Reserves: 18. Sam Williams 19. Semi Valemei 20. Elijah Anderson 21. Trey Mooney
Analysis: Jordan Rapana continued his terrific season with 124 points against the Warriors.
That takes his season average to 64PPG, despite having very few owners throughout the year.
While they’re depleted due to injury, the Roosters still have a decent side, so I think there’s better Hail Mary final trades than Rapa, especially with the move back to the wing, although it won’t impact his scoring too much.
Roosters: 1. James Tedesco 2. Daniel Tupou 3. Josh Morris 4. Adam Keighran 5. Matt Ikuvalu 6. Drew Hutchinson 7. Lachlan Lam 8. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves 9. Sam Verrills 10. Siosiua Taukeiaho 11. Angus Crichton 12. Sitili Tupouniua 13. Isaac Liu
Bench: 14. Sam Walker 15. Egan Butcher 16. Ben Marschke 17. Tuku Hau Tapuha
Analysis: Thankfully the Roosters play before the Sea Eagles as they’ll have slim top four hopes still alive.
This should mean they field a full-strength team this week and don’t rest anyone.
Although due to their masses of injuries I don’t think they have enough players available to rest anyone anyway.
This should give James Tedesco and Daniel Tupou the chance to bounce back from poor scores in the heavy loss to the Rabbitohs.
Matt Ikuvalu has been named to make a surprise return from injury. That’s huge for not only the injury riddled Roosters themselves, but also the 3% of the top 100 ranked SuperCoaches and 2% of the top 1,000 that still own him.
While unconvincing, the Raiders are playing for a top 8 spot so again I wouldn’t be looking at Roosters for my final trades.
Angus Crichton is a very welcome inclusion for the 63% of the top 100 and 69% of the top 1,000 that held onto him during his three match suspension.
Following the hit from Latrell Mitchell, Joey Manu is out in yet another blow for his owners.
In a massive blow for owners, Sam Walker has been demoted to the bench, with Lachlan Lam to start in the halves.
Storm: 1. Ryan Papenhuyzen 2. George Jennings 3. Marion Seve 4. Justin Olam 5. Dean Ieremia 6. Nicho Hynes 7. Jahrome Hughes 8. Tui Kamikamica 9. Brandon Smith 10. Nelson Asofa-Solomona 11. Aaron Pene 12. Chris Lewis 13. Dale Finucane
Bench: 14. Harry Grant 15. Tepai Moeroa 16. Jordan Grant 17. Ryley Jacks
Reserves: 18. Cooper Johns 19. Daniel Atkinson 20. Trent Loiero 21. Isaac Lumelume
Analysis: Craig Bellamy has rested a stacked of stars, but not all. When you’ve got about 20 stars in your squad it’s pretty hard to rest them all…
Cam Munster, Christian Welch, Josh Addo-Carr and Reimis Smith are the SuperCoach relevant outs.
The winners include Nicho Hynes (5/8), Jahrome Hughes, Ryan Papenhuyzen, Brandon Smith, Harry Grant and Justin Olam who have been named.
I wouldn’t be surprised to see this change come game day, however Bellamy obviously has one eye on the minor premiership still.
What an interesting encounter this will be for both NRL and SuperCoach purposes.
Eels: 1. Hayze Perham 2. Haze Dunster 3. Tom Opacic 4. Michael Oldfield 5. Blake Ferguson 6. Will Smith 7. Jakob Arthur 8. Oregan Kaufusi 9. Joey Lussick 10. Makahesi Makatoa 11. Bryce Cartwright 12. Keegan Hipgrave 13. Ray Stone
Bench: 14. Samuel Loizou 15. Ky Rodwell 16. Shaun Lane 17. Sean Russell
Reserves: 18. Will Penisini 19. Isaiah Papali’i 20. Nathan Brown 21. Dylan Brown
Analysis: Brad Arthur has rested a host of stars, including key SuperCoach players in Isaiah Papali’i and Clint Gutherson.
While I think they’d have been hesitant plays in 17s against a full-strength Panthers outfit following a gut-busting win over Melbourne, it’s obviously a cruel blow for the depth of squads.
If you do own any Eels, it’s worth sitting them outside your 17 if you’re afforded that luxury.
While this number would have jumped a decent amount over the week, prior to Round 24 he was owned by 15% of the top 100 and 16% of the top 1,000 ranked overall SuperCoach teams. This would have jumped a bit since and will be reflected in Adam’s Round 25 article.
Brian To’o returned in typical style as if he hadn’t missed a beat. A late try pushed his score to 94 points, which included 26 runs and five tacklebreaks, animal…
He’s relatively affordable at $633,900 and could also finish on a high.
While this number would have jumped a decent amount over the weekend, prior to Round 24 he was owned by 19% of the top 100 and top 1,000 ranked overall SuperCoach teams.
He’s a great option this week and should be high on the list of many people with a trade in hand.
Tevita Pangai Jnr impressed in just 32 minutes of time, scoring 73 points made up of a try, linebreak, 11 runs (10 over 8m for two points), four tacklebusts and an offload, not bad!
He’s an okay play in 17s, but in minimal game time he’s fine to sit outside 17s for anyone in the position to do so.
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. Josh Aloiai 9. Lachlan Croker 10. Marty Taupau 11. Haumole Olakau’atu 12. Josh Schuster 13. Jake Trbojevic
Bench: 14. Dylan Walker 15. Karl Lawton 16. Sean Keppie 17. Taniela Paseka
Reserves: 18. Toa Sipley 19. Moses Suli 20. Curtis Sironen 21. Kurt De Luis
Analysis: Playing for a top four spot, Manly will be up for this and could put on a score.
It makes plenty of their players very serious trade in options this week.
Tom Trbojevic and Daly Cherry-Evans should go large, but I also suspect they’ll be off after 50-60 minutes if Manly get a decent lead up.
What that means is that for people with a free crack at the vice-captaincy loophole, it may mean putting the VC on Turbo is the play, then backing a captain later in the round.
If Tommy does score 80 odd before getting an early shower, it could pay off big time.
Obviously owners of Nathan Cleary who play earlier in the round will likely VC him and C Turbo.
Jason Saab’s crazy record with and without Turbo grew another leg against the Bulldogs.
To alter last week’s stats, he’s scored 22 tries this season.
Remarkably, he’s scored just one try in eight games this season without Tom Trbojevic.
That means it’s 21 tries in 15 games with the star fullback on deck, the Turbo effect…
He averages a tick under 70 with Turbo in the team, and just 19.88 without him.
It again makes him a very enticing option this week while owned by just 12% of the top 100 ranked teams overall and 15% of the top 1,000.
Morgan Harper is a sneaky one round super POD at next to no ownership.
With a base of just 36BPG, Haumole Olakau’atu is pretty attack reliant to score well, however he’s so dynamic with ball in hand that he jags major stats more often than not. He’s not unlike David Fifita Super-Coach wise in that regard.
He’s another major one week play this round at 7% ownership in the top 100 and 6% in the top 1,000, however I do fear he gets an early shower having played 80 minutes in eight straight games. I’d probably avoid Josh Schuster for that same reason.
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. Mo Fotuaika 11. Kevin Proctor 12. Beau Fermor 13. Tino Fa’asuamaleaui
Bench: 14. Erin Clark 15. David Fifita 16. Jaimin Jolliffe 17. Sam McIntyre
Reserves: 18. Greg Marzhew 19. Sam Lisone 20. Toby Sexton 21. Anthony Don
Analysis: The Titans are slightly hard to assess as by the time they kick off on Sunday they’ll know if they’re still in the hunt for the top eight.
If they aren’t, there’s always some risk of players with injury niggles getting rested, or younger players getting bigger minutes.
Due to this reason I’d be hesitant to invest in any Titans despite a fairly nice match up with the Warriors.
If they are playing for a top eight spot, expect David Fifita to go nuts.
At $483k, Jamal Fogarty is a cheeky super-POD alternative for those who can’t afford Nathan Cleary or Daly Cherry-Evans.
He has two tons in his last five games including 150 against the Roosters.
Tigers: 1. Moses Mbye 2. David Nofoaluma 3. Tommy Talau 4. Michael Chee-Kam 5. Ken Maumalo 6. Jock Madden 7. Luke Brooks 8. Stefano Utoikamanu 9. Jacob Liddle 10. Thomas Mikaele 11. Shawn Blore 12. Luciano Leilua 13. Alex Twal
Bench: 14. Joe Ofahengaue 15. Jake Simpkin 16. Tom Amone 17. Kelma Tuilagi
Reserves: 18. James Roberts 19. Reece Hoffman 20. Zac Cini 21. Tui Simpkins
Analysis: With the Tigers very slim hopes of a top eight berth over you’d think Michael Maguire may take the opportunity to play around with his squad a little.
There’s plenty of inexperienced forwards who he may give a few extra minutes to.
For that reason it’s extremely hard to go near any of the Tigers players despite the potentially enticing match up with the Bulldogs.
With relevant players such as David Nofoaluma, Luciano Leilua, Shawn Blore and Stefano Utoikamanu, owners will be hoping the Tigers show up for the fight and put a score on.