NRL SuperCoach – Players to watch this season
A look at which players you should have on your radar if you’re playing NRL SuperCoach this season. We’ll also help you make money off them in the long run.
As footy season fast approaches, one thing is for certain. You've definitely seen or been invited to join a Fantasy Rugby League or SuperCoach competition.
To help set the tone for one of the 2018 fantasy footy season, we've compiled a Fantasy friendly line-up with suggestion at all positions that are worth some consideration.
Turbo tom is back. Manly's custodian knows there is a lot of expectation on his shoulders. Trbojevic linked up well with Cherry-Evans in the back half of last year and is primed to build on that form.
Trbojevic is a weapon, averaging 188m per game last season and ranking equal 2nd in line breaks (24) and 2nd in try assists (19). That form should have Manly surpassing their season win total currently set at 12.5.
Tip: Manly Sea Eagles – Season wins over 12.5
Teddy has shed his Tiger stripes and is in line for a big season with the Roosters. Tedesco's athleticism will be a big asset in weekly fantasy as well as leading the Roosters to the title if all goes to plan.
Tedesco is another metre eater with 176m accrued per game. The Roosters will be loving that production as they make their charge for the title in 2018. Look for Teddy to play a key role if the Roosters lift the title at season’s end currently at $4.50.
Tip: Sydney Roosters – NRL Champions
Centre / Wing
The Fijian Flyer shared the leading try scorer honour in 2017 as he amassed 23 meat pies on the season. This year Vunivalu will be at it again with his mixture of size and speed causing matchup nightmares for opposing wingers. There’s no reason why he can’t repeat the feat at $7 odds.
Vunivalu will cost you though, as the winger is currently valued at $531,700. If Vunivalu keeps up the try scoring and builds on last year’s 20 line breaks he’ll be worth that chunk of the salary cap.
Tip: Suliasi Vunivalu - Top Try Scorer
Gagai is a player worth taking a gamble on this season. After his stellar performances for the knights in recent seasons, the Maroons flyer joins the Rabbitohs.
Gagai is electric when given space and good ball. Having players like Inglis, Reynolds, Walker and Cook providing that ball will give Gagai room to manoeuvre. With an average of 133m, 14 hit ups and 13 tackles, his productivity outside the scoreboard is promising as well. For Souths to make the 8 their new acquisition will definitely be playing a role.
Tip: Souths Sydney Rabbitohs - Top 8 Finish
A player who is due a coming out party is Roosters weapon Latrell Mitchell. The youngster has shown glimpses of brilliance but sometimes followed it up with stinker performances.
With the Roosters aiming to make an honest charge at the title, they’re going to need Mitchell to fire more often that he flops. Mitchell averaged 54.4 points last year and grew his value by $200,000. I like Mitchell as an option to be a huge contributor in the points column with tries and the boot. There’s value in the youngster earning Top Point Scorer honours come season’s end.
Tip: Latrell Mitchell - Top Point Scorer
The other recipient of leading try scorer honours was Vunivalu’s partner in crime, Josh Addo-Carr. Addo-Carr was a beast on the stat sheet as he chalked up equal 1st in tries (23) and sat alone atop the line breaks ladder (26).
Even with these impressive numbers Addo-Carr is the 24th most expensive outside back. There is value to be had as recording similar numbers could be the catalyst for the Storm to win back to back premierships. SuperCoach owners will be appreciating the numbers he’s putting up.
Tip: Melbourne Storm - NRL Champions
Another strong contender for the NRL’s 2018 Top Try Scorer award is Jordan Rapana. The Kiwi quickster performed extremely well within the Raiders talented backline.
Rapana was equal 2nd in line breaks with 24 and equal 3rd in tries with 22. The Raiders have the talent to put Rapana in good positions and his connections with Cotric and Leuilua. If it’s not a try he’ll be in line for an assist which is still points for his SuperCoach managers. Rapana notched the highest points’ total of all backs in the competition, his fantasy owners will be hoping he can repeat that in 2018.
Tip: Jordan Rapana - Top Try Scorer
When Reynolds was good, he was bloody good. Last season should be considered a write-off as Des Hasler had the whole Bulldogs squad underperforming.
Reynold’s zest for the game will return with added minutes this year as well. The last proper season we saw, Reynolds ranked in the top 8 of five-eighths in the fantasy game and yet was still one of the most undervalued.
He is a strong reason why the Tigers could surprise many this season and crack the 8 under the guidance of coach Ivan Cleary.
Tip: Wests Tigers - Top 8
Widdop was the Dragons competitive backbone last season. The Englishman finished almost $300,000 more expensive than when he started the season coming as the highest scoring five-eighth last year.
Widdop’s boot and ball playing abilities make him a strong contender to earn fantasy points in any type of game. He averaged 73 points per game a makeup of a good work rate and having his hand in almost all the points the Dragons tallied last year.
Expect Widdop to post good numbers.
Tip: Gareth Widdop - Top Point Scorer
Value, value, value! Cartwright is a top prospect this season is he gets game time. Cartwright’s ability to play in the back row but be consider as a five-eighth. This has dropped his value significantly in the wake of his unceremonious exit from Penrith.
Cartwright is definitely worth taking a stab at, because if he comes good, he comes real good. The utility is a paltry $260,300 yet he was the leading five eighth in 2016 on fantasy points averaging 74 per game.
Tip: Gold Coast Titans - Season wins over 8.5
Hey, hey! Look what the dog dragged in! (poor joke, I know). The New look Newcastle side actually has pundits quite excited. From consistently abysmal, to slightly interesting, the Knights’ transformation is spearheaded by new acquisition Mitchell Pearce.
Pearce is still right there among State of Origin selection and his experience will be invaluable to the Novocastrians. Pearce come in 5th from all halfbacks and with more responsibility on his shoulders could be in line for more opportunities to score points. Pearce has a good work rate tallying 23 tackles per game and with 67 running metres per game.
Pearce could be the reason the Knights burn a lot of punters by outplaying expectations.
Tip: Newcastle Knights - Top 8 Finish
Gillett is a beast in the back row. His endurance sees him on the field for most of the game, averaging 76 minutes per game in 2017. More minutes means more chance of scoring points and Gillett was 8th among 2nd rowers last year averaging 66 points. With injuries and age catching up with others on this list, Gillett could be higher in 2018.
Gillett is a workhorse posting the fifth most tackles of all players with 931. Everything about this bloke screams points and will be handy as the Broncos make a run to the Top 4.
Tip: Brisbane Broncos - Top 4 Finish
Another workhorse who points 3 fantasy points shy of Gillett last year is Felise Kaufusi. The Storm back rower was averaging 33 tackles per game, a mammoth effort for the Premiers.
Kaufusi is a clever player who has inserted himself in Craig Bellamy’s system seamlessly and should be finding plenty of opportunity this time round. Look for Felise to be a game changer and play a role in the Storm finishing at least above 15 wins.
Tip: Melbourne Storm - Season wins over 15
Josh Papalii, the man mountain has been a terror for Canberra’s opposition. Papalii has reportedly pulled up well from the offseason and with a lot more agility in his game. Someone that solid with more agility is a scary thought.
Papalii’s consistency has earned him a strong regard among SuperCoach circles. Papalii carries for an average of 139m per game and has the ability to cross the chalk. He’ll play a key role in allowing the Green Machine to surpass their season win total of 11.5
Tip: Canberra Raiders - Season wins over 11.5
With an ageing Matt Scott and a team that is looking to slowly transition away from Jonathan Thurston, Taumalolo is expected to step up in a big way. The Samoan slammer was the third best forward last season behind Gallen and Trbojevic. With Gallen’s age and Trbojevic’s injury, there’s no reason why Taumalolo won’t be first in 2018.
Taumalolo averages 206m, 28 tackles and 19 hit ups. He is a mainstay in any SuperCoach line-up. With performances like that he’ll be there for Dally M consideration come season’s end.
Tip: Jason Taumalolo - Dally M
McInnes was an under the radar cash cow last season as his move from Souths Sydney went magnificently for the young rake. McInnes was a key cog in the Dragons line up and was only behind Cameron Smith in fantasy points for Hookers in 2017.
McInnes registered the most tackles of any player in the competition with 1,155. He’s a rising star and with his solid performances, the Dragons have the chance to build momentum towards a very reachable Top 8 berth. McInnes’ SuperCoach owners will be happy as well.
Tip: St. George Dragons - Top 8 Finish
Michael Lichaa’s form will improve dramatically from last year. With Des out and a new style of play, watch Lichaa’s stock improve. He is a reason why the Dogs could return to old ways and go over the 9.5 win ceiling that some punters believe is upon them.
Lichaa’s last couple of rounds in 2017 is what you should be basing this pick on. At worst, he’ll see more game time and he pulls in 32 tackles a game. Not a bad effort at all.
Tip: Canterbury Bulldogs - Season wins over 9.5
Not much needs to be said here. The Reigning Dally M winner and best fantasy hooker last year returns for a shot at the repeat.
Smith leads the Storm around the park with a certain calmness that few other players have. At the ripe age of 34, Smith was still averaging 50m running, kicking 2 goals and making 38 tackles per game.
Look for this Immortal to continue to lead the Dally M votes and rack up fantasy points in the process.
Tip: Cameron Smith – Dally M