Welcome to the Tech League team reveal for 2019. Motts has thrown me the keys this season, so lets jump into it.
Firstly, just a quick refresh of the rules. With the Tech League, every team starts and finishes Round 1 with exactly the same squad of 30 players.
- This squad MUST remain unchanged until Supercoach opens for Round 2 (even if players including rookies aren’t named when teams are announced next week)
- You can bench and captain whomever you want during Round 1, but you cannot trade players out of your squad until the beginning of Round 2
- Once Round 2 opens, you’re free to trade as you wish for the remainder of the season
- Each league is run by a member of SCT, who will check all teams. Any incorrectly entered squads will be ineligible to compete
- The simplest way to double-check you have the right squad, is to compare your ‘Remaining Salary’. You should have $187,900
- Make sure you join the SCT Tech League Group
Ok, pretty straight forward. Onto the team.
I absolutely love playing Tech League, and for those that haven’t before, I definitely encourage you enter this year (using an account created by your wife, boyfriend, child or dog, of course…). There’s a few reasons why it’s great, one of which is scratching that early season trade itch. While most coaches in SC Classic sit on their trades until Rounds 6-7, with Tech League, you absolutely need to start trading as soon as possible. With everyone starting with the same team, getting an early advantage in critical.
Also, by mid-season, when things start to go pear-shaped with your classic team, Tech League gives you another challenge to keep you interested for the full season.
Another reason Tech League is great, is it provides a squad of players you wouldn’t traditionally pick, and allows you to often make more speculative trades. Suddenly you become interested in a less popular premium, that for whatever reason, you wouldn’t consider for your classic team. Some use to refer to this as ‘the Matty Priddis’ effect, who despite being a consistent premium, always featured in relatively few sides. Until this season, Lachie Neale was another that has always had relatively low ownership.
This season, the Tech League is made up of the unpopular premiums, that despite boasting healthy scoring averages, are currently featuring in 5% or less of teams. They are PODs in a sense, but in reality they are proven performers* that have been shunned by the 2019 Supercoach Community.
Hopefully this team provides a much broader scope of interest for you across your weekend, giving you a bunch of premiums that haven’t made your classic side, but will now be an additional source of curiosity (and frustration) each round.
*Rookie selections not based of ownership levels
** Proven performers apart from the Rucks, which is a nightmare, obviously…
A couple of players may jump out. Gaff will obviously miss the first two rounds, so coaches will need to decide whether to ride out his suspension, or flick him ahead of Round 2. Lobb is the other who is bending the rules a little bit. He’s never been a premium, but I wanted to leave a decent amount of cash ($187,900) plus he has DPP status, which gives coaches some flexibility to bring in Gawn or Grundy.
Apart from those two, every other premium could justifiably make his way into any coaches starting classic line-up, despite current low ownership. Except for Hawkins and McDonald, most have been mentioned sporadically in RMT, although for one reason or another, coaches are leaning another way.
There’s some obvious upgrade targets. Danger, Heeney, Cripps and Laird will no-doubt make there way into most Tech Leagues sides, but when, and for who is where the fun (suffering) begins.
** To sign-up for the SCT Tech League, email your interest to: Schwarzwalder ‘at’ supercoachtalk ‘dot’ com. He’ll provide a League and Group Code.**
So there it is – the Unpopular Premiums of 2019! For the first time, the Tech League has a cash prize of $100 to the team that scores the most pts for the year (top of the Tech League Group) thanks to our anonymous donor. Good luck to all Tech League coaches this season!
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