2018 NRL Fantasy guide: Eels

2018 NRL Fantasy guide: Eels

Jarryd Hayne's return will dominate the headlines but Parramatta had already established themselves as one of the NRL's dark horses, slipping into the top four in 2017. They've got a terrific spine, with Corey Norman, Mitchell Moses and Clint Gutherson all impressing last season, and an overachieving forward pack led by hard-working Fantasy gun Nathan Brown.

Fantasy gun: Nathan Brown

The barnstorming Parramatta lock was one of the best signings of 2017, with a great workrate in attack and defence earning him a tick under 52 Fantasy points a game. He improved as the season went on as well, Leaving aside a quiet start to the season and an injury-affected score in Round 11, Brown averaged 58 points a game – making him a top 10 Fantasy player.

Value buy: Kane Evans

Evans played about 26 minutes a game for the Roosters last season, scoring 22 Fantasy points a game, but he suddenly becomes relevant after joining the Eels' front-row rotation. If he grabs a starting spot his game time and scoring potential should skyrocket, making him a handy option at $323,000.

Parramatta Eels half Mitchell Moses.
Parramatta Eels half Mitchell Moses. ©Nathan Hopkins/NRL Photos/NRL Photos

Wildcard: Mitchell Moses

Moses surpassed expectations in his first half-season at the Eels, but he remains an enigmatic option for Fantasy coaches. The five-eighth can be brilliant in attack but consistently misses tackles – even if his defence improved markedly at Parramatta – meaning his scores tend to be erratic. In his 14 regular season games for the Eels he scored 55 or better three times but scored under 20 four times. If he can cut those low scores he'd be a handy mid-range option, but it's a big "if" at this stage.

2018 NRL Fantasy player prices

Nathan Brown: 2RF, $760,000

Clinton Gutherson: WFB, HLF, $651,000

Corey Norman: HLF, $633,000

Manu Ma'u: 2RF, $606,000

Daniel Alvaro: FRF, $568,000

Kenny Edwards: 2RF, $559,000

Tepai Moeroa: 2RF, $555,000

Cameron King: HOK, $541,000

Kaysa Pritchard: HOK, $534,000

Michael Jennings: CTR, $525,000

Mitchell Moses: HLF, $514,000

Bevan French: WFB, $474,000

Beau Scott: 2RF, $467,000

Jarryd Hayne: WFB, CTR, $448,000

Tim Mannah: FRF, $444,000

Kirisome Auva'a: WFB, CTR, $404,000

Will Smith: HLF, WFB, $404,000

Suaia Matagi: FRF, $387,000

Siosaia Vave: FRF, $363,000

Tony Williams: 2RF, $362,000

David Gower: FRF, $360,000

Brad Takairangi: CTR, $337,000

Kane Evans: FRF, $323,000

Josh Hoffman: WFB, CTR, $308,000

Peni Terepo: FRF, $305,000

Nathan Davis: CTR, WFB, $246,000

George Jennings: CTR, WFB, $212,000

Dane Aukafolau: CTR, $212,000

Greg Leleisiuao: WFB,CTR, $212,000

Jaeman Salmon: HLF, $212,000

Ray Stone: 2RF, $212,000

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