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NRL Fantasy 2014 Cash Cows
- Updated: February 3, 2014
One of the keys to success in NRL Fantasy is too increase the overall value of your team throughout the season. To do this it is critical to have the right cash cows in your team from the start. In this article I will take you through the emerging cash cows for this season and hopefully from their you will be able to select the ones that best suit your team. So without any further ado here they are.
Nathan Peats (Eels) HOK/2RF – $125,000
Peats moving to the Eels has finally allowed him to emerge out of Isaac Luke’s shadow and become the 80 minutes starting hooker everyone knows he has the potential to be. The Eels released Matt Keating after the end of last season with plans to make Peats an 80 minutes hooker. Peats will be at rookie price due to limited minutes with the Rabbitohs and will be a must have this season for every Fantasy Team. Seeing he is available as a 2RF and the 2nd HOK role is critical for points it will be a big risk picking him as your 2nd HOK and you should be looking to stash him in your 2RF.
FRONT ROW FORWARDS
Jason King (Manly) FRF – $133,100
Big Jason king should see a big increase in minutes with the exit of Joe Galuvao, Brent Kite and Big George Rose. The amount of minutes he gets is yet to be known but it can be said with confidence it will be a lot more then his 133k price tag represents. Also as his fitness improves throughout the season he should only get stronger as he goes. Will be a good play picking King in your reserves and I’ve even seen a few teams picking him as their 2nd FRF #ambitious.
Kane Evans (Roosters) FRF – $107,000
After a great showing at the World Cup it can be said that the Roosters would be stupid not to give Evans more game time this season. Especially with the FRF stocks at the Roosters being depleted after the end of last season with the departures of Martin Kennedy, Isaac Liu and Luke O’Donnell. This leaves the Roosters with only two main props (Hargreaves and Moa) so it can be expected that Evans will see a lot of time at a basement price. Definitely a must watch in trial matches and a FRF bench position. Will be gold during Origin period as well with the Roosters having one of the best bye schedules.
Jake Trbojevich (Sea Eagles) FRF – $107,000
With the Sea Eagles losing Galuvao, Gower, Kite and big George Rose their FRF stock has diminished quite considerably. Look to see youngster Trbojevich be the benefiter of these loses as he should find himself consolidating a bench position. His name might be hard to pronounce but if this youngster gets the job look for all dream teams to have this guy on their FRF bench.
SECOND ROW FORWARDS
Jason Taumalolo (Cowboys) 2RF – $225,500
The sky is the limit for this kid in 2014. With Paul Green at the helm look for this power house to increase his minute up to 50-60 minutes per game compared to 41 minutes last season. Look for Taumalolo to be one of the better 2RF’s this season and to make you some cash on the way.
Blake Austin (West Tigers) 2RF/HLF – $134,700
The West Tigers didn’t sign talented youngster Blake Austin for no reason and rather sooner then later he might find himself in the number 6 jersey at his new club. If he is not named there to start in round 1 he could be worth a stash in your reserves until he works his way into the team. At 134k the risk is limited and the reward high if he works his way into the starting role. Austin also is a very very handy goal kicker.
Cory Paterson (West Tigers) 2RF – $107,000
Priced at over 200k in SuperCoach and NRL DreamTeam Paterson comes in at a measly 107k in NRL Fantasy. An experianced NRL back rower Paterson should be able to see sustainable minutes in the Tigers back row. Even if he only sees a few minutes he should at least be in the NPR’s of all Fantasy teams.
Luke Brooks (Tigers) HLF – $185,400
Benji Marshall leaving for Rugby Union has left the number 7 spot open at the tigers. After an amazing game last season at halfback Luke Brooks looks to be one of the main rising stars in the NRL and the man to take over the throne from Marshall. Brooks is almost a must have this season for all fantasy teams. Funnily enough due to the large amount of value in the halves he is being overlooked by lots of teams hoping that he will be this years “Miller/Drinkwater”.
Mitchell Cornish (Raiders) HLF – $107,000
The halfback position is still up for grabs at Canberra this season and Cornish is one of the prime runners to take it. With Sam Williams leaving the club, McCrone playing a lot of his time at hooker towards the end of last season and Milford most likely playing fullback this leaves the opening for Cornish. If he does get the start he will be one of the biggest cash cows of the season. At this very moment it looks like Wighton may snag the position but with a very injury prone Campese in the halves Cornish might see game time sooner rather then later.
Luke Keary (Rabbitohs) HLF – $107,000
Keary could be a good play early on in the season as he will be at basement price after only limited minutes last year. Of course Keary will need to get the 80 minutes to have prime cash cow status and this will only happen if Sutton gets injured or put into the back row (which looks like the go at the moment). Maguire has slowly been grooming him into the team all last year and he should see a decent price rise if given the starting position.
Ben Hunt (Broncos) HLF – $166,500
Ben Hunt will be starting in the number 7 for the Broncos this season and don’t let the doubters shy you away from him, this kid can play. At a measly 166k, over the first part of the season Hunt should be able to make you 100-200k with an average of 30-40 points. If he averages over 40 he could make even more and could be a great play over the bye period. Almost a must have early on in the season.
Chad Townsend (Warriors) HLF – $216,300
Talk around the NRL community has identified that Chad Townsend is in the front running to take the number 6 jersey at the Warriors this season. The proven Fantasy scorer Townsend could be gold if he snags the jersey. Keep a close eye on trial form and team lists round 1 for confirmation on this but if he is picked, at 216k a lot of coaches will hop aboard the Townsend train.
Jack Wighton (Raiders) CTR/WFB – $171,900
From recent articles being released it sounds as if Wighton will start the season slotted into one of the Raiders halve positions. When Mitch Cornish was asked about the battle for the last position he said, ”I guess it’s out of us two to battle it out for that halves position but Jack’s got a bit of NRL experience so I’d expect him to start there”. If Wighton was to get the nod he will be gold in the centres at only 171k and the impressive youngster should be able to amass some solid points.
Blake Ayshford (Sharks) CTR – $171,600
Ayshford will be looking for a big year in 2014 after a few quiet seasons. The strong centre has moved to the Sharks from the struggling Tigers and should be able to provide greater attacking stats in a team stacked with great play makers. Look for Ayshford to have a great season and make you some cash along the way.
Kyle Stanley (Dragons) CTR/HLF – $124,000
The injury prone Kyle Stanley returns this season and looks to finally have the break out season everyone knows he is capable of. If he is selected he will be a low risk high reward play for coaches as his price tag is tiny but his potential is sky high. Definately one to stash in your NPR’s (Non-Playing Reserves).
Jack Granville (Broncos) FLB/HOK – $107,000
Talk has it that Granville will be named on the Broncos bench and take 20-30 minutes off hooker Andrew McCullough. Granville is a work horse on the field and should be able to average 20-30 points a game which should see have a decent price rise. If injury strike Granville could turn from a NPR into a gun so definitely worth a spot in your team.
Curtis Rona (Cowboys) FLB/CTR – $107,000
With the contract termination of Wayne Ulugia, Curtis Rona could be pushed into the spotlight this season. The talented youngster will be behind Kyle Feldt for the role at the start of the season but with the Cowboys history of injuries he could easily see game time early on in the season. Well worth the stash early on.
Eric Grothe Jnr (Sharks) FLB – $132,800
After three years off Rugby League Grothe has decided to make his comeback to the NRL with the Cronulla Sharks. At this moment it looks as if all continues well in preseason camps that Grothe will secure himself one of the wing spots at the club. Priced at a near rookie level Grothe will definitely be a top tier cash cow for the season.
Written by Matty Fallon (Follow Matty on twitter @fattymallon)