Ah, Mitchell Moses (HFB/FE, $382,800). The gift that just kept on giving in 2018. For non-owners, that is.
2018 – games played (22), Average (41), minutes per game (76), PPM (0.54)
2017– games played (24), Average (51), minutes per game (80), PPM (0.64)
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Those unfortunate enough to have climbed aboard the Moses rollercoaster at any point in season 2018, and thee were many, were treated to plenty of stalling, idling and the occasional lofty peak that made the inevitable thuds back down to earth even rougher. His horrible year was capped off with a hilarious score of -7 points courtesy of a sin-binning against the Roosters in another drubbing for the wooden spooners. It was enough to make many rubberstamp him as a ‘Never Again’ option.
Redemption, though, might not be too far away…
Throw on the aloe vera and avoid natural light for a little while and get that 2018 burn nice and healed, because Moses might just be the Round 1 POD you need to guide your SuperCoach team to the Promised Land!
With the departure of Corey Norman to the Dragons in the offseason, Moses now sees himself as the chief playmaker of his Eels side. Coupled with the loss of on-and-off field distraction Jarryd Hayne who blunted the attack enormously at times, this might just break the shackles of the 24-year old half who now has a licence to show the talent we all know he possesses, and plenty more time with the ball in hand to do so.
This year, he will likely be joined in the halves by rookie Dylan Brown if the whispers are to be believed. It means that so much of the attacking direction of this side now falls into the hands of Moses, a man playing for his contract and playing to win back the respect he had seemingly earned through guiding the Eels to the semi-finals in 2017. In many ways, he and Michael Morgan, a man I have locked into my Round 1 lineup, come into the 2019 season sharing a whole heap of similarities and a whole heap of upside. Moses, however, comes into it almost $30k cheaper.
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Could it really get any worse for the Eels in 2019? They were the worst attacking side in the competition last season by far, outside of showing the occasional glimpse that had everyone wondering why they can’t break out the magic potion more often than once every few months. This year, they’ve added superstar Blake Ferguson to their right edge which will provide plenty of scoring opportunities on Moses’ preferred side, and a fresh Clint Gutherson chiming in from fullback should see them playing with a hell of a lot more cohesion than we saw in 2018. In simple terms, more tries will also lead to more shots at goal for Moses, and more chance of him pumping out the 50PPG+ scores that will mean early value for you. If he can get anywhere close to his 2017 Parra average (Round 11-26) of 56PPG, you’re definitely in the money. Over his past two seasons, he’s averaged just over one try assist and linebreak assist every two games, which is a horribly low output for someone that can deliver a lot more.
This ones for the risk-takers who want an all-important jump on the competition that others are too afraid (or smart?) to take a stab at. Be warned: this is not a guy who goes big often. He has a career-high season average of just 56PPG. He will hit horrible scores from time-to-time, like the majority of halves in this SuperCoach caper, and float in and out of games almost at will if history tells us anything. He will make you want to delete team on those occasions. He’s probably more likely to put you 50,000th than lift you up into the Top 1k. Buuuuut… he’s never had the opportunity to be ‘the Man’ before…and who knows what this added responsibility will do to a dual-position, goalkicking half with a terrific kicking game and some handy players in the backline to link with, at a hefty discount on his past prices…
As a bystander last year, I saw the frustration and the agony the Mitchell Moses rollercoaster brought, and I don’t think I’m ready for it myself. But this SuperCoach is a funny business, and you can bet your bottom dollar there’ll be plenty of people lining up around the corner for tickets at some point during the year when we see Moses-Gun reappear.
Do you want to be the first in line?
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