What We Learnt - Sharks vs Titans

22 April 2017
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An exciting game at Shark Park, no, Remondis, no, Southern Cross Group Stadium was not so the same for NRL Fantasy coaches.

While the game see-sawed back and forth, neither team grabbed any real ascendancy and this led to some rather disappointing fantasy scores.

Andrew Fifita (38*) was kept in check for the majority of the game and the Titans seemed to spread it just wide enough to avoid the Fifita Flop regularly.

Jayden Brailey (29*) was another who failed to impress. While he made 37 tackles (plus 4 missed), that was the sole source of his scores with no points for run metres, kick metres or any attacking stats whatsoever. After last weeks effort, I for one was definitely expecting another positive outing and was left wanting a lot more.

I'd like to know if its standard for hookers and middle forwards to score lower than usual against the Titans. This is definitely something I could find out but I'm far too lazy for that.

Let's look at some positives though.

Paul Gallen (58*) continues to impress and will increase in price to just under $540k after this week. He'll play two of the three major bye rounds (12 & 15) and is a definite buy (provided he doesn't play Oranges... the rumour mill is turning).

Jarrod Wallace was, once again, the main benificiary of injuries to the Titans forward pack with Grevsmuhl and McQueen both succumbing. This seems to be the norm in the Titans pack and I'd hazard a guess that it will continue for the remainder of the season, meaning Wallace is basically a keeper that you picked up for less than $300,000 (just like CHN or #KaufusiTackle).

Another benificiary of the Titans injuries was Ryan Simpkins who scored 51* points in 72 minutes. If he can secure the lock role and an increase in minutes, he could be a handy cash maker through the bye period.

Jarryd Hayne returned to form with 38* points and is definitely a cheap option at WFB. He spent part of the game playing in the halves with Tyrone Roberts shifting to fullback and I can see that change continuing as it was only once Hayne was in the halves that the Titans scored a couple of tries. Unfortunately the Titans have the worst possible bye schedule, missing rounds 12 and 18 meaning he's not a great option unless you're willing to sit on him. At $200,000(ish) it wouldn't be the worst thing though.

The Hotshot

The Hotshot is a foundation member of Renegades and a fantasy veteran across a wide variety of sports. Known for letting his hair down a little too far at times, he still seems to be able to produce the goods at the right time of year.

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