ROUND 12 NRL: Last minute bye preparation
Well here we are at round 12 and coaches are soon to find out the pros and cons of bye round preparation.
Over the next eight weeks our teams will rise and fall by thousands of ranks due to the decisions we’ve made in the lead up to round 12. Don’t panic if you’ve found yourself short on players! SuperCoach has given us four trades to make last minute changes to our teams. Be careful with those low to mid-range scorers that have attractive bye coverages; trading these players in and out of your side could hinder your run home performance by eating up your much needed trades. Keep in mind that a number of coaches aren’t too concerned about fielding a full side in round 12. Having 12 to 15 scoring players is enough to keep your side competitive this weekend.
Forget about trying to find a run home hooker that also plays round 12, there isn’t one. The best option available is Josh Hodgson who will play rounds 12 and 18 but isn’t considered a run home player. Other possibilities include Jake Granville, Mitch Rein and Michael Lichaa who are all available for around $300k but will need to be traded out at some point before round 20. My recommendation would be to hold off on a bye friendly hooker for this round and consider getting Jake Friend from the Roosters after this weekend. He won’t be available for round 16 although his 70 PPG average makes him a keeper. He should be available for around $420k come round 13.
Luckily there’s a number of front row/second row forwards available that are not only available for round 12 but they also provide great bye coverage and average over 60 PPG, putting them contention for your run home side. These players include Elliott Whitehead, Ethan Lowe, James Graham and Gavin Cooper who all boast a 64 PPG average and are playing round 12 plus one other big bye round. If you’re looking for slightly cheaper options then Manu Ma’u and Jason Taumalolo both average a little less than 60 PPG and are available for around $330k. Are you looking for point of difference options? Consider Elijah Taylor or Tyson Frizell (if he doesn’t make the final NSW Origin side).
If you don’t own Anthony Milford by now you should be trading him in this week. Not only is he one of the best SC players this season, he’s playing round 12 and should score very well against the underwhelming Tigers. To make him even more of an attractive buy, he scored around 20 points last weekend which should see his price drop to around $500k. Milford’s partner in the halves, Ben Hunt, is also averaging well (66 PPG) and could be considered as an option as well. Don’t have the money to get Hunt? Why not grab Moses Mbye? He’s averaging over 60 PPG and is now available for around $320k. Let’s not forget that Mbye averaged 96 PPG after round four which shows his high potential. One alternative to these options that jumps to mind is Corey Norman. He has the appealing factors of playing all three big bye rounds and having dual position status.
Many of the gun CTWs with round 12 availability were cheaper pick-ups in the last couple of weeks, although a couple of them can still be traded in for a respectable price. Semi Radradra and Jarrod Croker are both available for a little over $400k and should be considered as run home options. Both are averaging over 60 PPG and are the more attractive options due to the other options being highly priced. Jordan Rapana and BJ Leilua are two of the highest averaging CTWs although if you haven’t got them by now then they’re probably too expensive to pick up this week. Euan Aitken still has a low BE and could be considered an option despite being a more attractive pick up last week. Unfortunately most of the other CTWs that are averaging over 50 PPG either have a high BE or are a little over priced due to an above average game in recent times.
James Tedesco is due back shortly and will be available for one of the big bye rounds when he returns. If you’re looking at round 12 coverage and don’t already own Jordan Rapana, then you’re next best option is probably Corey Norman. Most of the high averaging fullbacks aren’t available for round 12 so it’s another position that you may have to ignore when thinking of your trades this week. Consider yourself lucky if you still own Jaelen Feeney, he has been named as Brock Lamb’s replacement in the halves and will be playing this weekend. If you’ve found yourself needing a fullback and aren’t sold on Corey Norman, Jordan Kahu has temporarily picked up the kicking duties at the Broncos and may start scoring above his normal average. He hasn’t scored below 40 points this season either which is a worthy stat to take note of.
Josh Addo-Carr: The Tigers’ winger will be playing his third game this weekend and has averaged 65 PPG from his first two games. He’s set to make some decent cash with a BE of -74 but is likely to drop out of the side once Tedesco returns from injury and Rankin returns to the wing.
Javid Bowen: Bowen will also play his third game this weekend and has a BE of -72. He should play again in round 18 but it’s uncertain if he’ll play any other games this season. Be prepared to face the possibility of having to keep them as NPRs for your run home.
Tyrone Phillips: Although Phillips isn’t a bottom dollar cheapie he’s available for just 201k and has a BE of -54. He will be playing his fourth game this weekend against the Raiders but his job security is a small concern.
It’s important to remember that you shouldn’t make drastic changes to scrape together high numbers for round 12. Ensure your team remains competitive while holding onto your gun performers for the run home. You don’t want to find yourself with minimal trades and too many mid-range performers at the end of the bye period; it can destroy your whole season.