Knights: 1. Kalyn Ponga 2. Edrick Lee 3. Enari Tuala 4. Bradman Best 5. Hymel Hunt 6. Kurt Mann 7. Mitchell Pearce 8. David Klemmer 9. Andrew McCullough 10. Daniel Saifiti 11. Lachlan Fitzgibbon 12. Sione Mata’utia 13. Herman Ese’ese
Bench: 14. Tex Hoy 15. Jacob Saifiti 16. Tim Glasby 17. Aidan Guerra
Analysis: For some odd reason after a decade of being SuperCoach killers,
people disregarded Melbourne as a defensive force. For that reason, I was both
happy and impressed with Kalyn Ponga’s 67. The picture isn’t much clearer in
the race between him and Turbo after the weekend. Likewise, Bradman Best scored
59 and is still a buy despite the $147k price rise. David Klemmer finally had
an off game with just 38 points. Kurt Mann knocked out another 71 and is
ticking along like an absolute champion. He’s already had $106k in rises and is
an indefinite hold with a breakeven of 18, although there’s no harm in trading
Broncos: 1. Jamayne Isaako 2. Corey Oates 3. Herbie Farnworth 4. Darius Boyd 5. Xavier Coates 6. Anthony Milford 7. Brodie Croft 8. Matt Lodge 9. Corey Paix 10. Payne Haas 11. Alex Glenn 12. Tevita Pangai Jnr 13. Pat Carrigan
Bench: 14. Tesi Niu 15. Ben Te’o 16. Joe Ofahengaue 17. Thomas Flegler
Reserves: 18. Issac Luke 19. Rhys Kennedy 20. Tom Dearden 21. Jamil Hopoate
Analysis: Jamayne Isaako scored okay with 50 points, while unfortunately Kotoni Staggs is a sell after hurting his hamstring at training. Xavier Coates is an exceptional talent and is a lovely buy at $203k, although I’d be waiting until next week to ensure he’s picked. He looks safe, especially with further backline injuries, but who knows what’s happening at Red Hill. Corey Paix disappointed with just 34 in 71 minutes. He would have still been a buy, but the arrival of Issac Luke is an obvious concern so he’s probably an avoid. Pat Carrigan is the gift that keeps on giving, but with just 56 minutes and TPJ among Brisbane’s returning stars I think he’s an upgrade to Matterson/McInnes/Murray etc. in coming weeks if not now. Tevita Pangai Jnr is a POD going forward if you can stomach his brain fades.
Rabbitohs: 1. Latrell Mitchell 2. Dane Gagai 3. Campbell Graham 4. Braidon Burns 5. Alex Johnston 6. Cody Walker 7. Adam Reynolds 8. Tevita Tatola 9. Damien Cook 10. Thomas Burgess 11. Jaydn Su’A 12. Ethan Lowe 13. Cam Murray
Bench: 14. Liam Knight 15. Patrick
Mago 16. Tom Amone 17. Bayley Sironen
Reserves: 18. Mark Nicholls 19. Corey Allan 20. James Roberts 21. Keaon Koloamatangi
Analysis: Let’s start by acknowledging scores were extremely inflated against the mediocre Titans. Latrell Mitchell unsurprisingly tonned up, and although he looks a great buy with a soft draw, it was a one-off performance in 2020. Nonetheless, he’s finding fitness and cohesion with those around him at fullback and at 9% ownership is a fantastic POD. Cam Murray played just 53 minutes, but that’s only because the Rabbitohs had the match won a long way out from home. That’s the risk with forwards in these soft matches if they don’t add an attacking stat to their base. Damien Cook scored 66 and is hardly setting the world alight with a 56 point average, he could be around a staggering $550k next week. Meanwhile Cam Smith is racking up point after point. Cody Walker remains a serious POD at 3% ownership.
Warriors: 1. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck 2. Patrick Herbert 3. Peta Hiku 4. Gerard Beale 5. Adam Pompey 6. Kodi Nikorima 7. Blake Green 8. Jamayne Taunoa-Brown 9. Wayde Egan 10. Lachlan Burr 11. Eliesa Katoa 12. Tohu Harris 13. Adam Blair
Bench: 14. Karl Lawton 15. Poasa Faamausili 16. King
Vuniyayawa 17. Jack Murchie
Analysis: Jamayne Taunoa-Brown is a PPM beast, arguably the best in the competition. However, at just 36 minutes game time he’s coming towards the end of his SuperCoach relevance unless he ups the game time. Speaking of beasts, Eliesa Katoa played 80 minutes for 80 points including a try and remains a strong play in 17s every week. Tohu Harris scored 65 in 80 minutes and remains a huge differential to the more popular back-row options. My issue is that he doesn’t seem to have the attacking capabilities of old, which is somewhat hindered by the team around him, so is he really among the absolute elite SuperCoach players? Not quite for me. Kodi Nikorima has scores of 110 and 98 in the past three weeks, but there’s too many very low scores in between to be considered in my opinion.
Analysis: Josh Mansour scored with a linebreak but managed just 59
points. Certainly nothing to worry about, but his base has been down over the
past fortnight. Nathan Cleary looked extremely sharp on return but it didn’t
translate to SuperCoach scoring. With 39 points he failed to hit his breakeven,
and with a match up against Melbourne this week I’m happy to wait another week
at least before jumping on. Api Koroisau was again solid with 63 points, but
he’s hitting a crossroads as to whether or not he’s a genuine keeper. He did
play the full 80 which was promising, however I suspect he’s an upgrade to Cook
or Smith anytime now, probably the latter from what we’ve seen thus far.
Although it may be a bit of a luxury trade at the moment with all the weekend
injuries. James Fisher-Harris played just 54 minutes for 50 points and that
included the injury to Kurt Capewell in the opening minutes (brutal for owners,
including yours truly). I can’t consider him until he locks down big minutes.
Isaah Yeo is simply the man at the moment. Capewell’s injury should ensure 80
minutes going forward. Liam Martin is likely to be the big beneficiary of
Capewell’s injury, while Viliame Kikau may return to larger minutes as a result.
Storm: 1. Ryan Papenhuyzen 2. Suliasi
Vunivalu 3. Justin Olam 4. Brenko Lee 5. Josh
Addo-Carr 6. Cameron Munster 7. Ryley
Jacks 8. Jesse Bromwich 9. Cameron
Smith 10. Christian Welch 11. Felise
Kaufusi 12. Kenneath Bromwich 13. Dale Finucane
Bench: 14. Brandon Smith 15. Tino Faasuamaleaui 16. Tom Eisenhuth 17. Nelson Asofa-Solomona
Reserves: 18. Max King 19. Marion Seve 20. Jahrome Hughes 21. Paul Momirovski
Analysis: Cam Smith smashed his first century of the year and hasn’t scored under 70 this year. At 13% he is a terrific buy and has surpassed Cook as the number one hooker in SuperCoach with an average of 82PPG, for the time being… Ryan Papenhuyzen just can not put numbers on the board. While he’s looked good in actually NRL, it’s not quiet translating to SuperCoach scoring. He’s becoming very costly for patient owners. In any other position you could justify holding, but when Turbo, Teddy and Ponga are going large every week you have to own two of them. Cam Munster came back to the pack with 48 points which has stunted his price rises which is excellent for prospective owners. He now has a breakeven of 88, although he’s proven to be fairly fixture proof. Forge a plan to get him in in coming weeks as there’s a big century looming and you don’t want to be left behind.
TITANS v DRAGONS
Saturday, 3pm, Suncorp Stadium
Titans: 1. Corey Thompson 2. Anthony Don 3. Brian Kelly 4. Young Tonumaipea 5. Phillip Sami 6. Ash Taylor 7. Jamal Fogarty 8. Moeaki Fotuaika 9. Erin Clark 10. Sam Lisone 11. Kevin Proctor 12. Bryce Cartwright 13. Jai Arrow
Reserves: 18. Beau Fermor 19. Jarrod Wallace 20. Jai Whitbread 21. Tyrone Roberts
Analysis: Jai Arrow owners breathed a sigh of relief when he left the field in the first half and looked unlikely to come back. However, he’s a true warrior and returned to post 54 points. He is a SuperCoach gun, but much like Papenhuyzen, you’re falling behind as others in the position post 80+ scores each week. He’s a reluctant sell. Corey Thompson debuts at fullback for his new club.
Dragons: 1. Matt Dufty 2. Jordan Pereira 3. Euan Aitken 4. Zac Lomax 5. Mikaele Ravalawa 6. Corey Norman 7. Adam Clune 8. Josh Kerr 9. Cameron McInnes 10. Paul Vaughan 11. Tyson Frizell 12. Tyrell Fuimaono 13. James Graham
Bench: 14. Ben Hunt 15. Trent Merrin 16. Blake Lawrie 17. Jacob Host
Reserves: 18. Jackson Ford 19. Jason Saab 20. Korbin Sims 21. Tristan Sailor
Analysis: Cameron McInnes has evolved into a SuperCoach superstar in 2020 after being just behind the game’s elite in recent years. He scored 111 with the assistance of a try and linebreak and is a must for all teams with an average of 94PPG. Tyrell Fuimaono scored just 26 points in 58 minutes, I’m not quite sure how that’s possible for a back-rower. Zac Lomax scored 50 and is proving surprisingly reliable with his base stats at centre. That being said, he’s peaking in price and can be sold anytime that suits your team over the coming weeks.
Tigers: 1. Adam Doueihi 2. David Nofoaluma 3. Joseph Leilua 4. Moses Mbye 5. Robert Jennings 6. Josh Reynolds 7. Luke Brooks 8. Josh Aloiai 9. Harry Grant 10. Zane Musgrove 11. Luke Garner 12. Luciano Leilua 13. Alex Twal
Bench: 14. Matt Eisenhuth 15. Thomas Mikaele 16. Sam McIntyre 17. Michael Chee-Kam
Reserves: 18. Benji Marshall 19. Chris Lawrence 20. Billy Walters 21. Reece Hoffman
Analysis: It was a low-scoring SuperCoach affair in Campbelltown. David Nofoaluma finally had an off week yet still scored 49 points that included 21 runs, gun. Alex Twal played 80 minutes for 78 points made up of 62 tackles and 14 runs, wow. He’s the man to partner Payne Haas in the front-row. Harry Grant scored 48 and saw his first price rise, he’s still a buy this week for non-owners. He played the entire 80 which will be his regular game time going forward. Luciano Leilua was injured after 74 minutes but has been named to play. He’s been fantastic to date but is a sell to a gun second-rower, although it’s not urgent this week pending injury update.
Cowboys: 1. Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow 2. Kyle Feldt 3. Justin O’Neill 4. Esan Marsters 5. Connelly Lemuelu 6. Scott Drinkwater 7. Jake Clifford 8. Francis Molo 9. Reece Robson 10. Josh McGuire 11. Mitchell Dunn 12. Coen Hess 13. Jason Taumalolo
Bench: 14. Ben Hampton 15. Corey Jensen 16. Peter Hola 17. Gavin Cooper
Reserves: 18. Tom Opacic 19. Shane Wright 20. Reuben Cotter 21. Emry Pere
Analysis: Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow deputised for an injured Val Holmes at fullback early in the contest and scored 66 points. He looked great at stages, and extremely raw at others, and has been named to start at fullback. He’s at basement price and will be a great downgrade target next week. Esan Marsters was sin-binned and scored 13 points, savage for owners who thought he was a lock for 40+ points each week with his base stats. He sits with a 3RA of just 33 and is priced at just $408k. If I owned he’d be a reluctant hold for another week or two, but with no scores over 50 since Round 1 it’s becoming harder to do. Scott Drinkwater scored 35 and is an immediate sell before he begins to haemorrhage cash with a breakeven of 76. Connelly Lemuelu comes onto the wing and is a watch.
ROOSTERS v EELS
Saturday, 7.35pm, Bankwest Stadium
Roosters: 1. James Tedesco 2. Daniel
Tupou 3. Josh Morris 4. Joseph Manu 5. Brett
Morris 6. Luke Keary 7. Kyle Flanagan 8. Jared
Waerea-Hargreaves 9. Jake Friend 10. Siosiua Taukeiaho 11. Boyd
Cordner 12. Angus Crichton 13. Victor Radley
Bench: 14. Sam Verrills 15. Isaac
Liu 16. Nat Butcher 17. Lindsay Collins
Reserves: 18. Sitili Tupouniua 19. Mitchell Aubusson 20. Ryan
Hall 21. Lachlan Lam
Analysis: It was the week of Teddy owners v non-Teddy owners. Some non-owners are very prematurely throwing in the towel, but just remember you can only own two of him, Turbo and Ponga. Nail a captain on one of those three that plenty won’t own and it’s game back on. So do you tear your side to pieces to get Tedesco in this week following his record breaking 199? It’s tough, but remember the Roosters play the Dragons next week… He’s priced at $843k and has a breakeven of 3, how is that a thing? If he goes big over the next fortnight he could be the first million-dollar-man in SuperCoach. Angus Crichton bagged a double and scored 120. Surely Trent Robinson keeps him as an 80 minute player for the reminder of the season, although he’s now spiralled well above $100k at just 3% ownership. Mitch Aubusson has been named in the reserves in a good sign for Crichton. I’m absolutely perplexed as to how Luke Keary scored just 19 points in that massacre.
Eels: 1. Clint Gutherson 2. Maika
Sivo 3. Michael Jennings 4. Waqa Blake 5. Blake
Ferguson 6. Dylan Brown 7. Mitchell
Moses 8. Reagan Campbell-Gillard 9. Reed
Mahoney 10. Junior Paulo 11. Shaun Lane 12. Ryan
Matterson 13. Nathan Brown
Bench: 14. Ray Stone 15. Marata Niukore 16. Oregan Kaufusi 17. Peni Terepo
Reserves: 18. Brad Takairangi 19. David Gower 20. George Jennings 21. Jai Field
Analysis: Maika Sivo was putrid with just 13 points. However, he has big scores in him playing in a red-hot Parra outfit. Parramatta face the Roosters, Raiders, Cowboys, Knights and Manly over the next month, tough. Mitchell Moses 55 and Dylan Brown 49 (79th minutes sin-bin) continue to tick along only okay. Owners can hold but I wouldn’t be buying any time soon. Ryan Matterson banged out 95 points with a try and remains a must-have and is a priority gun at that with an average of 81PPG.
Raiders: 1. Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad 2. Jordan Rapana 3. Jarrod Croker 4. Curtis Scott 5. Nick Cotric 6. Jack Wighton 7. George Williams 8. Josh Papalii 9. Josh Hodgson 10. Iosia Soliola 11. Joseph Tapine 12. Elliott Whitehead 13. Corey Horsburgh
Bench: 14. Siliva Havili 15. Emre Guler 16. Ryan Sutton 17. Hudson Young
Reserves: 18. Dunamis Lui 19. Bailey Simonsson 20 Matt Frawley 21. Tom Starling
Analysis: Joe Tapine has a 3RA of 66PPG with hardly an attacking stat to his name. He’s been a brilliant buy and can be upgraded to a genuine gun when he peaks in coming weeks at over $500k, ditto Corey Horsburgh who missed last week’s game with food positioning. A dour SuperCoach contest against the Tigers didn’t stop George Williams posting a respectable 55 points. He’s a hold for another week or two before reassessing whether or not he needs to be upgraded. Nick Cotric has hit the skids with back-to-back 40s and is a sell for owners. Josh Papalii again played increased minutes at 58, but scored just 60 points. It’s nothing to frown about, but his PPM was down on what was expected. Take note, Ricky Stuart has named a four forward bench for the first time this season which may impact the minutes of the pack.
Bench: 14. Lachlan Croker 15. Jack Gosiewski 16. Sean Keppie 17. Morgan Boyle
Reserves: 18. Toafofoa Sipley 19. Abbas Miski 20. Haumole Olakau’atu 21. Cade Cust
Analysis: You know you’re good when you score 72 points and owners are heavily disappointed. Tom Trbojevic didn’t hit the heights expected but was still reasonable for the masses who captained on Thursday night. Turbo has an amazing track record against Canberra and he’s been crying out for a day game after three consecutive night games since returning. His 152 against the Bulldogs is out of his rolling average so he now sits with a breakeven of 140. He may be cheap(ish) in a fortnight if Canberra can keep him at bay. Everytime you want to put a line through Jake Trbojevic he produces something solid. He scored a solid 65 points, but his 18 runs was exactly what SuperCoaches wanted to see. Marty Taupau was injured early on which was very tough to stomach for his 12% of owners. He will miss the match and is a sell for Alex Twal. Addin Fonua-Blake was given an increase to 64 minutes as a result but produced a somewhat underwhelming 59 points. Moses Suli also misses the match through injury.
Reserves: 18. Scott Sorensen 19. Connor Tracey 20. Bryson Goodwin 21. Matt Moylan
Analysis: Jesse Ramien hit the skids with just 27 points, eww. However, he wanted to get involved as much as possible, so don’t be too deterred. Utilise him for Cronulla’s easy upcoming draw, then sell in a few weeks if he doesn’t perform. Shaun Johnson fairly effortlessly scored 75 points with a controversial disallowed try and linebreak. He’s ticking along well without solidifying his longevity in teams. Like Ramien, hold for a few more weeks then upgrade if he can’t punish the Dogs and Titans over the next three weeks. Blayke Brailey has peaked having not even made $100k. His PPM is dreadful for a big minute hooker, plus he was benched for Connor Tracey at one stage. Tracey has been dropped, with John Morris opting for a bigger bench, meaning Brailey will play 80. He can play, but he hasn’t utilised his running game to great affect thus far in 2020 and his SuperCoach scores have suffered as a result. Turn him into Grant, Smith or Cook this week. Toby Rudolf has been a decent cash cow and can be moved on in coming weeks. Matt Moylan could come in at fullback after being named in the reserves.
Bulldogs: 1. Will Hopoate 2. Christian Crichton 3. Reimis Smith 4. Dallin Watene-Zelezniak 5. Jake Averillo 6. Kieran Foran 7. Lachlan Lewis 8. Renouf To’omaga 9. Jeremy Marshall-King 10. Dylan Napa 11. Josh Jackson 12. Raymond Faitala-Mariner 13. Adam Elliott
Bench: 14. Kerrod Holland 15. Dean Britt 16. Sauaso Sue 17. Ofahiki Ogden
Reserves: 19. Sione Katoa 20. Brandon Wakeham 21. Morgan Harper 22. Jack Cogger
Analysis: Will Hopoate is the only point of interest
at the Dogs, and he’s a very good one at that.The move to fullback has
done wonders for his SuperCoach game. His ball-playing has sparked life into
Canterbury, and he was a genuine shining light against the rampant Roosters,
scoring a solid 56 points. He was also half an inch away from another
try-assist and linebreak assist. At 2% ownership and bottoming out at $475k, he’s
a great buy, but the obvious concern is the fact he may not see much assistance
in accruing attacking stats from the men around him.