What we learnt: Panthers v Bulldogs
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1. Panthers grind out a victory over the Dogs
The Dogs have suffered all year from a lack of go-forward from their big men and a lack of creativity and game management from their little men, and tonight was no different in Penrith. With the scores tied 8-8 at halftime (courtesy of tries to Peter Wallace for the Panthers and Josh Reynolds for the Dogs), the Penrith side were able to go on with the job in second half, adding tries to Dallin Watene- Zelezniak and Tyrone Peachey, and grinding out a hard fought 16-8 victory over the Dogs. The win takes the Panthers to 24 points and they sit in 9th place, while the Dogs remain on 18 points and are in 13th place.
2. Tolman on fire
Aiden Tolman topped the fantasy scoring tonight with 68* points, including 55 tackles. Tolman has a three-game average of 59, and has usurped James Graham as the premier fantasy performer at the Dogs in 2017. He shapes as a solid POD selection for the run home, with only 3% of fantasy coaches owning him.
3. Graham returns
James Graham returned from injury tonight and laid on a solid performance, playing 59 minutes and scoring 48* points. Graham’s performance wasn’t flashy, but with 40 tackles and over 100 run metres, the 11% of coaches that have held him (whether through great insight or a lack of trades), will be pleased.
4. Average form continues for Penrith pair
The fantasy form slump continued for Josh Mansour and Dylan Edwards tonight, with the pair scoring 31* and 33* respectively. Mansour has been particularly disappointing, with a run of scores in the 20s and one score of 30 in his last five performances.
5. Cartwright an option?
Bryce Cartwright returned from a long injury-enforced layoff tonight, and while he only played 33 mins, he scored 25* points and showed enough to suggest that he could be a cheap DPP POD for the run home if you’re one of the few coaches with trades to spare. With a BE even of 60, he should be very well priced at $260-265k once lockout is over.
*Scores do not include updates