Is Ezra Mam a buy? How do I replace Jayden Campbell? Can Hunt be a keeper? We look to answer these questions and more in this NRL fantasy round 14 preview.
BUY, BUY, BUY
Ben Hunt had a strong start to the season, yet weak scoring against the Rabbitohs and Storm saw him score 29 and 13 respectively leading to a sharp drop in price. Yet we only need to look back a year to see the capabilities of Ben Hunt, with a 57.4 average in 2021. At 617k and a break-even of 40, Hunt looks to be the cheapest he will be all season long and can back up from Origin. Buy him before it’s too late.
Despite the tussle between Mbye and Sloane, Ramsey seems to have come out of the blue to take the Dragons fullback spot for himself. His two outings in the position have seen him average 4 tackle busts and 176 metres a game alongside a couple of other attacking stats for an average of 47. Yet most appealing is the fact that he is at $315K, plays Round 17 and has a breakeven of 3. Look to ride the price rises and potentially keep him as an emergency in the back end of the season.
Ones to Watch
An injury to Tyson Gamble has seen Ezra Mam once again be given the starting spot. His first two outings have seen him average 51 points despite a lack of kicking metres so far. Interestingly, he seems able to score from a variety of areas, whether its offloads, tackle breaks, and regular tackles. A break even of -8 means he will make money for any coaches brave enough to jump on early. But be wary as Gamble may return early and leave you with one less trade for the back end of the season.
Prior to his issues with concussion, Nofoaluma was in amazing form with a 3-round average of 63. In this three-game snapshot, he averaged over 7 tackle busts a game and scored 4 tries. A break even of 8 means his price is set to rise quickly. Yet a long layoff should be cause for concern as it is still a concern whether he is able to replicate the form he was able to produce in that strong run. His first 5 rounds only saw him cross the paint once and fail to get over 4 tackle busts in any of those games. One for the risky, but probably one to wait on.
Despite being an exciting prospect, an injury to his hamstring has seen him ruled out for an extended period with a current expected return of Round 21. Big sell.