Raiders: 1. Jordan Rapana 2. Semi Valemei 3. Jarrod Croker 4. Matt Timoko 5. Harley Smith-Shields 6. Jack Wighton 7. Sam Williams 8. Josh Papalii 9. Josh Hodgson 10. Joe Tapine 11. Hudson Young 12. Elliott Whitehead 13. Ryan Sutton
Bench: 14. Tom Starling 15. Corey Harawira-Naera 16. Emre Guler 17. Elijah Anderson
Reserves: 18. Sia Soliola 19. Dunamis Lui 20. Matt Frawley 21. Siliva Havili
Analysis: After this week’s game the Raiders have a fairly tough run, so for me there’s not much to expand on here.
Corey Harawira-Naera is the only major player of interest who had a down week and as such has been demoted to the bench, that makes him very difficult to play in 17s this week.
Jordan Rapana isn’t an option in my books due to the tougher upcoming run, but he has been excellent of late.
Roosters: 1. James Tedesco 2. Daniel Tupou 3. Adam Keighran 4. Joseph Manu 5. Dale Copley 6. Drew Hutchinson 7. Sam Walker 8. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves 9. Sam Verrills 10. Isaac Liu 11. Angus Crichton 12. Sitili Tupouniua 13. Victor Radley
Analysis: With games against the Roosters, Dragons, Bunnies, Tigers and Eels coming up it’s a little hard to go near any Panthers players at the moment.
Once Nathan Cleary headlines a list of returning players they’ll come back into contention, but it’s hard to invest at the moment.
He’s been named on the extended bench but is unlikely to play at this stage. Regardless, he has a breakeven of 216, a tough match up, and you’ll want to see how he returns before considering buying.
Tevita Pangai Jnr plays his first game for the club and is still owned by a big chunk of SuperCoaches. He’s been named on the bench, but with the forward pack named there’s every chance he plays 40-50 minutes which is fine provided it’s in the middle and increases his PPM.
Storm: 1. Nicho Hynes 2. Dean Ieremia 3. Reimis Smith 4. Justin Olam 5. Josh Addo-Carr 6. Cameron Munster 7. Jahrome Hughes 8. Jesse Bromwich 9. Brandon Smith 10. Christian Welch 11. Chris Lewis 12. Kenny Bromwich 13. Dale Finucane
Bench: 14. Harry Grant 15. Tom Eisenhuth 16. Jordan Grant 17. Ryan Papenhuyzen
Reserves: 18. Trent Loiero 19. Tepai Moeroa 20. Isaac Lumelume 21. Cooper Johns
Analysis: The current demise of Penrith, tough run of Parramatta and questions around just about every other club aside from the Rabbitohs, makes Melbourne the hottest of property at the moment.
The issue, a lack of trades of course.
Another thing to note when considering many Storm stars is the very high likelihood of players being rested late in the season.
Even if they haven’t locked up the minor premiership early I don’t think Bellyache will hesitate to give players a spell.
It’s an interesting team named as many thought Jahrome Hughes would be out due to a lingering calf injury.
Leading into Round 20 he was owned by 72% of the top 100 ranked SuperCoaches and 58% of the top 1,000.
It doesn’t sound like a serious injury, but the Storm aren’t in a position to risk him. Owners will be praying he does play this week, but I suspect he’s every chance at a rest, which would have a big SuperCoach impact.
Named at fullback at the moment, Nicho Hynes would likely start in the halves which would see Ryan Papenhuyzen return to the starting fullback role. I’m backing this in.
Hynes had almost run his race this season after playing just 48 minutes against the Panthers for 44 points.
But if he maintains the starting spot he’s obviously a hold, and he probably will be for the rest of the season no matter what happens to his role later on.
With trades at a minimum he’s probably worth just sticking with and playing him in your 17 unless he’s moved to the bench.
Papenhuyzen will be under $500k after the tough clash this week and will be among the all-time super PODs for the run home.
However, it’s probably a play only for those wanting a Hail Mary or with enough trades to trade him out in the event he cops another knock to the head, otherwise there’s lots of risk involved.
People seem to have forgotten he was averaging well in excess of 100PPG prior to injury, and that he’s playing in the most dominant team in the competition.
Does four tries in 15 minutes jog your memory?
If he gets through this week’s game unscathed he’s a huge play.
Josh Addo-Carr flopped for new owners with just 20 points, however against Penrith he was a potential sit anyway.
For anyone who does have depth at CTW, he’s a potential sit option this week too, although you’d probably play regardless as the Storm could give Manly a wake-up call.
He remains a solid trade in option and he may have some big tons in him as the opposition gets weaker.
Available at around $600k, Cam Munster is a serious option at just 10% ownership among the top 100-1,000 ranked SuperCoach teams.
Harry Grant, welcome back young son…
After a frustrating period of injury he paid back owners immediately with 88 points in 59 minutes.
Barring a flare up in injury, Bellamy will want to get minutes into him on the run home.
He’s an out and out star and he should be on the radar of everyone this week.
What will make it tough is that injuries are killing squads, but the popular hooking options are fit and well.
So while moving on the likes of Mahoney/Brailey/Cook etc to Grant is a great option, how does it leave the rest of your squad looking in regards to depth?
Tough call, but anyone slim for numbers and trades probably won’t be in a position to recruit him.
He could finish the season with a 100PPG+ average on the run home, and he’s owned by just 4% of the top 100-1,000 ranked SuperCoach teams.
Bulldogs: 1. Nick Meaney 2. Corey Allan 3. Will Hopoate 4. Aaron Schoupp 5. Falakiko Manu 6. Bailey Biondi-Odo 7. Jake Averillo 8. Ava Seumanufagai 9. Jeremy Marshall-King 10. Jack Hetherington 11. Corey Waddell 12. Adam Elliott 13. Josh Jackson
Bench: 14. Sione Katoa 15. Dylan Napa 16. Chris Patolo 17. Matt Doorey
Reserves: 19. Tui Katoa 20. Joe Stimson 21. Kyle Flanagan 22. Jackson Topine
Tigers: 1. Moses Mbye 2. David Nofoaluma 3. Michael Chee-Kam 4. Tommy Talau 5. Ken Maumalo 6. Adam Doueihi 7. Luke Brooks 8. Stefano Utoikamanu 9. Jacob Liddle 10. James Tamou 11. Shawn Blore 12. Luciano Leilua 13. Thomas Mikaele
Bench: 14. Alex Twal 15. Zac Cini 16. Joe Ofahengaue 17. Kelma Tuilagi
Titans: 1. AJ Brimson 2. Greg Marzhew 3. Brian Kelly 4. Patrick Herbert 5. Corey Thompson 6. Ash Taylor 7. Toby Sexton 8. Jarrod Wallace 9. Mitch Rein 10. Moeaki Fotuaika 11. Kevin Proctor 12. David Fifita 13. Tino Fa’asuamaleaui
Bench: 14. Erin Clark 15. Sam Lisone 16. Beau Fermor 17. Jaimin Jolliffe
Reserves: 18. Esan Marsters 19. Sam McIntyre 20. Anthony Don 21. Jamal Fogarty
Analysis: Not too much to add here.
David Fifita is owned by just about everyone, while Tino Fa’asuamaleaui is a sneaky POD at FRF-2RF for anyone in need.
I wouldn’t be trading an active gun to get him, but he’s playing around the 60 minute mark and is looking pretty damaging.
At tiny ownership he could finish the year with a bang and be a real differential.
Corey Thompson has a big score around the corner. He scored 62 against the Bulldogs without a try or try-assist.
If you’re after a CTW with minimal funds he’s a good option at $428k.
Cowboys: 1. Val Holmes 2. Kyle Feldt 3. Connelly Lemuelu 4. Ben Hampton 5. Murray Taulagi 6. Scott Drinkwater 7. Tom Dearden 8. Tom Gilbert 9. Reece Robson 10. Jordan McLean 11. Jason Taumalolo 12. Heilum Luki 13. Coen Hess
Bench: 14. Mitch Dunn 15. Ben Condon 16. Lachlan Burr 17. Jake Granville
Reserves: 18. Francis Molo 19. Daejarn Asi 20. Peter Hola 21. Shane Wright
Analysis: Jason Taumalolo remains a fair buy at the surprising ownership of just 11% of the top 100 ranked teams and 9% of the top 1,000.
Todd Payten has shaken up his pack big time, shift Taumalolo to the edge where he very well play 80 minutes, I like this for his SuperCoach credentials big time.
I thought he’d be a lot higher ownership, and with games against the Titans, Tigers, Eels, Dragons and Sea Eagles to come he could jag some attacking stats to turn his 60s into 90s.
His 64 against Brisbane was almost entirely in base with 30 tackles and 18 runs.
Val Holmes returns which will be a huge relief to owners who held through his injury.
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.