TEAM REVEAL: Statty Matty
So sharing my team at all is still a fair way out of my comfort zone, I’m trying to learn by osmosis from the other gusy here. But I figure the worst thing that can happen is I get lots of constructive criticism and fix my team.
A year or so ago, before I started contributing here, I was trying to distil supercoach advice down into manageable chunks. One of those chucks was trying to define the perfect starting set up. I can already hear many of you laughing. Yes, pretty soon I came to the understanding that you all have “there is no single, fixed structure for SC”. This is mostly R&G with a couple of mid-pricers in there.
I’m sure like many of you, I choose a few premium players across lines, a few rookies you’ve heard being pumped up, and then try and fit in the rest. It seems to work, but I’d love to hear if there’s a better way.
I am not going to discuss the rookies too much in their own right. I’ll be producing a Rookie Cheat Sheet in the next few days, but some of the rookies here are expected to play, some are just placeholders.
Anyway, with no more gilding the lillies, here’s my team “Zippedy Doedee”.
Lloyd and Laird speak for themselves, consistently top 6-8 in their position. Laird looked very good in the MCS. Docherty and Roberton also have much upside, injured but based on previous form potentially premium output for a reduced price. Noble impressed me last week against GWS, a solid 5 games last year averaging 52 and I expect him to improve on that.
In writing this article and looking at each line separately, I feel I may have gone a little light on premos through the midfield. But that is balanced by the mid rookines being relatively plentiful compared to other lines.
Neale, Cripps and Oliver are 3 players I expect to be top 8 at the end of the season. Nuff said.
I may have drunk a little of Damo’s bathwater over the last few weeks and can see Brayshaw having a breakout year. I banked on his brother for too long last year, and hope that he feels some family loyalty to repay me.
Ok, in my most controversial move, I’ve selected Jacobs at R2. I’ve always had a soft spot for Sauce, and I think his body and mind are right. Also, new club so trying to impress. I see him as a short-ish term R2, until there’s some clarity around Gawn’s long-term fitness, or an heir apparent for the R2 role behind Grundy.
Whitfield and Martin are no-brainers. I’ve decided to give up my “no dickhead” policy and bring in Green from the start. GWS have a lot to prove and I expect him to be a major part of that. I’m hoping that one more year older and wiser and he won’t get suspended this season.
MacPherson has had a good pre-season, and may be a late change before Thursday (I might have just ‘thought’ myself out of selecting him). Only averaged 82 last season. Can’t see him making me more than $100k, or being top 8. With Smith, he had a good MCS I’m hoping he can return to his 2018 form. The upside with his low price is appealing.
Anyway, as I mentioned at the beginning, I don’t usually put as much thought into my team as my nickname might suggest, but I feel like barring rookie changes and re-evaluating MacPherson, this is a pretty safe side.