2013 Supercoach Team Analysis Tool – THE HIGGINATOR!

Filed in Talking Strategy by on 07/01/2013 • views: 31607

It is with great pleasure that I release to you this year’s Supercoach Team Analysis Tool.

This will make the process of fiddling with your team leading up to round 1 infinitely easier and enable you to make more informed decisions when locking in your starting squad.


Given the popularity of the 2012 version (over 10,000 downloads!), very little changes have been made to the 2013 version.

One change you may notice is the introduction of a “Trading Degrees of Freedom” analysis. Given the new substitute trade feature that was introduced last year, the number of degrees of freedom for each line informs you how many players from other lines may be switched across when trading. This feature is a vital game strategy and was used to great affect by last year’s winner. I would expect it to play a most important role for your team when it comes to trading in the ruck this year.


I would welcome any feedback.

Kind regards,

Peter Higginbotham


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  1. Choppers says:

    I loved the time and effort you put into last year's spreadsheet and this year is no different. You're a marvel. Now I know it's early doors and I don't want to be to picky BUT….there were a few hiccups I noticed when I loaded my team.You have Ablett as GWS instead of GC. Mundy (Freo) and Jack(Syd) are shown correctly in the team list but don't show up on the right side of the page under the TEAM…NO.PLAYERS list. Also on that list, I have 4 BRL players but it shows as 1 and I have no WCE players but it shows I have 3. The concept of this is brilliant and I love it.
    Many thanks. Cheers

    • @PeterHiggo says:

      Thank you Choppers.

      Altering the 2013 bye rounds messed up the team allocation formula – NOW FIXED.

      I recall last year we ended up running with a Version 5!

      Please enjoy 2013 Version 2.

  2. Paul S says:

    Have just entered my first team into The Higginator! (very excited)
    How does this spend look Higgo?
    DEF ave. = $265K
    MID ave = $389K
    RUCK ave.= $282K
    FWD ave. = $355K
    As you can see I have spent big in the guts and gone skinny in Def/Rucks.
    Thanks you old excel wizard – top job yet again!

    • @PeterHiggo says:

      Interesting spend Paul, particularly in your Rucks … Care to divulge your Ruck1 and R2 selections?
      Your cheap spend in defence mimics the recipe that the past two winners have used. Nice One.

    • @MRB37 says:

      Mine was pretty much the same, Paul. With my team resulting in
      DEF average: 276K
      MID average: 436K
      RUCK average: 224K
      FWD average: 304K

      So it looks like I skimped out more in my forwards and rucks than you did to get my mids. I went a complete gun or rookie approach there. All over $550,000 or under $150,000

      • HawkEye says:

        First Draft of my team;
        DEF – $264K
        MID – $360K
        RUCK – $284K
        FWD – $394K
        10 rookies – 10 midpricers – 10 guns
        I agree on going cheap in the rucks but I just have to have Sandilands!

  3. @MRB37 says:

    Higgo, you marvelous bastard! Only problem is you'll now be cutting into my work productivity since I don't have Excel at home. Good stuff, mate.

  4. Brett says:

    Great tool again higgo, if you could develop it for an iPhone ap you’d make millions!!!

  5. Kevin says:

    It could be something wrong with my work computer, but couple small glitches on the Bye columns shown on the player list. Cameron Pederson (MEL), Jack Viney (MEL), Tom Mitchell (SYD), Mark LeCras (WCE), Tom Lee (STK) all result in the bye week column being blank. I think this is an issue with the team, given players from the same clubs get similar issues. Travis Varcoe (GE) is also giving a #N/A error. All the Bye rounds appear to be counted in the Team Summary though except for Travis Varcoe.

    Love your work but.

  6. JohnnoB says:

    I think Higgo has fixed the Varcoe glitch …. just used it and it works a treat.
    To quote from The Castle Higgo;
    "you're an ideas man"
    "you could sell that"
    Supercoach Gold/Fanplanner ect ….. "tell 'em they're dreamin'!" This is the best team planner out there Higgo.
    May it rain Crumpet for you this year my friend.

  7. Dan says:

    Long-time reader, first-time poster Higgo… have used this tool in the past and find it to be invaluable. Outstanding work once again 🙂

    Only comment would be to check that all fwd (and other postion) rookie players are included in the tool… Judging from the SC site it seems a few extras that were originally missed have been included in an update. i.e. SC site teamplanner shows 6 players @ $96,200 but the tool only has 2? For example, Dwyer, Klaosen omitted.
    PS What do you think of my SC team name… 22 and a Half Men (a reference to the substitute and Charlie Sheen… hoping it will be a 'WINNING!!!' team 😉 )

    Cheers 🙂

    • @PeterHiggo says:

      Thanks Dan for the info. Re:rookies … Will check this and we may have to release a V.4 ….. Getting close to last year's edits already! As for team name … Never watched that show, Mother has banned it in our home due to the blatant objectification of women. Maybe someone else would be better suited to rate this.

      • Dan says:

        No worries Higgo keep up the good work! There's always gonna be a few things that pop up so it's all good, amazing work to have the tool out in January anyway! All input can only help improve it. I consider myself to be pretty good at Excel but I'm in awe of your efforts.

        To quote a Guinness ad in one word… Brilliant!!! 🙂

  8. Higgo,

    You're dedication to our legion of fantasy football enthusiasts is simple world class.

    When we started up this caper on Tuesday nights at Hungry Jacks all those years ago who would have thought you'd be up leading the community with cutting edge tools like this bloody gem.

    On behalf of all of us mate…… I thank you.


  9. Joey says:

    thank you, love ur work…supercoach 2013 here i come

  10. Higgo you legend 😀 I know I say it along but you are a bloody genies – look this tool. One thing I have noticed is it seems you are missing a few players in the forward line from Alex Howson to Xavier Richards in the $96,200 range. Only realised beacuse I was looking to put Sam Dwyer in my forward line.

    • *along = alot .. woops

      • Dan says:

        I saw this issue too Irish – see my post above 🙂

        Hmm wonder what everyone's thoughts are re team planning around the byes… I reckon I worried about it too much last year and ended up spending too many trades, especially after copping injury after injury / suspension. Had Carrazzo, Fyfe, Mumford, Dempsey plus a few others who barely played like Crozier and Sexton… am hoping for more luck from the SC gods this year…

  11. Ross says:

    I must be doing something wrong, when I click on players get drop down box with players but when I click on player nothing happens

    • Supercoach jesus says:

      You need to save it once you open it it will ask if you trust this file click yes then rename file and reopen will work fine then mate

  12. @PeterHiggo says:

    VERSION 5 now up folks …. Missing Rookies in and a few small bye issues fixed.

    Really interested to hear what people are doing with their ruck structures this year.

    • Choppers says:

      It's still early days, but I'm looking at Berger,Jenkins (FWD) Daw and McBean(FWD).I also have Roughy (RUC) and Rowe (RUC)in the forwards. There's enough cash left over(238K) to swap Jenkins for a Prem (Goldy perhaps?) if I change my mind or move Roughy to Ruck and bring in another Prem FWD.
      Any thoughts?

  13. Ash says:

    Wow, this is such a great tool.. will definatley be using this, when the free SC site opens.

    Does anyone a full list of 2013 players (spreadsheet if possible)?

  14. Choppers says:

    Sorry Higgo, but I've just downloaded v5 and there's still a few glitches that I noticed. In the Player Breakdown, it shows my team as a total of 28 players with only 11 Rookies showing when I have 13 listed. The Prem and Mids are correct. Also on the Number of Players, my list totals 34 with 4 players from GWS when I haven't selected any.
    I really like the way you have the players listed by price range instead of alpha or team. It makes it so much easier that way to select players. Cheers

  15. lowedown says:

    Great Stuff guys, loading all sorts of teams into this great tool, was thinking would it not be useful to allow the TAT to give you a average for the differnt teams you select. Obviuosly could only use last years player averages but this would have to be helpful for picking the best bang for your 10million!

    Just a thought


    • @PeterHiggo says:

      Yes! I can do this. Perhaps just allocate each rookie a 50 ave.
      Great idea, thanks.

      • lowedown says:

        Great and no probs at all… will save me doing a lot of calcs!

        yeah 40 or 50 would be pretty close you would think


  16. Mathew says:

    Three cheers for higgo

  17. Supercoach Jesus says:

    Cheers mate I made an excel program up weeks that did some of the stuff but no where near as detailed as this thanks heaps

    • jockreynolds says:

      Gday there Supercoach Jesus! Good to have you onboard mate – just saw your account on the Twitter.
      Higgo is a gifted man mate… a very gifted man

  18. Dools says:

    G'day Higgo
    Drafted up a team last night sent $232K in Defence, $474K in Mid, $255K Ruc and 285K on Fwds. 93K left in the Bank 39% team Rookies and 39% Premiums
    Rucs are Goldmember and Berger with Curie and Grundy at this stage
    Thanks for the speadsheet

  19. hamish says:

    this is probably just all my fault but i am having trouble entering my team into it, how exactly do you put your players in? some help would be great, thanks

  20. Dools says:

    Hamish g'day mate the left hand side of the player name box is a drop down

    • hamish says:

      ok thanks i can get that far but when i click on my players nothing happens are they meant to appear anywhere or something?

      • Dools says:

        Ya they should pop up in the selected box and followed outside the by Team they play for Price and the bye round that player will have.
        What are you opening you spreadsheet with mate (What Programme)

  21. hamish says:

    yeah ok none of that is happening to me, i am using corel calculate- is this the wrong program?

    • Dools says:

      When you download Higgos tool does it ask you what programme you whant to use? and does it say after wards may have some errors or anything of that nature?

  22. hamish says:

    no it doesnt ask me anyrhing and there are no errors. i just click on it after it has finished downloading and it comes straight up in that program, is there another program that i should be using because i should be able to change what i open it with in my settings somewhere?

  23. Dools says:

    I opened mine with microsoft word try opening prog. with that Hamish

  24. Dools says:

    Sorry Micro soft Ecel

    • Dools says:

      Just downloaded it again Hamish,
      You need to save it once you open it it will ask if you trust this file click yes then rename file and reopen will work fine then mate

  25. Jonesracing82 says:

    opened it but no idea how to use it? it won't let me select anything when i click on it……

  26. Jonesracing82 says:

    P.S when i click where it says "click to select a player" there's no drop down menu or anything

  27. abc says:

    doesnt work on Excel 2000, just alot of errors

  28. Hounddogs says:

    Hi Jock,

    Great tool, thanks. I may have found a bug though – I have built a team of 17 rookies and 13 Prems, but the 'Player Type' breakdown is showing me 13 Prems and only 15 Rookies , for a total of 28 Players. Let me know if you would like a copy of the sheet itself …..

    Kind regards


  29. kane says:

    anything for mac?

  30. Alwarmo says:

    Hi Higgo,

    Great tool. V5 still seems a little buggy. My Xls is saying i have 3 GWS players yet, i actually have none, so there is a tweak that needs to be made somewhere. A couple of players pull through a team value of "0".

    What would be amazing is for the tool to also list and pull through the SC averages and tally them up similar to the way the it does for the costs. That way you can sort of estimate the scoring potential of your side, thought i'm sure this is coming once the final list comes from herald sun with the cost vs score average etc. Or maybe you could supply the unlock pw for those who would like to edit the xls themselves? Keep up the good work.

  31. Barney's19 says:

    Great tool again Higgo, are you happy to dibvulge the password so I can tinker with it? If not is is possible to get a raw list of the players on the second page so you can make some notes against each as you build your side? Well done fella.

  32. RossWasLyon says:

    Hi Higgo

    Great spread sheet mate, have enjoyed putting my first draft together but thought I'd ask what's the most ideal scenario to have? For eg I have Ablett, Pendles, Watson and Murphy all missing in rd 13, in an ideal world I'd avoid this…but don't we have a new rule this year that we have the best 18 over these 3 rounds? So technically it doesn't matter if you have a few holes you'll still be scored across all 3 byes. Cheers

  33. Nick says:

    Awesome tool, you've done a great job! Like a few others have mentioned, mine only says I have 28 players. I'm using Excel 2010 (says 9 rookie, 9 mid & 10 premium). I also have the problem with it saying I have 3 GWS players, even though I have none.

    But seriously, awesome tool.

  34. Same Old FC says:

    DEF – Goddard, (MID), Duffield,Reilly, Atley, Terlich, Docherty, Staker (FWD), Van Unen
    MID – Ablett, Swan, Shuey, Embley, Ball, Viney, O'Meara, Crouch,
    Kavanagh, ,Lonergan,
    RUCK – Sandi, Luenberger, Witts, Gorridge
    FWD- Franklin, Cox, Zorko, Martin, Varcoe, Broughton, Kerridge, Macaffer

    $99k in bank & only interest is League win
    Very safe and will rely on midfield rookies generating $ obviously

  35. Andrew says:

    Hi Guys,
    I am a battler when it comes to AFL supercoach but have accepted a challenge to enter a couple of "money leagues" and was wondering if I could out source my team to you guys. I will pay the initial stake and split the proceeds 50/50 when we win.
    Let me know your thoughts

  36. Popey99 says:

    Hey Higgo,
    Ben Kennedy of Collingwood is listed as a North player…
    Bloody nice work on the rest of this, absolute bloody genius you are. Love it.

    Current player type breakdown:
    Rookie: 43%
    Mid-Price: 7%
    Premium: 50%

  37. George says:

    Thanks for the excel sheet. It makes planning for the upcoming byes much easier. I have found one more issue. Mark Blicavs is listed only as a MID only. I have updated my copy to add him as a RUC with his dual position listed for both positions.

    FYI, the analysis tool works very well under LibreOffice Calc

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