Plenty of candidates have been added to the trade radar for round 11.
Injuries, poor form and bye round availability have brought some new trade candidates to the table. Many of us are treating the recent events as a disaster but we need to look at the situation in a positive light. Coaches affected by recent events have basically been relieved of any trade headaches. We already know what our team needs; we just need the money to fund it.
Those of us who aren’t searching for the ultimate POD this week have been given reasonably priced Guns and bottom dollar cheapies on a platter. Unfortunately, not many of these players are available for round 12 but keep in mind we have four trades to play with next week.
It’s also very important to note that you shouldn’t be picking up middies for the sole reason that they play round 12. It’s simply not worth the two trades required for a handful of average scores. Keep a close eye on cheapies, Guns and those who’ll benefit from another players’ absence.
Get Rid Of ‘Em
Tom Trbojevic ($492.3k) will miss the next six to eight weeks after getting injured during Manly’s clash with the Broncos on Saturday night. There’s no point leaving $492k in your NPRs for that long. Get rid of him and put the money to better use. Just make sure your staring seventeen remains strong.
Felise Kaufusi ($428.7k) remains in 24% of teams but his 106 BE and reduced minutes have put him among the most traded players this week. Do well hold him for the extra number in rounds 15 and 18 or do we cash in?
The Verdict: Many of us will be in the same situation. We’re all a little concerned with his output in the coming weeks but some us have more pressing issues to deal with. To make matters worse he’s now been named on the bench for this week’s match. If you’re lucky enough to escape injuries and under-performers then there’s nothing wrong with considering him as a trade candidate this week. He may play big minutes in rounds 15 and 18 but you’ll likely be selling him much cheaper than $428k when the bye period is over.
If you have to deal with Tommy Turbo and other issues this week then don’t be concerned with holding him. His break even may be a concern but it’s far from panic stations this week; especially with his good bye coverage.
BJ Leilua ($318.5k) has been one of the biggest disappointments in recent times and it’s crazy to see his price approaching the $300k mark. What are we going to do with the former SuperCoach weapon?
The Verdict: If someone told you that BJ would produce a three round average of less than 20 PPG you’d think they’re on the turps. Well, he’s now averaging 19 PPG since round eight and is expected to drop below $300k next week. There are only two reasons we’d want to keep him at this stage; his round 12 availability and hope he’ll return to his impressive form.
I’ll be holding on to Leilua this week and reassessing his performance after round 12. It’s easily argued that he isn’t worth holding. Why on earth would you hold on to a play with his output? Well, call me Mr Ambitious but I’m living in hope that he’ll score respectably against the ‘Norman-less’ Eels this week while providing a decent score for my round 12 side. He’ll return to my trade radar afterwards.
Malakai Watene-Zelezniak ($122.6k) and Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad ($122.6k) are the two main cheapies on offer this week. They’re both going to start earning money this week as they’re playing their third match. Are these two worth getting excited about?
The Verdict: There isn’t much to consider when looking at these two as trade options. MWZ filled the gap left by Jamal Idris who’s out for the season. Michael Chee-Kam was originally named in the centres but was moved to the bench to make way for Watene-Zelezniak. His job security is fair but by no means confirmed.
CNK was brought in last week to replace Ken Maumalo on the wing. He’s had two impressive showings so far but his place among the Warriors’ outside backs isn’t guaranteed. The one positive he has over MWZ is his round 12 availability but he’s only available as a FE/HFB.
The one thing we do know is they’ll both start making coin this weekend. They’re low risk options that are currently on top of the cheapie list. Don’t be scared to take the punt on either of these players.
Corey Harawira-Naera ($385.1k) produced his first poor score of the season last week and now has a break even of 80. He played just 46 minutes against the Warriors and showed what he’s capable of scoring without attacking stats. Is it time for CHN to go?
The Verdict: Harawira-Naera has been one of the best cheapies of 2017. He’s made his owners a whopping $262k since round three but his run of epic scores may soon come to an end. It’s hard to keep a player with so much uncertainty and poor bye coverage at this stage but he’s been named in the starting side so there’s no rush to give him in the punt this week.
Sam Burgess ($449.4k) doesn’t deserve a ‘The Verdict’ section in this article. The 57% of coaches that haven’t got him really need to consider grabbing him this week. He may have had an underwhelming start to the season but his form in recent times has been impressive. He has a five round average of 79, a break even of 28 and should be one of the best performers in all three big bye rounds. Trade him in.
Is Corey Norman worth holding on to?
There’s been conflicting reports at this stage but it seems he’ll miss anywhere from four to six weeks. He isn’t an urgent trade by any means but you could consider him as a candidate if your starting seventeen has taken a hit.
Do I need to field 17 players for round 12?
Head to head players can ignore the three big bye rounds. Overall players should aim to field 17 players as long as you’re not wasting trades on risky or low to mid-range players.
Top 5 Break Evens
(Must have played at least two games and named this week)
Tyrell Fuimaono ($122.6k CTW/2RF) -46
Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad ($122.6k FE/HFB) -40
Malakai Watene-Zelezniak ($122.6k CTW) -29
Adam Elliot ($243.8k 2RF) -24
Morgan Boyle ($162k FRF) -22
Bottom 5 Break Evens
(Must have played at least two games and named this week)
Jordan Rapana ($435.7k CTW) 148
Joseph Leilua ($318.5k CTW) 113
Ben Hunt ($348.2k HFB) 113
James Roberts ($464.9k CTW) 108
Johnathan Thurston ($448.9k HFB) 107
Team List Tuesday
Johnathan Thurston has been named on the bench (and travelled to Sydney)
Kalyn Ponga is named on the extended bench
Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad and Malakai Watene-Zelezniak both named for their third match
James Roberts has returned
Ben Hunt has been named on the extended bench
Jarryd Hayne has been named at centre
Morgan Boyle has been named on the bench (Break Even of -22)
Bevan French has returned from injury
Clint Gutherson has moved to the halves
Sam Stone named in the starting side
Adam Elliot named to start
Dylan Walker named at fullback
Felise Kaufusi named on the bench
BJ Leilua will turn his recent form around with a 60+ against the Eels
Anthony Milford to score 80+ against the Tigers this week
Billy Slater to gain $50k and score 80+ against the Bunnies
That’s it for this week, feel free to leave your comments below, or
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