Team Reveal – Huttabito

Written by Huttabito on March 14 2017

Finishing up just outside the top 1,000 after sitting in cruise control for 8 weeks hovering between 500-800 before fading last season, my aim for the year is to end up in the top 1,000. I can pinpoint two decisions last year which cost me a top 200 spot but that’s besides the point. This is a new year and I will not make bad decisions again!

Defenders

Shaw – May be a tad overpriced but will no doubt be one of the top scorers for the year and has a proven track record. Given some cheaper picks on other lines, I have the funds to lock away one of the top defenders to try and minimise the overall risk by not picking up the speculative low 4o0k defenders.

Laird – Priced just about right and will give a consistent 90-100 points week in, week out. I want nothing more from a defender.

Howe – Averaged 100 last year from Rd7 onwards when he was moved to the back line so is 40k underpriced in my books. Very good reader of the flight of ball and has great disposal efficiency when he gets rid of it. Locked for top 10 defender for the season on overall points.

Marchbank I question the JS of lots of back rookies and I’m not confident in fielding many (contrary to the popular opinion) of them so I have picked him up as last years Weitering. Worth a little bit more but should also score a little more and has rock solid JS. Will be a slow burn up until the byes but at least he will be playing every week and will get his price within 150k of a fallen premium – enough for me.

Midfielders

Dangerfield – Worth every penny and will struggle big time getting him in if I don’t start with him. Finished strong in the back half of last year when Selwood got some miles into his legs after a limited pre-season, but both have had full ones now and expecting big things again. I missed his 229 and 173 captain scores last year so he owes me.

Pendlebury – As durable as they come, averaged 118 last season even though he was playing off the half back for the first part of the season due to injury concerns. Goes back over 120 in my books this year and is a lock. Not concerned about his “achillies” on the weekend, it’s just Pendles being Pendles. If he magically doesn’t get up for Rd1, I will bank 60k and pick up the Bont.

J.Selwood – See above with Danger, both have had full preseasons and expecting to come out firing. Did you see the dynamic duo turn the last pre-season game on it’s head?

Treloar – Averaged 111 with practically no preseason last year. Gets better every year and only has room for improvement. If he irons out the “weak patch” he had last season he goes 115+ this year as a minimum with whatever natural game improvements he brings.

Fyfe – My main man. I paid overs on a picture frame of him at a charity auction so given he’s unders in SuperCoach, makes it an absolute steal in my books.

Beams – Oozes class and had a player rating higher than Dangerfield a few years ago. What could have been if he stayed fully fit over this time. Looked silky smooth over JLT and when he plays, he knocks out 110+. Being named captain the club must have faith he can get through the year, he’s had plenty of time to get things right.

O’Meara – Underpriced for his capabilities. He is Hawks prize recruit and they wouldn’t risk anything to have him go down early in the season. If he plays, they trust his body, he’s locked. Improved with each game over the preseason and will be used as a stepping stone to get the last premium midfielder I require.

Rucks

You guys thought I was joking about SandiWitts didn’t you? Nope!

Sandilands – With lots of uncertainty around the rucks, I don’t want to lock myself into two premiums. Sandilands offers fantastic value for his price tag. Came back with 2 JLT games to spare so calf niggle doesn’t seem to be as bad as first thought although injury risk is always a concern, especially for the early rounds. If he plays through to the byes before breaking down, he will increase his price within a stone throw of the top rucks.

Witts – If he was any other rookie on any other line with his scoring potential and early JS, he would be locked but because he’s a ruck, it’s taboo. Out with the rule book this year I say, a 700k saving over Goldy/Gawn combo will go a long way this year given our lack of basement prices rookies on other lines.

Forwards

N.Riewoldt – With a dream run at Etihad to start the season, he should come out flying and will be the top scoring FWD up until the byes. Priced 30k too high for my liking, but worth the price to reap the early rewards.

Dahlhaus – Only two forwards in the top 10 have DPP and he is the premier FWD/MID premium who is underpriced by 25k due to an injury affected game last season. 1 of 2 players who has featured in every saved team since SuperCoach opened. Given most of the top FWDs this year will be key forwards, there price will drop more throughout the season so may as well lock away the top DPP player from the start. If NRoo didn’t have a dream opening draw, I’d be locking in Greene too.

Roughead – It’s good to see the big man back out there after what he’s gone through in recent times. Being named captain of the team was the deciding factor for me and shows he is ready to tackle the season head. Looking healthy, his price is too good to pass up given his history and the lack of 100+ FWDs we have on offer this year.

Nankervis – I always pick up a R3/F7 throughout the year as assurance but starting Sandilands, I think it is necessary to go into Rd 1 with one. Nankervis offers the most value for money of those available and has impressed this preseason, enough for me. Jacobs/Mumford and Maric improved their average by 30+ on aggregate changing clubs and becoming the #1 ruck, so I hope he can follow suit.

Steele – Went absolute beastmode of the JLT series and priced low enough to take the risk. The team is guns and rookies with the only mid pricers (Nank not included, penciled bench cover) being those returning from injury so I feel like I can take 1 breakout risk. If it fails it gives money to upgrade the rucks earlier. I believe ex-GWS kids are worth a crack in other teams and he looks like just the missing piece they need.

Taranto – Performed well over the pre-season but had questionable JS given the depth of the GWS squad. With Deledio and now Coniglio down early, I expect this will open the door for him to get a good run. He will score well when playing so will give a nice point advantage over the other rookies who could put in very quiet games.

Afterthoughts

Rookies have run the show in my team and I am not confident in the slightest that what we have on offer this year will be enough. You will all be given the stats I’ve complied over the preseason next week in the rookie reviews to check out yourself but they are slim picking compared to last year. This has led to quite a few of the injury returning premiums and 2 speculative mid pricers in the FWD line.

Bye structure? Couldn’t tell you to be honest and I’m not fussed. Injuries happen, premiums/rookies will come and go and I will build towards it 3-4 weeks out.

I’m expecting some flak on the rucks but it has shaped a pretty solid side and minimised the amount of first year rookies I have on field which is my number 1 priority this year. It’s also so crazy I think it might work. Although at 25 years of age, with tints of grey hair through the sides of my head, I have no doubt it may cause a few more to come through by years end.

Have at it!

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39 thoughts on “Team Reveal – Huttabito”

  1. Very solid Hutta. Despite your reasoning, I still count 3 midpricers, which is probably about 3 to many for my liking, but they all seem to be in good form. Steele in particular can rack up possessions at will.

    Paying a premium for rookies (Marchbank, Hampton, Witts and Taranto) eats up a fair amount of cash, but better having a 230K rookie playing every week, than a 102K rookie doing nothing.

    Can definitely see your thinking with the rucks. It could be tough to bring Gawn in if he doesn’t drop significantly in price. He has a dream start to the season, but Spencer is a concern.

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    1. Cheers Chips, I’m huge fan of Gawn as a player in general but if Spencer plays, there is absolutely no way I will pick Gawn. I do have contingency plans if Gawn is named Rd1 without Spencer, but as I see it at the moment, Spencer plays.

      If there were more cheaper rookies, I’ll be over them, but unfortunately there isn’t many I’d be comfortable starting, let alone fielding. With the injured premiums returning, it allows a couple of the more higher priced ones to come in to firm up overall Job Security.

      If we do end up with enough FWD rookies, Roughie/O’Meara are gone for premium mid and the rookie.

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      1. The more I think about the more I’m sold on the idea of going without Gawn. I thought he was my first picked and no way he would come out. If you look at it from the point of view that if spencer plays Gawn drops his average to say 105 early on. If Witts is sole ruck at GC he can average 90+ easily I think. Your essentially paying $430k for 15 extra points on average a week. I like your thoughts that if there was a rookie on any other line at $217k that could potentially average 85-90 you wouldn’t hesitate picking him. Just what I needed more to think about before round one. Good luck Hutto

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  2. Wow! Never in my life have i seen a side so similar to mine.
    Rucks: the same.
    Midfield: I have Hannerbry at M2….You have Pendles.
    Defenders: Instead of Howe, I have teammate Adams. I have a basement rookie at D4 instead of Marchbank.
    Forwards: I have Ryder instead of Steele, but still seriously considering him.

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    1. Ditto! JPK instead of Pendles, Swallow in the mids and Caddy over Riewoldt (still a question mark) but remarkably similar otherwise.
      I thought I was the only one with that ruck combo…

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  3. Really like your team but Witts is risky Currie and Nicholls are proven scorers :o, fair bit of midpricers up forward too, other than that very solid

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    1. I think the pecking order is Witts, Nicholls and Currie so it’s his to lose.

      Has scored decent with the Pies even though was sharing duties with grundy. If he is solo ruck early on, he will score well, especially with the new rules at 209cm with a pretty handy midfield at his feet.

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      1. His best season was 2014 when he played 20 games and averaged 10 disposals a game, 18 hitout and 3.5 tackles a game.

        His career total is 40, so the other 3 seasons weren’t nearly as good.

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  4. Marchbank: With Simpson and Docherty ball hogging in the backline do you really feel he’ll score enough?
    Mids: Can’t argue your reasoning other than having two team pairs feels wrong.
    Ruck: The ruck pool is so thin and injury prone this year, it seems this area will be the hardest to predict. So durability and consistency may be more important than ceiling here.
    Forwards: Looks like my set up so either we are both awesome or the pickings are vary bare.

    Good summary.

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    1. He scored 85 on the weekend with Docherty and Simpson going 116 and 93, so there’s defiantly enough points back there for him. He’s a very good reader of the ball and will rack up intercept marks in their backline. I’m expecting the 80-85 range from him, which is more than enough in my books given the JS on other rookies. He’s one that GWS didn’t want to give away, and for good reasons.

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      1. JLT scores don’t mean as much as people think. The rookies are going a million miles an hour to prove themselves and the keepers are kicking back just making sure they’re not rusty and don’t get injured. The seniors will take over the major roles when the real thing starts. I think your hopes of an 80-85 average is a least 5-10 too high. Last year Mills averaged 77, Petracca 72, BenKen 68, Weitering 67 and they were some of the best rookies we’ve had in a couple of years… I think it’s more likely Marchbank goes between 65-75.

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        1. An average of 70 would see his price rise to 330k. Given his game style, I think he is pretty likely going to give that consistent score. Only needs one 100 when he take 5 intercept marks followed by a rebound 50 with a handful of 1%ers, much like Weitering managed last year and he goes to 360k+.

          Given the lack of basement rookies, that 100k outlay pays in itself. Happy to make 100k minimum and have a playing rookie than someone who is dropped after 2 weeks when an injured best 22 returns and makes nothing.

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  5. I don’t think I’ll bother with a team reveal because you’ve just done it. Only difference is I have Docherty rather than Laird and no Taranto.

    My concern with this set-up is whether Steele plays as much midfield in the real stuff and if Witts will break down again.

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        1. I always like to remind myself the guy who won it in 2015 started with Malceski at $566k and held him to the last few rounds. Not every pick is going to be perfect!

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          1. Very good point. Last year especially some upgrade plans get thrown out the window I think I ran into every Supercoach relevant injury last year so sometimes even though you know you shouldn’t still have a certain player because of form just having someone playing is a tick!

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  6. Love it! Wow Hutta you really weren’t kidding about loving your team. Witts and Sandilands has serious reward if it comes off but the risk is bigger too!

    What will you do if the new ruck rules causes the best 2 rucks to be mor expensive than ever? There’ll likely be a big jump from Witts to Gawn even after Witts has fattened as a cow after all.

    Covering your rucks with Nankervis is covering a risk with another risk which hardly makes sense to me but the potential is certainly there.

    Well done Huttabito, if things go your way you’ll be hard to beat! (And just quietly I’d love to see you play a game of Jenga with all your risk taking)

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    1. Witts could be 375k by his Rd9 bye, with whatever funds Marchbank or Taranto have made (could well be 375k each themselves) which would leave 250k to upgrade. The way pricing works, Gawn just has to drop 1 low score (as he tends to do) and it will do more damage to his price than a large one, so would expect there to not be a huge price rise and more likely fall early and come back to 600k which I would have the funds to use by the byes.

      I see Nank as low risk with the #1 ruck duties, especially when you look at past trends with rucks finding a new home.

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    1. I was running that for a while but if Sandilands misses for 1 week with a niggle, I will be forced to trade there and then as I don’t think any of the cheaper ruck options will play early. The other option is to have Witts on the bench at R3, but I think that is too excessive given his scoring potential.

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  7. I really like this team, I have gone with a very similar set up but with Nank as R1 and Witts R3 and looping Eddy and Butler as my F6

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    1. Don’t mind the loopholing F6 in the early stages, especially if you can grab another 5 goal unforeseen Eddy performance.

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  8. Very tempted to do something similar if Spencer is named round 1 along side Gawn. Just wondering how many keepers you consider having in that team? High risk but if Witts fires the reward is high!

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    1. – 13 onfield keepers
      – 2 midpricers to be traded
      – 1 season long ruck backup

      9 upgrades but the 3 more expensive rookies and 2 midpricer stepping stones should save a few trades compared to 1 up, 1 down approach of a 14 keepers GnR approcach.

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      1. So I think you’ve solved my forward line woe’s.

        Im going with Simpson/Touhy. in Def

        And JPK and Stevens in the Mids.

        JPK and Simpson are Rocks

        Rolling the Dice with Touhy and Stevens.

        Leaves me with $52K for the Green light Rookie shuffle.

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  9. Good side overall mate. Think we’ll need a premium D4 with the lack of rookies though. Melican & Stewart 50/50 at best. Marchbank looking like a necessary evil almost.

    Seeing a lot of sides around withSandi & Witts R1 & R2. Wits has to average close to 85 to make his 150k by the time his bye rolls around.

    What’s the plan if Sandi goes ping in round 3 and GC bring in Currie to share the ruck not long after? Season down the gurgler I think. There’s risk, and there’s unnecessary risk. I think the SandiWitts combo falls comfortably in the latter.

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    1. Cheers BigRuss, I see Witts averaging the 85 up until his bye. His average against the rucks in the first 8 rounds is 74, and that was rucking 50/50 with Grundy in most of the matches. As the sole man standing 209cm tall, he should make that with no 3rd man up. Currie was dropped from JLT3 even after a great game when Witts was missing in game 2, so I think Eade’s plan is the sole ruck as long as Nicholls is still getting over his back issues.

      To cover all bases, especially when Freo play after Richmond, I will more than likely be swinging Nankervis to R1 and bench Witts as backup in case a late out. This will also let me loophole the FWD rookies. If it goes bust early, I will turn all focus to league and will have 18 weeks to resurrect. I see the rewards greater than the risk so happy to roll the dice.

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  10. Nice team. I feel you’re being too optimistic with Howe, Marchbank and Witts. Even Nankervis and Steele are with pretty strong risk.

    I understand that you can use these guys as stepping stones, but I still see it as an issue.

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  11. Great job!! So very similar to mine. I’ve been playing with the Sandi Witts Nan combo for a bit now. Too good value. I still prefer Thoey over Howe though. Good luck

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