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With round 1 out the way its time to take stock of your performance and start preparing for round 2. 

In the lead up to the round 1 kick off, I talked a lot about developing a strategy for the season.  If you have taken the time to look at coaching results, not just from the top Dream Teams but the ones involved in NEX, you can see from the results there are many different strategies in play – only time will tell if those coaches have come up with the right strategy to achieve success in 2011. 

Round 1 is not the time to start panicking if your team or individual players didn’t get the score you were hoping for.  The only thing you will need to concern yourself with at this early stage is money!!  By that I mean, come the end of round 3 are you going to loose a heap of money on individual players because their three game average will be way below break-even and unlikely to gain that lost ground anytime soon.  If you did okay on the weekend then you should stay focused on your strategy and have a little faith.  Some of those high priced stars you may have been looking to recruit later in the year may get a whole lot cheaper after round 3.  If you are facing a huge financial loss then you have some tough decisions to make.  Continue reading

2010 Top NRL Dream Team Performers

Some of the Top Performers of NRL Dream Team in 2010 (averaging 50 or more) are Corey Parker (Broncos), David Stagg (Bulldogs), Nathan Hindmarsh (Eels), Cameron Smith (Storm) and Robbie Farah (Tigers) 

Pretty much all the top Dream Team Coaches had them in their side at the end of the season.  We all want them in our team NOW but the $4.2 million salary cap, State of Origin commitments and the bye rounds means we have to choose carefully.

After round 19 last year, I reviewed the top DT performers and published the table below. 

After Round 19

  GMS Ave Pts TR  GO MG TA KM Oth Lost Pts 50’s % 50’s
STAGG 17 52.88 899 0 113 768 1 56 39 11 64.71%
FARAH 17 52.18 887 12 103 591 188 72 79 9 52.94%
HINDMARSH 16 52.94 847 0 134 712 0 74 73 9 56.25%
PARKER 14 57.50 805 108 191 510 3 70 77 13 92.86%
SMITH, C 13 54.00 702 72 62 481 113 42 68 8 61.54%

The table explains itself and may help you with finalising your 25-man squad for the start of the 2011 season.  Something else you should consider is their ability to hold or increase their 2011 starting price.  Continue reading

Got The Salary Cap Blues?

Like every other year before, I spent some time in the off-season working on a team and strategy that will give me an NEX Premiership.  And like every other year before the same problems cause the same headache once registrations open; how can I get the team I want with a $4.2 million salary cap. Continue reading

DT Best Performances – Round 21

While there were a lot of 40, and low 50’s scored in DT in round 21 but there were only two players who scored 55 or better.  

  GMS Ave Total Pts Tries  Goals MG TA KM Oth Lost Pts >= 45 % >= 45
Soward 19 47.63 905 132 99 196 504 61 -87 13 68.42%

 (62) Jamie Soward (Half) @ $329,500.00 (Increase of $11,300.00) averaging 47.63.  In a low scoring match against the Broncos in round 21 it was his 30 KM and 17 tackles that dominated and, for the first time this season, no points lost from mistakes.  

  GMS Ave Total Pts Tries  Goal MG TA KM Oth Lost Pts >= 50 % >= 50
Parker 16 57.50 920 120 224 580 3 80 -87 15 93.75%

(58) Corey Parker (2RF) @ $357,900.00 (Increase of $3,200.00) averaging 57.50.  Earlier in the year I did a review on the Broncos in one of my “Preparing for the bye rounds” spiels.  I said it back then when the Broncos don’t score tries then Parkers’ tackle count goes up and that’s exactly what happened against the Dragons in round 21.  In a low scoring game where Parker only scored 2 points from a conversion he compensated by scoring 15 from MG and 43 tackles, the 4th time this season he has got into the 40’s in 16 outings.

DT Performers – The Best of the 2nd Rowers

Now for a look at the 2nd Row Forwards, the work horses in the Dream Team competition.  To make it to this list the players must be currently playing and have a season average of 40 or better.  The stats speak for themselves but I will select a couple and let you know if their current price and form represents good value.

The bench mark score I have used for the second rowers is 50 or better for last two columns, that’s pretty much what we are all looking for from this position.  

  GMS Ave Pts TR  GO MG TA KM Oth Lost Pts >= 50 % >= 50
Parker 16 57.50 920 120 224 580 3 80 -87 15 93.75%
Stagg 19 53.05 1008 0 123 869 1 60 -45 13 68.42%
Hindmarsh 18 52.39 943 4 152 791 0 82 -86 10 55.56%
Gallen 18 51.28 923 8 297 624 2 100 -108 11 61.11%
Laffranchi 18 46.11 830 28 185 637 0 80 -100 5 27.78%
Fulton 12 46.08 553 24 71 455 3 56 -56 6 50.00%
Luck 16 44.94 719 0 67 680 0 22 -50 4 25.00%
O’Donnell 11 42.55 468 16 130 348 1 48 -75 3 27.27%
Heighington 19 41.79 794 16 209 589 0 70 -90 2 10.53%
Lowe 18 41.06 739 4 163 617 3 34 -82 3 16.67%
Sutton 19 40.47 769 12 128 364 216 138 -89 2 10.53%
Harrison, A 14 40.21 563 12 116 471 0 18 -54 1 7.14%

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With just two more rounds before the finals start I thought I would introduce something new and look at the best performances each weekend in the lead up to the big one, The 2010 NEX-Cup Grand Final.

As we all look for something extra to secure our spot in the finals you can bet the real NRL coaches will be doing what they can to secure their spot as well.  We should finally see some consistent performances from the NRL front runners, which should mean regular high 700 plus scores from our coaches like we saw in round 20.

The criteria for my review are the players must be a regular in their clubs line up each week, averaging 40 or more for the season and posted a score of 55 or better in the particular round.

(74) Paul Gallen 2RF @ $332,600.00, a jump of $10,600.00, now averaging 51.12 from 17 games.  In 17 games he has only had 1 score below 40 and that was a 38 way back in round 2.  His 74 in round 20 tops his previous high score of 65 in round 4 against the Eels and since then he has only 4 games below 50.  The score of 74 came from 48 TA, 19 MG and 10 OL.  I had a chance to pick him up in round 8 when he reached a season low of $319,000.00 but didn’t because I was concerned about loosing him through suspension.  Other coaches may have had the same opinion because he only owned by 11.85%, a total of 11,501Continue reading

As we come into the round 11 bye, this is my final look at the bye rounds, this time focusing on the Brisbane Broncos.  

The Broncos are only just finding some form but now they are going to be hit hard with SOO duties.  That creates opportunities for coaches to look at other players who will step up and make the most of getting more game time, which can only mean more DT points.  After the round 11 bye, the Broncos have a clear run till round 18 where they share the final bye round with the Dragons.  Continue reading

Matt Gillett out for a month

Brisbane have suffered a second injury blow within 24 hours with utility Matt Gillett joining halfback Peter Wallace on the sidelines for a month. Gillett, who battled a knee injury during Brisbane’s 44-16 win over Cronulla on Sunday was expected to back up against the Bulldogs on Friday night. But scans have revealed a medial ligament tear requiring a month’s rest. The double blow comes just as the Broncos were getting some troops back with Israel Folau and Corey Parker returning from injury against the Sharks. Youngster Ben Hunt is expected to take over Wallace’s No.7 duties while coach Ivan Henjak has several options in the centres, including Alex Glenn, Gerard Beale or teenager Corey Norman.

Nick Kenny is a late withdrawal

Brisbane’s forward muscle has taken a late hit, with prop Nick Kenny breaking down at training on Saturday morning. It’s the second week in a row Kenny has been ruled out late, following his withdrawal from the Dragons’ game the previous weekend. While goal-kicking lock Corey Parker and winger Jharal Yow Yeh confirmed their starting spots, Kenny limped from the field midway through the final training session with a calf muscle injury, ahead of Sunday’s clash with the Sharks. Parker will come into the starting pack with either Lagi Setu or Alex Glenn dropping to the bench. Kenny, who had been struggling to play with a lower back injury, was disappointed to be ruled out. “He popped a calf out there, so he’s out,” said Henjak. “It’s only just happened, I don’t know how bad it is. “He hadn’t trained with us much all week, so we’re going with the side that trained all week. We should be able to handle it.”

Corey Parker could be back

Brisbane’s on-field janitor Corey Parker is set to make a surprise injury comeback against Cronulla on Sunday provided he gets through a series of fitness tests at Red Hill on Thursday. Parker, who recently became a father for the first time, suffered a medial ligament strain against Canberra last month. He was not expected back until at least next weekend’s clash with the Bulldogs. “We’re going to check him tomorrow,” Henjak said. “He could be better than an outside chance. While Henjak will sleep on who may make room for Parker, he could drop utility Alex Glenn to the bench to give him some interchange options. Meanwhile Henjak said his decision to give rookie props Dunamis Lui and Mitchell Dodds a shot at starting on Sunday, with the more experienced Nick Kenny on the interchange bench, had been a reward for their efforts in Wollongong where they tried hard but were outclassed by St George Illawarra on Friday.