One note when picking vice-captains this week, whether you have a free shot at the loophole or not, make sure it’s someone with a genuine 150+ ceiling, because you wouldn’t even consider taking anything less than that with Tommy Turbo playing the Bulldogs.
I’d say 160 is the line to loop this week, even then you’d be terrified watching Manly go about their business after Turbo put 208 on them last time around.
I’ll touch on a few sit/starts and trade options, but with most of us likely to be sitting with 17/18 odd players and maybe a trade or two max there’s only so much that’s worth covering.
Let’s take a look at the Round 24 squads, noting that references to overall player stats come from Adam Driussi’s weekly article leading into the prior round.
Titans: 1. Jayden Campbell 2. Phillip Sami 3. Brian Kelly 4. Patrick Herbert 5. Corey Thompson 6. Tyrone Peachey 7. Jamal Fogarty 8. Jarrod Wallace 9. Mitch Rein 10. Tino Fa’asuamaleaui 11. Kevin Proctor 12. Beau Fermor 13. Sam McIntyre
Bench: 14. Erin Clark 15. David Fifita 16. Mo Fotuaika 17. Jaimin Jolliffe
Reserves: 18. Toby Sexton 19. Sam Lisone 20. Esan Marsters 21. Greg Marzhew
Analysis: David Fifita has hit the skids with back-to-back scores of 31 against the Rabbitohs and Storm.
The only silver lining to the weekend was the fact he started and played 73 minutes. However, he will come off the bench again this week and will likely revert to that 60 minute role.
I’m fully expecting him to bounce back from the heavy criticism as the Titans look to hold onto their top eight hopes.
Owned by 99% of the top 100 ranked overall teams and 97% of the top 1,000, it’s pretty irrelevant how he goes anyway.
This should be a very open scoring affair, so the likes of Corey Thompson, Greg Marzhew and Brian Kelly all have bright prospects.
Greg Marzhew has been dropped in place of Phillip Sami in a massive dagger to his owners.
Surely Toby Sexton starts in the halves over Tyrone Peachey?
Reserves: 18. Jamayne Taunoa-Brown 20. Rocco Berry 21. Kane Evans 22. Jack Murchie
Analysis: Addin Fonua-Blake has excelled of late in the absence of front-row partner Matt Lodge with back-to-back scores of 81 and 70 in 63 minutes each week.
Hopefully with Lodge back he holds onto the increased minutes, but a small drop is likely.
Josh Curran has been named, but after suffering a pretty ugly head knock he’d have to be a decent chance of missing out due to the five day turnaround.
That’d be awful news for the big number of SuperCoaches who jumped on last week if he isn’t available.
I’m not going to give Euan Aitken any wraps after his late try against the Broncos (that should have been disallowed) as it cost me my head-to-head elimination final against the SC Spy, by one point!!!
But yeah, beast, and still a great buy with insane base stats and attacking upside…
He’s averaged over 50 in base since moving to the second-row.
Roosters: 1. James Tedesco 2. Daniel Tupou 3. Lachlan Lam 4. Joseph Manu 5. Brad Abbey 6. Drew Hutchinson 7. Sam Walker 8. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves 9. Sam Verrills 10. Siosiua Taukeiaho 11. Egan Butcher 12. Sitili Tupouniua 13. Isaac Liu
Bench: 14. Ben Marschke 15. Naufahu Whyte 16. Fletcher Baker 17. Ben Thomas
Reserves: 18. Moala Graham-Taufa 19. Tuku Hau Tapuha 20. Daniel Suluka-Fifita
Analysis: Oh Teddy, we love you…
The Roosters fullback was pretty well the single difference between significant rank rises or falls last week for those who did and didn’t own.
Especially as non-owners likely had Kalyn Ponga who would have been their captain.
Teddy was sensational and despite a tougher match up this week, should fire again.
He’s been in absolutely everything and doesn’t look hampered by that hip issue he’s carried this season.
Further, with the Roosters fighting for a top four spot it’s nearly impossible to see him getting a rest barring an injury flare up.
Daniel Tupou finally gave his masses of owners the ton we’ve all been waiting for with a second half hat-trick.
My heart sank when I saw Sam Walker benched before kick-off against the Dragons.
It very nearly forced me into using my last trade which would’ve been catastrophic.
I held off, and he delivered 76 points in 37 minutes, what a little gun. What could have been if he played 80!
He’s been named to start this week, hopefully it stays that way and he doesn’t revert to the bench again for Lachlan Lam who has been named at centre.
If he is benched I wouldn’t play him in my 17. I’ll play him provided he starts.
The fact the Roosters couldn’t name a full squad of 21 players suggests the team aren’t in a position to bench Walker.
Adam Keighran’s withdrawal due to injury is good news for Siosiua Taukeiaho owners as he will goal kick, Walker should take over while he’s off.
We did mention it over and over again, but take note for future reference, Joey Manu isn’t particularly SuperCoach relevant at centre.
He’s shifted back to centre the past two weeks for scores of 51 at each outing despite the Roosters putting on 61 points.
It’s certainly not bad by any means, more to emphasize that he’s a stud at fullback or on the wing only.
He did base 38 across those two games at centre which is brilliant.
Rabbitohs: 1. Latrell Mitchell 2. Alex Johnston 3. Dane Gagai 4. Campbell Graham 5. Jaxson Paulo 6. Cody Walker 7. Adam Reynolds 8. Mark Nicholls 9. Damien Cook 10. Thomas Burgess 11. Jaydn Su’A 12. Jai Arrow 13. Cam Murray
Cowboys: 1. Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow 2. Kyle Feldt 3. Val Holmes 4. Ben Hampton 5. Murray Taulagi 6. Scott Drinkwater 7. Tom Dearden 8. Jason Taumalolo 9. Reece Robson 10. Jordan McLean 11. Ben Condon 12. Heilum Luki 13. Reuben Cotter
Storm: 1. Ryan Papenhuyzen 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. Chris Lewis
Bench: 14. Harry Grant 15. Aaron Pene 16. Tom Eisenhuth 17. Nicho Hynes
Reserves: 18. Tui Kamikamica 19. Isaac Lumelume 20. Tepai Moeroa 21. Marion Seve
Analysis: Keep an eye on mail throughout the week on what may happen with this team, but as it stands, Melbourne are at near full-strength.
The penny has finally dropped, with the bad news we’ve waited on for so long, Nicho Hynes has been benched.
I have no idea how many minutes he’ll play, but I’d be very reluctant to play him in my 17 this week.
Restings could also be on the cards big time next week, although most stars have had a game off at some stage in the past month. Bellyache may want to get his full side in motion before finals.
Ryan Papenhuzyen is unlikely to get a rest due to the massive amounts of footy he’s missed this season.
I expect him to start and play 80 minutes over the next fortnight.
It didn’t take long for Lil Papy to remind us of his lethal SuperCoach output, with 101 points in his first full game back from injury.
He’s a bargain price at just $426k with games against the confidence shot Eels followed by the Sharks.
Kalyn Ponga owners will be tempted to make the move, but KP will probably go nuts the second you trade him out. It’s a tough decision to make.
Lil Papy is owned by just 1% of the top 100 ranked teams all the way through to the top 10,000.
This would have lifted slightly last week which will be reflected in Adam Driussi’s updated stats article later this week.
Quite simply Papenhuyzen could easily punch out massive back-to-back tons to end the year, and as stated last week, he’s probably the super POD of the century.
Harry Grant got his first 80 minute game of the season and delivered with 97 points.
Brandon Smith returns which pushes Grant to the bench where he’ll likely play that 55-60 minute role.
As good as he is, I don’t think he’s a vice-captaincy option this week unless he started come game day as that 150+ needed to loop and avoid Tommy is near impossible from the bench.
Eels: 1. Clint Gutherson 2. Haze Dunster 3. Will Penisini 4. Waqa Blake 5. Blake Ferguson 6. Dylan Brown 7. Mitch Moses 8. Isaiah Papali’i 9. Joey Lussick 10. Junior Paulo 11. Shaun Lane 12. Marata Niukore 13. Nathan Brown
Bench: 14. Ray Stone 15. Bryce Cartwright 16. Makahesi Makatoa 17. Keegan Hipgrave
Reserves: 18. Will Smith 19. Oregan Kaufusi 20. Sean Russell 21. Jakob Arthur
Analysis: With games upcoming against the Storm and Panthers and with the Eels current form you wouldn’t go near them.
I’m bemused as to why Isaiah Papali’i played just 43 minutes as a middle forward on the weekend.
He’s been the Eels best all season and he can’t get more than a half of game time?
Surely he shifts back to the edge…
Anyway, that’s an NRL gripe, SuperCoach-wise everyone owns him so it’s pretty irrelevant.
Sitting him this week against the Storm is a decent anti-POD play for anyone with the luxury of actually picking a 17.
If you own King Gutho and have a trade up your sleeve you may as well burn it and bring in Papenhuzyen, unless you’re really stuck for depth and need that trade elsewhere which will be the case for many.
Bulldogs: 1. Nick Meaney 2. Corey Allan 3. Will Hopoate 4. Aaron Schoupp 5. Jayden Okunbor 6. Lachlan Lewis 7. Kyle Flanagan 8. Ava Seumanufagai 9. Bailey Biondi-Odo 10. Jack Hetherington 11. Matt Doorey 12. Joe Stimson 13. Josh Jackson
It feels like the first time since pre-Origin the Panthers have a semi full-strength side back on deck, and they’ll be out to make a statement to the competition by putting a cricket score on the Tigers.
Jarome Luai could easily tonne up here, but it still wouldn’t be close to repaying the patience of owners through a horror second half of the season (SuperCoach-wise).
Matty Burton looks a terrific play in 17s and has big upside even at centre.
Tevita Pangai Jnr played just 26 minutes for an impressive 32 points in his first game for the club.
He could easily find some attacking stats on field this week, but with James Fisher-Harris returning it’s hard to see him playing the 40+ minutes we need to make him a viable option in 17s. He had 12 runs during his short stint on field.
Tigers: 1. Moses Mbye 2. David Nofoaluma 3. Tommy Talau 4. Michael Chee-Kam 5. Ken Maumalo 6. Jock Madden 7. Luke Brooks 8. Thomas Mikaele 9. Jacob Liddle 10. Stefano Utoikamanu 11. Shawn Blore 12. Luciano Leilua 13. Alex Twal
Bench: 14. Joe Ofahengaue 15. Jake Simpkin 16. Tom Amone 17. Alex Seyfarth
Reserves: 18. James Roberts 19. Billy Walters 20. Tui Simpkins 21. Zac Cini
Analysis: The extremely tough match up for Penrith means just about every Tigers player is a sit this week for those with the luxury.
Adam Doueihi had a down week for the first time in months against the Sharks, which may be explained by a reported knee knock that will see him miss out this week, ouch!
David Nofoaluma owners should probably sit him after a horrendous 3RA of 34PPG.
He hasn’t based over 30 since Round 12, and his last three games have returned a base of 14, 28 and 14.
Whether it’s his work ethic that’s gone out the door in the back half of the season or simply the way the Tigers utilise him I’m not sure, but it’s cruelled him of the foundation that’s made him one of the best CTWs of the past five years.
Shawn Blore played 65 minutes for 35 points on the weekend, another player I’d sit.
Luciano Leilua is probably the one player I’d be fairly happy to play in my 17 from the Tigers.
Stefano Utoikamanu is the gift that keeps on giving for those that reluctantly held.
He’s playing big minutes and boasts a 5RA of 59PPG.
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.