Bulldogs 2017 NRL Fantasy guide
Led by one of the fiercest competitors – and one of the most consistent Fantasy scorers – in the NRL, the Bulldogs are a team with a lot of talent. But will you be fitting more than one of them into your starting Fantasy squad in 2017?
James Graham (FRF, $541,000): With a season-low score of 39, a season average of 57 and the third-most 50+ scores of any NRL Fantasy player in 2016, the Bulldogs skipper is one of the most reliable players available and an absolute gun in the front row. He doesn't come cheap, but if you want Fantasy's best prop he's your man.
Brett Morris (WFB, $359,000): After playing all his 2015 games at fullback for the Bulldogs, Brett Morris missed the start of 2016 through injury then was used on the wing until his team's one and only finals game. He still managed some big scores – with three straight 55+ efforts after returning from injury – but relied heavily on tries for his points so was quiet when he didn't get across the line (his final three regular-season scores were 23, 13 and 9). If he reclaims the fullback spot from Will Hopoate next season he should become a more consistent scorer.
David Klemmer (FRF, 2RF, $426,000): With Graham and fellow workhorse Aiden Tolman holding the two starting front-row positions at Canterbury, big man Klemmer once settled for a spot on the interchange – where he played seven of his first eight games of 2016. After that though Des Hasler shifted him to lock, where his minutes and Fantasy scores skyrocketed. His Fantasy average lifted from 34 to 48 once he started wearing the No.13 on his back, making him undervalued at the start of the 2017 season if he keeps that role this year.
Moses Mbye (HLF, $424,000): A month into the 2016 season, the Bulldogs were leading the Telstra Premiership and Moses Mbye was averaging 63 Fantasy points a game – boosted by an outstanding 94 in Round 2. The Dogs and their halfback went downhill after that though, with Mbye averaging 41 points per game after Round 4 and Canterbury finishing in seventh place. If Des Hasler's side are to improve in 2017 to once again become premiership contenders, Mbye will need to be a major factor – and his consistency should improve in his second season in the position. If he can lift his average from 44 to 50 he'll be good value at $424,000.
2017 NRL Fantasy prices
James Graham (FRF, $541,000)
Michael Lichaa (HOK, $456,000)
Aiden Tolman (FRF, $451,000)
Josh Reynolds (HLF, $429,000)
Josh Jackson (2RF, $427,000)
David Klemmer (FRF, 2RF, $426,000)
Moses Mbye (HLF, $424,000)
Kerrod Holland (CTR, $361,000)
Will Hopoate (WFB, CTR, $359,000)
Brett Morris (WFB, $359,000)
Greg Eastwood (2RF, $324,000)
Josh Morris (CTR, $298,000)
Brenko Lee (CTR, WFB, $296,000)
Sam Kasiano (FRF, $253,000)
Craig Garvey (HOK, $245,000)
Raymond Faitala-Mariner (2RF, $237,000)
Reimis Smith (WFB, $236,000)
Richard Kennar (CTR, $232,000)
Chase Stanley (CTR, $219,000)
Tyrone Phillips (WFB, $204,000)
Danny Fualalo (2RF, $166,000)
Adam Elliot (2RF, $143,000)
Asipeli Fine (CTR, $143,000)
Brad Abbey (WFB, $138,000)
Josh Cleeland (HLF, $138,000)