Name: Dale “Daisy” Thomas
Club: Carlton Blues
AFL Fantasy: $346,400
AFL Dream Team: $328,600
Dale “Daisy” Thomas spent 2013 on the sideline with constant ankle issues hampering his ability to get on the park. Playing only 5 games from round 3-7, Daisy’s average dropped 18 ppg* from 93 to 75 AFLFantasy points.
An offseason move from the Pies to their bitter rival the Blues will see Daisy reunited with his mentor and his coach of 7 out of 8 years in the system Mick Malthouse. This relationship cannot be understated and will allow Thomas to regain the confidence he needs to be a successful AFL player. Thomas averaged 95 in 2010, 103 in 2011 and 93 in 2012. Daisy’s 2013 average of 75 ppg* was impacted by starting as a sub in round 4 against the Tigers and only managing 35 AFLF*
points. In his 4 other games coming back from injury and no preseason he still managed to average 86 points per game.
Why should I recruit Daisy Thomas?
For all the reasons provided above. Daisy at his best is an All-Australian calibre player. He has the ability to play multiple positions and can kick goals when afforded the opportunity. Daisy is the ideal player that we typically look for in AFL Fantasy/Dream Team competitions. He is a premium player who has a lower price due to injuries. Last season we saw Brendon Goddard another high profile free agent switch teams and he played tremendously, highlighting that free agents can change teams and maintain good scoring output.
Why should I avoid picking Daisy Thomas?
You should avoid Daisy if it appears like he is still struggling to recover from injury during the preseason. He is also at a new club and it can take time for players and their team mates time to build chemistry and get accustom to playing with one another.
Daisy Thomas is an underpriced premium and should be strongly considered as a starting 8 midfielder. You should look closely at Daisy especially in AFL Fantasy where rookie players are of a higher value and you need to save some of your cap for premium players. At his best Daisy can be a damaging outside player capable of racking up possessions, ideal for a fantasy player.
*AFLF POINTS (AFL FANTASY CLASSIC POINTS)
*PPG (POINTS PER GAME)