Cracker of a week, all things considered. Didn't crack the 1k, but got pretty close (994). Ranks rise (600ish). Won my Eliminator matchup (think last year I made it to the last 8 or 16 after starting as one of the lowest ranked participants - hoping for more of the same!). Only used 1 trade (wish I had used 2 tbh, but more on that later).
New recruit Grant with an effortless 62. As fine as Boyd has done me this season in the starting hooker spot, it is good to finally have an *actual* hooker in that spot.
Hoppy with a comfortable 56. Not trading him for the foreseeable. Would be the definition of luxury trade if he does end up going though. AFB's 69 (nice) made up for Harris' 31. Kudos to Tohu for digging in even though he had been ill all week, but that didn't really help us owners. Based purely on averages, and not taking into account any of the perceived Tohu durability issues, I'm thinking of holding AFB and using Tohu as my sacrifice to summon Cleary from my graveyard.
Second new recruit Fifita with 49, post-Origin I expected a semi-low score with the potential for a try to boost it, as opposed to a high score even without a try that he is normally capable of. Same as Grant, just happy to look at my team and see him in it. IPap has just been average since I traded him in, and I regret not making that extra little bit of bank to get Bateman instead. 58 though, happy with that for sure. More scores like that and hopefully I won't have to experience more Preston trade regret.
Hynes, was in with a pretty good score till we know what happened at the end...serves me right for captaining him against the Warriors, but still 61 is all good really, just what could have been... SJ huge, another keeper for the season. Easy to cover for the bye so no worries.
Lemmy and Manu combining for over 100, that's more like it. I'll take 100 combined each week no matter the distribution. Another pair of keepers till something happens that makes me want to trade them. Sure Manu might lose some money, but there's noone to trade him to anyway other than someone like Tago, so I'll just roll with it I think!
Bula and Ponga both awesome. Bula was on the trade block, but once again showed that he can score points even if the Tigers aren't going great. Taking the punt on Ponga all those rounds ago has really come good. I know he still has the low score in him, but I'll celebrate the big ones while I can! Dedwards is the biggest trade disappointment of the year for me really. If Cleary can't spring him into gear, it'll be him over Bula who gets traded. 31 is horrible when I paid over $100k more than what he is worth now.
Hands, Piakura and Boyd all 50+ on the bench was handy as. Ended up playing Montoya though, as at that stage I had traded VTW (only to reverse later), so couldn't loop. Not that I would have mattered cuz they were both poor, but it's definitely what cost me the 1k score for the round. The main reason I should have gone through with the trade was because now I need to make 2 trades this week for Cleary funds. Same total trades though so no biggie really. Just psychologically annoying haha.
Onto this week, it's operation get Cleary in. I currently have 18 green dots, but have to play Montoya with Lemmy out. I'm $152k short of my ideal trade of Tohu to Cleary, so will need to raise some funds elsewhere. Not against a 1 round cash out, however I'm now carrying Munro who played 2 rounds and will probably never be seen again, so I'm hesitant to grab another. My ideal trade out for cash is probably VTW, but that means finding someone $281k or less to trade in. I would have used Montoya instead probably cuz of his bye, but as mentioned I need him this week which is why I brought him in in the first place. Another option is Boyd, but seems silly with his useful DPP and the fact he has watertight job security.
Team for this week pre-trades
Haas Horse AFB
Bula Ponga Dedwards
Boyd Hoppy Hands Harris
Piakura (Lemmy VTW Munro)
Thanks once again, and best of luck for this week!