The big chinned messiah returns with fantasy coaches desperate to get Nathan Cleary in immediately. Personally, I’m happy to wait a week priced at 81 with attacking stats and base stats down. I find it unlikely he’ll average more than 80, though he is the king and I wouldn’t put it past him. One thing I will say for certain, please do not trade two geuine keepers to get him, you will regret it when you’re out of trades like last year.
The king in waiting Nicho Hynes had another great week and is entering must have territory. In the pre-season we thought Hynes would have Cleary like touches in this Sharks attack and so far so good with Hynes sitting 3rd amongst non-hookers in total receipts per game. Hynes is sitting 2nd in the most popular buys this week with 3.65% of coaches bringing him in
The cheese had a strong return posting 62 points and is now only priced at 612k. Brandon Smith was looking like an enticing option for coaches with the dual position but being named at 14 and a break even still in the 60s means you can wait another week or two and see how his role plays out.
It was a good week for the mid rangers with Tom Gilbert, Kurt Mann, Josh King, Tom Starling, Beau Fermor and Jeremiah Nanai all posting good scores. This is the last week to get on Starling and Nanai so act accordingly while I think the boat has been missed on King. Mann & Gilbert I think have the potential to be keepers as long as they keep their current role and both are an easy swap for Stefano owners. Fermor I was of the opinion that he wasn’t a buy in the pre-season and I’m still of that opinion now after 2 tries and 2 try assists in 3 games. If you’re an owner just keep holding and enjoy the price rises but I can’t recommend him as a buy.
Tom Trbojevic continues his free fall and Manly look in serious trouble with scaled back PVL rules. Turbo looks a good upgrade candidate to Cleary for those who started with him. Meanwhile, Ethan Bullemor and fantasy coaches again fall victim to Des Hasler shenanigan’s. Yeet Rating: Into the Sun
James Tedesco has been poor (like most fullbacks) to start the year with 3 errors last week. I’m sure he’ll end up a keeper but the Roosters have some holes in defence that need plugging if they want to contend this year and I’m having my doubts about them.
Angus Crichton is again on the bench this week and looks an obvious sell for 6.3% of coaches still holding on while Stefano Utoikamanu had a disappointing start to the year and finally got his ppm moving last week before suffering an ankle injury and now finds himself gone for 2 months. Dean Young cat fished us all promising big minutes for Jason Taumalolo which never eventuated and is struggling with his ppm as well. I think the days of keeper Lolo are over.
Bad is probably harsh but it’s certainly been a mediocre start for David Fifita. He’s been targetted heavily by opposition defenders with little room to move but creating good opportunities on the left for the Titans attack. Unfortunately that’s no help for fantasy coaches. As an owner I’m holding 1 more week against a lowly Tigers side but if he fails to produce this week I’ll likely move him on to Cleary.
In the expensive centre category, the clipped wings of Jack Bird have owners concerned only averaging 44 despite 2 tries in 3 games. By no means an urgent sell, he does seem a good one to upgrade when possible. Matt Burton had another low score in the wet and now faces a run of Melbourne, Penrith and Souths. So far Burton is matching my pre-seaon expectations of him struggling but will be a keeper by season’s end. Those who started with him will just need to ride this tough stretch of schedule.
Taylan May is the most popular buy so far this week with a break even of 5 after a hat trick last week and now gets Cleary back. He isn’t a slam dunk however, with Brian To’o is due back between round 7 to 9 I’d probably rate him 3rd amongst the cheapie options this week behind both Knights. He should get wfb dual position after round 6.
The Knights dish up two popular cheap buys this week with Leo Thompson and Brodie Jones both in line for price rises. This is likely the last week to buy Leo with a break even of 1 and Klemmer due back in a few weeks. Jones showed in a small sample of back row starts last year to be a reliable scorer averaging in the mid 40s and should be safe for at least the next 6 weeks with Fitzgibbon injured and Barnett suspended. I don’t have high hopes his first week back from an injury lay off follwed by having Covid last week, but still a great buy.
Kelma Tuilagi returns from a week off after a failed HIA so hopefully he can get his price rises moving this week.
Lachlan Ilias, Talatau Amone & Xavier Coates continue to cement home their trap status and can be traded at your leisure.