Hey! It’s the final weekend before the 2020 season kicks off, so what better time to tinker with your team? I will definitely will be.
One thing you’ll notice about my team, Big Roosters, is that I’ve gone heavy on POD (point of difference) selections for premium-priced players.
My rationale is that it feels like I almost always start behind the eight-ball – either my premiums go well and everyone else has them, or they do poorly and I’m chasing tail from the get-go.
So (within reason) I’ll be more liberal this year in picking those more unique types.
The first couple of examples are Caleb Daniel (6% of sides) and Jordan Dawson (7%). Both were played in very fantasy-friendly roles for the first time in their careers last season, and both look like continuing that trend. Statistically, both took several kick-ins during the Marsh Series and generally I just like the way both of them go about their footy.
I’m prepared to take the highs with the lows with James Sicily and I hope he can continue his upward trend into 2020.
Isaac Cummins and Brandon Zerk-Thatcher both get in on good pre-seasons, but I’m spending more there than I’d like. If there are cheaper options at teams on Thursday, I’ll likely take them.
My midfield is built around two staples of SuperCoach – Lachie Neale and Patrick Cripps. I don’t there could be too much debate about this selections.
Josh Dunkley (11%), Luke Parker (0%) and Hugh McCluggage (4%) are the PODs in midfield. Dunkley is a jet who is probably underpriced based on his slow start to 2019. Parker is still only 27 (can you believe that?) and has plenty left in the tank – he averaged 131 from rounds 8-14 last year. And McCluggage I just adore. I had him in a few draft leagues last year and love his footy. Even if he doesn’t score well, I’ll enjoy watching him play.
Between Dylan Stephens, Tom Green, Marlion Pickett and Connor Budarick, I should have at least three steady rookie scorers. With Budarick in midfield, it opens up a free DPP swap with one of my DPP forwards.
Brodie Grundy: no-brainer and perma-captain.
R2? Not as easy. Max Gawn’s injury-hampered pre-season has me a little worried, so saving cash seems like a safer option. Tim English (8%) will eventually be a really strong SuperCoach scorer I’m sure, I’m just not sure if it’s this season.
I really hope Stephen Hill is good for round one, because his DPP swing with Dawson in defence could be really handy.
But as you can see from the remainder of my forward selections, it’s really quite vanilla with Lachie Whitfield, Dustin Martin and Devon Smith. So I’m going to have to find some PODs somewhere, but I can’t really see many viable options at this stage.
Hugh Greenwood (10%) is worth a mention given his new club, given his tendency to average in the 80s. We’ll see if I have the guts (or the stupidity) to stick with him.
So that’s it. I’m far from convinced, so what do you reckon? Leave me a comment below or hurl some abuse my way on Twitter @joshschon.