Saturday PlayON Preview – Round 12

Finally, PlayON has introduced single game options with guaranteed prize pools of $200 & $500 available today. With this in mind let’s take a closer look at the three games available today.

If you’re yet to sign-up, you can do so here.

Roosters vs. Titans (Central Coast Stadium) – Guaranteed $200 prize pool

What a tease this game is! The Titans have been the most favourable match-up by a country mile this season, so I think it’s fair to say that the best way to play this one is to stack your side with Roosters. However, the Roosters have been leaking points to forwards this season, so the likes of Jai Arrow ($15m) and Keegan Hipgrave ($7.3m) are great value and should be included in your line-up.

Retreating back to my earlier comment regarding the Titans conceding a ridiculous amount of points in 2018, the area to attack is in the backs with the likes of James Tedesco ($22m), Latrell Mitchell ($17.9m) and Blake Ferguson ($19.4m) all extremely attractive. However, you can probably only afford to select two of the three.

You should avoid all starting hookers in this game given the options on the bench for both teams.

Warriors vs. Rabbitohs (Auckland) – Guaranteed $200 prize pool

Next up we are off to New Zealand where the Warriors take on the in-form Rabbitohs. To be completely honest, this is a pretty unattractive / unpredictable game from a DFS perspective.

The Warriors have been conceding plenty of points to outside backs this season, so the likes of Greg Inglis ($18.7m), Dane Gagai ($17.8m) and Campbell Graham ($6.9m) all appeal. I really like Inglis in this match-up given he is lining up at fullback.

Tohu Harris ($19.1m) returned to form this week despite the continued absence of Shaun Johnson; however, I am curious to see how that edge goes with Peta Hiku shifting to 5/8. I remain cautious on Simon Mannering given he continues to play less than 60 minutes per game.

It’s very hard to leave out Damien Cook ($19.3m) with no bench hooking option for South’s and he appears to be close to a must have in the forwards. Sam Burgess ($20.4m) is simply not worth the money, while Cameron Murray ($14.6m) is also very much a “stay away” given he is coming off the bench.

Panthers vs. Dragons (Penrith) – Guaranteed $500 prize pool       

This shapes as an absolute cracker, but both teams leaking very few fantasy points this season and as such this also looks like a difficult DFS match-up to predict.

Viliame Kikau ($12.8m) is cheap and has averaged over 1200 points this season, but he should be probably avoided here given that he is likely to come off the bench. If there is a late change (which is entirely possible) and starts then he will be hard to leave out of your line-up. James Fisher-Harris ($13.3m) looms as a pretty safe selection in the forwards given he should play 55+ minutes and is starting at lock.

In the halves, Nathan Cleary ($16m) is the cheapest option and possibly also the best option despite not winning back the goal kicking duties from James Maloney ($18m). Cleary looked great in his return from injury last weekend and will be looking to impress the NSW selectors tonight.

In the back’s the standout selection for me is Dallin Watene-Zelezniak ($14m) who has scores of 1285, 1325 and 1495 since shifting to fullback. The other obvious choice is Tyrone Phillips ($7.1m) given the starting price and recent form.

Again, this looks to be a very challenging match-up.

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Wenin is one of the founding fathers of the NRLSCTalk website who's Tuesday Teams Analysis has been a feature post on the site for close to a decade. He also loves a good steak bet!

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