Hello community, it’s old man Crimmins here. As the NAB Cup draws to a close we keenly anticipate the start of season 2013. The hit and giggle is over, we can finally get started on the real stuff. I wish the community the very best of luck this season, hope you have a successful fantasy year.
I’ve spent many Sunday afternoons at the Seaford RSL over this pre-season, doing intense research to come up with the side that’ll give me the best shot of winning the fantasy flag. Must remember when constructing your team; don’t pick your team for finals, pick your side for round 1. This’ll separate the best from the worst.
My team will be heavily bye-affected in round 13, where I’ll lose Ablett, Pendles, Dangerfield, Walker, Robinson, Goddard, Heppell. Byes will bring pain to everyone, so best to ignore them while building your team. Don’t let 3 weeks dictate your entire season.
Without further ado, I give you “Crimmins’ Class” SuperCoach team for season 2013.
I’ve gone the conventional Goddard/Gibbs combo in the backline. Expecting a vast majority of fantasy players to do the same – you’d be a nitwit not to. It’s a guns and rookie approach, due to the lack of mid-price potential. Brett Goodes has had a stellar off-season, and provided he is promoted off the rookie list, should be a lock for on-field. Pittard has been in the system for a while now, and I expect him to string some consistent games together. Not too worried about his scoring, as Heppell, Duffield, Gibbs and Goddard will pick up the slack. I just want a significant price rise from him to make some cash.
For me, and 99% of the community, the midfield is the most important fantasy position. If you nail your midfield, you’ll save yourself A LOT of potential trades. That said, with 30 this season, you can afford to make a few mistakes. I’ve taken the 5-2-1 approach (if you classify Gaff as a premium) into this season. I did consider going a Ball (before being ruled out) or a Moloney, but decided to go with Lucas/Stevens. Potential money used on Brent went towards a Dangerfield or Pendlebury, so they will cover the points lost giving up Moloney. Also went for Andrew Gaff as a PoD (point of difference), as I believe he could break the 100 point average this season. Swan made the Dream Team cut, but however couldn’t go past GAJ for SuperCoach. Built my team around him, will bank is 100+ every week.
If there’s one position that’s aging an ageless Crimmins, it’s the ruck. I’ve gone on many runs in hope of a rookie combo coming to mind. Once I finally got that sorted, Matthew Leuenberger injures himself. If Leuenberger does make it back for round 1, Longer will make way. But if not, I’ll be sticking with Longer until Leuey returns. HOWEVER, should Currie play round 1, Longer will go for Leuenberger and I’ll play Currie ‘till he returns. As you can clearly see, the rucks have caused nothing but stress – which is not good for an old heart like mine. My rucks won’t be settled ‘till the very last minute, but as it stands now, this is the combo I’ll be going in with.
My forward line has probably chopped and changed the most out of any position. There’s not a great deal at the top I like, but we’ve been spoilt with mid-price options. Knights, Byrnes and Varcoe were all very close to selection, and were in my team at some stage this season. However, I just couldn’t go past Patrick Karnezis. Been all class this pre-season, and really like his prospects. Taylor Walker. I love the boy to bits; he represents my Frankston/Seaford roots. Tex will become the new target man with Kurt gone, and is ready to take the competition by storm. When the season starts, Buddy Watch will begin. Not just in the media, given his contract status, but for Mr Crimmins too. I’ll be jumping on as soon as that price bottoms out. I personally think he’s a touch expensive given the pressure that will be on him this season. We saw what it did to poor Travis, fingers crossed it doesn’t happen to Lance too.
So there you go Community, this group of fine gentlemen will line up for Crimmins’ Class this season. Hopefully they’ll be drinking Foster’s Ice from the cup come the end of the season. Good luck everyone, and may the best SuperCoach win.