138k – This is the basement price for a player. Occasionally, coaches will refer to a position they haven’t yet filled as being a 138k. Basically, some rookie cash cow they haven’t found yet.
Auto-Emergency (AE) – If you have a player in your 17 (13 on field and 4 reserves) who doesn’t take the field for his club (this includes staying on the bench for the whole game), you get an AE to cover that player’s position. The AE is the lowest scoring player (greater than 0) who you have in your remaining NPRs. Also, you only get one!
Booted: Getting removed from the group. Crimes include, blocking a fellow Renegade, deleting posts/comments, making up shit about last minute team list changes, and sharing Renegades info with other groups.
Break Even (BE) – the approximate score required for a player to hold his value. If he scores less, his value will drop. More, and it increases. Approximate BEs are kindly provided right here at RFS.
Byes – Because the NRL insists on putting State of Origin over many weeks in the middle of the season, the competition has an 8 week period where some clubs have a bye. Every club gets two byes over this period, during which time your players in those clubs will not score you points. For H2H teams, this isn’t a big problem as most of these rounds are also H2H byes. For Overall players, this 8 week period is the most import part of the season. You will need to work hard to keep 17 players on the field over this time to keep the points rolling in. On top of the byes, State of Origin will make certain Fantasy guns unavailable. It’s the toughest part of the season, requiring spreadsheets, post-it notes and a lot of booze. But, it’s also the most exciting time of the season.
Captain (C or Cap) – Your captain scores double points. Choose him wisely. If you need to make up ground you can take the high-risk winger playing against a weak club, and then watch him get rested by the coach when his club builds up a big lead…
Cash Cow – a player who starts very cheap and increases in price over the course of the season. Cash cows are normally players you wouldn’t run in your scoring 17 if you had a choice.
Dual Position Player (DPP) – A player who can be placed in two different positions. Common examples are players who can fill both CTR and WFB. This is useful for DPP trades. For example, you could trade a WFB out, bring one of your CTRs into WFB, and then purchase a new CTR. You can do multiple DPP switches per trade.
Ghost Cow (also, MCK) – A cash cow with great potential who never plays.
Gun – A non-stop fantasy point-scoring machine. Gun status is often argued about, but players like Cam Smith, Corey Parker, Daly Cherry-Evans and Greg Inglis are undeniable fantasy gods. Importantly, a gun in a position like WFB and CTR doesn’t need to average as much as a gun in a high point scoring position like HOK or 2RF. It’s all about what players are available.
Head-to-head (H2H) – By getting your mates together you can play head to head matches over the season, with a final series at the end. The bye rounds are mostly unimportant with personal matchups and rivalry the source of the fun. It’s entry level stuff and all the glory is in playing overall.
Keeper – a player who is good enough to not trade out of your team by the end of the season. The definition of a Keeper is unique to every team, as the number or trades, available cash, and other problem positions may lower or raise standards.
Loophole – Made available by the introduction of rolling lockout in 2013, the loophole (or, Captain’s Loophole) was a strategic maneuver to get two bites at the captain cherry. Unfortunately, because some people didn’t understand how to use it, it is lost in the past…
Mid-ranger – A player who’s not a cash cow and not a keeper. He’s scoring mid-30s and if you listen to your mate, he’s about to go huge. Normally your mate is wrong, as 70% of players are mid-rangers, and stay that way for their entire careers. But, you have to pick a few…so they better be the ones that turn into keepers…
Non-playing Reserve (NPR) – A NPR is a player who is in your 25, but not selected in your scoring 17.
Nuffie (occasionally, 138k nuffie) – At the end of the season, coaches will trade out their cash cows to make cash for big upgrades. However, to avoid bringing in potentially shit AEs, they bring in basement price (i.e., 138k) players who will never play. Maximum cash, minimum risk. In the injury crisis of 2013, this strategy left many teams with less than 17 players.
Overall – Overall coaches are those that are aiming to accumulate as many points during the season. Initially, this is to win the major prize. Most overall coaches realize they cannot win the prize from very early on. But, this isn’t an excuse to give up. Your end of year rank is a badge of honor (or shame) that will give you cred in Renegades and will need to be beaten next season.
Points-per-minute (PPM) – The average scoring rate of a player.
Reverse Trade – Before the first game of the round starts, you can trade and then reverse that trade.
Rolling Lockout – Because Tuesday team lists tend to be a bit unreliable, NRL Fantasy gives you the opportunity to keep trading and adjusting your team through the round. As a player starts a game, they get locked in and you can’t change them. NOTE: if you want to trade during rolling lockout you cannot reverse trade.
Sideways Trade: a trade where the player being taken out is likely to have the same net benefit on your team’s weekly scores over the whole season. For example, trading Tolman to Graham (assuming both are fit and getting similar scores). As they both play for the Dogs, their byes are identical, and are FRFs, they are equivalent. Trading one to the other (other than in the case of injury, or if Tolman is selected for Origin) is a wasted trade. It is often difficult to identify a sideways trade as many features have to be weighed up, including; bye cover, average, price, position, injury/suspension prone-ness, and job security.
Smokey or Point of Difference (POD) – A player, who most other coaches haven’t selected, that may score well. This is a good strategy if you need to play catch-up. But remember, there is often a reason that most coaches haven’t selected that player.
Source (or sauce) – One of the great benefits of belonging to the Renegades family is the access to information. People who find articles online, or tweets will normally share them in the group. But, occasionally, someone will share some gossip without acknowledging where it came from. Not sharing the source can be because there is no source and it’s just someone trolling. Otherwise, it could be privileged inside information. Get to know the insiders, they are important people.
Trolls who lie about team changes just before lockout will be abused and booted.
Team List Tuesday (TLT) – Every Tuesday, clubs will release their team lists, which will be progressively posted up in Renegades through the day. Take them with a grain of salt, they are just a guide. The NRL Fantasy website will also show which players are selected to play with green lights next to player names. These are based on Tuesday team lists, and may not reflect who actually takes the field.
Trade Rage – Many coaches will follow a bad round by making rash, ill-considered trades in an attempt to improve their team. This will normally leave rookie coaches with no trades well before the finals. Patience is the most important skill in NRL Fantasy.
Troll – A complex term. Some trolls will get booted (people making up shit about last minute team list changes), while some will get applause (baiting an origin fan into a rage). See here for some background – http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=troll
NOTE: Saying “I was just trolling” or “hook, line and sinker” after someone publicly humiliates you in an argument is not cool. Real trolls never admit to being trolls. So, just take it on the chin, accept you were wrong, and slink away.
Vice-Captain (VC) – If your captain fails to take the field for his club, your VC scores double.
Some common player abbreviations
DCE – Daly Cherry Evans
CS9 – Cameron Smith
CP13 – Corey Parker
PG13 – Paul Gallen
JWH – Jared Waerea-Hargreaves
RTS – Roger Tuivasa-Sheck
SKD – Shaun Kenny Dowall
SBW (SBW OMG, $BW, Money Bill) – Sonny Bill Williams