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2018 NRL Fantasy guide: Warriors

NRL Fantasy 2018

It's been another big year of recruiting for the NRL's Kiwi side after another disappointing season, when a focus on safety-first footy improved completion rates but didn't translate to more wins. Usual suspects Simon Mannering and Shaun Johnson remain the best options for NRL Fantasy coaches but the new faces present several intriguing options for those hunting for a bargain.

Simon Mannering remains a key man for the New Zealand Warriors.
Simon Mannering remains a key man for the New Zealand Warriors. ©Shane Wenzlick/NRL Photos/NRL Photos

Fantasy gun: Simon Mannering

New Zealand's ageless rock in the middle of the Warriors pack just continues to get the job done, getting through a ton of work in 2017 on the way to 59.7 NRL Fantasy points a game – making him the fourth highest scorer in Fantasy. He's as reliable as they come and a safe bet in the back row.

Value buy: Tohu Harris

While the Melbourne Storm powered towards a premiership in 2017, Tohu Harris' workrate in defence went down, and with two injury-affected games in Round 16 and Round 24 he finished with a season average of 42 – 10 points below the mark he set a year earlier. Now a prized recruit at the Warriors, Harris will be a go-to man in attack and should get through more tackles as well with his new team unlikely to dominate games like his old one.

Wildcard: Peta Hiku

Another New Zealand international who arrives at the Warriors after playing a limited role at the Panthers last season, including four games off the interchange and another four on the wing. His season average may have only been 20 but he did score 43 in his only start at centre – so if he can snag a centre spot at the Warriors he should be good value. Like the slightly more expensive Gerad Beale, Hiku is a dual-position player who could at the very least provide some handy depth on your bench with the prospect of a few price rises.

2018 NRL Fantasy player prices

Simon Mannering: 2RF, $875,000

Shaun Johnson: HLF, $835,000

Roger Tuivasa-Sheck: WFB, $641,000

Tohu Harris: 2RF, $615,000

Issac Luke: HOK, $600,000

James Gavet: FRF, $525,000

Bunty Afoa: 2RF, $494,000

Adam Blair: FRF, $486,000

Leivaha Pulu: 2RF, $458,000

Sam Lisone: FRF, $451,000

Ken Maumalo: WFB, $440,000

David Fusitua: WFB, CTR, $423,000

Blake Green: HLF, $420,000

Nathaniel Roache: HOK, $412,000

Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad: WFB, $402,000

Mason Lino: HLF, $399,000

Blake Ayshford: CTR, $397,000

Solomone Kata: CTR, $388,000

Agnatius Paasi: FRF, 2RF, $371,000

Jazz Tevaga: HOK, 2RF, $360,000

Gerard Beale: CTR, WFB, $322,000

Zac Santo: WFB, $310,000

Albert Vete: FRF, $305,000

Ma'afoaeata Hingano: HLF, $300,000

Peta Hiku: CTR, WFB, $283,000

Isaiah Papalii: FRF, $274,000

Ligi Sao: 2RF, $228,000

Manaia Cherrington: HOK, $212,000

John Palavi: 2RF, $212,000

Patrick Sipley: 2RF, FRF, $212,000

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

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