NRL SC Talk: Wenin’s Teams Analysis

Guns are misfiring, rookies are firing and some mid-rangers are surprising us all. With so much uncertainty surrounding many players and the unpredictable nature of the NRL, it can be hard to know who to pick and what to do.

As per usual, the guys at NRL SC Talk have put together the teams analysis from a Supercoach perspective, as they outline the details and gossip as to who is in, out and who is a good fit for any fantasy side.

So, here is their wrap:


Friday, 7.35pm AEDT at Brookvale Oval

Sea Eagles: 1 Brett Stewart 2 Cheyse Blair 3 Jamie Lyon (c) 4 Steve Matai 5 Peta Hiku 6 Feleti Mateo 7 Daly Cherry-Evans 8 Luke Burgess 9 Matt Ballin 10 Willie Mason 11 Jamie Buhrer 12 Tom Symonds 13 Dunamis Lui. Interchange: 14 Jesse Sene-Lefao 15 Blake Leary 16 Jake Trbojevic 17 Ligi Sao 18 Justin Horo.

Comment: No changes for the Sea Eagles apart from Feleti Mateo officially being named at five-eighth with Jamie Buhrer in the second-row. These were the roles which they filled on the weekend, with Buhrer excelling with 81 points at 1 PPM from the second-row. He won’t rise in price this weekend, so is one to watch for next round. With limited back-row depth on the bench, he is certainly an interesting proposition.

Bulldogs: 1 Brett Morris 2 Curtis Rona 3 Josh Morris 4 Tim Lafai 5 Sam Perrett 6 Moses Mbye 7 Trent Hodkinson 8 Aiden Tolman 9 Michael Lichaa 10 James Graham 11 Josh Jackson 12 Tony Williams 13 Greg Eastwood. Interchange: 14 Sam Kasiano 15 David Klemmer 16 Frank Pritchard 17 Tim Browne 18 Lloyd Perrett

Comment: No real changes for the Bulldogs following their first win of the season with Lloyd Perrett coming in as 18th man. Brett Morris looks an absolute weapon from fullback and will be hard to ignore from much longer. With an average of 94, he is set for a significant increase in price following this weekend. With Aiden Guerra placed in a lot fantasy teams centre / wing position, there are a few underperforming second row forwards which can be traded out this weekend for Morris.

Josh Jackson and Tony Williams are making it very hard to push their cases for retention. Michael Lichaa showed what he is capable of with a full 80 minute game under his belt, while James Graham is one of the better and definitely more consistent front-row forward for this season. He benefits from minutes largely unseen from a prop.


Friday, 20.35 AEDT at Suncorp Stadium

Broncos: 1 Jordan Kahu 2 Corey Oates 3 Jack Reed 4 Justin Hodges © 5 Lachlan Maranta 6 Anthony Milford 7 Ben Hunt 8 Josh McGuire 9 Andrew McCullough 10 Adam Blair 11 Alex Glenn 12 Matt Gillett 13 Corey Parker. Interchange 14 Jarrod Wallace 15 Joe Ofahengaue 16 Sam Thaiday 17 Kodi Nikorima.

Comment: No changes for the Broncos. Corey Parker was back to somewhere near his best, with 71 points in 59 minutes. He is going to rely heavily on a relentless work rate and attacking stats given his minutes are well down.

Jordan Kahu looked far more composed at the back and could possibly still be an ok cow.

Cowboys: 1 Lachlan Coote 2 Justin O’Neill 3 Matt Wright 4 Kane Linnett 5 Kyle Feldt 6 Michael Morgan 7 Johnathan Thurston (c) 8 Matt Scott (c) 9 Rory Kostjasyn 10 Ben Hannant 11 Gavin Cooper 12 Ethan Lowe 13 Jason Taumalolo. Interchange 14 Jake Granville 15 Kelepi Tanginoa 16 Scott Bolton 17 James Tamou 18 John Asiata.

Comment: Lachlan Coote comes into the side at fullback with Michael Morgan moving to five-eighth at the expense of Robert Lui. Justin O’Neill has been named but is in doubt due to concussion.

There were plenty of hopes pinned on two of the Cowboys back-rowers, but we pretty much stuffed this one up completely. The second-row forward which you want to own at the Cowboys is Ethan Lowe and not Jason Taumalolo or Gavin Cooper. Taumalolo is receiving crappy minutes (just 49 on the weekend), while Gavin Cooper is unable to get involved at all with a PPM ratio of less than 0.50 over the first two weeks. Lowe has bulked up considerably, is playing the full 80 minutes and is displaying all the key attributes which generally lead to fantasy success with a high work-rate and an eye for the try line. His 89 on the weekend did include a try, but the rest of the stats were all largely from base. He has averaged 34 tackles a game over the first two weeks of the season, and 19 hit-ups. Yes!

Coote is a watch and wait. He needs to survive a full game or couple of games of NRL before being traded in, but if all goes well then he will be hard to hold out of your side in a fortnight.

Johnathan Thurston is a hold. He looked back to his best before being belted by some thugs from Newcastle.


Saturday, 3pm AEDT at Mt Smart Stadium

Warriors: 1. Sam Tomkins 2. Jonathan Wright 3. Tuimoala Lolohea 4. Solomone Kata 5. Manu Vatuvei 6. Chad Townsend 7. Shaun Johnson 8. Jacob Lillyman 9. Thomas Leuluai 10. Ben Matulino 11. Bodene Thompson 12. Ryan Hoffman 13. Simon Mannering (C). Interchange: 14. Nathan Friend 15. Ben Henry 16. Sam Lisone 17. Albert Vete 18. Matt Allwood (One to be omitted).

Comment: No changes for the Warriors which is great news for those owning their couple of rookies on offer. Sam Lisone is set for a nice price rise with another solid performance, while Solomone Kata scored his first try in the NRL and is also set for a nice boost in value with massive negative BE’s.

Shaun Johnson and Sam Tomkins have been named but both are in a bit of doubt.

Their back-rowers continue to impress from a fantasy perspective with Ryan Hoffman and Simon Mannering both scoring well. Mannering scored 71 points in 80 minutes largely from base statistics.

Eels: 1. Will Hopoate 2. Vai Toutai 3. Ryan Morgan 4. Brad Takairangi 5. Reece Robinson 6. Corey Norman 7. Chris Sandow 8. Darcy Lussick 9. Nathan Peats 10. Tim Mannah 11. Manu Ma’u 12. Tepai Moeroa 13. Anthony Watmough 14. Isaac De Gois 15. Joseph Paulo 16. Danny Wicks 17. David Gower

Comment: Vai Toutai comes in for the injured Semi Radradra, while Ryan Morgan replaces Beau Champion. Tepai Moeroa has been named despite suffering an injury.

Anthony Watmough received even less minutes this weekend with just 62 and could be considered as well despite having injury excuses in each week.. Danny Wicks could be a solid rookie, scoring 41 points in 37 minutes in his first game back in the NRL.


Saturday, 5.30pm AEDT at GIO Stadium

Raiders: 1. Jordan Rapana, 2.Sisa Waqa, 3. Jarrod Croker (c), 4.Jarrad Kennedy, 5. Edrick Lee, 6. Blake Austin, 7. Mitch Cornish, 8. Shannon Boyd, 9. Josh Hodgson, 10. Dane Tilse, 11. Josh Papalii, 12. Iosia Soliola, 13. Shaun Fensom. Interchange: 14. Josh McCrone, 15. Frank-Paul Nuuausala, 16. Paul Vaughan, 17. Luke Bateman

Comment: Jordan Rapana replaces Jack Wighton at fullback, who will be missing for the next two to three weeks. Jarrad Kennedy moves into the centres, while Josh Papalii comes into the back row.

The injury to Jack Wighton is a massively blow, but he is a hold. Shaun Fensom saw just 50 minutes on the weekend, but still scored at an impressive 1.10 PPM, while Iosia Soliola is a revelation and will be one of the most traded in players this weekend before price rises.

Dragons: 1. Peter Mata’Utia 2. Eto Nabuli 3. Dane Nielsen 4. Dylan Farrell 5. Jason Nightingale 6. Gareth Widdop 7. Benji Marshall 8. Leeson Ah Mau 9. Mitch Rein 10. George Rose 11. Tyson Frizell 12. Joel Thompson 13. Jack de Belin. Interchange: 14. Trent Merrin 15. Heath L’Estrange 16. Rory O’Brien 17. Mike Cooper 19. Jake Marketo

Comment: Rory O’Brien drops back to the bench with George Rose named to start in the only change for the Dragons. Josh Dugans remains out after being a late withdrawal. The Dragons look pretty average at the moment and its hard to make a case for any player except for Trent Merrin from a fantasy point of view. Merrin continued his impressed PPM ratio from week 1 and with the increased minutes come the increased points. Imagine if he played the full 80!


Saturday, 7.30pm AEDT at AAMI Park

Storm: 1. Billy Slater, 2. Young Tonumaipea, 3. William Chambers, 4. Kurt Mann, 5. Marika Koroibete, 6. Blake Green, 7. Cooper Cronk, 8. Jesse Bromwich, 9. Cameron Smith (c), 10. Jordan McLean 11. Kevin Proctor, 12. Tohu Harris, 13. Dale Finucane. Interchange: 14. Ryan Hinchcliffe, 15. Tim Glasby, 16. Dayne Weston, 17. Tom Learoyd-Lahrs

Comment: Melbourne Storm are unchanged this weekend, but will likely be missing Dale Finucane who is likely to be out through suspension.

Cameron Smith looks back to his best, playing the full 80 minutes and scoring at just shy of 1 PPM. Will Chambers showed why he’s a serious POD proposition for your centre / wing position, and Tohu Harris is making me eat my own words. He will be hard to not trade in before this weekend.

Sharks: 1. Michael Gordon 2. Sosaia Feki 3. Gerard Beale 4. Ricky Leutele 5. Valentine Holmes 6. Ben Barba 7. Jeff Robson 8. Andrew Fifita 9. Michael Ennis 10. Sam Tagataese 11. Jayson Bukuya 12.Wade Graham 13. Paul Gallen (c). Interchange: 14. Matt Prior 15. Chris Heighington 16. Anthony Tupou 17. David Fifita 18. Luke Lewis 21. Tinirau Arona

Comment: Luke Lewis has been named on an extended bench for the Sharks in the only change.

Paul Gallen is the only shining light, with other popular selections such as Andrew Fifita, Ben Barba and Michael Gordon all disappointing. Fifita in particular below bar, with PPM at an almost all time low of below 1 PPM. His minutes increased by four from week 1, but just couldn’t match the work rate and was punished for some errors and penalties, losing a combined 12 points from his final score. It’s always hard to trade out a gun, but there are probably other more pressing issues for your side this week.

Barba is pretty close to being considered a dud and hasn’t delivered in close to 18 months. Sell.


Sunday, 4pm AEDT at ANZ Stadium

Rabbitohs: 1 Greg Inglis (c), 2 Alex Johnston, 3 Dylan Walker, 4 Bryson Goodwin, 5 Joel Reddy, 6 Luke Keary, 7 Adam Reynolds, 8 George Burgess, 9 Issac Luke, 10 Dave Tyrrell, 11 Glenn Stewart, 12 John Sutton, 13 Chris McQueen Interchange: 14 Chris Grevsmuhl 15 Jason Clark 16 Ben Lowe 17 Thomas Burgess 18 Tim Grant 19 Cameron McInnes 20 Darryl Millard

Comment: The Rabbitohs have named the same 17 players from week 2, but they have named a seven man bench.

It’s a tale of the usual suspects for South’s with Greg Inglis, Issac Luke, Adam Reynolds and George Burgess all posting above par scores. However, it was the performance of Glenn Stewart which really stood out for mine. He scored 62 points in 80 minutes thanks largely to base stats with 46 tackles. He won’t increase in price too much this weekend unless he pumps out another similar or higher score and as such should be placed on the watch list for now.

Luke will be a popular trade down target this week for a struggling Robbie Farah.

Wests Tigers: 1. James Tedesco, 2. Kevin Naiqama, 3. Tim Simona, 4. Chris Lawrence, 5. Pat Richards, 6. Mitchell Moses, 7. Luke Brooks, 8. Aaron Woods, 9. Robbie Farah (C), 10. Keith Galloway, 11.Curtis Sironen, 12.Sauaso Sue, 13. Martin Taupau. Interchange: 14.Dene Halatau, 15. Ava Seumanufagai, 16.Matthew Lodge, 17.Brenden Santi, 18.Lamar Liolevave

Comment: The Tigers are unchanged this weekend.

James Tedesco was brilliant and had amassed 60 points by half-time. As long as he is fit, he along with Greg Inglis are the two fullbacks which you want in your side this season.

Robbie Farah is a massive concern. Two weeks running now he has played less than 70 minutes. I’m all for the notion of not trading guns, but there are strong considerations needed this week as to whether you are to hold onto Farah. With the likes of Luke Brooks, Mitchell Moses and Tedesco all now controlling the offence it appears that Farah has become less involved in attack, and this has shown with one try assist and one line break assist over the first two weeks in a side which has scored 41 points over these rounds. This coupled with the decline in minutes is seriously worrying and with strong performances from the likes of James Segeyaro and Issac Luke over the first two rounds, added to the fact that Farah misses so many games over the bye / rep period, he’s a hard hold. AGAIN, I am strong believer in never trading your guns, but at the end of the day Farah was purchased to punch out massive scores prior to the bye and rep period at which point he was a trade. So as he is not delivering on this, again there is an argument to be made to selling.

Pat Richards is simply on fire over the first two weeks.


Sunday, 6.30pm AEDT at Cbus Stadium

Titans: Josh Hoffman, Anthony Don, James Roberts, William Zillman, David Mead, Aiden Sezer, Daniel Mortimer, Luke Douglas, Beau Falloon, Nate Myles, Ryan James, Dave Taylor, Greg Bird. Interchange: Eddy Pettybourne, Matt White, Ryan Simpkins, Kierran Moseley

Comment: Massive changes at the Gold Coast with Josh Hoffman shifting to fullback with William Zillman pushed out to the centres. Beau Falloon, Dave Taylor and Greg Bird all return to the team from internal suspension and replace the likes of Kierran Moseley and Lachlan Burr (out) in the starting side. Matt Srama has been dropped.

Moseley looks very much the dud cow right now and should be considered a sell this week for the right rookie. Nate Myles has failed to deliver with the additional game time and is also a sell to the likes of Ethan Lowe or Tohu Harris. Those who traded in Lachlan Burr last weekend will be kicking themselves!

Knights: 1 Kurt Gidley 2 James McManus 3 Dane Gagai 4 Joey Leilua 5 Akuila Uate 6 Jarrod Mullen 7 Tyrone Roberts 8 Kade Snowden 9 Adam Clydsdale 10 Korbin Sims 11 Beau Scott 12 Robbie Rochow 13 Jeremy Smith. Interchange: 14 Tyler Randell 15 Chris Houston 16 David Fa’alogo 17 Jack Stockwell 18 Sione Mata’utia.

Comment: Only one change for the Knights with Tyler Randell named to take his place once again on the bench, pushing Sione Mata’utia to 18th man.

Joey Leilua posted a massive score, but did have the two tries; same can be said for Jarrod Mullen who made two try assists.


Monday, 7pm AEDT at Allianz Stadium

Roosters: 1 Roger Tuivasa-Sheck 2 Daniel Tupou 3 Michael Jennings 4 Blake Ferguson 5 Shaun Kenny-Dowall 6 James Maloney 7 Mitchell Pearce (c) 8 Jared WaereaHargreaves 9 Matt McIlwrick 10 Sam Moa 11 Boyd Cordner 12 Aidan Guerra 13 Isaac Liu. Interchange: 14 Mitchell Aubusson 15 Dylan Napa 16 Kane Evans 17 Sio Siua Taukeiaho 18 Willie Manu

Comment: No changes for the Roosters, with one to drop off the bench.

Aiden Guerra delivered once again, while Dylan Napa was a surprise off the bench scoring 87 points at 1.93 PPM thanks for a try and a line break.

Blake Ferguson should be considered a sell for the moment.

Panthers: 1. Matt Moylan 2. Josh Mansour 3. Dean Whare 4. Jamal Idris 5. Dallin Watene-Zelezniak 6. Isaac John 7. Peter Wallace 8. Sam Mckendry 9. James Segeyaro 10. Brent Kite 11. Sika Manu 12. Lewis Brown 13. Elijah Taylor 14. Tyrone Peachey 15. Jeremy Latimore 16. Reagan Campbell-Gillard 17. Bryce Cartwright

Comment: The Panthers welcome back Josh Mansour, but this is to the pain of super coaches with boom rookie George Jennings making way. Issac John replaces Jamie Soward who is out injured.

James Segeyaro looks a hard player to not bring in this week, but what happens when Apisai Koroisau returns? Surely they don’t spend the money on him and not bring him into the 17 at some stage.

Jamal Idris went bang with a hat trick, while Matt Moylan was equally as impressive with 3 try assists and the added plus of taking over the goal kicking duties from the injured Soward.

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