Mother SuperCoach delivered what we all needed after the brutal Round 23 storm; the glorious warmth of a high scoring round.
Many popular vice-captain and captain options smashed their projected scores while a number of players cracked the century barrier. It was a very rejuvenating round to put us in the mood for the preliminary finals this weekend.
We’re also witnessing those bottom eight teams who are out of finals contention finally putting in some good performances. We can no longer look at the Eels and Roosters’ opponents and automatically assume they’ll be good captain choices for SuperCoach.
It’s amazing what teams can do when they have nothing to lose so we need to be wary of this when making our weekly decisions. On that note, it’s not a crazy move to bring someone into your side for the final two weeks of the season purely because they have two weak opponents. Look at Shaun Johnson for example. He’s playing two home games against two fairly weak opponents and his scoring potential will be very high. If you don’t own him at this point you could always bring him in for someone with a harder draw, then throw the VC or C on him for the final two weeks. Here are some other options to consider this week.
While the SuperCoach site provides accurate averages for each player, we just need to be wary that the ‘Average Vs Opponent’ stat spans across multiple seasons where each team’s form would differ.
You might have noticed that Croker and Leilua average quite low against Manly, but given both team’s current form it’s almost guaranteed that the two Raiders’ centres will almost double these scores. Paul Gallen, Sam Burgess and Shaun Johnson should be among the most popular picked Captain choices this week while Croker, Leilua and Cartwright are all solid vice-captain options.
Round 24 Relevant SuperCoach Points
- Tuimoala Lolohea (FE/CTW $266k) has been brought back into the team and will play on the wing. Usually a player’s base stats will decrease once they move from fullback to the wing, although the Warriors have an easy run home and Lolohea is capable of some huge scores. He could be a great Point of Difference in the final two weeks.
- David Nofoaluma (CTW $455k) has now moved to fullback and could be scoring better than his already impressive performances. He looks like a player that’ll benefit from the extra space and the opposing defence may struggle to contain his explosive speed. He’s a very expensive player although some coaches would be looking to offload Jarryd Hayne or Tom Trbojevic anyway.
- Paul Gallen (2RF/FRF $398k) was a late withdrawal from Monday night’s game but is named to face the Roosters on Saturday evening. He has been struggling with a calf injury for a few weeks now and it was reported that he wanted to play against the Raiders. It was the coaches’ decision to give him the night off.
- Jarryd Hayne (CTW/FB $377k) has been moved to fullback which could be the news that owners have been waiting for. He has an impressive record when playing at fullback and he’s arguably the most dangerous player in open space. He was a definite sell before the team lists were released, but having already dropped over $50k and being named at fullback he might reward those who have kept him.
- Josh Hodgson (HOK $406k) has returned from suspension and will line up against the Sea Eagles on Saturday afternoon. I’m expecting some good scores from Hodgson in the final two weeks and hopefully Kurt Baptiste doesn’t steal too many of his minutes.
- Do we dare bring Jarryd Hayne into our sides now that he’s named at fullback? Those of us who decided to pass on Hayne initially should reassess the decision, especially if you’re looking for a Point of Difference. He’s now $50k cheaper than he was to begin with and his scoring potential is much higher. Those coaches who are considering getting him out of their team should give him another crack this week.
- Greg Inglis (FB $361k) comes with an attractive price tag and will be facing the underwhelming Knights this week. He has a five round average of 63 PPG and is considered a Point of Difference with his low ownership. Inglis has played mixed roles throughout the season but he should thrive in the fullback role.
- Semi Radradra (CTW $317k) made an early return from injury last weekend and scored 87 points against the in-form Raiders. He will now play the Dragons and Warriors in the final two weeks and should score fairly well against both opponents. In fact, he could be a good captain choice this week playing at home against the Dragons. He comes with a cheap price tag too.
- Joseph Leilua (CTW $412k) and the Raiders will face the Sea Eagles and Tigers in the final two rounds of the season. BJ also has an impressive five round average of 81 PPG and is no stranger to producing scores over 100. If you don’t own Leilua already, give him some serious though this week as you may miss out on some monster scores in rounds 24 and 25.
As always, give your trades some serious thought this as a number of players are capable of some seriously high scores this week. Good luck to all those playing in their head to head preliminary finals this weekend.