Fantasy League: Warrington Wolves
The Wolves finished 2020 in third after a reasonably strong season. They bowed out of the play-offs at the first hurdle and will be itching to right the wrongs of that finale.
There's extra motivation for the players this season with head coach Steve Price departing at the end of the year, and they've added the mercurial Greg Inglis to bolster their squad both on and off the field.
2020 points: 888
As impressive in fantasy as he was on the field, King was the highest scoring centre in 2020 and earned a place in the 2020 Dream Team. The Wolves centre averaged 55.5 point a game, missing just 2 matches during the regular season and was a prominent threat in the Warrington attack.
King topped the offload charts in 2020 and finished in the top 10 for try assists, setting up more tries than any other Warrington player. His subtle ball playing ability was matched by his evasive running as he finished the regular season with 74 tackle busts, the third highest in 2020. Despite the arrival of Greg Inglis in 2021, King will still be the Wolves strike edge player. He has great durability and plays big minutes, guaranteeing another big year in 2021.
Toby King, the offload king 👑 What an offload, king 😍
2020 round 7, two Widdop beauties as @WarringtonRLFC beat FC #SuperLeague pic.twitter.com/o2VLWKRGcl
— Betfred Super League (@SuperLeague) February 13, 2021
2020 points: 907
Cooper, alongside Alex Walmsley, was the standout prop in Super League last year. No surprise then that Cooper was the second highest scoring prop in fantasy. Unlike Walmsley, Cooper did not make huge points in tries and tackle busts - most of the Warrington forwards points coming from his base stats in attack and defence.
Coopers impressive 60.5 point average was made by his tackles (447), carries (246), metres made (1776) and offloads (37). He’s also a big minute player, averaging 64 minutes a game in 2020. His huge engine helped him score just under a point per minute - a commendable effort for a front row forward. With no signs of slowing down in 2021, you can expect him to play big minutes and earn big points in the new season.
2020 points: 996
Hookers are high value property in fantasy, particularly those that can regularly clock 80 minute games. Clark is one of those players – his 80 minute efforts for Warrington in 2020 helped him score a huge 66.4 points average. At 30 tackles a game, his defence equated to just under half his weekly average. He made over 1200 metres and topped the charts for dummy half runs – his dangerous running game culminating in 53 tackle busts, 4 tries and 6 try assists.
Wolves’ other hooker Danny Walker is keeping Clark on his toes, but he will still be a big minute player. Clark and his opposition rivals in the number 9 shirt will come at a premium price in 2021 – but for their consistent return, it’s an investment well worth the cost.
2020 points: 857
Austin has been a standout player for the Wolves since he arrived at the club in 2019 and is their go to man in the halves. He dominates the Wolves kicking game - making the most attacking kicks (98) in Super League last year. Austin’s running threat is arguably his biggest asset – he averaged 74 metres and from 12 carries last season – and made 55 tackle busts.
The Wolves half couldn’t match his try scoring antics of 2019 (18), albeit in a reduced number of games, scoring 7 tries and 6 try assists in 2020. Those relatively modest numbers from Austin should improve this year and, with a 57.1 point average already last year, will make him a hot prospect for 2021.
Blake Austin 🔥
2020 round 2, the @WarringtonRLFC half-back inspires the Wolves to a win over champions St Helens #SuperLeague pic.twitter.com/asN48daQLV
— Betfred Super League (@SuperLeague) February 1, 2021
2020 points: 899
Currie missed just 2 of Warrington’s 17 games last year and has looked to put his injuries woes behind him after a solid 2020. His immense durability helped him to a 56.2 point average and the fourth best scoring second rower in fantasy.
He averaged just under 30 tackles a game which gave him a solid base score in defence. That paired with his attacking capabilities make Currie a worthwhile fantasy choice in the back row. His 20 offloads, 9 clean breaks, 6 try assists and 3 tries helped him to an impressive average last season. Wolves weren’t at their devastating best in attack during parts of 2020, so this year could see Curries attacking stats improve even more.
One to watch
2020 points: 80
Thewlis impressed during his 2 appearances for the Wolves in 2020. Playing at full-back and on the wing, the 18-year-old scored a try, made a line break in each game and ran for an average of 100 metres a game.
He slotted in seamlessly on the wing during the Wolves victory againt Huddersfield late on in the season, providing Steve Price with some depth in the back line should injuries persist this season. Thewlis will be patiently biding his time to break back into the squad and build on his solid start to his Warrington career.