Break Even time Dreamteamers, and The Chairman has you covered with this week’s best money spinners. The bye season is underway in the NRL, so it’s now time to start cashing in on your big players and work your way through the Origin period, before stretching out in the run to the finals. You have to trade smartly though, because you don’t want to end up like NFI with 1000 trades left and not enough weeks, or like Señor Winning with no trades an plenty of injuries.
Anyway, let’s get straight into it with a slightly abridged version of the Break Evens.
The Cash Cows
3. Kris Keating
Break Even: -25
A massive display against the Eels last week (86) means Keating is a very good prospect this week. With the Bulldogs playing the Titans, he should have another big scoring week, although in all likelihood, he’ll be dropped for Trent Hodkinson when he returns in Round 11.
2. Aidan Sezer
Break Even: -20
An injury cloud saw him disappear from the list last week, but old Carpe Diem is back after facing the Tigers and coming away with 55. He’s still cheap as chips (mmmm, chips!), and it looks as though John Cartwright sees him as the long term option, so get some money off him while you can.
1. Matt Ryan
Break Even: -37
Even after bumping up to $120,800, Ryan is still the best option for a cash return this week. He’s been named at lock, but as with the last couple of weeks is still playing on an edge, so it’s only a number swap. His defensive workload was up significantly from last week, which makes him an even better proposition.
3. Todd Carney
Break Even: 31
Un has his doubts about old Toddles but after watching him on Monday night, there is no doubt that he’s now on fire. He got heavily involved in the game from the start, which has been his biggest weakness in 2012. A big challenge against the Storm normally gets the best out of Carney, so look for a repeat of his 74 this week.
2. Corey Parker
Break Even: 73
He returns to the guns after a solid 66 last week across the ditch. A return to Suncorp, in a game that is likely to be a grind means plenty of defence for Parker to pick up numbers, and with one last chance to change Mal’s mind and force his way into the Origin side, DT coaches could be the biggest beneficiaries.
1. Cameron Smith
Break Even: 60
As the Storm start to brew, Smith is coming into his own. It’s probably still advisable to stay away from him until after Origin, but he is just too good to keep off a list like this.
*Gal has been left of this list intentionally, as a knee injury is trying to battle him (unsuccessfully so far Un might add). Check out the latest here.
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