LOCK HIM IN! – David Fifita – I’m not sure he’ll go as consistently good
as people expect, but I’m not brave enough or silly enough to leave him out
altogether. There’s far too much upside.
SHORTLISTED – There’s a lot I’m working my way through for this
position. All players I’m considering are Jason Taumalolo, Cam Murray, Ryan Matterson,
Jai Arrow, Tohu Harris, Luciano Leilua, Bryce Cartwright, Jack Williams, Joey
Tapine and Jayden Su’A.
Right now, I’m leaning towards Arrow, Leilua and probably Murray/Harris.
CHEAPIES – Jamil Hopoate might have some job security issues with the
returning Alex Glenn.
Hamole Olakau’atu and Eliesa Katoa are two of the most exciting rookies in the competition. Minutes and job security questions exist, but I believe their talent and ability will shine through over the course of a season.
LOCK HIM IN! – I’ve come around to the fact that Nathan Cleary might
just be a lock for SuperCoach this year.
I’ve twisted and turned over this one a bit and I’m still not quite sure
I’m at peace with it.
SHORTLISTED – Also considering between Mitch Moses, Luke Brooks and Shaun
Johnson. I’m really not sure which way I’m going to go here to be honest. I’m
not interested in Brandon Wakeham at this stage, but it could change if he
shows me something in the first two weeks.
CHEAPIES – Billy Walters is the obvious one because he could/should earn
some money unless Harry Grant moves and takes his spot before a price rise
That’s a fair possibility, in which case Paul Turner, Corey Paix and Josh Schuster are all considerations for me as fillers that won’t cause me AE nightmares if I want to use my loop early in the year!
LOCK HIM IN! – I don’t have a lock in for 5/8. It’s a tough position,
but I think I definitely want another marquee half.
SHORTLISTED – I’m still considering Munster, but his price has me
balking and similarly with Cody Walker the tough start to the year has me a bit
wary of diving into him.
At the moment, Shaun Johnson is the front-runner for me. He’s tried and
tested, although he’s barely been sighted in this pre-season.
Another consideration is to take a mid-range half like George Williams,
Scott Drinkwater or the intriguing Chanel Harris-Tavita.
CHEAPIES – Again, given this is the year of the mid-rangers and there is
a dearth of cheapies across the board, some due consideration has to be given
to whether you compromise the quality of your squad to ensure you have all your
reserves actually playing NRL each week.
Personally, I think it’s a legitimate tactic to put some cheapies in
that are outside of their club’s top 17 for Round 1.
The Newcastle Knights Tex Hoy and Phoenix Crossland are the two I’m considering.
LOCK HIM IN! – Brayden Wiliame is the only lock in the difficult centre/wing
position. Given he has the starting position and how good he looked in the
pre-season trials I think he is a lock for all SuperCoaches.
SHORTLISTED – Just when I was putting together this article I found out
the shocking news about Jack Bird’s suspected ACL injury.
What a horrible run of luck and injury Bird has had since he arrived at
The injury actually has significant SuperCoach repercussions. Most
likely Isaako comes into the fullback spot and that may mean Kotoni Staggs
loses the goal-kicking.
It may also affect the forward rotation if the Broncos decide to bring
Ethan Bullemor into the side.
Anyway I digress, Staggs and obviously Bird are both scratches for me
given that news.
So the others I have shortlisted include Waqa Blake, Joey Leilua, Joey
Manu, Braidon Burns, Tyrone Peachey, David Fusitu’a, Zac Lomax and David Nofoaluma.
I’m leaning towards Leilua, Manu, Fusitu’a and possibly a flyer on Nofo
if I can find the cash.
CHEAPIES – Tyrell Fuimaono is the only active cheapie I can find other
than Brayden Wiliame. I’m warming to the Dragons interchange forward who has
had good pre-season form, but there’s a heap of pressure behind him from
Dragons depth forwards who missed the side due to form or injury.
In terms of non-active cheapies, I like Fanetesi Niu and Cody Ramsey to get a run at some stage for their teams, so they are likely to sit on my bench. Ramsey is perfect for Round 1 with Saints playing the last game, making him the perfect NPR if my vice-captain tears it up.