For those of you aficionados of Rugby League who have yet to found themselves thrust into the world of Fantasy Football or Dream teams, here’s a brief run down:
*You pick a squad of 25 players (Just like in the NRL)
a salary cap (Just like in the NRL)
Because player wages are mostly
speculation to us plebeians, a value for each player is calculated based on each
individual’s strengths and weaknesses, statistically.
Each week, every
player earns points for scoring tries, goals and field goals, tackles made, off
loads, hit ups, line breaks, line break assists and 40/20 kicks. They also lose
points for missing goals and field goals, missed tackles, penalties conceded,
handling errors, being sin binned and being sent off.
When you think
about it, it’s a very good gauge as to a players overall worth.
system where good performance is rewarded, poor performance is penalised. I love
a statistically basic but exceptionally accurate concept attached to work ethics
and morals so as to create realistic values for players in a virtual game for
the greater public, don’t you?
Now this is all a very fun game and
enjoyed by hundreds of thousands people nationwide. But is that all it should
Given all of the debacles that happen every year with clubs exceeding
the salary cap, some by small amounts, others more excessively, perhaps it’s
time that a players value was dictated by their actual performance on the field
and not by which player manager runs enough rumours around town to drive up
their clients asking price.
Imagine a competition where players could
only improve their value by working harder.
Crazy concept I know, but
stay with me.
Poor behaviour gets punished as well.
Calm down, I
know the idea is sounding preposterous, but I’m pretty sure there are some
people left in this crazy world whose workplace runs along similar
In this crazy otherworld dimension, Corey Parker would be the
games’ greatest player and possibly being touted as the next immortal. Only Paul
Gallen would be close to being his equal.
Players like Michael Gordon,
Shaun Fensom, Aiden Tolman, Ashley Harrison, Liam Fulton, Jake Friend, David
Stagg and Dave Taylor would be regular test players.
It would also mean
regular rep players like Justin Hodges, Adam Blair, Willie Tonga, Manu Vatuvei,
Greg Inglis and Keiran Foran wouldn’t even be regarded as one of the best 100
players in the game today.
It would also see the minimum wage increased
by $17,000, which is not a bad thing, especially when the highest paid player is
earning under $500,000. The NRL always talks about evening out the competition,
well evening out player wages is just one facet of achieving that
By having player wages based on performances only, it also allows
for a more even competition and more importantly, an end to those pesky
parasites known as player managers, an increase in the average player salary
across the board, thus reducing the risk of players betting on games
As you can see, we are solving quite a lot of problems just through
a magnificent concept knocked up purely for the purposes of mucking
This system also allows us to see which teams are over the cap
right now. After some extensive research and calculations, using player values
obtained from the Dream Team competition on the Daily Telegraph website,
combined with the 25 man squads as listed in the official 2012 season guide, we
can immediately see which teams need an audit for exceeding the $4.4 Million
Salary Cap which the NRL currently has in place.
Brisbane - $4,621,496
Gold Coast - $4,451,832
Melbourne - $4,586,648
North Queensland - $4,695,504
Cronulla - $4,625,984
St. George-Illawarra -
These 8 clubs are currently over by a combined total of
$1,182,368, while the other 8 clubs are under by a combined total of
This system thereby gives us a fair and level competition on
the field and on the books.
We could make these cheating clubs shed
players to the honourable teams, or we could strip them of all their premiership
points for 2012.
At least then, Souths would be able to play finals footy
….It truly all is just a dream!