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    I have just been reviewing my team in respect of the byes. Although it is early days, barring changes forced by injuries Im comfortable with the core of my team in terms of keepers at the moment.

    The round 14 bye however is ugly. Fortunately a round 14 bye is better than the same scenario for round 12 but with my current team I only field 8 keepers in round 14. If you play leagues you can tank round 14 but I play overall so rather not do that.

    It means apart from a replacement for an injury an actual upgrade of a rookie or mid pricer cannot be to a round 14 bye player. Means pre byes I basically have limited access to players like Dusty, Ablett, Crouch bros, Sloane, Neale, Jelwood, Kennedy, Parker, Hanners if they come good early in the season.

    There is always one ugly round every year but anyone else dealing with the round 14 bogey this year? Are you planning a little for it or just ignoring it for now? Do you stick with group of keepers you are happy to start with and trade around the byes or do you drop a player you want for a player that creates a better structure (and then beat your head against the keyboard when your original player goes big and the new guy is meh). For now I am sticking with the original game plan.
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    Round 14 is horrendous.
    Of my 14 keeper starters 6 have the round 14 bye already, and everytime I consider a different player they always have that damn bye! MCrouch, Neale, Hanners all dead to me in the middle because I can't fathom going without Danger Dusty and Fyfe.
    Maybe Roberton in the backline? Nope.
    I try not to let the bye rounds dictate my picks, but bloody everyone I want has the round 14 bye!
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    thoughts on how many round 14 midfielders is too many? at what point do you not pay attention to the bye and just build your best team possible

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    You've really got to pick the best of the best in the R14 bye to make any poor rookie score or donut worthwhile. I had Treloar and Grundy cause a donut in the final popular bye last season, neither had a season average high enough to justify that.

    A Zerrett over a MCrouch could add an extra 30-70 pts over the season through getting a better rookie score (eg: 70 over a 40) or avoiding a donut. Over the course of the season it might only be 2-3ppg so perhaps not the biggest effect. Although you'd want to limit your exposure.

    I'd say 5 total max across Def/Fwd/ruck and 4 in the mids (to give you 9 total out) would be somewhat manageable. Should give you about 20 in R14. Although there might be other non-playing rookies that pop up which bring that figure down to 18 or below. Going one too heavy means one step closer to a donut.
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    Also worth noting that the rookies after those that debut in round one are usually poor - good ones are thin on the ground.

    If they happen to be round 14 as well, for example, you could find yourself inclined to pass on one of the better downgrade options so as not to make an existing bye problem worse.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bomber18 View Post
    You've really got to pick the best of the best in the R14 bye to make any poor rookie score or donut worthwhile. I had Treloar and Grundy cause a donut in the final popular bye last season, neither had a season average high enough to justify that.

    A Zerrett over a MCrouch could add an extra 30-70 pts over the season through getting a better rookie score (eg: 70 over a 40) or avoiding a donut. Over the course of the season it might only be 2-3ppg so perhaps not the biggest effect. Although you'd want to limit your exposure.

    I'd say 5 total max across Def/Fwd/ruck and 4 in the mids (to give you 9 total out) would be somewhat manageable. Should give you about 20 in R14. Although there might be other non-playing rookies that pop up which bring that figure down to 18 or below. Going one too heavy means one step closer to a donut.
    If that is right then I will need to manage my trades really carefully as I am not sure I could get those 9 top end players.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Darkie View Post
    Also worth noting that the rookies after those that debut in round one are usually poor - good ones are thin on the ground.

    If they happen to be round 14 as well, for example, you could find yourself inclined to pass on one of the better downgrade options so as not to make an existing bye problem worse.
    This is always a problem. It is one thing to have a rookie that is ready to be cashed out but you need to trade a rookie in as well. And certainly last year mid season you just took what you could get. A few turned up like EVW, Melican, Myers and Stewart but you cannot expect to get the perfect rookie replacement.
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