I’ve had more than a few people approach me for advice over the last few weeks. The first thing I ask them is: do you want to win your league or the whole darn shootin’ match? Part 1 of SuperCoach advice is for those who just want to win their league.
Load up on players from Fremantle, Sydney, Brisbane, and Melbourne
There are 5 rounds when competition between league members is suspended this year. These rounds occur on the same weeks that 3 teams have byes in the AFL. These rounds are: 4, 5, 6, 16, and 19. The teams that have both byes occuring in these rounds are Fremantle, Sydney, Melbourne & Brisbane. If you’re trying to win your league, load up on players from all of these teams. But do yourself a favour and overlook Brisbane – there’s no value there.
Do not pick premiums from North Melbourne, Geelong, Carlton or Essendon
What’s a premium? Its anyone you pay top dollar for that you think is going to be in your team for the duration of the season. Why should you not pick premiums from these 4 clubs? Because all of them have byes during the SuperCoach finals – Rounds 21 to 24. Right when you need them most, they’re going to be missing meaning that you’re going to have to save trades to switch them out at the end of the year. No-one is indispensable (well, maybe Goddard). Find someone from another team to replace them.
Unless they’re from Fremantle, Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane, do not have any more than 1 premium in the 1 position.
This one hurts, because as much as we’d love to have Buddy operating next to Cyril in your forward line or Dane working alongside of Pendles in the midfield, when either Hawthorn or Collingwood have a bye, you’ve just lost a TON of firepower in the one position. Its doubtful that you’ll have enough talent on your bench to cover that kind of point scoring. FYI Hawthorn have their byes in Rounds 6 (non-league competition) and 17. Collingwood in Rounds 7 and 13 – both league competition weeks.
Unless they’re from Fremantle, Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane, do not have any more than 2 premium in the one side.
Similarly to the last rule – you just can’t afford to lose that many points when the team those premiums come from have a bye.
Make sure you have a lot of Dual Position Players (DPP’s)
DPP’s are players that can play at more than one position. For example, Brendon Goddard plays in Defence and in the Midfield. The key to DPP’s is
ensuring you have someone to swap them with. So if Goddard is playing in Defence, you’ll need someone like Bryce Gibbs in the Midfield so you can
swap them over. To give you maximum flexibility, make sure you have one or two DPP’s playing at every position.
Without going into Guns & Rookies strategies vs Midpricer strategies, I’m sure there are other pieces of advice the qualified readers of our site could offer. Add it to Comments.
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