The Raiders fullback jersey really comes down to two options, the workhorse or the young stud with an unknown ceiling. Charnze finds himself as the first option, with Xavier Savage waiting in the wings for his opportunity. Given Charnze really has done nothing to warrant not being selected in the #1 jersey, we have to believe he will start the year there, particularly with Savage coming off a shoulder surgery. Assuming that this is the case, CNK is someone fantasy coaches should be paying attention to.
Starting at $437k with a 35 break even, there is little doubt there is value at the price for CNK with an injury affected 5 points in his 6 games for 2021. But how much?
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We can see here that CNK has a nice 10 points of value here, obviously some of these numbers are going to be +/- 0.5-1 due to seasonal variance, but the fact that he doesn’t rely on monster try scoring and tackle busting numbers is a huge bonus for an early season WFB option. This style of scoring also means he isn’t going to be as heavily impacted by the tougher draw the Raiders face, as a lot of his base comes in his run metres and workload in the base stats column.
The other big tick in his column is that CNK only has one score under 20 in his sample size of 43 games at fullback, and only scored under 30 points in 21% of occasions. That is a step below the elite options who typically stay above 30 in all but 10-15% of games, but you aren’t paying an elite price tag for CNK to start the year.
As CNK is a Kiwi, you have no danger of him missing out on games due to Origin, and the Raiders will play the first bye round against a depleted Roosters side at near full strength. The addition of Jamal Fogarty also cannot be under stated for the Raiders, adding some much needed leadership and direction in attack.
Long story short, CNK is the ideal consistent money making option you want for your WFB to start the 2022 season. Worst case scenario, Savage is there week 1 with CNK in the centres, and you swap to Savage and bank the $87K.