Eels and Tigers will face off this easter monday at the new Bankwest stadium in western sydney. Tickets to the opening game at the new stadium have sold out so where ever you will be watching from today, be sure to check out the contest available on Moneyball. I will be running through some of my favourite plays of the day at each position.
Robbie Farah’s ($8,300) scores have regressed from the first few weeks of the season but his base output is still considerably higher than Mahoney’s base output. Mahoney will likely score more points per dollar than Farah but, given there are plenty of cheapies in other positions, it’s easy to fit Farah into lineups without making too many sacrifices.
There are plenty of appealing options in the forwards today. Ryan Matterson ($6,700) has been an exceptional recruit for the tigers. Last year Matterson’s high fantasy scores were the result of scoring tries however, this year Matterson has only crossed the line once and is still averaging 34.4 Fantasy points per game. Alex Twal ($6,500) is another Tiger who has impressed so far this season. Twal has averaged a very impressive 62 minutes of playing time in the front row over the last 3 rounds. Josh Aloiai ($5,00) earnt the starting lock position for the tigers last week and has kept his position in the starting lineup. Aloiai has produced some solid fantasy scores in the last three weeks and his price has not yet adjusted for the increased playing time he is seeing. The 3 forwards mentioned above are my favorite consistent scorers this slate. If you are however looking for players with attacking upside, Shaun Lane ($7,700), Marata Niukore ($5,800) andLuke Garner ($5,300) are also worth considering.
Mitchell Moses ($6,400) and Luke Brooks ($6,400) are exactly the same price this round and they are my 2 favorite options in the halves today. I think the decision between these halves comes down to who’s team you see winning this game or what outside backs you would like to stack with your halves. Josh Reynolds ($5,700) could be a good contrarian play today. Reynolds had a great return to first grade 2 weeks ago but was quiet last week. His low fantasy score last week might discourage people from playing him this round.
Clinton Gutherson ($8,500) will be keen to get his team off to a good start in their new stadium today. Gutherson is coming off his first mediocre performance of the year however his efforts last week can be forgiven as the game was played in tough conditions down in Canberra. In the other 4 games (which have all taken place in sydney) he has played this year, Gutherson has averaged 45.95 fantasy points per game. Ferguson was pretty banged up last week and failed to finish the game. Given he is still close to $10,000 this week, I am happy to pass on him as there is a chance he is still not 100% healthy. Esan Marsters ($8,200) and Mahe Fonua ($6,100) can be stacked as they play on the same side of the field. Given their relatively high prices and the fact that there are many viable options in the outside backs this week, both Marsters and Fonua could be lower owned than usual. Brooks and Matterson have been dangerous down their side of the field so far thus year and I think it is only a matter of time before Marsters and Fonua combine for a huge amount of fantasy points.