@my tv broke wrote:alright, so 2016, the teams that shot to front (eg top 50ish) after 4 or 5 rounds. was there a clear strategy or commonality amongst those sides? were they stacked with guns + cashies that went well, filled with wildcards (eg wingers that kept scoring tries), etc?
I have deadset never had a good start to the year. always trying to make up ground. i need to change things up this year.
I will just share a few strategies I had last year, ended up 24th overall after being about 10,000th after week 1.
I went with the guns and cash cows approach. I tried to pick 1 gun in each position, that would end up in the top echelon for their position e.g. for a hooker, a top two hooker end of year. 2nd rower - top 6 end of year etc
Smith - held all year
Woods - flop
Merrin and JDB - held all year
DCE - traded when injured
Croker - held all year
Tedesco - held all year
Early trades were to get LAM and K Evans out and J Trobjevic (for round 2) and E Whitehead in (for round 3). When Gallen went down I got Fifita, when Slater went down I got Munster.
So my rule was only trade in who I thought was going to be keepers. Also don't be stubborn with midrangers that haven't worked out.
Players I didn't start with that I missed not having - Jake Friend, James Graham, Sam Mataora, Pat Matau'tia and H Hunt. The thing to remember is you can't have everyone and don't ruin your team just to get 1 player in.
This year the cap is more restricting I feel. We also don't have a Parcel/Garvey type unless Cameron King does better than expected and/or Segy comes back.
Also 1 other thing I have picked up is that new or underpriced/returning 80 minute second rowers are where the money is. E.g T Harris in 2015 (that year I went with Finucane instead!!!), Rochow, Carter and Turner early last year, Cartwright and Whitehead all year. Also who will be this years Jake Trobjevic. I have my eye on players like J Wallace, Vaughan and McGuire.
Also after watching a few games of BJ Leilua last year I got him in early (maybe round 4 or 5) and together with Croker went a long way to why I did so well. I also started with Cody Walker along with the obvious cash cows in Hastings and Ash Taylor. Advice would be to go with your gut and not the crowd.