The Starting 17
Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to the first “Starting 17” DreamTeam blog for 2013. DreamTeam this year will be as tricky as ever. So last week, I selected some players to evaluate for you all. I carefully watched them over Round 1, and my hope is to help you in the right direction as you make those vital trades before Round 2 commences tonight. Beware, this may be a long blog.
Mick Gordon – WFB/CTR, $285,200. A fit Mick is capable of putting out massive DT scores, and suits the current scoring system well. Staying fit will be his main concern, but if he does, he will be one of the seasons must haves. Has potential to rack up massive scores which is hard to go past. Looked solid on the weekend, and made heaps of tackle breaks. For me, Mick sits at a 2/5 in terms of risk factor. If you don’t have him, get him.
Matt Ryan – 2RF, $290,600. Joshua asked me if I saw Matt taking over Hindys role at Parra. honestly, It’s hard to tell where Hindys minutes go. Matt looks to be a likely candidate but whether or not he steps up is a different matter entirely. beyond that who knows what Ricky will do. for me he sits at a 4/5 risk factor. I’d prefer Reni Maitua, who looks like value and also looked good on the weekend.
Aidan Guerra – 2RF, $302,700. I was asked to review Aidan Guerra after his seemingly solid hit out against in the Foundation Cup. Right now, the Roosters 2RF stocks are deep and very talented. We saw after a very solid performance from Aubo last week saw him shifted to the bench this week. This scares me as a DT Coach, as poor performances could mean a fluctuation in minutes. Plus Aidan hasnt got the best Injury history. I’d prefer Cordner, whos is cheaper, or SBW, who has huge potential for tackle busts and line breaks. Risk factor – 4/5.
Lewis Brown – 2RF/CTR, $197,300. Lewis looks very attractive at his 2013 price. Add on his dual position status and it’s not hard to see why people like him. At Penrith he looks set for close to 80 mins a week. Unfortunately, he doesn’t have a good PPM (points per minute) so i don’t think he will smash the big scores. But I do think there is some definite cash to be made there. Unfortunately, injury to other team mates may impact just how much cash he makes as Lewis playing centres will definitely bring lower scores. 3/5 risk factor here, but don’t expect huge pay outs. Keep an eye on team lists if you want to buy him, but don’t be worried if you have him.
Albert Kelly – HLF, $156,300. Towards the back of 2011, Albert Kelly showed solid DT potential at the sharks. He has a style of play that suits the current scoring system, and looks to have first crack at a half spot alongside Sezer. However he needs to start well with Rankin and Beau Henry breathing down his neck. His combination on the field looked good last weekend, and will only get better in time. Add a very solid score and he is possibly the year’s must have Cash Cow. Risk rating – 1/5.
Andrew Fifita – FRF, $379,500. Towards the end of last year, Fifita showed his potential for absolutely massive DT Scores, pushing 80-100 on smaller minutes than what he will receive at the start of this year with Gibbs out for an extended period of time. A large price tag sees a higher risk rating than what he may have otherwise receive. He looked solid over the weekend and made a very healthy score. If you want an FRF gun and need to trade out a disappointing Josh McGuire or Ben Matulino, try and find the cash for Fifita. Risk rating – 2/5.
If you need advice on other trades, I’ll be floating around BWTF over the course of the day. Don’t forget, I always advise spending 5-6 trades in your first three weeks to set your team up right. Good luck Dreamers!