The NRL magic round kicks off today with the Titans facing the Sharks. Sharks will have their tails up after outlasting the Storm last week in Cronulla despite their huge injury toll while Titans where well beaten by the Cowboys and will be keen to get back into the winners circle.
I can’t look past Mitch Rein ($6,700) tonight, he has been a consistent fantasy scorer since taking over for the injured Peats and is still at a reasonable price. The Brailey brothers are both in good form this year however due to the fact that they share the hooking role, they don’t offer the same consistency as Rein does. Jayden Brailey ($5,600) does have the ability to produce a huge fantasy score but the uncertainty surrounding how much playing time he will get leads me to favour Rein in this match-up.
Andrew Fifita ($10,200) and Jai Arrow ($8,400) are the 2 most expensive forwards in tonight’s match. I believe both of these players are decent options tonight particularly if you are making multiple line-ups but if you do have to choose one of these 2 players, I think that Arrow is the better option. Arrow has been producing more consistent fantasy scores in recent weeks, Arrow has made at least 35 tackles and run for over 100 metres in each of his last 3 games. Briton Nikora ($7,700) is worth considering every time he pulls on a jersey. Nikora gets through at lot of work in defence and also has the ability to post attacking stats. It was especially encouraging for me to see him score a try last week against the tough Melbourne storm defence without Shaun Johnson’s assistance.
3 of the 4 starting halves are cheap options tonight and I think saving money in the halves is a smart move. Alexander Brimson ($5,100) played the majority of last rounds game due to Gordan going down injured early and he scored an impressive 59.7 points as a result. Brimson is a dynamic runner who should take on the line plenty of times in this match and will therefore have lots of opportunities to score fantasy points. It is worth noting that the Sharks defense will be much tougher to crack than the Cowboys defense he troubled last week. Kyle Flanagan ($4,500) is the other halves option I am keen on today. Flanagan has played 2 games so far this year for the Injured Shaun Johnson and managed 27.3 fantasy points against the storm last week. I expect Flanagan to gain plenty of confidence from this win and make the most of a favourable matchup against the Titans.
Bronson Xerri ($5,200) had a quiet match against the storm last week but that can be forgiven. Xerri looks dangerous every time he has the ball and always threatens to break the line. At this price, Xerri is still a great value play. Aaron Gray ($4,300) only managed to post 4.5 points last week but again, this was against the storm. I expect the Sharks to score plenty more points and spread the ball much more than they did last week and hence, Gray is a great cheap option who could easily score a try or 2. Tyrone Peachey ($7,500) is my favourite of the Titans backs today. Peachy has been in red hot form recently, his 4-game average is 37.57. What makes this even more impressive is that Peachey has only scored one try over that stretch of games.