INTERVIEW: Hold My McCluggage
Zac currently sits in 16th position overall and is the coach of brilliantly named team “Hold My McCluggage”
At the conclusion of Round 15 we sat down with him to talk about his season so far.
What strategy did you take when building your own team at the beginning of the season?
I tried to stick to the guns and rookies policy, had a couple of mid priced selections in Tim Taranto and Jack Ziebell, both of which I thought could be in the top 6-8 scorers in their positions.
Who’s been your best starting selection?
Marcus Bontempelli is my best starting selection by far. Went building my team I had to decide if I wanted Bontempelli or Dangerfield and I’m glad I stuck with my gut and went with ‘The Bont’
When you were planning your trades how did you prioritize which positions to upgrade first? Did you pounce on value selections as they became available or did you focus on getting the must-haves?
I looked at which line I fielded my worst rookies on and tried to upgrade that as early as possible, you don’t want to be stuck in a situation where you are fielding a rookie who is scoring 30s each week.
Trading in value picks is important because you’re never going to complete your team by picking the most expensive blokes on every line each time you trade, you also have to make sure you keep an eye on those fallen premiums and plan for when they are going to bottom out in price.
Have you been affected by injuries as much as some others, what is your general rule when a player gets injured?
I haven’t been too bad with injuries. Early in the season I had Dunkley and Butters to deal with, and recently Grundy. My rule changes depending on if your going for rank or league, but normally for me anything over 2 weeks and I’ll trade them out.
What’s a trade you’d like back?
Bringing in Hunter Clark for Tom Highmore. I was forced to do the trade early in the season to make sure I had a full side but Hunter Clark was a failed pick and ultimately did not help me all that much.
How did you attack the bye rounds, were you short at all because of the fixture change?
I was in an alright position over the byes. I did some luxury trades over the byes and traded players like Brodie Grundy, who was injured, and Dayne Zorko, who was suspended, to gain cash and players on field but managed to have 18+ in every round and as a result I moved up the rankings.
What advice to you have to someone who’s limited on trades and still hasn’t completed their team?
My advice is if your short on cash and trades try to work out your trades in advance. Try to leave 2 trades for injuries, and if you’re short on cash take a punt on bringing in players you like watching or players from the team you support so at the very least you get enjoyment from watching your selections even if the scoring is hot and cold – It’s a risk but it could pay off.
Obviously your eye is on the prize this year, but is any player piquing your interest for next season already?
Jarryd Lyons. I wish I started him this season but was unsure of how he would be this year and I was wrong to doubt him. He has been super consistent all year and just always seems to find the ball.