As we come to the end of the State of Origin effect, this next two weeks will shape to be season defining for many Dream Team players. How you act, or don’t could well make or break your season. No time for jokes and puns, this is serious business! So let’s go.
My introduction may have seemed a little serious, but I can tell you right now – there is a lot that’s going to happen over the next two weeks dream team wise, and you have to be on your game. With this, there are a lot of players that have suddenly given many dream teamers headaches, and I thought I would do my best to cover some of these players and perhaps what you should be looking to do.
Blake Austin – Panthers players are giving DreamTeamers many headaches and Blake Austin is a prime example. Seems to drift in and out of favour in terms of starting, and gains a starting spot this week. Has a BE of 18 this week, but one around 35 ish next week. You could hold for a few more grand, but even if he scores well this week I don’t know that he has much more than another $10-15k in him. Sell prior to Round 19.
Matt Ryan – Sladie sold this guy last week, so of course he goes and smashes out a 51, but on a high BE didn’t make too much money. The benefit though is that with that high score, his BE is low for another 2 weeks or so. At this stage and similar to Blake Austin, I think he is prime for exchange probably around Round 20 and will probably be around $230k.
Josh Mansour – A lot of us Dreamers got stuck with Josh Mansour after he set the world alight with some massive scores in recent times. Two weeks ago he picked up a back niggle, and has been set to play but then pulling out, leaving many Dreamers frustrated. I know it’s hard to stay faithful right now, but four at least the next four rounds or so, provided he plays, he still has a fair chunk of cash left in him, especially with Coote out of favour. Stay strong and hold onto him until perhaps Round 22 or so – he may just well turn into a keeper, but if not at that stage a nice trade up to Hayne may not be a bad way to go.
Sam Burgess – Sam is the true definition of a glass cannon. He scores well when he plays, but his whole career has been riddled with injury. Personally, I will be refraining from him at all next season no matter how well he plays. But if you’re stuck with him right now, here are the facts. Of the nine games he has played this season, he’s only failed to crack 40 three times. Two of those were due to injury, and one was coming back. So if you have him, keep him. I know I will be. He may just reward you with a come back this weekend too.
Here’s the injury toll from Round 16.
J Dugan (Raiders) – 4 to 6 weeks.
T Thurling (Raiders) –6 to 8 Weeks.
J Thompson (Raiders) – 2 to 3 Weeks.
TSymonds (Roosters) – Season.
A Harrison (Titans) – 5 weeks.
Sladie’s Tigers came away with a narrow victory last weekend, but is far from safe as the race for the Top 8 in Summons is wide open.
Result from Last Week’s Match Ups were as follows:
Barnes: Metallitgger, Laroche Lions, Howling T’Wolves, Raptor, Toomuchweight, Fighting Mongooses, Tims Terrorises, WestMagpies
Summons: Sladie’s Tigers, OneEyedTigers, BucketsofBlood, Crank’s Charge, Wello Point Mavens, Yo Mamas, Horsehead Bookends, Tiger Terror