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NRL 2020 Fantasy Tips: Round 16 - Friday
More NRL action on Friday with double-header action for Round 16. The two game slate kicks off at 1800 AEST on Friday with the Dragons hosting the Titans at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium. Followed by ‘you guessed it’ another Broncos game at the featured time-slot with the struggling outfit heading to the SCG to take on the all-conquering Roosters.
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Dragons (1.30) v Titans (3.60)
Spread - 9.5
Total - 44.5
Roosters (1.04) v Broncos (13.00)
Spread - 23.5
Total Over/Under - 45.5
Can I just say, that is an absurd line for the Rooster/Broncos match. Wouldn’t have thought in my time to see the Broncos out at $13.00 for the win, let alone given a 4 converted Try head start.
In fantasy relevant team news, the Dragons have Jackson Ford and Billy Brittain on the bench replacing Korbin Sims and Paul Vaughan. For the Titans, Ash Taylor is back in the halves along with a start to Tyrone Peachey at lock. Mitch Rein takes over Hooker from Nathan Peats and Beau Fermor starts in the 2nd row.
For the Roosters, Boyd Cordiner is back after his concussion issues, with Daniel Tupou returning to the wing. While at the Broncos, the mess continues with Anthony Milford out with a hamstring and Issac Luke out due to suspension. Sean O’Sullivan plays his first game of the season at five-eighth and Cory Paix at Hooker.
Last time the Broncos played the Roosters back in June, the Roosters thumped them 59-0. No doubt 40+ points from the Roosters is on the cards, but without Anthony Seibold we “may” see a better effort here.
WFB: Of course the chalk play here is a combination of James Tedesco, Brett Morris and Daniel Tupou. Morris is questionable with his hip injury with Matt Hall on standby. In single game contests then you pretty much have to roll with these guys instead of the Broncos options. However, Dragons pivots such as Matt Dufty, Jordan Pereira and Mikaele Ravalawa can be considered if you do not have the remaining salary. But in order I would prioritise: Tedesco, Morris, Tupou, Dufty and Titans Full Back Alex Brimson.
CTR: I would definitely not go cheap here. Fantasy studs such as Tyrone Peachey, Zac Lomax, Euan Aitken, Joey Manu, Brain Kelly, Kotoni Staggs and Josh Morris are all here. Quite possibly whoever you choose here could be the difference for your lineups. I am quite enthused that Peachey gets the start in the forwards but I still see a 60 minute performance from him. Which should lead to a 45+ score. The battle between Manu and Staggs should be a good one, so I am inclined to go with the veteran in Josh Morris. J.Morris scored a double last week against the Titans along with a Try assist and would not get it much easier than running against Jordan Kahu.
HALF: There are some cheaper options in the halves but unfortunately I could not recommend the Broncos options nor the injury plagued Ash Taylor. Drew Hutchinson scored a try against the Tigers and is nicely priced at $9,790 but I would suspect that the majority of the play making will go through Kyle Flanagan. I have been impressed with Jamal Fogarty since taking over the captaincy even though he got run down by a prop last round. Ben Hunt is going to give you 55+ playing out of Dummy-Half but that $16,750 is hard to swallow, especially if you have expensive CTR/WFB options.
2RF: This is where you can spend down to find some value, especially in this Titan’s forward pack. With Fotuaika out and Peachey at lock, this should guarantee 80 minute roles for Sam Stone and Beau Fermor. Both have flashed 40+ upside in July and while their recent scores are not flash, the opportunity is here against the Dragons. You would have probably stacked your Roosters with backs so you will find premium players such as Siosiua Taukeiaho and Boyd Cordner being low owned. The notion of being rested at the end of matches is strong however. Jacob Host at $8,600 is okay, not the flashiest fantasy scorer, but he can go in if you are struggling for cash.
HOK: Cory Paix is the one we need to cheer on here at his salary. Cheap price, no relief replacement I can see from the Broncos and in line for a lot of tackling. If we can get 40+ and hope players such as Ben Hunt and Cameron McInness do not go nuclear, then that's a win. With Billy Britain named on the bench, this gives me a bit more confidence that we do not get FOMO with Hunt/McInness. Jake Friend is unlikely to play the 80 along with Mitch Rein who has Erin Clark on the bench as well.
FRF: With Payne Haas still out, we saw a bump in fantasy scoring amongst the Broncos forwards with Rhys Kennedy, Joe Ofahengaue and Patrick Carrigan all achieving 40+ scores. Jarrod Wallace started last week and scored 48.9FP from 46 minutes and is a good pivot. Lindsay Collins could be an option off the bench if the game gets out of hand early. The Roosters do not like pushing Jared Waerea-Hargreaves if they do not have to.
Final Word: It is going to be a theme for Round 16 of the NRL. Big favourites and possibly big blowouts. Keep an eye out for team changes in both games as this may open up some value to get to the premium players. Good luck!
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