Well, the Wardancer, without question, is necessary for making this team competitive in the starting game. He's probably going to be the fastest player on the field (unless you play a skaven team or something), and he's really hard to knock down. He should be your main player for the first game or two.
The line-elves (calling them line-MEN is a sure-fire way to utterly convince them that they cannot dodge very well, so they won't) are neccessary because they are the cheapest players available to you, and you have to start with 11 players. Don't worry though, they cost 70K each for a reason, namely that they are the best athletic linemen in the game. They can keep up with or outrun most other teams' speedsters, especially early on, and the fact that they all have AG4 means several things.
I choose to start with 2 RR's because that is the maximum number I can have while still having a Wardancer on my team, which I feel is essential, and having a good FF, which I also feel is essential. (I'm getting to that part.) I'd love to start with more Re-Rolls if I could (I sometimes start undead teams with 6), but I just have to sacrifice too much.
I choose to start with 8 Fan Factor because it's the most I can do without losing either a Wardancer or a Re-roll for 1 point of FF, which obviously isn't worth it, even to a FF-happy freak such as myself. The reason I need Fan Factor is that it drastically improves your teams' winnings (due to higher gates) which is vital to a team whose players are so terribly expensive, like this one. It also helps when it's you who wins those re-rolls, pitch invasions, rocks, refs, and other Fan Factor related kick-off events, and not your opponent. Those really add up!!
I'd really love to start with an apothecary, but I just can't afford it given the circumstances above. It's always the 1st thing I buy, though!
Your mileage may vary of course, but as for myself, there's no arguing with the results. I have used this exact roster in at least 10 games against other TR 100 teams, and I have never lost with them.
If you'd like to see an online examples of a wood elf team that began their career this way, I have one. It is important to keep in mind that this teams was used in a 3rd edition BB league with various house rules, and were played before the current rules (The Living Rule Book) set came into being. However, I think they are still worth a look. As I said at the beginning, the starting lineup I am proposing at TR 100 works pretty much regardless of what the special house rules of your league are. They started out 5-1, out-scoring their opposition 13-7, and even out-casualty-ing their opponents 12-11! Check out their roster here: The Rivendell Rapiers. I hope eventually to add some more, current, rosters online, but for now this is all there is.
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