You’ve got to love Saturday’s! Today we are in for 3 epic games of rugby league, the greatest game of all! The Sharks kick it all off as they take on the Knight’s, followed by the Raiders vs. Eels and finally capped off as the Storm face the Panthers. Here are today’s NRL fantasy tips to get you going!
Sharks v Knights
The Knights will have to put the forty point loss from last week behind them, although I fear the Sharks are capable of repeating what the Panthers dished out last week.
Both of the starting hooker options are priced fairly cheaply so we just need to choose who’ll benefit more from the strong favouritism. Jayden Brailey ($4,400) will have the higher attacking potential while Danny Levi ($3,900) may produce a good number of tackles. I’m going with the Sharks’ hooker and hoping for a sneaky assist or two.
Josh Starling ($4,800) emerges as the value choice and I think I’ll give him a crack this week. Paul Gallen ($10,200) and Andrew Fifita ($9,600) finally returned to their usual form last week and are both worth a look. Sione Mata’utia ($6,300) hasn’t been in the greatest form but I think he’ll produce the base output to justify his price this week.
I’ll be locking in James Maloney ($7,400) as my halves choice. It’s hard to look past the goal kicker of the team with strong favouritism.
I’ll be all over the Sharks’ outside backs in this contest. Most of them will produce attacking stats of some descriptions so it’s just a matter of choosing the right ones. Valentine Holmes ($6,900) returns to the fullback position and is a must have in my eyes. Jack Bird ($6,900) and Ricky Leutele ($6,800) have both been in great form and should also be good choices. We shouldn’t look past Gerard Beale ($5,000) either who is the cheaper of the Sharks’ outside backs.
Raiders v Eels
This game is hard one to predict. If the Raiders come out firing then they’ll be the ones to beat. I’m picking the Raiders in a close fought battle.
Josh Hodgson ($7,500) has been battling an injury all week so it’s probably best to avoid him. I might give Adam Clydsdale ($3,500) a look if he comes in as Hodgson’s replacement.
Josh Papalii ($9,200) continues to be the superior option in the forwards and will once again be in my team this week. Clay Priest ($3,800) has returned to the starting side and should be a nice value choice with his cheap price tag. I’ll also be looking at Sia Soliola ($6,500) who also returns to the starting side and should keep the base points ticking over.
It’s an interesting scenario when the team I back to win doesn’t have any appealing halves options. I’ll be running with Clinton Gutherson ($7,500) due to his impressive form and goal kicking duties.
I’m very temped to get some high priced Raiders’ backs this week. Joseph Leilua ($8,700) and Jordan Rapana ($10,100) are starting to return to their 2016 form and should both score very well this week. Jarrod Croker ($9,300) should also be considered due to his kicking duties but don’t ignore Nick Cotric ($3,800) who is starting to find some good form.
Storm v Panthers
This will be the game of the round with two premiership contenders fighting it out in Melbourne. I’ll pick the Storm to take this one in a low scoring affair.
I’ll be forking out the big bucks on Cameron Smith ($10,500) this week. Peter Wallace ($6,300) has also been impressive but I can see Smithy producing a huge number of tackles this game.
Corey Harawira ($3,500) will replace Bryce Cartwright in the second row and should be considered as a value pick. Trent Merrin ($9,400) is starting to return to epic form and will provide your team with a large number of base stats. I also like the look of James Tamou ($6,900) who is a very consistent choice and isn’t too expensive. It might also be worth taking the risk on Felise Kaufusi ($4,700) who is another cheap option with a respectable work rate.
I’m backing Ryey Jacks ($4,000) to produce the highest points per dollar here. He should be a good option that’ll allow me spend big in other positions.
I usually lean towards base output when choosing my outside backs in close contests. Billy Slater ($5,200) and Matt Moylan ($8,400) should be the high performers in this clash but I’ll be taking the cheaper option in Slater if I have to choose. Dean Whare ($4,600) may have a good form average and cheap price tag but playing against the Storm makes me a little nervous. Waqa Blake ($5,500) seems to be the better choice with his better work rate.