Let’s take a look at those players you should be investing in, holding or letting go, as well as some of the better captaincy options for Round 13.
Elijah Taylor | 2RF | $265,300
While the Warriors form is inconsistent, Taylor seems to have hit a purple patch both on the field and with Dream Team scores. Taylor has scored 64 and 51 in the past two weeks, and back home at Mt Smart this week should produce something close to the 46 he averages against the Sea Eagles. A break even of -5 means he’s almost certain to go up in price, particularly if he can produce the tackle counts (47 and 48) that have been the backbone of his scoring.
Benji Marshall | HLF | $187,600
The Tigers may have only won one of their last eight games, and Marshall spent time both on the injured list and the bench during this period, but his price has all but bottomed out. He has a break-even of 30 this week, and he loves playing the Panthers, with an average of 44.5 against them. In the past two meetings with them he’s scored 75 and 94, and with a little bit more confidence in the team, he could produce big again this week.
Andrew Fifita | FRF | $504,500
The NSW Origin representative has been the star Dream Team performer in the past month, despite starting from the bench on a number of occasions. State of Origin may throw some doubt in coaches minds, but stick solid with him. Fifita has been consistently gaining over 200m with ball in hand, as well as racking up 40+ tackles and 5+ tackle breaks, almost the ultimate Dream Team player. In addition, he won’t be playing the minutes for NSW that he does for the Sharks, and will probably start off the bench anyway. A break-even of 34 is just another reason to hang onto him.
Corey Parker | FRF/2RF | $509,500
Much like Fifita, Corey Parker will be backing up from Origin duties this week, but also has been named on the bench for his state, meaning he’s a good chance of backing up with a big performance for Brisbane on Monday night. After regaining the kicking duties from Scott Prince, Parker has produced four straight 60+ point performances, and with a long break between games should be right to go this week. Ignore his break-even of 72, Parker is a keeper.
Justin Hodges | CTR | $362,800
A big scorer on his day, Hodges has been plagued by injuries throughout this year. With Origin around, he’s likely to be missing for some games, particularly given the Broncos history of resting big-name players at this time of year. He hasn’t been named for their Monday night football clash with the Raiders in Round 13, with the club saying he’s rested following Origin, and this could be a theme for the next 6-8 weeks. If a break-even of 99 wasn’t enough to throw you off, the fact he’ll be missing will.
James Tedesco | WFB | $209,400
In a Tigers side already packed in the physio’s waiting room, James Tedesco become the latest player to succumb, replaced by Sean Meaney at fullback. With a break-even of 53, it may have been time to cash in on the Tigers youngster in any case, but the leg injury which is expected to only keep him out for a week, is probably the final nail in the coffin. He was a good earner for a little while, but it’s now time to cash in.
Round 13 Captains - players to consider
Cameron Smith | HOK | $556,400
James Graham | FRF | $388,500
Daly Cherry-Evans| HLF | $376,100
Andrew Fifita | FRF | $504,500
Corey Parker | 2RF | $209,500
Wildcard: Benji Marshall | HLF | $187,600