Since his emergence as a talent in 2015, Tom Trbojevic ($691,200, FLB) (“Turbo”) has averaged 65, 76 and 74 PPG from the fullback position. To put that into perspective, just three other players averaged more than 70 in 2018 and eight in 2017. He’s the only FLB to average over 70 across both seasons with James Tedesco joining him in 2018 at 74 PPG.
To put it simply, he’s in absolute rare air.
2018: Games: 22, Average: 74, MPG: 78, BPPG: 27, Evade: 23, Create: 19, Scoring: 7
2017: Games: 22, Average: 76, MPG: 79, BPPG: 31, Evade: 20, Create: 19, Scoring: 9
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Why is so bloody good?
He produces assist stats worthy of a leading playmaker with 19 in 2018 (JT produced 26), averages 4.5 tackle busts per game, 1 offload, 1 line break, and 15 hit-ups. For a fullback, those are insane numbers.
So, you’re telling me he’s a lock and we should just spend the cash from Round 1? Set and forget, baby.
Well, there’s a catch……..
Before you lock him into your side consider this – the Sea Eagles opening draw is horrendous with a meeting against five of 2018’s finalists in their first 12 games.
In particular, the stretch of games between Rounds 2 and 6 is extremely tough with games against the Roosters, Warriors (in NZ), Rabbitohs, Knights (away) and Dragons (away). And in 11 games played against top eight sides last year, Trbojevic averaged just 58 PPG. He averaged a whopping 90 PPG in 11 games against bottom eight sides.
What’s also swaying me away from Turbo for Round 1 is the emergence of potential cheapies available at FLB to partner James Tedesco, including Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad ($265.5k) Scott Drinkwater ($219k), Nick Meaney ($281.5k) and Corey Allan ($168.5k). Cash is needed if you want to start with Damien Cook or have a stacked FRF/2RF, which is looking a likely requirement at this stage. Let’s also not forget about potential breakout candidates in Matt Moylan ($483.5k) and AJ Brimson ($462k) – both of which can be used as a stepping stone to Turbo later on in the season.
For this very reason, I will be leaving Turbo out of my Round 1 side and fought for a B ranking in this years Mega Guide (I was out voted…) – what about you?
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