My 2014 Supercoach Team
With the 2014 season beginning next week, we should now have a rough idea of what our teams will look like. Of course, our sides are never fully complete until the very late minutes of unlimited trade freedom. That’s why nailing your team early will set you up for a run at SuperCoach success.
It’s now my turn to reveal how I suspect Crimmins’ Class will look like going into round 1.
So, without further adieu, I give you Crimmins’ Class for 2014.
1. $$$ IN BACKLINE
I’ve spent considerable money in the backline because I believe there’s simply not enough mid-priced or rookie quality down back. Even Matt Suckling I’m hesitant in selecting coming off a long-term injury. Probably the significant selection here is Corey Enright over Jimmy Bartel. I believe for similar output, I may as well save $70k and spend it elsewhere. Plus there were signs of Jimmy Bartel playing in the forward half, which concerns me. Sam Mitchell over Jarryd McVeigh helps with byes.
2. FALLEN PREMIUMS
This year seems to be year we’re blessed with some quality mid-priced players. Dayne Beams ($497,200, averaged 123.4 in 2012), Marc Murphy ($498,300, averaged 111.4 in 2011) and Dale Thomas ($341,800, averaged 109.3 in 2011) are more fallen premiums than mid-priced and at their respective prices, you simply cannot ignore. Plus I’d rather drop an extra 10 points per round, save $50-$100k and put that into my forward line, where I will gain 40-50 potential points on upgrade.
Other than Thomas, it’s purely guns and rookies for the midfield. Tyson, Polec and Dunstan are 3 players I hope appreciate in value and in return, can boot for money. At same time, I’m positive their output will be solid. I also like the look of Harry Cunningham and on form, I may start over Luke Dunstan.
Here is where it gets interesting (and stressful)…
3. RUCK RISKS
There is a chance I’ll be burnt something shocking by the selection of Nic Nat and Sandiman, but there is also a chance it’ll come off and will reap the benefits. I don’t trust Sandilands to play 22 games straight; Lyon will ease him through the season. I don’t need Sandilands to play 22 games. I just want him for the first 8 games, rise in value and then turn him into a consistent, premium ruckman. He’s had an uninterrupted pre-season so there’s also the chance Lyon won’t need to rest him. Many him sitting on their benches. While I think there’s logic to that call, I don’t want $310k on the pine and he’s a proven scorer in the past so I’m going to back him in. Live by the sword, die by the sword.
Nic Nat will be a last minute selection. I’m running with him now, but know full well he’s had a very limited pre-season. He was originally out of my team, but after news of his selection for the last of the practice games, I’m going to pick him…for now. Regardless of his pre-season, Nic Nat is points and at that price, you really can’t say no.
Jason Holmes is picked because he is probably the furthest away from playing a game in the competition. I need him for the captain’s loophole and to turn the rolling lockout in my favour, exploit any potential captain options playing early in the round.
4. FORWARDLINE UNCERTAINTY
My forward line will keep me up at night. I just don’t know what do to with my forward rookies. In an ideal world, I would be ditching Sam Blease for Nathan Bock, but it sounds as if Bock won’t be ready for round 1. Alex Fasolo I’m punting on being in Nathan Buckley’s plans. Prior to injury, he was a very solid option. In 2012, he averaged 15.5 touches at 75.7 disposal efficiency and kicked 28 goals (stat via AFL Prospectus). At $213,600, he is a bargain if he can get himself into the frame. Sam Blease is one that has shown potential, but really just doesn’t get enough of it and doesn’t use it very well. I want him purely to make money and get out. Will take 70s from Blease, but even then I think that’s a bit of a stretch.
Dustin Martin was my 2013 no-go, but a move to HB has seen him get more of it and allow him to have a greater impact on games. Lance Franklin is a must considering everyone else will own him. So if he does stink it up, the damage is minimal. It’s a break away from the “no key forward” policy, but for good reason. I think the structure of Sydney’s forward line will suit him better. Kurt Tippett will be the stay-at-home forward and will attract the number 1 defender. This will allow Buddy to play more as a CHF and keep himself in games longer. Reckon this is the seasonBuddy returns to averaging 115+ a game.
This team is set up to score points early. I have $6,600 remaining in the kitty, so the aim is to not be chasing the pack heading into the bye rounds. I want to be scoring points early and setting myself up for a decent assault in the second half of the year. It WILL change prior to lockout, still a lot of water to go under the bridge.
So there you go, my side for 2014. Critique it. Smash it. Love it. Feedback is welcome; we are all in this together as a community.