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Sydney Roosters back-rower Angus Crichton.

Genuine second-rowers get their chance to shine in Fantasy this year with the introduction of the new edge forward position.

Top performers in 2020: Angus Crichton (62.2 points per game), Ryan Matterson (60.2 ppg), Tohu Harris (60.2 ppg), John Bateman (57.0 ppg), Tyson Frizell (55.4 ppg)

Average Fantasy score for an edge forward in 2020: 39 points (4th highest scoring position)

Biggest improvers in 2020: Siosifa Talakai (+$388k), Eliesa Katoa (+$301k), Bailey Sironen (+$237k), Mitchell Dunn (+$177k), Tom Eisenhuth (+$176k)

Key scoring categories: Tackles, Run Metres, Tackle Breaks

The lowdown

A new position in Fantasy, replacing the old "second-rower" position which included both edge second-rowers and locks. Unlike middle forwards, game time is less of an issue here – most starting edge forwards are capable of playing the full 80 minutes – but some get much more involved in attack and defence than others.

Angus Cricthon, Ryan Matterson and Tohu Harris look to be clear standouts in this position, although there are a lot of cheaper, good value options early in the season. Look to avoid any interchange edge forwards as they'll struggle for both game time and involvement when on the park.

2021 NRL Fantasy point-scoring system

Popular buys

Corey Harawira-Naera (Raiders, $310k) – very cheap recruit capable of slotting into John Bateman's old position.

David Fifita (Titans, $710k) – star signing who thrives on big attacking plays, could be a cut-price keeper.

Shawn Blore (Wests Tigers, $246k) – Played five games off the bench in his rookie year and could push for a starting spot in 2021.

Jordan Riki (Broncos, $344k) – Has already shown he can score very well in the starting side at Brisbane, looks a steal if he starts in round one.

Ben Murdoch-Masila (Warriors, $405k) – Hasn't played NRL since 2014 but thrived in the Super League, another value buy if he starts on an edge.

Angus Crichton (Roosters, $833k) – An early front-runner to be the top-scoring player in this position.

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