We will be truly blessed in more ways than one when four high performing teams take the field on this very special day. St George Dragons will take on the Sydney Roosters in the first match of the day, while the Melbourne Storm clash with the New Zealand Warriors in the evening match. Each of these teams have earned a spot in the top eight and we’d have to expect nothing less than two epic contests. I’d be considering loading up on your forwards as all of these teams are displaying some impressive defence.
You should check the final team lists if you want to choose Jake Friend ($6,500) as your hooker. He suffered a head knock last weekend and remains in doubt for this match. Cameron Smith ($9,000) will be difficult to select since the two cheaper options are producing better numbers than he is. I’m going to take a punt on Cameron McInnes ($7,800) has he’s probably the safer choice of the four starting options.
Isaiah Papali’i ($3,900) has been named to replace the injured Tohu Harris is the second row. He’ll be my first choice. Zane Tetevano ($4,400) is another cheap candidate worth considering; he was moved to the starting pack last week and produced a respectable output. Agnatius Paasi ($4,700) is also worthy of selection but I’d prefer to lean towards three heavy hitters to accompany my cheap choice in Papali’i. Simon Mannering ($9,000) and Paul Vaughan ($8,300) will be my big price choices, while Ryan Matterson ($7,900) will help keep those points ticking over throughout the entire match.
I’ll be spending light in my halves and outside backs due to the massive amount of coin used in the forwards. Mason Lino ($4,300) is an easy choice here. He’s been producing some outstanding scores, is priced cheaply and has the kicking duties for the club. Lock him in.
I don’t think it’s worth spending big in the outside backs. I can’t see many points being scored on Wednesday and some of the higher priced options could be a total fail. Anthony Gelling ($3,800) scored well last week in his first match named in the starting side. Ken Maumalo ($5,500) also performed well but keep in mind that Gelling and Maumalo will be up against the in-form Storm. I’m going to take a punt on Peta Hiku ($6,800) this week. He’s probably the cheapest option available that’s currently producing a good base output. Don’t disregard Josh Addo-Carr ($6,800) either. The Warriors may have only lost one game this season but they’ve still managed to let through a number of tries.