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. Felise Kaufusi 12. Kenny Bromwich 13. Dale Finucane
Bench: 14. Harry Grant 15. Chris Lewis 16. Nelson Asofa-Solomona 17. Ryan Papenhuyzen
Reserves: 18. Tom Eisenhuth 19. Tepai Moeroa 20. Jordan Grant 21. Isaac Lumelume
Analysis: Melbourne remain as one of the most prevalent SuperCoach sides for the rest of the season, and the upcoming draw against the Raiders, Titans, Eels and Sharks is appealing.
However, proceed with caution as there’s a numbers of players likely to get a rest in the final month.
While it should be okay to cover for a lone week, squads with minimal or no trades and poor depth may think otherwise as a resting could see less than 17 players fielded as the season draws to a close.
The chain reaction still hasn’t happened, with Ryan Papenhuyzen still benched and Nicho Hynes starting at fullback again.
If named to start come game day, Papenhuyzen becomes a huge play at a staggeringly cheap $472k. If he remains on the bench, he’s obviously a no go and will probably play around 45-50 minutes.
We know what he’s capable of having averaged 117PPG in his first five games prior to injury early this season.
That included games against the Eels, Rabbitohs and Roosters.
At next to no ownership he’s a tremendous POD for the run home.
Jahrome Hughes has been named but on the five day turnaround with his lingering calf issue he must be a chance at a rest.
The doubt makes Nicho Hynes’ prospects tough to assess also.
If Hughes sits out, Hynes likely starts in the halves alongside Cam Munster.
In that case he’d play 80 and would be a definite hold.
If he comes off the bench he’s a serious anti-POD option for those wanting to sell.
At a tick under $700k with a breakeven of 172 there’s still plenty of value in him for anyone in a position to trade.
But if he’s starting and playing 80 you’ll want to hold firm.
Owned by 7% of the top 100 ranked SuperCoach teams overall and 10% of the top 1,000, Cam Munster is a great option at five-eighth.
He has a 5RA of 78PPG and has a big score or two in him in the final month, although he’s likely to be one player rested at some stage.
His 31BPG is excellent for a playmaker and we know what he can do in attack.
Despite only scoring 61 on the weekend, Harry Grant is pretty well a must-have in my opinion.
He could absolutely carve up some of his opposition on the run home and record 100+ scores.
He’s still in POD range and is unlikely to get rested this season due to the minimal amount of games he’s played.
I hate to say it as a Raiders fan, but any of the above mentioned players look like great vice-captain options this week or even POD skippers for anyone game to avoid Tommy Turbo.
Raiders: 1. Jordan Rapana 2. Bailey Simonsson 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. Emre Guler 16. Corey Harawira-Naera 17. Sia Soliola
Reserves: 18. Seb Kris 19. Matt Frawley 20. Dunamis Lui 21. Siliva Havili
Analysis: Not a heap to report here.
Corey Harawira-Naera only played 23 minutes on the weekend and again starts off the bench.
At $552k he’s an option to sell for owners, although with Crichton going down for three games I’d imagine that may take up the final trade of many.
He’s definitely not a play in 17s unless named to start come game day.
If you can cover him in your 17 with a quality replacement there’s no harm in holding in the hope he returns to the starting side before season’s end.
A shout out to Raiders skipper and SC Playbook contributor Jarrod Croker who is knocking conversions over at 93% this season!
Analysis: Nathan Cleary has again been named on an extended bench and may come into the team.
As per last week though, you’d be brave to get him in at over $1m with a breakeven of 199.
NRL Physio stated on the podcast a fortnight back the real possibility of aggravating his injury, so surely you just wait and see how he returns.
I suspect he’ll focus heavily on directing the side while giving his running game a few weeks to return to full gear leading into the finals.
That being said, for those who did hold I’d definitely be gambling and playing him in my 17 this week.
Despite the reasons mentioned above, the Panthers should belt the Dragons and at worst case you’d hope he kicks a bag of goals and even set up a few tries off the boot.
If he does return where he left off he could score anything…
Jarome Luai’s downfall has been staggering this season in SuperCoach.
His highest score in his last eight games is just 44!
Several were without Nathan Cleary, but there were a few with his star halves partner on deck too.
While he’s been a brutal hold for owners, I think you have to play him this week.
Matt Burton was sensational last week, it was slightly frustrating for those who held knowing we could’ve had more of it this season had Ivan Cleary not opted to play Tyrone May over him in the halves at times.
His owners will hope Cleary doesn’t return this week which would see him run out in the halves again. Regardless, he’s a play even at centre.
Spencer Leniu is out injured which is good news for auto-emergency purposes, however there will be teams out there who needed his 25 points!
Roosters: 1. James Tedesco 2. Daniel Tupou 3. Adam Keighran 4. Joseph Manu 5. Dale Copley 6. Drew Hutchinson 7. Sam Walker 8. Isaac Liu 9. Sam Verrills 10. Siosiua Taukeiaho 11. Nat Butcher 12. Sitili Tupouniua 13. Victor Radley
Reserves: 18. Ben Marschke 19. Tuku Hau Tapuha 20. Brad Abbey 21. Ben Thomas
Analysis: The Roosters have rocketed to the top list of priority buys for the rest of the season.
A dream head-to-head finals draw consisting of the Broncos, Dragons, Rabbitohs and Raiders gives them plenty of appeal.
Furthermore, that battle for the top four may well go down to Round 25 so it’s hard to see many players getting rested barring any concerning injury niggles.
James Tedesco has a 3RA of 102PPG, including games against the Eels and Panthers.
He has five tonnes this season and I’m backing him to finish the season with an average of 100+PPG in the final month.
He’s looking exceptional and the Roosters are building nicely despite the horror injury toll.
He’s owned by just 17% of the top 100 ranked SuperCoach teams and 21% of the top 1,000 ranked teams.
Teddy is also a serious straight captaincy option this week.
For all the same reasons above, Daniel Tupou is a terrific buy.
His 32BPG is brilliant for a CTW, including 37BPG across his past five games.
He’s scored in his past three games which is no doubt a result of James Tedesco’s full-time return after missing games in and around Origin.
He’s owned by 56% of the top 100 ranked teams and 47% of the top 1,000, so while he’s not a POD he’ll still serve you very well in the rankings should he fire.
Joey Manu needs to be on the wing ideally, which may be a late switch as per game day… It’s so good for his SuperCoach game on the wing where he has based 42 and 45 per game the past fortnight on the wing.
With games thrown in at fullback, he’s based at over 40BPG the past five rounds.
Add in the substantially heightened chance of accruing attacking stats on the wing with Teddy and Walker feeding him and he’s such a great play.
He’s owned by 21% of the top 100 ranked teams and 11% of the top 1,000.
If he’s at centre I’m nowhere near as keen.
Angus Crichton took the early guilty plea and will miss three games, wow! He’s owned by almost 90% of top ranked SuperCoaches.
He’s probably a sell, but if you have depth to cover him you can hold for his final game of the season against the Raiders if needed.
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 17. Beau Fermor 13. Tino Fa’asuamaleaui
Bench: 12. David Fifita 14. Tyrone Peachey 15. Sam Lisone 16. Jaimin Jolliffe
Reserves: 18. Erin Clark 19. Sam McIntyre 20. Esan Marsters 21. Jamal Fogarty
Analysis: With upcoming games against the Rabbitohs and Storm, before facing the Knights and Warriors you may be a little hesitant to invest in any Titans… Fifita aside for anyone who doesn’t own.
The likes of AJ Brimson, Brian Kelly and Corey Thompson all offer some appeal, but with low scores very possible in the next two weeks I’m not interested.
Don’t ask me why David Fifita is named in 12 on the bench, it’s coming from NRL.com, not that it matters.
Cowboys: 1. Val Holmes 2. Kyle Feldt 3. Daejarn Asi 4. Jake Granville 5. Ben Hampton 6. Scott Drinkwater 7. Tom Dearden 8. Francis Molo 9. Reece Robson 10. Jordan McLean 11. Ben Condon 12. Heilum Luki 13. Coen Hess
Bench: 14. Tom Gilbert 15. Jeremiah Nanai 16. Mitch Dunn 17. Griffin Naeme
Tigers: 1. Moses Mbye 2. David Nofoaluma 3. Tommy Talau 4. Michael Chee-Kam 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. Joe Ofahengaue 15. Kelma Tuilagi 16. Alex Twal 17. Zac Cini
Reserves: 18. Jake Simpkin 19. Tui Simpkins 20. Jock Madden 21. James Roberts
Analysis: Barring maybe Melbourne and Penrith, Adam Doueihi appears simply match up proof and has been tremendous for those who jumped on.
The Tigers have a nice draw to end the season meaning he could finish in style as the Tigers continue their never-ending pursuit of 9th place.
David Nofoaluma caught a cold on the right wing on the weekend, however I’ll still be playing him in my 17 against the flimsy Cowboys defence this week.
Shawn Blore has two consecutive 80 minute games in the back-row, and while attacking stats haven’t dropped for him as yet, his base output of 44 and 47 is very encouraging. He looks a pretty solid play in 17s.
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. Ryan James 11. Adam Elliott 12. Matt Doorey 13. Josh Jackson
Bench: 14. Sione Katoa 15. Chris Patolo 16. Corey Horsburgh 17. Joe Stimson
Reserves: 19. Kyle Flanagan 20. Jayden Okunbor 21. Jackson Topine 22. Lachlan Lewis
Analysis: Nothing of SuperCoach note, however interesting to see Raiders pair Ryan James and Corey Horsburgh on loan to the Bulldogs.