SuperCoach NRL Scout: Brisbane Broncos
In 2018 the Broncos were a frustrating team for SuperCoaches, notorious 'SuperCoach Killer' Wayne Bennett held back some of his young forwards and proven guns like Anthony Milford failed to fire. However, heading into 2019 they are shaping up as one of the most SuperCoach relevant teams in the competition with a whole host of players looming as serious options from Round 1.
The arrival of Anthony Seibold in 2019 should excite SuperCoaches as his attacking style of football converts nicely into SuperCoach output (Damien Cook anyone?). The 2018 coach of the year has a strong arsenal to work with in a seriously talented Broncos squad, and with Josh McGuire, Korbin Sims and Sam Thaiday all departing the club; there are big minutes on offer for some promising young forwards, making the Broncos a team to monitor heading into Round 1.
In: Thomas Dearden (2019), Shaun Fensom (North Queensland Cowboys, 2019), Thomas Flegler (2019), Sean O'Sullivan (Sydney Roosters, 2020), Myles Taueli (2019).
Out: Josh McGuire (North Queensland Cowboys), Tom Opacic (North Queensland Cowboys), Jonus Pearson (St George Illawarra Dragons), Marion Seve (Melbourne Storm), Korbin Sims (St George Illawarra Dragons), Sam Thaiday (retired).
BYE: Round 12.
THE GUN: ANTHONY MILFORD | 5/8 | $511,900 | 2018 Avg. 54.7
Coming off a very disappointing 2018 season for the Broncos, 'Milf' opens as an enticing option at a reduced price. The little playmaker failed to live up to his reputation in 2018, but played most of the season with injuries, which may have affected his output. Having undergone a successful shoulder surgery in the off-season, Milford should hopefully be fit and firing in 2019. Milford should also benefit from Anthony Seibold's arrival. Seibold was instrumental in building a lethal left edge attack at the Rabbits, with Cody Walker as the centrepiece, a tactic that could definitely be employed at the Broncos with Milford. Broncos don't have the easiest start to the season, and Milford doesn't have the added safety net of kicking goals like other halves, which makes him a riskier option. However, he is a proven gun at a reasonable price for those looking to ride the roller coaster.
THE VALUE PICK: MATT GILLETT | 2RF | $432,900 | 2018 Avg. 51.4
After suffering a career threatening broken neck in the opening round last season, Gillett comes at a heavily discounted price for a player who is proven in SuperCoach. The former Test back-rower will be looking to put his horror run of injuries behind him and get back to his best for the Broncos who sorely missed him in defence last season. After starting the pre-season looking worryingly thin after shoulder surgery, Gillett is back to his playing weight thanks to a balanced diet of Weet-Bix and McDonalds, and looks set for a bounce back season. You know what you're going to get with Gillett; a workhorse playing plenty of minutes with good base. He's back to full health and should be more than capable of reaching his 2017 SuperCoach heights where he averaged 65.8. Great upside with low risk at his current price.
THE POD: ANDREW MCCULLOUGH | HOK | $505,300 | 2018 Avg. 54.0
Hooker is a position that is causing SuperCoaches some grief this year. Damien Cook is the premier choice but comes at an outrageous price, SuperCoach stalwart Cameron Smith is ageing, and no one is quite sure what Josh Hodgsons output will be. McCullough is shaping up as a decent POD option for SuperCoaches looking to go against the grain. He's currently sitting at 7% ownership and could prove to be a more than reliable first choice hooker. He's in his second year back from an ACL injury, which is usually the year players get back to full strength. The Seibold dynamic also makes him an interesting option as he could play a more attacking role that could take him to the next level in SuperCoach.
THE CHEAPIE: PAYNE HAAS | FRF | $181,100 | 2018 Avg. 14.7
Man mountain cheapie Payne Haas has thrown a spanner in the works for SuperCoaches as his failure to co-operate in a police investigation has seen young forward suspended by the Broncos until Round 4. Haas' ownership has dropped from a massive 48% to 32% following the news, and SuperCoaches are now faced with the dilemma of whether or not to start the season with him, with no price rises until at least Round 6. He's without a doubt going to be in the majority of sides come Round 6, so SuperCoaches may as well save the trade and get him in from the get-go and pop in on the pine.
THE TRAP: TEVITA PANGAI JUNIOR | FRF/2RF | $495,000 | 2018 Avg. 52.9
After starting the pre-season as one of the most sought after SuperCoach forwards in the game, 'TPJ's' stocks have taken a hit following a hamstring injury inside the first 20 minutes of a Broncos trial game. There is no doubt TPJ has a lot to offer in SuperCoach, but with his horror record of hamstring injuries it wouldn't shock anyone to see him miss some football this season. SuperCoaches have taken note and are getting cold feet on the young powerhouse, with his ownership dropping from 45% to 33%. There are also question marks over what his better position is in SuperCoach, with Seibold tipping him to play lock, which could hinder his attacking output. Seibold could also be tempted to hold his minutes back given his injury history. At the moment there are just too many unknowns for a player with such an awkward price tag.