With 16 players to cover the first bye, the Wenin’s posted a score of 1,053, resulting in a rankings surge to sit just outside of the top 3k. With 16 trades left, the top 1k is in sight.
Now onto the round 14 teams and really, what is the point? It’s highly likely that we will see plenty of changes over the coming days with players named to back up after Origin, including the Friday night games. Who is Des kidding? So enjoy the analysis, but perhaps take the teams with a grain of salt.
SEA EAGLES v COWBOYS
Friday, 6pm, Lottoland, Sydney
Sea Eagles: 1. Tom Trbojevic 2. Jason Saab 3. Brad Parker 4. Morgan Harper 5. Reuben Garrick 6. Kieran Foran 7. Daly Cherry-Evans 8. Taniela Paseka 9. Lachlan Croker 10. Marty Taupau 11. Haumole Olakau’atu 12. Karl Lawton 13. Jake Trbojevic
Bench: 14. Dylan Walker 15. Moses Suli 16. Ben Trbojevic 17. Toafofoa Sipley
Reserves: 18. Kurt De Luis 19. Cade Cust 20. Christian Tuipulotu 21. Jorge Taufua 22. Tolutau Koula
- Josh Schuster (calf, round 14)
- Cade Cust (hamstring, round 14)
- Curtis Sironen (knee, round 14)
- Sean Keppie (suspension, round 15)
- Tevita Funa (suspension, round 15)
- Jack Gosiewski (foot, round 17)
- Josh Aloiai (wrist, round 20)
- Zac Saddler (skull fracture, indefinite)
- Andrew Davey (knee, season)
- Morgan Boyle (shoulder, season)
- Manase Fainu (stood down, indefinite)
- Cade Cust
- Dylan Walker
- Haumole Olakau’atu
- Jorge Taufua
- Kieran Foran
- Kurt De Luis
- Tolutau Koula
- Sean Keppie
- Tevita Funa
- Zac Saddler
Surely this won’t be the team that runs onto the field at 6pm on Friday at Lottoland? There’s no way they will risk Tom Trbojevic given the short backup from Origin, a flight from Townsville and the hamstring history, surely? If you own him, then stick him on your reserves, just in case.
The same can be said for Daly Cherry-Evans and Jake Trbojevic, who have also been named to back up.
Manly have had their bye, so their players now become of interest. Jason Saab is a hold for me with matches ahead against the Titans, Bulldogs, Raiders, Dragons and the Tigers. Martin Taupau is a player to watch with a 5RA of 74 but does have a BE of 99 this week.
Cowboys: 1. Valentine Holmes 2. Kyle Feldt 3. Javid Bowen 4. Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow 5. Murray Taulagi 6. Scott Drinkwater 7. Tom Dearden 8. Tom Gilbert 9. Reece Robson 10. Jordan McLean 11. Shane Wright 12. Coen Hess 13. Jason Taumalolo
Bench: 14. Jake Granville 15. Peta Hola 16. Lachlan Burr 17. Francis Molo
Reserves: 18. Justin O’Neill 19. Ben Condon 20. Daejarn Asi 21. Corey Jensen 22. Kyle Laybutt
- Justin O’Neill (knee, round 14)
- Mitch Dunn (suspension, round 15)
- Connelly Lemuelu (thumb, round 18)
- Reuben Cotter (foot, round 19-20)
- Ben Hampton (pectoral, round 19-21)
- Ben Condon
- Francis Molo
- Jason Taumalolo
- Justin O’Neill
- Kyle Laybutt
- Lachlan Burr
- Tom Dearden
- Heilum Luki
- Jake Clifford
- Mitchell Dunn
Valentine Holmes has been named to back up but must be in some doubt. If he does suit up, then he needs to be considered despite missing round 17. He is currently priced at $645k, has a BE of 11 and 5RA of 83, including two 100 point scores in his past two games. Ideally, he will miss this week, and a downgrade trade from Nicho Hynes to him next week may be on the cards.
Jason Taumalolo returns to the side from suspension but is not quite yet a ‘must-own’ for round 17, given that he has produced just one score over 60 so far this season. With a BE of 121, he shapes as a potential target in a couple of weeks.
As I write this article, I am sitting next to the websites resident Cowboy and Michael Morgan fanboy, JT, and he has pointed me towards Tom Gilbert. Priced at $346k and owned by zero per cent of teams, he is somewhat interesting because he has been named at prop.
Tom Dearden will make his Cowboy’s debut (boo!) but is not relevant for SuperCoach.
Heilum Luki has been omitted as he has not been upholding club standards in recent days. What standards?
SHARKS v PANTHERS
Friday, 7.55pm, Jubilee Stadium, Sydney
Sharks: 1. Will Kennedy 2. Connor Tracey 3. Will Chambers 4. Jesse Ramien 5. Ronaldo Mulitalo 6. Matt Moylan 7. Shaun Johnson 8. Aiden Tolman 9. Blayke Brailey 10. Aaron Woods 11. Briton Nikora 12. Wade Graham 13. Toby Rudolf
Bench: 14. Braydon Trindall 15. Siosifa Talakai 16. Jack Williams 17. Andrew Fifita
Reserves: 18. Teig Wilton 19. Chad Townsend 20. Franklin Pele 21. Mawene Hiroti
- Sione Katoa (knee, round 14)
- Josh Dugan (suspension, round 14)
- Teig Wilton (suspension, round 14)
- Jackson Ferris (foot, round 14)
- Mawene Hiroti (suspension, round 14)
- Braden Hamlin-Uele (ankle, round 15-16)
- Royce Hunt (knee, indefinite)
- Andrew Fifita
- Chad Townsend
- Mawene Hiroti
- Teig Wilton
- Billy Magoulias
No real changes here from the round 12 side.
Will Kennedy is a player that I have been monitoring for a while and looms as a fullback cover for round 17. He is priced at $510k, with a BE of 40 and has a 5RA of 60, but this does include a four point game in round nine against the Panthers. Over the past three weeks, he has produced scores of 80, 100 and 54. The Sharks face the Panthers again this week, before some decent matchups against the Cowboys, Broncos, Warriors, Raiders and the Bulldogs. If you have the trades up your sleeve and can afford to trade him to gun fullback later on, then take a closer look at him and particularly before next week’s matchup.
Shaun Johnson has a BE of 92, so we can afford to wait a week.
Jesse Ramien is another massive round 17 target and will see his price increase sharply once his round 9 score of 17 drops out of his rolling average after this match.
Panthers: 1. Dylan Edwards 2. Charlie Staines 3. Stephen Crichton 4. Paul Momirovski 5. Robert Jennings 6. Matt Burton 7. Tyrone May 8. Moses Leota 9. Api Koroisau 10. James Fisher-Harris 11. Viliame Kikau 12. Scott Sorensen 13. Matthew Eisenhuth
Bench: 14. Mitch Kenny 15. J’maine Hopgood 16. Spencer Leniu 17. Izack Tago
Reserves: 18. Isaah Yeo 19. Nathan Cleary 20. Liam Martin 21. Jarome Luai 22. Kurt Capewell 23. Brian To’o
- Apisai Koroisau
- Brian To’o
- Isaah Yeo
- Jarome Luai
- Kurt Capewell
- Liam Martin
- Moses Leota
- Nathan Cleary
- Brent Naden
- Jaeman Salmon
- Lindsay Smith
Thankfully, the Panthers have been relatively honest with this lineup, with no Origin players named to back up. That sees Matt Burton retained in the halves, which gives him one more week in our SuperCoach sides before being traded for the likes of Shaun Johnson or Cody Walker.
Charlie Staines can be moved on with a total price increase of $122k in what has been a rollercoaster ride for owners.
TITANS v ROOSTERS
Saturday, 3pm, Cbus Super Stadium, Gold Coast
Titans: 1. AJ Brimson 2. Greg Marzhew 3. Brian Kelly 4. Patrick Herbert 5. Phillip Sami 6. Ash Taylor 7. Jamal Fogarty 8. Jarrod Wallace 9. Erin Clark 10. Moeaki Fotuaika 11. Kevin Proctor 12. David Fifita 13. Tino Fa’asuamaleaui
Bench: 14. Tyrone Peachey 15. Jaimin Jolliffe 16. Sam McIntyre 17. Esan Marsters
Reserves: 18. Sam Stone 19. Joseph Vuna 20. Jai Whitbread 21. Jayden Campbell 22. Anthony Don 23. Mitch Rein
- Anthony Don (hip, round 14)
- Mitch Rein (shoulder, round 14)
- Herman Ese’ese (suspension, round 14)
- Sam Lisone (pectoral, round 14)
- Jonus Pearson (knee, round 14)
- Corey Thompson (ankle, round 15-16)
- Beau Fermor (hamstring, indefinite)
- Alexander Brimson
- Anthony Don
- David Fifita
- Greg Marzhew
- Mitch Rein
- Moeaki Fotuaika
- Tino Fa’asuamaleaui
- Greg Marzhew
- Tanah Boyd
The Titans have named all of their Origin stars to backup, and they may just do that given how desperate they are for a win.
David Fifita will soon become a must if he isn’t already, but he does have a current BE of 126 and will miss round 17.
Brian Kelly can be moved on.
Roosters: 1. James Tedesco 2. Daniel Tupou 3. Josh Morris 4. Joseph Manu 5. Matt Ikuvalu 6. Lachlan Lam 7. Sam Walker 8. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves 9. Ben Marschke 10. Siosiua Taukeiaho 11. Angus Crichton 12. Sitili Tupouniua 13. Isaac Liu
Bench: 14. Adam Keighran 15. Nat Butcher 16. Daniel Suluka-Fifita 17. Fletcher Baker
Reserves: 18. Tuku Hau Tapuha 19. Ben Thomas 20. Brad Abbey 21. Joseph Suaalii
- Isaac Liu (eye, TBC)
- Nat Butcher (ankle, TBC)
- Angus Crichton (suspension, round 14)
- Freddy Lussick (arm, round 14)
- Boyd Cordner (concussion, round 17)
- Sam Verrills (eye, round 14-16)
- Victor Radley (suspension, round 16)
- Drew Hutchison (ribs/punctured lung, round 16-17)
- Billy Smith (shoulder, mid-season)
- Luke Keary (knee, season)
- Brett Morris (knee, season)
- Lindsay Collins (knee, season)
- Angus Crichton
- Ben Thomas
- Brad Abbey
- Tuku Hau Tapuha
- Nat Butcher
James Tedesco has been named to back up. However, if he doesn’t play, Joseph Manu will likely drop to fullback, and Joseph Suaalii added to the starting backline. If Suaalii is included in the gameday 17, he will likely be one of the most traded in players given he is on the bubble and has a BE of -41.
Angus Crichton will return from suspension with the Origin game counting.
Sam Walker has been named to return following the rest he received in round 12 but faces a 131 BE this weekend. However, the price drop is irrelevant if you’ve held him through to here as he will cover you for 17 and likely the run home.
Daniel Tupou and Matt Ikuvalu are both strong round 17 candidates. At the same time, Sitili Tupouniua has been a great addition to my team of late and is right up there in bye coverage options. However, the looming return of Boyd Cordner does post some concern.
RABBITOHS v KNIGHTS
Saturday, 5.30pm, Stadium Australia, Sydney
Rabbitohs: 1. Latrell Mitchell 2. Alex Johnston 3. Braidon Burns 4. Campbell Graham 5. Taane Milne 6. Cody Walker 7. Adam Reynolds 8. Mark Nicholls 9. Damien Cook 10. Tevita Tatola 11. Keaon Koloamatangi 12. Jacob Host 13. Cam Murray
Bench: 14. Benji Marshall 15. Jaydn Su’A 16. Hame Sele 17. Thomas Burgess
Reserves: 18. Liam Knight 19. Patrick Mago 20. Blake Taaffe 21. Josh Mansour 22. Tautau Moga 23. Peter Mamouzelos
- Mark Nicholls (head knock, round 14)
- Jaxson Paulo (wrist, round 15)
- Brock Gardner (Achilles, indefinite)
- Blake Taaffe
- Braidon Burns
- Josh Mansour
- Liam Knight
- Patrick Mago
- Peter Mamouzelos
- Tautau Moga
- Dane Gagai
- Jai Arrow
It’s a bit of a mixed bag for the Rabbitohs with Jai Arrow and Dane Gagai both not included in the side, but Damien Cook, Latrell Mitchell and Cam Murray have been named to back up from Origin.
I will be watching closely as the Rabbitohs are about to become the talk of the SuperCoach town with matches ahead against the injury-depleted Knights, Broncos, Tigers, Cowboys and Bulldogs.
One player who will suit up in round 14 is Alex Johnston, and he is ripe for the picking this week. With a BE of 0 and a score of 154 in his rolling average, he may soon be priced out of reach. I’d recommend sacrificing the likes of a Brian Kelly or even a Daine Laurie for him.
Damien Cook is a player that I am very keen on but can’t quite bring him in this week. He’s had a horrible season, but he was back to his best in round 12 with a 105 point performance against the Eels. It’s crazy to think that you can downgrade Connor Watson to him this round, and to me, it’s worth the punt. However, with a BE of 40, you can wait a week before the Broncos game.
Latrell Mitchell is another player who won’t cover you for round 17, but with their run of games ahead, I like him as a POD option at fullback. He is priced at $624k and should score plenty of points over the coming month.
Cody Walker is an excellent acquisition at his current price of $534K, and I will make a move from Adam Doueihi to him this round for a profit of almost $100k – who would have thought that was possible?
Braidon Burns has some attraction but is likely holding the centre position of Gagai.
Knights: 1. Tex Hoy 2. Enari Tuala 3. Kurt Mann 4. Bradman Best 5. Brayden Musgrove 6. Jake Clifford 7. Phoenix Crossland 8. Jacob Saifiti 9. Jayden Brailey 10. Daniel Saifiti 11. Brodie Jones 12. Lachlan Fitzgibbon 13. Mitchell Barnett
Bench: 14. Connor Watson 15. Sauaso Sue 16. Josh King 17. Jack Johns
Reserves: 18. Gehamat Shibasaki 19. Jirah Momoisea 20. Matt Croker 21. Dom Young
- Kalyn Ponga (groin, round 15)
- Mitchell Pearce (pectoral, round 15)
- David Klemmer (suspension, round 15)
- Tyson Frizell (ankle, round 18)
- Hymel Hunt (hamstring, indefinite)
- Edrick Lee (foot, indefinite)
- Chris Randall (wrist, indefinite)
- Pasami Saulo (leg, season)
- Daniel Saifiti
- Dominic Young
- Gehamat Shibasaki
- Jirah Momoisea
- Matt CROKER
- Phoenix Crossland
- Matt Croker
- Simi Sasagi
- Starford To’a
There’s not much to like about this Knights side at the moment. Injuries, including Kayln Ponga have hit them hard, and it’s tough to watch for fans.
Connor Watson has been named on the bench, with Jake Clifford coming in at five-eighth. I am in two minds whether to move him on or just hold him for the year. For a guy who has effectively started most games from the bench this year, he is averaging 62 PPG and just has a knack of scoring SuperCoach points. The DPP will also be convenient as we progress through to the final stages of the season and I don’t think that there are two gun hookers this year that must be owned.
On the other hand, Mitch Barnett has to go as he is leaking cash, and you can’t start him in your 17’s. Look to move him onto Tohu Harris or Corey Harawira-Naera this week or next.
I’ll be holding Bradman Best given his low ownership and a hope that Ponga can spark him into form on his return.
RAIDERS v BRONCOS
Saturday, 7.35pm, GIO Stadium, Canberra
Raiders: 1. Bailey Simonsson 2. Semi Valemei 3. Sebastian Kris 4. Matt Timoko 5. Jordan Rapana 6. Jack Wighton 7. Sam Williams 8. Josh Papalii 9. Josh Hodgson 10. Dunamis Lui 11. Corey Harawira-Naera 12. Elliott Whitehead 13. Ryan Sutton
Bench: 14. Tom Starling 15. Emre Guler 16. Sia Soliola 17. Joe Tapine
Reserves: 18. Elijah Anderson 19. Hudson Young 20. Matt Frawley 21. Harry Rushton
- Ryan James (suspension, round 15)
- Corey Horsburgh (wrist, round 19-20)
- Harley Smith-Shields (biceps, round 20)
- Jarrod Croker (knee, indefinite)
- Curtis Scott (stood down)
- Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad (neck, season)
- Harry Rushton
- Hudson Young
- Joseph Tapine
- Josh Papalii
- Matt Frawley
- Matthew Timoko
- Semi Valemei
- Caleb Aekins
- Corey Horsburgh
- Curtis Scott
- Ryan James
There are a few changes here, with one of the more notable from a SuperCoach perspective being the switch to fullback for Bailey Simonsson at the expense of Caleb Aekins. If you’re still holding him, you may as well continue to do so, given his current price and the likely round 17 coverage.
Corey Harawira-Naera was a super buy at $300k, and he remains value at $465k. With a BE of 18, the value is not going to last much longer. He looms as one of the better 2RF options for round 17 coverage and a fine player to finish the season with.
Matt Timoko takes Curtis Scott’s place in the centres and could be an option because he is priced at just $203k.
Ryan James can be sold if you still own him.
Broncos: 1. Herbie Farnworth 2. Xavier Coates 3. Dale Copley 4. Jesse Arthurs 5. Selwyn Cobbo 6. Karmichael Hunt 7. Albert Kelly 8. Matt Lodge 9. Jake Turpin 10. Payne Haas 11. Alex Glenn 12. Tevita Pangai Junior 13. Thomas Flegler
Bench: 14. Kobe Hetherington 15. John Asiata 16. Keenan Palasia 17. TC Robati
Reserves: 18. Tesi Niu 19. Cory Paix 20. David Mead 21. Jordan Riki
- Rhys Kennedy (infection, round 14-15)
- Kotoni Staggs (knee, round 14-15)
- Brodie Croft (knee, round 15-17)
- Anthony Milford (knee, round 18)
- Ben Te’o (biceps, round 18)
- Patrick Carrigan (knee, season)
- Cory Paix
- Dale Copley
- Karmichael Hunt
- Payne Haas
- Tesi Niu
- Xavier Coates
- Ethan Bullemor
- Jamayne Isaako
- Tyson Gamble
The halves carousel continues with Karmichael Hunt replacing Tyson Gamble at five-eighth. How long will this combination last?
Jamayne Isaako has also been dropped following an insipid performance against the Dragons, with Herbie Farnworth as the new fullback.
Payne Haas has been named to back up from Origin.
Kotoni Staggs will not be available until after 16 after being hit with a sanction from the NRL today.
WARRIORS v STORM
Sunday, 2pm, Central Coast Stadium, Gosford
Warriors: 1. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck 2. Marcelo Montoya 3. Euan Aitken 4. Rocco Berry 5. Edward Kosi 6. Kodi Nikorima 7. Chanel Harris-Tavita 8. Jamayne Taunoa-Brown 9. Wayde Egan 10. Leeson Ah Mau 11. Bayley Sironen 12. Tohu Harris 13. Josh Curran
Bench: 14. Jazz Murchie 15. Kane Evans 16. Bunty Afoa 17. Ben Murdoch-Masila
Reserves: 18. Jazz Tevaga 20. Sean O’Sullivan 21. Ken Maumalo 23. Addin Fonua-Blake
- Tom Ale (ankle, round 14-15)
- Reece Walsh (suspension, round 15)
- Adam Pompey (suspension, round 15)
- David Fusitu’a (hamstring, indefinite)
- Bayley Sironen (knee, indefinite)
- Peta Hiku (shoulder, season)
- Addin Fonua-Blake
- Bayley Sironen
- Edward Kosi
- Josh Curran
- Ken Maumalo
- Sean O’Sullivan
- Adam Pompey
- Eliesa Katoa
- Reece Walsh
There are quite a few changes for the Warriors this weekend.
Addin Fonua-Blake has been named in the reserves after initially being thought to have been ruled out for the season. Josh Curran is back from injury and has been named at lock, while Roger Tuivasa-Sheck replaces boom rookie Reece Walsh at fullback. Walsh is out throughout suspension.
The Warriors play 17 and thankfully have plenty of SuperCoach players of interest. Curran, Kodi Nikorima, Roger Tuivasa-Sheck and Walsh (when he returns) are all options. However, none more so than Tohu Harris, who is as close to a ‘must-have’ as there is for round 17 and the run home. With a BE 112, you can wait a week if there are other priorities, but the immediate price hit will be worth it for the points that he offers on a week to week basis.
Finally, Euan Aitken is another option. After a slowish start to his Warriors career, he produced 90 points in round 12 against the Cows thanks to two tries. He is priced at just $432k and is available in the CTW, which will be a challenging position to fill for round 17.
Storm: 1. Nicho Hynes 2. George Jennings 3. Reimis Smith 4. Justin Olam 5. Josh Addo-Carr 6. Cam Munster 7. Jahrome Hughes 8. Jesse Bromwich 9. Brandon Smith 10. Nelson Asofa-Solomona 11. Kenny Bromwich 12. Felise Kaufusi 13. Dale Finucane
Bench: 14. Harry Grant 15. Tui Kamikamica 16. Christian Welch 17. Aaron Pene
Reserves: 18. Dean Ieremia 19. Tom Eisenhuth 20. Marion Seve 21. Chris Lewis 22. Trent Loiero 23. Cooper Johns
- Ryley Jacks (concussion, round 14)
- Brenko Lee (calf, round 14)
- Darryn Schonig (knee, round 15-17)
- Ryan Papenhuyzen (concussion, indefinite)
- Tyson Smoothy (knee, indefinite)
- Max King (Achilles, indefinite)
- Cameron Munster
- Christian Welch
- Felise Kaufusi
- Harry Grant
- Josh Addo-Carr
- Marion Seve
- Tom Eisenhuth
- Aaron Booth
- Isaac Lumelume
The Storm has named all of their Origin stars to back up; however, there is still no sign of Ryan Papenhuyzen, who is listed as being out indefinitely.
This means that Nicho Hynes retains the starting fullback job for now. However, with a current price of $901k and a BE of 114, we may have a difficult decision to make over the coming two weeks. Given that Papenhuyzen is the starting fullback when fit, Hynes will likely be relegated to the bench at some point, and when he does, the price drop will be severe. We obviously, want to maximise the profit that he has made, so an upcoming trade will likely be necessary – as crazy as it sounds given his form.
Brandon Smith is another player to look at moving on in the coming week or two before his price starts to tumble, given that Harry Grant will take minutes off him.
EELS v TIGERS
Sunday, 4.05pm, Bankwest Stadium, Sydney
Eels: 1. Clint Gutherson 2. Maika Sivo 3. Tom Opacic 4. Waqa Blake 5. Haze Dunster 6. Dylan Brown 7. Mitchell Moses 8. Reagan Campbell-Gillard 9. Joey Lussick 10. Junior Paulo 11. Isaiah Papali’i 12. Ryan Matterson 13. Nathan Brown
Bench: 14. Marata Niukore 15. Shaun Lane 16. Oregon Kaufusi 17. Bryce Cartwright
Reserves: 18. Will Smith 19. Blake Ferguson 20. Jakob Arthur 21. Nathaniel Roache
- Keegan Hipgrave (suspension, round 14)
- Reed Mahoney (shoulder, round 16-17)
- Ray Stone (ankle, indefinite)
- Blake Ferguson
- Jakob Arthur
- Joey Lussick
- Junior Paulo
- Nathaniel Roache
- Makahesi Makatoa
- Reed Mahoney
Reed Mahoney is a massive out, and owners will now be faced with a tough decision given that he is due back around the bye. Personally, I’d take a punt on Cook.
Clint Gutherson rewarded owners when it mattered with a 121 point performance in the first bye round. That score now sees him with a current BE of 69, and he should hold his price through some attractive games before being sold, if needed, to the likes of Trbojevic, Ponga or Pappy.
Ryan Matterson also thankfully returned to form with a 95, and he is an OK hold for the remainder of the season.
Blake Ferguson remains out of the 17.
Tigers: 1. Daine Laurie 2. David Nofoaluma 3. Adam Doueihi 4. Tommy Talau 5. James Roberts 6. Moses Mbye 7. Luke Brooks 8. James Tamou 9. Jacob Liddle 10. Alex Twal 11. Luke Garner 12. Luciano Leilua 13. Joe Ofahengaue
Bench: 14. Stefano Utoikamanu 15. Shawn Blore 16. Tom Amone 17. Alex Seyfarth
Reserves: 18. Michael Chee-Kam 19. Billy Walters 20. Kelma Tuilagi 21. Jake Simpkin
- Thomas Mikaele (knee, TBC)
- Asu Kepaoa (knee, season)
- Billy Walters
- Jake Simpkin
- Joe Ofahengaue
- Kelma Tuilagi
- Thomas Mikaele
The Tigers have named mostly an unchanged line-up following their victory over a depleted Panthers side last weekend with Joe Ofahengaue set to return from Origin duties at lock.
Adam Doueihi could have been anything if he retained the starting halves role but with Moses Mybe seemingly deeply rooted there, for now, I don’t think you can carry Doueihi anymore. The Tigers have a tough draw ahead, and with a BE of 110, I will be moving him on to Cody Walker before he loses any more cash. Thanks, D, man, it’s been fun!
Daine Laurie has been one of the cash cows of the season, but I think we can move on from him now as we look towards round 17. The Tigers have some very tough fixtures against the Eels, Storm and Souths before a juicy matchup against the Broncos in round 18 after their bye. Now is the time to maximise his value and trade him out for a round 17 player. Given that he is in over 57% of all teams, it’s a POD move to make.
BULLDOGS v DRAGONS
Monday, 4pm, Stadium Australia, Sydney
Bulldogs: 1. Dallin Watene-Zelezniak 2. Nick Cotric 3. Will Hopoate 4. Aaron Schoupp 5. Nick Meaney 6. Brandon Wakeham 7. Jake Averillo 8. Jack Hetherington 9. Jeremy Marshall-King 10. Luke Thompson 11. Adam Elliott 12. Matt Doorey 13. Josh Jackson
Bench: 14. Sione Katoa 15. Dylan Napa 16. Ava Seumanufagai 17. Joe Stimson
Reserves: 19. Kyle Flanagan 20. Corey Waddell 21. Tuipulotu Katoa 23. Chris Smith
- Brad Deitz (hamstring, round 14-15)
- Chris Smith (suspension, round 14)
- Lachlan Lewis (ribs, round 14)
- Corey Allan (shoulder, round 14)
- Jayden Okunbor (knee, round 16)
- Raymond Faitala-Mariner (foot, round 18-22)
- Christian Crichton (knee, season)
- Chris Smith
- Jeremy Marshall-King
- Kyle Flanagan
- Sione Katoa
- Tuipulotu Katoa
- Bradley Deitz
- Jackson Topine
And we end the weekend with a belter….
Jeremy Mashall-King returns from injury and gets the start at hooker, with Jackson Topine dropping out. Sigh.
The two main players here for round 17 coverage are Luke Thompson and Dallin Watene-Zelezniak.
Thompson has a season average just shy of 70 PPG, and he has easily been the Bulldogs best SuperCoach performer this season. He is available at both FRF and SRF positions, making him an ideal candidate for bye coverage and the run home. With that said, I can’t see his price moving too much any time soon, and so I would be advocating him as more of a buy during the Super Trade Week.
Watene-Zelezniak copes plenty of flack from Bulldogs fans, but he’s been a relatively consistent SuperCoach performer since moving to fullback this year. With a season average of 57 PPG and priced below $500K, he is an option for you CTW, but the Dogs do have a tough draw ahead, including a round 17 encounter against Souths.
Nick Cotric is also a possible option, but he is very inconsistent.
Dragons: 1. Matt Dufty 2. Cody Ramsey 3. Brayden Wiliame 4. Gerard Beale 5. Mikaele Ravalawa 6. Corey Norman 7. Ben Hunt 8. Blake Lawrie 9. Andrew McCullough 10. Paul Vaughan 11. Josh Kerr 12. Jack Bird 13. Jackson Ford
Bench: 14. Talatau Amone 15. Poasa Faamausili 16. Daniel Alvaro 17. Jack de Belin
Reserves: 18. Adam Clune 19. Kaide Ellis 20. Tariq Sims 21. Billy Burns
- Poasa Faamausili (head knock, TBC)
- Max Feagai (head knock, round 14)
- Zac Lomax (thumb, round 14-15)
- Josh McGuire (suspension, round 16)
- Tyrell Fuimaono (suspension, round 16)
- Mat Feagai (ankle, round 17)
- Cameron McInnes (knee, season)
- Adam Clune
- Billy Burns
- Tariq Sims
Tariq Sims has been named in the reserves, in what is otherwise an unchanged side from the Broncos demolition job.
If you jumped on Matt Dufty for the round 13 bye coverage, well done. But he is not an option at $645k, and a bye looming in a couple of weeks.
Josh Kerr is starting to make his presence felt with scores of 86, 76 and 103 over the past three weeks. However, he obviously doesn’t cover the round 17 bye. He has been named on the edge again. Jack Bird has also been named on the edge but will shift to the centres if Sims returns.
Gerard Beale has a BE of -11 thanks to a 2RA of 64, but he is surely not an option. He may lose his spot in the centres if Bird shifts back there.