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Hindsight is a wonderful thing

Pearcey sent us an email last week giving us a team that would be leading DT overall without using a trade. He went one step further, looking at a team that would be sitting over 2500 points ahead of the competition with 13 rounds to go. As he says, hindsight is a wonderful thing, but it makes for interesting reading! Thanks mate!

griffinfeatHindsight is a wonderful thing. Looking back on our lives I am sure every single one of us would have done something different at one time or another; tried harder at school, bought a different type of car, travelled more, associated with different people, drank less on the weekend etc.

After opening up the AFL Fantasy website this week and seeing my season ranking languishing around the 20,000 mark I thought to myself ‘what could I have done differently with this team?’ so I decided, with the help of the superb ‘Nix Dream Trader’ and the ‘Footywire.com’ website, to see what sort of team I could put together – with the benefit of hindsight.

Now if I was to tell you that prior to round 1 you could put together a team that at the end of round 10 could:

–          Be leading the competition by a staggering 2,579 points

–          Have over $350,000 in the kitty

–          Have 21 players ready to take the field in Round 11 (subject to round 11 teams)

–          Have only undertaken 2 legitimate ‘upgrades’

–          Not have Dane Swan, Dean Cox or Buddy Franklin at any point during the season

And most ambitious of all could have won the highest scoring team of the round 7 times in the first 10 rounds!!!

Would you think all of the above was possible – I didn’t – but here is the proof!

 

STARTING TEAM:

DEFENDERS           

B Goddard      $501,300
G Birchall        $455,400
P Hanley         $425,300
C Dixon          $304,800
B Gibbs           $473,300
B Goodes        $121,300
D Terlich         $102,700
L Stevenson    $108,500

MIDFIELDERS        

K Cornes         $473,000
B Stanton        $548,900
M Barlow        $495,300
A Swallow      $528,800
T Boak             $431,300
R Douglas       $372,600
O Wines          $156,700
J O’Meara        $108,500
M Jones           $102,700
M Evans          $108,500

RUCKS         

M Kruezer       $403,700
T Goldstein     $407,300
M Blicavs        $108,500
M Daw            $108,500

FORWARDS

N Reiwoldt     $441,400
J Westhoff      $394,800
J Bartel            $492,700
M Stokes         $338,700
J Kennedy       $272,300
J Neade           $108,500
S Dwyer          $89,300
B Macaffer      $132,600

Total Spend     $9,117,200
Salary Cap       $9,139,000
Cap Left          $21,800

 

Round 1:

Captain: Andrew Swallow
Emergencies: Terlich, Stevenson, Jones, Evans, Blicavs, Daw, Dwyer, Macaffer
Cap left: $21,800
Weekly Score: 2317 (would win weekly prize)
Highest ‘real’ weekly score:    2242
Points in front: 75

Round 2:

Trades:            None required – we are killing it!
Captain            Justin Westhoff (will dominate GWS – wait and see!)
Emergencies:   Terlich, Stevenson, Jones, Evans, Blicavs, Daw, Dwyer, Macaffer
Cap left: $21,800
Weekly Score: 2426 (would win weekly prize)
Total Score: 4743
Highest ‘real’ weekly score: 2274
Highest ‘real’ season score: 4362
Points in front: 381

Round 3:

Trades: Dixon, Kruezer out, S Burgoyne, Leuenberger in
Captain: Justin Westhoff (again? – Yep!)
Emergencies: Goodes, Stevenson, O’Meara, Evans, Blicavs, Daw, Dwyer, Macaffer
Cap left: $125,500
Weekly Score: 2441 (would win weekly prize)
Total Score: 7184
Highest ‘real’ weekly score: 2276
Highest ‘real’ season score: 6411
Points in front: 773

Round 4:

Trades: Hanley, Bartel out, Hibberd, S Johnson in
Captain: Kane Cornes
Emergencies: Terlich, Stevenson, O’Meara, Evans, Blicavs, Daw, Neade, Macaffer
Cap left: $208,900
Weekly Score: 2423 (would win weekly prize)
Total Score: 9607
Highest ‘real’ weekly score: 2355
Highest ‘real’ season score: 8552
Points in front: 1055

Round 5:

Trades: Gibbs, Westhoff out, Enright, Rockliff in
Captain: Nick Reiwoldt
Emergencies: B Goodes, Stevenson, Jones, Evans, Blicavs, Daw, Dwyer, Macaffer
Cap left: $327,400
Weekly Score: 2371 (would win weekly prize)
Total Score: 11978
Highest ‘real’ weekly score: 2349
Highest ‘real’ season score: 10694
Points in front: 1284

Round 6:

Trades B Goodes, Stanton out, Vlastuin, Ablett in
Captain: Steve Johnson
Emergencies: Terlich, Stevenson, Wines, Evans, Blicavs, Daw, Dwyer, Macaffer
Cap left: $447,900
Weekly Score: 2133
Total Score: 14111
Highest ‘real’ weekly score: 2204
Highest ‘real’ season score: 12686
Points in front: 1425

Round 7:

Trades: Stevenson, Wines out, Laird, Watson in
Captain: Gary Ablett (who else!)
Emergencies: Terlich, Laird, Jones, Evans, Blicavs, Daw, Neade, Macaffer
Cap left: $444,400
Weekly Score: 2325
Total Score: 16436
Highest ‘real’ weekly score: 2381
Highest ‘real’ season score: 14833
Points in front: 1603

Round 8:

Trades: Rockliff, Neade out, Bartel, J Lewis in
Captain: Gary Ablett
Emergencies: Birchall, Laird, Jones, Evans, Blicavs, Daw, S Johnson,Macaffer
Cap left: $304,800
Weekly Score: 2382
Total Score: 18818
Highest ‘real’ weekly score: 2441
Highest ‘real’ season score: 16943
Points in front: 1875

Round 9:

Trades: Birchall, Cornes out, Houli, Stanton in
Captain: Michael Barlow
Emergencies: Terlich, Laird, Jones, Evans, Blicavs, Daw, Dwyer, Macaffer
Cap left: $322,700
Weekly Score: 2530 (would win weekly prize)
Total Score: 21348
Highest ‘real’ weekly score: 2451
Highest ‘real’ season score: 19176
Points in front: 2172

Round 10:

Trades: Boak, Leuenberger out, Griffen, Kruezer in
Captain: Ryan Griffen
Emergencies: Terlich, Burgoyne, Jones, Evans, Blicavs, Daw, Dwyer, JJ Kennedy
Cap left: $350,900
Weekly Score: 2506 (would win weekly prize)
Total Score: 23,854
Highest ‘real’ weekly score: 2357
Highest ‘real’ season score: 21275
Points in front: 2579

 

CURRENT TEAM:

DEFENDERS           

B Goddard      $513,400
B Houli           $445,900
M Hibberd      $451,300
S Burgoyne     $400,000
C Enright        $457,900
N Vlastuin       $370,700
D Terlich         $346,200
R Laird            $266,100

MIDFIELDERS        

G Ablett          $612,300
B Stanton        $512,900
M Barlow        $535,300
A Swallow      $461,500
R Griffen        $488,100
R Douglas       $495,900
J Watson         $502,600
J O’Meara        $403,900
M Jones           $344,100
M Evans          $293,000

RUCKS         

M Kruezer       $353,500
T Goldstein     $425,300
M Blicavs        $272,300
M Daw            $239,700

FORWARDS

N Reiwoldt     $496,500
J Lewis            $466,200
J Bartel            $499,000
M Stokes         $456,600
J Kennedy       $401,500
S Johnson        $562,600
S Dwyer          $318,400
B Macaffer      $323,400

Total Worth     $12,716,100
Cap Left          $350,900

 

So there you go – the team you wanted from the start!!! This team would have the number 1 season ranking from round 1 so far and would have won the weekly prize 7 out of the 10 weeks so far – that’s a lot of footy tickets and sherrins!

The team still has 10 rookies in it which goes to show that a ‘sideways trading’ strategy might be more beneficial than a lot of coaches (myself included) think!

Not sure how this team will go for the rest of the season but with a 2,579 head start with 13 rounds to go they would be very difficult to chase down!

Now if we could all just come up with a great starting team like this in 2014!!!

Thanks again to the ‘Nix Dream Trader’ and ‘Footywire.com’ for the resources to help with this article.

For discussion on this article give me a follow on twitter  – @Pearcey47

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