Leave your loyalties at the door
You may hate a team or a player, but dont let that stop you from picking them in your dreamteam. You may love a player and think to yourself I know they are good, Ill give them another week. Dont! Look at the numbers, not the player. This leads me onto my second point.
Treat your players like an investment
The main goal of dreamteam, especially early on, is to increase the price of your team as much as you can, while balancing the number of trades you use. This means youll have the cash available in the later rounds to pick the best of the best. The only way to do this is to treat your players like an investment.
The biggest mistake rookie dreamteamers make is picking players cheap players who wont play, just to accommodate bigger names. There is simply no use having a player on your bench who won't play, so look to unload underperformers now and pick up those players who will get the cash gains.
Who you should offload
Paul Gallen - Sharks (FRF) $489,000
He dropped $25,000 last week and is averaging just less than 50 points but needs to average a massive 85 points just to break even over the next two weeks. Not that hes not capable, but its unlikely. Its best to get rid of him now before he drops further. Possibly a player to pick back up after Origin but right now your money is better spent elsewhere.
Feleti Mateo - Warriors (2RF,HLF) $287,400
Offload him quick. He dropped $42,000 last week and unless something drastic happens this week hell drop further. Normally a good dreamteam performer hes averaged just 18 and needs 70 points this week not to drop further.
Who to pick up
If you have an underperforming winger/fullback (there are plenty) there are a couple of options.
Jorge Taufua Sea Eagles (WFB) $270,500
He rose by over $30,000 last week but its not too late to grab him and still get some price rises. While wingers tend to be rocks or diamonds (see Uates 93 in round one followed by 0 in round two), he runs the ball a lot and is good for a few tackle breaks each week which should see him score fairly consistently.
Vai Toutai Eels (WFB) $101,600
Toutai will rise in price significantly, even if he has an ordinary game this week. There were doubts about his spot in the side but with Ken Sio returning this week hes still been retained on the wing. He has only played two games so will see his first price rise after the weekend as long as he scores above -33 (no thats not a typo). Hes currently averaging 35 points and if he scores 20-odd he should rise by over $35,000.
The Gidley Question
Should you keep him or ditch him? If you have some players who will definitely decrease in price, offload them before you worry about Gidley. If youre happy with your side currently then hes one player you may wish to trade if youre desperate to score points. It all depends on your priorities but remember that he only needs 8 points to break even in his next game.
It also depends on how long hes going to be out for. If hes going to be out for weeks then theres no point keeping him in your side when there are cheaper players you could be picking up, taking advantage of their early season price rises. If its just week or two, you have other halves and offloading underperformers is your concern, then keep him.