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    Post by Alfie Sat Jan 13, 2024 1:07 am

    Happy New Year fanatics! Cheers

    Time for my highly questionable two cents on what each team's general forward rotation will average out around.

    Feel free to suggest any edits comrades. Most of you put me to shame every year so your input is more than welcome.

    Highlighted in bold are players who are predicted to either take on a new/greater/shittier role at their club and/or have changed clubs. Players returning from large injury layoffs are also boldened

    Starting off with the Broncos (condolences)

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    Brisbane Broncos

    Jensen 40
    Walters 55
    Haas 60
    Riki 80
    Piakura 80
    Carrigan 65

    Smoothy 25
    Baker 25
    Hetherington 25
    Willison 25

    Piakura comes in for Capewell and likely plays the full 80 if fit. Doesn’t particularly over-exert himself, opting to stick to his position in the line like a traditional second rower rather than drift in and tally a few extra tackles. Started slowly last year when filling in for Riki with scores of 29 and 31 before hitting his straps. With a break-even of 29, he looks good value with the potential to hit mid-40s. However, if he's not 100% come round 1, expect Willison to hold his place until he returns.

    Other than that, there’s not much change in the Broncos forward pack. Jensen will likely move in to the starting pack without much of a minute increase and Willison has been given a pre-season shoutout from Kevvie and will likely have a small impact role off the bench unless called upon in the starting lineup for Piakura.


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    Canberra Raiders

    Papalii 45
    Levi/Woolford 55
    Tapine 50
    Whitehead 80
    Young 80
    Smithies (Horsburgh after Round 2) 60

    Starling 25
    Guler 30 -> 25 (post-Horsburgh)
    Mariota/Saulo/Mooney/Hosking 30 ->  25 (post-Horsburgh)
    Mariota/Saulo/Mooney/Hosking 25 -> Smithies 35 (post-Horsburgh)

    With Horsburgh suspended for the first two matches (depending on whether the NRL’s bizarre suspension allocations strike again), new English recruit Morgan Smithies likely comes in and blows everyone away with a Shaun Fensom-esque workrate only to drop back to the bench to make way for Horsburgh’s return. Don’t be surprised though if Josh Papali’i starts to come off the bench for an impact role much like he did at the end of the regular season last year with Smithies perhaps retaining a starting role.

    Mariota, Saulo, Mooney and Hosking will fight it out for two bench roles - one when Horsburgh returns.


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    Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs

    King 45
    Mahoney 80
    Faamausili 35
    Kikau 70
    Preston 80
    Salmon 50

    Curran 30
    Hughes 30
    Knight 30
    Mann 30

    Gun fantasy lock Josh Curran likely hops off the Warriors bench and into the Bulldogs starting pack. With a breakeven of 36, Curran’s average of 55 starting at lock and a pedigree for making consistent big scores with any real minutes, make him a must-have.

    Liam Knight’s another player who could potentially step up his output with a bigger role predicted in 2024. Has averaged 39 in his career when playing over 40mins and with a breakeven of 28 could be good value. Whether he actually plays 45mins as I’ve predicted is up for debate however. New recruit Kurt Mann and/or Ryan Sutton could play a larger role.

    Another potentially undervalued player is Viliame Kikau who has traditionally averaged around the 45 mark with a considerable ceiling. Granted, the vastly superior attacking opportunities he had at the Panthers likely contributed to this. Whether you wanna give him a bit of leeway given it was his first season at the dogs and the potential for them to improve is up to you. A breakeven of 37 makes it a little trickier.


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    Cronulla Sharks

    Hamlin-Uele 40
    Brailey 80
    Rudolf 40
    Nikora 80
    Wilton 80
    Finucane 45

    McInnes 40
    Hunt 25
    Hazelton 25
    Kaufusi 25

    With the retirement of Wade Graham, either Oregon Kaufusi slides back in the team or Siosifa Talakai makes his rumoured return to the bench to accommodate talented outside back Kayal Iro.

    Outside of that, the Sharks forward pack is very settled.


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    Dolphins

    Flegler 45
    Marshall-King 80
    J Bromwich 40
    Kaufusi 80
    K Bromwich 60
    Gilbert 50

    Stone 30
    Lemuelu/Aitken 20
    Wallace 35
    Nicholls 40

    Tom Gilbert likely returns in place of Connelly Lemuelu with Kenny Bromwich moving back out wide. Outside chance that Kenny stays in the middle rotation and one of Lemuelu or Aitken starts on an edge.

    Tom Flegler likely plays a similar role to the role he played at the Broncos. Whether or not he ups his output is up in the air.

    As appealing as a Dolphins forward would be given they play the first two major bye rounds, there doesn’t appear to be much upside.


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    Gold Coast Titans

    Fotuaika 50
    Verrills 80
    Liu/Palasia 40
    Alick/K Haas 80 (first few rounds before Fifita returns)
    Fermor 80
    T Fa’asuamaleaui 55

    Clark 25
    Jolliffe 25
    [b]Palasia[b]/Liu 25
    I Fa’asuamaleaui 20

    Beau Fermor is sure to return to his consistent role on the edge playing 80 with Klese Haas or Jacob Alick holding David Fifita's spot while he's injured.

    Keenan Palasia joins the team, likely playing an impact role unless Dessy ops for a more balanced rotation with Mo, Tino and Liu playing slightly less minutes.

    Other than that, not much to write home about.


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    Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles

    Aloiai 40
    Croker 55
    Paseka 40
    Olakau’atu 80
    B Trbojevic 65
    J Trbojevic 80

    Lawton 25
    Brown 30
    Bullemor 35
    Waddell 30 (likely Schuster once fit)

    With Josh Schuster injured for round 1, Ben Trbojevic slides in to the starting team, potentially as a placeholder for Schuster unless can string a few performances together.

    Tof Sipley and Matt Lodge will be unavailable for the first 3 and 4 rounds respectively; Gordon Chan Kum Tong and Brad Parker were left in Australia, leaving a bench of Lawton, Bullemor, and new recruits Nathan Brown and Corey Waddell to take the field in Vegas.


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    Melbourne Storm

    Welch 45
    Garlick 25
    King 50
    Blore/Bradley 80
    Katoa 80
    Loiero 40

    Grant 65
    Asofa-Solomona 40
    Kamikamica 40
    Fa’alogo 15

    After impressing last year, Sua Fa’alogo is a decent chance of snapping up a utility/impact role off the pine after being upgraded to the top 30 in 2024.

    Trent Loeiro's apparent move to the middle could see Shawn Blore or Kane Bradley snap up an edge role. Jack Howarth is an outside chance.


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    Newcastle Knights

    L Thompson 45
    Crossland 55
    J Saifiti 40
    Frizell 80
    Lucas 80 (potentially Pearce-Paul once he’s match fit)
    Elliott 65

    Cogger 25
    D Saifiti 35
    Pearce-Paul 30
    Hetherington 25

    With Jayden Brailey rumoured to be struggling with a hamstring injury, Crossland will retain his starting role.

    With the exit of Lachlan Fitzgibbon, Jed Cartwright would have to be the man who steps in if fantasy coaches are to get any value. Both priced over 40, Lucas and Pearce-Paul would probably both be wait and sees.


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    New Zealand Warriors

    Fonua-Blake 60
    Egan 60
    Barnett 40
    Ford 80
    Capewell 80
    Harris 60


    Walker 35
    Niukore 25
    Tevaga/Ale 20
    Afoa 20

    After an injury-affected 2023, Tohu Harris could provide a bit of value if his late season form was anything to go by. The grizzly kiwi had a last 5 round average of 59 including the finals and with no tries. A potentially underpriced keeper.

    With the arrival of Kurt Capewell, who will likely play out the match most nights (unlike his predecessor Niukore), the Warriors middles might see a slight decrease in minutes.


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    North Queensland Cowboys

    McLean 40
    Robson 80
    Taumalolo 45
    Luki 60
    Nanai 80
    Cotter 55

    Granville 25
    Neame 35
    Finefeuiaki 20
    Hess 40

    After averaging over 50 in 2022, Reuben Cotter had a surprisingly sharp drop in fantasy output, beginning 2024 with a breakeven of 43. Jason Taumalolo took another step in the wrong direction, averaging a lowly 34 last year, lightyears away from his rippin and a tearin glory days. That 10 year contract is looking like a bit of a blunder. Can either of these two get back to their best? I’ll leave that with you handsome.

    Leilua has moved on so that should mean Heilum Luki is good value. He was quite inconsistent last year but still worth a look.


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    Post by Alfie Sat Jan 13, 2024 1:31 am

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    Parramatta Eels

    Campbell-Gillard 45
    Lussick/Hands 80
    Paulo 45
    Lane 80
    B Cartwright 80
    Hopgood 60

    Matterson 45
    Ofahengaue 20
    Greig 15
    Tuilagi 10

    After a stop-start season last year, Shaun Lane is a decent shout here. Priced 11 points under his 2022 average of 52 where he went on a post-Origin tear, a return to form would be highly lucrative. The gangly backrower didn’t even score many tries that year. Food for thought.

    The hooking role is still up in the air with Brad Arthur declaring his desire for an 80min hooking role. Either Lussick or Hands will get the role and expect whoever gets it to be in every team.


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    Penrith Panthers

    Leota 40
    Kenny 65
    Fisher-Harris 50
    Sorensen 80
    Martin 70
    Yeo 80

    Sommerton/Luke 15
    Smith 30
    Henry/Eisenhuth 25
    Garner/Henry 25

    With Leniu and Salmon gone, Eisenhuth and Garner likely sneak back in on a more consistent basis with promising young forward Liam Henry nipping at their toes.

    Nothing else to report, they know what to do.


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    South Sydney Rabbitohs

    Tatola 50
    Cook 80
    T Burgess 40
    Arrow 65
    Koloamatangi 80
    Murray 70

    Havili 30
    Moale 20
    Duncan 25
    Keppie 20

    An interrupted 2023 means big Tevita Tatola could be of some value, 8-10 points perhaps, if he can return to his 2022 levels. Definitely an option.

    Expect Tallis Duncan to continue his upward trajectory, giving Demetriou no choice but to up his involvement. Could easily see Arrow returning to the bench to make way for the talented forward.


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    St George-Illawarra Dragons

    Lawrie 50
    Liddle 55
    F Molo 45
    Leilua 80
    Su’a 80
    De Belin 70

    Muhleisen 25
    M Molo 25
    Sele 25
    Faitala-Mariner 25

    Jack Bird moves back to the centres with former Dragon Luciano Leilua returning to the backrow. No value in the Dragons pack for fantasy coaches, as per usual.


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    Sydney Roosters

    E Butcher/May/Leniu 40 -> Waerea-Hargreaves 40
    Smith 55
    Collins 55
    Wong 50
    N Butcher 80
    Radley 65

    Watson 40
    May/E Butcher 35
    Leniu/E Butcher 30
    Crichton 30

    With Jared Waerea-Hargreaves suspended for a maximum of 4 matches, dependent on the NRL’s bogus attribution of suspensions to pre-season matches, Egan Butcher is likely to hang around as a placeholder. Depending on what Robbo wants to do, we could see Connor Watson return after a lengthy absence. Egan Butcher, Still Tupouniua and Sandon Smith could yet supersede him.

    Siua Wong could potentially provide a bit of value even if he only plays 50 mins like he did a couple times last year to accommodate Crichton. If he gets the full 80, look out.

    Terrell May is certainly one who tickles my fancy. Even with a strong lineup at the back-end of the year, the bloke commanded minutes with his impact and workrate. Regularly hitting scores above 50 in the last few regular season games with limited minutes, his hot form culminated in a staggering 84 without a try from 56mins in week 2 of the finals. Food for thought.


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    Wests Tigers

    Klemmer 50
    Koroisau 80
    Utoikamanu 45
    Bateman 80
    Papali’i 80
    Pole/Seyfarth 40/50

    Simpkin/Galvin 15
    S Fainu 20
    Twal 40
    Seyfarth/Pole 30/20

    Alex Seyfarth might be a chance of nabbing the lock role from Fonua Pole, playing somewhere between 40 and 50minutes.

    Outside of that, Koroisau might be value if playing 80 and goalkicking.


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    If you've made it this far, you're not only a studious little fantasy wizz, you're also incredibly handsome. I see great things in your future

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    Alfie wrote:2024 Predicted Forward Rotation N0u4ea8bgwog336jh35gp01f5

    Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs

    King 45
    Mahoney 65
    Knight 45
    Kikau 80
    Preston 80
    Curran 60

    Taaffe 15
    Edwards/Faitala-Mariner/Hughes 25
    Sutton 35
    Mann 30

    Gun fantasy lock Josh Curran likely hops off the Warriors bench and into the Bulldogs starting pack. With a breakeven of 36, Curran’s average of 55 starting at lock and a pedigree for making consistent big scores with any real minutes make him a must-have.

    Liam Knight’s another player who could potentially step up his output with a bigger role predicted in 2024. Has averaged 39 in his career when playing over 40mins and with a breakeven of 28 could be good value. Whether he actually plays 45mins as I’ve predicted is up for debate however. New recruit Kurt Mann and/or Ryan Sutton could play a larger role.

    Another potentially undervalued player is Viliame Kikau who has traditionally averaged around the 45 mark with a considerable ceiling. Granted, the vastly superior attacking opportunities he had at the Panthers likely contributed to this. Whether you wanna give him a bit of leeway given it was his first season at the dogs and the potential for them to improve is up to you. A breakeven of 37 makes it a little trickier.

    Thanks for taking the time to do this.

    Not sure we would see both Mann and Taaffe on the bench. Mann is very versatile as a utility, in case there is an injury anywhere on the field, we have seen him play Fullback, CTR, EDG, HLF, HOK, MID. No need to have Taaffe there as well, when Mann covers both positions that he plays.

    Salmon is a bigger body that can play in the forwards if needed, similar to how they used Okunbor last season.
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    Alfie wrote:2024 Predicted Forward Rotation G0o8pc8pave6a16yclnp

    Gold Coast Titans

    Fotuaika 50
    Verrills 80
    T Fa’asuamaleaui 50
    Fifita 80
    Fermor 80
    Liu 45

    Clark 25
    Jolliffe 25
    Palasia 25
    I Fa’asuamaleaui 20

    Beau Fermor is sure to return to his consistent role on the edge playing 80 with Klese Haas either moving back to the bench or out of the team.

    Keenan Palasia joins the team, likely playing an impact role unless Dessy ops for a more balanced rotation with Mo, Tino and Liu playing slightly less minutes.

    Other than that, not much to write home about.

    Tino averaged 62 minutes last season and is the captain. I can't see him dropping minutes this year. If playing lock for Des, he could easily have an increase in minutes, closer to 80.

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