KFC SuperCoach Cheapie Bible: Beginners and Bargains Targeted for the 2023 Season

Cheap is key to any good KFC SuperCoach team. To help you choose the right ones in 2023, our experts have named the top potential cash cows and revealed all the stats.

Cheapies are the most important players on your KFC SuperCoach team because they start at the lowest dollar and have the greatest potential to increase in value.

As KFC SuperCoach wins and loses on scoring points, you need misers to earn extra cash to keep growing your team and trade with the Gun Pointscorers.

Below we run through the merits of some of the most popular early bargain buys.

But first some housework:

– We raised the KFC SuperCoach salary cap from $10 million to $11.45 million, which is essentially the actual NRL salary cap.

– This means a player with the lowest dollar now costs $200,800 instead of $175,400.

– We have therefore increased the Cheapie Bible threshold from $300,000 to approximately $330,000. But yes no, a bargain is a bargain, so who counts anyway?


Soni Luke, Panthers, $234,800, HOK

Mitch Kenny, Panther, $310,200, HOK

The Panthers hook spot is an extremely interesting position for KFC SuperCoach. The departure of Apisai Koroisau to the Tigers gives 70 minutes of play in a key position in one of the best attacking teams in the competition. Kenny is the favorite but costs a little more than Luke. Bank hookers are proven KFC SuperCoach poison, whoever gets the bank spot is definitely to be avoided, but the starter will be very hard to miss.

Stefano Utoikamanu, Tigers, $319,200, FRF

Started last season as one of the most popular props after an average of 52 for 2021, which rose to mid-60s in the second half of the year. An injury ruined his 2022 and he only managed nine games at 33 minutes per game, meaning he’s starting on the edge for cheap players. It’s a very good price for one of the most hyped young props in the game. Get a career PPM above 1, which is handy for a prop.

Tommy Talau, West Tigers, $301,600, CTW

There are backline jobs up for grabs with the Tigers, and Talau is right in the middle. Talau played 22 games in 2021 (he scored 11 tries and averaged 41 PPG), but an ACL injury meant he missed the entire 2022 season. Available for a little over $300,000 if Talau makes the first round team, which he describes as a good buy.

Tyrell Sloan, Dragons, $298,600, CTW/FLB

Sloan came on as a much-touted youngster last season but didn’t last long at the top, losing his spot to Cody Ramsey. But with Ramsey doubtful for 2023 due to a condition called ulcerative colitis, Sloan is a real shot at starting in the No. 1 jersey for 2023. Sloan is one of the most talented youngsters to come through the NRL, starting off cheap after stints on the bench last season. In the five games that Sloan started at fullback in 2021, he averaged 64 PPG. He’s not a big worker, with a light build and not the endurance fitness of competitive elite full-backs, but for under $300,000 any starting full-back is a must-have, especially if you can fit him into your centers.

Spencer Leniu, Panthers, $308,500, FRF

As a PPM machine, Leniu has averaged 1.21, 1.24 and 1.26 points per minute over his past three seasons. All this young forward needs is more time on the ground to be both a cash cow and a weekly low-end game. So far the Panthers have limited Lenius minutes to give his body time to mature but this could be the year they let him off the leash and if that happens then grab him.

Ben Murdoch-Masila, Dragons, $234,800, FRF/2RF

A string of injuries meant BMM barely got a glimpse of the Warriors last season, averaging just 25 minutes for 19 points a game. He is therefore starting near the lowest dollar and should theoretically improve his playing time significantly with the Dragons, who have lost many forwards in Josh McGuire, Tariq Sims, Daniel Alvaro, George Burgess, Poasa Faamausili, Jackson Ford and Jack Gosiewski. Murdoch-Masila averaged 41 points in 41 minutes in 2021, so there’s significant room for improvement.

Jayden Sullivan 5/8 HOK $319,200

With Talatau Amone in doubt for the season due to police allegations, the five-eighth-place berth at Dragons Sullivan is up for grabs. He played a mix of bank whore and halftime last season at just 41 minutes a game, so he’s starting off cheap. But he should increase his playing time as the Dragons’ No. 6 pick to 80 minutes. The Dragons are hardly yelling tries for 2023, but the math makes sense.

Bailey Hodgson, Knight, $200,800, FLB/CTW

The full-back spot could be open at the Knights due to Kalyn Ponga’s planned move to five-eighths. While Dane Gagai is heavily backed to land the role, Hodgson is also a leading contender. It’s bottom dollar so let’s hope the young Englishman, Josh Hodgson’s nephew, gets a peek inside.

Reimis Smith, Storm, $316,800, CTW

Missed much of last season with a chest injury, only played nine games so starts at a reasonable price. He averaged just 30 for the year but has significant advantages, having averaged 51 the season before and playing for arguably the best offensive team in the competition.

Krystian Mapapalangi, Knight, $309,600, CTW

Plenty of pundits are backing the 20-year-old to play in NRL crowds this season. He could even sneak into the Newcastle top 17 for round one after Edrick Lee and Tex Hoy left the club. It’s hard to say where he’ll fit into the equation long-term with Kalyn Ponga playing five-eighths and Bradman Best and Dane Gagai in the middle. But what we do know is that Mapapalangi has played two NRL games so far and it won’t be his last.

J’maine Hopgood, Eels, $298,800, 2RF

Toni Mataele, Aale, $200,800, 2RF

Matt Doorey, Eels, $234,800, 2RF

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. Mataele is the bolter. He has represented NSW through the notes to potentially challenge new recruits Jack Murchie (out of cheap range) and Matt Doorey to an NRL call-up sometime in 2023. Powerfully built and able to play center or edge, the fact that the club brought him back after a short stint at Newcastle tells you they obviously classify him as a future first-grader.

Josh Schuster, Sea Eagle, $241,200, 2RF/5-8

The Most Popular Player at KFC SuperCoach 2023. The departure of Kieran Foran (Titans) opens the door for Schuster to become a full-time fifth-place finisher 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.

Jack Howarth, Storm, $200,800, 2RF/CTW

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 but one to keep in mind for mid-season. Convenient dual positioning.

Paul Alamoti, Bulldogs, $200,800, CTW

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.

Valynce Te Whare, Dolphins, $200,800, CTW

The composition of the Dolphins’ opening squad is still in the stars, and the formidable New Zealand winger/midfielder could sneak into the top 17 with the lowest dollar. Outstanding in last season’s Queensland Cup and compared to Konrad Hurrell.

Isaiya Katoa, Dolphins, $216,100, HFB/5-8

While Anthony Milford and Sean O’Sullivan appear to make up the Dolphins’ halves, Young Gun Katoa is a real shot at earning a spot sometime this season. Keep it up your sleeve as a cheap bye.

Ray Stone, Dolphins, $246,900, 2RF/HOK

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.

Luke Metcalf, Warrior, $250,400, 5/8

The Warriors signed Metcalf back in November 2021 and then spent a good chunk of 2022 sending requests to the Sharks for a please, please release the playmaker early – with sugar on top. Cronulla declined, so aside from an 18-minute cameo run on lap 25 (in which he scored 34 points), it was the Jets who enjoyed Metcalf’s services in 2022. In 13 games, Metcalf made 14 tries, assisted six more, scored 30 goals and averaged 85 yards per game with the ball in hand. Metcalf’s game would complement Shaun Johnson well, so cheap hunters are hoping he beats Te Maire Martin for the job.


Izaac Thompson, Rabbitohs, $336,700, CTW

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.

Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad, Warrior, $327,100, FLB//CTW

Another who had a lot of time on the bench last year, averaging just 58 minutes per game with the Raiders. 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.

Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow, Dolphins, $330,200, CTW/FLB

Spent much of the senior year last year as a bench utility with the Cowboys, averaging 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.

Originally published as KFC SuperCoach Cheapie Bible: Rookies and Bargains for the 2023 Season

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