TEAM REVEAL: FOZDADDY
Despite almost wearing the ‘Clear my Team’ button completely out, my SuperCoach side is done (?) and ready (???) for the start of the 2021 season.
As many have said before round one, rookies are very much subject to selection, as I don’t want to be having rookies sit on my bench and not play. The only one I can think that this would work for would be Josh Treacy that you want to use as a loophole. In saying this, with rookies being named 24 hours out from a game, that’s a risky gamble you take.
I have toyed with a five-premium-deep back line since I saw the results of the AAMI series, but I’m opting for four premiums and a mid-pricer. Jake Lloyd, Caleb Daniel and Jayden Short will all be their side’s primary rebounding defender, with the new stand rule seemingly playing a big role in their relevance change. It’s important to note that the introduction of this rule will allow players to advance an extra 10 metres from kicking out after an opposition point, meaning their metres gained will go up significantly. Any disposal over 35 metres gained is deemed effective, and an effective disposal is cash money for SuperCoach. This is why it is the year of the rebounder. Jordan Clark will be a very solid cash cow, probably up until the byes, and will be a handy swingman between defence and midfield. I expect him to average 85 on the season, with Scott already identifying a half-back/wing role for him. Rookies are subject to selection.
I’d love to be able to start 8 premium midfielders, but unfortunately Tim Mitchell hasn’t given me the cheat codes to a $30mil bank balance. Whilst I’m paying $721.8k for Lachie Neale to score 130 each week, I’m actually paying for him to potentially score 260. You can argue that he’ll dip in price, and sure, it’ll happen eventually. But I’m hoping he has a couple of captaincy-eligible games that really give me the edge over someone who doesn’t start him. When you buy the best, you don’t just buy them, you buy an extra captaincy option. That’s why Clayton Oliver and Zach Merrett haven’t left my side either. Both are great candidates for top five midfielders this year, with bother players able to score 150+ on any given weekend. Patrick Cripps is probably the most undervalued premium midfielder we’ve seen in a while. He’s able to score huge, as we’ve seen in the past, and he’s back at a playing weight similar to 2019. Last season was an anomaly; expect him to be back at his best. Tim Taranto is value at $453.7k, and whilst he’s probably not going to be a top 10 midfielder, top 20 isn’t out of his reach and at that price, you wouldn’t complain. For most of my selections I’m trying to pick blokes who will be a top scorer in their position, but Taranto is one I can cope (very well) with if he averages 105-115. Tanner Bruhn has already been announced as debuting in round one, Tom Powell and Errol Gulden are both expected to play, and the rest of the rookies are subject to selection.
Max Gawn and Brodie Grundy. I’m a big believer in set and forgets, but every season, about a week out, I get nervous. Maybe this is the year where it’s not? We do have an abundance of rookie-priced rucks that look like they’ll start round one. Let’s go through them. Matt Flynn is debuting, and is my R3. Good R3 selection. But Leon Cameron has already suggested a dual-ruck, maybe responsibility-sharing role that Flynn and Kieran Briggs will play together. Flynn may not play every week; he may play deep forward 50% of games. Paul Hunter looks set to play round one. He’s only in the side until Ryder and/or Marshall returns. Ryder is a week-by-week proposition; Marshall looks set for round 4-5. Do you really want a 3-4 week (maybe less) ruck that will make you maybe $60k? Lloyd Meek will probably share ruck responsibilities if he plays alongside Sean Darcy, and that’s if he selected as a number two ruck. Josh Treacy is suspended two weeks, so he definitely can’t be selected as R2.
This is why a set and forget ruck pairing is the smart, and safe, thing to do. But sure, be adventurous and pick a rookie ruck. One less person to fight for the $50k over.
My forward line presents most of the risk, but also the least amount of risk, and I’ll explain why. Zak Butters is the only one I’m expecting will be there by season’s end; he finished 14th in average scores of players eligible forwards in 2021. Ahead of him is: Dangerfield, Sidebottom, Hawkins, Dunkley, Marshall, Martin, Walters, Zorko, Mathieson, Heeney, Dixon, Gray, and Duryea. Let’s rule out Mathieson and Duryea, since they played three games between them. Dangerfield has a groin complaint that has hampered him since round one last year, is a year older, and plays for a team that’s vying for a premiership and has the oldest list in the competition. He’ll be rested forward or rested weeks to ensure he’s right to go. Sidebottom has a calf complaint. Pass. Hawkins will play deep forward with Cameron now at the club, and is also getting older. Not a terrible POD option, but he’s a key forward who will dip in price. Dunkley is a part of the largest human salad known to man, and will eventually play a game as a forward pocket. Marshall is injured, as is Walters, Dusty doesn’t show up until round 14, Heeney can’t get on the park, Gray is old, Dixon is a key forward. Every player above Butters from last year has a genuine reason as to why they’ll dip heavily in price. Butters may dip in price, but he’s arguably the safest $400k+ forward option. It’ll be great if I don’t need to upgrade him, but that’d be a luxury upgrade. Jye Caldwell looks like he’ll be the beneficiary of increased midfield minutes at the Bombers, Jack Ziebell took all the kick outs for the Kangas (huge), Jarman Impey wasn’t electric but will play off the half back flank. Rookies are, once again, subject to selection.
So that’s my side, community. Go on; tell me I won’t win the $50k. But if you are going to tell me, please explain why in the comments, rather than say “Butters is a bad pick.” If you have an opinion, please voice it. But do so in a concise manner, which has reasoning behind it. I feel like I’ve provided much explanation behind every pick, please do the same when critiquing my side.
Thanks, we’ll see you all round one!