Beloved community, I present to you
…… Mathemagic FC*!
*Pr(my team changes prior to lock-out) = 0.962
I shall start first with my team and then provide some brief explanatory notes below.
A succinct set of selection justifications aim to serve two purposes;
1. It will reward and refresh the mind of the Community member who opts to immerse themselves within the entire team structure – a much needed tonic for us at a stage where cognitive bias may have lead us down a fixed selection pathway.
2. It is hoped that the Community will in fact run their own, untainted analysis, holding Jock’s proverbial mirror up to my own preseason selection bias.
CURRENT SELECTION PERCENTAGES SHOWN
Upon first inspection you may make the folowing observations;
A wafer thin defence
Yes, this is a concern as my team balance is heavily skewed toward a deep running midfield. I am happy to take my biggest risks in defence – the lowest scoring position on the field. Daniel Rich is coming off a self-confessed poor year where he struggled to get back his rhythm post his 2014 knee surgery. I expect him to run through Brisbane’s midfield and is a chance to end up in the top 10 scoring defenders. Sheridan is another great risk, however, I feel in the absence of Duffield he will not only be in Freo’s best 22 but may also be given some freedom off half-back.
Extravagant and unique Ruck spend
The draught horse and the freak strategy – Sam Jacobs is durable and Naitanui is simply stunning. I will let the Community discuss this controversial ruck combination further below.
NO DANGER, GOLDSTEIN, WEITERING, SHAW
Aside from selections such as Robby Gray, JPK, Rich and Toby Green, my true point of difference, or shark move, comes via my non-selections. This is a risk, however, I refuse to play shoal or little fish strategy. Shark moves are, in my opinion, what adds value and enjoyment to fantasy games. I am going for a win and while my initial shark moves may seem to others to lack courage or to be slightly faint-hearted, the true monster shark moves will come via in-season trading. A rigid starting squad is crucial.
This is enough from me at this stage.
Thank you for your time, support and much appreciated feedback.
Peter J Higginbotham