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2020 NRL Fantasy guide: Sea Eagles

One of the success stories of 2019, Manly's team is built around a core group of stars who are proven performers in NRL Fantasy.

As we count down to the start of the 2020 Fantasy season, we reveal the starting player prices and preview the key players from all 16 NRL clubs.

Tom Trbojevic

Winger/fullback, $687,000

He's an NRL superstar and an established Fantasy gun, but there's plenty of improvement left in Tom Turbo when it comes to consistent scores. Last season Trbojevic's 12 games included two injury-affected scores (including a -1 in nine minutes) plus three other scores below 30. Trim those out and his 2019 average jumps from 46 to 65.

The difference between Trbojevic and James Tedesco (who averaged 60 last season) isn't their ceiling – Trbojevic's season-high of 100 beat any individual score that Tedesco made – it's that Tedesco has fewer quiet games. If Manly's No.1 can up his involvement and stay fit there's no reason why he can't average 50 or better for the first time in Fantasy.

Sea Eagles skipper Daly Cherry-Evans.
Sea Eagles skipper Daly Cherry-Evans. ©Shane Myers/NRL Photos

Daly Cherry-Evans

Half, $823,000

He's had his critics over the years but it's finally clear that DCE is the best halfback in the game (I'm talking both the NRL and Fantasy here). He was the only half to finish with an average above 55 in 2019, even if he couldn't maintain the pace that earned him four 70+ scores in the first six rounds last year while he had the goal-kicking duties. Cherry-Evans remains Manly's key playmaker and general play kicker, and he's probably the safest bet amongst Fantasy halves to hold a 50+ average by the end of the 2020 season.

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Addin Fonua-Blake

Front-rower, $738,000

Manly are blessed with some high-quality, big-minute forwards – led by established Fantasy guns Jake Trbojevic and Martin Taupau – but Fonua-Blake joined them last year with his first season as a 50-point player. 

Promisingly, AFB has shown massive improvement to his Fantasy scoring each year, with season averages of 26, 30, 41 and then 52. Also promisingly, he started well out of the blocks last year with scores of 54, 53 and 57 in the opening three rounds – easily passing 150 run metres in all three games. If he can improve once more in 2020 he'll be among the elite Fantasy front-rowers not named Haas.

Sea Eagles starting prices in 2020

Daly Cherry-Evans $823,000 HLF
Jake Trbojevic $800,000 2RF
Martin Taupau $788,000 FRF
Addin Fonua-Blake $738,000 FRF
Tom Trbojevic $687,000 WFB
Curtis Sironen $639,000 2RF
Joel Thompson $576,000 2RF
Cade Cust $543,000 HLF
Danny Levi $518,000 HOK
Reuben Garrick $500,000 WFB
Corey Waddell $447,000 2RF
Dylan Walker $446,000 HLF, CTR
Brendan Elliot $424,000 WFB
Moses Suli $388,000 CTR
Taniela Paseka $374,000 FRF
Brad Parker $345,000 CTR
Jorge Taufua $338,000 WFB
Jack Gosiewski $334,000 2RF
Toafofoa Sipley $291,000 FRF
Abbas Miski $276,000 WFB
Morgan Boyle $246,000 FRF
Lachlan Croker $246,000 HLF
Sean Keppie $246,000 FRF
Haumole Olakau'atu $246,000 2RF
Brayden Musgrove $228,000 CTR
Sam Smith $228,000 CTR
Jade Anderson $228,000 WFB
Semisi Kioa $228,000 CTR
Albert Hopoate $228,000 WFB
Tevita Funa $228,000 WFB

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