New forwards join the NRL Fantasy big leagues, Daly Cherry-Evans sidelined again, and is Corey Parker a sell? NRL.com's Lone Scout answers your Fantasy questions ahead of Round 14.
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For those of us who traded in DCE within the last few weeks, is he a trade out? Injured for four weeks and for his expected return round, Manly have the bye, meaning he's out for five weeks. Too much cash to have sitting on the bench for that long? Especially with a potential cash cow the quality of Cleary lurking?
From James Irlam
This depends purely on whether you're playing for overall points or head-to-head, and how many trades you have remaining. If you're playing head-to-head and are inside your league's top eight, try to hold him if you can (a 50-point half is someone you'll want in your squad down the track anyway). If you're low on trades, see if you can get coverage for him some other way and hold. If you've got trades to burn or need a scorer in that position for overall points, make the trade.
How's Nathan Cleary's job security?
From Matt Flanagan
The fact he's been picked ahead of Jamie Soward this week is a good sign, but as a rookie half it's always a risk he could get dropped. Soward and James Segeyaro are currently out of favour at the Panthers but waiting in the wings (Segeyaro could always return at hooker, with Peter Wallace shifting to half), but Cleary should play a few weeks at least. He was a star at junior level and the Panthers obviously think he's got a big future at the club.
He's a good cash-out option at the very least, and could become a very handy mid-year cash cow as well.
Who would be the best option for a cash out Beven French, Nathan Cleary, Dale Copley or Konrad Hurrell?
From Daniel Knowles
If all you're after is a cheap cash-out option who might make you some cash, go Cleary. He's got big potential if he sticks around in that Panthers side. Hurrell's the best chance of becoming an actual scorer in his position.
Hey my question this week: is it worth just keeping Parker? I've buried myself into a hole with only 10 trades left, including this week. I could go as high as $470k but no options look great. Do you think his minutes will pick back up after Origin? I'm playing H2H.
From Daniel Burden
This one's incredibly tricky. It's true that without the goal-kicking and during Origin Parker is unlikely to be scoring the 50+ a week you want from a keeper in the pack. On the other hand, if and when he gets the kicking duties back he could become a bit of a bargain post-Origin.
I think in your case the fact you're playing head-to-head and are light on trades suggests you should hold. For those playing for overall points and who have plenty of trades remaining, it could be worth trading to a better value option.
How long will Tevita Pangai Junior hold his spot on the Broncos bench?
From Jarrod Cherry
I think Wayne Bennett's mostly giving all his young guys a bit of experience for the Broncos so they're ready to fill in when needed after Origin games. I wouldn't bank on him necessarily sticking around for the long haul.
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