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Breakdown pages on FanFooty

I’ve already launched this on the latest edition of the Coaches Box podcast yesterday, but I should let readers of the FanFooty blog know about it as well.

Each AFL player is classified by Champion Data (official stat providers to the AFL) in the 2008 AFL Prospectus according to their position, their size and their role. For instance, Brett Burton is a medium-sized general forward, which means his classification is Fwd-Med-Gen. Similarly, Sam Mitchell is a small inside midfielder, giving him the designation of Mid-Small-In, and Sam Fisher is a tall key-position defender, meaning he has the code of Def-Tall-Key.

The Breakdown – there is a Dream Team Breakdown and a Super Coach Breakdown – is a table that lists the averages of each Champion Data player type against each AFL team in 2008, along with how many players have played against that team of that designation, with links to drill down on each score from each player against each opponent. The cells in the table are colour-coded according to their ranking: the lowest team average is coloured red, the second- to fourth-lowest are light red, the second- to fourth-highest are light green and the highest is solid green.

Those who are long-time listeners of the Coaches Box know that this kind of table made its public debut on the Round 22 episode last year, when we had Statsman74 on the show. Among the numerous spreadsheet screenshots he shared with us were two labeled DT scores by player positions and types – Part 1 and DT scores by player positions and types – Part 2, which are pretty much what you see in the Breakdown. Unlike those spreadsheets, however, the Breakdown includes links to the full list of players of each position who have already played against that opponent in 2008, as well as a list of this week’s relevant players.

The Breakdown is a powerful tool for helping to pick captains and figuring out which players are worth selling due to their rollercoaster coming to an end… or not. For instance, Dean Cox traditionally has a day out against the Swans, but even he struggled in the reverse fixture earlier in the year, and no ruckman has scored over 86 against Sydney all year so it might be time to take the captain’s armband off him this week. As we said in the podcast, it’s also an indicator that this week is not the time to sell Cyril Rioli because small forwards tend to carve up the Dons. It should also prove useful for those participating in the Lethal League or Premium DT competitions who are looking to pick up new players for a week or two of service: Michael Gardiner against the Bulldogs has a great matchup, as do small Kangaroo defenders like Gavin Urquhart and Ed Lower.



  1. t0mm0

    June 5, 2008 at 5:37 pm

    first post
    nice form monty

  2. t0mm0

    June 5, 2008 at 5:48 pm

    while i’m here monty, i need to know who to make captain this week please answer. I’m sick of these second grade advice givers like fred and gor…haha nah they’re alright

    are you feeling mitchell, cox (apparently not), ablett, heath shaw or maybe a priddis?

    actually anyone can answer except XztatiK

  3. chad

    June 5, 2008 at 6:14 pm

    ryan davis, he will get a tonne this week..

  4. JB

    June 5, 2008 at 6:15 pm

    hahaha nice mate, i am a little jealous about the 1st post :(
    heathy is a gamble judging on his form from last week haha i would probs go ablett, absolut gun

  5. Jordox

    June 5, 2008 at 6:15 pm

    based purely on the opposition, id say mitchell’s your best bet.
    maybe ablett unless rawlings goes to him

  6. t0mm0

    June 5, 2008 at 6:19 pm

    thanks iceman or was it JB…and jordox
    might go ablett and pray that rawlings goes to corey or jimmy.

    dunno what chad is on about, he’s talking as much sense as chad cornes

  7. iceman

    June 5, 2008 at 6:20 pm

    if rawlings goes to abblett he will probs reduce him to at least 35 possesions

  8. johnny

    June 5, 2008 at 6:42 pm

    hey monty, i’m looking to trade wonaemirri for a cheap player this week… was wondering whoz the best option…? … i’m thinkin itz gotta b beau wilkes, dennis armfield or gavin urquahart…. anyone know whoz likely to get most games outta them 3? … cheerz

  9. sam

    June 5, 2008 at 7:57 pm

    what is going on with scott selwood???

    at the start of the year i was hearing roumors saying that he was going to be better then hes brothers, but he cant even break into the eagles side!!! what is going on there?

    is he just not good enough or what- wouldnt the eagles be looking to get some games into him considering they are going through a re-building phase?

  10. Mitch

    June 5, 2008 at 9:08 pm

    Scott Selwood is apparently still doing VCE so he is still probably not match fit and they would maybe rather keep him until hes right to go

  11. SAC

    June 5, 2008 at 9:17 pm


  12. Gor

    June 5, 2008 at 11:13 pm

    dude i ain’t second grade advice!!

    fourth at best…

  13. Glen

    June 6, 2008 at 10:07 am

    Isn’t Scott Selwood still injured? If memory serves, he had a broken cheek bone or something didn’t he?

    maybe its just taking longer to heal…

  14. saunders1

    June 6, 2008 at 11:14 am

    nice work monty

  15. chris

    June 6, 2008 at 12:29 pm

    My feeling towards dwngrading Wonamiri is that Armfield will get the most games over the season, he showed pace and confidence last week, he will be the player to pick up! also dont forget than Buddy made a name of himself last year in the corresponding fixture against the bombers, maybe Captain this week

  16. Eric

    June 6, 2008 at 12:32 pm

    Does anyone know a website i can sort (in ascending order etc) players by their breakevens ?

    I looked at fanfooty, and while they have breakevens, I don’t think you can sort players by that stat ….

  17. frank

    June 6, 2008 at 4:56 pm

    hey i’m tempted to make kurt tippett captain this week?? … i have a feeling he might go good…. what yaz reckon?

  18. AT

    June 6, 2008 at 5:33 pm

    I just read an article on it was the dream team doctor giving his rant and he mentioned daniel cross was injured. anyone heard of this?

  19. Xzibit Copied Me!!

    June 6, 2008 at 6:37 pm

    That’s what I said AT, I have no idea what he’s going on about, theres no mention of this in any of the injury reports, no stories on any of the superfooty sites and he’s named on a wing so I think were safe but who knows.

    Eric… google ‘FF Genie’ it’s got all the BE’s.

    Corey never gets tagged u idiOt tOmmO! and Yabbie never has trouble breaking a tag anyway. Whod u get for Kennedy btw?

    Montyman can u tell me Kornes’ recent record against the Juddernaut? cheers.