Joseph Leilua celebrates a double against the Storm.

FANTASY

Raiders 2017 NRL Fantasy guide

The NRL's best attacking team last season is chock full of quality Fantasy players, including the game's two highest-scoring centres. But is fan favourite Shaun Fensom's time as a Fantasy factor finished? 

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Fantasy guns

Joseph Leilua (CTR, $464,000): With 49 points a game, Joey Leilua was the best NRL Fantasy centre in the league last season. Leilua's been a tackle-break machine for a few years now but his offloading was phenomenal in 2016, and his combination with Jordan Rapana was a key factor in the Raiders being the NRL's most potent attacking side. He can be inconsistent – he had two scores below 25, as well as four above 70 – but on his day he's hard to match.

 


Jarrod Croker (CTR, $449,000):
Croker is the only other centre beside Leilua to post four scores above 70 last season, and ranked a close second behind Leilua for points per game. He's more consistent than his fellow centre and doesn't necessarily need to be involved in try-scoring plays to score well, as the goal-kicker for the league's best attacking outfit.

Elliott Whitehead (2RF, $492,000): One of the best recruits of 2016, Whitehead scored 52 points a game – and showed he was capable of scoring in a variety of ways. The 80-minute forward made just under 40 tackles a game but also contributed six tries, eight try assists and 13 line-break assists. 

Wildcards

Jordan Rapana (WFB, $447,000): It's hard to know whether the barnstorming winger can match his tremendous 2016 campaign but it's hard to go past a winger/fullback who averages more than 47 points a game in Fantasy. The game's best tackle-breaker also ran in his fair share of tries alongside Leilua. If you expect the Raiders to be the NRL's best attacking team again this season Rapana could be worth a try.

 


Shaun Fensom (2RF, $403,000):
Once considered one of the elite players of NRL Fantasy, Canberra tackle machine Fensom dropped $158,000 in value last season, averaging less than 43 points a game after being a 55-point player in previous seasons. The old No.13 wasn't even making the Raiders bench by the end of the season so appears to be a long shot to become a Fantasy favourite again in the short term.

2017 NRL Fantasy prices 

Elliott Whitehead (2RF, $492,000)
Joseph Leilua (CTR, $464,000)
Josh Hodgson (HOK, $461,000)
Jarrod Croker (CTR, $449,000)
Jordan Rapana (WFB, $447,000)
Josh Papalii (2RF, $420,000)
Shaun Fensom (2RF, $403,000)
Sia Soliola (2RF, $360,000)
Jack Wighton (WFB, $340,000)
Junior Paulo (FRF, $336,000)
Blake Austin (HLF, $335,000)
Joseph Tapine (2RF, $315,000)
Luke Bateman (2RF, $301,000)
Shannon Boyd (FRF, $295,000)
Aidan Sezer (HLF, $283,000)
Jordan Turner (CTR, $233,000)
Edrick Lee (WFB, $206,000)
Jeff Lima (FRF, $199,000)
Zac Santo (WFB, $180,000)
Clay Priest (FRF, $178,000)
Adam Clydsdale (HOK, $143,000)
Lachlan Croker (HLF, $143,000)
Kurt Baptiste (HOK, $141,000)

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