Every day until lockout the experts at SCP will reveal their SuperCoach team. That’s one team per day from now until Thursday night’s clash between Carlton and Richmond! While our teams will inevitably change with the announcement of the Round 1 AFL teams, we want to share our insight with you and hear what you think of our teams. Not only are we revealing our teams but we’re revealing a league code every day as well, so check back daily and join one of our leagues where you can play against our experts as well as our collaborative team, SCPFC.
Here it is folks, Team #SCPFC! Did we agonise over this team every day since SuperCoach opened in December? Not really, but what we did do was lock in some players prior to the JLT Community Series, run a number of internal polls and spend a good hour discussing the bulk of our choices last night. While our aim is for #SCPFC to be competitive and finish even higher in the overall rankings than we did last year – 1900th for the record – it’s extremely hard to please everyone when you have seven coaches. We did our best.
Sam Docherty, Taylor Adams and Rory Laird were locked into out backline very early on, before JLT in fact, and we saw nothing during the pre-season to suggest we’d made a mistake in that. Our rookie defenders mostly selected themselves with the exception of Zac Guthrie and Caleb Marchbank. Although he’ll be hard to replace, Guthrie’s position in our team is dependent on his upgrade and selection by Geelong, where Marchbank divided the group. Is he a mid-pricer or an expensive rookie? Who knows. Half of us think he will play 22 games this year and pushes 80 points per game, the other half thinks he will struggle to score at a rate that warrants his price tag. In the end, we let the salary cap dictate and he’s now a valued member of #SCPFC.
It’s no surprise that ALL of the eight starting midfielders in our team have been spoken about in our personal team reveals, we’re all pretty much on board with the lot of them. We decided to have only one of Jaeger O’Meara and David Swallow and opted with the former expecting a higher SuperCoach output. We would have really liked to include one of Sydney’s two leading men, Dan Hannebery or Josh Kennedy but alas, we couldn’t afford them, bring back COLA! Oliver Florent has been told he’ll play for Sydney in Rd 1 so he makes the cut and will sit on our bench providing one of two DPP links to the forward line, the other, Jarrod Pickett.
We had locked in Max Gawn and Brodie Grundy when SuperCoach opened but the re-emergence of Aaron Sandilands begged us to reconsider and opt for some value in this position. Although he’s a huge risk of injury and resting given his age and history, we can’t pass up the opportunity to lock in a giant who can score triple figures for just a touch over $300k. Grundy fits our salary cap and we expect that he will raise his average this year and also net us a few triple figure scores. Luke Strnadica provides us with the floating donut we need to utilise the captain loophole as well as giving us a link to Toby Nankervis who resides in our forward line.
Well, this pre-season wasn’t without it’s troubles for us this year. We had happily selected Isaac Heeney until he was struck down with illness. Not the worst thing that could have happened as we were able to bring in Toby Nankervis as his replacement, save some cash and have some ruck cover should Sandilands get injured. All in all we’re very happy with that situation. Luke Dahlhaus was the popular favourite amoung the group but Matt Donald pointed out that with Dahlhaus and Bontempelli, we didn’t have enough Bulldogs. Enter Jack Macrae. We expect him to also find plenty of the football this year and be a top 4 forward come season’s end.
Everyone loves Jarryd Roughead and everyone loves his price, now we just need to hit some 90s or higher and we’ll be happy campers. Jack Bowes is classy and likely to play in Rd 1 and Jy Simpkin is a confirmed starter already so we’re happy with our picks there. Dan Butler and Brett Eddy round out our bench.
While our team is hardly one that strays from the norm, we think we’ve taken enough gambles to make the season interesting but hopefully, we can repeat our strong performance last year.
Let us know your thoughts on our team in the comments or ask us a question about how we came to choose a certain player as a group. We’d love to hear your thoughts.
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