What an interesting week we have for skippers with half the competition on the bye, while a host of star SuperCoach players are on Origin duty.
It makes for an extremely exciting week for so many reasons.
First of all, we get two cracks at captaincy options with a free shot at the vice-captain loophole.
For any rookie SuperCoaches out there, because almost everyone will fail to field 17 players this week, we can easily activate the loophole, so make sure your vice-captain plays BEFORE your captain, as they always should anyway.
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Nicho looks the man for the job this week. Melbourne of course lose a few extra players from prior weeks, but their pack is still strong and their spine from last week is the same.
Their depth is so strong that even their depleted side warrants plenty of respect.
They face a Titans side that lose strike forwards in Big Tino and Dave Fifita which will hurt them significantly.
They’ve conceded the 13th most points of any team this season, including recent returns of 38 v Sharks, 20 v Bulldogs, 48 v Panthers, 28 v Tigers, 36 v Broncos, 40 v Rabbitohs and 36 v Sea Eagles, what a shambles!
They also concede the fourth most SuperCoach points to fullbacks.
Nicho has a three round average of an astonishing 159 points!
Hughes has become remarkably consistent this season having not scored under 52 since round 3.
He has a three round average of 81PPG and five round average of 93 points per game.
For all the reasons listed above regarding my lack of faith in the Titans defence, Hughes can go big as he runs the show in the absence of Harry Grant and Cam Munster.
The Titans concede the fourth and sixth most points to halfbacks and five-eighths respectively. Brandon Smith is also a decent option for owners, I just prefer the ceiling of Hughes/Hynes more.
It’s hard to fault what I.Pap has done this season. I’ll probably avoid him personally as I chase the high ceiling of outside backs and the fact he plays in the final game of the round, but it’d be unfair not to give him a mention with a season average of 85 points.
He’s the safest option this round and does have three tons to his name this season, including a 129 against the Raiders.
The Knights also concede the second most SuperCoach points in the competition to second-row forwards.
He’s basing 55 per game this season and would find an attacking stat while sitting on the bench!
It’s worth noting he has played 63, 69 and 59 minutes the last three weeks which isn’t ideal.
I don’t mind Matty Burton as a sneaky option now that he’s playing in his preferred halves role.
I don’t rate the Tigers defence at all, and I think Penrith’s reserves can put a decent amount of points on them.
It’s hard to really gauge Burton’s history as he hasn’t played much footy in the halves in the NRL under the new rules in particular, but there’s very few reasons to suggest he can’t dominate.
Having spent the season at centre in a new-look team it’s also pretty irrelevant looking back at those stats.
The Tigers concede the fourth most SuperCoach points to halfbacks and the most of any team to five-eighths.
Penrith play in the second game of the round, so I like him a lot more as a vice-captain option so you have back up if the shaken up Panthers side do finally have a down week and Burton struggles with new combinations.