They Sydney Roosters have enjoyed the week off and should take the two points this Saturday night. My beloved Cowboys have been performing well but I think their fairy tale will come to an end this weekend, but like any die-hard fan i’ll be hoping for the best! NRL Fantasy Tips


It’s a difficult decision when it comes to choosing between Jake Friend ($7,400) and Jake Granville ($5,900). Both players produce tackle numbers that reflect their price tags although they lack involvement in other areas. I’m going to go with my heart and select the Cowboys’ hooker for my team. He also has the cheaper price tag so it’ll allow me to fork out a little more in the forwards.


There are a few options we simply can’t ignore when it comes to the forwards available. Dylan Napa ($5,600) will be fresh after the week off and comes at a very reasonable price. Gavin Cooper ($6,100) has been providing amazing value in recent weeks and he’ll be my second choice. We need to be wary that Matthew Scott ($6,400) has been named on the extended bench and could be a late inclusion on Saturday night. Coen Hess ($6,900) suffered an injury last week and is very doubtful to take the field this weekend; this could result in Scott playing  among the seventeen. He won’t be a viable choice though; he’s coming back from a long term injury and is unlikely to play significant minutes. John Asiata ($4,300) should be the beneficiary of the Hess injury and needs to be considered by all coaches. He isn’t exactly a risky choice at his price tag. After spending just $16,000 on my first three forwards, I’m going to bring in the one and only Jason Taumalolo ($10,900). He may come with a ridiculous price tag but he’s likely to see high involvement in Hess’ absence.


Luke Keary ($7,300) will be my half for this match, simply because the other options have more of a chance to fail in my eyes. Te Maire Martin ($5,600) is the only candidate that comes with a cheaper price tag but he isn’t producing the stats needed to be a competitive half. Michael Morgan ($9,300) and Mitchell Pearce ($8,600) are very expensive and they both need attacking stats to produce the points worthy of their price. I’ll be steering clear of these two through the Final Series.

Outside Backs

I’d be willing to take a risk of most of the candidates in this match although it may be a good idea to avoid Antonio Winterstein ($4,100). He’s been struggling with injury which has resulted in low involvement and a few handling errors. I’m also a little hesitant to bring in the other cheaper options in Lachlan Coote ($4,600) and Justin O’Neil ($5,100). These two players haven’t been producing the goods in recent weeks and seem to be struggling during their Finals’ campaign. Kane Linnett ($6,000) and Blake Ferguson ($7,000) are the two mid-rangers that are appealing to me. They’ve been a little inconsistent but are comfortable and familiar with the Finals’ format. Kyle Feldt ($7,200) will be my final choice but we need to keep an eye on the final team list. Javid Bowen ($6,100) has been named on the extended bench and could replace Winterstein if he fails to complete the captains’ run on Friday.