The 2017 NRL Grand Final has arrived and we’re in for a treat! The Cowboys have shown brilliance and discipline throughout the final series but the Melbourne Storm continue to produce flawless performances. My heart is obviously telling me to tip the Storm but I’ve never bet against the boys Melbourne. I’m predicting the Storm to win in a close fought battle. NRL Fantasy Tips:
Cameron Smith ($9,700) and Jake Granville ($5,600) are the two hookers available for selection. Slade Griffin ($3,500) is also an option but he’ll be coming from the bench and usually plays minimal minutes.
If we’re looking at recent form then Smith is the player proving the better value. The only issue here is his price tag; we’re limiting our spending in other positions if we bring Smith into our side. The starters in other positions will cost us over $6,000 so this is the reason why I’m going to choose Granville. I’d rather spend more of my cap on the reliable point scorers in the forwards.
John Asiata ($4,400) and (Jordan McLean $5,400) need to be considered when you’re looking at selecting your forward pack. They’re low-risk options that’ll allow you to control your spending. I was surprised that Dale Finucane ($7,400) was a little underwhelming last week but I can’t see him repeating that effort, especially on Grand Final day. He’ll be my third picked forward. I’m going to choose a middle man as my final forward, mainly because I’m already running with two cheaper options in my pack. Scott Bolton ($7,000) seems to be one of the better options if we’re looking at consistent base points. Ethan Lowe ($8,000), Tohu Harris ($8,300) and Jesse Bromwich ($7,300) have all proven to be inconsistent and I don’t want them letting me down this weekend.
Te Maire Martin ($5,600) is the cheapest half available but we need to keep in mind that his score last week was boosted by a rare try. He doesn’t usually produce a great output and I’m not willing to risk him for this week’s match. Once again I’ll be avoiding the two expensive options in Michael Morgan ($9,300) and Cameron Munster ($9,500). Cooper Cronk ($7,200) is much cheaper and I think he’ll produce a similar score to the high priced candidates. Cronk is an outstanding finals performer and he’ll be playing at his very best on Sunday.
It’ll be a difficult task fielding multiple top-shelf outside backs in this match. I’m going to choose Billy Slater ($9,100) and avoid the two Storm wingers in Suliasi Vunivalu ($8,900) and Josh Addo-Carr ($8,200). These two can easily fail if they don’t score a try, as we saw with Vunivalu last week. Will Chambers ($7,400) is a much safer option and won’t completely ruin your team if he doesn’t get involved in attacking plays.
When looking at the Cowboys’ outside backs you’ll notice they’re not as expensive as the Melbourne alternatives. This could be advantageous if you’re predicting a low scoring Grand Final. Once again, I’ll be avoiding the wingers from the Cowboys and lean more towards the players that provide the base output. Kane Linnett ($6,600) has been the standout performer among the Cowboys’ outside backs and I’ll be taking a punt on his services. The only other Cowboy I’m willing to consider is Justin O’Neill ($5,000). His price tag is very reasonable and he should easily justify his price on Sunday.