Team Reveal – Chillo

Written by Chillo on March 14 2018

So this is roughly the 245th iteration, about two hundred of which were created last weekend…

DEFENCE

Starting off with a cookie-cutter approach. At the time of writing, I have 7 of the top 10 most popular defenders,ย  plus swingman Lachie Keeffe in the forward line. Laird and Hibberd are the standout premo backmen, and I think the most secure rookies overall are to be found in the back six. And then there’s Sicily….to quote Matteo “my no dickheads policy is going to be pissed at me”. I’m trying to set a record for pre-season tradeouts, and Jimmy boy is leading the pack. Amazingly talented player, but Clarkson had better get in his ear and tell him what’s what!

MIDFIELD

Last July I nominated Dangerfield, Mitchell and Kelly as three certainties for 2018, and nothing that has happened since then has changed my mind. Yep, I’m leaving out Danger AND Dusty, which is the Supercoach equivalent of blasphemy. I’m not too happy about it right now! As for the rest: Lachie Neale has been one of the most consistent mids in recent years. Fyfe is a must – you simply can not ignore his sub-600K price tag – and I expect Cripps to reap the benefits of a full pre-season. Luke Parker gets the final premo mid spot. The rookies pretty much pick themselves at this stage.

RUCKS

Gawn is rightly the most popular player in the game right now. Sauce Jacobs was my original pick at R1, but right now Stef takes that spot, although my actual preference is for the currently unaffordable Ryder.

FORWARDS

Heeney was my early call for this year’s highest scoring forward. His interrupted pre-season has been a bit worrying, but at this stage I’m sticking solid. The rest of the forward line is a bit of a mystery to be honest – I’m not overly convinced by the “premiums”, and a lot of the rookie prospects have disappointed. So at this stage I’ve gone with a couple of breakouts in McLean and Dev Smith, and I spent the Danger money on Jack Billings. I don’t have the greatest confidence in the four rooks I’ve chosen; they’ll likely change before the first bounce.

OVERALL

I’ve gone for 15 players that I view as ‘keepers’, although I admit I’ll need some luck with Sicily and Smith. Bye split for these keepers is 4/5/6, which is satisfactory. I may look at the likes of Hanley and Barlow as trade targets in round 10, pending price and form.

I crashed and burned in the early rounds last year and missed the inaugural SCT Cup. I’m fairly determined to avoid that fate again, hence the six premium mids. I know the rookie situation doesn’t really fit this strategy, and I may still downgrade one of those mids to strengthen the other lines.

However, the biggest problem I can see is trying to raise the cash to upgrade to Dusty and Danger for those last two mid spots. Can anyone get me a loan?

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    1. Maybe, but I rate the def rookies this year (relatively speaking…it’s not saying much when you consider the quality of the fwd rookies). So Silly Sicily has to move up a spot to fit them all in. There’s already a bunch of value “premium” options in the forwards, so I won’t put him there either.

      This team will probably change 150 times before next Thursday night anyhow, so take the above comments very lightly!

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  1. It’s all about the rookie (s) for this version Chillo. If Fogarty gets dropped early you could struggle to cover F6.

    Due to his very average preseason I’ve avoided him, but thoughts on Christensen at F5?

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    1. Fogarty is more of a placeholder, I really don’t expect him to play much if at all. I have no idea who to replace him with though, so you may be right – a re-structure might be on the cards.

      I’ve had Bundy at F4 for two months and then took him out last week. I just concerned about his scoring power, and his price might get stuck in the mid 300’s, which is a waste. It really all hinges on Diagnosis: Danger.

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      1. To add to that, there’s only room in GWS for one of Finlayson and Keeffe if any and I think Finlayson’s just ahead, so you may be forced to move Sicily to the forward line.

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      2. Zac Giles-Langdon is rated a high chance of playing at GWS, he’d be a natural replacement for Fogarty assuming he’s named – and at least there’s a role for him at GWS rather than replacing an injured player.

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  2. I would be concerned with your exposure to FURL in the Midfield. Have you thought about Josh Caddy instead of Smith?

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    1. FURL is always a concern, but the only one of the four I’m worried about there is Banfield – I think his JS is shaky at best.

      I have not thought about Josh Caddy, and I won’t. Burny burny

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  3. Very solid Chillo. Similar to mine, I’ve just opted for the extra “keeper” in the forward than the mids.

    Love the Parker pick.

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  4. Have to say nice team Chillo as I currently have 21 of the same. Thinking of adding Parker as well. However definitely stopped short of having 4 Freo midfielders not just because of the FURL factor, but if you have to use them all, is there enough points to go round??

    NB Haven’t addressed the Danger situation yet.

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  5. Finally, one of SCT writers hasnโ€™t used the auto fill option ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Currently have 24/30 of the same Chillo, so I think itโ€™s a very solid team. As a Hawk supporter, Iโ€™m concerned for Sicily down back without Hodgey settling him down!

    Good luck for 2018

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