We’ve been blessed over the past couple of weeks with minimal changes so I guess you could say that we were due.
Cameron Smith, Harry Grant, Kyle Flanagan, Corey Norman, Anthony Milford, Ryan Papenhuyzen, Bradman Best and Alex Twal are all out. Some teams may legitimately struggle to field a full 17 this round!
However, there is some good news and particularly for our resident cowboy, JT, with Michael Morgan set to return from injury.
DRAGONS v ROOSTERS
Thursday, 7.50pm, WIN Stadium, Wollongong
Dragons: 1. Matt Dufty 2. Jordan Pereira 3. Euan Aitken 4. Zac Lomax 5. Mikaele Ravalawa 6. Ben Hunt 7. Adam Clune 8. Blake Lawrie 9. Cameron McInnes 10. Paul Vaughan 11. Tyson Frizell 12. Tariq Sims 13. Jackson Ford
Bench: 14. Tristan Sailor 15. Josh Kerr 16. Trent Merrin 17. Tyrell Fuimaono
Reserves: 18. Jacob Host 19. Corey Norman 20. Jason Saab 21. Kaide Ellis
- Euan Aitken (hamstring, round13)
- Brayden Wiliame (calf, round 13)
- Adam Clune (head knock, round 13)
- Trent Merrin (head knock, round 13)
- Jack de Belin (stood down)
Corey Norman has been dropped with Adam Clune returning from a concussion to replace him in the halves. Trent Merrin also returns from injury taking the place of Jacob Host on the bench, who has been omitted. Centre Euan Aitken has been named, but is in doubt with a hamstring injury.
Zac Lomax had a down week but with all the other issues around this week, surely we must persist, even against the Roosters. Cameron McInnes is not a must have at all but is a valuable commodity this weekend for those looking to trade Smith out.
Roosters: 1. James Tedesco 2. Ryan Hall 3. Josh Morris 4. Joseph Manu 5. Matt Ikuvala 6. Luke Keary 7. Lachlan Lam 8. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves 9. Jake Friend 10. Siosiua Taukeiaho 11. Sitili Tupouniua 12. Mitchell Aubusson 13. Isaac Liu
Bench: 14. Drew Hutchinson 15. Poasa Faamausili 16. Nat Butcher 17. Lindsay Collins
Reserves: 18. Daniel Fifita 19. Christian Tuipulotu 20. Max Bailey 21. Egan Butcher
- Boyd Cordner (head knock, round 13)
- Brett Morris (back, round 13-14)
- Angus Crichton (knee, round 14-15)
- Daniel Tupou (ankle, round 15)
- Victor Radley (knee, season)
- Sam Verrills (knee, season)
- Billy Smith (knee, season)
Josh Morris returns from injury and this sees Sitili Tupouniua return to the back row and Nat Butcher to the bench with Daniel Fifita dropping out. Kyle Flanagan is out (dropped or injured?) with Lachlan Lam at halfback and Drew Hutchison added to the bench.
AubuGun scored a try and points followed, with a negative BE now, he should see some price rises before Angus Crichton returns.
James Tedesco managed to score 80 points without breaking a sweat and is a lock-in VC option for this weekend. It’s a great time to use the loophole with our squads so thin this round.
SEA EAGLES v WARRIORS
Friday, 6pm, Lottoland, Sydney
Sea Eagles: 1. Brendan Elliot 2. Jorge Taufua 3. Tevita Funa 4. Moses Suli 5. Reuben Garrick 6. Cade Cust 7. Daly Cherry-Evans 8. Addin Fonua-Blake 9. Danny Levi 10. Martin Taupau 11. Joel Thompson 12. Curtis Sironen 13. Jake Trbojevic
Bench: 14. Lachlan Croker 15. Corey Waddell 16. Sean Keppie 17. Taniela Paseka
Reserves: 18. Haumole Olakau’atu 19. Abbas Miski 20. Morgan Boyle 21. Albert Hopoate
- Dylan Walker (foot, round 17-19)
- Curtis Sironen (knee, round 13-14)
- Brad Parker (head knock, round 13-14)
- Tom Trbojevic (hamstring, round 15-17)
- Manase Fainu (stood down/shoulder)
Tevita Funa replaces Brad Parker at centre, while Cade Cust is back at five-eighth for the injured Dylan Walker. Albert Hopoate has been named in the reserves and is a interesting watch.
Daly-Cherry Evans could post back to back tons, while Jake Trbojevic continues his return to premium gun status with a 3RA of 77 and just $20k shy of his starting price.
Dylan Walker will be very cheap next year.
Warriors: 1. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck 2. Patrick Herbert 3. Adam Pompeye 4. Peta Hiku 5. George Jennings 6. Kodi Nikorima 7. Chanel Harris-Tavita 8. Jamayne Taunoa-Brown 9. Karl Lawton 10. Jack Hethrington 11. Eliesa Katoa 12. Tohu Harris 13. Jazz Tevaga
Bench: 14. Wayde Egan 15. Adam Blair 16. Daniel Alvaro 17. Lachlan Burr
Reserves: 18. Isaiah Papali’i 20. Adam Keighran 21. Jack Murchie 22. Gerard Beale
- Nathaniel Roache (knee, round 13-14)
- Chanel Harris-Tavita (arm, indefinite)
- Leeson Ah Mau (pectoral, indefinite)
- Rocco Berry (back, indefinite)
- Leivaha Pulu (compassionate leave, season)
- Agnatius Paasi (compassionate leave, season)
- David Fusitu’a (compassionate leave, season)
- Ken Maumalo (compassionate leave, season)
- King Vuniyayawa (compassionate leave, season)
- Taane Milne (knee, season)
- Jackson Frei (knee, season)
- Bunty Afoa (knee, season)
- Selestino Ravutaumada (season)
Chanel Harris-Tavita starts at halfback with Blake Green’s transfer to the Knights confirmed today.
Jazz Tevaga may become a bit more popular now with Cameron Smith owners looking for a replacement. He has averaged 62 PPG since his return in Round 9 and was managed in his first game with just 32 minutes played for 38 points. Last week he produced 84 points in 52 minutes with 62 coming from base and that’s the sort of output that’s getting SuperCoaches excited. We saw what he could do last year with some extra minutes, averaging 66 PPG over the final 12 games of the year. The dual position flexibility is a big plus as he can slot into your second row when Smith returns. The downside is that he is unlikely to get many more minutes than last week with three middle forwards on the bench, but he is a workaholic.
Eliesa Katoa could be a season long keeper.
RABBITOHS v BRONCOS
Friday, 7.55pm, ANZ Stadium, Sydney
Rabbitohs: 1. Latrell Mitchell 2. Jaxson Paulo 3. Campbell Graham 4. Dane Gagai 5. Alex Johnston 6. Cody Walker 7. Adam Reynolds 8. Tevita Tatola 9. Damien Cook 10. Thomas Burgess 11. Jaydn Su’A 12. Bayley Sironen 13. Cam Murray
Bench: 14. Mark Nicholls 15. Liam Knight 16. Patrick Mago 17. Keaon Koloamatangi
Reserves: 18. Jack Johns 19. Corey Allan 20. Kurt Dillon 21. Troy Dargan
- Adam Reynolds (shoulder, round 13)
- Hame Sele (shoulder, round 14)
- James Roberts (pectoral, finals)
- Ethan Lowe (neck, season)
- Tom Amone (knee, season)
- Braidon Burns (knee, season)
I have thought about the likes of Tevaga and even swapping McInnes into my hooker spot so I could trade Cameron Smith to a gun 2RF, but for me it has to be a gun for gun replacement at hooker and one of those guns is Damien Cook. With the number of outs we have this weekend, we need points! Cook has the Broncos and is a genuine captain option. I’m ignoring that 164 BE too and backing Cook to go big not only this round but also next weekend against the Cowboys. From there it’s a tougher run home, but it could be worth it if he tonnes up over the next two weeks.
Latrell Mitchell may have bottomed out in price now following his 74 points in Round 12. It’s a similar story to Cook and he should produce one or two big scores over the next two weeks. However, following that it gets a lot tougher for Mitchell with games against the Sea Eagles, Eels and Storm.
Cody Walker is a solid POD option at below $500k for the upcoming two fixtures.
Broncos: 1. Darius Boyd 2. Richard Kennar 3. Kotoni Staggs 4. Herbie Farnworth 5. Xavier Coates 6. Brodie Croft 7. Tom Dearden 8. Tom Flegler 9. Jake Turpin 10. Payne Haas 11. David Fifita 12. Tevita Pangai Jnr 13. Pat Carrigan
Bench: 14. Issac Luke 15. Rhys Kennedy 16. Joe Ofahengaue 17. Ben Te’o
Reserves: 18. Corey Paix 19. Ethan Bullemor 20. Matt Lodge 21. Jesse Arthars
- Alex Glenn (knee, round 15-17)
- Corey Oates (leg, indefinite)
- Jordan Kahu (shoulder, indefinite)
- Sean O’Sullivan (knee, indefinite)
- Keenan Palasia (knee, indefinite)
- Tesi Nui (wrist, season)
- Jack Bird (ACL, season)
Anthony Milford is out but hasn’t been dropped, it’s a hamstring injury that will see him miss the next month. He has been replaced in the halves by Brodie Croft. David Fifita will play his first game since the COVID break and replaces Joe Ofahengaue, who drops to the bench, while Ethan Bullemor drops out of the 17. Matt Lodge has been named in the reserves.
I’d be waiting a week or two before jumping on Fifita. It was a serious injury and you’d want to make sure he is both fit and scoring well before adding him to your side.
STORM v BULLDOGS
Saturday, 3pm, Sunshine Coast Stadium
Storm: 1. Nicho Hynes 2. Suliasi Vunivalu 3. Tom Eisenhuth 4. Justin Olam 5. Josh Addo-Carr 6. Cameron Munster 7. Jahrome Hughes 8. Jesse Bromwich 9. Brandon Smith 10. Christian Welch 11. Felise Kaufusi 12. Kenneath Bromwich 13. Dale Finucane
Bench: 14. Ryley Jacks 15. Tino Faasuamaleaui 16. Albert Vete 17. Nelson Asofa-Solomona
Reserves: 18. Darryn Schonig 19. Chris Lewis 20. Cooper Johns 21. Sandor Earl
- Marion Seve (ear, round 16-17)
- Max King (achilles, round 13-14)
- Brenko Lee (hand fracture, round 14)
- Cameron Smith (shoulder, round 15-16)
- Tui Kamikamica (lower back, finals)
- Paul Momirovski (finger, finals)
With Cameron Smith out injured, Brandon Smith gets the start at hooker, while Ryan Papenhuyzen is also out (managed?) with Nicho Hynes starting at fullback. Justin Olam returns at centre for Marion Seve, who is out injured, Ryley Jacks and Albert Vete join the bench.
Brandon Smith is another interesting option for Cameron Smith owners. He is priced at $454k and should see at least a couple of green arrows (but faces a BE of 67 this week) with the starting gig. This is the opportunity that he has been waiting for but with Ryley Jacks named on the bench, does he play the full 80 minutes? Tevaga is probably a safer option, but comes at close to $70k more and Brandon Smith is capable of producing big scores.
I’ll be adding Cameron Munster this weekend as he could cause absolute havoc against the Bulldogs this round. No Cameron Smith or Ryan Papenhuyzen suggests that absolutely everything is going through him and he should take on the goal kicking duties.
Tino Fa’asuamaleaui has a BE of -28 after back to back tonnes but scored a try in each game. Can you really be bringing in a bench forward that’s already priced over $500k?
Bulldogs: 1. Nick Meaney 2. Dallin Watene-Zelezniak 3. Tim Lafai 4. Jake Averillo 5. Marcelo Montoya 6. Kieran Foran 7. Lachlan Lewis 8. Ofahiki Ogden 9. Sione Katoa 10. Dylan Napa 11. Josh Jackson 12. Raymond Faitala-Mariner 13. Luke Thompson
Bench: 14. Jeremy Marshall-King 15. Aiden Tolman 16. Sauaso Sue 17. Reimis Smith
Reserves: 19. Kerrod Holland 20. Renouf To’omaga 21. Chris Smith 22. Matt Doorey
- Will Hopoate (ankle, round 15-16)
- Joe Stimson (shoulder, season)
- Adam Elliott (shoulder, season)
Ofahiki Ogden moves into the starting side for Aiden Tolman, while Sione Katoa starts at hooker for Jeremy Marshall-King benched. Reimis Smith replaces Jack Cogger on the interchange.
KNIGHTS v TIGERS
Saturday, 5.30pm, McDonald Jones Stadium, Newcastle
Knights: 1. Kalyn Ponga 2. Starford To’a 3. Enari Tuala 4. Gehamat Shibasaki 5. Hymel Hunt 6. Blake Green 7. Mitchell Pearce 8. David Klemmer 9. Kurt Mann 10. Jacob Saifiti 11. Lachlan Fitzgibbon 12. Aidan Guerra 13. Mitchell Barnett
Bench: 14. Phoenix Crossland 15. Josh King 16. Herman Ese’ese 17. Brodie Jones
Reserves: 18. Chris Randall 19. Tex Hoy 20. Mason Lino 21. Jirah Momoisea
- Daniel Saifiti (knee, round 14-15)
- Sione Mata’utia (ankle, round 18)
- Tim Glasby (concussion, indefinite)
- Bradman Best (TBC)
- Edrick Lee (arm, indefinite)
- Andrew McCullough (hamstring, season)
- Connor Watson (Achilles, season)
- Jayden Brailey (knee, season)
Blake Green will make his Knights debut at five-eighth, allowing Kurt Mann to shift to hooker in place of Chris Randall, who has been omitted. Bradman Best and Tautau Moga are both out and replaced by Gehamat Shibasaki and Star Toa (wing). Enari Tuala shifts into the centres, while Brodie Jones replaces Pasami Saulo on the bench.
Green is big NRL news and the move could have SuperCoach ramifications with Mann shifting to hooker. How does this impact Mann’s SuperCoach output and also how does this impact Kalyn Ponga? Mann’s base is likely going to get a boost but will we see more of the attacking burden now sit with Ponga? We will soon find out.
Bradman Best to review scan results with specialist today, with fears he suffered a syndesmosis injury. Provided he avoided a fracture, which is likely, worst case is usually surgery & 6-10 weeks recovery. Was concern for at least a moderate sprain considering traumatic mechanism— NRL PHYSIO (@nrlphysio) August 3, 2020
Bradman Best is expected to miss a fair chunk of the season and is a sell. If you’re looking to play the fixture then the likes of Mitchell, Josh Mansour, Stephen Crichton, Brett Morris (when back) and possibly Nick Cotric shape as some of the better options. Kotoni Staggs is also an option but it’s hard to get excited about a Broncos backline player.
Tigers: 1. Adam Doueihi 2. David Nofoaluma 3. Joey Leilua 4. Tommy Talau 5. Asu Kepaoa 6. Luke Brooks 7. Benji Marshall 8. Josh Aloiai 9. Moses Mbye 10. Russell Packer 11. Luciano Leilua 12. Sam McIntyre 13. Matt Eisenhuth
Bench: 14. Thomas Mikaele 15. Shawn Blore 16. Chris Lawrence 17. Billy Walters
Reserves: 18. Alex Seyfarth 19. Luke Garner 20. Josh Reynolds 21. Elijah Taylor
- Michael Chee Kam (concussion, round 13)
- Harry Grant (TBC)
- Alex Twal (TBC)
- Jacob Liddle (knee, round 14-15)
- Zane Musgrove (foot, round 16-18)
Harry Grant and lock Alex Twal are both out injured, with Moses Mbye shifting to dummy half, Matt Eisenhuth back at lock, Tommy Talau moving in to centre and Asu Kepaoa to make his debut on the wing. Joey Leilua returns from suspension, seeing Chris Lawrence drop to the bench, while Luke Brooks is back in the halves with Billy Walters dropping to the bench. Russell Packer replaces Ollie Clark at prop, while Sam McIntyre starts in the second row with Luke Garner omitted.
The Grant news is a shocker and surely no one was expecting this one! He is a hold unless the knee injury is more serious than we know. Twal owners have had a tough run but he is expected back soon as the rib injury is only minor. He will be good value should he return to early season form.
Luciano Leilua has reached his peak at $590k, but not many will have a fat enough squad this week to have the luxury of trading him out. I will be shifting him next week.
PANTHERS v RAIDERS
Saturday, 7.35pm, Panthers Stadium, Penrith
Panthers: 1. Caleb Aekins 2. Josh Mansour 3. Brent Naden 4. Stephen Crichton 5. Malakai Watene-Zelezniak 6. Jarome Luai 7. Nathan Cleary 8. James Tamou 9. Api Koroisau 10. James Fisher-Harris 11. Viliame Kikau 12. Liam Martin 13. Isaah Yeo
Bench: 14. Tyrone May 15. Spencer Leniu 16. Moses Leota 17. Zane Tetevano
Reserves: 18. Mitch Kenny 19. Matt Burton 19. Billy Burns 20. Daine Laurie
- Charlie Staines (hamstring, round 17)
- Dean Whare (thigh, round 13-14)
- Dylan Edwards (hamstring, round 13-15)
- Pat Hollis (abdominal strain, round 14)
- Brian To’o (ankle, round 17)
- Kurt Capewell (knee, round 17)
Malakai Watene-Zelezniak returns on the wing for Charlie Staines who is out injured.
Do Cameron Smith owners go back to Apisai Koroisau? It’s a legitimate option I think. He produced 82 points in his return from injury last week and faces the following teams before the end of the season:
He’s currently the most popular trade-in option for Smith and I can understand why. The extra $200k that it adds to my bank is very, very tempting and so is the season average of over 70.
Josh Mansour produced just his second sub-50 score of the season and could be available for under $450k next week. It’s a great trade from Best to him at that price given the Panthers run home.
Raiders: 1. Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad 2. Jordan Rapana 3. Jarrod Croker 4. Curtis Scott 5. Nick Cotric 6. Jack Wighton 7. George Williams 8. Josh Papalii 9. Siliva Havili 10. Dunamis Lui 11. John Bateman 12. Elliott Whitehead 13. Hudson Young
Bench: 14. Tom Starling 15. Joseph Tapine 16. Ryan Sutton 17. Corey Harawira-Naera
Reserves: 18. Sam Williams 19. Michael Oldfield 20. Kai O’Donnell 21. Matt Frawley
- Michael Oldfield (hamstring, round 13-14)
- Semi Valemei (knee, round 16-17)
- Emre Guler (ankle, round 17-19)
- Corey Horsburgh (foot, round 20)
- Sia Soliola (facial fracture, finals)
- Sebastian Kris (personal leave, indefinite)
- Andre Niko (knee, season)
- Josh Hodgson (knee, season)
- Bailey Simonsson (shoulder, season)
Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad returns from a finger injury at fullback, with Jordan Rapana shifting to the wing and Semi Valemei out injured.
John Bateman returned with a bang last weekend. He is a must for me and neither the high price or lack of dual status bother me. Lock him in!
TITANS v COWBOYS
Sunday, 2pm, Cbus Super Stadium, Gold Coast
Titans: 1. AJ Brimson 2. Anthony Don 3. Brian Kelly 4. Dale Copley 5. Phillip Sami 6. Ash Taylor 7. Jamal Fogarty 8. Moeaki Fotuaika 9. Nathan Peats 10. Jaimin Jolliffe 11. Kevin Proctor 12. Keegan Hipgrave 13. Jai Arrow
Bench: 14. Tanah Boyd 15. Tyrone Peachey 16. Jarrod Wallace 17. Sam Lisone
Reserves: 18. Corey Thompson 19. Jai Whitbread 20. Erin Clark 21. Beau Fermor
- Mitch Rein (knee, round 13)
- Young Tonumaipea (knee, indefinite)
- Ryan James (knee, season)
- Jonus Pearson (pectoral, season)
Sam Lisone returns on the bench in place of Sam Stone who has been dropped.
Cowboys: 1. Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow 2. Kyle Feldt 3. Tom Opacic 4. Connelly Lemuelu 5. Justin O’Neill 6. Ben Hampton 7. Michael Morgan 8. Josh McGuire 9. Reece Robson 10. Jordan McLean 11. Mitchell Dunn 12. Coen Hess 13. Jason Taumalolo
Bench: 14. Jake Granville 15. Tom Gilbert 16. Emre Pere 17. Francis Molo
Reserves: 18. Shane Wright 19. Jake Clifford 20. Esan Marsters 21. Corey Jenson
- John Asiata (leg, round 13)
- Tom Opacic (knee, round 13)
- Scott Drinkwater (knee, round 15)
- Valentine Holmes (ankle, round 18-20)
- Peter Hola (wrist, indefinite)
- John Asiata (knee, indefinite)
Captain Morgan is back and that makes JT the happiest man on the Ashgrove golf links. Jake Clifford is the one surprisingly to make way with Ben Hampton retained at five-eighth. Tom Opacic returns at centre with Justin O’Neill shifting to the wing and Murray Tualagi drops out. Josh McGuire is back from suspension, pushing Francis Molo back to the bench. Mitch Dunn starts in the second row with Shane Wright, Gavin Cooper and John Asiata all dropping out of the side. Jake Granville and Emry Pere have been called up onto the bench.
Besides Jason Taumalolo this shapes as a pretty boring SuperCoach match-up.
SHARKS v EELS
Sunday, 4.05pm, Jubilee Stadium, Sydney
Sharks: 1. Will Kennedy 2. Sione Katoa 3. Josh Dugan 4. Jesse Ramien 5. Ronaldo Mulitalo 6. Matt Moylan 7. Shaun Johnson 8. Braden Hamlin-Uele 9. Blayke Brailey 10. Aaron Woods 11. Siosifa Talakai 12. Wade Graham 13. Toby Rudolf
Bench: 14. Connor Tracey 15. Jack Williams 16. Teig Wilton 17. Royce Hunt
- Scott Sorensen (knee, round 13)
- Andrew Fifita (hamstring/finger, round 14)
- Chad Townsend (calf, round 16-18)
- Jackson Ferris (knee, round 17-19)
- Bronson Xerri (stood down)
- Cameron King (ACL, season)
Josh Dugan and Jesse Ramien return, with Jackson Ferris out injured, while Siosifa Talakai shifts to the second row and Briton Nikora has been dropped. Matt Moylan returns in the halves, seeing Braydon Trindallv dropped.
Toby Rudolf has almost peaked in price but could be a solid FRF for the run home.
Shaun Johnson has been very good this year but faces his toughest test in a while this weekend.
Eels: 1. Clint Gutherson 2. Maika Sivo 3. Michael Jennings 4. Waqa Blake 5. Blake Ferguson 6. Dylan Brown 7. Mitchell Moses 8. Reagan Campbell-Gillard 9. Reed Mahoney 10. Junior Paulo 11. Shaun Lane 12. Marata Niukore 13. Nathan Brown
Bench: 14. Andrew Davey 15. Ray Stone 16. Kane Evans 17. Oregon Kaufusi
Reserves: 18. Brad Takairangi 19. Stefano Utoikamanu 20. David Gower 21. Jai Field
- Ryan Matterson (concussion, round 13)
- Ray Stone (broken hand, round 14-15)
- Peni Terepo (indefinite)
Ryan Matterson has once again not been named, while Ray Stone replaces Brad Takairangi on the bench.
Maika Sivo will see a some serious price drops following a 7 point score last round. He is going to be an absolute bargain soon and has some favourable match-ups ahead. I’ll be looking to add him in after the Storm game.
Mitchell Moses has bottomed out in price at just above $400k and could be a shrewd acquisition at that price for the run home.