Today the Dragons travel to Mudgee to face the Knights who are looking for their 4th consecutive win. That game will be followed by the Sharks hosting the Sea-eagles. Both of these teams have a high injury toll but still sit in the top 8. I will be discussing my favourite options for today’s Moneyball slate.
Hooker is a tough position today, Cameron McInnes ($8,900) and Danny Levi ($7,000) are probably a bit over priced this week and there is so much uncertainty over Jayden Brailey’s ($5,600) minutes. If you are prepared to spend the money, I think McInnes might be the best option just due to how consistent he is. He also has the ability to post attacking stats that could see him have a big game. Jayden Brailey is more than capable of hitting value for his price this week but as I said earlier this depends on how many minutes he gets and if he runs the ball.
Addin Fonua-Blake ($7,700) returns for Manly today and is a little underpriced due to his last score being disrupted by the injury. If fit, Fonua-Blake is a lock at this price. Curtis Sironen ($6,600) has also had a bit of disruption to his fantasy output recently due to reshuffling of positions at Manly. He will be back playing the full game in the second row today and should be able to return value in his price. Lachlan Fitzgibbon ($6,900) has not being scoring as many tries as expected this season but he has found some form in recent weeks. Ponga targeted the left edge of the Dragons last time they met and although Fitzgibbon missed out in scoring a try that game, there will be plenty of opportunities for him today.
Mitchell Pearce ($7,400) has scored a try in each of his last 3 games and has been the key reason for the knights run of wins in recent weeks. If you are spending up at halfback, Pearce is my favourite option today. Kyle Flanagan ($4,800) and Jai Field ($3,500) are great cheaper options today. Flanagan has been consistent since starting in the team and field was exceptional in his first game of the year last week.
Kalyn Ponga ($10,200) has been scoring impressively in the last 3 rounds which has seen his price get up over 10,000. Although I think he is a great play, it is worth noting that in the last 2 games he has played he scored tries late in the game. If he didn’t score these tries, his scores would not be as high as they currently are. Dylan walker ($4,900) is cleared to play and is way too cheap for a man of his talents. If walker hits the ground running, he should be able to pay off this salary with ease. Aaron Gray ($4,300) bounced back from a poor performance in his first game of the season with a 2 try effort last week. While I don’t expect him to cross the line twice, if he scores one try he will post a relatively decent score for a cheapie.