm

    Murphy/Titchell as my M7/8 unfortunately. Which to trade out this week?

    Sell Mitchell and I can afford anyone up to 570k.

    Sell Murphy and I can afford anyone up to 515k.

  14. Savabeer

    August 4, 2013 at 11:41 pm

    Great read Matt… Horrenderson! Sums up this year’s defence brilliantly.
    Titchell cover for Priddis could’ve been worse, I had Murphy.

    • Dicko

      August 5, 2013 at 8:16 am

      I had Blicavs.

  15. Apoc

    August 5, 2013 at 12:07 am

    Anyone know the deal with Priddis injury? Is he gonna be a no show next week or will he grow a pair and front up?

  16. Shags

    August 5, 2013 at 12:44 am

    Thinking Malceski > Hanley and Bird > Boomer. No cash left, but I hope to get the weeks rest next week and cash up then.

  17. JoshA

    August 5, 2013 at 7:35 am

    I have gone ibbotson – hartlett! Thoughts?

    • Ingoes

      August 5, 2013 at 5:12 pm

      did you do the opposite a month ago?


  18. Jerome Arandez

    August 5, 2013 at 7:42 am

    Kieran jack or ryan o’keefe

  19. Jerome Arandez

    August 5, 2013 at 7:43 am

    Which trade should i do first ibbo to hartlett or ball to jack or o’keefe

    • JoshA

      August 5, 2013 at 7:49 am

      Ibbo to hartlett as ibbo is in doubt for the game

  20. Flyn

    August 5, 2013 at 8:02 am

    should i be getting rid of buddy or titch this week?

    • RK

      August 5, 2013 at 9:18 am


    • Ingoes

      August 5, 2013 at 5:13 pm

      did ya get buddy back in last week?


  21. Viper086

    August 5, 2013 at 10:48 am

    Played Riewoldt instead of Kennedy and upgraded Clisby to Henderson as i thought Mitchell would give me one more good score against the dogs so i could complete my midfield next week. Priddis out so had Mitchell and Mayes pumping out mediocrity. Still scored 2250 but could have been a lot better!

  22. Semisonic

    August 6, 2013 at 11:21 am

    What’s the better combo?

    a) Watson and Scotland
    b) Jack and Duffield
    c) Griffen and Duffield


    • Nick

      August 8, 2013 at 3:30 pm

      Griffin and Duffield for mine – like Freos draw and Griffen is travellig v well.

  23. Nick

    August 8, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    Getting rid of Gibbs – had enough. I can afford either D Beams or J Selwood. Thoughts?
    Also looking at moving Ibbotson for another defender around $400K
    Appreciate the feedback.

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