Gsus, how was round 20? Holy! We saw a couple of send-offs, a player sent straight to the judiciary, and we also saw a few upsets. Drama!
Now onto the players to consider this week as captain choices for Round 21.
An absolute try magnate, Nanai has scored the second most number of tries this year with 16. He has a three-round average of 110ppg and posted his highest score in SuperCoach of 158 points just last weekend. People could say that I’m chasing last week’s points, however, this kid is a gun, he’s a try-scoring machine. Nanai and the Cows play a much-improved Bulldogs outfit in Bundaberg on Sunday, but I believe that the Cows will prove to be to good and there is no reason why Nanai cannot continue to produce. At just 11% ownership right now, he is very much likely to be a POD captain, and nailing one of these is extremely important as we look to rise up the rankings or win our H2H finals.
Nico has been a little quiet in recent weeks, but against the Dragons, he and Cronulla are ready to have a huge one on Saturday night. Hynes played the Dragons in round 3, posting a score of 124 points and in season 2021 (round 10), he produced 182 points against the Dragons. Lock him in!
Tapine is having a breakout season in SuperCoach 2022 and is now the leading forward in the NRL. Since round 12, he has not posted a score below 73, and now has a season average of 69ppg, with five game average of 87ppg. He is up against the premiers, and the Panthers are understrength right now with Cleary and Luai out. Tapine can lead from the front again and have a big game for himself and for his team. It’s a huge game for the Raiders, they will be up for this and make a hard run to finish in the bottom half of the 8.
The Usual Suspects
Lastly, I talk about the guns most weeks, so from a captain and/or vice-captain perspective, there are plenty of decisions to weigh up. Owners could also look towards James Tedesco and Joey Manu (vs. Broncos), Harry Grant and Cameron Munster (vs. the Tits), Latrell Mitchell (vs. the Warriors) and Valentine Holmes (vs. the Bulldogs) as relatively safe Captain and Vice Captain options for the round.
Let’s change gears and move on to two players who are notable shoutouts for a pod play option for this round.
From Left Field
Maika Sivo has been very solid since coming back from an ACL injury. Averaging 60ppg for a CTW which is in the top tier for the position in SuperCoach. Sivo has a high score of 152 against Manly in season 2021, so could we see a repeat here on Friday night at 4Pines stadium? Manly is a broken, fractured team – watch the Eels put a sword through Manly, and it officially seasons over for them….
David Nofoaluma has not played since round 17 and owners could be reaping the rewards on Friday night. What a recruiting play here by the Storm. They’re astute in everything they do, and Nofo must be loving that he’s gone to a top five team instead of playing reserves for the West Tigers. We all know Nofo can find the try line and play in a quality side like the Storm. Surely his point-scoring numbers see an increase here and for the coming weeks ahead. The question is whether this former gun of SuperCoach can roll back the clock and tonne up for owners. I think he can and goes for 2+ tries against a Titan’s team in all sorts of bother and vying for the wooden spoon.
Nathan Cleary & Ryan Papenhuyzen
Yeah, not much needs to be said here, but for some reason, over 6% and 2% of all SuperCoach players currently have them listed as Captains respectively. Um, please re-think this…
Outside of this, there are no obvious candidates for the avoid category this week with the regular Captain options mostly facing soft draws. Therefore, how about this one? Josh Addo-Carr won’t score a try this week and therefore won’t produce more than 35 SuperCoach points.
Deanies Bold Selections
I am going as bad as the Knights are right now. I need to lift. I’m going to suggest a SGM for round 21. It will be Kiraz to score a try, Drinkwater to score a try, Nanai to go for 2+ tries and Holmes to score a try. Comes in at $71.00 on the TAB. Or change the Nanai selection to 1 try and it’s $21.00.
Good luck to everyone playing in head-to-head week one of the finals. Go Kelso and Matt R. My team did not cut it this season! Enjoy the football in round 21.