I’ve been impressed with Cronulla in recent weeks as they’ve
managed to stay relatively injury free which is a rare occurrence.
With key members of the spine getting some valuable time
together their attack is clicking, and they look ominous. The Titans will put
up a fight at home, but I’m expecting the Sharks to have too much firepower.
SJ is firing on all cylinders and importantly for his
scoring output he is attacking on both sides of the ruck. This is particularly
valuable as I think Cronulla will send plenty of attack at the Titans right
edge of Ash Taylor (and potentially Bryce Cartwright pending Kevin Proctor’s
replacement). If the Sharks pile on the points, SJ will too.
Brailey isn’t a Draftstars gun, but his price tag of $13,100
suggests to a degree that he is. Normally I wouldn’t advocate for him, but he
turned a corner last week.
He implemented his kicking game, began to run (his strength)
and played the full 80 with no Connor Tracey on the bench.
Cronulla’s pack could crush through the Titans, and a
confident Brailey could bust them apart through the ruck.
Furthermore, he’s the only big minute hooker on the field so
he’s worth the investment.
STARS TO AVOID
Honestly there’s not many guns in this game so picking a
squad isn’t difficult. The ‘guns’ such as Jai Arrow and Mo Fotuaika are fine
selections at their price.
Moylan is always a risk with his injury, but hopefully that
keeps people away. He was very impressive against Manly as he gets his
confidence and match fitness back following a host of hamstring injuries.
At just $7,900 I think he is a brilliant pick up at the
price and is close to a must-have.
He’s not exactly a bargain at $11,730, but I think Graham
will see plenty of attacking ball as he opposes Ash Taylor. He’ll get ample
opportunity to take apart that fragile edge and could score very well at a
I like Kelly as a Draftstars player due to his attacking
upside. He won’t accrue massive tackle and runs stats, but he only needs a
sniff of the line to rack up tries and assists.
SJ and Sione Katoa
Do I need to explain myself? These two have formed a wonderful right edge combination off the back of SJ’s passing and kicking game. Expect it to continue on the Gold Coast.
This is a very tough Draftstars match up as the result could
be absolutely anything. They’re two completely underperforming sides who are
unpredictable. It’ll be a complete lottery if you ask me, but here are the
players I’ll be targeting and avoiding.
Haas has played just 59 and 63 minutes in recent weeks for
below par scores by his standard.
Plain and simple, Anthony Seibold is under the pump, so I
think he’ll play his main man for 70+ minutes in this clash.
Haas is due an attacking stat and is worth the $20k
investment in an unpredictable game, particularly as the price will scare off
Harris can hold his head high during a tough period on and
off the field for the Kiwis. He’s playing 80 minutes across the edge and middle
and is getting through tremendous amounts of work.
He’s very capable of jagging attacking stats which is very
possible against the Brisbane pack.
STARS TO AVOID
Isaako’s value of $9,990 suggests he isn’t a gun, but he is
the second highest priced player at W/FB so I’ve included him.
He returns to the starting team, but it’s on the wing rather
than fullback, so he’ll see far less ball.
He’s also not guaranteed to regain goal-kicking duties over
Herbie Farnworth, although it is likely.
Matt Lodge is expected to miss the clash with injury with
Flegler likely the man to replace him at starting prop.
Flegler played big minutes early in the year when starting
and was very busy in attack and defence.
He’s undervalued having played off the bench in recent weeks
and looks like the best value in the contest at $8,410 provided he starts.
This promises to be a cracker clash to end Super Saturday.
The Tigers are playing some great footy but I’m not convinced they’ve done so
against quality opposition.
Penrith on the other hand have beaten the Roosters and Storm
already this season. I’ll be favouring Penrith players marginally and do
believe they’ll win this game.
Cleary has been superb this season as the primary playmaker
in the Penrith halves. He gets a crack at BJ Leilua’s weak right edge which
makes Cleary an extremely enticing investment.
STARS TO AVOID
Aloiai has been terrific this season, but he looks
overvalued in this particular contest at $14,350. He’s the highest priced
front-rower and second highest second-rower, a position which has plenty of
Picking Brooks means you can’t have Cleary, and I’m very
The former Rabbitoh is finding his feet at his new club
since shifting to fullback. He’s tremendously calm for a youngster and is
posing a serious threat with ball in hand. At $8,610 I believe he’s a terrific
buy with plenty of upside.
Mbye is another utility who has found form since settling at
centre. He’s under $8k, in a gun attacking side, and kicking goals, nice.
Cleary and Kikau
Cleary isolates his opposing half and picks up a steaming
Billy Kikau who runs over the top to score. Bam! I also like Cleary to Josh
Mansour as a combination play.