SuperCoach Scores is obviously focused on the Herald Sun SuperCoach competition, however as many people involved in SuperCoach also enjoy AFL Dream Team, an article on AFL Dream Team is appropriate. For me, AFL Dream Team is a bit of fun and actually quite useful when you are stressed out about your SuperCoach team and just want to trade.
Traditionally, SuperCoach and AFL Dream Team were very similar, save for the scoring system. However, in 2013, AFL Dream Team made some significant changes and appears to have gone separate ways with SuperCoach. While SuperCoach has made some changes to the SuperCoach Rules, AFL Dream Team has also made additional changes. The main difference between the two popular AFL Fantasy competitions this year are:
- SuperCoach now has a rolling lockout and AFL Dream Team does not the rolling lockout
- Supercoach now allows 30 trades per year, with a maximum of 2 per round and 3 during the MBRs and any unused trades can be used later on. AFL Dream Team, on the other hand, allows 2 trades per round (and 44 trades in total), however all unused trades in any given round are forfeited, if not used.
While most would have read my Floating Donut article, note the Floating Donut does NOT apply to AFL Dream Team. Therefore, do NOT pick a non-playing player for the purposes of the Captain Loophole nor the Emergency Player Loophole.
Just a side comment, but I think it's great that there is No Rolling Lockout for AFL Dream Team, as it means we can fully focus on SuperCoach during the weekend games.
2 Trades Per Week
This is a quite tricky change of the Rules. Now if you don't trade then your 2 allocated trades for that round are forfeited. So all things being equal, you should trade every round even side trading premiums for one round due to the premium having an easier game. Furthermore, you can also trade in any premiums, mid-pricer or rookies, if they have a low breakeven for a particular round (ie two consecutive good scores, relative to their price).
Also due to the fact we have 2 trades per round and if not used are forfeited, it also doesn't hurt to have a few pinch hitters such as St Kilda and/or Sydney players due to their easier first few games. Now remember AFL Dream Team is different to SuperCoach and therefore Stanton becomes a viable choice as he traditionally plays well in the first half of the year. Naturally, the Stanton selection really depends on the outcome of the Essendon debacle.
As previously mentioned, my SuperCoach skills are much better than my AFL Dream Team, thus please take my advice with a grain of salt.
I spend about 10% of my time on AFL Dream Team and the remainder on SuperCoach, so I don't expect a great outcome in AFL Dream Team. However, let's just say if my 26th Overall in AFL Dream Team 2011 was in any other year rather than the year, I won SuperCoach, I would of had a better crack of winning the car. However, I believe AFL Dream Team helped me win SuperCoach 2011 as when you are so-close to winning the $50,000, you are awfully stress out and it was great to try different things in AFL Dream Team.
So I strongly recommend all SuperCoach people to register in AFL Dream Team just for fun and to try different things.
Closer to the first official game in 2013, I'll provide a more detailed article on AFL Dream Team. This is a very very preliminary article on AFL Dream Team 2013. I have purposely not read any articles from other AFL Dream Team websites to allow me to write an article on AFL Dream Team without being effected by the views of others.
Remember that in SuperCoach there is this 3300 Rule, which means that all games are given ~3300 points to be allocated. However, in AFL Dream Team there is no limit and games are based on statistics.