9 Rounds down already so I'll post a brief trade history so far:
Round 1 Team
Bold players are players I still own
Haas Hopgood Carrigan
Cleary (c) Doueihi
Teddy TMM Miller
Boyd Cheese Wilton Trindall
Blore Doorey Warbrick Talau
In 2022 I finished just outside of the Top 100 after being ranked as high as 2nd during Origin. By seasons end I'd collapsed after running out of trades with 4/5 rounds to go. With that in mind my initial make up was to try and avoid more than 2 players from the same team and have positional cover for every position. This would allow me to avoid unnecessary 1 week trades during the year in hope I wouldn't run out of steam again.
Overall Rank: 18,643
Trade Out: Te Maire Martin & Brandon Smith
Trade In: Jack Bird & Bryce Cartwright
Summary: TMM hadn't got the role I wanted with 0 in play kicking and Smith had a niggling injury so they left the team. My centres round 1 had a horror show so I wanted Bird to solidify that position and Bryce was meant to be a quick cash grab that turned into coin goat.
Overall Rank: 2,261
Trade Out: Harley Smith-Shields & Egan Butcher
Trade In: Reece Walsh & Jacob Preston
Summary: Again HSS was an awful pick and Egan Butcher wasn't much better with the Roosers bye coming up I decided to ditch. Walsh had looked good against the Cowboys and had a good run of games coming up, Preston was the same cash grab as Carty the week before.
Overall Rank: 1,236
Trade Out: Braydon Trindall & Adam Doueihi
Trade In: Shaun Johnson & Jackson Ford
Summary: Trindall had lost his place to Hynes and Doueihi was moved to full back and reports of a toe injury. Johnson had been gunning it and had a low BE so plan was to flip to Hynes eventually, similar to Bryce and Preston previous weeks I saw him as another playable moneymaker.
Overall Rank: 141
Trade Out: Jack Bird & Matt Doorey
Trade In: Connelly Lemuelu & Zac Hosking
Summary: In hindsight this wasn't the best of trades but I felt Lemmy could give the same scores as Bird but for less. Doorey had peaked in price and again like the previous weeks Hosking was the short term cash grab. A bit of pattern emerging looking back!
Overall Rank: 686
Trade Out: Mitch Kenny & Bryce Cartwright
Trade In: Jayden Brailey & Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad
Summary: I saw Brailey as a fallen gun who played RD13 and then CNK was a playable 18th man who played RD13. Kenny & Bryce's prices both seemed to have stalled but in hindsight these were wasted trades.
Overall Rank: 415
Trade Out: Jayden Brailey, J'maine Hopgood & Will Warbrick
Trade In: Nicholas Hynes, Brandon Smith & Kodi Nikorima
Summary: This was bit of a season defining move for me so far, getting on Hynes quite early, picking Cheese back up after Turpin wasn't named on the bench & Kodi was a massive gamble being the only cow I could afford at the time. Brailey injury in first game wasn't ideal but I was happy enough cutting Hopgood and Warbrick.
Overall Rank: 182
Trade Out: Patrick Carrigan, Paul Alamoti & Shawn Blore
Trade In: Jack Bird, Joseph Manu & Jahream Bula
Summary: So at this point my preseason aim of holding trades wasn't going well. I was max trading but the overall rank was getting better every week. I felt after this week I would be in position to hold a few trades as Manu would be played on the bench to provide cover for all positions and I'd be able to rotate/loop KNik and Bula as an 18th man to cover byes. After trading him out Bird was gunning it so I wanted to right that mistake and Bula was just another gamble after not seeing him play but Sheens preseason comments were enough for me to take the plunge before seeing him play.
Overall Rank: 53
Trade Out: Eliesa Katoa & Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad
Trade In: Jack De Belin & Kaeo Weekes
Summary: First trade of the season banked! EKatoa and CNK both had CAT1 HIA's and was expecting both to miss a couple of weeks. After seeing JDB play huge minutes I decided I wanted to jump on. I had about 450k to spend but decided to cash out to Weekes as a RD13 player with Trbo at Origin. Although after 1 week this doesn't look this best trade I am happy to hold for the short term.
Obviously my early trade ideas were to try use 1 to keep coin generation rolling whilst using the other to strengthen the 17 each week. Although I wasted a couple of trades you can't get them all right and I'm now in a position where I can run my main 18 players and get some trades banked.
I'm aiming to do just the 1 trade this week with Horsburgh in for Cheese. Turpin is back on the bench and Horse looks to have a 70min role as well as playing RD13.
Overall Rank: 11
Trade Out: Brandon Smith
Trade In: Corey Horsburgh
Haas JDB Horsburgh
Cleary Hynes (c)
Walsh Tedesco Miller
SJ Ford Preston Manu
KNik Bula Talau Weekes
My only real concern at the moment is no hooker cover but feel this is the easiest position to cover, I think eventually I'll look at trading Boyd to Robson especially if the Cowboys pick up some form.
I should also have enough bank to upgrade KNik to Tatola after Magic Round who I will run as my 18th man up until the bye period. Aside from that I'm pretty happy with how things are going and hopefully can break into the Top 10 this week and push the big boys in Green Schist, ET and Booze.
Thanks for reading, it was a bit of a slog but if people enjoy the content I will update each week at the end of every round. All ideas are welcomed!