General 2014 NRL SuperCoach

mt.wellington

mt.wellington

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Supercoach

https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/sport/nrl/supercoach

This is the game I like best of all the NRL fantasy games. Always hard trying to balance your guns vs cheapies and having the right cash cows on board. Just had a quick play before and I'll have to do some serious culling to get a squad together.

If anyone has any leagues that people can join then please feel free to post them up. I have one made up if anyone is keen: 373475.

Found it really hard to log on at first but after a lot of mucking around I found you had to click on the SuperCoach link on the black tab just above the pic of the Nissan.

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There are some groups on Facebook that you can join to bounce ideas off and get a glimpse into what other teams maybe doing. Im a member of this one: https://www.facebook.com/groups/NRLSCaddicts/ I dont tend to post my team as everyone will have a different opinion on who to keep or release and teams start looking the same but its worth a look and you tend to get the inside word on injuries, etc…

Following article from Sangster. Take it at your own risk :)...

Fantasy guru Tom Sangster reveals top 10 NRL SuperCoach bargains and blogs live

1. Nathan Peats ($102,500) front-row, back-row - The star Parramatta recruit will be the most purchased player in SuperCoach 2014 and is the only automatic buy following the cheapie crackdown. Peats starts very cheap after averaging only 20 points per game behind Issac Luke at the Rabbitohs last year. Now at the Eels, Peats is likely to up last year's average game time from 26 minutes to 80 minutes and become a borderline keeper, with the added bonus of dual position flexibility. He averaged 58 when he pushed Luke for the No. 9 jersey in 2012.
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Nathan Peats trains with the Eels. Source: News Limited
2. Kane Evans ($94,300) front-row - If fate had decided a different course last year, Evans could already have an NRL premiership ring on his finger. The enormous prop was only denied a first grade debut due to a second tier salary cap drama. But he is set for serious NRL game time this year following the exits of forwards Luke O'Donnell, Martin Kennedy and Tinirau Arona, who were let go to accommodate the retention of Sonny Bill Williams. Evans certainly has the pedigree to make an impact in the NRL, having made the Toyota Cup Team of the Year, NSW under 20s Origin side, NSW Cup Team of the Year and Fiji Test side in recent seasons.
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Jake Trbojevich is set to step up. Source: News Limited
3. A Manly prop (or even two) - With Brent Kite (Panthers), George Rose (Storm), David Gower (Eels) and Joe Galuvao (retired) having left the club, and the future of Richie Fa'aoso (police charges) up in the air, serious SuperCoach opportunities will open in the Manly front row. In fact, the Sea Eagles now feature just two recognised NRL props - Jason King and Brenton Lawrence - meaning multiple cheapie slots could be created. Holden Cup Team of the Year member and Junior Kangaroo Jake Trbojevich is expected to play plenty of first grade this season after getting a taste of NRL in round 26 last year. Ligi Sao starred in the NSW Cup last season and displayed an incredible workrate in his single top grade game last year (1.38 points per minute, which ranks him among the SuperCoach elite for this stat). Josh Starling, starved of opportunities by a Burgess invasion at Souths, will be looking for a regular first grade spot after making the NSW Cup Team of the Year. Dunamis Lui has also been recruited from Brisbane, but he doesn't possess the work rate required for SuperCoach.
4. Canterbury's fullback - The Bulldogs have four players gunning for Ben Barba's vacant fullback spot - Josh Morris, Sam Perrett, Tyrone Phillips and Patrick Templeman. Morris and Perrett don't offer much to excite SuperCoaches given they are established stars with prices calculated on past stats. But Phillips and Templeman start at rookie rates ($87,500). Both are training with the NRL squad over the pre-season. La Perouse product Phillips has joined the Bulldogs from the Rabbitohs and is rated a supreme talent. But he was recently charged with affray following a late night bar incident, which could benefit Templeman, who is Canterbury's incumbent Holden Cup fullback and a points-scoring machine.
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Zach Strasser trains with the Broncos. Source: News Limited
5. Brisbane's five-eighth - A SuperCoach opportunity is set to open at No. 6 for the Broncos following the exits of Corey Norman (Eels), Scott Prince (retired) and Peter Wallace (Panthers), plus Anthony Milford's decision to stick out his contract in Canberra. With recruit Ben Barba almost certain to play fullback, Redcliffe star Zach Strasser and young gun Jordan Kahu are in a two-horse race for the five-eighth spot. SuperCoaches will be hoping Strasser wins out given his juicy starting price of $87,500. Kahu has been priced at a bank-busting $189,000 due to his strong 10-game stint in the outside backs last year, which ended prematurely due to a torn ACL. Holden Cup gun Ashley Taylor, just $87,500, is also training with the NRL squad this pre-season. The Queensland Emerging squad member signed a lucrative $300,000 deal last year, but is only 18 and may be at least a season away from an NRL debut.
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Carlos Tuimavave for the Warriors. Source: News Limited
6. Carlos Tuimavave ($102,500) centre/wing - Equally potent at fullback, centre, wing, five-eighth and even back row, Tuimavave is considered one of the great young talents of New Zealand rugby league. But an injury-interrupted season limited him to just three NRL games last year, averaging a lowly 18. He therefore starts at just $102,500, but has plenty of room for improvement given he surged onto the SuperCoach scene by averaging 56 in five games in 2012.
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Former Fijian porter Eto Nabuli. Source: News Limited
7. Eto Nabuli ($87,500) centre/wing - The incredible transformation of Eto Nabuli is set to become one of the NRL stories of the year - and SuperCoaches will be looking to cash in too. The former Fijian porter was signed sight unseen by Phil Gould following recommendations by Andrew Johns and Brad Fittler, who spotted the monster winger while holidaying on the Pacific Isles. Gould has indicated Nabuli, who finished atop the NSW Cup tryscorers list with 30 touchdowns last year, will complete a meteoric rise by playing NRL this season. "We would have seen him this year (2013) if only for the second tier salary cap," Gould said recently. "We were restricted from giving him an opportunity there but Eto will get his chance for the NRL this year. He's got all the attributes. He's had an amazing season considering where he's come from and how little preparation he has had. With a full off season we're hoping he does particularly well next year."
8. Evander Cummins ($94,300) centre/wing, fullback - The former Dragon burst into SuperCoach reckoning with a barnstorming 2012 Holden Cup season. Despite playing just 16 matches, he made 36 linebreaks and busted 192 tackles, the most of any NYC player in both categories. But the star outside back hit a road block last year, with injury limiting his performances, before he slid down the backline pecking order due to St George Illawarra's chance acquisition of Josh Dugan. Now at the rebuilding Eels, Cummins is a genuine chance of a first grade spot at some stage in 2014. With Jarryd Hayne to play fullback following the recruitment of five-eighth Corey Norman, Cummins won't play in his favoured No. 1 jersey. With Will Hopoate also assured a backline spot, Cummins will be battling for wing and centre spots with the likes of Jacob Loko, Ken Sio, Willie Tonga, Semi Radradra, Ryan Morgan and Justin Hunt. A first grade call-up is very much an achievable goal, particularly when injuries are taken into account - not to mention Hayne and Hopoate's likely omissions over Origin.
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Mitch Cornish in the Holden Cup. Source: News Limited
9. Mitch Cornish ($94,300) halfback, five-eighth - The Raiders have some serious decisions to make at halfback, with SuperCoaches hoping young gun Mitch Cornish gets an extended run. With back-up half Sam Williams (Dragons) having left the club, it's not beyond the realms of possibility that Cornish be named in the No. 7 jersey for round one, even in a full-strength side. Terry Campese has one playmaking spot locked down, but the other slot is far from confirmed. Anthony Milford is an option, but he also played plenty of fullback in his debut year. Josh McCrone has played most of his career in the halves, but finished the year at hooker, where he put in some very impressive displays. If MCrone plays No. 9 and Milford plays No. 1, Junior Kangaroo Cornish could be next in line for the halfback spot. And if Milford, McCrone or Campese get injured, Cornish is a great chance for a call-up.
10. Luke Keary ($102,500) halfback, five-eighth - The succession plan at the Rabbitohs has always involved Luke Keary taking the five-eighth role. For that to happen in the coming year, John Sutton would need to either get injured or move into the forwards. Maguire groomed the Queensland youngster for a full time role last year with 10 appearances, mostly off the bench, at an average of 36 minutes per game. Keary will start at $102,500 given his limited showings last year, leaving plenty of room for price rises. But only jump on if he's guaranteed 80 minutes every game.
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South Sydney young gun Luke Keary. Source: News Limited

https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/s...s-and-blogs-live/story-fni3fs14-1226812342300
 
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NZ Warriors player prices in supercoach

WARRIORS PLAYER PRICES:

David Bhana - 2RF - $87,500
Jayson Bukuya - 2RF - $217,700
Raymond Faitala-Mariner - 2RF - $87,500
Glen Fisiiahi - CTW, FLB - $156,300
Nathan Friend - FRF - $259,500
David Fusitua - FLB, CTW - $87,500
Charlie Gubb - FRF - $129,300
Siliva Havili - FRF - $87,500
Ben Henry - 2RF, CTW - $213,700
Ngataua Hukatai - CTW - $87,500
Konrad Hurrell - CTW - $269,600
Sebastine Ikahihifo - 2RF - $111,400
Shaun Johnson - HFB, 5/8 - $296,200
Ngani Laumape - CTW - $210,400
Thomas Leuluai - 5/8 - $196,400
Jacob Lillyman - FRF - $203,100
Kevin Locke - FLB, CTW - $224,100
Tuimoala Lolohea - 5/8 - $87,500
Viliami Lolohea - CTW - $87,500
Sam Lousi - 2RF - $102,500
Sione Lousi - FRF - $126,500
Eko Malu - FRF, HFB - $87,500
Simon Mannering - 2RF - $258,400
Suaia Matagi - FRF - $145,900
Feleti Mateo - 2RF - $233,700
Ben Matulino - FRF - $229,900
Dane Nielsen - CTW - $159,200
John Palavi - 2RF - $94,300
Dominique Peyroux - CTW - $102,500
Sam Rapira - FRF - $204,000
Jerome Ropati - CTW, FLB - $195,400
Michael Sio - 2RF - $87,500
James Taylor - FRF - $87,500
Sam Tomkins - FLB - $334,000
Chad Townsend - HFB, 5/8 - $150,900
Carlos Tuimavave - CTW - $102,500
Adam Tuimavave-Gerrard - CTW - $87,500
Manu Vatuvei - CTW - $244,300
Albert Vete - FRF - $87,500
 
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mt.wellington

mt.wellington

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My first little play around. Going to have to downgrade some guns to get a better bench…
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ShaunJohnson7

ShaunJohnson7

why don't we do a NZWarriors.com supercoach comp? Its my favourite format too.....
 
snake77

snake77

How much time does this take up each week?

I used to go to Brisbane each year and my brother in law used to be in a couple of AFL and NRL tipping competitions. I always thought that would be pretty cool.

The fantasy league / super coach stuff looks really cool; just it looks like it could be quite time consuming looking at the stats sorting out which players to swap and get rid of.
 
Apus

Apus

How much time does this take up each week?

I used to go to Brisbane each year and my brother in law used to be in a couple of AFL and NRL tipping competitions. I always thought that would be pretty cool.

The fantasy league / super coach stuff looks really cool; just it looks like it could be quite time consuming looking at the stats sorting out which players to swap and get rid of.


Setting up your team takes the longest, but from there it doesn't take long if you just take a look at the team lists on Thursdays and keep an eye on who's getting injured. It really depends how much you care about it, you don't have to spend long if you don't want to.
 
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ShaunJohnson7

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This is the game I like best of all the NRL fantasy games. Always hard trying to balance your guns vs cheapies and having the right cash cows on board. Just had a quick play before and I'll have to do some serious culling to get a squad together.

If anyone has any leagues that people can join then please feel free to post them up. I have one made up if anyone is keen: 373475.

Found it really hard to log on at first but after a lot of mucking around I found you had to click on the SuperCoach link on the black tab just above the pic of the Nissan.

There are some groups on Facebook that you can join to bounce ideas off and get a glimpse into what other teams maybe doing. Im a member of this one: https://www.facebook.com/groups/NRLSCaddicts/ I dont tend to post my team as everyone will have a different opinion on who to keep or release and teams start looking the same but its worth a look and you tend to get the inside word on injuries, etc…

Following article from Sangster. Take it at your own risk :)...

Fantasy guru Tom Sangster reveals top 10 NRL SuperCoach bargains and blogs live

1. Nathan Peats ($102,500) front-row, back-row - The star Parramatta recruit will be the most purchased player in SuperCoach 2014 and is the only automatic buy following the cheapie crackdown. Peats starts very cheap after averaging only 20 points per game behind Issac Luke at the Rabbitohs last year. Now at the Eels, Peats is likely to up last year's average game time from 26 minutes to 80 minutes and become a borderline keeper, with the added bonus of dual position flexibility. He averaged 58 when he pushed Luke for the No. 9 jersey in 2012.
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Nathan Peats trains with the Eels. Source: News Limited
2. Kane Evans ($94,300) front-row - If fate had decided a different course last year, Evans could already have an NRL premiership ring on his finger. The enormous prop was only denied a first grade debut due to a second tier salary cap drama. But he is set for serious NRL game time this year following the exits of forwards Luke O'Donnell, Martin Kennedy and Tinirau Arona, who were let go to accommodate the retention of Sonny Bill Williams. Evans certainly has the pedigree to make an impact in the NRL, having made the Toyota Cup Team of the Year, NSW under 20s Origin side, NSW Cup Team of the Year and Fiji Test side in recent seasons.
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Jake Trbojevich is set to step up. Source: News Limited
3. A Manly prop (or even two) - With Brent Kite (Panthers), George Rose (Storm), David Gower (Eels) and Joe Galuvao (retired) having left the club, and the future of Richie Fa'aoso (police charges) up in the air, serious SuperCoach opportunities will open in the Manly front row. In fact, the Sea Eagles now feature just two recognised NRL props - Jason King and Brenton Lawrence - meaning multiple cheapie slots could be created. Holden Cup Team of the Year member and Junior Kangaroo Jake Trbojevich is expected to play plenty of first grade this season after getting a taste of NRL in round 26 last year. Ligi Sao starred in the NSW Cup last season and displayed an incredible workrate in his single top grade game last year (1.38 points per minute, which ranks him among the SuperCoach elite for this stat). Josh Starling, starved of opportunities by a Burgess invasion at Souths, will be looking for a regular first grade spot after making the NSW Cup Team of the Year. Dunamis Lui has also been recruited from Brisbane, but he doesn't possess the work rate required for SuperCoach.
4. Canterbury's fullback - The Bulldogs have four players gunning for Ben Barba's vacant fullback spot - Josh Morris, Sam Perrett, Tyrone Phillips and Patrick Templeman. Morris and Perrett don't offer much to excite SuperCoaches given they are established stars with prices calculated on past stats. But Phillips and Templeman start at rookie rates ($87,500). Both are training with the NRL squad over the pre-season. La Perouse product Phillips has joined the Bulldogs from the Rabbitohs and is rated a supreme talent. But he was recently charged with affray following a late night bar incident, which could benefit Templeman, who is Canterbury's incumbent Holden Cup fullback and a points-scoring machine.
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Zach Strasser trains with the Broncos. Source: News Limited
5. Brisbane's five-eighth - A SuperCoach opportunity is set to open at No. 6 for the Broncos following the exits of Corey Norman (Eels), Scott Prince (retired) and Peter Wallace (Panthers), plus Anthony Milford's decision to stick out his contract in Canberra. With recruit Ben Barba almost certain to play fullback, Redcliffe star Zach Strasser and young gun Jordan Kahu are in a two-horse race for the five-eighth spot. SuperCoaches will be hoping Strasser wins out given his juicy starting price of $87,500. Kahu has been priced at a bank-busting $189,000 due to his strong 10-game stint in the outside backs last year, which ended prematurely due to a torn ACL. Holden Cup gun Ashley Taylor, just $87,500, is also training with the NRL squad this pre-season. The Queensland Emerging squad member signed a lucrative $300,000 deal last year, but is only 18 and may be at least a season away from an NRL debut.
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Carlos Tuimavave for the Warriors. Source: News Limited
6. Carlos Tuimavave ($102,500) centre/wing - Equally potent at fullback, centre, wing, five-eighth and even back row, Tuimavave is considered one of the great young talents of New Zealand rugby league. But an injury-interrupted season limited him to just three NRL games last year, averaging a lowly 18. He therefore starts at just $102,500, but has plenty of room for improvement given he surged onto the SuperCoach scene by averaging 56 in five games in 2012.
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Former Fijian porter Eto Nabuli. Source: News Limited
7. Eto Nabuli ($87,500) centre/wing - The incredible transformation of Eto Nabuli is set to become one of the NRL stories of the year - and SuperCoaches will be looking to cash in too. The former Fijian porter was signed sight unseen by Phil Gould following recommendations by Andrew Johns and Brad Fittler, who spotted the monster winger while holidaying on the Pacific Isles. Gould has indicated Nabuli, who finished atop the NSW Cup tryscorers list with 30 touchdowns last year, will complete a meteoric rise by playing NRL this season. "We would have seen him this year (2013) if only for the second tier salary cap," Gould said recently. "We were restricted from giving him an opportunity there but Eto will get his chance for the NRL this year. He's got all the attributes. He's had an amazing season considering where he's come from and how little preparation he has had. With a full off season we're hoping he does particularly well next year."
8. Evander Cummins ($94,300) centre/wing, fullback - The former Dragon burst into SuperCoach reckoning with a barnstorming 2012 Holden Cup season. Despite playing just 16 matches, he made 36 linebreaks and busted 192 tackles, the most of any NYC player in both categories. But the star outside back hit a road block last year, with injury limiting his performances, before he slid down the backline pecking order due to St George Illawarra's chance acquisition of Josh Dugan. Now at the rebuilding Eels, Cummins is a genuine chance of a first grade spot at some stage in 2014. With Jarryd Hayne to play fullback following the recruitment of five-eighth Corey Norman, Cummins won't play in his favoured No. 1 jersey. With Will Hopoate also assured a backline spot, Cummins will be battling for wing and centre spots with the likes of Jacob Loko, Ken Sio, Willie Tonga, Semi Radradra, Ryan Morgan and Justin Hunt. A first grade call-up is very much an achievable goal, particularly when injuries are taken into account - not to mention Hayne and Hopoate's likely omissions over Origin.
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Mitch Cornish in the Holden Cup. Source: News Limited
9. Mitch Cornish ($94,300) halfback, five-eighth - The Raiders have some serious decisions to make at halfback, with SuperCoaches hoping young gun Mitch Cornish gets an extended run. With back-up half Sam Williams (Dragons) having left the club, it's not beyond the realms of possibility that Cornish be named in the No. 7 jersey for round one, even in a full-strength side. Terry Campese has one playmaking spot locked down, but the other slot is far from confirmed. Anthony Milford is an option, but he also played plenty of fullback in his debut year. Josh McCrone has played most of his career in the halves, but finished the year at hooker, where he put in some very impressive displays. If MCrone plays No. 9 and Milford plays No. 1, Junior Kangaroo Cornish could be next in line for the halfback spot. And if Milford, McCrone or Campese get injured, Cornish is a great chance for a call-up.
10. Luke Keary ($102,500) halfback, five-eighth - The succession plan at the Rabbitohs has always involved Luke Keary taking the five-eighth role. For that to happen in the coming year, John Sutton would need to either get injured or move into the forwards. Maguire groomed the Queensland youngster for a full time role last year with 10 appearances, mostly off the bench, at an average of 36 minutes per game. Keary will start at $102,500 given his limited showings last year, leaving plenty of room for price rises. But only jump on if he's guaranteed 80 minutes every game.
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South Sydney young gun Luke Keary. Source: News Limited

https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/s...s-and-blogs-live/story-fni3fs14-1226812342300

I've just joined, there's only 4 of us though is this still running??
 
mt.wellington

mt.wellington

Warriors Orange Peeler
Mucked around with the Round 1 lists and this is what I cam up with. Biggest change is Maloney out for Brooks. Used the extra cash to get Gallen. Have a piss poor wing combo. Did mange to get all 25 playing. Might fiddle around a bit more before lockout. May have to downgrade someone to strengthen my backline...

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Mucked around with the Round 1 lists and this is what I cam up with. Biggest change is Maloney out for Brooks. Used the extra cash to get Gallen. Have a piss poor wing combo. Did mange to get all 25 playing. Might fiddle around a bit more before lockout. May have to downgrade someone to strengthen my backline...

I don't want to be the bearer of bad news but I'm pretty sure your number 18s not playing this week.
 
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Scout Report: Round 1 teams wrap
By Lone Scout

NRL.com

9:30am Wed 05th March, 2014




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Michael Witt looms as a Holden NRL Fantasy cash cow after being picked at halfback for the St George Illawarra Dragons. Copyright: Colin Whelan/NRL Photos.

NRL.com's Lone Scout analyses the big Holden NRL Fantasy winners and losers from the Round 1 team lists.

See the full line-ups for every club on NRL.com's Round 1 team lists page.

Rabbitohs v Roosters, ANZ Stadium, Thursday night
RABBITOHS:
Adam Reynolds ($393,900) has been named to play despite doubts over his troublesome knee. Injury concerns aside he could be a great buy this year for overall points Fantasy teams, considering the Rabbitohs' bye schedule (unless if he gets picked for NSW). Greg Inglis ($394,400), Sam Burgess ($376,700), George Burgess ($357,200) and Issac Luke ($357,900) are all great buys, particularly for overall points as Luke and the Burgess brothers won't be playing Origin.

Key injuries: Tom Burgess (foot, Round 8), Luke Keary (shoulder, Round 20), Jason Clark (ankle, Round 2)

ROOSTERS: The Tricolours have essentially named the side that won last year's grand final, with young gun Dylan Napa ($111,600) replacing the retired Luke O'Donnell in the 17. So no surprises here, just all-round class – Michael Jennings ($313,800) is a quality centre, James Maloney ($375,600) will score will again in the halves, and there's a good reason why Sonny Bill Williams ($374,200) has been picked in more NRL Fantasy teams than any other player this year.

Key injuries: Isaac Liu (knee, indefinite)

Bulldogs v Broncos, ANZ Stadium, Friday night
BULLDOGS:
Sam Perrett ($198,200) gets the nod at fullback and rookie Corey Thompson ($107,000) gets a gig on the wing following injuries to Krisnan Inu (jaw, Round 5), Drury Low (hand, Round 4) and Tim Lafai (hand, Round 2). With boom youngster Moses Mbye ($107,000) unlikely to get a run after only just squeezing onto an extended bench, the best Fantasy bets here are workhorse props James Graham ($371,600) and Aiden Tolman ($327,100), who are consistent scorers with good bye schedules for overall points. Unless, of course, you're willing to gamble on the tamed T-Rex Tony Williams ($239,500) roaring back into his 2012 form once again this season.

Key injuries: Krisnan Inu (jaw, Round 5); Sam Kasiano (foot, Round 4); Drury Low (hand, Round 4); Tim Lafai (hand, Round 2); Greg Eastwood (foot, Round 3)

BRONCOS: Ben Barba ($293,500) and Josh Hoffman's ($287,300) job sharing deal with the fullback and five-eighth roles may have grabbed the headlines but the selection that will have Fantasy fanatics worried is the move of last season's NRL Lock of the Year Corey Parker ($477,600) to the front row. The position itself shouldn't cause too many worries for the Fantasy footy legend but will Parker still play his customary 80 minutes every week? Of course with established front-rowers Ben Hannant and Martin Kennedy on the bench there's every chance Parker shifts back to lock after the game's early stages and plays out the rest of the game there.

The big winner from the Broncos side in Fantasy terms is probably Andrew McCullough ($362,800) who could join the likes of Cameron Smith and Robbie Farah as an 80-minute hooker after no rival dummy-half was named on the Brisbane bench. (Rookie Jake Granville remains a chance to get that job down the track.) Expect to see a shake-up in the backline in a month or so when Justin Hodges (Achilles) and Jordan Kahu (knee) return from their injuries, while rookie Kodi Nikorima could also get a shot in the halves later in the season.
Key injuries: Justin Hodges (Achilles, Round 6); David Stagg (knee, Round 4); Jordan Kahu (knee, Round 4); Corey Oats (shoulder, indefinite)

Panthers v Knights, Sportingbet Stadium, Saturday afternoon
PANTHERS:
For a team with a lot of new faces there aren't too many surprises in the Panthers' side. Jamal Idris ($290,700) has been given the benefit of the doubt with his hamstring injury, Matt Moylan ($232,500) has beaten Kevin Naiqama to the fullback spot, and Elijah Taylor ($333,900) will start in the second row after Adam Docker ($184,500) got the lock spot. James Segeyaro ($321,500) and Tyrone Peachey ($268,600) have the potential to be breakout Fantasy stars but both are hard to pick after being named on the bench.
Key injuries: James Roberts (broken ankle, Round 7); Eto Nabuli (knee, Round 4); Wes Naiqama (pectoral, indefinite); George Jennings (elbow, mid-season); Luke Capewell (turf toe, Round 7); Sika Manu (shoulder, Round 4); Bryce Cartwright (wrist, Round 3)

KNIGHTS: Michael Dobson ($110,700) has been named to replace the injured Jarrod Mullen at five-eighth, meaning Kurt Gidley takes the hooker role vacated by the retired Danny Buderus. If Dobson can keep his place in the team during Mullen's long-term injury he could be one of the year's better cash cows. Dane Gagai has had his fair share of interest from Fantasy coaches due to his obvious talent and low-ish $196,700 price, but he has the looks of a player whose good on-field performances simply don't translate well to Fantasy.

Key injuries: Jarrod Mullen (hamstring, Round 10); Zane Tetevano (broken hand, Round 3); Clint Newton (bicep, season)

Sea Eagles v Storm, Brookvale Oval, Saturday night
SEA EAGLES:
Josh Starling ($107,000) is the big winner from a Fantasy perspective, with the rookie prop getting a starting spot in the absence of injured veteran Jason King (shoulder). Even if King returns soon, Starling's elevation to the top 13 suggests he'll at least keep his spot in the squad ahead of bench players like Dunamis Lui ($107,000). Jamie Lyon ($316,800) is as solid a Fantasy player as they come in the centres, Daly Cherry-Evans ($418,700) is a born Fantasy superstar and a lot of people are tipping big things from Anthony Watmough ($364,900) this season.

Key injuries: Jason King (shoulder, Round 2); Jorge Taufua (shoulder, Round 3); David Williams (knee, Round 2); Tom Symonds (back, indefinite)

STORM: The all-powerful Melbourne Storm look a little less imposing with Ben Roberts ($219,200) wearing the No.7 jersey instead of Cooper Cronk, who should be back from his shoulder injury in Round 2. Winger Young Tonumaipea ($107,000) is a possible cash cow for the first few rounds of the season until the return of the injured Justin O'Neill. Billy Slater ($343,800) is a bit of a smokey this season with the added scoring factors of try saves and kicks defused in NRL Fantasy. Cameron Smith ($523,600) doesn't come cheap but is the best captaincy option in the game.

Key injuries: Cooper Cronk (shoulder, Round 2); Matt Duffie (ACL, season); Justin O’Neill (knee, indefinite)
Cowboys v Raiders, 1300 Smiles Stadium, Saturday night
COWBOYS:
Michael Morgan ($207,600) could be a handy dual-position option after playing his way into the fullback position vacated by the injured Lachlan Coote, while Kyle Feldt ($207,900) was a star of the Auckland Nines and if he keeps busting tackles he could become that Fantasy rarity – a high-scoring winger. Safer bets are the hard-working Joel Riethmuller ($286,400), who nabbed Dallas Johnson's old lock role, and Jason Taumalolo ($222,500) who earned a starting berth with some barnstorming pre-season displays. Johnathan Thurston's ($386,200) not a bad player either, obviously.

Key injuries: Lachlan Coote (ACL, season); Hezron Murgha (knee, mid-season)

RAIDERS: A few promising cheapies are up for grabs here with Matt Allwood ($107,000) earning a spot in the centres following Jack Wighton's ($171,900) move into the halves, while big Shannon Boyd ($107,000) is a young bench prop with a lot of talent. Wighton's move to pivot means young gun Mitch Cornish ($107,000) has been left out of the squad. Anthony Milford ($310,100) could be a breakout Fantasy star at fullback this year while Shaun Fensom ($412,100) is the definition of a back-row workhorse.

Key injuries: David Shillington ribs, Round 2-4); Tom Learoyd-Lahrds (ankle, Round 3-5); Jeff Lynch (knee, season)

Dragons v Wests Tigers, ANZ Stadium, Sunday afternoon
DRAGONS:
Michael Witt ($110,700) and Adam Quinlan ($154,600) are the two surprise inclusions for the Red V, with Witt beating Sam Williams ($265,600) to the halfback role alongside Gareth Widdop ($253,000) and Quinlan getting the nod to replace the injured Josh Dugan (knee, Round 5). The inclusion of Kyle Stanley ($124,000) on the bench means Mitch Rein ($291,300) is unlikely to play the full 80 minutes at hooker.

Key injuries: Josh Dugan (knee, Round 5), Jack Stockwell (hamstring, Round 3)

TIGERS: Luke Brooks ($184,500) will be one of Fantasy's most popular young guns this year, but there are several other promising options at the Tigers in the form of hard-working prop Aaron Woods ($394,300), bench cheapies Cory Paterson ($107,000) and James Gavet ($107,000), talented fullback James Tedesco ($203,100) and do-it-all skipper Robbie Farah ($483,700).

Key injuries: Curtis Sironen (Foot, Round 10); Tim Simona (Shoulder, Round 2); Dene Halatau (Ankle, Round 11); Tim Moltzen (Knee, indefinite)

Eels v Warriors, Pirtek Stadium, Sunday night
EELS:
Returning one-time NRL superstar Will Hopoate ($192,600) and his very cheap centre partner Willie Tonga ($107,000) will both be in a fair few Fantasy teams come Round 1, as will Eels talisman Jarryd Hayne ($343,400) and bargain utility man Nathan Peats ($125,000). Debutant second-rower Manu Ma'u ($107,000) may also sneak into a few teams after being a shock selection in the starting pack for Parramatta.

Key injuries: Jacob Loko (knee, indefinite); Lee Mossop (shoulder, mid-season)

WARRIORS: Sam Tomkins ($280,400) and Shaun Johnson ($371,700) have lit up the Warriors' pre-season campaign and are both looking like good buys – particularly considering the club's "easy" start to the season – but Johnson's halves partner Chad Townsend ($216,300) and rookie lock John Palavi ($107,000) could also prove to be handy pickups, along with the super-consistent Simon Mannering ($317,200). Konrad Hurrell ($294,300) has surprisingly been left out of the team altogether, with Carlos Tuimavave ($107,000) the preferred option at centre.

Key injuries: Thomas Leuluai (groin, Round 2); Kevin Locke (knee, indefinite)

Sharks v Titans, Remondis Stadium, Monday night
SHARKS:
Todd Carney is set to play despite a worrying hamstring injury and he'll partner Daniel Holdsworth, who is replacing the injured Jeff Robson for the first few rounds of the season. Injury-plagued goal-kicking fullback Michael Gordon ($336,900) could be in for a big year after a fairly quiet 2013 but the real money at Cronulla in Fantasy terms is on tireless big men Andrew Fifita ($476,100) and Paul Gallen ($423,200).

Key injuries: Luke Lewis (shoulder, mid-season); Anthony Tupou (knee, mid-season); Jeff Robson (facial fractures, indefinite)

TITANS: Ryan James ($267,300) has been named on an extended bench as he bids to overcome a shoulder injury, alongside promising rookie Paul Carter ($107,000) – who has been pipped at the post in his quest for a starting hooker spot by the returning Beau Falloon ($243,100). Carter has looked good in the trials but could miss out altogether when Matt Srama returns from his shoulder injury in a month. Aidan Sezer ($398,200) is an expensive but reliable option in the halves, while many are tipping Nate Myles ($315,400) and Dave Taylor ($306,300) to be big performers in the forwards in Fantasy this season.

Key injuries: Matt Srama (shoulder, Round 4)
 
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