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Dangerfield the next Ablett? – The Hype List (2013)

Dangerfield the next Ablett? – The Hype List (2013)

ablett & dangerfield
A career comparison of two of the most dangerous players in our game.

The name Ablett is synonymous with greatness at the Geelong Football Club. At the end of the 2001 AFL season the Cats were able to pick up the young, slightly reserved son of arguably the games greatest player of the past 25 years.

“We have signed Gary (Ablett Jr) to a three-year deal,” the club’s chief executive officer, Brian Cook said. “In return for recruiting him under the father/son rule we have had to give up our third round draft pick (Pick 40).”

Ablett was special but it appeared he was burdened with carrying the name of one of the all time greats in the small town of Geelong. With a sense of purpose and destiny that places him amongst the elite footballers of his generation, it’s easy to forget that he had a considerably slow start to his AFL career.

The greatly anticipated son of club and AFL legend Gary Ablett Snr, Ablett Jr at times appeared unwilling to commit himself to the rigours and training of AFL football and was content with being a good player.

In the years following he cemented his position in the Cats forward line leading the club for tackles and inside 50’s in 2003. In 2004 he continued this form leading the club for tackles (93) and kicked a career high 35 goals, helping the Cats reach the preliminary final losing to Brisbane by 9 points. Ablett would go on to win the Cats best Team and Most Constructive player award.

His and the Cats form would continue in 2005 climaxing in the bitter disappointment of a close preliminary final loss against the Swans.

2006 brought hope for a young side expected to push into the top 4. However team disunity would lead the Cats to managing only 10 wins for the season. Ablett would continue in the forward line up until the bitter disappointment of the 2006 season where he would finish third in the Carji Greeves Medal (the clubs best and fairest medal) for the second consecutive season and lead the Cats goal kicking tally with a 35 goal season.

Under the leadership of CEO Brian Cook the football department undertook a wide review with Coach Mark Thompson barley scrapping through with his job. In an interview with Kevin Sheedy during the 2008 season Thompson said of the review.

“The whole process was pretty crappy, to be honest,” he said of the process being made public by CEO Brian Cook and President Frank Costa ” I haven’t got a problem with the findings, but just the process I was filthy on. Too long, too public.”

“It is pretty embarrassing for everyone at the football club, saying that, it is a good result now.”

Neil Balme was bought into the fold becoming Football Manager and former player and now Adelaide Football Club Coach Brenton Sanderson was lured back to the Cattery as an assistant coach.

The Cats also introduced the widely regarded Ray Mclean leadership model that had been in place at successful clubs in the past few seasons. The leadership group put the onus on Ablett to become more than a good player and develop the work ethic off the track to utilise his considerable natural talents on the field, believing he had the natural ability to become the next Chris Judd.

In an article in the SMH by Len Johnson on February 15, 2007 Ablett said “I want to step up my role over the next couple of years.”

And he did leading the Geelong football Club to three consecutive grand final appearances with victory in 07 & 09. He would also win three consecutive Leigh Matthews Trophys (07, 08 & 09) being judged by his peers as the best player in the game, winning the Carji Greeves Medal in 07 & 09 and finally win that elusive “Charlie” winning the 2009 Brownlow Medal.

The 2010 season would be long with speculation mounting Ablett had accepted an offer to head North and play for the AFL’s newest franchise the Gold Coast Suns. The rift between Ablett and Coach Mark Thompson grew throughout the season with the team losing in the preliminary final to eventual Premiers Collingwood despite playing a memorable game picking up 40 touches. Both would leave the club at the end of the season.

Ablett would move to the Gold Coast on reported big money and become its inaugural captain in a difficult year where the Suns would finish last on the ladder. Ablett would go onto win the Suns inaugural club best and fairest award. However the Cats would go onto winning their 3rd Grand Final in 5 years under the leadership of Chris Scott. The Cats remarkable record extending back 8 years failing to make the finals just once in that time, a truly remarkable accomplishment.

Dangerfield on the other hand was touted as a running half back prior to getting drafted back at the end of 2007. Despite alerting clubs to the fact he intended to spend the entirety of the 2008 AFL season at home focusing on his studies the Crows were not deterred and Matt Rendell selected the Dangerfield at pick 10. He immediately showed his brilliance dominating the contested ball but failed to cover the ground and pick up loose ball around the ground.

In an interview conducted by Katrina Gill in 2011, Rendell said “I put Patty really high in my rankings that year. [Former coach] Neil Craig liked us recruiters to put the players in order, which I was happy to do … but to make sure I got Patty I put him really high up in front of a heap of others just in case some other guys slipped through. I even had him in front of (No.2 pick) Trent Cotchin. Matthew Kreuzer was the standout No.1, so I put Patty second.”

“The guys we’ve had through include Jonathan Brown, Luke Hodge, Gary Ablett, Jimmy Bartel and Cameron Ling, and Dangerfield is as good as any of the players I’ve seen coming out of the program.” Falcons football manager Michael Turner said.

Ablett facing Dangerfield

The statistics of both players makes for interesting reading. Dangerfield to date has played 89 games and is now coming into his 6th season at the Adelaide Crows. However he has only been at the club full-time for the past 5 after remaining at home and playing only 2 games in his first season.

Ablett on the other hand played 100 games in his first 5 seasons, predominantly as a small forward.

Career Similarities
Both Ablett and Dangerfield started their AFL careers as forwards who moved into the Midfield. Both are tremendous contested ball winners and have the ability to burst from congestion.

After 89 games in 6 season (5 seasons full-time in Adelaide) Dangerfield averaged 18.25 possessions per game. Ablett averaged 15.17 possessions per game after 5 seasons (2002-2006).

Many will highlight Dangerfield’s tremendous 2012 as a breakout year polling 23 votes in the Brownlow as well as an All-Australian award, the potential for him to continue to grow as a player and reach the top level of the games elite is not beyond reach in 2013. Only turning 23 this April and with another solid preseason under his belt, Dangerfield could become the most explosive player in the competition in 2013.

2013 Fantasy Potential – Quick Stats
From round 17 – 23 Dangerfield scored in DreamTeam, 118, 111, 130, 137, 108, 105 and 136 (ave. 845/7 = 120.7 ppg*)
SuperCoach from Round 16-23 he scored 110, 138, 133, 127, 187, 134, 106 and 169. (ave.1104/8 = 138ppg*)

GWS Mini Draft: Jaeger O’Meara & Brad Crouch – The Hype List (2013)

GWS Mini Draft: Jaeger O’Meara & Brad Crouch – The Hype List (2013)


Name: Jaeger O’Meara
Position: Midfielder
Club: Gold Coast
Value DreamTeam: $108,500
Value SuperCoach: $115,900

As a junior playing in the WAFL for Perth, the comparisons to Chris Judd were touted after he kicked an impressive 4 goals in his debut. He had recruiters from around the country eager to get him to their club, with Fremantle particularly strongly interested in finding away to get him to the club.

Jaeger O’Meara eventually was the first player selected out of the eventual 2013 rookie crop, going to the Gold Coast Suns in the GWS mini draft at selection 1 in exchange for Selection 4 in the 2011 National Draft (Will Hoskin-Elliott).

O’Meara potentially would have been the first selection in the 2012 National Draft ahead of Lachie Whitfield. During 2012 O’Meara spent his time at the Suns, training throughout preseason and being granted permission to play in the NAB Cup. During his season at the Suns he has already put on 7kg of muscle making him an imposing figure for a 1st year player.

O’Meara would also go onto play 6 games in the NEAFL before a groin injury would sideline him for the rest of the season.

Review of O’Meara from 2011
“Jaeger bomb…hunter to hunted by Simon White”

Jaeger O’Meara will get plenty of game time in a young and developing side. With the bigger bodies of Ablett, Rischitelli and the return from injury of 2010 National Draft selection 1 David Swallow, O’Meara should have time to find his feet outside on a wing. He also has the advantage of having already been through preseason once before compared to those drafted this season. Jaeger O’Meara should be among the first rookies picked this season.

He should not have any real competition for a spot in the Gold Coast side, but expect some pressure to come from first round selection Jesse Lonergan who comes to the club with a mature body, ready for AFL football.
Predicted Average 70-75 DreamTeacm-SuperCoach



Name:Brad Crouch
Position: Midfielder
Club: Adelaide
Value DreamTeam: $108,500
Value SuperCoach: $115,900

SANFL Season Highlights

Brad Crouch was selected with the second GWS mini-draft pick with Adelaide trading their first round pick 10 in the 2011 National Draft as well as their Phil Davis compensation selection (Pick 17 2012 Draft)

In 2011 while playing for North Ballart, Crouch averaged 28.6 touches a game. This lead the Adelaide football club, under recruiting manager Matt Rendell to select Crouch over heavily fancied local SA players Ben Kennedy (Pick 19, 2012; Collingwood) and Jimmy Toumpas (Pick 4, 2012; Melbourne).

Crouch had an impressive 2012 playing senior football in the SANFL for eventual runners up West Adelaide Bloods. This included a dominating display in the Preliminary Final for the Bloods where he accumulated 31 disposals (Yes, AFL Prospectus says 29, here is the SANFL stat page. Click Here.) that included 20 kicks, 11 handballs, 6 marks, 3 tackle, 7 clearances and 1 goal. In total he played 17 matches for West Adelaide in arguably the toughest football competition outside the AFL.

Published articles on Brad Crouch
Brad Crouch has big things in store – Zac Milbank (The Adelaide Advertiser)
“School comes first for Adelaide recruit Brad Crouch” – Matt Windley (Herald Sun)
Brad Crouch may be the forgotten player lost in the hype around O’Meara and the 2012 Draft selection Number 1 Lachie Whitfield. Crouch if available in the Draft would have been selected very early. With 2 full preseason and a full season of senior SANFL behind him Crouch will push for a role in the Adelaide side in 2013. Crouch may begin his career in the substitutes vest so watch his NAB Cup form and whether the Adelaide list has injuries in the midfield.

Crouch will definitely play in 2013, the only question is how much?
Predicted Average: 65 (Sub Effected) DreamTeacm-SuperCoach

2011 Highlights

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Brent Macaffer – The Hype List (2013)

Brent Macaffer – The Hype List (2013)

Brent Macaffer

Name: Brent Macaffer
Position: Forward
Club: Collingwood
Value: $132,600

Macaffer making his comeback from injury in last season NAB Cup injured his anterior cruciate ligament in his knee. Macaffer did return late in the season and played well for the Collingwood reserves however failed to regain his place in the Collingwood side.

Now at the age of 25 Macaffer the ability to become a swingman at both ends and also push into the midfield to become part of the rotation. Last season before his injury he was widely expected to have a more prominent role in the middle.

In 2011 Macaffer played 21 games and averaged 75 AFL Fantasy: DreamTeam points per game. In his 3 comeback games for the Collingwood reserves last season he also got over 20 possessions in two games playing half back, indicating he may be used in this position more in the future.

Despite his potential to be a fantasy gem in 2013, Macaffer is not a guaranteed starter in the Magpies 22. With the return from injury of Luke Ball, the inclusion of Clinton Young and Jordan Russell through Free Agency and Delisted Free Agency respectively Macaffer will have greater competition for a spot in the best 22.

An average of 68 DreamTeam points per 100 minutes over 4 games in the preseason is enough to bring Macaffer into your side. The big decision is whether he starts on your field or on the bench.

Predicted Average
65-70 ppg*

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Sam Docherty – The Hype List (2013)


Brisbane Lions defender Sam Docherty set to roar after year of pain – By Greg Davis
Name: Sam Docherty
Position: Defender
Club: Brisbane
Value: $108,500

Sam Docherty was a much hyped 2012 rookie who failed to play a game in 2012 for the Lions after injury curtailed his preseason form and fitness. Docherty was recited from the Gippsland Power in the 2011′ National Draft at selection 12. Touted as one of the best mid-sized defenders in the draft pool, he averaged 22 possessions per game for Gippsland. His ability to read the play was also highlighted in his two games for Vic Country where he averaged 8 interceptions per game.

In 2012 despite early season injury Docherty played 15 games for the Lions reserves averaging 21 possessions per game and making it over the 30 possessions twice. He was also the emergency for the Lions last three games, highlighting his potential emergence as a regular player in 2013.

After a honest evaluation of his fitness level in 2012 by the coaching staff and fitness coach Brett Burton (ex-Adelaide), Docherty has by all reports been a big improver on the track this preseason, pushing his fitness levels up to the required standard of a professional footballer.

With the retirement of Josh Drummond, Docherty is in contention for his position, however he is also in competition with Golby, Adcock and Hanley for a mid-size defender role. Look for the aforementioned players to push up into the midfield and allow Docherty to gain a mid-size defender role.

Potential Average – 65-70

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Fantasy Hold’em – Round 9 Review

Beams and Cloke make the Hype List for differing reasons

We’ll help you make the decision on whether to make the CALL and pick the player up, HOLD firm in the face of poor scores or and FOLD when it’s clear the player is no longer up to it and needs to face the axe.

NINE rounds into the AFL season and the HYPE surrounding some of our prized AFL Dream Team is starting to get real interesting.

Travis Cloke. What were 13.66% of people thinking? With a season low of 24 and only one hundred (103 in round 4 against Port) is proof Big Power Forwards are to inconsistent when it comes to AFL DreamTeam.

Thomas Bugg is one player who has hit the proverbial Rookie Wall. Started with a bang and is now struggling to cope with the demands of a long AFL Season. If you can ind someone to be your first emergency then trading out Bugg is a good idea while his price is still relatively high. Otherwise place him as your first emergency and expect him to average 50-60 points per game (ppg).

Kyle Horsley is another who had a disappointing game in Round 9. After averaging 106.75 in his first 4 games he capped off the weekends round with a below par score of 52 against an average Port Adelaide side. Questions have to be asked whether Abletts inclusion back into the side and in particular spending more time in the midfield this weekend has had an impact on the role Horsley is playing. My advice is to keep him at least until the Round 13 bye. Every player is entitled to a poor round and i’d be surprised if he did not bounce back with a decent score. It’s questionable whether he will average 100+ a week but he may realistically average 85 ppg and become that elusive 6th midfielder.

Dayne Beams is in amazing form at the moment scores of 132, 100, 122, 137 and 121 in his last 5 have skyrocketed his value. He is the MUST have Forward of all dream teams. His price is high but you are paying for quality and consistence.

Trade of the Week advice
Cloke or any under performing player for Beams… NOW!


The Hype List – Round 4 Review

Welcome to the HYPE list, a weekly guide to who is performing to their maximum and is a must have BUY in AFL Dream Team. The HYPE list is not based on scores or value alone. Those who excel beyond their potential and become valuable to our sides will be included on the HYPE list.

The HYPE list
These players are the MUST HAVE players of the moment.

Brent Stanton
To borrow a line from Channel 7’s Brian Taylor WOW WEE! With opening scores of 153, 116, 93 and 175 Stanton is having a season that not many of us predicted. Last week we had him “On the Cusp” in our Believe the Hype article, this week there is no question about it. He has taken his game to another level. Despite not being known as the most effective user of the ball, due to his enormous work ethic he finds the ball when others have given up.
Jump on NOW!

Michael Barlow
If Nat Fyfe is out long term, Barlow could expect to play a more prominent role in the Dockers midfield. Scores of 99 and 109 in his last two games, after the starting the season as the SUB in the first two he is now the perfect upgrade target as a lower end premium player.
He is screaming pick me!

Lenny Hayes
Lenny proves despite his age and returning from a long term injury he still has what it takes to be a premium player. Scores of 89, 91, 126 and 112 highlight the fact he is ready to regain the spotlight as one of the best midfielders in the game. Lenny is around the mid $400’s.
It’s now or never.

Dane Swan
Solid as a rock, Swanny continues to score well with 102, 116, 109 and 134. He is slightly down on price and this will likely be as cheap as you will be able to get him. If Ablett is out he is one of the main targets for the straight swap. Put the C on Swan and you are almost certain to get a 100+ score. With ANZAC day clash this Wednesday expect Swan to step up and be a big contributor.
Almost a lock as captain every week.

Josh Kennedy (Sydney)
Sydney have done it again. Finding an absolute stellar footballer for a bargain price. 4 rounds in and he is having a breakout season. Scores of 94, 136, 94 and 95 he arguably already has 4 best on ground performances
Early Brownlow favourite?

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The HYPE list – Round 3

Welcome to the HYPE list, a weekly guide to who is performing to their maximum and is a must have BUY in AFL Dream Team. The HYPE list is not based on scores or value alone. Those who excel beyond their potential and become valuable to our sides will be included on the HYPE list.

The HYPE list
These players are the MUST HAVE players of the moment.
Gary Ablett
What more is there to say. Ablett proves he is the most influential midfielder in the game, despite playing in a side that provides relatively little support, he proves that he is an absolute champion of our game.
Almost a lock as captain every week

Scott Selwood
The forgotten Selwood, Scott is proving that he could be one the true blotters this season. Turning 22 this season Selwood is coming into his own. No longer just a run with player he is finding plenty of his own with the support of a dominant Eagles midfield and support of two premium ruckmen. He has started the season with scores of 98, 131 & 150.
Bring him in now before his price explodes.

Matthew Boyd
Boyd racks up possessions like a fat kid in an eating contest. He is an absolute elite player and has the ability to score highly even in disappointing sides. The Dogs 0-3 start has not affected his output with scores of 116, 125 & 148 to start the year.
Lock and Load

Marc Murphy
Murphy is absolutely destroying opposition sides and starting a real debate over who is the most influential Carlton midfielder. With scores of 116, 115 and 139 and only 12.66% of coaches having him at the start of Round 3 he is definitely one to consider upgrading to in coming weeks.
Upgrade Target

Mitch Robinson
Mitch has proven that despite his unfashionable style he knows how to find the ball. He has started the season with scores of 82, 102 and 126. Those who purchased the DTTalk “Cheat Sheet” and followed the boys advice would have scored a bargain buy with Mitch looking like a premium forward in 2012.
JUMP ON NOW – Sideways trade for Nate Fyfe if injury is long-term

Brendon Goddard
Goddard has started the year in top form with scores of 96, 141 & 112. He is in the prime of his career and if he continues to be unmanned across halfback he could be one of the highest scoring defenders in recent time. Still yet to sign a new contract, his form will only boost his bargaining chips. GWS could go hard late for Goddard at seasons end.
A must have, he is in the peak of his career

Brett Deledio
Despite having an injury interrupted pre-season Deledio has rewarded those who despite a lack of hype selected him as a starting premium in 2012. With scores of 91, 140 & 109 Deledio is a must have this season.
Classy and will continue to rack up high scores

Josh Kennedy (Sydney)
Since his move to Sydney Kennedy has proven to be on the edge of becoming a premium player. After 3 rounds of the AFL season he is on the verge of a breakout season. Scores of 94, 136 and 94 we need to ask whether it’s time to jump on now while his price is still in the mid $400k?
Point of difference

Brendan Whitecross
Another to strongly consider. He demonstrated towards the end of last season and at the start of this season with scores of 98, 118 & 122 that he is a genuine option for around the $400k mark.
Swap for Fyfe?

Jonathan Giles
Former Port Adelaide player now 1st ruck for the GWS Giants has lived up to the HYPE producing scores of 90, 104 and 65 has allowed many to go into the season with a 1 premium/3 rookie ruck strategy.
Lived up to the HYPE

James Magner
Despite having an average game and only amassing 52 Dream Team points Magner has demonstrate that he is the number 1 must have rookie for the 2012 season. Not since the debut of Michael Barlow have we seen a player come into a side and not only show high DT relevance but also make a game of football so easy to play.
Potential lock as our 6th Midfielder.

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