This week, the captaincy choice looks a fairly clear race in two.
While we’ll go through a few alternatives options as there will be some huge PODs as a result of the masses flocking to Nathan Cleary and Tom Trbojevic, there’s no point going too far past the highly owned pair.
After a blistering few weeks with our number one picks recording the round’s biggest scores, we missed the mark in Round 11 with James Tedesco as our number one option.
He scored 97, and yep, nowadays that’s deemed a misfire!
It was due to the enormous scores recorded by Cleary and Trbojevic.
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It’d take some big knackers, but I really do think Luai is a decent play this week.
Realistically, the smarter play would be to VC Luai and C Trbojevic though.
There’s been plenty of occasions both this year and last that Penrith have sent almost all their attack through the left edge of Luai, culminating in the 5/8 surpassing his halfback on numerous occasions.
If that occurs this week he can go very big and beat Cleary once again, although you can’t exactly say his ceiling is as high as Cleary’s because it isn’t.
In recent weeks, it’s just been the Cleary show who has taken complete control of the attack in the opposition 20m and shown his willingness to take on the line himself.
It’s a huge POD move that could reap massive rewards.
I think he’s clearly the third/fourth best skipper pick this week alongside Nicho Hynes.
Surprisingly David Fifita is still owned by 24% of the top 100 ranked teams and the ownership remains similar through to the top 1,000.
He returns from a two week suspension and will be fresh and fired up to return with a bang.
He’s already shown he can go large with two scores around 150 this season.
On any other week he’d be a terrific POD skipper for those who held, but with Turbo/Cleary boasting far higher ceilings plus their great match ups I wouldn’t go to Fifita, but thought he was worth mentioning anyway.