R9 – Gold Coast, Port
R11 – Brisbane, Carlton, Melbourne, StKilda, Sydney, Bulldogs
R12 – Geelong, North, Richmond, West Coast
R13 – Adelaide, Collingwood, Essendon, Fremantle, GWS, Hawthorn
** We’ve highlighted the Bye Rounds as always, on the right-hand-side of the site above Coaches Box **
Many Coaches plan ahead for the Bye Rounds in pursuit of overall glory. Others aren’t too fussed as long as their ‘Ideal 22’ is being assembled for Supercoach Finals. Whatever approach you take, it pays to have some idea of Bye Rounds Strategy in terms of team selection. If you’re in one of our competitive SCT Leagues, you can be damn sure there won’t be any easy games (Bye Rounds or not!).
In previous years, the Bye Rounds have taken place over three consecutive weeks. The 18 highest scoring players (on the field) have been counted towards your Supercoach score. Port Adelaide’s foray into the Chinese market has changed things up a bit for 2017. Port and the Gold Coast play in China during their Rd8 clash. As a result, they have their Bye week during Rd9 (the only two teams!). The remaining 16 clubs have their Byes between Rds 11-13.
According to the Supercoach officials, Rd9 will be treated as a normal week. That means you still need a full side of 22 on the field. There are two ways you can attack this:
** Not worry about it at all. Choose your premiums from Port & Gold Coast as normal, concede defeat in your League games and give up any shred of hope in getting near the $50k Grand Prize. OR……
** If you’ve followed Supercoach long enough, you’ll know how valuable your premium players are in your big League games. By selecting Port/GoldCoast premiums before Rd9, you are putting yourself at a disadvantage before any points are even scored in Rd9. By that stage, most teams are slowly upgrading towards their ‘Ideal 22’. At that point in time, it’s not out of the question to have 16 premium players in your Supercoach side.
For arguments sake………Let’s say you’ve started the season with three premium players from Port & Gold Coast. Your League opponent in Rd9 has 16 premium players in their line-up while you have 13 & some questionable rookies as cover. You might as well sit that one out if that’s what you’re contemplating! If you’re losing badly in Rd9, one can only imagine how far you’ll fall behind in the overall rankings.
For these tactical reasons, I’d recommend not starting with any premium players from Port or Gold Coast. If you’re keen on Tom J Lynch, Ablett, Robbie Gray or Wingard, it’s best to select them after Rd9 where they’ll be available throughout the remaining Bye Rounds. In a perfect world, their price will have dropped till then and you’ll pick up a bargain!
Apart from the ‘Rd9 trap’, Coaches will need to be wary of stacking their line-ups with premiums from certain combinations of teams……namely those teams with the Rd11 & 13 Byes. Taking Rd11 as an example: If your line-up includes Rockliff, Beams, K.Simpson, Docherty, Gawn, N.Riewoldt, JPK, Hannebery, Dahlhaus & The Bont then you’ll be missing ten(!) premiums for that crucial League clash. Looking towards Rd13, if your team has Sloane, Laird, Pendles, Treloar, Heppell, Fyfe, Sandilands, H.Shaw, Z.Williams, Roughy & T.Mitchell then you’re down eleven (!!) premiums. The odds of posting a winning score that week will be extremely low, especially in one of the SCT Leagues!
Looking to the rookies, those that have their Bye in Rd12/13 look to be the most valuable (if they can hold their place till then). Fingers crossed then for rookies such as Vickers-Willis & Hibberd from North, Butler from Richmond, Stewart & Black from Geelong, Otten & Hampton from Adelaide and Taranto from GWS. These are the guys we need to perform in the first half of the season!
I realise it’s tricky to keep all these variables in check. These Bye Round complications can be ironed out with your first few trades but it’s something to keep under consideration when planning your starting line-up and future upgrades. Have you considered the Bye Rounds in your starting line-ups? Tell the SCT Coaches all about your winning strategy……..
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