This is one of the tougher Draftstars match ups you’ll find. Points could come from absolutely anywhere, and the result is near impossible to predict with two extremely volatile sides going head-to-head.
As a result I’ll be going on the proven workers that boast attacking upside. The winner of the jackpots will require a stack of luck in picking their attacking players.
As mentioned above, it’s a volatile contest in both NRL and
Draftstars scoring. McInnes is about the only player you can bank on scoring
big so he’s worth forking out almost $20k for. His work rate with the increase
in ball in play is enormous and he showed last week he’s a big chance at
accruing attacking stats when taking advantage of tiring forwards at the back
end of each half.
The risk with Arrow is that his body can go at any minute
with his lingering injuries that he can’t seem to shake. However at $14,400
he’s undervalued for his enormous work ethic provided he gets through big
minutes. If uninjured, there’s no reason to give him a rest in a game Justin
Holbrook will be absolutely desperate to win.
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There’s aren’t too many big money stars in this game so it’s
a hard choice. Ben Hunt at $14,590 is an avoid for me as he’s playing off the
bench and adapting to his new role at hooker.
Dufty has shown recently his ability to exploit weaker
defensive opposition with ease, and his speed makes him a real beneficiary of
the new rules and quicker ruck. If the Dragons turn up and put a score on the
Titans he’ll go big.
Kelly is an attacking weapon and breaks a stack of tackles.
In what is likely to be an extremely open game he will be a strike option for
the Titans. I can see him going big in this one with some quality early ball.
Cameron McInnes and Tyson Frizell/Tyrell Fuimaono
The Titans have been chopping and changing the defensive edges of Bryce Cartwright and Ash Taylor a bit, so I’m not certain which edge Carty starts on. Regardless, I like McInnes to pick up a hard running back-rower for a crash ball at either man that won’t be stopped.
Unless Jason Taumalolo runs for 600m, which he may, the Tigers should be good enough to win this one in Sydney. Val Holmes and Michael Morgan are out, so it’s hard to see North Queensland putting on many points. I’ll be going heavy on Tigers attacking players and there’s plenty of value about. Keep a close eye on final teams as changes are expected with the likes of Harry Grant and Luciano Leilua in some doubt.
Taumalolo is $17k and I think that’s almost underpriced to
be honest. There’s enough value in this fixture that you can afford to pay big
At $4,300 cheaper there’s some temptation to go Josh
Reynolds over halves partner Luke Brooks. However such a large amount of
attacking play will come through Brooks who will be the catalyst for a Tigers
victory should they fire.
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Lucy looked pretty crook leaving the field injured last week
and he’s in plenty of doubt for this clash. If he does take the field you’d be
worried he might not finish the contest. Even if fit, he’d be the first to get
an early shower if the Tigers take a decent lead.
Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow and Adam Doueihi
Both fullbacks are priced at $9k and present value. The Hammer is an attacking weapon that is extremely untapped and raw. Doueihi is looking more impressive as each week passes by and he gains more experience as an NRL level fullback. Look for him to throw the last pass for a couple of tries.
An 80-minute back-rower at under $8,500, nice…
Harry Grant and Adam Doueihi
For starters, I think there’s value in both Grant or Reece Robson, both are safe plays at their respective prices. Provided Grant does play, I think his running and creative game is set to explode. He’s getting a feel for the NRL and has been fairly conservative in his early games, but with confidence growing I can see him taking on a larger role in attack. Look for him to split the big Cowboys pack through the middle and find a flying Doueihi in support.
This is set up to be a blockbuster clash at Bankwest
Stadium. We’re about to find out just how far ahead of the pack the Roosters
are, and whether or not the Eels are genuine title contenders. As impressive as
the Eels have been, you’d be a fool not to go with the Tri-colours. I’ll be
favouring Roosters players, but not without plenty of value added from the
Pick or risk being left behind… enough said.
Matterson is another of those players tailor made for
Draftstars. He’s playing 80 minutes, gets through a mountain of work and has
huge attacking upside. At $14,380 he looks almost underpriced for mine.
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Mitchell Moses and Dylan Brown
The Roosters defence will be absolutely fired up for this encounter. If the Eels do spring an upset it’ll be a low-scoring affair. As a result it’s hard to see both Moses and Brown justify their price tags. If you are of the belief they can win, Brown looks a better proposition at over $2k cheaper.
Somehow Tupou failed to get in on the scoring last week against the Bulldogs. I’ll be adding him to my squad and waiting for Teddy to hit him with a cut ball for a meat pie or two. Even if he doesn’t score he should get through plenty of work and provide a reasonable score.
Boyd Corner and James Tedesco/Luke Keary
Angus Crichton is flying along with four tries in the past two weeks and thus sees his price at a well justified $15k. With Latrell Mitchell gone, the Roosters are playing more to the right side than they have in the past, but their left edge remains their stronger side. Cordner is back and firing and I can see him running a trademark line, popping to Tedesco who finds Keary backing up through the middle. Cordner is over $2k cheaper than Crichton and is likely to have less ownership.