Week 7 was a cracking, and Week 8 looks even more juicy. There are some prime match-ups that should mean big points. Our advice for the week is below, just remember this is written before all of the teams are out, so cut us some slack if coaches decide to bench, or rest players that we’re keen on
There’s 4 teams on a bye, so no doubt there’s plenty of team shuffling that needs to be done:
Teams on a BYE: Force, Highlanders, Sharks, Waratahs
Teams with Tough Match-ups: The Brumbies and the Hurricanes have the best defences on a points per game basis, so it could be hard work for the Rebels and the Blues this week.
Injury Watch: This week seems to be more about players returning from injury, with a host of Crusaders back, and Ardie making a return. Keep an eye on our twitter feed and the injury hashtag #srsinjury for any late updates.
Don’t Touch (SELL)
With a lot of solid fantasy players out on BYES, there’s not too many that we recommend you sell in addition, but there are a few ideas below.
SP Marais(STOR) – He’s bound to get a few more decent scores still, but I think you can look at the Chiefs or even The Crusaders this week. The same can be said for Eben Edzebeth as he can be replaced by Sam Whitelock or Brodie Retallik, who again have a much easier run of games
Rohan Janse van Rensburg could be sold for Jordie Barrett, Kerevi or even Seta Tamanivalu if you are feeling more adventurous
Blues – they have a tough match-up and are on a bye. The obvious sell is Moala, as he’s been displaced by SBW. If you rode Collins and Duffie last week, well done, but there’s much better options this week. I think the only Blues you hold are Manu and big Charlie as they’ve been solid and you don’t really want to sub props out. Otherwise only Pulu is one of the best at his position and worth keeping. Keep an eye on Luatua the other side of the bye, he’s just starting to look quite cheap.
Stormers – As I’ve said before, the Stormers have a tough run of games coming up and the player averages will start to drop. I think this could be time to trade a SP Marais into a James Lowe or a Dillyn Leyds / Viljoen / Du Preez into a Kiwi alternatives view a 3 to 4 game view. The Crusaders and Chiefs both have a decent run of 4 games.
Force – if you brought any Force in for the Kings game you would have been well rewarded, but ditch them now. They’re on a BYE and have a hard run of games post BYE.
Highlanders players like Ben Smith/Fekitou who were looking sharp last week and have an easy match next week.
Abel, he only made 35 points last week but plays over 70 minutes and could have a breakout game and is great value for money.
Beauden Barrett, after making 73 points last week despite a red card, he’s looking like his old self again.
3 of the 4 the teams on a BYE – Highlanders, Tahs and Sharks – return relatively easy games after the bye. My recommendation is, if possible, hold onto your players from those teams. It’s a slight cop out, but there we are.
Teams with Favorable Match-ups: There’s a host of them this week – Crusaders, Brumbies, Chiefs, Reds all have matches against teams that are shipping more than 30pts a game on average. Plenty of buys options at the premium and lower end of the spectrum:
Ardie Savea, back from injury and as we all know a points machine, if you got rid of him last week to free up some cash, get him back again as the sky is limit with this guy.
James Lowe/Pulu the chiefs should kill the cheetahs as they’ll have a point to prove in sunny Bloemfontein on Saturday after losing to The Stormers last week.
If you need a hooker Ben Funnell could be a good option, although Codie will be back next week, but a week against the Sunwolves could really pay-off!
In order of Team:
Chiefs – great run of games. My preferred team, with plenty of players to pick from -> any of the OBKs – McKenzie / Lowe / Pulu – Cruden, Kerr-Barlow, and Retalick and Hames up front. I pick and stick with those. This week you could have a cheeky punt on Elliot or someone like Messam, but they’re less reliable longer term.
Crusaders – 2nd favourite match-up this week, and great returning players. Mo’Unga is a pricey investment, but will get points. Whitelock has been solid all year. Cousins Tamanivula and Mataele could have big games, and Todd is solid. I’m a little wary of the other Crusader’s just because with everyone back there might be scope of rotation over the
Brumbies – Good match-up this week, then embark on a more challenging run of games. Ideally you banked them last week. Abel is still a great value hooker. Banks is cheap as chips, otherwise you’ve got Alcock, Speight, Kuridrani, Hawera, Toua, Alaalatoa who are all good picks. I just prefer the two kiwi teams.
Reds – I wouldn’t bring in Reds unless you’re really stuck at a certain price. For instance, Perese is starting this week and he’s dirt cheap and could have a blinder. I’m probably going to ship him in simply because there’s no other cheap starting OBKs, I can free up money, and leave him on the bench. If you don’t have Kerevi though this is the week it might really burn. Get him in if you haven’t already, even if you have to swap him next week.