Draft Breakdown: Rd 19 waiver-wire, trade targets

We take a look at the best options to grab from the wires with just one week left until the SuperCoach grand final.

Draft Breakdown

We are now getting down to the wire in the Draft finals with only a few left alive.

I hope your league has dodged the controversy that can happen this time of the season and your team doesn’t suffer any unlucky resting.

As outlined last week, I would be targeting Storm, Penrith, Eels and Souths players this week for their matchups, but I reckon the Manly vs Titans will be the biggest SuperCoach game and could have points galore on both sides.

Let’s dive into some of the best picks.

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Any Panthers starting player

Ivan Cleary has said that with a home final locked up he will look at potentially resting players and getting some minutes into players on the fringe of the 17.

Against the Cowboys and with an increased chance of some fresh faces in team lists, players like Burton, May and Capewell should all be targeted as a priority waiver.

Brandon Smith (HOK/2RF)

Brandon should make his return from a broken jaw this week and there is a chance Tino or another forward gets rested as the Storm freshen up before finals.

Brandon playing lock or even off the bench should score a minimum of 50 points and could have a point to prove against Harry Grant.

Ricky Leutele or Paul Momirovski (CTW)

Leutele or Momo should be named in place of Brenko Lee and against the Tigers on the Sunshine Coast could stroll over for a try or two.

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Jai Field (5-8/FLB)

Field is a running 5/8 against a poor defensive side this week and could be SuperCoach gold.

His base this year has been great and I expect a solid score between 55-70 points from him this week.

Taniela Paseka (FRF)

With AFB injured and likely not to play this week, Paseka should see decent minutes and he is SuperCoach gold with offload and tackle busting runs.

Mitch Rein (HOK)

Rein is seeing good minutes and loves to run himself, you could do far worse at hooker.

Steven Marsters (2RF/CTW)

If still available, Marsters should be a high target against the Bulldogs.

Anthony Don, Corey Thompson and Young Tonumaipea (CTW)

As mentioned earlier, the Titans vs Manly game is a good match to target and these Titans backs could get some nice attacking stats.

My order of priority would be Don>Thompson> Tonumaipea.

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Edrick Lee (CTW)

Lee was on the list last week and looked in good touch despite his low SuperCoach score.

He is never going to have great base and could be a risk you might not need to take if you are looking good before Newcastle plays.

If you need to roll the dice with some risky but potentially very rewarding players, Lee could be a great edition benefiting from Ponga’s right to left cut out.

Albert Hopoate or Abbas Miski (CTW)

Depending on who gets named, you could do worse than to gamble on these two wingers.

If Turbo is back as predicted, the left-hand winger shoots up the priority list.

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