I was a bit distraught the last couple of weeks and wasn't able to post about dreamteamness.
My master plan is in tatters, but I've realised inhindsight that it was slightly flawed. Going into Round 12 with 18 trades left means that you completely don't take advantage of cash cows and cheaper than usual superstars. Sure, you go into the finals choc full of tradesready to beat everyone who usually only has a couple left, but ultimately you don't have as much money as they do, which means some superstars aregoing to be somewhat out of your reach.I've used 7 trades so far, and am pretty happy with my team.
I'm currently at the top of my ladder, even though my overall standing has fallen fairly considerably from the start of the season.My supercoach is going well too (I'm participating with dudes at work) and Igot my best and the league's best score last round without any help from Gary Ablett and Chad Cornes.
Back to DT, here are my current stats:
Round 7 Score: 2,152
Weekly Ranking: 116 of 181,124
Overall Score: 12,702
Overall Ranking: 6,652 of 181,124
League Ranking: 1
Rounds Played: 7
Avg Score/Round: 1,815
Team Value: $8,344,900
Change in Value: $894,000
I am at the top of my ladder, but that's only on percentage. Interestingly,the entire Top 8 in the ladder are all on the exact same points and is onlyseperated by percentage. Here are the game results that got me to the top:
Round 4 - LOSS
def by Lovemachines 1735 - 1753
Round 5 - WIN
def Stallions 1607 - 1542
Round 6 - WIN
def The Matt Damons 1740 - 1632
Round 7 - WIN
def Gerrys All Stars 2152 - 1312
As you can see, it's the last game that did it. Unfortunately, Gerry is theonly real easybeat of the league because he's overseas. I'm glad I hit him when I did, but pretty much each person that hits him until a couple of weeks after he gets back to a computer is going to cycle to the top.
Apparently my opponent in Round 8 is throwing our game and not using his trades. I couldn't be happier to hear this as I really want to rack up as many wins as I can to try and ensure my place in the Top 8 early. Apart from Chad Cornes, my team isn't suffering too many injuries or outs.
My forwards have two playing emergencies as does my rucks. I have Geary (StKilda) not doing much but Craig Bird (Sydney) covering that spot. Like everyone else, my backs are in a bit of chaos. Chad is out and Pffieffer (Carlton) may not make it back along with Nathan Brown (Coll) not scoring particularly well. I am actually thinking of making a cash trade this week, trading J Geary for Sam Browne (Carlton). Browne has a break even of -95 which means that even if he plays and gets 1 point he'll go up heaps in cash this round. His average is 75 which is really very good and should play for at least the next month. I'd be looking to make $100,000 from him in that month which Ican then downgrade him to some no name dude and use that spare cashage to upgrade someone in my playing 22. I'm intending to leave that as the only trade made this week, but if Scott Thompson (Roos) doesn't play it means I'm going to cop a 0 in the backline. In that case, I may trade Pffiffiffier (Carlton) to Harry Taylor (Geelong).With Egan (Geelong) out for the rest of the season, Harry Taylor should almost be a sure thing. I could survive with coping a zero, my opponent has Riewoldt who is injured for 4 weeks or so and my score was 300 points higherlast week so I've got some leg room.
Here are my trades so far:
OUT Bowden ($389,800) IN Bock ($319,600) OUT Dyson ($243,400) IN Corey ($437,800)
OUT Hill ($230,700) IN Riewoldt ($167,200) OUT Tuck ($217,300) IN Masten ($152,100)
OUT Johnson ($376,000) IN Hill ($175,600) OUT Edwards ($83,500) IN Osborne ($285,500)
OUT Lucas ($384,200) IN Chapman ($445,200)
I am very, very, very glad I picked Chapman instead of J Brown. Lordly. JBrown has been appalling and is now only $300,000. Chapman hasn't beengreat, but none of the forwards really have been. Every week I nearly traded out Brad Johnson and only now am I glad I didn't. Everyone is now jumping on his bandwagon and even though he is still injured, his last score shows promise. The only one I might regret was Steve Johnson, but that trade did allow meto pick up Hill and fix up my woeful backline. I also made heaps of moneyon Hill and traded him out before he had yet another shocking week.Bowden was another one I was struggling with for weeks, and I feel like Imade the right decision. Once I decided to get rid of him, I had a very,very tough decision to choose either Bock (Adelaide) or Bradshaw (Brisbane) and then upgrade Dyson (Ess) to either J Corey or Gary Ablett (both from Geelong). I fluked it good because Bock got 114 and Bradshaw got 34. Corey got 112 and Ablett got 0. Booyeah!I'm still unsure whether Jack Riewoldt (Richmond) was the best decision, but he still might be... only time will tell.
In other news, I just realised I've been wearing the dry cleaning tag attached to my business shirt all day. I am the smarts.
Update : Also traded in Garrick Ibbotson (Fremantle) for Darren Pffifffifffiffer (Carlton). All that stuff about Harry Taylor (Geelong) I mentioned above? I forgot it all when I was trading. Ibbotson should be cool though, he's playing in the Centre rather than the backline so that can only help his scores. I've put Kane Cornes as Captain. Since then (and now it's too late to change the teams) I read that Kane will be tagging Sam Mitchell but will also be tagged by Brad Sewell, which means he'll have two opposing players on him the entire game. Ouch.