Lefty’s RDT Tanking Strategy – Parting Shot

Hi all,

tank

For those of you who have followed this thread, I hope it has kept you amused at least as I have tried out my plan of ‘tanking’ round 8 by selecting the majority of my starting premiums from the round 8 bye teams of Collingwood, Geelong, Gold Coast, North Melbourne, Adelaide and Richmond.

It meant I was always gonna have a shocker in round 8, but I hoped to win the majority of my 9 and 10 matchups and also have a ‘completed’ side for round 11 onwards. Also it meant I have had more of the established DT stars than most sides. As previously mentioned, this plan was to give me the best chance of winning my leagues in RDT, not chase the overall ranking. I entered the bye period in 501st position overall with the following side and ranked 12th in my main league:

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  

At this stage I had just over $160,000 in the kitty and 19 trades left.

I used 3 trades each week over the byes, so that means another 9 gone leaving me with 10 trades left. My round by round scores were:

Round 8                830

Round 9                2012

Round 10              1762

My ranking has slipped to 2306 but I have climbed to 4th in my main league and have the following side with $298,000 in the bank:

McVeigh Langford
Swallow Bews
Bartel  
Suckling  
Jaensch  
Smith  
Stevie J Langdon
Ablett Hartung
Pendles  
Beams  
Swan  
Jelwood  
Goddard  
Hallahan  
Jacobs Currie
Sandi King
Danger  
Dusty Loyd
Parker Ambrose
Harvey  
Cloke  
Higgins  

So with one more trade this week of Langford to Rockliff (just able to afford it by $3,000!) my ‘bye finished’ side with 9 trades left is:

Round 11

By no means is this a perfect side, Cloke is the biggest issue IN my side and Kade Simpson is the biggest issue OUT of my side. I will be waiting for Zorko to bottom out after a few more games at circa $340k then will add him as my F6 with Cloke relegated to F7. If Charlie Cameron is named this week (and I expect he will be) I may need to consider an early cull of Ambrose or S. Lloyd this week to get CC in and free up the cash to turn the other forward rook into Zorko in two weeks or so.

Kade Simpson will be harder to get in, given we will have a very cheap Sam Mitchell coming up in about 5-6 weeks and I already have Langdon/Suckling fighting it out for the D6 spot. I think the Beard will be a future ‘luxury’ trade if I don’t cop any injuries in my defenders.

The other hole in my side is R3. In hindsight rather than Cloke maybe I should have thought harder about getting a fwd/ruck in like Dixon to provide cover on the two lines? Big Sauce and even bigger Sandi have been awesome for me from the get go but it is very hopeful to think they wont have a rest at some stage this year. If only big Cox was still a fwd/ruck that would make life a lot easier!

Anyways I guess this tanking strategy can only be determined by how well I fare in my leagues at seasons end, looking at most of the sides I have seen in my leagues I think I have managed to gain a few weeks advantage on most as every other team seems to have a few rooks in their starting 22 after they scrambled to field 18 each week of the byes.

Cheers for those who have followed and commented throughout this short series, like I always say my thinking isn’t for everyone but if I can at least present a different set of ideas then I reckon I have done my job. That’s the beauty of dream team – there is no right or wrong, just hopeful predictions that sometimes work.

Except for anyone who ever picked big Presti back in the day – that WAS wrong.

And yes as an Eagles fan I am still dark we lost on the weekend to the Pies (hence the above statement) – but what a great game of footy it was to watch.

Cheers

@Lefty113

 

 

 

12 Comments

  • should i downgrade langford to shenton or martin or do i downgrade rioli to walker
    thoughts would be appreciated!!

  • Been really interesting reading about this Lefty, my team is all but complete (still have Polec on field and Tex, but has $$$ to make) and I fielded best 18 and have 14 trades left. Nice strategy though, see if it pays off!

  • Iamcarlton- langford is ready to cull mate so that would be my priority
    Elliot- cheers mate, polec not a bad rook to be fielding! I thought he would be cooked by now but actually seems to be getting better.

  • I personally jumped on NicNat as R3 (mainly to cover Sandi in r10), and he’s cheap enough that I don’t feel guilty about it (but I started with Lobbe-Sandi-Hickey-Currie)

    Also have a Cloke problem in my side, I got suckered in by those high 80s he was pulling out pre-bye = I’d probably look at Buddy, who seems to be scoring pretty well with Tippett back in the side

  • Yeah Samdiatmh- wish i had planned r3 a bit better. If even ryder was a r/f i would do it but now i may just wait and hope its a rest not a late out for sauce or sandi

  • Your team is looking good Lefty, except for Cloke (I have him too..) and Smith.

    I used a similar R8 tank strategy and won all my matchups in round 9 & 10 (even got lucky and won a matchup in R8) to rise several places in all leagues. However being a lot lower in the overall rankings than you heading into the byes, I actually improved my rank (now inside the top 5000 in RDT).

    So overall it has worked out pretty well.. biggest disaster was finally getting in Ablett last week, paying an absolute fortune for a captain’s score of 75..

  • Ouch daniel that would have hurt with GAJ – i was a bit annoyed as round 9 i went beams as captain over GAJ as a hope to gain more ground over the pack….

  • Getting Cloke was def a bad move mate. Oh well. This week i gotta trade Polec dpp to get Bartel, would you hang on and trade Langdon instead but get a lesser premo? Already got Kade and happy.

  • Cheers Lefty, who would you trade out first? Montagna or Zorko? :)

  • did the same strategy this year Lefty, i have won all games bar round 8, ranked around 3,500, but nearly full premium bar Polek and Landgon in middle.

    Its been good for leagues this year

  • Yeh good read Lefty.
    Your team’s better than mine at this stage and id say you’ll come home pretty strong in the overall rankings.