ANOTHER crazy weekend of results saw first place drop to third, fifth and sixth swap with seven and eighth and the Wests Tigers continue their most unlikely assault on finals footy.
While I can’t see anyone outside the top eight finding their way into those places, you really can see anyone in those elite spots winning the grand final. It is the most open and unpredictable season I can remember.
Round 20 sees the opening and closing games featuring four teams that have very high expectations of themselves, and we are almost certain to see another complete front flip in the ladder’s positions.
The Broncos were stunning last week in their absolute drubbing of one of the real competition favourites in Penrith, throwing up 50 points and asserting themselves as a legitimate finals team. The Panthers were beaten within 10 minutes as a ravenous and relentless Broncos piled on try after try after try without even turning over the ball. The Sharks were lucky as they just managed to hold off a fast finishing Raiders side that week in and week out play the entire 80 minutes.
Say what you will about Ricky Stuart’s coaching, but he’s got this team fighting every second of every match. This will be a true measuring stick game for both, with the Sharks in strong form but not completely convincing, while the Broncos continue to put forth yo-yo performances.
Let’s take a look at the daily fantasy NRL picks for your PlayON games.
Gun: Valentine Holmes ($20m)
It’s really hard to go past Valentine Holmes here and it’s truly astonishing what he’s managed to do in the second half of his season. I maintain Holmes is still a far better winger than fullback, but he has turned himself into an absolute gun fantasy fullback and he’s worthy of your money. Brisbane are far from a solid defensive unit and Val’s 1550 average – Top 3 in the game – is just too hard to resist.
Dud: Kodi Nikorima ($14.8m)
A lot of people will have Kodi Nikorima in the forefront of their mind’s after his staggering 1875 last week. Undoubtedly the best game of his career, Nikorima looked every bit the player the Broncos hoped he would be when they allowed Ben Hunt to walk to the Dragons. Don’t chase last week’s points. The Sharks are one of the best defensive teams in the game, particularly at home, and Nikorima would do well to get half the tally he threw up against the Panthers.
Point of Difference: Edrick Lee ($14.6m)
A very left-field choice here and not the cheapest, but Edrick Lee has enjoyed a strong set of fantasy performances for the Sharks, culminating in an average just below 1200. His ability to break tackles and offload means his base stats are strong, and against a team I am wholly unconvinced by defensively, if he crosses the line once or twice he will be more than worth your investment.