My team became much more cookie cutter which paid off in some respects but it did hurt me in other areas.
In the End I went with:
Gillett Arrow Murray
CNK Edwards Burns
Radley Garner Keighran Brown
Garrick Sivo Ravalawa Kahu
Had a little over 200k in the bank to fix early mistakes which came in very handy. I didn't think enough about my EMG composition. I avoided Burr (warriors 13 curse), Host (viewed as a 1 week rental before benching), Mahoney (didn't see 80) and instead went with guys I thought would make 100k minimum.
Trades so far were:Rd 2
Radley -> Bateman (saw more upside for a similar price - Cash at the start was handy)
Garrick -> Lawrie (needed FRF cover and a cheap option appeared. Was a real smoky pick that no-one on the forum discussed..........
Ironmike really swayed me most to this pick and I am thankful)Rd 3
Tolman -> Bird (Saddened me to get rid of Tolman who I still thought was a good pick from the start to fix the mistake of not having Bird from the start. Was to blinded by his terrible last season and the amount of other CTR options)
Kahu -> Rein (mid round Peats injury broke and saw a great cow I could jump to away from Kahu who had just moved to CTR. Also Macca wasn't impressing and needed other options to possibly get rid of him)Rd 4
Keighran -> Carty (Keighran was dropped for at least 3 weeks and Brown played the first bye. Bolstered half depth on a party I was happy to join)
Burns -> Xerri (Was preparing bank for Tedesco and Ponga and wanted the full Xerri ride - also he was the best cash cow I could see and this team needs a lot more cash made still with 3 guys I had pegged for another 400k minimum suddenly becoming a 0k injection for at least 4 weeks.Rd 5
Edwards -> Tedesco (It was time. The Edwards theory was broken after being named on the Wing and a string of poor games. My worst pick by far. Tedesco had bottomed last week and my WFB needed help desperately)
Brown -> CHT (Brown news was official that he would be out for weeks i.e. sent home to recover. Wanted more cash over saving a trade for who knows how long)Rd 6
Bird -> Haas (Thanks for 147k in 3 rounds Bird but with a BE of 40 and unlikely to crack my 17 you will go to another cow that has plenty to make and covers my FRF in case of Fifita since I have no other cover. More of a cash move at heart)
Gillett -> Ponga (Gillett could come good but fixing my WFB is a bigger priority and it was between him and Macca for the tradeout. I'm getting rid of both either this week or next and I have more faith in Macca to score better and drop less cash. Gillet could have come good but I don't want to be strung along for weeks waiting for 50-80k with a mixture of good and bad scores. Just feel he was too much of a slow burn to not trade.)Team now:
Currently on 4427 and stuck around 2,078th (sliding since rd 1). Having consistently double traded every week I'm hoping to slow down after next week but think this team is good enough to get me rising up to the top 1,000 prior to byes. Bye planning starts next week but won't be a major focus as I don't have the trade to do a lot of tinkering.
Murray Arrow Capewell
CNK Tedesco Ponga
Macca Garner Haas CHT
Cartwright Xerri Sivo Ravalawa
Pre-planned rd 7 trades:
With a touch over 100k pending cash moves I could go
Macca -> Taupau/Klemmer/DCE
Macca -> Cook (Gives me my set and forget captain and I mean Cooky traded him in and he's ahead of me. Macca has survived by being a good scorer and me not having hooker depth prior to Rein. In rd 3 if I had of known the Peats news in time I likely would have been rid of Macca then)
The hard part is who to cut.....
Someone (likely Garner or Murray) -> Sutton (Peaked cow for a rd 12 cash cow). Hopefully the who becomes clearer after this weekend. One bad score from Garner or Murray will limit cash enough I'll likely make the move. I don't think a 60 minute Murray will be worth it over the season and keeping him till rd 12 for one score that Sutton should get close enough that the extra 200k should help me enough. Know that I see this as a risk for sure but it could be a good play and I'm thinking its enough of an upgrade to make the contrarian play.