To kick off our Cash Cow series of articles, we will be analysing: Nathan Peats and Lachlan Coote – two individuals who should almost certainly be first picks in your squad.
Price: $191, 900
UPDATED: Injuries and Suspensions
Average Points Prediction: 20-30
After making his NRL debut for the Penrith Panthers in 2008, Lachlan Coote has been plagued by injury. Whether it was his pectoral muscle that was torn in the second round last year or the chronic groin problems he faced in 2010/2011, Lachlan Coote hasn’t had the easiest of careers.
When he’s fit and on the field though, he can do wonders and with the Cowboys looking to fill the void that Matt Bowen has left, you can sense that Coote has big shoes to fill.
Coote has primarily played at fullback; however, he has also dabbled at five-eighth, meaning that he brings with him terrific support play, whilst also being able to conjure up some terrific play making.
According to recent reports, Lachlan Coote has been training the house down with the Cowboys. He appears to be fit, motivated, happy and excited at the prospect of a fresh beginning in 2014.
By being brought in as a successor to Matt Bowen, Coote will certainly get first crack at fullback and with his minimal game time in 2013 being factored into his 2014 price, Coote is certainly a guaranteed cash cow.
Don’t expect monster scores from him on a weekly basis; however, he should be able to generate scores of at least 20-30. If he chips in with the play making at the Cowboys, there’s potential for that average to go up even higher, meaning that Coote should make a decent lump sum of cash to allow you to upgrade within the first 5-10 rounds.
Average Points Prediction: 35-45
Nathan Peats is a talented hooker who grew up playing alongside Adam Reynolds, Dylan Farrell and Josh Starling as a South Sydney Junior. Yet, despite being captain of the Rabbitohs NYC squad, Peats has struggled to get game time in first grade thanks to the talented Isaac Luke, who has done his best to keep Peats either on the bench or in the lower grades. In the instances where Luke has been called up to representative duties, Peats has always stepped up to the plate and shown the NRL that he could easily be a primary hooker for any club in the NRL.
2014 has seen Nathan Peats shift from the South Sydney Rabbitohs to the Parramatta Eels, meaning that he’ll be given his ultimate chance at showing the rest of the NRL that he has what it takes to be a first class hooker.
His minimal game time and limited impact in 2013 means that Peats is priced amazingly well for a player of such high potential. When he played 80 for the Rabbitohs he easily busted out scores of 35+, so expect him to be getting around that mark on average, with the potential for that to be a lot higher depending on his work rate.
The only real threat to his position appears to be Kaysa Pritchard, who may be utilized as a bench hooker, however, in reality Peats could easily shift into the second row if Pritchard were to come on the field – meaning that Peats is more than likely to be getting 80 minutes (and the juicy scores that come with it) on a weekly basis.
With his low price and high potential, Nathan Peats is an NRL Fantasy must have this season.
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