Week 4 was another fascinating if frustrating week for fantasy managers – especially those trying to work out which Hurricanes to drop in anticipation of the bye – the answer was, none ! With Chiefs and Hurricanes accounting for a lot of the top scorers by position, this week is all about filling the gaps and trying to make up ground on those managers who have left themselves stretched to get a 15 out this week. Here’s our guide to week 5’s movers and shakers:
Don’t Touch (SELL)
1. Jack Goodhue $277k– He started off at $112K was solid for the first 3 weeks and went up to $277K. He has a small injury/being rested by the Crusaders, it’s time to take your profits with this guy I feel.
2. Hika Elliot $241k – He is on a bye and is not starting anymore so I think it’s safe to take your profits this week if you have him and buy someone else who starts at least.
3. BULLS PLAYER – All of them, yes you heard me all of them even Jan Serfontein, they were terrible this past weekend at Loftus against The Sunwolves. They have now gone to New Zealand to play The Blues and The Chiefs. I expect them to get OWNED.
1. Fukuoka $423k – he’s been on fire for the Sunwolves this year, much like Yamada last year, and benefited from their Kamikaze play. This is risky pick given the Stormers are taking a weakened side to Singapore, but they are still a solid, strong tackling SA outfit. The Sunwolves go on a bye after the Stormers, before hosting a pretty average Bulls side, and going on a tour of NZ where they will get smashed out of the park. This call might be 2 weeks too early, but he should be on the trade list this week and you should definitely be looking to cash in on his price rise, which if you were brave enough to pick him at the start has been $311k.
2. Highlanders – have a terrible record away against the Brumbies, so you might look at trading out of Fekitoa $311k / Smith (Aaron $174k) if you haven’t already for this week, and until they stop getting injuries.
3. Brumbies – haven’t been too bad (that’s high praise from me), but I think with a desperate Highlanders this well be a tough game for both. With the Brumbies on a bye after this week, it might be time to trade out of Alaaltoa $209k / Speight $342k / Kuridrani $317k for those manager that have kept the faith.
1. Damian McKensie(CHIEFS) Even with a bye if you can keep him as I mentioned last week he’s playing 10 and The Chiefs have an easy run after this bye.
2. Kerevi(REDS) – Did not do much last week, the reds went down to 13 men at one point and he still made 50, Laumape had a great game and scored twice and only made 53.
3. Whiteley(LIONS) – He had a bad week points wise last week but should do a lot more against the Kings. Usually plays 80 minutes.
1. Foley $398k- he’s back, and Gibson is FINALLY moving Folau to full-back and playing Horne at centre. That makes the Tahs a better team already, and Foley will also be a huge help. But they need to get a lot better. The Rebels are still looking for their first points, and gave the Chiefs a good run for 60mins, assisted slightly by some interesting referring at the breakdown. I think the Rebels will make it tough for a Tahs side love on confidence and I don’t bring Foley in yet. Whilst high scoring fly halves are few and far between this year, and Foley has the potential to be one, wait to see what the Tahs look like this week. Unless he has a stonker he’s likely to drop a little in value as well, and with the Crusaders and Hurricanes up after the Rebels they Tah’s won’t have an easy run of it. I think there are better FH opptions this week, with more near term upside.
2. Moala $287k over Ioane $409k – if like me you’ve been holding Reiko with this next run of games in mind, you’ve also been disappointed to see the Fantasy return of George Moala, who was excellent last week, and has a tendency not to look to his outside very often. I think these guys are both good picks this week and next with the Blues needing to throw the ball around to start turning results around. I think Moala is probably better value for points currently.
3. Bosch $215k & Folau $451k – if you got Bosch in last week you were slightly disappointed with his 28. It looks like he’ll be playing 10 this week and most likely kicking. That being the case ride him for another week, and he should improve on last weeks score. If you’ve still got Folau you’ve been through weekly torture, but you will be rewarded this week. Folau at 15 is a different player, and all he needs is one trademark run, gliding past defenders and he’s well into the 40s. I think he’s a sneaky captain choice this week.
4. Lions – Skosan $353k / Tambwe $143k / Jantjies $324k – all these guys have huge potential to do well this week, especially Elton. If you’ve got any of these you have to play them. If you’re looking at bring them in I think it’s slightly riskier. Wings can be hit and miss, especially finisher wings like Skosan and Tambwe who tend not to get as involved across the park. Elton’s also not been as effective with his passing, kicking or running as last year, but is still benefiting from the Lions style of play. In the buy section I go through my preferred Lions for this week and next.
5. Crusaders – another team with a good match-up this week. You should be able to ride your Crusader stars – basically Whitelock $270k – just be cautious of bringing any new ‘saders in given their next trip away to the Tahs before their bye week. Taylor / Samu / Crotty should all do well, but in general ‘saders ownership is relatively low given all the shuffling of the team so they might not be an option.
6. Ben Smith $340k – if you brought him back this week, roll the dice. $340k is great value for Smith, I just don’t bring him in this week.
We’ve given a host of ideas this week given people will be plugging gaps all over the place with no Chiefs or Hurricanes:
1.Rohan Janse van Rensburg $537k – If you don’t have him already and can bring him in against the Kings, you should, 65 points last week…
2. Senatla(STOR) – Seeing that The Stormers are resting Eben, SP Marais and Pieter-Steph, I figure this may be the week he finally gets to start, I can’t wait to see him in action against The Sunwolves.
3. Elton Jantjies(LIONS) – If you need a fly-half this week my pic is this guy, averaging just under 30 points per game. The Kings should be destroyed by The Lions so points and more points.
1. Lions – Will kill the kings. My preferred Lions are Faf De Clerk $123k (assuming he starts) if you need some SH cover for one week and then someone to stuff on the bench with some upside. Coetzee $323k as a more reliable option than the wingers or Mapoe, and Whiteley $421k and / or Kriel $445k if you don’t already have them. Watch the team news though, as players are liable to get rested. The Lions also have two games and a bye, so make sure you don’t over-extend.
2. Sanchez $312k – FH has been a struggle this year, but Sanchez has been good in his two previous starts. Only make this trade if you’ve got plenty of cover though, as the Jags go into a bye and we’ve seen all sorts of funny business from teams when they come out of a bye.
3. Blues – a couple of winnable games. We’ve already mentioned Moala vs Ioane, and Moala $287k is a steal if you need to replace Laumape. Pulu $332k is an expensive replacement for TJ or Kerr-Barlow, but gets points, even if he does make mistakes. In the forwards I’d look to Tuipulotu $306k to replace Brodie / Fatialofa and Blake Gibson $228k if you need some value in the back row.
4. For those needing a one week Hooker replacement for Coles or Elliot, then Codie Taylor $332k seems to be back in favour with the ‘saders and this could be a good time to get him in. He was excellen the 2nd half of last season? If you’re just looking to save money the you could take a flyer on Polota-Nau $201k, who’s pretty much the cheapest starting hooker, dependent on what the Stormers or Cheetahs do.
5. At OBK, Folau $451k finally get’s back onto the buy list if you don’t have him now he’s full back. Look to pick up Digby $146k as well if you need someone for this week to then bench, as he should have a good week, and may free up some cash for next week.
6. Highlanders – Hunt $118k or Dixon $232k might be useful bye week replacements in a team that will no doubt have to do a lot of tackling.