Wests Tigers NRL Fantasy Coaches would have been happy with a number of individual performances from the side's Round 1 victory over the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles on Saturday.
Leading the way on-field and in the Fantasy points column was the veteran Robbie Farah, who we've been mentioning a bit as a good differential option at hooker.
Farah was at the heart of everything for Wests Tigers, finishing with two tries and a game-high 76 points to his name which would have pleased Coaches no doubt.
Several other players stood out in the win with Ryan Matterson, Luke Garner, Esan Marsters, Benji Marshall and Elijah Taylor all posting score of 40 points or more.
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ROBBIE FARAH — 76 points
It was a Man of the Match performance from Farah on Saturday, who went in to the game with an ownership of just 1.8% but will surely rise up the ranks now. Only Jake Friend posted more points at hooker than Farah, who ended the game with two tries, one linebreak, one linebreak assist, 44 metres and 45 tackles to his name. The hooker has already risen $22K in price over the opening round, so those coaches who took the plunge at $826K to begin the year are certainly smiling so far!
2019 Match Highlights: Rd.1, Wests Tigers vs. Sea Eagles
RYAN MATTERSON — 51 points
Another popular pick at the start of the season, Matterson played 80 minutes on the right edge and rewarded his owners with a base-stat beast performance of 51. The Premiership winner chalked up 35 tackles and 159 metres from his 18 carries on the day, and could easily have seen his points tally go through the roof with one or two attacking statistics falling just short. Priced at $685K heading in to Round 2 after an incremental price rise, Matterson is primed to go through the $700K barrier at any moment once the attacking stats to come, so don't wait too long to get him in your side, with just 5.6% of Coaches locking the 24-year-old in to their side so far.
THOMAS MIKAELE — 36 points
On debut, Thomas Mikaele delivered a dominant performance off the bench that certainly has him on Cheapie Watch for a number of Fantasy coaches. The 21-year-old amassed 36 points in just 31 minutes of game time with 106 metres from 11 runs as well as two offloads and 24 tackles without missing. The minutes remain the thing to keep an eye on with Mikaele — as will his place in the side with several players still to come back from injury — but his Fantasy career is off to a good start!
Inside the winning sheds!
WESTS TIGERS ROUND 1 FANTASY SCORES
1. Corey Thompson (WFB) — 15 points
2. Mahe Fonua (WFB/CTR) — 25 points
3. Paul Momirovski (CTR) — 22 points
4. Esan Marsters (CTR) — 45 points
5. Robert Jennings (WFB/CTR) — 18 points
6. Benji Marshall (HLF) — 47 points
7. Luke Brooks (HLF) — 32 points
8. Ben Matulino (FRF) — 31 points
9. Robbie Farah (HOK) — 76 points
10. Alex Twal (FRF/2RF) — 35 points
11. Ryan Matterson (2RF) — 51 points
12. Luke Garner (2RF) — 55 points
13. Elijah Taylor (2RF/HOK) — 40 points
14. Russell Packer (FRF) — 32 points
15. Thomas Mikaele (FRF) — 36 points
16. Josh Aloiai (2RF) — 39 points
17. Michael Chee Kam (2RF/CTR) — 2 points