I’d be lying if I said I hadn’t considered the POD move in bringing in Tohu Harris instead, but I think Fifita has greater upside and I don’t want to lose ground on the leaders by not having him.
Next week I am doing a “Taking Stock” article exclusive to SC Playbook subscribers that help you take stock of your side and where you stand in terms of rankings, squad composition and potential cash generation.
It’s a delicate balancing act of all three and no more so than in the 2021 season.
The article will break down each position and analyse the players you should have, could have and will want to have before we hit the Round 13 bye.
After four rounds here’s the players I’ve identified as PODs (Point of Difference players – less than 10% owned) and Super PODS (less than 2% owned) that should be on your radar.
I’ve listed them in ranking order of who I believe is the best to take the risk on:
PODs (My top 5 ranked)
1. Ryan Matterson – Oh how the mighty have fallen! Deadset SuperCoach royalty at the start of the year, Matto has a slow start to the season after a change of sides and cops a bad head knock. Now he’s a POD? O ye of little faith. Watch Matto burn us all as he returns with vengeance to remind us all of why he is a SuperCoach legend.
2. Isaiah Papali’i – What a transformation. You could argue there is not a single player in the NRL who has benefitted more from the rule changes in 2021 and noone before the season started would’ve picked Papali’i. Fact is he’s rock hard fit and playing out of his skin.
3. Luciano Leilua – Building his season and starting to hit his straps and the Tigers hit a great run of 5 x day/dusk games against favourable opposition.
4. Leeson Ah Mau – I have been spruiking this guy all year and he has quietly got on with the business and made over $50k already this year. And the good news? He hasn’t recorded one offload yet, so once he starts offloading expect 4-12 more points a game on average.
5. Corey Thompson – Thompson has scores of 68, 59, 73 and 67. That’s pretty good reading for a position that is full of inconsistency. You could go a lot worse than Corey Thompson.
1. Adam Doueihi – This bloke has rocketed into the number one position. An improving player who is really only starting to find his game and has so much improvement in him. The Tigers upcoming run of 5 x day/dusk games in the next five weeks against favourable opposition makes Doueihi an enticing Super POD option.
2. Tariq Sims – Remember way back when Tariq Sims was one of the most destructive edge runners in the game? I do. Although it seems like a lifetime ago. He’s had a bad run of injuries, but the last two weeks he has looked like the player of old that played State of Origin. SuperCoach scores reflect that.
3. Moeaki Fotuaika – Big Moe has been overshadowed by his higher profile team mates in Fifita and big Tino, but he has been sneakily solid and with his footwork and offload ability he is an excellent Super POD option at the FRF position.
4. Adam Elliott – He had a bit of a down week and is suffering from the impotency of Bulldogs attack, however Elliott looks by far the most dangerous attacking threat. If the Bulldogs can find some points Elliott might well be a legitimate Super POD option.
5. Marata Niukore – Averaging 62.7 from three games at centre since Waqa Blake has been injured and looks awesome doing it. He might have found his position. The frustrating thing is Niukore is only available at 2RF position and not at CTW.
Expect Papi to be the highest percentage Captaincy this week after a stunning performance against the Broncos last week. Cameron Munster is also another great option that will entice owners. Latrell Mitchell is poised to step up with Cody Walker out suspended and could be in for a huge score against the struggling Broncos. If you are a Latrell owner it has to be very tempting to put the yellow captain’s armband on him. David Fifita, RTS and Damien Cook are also smoky options.