Round three kicks off with an epic clash between the Melbourne Storm and North Queensland Cowboys. Both these teams are expected to finish in the top four and I’m predicting a thrilling low scoring encounter. Unfortunately, I have to tip the Storm at home to beat my Cowboys.

HOOKER

Cameron Smith ($9,500) is by far the superior hooker but I’m predicting Jake Granville ($5,600) to provide the better value. This is due to Granville’s base output which easily beats Smith’s when looking from a value perspective.

FORWARDS

We’d have to expect the forwards to produce a high base output if we’re predicting a low scoring affair. Jordan McLean ($5,400) and Nelson Asofa-Solomona ($6,000) are both named at starting prop and they should produce an output worthy of selection in your team. I’m going to avoid Jason Taumalolo ($11,000) due to his massive price and lean more towards the opposing lock in Dale Finucane ($7,400). This will allow me to spend big on my half and outside back choices. Coen Hess ($6,900) should also be a good choice considering he’s been moved to the starting side to replace Ethan Lowe ($8,000).

HALVES

Johnathan Thurston ($9,300) will be my half this week as he’s the only choice available that doesn’t rely on attacking stats. The money saved in the forwards will allow me to make this choice.

OUTSIDE BACKS

With plenty of my cap remaining, I’m going to splurge on the base performers. Billy Slater ($9,100) and Will Chambers ($7,400) will be my first two selected. There should be plenty of game time during this contest which means more runs for Slater and more tackles for Chambers. Ben Hampton ($3,500) is playing at fullback and may look appealing with his low price tag; but don’t be fooled. He’s unlike other fullbacks and somehow struggles to produce a good running meter output. Justin O’Neil ($5,000) may be a better choice with his reasonable price tag.