Of course, with the NAB CUP looming, it would be foolish to settle any team without further analysis.
It would also be foolish to go into the NAB CUP without a good idea of the strategy, rookies and locks that you will be considering for the season proper.
Here is mine…..
Of course I have gone for reliable locks with the added bonus of swing potential. Heppell is on my radar as taking it to the next level. Tuohy is very much NAB dependent. The rest would all be fairly popular picks – a query over both new Tigers getting a game, however, my mail is saying yes at this stage.
Ablett is an obvious first pick for mine, as is Goddard. I feel Cotchin will elevate to elite with the help of a stronger Dustin Martin to block and perhaps even Newman spending more time in the middle(freed up by the two Tigers in my backline). Sylvia is a risk and Lucas is my smokey. Coniglio is pricey but I feel he is a must have.
I feel that Sandilands is worth punting on. If he fires and you don’t have him you will be forced to burn a trade and cash to get him. Hampson is another punt but I can see him having a big presence up forward at Carlton this year – exceptionally quick over the first 20m.
Again, risks a-plenty! Feel free to pick faults in my forward line. Yes Cyril is a risk, as are the two Jacks …….. but my data tells me that they are a worthwhile pick. J. Brown is a must and Liam Jones is showing enough for me at the re-structured Dogs. Dangerfield has added endurance to his already fine bag of tricks giving enough for me to feel that he is under-priced.
To me, this is the all important table. For those ill informed, I used The Higginator to take these stats.
As you can see, I am going for The Dive strategy, as outlined in Podcast 5. I have stacked my team with Round 13 bye players, anticipating donuts only in this round. This will enable me leauge success in Rounds 11 and 12, but given that it is the last bye round, the likelihood of changes prior to this round anyway is greater. I can cover rucks, and using swingmen, should be able to negate a forward line donut in Round 11.
My final consideration is the TEAM SPLIT;
As you can see, I have not gone for the very popular Premium -Rookie structure. My plan is simple. As soon as I can cash in a cow, I will be able to upgrade a Mid-pricer for a Premium. Without some Mid-pricers, managing Premium upgrades can be tricky.
As last years winner states in Crouching’s analysis of his team, you need luck and need to take risks.
I also believe strongly in spending up big. I have only $6,000 left!
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