Ladies and gentleman – I present to you JR Brumby FC 2015.
This has been as difficult a preseason as I can remember in my 37 years in fantasy footy. A lot of this comes down to the fact that we’ve got stuff all available down back – and the fact that we only have one big bloke sitting on the pine in the ruck. I want to commend all of you for the manner in which you’ve gone about things during a stressful time. I’m one hell of a proud leader as I sit here this evening.
This is my team as it stands this evening. As is the case with all of us – a bit depends on what’s handed down to the Essendon Football club. A lot still needs to play out re: rookie elevation. And there will be a few curve balls with team selection.
Having said that community – I’m ready to field my most aggressive and attacking Supercoach team this decade.
JR Brumby FC 2015
My structure: A departure from the Guns and Rookies strategy
Many will know I’ve long been a fierce advocate for pure Guns N Rookies strategy. But to stay at the very top in this caper you need to transform yourself – just like the game transforms. The simple fact is this – I do not believe that in 2015 a true Guns N Rookies structure is achievable without exposing too many bald spud rookies on field early. The risk of carrying some early donuts is huge this season – not only down back, but critically in your ruck division.
I refuse to load my defense to D5. I’m dead set certain that too many are trying to go too deep back there with blokes they’ve conned themselves into thinking can get the job done. I don’t want to be stuck with a basket of overpriced under performing crap defensive bloody lemons.
I want to be in a position where I can pick off the quality defensive options as they emerge in the lead up to the byes. I need Ibbotson or Goodes to provide me reasonable early output – and critically – I’ll be looking at using at least one of those blokes along with a rookie as a stepping stone to the defensive options that put their hand up as the season progresses.
Selections of community debate
My point of difference folks – could turn into Tom Bellchambers of the ASADA thing clears him.
I’ve warmed to him as an option the longer the preseason has progressed. And I’m not convinced of Nic Nat’s ability to deliver in the first half of the season or spend extended stints on the ball. I’m expecting him to spend more time in the ruck this season than some are anticipating – and he’s also got more to offer as a fantasy footballer than most realise. A massive factor in my decision to run with Lycett is his FWD/RUCK eligibility. Mark my words – don’t prepare for the worst with your rucks this season and you’ll pay the price.
Been on him all preseason and I highly recommend him as a mid priced midfield option. Will run off half back and work into the midfield from day dot – and should benefit from the likes of Beams, Rockliff and Co copping the heavy attention. Don’t forget what a weapon this kid is – he’s fit – he’s hungry and I’m expecting big things here.
I’m not to keen on Collingwood at all this year folks. Today’s news doesn’t help. Predicting a hell of a tough season for the Pies. Pendles will have stuff all support around him in the guts and I believe we’ll see a fair old price reduction into the byes here. No doubts he’s a proven fantasy monolith- but too many doubts in the old scone for me to go with him. Will look for him around bye time at a reasonable discount.
Have come around to him over the past week. I’m still concerned that his price will drop early – but with only GAJ and Fyfe as extreme top enders in the guts I’m wary of the need for some robust potential C/VC fodder early if The Great Gary Ablett ends up struggling with the shoulder.
Don’t tell him this – but will be a very likely late inclusion. Leaving him out for the time being to send a very clear message to the young man.. you need to prove yourself this season son. And you need to play at least 6 games on the trot.
Big Ivan & The Flute
Very pleased with big Ivan and Minson. As Micky mentioned in the podcast – the expensive rucks will BLEED cash early because of the changed ruck scoring system. Changed scoring system taken into account – both of these blokes are at unders – and both are capable of finishing as top 3 2015 ruckman.
What’s nagging at me
Ibbotson. Goodes. Rich. These blokes will win me the $50K – or provide me with a big arse headache.
This is as lean a midfield as I have entered a season with. I have some concern over my underpriced midfield premiums in Griffen, Swallow and Judd – and may upgrade one of those blokes if Bellchambers is let off the hook.
Look forward to the discussion community.