Round 18 Player Rankings – NRL Supercoach

Updated: July 8, 2016

In a week that will harvest less season keepers than cheapies, coaches are faced with a tough task in round 18. As trades dry up in the penultimate week of the Origin bye period, staying put with less than a desired 13 players is a real possibility.

The shock selection of new Blues fullback James Tedesco and bench utility Matt Moylan is set to cause Supercoach headaches.

Round 18 will spark the start of ’nuffie’ trading – downgrading to players who are unlikely to be a factor for the remainder of the season. Roosters back Joseph Manu is at the top of this category.

As for each of the major bye rounds, we will detail the best players in our position by position rankings for this weekend.

Round 18 Player Rankings (HOK)
1. Jake Friend – $344,900 (ave 65.2)
A poor three-round average of 45 puts Friends’ season keeper credentials at risk. With Connor Watson expected to drop off the bench with Boyd Corder returning, Friend is a set to play 80-minutes and could achieve his season average.

2. Josh Hodgson – $321,300 (ave 59.1)
Hodgson could once again 80-minutes to improve on his disappointing three round average of 45. Hodgson’s value will slip following this round and will likely remain short of season keeper status.

3. Michael Ennis – $326,500 (ave 51.9)
An Origin depleted Sharks side will call on Ennis to assist make-shift halves pairing Chad Townsend and Fa’amanu Brown early and often. Ennis could top all hooker options this round with some attacking stats, however that remains to be seen.

4. Michael Lichaa – $326,400 (ave 50.2)
Impressive recent form with some welcome attacking stats makes Lichaa one of the better options of round 18.

5. Jake Granville – $275,400 (ave 47.9)
Granville’s 80-minute trial has failed to produce results. While it is possible he plays 80-minute despite the presence of Queensland Cup hooker Josh Chudleigh on the bench, Granville needs a much needed boost to his attacking numbers to put up a decent score.

6. Ray Thompson
7. Fa’amanu Brown
8. Isaac de Gois
9. Rory Kostjaysn
10. Dene Halatau

Round 18 Player Rankings (FRF)
1. Trent Merrin – $433,400 (ave 72.6)
The top option of the round, Merrin has reaffirmed his credentials as a season keeper. Since bypassing Manly forward Jake Trbojevic, Merrin is there abouts with the likes of Sam Burgess and Ryan James. An average of 61-base points over the last five games has been the catalyst for Merrin’s surge up the rankings capped off by a try last round.

2. James Graham – $385,300 (ave 65.4)
Bulldogs captain James Graham is by far and away the best FRF only option in round 18. Expect a similar trend as seen in round 12 against the Raiders whereby Graham received more game-time to fill the void of Origin forwards David Klemmer and Josh Jackson.

3. Aiden Tolman – $352,300 (ave 56.4)
Tolman has sprung to life in recent weeks with back-to-back 80-minute performances. Much like Graham, expect a similar showing as seen in round 12 when Tolman went the distance against the Raiders.

4. Dylan Napa – 311,700 (ave 56.1)
The drop off from the Bulldogs pair is massive. Napa projects as a 50-point player, well off Tolman and Graham’s 60+.

5. Paul Vaughan – $289,100 (ave 51.9)
Raiders’ Vaughan leads a cluster of 45-50 point players with above average work-rates. In fact Vaughan’s work-rate is so consistent he has only dropped below 1.0 once this season.

6. Leilani Latu – $325,400 (ave 48.9)
One of the mid-range buys of the season, Latu has shown the ability to go big on the back of his offload and late ball playing. There is every possibility he boosts his attacking numbers against a depleted Sharks outfit, but his base stats remain low.

7 . Danny Wicks – $266,100 (ave 43.4)
It remains to be seen how the return of Tim Mannah will effect Wicks’ output however with a three round average of 52 he is expected to hover close to that number.

8. Junior Paulo – $255,100 (ave 51)
Quality over quantity for Paulo. His work-rate (0.88) isn’t quite up there since joining the Raiders.

9. Scott Bolton- $214,900 (ave 40.4)
Origin duties for Matt Scott and James Tamou should see Bolton become a 50-point player as seen in round 12.

10. Reagan Campbell-Gillard – $233,400 (ave 37.9)
A three round average of 48 and a PPM 1.0 resembles his debut 2015 season. Unlike last year, his form has been inconsistent. He still holds a small upside. After Campbell-Gillard there is another drop off.

11. Sausao Sue
12. Matt Prior
13. Ben Hannant
14.  Tim Grant
15. James Fisher-Harris

Round 18 Player Rankings (2RF)
1. Trent Merrin – $433,400 (ave 72.6)
The obvious choice as the top 2RF option this week. While his base stats are up in recent weeks, Merrin has found his offload (31) this year – a hotly debated topic of last season which saw the former representative forward shelve it to his own detriment.

2. Bryce Cartwright – $469,000 (ave – 73.2)
58 offloads including 10 last game place Cartwright at the top of the offload count this season. While he stamps his name as a season keeper, Cartwright may be the best attacking 2RF option this season. Owners will gladly take the good with the bad.

3. Jason Taumalolo – $401,000 (ave – 62.5)
Taumalolo owners will be hoping for a better performance on Monday than in round 12 against the Dragons. A depleted Cowboys forward pack opens opportunities, however expect his role to remain unchanged.

4. Boyd Cordner – 383,800 (ave – 70.3)
By far the most consistent Roosters forward. Cordner is expected to be a late inclusion against Parramatta on Friday night. With a number of attack loaded  scores, the former Blues backrower is risky, however remains a 55-60 point player.

5. Elliott Whitehead – $333,200 (ave – 60.9)
One of the biggest disappointments of the Origin period is Raiders import Elliott Whitehead. A five-round average of 54 is a far-cry from his season average of 61. Against an understrength Cowboys side, Whitehead’s attacking numbers could pick up and with that his scores.

6. Sio Suia Taukeiaho – $326,100 (ave 56.7)
Taukeiaho has scored near identical at lock in 50-minutes as to playing on the edge for an entire match. With Boyd Cordner pushing to be a late inclusion, Taukeiaho playing at lock will limit his goal kicking potential, however should improve his PPM.

7. Manu Ma’u – $328,600 (ave 56.8)
Ma’u has averaged just 38.5 base points over the past four matches. This has resulted in a series of poor scores and evidentially value.

8. Ethan Lowe – $301,800 (ave 59.4)
Lowe’s dwindling value is due to a poor work-rate and attacking statistics that for the most part have dried up for the last couple of months.

9. Dylan Napa
10. Tyrone Peachey
11. Chris Lawrence
12. Paul Vaughan
13. Mitchell Aubusson
14. Jayson Bukuya
15. Elijah Taylor

Round 18 Player Rankings (HLF)
1. Nathan Cleary – $277,600 (ave 77.5)
A stunning start to his career sees Cleary as one of the best mid-season cash cows in Supercoach history. Value aside, as the Panthers lean on their attack, Cleary will prosper which makes him a must-start.

2. Mitchell Pearce – $360,000 (ave 69)
Pearce has impressed in four games for the Roosters. He by no means should be considered a season keeper.

3. Moses Mbye – $354,300 (ave 63.6)
A healthy backline sees goal kicking wiz Kerrod Holland move out of the side with Mbye to retain the kicking duties. It is no surprise that with Brett Morris’ return the Dogs’ attack has improved and with that Mbye’s output.

4. Luke Brooks – $340,800 (49.7)
15 try assists this season places Brooks in slim company. While he remains a risky option, his ability to generate attacking numbers is attractive.

5. Chad Townsend – $262,800 (49.1)
It will be a tough ask for the Sharks missing five Origin stars. Townsend will handle the goal kicking duties as well as most of the playmaking duties.

6. Jackson Hastings
7. Aidan Sezer
8. Ray Thompson
9. Peter Wallace
10. Jeff Robson

Round 18 Player Rankings (5/8)
1. Bryce Cartwright – $469,000 (ave 73.2)
Cartwright has passed Broncos star Anthony Milford as the third best halves option. He is a must at either 2RF or 5/8.

2. Corey Norman – $348,600 (ave 53.2)
Kieran Foran’s absence has done little to dent the confidence of Norman. Owners will be hoping he improves on his bye period average of 66.

3. Ben Barba – $330,300 (ave 59.5)
Barba will be called on early and often to aid the depleted Sharks and stop his form slide. In true Barba fashion he could quite easily score 20 or 100 depending on his attacking output.

4. Tyrone Peachey – $360,400 (ave 56.1)
Peachey’s time at centre may be numbered as English back Zak Hardaker finds his feet. While he is at centre, it suits his attacking style of play and could benefit against the Sharks.

5. Josh Reynolds – $341,700 (ave 53.6)
There is a considerable drop-off after Peachey with Reynolds, Moses and Townsend on par. Reynolds consistent ability to produce attacking statistics edges him in front.

6. Mitchell Moses
7. Chad Townsend
8. Blake Austin
9. Jackson Hastings
10. Aiden Sezer

Round 18 Player Rankings (CTW)
1. Jarrod Croker – $391,500 (ave 65.4)
Scores of 99 and 117 over the last two weeks have cemented Croker as one of the CTW options in Supercoach. He is a must-have for non-owners.

2. Semi Radradra – $396,400 (ave 61.7)
How will the off-field drama affect Radradra? Supercoach owners must trust the best winger in the game will fire tonight against the Roosters. He is a definite hold despite a sizeable breakeven.

3. Brett Morris – $372,600 (ave 91)
Since returning, Morris has added a new wrinkle to the Bulldogs attack. He will be an inconsistent borderline gun up until the end of the season.

4. Joseph Leilua – $393,300 (ave 67.9)
Law of averages have bitten Leilua in recent weeks. In spite of teams paying extra attention to the Raiders right-centre, he remains one of the best CTW options.

5. Jordan Rapana* – 336,900 (ave 62.8)
*Rapana is under an injury cloud and leaking cash quickly. As is the trend with most wingers in the game they’re inconsistent. Ratana will fall short of being a Supercoach gun.

6. Kevin Naqama
7. Jack Wighton
8. David Nofoaluma
9. Michael Gordon
10. Chris Lawrence
11. Curtis Rona
12. Mitchell Aubusson
13. Will Hopoate
14. Valentine Holmes
15. Bevin French

Round 18 Player Rankings (FB)
1. Jordan Rapana – $336,900 (ave 62.9)
87 tackle breaks and 18 line breaks make Rapana a worthy option if not for his lack of base statistics. Rapana is your typical boom or bust prospect.

2. Jack Wighton – $372,800 (ave 55.1)
A welcome return to form from Wighton has seen his price and value skyrocket. While he isn’t quite a Supercoach gun status, with consistency, he could be next season.

3. Corey Norman – $348,600 (ave 53.2)
Norman’s value will start to dissipate following round 18 with most of the top halves option available next week.

4. Ben Barba – $330,300 (ave 59.5)
Much like Rapana, Barba is boom or bust with his scoring made up of over 70% attacking statistics.

5. Michael Gordon – $338,800 (ave 49.8)
Patient owners will be hoping for a bounce-back game after facing stout Sharks defence in round 16. A breakeven of 69 will no-doubt see Gordon peak by next week.

5. Will Hopoate
7. Lachlan Coote
8. Valentine Holmes
9. Bevin French
10. Latrell Mitchell


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Round 18 Player Rankings – NRL Supercoach

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