People often wonder when the time is to start looking at their Supercoach sides for the up-coming season. 2020 is just about here, but there is still so much of the pre-season to go it really is hard to firmly lock in all the decisions and players we wish to pick for the year. One thing that is 100% set in stone though is the when and where of the 2020 season. Playing to the fixture is one of the more advanced parts of Supercoach, but skilfully using things like the captain’s loophole option, as well as navigating the bye rounds with a full team of players each week can help add big points to your overall score. Remember, it may only be 20-30 points a week, but you add them up over an entire year and that can be a big help in boosting your overall ranking!
The first thing we’ll look at is the when. When do each team play, starting with your Thursday/Friday night games, and going all the way to your Sunday afternoons and occasional Monday day games.
From this we go green to red with the fixturing, with green being your early games and red being the latest. Black is when each team has a bye, which we will get to later. Now this will come in handy in three places. Selecting your Vice-Captain, selecting your Captain and potentially activating your Captain loophole should you choose to do so. To determine these things, we need to look at the number of early and late games each side has, basically we want ID those hard green and dark reds and who has the most of each.
If we count them all up, we come out with this
With this information, we can now consider the following when selecting our initial sides.
EARLY GAMES: Collingwood and Richmond lead the pack here with 12 games scheduled on a Thursday/Friday or early Saturday. This is where you’ll likely want to select your VC from, so that means players such as Brodie Grundy fit in perfectly here. His 2019 season average was 130 SCPoints, with 13 scores above 125 SCPoints for the year. Get that big Captains score early you can lock it in via the loophole and not have to sweat it for the rest of the round!
We can also see Essendon and Sydney are up there with 10 early games each in 2020 and Hawthorn and Melbourne in 3rd place with 9 apiece.
LATE GAMES: North Melbourne lead the late game race in 2020 with 12, followed by Fremantle and Melbourne on 11 and St Kilda with 10. When considering the number of late games a team/player has, it can help you in two different ways. If you have a solid C option late in the week it, it can allow you to play ultra-risky with your VC. Where we saw Sydney had 10 early games, that means you could potentially take the flier on Lance Franklin booting a bag of goals to score big, or Dustin Martin having a 3 Brownlow vote game. If they don’t, then you still have your late round options such as Nat Fyfe or Max Gawn to take the weight of the Captain score for you.
The other way it helps is who to pick as your Captain loophole should you choose to. When selecting that player (most use the ruck slot since so few cheap players get games) you’d want one who has the most amount of late games possible. Looking at the Sunday league leaders North Melbourne that leaves us with Charlie Comben as the best-looking option to consider. He has both ruck and forward eligibility and costs only $117,300. If you want the cheapest player possible you could also consider Matthew McGuiness from North as a $102,400 defender, or Fremantle players such as Leno Thomas as a $102,400 defender or Isaiah Butters who is a $102,400 forward. Not every goes the captain loophole route when selecting their side, so don’t be afraid to skip this part if you wish to select a scoring player for your bench.
Next week we’ll move onto part 2 where we’ll dig a bit deeper into both the bye rounds and venue scores.