Whether your a novice or a astute veteran, you can not go past the basics. Beginners Guide – NRL Supercoach The Terms PPM (Points Per Minute): The amount of points a player scores per minute played. To calculate, divide a players score by the amount of time on the field. PPG (Points Per Game): The average amount of points a player scores per game. Reserve: A player who is selected (one of four) on your bench and is outside your top 13. NPR (Non-playing Reserve): A player who is not selected on your bench (outside your top 17) and does not contribute to your weekly score. DPP (Dual-Position Player): A player who can be selected at more than one position. Gun (400k+):A top-15 player who is a stand out performer across all positions. Mid-Range (200-400k):A player who is priced between both the guns and cash cows. Cash Cow (113-200k): A cheaply-priced player who is expected to jump in value. POD (Point of Difference): A player who is owned by less-than five-percent of Supercoach teams. BE (Break Even): The minimum amount of points that a player must score each week to maintain their current price. Auto-emergency: An auto-emergency occurs when one of your 17 selected players does not play. In this circumstance, your lowest scoring (above zero) non-playing reserve will be added to your team’s score. Base Statistics: Base statistics are used to gauge a players minimum score each week. Base statistics outline the amount of tackles and hit ups made, subtracted by disciplinary statistics such as missed tackles, penalties conceded and errors. Attacking Statistics: Attacking statistics favour the backs and highlight a player’s ability to score big each game. Statistics such as (but not limited to) try scoring ability, try assists, offloads, tackle breaks and forced goal-line dropouts amount to a player’s attacking numbers. Goal kicking is not included. Team List Tuesday: NRL teams are named at 5pm each Tuesday. They will give you a great insight into who is playing each round. Captaincy loophole: The captaincy loophole works only when your selected captain does not play. This will result in double points being awarded to your vice-captain. For the loophole to work, you must select a player as your vice-captain who will play before your selected captain. Should your vice-captain score big, sub in a non-playing reserve as your captain who will not take the field in that round. Given your newly assigned captain will not play, your vice-captain will be awarded double points and an auto-emergency added to your weekly score. The Origin Period 2016 NRL Bye Planner. Beginners Guide – NRL Supercoach. Start planning from round one. It is important to be able to field a side during rounds 12-19 during the bye period, while also conserving trades. Non-eligible Origin players such as Sam Burgess, Shaun Johnson and James Graham are great buys in the early rounds. They also have the potential to be a top-15 player. Look for teams who play on major Origin bye weeks (Rd 12, 15, 18). The Parramatta Eels have the best buy schedule as they do not play on any of these bye rounds. The Dragons also have a favourable early bye schedule, followed by the likes of the Raiders, Bulldogs and Wests Tigers. Check your league’s schedule as many will play head-to-head match-ups during these rounds. Picking your team The Guns. Forget the salary cap, you need to select guns. Heavily priced players such as Paul Gallen, Corey Parker and Jonathan Thurston are noted Supercoach superstars and have been for years. Don’t loose faith in these guys despite their age and hefty price tag. The key number is seven guns. A minimum five forwards (including hookers) should be your first picked players. Mid-range These players are the biggest gamble of any grouping of player. Why? Opportunity. In most cases opportunity will cap these players. Think Tohu Harris and Ethan Lowe of last season. Both men were presented with an opportunity to play 80-minutes and thus, were great Supercoach buys. Panthers forward Bryce Cartwright and Manly’s Jamie Buhrer fall into this category for 2016. Cheapies. These are the players who will have a superb pre-season or could be undiscovered until Team List Tuesday. They are rookies or inexperienced players who are set to receive a huge boost in value Roosters five-eighth Jackson Hastings ($133,800) and Titans halfback Ashley Taylor ($133,300) figure to be the most selected cheapie this season. Cheapies should make up the majority of your reserves and bench, as it is these guys who will boost your team value in the short-term.