The SuperCoach lottery rolls around for another week as the injury crisis gripping the competition continues!
I’ve had a reasonable year dodging a lot of the bad luck (excluding my own team’s NRL fortunes) but this week the train derailed and sent me tumbling from 600th to 719th. Not a disaster but definitely a slipup. Lolo, SJ, Koro, BKelly, Ponga, Captain Teddy – all had a pretty down week for a number of reasons and stung me a bit. And my call on Nathan Cleary having a down week was way off the mark! The guy just can’t go quiet.
Latrell, Murray and Cook owners as well are cheering after hanging on despite some quiet scores rolling around in their averages against some weaker opposition over the last few rounds. No one could have seen their demolition of Manly coming this week, but what a game it would have been to own some Bunnies!
While the injuries are piling up, it is meaning that we could be seeing some absolute PODs in sides in the run home as opposed to the very generic guns/nuffs sides we tend to see in the back straight. There are quite a few putting their hand up for a run. Mitch Barnett for Taumalolo, anyone? Loving the openness of this year! Will Hopoate has come back and killed it in his first game back to put himself right back into contention for that 4th/5th CTW spot. Cam Smith is back this week (supposedly). Munster back soon. Crichton back soon (supposedly). Matto was well and truly back this week. Haas will be back in a week. Turbo might be a little further away than first thought but could be a huge pickup in the run home. It’s all happening!
This year’s weekly roundup will be the streamlined version we closed the year out with in 2019, focusing on the Top 5:
- Rockers– the ‘SuperCoach-relevant’ players who killed it
- Floppers – the ‘SuperCoach-relevant’ players who killed your week
- Shockers – the left-field players who will no doubt be high on the list of trade-ins the next round and prime candidates for SC players chasing last week’s points!
As a bonus addition this year, I’ll also include my Trade Fail of the Week. It’s a great feature to use with your SuperCoach Gold subscription – you can see who SuperCoach players are trading in and out and who they’re trading for. There’s always some absolute headscratchers and this week is no exception.
JT’S TRADE FAIL OF THE WEEK
Has to be the 12 cash-chasers who traded out Latrell Mitchell right before his trademark one big game each month for cheapie Bulldog Matt Dorey who was comfortably outscored by 100+ points. Oof.
1. Latrell Mitchell – 141. What a massive POD play it has been for those who’ve hung onto Latrell over the last few months. Just 13% ownership in the top 10k and would have been a huge pointscoring combination if you also own Josh Mansour. Two tries, three try assists…and all from just 9 runs all game. 9! Some would call this laziness, others would call it efficiency. Classic Latrell. In fairness, if you overlook his typical rollercoaster scores each week, it’s these massive games which we know he can play that makes him a long-term hold. Unfortunately, every single SuperCoach is prone to a rage trade (I did this as soon as Latrell was suspended) and Latrell is an easy target. He’ll probably slip back to a low score against a much tougher opponent this coming week, but it won’t really matter if you’ve banked that 141 already.
2. Ryan Matterson – 115. Another guy who we’ve had to be patient with as he’s bided his time on the comeback trail from concussion, but showed exactly why he was a premium 2RF option all throughout this year. The BE was massive at 149 but that 8 is going to roll out of his average this week and mean that now is your last chance to nab him at a price below $600k. Lolo to Matto is going to be a very easy call for non-owners this week. Matto throwing an offload for the first try in this game was a sign of things to come with 3 more of them, a linebreak and his usual 66 points in base stats. Huge. Glad to see him back.
3. Josh Mansour – 118. It’s been the Stephen Crichton show for most of the last couple of months, with Mansauce not given too much quality ball and forced to come infield for work. It was still profitable, with a 5RA of 60 proving handy enough. But the man was absolutely due a try with just one in his past 8 games leading into this one! And sometimes when it rains, it pours. A rare double from the Sauce elevated his score from good to great and I could hear the sighs of relief from owners all over. His 7 tackle busts was also an improvement but that’s basically just Mansour base stats. Great stuff from him.
4. AJ Brimson – 90. I thought of adding Damien Cook here, but it was AJ Brimson who shone when others did not as the Titans slipped to a disappointing loss. 4 linebreaks! Not a huge amount of runs from AJ either (9 below 8m from 14 runs in total) but that was Latrell-like efficiency from him here. Scored a great try in the second half as well. It’s enough to suggest to me that the big scores we’ve seen from him (112 and 68 over the last fortnight) are not anomalies and this guy is a serious consideration for the run home. With SJ a late out this week, I made a quick call to go to AJ for the week. Now, I don’t think I can trade him back out…
5. Brett Morris – 107. Another option we’ve forgotten about. This is now his 4th ton for the year in a side that bounced back from a recent slump to put the afterburners on and streak away from a relatively tricky opponent. I thought guys like BMoz may struggle in a side with a Hutchison/Flanagan halves combination but that overlooked the fact that those two are still very handy footballers. A huge pricetag to pay but he’s only missed out on a try once since Round 4. Incredible stuff from the ageless veteran whose combination with his brother is paying huge dividends this year. If you can somehow afford him, your H2H opponents for the week will be very concerned as the year leads to a close.
1. Jarrod Croker – 39. Croker, once an absolute set-and-forget CTW option in SuperCoach, has fallen so far off the radar this year. His pricetag, upcoming opponents and the fact that ‘he’s absolutely due’ inspired a few purchases over the last few weeks but again he’s just stayed quiet out there. His only score above 60 came with a try (he’s scored two others and didn’t break 50 in either game) and his goalkicking has been decent enough this year as well with a fair few Raiders tries to convert. For whatever reason, whether it’s losing Aiden Sezer or something, it’s just not been his year.
2. Jason Taumalolo – 39. More injury carnage. Can this year just end for my Cowboys.
3. Brian Kelly – 31. “Pass the fkn ball to Kelly” – Me, every minute of this game on Saturday. For whatever reason, they just didn’t. Or when they did, Kelly was dropping it. A frustrating one to watch as I thought this game against the Raiders would suit him but not to be. I think I broke the man – had been busting tackles for fun the last two weeks but didn’t get through a single tackler in this game. Ah well. Classic points-chasing move this one but hopefully running against the Dragons edge this coming week sees some attacking stats for him. This move stings all the more because other candidates for the 4th/5th CTW spot in my side went gangbusters this week (except Talakai) – BMoz, Mansauce, Hoppa and even bloody Nic Cotric.
4. Anthony Milford – 25. Had to be here.
5. Api Koroisau – 38. 61 minutes of game time but was hobbling a bit and came off supposedly as a precautionary measure. Just the 3 runs while he was out there but missed out on the closing stages of the game where the Sharks looked tired and he could have nabbed some attacking stats, but not to be. Has still been a great hold for those that did but will have a few trades to the returning CS9 this week as a result of the possible injury and low score here.
1. Christian Welch – 87. He’s been huge for the Storm in a depleted pack – 9 offloads in the last 3 weeks!
2. Jarome Luai – 110. Another one who was an obvious tradeout target. If you happened to hang on for one more week and played him (am sure he sat on the pine for many) you were absolutely laughing.
3. Kodi Nikorima – 100. This guy is the absolute definition of rocks and diamonds. 5 games below 30 and two tons to his name. And averages in the 50s.
4. Liam Martin – 99. In a side with a lot of chefs in the kitchen, Martin’s regular 80-minute stints have led to some decent scores but on this night he was a machine, on his way to comfortably his highest score all season.
5. Mikaele Ravalawa – 115. Darius will be having nightmares about this guy for weeks. Some were talking about Pereira as being an option but Rava has snuck in over the last two weeks with a 92 and now this 115.
INJURIES & SUSPENSIONS
- Blake Green – ACL – Season
- Brandon Smith – Jaw – Season
- Moses Suli – Foot – Season
- Jason Taumalolo – PCL – 3-6 weeks
- Kenny Bromwich – Calf – 2-3 weeks
- Ryley Jacks – Hip – TBA
- Matt Ikuvalu – Foot – TBA
- Korbin Sims – Ankle – TBA
- Api Koroisau – Calf – TBA
- Paul Vaughan – Crusher – 2 weeks (taken early guilty plea)
- Moeaki Fotuaika – Crusher – 1-2 weeks
- Viliame Kikau – Dangerous Contact – 1-2 weeks
- Isaac Luke – Dangerous Contact – 1 week
- Marata Niukore – Crusher – 1-2 weeks