The Floating Donut Explained

Before we get stuck into the nitty-gritty, a quote from Homer Simpson:

Mmm donuts… is there anything they can’t do?

Wise words Homer, wise words.

In terms of SuperCoach, the ‘floating donut’, as it has been coined, has become an extremely valuable commodity.

The tactic is basically selecting a player who is unlikely to play all season in your starting squad of 30 and using that player’s non-scores to the coach’s advantage.

SuperCoach has the rolling lock-out, which of course means you get two shots at your captaincy (and in some cases, emergency) selection every round.

Stick with us, it will all make sense in a minute!

UNDERSTANDING

Before you go any further, check out Aaron’s guide on how to use the vice-captaincy loophole here.

But how do we know which player is going to serve your loophole best?

Thankfully, friend of SCHQ and number-crunching gun Brice Mitchell has done the hard work for us.

Don’t get overwhelmed by all the numbers! Once you get your bearings it’s quite simple to follow.

We want our floating donut playing as late in the round as possible, so we have the option of giving them the captaincy, or swinging them back onto the bench.

 

CHOOSING THE TEAM

As we can see, Carlton plays the most Sunday-Monday games, with 11 of its 22 deep in the round.

But the Bulldogs score a higher ‘late-round’ rating, because the Dogs have seven Saturday night games to the Blues’ one.

However, if you were to choose a rookie-priced player from any of the Western Bulldogs, Dockers, Blues, Saints or Suns you’d be pretty safe.

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Perhaps you’re just worried about having the donut in place until up to the bye?

Then Hawthorn (or Fremantle) is your go to – incredibly the Hawks have seven of their first 11 games on either a Sunday or a Monday.

Don’t worry too much about bye strategy when picking your floating donut – if everything goes to plan they won’t be scoring in any round, byes included!

CHOOSING THE PLAYER

Now ideally, of course we want to find the absolute cheapest possible player to use in this position.

However, if you have to pay a little extra in order to gain a dual-position status, it could well be worth it.

Who’s your floating donut going to be? Leave us a comment below!

Another important thing to take into consideration is the line that you want your floating donut on.

There’s three spots on the midfield bench, but midfield rookies usually make the most money.

The ruck bench generally makes the most sense, but what if Zac Clarke ($142,600) and Darcy Fort ($117,300) are named in round one?

VERDICT

Anyway, I had a bit of a glance over the cheapest players out there, and here’s what I came up with.

As you can see, I’m fairly confident that one of Tobe Watson or Jason Carter will be perfect for us – basement price, DPP and with a team that plays on Sunday plenty.

TOP FIVE FLOATING DONUT OPTIONS BY PRICE:
5. Matthew OWIES (CARL) MID/FWD $102,400
4. Will GOLDS (HAW) MID $102,400
3. Sam ALABAKIS (STK) RUCK $102,400
2. Buku KHAMIS (WB) DEF $102,400
1. Tobe WATSON / Jason CARTER (FRE) DEF/MID $102,400

TOP THREE FLOATING DONUT OPTIONS IN DEF:
3. Damon GREAVES (HAW) DEF/MID $109,900
2. Buku KHAMIS (WB) DEF $102,400
1. Tobe WATSON / Jason CARTER (FRE) DEF/MID $102,400

TOP THREE FLOATING DONUT OPTIONS IN MID:
3. Will GOLDS (HAW) MID $102,400
2. Matthew OWIES (CARL) MID/FWD $102,400
1. Tobe WATSON / Jason CARTER (FRE) DEF/MID $102,400

TOP THREE FLOATING DONUT OPTIONS IN RUCK:
3. Caleb GRAHAM (GC) DEF/RUCK $117,300
2. Patrick BINES (WCE) RUCK/FWD $102,400
1. Sam ALABAKIS (STK) RUCK $102,400

TOP THREE FLOATING DONUT OPTIONS IN FWD:
3. Brodie RIACH (WCE) RUCK/FWD $102,400
2. Patrick BINES (WCE) RUCK/FWD $102,400
1. Matthew OWIES (CARL) MID/FWD $102,400

Jordon SWEET (WB) RUCK $102,400 has not been included due to the pre-season chatter that he might feature for the Bulldogs early on.

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2 thoughts on “The Floating Donut Explained

    1. Probably Ben Silvagni James, although he could get a game or two in the back-half of the season. Jacob Koschitzke (HAW) and Connor Idun (GWS) would be my other suggestions.

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