Welcome Peanut Gallery to another week of the Squirrel, have a little look at how my team is progressing.
It was a rather boring round in terms of trades, there were a number of potential options before the weekend. I thought most of my mid priced options were doing fine, so I maintained the current structure. Broadbent and Laidler were not amazing scorers this week but Fyfe more than made up for their performance.
With the chaos happening in the backline, Lower and now Coad out, I may be holding onto the likes of Broadbent and Laidler a little longer. Who are the premium backs at the moment? Broughton and Duffield are putting up terrible numbers and may end up becoming a straight swap for the likes of Laidler and Broadbent, then I have to decide, do I really want them?
You can almost smell the trouble in the air, massively long week of football with plenty of unknown players like Richardson and Krakouer looking likely to be dropped, that is not good signs for many people, especially with two more important group bye rounds coming up.
It is not looking to bad at the moment, in the top 3000 with 23 trades and a war chest of $151,900. This will be used in the coming rounds once some of those falling premiums have bottomed out and it should coincide with the peaking rookies.
Picking the wrong nuts:
- Prestia in the forwards was the main nut, but after his 100 the week before, I thought he deserved a call up, but a 38 was not a great return.
- Shame two of my rookies on the bench scored more than my two mid priced players in Laidler and Broadbent.
In the next week or two, many coaches will be hoping for a rookie or two to come along, looking at the likes of Hibberd, Iles to really come into contention. It would be great if Bennell/Maverick decided to have a rest for a few more weeks.
At this early stage, I cannot see a trade happening this week and hopefully I manage to get away from the group round carnage intact with a high ranking and that $150,000 burning a hole in my pocket will start to be used. There are some names which are going to cause some debate in the coming weeks, are the bottomed out DT premiums, or DT duds?
Broughton, Duffield, Lake, J Volt are a few names that are going to be on the radar for many teams in the coming weeks. Personally I think Broughton is doing an amazing defensive job, but it is terrible for his DT numbers, so he is off my current radar. Duffield still plays that nice DT role, so maybe once Ibbotson and NSOS comes back, he improves? Lake, come on down spinner, just give Broadbent or Laidler some more time to improve. Jack Volt, still not sure if he can average enough to be a premium he may be cheap enough to consider as a 7th/8th forward.