As per previous weeks, 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 site – again ordered by 5RA.
The big news at FLB of course, is the resting of Kalyn Ponga
and Ryan Papenhuyzen.
The result is that almost every team in the top 5,000 is
down a gun FLB this week. What to do?
On one hand, it is a huge number of dollars to be leaving on
the pine in a key position. On the other, both players are likely back next
week with attractive draws.
Personally, I am still undecided. Looking at the most
popular trades, Ponga and Papenhuyzen are the most and fifth most traded
players out overall – so many teams are looking for the points in a critical
Fair enough – I just hate the idea of not having Ponga for
clashes against the Dragons and Gold Coast in Round 19 and 20.
CTW and dual FLB/CTW
Last week was all about the Panthers at CTW. Isaah Yeo’s
injury saw his ownership amongst the top 20,000 teams fall from 98% to 65% – a
huge reduction for a one week injury.
Not surprisingly, those that sold Yeo flocked to his
Brian To’o came in for the most attention. A massive 37% of
the top 1,000 teams and 27% of the top 20,000 teams now own To’o compared to
just 1% this time last week.
This compares to his overall ownership level according to
the SuperCoach site of 8%.
Josh Mansour also received plenty of love. Mansour’s
ownership increased from 37% to 52% amongst the top 20,000 teams. I’ve owned
the Sauce since round one and he’s been gold all year – great to see him back.
Speaking of Brians, you have to feel for Brian Kelly’s new
Whilst not large in percentage terms, Kelly’s ownership
doubled last week from 2% to 4%… only for him to go down injured and score a
measly 3 points against the Bulldogs. Ouch.
It could be worse though. One poor bugger in the top 1,000
captained Brian Kelly.
Remarkably that team (UtahPanther) still managed to post a
very respectable 1,426 points in Round 17.
If they had instead captained Teddy, they would have scored
a monstrous 1,555 and would now be 128th instead of 529th.
In addition to Yeo, the other CTW sold off during the week was Latrell Mitchell. His ownership fell from 11% to 1%, whilst Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow’s ownership reduced from 32% to 27%.
With SJ and Dylan Brown not playing last week, there was
plenty of action in the halves this week.
SJ’s ownership amongst the top 20,000 teams reduced from 74%
to 35% and from 89% to 51% amongst the top 100 teams.
Dylan Brown’s ownership reduced from 17% of the top 20,000
teams to 5%.
So, who did they buy?
The prime targets were Cameron Munster and Alexander
Brimson. Munster’s ownership increased from 48% to 79% amongst the top 100
teams, whilst Brimson’s ownership amongst the top 100 increased from 2% to 29%
this week – both huge increases.
The POD move of the week (as discussed on the podcast last
week) was Daly Cherry-Evans.
Despite DCE picking up the goal-kicking, his ownership only
increased from 5% to 6% across the top 20,000 teams and remained flat at 2%
amongst the top 100 teams.
Talk about a missed opportunity, with DCE going on to score
114 and now facing the Bulldogs…
The other two halves to attract some interest last week were
Jarome Luai (+3%) and Kyle Flanagan (+2%).
actually minimal trade action to report on last week at 2RF. The only real
change of any note was Jason Taumalolo’s remaining owners selling out. As an
example, his ownership amongst the top 100 teams fell from 19% to 3%.
appear that sellers moved some players around and brought in Payne Haas at
The only 2RF
with any noticeable increase in ownership amongst the top 100 teams was Viliame
Kikau, whose ownership increased from 2% to 5%.
Barnett’s owners are in a bind this week. 17% of the top 100 own Barnett and
given they all also own either Ponga or Papenhuyzen, that’s a lot of money to
be sitting on the pine with just three weeks remaining. Ouch.
FRF was all about Payne Haas last week. His ownership
amongst the top 20,000 teams increased from 67% to 80% and from 58% to 91%
amongst the top 100 teams!
Haas didn’t disappoint either, posting a huge 89 points in
80 minutes. I see that he is currently the most traded in player this week –
fair enough too. He’s no POD but do you really want to be going up against him
in a H2H clash?
On the other hand, Toby Rudolf’s ownership reduced by 6%.
less activity at HOK last week relative to previous weeks. The main action was
approximately 5% of teams selling Harry Grant and bringing in either Cameron
Smith or Damien Cook.
Round 17 Captaincy Choices
Round 17 saw
some monster scores and bold captaincy moves.
40% of teams captained Teddy and would have been chuffed with his score of 132
against the Raiders.
50% captained Nathan Cleary and would have been disappointed with his score of
73 – especially when so many alternatives then went ballistic.
5% of the leading teams captained Ponga and were rewarded hugely with a score
of 158. Gee he can score big when he plays well.
You have to
feel for the 2% of teams that went for the POD move in David Nofoaluma – they
scored a huge 120 yet were still outscored by the 50% of teams who went with
either Teddy or Ponga – tough school!
Roosters and Storm have mouth-watering match ups this week, I imagine Teddy
will dominate captaincy choices and teams looking for a bold move will look for
the likes of Smith, Munster or even DCE against my Bulldogs. Even AJ Brimson
could attract interest against the Broncos?
Good luck again
to everyone in Round 18 – but in particular the Cooma Stallions in 14th
place. A top 10 finish is still tantalisingly close!
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