CANTERBURY BULLDOGS

FULLBACK

HAYZE PERHAM

WFB $298K (20 BE)

The Bulldogs look to be shaking things up, with former Warrior and Eel Hayze Perham lining up at fullback. His reserve grade stats look pretty solid out the back. The danger here is the presence of veteran Averillo and young gun Alamoti who will be looking for a jersey soon.

PROJECTION: 33-38 PPG

WINGER

JOSH ADDO-CARR

WFB $514K (35 BE)

Great player, not great fantasy value.

CENTRE

BRAIDON BURNS

CTR $533K (37 BE)

No doubt some value here, particularly in a Bulldogs side looking to improve. Better options at the position for cheaper though.

CENTRE

JAKE AVERILLO

CTR/WFB $370K (25 BE)

As it stands, we believe that Hayze Perham is going to take the fullback spot, with Averillo at right centre. Based on this, Averillo is not fantasy relevant.

NOTE: This position is under threat by Paul Alamoti, to keep an eye on in the trials and balance of preseason.

PROJECTION: 25-30 PPG

WINGER

JACOB KIRAZ

WFB $563K (39 BE)

2022 was a great year for Kiraz fantasy managers, but suspect 2023 not so much as he is already extremely expensive for a winger.

FIVE-EIGHTH

MATT BURTON

HLF $718K (49 BE)

When I started his article, I fully intended to talk myself out of it, but by god Burton has a lot of upside, and a really strong floor this year. No early bye, probably no Origin, and a 60+ point per game upside, yes please.

PROJECTION: 53-58 PPG

HALFBACK

KYLE FLANAGAN

HLF $456K (31 BE)

Not much to say here – irrelevant.

PROP

LUKE THOMPSON

MID $612K (42 BE)

Thompson had a fairly disappointing 2022 campaign after establishing himself as a borderline elite fantasy option in 2021. With Jackson retiring and Vaughan off to super league, there should be some minutes available. The issue will be wrestling them off fellow Englishman Ryan Sutton and the unpredictable TPJ.

PROJECTION: 45-50 PPG

PROP

RYAN SUTTON

MID $491K (34 BE)

Sutton has showed us glimpses of what he can do in big minutes, but what sort of minutes can we expect in what can only be considered a LOADED forward pack for the Doggies. Feels like a player who could benefit from that, and one to consider heading into 2023.

PROJECTION: 40-45 PPG

LOCK

MAX KING

MID $657K (45 BE)

One of the greats, but that is the past. Now is the future.

EDGE

TEVITA PANGAI JR

MID/EDG $593K (41 PPG)

We have heard it all before – new found dedication, turned the corner, weight loss/increased fitness, etc. We aren’t going to push you on this one. You know the upside and the risks.

PROJECTION: 48-52 PPG

EDGE

VILIAME KIKAU

EDG $651K (45 BE)

Good player, terrible haircut, worse fantasy option.

HOOKER

REED MAHONEY

HOK $659K (45 BE)

Originally listed as irrelevant this year, Fanhub has surpressed the price of Mahoney to the point of potential relevancy. Off the back of what should be a strong Bulldogs pack, Mahoney should be able to attack as he sees fit, to go with the mountain of defense and occasional input with the boot. Update: nevermind.

PROJECTION: 47-52 PPG

THE BENCH

PROP

CHRIS PATOLO

EDG $250K (17 BE)

If Patolo is the first change prop, particularly with a guy like Pele on the bench, he will absolutely be worth a look. Stay tuned for preseason.

PROP

FRANKLIN PELE

MID $250K (17 BE)

Nice forward cheapie bench cover if he wins the spot and a PPM beast. Stay tuned.

BENCH FORWARD

RAYMOND FAITALA-MARINER

EDG $560K (39 BE)

No thanks.

UTILITY

BAYLEY BIONDI-ODO

HLF $250K (17 BE)

No thanks.

FORWARD AVERAGE MINUTES PROJECTIONS

PLAYERMIDEDGHOK
THOMPSON55
SUTTON55
KING50
PANGAI JR3035
KIKAU70
MAHONEY65
FAITALA-MARINER55
PATOLO30
PELE20
BROWN15

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