A common response on the trade threads the last couple of weeks have been – “Make sure you check your bye structure!”
Well, what does this mean? If you haven’t done so already, Macca has been an absolute legend over the years and provided us all with a Bye-Planner in Excel which helps you plan for who you will have playing and missing over the bye weeks and I suggest you check it out here SCT 2017 AFL Bye Planner – Rnd7
If you aren’t careful and are completely oblivious to the byes, you could very well field a team one week that scores… wait for it… ZERO!!
Say what!?! I didn’t know that! What am I suppose to do now??
You may think I’m joking but I’ve heard that comment on more than one occasion in the past.
In case you have missed it, the byes for 2017 are as follows:
As this week is R9, Port Adelaide and Gold Coast are having their post China bye so if you have Powell-Pepper (62.3%), Eddy (44%), Witts (22.5%), Swallow (16.2%), Houston (12.8%), Ablett (11.5%), Bowes (11.4%), Ainsworth (9.9%), Tom J.Lynch (8.9%), Matera (5.5%), Wines (5.5%), Wingard (4.8%), Miller (4.7%) or any other cheeky POD from these teams, then make sure you have enough bench cover (redundant statement this year?) as you are still required to field 22 players and if not, get ready for some Krispy Kremes!
The team below is completely full of players who have the Rd11 bye to give you an idea of how easy it can be to have a team of players missing in a single round and to be honest, it’s a pretty decent and feasible line up by this time of year if you decided for less popular picks than Danger/Fyfe/Laird and jumped on some early season bolters in Oliver/Murphy/Roberton.
DEF: Docherty, Simpson, Roberton, Lloyd, Marchbank, Newman (Berry, Williamson)
MID: Bontempelli, JPK, Hannebery, Rockliff, M.Murphy, Oliver, Beams Petrevski-Seton (Barrett, Fisher, Florent)
RUC: S.Martin, Sinclair (Cameron)
FWD: Dahlhaus, Macrae, Steele, N.Riewoldt, Heeney, Franklin (Pickett, Hannan)
While the team above has as much chance to win the weekly prize in Rd11 as anyone ever does in winning the Perfect 9 competition, they will have a very decent crack at it over the other rounds.
So, to name just a few players that will be missing for various weeks, these are a list of the more SuperCoach relevant and popular players selected in 2017 with their respective ownership before trades this week:
DEF: Roberton (StK 2.6%), Montagna (StK 1.4%), Newman (Syd 28%), Lloyd (Syd 12.1 %), Jones (Syd 9.6%), Marchbank (Carl 43.5%), Docherty (Carl 25.7%), Williamson (Carl 7.8%), Simpson (Carl 6.4%), Hibberd (Melb 8.7), Vince (Melb 5.4%), Berry (Bris 11%), JJ (WB 12.4%), R.Murphy(WB 11.4%)
MID: Steven (StK 2.3%), JPK (Syd 16.2%), Hannebery (Syd 8.4%), Parker (Syd 5.1%), M.Murphy (Carl 22.1%), Petrevski-Seton (Carl 12.3%), Cripps (Carl 4.1%), Oliver (Melb 22%), Barrett (Bris 37.8%), Beams (Bris 19.8%), Rockliff (Bris 12%), Zorko (Bris 3.7%), Bontempelli (WB 31.6%)
RUC: Martin (Bris 15.8%)
FWD: Steele (StK 34.9%), N.Riewoldt (StK 9.4%), Franklin (Syd 29.4%), Heeney (Syd 8.4%), Pickett (Carl 31%), Hannan (Melb 13%), Petracca (Melb 11.2%), Pederson (Melb 1.2%), Dahlhaus (WB 48.2%), Macrae (WB 24.4%), T.Boyd (WB 12.5%)
DEF: Hibberd (NM 31.7%), Vickers-Willis (NM 16.9%), Rance (Rich 11.4%), Stewart (Geel 40.5%), Tuohy (Geel 17.1%)
MID: D.Martin (Rich 25.4%), S.Mitchell (WCE 4.5%), Mutimer (WCE 4.5%), Gaff (WCE 3.7%), Dangerfield (Geel 61.3%), J.Selwood (Geel 8.4%), Horlin-Smith (Geel 7.2%)
RUC: Preuss (NM 24.9%), Goldstein (NM 7.4%)
FWD: Higgins (NM 5.2%), Nankervis (Rich 48.2%), Butler (Rich 33.7%), Yeo (WVE 27.2%), JJK (WCE 20.6%), Parsons (Geel 18%), Black (Geel 17.3), Parfitt (Geel 13.9%)
DEF: Otten (Adel 49.6%), Hampton (Adel 38.1 %), Laird (Adel 37.5%), Shaw (GWS 35.4%), Williams (GWS 3.1%), Adams (Coll 43.2%), Howe (Coll 3.5%), McGrath (Ess 30.7%), McNeice (Ess 4.9%), Hurley (Ess 3.4%), Burton (Haw 6.2%)
MID: Sloane (Adel 13.9%), Kelly (GWS 7.9%), Pendlebury (Coll 21.1%), Treloar (Coll 17.9%), Heppell (Ess 15.8%), Myers (Ess 15.7%), Watson (Ess 8.3%), Merrett (Ess 6.4%), Fyfe (Frem 61%), Neale (Frem 3.6%), T.Mitchell (Haw 14.2%), O’Meara (Haw 11.9%)
RUC: Jacobs (Adel 4.1%), Mumford (GWS 5.4%), Grundy (Coll 13.2%), Sandilands (Frem 53%)
FWD: Betts (Adel 7.7%), Taranto (GWS 28.1%), Greene (GWS 14.4%), Hoskin-Elliot (Coll 36.7%), Balic (Frem 27.1%), McCarthy (Frem 10 %), Roughead (Haw 23.4%), Hardwick (Haw 4.9%)
Let’s get stuck into the nitty gritty things…
Ok Huttabito, so what happens to scoring then if we have players missing? I can’t possibly field 22 players for all 3 weeks!!
Well, as stated above, the Rd9 mini-bye (or nuisance, whatever you would like to call it) is treated exactly like every other week. Maximum of two trades and all 22 on field scores count.
But… Over rounds 11-13 the rules are adjusted to ensure a slightly more friendly playing field over this time. The two rule changes are:
1. Best 18 on field scores count. While 18 is the minimum number of players required for a full team, it is suggested to go in with slightly more so the worst couple get dropped from the scores. Would be pretty nice if you don’t have to cop a Parsons Special 19 because you fielded a few extra players. The players must be on filed though – if you only have 18 playing players, but 8 of them are in your forward line, the 2 stranded on the bench will NOT count and you effectively will only get the scores for 16 players.
2. You get 3 trades per round. Yes, you heard me correctly, you get THREE trades per week! Be careful though, if you are any thing like me, you can go through 1/3 of your trades in 3 weeks so it’s especially important over this time that all trades are to maximise points, cash generation and number of players on field over this time.
Given the 3 trades per week, the ideal team set up heading into the first week of the byes is 21 playing players in Bye1, 18 players Bye2 and 15 players Bye3 as you can trade 3 players who are having their bye to players who are coming off their bye, ensuring you can field an even 21 players every week in which the lowest 3 scores are not included. Now that Port Adelaide and Gold Coast play throughout all 3 weeks and there’s only 4 teams who are missing in Bye2, these numbers are slightly skewed/hard to achieve this year but you get the general idea. Don’t trade in players over this time who will miss the very next week. Simples.
Now, everyone loves to loophole rookies (NEWMANNNN!!!!) and (VC) scores and the bye rounds open up a world of possibilities as a player who is having their bye isn’t locked until the final game of the round, meaning they can also be traded up until the point meaning you’ll have more loopholes and options available than you know what to do with.
The points made above are pretty key to finishing with a high overall rank, as the byes can cause massive swing rounds for players to make up some pretty big ground on the competition if navigated perfectly. If you are in a league which doesn’t play over these weeks and all you care about is bragging rights over your mates and co-workers, then you can afford to pick up the best value picks along the way and ignore structure completely. There is more than one way to play SuperCoach so take the path you need for success.
Best of luck coaches and remember, we are all in this together!
I’m sure other Coaches out there would love to hear your thoughts and strategies on the byes…
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