Base Statistic Stars – NRL Supercoach

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Updated: May 6, 2016

Base Statistic Stars – NRL Supercoach

Representative round marks the start of the tumultuous bye period.

As many teams ramp up their bye planning ahead of the first major bye week in round 12, we turn our attention to the most consistent players this season. It is these players with favourable bye schedules that will benefit teams in the coming months.

What are base stats?

Base statistics refer to the bare minimum a player should score each week. These stats are often the easiest and most consistent figure of all scoring – example tackles and hit ups.

Integrated base stats include all ill-disciplines (missed tackles, penalties conceded, errors and sin bins) to gain a true representation of a player’s base scoring.

It is a result of base statistics that players can be lorded as consistent and high-percentage players who have NRL Supercoach relevance.

Base Statistic Stars.

Integrated Base Stats – Round 9. (sorted by average)

Why are base stats important?
They provide consistency to each week’s scoring. A base stat focus when trading in players allows coaches to stack a bench with dependable options, while being able to pick and choose the right attacking stars.

This level of consistency is none more so important than in the bye period.

As Origin ravages the vast majority of teams, high base stat players will help teams jump up the rankings over this trying span of the season.

Bulldogs forward James Graham and Dragons lock Jack de Belin shape as the top options throughout the Origin period. The pair also have a favourable  schedule with only one bye over the three major bye rounds.

Aiden Tolman, Ryan James and Dale Finucane will likely remain PODs thought the byes – a classic example of low-risk options to jump up in the overall rankings.

Popular picks Shaun Fensom and Ethan Lowe will become bye-period staples for the second consecutive season. The Raiders and Cowboys have a favourable early schedule with just one bye before round 19.

The Internationals will once again factor into many teams, more so with some careful bye planning. Props Jesse Bromwich and Ben Matulino will become borderline must-haves following their side’s round 12 byes. Likewise for Andrew Fifita (should he miss Origin selection), he will be a goldmine after the Sharks’ two early byes.

Finally, top-tier Origin players Paul Gallen, Corey Parker and Trent Merrin create a dilemma. They’re tough to hold, it is also difficult to trade quality out. Despite the likelihood the trio miss at least three games, history suggests its Parker that holds his value best over the Origin period.

Tip: Stagger bye planning. Its a common trend to get caught out in the later bye rounds with players unavailable due to a stacked early schedule. Factor each teams’ byes and spread out your selections.

Base Statistic Stars.

2016 NRL Bye Planner.

Base Statistic Stars.

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