With only three full rounds to go until State of Origin is upon us, its crucial that all fantasy coaches out there start preparing your teams to ensure you are well equipped to tackle the toughest period of the Dream Team year.


If you have a team stacked with Origin stars, you need to weigh up your priorities.


Are you going for overall points? Or has your team performed below expectations, forcing a renewed focus on the head-to-head rounds? Either way, with the right team, this is time of year to climb the ladder.


Depending on the depth of your team, you may need to start trading out some of your State reps to make room for some other solid scorers.


There is nothing wrong with sideways trading at this time of year, but a crafty coach will always look for value.


Be smart when shaping your team and check the bye rounds. It could save you a few vital trades for the end of the season.


Best of the Bunnies


Jason Clark (2RF/HOK - $200,300) is the Rabbitohs buy of the week. He had a try to boost his score to 47 last week against the Broncos, but is still averaging 38 after his first two NRL games of 2013.


Clark goes in to round nine with a break-even of -2.


If he keeps up his high work rate, Clark could be the man to bolster your forward pack.


Hes back again! George Burgess (FRF - $318,700) posted a barnstorming 55 points in round eight and will see even more price rises.


Just as coaches start kicking themselves for missing their chance on the cash cow of the year, Burgess continues to surge.


Coaches have been gifted another chance to secure the Souths youngster, as he continues his stellar season.


Issac Luke (HOK - $315,600) lost value again at the weekend and will hit his Dream Team rock bottom next week.


One big game and he is back on the up.


Best of the Rest


Cash Cows
: Some superstars, including Justin Hodges (CTR - $341,700) and Anthony Watmough (2RF - $429,400) look set for significant price rises this week and, if they stay fit, are absolute keepers.


Both game breakers are expected to play State of Origin, so be careful.


The largest projected rise for the season, however, currently lies with young Panthers custodian, Matthew Moylan (WFB), who comes with the rookie price tag of $101,600.


Eels flyer, Jacob Loko (CTR - $261,500), has had a couple of great weeks with back-to-back scores of 56. He still has plenty of value left in him before he reaches his peak.


Bargain Basement: Billy Slater (WFB - $293,000) looks like he wont be lower again this season.


Be aware he will miss at least three rounds between rounds 12 and 18.


Hes cheap by his usual Dream Team standards, but it may be best to avoid him for the time being.


Jonathan Wright (WFB,CTR - $126,900) had plummeted over $88,000 from the start of the season, but finally hit back in round eight scoring 43.


If he continues to get back on track, he will be a solid mid-range addition to your team.


Joseph Paulo (2RF - $219,800) has been hit-and-miss for the Eels in 2013.


Paulo is one of only eight Parramatta players to feature in each game this season and looks to have cemented his position long term.


Despite his last score of 43, he has hit rock bottom. The only way is up from here. He could be a wise addition if he and his team mates find the form that has eluded them for most of the year.