The Gambino Punt Club – Round 1
Welcome community to the Vince Gambino Punt Club!
Each week I’ll be providing you with some of my best fantasy-related tips each round. Now if youse jump over to sportsbet.com.au, you’ll see they are hosting a range of Supercoach and Dream Team markets; including head to head, most points per team and round groups. These are some fantastic markets to delve into that gets Teflon very excited.
Head to Head Markets:
Now as I sit here tapping away out the back of my laptop, sportsbet only have the head-to-head markets available for Carlton vs Richmond (due to a Thursday game I assume). Luckily they have head-to-head markets for both Supercoach and Dream Team. I’ll start with Supercoach.. get an account now and they’ll match a bet up to $150:
Scotland v Gibbs
SCRATCHED – Scotland not playing. I am spewing man!!
The first market that caught my attention was Heath Scotland ($1.92) vs Bryce Gibbs ($1.85). As most of you know by now, Bryce Gibbs has been spending a lot of time in the midfield during the pre-season and this is expected to continue in season proper. The mail I’ve been getting from some of the bad asses I used to hang out with down on Lygon St tells me that Gibbsy is set for a HUGE season. Obviously more time in the midfield means more possessions, a greater output and ultimately an improvement in fantasy scores. Look, Heath Scotland has been a terrific fantasy player in the past but he’s well and truly on the wrong side of 30 now and this may well be the year when the game just starts to catch up with him a bit. Gibbsy loves playing Richmond, too (averages 108 SC points in his last 9 games against the Tiges). So youse all better listen up and back Bryce Gibbs to defeat Heath Scotland.
Judd v Tuck
- I’ll be staying away from Marc Murphy ($1.90) vs. Trent Cotchin ($1.90) – basically a toss of the coin that one. I was slightly surprised when I saw Chris Judd ($1.92) outsider to Shane Tuck ($1.85) in their head-to-head market. I understand Juddy isn’t the superstar he once was but he’ll remain a prolific fantasy scorer in comparison to Shane Tuck who’s a terrific player but has never really been someone who racks up high fantasy scores. Judd has that X Factor to him and lives for games like these. I’ll be on Chris Judd for this one.
Grigg v Maric
- Now I’ll cast my eyes over to the Dream Team markets. The only one I’m keen on here is Shaun Grigg ($1.75) and Ivan Maric ($2.00). Grigg won plenty of cheap ball (nothing wrong with that) across the half-back line for the Tiges last year in what turned out to be a break-out year for him. He’s also going to get plenty of midfield time, too. Maric also had a great break-out season last year. Big Ivan is now right up there with the premier ruckmen in the competition. I do like Ivan, but when it comes to a DT head-to-head battle with Grigg I’m fairly confident he’ll fall short. Jump on Shaun Grigg for this one.
Most points per Team:
With no other head-to-head markets available as yet, I’m going to have a look at some Supercoach Most Points per Team in 2013.
- In one of my previous articles I spoke about backing Tom Rockliff as the forward who will amass the most Supercoach points out of all the forwards in 2013. Well I’m sticking by my boy Rocky here and I fancy him to score the most Supercoach points out of all the Brisbane players in 2013. He’ll face some stiff competition from Jack Redden and Dayne Zorko but I tell ya that young dude Rockliff can play. He’s Mr. Consistency – hardly misses a game and rarely puts in a bad shift. Back Tom Rockliff at $3.00 to take this one out.
- The next market that caught my eyes was Hawthorn. Now as I’ve explained to youse before, the key for this market is that it is the most points amassed in a season; not average points. If it was based on average I’d be all over Lance Franklin ($2.75) but knowing Buddy he’ll miss his 4-5 games per year through either injury or suspension. This really only leaves Sam Mitchell ($2.20). Mitchell is a player you can rely on every week and is less likely to miss games through injury or suspension. The more I think about it, the more confident I get. I really can’t see Mitchell failing to win this one. Always bet responsibly, but put plenty of your coin behind Sam Mitchell my fellow community members!
- Again, like I said in my previous article, no one will come close to knocking off Callan Ward ($2.65) in the GWS market. I’ll be on him.
- If you’re after some value, take a look at the Melbourne market. Jack Watts ($6.00) is finally starting to show us all why he was taken by the Dees at Number 1 in the draft all those years ago. I see a few of youse have picked him in your Supercoach teams and I can definitely understand the justification behind this. He’ll be down back again for Melbourne and should win plenty of footy across the half-back line. I rolled my van into Gosch’s paddock last weeks to have a see how the Dees were shaping. It was quite a warm day so Mark Neeld came up for an ice-cream, he didn’t have his wallet on him so I said, “Yo Mark. Teflon gives you free ice cream sure. But you tell me one thing old dude – who’s impressed you the most on the track during pre-season?” He initially glared at me but eventually said… Jack Watts! (then muttered something about a smart a***). The favourite Nathan Jones ($1.80) may prove to be out of Watts’ reach come the end of the season, but I’m expecting Watts to give it a real shake. So if you’re after some value, get on Jack Watts at $6.00
Orange means Teflon’s very confident
Green means Teflon’s confident
Blue means Teflon’s confident enough
Purple means Teflon has found you some value
So there you have it! As always I love to hear your feedback. Give me @Vince_Gambino and the rest of the JR team a follow on Twitter and I’ll be sure to get back to you on absolutely anything fantasy footy!