The last installment in our Six in Six series is here, and it is all about the fullbacks, the custodians, the SuperCoach Guns! Before I started this I was a Tommy Turbo and Teddy set and forget man, but after going through some of the other options I have now realised that there are a lot of quality fullbacks out there this year, and it could be one of the most important positions to get right, because if you get it wrong it could really set you back in the early weeks.
Edit: I have had 3 days to think about it now – I still believe the Turbo / Teddy combo is the way to go and I am locking it in! One position you do not need to worry about for the rest of the year.
The following players are dual and have not been included as they have been covered previously: Jarryd Hayne, Matt Moylan, Cody Walker, Peta Hiku, Connor Watson, Cameron Munster, Moses Mbye
The Heavy Artillery
Tom Trbojevic ($677,300, 17 avg: 76, 16 avg: 65) – played 22 games in total last year, surpassing 80 points on 10 occasions – half the time this guy is scoring 80+!! Trial form has been great as well, linking up very well with his brother and the rest of the spine. The only question mark is the price, as he is fully priced with no upside – but at the end of the year it is not the team with the highest value that wins the $50k, it is the team with the most points. I am expecting another huge year from Tommy, and I would suggest he is close to a must have. Captain option most weeks as well.
Billy Slater ($606,000, 17 avg: 68, 16 avg: 50) – after a slow start in 2017 as he returned from injury, Slater exploded from Rd7 onwards with some huge scores along the way. Injured his shoulder in the trials though, and last year was a huge career year for this guy. Both of these are red flags for mine and I don’t think he is a Rd1 option for your side, too high of a price and too many questions marks on this guy.
James Tedesco ($599,700, 17 avg: 68, 16 avg: 70) – Teddy has moved across to the Roosters this off-season, and has most pundits thinking that being in a more attacking side can only benefit his SuperCoach output. Over the past 3 years he has averaged 21 games per year, so his reliability is very good now after some dodgy early years. Likely to be included somewhere in the NSW team this year, however with the revised bye schedule this year this shouldn’t be a big deal for SuperCoaches. For me he is one of the options to partner Turbo at the back, and should have some upside this year.
Roger Tuivasa-Sheck ($533,700, 17 avg: 60, 16 avg: 54) – RTS has re-signed with the Warriors for 4 years in the last week, so his future is secure after various reports that he was going over to Rugby Union after the 2018 season. To be honest he has only had one great season, in 2015 where he averaged 77. 3 of the last 4 years he has averaged between 52 and 60, which is mediocre at best. I just can’t see him getting back to that 2015 form at the Warriors this year, whom many have predicted to finish in the bottom 4.
Matt Dufty ($490,700, 17 avg: 61) – Dufty is one that is very interesting this year, and has been garnering a lot of attention after a huge trials series. Only has 7 games of NRL experience, but in those 7 games he scored only 3 tries, so his stats are not padded by a huge volume of tries or anything. 29 tackle busts in 7 games, combined with 5 try assists and 7 line breaks are what led to the 60+ average, stats which he could realistically repeat again in 2018. He also starts the year at a 10% discount (given he only played the 7 games), so he is only priced at a 56 average to begin the year. I can easily see this guy averaging 60-65 in 2018, and is a real POD currently only owned by 4.0% of teams. Worth a punt.
Kalyn Ponga ($419,900, 17 avg: 53) – as per Dufty, Ponga starts at a 10% discount on his 2017 performance, and as such is priced at a 48 average to begin the year. There is no doubt that he will average more than 48 this year, and this could easily be 60+. very popular selection in over 25% of teams, obviously there are a lot of SuperCoaches out there pairing him with either Turbo or Teddy as their Fullback combo. I can’t see much downside with this kid and he is probably about $100k undervalued.
Cheap as Chips
Zac Lomax ($164,600) – word from the Dragons is that Lomax is a chance to grab an NRL jersey at some stage this year, but probably not for Rd1. Luckily he is available as a CTW as well so he good be a good CTW downgrade at some stage, with most of us going dual Fullback guns we won’t be looking for Fullback downgrades really this year I don’t think.