With so many ghost teams (deserted SC players), accurately
assessing certain statistics can be misleading, particularly when looking for a
guide to player ownership levels and PODs.
The player ownership stats just never felt like a proper
guide to the teams that were anywhere near the lead.
Having followed that hunch, I decided to analyse the top
20,000 teams in detail and the results are pretty interesting. Let’s start with
player ownership percentages by position as at the conclusion of Round 6.
The table below sets out the percentage of teams ranked in
the top 100, top 500, top 1,000, top 10,000 and top 20,000 teams that own each
fullback and contrast that with the ownership levels as per the SuperCoach
As you can see, not surprisingly, the higher ranked teams
are significantly more likely to own Sir Teddy, whilst the lower ranked teams
held on to Ryan Papenhuyzen too long.
CTW and dual FLB/CTW
CTW is where it starts getting interesting. Note that given
the ownership dominance of the premium fullbacks, I’ve included the dual
position FLB / CTWs in the table below.
As you can see, almost all of the top 20,000 teams own
Bradman Best and Isaah Yeo – compared with the 56% and 47% ownership levels
quoted on the SuperCoach site for all teams.
That makes complete sense – and is an example of the
ownership stats that were frustrating me when I was trying to decide on POD
moves last year – especially against the other teams in the top 100.
There are a few players, however, where the ownership levels
vary dramatically by rank. In particular, the leading teams are significantly
more likely to own Josh Mansour, David Nofoaluma and rookie Jake Averillo than
lower ranked teams – and way more than overall teams according to the SuperCoach
Similarly, the leading teams are much less likely to own
players like Jarrod Croker, Maika Sivo, Blake Ferguson, Jamayne Isaako and
Sorry to rub it in for those of you who spent the dollars on
these guys instead of Sauce and Nofo. For what it’s worth, I got Sauce right
but also have Croker stuck in my NPR losing cash!
Given the number of dual position halves, it is easier just
to group the five-eighths and halfbacks together for the purpose of this
Unfortunately, the early season injury to Nathan Cleary
means that there is not much happening in the halves.
Most teams are running a broadly similar combination – or
where they vary no half is standing out so much as to yet be a must have.
Simply put, your selection of halves to this point has not
really determined your rank. I do note, however, that a number of top 100 teams
brought Shaun Johnson in last week.
Similar to CTW, 2RF is the other position that largely
dictates the ranking of teams to date.
Along with your selections at CTW, decisions like bringing
in Cam McInnes or Angus Crichton early as opposed to the likes of Cam Murray,
Jurbo or Billy Kikau are the calls that probably determine your current rank.
The ownership stats for Cam McInnes are why I bother to do
this analysis. Depending on where you are ranked, he’s either a huge POD or not
For those in the top 1,000, so many teams brought him in
(and captained him by the way) that he is no longer a genuine POD. 50% of the
top 1,000 teams own Cam McInnes versus just 9% owning .
Cam Murray – despite more than twice as many teams overall
owning Cam Murray.
Meanwhile, the ownership stats of David Fifita give us some inkling into the number of zombie teams out there. 16% of teams still have him in their squad?!
Similar to the halves, FRF has not been a huge
differentiator of team ranking.
Every serious team has Payne Haas (except for two crazy
teams in the top 100?!) and most are running with cash cows in JTB, Toby Rudolf
or Zane Musgrove.
From there most teams in the top 20,000 currently have
either David Klemmer or Alex Twal.
Teams still running with Marty Taupau or Josh Papalii are
either zombie teams or are off the pace.
Again, hooker is not a position where there has been a lot
of action. So many teams have probably followed the same strategy of starting
with Api and Brailey (or Walters) and then bringing in Harry Grant that there
is very little differentiation by rank.
Those teams that did start with Damien Cook either traded
him out before round 3, or are currently paying the price for holding on.
Perhaps that will change in future rounds and hopefully we
see gun players like Cook and Cameron Smith create some more variation in teams
Round 6 Captaincy Choices
Finally, it is interesting to take a look at the captaincy
choices last week for teams by rank.
Again, it shows that the stats vary dramatically by rank.
Interestingly, despite most teams near the top getting there by captaining
Teddy against the Bulldogs in Round 5, we actually saw quite a bit of variation
in Round 6 captaincy choices.
Cam McInnes (playing against the Gold Coast) was actually
the second most popular captaincy option amongst the top 500 teams – with 17%
of the top 1,000 teams captaining McInnes versus just 2% overall.
It kind of makes a mockery of these overall stats in my
opinion. Whilst he was playing the Raiders, I was surprised to see that none of
the top 100 teams captained Turbo – ironic considering he outscored most of the
other popular choices and was on track to far outscore them before going off
Again, another stat that can be misleading is the
ridiculously long tail of captaincy choices overall (the 24% of ‘other’
captains in the table above).
Again, I suspect this points to a very large number of
zombie teams with maybe no captain at all.
Certainly, we can see from the table that 98% of the top
20,000 ranked teams choose a captain in the range of expected options.
In summary, player ownership levels (and hence PODs) vary
dramatically by ranking zone.
In many positions, SuperCoaches are pretty much on auto
pilot – and unfortunately we can probably add fullback to that now that Turbo
A small number of decisions most likely determine your rank
to date – your choice of CTW and 2RF beyond the obvious choices like Best and
Yeo, and your choice of captains each week.