NRL Form Guide
Grand Final Edition! Get the inside running and get amongst the glory and cash on offer in the 2nd annual Sports Fantasy Pro NRL Championships!
Sharks v Storm
Game Info: 7:15pm (AEST) Sunday October 2, ANZ Stadium
Fantasy Footy Shorts
The big dance is finally here and coaches have been gifted an absolute belter of a fantasy finish to 2016!
With cheap and premium options in majority of positions this Challenge allows coaches complete freedom to craft their side according to their own specific game plan.
…a few absolute bargains help as well!
The Sharks have named an extended six-man bench while Storm coach Bellamy has named a very strong 39-man line-up for the big GF – disregard this rubbish the only way these extra benchies get in is injury and you can be fairly certain any knocks, bumps or bruises will be well and truly healed by kick-off.
Tagatese extreme value off the bench, doesn’t play big minutes but was in strong form pre shoulder and can clear 20pts. Will impact Prior and Heighington’s minutes and therefore scores.
The front row is where the superstars are in this one though with Bromwich, Smith and Fifita all bank-breakers but all capable of putting 20-25pt gap on their nearest rivals. Hard not to shell out for such quality.
Fortunately cash can be saved in the backline and off the bench with some solid scorers coming in at very tempting prices.
Feki, Chambers, Koroibete, Bird and Barba are all capable of a 30pt+ game when on and don’t give up much (if any) to their more expensive rivals in the way of averages either (see stats below).
Maloney/Cronk will be a popular halves combo but again, the cash saved by taking Townsend and/or Green can be very well spent in the backrow or bench so it really comes down to game analysis in these positions.
Bukuya, Tagatese, Bromwich and Glasby standout as the four best off the bench but affording the quartet will be nigh impossible if you stack your starting pack.
Be a brave or desperate coach who take Beale or Hamtpon into the Gf after 0.5pt and 0pts respectively in the prelims.
Fine and sunny, no winds and no rain. More importantly with just 10-15ml expected in Sydney all week you can lock in ‘good 3’ for the track conditions Will suit Cronulla.
Jack Bird (Sharks – Centre – $335,000)
Cleared 30pts last week in a strong offensive display that included 8 busts and 2 offloads but it was his defence which really stood out. 26 tackles without a miss. Error-free game and the kid just knows how to produce on the big stage. Expect he will be a focal point of the Sharks attack close to the Storm line. With all due respect to Cheyse Blair you’d say Bird was ‘stepping down in grade’ for his matchup here. Price is more than right, it’s a steal. 30pts + in a Churchill-esque performance looms.