With not much going right at the Eels last year, Daniel Alvaro was one of the few shining lights. So we thought it would be only fair to return the favour and shine a light on him as our next Player of Interest. Alvaro has been a consistent PPM machine for the past four years and saw a fairly big increase in minutes last year.
2018: Games played: 19, Average: 55, PPG, MMP: 46, PPM: 1.2
2017: Games played: 23, Average: 46 PPG, MPG: 37, PPM: 1.23
Based on the projected round 1 team, the Eels pack lacks some real depth. The starting front-row will include the likes of Alvaro and new recruit, Joseph Paulo, whilst in the back-row should see Manu Ma’u and Shaun Lane be joined by Nathan Brown at lock. With the bench to include Will Smith, Marata Niukore, Tepai Moeroa and and on his last legs, Tim Mannah.
For mine, Ma’u will continue to play the full 80 minutes, with Niukore likely to spell Lane and Moeroa will to come on for Brown (10 minutes) and Alvaro (30 minutes) and cover the middle. Mannah should come on for Paulo and play 35-40 MPG.
All this could point to Alvaro playing a consistent 50 MPG at a minimum this year as the forward leader along with Brown. If he can have that as a baseline for his minutes and keep his PPM at the same rate that he’s produced over the past two years then has the potential to be a definite 60 PPG player and keeper.
At worse, he could produce solid enough scores to start the season through until at least the first bye round where he will provide cover and you can bank the cash from here on.
I’m more than keen……what’s everyone else thinking?
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