Lock him in. Can’t find it in me to leave him out.
DAVID FIFITA || $501,900 || 2RF
Another easy selection and will be very highly owned. Can’t leave him out with his explosive upside.
RYAN MATTERSON || $626,200 || 2RF
Matterson is a very solid and I like the idea of his minutes at Parra on the right edge. I could replace with Carrigan to free up some cash for elsewhere or replace with Murray if his left edge role proves fruitful.
JAI ARROW || $575,700 || 2RF
Underpriced. Arrow looks fit and ready for big minutes under new coach Justin Holbrook.
LUCIANO LEILUA || $434,300 || 2RF
I’ve gone with a bit of a POD flyer on this one, but I feel confident that he will get the minutes and the SC points will flow.
ELISEA KATOA || $171,900 || 2RF
I was so impressed with this youngster in the Warriors trial. I just hope Kearney rolls the dice with him and gives him a shot as the left-edge back-rower.
A year ago I would never have picked him, but testament to his growth in maturity and game management he makes my side this year. The soft draw to start for Parra helps my decision.
BILLY WALTERS || $201,000 || HFB/HOK
I had Jake Turpin pencilled in this position for most of the pre-season, but a Walters starting hooker position at the Tigers is looking increasingly likely and he is cheaper than Turpin. Albeit he probably plays less minutes.
I feel he is a lock. His game suits SuperCoach by all reports and Canberra have a good start to the year draw wise.
ANTHONY MILFORD || $476,000 || 5/8-FLB
This could change, but at the moment I like this POD move to start the season. The Broncos have a decent draw and the changes they have made will suit his running and support game. Stripping 5kgs lighter will also help.
I’m warming to Bird as my marquee CTW. Priced at just under $500k it’s a fair investment, but I think he’ll be busy, creative and break tackles. Very keen.
BRAIDON BURNS || $454,400 || CTW
I feel like on that left side with some clean ball he is set to average 60+. At least that’s the plan, I just need Braidon to deliver for me now. I may pivot to Kotoni Staggs if Jamayne Isaako is left out of the team and Staggs picks up the goal-kicking.
ZAC LOMAX || $324,600 || CTW-FLB
Lomax looked good in the first trial, albeit against inferior opposition. I’m not totally sold on this pick and it could change, but I’ve always liked Lomax as a player and he has the goal-kicking duties. It also gives me an interest to watch when the Dragons are playing.
XAVIER COATES || $203,500 || CTW
This is pending whether or not he jags a wing spot over Isaako. Whichever team Seibold picks, barring injury or an absolute howler, he will likely stick with for at least the first 5-6 weeks.
He’s simply a lock with his involvement rate. It’s hard to see anything different from 2019.
KALYN PONGA || $634,300 || FLB
I’m wavering on this one. Ponga looks to be in a fairly weak side, particularly the outside backs. Whether that means more reliance on him and an increase in SC stats or a decrease because the quality is just not there to finish his creative work, I’m unsure. I would only replace with RTS, Turbo or Teddy.