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Renegades Team

The Renegades Writers combine passion for the game, with a lack of editorial oversight. When they aren't next to the water cooler bitching about that try assist the stats guys missed, they are churning out sports articles that have been widely touted as "readable".

Tuesday, 29 September 2015 10:00

SFP 2015 NRL Championships – Grand Final!

THIS time next week one lucky (or just really talented) fantasy coach will be enjoying a well-earned sleep in, lovingly spooning their novelty-sized $5,000 winners cheque while they wrestle with the all-important decision of just how many shirts to get ‘2015 SFP NRL Champion’ embroidered on.

….and that coach could be you!

10,000 reasons to play

It might be an all-Queensland grand final but that doesn’t mean that Queenslander’s are the only ones who can claim glory and win big this weekend.

Fantasy footy coaches will have ten thousand reasons to assemble their strongest line-up for the Grand Final on Sunday night as they vie for a share in the $10,000 prize pool on offer in Sports Fantasy Pro’s  inaugural 2015 NRL Championships Grand Final Challenge.

CHALLENGES OPEN WEDNESDAY 12PM

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Anyone can Win

Didn’t make the cut last weekend? Been on holidays sunning the torso on a beach in Bali for three weeks?

If your team didn’t qualify don’t worry, you can still buy-in to the 2015 Championship Grand Final and give yourself a chance to win a share of the massive $10,000 prize pool ($5,000 1st, $3,000 2nd, $2,000 3rd).

Buy-in is $25.

Road to 2015 Championships

Congratulations to the 26 coaches below that made it through the grueling three-week Championships qualification.

rnd 3 champs qualifiers

Most coaches know exactly how well (or poorly) the players in their teams performed over the weekend…but what about the players that you didn’t pick?

Find out where your team could have improved and start that all-important fantasy research early with a look at Sports Fantasy Pro’s Overall Player Fantasy Points Finals (Week Three) album.

Broncos v Roosters

Despite being soundly beaten the top three fantasy points scorers were all Roosters!

RTS, Maloney and Ferguson all scored well in a beaten side.

Storm v Cowboys

Thurston, Cooper, and Morgan were all popular selections but centre Justin O’Neill was the player that helped coaches to the top of the table.

Finals - MEL v NQL

 

Thursday, 24 September 2015 10:00

Sports Fantasy Pro: Prelim Finals Invite

The Prelim’s are finally here! The best weekend of the season is made even better with Sports Fantasy Pro. Whether you are a rookie coach about to embark on your first game of fantasy footy, or a seasoned grey-beard of the fantasy coaching fraternity, Sports Fantasy Pro has got your covered with a host of FREE and Pay-to-Play Challenges all with huge minimum guaranteed prize pool’s.

It’s time to get your coach on!

It all starts on Friday night with the Broncos hosting the Roosters in Brisbane, then we head south to AAMI Park where the Cowboys take on the Storm Saturday night footy. Whether your a Weekly Challenge coach or you enjoy the Single Challenges more, you can find what you need by visiting www.sportsfantasypro.com or by clicking the Challenge links below to go straight into the team selection pages.

 $10,000 SFP CHAMPIONSHIP: WEEK 3 QUALIFIER

Friday night Challenges

Free

Pay-to-Play

Saturday night Challenges

Free

Pay-to-Play

Weekly Challenges

  • WEEKLY: $25   (Time to put your cash where your clipboard is!)

 

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Enjoy your Prelim-finals fantasy footy!!

Put your fantasy coaching skills to the ultimate test and track your progress on our LIVE Leaderboard

Good luck coach!

The Wizard

Thursday, 24 September 2015 10:00

SFP NRL Finals Preview – Week Three

THE Grand Final may be the big spectacle that majority of fans are looking forward too, but for footy purists this weekend is as good as it gets – unfortunately for fantasy footy coaches it is also the toughest weekend of the entire season!

SFP CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFIER WEEK THREE

Spine-tingling dilemmas

Frightening continuity for coaches here with Roosters halfback Mitchell Pearce the only named inclusion from otherwise unchanged line-ups across the four sides.

Majority of coaches will take one look at the teams named and opt for a RTS, Maloney, JT, Smith spine with Parker the likely fifth selection at lock.

It will be a very popular build for Weekly coaches in particular given it covers all four nominated kickers as well as ensuring a really effective spread of offensive points and work rate across the four sides.

But cap restrictions will kick in very quickly from that point.

Given the premium price tag’s attached to Cooper, Guerra and Harris, the backrow looks to be somewhere coaches will have to make a compromise or two, but tough decisions will also need to be made in the outside backs, front row and bench with selections all highly affected by price over preference.

And to make matters worse for coaches, there is no Jackson Hastings priced at $163k sitting on the bench that will play 80mins of halfback.

So where do you make your compromise?

Boyd Cordner is an interesting player this weekend. Named at lock but will shift back to the left edge when the likes of Taukeiaho comes on for Aubusson midway through the first half.

Cordner is an 80 minute player priced $77k cheaper than Parker who plays just 60mins.

In the front row coaches will find selecting Bromwich very difficult given his price and the cheaper alternatives that are all capable of out-scoring him.

Expect Blair to be a popular choice at just $315k after a few poor weeks of 20 and 21 points.

Don’t even get me started on the outside backs.

When fantasy finals roll around my policy on centres and wingers is very similar to that of Wayne Bennet’s philosophy on front rowers – they are handy to have, but you should never pay big dollars for them.

Cheap wingers have just as much chance to score as expensive wingers, and are a great way to ease cap pressure.

Getting a cheap winger with a solid work rate is absolutely ideal.

With two regular starting lock forwards available on the interchange in Finucane and Taukeiaho coaches will have plenty of headaches fitting in the likes of Evans and Hannant.

At some point a bench numpty will have to be chosen to ease cap pressure.

Dodds, Kostjaysn and even big Jordan McLean could find their way into plenty of sides this week given their price tags.

Fantasy finals feast!
Join in on the $40,000 up for grabs in our FREE and Pay-to-Play Finals Series Fantasy Challenges.
Select your team and track your progress on our LIVE Leaderboard
Good Luck!

The Wizard

The Wizard comes to RFS courtesy of Sports Fantasy Pro

www.sportsfantasypro.com

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Thursday, 24 September 2015 10:00

SFP Fantasy Footy Shorts – Finals Week 3

ARE annoying distractions such as work and family impacting on your comprehensive fantasy research time?  With Fantasy Footy Shorts coaches can get the short, sharp and simple fantasy form while still keeping the ‘board and sponsors’ happy.

First Picked

Cameron Smith ($407,000): The only 80 minute hooker this weekend. Oh yeh, and he kicks goals! We will be in everything the Storm do offensively but it is his defensive work rate that ensures he will clear 30 points. No other hooker offers those guarantees this week. Pay the cash.

Must have

Roger Tuivasa-Sheck ($549,000): Get used to the name – he is a fantasy god in the making and we will be (hopefully) waxing lyrical about his awesomeness for the best part of a decade to come. 272.5 points in six games at 45.4pts per game. Not even Gallen gets to those numbers at his best. Only knock is this week he comes up against the best defence in the land. But still, he is my must-have man this week for sure.

Man Most Likely

Johnathan Thurston ($495,000): Had a quiet night last Saturday against Cronulla and still scored 48.5 fantasy points. Expect the champ to have a monster game here in Melbourne with so much at stake. Half century looms.

Bargain

Cooper Cronk ($253,000): May seem like a funny selection given JT’s section above, but Cronk is literally less than half his price thanks to a 9.6pts against the Roosters. Before that he was averaging a steady 21pts and is more than capable of a 30+ score especially if his combination with Proctor is on.

False Economy

Shaun Kenny-Dowall ($477,000): Was ticking along nicely with scores of 28.6 and 29.5 before last week’s three-try 56 point effort. Do not expect anything near that in this game against the best defence in the comp.

One to Watch

Cameron Munster ($558,000): IF (big ‘if’) the Cowboys show up in Mlebourne thinking they have it won the Storm are more than capable of putting 20 points on them in a heartbeat, and this kid will be the one delivering the final passes and/or scoring them himself. Knows he needs a big game to prove to people that he belongs in the Storm spine in 2016 and his work rate is second to none. Like Milford his price makes him an excellent (albeit ridiculously expensive) Point of Difference selection this week.

Approach with caution

Marika Koroibete ($340,000): Bringing a foot (cut ankle) into the game – given how well Tohu Harris plays at left centre, if the flying Fijian starts to drop his intensity he could get the hook early. Bellamy will like Harris’ chances against former Stormer Justin O’Neill on that edge too so while Koroibete is a legitimate fantasy gun in his own right, there are a few factors that say ‘take on trust’ in this one.

Best of the Bench

Dale Finucane ($384,000): Can’t see Craig Bellamy not starting Finucane given the firepower the Cows have got and the need for Melbourne to bank some points early. Expect him to get 50-55mins. Great work rate. Should clear 30 comfortably. Forget his 21.5pts against the roosters off the bench two weeks ago. That was his back from injury game. Capable of high 30’s / low 40’s with those minutes.

Fantasy finals feast!

Join in on the $40,000 up for grabs in our FREE and Pay-to-Play Finals Series Fantasy Challenges.

Select your team and track your progress on our LIVE Leaderboard

Good Luck!

The Wizard

The Wizard comes to RFS courtesy of Sports Fantasy Pro

www.sportsfantasypro.com

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Thursday, 24 September 2015 10:00

SFP NRL Finals Week 3: Pivot Point

AT first glance James Maloney looks the obvious, standout selection at 5/8th this weekend…but fantasy glory and riches are not won with first glances! They are won by coaches who consider all options, plot every angle, and ultimately do what is best for the team as a whole, not the individual player.

Anthony Milford ($610,000)

The Milf has scored 193 points from his last five games. His impressive 39 point average is quite misleading though, given 126 of those points came from just two of those five games. The Broncos pivot has almost been priced out of this week’s challenges being $100k more expensive than the next dearest 5/8th in Morgan. His last two games of 25 and 27.6 are not returns coaches will expect when shelling out over $600k. But given these factors, Milford could become the ultimate Point of Difference (POD) for coaches brave (silly) enough to pay the money for him.

Michael Morgan ($510,000)

Forget his form before the superb 43.9 against the Sharks in Townsville last Saturday. He was injured against Brisbane and lacking the confidence to put his foot down. Due to the danger the Cowboys left side poses Morgan invariably gets way more space and time than he should on sweeping left to right plays. When he is on his game this extra time almost always leads to points. And by Joey he looked on last Saturday. Very ominous signs for Blake Green and youngster Kurt Mann – if they have poor games in defence Morgan will clear 50 in Melbourne.

James Maloney ($461,000)

Averaging exactly 30 points in his last six weeks of footy. Super consistent and that is pretty much what coaches can expect from him in Brisbane. I just can’t see the Broncos conceding more than 3-4 tries so while Maloney’s goal-kicking points won’t be huge, you can bank 4-8pts from them. His 8 runs and 10 tackles last Friday is a good base to work with though, means he needs just one or two try involvements to clear his 30pts. But the biggest boon for Maloney fanciers is his price tag. $461k for an attacking, goal-kicking half….sure to be the popular choice.

Blake Green ($160,000)

Bringing up the rear here in this positional analysis but will be a consideration for coaches based on price alone. Green is the ONLY starting player priced under 200k so he really does offer coaches a one-stop option for easing cap pressure. His five game average of just 19 points won’t appeal at all, but given all three of his peers are all likely to score around the 30 point mark, some coaches may opt to bank some cash by taking Green and spend the big dollars on positions where there is likely to be a greater differential.

Score Predictions

Morgan – 40pts

Maloney – 31pts

Milford – 23pts

Green – 19pts

Verdict

Really bullish about Morgan this weekend. Maloney is obviously the safe/smart option based off averages and price, but something about how Morgan took the line on last week really makes me think he will have a night out against the inexperience of Green and Mann. His speed will be even more of an asset should Harris get pushed to the centres to cover a backline injury.

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Fantasy finals feast!

Join in on the $40,000 up for grabs in our FREE and Pay-to-Play Finals Series Fantasy Challenges.

Select your team and track your progress on our LIVE Leaderboard

Good Luck!

The Wizard

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Thursday, 24 September 2015 10:00

SFP NRL Championships: Week Three

WHAT a weekend of semi-final fantasy footy! While those coaches that selected any of the Sharks backline in their teams complete their search for fragments of shattered remote control, the rest of the fantasy fraternity looks forwards to what will undoubtedly be two of the best games of fantasy NRL of 2015!

Alive or kicking-in?

Did you make the cut? Are you still alive in the champs? Or do you need to dip into the team’s off-season beer fund to get yourself back into the running for the title of inaugural NRL Fantasy Champion?

Whatever position you find yourself in worry not, when the Champs re-open on Wednesday at midday coaches who did not make the cut will be able to buy back in for $10.

To find out more about how the Championships work and how to join in CLICK HERE.

Week two Qualifiers

A big congratulations to the 37 coaches who qualified for Week 3!

QUALS WEEK 2

SPORTS FANTASY PRO CHALLENGES OPEN WEDNESDAY AT MIDDAY!!

Last week to qualify!

Remember coach, if you are not one of the unbelievably talented (or just tin-ass lucky) coaches above then this week is your last chance to qualify for the inaugural 2015 SFP NRL Championships.

Buy-in will cost you $10 but if you finish in the top 20% of teams this weekend, you will go through to the FINAL automatically, avoiding the $25 Grand Final buy-in.

Oh yeh, did we mention that the winner of the Championship takes home a cold hard $5,000! (2nd $3,000, 3rd $2,000)!!

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Monday, 21 September 2015 10:00

SFP Points - Finals Week 2

Most coaches know exactly how well (or poorly) the players in their teams performed over the weekend…but what about the players that you didn’t pick?

Find out where your team could have improved and start that all-important fantasy research early with a look at Sports Fantasy Pro’s Overall Player Fantasy Points Finals (Week Two) album.

Roosters v Bulldogs

Top 5 players in this Challenge were all Chooks, with SKD notching up a massive score of 56 fantasy points to finish on top.

Finals - SYD v BUL

Cowboys v Sharks

The Cowboys halves finished 1-2 in this Challenge with Thurston (48.9 taking the top honours over Morgan (43.9). Of the top 13 players only Fifita (4th) and Gallen (6th) were Sharks players!

FINALS - NQL v CRO

 

Friday, 18 September 2015 10:00

Sports Fantasy Pro: Semi Finals Invitation

Semi-final fantasy footy has arrived! Whether you are a rookie coach about to embark on your first game of fantasy footy, or a seasoned grey-beard of the fantasy coaching fraternity, Sports Fantasy Pro has got your covered with a host of FREE and Pay-to-Play Challenges all with huge minimum guaranteed prize pool’s.

It’s time to get your coach on!

It all starts on Friday night with the Roosters taking on the Bulldogs in Sydney, then we head north to Townsville as the Cowboys host the Sharks in Saturday night footy. Whether your a Weekly Challenge coach or you enjoy the Single Challenges more, you can find what you need by visiting www.sportsfantasypro.com or by clicking the Challenge links below to go straight into the team selection pages.

Friday night Challenges

Free

Pay-to-Play

Saturday night Challenges

Free

Pay-to-Play

Weekly Challenges

Free

Pay-to-Play

  • WEEKLY: $10  ($500 guaranteed minimum prize pool!)

  • WEEKLY: $25   (Time to put your cash where your clipboard is!)

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Enjoy your Semi-Final fantasy footy!!

Put your fantasy coaching skills to the ultimate test and track your progress on our LIVE Leaderboard

Good luck coach!

Thursday, 17 September 2015 10:00

SFP NRL Fantasy Footy Shorts - Finals Week 2

ARE annoying distractions such as work and family impacting on your comprehensive fantasy research time?  With Fantasy Footy Shorts coaches can get the short, sharp and simple fantasy form while still keeping the ‘board and sponsors’ happy.

First Picked

Johnathan Thurston ($478,000): If Ethan Lowe doesn’t knock on over the line JT would have cleared 50 against the Broncos and won the Cowboys the week off. If Cooper doesn’t stumble after his hit and spin, or if Morgan shows and goes instead of trying to find his outside men, the Cowboys halfback could have racked up 60+. The guy is the attacking fulcrum in a team that can play unstoppable attacking footy. Pay the money, give him the kicking duties and enjoy watching this man work his fantasy magic.

One to Watch

Sio Siua Taukeiaho ($330,000): Was Taukeiaho’s 38.8 against the Storm a flash in the pan or a sign of his arrival as a fantasy gun? Form would suggest the former given his five games prior to last Friday night returned an average of just 20.1pts. But there are arguments for the latter as well – an inspired bust, linebreak and try play right through the meat of the Storm defence will have given the kid no end of confidence, and with Matagi dropped for Pearce’s return, Taukeiaho may see an increase in minutes especially if Pearce succumbs early to his injury. Certainly has Eastwood’s measure in the Single Challenges but Tauk’ (I refuse to keep spelling it all, it’s hard and there are too many vowels) could be the ultimate point of difference selection for Weekly Challenge players seeking to bet against Gallen.

Must have

Paul Gallen ($483,000): 23 runs and 18 tackles – that’s all you really need to know. Will clear 30 before popping a ball or busting a tackle. With Eastwood, Taukeiaho and Taumalolo all playing limited minutes at lock for their respective teams, Gallen looms as the easiest selection decision coaches will have this weekend.

Most Likely to go Large

Roger Tuivasa-Sheck ($553,000): Just the 31.3 points last Friday against the Storm for Roger. I say ‘just’ because while anything over 30 is to be considered very solid for most players, RTS has amassed an incredible 285.8 points in the last month and half of footy. Yes, for those who just went to their Iphone calculator, that is a 47.6pt six-game average! Was well contained by the Storm kicking game but that will not happen this week. The Dogs fifth tackle options range from pretty bad to downright deplorable lately. Expect Tuivasa-Sheck to tear them apart.

False Economy

Josh Morris ($419,000): 32.4 points against the Dragons in Week 1 of the finals was solid form and has resulted in Morris’ price tag staying nice and high. Too high. The Origin centre is up against Blake Ferguson this week. Will get nothing and go nowhere. Save some cap and spend it where it matters, not on over-priced backs.

Approach with caution

Jack Bird ($393,000): This game could take Jack Bird from promising rookie who has played very very well in 2015, to fast-tracked legend-in-the-making. And he will know it. Will be very interesting to see how the youngster handles the cauldron of Townsville, something tells me he won’t be scoring solo tries from the 40m line with a simple turn of pace, fend and step against the Cowboys. Expect to see some nerves and an (at best) mid 20’s score from the youngster in this one.

Best of the Bench

Andrew Fifita ($623,000): Fifita’s back spasms in the warm-up to last Sunday’s elimination final against Souths cruelled many a coaches’ team. Despite his reduced minutes Fifita still returned a solid 27 points. But his price tag (and fantasy potential) come with greater expectations. Assuming his back is 100% expect the big Shark to get 50-60mins from the bench and clear 35pts. Absolutely worth the cash.

The Wizard

The Wizard comes to RFS courtesy of Sports Fantasy Pro

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