Squad Breakdown: Analysing the Round 19 teams

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


Round 18, 2022, will go down as a dark day for the Cooma Stallions.

Despite mass restings, I was able to field a strong team, all with promising match ups ahead.

Unfortunately, it wasn’t to be, with my short-term play to anti-POD Joey Manu (in favour of Brian To’o a fortnight back), proving a very costly decision.

Making it worse was the fact plenty of SuperCoaches had the captaincy or vice-captaincy on the highly owned Manu.

Rubbing further salt in the wounds was my skipper Ryan Papenhuyzen going down injured early in the first half in the loss to the Raiders.

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I finished with just 1,181 points to drop 269 spots to 376th overall, heavy.

Not to worry, that’s the game, you win some you lose some!

It’s also the same reason I’m very strong on believing you can win SuperCoach from a reasonable distance back.

The swings among top ranked teams can happy so easily, meaning 500 point swings are fairly achievable.

I brought in Cam Munster and David Fifita who both scored well, so I’m well set up for the run home, hopefully a few spots can be won back quickly to remain in the hunt for the top gong.

Let’s take a look at the round 19 teams, with squads courtesy of Fox Sports.

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Thursday, 7.50pm, Commbank Stadium, Sydney

Eels: 1. Clinton Gutherson 2. Maika Sivo 3. Viliami Penisini 4. Waqa Blake 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. Ryan Matterson

Bench: 14. Makahesi Makatoa 15. Jakob Arthur 16. Oregon Kaufusi 17. Marata Niukore

Reserves: 18. Ky Rodwell 19. Ofahiki Ogden 20. Bryce Cartwright 21. Tom Opacic 22. Sean Russell

Analysis: Parramatta have a tough run home against the Broncos, Panthers, Sea Eagles, Rabbitohs, Bulldogs, Broncos and Storm.

For this reason, I’d be hesitant to invest in any players outside of Isaiah Papali’i who continues to churn out massive numbers.

Shaun Lane is a likely a hold, although if he’s your ticket to a gun I can understand selling. Lane to Cam Murray this week may facilitate two huge trades elsewhere.

Dylan Brown and Mitch Moses are borderline keepers with so many great options available.

Maika Sivo owners with trades in hand can turn him into the likes of Garrick, Manu, To’o etc. He’s also fine to hold and play based on match up, but we know he can go low, so how many games would you comfortably play him in during that run home?

Ryan Matterson is on my radar if he returns to the form he was showing prior to injury.

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Broncos: 1. Tesi Niu 2. Corey Oates 3. Kotoni Staggs 4. Brenko Lee 5. Jordan Pereira 6. Ezra Mam 7. Adam Reynolds 8. Corey Jensen 9. Jake Turpin 10. Payne Haas 11. Kurt Capewell 12. Jordan Riki 13. Patrick Carrigan

Bench: 14. Cory Paix 15. Kobe Hetherington 16. Thomas Flegler 17. Keenan Palasia

Reserves: 18. Deine Mariner 19. Zac Hosking 20. Rhys Kennedy 21. Delouise Hoeter 22. Te Maire Martin

Analysis: Ezra Mam has done an outstanding job as a cash cow, while producing some decent scores for owners during a tough period.

He can be moved onto a genuine keeper in the halves having gone close to peaking at $413k.

Brisbane’s run is mixed with games against the Eels, Tigers, Roosters, Knights, Storm, Eels and Dragons.

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For this reason, owners of Kotoni Staggs and Selwyn Cobbo can either hold to be played in only the soft matches, or moves them onto an elite CTW option.

Cobbo hasn’t been named this week following his head knock in the Origin decider.

Zac Hosking looks a popular downgrade/nuff option to free up cash. He may become an auto-emergency nightmare in future if coming onto the bench though and see minimal game time, so be aware of that.

Payne Haas returns, but with most owning two or three of Papali’i, Tapine and Taumalolo, is he worth burning a trade for? How times have changed…

He’s just as likely to make us rethink things after one booming performance.

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Friday, 6pm, Jubilee Oval, Sydney

Dragons: 1. Cody Ramsey 2. Mathew Feagai 3. Moses Mbye 4. Zac Lomax 5. Tautau Moga 6. Talatau Amone 7. Ben Hunt 8. Jack de Belin 9. Andrew McCullough 10. Blake Lawrie 11. Billy Burns 12. Jaydn Su’A 13. Jack Bird

Bench: 14. Jayden Sullivan 15. Tariq Sims 16. Francis Molo 17. Josh Mcguire

Reserves: 18. Aaron Woods 19. Michael Molo 20. Tyrell Sloan 21. Jaiyden Hunt 22. Mathew Feagai

Analysis: No interest at the Dragons for me due to a tough three week’s ahead, and their very unconvincing form.

Zac Lomax is a hold for anyone scarce on trades, those placed okay can move him onto a top line CTW with a higher ceiling.

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Sea Eagles: 1. Reuben Garrick 2. Jason Saab 3. Morgan Harper 4. Tolutau Koula 5. Christian Tuipulotu 6. Kieran Foran 7. Daly Cherry-Evans 8. Sean Keppie 9. Lachlan Croker 10. Josh Aloiai 11. Haumole Olakau’atu 12. Andrew Davey 13. Toafofoa Sipley

Bench: 14. Dylan Walker 15. Josh Schuster 16. Martin Taupau 17. Taniela Paseka

Reserves: 18. Ben Trbojevic 19. Kurt De Luis 20. Ethan Bullemor 21. Kaeo Weekes 22. Ray Tuaimalo-Vaega

Analysis: Manly have a fairly nice run home which makes them tempting.

They face the Dragons, Roosters, Eels, Titans, Sharks, Raiders and Bulldogs.

Reuben Garrick is becoming almost fixture proof, regardless of goal-kicking duties.

He’s averaging 72 points per game, and has a five round average of 95 points per game.

After relinquishing the goal-kicking duties to Daly Cherry-Evans due to a niggle, he did take the final conversion of the game, so owners will be hoping he gets them back sooner rather than later.

DCE has been thrown up as a replacement for Papenhuyzen, and with a season average of 72 and back-to-back tonnes it’s hard to argue.

He is in a stacked position though, so he’ll be tough to fit in. He’s owned by 0% of the top 100 ranked SuperCoach teams overall, all the way through to the top 20,000, super POD!

I do prefer him a lot with the goal-kicking fulltime, but he has shown he can score well without the duties.

Quite incredibly Josh Schuster is just $234k with a breakeven of 70. He could hit close to bottom dollar in coming weeks.

While he’s an auto-emergency nightmare at the moment, he’s also probably only one injury in the halves or back-row away from being an 80 minute player who averages 60 odd.

For that reason, maybe he’s a sneaky cash in option? Probably worth waiting till he actually starts, but worth some thought.

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Friday, 7.55pm, McDonald Jones Stadium, Newcastle

Knights: 1. Kalyn Ponga 2. Edrick Lee 3. Dane Gagai 4. Enari Tuala 5. Hymel Hunt 6. Anthony Milford 7. Adam Clune 8. David Klemmer 9. Jayden Brailey 10. Daniel Saifiti 11. Tyson Frizell 12. Lachlan Fitzgibbon 13. Mitchell Barnett

Bench: 14. Kurt Mann 15. Jacob Saifiti 16. Pasami Saulo 17. Brodie Jones

Reserves: 18. Leo Thompson 19. Phoenix Crossland 20. Tex Hoy 21. Dominic Young 22. Jake Clifford

Analysis: Very little interest at the Knights, you can pretty well move on any players you may have.

Following his Origin heroics, Kalyn Ponga may be a super POD at effectively 0% ownership, priced at a very cheap $490k.

It’s obviously a huge risk, but we know he can go very big, and the Knights do have a very nice run home with games against the injury hit Roosters, Dogs, Tigers, Broncos, Raiders, Titans and Sharks.

Perhaps one for the thrill-seekers.

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Roosters: 1. James Tedesco 2. Daniel Tupou 3. Paul Momirovski 4. Joseph Manu 5. Joseph Suaalii 6. Luke Keary 7. Sam Walker 8. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves 9. Sam Verrills 10. Matthew Lodge 11. Angus Crichton 12. Nat Butcher 13. Victor Radley

Bench: 14. Connor Watson 15. Egan Butcher 16. Drew Hutchison 17. Terrell May

Reserves: 18. Lachlan Lam 19. Naufahu Whyte 20. Adam Keighran 21. Ben Thomas 22. Kevin Naiqama

Analysis: Joey Manu is at $800k with a -9 breakeven, so it may be now or never for non-owners. At fullback or 5/8 he’s arguably the best player in SuperCoach, at centre his input is far more limited, so there is a case to go without when playing there (based on forking out the monster price tag).

With a season average of 75 and five round average of 83, I think James Tedesco is probably the best replacement for Papenhuyzen, taking into account Latrell Mitchell and South Sydney have a very tough draw.

As good as Joseph Suaalii is, it’s hard to argue he’s a hold over someone like Manu, To’o or Garrick, so it’s probably time to move him on.

Angus Crichton is a season-long hold, and the injury to Sitili Tupouniua should all but assure his 80 minute role for the rest of the season. How he has failed to score a try this season is pretty incredible.

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Saturday, 3pm, GIO Stadium, Canberra

Raiders: 1. Xavier Savage 2. Nick Cotric 3. Matthew Timoko 4. Sebastian Kris 5. Albert Hopoate 6. Jack Wighton 7. Jamal Fogarty 8. Josh Papali’i 9. Zac Woolford 10. Joseph Tapine 11. Hudson Young 12. Elliott Whitehead 13. Adam Elliott

Bench: 14. Tom Starling 15. Ryan Sutton 16. Emre Guler 17. Corey Harawira-Naera

Reserves: 18. Adrian Trevilyan 19. Elijah Anderson 20. Brad Schneider 21. Ata Mariota 22. Peter Hola

Analysis: With a five round average of 85 points per game, Joe Tapine is a man on a mission.

He doesn’t have a century to his name this season which shows his remarkable consistency, so he’s not killing non-owners as such, but it is a hard watch.

Adam Elliott has a five round average of 81 points per game and remains an indefinite hold for the time being.

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Warriors: 1. Chanel Harris-Tavita 2. Dallin Watene-Zelezniak 3. Jesse Arthars 4. Adam Pompey 5. Marcelo Montoya 6. Daejarn Asi 7. Shaun Johnson 8. Addin Fonua-Blake 9. Wayde Egan 10. Tohu Harris 11. Euan Aitken 12. Josh Curran 13. Jazz Tevaga

Bench: 14. Reece Walsh 15. Bunty Afoa 16. Aaron Pene 17. Jack Murchie

Reserves: 18. Eliesa Katoa 20. Edward Kosi 21. Ronald Volkman 22. Freddy Lussick 23. Jackson Frei

Analysis: No interest at the Warriors for me, although it is worth shouting out a vintage Tohu Harris performance with a try-assist, 41 tackles and 16 runs for 96 points against the Eels.

If I owned any of their players, including Euan Aitken, I’d be moving them on.

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Saturday, 5.30pm, BlueBet Stadium, Penrith

Panthers: 1. Dylan Edwards 2. Taylan May 3. Izack Tago 4. Stephen Crichton 5. Brian To’o 6. Jarome Luai 7. Nathan Cleary 8. Moses Leota 9. Apisai Koroisau 10. James Fisher-Harris 11. Viliame Kikau 12. Liam Martin 13. Isaah Yeo

Bench: 14. Mitch Kenny 15. Scott Sorensen 16. Matt Eisenhuth 17. Jaeman Salmon

Reserves: 18. Charlie Staines 19. Spencer Leniu 20. Chris Smith 21. Sunia Turuva 22. Sean O’Sullivan

Analysis: Taylan May is the seventh most sold player this week. I understand there are CTW options going huge, and he only has the one tonne this season, but he’s a gun in the best team in the competition, on arguably the best attacking edge in the game.

He’s averaging 66 points per game, and gets a fired up full-strength Penrith side around him this week.

He was averaging 70+ prior to the Origin period which Penrith managed their side through.

Now rested up, they’ll come home like a steam train and May will have three digit scores to come.

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Viliame Kikau tonned again and remains a great buy with a five round average of 78 and huge upside.

He’s owned by approximately a third of top ranked SuperCoaches.

As good as Api Koroisau is, I’d look to turn him into Harry Grant as soon as possible.

I’m also holding Izack Tago and playing on match up on the run home. He’s returned the faith with back-to-back 80s.

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Sharks: . Will Kennedy 2. Connor Tracey 3. Jesse Ramien 4. Siosifa Talakai 5. Ronaldo Mulitalo 6. Matt Moylan 7. Nicho Hynes 8. Toby Rudolf 9. Blayke Brailey 10. Royce Hunt 11. Briton Nikora 12. Wade Graham 13. Dale Finucane

Bench: 14. Teig Wilton 15. Cameron McInnes 16. Braden Hamlin-Uele 17. Andrew Fifita

Reserves: 18. Braydon Trindall 19. Aiden Tolman 20. Kade Dykes 21. Jesse Colquhoun 22. Matt Ikuvalu

Analysis: I’d be looking to sit my Cronulla players, probably outside of Nicho Hynes, with a brutal match up at Penrith this week.

That includes Siosifa Talakai, Ronaldo Mulitalo and even the in-form Jesse Ramien. Of course this is only for sides with enough depth to do so, it’s not always that simple.

After this week, Cronulla have a brilliant run home against the Rabbitohs, Dragons, Tigers, Sea Eagles, Bulldogs and Knights.

We can look to lock in a few of their contingent from next week. Ramien does have a -24 breakeven, so anyone wanting him as a POD for the run home may have to go this week.

Sione Katoa will miss the season in a big blow for the Sharks and his SuperCoach owners. He’s owned by 9% of the top 100 and 7% top 1,000.

His wing replacement Connor Tracey will be an interesting watch in coming weeks.

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Saturday, 7.35pm, Accor Stadium, Sydney

Rabbitohs: 1. Latrell Mitchell 2. Alex Johnston 3. Jed Cartwright 4. Isaiah Tass 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. Kodi Nikorima 15. Davvy Moale 16. Siliva Havili 17. Thomas Burgess

Reserves: 18. Daniel Suluka-Fifita 19. Josh Mansour 20. Richard Kennar 21. Ben Lovett 22. Blake Taaffe

Analysis: South Sydney have a horrific run home against the Storm, Sharks, Warriors, Eels, Panthers, Cowboys and Roosters.

For this reason, I’m not overly keen on a lot of their players, particularly attackers.

Latrell Mitchell looks the logical Papenhuyzen replacement. While I don’t doubt that he’s fixture proof in a good side, I’m not entirely convinced the Rabbitohs have turned a corner following a few soft wins, so how much opportunity will he get against harder opposition?

That being said, I’ll still likely recruit at the fear of not owning him, it’d be a hard watch.

However, due to the run I’ll avoid the in-form Alex Johnston, and I’m also not against selling Cody Walker who also is playing himself into some form.

Cam Murray is certainly on my radar, I’d like give him a week though due to a tough Melbourne clash to see how he returns from his nasty Origin concussion, but I may need to go early.

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Storm: 1. Nick Meaney 2. Dean Ieremia 3. Marion Seve 4. Justin Olam 5. Tyran Wishart 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. Grant Anderson 15. Tui Kamikamica 16. Alec MacDonald 17. Jordan Grant

Reserves: 18. Chris Lewis 19. Cooper Johns 20. Young Tonumaipea 21. Tom Eisenhuth 22. Sualauvi Faalogo

Analysis: Nick Meaney averages 69 at fullback this season and will take up the goal-kicking duties in the absence of Papenhuyzen. He’s a super POD available at CTW and worth thought.

Cameron Munster and Harry Grant are both must-haves and should be high priority trade targets.

While I appreciate there’s a lot of great trade targets this week (including moving on Papy at fullback), I was very surprised to see Grant just the 10th most traded in at the time of writing.

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Sunday, 2pm, CommBank Stadium, Sydney

Bulldogs: 1. Jake Averillo 2. Jacob Kiraz 3. Declan Casey 4. Braidon Burns 5. Josh Addo-Carr 6. Matt Burton 7. Kyle Flanagan 8. Max King 9. Jeremy Marshall-King 10. Paul Vaughan 11. Josh Jackson 12. Corey Waddell 13. Tevita Pangai Junior

Bench: 14. Zach Dockar-Clay 15. Kurtis Morrin 16. Joe Stimson 17. Raymond Faitala-Mariner

Reserves: 19. Aaron Schoupp 20. Matt Dufty 21. Bailey Biondi-Odo 22. Jackson Topine 23. Chris Patolo

Analysis: No interest at the Bulldogs for me. Jacob Kiraz and Max King can likely be upgraded as soon as possible.

In my situation, King is my only decent back-up to Papali’i and Taumalolo, so while he’s scoring well I’ll hold with his handy dual positioning, but ideally I do think he’s a trade.

With a five round average of 73, Matt Burton is in serious form and looms as a POD for the run home at the resurgent Bulldogs, but not for me.

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Titans: 1. AJ Brimson 2. Sosefo Fifita 3. Phillip Sami 4. Patrick Herbert 5. Corey Thompson 6. Tanah Boyd 7. Toby Sexton 8. Moeaki Fotuaika 9. Aaron Booth 10. Isaac Liu 11. David Fifita 12. Beau Fermor 13. Tino Fa’asuamaleaui

Bench: 14. Erin Clark 15. Jaimin Jolliffe 16. Herman Ese’ese 17. Jayden Campbell

Reserves: 18. Sam McIntyre 19. Kevin Proctor 20. Paul Turner 21. Brian Kelly 22. Alofiana Khan-Pereira

Analysis: David Fifita returned to the starting side with a bang, scoring a seemingly effortless 75 points in 80 minutes, with a very healthy 49 in base.

He has the biggest ceiling in SuperCoach of any forward, so he could go ballistic at anytime.

With a swagger of great purchases this week, he may have to wait, but have him in your plans in coming rounds.

No interest elsewhere at the Titans.

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Sunday, 4.05pm, QCB Stadium, Townsville

Cowboys: 1. Scott Drinkwater 2. Kyle Feldt 3. Valentine Holmes 4. Peta Hiku 5. Murray Taulagi 6. Tom Dearden 7. Chad Townsend 8. Coen Hess 9. Reece Robson 10. Luciano Leilua 11. Tom Gilbert 12. Jeremiah Nanai 13. Jason Taumalolo

Bench: 14. Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow 15. Jake Granville 16. Jamayne Taunoa-Brown 17. Griffin Neame

Reserves: 18. Connelly Lemuelu 19. Brendan Elliot 20. Riley Price 21. Tomas Chester 22. Taniela Sadrugu

Analysis: The Cowboys do interest me with a very friendly run home against the Tigers, Dragons, Bulldogs, Roosters, Warriors, Rabbitohs and Panthers (potential restings).

Scott Drinkwater is a serious option at an affordable $601k with an average of 71 points.

Reece Robson is a hold for now, however it should be noted that prior to last week’s disappointing 42, he’d scored in five of his last six games.

He is basing 46 per game which is good, and he’ll benefit tremendously as the Cowboys welcome back a stack of stars across the next few rounds.

With a three round average of 83 points, Valentine Holmes becomes a great POD at just 1% ownership of the top 100-10,000 overall ranked SuperCoach teams.

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Tigers: 1. Daine Laurie 2. Brent Naden 3. Starford To’a 4. Asu Kepaoa 5. Ken Maumalo 6. Adam Doueihi 7. Luke Brooks 8. James Tamou 9. Fa’amanu Brown 10. Joe Ofahengaue 11. Luke Garner 12. Kelma Tuilagi 13. Jackson Hastings

Bench: 14. Fonua Pole 15. Zane Musgrove 16. Alex Seyfarth 17. Tyrone Peachey

Reserves: 18. Austin Dias 19. Jock Madden 20. Justin Matamua 21. James Roberts 22. David Nofoaluma

Analysis: No major interest at the Tigers for me, Joe Ofahengaue continues to score well and remains a hold for now, but his minutes did drop substantially to 56 against the Panthers.

If this continues with the Jackson Hastings lock experiment, he may be a trade, but hardly an issue just yet.

Adam Doueihi looked outstanding, but I’m not sure the Tigers will produce enough points to warrant trading him in as a POD.

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