SuperCoach NRL: When, and when not, to trade your cheapies

A major key to SuperCoach success is knowing when, and when not to trade a player in. Rob Sutherland talks the tactics of trades and discovers one very surprising statistic.

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The answer to the question is different for Cheapies and Guns and I have split the two groups in my analysis. Let’s begin at the beginning with the Cheapies.

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Round 1

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You should select a number of Cheapies to start the season with the goal that they increase in value.

If you are lucky enough to pick the right cheapies then half the battle is won.

Now one needs to work out what is the best time to sell those cheapies who have gone up in price.

Phoenix Crossland has bowed out of Round 1 cheapie contention after picking up a groin injurySource: News Corp Australia

The six round rule

Bench forward cheapies have always been thought of as slow burn money makers. The presiding wisdom being that you must pick and stick with them over a length of time in order to maximise your profit.

How about the backs?

Cheapie backs, so I used to think, could make money fast and be then sold to facilitate the purchase of a new round of cheapie backs.


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So what have we learned?

The accepted wisdom in SuperCoach circles, at least the ones I have moved within, is that cheapie forwards are slow burn money makers and quick profit is to be made in the backline.

The stats above do not support the Zeitgeist.

Rather, the figures above suggest that if you are lucky enough to have picked a cheapie back that has secured a starting role then hang on to him until at least the middle rounds of the season.

Cheapie forwards are the players you can move on after 6-7 rounds without leaving too much money on the table – provided they look set to remain bench forwards – nobody is suggesting you trade away a player whose role is set to change for the better.

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Cheapie forwards ARE a slow money making burn, but unless their role changes and they jump from being interchange players to gaining a starting role they make the vast majority of their cash quickly and so you should not be scared of selling them after 6-7 games if another cheapie looks set to earn a start.

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