We have two very interesting games on this Friday’s slate, the Warriors and Titans will both be looking to find some form in the early game before the Panthers take on the Tigers. There are plenty of contests to get involved in over at moneybag and there are a lot of interesting options on this slate so I will be discussing a few of my favourite plays for todays games.
Robbie Farah ($7,800) didn’t manage to accrue any attacking stats in round three as the tigers were well beaten and only had a few opportunities with the ball. That being said he managed to score just under 30 points in base stats alone. The tigers will be motivated to bounce back from a poor performance last week and get a win against the Panthers who are now coached by Ivan Cleary who left the Tigers this offseason. Farah could yet again get a try or a try assist and if he doesn’t get these attacking stats, he still appears to have a decent floor from the amount of tackles he gets through. The Warriors have struggled to contain hookers so far this year and Mitch Rein ($5,800) is therefore worth considering this round. Rein took over the starting hooker role from the injured Nathan Peats last week and made 45 tackles. He is likely to hit value yet again this week but it is worth noting that with Brimson being named on the bench this week, Rein might not play the full 80 minutes.
There are a fair few players worth considering in the forwards this Friday. Jai Arrow ($7,900) didn’t live up to his freakish round two form last week as he did not see enough minutes. If Arrow plays the big minutes he is capable of, he will be a good play however, the titans forward pack rotation has been hard to predict so far this season so he is not without risk. Viliame Kikau ($7,400) has recovered from his injury and will be playing his first game of the season this week. Kikau was one of the most damaging runners last season and is worth mentioning here. There is a risk that he is eased back into his role at the Panthers and as a result he may not put up the fantasy points he is capable of in his first few games back but he is a chance to score a try or break the line in every game he plays. Luke Garner ($4,700) managed to post 30 fantasy points last week despite being sidelined for the majority of the game. Garner looked dangerous every time he touched the ball early in the match before returning from an injury in the second half and scoring a try off a kick. Garner will be a solid play for as long as he is named to start for the tigers and is under $6,000. Bryce Cartwright ($4,100) started in the second row last week for the titans and posted 34.6 fantasy points. What really stands out about Cartwright’s performance last round was the fact that he made 37 tackles. Cartwright has struggled in defence in recent years but if this part of his game has improved, he will play big minutes for the titans all season long.
Ivan Clearly leaving the tigers mid-contract has been well documented in the media and given the Panthers are facing the Tigers this week, Nathan Cleary ($7,600) will want to put up a solid performance for his father/coach. Nathan Cleary hasn’t posted a large fantasy score so far this year but this will most likely mean that he is not highly owned. As discussed earlier, Kikau will be returning to the field this week and Cleary could capitalise on having such an attacking threat running off him. Cleary could be paired with Kikau this week or played without Kikau to get some exposure to Kikau’s running game without the risk that he starts the season slowly. Chanel Harris-Tavita ($3,800) will be playing his first game for the year and therefore, is a cheap option in the halves. Harris-Tavita won’t need to do much to pay off his price tag this week.
Roger Tuivasa-Sheck ($8,300) Managed to put up 48.7 fantasy points despite the Warriors losing to Manly. Warriors should get much more time with the football this week at home against a struggling titans outfit. Peta Hiku ($6,100) could also benefit from the Warriors favourable matchup this week. The Titans were troubled on the edges of the field last week against South Sydney and Hiku could capitalise on this opportunity by scoring a try or two. Moses Mbye ($6,300) stills seems too cheap in my opinion and is therefore worth considering on this slate. Mbye is yet to have a big game this year but will get more opportunities with the ball than he did last week. The panthers licking game has been good so far this year so Mbye will have his work cut out for him at fullback but could also gain a lot of metres carrying the ball early in the tackle count.