We’ve hit the finals of Head-to-Head season, and if you’ve actually got any left trades at this time of the year, it’s time to separate the Hands Like Feet‘s and The Postman‘s from the people with half a chance of winning. Injuries and last minute team chances cruelled some coaches last week, but never fear The Chairman is here.
Every one’s favourite segment the casting vote returns again, as Chairman Un informs the poor readers who they are being forced to purchase this week.
The Cash Cows
Jake Mullaney, WFB
Rd 23 Break Even: -35
So if you had trades and didn’t get Jake Mullaney in last week, you clearly have as much DT knowledge as The Postman. He rose by $57,000 last week, and assuming he just floats around and does as much work as he has been another 40+ score is on its way. If you’ve managed to get this far with some trades in hand then bring him in for the cash grab.
Marika Koroibete, WFB
Rd 23 Break Even: -68
Un has been telling anyone who would listen that Marika Koroibete is one to look out for, and he delivered in style on Monday night. According to stats nobody actually had him in their side, so nobody got the benefit of that, but with Lote Tuqiri gone for the season and Chris Lawrence not to return before the finals, he won’t be going anywhere. If the Tigers make a run for the finals, expect him and Benji Marshall to start racking up the scores.
Reni Maitua, 2RF
Rd 23 Break Even: -21
What’s this? Another Eel you say? Yep, Reni Maitua, who incidentally was Un’s casting vote last weekend, continues to score fairly well for a side in line for the wooden spoon. They’ve shown that they are willing to throw the ball around at this time of year, and Maitua is becoming a big part of their attack on the left edge. He hasn’t really got a great DT history, but the Roosters won last week so they’re due for a loss.
The Round 23 Guns
Cameron Smith HOK
Rd 23 Break Even: 47
Rd 23 Projected Score: 62
The Storm really returned to form last week, with Smith, Cooper Cronk and Billy Slater all showing some great signs ahead of the finals. Un is predicting he will again be the main feature in Señor Winning‘s Captaincy Conundrum, and playing against the Titans in Melbourne the Storm should again be firing from all cylinders.
Josh Reynolds HLF
Rd 23 Break Even: 35
Rd 23 Projected Score: 62
Good old Bogan Josh is steering the ship for the Bulldogs at the moment, as they search for 11th straight win against the Broncos. Even though Kris Keating is back at halfback, Reynolds will still be doing most of the work in the halves. Leading into the finals you probably need at least one of either Reynolds or Ben Barba, and Un is suggesting the former for some consistency.
Nathan Hindmarsh 2RF
Rd 23 Break Even: 69
Rd 23 Projected Score: 71
As Un explained above in reference to Reni Maitua, the Eels are starting to throw the ball around and it can only help their Dream Team scores. Hindmarsh isn’t playing 80 minutes at the moment, but he’s still scoring well and in his second last game at Parramatta Stadium he is sure to have a big one. Expect the weekly 40 tackles in 60 minutes and then good attacking numbers as the Eels win another game.
Un’s Casting Vote
This week Un has decided that all DreamTeamers must purchase Shaun Johnson. James Maloney‘s injury against the Sharks last week left Johnson in a tight spot, and despite the Warriors seemingly being out of finals contention, he will have to run the show for the rest of the year. He has youngster Carlos Tuimavave with him, but they won’t want to burden the rookie with too much so expect Johnson to be your man in the coming weeks.