Flesh For Fantasy: Pre-Season
After an extended off-season with the feet up, I’m stoked to say this old cocko is back for 2015 and gagging for a big year. While the footy may still be a while away and other sports may be taking priority, fantasy football is an all year obsession. Preparation for the season ahead is well and truly underway, and with it, is the return of ‘Flesh for Fantasy’.
In a series of articles leading up to the 2015 fantasy season, I will be dissecting the tactics required to ensure you have a ripper season and give yourself every chance of winning your league/overall prize.
I’m excited. I’m back. I’m raring to go. Let’s get cracking on some FLESH!
Three SuperCoach strategies that will win you a flag
There are more than three strategies that will help you win a flag, and you may have your very own that works – but these are Crimmo’s three strategies that will help me challenge for a flag.
Familiarize yourself with the changes when selecting team
This year you must read up on the changes and familiarize yourself with them. These changes, particularly to the structure of the fixtures, will have a bearing on how you pick your teams. The big one is league games now starting in round 2. This one is significant because it puts all the pressure on round 1 team selection. Failure to nail the team before league games will put you back for the rest of the year. Saving trades for the back half of the season is critical for any tilt at a flag, and if you’re blowing them trying to fix your team, you put yourself at a disadvantage later in the year when the ‘General’ rolls in.
Team selection will also be affected in the structure of the rucks. No longer do we have two rucks on the bench, but we are left with one as that second ruck bench spot now becomes a third midfield bench. While that fourth ruck usually never played, it was the ideal player to conduct the captain’s loophole. Now the decision needs to be made on which line you will use the loophole for, if you do at all now. I’m tipping you will need that third midfield bench spot for a player. How you select your team, as obvious as it sounds, will put you in a position to challenge for the flag, or hold up the rest of the ladder.
Load up on successful sides
The idea that having too many good players from one team is bad because they steal points off each other is a myth. Many have picked Gaz in previous years because a) it’s Gaz and b) GCS have no-one to take points off him and while that may be true, Gary is an exception to the rule. The way the scoring works out, you are much better off picking 2-3 players from Hawthorn than loading up on the star players from the four bottom teams.
The game of SuperCoach coincides with the Champion Data rankings. 3300 points are spread among the 44 active players, with those having the most influence on the game getting a good amount of that 3300. So teams like Melbourne and St Kilda, who in the past have been on the end of some beltings, would not get a great cut of that 3300. On the flip side, teams like Sydney and Hawthorn will tend to take most of the points each week, as there are only 4-5 sides that will challenge them. So you are better off picking someone like Kieran Jack and Travis Boak over Nathan Jones and David Armitage. If it were the other game, no dramas on who you pick, but with SuperCoach, you must think of that 3300 and the greediness of good teams.
Midfielders, midfielders, midfielders.
It’s pretty simple – you need to get as many midfielders in your team as possible. Those who spend more time on the ball are more likely to score higher than those who don’t. I imagine that’s pretty easy to understand. Any midfielder that is also a DPP must be selected as either a forward or defender, depending on their dual position. This frees up more spots in the midfield for, well, midfielders. It also limits the number of key position players, who have a tendency to pump out massive scores one week, but play a poor game the next. You need as much consistent scoring around the ground as possible and midfielders are the ones who will offer that. As mentioned before – more time on the ball = more points. Simple.
Anyway, it is good to be back. Feel free to give the community your strategies in the comment section below. Stay tuned for the next edition of Pre-Season Flesh for Fantasy.
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