Dimma here. Every footballer worth his weight in salt knows that when it’s your turn to go, you go.
So whilst I’m still getting over the disappointment of NOT receiving a novelty size cheque for taking out SC last year (lift your game Herald Sun), when one Mr. JR asked if I’d knock out a bit of an article for you lot, I knew I had to oblige.
One of the best things about Supercoach is the fact every season is different. Rule changes aside our initial teams are often dictated by the rookies on offer on each line, the various teams’ prospects for the season coming and where we can pick those mega-value players everyone starts with.
That said, and based on my experience last year, here are 5 golden rules that I’ll be sticking to when I pick my team for 2014 and humbly suggest you follow them to.
1. HAVE A PLAN – ANY PLAN!!
Whether that’s stacking your MIDS with premos or rookies, ‘setting and forgetting’ your rucks or loading your defence – have a plan. Pick your side with a purpose. Have a reason for picking the guys you do other than ‘it fits under the salary cap’ or ‘Bob went to school with that bloke’. Last year I went into the year knowing a) I didn’t want ANY rookies on the field in my forwards b) I was whacking a rookie ruck at R2 (Blicavs) and c) I only wanted 3 DEF premiums.
2. PICK GAJ
Yeah yeah, less midfield time. Yeah yeah, GCS young mids stepping up. Whatever you want to believe to convince yourself is fine but let me remind you that – the bloke won the bloody brownlow, is the best player since Leigh/his dad/maybe ever and probably ran 20kms before you got out of bed this morning. Hot tip for 2015, GAJ will not be available as a FWD.
3. USE DUAL POSITION PLAYERS
Not everyone believes in this one but I can say from experience that late in the year the ability to swing multiple players across lines had a huge influence in me winning. At one point I had a DPP across every line (even DEF/FWD) giving me heaps of coverage from injury and, a huge amount of loophole options – something that became very important. Don’t pick your initial team worrying too much about DPPs but I’m telling you if it’s line ball between two blokes, pick the DPP.
4. TRADE HARD AND TRADE EARLY. THEN DON’T TRADE. THEN TRADE AGAIN
I made 2 trades each week for the first three rounds last year. I think correction trades early on are crucial. Don’t be scared to use them. Everyone picks duds that they immediately regret. Even I picked Karnezis! If you are gonna trade them do it right away or resolve to HOLD them. Give a bloke 1 week in the side or 5 – either or. Get the right rookies in and make sure that you have the exact team you want come the 1st price change. From there you need to plan a few weeks off trading through the year to ensure you’ve got some in the bank. The last few years (me included) the winner of SC has run out of trades a few weeks out from the end. Whilst this suggests this is a winning formula I would still be crying if I lost in the last week because of a zero. There were a few ppl in the top 10 in the last round in 2013 that copped zeros. Imagine how much that would hurt – don’t be the guy that lost in the last round. Plan to save 2 trades for the last 3-4 rounds (I will be). It might win you the 50k.
5. KEEP YOUR EYE OUT FOR ‘YOUR MOVE’
To win the whole comp something (or lots of things) needs to go right for you – very right. At some stage through the year you are gonna have to make that one trade, pick that one player that sets you out from the pack. For me one of these came in round 7 when I traded out Travis Cloke at $575k (averaging 110 odd at the time) for SJ, pocketing some change. This was a week some coaches were bring Travis into their sides. Having stated Cloke from Rd 1 (at ~$420k) this trade meant I effectively bought SJ for about 400k. Picking Selwood over Griffen towards the end was another trade that fell my way. At some point in the year, and it may not be round 1, you’re gonna need to do something out of the ordinary to get an advantage. When you make that call, don’t bank on some 80 game back-pocket suddenly bumping his average up 20pts. Look for the guys that have done it before, look for midfielders and DON’T finish your year with ANY key forwards in your side.
DIMMA’s PREMO WATCHLIST (a selection)
DEF – McVeigh, Walker, Bartel
MIDS – Cotchin, Murphy, Rockliff
RUCK – Minson, Sandi,
FWDS – Danger, Franklin, Dixon
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Look out for John – one of the Jock Reynolds Fantasy Footy Communities favourite sons – and how he performs in 2014 – keep your eye right on his DimmaWits in 2014. What do you all think if these sensational tips? Jock.