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Wests Tigers centre Tommy Talau.

The NRL Fantasy value buys and all player prices for the Wests Tigers in 2020.

Luciano Leilua

Second-rower, $503,000

The term "enigmatic" gets thrown around a bit in rugby league circles but for Leilua it seems to fit the bill.

The new Tigers recruit may not be the most dedicated trainer in the NRL but he's a huge talent capable of producing monster Fantasy scores if given the game time.

Case in point – at the end of the 2018 season Leilua had three 80-minute games for the Dragons and produced scores of 60, 83 and 55 in those matches (the 83 included a try, seven tackle busts and three offloads).

And yet he averaged 30 points that season and just under 35 last year, due to the fact his game time was mostly limited to stints off the bench.

If that's the case again at the Tigers he's no sure thing to be a Fantasy success, but if he can earn a starting spot Leilua could become a cut-price 50-point player.

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Tommy Talau

Centre, $246,000

A teenage speedster who scored four tries in nine games for Wests in the Canterbury Cup last season, Talau could get his chance in the top grade after making a single NRL appearance in 2018.

That game only produced 15 Fantasy points (and included -16 in demerits due to five missed tackles and three errors) but it means he starts the new season very cheap and could be a starter after the departure of Esan Marsters to the Cowboys.

Talau's best chance of a start in the centres will be an injury to Moses Mbye or if the versatile Mbye is used elsewhere in the line-up (perhaps at hooker).

But if he's wearing the No.3 or No.4 on his back in round one expect to see Talau in plenty of Fantasy squads.

Paul Momirovski

Centre, $602,000

Momirovski is one of only a handful of centres available this year who scored more than 40 Fantasy points a game last season – Latrell Mitchell, Jack Bird, Will Hopoate and Bronson Xerri are the others. He has the potential to score even better in 2020.

That's because he made the majority of his 2018 appearances on the wing or at fullback, averaging 33 in those games, while he scored a superb 50 points a game at centre. He also took on the goal-kicking midway through the year.

He's capable of going big without relying on tries (see his tryless 57 against Newcastle in round 23) and having a monster game (96 against the Dragons in round 24). He could be a savvy keeper option at the start of the season.

Or, if a reported swap deal between Momirovski and Melbourne's Harry Grant goes through...

Harry Grant

Hooker, $246,000

The 21-year-old hooker is set to arrive from Melbourne at a time when the Tigers are short on dummy-half options, with Robbie Farah's long-term successor Jacob Liddle sidelined for at least the first half of the season. Grant only has two NRL appearances to his name – he scored six points in as many minutes of game time last year – but at Intrust Super Cup level he's been a standout, with performances worth 68 points per game in 2019 and 55 the year before. That record does include 14 tries for the Sunshine Coast Falcons last season – a huge number for a hooker – plus 21 try assists and 40 tackles per game. As a bench player he'd be an interesting Fantasy option; as a starter he'd be a must-have.

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Wests Tigers starting prices in 2020

Luke Brooks $747,000 HLF 
Luke Garner $685,000 2RF 
Alex Twal $683,000 FRF 
David Nofoaluma $682,000 WFB 
Matthew Eisenhuth $621,000 FRF, 2RF
Paul Momirovski $602,000 CTR 
Benji Marshall $572,000 HLF 
Josh Aloiai $563,000 2RF 
Elijah Taylor $523,000 HOK, 2RF
Chris Lawrence $515,000 2RF 
Corey Thompson $513,000 WFB 
Moses Mbye $508,000 CTR, WFB
Luciano Leilua $503,000 2RF 
Michael Chee-Kam $431,000 2RF, CTR
Russell Packer $407,000 FRF 
Thomas Mikaele $384,000 FRF 
Robert Jennings $383,000 WFB, CTR
Oliver Clark $361,000 FRF 
Chris McQueen $328,000 2RF 
Jacob Liddle $320,000 HOK 
Zane Musgrove $246,000 FRF 
Tommy Talau $246,000 CTR 
Billy Walters $246,000 HLF 
Jake Simpkin $228,000 HOK 
Alex Seyfarth $228,000 2RF 
Dylan Smith $228,000 WFB 
Sam McIntyre $228,000 2RF, CTR

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