2017 Pre-season Bible

31 January 2017
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Welcome to the second annual Renegades Fantasy Sports NRL Fantasy Prospectus. Some people like to spend their summers at the beach in the sun and drinking beer. I like to spend my summers in front of my laptop looking at spreadsheets and writing. That’s pretty much all you need to know about the passion behind this prospectus.

It goes without saying but I love NRL Fantasy. I’ve played Fantasy sports since the late 90’s and there’s no form of fantasy I get more enjoyment from. NRL Fantasy brings together a lot of strategic elements like trade limitations and performance driven price changes with the simpler pleasure of watching rugby league. And because at its heart league is a pretty simple sport the statistics are easy to capture and relate to as we watch a game.

I also enjoy trying to gain a deeper and different understanding to sports and statistics is a great way to do this. Considering NRL Fantasy is basically just collections of statistics analysing them gives me a lot of insight into not just how players might perform for fantasy but also how teams’ strategies can vary. You’ll find some things in this prospectus that has very little to do with NRL Fantasy but I hope they are still interesting.

In this year’s prospectus you’ll find profiles of over 500 players. You’ll find lists of cash cows, busts and undervalued players. You’ll find information on fantasy strategies and some fantasy history. I’m constantly learning new things about the NRL and NRL Fantasy and there were probably just as many things I was wrong about in last year’s prospectus as things I was right about, that will be no different this year. But the key thing is helping people find their NRL Fantasy process, an understanding or way of approaching the game that helps make them more successful. My way might not work for everyone but talking and thinking about Fantasy is always beneficial. I’d be pretty disappointed if there wasn’t something in here that would be beneficial from the RFS Bosses all the way down to the fantasy rookies.

Thanks to Joel Huey who helped me write the Prospectus last year, lots of the articles and ideas in that have been re-purposed and I’m always bouncing ideas of Joel. Thanks also to Tim Ross who provided the cover graphics, this year and last year.

You'll find links to the PDF of the Prospectus and everything else we release during the pre-season below.

Good luck, and have fun. 

Steve Nicholls


Renegades Fantasy Sports NRL Fantasy Prospectus


Individual Prospectus Sections

What is NRL Fantasy?

The Rules

Statistics and Projections

Picking your side to start the season

Playing Head to Head

Terms and abbreviations

Setting your line-up each week

How do Price Changes Work?

A week in the life of the fantasy player

Captaincy Roulette

Captaincy Loophole

Understanding the Point Per Minute

Bye Strategy

Trade Strategy and the Dreaded Trade Rage

Interview with and Insider: Te Arahi Maipi

Debunking the Myths

Fantasy Psychology: The Problem with Your Gut

Team building strategy

RFS NRL Fantasy Hall of Fame

Undervalued Players

Cash Cows

RFS Prospects List

Fantasy Busts

Brisbane Broncos

Canberra Raiders

Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs

Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks

Gold Coast Titans

Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles

Melbourne Storm

Newcastle Knights

New Zealand Warriors

North Queensland Cowboys

Parramatta Eels

Penrith Panthers

South Sydney Rabbitohs

St George Illawarra Dragons

Sydney Roosters

Wests Tigers


Other content not in the Prospectus

JZ's NRL 2017 Primer/Preview

Bye Planner

Fixture Analysis

Team List Tuesday Preview

Team List Tuesday Changes

WFB Position Preview

The Real Cash Cows

Round 1 Break Evens

Pre-Season Rankings: Hooker

Pre-Season Rankings: Front Row Forward

Pre-Season Rankings: Second Row Forward

Pre-Season Rankings: Halves

Pre-Season Rankings: Centres

Renegade Analytics Department

The Renegade Analytics Department (RAD) is made up of Steve Nicholls, formerly known as the Renegade Rookie, who having proved himself has finally been given his own department and office in the basement. RAD will provide a deeper insight into sport and fantasy by crunching the numbers. Steve Nicholls is a semi-pro writer/fantasy sports player, willing to give any sport a chance though his love lies with cricket, American football, league, union and ice hockey.

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