2018 NRL Fantasy guide: Wests Tigers
Several new signings have jumped on the bus at the Tigers, and there are Fantasy points up for grabs with James Tedesco and Aaron Woods having moved on.
Ivan Cleary's side has added plenty of depth with Josh Reynolds, Benji Marshall, Russell Packer, Ben Matulino and Chris McQueen just some of the recruits for 2018 but it's the old familiar faces who could prove to be Fantasy gold.
Fantasy gun: David Nofoaluma
The only player in the NRL to rank in the league's top five for run metres, tackle breaks and offloads, Nofoaluma is one of the few genuine wingers who can be a consistent scorer in Fantasy. He made 45 points a game in 2017 despite scoring just eight tries – he scored 14 the year before – and will be an even more important attacking weapon for the Tigers next season after the exit of James Tedesco.
Value buy: Alex Twal
Twal was a quiet success story at the Tigers in 2017 with a solid 41 points a game, but he could be set for bigger things after a stunning run at the Rugby League World Cup with Lebanon. At that tournament Twal averaged 124 metres and 36 tackles a game – the equivalent of 48 points from two stats alone – and he could be one of the forwards to help fill the void after the departure of Aaron Woods.
Wildcard: Tuimoala Lolohea
The former Warrior has already made himself at home at the Tigers, performing above expectations in his first year at the club after a mid-season switch. A fringe player at his old club, Lolohea scored 48 points a game when given a playmaker role at the Tigers and he looked just as good for Tonga at the World Cup. He could be the man asked to fill James Tedesco's old role at fullback and if he can keep scoring like he did at five-eighth he'll be good value for Fantasy coaches.
2018 NRL Fantasy player prices
David Nofoaluma: WFB, $659,000
Elijah Taylor: 2RF, $644,000
Matthew Eisenhuth: FRF, 2RF, $644,000
Tuimoala Lolohea: HLF, WFB, $612,000
Ben Matulino: FRF, $597,000
Alex Twal: FRF, 2RF, $586,000
Luke Brooks: HLF, $529,000
Esan Marsters: 2RF, CTR, $523,000
Josh Reynolds: HLF, $493,000
Russell Packer: FRF, $492,000
Josh Aloiai: 2RF, $474,000
Moses Suli: CTR, WFB, $455,000
Chris Lawrence: 2RF, $449,000
Jacob Liddle: HOK, $433,000
Matt McIlwrick: HOK, $420,000
Sauaso Sue: 2RF, FRF, $420,000
Tim Grant: FRF, $413,000
Chris McQueen: 2RF, $391,000
Michael Chee-Kam: 2RF, CTR, $379,000
Malakai Watene Zelezniak: WFB, $377,000
Kevin Naiqama: CTR, WFB, $376,000
Robbie Rochow: 2RF, FRF, $312,000
Benji Marshall: HLF, $305,000
Taane Milne: CTR, $228,000
Mahe Fonua: WFB, $228,000
Corey Thompson: WFB, $228,000
JJ Felise: FRF, $228,000
Tyson Gamble: HLF, $212,000
Bayley Sironen: 2RF, $212,000
*2018 salary cap: 9.4m. Fantasy squad size: 21