For two ordinary sides there’s a surprising lack of value in
the contest. Both sides have a few decent workers who are highly priced, making
this a difficult game to pick, however that should result in differentials
among teams. I’m a long way from convinced on the Dragons, but on form it’s
hard to go against them. The Bulldogs struggle to score points as we all know,
so I’ll be favouring Red V attackers.
The move to hooker has elevated Hunt to gun status as a
Draftstars player. He played 80 minutes at hooker last week and made 40+
tackles and is still available at halfback. He is by some margin the best option
at halfback in this contest.
There’s some fear McInnes will get an early shower as per
last week if the Dragons get out to a big lead, but there’s lots of ifs and
buts in that. It’s a concern when paying over $18k for him, but I’ll be
selecting regardless due to his huge work ethic, and greater carries since
shifting to lock.
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Lomax is playing some sensational footy, and his culmination
of attacking stats over the past month has seen him score very well. However,
the attacking stats have to drop at some point, surely? While I think the
Dragons will win, I think the Dogs will put up a fight, so I’m banking on it
not being a blow out as Lomax would kick a stack of goals. $12,210 is a fair
chunk of cash for a centre in a typically poor side, so I’ll be going cheaper
(Saab, $7,500) and using the money to spend on a premium forward.
RFM is playing 80, running off a roaming Kieran Foran and is
just below $13k. With his attacking upside I really like him as a Draftstars
player at an affordable price.
Matt Dufty and Mikaele Ravalawa
Dufty has hit his straps with a consolidated crack at the number one jumper. His ball-playing has impressed me immensely, so I’m tipping him to find the flying Fijian out wide for a meat pie or two (hopefully avoiding Lomax in the process).
This is set to be a cracking clash that could easily go
either way. While favourite with the bookies, I haven’t been convinced by the
Rabbitohs this season, while I believe the Knights have proven themselves time
and time again in 2020. As a result, I’ll narrowly be favouring Newcastle
Cook is beginning to up his running game again after
shifting his focus to a more organisational role in the first half of the year.
His Draftstars scoring has taken a hit, but it’s made him fairly affordable
this week as he looks to jet off from dummy-half more often. Newcastle are
tight around the ruck and will be hard to crack, but if you want to win this
contest I think he’s cleary the hooker you need. Furthermore, the return of Connor
Watson on the bench may see Andrew McCullough get a spell.
With his tremendous work rate each week he is as safe a scorer as you can get. Get him in, bank those points and look for differential attacking players elsewhere. Furthermore, there’s a chance he sees more game time with front-row partner Daniel Saifiti out injured.
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Reynolds, Pearce, Mann
All three guys offer similar Draftstars value and consistently
score well, but the lethal Cody Walker is $1k-3k cheaper than the trio. Walker’s
combination with his new-look left edge is coming together, so I think the
attacking stats aren’t far off.
While he doesn’t run as often as the premier fullbacks,
Johnston can sniff out an attacking opportunity. Johnston is priced on his
stats as a winger, but the move to fullback in Latrell Mitchell’s absence
should do wonders for him. At $9k I think he’s a decent buy with upside.
Saifiti has rediscovered his form in 2020 after somewhat
spending the last couple of years in the wilderness. He’s a big worker and now
gets a starting role (and hopefully bigger minutes) with brother Daniel out
injured. As a result I think he can exceed his value and score well.
Kalyn Ponga and Lachlan Fitzgibbon
Last year these two were an absolutely booming combination. They haven’t had the same success this year just yet, but I think they are long overdue. After a few weeks of favouring his less preferred right edge, KP starting playing more to Fitzy’s left against Parramatta. KP will hop, skip, step and jink to isolate the opposing halfback and find a hard running Fitzgibbon to score.
All signs point to an Eels romp here, but I’m not convinced
it’ll be so one-sided. I do think Parra win, and probably comfortably, but I
don’t believe it’ll be the big blow out many are expecting. Injuries have
plagued Manly, but I think they proved in 2019 with a very similar squad they’ve
developed a resilience to fight through troubled times.
Brown has elevated to another level with halves partner
Mitch Moses out of action. He’s seeing more ball and will benefit with what is
predicted to be a dry surface on Sunday afternoon in Brookvale.
Mahoney is a consistent Draftstars performer, and importantly
in this contest is the only 80 minute hooker, therefore making him the clear
pick in the position.
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Paulo is arguably in career-best form in 2020 and has
seemingly been granted a licence to offload by Brad Arthur. Unfortunately he
suffered back spasms last week and didn’t finish the game. While there’s every
chance they don’t flare up, they may well do which could kill your contest
(think Jai Arrow in the past). At almost $14k it’s a big risk for the price.
Paseka is getting back to full fitness after spending time on
the sideline injured. He earns a starting spot this week in Addin Fonua-Blake’s
absence and should exceed his $9k value with more minutes. Watch late mail in
case of any switch to the starting team.
Parramatta’s left edge
With Moses out, the left edge driven by Brown is getting a heap of additional ball. Furthermore, they’re attacking Moses Suli who I expect to be peppered in defence throughout the clash. I think Brown, Shaun Lane and Maika Sivo are a dynamic combo to target. Yes it can go bad when stacking an edge, but if it pays off you’ll take some serious beating!