Scout Report: Round 20 Fantasy Q&A
Super Fantasy guns James Tedesco and Andrew Fifita are back, Josh Mansour is playing out of his skin, Konrad Hurrell is back in action and Jake Trbojevic's scores are sliding. NRL.com's Lone Scout answers the big NRL Fantasy questions heading into Round 20.
Tedesco vs Mansour?
From Boris Symonds
If you can only buy one of them this season, I'd get Tedesco. Mansour might be the form player in NRL Fantasy over the past few rounds but Tedesco has been a proven performer across the season and is more likely to average 50 points a game from here on in – particularly with Mansour's Panthers travelling to Brisbane to face the Broncos this week.
On the other hand, if you can get one now and one later, the Mansour's the player to grab first. He's got a negative break even with his price rising fast, while Tedesco's price tag shouldn't alter too much (unless he has a particularly great or bad game this week).
Do you think Konrad Hurrell can improve his scoring enough to be a keeper in the centres?
From Nicholas Heffernan
Hurrell has only played the full 80 minutes once in his five NRL appearances this season, scoring 36 in that game, so he's certainly undervalued at just $159,000 assuming he stays in the Titans' starting side all year. That 36-point effort is probably about standard for him – it was boosted by a line break and a try assist (9 points), but was also weighed down by five missed tackles (-10). He's capable of producing a big game on his day as a tackle-busting ball runner, but it's hard to say whether he'll have the 40+ average that you want from a Fantasy keeper in the centres. In saying that, he's so cheap that you if you can spend the spare cash on getting more points elsewhere in your squad he's still a handy buy if you need to ditch a backline player.
Hey Lone Scout. I currently have Jake Trbojevic in my team and it looks like his minutes are dropping significantly is he a sell?
From Josh Moroney
There's a good run-down on Trbojevic's slide in terms of Fantasy points in Wednesday's Fantasy by the Numbers article but with his game time having dropped he's getting very close to a sell if you've got trades to spare. Andrew Fifita, Simon Mannering and Ryan James look like the best options in the forwards right now.
Is Dugan's injury more likely a Round 23 or Round 25 return as stated on NRL.com? And is there a chance he could return earlier than that?
From Daniel DeWildt
The Dragons said on Wednesday that they're expecting Dugan to be out for at least four more weeks, so that would make it Round 25.
Hi. I know Nathan Cleary is arguably a keeper now however I am considering trading him to Johnson. What do you think?
From Kent Bowater
It seems like a sideways trade to me. You'll probably get an extra 5 points a week on average, assuming Cleary's average drops to around 50 points a game and Johnson's stays at around 55. I'd aim to get closer to a 10-point boost if I was going to make a trade at this stage of the season. And as you say, Cleary is probably a keeper at this point anyway.