Starting team and strategy , 231k remaining
Every year I have had this fantasy about having a team full of hookers.
This might also be a good year to try this as a few hookers are discounted slightly, and the cows look alright too so who has ever said no to a package deal....
The only shame is I can't play with more than 5 hookers.After that things get a bit awkward and expensive haha
Unlike in my real life, the wife has no say in this Fantasy.
One reason I am coming around to a bunch of hookers was that they always start well over the first few weeks and it's looking wet (So plenty of tackles and a lot of wet hookers double entendre)
Basically relying on base stats over attacking stats and with the emphasis on less downtime (penalties/stoppages) should mean more tackles and perhaps more darts out of dummy half (Tired forwards).
With the reduction of the interchange next year as well (down to 6) there will be an even bigger emphasis on running a versatile back/2rf interchange on the bench, so more chance of 80min hookers too
Most gun hookers on average have a very low floor due to high base stats so you should get good stable scores from your guns to start with and allow you to pick up value players in other positions.
By spending a large amount of your cap on these high priced players should result in good points, so in reality you want them to be stable too.
So less emphasis on boom bust players that start poor and bleed cash due to low minutes, have a slow start or poor form due to other mitigating factors.
With grabbing them later you can cherry pick the effected ones for a cheaper price and fill in the gaps in the team as they become available.
See if you get your gun picks wrong early it can be hard to fix too and you are playing catch up all season, needing cash for other fixes while they drop in price each week tempting you to trade them out.
You just need a stable platform to start your season
You only get 2 trades a week early on too, so how do you fix these positions, bring in the right cows and then throw in injuries and suspensions.... You just don't get enough trades full stop so take away this scenario.
Back in the day you stacked your bench with cows, so why not stack the bench with potential year long keepers? Regardless of players 1-17 you get the same points regardless of where they are.
So this should result in removing most of the risk of starting with a poor gun or getting stuck with under performing ones .
Should also give me time to see their form, pick up the fallen guns in a few weeks time if they are benched or start badly (ie Crichton) allow me to ride the cows up to them.
This will put more risk in the cows performing, but the fact a lot of people are playing them to start the year, it is mitigated if they do score bad.
The downside of this strategy is that hookers generally have less upside over a high ceiling gun like Taumalolo/Taupau/Tedesco/Dce/Fifita etc
On the slim chance all these boom/bust player fire then you are probably chasing the pack, but the hardest part of preseason is knowing which gun will fire/fail so people usually end up with a few misses.
For the rest of the team see below
Starting with a weak WFB, you are paying for pts per $$$ . If they can score 80 points combined they will do the job.You have paid for 52pts remember and nothing feels worse than a mid range or gun back scoring 20.
Also gives some loophole potential later if one is dropped...... If I decide to go there (Never been a fan but it doesn't look like it will being fixed anytime soon)
By going bottom dollar it also gives me 230k up my sleeve to jump on any missed cows, along with maximise the price rise of these backs low BE's
With the way Fantasy works too, you can't afford to jump on a bottom priced cow late otherwise you miss out on all value so having lots means I should be covered.
Haven taken the similar strategy for FRF/HLF/CTR to the WFB. Though I have opted for one mid range + 1 cow for a little more mid term stability
Again I will focus on cash generation from cows with good timing to fallen guns or value picks as they become available and play them alongside the mid rangers (ie Tolman/Morgan/Capewell).
Then when I get to a later stage in the season, I can upgrade the mid range player to high priced guns (though this isn't a priority)
I don't want to be making knee jerk trades early (by paying top dollar for players) as that means more cows you have to find to pay for the rest of your team.
The sooner your final team comes together the better as well so kill 2 birds with one stone (Or one big jack bird with one stone).
It's all Risk V Reward but if it works then I hope to get off to a flyer. If not then you will get the entertainment of me starting poorly while trying to rebuild (Like every other year haha)TLDR
This strategy is to start with 5 good Hookers for stable scores, stack up on cows and cut price keepers then bring in fallen guns who misfire on opening rounds