Although it is unknown whether these players will be selected in teams starting 17’s right now, it’s not a bad idea to start using them as placeholders so you can start planning the guns and mid-pricers that will become the foundation of your team. Here we preview the crucial Front Row and Second Row Cheapies that must be considered for your SuperCoach team.
PAYNE HAAS | BRISBANE BRONCOS | $181,100 | 2018 Avg. 14.7>
Payne Haas will be looking to kick start his NRL career in 2019 after shoulder surgery cut short his 2018 campaign. Only 19 years of age, the body-type and speed that is on offer from the 119kg youngster is a truly frightening proposition. As we saw in just his three games last year, there is obvious talent, it’s now just about staying fit and getting some proper minutes under his belt. Without any pre-season hiccups, Haas should secure a bench spot for the Brisbane Broncos to start off the year. At $181,100 it seems a no-brainer to let Haas sit on your bench and hopefully produce some slow-burning cash appreciation. Lets hope it’s a happy and healthy Haas this year!
TANIELA PASEKA | MANLY SEA EAGLES | $196,900 | Avg. 20.2
Paseka will go into the 2019 SuperCoach season with an average 20.2 points and price tag of $196,900. A mountain of a man much like that of Payne Haas, Paseka is still developing his game and engine to become a mainstay prop in the NRL. Debuting in Round 6 in 2018, Paseka played 13 games for the season but could not string together more than five consecutive games in a row. With seven tackle breaks and an average of five hits ups and 12 tackles per game, it was Paseka’s minutes which really hurt his SuperCoach scores. With an average of 23 minutes per game, it’s likely that Paseka will see much of the same under Des Hasler this year. While he should almost certainly see a bench spot, in past seasons Hasler has always played his starting props for increased minutes, which could hurt Paseka. With almost no downside at $196,600, I just think there is little cash to be made.
EMRE GULER | CANBERRA RAIDERS | $227,100 | Avg. 30.3
Emre Guler could be one of the most exciting cheapies on offer this year as a forward. Playing the last three rounds of the 2018 season, Guler played just shy of 30 minutes in each game for the Canberra Raiders. What was most impressive from the current Raiders rookie of the year was his points per minutes in those hit-outs. With a PPM of 1.3, 1.1 and 0.8 showed SuperCoaches glimpses of what could be in store for future seasons. With big boys Junior Paulo and Shannon Boyd moving to new clubs, a massive void has been left at the prop position for the Raiders this year. With talks that Josh Papalii and Joe Tapine may have to move out of position to help the prop ranks, this provides big opportunity for the likes of a young Guler to cement his spot as a specialist front row. If he gets a chance and starts off with a bang early, 30-40 minutes is on the cards, which would be a perfect rookie situation for SuperCoaches in 2019.
KURT DILLON | SOUTH SYDNEY RABBITOHS | $196,900 | Avg. 19.5
Kurt Dillon will be looking to make a big impact at the South Sydney Rabbitohs after moving from his debut club the Cronulla Sharks. A hardworking and mobile forward, Dillon had been grinding away for the Newtown Jets before he was awarded four games in the middle of the season for the Sharks outfit. Averaging 19.5 SuperCoach points in those four games with points per minute of 0.75, Dillon’s performances didn’t inspire selection from Round 10 onwards. While I do think Dillon will secure a bench spot for the Rabbits this year, as with most rookie forwards I just think that the minutes he’ll get won’t be enough to produce any meaningful cash rise. New coach Wayne Bennett does like to share the workload among the forwards, however Dillion is without dual position status and is purely locked in the front row position. There are better options here in my opinion.
COREY WADDELL | MANLY SEA EAGLES |$168,100 | Avg. -0
Waddell is an exciting young second rower who has found a new home at the Manly Sea Eagles after moving from the Penrith Panthers. After an injury-interrupted 2018 with a pectoral injury, Waddell finished the year strong in Penrith’s second grade side. Boasting a strong work ethic, Waddell averaged 30 tackles last year and is more than competent with the ball in his hands. To be in Manly’s starting side he’ll most likely have to beat out Jack Gosiewski for the 17, but if picked, he is solid for basement price. Keep tabs on him.
BRITON NIKORA | CRONULLA SHARKS | $168,100 | Avg. -0
With Wade Graham sidelined for 9-12 weeks and Luke Lewis now retired, there is huge opportunity pending for a young gun like Nikora to burst into the side. An instrumental edge man for the Newtown Jets, the young kiwi has developed into a hardball runner with a bit of nip. Although the Sharks edges have some depth with Kurt Capewell, Jayson Bukuya and Scott Sorenson, if Nikora can nab a bench spot, he’ll more than likely have ten or so weeks to earn cash before Wade Graham returns. The dual status of 2RF and CTW is also a massive bonus for trades and moves later on in the season.
TAANE MILNE | NEW ZEALAND WARRIORS | $181,000 Avg. -0
Taane Milne will be looking to resurrect his NRL career after a second illicit drugs breach saw his contract at the West Tigers terminated. Now at the New Zealand Warriors, Milne will be looking to play in his first NRL game since round 23 in 2017. A strong ball runner capable of producing a plethora of tackle busts and offloads, it is a wait-and-see situation if Kearney favours him for Round 1. Personally, I don’t see him getting a start for the Warriors at the start of the season given their depth in this position. With Warriors back five locked, it will most likely be second grade for Milne to start the season. If selected though, SuperCoaches may remember in 2016 his last six games produced a very impressive 58 points-average as a basement rookie. It’s a no for now, big a big yes if consistent first grade time is awarded.
BRYCE CARTWRIGHT | GOLD COAST TITANS | $231,300 | Avg. 24.7
After the self-admitted horror season for Bryce Cartwright last year, many are eager to see which way the Titan will go in 2019. Averaging a massive 74 SuperCoach points in 2016, the famously labelled ‘Carty Party’ delivered SuperCoaches massive scores and ongoing consistency, and looked like a League superstar. From then on, a bad dream turned into a nightmare, as Cartwright served up back-to-back disappointing years running and looking a completely different player to what he once was. Commentators and fans blasted Cartwright for looking uninterested and lacking rhythm and a defensive mindset, but during the summer, Cartwright has vowed that this has been his biggest pre-season to date as he. A tempting price at $231,100, if Cartwright could just find a fraction of the linebreaks, tackle busts and constant offloads that were present in 2016, then there will be plenty of cash to be made for SuperCoaches. Seeing as he’s burned many over the past two years, I’m steering clear for now but if performances start showing, he’ll be an easy downgrade option.
SHAUN FENSOM | BRISBANE BRONCOS | $237,900 | Avg. 25.4
As tough as they game, Shaun Fensom has been a great custodian of the NRL and SuperCoach for a sustained period of time. Much like that of former players Nathan Hindmarsh and David Stagg, Fensom has built his career around overwhelming tackle counts and constant but certainly not flashy hit-ups. Now a Bronco, Fensom will be looking to secure a bench role in this new and refreshed Brisbane forward pack. Averaging 16 tackles, and five hit-ups last year, although he has produced major scores in the past, he’ll be overlooked unless his minutes improve. With little to no attacking stats on offer, the hard-nosed Fensom would need consistent 30-minute games to justify his $237,900 price tag which with the likes of Pangai Jnr, Matt Lodge and Jo Ofahengaue in the middle, I just don’t see happening. There’s a saving of $70m000 to be had by going for the likes of a Nikora, Waddell or Dillon who will produce similar output.
DYLAN NAPA | CANTERBURY BULLDOGS | $288,100 | Avg. 30.8
With Napa set to miss a good chunk of the start of the season for his off-field indiscretions, Napa is mentioned here purely as a cheapie to avoid. Why? Well, at $288,100, it’s too much of your salary cap to be sitting on the bench for someone not playing. Once the dust settles and a return is known, that’s when a decision should be made on him. Hold off for now.
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