> Justin Hodges, Broncos - Achilles tear, come back next year.
> Carl Webb, Cowboys - has a good game every month... and in the 3 other weeks he's barely sighted.
> Brett White, Storm - still can't believe his status as an 'Origin enforcer', but believe this - he's a non-factor in Fantasy NRL...
> Chris Houston, Kni... err not the Knights - you know the rest.
> Darren Lockyer, Broncos - I rate him as one of the best I've ever seen but you can't spend 10.0 on a guy who hasn't run the ball for two years and misses tackles at the rate the statisticians think he does. Even if he sets up three tries a game - he's still overpriced.
> Frank-Paul Nu'uausala, Roosters - gets through a fair chunk of defensive work in the minutes he gets and the Roosters need a partner for Jason Ryles up front. Consider for 4.5.
> Scott Anderson, Broncos - has played in the past two Grand Finals and for just 4.0 will start alongside Nick Kenny (value at 5.5 too) for the Broncos in Round 1.
> Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, Roosters - injured for a month to start 2010 but at 4.5 he could be a dynamic replacement when fit.
> Jon Green & Trent Merrin, Dragons - both part of a four prop bench in Round 1 for the Dragons and both at 3.5 could be real value for money.
> Ryan Hinchcliffe, Storm - will be starting hooker for at least the first two weeks of 2010... after that punt him but for 4.0 you'll get an immediate return.
> Yileen Gordon, Bulldogs - for just 4.5 you get a starting second rower at the Bulldogs... only downside is it is Yileen Gordon... has upside, despite that last comment.
> Grant Millington, Sharks - starts in a backrow with Anthony Tupou & Paul Gallen and did a decent job in that role to end 2010... for 4.5 that's tempting.
> Lewis Brown, Warriors - starts for Simon Mannering in Round 1 but may be a useful bench option in 2010... 4.0 is cheap.
> Mark Taufua, Knights - Newcastle's loss of Chris Houston & Danny Wicks is prop Taufua's gain as for 4.5 he'll start at lock in Round 1.
> Joel Thompson, Raiders - originally listed as a backrower AND inside back, the 4.0 utility might have some tryscoring opportunities at centre filling in for the injured Joel Monaghan.
> Michael Gillett, Broncos - A new addition to this list after a quality debut... only 2.0 and got good game time in the Broncos 30-24 win over the Cowboys. Round 2's most popular pick up is my prediction.
> Robert Lui, Tigers - starts the year at halfback... for 4.5 he's great value but may be only warming the chair for Tim Moltzen once Tuiaki comes back.
> Scott Dureau, Knights - has a handy kicking game which could result in a Try Assist or two and the very odd 40/20 but for 4.0 you can't ask for much more, starts at halfback in Round 1.
> James Maloney, Warriors - ousts Joel Moon to the bench for Round 1, which could be a sign Coach Ivan Cleary likes what he sees in the 3.5 half/five-eighth.
> Gerard Beale, Broncos - inside backs under 5.0 are rare as hen's teeth in the game this year, so when Coach Ivan Henjak selects the 3.5 Beale at centre - SO DO YOU.
> James Stuart, Raiders - rookie winger on standby for Daniel Vidot for Round 1... 2.0 and probably won't play this game but it's nice to know he's in the mix in Canberra at that price.
> Rhys Wesser, Rabbitohs - for 4.5 I shouldn't even have to finish this sentence... if you don't pick Wesser you are an idi...
> Reece Robinson, Raiders - is a warm first grade playing body for only 4.0, plus he didn't suck while performing a similar role for the Broncos in 2008.
> Shane Elford, Panthers - may form one of the most 'exciting' centre/wing combos in the game alongside Adrian Purtell in Round 1 for the Panthers. The good news is Elford is just 3.5 so you don't have to pick Purtell (6.5) as well.
> Corey Norman, Broncos - everyone was going to have either Norman (2.0) or Josh Hoffman (3.5) in their team because a cheap starting fullback at the Broncos was always a smart pick. Norman is a wildcard... could be great, could be out of first grade by Round 2.
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