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GameDay Squad Rugby League: Round 15 Review

Was the Wests Tigers' improved form just a flash in the pan? Should we reconsider whether Manly's GDS Fantasy assets are worthy of a run after the Sea Eagles' DOMINATING win over the Dolphins? Have the Roosters well and truly lost it? Round 15 has given Rugby League fans and Fantasy Coaches plenty to think about... But let's zone in on some risers in form and others who should be falling out of favour with all Fantasy coaches. Let us know your thoughts on who we have down below on all of our social channels: twitter, facebook, instagram, discord.



RISERS



Reuben Garrick – WFB, Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles (121 points)

With 3 Tries, 3 Try Assists, 9 Goals, 137 Metres Gained and 5 Tackles Breaks, Garrick well and truly WENT OFF against the Dolphins in a 58-18 point win for Manly on Friday night. Lining up at Centre in place of Brad Parker evidently didn't phase the Winger by-trade, as he notched up 30 points next to his own name. Don't be surprised if Manly and Garrick get on a roll over the next few weeks - They're facing Origin-affected Parramatta and Melbourne sides in Rounds 16 and 17 respectively, so an in form Reuben Garrick could be exactly what your back three needs.



Payne Haas – MID, Brisbane Broncos (93 points)

The most damaging Middle Forward in Rugby League has delivered BREATHTAKING GDS Fantasy performances all throughout 2023, but in Round 15, Payne Haas pulled out something truly special - The big New South Welshman ran for 222 Metres, made 41 Tackles, notched up 7 Tackle Breaks and threw 4 Offloads, with no demerits whatsoever! Once again, Haas showed why he's one of the most sought after Fantasy Assets going round. The massive Origin and Broncos workloads still don't affect the 23 year olds statistical output, which makes Coaches love him even more around this time of year. He'll be out next week with Origin duties, but pending injury he's a sure bet to back up against the Titans in Round 17 and Dolphins in Round 18. Bordering on a must-have, all year round.



Cameron Munster – HLF, Melbourne Storm (80 points)

An injury to Nathan Cleary saw many Fantasy Coaches look to other options this week - Congratulations to those who gave the Mad Dog the keys to their side. Munster rewarded Coaches with a MASSIVE outing against the Sharks which featured 3 Try Assists, 1 Linebreak, 20 Tackles and 7 Tackle Busts. Following Origin 2, Munster and the Storm have some delicious matchups - They host Manly in Round 17 and Penrith in Round 18, and 1 thing's for certain... Munster will be fired up, ready to go and earning BULK points for your GDS Fantasy Side.



FALLERS


Eliesa Katoa – EDG, Melbourne Storm (9 points)

Coaches playing Katoa week-in week-out have benefitted from the young Tongan's work rate, which has seen him play 80 minutes on a regular basis and deliver solid Fantasy scores. But an early HIA saw Katoa's night end early, after he left the field following contact on the head that left him with an eye injury. Trouble with his vision persisted and Katoa failed to return. These injuries can be tricky to manage, Melbourne are notoriously conservative with their mid-season roster management plus they've got solid squad depth, so don't be surprised if Katoa goes missing for a few weeks. There are probably better Edge Forward options for the run home, so this unfortunate turn of events could see Katoa's value tumble over the next couple of weeks.



Apisai Koroisau – HOK, Wests Tigers (11 points)

A broken jaw to their first choice Hooker is not what the Wests Tigers nor NSW Blues needed over the weekend. As he usually does, Koroisau had a solid start to the game, notching up 12 Tackles in the first 10 minutes. But the jaw break upon impact with Titans enforcer Tino Fa'asuamaleaui derailed things very quickly for Api and the Tigers. He'll likely be out for 7-10 weeks, which means that Coaches who relied on Koroisau as their No. 9 will need to consider other options. Grant, Cook and Robson are all solid candidates, but of course Api's injury opens up the door to Tigers' young gun Jake Simpkin who'll look to fill those shoes.



Matt Moylan – HLF, Wests Tigers (-1 points)

He's not known for his Fantasy prowess, but if Coaches thought Origin duties for Sharks star Nicho Hynes may have opened a bigger role for his halves partner, Matt Moylan, think again. Moylan is well and truly capable of solid performances on the field, but his talents simply don't translate to respectable GDS Fantasy Scores. 3 Penalties and 10 Missed Tackles against the Storm capped off a pretty disappointing night for Moylan and the Sharks - You simply cannot justify carrying an Asset in your Squad that generates so many demerits. My condolences to all Coaches who rolled out Moylan in Round 15 and copped a negative score.

 


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