NRL Round 20 – The End Times
The bye period is over and coaches should be close to having 17 keepers in their team.
Most of us still have a few bye friendly players and we need to make a decision on whether to hold the ‘middies’ for the final rounds of the season. It all depends on your run home tactics of course; although there are certain players we should get out of our teams to avoid having an AE nightmare when it looks favourable to use the captaincy loophole. I’ve thrown together some ‘keeper’ suggestions based on averages and opponent difficulty in the table below:
A number of the players have dual position status which will make your life easier when injuries or late exclusions occur. Cameron Munster and Tom Trbojevic should be highly considered and will be great for the run home due to their dual CTW/FB status and high involvement. Bryce Cartwright will also be useful as he can be moved between your forwards and halves, while Johnathan Thurston and Paul Gallen usually finish seasons off strongly and also come with dual position status.
Run Home Tactics
- Guns and Nuffies: This tactic is where your entire 25 man team consists of around 20 high averaging players accompanied by those that won’t play another minute of football for the rest of the season. It gives you the best chance of hitting those monster scores by allowing you to use the captaincy loophole effectively. It also provides your team with perfect coverage if one of your players is a late exclusion.
- Guns and Middles (Depth): Can’t get rid of those mid-range players you brought it for bye coverage? It’s not necessarily a disaster; it just means you may lose ten to thirty points (on average) if one of your gun players is a late inclusion. You may also need your Vice-Captain to score a little higher if you’re looking at using the loophole. It’s actually a good tactic if your team experiences a number of injuries when you’re low on trades.
- Safety: If you want to play it safe to avoid those high averaging backs having a dud game, you can always load up on gun forwards. Having four high averaging forwards as your reserves will provide consistency for your team while eliminating temptation to captain the backs that come with a high ceiling and low floor.
- High Ceiling: Load up your backs and let the good time roll! This tactic is part and parcel of the “Guns and Nuffies” option where you’ll look at putting either the VC or C on players such as Munster, Tedesco, Thurston or other gun backs that are playing defensively weak opponents. Prepare for some highs and lows if you choose this tactic.
Important Points To Remember
- The Loophole – Is it cheating? If you’re involved in any SuperCoach group on social media you won’t be able to avoid the “Is the loophole cheating?” debate. So here’s my opinion. The loophole has become part of the SuperCoach competition and it’s available for everyone to use. A number of coaches claim that they refuse to use it due to either moral reasons or believing that it’s cheating. The way I see it, the people that run SuperCoach are aware of it and haven’t taken it out. Why should you be disadvantaged when others make use of it?
- Keep an eye on the draw: Certain players (mainly backs) may have gun status although that doesn’t mean you should play them every single week. There’s nothing wrong with throwing a high averaging player as a NPR (Non-playing Reserve) for tactical reasons. For example, Jarrod Croker is the fifth highest averaging CTW but it may be worth keeping him out of your seventeen if he has an away game against a top four opponent. He’s a player that relies on attacking stats and conversions to produce a large score.
- PODs and DPPs: If you’re flipping a coin between two run home options it could be worth leaning towards the one with either POD (Point of Difference) or DPP (Dual Position Player) status. Players with these attributes become useful when trying to win a Head to Head match, cover for injuries or chip away through the overall rankings. Boyd Cordner and James Maloney are good examples of PODs to look at for your run home.
So whether you’re an Overall or Head to Head player, take a good look at your team’s needs and draws before finalizing your trades, reserves and captaincy options. One minor decision can be the difference between success and failure in the SuperCoach world, especially on the run home where many teams have a large number of similar players. Take advantage of the loophole option that has been made available to maximize your team’s scoring potential and keep a close eye on the late mail that comes in before each round begins.
Most of all, make sure you learn from your mistakes so you can start the 2017 season as prepared as possible.
What are your thoughts on the run home?
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