NRL Fantasy Match Day Thursday: Sea Eagles v Rabbitohs
It's Thursday and that means another chance at beating your mates and winning $500 by playing NRL Fantasy Match Day Thursday.
Every Thursday brings a whole new game and in Round 5 we have the Sea Eagles taking on the Rabbitohs. All you need to do is pick six players from both teams, select a captain (who will score triple points) and a vice-captain (double points) and see your NRL Fantasy points roll in while watching Thursday Night Footy.
So which six players should you select for tonight's game? Let's take a look at some of the form Fantasy players.
Matt Parcell (average 46 fantasy points) and Cameron McInnes (average 44) are the starting hookers on Thursday night but there are plenty of other options in the HOK position. Apisai Koroisau (23) is a dual position player who can be selected at HOK or HLF in NRL Fantasy and he has been named at halfback for Manly. Koroisau could be a good point of difference in the HOK position. Rabbitohs forward Jason Clark (36) is also a dual position player at HOK and 2RF, while South Sydney back-up hooker Damien Cook (27) will come off the bench at some stage.
Front-row forward (FRF)
There are several options at FRF for this Match Day Thursday clash, with Manly's Jake Trbojevic and South Sydney's Sam Burgess the stand out players. Can you get them both into your Match Day team? Yes you can. Trbojevic is an FRF player in Fantasy but has been named at lock for the past few rounds and has an NRL Fantasy average of 54 points. Burgess (average 50) is a dual position player and can be selected at FRF or 2RF. If you'd like a point of difference then George Burgess (39) or Nate Myles (38) are options at FRF, while Souths FRF Nathan Brown (42) has been named at lock. Manly FRF Brenton Lawrence (46) gets his first run in the starting side.
UPDATE: With Jake Trbojevic now doubtful, Sam Burgess could be the way to go at FRF.
Second-row forward (2RF)
As above, Sam Burgess (50) can be selected at 2RF or FRF. If you think Martin Taupau will score more than Jake Trbojevic then select Burgess or Trbojevic at FRF and Taupau (average 60) at 2RF. Rabbitohs edge forwards Kyle Turner (45) and Chris Grevsmuhl (44) should get plenty of work in both attack and defence, while Manly's Feleti Matwo (30) and Lewis Brown (32) are also options at 2RF if you want to risk not going with one of the noted big scorers.
There are four players to choose from at HLF, with the Rabbitohs playmakers edging the Sea Eagles halves. Cody Walker (46) and Luke Keary (42) have arguably better kicking games than Apisai Koroisau (23) and Dylan Walker (35), but the latter two certainly have the ability to produce line breaks, line break assists, tries and try assists. Dylan Walker is a dual position player and can be selected at CTR.
There are a lot of dual position players at CTR for this Match Day, with Hymel Hunt (45) and Bryson Goodwin (44) both also available at WFB. Dylan Walker (32) can be picked at CTR or HLF while Manly utility Lewis Brown (32) can be selected at CTR and 2RF. Sea Eagles skipper and goal kicker Jamie Lyon (32) could be a good point of difference at CTR.
As above, Rabbitohs centres Hymel Hunt (45) and Bryson Goodwin (44) can be selected at WFB. Manly wingers Tom Trbojevic (42) and Jorge Taufua (28) could be good options if you think the Sea Eagles will score a lot of tries out wide. Two of the best fullbacks in the game – Greg Inglis (39) and Brett Stewart (16) can post big NRL Fantasy scores on their days, and Rabbitohs winger Aaron Gray (38) could be a good try-scoring option.
There is no salary cap in Match Day Fantasy so you can pick any six players in their respective positions. Once you've selected your team set up a League with your friends or work colleagues and play Match Day Thursday every week. Pick your team on Thursday and win bragging rights by Friday.
What will your Match Day Thursday team look like?