Much like it is before the start of the Premier League Football season, thousands of people have been eagerly awaiting their chance to select their 2017 fantasy team.
As always, players must pick a squad of 17 players who will earn them points over the course of a game week. Points can be won if their selected player performs well e.g. scores a try, makes a line break, kicks a conversion, but they can also be lost if a player has a nightmare match e.g. receives a yellow card of concedes a penalty. Like previous years, it is extremely hard to pick squads which fit within the £1.825 million salary cap, so we thought we’d help by highlighting 10 value-for-money players who you should consider for your sides.
Tom Gilmore- Widnes Vikings (£85,000)
Our first player to consider if Widnes’s new number 7, who has also just been selected as the Vikings joint Vice-captain as part of their leadership plans for the forthcoming season. In terms of game time, it is highly likely that Gilmore will play most matches for Denis Betts side, especially with Joe Mellor being ruled out for the opening few rounds of the season. Therefore, this jinking scrum half will be able to pick up a large amount of points, especially as he orchestrates more of the good Widnes attacking play, and for such a small price, he certainly wouldn’t make too much of a dent in anyone’s salary cap.
Jake Mamo- Huddersfield Giants (£90,000)
Many Giants supporters were very excited when it was announced that Mamo would be reuniting with former coach Rick Stone following his transfer from the Newcastle Knights. Mamo is a strong runner of the ball, but his ability to break the line makes him a dead cert to pick up a vast amount of points in any game he plays. Although he is currently recovering from a broken ankle suffered in Australia, when he returns, he will be better than ever, and another cost-effective addition to any fantasy team
Ryan Hall- Leeds Rhinos (£105,000)
Since making his Rhinos debut in their controversial 2007 Magic Weekend victory over the Bradford Bulls, Hall has come on leaps and bounds. Ten years and 207 tries later, he is now one of the most recognisable wingers in the game. His rampaging runs make him reminiscent of someone in the forward pack, yet he constantly demonstrates agility when finishing, something which not many wingers his size possess. His ability to use his powerful runs to help-out his tiring team mates mean that he will pick up good points for metres made, and his wonderful games: try ratio mean that his price tag is astonishingly cheap for any winger, let alone someone as experienced as the 29-year old.
Tom Lineham- Warrington Wolves (£105,000)
Like Ryan Hall, Lineham has the potential to be the complete package when it comes to choosing a winger. Some of his spectacular finishes over the course of last season defied belief, and his ability to make quick yards make him a handful for defenders to cope with. His omission from the Wolves for the mid-part of last season led many to believe that his time at the Halliwell Jones stadium was up. However, his performance in the last round of the Super 8’s proved that he is back with a bang and ready to get his hands dirty in pursuit of victory. He has been handed the number two shirt by Tony Smith, which suggests that he will be a prominent figure for the Wolves this season; something which not many players with his fantasy team valuation can expect.
Stefan Marsh- Widnes Vikings (£105,000)
26-year old centre/winger Marsh can expect to have a very interesting 2017. His versatility across the backline makes him a key asset to Betts’s side, and he is someone who performs extremely well wherever he plays. Last season saw him secure his record try haul for the Vikings, his darting runs making him instrumental in everything good about the Vikings. He is a player who will give 10/10 for effort every match, and it is this fact which makes him a consistent points scorer for everyone who selects him.