Yep, you have just visited Risky Town.
As many coaches have stated, the Ruck line and the Rookies often shape our overall teams and my team is no exception. The inclusion of Scott Lycett at R2 frees up a lot of cash and allows me to limit how many playing Rookies I have. If he knocks out a solid 70-80ppg average until the bye I am ahead of the game, if he gets injured in Round 1 I have a stinky donut which I can’t afford to upgrade.
Initially I had the solid combination of Laird, Hibberd and Hurley but I am concerned that Hurley is underdone and will be cheaper during the season. Shane Savage is a risk but Richo rates him and only dropped him because Savage was playing too defensively last season when the coach wanted him to be attacking. I can’t see Savage averaging poorly enough to really hurt me.
The same goes for Sicily: He will fluctuate wildly but should average above his price enough across the entire season.
Let’s wait and see on the rookies: If none are named Round 1 things could get interesting.
I have toyed with removing Dangerfield from my starting line-up all season so I haven’t had to restructure much with his possible injury. My main concern right now is whether I should scrap Coniglio and Liberatore for Martin and Will Brodie to save myself possible trades later.
That is really likely to happen before Round 1
This is where many teams will get funky this season. There are so many break-out contenders around, I was forced to beat a few back with a large stick.
While both may start the season slowly, Billings and Heeney will be top 6 forwards so I decided to cop a few poor scores to save trades later. After them I have considered Devon Smith, Petracca, Toby McLean and Mathieson. Right now, Petracca and McLean are leading but Smith could easily come back in for Petracca.
Christensen has recently been cut for Tom Bell because Bell seems likely to play higher up the ground and there are just no decent forward rookies.
Go hard folks. Tell me where I am wrong, why I am wrong and how to fix the wrongness. Don’t be shy: I listen and I am very impressionable!
For the record, if I change my mind on Lycett, I will bring in Ryder or Goldstein by cutting a midfielder.
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