NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS

FULLBACK

LACHLAN MILLER

WFB $426K (29 BE)

Our patience (or lack thereof) got the best of us, and we have posted our Miller article prior to the Knights announcing the signing. Seems to be the worst kept secret in Rugby League, but it better happen sooner rather than later for the Knights and Millers sake.

PROJECTION: 40-45

WINGER

DOM YOUNG

WFB $474K (33 BE)

After performing for England on the world stage, Young is now a household name for Rugby League fans, but that won’t help his fantasy prospects in this Knights team.

PROJECTION: 34-36 PPG

CENTRE

DANE GAGAI

CTR $560K (38 BE)

Cant see much value in a bottom 4 side, not to mention the old legs starting to catch up with him. Definitely possible we are missing something here though.

PROJECTION: 38-43 PPG

CENTRE

BRADMAN BEST

CTR $500K (34 BE)

The hero that was promised, but never came. Bradman is only rivalled by Tom Trbojevic and Christian Welch for “bad luck injuries”. Not worth the headache.

PROJECTION: 35-40 PPG

WINGER

GREG MARZHEW

WFB $532K (36 BE)

Minimal value in a bottom 4 side coming across from another bottom 4 side in the Titans. He could definitely break into the 40s, but we really need a keeper WFB at this starting price point.

PROJECTION: 36-41 PPG

FIVE-EIGHTH

KALYN PONGA

WFB/(HLF?) $532K (36 BE)

Honestly, we have no idea what to expect here. Probably safer just to avoid the headache and look elsewhere, particularly with the tackle bust nerf that was introduced last year. The only real upside here is Hastings taking some of the focus away, and a fairly strong backline in terms of yardage.

PROJECTION: 41-45 PPG

HALFBACK

JACKSON HASTINGS

HLF $645K (44 BE)

With his Wests days in the rear view, Hastings comes in as the marquee halfback the Knights have been desperate for. He looks set to control the bulk of the in play kicking, goal kicking and general playmaking duties, which should yield fantasy gold for his managers.

PROJECTION: 51-56 PPG

PROP

DANIEL SAIFITI

MID $545K (37 BE)

The defacto leader of the pack with the departure of Klemmer, Dan Saifiti will be looking to recapture the form that gained him an Origin jersey in 2021. Unfortunately for Dan, he looks set to be starting at a disadvantage in a bottom 4 side, but this Knights side may yet surprise people.

PROJECTION: 42-47 PPG

PROP

JACOB SAIFITI

MID $504K (35 BE)

Cant see much value in a bottom 4 side with Elliott and brother Daniel soaking the big minutes along with Mann off the bench

PROJECTION: 35-38 PPG

LOCK

ADAM ELLIOTT

MID $606K (42 BE)

Moving from the Raiders, Elliott looks set to pick up where he left off in a workhorse role for the Knights. Alternating between Prop and Lock (when Mann comes on), Elliott should be churning out big minutes with plenty of tackling for the Knights, and is absolutely a candidate to be a cut price keeper in 2023.

PROJECTION: 45-50 PPG

EDGE

TYSON FRIZELL

EDG $673K (46 BE)

Off a disappointing year with some rib cartilage injury troubles and an unsettled spine, Frizell looks set to operate outside Jackson Hastings on the Knights right edge. Assuming he is back to full fitness and their combination gels, Frizell should be a great value discounted keeper in 2023.

PROJECTION: 50-55 PPG

EDGE

LACHLAN FITZGIBBON

EDG $596K (41 BE)

Unfortunately, Fitzgibbon is a long way from his fantasy relevance of the past, even playing outside Ponga.

PROJECTION: 43-48 PPG

HOOKER

JAYDEN BRAILEY

HOK $695K (48 BE)

Depending on the team composition, we might be looking at an 80 minute role with a lot of tackling to be done for Brailey. If this is the case, there could definitely be some value here at a tough position.

PROJECTION: 50-55 PPG

THE BENCH

PROP

KURT MANN

MID/HLF $570K (39 BE)

We have tried this before on the Mann train. Even if he starts, its a no from us.

PROJECTION: 31-36 PPG

PROP

JACK HETHERINGTON

MID $362K (25 BE)

Not again thank you Jack.

PROJECTION: 20-22 PPG

BENCH FORWARD

BRODIE JONES

EDG $457K (31 BE)

We did this dance last year too, and Brodie remains fantasy irrelevant until otherwise.

PROJECTION: 20-22 PPG

UTILITY

PHOENIX CROSSLAND

HLF $332K (23 BE)

Not sure if this will be Crossland or another forward, but either way its a bad role for Fantasy.

PROJECTION: 10-15 PPG

FORWARD AVERAGE MINUTES PROJECTIONS

PLAYERMIDEDGHOK
ELLIOTT55
D. SAIFITI50
J. SAIFITI45
FRIZELL80
FITZGIBBON70
BRAILEY75
MANN40
HETHERINGTON35
JONES1510
CROSSLAND5

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