2018 NRL Fantasy guide: Rabbitohs

2018 NRL Fantasy guide: Rabbitohs

Once the most popular Fantasy club in the NRL, the Rabbitohs have battled through a quiet few years but have uncovered a new gem in Angus Crichton – who has already surpassed Sam Burgess as the team's most valuable Fantasy player. The big question for 2018 is whether former guns Greg Inglis, Adam Reynolds and George Burgess can get back to their best in the first season under new coach Anthony Seibold.

Fantasy gun: Angus Crichton

Crichton's rise from potential cash cow to genuine Fantasy superstar was so rapid last season that a lot of Fantasy coaches missed the boat, with the Rabbitohs youngster proving to be one of the best edge-running back-rowers in the game. The high point of an otherwise below-par season for the club, Crichton was a constant threat on the right and his ability to break tackles seemingly at will earned him a staggering 60 Fantasy points a game – third behind only Cameron Smith and Jason Taumalolo.

South Sydney hooker Damien Cook.
South Sydney hooker Damien Cook. ©Jeff Crow/NRL Photos

Value buy: Damien Cook

The hooker battle between Cook and Robbie Farah again looms as an intriguing one for NRL Fantasy coaches. Farah is a former Fantasy superstar, capable of scoring 55 points a game, while Cook averaged 56 points in the final five games of 2017, including a monster 84 in Round 22. If they split the game time between them then neither will be Fantasy-relevant, but if one gets the long-term nod in the No.9 jersey and plays big minutes they'll be a money maker.

South Sydney star Sam Burgess takes on the Storm.
South Sydney star Sam Burgess takes on the Storm. ©Jeff Crow/NRL Photos/NRL Photos

Wildcards: Greg Inglis and George Burgess

Two former NRL Fantasy stars begin a new year with a new coach after seasons to forget in 2017. Inglis made 25 Fantasy points in his only appearance of the year before a knee injury ended his campaign early, while George Burgess continued to struggle,  with injuries and handling errors hampering him over the past two seasons. If either can regain their old touch in 2018 they'll be great value – but do they still have it in them?

2018 NRL Fantasy player prices

Angus Crichton: 2RF, $880,000

Sam Burgess: 2RF, $750,000

Adam Reynolds: HLF, $665,000

Dane Gagai: CTR, WFB, $631,000

Cody Walker: HLF, WFB, $627,000

John Sutton: 2RF, $577,000

Alex Johnston: WFB, $563,000

Cameron Murray: 2RF, $533,000

Thomas Burgess: FRF, $504,000

Damien Cook: HOK, $503,000

Greg Inglis: WFB, $503,000

Tyrell Fuimaono: CTR, 2RF, $494,000

Robbie Farah: HOK, $486,000

Kyle Turner: 2RF, $442,000

Jason Clark: 2RF, $439,000

Zane Musgrove: FRF, $434,000

Robert Jennings: CTR, WFB, $395,000

George Burgess: FRF, $387,000

Siosifa Talakai: CTR, $363,000

Hymel Hunt: CTR, $310,000

Braidon Burns: WFB, $293,000

Mark Nicholls: 2RF, $228,000

Jacob Gagan: WFB, $228,000

Richard Kennar: CTR, WFB, $228,000

Vincent Leuluai: 2RF, $228,000

Campbell Graham: WFB, $228,000

Dean Britt: 2RF, $228,000

Jesse Arthars: WFB, $212,000

Jesse Martin: 2RF, HOK, $212,000

Adam Doueihi: HLF, $212,000

Connor Tracey: HLF, $212,000

Josh Cook: HOK, $212,000

Ky Rodwell: FRF, $212,000

Mawene Hiroti: CTR,WFB, $212,000

Sam Johnstone: FRF, $212,000

Tyrone Taukamo: CTR,WFB, $212,000

Junior Tatola: 2RF, $212,000

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