I wouldn't be worried with starting guys like Lomax, Ravalawa, Sharks winger, look at Thompson last year.
Simple fact is you have to have some cheapies in your team to start because you can't afford a team full of guns and mid rangers, sounds too stupid to type but everyone worries about starting player X because they are cheap or rookies
At start of season almost always about luck, which guns fire early? Captain choice, getting the correct cheapies, which mid rangers look like taking a leap
Rookie halves are my favourite, easiest position to score decent points. km, rm, tackles, assists, potential GK
would not hesitate to start the rookie warriors and eels half in my starting 17 R1