Patrick Warman created history in 2014.
They said running a four minute mile was impossible. They were wrong.
And I’ve always said winning both AFL Supercoach and Dreamteam in the one season would never happen. Patrick, coach of C-Money, proved me wrong by taking out the cash in both Supercoach AND Virtual Sport’s Dreamteam competitions in 2014.
Today he reveals exclusively to the Jock Reynolds Fantasy Footy Community the 9 rules that helped him achieve what no person has achieved before. And probably ever will again.
A brilliant man. A humble man. And a good bloke – make Patrick feel welcome in the comments community!
Hi there Jock Reynolds Community,
C-Money’s 2014 Supercoach Glory season was approached no differently than any other season. I’ve always gone into each season with the same method and the same set of rules.
Here are the rules that I stick to each season. I hope they can help you improve your Supercoach game in 2015;
Guns and Rookies (mostly!)
I have always been big on the premiums/rookies theory. Eg having 3-4 premiums on every line and maybe 2-3 mid-range players max spread over the field depending where the value is. Then from there I fill the rest of the team with rookies who will get early games. Last year I started with a 3 (Premiums) /1 (mid ranger) /2 Rookies) split on the starting field in defence. In the mids I went 4 premiums / 4 rookies. I think avoiding mid rangers in the mid field is important ideally you want all your mid averaging 110+ at seasons end, selecting players like Dale Thomas really hurt teams last year as his vale really didn’t rise much at all and for 200k less you could have got a rookie who scored similar yet made plenty of early cash.
“I think avoiding mid rangers in the mid field is important”
Midpriced players – beware!
Being very careful with mid range players is critical. They do make or break a team. Last year I had a few, Swallow in defence, Gray up Forward, Parker as well. All of these players proved to be excellent selections and really set up my season. I didn’t have to burn trades to upgrade rookies up to them so I gained their elite point scoring and saved trades as well.
Trust your gut feel
Going with your initial thoughts and ideas is always the way to go. Don’t get sucked into the ‘hype’ players who have had a few good games in the preseason during the NAB. Last year I had many preseason discussions with people from my league and I got laughed at when I said Robbie Gray and David Swallow were locks in my team. Don’t let these people influence your decisions, go with your gut more often than not you will come out on top.
“Don’t get sucked into the hype players who have had a few good games in the preseason..”
Upgrade into fallen premiums
When it’s time to upgrade a rookie always try and go for the fallen premium e.g. Selwood last season, they are super value and when they hit rock bottom its a must to get them in to your team. Often I hear a lot of teams go for the form player and use up all of their cash or extra trades’ just to get them in e.g. Steve Johnson last season. These players will almost always have a rough game and will drop to a much better price than when they were scoring well.
Take risks – but just a few
It’s always worth 1 or 2 risk trades during the season, last season I traded in Stefan Martin and Anthony Miles as downgrades from rookies who had peaked in price. They were always intended to be good bench cover but as it turned out Martin become a permanent starter with his fwd/ruck eligibility. And Miles as well was used as a starter late in the season with all the injuries that struck. Don’t be afraid to get a hot player after he has had 2 good games before his price rises even if he doesn’t perform at the level he was his price would have gone up considerably and he could be moved to a fallen premium or just kept as bench cover.
Learn the loopholes and use them
Using the captain loophole is always worth a go (although it may be harder this season without a 2nd ruckman on the bench). It just gives you 2 cracks at getting the best possible captain score. I always liked to try and have the VC on a player on the Friday night it’s better to try and get it done early in the week as there can be issues later on once many teams have locked out.
Save some trades
Having trades up your sleeve for the last 4 weeks of the season is important never more so than last season when all the injury carnage struck, I had trades right up to the final week and always had 22 starters and an emergency on each line. Having a full team is great but if you have no trades left with 4 weeks to go and injuries strike you are basically going to suffer badly and plummet in the rankings as well as likely lose your league matches.
“Having trades up your sleeve for the last 4 weeks of the season is important..”
Stick to a proven team structure
I think the best way to success is having players in your initial team who are proven scorers and have done it for more than one season, with the occasional mid-range player in there who is either at a discount due to injury or a player you think will break out and become an elite scorer. Then round out the team with rookies who will play early, there’s no point having a rookie on the bench who won’t play unless it’s purely for loophole purposes (Max King last year).
Finally, go with your gut feel and don’t get sucked into listening to what your mates have to say about it.