Players of Interest – Mitchell Moses

Ah, Mitchell Moses (HFB/FE, $382,800). The gift that just kept on giving in 2018. For non-owners, that is.

Recent Statistics

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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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 

Justin

North Queenslander born and bred, Justin is also very much a Cowboys tragic. Rumours have it that his first born son will be named Thurston.

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TheLaneTrain
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My gut call is he averages 55+ this season. The team is his and he has some real attacking weapons outside him in Lane and Fergo. Forward pack has significantly improved as well with Paulo and a hooker who isn’t made of glass.

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I think 55+ is a stretch. But can’t see him and the eels being as woeful as last season, having said that I owned him from rounds 1 to 2 last year and he got a permanent cross after he went 134, 10, 18, -7 to finish the year off, burning everyone that risked him as a hail mary POD

BT
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I think with the potential cows available in halves, you’d have to play him in your starting 13. Who’s prepared to do that?? Morgan the much safer option in that price range.

Big risk…

A Flock Of Sea Eagles
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Morgan’s certainly safer, but Moses has more upside.

In the seven games he had the kicking duties for the Eels in 2017 he averaged 70 points (including three tons). The Eels were the worst attacking team last season and Moses had a year to forget, the only direction is up for him, and with taking on more responsibility with the departure of Norman, there’s hope he can replicate what we saw near the end of the 2017 season.

Hopefully, I haven’t talked myself into getting him.

BT
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Definitely can see the upside. I’m just not prepared to play him in my 13 from the outset. Maybe if the expected cows don’t eventuate (but I think they will in the halves), i’d have him as a mid-range bounce back candidate.

Another one of these calculated risks that could pay off for their owners. Props if you get on and it works!

A Flock Of Sea Eagles
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I’m praying that Clifford gets named so I can go with him, to stop me from doing the unthinkable and downgrading Cleary to Moses.

DCE2011
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DCE2011

Great write-up, Justin. He’s certainly one of SC’s more polarising players. You’d think he’d be good for 50-60 PPG with the goal-kicking and playmaker duties, but I’m still hesitant. Make or break year for Moses in the NRL.

OnTheBus
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He has been In & out of my team , I have gone really cold on him only because i cant see any improvement in the eels this season . It comes down to brown and keighran , if they both getting selected then moses misses out

Canary Yellow
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Canary Yellow

Nice try, but I ain’t falling for that again. Cleary and Ponga for me.

FBK
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FBK

Good write up, he’s actually in over Brown as 2nd 5/8 for me at the moment, will be a solid Reserve each week pending form. Reports I’ve seen from training says he’s looked sharp

MadeInHolland
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I think (hope) he will improve dramatically on last season. I won’t have him anywhere near my team after last year but I’m hoping he can put Lane over for a couple tries and keep fergo relevant this season so I can bring him in for rd 12. I can see him either averaging 60 this season or 40 no inbetween.

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Excellent write-up JT.

30k cheaper than Morgo. Will be the chief playmaker like Morgo. Kicks goals unlike Morgo. At this stage I’m still going Morgo but lots to consider with Moses

SupercoachGodsBeNice
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At some point before Rd 12 when the NZ half has peaked I’m sure he’ll enter my thoughts

As someone who hasn’t owned him for very long in the past I’m not as snake bitten as others but there’s no way I could have him to start the season