With the dust slowly settling on a NSW victory over QLD in Origin I, the line-ups named on Tuesday are far from final with a number of players set to miss out through injury.
At this stage Jarryd Hayne and Daly Cherry-Evans look set to join Cooper Cronk, Billy Slater and Cameron Smith on the sidelines this week, giving NRL Fantasy players some big decisions to make before lock-out.
Although on the wrong end of victory, QLD and Rabbitohs trio Greg Inglis, Chris McQueen and Ben Te’o seem to have pulled through without any knocks, and with a game on Monday, should have a good opportunity of playing.
Great news came through today with the Rabbitohs extending Jason Clark’s contract until the end of the 2016 season and has been named on the bench this week. Congrats!!
For the Rabbitohs this week, Merritt, Lowe and Picker will make way for Inglis, Te’o and McQueen if all three back up successfully on Monday night. According to the Rabbitohs High Performance Update, Issac Luke may also come into contention this week with a return from injury. I would hold off on making any moves until next week, as his return will affect both Api Koroisau and Cam McInnes.
With six teams completing their first bye last week, teams should start to look at non-Origin players from the Dragons and Panthers.
Kurt Mann, Storm – although he has risen in price, the Storm have injuries and Orgin to contend with and his place looks safe.
Josh Mansour, Panthers – quite expensive to purchase now at 342k but offers good byes and an average of 50.
Sonny-Bill Williams, Roosters – if you don’t have him yet, he is hitting form and is a perfect replacement for Taumalolo.
Jason Taumalolo, Titans – he is out of form with 18 last week. With two byes remaining, it looks like a good time to sell.
Cooper Cronk, Storm – only owned by 6% of fantasy players, but is going to be sidelined for a minimum eight weeks.
Curtis Rona, Cowboys – he has increased to 168k and has been left out of the team with Tate returning.
Rabbitohs League code
I have created a league for all Rabbitohs Members and fans. It is free to join and would be great to compete against fellow Bunnies this year.
League Name: Rabbitohs.com.au
League Code: AAF63MRV
Hit me up on twitter if you want any personal advice on trades and players @AdamLCoz.