Best call last round – Euan Aitken – Continues to impress with his base stats, even with a late shift to centre and genuinely one of the best CTW options with the Warriors draw.
Worst call last round – Adam Keighran – Although I wasn’t expecting much last week against the Panthers and I will be playing him against the Broncos, I am worried about his job security with some of his efforts.
There are some really good matchups this week and I expect some really high scores.
Avoid playing or wavering risky options from Raiders, Dragons, Broncos, Titans and Parramatta this week.
Pending team lists, Jennings is expected to return from injury and play the Raiders on Thursday night.
Although the Raiders aren’t playing as poorly as earlier in the season, they aren’t playing well enough to hold out the Storm juggernaut putting on some serious points.
The only negative is that Reimis Smith, inside Jennings, doesn’t set him up much and he relies on Hughes and Lil Papi for attacking stats. But given the Raiders leaky edges and quality of Hughes and Lil Papi he is a great waiver option.
Enari Tuala (CTW)
Last week we mentioned how much Jake Clifford would benefit from having Ponga back in the side and the Knights’ run home.
Tuala is another beneficiary as he plays on the left wing outside of Best and Ponga’s preferred side.
Since shifting to the left wing he has scored 110 and 59 points and faces a Sharks team that look like they’ve given up for the season.
Lussick is expected to take over as the starting hooker for Parramatta.
Although I am slightly worried about Will Smith on the bench, Brad Arthur has played Lussick for 80 minutes when Mahoney was previously out of the side.
Lussick will score 50+ points if he is playing 80 minutes and isn’t going to shy away from a scoot close to the line which could take him to an 80 point hooker if you are lucky.
Nat Butcher (2RF)
Butcher was a late inclusion in the Roosters line-up, playing 80 minutes on the edge and scoring 59 points in mostly base stats.
Butcher will likely get an extended role on the edge with Angus Crichton suspended for three games.
Butcher gets through a lot of work when he fills in on the edge and I expect him to get 55+ for the next three weeks and may even get an attacking stat with the Roosters playing the Broncos and Dragons over the next two weeks.