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  • Writer's pictureJonathan Turner

GameDay Squad Rugby League: Round 3 Review

Is Adam Reynolds the key to the halfback crisis? Is it already time to give up on Ben Hunt? Is the the version of Tommy Turbo worth looking at obtaining? There are so many questions coming out of round 2 and some of them were answered in round 3. But let's turn our attention back to fantasy footy for a second and identify 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.

Tom Trbojevic, Ben Hunt and Keaon Koloamatangi after round 3 of the NRL

RISERS

Tom Trbojevic's gold GameDay Squad player card

Tom Trbojevic – WFB, Manly Sea Eagles (86 points)


Turbo put on a clinic on Thursday night against the winless Eels and he showed why he has been a gun in the past. He was never far from the action and came away with 2 tries, 2 try assists, 1 line break, 1 line break assist, 10 tackle breaks and 204 running metres. That’s one hell of a performance in his second game back from injury! If you have Turbo in your squad you’ll be laughing. If you don’t, I may be trying to acquire him as soon as possible. The Sea Eagles do have a few tough games coming up against the Rabbitohs and Panthers. Just remember, Turbo has been known to go missing sometimes against good opposition.

Keaon Koloamatangi's platinum GameDay Squad player card

Keaon Koloamatangi – EDG, South Sydney Rabbitohs (73 points)


Koloamatangi had a great game against the Roosters and continued his good form from the opening two rounds. What has really impressed me this season is his work rate. He’s averaging 129 running metres and 36 tackles a game; this comes to 49 points from base stats. It’s unlikely Koloamatangi will be scoring a try every week but with tries against the Sharks and Roosters, this is promising for owners when he has more favorable matchups. What makes Koloamatangi a very interesting prospect this season is that Rabbitohs have tended to favor the right edge more than the left so far. I’m unsure why this is, maybe it’s because the opposition are marking up better against the Bunnies left edge. Maybe the Bunnies have decided to move towards a more even spread in attack between their left and right edges. Only time will tell!

Adam Reynolds' bronze GameDay Squad player card

Adam Reynolds – HLF, Brisbane Broncos (74 points)


Reynolds is one of those players that doesn’t seem to do too much fantasy wise when watching him but he can sure rack up a good score. He averages 66 points a game this season and this falls into the premium category for the halves. On top of a decent base, Reynolds also offers plenty in attack. Against the Dragons, he provided fantasy coaches with 2 try assists and 1 line break. These attacking stats were accompanied by 5 goals and 1 two-point field goal. With the Broncos next five games against Dolphins, Wests Tigers, Raiders, Titans and Eels we may see the Broncos scoring plenty of points. This should make Reynolds a decent option for your starting lineup each week.


FALLERS

Ben Hunt's legend GameDay Squad player card

Ben Hunt – HLF, St George Illawarra Dragons (16 points)


Drinkwater had a game to forget against the Broncos on Friday night. In an attempt to stop Corey Oates crashing over in the corner, Drinkwater caught Oates high and made direct contact to the head. This saw Drinkwater see ten minutes in the sin bin and Oates be taken from the field with a broken jaw. Drinkwater has been charged with a Grade 3 Shoulder Charge offence and is likely to be served with a suspension. When Drinkwater is in the Cowboys starting lineup, he is a candidate to start for your team most weeks. This may be a good opportunity to pick him up if he’s on the transfer market.

Felise Kaufusi's silver GameDay Squad player card

Felise Kaufusi – EDG, Dolphins (1 points)


Kaufusi has put a great defensive highlight reel together this season but he’s a hard avoid for me in fantasy. With two scores in the high thirties to start the season, Kaufusi only managed 1 point in the Dolphins win against the Knights. His running metres and tackle count were down, and he managed to chalk up 26 points in demerits. Like Ben Hunt, Kaufusi can do some great things on the pitch for his team, but this doesn’t always convert into fantasy production.

Dominic Young's diamond GameDay Squad player card

Dominic Young – WFB, Newcastle Knights (4 points)


Young came back down to earth this week after scoring 69 points against the Wests Tigers in round 2. He is a very good winger, but his hands really let him down this week as he made 6 errors, that’s 24 demerits. Young is heavily reliant on attacking stats to be fantasy relevant and really needs a try or two to hit over 50 points. Like all wingers, Young can shoot you up the rankings and in other weeks make you plummet down them. My general rule of thumb is to not play wingers in the WFB position as they are too unpredictable. I like to have fullbacks in my starting team as they offer a higher floor and get their hands on the ball more.


 





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