Making the big into the far away small!
How do you select a team?
“Pick players until I run out of money!”
True but not useful. And not even all the way true, since we often have money left over on purpose. How about we talk about which players and why?
“Whole sites are devoted to that! Are you mad? That’s not a one post topic…..is it?”
Well no, not when asked like that. A better question might be, “Is there any approach to team selection that might have an advantage over others, for actual reasons?”
“Well certainly a better question…..”
Yeah. Anyways I think there is. It’s not Supercoach specific or original though. Make the choices that are most restricted first, and let those decisions narrow down the options in other areas where you are more flexible.
Well, for example, there are a lot of good premium midfield candidates. So rather than start with them, start in somewhere with few options. Like, do you want a fwd/ruck swingman, if and so who is it? If you take one, that tells you that you can have a perma-loophole at R3, and how you have used a forward spot. If you don’t take one, now you know that you have to come up with another plan for ruck backup, or decide to go without. Also, by knowing what kind of ruck backup you have, now you know what kind of restrictions you have on your R1 and R2.
“So, since all the fwd/ruck blokes this year are crap, I know that not having a fwd/ruck for backup means I really want set and forget Rucks?”
Exactly. Which is serious no-fun due to the lack of good set and forget ruck options. Which means you can go back and rethink the bad swingmen, or look for a cheap backup.
“Ok, so which is it?”
Oh, I’m not gonna try to answer that, Huttabito already wrote all about rucks. I’m just pointing out how to approach the problem, not handing out solutions to it.
“It’s not like you have the solution”
Exactly! Um, wait, well, yeah. So anyways, once we pick rucks we know what we have for the rest of the team. Next we can look at say, perma-captain options, meaning Dangerfield. You take him or not and spend the money on him or not. Since he costs a lot, decide early if you want him and that tells you more about your budget.
What other things look in short supply? Premium forwards, and premium defenders seem to be hard to find this season. (Let us say a short prayer in memory of Sam Docherty’s and Zac William’s 2018 seasons.) Or, you could look at it the other way, and figure out how many cows there are that are worth taking at each position, which lets you know a lot about how much you can spend, in what lines, on your premos. I usually prefer that method, because cows.
After that, you can see what sort of bye structure you have, and can start accounting for it in the slots where you have options. Maybe picking players you fancy who have good byes, until you are not in danger of tragic bye-failure, and can start thinking about how to fill in the remaining slots.
“How about dual position players?”
Good catch! Yeah, if there is only one good fwd/def and you like having a fwd/def in your squad, then that is an early call. The very last spots you should fill are premium midfielders I suspect.
“Is that it?”
Pretty much. I suspect long time supercoach players do a lot of this automatically. But for people first starting out, well, its a lot. Breaking a big problem down into manageable parts, and then doing the tricky bits first, can take the “un” from the unmanageable.
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