Rabbitohs: 1. Latrell Mitchell 2. Alex Johnston 3. Dane Gagai 4. Campbell Graham 5. Josh Mansour 6. Benji Marshall 7. Adam Reynolds 8. Thomas Burgess 9. Damien Cook 10. Tevita Tatola 11. Jacob Host 12. Jaydn Su’A 13. Cameron Murray
Bench: 14. Dean Hawkins 15. Mark Nicholls 16. Patrick Mago 17. Jai Arrow
Reserves: 18. Hame Sele 19. Jaxson Paulo 20. Troy Dargan 21. Steven Marsters
Analysis: In a devastating blow to owners, Cody Walker misses this dream match up for the Bunnies.
Some are toying with the idea of selling, I think it’s madness. Jarome Luai has a tough match up with the Raiders, while Cam Munster is obviously enticing against the Dogs, but he hasn’t set the world alight just yet.
Walker is averaging 75.3PPG and plays the Tigers and Titans on return where he could go huge.
Alex Johnston’s new owners were left disappointed, but he could still go big at any time over the next month, likewise Dane Gagai and Campbell Graham.
The left edge will suffer without Walker this week, but I do think it’ll see Latrell Mitchell get more good ball, he could go very large.
Cam Murray has played just 54 and 58 minutes in the past two weeks which is very concerning for owners.
He’s been okay, having a low score of 53 and a high of 64, but the attacking stats just aren’t coming.
I’m holding as I’m sure he’ll come good and make coin, but if he’s your ticket to David Fifita or Angus Crichton I can’t oppose the trade.
Damien Cook has been a seesaw thus far with scores of 36, 102, 46 and 106, gee he’s been hard to catch.
Connor Watson or Jayden Brailey to him in a week or two looks a strong play.
Broncos: 1. Jamayne Isaako 2. Xavier Coates 3. Richard Kennar 4. Tesi Niu 5. David Mead 6. Anthony Milford 7. Tom Dearden 8. Matt Lodge 9. Jake Turpin 10. Payne Haas 11. Alex Glenn 12. Jordan Riki 13. Tevita Pangai Junior
Bench: 14. Brodie Croft 15. Thomas Flegler 16. John Asiata 17. Ben Te’o
Reserves: 18. Ethan Bullemor 19. Rhys Kennedy 20. Corey Paix 21. Not named
Analysis: As tipped, Jamayne Isaako flopped against strong opposition with 31 points. He now has a breakeven of 28, if he goes sub 50 again this week which is very possible he’ll be a sell having made owners only about $60k.
Tesi Niu scored a very solid 47 against the Storm, he now has a breakeven of 39.
With Brisbane’s upcoming run I’m likely to sell this week to Brian To’o, but he can wait another week in case he goes large for anyone wanting to hold.
Brisbane’s upcoming run against the Bunnies, Panthers and Eels put the writing on the wall for me.
Payne Haas only scored 55 on return, but it was against the Storm who destroy SuperCoach scoring.
Importantly, he played a massive 69 minutes, so get ready to poach in a few week’s time at a discount.
Raiders: 1. Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad 2. Bailey Simonsson 3. Jarrod Croker 4. Sebastian Kris 5. Jordan Rapana 6. Jack Wighton 7. George Williams 8. Josh Papalii 9. Josh Hodgson 10. Ryan Sutton 11. Hudson Young 12. Elliott Whitehead 13. Joe Tapine
Bench: 14. Tom Starling 15. Siliva Havili 16. Sia Soliola 17. Ryan James
Reserves: 18. Sam Williams 19. Semi Valemei 20. Dunamis Lui 21. Corey Harawira-Naera
Analysis: Bailey Simonsson is averaging 34.3PPG without a try to his name which is very solid despite the poor scoring.
I’ll be holding until the tries come, hopefully it doesn’t take too long.
He’s made $32k and has a breakeven of 16. Once again, I’d avoid playing him in 17s.
Ryan James started at prop, and while his 42 minutes weren’t exactly inflated, it’s a good sign going forward.
He scored 52 points, but still has a breakeven of 48 due to his HIA effected 5 points last week.
He could again be a good buy next round.
Joe Tapine makes an early return at lock, CHN has been named on an extended bench.
Titans: 1. AJ Brimson 2. Phillip Sami 3. Brian Kelly 4. Patrick Herbert 5. Corey Thompson 6. Tanah Boyd 7. Jamal Fogarty 8. Jarrod Wallace 9. Mitch Rein 10. Tino Fa’asuamaleaui 11. Kevin Proctor 12. David Fifita 13. Tyrone Peachey
Bench: 14. Moeaki Fotuaika 15. Sam Lisone 16. Jaimin Jolliffe 17. Erin Clark
Reserves: 18. Beau Fermor 19. Herman Ese’ese 20. Sam McIntyre 21. Ash Taylor
Analysis: While he’s still not a great workhorse by any means, David Fifita’s work ethic is getting better and he’s pretty well a must-have due to his attacking upside.
He scored 88 points in a well beaten side, with 23 tackles, 13 runs, four tackle breaks and three offloads.
With a breakeven of 45 he’s a good buy on any given week.
He hasn’t been bad at all, but thankfully Tino Fa’asuamaleaui repaid the faith of owners with a big score of 93.
He had 39 tackles, 20 runs, 7 tacklebreaks and a linebreak, huge!!!
Even more encouraging was the fact he played 71 minutes.
Tyrone Peachey played a far better 58 minutes but only produced 36 points, with a breakeven of 47 let’s just sit back and assess his time/output in coming weeks.
Knights: 1. Kalyn Ponga 2. Starford To’a 3. Enari Tuala 4. Gehamat Shibasaki 5. Hymel Hunt 6. Connor Watson 7. Blake Green 8. David Klemmer 9. Jayden Brailey 10. Daniel Saifiti 11. Tyson Frizell 12. Mitchell Barnett 13. Sauaso Sue
Bench: 14. Chris Randall 15. Pasami Saulo 16. Josh King 17. Brodie Jones
Reserves: 18. Jack Johns 19. Brayden Musgrove 20. Simi Sasagi 21. Garrett Smith
Analysis: Injuries have hit the Knights hard which is a concern for all attacking assets, including Mitch Barnett as goal-kicker.
The team named could be completely different come gameday, so I’m keen to reassess every player after this round.
Cheapies may emerge, Watson should play 80 provided he stays in the halves, there’s lots to unfold, but the final game day 17 will tell us plenty.
Kalyn Ponga returns which is extremely exciting and very timely, that’s good news for the entire side, especially the left edge including Barnett who will be lethal in attack now KP is back. Hopefully he continues to kick goals…
Barnett is ticking along in strong fashion and remains an indefinite hold, likely at very least until the Round 13 bye week where he plays.
Jayden Brailey is averaging 80PPG and hasn’t scored below 65, he is looming as a hold until Round 13 also but could become Cook/Grant in a fortnight’s time if he comes back in scoring.
Connor Watson still has a breakeven of -3. When last week’s ton drops out of his three round average he may be a sell in the next fortnight at a huge profit, but let’s see what team runs out in Round 5.
Roosters: 1. James Tedesco 2. Daniel Tupou 3. Josh Morris 4. Joseph Manu 5. Brett Morris 6. Drew Hutchinson 7. Sam Walker 8. Isaac Liu 9. Freddy Lussick 10. Siosiua Taukeiaho 11. Angus Crichton 12. Sitili Tupouniua 13. Victor Radley
Bench: 14. Ben Marschke 15. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves 16. Nat Butcher 17. Fletcher Baker
Reserves: 18. Daniel Suluka-Fifita 19. Egan Butcher 20. Joseph Suaalii 21. Matt Ikuvalu
Analysis: James Tedesco regressed to just 74 points without Luke Keary, hardly poor, but his attacking opportunities were scarcer against the Warriors.
I still wouldn’t sell, it’s just Teddy-Papy for the foreseeable future for me. He could also be somewhat of a POD skipper this week which is crazy to think and something we should consider.
Brett Morris is just blitzing his way to SuperCoach stardom with an average of 106PPG.
If anyone jumped on him in Round 1 they’ll be soaring, but at $732k surely the likes of To’o/Nofa are better options.
Daniel Tupou is $529k with a breakeven of 88 and will be very cheap next week.
Sitili Tupouniua was a Round 4 casualty with an early HIA, savage for owners.
With a breakeven of 103 he can be moved on this week to a gun 2RF, while Angus Crichton remains a must-have with an average of 79PPG.
He had 23 runs on the weekend and was unlucky not to have a try allowed that would’ve pushed him over 100 comfortably.
Sam Walker excelled on debut and is a must at bottom dollar, if you can wait until next week I’d do so in case of injury, but many will go early due to team circumstances.
I’m still a little scared to play him in my 17 on a small sample size, but the Sharks look like fairly nice opposition so he may score well again.
He also kicked goals when Siosiua Taukeiaho was off the field.
Tigers: 1. Daine Laurie 2. David Nofoaluma 3. James Roberts 4. Moses Mbye 5. Tommy Talau 6. Adam Doueihi 7. Luke Brooks 8. Zane Musgrove 9. Jacob Liddle 10. James Tamou 11. Luke Garner 12. Luciano Leilua 13. Alex Twal
Bench: 14. Michael Chee Kam 15. Thomas Mikaele 16. Stefano Utoikamanu 17. Joe Ofahengaue
Reserves: 18. Alex Seyfarth 19. Joseph Leilua 20. Jake Simpkin 21. Tui Simpkins
Analysis: David Nofoaluma has dropped almost $100k to $577k, and has a breakeven of 88.
People are questioning whether he’s the Nofa of old, but they’re overlooking plenty of factors.
Firstly, last year was a SuperCoach year that was almost unmatchable for him, so we were waiting on a price drop anyway.
He’s averaging 54.8PPG in four games with two tries, but his base has still been exceptional.
The Tigers have had a brutal draw against the Raiders, Roosters, Knights and Eels so far, so with the draw now opening up things will become far easier for him.
Get him into your plans over the next fortnight as he also plays the Round 13 bye week.
Despite the Tigers poor form, Jacob Liddle crossed for his third try in four games against the Eels.
He initiated another round of price rises and can probably be held for anyone who still owns, although I’d still advise him to Schuster.
Moses Mbye will start at centre which indicates Liddle will player 80 minutes, however, I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see rookie hooker Jake Simpkin replace Michael Chee-Kam on the bench come game day and play 30 minutes.