Players of Interest – Junior Paulo

Junior Paulo ($407,300, FRF) had a real struggle for minutes in his 2018 season with the Raiders, dropping from the 50-60 MPG mark of previous seasons to a lowly 40 MPG, as he drifted in and out of the starting side regularly.

Recent Statistics:

2018: Games: 19, Average: 44, MPG: 40, PPM: 1.1

2017: Games: 23, Average: 52, MPG: 55, PPM: 0.95

2019 Mega Rating – B

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However, he’s likely to find more time and consistency in a move to Parramatta, whose forward stocks are in desperate need of bolstering.

Unfortunately, the SuperCoach gurus have noted this, and his price tag has been slightly inflated to a season starting price of $407k.

This puts a dent in his potential to generate handy cash in the early rounds, but he’ll have no trouble doing this if he can find a way to stay longer on the park.

With the Eels expected to carry a three-forward bench and the ageing Tim Mannah part of the prop rotation, Paulo might just have the ability to do this at his new home.

He, along with the likes of Dale Finucane and Aiden Tolman could be a great stepping stone to a gun FRF option mid-year.

What are your thoughts?

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    The Pretender
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    My main issue with Paulo is that the SC powers that be think they need to play god and inflate prices based on expection. I understand why they may lower players who didnt meet a games played criteria, but why on earth did they think that adding to players price was a good idea. It is hard enough to find value differentiators without them being stolen away from us.

    Canary Yellow
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    Yeah I don’t agree with that either.

    Bear
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    Is his price inflated?. Had a 43.5 av last year, priced with a BE of 46 & priced between Soliola (av of 44.8 last year) and Twal (average of 43 last year). This seems like common pricing when compared to others. Take a player like Tedesco, av 73.6 and priced with a BE of 78.

    Bear
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    A better example would be Kaysa Pritchard who saw the same av as Paulo. Paulo is priced $300 more, but they have probably included a few decimals in the av to get to that price, not just the one. Paulos price isn’t inflated.

    A Flock Of Sea Eagles
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    All you need to do is filter the average and you can see that his price isn’t inflated.

    Which brings me to the point of, they’re having a laugh pricing Moga 130k above last season’s average.

    Bear
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    Mogas more of a tricky one. Av 52 in 2017 and only played 4 games last year for his 23 av. Players coming off a short year are always difficult to price so I think they take the year before scores into account too. Otherwise Drinkwater could be priced at a 67 av, lucky he’s not.

    A Flock Of Sea Eagles
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    Drinkwater’s a little different because he only played one game.

    I think they make it up as they go along. Bird played eight games last season (which is more than enough as a qualifier – J.Saifiti played eight games too and he’s priced accordingly), yet he’s priced 80k above his average.

    Bear
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    8 games is a lot more to gauge an av then Mogas 4. Players in the past who have played 4 or less games in a season have been priced the same way as Moga.

    A Flock Of Sea Eagles
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    Gillett played five games last season for a 51 average, and he’s priced 50k below his average (this is the same player who averaged 66 in 2017), and yet Moga is overpriced by 130k playing four games (52 avg in 2017).

    Like I said, they make it up as they go along.

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    And another example: Sironen played four games last season (the exact same as Moga), and yet he’s 100k underpriced.

    Moga – four games in 2018 (52 avg in 2017) – 130k overpriced this season
    Sironen – four games in 2018 (56 avg in 2017) – 100k underpriced this season.

    TurkeySnow
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    Yeah don’t understand the drink water pricing, he only played 1 game and players prices don’t change until 3rd game, could likely score 2 games of 15 and 20 this year after we have all said he is a must have after claiming the flb spot rd1!

    Catfish
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    Bird they’ve come out and said has been arbitrarily priced higher. Moga I’m not sure about but I guess he’s been given the Jack Bird treatment too.

    The rest of the guys get discounts for playing less than 7 games (like Gillett).

    Catfish
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    Why is Paulo inflated? He’s priced at his average?

    OnTheBus
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    It was only a trial against reserve graders but that first half was impressive , the question is how he plays when brown is in the team . The panthers game should give us more info imo.

    TurkeySnow
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    I am concerned for both Brown and Lane, I want to start with Lane if outside Moses and getting 60-65min, would have moved to get a starting edge spot and looks fit, but didn’t do much in that trial.

    However how will he effect Paulo if the rook edge is on bench, does he spell lane who can play middle as well? Does Brown get spelled when like arrow/jurbo is the heart of Eels side?? Does Alvaro loose min or become a no go, with some considering him??

    TurkeySnow
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    Can I just ask how does SC get to just change a players price based of what may happen? Have read this in two or three articles now??

    Bear
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    They can’t, unless a player came from SuperLeague or had an interupted season the year before. As discussed above, they haven’t changed Paulos price, I don’t know where the idea that they did came from. I think it was mentioned in the megaguide & taken as gospel.

    zen
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    I believe teams should use guys like Fifita & Taupau as a bench mark for their sides just like supercoach.
    In Paulos case,in 2017 was playing only on occassions 60 mins scoring 60 plus points.

    I hope Parra start with, 1 utility & 3 forwards on the bench(includes Mannah.) If so,lets hope Paulo can get those 60 mins weekly with this bench rotation.

    Only tlt will helps us here.