The strategy is about
using your bench player effectively and giving yourself a chance to take that
players score if he goes well.
All year we have been
collecting potential players on the pine of our Draft sides. In finals that
changes and you should be getting ready to drop your entire bench and one of
your starters if your bench player goes well.
I like to choose a
risky high upside player (usually a FLB, CTW or half) on my bench who I think
might go well and plays relatively early in the round.
If he goes above 70 or
even potentially lower depending on my opponent’s score, I will ensure my bench
is all NPPs and have one NPP in my starter side to get the bench score.
If he doesn’t go well,
we obviously don’t drop players and start another player – thus getting another
chance at getting a good score.
For example this week,
Starford To’a or Justin Olam play early games and would be good options to have
on your bench and see how they score.
Keep in mind this effects your VC loophole and if you are planning on taking your VC you might want a safer forward option on your bench.
Another tactic in
finals is analysing your opponent’s side and working out their weakest position
and where they can upgrade on the waiver.
Depending where you
are on the waiver-wire order and how your own side is shaping up, you can
target a player they could potentially use against you.
For example, if they
just lost a hooker to injury or are weak in 5/8 you may want to waiver a Kenny
There is a fine line when using this tactic as you can definitely take this too far and go into waiver blocking (continually picking up and dumping players) which is a dirty tactic in my eyes, but targeting a key player or two an opposition may use is fair play.
The Broncos are the team you can consistently count on to leak points
anywhere on the field.
I doubt there are many available Panthers starters left on the waiver
with the form they are in, but there’s a good chance even the likes of James
Tamou and Tyrone May could fall over the line against the Broncos.
Watch out for whoever gets Yeo’s spot if he fails his HIA protocols or if
anyone is rested.
Tyrone Peachey (CTW)
Peachey has been
playing big minutes in the middle without Arrow.
Even with Moe Fotuaika
returning from suspension he could go massive against the Bulldogs.
Corey Thompson (CTW)
The Titans are continuing to impress and the Bulldogs are giving up the most SuperCoach points to the right winger than any other team.
Justin Olam (CTW)
Olam is finally
benefiting from playing outside of Cam Munster along with Little Papi’s recent
Souths have been good recently but their recent improvement in defence is up against a high flying Storm side.
Mitch Rein (HOK)
If Starling isn’t available
Rein will do a decent job for you.
He likes to run from
dummy half a lot, which means he gets decent base even when playing only 60
minutes and is a chance to get a meat pie.
Albert Hopoate (CTW)
There has been some
big wraps on young Albert for a while – look up the 2017 under 16s Origin final
try where he links up with Bradman Best.
He finally debuted
last week against the Storm and got found out defensively a few times, but
still managed to get through a decent amount of work in his first 80 minute
game of football for a long time.
Manly are shot this
year but they come up against a defeated West Tigers side who are leaking the third
most points to right centres.
Starford Toa and Enari Tuala (CTW)
The Knights were
really poor on the weekend and it was scary how little Kalyn Ponga was able to
get involved in attack.
However, the Sharks
are giving up the fourth most points to the opposition left winger and third most
points to opposition centres before this weekend.