Front-row selection is always important to lock in
consistent point scoring, outside of the high ceiling backs in your team.
But looking at the below, there is some seriously good
options, so don’t jump too early. I personally think there is not a lot between
any of the top 7 guys, so don’t go to early on someone like David Klemmer,
because you can get similar value (for mine) getting someone like Marty Taupau
or Sio Siua Taukeiaho later in the Draft.
I also would want to lock in higher scoring backs or a hooker
before grabbing front-rowers. This is a general guide of course and will change
depending on your league settings.
Let’s take a look at my breakdown below to see exactly what
I think of the top line guys.
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1. PAYNE HAAS
Enough said. Haas is the best FRF by a mile, averaging 78PPG
in 64 minutes last year as a young man.
The gap to the next guy is substantial based on last year,
so you will need to spend a high pick if you want him.
Haas is probably a top 5 pick, but he may slip down slightly
if you’re lucky.
If you can’t get him and want to lock in another key position, then there are options below to compliment a high-scoring outside back or hooker.
JFH scored at an average of 0.87PPM last year, which equates
to a tick under 70PPG when playing the full 80-minutes, which he did for the
majority of the year.
There is the risk that he gets less minutes at random
intervals, but based on last year, Cleary likes what he offers and tends to
play him big minutes.
Consensus – A stud and a rock solid option with huge
base stats. The only risk is if his minutes ever dipped, in which case he would
still do a good job for you, but maybe not at the elite level.
3. JOSH PAPALII
Ricky Stuart used him in a slightly more explosive roll last
year, cutting Papa’s minutes back to 53 per game.
Papalii is that good however that this did not affect his output
one bit, he went on to average 65PPG.
There is slightly more risk given his new role, as it relies
a little on attacking stats due to lower minutes, but Papalii is simply that
good that he will find his points.
I would expect similar to last year, so you know what you
are buying here.
Consensus – Rock solid! Papalii averaged between 63-66PPG for four straight years. The key stat is that Papalii averaged 76PPG over the final 10 rounds last season due to an increase in tries, linebreaks, and more importantly offloads.
So is there increased upside heading into 2020? Based on that form, and the fact he may be firing again come finals time in your Draft league, I like him a lot.
Averaged 47PPG in only 41 minutes last season. Looking set for a starting position this season. If he can get up to 60 or so minutes there is no reason he can’t average high 60s.
9. ANDREW FIFITA
This is purely down to health. Fifita has past averages
since 2015 of 73, 72, 64, 68, and 60PPG last season.
The history shows that he is an absolute stud, but his knee
appears shot. So the question is, how many games will he play and when he does
get on the park, how will his minutes look?
They took a hit from 57 per game to 49 last year, or 51MPG
if you take out his injury affected 7 minutes against Gold Coast in Round 9
when the Spy here captained him in Classic mode. He was on 19 by that stage as well
with three offloads. SIGH!
Consensus – Without this game he would still have averaged 62PPG, so don’t right him off, just be aware of what you may be purchasing.
The blockbusting front-rower. Coming off an average of 60PPG
with averages in the previous two years of 53 and 68PPG you can see it’s not as
consistent as the above guys, but the scoring potential is there.
Consensus – A pretty decent guy to lock in if you miss out on the above.
11. TEVITA PANGAI JNR
There is a risk in Pangai’s minutes and durability, his
upside however is phenomenal. He is such a talent and is coming off averages of
58 and 53PPG in 60 & 50MPG respectively.
Consensus – He has had some pretty dodgy hammies in recent years and is also a hot head to a degree.
At this stage of the Draft it depends on your line up. If
you are selecting your last starting front-rower then he is probably worth the
punt, especially now that Matt Lodge (ACL) may be gone for a while.
Just be aware the Broncos have a lot of good young forwards,
so playing time could be an issue and his injury history is a concern.
12. AIDEN TOLMAN
Tolman is a pretty boring type from a SuperCoach perspective,
but he rolls up week after week and get through his work.
Dean Pay’s forward rotation is a concern, but he does love
Tolman has averaged between 56-61PPG in four of the last five
years and averaged 60MPG last year under Pay for 60 points.
Consensus – I know one bloke in my league who will pick him up well before he should due to his undying love affair with the big fella.
But in any other league he may well be available down the
line due to the above factors and to be honest you could do far worse.
The risk for me is minutes and whether Pay wants to try some younger props to add some extra bite into the side, rather than relying on the dependable but less dangerous Tolman.
Can Woods/Merrin return to their glory days which were not
that long ago?
Woodsy has been a 60+ PPG player only two years ago, while
Merrin’s history is covered in a separate player profile on this site, but
there is some serious pedigree.
Junior Paulo, JWH, Alex Twal, James Tamou, Nelson Asofa-Solomona, Jesse Bromwich, Jordan McLean and more.
These are all the guys that can do some sort of job for your
team if you are still chasing front-rowers late on.
WHAT ARE TIERS IN SUPERCOACH DRAFT?
When referencing a tier of players this simply means a grouping of players of a particular SuperCoach ability.
The top tier is the elite. The second tier are those players who are not projected to be quite as good as the top tier. Whilst, the third or fourth tiers are getting to those players of less and less value.
The standard of players in each tier will differ depending on each position. Some positions may have some lower tier players who could contribute whilst other positions may be void of options once you get to the third or fourth tier. Each article will make this clear.
Scenario – The top tier is a group of players considered to be the best. For Halfbacks the top tier is projected to be Cleary, Cherry-Evans, Mitch Moses and Shaun Johnson.
The second tier are players like Ben Hunt, Luke Brooks, Jahrome Hughes etc. who are valuable but simply are not as good as the top tier guys, whilst a lower tier player may be someone like Ryley Jacks who has limited value due to not generally being a starting player.
SUPERCOACH TERMINOLOGY KEY
MPG = Minutes per game
PPG = Points per game
PPM = Points per minute
BPG = Base per game (point accrued in tackles + runs + missed tackles)