Round 2 of the NRL season is underway and it looks like we are going to see some footy played in better conditions than in round 1. The Storm travel to the nation’s capital to take on the Raiders before The Broncos host the Cowboys in a Queensland derby that has not disappointed in recent history. The Raiders and Storm both got their season underway on the right foot by both recording double-digit wins in round 1. This game is expected to be a higher scoring affair than the second game of the slate and for that reason, my strategy will be to stack my backs with payers from the Raiders vs Storm game and load up on forwards who will be playing for the Broncos and Cowboys.
Josh Hodgson ($6,900) is my favourite option at hooker for this slate. Hodgson will be keen to have a big game here as he faces off with the best dummy half in the business in Cameron Smith ($7,400). Smith looks like he will continue to take on more of the playmaking responsibility for the Storm in 2019 as they adjust to life after Billy Slater however i will be running with Munster this week so opting to play Hodgson over Smith can save me some money and give me some exposure to acting stats for both teams in this game. Andrew McCullough ($6,300) Tackled everything that moved in round one however he did not have a large role in the Broncos offence and given he is priced so similarly to Hodgson and scored almost identically to him in round one, I’ll opt to play Hodgson as he has more of an attacking upside.
Jason Taumalolo ($10,000) was at his destructive best against the Dragons last week and I expect him to back that effort up with another solid showing this round. Taumalolo has publicly praised the ability of Tevita Pangai Junior ($7,000) who he will be facing up against this week. Pangai posted 31.1 fantasy points last week from 49 minutes off the bench, this week he slots into the starting side for the suspended Matthew Lodge and could see more minutes as a result. David Fifita ($6,600) has also earned a spot in the starting side for the Broncos this week and will get through much more work than he did in round 1. Lastly, John Bateman ($5,000) was impressive in his NRL debut last week. There were concerns over the minutes the Englishman would see in the opening rounds of the season however, Bateman played the full 80 minutes in the middle of the park. He is cheap once again this week and I expect him to be a great value play against this Storm pack.
Cameron Munster ($7,800) looked sharp in round 1 and threatened to score fantasy points every time he touched the Ball. He is the most expensive half on this slate but I won’t be looking past him. Michael Morgan ($7,100) Was another half who impressed in the opening round however, I believe that he benefited greatly from playing off the back of a dominant forward pack. I don’t see the Cowboys forwards dealing with this young and exciting Broncos pack like they did with the depleted Dragons pack last week and I expect this to take away from Morgan’s fantasy output this week.
All of the Raiders outside backs aside from Charnze Nicole-Klokstad ($5,000) are too expensive for my liking this week given their tough matchup against the storm. Jahrome Hughes ($5,800) and Will Chambers ($5,700) are worth considering as a cheap stacking option as Hughes looked dangerous attacking down Chamber’s side of the field last week. It wouldn’t surprise me if Hughes puts Chambers over for a try off a short ball close to the line this week. Jack Bird ($5,000) is worth mentioning at that price. Bird look much more settled in this Broncos outfit last week than he did at any point last year and doesn’t need to do much to hit value this week. Jamayne Isaako ($6,800) could be a good contrarian play this week. Everyone paying up in the outside backs will be looking to get Corey Oates ($8,100) into their teams, and for good reason, however Isaako is an athletic player who is slightly underpriced coming off a quiet game by his standards in round 1 and could be low owned this week.