Been a funny old year so far, daughter just turned 1 and goes without saying that she's the best thing to ever happen to me. Unfortunately that means way less research done this year, and I only just caught up with the thread today after a few hours of reading the last couple of days. Been super helpful, especially as I knew what guns I wanted so the help with the cheapies was always going to be needed.
Here's what I've got so far. I'm mostly happy with the 13, some queries over 14-17 and then big worries about 18-21.
Haas Carrigan Keppie
Cleary (c) Douiehi
Tedesco Martin Warbrick
Hopgood Boyd Garner Trindall
Doorey Hunt IKatoa Smith-Shields
Was high on starting with either WEgan or JBrailey this season, but by starting Cheese it gives so many options further down the team (see below).
Double Broncos big boys, had Tino but decided to have a look first just in case we don't get the beast that ended last year. Haas/Carrigan are pick and stick.
I know I can get a free look at Keppie but he's the only one in that range that I can afford (other than Ford) without tinkering further. Not against tinkering, but just giving a reason why. And I think Curran gets that Ford spot back sooner rather than later.
EKatoa can only get better in that team environment. Always felt like his errors came from a lack of basic ball skills, so hopefully he can now catch and pass...and tackle. EButcher I wasn't second guessing at all until I added Teddy as my third Rooster. But even then, I'm willing to give it a nudge.
Cleary. Easy. Douiehi. Not so easy, was Hastings, but definitely prefer how my team looks with Douiehi there instead.
Holmes was one of my first picked. Two years ago I started two nuffy centres and got burnt. Last year I started two expensive centres and while it went better, I think it's ultimately unnecessary. This year I'm going one of each. I like Holmes and I think he's going to have a great year (so too the Cowboys).
Alamoti for most reasons discussed in the main thread. Good as any other pick (HSS et al).
Had Turbo originally but when I got to the end of the team I had some upgrade money left over and decided to go Teddy. Not worried too much about the Roosters bye just yet, I think they go big both the first two weeks so I feel fine with Teddy in there.
Warbrick to me is the best of the base backs, based on not much. Hoping the Storm click early and he can get some price rises going. TMM is the iffy one for me. I don't think he's going to go nuts at the Warriors, but I guess for his price it's relatively risk-free.
Bench... Hopgood and Boyd pick themselves and the DPPs are handy. Garner I'm fine with in the EDG middy roulette. Like his style and hope he can kick on. Trindall is a punt on Hynes being out for longer than anticipated. Probably the one in my 14-17 I'm least convinced of though.
The rest... I just clicked some cheap names. HSS I'm fine with, noone really knows how Katoa will go, things potentially positive for Doorey and Hunt cuz DPP.
Thanks for reading, criticism and discussion greatly appreciated and good luck for the season everyone