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I won’t bore you with too much of a preamble community but I will talk in generalities about my structure.
You’ll see that I’ve gone purely Guns and Rookies…in a twist that should surprise no one. My first team had about pricers midpricers locked in from Williams to Libba (not that these are bad selections) and I thought to myself, “how often does this actually work?”
So GnR it is!
I know the backline has a bunch of value this year but I’m steering clear with a view to pick up the one I’ve missed later on down the track. I say one because the odds of Williams, Smith, Moore, Ridley and Newman all working out seem low.
I’ve gone three premos with a hope the Hurn and Crisp can increase their output…even if they don’t they should both in the top seven defenders for the year.
Kade Simpson is a man who will give me what I want. Sleeves and points…but mostly sleeves. Simmo averaged 105 in 2018 and honestly there’s no reason why he can’t do that again. Newman comes in to help out in defence but I maintain that Simpson plays closer to what he did in JLT 2 where he hogged the kick-ins and racked up 105 Supercoach points.
Note: If team selections go to hell and none of my rookies are named I’ll be using Simmo as a pressure release and downgrading him to Williams (the best of the cheapies in my mind) to free up some cash…because I have literally $700 left.
Shannon Hurn’s floor is lower than I would like but I’m hoping that can lift slightly if he can snag some effective kick-ins through playing on in the goal square. I’m not worried about his ceiling but lifting that floor from the high 70’s to the low 80’s might be just enough to push his average up a couple more points.
I’m banking on him delivering his standard production for a top-six defensive finish.
Jack Crisp rounds out my P.O.D backline and is a player I believe can jump into the top-six defenders for the year.
Crisp is a guy who can drop a really poor score sure, but he can also go on a run of multiple back-to-back tons throughout the year and at sub-520K I’m happy to cop a turd in the pants every now and then…yes this has become one of those reviews.
He gets 23 touches a game, sits out the back and mops up, exits defensive 50 and tackles reasonably well…he’s built to be a good Supercoach player.
My rookies are pretty standard although I’ve omitted Jack Scrimshaw (pending round one selection) and Sam Collins whose elevated price and required role won’t make enough cash for my liking…and I can’t afford him…that’s pretty much the reason to be honest.
GUNS N ROOKIES AGAIN BUT IN THE MIDFIELD THIS TIME!
Look I won’t spend too long on these guys because they are all in for the same reasons, they generate points and are contested beasts which I think will go hand-in-hand with the 6-6-6 starting positions after goals.
Jack Macrae is in my team despite the fact that he will lose cash. But you when he didn’t lose cash? When he was averaging 140 points a week for periods of last year!
It’s like a good moustache comb, you pay for quality and quality feels nice.
Macrae is quality and he feels nice.
It’s nice knowing I have a captaincy option than can whip out a 150+ when I need him to.
Patrick Cripps is Patrick Cripps.
Clayton Oliver is a freak both on the field and in terms of his looks and I like it.
Clay Clay averaged 114.7 points per game last year with 30 disposals per game to go along with seven tackles. Combine this with his finals scores of 111, 98, 102 and JLT scores of 127 and 104 (after two shoulder surgeries) and it all adds up to a lot of bloody points.
Lachie Neale is so damn underrated. At just above $600K he’s also cheap…ish.
He turned it up in JLT just putting away scores of 136 and 106 to follow up a Best and Fairest winning season at Fremantle where he averaged 112 due to 16 scores of 100+ (with a ceiling of 159).
This contested freak has only missed two games in five years, so he’s durable, and in that time has produced averages of 87.2, 104.3, 112.6, 109 and 111.9. I don’t think that his scoring will slow down at his new club…he bloody lock.
Rounding out my midfield premos is Stephen Gonigliog (formerly Coniglio).
I jumped on this guy later than most last year because I wanted to see him do it after spending a lot of 2017 on the sideline…guess what? He did it.
Averaging 108.4 across the year and locking in scores of 120 and 105 in finals, this man is set to go beast-mode again in 2019. I think the Shiel hole will add an extra point or two per game to his average and even if it doesn’t I’ll take a 108 average again.
Scores of 123 and 140 in the JLT just slapped a second lock on him for me.
You’ll note that I’ve gone without Sam Walsh and that’s a pretty simple one for me…too expensive. Guys at this price just don’t generate enough cash and I don’t think he averages more than 70 for the year…as a Blues fan I hope I’m wrong.
I’m also back on Gibbons if a rookie isn’t named but that’s a money thing rather than a me thinking he’ll play a lot thing.
Cheaper is better with rookies, quite the opposite to moustache combs…
Shut up. The Cox Curse is real but I’m falling for it. Shut up.
Patrick Dangerfield doesn’t need an explanation. He’s an uber-midfielder that we can pick in the forwardline.
Isaac Heeney is in my side and I’ve never really questioned why. He’s good at footy and he can probably average 100 in 2019. If not, he’ll get damn close.
He had 11 tons last year and for a forward that’s bloody gold…he might even increase that output this season with a few more midfield minutes or a couple more sausage rolls.
Josh Dunkley…well, well, well. He wasn’t in my side until the Bulldogs said he’ll be playing similar midfield minutes to the end of last year and confirmed that McLean would be the man in the 50-meter arc.
I had Mundy and Walters floating around F3 but the ceiling of Dunkley excites me…plus he averaged around 127 in the tale-end of 2018 and that’s pretty impressive.
Obviously the question marks come from Liberatore’s inclusion into the side but that’s a risk I’m willing to take and monitor…that’s why they give us 30 trades!
I’ve not gone with a midpricer or expensive rookie at F4 and I’ll bloody cope. Setterfield, Drew and Balta have already been named for round one so I’ll back them in and cross my fingers.
I’m planning on uninstalling the app tomorrow after teams are named so that I can’t fiddle…I really like this side.