So this is roughly the 245th iteration, about two hundred of which were created last weekend…
Starting off with a cookie-cutter approach. At the time of writing, I have 7 of the top 10 most popular defenders, plus swingman Lachie Keeffe in the forward line. Laird and Hibberd are the standout premo backmen, and I think the most secure rookies overall are to be found in the back six. And then there’s Sicily….to quote Matteo “my no dickheads policy is going to be pissed at me”. I’m trying to set a record for pre-season tradeouts, and Jimmy boy is leading the pack. Amazingly talented player, but Clarkson had better get in his ear and tell him what’s what!
Last July I nominated Dangerfield, Mitchell and Kelly as three certainties for 2018,
and nothing that has happened since then has changed my mind. Yep, I’m leaving out Danger AND Dusty, which is the Supercoach equivalent of blasphemy. I’m not too happy about it right now! As for the rest: Lachie Neale has been one of the most consistent mids in recent years. Fyfe is a must – you simply can not ignore his sub-600K price tag – and I expect Cripps to reap the benefits of a full pre-season. Luke Parker gets the final premo mid spot. The rookies pretty much pick themselves at this stage.
Gawn is rightly the most popular player in the game right now. Sauce Jacobs was my original pick at R1, but right now Stef takes that spot, although my actual preference is for the currently unaffordable Ryder.
Heeney was my early call for this year’s highest scoring forward. His interrupted pre-season has been a bit worrying, but at this stage I’m sticking solid. The rest of the forward line is a bit of a mystery to be honest – I’m not overly convinced by the “premiums”, and a lot of the rookie prospects have disappointed. So at this stage I’ve gone with a couple of breakouts in McLean and Dev Smith, and I spent the Danger money on Jack Billings. I don’t have the greatest confidence in the four rooks I’ve chosen; they’ll likely change before the first bounce.
I’ve gone for 15 players that I view as ‘keepers’, although I admit I’ll need some luck with Sicily and Smith. Bye split for these keepers is 4/5/6, which is satisfactory. I may look at the likes of Hanley and Barlow as trade targets in round 10, pending price and form.
I crashed and burned in the early rounds last year and missed the inaugural SCT Cup. I’m fairly determined to avoid that fate again, hence the six premium mids. I know the rookie situation doesn’t really fit this strategy, and I may still downgrade one of those mids to strengthen the other lines.
However, the biggest problem I can see is trying to raise the cash to upgrade to Dusty and Danger for those last two mid spots. Can anyone get me a loan?
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