Tom Sangster has named his top 10 cheapies.
Tom Sangster has named his top 10 cheapies.

Tom Sangster’s top 10 Supercoach NRL cheapies

Cheapies are the cornerstone of any SuperCoach team and you'll need approximately 10 in your initial side.

Below are the 10 I'm running with, as it currently stands.

Many of these names are familiar, sitting high in the ownership rankings.

However, SuperCoaches are also overlooking a host of bargains including players ranked 98th (Mikaele Ravalawa) and 104th (Tui Kamikamica).

 

Tom Sangster has named his top 10 cheapies.
Tom Sangster has named his top 10 cheapies.

 

1 Mikaele Ravalawa

Club: Dragons

Position: CTW

Price: $168,100

The most popular player in SuperCoach, Zac Lomax, is a shock omission for Round 1. Thankfully he has been replaced by another cheapie in Ravalawa. What's more, the Fijian flyer is almost $30,000 cheaper, which provides extra cash to upgrade elsewhere. Ravalawa certainly has the attacking game to make some serious SuperCoach cash, scoring a freakish try in the trials where he beat at least four defenders.

 

Mikaele Ravalawa is a must-have.
Mikaele Ravalawa is a must-have.

 

2 Dylan Brown

Club: Eels

Position: HFB, Five-eighth

Price: $168,100

Deserves his spot as the second most popular player in SuperCoach. Confirmed to start the year at five-eighth and at bottom dollar, Brown is simply a must-have. The New Zealand product is so highly-rated the Warriors attempted to poach him to replace Cronulla-bound Shaun Johnson, which prompted a stern reaction from the Eels.

 

 

3 Briton Nikora

Club: Sharks

Position: 2RF, CTW

Price: $168,100

All but confirmed the starting edge back row spot of Wade Graham (ACL), who will miss the first 2-3 months. A must-have if named to start, and still an option if named on the bench. It all adds up for Nikora, who is highly rated by new coach John Morris and has crucial dual position flexibility between the backs and forwards. Rightly the 11th most popular player.

4 Adam Keighran

Club: Warriors

Position: HFB, Five-eighth

Price: $168,100

He hardly banged the door down in the trials but will still score the Warriors' halves spot vacated by Shaun Johnson and likely kicks goals. The 21-year-old led the Panthers NSW Cup side to the minor premiership last season as a playmaker. In the previous season, Keighran made the Team of the Year at centre. He comes into 2019 as one of the biggest halves in the competition, which means more runs than the average playmaker.

5 Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad

Club: Raiders

Position: CTW, FLB

Price: $265,500

Currently the 18th most popular player and rising. CNK is all but confirmed the Canberra fullback spot after moving across the ditch during the pre-season. At $265,500, he's not quite a genuine cheapie but he still has huge room for improvement. As a guide to his potential output, CNK averaged 47 in five games as a winger in 2017, which equates to a price of approximately $450,000 and rise of almost $200,000.

6 Corey Allan

Club: Rabbitohs

Position: CTW, FLB

Price: $168,100

Wayne Bennett says Allan is unlikely to start Round 1. But our mail is different. The former Bronco is a massive chance for a wing spot at the Rabbiotohs, which would make him a must-have for SuperCoach. Currently the third most popular player after scoring a hat-trick in the Charity Shield.

In 2018 Allan became the first player to be picked in the Prime Minister's XIII before making his NRL debut.

7 Reuben Garrick

Club: Sea Eagles

Position: CTW

Price: $168,100

The former Dragon sat outside the top 100 players just a fortnight ago. However, he has surged to 27th and will likely finish in the top 10 if, as expected, he is named on the Manly wing for Round 1. The bustling centre turns 22 in 2019 and after five years in the St George system he opted to head to the Northern Beaches to seek a better chance of making his NRL debut. Garrick made 21 NSW Cup appearances last season, scoring 10 tries, assisting in eight more while making 12 line breaks and 55 tackle breaks.

8 Tui Kamikamica

Club: Storm

Position: FRF

Price: $168,100

He's been on my radar for a while, but dropped off momentarily after picking up a knee injury in final trial. However, he appears to have recovered well with Craig Bellamy naming the big prop in his preliminary squad. Kamikamica was strong in the trials and there are minutes on offer following the exits of Tim Glasby, Ryan Hoffman and Sam Kasiano. He will be a slow burner under Bellamy, who bloods his forwards painfully slowly. But surely he improves on his average of just 18 minutes from last year. His dual position is crucial after a host of players were stripped of the status.

9 Jordan Kahu

 

Jordan Kahu has joined the Cowboys.
Jordan Kahu has joined the Cowboys.

Club: Cowboys

Position: CTW, FLB

Price: $278,700

Yes this is probably cheating as he sits out of cheapie range at $278,700, but the lack of genuine bargains make Kahu one of the better cheap buys. The former Bronco has won the fullback spot for the Cowboys and likely kicks goals. He starts cheap after averaging just 30 last season playing injured, while he also gave up the kicking duties to Jamayne Isaako. Last year's poor season appears an outlier - he has averaged 45, 44 and 39 in the past.

10 Payne Haas

Club: Broncos

Position: FRF

Price: $181,100

This is not a misprint. Yes, Haas is suspended for the first four games. But he's still a SuperCoach option for Round 1. The Brisbane young gun is certain to make the 17 on his return and with a lack of quality cheapies in the front row, just save the trade and get him in now. General consensus around the office has a trade worth $100,000, so there is definite benefit in running with Haas from the get-go. Even if your team suffers early injuries, he'll be easy to cover as long as you have dual 2RF/FRF flexibility.

NOTABLE OMISSIONS

* Zac Lomax, Bronson Xerri, Albert Hopoate, Taane Milne, Chanel Harris-Tavita, Paul Momirovski - Set to miss Round 1 teams.

* Scott Drinkwater - Pectoral injury. Out until at least Round 8.

* Blayke Brailey, Kurt Mann - Set to be named for Round 1 but bench hookers lack the minutes required for any meaningful SuperCoach contribution.

* The following will be named for Round 1 but their role will reduced once players return - Lachlan Burr (set to switch to bench in Round 1 with Adam Blair back from hamstring injury), Corey Waddell (Kelepi Tanginoa and Taniela Paseka are due to return in Round 2), Jacob Host and Blake Lawrie (Korbin Sims returns from suspension in Round 3), Junior Tatola (George Burgess returns from suspension in Round 4), Thomas Flegler (Payne Haas returns from suspension in Round 4).