Dusty – Chop, or Stick with him?

Written by Huttabito on June 8 2018

After storming home in 2017 with 17 of his last 18 games being 105+ (127 average) – Dusty saw himself as one of the more popular midfielder starting premiums and is now the second most selected player in SuperCoach behind Max Gawn at 61.6% ownership.

Dusty picked up where he left off with an opening month posting scores of 139, 160, 93 and 141 (127 average) but has looked a different player since then. Spending a lot more time forward, his average has dropped to just 89 over the last 7 weeks which has seen his price plummet by over $170k on his starting  price down to $483,700 heading into Rd12.

News came out yesterday that he has been nursing a calf niggle over recent weeks and is taking the week off to ease the load.

“There’s no certainty in injuries, but we’re pretty sure he’ll play next week.

We thought we needed to give him a week off to make sure it doesn’t get worse.

The docs, physios and conditioning blokes reckon it should be a week so that’s what we’re planning for, but given the fact there’s a bye after next week, we’re not going to be too worried about it. ” – Neil Balme.

Given we are now into the byes, there is every chance that they rest him in Rd13 too which won’t see him back out onto the park, and in our SuperCoach teams until Rd15. Not to mention to carnage at the selection table this week with many teams missing Laird, Fyfe, Coniglio, Billings, Ridley, T.Smith already and now look like they will struggle to field a full 18 in what was suppose to be the “easy bye” round. Can we afford to have a premium sit out this crucial few weeks?

What are you planning to do with Dusty Martin?

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23 thoughts on “Dusty – Chop, or Stick with him?”

  1. Thinking it might be chop suey time for Dusty. All the signs, and plenty of rumours suggesting he will not be available this week AND next, and a bye the following week.

    3 weeks is always the cutoff point for premos, so it could be time to let him go.

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    1. It’s only 3 weeks if you trade him to a Port or Gold Coast player though, as anyone else will miss a week too

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    2. Agree…but who to bring in…especially this week ? Might be worth looking at someone playing two of three byes….gonna be better than Dusty.
      Ebert, then reconsider after byes….got hoff up forward. ?

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  2. Personally I will be folding, will reassess after the bye in Round 14. Could be a very easy upgrade from Holman by then, or may not come back at all.

    Obviously I would only suggest this to people with trades up their sleeves.

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  3. I have 14 trades at the start of this week. Ranked 228 with only 15 on field.
    I have to trade him to get 18 on the park as if I want to finish top 100 or better, I cant cop a premium sized doughnut this week.
    My entire bye structure is changed but I will end up with Ed Curnow in lieu of Dusty once it is all said and done.
    To break that down, my team will look as follows at the beginning of round 15, with 6 trades left and hopefully $22,700 in the bank.

    Laird, Simpson, Hurley, T McDonald, Yeo, Savage
    Heron, Mihocek

    Titch, Macrea, Danger, Fyfe, Coniglio, Cripps, E Curnow, Parker
    Holman, Ahern, E Phillips

    Gawn, Grundy
    Olango

    Walters, Sicily, D Smith, Westhoff, Heeney, McLean
    C Moore, Keeffe

    not the strongest bench by then but at least I will have a handful of trades and be competitive over the byes.
    NOTE: Keeffe will be in the wrong spot but the Mihocek trade could see keeffe move to DEF if a forward or mid option present themselves (ahern fwd if it is a mid) instead of Mihocek.

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    1. Nice looking team. I’d much prefer Keefe back though, that way Sicily can backup your defenders if need be. Wil Powell or a different M/F would be perfect in the forward line with Ahern in the middle

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  4. I’m keeping him despite being pretty certain he’ll miss next week too. Can JUST field 18 this week, but will be a weak side. The positive is that Rds 13 & 14 look v strong and it means that I don’t need to alter my trading strategy to get to FUL PREMO by R15 with Dusty on board and 7 trades left.

    One question I do have for the awesome SCT community though is this: IN
    TU: A Brayshaw MEL (def/mid)
    TD: T McDonald MEL (def/fwd)
    I just have this bubbling sense in my waters that A Brayshaw, is the better choice, ignoring price, based on points alone. Thoughts?!
    Much appreciated!

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    1. Go with your gut you’ll be less pissed off at yourself if it goes pear shaped. That said I voted t Mac…

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  5. Bye planning has 20 on field this week, bye reality had 14 on field 🙁

    Therefore I’m holding Dusty since I’ve given up on overall and think he’s worth holding for leagues later in the year.

    This reminds me of Fyfe last year; absolute gun who showed us what he could do at the beginning of the year but had a bad patch playing through injury; then he had his bye plus one more week off to recover and then came back to average 120+ for the rest of the year

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  6. If allsanints’ source is correct – and he was regarding Caddy – then he’ll come out flying after the byes.

    One option could be to cut him loose now in order to get another warm body out there, and then trade him back in when he comes back.

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    1. You could do that, but what everyone’s saying (FD, Nateo to name two), the carnage has only just begun. That’s two trades more than I can afford. Currently have 15 BEFORE this week’s and need three premos + Grundy for Nank. To complete. That said, I’m happy with Fritsch and Doedee for the short-term at least.

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  7. Personally getting rid of him as otherwise I cop a donut and Laird, Cogs, Fyfe are all in much better form. Only question is who to get in.

    TU: Tom Phillips – in great form with Collingwood having a soft draw. Also good at being under the radar and avoiding a tag. In 1% of teams

    TD: Oliver – more likely to be consistently a top player. but I already have 5 other melbourne players. More prone to a tag as well.

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  8. With Richmond sitting 2nd & look’n like a top 4 finish , Hardwick will want to rest his premiums & get games into the kids as often as he can , chopsticks could well be out for 4-5 weeks with if they keep winning with Syd , Adel after the bye , they wont want to risk him , if they are guaranteed a top 4 finish at the end of the season , they may well rest him again in R22 before the pre finals bye , that would mean he could effectively only play 4 more games n miss the SC grand Final , last year Lyon pulled Sandi for 2 weeks with a hammy pre bye , kept saying 1 more week , ended up being 7 , when he finally came back he went down in the 1st Q , get ready for the burn ..

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    1. Martin is a completely different kettle o’fish to Sandi. And Damien Hardwick is not the FURL neither.
      Take your anti-Dusty goggles off mate! 🙂

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      1. your right , I only used Sandi as a example because I held him last year , went with only 1 ruck for 7 weeks thanks to the bs coming out of Freo , my fault , ended up finishing 165 th & still filthy on Freo , Hardwick isn’t FURL , but I think I remember Hardwick benching 10 players in the last Q of a pre season game so they wouldn’t get hurt , precedent set , obviously pre season matches are not the same as home & away , but if they’re winning & coasting into a top 4 finish , the reason for resting players & the objective of winning another GF would yield the same result , in the end why wouldn’t Dusty want Hardwick to rest him now & before finals, got his new contract , Brownlow & flag , life’s good ..

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        1. Agree…and against my no 1 rule of not trading sideways….hello Ollie…goodbye Dusty. Thats hopefully 300 pts or so better over bye rds if dusty misses next week. Reckon Dusty will be in cotton wool unless tigers start losing.

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    2. As if they can rest stars and beat a full strength Sydney and Adelaide.

      Both represent a serious risk to even a full strength Richmond side

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