Every season I have a theory behind my selections. Last season it was to select durable players, or those with too much upside to ignore, and save trades to win my Supercoach Leagues.
It was boring but eventually rewarding. However I did cop some pain because I didn’t have players with high ceilings. When Lloyd, Macrae and Kelly scored 180+ points, I missed out and hated it.
So this season I am starting with players with high ceilings. When they go large, I want to be a part of the fun!
Hutta was here making the picture larger so everyone can see!
Premiums: Most teams are looking to cheap-out a little bit in defence in 2019 and, while I agree with that philosophy to some extent, I am playing it safe with Laird and Lloyd manning D1 and D2. I wanted to start Whitfield as well but I was becoming too heavy in the R14 bye.
Mid-pricers: I rate Zac Williams a high chance to break-out and if he doesn’t I will share the pain with most coaches anyway. Brodie Smith is a bit riskier but he will increase in price enough that he won’t be a complete loss even if he under-performs. I like Roberton but we’ll have to wait and see if he’s healthy with such a serious health scare. If required, hopefully a decent rookie option appears to replace him.
Rookies: It appears there will be fewer defensive rookies than first expected so I am only looking to start Sam Collins on field for now.
Premiums: I am not going to lie to you; I find high scoring midfield premiums very attractive. Some people believe Macrae’s 2018 was a once off, but I just want those sweet, sweet 150 point scores. The same goes for Patrick Cripps who looks like a high school kid playing Auskick.
Until recently I had Oliver and Neale in M3 and M4 but it is appearing increasingly likely that we will need extra cash in the forward line. So I downgraded them to Matt Crouch and an extra midfield rookie. It’s not ideal but it seems we are more likely to find rookies in the midfield than anywhere else in 2019.
If you need me to explain the Jack Steele decision to you, you haven’t been reading my articles so you are probably not reading this one either.
Mid-pricers: Do we start Tom Liberatore or not? I am still torn and may drop him for a rookie before Round 1.
Rookies: I am buying the hype for now; Walsh starts. I am also bullish that there will be a few second or third year rookies averaging 70ppg (with Constable heading that list) so I may bring another rookie on-field for Libba.
After his toe mishap, Grundy may start with a 90 point game or two but he will then score like a beast. So he starts. With Preuss out, Gawn also has to start. I expect Gawn to be the number 1 ruckman early in 2019.
Premiums: Only injury will move Dangerfield or Heeney from my team. From F3 things get interesting…
Mid-pricers: F3 is my revolving door position. Dunkley, Hogan, Darling, Mundy and Menegola have all featured here but I hate every one of those selections. Currently Billings is freeloading there but who knows how long he will stay there?
Rookies: F3 – F6 could be the positions that separate the top 1000 teams from the rest. Setterfield will hopefully remain fit and play enough matches to fill F4 but which players will fill the final two positions on field? Right now Drew and Petrucelli seem likely to play but may not score much while Hanrahan may not even play in Round 1. Let’s hope some mature age rookies put their hand up for a Round 1 berth come team selections!
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