We are in for three Super Saturday showdowns! The Roosters go head to head versus the Sharks, the Sea Eagles take on the Warriors, followed by an epic evening clash between the Raiders and the Cowboys! NRL Fantasy Tips.
Roosters V Sharks
This could be a low scoring contest so I’ll be spending big in the forwards. Expect a high quality game of footy.
Fa’amanu Brown ($4,300) comes in as the new Sharks’ hooker but I’m going to spend big on the more reliable Jake Friend ($7,600).
I think both Andrew Fifita ($10,100) and Paul Gallen ($10,300) will be in for huge games but it’ll be difficult to afford both of these Guns. Dylan Napa ($5,400) should be a great option due to his consistency and mid-range price. There are a few viable mid to high-range choices but I’ll be leaning towards either Aidan Guerra ($7,300) or Jared Waerea-Hargreaves ($7,500).
I don’t want to spend too much in the halves so I won’t mind taking the risk on Chad Townsend ($5,600). He may score poorly but I’d prefer to spend my cap on high quality forwards.
It’s very difficult to choose which backs to run with when you’re expecting a low scoring game. I’m going to spend as little as possible due to the money I spent at hooker and in the forwards. Gerard Beale ($4,400) and Joseph Manu ($5,800) are the two cheapest starters while Jack Bird ($6,700) is reasonably priced for someone with a respectable base output.
Sea Eagles V Warriors
I think Manly will be too good for the Warriors in this match. I’m predicting the Sea Eagles to score a handful of tries.
Nathaniel Roach ($3,500) comes in for the injured Issac Luke. He’ll be a great value choice due to his bottom dollar price.
Lewis Brown ($3,500) is usually a terrible choice but he’s been named in the starting pack to cover for injury. Frank Winterstein ($4,900) also comes into the starting side and should be a good value pick at his price. I’m going to ignore the more expensive choices and choose a couple of mid-range options in Ryan Hoffman ($7,000) and Ben Matulino ($6,800). They’re very consistent and won’t break the bank.
Daly Cherry-Evans ($7,600) is in brilliant form and I’m predicting that he’ll score very well against the Warriors. He should be able to justify his price.
We should be leaning towards the Manly outside backs in this match. I’m actually going to ignore Tom Trbojevic ($10,200) due to his high price and form and instead buy Dylan Walker ($9,200) as my main outside back. There’s no way we can ignore Matthew Wright ($4,900) either. He had a brilliant game last weekend and has the added bonus of being the kick taker. Consider Brian Kelly ($5,400) if you’re after another cheap outside back from Manly.
Raiders V Cowboys
Both these teams have been struggling lately but I think the Raiders will be too good at home. It’s hard to predict how this game will pan out.
Jake Granville ($5,700) may have been struggling lately but he’s usually a safe option at his price. I’ll be choosing him as my hooker.
Jason Taumalolo ($9,900) is an auto-pick for me each week. He’s such a consistent performer and should always be considered for your forwards. I think I’ll lean towards the mid-rangers for my other choices. Sia Soliola ($6,200) and Shannon Boyd ($4,900) are both consistent choices that come with little risk so they’re easy picks for me. I may even run with Gavin Cooper ($6,660) who’ll be looking to be chosen for Origin 3.
Te Maire Martin ($7,200) comes in as Johnathan Thurston’s replacement but I think he’ll take a couple of games to find his feet. I’m going to run with Blake Austin ($5,900) due to his cheap price and respectable scoring potential.
Jarrod Croker ($8,500) will be my first outside back picked. He has the goal kicking duties for the Raiders and has been in good form. Kyle Feldt ($7,300) will be my second choice for exactly the same reasons. He usually scores poorly but has been in excellent form in recent times. Finally, I’m going with a cheaper option in Lachlan Coote ($4,900). His base output is good for his price tag and he has the potential to score well.