It’s a tough clash to gauge, with Penrith coming off a gut-busting
golden point clash with Newcastle, and the Warriors belting a mediocre Dragons
outfit with a 45/47 completion rate.
I feel both sides are overpriced as a result of the enormous
amount of ball in play, so finding value looks difficult. I’m backing Penrith
to prove too classy, so will be going predominantly with their players.
At $18k you’re paying serious money for Api, but the other
hooking options aren’t overly appetising. If Penrith do rack up a few points,
you can’t afford not to have Api who will be at the forefront of their
Yeo is pricey at $16,200, but he’s pretty well secured maximum minutes at lock. His workrate is significantly higher than when playing on the edge, and he’s capable of finding attacking stats.
There’s no harm in going with RTS, but he’ll be an extremely popular option. He’s looking to savour some energy for attacking positions, so he’s not doing quite the same legwork out of his own half, and his scores will reduce as a result. If you’re of the opinion the Warriors will win well, RTS would be your man.
JTB looks the value in a pretty weak front-row at $10,640.
Fisher-Harris is the obvious option, but with a stacked forward pack at Penrith
his game time may continue to drop in 2020.
At just $7,130 Aekins is a steal. He has a stack of runs and
hopefully this is the week he finds his way to a few extra attacking stats.
Viliame Kikau and Jarome Luai
It worked in last week’s preview and it can work again. Luai can isolate the opposing halfback (likely Nikorima, but may be swapped), and Kikau can barrel over the top to score.
Most are tipping Melbourne to bounce back after being
embarrassed by Canberra last weekend.
I’m with the crowd to a certain extent, but I don’t believe
it’ll be the walkover people are predicting.
South Sydney can hit back after being made to look second
rate by a freakish Roosters outfit.
It’s Smith v Cook at hooker and you can’t go too far wrong
at similar prices. Look for Cook to really thrive under the new rules with a
quicker ruck. It should see him look to revitalise his running game which
should bolster his stats significantly.
Munster is a huge beneficiary of the new rules. He’ll bust an enormous amount of tackles which is gold in Draftstars scoring.
Murray moves back to lock in a bonus for his scoring. There’s
no knock on Murray, only that he’ll be very popular so it could be an edge to
bypass him. There’s not a lot of value picks in this game, except at 2RF, so it’s
a good position to save some money while maintaining respectable scores.
Murray’s shift to lock means Lowe starts on the edge. At
$8,700 he looks a nice price for a player that looks set for big minutes.
Cameron Munster and Ryan Papenhuyzen
Papenhuyzen is ready to go big in 2020 after coming extremely close in the opening three rounds. Munster will terrorise off the back of quick play-the-balls. If he can bust the line, Little Papy will be burning up on his inside and can find the line.