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GameDay Squad Rugby League - Round 16 Trading Targets

Is Nicho Hynes is a must now he has missed QLD vs NSW selection? Can we trust Kalyn Ponga? Who are some good mid-forwards to play this round? These are some of the questions that will be answered in the round 16 preview of buy, sell and hold. It’s essential to keep in mind that GameDay Squad is a dynasty fantasy football platform and that will be heavily taken into consideration in this article. Let us know your thoughts on who we have included below on all of our socials - twitter, facebook, instagram, discord.

Buy, Sell, Hold for round 5 of the NRL


Kalyn Ponga

Newcastle Knights - Winger/Fullback (WFB)

The big question on all coaches lips will be… Can we trust Kalyn Ponga?

With Ponga shifting back to fullback he looks far more comfortable and having registered scores of 46 GDS fantasy points and 74 GDS fantasy points in the two outings since the shift. His combination with his left flank of Bradman Best and Greg Marzhew looks dangerous and he looks more at home in the number 1 jersey. With Ponga effectively ruling himself out of the QLD vs NSW arena for 2023 and stating he wants to concentrate on the Knights season gives me confidence we are yet to see the best of him.

Nicho Hynes

Cronulla Sharks - Halves (HLF)

Although the Sharks got well beaten by the Storm in Round 15 I see them bouncing back with some real tenacity against a woeful Bulldogs outfit. With the Sharks being full strength the person to benefit from this will be Nicho Hynes, the best scorer in GDS and now that he has been left out of game 2 is an absolute must have. If you don’t have Hynes, find a way to get him!


Apisai Koroisau

Wests Tigers - Hooker (HOK)

Api Koroisau lasted only 15 minutes in Round 15 before unfortunately having his jaw broken by QLD prop Tino Fa’asuamaleaui which will see the hooker sidelined for up to 8 weeks in a cruel blow for not only the Tigers but NSW coach Brad Fitler who now turns to the experienced Damien Cook for game 2.

James Fisher-Harris

Penrith Panthers - Middle-Forward (MID)

For those coaches who thought the kiwi enforcer would be a great option for the middle position in Round 16 will have to rethink their strategy. He has been very underwhelming so far this season. Having played only 37 minutes in a game where bench players played more minutes is a huge concern for owners and a risk not worth taking in Round 16.


David Klemmer

Wests Tigers - Middle-Forward (MID)

With team mate Stefano Utoikamanu chosen in Brad Fitlers NSW side for game 2, Klemmer looms as a decent option for coaches leading into Round 16 being the real Alpha in the pack and leading the young pups. Having played two stints in Round 15 rather than 1 big stint of 60 minutes and more susceptible to fatigue, Klemmer will be far fresher for a second stint and likely improve his GDS scoring. Klemmer has a very few negatives in his game which is a real bonus!

Jahrome Hughes

Melbourne Storm - Halves (HLF)

With the Storm pummeling a full strength Sharkies side in Round 15 do we see an emergence from a fallen gun in kiwi international Jahrome Hughes? Hughes will have the keys this round with halves partner Cam Munster and star hooker Harry Grant on QLD vs NSW duty. Hughes is a massive confidence player and surely after Round 15 will have huge confidence in knowing he has what it takes to guide the game 2 less Storm around the park something he has become familiar with in recent seasons and has proven so on many occasions. With most other decent halves on QLD vs NSW duty is Hughes the man to play in your halves?



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