(Written & Created By Sam)
2018 Season Review
Hello SCT Community, my name is Sam Kent from South Australia and in 2018 my team, Kentucky Fried Chiqon, was lucky enough to finish 11th overall in SuperCoach. I’m going to provide a bit of an insight into my 2018 season – what made it and what nearly broke it, as well as some tips for the season ahead of us in 2019.
Although the season got off to quite a rough start, with $450k in the bank and Mark O’Connor on the bench (DNP) due to forgetting to click ‘save team’ before the start of Rd1, a couple of good trades got me into the Top 100 by Rd7 where I stayed all year. The real turning point for my season was trading an injured Josh Kelly to Jack MaCrae instead of the popular pick of Dustin Martin. From here I was able to take captained scores from Macrae averaging 165 over a four week period with a low ownership whilst Martin was consecutively posting sub 100 scores.
For the rest of the year I tried pulling off left-wing captaincy options and selecting a few POD’s trying to climb higher in the rankings, but failed and found myself falling from 10th in Rd13 to 88th in Rd19 and nearly out of reach of the Top10. Luckily for myself there was some carnage with injuries and team selections and I was able to use my last trade to get me to 23rd with one week remaining.
I gave up hope of a Top10 finish as Buddy Franklin was a late withdrawal and I would be copping a donut, until Sunday came along with Paul Ahern a late inclusion sitting as Emergency in my forward line. A hard earned 64 from Ahern took me to a round 23 total of 2,745 finishing 11th overall. Two weeks later an email from Herald Sun informed me that someone from the Top10 was ineligible for the prize, and I was awarded the $1000 prize for 10th place – absolute rollercoaster of events.
Tips For 2019
If you’ve got enough time on your weekends, study the AFL fixture each week and make sure you’re using every possible loophole your team allows. Although it won’t be as relevant early in the season, later on with a few dropped or injured rookies on your team, it’s very easy to pick up an extra 30-50 points per week from using both the captaincy loophole as well as one or two emergency loopholes from the bench.
When selecting POD’s, make sure you are selecting them because you believe they will outscore the alternative, not just for the point of selecting a POD. Another option which can be just as beneficial as selecting a POD is not selecting a popular player when they are scoring poorly.
Don’t get sucked into a team full of mid-pricers after watching a few JLT matches. Whilst mid-pricers can generate a solid amount of cash and score valuable points, they are very rarely keepers in your team costing you valuable trades. I am a big fan of taking in Anthony Miles or Libba into your 2019 season but loading your defense up with players like Nic Newman, Dylan Roberton and Brodie Smith is a recipe for disaster.
Player To Follow In 2019
Elliot Yeo ($585,500) is my hot tip to improve on his 2018 average of 108 SuperCoach points. Although Yeo has lost his Defender DPP status this year and is only available as a Midfielder, another preseason under his belt I believe will help him take his game to a new level, finishing as a top 8 Mid, currently with only 5% ownership.
Brad Crouch ($418,000) would have caught the eye of a lot of SuperCoaches after his 118 points from 29 touches, 5 marks and 5 tackles against Port in JLT1. Although Brad Crouch is an absolute beast at his best and will score very well, it’s hard to look past the fact that he has only played 61 career games since his debut in round 2 of 2013. Great pick if he plays every game, but will likely cost you a trade early in the season.
**Sam on Twitter: @samkent1997**
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