The teams have dropped and so has the analysis for another week.
Best of luck for the round ahead!
DRAGONS v RABBITOHS
Thursday, 7.50pm, Jubilee Stadium, Sydney
Dragons: 1. Matt Dufty 2. Jordan Pereira 3. Euan Aitken 4. Zac Lomax 5. Mikaele Ravalawa 6. Corey Norman 7. Ben Hunt 8. Blake Lawrie 9. Cameron McInnes 10. Paul Vaughan 11. Tyson Frizell 12. Tariq Sims 13. Jackson Ford
Bench: 14. Tyrell Fuimaono 15. Josh Kerr 16. Jacob Host 17. Tristan Sailor
Reserves: 18. Kaide Ellis 19. Jason Saab 20. Jayden Sullivan 21. Korbin Sims
- Brayden Wiliame (calf, round 13)
- Adam Clune (head knock, round 13)
- Trent Merrin (head knock, round 13)
- Jack de Belin (stood down)
Adam Clune and Trent Merrin are both out with Ben Hunt reverting to halfback, Cameron McInnes to hooker and Jackson Ford starting at lock. Jordan Pereira replaces Jason Saab on the wing, while Tariq Sims returns from suspension, seeing Tyrell Fuimaono drop to the bench. Tristan Sailor has been added to the bench.
Cameron McInnes could play the whole game at hooker with Hunt possibly to stay in the halves for the full 80 minutes. That makes him a legitimate VC option for me. Zac Lomax and Matt Dufty continue to be the gifts that keep giving.
Rabbitohs: 1. Latrell Mitchell 2. Jaxson Paulo 3. Campbell Graham 4. Dane Gagai 5. Alex Johnston 6. Cody Walker 7. Adam Reynolds 8. Tevita Tatola 9. Damien Cook 10. Thomas Burgess 11. Jaydn Su’A 12. Bayley Sironen 13. Cam Murray
Bench: 14. Mark Nicholls 15. Liam Knight 16. Keaon Koloamatangi 17. Patrick Mago
Reserves: 18. Jack Johns 19. Corey Allan 20. Kurt Dillon 21. Troy Dargan
- Hame Sele (shoulder, round 14)
- James Roberts (pectoral, finals)
- Ethan Lowe (neck, season)
- Tom Amone (knee, season)
- Braidon Burns (knee, season)
Latrell Mitchell returns from suspension at fullback, seeing Alex Johnston shift to the wing and Corey Allan out of the 17. Liam Knight and Patrick Mago return on the bench in place of Jack Johns and Hame Sele, who both drop out of the side.
Cameron Murray is a player that I am very interested in. He is cherry ripe for the picking this round, priced at $575k and with a 3RA of 71. Importantly, his base is back at a level that makes him a scary proposition for non-owners with 61, 55, 61 and 70 all in pure base over the past month. Another cracking VC option, along with Damien Cook.
Bailey Sironen has once again been named to start on the edge and given he played the full 80 minutes last round (with a portion of the game spent in the centres), he is an option for under $300k.
TIGERS v WARRIORS
Friday, 6pm, SCG, Sydney
Tigers: 1. Adam Doueihi 2. David Nofoaluma 3. Chris Lawrence 4. Moses Mbye 5. Tommy Talau 6. Billy Walters 7. Benji Marshall 8. Josh Aloiai 9. Harry Grant 10. Oliver Clark 11. Luke Garner 12. Luciano Leilua 13. Alex Twal
Bench: 14. Sam McIntyre 15. Thomas Mikaele 16. Luke Brooks 17. Shawn Blore
Reserves: 18. Josh Reynolds 19. Chris McQueen 20. Alex Seyfarth 21. Asu Kepaoa
- Luke Garner (head knock, round 12)
- Robert Jennings (hamstring, round 12)
- Joey Leilua (suspended, round 13)
- Jacob Liddle (knee, round 14-15)
- Zane Musgrove (foot, round 16-18)
- Michael Chee Kam (concussion, indefinite)
Alex Twal is back! This sees Matt Eisenhuth drop out of the 17, while Oliver Clark starts at prop for the suspended Russell Packer. Luke Garner returns to the back row with Sam McIntyre drops to the bench. Thomas Mikaele returns from injury, but Michael Chee Kam won’t be risked (hope he is ok!). Josh Reynolds has been named within the reserves.
The Twal news is a massive boost for owners and he should play some pretty big minutes this round with that bench. For non-owners, it’s a big watch. Following his 29 in Round 6, he has a current BE of 81 and could drop to below $500k over the coming weeks.
If none of the Dragons or Rabbitohs players take your interest then David Nofoaluma and Harry Grant are prime VC candidates. Against bottom four sides this year, Nofoaluma has scores of 96, 78, 116 and 88.
Warriors: 1. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck 2. Patrick Herbert 3. Adam Pompeye 4. Peta Hiku 5. George Jennings 6. Kodi Nikorima 7. Blake Green 8. Jamayne Taunoa-Brown 9. Karl Lawton 10. Jack Hethrington 11. Eliesa Katoa 12. Tohu Harris 13. Jazz Tevaga
Bench: 14. Wayde Egan 15. Adam Blair 16. Daniel Alvaro 17. Lachlan Burr
Reserves: 18. Isaiah Papali’i 20. Adam Keighran 21. Jack Murchie 23. Josh Curran
- Nathaniel Roache (knee, round 13-14)
- Chanel Harris-Tavita (arm, indefinite)
- Leeson Ah Mau (pectoral, indefinite)
- Rocco Berry (back, indefinite)
- Leivaha Pulu (compassionate leave, season)
- Agnatius Paasi (compassionate leave, season)
- David Fusitu’a (compassionate leave, season)
- Ken Maumalo (compassionate leave, season)
- King Vuniyayawa (compassionate leave, season)
- Taane Milne (knee, season)
- Jackson Frei (knee, season)
- Bunty Afoa (knee, season)
- Selestino Ravutaumada (season)
Take a look at that list of players who the Warriors cannot call on this Friday night! Four Warriors have left Australia on compassionate leave, including David Fusitu’a and Ken Maumalo. Patrick Herbert and George Jennings (loan player) replace the two Warriors star outside backs. Dan Alvaro (loan player) replaces Isaiah Papali’I on the bench, while Wayde Egan returns from injury in place of Chanel Harris-Tavita, who is out injured.
The bench tells me that Eliesa Katoa should play the full 80 minutes this round and therefore, he is a possible play in your 17. However, the Tigers have conceded less than 45 points to left edge forwards this year.
Tohu Harris returned to his best after a disappointing Round 10. He produced 76 points with 67 coming from base – he is a set and forget option this year.
BRONCOS v SHARKS
Friday, 7.55pm, Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Broncos: 1. Darius Boyd 2. Richard Kennar 3. Kotoni Staggs 4. Herbie Farnworth 5. Xavier Coates 6. Anthony Milford 7. Tom Dearden 8. Tom Flegler 9. Jake Turpin 10. Payne Haas 11. Joe Ofahengaue 12. Tevita Pangai Jnr 13. Pat Carrigan
Bench: 14. Issac Luke 15. Rhys Kennedy 16. Ethan Bullemor 17. Ben Te’o
Reserves: 18. Corey Paix 19. Jordan Riki 20. Pride Petterson-Robati 21. Jesse Arthars
- Brodie Croft (shoulder)
- David Fifita (knee, round 13)
- Matt Lodge (knee, round 13-14)
- Alex Glenn (knee, round 15-17)
- Corey Oates (leg, indefinite)
- Jordan Kahu (shoulder, indefinite)
- Sean O’Sullivan (knee, indefinite)
- Keenan Palasia (knee, indefinite)
- Tesi Nui (wrist, season)
- Jack Bird (ACL, season)
Another week, another series of mass changes for the LOLoncos. Brodie Croft is out injured, which sees Anthony Milford shift from fullback to the halves, but Milford is also in some doubt. Darius Boyd will start at fullback, Herbie Farnworth shifts in to centre and Richie Kennar comes into the side on the wing. Jake Turpin returns from suspension, replacing Cory Paix as the starting hooker, while Ethan Bullemor and Issac Luke join the bench. Tyson Gamble and Jamil Hopoate drop out. Payne Haas was also spotted with the injured players at training on Monday….
Not much to say here really. Patrick Carrigan continues to stamp himself as a keeper. He has a 5RA of 67.
Sharks: 1. Will Kennedy 2. Sione Katoa 3. Josh Dugan 4. Jesse Ramien 5. Ronaldo Mulitalo 6. Shaun Johnson 7. Connor Tracey 8. Braden Hamlin-Uele 9. Blayke Brailey 10. Aaron Woods 11. Briton Nikora 12. Wade Graham 13. Toby Rudolf
Bench: 14. Siosifa Talakai 15. Jack Williams 16. Teig Wilton 17. Royce Hunt
Reserves: 18. Bryson Goodwin 19. Braydon Trindall 20. Jackson Ferris 21. Billy Magoulias
- Scott Sorensen (knee, round 13)
- Matt Moylan (hamstring, round 13)
- Andrew Fifita (hamstring/finger, round 13)
- Chad Townsend (calf, round 16-18)
- Bronson Xerri (stood down)
- Cameron King (ACL, season)
Josh Dugan returns from injury, seeing Bryson Goodwin drop to the reserves. Connor Tracey replaces Chad Townsend at halfback, with Townsend set to miss the next month or so. Briton Nikora returns from suspension in the back row and Toby Rudolf starts at lock, pushing Siosifa Talakai and Jack Williams to the bench.
Sione Katoa has a BE of 24 and is now price below $500k. I am very tempted. The Sharks not only play the Broncos this weekend but they have the Titans, Cowboys and Warriors before the end of the season. He’s a try scoring machine on that right edge and a great player to slot into your CTW based on match-ups for the run home.
Toby Rudolf played big minutes again last weekend and produced a whopping 63 in base. He reverted to the bench before kick-off once again but this doesn’t seem to be impacting his output. You could hold him for the rest of the year as an injury cover in your front row.
ROOSTERS v TITANS
Saturday, 3pm, SCG, Sydney
Roosters: 1. James Tedesco 2. Ryan Hall 3. Josh Morris 4. Joseph Manu 5. Matt Ikuvala 6. Luke Keary 7. Kyle Flanagan 8. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves 9. Jake Friend 10. Siosiua Taukeiaho 11. Sitili Tupouniua 12. Mitchell Aubusson 13. Isaac Liu
Bench: 14. Lachlan Lam 15. Poasa Faamausili 16. Nat Butcher 17. Lindsay Collins
Reserves: 18. Christian Tuipulotu 19. Drew Hutchinson 20. Daniel Fifita 21. Egan Butcher
- Boyd Cordner (head knock, round 14)
- Angus Crichton (knee, round 14-15)
- Daniel Tupou (ankle, round 15)
- Brett Morris (back, indefinite)
- Victor Radley (knee, season)
- Sam Verrills (knee, season)
- Billy Smith (knee, season)
Ryan Hall replaces Brett Morris on the wing in the only change with Morris set to miss a few weeks with a back injury.
Hall owners will be thanking their lucky stars with the English winger back in the side to take on the Titans.
James Tedesco has had a couple of down weeks but is surely due here for a ton. Lock him in as a captain and enjoy your Saturday afternoon.
Mitchell Aubusson has once again been named to start on the edge and despite an average score of just 45, he remains very tempting at $250k with some points to come.
Titans: 1. Corey Thompson 2. Anthony Don 3. Brian Kelly 4. Dale Copley 5. Phillip Sami 6. Ash Taylor 7. Jamal Fogarty 8. Moeaki Fotuaika 9. Nathan Peats 10. Jaimin Jolliffe 11. Kevin Proctor 12. Keegan Hipgrave 13. Jai Arrow
Bench: 14. Tanah Boyd 15. Tyrone Peachey 16. Jarrod Wallace 17. Sam Lisone
Reserves: 18. Erin Clark 19. Sam Stone 20. Jai Whitbread 21. AJ Brimson
- Mitch Rein (knee, round 13)
- AJ Brimson (back, indefinite)
- Young Tonumaipea (knee, indefinite)
- Ryan James (knee, season)
- Jonus Pearson (pectoral, season)
Keegan Hipgrave replaces Sam Stone on the edge, while Sam Lisone replaces Jai Whitbread on the bench.
Nothing of interest here.
COWBOYS v RAIDERS
Saturday, 5.30pm, QCB Stadium, Townsville
Cowboys: 1. Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow 2. Kyle Feldt 3. Justin O’Neill 4. Connelly Lemuelu 5. Murray Taulagi 6. Daejarn Asi 7. Jake Clifford
8. Josh McGuire 9. Reece Robson 10. Jordan McLean 11. Shane Wright 12. Coen Hess 13. Jason Taumalolo
Bench: 14. Mitchell Dunn 15. Tom Gilbert 16. Gavin Cooper 17. Francis Molo
Reserves: 18. John Asiata 19. Ben Hampton 20. Esan Marsters 21. Jake Granville
- Michael Morgan (shoulder, round 13)
- Tom Opacic (knee, round 13)
- Scott Drinkwater (knee, round 15)
- Valentine Holmes (ankle, round 18-20)
- Peter Hola (wrist, indefinite)
- John Asiata (knee, indefinite)
Connelly Lemuelu returns with Mitch Dunn dropping back to the bench. Jordan McLean also returns with Francis Molo also dropping to the bench. Reuben Cotter and Ben Hampton have both been omitted. Josh McGuire is a late out.
It’s hard to get excited about too much here. However, with the loss of Josh McGuire, Jason Taumalolo will likely be asked to step up even more than he normally does.
Raiders: 1. Jordan Rapana 2. Semi Valemei 3. Jarrod Croker 4. Curtis Scott 5. Nick Cotric 6. Jack Wighton 7. George Williams 8. Josh Papalii 9. Siliva Havili 10. Dunamis Lui 11. John Bateman 12. Elliott Whitehead 13. Hudson Young
Bench: 14. Tom Starling 15. Joseph Tapine 16. Ryan Sutton 17. Corey Harawira-Naera
Reserves: 18. Sam Williams 19. Harley Smith-Shields 20. Kai O’Donnell 21. Matt Frawley
- Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad (finger, round 13-14)
- Michael Oldfield (hamstring, round 13-14)
- Emre Guler (ankle, round 17-19)
- Corey Horsburgh (foot, round 20)
- Sia Soliola (facial fracture, finals)
- Sebastian Kris (personal leave, indefinite)
- Andre Niko (knee, season)
- Josh Hodgson (knee, season)
- Bailey Simonsson (shoulder, season)
Jordan Rapana replaces Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad at fullback with CNK out with a finger injury. Curtis Scott comes into the side at centre with Nick Cotric shifting to the wing. John Bateman has been named with Hudson Young shifting to lock and Kai O’Donnell to the reserves. Corey Harawira-Naera will make his Raiders debut, replacing Harley Smith-Shields on the bench.
The Rapana shift to fullback would be very interesting had CNK be missing for more than just one or two weeks.
The Raiders draw really opens up from Round 14 with games against the Broncos, Titans and Bulldogs all in a row. Therefore, at under $400k, Nick Cotric is going to be a serious option; however, he has a BE in the 80’s this weekend and faces the Panthers next round.
John Bateman could put himself into serious contention with a strong 80 minute performance this weekend, while Corey Harawira-Naera is unlikely to be an option given the Raiders backrow depth and the fact that he is only available at 2RF this year.
SEA EAGLES v PANTHERS
Saturday, 7.35pm, Lottoland, Sydney
Sea Eagles: 1. Brendan Elliot 2. Jorge Taufua 3. Brad Parker 4. Moses Suli 5. Reuben Garrick 6. Cade Cust 7. Daly Cherry-Evans 8. Addin Fonua-Blake 9. Danny Levi 10. Martin Taupau 11. Joel Thompson 12. Curtis Sironen 13. Jake Trbojevic
Bench: 14. Lachlan Croker 15. Corey Waddell 16. Sean Keppie 17. Taniela Paseka
Reserves: 18. Haumole Olakau’atu 19. Dylan Walker 20. Tevita Funa 21. Morgan Boyle
- Morgan Boyle (groin, round 12)
- Joel Thompson (ankle, round 12)
- Dylan Walker (ankle, round 12-13)
- Tom Trbojevic (hamstring, round 15-17)
- Albert Hopoate (knee, indefinite)
- Manase Fainu (stood down/shoulder)
Sean Keppie replaces Jack Gosiewski on the bench, while Dylan Walker could make a return given he has been named within the reserves.
Martin Taupau posted another 60 + score, even with the addition of Addin Fonua-Blake. Jake Trbojevic continues his resurgence into something of SuperCoach relevance with a 5RA of 69 (LEL).
Panthers: 1. Caleb Aekins 2. Josh Mansour 3. Brent Naden 4. Stephen Crichton 5. Malakai Watene-Zelezniak 6. Jarome Luai 7. Nathan Cleary 8. James Tamou 9. Mitch Kenny 10. James Fisher-Harris 11. Viliame Kikau 12. Liam Martin 13. Isaah Yeo
Bench: 14. Tyrone May 15. Spencer Leniu 16. Moses Leota 17. Billy Burns
Reserves: 18. Api Koroisau 19. Matt Burton 19. Zane Tetevano 20. Charlie Staines
- Zane Tetevano (lower back, round 12-13)
- Apisai Koroisau (elbow, round 12-13)
- Jed Cartwright (shoulder, round 13-14)
- Dean Whare (thigh, round 13-14)
- Dylan Edwards (hamstring, round 13-15)
- Pat Hollis (abdominal strain, round 14)
- Brian To’o (ankle, round 17)
- Kurt Capewell (knee, round 17)
Viliame Kikau returns, seeing Tryone May dropping back to the interchange and Matt Burton out of the 17. Api Koroisau is listed in the reserves, as is Charlie Staines…
Josh Mansour could be the cheapest that he will be for the rest of the season, priced at just $467k. The Panthers still get to face the Warriors, Broncos and Bulldogs this year. Given he has scored under 55 just once this year, he looks like a pretty safe addition to your CTW with limited downside.
BULLDOGS v EELS
Sunday, 2pm, ANZ Stadium, Sydney
Bulldogs: 1. Nick Meaney 2. Dallin Watene-Zelezniak 3. Tim Lafai 4. Jake Averillo 5. Marcelo Montoya 6. Kieran Foran 7. Lachlan Lewis 8. Aiden Tolman 9. Jeremy Marshall-King 10. Dylan Napa 11. Josh Jackson 12. Raymond Faitala-Mariner 13. Luke Thompson
Bench: 14. Jack Cogger 15. Sione Katoa 16. Sauaso Sue 17. Ofahiki Ogden
Reserves: 19. Kerrod Holland 20. Renouf To’omaga 21. Chris Smith 22. Reimis Smith
- Will Hopoate (ankle, round 15-16)
- Joe Stimson (shoulder, season)
- Adam Elliott (shoulder, season)
Tim Lafai replaces Kerrod Holland at centre, while Jack Cogger and Sauaso Sue join the interchange in place of Brandon Wakeham and Renouf To’omaga.
It’s all about the Bulldogs forwards with Raymond Faitala-Mariner and Aiden Tolman both toning up last round. Tolman has a season average of 67 and a 5RA of 70 – he just keeps getting the job done.
Jake Averillo could have a few good scores in him to finish the year but faces a tough fortnight with matches against the Eels and Storm.
Eels: 1. Clint Gutherson 2. Maika Sivo 3. Michael Jennings 4. Waqa Blake 5. Blake Ferguson 6. Dylan Brown 7. Mitchell Moses 8. Reagan Campbell-Gillard 9. Reed Mahoney 10. Junior Paulo 11. Shaun Lane 12. Ryan Matterson 13. Nathan Brown
Bench: 14. Andrew Davey 15. Marata Niukore 16. Kane Evans 17. Oregon Kaufusi
Reserves: 18. Brad Takairangi 19. Stefano Utoikamanu 20. David Gower 21. Will Smith
- Ryan Matterson (concussion, round 12-13)
- Kane Evans (calf, round 12)
- Oregon Kaufusi (broken hand, round 12)
- Ray Stone (broken hand, round 14-15)
- Peni Terepo (indefinite)
Kane Evans and Oregon Kaufusi both return from injury in place of Brad Takairangi and Stefano Utoikamanu. Ryan Matterson has been named but is in some doubt.
I really like Dylan Brown for the run of games ahead but it’s difficult to fit four gun halves in your side. The return of Mitchell Moses doesn’t really turn me off as Brown’s floor is so high with fantastic base for a half. Moses is obviously great value this week, but even with a solo try last weekend and the goal kicking he scored just 57.
Maika Sivo has a BE of 91 but he could easily beat that this Sunday. Don’t be put off by it if you are thinking about bringing him in.
Matterson owners have a nervous wait now given his history with head knocks.
STORM v KNIGHTS
Sunday, 4.05pm, Sunshine Coast Stadium
Storm: 1. Ryan Papenhuyzen 2. Suliasi Vunivalu 3. Marion Seve 4. Justin Olam 5. Josh Addo-Carr 6. Cameron Munster 7. Jahrome Hughes 8. Nelson Asofa-Solomona 9. Cameron Smith 10. Christian Welch 11. Felise Kaufusi 12. Kenneath Bromwich 13. Dale Finucane
Bench: 14. Brandon Smith 15. Tino Faasuamaleaui 16. Albert Vete 17. Tom Eisenhuth
Reserves: 18. Ryley Jacks 19. Nicho Hynes 20. Darryn Schonig 21. Jesse Bromwich
- Jesse Bromwich (knee, round 12-13)
- Max King (achilles, round 13-14)
- Brenko Lee (hand fracture, round 14)
- Tui Kamikamica (lower back, finals)
- Paul Momirovski (finger, finals)
Marion Seve replaces Brenko Lee at centre, while Tom Eisenhuth returns from injury on the bench in place of Paul Momirovski.
I’ll definitely be adding Cameron Munster to my side but may wait one week. He is a must before the match-up with the Bulldogs next round and with a BE of 57, he will hopefully not go up by too much.
Having Cameron Smith in my side just feels right.
Knights: 1. Kalyn Ponga 2. Enari Tuala 3. Tautau Moga 4. Bradman Best 5. Hymel Hunt 6. Kurt Mann 7. Mitchell Pearce 8. David Klemmer 9. Chris Randall 10. Jacob Saifiti 11. Lachlan Fitzgibbon 12. Aidan Guerra 13. Mitchell Barnett
Bench: 14. Phoenix Crossland 15. Josh King 16. Pasami Saulo 17. Herman Ese’ese
Reserves: 18. Tex Hoy 19. Jirah Momoisea 20. Mason Lino 21. Matt Croker
- Daniel Saifiti (knee, round 14-15)
- Edrick Lee (arm, indefinite)
- Sione Mata’utia (knee, indefinite)
- Tim Glasby (concussion, indefinite)
- Andrew McCullough (hamstring, season)
- Connor Watson (Achilles, season)
- Jayden Brailey (knee, season)
Chris Randall returns at hooker with Andrew McCullough and Connor Watson both out for the rest of the season. Sione Mata’utia is out with a knee injury with Aidan Guerra starting in the back row, while Phoenix Crossland and Josh King join the interchange.
Randall is a possible cash cow following an 80 point score in his debut with 77 coming from base. However, he is only available at hooker and most teams will be rocking two guns there now.
David Klemmer played the full 80 minutes last weekend, which was largely due to the mass injuries suffered by the Knights. He is still great value for those looking to add a FRF keeper.