Peter Higginbotham Team Reveal
Behold – Mathemagic FC*!
(*Team subject to a multitude of changes prior to lock-out)
Serious times call for serious strategic rigor and in-depth analysis.
Posted below is my team as it stands at this point in time. It has not simply been thrown together; behind each player, behind each line and behind the entire squad runs deep analysis grounded in strategy – the cornerstone of The Jock Reynolds Community.
1. Bye Breakdown
Given we are forced to deal with the the bye rounds earlier this year, my Premium MIDS have been spread carefully across Rd 8 – 10. A glut of my Rookie selections have been placed in Round 10. In doing this I hope to increase my chances of hitting these players as they peak in price. This strategy also allows me a greater opportunity to trade the in-form Premiums immediately after the Round 8 and Round 9 Bye rounds.
2. The Spend
A minimal spend in DEFENSE; hopefully Alex Georgiou gets the green light and is upgraded to Melbourne’s playing list. If not, some adjustment will be made. The other defenders seem fairly solid options at this stage. This cost cutting in defense was of course to enable me a more reliable starting forward line. In fact, with some luck running my way, I may be able to run with four of these through the entire year. Yes, there is no Dustin Martin there – I have my reasons.
3. The Rucks
I am sure that this will be the line that generates the fiercest debate. As discussed in our most recent podcast, coaches who lock in Sandilands must consider a plan to cover his almost certain vesting, week or two off or, touch wood, major injury. My plan includes using him as an emergency linked with the dummy ruck in Archie Smith. The rookie listed Smith plays for the Lions and was selected due to his basement price and the fact that he plays after Sandilands in each of the first three rounds. If Sandi is injured or vested during a game, I can then take the score from Blicavs …. another selection sure to cause much debate.
4. Mid-Priced Madness!
Higgins, Blicavs, Thomas, Webster, Suckling … Yes, this is the year that will see a strong shift away from the traditional Guns ‘n Rookies strategy. The reason is two fold (read Mick the Mad Irishman’s article on this here), firstly the increase in rookie pricing and secondly, the obvious lack of quality on-field rookie options. Time will tell, but my greatest fear at this stage is that I have gone too Mid-Priced Mad and will be unable to make the required corrective trades prior to the post round 3 pricing changes.
I could discuss this team in greater detail but do not want to place further bias on what The Community really thinks about this squad.