The three Saturday games this week have vastly different expectations in regards to the final result. The afternoon game sees the Warriors at home to the Titans where we should expect nothing less than a high scoring affair. The next game has the Panthers at home to the Rabbitohs where the result and scoring potential is extremely difficult to predict. Finally, we have the Storm at home to the Tigers who are coming off a nice win against the Premiership favourites. I’m predicting three home wins in this action-packed Saturday of footy. NRL DFS Tips:

HOOKERS

There are a small handful of candidates on offer but I think it’ll be worth forking out the big bucks on Cameron Smith ($9,500). The Tigers may have beaten the Premiership favourites last week but handling the experience and chemistry that the Storm possesses is a completely different ball game. Pita Godinet ($4,000) is the cheapie on offer but his output last week was woeful. There are plenty of mid-rangers on offer in Peter Wallace ($5,600), Issac Luke ($6,300) and Nathan Peats ($7,200) but I can’t see any of these players matching the output that Smith will produce. You could consider Damien Cook ($6,800) or Elijah Taylor ($6,400) if you’re looking to spend big in other positions.

FORWARDS

Ligi Sao ($3,500) and Viliame Kikau ($3,500) both need to be considered as value choices this week. Isaiah Papali’i ($3,600) also comes cheap but he didn’t produce a great output outside his try last week. I actually liked the look of Russell Packer ($5,300) last week. He comes with a mid-range price tag and looks more like a hard worker than he has in the past couple of seasons. Cameron Murray ($6,000) played limited minutes last week but has been moved to the lock position so he’ll score much better, while James Tamou ($7,000) will once again be ‘Mr Consistent’ when it comes to your forwards. Of the more expensive candidates, Trent Merrin ($7,400) seems to be back to his brilliant form and Angus Crichton ($9,700) was nothing less than spectacular last weekend. These two should definitely prove their worth this weekend.

HALVES

Shaun Johnson ($9,100) should have a field day against the Titans this week but be wary that choosing a Smith/Johnson combo will force you to be tight in other positions. Cameron Munster ($9,000) scored very well last week but keep in mind he’s been moved into the halves after covering for Slater at fullback. Adam Doueihi ($3,500) will make his NRL debut this week and should be a great value choice for your halves while Benji Marshall ($3,800) will once again cover for the injured Reynolds but may struggle against the Melbourne Storm.

OUTSIDE BACKS

Ideally, you’ll want to select your outside backs from either the Warriors or Storm but some of these guys come with expensive price tags. Billy Slater ($9,100), Suliasi Vunivalu ($8,800) and Josh Addo-Carr ($8,200) are all expected to do well but will well and truly fail if the Tigers repeat last week’s performance. The Warriors’ backs, on the other hand, come with much more reasonable price tags and normally perform well against the poor defence of the Titans. Peta Hiku ($5,200) had a fairly good showing last week despite his limited involvement. Ken Maumalo ($5,400) and Solomone Kata ($5,400) also come with mid-range price tags and are well and truly capable of producing a high output this weekend, while David Fusitu’a ($6,500) crossed the line multiple times last week and is likely to repeat this effort on Saturday.

 

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