Scout Report: Round 5 Fantasy Q&A

Who is Corey Harawira-Naera? Which cash cows should you be trading out? The answers to this week's big NRL Fantasy questions, from NRL.com's resident Fantasy guru the Lone Scout.

What's your thoughts on Corey Harawira-Naera? Looked a beast out there. I take it he's replacing Carty – can he make some cheeky cash for a few weeks?
From Robbie Wilson

Looks like CHN is going to be the most traded in player with a big negative BE and a low price. Risk of being another TRD?
From Dave Buell 

Firstly, Corey Harawira-Naera may have been the fastest player to earn an acronym in rugby league history, being dubbed 'CHN' in Fantasy footy circles just days after many people first heard of him. 

I've included two questions here because they capture the pros and cons of buying Harawira-Naera. After a big 62-point performance last week and with a price tag of $138,000, he'll make good cash this week with a half decent score, but his future beyond that is in doubt. Remember the case of Tyronne-Roberts Davis who was in a similar position this season after one game but scored poorly after that and saw his price tag stagnate. 

So Harawira-Naera's a risk. He will lose his starting spot in a week or two, but if he can produce a second big score and then get some decent minutes off the bench for a few weeks he could hit $100,000 in price rises. At the very least he's a cash-out option with the potential to be a quick cash cow himself. 

 


Am I crazy to trade Matagi out for Harawira-Naera and use the extra cash to upgrade Sione Mata'utia to Rapana. Sione will be the first one back to centre if we get any backs injuries. Rapana looks great even in the game he didn't score a try.
From Josh Spigelman 

I like the Matagi to Harawira-Naera trade but I still rate Sione Mata'utia as a keeper in the centres – his two recent poor scores are due to a head knock in Round 3 and a week filling in in the backline in Round 4, and he is still likely to average 40 points a game when playing his usual role of 80-minute back-rower. 

Time to cash out Moga or give him another week?
From Daniel McDaniel 

Moga's price has just about peaked unless he can produce a big score (which may just require a try). His average and break even are both 25, so he can be traded now or held onto if you want to keep the faith.

Would you swap Roger Tuivasa-Sheck for Slater?
From Dale Crisdale 

No, Tuivasa-Sheck is still a keeper in my book (or at least a cash cow) despite last week's 20. He scored 55 in his only other full performance of 2017 and was a proven Fantasy gun in the past. He's also underpriced at less than $300,000. Slater's also underpriced and a pretty good buy in his own right, but I wouldn't be trading RTS out to get Slater in.

Options to replace Moga and Lamb?
From Caolan Cullinane

Billy Slater's a good option in the outside backs if you can do a dual position trade, and Corey Norman and Nathan Cleary are looking like the best of the Fantasy halves this year.

Is Elliott Whitehead worth holding? Only suspended for a week but even then his scores have been less then ideal.
From Lance Naera 

Yep. It's been rotten luck if you had Whitehead already with a couple of games in the centres ruining his early scores, but with a lot of Fantasy coaches looking to snap him up in the next couple of weeks (on top of those who bought him last week) it's not a good move to sell him now just before he starts hitting his old scores. Whitehead was a 50-point player last year and could easily get there again, and by selling him now you'd just be ensuring your squad loses value after his $134,000 in price drops.

 


Is McCullough worth trading for Brailey, if Kodi Nikorima is not far away from being added to the Broncos bench?
From Nate Davey 

The presence of Nikorima at the Broncos is the only thing keeping Andrew McCullough from being an absolute certain Fantasy gun this year. He's been the best scorer of the season so far and is a tackle machine when given the full 80 minutes, so he's still a good buy even with the risk that Nikorima could take some minutes off him down the track. Still, I'd lean towards keeping Brailey and making as much money as possible from him before trading him out.

What's with Jesse Bromwich's minutes, and how's his price drops? Worth investing in this gun now or later? 
From Jaedyn Tuiloma 

If you haven't got Bromwich, I wouldn't be trading him in now. His minutes in the past couple of weeks (50 and 42) is about average for a starting prop, but his scores have been well below the 50-point mark you'd want out of a keeper. Only consider once he's started hitting 50s again.

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