Forecasts suggest it’s sunny across the both NSW and QLD all weekend. We should have plenty of dry weather footy which is magnificent for SuperCoach scoring and makes all our lives a little easier.
Trades, trades, trades
With Api Koroisau out, Cam Smith will be a particularly popular
trade in option this week.
Many SuperCoaches, myself included will be running Cam
McInnes at hooker, so there’s a perfect avenue to Smith even if you don’t own
Personally, I’ll be moving on Luciano Leilua for the Storm
skipper for that seriously enticing match up with the Sea Eagles on the
It’s easy to say Smith is a must-have, as is teammate Cam
Munster, but take a look at some of the priority targets this week to replace
the likes of Jason Taumalolo and Koroisau all while Payne Haas remains
Ryan Matterson has a breakeven of 32 so he’ll begin to make
cash after dropping significantly. Many sold when he missed weeks and will be
scrambling to recruit him.
John Bateman has another nice match up against the Bulldogs, while David Fifita is teasing at a big score soon, although the Roosters won’t make that easy.
Basically, there may be a bit more PODworthiness to these
guys than you think, so what’s the preferential order?
If you didn’t own any, I’d narrowly prioritise Munster first, followed by Smith. They have significantly higher breakevens than Matterson, but teams should be stacked enough that money shouldn’t be a huge issue.
Their ceiling, particularly Munster, looks very large this weekend.
South Sydney present a tough match up for Matterson, although with his base he is fixture proof.
I’m fortunate enough to own the lot (after recruiting Smith
this week), so I’ll be getting Fifita for Taumalolo.
Prior to Round 16 kick off, Fifita is owned by just 10% of
the top 100 and 19% of the top 20,000.
He’s returned in beastly form and can go very large. The Broncos throw their entire attack at Fifita and Kotoni Staggs on the right edge, so I’m hoping he jags some big numbers to make up for his base which is below the elite 2RFs.
I won’t specify teams as there’s plenty of lopsided match
ups this week. The Roosters, Raiders, Panthers, Storm and Sharks all start as
raging hot favourites.
Outside of the glaringly obvious Tedesco/Cleary types, guys
like Brett Morris, Kyle Flanagan, Josh Mansour, Stephen Crichton and Ronaldo
Mulitalo could all go large.
If Brett Morris is ruled out I’m seriously considering starting
Ryan Hall in my CTW over David Nofoaluma. It seems like madness, but the
Roosters could obliterate the Broncos, and Nofa may not get many opportunities
against the Panthers.
Jack Gosiewski is currently named at centre for Manly. If he
remains there, I assume on the right (unconfirmed though), Cam Munster and Josh
Addo-Carr could have a field day.
However I think it’s more likely Albert Hopoate plays fullback and Tevita Funa returns to centre.
The obvious one of the week, owned by 1% of the top 100 all
the way through to the top 20,000.
I had him locked in as a trade this week, before news
surfaced he’s in doubt with a hip injury.
This news will likely keep others off though which is big
should he actually play. He could notch his fifth ton in 12 games this week
The Roosters have tough games against the Raiders and
Knights the next two weeks, so if you’re in a position to do so it may even be
worth trading in for one week.
I considered this option with David Nofoaluma who plays the
Sea Eagles next week, but the injury has scared me off.
Fellow Roosters winger Daniel Tupou is another enormous option
for the same reasons listed above.
I won’t go into detail as Dez Creek elaborates in his Champion PODs column, but the right edge for Penrith is a gold mine and To’o has next to no ownership due to his injury, along with a reassuring base of 30 per game.
Everyone is looking at Mansour, Crichton and To’o, but what
about Brent Naden? His base of 25 per game is only okay, but he boasts a
respectable average of 53 points this season.
Penrith have a dream run home, and he’s already notched nine
tries in 11 games.
He’s at very low ownership and plays on Cleary’s right edge, surely he’s worth a thought?