Guess who’s back?
With Joe gallivanting around Europe, I am stepping in for two weeks as cover. There will be no Pavalii scale and limited jokes (mainly because I lack the humour gene), so I don’t blame you for seeing yourself out now, but I will give it my best crack!
Sydney Roosters v South Sydney Rabbitohs, 7.50pm Thursday at Allianz Stadium
Roosters: 1 James Tedesco, 2 Reece Robinson, 3 Latrell Mitchell, 4 Joseph Manu, 5 Blake Ferguson, 6 Luke Keary, 7 Cooper Cronk, 8 Sio Siua Taukeiaho, 9 Jake Friend (c), 10 Dylan Napa, 11 Boyd Cordner (c), 12 Ryan Matterson, 13 Isaac Liu
Interchange: 14 Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, 15 Zane Tetevano, 16 Mitchell Aubusson, 17 Victor Radley
Reserves: 18 Nat Butcher, 19 Kurt Baptiste, 20 Mitchell Cornish, 21 Frank-Paul Nuuausala
Teams Analysis: The Roosters are unchanged.
Despite two average games, I remain a big Blake Fergusson fan with impressive base stats this season and with a BE at 79 he could be a trade in target next week with the Roosters up against the Bulldogs at home.
James Tedesco seems a relatively safe VC option this week and will be very popular; however, the Rabbitohs have only conceded two scores of 80+ this season and Teddy himself has only produced one score 80+ across the first five games. With that being said, he is coming off back to back 70’s and averages 74 against Souths with a career best score of 126.
Rabbitohs: 1 Alex Johnston, 2 Richie Kennar, 3 Greg Inglis (c), 4 Dane Gagai, 5 Robert Jennings, 6 Cody Walker, 7 Adam Reynolds, 8 Thomas Burgess, 9 Damien Cook, 10 George Burgess, 11 John Sutton, 12 Angus Crichton, 13 Cameron Murray
Interchange: 14 Adam Doueihi, 15 Mark Nicholls, 16 Jason Clark, 17 Tevita Tatola
Reserves: 18 Robbie Farah, 19 Hymel Hunt, 20 Campbell Graham, 21 Kyle Turner
Teams Analysis: Richie Kennar is back and is set for a handy price rise given his current BE of -21. His inclusion sees Dane Gagai shift back to centre and Hymel Hunt to the reserves. Cameron Murray has been named despite some concerns over a hamstring injury at training today.
Not good signs for Cameron Murray. Even minor hamstring injuries can result in time on the sidelines. Hopefully just a precaution https://t.co/I9IH9WeNWZ
— NRL PHYSIO (@nrlphysio) April 10, 2018
I have a big watch on Greg Inglis right now. The gun centre has produced scores of 55, 69 and 54 in his past three weeks, 30 PPG of which coming from pure base points. His BE is 32 and is currently priced below $500k.
With Sam Burgess out suspended, Mark Nicholls was one of the key benefactors last weekend playing 41 minutes for 44 points. He should produce something similar this week and finally get back into the negative BE zone.
Melbourne Storm v Newcastle Knights, 6pm Friday at AAMI Park
Storm: 1 Billy Slater, 2 Suliasi Vunivalu, 3 Young Tonumaipea, 4 Curtis Scott, 5 Josh Addo-Carr, 6 Cameron Munster, 7 Ryley Jacks, 8 Jesse Bromwich, 9 Cameron Smith (c), 10 Nelson Asofa-Solomona, 11 Felise Kaufusi, 12 Ryan Hoffman, 13 Kenny Bromwich,
Interchange: 14 Joe Stimson, 15 Tim Glasby, 16 Christian Welch, 17 Sam Kasiano
Reserves: 18 Brandon Smith, 19 Patrick Kaufusi, 20 Brodie Croft, 21 Justin Olam
Teams Analysis: Ryley Jacks has been recalled to the starting side in favour of Brodie Croft, while Kenny Bromwich starts at lock for Tim Glasby.
The inclusion of Jacks is massive SuperCoach news. The halves position has resembled somewhat of a black hole for rookies this season with the likes of Lachlan Croker and Jeremy Marshall-King being the “best” of the lot. With a BE of -60 coming into his second game, SuperCoaches everywhere will be praying that his score doesn’t flat line and retains his starting role for a while. The demotion of Croft doesn’t automatically mean that Smith will assume the goal kicking responsibility straight away as this is completely injury related.
Amazingly the Storm are one of the worst performing SuperCoach sides this season with only two players currently holding a 3RA over 50 points. This includes Ryan Hoffman (63 PPG) and Cameron Smith (58). Whilst Hoffman has been performing well of late, he is not really a serious option with his scores inflated due to LB’s and LBA’s, while Smith proved the doubters wrong with 75 points in 80 minutes, 55 of those coming from base. Hopefully he regains the goal kicking duties this week! Smith is also available at under $600k at the moment, so for non-owners he is a great pick-up.
Cameron Munster is attractively priced at $479k, but has been very inconsistent this season from the halves. He has a coefficient of variance of 60% with three of five scores of 40 or less so far this season.
Joe Stimson has now peaked for a total profit of $80k and can be sold. He will start to lose value quickly from here out given he scored just nine points in seven minutes last week.
Suliasi Vunivalu and Josh Addo-Carr have lost $106k and $151k respectively and could be shrewd selections at this price point. However, the Storm face the Knights, Broncos, Warriors, Dragons in the next month.
Knights: 1 Kalyn Ponga, 2 Shaun Kenny-Dowall, 3 Sione Mata’utia, 4 Nathan Ross, 5 Ken Sio, 6 Brock Lamb, 7 Mitchell Pearce (c), 8 Daniel Saifit, 9 Slade Griffin, 10 Jacob Lillyman, 11 Lachlan Fitzgibbon, 12 Aidan Guerra, 13 Herman Ese’ese
Interchange: 14 Danny Levi, 15 Chris Heighington, 16 Jamie Buhrer (c), 17 Jacob Saifiti
Reserves: 18 Luke Yates, 19 Josh King, 20 Jack Cogger, 21 Cory Denniss
Teams Analysis: Mitch Barnett is out for one week suspended and this sees Herman Ese’ese move from prop to lock (!) and Daniel Saifiti from bench to prop.
Lachlan Fitzgibbon has a 2RA of 62, but he produced scores of 38 and 40 in the lead up to his 83 points in round 5. With BPPG of just 38, he relies far too much on attacking stats for an 80-minute edge forward.
The Melbourne Storm have conceded the third least amount of points to fullbacks so far this season, so the acid test is finally about to hit Kayln Ponga. The rookie fullback is amazingly averaging 74 PPG through to round 5 and has increased in value by a whopping $143k from his starting price.
St George Illawarra Dragons v Cronulla Sharks, 7.50pm Friday at WIN Stadium
Dragons: 1 Matthew Dufty, 2 Nene Macdonald, 3 Euan Aitken, 4 Tim Lafai, 5 Jason Nightingale, 6 Gareth Widdop (c), 7 Ben Hunt, 8 James Graham, 9 Cameron McInnes, 10 Paul Vaughan, 11 Tyson Frizell, 12 Tariq Sims, 13 Jack De Belin
Interchange: 14 Jeremy Latimore, 15 Kurt Mann, 16 Leeson Ah Mau, 17 Hame Sele
Reserves: 18 Jacob Host, 19 Zachary Lomax, 20 Reece Robson, 21 Blake Lawrie
Teams Analysis: Hame Sele replaces Luciano Leilua on the bench.
It is with great sadness that I wave goodbye to Gareth Widdop this week. He has almost singlehandedly carried me into the top 1000. However, with a whopping BE of 160 this week and a price hovering around $800k, I just can’t pass up the opportunity of cashing him in. A trade to DCE nets me close to $200k. The Sharks have conceded just one score over 80 this year and Widdop averages less than 60 against them throughout his career. This is me thinking with my big head over my little head.
— Newcastle Herald (@newcastleherald) April 7, 2018
Euan Aitken has finally added those allusive attacking stats to his repertoire. He has four tries in five games this season compared to just six in 12 games last season, while his base production has also seen a small increase from 30 to 32 BPPG. He is looking like one of the few solid and reliable CTW options this year, but has already increased in price by $53k.
Sharks: 1 Matt Moylan, 2 Edrick Lee, 3 Josh Dugan, 4 Ricky Leutele, 5 Valentine Holmes, 6 Trent Hodkinson, 7 Chad Townsend, 8 Andrew Fifita, 9 Jayden Brailey, 10 Matt Prior, 11 Luke Lewis, 12 Wade Graham (c), 13 Paul Gallen (c)
Interchange: 14 Kurt Capewell, 15 Kurt Dillion, 16 Avagalu Seumanufagai, 17 Joseph Paulo
Reserves: 18 Jesse Ramien, 19 Scott Sorensen, 20 Jack Williams, 21 Kyle Flanagan
Teams Analysis: Josh Dugan returns at centre in place of Jesse Ramien with Matt Moylan retaining his fullback spot and Trent Hodkinson staying at five-eighth. Edrick Lee returns on the wing with Sosaia Feki out, while James Segeyaro is out through concussion and has been replaced by Kurt Dillon.
The Sharks have been largely a SuperCoach quagmire this season; however, this may all just be about to change with Paul Gallen returning to form and Andrew Fifita ripe for the picking. Gallen hadn’t played more than 60 minutes before round 5, where he played 71 minutes and produced 84 points with 64 of those from base. Is he back? With a BE of 53, I am waiting a week to see if round 5 was sign of things to come or an aberration. Fifita on the other hand has been producing consistent SuperCoach output all season with a low score of 53 and a high of 95 (last week). With a BE of 43, he looks like a solid upgrade option this week; however, the Dragons have conceded the least amount of points to date this season against FRF’s and 2RF’s.
Moving away from the forwards, the selection of Matt Moylan at fullback is an interesting one and certainly something worth keeping watch of. He averaged 60 PPG from fullback last year from rounds 1-10 at the Panthers.
New Zealand Warriors v Brisbane Broncos, 1pm local (3pm AEST) Saturday at Mt Smart Stadium
Warriors: 1 Roger Tuivasa-Sheck (c), 2 David Fusitua, 3 Peta Hiku, 4 Solomone Kata, 5 Ken Maumalo, 6 Blake Green, 7 Shaun Johnson, 8 Bunty Afoa, 9 Issac Luke, 10 Agnatius Paasi, 11 Leivaha Pulu, 12 Tohu Harris, 13 Adam Blair
Interchange: 14 Jazz Tevaga, 15 Sam Lisone, 16 Simon Mannering, 17 Anthony Gelling
Reserves: 18 Mason Lino, 20 Chris Satae, 21 Isaiah Papali’I, 22 Sam Cook
Teams Analysis: No changes.
Simon Mannering effectively played a trial match last week, playing 57 minutes for just 33 points. He has been named to start from the bench again this week and that is music to the ears of SuperCoaches. With a BE of 139, another game of limited minutes will see his price tumble in the coming weeks.
Shaun Johnson continues to be one of the most consistent (if not the most consistent player in the game) with scores of 86, 82, 35 and 74. The one poor score came in an away game to the Raiders. Looking ahead the Warriors face the Broncos (H), Dragons (H), Storm (A), Tigers (H), Roosters (H), Eels (A) and Souths (H). That’s five in six games at home, but against much tougher completion than he has faced so far in his opening four matches. The Dragons, Storm and Tigers are three worst teams to play against from a SuperCoach perspective. I am choosing DCE over Johnson this week for that reason and of course the round 13 bye coverage.
David Fusitua has scored seven tries in five games; however, his base stats are very poor, averaging just 19 BPPG. With the tough draw ahead, he’s not a player that overly interests me.
Broncos: 1 Darius Boyd (c), 2 Corey Oates, 3 James Roberts, 4 Jack Bird, 5 Jamayne Isaako, 6 Anthony Milford, 7 Kodi Nikorima, 8 Matthew Lodge, 9 Andrew McCullough, 10 Tevita Pangai jnr, 11 Alex Glenn, 12 Matt Gillett, 13 Josh McGuire
Interchange: 14 Sam Thaiday, 15 Joe Ofahengaue, 16 Korbin Sims, 17 Jaydn Su’A
Reserves: 18 Tom Opacic, 19 Troy Dargan, 20 Sam Tagataese, 21 Payne Haas
Teams Analysis: Alex Glenn returns from shoulder injury, seeing Jaydn Su’A to the bench and Tom Opacic to the reserves.
Jamayne Isaako has a BE of 42 and 3RA of just 38 despite the luxury of being the team’s specialist goal kicker. He has made us $110k so it may be time for him to go, but the Broncos play five of the next six games at home and historically they are a much better side there than away.
Having struggled through the opening four rounds, Anthony Milford broke through in round 5 with a 100-point performance. He now has a BE of 41 and has lost $75k to date making he is ripe for the picking. However, he faces the Warriors away this week, a side that has conceded the second least amount of points to halves this season. With this being said, Milford’s record at home vs. away speaks for itself and he will be hard to ignore given the Broncos upcoming home set of fixtures.
Tevita Pangai Junior has a BE of 56 and a 3RA of 46. He has only made $53k to date, but there are falling guns that need to be acquired.
North Queensland Cowboys v Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs, 5.30pm Saturday at 1300SMILES Stadium
Cowboys: 1 Lachlan Coote, 2 Kyle Feldt, 3 Justin O’Neill, 4 Ben Hampton, 5 Antonio Winterstein, 6 Michael Morgan, 7 Johnathan Thurston (c), 8 Matthew Scott (c), 9 Jake Granville, 10 Scott Bolton, 11 Gavin Cooper, 12 Coen Hess, 13 Jason Taumalolo
Interchange: 14 Te Maire Martin, 15 John Asiata, 16 Corey Jensen, 17 Ethan Lowe
Reserves: 18 Francis Molo, 19 Javid Bowen, 20 Enari Tuala, 21 Jake Clifford
Teams Analysis: Lachlan Coote is finally back, seeing Ben Hampton shift to the centres and Javid Bowen out.
Kyle Feldt could be a trade in this week for a quick cash grab, particularly for the likes of Isaako. With a BE of -29 following scores of 75 and 83, the Cowboys winger could be set for some significant price rises with games against the Bulldogs, Titans and Raiders at home over the next three weeks. Ben Hampton (BE -27) is another worth considering at $287k as a cash grab given he has retained his spot in the side despite the return of Coote.
Coen Hess has peaked in value at $636k, rising $122k from his starting price. He’s now played three 80 minute games in a row, for an average of 77 PPG (50 BPPG) and is definitely a round 13 bye coverage target. His form hasn’t quite been as impressive, but Jason Taumalolo is another Cowboy’s forward that obviously needs to be considered as a trade in option soon. He has fallen in price by $114k and should continue to fall with a BE of 80. He played just 43 minutes last week for 42 points.
I thought that I had pulled off a significant coup on Saturday night as Johnathan Thurston was in single digits at half-time. However, the old JT returned for a moment of brilliance in the second half to see him finish with 47 points, killing off a chunk of his price drop. However, he still faces a hefty BE this week (93) and faces a Bulldogs side that hasn’t conceded too many points to halfbacks this season. If you’ve still got him then he’s obviously a hold with three matches ahead at home and I may even look to bring him in at a discounted price for round 13 coverage.
Bulldogs: 1 Moses Mbye, 2 Brett Morris, 3 Josh Morris, 4 Will Hopoate, 5 Marcelo Montoya, 6 Jeremy Marshall-King, 7 Kieran Foran, 8 Aaron Woods, 9 Michael Lichaa, 10 David Klemmer, 11 Josh Jackson (c), 12 Raymond Faitala-Mariner, 13 Adam Elliott
Interchange: 14 Asipeli Fine, 15 Danny Fualalo, 16 Greg Eastwood, 17 Kerrod Holland
Reserves: 18 John Olive, 19 Rhyse Martin, 20 Renouf Toomaga, 21 Reimis Smith
Teams Analysis: No changes; however, Josh Jackson may be a late out through suspension.
Moses Mbye is a definite sell option this week with a BE of 109. Take your $96k profit and walk away. On the other hand, Raymond Faitala-Mariner (BE of 36) and Jeremy Marshall-King (BE of 25) both still have some cash to make.
Canberra Raiders v Parramatta Eels, 7.35pm Saturday at GIO Stadium
Raiders: 1 Jack Wighton, 2 Nick Cotric, 3 Jarrod Croker (c), 4 Joseph Leilua, 5 Jordan Rapana, 6 Blake Austin, 7 Aiden Sezer, 8 Iosia Soliola, 9 Siliva Havili, 10 Junior Paulo, 11 Joseph Tapine, 12 Elliott Whitehead, 13 Luke Bateman
Interchange: 14 Ata Hingano, 15 Shannon Boyd, 16 Josh Papalii, 17 Dunamis Lui
Reserves: 18 Liam Knight, 19 Michael Oldfield, 20 Brad Abbey, 21 Jack Murchie
Teams Analysis: Jack Wighton has been recalled after being a late out last week, seeing Nick Cotric shifting back to the wing in place of Michael Oldfield, who has been dropped to the reserves. Sam Williams is out injured and this sees Blake Austin recalled to the starting side. Josh Papalii has also re-joined the side, but only as far as the bench.
The Raiders backs were having a party last weekend and everyone was invited except for Jordan Rapana. Jarrod Croker (77 points) now has 3RA of 70 PPG and a BE of 35. He is back to his 2016 output and looks to join Aitken as the key CTW options this season. However, his base remains poor at just 18 BPPG. Joseph Leilua is effectively priced where he started the season, but with a BE of 9 he will see some price rises in the coming weeks following a score of 86. That leaves poor little Rapana. The kid from New Zealand was left out in the cold and could only manage a score of 43. He has already decreased in value by $143k and with a BE of 87 he will likely see further price reductions. Is it too late to sell?
It’s time to go for Elliott Whitehead. He has increased in value by $65k, but with a BE of 106 and a 3RA of 33 now is the time to cash in. Being such a good utility is horrible for SuperCoach, last week he played in three different positions.
Eels: 1 Clint Gutherson, 2 George Jennings, 3 Michael Jennings, 4 Kirisome Auva’a, 5 Bevan French, 6 Corey Norman, 7 Mitchell Moses, 8 Peni Terepo, 9 Kaysa Pritchard, 10 Tim Mannah (c), 11 Manu Ma’u, 17 Tony Williams, 13 Tepai Moeroa
Interchange: 14 Beau Scott, 15 Kenny Edwards, 16 Daniel Alvaro, Kane Evans
Reserves: 18 Will Smith, 19 David Gower, 20 Suaia Matagi, 21 Josh Hoffman
Teams Analysis: Clint Gutherson returns from an ACL injury, seeing Will Smith dropped to the reserves. Bevan French also returns from injury to the wing in place of Josh Hoffman with George Jennings retaining his spot. The big SuperCoach news is that Nathan Brown is out with an ankle injury with Tepai Moeroa named to start and Kane Evans joining the bench. Peni Terepo also starts at prop with Daniel Alvaro dropping back to the bench.
The Eels are extremely relevant for SuperCoach this week with the likes of Mitchell Moses (BE of 14), George Jennings (BE of -38) and Nathan Brown out injured.
Moses has been having an absolute stinker of a season with scores of 35, 6, 11, 35 and 54. The most recent performance has however given us some hope and after a $125k drop from his starting price, is it time to forgive? The Eels whilst trying hard last week, still looked rudderless in attack and despite the return of Gurtherson this week, the loss of Brown is huge in my opinion. Gutherson will take time to recapture his 2017 form given he is coming off an ACL injury, so you’d expect that Moses retains the goal kicking duties, but this is also a bit of unknown. If he were to lose the goal kicking duties, then Moses would be completely irrelevant for SuperCoach. The Eels play the all-important round 13 bye, but have they have a tough draw ahead with the likes of the Raiders (A), Manly (H), Tigers (H) and the Sharks (A). I am just can’t trust the Eels or Moses enough to bring him into my side this week.
Jennings looks like a relatively solid cash cow, particularly given that he is now favoured in the side over Hoffman and there is an injury cloud hovering over Kirisome Auva’a. However, his score of 30 last week, including a try is a concern. It’s almost important to note that there will be a couple of handy cheapies available next week, so the cash generated from his trade in may not be as important.
Penrith Panthers v Gold Coast Titans, 2pm Sunday at Panthers Stadium
Panthers: 1 Dylan Edwards, 2 Josh Mansour, 3 Isaah Yeo, 4 Dean Whare, 5 Christian Crichton, 6 Tyrone Peachey, 7 James Maloney, 8 Trent Merrin, 9 Peter Wallace (c), 10 Reagan Campbell-Gillard, 11 Viliame Kikau, 12 Corey Harawira-Naera, 13 James Fisher-Harris
Interchange: 14 Wayde Egan, 15 Kaide Ellis, 16 Moses Leota, 17 James Tamou
Reserves: 18 Jarome Luai, 19 Nick Tui-Toso, 20 Sione Katoa, 21 Jack Hetherington
Teams Analysis: Isaah Yeo shifts from the second row to centre as cover for Waqa Blake who is out with an ankle injury, while Corey Harawira-Naera comes into the starting side and Kaide Ellis onto the bench.
James Fisher-Harris murdered the banner last week with 60 points in 65 minutes, 52 of which coming from base. The injuries and subsequent adjustments to the Penrith 13 and bench this week can only be a good thing for him too. With a BE of -20, maybe it’s still not too late to jump on board.
The changes to the side should also prove positive for Vilame Kikau will continue to make us money with a BE of 10. Keep him in your 17 for now.
Despite their fantastic performances over the past two weeks, the Titans have conceded nine scores of 80+ this season, and 13 over 60. They are leaking points and particularly in the halves where they are averaging 0.9 PPM against. So, it’s over to you, James Maloney.
Titans: 1 Michael Gordon, 2 Anthony Don, 3 Dale Copley, 4 Konrad Hurrell, 5 Phillip Sami, 6 Kane Elgey, 7 Ashley Taylor, 8 Jarrod Wallace, 9 Nathan Peats, 10 Max King, 11 Kevin Proctor, 12 Will Matthews, 13 Jai Arrow
Interchange: 14 Mitch Rein, 15 Morgan Boyle, 16 Bryce Cartwright, 17 Jack Stockwell
Reserves: 18 Leilani Latu, 19 Keegan Hipgrave, 20 Ryan Simpkins, 21 Tyronne Roberts-Davis
Teams Analysis: Ryan James is out through suspension and this sees Max King shift to prop and Will Matthews returning in the back row. Jack Stockwell replaces Keegan Hipgrave on the bench in the only other change.
Jai Arrow will see another huge price increase this week with a BE of -47 following his 140-point performance against the Sea Eagles that included two tries in 60 minutes. He’s also averaging a whopping 1.29 PPM and 54 BPPG to date this season. Whilst, I am sure there are other factors at play, the Titans best two performances of the year have correlated with his shift to lock and Cartwright’s to the bench. You’d think it unlikely that they’d change a winning formula any time soon. Despite missing the price rises to date, I am still calling him a buy at $500k.
Bryce Cartwright pulled off a typical “Carty Party” pass that eventuated in a try assist and a final score over 50. He now has a BE of 33, which is very attainable and is arguably a hold for at least another week. He also played 55 minutes on the weekend and should play similar minutes this week with the loss of James.
Anthony Don has a BE of -3, but is a trap. His base output of just 18 is horrible and he has scored under 30 this year twice in five games. His fellow Titans’ winger on the other hand is more SuperCoach relevant. Phillip Sami still has a favourable BE of -25, so owners can expect a few more price rises despite a poor score in round 5. Regardless of price movements from here out, Sami is a borderline keeper for your CTW given he is consistently producing 30 BPPG.
Manly Warringah Sea Eagles v Wests Tigers, 4.10pm Sunday at Lottoland
Sea Eagles: 1 Tom Trbojevic, 2 Brad Parker, 3 Dylan Walker, 4 Brian Kelly, 5 Akuila Uate, 6 Lachlan Croker, 7 Daly Cherry-Evans (c), 8 Addin Fonua-Blake, 9 Apisai Koroisau, 10 Martin Taupau, 11 Joel Thompson, 12 Jack Gosiewski, 13 Jake Trbojevic
Interchange: 14 Jackson Hastings, 15 Shaun Lane, 16 Lloyd Perrett, 17 Frank Winterstein
Reserves: 18 Matthew Wright, 19 Jonathan Wright, 21 Taniela Paseka, 22 Tofofoa Sipley
Teams Analysis: Tom Trbojevic returns after just one week on the sidelines, seeing Matthew White drop out of the side and Brad Parker to the wing. Jack Gosiewski comes into the starting side with Frank Winterstein dropping to the bench.
Daly Cherry-Evans will be welcomed into the Wenins Romes this week. However, I am a bit disappointed that he did so well last weekend as he is now not as cheap as planned and is sure to have many more admirers. Regardless, with two of the next four games at Brookvale (where he has averaged 96 PPG in two games this season) and matches against the Knights, Eels and Broncos in the next five weeks (who have a conceded a combined total of 63 scores > 60 PPM this season), he looks to have a favourable set of fixtures ahead. The round 13 bye coverage carrot dangles out in front also.
Lachlan Croker’s time is well and truly up and the play of the ball below just about sums up how well he has gone for SuperCoach this season, but with just a $72k price rise this season he is very awkwardly priced at $237k. He should cover the round 13 bye round so it may be worthwhile just holding him on your bench until after then, but he can also possibly be moved onto Jacks next week.
— NRL (@NRL) April 8, 2018
Martin Taupau played just 42 minutes on the weekend (down from an average of 47) for a below par score of 47. With a BE of 72, he is a player to monitor in the coming weeks for round 13 coverage also.
Gosiewski looms as a great cheapie for next week (NEXT WEEK) given his promotion to the starting side and the plethora of injuries to the Sea Eagles back row forwards.
The Wests Tigers have been a SuperCoach graveyard this year. Let this be a warning to those considering captaining any Sea Eagles player this week. Only one player has scored more than 80 points against them so far.
Wests Tigers: 1 Corey Thompson, 2 David Nofoaluma, 3 Esan Marsters, 4 Kevin Naiqama, 5 Malakai Watene-Zelezniak, 6 Benji Marshall (c), 7 Luke Brooks, 8 Alex Twal, 9 Jacob Liddle, 10 Ben Matulino, 11 Chris Lawrence, 12 Robbie Rochow, 13 Matthew Eisenhuth
Interchange: 14 Josh Reynolds, 15 Josh Aloiai, 16 Michael Chee-Kam, 17 Sauaso Sue
Reserves: 18 Tim Grant, 19 Chris McQueen, 20 Tyson Gamble, 21 Tuimoala Lolohea
Teams Analysis: Josh Reynolds will finally make his debut for the Tigers, but only as far as the bench. Jacob Liddle starts at hooker with Pita Godinet out, while Tui Lolohea has been dropped, David Nofoaluma recalled on to the wing and Corey Thompson named at fullback. Alex Twal starts at prop for Russell Packer who is out with a knee injury and Sauaso Sue joins the bench.
The Tigers have been the most intriguing side this season and even their die-hard fans could not have predicted their results after five rounds.
As a Rapana owner, a player that I have been monitoring with great interest is Esan Marsters. Marsters has been a revelation this season, averaging 64 PPG and with a BE of 24, I am definitely tempted this week. His base has been great at 29, with this average impacted by his round 2 game against the Storm where there were about 100 penalties and plenty of shitty SuperCoach scores. However, he kicked goals in this game, assisting his score of 65 by 10 points. If you strip out these goal kicking points, he has scores of 72, 55, 36, 101 and 44 for an average of 62 PPG. But, why should we strip out these points when he could regain the goal kicking this week with Lolohea dropped!
Robbie Rochow has increased in price by $160k already, god bless him and that will only continue with a round 6 BE of -7.