Supercoach is back! Which means every man, woman and rugby league supporting child, has rushed to download the new app to lock in their side.
There will probably be 250 changes between now and the start of the season, with a plethora of time line ups to be decided over the next two months.
The below side is the side I have chosen to lead the charge for the Young Matt Moylans. As defending champions of one of the Zero Tackle leagues last year (don’t mind the other league results…) this is the first shot.
I will likely make mass changes before round one so before the Super Coach ‘gurus’ go ballistic in the comments, this is purely a base to rile you lot up.
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James Tedesco ($689,000): Love me some James Tedesco. I picked him over Turbo for the fact I expect the Roosters to score many more points and Teddy will bag 20+ tries this season. He was the best fullback in the game in the final rounds last year and will continue that on. Easiest choice of my entire side.
Ben Barba ($467,300): Everyone in the game is going the Turbo/Teddy double but I’m going Barba. The Super League’s man of steel was an attacking genius in 2017 and just as good for the Sharks in 2016. He’ll play as a second five-eighth while eating up those kick return metres. For under $500k, Barba is a bargain.
Jesse Ramien ($492,800): I decided to name one genuine star in the back line and Ramien is my man. The most exciting centre in the game (come at me Latrell fans) and given he’ll play outside a Ponga/Pearce combo, I’m all over this. Will be the top scoring centre at the end of the year.
Kurt Capewell ($340,200): With Lewis retired and Graham injured, Capewell looks set for a big role this year in the back row. He and Sorsenson should start, with Capewell the more likely of the two to play bigger minutes. Can score a try and is not afraid of hard work. An absolute lock for mine.
Kurt Mann ($258,900): If named at hooker, as expected, for the Knights in round one, this is a steal. Just over $250k for a 60 minute number nine, available in the centres? Sign me up. If he’s on the bench though, no go.
Zac Lomax ($196,900): Will feature in the large majority of sides. The Dragons youngster has huge wraps on him and should be named on the wing for round one. I’m playing him early due to the fact the Dragons always seem to hit the ground running and he should score some early tries.
Bevan French ($242,800): This is a strange one given his awkward price but I just have a feeling French will return to the form we saw him in a few seasons ago. Parra have lost Hayne and I expect French to see more ball. If he’s named at fullback he’s a must have. On the wing, I’m taking a gamble.
Albert Hopoate ($168,100): Likely to end up on the end of the Sea Eagles backline following the departures and off-field goings on. Given Manly are expected to struggle, don’t expect too much too soon. If he’s named, lock him in but I wouldn’t suggest playing him.
Bronson Xerri ($168,100): There are talks the Sharks youngster will jab a wing spot in round one. Katoa and Feki looks the likely option but if Xerri grabs the spot, lock him in. Trust me, this kid is special. If not, swap him out to another rookie but make sure he’s in your squad when he debuts.
Matt Moylan ($483,500): The obvious, yet surprising choice. The man my team is named after and the competition’s greatest player. Plays the Knights first up after a six try-assist effort in the Hunter last year. Will play fullback so should have better base stats to go with his attacking stats.
Dylan Brown ($168,100): In the running to win the vacant number six role at the Eels. If he gets the role (fingers crossed) select him, put him as a non playing reserve and check back in six weeks. If it’s Salmon, same deal.
Michael Morgan ($409,200): I’m avoiding the larger price players like Johnson or DCE until I see how they play in new environments. Morgan was a monster during the time Thurston was out of the team in 2017 and I can’t see it being any different here. Under priced to an almost criminal degree, I couldn’t pass this up.
Chanel Harris-Tavita ($168,100): He’s expected to win the battle for the vacant number seven spot for the Warriors. Whoever wins it should be selected and benched here. Knowing the way the Warriors play, a few try assists early could see him rocket in value.
Jake Trbojevic ($667,600): First player picked. Most consistent player in the game and with another pre-season under his belt, he can only be better. Safe captain option every week. He’ll be unavailable during Origin but worry about that later. Set and forget. Easy.
Cam Murray ($458,900): Taking a gamble here and assuming Murray continues in his 2018 vein just with increased minutes. Will slot into the side for Chrichton, either in the second row or at lock. With Sutton another year older I expect Murray to be the big minute second rower. If he fires early he could be a main stay.
Jai Arrow ($598,000): I’m stacking the back row with consistent scorers to set a base and Arrow is an consistent as they come. He won’t bust games open like Fifita or Kikau but he’s a work horse in a pretty shallow pack for the Titans. Another safe captain choice but he won’t see the attacking stats of Turbo.
Matt Gillett ($432,900): Second gamble here. I’m selection Gillett as I’m expecting him to fire early, make money, then cash in and upgrade. Coming back from injury worries me and depending on his trial form, I may shift to a similar priced player. If fully fit the superstar is under priced and a certainty for first reserve picked.
Joe Stimson ($352,900): I’m expecting the Storm back rower to become this year’s Jai Arrow (or 2017’s Jarrod Wallace). Hugely under priced and set for a monster season following the retirement of Ryan Hoffman. Lock him in and watch the points, and money, pile up.
Scott Sorenson ($348,800): With Wade Graham injured and Lewis retired, Sorenson should start in the back row. He’ll be running off Johnson or Moylan and should see plenty of minutes. Looks under priced. Cash in and upgrade.
Sam Burgess ($560,000): No explanation required really. Genuine super coach gun who should see more game time with Chrichton having moved on. Only concern is whether he plays lock or out wide with Murray set to come in. Have a feeling he will play up front while his brothers rest.
Tevita Pangai ($495,000): Everyone seems to have the Brisbane monster as their break out supercoach player of the season and I am no different. Will slot into Mcguire’s vacated lock position and should score big, big numbers with increased numbers. Almost must have.
Dylan Napa ($288,100): If Napa is not suspended to open the season, I think he will start with a lot to prove. At under $300k, he seems under priced. If he’s free to go from round one I say lock him in and cash in on a few price rises. If suspended, obvious no go.
Payne Haas ($181,100): Has 50% ownership and that will rise. An absolute monster at bottom dollar. Won’t play huge minutes but should be a money maker regardless. Tackle busts look key here.
Josh Hodgson ($592,100): Cook is out of range and his price will drop after a month. With Wighton expected to move into the halves look for Hodgson to lead the attack until the halves combo finds it feet. The Raiders have so many quality fowards there won’t be space for a number nine. Hodgson looks better value than Smith/Cook early on. Upgrade later in the season if required.
Jayden Brailey ($353,500): If, as expected, the Sharks name a four man forward bench, Brailey becomes serious value. An 80 minute player who will make 30+ tackles a game and has been working on his running game during the off-season. In his third year, should be confident. If his brother is named on the bench, go with Blayke instead.
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