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LOOPHOLE OPTIONS in 2020
Whether you choose a loophole or not, it is always good to consider which club(s) offers the best loophole options for the year, in case you decide at the last minute you want one. As last year proved, Patrick BINES, WCE (RUC/FWD) was worth his weight in blue & gold, until a (not so) young Reilly O’BRIEN was asked to fill Sauce’s big boots early in the piece.
LESSON #1: it pays to have a DPP (dual position player) loophole!
For those with BINES, it was a simple matter of binning your crappy F8, moving Bines FWD and bringing in ROB for a quick c.$300k. Happy days. Those WITHOUT a DPP at R3 would have faced complications getting O’Brien in (the greatest cash cow in recent memory) or even forewent the opportunity. This is a genuine warning. Build in the flexibility to your side to take advantage of unforeseen opportunities whilst giving you the ability to cover any nasty surprises.
With a little more detail this year, the table below demonstrates that three clubs offer a decent fixture for loophole options this year. Namely Gold Coast, Freo and North. Of these three sides only North play in the first two games of ANY round (once in Rd4), but the Pies (Grundy) play the Lions (Neale) the night before, so there are decent VC options available that week. Further, they ALL offer decent VC options when they aren’t playing in the last two games of the round. To that extent, we simply need to find a base-priced, DPP from any of these three clubs, who has (little to) no chance of playing in 2020. Ideally, they will be a RUC/FWD option, but even this may not be necessary, should there be a decent playing rookie option for R3 in 2020. Only time will tell.
More explicit details will follow, when SC Gold launches (rumour has it, this will be next Fri 20th December 2019). In the meantime, we would be interested to hear if fellow SCTers have other thoughts/opinions on this. Over to you …
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