31st January 2017, 16:45 | dreamteam

Super League Dream Team: Player price hikes

Super League Dream Team: Player price hikes

Take a look at five players whose excellent points scoring in 2016 has seen their price increased dramatically this season.

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Ben Crooks (Leigh Centurions, £80k > £125k)

After a disappointing spell in the NRL, Ben Crooks returned to Super League with Castleford last season where an impressive campaign has seen his value increase for 2017.

The centre made 1916 metres and 235 carries as well as scoring five tries for the Tigers.

The return of Michael Shenton from a long-term knee injury has forced a loan move to Leigh this season for Crooks who will be eager to show his quality for Super League’s new boys.

The 23-year-old will be hoping to rediscover the form he showed in his breakthrough season for Hull FC in 2013 where he scored 20 tries in 22 games and was rewarded by being named the competition’s Young Player of the Year.

Should Crooks score more tries in 2017 he would be a great addition to your Dream Team.

 

Hep Cahill (Widnes Vikings, £100k > £160k)

Hep Cahill’s value has increased by an incredible £60k this season following an impressive 2016 season for Widnes.

The loose-forward’s 1023 tackles were the most at the club and the fifth most in Super League.

The 30-year-old also made 2415 metres and 362 carries to make him one of the highest scoring Dream Team players.

If Cahill can add a few tries and assists to his game he could be a very valuable player for your Dream Team.

Crooks will be looking to build on a strong 2016 at new club Leigh

Cahill's tackle and metre count made him a must have in 2016

 

Jamie Jones-Buchanan (Leeds Rhinos, £105k > £165k)

An injury-hit 2015 season saw Jamie Jones-Buchanan miss the second-half of Leeds’ treble winning campaign.

The 35-year-old returned last season however and, despite the Rhinos being far from their usual best, Jones-Buchanan was one of their most consistent performers.

The second-rower made the most tackles for the club with 794 from his 19 appearances as well as 1732 metres.

Should Jones-Buchanan maintain his fitness and stay injury-free he could be a valuable contributor to your Dream Team.

 

Jonny Lomax (St Helens, £85k > £130k)

Jonny Lomax is another player who returned from a long-term injury in 2016 and the full-back wasted no time in showing his worth to St Helens.

The 26-year-old scored nine tries and made ten try assists from his 14 appearances which helped earn him an England call-up for the Four Nations.

With a full season ahead of him, Lomax should be one of the competition’s best performers and could be an important player for your Dream Team.

 

Matty Ashurst (Wakefield Trinity, £90k > £135k)

Wakefield’s qualification for the Super 8s in 2016 has increased the value of most of their players this season.

Matty Ashurst made 732 tackles – the second most at the club – as well as 1487 metres and 250 carries going forward.

Should Trinity have another strong season on the field, Ashurst could be a great selection for your Dream Team.