KFC SuperCoach 2023: Most Popular Players Revealed, Dolphins Dominate

He has burned many KFC SuperCoaches in the past but the players are ready to face Tom Trbojevic in 2023. Check out the most popular players in the game so far.

New NRL franchise The Dolphins is officially the hottest feature in KFC SuperCoach.

Wayne Bennett’s opening squad has taken a lot of criticism and is currently a firm favorite for the spoon.

But that hasn’t deterred the bargain hunters at KFC SuperCoach, who see the value in Bennett’s team of veterans, rejects and newbies.

Overall, four Dolphins players make the top 20 most popular KFC SuperCoach players for 2023 – Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow (who will rise from benching with the Cowboys to full-time full-back), Valynce Te Whare (young gun who could be up for sneaking in a starting spot in defence), Isaiya Katoa (ranked as one of the most talented young halves in the NRL) and Ray Stone (who starts cheap after an ACL injury and was assisted for great forward play).

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1 Josh Schuster, Sea Eagles, $241,200, 76.2% ownership

The exit of Kieran Foran (Titans) opens the door for Schuster to become a full-time five-timer with the Sea Eagles. Schuster played mostly as a bench user last year as he struggled with fitness issues, averaging just 43 minutes for the season. He therefore starts very cheaply, but should increase his playing time to 80 minutes per game in the playmaker hotspot.

2 Nathan Cleary, Panthers, $841,000, 74.7% ownership

Just lock it up and throw away the key. Cleary is the most consistent halfback in the KFC SuperCoach, having topped average for three straight years (2021, 2020, 2019) before finishing second to Nicho Hynes last year.

3 Brandon Smith, Roosters, $478,200, 63.9% ownership

Averaging just 49 minutes per game at the Storm last year as a utility but should improve that significantly as a starting hooker at Bondi. Note, however, that Smith lost flexibility in two positions in 2023 and is only available at Hooker.

4 Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad, Warriors, $327,100, 55.9% ownership

Another who had a lot of time on the bench last year, averaging just 58 minutes per game. But he will start as a full-back for the new club, the Warriors. So expect him to play 80 minutes every week in 2023. Practical flexibility on two positions between full-back and centre-back/wing.

5 James Tedesco, Roosters, $836,309, 49.9% ownership

Sure as they come. Hasn’t finished below seventh place overall for the last half decade.

6 Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow, Dolphins, $330,200, 49.2% ownership

Spent much of last year’s senior year as a bench utility with the Cowboys, averaging just 54 minutes per game. But he should be back to 80 minutes this season at new club, the Dolphins, likely in a KFC SuperCoach hot spot as a full-back. Dual positional flexibility between full-back and centre/wing.

7 Nicholas Hynes, Sharks, $902,600, 43.5% ownership

Last year’s KFC SuperCoach top-scorer shows no sign of slowing down, making it one of the most popular bankers. He averaged 14 runs per game in 2023, by far the most of any player in this position, and therefore has a reliable base in addition to his undisputed attacking quality. Unfortunately, he loses fullback status and is only available as a halfback.

8 J’maine Hopgood, Eels, $298,800, 42.5% ownership

The departures of Isaiah Papali’i and Marata Niukore open up forward spots at the Eels. Hopgood should get at least a spot on the bench and could even start in 13th place.

9 Jack Howarth, Storm, $200,800, 40.8% ownership

Kenny Bromwich and Felise Kaufusi have gone to the Dolphins, leaving big openings on both Storm edges. Young Gun Howarth is definitely jumping up the pecking order, but it’s hard to see him in the last 17 ahead of Tariq Sims, Eliesa Katoa and Trent Loiero. pass for now

10 Paul Alamoti, Bulldogs, $200,800, 39.8% ownership

The Bulldogs’ backline spots are vacant after losses to Corey Allan (Roosters), Matt Dufty (Warrington Wolves), Brent Naden (Tigers) and Aaron Schoupp (Titans). Alamoti is considered the smartest backline prospect at the club and could sneak in for a central spot.

11 Tom Trbojevic, Sea Eagles, $577,700, 39.7% ownership

Ridiculously cheap for those willing to grapple with an increasingly worrying injury history. Simply put, Turbo is the best player at KFC SuperCoach when fit and is available for $700,000 less than its starting price last year. Hard to refuse.

12 Matt Burton, Bulldogs, $594,500, 37.7% ownership

KFC SuperCoaches support a big improvement over the Bulldogs, who recruited well and now have the NRL’s best aspiring coach in Cameron Ciraldo. In theory, this leads to increased attacking stats for Burton, who established himself at five eighths last season.

13 Harry Grant, Storm, $816,500, 36.8% ownership

With 77.6 points per game, the best average hooker of the last year – and eighth best player overall. With the departure of Brandon Smith, he gains prominence at the Storm this year.

14 Luke Garner, Panthers, $435,100, 30.9% ownership

Clear leader for the Penrith Edge back row spot vacated by Viliame Kikau (Bulldogs). Averaging 66 minutes with the Tigers last year so don’t expect a huge improvement in playing time but his attacking stats should see a significant increase given his move from the wooden spoons to the Premiers.

15 Brian To’o, Panthers, $624,300, 30.4% ownership

Center/Wing is an up and down position in KFC SuperCoach as it relies on attacking stats. And here lies the true value of To’o. He has the base stats of a forward (36 points per game) but is also confident of big offensive numbers at the bottom of a Premiership backline.

16 Valynce Te Whare, Dolphins, $200,800, 28.0% ownership

The composition of the Dolphins’ opening squad is still in the air and the hulking New Zealand winger could sneak into the top 17 at the lowest dollar. Outstanding in last season’s Queensland Cup.

17 Isaiya Katoa, Dolphins, $216,100, 26.8% ownership

While Anthony Milford and Sean O’Sullivan appear to make up half of the Dolphins, Young Gun Katoa is a real shot at earning a spot sometime this season.

18 Joseph Tapine, Raiders, $699,500, 26.8% ownership

The front row position is always tense, but Tapine seems to be the best banker this year, especially given that Isaiah Papali’i has lost doubles position status and is only available at 2RF.

19 Izaac Thompson, Rabbitohs, $336,700, 26.0% ownership

The NSW Cup try-scoring machine was solid in two NRL games last year and, given Taane Milne’s absence (suspended), appears poised to start the season for the Rabbitohs on the wing.

20 Ray Stone, Dolphins, $246,900, 25.6% ownership

Basically every place on the Dolphins first team is up for grabs and as such they promise to become a KFC SuperCoach gold mine. Former Parramatta provider Stone is being heavily backed to earn a cheap-priced starting spot after suffering an ACL injury.

Originally released as KFC SuperCoach 2023: Most Popular Players Revealed, Dolphins Dominate

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