Personally, I like Grant for his high floor, but Best as we have seen
can absolutely explode.
Playing Melbourne is my main concern. But, in conjunction with Kalyn Ponga
he tore up Canberra so maybe he does it again?
The other question is your balance. Does Best come in and strengthen
If so, it’s a good thing to get him into a potentially volatile
position. But on the flipside, does Grant come in and give you a seriously good
There’s plenty to consider, not the least of which why aren’t you just
I can understand if you are bypassing one to get Turbo-Teddy-Ponga, but
there are still 15 or so weeks left.
You can really set yourself up for the year by grabbing both. All of
these decisions are tight and I’d advise you to check the balance of your side,
including whether or not you can afford to give up an easy $100k+, as well as
solid point scoring potential.
It may not be a concern if you have the right cheapies and mid-rangers and as we know the elite fullbacks can go 150+ anytime. Above all TRUST YOUR GUT!!!
Conversely, if you can keep Papi and spend that money elsewhere to
really make your team quality across the park then it could prove a shrewd move.
Hopefully Papi tons up in the next week or two and averages near the
elite three moving forward.
Looking at my team it could be soon that I have a strong 17 and the
last piece is upgrading Papi.
Whether I do this now or later depends if I think Papi will find his
true form in the coming weeks.
I think he will and to be honest I could see him being in the convo
with the big three come year’s end or just below, especially once he runs into
some easier opposition.
Therefore for $500k it’s a big play to keep him if he delivers, but I’m
not as convinced as a year ago because it appears Lil Papi has some kind of SuperCoach
curse on him this year and his best draw is still over a month away.
I’m inclined to give him a couple more weeks and see how Melbourne look prior to running into the Chooks and Canberra back-to-back. This will allow me to set up my squad how I want it and potentially keep Papi prior to Melbourne’s softer month of games, but I can understand if you want to move now.
The way Ponga is playing he really is right in the mix. While thinking
about it this morning I think it is a bit of a myth that he was even that far
below Teddy and Tommy coming into the season.
He averaged 75-80PPG last year at FB (if we assume he kicked every game
and Lino didn’t take his duties away for a stretch).
Teddy was 84PPG and Tommy wasn’t far off 90PPG in games he didn’t get
hurt (two matches).
Consider that Ponga was in a lesser team, and the way the Newcastle Knights have come out this year, he has to be a real threat to the title of best SC player!
The other factor is how they all adapt to the new rules. It’s only
early but it appears to benefit them all considerable. I genuinely find it hard
to split them.
Teddy is the safest for mine, Tommy has the ability to score 200 on any
given week and Ponga based on last week could be anything (with the bonus of
goal-kicking in an improved team) but comes with a little risk as he hasn’t
done it for as long as the other two.
I’m going to pair Papi with Tommy T initially (pending weather in
Gosford on game day) because Ponga plays Melbourne and I’m backing Tommy to go
150+ again soon.
It’s really difficult to separate however that is my gut feel! Happy to discuss…
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)
POD = Point of difference
3RA = Three round average
5RA = Five round average
BREAKEVEN (B/E) = The score a player must record to earn a price rise.