I’ve often spent countless hours tinkering with my Supercoach side in the past, trying multiple versions of different setups, but I’ve been fairly consistent with my side this year and gone with my first gut reaction on the majority of my side. The little man inside is confident this year, he thinks he knows what he’s doing. I’ve often suspected he’s a complete moron, but he tells me he’s not and then asks if I want a donut, which usually gets me to forget the argument pretty quickly.
So here is what my gut reaction, little man inside has dished up for my Supercoach side for 2018!
I won’t spend too long dwelling on premium picks, so guys like Laird and Hibberd should speak for themselves. I’ve gone with Jeremy McGovern at D3, just on the belief that the ball my find its way into the Eagles defensive half a bit more often in 2018, which will give him more opportunities to do his intercept thing across half back, while the rest of my defence is filled out by rookie selections.
I’m starting with Danger! At least, I’m locking in the option to start with him, I’ll wait until the last second to give him a thumbs up or a thumbs down, but the point more was I wanted to get a side set with him in it that I was happy with, rather than start without him and then having to make last second compromises all across the place to try and scrape together the extra $100K+ to buy him. If it looks like he’ll be out for awhile and/or hampered and plonked up forward when he returns, I may just trade him to Dusty Martin and pocket the extra $100K as a rainy day fund.
I’ve also selected Tom Mitchell ahead of my boy Matt Crouch, just on the belief that the addition of Bryce Gibbs may see a few contested possessions taken away from him, while the opposite is the reasoning for selecting Luke Shuey, who may have even more opportunities with Priddis and Sam Mitchell gone. Coniglio is hard to pass up based on previous form, his current JLT form and his starting price, while Brayshaw looked too good in the JLT to ignore, even at the premium rookie price.
Sam Jacobs is just a good, solid ruckman for Supercoach. He’ll have another quality midfielder like Gibbs at his feet to hopefully get him more hitouts to advantage, while there’s little worry of him being replaced or the Crows playing a 2nd genuine ruck to give him a spell (To call Josh Jenkins a ruck is an insult to ruckman. He’s just a big bloke who just jumps in the air).
Mitchell King is purely for ruck loophole purposes. He is more expensive than selecting a 102K rookie, but he’s an easy swap with Gawn and Melbourne have 8 Sunday/Monday games in the first 12 rounds of the year, which will maximize the amount I can use him as a loophole in the early part of the year, should I trade Dangerfield back out.
If Danger is in the side, I may free up a tiny bit more cash by downgrading him to someone like Tony Olango (West Coast have an equal high 12 Sunday games across the season, tied with Melbourne, so he still has use as a loophole, just not as much early in the year).
I just didn’t like many of the forward rookies this year, so I’ve gone more expensive at F4 with James Siciliy, who also opens up a DEF/FWD swing with Lachlan Keeffe should he remain in my side. The 3 main premo’s aren’t any massive leaps of faith, but shouldn’t have any issues remaining top 10 FWD selections.