Whitbread is far from a lock for Round 1, but he did play the majority of the back end of last season in a show of Justin Holbrook’s faith.
He scored at 1.02PPM last season and 1PPM in 2019.
He averaged just 30MPG last season, so you’d want him playing at least 40MPG to really consider despite the enticing price.
It looks unlikely he’ll get the game time, so probably not for Round 1, but there will be a close watch on his minutes in the opening rounds.
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Brimson is an intriguing prospect off the back of his stunning 2020 campaign.
On return from injury, he played the last nine games of the season to average a mammoth 73.6 points.
His first game back was against the mighty Roosters defence where he scored just 18, which makes his numbers look even better.
After that game, he had four scores over 90, including two tons, and just one score under 60 (30).
He’s a player who is in the very early stages of his career and he could be anything.
Furthermore, he’s played his career in a pretty ordinary Titans outfit who look set for plenty of improvement in 2021.
His 25BPG is only okay, but like the elite SuperCoach fullbacks he thrives in the all-important tackle-break department.
Last season he had 38 TBs at just over four per game.
A have a few concerns, one being the nature of their attack with a few new key faces in Tino and Fifita.
Ultimately it’ll help Brimson, but it can take time to get combinations, and I fear a little they’ll play plenty of their footy through Fifita on the edge.
He’s priced pretty close to his max, and he’s had a pretty horror run of injuries throughout his career.
When Tommy T is priced at almost $60k less than him, and Teddy is the other fullback option, $651k is a lot to fork out for a player returning from injury that doesn’t have the pedigree of his counterparts at this stage.
He’s a seriously massive POD to start the year, but I’ll be watching early on.
Big Tino is an interesting case heading into the season. How many minutes will he play?
You’d think anywhere from 60-70 minutes, I’d lean towards the 65 minute mark with one decent spell, but that’s far from locked in.
He averaged just 46MPG last season, scoring at an exceptional 1.23PPM.
Like last season, I don’t expect this PPM will continue when playing 60+ minutes, but even if he went at say 1-1.1PPM in 65 minutes it’d lead to a substantial increase in average and value.
He had 41 tacklebreaks in his 19 games, however he only offloaded twice.
Interestingly, he started just five games in the middle last season where his PPM was far stronger than on the edge.
He started in the middle for the final three games and scored in each of them, so playing centrally may not impact his try-scoring potential to badly, although it’s a fairly small sample size so let’s not get carried away.
The big thing for me is that he’s available as a dual position 2RF-FRF.
If he was only at 2RF I’d be a little hesitant, but at FRF I think he’s a really nice pick up.
Worst case scenario I think he makes money and can be sold to a genuine gun, best case scenario he’s a season-long keeper.