Other Supercoach Talk writers, in particular Chips Ahoy!, made reference to team structure. As Chips said, you get no points for structure, but a great starting structure prevents donuts during the season.
So how do you decide on what structure is best?
For me, it’s all about the Nookie.
Or was that Rookies?
For two months now I have fiddled with structures, adding premiums up forward, down back or through the midfield and I have filled the gaps with rookies. Yet as the season draws closer, those rookies are falling away, victims of injury, poor form or team balance.
The best teams on the RMT thread are stacked with midfield guns but there are so many teams relying on rookies who may not be named in Round 1, or if they are named they may be dropped before significantly increasing in price.
That has led me to dropping any questionable rookies from the field and replacing them with fallen premiums or high priced rookies who are at least guaranteed a game.
If I am wrong and cheap rookies are named in Round 1 and have job security then I will simply replace expensive rookies and upgrade mid-pricers to extra premiums.
Behold Thommo’s Tribe 2017!
Premiums – I doubt you need me to explain the selections of Docherty, Simpson or Howe. I am rating them Top 6 defenders.
Rookies – Thurlow, Marchbank and Hampton are expensive but I believe they will all play for as long as they are fit. Otten and Vickers-Willis seem likely to play early but I question their long-term job security so I don’t trust them on my field.
Premiums – Dangerfield, Selwood, Treloar and Fyfe require no introduction. I believe Tom Mitchell will push his average near 110 points per match but I may still get cold feet by next week and use the $70k remaining cash to upgrade him to Josh Kennedy. I’ve avoided Pendles because achilles soreness may mean Buckley moves him out of the midfield for a few weeks. We know he can do it!
Mid-pricers – Like most pundits I see Beams as a worthwhile risk at $420K. I am not as certain on O’Meara so if enough midfield rookies appear I may still downgrade him and use the cash to bring in another premium.
Rookies – My kingdom for a reliable rookie! Powell-Pepper is a no-brainer but the bench spaces are all pure speculation. I believe Barrett and Pickett will play but I’m not sure they’ll score well so I don’t want them on field. Fox could be this year’s Papley as a mature age recruit at Sydney so watch this space!
Midprice Madness – Sandilands and Witts. I can cover one injury should Sandi go down but what if Witts goes down? Unless a rookie ruck surprises us all and plays consistently, who do you bring in for an injured Witts apart from using the Ruck-Forward switch?
If Witts and Sandi both play until their byes I will be ahead of the game. If not? If they both go down? What a mess!
If more rookies play than expected and I spare up more cash, the first player I’ll upgrade will probably be Witts!
Premiums – Dahlhaus has not left my team since Supercoach opened and Riewoldt has been sat at F1 for a while because I am not sold on Macrae and I like a tall wingman!
Mid-pricers – Roughead is an inconsistent scorer but under-priced. I was against selecting him until he started spending so much time in the midfield in the JLT series. If he continues playing in the midfield his scoring should level out.
Nankervis will stay as my F4 to cover my dodgy ruck line-up and I reckon he’ll score well as the Tigers’ solo ruck.
Rookies – Again I’ve dished out the cash for Hoskin-Elliott and Turner knowing they will play. Houston and Eddy don’t look like big scorers but they should be great bench cover and cash cows for a few rounds.
Am I happy?
Hell no, I feel really uncomfortable not having Gawn or Goldstein in my ruck line. If the AFL coaches come to the party and name a couple more rookies I will bring them in and use the cash to upgrade Witts to Goldstein or Gawn, especially if they are named as solo rucks.
Feel free to rate my team and tell me I’m crazy, stupid or whatever takes your fancy.
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