I’ve looked into this a bit and had a couple of rare thoughts. First of all you need to understand this new rule: “you’ll play over 15 rounds, with the 5 rounds where three AFL clubs have a bye (Round 4, 5, 6, 16 and 19) also being ‘bye’ rounds in your leagues (no head-to-head match ups). Your team continues to play and score as usual in the general comp over those 5 rounds. Finals series follow during Rounds 21-24.”
So if all you’re looking to do is win your league and not win the whole thing, then it makes sense for you to pick players from teams who’s byes coincide with Rounds 4, 5, 6, 16 and 19. These are those teams:
R4: Brisbane Lions, St. Kilda, Western Bulldogs
R5: Melbourne, Sydney Swans, West Coast Eagles
R6: Fremantle, Geelong Cats, Hawthorn
R16: Adelaide Crows, Fremantle, Melbourne
R19: Brisbane Lions, Richmond, Sydney Swans
Players from Brisbane, Fremantle, Sydney, and Melbourne are therefore more attractive because both their byes occur on non-competitive weeks.
The other thing to keep in mind is who you’ll be missing during the SC Finals series over Rounds 21-24. These are the teams with byes in those weeks:
R24 – Essendon
So on that basis, I won’t be selecting any Essendon players that I don’t intend to upgrade during the season because I’m going to want every single gun I have to be on the park when I make my leagues’ GF’s.
Hope that all makes sense. Feel free to comment if you think I’ve interpreted this incorrectly or if you have any other tips that you think will help.
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