Draft Breakdown: Round 9, waiver-wire, trade targets

We take a look at the best options to grab from the NRL SuperCoach Draft wires and the best players to target in trades.

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Last week’s priority suggestions went decent with Tass looking good and retaining his spot and Tevaga going okay.

Tevega’s minutes weren’t as high as I was expecting, but he is still worth playing every week until Josh Curran or Tohu Harris are back.

Unfortunately, my love for Karl Lawton brought me undone in a few leagues… SuperCoach is a cruel game sometimes.

The other value plays of Sutton, McGuire and Liddle went well, all over 50 points.

Schoupp went poorly but with a matchup against the Raiders this week, I’d be playing him still.

Every week I will be looking at players still available in 65% of leagues. Here are some options for this week.

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TOP PRIORITY WAIVERS

Christian Tuipulotu

Tuipulotu has played four games for Manly and is averaging 39 PPG.

For the most part Manly haven’t found their groove, but with Turbo returning and Schuster in the side, they are going to start putting some points on sides.

Tuipulotu will likely play right wing for at least the next four weeks and I think there is a world in which he holds his position over Saab.

He scored 35 points in base last week, which might be an anomaly, but it also may be a sign he is getting more confident in the NRL.

He certainly passes the eye test and is strong enough and good enough to bust tackles and get over the line if Manly go on a run.

Adam Elliott

Elliott scored 104 points in 64 minutes last week in a poor Raiders team, but he had his best game for the club and it reflected in SuperCoach.

Elliott is currently starting the game at hooker before shifting into the middle.

There’s a good chance Ricky changes Elliott’s role again, but if he keeps playing the way he did on the weekend, Sticky couldn’t rob him of minutes.

The added bonus is that Elliott could get dual HOK/2RF status in round 12, which would be very handy in a shallow HOK position.

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VALUE WAIVERS

Reimis Smith

Averaging 33 PPG with one try all season, I understand why owners are frustrated and he has obviously been dropped in a lot of leagues.

He doesn’t look that involved compared to last year and even last year he only averaged 51 PPG in a dominant Storm team.

However, playing in the Storm team there’s going to be games where he scores 2+ tries in the right match ups and could easily tonne up.

He should be picked up and played in the right match ups and against the Dragons it could be this week.

Also, there’s a good chance they start to utilise him more as teams focus on Coates.

TC Robati / Corey Waddell

Robati and Waddell are propositions that can do a job for you and are available in a lot of leagues.

TC Robati is a short term play until Capewell returns, but has more upside than Waddell who has long term security but just gets through work.

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TRADE IN TARGETS

Reuben Garrick

Garrick isn’t hitting the heights of last year’s 88 PPG average, but he isn’t exactly stinking it up.

He is averaging 57 PPG with a high score of 80 and a low score of 31 in the nine games he has played this season.

I can’t see him getting up to the 88 PPG average he hit last year, but I can see him and Manly getting back to some big scores.

Manly also have one of the best draft finals runs out of the top 8 teams.

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TRADE OUT TARGETS

Taylan May

May has been great in the absence of To’o and I’m sure a lot of people will be surprised by seeing May on this list.

In reality I think he can be a trade out or trade in depending on the value you can get for him and how worried owners are with To’o.

Either way, now is a time to trade him with To’o looming to return to the Panthers and you can leverage the real or perceived risk To’o has on May.

On one hand, May wasn’t in the team to start the year and played most of his juniors as a left winger and got his opportunity due to the To’o injury.

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There is a risk he loses to his spot to To’o or is even shifted to the right wing, in either case he won’t be the 76 PPG average player he is now.

There is the more likely scenario that his form and combination means he keeps his left wing spot.

A lot of people are dismissing any risk he loses his spot, which I think is real and you add on potential court proceedings with his charges.

After nine tries in seven games, now may be the best time to move him on to nearly any CTW in the game.

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