Many SuperCoaches came unstuck last week with all the post-Origin restings and other issues that left squads short of quality, some even without 17 available players.
It’s only going to get worse as the season goes on, but there’s still time to rectify any concerns.
If you have deadwood in your side that are injured long-term or struggling to make first grade, e.g. Spencer Leniu, Shawn Blore etc. try and move those guys on before guys that are locked into 17s for the season, even if they aren’t setting the world alight. Any additional number will be vital from here on out.
The Cooma Stallions had their best week of the year scoring 1,326 points for a round finish of 145th, moving into 660th ranking overall.
Hopefully the rise can continue through a tough period for us all.
Panthers: 1. Dylan Edwards 2. Charlie Staines 3. Stephen Crichton 4. Matt Burton 5. Brian To’o 6. Jarome Luai 7. Nathan Cleary 8. Moses Leota 9. Api Koroisau 10. James Fisher-Harris 11. Liam Martin 12. Kurt Capewell 13. Isaah Yeo
Bench: 14. Mitch Kenny 15. Scott Sorensen 16. Matthew Eisenhuth 17. Izack Tago
Roosters: 1. James Tedesco 2. Daniel Tupou 3. Josh Morris 4. Joseph Manu 5. Matt Ikuvalu 6. Lachlan Lam 7. Sam Walker 8. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves 9. Adam Keighran 10. Siosiua Taukeiaho 11. Angus Crichton 12. Sitili Tupouniua 13. Isaac Liu
Bench: 14. Sam Verrills 15. Egan Butcher 16. Daniel Suluka-Fifita 17. Fletcher Baker
Reserves: 18. Tuku Hau Tapuha 19. Ben Thomas 20. Billy Smith 21. Joseph Suaalii
Analysis: The Roosters have two tough matches upcoming against the Panthers and Storm.
As such, I’d be hesitant buying any of their players this week.
They then face the Bulldogs in Round 17 which is where I’ll likely be bringing in Daniel Tupou as one trade.
Sitili Tupouniua should be locked into an 80 minute role following news of club legend Boyd Cordner’s retirement this week.
He’s very attack reliant, but he will be an option in a few weeks alongside Matt Ikuvalu.
Angus Crichton repaid the faith of those who held through his suspension with 87 points.
He’s now back up to $653k and is obviously a season-long keeper.
Unfortunately with a likely Origin recall looming he’s probably not a buy until Round 18, so hopefully for non-owners his price doesn’t get out of hand.
I’m not against anyone buying this week though.
Sam Walker has been named to play but will be in doubt following another injury niggle picked up against the Titans.
He’ll bottom out in price nicely in time for the Round 17 clash with the Bulldogs and may be a nice purchase if his form and body holds up in coming weeks.
If he doesn’t play this week, Joseph Suaalii will likely come in at centre with Joey Manu shifting to 5/8, although they do have alternate options.
He had his third game last week, making $53k to rise to $227k.
He looks pretty lethal in what is a very strong Roosters outfit, so I think bigger scores are coming and he’ll play Round 17 with Tedesco on Origin duty.
However, I wouldn’t be playing him in my 17 the next fortnight unless forced to.
Billy Smith is also on the extended bench which may not be good news for Suaalii, kid can play.
Dragons: 1. Matt Dufty 2. Cody Ramsey 3. Brayden Wiliame 4. Gerard Beale 5. Mikaele Ravalawa 6. Corey Norman 7. Ben Hunt 8. Blake Lawrie 9. Andrew McCullough 10. Paul Vaughan 11. Tariq Sims 12. Jack Bird 13. Jackson Ford
Bench: 14. Talatau Amone 15. Josh Kerr 16. Daniel Alvaro 17. Jack de Belin
Raiders: 1. Bailey Simonsson 2. Semi Valemei 3. Sebastian Kris 4. Matt Timoko 5. Jordan Rapana 6. Jack Wighton 7. Sam Williams 8. Josh Papalii 9. Josh Hodgson 10. Dunamis Lui 11. Corey Harawira-Naera 12. Elliott Whitehead 13. Ryan Sutton
Bench: 14. Tom Starling 15. Emre Guler 16. Sia Soliola 17. Joe Tapine
Reserves: 18. Xavier Savage 19. Hudson Young 20. Matt Frawley 21. Ryan James
Analysis: Bailey Simonsson, what a man! After a season consisting of nine scores of 40 or below, he was shifted to fullback for a dream match up against Brisbane in freezing Canberra.
It coincided with the only week of the year owners actually needed to play him with players out.
He cracked out 116 points to rise $61k to $346k with a breakeven of -15.
He’ll make plenty of money as a result and looks a decent play at fullback against weak opposition, although Brisbane have a tendency to flatter their opposition, especially fullbacks who they concede the most SuperCoach points to of anyone.
Simo had 20 runs (16 over 8m for 2 points), seven tacklebreaks, two try-assists, and two offloads.
With upcoming games against the Dragons, Titans, then Sea Eagles who will be missing Origin stars, he’s worth consideration.
However, it’s one game and he’s awkwardly priced in a side that’s shown very little form of late.
The move to fullback is obviously key, but there’s probably better options one would think, especially as it’s highly unlikely he evolves into a season-long keeper at CTW which is what we’re after in most trades from here on out.
Corey Harawira-Naera scored okay with 56 points, however he needed a try and linebreak to do so.
His outstanding base stats from the three weeks prior were non-existent as he had just three runs and 21 tackles in 65 minutes (HIA), awful!
It shows he often relies on attacking stats as he doesn’t go looking for ball.
I still don’t mind him as a buy due to his excellent attacking upside, but at just under $500k with a breakeven of 39 he’s getting towards his more accurate price so he’s probably not a value buy as such anymore.
Monitor Matt Timoko who had a stormer in his first game of the season with 83 points.
He’s at just $203k and could be a great cash generator and Round 17 number as a buy next week if he fires again and holds his spot.
Tigers: 1. Daine Laurie 2. David Nofoaluma 3. Tommy Talau 4. James Roberts 5. Ken Maumalo 6. Moses Mbye 7. Luke Brooks 8. James Tamou 9. Jacob Liddle 10. Alex Twal 11. Luke Garner 12. Luciano Leilua 13. Joe Ofahengaue
Bench: 14. Stefano Utoikamanu 15. Shawn Blore 16. Tom Amone 17. Alex Seyfarth
Analysis: As per last week’s write up, Daine Laurie, Adam Doueihi, James Roberts, Joe Ofahengaue and Jacob Liddle should all be on the chopping block this week.
The Tigers draw remains tough up until after Origin, but it does open up big time for the run home and importantly head-to-head finals.
As such, there’s no harm in holding Laurie or Doueihi if you like them. Doueihi is out this week due to a head knock but misses a brutal match up with the Storm, that’s good news for owners holding in my opinion.
I think David Nofoaluma is a hold for that nice run home. If the Tigers can find any sort of form post Origin he will be an excellent option to play every week.
Furthermore, I expect the signing of Ken Maumalolo to see Nofa shift back to the right side where he gets more ball on the Tigers preferred attacking edge.
Stefano Utoikamanu has a breakeven of 21 and should be sold either this week or next.
Bulldogs: 1. Nick Meaney 2. Nick Cotric 3. Will Hopoate 4. Aaron Schoupp 5. Tuipulotu Katoa 6. Brandon Wakeham 7. Jake Averillo 8. Jack Hetherington 9. Jeremy Marshall-King 10. Luke Thompson 11. Adam Elliott 12. Matt Doorey 13. Josh Jackson
Titans: 1. Jayden Campbell 2. Greg Marzhew 3. Brian Kelly 4. Patrick Herbert 5. Phillip Sami 6. Ash Taylor 7. Jamal Fogarty 8. Jarrod Wallace 9. Erin Clark 10. Moeaki Fotuaika 11. Sam Stone 12. David Fifita 13. Tino Fa’asuamaleaui
Bench: 14. Tyrone Peachey 15. Jaimin Jolliffe 16. Sam McIntyre 17. Jai Whitbread
Reserves: 18. Mitch Rein 19. Joseph Vuna 20. Anthony Don 21. AJ Brimson
Analysis: Greg Marzhew backed up the SuperCoach heroics from his opening game with 64 points against the Roosters with 21 runs, three offloads and eight tacklebreaks!
That’s elite SuperCoaching scoring for a CTW.
I think he’s a buy pending on your personal squad layout.
He won’t play Round 17 and there’s job security issues so it’s not as straight forward as it looks.
I don’t need cash desperately and I’m happy with my CTW, so I’ll probably avoid, but if you do need to generate some cash and you feel you’re placed okay for the Round 17 bye he’s a good option.
David Fifita came off the bench following Origin and had a HIA, so he only amassed 34 minutes against the Roosters for 47 points.
He dropped over $50k and has a breakeven of 151, so he should be under $700k after this week.
I’m locking him in as a buy for Round 18/19, but it could reap massive rewards to go early.
Sea Eagles: 1. Tom Trbojevic 2. Jason Saab 3. Brad Parker 4. Morgan Harper 5. Reuben Garrick 6. Kieran Foran 7. Daly Cherry-Evans 8. Taniela Paseka 9. Lachlan Croker 10. Marty Taupau 11. Haumole Olakau’atu 12. Karl Lawton 13. Jake Trbojevic
Bench: 14. Dylan Walker 15. Ben Trbojevic 16. Sean Keppie 17. Toafofoa Sipley
Reserves: 18. Moses Suli 19. Tevita Funa 20. Christian Tuipulotu 21. Kurt De Luis
Analysis: Tommy Turbo returns from a resting post Origin and could obliterate this hapless Titans defensive unit.
I sold a few weeks back and will be terrified watching on. He looks a lock as skipper this week for owners.
After a lean three week period, Jason Saab gets his man Tommy back and is a decent play in 17s.
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Reuben Garrick recorded his fourth ton in eight games to push his season average to 73PPG.
He’s owned by 3% of the top 100 ranked SuperCoach teams overall, and 4% of the top 1,000.
At $685k I can’t bring myself to do it, but he’s obviously proven himself as a super POD with great upcoming games against the Titans, Bulldogs, Raiders, Dragons and Tigers.
He busts stacks of tackles, has plenty of runs, and is amassing a mountain of tries and linebreaks in a rampant Manly outfit.
DCE is another POD coming off his 148 with a breakeven of -2, but I’m tipping Turbo to return and steal plenty of his attacking points so I’m not interested.
SUPERCOACH TERMINOLOGY KEY
MPG = Minutes per game
PPG = Points per game
PPM= Points per minute
BPG = Base per game (point accrued in tackles + runs + missed tackles)
POD = Point of difference
3RA = Three round average
5RA = Five round average
BREAKEVEN (B/E) = The score a player must record to earn a price rise.