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Renegades Team

The Renegades Writers combine passion for the game, with a lack of editorial oversight. When they aren't next to the water cooler bitching about that try assist the stats guys missed, they are churning out sports articles that have been widely touted as "readable".

Wednesday, 13 April 2016 10:00

Dr Renegade: Rocco and Rochow

The most important injury of the weekend looked like it was going to be the most tragic event ever seen on a football field, but little Rocco Heighington came through with not much more than a scratch. Even though there were no long term injuries, it will still be at least a 17 year lay off until we will be able to pick him in your side. I’m tipping him to make it too. Not as a chunky frf/2rf like his dad, but as a fleet footed wing/three quarter. Mainly because his dad has stumbled upon a training tool that will certainly get him running quickly. At least it proved one thing, Andrew Fifita’s arm injury was not as serious as it first looked, with the big fella running in to assist lifting the buggy off young Rocco.

Fifita being named helps the huge number of teams that have him, and with “The Has Been” insisting on keeping him as captain, along with many others, it is a great relief to see him named. Tyrone Roberts still has not been named with his bone bruising on his knee, meaning Cameron Cullen gets another game and played really well last week, which means he looms as a potential replacement for Cody Walker owners.

Robbie Rochow broke his arm at training during last week. The break was adjacent to the plate from his last repair, which happens more often than you would imagine. The problem with this is that the old plate needs to be removed and there is no possible way to re-plate these injuries. This means that the old fashioned plaster and time are the only intervention, with at least 10 weeks out in his case.

Sio Siua Taukeiaho injured his knee in an awkward looking tackle, with a medial ligament injury diagnosed. Similar to Michael Lichaa’s injury, this should keep him out for that equally awkward time frame of 4 weeks. If you have him, and I think it is only JK that does, he’s a hold with not many others around that price range giving much more. A bye friendly player could be a great option though. Ma’u would be my choice, as long as he is not suspended long term for shanking someone mid game.

Aaron Woods also picked up an ankle injury that will keep him out for at least 4 weeks. Combined with his Origin selection (possible) and byes, he’s a trade out almost certainly. Again, a bye friendly player in would be gold if possible. Jack De Belin looms if you have the cash. The issue Woods may have is that Origin selection is just around the corner, will he be back in time to force his selection? Or will Daley insist on him even with reduced match fitness?

Players getting out of sick bay this week include Adam Reynolds, causing potential cash cow of the year Cody Walker to be dropped, with Rabbits continuing with Keary in the halves. I could hear JK sobbing from my place when team lists came out. Even though still listed as an injury by NRL, Tautau Moga is making a comeback via reserve grade in Townsville, and Kane Linnett may be a late inclusion, making Javid Bowen’s job security lower than the nickel refinery workers in that great city (a cool 1000 of them lost their jobs up there last month).

Fantasy irrelevant Benji Marshall is back, dumping the equally irrelevant Josh McCrone. Benji just needs to concentrate on his improving commentary and media game so he has a job from next year.

Watch out for an upcoming article about concussion and why it is the massive problem in any contact sport and as always, have a look at the pick, stick and rage and Q&A with The Renegade articles for some great trade advice. Check out Fantasy Fallout. These guys are the guns for that advice. Trust me, I’m your doctor.

Current Sick Bay

Broncos: -

Raiders: Jeff Lima (hand, Round 11), Sia Soliola (broken arm, Round 12)

Bulldogs: Brett Morris (knee, late season), Chase Stanley (hamstring, Round 8)

Sharks: Andrew Fifita (arm, TBC)

Titans: Kane Elgey (ACL, season), Nathaniel Peteru (knee, Round 7), Nathan Davis (shoulder, Round 6), Matt Srama (knee, season), David Hala (elbow, Round 7), Tyrone Roberts (knee, Round 7)

Sea Eagles: Jayden Hodges (ACL, season), Jamie Buhrer (thumb, Round 9), Daly Cherry-Evans (ankle, Round 9), Tim Moltzen (ankle, Round 9), Isaac John (pec, season)

Storm: Matt White (calf, indefinite), Billy Slater (shoulder, season), Curtis Scott (leg, Round 11), Jeremy Hawkins (indefinite), Cheyse Blair (indefinite)

Knights: James McManus (concussion, season), Chanel Mata'utia (knee, Round 8), David Bhana (ankle, Round 10), Jake Mamo (ankle, indefinite), Kade Snowden (various, Round 7), Robbie Rochow (arm, Round 13-16)

Cowboys: Ray Thompson (ankle, Round 10), Tautau Moga (ACL, indefinite), Kane Linnett (shoulder, Round 7-9)

Eels: Anthony Watmough (knee, indefinite), Tim Mannah (shoulder, Round 8), Luke Kelly (ACL, season)

Panthers: James Segeyaro (broken arm, Round 7), Dean Whare (calf, Round 7)

Rabbitohs: John Sutton (pec, Round 17), Zane Musgrove (wrist, indefinite), Alex Johnston (hamstring, indefinite)

Dragons: Mose Masoe (ACL, indefinite), Dylan Farrell (back, indefinite), Ben Creagh (knee, indefinite), Yaw Kiti Glymin (hamstring, indefinite)

Roosters: Boyd Cordner (pectoral, Round 8), Jared Waerea-Hargreaves (knee, Round 9), Mitchell Pearce (stood down, Round 9), Vincent Leuluai (knee, Round 10), Dale Copley (pectoral, Round 19), Ian Henderson (leg, indefinite), Sio Siua Taukeiaho (knee, Round 11-13)

Warriors: Ligi Sao (shoulder, Round 7), Ben Henry (knee, indefinite), Nathaniel Roache (ankle, indefinite), Manu Vatuvei (hamstring, indefinite)

Wests Tigers: Matt Ballin (knee, Round 10), Justin Hunt (back, Round 7), Aaron Woods (ankle, Round 11-13)

Wednesday, 13 April 2016 10:00

Late Mail Busters: Round 6

Round 6 of the NRL has been and gone, and so has another week of Late Mail. From buzz around a possible return for Adam Reynolds, to Channel Seven Sydney reporting James Tedesco was “in doubt”, which sent many a Fantasy coach to the top of the nearest tall building, there was plenty happening.

But how did the three sources - favourites of Fantasy players, tipsters, gamblers, and NRL addicts - do? Let’s take a look.

Game 1: Broncos v Dragons

Benji Marshall was a late withdrawal for the Dragons team, with Josh McCrone replacing him. Dunamis Lui was also added to the bench, with Siliva Havili not required.

NRL Late Mail: Does not publish until Friday.

News Ltd Late Mail: Reported James Roberts and Jarrod Wallace as likely to play, with both being in doubt but passing fitness tests.

Wackos Whispers: Also reported the fitness of Roberts and Wallace. Suggested a possible change of Havili and McCrone, but cancelled that out by saying the Dragons were most likely to be 1-17.

Game 2: Rabbitohs v Roosters

Despite some reports Adam Reynolds would be returning, the only change to the Rabbitohs team was Dave Tyrell dropping off the bench, with Paul Carter replacing him. For the Roosters, they performed their now common switch of Aidan Guerra to five eighth, Sio Siua Taukeiaho from lock to second row, Isaac Liu from the bench to lock, and Jayden Nikorima dropping to the bench. They also dropped Mitchell Frei from the bench, adding Abraham Papalii.

NRL Late Mail: Reported Reynolds as unlikely to be a late addition. Also reported Nikorima dropping to the bench, with Liu starting, but did not outline the reshuffle.

News Ltd Late Mail: Similar report to NRL Late Mail.

Wacko’s Whispers: Reported George Burgess and Bryson Goodwin as most likely to miss the game. Reported Dave Tyrell would start the game, with Paul Carter added to the bench. Reported Michael Oldfield as a direct swap for Goodwin. Listed Reynolds as unlikely to return. Reported the positional switch involving Nikorima, Guerra, Taukeiaho, and Liu accurately.

Game 3: Eels v Raiders

The only change for either side here was for the Raiders. Paul Vaughan moved from the bench to the starting lineup, with Shannon Boyd dropping back to the bench.

NRL Late Mail:  Reported no team changes likely for either team.

News Ltd Late Mail: Also reported no changes likely.

Wacko’s Whispers: Also reported no changes likely.

Game 4: Warriors v Sea Eagles

Thomas Leuluai’s return from a long injury layoff meant Jazz Tevaga dropped off the bench for the Warriors. Darcy Lussick started in the front row for the Sea Eagles, with Josh Starling dropping to the bench.

NRL Late Mail: Reported Tevaga as most likely to make way for Leuluai. Reported Jake Trbojevic as overcoming his injury, and being right to play.

News Ltd Late Mail: Similar report to NRL Late Mail. Also confirmed Tom Symonds would be fit.

Wacko’s Whispers: Reported the Leuluai/Tevaga swap. Also suggested Bodene Thompson may come into the Warriors team, with Konrad Hurrell to drop out. Confirmed the fitness of Trbojevic and Symonds, but reported Starling as in doubt, with either Blake Leary or Luke Burgess to replace him.

Game 5: Panthers v Cowboys

Tyrone Peachey dropped off the bench for the Panthers, with Jeremy Latimore. The Cowboys performed their usual switch of Rory Kostjasyn and Jake Granville. Come on Cowboys. Surely you can afford the right jumper for these guys!!

NRL Late Mail: Reported no expected changes.

News Ltd Late Mail: Reported the Kostjasyn/Granville swap.

Wacko’s Whispers: Reported Latimore as a likely addition to the Panthers bench, but reported Suaia Matagi or James Fisher-Harris as the player most likely to make way. Also covered the Kostjasyn/Granville switch.

Game 6: Sharks v Titans

The Sharks performed their usual change of Sam Tagataese dropping to the bench, with Matt Prior starting the match. Jason Bukuya was also left off the bench, with Gerard Beale added. For the Titans, Will Zillman made his return, with David Mead shifting from fullback to wing, Nene MacDonald moving from wing to centre, and John Olive dropping out of the team.

NRL Late Mail: Reported Zillman as likely to return, but as a direct replacement for John Olive in the centres. David Shillington was to be given as much time as possible, but still likely.

News Ltd Late Mail: Also reported Zillman as coming into the team, and correctly nominated the backline reshuffle. Also reported Shillington as likely.

Wacko’s Whispers: Reported the interchange of Prior and Tagataese. Also correctly reported the Zillman return and backline realignment. Did report Shillington as unlikely, with Agnatius Paasi or Luke Douglas to start, and Eddy Pettybourne to be added to the Titans bench.

Game 7: Knights v Tigers

The Knights suffered a few withdrawals due to injuries of varying severity. Robbie Rochow is out long term with a broken arm. Sione Mata’utia failed to clear concussion protocols. Danny Levi failed a late fitness test. Jaelen Feeney started in the centres, with Tyler Randell and Pauli Pauli elevated from the bench to the starting side at hooker and second row respectively. Daniel Saifiti and Will Pearsall were added to the Knights bench. For the Tigers, Tim Simona failed in his trip to the judiciary, and his spot was taken by Nathan Milone.  

NRL Late Mail: Reported Rochow as out, with Korbin Sims to shift from prop to second row, and Jack Stockwell to start. Reported Daniel Saifiti as being added to the bench. Also reported Mata’utia as unlikely, with Feeney as the replacement. Nominated Milone, Chris Lawrence, Dene Halatau, or Kyle Lovett all as possible replacements for Simona in the Tigers lineup. If Lawrence or Halatau were to play there, Curtis Sironen would be starting, and Michael Chee-Kam would join the bench.

News Ltd Late Mail: Reported the forced changes at the Knights the same as NRL Late Mail, and also added that Levi had not yet proved his fitness. Nominated Milone, Chee-Kam, and Watson Heleta as possible replacements for Simona.

Wacko’s Whispers: Reported Rochow, Mata’utia, and Levi as out. Reported Feeney and Randell as in, as well as Korbin Sims shifting to second row, with Stockwell starting at prop. Reported the bench additions as Daniel Saifiti and Mickey Paea. Reported Milone as Simona’s replacement.

Game 8: Storm v Bulldogs

A few pre-kickoff changes for the Storm to close out the round. Tohu Harris was shifted from centre to second row, with Kenny Bromwich dropping to the bench, and Ben Hampton starting in the centres. Christian Welch was replaced on the bench by Nelson Asofa-Solomona.

NRL Late Mail: Reported no changes expected.

News Ltd Late Mail: Also reported no changes likely.

Wacko’s Whispers: Reported Jeremy Hawkins as likely to start at centre, with Harris pushing to second row, Bromwich to the bench, and Hampton out of the squad.

The Season Scores:

NRL Late Mail

He’s Out Of Here: 29.1% (16 from 55)

There’s A Feeling: 85.7% (12 from 14)

Plans May Change: 77.8% (7 from 9)

Nothing To See Here: 100% (2 from 2)

Musical Chairs: 10.3% (12 from 116)

The Replacements: 31.1% (23 from 74)

OVERALL: 26.7% (72 from 270)

OVERALL WITHOUT MUSICAL CHAIRS: 39.0% (60 from 154)

News Ltd Late Mail

He’s Out Of Here: 27.7% (18 from 65)

There’s A Feeling: 75.0% (12 from 16)

Plans May Change: 72.7% (8 from 11)

Nothing To See Here: 100% (5 from 5)

Musical Chairs: 8.6% (20 from 118)

The Replacements: 33.7% (29 from 86)

OVERALL: 30.6% (92 from 301)

OVERALL WITHOUT MUSICAL CHAIRS: 39.3% (72 from 183)

Wacko’s Whispers

He’s Out Of Here: 29.3% (22 from 75)

There’s A Feeling: 25.9% (7 from 27)

Plans May Change: 60.0% (7 from 11)

Nothing To See Here: 100.0% (6 out of 6)

Musical Chairs: 25.2% (36 from 143)

The Replacements: 32.7% (32 from 98)

OVERALL: 30.6% (110 from 360)

OVERALL WITHOUT MUSICAL CHAIRS: 32.4% (74 from 217)

A second week of overall increases in accuracy gives us reason to hope. Maybe, like an NRL team, the Late Mail sites just needed to settle down and work into the season. There are also patterns emerging. Wacko’s Whispers is clearly superior in the Musical Chairs category. At a strike rate of 1 in 4, it’s still not confidence filling though. Even with this dominant category, Wacko’s is only tied with News Limited Late Mail for overall honours. This is because Wacko’s is not as accurate at reporting players who will miss games.

So, Late Mail is improving, but it’s still risky business. As always, the only real source is the NRL Team List released one hour before kickoff. Of course, sometimes the player is involved in a game late in the round, and it is hard to adjust your Fantasy team. This is sadly unavoidable, but there are plenty of great tips about setting your lineup on the Renegades site, Facebook page, and Fantasy Prospectus. This can at least help minimise the damage that trusting some bad Late Mail can do.

That’s Late Mail busted for Round 6, see you for Round 7.

Gio

Wednesday, 06 April 2016 10:00

Late Mail Busters – Round 5

Round 5 of NRL action has been and gone. It marks an interesting time for Late Mail Busters. Many a Fantasy player is still wearing the scars of the high injury toll from the early rounds. An adaptable bunch, they’ve brought in cheap cash cows, who are churning along nicely both in real NRL and Fantasy. But the imminent return of some of the injured casts a shadow over these players. To add to it all, NRL coaches are cagey sods, and like to hold a return as close to their chest as possible.

This has already started to happen, once again causing a few tactical gymnastics from Fantasy players. It will be interesting to see what Round 6 brings, but for now, let’s look at the late team changes, and the accuracy of the Late Mail from Round 5.

Game 1: Sea Eagles v Rabbitohs

For the Sea Eagles, Jake Trbojevic was a withdrawal, with Darcy Lussick moving from the bench to lock, and Blake Leary was added to the bench. The Rabbitohs has Bryson Goodwin drop out with injury, with Kirisome Auva’a moving from wing to centre, and Michael Oldfield coming onto the wing.

NRL Late Mail: Does not publish until Friday.

News Ltd Late Mail: Reported Trbojevic as being out. Also suggested Steve Matai and Dylan Walker as being in doubt, with Matai likely to drop out, and Walker likely to play. Did not nominate any replacements though. They also reported that Oldfield would come onto the wing, with Auva’a taking Goodwin’s centre spot.

Wackos Whispers: An updated report listed Trbojevic, Walker, and Matai as in doubt. Also reported the team change to the Rabbitohs.

Game 2: Titans v Broncos

Tyrone Roberts was a withdrawal, which led to a reshuffle for the Titans. Greg Bird moved from lock to five eighth, Agnatius Paasi moved from the bench to lock, and Eddy Pettybourne came onto the bench. Then David Shillington was the latest of late withdrawals, injuring himself in the warm up. Luke Douglas moved to starting prop, and Lachlan Burr was added to the bench. Late Mail Busters knows that emergency players are part of the squad warming up, but thinks its funnier to imagine Burr was just enjoying a hot dog in the stands and Neil Henry threw him a jumper. No late changes for the Broncos.

NRL Late Mail: Reported Roberts as out, with Cameron Cullen as a possible direct replacement. Also suggested Bird may shift, with Pettybourne joining the squad, but no mention as to who would play lock.

News Ltd Late Mail: Reported a similar scenario regarding the withdrawal of Roberts. Also reported Will Zillman as training but unlikely.

Wacko’s Whispers: Only reported Cullen as the likely replacement for Roberts. Also reported Zillman as a likely late inclusion.

Game 3: Storm v Knights

A few changes here. For the Storm, Marika Koroibete was suspended, with Richie Kennar coming into the team on the wing. Ben Hampton was relegated to the bench, Tohu Harris moved from second row to centre, and Felise Kaufusi came into the second row. Christian Welch made way for Nelson Asofa-Solomona on the bench as well. For the Knights, Akuila Uate returned from injury, replacing Corey Denniss. Danny Levi started and Tyler Randall dropped to the bench, and Jack Stockwell was brought onto the bench for Lachlan Fitzgibbon.

NRL Late Mail:  Reported the suspension of Koroibete, and mentioned Harris as likely to move to the backline, but no other changes were reported for the Storm. Reported Uate and Daniel Saifiti as likely to come into the 17 for the Knights. Also mentioned Stockwell as likely to return, with Dennis and Fitzgibbon as likely to drop out.

News Ltd Late Mail: Also made the same vague report about the Storm reshuffling due to Koroibete’s suspension. Also reported Kevin Proctor as unlikely. Listed Uate, Saifiti, Stockwell and Will Pearsall as likely to come into the squad for the Knights, although no mention as to likely replacements.

Wacko’s Whispers: Reported Kennar as Koroibete’s likely replacement. Also reported Harris switching to centres, and Hampton dropping to the bench, but nominated Kenny Bromwich as the likely starter from to be promoted from the bench.  Also reported Uate as likely to come in for Denniss, and that Jarrod Mullen was likely to be replaced by Pearsall due to injury, and that Daniel Saifiti was unlikely.

Game 4: Tigers v Sharks

Tigers were as listed on Team List Tuesday. Sharks had some shuffling in the squad. Paul Gallen started the game on the bench, with Jason Bukuya starting. The Sharks also performed their usual switch of Sam Tagataese and Matt Prior between bench and starting roles.

NRL Late Mail: Reported no expected changes.

News Ltd Late Mail: Also reported no changes.

Wacko’s Whispers: Suggested Tim Grant was unlikely due to concussion. Ava Seumanufagai or Josh Aloiai would start, and Rod Griffin would come onto the bench. Also suggested Jason Taylor would repeat his little stunt of Robbie Farah back to the bench, with Dene Halatau to start at hooker, and Kyle Lovett would start in the second row. Did suggest the Tagataese/Prior swap for the Sharks.

Game 5: Cowboys v Dragons

The only change was another regular switch of Rory Kostjasyn and Jake Granville between starting hooker and the bench.

NRL Late Mail: Reported no expected changes.

News Ltd Late Mail: Reported the Kostjasyn/Granville “switcheroo”, as they phrased it.

Wacko’s Whispers: Also reported the Kostjasyn/Granville swap. Also mentioned Euan Aitken as in doubt but likely to play for the dragons.

Game 6: Roosters v Warriors

The Roosters performed the same late move as last week, benching Jayden Nikorima. Aidan Guerra shifted to five eighth, Sio Siua Taukeiaho, moving from lock to second row, and Isaac Liu starting at lock. No late changes for the Warriors.

NRL Late Mail: Reported Nikorima’s benching and Guerra starting at five eighth, although no mention of the reshuffle. Bodene Thompson was unlikely to be a late inclusion.

News Ltd Late Mail: Similar report to NRL Late mail.

Wacko’s Whispers: Correctly listed the Nikorima/Guerra/Taukeiaho/Liu interchange of positions. Also expected Solomone Kata to be ruled out, with Konrad Hurrell to start at centre, and Bodene Thompson to come onto the bench.

Game 7: Eels v Panthers

Both teams had one change. For the Eels, Tim Mannah withdrew due to injury, with David Gower coming into the team in his spot. For the Panthers, Jeremy Latimore came onto the bench in place Suaia Matagi.

NRL Late Mail: Reported Mannah as out, with Danny Wicks to replace him in the starting lineup. Reported Bryce Cartwright as a starter despite the thumb injury picked up the week prior.

News Ltd Late Mail: Also reported Mannah as out, with Wicks to replace him, and Peni Terepo to be added to bench. Considering he was already there, I’m not sure what that’s about. Also confirmed Cartwright was playing.

Wacko’s Whispers: Reported Mannah as out, with Wicks or Terepo to start, and Gower to be added to the bench. Also said Nathan Peats was going to return from injury, with Isaac De Gois to drop out of the team. Listed Cartwright as a definite starter.

Game 8: Bulldogs v Raiders

In the biggest news for Fantasy coaches, Michael Lichaa returned from injury at the expense of Craig Garvey in the only change for the Bulldogs team. For the Raiders, Paul Vaughan was elevated from the bench to the starting lineup, switching with Shannon Boyd.

NRL Late Mail: Reported Lichaa as likely to return at the expense of Garvey. No changes expected for the Raiders.

News Ltd Late Mail: Similar report to NRL Late Mail.

Wacko’s Whispers: Reported the Lichaa/Garvey change, and also suggested Tony Williams may not clear concussion protocols.

The Season Scores

NRL Late Mail

He’s Out Of Here: 28.3% (13 from 46)

There’s A Feeling: 83.3% (10 from 12)

Plans May Change: 71.4% (5 from 7)

Nothing To See Here: 100% (1 from 1)

Musical Chairs: 11.0% (10 from 91)

The Replacements: 28.6% (18 from 63)

OVERALL: 25.9% (57 from 220)

OVERALL WITHOUT MUSICAL CHAIRS: 36.4% (47 from 129)

News Ltd Late Mail

He’s Out Of Here: 27.3% (15 from 55)

There’s A Feeling: 69.2% (9 from 13)

Plans May Change: 66.7% (6 from 9)

Nothing To See Here: 100% (1 from 1)

Musical Chairs: 8.6% (14 from 103)

The Replacements: 35.1% (24 from 72)

OVERALL: 27.3% (69 from 253)

OVERALL WITHOUT MUSICAL CHAIRS: 36.7% (55 from 150)

Wacko’s Whispers

He’s Out Of Here: 27.6% (16 from 58)

There’s A Feeling: 28.0% (7 from 25)

Plans May Change: 60.0% (7 from 11)

Nothing To See Here: 100.0% (2 out of 2)

Musical Chairs: 19.3% (23 from 119)

The Replacements: 31.3% (25 from 80)

OVERALL: 27.1% (80 from 295)

OVERALL WITHOUT MUSICAL CHAIRS: 32.4% (57 from 176)

All of the Late Mail sources improved their scores this week. Wacko’s Whispers does have a much higher score in the Musical Chairs category, but it is all relative. You can say they are right about movement within the 17 twice as often as the News Limited Late Mail, or you can say they’re right just under 1 in every 5. Both are accurate, but the second version reveals the big picture. Without the Musical Chairs category, NRL and News Limited Late Mail are neck and neck, a few percentage points ahead of Wacko’s Whispers.

In closing this week, Late Mail Busters again provides a word of caution before you discover a “scoop” and decide to share it. While lurking in the NRL Fantasy Renegades Facebook group, I noticed a post of Wacko’s report about Nathan Peats returning. Remember, they are right sometimes, but more often they’re wrong, so careful…..

See you for Round 6

Gio

                                             

Wednesday, 06 April 2016 10:00

Dr Renegade: Soli! Come out here Soli!

A few massive surprises on the injury front this week. The most amazing event has occurred! The Sharks have no first grade players injured at present. In what can only be described as a complete and utter magic show, neither Paul Gallen nor Andrew Fifita are injured. Even Luke Lewis is in good health. Ben Barba is running like it is 2012, and they have both first choice halves on the field at the same time. Can it get any better for Sharks fans? Well………..I guess they could actually have a trophy cabinet instead of a dustbin, but, baby steps. It is enough to turn Gibbsy and his Rooster mates green with envy!

A few in here had Green Machine engine room man Sia Soliola as a bit of a sneaky POD. He was doing his job admirably, both for the Raiders and Fantasy, with some really good scores and some great base stats. He too has been snapped. Unlucky for his owners, but this may just present a couple of opportunities for trade outs looking forward to good bye coverage.

His forearm fracture was a particularly nasty one, with rapid open reduction and internal fixation required. This surgery is reasonably invasive and would keep any one of us clutching our mummy’s hand and crying in the post-operative phase. I would stay away from all sport for at least 6 months, but Soliola will probably be back in 8 weeks. This gives us a good look at Bateman, Tapine, and Fensom’s minutes. Who will be the big winner here? Bateman at base price is tempting, but my money is on Fensom increasing his minutes for perfect gun status running up to the first major bye round.

Chase Stanley broke down again. Has anyone seen his mum heading back to IKEA with two rather large packages in her hands with that frustrated look of all flat pack haters? She must really be thinking about putting them back on the shelf. These two Stanley brothers must be the perfect horrible combination of the worst luck and most talent that I have ever seen in thirty years of watching Rugby League. Good luck to him and his brother Kyle. I hope one of them fulfils their promise. Holland has replaced him, and is a dead set buy looking at cash cow options and the red dot city that is my CTR reserves.

Tim Mannah finally broke his shoulder after carrying the Eels forward pack for the last 5 years. I guess it had to happen sooner or later. It has occurred at the best time in the club’s history though, as they are really well served with hard working and hard-nosed forwards. It has even caused resident has-been, Longy, to be seen skipping down the hallways at school, instead of running head long into corner posts for fun. Alvaro is an interesting selection and may be a good cash out for some underperforming hack in your FRF.

Sione Mata'utia was knocked senseless in an otherwise uneventful game, and is having some trouble regaining anything more than his baby food. Feeney has been training at CTR, giving all of his owners (yours truly included) even more false hope that he will be more than a mere ghost cow. Keep an eye out for team lists prior to the game to see if he’s a chance of further disappointing us. Another major ghost cow risk is that of Javid Bowen; he scored really well last week in his first game, but whispers from Cowboys inside man Angus is that Linnett has recovered really well and will be back next week. So two games may be all she wrote.

Returns this week include bye rounds necessity Nathan Peats, who has Isaac De Gois on the bench stealing his minutes this week; hopefully this will be rectified in the next few weeks so he can go back to being my bye rounds captain. Adam Reynolds could be a surprise inclusion on Friday night - his soup diet must be over. The best thing about a jaw fracture is that it doesn’t affect the ability to do the right amount of cardio work in the rehab squad, so his fitness will be no problems unlike Lichaa, who played a decent game on Monday night without scoring large numbers. He will be much better for that run, and I expect him to smash out some great scores when his fitness returns.

Big feet-for-hands Manu Vatuvei (Warriors) and Alex Johnston (Rabbitos) have minor hamstring strains and will be out this week, causing a few reshuffles in their teams. Don’t expect major time in the side for their replacements: Auva’a in the centres may be short lived, so buyer beware.

Watch out for an upcoming article about concussion and why it is a massive problem in any contact sport and, as always, have a look at the pick, stick and rage and Q&A with The Renegade articles for some great trade advice. Check out Fantasy Fallout with the famous JZ and some strange dude called Chris. These guys are the guns for that advice. Trust me, I’m your doctor.

Current Sick Bay

Broncos: -

Raiders: Jeff Lima (hand, Round 11), Sia Soliola (broken arm, Round 12)

Bulldogs: Brett Morris (knee, late season), Chase Stanley (hamstring, Round 8)

Sharks: -

Titans: Kane Elgey (ACL, season), Nathaniel Peteru (knee, Round 7), Nathan Davis (shoulder, Round 6), Matt Srama (knee, season), David Hala (elbow, Round 7), Tyrone Roberts (knee, Round 7)

Sea Eagles: Jayden Hodges (ACL, season), Jamie Buhrer (thumb, Round 9), Daly Cherry-Evans (ankle, Round 9)

Storm: Matt White (calf, indefinite), Billy Slater (shoulder, season), Curtis Scott (leg, Round 11), Jeremy Hawkins (indefinite), Cheyse Blair (indefinite)

Knights: James McManus (concussion, season), Chanel Mata'utia (knee, Round 8), David Bhana (ankle, Round 10), Jake Mamo (ankle, indefinite), Kade Snowden (various, Round 7)

Cowboys: Ray Thompson (ankle, Round 10), Tautau Moga (ACL, indefinite), Kane Linnett (shoulder, Round 7-9)

Eels: Anthony Watmough (knee, indefinite), Tim Mannah (shoulder, Round 8)

Panthers: James Segeyaro (broken arm, Round 7), Dean Whare (calf, Round 7)

Rabbitohs: Adam Reynolds (jaw, Round 7-8), John Sutton (pec, Round 17), Zane Musgrove (wrist, indefinite), Alex Johnston (hamstring, indefinite)

Dragons: Mose Masoe (ACL, indefinite), Dylan Farrell (back, indefinite), Ben Creagh (knee, indefinite), Yaw Kiti Glymin (hamstring, indefinite)

Roosters: Boyd Cordner (pectoral, Round 8), Jared Waerea-Hargreaves (knee, Round 9), Mitchell Pearce (stood down, Round 9), Vincent Leuluai (knee, Round 10), Dale Copley (pectoral, Round 19), Ian Henderson (leg, indefinite)

Warriors: Ligi Sao (shoulder, Round 7), Ben Henry (knee, indefinite), Nathaniel Roache (ankle, indefinite), Bodene Thompson (ribs, indefinite), Manu Vatuvei (hamstring, indefinite)

Wests Tigers: Matt Ballin (knee, Round 10), Justin Hunt (back, Round 7)

Dr Renegade

Thursday, 31 March 2016 11:00

Late Mail Busters – Round 4

Team lists named with players facing the judiciary meant Late Mail Busters was going to have a busy Round 4. Plenty of speculation about injured players coming back, concussion protocols, and an Easter miracle involving Sam Burgess saw just about anyone with a keyboard having a go at possible team changes.

Before we get stuck into the Round 4 games, make sure you read on until the end. The wrap up will contain a tale of woe from a Fantasy player, and the perils of dancing with the Late Mail.

Let’s get into last week’s matches.

 

Game 1: Rabbitohs v Bulldogs

Sam Burgess was not named, but there was a ton of speculation he’d be able to make the team. There was no Easter miracle for Sam, Bunnies fans, and Fantasy owners though, and he’ll be back for Round 5. The only change to the listed teams was Michael Oldfield replacing an injured Alex Johnston on the wing for Souths.

NRL Late Mail: Reported Burgess as most likely not playing. No other changes listed.

News Ltd Late Mail: Same report as NRL Late Mail

Wackos Whispers: Reported Burgess as a definite non-starter.

 

Game 2: Broncos v Cowboys

Only change to the team lists was Paul Green’s normal switch of Rory Kostjasyn and Jake Granville between the bench and starting position. Granville was subject to NRL’s concussion protocol, so there was some doubt over him.

NRL Late Mail: Reported no team changes, with Granville most likely playing.

News Ltd Late Mail: Same report as NRL Late Mail.

Wacko’s Whispers: Reported Granville as most likely to miss the match, with Rory Kostjasyn to start, and Josh Chudleigh to come onto the bench.

 

Game 3: Raiders v Titans.

Changes for this game involved the Titans. Nathan Friend missed the game with concussion, with Daniel Mortimer starting at hooker, and Kierran Moseley coming onto the bench. Greg Bird and David Shillington had to clear concussion protocols for Gold Coast, and were successful.

NRL Late Mail:  Reported Friend as out, with Moseley coming into the team. Did not speculate on team formation.

News Ltd Late Mail: Reported the change with Mortimer to hooker and Moseley coming onto the bench due to Friend’s withdrawal. Also reported Bird was likely to pass concussion protocols.

Wacko’s Whispers: Did not mention Friend’s withdrawal, but did note both Shillington and Bird would be passed fit.

 

Game 4: Roosters v Sea Eagles

Changes to both teams here. For the Roosters, Jayden Nikorima was dropped to the bench. Aidan Guerra was shifted from second row to five eighth, Sio Siua Taukeiaho from lock to second row, and Isaac Liu came into the starting lineup. The Sea Eagles named Martin Taupau and Brenton Lawrence (who were suspended), Steve Matai was an injury withdrawal, and Tom Symonds was left out. Lewis Brown started at centre with Feleti Mateo and Jamie Buhrer starting in the second row. Blake Leary, Luke Burgess, and Darcy Lussick were added to the bench.

NRL Late Mail: Reported the suspensions of Taupau and Lawrence, with Buhrer and Lussick nominated as replacements.

News Ltd Late Mail: Same report as NRL Late Mail.

Wacko’s Whispers: Also reported the same changes, and mentioned Leary as coming into the squad as well.

 

Game 5: Dragons v Panthers

For the Dragons, Ben Creagh was a withdrawal, with Jake Marketo added to the bench for the Dragons. Elijah Taylor was dropped from the bench, with James Fisher-Harris coming onto the Penrith bench.

NRL Late Mail: Reported Benji Marshall as a likely late inclusion for Josh McCrone for the Dragons. Also suggested Matt Moylan could return from injury as well.

News Ltd Late Mail: Same report as NRL Late Mail.

Wacko’s Whispers: Also reported the Marshall/McCrone swap for the Dragons, as well as Mike Cooper and Jack De Belin switching between starting and the interchange bench. Suggested Moylan was unlikely to play for the Panthers.

 

Game 6: Warriors v Knights

For the Warriors, Bodene Thompson was a withdrawal, and Jonathan Wright was left out. Manu Vatuvei and Isaac Luke were late inclusions. Simon Mannering’s move from lock to second row displeased many a fantasy coach, with Albert Vete starting at lock. Jazz Tevaga dropped to the bench. For the Knights, Sione Mata’utia was suspended, with Cory Denniss moving to centre, and Jake Mamo coming onto the wing. Tyler Randell was dropped to the bench, with Danny Levi starting hooker.

NRL Late Mail: Reported Akuila Uate as the replacement for Mata’utia.

News Ltd Late Mail: Also reported Mata’utia’s suspension, with Denniss or Nathan Ross coming into centre, and Uate or Mamo as the replacement.

Wacko’s Whispers: Reported both Uate and Mamo as coming into the Knights team, with Denniss competing with Nathan Ross for Mata’utia’s spot. Also suggested Vete or Sam Lisone would start, but with Ben Matulino dropping to the bench.

Game 7: Tigers v Eels

Jason Taylor once again left the NRL world wondering, as he started Robbie Farah from the bench for the Tigers. Dene Halatau moved to hooker, with Josh Aloiai starting. For the Eels, Peni Terepo was omitted from the bench, with David Gower added. Beau Scott was in doubt through injury.

NRL Late Mail: Reported no changes likely.

News Ltd Late Mail: Did report Farah was likely to start from the bench. Also reported Scott as likely to play.

Wacko’s Whispers. Reported Scott as likely to be out, with Kenny Edwards to start, and Gower coming onto the bench.

 

Game 8: Sharks v Storm

A couple of changes to end the round. For the Sharks, Matt Prior was again elevated from the bench to the starting team, with Sam Tagataese dropping to the bench. Jack Bird was in the concussion protocol. For the Storm, Curtis Scott started in the centres, although would sadly suffer leg fracture. Tohu Harris pushed into the second row, with Kevin Proctor omitted.

NRL Late Mail: Reported Bird as likely to play. Also suggested Scott would play, with Harris moving to the forwards, although no player was nominated to drop out.

News Ltd Late Mail: Also reported Bird would play, but that Scott was unlikely to play.

Wacko’s Whispers: Reported the Prior/Tagataese switch. Reported Scott as likely to come in, with Harris to the second row, Kenny Bromwich to the bench, and Ben Hampton being omitted.

 

The Season Scores:

NRL Late Mail

He’s Out Of Here: 22.5% (9 from 40)

There’s A Feeling: 80.0% (8 from 10)

Plans May Change: 66.7% (4 from 6)

Nothing To See Here: none

Musical Chairs: 8.3% (6 from 72)

The Replacements: 27.8% (15 from 54)

OVERALL: 23.1% (42 from 182)

OVERALL WITHOUT MUSICAL CHAIRS: 32.7% (36 from 110)

News Ltd Late Mail

He’s Out Of Here: 20.5% (9 from 44)

There’s A Feeling: 81.8% (9 from 11)

Plans May Change: 62.5% (5 from 8)

Nothing To See Here: none

Musical Chairs: 8.6% (7 from 81)

The Replacements: 35.1% (20 from 57)

OVERALL: 24.9% (50 from 201)

OVERALL WITHOUT MUSICAL CHAIRS: 35.8% (43 from 120)

 

Wacko’s Whispers

He’s Out Of Here: 22.9% (11 from 48)

There’s A Feeling: 29.4% (5 from 17)

Plans May Change: 60.0% (6 from 10)

Nothing To See Here: 100.0% (1 out of 1)

Musical Chairs: 13.2% (12 from 91)

The Replacements: 32.8% (21 from 64)

OVERALL: 24.2% (56 from 231)

OVERALL WITHOUT MUSICAL CHAIRS: 31.4% (44 from 140)

 

An improved performance from Wacko’s Whispers this week. Even with that improved performance, when you ignore the Musical Chairs category of movement within the 17-man squad, the News Limited Late Mail is still the most accurate. It is still disappointing to see the low success rates of all the sources, but maybe Wacko’s increase is the start of a trend. Let’s hope so; this game is hard enough to follow.

In fact, the Late Mail Buster himself is the subject of the tale of woe mentioned at the start of the article. He is not a great Fantasy player, but still tries to field a decent team each week. On Friday night he was going to be without internet access, so he checked the Late Mail. He has Granville as a hooker. NRL Late Mail and News Limited Late Mail said Granville would play, but Wacko’s said he would not. So the Late Mail Buster panicked, and dropped Granville, who went on to score 58.

To complete this little self-test, his second hooker is Jayden Nikorima. Overall, believing the wrong late mail cost this writer 45 points!

So when looking at the late changes, remember, the only true source is the lists published one hour before each game. Late Mail has been busted for another week, we’ll see you again for a look at Round 5.  

Thursday, 31 March 2016 11:00

Dr Renegade: Ankle City

What else can go wrong with my team! DCE now!

Sometimes you just have to hang on and hope for the best, and sometimes 110kgs of footy player lands on your ankle. This, was one of those weeks where your last remaining shred of sanity was ripped apart like a syndesmosis ligament group on a halfback’s ankle.

Physiotherapy expert Courtney has a treatment plan all set out for DCE, and it doesn’t look great for him to get on the park quickly. The trouble with syndesmosis injuries instead of standard ankle sprains is that these ligaments are essential to keeping the fibula attached to the tibia, and because they are higher up in the ankle, don’t really stabilise that well when strapped. For me, DCE would be a trade out if it wasn’t for the glaring fact that I have much bigger problems with my team. Four to six weeks look likely, and I am leaning more towards six. I’ve had a mere mortal patient here present with this from a touch footy injury who didn’t play for 10 weeks. Syndesmosis is a real issue.

I must also apologise to any Bodene Thompson owners. I traded him in last week for Kane Evans in a move that I thought would save my season. In my defence, he didn’t even show up to sick parade to get a medical certificate, and waited until the very last minute to let us all know. A rib cartilage issue is the word from Warriors fan boy Heath. He could return this week or next, depending on pain levels. You’d probably needle it and send him on if it was a Grand Final.

Kane Linnett’s shoulder injury gives a small opportunity to grab a cash cow in ctr, with the nephew of the greatest player to never win a GF suiting up for his first game. I thought Javid Bowen would have played NRL by now and have no idea on his job security at the Cowboys, but if he has even a quarter of the talent of his uncle, he should go well. Expect 4 weeks out for Linnett, this doesn’t mean Bowen will keep that spot though.

Bryce Cartwright has been named despite his thumb injury, indicating that this may have been a very lucky dislocation. Most thumb dislocations are complicated by a Bennet fracture or Stener lesion. These sometimes require surgical repair, or at least a plaster for 4 weeks. If no one has seen Cartwright wandering around out west trying to hitch hike with his thumb straight up in plaster cast, he’ll be fine by next week.

Some cavalry are returning this week, my main man Sam Burgess is back in front row, expect 60 points from him. Oates and Reed return at the Broncos which saw Maranta drop right out, which was a surprise. Wayne Bennett must not be senile. Paul Gallen is coming back for the Sharks also, and with his history of big scores one returning from injury, is a high risk captaincy option if you have him. Please note that he could score 90 or be injured in the first half on 23. Any option is possible.

Matt Moylan is back this week for the Panthers, and will be a welcome addition to that side. Whispers about Michael Lichaa returning are probably a tad premature, but next week will have him good to go. And last, but not least, Stuey’s favourite two little boys, Blake Austin and Aidan Sezer are back for the Raiders. This should see that team becoming more settled over the next few weeks meaning some of the outside backs may be getting a few meat pies. These two halves are gun players, but probably not Fantasy relevant this year. People with Croker may just want to keep him with the promise of even better attack from the Raiders.

As always, have a look at the pick, stick and rage and Q&A with The Renegade articles for some great trade advice. These guys are the guns for that advice. Trust me, I’m your doctor.

Current Sick Bay

Broncos: Bloody none!

Raiders: Jeff Lima (hand, Round 11)

Bulldogs: Brett Morris (knee, late season), Michael Lichaa (knee, Round 6)

Sharks: Paul Gallen (knee, Round 5-7)

Titans: Kane Elgey (ACL, season), Nathaniel Peteru (knee, Round 6), Will Zillman (calf, Round 6), Nathan Davis (shoulder, Round 6), Matt Srama (knee, season), Karl Lawton (groin, Round 6), David Hala (elbow, indefinite)

Sea Eagles: Jayden Hodges (ACL, season), Jamie Buhrer (thumb, Round 9), Daly Cherry-Evans (ankle, Round 9)

Storm: Matt White (calf, indefinite), Billy Slater (shoulder, season), Curtis Scott (leg, Round 11), Jeremy Hawkins (indefinite), Cheyse Blair (indefinite)

Knights: Tariq Sims (suspension, Round 6), James McManus (concussion, season), Chanel Mata'utia (knee, Round 8), David Bhana (ankle, Round 10), Akuila Uata (chest, Round 6), Jake Mamo (ankle, indefinite), Daniel Saifiti (knee, Round 6), Kade Snowden (various, Round 6)

Cowboys: Ray Thompson (ankle, Round 10), Tautau Moga (ACL, indefinite), Kane Linnett (shoulder, Round 7-9)

Eels: Anthony Watmough (knee/shoulder, indefinite), Nathan Peats (elbow, Round 6-7), Cameron King (sternum, indefinite), Tim Mannah (shoulder, Round 8)

Panthers: James Segeyaro (broken arm, Round 7), Dean Whare (calf, Round 7)

Rabbitohs: Adam Reynolds (jaw, Round 7-13), John Sutton (pec, Round 17), Zane Musgrove (wrist, indefinite), Alex Johnston (hamstring, indefinite)

Dragons: Mose Masoe (ACL, indefinite), Dylan Farrell (back, indefinite), Kurt Mann (knee, Round 6), Ben Creagh (knee, Round 6)

Roosters: Boyd Cordner (pectoral, Round 8), Jared Waerea-Hargreaves (knee, Round 11), Mitchell Pearce (stood down, Round 9), Vincent Leuluai (knee, Round 10), Dale Copley (pectoral, Round 19), Ian Henderson (leg, season)

Warriors: Thomas Leuluai (ACL, Round 6), Ligi Sao (shoulder, indefinite), Ben Henry (knee, indefinite), Nathaniel Roache (ankle, indefinite), Bodene Thompson (ribs, indefinite)

Wests Tigers: Matt Ballin (knee, Round 8), Curtis Sironen (hamstring, Round 7), Justin Hunt (back, Round 6)

 

Tuesday, 29 March 2016 11:00

Fluke or For Real: Jack de Belin

JDB has been a house on fire since being given the starting lock role two weeks ago. His scores of 64 and 71 have propelled him to a 28 BE and at $437,000 he’s looking mighty undervalued. So is he a must have? Will JDB average 60? Fluke or for real?

The Hotshot

I think JDB looks like a great option but maybe not 60, 55 for sure. Has always been a big base stats scorer and now that he's got the starting position 'locked' down, he's a must. Only because the level was set to 60 I’m FLUKE.

Rowan Oswald

Looking like one of the fantasy workhorses of old. FOR REAL

The Garbage Man

He has always had the potential. With Mike Cooper back in the prop rotation where he belongs, JDB has the lock spot practically all to himself. He finally has a starting spot to cement for his own and he is making the most of it. He is a workhorse, he will tackle until he drops and as an added plus he is a hard runner of the ball and brings in the tackle breaks plus has a sneaky offload and the ability to ball play. The complete package. Definitely going to be a keeper. FOR REAL

Thomas Mesaglio

Tries to get involved in most tackles every set and isn't afraid of taking hit ups either. I had some doubts if he could back up his score from the Bunnies game since it was played in monsoonal conditions, but he came out and made just as many tackles on a dry track. Throw in the ability to bounce off a tackle and his decent passing game (which could set up the odd try), he looks like a great player and fantasy scorer. FOR REAL

JWarrior

60 is premium and not many finish a season averaging that. For that reason alone I say fluke I believe 55-58 is more realistic and with sweet byes I will have to find a way to get him in my team. FLUKE

Steve Nicholls

I had JDB in my side for much of the off-season but switched him with Mike Cooper when he was named on the bench so pretty much everything about this situation annoys me but that’s fantasy sports. JDB is a base stats monster and in 2014 and 2015 over 97% of his points have come in this fashion, add to that the fact he’s held his PPM in the 0.80 region with expanded minutes suggests he’s a monster if he retains his minutes. That means that retaining his minutes is the real issue at hand and I think that is less than certain. Dragons’ locks averaged 54 minutes a game over the past two years and four of their top ten minute performances came back in early 2014 when Steve Price was still the coach, JDB’s last two weeks are the first and third highest performances. So is this a blip or the start of something new? The key to that might lie in Tyson Frizzell who has routinely played 80 minutes on the edge but has been interchanged most of this year, if he goes back to 80 minutes this could impact JDB. I think JDB is a very good choice and with a BE of 28 and solid byes you are almost guaranteed some short term and medium term success and his long term prospects are solid too but I don’t think he’s the must have player he is being made out to be. FLUKE

That dry, cracked little feeling that you get in times of pure horrible terror. Why the Hell did he duck his head? What was he thinking? Do you think it’s broken? Oh my deity! He’s on a stretcher with medical staff providing cervical support, the camera pans to his mum, who is crying like a refugee. Then to Stepdad Rusty, who also seems suitably horrified. Car crash TV at its finest. I can’t look away. I can’t bear to look. I hope he’s OK for his own, and Rugby League’s sake. This is not the ending we were hoping for from one of the game’s finest current stars.

The terror someone feels when they have a spinal injury is one of the purest forms of dread imaginable. That deep hole in your gut that everything just falls into when you see someone who won’t move their limbs again. The pain of being dependant for absolutely everything once more is such a low, low place. In this case, we have a happy ending. I’m glad. Not just for my own Fantasy team, which would have been placed on life support with that one more injury to a gun, but also glad for him and his family. They must be as close to Rugby League Royalty as possible. We are all grateful that he is healthy.

I’ve said it before and I’m sure as eggs going to say it again.  I’m amazed by the toughness and ability to go through pain that the professional player has. This is a man who played a Grand Final with a depressed fracture of his cheekbone. Smashes through brick walls every game and asks for more. It hasn’t done his face much good, and I’m not sure it’s done his neck any favours either, but apart from a couple of nights in hospital, he seems to have come through this with not much more than hyperextended ligaments.

It’s because of this toughness, and the fact that he was banging along at well over a point per minute, that Sammy B stays in my team. His twitter reckons he’ll be back next week for sure. Who knows? He could be back earlier. He has a real crack at everything he does. That’s why we love him. (Who doesn’t love a mad Englishman?) Medically, he’s a hold for sure.

Another player who just can’t seem to catch a break is Ian Henderson, who grabbed a horrible looking injury that Jharal Yow Yeh would have been proud of. It’s hard to see the bloke coming back from that, but Jharal’s injury was complicated by infections and circulation problems in the recovery phase, so Henderson may be a chance next season IF absolutely everything goes right with his post op recovery. This may lead to the continuing dominance of Jake Friend’s high scores, so if you have him in your team, congratulations. If you don’t because you have CS9, just keep trucking. The risk with Friend becomes Nikorima returning to bench hooker when Pearce returns.

Isaac Luke picked up a mystery injury late that led to the best name in Rugby League, Jazz “Fingers” Tavega to grab a starting spot. Apart from his name being awesome, there isn’t a compelling reason to grab him though. Luke will be back after he’s eaten enough pies and Thomas Leuluai will be back as bench rotation soon, so his job security is very poor. Leave him well alone. Dale Copley owners (including yours truly) groaned another anguished cry with his torn pectoral and resulting minus score. For mine, it’s not all bad. At least now, I don’t have an excuse to keep him and willingly am trading him for just about anyone. I’m just glad he’ll be out of my team.

Jack Reed confirmed to us that he has a real eye for the tryline this week, but his retinal tear is another scary injury. Sometimes (Josh McGuire) they send you blind in one eye completely. These things can heal very well and quickly, or be a real annoyance for ages. They’ll do a bit of laser on it and hope it holds. As Lachlan Maranta is the effective replacement, with Kahu moving to ctr, this excites me less than a colonoscopy with no anaesthetic. Not many opportunities here.

Robbie Farah got out of sick bay this week. He’ll be a great POD over the next few weeks. Who knows, Taylor may dump him or reinstate him as captain. Any possibility is on the table. But I think he’ll score well. I know a few that are jumping on him straight up.

Young Curtis Scott has an injury in a real blow to cash cow central. Tohu Harris named in centres can be poison or gold. Watch out if you have him right now. Trent Merrin returns from that nasty viral infection he must have caught from chewing Sally’s leg rope, but I’ve even dropped him to the bench in draft. Moeroa is my preference, he has slipped so badly.

This sick bay is slowing emptying. A good week to assess my bad choices and study the prospectus a bit better. Look out for the pick, stick and rage and boss trades articles for some great trade advice. Trust me, I’m your doctor.

 

Current Sick Bay

 

Broncos: Corey Oates (shoulder, Round 6), Jack Reed (eye, Round 5)

 

Raiders: Adam Clydsdale (shoulder, Round 5), Blake Austin (knee, Round 5-7), Aidan Sezer (eye socket, Round 5-7), Joey Leilua (suspension, Round 5/6)

 

Bulldogs: Brett Morris (knee, late season), Michael Lichaa (knee, Round 6)

 

Sharks: Paul Gallen (knee, Round 5-7)

 

Titans: Kane Elgey (ACL, season), Nathaniel Peteru (knee, Round 6), Will Zillman (calf, Round 5), Nathan Davis (shoulder, Round 6), Matt Srama (knee, season), Brian Kelly (ankle, Round 5), Karl Lawton (groin, Round 5)

 

Sea Eagles: Jayden Hodges (ACL, season), Martin Taupau (suspension, Round 5), Brenton Lawrence (suspension, Round 5)

 

Storm: Matt White (calf, indefinite), Billy Slater (shoulder, season)

 

Knights: Tariq Sims (suspension, Round 6), James McManus (concussion, season), Chanel Mata'utia (knee, Round 8), David Bhana (ankle, Round 10), Akuila Uata (chest, Round 5), Jake Mamo (ankle, Round 5), Daniel Saifiti (knee, indefinite), Jack Stockwell (shoulder, Round 5), Kade Snowden (various, Round 5)

 

Cowboys: Ray Thompson (ankle, Round 10), Tautau Moga (ACL, indefinite)

 

Eels: Anthony Watmough (knee/shoulder, indefinite), Nathan Peats (elbow, Round 5-7), Cameron King (sternum, indefinite)

 

Panthers: Matt Moylan (back, Round 5), James Segeyaro (broken arm, Round 7), Dean Whare (calf, Round 7), Jeremy Latimore (suspension, Round 5)

 

Rabbitohs: Tom Burgess (leg, Round 5), Adam Reynolds (jaw, Round 7-13), John Sutton (pec, Round 17), Zane Musgrove (wrist, indefinite), Sam Burgess (neck, Round 5)

 

Dragons: Mose Masoe (ACL, indefinite), Dylan Farrell (back, indefinite), Yaw Kiti Glymin (hamstring, Round 5), Kurt Mann (knee, Round 5), Benji Marshall (hamstring, Round 5)

 

Roosters: Boyd Cordner (pectoral, Round 8), Jared Waerea-Hargreaves (knee, Round 11), Mitchell Pearce (stood down, Round 9), Vincent Leuluai (knee, Round 10), Dale Copley (pectoral, Round 19), Ian Henderson (leg, season)

 

Warriors: Thomas Leuluai (ACL, Round 5), Ligi Sao (shoulder, indefinite), Ben Henry (knee, indefinite), Manu Vatuvei (ribs, indefinite), Issac Luke (leg, indefinite), Nathaniel Roache (ankle, indefinite)

 

Wests Tigers: Matt Ballin (knee, Round 8), Justin Hunt (back, Round 5), Curtis Sironen (hamstring, Round 7), Chris Lawrence (suspension, Round 5)

 

 

 

Wednesday, 16 March 2016 11:00

Round 2 Injury Report with Dr Renegade

This round saw a much appreciated slowdown in the number of beaten and battered players. The clinic’s revolving door finally whirred to a halt and allowed us to finally get on with appreciating some good footy.

There were a few notable injuries which will cause some great changes and furrowed brows for fantasy coaches. The hooker position is becoming more of a joke than Shoayb’s ranking. Nathan Peats decided to see if he could turn his elbow into a reversible hinge on Taumololo’s knee. This didn’t end well for the gun hooker. Elbow dislocations often spontaneously reduce, which doesn’t really cause us in ED too much work. A few scans and assess the stability of the joint. Get the physio on board with some strengthening and rehab exercises and hope for the best in 2-4 weeks. My money is on Peats returning in a short time. Mainly because he’s such a tough little nugget and I don’t value his replacement at Parra as any more than an impact bench player.

Corey Oates both suffered a shoulder dislocation and picked up an AC injury, which are very common with these problems. The AC injury looks like resolving without surgery, but will still mean 4 weeks rest for Corey. This gives another opportunity for Eden to make some cash, but we are hearing that Wayne’s second favourite little man, Lachlan Maranta, is on his way back. Watch for team lists and late changes for this.

If anyone is interested, here is a link to elbow and shoulder subluxation reduction in an ED. Not for the squeamish though. Please be warned. FWIW, I love doing these in the ED. Such a satisfying ‘clunk’ when it pops back in!

https://youtu.be/_d9Pk3rpQv8

https://youtu.be/MkdCGV_MOCM

The other shoulder to give us trouble this week is that of Billy Slater’s. He was a later pull out than Gabi Grecco’s ex-husband. It threw a good few teams into disarray with the lateness of his withdrawal, but didn’t seem to hurt the Storm’s chances of winning the game at all. Munster filled in at the back admirably, even though he was named at centre for the second time. Debutant Curtis Scott, who hopefully is as fired up for big scores as his namesake in Renegades, seems a good enough pick up at present.

Slater needs an arthroscopy in that shoulder to see exactly what the problem is. Even though it is all undiagnosed at present, the minimum I expect is an arthroscopic debridement of loose tissue, which will be a minimum 4 week recovery. Again, he’s a tough little bugger and may come back sooner, but with his injury history, I don’t expect less than advised.

Proving to be a knockout blow for the few teams that had captained them, Shaun Fensom and Aiden Tolman were forced from the field due to concussion. There is no extended break expected with these guys, but concussion being more and more stringently observed, please watch for late mail on these guys.

Some handy cheapies bit the dust this weekend too. Lachlan Croker (who I advised to avoid) and Nathan Davis are also on the injured list with a shoulder problem, and may face a few weeks out. David Bhana picked up an ankle injury and may not see any more time in the team with injured and suspended players returning to the Knights in the next few weeks.

Dean Whare is injured yet again, and Josh Dugan has a hamstring issue, but is expected to replace Mann at fullback, so he will be a great option going forward if he doesn’t snap it completely tying his shoelaces.

Manu Vatuvei was named to play today, but has Hurrell on the bench as cover. Hurrell looks lean and ready to rumble, but will he force his way on to the field? Who knows with that crazy coach, but surely he gets a run this week. He wouldn’t be named if there weren’t serious doubts about the injuries to big Manu.

Watch out for Moylan on team lists and late mail. Returning from a back injury is a massive ask, but is probably what the Panthers need to win some games. Watmough is not near ready to play yet and Chase Stanley probably won’t be named even if he has returned to good health, such was the quality of the debut by Holland in the centres.

As always, I am your Doctor. You can trust me. But injuries are where my expertise ends. Watch out for articles from RAD and the bosses for some great trading advice and good moves on replacement players for any that you may have killed by bringing into your side. But I will be holding Peats, getting rid of some dead wood for new cashies, and will be taking on-board a suggestion to replace Moeroa with another deathly middy.

Keep your trades if you can. And stay healthy.

Broncos: Lachlan Maranta (wrist, Round 7), Carlin Anderson (stomach, indefinite), Corey Oates (shoulder, Round 6)

Raiders: Adam Clydsdale (shoulder, Round 3), Blake Austin (knee, Round 5-7), Aidan Sezer (eye socket, Round 5-7), Shaun Fensom (concussion, indefinite), Lachlan Croker (shoulder, indefinite)

Bulldogs: Brett Morris (knee, late season), Chase Stanley (hamstring, indefinite), Michael Lichaa (knee, indefinite), Aiden Tolman (concussion, indefinite)

Sharks: Mitch Brown (ribs, indefinite), Paul Gallen (knee, Round 7), Chris Heighington (suspendsion, Round 3)

Titans: Kane Elgey (ACL, season), Nathaniel Peteru (knee, Round 4), Nathan Davis (shoulder, indefinite)

Sea Eagles: Jamie Buhrer (jaw, indefinite), Jayden Hodges (ACL, season), Brett Stewart (hamstring, Round 3), Isaac John (virus, indefinite)

Storm: Cheyse Blair (foot, indefinite), Matt White (calf, indefinite), Billy Slater (shoulder, indefinite)

Knights: Tariq Sims (suspension, Round 6), James McManus (concussion, season), Pauli Pauli (suspension, Round 3), Chanel Mata'utia (knee, Round 8), David Bhana (ankle, indefinite)

Cowboys: Ray Thompson (ankle, mid-season), Tautau Moga (ACL, indefinite)

Eels: Anthony Watmough (knee/shoulder, indefinite), James Hasson (suspended, Round 3), Joseph Ualesi (Round 6), Nathan Peats (elbow, Round 5-7)

Panthers: Matt Moylan (back, Round 3), George Jennings (shoulder, Round 3), Sione Katoa (knee, Round 3), James Segeyaro (broken arm, Round 7), Dean Whare (calf, indefinite)

Rabbitohs: Tom Burgess (leg, Round 5), Adam Reynolds (jaw, Round 7-13), John Sutton (pec, Round 17), Zane Musgrove (wrist, indefinite)

Dragons: Mose Masoe (ACL, indefinite), Dylan Farrell (back, indefinite), Yaw Kiti Glymin (hamstring, indefinite), Josh Dugan (hamstring, indefinite)

Roosters: Boyd Cordner (pectoral, Round 11), Jared Waerea-Hargreaves (knee, Round 11), Mitchell Pearce (stood down, Round 9), Vincent Leuluai (leg, indefinite)

Warriors: Thomas Leuluai (ACL, Round 5), Henare Wells (hamstring, Round 3), Ligi Sao (shoulder, indefinite), Ben Henry (knee, indefinite), Blake Ayshford (concussion, indefinitie), Manu Vatuvei (ribs, indefinite)

Wests Tigers: Robbie Farah (knee, Round 4-6), Matt Ballin (knee, Round 10), Justin Hunt (back, indefinite)

Tuesday, 15 March 2016 11:00

Fluke or for real: Martin Taupau

Taupau was an absolute beast on the edge of the field against his former teammates. Can he keep maintain his level of play and be the 50+ point gun we all hope he is?

Renegade Ghost

Of course he is….. FOR REAL

JZ

Playing big minutes this season, one of the most damaging ball runners in the game and makes a solid amount of tackles to complement his running style. If Taupau stays on the edge he’s like Tony Williams if Williams actually did something. FOR REAL

The Defensive Centre

He will average over 50, but he's already priced around that point anyway. There's no rush to buy this week, so just keep building your cash and bring him in when necessary. Of course, if you have an annoying Merrin/Cooper situation you want to solve, he's a decent target. Don't wreck your team to get him though. FOR REAL

Paul Baker

But one week he'll get 80. The next, 40. Will average 50 plus via a roller-coaster. FOR REAL

PW

He won't be consistent. Against better defensive sides he won't have the attack statistics he did against the Tigers. FOR REAL

Hotshot

Rollercoaster, but if he continues to play big minutes on the edge could be one of the buys of the season. He showed he can play 80 and run over tired defenses. FOR REAL

SSM

KAPOW! Ya'll should have started with him. FOR REAL

Thomas Mesagilo

Is getting the minutes he needs to pump out the big scores. Might get the occasional 40 odd, but will also crank out some 70s-80s. FOR REAL

Eddy Durham

I’m experiencing a bad case of fear of missing out with him. He is fast, powerful and combative. Might have good minutes this year is a beast with ball in hand and chips in with tackles. Expect the odd big score with an average of 50-55. FOR REAL

Rowan Oswald

He is getting the mins and is a destructive ball runner. May have the odd lowish score but just watch those TBs build up as the big boys start to blow steam. FOR REAL

Tom Vaughan

Produced a solid performance in increased minutes round 1, and showed his destructive running game round 2. He won't be consistent like other forwards but if you hold him he'll deliver the 50+ average FOR REAL

Matthew Duggan

He looks on the ball this year and should average 50+ SJ-style, in that his scores are all over the place. But the key word there is should, and I am not totally confident as this is far from the first time Taupau has hit a couple of good scores. FOR REAL

Steve Nicholls

I think this is pretty clear cut. Taupau is a legitimate gun but you shouldn’t bust your balls to get him in just because he went massive last week. He looked great on the edge but he also wasn’t short of motivation against his former team mates. His price could ebb and flow throughout the course of the season, just like his scores will. Just remember getting him this week doesn’t get you his score from last week. If it all lines up for you though I don't think you need to worry too much that he's a mistake. FOR REAL

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