Generally in this column I will look across a bunch of different key questions for the week, but with so many Mitch Moses owners out there, including myself, I thought it may be best to delve a little deeper into his replacement options.
This info will also help Cam Munster owners, although it is noted there are some extra replacement options at 5/8 including Cody Walker and Luke Keary who I don’t look at in-depth here.
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If you have, like me, fallen behind the eight ball over the
last few weeks due to the absolute injury carnage (and missing Teddy’s 199!),
then you may need to go against the grain and look for another option.
I will also add that if you are split 50-50 like I am on SJ and
one of the below guys perhaps SJ’s injury history could clinch the decision. Lots
to think about!
Kyle Flanagan or Dylan Brown. Flanagan is goal-kicking
at the Roosters who can pile on 50 any day of the week and on top of this he
loves a sneaky try backing up.
Additionally he makes a heap of tackles which helps his
floor. The risk on Kyle Flanno is that if he has an off day with the boot and
the Roosters happen to have a semi quiet day in terms of tries scored he is at
risk of a low score.
I don’t see this as any different to SJ though and the Chooks are incredible whilst the Sharks still have a question mark on them. It’s a tough call between them.
Dylan Brown may have the best base of all three guys
due to lots of tackling and a love of running the ball.
Where he falls down is not owning the goal-kicking duties
and he will often start a backline movement which means he doesn’t always get try-assists
as Gutho throws the money ball to Sivo (but does get contributions).
I will add that he will have a bit more responsibility with
Moses out, but personally I don’t see how it changes his game too much as he
already gets the ball when he wants it.
It may increase his forced drop outs however which could be
a major bonus. Does the extra attention hurt him? Probably not the way he
plays. Overall I’ll back him to average similar to his year to date, but he
does have a tougher draw than the other guys, otherwise he may well be the man.
It’s just harder to knock out a ton against better teams and
both SJ and Flanagan have easier games coming up.
Below I’ve broken down the top four halfback averages along with the lowest and highest scores this season, their next five games and their breakevens. This will help you decide on who you want to pick up.
Highest 99 & 100
Fixtures: West Tigers, Cronulla Sharks, North Queensland
Cowboys, Gold Coast Titans, Manly
Fixtures: Melbourne, North Qld Cowboys, Canberra, Warriors,
Lowest 22 & 28
Fixtures: Titans, Penrith, Warriors, St George, Brisbane
Fixtures: North Qld, Newcastle, Manly, West Tigers, Bulldogs
As you can see above, Cleary is a stand out and has a nice run whilst there is basically nothing between the other three so far this season.
Has averaged 67PPG since moving to starting five-eighth and
has a good next three weeks
Very cheap but risky pending how Brisbane go with an easier
The final option is actually to hold Moses depending who
your back up halfback is and what other fires you need to put out in your team.
Moses is severely undervalued at the moment (down $130K) and
if you could cover him for 2-3 weeks and he does return at that point in time
then that could be the smart play with the Eels facing the Tigers, Dogs, Sharks
and the Dragons in four weeks’ time.
Personally, I don’t have a backup half at the moment with
Averillo out and I want Cleary regardless, so I’m going to bite the bullet and
For what it’s worth I think Moses is playing really good
footy this season but he has been unlucky to a degree and that injury last
round really dropped his average after having three try-assists disallowed in
the first 30 minutes before hobbling off.
For me personally I’ll be bringing in Cleary for Moses 100%,
and likely either SJ or Flanagan for Munster.
Dollars are also important depending on your team and for me
the tiebreak could be that SJ looks like possibly making more money over the
next three weeks with his current BE then Flanagan.
This will make it easier to get Munster back if he happens
to return in quick time. But as usual that is only based on projections that in
real life could change in a heartbeat.
Ahh Supercoach! I’ll need until Thursday night to make my
mind up here! Best of luck for whichever option you go with.
As usual I’m happy to discuss on Twitter @SCSpy1 or at the bottom of this article in the comments section.