By Megan Potts
It was an incredible win for the Blues last night and I hope you had your team in the special NRL Fantasy Origin match centre for your chance to win.
The majority of the Origin players have been named to back up, with the exception of the Bulldogs – with David Klemmer, Trent Hodkinson and the Morris brothers Josh and Brett not named to play on Friday night against the Roosters. They are seemingly being given the weekend off to recover, however my tip to Fantasy NRL coaches would be to wait for late mail before ruling them out completely.
Four teams have now completed their byes for the season - the Sharks, Panthers, Manly and Dragons, so if you have players in these teams the only worry you have is Origin 3! (and unfortunately injury).
Ins and out for Round 15
Jamie Soward is set to return for the Panthers, while closer to home Ricky Leutele is back from a shoulder injury for the Sharks.
Other than the four Bulldogs mentioned previously and Robbie Farah who has an on-going shoulder problem, all origin players have been named to play and are expected to back up. As I said however I wouldn't rule them out until the team lists and late mail information comes through, while we will be hoping Paul Gallen’s rib injury isn’t as bad as first feared and it won't keep him out of the Sharks match against the Knights
Manly's Jamie Lyon has what is reported as a hamstring injury, while Tigers Sauaso Sue has been ruled out of their match with a shoulder problem.
We’ve been over Farrah and the Bulldogs not named, while Joey Leilua is no longer contracted to the Knights and while we might expect to see him in the Raiders side soon, it doesn’t appear that will be this weekend.
Youngster Richard Kennar from the Storm has played two games could be good for an upgrade shortly if he can hold his spot in the NRL team.
Michael Gordon at the Sharks, if he can continue to hold the fullback position he is at a bargain price of 241k which is good value.
And pending the injury report after the Origin game last night, if Paul Gallen is not already in your team already you might want to think about adding him for the run home.
Hooker Siliva Havili has been named again for the Warriors, taking Jonathan Wright out of the side and while he doesn’t represent job security, he could make you some quick cash.
Another Warrior in Solomone Kata has also earned another week or two in my team with his massive score of 73 points last week and again their captain Simon Mannering is probably one of the more consistent players so far this season and has the top overall score on NRL Fantasy.
Tiger Martin Taupau was the standout player for round 14 after a massive game against the Rabbitohs and hopefully he has now found his groove.
Bulldogs skipper James Graham has no return date as yet with his injured hamstring and he is a sell for me.
Reece Robinson of the Eels has a fractured cheekbone and is not worth holding onto and while Titan lock Lachlan Burr has been okay, I think it's time to cash in on him
Only two teams have the bye this week, the Eels and Rabbitohs, so it shouldn't be too hard to field a full team.
Good luck and remember to trade wisely!