Whilst it's all well and good looking at how late teams play, overall it's not completely necessary. What you want to be able to do with a loophole player, is loophole them, you don't need your player to be playing Sunday twilight every game, all you need is for them to not play early in the weekend, for most of the weekends.
There's a few noted you want to be aware of first:
- You want to loophole each round, whether it be for captaincy or just to pick the best rookie
- By the last few rounds likely you will have another player to use, so the last few rounds may not be needed here (They have been used in what I am saying below)
- Bye rounds are excluded as you will have plenty of options already
- The best team to loophole may not have the appropriate player for your side
I went through every round and recorded the first 3 games and the last 3 games (Where start times are the same I picked both). The first thing I did was cross off the teams that at some stage played the first game of the round. No team after Round 10 played their first first game of the round (Read that carefully). Which is kinda good as it means we don't cross off a team whose only first game is in the last 3 weeks where we may have another player to use anyway.
Of the teams remaining I then looked at how often their team played the 2nd/3rd games or one of the last 3 of the week (I take into account that the 2nd and 3rd games often overlap, for the end of the week games I haven't worried about this). From there we can tell which teams we should be using to loophole with. We also need to consider personal cases when it comes to this. For example if the only times my player's team plays the 2nd or 3rd game of the week is when Goldstein plays the first, if I plan to have Goldstein and plan to use him as a captain, then it's not as big an issue as if the only times were when Essendon played first and I have no one from there worth using. (Again, depends if using captain or rookie or both loophole here).
So after that I have come up with the following for the teams we should consider taking a loophole player from:Brisbane
Only 3 early games, in Round 10,11,12. In the first two cases North Melbourne play before them, in the 3rd it's Essendon vs Hawthorn.St. Kilda
4 times they play in the first 3, one of those Round 22. The other three you have Port/Ess, WC/Rich, NM/WB to choose from. Big thumbs up here. Lots of late matches around the byes too.GWS
Only 3 early games, one in Rd 19 the other two Rd 1 and Rd 16 (Where we get two games to choose from Port/Haw and Geel/Syd). Really like this one.Melbourne
6 times early, 9 times late. Of those 6 two are Rd 1 and 2, one is Rd 20 (Rich/Coll to choose from again). The other 3 Goldstein plays game 1). Would only pick from here if you have Goldstein and are content with not having great options in the first wo weeks.
That is the 4 I like. Carlton after Round 1 have 4 early, 9 late, so again if you are willing to be patient through Rd 1 then pick a Blue.