t43597 wrote:Trying to select a 'balanced side' which means downgrading Grant and upgrading to Val in the centres.
Elliott, Cheese, Paseka
Cleary (c), Burton
Teddy (vc), CNK, Perham
Hastings, Hopgood, J.Hetherington, TMM
HTF, Stone, Sloan, AKP
Good depth but feel im missing another gun somewhere.
Not convinced with Paseka or Kenny, Paseka I would need to see more before I get on and Kenny probably won't play big mins at hooker, more likely 20-25 and then a bit more in the middle later.
I've done the maths on the following set of swaps so I know it'll work but my recommendation is the following
* Thompson down to Alamoti - Alamoti seems like he'll start and Thompson's JS isn't good either while costing you 89k more
* Paseka down to either Matamua or Blore, depending on who gets the spot
* CNK to George Jennings, he's got great job security until Papenhuyzen is back (likely not for ages) and has a better floor than most cheapie wingers and just as much ceiling as CNK (which is to say not much)
* Kenny to Robson - Robson is a big POD at hooker, has no early byes or Origin to worry about bar mass injuries in the NSW camp and has a very good early draw (which matters because Robson loves to go himself close to the line)
This leaves you 118k so you can then upgrade one of the cheapies if you really need to or keep it for early trades. If Loiero starts ahead of EKatoa then you'll have enough money to upgrade one of the 250k guys back up to CNK if you want (or Robson to Grant but I think Robson's better), but I recommend Gennings as one of your 250k guys, he's a safer bet than most of them. I also think Clark is a better bet than Elliott but that's up to you.
Elliott, Cheese, Hetherington (you would put Hopgood here once he gets dual)
Teddy, Perham, Gennings
Hastings, Hopgood, Blore/Matamua, TMM
Hammer, Stone, Sloan, AKP