Wow, where do we start with week 8. A host of Fantasy studs completely crapped out, and it was very much the week of the unfashionable names. Some we picked in last weeks Touch, Pause, Engage, but a few we missed. With only two teams on a bye this week, transfers will be limited, but with the few teams out so far coaches seemed determined to screw over us poor fantasy managers. Here’s some ideas for your transfers and line-ups this week:
Teams on a BYE: Blues, Reds.
Teams with Tough Match-ups: Brumbies, Crusaders and Hurricanes have the stingiest defences, all conceding less than 20 pts a game. That could make it hard going for the Stormers in Christchurch, but do we really think the Canes vs Brumbies will be a tight 20-18 effort ?
Injury Watch: The biggest news was out of the Lions where Rohan JvR is out, but Kriel has been cleared to play this week. Other than that Fatialofa is out for the canes, and Tamanivula is a question mark, but Naholo returns for the Highlanders in a juicy juicy match-up. Keep an eye on our twitter and #srsinjury for updates across the week.
Don’t Touch (SELL)
Julien Savea(HURR) – He has been great this season and who knows I may regret typing this as he could have a blinder. At the moment he is hit and miss and I believe there are better OBKs out there especially for this weekends fixtures.
Abel(BRUM) – Even though Man-Rea is back, I’d advice you to sell Abel anyway, I said this in my recap of the last round any hooker that makes 1 point should and plays 60/70 minutes needs to go.
Given the gameweek and match-ups, I don’t think there’s too many sells. But there’s a few things to ponder.
Abel – Man Rea’s back and Abel bombed last week. He only dropped $14k because of his solid previous form, so quick bank those profits.
Hurricanes – are on a bye next week. If like me you’ve got a load of them back in your team, don’t get stuck like last time. TJ’s been benched, so you could trade him out and save yourself a trade next week. Someone like Ricciteli also probably won’t be playing post bye, so you could trade him out this week and save another one. Julian Savea is the last you could look to trade out this week. He basically watched a good game last week, and even with a great performance this week, he’ll likely lose value. If you want to save money, go Julian. If you want to preserve a playable squad, trade out ricciteli.
Jags – like last year the Jags have started playing silly buggers with their team selections on tour. Not only do they have a tough tour, but you can’t rely on many players playing one week to the next.
Blues – I’m not big on the blues, and if you need to make room across their bye I generally trade them out versus Reds.
James Lowe(Chiefs) He had an average week and still managed to get 40 odd points. The Chiefs started terribly against the Cheetahs last week and I recon they’ll do a lot better this week against The Force.
Malcolm Marx(LIONS) He’s not starting this week but I’m sure he’ll be back next week, if you have spare cheap back up hooker like Ricky Ricciteli, I’d just play him.
Kerevi (REDS) – If you can spare the cash and keep him for next week, especially if you have a lot of Hurricanes players like Laumape as he is on a bye next week. I took him out a few weeks ago and struggled to bring him back in.
Reds – they return next week against a porous Tahs defence, then Chiefs and Rebels. That’s not a bad 3 game run, and you’ll save yourself a transfer next week if you can hold on to Kerevi, Hunt, Higginbotham, Nabuli. There’s plenty of options at various price points this week in those positions for one week replacements.
Ardie – had a quiet game. I don’t expect that to be the same this week. Kind of obvious this one given until he injury he was THE form player in Super Rugby.
Folau(TAHS) He’s only 360K and playing 15 again against The Kings at home. I fancy his chances of Julian Savea this week. If he gets involved and The Tahs play some rugby it could be a high scoring weekend for him.
Foley(TAHS) – This guy has been the difference between The Tahs looking terrible and Tahs looking like top contender for The Auzzie conference. Boden Barritt has been amazing but Foley v The Kings in his current form could be stratospheric.
Naholo(HIGH) – All Black winger with loads of class and has been left on the sidelines due to injury. I’m sure he’ll be looking to rack up a few tries. He’s a lot more pricey than Folau though.
Naholo – the guys class, and he’s at home to the Sunwolves. Unless the Super Rugby Gods have another weird week, he’ll be back on top this week.
Fekitoa – for those missing Kerevi, this guy is a lock this week.
Sharks – have a great run of games, similar to our pushing Chiefs players a couple of weeks back. Over the next 5 games, they play the bottom three. Du Preez is a great option at Backrow. If you have the luxury of being able to bring a prop in, Beast or Coenie will be solid for 5 weeks. Other than that, Van Wyk has been superb all season, but I’d only take him if I can’t afford Naholo. With Reds and Blues out, there might be a lot of people needing Centre cover. Dependent on budget either Esterhuizen or Am will be solid across the 5 games, you’ll just have to stick with them.
Tahs – should get points against the Kings, and then have a reasonable run and if there’s a time for them to start getting their shit together it’s not. If you don’t have Foley and have the money and bottle to start him over Beauden it will likely pay off this week. Otherwise it’s a good time to get Hooper in, and Folau might even get a few points at 15 this week.
Chiefs – still have the Force and Sunwolves to play. See our post last week and basically copy and paste those suggestions here 😀
Kings – playing with some real freedom, socring points, we keep flagging them, but also can’t bring ourselves to openly recommend taking them above anyone else we mention here.