NRL Supercoach 2017 research. Week 7

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NRL Supercoach Fantasy CowboyWait, where’s Corey Parker? What do you mean we have to play SuperCoach without him?

The former NRL Supercoach God has now retired and we’ll have to make do without him in 2017. Don’t freak out though! Once you wipe the tear from your eye you’ll notice you’ll still have a number of tempting options that come with DPP status. I’ve noticed there’ll be a number of appealing mid to high priced 2RFs on offer too but we’ll cover those players at a later date.

Typically we rely on our second-rowers to keep our weekly points ticking over while occasionally scoring an attacking stat to produce a score worthy of a fist pump. I started 2016 with three strong 2RFs while having two cheapies on the bench that could potentially make a profit. It’s also a popular position to have a nuffie sitting on the bench in the hope he comes into play during the Origin period. Whichever way you look at it, it’s a position you can experiment with a number of varying combinations.

2017 SuperCoach High Averaging Second Row Forward Options

Below are the Second Row Forwards that averaged over 70 PPG in the 2016 season. Unfortunately Boyd Cordner fell short of the 70 point barrier by 0.2 PPG but we’ll take a look at his appeal in a future article.

The prices mentioned are estimates based on the player’s 2016 SuperCoach average.

  • Paul Gallen (2RF/FRF, $490k) will more than likely play his final season in the NRL so it’s our last chance to pay for his SuperCoach services. The Cronulla Sharks’ lock will pretty much guarantee you a 50+ score each week and will only fall short of that figure if he gets injured or Flanagan gives him an early mark. There’s a crucial question we need to ask ourselves before selecting G-Train in our 2017 starting side. Is his price tag too steep considering it’s his final season? I mean, we’re talking about a 35 year old forward who has a bad habit of getting injured and may decrease his base output in 2017. Yes, many doubted his ability at the start of the 2016 season and yet he pumped out the best average of any forward. He also experienced a pre-season injury and was forced to sit on the pine for four weeks of the opening rounds. I guess if we’re looking for a big positive with Gallen, he closed out the final three games of the 2016 season averaging 92.7 points from just 61 minutes per game. Phenomenal!
  • Sam Burgess (2RF/FRF, $485k) is a solid starting option if you’re looking for reliability and a player that isn’t eligible for State of Origin. He’ll start about $50k higher than his 2016 starting price although I wouldn’t mind forking out that sort of coin for a player of his SuperCoach worth. He cranked out five scores over the hundred mark this season and only fell short over fifty points on two occasions (one of those due to playing just 26 minutes). I can’t see too many concerns with picking Sammy in your starting side, unless of course you’d prefer to spend your cap in other positions.
  • Bryce Cartwright (2RF/FE, $483k) was owned by 44% of SuperCoaches at the end of the 2016 season and there’s a very good reason why. He scored seven hundreds throughout the season and topped it all off with a ridiculous three round average of 95 PPG in the closing rounds of the season. Carty’s defence may be poor but he makes up for it in attacking stats, offloads and involvement. I wouldn’t blame anyone for holding off a few rounds before bringing him into their side. He has every chance to score a couple of games around the 50 point mark which will see his price drop significantly. For me, Carty comes with peace of mind. He can keep the points ticking over while other five-eighths are giving you scores in the 20s and 30s on their bad days. I usually lean towards selecting him as one of my halves and choose other reliable options in the second row.
  • Trent Merrin (2RF/FRF, $479k) had his best SuperCoach season in 2016 and there’s no reason to doubt that he’ll continue that form into next year. Mez didn’t have a clue how to score below 50 points and started playing 70 to 80 minutes per game once the State of Origin period started. Unfortunately his 2017 starting price will be almost $100k more than his 2016 one, but what price do we pay for consistency from a DPP Forward/Second Row? If he comes down in price after the opening rounds you wouldn’t think it would be by much. I think it’s safe to say that Merrin will be out to prove his Origin worth and will jump off the blocks in explosive fashion. He should make it into my starting side.
  • Ryan James (2RF/FRF, $473k) started the 2016 season under $300k but unfortunately we won’t have that luxury next year. James scored a ridiculous amount of tries and attacking stats for a prop forward which boosted his season average significantly. Despite producing a number of scores above 70 he was no stranger to scoring in the 40s which is a huge downfall for someone costing over $450k. He may prove me wrong, but I can’t see James scoring similar attacking stats next season and there’s no way I’ll be spending a significant portion of my cap on someone with his mid-range floor. It’s best to ‘wait and see’ with a player like James.

Recent SuperCoach relevant signings

  • Kirisome Auva’a was signed a one year deal with the Parramatta Eels
  • Ben Hannant will remain a North Queensland Cowboy for a further season
  • Richard Kennar has signed with the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs on a two year deal
  • Ken Sio has been signed with the Newcastle Knights on a two year deal
  • Travis Waddell has extended his contract at the Brisbane Broncos for a further season
  • Eloni Vunakece will stay at the Sydney Roosters for a further two seasons
  • Joe Boyce has extended his contract at the Brisbane Broncos for a further season
  • Mitch Rein has been signed by the Penrith Panthers on a one year deal

Which tactic will you be using in the Second Row Forward position?


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He looked impressive this year didn't he mate. A wrecking ball! I'm interested to see where he fits in with the Titans' new signings


Beware the Lazy Man Passi – but does know how to score a meat pie


He has so much potential doesn't he Dave I'd like to see increased minutes or a higher work rate