23rd January 2017, 18:30 | dreamteam
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Kevin Brown: Widnes Vikings > Warrington Wolves
Warrington were the competition’s highest scorers last season after the Super 8s and, after a strong recruitment drive, will be looking to do the same in 2017.
Kevin Brown has the responsibility of replacing the influential Chris Sandow in the halves and will be hoping to add to the 22 tries he assisted last season at Widnes.
With 285 Super League appearances behind him Brown should shine in a stronger Warrington side and create plenty of chances for the outside backs as well as grabbing a few tries himself.
However with the goal-kicking responsibilities resting with Kurt Gidley, the Australian may be a better option with your Dream Team selection.
Mason Caton-Brown: Salford Red Devils > Wakefield Trinity
The young winger scored some beauties in 2016 and at times was unstoppable. His quality in finishing means if you can get him half a chance then Mason can take it.
In the limited amount of games the winger played, he scored 11 tries and made over 1,000 metres.
Despite their lack of tries in 2016, Wakefield still made the top 8 and stood strong in defence. Judging by 2016, the creativity of players such as Miller will be a big influence on Mason.
Johnston, Jones-Bishop and Caton-Brown are fast paced and unpredictable when they get into open field. If Caton-Brown can get the supply it could be a huge year for the winger.
Adam Walker: Hull KR > St Helens
Adam Walker starts the season with St Helens off the back of an impressive Four Nations series for Scotland which saw him named in the Team of the Tournament.
The former Hull KR prop was the Bravehearts’ top tackler and played a key part in their famous 18-18 draw with New Zealand.
Walker made 610 tackles for Hull KR in 2016 as part of the side which had the third worst defensive record after 23 rounds.
As part of a more organised backline at St Helens, the prop should excel and going forward should also add to the 2353 metres he made last season.
With Kyle Amor and Alex Walmsley expected to be first choice starters, Walker’s opportunities may come from the bench and could prevent him from scoring vital points however.
Zak Hardaker: Leeds Rhinos > Castleford Tigers
After a disappointing 2016 season all eyes are on Zak Hardaker this year to see if the full-back can rediscover the form which saw him named Man of Steel in 2015.
Hardaker has moved on loan to Castleford with a view to a permanent deal with the Tigers next year and will be looking to prove his doubters wrong.
Scoring points was not an issue for Cas last season with Luke Gale setting up 42 tries in 2016.
Hardaker replaces Luke Dorn and will need to emulate the Australian’s 14 tries and 21 assists from last season.
The full-back will be determined to have a strong season and force his way back into Wayne Bennett’s England plans.
Josh Griffin: Salford Red Devils > Hull FC
Josh Griffin’s move from Salford to Hull FC could be one of the transfers of the season.
Should the Black and Whites perform as they did in 2016 scoring Dream Team points in both attack and defence shouldn’t be an issue.
Griffin scored nine tries last season but will be expected to score more in a Hull side led by an exciting half-back combination of Marc Sneyd and Albert Kelly.
Glenn Stewart: Catalans Dragons > Leigh Centurions
Three players have made the move from Catalans to Leigh ahead of this season but Glenn Stewart could be the most important in securing Dream Team points.
The former Australia international completed the most tackles last season for the Dragons with 1026 and will be crucial to the Centurions in defence.
The 33-year-old has played in four NRL Grand Finals and five State of Origin games and is part of an experienced Centurions forward pack.
Leigh are hoping to surprise the rest of the competition this season and Stewart will be one of Neil Jukes’ key players in 2017.