There were three weeks to go at the start of last round, and we’re seeing sizeable changes up the top of the overall rankings each week!
I can’t wait to see how the overall race to be the 2020 KFC SuperCoach champion finishes up; let’s see what we learned from Round 18.
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Campbell Graham on his way to scoring a try for the Rabbitohs in Round 18. Picture: Cameron Spencer/Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images
South Sydney’s Campbell Graham is only the second best averaging CTW option across the past five rounds (only a few points behind Nofoaluma) and is in just 4,120 teams. Most of these are probably just Rabbitohs fans, and I’d be shocked if anybody in the hunt for overall glory was brave enough to jump on; however, if they did jump on five rounds ago, you would have been laughing with a five game average of 87.2 points per game, and a price increase of approximately $240,000 across that span. He’s gotten it done while playing left centre, right centre and even on the wings – just constantly managing to get the ball in attacking areas and get over the line eight times in the past five games – and all while averaging 46 points per game in base and base attack stats – keeper levels!
HARPING ON A LITTLE TOO MUCH, TOO LATE!
It’s just a kick in the guts when there’s a late season cheapie who comes on strong too late to be useful for KFC SuperCoach, but too early in that it ruins their price for next season! Harper has played his third game now, but his first was only off the bench. In his two 80 minute games, he has scored 101 and 75, a try in both games, but impressively he has scored 48 and 42 in base and base attack stats. It’s a small sample size, sure, but those are the types of numbers we like to see and if he can continue to average the mid-40s for base and base attack stats, Harper – despite starting at a higher price next year – would have to be in some consideration for a starting 2021 team spot.
Daly Cherry-Evans has been scoring with ball in hand and by foot for the Sea Eagles. Picture: Cameron Spencer/Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images
DCE – KEEP AN EYE ON ME
This is more a nod to 2021, given the fact that you well and truly missed the boat for DCE this year – scores of 114 and 112 were just what the doctor ordered and even though the Sea Eagles lost both games, it certainly wasn’t for lack of trying by their halfback. His scores were definitely boosted by the addition of goalkicking for the past two weeks – by 12 points in both games in fact, a sizeable bump to his scores. Why’s this important? Well, the word appears to be that Reuben Garrick is on his way out of the side and DCE may end up being left as the primary goalkicker for next year – a job that he probably should have had in the first place given DCE has been more accurate than Garrick the past two years anyway!
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PANTHER WANTS A REST …?
There’s really not much else we can learn about the high-flying Panthers filled with KFC SuperCoach studs, but with the Panthers with one hand on the minor premiership, there’s a legitimate chance that one or more key Panthers will be given a rest. The question is, will some of their backs – I’m looking at you Nathan Cleary, Jarome Luai, Josh Mansour and Dylan Edwards – sit in the final round after coach Cleary opted to rest forwards James Tamou, Api Koroisau and Zane Tetevano in round 19? It’s a shortened season but that doesn’t mean the toll on the players’ bodies is any less, with no byes to break up the year so far. Those KFC SuperCoaches who may have loaded up on double Panthers halves, or double or triple Panthers CTW options may need to have a Plan B in case of restings …
58,894 KFC SuperCoaches are hoping Ivan Cleary don’t sit Nathan Cleary in the final round. Picture: Phil HillyardSource:News Corp Australia
UNBEELIEVABLY BAD, BUT DON’T SLEEP ON THEM
Almost as bad as my pun game, to be fair. A 20-2 scoreline, coupled with just 36% of the possession in this game translated to absolute stinkers for all the backline players might have you panicking. The loss of hooker Reed Mahoney last week also can’t be understated. So before you hit ‘Trade’ out on all your Mitch Moses, Clint Gutherson, Maika Sivo or even Blake Ferguson shares though, look at who they’re playing this week and next week. Gutherson in particular had a great game against both teams earlier this year, and Sivo wasn’t bad either. Keep the faith for the last two weeks!
ZAC LOMAX IS STILL YOUNG AND INCONSISTENT
He’s been one of the best CTW options in 2020 but it’s important to remember that the kid is only 20 years old. Lomax has demonstrated a great floor all season when you combine his goalkicking (between 75-80%) and his 30ish points in pure base, but he has still dropped two stinkers – a 22 in Round 12, and Round 18’s 10. Both weeks he missed most of his goals (2/5 and 0/2) and also had four errors (plus a penalty in Round 12). Bad games happen, especially for younger players, and it’s more about how these young players bounce back. Well, Round 13 saw Lomax come out and score 103 (!!!) against the Roosters, so Lomax could very well come out and dominate against the Knights this week. I understand some KFC SuperCoaches beingkeen to sell him, but Lomax has proven to have a decent ceiling himself this year and there’s no guarantee that any trade-in options will outscore him across the last two rounds.
Zac Lomax was tough to watch in round 17. Picture: Mark Metcalfe/Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images
JARROD WALLACE MIGHT BE RELEVANT FOR 2021
Look don’t read too much into this one, as there’s every chance by next year this is no longer relevant, but the past four weeks, Wallace has averaged 49.8 minutes per game and scored 61.8 points per game. Compare that to the rest of his season, where he’s averaged 36.8 points per game from an average of 32.5 points per game. There’s every chance that Wallace finishes 2020 with a season average between 43 to 45 points per game, and with Jai Arrow on his way out, as well as Ryan James, he may be forced to step up as a middle forward with bigger minutes on offer for him. Averaging 50 minutes per game isn’t impossible if you look at the Titans’ expected 2021 roster, even with the additions of David Fifita and Tino Fa’asuamaleaui, which would make him underpriced if his recent performances are any indication of what he might be able to accomplish with the extra game time.
SONNY BILL WILLIAMS MIGHT BE PROVING HIS WORTH ON THE FIELD
This is definitely not a ‘new lesson’ by any means, but perhaps it is more a mild surprise/timely reminder of what SBW used to be. I mean, SBW was almost laughable in his first game back last week, given all the hype surrounding his return and then to play just 13 minutes and do hardly anything of note. However, in just another week, SBW already looked more at home, and had a definite impact to how the Roosters played, as well as when he had the ball in hand himself. His skilful passing (already good back then, but further refined through his time in union) was unexpected and really showed what the Roosters had missed through the injury to Victor Radley earlier this year in terms of their attacking structures. Although not relevant for KFC SuperCoach purposes himself, his growing role actually increases the appeal of the other Roosters around him through his ability to play as a link in the middle to Keary or Flanagan, while also proving a constant offloading threat when he carries the ball himself.
Cameron Smith just keeps doing GOAT things even in the ‘twilight’ of his career. Picture: Bradley Kanaris/Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images
CAMERON SMITH IS UNSTOPPABLE
It’s somewhat unbelievable but Cameron Smith is currently averaging 79 points per game in his 15 games played this year. More incredible is that once you remove his injury-affected 34 in 28 minutes, his average is an astonishing 82.2 points per game from the other 14 games. The mercurial hooker remains the top option in his position despite some stiff competition from Cam McInnes, Damien Cook and Harry Grant. There appears to be little risk to Smith missing any games in what is potentially his last season of NRL, and it seems a wild idea to not own the great man as he (potentially) leaves the great game of KFC SuperCoach (oh, and the NRL) on top, unlike the comparatively undignified exits of other SuperCoach Immortals like Corey Parker and Paul Gallen.
CHANEL HARRIS-TEVITA IS IMPROVING BY THE WEEK
The Warriors have been simply incredible this year, with the amount of obstacles they have overcome. One of the bright spots has been the development of Harris-Tevita, who has really started taking charge of the team and seems like he could be a key member of their spine for years to come. With the goalkicking seemingly his, and also a lot of the general kicking in the opposition 10 metre zone (for forced dropouts), it gives CHT a handy base to go along with some attacking upside. Not so much an option for the rest of this season, but perhaps another name to consider for 2021.
Good luck for Round 19
It’s really crunch time now! Everything decision is critical, whether it be for head-to-head finals or the overall race! Good luck with your choices this week.
Originally published asThe costly ‘keeper’ we all slept on
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