It’s hard to see this being anything other than a riot for
the poor old Warriors. Worse yet, the Roosters are coming off two losses in
their past three game, so there shouldn’t be any complacency. There is rain
forecast which may be the Kiwi’s only saviour, however, it’s looking pretty dry
thus far Regardless, the Roosters could put up a huge margin.
I’ve got no need to elaborate on this, being the freak he is Teddy almost seems to thrive in the wet.
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Harris has been a shining light in a dark year for the
Warriors. His work ethic on field has translated to serious Draftstars scores.
However, the return of Jazz Tevaga has seen Tohu shift from
lock to the edge back-row where his work rate has taken a big hit. For the
first time in many weeks I’m happy to bypass him at $16k.
Friend is back to big minutes, although not 80, with Sam
Verrills injured. He’s been scoring well and could easily have a hand in tries
here, but Jazz Tevaga looks set for a return to big minutes with match fitness
under his belt and he could notch a stack of tackles which are well rewarded in
Matt Ikuvalu and Josh Morris
Both of these guys are very nicely priced at under $10k for
the match up that has been presented. Basically, I expect the entire backline
to get in on the scoring action be it a try or assist, so I’m happy to lock
these two in at value over the more expensive Brett Morris.
Tedesco and Ikuvalu
Look no further than two weeks back where Teddy laid on several tries for young Ikuvalu. I expect 2+ try-assists from Teddy directly to either B.Moz on the right or Ikuvalu on the left, so let’s hope it’s Ikuvalu at a far cheaper price.
The Southern derby packs plenty of promise with both sides
in form of late. Both are scoring quite freely, but predicted wet weather will
likely play a part in the attacking output. If it were a dry track I’d back the
Sharks attacking prowess to get them home, but the wet weather should bring the
Red V right into this clash. I’ll be spending big in the forwards based on the
forecast of rain likely limiting attacking football.
The move to lock has stifled McInnes’ work load a little,
but not substantially. He’s back to 80 minutes and will be busy again here.
He’s expensive at over $17k, but he’s such a reliable scorer in Draftstars that
I’m happy to empty the wallet.
Hunt is still available at halfback in Draftstars which is
exactly where I’ll be picking him. He’s playing 80 in the middle and making a
stack of tackles, while the attacking upside is obvious. He looks a great pick
up every week he continues to be available at halfback.
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No knock on Johnson as he’s in superb form, but any rain
will be very detrimental to his game. Furthermore, Hunt looks the far safer
pick at halfback so I’ll be leaning that way.
Graham is very cheap at under $10k for an 80 minute edge
back-rower with his attacking upside. He doesn’t have the workrate of other
back-rowers, but at the price I’m happy to lock him in. The wet track may see
him utilised more in attack as both sides look to play a little tighter.
Tackle buster, running outside SJ, leading try-scorer
heading into Round 11, basement price at $7k, bargain! A dry track would
obviously be very beneficial though.
Ben Hunt and Paul Vaughan
I’ll go a little left field here and say Hunt to pick up a steaming Paul Vaughan who crosses the line with a bit of nifty footwork. As mentioned above, I think much of the attack will be through the middle if it’s wet, so it could open up this combination to a greater degree.
The Raiders are deserving favourites and I think they may
narrowly be good enough to sneak home, but that win over the Roosters would
have taken a heap out of their tank.
Furthermore, they’re decimated by injury so South Sydney
have a great opportunity to knock off the grand finalists. Although, it is
meant to be -1 in the nation’s capital on Saturday night. I like South Sydney
at the line as a punting play.
I’ve picked Papalii week-in week-out since the forward pack
fell piece by piece. Big Papa has upped his game time to 60+ minutes in recent
weeks and his form has surged through the roof. Get him in!
Cooky is running more than he has all season and is
benefitting enormously with attacking stats. Siliva Havili almost has an even
share of the hooking role for the Raiders with Tom Starling, so Cook is the
extremely obvious pick.
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While not exactly a star, Tapine has found form in recent
weeks after a below par opening to the year by his standards. The move back to
lock has served him well, but his minutes have dropped significantly. He also
has a host of attacking stats in recent weeks so I see him as being overpriced.
If South Sydney are to compete come finals time it’ll be off
the back of Cook and Walker. Walker is coming along slowly in 2020 and doesn’t
look far off his explosive best.
Canberra’s middle defence is extremely tight, while their
edges have been in tatters this year, so I expect the Bunnies to do their
damage out wide. Hopefully Walker is the beneficiary for that reason and the
South Sydney’s left edge
I expect Nick Cotric to shift to centre come game time to
allow Jordan Rapana to shift to the wing. Walker will be licking his lips at
the match up and could do some serious damage. This brings him, Graham and
youngster Paulo right into contention.