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Fantasy Face-Off: Robinson v Zorko

Ben Guthrie  February 15, 2013 7:06 AM

Fantasy Face-Off: Mitch Robinson v Dayne Zorko Carlton's battering ram or the nuggety Lion - who do you choose?


  MITCH ROBINSON
 
DAYNE ZORKO
 
Fantasy position
 
Forward/Midfielder Forward/Midfielder
2013 price $478,600 $487,800
2012 average 92.9 94.7
2012 high score 146 points (v Melbourne rd 9) 140 points (v Hawthorn rd 12 & Sydney Swans rd 15)
Age 23 24
X-factor, Rising Star or Mr Reliable? Mr Reliable. Robinson fronts up each week and consistently delivers for the Blues. He excels in the area of tackling, and has markedly improved his ball-winning ability. Averaged 112 points between rounds 2-6 last season. Rising Star. Zorko took the fantasy world by storm in his debut season. He topped 100 points on seven occasions, including high scores of 140 against the Swans and the Hawks. A ball-magnet who rarely fails to provide for your team but can he do it again this year?
Value for money Robinson was one of the Blues' best players last season. His effort is never lacking and he is vastly improved. It will be interesting to see which role Mick Malthouse has in mind for him.
 
Zorko is no longer AFL Fantasy's worst kept secret. He started out at $104,200 last season, but has skyrocketed to $487,800 this year. Opposition clubs will put more work in to him and he won't be able to simply fly under the radar. Regardless, he is still a solid pick-up.
 
Job security Robinson is a lock in the Blues' best 22 and for round one. He adds essential hardness to Carlton's line-up.
 
Zorko is another guarantee for round one, barring an injury in the NAB Cup. Has quickly become a key player for the Lions.
 
Where he'll play The Blues' hard man can be deployed in a range of positions, and that's one his identifying features. Hard to tell where Malthouse sees him playing, so keep a close eye out in the NAB Cup. Similar to Robinson, Zorko alternated between the forward line and midfield last season. May be stationed more in the middle this year after a standout pre-season campaign.
Injury history Robinson missed five games last season, pertaining to a calf strain and a nick to the eye. Raring to go this year, after completing a full training load in pre-season. The 24-year-old battled a niggling hip injury last pre-season. He is over those worries and approaches this season in top shape.
The case for Robinson is durable, dependable and is a key member in Carlton's side. His effort cannot be questioned, and he always gives his all. A tackling machine, who can also win his own ball when required. These types of players don't come around all that often.  Zorko has found his feet at this level and knows what it takes to play consistent football. He regularly racks up big numbers and his tackling pressure is outstanding. Has already sought advice from teammate Daniel Rich to avoid a slump in his second season. Possesses a strong work ethic and elite endurance base.
 
The case against Due to team instructions, Robinson can sometimes spend time in a run with role. This limits his effectiveness, somewhat, and takes his focus away from winning the ball. Prone to the odd stinker when he's taken out of the game. As such, there may be better options out there on the market.
 
The attention from opposition teams on Zorko will rapidly increase this season. He won't get a free run at the ball, with a tagger following his every movement. The Lions' predicted lack of success may also be a hindrance.
 

The verdict
Zorko is the prototype for AFL Fantasy. He racks up big numbers, tackles like his life depends on it and hits the scoreboard on a regular basis. Ahead of Robinson in most of the important categories, at this stage. 
 

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