Our man Ro0STA has been hard at it again, this time looking at the best blokes you need to consider at each position. Following a pure G’n'R approach, he’s come up with some fine talent. I’ve got no doubt more than a few of these blokes will be in your team. Take it away, mate….
Picking a solid starting Supercoach line-up can be somewhat daunting with the high quality talent available for selection this year. Everyone knows Supercoach is the ultimate balancing act; you have to carefully select a squad of 30 with the right mix of premium stars, youngsters in the form of cash cows, points of difference (PODs) compared to your opponents and big improvers who are set to break out this season. Whatever your approach, one thing is for sure – you can only taste victory and prolonged success by capitalising on your teams’ earnings, keeping trades until the finals and using them to upgrade certain players when the time is right!
I am a big believer of having a large midfield…by that, I mean having DPP’s in both my FWD and DEF lines who can play through the midfield. This gives you the flexibility to move players around to ensure you always have the best 22 scoring and a greater potential for players to move around and play in different areas on the field to earn more points. This is because contested ball winning and clearances can earn a lot of points. Using just 1 example, look at Sam Mitchell. He was given a new role in 2013 and played mostly off half back in an attempt to cover big name injuries to his teammates and also was placed there in an attempt to break his tag. His possessions remained high and he was still reliable with the ball under immense pressure. Not only that, but he still spent a fair chunk of time through the midfield. Mitchell averaged over 100, meaning he remained a super reliable choice last year and should again, be considered in your backline this year.
So without going into specific detail about each player, I am going to make the following basic recommendations of who you should be considering with selection for your starting line-up. These players may seem obvious and also a bit strange – because you want to have a good mix…starting off with a large group of cash cows, a small blend of superstar premiums, 1 or 2 POD’s and a few break out players you’re anticipating for this season. I certainly hope this helps you with most of your on-field team as well as the majority of your bench options:
Stars – Pick 3 of the following:
Rookies/Bargains – Pick 3 of the following:
Stars – Pick 3-4 of the following:
Rookies/Bargains – Pick 4 of the following:
Stars – Pick 2 of the following:
Rookies – Pick 2 of the following:
In most Supercoach sides I have evaluated in preparation for 2014, a lot of people have opted for a very expensive bench or a combination of middle-priced ruckmen who, given their abilities and past scores, start EXTREMELY cheap. For example, can you really look past Docker giant Aaron Sandilands at $310k, given the fitness of their ruck stocks? You might also consider the likes of mid-priced Hamish McIntosh or the Pies new #1 ruckman in Brodie Grundy? Lobbe will be carrying most of Port’s ruck duties this year too. It’s also a toss-up between 2 Saint regulars for 2014 who will get a lot of gigs; Tom Hickey and Billy Longer.
Stars – Pick 3 of the following:
Rookies – Pick 3 of the following:
Good luck to all Supercoach players in 2014!