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NRL 2022 Daily Fantasy Tips: Round 7 Saturday
Super Saturday for Round 7 of the NRL Premiership again sees just the two games, with ANZAC round mixing up the fixtures a little bit. This week, we see a Queensland Derby between 7th placed North Queensland Cowboys (3-3) and 10th placed Gold Coast Titans (2-4). This has traditionally been a high scoring contest, so one worth looking into from a Fantasy standpoint. The second match on Super Saturday sees the rejuvenated Wests Tigers, fresh off their first win of the season, hosting the South Sydney Rabbitohs at CommBank Stadium. Can the Tigers carry their newfound momentum into round 7, or will the Rabbitohs continue their push up the ladder?
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No major changes for the Cowboys, after their impressive comeback win over the Raiders last week. Jordan McLean has been named to start; however, I would expect him to revert to the bench and Reuben Cotter to start in the middle once again. Connelly Lemuelu drops from the bench, with Griffin Neame replacing him. Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow has been named among the reserves and could be a late inclusion.
The Titans have named an unchanged 17 from last weeks loss to the Sea Eagles. There is some speculation that fullback Jayden Campbell may return from a rib injury, however no solid word at the time of writing.
In game 2, the Tigers have unsurprisingly named an unchanged 17 after last weeks tremendous win over the Eels. Hooker Jake Simpkin hobbled off late in the win last week, however he is expected to play.
For the Rabbitohs, Hame Sele has been named to start in the front row, with Tom Burgess reverting to the bench. Isaiah Tass drops off the bench after his debut last week and is replaced by Davvy Moale.
Cowboys $1.85 vs Titans $1.95
Tigers $4.00 vs Rabbitohs $1.25
The Cowboys have been the more impressive of the two sides, with wins over the Raiders and Broncos, whilst the Titans have wins over the Warriors and Tigers.
For the Cowboys, look to their left side to be the dominant side in attack, with the Titans giving up 13 (59%) tries down their right edge so far this season. Look for barnstorming young back rower Heilum Luki, winger Murray Tualagi and superstar centre Val Holmes to score plenty of points down that side.
The Titans meanwhile will look to David Fifita to carry on his tremendous form, who has scored a try in each of his last two outings, as well as finding his offload. He will no doubt prove a handful for the Cowboys’ left side defence. I lean the Cowboys to get the job done here, however the Titans will be desperate for the win, as dropping to 2-5 is dangerous territory. Should be a tight game, with both sides more than likely to go on a run at some point in the game, with the winner decided by one possession.
In the Tigers vs Rabbitohs matchup, I would be looking at some big name Rabbitohs to get the job done in fantasy, and on the field in the game. The likes of Damien Cook, Cam Murray and Campbell Graham have been tremendous to start the season, and I expect them to continue that here.
The Tigers left side defence has been horrendous so far this season, conceding 14 (61%) tries down that edge. Given this, I will be looking at the likes of Graham, Josh Mansour, and Keaon Koloamatangi to have big games this week.
Love It – David Fifita - $21,770
I feel like I am writing about this guy every week. For the past two weeks he has been devastating and now you need to ask the question, can I afford to leave him out? With the upside he possesses, it’s a hard call. Leaving him out can rule you out if he has a big game. However, spending up on a guy who may also go missing for 80 minutes is a risk. But in this form, it’s extremely hard to leave him out.
Love It – Heilum Luki - $10,080
Named to start again after his impressive performance last week, Luki is a must have in my opinion at the price. Whilst a good portion of his 63 last week was made up from his try and line break, he also made 38 tackles and 100m running the ball, meaning you can pick him and expect 40-45 as a base. That’s a solid output at the price, and he is every chance at jagging some attacking stats against that poor Titans right edge defence.
Love It – Damien Cook - $23,490
Premium price, but a premium player. Averaging 77 in his last 3 outings and no scores under 72 for a month, Cook is a guy you can spend up big on and expect a sizeable chunk of points. With the Tigers so far this season being quite solid through the middle third of the field, there is still a small element of risk with the selection, however the form he has shown over the past month gives you confidence he will score plenty of points again this week.
Hate It – Jai Arrow - $17,720
Only two scores above 50 all season and none for the past 4 weeks, Arrow minutes have dropped off dramatically over the past month of football. Whilst he is solid and will get you 40 points no worries, he is too expensive and there are far better buys at the price point, and even cheaper. Of course, he could score a try and score 60 odd, but the odds of that are not worth the punt in my opinion.
Hate It – Toby Sexton - $19,390
Wrote about him last week and could say the same again this week. Averaging 33.7 over the past 3 games and hasn’t managed a solid score since round 3. You could easily purchase a better option at Halfback in this game alone, with both Chad Townsend (44.1) and AJ Brimson (39.8) averaging more over the past 3 games, and each costing around $5-6k less than Sexton.
Who Knows – Scott Drinkwater - $19,730
Drinkwater has looked tremendous over the past fortnight, however with the lingering issue of Tabuai-Fidow lurking on an extended bench, there is every chance Drinkwater could end up on the bench, or worse, dropped altogether. If he plays 80 minutes at fullback, he could score very well in what looks to be a high scoring matchup, however without knowing how he will be used, it is too hard to judge. If Tabuai-Fidow is named in the matchday squad, it’s a no for me.