Matt Trodden,, NRL.com
The keen Dream Team player will always profess that the most valuable player to a coach is the dual position player. Last season, players such as Tony Williams (2FR/CTR) and Todd Carney (HLF/WFB) gave coaches the ability to spread their high scoring positions, such as the back row, around the field.
2013 will be no different, but with both Williams and Carney now reverting to single positions, who will be the most valuable and versatile man on your team?
We take a look at the key dual positions, and who will be your best selection to spread the points.
WFB/CTR - Greg Inglis ($399,600)
His move to the back in 2012 reinvigorated the Rabbitohs and sent them all the way to the preliminary finals, but coach Michael Maguire has done more wonders for Dream Team coaches with Inglis now a dual position player in 2013.
Changes to the scoring have made WFB spots imperative for DT success, and now Inglis can take his tries, line breaks, tackle busts and metres gained to the centres and boost your scoring across the park.
Also in this spot are Sharks recruit Michael Gordon ($285,200) and Dragons recruit Gerard Beale ($162,300), both likely to start at fullback this year, and available for selection in your centres.
FRF/2RF - Sam Burgess ($378,900)
A premium Dream Team forward since his debut in the NRL in 2010, Burgess is the second most popular forward for coaches this year (at the time of writing). He can move between both positions for the Rabbitohs, but as a Dream Team player, will give you the workload of an 80 minute second rower in the front row.
Players such as Paul Gallen ($514,500) and Ben Matulino ($267,100) are also very valuable in these sports, particularly the former who plays as an 80 minute front rower in the second row.
2RF/CTR - Ben Te’o ($290,700)
A move from the Broncos to the Rabbitohs will prove very valuable for Ben Te’o on the field, and could be just as valuable for the Dream Team coach off it. As a bustling second rower who has the speed and agility to fill in at centre, Te’o becomes one of the most valuable commodities in Dream Team.
In previous seasons Tony Williams ($373,400) has been the big name 2RF/CTR, but with a permanent move to the second row, Te’o will fill this breach and provide big points to the lesser scoring centres.
Panthers recruit Lewis Brown ($197,300) will be another key player in this spot, as well as Tyson Frizell ($258,800), Bodene Thompson ($127,700) and Michael Chee Kam ($101,600).
HOK/HLF - Nathan Fien ($200,900)
The retirement of Ben Hornby will most likely see Fien move into the halves permanently, but pre-season injury worries at hooker could see him play some time there. Either way, Fien will be a valuable player to have as a second hooker or in the halves as an 80-minute player.
Warriors’ recruit Thomas Leuluai ($214,900) is another in this situation, most likely to fill in the five-eighth gap across the ditch, but could also spend time at dummy half to increase the value. Definitely worth a look!
2RF/HLF - Feleti Mateo ($330, 100)
While he is known to be inconsistent, when the Warriors are on, Mateo is a Dream Team gun. His ability to ball play at the line and get offloads away are gold to Dream Team coaches, and although he’s lost the combination with James Maloney ($365,800) he can still be a great buy in the halves to play big minutes.
Tigers recruit Brath Anasta ($265,300) and Wade Graham ($339,600) are others who will provide you with value. Both will play in the back-row, but will definitely do some ball-playing to take the pressure off their respective halves when needed.