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Captains Call: Round 24

Welcome to another edition of Captains Call.

We are well and truly underway for finals in NRLCEO and very close to the end of the regular season for NRL. This has provided a few headaches for some CEO’s out there who have gun players in teams not making finals who may have a niggling injury. This has resulted in shuffled line ups which can affect CEO output, none more than Angus Crichton who was relegated to the bench last week. He did come on after 23 minutes but that was enough to rule out a workhorse. He did however make a line break with his first touch and may have resulted in a try assist if his pass found the mark. Let’s hope that’s the last time he starts on the bench.

The biggest shock of the week came from Paul Gallen. Hasn’t scored less than four all year, and then he gets a zero against the Broncos. Don’t be too disheartened if you have him, only two workhorses were scored in that game.

Who would have thought the Eels would lose to the Knights and only score 10 points on the way? It was a very insipid display for the Eels which wasn’t good news for Semi Radradra. He finished with a zero in a week many thought he may score at least a double.

Dylan Walker had a slightly better game but again, against the lowly Tigers you wouldn’t have been mistaken for expecting more out of him. A try assist and line break assist was it, didn’t look threatening all day.

The pick of the lot was Jordan Rapana with a try and line break. Again in a game where I expected a little more from him you couldn’t be too disappointed with that.

So seen as how I’ve had a pretty dry run with picking good captain choices, I’ve enlisted the services of a few of my fellow Tookey Cup to pick this week. They have been playing NRLCEO for seven years now so they do know a thing or two.

Don’t forget to vote or leave a comment below.

Good luck to all those in finals this week.

 

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Simon Mannering (safe bet)

I chose this one. Mannering is a tackling machine who makes up his workhorse just in tackles. Against the Rabbitohs I can’t see that changing. If you want a guaranteed eight points at least then Mannering is almost a certainty to get that.

 

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Elliot Whitehead (safe bet)

Brenton has chosen Whitehead, not only because he is a Raiders fan but because he is one of the most consistent player this year. Since round five he has averaged about five and a half points. On top of that he has now moved into the middle of the park which should guarantee enough involvements for a workhorse.

 

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Billy Slater (risk and reward)

Adam has picked Billy Slater, not only because he has him but because he has been in great for this season. Once Slater found his feet again he has looked the most dangerous out of any fullback in the game. Up against the resurgent Knights you could expect Slater to be in the thick of it again. Knights have been playing better and did hold the Eels to only 10 points on the weekend but it will be interesting to see if they can hold out the Storm.

 

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Mitchell Moses (risk and reward)

Ciaran has chosen Moses as he is a massive Eels fan but also you’d expect Moses and the Eels to bounce back in a big way against the chaotic Titans. He has been arguably the form five eight of the comp for the last month or so and against a Titans team that’s leaking points for fun he could seriously run amok.

 

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The Roosters Halves (risk and reward)

Adam had another go and picked one or the other so I put both up. It is unlikely that both with fire but you’d expect one too. After a bruising game against the Storm last week and wanting to cement a top four spot the Rooster will come out firing. They almost have a full strength team back which is danger signs for other teams and although Tigers beat Manly last week, Tigers still leaked some points.

Who are you picking as captain for Round 24?

Captains Call: Round 23

Welcome to Captains Call for the first week of finals for many comps.

Who was out there enough, who had the balls, who had really no option but to pick Ben Hunt as your Captain? I doubt any of you did and I’m not surprised. Three tries, three try assists, two line breaks and one line break assist in 48 minutes, what an effort. Makes you think what he could have scored if he played the full 80.

Talking about halves, I think I will refrain from picking anymore in Captains Call, they never seem to score a lot of points when I do. Nathan Cleary had a return of a line break and line break assist which was quite low against the Tigers.

Gareth Widdop didn’t do much better. After setting up the first try that was about it for Widdop, a try assist and line break assist was all he could manage.

The two forwards in Felise Kaufusi and Jake Trbojevic didn’t set the world on fire but did manage to get a workhorse each.

The pick of the lost was Anthony Milford who crossed for a try and line break assist. I’m surprised it wasn’t more as the Broncos smashed the Titans.

Time to really think about who you choose as Captain as its now sudden death for a lot of teams.

Time to preview five more, don’t forget to vote or leave a comment below.

 

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Angus Crichton (safe bet)

Crichton has been one of the surprise packets of the year. In what could be a grind of a game there is a chance he may get his second double work horse of the year. He also hasn’t scored a try since his hat trick in round 15 so he is due for a short ball close to the line.

 

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Paul Gallen (safe bet)

Gallen is the leading point scorer this season for a reason. 21 work horse tries and 20 meter eaters are the reason for this. After losing to the Raiders over the weekend, Gallen will be looking for a big game and against the Broncos he will definitely be put to the test. Easy work horse with the slight possibility of a double due to the fact Broncos like to throw the ball around.

 

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Jordan Rapana (risk and reward)

Rapana was leading point scorer most of the season until a quiet run hit in round 16. Top that off with a suspension Rapana was looking for a big game when he came back. Last week he looked fresh and showed that with his fifth game with two tries or more. Against a Warriors team that seems to be losing interest as the season goes on, Rapana could be in for a field day.

 

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Dylan Walker (risk and reward)

I know I chose Walker last time Sea Eagles and Tigers met and he scored donuts but with a top four spot on the line and the fact he was shown up a little bit last week against Latrell, expect Walker to do some damage down that right side. He should cross for at least one try and provide one for Uate.

 

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Semi Radradra (risk and reward)

Semi is in some try scoring form having crossed for four tries in his last five games. What helps is the Eels are playing some really good football and unfortunately for Knights they don’t have anyone who will be able to contain Semi. He could be in for a massive game which could even see him score the same amount of tries he did in round two.

 

Who are you picking as captain for Round 23?

Captains Call: Round 22

Welcome back to this week’s edition of Captains Call and like the Rabbitohs, my season is fading.

Although most of my picks weren’t that bad they weren’t anything to write home about. Joey Leilua did run rampage down that right side however just couldn’t add any attacking stats but if I had of chosen the Raiders other centre in Croker it would have been a master stroke.

Nightingale didn’t fare much better on adding a line break and line break and line break assist to his season tally.

Andrew McCullough made his customary work horse then Adam Blair got jealous and decided to cannon ball into his knee effectively ruling him out for the season and causing another headache for many CEOs.

Ryan James was huge with 63 involvements, unfortunately his 100 meters wasn’t enough to get him the double workhorse requirements.

The best of the lot last week was Cody Walker. He scored a try and had a line break assist. His move to the number six might be what Madge chooses for the rest of the season.

This week is the last week of games for the Supporter Leagues as they go to finals next week. It will be very important to pick the right Captain for this week as it might just get you into that fourth or eighth spot.

Please vote or leave a comment below and good luck for this week.

 

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Felise Kaufusi (safe bet)

One of the big surprise packets for the year, Kaufusi has been outstanding. Taking over from Kevin Proctor and playing 80 minutes in every game bar two it’s been a seamless transition for the Storm on that right edge. He has had only one game below four points, with 14 being his biggest haul. The last time Storm and Cowboys met Kaufusi didn’t get a workhorse but did pick up a try, try assist and two line breaks.

 

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Jake Trbojevic (safe bet)

Like Kaufusi, Jake Trbojevic has only had once score below four which is the same game that he missed his only work horse. Trbojevic also has the ability to cross the line and if Manly want to get out of this funk he may very well be the man to do it. Good chance for a double work horse this week as I’m expecting a very close game.

 

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Gareth Widdop (risk and reward)

Although the Dragons season is unravelling, Gareth Widdop is a rare shining light. He very rarely has two bad games in a row ad against a poor Rabbitohs side he could be in for another double digit score. What could make things better for Widdop is if Sam Burgess is ruled out.

 

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Nathan Cleary (risk and reward)

Panthers v Tigers, Father V Son. Nathan Cleary has had a very good season and it’s only going to get better as the season continues. Last time Panthers played the Tigers Cleary crossed for a try, line break assist and kicked six goals. His form then however wasn’t the standard that it is now. Could be some big points out of him this week.

 

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Anthony Milford (risk and reward)

Anthony Milford hasn’t been setting the world alight recently however that can change against a very unreliable Titans side. Last time these two teams met Milford ran for a whopping 210 meters and scored a try. With Milford slowly getting back into his groove it could spell danger for the Titans.

Who are you picking as captain for Round 22?

Captains Call: Round 21

Welcome to another edition of Captains Call.

Last week was an abomination, kickers and keepers in some leagues going down left, right and centre. James Maloney, Sam Burgess, Clint Gutherson, Trent Merrin, Tohu Harris, Matt Moylan were all very big injuries but none bigger than Cameron Smith. The ever reliable and rarely injured Smith came off a few minutes into the second half and didn’t return. This did affect his NRLCEO output as all he could manage was the two goals. The good news for a few of these players is the length of time they will be out for with Gutherson really the only one out for an extended period of time after rupturing his ACL.

A bloke who had no excuse was Josh McGuire who managed just 23 involvements in 49 minutes – that’s putrid. His only saving grace is he scored a try off a McCullough grubber.

The halves I chose were pretty ordinary to be honest with Michael Morgan coming up with another donut. Not the output many CEO’s would have hoped for.

Mitchell Pearce fared a little better although against Newcastle you would be forgiven for expecting more. A try and line break assist were his only stats.

The best of the week was Ash Taylor with a try assist and two line break assists, only marginally better than Pearce.

If you did pick a half last week I hope you picked different ones like Widdop, Sezer, Austin and Keary.

Lets preview five more for this week, lets hope we can find some that arent injured.

Dont forget to vote or leave a comment below.

 

Andrew McCullough (safe bet)

McCullough has been super consitent all year. He only has one score in double figures but besides one zero when he went off due to HIA he hasnt returned less than four points in a game. Against Parramatta expect pelnty of the same from McCullough, plenty of tackles with a few runs and maybe a try assist.

 

Ryan James (safe bet)

Coming off the back of his second double workhorse of the year I cant see James slowing up now. Against the Tigers I cant see a double coming, although it wouldn’t surprise me if he crossed for a try or two. He made an easy work horse earlier this season when the two teams met, expect a little more form him this week.

 

Jason Nightingale (risk and reward)

Last time the Dragons came up against the Knights, Nightingale had a field day scoring a hat trick. If last weeks game against Manly are anything to go by Dragons could score 80 this week. On the flip side it could be one of those games where Nightingale does absolutely nothing.

 

Joey Leilua (risk and reward)

On a good day Leilua is the most devastating centre in the game, on his worst day he is the worst player in the game. With not much more to play for this year and his partner in crime Rapana out this week, watch for BJ to get some early ball and wreak havoc on the Bunnies left edge.

 

Cody Walker (risk and reward)

The Raiders can be weak defensively up the middle and if they’re the same this weekend Walker could have a field day. Can be one of the most explosive fullbacks in the game on his day. With nothing but pride to play for it could be a massive game for him.

Who are you picking as captain for Round 21?

Captains Call: Round 20

So here we are, the run home to the finals with no byes to interrupt us.

Special mention to Nathan Cleary, those who own him and captained him would have been very pleased with his score, I know I was.

Let’s review the five from last week and the biggest disappointment was Dylan Walker. It was his first zero score since Round 10, but what makes it worse was it was against a team who Manly should have dominated. Tom Trbojevic on the other hand had a good game. No tries but did produce two try assists, two line breaks and a line break assist.

Simon Mannering had a great game fantasy wise and did prove me wrong with his attacking stats by picking up a try along with his customary workhorse. Could have been even better though falling 12 meters short of a double.

Nick Cotric continues his try scoring form, picking up one against the Dragons along with a line break. This kid has a massive future ahead of him.

The pick of the lot was Elliot Whitehead who picked up a work horse, try and line break. He is pretty much on the same points as he was this time last season.

Time to preview five more and this week I’ve picked a few halves who I think will have good games this week.

Don’t forget to vote or leave a comment below.

 

Josh McGuire (safe bet)

Against the Bulldogs this week I think it will be a grinding affair with a lot of work going up the middle. This is where McGuire flourishes. When the Broncos played Bulldogs last, McGuire racked up 58 involvements in 59 minutes, after a week off expect the same this this weekend.

 

Cameron Smith (safe bet)

After and Origin win and a week off expect Smith to come out firing. This is a danger game for the Raiders and I can see Smith carrying on his form from the last game of Origin. Expect a workhorse and at least one try assist.

 

Mitch Pearce (risk and reward)

Pearce lost Origin and has had a week off the dwell on it. We all know his Origin form is poor but his club form has been good. I can see Pearce coming out all guns blazing against a Knights side who is only playing for pride. Pearce has a point to prove and after his last effort against the Knights in which he scored a try, try assist, line break and line break assist, he could very well replicate that score.

 

Ash Taylor (risk and reward)

Taylor has been in good form this year and his kicking game has been first class which shows as he has the most try assist via his boot. Against the Panthers expect Taylor to kick to Don all day as Mansour has been very poor under the high ball of late. He also showed last week he has a good running game and with no Merrin in the middle that could be exposed this week.

 

Michael Morgan (risk and reward)

With Origin over for another year Morgan can now concentrate on the Cowboys and being the senior half. If Warriors defend like they did last week Morgan is going to have a field day. His combination with Te Maire Martin is only young however these two could very well run amok this week as they did against the Raiders.

Who are you picking as captain for Round 20?

Captains Call: Round 19

Hi all, welcome to the last bye round of the season… FINALLY!

My heart bleeds for the Knights who were 30 seconds away from beating the Bulldogs. They tried so hard and were probably the better team on the day. Trent Hodkinson had his best game of the season by far so I’m happy to take what I said back about him last week.

Another Knight who tried hard was Mitch Barnett. He managed a workhorse with 40 involvements. Still hasn’t crossed the line but it will come.

Daly Cherry-Evans didn’t do as much as everyone expected, only managing a try assist and line break assist. You can say they the 14-2 penalty count didn’t help the situation but they still had almost 50% of possession.

In the same game and probably the biggest disappointment was Matt Moylan getting a big fat zero. He tried but just ran out of ideas trying to get through Manly’s tough defence.

Angus Crichton wasn’t going to be held two weeks in a row coming back to score a workhorse, try assist and line break assist. Good return if you named him as captain.

Best of the week goes to Nathan Brown.

The lock put in another 80 minute performance up the middle and racked up 65 involvements for his second double workhorse in as many weeks. Brown looks like he could be a real keeper if you are in a keeper league.

Thanks to the Moneyball Podcast crew of picking four of them last week, the four that actually scored points.

Looking forward to this week I will review five more and hopefully one of those can get you a win.

Please don’t forget to vote or leave a comment below.

 

Simon Mannering (safe bet)

The most consistent player for the Warriors Mannering doesn’t look like slowing down. Has only missed one workhorse this year and has five doubles to his name. The only thing missing from Mannerings repertoire is attacking stats, although if he’s getting doubles then who would complain.

 

Elliott Whitehead (safe bet)

Whitehead has been the most consistent point scorer for the Raiders this year. Since round six he has scored at least four points every game. With a do or die clash up against the Dragons, expect Whitehead to step up.

 

Tom Trbojevic (risk and reward)

There’s a reason Tom Trbojevic is the leading fullback this year. Even with injury he still tops the list which is a pretty good effort. His last three weeks have yielded three tries, two try assists and two line breaks. Against the Tigers and off the back of their disappointing game against the Panthers, expect them to come out firing.

 

Dylan Walker (risk and reward)

Just like Turbo, expect Dylan Walker to come out firing against the Tigers. In his past six games he’s scored six tries, three try assists, four line breaks and three line break assists. He is the form centre of the comp and probably should be playing Origin so look out Knights, he could be in for a big one.

 

Nick Cotric (risk and reward)

The young winger has been a rare shining light for the Raiders this year. Cotric is a serious contender for rookie of the year and his form over the last three games warrants that with four tries and three line breaks. After the week off and in a must win game, Cotric will be set for a huge one.

 

Who are you picking as captain for Round 19?

Captains Call: Round 17

Welcome back to another edition of Captains Call.

Before we get into it what a game the Dragons v Knights was. Jason Nightingale scored the first two of the match but not to be out done Nathan Ross scores a hat trick in about 15 minutes. Nightingale scored his hat trick in the second half and it got me thinking, when was the last time a player from both teams scored a hat trick.

Let’s get into it and the biggest disappointment was Tohu Harris, although no fault of his own. A knee injury in the first half when he was already on his way to an easy work horse with 26 involvements, cut his game short.

Elijah Taylor didn’t disappoint with his point scoring streak scoring an easy work horse. Although the Tigers were ordinary, you can never deny Taylors work ethic.

When Matt Moylan set up the first try which looked very easy I thought he’s in for a big day, but that’s where his points ended managing just one try assist and line break assist.

In the same boat was Shaun Johnson with one try assist and a field goal but what is probably the most pleasing thing for Johnson owners is the fact he will be kicking for at least one more week with Luke set to miss time with a shoulder injury.

I called it, I did say to expect Gareth Widdop to come out firing and didn’t he what. Four try assists, three line breaks and two line break assists made sure Widdop hit double digits which made him pick of the bunch.

We have a full round this week thankfully.

 

Time to review five more and don’t forget to vote or leave a comment below.

 

Angus Crichton (safe bet)

This bloke has been on fire and I think the week off would have done him wonders as a youngster finding his way in the top grade. The scary thing is he is only going to get better. Last game against the Panthers he managed an easy workhorse and picked up a try assist and line break as well.

 

Andrew Fifita (safe bet)

Fifita has been in good workhorse form this year only missing on two occasions. He comes up against a good Roosters outfit and after the Sharks lost last week I think he will be in for a good show. The battle of the forwards will be a good one too watch, he may just get the minutes to get close to a double.

 

Nathan Ross (risk and reward)

After scoring a hat trick last week you could forgive Ross for having a quiet one this week, but against the Tigers, I don’t think so. If Knights play that fast football against the Tigers I can see Ross-dog scoring more points this week.

 

James Tedesco (risk and reward)

For Tedesco the big risk is if he plays. If he does and coming up against the Knights, it could just be the game to kick start his point scoring for the rest of the year. Only two tries this year, expect that to increase this week.

 

Clint Gutherson (risk and reward)

Hasn’t Gutherson been the surprise packet of the year? Averaging over six points a game for the last four games Gutherson has been in fine form. With the spine getting back together and playing fullback he could be in for another big week.

 

Who are you picking as captain for Round 17?

Captains Call: Round 15

Hello all, I’m back from my island getaway, back to the freezing cold that is Canberra (the less we talk about the Raiders the better).

Thanks to Mig for doing round 13 of Captains Call and hitting a very good four out of five with the Aiden Tolman the only one missing out. It would be fair to say everyone thought that Tolman would have been the safest best seen as how he hasn’t missed a workhorse since round six last season. In missing out he did enter the No Cigar club.

Tohu Harris made his customary workhorse but didn’t have any attacking stats to go with it.

Ryan James had a massive 66 involvements, pity he only had 59 running meters. James wasn’t a fail but you’d expect to get more than 59 running meters out of him.

Suliasi Vunivalu was almost the pick of the lot with his two try haul. He now has 11 for the season and is on track to equal last season’s haul.

The pick of them though was Gareth Widdop. In his first game back from injury he picked up from where he left off crossing for two tries and also picking up a line break.

As round 14 was missed let’s move on to the second of the big bye rounds, round 15. If you have less players than your opponent and don’t think you can win then have a look at the Risk and Reward players as they might just get you that much needed victory.

Take a look at who ive reviewed this week and don’t forget to vote or leave a comment below.

 

Scott Bolton (safe bet)

With Hess and Cooper on Origin duty expect Bolton to play bigger minutes than usual. Having only missed one workhorse this year I can’t see him missing this week.

 

Paul Gallen (safe bet)

With a host of players away on Origin duty Gallen will likely play bigger minutes than usual which could even help his cause for double workhorse. Playing the Tigers, he will be looking to add a couple of attacking stats as well.

 

Cody Walker (risk and reward)

Big risk with this one as Walker has been very disappointing recently with donuts in his last three outings. Against a Titans team who can leak some points and with a point to prove himself he may just regain that form he started the year with.

 

Bevan French (risk and reward)

Since his injury French hasn’t been his usual try scoring self yet to cross the line in his three games back. With the Eels slowly getting players back and the fact they aren’t affected by Origin, French might just hit that form that the Eels so desperately need.

 

Sosaia Feki (risk and reward)

Leading the try scoring column for the Sharks is Feki. His combination with Leutele is getting better and better every week and its showing. Against a weak Tigers side, I can see Feki and Leutele having a field day.

 

Who are you picking as captain for Round 15?

Captains Call: Round 13

Hewie will be claiming a 60% success rate for round 12 – Tolman and Johnson were stand out success stories but he must also own the two failures as well – Hodgson and Graham didn’t do the job!

Ok, so James Graham let most down for the second successive week as he continues to battle a nerve damage issue which is clearly effecting his ability to stay on the field.  NRLCEO coaches must be starting to question the MVP’s value and he can’t be considered the usual ‘Safe Bet’ until he gets a well-deserved break in Round 15.  Now might be a tactical time to trade Graham, before he breaks down completely and misses games.  He’s still attractive trade bait but he may not be after this week…

Another sad story was Josh Hodgson who simply went missing in defense against the Roosters.  Sure, the game was free flowing with plenty of ball movement but playing 80 minutes in the middle should see you get to that magical 40-mark Josh!

On a positive note, James Graham’s loss is Aiden Tolman’s gain and his huge double workhorse was a lock with the Bulldogs carrying high impact, low minute big men on the bench. Paul Gallen also didn’t let us down, although not playing 80 minutes means a double workhorse is almost out of range for the 35-year-old machine.

As predicted, Shaun Johnson murdered the Broncos, stuffing the stat’s sheet with scoring contributions.  SJ was probably the most obvious captain choice of the weekend but he rarely performs like this in Australia – he’s more of a flat track bully who enjoys the comfort of Mt Smart Stadium.  Don’t expect an encore this week against the Eels in Oz!

This round, don’t forget the Sharks and Bunnies have the bye so that rules out possible captains, Gallen, Surgess, and co.  With Origin 1 likely to be a tight, physical affair, how the Origin boys pull up is also a mystery, throwing a spanner in the quest for accurate predictions.

Having said that, here are my stand outs for Round 13 captain:

 

Tohu Harris (Safe Bet)

He’s been back for a couple of weeks now and fresh off the bye, playing the Knights in Melbourne and being on the field for 80 minutes just wreaks of captaincy material.  Harris has an excellent work ethic and will be hitting those left edges where Sam Stone is likely to be defending.  Munster will put him through for a pie – no doubt!

 

Aiden Tolman (Safe Bet)

Can he keep it going – absolutely!  With Graham under a fitness cloud, someone has to make the tackles all over the field and ‘The Toll’ is the man.  The Dogs play a dour, no frills style game so they are always going to get plenty of tackling practice.  Against the Panthers – another team struggling to attack, watch the Toll push for another double horse…

 

Ryan James (Safe Bet)

The Titans enjoy playing the Cowboys and without JT, this game could become a grind up in Townsville.  Coach Henry likes to play James for big minutes when the game is tight and as we know, he loves crossing the stripe.  With the Cows still missing plenty of grunt up front, this is James’ week to pull out a big one – especially considering he will be hurting from not even getting mentioned in Origin calculations for NSW…

 

Gareth Widdop (Risk and Reward)

The Dragons should destroy the Tigers and if fit, Widdop will be the go to man for this.  At the very least, expect a couple of try assists but if he is close to peak fitness, a 20-point haul is not out of the question.

 

Suliasi Vunivalu (Risk and Reward)

Hmmmm – nine tries so far, this season and taking on the 16th placed team.  Although the Knights typically man up against the Storm, only a tired Cronk and Smith will prevent a carve up in this one.  If the gun duo get through Origin 1 unscathed, that bodes well for Vunivalu and Nathan Ross is more known for his attack rather than his defense!

 

So, who are you picking as captain this round?

 

Who are you picking as captain for Round 13?

Captains Call: Round 12

Welcome to Captains Call for Round 12 – the first bye round of the season.

It’s safe to say I fared a bit better this week, managing to pick four out of five who could have captained. The only fail came from Beven French. Maybe I expected too much from him first game back from injury but don’t expect a quality player like French to be down that long.

Paul Vaughan didn’t let me down getting an easy workhorse on the back of 20 runs for over 200 meters which would have given him a double meter eater too if you use that scoring method.

Jordan Rapana looked like he was going to get donuts until he crossed the line late in the game. His one try and line break is a good return after his lean run of late. Could possibly be a good choice this week against a depleted Roosters side.

Sam Burgess got to play in condition he’d be used to, wet and miserable. The Englishman loved it racking up 64 involvements on his way to his second double workhorse of the season. A very valuable player this time of year. On a side note from that game, Angus Crichton also got a double workhorse with 65 involvements and it got me thinking, the last time a second rower, not including a lock managed to get a double workhorse was Manu Ma’u back in round 11, 2015. Just shows how rare it is.

The pick of the bunch was Anthony Milford, as I pointed out in my preview the game could get ugly and it did. Tigers were lucky it was a bit wet otherwise it may have been a 50 point loss. Milford orchestrated that win with a try, three try assists and two line break assists, a very good return if you named him as captain.

There won’t be a Captains Call next week as I will be in Fiji, I know, poor me. If you are ever unsure about who to Captain have a look at the NRLCEO Dream Team or listen to the boys on the Tantasy Podcast who usually give a couple of good ones too.

Time to review five more for this bye round. Don’t forget to vote or leave a comment below.

 

James Graham (safe bet)

I know Graham missed out last week but that was due to a HIA test which happened 15 minutes from time so he couldn’t come back on. The only thing that stops Graham from getting a double or close to it at the moment is him coping a head knock. Against the Sharks less their Origin stars it will be a grind of a game, just the way Graham likes it.

 

Paul Gallen (safe bet)

With not playing Origin and the likes of Fifita and Graham on Origin duty it would not surprise me if Gallen played all 80 against the Bulldogs. If he does that you can almost guarantee he will get a double workhorse. Hasn’t scored a zero this season and don’t see that coming this week.

 

Aiden Tolman (safe bet)

The front row partner of Graham doesn’t have the number of double workhorses but hasn’t missed getting a workhorse this year. Again, like Graham if the game is a scrap that’s where Tolman excels.

 

Shaun Johnson (risk and reward)

Johnson hasn’t been playing very well lately but a game against a very under strength Broncos might be just what he and the Warriors need. Playing at home will be a huge advantage this week and I can see Johnson breaking his poor point scoring drought with a very decent score.

 

Josh Hodgson (risk and reward)

He can produce an easy workhorse and a few try assists one week and then miss out all together the next. Hodgson is starting to show some of last years’ form and against a depleted Roosters side he could run riot down the middle if they aren’t careful.

 

Who are you picking as captain for Round 12?