Before we get going I’d like to give a special shoutout to one of the regular contributors and all round good guy, Lakey (aka. Semisonic) who has welcomed his third boy into the world this week. Congrats mate!
After a tumultuous TLT last weekend, we are thankfully provided with limited surprises today.
There are several key injuries to the likes of Dylan Napa, Korbin Sims, Aaron Woods and Tom Trbojevic and suspensions to Tevita Pangai Jr and Suliasi Vunivalu – but we knew all of this in advance.
Importantly, the cops haven’t yet been called and the party carries on. So in honour of the great man and at the behest (?!) of Nick, this is for you, champ.
BRONCOS v WESTS TIGERS
7.50pm Thursday at Suncorp Stadium
Broncos: 1. Darius Boyd 2. Corey Oates 3. Kotoni Staggs 4. Jack Bird 5. Jamayne Isaako 6. Anthony Milford 7. Kodi Nikorima 8. Matthew Lodge 9. Andrew McCullough 10. Joe Ofahengaue 11. Alex Glenn 12. Matt Gillett 13. David Fifita
Interchange: 14. Gehamat Shibasaki 15. Jaydn Su’A 16. Thomas Flegler 17. Patrick Carrigan
Reserves: 18. Payne Haas 19. Shaun Fensom 20. James Roberts 21. Richard Kennar
The Ins & Outs: It’s a miraculous recovery from a previously diagnosed two-month achilles injury for James Roberts with the star centre named in the reserves… Payne Haas is available for selection but has missed the cut behind fellow youngster, Patrick Carrigan. David Fifita comes into the starting side for the suspended Tevita Pangai Jr.
Wenins’ Analysis: The Broncos are in a world of pain on and off the field. They only have one player with a current three-round SuperCoach average over 60 and he, Tevita Pangai Jr, is not playing this weekend through suspension. The next best is Jack Bird at just under 60 PPG. Bird has been quite the value selection this year with a season average of 55.5 PPG and is currently second in the NRL for total line-break assists. The suspension of Pangai Jr through to R7 has opened the door for Patrick Carrigan, who has been selected ahead of Payne Haas. His spot in the side is likely just until Pangai Jr returns in three weeks. In his first game for the season on the edge for the 2019 season, Matt Gillett produced 52 base points in 80 minutes and thanks to a few attacking statistics, including a try, nudged over the 80 point mark. He’s a player to watch priced under $450k.
Tigers: 1. Moses Mbye 2. Mahe Fonua 3. Robert Jennings 4. Esan Marsters 5. Corey Thompson 6. Josh Reynolds 7. Luke Brooks 8. Russell Packer 9. Robbie Farah 10. Alex Twal 11. Ryan Matterson 12. Luke Garner 13. Josh Aloiai
Interchange: 14. Ben Matulino 15. Thomas Mikaele 16. Matthew Eisenhuth 17. Michael Chee-Kam
Reserves: 18. Paul Momirovski 19. Elijah Taylor 20. David Nofoaluma 21. Chris McQueen
The Ins & Outs: Russell Packer moves from the bench to starting prop in a swap with Ben Matulino. Josh Aloiai comes into the starting 13 at the expense of Elijah Taylor who is on the reserves list.
Wenins’ Analysis: As raised in last week’s WTA, Alex Twal is a player to start to take seriously in 2019. A score of 62 points in R4 now sees him average 60.3 PPG this season and with the majority of his points coming from base, he is possibly a cut-priced keeper for you FRF position but will be up over $500k soon. However, there are four forwards named on the bench this week, so it’s a watch and see for me. The bench is also possibly not good news for Luke Garner, who will be ready to sell very soon, if not this week, with a current BE of 38. He produced just 28 points in 60 minutes last weekend, all of which were in base. Esan Marsters owners should not panic too much with his 29 point score given he missed three goals, while
TITANS v PANTHERS
6pm Friday at CBus Super Stadium
Titans: 1. Michael Gordon 2. Anthony Don 3. Tyrone Peachey 4. Brian Kelly 5. Dale Copley 6. Tyrone Roberts 7. Ashley Taylor 8. Jarrod Wallace 9. Mitch Rein 10. Ryan James 11. Kevin Proctor 12. Bryce Cartwright 13. Jai Arrow
Interchange: 14. AJ Brimson 15. Max King 16. Shannon Boyd 17. Keegan Hipgrave
Reserves: 18. Jack Stockwell 19. Phillip Sami 20. Jai Whitbread 21. Ryley Jacks
The Ins & Outs: There is only one change for the Titans (really, Garth?) with Max King coming onto the bench with Moeaki Fotuaika out suspended.
Wenins’ Analysis: Jai Arrow has scores of 50, 110, 45 and 59 for the season to date. You just can’t hand him the captain tag until his minutes increase past the 60-minute mark on a consistent basis. However, with the ability to go large as seen in Round 2, he is a solid VC option this Friday night despite the Panthers not conceding too many points to back-row forwards this year. In the words of Lesley Gore, “It’s my party, and I’ll cry if I want to, cry if I want to, cry if I want to. You would cry too if it happened to you”. FMD Carty, ’nuff said. Cannot believe that AJ Brimson remains on the bench, it’s your funeral, Garth.
Panthers: 1. Dallin Watene-Zelezniak, 2. Josh Mansour, 3. Dean Whare, 4. Waqa Blake, 5. Dylan Edwards, 6. James Maloney, 7. Nathan Cleary, 8. James Tamou, 9. Sione Katoa, 10. Reagan Campbell-Gillard, 11. Viliame Kikau 12. Isaah Yeo, 13. James Fisher-Harris.
Interchange: 14. Wayde Egan, 15. Tyrell Fuimaono, 16. Moses Letoa, 17. Hame Sele
Reserves: 18. Malakai Watene-Zelezniak, 19. Tim Grant, 20. Jarome Luai, 21. Liam Martin
The Ins & Outs: In a pretty telling statement by Ivan Clean, Dallin Watene-Zelezniak will play fullback, with Dylan Edwards named on the left wing. Tyrell Fuimano comes onto the bench in place of the injured Frank Winterstein
Wenins’ Analysis: James Fisher-Harris, he’s worth a look, he’s worth a good hard look (in the words of the immortalised Nick Kirkup). 70 points in base is simply incredible and this follows on from the only other game at lock that he played this year (Round 1) where he produced 61 base points. At just a tad over $500k, he’s another potentially underpriced keeper at the FRF/2RF position and should continue to play in the middle with Viliame Kikau and Isaah Yeo on the edges. Viliame Kikau returned for his first game of the season with a 52 point score in 77 minutes. It’s also worth noting that he should have had a try on the weekend with the NRL admitting yesterday that not only should his effort have been sent upstairs, but it should also have been awarded a try. Dagger for owners, but a good thing for us on the sidelines.
COWBOYS v STORM
7.55pm at 1300Smiles Stadium
Cowboys: 1. Te Maire Martin, 2. Nene Macdonald 3. Jordan Kahu, 4. Enari Tuala 5. Ben Hampton 6. Jake Clifford, 7. Michael Morgan 8. Matt Scott 9. Jake Granville 10. Jordan McLean 11. Gavin Cooper 12. Coen Hess 13. Josh McGuire
Interchange: 14. John Asiata 15. Corey Jensen, 16. Mitchell Dunn 17. Francis Molo
Reserves: 18. Shane Wright, 19. Justin O’Neill, 20. Kurt Baptiste, 21. Peter Hola
The Ins & Outs: Javid Bowen drops out of the side for Enari Tuala, with Ben Hampton shifting from the centres to the wing.
Wenins’ Analysis: Imagine being a Cowboys fan (hey JT)… Hot take for this week’s SC Report, they stink. However, Michael Morgan continues to do his job and earn cash with another 60+ performance in yet another home loss for the ‘other’ Queensland side. With a current BE of 10 and the Round 2 score of 24 about to fall out of his three-game average so there should be further green dollar signs on the way. Josh McGuire continues to pump out big scores in the absence of Jason Taumalolo and is a great option for the Draft format but is not a keeper for Classic.
Storm: 1. Jahrome Hughes 2. Marion Seve 3. Will Chambers 4. Curtis Scott 5. Josh Addo-Carr 6. Cameron Munster 7. Brodie Croft 8. Jesse Bromwich 9. Cameron Smith 10. Nelson Asofa-Solomona 11. Felise Kaufusi 12. Kenneath Bromwich 13. Dale Finucane.
Interchange: 14. Brandon Smith 15. Christian Welch 16. Tui Kamikamica 17. Ryan Papenhuyzen
Reserves: 18. Billy Walters 19. Patrick Kaufusi 20. Albert Vete 21. Sandor Earl
The Ins & Outs: Suliasi Vunivalu is out suspended, which sees Marion Seve shift from the centres to the wing, while Will Chambers also moves to the centres with star winger Josh Addo-Carr back into the starting side.
Wenins’ Analysis: Is the future Immortal back? Cameron Smith has produced back-to-back scores of 60+ and has surely reestablished himself as a keeper for the HOK position. However, he continues to rely on attacking statistics with his base production hovering around 40 BPPG. Tui Kamikamica scored a try against the Bulldogs to finish with 61 points from 26 minutes. Owners will be breathing a big sigh of relief as the Storm bench forward was on the brink of becoming a member of the 5 Simonsson Star rank. With a current BE of -10 he is a hold for now. Jahrome Hughes has not scored over 50 points since Round 1 and is verging on becoming a sell candidate.
RABBITOHS v WARRIORS
3pm at Sunshine Coast Stadium
Rabbitohs: 1. Alex Johnston 2. Corey Allen 3. Kyle Turner 4. Dane Gagai 5. Campbell Graham 6. Cody Walker 7. Adam Reynolds 8. George Burgess 9. Damien Cook 10. Tom Burgess 11. John Sutton 12. Sam Burgess 13. Cameron Murray
Interchange: 14. Tevita Tatola 15. Mark Nicholls 16. Ethan Lowe 17. Liam Knight
Reserves: 18. Connor Tracey 19. Bayley Sironen 20. Rhys Kennedy 21. Jacob Gagan
The Ins & Outs: Kyle Turner has been named to start in the centres with Jacob Gagan in the reserves and required to meet HIA protocols before possibly taking his place. Liam Knight takes Turner’s place on the bench, while George Burgess comes into the starting side and Tevita Tatola moves back to the bench.
Wenins’ Analysis: Cameron Murray was certainly a player that I was considering to sell in order to accommodate Tom Trbojevic. However, as they say, a week is a long time in football. Murray was outstanding against the Sea Eagles with 81 points in 65 minutes, while Trbojevic is now facing up to two months on the sidelines with a reoccurrence of a hamstring injury that kept him out of the opening two rounds. My concerns with Murray, and still are, the reduced minutes and reliance on attacking statistics to push him over the 60 PPG mark. But with 66 base points on the weekend, let’s hope that this is a sign of things to come for Murray. Here’s an unpopular SuperCoach opinion for the week, Sam Burgess is not a ‘must have’ for your side in 2019. He’s scored four tries in five games and that will dry up. Without them, he’s not more than a 50-55 PPG player. At $640k, there a far better options to spend your cash on.
Warriors: 1 Roger Tuivasa-Sheck (c) 2 David Fusitu’a 3 Peta Hiku 4 Solomone Kata 5 Ken Maumalo 6 Chanel Harris-Tavita 7 Blake Green 8 Agnatius Paasi 9 Karl Lawton 10 Leeson Ah Mau 11 Adam Blair 12 Tohu Harris 13 Lachlan Burr
Interchange: 14 Jazz Tevaga 15 Isaiah Papali’i 16 Bunty Afoa 17 Sam Lisone
Reserves: 18 Ligi Sao 20 Gerard Beale 21 Adam Keighran 22 Issac Luke
The Ins & Outs: Sam Lisone returns from suspension, seeing Ligi Sao relegated to the reserves. Adam Blair comes into the starting side with Isaiah Papali’i dropping to the bench.
Wenins’ Analysis: Cometh the hour, cometh the man. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck has stepped up to fill the Turbo sized void at the FB position with the Warriors captain averaging close to 80 PPG this season. If you watched the game against the Titans last weekend then you would agree that he’s super attractive at this stage. Unfortunately, the Warriors miss the first bye round so if you have both he and James Tedesco then you’re guaranteed a doughnut in that position in Round 12. If Round 4 was anything to go off then Adam Keighran won’t be rejoining the first-grade side any time soon. Chanel Harris-Tavita was very, very good and the Warriors also weren’t too bad (but, it was just the Titans…). A 79 point debut score sees Harris-Tavita with the real possibility of a big price rise after Round 7, but we said the same thing after Keighran’s 87 point score in Round 1. Isaiah Papali’i owners will be starting to get very frustrated with the backrower dropped back to the bench this week, while Lachlan Burr owners will have a smile on their face with the ex-Titan named to start at lock once again.
KNIGHTS v SEA EAGLES
5.30pm at McDonald Jones Stadium
Knights: 1. Kalyn Ponga, 2. Edrick Lee, 3. Hymel Hunt, 4. Jesse Ramien, 5. Shaun Kenny-Dowall, 6.Mason Lino, 7. Mitchell Pearce, 8. David Klemmer, 9. Danny Levi, 10.James Gavet, 11. Lachlan Fitzgibbon, 12. Sione Mata’utia, 13. Tim Glasby
Interchange: 14. Kurt Mann, 15. Aidan Guerra, 16. Daniel Saifiti, 17. Mitchell Barnett
Reserves: 18. Josh King, 19. Connor Watson, 20. Herman Ese’ese, 21. Tautau Moga
The Ins & Outs: James Gavet returns from injury at prop, with Tim Glasby shifting back to lock and Mitch Barnett dropping back to the bench. Josh King has been omitted.
Wenins’ Analysis: Are there any Kalyn Ponga to five-eighth truthers still out there? Yeah nah. First game back in the #1 jersey for the season and its the Ponga of old with 88 points and a hand in both of the Knights tries. It’s just a shame that his halves partner played like he had a blue jersey on. For those looking to captain Ponga this weekend, the Sea Eagles have conceded the third fewest amount of points to FB’s this year. Is Lachlan Fitzgibbon back or am I just trying to make myself feel better for holding onto him this long? He produced 54 base points on Sunday night, which followed on from 47 base points in Round 3. Attacking statistics are surely just around the corner. If there was any doubt of David Klemmer being a FRF keeper in 2019 then these were completely squashed on the weekend with 78 points in 67 minutes, including 74 base points. He has now averaged 65 BPPG for the season which sees him ranked 1st overall, just ahead of Paul Vaughan with 62 BPPG. He’s still relatively cheap at $520k when you consider that Sam Burgess is $120k more. The only downside is that the Knights miss the Round 12 bye and he will likely be on NSW duties.
Sea Eagles: 1. Brendan Elliot, 2. Jorge Taufua, 3. Moses Suli, 4. Brad Parker, 5. Reuben Garrick, 6. Kane Elgey, 7. Daly Cherry-Evans (C), 8. Addin Fonua-Blake, 9. Api Koroisau, 10. Martin Taupau, 11. Joel Thompson, 12. Curtis Sironen, 13. Jake Trbojevic.
Interchange: 14. Manase Fainu, 15. Jack Gosiewski, 16. Corey Waddell, 17. Toafofoa Sipley
Reserves: 18. Trent Hodkinson, 19. Lachlan Croker, 21 Kelepi Tanginoa, 22 Taniela Paseka
The Ins & Outs: Tom Trbojevic is set to miss the next two months with a hamstring injury. He has been replaced at fullback by Brendan Elliott. Moses Suli comes back into the starting side after being dropped last weekend for disciplinary reasons.
Wenins’ Analysis: In anyone’s language, Tom Trbojevic is a massive out for the Sea Eagles. They are 2-0 in the 1.5 games that he has played this year and were beaten relatively comfortably in the first two games without him (albeit one was against the Roosters). Here’s a fun Turbo fact, did you know that in just 1.5 games this year he has produced the equal most amount of line-breaks in the NRL with five? Impressive. Brendan Elliott at fullback doesn’t exactly strike the same sort of fear in the opposition as Turbo does. Jake Trbojevic’s 66 was a bit disappointing last weekend considering that he had a try assist and the additional time for golden point, but 56 points in base is still fantastic and he remains a captain option each and every week. Is there a new forward keeper at Manly? It certainly appears so right now with Addin Fonua-Blake having an exceptional start to the 2019 season. His current average of 66 PPG is almost 20 PPG up on his 2018 output, which while can be partially explained by a 6 increase in his MPG, his work-rate has improved also with his PPM increasing from 0.99 to 1.22. He is currently ranked 9th overall in post-contact metres at 214m, which is evidenced in 28 PPG from H8. Priced under $500k, he joins a host of players that are of great value right now. Some people like myself will be moving Reuben Garrick on this week with a current BE of 16. Whilst there are likely prices to come in the future and his position in the side looks solid, I can’t, and neither can you, pass up on what seems like a ‘home-run’ cheapie in Jayden Okunbor.
SHARKS v ROOSTERS
7.35pm at Shark Park
Sharks: 1. Josh Dugan 2. Sosaia Feki 3. Bronson Xerri 4. Josh Morris 5. Sione Katoa 6. Shaun Johnson 7. Chad Townsend 8. Andrew Fifita 9. Jayden Brailey 10. Matt Prior 11. Briton Nikora 12. Kurt Capewell 13. Paul Gallen (C)
Interchange: 14. Blayke Brailey 15. Jayson Bukuya 16. Jack Williams 17. Scott Sorensen
Reserves: 18. Kyle Flanagan 19. William Kennedy 20. Braden Hamlin-Uele 21. Aaron Gray
The Ins & Outs: There are some very handy ins for the Sharks with Shaun Johnson and Paul Gallen both back. This sees Kyle Flanagan drop back to the reserves and Jayson Bukuya drop back to the bench. Aaron Woods is out for the near future with a broken foot.
Wenins’ Analysis: The late withdrawal of Shaun Johnson was a massive loss for the Sharks as they went on to lose to the Eels. Thankfully for Sharks fans, he is back this week along with Paul Gallen. Andrew Fifita was absolutely massive in Round 4. In 73 minutes he scored 89 points with 59 from base, however, this was without Paul Gallen. The loss of Aaron Woods who is out with an injury should still see Fifita play relatively big minutes. For those thinking of captaining Fifita this weekend, the Roosters have conceded the sixth-most amount of points to FRF’s this season. Kurt Capewell repaid the faith of owners as he was able to score his first try of the season. He now has a BE of 8 and should see some nice price rises over the coming weeks before a potential trade out to a CTW/2RF keeper leading into the first bye round. Briton Nikora’s price rises have been so dramatic ($200k already) that he could well and truly see his BE hit his average soon, but he is not a sell with the rookie a potential CTW keeper for the year. Should Bronson Xerri hold his spot in the first-grade side next week then he will be a must trade-in then, but not this week.
Roosters: 1. James Tedesco, 2. Daniel Tupou, 3. Latrell Mitchell, 4. Joseph Manu, 5. Matt Ikuvalu, 6. Luke Keary, 7. Cooper Cronk, 8. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, 9. Victor Radley, 10. Sio Siua Taukeiaho, 11. Boyd Cordner (c), 12. Angus Crichton, 13. Isaac Liu
Interchange: 14. Lindsay Collins, 15. Zane Tetevano, 16. Poasa Faamausili, 17. Mitchell Aubusson
Reserves: 18. Nat Butcher, 19. Sitili Tupouniua, 20. Sam Verrills, 21. Lachlan Lam
The Ins & Outs: Jared Waerea-Hargreaves is back, seeing Zane Tetevano drop back to the bench and Nat Butcher out of the 17. Angus Crichton has been named to start for the first time this year with Mitchell Aubusson dropping back to the bench.
Wenins’ Analysis: Angus Crichton played his second 80-minute game for the season last weekend after a late switch saw him start on the edge. He has been named to start this weekend and given that he has seemingly flatlined in price now, it’s somewhat surprising to see him not among the most traded in players for the week. Matt Ikuvalu has been serviceable in Brett Morris’s absence. He will see his first price rise after this weekend with current BE of -15, but at an elevated starting price of $251k and with players to come back into the side he’s probably one to avoid.
DRAGONS v BULLDOGS
4.05pm at Jubilee Stadium
Dragons: 1. Matt Dufty 2. Jordan Pereira 3. Euan Aitken 4. Tim Lafai 5. Mikaele Ravalawa 6. Corey Norman 7. Ben Hunt 8. James Graham 9. Cameron McInnes 10. Paul Vaughan 11. Tyson Frizell 12. Tariq Sims 13. Blake Lawrie
Interchange: 14. Jeremy Latimore 15. Zac Lomax, 16. Jacob Host, 17. Luciano Leilua
Reserves: 18. Mitchell Allgood 19. Jai Field 20. Josh Kerr 21. Jonas Pearson
The Ins & Outs: After being a late inclusion last weekend, Tyson Frizell has been named to start at lock with Jacob Host dropping to the bench. Luciano Leilua replaces Korbin Sims on the bench who will be missing for the next four to six weeks with a broken arm.
Wenins’ Analysis: Paul Vaughan has been outstanding this year and as mentioned above he sits second overall in base points per game at 62. Well done to those that started with him given the opening price. In the absence of Gareth Widdop, Tim Lafai has assumed the goal-kicking duties, kicking two from three last Sunday. He has a very SuperCoach friendly still of play that features offloads and tackle-breaks so with the addition of goal kicking statistics he is one to put on the watchlist. With Korbin Sims breaking his arm in his debut game for the Dragons (will be missing the next six to eight weeks) Jacob Host should still get some minutes in the forward rotation but has been relegated to the bench this weekend for Tyson Frizell.
Bulldogs: 1. Nick Meaney 2. Jayden Okunbor 3. Kerrod Holland 4. Will Hopoate 5. Reimis Smith 6. Jack Cogger 7. Lachlan Lewis 8. Aiden Tolman 9. Jeremy Marshall-King 10. Ofahiki Ogden 11. Josh Jackson 12. Corey Harawira-Naera 13. Rhyse Martin
Interchange: 14. Michael Lichaa 15. Sauaso Sue 16. Adam Elliot 17. Chris Smith
Reserves: 19. Danny Fualalo 20. Marcelo Montoya 21. Raymond Faitala-Mariner 22. Fa’amanu Brown
The Ins & Outs: Ofahiki Ogden has been named to start at prop in place of injured Dylan Napa who is out for a few weeks with an ankle injury.
Wenins’ Analysis: We get one, maybe two, golden rookies of the year and Jayden Okunbor is likely to be one of them alongside Nikora. With a BE of -101, he is an absolute must this week, even if it means going early on one of your other cows. With the ability to trade in him into your side in either the CTW or 2RF it should not be that difficult to accommodate him. An average base of 40 per game for a winger is unbelievable. Kerrod Holland finally delivered the goods for owners with a massive 113 point score. This performance sees his BE fall back into the negatives and is, therefore, a hold for now. Interestingly, Holland leads the NRL in offloads this season with 17, ahead of the likes of Andrew Fifita (13) and Esan Marsters (13). Coming in fourth is fellow Bulldog, Corey Harawira-Naera. Available as a dual positioned CTW/2RF, Harawire Naera is a definite option for your side this week and could possibly become a CTW keeper should he continue to play big minutes on the edge. However, like most other edge forwards he relies on attacking stats with an average base output of 40 BPPG. Rhyse Martin has produced the goods since being welcomed back into the first-grade side with scores of 65 and 71 in 80 MPG. This, unfortunately, sees him with an achievable BE of 78 before his first price movement but he will be a must before the first bye round. A trade next week of Lachlan Burr to Martin is on the cards for the ‘Romes.
RAIDERS v EELS
6.10pm at GIO Stadium
Raiders: 1. Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad 2. Nick Cotric 3. Jarrod Croker (c) 4. Joey Leilua 5. Jordan Rapana 6. Jack Wighton 7. Sam Williams 8. Josh Papalii 9. Josh Hodgson 10. Dunamis Lui 11. John Bateman 12. Elliott Whitehead 13. Ryan Sutton
Interchange: 14. Siliva Havili 15. Hudson Young 16. Sia Soliola 17. Joseph Tapine
Reserves: 18. Royce Hunt 19. Aidan Sezer 20. Bailey Simonsson 21. JJ Collins
The Ins & Outs: Joseph Tapine is back, seeing Corey Horsburgh drop out of the side.
Wenins’ Analysis: Joseph Tapine returns but only as far as the bench with John Bateman still on the edge and Ryan Sutton at lock. A late switch is a possibility. Is Leipana back? If so then we are set for a fun 2019. Jordan Rapana notched up his first ton since 2017 (apologies 2018 Rapana owners) seeing him priced at $503k with a BE of 13. The Lei part of the combo, Joseph Leilua produced 70 points with a try, a try assist and five tackle breaks. He is priced $50k cheaper than Rapana. With the Raiders playing the first bye round, both are possible options. It’s time to sell Josh Hodgson owners. Regardless of the Round 12 coverage, you just can’t continue to cop these kinds of scores from your starting hooker and if he is your #2, then that’s far too much money to have sitting there not producing for you.
Eels: 1. Clinton Gutherson (c) 2. Maika Sivo 3. Michael Jennings 4. Brad Takairangi 5. Blake Ferguson 6. Jaeman Salmon 7. Mitch Moses 8. Daniel Alvaro 9. Reed Mahoney 10. Junior Paulo 11. Shaun Lane 12. Marata Niukore 13. Tepai Moeroa
Interchange: 14. Peni Terepo 15. Tim Mannah (c) 16. Kane Evans 17. Oregon Kaufusi
Reserves: 18. David Gower 19. Ray Stone 20. Josh Hoffman 21. Bevan French
The Ins & Outs: No changes.
Wenins’ Analysis: The big SuperCoach talking point for the Eels is what to do with Shaun Lane who’s output has fallen off a cliff over the past two weeks with scores of 42 and 36. However, we knew that this was a real possibility given his relatively poor base, but even that has dropped from an average of 45 in the opening two games to 40 and 34. The loss of Dylan Brown concerns me big time and at this stage, I am still unsure what to do with him. Rocks and diamonds were to be expected, but a drop of almost 10 BPPG from Round 2 to 4 is very concerning. A continuation 80-minute games don’t seem to be the issue but involvement does and there is the fact that Manu Ma’u is due back soon. The Round 12 coverage is a plus but in the lead-up to that, they don’t have any seemingly easy games, well apart from the Cowboys (LEL). I don’t know team! Comment away, please. Blake Ferguson is emerging as a must own this year with a season average of 74 PPG. His output has really surprised me, but then so has the form of the Eels. However, at $645k that’s a lot of coin to splash on a CTW at this stage of the season. Marata Nuilore has been the main benefactor of injuries to key Eels backrowers with a three-game average of 56.7 PPG, but with Ma’u back soon it’s a very risky selection.