TEAM REVEAL: LekDog
G’day community, Lekdog here with my Supercoach team reveal for 2016.
Now it’s a little early in the year so expect my team to change but as it stands I’m pretty happy with my structures.
2015 was a pretty good year for Lekdog’s Puppies and saw us finish in the top 1% of the Supercoach fraternity. One thing that last year reaffirmed for me is that our initial team selection is the easiest part of the season, the hard bit comes after that when we have to trade (or not trade) our way to victory.
If you have a look below you’ll see that only 14 players from my initial team survived the whole year and one of those was Mr. Loophole Tom Read.
MY STARTING 2015 TEAM
MY END OF SEASON 2015 TEAM
This told me a few things..
..injuries are a bitch, POD’s can work and premo’s generally stay that way throughout the year. And with that in mind I present to you the 2016 iteration of Lekdog’s Puppies.
MY CURRENT SUPERCOACH 2016 TEAM
I would consider this side to essentially be Guns and Rookies with a couple of exceptions in Smith and Hall but I think they’ll do what I need them to in 2016.
I’m starting strong this year community, I’ve decided that much. My powerhouse ruck combination coupled with a really strong midfield output should see me win some early games and climb the ranks reasonably quickly. I’m paying overs in the ruck department because I can’t be bothered tinkering and wasting trades during the season proper. To offset the large investment in my rucks I’ve selected Ablett, Rockliff, Parker and Liberatore in the midfield, all players who I believe are criminally underpriced yet also have massive ceilings for that early season push.
Fyfe and Pendlebury speak for themselves really, both often consistency and permanent captaincy options, a must in 2016.
In the defence I’ve selected players whom I think represent value as well as consistency. The Docherty, Bartel and Birchall selections are all players who should have a consistent 2016 as well as pumping out 80+ averages. I have also selected Brodie Smith who is too cheap to ignore after a strong finish to 2015, he’s in the Crows best 22 and should provide some scores that out-weigh the risk in his selection.
Up forward I’ve selected the overpriced Dustin Martin, I almost went without Dustin this year but I think he’ll be a forward line pillar once more and who knows maybe this year will be the year he breaks through the 120 average barrier. Coupled with Martin is the powerhouse in Barlow. Paying $500K for a guy who has averaged at least 93.6 in all but one year of his career is too easy, lock him away.
Rookie-wise I’ve selected three players who probably won’t appear in too many teams. The first was Corey Ellis, a player who I’ve loved since I broke the news he was debuting (selfless self-promotion), but one who I think can have a breakout year in a strong Richmond side. The second was Callum Mills, the kid is an absolute jet and I see no reason why he doesn’t play most of the season. I need to see him in the full Sydney side but believe me community this kid can play. The third is Mitch Brown (WCE), this one is simple community he’s going to be my Nathan Brown for 2016. He’s going to play, probably not score very much but hey Nathan Brown won me a game last year.
I’ll mention this here, Robbie Gray, I want him. Not sure how I’m going to get him, will keep you posted.
Finally I’ll discuss the elephant in the room, Aaron Hall. I love the kid, I’m not sure how he goes in a full Gold Coast side but I have a gut feeling. He averaged 114.4 in the last seven games of 2015 and I think he can continue that form for my side in 2016. I also think some of the risk in taking a forward POD is nullified by the strong rookie selections we have in Kerridge, Brown, Grimley etc.
So there it is community, it’s nothing groundbreaking but I think it’s a solid side to go into 2016 with. Love to hear your thoughts community and keep in mind that we have some time until the season proper so my team might change a bit before then.