The Cowboys have done well to make it this far with numerous injuries. The Eels are an inconsistent side but I think they’ll get the job done on Saturday evening. Here are my NRL fantasy tips:
Jake Granville ($6,200) and Cameron King ($5,000) are the only two hookers taking part in this weekend’s contest. Their prices aren’t far apart and their form averages differ by only 1.7 points. I seem to leaning towards the Eels’ candidate in Cameron King. He’ll play more minutes due to the structure of their bench and he looks hungry for involvement when it comes to offensive plays. It’s hard to predict how this game will pan out but either way I can’t see the two candidates producing significantly different scores; hence why I’m choosing the cheaper option.
Is it worth bringing in Jason Taumalolo ($10,600) with his enormous price tag? The answer is yes. The Cowboys are very reliant on his services at this stage of this season and I think he can repeat his effort from last week. We need to keep in mind that his score was boosted by a try but he still produces the goods on a weekly basis. Luckily, it’s quite easy to counter his expensive price tag with the other forwards available. I quite like the cheaper alternatives on offer and we should all consider bringing them into our sides. Gavin Cooper ($5,800) is the most appealing of the cheapies. He easily justified his price tag last week and should do so again this Saturday. John Asiata ($4,300) and Tim Mannah ($4,800) are the other candidates at the bottom end of the price scale. They don’t usually produce high numbers but enough to justify their low price. If mid-rangers are more your cup of tea then I’d recommend the likes of Scott Bolton ($6,400) or Coen Hess ($6,900). They’re both in the team to do one job; to make plenty of hit-ups and tackles. It’s all about the base when it comes to these blokes.
It’s a very difficult choice picking which half you want in your side this week. All of the candidates come with significant risk and it could be a disaster if you simply run with the cheapest option. Te Maire Martin ($5,800) is still finding his feet in his new team and I’m going to put a line through him immediately. Mitchell Moses ($7,100) and Michael Morgan ($8,800) are capable of scoring well but their prices bring an element of risk to the table. I’m going to run with Corey Norman ($5,800) as my half this week. His price tag is very reasonable and he could easily take advantage of the Cowboys if they’re start to feel the absence of their key players.
We’ll have to be wary that there could be a couple of late changes to the Cowboys’ outside backs if Justin O’Neil ($5,400) is a late inclusion. His addition will result in either Javid Bowen ($6,100) or Antonio Winterstein ($4,200) being dropped out of the seventeen. I’d assume Winterstein will be the one missing out as he’s still struggling with his recent injury. O’Neil is worth considering if he makes the final side; he’s one of the go-to options on attack and he pairs well with Kyle Feldt ($7,000); another worthy candidate for your outside backs. I’ll be passing on Semi Radradra ($10,300) and his expensive price tag. Justifying his price isn’t out of the question but I’m not willing to take that risk. Michael Jennings ($7,200) seems to be a more suitable option due to his recent form and more reasonable price.