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.
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 signs look good for the run in, last week I scored a solid 986 and jumped into rank 325. With trades in the bank and a solid foundation it will be pedal to the metal as I boost my way home. The only slight glitch is this week when I look like maximizing 15 players. In further good news I smashed my eliminator and am in the final 8! With the week off this week it will be a good week if I can hold rank.
Slater to Surgess or Sione Mata'utia to Surgess? Matt Seymour
Kick Sione to the curb, that’s a must do trade! Thinking of trading Slater is crazy talk, he is averaging 45 and has gone from cash cow to potential keeper.
If Cam Smith backs up next round is it ideal to bring him back or wait till Round 20? Paul Messell
As I too am in a similar predicament, my advice is also what I will be doing. Wait till week 20.The game he plays in against the Roosters if it becomes a blowout look for him to be benched or play in the halves. Just a tip for young rogue rookies make sure you don’t run out of cash or trades!
Hoping to get Galenl in for Stone. Would you trade Cotric out or Moga? Fa’a Tau
Nice trade, I would trade Cotric! Wingers tend to get less chances and Moga has real nice base stats. It’s rare for wingers to be genuine keepers.
Slater and Wallace a trade? Luke Adams
Wallace yes not a frontline keeper in a position that has a lot more players averaging higher that play more games. Slater I would hold as I see him a potential keeper in a weak position.
McInnes. Is he a must for this round? CS9 or McCullough trade out? Paul Baker
For one round? Hopefully not. Yep maybe bench CS9 till round 20 then switch out AM9 and get the great man back in your team.
When Moylan gets dpp is he worth it? Nick Gibbs
Are you high on NSW juju? Is he worth his status a dpp? YES if you play the games you get dpp. Or is he worth trading in? Of course, but trade him in as a WFB which he already has. His last 5 games he has a 50 point average. Also this question has no relevance this week! PS keep pm’ing those NSW teams.
Thinking trading Milford to Lolohea until tigers have next bye then hopefully he has made enough coin so can upgrade him to Pearce after origin. Crazy idea? Jake Carter
It’s a punt I took last week, sadly he looks a little lazy and overweight. Maybe with Brooks there to lead the team he will perform better, he has quick feet which is good for tackle busts. I think a straight switch to Aren or Munster would be better as you will get more points and save a trade. If you are playing overall.
Matthew Eisenhuth. Cash out, cash cow, or Trap A/E later on in the year? Logan Burnside
Cash Out! Just a bit of advice, all the high scoring players are 2rf’s, so at seasons end I will be aiming for 6 2rf’s. Not some 24 year old journeyman that I cashed out on to get 16 points in week 15.
Thoughts on trading out Mannering for Taumalolo? Mannering has been nothing short of awesome this season but with two byes to come I feel if I don't jump on Taumalolo I could really suffer. Other options are Merrin? Ted Grant
The concerning thing is that Manners has been getting rested and his good scores involve a try. It’s a trade for me, to miss Lolo could just hurt too much. Merrin, wash your mouth out, the dude is heart and ass broken.
Should I get Nathan Brown this week or have I missed the boat? Richard McKernan
He would be a very low end keeper or 18th man and playing Week 15 and 18 I hope you have cover for the other weeks. If not you could have some Steve Nicholls sea sickness coming your way.
Which one out of CWalk or Gutho would be the best to keep for the run home, potentially 18th man. Jason Tavares
Walker all day, Guth is getting the Aubo role and just filling gaps. Even if he gets the FB job I would still back Walker to lift and average ok coming home.
Thanks for all the questions. Don’t forget to loophole this week and hope that your opponent’s team gets filled with injuries.