It’s reveal time! What you see before you is the work of several weeks of hard work down in the Supercoach Lab, studying and analysing games.
As well as numerous readings of the Jock Reynolds magazine, plus madness inducing hours of constant tinkering. So, Jock Reynolds Community, I present to you…
¡Peligro Abejas! 2015
My structure: Locked and Loaded Midfield (and Rucks)
It’s probably more of a hybrid between a variety of structures, with bit of a mid-priced backline, locked and loaded midfield and a Guns n Rookies forward line all thrown together, but since my mids and rucks are bloody awesome, I’ll call it a Locked and Loaded Midfield.
The hope with this strategy is I will now require minimal upgrades in my midfield, which are always the most expensive. Hopefully this will allow me to upgrade my cheaper lines, the DEF and FWD lines, at a quicker pace b buying top flight players here which may only cost 450-500K, rather than upgrading MID players that potentially cost 600K+. The idea being I will now be able to get to a “Full Premo” side at a quicker pace, than if I had more $ stashed on Premo players in my other lines. It also has the added bonus of scoring more points, with the midfielders always being the area where you get the bulk of your points from. The downside of course is potentially less cash generation in my midfield due to fewer rookies here.
As always, rookie picks are subject to Round 1 selection and this setup leaves me with $28,900 in the bank.
Selections of community debate:
Gary Ablett (MID $734,600)
To Ablett or not to Ablett was my biggest hurdle while making my team, and I originally planned to go without him, but I just can’t bring myself to do it. I may regret it in Round 1 when he gets subbed out on 80 Supercoach Points, but I doubt I’ll be regretting it once we get a few weeks into the season and he’s pumping out massive scores. Of course there is a chance I’ll still change this a million times before the start of Round 1.
Luke Dahlhaus (FWD $492,700)
He was solid last year, averaging 92 and had a pretty good pre-season, averaging 104 over the NAB Challenge. I reckon he can bump his average up to at least 98 this year and have about the same sort of appeal as a Dustin Martin type, who averaged 99 last season.
Patrick Dangerfield (MID $567,600)
This was originally Brad Crouch, but his injury meant I swapped him out for my 2nd favourite Crow. He played a lot forward during the pre-season, which I’m sure he’ll continue to do in the season, but I fully expect him to continue to get a decent load in the midfield too. He’s shown he’s dangerous enough to be able to put up points no matter where he plays. Fingers crossed he’s back to his 2012 type scores.
Kade Kolodjashnij (DEF $367,600)
Averaged 68 last year and bumped it up to 82 during the pre-season, and he had it from 3 solid scores of 84, 82 and 79, rather than some other mid-priced options, who wildly fluctuated, scoring 100 one game, followed by a score of 60 the next. I’m aiming for consistency here and that’s exactly the sort of solid and consistent scoring I hope Thumper can bring during the real stuff.
Ollie Wines (MID $539,200)
He’s only going to get better, averaged 100 last year; I’ll be looking for him to boost it up to at least 108. Having guys like Gray, Boak, Hartlett and Ebert around him mean he should be able to avoid the tag as well, which is a big bonus.
What’s nagging at me:
I don’t think I’ll be the only one sweating this line; I’ve got Heath Shaw who is trouble waiting to happen and Jack Newnes as my only decent defenders. Starting 2 on-field rookies is making me nervous here, so I’ll be doing plenty of praying to the Supercoach Gods that they play every game and score at a decent clip.
F4 to F8 Players
I’ve had to settle for rookie priced options up forward here and there is a decent chance that these guys will under-perform or be hit with sub vests. If that happens, I could look at getting minimal points and cash generation from this line, which I’ll need since I have 1 less rookie in the midfield than I usually do.