Chanel was handed the 7 jersey for seven of the last eight rounds in 2020, playing the full 80 minutes and goal-kicking.
He scored his SC points in a variety of ways to finish those seven games with an average of 65.4PPG.
Considering he is priced at a season average based on 48PPG, is he someone that could be a cut-price option in the halves or a backup half / bench player?
He tends to score in a variety of ways which give him a semi decent floor. If he could average 65PPG again over the opening weeks you would be laughing, but of course there is risk here given the small sample size.
He had 22BPG in 73MPG last season, so in the full 80 minutes you can bump this up a few. Not great, but acceptable with the goal-kicking thrown on top.
Like RTS, he’ll benefit from what should be a stronger Warriors forward pack.
I think he’s very viable for Round 1 unless a clearer HFB option emerges prior to Round 1.
*UPDATE: Wayde Egan was injured in the pre-season trial, meaning Tevaga will likely start at hooker in Round 1.
Jazz may well now start in Round 1 at hooker with Egan and Lawton out injured. Nathan Brown has confirmed Tohu Harris will play in the middle this season, which was a greater blow when we thought Tevaga wouldn’t spend much time at hooker, but is now less important early in the year.
The question now is how many minutes does he play and is named as a utility from the bench?
His 1.32PPM in 47MPG is sublime, so if he can bump that to 60+ minutes he has to be a serious consideration.
He averaged 55MPG in 2019 and 2018, and he actually averaged substantially less points than last season.
Unless he gets 60+ minutes I think he’s just a notch below the elite back-rowers.
At hooker I expect his PPM will drop significantly with less runs and offloads, but the extra minutes will be beneficial.
At a pretty hefty price I’ll avoid and monitor his minutes/output in the opening few rounds, but I don’t mind him as a POD option to start the year.