The NRL returns to normalcy after State of Origin rudely interrupted what is both one of the most interesting and confusing season’s in the game’s near 120-year history. Thursday and Friday live up to that billing with three mouthwatering clashes including a Roosters-Panthers showdown that many predicted pre-season could be a late September/early October preview. In fact, if you were to look at the opening trio of games at the beginning of the year you’d say this were one of the best starts to a weekend’s footy in recent memory. Unfortunately the Eels and Cowboys have prevented that from being the case.
That said, there are still thousands in guaranteed cash prizes to be won playing daily fantasy NRL at PlayON, so let’s take a closer look at Thursday’s game.
Last week’s win for Parramatta, granted it was a showdown between the two worst teams in the competition, has added a bit of spark to what would otherwise be an afterthought of a game. South Sydney are the hottest team in the NRL right now, coasting through their first Origin-affected test to secure a sixth-straight win and keep the pressure on the Dragons and Panthers above them. I think we can say for sure they are a genuine top 4 contender now, while Parramatta likely remain a bottom 4 lock. Jarryd Hayne finally showed up last week, turning back the clock with a vintage dominating performance, but they’re going to have to show a lot more before anyone is convinced.
Gun: Damien Cook ($19.3m)
Put simply, he is the highest averaging player by an absolute country mile. His 1702 standard is nearly 120 more than Jason Taumalolo in second and more than $5 MILLION CHEAPER! That should be all you need to know. He’s also playing one of the worst team’s in the competition. If you don’t pick this guy then I can’t help you.
Dud: George Jennings ($11.2m)
That no.1 rule of fantasy, don’t go chasing last week’s points. George Jennings, like his brother, has the capability of going big any time because of his supreme attacking abilities, as evident by the 1345 he put up last week. Don’t go chasing that. He is an inexperienced and streaky player, and coming up against a red hot team that defend very well.
Point of Difference: John Sutton ($18.1m)
He’s featured here before and he’s certainly not the cheapest, but John Sutton is one of the highest scoring mid-priced forwards and offers a higher ceiling than most. He is a reliable source of tackle busts and offloads, which drive up his scores, and the potential for line break and try assists is constant. Against a terrible Parramatta side, those chances increase further. Should at least achieve his strong 1220 average.
Check back soon for picks and analysis for the rest of this weekend’s NRL games. Good luck!