TooSerious

For those who take it way too seriously

First things first.

The Eliminator.

I got so amazingly lucky this week. 1954 - and made it though.

Mind you, the efforts of McIntosh, Shaw, Macdonald and my favorite, Captain Franklin, tried their darnest to sink me, while on the other side, we saw smashing efforts by Hille, Osborne and Murphy, I managed to squeek through by 50 odd points because he wore a Jake King donut in the backline.

*phew*

Now, you may have seen me say - McIntosh. OUCH.

but what to do... Sadly, Im feeling that the answer to that is: Something crazy.

So heres the plan.

Im going to field Kruezer... and downgrade McIntosh.

However, there is method to this madness... my final upgrade that I really needed to do was Jack. (Yes, I still have Jack on the field! How am I in the eliminator?? :D)

By downgrading McIntosh (Ave: 70), and fielding Kruezer (Ave: 50), Ill be able to upgrade Jack (Ave: 62) to Gablett (Ave: 117).

This would net me an extra 35 points per week, but also sure up my Captain...

Yeah, crazy... like a FOX!

So, if youre in the Eliminator this week, give us a shout out! Theres only 1000 of us left!
Sorry guys, I wont have time to enter in the teams tonight.

It seems I have prior obligations with Paintball.

But you can all rest assured, that while youre cursing me out for not getting the teams up, Ill be getting pinged in the back at close range. and hopefully will have the bruises to prove it.

Cheers all, and Ill try my darnest to get the squads up first thing tomorrow morning.
I normally keep you in the loop of all the best buys that are coming up but one bloke has snuck under my radar and is probably one of the best buys you will find all year. He is so cheap but has never got a score under 76. Some say he is out of form, but really is 76 out of form or just a bad game? If McLeod is too big of a risk, this bloke is ya man. Want to know who it is and find some other beauties? Read on.

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BARGAIN OF THE <del>WEEK</del> YEAR.
Brent Harvey

Price: 480k. Average: 107.75. Change in Price: -107k. Breakeven: 86.
Like I said off the top, this is a sensational buy. Ive been talking up Chappy over the last couple of weeks cause he averaged 100+ but was under 500k. But, bloody hell, thats nothing compared to Boomer. Averaging 107 points but priced at 20k below that same mark. What a bargain. Some might be questioning that he is in a form slump? Well, he has averaged 87.4 in the past 5 weeks. But, thats more than what Brad Johnson has averaged for the year. He also picked up a 111 when he was clinged by Ling, not many out-of-form players can do that. With an average of 122 in the first 7 rounds, if North start winning again - look out. He still has a BE of 86 and the Hawks this week, so if you want to wait one more week, you shouldnt see a huge jump in his price.

BEST BUYS.
Last weeks Bargain of the week, in McLeod is still cheap as chips, and as mentioned by VQ did pick up 66 points in the first term and showed some signs of hitting form. At 358k and a BE of 76, you cant go wrong. Gilbee and Milburn are still both below 480k if you have that bit more money and dont trust Macca yet. Down forward there isnt alot on offer Brad Johnson is probably the pick of the crop with a price of 444k and a 121 last week. Also, Saint Nick with a breakeven of 117 which he could beat this week cause he is due for a bag, is priced at 466k. If you...
Guys, I spend hours working out who I trade every week, but this week Ive just no idea. I think its your turn to give me some advice. Ive set it all up for you, all youve gotta do is make the call.

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My team currently looks like this.

Backs:&nbsp; Stiffy Johncock, Bock Choy, Sam Fisher, Marty Mattner, Heath Shaw, Linds Gilbee, Grant Birchall.
Mids: Scotty Thompson, Chris Judd, Jimmy Bartel, Dan Cross, Nick Stevens, Brent Stanton.
Rucks: Dean Big Cox, Troy Simmonds.
Forwards: Buddy Franklin, Matthew Richoman, Matty Pavlich, Johnno Brown, Saint Nick Riewoldt, Paul Chapman, Cyril Rioli.

TRADE ONE.

OUT: Brent Stanton (85)
IN: Brent Harvey (107)
Brent for Brent? Thats roughly a gain of 22 points per week, and only costing me 45k. Stanton cant handle a tag, but with two hundreds in a row, is he worth holding on to until Nicky Dal goes down again? Harvs is in a so-call form slump, but still only has 3 scores below 90 all year which are all in the 70s. I reckon he will start firing again, big time.

TRADE TWO.
OUT:
Cyril Rioli (80)
IN: Brad Johnson (87)
This will finish off my forward line and what a forward line it is. But, going by the yearly average it is only a gain of 7 points for nearly 113k. But, if you look at the last 3 weeks - Sizzling Cyril has got me 42 points per week, while BJ has wanged on 95. Thats 53 points more per week. Not bad. Can Rioli regain a bit of that early season form to push him back up to the 400k mark?

TRADE THREE
OUT:
Troy Simmonds (66)
IN:
Darren Jolly (81)
This trade will nearly cost be every cent but a rise of 15 points looks nice. This one is all but canceled out at the moment. Cause Jolly is no White or Sandilands. I definitely want to upgrade Simmonds in the future, Ottens, maybe.

NO TRADE
With 7 trades, and 118k in the bank. Do I just leave my team as is? Both...
<div>This is a question which i havent been able to answer over the past month. Your not worth your DreamTeam salt if you also havent been keeping one eye on Andrew McLeod. In a year of major DreamTeam backline woes a McLeod worth $230k has to grab your attention, even if his form inst great.

Well he responded this week with a solid 81 points. The kinda score that my backline craves. This means he has basically bottomed out in price. After a slight increase this week and a low BE for nexts week game he should rise again. So does this mean he is back? Should you jump on board.

Well that obviously depends on the specific position and needs of your team, but in case you didnt see the might Adelaide Dockers last quarter loss to the Hawks on the weekend let me throw a couple of things out there.

The Crows not only found a way to lose they also developed a new game plan that involved the 'multi' switch of play. Not content to switch play once the Crows decided that continual movement around the backline was the best bet.

This meant that Bocky had the most possies, racking up 151 DreamTeam points, Stiffy Johncock wasnt far behind and even full back Ben Rutten got to 106! So what can you read into Andrew McLeods 81?


<div>[span style="font-size: 1.0em;">Well, lets put it this way. The average DreamTeam score for the entire 22 Adelaide players was 81.45. Remove
Nathan Bassets injured score of 2 and first gamer Andy Ottens score of 9 and that team
average rises to 89. Get rid of the forward / ruck combo of Tippett and Griffin
and the average of the reaming 17 players pushes up to 97!!

If the team (minus some newbies, injuries and
ruckmen) can average 97 what the hell was McLeod doing only racking up
81? Macca is going to need to do more before i am convinced.
Well, if you picked Ablett youd be pretty happy - the untaggable Cat scored heavily yet again - Buddy struggled in Adelaide against Nathan Bock 'Choy' and got a few points in rubbish time against the Crows. This week throws up a few more of the usual suspects in for your considerations, and a few players who, thanks to Sizza and his Whos Hot and Whos Not blog, have punters looking to capitalise on their hot form.

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Scott Thompson (ADE)

Is there a bloke in hotter form at the moment. Goodes maybe, Cooney
and Ablett - its getting to be expected, but Scott Thompson has gone
along (relatively) unnoticed, but if you had him from the start youd
be laughing. Sizza tells us hes averaged 138.6 in the last 3 weeks and
with a 148 last week against the Hawks, comes right into calculations.
Averages big scores against the Lions with an average of 116 and a top
score of 124 last year, Scotty Thompson could be your man this week.

Gary Ablett (GEE)


Against the supposedly tanking Eagles, this could be a monty.
Having said that, I recall Abletts lowest score this year being at
Subi vs Freo, so perhaps hes a bit of a risk this week. It will
probably be either Selwood or Stenglein on Ablett this week so he may
have his work cut out for him - but Ablett is just a freak - and I
dont reckon anything would worry him at the moment. With a 106 the
last time these two teams met and an average against the Eagles of just
under 90, perhaps this is the week that the consecutive games as Ablett
captain breaks for many...

Matthew Pavlich (FRE)


The much maligned Dockers skipper has bounced into a little bit of
form with 164 and 111 in his last two, and with an undersized Saints
backline to confront him this week, Pav may be your man. Scores an
average of 120.5 against the Saints with a top score of 132 last year.
Definitely not the shabbiest option.

Adam Goodes (SYD)


With Melbourne this week, Goodes - Mr Consistency - might be a
better...
...VICTORY!

This week the Viking Quest recovered from an average round 11, and moved up a massive 679 places in the overall rankings to 449. It was a week inspired by a forward line, which averaged 140 points, and big games from the leadership group in Ablett and Goodes.

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[span style="color: #ff9900;">The V.Q. TEAM BLOG! - ROUND 13

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Team: Viking Quest
Round 12 Score: 2,419
Overall SuperCoach Ranking: 449
Cash stashed: $56,400
Trades to burn: 8


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BACKS:
Rd 12 Scores:&nbsp; H. Shaw (31), Mattner (72), Roughead
(96), Gilbee (88), C. Cornes (100), Goddard (88), Ibbotson (62), Myers
(46), Proud (0)

This week the Chad regained some much needed form. After an abysmal first half tagging Joel Corey.
It finally clicked in the second half, where he amassed 82 of his 104
total points. Port have a very reasonable draw here on end. I dont
think itll be long before the front-runner starts pointing at the
scoreboards and winding crowds up again.

Roughead showed again that, in this Buddy conscious
world, hell perform well on a consistent basis. It came as suprise he
was only rewarded a nominal 98 points considering his impact. Perhaps
Champion Data only reward stars with their game breaking stats? VQ none
the less saw some very good signs.

The weakest link, yet again, was Heater Shaw. His performance
of 31 was about as impressive as his bulldog-looking uncles special
comments... To state the obvious. Considering the focus on his game and
his coachs reluctance to release him further up the ground, VQ is
expecting a big game this week against. Theres hardly anything to be
gained by trading him in any event.

Ibbotson has very likely peaked in value and...
You couldnt miss the back page of todays Herald Sun and Tony Shaw bagging out Mick Malthouses handle on the way to use Shaw.<blockquote>'He (Gibbs) sets up a goal at the other end of the ground and gets them back into the game and Heaths still sitting back there agaisnt a mug, sitting down there in the pocket'</blockquote>Yes, Mick what is he doing done in the pocket? When his tagger moved up the ground. Cant Shaw bloody run? Useless.

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But, hopefully Tony coming out like this helps Shaw become that Shaw thing
again. The past 5 weeks have been hell for those that have him (even
more so for the ones that got him 5 weeks ago, which includes me) and
joy for those that once thought they missed the boat.


Round 8
- 45

Round 9
- 117

Round 10
- 31

Round 11
- 78

Round 12
- 31

Thats an average of 60.4, bloody hell even Nicoski is out
scoring him. Thats after he had a heathly average of 127 for seven
weeks. So, that works out to be a 67 point drop in form and a 187k drop
in price. So even if we did want to trade you we would get some hack
like Mundy. That brings me to the question...

Do you sell?
Hell no, he is capable of the big scores and although all teams now know he cant handle a tag, Mick Malthouse will hopefully listen to Shaw and move him up the gorund in the thick of it and make him run.

Do you buy?
Not yet, a breakeven of 123 should mean you
should wait one more week but next week, he is a must at about $383k
for those luckly bastards that dont have him. Chances are youve
probably had Gilbee or McLeod or Chadwick. Weve
all copped it. If anyone out there doesnt have any of those four give
us a yell - I would love to see how ya teams going.
Oh, rookies are going fast. This is your LAST chance to pick up a bargain. Prices cant go any lower. Thats what the crazy warehouse guy would be saying this week and he exactly right there are piss all decent rookies left with Gav and Dennis jumping in price this week. But, I will search through the 95k bin and see what I can find for those that need to downgrade.

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The pick of the group would be baby-boy Callan Ward. Juggling VCE, footy and a recent wild 18th birthday party, so snagging an average of sub 50 seems alright too me. Not only that you can get Wardy in both Back and Mids. Dogs only have 4 injuries on there list so the fact that he getting a game might mean he is a stayer. Cooney, Griffdawg and Cross will get him a heap of the pill. Decent looking fella too, which is important. Garry Hairy Lyon also labelled him the next Rocket Eade, which I spose is good? But, into the stats he has a Breakeven of -40 and an expected rise of 40k. He will set you back the normal 95k.

Kangaroos on the other hand has a rather long injury list so, there boy in Josh Smith might be a 2-3 hit wonder. Just like the great SDT and Proud. Oh, the memories. But, anyway, he is a forward. Averages 27. And, costs 95k. I would still get Valenti before him, even if he does play this week. V-train is bound to get a game soon.

The Bens are also cheapish at about 140k a pot. One from the pies in Ben Reid, the other in Ben Davies from the wounded Kangaroos. Ben Reid hit a minus 4 in his first week, then banged on 80. Another Buddy? Ben Davies has been more consistent. They are there if any one wants them, but Im saying NO DEAL, Andrew.

Polkinghorne also finally got his second game, now has a break even of -23 and youll find him in the Midfield. Atkinson is the same, but at an average of 19. Look elsewhere.

Nick Lower...
I got a good response last week from my look back through the year with all the running backs getting tagged, but for now I will just look at the weekend ferret and those that could shake them off and those that just coulnt break the lock.

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Adam Selwood has been in some fine form tagging people doing some excellent jobs on Heath Shaw, Andy McLeod plus many more he went to Stanton. This is a bloke who in the pass hasnt been able to break free all year. Well, on Friday he shocked us all escpaping from Selwood to net a cool 103 points. Which did include 10 tackles, but still. Andrew Welsh followed around last years favourite in Priddis. He done a decent job keeping Priddis to just 83 and collecting 112 with 14 tackles himself. Neagle also was believed to follow Embley but was off and on with an injury and Embley went on to get 103 points. Monfires was on Stenglien but it was barely a tag, both of them getting a fair bit of leather.

Woah, we are just through one game. Bloody hell. I will try to make it abit quicker. Dale Morris tagged Trav Johnstone. Travis struggled with a Hammy and only managed 19 points. Cross, Power, Griffen, Black, Adcock and Cooney all matched up on each other and they all ran free. Even Boyd stayed clear and focused on getting his own touches. Thats what we want to see more of.

This Ed Lower bloke is giving everyone the shits, going to another running back in Micheal Johnson who had a big fall from grace (183 points) to just 67. Bell got the ugly-looking Rawlings, and the Ding Dong could only gather 56 points. Crowley has been the tagger of the season (only one to keep Ablett sane, anyway) and kept Simpson pretty quite, only 76 points. Harvey was followed by Ibbo, while Palmer escaped any...