Dream Team Tips - Round 12, 2013

Its upon us: Round 12. The first Origin bye week. The toughest period of the year for Dream Team coaches.


Eight teams have byes this weekend and many coaches will be unable to field seventeen players, let alone a strong side.


This week also allows coaches an extra trade, increasing the weekly quota to three.


Will you use them, or save them for later?


If you are heading into this round with 15 trades or fewer, be wary. You dont want to burn all of them now and leave yourself short at the end of the season.


Its a head-to-head week so, if youre a head-to-head coach and have plenty of trades up your sleeve, plan for rounds 13 and 14.


Overall coaches should use these to better fill some of your teams round 12 holes.


Best of the Bunnies


Rookie, Dylan Walker (HLF - $101,600) has had a stellar start to his NRL career.


Despite many Rabbitohs players performing below their projected scores in round 11, Walker posted a solid score of 32.


With a break-even of -16, the youngster looks set to make a substantial amount of money by seasons end.


Unlucky to miss NSW selection, Adam Reynolds (HLF - $412,500) continued to fire.


Reynolds average has boosted to 49 and, if his form continues, he will be a keeper for the remainder of the season.


Best of the Rest


Cash Cows: Its a tough week if youre looking to bank some cash.


Robert Lui (HLF - $159,900) again looks like one of the best options.


The Cowboys dont have a bye until round 15 and Luis points should sky rocket as he takes on more of a lead role in Jonathan Thurstons absence.


In the most inconsistent Dream Team position, Gold Coast flyer, Kevin Gordon (WFB - $198,400) has posted solid scores in his last three games.


After an epic 67 points against the Eels in round 11, Gordon looks set to make some fast cash and could easily be upgraded after the Origin period.


Sideways Trading: Rather than focussing on the usual Bargain Basement, this week, emphasis has been placed on the sideways trading of your State of Origin Stars.


What is sideways trading?


It is a process that involves trading your players for other players who may not necessarily make money, but will pump out similar scores to your outgoing big guns.


The table below shows the best options to replace your stars.


Note: Coaches should check the bye planner to ensure you field as many strong players as possible.





Extra Origin Tip of the Week


Tip #3: Trade out your State of Origin players from clubs where byes fall on non-Origin weeks as these players will miss more than just the three Origin weeks.


New South Wales and Queensland representatives are regularly rested in the weeks between interstate battles.


With ever-improving injury analysis, it is vital that clubs manage their stars over this time of the season to ensure they are both fit for state representation and able to give their best to their club following representative matches.


In previous seasons the game times of State captains, Paul Gallen and Cameron Smith, have been reduced to approximately 60 minutes over the Origin period.


While many coaches will hang on to players of this calibre, trading them now will mean you can pick them up at a much cheaper rate after the Origin Series.


This is only a smart option if you have plenty of trades up your sleeve.


Two players that coaches must offload are Justin Hodges and Josh Morris.


The Broncos usually completely rest Hodges for the games following Origin matches, to protect his niggling injuries.


The Bulldogs and NSW centre, Morris, is set to miss five club games between rounds 12 and 19.


The table below displays the number of games missed by each player in the current State of Origin Teams, assuming they hold their spot.





Last week an error was made in the Bye Planner, with round 19 displayed as an active head-to-head round. An amended Bye Planner is shown below.