Fantasy League: Hull FC
It’s pretty much business as usual at Hull FC – the inclusion of new head coach Brett Hodgson and half-back Josh Reynolds the only new arrivals so far in West Hull.
The players will be buoyed by their end of season efforts last year which resulted in a play-off semi-final appearance – and they’ll be hoping to continue in a similar vein when they head into the new season.
2020 points: 818
Arguably one of Hull FC’s most consistent performers in recent seasons, Tuimavave was a top performing centre in 2020. The Samoan averaged an impressive 54.5 fantasy points-per-game last year and regularly tallied high point-scoring totals - playing in 15 of Hull FC’s 17 regular season games in 2020.
Tuimavave frequently scored well in metres made, carries, tackle busts and clean breaks, as well as scoring a respectable 6 tries in a great return across the season. The experienced centre only seems to get better each year - so will undoubtedly be an even bigger threat in 2021.
2020 points: 764
Alongside Tuimavave, Hull FC possess arguably the best centre partnership in the competition. Capable of filling in at second row, Griffin is a strong ball carrier for Hull FC and averaged well over 130 metres a game in 2020. His 54.5 points-per-game average is identical to his teammate Tuimavave - Griffin playing one less game during the regular season.
With the inclusion of Josh Reynolds and the development of Jake Connor in Hull FC's spine this season, Griffin should continue to score well - his hard carries and strong metre making will be complimented with plenty of opportunities to score and set up tries in 2021.
Black & white bragging right ⚫⚪
Josh Griffin inspired @hullfcofficial to a win in the first 2020 Hull derby during round 2 #SuperLeague pic.twitter.com/7LvYr302mI
— Betfred Super League (@SuperLeague) February 3, 2021
2020 points: 561
New head coach Brett Hodgson spoke highly about the mercurial Jake Connor ahead of the new season - Hodgson revealed that he is working with Connor to increase his involvements in games, with Connor expected to line-up at full back in 2021. He could turn out to be a devastatingly strong fantasy scorer if he is to improve on what was already an impressive second half of the year last season.
Connor has no shortage of talent and demonstrated his ability to create chances for his teammates - finishing with 16 try assists in 2020. His confidence will be sky high heading into the new season and with a strong preseason under his belt, Connor could provide fantasy owners with a huge return in 2021.
16 assists, 4 tries and a joy to watch on the rugby pitch 😍
Relive the best of Jake Connor's 2020 season 🔥#SuperLeague pic.twitter.com/fM0Sn1uivW
— Betfred Super League (@SuperLeague) February 5, 2021
2020 points: 823
Sao’s arrival to Hull last year did not make the same headlines as some of his more high-profile teammates, but he played a big part in the black and whites semi-final play off run. The hard-working forward averaged 54.8 points-per-game during his debut Super League season and proved to be a profitable fantasy player.
The Samoan forward was a consistently strong scorer in fantasy last year, clocking points across the board with his hard-working running, defensive efforts and slick ability to offload. Partner that with his durability that allowed him to play all but two games during the 2020 regular season, Sao offers great potential for points in 2021.
2020 points: 587
Cator’s endless exuberance and effort in the middle for Hull FC last year converted into impressive fantasy scores. It was his defence which served him well last season, the young forward averaging 44 tackles a game as he found himself playing big minutes in Hull FC’s middle for large parts of the season.
After an impressive first year with the black and whites which saw him voted as Hull FC's fans player of the year, Cator will be hoping to pick up where he left off and improve on his 2020 efforts. Establishing himself as an integral part of Hull’s middle unit, his 2021 fantasy points should increase - making him a popular target for fantasy owners heading into the season.
One to Watch
Scott made 4 appearances for Hull FC last year and has been on the periphery of the squad for the past couple of seasons. With the loss of the exciting Ratu Naulago at the end of 2020, the door may open for Scott to play more minutes in 2021.
He averaged 82 metres per game in his appearances last year and has shown glimpses of his potential - the talented outside back captain the England Academy side back in 2018. If he is given the opportunity this year, Scott could well offer a cheap point scoring option on the wing.