TEAM REVEAL: KEV
Ya gotta squeeze every penny. Come on, let me hear you. Squeeze every penny!
The Great Rookie Crisis™️ of 2020 has forced us into high priced rookies and speculative midfielders and I am LOVING it, community. I appreciate the elegance of a guns n’ rookies strategy as much as the next man, but it doesn’t leave much in the excitement stakes. What line do you sacrifice to save cash? There is no right answer community, but I believe there are some fundamentals to fall back on. Namely:
- Structure is dictated by the quality of rookies available on each line.
- Minimise as much risk as possible, especially early in the season.
So without further ado, here is my current side for
#KFCSuperCoach SuperCoach in 2020*
*it changes daily
We need to save money somewhere and I reckon the backline is the place to do it. Only 4 defenders averaged over 100 in 2019 (Five if you include Trent McKenzie, which I do not) so my reasoning is the overall pain won’t be too bad by going skinny. Laird and Ryan shouldn’t need explanation, but I’ll run through the others.
Lachie Ash: Impressed in his two preseason games, his 35 disposals going at a remarkable 93.5% efficiency. Clearly doesn’t waste it and would only need to lift some of his peripheral stats to be a fairly consistent contributor.
“Berzerk” Thatcher: They froth intercept defenders over at Champion Data and this guy is numero uno for intercept possessions in the VFL over the past two seasons. Averaged 10.5 intercepts and 14.5 effective disposals over the preseason.
Hayden Young: Not ruling him out just yet. Didn’t get a look at him during the preseason due to him being in the rehab group, but the injury to Stephen Hill has opened up a spot. Highly rated draft pick in the stats you want a defender to be good at, Longmuir needs defensive class and this kid has it in spades.
Jarrod Brander: Looks a pretty safe bet out on the wing for the Eagles. Lined up in 22/31 of their wing rotations v Bombers and 9/19 v Fremantle.
Tobe Watson: Another intercept defender that had a solid preseason. Disposal tallies were only low teens so is probably a slow burn at D7, but it only takes a few good games at his basement price for that price to shoot up.
Bailey Williams: Smashed it game 1 v Bombers playing a backup ruck/forward role. Doesn’t take much to be better than Vardy but he already is. Right in contention for a round 1 spot after missing game 2 with hamstring tightness, or “awareness” as we’re calling it now apparently. .
Stiff: Will Gould. Will find a place for him if named round 1
Straight up. No Gawn. For mine, there’s a lot of red flags there. His injury, his time missed during the preseason, and Luke Jackson sniffing around has combined for me to balk at spending almost 700k on him. FWIW, I think Jackson will play early if not round 1. I don’t think Gawn will plummet, but if your 700k investment is bleeding cash you’re faced with the dilemma of holding or folding. In that situation, I’d probably hold and I don’t want to be in that situation because I am weak in the face of the Great Bearded One.
Xerri should get a look in with Brown out. Cameron is also in the mix for this spot.
Out of all four lines, the forward line is the one I see where I see the higher priced rookies having very little upside and the rookies at the lower end of the price scale are terrible. Dusty is too cheap for his potential ceiling and wins games when the whips are cracking. MacPherson has won his way into my squad on the back of a super Marsh series, Gresham should see plenty of midfield time and Brayshaw is there because Damo will hurt us if we don’t include him.
Ceglar is there as my ‘break glass in case of emergency’ Naismith insurance. I’m not in love with the pick but I think it’s needed if Naismith goes down early.
I would have loved to have seen Rankine in the preseason, but even if he’s not named for round 1 he won’t be far away and he’s the best cheap rookie available to us. EDIT: He’s in! Dew confirmed he’ll lineup in round 1 a little while ago
Finally the midfield and the fruits of my penny pinching labour. In Macrae, Neale, and Fyfe I’ve got a trio that scored 100+ in 53 their combined 64 games last year and 120+ 35 times. Yeo should see the benefit of TK joining the side and has put together consecutive 107 point seasons. Lachie Hunter could go full Gaff out on the wing as opposition sides busy themselves with Macrae, Bont, Dunkley et al. McBags was talked up as a third year breakout last year, and although he added a smidge under 20 to his average, didn’t quite hit the hits we wanted him to. After a dominant preseason this is his year.
Stiff: Oliver. I’m just short of getting him in for Yeo. If things change in the backline I’ll get him in
So that’s it, community. I reckon this will be pretty close to the team I run with. What do we think? Be kind, it’s my first day.