We are living in a time of fantasy. At this stage of the preseason, serious fantasy coaches are quietly gathering information on team structure and game strategy. Analysing the past two champion Supercoach teams gives us excellent game information on both team structure and game strategy.
When knowledge becomes POWER! Congratulations to this year’s winner; POWERTOTHEPEOPLE
2012 Winning Supercoach Team
Analysis of initial team structure and bye strategy
Final Team Breakdown
Given the mass of information above, I’ll get things started by noting some points of interest as I see them.
- Averaging spend of $100,000 less per player in Defence compared to Midfield. New midfield rule with 8 scoring midfielders. How much of your spend will be in the middle?
- DID NOT TRADE until Round 3 and used one of these to sideways trade Montagna for Mitchell. Montagna started the season with two SC scores of 81. His value was set to drop considerably however a round 3 score of 116 saw him drop by only $24,000. After scores of 139 and 141, Mitchell scored an 83 in round 3. A risky move early by The Power (Powertothepeople Coach) with a frustrating Round 3 result, but a good move in the long run with Mitchell scoring more than 10 points on average per game over Montagna – an extra 200 points towards The Power’s final score.
- Operation Generate CASH. The trading of Mumford down to Maric and using Ablett as a liquid asset over his injury period were the two key moves that won Power the cash. Ablett’s liquid value went into Trelor, Christensen and Thompson for four rounds after which Christensen was traded out for Ablett. This move alone made Power $36,600 (Ablett value drop and Christensen’s increase). The cyclic generation and use of cash is certainly what defines a good team.
- No frantic trading around the byes, in fact Beams was traded in regardless of his upcoming bye.
- Rookies Rides! Another key factor in Power’s success was his knack of not only selecting the right rookies, but cashing them in at the right time or knowing when to ride them. Did you trade in Giles during his Round 13 – 17 form slump only to be shattered by his upcoming 177 and 142 and his 115 game average coming home? The Power didn’t.
- Franklin was never traded out! $617,800 of Premium forward sitting on the pine for 6 weeks! The Power’s strategy of trading hard early with a big bank meant that by the time Franklin injured his hamstring in Round 15, very few trades were left. Definetly not enough to be sideways trading when the extent of Franklin’s injury was so speculative. As luck would have it, Porplyzia reversed his run of poor form and covered Franklin nicely with scores of 128, 105 and 100. At this point Porplyzia is injured and The Power finally cashes his cow with the questionable shoulders that he purchased for $229,600 for $428,700. Nice.
- Was The Power’s last trade in a Supercoach sign for 2013? Will you be starting with Nathaniel “Teen-Wolf” Fyfe?
So while it is tempting to focus solely on which players you will be drafting, before any of these squad decisions can be made, wise coaches will be thinking more about general team structure and strategy.
Perhaps some of the points raised here will inform you when making these crucial, season defining decisions in the lead up to the 2013 AFL Fantasy season.