Well with the Byes over and done with, injuries starting to creep in it’s now we find out who are the Men and who are the mice. Last week I managed a healthy 1027 which lifted me to a rank of 219. With 4 trades remaining things are looking good. With people running out of trades the questions tend to dry up a little, so my articles will too. I will fill in popular questions in case people care or have trades left.
I am getting Pearce and Smith in the next 2 weeks, who do I get first? Pearce with a break even of 70 against the Knights or Smith after a week off. Paul Messell
I would lean towards Smith he is likely to be fresh, it also means you can set and forget your captain and will probably get 70 (since I decided not to get him). If you’re wondering about my logic, It is that I got AM9 last week so as long as CS9 doesn’t outscore AM9 by more than 52 then I made the right call.
Watson/Cornish/Lino... which one for cash out for the run home? Paul Messell
None- at this time of the season why would you want one of these? Your team can’t suck that bad you have to play them. You’re not trying to make cash. You may get stuck with a AE if things go wrong. Get Bucky Fizz or Willy Hypocrite or anyone that is 138k and won’t play.
J. Wallace keep or trade this week? Junior Thompson
I would be tempted to run until seasons end. He’s averaging 46 in a weak position. In other positions it may be more valuable to upgrade i.e. centre or wing. If you are going to, though, you might as well do it this week. I only hope you are getting Fifita as he is the only worthy candidate.
Heard anything about Curtis Scott? Richard Mckernan
It will be a game time decision. He wasn’t named in the Storms feeder team. I know our old mate and Fantasy rookie Butters believes he has the scoop and he is not in my team so wouldn’t mind if he’s a no show, but stay by your device to make a late change.
Will Issac Luke take a more leading role with SJ gone? Mark Affleck
Yes, he will do goal kicking. If you are thinking of bringing him in for the remainder of the season you have issues.
Is trading either RTS / Edwards and Fuimaono for Teddy and Turbo leaving Jayne too sideways? Leaves me with 2 trades for the rest of the year and about 150ishk in the bank. Shazial Sheikh
It is a little bit. However at this part of the season it’s about putting your best players you can in. Your team must be stacked if this is your worst problem. The Fui trade for TTurbo is golden though.
Cleary, DCE, Teddy or equivalent value 2RF for SJ's spot. Will play in my 17 each week. No extra cash or trades available. Toby Williamson
I would probably lean towards Cleary, gets his points from KM and goal kicking. As we saw this week also has a few other strings that can be played to go big. I also assume he will provide a little cover for you as well.
I have Reynolds, Norman, DCE and SJ in my halves. Should I trade SJ or hold him? Brenton James Head
It’s a lot of coin to keep sitting for a minimum of 4 weeks, I would look to trade but maybe look to get that cash into another position as you look ok at half.
Thanks for all the questions, don’t forget if you have used all your trades to enter the RD 20 challenge. Will you try and make cash or loop every week? Let’s go for another 1K this week!
Well the curse definitely reversed and bit me in the bum this week! With McGuire taking a trip to Disneyland and JBrom dying, my week and Eliminator was doomed. I rallied late to score 874 and drop back to 223 yet still lost the Eliminator. That pain is set to be multiplied this week with my 9 players pre-trades being reduced to 7 with injuries to Brown and Whare. So I will hold on for dear life this week and then go marching home with an all but set team.
Need to ditch 1 of these WFB's to bring in DCE. Edwards, Calker, RTS, Gutho or Slater.. Jason Tavares
Slater as he misses 2 weeks, you also get a nice trade out price. You will still need to flick one next week I assume? If so Gutherson may be done!
Thoughts on a starting Tyrone Peachey at centre worth the gamble? Matt Seymour
It’s a gamble all right, but anytime you gamble you want to know what the odds are, and endeavour to get them to favour you. Peachey to me is a longshot, I would favour a Dylan Walker or obviously TTurbo. Picking a player that has a utility role is dangerous. Remember Cartwright can’t be far away, that will force a shuffle and Peachey may be back to the pine.
With most of my "inspired" bye planning players either playing Origin now or injured, is it worthwhile just forgetting this weekend and planning to really smash next week with an ultra gun team? Paul Baker
Cue the Jim Reeves classic, “Welcome to my World”. Good question. Yes is the simple answer. As an example you have a choice get Merrin this week or cash out player X bank cash and get 138k player that scores 15 this week and never plays again. Next week use that money and get Mannering Lolo etc.. you will get the Mannering points all season and not left watching an inconsistent Merrin. In saying that if you see a gun you term a genuine keeper then get this week ie Kapow.
Looking to trade out Graham this week. Is Tolman the best way to go? Martin Michea
He is solid, plays big minutes but probably doesn’t have a 60 or 70 in him. I would hope you already have Kapow and it might be better to wait a week and get Fifita.
Is Munster a sell now he has two weeks off? He usually scores less in a full Melbourne squad.. is McGuire still a borderline keeper? Tyler Weymouth
Yes Munster is a sell for me, looking at Manwhore or Moylan. Yes Mcguire is a borderline keeper if playing him at prop and he doesn’t get knocked out.
Best cash out this week? Jaymie Dunlop
Join the queue, I can’t see any cash out scoring more than 25. Keep an eye out for last minute team changes.
Where can a steal/find/beg/stab/shoot people for more trades? Shannon Bouguerra
I have something you may be interested in - private message Reece William Brown - if that doesn't work, try Patrick Windred.
Cotric > TTurbo or too sideways? I have 9 trades left and ranked 74th trying to get those extra points to hold rank. Paul Messell
It will be worth around 80 points and will also give you DPP. Line ball but in your position points on the board are better than not. Keep up the good work.
Currently running with Fifi and McGuire who's the must have frf for the run home. Going 2 trade HSele and some other cash outs got every other position with heaps of cover and currently 11 trades. Sonya Wirihana
With 11 trades you have done well, I may look at switching Mcguire to Kapow but other than that it’s a pretty sweet front row.
Thoughts on RTS to DCE? Would mean my halves will be SJ and DCE with lolohea 18th man. And my WFBs will be Munster, Calker and Edwards with Mitchell 19th man. Will leave me 4 trades Stephen Gregory
Sound and Looks good to me.
Well I am avoiding curses now so may all 10 of your players score well. Don’t forget to use the loophole and roll on next week. Thanks for all your questions.
Well a reasonably solid 881 has seen me shoot up to 165! I don’t want to brag but my team is STACKED for this week and my hardest decision is who to leave out? Hayne and Lolohea look like warming the bench, although Hayne may get a late call up. This bodes well for the Semi Final of the Eliminator competition. Luckily, my voodoo on players I do not have seemed to pay off as Vaughan limped off. I might throw a name out at the end of this week’s injury curse I want to impart. Special mention to Shoayb “look at me” Khan, I am happy to help. But this is a question and answer, you post a question, I copy and paste then answer. Buy a prop and sell Yeo. But you would prefer to get attention than listen to advice so that advice is probably worthless.
What to do with Vaughn thinking of trading him out to someone then trading Brailey to friend is that worth the two trades or should I cash out Brailey and upgrade my second row forward and run with 1 gun hooker. Matt Seymour
I like Andrew McCullough as a hooking option to end the season, so upgrading Brailey to him would be an option. The only must have FRF at the moment is Kapow! With Fifita to be brought back later.
Who do you see as final centre positions? Richard Mckernan **Shoayb Khan take note**
I do not see any must haves, except maybe TTurbo I would hold any centre that is averaging above 35. Centre’s are so flukey that you take what you can get and save the trade.
Who should I get rid of out of Cotric, Hayne and Moga? Alternatively, keep the lot and save a trade trying to get some cash for a gun frf. Scott Wirihana
I wish you could hold for another week, Hayne worries me he only scored 58 with 2 tries last week. Your right one has to be dumped, I will say dump Moga. Bennett may give him the Hunt treatment. You have to upgrade your FRF!
Is it better to have 2 hookers or 3 bench 2rf's? Martin Auditore
There are 8 2RF averaging 54 or above and 3 hookers doing this. I would lean towards the 2nd Hooker option as the 6th ranked 2RF is averaging 57 and the 2nd Hooker is averaging 60, plus it provides injury cover if your other hooker gets injured/suspended/rested.
Is it a good idea to run out of trades asap to focus on charity work?. Reece William Brown Tree
I assume you are referring to a famous strategy called the Marg technique. You burn your trades early to keep your fantasy team relevant and inside the top 2k so that the people stay in your lounge and you’re not left with no friends and a bunch of useless algorithms. Or short answer NO!
Should I bring in L Brown for Hunt as a cash out and playing centre this week or cash out Graham and upgrade Hunt to Turbo? Mark Brown
I do not like the idea of playing Lewis Brown, but I like the idea of using him as a cash out and having him as a number in the coming weeks. I also love the idea of upgrading to TTurbo. Without knowing your other positions, read between the lines and boost your own decision.
What to do with Graham?? Already have Fifi and Kapow as my other front rowers and $119k in the bank and 8 trades left so ideally trade a set and forget for rest of the year... was going to get Vaughan as my last front rower but he's broken too. Wait for him to come back and then just swap for graham or get someone in now? Reserves are McInnes, Gal, Surgess and Hayne/Cotric/Loloheia/Fbrown if I don't trade and rest of team reasonably solid. Ross Cranston
Yeah it sounds like if you trade Graham it’s for trading’s sake only. You have cover this week so at least hold till a better option appears. If they are my reserves I might cash out one of those WFB/CTR to Lewis Brown and sit on a big wad of cash and look to complete your team post origin with someone then. It also gives you numbers in the coming weeks.
Cameron King a decent cash out for Kaysa? Running one hooker (McInnes) until round 20 then trade to Smith. Paul Messell
Or go Roache? Daniel Schwamm
Both are good cash outs; however, King may have an extra week or two in him. If upgrading is a possibility I like this option as AM9 is averaging almost 60 so you sort of need him anyway.
Merrin or Taumalolo? Luke Greenhalgh
On surface you say easy Lolo, but you may think Merrin plays every game. Lolo will still make 100 points on Merrin based on averages. Also, Merrin is a mid-ranger, Lolo is a must have.
Is D. Edwards a keeper in your books or should I eventually be turning him into a gun half via Munster/Walker? Marc Wells
I passed on him and he is burning me every week, luckily, I hear that Cartwright isn’t far away and that could finally get him demoted. Until then I would hold.
Who to start between Cotric, Hayne, Fuimaono, BJ or brown? Todd Allan
Similar problem, Fui is a lock (ok 2RF but it kills my pun). Am leaning towards BJ as Cowboys love to rush and this could mean Tackle Busts and Dragons should defend better on Hayne. But it’s a coin toss over those 2.
Thanks for all the questions, some are a little repetitive so read the whole article if your question was not answered. This week I am putting the curse on Mansour or Edwards, maybe a collision under the high ball injuring both ala Steve Waugh Jason Gillespie. Shout out to my boy K5, chin up and much respect.
I want to start the week off by publicly bagging Mrs Renegade! It’s bad enough I didn’t pick Crichton, but thanks to going out for dinner I was too late to loophole Taumalolo’s 80 costing me another 20 points. That will be the last night out she gets in the League season. Despite this it left me with a solid 805 and continuing to rise to a more than respectable 230 in the ranks. Good news for this week is with a full team and still 12 trades left, things should continue to trend in the right direction.
I have sweet FA trades remaining - do I just go for broke and hope for the best? Mark Jessup
I always like to hold 1 trade, it keeps fantasy relevant. Otherwise if you have to keep burning trades and then boast like 'I was once ranked…' and neglect to tell us your final rank it’s a strategy I heard that in a lounge somewhere.
Should i trade Walker? And if so Edwards, Teddy or Tom Turbo? Tyler Weymouth
It appears a lot of people have a lot of potential keepers at WFB. This appears sideways, with trades running short I would rather hold trade and treat Walker as a keeper. In saying that you may be short of numbers, if so get TTurbo, he can play centre and will be a keeper. Teddy gone for this week.
Thoughts on any players currently outside top 5 for avg points in their position who'll turn it up for the business end of the season? Any current guns who you see flopping? Matthew Anthony
Matt Moylan has averaged over 50 last 5 games and is revelling in the playmakers role. Look for him to move up. Cameron Smith to decrease his output, not to be average but lowering it enough that you could risk not getting him back in your team. He’s averaging 62 now I predict he will average 55 for the remainder of season. I figure he will get some rest before finals and probably play some in the halves.
Whare a good cashout option ? Paul Messell
I wouldn’t put the house on it! (wee joke for our kiwi brothers) Yes you are paying 8k for someone that might get you 40 points in 2 games when you need a little cover. People will worry about AE at seasons end, if you are taking an AE then you have issues anyway.
Playing overall. What round is best to bring CS9 back in? Josiah Orr
RD20 but if you have cash could I tempt you into going AM9 now? Based on averages AM9 would get more points from now till the run home. Factor in the answer I gave above and it may be more. With Ben Hunt out of favour it looks good that he will play 80 minutes till seasons end. Dale Roberts hope this covers your question.
Teddy, is he essential to use a trade to bring in to your team for the run home if you already have 3-4 wfbs scoring 40-50+ each week? Sam McLeod
No, I am sure that trade would be more valuable somewhere else. His injury proneness and playing for the Tigers are also reasons I wouldn’t be busting a nut to fit him into my squad.
Which out of a gun forward, gun half or gun WFB is the best to have. Looking at either JWall for Fifita, or Suli for a gun half or gun WFB. JWall is in my res while Suli is like 20th man. Jason Tavares
I would ask myself which position has the least guns? For me I say HLF with Pearce and SJ averaging 57 the drop off to the next level is 10 points which is quite the drop off.
With the Final 8 in the eliminator this week I wish severe injuries on all players I don’t own. Although maybe I should just wish that they make the origin team as this seems to rule them out of playing for their clubs. Remember when Syndesmosis was the fashionable injury, well it appears the Gallenitis is this year’s fashionable disease for rep players. This has changed things with Billy and Smith both missing. Have a good week!
Well with a solid 693 I only lost 50 spots and managed to stay inside the top 500. No thanks to a big hairy red head pulling out late, really it’s a society problem as well though. For once I will give props to my nemesis Lone Scout who scored an impressive 814 to take a 20 point lead on me. This week is a full round and a good score a must if you want to be a contender. Panic selling Smith last week forces me to play captain roulette this week.
Is Cody Walker a keeper in the halves? I was planning on shifting him to WFB but MWZ being dropped scuppered my plans. Ted Grant
Not ideal, but hey I am sure at seasons end people will have Milford/DCE and their average is very comparable. I am sure you can make an opening and have him as a WFB where he almost becomes a gun.
Is it worth spending the extra cash in the backline for POD's this year? Seems like everyone is running the same mix of FRF/2RF to a degree eg Lafai/Hopoate Rapana/Mansour. Dean Langford
You want to use your cash to get as many points as possible. Don’t look for POD’s for the sake of it. If they gun it people will just bring them in, if they go at average then you will lose ground. In saying that Rapana/Mansour would be fun to watch.
Munster in for Cotric? Matt Seymour
Don’t hate it, your team must be going pretty well if your comfortable trading a 38 point WFB. 72 points for 1 trade or running out of trades and having to run Abbey last 2 weeks??
Is upgrading Abbey to Semi a silly move if it gives me 17 for round 15? Paul Messell
I love these boasting questions! Sweet move you should move up the ranks in round 15.
Which centre do you rate as a "must have" for the run home? Michelle Moore
Whoever you pick you must stick with! People have to learn to stop burning trades in crap positions. I like TTurbo when back, I like Croker and the Black Widow is great value and if players could stop getting injured he would play 80 minutes in the back row every week and average 45. On average Jimmy the Jet would have to be in the mixer to. #girlsontop
Kapow, Merrin or JDB. Better option to run home with? Jason Tavares
JDB great base stats and most consitant. The Kapow the the Slug.
Who would u keep if u had to Elliott or Bodene and yes Elliott would help me out in rnd 18 which I need badly? Lamo Penishands
Can’t you sell them both? If not hold Elliot, but please don’t tell me it’s for the rest of the season! If it was then you have to hold BT.
Hayne and BJ viable CTR options? Patrick Hewitt
Hayne needs to go boom this week or he will be done, fullback should help. Hold a week. BJ is a viable option but he is a rollercoaster, don’t come out boasting when he scores 70 because he might just get 7 the week after.
What to do with Cotric/Suli if Croker is your other keeper centre, and you plan to cash one to fund Brailey > CS9. Hold Cotric until Tturbo/Aitken are back or target someone sooner rather than later for byes + the run home? Lachlan Angus
You sound like the kind of guy that want a cheap reliable centre to pump out 40’s each week mostly from base stats, I think you would be suited to a Blond with Brown eyes who likes beach walks and romantic dinners. The only thing is you can’t be arachnophobia. Say hello to Mitch Aubusson. Sell Cotric and I’ll chuck 12k in to the mix.
I have Munster in the halves, and need to get another to partner him. My options are C. Walker, ARey, DCE or Cleary?? Anthony Baldwin
ARen, with his goal kicking and general KM he should outscore the rest.
Keep or trade kaysa? Nathan Dengate and Harley Ngaau
Settle down lads, hold at least till the bye periods are over. He plays all those big rounds. Maybe just strap a mattress to his head so he stops getting knocked out.
Thanks for all the questions, with me winning my Eliminator battle last week it puts me into the Final 16. There are some murmurers out there that say I shouldn’t be eligible, I say stop crying and beat me. But for those in the PC brigade I will donate my winnings to charity if I survive to the end. Till next week save a trade and wish injuries on all your opponent’s players.