Rabbitohs superstar and NSW and Australian Test hooker Damien Cook was the standout player of NRL Fantasy in 2018, scoring 65 points a game to replace Cameron Smith as the game's most valuable player.
In 2019 Cook has picked his own NRL Fantasy team and you can take him on in your leagues. (League creators can add Cook and celebrity teams via the League page.)
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Here are six players from his team he's identified as buys to watch at the start of the new season.
Jordan Kahu (WFB/CTR)
Kahu's move further north puts him behind a massive forward pack that will get plenty of go forward. He has great ball playing ability and can chime into the backline with ease to grab a few try assists and line break assists. He also is an option for Paul Green to kick goals.
Roger Tuivasa-Sheck (WFB)
The 2018 Dally M Player of the Year looks like a great price to me. With Shaun Johnson leaving the club, I think Roger's game will go to a new level in 2019 with the added responsibility he will absorb. With Blake Green starting the year with a young half, Roger could increase his role from an attacking standpoint which will help in churn out some big scores in NRL Fantasy.
Cam Smith (HOK)
I know, I know, I haven't picked myself but you can't have an ego in NRL Fantasy. Cam is the most consistent player in the competition and he sort of fits the same role as RTS. With Billy Slater calling time on his career, Cam will take on even more responsibility in attack. He will choose when to kick out of dummy half, choose when he floats into first or second receiver, and when to sit back and let Cam Munster play what he sees in front of him.
Ryan James (FRF/2RF)
From my research, big men who play big minutes are a must have and Ryan James is the perfect example of this. There has been some talk about him moving to an edge and not accruing as many base stats as normal but I am not worried about that. The simple fact he will play big minutes is enough for me to get him a role in my side.
Dylan Brown (HLF)
Very interested to see how he goes this year because there are big raps on him. That's probably the reason I have opted for him instead of other cheaper HLF options. If he can gel well with Mitch Moses, then I think there is plenty of money to be made on the youngster.
Braidon Burns (WFB/CTR)
A little bonus as I have seen he has been given DPP status and is now available as a CTR. He's put in a tonne of work in the offseason and he is undervalued at his current price. He has the ability to set up and score tries which is invaluable for his position. A POD option for those looking for someone else other than Latrell, Esan Marsters and other more expensive centres.