It’s an abbreviated analysis this week with not much free time to spare, but there are heaps of changes and plenty of SuperCoach discussion points.
Here are this week’s teams.
EELS V RAIDERS
Thursday 22 July, Cbus Super Stadium, 7:50 pm
EELS: 1. Clint Gutherson, 2. Maika Sivo, 3. Will Penisini, 4. Waqa Blake, 5. Blake Ferguson, 6. Dylan Brown, 7. Jake Arthur, 8. Reagan Campbell-Gillard, 9. Reed Mahoney, 10. Junior Paulo, 11. Isaiah Papali’i, 12. Ryan Matterson, 13. Nathan Brown
Bench: 14. Marata Niukore, 15. Shaun Lane, 16. Oregon Kaufusi, 17. Will Smith
Reserves: 18. Haze Dunster, 19. Bryce Cartwright, 20. Makahesi Makatoa, 21. Joey Lussick
- Blake Ferguson
- Joey Lussick
- Junior Paulo
- Makahesi Makatoa
- Tom Opacic
Blake Ferguson returns after a long absence, while Junior Paulo is also back after resting last weekend. Will Smith has once again been named on the bench, seeing Ryan Matterson playing big minutes for the third consecutive round.
Reed Mahoney shone in his return game with a 98. However, with the Eels facing the Rabbitohs, Roosters, Storm and Panthers in their final seven games, bringing him in could be a risk.
Clint Gutherson also performed strongly and has another nice matchup against the Raiders this Thursday night. He scored 103 against them in round 6 and is a definite VC shout.
RAIDERS: 1. Jordan Rapana, 2. Harley Smith-Shields, 3. Jarrod Croker, 4. Sebastian Kris, 5. Semi Valemei, 6. Matt Frawley, 7. Sam Williams, 8. Josh Papalii, 9. Josh Hodgson, 10. Emre Guler, 11. Corey Harawira-Naera, 12. Hudson Young, 13. Ryan Sutton
Bench: 14. Tom Starling, 15. Matthew Timoko, 16. Iosia Soliola 17. Joseph Tapine
Reserves: 18. Caleb Aekins, 19. Ryan James, 20. Siliva Havili, 21. Trey Mooney
- Caleb Aekins
- Harley Smith-Shields
- Matt Frawley
- Siliva Havili
- Trey Mooney
- Jack Wighton
- Xavier Savage
Jordan Rapana moves to fullback for the injured Xavier Savage and may be a POD option for the run home at just $444k. Apart from that, there’s nothing of interest from a SuperCoach perspective here in the changes.
ROOSTERS V KNIGHTS
Friday 23 July, Sunshine Coast Stadium, 6:00 pm
ROOSTERS: 1. James Tedesco, 2. Daniel Tupou, 3. Billy Smith, 4. Joey Manu, 5. Matt Ikuvalu, 6. Drew Hutchison, 7. Sam Walker, 8. Jared Waerea-Hargreave, 9. Sam Verrills, 10. Isaac Liu, 11. Angus Crichton, 12. Sitili Tupouniua, 13. Victor Radley
Bench: 14. Lachlan Lam, 15. Nat Butcher, 16. Egan Butcher, 17. Siosiua Taukeiaho
Reserves: 18. Adam Keighran, 19. Fletcher Baker, 20. Josh Morris, 21. Ben Thomas
- Ben Thomas
- James Tedesco
- Siosiua Taukeiaho
Tedesco returns, seeing Joey Manu shift back to the centres with Josh Morris making way. Siosiua Taukeiaho has been named in the #17 jersey.
Manu owners should start to think about moving him on now, given the disparity in his scoring between fullback and centres. The People’s Team will be trading him to a POD CTW this week.
Sam Walker shapes as a POD VC option against a Knights side that could be missing Ponga and Klemmer.
KNIGHTS: 1. Kalyn Ponga, 2. Dominic Young, 3. Kurt Mann, 4. Enari Tuala, 5. Hymel Hunt, 6. Jake Clifford, 7. Phoenix Crossland, 8. Jacob Saifiti, 9. Jayden Brailey, 10. Daniel Saifiti, 11. Tyson Frizell, 12. Mitchell Barnett, 13. Connor Watson
Bench: 14. Sauaso Sue, 15. David Klemmer, 16. Josh King, 17. Brodie Jones
Reserves: 18. Jack Johns, 19. Simi Sasagi, 20. Tex Hoy 21. Lachlan Fitzgibbon
- Daniel Saifiti
- Sauaso Sue
- Simi Sasagi
Daniel Saifiti returns, while Kalyn Ponga and David Klemmer have been named despite failing HIA’s last weekend. Connor Watson and Mitch Barnett have both been named to start, which is fantastic news for owners. However, with Sauaso Sue on the bench, Watson’s minutes may not improve too much.
People will be tempted to trade Jayden Brailey, but I would hold. The Knights draw is amazing after this weekend, and you can start him in almost every fixture.
COWBOYS V STORM
Friday 23 July, Queensland Country Bank Stadium, 7:55 pm
Cowboys: 1. Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow, 2. Kyle Feldt, 3. Murray Taulagi, 4. Connelly Lemuelu, 5. Kane Bradley, 6. Scott Drinkwater, 7. Tom Dearden, 8. Francis Molo, 9. Reece Robson, 10. Jordan McLean, 11. Shane Wright, 12. Mitchell Dunn, 13. Jason Taumalolo
Bench: 14. Tom Gilbert, 15. Heilum Luki, 16. Coen Hess, 17. Jake Granville
Reserves: 18. Lachlan Burr, 19. Michael Bell, 20. Peter Hola, 21. Daejarn Asi
- Heilum Luki
- Kane Bradley
- Lachlan Burr
- Michael Bell
- Javid Bowen
Nothing in the changes excites me too much, but Jason Taumalolo is back. Congrats to those who jumped on at a crazy price a few weeks back. He is still very affordable and looks like a solid trade option for Tohu Harris.
Storm: 1. Nicho Hynes, 2. Dean Ieremia, 3. Reimis Smith, 4. Justin Olam, 5. Josh Addo-Carr, 6. Cooper Johns, 7. Jahrome Hughes, 8. Jesse Bromwich, 9. Brandon Smith, 10. Christian Welch, 11. Chris Lewis, 12. Kenny Bromwich 13. Tui Kamikamica
Bench: 14. Aaron Booth, 15. Aaron Pene, 16. Nelson Asofa-Solomona, 17. Ryan Papenhuyzen
Reserves: 18. Trent Loiero, 19. Jordan Grant, 20. Isaac Lumelume, 21. Marion Seve
- Christian Welch
- Cooper Johns
- Josh Addo-Carr
- Marion Seve
- Nelson Asofa-Solomona
- Ryan Papenhuyzen
- Trent Loiero
- Cameron Munster
- Dale Finucane
- Felise Kaufusi
- George Jennings
Finally, Ryan Paenhuyzen returns but only as far as the bench. With that said, you’d think there is a chance that he may start at fullback with Nicho Hynes shifting to the halves and Cooper Johns dropping out. Unfortunately, Cameron Munster is being rested.
Josh Addo-Carr is a sneaky option for the run home with the Storm set to face the Cowboys, Raiders, Titans and the Sharks.
Brandon Smith is the best option at hooker right now.
RABBITOHS V WARRIORS
Saturday 24 July, Sunshine Coast Stadium, 3:00 pm
Rabbitohs: 1. Latrell Mitchell, 2. Josh Mansour, 3. Dane Gagai, 4. Campbell Graham, 5. Jaxson Paulo 6. Cody Walker, 7. Adam Reynolds, 8. Mark Nicholls, 9. Damien Cook, 10. Thomas Burgess, 11. Keaon Koloamatangi, 12. Jaydn Su’A, 13. Cameron Murray
Bench: 14. Taane Milne, 15. Jacob Host, 16. Patrick Mago, 17. Jai Arrow.
Reserves: 18. Braidon Burns, 19. Jed Cartwright, 20. Blake Taaffe, 21. Dean Hawkins
- Dean Hawkins
- Jai Arrow
- Jaxson Paulo
- Jed Cartwright
- Josh Mansour
- Latrell Mitchel
- Alex Johnston
- Liam Knight
- Peter Mamouzelos
Alex Johnston is out for up to a month, but it could also be just two weeks. Holding him depends on when you think he will return and not only because you want him back ASAP, but there is quite a significant difference in the quality of the South’s draw. Should he miss the next couple of weeks, he will return in time for the Titans game, and that could be a fantastic POD move; however, if he is out for the full month, then it’s a welcome back game against the Panthers and then the Roosters. I’m leaning towards selling and creating a bucket load of cash with minimal trades left.
Latrell Mitchell and Jai Arrow also return, while Taane Milne has been dropped and sold for a significant profit.
Warriors: 1. Reece Walsh, 2. Dallin Watene-Zelezniak, 3. Adam Pompey 4. Euan Aitken, 5. Marcelo Montoya, 6. Kodi Nikorima, 7. Chad Townsend, 8. Addin Fonua-Blake, 9. Jazz Tevaga, 10. Matt Lodge, 11. Jack Murchie, 12. Bayley Sironen, 13. Josh Curran
Bench: 14. Taniela Otukolu 15. Eliesa Katoa, 16. Bunty Afoa 17. Leeson Ah Mau,,
Reserves: 18. Kane Evans 19. Edward Kosi 20. Sean O’Sullivan 21. Ben Murdoch-Masila
- Adam Pompey
- Ben Murdoch-Masila
- Bunty Afoa
- Edward Kosi
- Jack Murchie
- Sean O’Sullivan
- Taniela Otukolo
- Rocco Berry
- Roger Tuivasa-Sheck
- Tohu Harris
- Wayde Egan
There are some big changes here once again for the Warriors.
Tohu Harris, unfortunately, lasted just a few minutes before injuring his ACL and now will miss a significant amount of time. He’s obviously a sell but is now priced at just $490k after scores of 22 and 6. Roger Ruivasa-Sheck will also miss due to a concussion. Kodi Nikorima returns to the halves, while Jazz Tevaga replaces the injury Wayde Egan at hooker. With Egan set to miss the rest of the season, Tevaga could be a POD option to finish the year off.
With the addition of goal kicking, Reece Walsh is a definite option at fullback. The Warriors finish the season with matches against the Tigers, Sharks, Bulldogs, Broncos, Raiders and Titans – Walsh could genuinely compete with the likes of Ponga and Teddy. However, wait to see if Chad Townsend or Kodi Nikorima take over the goal-kicking duties before adding him.
Nikorima has been an absolute flop, but I am holding given the Warriors run home and ditto for Dallin Watene-Zelezniak, who could prove to be a handy CTW POD over the final few rounds.
SEA EAGLES V TIGERS
Saturday 24 July, Suncorp Stadium, 5:30 pm
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. Martin Taupau, 11. Haumole Olakau’atu, 12. Josh Schuster, 13. Jake Trbojevic
Bench: 14. Dylan Walker, 15. Josh Aloiai, 16. Sean Keppie, 17. Toaofoa Sipley
Reserves: 18. Moses Suli, 19. Cade Cust, 20. Jack Gosiewski, 21. Kurt De Luis
- Daly Cherry-Evans
- Jack Gosiewski
- Jake Trbojevic
- Josh Aloiai
- Tom Trbojevic
- Karl Lawton
- Tevita Funa
Tom Trbojevic is back, and I will be finally bringing him into my side this week. Unfortunately, it will be at the expense of Will Kennedy, who faces the Bulldogs in round 19, but I can’t watch him from the sidelines anymore. His return sees Reuben Garrick shift to the wing. Jake Trbojevic and Daly Cherry Evans also return with Karl Lawton and Tevita Funa dropping out.
Tigers: 1. Daine Laurie, 2. David Nofoaluma, 3. Junior Pauga, 4. Tommy Talau, 5. Ken Maumalo, 6. Adam Doueihi, 7. Luke Brooks, 8. Stefano Utoikamanu, 9. Jacob Liddle, 10. James Tamou, 11. Luke Garner, 12. Luciano Leilua, 13. Thomas Mikaele
Bench: 14. Joe Ofahengaue, 15. Alex Twal, 16. Tukimihia Simpkins, 17. Moses Mbye
Reserves: 18. Michael Chee Kam, 19. Jake Simpkin, 20. Alex Seyfarth, 21. Shawn Blore
- Alex Seyfarth
- Jake Simpkin
- Shawn Blore
No changes for the Tigers.
The Tigers also have a great run home, and David Nofoaluma remains very cheap for those in the market for a CTW. I will be trading Alex Johnston to him this week, which frees up the cash to allow me to make the Kennedy to Turbo move.
Luciano Leilua is a definite trade option from Tohu Harris at a similar price.
PANTHERS V BRONCOS
Saturday 24 July, Suncorp Stadium, 7:35 pm
Panthers: 1. Dylan Edwards, 2. Charlie Staines, 3. Stephen Crichton, 4. Matt Burton, 5. Brian To’o, 6. Jarome Luai, 7. Tyrone May, 8. Moses Leota, 9. Apisai Koroisau, 10. James Fisher-Harris, 11. Viliame Kikau, 12. Kurt Capewell, 13. Isaah Yeo
Bench: 14. Mitch Kenny, 15. Scott Sorensen, 16. Spencer Leniu, 17. Liam Martin
Reserves: 18. Brent Naden, 19. Paul Momirovski, 20. Matthew Eisenhuth, 21. Izack Tago
- Jarome Luai
- Matthew Eisenhuth
- Paul Momirovski
Jarome Luai returns, seeing Matt Burton shift to the centres in time for a very favourable matchup against the Broncos. Paul Momirovski also returns but only as far as the bench.
James Fisher-Harris will play but will leave the bubble after this match to be with his wife for the birth of his child. That may open the door for a TPJ shift to the Panthers, which would be very interesting for SuperCoach.
Still no Nathan Cleary.
Broncos: 1. Tesi Niu, 2. Corey Oates, 3. Kotoni Staggs, 4. Herbie Farnworth, 5. Jamayne Isaako, 6. Tyson Gamble, 7. Brodie Croft, 8. Thomas Flegler, 9. Jake Turpin, 10. Payne Haas, 11. Alex Glenn, 12. Jordan Riki, 13. Kobe Hetherington
Bench: 14. Cory Paix, 15. Rhys Kennedy, 16. Keenan Palasia, 17. TC Robatii
Reserves: 18. Ethan Bullemor, 19. Jesse Arthars, 20. Xavier Willison, 21. Xavier Coates
- Cory Paix
- Xavier Coates
- Xavier Willison
Not much of interest here apart from the return of Payne Haas, who has now produced back to back scores of 90 and 89. He has also played 64 minutes in each of his past three games. As mentioned last week, he’s an absolute steal at just $530k, but it is a little bit of a luxury trade.
TPJ seems to have played his final game for the Broncos, but I will be holding with hopefully some upside in his SuperCoach output if he does indeed join the Panthers.
DRAGONS V TITANS
Sunday 25 July, Cbus Super Stadium, 1:50 pm
Dragons: 1. Matt Dufty, 2. Jordan Pereira, 3. Gerard Beale, 4. Cody Ramsey, 5. Mathew Feagai, 6. Jayden Sullivan, 7. Ben Hunt, 8. Blake Lawrie, 9. Andrew McCullough, 10. Josh Kerr, 11. Jack Bird, 12. Tariq Sims, 13. Josh McGuire
Bench: 14. Adam Clune, 15. Tyrell Fuimaono, 16. Jamayne Taunoa-Brown, 17. Jack de Belin
Reserves: 18.Kaide Ellis, 19. Talatau Amone, 20. Billy Burns, 21. Tyrell Sloan
- Jayden Sullivan
- Jordan Pereira
- Kaide Ellis
- Mathew Feagai
- Matthew Dufty
- Talatau Amone
- Tyrell Fuimaono
- Brayden Wiliame
- Corey Norman
- Jackson Ford
- Poasa Faamausili
No interest here.
Titans: 1. Alexander Brimson, 2. Greg Marzhew, 3. Brian Kelly, 4. Patrick Herbert, 5. Corey Thompson, 6. Ash Taylor, 7. Toby Sexton, 8. Jarrod Wallace, 9. Mitch Rein, 10. Moeaki Fotuaika, 11. Kevin Proctor, 12. David Fifita, 13. Tino Fa’asuamaleaui
Bench: 14. Tyrone Peachey, 15. Sam Lisone, 16.Jaimin Jolliffe, 17. Beau Fermor
Reserves: 18. Esan Marsters, 19. Sam McIntyre, 20. Tanah Boyd, 21. Jayden Campbell
- Esan Marsters
- Greg Marzhew
- Jayden Campbell
- Mitch Rein
- Tanah Boyd
- Toby Sexton
- Erin Clark
- Jamal Fogarty
- Phillip Sami
The Titans have been plenty of changes, with injuries the main catalyst. Greg Marzhew is back for those who still own, while Toby Sexton will start in the halves for the injured Jamal Fogarty.
David Fifita was so bad last weekend that he got dragged close to halftime. A second-half try saved his score, and he could have had another one. Hopefully, the game was just a one-off occurrence in what has been an otherwise terrific debut season at the Titans.
BULLDOGS V SHARKS
Sunday 25 July, Cbus Super Stadium, 4:05 pm
Bulldogs: 1. Nick Meaney, 2. Corey Allan, 3. Will Hopoate, 4. Aaron Schoupp, 5. Jayden Okunbor, 6. Lachlan Lewis, 7. Jake Averillo, 8. Ava Seumanufagai, 9. Jeremy Marshall-King, 10.Jack Hetherington, 11. Corey Waddell, 12. Josh Jackson, 13. Luke Thompson
Bench: 14. Bailey Biondi-Oro, 15. Dylan Napa, 16. Joe Stimson, 17. Ofahiki Ogden
Reserves: 19. Kyle Flanagan, 20. Sione Katoa, 21. Falakiko Manu, 22, Matt Doorey
- Jeremy Marshall-King
- Joe Stimson
- Kyle Flanagan
Jayden Okunbor scored well in his first game back and has retained his position on the wing. Luke Thompson has been shifted to lock, with Josh Jackson shifting to the second row. No other changes of note.
Sharks: 1. Will Kennedy, 2. Sione Katoa, 3. Connor Tracey, 4. Jesse Ramien, 5. Ronaldo Mulitalo, 6. Braydon Trindall, 7. Shaun Johnson, 8. Toby Rudolf, 9. Blayke Brailey, 10. Aaron Woods, 11. Siosifa Talakai, 12. Teig Wilton, 13. Jack Williams
Bench: 14. Mawene Hiroti, 15. Royce Hunt, 16. Briton Nikora, 17. Braden Hamlin-Uele
Reserves: 18. Billy Magoulias, 19. Luke Metclaf, 20. Andrew Fifita, 21. Jonaiah Lualua
- Andrew Fifita
- Billy Magoulias
- Jonaiah Lualua
- Luke Metcalf
- Aiden Tolman
Aiden Tolman is out suspended, with Toby Rudolph starting in the front row.
Shaun Johnson was completely ineffective last weekend, scoring just 17 points but will bounce back this weekend and is a captain option.
My boy, Will Kennedy, should also return to his pre-bye form, while Jesse Ramien is a lock for you 17 against the Bulldogs.