PROJECTED STARTING 17 – ROUND 1, 2022
FULLBACK: WILL KENNEDY $499K 40BE (2021 AVG 39.5, 40.3 IN 70+ MINS)
LEFT WING: RONALDO MULITALO $445K 36BE (2021 AVG 36.3, WING AVG 33.9)
LEFT CENTRE: CONNOR TRACEY $407K 33BE (2021 AVG 33.3, CENTRE AVG 37.8)
RIGHT CENTRE: JESSE RAMIEN $578K 46BE (2021 AVG 49.2, 51.4 IN 70+ MINS)
NEW RULES IMPACT: 6.3 tackle busts per game in 2021 – ouch!!!
RIGHT WING: SIONE KATOA $484K 39BE (2021 AVG 40.6, 42 IN 70+ MINS)
LEFT HALF: MATT MOYLAN $379K 30BE (2021 AVG 28.7, 33.8 IN 70+ MINS)
RIGHT HALF: NICHO HYNES $602K 48BE (21 AVG 48.3, 50.3 IN HLF – 155KM AVERAGE)
Fantasy Impact (M): If partnered with Moylan, Nicho Hynes looks like an obvious buy, particularly if he manages to keep his WFB eligibility. There should be at least 5 additional points in kick metres if partnered with Moylan compared to his 3 games in the halves in 2021 for Melbourne. That said, the equation changes completely if the Sharks decide to go with Braydon Trindall, who would likely play a much larger role in the kicking game. Even if they start with Moylan, the danger is that he could drop out at any time, which would impact Hynes. The question for Fantasy managers is whether the upside is worth the risk. NEW SCORING IMPACT: With a projection to take the goal kicking and at least half of the in play kicking, not to mention retaining his WFB dual, Hynes looks to be an OBVIOUS buy in 2022, particularly given the huge nerf to players such as James Tedesco and Kalyn Ponga with the reduction in tackle busts. Hynes looks to be a clear top 3 WFB option this year, and will likely average 55+ even with the reduction in kick metres due to his running and attacking play style. FOR OUR IN FOCUS ARTICLE CLICK HERE.
LEFT BACK ROW: WADE GRAHAM* $461K 37BE (21 AVG 35.1, 70+ MIN BACK ROW 46.5)
Fantasy Impact (R): After a year of bad injury luck, Graham looks a discount buy heading into 2022. Wade has consistently averaged around 46 for most of his career when he plays 70+ mins on an edge but his price will be discounted this season following three sub 30 minute games in 2021. As long as he has a solid pre-season and avoids the same fate as Boyd Cordner, Graham looks a safe pick to fill out an edge spot. He is negligibly (less than 1 point) impacted by the scoring changes, and with an inexperienced halves pairing may even see a bump.
RIGHT BACK ROW: BRITON NIKORA $550K 44BE (21 AVG 43, 70+ MIN BACK ROW 49.5)
LOCK: CAMERON MCINNES $780K 63BE (2021 DNP, CAREER LOCK AVG 69.4 IN 78 MIN)
Fantasy Impact (All): “It’s been a long day without you, my friend” – lets wait and see how they price Cam before making a judgement on his buy status, but we expect him to pick up where he left off and be an elite option again in 2022 off a full missed season due to an ACL injury.
PROP: DALE FINUCANE $476K 38BE (2021 AVG 36.5, AVG 44.8 IN 50+ MIN)
Fantasy Impact (R): In previous years Finucane has been a slow and steady but never flashy fantasy producer. If he’s able to pick up a big minute middle role their could be some value in starting with him but I’m skeptical. With the signing of McInnes (who we’ve projected to start at lock) that’s one big minute forward already. The two could co-exist but with a low ppm that’s declined for the past 2 seasons plus in the era of Vlandy’sball I’m happy to let this one go into touch. If it seems in pre-season that McInnes will start at hooker their could be some value here but he’s one I’ll likely be skipping to start 2021.
PROP: TOBY RUDOLF (2021 AVG 42.5, 43.9 CAREER AVG AT PROP IN 50 MINS)
HOOKER: BLAYKE BRAILEY (2021 AVG 43.8, 44.5 IN 60+ MINS)
BENCH 1: BRADEN HAMLIN-UELE
BENCH 2: AIDEN TOLMAN
BENCH 3: SIOSIFA TALAKAI
BENCH 4/UTILITY: TEIG WILTON
*Wade Graham will miss the opening rounds due to injury
PROJECTED MINUTES AND FORWARD ROTATION
FRINGE PLAYERS NOT PROJECTED TO MAKE STARTING 17