With the start of the NRL season just a day away, it’s Christmas in March for NRL Fantasy coaches nation-wide.
Whether you’re a seasoned veteran of the Wayne Bennett-mould, or in your first season like our very own Adam O’Brien, we’ve compiled the ultimate guide to ensure your selecting nib Newcastle Knights players of the very-best value.
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Starting price $325,000
He’s the name on everybody’s lips and is expected to flourish in his first full season in the top grade.
At just $325,000, Best provides great value for a player with an uncanny ability to score a try. In his three games last year he averaged 26 points per game, including 43 in the 38-4 win over the Gold Coast.
While he’ll spend the first part of the season on the sidelines, Best could be a secret weapon when he's unleashed on the field later this year.
Starting price $575,000
We all know how much Lachlan Fitzgibbon loves finding the try line.
Fitzgibbon’s price has dropped slightly after the team’s disappointing finish to 2019, however his combination with Kalyn Ponga and destructive line running on the left edge should see him return to his 2018 averages (which sat around 50 points per game).
His great stats should see him develop into a mainstay in the back row of most Coaches’ teams.
Starting price $407,000
His injury that kept him out of the side for the backend of last year has Edrick Lee sitting slightly under the radar this season.
Not that it’s easy. He is nearly 200cm tall after all.
It’s that height that could see him become perhaps the best value winger for Fantasy Coaches. Lee has already publicly stated he’s looking to take advantage of the new kicking rule which states defenders aren’t allowed to touch an attacking player in the air.
Already a threat under the high ball, you can guarantee the former Shark and Raider will up his try (and subsequent points) tally in 2020.
Starting price $324,000
He’s forced his way into the NRL side and is poised to become an important cog in the Knights machine.
Shibasaki has earned himself a starting spot on the right edge, and based off his trial form, could be a great value buy for Fantasy Coaches.
His try and assist against the Roosters in Gosford were all class, and his strength in defence is the reason he was brought to the Club in the first place.
His low price, due to high competition for that right centre spot, makes for incredibly good value at the start of the season.
FULL PRICE LIST
David Klemmer - $773,000
Kalyn Ponga - $737,000
Connor Watson - $654,000
Mitchell Pearce - $647,000
Mitchell Barnett - $608,000
Jayden Brailey - $585,000
Lachlan Fitzgibbon - $575,000
Tim Glasby - $543,000
Herman Ese'ese - $524,000
Mason Lino - $522,000
Aidan Guerra - $498,000
Daniel Saifiti - $465,000
Sione Mata'utia - $426,000
Edrick Lee - $407,000
Hymel Hunt - $388,000
Kurt Mann - $350,000
Bradman Best - $325,000
Gehamat Shibasaki - $324,000
Josh King - $312,000
Enari Tuala - $300,000
Tautau Moga - $285,000
Jacob Saifiti - $246,000
Pasami Saulo - $246,000
Phoenix Crossland - $246,000
Brodie Jones - $228,000
Chris Randall - $228,000
Starford To'a - $228,000