Key things I wanted in starting 21:
- Gun half. Every previous year I've tried to pick a mid range guy who elevates his scoring. Keeps failing.
- Don't waste money on centres.
- Cows - pick outside backs with perceived good job security, avoid bench forwards (or anyone who may go back to the bench quickly).
Round 1 Team
Fifita (C), Vaughan
Arrow, Murray, TPJ
Edwards, Burns, CNK
R: Mahoney Garner Niukore Host
E: Bird Ravalawa Garrick Keighran
Few Selection Reasonings
Friend - went Friend over Macca, expecting Friend to play 80 regularly, and his average when playing big minutes is better than Macca. Plus, Macca is just not that good at football.
Vaughan - bit of a gut feel that he steps up a little bit in JDB's absense.
Arrow - seemed like a no brainer. Fit + minutes = scores.
TPJ - gut feel of bigger role, starting lock long term.
DCE - the gun I wanted, will goal kick again this season. DCE will do everything because Elgey sucks.
Burns - few bits and pieces that pointed towards him having the left centre spot long term.
Garner - this guy is a real footballer from what I'd seen. Loves to tackle.
Niukore - Feel like he would build up a good combo with Moses on the right edge and get a fair few attacking points to go with an "OK" base.
Host - did not like this pick at all, but basement price and starting 2nd row. Gut feel says he gets a decent run there.
The rest are fairly obvious picks/cows.
Players Avoided or not picked
Napa - History of poor scoring.
Morgan - very 50/50 on this. In the end, hard to fit him in, felt he would be a 35 to 40pt scorer + Cows may struggle.
Holland - just not a fan, Dogs won't replicate the form that saw him score so well at end of 2018.
Sele - I like him but have no faith in his job security. Has to be starting to be worth it.
Kahu - he is not good at fantasy. Didn't expect him to stay at fullback.
Gillett - did not expect him to play big mins early on.
B Morris - had considering him, but in the end, decided a winger that isn't basement price is not worth the risk.
Sivo - I went with Garrick and Ravalawa over Sivo as I thought he had the worst job security (Jennings hanging around).
Lawrie - couldn't really afford him, went with Bird instead at similar price point. Did want him though.
Hughes - felt Edwards was a safer option due to history.
Tolman- was very close to picking him, but was more confident in Vaughan.