The Daily Telegraph today has announced today that the game will officially open for 2014 on Wednesday January 29! A little later than some had previously thought, but still not very long away. They also announced that the salary cap will remain at $5 million and some key player prices are included as followed:
- For some some weird reason, the organisers of the competition have changed their approach to pricing players this year and as a result, two guys probably pegged as bargain basement buys won’t be, with Luke Brooks ($225k) and Ben Hampton ($149k). Brooks played one game in 2013, while Hampton played two, so the increase in price is completely against tradition and personally I think it’s a bit silly. Brooks in his only game scored 94 points, with a try and a try assist, but he is just 19 and 2014 is likely to be filled with plenty of ups and downs, so is it really a fair way to price him this high? Brooks is priced well and truly out of consideration. On the other hand, if Hampton can snag that starting halves position at the Storm, then I still think he is ok value.
- Will Hopoate has received a massive discount and is priced at $204k, instead of a predicted price around $300k. Please explain?
- A saving grace for your rookie half-back plans is the opening price of Luke Keary at $103k.
- God, aka Corey Parker will start at $421.5k, compared to an opening price of $366k last year. The price of $421.5k is significantly greater than the predicted price which we have been running with, being $390k, suggesting even more that it’s going to be a tough gig this year with unchanged salary cap.
- Matt Gillett is priced at $330k and is only available in the back-row, largely ruling him out.
- The English Raiders (well some are English) - Sam Tomkins will start at $334k, Michael Dobson $176k, Daniel Holdsworth ($207k, Pat Richards $224k, Cory Paterson $220k and Remi Casty $233k. Gone are the days of the dirt cheap players returning from England!
- Feleti Mateo is priced at a low $234, but is only available in the back-row, making him far less attractive. However, if he can regain his form pre Matt Elliot.
- At $103k, Nathan Peats will be the most selected player come round one following his departure from Issac Luke’s shadows. His new teammate, Jarryd Hayne has been priced at $290k and available at fullback and five-eighth. Last year he started at $385k.
- Others which we have been lucky to be provided with:
Cameron Smith ($398,400) front-row, Paul Gallen ($388,300) back-row, front-row, Andrew Fifita ($384,400) front-row, Robbie Farah ($367,200) front-row, Johnathan Thurston ($364,000) halfback, five-eighth, Sonny Bill Williams ($364,000) back-row, Trent Merrin ($362,400) front-row, back-row, Billy Slater ($345,300) fullback, Shaun Fensom ($320,700) back row, Jamie Lyon ($308,900) centre/wing, Greg Inglis ($314,000) fullback, centre/wing
With the game opening very soon, the very popular Pimp My Team will be back before you know it, so make so you pop back soon to check it out and start working on your teams.
The magic number for those who want to update their team planners appears to be 4789.
Check out the full article here.
Dragons Prices: here
Cowboys Prices: here
Bulldogs Prices: here
Broncos Prices: here
Eels Prices: here
Knights Prices: here
Panthers Prices: here
NB: NRL Fantasy has now opened (this is the nrl.com game), and we have 3 league codes set up for this. Details are:
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