The Daily Fantasy Verdict – Tom Liberatore

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The fallen premium.

The tried and true premium fantasy scoring beast fallen on hard times. The fallen premium is a fantasy species that MUST NOT be ignored by ANY bloke worth his salt leading into a season.

And Tom Liberatore absolutely fits the bill in 2016.

You see community, there are two types of midpriced selection out there. On the one hand there are young colts who show a hell of a lot of promise. On the other hand you have your seasoned campaigner who’s dropped in price. Genuine runs on the board. Been to the mountain.

I know which type I prefer.

2016 Prices: $358K SC, $443K AF, $7K CoachKings
2016 Position: MID
Games last season: 0 (22 in both 2014 and 2013)
Average last season: NA (110 in 2014, 107 in 2013)
100+ SC Games last season: NA
Sub 80 SC games last season: NA
SCPrice range last season: $593K starting price last year
Missed games last season: All. Stuffed his knee in preseason.


The case for:

  • Just have a look at his 2014 season. A Supercoach average of 110, backing up his 107 average in 2013.
  • He averaged 8 tackles. 24 possessions. He ranked 1st in the league for both tackles and clearances
  • Obviously price, in all formats. When you look at his CoachKings starting price of $7,000 – you would have a significant set of spuds on you if you choose against locking Libba into your lineup down the pub.

The case against:

  • Returning from an ACL injury. A bad one. But goodness me, provided he gets through a solid preseason and proves himself this is a risk you might have to take.
  • Is there an attitude issue here? He’s been sanctioned in the past in relation to possession of illicit substances of some kind. And he was in the bad books at The Kennell again last year during his knee rehab for missing club appointments. Could be some cause for concern here.
  • The Doggies had one hell of a 2015 season. We saw the emergency of The Bont. Bevo breathed new life into Mitch Wallis. Stringer. Macrae. Dahlhaus. Where does Libba fit in this mix? Perhaps if anything the emergence of these lads mean that Libba can slot back in with less attention from the opposition.

The verdict:

  • Simple for me. If he’s fit Round 1 he lines up in my fantasy teams this year. No ifs. No buts. He’s in.

Community – is Libba lining up for your mob in 2016?

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Absolute lock at that starting price. Far too good to ignore!


All is well now that you guys are back!! I was going a little crazy without this website and your wisdoms!


Jock, the little Libba is locked in hook line n' sinker! Reckon he'll be a keeper for sure mate, and at that starting price, gold mate gold!


number 1 first pick in my team jock


It's a tough question Jock. Do I get Libba or do I stuff my team right from the start? I'm leaning towards the having Libba option


He,d get a game at Hawthorn, nuff said!




after Dependelberry and Baby Jesus he is next in the Mids for the returning to The KrakenKats….


With you there, Dools.


Absolutely zero risk picking up Libba at that price. Locked in.

Thoughts on Stringer community? Carved it up towers the end of 2015. DPP would have him close to a lock, just dunno if I have the testicular fortitude to have him in a valuable midfield spot


Beware the player coming back from a knee, they just don't score like they used too in that first 12months back. But this guy could be the exception to that rule. I could be wrong but didn't he's old man do a knee at some stage and I think he came back without missing a beat, yes im going back a bit there Jock, maybe you could shed some light on that for the community.
How will the coach use him ease him back in the FWD line or let him off the leash in the GUTS to get the hard ball out to Bont.
Either way he is in the lineup and hopefully there he will stay for the season.


Dogs do have Fremantle and Hawks in their first three games, might be a slow start. Not sure if he will be in my team at the end of the year, but he is a certainty for the start of the season.


Do we even need to ask? If fit round one lock it in Eddie no need to phone a friend on this one. I can see libba breaking all records as the most selected player in the history of SC. Too good not to have at this price.


Thoughts on Angus brayshaw as a forward?


I like him, but it's a massive risk. He has been in a couple of my team drafts. Will be watching his NAB.

The German

Locked, loaded like a 1300A.D. chastity belt

The Ranger

He's got to be a lock surely?!
Still pondering wether I can fit him, O'Meare and BCrouch in my team at the same time but if I do drop one of them it won't be Libba.


To quote Crouching "He Bloody LOCK!"


The real question on Libba is M5 or M6. Working on the GnR structure I learned here, M5 is the player outside the top 20 who you are betting will be a permanent keeper, averaging 110+. For M5 that’s a competition with Rocky. If you play Rocky as M4, then maybe he is in competition with Wines, Parker, Bont and Cripps. I think all of those have him covered at M5. So, if it is M6, what does it do to our structures? For me, picking Libba means I can’t pick Mackenzie at D5 or Parish at M7. Not without forcing a mid priced strategy. So, he becomes M6 for me and he becomes my 15th premo. But it does mean I don’t have Mackenzie, Lobbe, Bird or any 200k rookie. A lot resting on your shoulders Libba!


Coachkings, aye? At least we know how the podcast is back. Sponsorship is inevitable these days, I guess. Good to see you all back!

Oh yeah…..Libba is a lock

Big G

Is B Crouch just a good option?


He was widely tipped to breakout last year at $510k starting price. If he gets through pre-season then start finding room for him. If fit he’ll bring you 95+ avg till the byes


Yes. There's 2 types of people that won't pick Crouch. People who are worried he might get injured and people who haven't seen him play


You can also throw in Jaeger. 3 guns under 400K


him and his brother tore the TAC apart as kids. I think Brad avg 32 pos and Matt avg 37 both future guns of the game, can play, just whether or not Brad can stay inj free. Brad seems more confident from the time he has had, he has showed he belongs.. Before his last injury he had played at a developing high level, avg 97 i think from memory. Cracked a few 100s, think Parker, when you saw him play it was no question he would walk into that midfield if he wasnt inj but that unfortunately has been his career to date. Matt hasnt really had the same mid opportunities, he has played some accomplished football, he just hasnt as adjusted as fast as his brother, and hasnt won that midfield spot for himself just yet. I think once Matt does mature and starts taking the game on he will be better than his brother. For those that are Crows fans its a bit of an enigma, they got them both which was a huge win for the recruitment dept as both brothers were stand outs as juniors.

Taking Brad this year but is huge risk inj wise, hopefully they have been able to work out a program for him, and he is of strength to get through his first season so we know where he is at. With Danger gone, will need to step up and support Sloane. Thats the scenario im playing out in my head like many SC taking the punt. I think you have to at that price.


Anyone know Dylan Shiels price? Had a great year last year but ruined by injury so thinking he could go bigger and better in 2016




Libba the Lock


Locked in and nothing will change my mind come round 1 Jock old mate unless something goes twang. Had him in 2014, will have him in 2016.


Libba at that price is a gift from the Supercoach Gods. Beware the Supercoach Gods bearing gifts


Ablett,Rockliff,Sloane,swallow,omeara,Selwood,crouch,wines,Libba and if fit Trengrove are all unders and all in my midfield.
Locked in except Sloane, and I ain't changing my mind. Like that matters to you. :p


Have fun making each of your other lines good, but each to their own. Don't know why you would have Swallow in your team, not the greatest scorer going around, would prefer Cripps for about 20k more.


If Libba plays Rd1 as anticipated he'll be in EVERY team that counts (just like Sandiballs 2014) so not much to discuss really.

Only a matter of picking another 29 players now. 🙂


Surely you jest. I'm sure you've already clogged your hard drive with 38 versions of your squad and have at least 5 you've settled on, SCaddict.


Indeed I have about a dozen locks right now (not including the new batch of rookies) assuming these guys all play Rd1 of course. How about you dude?

I see Blatt finally went splat on the same day no less that the other 2015 NBA Finals coach returned to the sidelines.

Looks like getting schooled by the Dubs at home earlier in the week was the straw that broke the camel's back, as many were surprised he lasted as long as he did.


Naw. Other factors were involved. That drubbing certainly didn't help. Biggest issue was he was a "new" NBA coach. Was brought in to be a developmental coach and LBJ coming back was a genuine surprised to the org. Was an NBA virgin who wanted to be treated like he already made his bones. Erratic rotations didn't help build players' trust either.

Hope Lue can reign in the King's ego. SF should not be running plays or calling for isolations every time down the court. Shall see.

In truth, can't really watch NBA. Even last season. Haven't watched a whole game yet. Substandard play. Grew up playing hoops and watching the Lakers, Celtics, 76ers and Detroit. What goes on for hoops these days is hard on the eyes. NBA did a great job of widening the audience yet the play has sunk. Oh well. Times change…

SC-wise, feeling pretty good. Going for the stout midfield and one prem then value on the other lines. (May go Lids and Dahl in the fwd line). Feeling good so far. Then again, not sure how many rooks will be available.


Community a quicky. How will the prices for Dons top up players work. Will James Kelly be a 100k defender? Cheers


Yes to both Libba and Crouch…no to O'Meara

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Overall I'm a bit happier than I was with it last year when all these highlight reel players (Nic Nat, Rioli, etc) made the team suggesting that an All-Australian birth is based on a couple of memorable plays a week.

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Mr Miyagi

Tom is the bomb and leave him out is just wrong


Delete the page Jock, we don't even need to discuss this one…Lockatore is in.


Hang on Lek, doesn’t his haircut make him a ‘No’ .


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Libba you are Rock!!

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