NRL Supercoach 2020: The best dual-position players
The use of dual-position players (DPP) can prove to be crucial across the Supercoach season, particular in the middle rounds when injuries and the representative period take effect.
As the name suggests, a DDP is one who’s been categorised in two different position categories in Supercoach.
If selected strategically, these players can be substituted between different positions in your team with another player with the same DDP listings.
To make matters easier for Supercoaches, Sporting News has outlined the top DDP players below.
James Fisher-Harris (Panthers, FRF/2RF) – $615,700
2019 Stats: 66.3 AVG, 0.87
A workhorse middle-forward with plenty of aggression and ability to break the line, Fisher-Harris emerged as a genuine keeper for Supercoach players last season.
The Kiwi international enjoyed a breakout season for the Panthers in 2019, in what was otherwise a disappointing year for the club. With Penrith expected to improve in 2020 Fisher-Harris is destined for another strong season.
Making him all the more worthy of selection is his availability as both a front-rower and second-rower.
Shaun Johnson (Sharks, HFB/5/8) – $585,500
2019 Stats: 63 AVG, 0.83 PPM
The stand-out dual-position half option.
Shaun Johnson is a Supercoach star, but had his lowest average over five years in his first season in Cronulla colours in 2019. But that’s expected to change this season.
The halves is a tough position to select this season with not too many players jumping out as sure selections. But Johnson’s dual-position availability makes him arguably the best option at the start of the season.
Cameron McInnes (Dragons, HOK, 2RF) – $633,200
2019 Stats: 68.1 AVG, 0.86 PPM
A certified Supercoach gun, the Dragons skipper is available as both a hooker and second-row forward in Supercoach 2020.
McInnes is an 80-minute hooker and was far-and-wide the Dragons’ best player last season. Expect him to reach even greater heights this season with the (c) now next to his name.
Whilst it’ll be hard not to start the likes of Damien Cook or Cameron Smith as your hooker, McInnes is the next best option and if not in the number nine jersey he’ll be a great option in the second-row.
The only issue with McInnes is he looks likely to miss at least the opening month of the season having suffered an MCL injury at the Nines.
Bear in mind his dual-position value is only worthy alongside another player available as both a hooker and second-rower – such as a Victor Radley, Brandon Smith or Jazz Tevaga.
Zac Lomax (Dragons, FLB/CTW) – $324,600
2019 Stats: 34.9 AVG, 0.59 PPM
Zac Lomax is one of the names on many Supercoach players’ lips this season given he’s earned first crack at the Dragons fullback jersey.
Once dubbed as the ‘The Gifted One’ by NSW coach Brad Fittler, Lomax possess superstar potential, but hasn’t quite hit his straps at NRL level yet.
But more continuity and a chance to cement one position in St. George Illawarra’s starting 13 could be all that’s needed to spark Lomax. His pre-season form would suggest the Temora local could be in for a big year.
He is however owned by more than a third of the Supercoach community given his guaranteed position, cheap starting price and availability as a centre-wing and fullback.
Tevita Pangai (Broncos, 2RF/FRF) – $540,600
2019 Stats: 58.2 AVG, 0.97 PPM
Tevita Pangai Jnr has somewhat drifted down the pecking order of forwards, but his freakish ability make him hard to leave out of your side.
The bustling Bronco’s average has climbed year-on-year and he is expected to improve significantly in a Brisbane forward pack that needs to lift in 2020.
The Tongan international starts pretty cheap compared with other star forwards in both positions as well.
Jarome Luai (Panthers, 5/8/HFB) – $257,400
2019 Stats: 27.7 AVG, 0.67 PPM
Jarome Luai looks likely to partner Nathan Cleary in the halves at Penrith this season with James Maloney now in the Super League.
The Samoan international is virtually a must-have on your bench given his generous price tag and the young halfback’s availability as a five-eight.
Rose through Penrith’s ranks alongside Cleary, so the pair are expected to form a steady combination, with Luai’s creativity likely to translate to some good Supercoach scores.
Latrell Mitchell (Rabbitohs, FLB/CTW) – $653,100
2019 Stats: 70.3 AVG, 0.89 PPM
Supercoach players should probably approach Latrell Mitchell with a bit of caution to start the season, given his lofty price and switch to fullback.
But Mitchell’s availability as a centre-wing and fullback make him a highly appealing option even considering the associated risks.
The new South Sydney star will have the spotlight on him throughout 2020, given the way he fell out with the Roosters and lost the trust of NSW coach Brad Fittler during last year’s Origin series.
Some would say this will bring out the best in Mitchell this season. Watch this space.
Josh Kerr (Dragons, FRF/2RF) – $233,000
2019 Stats: 27.9 AVG, 1.23 PPM
Josh Kerr has been earmarked for a breakout season for the Dragons in 2020 after what’s apparently been a strong pre-season from the Indigenous All Star representative.
Already considered a great cheapie bench option, Kerr is an even more attractive selection given his listing as both a front-rower and second-rower.
He’s set to miss the start of the season with a knee injury picked up in the All Stars game, but before coming off Kerr showed his skills with a beautiful offload to set up teammate Josh Curran.
Bradman Best (Knights, FLB/CTW) – $240,700
2019 Stats: 37 AVG, 0.46 PPM
One of the standout cheapies in this year’s edition of Supercoach. The best part is that Bradman Best is also available as a fullback.
A hard-working and strong centre who impressed in his three games last year for Newcastle, scoring in his second first-grade appearance.
The bad news is that he is one of the most owned Supercoach players at this stage of the pre-season, and is also set to miss the start of the Knights’ campaign with a foot fracture.
But playing or not, Best will get many opportunities in 2020, making him a sure selection for your Supercoach on the bench.