Thursday - It's been a crazy week, so haven't managed to get to this any earlier:
1/ PLANNED: Simpkin > Burton
2/ LUXURY: Tedesco > Turpin
Popular targets include:
BASEMENT - MIDDIE
Brodie Jones EDG $233k
Albert Kelly HLF $301k
Matt Burton HLF/CTR $505k
Jake Turpin HOK $539k
Andrew McCullough HOK $653k
Reed Mahoney HOK $668k
Ben Hunt HOK/HLF $669k
Brandon Smith HOK/MID $671k
Nicho Hynes WFB/HLF $676k
Jake Simpkin $370k (HOK)
In some ways I would've liked to carry Jake a bit longer.
I still think we see more of him, and won't surprise me if he makes another $200k before the season is done.
But, holding doesn't fit with my squad strategy right now, so he has to go.
James Tedesco $600k (WFB)
This one is a HUGE call, probably the biggest trade-out call of the season for me.
When starting the year with Teddy, the plan had always intended to sell Tedesco pre-origin, unfortunately poor scores and a massive paper-loss in value had derailed that idea. In the end I've decided to bank that cash-loss, which sucks, but I think there's some sound reasoning to make the trade.
With the recent head knocks, then hip pointer injury, I think he's been a bit beat up this year. It's probably more important than ever for the Roosters to get him fit and available come the finals, and they will be there.
So... I'm tipping Robinson rests him for R14 and R18, on top of Oranges in R17.
In between that, the Roosters play the two best defensive teams in the comp (Panthers R15 and Storm R16). Tedesco is capable of scoring well against anyone, but with a young spine, I'm going to gamble on no big scores between R13-R18.
Matt Burton $505k (HLF/CTR)
A trade that I'd penciled in at the start of the season. Having his name be linked to an Origin call-up caused me to hold-fire a week. But Burton should be a good fill-in, and again I suspect that Cleary gets a couple of extra weeks off this year (largely as anything less than a Premiership will be a fail for the Panthers, so they will want to arrive at finals Footy in the best possible shape).
Jake Turpin $539k (HOK)
This was a bit of a late decision & luxury trade.
I really wanted Ben Hunt, but found myself $11k short - Going Proctor over Fitzgibbon last week was probably the right play!
Nevertheless, that left an opportunity to go McCullough or Turpin.
If Turpin can hold his role, then I think he can average within 5 points of MCC for $100k less, and potentially make $50-100k before a R17 upgrade. It's a gamble, especially with Coach Walters, but it's getting to that time of the season where I need to make some plays if I'm to achieve my ranking target.
R13-Bye players: 16
R17-Bye players: 3-4
Origin players: 1
Unavailable players: 1 (Crichton - Suspended)