It is no secret that I have always been a fan of chasing points over cash, but recently more than ever I am leaning towards starting to prioritise points at all costs.
In years gone by your Jake Trbojevic type players were the crux to any good SuperCoach team by locking up 60 points in base stats each and every week – unfortunately for Jurbo, 80 is the new 60 and base stats alone won’t cut it anymore.
Of course, there will always need to be a balance between cash generation and points, but in the current era where attacking upside and base attack (offloads and tackle busts) are the most important scoring outlets, I think prioritising points needs more attention from the get-go given that it is near on impossible to chase down the leaders once you fall more than 500-600 points behind.
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Good friend and fellow SC Playbook contributor Walson Carlos got me thinking along the lines of not where you are ranked as a number, but where you sit in actual points behind 1st place on the rankings.
I believe this to be a much better indicator as to how you are going, and what measures you need to take in terms of points vs cash generation.
Setting rivalries against the top 10 teams on the rankings every week will help you understand exactly what positions you can attack to make up ground on these teams.
This year more than ever we see the gap between the top and bottom teams further expanding, and I think the new rule changes to speed up the game have exacerbated this to the point where SuperCoach paradigms have had a massive overhaul.
The idea that you need to save trades and focus most of your attention on building your salary cap in the lead up to the bye rounds needs a massive revisit.
Speaking from experience, I did not save any trades until all bye rounds were over the year I won, and still had a trade up my sleeve in the final round.
This is proof that if you time your trades correctly and build a solid enough squad by the end of the State of Origin period you can get away with not using any trades for multiple weeks in a row towards the back end of the season.
This is as long as you don’t get absolutely crippled by injury (easier said than done).