Pimp My Team

As we welcome in the new year with champagne, fireworks and the possibility of keyrings, it’s time for us to start tinkering with our 2019 SuperCoach sides.

Thankfully, the team at News Ltd have come to the party this year and opened up the Team Planner (for those with a SuperCoach Gold subscription) early so we have a great asset to start pulling together our respective squads. Just log into the official SuperCoach and as long as you have a subscription it will be available for you enjoy.

This post is designed for you to share your squad of the day / hour and seek feedback. To make things tick over nicely it’s a good idea to give a bit of advice yourself, no one likes a tight ass.

Enjoy!

 

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Wenin is one of the founding fathers of the NRLSCTalk website who's Tuesday Teams Analysis has been a feature post on the site for close to a decade. He also loves a good steak bet!

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    TurkeySnow
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    Today’s tinker, Cook – Egan Tpj/papali – Paseka/hass Lane/arrow/kikau – Sorensen (r), Radley (r), Murray (r) Morgan – brown Widdop – brimson (r) Nene/gutho/capwell/lomax – sivio/Mann/hopateA Barba – Allen Gives me 4 decent reserves and cover for cook, papali, arrow in rd12 Keep going back to papali and lane – thinking of papali can claim the 13 and play at least 60min is worth the risk at frf, similar of lane gets an 80min edge spot and Moses is on form could be a good 60pt scorer. Arrow I feel all he needs is to be fit and 60min +… Read more »

    Team B
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    Brave to go without Turbo or Ted! If you turn Cook into Smith/Mcinnes etc and Nene into Bird/Milne etc would that give you the cash to upgrade Allen to Ted?

    I feel the Cows could be in for a good year and Barba will link round the back with Morgan really well.

    Completely agree with your Sorensen idea, I think I might need to look at my team and find a way to get him in there. I also like your Paseka choice, with Manly’s depth he surely gets a few minutes.

    TurkeySnow
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    It is hard to start without turbo/jurbo/ted but they are so expensive plus I can see manly struggling this year. Ted May start slow. The other this is come rd 12 they will both be out with soo. Paseka I think could get decent min with lane gone and tapow/afb being the starting forwards. May be a slow burn, but to Fill the team with players likely to start rd1 he is there. I am unsure about Sutton, Napa atm Collins could be one I bring in or even host or whoever else would step in for jdb if he… Read more »

    MyYfH8sSC
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    Teddy started slow last year because he was in a new team. That won’t be happening again!

    A Flock Of Sea Eagles
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    I feel like Tedesco is overpriced. He’s priced at 74, yet he was averaging mid-60s for the majority of the season, and his average was bumped up from that 180 score in the last game. The addition of Crichton will take attacking/creative stats away from him, and no Ferguson will also affect his attacking/creative stats.

    smashheadman
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    Allen won’t play. Gi will be FB and Ajohnston to ctw. Braiden burns and mawene hiroti still in front of Allen.

    TurkeySnow
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    Where have you heard this, Allen is in line for flb, only reason gi will play flb is if they think he needs to to play soo, aj wing and if he doesn’t like it he will be gone.

    smashheadman
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    Source inside rabbiyohs. Last I he asrd GI will play FB and AJ to wing. Unless GI changes his mind I don’t think Allen will get a go. Bennet prefers a ball playing FB, most times AJ was bypassed by a cut out pass onto Jennings. AJ is more of a runner.
    Of course all things are up in the air until it happens but that’s what I’ve just been told

    A Flock Of Sea Eagles
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    I haven’t heard any talk around Allan starting at FB. Especially since Bennett isn’t the type of coach to throw a 20-year-old in at the deep end in a spine position when there are more experienced/capable players.

    Parradox
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    Mornings news has skipped over a Cronulla Sharks scandal. Any details out yet ?? Damn, as if needed a reason to tinker.

    CoG
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    Brooms and Carpets getting plenty of work but the incident 21/12 at the local sailing club is under scrutiny by club ,police and nrl .

    Brewster
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    Brewster

    They’re scandalling their way to becoming the Perth Sharks.

    CoG
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    They would still bite their supporters over there.

    Living on the edge
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    Why is everyone so obsessed with building their teams around the byes? By the time the byes come along isn’t the season already going to be halfway through where you’ll be sitting pretty for the byes, but languishing in 10,000th. Are you really going to run without a gun for that long and go with a stinky midranger instead?

    My Team
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    I have given up on bye planning this year. Every year I plan and my players either end up getting injured, suspended, make their Origin debut or change clubs.
    I am just going to save trades to use during that period

    MyYfH8sSC
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    How do you save trades? I still haven’t figured out how it’s done!

    Stilesy
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    I don’t think anyone would pick a mid-ranger over a gun just for 1 round. Bye planning to me is more a factor of choosing between guns. If they will average about the same and one plays first bye and one doesn’t, it helps the decision. Bye coverage for cheapies and middies is less relevant because you probably won’t still have them by round 12.

    MyYfH8sSC
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    Round 12 will be so hard to get 16, let alone 17, players. I have 8 at present but finding it very hard to find anywhere near 9 more. Please, no injuries!

    Stilesy
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    Between 12 and 14 players in a bye round was considered reasonable last year.

    Stilesy
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    Knights coach Nathan Brown just compared Kurt Mann to Gidley in an article on NRL.com. He said they are working to have him ready for the 9 jumper for round 1 but need to see where he is at over the next 6 weeks.

    MyYfH8sSC
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    He’s my NPR 5/8 reserve at present. Looks good if he starts!

    OnTheBus
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    Gidley was a great utility and fullback too so it might hurt him being so versatile. Wouldn’t mind seeing knights swapping fullbacks during the game Mann Watson ponga can all play hooker 58 fullback . My opinion is that would make them very dangerous using 3 different players at different times.

    What are others thoughts about shifting their spine around during games with different sets of plays ?

    I think eels kind of did abit of it with Hayne ans gutho last year ….

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    Yes. And where did they finish?
    I think the gameplan needs to be reasonably simple for the players and you run the risk of getting bitten on the a*^e if you try to be too cute. Just my opinion.

    Team B
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    Agree, you don’t want players getting lost, wondering if they are supposed to be FB, FV8 or HOK in attack. Brown will have pressure on him this year, first year for a long time the knights should make the 8 and possibly do a little damage come finals time.

    DNA
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    Still think that a good 9 takes closer to 6 years to develop than 6 months. He will have to play formula as he has no chance of playing what he sees when he has no idea of what he is looking at. Still they may find a formula that works. My supercoach concern here is that it is probable that his job will be to get the ball into the hands of someone who knows what he is doing as quick as possible.

    I am still likely to pick him if selected R1.

    smashheadman
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    Latest news is that buhrer will slot into 9. Mann will be a development player in the top 17 but not starting. This obviously isn’t gospel but Mann may not be a goer til he starts.

    Flasher
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    Pimp away!

    Radley Egan
    TPJ Vaughan Boyd(R) Haas
    Jurbo Lolo Kikau Murray(R) Stimson(R) Sorrensen(R)
    Cleary CHT
    Munster Salmon
    Cotric Gutho Capewell Lomax Mann 2x168k
    Turbo Hoppa

    A few ‘ifs’ in there, but you never know. Last (R) spot is up for grabs between a few of them!

    MyYfH8sSC
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    Hoppa is a winger, don’t waste him as a FB. He could be a Round 12 FB though.

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    Yeah not fond of hoops at FB.
    Why Boyd?

    Flasher
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    What’s wrong with a DPP fullback that switches with 2 of my CTW? He will be in everyone’s teams anyway.

    I went for Boyd because if he can somehow last for 40-45 mins he will score at about 1.1ppm hopefully. Could be a handy back up to the frf.

    rockafella
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    I was looking at Jordan Maclean .
    Av 40 last year but only a handful of games .
    Strong pack but he had some enormous ppm in some of those games and ended with a 1.1 ppm av .
    Gets 50-55 he could be a go as well.

    MyYfH8sSC
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    FB is one of your highest scoring players, a Manly winger won’t be. Don’t waste a FB spot with a winger! Put him in your CTW. He will be very handy as a FB in Rd 12 though.

    Flasher
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    He is gonna be in everyone’s team if he plays, and he provides DPP with Gutho and Cotric if anything happens to Turbo. What’s wrong with that? I am not going to be starting him in my 17.

    Brewster
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    Well said. I think I was just thinking a cow FB will make more than a centre. But meaney also isn’t bottom dollar.

    Which Boyd you on? Shannon?

    Flasher
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    Yeah, Shannon. He has always had a good ppm, so it’s about how many mins the coach wants to give him as the starting frf.

    TurkeySnow
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    I will be watching Boyd as well, problem is Wallace/James/arrow can all play big min and they have some decent young forwards coming through foteki, Boyle, hipgrave so depends if he can get 45-50min.

    Others in his range would be Sutton (raiders) and Napa.

    Flasher
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    He could be this year’s Latu lol. Probably should just stick Napa there and be done with it lol

    TurkeySnow
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    Ha and so could Napa, that’s why atm I am going for hass and Paseka

    Brewster
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    Can’t say I’d looked at him. Shall now though do some homework

    TurkeySnow
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    Concerned a little by the lolo pick at his price, with McGuire/McLean/Scott/Bolton all there. Cows forward pack is stacked.

    Flasher
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    They are stacked indeed! It is a small concern. Lolo averaged 64 mpg last year, and I don’t see how the coach can give their best player less game time though. They are paying him the big bucks to play football and not warm the pine imo. McGuire can cover Lolo for 15 giving Bolton more time. I am guessing the minutes could be McLean 45, Scott 35, McGuire 60, Lolo 65, Bolton 35. Purely guesswork on my part though.

    TurkeySnow
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    You would say McLean/McGuire and lolo start though?

    Flasher
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    I would think so. Could be the last year for Scott. Bolton hasn’t been a model student of recent times either, so probably doesn’t deserve much else.

    TurkeySnow
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    I do like Radley if he gets 60+ min at 13 but I just can’t go past cool after looking at his stats, even with bennet this year surely much doesn’t change, even if teams are aware of his scoots and runs he will still be aware to lazy tired forwards. I have to agree he is the new smith and has changed the way hok plays. So I fear it is hard to start without him, so many times last year was did you c or not c cook.

    Benny's Jets
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    afternoon all, great to be back!
    just after some prelim thoughts on this squad, fire away

    10k ITB
    Radley (Egan)
    TPJ, Taupau (Haas, Host)
    Jurbo, Arrow, Kikau (Murray*, Sorenson*, Burr)
    Cleary (DBrown)
    Widdop (Morgan*)
    Capewell, Bird, HHunt, Mann (Lomax, Xerri, AHop)
    Turbo (Barba*)

    extremely light in CTW but feel if each of them can give me between 35-50 to start i can make some decent cash to upgrade to guns/downgrade to cheapies. first attempt for the year so just getting a feel.

    A Flock Of Sea Eagles
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    Not too dissimilar to my first draft. Great picks/balance all throughout. Hunt hasn’t really crossed my mind, but he could be a great POD (with Moga’s future in doubt), especially as a cheaper alternative to Ramien.

    Stilesy
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    Jack Wighton to play 6 for the Raiders with Cotric or Abbey to fullback.

    SupercoachGodsBeNice
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    Wait what

    Stilesy
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    SupercoachGodsBeNice
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    Would love to see Cotric get an extended run at FB but for SC purposes I think they should go with Abbey there haha

    smashheadman
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    Does that make Abbey a buy? Only 200k

    SupercoachGodsBeNice
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    If Abbey is anywhere in the side he’s a buy

    MyYfH8sSC
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    Cotric at FB please!

    TugSpeedman
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    More tinkering.

    McCullough / Radley
    Pangai / Paseka
    L Bateman / Haas
    Fitz / Sorensen
    Kikau / Bird
    Murray / Host
    Morgan / CHT
    Milford / Mann
    Whitehead / Hampton
    Capewell / Lomax
    Gutherson / Hopoate
    Mansour
    Tedesco / Barba
    25k

    TurkeySnow
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    So you mean like or John? And also I am not sure on mansour. Tbh

    CoG
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    Has to be Luke in frf. Awkward layout Tug A few I don’t like but only a few

    TugSpeedman
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    Yea I stuffed up hahaha
    I was thinking that Bateman was frf and 2rf…
    Since changed back to Sutton for now.

    A Flock Of Sea Eagles
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    I can appreciate the ploy of trying to find a balance throughout your squad, but I think the players you’ve picked are far too middling: having McCullough and Radley is far too much money tied up in hooker without picking Cook; far too much money in the 2nd row without picking Jrbro – I don’t see the sense in picking Fitz; no kicking option in the halves – missing out on Cleary, Widdop, DCE etc; again, too much money tied up in CTW. I’d look to downgrade at least one of Mansour, Hampton, Whitehead, Gutho etc to upgrade in the… Read more »

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    **Unpopular opinion post**

    I’d love to see a comment from people as to something they believe for this season which may be quite unpopular to the people on this site as a whole.

    Mine would be that Arrow isn’t worth it this year and wont finish in the top 20 players for this season.

    Too many big minute players and with the titans bolstering their forward packs I can’t see Arrow getting more than 55min. Making him an avoid for me at his price.

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    You’ll either be a genius or eating your words.

    Personally I gave him first picked and he’s never left my side. I reckon he plays 65 weekly.

    He’s a bit like Lolo to the cows, they’re better when he’s on the park.

    TurkeySnow
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    Brewster I agree arrow only needs 60 min to score great. If fit is the key

    Sirlee Oldman
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    Cam Smith is done. He won’t be in the top 3 hookers this season.

    Stebbo
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    You may be able to get away with not starting with one of Cook / Teddy / Turbo. One will start well the other two won’t quite live up to expectations.

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    Have to disagree with this one. With Rein on the bench and a FRF that doesn’t play big minutes (Boyd, Fatiaki) I think that Arrow is as safe as you can get if he is healthy.

    A Flock Of Sea Eagles
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    Hard to see Arrow only maxing out at 55 mins – can’t see his minutes decreasing after a breakout season. He was the Titans best player last season, and they lost their edge whenever he was off the field. In the 10 games he played 57+ minutes, he averaged 84 ppg.

    He’s pretty much close to first picked for mine.

    Rooters
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    My unpopular opinion. Neither Radley (one of my favourite players) nor Egan will get the necessary minutes for anything but a token price bump.

    Team B
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    This is a good bit of fun. Cook to come back to the field and avg no more than 65 for the season. Kurt Mann to get the starting hooker spot and average 60+ playing similar to how Cook did last year.

    CoG
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    Maguire and Nikorima were the two best players for the Bronx last year and expect both to have a good SC year. Not spectacular but good !

    AJW
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    I reckon (like last year) – Sea Eagles, Dragons & Raiders will have huge first 4 rounds, and people will be jumping over themselves to buy players from those clubs – but will they be able to continue???
    Also, Angus Crichton to go massive & become a must have! Shame he’ll be on SOO duty!
    Not ground-breaking predictions, but after rubbing the crystal ball(s!) this is what came up! smile Then again, I could be wrong! Hahaha!

    A Flock Of Sea Eagles
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    My unpopular opinion: Teddy is overpriced due to a 180 in the last round, as prior to that he’d been hovering around the mid-60s for the majority of the season. There are potentially more runs on offer with Ferguson moving on, but Morris isn’t the finisher he is (less opportunities for creative stats), and the addition of Crichton could potentially take away from his attacking stats inside the 20.

    DNA
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    Hi all hope everyone has a good season.

    I would like to know the thinking on Napa ?

    Everyone seems to be including him, but as a perennial 40 Average player who averaged 32 last season why do we see a big improvement ?

    I can only guess that big minutes are expected at the Dogs but I cannot see how or why ?

    smashheadman
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    I see him as starting and having a bigger role to play. Can’t remember if he started at the roosters or started on the bench but he was an impact player. Maybe people see him as a slow burning cash cow

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    Used to start. Started maybe 8 games last year before being benched.

    Maybe minus woods and klemmer they’ll need an enforcer and that’s why he’s loved?

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    It’s so hard finding FRF cheapies, I think with Napa he’s just one of the picks of a bad lot. Everyone’s got Haas to, but how many minutes can we expect from him? Both should improve their scores from last yr but not expecting to much.

    SupercoachGodsBeNice
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    I don’t think Siebold will be as worried with bringing Haas along as slowly as what Bennett would’ve been doing

    I see Haas playing around 25 mins so He could average up to 30 points. Makes him a slow burn but will make good coin eventually

    Bear
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    Yeah they will be slow burners for sure. Might be an idea to go strong in FRF and look to make cash elsewhere, that strategy worked a treat last yr. With all the mud price picks at 2RF you could probably get away with it.

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    What about Paseka? Someone mentioned that he’ll probably get more minutes this year with Eagles’ pack a little thinner in depth? Just a thought. Also someone mentioned that Lindsay Collins is highly favoured over at Bondi. Dunno myself.

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    Dogs will be fighting parra to see who can get 4 points on the premiership table this year.
    Napa is just a early season hype that goes on every year.

    MyYfH8sSC
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    I’d plan a team without him for Round 1. You can guarantee the NRL are pissed off and he’ll be receiving a ban!

    MyYfH8sSC
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    Now there is a second video! He’s unstoppable. The Police are now involved. What a pre season!

    A Flock Of Sea Eagles
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    Starting/#1 prop at 290k is great value, especially since he’s one of a very few big bodies on the team, and the Dogs bench will likely contain a utility and multiple 2nd rowers – where do Elliott, Jackson, CHN, Martin, RFM all fit into the picture?

    With PPM of 0.84 in 2017 and 0.9 in 2016, there’s no reason why he can’t replicate those and get around 50-55 minutes a game, making him a stepping stone to a gun who has a slow start to the season.

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    Napa will certainly add some thrust to the pack. He is aggressive and will suit the doggy style oops
    At the price may be worth a look. I wouldnt be surprised to see Josh Jackson convert to front row this season when fully fit

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    I can see CHN playing centre , surely he didn’t go to play in a bottom team off the bench .
    Rfm Martin Jackson back row

    I had napa last year , I think he sits at 45 min for mjne

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    I agree with you DNA. I don’t understand the hype, I think Napa will be traded out very quickly without much $ gain. I’m starting without him, but likely to start with Tolman who averaged around 60 once Woods went to the Sharks