SuperCoach NRL: Golden oldies
THEY have been SuperCoach gold for so long. Must-have picks if you are serious about winning.
But is 2018 the year when age finally catches up with some of the biggest names in the game?
And is it time to plan ahead and move onto the next generation?
The over 30s have seemingly taken over SuperCoach. Cameron Smith, Paul Gallen, Johnathan Thurston, Billy Slater and Simon Mannering lead the way.
Add in a full season of returning 31-year-old Greg Inglis as well as new old age recruits Jarryd Hayne, Akuila Uate, Reece Robinson and Mitch Aubusson and the possibility of big points from a NRL senior citizen remains very real.
But beware the march of time!
Remember when Robbie Farah was the top hooker. That was back in 2014. The following season he dropped to eighth. He now - aged 34 - sits at 10th.
John Sutton was the 10th ranked player in the 2013 season. Last year - at age 32 - he plummeted all the way down to 61st.
The likes of Chris Heighington (the top player way back in 2008), Greg Eastwood, Tim Grant, Brett Morris and Beau Scott are other cautionary tales.
But don't be discouraged if you like your team old and bold.
This is the over 30 SuperCoach team - with salary constraints, of course.
So there's no room for Smith, Simon Mannering, Michael Gordon or Ryan Hoffman among the notables.
Who needs young guns?
Well, you probably will need some if you really want to make a run at winning.
(Age is what they will turn this year)
Billy Slater 35 - ($606k)
After missing virtually all of 2016, Slater bounced back last year with a fantasy season matching his output from 2013. He averaged 68 points a game and ranked in the top 60 of overall producers.
Akuila Uate 31 - ($410k)
He has been remarkably consistent - aside from a forgettable 2016 - averaging between 45 and 50 points per game for the most part.
Brett Morris 32 - ($338k)
Tends to alternate between good and bad. His 2017 season was his worst in a while but it was only two years previously that he was certainly SuperCoach gold.
Greg Inglis 32 - ($519K)
Incredibly consistent over a long career, Inglis faces a real battle this year to earn the trust of SuperCoach players after his major injury at the start of last year.
Jarryd Hayne 30 - ($420k)
When he left on his NFL sojourn in 2014, Hayne had few peers in the SuperCoach world. But he's had a tough time since returning to NRL and last year he barely scrapped into the top 200.
James Maloney 32 - ($463k)
From 2013 to 2015 Maloney was a consensus top 10 SuperCoach player. He's still solid - and averages 50 points a game - but he's just not elite any more.
Jonathan Thurston 35 - ($536k)
Last year was lost to injury but if can repeat his great numbers from 2012 to 2016 then he is still a major asset for your team.
Chris Heighington ($281k)
Ten years ago he was close to the top player in SuperCoach. Two years later he was great again. He stayed relevant until 2014 and he now resides well outside the top 200 players.
Paul Gallen 37 - ($674k)
He averages 80.5 points per game over the last five years. Last season was one of his best. Enough said!
David Gower 33 -($269,300)
Surprisingly solid SuperCoach performer up until last year. Didn't get much playing time in 2017 and wasn't really fantasy relevant.
Siosaia Vave 33 - ($283,500)
Had his best SuperCoach season in 2016, where he averaged 37.4 points per game. That dropped to around 30 last year in fewer games.
James Graham 33 - ($460k)
The Pommy star has been a dependable - if a little overexpensive - front row option in SuperCoach since arriving in 2012. With the Bulldogs struggling, his output decreased last year.
Robbie Farah ($380,100)
How the mighty have fallen! In 2013 and 2014 he averaged over 70 points per game. There were worrying trends in 2015 and he completely cratered last year. There are better options out there.
Beau Scott ($352k)
Shaun Kenny-Dowall ($366,800)
Peter Wallace ($410k)
Matt Scott ($344k)
Junior Paulo ($192,800)
Lewis Brown ($192,800)
Benji Marshall ($352,400)
Blake Green ($351,600)
Jonathan Wright ($177,300)
Nathan Ross ($439,300)
Tim Grant ($301,700)
Reece Robinson ($311k)
We have $1500 left. Not a bad job!
GOLDEN OLDIES TO MISS OUT
Ryan Hoffman ($481k)
Mitch Aubusson ($416k)
Tim Mannah ($325k)
Michael Gordon ($501k)
Cameron Smith ($667,400)
Simon Mannering ($660,400)