2018 NRL Fantasy guide: Broncos

2018 NRL Fantasy guide: Broncos

One of the NRL's powerhouse clubs, the Brisbane Broncos remain a popular team for NRL Fantasy coaches with tackling machines Andrew McCullough and Josh McGuire in the pack and some genuine attacking weapons in the back line. Ben Hunt's exit will have some big ramifications for the playmaking roles in 2018, while new recruit Jack Bird adds even more strike power and utility value to Wayne Bennett's side.

Brisbane hooker Andrew McCullough takes on the Canterbury defence.
Brisbane hooker Andrew McCullough takes on the Canterbury defence. ©Scott Davis/NRL Photos/NRL Photos

Fantasy gun: Andrew McCullough

Brisbane's defensive rock in the middle of the park was missed by the Broncos during the finals, having ranked second in the league for tackles per game before suffering a season-ending injury. McCullough's an underrated attacking player as well, and his 57.7 points a game last season made him a top-10 player in NRL Fantasy last year.

Value buy: Matthew Lodge

Last seen in the NRL playing eight games with the Wests Tigers in 2015, Lodge is set to return with the Broncos as a replacement for New Zealand Warriors recruit Adam Blair. Lodge only averaged 31 minutes at the Tigers and would probably need to increase that game time if he is to become truly NRL Fantasy-relevant, but if he gets anywhere near the 45-55 minutes a week played by Blair last season he should be good value. 

Wildcard: Anthony Milford

One of the most gifted playmakers in the Telstra Premiership, he is capable of producing a monster NRL Fantasy score on his day but has never been consistent due to his reliance on big attacking plays. That could change in 2018 after the exit of his old halves partner Ben Hunt, with Milford now the senior half at Brisbane alongside Kodi Nikorima. Hunt also won’t be taking the bulk of the kick metres on offer. In the final five games of the season with Hunt playing at hooker and Nikorima at halfback, Milford's average score jumped from 43 to 51, so if you're willing to take the gamble that he can continue that form he looks a value option.

 2018 NRL Fantasy player prices*

Andrew McCullough: HOK, $844,000

Matt Gillett: 2RF, $716,000

Josh McGuire: 2RF, FRF, $679,000

Anthony Milford: HLF, $666,000

James Roberts: CTR, $630,000

Alex Glenn: 2RF, $545,000

Kodi Nikorima: HLF, HOK, $545,000

Corey Oates: WFB, $522,000

Jo Ofahengaue: FRF, $493,000

Korbin Sims: FRF, $490,000

Jack Bird: CTR, $480,000

Darius Boyd: WFB, $474,000

Sam Thaiday: 2RF, FRF, $452,000

Jordan Kahu: WFB, CTR, $403,000

Tevita Pangai Junior: 2RF, $402,000

Matt Lodge: FRF, $365,000

George Fai: 2RF, FRF, $321,000

Sam Tagataese: FRF, $257,000

Jaydn Su'a: 2RF, $255,000

Jonus Pearson: WFB, $245,000

Patrick Mago: 2RF, $228,000

Jamayne Isaako: CTR, WFB, $228,000

Tom Opacic: CTR, $228,000

Mosese Pangai: CTR, $228,000

Todd Murphy: HLF, $212,000

Gehamat Shibasaki: CTR, $212,000

Andre Savelio: 2RF, $212,000

Troy Dargan: HLF, $212,000

*2018 salary cap: 9.4m. Fantasy squad size: 21