Squad Breakdown: Analysing the Round 4 teams

2020 NRL SuperCoach runner-up Tim Williams analyses every squad dropped on team list Tuesday.


Round 3 put a few smiles back on the faces of deflated SuperCoaches, with a return to some higher scoring efforts making for a much more enjoyable weekend.

While it wasn’t a return to the heights of last season, it was a welcome sight after a fairly dour first two rounds of SuperCoach point scoring.

The first price changes of the season have been initiated, so here’s hoping everyone’s nailed their cheapie contingent and begun to build a bank for fallen guns in coming weeks.

Perhaps Tommy Turbo who dropped $173k and remains with a breakeven of 240?

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He should be well under $1m in the next week or two, so get ready to pounce on the best player in SuperCoach.

The Cooma Stallions had a solid week with 1,093 points, and more satisfying was the fact I’ve managed to make just the two trades so far this season.

Late withdrawals to Harry Grant, Liam Martin and Xavier Coates hurt, but we scrapped through the chaos to deliver a respectable week.

The squad is shaping up well across the 1-25, so hopefully a few more rises are on the way.

Let’s take a look at the round 4 SuperCoach teams analysis, squads courtesy of ESPN.

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Thursday, 8.05pm, Cbus Super Stadium, Gold Coast

Titans: 1. Jamayne Isaako 2. Corey Thompson 3. Brian Kelly 4. Patrick Herbert 5. Greg Marzhew 6. AJ Brimson 7. Toby Sexton 8. Moeaki Fotuaika 9. Erin Clark 10. Isaac Liu 11. David Fifita 12. Beau Fermor 13. Tino Fa’asuamaleaui

Bench: 14. Will Smith 15. Sam Lisone 16. Jaimin Jolliffe 17. Kevin Proctor

Reserves: 18. Jarrod Wallace 19. Esan Marsters 20. Sam McIntyre 21. Paul Turner 22. Sosefo Fifita 23. Tony Francis 24. Jacob Allick

Analysis: The Titans have a mixed draw upcoming, with games against the Tigers, Eels, Sea Eagles, Cowboys and Panthers.

David Fifita was solid with 72 points against the Raiders in the full 80 minutes which was encouraging for owners.

He dropped $38k which isn’t too bad and has an achievable breakeven of 99.

It’s a big week for him, if he goes near a tonne many owners may quickly regret selling, but if he goes sub 60 odd there’s more money to drop.

If you did hold, I’d be reluctant to sell, last week was ideally the time to pull the trigger.

A situation I would be more okay with trading is if he goes down to someone like Nanai in order to free up funds for Turbo/Cleary in coming weeks.

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Beau Fermor is one I underestimated in the pre-season.

With a base of 40 he’s fairly reliant on attacking stats, but he’s been really impressive and is providing them after a poor Round 1 showing.

The more I watch him the more I think he can continue to jag attacking stats to make him relevant.

He’s $440k with a breakeven of -26, available as dual CTW-2RF, so I think now is the time to buy if interested, next week will arguably be too late.

Tino Fa’asuamaleaui is averaging 63 minutes per game and busted out 89 which included a try and linebreak.

I wouldn’t rush to buy off two solid first rounds, but he remains one to monitor.

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Tigers: 1. Daine Laurie 2. David Nofoaluma 3. James Roberts 4. Oliver Gildart 5. Ken Maumalo 6. Jock Madden 7. Luke Brooks 8. James Tamou 9. Jacob Liddle 10. Zane Musgrove 11. Kelma Tuilagi 12. Luciano Leilua 13. Joe Ofahengaue

Bench: 14. Tyrone Peachey 15. Alex Twal 16. Luke Garner 17. Alex Seyfarth

Reserves: 18. Thomas Mikaele 19. Starford To’a 20. Jake Simpkin 21. Austin Dias 22. Tukimihia Simpkins 23. Junior Tupou 24. Ruatapu Ngatikaura

Analysis: Stefano Utoikamanu is out for a lengthy stint on the sidelines and can be sold after a mediocre few showings for those who invested early on in the season.

There’s absolutely no SuperCoach interest here outside of Kelma Tuilagi who returns from a head knock and remains a hold.

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Friday, 6pm, Pointsbet Stadium, Sydney

Sharks: 1. Will Kennedy 2. Sione Katoa 3. Jesse Ramien 4. Siosifa Talakai 5. Ronaldo Mulitalo 6. Matt Moylan 7. Nicho Hynes 8. Toby Rudolf 9. Blayke Brailey 10. Braden Hamlin-Uele 11. Briton Nikora 12. Teig Wilton 13. Dale Finucane

Bench: 14. Aiden Tolman 15. Cameron McInnes 16. Braydon Trindall 17. Andrew Fifita

Reserves: 18. Mawene Hiroti 19. Jack Williams 20. Luke Metcalf 21. Royce Hunt 22. Lachlan Miller 23. Jenson Taumoepeau 24. Franklin Pele

Analysis: Nicho Hynes delivered for those who invested despite the torrential rain.

A late try saw him belt out a monstrous 125 points, making $58k and sitting with a breakeven of just 12.

As per last week’s write up, he continues to accumulate points across just about every category available and looks an exceptional buy with upcoming games against the Knights and Tigers.

With Nathan Cleary’s return looming, and lots running with a Teddy/Papy fullback combo, the question remains as to where you fit him in?

Despite some impressive form, nobody else at the Sharks really interests me.

Cam McInnes is going to be dirt cheap once he returns to a big minute role which won’t be far away.

He has a breakeven of 118 and could be sub $400-450k in no time.

Teig Wilton is enticing for valid reasons, but the looming return of Wade Graham and decent form of Siosifa Talakai is enough for me to avoid.

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Knights: 1. Kalyn Ponga 2. Dominic Young 3. Dane Gagai 4. Bradman Best 5. Enari Tuala 6. Jake Clifford 7. Adam Clune 8. Jacob Saifiti 9. Chris Randall 10. Daniel Saifiti 11. Tyson Frizell 12. Brodie Jones 13. Kurt Mann

Bench: 14. Phoenix Crossland 15. Jirah Momoisea 16. Leo Thompson 17. Sauaso Sue

Reserves: 18. Simi Sasagi 19. Tex Hoy 20. Edrick Lee 21. Mathew Croker 22. Pasami Saulo 23. Dylan Lucas 24. Brayden Musgrove

Analysis: After two rubbish weeks, Kurt Mann finally delivered for patient owners with 86 points in 66 minutes.

He had 40 tackles, two try contributions, one linebreak and one line-assist.

Unfortunately I suspect lots of owners probably sold last week. Another to keep an eye on in coming weeks.

Popular buy Jake Clifford and Chris Randall struggled with 31 and 27 respectively.

Clifford in particular can be forgiven a bit due to Mitch Barnett’s send-off which made life tough for the entire side.

Randall played just 59 minutes and has been very underwhelming so far, he’s not the safe play in 17s we’d anticipated.

He made $24k and has a breakeven of 22, so owners (most of us), really need a decent score this week to stop that breakeven heading north.

With Lachlan Fitzgibbon and Mitch Barnett out long-term, Brodie Jones has been handed a starting edge role, much to the despair of Jirah Momoisea owners.

Jones returns from injury and COVID protocol, I want to see how his minutes play out in coming weeks before investing at a very tempting $275k.

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Friday, 8.05pm, BlueBet Stadium, Penrith

Panthers: 1. Dylan Edwards 2. Charlie Staines 3. Izack Tago 4. Stephen Crichton 5. Taylan May 6. Jarome Luai 7. Nathan Cleary 8. Matt Eisenhuth 9. Apisai Koroisau 10. Spencer Leniu 11. Viliame Kikau 12. Scott Sorensen 13. Isaah Yeo

Bench: 14. Mitch Kenny 15. J’maine Hopgood 16. Lindsay Smith 17. Jaeman Salmon

Reserves: 18. Robert Jennings 19. Liam Martin 20. Soni Luke 21. Eddie Blacker 22. Christian Crichton 23. Kurt Falls 24. James Fisher-Harris

Analysis: I’m not going to waste any unnecessary time on Izack Tago and Taylan May who combined like 10-year NRL veterans.

Tago still isn’t owned by 33% of all teams, get this sorted please…

May can be brought in either this week or next following a ton in his first game of the season.

If Penrith had easier opposition I’d probably buy this week and play, but with a tough game against the Rabbitohs and plenty of rain predicted for Sydney I’ll wait in case of injury.

The fact we have the trade boost option up our sleeves helps with not needing to go early on cheapies with a thought to freeing up two trades the following week.

While it’s still early days, I suspect he’ll keep his spot in the team over Charlie Staines when Brian To’o returns.

Stephen Crichton is looking terrific with a 67 point average, but that’s bolstered fairly significantly by the goal-kicking duties which he’ll now lose to Nathan Cleary.

It’s funny how we talk often about pedigree in SuperCoach and how it counts for so much.

Players who have always been solid SuperCoaches, but always a tier below the guns in their position, came back to the pack this week.

Viliame Kikau (31), Api Koroisau (32) and Isaah Yeo (53) all struggled to put many points on the board after strong opening weeks.

This isn’t to say they can’t come good and push keeper status this season, but it does teach us that we shouldn’t ignore large quantities of past data based on one or two good weeks bolstered by attacking stats.

Kikau who was initially a cash grab with upside now has a breakeven of 57 and may not make any more cash after going up just $29k this week.

Ditto Api who made $30k and has a breakeven of 60.

Regardless, all remain holds for the time being.

Nathan Cleary returns for his first game of the season, but with likely a wet weather game against grand finalists South Sydney, there’s absolutely no need to go early.

Let’s take a look and make sure he doesn’t suffer like Turbo early on under the altered game conditions.

James Fisher-Harris and Liam Martin have both been named on the extended bench.

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Rabbitohs: 1. Latrell Mitchell 2. Alex Johnston 3. Taane Milne 4. Campbell Graham 5. Jaxson Paulo 6. Cody Walker 7. Lachlan Ilias 8. Tevita Tatola 9. Damien Cook 10. Mark Nicholls 11. Keaon Koloamatangi 12. Jai Arrow 13. Cameron Murray

Bench: 14. Jacob Host 15. Siliva Havili 16. Thomas Burgess 17. Liam Knight

Reserves: 18. Blake Taaffe 19. Davvy Moale 20. Josh Mansour 21. Richard Kennar 22. Dean Hawkins 23. Isaiah Tass 24. Peter Mamouzelos

Analysis: The Rabbitohs reminded us what they’re capable of with a convincing win over the Roosters.

After this week’s clash with the Panthers, the Rabbitohs draw is mesmerisingly good.

They face the Dragons, Bulldogs, Tigers, Sea Eagles, Broncos, Warriors, Raiders, Tigers, Titans and Dragons, crikey!

I’ll dive into them far more from next week as Cody Walker, AJ, Latrell, Graham etc. all will become amazing buys at discount rates.

My boy, Cam Murray went bonkers with 129 points, and looked glorious in the process, as he generally does.

I had him in my pre-season team up until the concern around his disrupted prep, bugger!

He now has a breakeven of 6 leading into round 4, and played a huge 77 minutes following last week’s 73.

While this game time probably won’t continue every week, gee it’s encouraging under Jason Demetriou.

Jai Arrow continues to punch out big minutes and rock solid scores without any attacking stats.

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Saturday, 3pm, Moreton Daily Stadium, Redcliffe

Warriors: 1. Reece Walsh 2. Adam Pompey 3. Jesse Arthars 4. Rocco Berry 5. Marcelo Montoya 6. Chanel Harris-Tavita 7. Kodi Nikorima 8. Addin Fonua-Blake 9. Wayde Egan 10. Matt Lodge 11. Euan Aitken 12. Eliesa Katoa 13. Josh Curran

Bench: 14. Jazz Tevaga 15. Bunty Afoa 16. Aaron Pene 17. Jack Murchie

Reserves: 18. Taniela Otukolo 20. Ben Murdoch-Masila 21. Pride Petterson-Robati 22. Peesi Kepu 23. Junior Ratuva 24. Shaun Johnson 25. Edward Kosi

Analysis: Not heaps to report at the Warriors with the likes of Euan Aitken and Josh Curran ticking along well.

Eliesa Katoa played limited game time due to an eye injury on the weekend and only scored 20 points, a cruel blow for his cash growth potential.

Addin Fonua-Blake has been disappointing despite looking really good in actual NRL.

He’s averaging a touch under 60 minutes and looks explosive, however his average of just 51 points can be put down to the fact he’s had just two offloads in three games.

Wet weather hasn’t helped, but he won’t be a keeper unless this aspect of his game comes back quick.

I think he’s a hold, but he’s certainly on the chopping block.

Shaun Johnson has been named on the extended bench.

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Broncos: 1. Tesi Niu 2. Corey Oates 3. Kotoni Staggs 4. Herbie Farnworth 5. Selwyn Cobbo 6. Albert Kelly 7. Adam Reynolds 8. Ryan James 9. Jake Turpin 10. Payne Haas 11. Keenan Palasia 12. Jordan Riki 13. Patrick Carrigan

Bench: 14. Thomas Flegler 15. Kobe Hetherington 16. TC Robati 17. Billy Walters

Reserves: 18. David Mead 19. Rhys Kennedy 20. Corey Jensen 21. Jordan Pereira 22. Cory Paix 23. Brenko Lee 24. Kurt Capewell

Analysis: I’m getting over writing about Kotoni Staggs letting me down, he’s had just 16 runs in three games.

It’s a huge knock on the Broncos for not getting their best strike weapon early ball, but accountability has to come back to Staggs for not looking for anything extra.

I’m holding, like last week, he was a whisker from 60 points had Adam Reynolds held onto his offload on the line.

I just can bring myself to sell at under $400k, with a game upcoming against the Warriors.

They then face the Roosters and Panthers which is a huge concern.

Pretty well copy-paste for Selwyn Cobbo who I was surprised to see is owned by a fairly hefty 25% of teams.

Payne Haas played just 58 minutes for a second straight score of 67 to sit with a breakeven of 64.

He’s been rock solid and probably finishes the season as the top scoring FRF.

As per the pre-season plan though, I have far more priorities with my cash in guys like C.Walker, Turbo, Cleary etc.

Kurt Capewell has been named on an extended bench as he battles a calf problem, interesting to see Jordan Riki named.

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Saturday, 5.30pm, Glen Willow Oval, Mudgee

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. Sean Keppie 9. Lachlan Croker 10. Martin Taupau 11. Haumole Olakau’atu 12. Andrew Davey 13. Jake Trbojevic

Bench: 14. Dylan Walker 15. Karl Lawton 16. Ethan Bullemor 17. Taniela Paseka

Reserves: 18. Toafofoa Sipley 19. Josh Aloiai 20. Tolutau Koula 21. Jorge Taufua 22. Kurt De Luis 23. Christian Tuipulotu 24. Alec Tuitavake

Analysis: Tommy Turbo dropped $173k and sits with a breakeven of 240.

He should be sub $1m after this week with more cash to drop, get ready to pounce.

While he’s looked underwhelming, Manly have played in heavy wet weather every week, so he could be ready to tee off once dry weather footy comes.

Get a plan ready, because you won’t want to wait one week longer than you have to.

Reuben Garrick is in the same boat, he dropped $78k this week and sits with a breakeven of 111 which is certainly achievable.

He will likely bottom out in coming weeks at around $600k at a significant discount.

Haumole Olakau’atu disappointed for new owners, including yours truly, with 35 points in a concerning 66 minutes.

I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt in bog conditions which would have been extremely heavy under foot.

I think he’s a great buy for the season regardless, but with a breakeven of 51 you can certainly have another look.

Ethan Bullemor could have gone either way as a purchase, unfortunately for owners he’s playing limited minutes off the bench, scoring 12 points and now has a breakeven of 58.

I think I’d sell if I owned because I think he’ll only leak cash barring any further injuries. Josh Schuster coming back soon will only make things harder.

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Raiders: 1. Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad 2. Nick Cotric 3. Matthew Timoko 4. Semi Valemei 5. Jordan Rapana 6. Jack Wighton 7. Brad Schneider 8. Josh Papali’i 9. Tom Starling 10. Joseph Tapine 11. Hudson Young 12. Corey Harawira-Naera 13. Elliott Whitehead

Bench: 14. Matt Frawley 15. Emre Guler 16. Adam Elliott 17. Corey Horsburgh

Reserves: 18. Xavier Savage 19. Ryan Sutton 20. Adrian Trevilyan 21. James Schiller 22. Sam Williams 23. Trey Mooney 24. Peter Hola

Analysis: Brad Schneider delivered for SuperCoaches with 79 points, leaving him with a -64 breakeven.

A big final 20 minutes will do wonders for his job security, if you don’t own he’s worth getting in.

Provided you have decent options, I’d be hesitant to play him in 17s in the next two weeks against the Sea Eagles and Storm, but the goal-kicking does help his floor a lot.

Tom Starling was terrific with 70 points, but playing just 55 minutes is the worry with tough upcoming opposition.

At $378k he’s an okay buy, but under that game time I’d prefer to find the funds for Harry Grant.

Jordan Rapana was excellent on return from suspension with 88 points, including five tacklebreaks and three effective offloads.

One to watch in coming weeks if the Raiders can show some consistent form against tough upcoming opposition.

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Saturday, 7.35pm, QCB Stadium, Townsville

Cowboys: 1. Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow 2. Kyle Feldt 3. Valentine Holmes 4. Peta Hiku 5. Murray Taulagi 6. Tom Dearden 7. Chad Townsend 8. Jordan McLean 9. Reece Robson 10. Coen Hess 11. Tom Gilbert 12. Jeremiah Nanai 13. Jason Taumalolo

Bench: 14. Jake Granville 15. Heilum Luki 16. Reuben Cotter 17. Griffin Neame

Reserves: 18. Jamayne Taunoa-Brown 19. Scott Drinkwater 20. Connelly Lemuelu 21. Brendan Elliot 22. Ben Condon 23. Emry Pere 24. Daejarn Asi

Analysis: New Peta Hiku owners would’ve been distraught watching him score just 28 points, despite the Cowboys putting on 38 points.

The good sign though is that the side are looking decent in attack, so hopefully opportunities arise with ball in hand.

He made $38k and now sits with a breakeven of 23, so a score this weekend against tough opposition is vital for his potential cash generation.

Jeremiah Nanai, you little ripper! The kid is an athlete, busting out a tonne thanks to a hat-trick of tries, all off kicks meaning no linebreak bonus.

He made $60k and has a breakeven of -6, making him a terrific buy, but far from a must-have.

He has been a bit reliant on attacking stats thus far, but at $400k I think he’s worth the investment on talent alone.

It’s a funny game SuperCoach, Jason Taumalolo was on fire with a try-assist and some dangerous runs, then didn’t finish the game as the Cowboys lead was comfortable!

Regardless, he knocked out a solid 59 points and looked to be return to some touch of his old form, despite having a long way to still go.

I think anyone looking to sell is mad, with tighter games will come bigger minutes. And hence scores.

Tom Dearden tonned up and is averaging 78 points with a breakeven of -24.

With certain money to be made he’ll rightly entice plenty at $453k, but is it just going to be a copy of Jake Clifford last week?

I’d prefer go to Dylan Brown as a stepping stone to Cody Walker/Cam Munster. Better team, better run.

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Roosters: 1. James Tedesco 2. Daniel Tupou 3. Paul Momirovski 4. Joseph Manu 5. Billy Smith 6. Sam Walker 7. Luke Keary 8. Lindsay Collins 9. Connor Watson 10. Siosiua Taukeiaho 11. Nat Butcher 12. Sitili Tupouniua 13. Victor Radley

Bench: 14. Drew Hutchison 15. Daniel Suluka-Fifita 16. Angus Crichton 17. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves

Reserves: 18. Naufahu Whyte 19. Renouf Atoni 20. Lachlan Lam 21. Freddy Lussick 22. Kevin Naiqama 23. Adam Keighran 24. Tukupa Hau Tapuha

Analysis: Rito Roosters, you’ve had your time to dust the off-season cobwebs, the draw opens up, so your SuperCoach scoring better do the same.

Yes Sammy W, I’m looking at you.

After a tough start to the season, they now face the Cowboys, Broncos, Warriors, Dragons, Bulldogs and Titans.

While they’ve been unconvincing outside of the Manly belting, they should start putting a few scores on.

I wouldn’t invest yet as we want to see them deliver before buying into hype that hasn’t yet eventuated, but if they click this week they’ll become far more popular next week.

James Tedesco, Joey Manu, Daniel Tupou could all become nice pick ups in coming weeks.

Billy Smith has based 30 in back-to-back games, we just need some attacking stats to fall his way.

He had 14 runs last week, and 19 the week before, so if he starts jagging a few tries on the end of this stellar backline, big scores may be imminent.

We will reassess this contingent next week if they deliver up north.

No Joseph Suaalii is good news for Smith and Momirovski owners.

Angus Crichton has been named on the bench and is a reluctant sell for owners.

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Sunday, 4.05pm, AAMI Park, Melbourne

Storm: 1. Ryan Papenhuyzen 2. Dean Ieremia 3. Reimis Smith 4. Justin Olam 5. Xavier Coates 6. Cameron Munster 7. Jahrome Hughes 8. Jesse Bromwich 9. Harry Grant 10. Nelson Asofa-Solomona 11. Felise Kaufusi 12. Kenny Bromwich 13. Josh King

Bench: 14. Brandon Smith 15. Alec MacDonald 16. Trent Loiero 17. Tepai Moeroa

Reserves: 18. Chris Lewis 19. Nick Meaney 20. Jayden Nikorima 21. William Warbrick 22. Marion Seve 23. Tyran Wishart 24. Sualauvi Faalogo

Analysis: Melbourne’s SuperCoach talent stepped up despite losing to Parramatta.

Cam Munster was exceptional and looks as fit as he’s been in years, scoring 121 with only one try-assist!

He had nine tacklebreaks, three line-assists, one linebreak and 16 runs!

Choosing between he and a bottomed out Cody Walker with a soft draw could prove a pivotal decision in the short-term, long-term we’ll likely want both.

Ryan Papenhuyzen also tonned, a decision looms in coming weeks whether to sell he or Teddy to Turbo.

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I suspect Papy will be a hold, but if there’s a $200k difference it’ll make the decision tougher.

I’m a bitter non-Josh King owner. Who in the world saw a try-assist and two line-assists coming from the big fella?

He starts at lock again, and while he’s not a keeper, he’ll make more cash before being sold at peak price.

I do think come game day Nelson Asofa-Solomona will move to the bench, King prop, and Smith lock. Either way King will play less minutes, but the game time is still good.

So do non-owners invest, or have we missed the jump having made $70k last week?

It’s a tough one and will come down to who you would move on at FRF, with every team being different.

With a -32 breakeven I think it’s worth finding a way to get him in.

Harry Grant is an excellent buy this week or next.

Xavier Coates returns after being a late scratching last week.

This looks the game to pick a skipper.

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Bulldogs: 1. Matt Dufty 2. Braidon Burns 3. Aaron Schoupp 4. Brent Naden 5. Josh Addo-Carr 6. Matt Burton 7. Brandon Wakeham 8. Luke Thompson 9. Jeremy Marshall-King 10. Paul Vaughan 11. Corey Waddell 12. Tevita Pangai Junior 13. Josh Jackson

Bench: 14. Bailey Biondi-Odo 15. Chris Patolo 16. Max King 17. Ava Seumanufagai

Reserves: 19. Reece Hoffman 20. Jake Averillo 21. Joe Stimson 22. Kyle Flanagan 23. Jayden Okunbor 24. Josh Cook 25. Jackson Topine

Analysis: Not much to talk about here, as mentioned last week, in coming rounds they face the Storm, Panthers, Rabbitohs, Broncos and Roosters, so I’m not keen at all.

Max King is an animal, averaging 1.44 points per minute which is monumental.

Hopefully with Jack Hetherington gone it opens up a bit of extra game time so we can see what he can do with more minutes.

He made $62k and has a breakeven of -9, good going son.

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Sunday, 6.15pm, CommBank Stadium, Sydney

Eels: 1. Clinton Gutherson 2. Waqa Blake 3. Will Penisini 4. Tom Opacic 5. Bailey Simonsson 6. Dylan Brown 7. Mitchell Moses 8. Reagan Campbell-Gillard 9. Reed Mahoney 10. Junior Paulo 11. Shaun Lane 12. Isaiah Papali’i 13. Nathan Brown

Bench: 14. Makahesi Makatoa 15. Ryan Matterson 16. Bryce Cartwright 17. Oregon Kaufusi

Reserves: 18. Mitch Rein 19. Wiremu Greig 20. Hayze Perham 21. Ky Rodwell 22. Solomone Naiduki 23. Samuel Loizou 24. Elie El Zakhem

Analysis: Parramatta’s draw opens up with games against the Dragons, Titans, Tigers, Knights and Cowboys.

For this reason, the in-form Dylan Brown looks a good buy at $510k with a breakeven of -6.

He’s not in the SuperCoach class of Munster/Walker, but with money on the way he’ll be a perfect stepping stone to them in a few weeks time.

To put 100 on Melbourne in Melbourne is something special, and he’s taking on the line very often.

He’s had 40+ base in two consecutive weeks!

Mitch Moses has come back to the pack a bit, but is a hold with the soft draw.

Isaiah Papali’i reminded us of his capabilities with 94 points, made up of 42 tackles, 16 runs, 5 tacklebreaks, two offloads and a linebreak.

He hasn’t missed a minute yet and is averaging a very healthy 72 points per game.

Ryan Matterson returns on the bench.

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Dragons: 1. Tyrell Sloan 2. Mathew Feagai 3. Moses Suli 4. Zac Lomax 5. Mikaele Ravalawa 6. Talatau Amone 7. Ben Hunt 8. Francis Molo 9. Moses Mbye 10. Blake Lawrie 11. Jack Bird 12. Jack Gosiewski 13. Tariq Sims

Bench: 14. Jack de Belin 15. Josh Kerr 16. Jackson Ford 17. Aaron Woods

Reserves: 18. Tautau Moga 19. Poasa Faamausili 20. Daniel Alvaro 21. Andrew McCullough 22. Jaiyden Hunt 23. Jonathon Reuben 24. George Burgess

Analysis: Talatau Amone is nearing the chopping block with just 17 points against the Sharks, and upcoming games against the Eels, Rabbitohs, Knights and Roosters.

He’s awkwardly priced at $283k, but with a breakeven of 24 we can probably give him one more week to see if he can dish out something worthwhile and initiate cash rises.

The Tyrell Sloan gamble hasn’t paid off for owners, he’s averaging 43, with a breakeven of 88.

I think he’ll be an option later on in the year, but the Dragons form down the track will determine that. Sell.

Jack Bird and Zac Lomax are ticking along nicely, but I’d wait till the softer draw begins to consider investing.

3 Responses to “Squad Breakdown: Analysing the Round 4 teams”

    • Redcliffe Redemption

      Agreed. Three tries against (admittedly improved) Broncos isn’t a great measure of form. Do we think he’ll do that each week?
      He’s a hold if you own but surely there’s better cash/points options out there if you’re looking to trade someone in.

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