As mentioned, Cam Smith has done his AC Joint. I would not
be shocked if he plays next week v The Roosters but he isn’t a certainty so it
makes it hard.
If like me you also own Harry Grant it’s tough not to trade
him unless you think your auto-emergency will be pretty damn good.
Also if anyone else is a late scratching you may cop a 0.
Therefore, I will be trading Smith, but I am also aware that I’ll want him back
for the run home given he is averaging nearly 90PPG when playing hooker (injury
affected score excluded).
Be aware of this, and have a little plan ready on how to get him back.. So who are the best options to replace the great man? I’ve analysed below in no specific order.
A gun and has been for years. A little inconsistent this
year but still has the ability to go huge!
The pros are that he could punch out 130 on any given night
and is only owned by 16% of teams and has the Broncos and Cowboys next.
The cons are that he is coming off a couple of low scores
and has a huge breakeven.
You could go Grant to Cook in two weeks possibly for no
cost. Something to consider.
But I must say I don’t mind just locking him in and hoping
he goes off if it suits your team plan! But he is by no means a must given the
above and his price.
It’s a bit of a blow that he has been named at hooker again
as he doesn’t get the chance to run the ball as much as he does at lock.
In saying that upon a quick check he has averaged 76PPG at hooker
this year and has still run the ball a reasonable amount.
He just came right into calculations for me. Additionally, if you lock in McInnes at hooker, you will have the option to trade out a back-rower when Cam Smith returns, swap McInnes into the back-row and directly trade Smith back in while keeping McInnes. A super solid option!
Averaging 71PPG this year and Penrith have a nice run home.
He will do a job and has attacking ability.
It’s a good thing he has had a week off to freshen up. The
worry would be that happening again in the final weeks of the regular season if
Penrith lock up a top two spot with their soft run home.
But if it’s tight at the top this will help. That’s why it’s
important to try and save a trade or two for the final week especially head-to-head
grand finals! Another solid option!
Here he is! The excitement machine Jazz. Averaging 62PPG in
just 45MPG after a comeback from injury at a rate of 1.32PPM.
He has played 50 and 52 minutes the last two weeks. If he
can score at a rate of 1.2PPM and play 52 minutes he would average 62-63PPG.
But if he could bump up to 60 minutes he could average
around 72 or even 79 based on his scoring rate in his first games back.
I think you can lock in mid 60s if you buy him with the
upside of 70-80.
One thing for sure is the Warriors look better with him and
the new rules suit him.
He also costs less than the above guys which could help with other trades. It’s also noted that he has dual position status like McInnes so you can keep him when Smith returns if you want to trade out a back-rower.
If we knew Cameron was out for more than say 2-3 weeks he
would be a near lock for mine!
The kid is an absolute weapon and loves to break the line and
My concern is using a trade to get him and Cam coming back
next week or even the week after.
You will then have to use another trade to move him on. He
should certainly score really well when he starts with Cam out but there is
huge risk for me given he isn’t a keeper and the amount of other dramas we are
needing to use our weekly two trades on.
You don’t ideally want to get stuck with a 40-50 minute
version of Brandon who is only okay SC wise.
One for the brave or well-set teams and hope Cam misses three
weeks! I just think this is unlikely…
This is an out of the box play. He has averaged 57 Points in
65 minutes per game in four games at hooker this year.
It’s a shame Issac Luke is on the bench but there is still a
chance for big minutes. He is super cheap and seems to have locked in a
starting spot for Brisbane.
You would only do it if you need cash. He can free up a lot.
Be aware though that he isn’t likely to average in the 70s like the other guys
Personally I’d prefer an elite option but it depends on what you have going on.
It is extremely tight, but based on their current prices and
considering breakevens I have McInnes just ahead of Tevaga and then Cook.
I will say though that for those trading where money isn’t an issue for your squad than Cook is my preferred option in the position.
Next week I’ll be analysing the SuperCoach specific run home for each club to help you with your targets for the all-important head-to-head finals.
Lots to think about troops. Good luck and enjoy the footy!!