Titans V Warriors
The Titans have been the better side in recent times. Their home ground advantage should be enough to get them over the line.
I prefer Nathan Peats ($7,500) over Issac Luke ($7,600) for this match-up. He produces an impressive number of tackles and he could score some attacking stats against the weak opponent.
Jarrod Wallace ($7,100) will be my first picked forward. He’s looking likely for Origin selection so he’ll be out to impress. Joe Greenwood ($6,000) and Ben Matulino ($6,800) are currently scoring above their worth so I won’t be able to resist grabbing these two mid-rangers. I think it’s also worth considering Ryan James ($9,500) as he’s no stranger to scoring a try against a defensively weak opponent.
Ashley Taylor ($7,100) has stepped up his game in recent times and I can see him scoring a couple of assists in this match. He’ll be a choice in the halves this week.
Jarryd Hayne ($7,700) has come down in price due to his inconsistency but he’s now been moved to fullback. I’ll be taking a punt on Hayne along with his partner in crime Konrad Hurrell ($7,900). Selecting Dale Copley ($4,100) as my other outside back will keep me under the cap.
Panthers V Raiders
Both these teams are in reasonable form so it’s going to be hard to pick a winner. I’m predicting a high-scoring match with the Panthers to edge out the Raiders slightly.
Mitch Rein ($7,200) will be playing his second game this season and I bet he’ll be out to prove himself. He’s also the cheaper option of the two starting hookers available.
Corey Harawira ($6,200) has made his way back into the starting side so he should score beyond his value. Sia Soliola ($6,200) is another candidate playing out of position so I’ll be picking both these players for my forwards. James Tamou ($7,000) and Junior Paulo ($7,900) are always popular choices due to their reliability and base output.
I’m going to use my half pick as an excuse to save some cap. Aidan Sezer ($4,500) isn’t exactly a huge performer but at least he’ll allow me to spend big in other positions.
Dylan Edwards ($4,200) has retained his starting position and comes with a fairly cheap price tag. It’s hard to turn down his services this week. Josh Mansour ($8.,900) finally returned to the NRL last week and produced a huge effort. It’s hard to turn him down for this match. My mid-range choice will be Waqa Blake ($6,200) due to his high involvement in recent times.
Eels V Cowboys
This should be another good match-up but both teams have shown inconsistencies lately. Prepare for a totally random outcome but I think the Cowboys should take the two points.
Jake Granville ($6,200) missed a couple of weeks through injury but he came outfit and firing upon return. He isn’t too expensive and is capable of scoring well.
Who can say no to Jason Taumalolo ($9,600) who’s been by far the strongest forwards of the candidates on offer? Suaia Matagi ($4,800) will be starting this week so I’ll be grabbing him for his potential value while John Asiata ($5,300) should be another solid choice if you’re looking to save some coin. Scott Bolton ($7,200) is a mid to high range option who comes with consistency and peace of mind. He’s worth taking a punt on if you want some guaranteed points.
Clinton Gutherson ($7,600) is tipped to move to the outside backs this weekend. We’ll need to check the final team list first but he should score well if moved to the outside backs.
I’ll be treading carefully when it comes to selecting my outside backs. The more expensive choices could easily fail to justify their price. I’ll take the risk on Kirisome Auva’a ($4,700) who looked impressive last week. Nathan Davis ($3,500) is the value pick this week; he’s been named on the wing for his first NRL appearance. Picking these two cheaper options will give me enough to grab Semi Radradra ($7,700). He won’t cost a huge amount and is currently in good form.