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NRL Fantasy club profile: Warriors

Lone Scout NRL.com Thu, Jan 30, 2014 - 6:30 AM

After a mixed 2012 campaign, Konrad Hurrell showed just what he could do last season. Copyright: NRL Photos

As always, the Warriors present a similar conundrum in Fantasy footy as in real footy – capable of both brilliant or awful form in equal measure. As such, many of their best Fantasy players are likely to win you some games and lose you others.

Fantasy Guns

Shaun Johnson ($371,700) is a genuine option in the halves, where his superb running game means that on his day he can rack up some seriously high scores, with long range tries added to his regular tackling and kicking stats. He can be error prone and go missing at times, so scores in the teens and 20s also aren't unheard of.

Nathan Friend ($357,000) and Simon Mannering ($317,200) are far more consistent due to their high defensive workloads. Friend is worth considering at hooker if he can stay fit while Mannering is always worth looking at because of his utility value (he's available in the back row or the centres) and the cover he provides as a New Zealander during the Origin period.

Tongan wrecking ball Konrad Hurrell ($294,300) is one of the most dangerous centres in the game but his reliance on attacking stats means that while his good games are very good, his quiet games can really hurt a Fantasy coach.

Value Buys

Neither Ben Henry ($245,600) or Jayson Bukuya ($238,000) are exactly cheap but both have been very popular Fantasy players in the past and may benefit from the departure of Elijah Taylor to the Panthers. Dane Nielsen ($155,400) could be a value buy in the centres if he can lock down that left centre spot ahead of players like Ngani Laumape ($203,900).

Star English fullback Sam Tomkins ($280,400) remains somewhat of a mystery in the NRL but is good value for a player of his talent. He could prove to be one of the buys of the season, but how will the Super League sensation cope against NRL-quality defences?

Cash Cows

The Warriors probably aren't the best club for bargain hunters to do their shopping. Sione Lousi ($107,000) proved to be a handy cash cow in 2012 and has reverted to rookie pricing after sitting out 2013, but whether he can make it into Matt Elliott's top 17 is another question.

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Dominique Peyroux ($107,000) is another more experienced player sitting at rookie pricing after a quiet 2013. He burst on to the scene as a centre with the Titans in 2011 but saw few minutes in 2013 as Elliott preferred to play him off the bench. He could be one to watch if his minutes improve. Prop Charlie Gubb ($107,000) is another young gun who could get his chance in the top grade for the Warriors this season.

Warriors player prices
Shaun Johnson (HLF) $371,700
Nathan Friend (HOK) $357,000
Simon Mannering (2RF, CTR) $317,200
Konrad Hurrell (CTR) $294,300
Sam Tomkins (WFB) $280,400
Ben Matulino (2RF, FRF) $260,100
Manu Vatuvei (WFB) $258,600
Thomas Leuluai (HLF, HOK) $256,400
Ben Henry (2RF (CTR) $245,600
Kevin Locke (WFB) $241,700
Jayson Bukuya (2RF) $238,000
Feleti Mateo (2RF, HLF) $237,100
Jacob Lillyman (FRF) $235,100
Chad Townsend (HLF) $216,300
Sam Rapira (FRF) $215,700
Ngani Laumape (WFB, CTR) $203,900
Jerome Ropati (CTR) $177,000
Glen Fisiiahi (WFB) $168,400
Dane Nielsen (CTR) $155,400
Suaia Matagi (FRF) $155,000
Sebastine Ikahihifo (2RF) $137,900
Sione Lousi (2RF) $107,000
Carlos Tuimavave (HLF) $107,000
Sam Lousi (FRF, 2RF) $107,000
John Palavi (2RF) $107,000
David Bhana (2RF) $107,000
Charlie Gubb (FRF) $107,000
Dominique Peyroux (CTR, WFB) $107,000

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