After a strong week one showing, Sam McPhee is back to inform you choices for daily fantasy NRL
Sydney Roosters vs Canterbury Bulldogs
James Tedesco ($20.5m)
In his first game for his new club James Tedesco was somewhat underwhelming, inexplicably dropping the ball to what would have been a try. His combination with Cooper Cronk will improve each week, and Luke Keary returning at five eighth means there will be plenty of points in the Roosters. Tedesco never has two bad games in a row.
Blake Ferguson ($16m)
Don’t go chasing last weeks points. Blake Ferguson was fantastic last week in a game that didn’t produce huge scoring potential but never chase last week’s points on unreliable players, and Ferguson is just that. The Roosters and Bulldogs both have big packs and the points are likely to mostly come from there. $16m can be much better spent.
Point of Difference:
Daniel Tupou ($17.5m)
Yes he’s very expensive, but I think Daniel Tupou has the potential to be a legitimate gun in the outside back position this year. The Roosters have a lot of points in them and Tupou finally has a halfback that can get him the ball where he’s most effective – in the air. Cronk’s cross field kicking is the best in the game and we should see a lot of traffic going Tupou’s way.
Brisbane Broncos vs North Queensland Cowboys
Anthony Milford ($21.2m)
If there’s anyone that loves a home game it’s Anthony Milford. His performances at home are the stuff of legends within fantasy NRL games and he is always a good option to lock in when playing at Suncorp. Arguably the game’s best rivalry of the past few years since their classic grand final in 2015, Milford will be up for the challenge after a disappointing performance last week.
Coen Hess ($17.9m)
I would never call Coen Hess a dud to his face out of pure fear, and it’s a harsh label, but at nearly $18m you can find better places to spend your money. The Cowboys forward rotation is so deep it is difficult to justify picking any of them, Jason Taumalolo included. Hess comes off the bench and will rely on tries and line breaks to justify his price every week, and despite his incredible try scoring record (19 tries in 37 games) that is not something to count on.
Point of Difference:
Tevita Pangai Jnr ($12m)
This kid is a bonafide star in the making. Tevita Pangai Jnr was a late benching last week but made huge use of his minutes and got the start over Sam Thaiday for their huge clash with the Cowboys. He is a tackle busting machine and at $12m could be the most valuable player this weekend. Pick him.