Renegades Team

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".

Saturday, 24 January 2015 11:00

RFS Preview: WFB rookies and returning players

Rookie WFB can come from anywhere. Ideally they'll play fullback but probably they'll be on the wing. Let's take a look at some likely candidates. Oh yeah and Blake Ferguson is here.

Note: Since this series of articles started the first fantasy prices of 2015 have been announced. They appear to represent a 16% increase in player value while the salary cap, if they continue to match it with the actual NRL salary cap, will see just a 4% increase in value. That means it will be harder to build a team of guns in 2015 than it was in 2014. This will be a response to complaints in 2014 when the cap went up higher than player values did. It's a good thing, it makes for more differentiation and increases the importance of developing a good team rather than just starting with one. 

If you have missed any articles in the series you can find the links here.

Jarrod McInally

2015 Team

Bulldogs

Position

WFB

Bye weeks

12, 17

Price

128,000

Originally McInally wasn’t covered by our profiles but somebody on the facebook group who noted he’s in with a chance to grab a spot. That’s the beauty of the facebook group, if it happens we hear about it. He was a try scoring machine in Queensland Cup last year.

 

Marmin Barba

2015 Team

Broncos

Position

WFB

Bye weeks

14, 17

Price

128,000

Marmin is the younger, and if you believe the few articles written about him, vastly more talented brother of Ben. Unfortunately, he’s a long way down the list and unlikely to get a serious chance. If he does, he would be an exciting cash cow.

 

Hezron Murgha

2015 Team

Cowboys

Position

WFB

Bye weeks

14, 18

Price

128,000

An exciting try scoring machine, this fullback is probably behind a few players and unlikely to feature in the Cowboys NRL team.

 

Greg Eden

2015 Team

Broncos

Position

WFB

Bye weeks

14, 17

Price

195,000

Eden comes from the UK with a lot of big wraps. But, he doesn’t bring the hype that Tomkins brought, and even Tomkins took half a season to be a good fantasy player. Combined with the fact that he is not in the top 17, Eden is to be avoided.

 

Javid Bowen

2015 Team

Cowboys

Position

WFB

Bye weeks

14, 18

Price

128,000

All you need to know about Javid is that he is clearly the an attempt by the Cowboys to merge the genes and talents of Thurston and Matty Bowen. At present it is not clear that the talent bit has worked, but he certainly looks like them.

 

Zac Santo

2015 Team

Cowboys

Position

WFB

Bye weeks

14, 18

Price

136,000

Santo got some buzz last season as the potential replacement of Cowboys legend Matt Bowen but the job ended up going to Matt Morgan after Lachlan Coote was injured at the Nines. Santo still made an NRL debut in 2014 but is battling Javid Bowen for the right to call himself the third string fullback.

 

Eto Nabuli

2015 Team

Dragons

Position

WFB

Bye weeks

11, 14

Price

128,000

Although he is not a household name, Paul Macgregor was very happy to sign up the man better known for being recruited by Andrew Johns and Brad Fittler after being their porter at a Papua New Guinea hotel. Nabuli is big, strong, tall and fast and has had no trouble finding the try line for the Panthers NSW Cup side. The Dragons are hoping they could uncover the next Semi Radradra on their now vacant left wing.

 

John Sila

2015 Team

Tigers

Position

WFB

Bye weeks

12, 18

Price

128,000

I’d be lost without youtube. Sila is a tank of a man who reminds me a little bit of David Nofoaluma.

 

Pat Mata'utia

2015 Team

Knights

Position

WFB

Bye weeks

11, 14

Price

128,000

One of the more talented youngsters at the club and one of the famed Mata'utia brothers, Pat will more than likely start the year in reserve grade. As with all of the Mata'utia brothers, he possesses the talent to play practically anywhere in the backline and as such will most likely only be used to plug holes in the backline should injuries arise. His fantasy scoring potential is average even if he does get on the field so it's advisable staying away.

 

Jack Ahearn

2015 Team

Raiders

Position

WFB

Bye weeks

14, 17

Price

128,000

Jack Ahearn is a talented youngster who had a nice combination with Mitch Cornish at the junior level. Although he’s capable of playing in the halves his best opportunity for first grade probably comes at fullback. He’s probably down the peaking order although it would be a dream come true for fantasy owners to see him early in the season.

 

Blake Ferguson

2015 Team

Roosters

Position

CTR/WFB

Bye weeks

11, 17

Price

288,000

The disgraced Blake Ferguson is back and should stroll into a starting role with the Roosters either at centre, wing or fullback. Ferguson is a very good fantasy player who’ll give you some CTR/WFB DPP cover. In 2013 with the Raiders he averaged 42 fantasy points a game which was behind only Josh Dugan and Greg Inglis for best amongst WFBs and behind only Greg Inglis and Michael Jennings amongst CTRs. He shouldn’t come cheap, probably around the $300k mark, and has quite a bit of risk but he could look very good in the Roosters’ star studded backline.

 

Matt Duffie

2015 Team

Storm

Position

WFB

Bye weeks

11, 17

Price

137,000

With just four games in the last two years former Kiwi wing Matt Duffie is on the precipice of having his career ruined by injury. He has had two blown ACLs and three shoulder reconstructions which is a brutal injury toll for a 24 year-old. Even if Duffie does get healthy he would seem to be buried on the depth chart.

 

Delouise Hoeter

2015 Team

Tigers

Position

CTR/WFB

Bye weeks

12, 18

Price Predictor

128,000

As well as having an unusual name Hoeter also has electric pace. The fullback, wing, centre joins the full time NRL squad and if Jy Hitchcox can manage to play four games for the Tigers then surely Hoeter can too.

 

Lachlan Coote

2015 Team

Cowboys

Position

WFB

Bye weeks

14, 18

Price

137,000

Coote is that player who immediately tears all the ligaments in his knees them moment lockout closes after purchasing him. He’s also the player that goes on a run of solid scores when he’s not in your team, thus tempting you to get him in before another ACL injury ruins his/your season. Coote was originally in line for the fullback position in 2014, before a knee injury saw the rise of Michael Morgan in that role. Where will Green use the unquestionably talented Coote, and the deserving Morgan?

 

Travis Robinson

2015 Team

Storm

Position

WFB

Bye weeks

11, 17

Pric

150,000

Robinson signed with the Storm in 2014 but failed to see any game time. He scored six tries in nine games during his time with the Panthers. He’s a useful depth player for the Storm but shouldn’t be relied on for much more than spot starts.

 

Tim Moltzen

2015 Team

Tigers

Position

HLF/WFB

Bye weeks

12, 18

Price

174,000

 

 

Solomone Kata

2015 Team

Warriors

Position

CTR

Bye weeks

11, 17

Price

128,000

Kata could be the heir apprentice to Manu Vatuvei or he could be the heir apprentice to Konrad Hurrell. From those comparisons you should have the impression he is a tackle breaking ball carrier who can play centre or wing. He was the man of the match in the Junior Warriors Grand Final win, scoring a hat trick.

Saturday, 24 January 2015 11:00

RFS Preview: WFB cheapies

This is a pretty mud position group but you are probably going to need one or two players to fill out the WFB bench, so choose wisely.

Note: Since this series of articles started the first fantasy prices of 2015 have been announced. They appear to represent a 16% increase in player value while the salary cap, if they continue to match it with the actual NRL salary cap, will see just a 4% increase in value. That means it will be harder to build a team of guns in 2015 than it was in 2014. This will be a response to complaints in 2014 when the cap went up higher than player values did. It's a good thing, it makes for more differentiation and increases the importance of developing a good team rather than just starting with one. 

If you have missed any articles in the series you can find the links here.

William Zillman

2015 Team

Titans

Position

CTR/WFB

Games played

16

Ave Minutes

73

Fantasy average

22.69

PPM

0.31

Consistency

0.51

Price

189,000

Origin

Low

Bye weeks

11, 17

Thrillman put on an incredibly futile streak of fantasy scores between round 9 and 11 last season when he scored -1, 5 and 15. If you get rid of those three scores, the other time he scored 15, the time he scored 18 and the time he got 20 then his average is a still mediocre 29.1. Stats can tell you a lot of things kids but even with incredibly selective manipulations stats will never tell you William Zillman is good at fantasy.

 

Sisa Waqa

2015 Team

Raiders

Position

WFB

Games played

23

Ave Minutes

80

Fantasy average

26.52

PPM

0.33

Consistency

0.57

Price

235,000

Origin

Low

Bye weeks

14,17

After three seasons being coached up by Craig Bellamy and getting service from Cooper Cronk, Cameron Smith and Billy Slater, Waqa joins the Raiders to be coached by Ricky Stuart while potentially being provided to by Glen Buttriss, Josh McCrone and Jordan Rapana. That’s like getting serviced by Kate Upton one day and then Anthony Watts the next.

 

Glen Fisiiahi

2015 Team

Warriors

Position

WFB

Games played

5

Ave Minutes

80

Fantasy average

24.20

PPM

0.30

Consistency

0.88

Price

182,00

Origin

Zero

Bye weeks

11, 17

Returning from yet another injury, the Fish will need to perform early as the competition queues for his starting spot. Blessed with blinding speed it would be nice to see the Fish sniffing around the ruck looking for offloads. In the five games the Fish played last year he scored an impressive seven tries! Highlighting the fact that wingers don’t represent value in fantasy, his try scoring feats, he only managed to average 24.2 with a maximum 59 points in a four try haul. Do not consider.

 

Pat Richards

2015 Team

Tigers

Position

WFB

Games played

20

Ave Minutes

74

Fantasy average

25.80

PPM

0.35

Consistency

0.71

Price

228,000

Origin

Low

Bye weeks

12, 18

Would anyone have believed a kick-off could be so exciting? Or a booming drop out? A sideline conversion? What about a well taken drop kick? Richards does some incredible things with the ball. He’s probably got a year or two left but if he wanted to make some money in his retirement I am very confident he could make it as a kicker or punter in the NFL.

 

Jake Mamo

2015 Team

Knights

Position

WFB

Games played

7

Ave Minutes

80

Fantasy average

26.29

PPM

0.33

Consistency

0.48

Price

212,000

Origin

Low

Bye weeks

14, 17

An extremely promising rookie, Mamo more than likely will not be starting the season in first grade. Touted as the future fullback for the club, Mamo has plenty of speed and try scoring prowess and is a definite fantasy prospect should he see consistent first grade minutes. If injuries permit, Mamo should be one of the first in line to replace, as he impressed in his first few ventures into first grade in 2014. Maybe one for next year.

 

Young Tonumaipea

2015 Team

Storm

Position

WFB

Games played

14

Ave Minutes

80

Fantasy average

25.29

PPM

0.31

Consistency

0.47

Price

224,000

Origin

Low

Bye weeks

11, 17

YT was a bit of a cash cow bust in 2014 but he still made enough money to satisfy his owners if they were patient, peaking at round 12 at $207k. The problem with cash cow wingers is that unless they are blockbusting David Nofoaluma types they rely too heavily on tries to get points and that makes them inconsistent and that makes their price rises slow. YT will likely not see much first grade in 2015 with a fit Matt Duffie back to take his spot.

 

David Fusitua

2015 Team

Warriors

Position

WFB

Games played

12

Ave Minutes

73

Fantasy average

24.25

PPM

0.33

Consistency

0.69

Price

215,000

Origin

Zero

Bye weeks

11, 17

Fusitua announced himself to the NRL with some spectacular try finishing. The challenge will be to get a consistent opportunity to tie down a wing spot. Despite scoring seven tries and having eight tackle busts in his 11 starts he will struggle to find a starting spot. Having the returning Glen Fisiiahi and powerful Ngani Laumape as competitors he may have to display his skills in the NSW cup. Hopefully David cracks first grade as there is nothing better than cheering for the Fussie!

 

Anthony Don

2015 Team

Titans

Position

WFB

Games played

15

Ave Minutes

78

Fantasy average

21.47

PPM

0.28

Consistency

0.49

Price

190,000

Origin

Low

Bye weeks

11, 17

See William Zillman without the three game futile streak.

 

Cheyse Blair

2015 Team

Sea Eagles

Position

WFB

Games played

7

Ave Minutes

81

Fantasy average

26.14

PPM

0.32

Consistency

0.34

Price

211,000

Origin

Low

Bye weeks

11, 14

Blair was one of three players (Gutherson and David Williams were the others) that benefited from the injuries to the Manly outside backs. He made a good fist of those chances scoring four tries in his seven regular season appearances and getting the try that pushed the finals game with the Bulldogs to golden point. Blair will continue to need injuries to players ahead of him to get chances but he is no liability in first grade.

 

James Mcmanus

2015 Team

Knights

Position

WFB

Games played

16

Ave Minutes

80

Fantasy average

20.88

PPM

0.26

Consistency

0.40

Price

185,000

Origin

Medium

Bye weeks

14, 17

Mcmanus is a veteran winger who may be entering the twilight of his career come the end of season 2015. While he's one of the more consistent performers in the NRL the Knights have no shortage of up and coming back line talent, his spot in the team is at risk. In previous seasons his fantasy scoring has been extremely lacklustre, and thus is not a great choice for your fantasy team in 2015.

 

Kevin Gordon

2015 Team

Titans

Position

WFB

Games played

18

Ave Minutes

80

Fantasy average

21.06

PPM

0.26

Consistency

0.50

Price

186,00

Origin

Low

Bye weeks

11, 17

The Titans wingers were the worst position group for fantasy purposes in the league last year. The average score by a Titans winger was 21.94 which just beat out the Raiders effort of 22.29, nobody else was under 25. There was certainly a lot of suck on the Titans and Raiders’ flanks this year. The Raiders can blame Bill Tupou, the Titans may as well blame Kevin Gordon.

 

Cameron Munster

2015 Team

Storm

Position

WFB

Games played

1

Ave Minutes

80

Fantasy average

22.00

PPM

0.28

Consistency

N/A

Price

142,000

Origin

Low

Bye weeks

11, 17

The youngster made one appearance in round 12 against the fullback in place of Billy Slater. He is a young, talented player who has re-signed with the Storm until 2017 but his time probably isn’t in 2015. Unless you are talking Auckland Nines in which case his time is in late January/Early February.

 

Kurtis Rowe

2015 Team

Tigers

Position

WFB

Games played

8

Ave Minutes

77

Fantasy average

22.50

PPM

0.29

Consistency

0.71

Price

187,000

Origin

Low

Bye weeks

12, 18

With 21 missed tackles in 49 attempts Kurtis Rowe was the least successful tackler in the NRL last season. He could slip the occasional tackle but he really seemed out of his depth in eight games last season. He weighs in at just 82 kilos which puts him among the smallest players in the NRL. Probably relegated behind Naiqama and Moltzen as fullback cover he could use the time to develop his skills and physique in reserve grade.

 

Gerard Beale

2015 Team

Sharks

Position

CTR

Games played

24

Ave Minutes

80

Fantasy average

25.92

PPM

0.32

Consistency

0.52

Price

229,000

Origin

Zero

Bye weeks

11, 14

Gerard Beale signing with the Dragons is a real annoyance for fantasy players. Instead of having cash cow Jack Bird we get fantasy no-go Gerard Beale.  If Beale was a Shark in 2014 he would have led the team in tries and line break assists and been second in line breaks, this is probably a reflection of how bad the Sharks were rather than how good Beale was.

 

Blake Ayshford

2015 Team

Sharks

Position

CTR

Games played

16

Ave Minutes

77

Fantasy average

25.38

PPM

0.33

Consistency

0.44

Price

225,000

Origin

Low

Bye weeks

11, 14

Last season Ayshford played one game at lock and scored 53 points! Sadly he won’t see much time at lock in 2015.

 

David Williams

2015 Team

Sea Eagles

Position

WFB

Games played

7

Ave Minutes

75

Fantasy average

18.29

PPM

0.24

Consistency

0.40

Price

147,000

Origin

Low

Bye weeks

11, 14

The Wolfman had a season to forget in 2014. He effectively lost his starting role to Peter Hiku early in the season and was then suspended for betting on games that he played in. He did bring up his 100th first grade game for the Sea Eagles but even though he is still under contract it seems unlikely he will add any more games to the tally.

 

David Simmons

2015 Team

Panthers

Position

WFB

Games played

11

Ave Minutes

71

Fantasy average

24.64

PPM

0.35

Consistency

0.62

Price

218,000

Origin

Low

Bye weeks

11, 14

Simmons was one of many Panthers to have an injury impacted 2014. His injury might have been more costly as it opened the door to youngster Dallin Watene-Zelezniak. Interesting enough all three players that shared the Dally M top try scorer award find their jobs under threat or already lost, the other two being James McManus (who’ll probably keep his job but will be under pressure) and David Williams (who lost his job to Peter Hiku).

 

Bill Tupou

2015 Team

Raiders

Position

WFB

Games played

10

Ave Minutes

80

Fantasy average

18.50

PPM

0.23

Consistency

0.72

Price

164,000

Origin

Low

Bye weeks

14,17

Bill Tupou had 8 errors in 10 games last season and if my memory serves me correctly they were five metres out with a clear line ahead. Bill Tupou truly sucks.

 

Bureta Faraimo

2015 Team

Eels

Position

WFB

Games played

2

Ave Minutes

80

Fantasy average

28.50

PPM

0.36

Consistency

0.92

Price

192,000

Origin

Low

Bye weeks

15, 18

Faraimo played two games on the wing for the Eels and his fantasy scores are the perfect illustration on the problem with wingers in fantasy: 47 and 10. Part of Parramatta’s crew of USA Tomahawks.

 

Justin O’Neill

2015 Team

Cowboys

Position

CTR/WFB

Games played

4

Ave Minutes

69

Fantasy average

22.00

PPM

0.32

Consistency

0.55

Price

160,000

Origin

Low

Bye weeks

14, 17

O’Neill is a very typical outside back. He can find the line, and is great in the air, but he doesn’t have the tackle busting ability to be a regular fantasy scorer. Avoid.

 

Edrick Lee

2015 Team

Raiders

Position

WFB

Games played

8

Ave Minutes

74

Fantasy average

17.38

PPM

0.23

Consistency

0.40

Price

145,000

Origin

Low

Bye weeks

14,17

$130k is a very cheap price for a player who averaged almost 30 in 2013. However, he did earn it with scores of 21, 22, 10, 17, 13, 13, 12 and 31 in his eight games. That 31 was propped up by an abnormal 25 tackles and apart from that Lee was the fattest passenger on a team of over-weight passengers.

 

Jordan Kahu

2015 Team

Broncos

Position

HLF/WFB

Games played

2

Ave Minutes

80

Fantasy average

24.50

PPM

0.31

Consistency

0.66

Price

165,000

Origin

Zero

Bye weeks

14, 17

Kahu is an amazing talent who has seemingly spent his entire career recovering from knee injuries. One day he will actually get a chance, and probably be a good player. But, unless he plays in the spine (fullback, or half) he won’t be a fantasy option. In one of the most exciting pieces of pre-season news Kahu was spotted as the only Bronco taking high balls at Broncos’ practice so don’t rule out that fullback spot.

 

Reece Robinson

2015 Team

Eels

Position

WFB

Games played

18

Ave Minutes

80

Fantasy average

24.17

PPM

0.30

Consistency

0.58

Price

214,000

Origin

Low

Bye weeks

15, 18

After five years with the Raiders Robinson joins the Eels for 2015. He’ll be hoping to replace departed superstar Jarryd Hayne, but Will Hopoate will be another contender. Robinson is capable but he isn’t going to make anyone forget about Hayne. He only had a solitary appearance at fullback for the Raiders in 2014 with his remaining 17 appearances coming on the wing.

 

Mitch Brown

2015 Team

Sharks

Position

WFB

Games played

20

Ave Minutes

77

Fantasy average

22.45

PPM

0.29

Consistency

0.46

Price

199,000

Origin

Low

Bye weeks

11, 14

Brown comes over with Michael Ennis from the Dogs to the Sharks. He’ll probably steal a wing spot because he works hard and coaches like him but we’ll be annoyed because he takes a spot that could otherwise be taken by an exciting cash cow.

 

Jacob Gagan

2015 Team

Sharks

Position

WFB

Games played

7

Ave Minutes

70

Fantasy average

21.71

PPM

0.31

Consistency

0.78

Price Predictor

162,857

Origin

Low

Bye weeks

11, 14

Gagan averaged 38 points in games in which he scored tries and 9.5 in games that he didn’t. For a winger that sort of split isn’t unusual but the range is very high.  He also shared the worst fantasy performance of the year award with James Gavet, John Sutton, Mitchell Moses and Pat Richards when he scored -2 in round 19.

 

Adam Quinlan

2015 Team

Dragons

Position

WFB

Games played

15

Ave Minutes

80

Fantasy average

22.00

PPM

0.28

Consistency

0.47

Price

195,000

Origin

Low

Bye weeks

11, 14

Perhaps the most controversial Dragons player, not because of his off-field or even on field antics, but as a result of his ‘jack of all trades, master of none’ abilities. The Dragons are sure they have a player with a unique skill set, but haven’t quite figured out how to properly utilise it yet. Quinlan has played off the bench, halfback, fullback and on the wing over the past two years and has shown sparks of brilliance, but not the consistency required to hold down one spot... Yet.

 

Lachlan Maranta

2015 Team

Broncos

Position

WFB

Games played

16

Ave Minutes

77

Fantasy average

17.81

PPM

0.23

Consistency

0.49

Price

158,000

Origin

Low

Bye weeks

14, 17

Maranta scores really high in all the wrong fantasy categories; missed tackles and errors, and seems unwilling to score in any of the others. Even if Maranta started at fullback in 2015 he is unlikely to make much cash or score well.

 

Beau Champion

2015 Team

Eels

Position

CTR

Games played

2

Ave Minutes

80

Fantasy average

19.00

PPM

0.24

Consistency

0.74

Price

146,000

Origin

Low

Bye weeks

15, 18

Champion was one of the victims of Kirisome Auva’a not receiving any punishment from the NRL until the end of the season. After Champion injured his wrist Auva’a grabbed his spot and Champion was never able to get it back. He joins the Eels with hopes of benefiting from the backline shake-up in the wake of Jarryd Hayne’s departure. He’ll be very cheap but that does not make him a solid cash cow prospect.

 

Justin Hunt

2015 Team

Eels

Position

WFB

Games played

1

Ave Minutes

80

Fantasy average

11.00

PPM

0.14

Consistency

N/A

Price

137,000

Origin

Low

Bye weeks

15, 18

Hunt played just a solitary game for the Eels in 2014 after coming over from the Rabbitohs on a three year contract. He was told he could look for a new club at the end of 2014 but has yet to make a shift. Considering the Eels now have a vacant fullback spot Brad Arthur can’t think much of Hunt.

 

Brendan Elliot

2015 Team

Roosters

Position

CTR

Games played

1

Ave Minutes

80

Fantasy average

20.00

PPM

0.25

Consistency

N/A

Price

142,000

Origin

Low

Bye weeks

11, 17

I have no recollection of Brendan Elliot playing round 17 against the Sharks. On the wing he scored 20 fantasy points in that game with almost all of those courtesy of a try and the associated line break. He was named to the centres alongside Sione Mata’utia in the Holden Cup team of the year in 2014 and Mata’utia is an international player now. Perhaps don’t expect the same rise for Elliot but he’s a good player who good make the most of any chance he gets.

 

Tuesday, 20 January 2015 11:00

RFS Preview: WFB mid-rangers

Much like the mid-range 2RF there is a lot of rubbish to sort through at the mid-range WFB grouping. But there are also one or two gems hidden deep down.

Note: Since this series of articles started the first fantasy prices of 2015 have been announced. They appear to represent a 16% increase in player value while the salary cap, if they continue to match it with the actual NRL salary cap, will see just a 4% increase in value. That means it will be harder to build a team of guns in 2015 than it was in 2014. This will be a response to complaints in 2014 when the cap went up higher than player values did. It's a good thing, it makes for more differentiation and increases the importance of developing a good team rather than just starting with one. 

If you have missed any articles in the series you can find the links here.

Matthew Moylan

2015 Team

Panthers

Position

WFB

Games played

24

Ave Minutes

80

Fantasy average

39.17

PPM

0.49

Consistency

0.34

Price

347,000

Origin

Moderate

Bye weeks

11, 14

Moylan’s on field performance didn’t match his reputation in his rookie year but that all changed in 2014. Moylan was a match winner for the Panthers and consistently played at a high level. Jarryd Hayne’s departure opens a spot up at the back for the Blues and Moylan will be one of the players in the frame to replace him. He replaced Hayne in the Kangaroos squad and even though he didn’t see any game time he will be better for the experience.

 

Jordan Rapana

2015 Team

Raiders

Position

WFB

Games played

2

Ave Minutes

80

Fantasy average

47.50

PPM

0.59

Consistency

0.16

Price

319,000

Origin

Low

Bye weeks

14,17

Rapana was a surprise inclusion at fullback in round 22, having not played in the NRL since 2008. He made the most of his opportunity, making 20 tackle breaks in two games before a frightening skull fracture ended his season. Speculation is that Jack Wighton will have the inside track to the vacant Raiders fullback role but Rapana shouldn’t be ruled out as an option Ricky Stuart will consider. He should be a heavily discounted fantasy player but it is hard to trust a player with just two games on his resume.

 

Clinton Gutherson

2015 Team

Sea Eagles

Position

WFB

Games played

3

Ave Minutes

76

Fantasy average

42.33

PPM

0.56

Consistency

0.18

Price

296,000

Origin

Low

Bye weeks

11, 14

The Junior Kangaroo has crossed the line in each of his four first grade games. He is the likely successor to Brett Stewart but seeing further first grade games in 2015 will be dependent on the opportunities presented by Stewart, Peta Hiku and Jorge Taufua.

 

Roger Tuivasa-Sheck

2015 Team

Roosters

Position

WFB

Games played

23

Ave Minutes

80

Fantasy average

36.30

PPM

0.46

Consistency

0.33

Price

321,000

Origin

Zero

Bye weeks

11, 17

The Roosters backline will be downright terrifying this year – Pearce, Maloney, Jennings, SKD, Ferguson, Tupou and RTS, every single one of them with Origin or international experience. The biggest question mark surrounds how Blake Ferguson slips into the side? Centre, wing or fullback? RTS has long been ear marked as Anthony Minichello’s replacement at the back so it seems most likely the fullback job will fall to him. It isn’t really clear how much better that makes him as a fantasy player, he’s already valued at over $270k but does he have the potential to do similar things from the back as James Tedesco? Have there been too many question marks in this paragraph?

 

Kevin Naiqama

2015 Team

Tigers

Position

WFB

Games played

8

Ave Minutes

80

Fantasy average

37.00

PPM

0.47

Consistency

0.42

Price

308,000

Origin

Low

Bye weeks

12, 18

Naiqama joins the Tigers from the Panthers where he was a reliable but not frequently used player. He won’t be a first choice player for the Tigers either but considering Tedesco, Richards and Nofoaluma combined to missed 25 games last season he should manage to get some game time.

 

David Nofoaluma

2015 Team

Tigers

Position

WFB

Games played

15

Ave Minutes

79

Fantasy average

36.20

PPM

0.46

Consistency

0.38

Price

320,000

Origin

Low

Bye weeks

12, 18

The only players with more tackle breaks per game than Nofo were Josh Mansour, Jarryd Hayne, Andrew Fifita, Jordan Rapana and Josh Dugan so Nofo is (mostly) in esteemed company. Nofoaluma suffered a partial tear to his ACL early in 2014 but after battling through it was decided that he needed season ending surgery in July. He should be fit for the start of 2015 and his tackle breaking could one day elevate him to a Josh Mansour level fantasy player.

 

Darius Boyd

2015 Team

Broncos

Position

WFB

Games played

14

Ave Minutes

74

Fantasy average

33.79

PPM

0.46

Consistency

0.48

Price

299,000

Origin

Certain

Bye weeks

14, 17

Bennett’s shadow rejoins the Broncos, but will be lucky to take the field this year. A snapped Achilles heel has him at long odds to take the field and provides opportunities in the Broncos backline.

 

Brett Morris

2015 Team

Bulldogs

Position

WFB

Games played

18

Ave Minutes

80

Fantasy average

35.61

PPM

0.45

Consistency

0.51

Price

315,000

Origin

Certain

Bye weeks

12, 17

Brett Morris has long been the best finisher in the NRL but he’ll do it in unfamiliar colours in 2015 after joining brother Josh at the Bulldogs. Whether he joins Josh on the Bulldogs left flank is the major point of interest as it has also been speculated that he could end up at fullback. Either way he presents a big upgrade over Mitch Brown. Morris will generate some fantasy interest if he gets named at fullback but considering his starting price he probably has limited upside.

 

Josh Hoffman

2015 Team

Titans

Position

WFB

Games played

20

Ave Minutes

79

Fantasy average

30.25

PPM

0.38

Consistency

0.49

Price

268,000

Origin

Zero

Bye weeks

11, 17

After a couple of seasons in limbo Hoffman was finally escorted from the Broncos’ premises when Wayne Bennett came on as coach. His eventual landing place, Gold Coast, is somewhat surprising because there is no guarantee he will grab his favoured fullback position with William Zillman, David Mead and Kevin Gordon all speculated as being in the mix. Hoffman should be better than those guys but he’s also been cursed with versatility which could see him playing in the halves or centres. Hoffman was 8 fantasy points better playing fullback than he was playing five eighth.

 

Brett Stewart

2015 Team

Sea Eagles

Position

WFB

Games played

20

Ave Minutes

78

Fantasy average

37.30

PPM

0.48

Consistency

0.51

Price Predictor

279,750

Origin

Medium

Bye weeks

11, 14

Stewart finished 2014 with exactly 200 first grade games for Manly, whether he gets beyond 226 is still very much in doubt even though he is contracted to 2016. Ever since brother Glenn was not offered a contract Brett and disgruntled have been constant companions with Brett seeming to be linked with half of the NRL clubs. That talk has died down since the Penn’s took control of the Board but Stewart is not likely to be thrilled to see the money Daly Cherry-Evans will make if he resigns with the Sea Eagles. For fantasy purposes Stewart is a poor choice, he’ll suck you in with a run of good games before breaking your heart with a run of sub-20’s.

 

Semi Radradra

2015 Team

Eels

Position

WFB

Games played

24

Ave Minutes

80

Fantasy average

36.88

PPM

0.46

Consistency

0.50

Price

326,000

Origin

Low

Bye weeks

15, 18

For a $166k winger who hadn’t set the world on fire in 2013 Radradra was owned by a suspicious number of people. Those people willing to push the envelope were pretty well rewarded with Radradra going on a try scoring tear with ten tries in his first seven games. His nine tries in the remaining 16 games were comparatively pedestrian and his 20 total tries were good for second behind team mate Jarryd Hayne. As a fantasy prospect he has limited upside at that price but he did score 60+ in four games.

 

Manu Vatuvei

2015 Team

Warriors

Position

WFB

Games played

23

Ave Minutes

78

Fantasy average

32.52

PPM

0.42

Consistency

0.44

Price

288,000

Origin

Zero

Bye weeks

11, 17

Manu is often maligned by memories of a certain 2007 game versus Parramatta. However, only a closed minded bigot could begrudge acknowledging that Manu, despite being a winger, is one of the most influential players at the Warriors. Scoring 17 tries and having more running metres (3,201m) than any other Warrior, he dominated both tallies. Having scored at least ten tries in nine consecutive seasons Manu is one of only two players to do so in NRL history. Not surprisingly, the Warriors success is often reflected with the Beast’s performance. Having nine games with 150 running metres or more his work ethic is never in question and his finishing as lethal as ever. Sadly his fantasy stats are never reflected and his average of 30.4 means you can cheer loudly knowing none of your rivals have him either.

 

Peta Hiku

2015 Team

Sea Eagles

Position

WFB

Games played

24

Ave Minutes

80

Fantasy average

30.50

PPM

0.38

Consistency

0.48

Price

270,000

Origin

Zero

Bye weeks

11, 14

Hiku played more minutes than anyone in 2014. Even though 10 other players played every minute of all 24 games Hiku managed five minutes in a golden point game which put him alone at the top. Hiku was the Swiss Army knife of the Eagles’ backline playing fullback, left and right centre and left and right wing over the course of the season. Hiku averaged 40 at fullback, 30 on the wing and 21 at centre. He’s likely at wing for this season unless Brett Stewart wiggles out of his contract.

 

Corey Thompson

2015 Team

Bulldogs

Position

WFB

Games played

21

Ave Minutes

80

Fantasy average

27.38

PPM

0.34

Consistency

0.39

Price

242,000

Origin

Low

Bye weeks

12, 17

The diminutive Thompson made the most of his opportunity in 2014 but he’ll have to battle the newly signed Curtis Rona for the right to start this year. As a fantasy player he doesn’t get involved enough and has too many games when his name goes missing from the stat sheet. Thompson played a lot of fullback at the lower grades and could be an outside chance to get a role there should Sam Perrett and Josh Morris falter.

 

Daniel Tupou

2015 Team

Roosters

Position

WFB

Games played

16

Ave Minutes

80

Fantasy average

33.44

PPM

0.42

Consistency

0.59

Price

296,000

Origin

High

Bye weeks

11, 17

Tupou had quite a year in 2014 debuting for City, New South Wales and Australia. At 1.95m Tupou is an excellent jump ball target which isn’t the type of scoring that translates well into fantasy points but it is still impressive to see him go up. Tupou had fantasy scores of 15, 14, 15 and 14 as well as 52, 71, 60 and 59. So goes the fantasy fortunes of every winger that isn’t Josh Mansour.

 

Alex Johnston

2015 Team

Rabbitohs

Position

WFB

Games played

15

Ave Minutes

80

Fantasy average

35.07

PPM

0.44

Consistency

0.51

Price

310,000

Origin

Moderate

Bye weeks

15, 18

Johnston was a revelation for the Rabbitohs last season as he supplanted club stalwart Nathan Merritt on the wing. The problem is that Johnston’s contract is up at the end of 2015 and the 20 year-old will be an attractive prospect to a lot of teams. Johnston scored 17 tries in 15 games and considering the number of games Luke Brooks was invisible for Johnston would have been a better pick for rookie of the year. At over $260k Johnston will be too pricey for your fantasy team and it is hard to see him averaging better in 2015 than he did in 2014.

 

Chase Stanley

2015 Team

Bulldogs

Position

CTR/WFB

Games played

9

Ave Minutes

72

Fantasy average

31.44

PPM

0.44

Consistency

0.42

Price

270,000

Origin

Zero

Bye weeks

12, 17

Stanley saw sporadic appearances at three positions in 2014 and if he wants to see regular game time he needs to go to SuperLeague. That’s not a slight on the versatile Stanley, who has played twice for the Kiwis, but the reality for a limited player in the competitive environment of the NRL.

 

Kyle Feldt

2015 Team

Cowboys

Position

WFB

Games played

8

Ave Minutes

80

Fantasy average

27.75

PPM

0.35

Consistency

0.41

Price

231,000

Origin

Low

Bye weeks

14, 17

Feldt has been on the radar of fantasy coaches for years. A big outside back who can break tackles and score tries. If he locks down a spot, he is an exciting option for your 2015 team.

 

Peter Mata’utai

2015 Team

Dragons

Position

CTR/WFB

Games played

9

Ave Minutes

80

Fantasy average

29.22

PPM

0.37

Consistency

0.36

Price

251,000

Origin

Low

Bye weeks

11, 14

Mata’utai had a breakout year in 2014 in his first year with the club. Cementing his place in the squad following injuries to Dylan Farrell and Brett Morris, the hard running outside back gave the Dragons a little spark in attack. Now with less competition for positions, the former Newcastle Knight should have another good chance to show off his skills in the up-coming season.

 

Nathan Stapleton

2015 Team

Sharks

Position

WFB

Games played

2

Ave Minutes

80

Fantasy average

31.00

PPM

0.39

Consistency

0.14

Price Predictor

232,500

Origin

Low

Bye weeks

11, 14

The former Cronulla Shark joins the Roosters in 2015. He’s useful injury cover but the Roosters will hope he doesn’t see the field frequently.

 

Marika Koroibete

2015 Team

Storm

Position

WFB

Games played

10

Ave Minutes

80

Fantasy average

26.90

PPM

0.34

Consistency

0.63

Price

238,000

Origin

Low

Bye weeks

11, 17

After being bumped out of the Tigers by Tim Simona and David Nofouluma, Koribete found himself a home mid-season with the Storm. Bellamy loves a block busting wing and is more than happy to put up with the defensive frailties that often accompany players of that ilk. The Storm have had the worst opposition goal kicking percentage against them for the past two years and other than straight up good fortune the only explanation is that the Storm allow a higher percentage of tries down the flanks than other sides. Koroibete missed 11 tackles in 2014 and chances are quite a few of those led to tries.

 

Kurt Mann

2015 Team

Storm

Position

HLF/WFB 

Games played

8

Ave Minutes

80

Fantasy average

28.88

PPM

0.36

Consistency

0.31

Price

240,000

Origin

Low

Bye weeks

11, 17

Mann was a HLF/CTR dual position player last year but should find himself as a CTR/WFB in 2015 making six appearances at centre and a further two at fullback (Editor’s note: he has actually ended up a HLF/WFB). Mann scored the game winning try in his NRL debut against the Sea Eagles and managed another five tries in his seven other appearances. He is incredibly versatile and could fill in at every position in the backline but he’s unlikely to be a first choice player this year. Expect to see him trot out during Origin.

 

Antonio Winterstein

2015 Team

Cowboys

Position

WFB

Games played

21

Ave Minutes

80

Fantasy average

33.10

PPM

0.41

Consistency

0.30

Price

293,000

Origin

Low

Bye weeks

14, 17

Winterstein is a great NRL player, but not a fantasy option. But, rest assured, he will score at least one 50, after which every chump in your league will pick him up. Don’t be a chump.

 

Kalifa Faifai Loa

2015 Team

Titans

Position

WFB

Games played

9

Ave Minutes

80

Fantasy average

28.67

PPM

0.36

Consistency

0.38

Price

246,000

Origin

Low

Bye weeks

11, 17

KFL chose playing in the NRL over appearing on Big Brother during 2014. It is encouraging to know he is committed to league but who knows what would happen if The Block was interested. KFL finds himself once again coached by Neil Henry who was reluctant to give him many chances while they were both at the Cowboys. But KFL doesn’t have any issues with Henry, back in mid-2014 he said “He actually gave me advice and stuff” which is a mind blowing insight into the role of coaches.

 

Jorge Taufua

2015 Team

Sea Eagles

Position

WFB

Games played

15

Ave Minutes

80

Fantasy average

30.33

PPM

0.38

Consistency

0.54

Price

268,000

Origin

Medium

Bye weeks

11, 14

Taufua’s 2014 season was ruined by injury. He missed the first five games which may have cost him an Origin opportunity, before missing another four games later in the season. The Sea Eagles have one of the best backlines in the NRL when everyone is fully fit but they struggled to put the best line-up on the field at the same time in 2014 with DCE, Foran, Lyon, Matai, Stewart and Taufua all missing time. Peta Hiku played every game but Manly could only field their top line-up eight times during the year which is low considering none of the injuries were serious. Taufua’s price probably does have some room for growth, and he does string together big scores which help make for rapid increases, but you’d need to be confident he’s over his injury issues.

 

Dallin Watene-Zelezniak 

2015 Team

Panthers

Position

WFB

Games played

8

Ave Minutes

80

Fantasy average

30.13

PPM

0.38

Consistency

0.50

Price

251,000

Origin

Zero

Bye weeks

11, 14

DWZ was an early cautionary tale about jumping on a cash cow despite having a first game score that was unsustainable. DWZ scored 40 in a two try performance against the Raiders and then just five the week after against the Rabbitohs. But DWZ wasn’t happy with his 2014 legacy being associated with being a cash cow bust so he got back into the side played a further six regular season games, and he scored well in five of them, and then during the finals made his 2014 legacy this moment. Last laugh is with DWZ.

 

David Mead

2015 Team

Titans

Position

WFB

Games played

18

Ave Minutes

79

Fantasy average

26.94

PPM

0.34

Consistency

0.70

Price

238,000

Origin

Low

Bye weeks

11, 17

Mead finally got his shot at fullback when William Zillman got injured in the year. He impressed for a few weeks and was a bit of a non-entity in a few more but when Zillman returned Mead was a fullback no more. Coach Neil Henry has promised Zillman at shot at his favoured position this year but the competition for that role will be intense with Josh Hoffman, William Zillman and Kevin Gordon also in the mix. Of course you are here for fantasy splits – centre 14 in three games, wing 22 in eight games and fullback 38 in seven games.

 

Valentine Holmes

2015 Team

Sharks

Position

WFB

Games played

6

Ave Minutes

80

Fantasy average

34.33

PPM

0.43

Consistency

0.47

Price

267,000

Origin

Low

Bye weeks

11, 14

Holmes scored three tries in six appearances last season which was a pretty good strike rate for the impotent Sharks. He was a rocks or diamonds fantasy player with three scores over 40, two scores under 20 and just one score in between. Unless his starting price is heavily discounted he isn’t worth looking at.

 

Michael Morgan

2015 Team

Cowboys

Position

HLF/WFB

Games played

24

Ave Minutes

80

Fantasy average

37.25

PPM

0.47

Consistency

0.48

Price

330,000

Origin

Medium

Bye weeks

14, 17

Morgan was a surprise pick at fullback in 2014 after Coote’s preseason knee injury. But, with Coote returning, will Morgan retain the custodian’s role? Another option is Morgan (or Coote) playing five eight. Watch this space.

 

Daniel Vidot

2015 Team

Broncos

Position

WFB

Games played

22

Ave Minutes

80

Fantasy average

30.14

PPM

0.38

Consistency

0.35

Price

276,000

Origin

Medium

Bye weeks

14, 17

Vidot has the potential to become a decent fantasy winger. He’s big, trongs, and can break tackles. Unfortunately, he doesn’t break enough and rarely goes looking for the ball like Josh “the only winger you should have in your fantasy team ever” Mansour.

 

Sami Sauiluma

2015 Team

Sharks

Position

WFB/CTR

Games played

8

Ave Minutes

80

Fantasy average

28.13

PPM

0.35

Consistency

0.31

Price

234,000

Origin

Low

Bye weeks

11, 14

A life-long supporter of the Raiders Sauiluma was left unwanted by Canberra after (sarcasm alert) being utterly outplayed by Bill Tupou. He probably doesn’t serve as an upgrade on anything the Sharks currently have on the wing but he’s capable of breaking some tackles. He’ll be battling Holmes, Gagan and Brown for game time which (sarcasm alert) is a pre-season contest we’ll be anticipating all summer. 

 

Sosaia Feki

2015 Team

Sharks

Position

WFB

Games played

20

Ave Minutes

79

Fantasy average

27.65

PPM

0.35

Consistency

0.53

Price

245,000

Origin

Low

Bye weeks

11, 14

The former Warriors junior had a breakout season in 2014. He played 20 games on the wing and scored nine tries while showing real tackle breaking ability. He has one wing spot locked down but doesn’t offer significant upside as a fantasy player.

 

Sam Perrett

2015 Team

Bulldogs

Position

WFB

Games played

20

Ave Minutes

75

Fantasy average

35.45

PPM

0.47

Consistency

0.35

Price

314,000

Origin

Zero

Bye weeks

12, 17

Either Perrett filled in admirably for the Bulldogs at fullback in 2014 but may cede the role to Brett Morris in 2015. Perrett’s primary weakness was his support play with just four line breaks and two tries all year which are staggeringly low numbers, when you consider what Ben Barba was doing in the years prior as the Bulldogs fullback.  If he moves back to the wing expect a few stat categories to rise and a few to drop leaving him about the same fantasy player he was in 2014.

 

Chanel Mata'utia

2015 Team

Knights

Position

WFB

Games played

7

Ave Minutes

80

Fantasy average

28.14

PPM

0.35

Consistency

0.56

Price

227,000

Origin

Low

Bye weeks

14, 17

Chanel played the back part of 2014 on the wing for Newcastle and did not let down his team at all. Whilst not setting the fantasy world alight, he showed a level of consistency in first grade that should see him playing a fair bit of first grade football this year. While not guaranteed by any means a starting position in the team, expect to see him sneak into the first grade squad at some point in time.

 

Vai Toutai

2015 Team

Eels

Position

WFB

Games played

10

Ave Minutes

80

Fantasy average

29.30

PPM

0.37

Consistency

0.52

Price

259,000

Origin

Low

Bye weeks

15, 18

Toutai was involved in the infamous ball boy 40/20 incident in round 23 against the Bulldogs. In fact Toutai probably had the most culpability in the incident considering he should have known exactly what the requirements were but didn’t come anywhere near following them. Instead he called for the ball and then passed the ball half a metre from the side line, which obviously wasn’t going to cut it. But because heaven forbid we blame the players for a brain snap or the coaches for not drilling basic rules into their players all the focus fell on the supposed inadequacies of the rules and the refs and the ball boys.

 

Curtis Rona

2015 Team

Bulldogs

Position

WFB

Games played

7

Ave Minutes

80

Fantasy average

32.57

PPM

0.41

Consistency

0.14

Price

262,00

Origin

Low

Bye weeks

12, 17

Rona will be battling with fellow 2014 rookie Corey Thompson, for the right to play outside Tim Lafai. It could be a real boom role as Tim Lafai looks like developing into an elite NRL centre who has the ability to make his outside backs look good. The lanky Rona has about six inches on Thompson so naturally Rona feels like a good target for Trent Hodkinson or Josh Reynolds cross kicks and that probably makes him the favourite to grab the job. 

 

Nene MacDonald

2015 Team

Roosters

Position

WFB/CTR

Games played

7

Ave Minutes

65

Fantasy average

26.86

PPM

0.41

Consistency

0.47

Price

216,000

Origin

Low

Bye weeks

11, 17

The Papua New Guinea rep made his first grade debut in round 11 of 2014. He was solid without being spectacular which is sometimes all you hope for from a 20 year-old. The presence of Blake Ferguson likely restricts Nene’s development to reserve grade appearances.

 

Akuila Uate

2015 Team

Knights

Position

WFB

Games played

15

Ave Minutes

80

Fantasy average

35.00

PPM

0.44

Consistency

0.44

Price

310,000

Origin

Low

Bye weeks

14, 17

Akuila Uate was a major let down for the Knights in 2014, and will be looking to revitalise his career and prove to the fans that he still has what it takes to be one of the most dynamic players in the NRL. Uate, by nature, is not one to pick up in NRL Fantasy largely due to his erratic scoring. Not one for consistent points, however every now and then is likely to pull out a bunch of tries and post a big score.

 

Nathan Gardner

2015 Team

Sharks

Position

WFB

Games played

2

Ave Minutes

80

Fantasy average

31.00

PPM

0.39

Consistency

0.14

Price

208,000

Origin

Low

Bye weeks

11, 14

This is the most interesting thing Nathan Gardner did last year.

 

Sione Mata'utia

2015 Team

Knights

Position

WFB

Games played

7

Ave Minutes

80

Fantasy average

37.29

PPM

0.47

Consistency

0.44

Price

300,000

Origin

Moderate

Bye weeks

14, 17

Sione Mata'utia's selection in the Kangaroos was an odd one for the Four Nations tournament, considering that his first grade spot at Newcastle still is not assured for 2015. However he did not disappoint, but given his fantasy performances in 2014 and also his solidarity for the Kangaroos at the Four Nations tournament,  Sione could well be worth the risk in fantasy. Sione scored a bunch of tries in his time in first grade, and was posting scores about 30 more often than not.

 

Matthew Wright

2015 Team

Cowboys

Position

CTR/WFB

Games played

17

Ave Minutes

79

Fantasy average

26.71

PPM

0.34

Consistency

0.49

Price

236,000

Origin

Low

Bye weeks

14, 17

In round 22 of the 2014 season, Wright scored 3 tries and a season high 54 fantasy points. No!

Tuesday, 20 January 2015 11:00

RFS Preview: WFB Guns

One big mistake many made last season was going cheap at the back to start the year. Now that isn't to say it is a must this season but it certainly helps to have a player to shore up the position. Let's take a look at the options.

Note: Since this series of articles started the first fantasy prices of 2015 have been announced. They appear to represent a 16% increase in player value while the salary cap, if they continue to match it with the actual NRL salary cap, will see just a 4% increase in value. That means it will be harder to build a team of guns in 2015 than it was in 2014. This will be a response to complaints in 2014 when the cap went up higher than player values did. It's a good thing, it makes for more differentiation and increases the importance of developing a good team rather than just starting with one.

If you have missed any articles in the series you can find the links here.

Greg Inglis

2015 Team

Rabbitohs

Position

WFB

Games played

21

Ave Minutes

74

Fantasy average

48.10

PPM

0.65

Consistency

0.42

Price

426,000

Origin

Certain

Bye weeks

15, 18

Inglis was overshadowed by the incredible exploits of Jarryd Hayne last season but he should be back battling for the best WFB in fantasy again in 2015. In games not impacted by injury Inglis averaged 52.5 and showed the ability to rack up big points in a few minutes (see round 8 against Brisbane). The bye weeks could be a concern as he’ll miss five games across the bye period but he could be worth looking at to start the season with the intention to trade him out in round 14 as he will play just one game in the following four weeks.    

 

James Tedesco

2015 Team

Tigers

Position

WFB

Games played

8

Ave Minutes

60

Fantasy average

41.13

PPM

0.69

Consistency

0.56

Price

342,000

Origin

Medium

Bye weeks

12, 18

Tedesco’s reputation was enhanced for two things in 2014; his huge talent and his proneness for injury. During 2014 he had a concussion, an ankle injury and finally a fractured patella but when you take out games he was impacted by injury then he averages 54.6 fantasy points a game which was territory only surpassed by Jarryd Hayne in the WFBs. Big risk, big reward.

 

Anthony Milford

2015 Team

Broncos

Position

HLF/WFB

Games played

24

Ave Minutes

78

Fantasy average

43.46

PPM

0.56

Consistency

0.47

Price

385,000

Origin

High

Bye weeks

14, 17

The Milf is a fantasy conundrum. When he’s hot (and probably not in your team) he will single handedly rip teams apart, with points flying off his head whenever he touches the ball. When he’s not (and probably your captain) he will be targeted in defense and barely touch the ball. As a dominant fantasy weapon he was playing with the hapless Raiders, where he was able to take advantage of defenses that expected an easy win. In the Broncos, Milford will be facing more focused defenses and not be the dominant playmaker. But, he will be surrounded by more class and may get more opportunities.

 

Josh Mansour

2015 Team

Panthers

Position

WFB

Games played

20

Ave Minutes

77

Fantasy average

50.85

PPM

0.66

Consistency

0.38

Price

450,000

Origin

Moderate

Bye weeks

11, 14

Mansour was a beast in 2014 and was justifiably rewarded with a place in Australia’s Four Nations squad. He led the NRL with 147 tackle breaks despite missing four games and would have added a few more if Jamal Idris wasn’t such a dead end. Mansour is one of the only wingers that make for a gun fantasy player and his prospects shouldn’t be too different in 2015 although his owners will sweat throughout the Origin period.

 

Jason Nightingale

2015 Team

Dragons

Position

WFB

Games played

22

Ave Minutes

80

Fantasy average

42.23

PPM

0.53

Consistency

0.35

Price

374,000

Origin

Zero

Bye weeks

11, 14

One of the names thrown around by the press as ‘unhappy’ at the club and a possible cap casualty, Nightingale remains on the books for 2015. Now without partner in crime Brett Morris on the other flank, ‘Florence’ should see more traffic down his customary right side. The local junior has been one of the most consistent wingers in recent years, while this doesn’t necessarily translate into consistent fantasy points, he is very capable of pulling the big score.

 

Sam Tomkins

2015 Team

Warriors

Position

WFB

Games played

24

Ave Minutes

79

Fantasy average

43.29

PPM

0.55

Consistency

0.37

Price

383,000

Origin

Zero

Bye weeks

11, 17

A lot was expected of the Warriors’ million dollar man not only from Warriors’ fans but also fantasy owners. Unfortunately his performance just couldn’t quite get the traction to elevate to the elite level. Averaging an acceptable 40.5 and with a year under his belt in the NRL it will be hoped that he can fill the void that Hayne has left. A big positive is the fact that Origin doesn’t factor in and with a high work rate you get great viewership for your fantasy buck. With 13 tries, 13 try assists and a club leading 108 tackle busts expect minor increases but look for the 22 errors and 36 missed tackles to be an area of improvement.

 

Josh Dugan

2015 Team

Dragons

Position

CTR/WFB

Games played

18

Ave Minutes

80

Fantasy average

43.50

PPM

0.55

Consistency

0.36

Price

385,000

Origin

High

Bye weeks

11, 14

Moved to centre halfway through the 2014 season in order to fill a gap for the Dragons and the Blues, that should reverse in the new year. With the exodus of Jarryd Hayne to America in search of his NFL dream the NSW fullback position is up for grabs and Dugan has been the number one backup in the recent past. This will have alarm bells ringing for opposition defences, with the rangy outside back looking to get back to his destructive best.

 

Michael Gordon

2015 Team

Sharks

Position

WFB

Games played

24

Ave Minutes

79

Fantasy average

40.33

PPM

0.51

Consistency

0.37

Price

357,000

Origin

Medium

Bye weeks

11, 14

If you had bet money on Michael Gordon as the only player who’d play all 24 games for the Sharks in 2014 you’d have made a lot of money. Gordon was one of the few bright lights for the Sharks in an otherwise dismal season. He has a reputation as not being as creative or as a strong a linking player as other fullbacks and the stats bear this out with Gordon ranking 9th amongst fullbacks in try assists and 10th in line break assists but it isn’t like he played in a backline that gave him a lot of help.

 

Billy Slater

2015 Team

Storm

Position

WFB

Games played

21

Ave Minutes

79

Fantasy average

43.86

PPM

0.55

Consistency

0.45

Price

388,000

Origin

Certain

Bye weeks

11, 17

The Smith/Cronk/Slater threesome has been the driving force behind the Storm since 2004, that’s a long time and accordingly they are getting old. Though not quite as old as you might think with all three still only 31 years old. Slater’s game could be the first to show serious decline, he relies on his speed and quickness and those are the sort of skills that can rapidly disappear. Slater has also been incurring niggling injuries with increasing regularity. Perhaps he can stave off father time for one more year but you should enjoy the Storm’s three wonderful players while you can.

Thursday, 22 January 2015 11:00

RFS Preview: CTR rookies and returning players

An ideal scenario might be if four of these guys were named to start in round 1 so we can spend the money at another position. Instead the best we can hope for is one or two. But which one or two?

If you have missed any articles in the series you can find the links here.

 

Slade Griffin

2015 Team

Storm

Position

CTR

Bye weeks

11, 17

Price

137,000

After playing ten games for the Storm in 2013 it was not a good follow-up for Griffin in 2014. He required knee surgery early in the year ruling him out for the year and compounded this by being suspended for two game for betting on an NRL game.

 

Asipeli Fine

2015 Team

Tigers

Position

CTR/WFB

Bye weeks

12, 18

Price (2014 $’s)

128,000

Fine played in round 25 and 26 for the Tigers last season and wasn’t even added to fantasy because nobody had any trades left anyway.  If he had been added he would have scored about 24 and 25 fantasy points at centre. He was the centre on the NYC team of the year but Tigers fans will probably be hoping they don’t have the sort of injury crisis it will take to push Fine into the line-up.

 

Iosia Soliola

2015 Team

Raiders

Position

CTR

Bye weeks

14, 17

Price (2014 $’s)

186,000

Samoa's World Cup captain returns to the NRL on the back of a Grand Final winning year with Saint Helens. The former New Zealand representative is listed solely as a centre in Fantasy, despite playing in the second row for years now. As such, he is an interesting option at his price, especially if he gets the starting gig.

 

Nathan Milone

2015 Team

Tigers

Position

CTR

Bye weeks

12, 18

Price (2014 $’s)

128,000

For some reason the Tigers’ squad is stacked with young centres, Milone is another one, unless some of them can play second row we aren’t going to hear much more about them.

 

Chance Peni

2015 Team

Tigers

Position

CTR

Bye weeks

12, 18

Price (2014 $’s)

128,000

Peni joins the Tigers after playing NYC for the Knights in 2014. He scored a try in the Junior Kiwis 15-14 upset of their Australian counterparts but the centre/wing is probably just focusing on improving his game in NSW Cup this season.

 

Jacob Loko

2015 Team

Bulldogs

Position

CTR

Bye weeks

12, 17

Price (2014 $’s)

218,000

Loko was an emerging player in 2013 before his season was ended by an injury. He wasn’t fully healed in 2014 and the Eels let him walk to the Dogs at mid-season where he continued rehabilitation. There was some speculation he was in line for a position switch from the centres to the second row although that seems like it would limit his effectiveness. That’s moot now he’s been charged with a high range drink driving charge and suspension or possible contact termination await.

 

Euan Aitken

2015 Team

Dragons

Position

CTR/WFB

Bye weeks

11, 14

Price (2014 $’s)

128,000

Here we are again... Another junior representative star looking for a gig in the backs in the first grade side. After representing NSW and Australia last year and spending a good portion of last year in the NSW Cup, Aitken is walking in Charly Runciman’s shoes. He does have tongues wagging with his efforts during pre-season training, with the likes of Josh Dugan and Gareth Widdop applauding his level of fitness and attitude so far.

 

James Elias

2015 Team

Knights

Position

CTR

Bye weeks

14, 17

Price (2014 $’s)

128,000

A young centre from Nelson Bay with a lot of promise in regards to his future. In 2015 however, it's very unlikely that he will claim a starting berth unless Newcastle's stocks in the centres run staggeringly dry. With Players like Gagai and Leilua amongst a cast of others ahead of him, there's no reason whatsoever to consider picking up Elias in your fantasy team for 2015.

 

George Jennings

2015 Team

Panthers

Position

CTR

Bye weeks

11, 14

Price (2014 $’s)

128,000

Michael’s younger brother will be a very popular cash cow if he gets an extended run in first grade. He’ll need an injury to Jamal Idris or Dean Whare to get that extended run.

 

Aaron Gray, Sam Manuleleua, Ed Murphy, Setefano Taukafa

2015 Team

Rabbitohs

Position

CTR & CTR/WFB

Bye weeks

15, 18

Price (2014 $’s)

128,000

Considering the projected Rabbitohs left flank is going to be manned by Joel Reddy and Bryson Goodwin, and they aren’t very good, it is worth mentioning the youngster that could be in line to replace them. None of the four have made an NRL debut but it wouldn’t be a surprise to see one of them beat out Reddy or Goodwin. Gray is a centre, Manuleleua a wing while Murphy and Taukafa can play both.

 

Darryl Millard

2015 Team

Rabbitohs

Position

CTR

Bye weeks

15, 18

Price (2014 $’s)

~150,000

Millard is on a train and trail contract for the preseason. The 29 year-old last played in the NRL for the Bulldogs in 2009 and since then has played 97 games in the Super League for the Wakefield Wildcats and Catalan Dragons. An outside shot but worth monitoring. 

 

Davin Crampton

2015 Team

Titans

Position

CTR

Bye weeks

11, 17

Price (2014 $’s)

128,000

The Titans haven’t been shy to debut older players and Crampton could be the next one on the list. The 26 year-old Crampton is a versatile player and was one of the stars at the Northern Pride in their QLD Cup finals run. He could easily fill a role at centre for the Titans or as an interchange player able to cover multiple positions.

 

Hymel Hunt

2015 Team

Storm

Position

CTR

Bye weeks

11, 17

Price (2014 $’s)

128,000

Long awaited cash cow Hymel Hunt joined the Storm from Gold Coast in 2014 and for another year eager fantasy owners were kept waiting.  2015 probably won’t be much different unless injuries pave the way for Hunt to make his second NRL start. He is definitely an interesting prospect with a good size, speed combo but his reputation at Gold Coast was he tended to drift and was an inconsistent defender.

 

Jamie Dowling

2015 Team

Titans

Position

CTR

Bye weeks

11, 17

Price (2014 $’s)

128,000

Dowling blew out his ACL in the first minute of the Burleigh Bears’ round one game. There probably aren’t many worse experiences than slogging through pre-season training just to see your season finished in less than 60 seconds. He was thought to be in the mix to replace Jamal Idris at centre last year and the Titans are still yet to nail that spot down so he could be in the mix again.

 

Api Pewhairangi

2015 Team

Titans

Position

HLF/CTR

Bye weeks

11, 17

Price (2014 $’s)

197,000

Api has transferred from the Eels on the back of injuries and only managing four games in the last two seasons. Api has great versatility, he played his four games in the centres, yet prefers the halves and can cover fullback as well. This should mean he will find a place through natural attrition.

 

Jack Bird

2015 Team

Sharks

Position

CTR/SRF

Bye weeks

11, 14

Price (2014 $’s)

128,000

Bird can play centre or second row but it is fairly obvious the opportunities are more likely to come to him at centre.  Bird is a junior Kangaroo and NSW rep so he comes with big expectations and Sharks fans will be hoping he can beat out the likes of Blake Ayshford and Gerard Beale for a starting role. If Bird grabs a round 1 start he’ll be a popular cash cow. 

Thursday, 22 January 2015 11:00

RFS Preview: CTR cheapies

The reality is this group of players doesn't offer much. That being said there is one player that seems very under priced, if he stays healthy.

Note: Since this series of articles started the first fantasy prices of 2015 have been announced. They appear to represent a 16% increase in player value while the salary cap, if they continue to match it with the actual NRL salary cap, will see just a 4% increase in value. That means it will be harder to build a team of guns in 2015 than it was in 2014. This will be a response to complaints in 2014 when the cap went up higher than player values did. It's a good thing, it makes for more differentiation and increases the importance of developing a good team rather than just starting with one. 

If you need to know a players actual price then you can find them at this link.

If you have missed any articles in the series you can find the links here.

Josh Morris

2015 Team

Bulldogs

Position

CTR/WFB

Games played

15

Ave Minutes

80

Fantasy average

25.40

PPM

0.32

Consistency

0.47

Price (2014 $’s)

190,500

Origin

Certain

Bye weeks

12, 17

One day I will actually write an article on the Kieran Foran all-stars. Josh Morris is another. He’s one of the best centres in the game but his talents don’t show up in fantasy stats. The primary reason is Morris is a man to man defender that doesn’t pick up tackles by helping his inside man finish off an already completed tackle, great for conserving energy but not great for fantasy status. He missed the middle of the year following an injury sustained in the Blues Origin I victory but was back to play a big role in the Bulldogs finals run.

 

Dale Copley

2015 Team

Broncos

Position

CTR/WFB

Games played

24

Ave Minutes

79

Fantasy average

25.63

PPM

0.32

Consistency

0.58

Price (2014 $’s)

192,188

Origin

Medium

Bye weeks

14, 17

Copley is a great WFB/CTR, but a terrible fantasy option. Every rookie fantasy coach who likes the Broncos will pick him up, and then drop him. “He’s so cheap, he will be great”, he won’t be.

 

Dominique Peyroux

2015 Team

Warriors

Position

CTR

Games played

4

Ave Minutes

67

Fantasy average

17.75

PPM

0.27

Consistency

0.25

Price

142,000

Origin

Zero

Bye weeks

11, 17

He played four games and only 71 minutes in 2014 and will struggle to do better this year. Self confessed as too small for the second row, Dominique is in a precarious position, battling the masses for a centre role. Sadly he has failed to impress any of his four first grade coaches so far. It will be a long season providing experience in the NSW Cup.

 

Dane Nielsen

2015 Team

Dragons

Position

CTR

Games played

13

Ave Minutes

77

Fantasy average

25.15

PPM

0.33

Consistency

0.33

Price (2014 $’s)

188,654

Origin

Low

Bye weeks

11, 14

After a disastrous stint at the New Zealand Warriors, the former State of Origin centre will be out to prove a point in his third outfit in four years. With plenty of backline spots up for grabs, Nielsen looks to have chosen the perfect club to get a look in. Previously known for his solid defence and consistent performances in attack, he may be a bargain basement fantasy option.

 

Brendan Elliot

2015 Team

Roosters

Position

CTR

Games played

1

Ave Minutes

80

Fantasy average

20.00

PPM

0.25

Consistency

N/A

Price

142,000

Origin

Low

Bye weeks

11, 17

I have no recollection of Brendan Elliot playing round 17 against the Sharks. On the wing he scored 20 fantasy points in that game with almost all of those courtesy of a try and the associated line break. He was named to the centres alongside Sione Mata’utia in the Holden Cup team of the year in 2014 and Mata’utia is an international player now. Perhaps don’t expect the same rise for Elliot but he’s a good player who good make the most of any chance he gets.


Beau Champion

2015 Team

Eels

Position

CTR

Games played

2

Ave Minutes

80

Fantasy average

19.00

PPM

0.24

Consistency

0.74

Price

146,000

Origin

Low

Bye weeks

15, 18

Champion was one of the victims of Kirisome Auva’a not receiving any punishment from the NRL until the end of the season. After Champion injured his wrist Auva’a grabbed his spot and Champion was never able to get it back. He joins the Eels with hopes of benefiting from the backline shake-up in the wake of Jarryd Hayne’s departure. He’ll be very cheap but that does not make him a solid cash cow prospect.


Blake Ayshford

2015 Team

Sharks

Position

CTR

Games played

16

Ave Minutes

77

Fantasy average

25.38

PPM

0.33

Consistency

0.44

Price

225,000

Origin

Low

Bye weeks

11, 14

Last season Ayshford played one game at lock and scored 53 points! Sadly he won’t see much time at lock in 2015.

 

Gerard Beale

2015 Team

Sharks

Position

CTR

Games played

24

Ave Minutes

80

Fantasy average

25.92

PPM

0.32

Consistency

0.52

Price

229,000

Origin

Zero

Bye weeks

11, 14

Gerard Beale signing with the Dragons is a real annoyance for fantasy players. Instead of having cash cow Jack Bird we get fantasy no-go Gerard Beale.  If Beale was a Shark in 2014 he would have led the team in tries and line break assists and been second in line breaks, this is probably a reflection of how bad the Sharks were rather than how good Beale was.

 

Justin Hodges

2015 Team

Broncos

Position

CTR

Games played

16

Ave Minutes

75

Fantasy average

26.44

PPM

0.35

Consistency

0.47

Price (2014 $’s)

198,281

Origin

Certain

Bye weeks

14, 17

CTR is a terrible position for NRL fantasy, and that is the only thing that makes Hodges viable in your team. If he is fit, he can be great; breaking tackles and making big metres out of dummy half. Of course, he has muscles and tendons carved from chalk, so he will inevitably let you down, scoring donuts from the bench/grandstand.

 

Ricky Leutele

2015 Team

Sharks

Position

CTR

Games played

23

Ave Minutes

79

Fantasy average

25.87

PPM

0.33

Consistency

0.46

Price (2014 $’s)

194,022

Origin

Low

Bye weeks

11, 14

Leutele nailed down a spot in the centres for the Sharks and ended up playing 23 games. He started the season worth $140k and peaked at just over $230k in week 10 which is a useful amount of money for a cash cow centre, certainly a better earner than popular week 1 cash cows like Matthew Allwood and Carlos Tuimavave. Taking Leutele in 2015 is a punt on him becoming more consistent and morphing into a top level gun centre. I’m sceptical but you never know.

 

Johnathan Wright

2015 Team

Warriors

Position

CTR/WFB

Games played

17

Ave Minutes

80

Fantasy average

22.82

PPM

0.29

Consistency

0.39

Price (2014 $’s)

171,176

Origin

Low

Bye weeks

11, 17

A late addition to the Warriors, Wright is another Warriors recruit to come out of Cronulla. To date the Warriors are batting 0-2 with neither Jason Bukuya or Chad Townsend having the sort of impact the Warriors were hoping for. Wright is a solid defender who likes to get involved but he’s a very limited attacking player. He has basically no fantasy value, averaging 25.3 fantasy points in ten games at centre for the Sharks.

 

Brad Tighe

2015 Team

Titans

Position

CTR/WFB

Games played

9

Ave Minutes

66

Fantasy average

15.00

PPM

0.23

Consistency

0.70

Price (2014 $’s)

112,500

Origin

Low

Bye weeks

11, 17

Tighe is still contracted to the Titans but he’ll be a Burleigh Bear this season.

 

Matthew Allwood

2015 Team

Warriors

Position

CTR

Games played

11

Ave Minutes

77

Fantasy average

22.73

PPM

0.30

Consistency

0.63

Price (2014 $’s)

170,455

Origin

Low

Bye weeks

11, 17

Could Matt Allwood be to Coach McFadden what Darius Boyd is to Wayne Bennett? After playing NYC under him, he has followed McFadden to the Warriors. Signing a three year contract it will be interesting to see how this plays out. After playing 11 NRL games and only scoring one try, with one try assist, and an average of 22.7 he will not be worthy of fantasy consideration. The fact that there appears to be great competition in the centre/wing spots is a red flag. Even if listed to start the season do not be lured in; a slow start and NSW cup will beckon.

 

Bryson Goodwin

2015 Team

Rabbitohs

Position

CTR/WFB

Games played

13

Ave Minutes

77

Fantasy average

22.62

PPM

0.29

Consistency

0.36

Price (2014 $’s)

169,615

Origin

Low

Bye weeks

15, 18

Goodwin will be a cheap fantasy player but it was earned in 2014 rather than there being some extenuating circumstances. He’ll be in the frame to replace the Kirisome Auva’a/Lote Tuquri flank.

 

Keith Lulia

2015 Team

Tigers

Position

CTR

Games played

12

Ave Minutes

72

Fantasy average

21.67

PPM

0.30

Consistency

0.64

Price (2014 $’s)

162,500

Origin

Low

Bye weeks

12, 18

Lulia broke his neck in the Tigers’ round 22 game and was incredibly fortunate that the break didn’t do any nerve damage. What he isn’t incredibly fortunate about is breaking his neck in the first place, it is still unclear when or if at all Lulia will be able to resume his rugby league career.

 

Jack Reed

2015 Team

Broncos

Position

CTR

Games played

23

Ave Minutes

74

Fantasy average

24.26

PPM

0.33

Consistency

0.49

Price (2014 $’s)

181,957

Origin

Zero

Bye weeks

14, 17

Jack Reed is the much-maligned left centre for the Broncos. He doesn’t break tackles, and he is not quick enough to cut defenses to ribbons. But, he can find the line and is a solid defender. Despite this, he shouldn’t be in your fantasy team, no matter how much you love red headed Englishmen. If that’s your thing, I recommend James Graham. The other worry is that Reed is always likely to be fighting to keep his position with so many talented backs coming through the Broncos younger grades. Under Bennett, being solid may not be enough.

 

Tony Santini

2015 Team

Sea Eagles

Position

CTR

Games played

1

Ave Minutes

80

Fantasy average

11.00

PPM

0.14

Consistency

N/A

Price (2014 $’s)

107,000

Origin

Low

Bye weeks

11, 14

A google search reveals more information about Santini’s role as a plasterer than it does about his league career. Before you go booking up Santini to do work around your home it is important to note his license is expired. He might need to look into that as he is 31 and his round 3 appearance is the full extent of his first grade career.

 

Jeremy Hawkins

2015 Team

Raiders

Position

WFB

Games played

3

Ave Minutes

80

Fantasy average

22.00

PPM

0.28

Consistency

0.36

Price (2014 $’s)

165,000

Origin

Low

Bye weeks

14, 17

Hawkins played the last three games in 2014 because Ricky Stuart loves to ruin our cash cows. Instead of coming in at bottom price Hawkins will probably be something like $140,000 after discount. That’s a real problem as Hawkins didn’t show a whole lot in his three games scoring 16, 19 and 31 points suggesting he probably won’t make a lot of money. Go to hell, Ricky Stuart.

Wednesday, 21 January 2015 11:00

RFS Preview: CTR mid-rangers

Most of the gun centres have warts and with the tight salary cap this year can you really afford to spend money on a risky gun? With that in mind finding a potential keeper in this group of players could make your season that much easier.

Note: Since this series of articles started the first fantasy prices of 2015 have been announced. They appear to represent a 16% increase in player value while the salary cap, if they continue to match it with the actual NRL salary cap, will see just a 4% increase in value. That means it will be harder to build a team of guns in 2015 than it was in 2014. This will be a response to complaints in 2014 when the cap went up higher than player values did. It's a good thing, it makes for more differentiation and increases the importance of developing a good team rather than just starting with one. 

If you need to know a players actual price then you can find them at this link.

If you have missed any articles in the series you can find the links here.

James Roberts

2015 Team

Titans

Position

CTR/WFB

Games played

12

Ave Minutes

78

Fantasy average

36.08

PPM

0.46

Consistency

0.48

Price

319,000

Origin

Low

Bye weeks

11, 17

After being sacked by the Rabbits and Panthers Roberts caught on with the Titans and he was excellent once he grabbed a starting centre spot in the middle of the year. Things were looking up for Roberts but once again he pushed the self-destruct button and finds himself being investigated by the NRL’s integrity unit for a drunken incident. Burning through a third team before he turns 22 will give Roberts the sort of reputation he will never shake but so far Neil Henry and the Titans have stood by their guy. Roberts’ talent will buy him some rope but I doubt it is too long.

 

Dane Gagai

2015 Team

Knights

Position

CTR

Games played

24

Ave Minutes

80

Fantasy average

36.08

PPM

0.45

Consistency

0.36

Price

319,000

Origin

Medium

Bye weeks

14, 17

After a woeful 2013 season fantasy-wise, Dane Gagai returned in 2014 as a decent mid-range centre who frequently scored in the 40s. This was likely due to the more greedy play style he adopted in 2014, as he tried to be the star of the show in an otherwise struggling side. Dane Gagai is a decent fantasy prospect for 2015, with the centre notorious for tackle busting and all but assured of a starting spot for the squad.

 

Shaun Kenny-Dowall

2015 Team

Roosters

Position

CTR

Games played

24

Ave Minutes

79

Fantasy average

36.46

PPM

0.46

Consistency

0.47

Price

323,000

Origin

Zero

Bye weeks

11, 17

SKD probably still has nightmares over this fend from BJ Leilua. SKD might move to the wing to accommodate Blake Ferguson in the mid-field but his bad hands could make him a bit of a liability out wide. He played twice on the wing during 2014 and scored 31 and 26 fantasy points.

 

Jack Wighton

2015 Team

Raiders

Position

CTR

Games played

20

Ave Minutes

78

Fantasy average

35.00

PPM

0.45

Consistency

0.50

Price

310,000

Origin

Low

Bye weeks

14,17

Wighton had a very interesting year that culminated with the prestigious honour of featuring on Fluke or For Real on two occasions. He started the year at five eighth and had some good games and some bad games before Ricky Stuart decided to move him to centre. At centre he was dynamite for four weeks before the bye weeks and an injury stole his momentum. He came back for another two ordinary games at centre before finishing the season with three super games at fullback. His fantasy splits look like this – fullback: three games, average of 51. Centre: eight games, average of 32. Five eighth: nine games, average of 32. Indications to date are that he’s in line for a fullback berth and although three games is a small sample size he showed some good traits at fullback; primarily the ability to break tackles and turn run backs into big metres.

 

Ryan Morgan

2015 Team

Eels

Position

CTR

Games played

13

Ave Minutes

80

Fantasy average

30.62

PPM

0.38

Consistency

0.57

Price

271,000

Origin

Low

Bye weeks

15, 18

For a player with 65 first grade games Ryan Morgan’s Wikipedia page is pretty empty.  Somebody should sort that out. In fact someone needs to sort out his tragically low online footprint as his most recent puff piece by the Daily Telegraph was way back in 2012. Morgan had a run of three consecutive scores in the 50’s but he didn’t hit that mark again in any of the nine games that followed to end the season. He should be one of the starting centres for the Eels after starting 2014 injured.

 

Joel Reddy

2015 Team

Rabbitohs

Position

WFB

Games played

6

Ave Minutes

80

Fantasy average

28.50

PPM

0.36

Consistency

0.39

Price

222,000

Origin

Low

Bye weeks

15, 18

Reddy still plays for the Rabbitohs and could even be in line to replace the suspended Kirisome Auva’a or retired Lote Tuqiri in the starting line-up.

 

Brad Takairangi

2015 Team

Eels

Position

2RF/CTR

Games played

21

Ave Minutes

77

Fantasy average

27.52

PPM

0.36

Consistency

0.38

Price

244,000

Origin

Low

Bye weeks

15, 18

Takairangi joins the Eels after playing a bit of centre, a bit of second row and a bit of five-eighth for the Titans last season. He appears to be a solid scorer at second row averaging close to 40 but that is a mirage caused by a small sample size and one game where he had 33 playmaker points. Could be in the mix at centre for the Eels depending on how the search for a new fullback shakes out.

 

Mahe Fonua

2015 Team

Storm

Position

CTR/WFB

Games played

19

Ave Minutes

80

Fantasy average

29.05

PPM

0.36

Consistency

0.54

Price

257,000

Origin

Low

Bye weeks

11, 17

Fonua established himself as a first choice centre with the Storm after splitting time at centre and wing in 2013. The Tongan international is the first player born in Melbourne to play for the Storm and although the eligibility rules confuse me but between this and the fact he didn’t reside in QLD or NSW prior to his 13th birthday or have a dad that played Origin it would seem that Fonua is not eligible to play Origin. So he must be a Queenslander.

 

Dean Whare

2015 Team

Panthers

Position

CTR

Games played

24

Ave Minutes

77

Fantasy average

27.00

PPM

0.35

Consistency

0.62

Price

239,000

Origin

Zero

Bye weeks

11, 14

Whare had a three game patch in 2014 where he scored 43, 66 and then 47. In his next three games he scored 7, 4 and 22. Whare’s fantasy scores remind me a lot of Steve Matai and I can see people making those same mistakes on Whare that they make on Matai, both are good players but they don’t belong on your fantasy side.

 

Tautau Moga

2015 Team

Cowboys

Position

CTR/WFB

Games played

9

Ave Minutes

80

Fantasy average

27.33

PPM

0.34

Consistency

0.77

Price

235,000

Origin

Low

Bye weeks

14, 17

The original ghost cow is now a regular starter with the Cowboys, but has failed to live up to expectations. He’s big and fast, but seems unwilling to use his talent aggressively. But, if 2015 is his breakout season, you don’t want to be late getting onboard.

 

Charly Runciman

2015 Team

Dragons

Position

CTR/WFB

Games played

4

Ave Minutes

80

Fantasy average

33.00

PPM

0.41

Consistency

0.23

Price

239,000

Origin

Low

Bye weeks

11, 14

The final rounds of the 2013 season looked to be the making of young Runciman’s career, with impressive performances against Parramatta and New Zealand. Since then Runciman was inexplicably over-looked for a centre spot with the likes of Nathan Green and Joel Thompson favoured by Steve Price. Runciman got limited chances on the wing later on in the year due to Brett Morris’ injury. Another in the line of fringe players in the running for a wing/centre role this year.

 

Tim Simona

2015 Team

Tigers

Position

CTR

Games played

14

Ave Minutes

73

Fantasy average

28.14

PPM

0.39

Consistency

0.48

Price 

249,000

Origin

Medium

Bye weeks

12, 18

Simona’s 2014 was a bit of a misfire. Between injuries and suspensions he only managed 14 games for the Tigers and when he was on the field he was nowhere near the level of 2013 when he was dynamite on the wing. This presents a nice opportunity for fantasy owners as he does come undervalued compared to the potential he offers. Grabbing a player like Simona for $210k and seeing him play at a keeper level could be very satisfying and I punt I will take a serious look at.

 

Chris Lawrence

2015 Team

Tigers

Position

CTR

Games played

21

Ave Minutes

76

Fantasy average

26.86

PPM

0.35

Consistency

0.43

Price

238,000

Origin

Low

Bye weeks

12, 18

Poor Chris Lawrence. He debuted at 17, scored 16 first grade tries the next season. As a 21 year-old he played for City and then for Australia. The world was at his feet and then it all came unhinged. It started with a dislocated hip in 2011 and since then his injuries have increased while his form has decreased. He had a relatively injury free year in 2014 making his most appearances for the Tigers since 2010 and although he was ok he’s never going to approach the level of play he once did, which is really sad considering he won’t be 27 until October.

 

Kane Linnett

2015 Team

Cowboys

Position

CTR

Games played

23

Ave Minutes

80

Fantasy average

35.22

PPM

0.44

Consistency

0.30

Price 

312,000

Origin

Low

Bye weeks

14, 17

Linnett gets solid base stats (approx. 22 points per game), but doesn’t hit the big scores enough to make him a regular top scoring CTR. Of course, there are so few good CTRs around, so you wouldn’t be mad to purchase a player like Linnett. But, while he will probably not average less than his 2014 effort, he is unlikely to improve.

 

Will Hopoate

2015 Team

Eels

Position

CTR/WFB

Games played

19

Ave Minutes

80

Fantasy average

27.42

PPM

0.34

Consistency

0.37

Price

243,000

Origin

Moderate

Bye weeks

15, 18

After two years out of the game on a Mormon mission, Hopoate started last season as a popular mid-range cash cow, but he never delivered on those hopes.  If he shifts to fullback in 2015 he might again look like a mid-range cash cow but there is no evidence to suggest what sort of fantasy player he might be playing at the back. Generally Hopoate was decent but he lacked the explosiveness compared to his first stint in the NRL.

 

Kirisome Auva’a

2015 Team

Panthers

Position

CTR/WFB

Games played

18

Ave Minutes

78

Fantasy average

33.22

PPM

0.43

Consistency

0.49

Price

294,000

Origin

Zero

Bye weeks

11, 14

Auva’a will miss at least 22 rounds of the NRL next season. The NRL conveniently waited till the end of the season so Auva’a could play in a Grand Final because…. I don’t know why.

 

Dylan Farrell

2015 Team

Dragons

Position

CTR/WFB

Games played

6

Ave Minutes

73

Fantasy average

28.67

PPM

0.39

Consistency

0.46

Price

223,000

Origin

Low

Bye weeks

11, 14

The much-hyped South Sydney junior started his NRL career with a bang; a hat-trick on debut at 19 causing a big stir in the rugby league community. Since that night, Farrell has struggled to live up to the hype. He made the move to the Dragons last year in the search of a fresh start, but injury hit him again before he could find his feet with consecutive pectoral muscle tears limiting his season to just the 6 games. While his position is still available, Farrell will need to show more to nail it down.

 

Brenko Lee

2015 Team

Raiders

Position

CTR/WFB

Games played

4

Ave Minutes

74

Fantasy average

28.25

PPM

0.38

Consistency

0.73

Price

205,000

Origin

Low

Bye weeks

14,17

Brenko played three quite good games in 2014 to ruin his 2015 starting price, but thankfully scored a 0 in his fourth game to lessen the burden. Even discounted, he’s probably still too expensive which is a real shame because he could have been a valuable cash cow otherwise. Barely involved on defense but he can shed tacklers and score tries on offense.

 

Ngani Laumape

2015 Team

Warriors

Position

CTR/WFB

Games played

16

Ave Minutes

80

Fantasy average

29.81

PPM

0.37

Consistency

0.36

Price

264,000

Origin

Zero

Bye weeks

11, 17

Built like a slightly smaller Konrad Hurrell he is interchangeable between centre and wing. Averaging 29.8 and scoring only five tries from his 16 appearances, Ngani will need injuries and good performances to cement his spot in the run on side. With Glen Fisiiahi’s imminent return and David Fusitua proving a quality finisher Ngani will need to make the most of any opportunities he gets. He has no appeal in fantasy ranks.

 

Steve Matai

2015 Team

Sea Eagles

Position

CTR

Games played

23

Ave Minutes

75

Fantasy average

30.13

PPM

0.40

Consistency

0.49

Price

267,000

Origin

Zero

Bye weeks

11, 14

Every season Steve Matai will reel off a streak of big scores that make people think he’s a good fantasy option and every year he will let those people down. Don’t fall for it. Matai started the year at $175,200 and finished it at $158,722 and in between he managed to go as high as $278,354 off the back of some unsustainable try scoring. He averaged 40 over the first eight weeks scoring nine tries, over the rest of the season he averaged just 21 and the try scoring dried up. Just don’t do it.

Wednesday, 21 January 2015 11:00

RFS Preview: CTR Guns

There are so few gun centres that we slightly dropped the 40 point average requirement to get two players in and gave a pass to a former gun to allow him to be covered. Obviously that makes it a problematic position, just like it was in 2014.

Note: Since this series of articles started the first fantasy prices of 2015 have been announced. They appear to represent a 16% increase in player value while the salary cap, if they continue to match it with the actual NRL salary cap, will see just a 4% increase in value. That means it will be harder to build a team of guns in 2015 than it was in 2014. This will be a response to complaints in 2014 when the cap went up higher than player values did. It's a good thing, it makes for more differentiation and increases the importance of developing a good team rather than just starting with one. 

If you need to know a players actual price then you can find them at this link.

If you have missed any articles in the series you can find the links here.

Dylan Walker

2015 Team

Rabbitohs

Position

CTR

Games played

21

Ave Minutes

80

Fantasy average

43.67

PPM

0.55

Consistency

0.46

Price

386,000

Origin

High

Bye weeks

15, 18

Between round 9 and 21 Walker played nine games and averaged a sick 61.9 fantasy points. For a centre that is an insane level of production. Insane.  Over the year his average at centre was considerably less, 45.8 in 18 games, but that is still more than his season average which was negatively impacted by three games at five-eighth. It is hard to know if he will continue to hit those heights but at a challenging fantasy position he could make an owner's season if he could average between 45 and 50. My gut feeling is you are paying overs after a mammoth season. He played for Australia in the Four Nations at the end of 2014 and that’ll mean he is in the NSW Origin discussion but he’s probably behind a few other candidates.

 

Tim Lafai

2015 Team

Bulldogs

Position

CTR

Games played

21

Ave Minutes

80

Fantasy average

44.24

PPM

0.56

Consistency

0.38

Price

392,000

Origin

Low

Bye weeks

12, 17

Lafai was a fantasy revelation in 2014 finishing as the second best centre behind Simon Mannering, considering he started the season worth $237k that’s pretty good value. Lafai will start the season worth about $100k more than that so rather than spending all that money on Tim Lafai you might be better off trying to identify the next Tim Lafai. If you are still looking at Lafai it is scores like his 86 in round 24 that you will be looking at but don’t overlook his 11 in round 11.

 

Joey Leilua

2015 Team

Knights

Position

CTR

Games played

22

Ave Minutes

75

Fantasy average

40.18

PPM

0.53

Consistency

0.47

Price 

356,000

Origin

Low

Bye weeks

14, 17

A very dynamic centre who has shown potential in recent years, however, with a distinct lack of any sense of consistency. 2015 is the year for "BJ" to step up, with the new coach Rick Stone preferring a more offensive style of football to that of previous coach Bennett. This in turn should lead to more points for offloads and tackle busts, as he should receive more ball then last season.

 

Konrad Hurrell

2015 Team

Warriors

Position

CTR

Games played

19

Ave Minutes

71

Fantasy average

40.47

PPM

0.57

Consistency

0.42

Price

358,000

Origin

Zero

Bye weeks

11, 17

A fit, healthy, destructive Konrad running at anyone within five metres of the line will result in a tackle bust and a try. He also has a surprising turn of pace leading the team in line breaks with 18. The problem is it may take him 30 minutes before he runs again. Mixed with a poor tackling technique he is prone to provide a rollercoaster ride. Konrad is your classic boom or bust player. Before considering Konrad as a centre it would be wise to see some pre-season vision in regards to his conditioning. In racing parlance, Konrad needs a run and generally never runs fresh up! With an average of 40.5 this is acceptable for any centre although the points will be filled with fist pumping, television screaming passion if you punt on Konrad.

 

Jamal Idris

2015 Team

Panthers

Position

CTR

Games played

20

Ave Minutes

79

Fantasy average

40.60

PPM

0.52

Consistency

0.37

Price 

359,000

Origin

Medium

Bye weeks

11, 14

No centre/wing combo combined for as many broken tackles as Jamal and Josh, in fact nobody else was even close to their 228 broken tackles. Idris took a mid-season hiatus to deal with personal issues but he didn't end up missing many games, just the Panthers round 12, 13 and 14 games. It was a blow to his fantasy owners but he maintained his form once he returned in round 16 finishing with the sixth highest average amongst centres.

 

Jamie Lyon

2015 Team

Sea Eagles

Position

CTR

Games played

22

Ave Minutes

79

Fantasy average

39.95

PPM

0.51

Consistency

0.21

Price 

354,000

Origin

Zero

Bye weeks

11, 14

Jamie Lyon has had a very unique career. He debuted with Parramatta as an 18 year-old and a year later toured Britain with the Kangaroos. He then went on to play in a Origin winning NSW side before falling out with Eels coach Brian Smith and retiring at the age of 22. He spent a year playing club footy in his home town before heading off to St Helens in the English Super League. There he won a Challenge Cup, a Super League title and a Man of Steel award for the player of the year. He signed with the Sea Eagles for 2007 and was controversially selected for the Kangaroos at the end of 2006 before he'd actually returned to the NRL. Despite playing at a high level for Manly and being part of the Sea Eagles Grand Final winning team in 2008 he wouldn’t play rep football again until 2009. He would play in the 2009 and 2010 NSW series losses before deciding that his desire for rep football was gone and making himself unavailable to play for the Blues or Kangaroos. He went on to captain the Sea Eagles to another Grand Final victory in 2011 while continuing to win annual plaudits. Now 32 and in the twilight of his career Lyon has very little to prove in reality but his controversial history is likely to taint his legacy. Regardless Lyon has always done things his way and his way has been pretty successful.

 

Jarrod Croker

2015 Team

Raiders

Position

CTR

Games played

24

Ave Minutes

80

Fantasy average

40.71

PPM

0.51

Consistency

0.45

Price (2014 $’s)

360,000

Origin

Medium

Bye weeks

14,17

Arguably the Raiders’ best player last season, Croker was named the new Raiders’ captain in the off-season. Croker has a nose for the try line with 18 tries in 2014, with many of them coming against the run of play. He is a bit inconsistent as a fantasy player, as most centres are, but he did finish the season strong averaging 48.5 points over his last 11 games. The reliance on tries might be a bit of a concern as 18 is his career high and he only scored eight in 2013.


Will Chambers

2015 Team

Storm

Position

CTR

Games played

21

Ave Minutes

80

Fantasy average

39.67

PPM

0.49

Consistency

0.38

Price

351,000

Origin

High

Bye weeks

11, 17

Chambers made his Origin debut in game three of 2014. He’s first in line to replace the retired Brent Tate on Queensland’s right flank and you expect the transition to be seamless. If Chambers was a New South Welshmen he would have played one game as an injury replacement in 2010 and then been thrown on the scrapheap, such is the muddled thinking that has polluted the Blues in the past decade.

 

Michael Jennings

2015 Team

Roosters

Position

CTR

Games played

18

Ave Minutes

80

Fantasy average

37.44

PPM

0.47

Consistency

0.35

Price

331,000

Origin

High

Bye weeks

11, 17

Michael Jennings continued to do Michael Jennings things in 2014. In 18 games he scored 11 tries and averaged almost three broken tackles a game. However, he was a long way down the list in the centre rankings for offloads and outside the top ten in line break assists and try assists. Jennings was also outside the top ten fantasy centres after being top three in 2013. Could be due for a bounce back.

Friday, 16 January 2015 11:00

2015 Player Prices

Here is the full list of 2015 NRL Fantasy player prices.

Name Team Pos  Price 
Robbie Farah Tigers HOK                588,000
Cameron Smith Storm HOK                582,000
Paul Gallen Sharks FRF/2RF               554,000
Andrew Fifita Sharks FRF                535,000
Andrew McCullough Broncos HOK                523,000
Shaun Fensom Raiders 2RF                519,000
Ben Hunt Broncos HLF                511,000
Shaun Johnson Warriors HLF                485,000
Corey Parker Broncos 2RF                484,000
Johnathan Thurston Cowboys HLF                484,000
Jake Friend Roosters HOK                477,000
Adam Reynolds Rabbitohs HLF                476,000
Matthew Scott Cowboys FRF                471,000
Daly Cherry-Evans Sea Eagles HLF               456,000
Josh Mansour Panthers WFB                450,000
Trent Merrin Dragons 2RF                450,000
James Segeyaro Panthers HOK               448,000
James Graham Bulldogs FRF                448,000
Josh McGuire Broncos FRF                445,000
Jesse Bromwich Storm FRF                444,000
George Burgess Rabbitohs FRF               437,000
Jarrod Mullen Knights HLF                436,000
Anthony Watmough Eels 2RF                432,000
Aaron Woods Tigers FRF                426,000
Cooper Cronk Storm HLF                426,000
Greg Inglis Rabbitohs WFB               426,000
Mitch Rein Dragons HOK                420,000
Boyd Cordner Roosters 2RF                419,000
Wade Graham Sharks 2RF                419,000
Matt Gillett Broncos 2RF                415,000
Aiden Tolman Bulldogs FRF                411,000
Issac Luke Rabbitohs HOK                400,000
Aidan Guerra Roosters 2RF                398,000
Josh Papalii Raiders 2RF                396,000
Nathan Friend Warriors HOK                396,000
Simon Mannering Warriors 2RF                393,000
Tim Lafai Bulldogs CTR               392,000
Billy Slater Storm WFB                388,000
Dylan Walker Rabbitohs CTR               386,000
Anthony Milford Broncos HLF/WFB               385,000
Josh Dugan Dragons WFB/CTR               385,000
Matt Ballin Sea Eagles HOK                384,000
Sam Tomkins Warriors WFB                383,000
Josh Jackson Bulldogs 2RF                382,000
Trent Hodkinson Bulldogs HLF                382,000
James Maloney Roosters HLF                381,000
Sam Thaiday Broncos 2RF                380,000
Mitchell Pearce Roosters HLF                375,000
Jason Nightingale Dragons WFB                374,000
Michael Ennis Sharks HOK                373,000
Tariq Sims Knights 2RF                373,000
Gareth Widdop Dragons HLF                371,000
Jason Taumalolo Cowboys 2RF                371,000
Nathan Peats Eels HOK                370,000
John Sutton Rabbitohs HLF/2RF               369,000
Paul Vaughan Raiders FRF                369,000
Brenton Lawrence Sea Eagles FRF                365,000
Jamie Soward Panthers HLF                365,000
Elijah Taylor Panthers 2RF                363,000
Jamie Buhrer Sea Eagles 2RF/HOK               361,000
Josh Reynolds Bulldogs HLF                361,000
Jarrod Croker Raiders CTR               360,000
Bodene Thompson Warriors 2RF                359,000
Gavin Cooper Cowboys 2RF                359,000
Jamal Idris Panthers CTR               359,000
Manu Ma'u Eels 2RF                359,000
Ethan Lowe Cowboys 2RF                358,000
Konrad Hurrell Warriors CTR               358,000
Michael Gordon Sharks WFB                357,000
Joey Leilua Knights CTR               356,000
Jamie Lyon Sea Eagles CTR               354,000
Beau Scott Knights 2RF                353,000
Chris Heighington Sharks 2RF                353,000
Leeson Ah Mau Dragons 2RF/FRF               351,000
Will Chambers Storm CTR               351,000
Chris Sandow Eels HLF                347,000
Matthew Moylan Panthers WFB                347,000
Jack Littlejohn Sea Eagles HLF/CTR               343,000
James Tamou Cowboys FRF                343,000
James Tedesco Tigers WFB               342,000
Tinirau Arona Sharks FRF/2RF               341,000
Kevin Proctor Storm 2RF                340,000
Alex Glenn Broncos 2RF                338,000
Ryan Hinchcliffe Storm HOK/2RF               338,000
Aidan Sezer Titans HLF               337,000
Kurt Gidley Knights WFB/HOK               337,000
Josh Hodgson Raiders HOK                336,000
Sam Moa Roosters FRF                336,000
Tony Williams Bulldogs 2RF                334,000
Greg Bird Titans 2RF                333,000
Ben Henry Warriors 2RF/CTR               331,000
Matt Prior Sharks 2RF                331,000
Michael Jennings Roosters CTR               331,000
Robert Lui Cowboys HLF                331,000
Brett Stewart Sea Eagles WFB                330,000
Chris Houston Knights 2RF                330,000
Michael Morgan Cowboys HLF/WFB               330,000
Kade Snowden Knights FRF                329,000
Nate Myles Titans 2RF/FRF               328,000
Glen Buttriss Raiders HOK                326,000
Mike Cooper Dragons FRF                326,000
Semi Radradra Eels WFB                326,000
Ben Creagh Dragons FRF                325,000
Ben Hannant Cowboys FRF                325,000
Joseph Paulo Eels 2RF                324,000
Shaun Kenny-Dowall Roosters CTR               323,000
Jeremy Latimore Panthers FRF                322,000
Roger Tuivasa-Sheck Roosters WFB                321,000
Anthony Tupou Sharks 2RF                320,000
David Nofoaluma Tigers WFB                320,000
Blake Austin Raiders HLF                319,000
Dane Gagai Knights CTR               319,000
James Roberts Titans WFB/CTR               319,000
Jordan Rapana Raiders WFB                319,000
Chad Townsend Warriors HLF                318,000
Tim Mannah Eels FRF                318,000
David Shillington Raiders FRF                317,000
Jared Waerea-Hargreaves Roosters FRF                316,000
Tyrone Peachey Panthers 2RF                316,000
Ben Matulino Warriors 2RF/FRF               315,000
Brett Morris Bulldogs WFB                315,000
Jack de Belin Dragons 2RF/FRF               314,000
Sam Perrett Bulldogs WFB                314,000
Benji Marshall Dragons HLF                313,000
Joel Thompson Dragons 2RF                313,000
Kane Linnett Cowboys CTR               312,000
Akuila Uate Knights WFB                310,000
Alex Johnston Rabbitohs WFB                310,000
Jack Wighton Raiders WFB/CTR               310,000
Jeff Robson Sharks HLF                309,000
Kevin Naiqama Tigers WFB                308,000
Kenny Edwards Eels 2RF                306,000
Tyson Frizell Dragons 2RF                302,000
David Taylor Titans 2RF                301,000
Robbie Rochow Knights 2RF                301,000
Tohu Harris Storm 2RF               301,000
Greg Eastwood Bulldogs 2RF                300,000
Sione Mata'utia Knights WFB                300,000
Darius Boyd Broncos WFB                299,000
Adam Blair Broncos FRF                298,700
Tim Robinson Sharks FRF                298,000
Tyrone Roberts Knights HLF                298,000
Clinton Gutherson Sea Eagles WFB                296,000
Daniel Tupou Roosters WFB                296,000
Ryan Hoffman Warriors 2RF                295,000
Junior Paulo Eels FRF                294,000
Kirisome Auva'a Panthers CTR               294,000
Martin Taupau Tigers FRF                294,000
Antonio Winterstein Cowboys WFB                293,000
Jacob Lillyman Warriors FRF                293,000
Kieran Foran Sea Eagles HLF                292,000
Apisai Koroisau Panthers HOK                291,000
Ben Hampton Storm HLF                291,000
Jarrad Kennedy Raiders 2RF                290,000
Luke Douglas Titans FRF                290,000
Thomas Burgess Rabbitohs FRF                290,000
Bryce Cartwright Panthers 2RF                289,000
Dane Tilse Raiders FRF                289,000
Blake Ferguson Roosters WFB/CTR               288,000
Manu Vatuvei Warriors WFB                288,000
Dale Finucane Storm 2RF                286,000
Isaah Yeo Panthers 2RF                286,000
Corey Norman Eels HLF                285,000
Matthew White Titans FRF                285,000
Tupou Sopoaga Panthers 2RF                284,000
Jeremy Smith Knights 2RF                280,000
Jordan McLean Storm FRF                280,000
Peter Wallace Panthers HLF                279,000
Lewis Brown Panthers 2RF                278,000
Willie Mason Sea Eagles FRF                276,000
Daniel Holdsworth Sharks HLF                272,000
Ryan Morgan Eels CTR               271,000
Chase Stanley Bulldogs CTR/WFB               270,000
Mark Ioane Titans FRF                270,000
Peter Hiku Sea Eagles WFB                270,000
Ben Barba Sharks HLF                269,000
Ben Lowe Rabbitohs 2RF                269,000
David Gower Eels FRF                269,000
Jayson Bukuya Sharks 2RF                269,000
Mitchell Aubusson Roosters CTR/2RF               269,000
Tepai Moeroa Eels 2RF                269,000
Jorge Taufua Sea Eagles WFB                268,000
Josh Hoffman Titans WFB                268,000
Daniel Vidot Broncos WFB                267,000
Sam McKendry Panthers FRF                267,000
Steve Matai Sea Eagles CTR               267,000
Valentine Holmes Sharks WFB                267,000
Nigel Plum Panthers FRF                266,000
Pat Politoni Sharks HOK                265,000
Ngani Laumape Warriors WFB/CTR               264,000
Curtis Rona Bulldogs WFB                262,000
Dylan Napa Roosters FRF/2RF               261,000
Michael Lichaa Bulldogs HOK               261,000
Ray Thompson Cowboys HLF/HOK               261,000
Josh McCrone Raiders HLF/HOK               260,000
Tom Symonds Sea Eagles 2RF                260,000
Isaac De Gois Eels HOK                259,000
Vai toutai Eels WFB                259,000
Mahe Fonua Storm WFB/CTR               257,000
Sam Tagataese Sharks FRF                257,000
Kyle Turner Rabbitohs CTR/2RF               255,000
Beau Falloon Titans HOK                254,000
Chris McQueen Rabbitohs 2RF                253,000
Sam Kasiano Bulldogs FRF                253,000
Adam Docker Panthers 2RF                252,000
Rory Kostjasyn Cowboys HOK                252,000
Dallin Watene Zelezniak Panthers WFB                251,000
Peter Mata'utia Dragons WFB/CTR               251,000
Will Matthews Dragons 2RF                251,000
Josh Starling Sea Eagles FRF                250,000
Tim Simona Tigers CTR               249,000
Blake Green Storm HLF                248,000
Daniel Mortimer Titans HLF                248,000
David Tyrrell Rabbitohs FRF                248,000
Fa'amanu Brown Sharks HLF                248,000
Korbin Sims Knights FRF                247,000
Kalifa Faifai Loa Titans WFB                246,000
Scott Bolton Cowboys 2RF                246,000
Sam Williams Raiders HLF                245,000
Sosaia Feki Sharks WFB                245,000
Brad Takairangi Eels CTR/2RF               244,000
Brent Kite Panthers FRF                244,000
David Fa'alogo Knights 2RF/FRF               244,000
Glenn Hall Cowboys 2RF                244,000
William Hopoate Eels WFB/CTR               243,000
Corey Thompson Bulldogs WFB                242,000
Feleti Mateo Sea Eagles 2RF                242,000
Justin Horo Sea Eagles 2RF                240,000
Kurt Mann Storm HLF/WFB               240,000
Travis Waddell Broncos HOK                240,000
Charly Runciman Dragons WFB/CTR               239,000
Curtis Sironen Tigers 2RF                239,000
Dean Whare Panthers CTR               239,000
Kris Keating Dragons HLF/HOK               239,000
Chris Lawrence Tigers CTR               238,000
David Mead Titans WFB                238,000
Marika Koroibete Storm WFB                238,000
Pauli Pauli Eels 2RF/FRF               237,000
Matthew Wright Cowboys WFB/CTR               236,000
Sebastine Ikahihifo Warriors 2RF                236,000
Sisa Waqa Raiders WFB                235,000
Tautau Moga Cowboys CTR/WFB               235,000
Justin Hodges Broncos CTR               234,000
Sami Sauiluma Sharks CTR/WFB               234,000
Joel Edwards Raiders 2RF                233,000
Luke Lewis Sharks 2RF                233,000
Caleb Binge Titans FRF                232,000
Kenny Bromwich Storm FRF/2RF               232,000
Sam Rapira Warriors FRF                232,000
Tim Grant Rabbitohs FRF                232,000
Adam Clydsdale Knights HOK                231,000
Kyle Feldt Cowboys WFB                231,000
Patrick O'Hanlon Bulldogs 2RF                230,000
Ben Ridge Titans 2RF                229,000
Gerard Beale Sharks CTR               229,000
Ricky Leutele Sharks CTR               229,000
Pat Richards Tigers WFB                228,000
Chanel Mata'utia Knights WFB                227,000
Dale Copley Broncos WFB/CTR               227,000
Keith Galloway Tigers FRF                226,000
Martin Kennedy Roosters FRF                226,000
Blake Ayshford Sharks CTR               225,000
Jason Clark Rabbitohs 2RF/HOK               225,000
Josh Morris Bulldogs CTR               225,000
Luke Burgess Sea Eagles FRF                225,000
Siosaia Vave Sea Eagles FRF                225,000
Moses Mbye Bulldogs HLF/HOK               224,000
Young Tonumaipea Storm WFB                224,000
Dane Nielsen Dragons CTR               223,000
Dylan Farrell Dragons CTR               223,000
Cameron McInnes Rabbitohs HOK                222,000
Joel Reddy Rabbitohs CTR               222,000
Frank-Paul Nuuausala Raiders 2RF                221,000
Luke Brooks Tigers HLF                221,000
Shannan McPherson Eels 2RF                221,000
Sione Lousi Warriors 2RF                221,000
Dan Hunt Dragons FRF                220,000
David Simmons Panthers WFB                218,000
Jacob Loko Bulldogs CTR               218,000
Joel Luani Tigers HOK                218,000
Sauaso Sue Tigers 2RF                218,000
Mitch Garbutt Broncos FRF                217,000
Jesse Sene-Lefao Sea Eagles 2RF                216,000
Nene MacDonald Roosters WFB/CTR               216,000
David Fusitua Warriors WFB                215,000
Jack Reed Broncos CTR               215,000
Jack Stockwell Knights FRF                215,000
Peni Terepo Eels FRF                215,000
Luke Keary Rabbitohs HLF                214,000
Matt Lodge Tigers FRF                214,000
Reece Robinson Eels WFB                214,000
Jake Mamo Knights WFB                212,000
Cheyse Blair Sea Eagles WFB                211,000
Isaac Liu Roosters FRF                210,000
William Smith Panthers HLF                209,000
Nathan Gardner Sharks WFB                208,000
Craig Garvey Dragons HOK                207,000
Brenko Lee Raiders CTR               205,000
Shannon Boyd Raiders FRF                205,000
Tim Browne Bulldogs FRF                205,000
Dunamis Lui Sea Eagles FRF                204,000
Matt Srama Titans HOK                204,000
Ryan Simpkins Titans 2RF                204,000
Beau Henry Dragons HLF                203,000
Sione Masima Rabbitohs 2RF                203,000
Tim Glasby Storm FRF                203,000
Jayden Hodges Sea Eagles HOK                202,000
Jonathan Wright Warriors CTR/WFB               202,000
Glenn Stewart Rabbitohs 2RF                201,000
Matthew Allwood Warriors CTR               201,000
Bryson Goodwin Rabbitohs WFB/CTR               200,000
Matt McIlwrick Roosters HOK                199,000
Mitch Brown Sharks WFB                199,000
Thomas Leuluai Warriors HLF/HOK               199,000
Api Pewhairangi Warriors HLF/CTR               197,000
Sika Manu Panthers 2RF                196,000
Adam Quinlan Dragons WFB                195,000
Greg Eden Broncos WFB                195,000
Kyle O'Donnell Raiders 2RF                193,000
Bureta Faraimo Eels WFB                192,000
Keith Lulia Tigers CTR/WFB               192,000
Luke Kelly Eels HLF                192,000
Ryan James Titans FRF/2RF               192,000
David Fifita Sharks FRF                191,000
David Klemmer Bulldogs FRF                191,000
Anthony Don Titans WFB                190,000
Ava Seumanufagai Tigers FRF                190,000
Jake Granville Cowboys HOK                189,000
William Zillman Titans WFB/CTR               189,000
Kurtis Rowe Tigers WFB                187,000
Suaia Matagi Warriors FRF                187,000
Danny Wicks Eels FRF                186,000
Iosia Soliola Raiders CTR               186,000
Kevin Gordon Titans WFB                186,000
Kierran Moseley Titans HOK                186,000
James McManus Knights WFB                185,000
Dene Halatau Tigers 2RF               184,000
Cody Nelson Eels 2RF                183,000
Glen Fisiiahi Warriors WFB                182,000
Drury Low Bulldogs WFB                179,000
David Stagg Broncos 2RF                176,000
Jacob Gagan Sharks WFB                175,000
Junior Roqica Sharks FRF                175,000
Tim Moltzen Tigers HLF/WFB               174,000
Sam Anderson Eels FRF                172,000
Mitchell Moses Tigers HLF               169,000
Joseph Tapine Knights 2RF                166,000
Damien Cook Bulldogs HOK                165,000
Jordan Kahu Broncos WFB/CTR               165,000
Bill Tupou Raiders WFB                164,000
Corey Oates Broncos 2RF                164,000
Mitchell Cornish Raiders HLF               164,000
Darcy Lussick Eels 2RF/FRF               163,000
John Asiata Knights 2RF                162,000
Justin O'Neill Cowboys CTR/WFB               160,000
Matt Robinson Titans 2RF                160,000
Clint Newton Knights 2RF                158,000
Lachlan Maranta Broncos WFB                158,000
Jeremy Hawkins Raiders CTR               154,000
Kane Evans Roosters FRF                154,000
Sitaleki Akauola Tigers 2RF               153,000
Richard Fa'aoso Eels FRF                152,000
Kyle Stanley Sharks HLF/CTR               151,000
Ben Crooks Eels CTR               150,000
Jake Marketo Dragons 2RF                150,000
Travis Robinson Storm CTR               150,000
Carlos Tuimavave Knights HLF/CTR               147,000
David Williams Sea Eagles WFB                147,000
Todd Lowrie Broncos 2RF                147,000
Beau Champion Eels CTR               146,000
Cameron King Cowboys HOK                146,000
David Hala Titans FRF               146,000
Mark Nicholls Raiders 2RF                146,000
Edrick Lee Raiders WFB               145,000
Nathaniel Neale Rabbitohs FRF/2RF               145,000
Frank Pritchard Bulldogs 2RF                144,000
Jack Buchanan Tigers FRF                144,000
John Palavi Warriors 2RF                144,000
Ben Murdoch-Masila Panthers FRF/2RF               142,000
Brendan Elliot Roosters CTR               142,000
Cameron Munster Storm WFB                142,000
Dominique Peyroux Warriors CTR               142,000
George Rose Dragons FRF                142,000
Jackson Hastings Roosters HLF                142,000
Patrice Siolo Sharks 2RF                142,000
Penani Manumalealii Sharks HLF                142,000
Tuimoala Lolohea Warriors HLF                142,000
Willis Meehan Roosters 2RF                142,000
Isaac John Panthers HLF                139,000
Sam Hoare Cowboys FRF                138,000
Brad Tighe Titans CTR/WFB               137,000
Charlie Gubb Warriors FRF                137,000
Dayne Weston Storm FRF/2RF               137,000
Heath L'Estrange Dragons HOK                137,000
James Hasson Sea Eagles 2RF                137,000
Jarrod Wallace Broncos FRF                137,000
Josh Drinkwater Tigers HLF                137,000
Justin Hunt Eels WFB                137,000
Kurt Baptiste Raiders HOK                137,000
Lachlan Coote Cowboys WFB               137,000
Lagi Setu Roosters 2RF                137,000
Lloyd Perrett Bulldogs FRF                137,000
Matthew Duffie Storm WFB                137,000
Nathan Green Dragons CTR               137,000
Sam Mataora Knights 2RF/FRF               137,000
Siliva Havili Warriors HOK                137,000
Slade Griffin Storm CTR               137,000
Tony Santini Sea Eagles CTR               137,000
Ben Spina Cowboys FRF                136,000
Blake Leary Sea Eagles 2RF                136,000
Brayden Wiliame Sea Eagles WFB/CTR               136,000
Brenden Santi Tigers 2RF                136,000
Felise Kaufusi Storm FRF                136,000
Francis Molo Broncos FRF                136,000
Jake Trbojevic Sea Eagles FRF                136,000
Kaysa Pritchard Eels HOK                136,000
Kelepi Tanginoa Cowboys 2RF                136,000
Michael Chee Kam Sea Eagles 2RF/CTR               136,000
Samisoni Langi Roosters HLF                136,000
Shaun Spence Panthers 2RF                136,000
Tyson Andrews Titans FRF                136,000
Zac Santo Cowboys WFB                136,000
James Gavet Broncos FRF               135,000
Tom Learoyd Lahrs Storm FRF                132,000
Aaron Gray Rabbitohs CTR               128,000
Abraham Papalii Roosters 2RF                128,000
Adam Tuimavave-Gerrard Dragons 2RF                128,000
Ajuma Adams Broncos FRF                128,000
Angus Crichton Rabbitohs CTR/2RF               128,000
Ashley Taylor Broncos HLF                128,000
Ben Musolino Sea Eagles 2RF                128,000
Chance Peni Tigers CTR               128,000
Chris Grevsmuhl Rabbitohs 2RF                128,000
Christian Hazard Titans HLF                128,000
Cody Walker Rabbitohs HLF                128,000
Dan Levi Knights HOK                128,000
David Bhana Warriors 2RF                128,000
Delroy Berryman Sea Eagles WFB                128,000
Ed Murphy Rabbitohs CTR/WFB               128,000
Eto Nabuli Dragons WFB                128,000
George Jennings Panthers CTR               128,000
Harlan Alaalatoa Bulldogs 2RF                128,000
Hezron Murgha Cowboys WFB                128,000
Hymel Hunt Storm CTR               128,000
Jack Bird Sharks CTR               128,000
Jack Ahearn Raiders WFB                128,000
Jamie Dowling Titans CTR/2RF               128,000
Jarrod McInally Bulldogs WFB                128,000
Javid Bowen Cowboys WFB                128,000
Jeff Lynch Raiders FRF                128,000
Joe Ofahengaue Broncos FRF                128,000
John Folau Eels CTR               128,000
Jonathon Reuben Roosters WFB                128,000
Joseph Ualesi Eels 2RF                128,000
Kodi Nikorima Broncos HLF                128,000
Lachlan Burr Titans 2RF                128,000
Leilani Latu Panthers FRF                128,000
Ligi Sao Sea Eagles 2RF                128,000
Luke Page Raiders FRF                128,000
Manaia Rudolph Sea Eagles HLF/CTR               128,000
Marmin Barba Broncos HLF                128,000
Michael Morris Sharks 2RF                128,000
Mitchell Cronin Raiders WFB                128,000
Mitchell Dodds Broncos FRF                128,000
Nathan Brown Tigers FRF                128,000
Nathaniel Peteru Warriors FRF                128,000
Paterika Vaivai Knights FRF                128,000
Patrick Kaufusi Cowboys FRF                128,000
Regan Campbell-Gillard Panthers FRF                128,000
Rhys Kennedy Raiders FRF                128,000
Richard Kennar Storm WFB                128,000
Rodney Coates Panthers FRF                128,000
Rory O'Brien Dragons FRF                128,000
Rulon Nutira Dragons FRF                128,000
Saulala Houma Sharks FRF                128,000
Shannon Wakeman Dragons FRF                128,000
Shaun Nona Storm HLF                128,000
Siosiua Taukeiaho Roosters 2RF/WFB               128,000
Solomone Kata Warriors CTR               128,000
Tyler Randell Knights HOK                128,000
Zac Strasser Broncos HLF                128,000
Wednesday, 21 January 2015 11:00

RFS Preview: HLF rookies and cheapies

Last season Ben Hunt went from an oft debated cash cow to a legit must-own gun. Is there a Ben Hunt in this crop of rookies and cheapies?

Note: Since this series of articles started the first fantasy prices of 2015 have been announced. They appear to represent a 16% increase in player value while the salary cap, if they continue to match it with the actual NRL salary cap, will see just a 4% increase in value. That means it will be harder to build a team of guns in 2015 than it was in 2014. This will be a response to complaints in 2014 when the cap went up higher than player values did. It's a good thing, it makes for more differentiation and increases the importance of developing a good team rather than just starting with one. 

If you need to know a players actual price then you can find them at this link.

If you have missed any articles in the series you can find the links here.

Thomas Leuluai

2015 Team

Warriors

Position

HOK/HLF

Games played

12

Ave Minutes

66

Fantasy average

22.50

PPM

0.34

Consistency

0.39

Price

199,000

Origin

Zero

Bye weeks

11, 17

After a disappointing 2014, riddled with more time on the sideline than on the paddock, it will be interesting to see what role he plays this year. I think McFadden would like to play him at stand-off but with an aging Nathan Friend, he might find himself spending time at hooker. Averaging a miserable 22, it will mean that with a decent pre-season, and free from injuries, he could be a potential cow. His starting price may be as low as $165k, so he would be worthwhile adding to the watch list and keeping a lazy eye on during pre-season.

 

Luke Keary

2015 Team

Rabbitohs

Position

HLF

Games played

9

Ave Minutes

72

Fantasy average

24.89

PPM

0.35

Consistency

0.36

Price

214,000

Origin

Low

Bye weeks

15, 18

Keary was a better player than his fantasy stats would suggest. The mini-Foran is well equipped to playing second fiddle to another player while picking and choosing where to make an impact, this is highlighted by his six try assists and seven line break assists in nine games at the end of 2015. He is off contract at the end of the season and although he’s likely to re-sign with the Rabbits he could be attractive to a number of teams.

 

Luke Brooks

2015 Team

Tigers

Position

HLF

Games played

21

Ave Minutes

80

Fantasy average

24.95

PPM

0.31

Consistency

0.62

Price

221,000

Origin

Medium

Bye weeks

12, 18

The winner of the most over hyped rookie award in 2013 was Matt Moylan. He just was not as good as he was being out to be by the leagarrazi. But the following year Moylan rewarded the leagarazzi’s faith by being very good. The winner of the most over hyped rookie award in 2014 was Luke Brooks. Brooks had some wonderful moments but they weren’t that frequent, as he managed just 12 try assists and nine line breaks (zero try assists or line break assists in his last six games). His defensive frailties are fairly well known and are not a misconception; for players with more than 100 tackles nobody had a worse missed tackle rate than Brooks’ 34%. So although he has undeniable talent he still has a lot to improve upon. Will Brooks follow Moylan’s footsteps from overrated to correctly rated? Brooks was at his best while Braith Anasta was in the line-up so it is questionable he’ll handle all the responsibility of being paired with another inexperienced half partner. As a fantasy player he’s going to be a cheap option and one day he’ll probably turn into a gun, but it would be a bit of a risk to assume that is 2015.

 

Jackson Hastings

2015 Team

Roosters

Position

HLF

Games played

1

Ave Minutes

22

Fantasy average

12.00

PPM

0.55

Consistency

N/A

Price

142,000

Origin

Low

Bye weeks

11, 17

The son of former Roosters legend Kevin Hastings, Jackson can play halfback, five-eighth and fullback, but his opportunity may present itself at hooker. With Jake Friend starting the year in the medical ward, Hastings could be in line to start the season on the interchange bench, rotating with Matt McIlwrick. He’s a very intriguing young player who could fill the Daniel Mortimer interchange/reserve grade role while continuing to develop. If an injury was to hit James Maloney or Mitchell Pearce or if one made it back to Origin, then Hastings could be a decent cash cow.

 

Luke Kelly

2015 Team

Eels

Position

HLF

Games played

6

Ave Minutes

76

Fantasy average

24.67

PPM

0.32

Consistency

0.30

Price

192,000

Origin

Low

Bye weeks

15, 18

Just two weeks after this article calling Luke Kelly no frills like it was a good thing, his job belonged to Chris Sandow. Kelly is one of those guys that has come to the dinner but he hasn’t brought a bottle of wine and his conversation is not interesting. There will always be room for those guys in NSW Cup or as short term injury replacements.

 

Kyle Stanley

2015 Team

Sharks

Position

HLF/CTR

Games played

9

Ave Minutes

29

Fantasy average

17.56

PPM

0.61

Consistency

0.61

Price

151,000

Origin

Low

Bye weeks

11, 14

The Sharks have broadened their recruitment beyond Wests and into St George and Canterbury. These recruitment drives have yielded players like Kyle Stanley, Mitch Brown and Gerard Beale, so exciting times.

 

Mitchell Moses

2015 Team

Tigers

Position

HLF/WFB

Games played

10

Ave Minutes

80

Fantasy average

19.10

PPM

0.24

Consistency

0.90

Price

169,000

Origin

Low

Bye weeks

12, 18

Moses appeared to be a better real life player than he was a fantasy player. He had one game with 62 points but in his other nine outings his high was just 28 points. A strong chance to start the year paired with schoolyard chum Luke Brooks and that combined with his price will make him a popular cash cow. I think he might be worth the dice roll but buyer beware: he played four games in the halves last season and averaged just 16 points per game.

 

Mitchell Cornish

2015 Team

Raiders

Position

HLF

Games played

8

Ave Minutes

39

Fantasy average

19.75

PPM

0.51

Consistency

0.83

Price

164,000

Origin

Low

Bye weeks

14,17

It feels like a mediocre, rebuilding team should be loaded with cash cows but there is only one. Mitchell Cornish should be the best cash cow half of 2015. The only thing for fantasy owners to worry about is whether Ricky Stuart is a dick. I mean we know he is but will he be a dick in this instance? Cornish scored 39 and 50 in his two games at halfback and kicked for a massive 601m in round 26. Provided that Cornish isn’t paired with Sam Williams you can expect Cornish to do a mountain of kicking which should make him far more consistent than a player like Luke Brooks was last year. He should be in your team.

 

Carlos Tuimavave

2015 Team

Knights

Position

HLF/CTR

Games played

1

Ave Minutes

39

Fantasy average

20.00

PPM

0.51

Consistency

N/A

Price

147,000

Origin

Zero

Bye weeks

14, 17

Tuimavave was signed from the Warriors to add depth to Newcastle's backline should injuries arise. While it is largely unknown what his actual position in the team is, it's rather likely that he'll see minutes in first grade at some point of the season. Not one for NRL Fantasy as his position is by no means guaranteed.

 

Samisoni Langi

2015 Team

Roosters

Position

HLF

Games played

1

Ave Minutes

7

Fantasy average

5.00

PPM

0.71

Consistency

N/A

Price

136,000

Origin

Low

Bye weeks

11, 17

Langi was one of four Roosters youngsters that only played a solitary regular season game (the others being Jackson Hastings, Willis Meehan and Brendan Elliot). Langi’s seven minutes of game time was the second smallest amount of first grade action a player had last year (Taniela Lasalo had five minutes for the Eels). He’s stuck behind young players with a better pedigree.

 

Tuimoala Lolohea

2015 Team

Warriors

Position

HLF

Games played

3

Ave Minutes

26

Fantasy average

16.67

PPM

0.65

Consistency

1.29

Price

142,000

Origin

Zero

Bye weeks

11, 17

An undoubted talent, Andrew McFadden was so keen to get him experience he came off the interchange twice before starting on the wing. If the Chad continues to underperform, or injuries beset the Warriors, fantasy owners could very quickly take a liking to Tuimoala. An extended run in first grade will ensure that people learn how to say his name and potentially see a genuine cash cow emerge.

 

Josh Drinkwater

2015 Team

Tigers

Position

HLF

Bye weeks

12, 18

Price

137,000

After being crowded out of the Dragons’ halves Drinkwater took off to the London Broncos in 2014. It wasn’t a successful experience with the Broncos relegated to the second division amongst a run of historic thrashings. More than anything Drinkwater needed the game time and he got that by making 25 appearances and leading the Broncos in point scoring. He’s battling Mitchell Moses for the starting five eighth role.

 

Kodi Nikorima

2015 Team

Broncos

Position

HLF

Bye weeks

14, 17

Price

128,000

Nikorima will be one of the players seeking out the now vacant fullback position at the Broncos. He’s quick and immensely talented. A basement price starting fullback is hard to go past.

 

Kane Elgey

2015 Team

Titans

Position

HLF

Bye weeks

11, 17

Price

128,000

Elgey was the U20’s player of the year in 2014 so he has some pedigree. The Titans also have another promising young half in Christian Hazard but currently it is Elgey that is getting the newspaper clippings. 

 

Zach Strasser

2015 Team

Broncos

Position

HLF

Bye weeks

14, 17

Price

128,000

Strasser is a talented young half who is low in the pecking order.

 

Ashley Taylor

2015 Team

Broncos

Position

HLF

Bye weeks

14, 17

Price

128,000

Taylor is a talented young half who is low in the pecking order.

 

Blake Green

2015 Team

Storm

Position

HLF

Bye weeks

11, 17

Price

248,000

Green returns to the NRL hoping to fill the Storm’s troublesome five eighth position. He played 43 first grade games with the Eels, Sharks and Bulldogs before heading to Super League in 2011 where he has played for Hull and Wigan. Green won the Harry Sunderland Trophy in Wigan’s 30-16 Super League Grand Final against Warrington in 2013 so he's decent.

 

Ryan Matterson

2015 Team

Eels

Position

HLF

Bye weeks

15, 18

Price

128,000

Matterson is a player to watch. The Eels extended his contract for the next three seasons so they must believe. The five eighth is the captain of the Eels’ under 20 side and also represented the NSW under 20’s and Junior Kangaroos. Would need an injury to see game time in 2015 but if that happens look out.

 

Isaac John

2015 Team

Panthers

Position

HLF

Bye weeks

11, 14

Price

139,000

Isaac John made the leap from reserve grade to international league for the ANZAC Test in 2014. He would have got a decent run in first grade at the end of the year but unfortunately for him got a blew his achilles so Will Smith got the job instead.

 

Cody Walker

2015 Team

Rabbitohs

Position

HLF

Bye weeks

15, 18

Price

128,000

Walker was charged with a domestic violence assault in November. He’ll probably lose his contract if found guilty since that was what the Rabbitohs did to Kirisome Auva’a… Oh wait my mistake they started him all season. In that case mark Walker down as the round 1 starter.

 

Tyler Cornish

2015 Team

Roosters

Position

HLF

Bye weeks

11, 17

Price

128,000

The younger brother of Raiders halfback Mitch Cornish, Tyler is unlikely to see an NRL debut in 2015 but Trent Robinson hasn’t shied away from blooding youngsters in the past. Cornish has the potential to be an NRL calibre halfback but he’ll be battling the slightly older Jackson Hastings.

 

Shaun Nona

2015 Team

Storm

Position

HLF

Bye weeks

11, 17

Price

128,000

Another candidate to fill the Storm's stand-off spot but Nona is probably the outside contender. If he does make it to first grade people shouldn’t see too many dollar signs, Cooper Cronk is the definition of dominant halve with his partners often relegated to part time playmaker/willing defender which doesn’t make for a great fantasy output. Gareth Widdop was a low 30’s fantasy player in 2013 while the Hampton/Roberts combo was similar in 2014. Expect Nona to be a high 20’s player if he gets the role.

 

Te Maire Martin

2015 Team

Tigers

Position

HLF

Bye weeks

12, 18

Price

128,000

I don’t know much about Martin but he has a nice little youtube resume which also features fellow Tigers' youngster Lamar Liolevave. Martin led Keembra Park High School to the National title in 2013 and was a stand out in the Tigers’ NYC team in 2014.

 

Christian Hazard

2015 Team

Titans

Position

HLF

Bye weeks

11, 17

Price

128,000

Last pre-season Hazard was being talked up as a threat to Albert Kelly and Aiden Sezer. Unfortunately when the opportunity presented itself Hazard was also injured and never got that shot which instead went to half the Titans roster. Hazard is battling Kane Elgey for the right to be the first cab off the rank in 2015.

 

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