Drumroll please… Presenting the Red Barrons!
Here’s how my team is currently standing, of course we reserve the right to change the team (especially rookies) before the season begins, which has a very high chance of happening. We all have some methods to our Supercoach madness, which I’ll go into below, but first, the reveal!
1. The Barron likes the Swans
Yes, I’ve got a massive 6 Sydney Swans players in my side (do you think they’ll give me a Supercoach CoLA?), including 2 in my Ruck department and 3 in my Forward line. 4 of the 6 will (hopefully) be season long keepers. I think Pyke is an underrated ruck option, who’ll be taking over the #1 spot from the departed Shane Mumford. Value pick for mine. Kennedy and Franklin are fallen premiums selections while Rohan and Derickx are for cash generation purposes and won’t make it the entire year.
2. Round 10 Byes
I have 15 outs in Round 10, including my entire ruck squad(!) and 5 of my forwards. You’ll also notice I’ve only got 6 outs in Round 9. This is where my plan kicks in. Because I have so few outs in Round 9, it gives me the opportunity to use all 3 trades to prepare for Round 10. So for example, in Round 9 I can trade out players such as Sandilands, Derickx/Thurlow and Rohan for Round 8 bye round players, which puts my Round 10 bye count down to 12. Then in Round 10 I’ve still got another 3 trades to use to trade out players like JKH, Georgiou and Tyson/Dunstan to bring my Round 10 out count down to a more reasonable 9 outs.
3. 500K+ players (aka Premo picks)
I only have 7 players with a starting price above 500K; or players that are classified as “Premiums” by the Higginator. I have invested quite a bit in the “fallen premiums”, players in the 400K-500K range, with picks like Beams, Thomas, Franklin and Pavlich, who all had down years in 2013 compared to their 2012 seasons. Picking a few fallen premiums instead of the more expensive 500K+ premiums has allowed me to save a bit of cash and do things like bring in a Liam Shiels as my MID6, rather that using a rookie priced player and Josh Caddy as my FWD5, rather than Rohan or a rookie priced player as well as spending a tad more on quality NAB Challenge performers like Tyson and Polec as my MID7-8 rather than the 130K rookie options. I’m comfortable with both the scoring potential of the Beams/Thomas/Shiel picks, while also getting players in Tyson and Polec who I think will serve both cash generation and on-field scoring functions.
The most obvious risk also ties back to point 3. With the lack of my premium players to start with I’m quite reliant on my fallen premiums regaining their former status, as well as a few mid-priced options like Suckling, Shaw, Shiels and Caddy scoring enough points and generating enough cash to make their picks worthwhile. Also like Higgo I’ve selected Aaron Sandilands, but haven’t given myself any cover with a mid-priced R3. If Sandilands is out for the week and Derickx or Thurlow don’t play, I could find myself short a ruck and may have to trade out Sandilands earlier than I want to just to field a full side. The safer option I can pull is to downgrade a mid pricer like Shiels to a rookie selection and then trade in Sandilands for a Jacobs/Lobbe/Mumford type priced player and forgo the Sandilands headaches completely, but I’ll also miss out on the potential rewards.
So, that’s my team and strategy going into the 2014 season. I’m quite happy with it, but I want to know what the Jock Reynolds Community thinks of my Red Barrons.