In Part 5 of Preparing for the bye rounds I reviewed Nate Myles and Jason Ryles from the Sydney Roosters after round 9.  I selected those players because they represented value for money at the time.  Now that we are coming to the business end of the season where we need to be scoring 800 to be competitive, it is probably more important to have payers, particularly forwards, who are regularly scoring 40 plus each game to support the stars that are capable of scoring high 50’s and 60’s. 

The Roosters will have their final bye in round 14 so I’ll take a look and see how these players have stacked up since round 9 and look at a couple of other players that you might be thinking about for different reasons.

Nate Miles (FRF/2RF) @ $251,200.00, averaging 38.92. Since round 9 Myles has lost $2,900.00 in value and posted scores of 45, 42 and 24 with his season average dropping slightly.  In round 13 he still had 28 tackles but only made 5 in MG and lost 9 points from mistakes.  The 24 in round 13 is now his lowest score for the season but it’s the first score under 36 since round 3 where he scored 25.  It’s not likely he will gain in value but you would still have to rate him as a solid performer and with no call up to SOO so far you should have him available for the rest of the season. 

Jason Ryles (FRF) @ $221,300.00, averaging 34.30.  Since round 9 Ryles has continued to rise in value, adding $33,800.00 in value since my review.  Since round 9 he has scores of 42, 36 and 37 and with at his current season average his market value is about right.  Ryles only really scores points in MG and tackles and doesn’t loose much from mistakes.  With scores of 36 and 37 in his last two games his value might go up another $10,000.00 if he continues those scores but there isn’t anything there to suggest he will get regular 40’s for you.  

Todd Carney (Half/Fullback) @ $213,400.00, averaging 31.42.  There aren’t too many coaches in the NEX-Cup or the DT comp for that matter who haven’t got Carney in there team.  Most of us have opted to put him in the fullback role rather than the halves and if you got him at the start he has made a cool $93,100.00. He has had a mixed bag of scores in the 12 games he has played with a low of 7 in round 3 to highs of 54 and 50 in rounds 9 and 10.  In rounds 12 and 13 he has had the less impressive scores of 15 and 27.  He has scores points in every area, tries and goals netting 98 points, 111 in MG, 91 tackles, 68 in KM and a mix of points in the other areas.  The scores of 50 have come when his tackle count is in the 20’s and he has control of the kicking in general play when he took over the half back role when Mitchell Pearce was out injured.  It’s the KM that makes a huge difference to his weekly score and with Pearce now in the NSW SOO squad you can expect Carney to get similar scores for the remaining two SOO games.  I don’t think you’ll see regular high scores when he is at fullback. 

Mitchell Pearce (Half) @ $222,900.00, averaging 37.33.  This is the other half of the Carney story.  Pearce has played 9 games this season, missing rounds 8, 9 and 10 through injury.  He started the season off with a bang scoring 50 and 46 in the first two rounds and then a low of 23 in round 7 when he got injured.  His form has been up and down and since returning from injury has scored a 28 and 39 in rounds 12 and 13, resulting in him to loosing $32,000.00 from his starting price.  His points have come from 139 tackles (low of 10 in round 3 and a high of 21 in round 6), 121 KM (a low of 6 in round 3 and a high of 18 in round 6), a mixture of points in other areas, loosing just 46 from mistakes.  Those of us who came up against the NEX-Cup super teams in round 13 would have noticed their teams were very strong in the halves with Hodgkinson (51) and mix of either Campese or Prince, both posting scores in the 60’s.    Pearce is capable of scoring a 50, but he is not a goal kicker like Campese, Soward or Prince so he is more likely to give you scores in the low to mid 40’s.  He will need a score of 38 in his next round to hold his current price.  Unless you are short of money and have got a half that is doing much worse than Pearce, invest your money elsewhere.