NRL Supercoach 2017 research. Week 8
Let’s talk about porn!
Not the kind Jarryd Hayne was caught with during the week, but the arousing porn star we call SuperCoach.
This week we’ll go through the high averaging front row forwards from 2016. The guys with balls of steel that pound the defensive line for 50 to 60 minutes at a time. The big men with an attractive PPM figure that provide the satisfying consistency for your SuperCoach team. Most of these blokes will come at a high price but should become more appealing after a handful of rounds.
Most of the top tier FRFs are dual position second-rowers/locks but there are a handful of props that are worthy for your run home SuperCoach side. The big positive with the position is its ability to provide bye friendly players. Jesse Bromwich, James Graham and Sam Burgess are three of the top performing FRFs and none of them are eligible for State of Origin selection. This means they’re guaranteed to miss just two games through the eight week period. There are usually one or two rookies/cheapies available to fill the slots on your bench too.
2017 SuperCoach High Averaging Front Row Forward Options
This week I’ll preview the Front Row Forwards that could be considered as keepers for the 2017 season. It’s important to note that props haven’t been the players of choice when looking at run home options in the FRF position. In fact, the top three FRFs for 2016 all played in the lock position.
The prices mentioned are estimates based on the player’s 2016 SuperCoach average. I’ve been using 6500 as the magic number.
- Andrew Fifita (FRF, $468k) may play just 60 minutes per game at most but his work rate and PPM figure are better than most. He’s one of just two props in the game that produced over 70 points per game (the other being Ryan James). I wouldn’t be putting Fifi into my starting side though. He started the 2016 season with a similar starting price tag to what we’re expecting next year and he was quick to lose around $30k while producing respectable scores. We simply need Fifita to produce a 50-60 point game in the opening rounds for his price to become more attractive by round five. You’ll find that a large number of SuperCoaches will bring Fifi into their team immediately after the Origin period is over. This will save two trades (one trading him in, the other trading him out) while avoiding having around $400k sitting on your bench during the Origin period.
- Jake Trbojevic (FRF, $425k) had a fairly inconsistent season in 2016 but still managed to score over 100 points on three occasions. He was actually very impressive if you take out the handful of scores under 50 points from his 2016 season. If you’re feeling ballsy and looking for a top tier point of difference, ‘Jurbo’ could be the player to choose for your starting side. You’ll find that most coaches will hold off for a price drop before considering him but eventually he’ll be selected in at least 20% of teams, if of course he performs as well as he did this year.
- Jesse Bromwich (FRF, $424k) has been one of the more popular FRF options in recent seasons but failed to impress in the back half of 2016. This is very concerning when looking at his predicted performance next season. J-Brom typically becomes a popular choice prior to the bye period commencing and will likely follow the same pattern in 2017. He’ll be too much of a risky option to have in your starting side due to his price tag so it may pay off to follow the trend; unless of course he scores poorly in one of his opening games.
- James Graham (FRF, $416k) may have fallen short of averaging 65 PPG for the season, but he’ll more than likely come into your side before the bye period commences. Like Bromwich, Graham will be one of those players that coaches will pick up as cheap as possible sometime before round 12. He should provide your team with scores above 50 points for seven of the nine week Origin period. Unfortunately it’s extremely rare that Graham will jag an attacking stat of any description, although he’ll constantly make hit-ups and tackles while he’s out on the field. I’d advise waiting for his price to drop below $380k and even consider giving him a miss if he doesn’t fall that far.
Recent SuperCoach relevant signings
- The Cronulla Sharks have named a number of signings for 2017. Jeremy Latimore and Tony Williams have both signed with the club while Sam Tagataese, Chris Heighington and Luke Lewis have all re-signed with the 2016 Premiers
- Frank Pritchard has signed a one year deal with the Parramatta Eels
- Curtis Sironen has been signed by the Manly Sea Eagles on a two year deal
- Jeremy Latimore will join the Cronulla Sharks on a one year deal
- Johnny Tuivasa-Sheck (potential cheapie) has re-signed with the Sydney Roosters for the 2017 season
- Daniel Mortimer has been signed by the Cronulla Sharks for the 2017 season
- Josh Starling has joined the Newcastle Knights on a one year deal
- Zane Musgrove has extended his contract with the South Sydney Rabbitohs for a further three seasons
You got your eye on any of the front row porn stars in NRL Supercoach 2017?
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