Lefty’s Tank Strategy – Second Salvo (part 2)

Hi all,

tankWelcome to part 2 of my Tanking strategy, for those who missed last weeks post this is about my RDT plan to ‘Tank” round 8 in the hope of finishing my side quicker without wasting any sideways trades trying to field 18 players in each of the MBR’s. I am not going to go through all the reasons again, you can find last weeks post if you missed it by clicking here.

I forgot to mention in last weeks post that I was ranked 1252 heading into last weeks round. I actually ended up trading out Merrett instead of Dunstan last week as I was worried about the rumours of Merrett’s shoulder injury and a sneaking suspicion of a vest. So my actual side last week looked like this with $230,900 in the kitty:

McVeigh Langford
Swallow McDnld
Bartel  
Suckling  
Jaensch  
Langdon  
Stevie J Dunstan
Ablett Hallahan
Pendles  
Beams  
Swan  
Polec  
Crouch  
Cunninghm  
Jacobs Currie
Sandi King
Danger  
Dusty Loyd
Wright JKH
Harvey  
Varcoe  
Higgins  

I got lucky deciding to start Langdon over MacDonald (no vest for Langdon on Friday night decided me) and not having Sam Mitchell proved to be a massive boon.

So entering Round 8 my team looks like this with round 8 bye players in red –

McVeigh Langford
Swallow Langdon
Bartel  
Suckling  
Jaensch  
Smith  
Stevie J Loyd
Ablett Hallahan
Pendles  
Beams  
Swan  
Polec  
Crouch  
Cunninghm  
Jacobs Currie
Sandi King
Danger  
Dusty Loyd
Wright JKH
Harvey  
Cloke  
Higgins  

As you can see I have only 6 players from last weeks starting squad playing this week, with a maximum of 4 bench players able to fill donuts (King is still rookie listed and injured anyway). I am not worried how my side looks this week, I am focused on the team I have at the end of the byes. Remember – failing to plan is planning to fail!

My trades this week break a few conventional ‘rules’ – I am actually bringing in two players that have the bye this week. Now before you start laughing and calling me all sorts of names remember I don’t care about this week and am solely focused on having the best side possible over the following two weeks with the focus being what team I finish with after round 10’s trades.

So this week I am trading Dunstan to J Lloyd. Even though Dunstan may play this week and has a reachable break even of 55, his last 3 games have only produced a high of 71 so I think he doesn’t have a lot more cash to generate (but check Jeppa’s articles for a more informed opinion). Conversely, Lloyd over just the next 2 weeks if he can put together a pair of 60 point games will earn me another $100k.

My second trade will be MacDonald out for Brodie Smith. Smith has been awesome this year, the Crow’s look to get him the ball at every opportunity in the back half. Luke Mac has been great this year, but with the green vest putting a stop to his cash generation it is time to move him on.

My last trade this week will be breaking at least two of the ‘golden rules’ – don’t trade sideways and don’t bring in a guy not playing. Varcoe out for Cloke in. Varcoe hasn’t performed as I had hoped this season, too many games he seems to drift out of the game for one or two quarters before teasing us with a flurry of points. Cloke on the other hand had an absolute horror start to the season with three scores below 35 in his first 4 games but in his last 3 games has averaged just under 90 ppg. The Pies have an awesome draw coming up (Adelaide, Eagles, Saints, Demons and Bulldogs) and I am hoping his resurgence of form continues.

So with $169,500 in the kitty and ranked 501 overall my team this week looks like this:

McVeigh Langford
Swallow Langdon
Bartel  
Suckling  
Jaensch  
Smith  
Stevie J Lloyd
Ablett Hallahan
Pendles  
Beams  
Swan  
Polec  
Crouch  
Cunninghm  
Jacobs Currie
Sandi King
Danger  
Dusty Loyd
Wright JKH
Harvey  
Cloke  
Higgins  

Might get lucky and scrape to 850 I reckon!

Looking Forward – A quick outline of my plans for the next two weeks.

Round 9

My planned trades next week are Polec, Cunningham and Hallahan out for Jelwood, Dal Santo and Hartung (or Riley) which will give the following –

McVeigh Langford
Swallow Jaensch-Inj
Bartel  
Suckling  
Langdon  
Smith  
Stevie J Hartung
Ablett Lloyd
Pendles  
Beams  
Swan  
Jelwood  
Crouch  
Dal Santo  
Jacobs Currie
Sandi King
Danger  
Dusty Loyd
Wright JKH
Harvey  
Cloke  
Higgins  

Barring massive bad luck with injuries I should be fielding 21 next week (only 5 will be in defence) with only 3 of those being rooks (Crouch, Langdon and JKH/Lloyd). I know its a best 18, what I am hoping is a few popular picks have off days and I reap the benefits of having ‘extras’ so I don’t need to take their scores.

Round 10

In round 10 my planned trades will be JKH, Lloyd and Lloyd out for Bock (long-term F7 cover) Honeychurch (dpp is handy and hopefully gets a run later this year) and Goddard (yes I know he has the bye that week but his injury affected price will have bottomed out and I would prefer to just get him in while I can) which will give the following:

McVeigh Langford
Swallow Jaensch-Inj
Bartel  
Suckling  
Langdon  
Smith  
Stevie J crouch
Ablett hartung
Pendles  
Beams  
Swan  
Jelwood  
Goddard  
Dal Santo  
Jacobs Currie
Sandi King
Danger  
Dusty Bock
Wright honeych
Harvey  
Cloke  
Higgins  

Once again likely I will be fielding 21 (unless Currie gets picked) with Crouch and Langford my rookies on field, hoping to gain a benefit over those just scraping together 18 and having to use any sub affected scores etc.

So at the end of round 10 my side will look like this:

McVeigh Langford
Swallow Langdon
Bartel  
Suckling  
Smith  
Jaensch  
Stevie J Crouch
Ablett Hartung
Pendles  
Beams  
Swan  
Jelwood  
Goddard  
Dal Santo  
Jacobs Currie
Sandi King
Danger  
Dusty Bock
Wright HoneyCh
Harvey  
Cloke  
Higgins  

In a perfect world Langdon will eventually become Mitchell (and Jaensch D7), Crouch will become Montagna (and Dal Santo M9), Bock will become Parker (and Higgins F7). I still need to find a R3 as no doubt Sandi and/or Jacobs will have a week off somewhere along the line, but having the above side and double figures of trades left by Round 10 should stand me in good stead in my leagues, and possibly overall rankings too.

Anyway, lets see what the DT gods dish up this week, every chance there will be something occur which forces me to reshuffle but for now this is my strategy for the MBR’s.

Cheers

@Lefty113

 

10 Comments

  • I was trying to do this myself, until half my Fantasy team decided to get injured and cause a rage-delete.

    Can’t find the delete button in RDT and SC, so just doing some half-cocked trades
    Currently: Crouch to J.Lloyd, L.McDonald to R.Shaw, Sitchell to Hibberd.
    I should probably trade Daisy instead of Crouch..

    That’s not really giving much consideration to the byes. 2 of those 3 would be chopped regardless.

  • I’m taking the “Fuck the byes, I don’t have time for this shit, I’ll check my team in three weeks” approach.

  • Not tempted to bring in Dalhaus? Say instead of Cloke? or is this something you would look at if a premo like dusty got injured, or Wright started going back to his 50’s-60’s?

  • Tanking round 8 = left it a bit late or put no thought into the byes a few weeks ago and now have a team which is gna suck round 8.

    my team is 9-9-8 or 21-21-22 possible playing through the byes. with side ways trades of course. can still make money and score points. this week martin for dalehaus and ablett for montagna both have 60’s break even. trade ablett back in for a round 9 premo next week

    • Which is all well and good assuming you don’t get a raft of injuries which you need to burn trades on and end up unable to get someone like GAJ back in your side…

  • Nice article Lefty, always an interesting read!

  • Brittain23- the Haus is on the watchlist for sure along with parker. Be nice to get both!
    Matt9300- cheers

  • you are aware Jaensch is out for 3 weeks yea

  • Matthew- yes mate, crows bye plus 2 weeks so only 2 games out at this stage. if he is still out round 11 will prob go him to hodge but am happy to play langdon in 9 and 10