It’s the year of the fullback! Every week there’s either some massive score, injury, HIA, POD win and POD fail to talk about in this position. The Turbo/Teddy/Ponga combination is basically what everyone is working towards if they don’t have it already, but with both Teddy (HIA) and Turbo (hamstring) being derailed this week, it looks as though Ponga now stands alone for Round 7.
Not only is the trading action going to be centred around the fullback spot this week, but other popular FRF options in Carrigan (suspension) and Twal (MCL) are also throwing spanners into the works. At the same time, we’ve now got three genuine CTW cheapies who have played pretty handily for their first couple of games and loom as great trade-down options (Funa, Tabuai-Fidow, Coates). Where are those 5 trades at?? What a week it’s looming to be.
Back onto the Round 6 action, and we saw some cracking games throughout the weekend and some not-so-cracking games (particularly for fans of Queensland sides). It was a tough week to get your captaincy option right, with guys like Haas (!) going poorly, new recruit for many Cam McInnes having a quiet one and Teddy/Ponga/Turbo hitting in the 70s which was a little below par for them for various reasons. Looking around, most teams got to that 1000 mark, a lot got to 1100 and a lucky few got over the 1200+ mark. Well done to those in the latter category, this was a crazy week!
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!
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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
While Curtis Sironen is a serviceable NRL player, it’s fair to say he’s not quite on the same level as Ryan Matterson, particularly when it comes to SuperCoach. Scores of 39, 61, 113 and 29 are about par for the course in Siro’s SC career, as is the injury that kept him out of R5 action. One savvy SuperCoach saw this as a great time to bring him in for the leading 2RF pointscorer this season, Matto…Gotta love these.
1. Damien Cook – 108. It’s been a very quiet year for Cook leading up to this point. Starting the year with scores of 47 and 35 was a little worrying, and while his 3RA leading into this game post-COVID break was 66, it wasn’t really the output we were expecting from him. He’s built on those starts in a big way this week – turning his 7 runs (season high) from Round 5 into 8 here and nabbing a try and classic short-ball-at-the-line assist against the Warriors. Not the toughest opposition recently but maybe that’s the confidence booster he’s needed.
2. Sione Katoa – 111. While Lakey, Wenin and Wilf have had a start to the year to forget, all three of them were on Katoa in the last game of the round and would have been strolling into work/home offices very Conor McGregor-y this morning after this effort. 3 tries including some crazy finishes, and his move to social distance himself on the field from Josh Dugan has been working wonders these last few weeks. Good get.
3. Ryan Matterson – 91. I mentioned during the Sunday podcast that this guy is just ticking every box you want ticked for an edge 2RF. Tackles (47), busts (6), offloads (3), hitups (22 points) and just 2 missed tackles in the negative stat column. Involvement and explosiveness against any opposition – this week it was the competition favourites – is SuperCoach gold. His 3rd score in the 90s for this year – the ton has to be coming soon.
4. Harry Grant – 84. Speaks volumes about how good this guy is when a veteran of the game like Taumalolo comes out in the post-game press conference and talks specifically about Grant being a guy that will make you pay if you’re off your game. He’s 4 games into his career! Every time he ran the ball I could barely watch and I probably racked up a half century for ‘here we fkn go…’s during the evening, mostly as a result of Grant. What a talent he is – was brutalised by the Raiders forwards last week and in doubt for this one but carved up here on his way to a TS/LA, linebreak, 3 busts, forced dropout (lel) and his usual 36 tackles. Gun.
5. Cameron Munster – 105. So far, 2020 has been vintage Cam Munster. A couple of quiet games to start, a few games where he goes ballistic with his running game, a slip back to a middling score just to get everyone off his tail or make those who traded out feel better, and then back to a massive score here. Ticked just about every stat in the book but had his hands on both Storm tries including one of the crispest passes you’ll see all year to put Brenko Lee over.
1. Anthony Milford – 19. I’ve run out of superlatives.
2. Ryan Papenhuyzen – 25. This week was the time to sell given this score but if Teddy and Turbo both miss this next week, a Papenhuyzen clinic wouldn’t surprise! That’s just SuperCoach. Same for those that couldn’t get rid of Drinkwater in time this week – sometimes those calls just work out in the end…
3. Eli Katoa – 27. Troubled with an ankle injury throughout this game but did end up playing through to the end after coming off in the first half. Not his usual effective self as a result.
4. Alex Twal – 29. Horrible news for Twal and his SuperCoach owners after hobbling off in the first half. If it’s only a 3-week spell on the sidelines, maybe he could be held, but the FRF position is pretty thin at the moment so SuperCoaches might not have any option.
5. Bradman Best – 38. The tons have dried up but I didn’t see this score coming. Kurt Mann stole all the limelight! Will take a 38 from a rookie CTW but it shows how high our standards are for him so far that this can be considered a flop.
1. Daniel Saifiti – 101. Had made $125k prior to this game and another try will again see that price skyrocketing. 6% of SuperCoaches have landed a fantastic POD here.
2. Mitchell Pearce – 100. Up and down year for Pearce but this is his second ton. Risky with a capital R but another good chance at a score with terrible opposition this week as well.
3. Moses Mbye – 103. A try and two assists. Sigh. Last week it was Peta Hiku that my team made look like a superstar. This week it’ll probably be…I don’t know, Aiden Guerra.
4. Elliott Whitehead – 101. Has a horrible base stat game for an 80-minute 2RF but if you hold him in Draft like I do, these are the weeks it pays off.
5. Josh Morris – 96. Whoever said the Bulldogs must have plied the Morris twins with valium the entire time they played with them was bang on. Where the hell has this come from? Is it 2010 again?
INJURIES & SUSPENSIONS
- Alex Twal – MCL – 3-6 weeks
- Robert Jennings – hamstring – 4 weeks
- Zane Musgrove – foot. TBA.
- Young Tonumaipea – knee. TBA.
- Corey Thompson – HIA – did not return.
- Phillip Sami – Hamstring. 4 weeks.
- James Tedesco – HIA/thumb. Will have to beat 6-stage protocol assessment during week in time for Friday’s game.
- Tom Amone – ACL – possible season-ending
- Eli Katoa – ankle sprain in the first half but finished the game.
- Tom Trbojevic – hamstring – 6 weeks
- Brad Parker – HIA – did not return
- Matt Moylan – HIA – returned
- Dylan Walker – ankle – 8-12 weeks
- Jordan Pereira – 2/3 weeks high tackle
- Nathan Brown – 2 weeks high tackle
- Wayde Egan – 1/2 weeks eye gouge
- Pat Carrigan – 1/2 weeks dangerous contact
- Tom Flegler – 1 week dangerous contact