My beloved community.
I present to you JR Brumby FC as it stands heading into a weekend of critical practice matches.
1. VALUE FROM THE SECOND TIER
Too many poor bastards are getting sucked into dodgy midpriced rubbish. I’ve extracted my value instead from the second tier of proven premiums who are undervalued. Jacobs, Dal Santo, Murphy, Beams, Shuey, Vince, Franklin, Enright. These blokes hold the key to my season.
2. I’VE EYEBALLED EVERY ONE OF MY $300K+ PLAYERS
If you’re worth over 300K – you need to be worthy of holding your spot in my team all season. Look at the winners over the last few years. Johnny Bruyn had 13 players he carried through the whole season last year, so did the winner in 2012. I’m going in with 16 $300K+ players and I believe every one of them is likely to provide premium output.
3. DALE THOMAS
Just couldn’t find a spot for him structurally and to be frank I’m tickled pink that I don’t have to barrack for the bloke. Bernie Vince’s preseason , the cattle he’s surrounded by, his role, and the fact he’s under Paul Roos has taken Dale’s position and I love him for it. This is a significant point of difference and I have a very good feeling I’ll be pleased I went this way after the first few rounds. Beware Dale’s ankle – I’m telling you its stuffed.
4. BYE FRIENDLINESS
Happy enough with my bye situation. I’ll take a bit of medicine round 8 missing 5 premiums, but that’s fine. Never let these byes dictate who you select too much, the worst thing you can do to your team is make it a victim of “outsmarting yourself” syndrome and trying to structure around byes can be very bloody dangerous. Remember – a hell of a lot of water passes under the bridge in the first 8 rounds anyway so your bye avoidance plans could well go to buggery by round 8 anyway.
I don’t feel as if I’ve rolled the dice with this team unnecessarily. I still consider Sandiballs a significant risk – in the likely event that he is injured before his price jumps he could be a very awkward proposition to replace. Can’t leave him out though. I feel better without having to look at bloody Daisy Thomas in the guts – yes he very well could come off but I’m not convinced he’ll do as much as some anticipate even if his ankle holds up. I’m bloody confident on Webster and with his place in St Kilda’s best 22. I’ll look to upgrade him midseason. Caddy I feel safe with now, still not convinced he’ll provide enough to avoid being upgraded later in the season but I’m convinced he’ll earn his keep and make a bit of cash on the way.
There it is community. What do you reckon?