Meant to post this earlier, but got side tracked:
League 1 Form Guide:
The defending Champion and a champion bloke to boot. He also won NRL FF Survivor season 1, so not to be underestimated.
How he will win: His love for "the beautiful game" translates to an appeal for an impressive collection of skilful outside backs: Staggs, Ramien, Ponga, Gutherson, Kennedy
Last years League 1 bridesmaid. They say you have to lose one to win one, and the resident Cowboys fan will hope to emulate vintage Lolo and leave a trail of would-be challengers in his wake.
Defining Strategy: Picking up high-value injured/suspended players in the draft and hoping to peak late-season: Grant, Tohu Harris, Doueihi, Olakau'atu
A strong player across the whole season in League 2 last year, and knew exactly how to dominate the finals.
Will contend with Welshy as the best NRL FF Draft player in the UK, or possibly the world. Write him off at your peril.
Key strengths: A balanced squad, lead by the ever-present Damien Cook
His name says it all, more than just a Wolf, this top 4 contender is the Wolf King. Take the knee while he tears your team to shreds.
How he'll do it: Unsurprisingly, a powerful combative forward pack holds the key to Wolfies challenge: Fonua-Blake, Fa'asumaleaui and the one and only Payne Haas. Complimented by Hudson Young & Leilua.
Like the great Colonel Sanders, our resident American will look to serve up more success after last year's top 4 result. Will season '22 be winner, winner, (fried) chicken dinner?
Key to success: Power forwards with an appetite for points: Chrichton, Koloamatangi, Fisher-Harris, Welch, Cam Murray
Dominated League 3 and already showing that he belongs in League 1 by posting the highest score of the round. Will no doubt be looking for an opportunity to bring the son of a Steelers legend in Tyran Wishart into his team as a super POD.
Powered by: Big David Fifita and Tyson Frizell should give him a massive points edge (see what I did there).
He's as competitive as they come and won't change his aggressive game for anyone (possibly a leaf taken from his his favourite chunky Fullback? who can say - not me).
His Round 9 match-up with B/L is one to bookmark - especially the heavyweight banter that will procede it. Welshy will be in the mix come finals time.
Team structure: strong across the board with a mix of youth (Riki, Fermor) and seasoned campaigners (Johnson, Yeo, JDB, Vaughan), but it's his strong Fullback roster that will lead the charge (Tedesco, Papenhuyzen & Walsh).
The genius behind the inaugural season of NRL FF Survivor. Full of strategy and guile with an eye for quality halfbacks (Brooksie and that Manly guy) - B/L will be a tough opposition every week.
Team Strategy: Over-looked/undervalued red-dot players (Mitchell, Rapana, Liddle). Elite halves (DCE, Books) who sit behind a bad-boy pack of Radley, Luke Thompson & Paulo.
The other new League 3 entrant to L1. Sajjos broke all the records for the fastest Drafter and was integral to ensuring that the L1 draft finished on time.
A shrewd drafter who has already knocked off one of last years L1 finalists.
Key strength: Boasting the Leagues most powerful Centre pairing of Aitken and Bird with Tago on the bench.
He mysteriously made the League 2 final and will be unlikely to qualify for another finals campaign. Was gutted not to have former Daly-M halfback of the year Luke "Brooksie" Brooks leading the way, so will have to pass the torch to big Stefano.
Team strengths: Will likely trade free agents every week to try an stay in the game, and otherwise will rely heavily on Turbo to repeat his unsustainable feats of last year.
Odds: 10-1 (but even money to finish 9th - it's a Tigers thing)