What is the point of posting a review on a player unless you are willing to follow through, show some mettle, man up and put them in your team?
So community this is what formed the basis of my team. Mind you there have been a number of drafts churning through The Higginator (use it here) over the last couple of months. As it has been a proven winner in the past I have chosen to form a team based on the Guns & Rookies (GnR) strategy with the exception of a couple of value picks.
For those with the magazine you know what I am talking about, for those without what the bloody hell are you waiting for get one quick sticks! You are missing out and are behind the eight ball off the bat. A GnR strategy is basically pick the best player in each position and fill the other spots with rookies.
I have also focused on durable premiums especially in the midfield as time and time again I have started a player who was underdone at the start of the season. Fyfe and Brad Crouch and god himself immediately spring to mind. Injuries have derailed my season on more than one occasion. Lesson learnt. I have also avoided the pre-season flyer as there is a first and last time to pick a Jesse Longeran.
If I can just leave you with one bit of advice? Don’t get sucked in by preseason form. Most coaches experiment in the preseason and the chances are that a player who is dominating in the midfield won’t be granted the same freedom or role when the season proper rolls around. Also it’s just as important to look at who is not playing and what positon they normally play. Use the preseason to look at the rookies and players coming back from injury. Don’t let the rose colored glasses cloud your judgement and spoil all the research you have done.
So without further ado this is what I have put together as we head into the preseason games.
Sam Docherty – Mark my words. Will go back to back as the best defender in SuperCoach 2017. We have a new king. In his prime. This is the one fact I can’t get over and should make you hit the + button. Doc was the 10th highest point scorer in 2016!! That is higher than JPK, the Bont, Priddus, Goldy the list goes on. Lock.
Taylor Adams – A gift from the gods. Will not see him in defence will play through the midfield. A bit worried about his durability but most around this price has some issue with durability and by all reports in the preseason is travelling beautifully and raring to go.
Rory Laird – Consistent, will probably push into the midfield but if not made the back half his own in 2016 and will continue to do so in 2017.
Rookies – Berry has a ready-made body for AFL should get early games for the lions, Willis and Newman should get greater opportunities and Ryan and Stewart everyone’s favorite mature ages.
Not stuffing around here – pure GnR.
I have spent big $$ in the midfield but I am willing to pay the price for quality. Don’t have to try and upgrade them later. Start them, lock them and throw away the key.
Patrick Dangerfield – Topgun – why would you not have him in your team? Rd 12 bye.
JPK – could be any one of the Sydney mids. So durable, always finishes in top mids, now has captaincy, clearance machine and should pick up a few more points with Titch leaving.
Joel Selwood – why have the topgun without his wingman? Dangers arrival simply helped Selwood. Rd 12 bye.
Adam Treloar – The next big thing. Absolute young gun on the way up. Big ceiling only gonna get better. 6 120 + games, 16 over 100.
Robbie Gray (50 Shades) – Last year averaged 108 points. If remove the low scores when he was injured average jumps to 115. After the bye averaged 115. And this was with Lobbe tapping it down to him (or trying to). With Ryder as the new ruck should get more tap outs to advantage and could easily add 6-8 points per game to his average of 108 pushing him into the very top echelon of midfielders.
Nathan Fyfe – He is at unders for what he can deliver. By all reports he is super fit and raring to go. If looks back to his old self during the preseason lock him in.
Rookies – SPP would tackle his own mother. Boys in teal are excited about SPP who should play early. Will give port more grunt in the middle. Myers if fit is best 22 – another gift. Miles creates DPP with Fwd line. Likely to force his way into the team (could just as easily be Balic/pickett/brown). Hibberd creates DPP with Defence and will start Rd 1 in Roos side looking to give the youngsters a go. Graham has been very impressive at the Tiges turning heads with his attack on the ball.
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Max Gawn – Monstered the competition last year and with the death of the 3rd man up there is no reason why Big Maxy can’t produce much of the same or even better in 2017.
Aaron Sandilands – deviation from the GnR strategy but just too much value to ignore. This is the one that has been in and out my team every second day. Do I or don’t I or do I? May get to Rd 1 and could be don’t I. But you need to take a risk. Plus JB’s article in the magazine made me sit up and take notice about starting the human lamp post and the opportunity this creates. If unsure going into Rd 1 I have a backup plan to bring in Martin and dropping a forward.
Luke Strnadica – Captains loophole as Freo play a lot of late games. Having Sandi in the team from this point of view also helps as you can simply do the old switcheroo. DPP is also handy with Fwd line and can sub in Ryder if all goes pear shaped.
Similar to Kev’s risk meter my risk analysis can be found below:
Luke Dahlhaus- One of the few DPP’s that was left in the forward line. Will be a top 1-2 forward.
Josh Caddy – Caddy left Geelong looking for greater midfield time which he should find at Tigerland. Priced at 90 despite spending chunks of time in the Geelong forward line. Should easily lift that average towards 3 figures. Rd 12 bye.
Paddy Ryder – Bit unsure on this one but need some insurance as I am starting Sandi. Got a discount priced at 77. Should easily score this on a weekly basis especially if given number one ruck duties. With Gray, Boak and fine wines at his feet should be a number of hitouts to advantage. Got a great leap so should also benefit from the no third man up rule. Will watch him in the preseason and see how he performs after 12 months out of the game.
Jarryd Roughead – Second deviation from the GnR. If he is up and going in the preseason and named Rd 1 with the captaincy and priced to average 67 he is in. Should average 67 in a canter. Too much value to ignore.
Rookies – Bowes has been impressive so far and the coach has named him as one likely to get his shot Rd 1. Gallucci Adelaide needs speed and a bit of X factor and Gallucci has that in spades. Anyone who can score 226 (no that is not a typo) in one game must forever be on your radar. But really could be any number of rookies as early days. Smith and Eddy – mature age same as defence – should get games early. Jock is big on Smith so that is good enough for me. He was big on a young ruck called Max Gawn last year and look how that turned out. When he is up and about on a player, sit up, take notice and get on.
SOME FINAL THOUGHTS
- Tried to even out a byes rounds a bit with an even spread across most bye weeks.
- I think there are enough rooks in defence whether that is in form of rookies or those waiting for an opportunity to start 3 on field rookies.
- Team may change due to a variety of reasons.
- Disclaimer: All rookies may change based on pre-season form and if they are picked round 1!
- Sandi is the biggest risk. I have two thoughts on this:
- Is the biggest risk not taking a risk at all? Or
- Maybe it is Sylvester’s take on Risk that sums it up best?