Pre-Season Rankings: Hooker

24 February 2017
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As we draw ever closer to the new season, I have asked a number of seasoned professionals to rank (in their opinion) the top 5 players in each position. I asked them to take the players price into consideration but as always, points are king. I'll analyse each position separately and it all starts at the top with the Hooker position.

Note: For any non-vote, I have assigned a value of 6 which will place more value on receiving a vote than missing out altogether.

 

 

1. Cameron Smith, $641,000
There is no doubt that Smith is the undisputed GOD of fantasy and his ranking here shows that. Ranked #1 by all 14 of our 'experts', the Golden rule seemingly still applies. Leave him out at your own peril.

2. Cameron McInnes, $473,000
McInnes could be in with a shot of playing 80 this year. In games when he played 80min last year, he averaged over 60 so if he does get a full game he will be undervalued for sure. If you pick him over Smith, you could be in for an interesting ride.

3. Josh Hodgson, $461,000
Also a possibility of playing 80 with Baptiste injured, Hodgson is a good candidate as a POD. Clydsdale could find himself on the bench which could hurt Hodgson slightly but I see him rising in price to start the season.

4. Jayden Brailey, $138,000
According to reports, Flanagan has confirmed that Brailey will start the season in the #9 jersey. His performance in the World Club Challenge likely confirmed what we all hoped anyway. Likely to play 60minutes (unless there is no bench hooker named), Brailey should be an auto pick for your side.

5. Jake Friend, $559,000
I was initially surprised that Friend is ranked this high - especially with the likelihood that Connor Watson will be on the bench - but Friend still managed to average 59 last year despite the presence of a bench utility. I would expect a bit more up and down than previous years but if he drops in price to start the year he could be a great mid-season upgrade for someone like Brailey.

6. Robbie Farah, $435,000
All of these rankings were made before the news that Adam Reynolds had appendicitis and would miss approximately the first 3 or 4 rounds of the season. If rumours are true and Damien Cook has been practicing at half, Farah could explode over the opening month of the season and make some decent coin. Definitely a good option if that is the case.

7. Issac Luke, $459,000
Luke had a rough start to the 2016 season with family issues preventing him from having a full pre-season. That is not the case this year and by all reports he has been training hard and is looking very fit. Unless he ups his game this year, Luke will probably continue where is, in about the third tier.

8. Andrew McCullough, $428,000
With Kodi Nikorima eating into his minutes, McCullough has lost his gloss as one of the best fantasy hookers in the game. If for some reason he goes back to 80 minutes he is a great option but until that happens, he is just a bit part player that isn't really worth looking at.

The Hotshot

The Hotshot is a foundation member of Renegades and a fantasy veteran across a wide variety of sports. Known for letting his hair down a little too far at times, he still seems to be able to produce the goods at the right time of year.

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