Players of Interest – Joe Ofahengaue

30, 41 and 51. No, that’s not the average scores of the Australian top order during this summer’s series against India. It’s the progression of Joe Ofahengaue’s ($481,300, FRF/2RF) (“Joe O”) SuperCoach average over the past three years.

With Josh McGuire, Sam Thaiday, Korbin Sims all leaving Brisbane, plus the injury concerns facing Tevita Pangai Junior and Matt Gillett, the time is right for Joe O to take his rightful place as the leader of the Broncos pack.

Recent Statistics:

2018 – Games: 23, PPG: 51, MPG: 50, PPM: 1.02

2017 – Games: 13, PPG: 41, MPG: 33, PPG: 1.25

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2019 Players of Interest: Read all of these here

2019 SuperCoach Club Previews: Read all of these here

A historically strong PPM has supported Joe O’s rise in the SuperCoach world as his MPG have increased over the years. In 2018, we saw the biggest spike with a massive increase of 20 MPG, but thankfully his PPM didn’t diminish too much with the middle-forward maintaining a strong rate over 1.

It wasn’t full steam ahead for the entire 2018 season with Joe O averaging just 43 PPG over the first ten weeks whilst he was coming off the bench at an average of just 43 MPG. However, from that point onwards the season turned around for him as he started in all but five of the remaining 12 matches at an average of 56 PPG at 1 PPM.

What I am most excited about is his production in games where he played over 50 minutes. In those nine games during the 2018 season, he averaged a massive 63 PPG, reflecting a 12 PPG increase on what he is priced at to start the 2019 season.

Some have highlighted that there were attacking statistics in these games (with two tries), but perhaps they’ve also overlooked the fact that his base was strong at an average of 57 BPPG.

Whilst I am not suggesting that he will match the likes of Andrew Fifita and probably even Martin Taupau (depending on the Des factor), he certainly has the realistic possibility of increasing his value to around $550k or a 60 PPG average mark. This would make him a borderline keeper for your FRF, and If he can average more than 55 MPG in 2019 he would (based on his 2018 output) produce an average BPPG of 58.

Jake Trbojevic averaged 59 BBPG in 2018. Let that sink in.

If there’s a catch, and well there’s always a catch… In the games where he started at prop last year (Rounds 19, 20 and 23) he averaged just 46 PPG at under 1 PPM. However, the Broncos pack in those games featured Sam Thaiday, Josh McGuire and Korbin Sims and those boys aren’t there in 2019. Also, in two of those games (Rounds 19 and 23) the Broncos got smashed.

A straight swap for TPJ? And let’s not forget that he’s a DPP…

Check out the rest of our Players of Interest articles below: 

Greg Inglis

Jahrome Hughes

Clint Gutherson

Brett Morris

Kurt Mann

Michael Morgan

Matt Moylan

Esan Marsters

Josh Mansour

Daniel Alvaro

Alex Twal

Tevita Pangai Junior

Kalyn Ponga 

Mitchell Moses

Joseph Manu 

Tim Lafai

Tom Trbojevic

Junior Paulo

Nick Meaney

Cameron Murray

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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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    JoeO in, TPJ in as a gamble and DFifita into my watch list for R3.