Thefirst week of price rises is in the books, with plenty of movement onthe financial front. Here’s hoping your side increased in value, but youmay have had at least one player who lost you funds as well.

Remember,this week is the first round of head-to-head action, so you’ll haveeven more incentive to make sure your side is primed for a big showing.

Let’stake a look at those players you should be investing in, holding orletting go, as well as some of the better captaincy options for Round 4.


Vai Toutai | WFB | $101,600

Cheapas chips, Toutai has seemingly secured his spot on the wing in thefirst grade side for now. Wingers are generally inconsistent scorers,but there’s not much to lose with Toutai as he’s so cheap. A BE of -33means there’s a solid price rise of the cards as well... What’s not tolove?

Tom Symonds | 2RF/CTR | $157,000

Sincebeing picked up by the Sea Eagles, Symonds is starting to show just howvaluable he can be. 38 from his last start is nothing to sneeze at. Thebiggest selling point here is his dual position status - if you drafthim into your centres, you’ll be laughing. Glenn Stewart is still sometime off, so even if Symonds makes way at that time, there’s still moneyto be made here.


Kurt Gidley | HLF | $231,300

Therewere plenty of coaches (myself included) who were left in the lurch onMonday night with Gidley being a late scratching. However, his injuryisn’t expected to sideline him for too long (currently listed as TBA),and there’s still plenty to like about him, particularly if he spendssome time at hooker. Look to your wider squad as cover for now.

Paul Gallen | 2RF/FRF | $489,000

TheCronulla skipper wasn’t at his scoring best in round three, dishing out35. Faced with a BE of 94, you’d expect Gallen to drop in value again.But if you’ve stuck by him through the first three rounds, why cut himloose now? You obviously want to keep him around for the entire season. Icertainly wouldn’t buy Gallen this week, but if you already have him,stick by your man.


Issac Luke | HOK | $364,300

Wasseen as a viable alternative to Smith and Farah as a premium hookerthis pre-season, but hasn’t been able to match what you’d expect from aplayer of his value. Is sharing minutes with Nathan Peats and has scoredless every round this season... In this instance, it’s time to cut yourlosses.

Feleti Mateo | 2RF/HLF | $287,400

Scoresof 21, 18, and 15 are not what you expect from a player of Mateo’sstature. On his day, is capable of a 60+ total, but he hasn’t been ableto produce anything close to that so far in 2013. With a BE of 70,consider your options elsewhere. If he can turn things around, he’s oneto look out for come Origin time.

Round 4 Captains - players to consider

Daly Cherry-Evans | HLF | $484,300

Cameron Smith | HOK | $534,500

Robbie Farah | HOK | $470,600

Michael Gordon | WFB/CTR | $315,700

Johnathan Thurston | HLF | $385,300

Wildcard: Michael Jennings | CTR | $367,200