I remember Thommo talking about ‘GroupThink’ during the pre-season and how we sometimes just move with the crowd on certain trades/moves without reason. I decided to take a look at the ‘Trade Talk’ threads from this season and check on the ‘GroupThink’ moves that have taken place this season. Here are a few examples……..
After Rd1: OUTS – Grundy, Gawn INS – Newman, Sheed, Libba
After Rd2: OUTS – Dusty, Heeney, Mundy INS – Boak, M.Crouch
After Rd4: OUTS – Parker, Butters INS – Mumford, Rockliff, O’Brien
After Rd5: OUTS – Darling, Menegola INS – T.Kelly, O’Brien
After Rd6: OUTS – R.Gray, Libba INS – Hayes, Baker
The sheer panic that enveloped many Coaches after one Round of footy was just insane. I don’t have the official figures in front of me, but I read on Twitter that about 6000 Coaches traded out either Grundy or Gawn after that first Round. SIX THOUSAND! That’s six thousand teams who will have less trades than you…….you can bet they’re trying to get G&G back into their teams at some stage (averaging 15+ pts more than the 3rd best Ruckman).
I haven’t included his name in the list above, but Clayton Oliver has been a regular in Trade Talk most weeks this year because he hadn’t ‘gone off’ as most Coaches had hoped. You can be sure that the Coaches that don’t have Oliver are looking for ways to trade him in before he produces another 175.
Many of the popular trade-out options can be justified with injury or as rookies ‘reaching peak value’ yet some are simply being traded out after one or two bad games.
Now I’ll admit that I wrote off Mundy in my ‘Corrective Trades’ write-up after Rd2……although the other recommendations were quite accurate. I guess the point I’m trying to make is, back your premiums in. You chose them for a reason, don’t throw out your research/gut feeling/studying after a handful of bad games (unless his name is Darling).
In MOST cases (not all) your premos will find their form again. Concentrate on upgrading your rookies first, that will strengthen your team overall and in the long run (saving trades). Good luck, Coaches!
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