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GameDay Squad Rugby League - Round 9 Trading Targets

Should we be worried about a star WFB who seems to be on the decline? Who are some solid non origin players to keep in mind over the rep period? Where do we stand with Reed Mahoney? These are some of the questions that will be answered in the round 9 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


Jamayne Isaako

Dolphins - Centre (CTR)

The blockbusting Phins winger has been flying under the radar all season and currently looks to be a great choice as we approach the origin period with the possibility of all the top line winger/fullbacks playing origin. Isaako currently averages 57.2 GDS points across eight games and scored a tryless 47 GDS fantasy points in the Phins come from behind win against the Titans, running for 146m (RM) a whopping 7 tackle busts (TB) and kicking 4 goals. Someone you’ll be wanting around your squad for when the guns are rested over the origin period.

Joseph Manu

Sydney Roosters - Centre (CTR)

With origin fast approaching Kiwi superstar Joey Manu will be a player you’ll desperately want among your GDS scorers as his likely shift to fullback to deputise for NSW Blues fullback James Tedesco. Manus’ move to fullback sees him a lot more involved around the ball and we all know his average sky rockets when playing in this position and having him your centre position is even better! Get onboard Joey Manu before origin and I am sure he will not disappoint!


Tom Trbojevic

Manly Sea Eagles - Winger/Fullback (WFB)

After a Sea Eagles win on the weekend and Turbo picking up a minor groin problem, I think it is safe to park the superstar on your bench for a few weeks or maybe even until after origin. He just does not look himself now and his lack of involvement in round 8 solidifies to me he is not 100%.

Reed Mahoney

Canterbury Bulldogs - Hooker (HOK)

Canterbury Bulldogs hooker Reed Mahoney has been somewhat underwhelming since his entry into the Bulldogs system being let down by a raft of negatives, mainly missed tackles (MT) which has brought his average down to a measly 38.5. He currently averages 5.3MT per game and also averages 1.3 penalties per game. His highest score this season was way back in Round 1 where he scored 72pts, since then, his highest has been a 59 with other scores in the 20s and 30s. Mahoney would have been someone you would have hoped to have used during the origin period but unless he picks up considerably, he will hurt your GDS prospects over that time. Other good options will be Jeremy Marshall-King, Wade Egan or Reece Robson.


Tyson Frizell

Newcastle Knights - Edge-Forward (EDG)

Newcastle Edge-Forward Tyson Frizell will be a very solid option in the coming rounds and will be one to keep an eye on approaching the rep period as I feel he is down the pecking order for the Blues, especially now Angus Crichton is back in the mix. Averaging a decent 48.4 on the edge he has been playing some great footy which has been helping to accumulate some solid base stats as well as a good spread of attacking stats. The Knights like to play to his edge making him even more dangerous and with star Kalyn Ponga back in the mix and playing both sides of the ruck this presents a very good case for Frizell going forward.

Reuben Garrick

Manly Sea Eagles - Winger/Fullback (WFB)

With the high possibility of an injury to star fullback Tom Trbojevic and origin approaching Garrick is a real smokey to keep an eye on. His skill from fullback and his points accumulation make him someone to consider in the coming weeks. Manly have been scoring a number of points lately and whether on the wing or at fullback Garrick always seems to be in the thick of it. Add to that Gking and Garricks name immediately comes into consideration.



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