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".

Game 1: Bulldogs v Eels
Venue: ANZ Stadium
Odds: $1.55 v $2.45

Why Bulldogs: A loss last week and they are still favourites. Not sure about that! I think that the Bulldogs didn’t offer much in attack last week and Panthers wore them out. Moses Mbye comes in for JRen, loss of experience in the halves.

Why Eels: No change to the Eels team that thrashed a poor performing Sea Eagles, they looked good. Sandow was on fire off the back of a pack going forward let’s hope it continues.

Pick: Eels over 13

 

Game 2: Sharks v Broncos
Venue: Remondis Stadium
Odds: $1.90 v $1.90


Why Broncos: Looked terrible. End of story. What a shit game to start the year. Two front rowers come in, Wallace and the much awaited debut of Ofahengaue!

Why Sharks: They looked okay, team remains unchanged. Michael Gordon looked uninterested and Fifita didn’t play many minutes but was really effective.

Pick: Sharks under 12

 

Game 3: Panthers v Titans
Venue: Carrington Park
Odds: $1.22 v $4.35

Why Panthers: A great performance for a team on the constant rise. Team remains unchanged. GJennings looked good on the edge and Idris looked hungry in defence which is great signs. Sika added a straight runner.

Why Titans: Well it wasn’t as bad a game from the Titans. The depth scares me and so does the question of if they can get up again for another game, after a first up loss and the scandal that surrounds the club.

Pick: Panthers over 13

 

Game 4: Sea Eagles v Storm
Venue: Brookvale Oval
Odds: $2.02 v $1.80

Why Sea Eagles: The only saving grace here is the venue, the fortress that is Brookvale Oval. Put some coin on BStewart to score in this one. I don’t see them beating a strong Melbourne side with the player contract negotiations and signings weighing large. Foran out and Littlejohn in who doesn’t have the quality of the New Zealand half, but is solid no doubt. Only other noteworthy change is Matai back in the centres, ready to stuff up his shoulders some more, tank.

Why Storm: No changes to the winning side, strong showing last week against the prepared Dragons. Captain fantastic played well and the young props did the job although not many meters were gained through the middle, Sea Eagles defence looked shit so that doesn’t worry me too much.

Pick: Storm under 12


Game 5: Cowboys v Knights
Venue: 1300 Smiles Stadium
Odds: $1.35 v $3.20

Why Cowboys: They are better than their last performance. They looked flat in attack with Lui being shit as usual. JT was uncharacteristically bad. Tanginoa in, let’s see if he can spark the team. Hard to beat at home usually. Was last week just a one off game?

Why Knights: I still hate them, maybe it’s the jersey, but I should probably put my bias aside. Kurt Gidley comes back in but he is my most hated player and we all know he’s made of glass so that’s probably a bad thing.

Pick: Knights under 12

 

Game 6: Rabbitohs v Roosters
Venue: ANZ Stadium
Odds: $1.81 v $2.00

Why Rabbitohs: They looked great against the Broncos, GStewart looked to add a different option to the team and the 1 – 2 punch of the Burgess brothers worked well. GI always solid, and AJohnston played well. Aren ran the cutter well, overall great performance I would expect a strong second game from the defending champions.

Why Roosters: A surprise flogging of the Cowboys by all accounts. We welcomed Fergo back and RTS showed the #1 jersey was worth the wait. Cordner and Guerra both looked safe in their roles and they are SOO for their own reasons.  

Pick: Rabbitohs under 12

 

Game 7: Raiders v Warriors
Venue: GIO Stadium
Odds: $2.07 v $1.76

Why Raiders: Looked good against the Sharks. Solid. Croker is always somehow a danger, and should wreak havoc on a young edge. Definitely have the experience in this team. Papa at 8 looks to be interesting but that’s where he played SOO right? Sia was a workhorse and should nullify the Warriors tireless defenders. Who is Luke Bateman?!

Why Warriors: Have increased in price, not sure why, maybe after team lists naming Lolo Jnr in the centres for the Warriors. JWright gets his Warriors debut and Tomkins returns after being injured for the first game. Their team looks better this week but Lolo in the centres confuses me. Not sure if they have a winning side yet.

Pick: Raiders under 12

 

Game 8: Tigers v Dragons
Venue: Campbelltown Stadium
Odds: $1.68 v $2.20

Why Tigers: Tapow looked a lock in at lock in the Tigers last minute victory over the up for it Titans. Richards was on fire all game and hasn’t aged at all during the off-season. Lawrence joins the squad with young offloading forwards to burn.

Why Dragons: I have to admit I didn’t see this game I was off caving. But I can imagine it was an arm wrestle of a game, one that the Dragons could’ve won. The Dugan injury gives me cause to be concerned, though Nightingale is a good fullback and I want Aitken to get some game time. Merrin on the bench is stupid, he should be getting 80mins at 13 like Gallen.

Pick: Tigers over 13

Tuesday, 10 March 2015 11:00

Fluke or For Real: Sam Lisone

Sam Lisone impressed fans and fantasy owners with a strong round 1 performance. Can he keep up the pace and deliver fantasy owners with the 30 average that'll make him a boon cash cow.

Price: $149,000

Round 1 score: 42

Break even: -3

Heath Moore

For Real if he gets minutes. He's tipped for big things. The advantage is he has a good work ethic and a big motor. He is also a strong runner. If he is to be a fluke it will purely be down to minutes. I think he is ahead of Rapira personally.

Hotshot

For Real. Seemingly ahead of Matagi, his job security is solid and he's a hard runner. Should average around 35 and make some decent cash. A perfect trade option for those with David Fifita, Klemmer or O'Brien.

RAD

For real - he looks to have a spot in the Warriors top 17 and although I don't think he'll play close to 40 minutes every week he should be good for 30's and has a good work rate. I wouldn't chase him too hard but he's a nice option if you have a cash cow that needs to be put down.

PW

For Real. Looks like the third prop now at the Warriors. He has converted his incredible work rate in big minutes for the junior warriors into first grade. I'm expecting around 1 PPM from him.

The Burglar

For Real. He should be able to retain his spot in the side and even if he only gets 30 minutes his massive PPM will still score him well. He is one of the best, potentially the best, forward cash cow this year.

SSM

Always For Real! Had him from day dot.

POD King

POD King says bye bye POD Lisone. The kid was just busy in defence, has the motor and the enthusiasm to be a baller. For Real.

Lachie Angus

For real.  Lisone won't be in the same category as the hopeful Tapau, who will get extended minutes, but with the minutes Lisone is looking at, he's shaping up to be a player that will meet that 30 points a game criteria. Get him while he's cheap!

BG

For Real. His round 1 showing is a reflection of what he consistently delivered in lower grades. If he gets the minutes, he gets the points.

Tuesday, 24 February 2015 11:00

Position preview: FRF

The NRL rules committee, have sped the game up, what does it mean for our slowest players and will Ryan James be a Fantasy factor this year…

He was a strong man, liked a beer or many, and was quick over 20 meters. He lived a full life, only to be cut down in his prime by committee. It’s a sad day today as we say farewell to our mate, prop. He leaves big shoes to fill only for the new breed to come in with smaller feet, frames and a faster style of play.

The rule changes from the NRL committee have in my opinion killed the old school prop. The faster game will lend itself to more conditioned athletes that play through the middle, hit the deck, play the ball fast, or tackle and get up to repeat the effort. As a prime example a Sea Eagle favourite and now Dragon, George Rose has no place in the game anymore. However, let’s be honest  a faster sport is more entertaining, but who benefits in Fantasy? Not most props that’s for sure.

Key positional challenge

The challenge with Fantasy 2015, like every year is “how many guns do we buy in our starting team and whom?” Front row forward (FRF) is a key position where I feel guns are a must. Picking the guns that will stay consistent taking into consideration rule challenges will be challenging. Another consideration is the top FRFs are all State of Origin (oranges) stars, with most Fantasy guns knowing the bye period is extremely important that we ensure we are not burning through trades for oranges.

There is a clear top 10 FRFs in NRL Fantasy at this current point in time and the drop off after them is huge. A few of the top FRF players are also dual positional players so the question is where will they be more effective? My strategy for 2015 is that cheap, effective, high scoring and money making 2RF will come out as injuries strike the competition. I therefore like to stack my FRF to start.

Guns

Andrew Fifita ($535,000) is a possible exception to the rule. He is averaging 60 points per game, and I don’t see this slipping. A big prop, who can break tackles (TB’s), he will take advantage of tired opposition getting in behind the defensive line similar to that of George Burgess ($437,000).

I’m liking a lot of players from the Broncos this year and believe Wayne Bennett is walking into a championship contending side. With Corey Parker moving back to 2RF (surely), Josh Maguire ($445,000) is someone who has shown spark before. A known workhorse all he needs is minutes from the master coach and he will produce massive numbers far greater than his current 50 point per game average.

I see Aaron Wood ($427,000) and James Graham ($448,000) like players struggling, the new speed of the game will not suit them, and their tackles will decline as their fitness will be tested. I still rate their value to respective teams away from Fantasy but don’t see Fantasy value this coming season.

Break out players

David Klemmer is someone to think about, his repeat effort is outstanding and has a .99 point per minute rating. Surely this budding international will gain more minutes. WARNING: Antonio Kaufusi’s impact at the club has yet to be determined. While other fantasy guns expect David’s minutes will stay the same I believe the rule changes suit him, and pressure from national selectors to see development from him will culminate in a starting spot and 40-50 minutes by week 6 with Sam Kasiano’s minutes declining.

I’m looking for a lot out of Jordan McLean ($280,000) this season. After a really rough season this young kid has a bright future with .90ppm, an increase to 50 minutes a game as a starter could see his value in fantasy stocks grow exponentially. A tall 2RF looking player he will be looking to push past the adversity he faced in 2014.

High risk/high reward

Let’s start our risk and reward conversation with one of my favourite players, Paul Gallen ($554,000). This machine will come back into form in 2015 no doubt, with a work ethic that is out of this world his 64.56 average will be the benchmark for any FRF out there. Gallen has been discounted and if you can put up with his oranges bullshit you may get some good value out of him.

David Hala ($146,000) has a massive opportunity at the Titans, if he doesn’t get good minutes come round 1, hold out for the oranges period, where he should make his mark scoring big from run meters and TB’s. My opinion on this former Bronco is high and if he can get into a good shape fitness wise he will bend and break a defensive line. The risk is Mark Ioane ($270,000) his body-frame brother, seriously big chests these two, the question marks surround who will take big bench minutes for the Titans. 

James Gavet ($135,000) is another star saved by Wayne Bennett. His interview on his life was impressive but leaves me with questions around his ability to stay out of trouble. He played well in patches for the Tigers and finished the season with a rock bottom price. He will have to buy-in to Bennet’s culture if he’s looking for game time. Be wary.

Busts

Let’s face it, props are lazy. None more so than Adam Blair (298,800), swinging arms, not back 10, not releasing the tackled player, and hands in the ruck are his specialty. How he gets picked for the world champions is beyond me. He is lazy and again will be a fantasy dud.

Sam Rapira ($232,000) you’re old, let go, no one listens to techno (credit to Eminem). But seriously another fantasy bust that by now everyone should be aware of.

No doubt I will get slammed by this and probably contradicted by RFS’s other writers but I think Ryan James ($192,000) will be a bust player. I don’t think he has the focus to stay in the game when the fatigue starts. He will make errors miss tackles and be ineffective in Fantasy this year.

Ben Hannant ($326,000), I personally think it’s another trap. The work horse will never tire, and will look finish tackles, but that’s the point. He won’t get points for contributing at the last minute to a tackle, something he perfected in 2012. With his solid .91ppm rating he will still be a valued mid-range player but I see his falling away from the pace of the game, polar bears are not meant to run with the cheetahs.

Cash cows

Like I said I’m high on Broncos fever this year and Joe Ofahengaue ($124,000) is a bright prospect coming out of NYC feeder competition. His points will come mainly from meters gained although if he could chuck in a few TB’s here and there it would not go amiss. I’m excited to see his trial game form, one to watch out for and hopefully Wayne Bennett flip flops on previous statements that he won't play first grade this year.

Sam Lisone ($124,000) is the new breed of athlete, the dude has no quit in him. I once saw him run from a scrum midfield to the side-line as the opposition shovelled the ball though their attacking line and he nailed the winger out of play in the process of attempting to score a try. He’s a BEAST! I think he will definitely get some minutes this year and I will be on that gravy train when it comes.

Jake Trbojevic, one of the ghosts of 2014, I expect him to make his mark during this season. A talented player the Sea Eagles can not keep him out of top grade if they want to bleed the future into their team. Look for him to try push out James Hasson and Dunamis Lui for minutes, something which isn’t impossible. 

Sunday, 25 January 2015 11:00

CWC Previews

Shockwaves were sent through the NRL after the new rule changes for 2015 were released. Referees are now going to call “MOVE” early and penalise wrestling, slow release by each tackler, and choosing to separately release the tackled player.

The rule now states: “the player in possession shall be immediately released ... by all defenders”.

Wayne Bennett, a member of the NRL Rules Committee, said it’s an interpretation change rather than a rule change. An interview with the Warriors shows an unhappy Cappy (Brian Mclennan), who was upset with the communication channels.

We will concentrate on these two coaches to compare their possible 2015 fortunes.

For Fantasy players, the question remains; who are the big winners, team and player-wise? Renegades Fantasy Sports are here to shed some light.

We have 2014 statistics that reveal the percentage of play the balls that were defined as "slow" and "fast", for each team and against each team. Below is a snap shot of these stats.

Percent of play the balls that were slow (i.e., teams with slowest play the balls)

1. Tigers 12.2%
2. Brisbane 12.0%
3. SGI 11.7%
16. Warriors 7.9%

Percent of play the balls that were fast (i.e., teams with fastest play the balls)

1. South Sydney 16.7%
2. Sydney Rooster 16.1%
3. Canberra 15.1%
6. Warriors 14.7%
15. Brisbane 11.8%

Percent of opposition play the balls that were slow (i.e., teams that best slowed the opposition play of the ball)

1. South Sydney 13.9%
2. NQL 12.3%
3. Gold Coast 12.12%
14. Brisbane 9.2%
15. Warriors 8.7%

Percent of opposition play the balls that were fast (i.e., teams that were unable to slow the opposition play of the ball)

1. Brisbane 17.4%
2. Penrith 16.9%
3. Newcastle 16.7% (Bennett’s old team)
4. Warriors 15.8%

To conclude, we believe it is fair to say these rule changes will help Brisbane’s chances this year. Last year they played slow and allowed their opposition to play fast, which should be less pronounced when the referees begin to control the ruck more. 

The Warriors, as always a mixed bag, ineffective at slowing the ball down, and low slow play of the ball percentage themselves. On attack they may not gain, but on defence this new ‘interpretation’ may even up the playing field. 

Individually we can look at how many times a dummy half looks to run, rather then pass.

1. Isaac Luke 9.42%
2. Robbie Farrah 7.85%
3. Apisai Koroisau 7.69%
8. Michael Lichaa 5.03%
10. Cameron Smith 4.30%

As we would all guess, Isaac Luke may see some more line breaks or even tackle breaks. Robbie Farrah is not far behind, Api is not a bad pick up, and Lichaa has a tendency to run. Cam Smith is only 10th, and so if he does not adapt to the potentially faster ruck speed, he may be overtaken by a new cohort of fantasy gods.

©2015 - Renegades Fantasy Sports

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. 

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