As is now tradition, here’s my hopefully helpful guide to picking a team at the last minute. Want to play but just signed up? Not had any time to research? This picker will help you get a team that is safe and follows conventional wisdom about team picking. There is a say that your starting team won’t make you win, but it can make you lose. This is intended to help you not lose.
Rookies are the basis of all teams. We need to start with those. This year is a rough year for rookies, so we’re going to need some expensive ones to help out. Mostly these are just the most popular at the time I’m writing.
In Defense take:
D4- Hayden Young
D5- Jordan Clark
D6- Thomas Highmore
D7- Jacob Koschitzke
D8- Aiden Fyfe (non-playing loophole)
In the Midfield take:
M5 – Errol Gulden
M6 – Tom Powell
M7 – Anthony Scott
M8 – Paddy Dow
M9 – Connor Downie
M10 – James Jordon
M11 – Tanner Bruhn
In the Ruck take:
R3 – Matt Flynn
Up Forward take:
F3 – Jack Ziebell
F4 – Joe Daniher
F5 – Braeden Campbell
F6 – Chad Warner
F7 – Tyler Brockman
F8 – James Rowe
That should be 18 players selected with $6,975,100 left
If you want to just fill in the rest, then you now have a solid base to do that from.
Let’s complete the team with solid premiums. Normally I do a lot of this guy or that guy at this point, but this year I’m putting down specific ones and then listing some options afterward.
D1 – Jake Lloyd
D2 – Rory Laird
D3 – Jordan Ridley
M1 – Lachie Neale
M2 – Clayton Oliver
M3 – Jack Macrae
M4 – Zach Merrett
R1 – Max Gawn
R2 – Brodie Grundy
F1 – Patrick Dangerfied
F2 – Dustin Martin
That fills the team up with just $6,300 left!
Next put the VC on Grundy and the C on Gawn
Put Es on: Jacob Koschitzke, James Jordon , Matt Flynn, and Tyler Brockman
You should have something that looks like this:
(You can right click to open in a new window to see it larger)
The exact order of cows on the bench does not matter, as long as you have the E on the right one.
If Grundy has a huge score you want as your captain score, Put A Fyfe on the field, and put Highmore on the Bench with the E one him, Then make A Fyfe the captain.
So, not a lot of free cash to make changes. Obviously you can change what you want, but here are a few I can think of offhand:
Rolling team announcements
One challenge this year will be teams not being named until the day before. The above rookies are mostly named already. If one missed be sure to note that and replace them with someone who has been named. I did not put in any Port rookies because we don’t know if they will play any. If they do, you can bring them in for rookies you do not like, or for the $200+ players and free up funds for elsewhere.
Players you might like better, who are not too high risk
If you hate Young or Clark, you can swap them for Butts, who has good job security although not a lot of scoring / earning potential. Nikolas Cox is maybe ok if you hate both of them.
Riley O’Brian (but really, just stick with G & G)
Players you might like better, who are sort of kind of dodgy
Paul Hunter (not that dodgy but might lose his job when the other StK rucks get back)
Jordan De Goey
This team is heavy on bigger established players like Lloyd, Neale and Dangerfield. Expensive but good. There is nothing very “clever” about it, the idea being you can start like this and be ok to play the rest of the season.
Sorry for the new “pick these exact guys and then adjust” approach, but it wasn’t working well to do it the other way.
Rookies are always hard to predict, feel free to move those to anyone you like better.
Ok, That’s it for this year.
Thanks for reading!
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