It’s finals time in head-to-head. So get the squad in for a
chat and fire up the boys because it’s getting into win or Mad Monday territory,
and how much better is Mad Monday after a grand final victory or by taking out
the Overall prize (looking at you Tim Williams!).
Tim is into 10th and the excitement is real. But four
weeks is a long time and lots can happen.
It’s a week-by-week game at the top and a balancing act of
whether to target PODs and whether or not to anti-Pod someone.
There is also the decision of who to skipper, and even the tough choice of who to actually play in your 17 now that squads are strong.
A quick one on that, if in doubt always choose the guy who
plays earlier in the weekend in case of late outs on a Sunday that may leave
Personally, my semi form resurgence has somewhat continued
with a score of 1,332 to get me into the top 9% overall (no thanks to Sivo who
now owes me at least 140 to get an invite to the next pub sesh).
I’m still a long way off where I would normally be but I
accept that it’s been a tough year, so it will be nice to try and scramble home
I VC’d Teddy on Friday which worked out well as I could loop
him, but I did have to bench Jarome Luia as a non-player which cost me 50
points in the end.
As a result I wasn’t as happy as I could have been and it
was a nervous Sunday as any late withdrawals would have meant my auto-emergency
(AE) was already used and I would have copped a big fat 0.
Something to consider there depending how your team is set
up, when you are using your AE and when your guys play.
Ideally use your AE as late as possible and have a back up
Let’s dive into a couple of key matters this week.
The form of teams is huge at this time of year. Some will
have half an eye on end of season beers and family time, whilst others will be
fine tuning things and looking to peak as finals near.
Some of the lower placed sides likes Brisbane, Cowboys and
the like are the ones to target with guys from teams who play them, whilst
teams like the Chooks could well be getting back to peak form quickly, so I
like the idea of owning guys from their team.
The fight for the top 4 and top 8 is also massive. Canberra
and The Chooks for example are right on the edge and will be desperate for a top
This means you can play guys in their teams safely while
this is the case. If you are Penrith however, whilst their form is hot be wary
of guys getting rested.
And the same goes for multiple teams the last two weeks
whenever final’s positions may be set.
With regard to resting anyone who has recently had a few
weeks off or an extended break (Smith, Munster, Haas, To’o etc.), they should
be safe from that so that enhances their appeal.
I am going to jump on tomorrow and answer any questions from
subscribers only via a mini podcast, so hit me up with anything you may have
and as usual shoot through any questions to me on social media and I’ll do my
absolute best to get to them.