Round 8 gets underway tonight with the highly anticipated grudge match between the Rabbitohs and the Broncos. The Broncos forced Bennett out of the club to make room for Seibold in the offseason so Bennett will be keen to get one over his former team while Seibold will be keen to prove that the Broncos made the right choice.
Both of the starting hookers had sub-par fantasy scores by their standards last week. Although he is very expensive tonight, I still think Damien Cook ($10,000) is in play given the fact that he has more upside than McCullough due to his dynamic running game. Andrew McCullough ($6,500) is also a strong play, McCullough had his lowest scoring round last week (20.6 fantasy points) But this can be forgiven due to the fact that most of his points come from making tackles and the Broncos had a lot of possession against the sharks last round. That will most likely not be the case against the bunnies tonight.
Cameron Murray ($8,700) has continued to impress in 2019 and has put himself in the State of Origin conversation as a result. He is a solid play yet again today if you can fit him into your teams. Tevita Pangai Junior ($7,600) Returned from a stint on the sideline last week and posted a respectable 34 fantasy points without really relying on attacking stats. Both Pangai and Murray have the ability to break the line and scores tries and they are the kind of forwards you need to be selecting to win GPPs. Matt Gillett ($6,900) is another bronco who had a quiet outing agains the Sharks last week. Before last week, Gillett had made over 30 tackles in all but one game played this year. This type of effort was simply not needed against the depleted Sharks outfit who failed to hold the ball last week. As a result of his low score last week, Gillett may be under owned today in a matchup that I expect him to get through lots of work in. I am not usually the biggest fan of players who start on the bench so this pick comes with a bit of risk but Liam Knight ($4,400) has been outstanding for Souths in recent weeks. In the last 2 rounds, Knight has scored 25.1 and 33.8 fantasy points off the back of his hard work in the middle of the field. If the Bunies continue to use him in the same role, he could be a fantastic value for money play today.
I have made the mistake of fading Cody Walker ($9,900) a fair bit this season and as a result, South Sydney games have not been that profitable for me this year. Walker is in exceptional form this year and is racking up plenty of attacking stats. My reasoning for fading him frequently is that he tends to e a player who relies on attacking stats to score well and has a low floor. That being said, there have only been 2 games this year where walker has failed to score 30 points. Thomas Dearden ($3,500) will make his NRL debut for the Broncos tonight and is a good cheap option. Playing Dearden would save the salary cap space needed to roster someone such as Cook. Anthony Milford ($6,300) controlled Broncos game last week and scored well as a result. Milford and Nikorima never managed to click as a halves combination and both took away from the other games. I expect Milford’s Fantasy scores to improve now that Nikorima isn’t with the Broncos anymore.
Kyle Turner ($4,100) looked much more comfortable at centre last week. Turner was quiet in his first few games at centre but was much more involved in attacking set plays last week and therefore is worth considering this week. Campbell Graham ($5,800) has been a try scoring machine this year but his price has dropped for this week off the back of 2 quiet games in the last 3 rounds. Graham will play on the same side of the field as Issako who has been struggling under the high ball this season which may create opportunities for Graham to cross the line for a try or 2. Jack Bird ($6,600) is getting back into form in 2019. He is forming a dangerous combination with Oates on their edge of the field. Bird is my favourite Broncos back to roster today as I expect South Sydney to win and Bird has not needed to score tries to post good fantasy scores this year.