2020 Rd 09 Cowboys vs Roosters, Townsville
Jordan McLean is out again with his calf issue. Still no word on when he is expected back. Molo's minutes seem capped around 40. McGuire will likely have big minutes again this week. At 2.4% ownership he is still being largely overlooked whilst often getting massive minutes. He's averaging 56.3 Pts and is a fair price at $715K as well as being DPP.
Not even a threat of a back up hooker for Robson at this stage, 80 minutes for 60 Pts and still priced at 51.
Like McLean, still no word on when Dunn will be back from his groin strain, Wright starts again with Cooper on the bench. Wright's 80 minutes for 28 Pts last week shows why we passed him over.
Valentine Holmes shifts to Wing to accommodate Fidow at fullback. This kills Holmes as a fantasy player and revives Fidow as a cash cow. Justin O'Neill is apparently injured, we have not seen anything yet. Opacic drops out and Lemuelo moves to Centre. Lemuelo likely drops out when O'Neill returns. Nothing of great appeal, an outside back in a poor team with unknown time in the role.
Butcher starts at Lock and should hold the spot when Liu returns. He had a solid 1st outing last week despite a heavy hit slowing him down early. We think he will avg 55 minutes for 55 Points - Looks a great buy to us.
Cordner is rested for the week following his concussion. Aubusson has a start on his edge.
Tupou is out till Rd 14+ providing Ryan Hall an opportunity for 5+ weeks on the wing. It's hard to peg Hall at the moment. In 3 Reserve Grade starts he looked mud, averaging a Tryless 14 Points for the Bears in NSW Cup. On the other hand, he now has 8 Wing starts for the Roosters averaging 34.75 without scoring a Try. He's priced at $439K (34 Pts). Apart from a 22, he has scored 31-49 Pts in those starts. He has great meters (180 m/game Average) and Breaks almost 4 Tackles a game. Tupou has scored 4 Tries from 8 games on that edge. In the next 5 games he will face NQL(A), CAN, NZL(A), GCT, STG(A). He could rack up some tries in that patch surely? We have his BE at 37 Pts though and he is awkwardly priced for this time of the year with a short window. But don't be surprised if he puts up some scores in this time.
Lachlan Lam comes on to the bench for now, with both Hutchinson and Freddy Lussick on the extended bench. One of those three looks set to replace Verrills as relief hooker.