INTERVIEW: SuperCoach Mumma
Following on from last week’s interview, this week we have currently ranked 4th overall Emily, coach of team SuperCoach Mumma, telling us about her year and how she goes about things!
You do well at most formats of SuperCoach, what’s your mindset when picking a team?
I like to do my research and try to find value in my picks. I try and pick premiums that will be in the top 8 of their line but don’t like to over pay for players. I like to research the rule changes (there are always new ones) and how if any this impacts SC, then find the players that would suit these changes. I also like to find a player that has had a role change that will benefit their scoring. I have had success in the past with players changing clubs and been given a new opportunity/role. Happy to take 1-2 calculated risks in each line. I try to avoid the hype train but also less likely to choose a super POD. I have found in the past the super POD mostly hurts more than benefits.
How did you structure your team this year to start the season?
I decided to start four premium defenders due to the new rule changes. They were Jordan Ridley, Tom Stewart, Jayden Short and Rory Laird. I did have Jordan Clark at D5 and Tom Highmore at D6 which was very painful. After a lot of consideration I started with Grawndy (Max Gawn & Brodie Grundy), I wasn’t prepared to field Flynn. I decided to fade Lachie Neale and Jake Lloyd, they were just too expensive for me. Decided with Jack Macrae, Zach Merrett and Patrick Dangerfield as my premium midfielders. I tried to find value with my M4/M5 in my midfield with Tim Taranto and Sam Walsh. I took some calculated risks in my forward line, Josh Dunkley, Zak Butters, Jack Ziebell, Jarman Impey, and that mainly paid off. Pity about the injuries.
Best starting selection?
I will have to say Mr Consistent Jack Macrae was my best starting pick. 97 is his lowest score, his floor is so high!
Jack Ziebell is my best value starting selection who I thought was going to a F6 at best, how wrong I was!
What’s your general rule for an injured player? How do you know when to hold or when to trade?
Generally if it’s a 3+ week injury I usually trade. However if it is a 2-3 week injury but there is still uncertainty about an immediate return I tend to trade as well. It depends if I have the appropriate cover or not. If I have a donut I usually more likely to trade. It also depends on the type of injury, shoulder or ankles worry me a lot!
At the start of the season you can also trade players and plan to get them back e.g. Danger / Grundy. It is different at the pointy end of the season so you have to decide with injuries whether you can finish the season without them. Danger and Grundy have shown us they we need them in our teams. If not then you have to hold them (if they are back for SC finals).
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?
Unfortunately most of my first ‘upgrades’ were replacing injuries to Danger/Butters/Dunkley. I definitely tried to get value as much as possible. I was able to get Oliver/Steele/Zorko at their lower prices. I did get Bontempelli after Dunkley’s injury. I took a punt that his scoring would increase after Dunkley’s injury and bought him in at 600k. It was the only trade I made 2 min before a lockout! I thought I made a mistake and spent too much money at the time but Bont has repaid the faith!
Any trades you’d like back?
Paddy Dangerfield to Tom Mitchell in Round two I would have liked back! I wish I went for a more valued pick! ‘Titch’ has been okay recently but he dropped a lot of money after I got him. I also traded James Jordan in Round five for 205k (oops) but I did get Oliver. I am also regretting the Hawkins trade (RD 14) could have gotten a cheaper forward with similar output. Because of some poor rookie scores it meant I had to wait a week later to get Grundy back. Hopefully Hawkins kicks a bag in the next few weeks. Please Tommy?
What was your plan for the bye rounds, did the fixture swap affect your scoring or plans at all?
I was pretty prepared for the byes but rd 13 was my tricker bye. So the fixture swap actually helped me! Zorko’s suspension really hurt managed to avoid any bye donuts. I had to trade a bit aggressively though. Traded Brodie Grundy to Nic Naitanui in RD 12, and then traded ‘Nic Nat’ to Hawkins in RD 14 and fielded Flynn. Worked out okay.
What would be your advice to someone who doesn’t have a complete team right now and probably won’t ever have one due to low trades?
Depends on the rookies they have, if the rookie has the JS and scoring okay then don’t use your last trades to upgrade. Just look at Cody Weightman last round (115 vs North Melbourne), rookies can still score well. I feel more carnage is around the corner. Save your trades for injuries. If you are looking at 20’s or a donut use those trades wisely and pray.
If you have two trades I would try and find a player with 1 trade instead of using both. I would choose a player with limited injury history with a lower ceiling over a player with huge potential but injury history. Avoid Houston for example!
Obviously your main focus is on this season, but what’s one takeaway for next season?
Next year I won’t start players who are under a injury cloud or who had a poor pre-season, like Tom Mitchell or Patrick Dangerfield! SuperCoach is a game, a serious one, but still try to enjoy it! As Lekdog says your worth is not determined by your SC score!
First picked for 2022?
This is a hard one because I like to pick value, and I don’t know who they are yet! Zak Butters and Josh Dunkley are definitely up there if they have a healthy pre-season. I will probably start Brodie Grundy/Jack Macrae/Marcus Bontempelli/Tom Stewart next year. Sean Darcy is also on the watch list. Sorry, couldn’t pick just one!