The Broncos V Panthers match should be a close fought battle. I’m tipping the boys from Brisbane to take the points at home. Here are my NRL fantasy tips to get you started…

Hooker

Ben Hunt ($7,500) and Peter Wallace ($5,700) are the two candidates on offer. Hunt’s form average is almost double that of Wallace’s and it consists mostly of base stats. He may the more expensive choice but he’s clearly providing the better value. Ben Hunt will be my hooker for this match.

Forwards

Putting the bench players aside, there aren’t any cheap/value choices available. Sam Thaiday ($4,600) is the cheapest of the starters and this is largely due to his small stint playing at hooker. I think he’s a good choice for your forwards considering he’s named at prop for Friday’s match. Adam Blair ($5,900) also comes cheap and should be considered for your forwards. His form average is very close to the candidates with a higher price tag so he shouldn’t disappoint. At the other end of the scale, Matt Gillett ($8,400) is the most expensive choice but I’ll be ignoring him during final football. His score has been boosted by attacking stats in recent times but I fear these are hard to come by during the finals series. Josh McGuire ($8,000) on the other hand could be a great choice. Yes, he’s jagged a couple of attacking stats recently but his base output is hard to look past. Surprisingly, I don’t find any of the mid-rangers appealing besides James Tamou ($7,100). He’s a consistent player but can be a bit lazy at times.

Half

There are five halfs available for selection in this match. Kodi Nikorima ($6,700) is currently named at fullback but could move to halfback if Darius Boyd is a late inclusion. This would mean that Benji Marshall ($4,000) would move to the bench and will rule him out as a viable option. Tyrone May ($6,400) is the cheapest of the certain starters but he’s managed to cross the line a few times in recent weeks. It’ll be much harder for him to do so against the Broncos and this is the reason I’ll be ignoring him for this match. This leaves Anthony Milford ($9,600) and Nathan Cleary ($9,200) as the final two candidates. Both are very expensive and haven’t justified their price tags in the past two weeks. If the Broncos perform at their best, it’ll be difficult for Cleary to produce a score worthy of his price. I think I’ll run with Milford unless Nikorima holds his fullback spot.

Outside Backs

We need to be careful when selecting our outside backs because this could be a low scoring match. I’m going to be looking at the cheaper choices as I’ve already spent large in other positions. Dean Whare ($4,000) is the cheapest starter and has been named in the centres this week. He’ll be my first choice, simply because he comes with minimal risk. Tyrone Peachey ($6,500) will be my second choice. He always looks for high involvement and I like his chances of producing an attacking stat or two against the Broncos’ right side defense. I’ve put a line through Dylan Edwards ($7,500) because he’s struggling a little after coming back from injury, while Josh Mansour ($8,300) is simply too expensive for this match. Jordan Kahu ($5,400) will be my final choice; not just because he’s the next cheapest behind Whare, but he could benefit greatly if the Broncos play at their best.

 

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