Changes to AFL Fantasy in 2013 – Jumping the Shark with full rolling lockout?
But you don’t have to be Bill Collins to identify the moment that Fonz strapped on the old skis to jump the shark pit as a moment when things went south for those crazy kids.
Now I’m not here suggesting that the rule changes announced this morning spell the beginning of the end of AFL Supercoach as we know it. I bloody love this game and I see a long and prosperous future for all forms of Fantasy Footy in Australia. But what I am suggesting is that flirting with major change when something is already top notch is a risky business. If it ain’t broke don’t bloody fix it.
See what happened to my favorite VB? Changes to the alcohol content (a bloody travesty) and the recipe have just been reversed coz drinkers voted with their stubby holders and sucked something else. While changes to the number of bye rounds do call for some change I don’t believe that Kevin Bartlett across the board change needs to be made. Don’t get me wrong kids! I occasionally snag a slab of Melbourne Bitter instead of Tooheys New to mix things up and take advantage of price changes. But mark my words – I stick to what works on the other 6 days of the week.
Well here I am prattling on… how about we look at some of the changes;
Rolling lockout…every week… every game
Hells bells. We’ll all be sitting by the wireless listening out for those late changes before every single game of the round. You’ll be able to make changes to your team right up until eachgame starts. No Friday night lockout for the whole round.
Might sound great as many of us of the hardcore persuasion will be able to avoid those last minute change mishaps. But in reality do we all really want to sit there all weekend biting our nails clicking our computers and tappin on our iphone thingos looking for these changes?
The one risk that Dreamteam and Supercoach runs here is losing the players that just can’t keep up with the elite.
I’d already noticed people dropping out of leagues when they can’t cut the mustard against others who live and breathe the game. This just makes it that bit harder to stay competitive for the fringe of fantasy football coaches.
We risk losing the fringe to the game here.
8 midfielders, 6 forwards, 6 backs
Not sure how I feel about this one… probably a good thing. I suppose we’ll be forced to be more creative with our midfield selections and there’ll be more variation between teams in the midfield.. on the flip side our forward and back lines will look a bit more vanilla.
An increase up from 3 – not such a bad move I reckon. However does mean that an aspect of the fine art of pre round selection is removed
What do you reckon folks? What do you think of this years changes?