The Melbourne Storm are favourites to secure a spot in the 2017 Grand Final. They’ll be a fresh side after their week off and should be too good for the boys from Brisbane. NRL Fantasy Tips:
Cameron Smith ($9,900) and Ben Hunt ($7,600) are the two hooker candidates on offer for the Friday night game. Both players have been producing good tackle numbers in recent weeks but Smith benefits from his goal kicking duties. I’m predicting a low scoring contest so I think Hunt will provide the better value.
We may have to lean towards the cheaper alternatives as there isn’t too many opportunities to save your cap in other positions. This isn’t necessarily a negative as a few of ‘lesser’ forwards have shown consistency in the past ten rounds. Jordan McLean ($5,400) and Sam Thaiday ($4,600) are the safety picks in this match. They should justify their price tags with ease and will allow you to afford a forward that plays big minutes. Dale Finucane ($7,600) is a solid pick with his mid-range price tag and consistent output. He plays big minutes and will keep those base points ticking over through the entire match. Adam Blair ($6,200) will be my final choice. I can’t look past his attractive price tag and his output has been impressive in recent weeks. Matt Gillett ($8,300) will be the one player that i’ll definitely ignore. He’s simply too expensive for an edge second-rower.
There’s no way I’ll be spending the big bucks on Cameron Munster ($10,100) or Anthony Milford ($9,100). The cheaper alternatives have been providing better value throughout the Final series; generally due to the low scoring contests. Kodi Nikorima ($6.900) has been named in the halves but I seem to be leaning more towards Cooper Cronk ($7,100). He’s known for his LineBreak/Try assists and I think he’ll be able to produce a few points through these plays. There’s a big chance that Nikorima will struggle to perform so I’ll be steering clear of the cheapest choice of the lot.
Darius Boyd ($6,000) has returned from injury and will play in his usual fullback role. He’ll be looking for high involvement and should be a good choice for our outside backs. The Broncos and Storm are generally good defensive sides so I think it’ll be beneficial to steer clear of the wingers; especially the more expensive options in Suliasi Vunivalu ($9,700) and Josh Addo-Carr ($8,300). These two players are usually good for a high score but they could struggle to justify their price if fail to cross the line. Will Chambers ($7,600) looks like the most appealing choice of the Storm Outside Backs. He’s always hungry for involvement and tends to produce more base stats that your standard centre or wing. Curtis Scott ($6,400) also looks to be a good choice and will be my final Outside Back. It may prove beneficial to ignore the Broncos’ options as they may play the full 80 minutes without producing an attack stat.