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SC & DT Guide: Selecting Your Bench & Cash Cows

February 28th 2008 01:37
Selecting a bench is one of the most important things when playing Dream Team and Super Coach.

These bench players are used when one or more of your players in your 22 are not playing.
Hopefully with some luck and a well selected team all of your bench players in total will play under 10 games.

It is for this reason that minimal money should be used when selecting your bench.
As a rule of thumb I would stay away from bench players that are more expensive than $150,000 in Supercoach and 120,000 in Dream Team.

When you’re selecting your bench players, it is best to choose small players as they take less time to develop and get more possessions. Use this for Defenders, Midfielders and Forwards, however the strategy for the ruck position is different.

Ruckmen take 2-3 years to develop, so choosing a first year ruck is not a smart move. The best idea is to choose a player who has spent at least 3 years on a list and has player minimal games. They will be still relatively cheap and will be closer to senior selection.

While we are talking about new players, this is where the cash cow strategy comes in. Using this strategy will increase the effectiveness of your bench, while keeping it at a relatively low cost.

A cash cow is a player that is expected to rise in price; once a players price rises you then trade that player for a cheaper player and keep the profit.

The best way to find a cash cow is looking for newly drafted players (From the top 20), mature age recruits and players coming back from long term injuries.

These players will be very cheap, and are more likely to play senior football than others who are more expensive.

Watching pre season matches, and keeping an eye on the newspapers is a key when looking for cash cows. It will give you a good look at which players are getting senior games, and which ones are in the line of the coaches.

Using a players draft rank is not necessarily an accurate way in selecting your cash cows. This is because not every team picks high possession winning players.

For example Forward Jarrod Grant was taken pick 5 in the 2007 AFL draft. However Cyril Rioli (Pick 12) and Patrick Veszpremi (Pick 11) would be much better options to take.

The main reason for this is because smaller forwards take less time to develop. This means they are ready to play senior football earlier.

They will also score a lot more points than the taller players as they will player further up the ground and for longer.

The final thing to look for when selecting a cash cow is the depth/current status of each teams list, as well as the clubs past history of playing young players.

Depth is a major factor when selecting a cash cow. When looking for a player as a cash cow, find a club that has a lack of depth in its list. A lack of depth means that your player has more of a chance to play when there is an injury.

Also look at the list status when selecting your cash cows. If a team has injuries to some of their starting midfielders, then it might be wise to select a midfielder likely to play from that team. They will get more games and more game time.

Finally you need to look at the clubs history at blooding younger players. Over the past few years Carlton and Richmond have played a lot of young players, where as a team like Sydney hasn’t played many. Therefore you should look for players from Richmond and Carlton before you choose someone from Sydney.

Here is a list of possible cash cows for 2008:


David Myers
Price - $119,200
Got lots of the ball in the WAFL and looks to be used as a tall rebounding player at Essendon. Has great disposal which is good for Supercoach, and gets a lot of kicks and marks which is good for Dream Team. He will start from round 1 so get on him.

Harry Taylor
Price -$94,200
Harry has impressive numbers from the WAFL as well. Being a mature age recruit Geelong got him for a reason. Can be used either end of the ground which will mean lots of touches and goals. Egan is out for at least 12 weeks, so Harry will play some games.

Darren Pfeiffer
Price -$94,200
Darren is the type of player Carlton need. He is an aggressive HBFer will good disposal and lots of talent. He seems to have gotten himself on the straight and narrow at Carlton so will defiantly be pushing for senior selection from Round 1.


Beau Muston
Price -$94,200
Muston struggled through injury and form slumps last year. Has played all the NAB cup matches so far and has produced encouraging results. With 3 main midfielders missing for Hawthorn early, this will be the time for Beau to step up and claim his spot in the team.

Brad Ebert
Price -$94,200
Has impressed everyone at the eagles so far. Was dominate in the practice game against Collingwood and looks like he will slot into the team come round 1. He is a big ball getter and has very good disposal. Doesn’t mind putting his head over the ball, which means lots of contested possessions.

Rhys Palmer
Price - $114,200
Has set his new club on fire since being drafted to Fremantle. Showed how much talent he has in the championships where he was unstoppable. Fremantle rate him so highly he was given a 3 year deal. Harvey will have him in the side come round 1. Will put my house on it.

Trent West
Price -$94,200
Will be Geelong’s third ruck this season. Brad Ottens has only played one full season, and Mark Blake may not be able to continue his pre season form. This opens the door for West to play a big role in Geelong’s ruck division this year. Watch his pre season form.

Shaun Hampson
Price - $101,900
Could very well be the blues number 1 ruck this year. Is further ahead in his development then Kruezer and has shown that he is a good scorer. If you don’t have him in your team you’re a nutcase.


Lachlan Hansen
Price - $101,900
Has taken on a new role at the Kangaroos, playing on a wing. He has racked up the possessions in every game and looks set to be playing a big chunk of 2008. Get him while his price is cheap.

Cyril Rioli
Price -$94,200
Has played pretty well early on, so will be at the front of others in the same position. Would play a very good goal sneak role for the hawks.

James Sellar
Price -$94,200
Excellent price for a bloke who will play 22 games. Has been immense so far in the preseason and has been returning pretty good numbers all ready. The crows fans love him and so do I. Choo Choo

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Comment by Anonymous

March 6th 2008 00:08
Don't agree with Myers playing round 1, i am an Essendon supporter and i doubt he'll be in the team come round one. Tayte Pears is more of a chance.

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