Coaches will be faced with some tough decisions with the League Finals kicking off this weekend.
Some trades will be more suited to climbing the overall rankings while others will give you a better shot and winning your head to head game. I guess your trades this week should revolve around which format you’d prefer to prioritize. A lot of coaches have different goals for each SuperCoach season, but mine is always to finish as high as possible in the overall rankings. I’m ranked about 2000th at the moment so I’m long gone when it comes to winning the season, although I always try to finish each season as high up the leader board as possible.
One of the first things we do when looking at whom to throw the VC and C on each week is to see who’s playing the Knights. Let’s face it, the Knights are letting through a tonne of points each week and there’s usually a relevant SuperCoach player that scores well against them.
This week we’ll see the Panthers play the Knights on Sunday afternoon and there are a number of Vice-Captain/Captain options on offer. Cartwright and Cleary had massive games last weekend and they looked highly involved in most of the attacking plays. Trent Merrin and Josh Mansour are also solid options this weekend, despite their games against the Roosters were under their form average.
Let’s take a look at some options:
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Round 23 Relevant SuperCoach Points
- Jarryd Hayne came off the bench last week with twelve minutes to go in the first half. He’s named to partner Ashley Taylor in the halves against the Tigers this Saturday which forms a lethal attacking/play-making combination. The Tigers will need to keep a close eye on Hayne.
- Johnathan Thurston was a late inclusion in last week’s loss to the Tigers and is named to play the Roosters this weekend. He didn’t look 100% fit last week and may not be back to best form quite yet. He may be a little risky when it comes to a SuperCoach Captain choice but usually scores well against the Roosters.
- Jake Trbojevic has been scoring well below his average since Martin Taupau returned to the team. Taupau has now been moved to the second row after playing in the prop position. Could this positional change see an larger output from Jurbo?
- Josh Dugan returns as the Dragons fullback after being out of action since round 17. He comes with a cheap price tag ($319k) but has the tough task of facing the Sharks this weekend. The Dragons play the Roosters, Eels and Knights in the final three weeks of the season where Dugan will have a massive scoring potential. Is he the POD you’re looking for?
- Paul Gallen ($398k FRF/2RF) will be a popular buy this week. He has a five round average of 71 PPG and a Break Even of 40. This will be the final week that you can bring Gallen into your side for less than $400k and he’ll benefit your side whether you’re a Head to Head or an Overall player.
- Jack De Belin ($346k 2RF/FRF) is a Point of Difference option for the final few weeks. He racked up over 70 points in base stats last weekend and has a five round average of 65 PPG. It’s possible that he stepped up his base output last week due to the absence of Frizell and Thompson, although his recent form has been outstanding regardless of which players make up the Dragons forward pack.
- Jarryd Hayne ($430k CTW/FB) was named on the bench last week so it was a risky move paying $430k for his services. This week he is named in the halves and has a much higher scoring potential. Hayne may cost a lot for a player who has been out of the game for almost two years, although it’ll make me very nervous seeing him in my head to head opponents side each week.
- Javid Bowen ($255k CTW) has been filling in for the suspended Kyle Feldt but has been named on the Cowboys’ extended bench due to Feldt’s return. He won’t give you a lot of cash to spend but it’ll be enough to upgrade a middie to a high performing gun. It’s a bit risky keeping him in your side as he’ll become an AE nightmare if he needs to cover for injury.
Good luck to everyone competing in their head to head finals and also to those going for their personal best overall rank. Never give up on your season and always try to learn from your mistakes!
Remember also as we discussed in this week’s podcast – there are PLENTY of easy shots at qualifying for the CoachKings Cup out there.. it’s almost ridiculous. Have a look at the table below to check for Venues, and to see how many CoachKings have qualified for Venue Finals.
Who are you bringing in for your League Finals?
COACHKINGS LOCATIONS & VENUE FINAL QUALIFICATION NUMBERS
|Drummoyne Sailing Club||NSW||1|
|Lemon Grove Hotel||NSW||1|
|Wests Diggers Nelson Bay||NSW||1|
|St George Leagues Club||NSW||2|
|Western Suburbs Leagues Club||NSW||2|
|Churchills Sports Bar||NSW||3|
|Gwandalan Bowling Club||NSW||3|
|Warners Bay Hotel||NSW||3|
|Wests Mayfield (Club Phoenix)||NSW||4|
|Bermagui Beach Hotel||NSW||5|
|Munmorah United Bowling Club||NSW||6|
|William Farrer Hotel||NSW||6|
|Coast Hotel Budgewoi||NSW||7|
|Collaroy Services Beach Club||NSW||11|
|Cessnock Leagues Club||NSW||19|
|Halekulani Bowling Club||NSW||19|
|Hamilton Station Hotel||NSW||20|
|Prince Alfred Hotel||QLD||3|
|Clare Castle Hotel||VIC||2|