Do we buy Reece Walsh? Do we watch him another game? What to do with an injured Brandon Smith? My gun centre had a tough game this week & didn’t score as well as I would have liked? These are some of the questions that will be answered in the round 3 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.
New Zealand Warriors - Middle-Forward (MID)
For two weeks running big Tohu has played 80 minutes and has proven to be a real gun for many coaches middle-forwards! Round 2 was all about base stats for the big man making 60 tackles (TCKL), 144 meters gained (RM) & missing only 1 tackle (MT) on his way 68 GDS points! Noting, the Warriors have their first bye in Round 16, Harris will play up to the first major bye in round 13. An absolute stud who coach Webster trusts to play 80 minutes week in, week out giving nothing but 100% for his team.
Brisbane Broncos - Winger/Fullback (WFB)
After looking dangerous in the trials Reece Walsh returned in style for the Broncs dominating the opposition defence with his dancing, prancing, pure speed & athleticism. Walsh is almost a must have moving into Round 3 noting their next 5 games are against the Dragons, Dolphins, Tigers, Raiders and Titans. He amassed 2 try assists (TA), 3 line break assists (LBA), 3 tackle busts (TB), 2 offloads (OFF) and ran for 183 meters (RM) & crossed for a late try on his way to an impressive 66 GDS points! If you don’t have Walsh get him any way possible, not only from a win now fantasy point of view but a dynasty point of view as he will be a card you’ll really want as he moves into his career.
Newcastle Knights - Winger/Fullback (WFB)
Unfortunately for Ponga his run of head knocks has continued being gruesomely knocked out in the Knights win against the Tigers on Sunday. This will have been KPs fourth nasty HIA in 2 seasons and it is fair to say he will be out for an extended period and truthfully we may not see the superstar until 2024 which would be a cruel blow to the Newcastle Knights and to Kalyn Ponga's career.
Sydney Roosters - Hooker (HOK)
After being mauled by Felise Kaufusi in Round 1 I was surprised to see Brandon Smith suit up to face the New Zealand Warriors in Sydney over the weekend. After taking another knock around the same area Cheese was needled up but was unable to fight through the pain whilst warming up and succumbed without making it back on the paddock. Unfortunately for Smith owners you will want to get rid of him as soon as possible as he will continue to experience pain around the ribs and back for several weeks as we know these injuries linger. If you can replace cheese in your hooker (HOK) position, then I think you need to do just that as early indications are that he is in doubt for Round 3.
Canterbury Bulldogs - Half (HLF)
Although Matt Burton probably didn’t score what we expected in an upset win over the Melbourne Storm I don’t think we need to stress. Burton started slowly in season 2022 as well but went on to become a must have leading into the back end of the season. As his combinations improve with Reed Mahoney, Kyle Flanagan and Hayze Perham we will start to see Burton inject himself more and having a strike left edge forward in Viliame Kikau outside of him expect to see him pick up plenty of attacking stats as this combination strengthens. Burton still amassed 521 kick meters (KM), made 15 tackles (TCKL) What hurt MB was his 5 missed tackles (MT), for mine Burton is a hold!
South Sydney Rabbitohs - Centre (CTR)
After scoring a whopping 69 in Round 1 Graham was brought back to earth as his Rabbitohs side took on a hungry Panthers side scoring only 25. Centres (CTR) can be very up and down in GameDay Squad scoring but Graham is quality and will deliver more good than bad for your side. He still had 16 runs, 3TB and running for 110 metres which is top notch for a Centre. What hurt Graham this week was the missed tackles (MT) amassing 6 of these and conceding 1 penalty for a total of 22 negative points! Graham is a definite hold for mine as the Bunnies face the Roosters this weekend up against Joseph Suaali’i who has been found out in defence on multiple occasions this season.