Its fun putting teams together, but with so many 'value' second rowers in peoples teams with huge uncertainty around what their roles are going to be (Lucy, Hess, Stimson, Carrigan etc), I hope people have got a few plan Bs in mind.
Re Croft, there is no way he is a 'must-have' although I can absolutely see the argument for having him. I had him in the mix originally but am leanging toward a double gun half team.
Re Mann, I have him pegged at 34, and I still think I will find a space for him in my team. He gives decent cover at half if needed, plays the first bye, has DPP which doenst hurt, and out of the 'value' players I've analysed so far, ranks 10th but I see a few above him dropping out when they inevitably dont get the starting spot I make the assumption they will have when generating numbers...
Re basement price WFB, I wouldnt worry too much at this point, one or two will reveal them selves in the coming weeks. The tough bit is whether you get 'Sivo' or 'Ravalawa'!
Re Best, I haven't analysed his stats yer, but his price is awkward! Assuming many are running Lomax, as someone previously posted, you'd be wanting/expecting low 30s from him at least, otherwise I think paying up to get a bit more certainty is preferable.