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Knights rookie Bradman Best.

Kalyn Ponga, David Klemmer and Mitchell Pearce remain the big names at the Knights but a new coach and emerging young guns could bring much-needed success in 2020.

We're previewing the notable NRL Fantasy buys and revealing all player prices for each club as the days tick down towards the start of the new season.

Lachlan Fitzgibbon

Second-rower, $575,000

A strong edge-running second-rower, Fitzgibbon simply has to return to his 2018 numbers to be a great buy after a disappointing 2019 campaign.

While his run metres remained steady his defensive workload dropped and crucially so did his impact in attack – after making 12 line breaks and scoring nine tries in 2018 he made just a couple of breaks and scored five tries last season.

His Fantasy average dropped from 50 to 38 in the process; if he can get back to the high 40s or better he'll be a handy high-scoring cash cow with the potential to be a keeper.

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Bradman Best

Centre, winger/fullback, $325,000

One of the most promising juniors to come out of Newcastle in recent years, Best averaged 26 Fantasy points in three games last year but is priced as a 22-point player at the start of 2020.

A specialist centre, Best had sub-20 scores in two heavy defeats (46-4 to Tigers, 54-10 to Panthers) and scored 43 including a try on the wing in a 38-4 win over the Titans.

He should get his chance in the first-grade side with Jesse Ramien and Shaun Kenny-Dowall no longer at the club. Centres usually score just under 30 points per game but the teenager has the tackle-breaking potential needed to take his scores into the mid-to-high 30s.

Phoenix Crossland

Half, $246,000

Hyperbole alert: in some reports, Crossland has already been compared to Darren Lockyer. Let's face it, he probably won't be the next Lockyer but at rookie price he doesn't need to be in order to be a quality Fantasy buy.

Despite the presence of Connor Watson, Kurt Mann and Mason Lino in their squad the Knights are still yet to pin down a full-time halves partner for Mitchell Pearce and new coach Adam O'Brien could turn to the 19-year-old.

Crossland had six tries and four try assists in 15 Canterbury Cup games last season, averaging 33 Fantasy points per game, and if he could hit 30+ points a game at NRL level (and keep his spot ahead of Watson and co) he'd be a handy cash cow option in the halves.

Knights starting prices in 2020

David Klemmer $773,000 FRF 
Kalyn Ponga $737,000 WFB 
Connor Watson $654,000 HLF 
Mitchell Pearce $647,000 HLF 
Mitchell Barnett $608,000 2RF 
Jayden Brailey $585,000 HOK 
Lachlan Fitzgibbon $575,000 2RF 
Tim Glasby $543,000 FRF, 2RF
Herman Ese'ese $524,000 FRF 
Mason Lino $522,000 HLF 
Aidan Guerra $498,000 2RF 
Daniel Saifiti $465,000 FRF 
Sione Mata'utia $426,000 2RF, CTR
Edrick Lee $407,000 WFB 
Hymel Hunt $388,000 CTR, WFB
Kurt Mann $350,000 HOK, HLF
Bradman Best $325,000 CTR, WFB
Gehamat Shibasaki $324,000 CTR, WFB
Josh King $312,000 FRF 
Enari Tuala $300,000 CTR 
Tautau Moga $285,000 CTR 
Jacob Saifiti $246,000 FRF 
Pasami Saulo $246,000 FRF 
Phoenix Crossland $246,000 HLF 
Brodie Jones $228,000 2RF 
Beau Fermor $228,000 2RF 
Chris Randall $228,000 HOK 
Starford To'a $228,000 WFB 

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