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  • Writer's pictureJonathan Turner

GameDay Squad Rugby League - Round 25 Trading Targets

Can McInnes be the top MID through to the finals? Will Hutchison be able to back up his career fantasy game from last week? Can we start Gutherson again this season? These are some of the questions that will be answered in the round 25 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 in our GameDay Squad Rugby League Round 25 Trading Targets on all of our socials - twitter, facebook, instagram, discord.


GameDay Squad Rugby League - Round 25 Trading Targets

BUY!


Cameron McInnes

Cronulla Sharks - Middle-Forward (MID)

Since round 19 McInnes has been the best MID in GDS and has averaged 66 points across this 6-game sample. Over this sample he has finished as 6th, 4th, 2nd 1st, 14th and 1st ranked MID of the round. That is some run of form! In five of these games Dale Finucane has been unavailable, and this has a lot to do with the increased minutes McInnes has been receiving.With Finucane out for the season, McInnes has rocketed up my rankings and is a great option moving forward. With the Sharks still battling for a place in the finals, I believe McInnes will continue to play big minutes. More favorable options like Haas and Yeo may have reduced minutes as we approach the finals due to the Broncos and Panthers nearly securing the top two spots of the ladder. If Haas and Yeo do have a reduced workload, we may even see McInnes as the top MID over the next three weeks if his recent form is anything to go by. If you don’t have McInnes I would be checking the TM to see if he is available. I think he may be a very valuable asset for the remainder of the season.


Ryan Papenhuyzen

Melbourne Storm - Winger/Fullback (WFB)

Over the last couple of weekends, Papenhuyzen has suited up for the Sunshine Coast Falcons. He has had a successful return to the game after being out for a long time due to a knee injury. I’m not sure if he will be returning to first grade this season. However, the Storm’s coach Craig Bellamy has hinted that Papenhuyzen may return for the round 27 clash against the Titans. This is promising news for GDS coaches as prior to the injury Papenhuyzen was one of the best WFBs in the game. Will he return to the fantasy player everyone remembers? If you think he might do, the time to buy is now.


SELL


Drew Hutchinson

Sydney Roosters - Hooker (HOK)

Hutchison has never really been the sort of player that has been fantasy relevant before. I really don’t think he will ever be, even after a career game in fantasy terms. What makes hima good sell right now? Some coaches might just look at last week’s score of 104 and think it’s wheels up for a half playing with a hooker designation in GDS. Also, Sam Walker is nearing a return to the first-grade side and has been named in the reserves this week. I really don’t think Hutchison’s value will be any higher than it is right now.


GameDay Squad Rugby League - Round 25 Trading Targets

Nick Meaney

Melbourne Storm - Winger-Fullback (WFB)

Meaney has been having a great season and averages 50 points a game. He’s been able to produce some excellent performances for GDS coaches, none better than the 93 points he scored against the Raiders last weekend. However, Meaney is a sell for me due to the looming return of Papenhuyzen. Meaney is currently a great option but when Papenhuyzen does return for the Storm, I don’t believe Meaney will be any more than injury cover for the Storm’s outside backs. This will devalue him massively and I don’t believe Meaney’s value will be any higher than it is now. Even if Meaney does keep the starting fullback job for the rest of the season, the likes of Latrell, Ponga, Teddy, Drinkwater, and Walsh would all likely be regarded as starters ahead of him. I don’t really see Meaney as anything more than a risky POD option.


HOLD...


Clint Gutherson

Parramatta Eels - Winger-Fullback (WFB)

The Eels were rather disappointing against the Broncos, and this was reflected in King Gutho’s fantasy performance of only 6 points. With the Eels two remaining games being against the Roosters and Panthers, I won’t be starting him. This is because the Panthers allow 35 points, and the Roosters allow 41 points to opposition fullbacks. However, Gutho has shown this season that he can have a fantasy relevant game on occasions. He has notched up four scores of 70+ points. With GDS being a dynasty platform, I’ll be holding onto Gutho for next season as he can provide great cover for major bye rounds and can be considered as a POD option if he has a favorable matchup.


Matthew Timoko

Canberra Raiders - Centre (CTR)

Timoko is having a rollercoaster of a season but was extremely disappointing against the Storm and only managed 6 points. As I’ve mentioned before, centres are one of the hardest positions to pick every week as they are the most inconsistent position for GDS coaches. With this being the case, Timoko is a hold as he is a very good young centre that offers a great ceiling for coaches. This week we might see him in a lot of GDS teams as the Bulldogshave allowed an average of 55 points to the right centre over the last three games. With Timoko still being relatively new to first grade, he will take time to mature as a player and is likely to be matchup dependent for a while.

 

GameDay Squad Rugby League - Round 25 Trading Targets



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