Well, round 1 was not what the doctor ordered. Injuries and low scores have made the opening weekend of SuperCoach a tough one – but as my mother always told me, it is all character building and we will not grow as coaches if we do not attack adversity head on.
Do not lose hope. It was a tough initiation for us, but it is only round 1 and it can only get better.
It is also hard early in the year to get a gage on the situation so early in the season, so this week’s Flesh is a little different to normal. We will be dissecting the three big issues going into round 2, while also dispersing some knowledge like all good teachers should.
So, lets get cracking.
Stick fat with your premiums
Probably the most simplistic piece of advice for experienced coaches, but given how the weekend panned out, you have to stick with your premiums. Unless they have been injured, there is no real reason to dump them after round 1. The time to address premiums will come the week before price changes, where you can then evaluate whether you need to dump an under performing premium or not. The worst thing you can do is try making a corrective trade on premiums that have one poor week. The karma bus ALWAYS hits and the player you tried out dominates and yeah, you get the point. You pay top dollar for a reason – these blokes can play, back them in. If they are stinking it up prior to the price change, then assess. But for now, stick fat.
Corrective trading on your rookies
However, if you are to trade this week, it should be to get in rookies you have missed. These blokes are going to be the ones that make your money to help bring in the premiums as the season progresses. Here is a list of the rookies you should be getting in if you missed out at lockout:
- Adam Saad (GCS) $102,400, 89 SC v Melbourne
- Aaron Vandenberg (MELB) $127,900, 74 SC v Gold Coast Suns
- Kamdyn McIntosh (RICH) $123,900, 120 SC v Carlton
- Nathan van Berlo (ADEL) $215,600, 82 SC v North Melbourne
- Ben Newton (MELB) $215,000, 78 SC v Gold Coast Suns
- Jaden McGrath (BRIS) $117,300 SC, 70 v Brisbane Lions
- Angus Brayshaw (MELB) $212,300 SC, 86 v Gold Coast Suns
- Cam Ellis-Yolmen (ADEL) $123,900 SC, 78 v North Melbourne
- Isaac Heeney (SYD) $137,300 SC, 96 v Essendon
Trade Tom Rockliff
25,000+ coaches watched in agony as Tom Rockliff struggled off with busted ribs and lung on Saturday night. He is expected to miss between 4-6 weeks and it is the type of injury that will see Brisbane ease him back into it. Given his price, you just cannot hold onto him. $700,000+ is a crazy amount of the cash to have sitting on your bench for 6 potential weeks. There is so much flexibility available and a real opportunity to cash in and improve the side. Not just Rockliff, but if you have any injured players, assess depending on the injury. The luxury of 30 trades allows you to trade if required, but at the same time, only trade if required early on – you’ll need as many trades as possible through the bye rounds/back half of the season.
Anyway, remember to continue clicking back to the site each day as we continue the debrief from round 1 and prepare ourselves for round 2. Comment any questions you may have or tweet me at @Mr_Crimmins.