So, last season. I have not been looking forward to writing about last season, but I learned a lot, and I promised Schwarzwalder I would. Some of what I learn was yes, that, doing that was good, but a lot of it was, that thing, do not do that thing! Silly Priest, why did you do that thing?
Met asked in a comment “Hey will you be posting your weekly changes? Where can i find them once you make changes”
My reply was “I’m not planning to write about my team every week; I hadn’t thought that would be very interesting.”
That turned out to be, well, wrong. Somehow, I made it up to 4th overall after Round 8. It was, however, all downhill from there. A long, slow, and painful downhill. Which I prefer not to dwell on for some reason. (The reason: I somehow managed to both have my best overall rank ever and at the same time feel really disappointed.) But, I did at least learn from it.
Let’s see, I’ll start with the team reveal. Link below, but listed out in its final form so you don’t have to piece it together from all the changes and ramblings.
Def: Laird, Hibberd, Bonner, Finlayson, Doedee, Murray (L. Murphy, Naughton)
Mids: T. Mitchell, D Martin, J Kelly, Cripps, Fyfe, Coniglio, Holman, T Kelly (Banfield, Barry , Brayshaw)
Ruck: Gawn, Nankervis, (English)
Fwd: Heeney, McLean, Walters, Sicily, Cox, Fritsch, (Giles-Langdon, Garlett)
My big takeaway from my setup was far too many marginal cows. L Murphy, Naughton, Garlett, Barry, and Brayshaw. Cash generation was poor, and that did not help later in the season. Note to self, avoid seriously dodgy cows in the future. I was happy with most of the non-cows. Bonner was bleh, so note to self, be careful of players with too little data. In general, trying to pick undervalued players worked out, at least for a while.
Next would be the trades. All of those listed below. More of my babble after them:
Giles-Langdon ($117,300) to Fisher
Hibberd ($545,200) to Simpson ($516,300)
Kelly ($602,400) to Macrae ($607,300)
Garlett ($212,500) to Guelfi ($117,300)
Bonner ($320,300) to Deledio ($413,600)
Banfield ($269,900) to Spargo ($117,300)
Walters ($460,100) to Gray ($581,500)
English ($287,400) to Ronke ($123,900)
Finlayson ($357,500) to Yeo ($532,600)
Brayshaw ($268,400) to Phillips ($123,900)
Doedee ($355,300) to Webster ($495,600)
Naughton ($289,900) to Rice ($123,900)
Murray ($334,000) to Howe ($526,600)
Barry ($182,400) to Smith ($123,900)
Kelly ($401,700) to Walters ($419,700)
Fisher ($360,800) to Ahern ($123,900)
Martin ($483,700) to Dangerfield ($603,000)
Spargo ($238,000) to Hurn ($484,600)
Walters ($463,200) to E Curnow ($569,000)
Deledio ($473,500) to Giro ($102,400)
Ronke ($324,100) to Rockliff ($403,000)
Holman ($371,200) to Oliver ($560,200)
Macrae ($629,700) to McDonald ($556,700)
Guelfi ($308,900) to Flynn ($123,900)
Nankervis ($453,100) to Grundy ($614,800)
Rice ($238,000) to Lynch ($123,900)
Fyfe ($580,600) to Higgins ($551,000)
Sicily ($508,800) to Westhoff ($508,600)
Rockliff ($405,000) to Johannisen ($457,200)
Howe ($445,700) to Macrae ($551,400)
Yeah, well. Some bad moves, some bad luck. A lot of injuries to defenders, often soon after bringing them in. That hurt and I had to play catch up a lot. But talking about bad luck is boring and easy, so onto what I did wrong and hopefully learned from
First, I kept trying to bring in players who would be top 8-10 in their positions, even if they were expensive. Big Mistake. Getting value for money is key, and had I stuck to that I would have done much better. Robby Grey being a great example. McDonald when I did bring him in. Westhoff. I really should have stuck to value players. Cheap points good. That’s really not so hard, and I feel silly for having lost that focus.
Second, I kept bringing in players who had had good first halves of the season, and good looking fixtures, but who did not have a history of high performance. Shawn Higgins, Ed Curnow.
Third, I kept trying to wait until right before game time to make moves, fearing late outs and such. That is a fine plan for most people but I happen to have a 14-15 hour time difference, and so game times are mostly in the middle of the night for me. At 3am, I’m not smart enough to remember everything I need to in order to make moves. Both in 2017 and 2018 I seriously screwed up by trying to wait until the last minute rather than just making a move while still all the way awake. The risk of a late out is less than me forgetting that, say, I can’t move a DPP who has already played, that I needed to move in order to make the move I wanted. During the byes, when I needed to trade to field 18. Argh. There was a reason my Imaginary Interlocutor and a stuffed Hamster wrote Cow Talk over the byes…..
I did have a few things not work that I don’t feel bad about trying. Deledio and Rockliff. Deledio got me points and some money. I wanted just two matches from him and got one. Rocky, well, we all remember that.
So, it turns out I have put a lot of work into figuring out how to pick a starting team, and not so much into what to do once the season starts.
This season, I’m going to be more careful with cows, and more open to no cows vs a bad one. And, I am going to start putting some research time into mid season moves. Or Moooves, to throw in my traditional cow theme. Anything interesting will probably end up in Cow Talk.
I encourage you all to pick apart my season for the good of all. It’s been long enough, I can take it. If not, I still have a stuffed hamster who can step in and write Cow Talk if needed!
Thanks for reading!
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