SuperCoach’s 2022 rule changes: What they mean from a strategy point of view

A new season of fantasy football beckons upon us with the release of SuperCoach to the public and the guys at the Herald Sun has made some monumental changes that have improved the quality of life as well as adapted to a potential COVID crisis.

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Today I will be discussing three of the most influential new changes and what they will mean for your team and strategy throughout the year.

Other changes like the trade assist aren’t super relevant because there’s already a lot of content to help you with your weekly trades and customisable leagues are there to spice up your yearly league with friends or randoms. 

Trade Boost

The first major change that players might notice when first launching the game is that rather than the standard 30 trades, we have received 35 trades for the season. Aligned with this, a trade boost feature will allow users to utilise an extra trade for the round so rather than using 2 trades for round 3 you can now choose to use 3 trades. This can be utilised in bye rounds as well with up to 4 trades being utilised, we can assume this feature will be available to us all year if you have extra trades in the bank to sacrifice. 

Now initially, this new feature gained both negative and positive feedback with some arguing that poor trades or selections won’t be punished, and casuals will get to full premium easier. However, those who played BBL SC or even the amazing new Fantasy AFLW this year would remember how painful it was to see games being rescheduled and players being ruled out because they had COVID or were a close contact thus coping unavoidable donuts.

We are almost definitely going to have a similar scenario where half a round gets wiped out due to these unavoidable circumstances as that’s just the world we live in right now. So, these extra trades per week are here to help us. Remember, unlike AFL Fantasy, SuperCoach does not give out an average to compensate for a rescheduled game so these will be convenient when games are rescheduled. 

Trade update

Additionally, the trade update will assist alongside the additional trades to help coaches fix their team when they’ve had unfortunate circumstances. Previously once a partial lockout had commenced you had one chance to complete your trades which really put a lot of pressure on hoping a certain player wouldn’t be a late out. With this new feature once you trade in a player you can trade that same player out again for another within that salary range if they have not been locked out. 

Player position updates

This change is probably the most significant for SC players this year, AFL Fantasy players will be most familiar with this change but essentially at three points during the season (Rounds 6, 12 and 18), Champion Data update the dual-position status of several players who are eligible for DPP.

This will mean that we will have much more flexibility when trading and moving players around throughout the season furthermore players who might not be relevant at the start of the year will suddenly become an instant trade-in because of this new position.

Below is a table of the most notable additional DPP changes that occurred in 2021 and their relative SC average for the year just to showcase how good of a change this will be. 

PlayerInitial PosNew PosRound2021 SC Avg
Dyson HeppellMidDef/Mid699.4
Nat FyfeMidMid/Fwd6100.4
Sean DarcyRucRuc/Fwd6118
Josh KellyMidMid/Fwd6107
Tom PowellMidMid/Fwd667.7
Tim EnglishMidMid/Fwd688.7
Lachie HunterMidMid/Fwd688.1
Errol GuldenMidMid/Fwd676.4
Scott PendleburyMid Mid/Fwd1290.4
Chris MayneMidDef/Mid1294.2
Jack GrahamMidMid/Fwd1284.0
Lachie BrambleMidMid/Fwd1875.5
Luke JacksonFwdRuc/Fwd1871.6

So what can we gather from last year’s changes? Ultimately the biggest effect will occur in the forward line, with the premium additions of Darcy, Kelly and even Fyfe last year they would have been part of the top six averaging forwards, (Of course with Fyfe he was injured but the point still stands) the ceiling for top 10 averaging forwards has only increased because of this change.

Furthermore, your rookie selections like Powell and Gulden and even your late bloomers in Bramble would become even more effective when they can cover for two positions in your team. There will be some defensive bargains like Heppell and Mayne who no one would even consider picking because they would have stayed as a midfield only, however with the added defensive position they could have been both a nice cash making selection or a point of difference. 

At this stage, we can only adjust our initial team, but I would be picking fewer breakout options in our forward line (Butters, Thomas, Bailey, Heeney etc) and rather we can afford to take a few more mid-pricers to make some cash for an anticipate the first set of DPP changes as this is the batch with the most DPP changes most of the time. While the breakout options mentioned above may turn out to average somewhere between 95-100, the fact that we’ll get way more forwards by the end of the year will almost definitely rise the need for a top 10 forward to be averaging 105 minimum. 

Overall, these new changes are extremely exciting to see and are something that will freshen up the competition, the last “major” SuperCoach change I could remember was the removal of the R4 position and having it turned into an M11. It is great that the team have been listening to a lot of fan feedback and made appropriate changes to make the game more engaging but also providing a potential change of strategy.

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