It’s that time of year again for the National Rugby League to recognise and honour the season’s best players and coaches at the 2018 Dally M Awards night.
The coveted Dally M Medal is the prize that all players will be vying for, to be recognised as the best and fairest player in the 2018 NRL season in the lead-up to the 2018 NRL Grand Final.
We will have a look at some of the favourites in the market and have a look at what we think are some of the best value bets on offer.
2018 Dally M Medal Winner
Roger Tuivasa-Scheck – New Zealand Warriors @ $1.90 – BET NOW
The outright favourite to take out this year’s prize is New Zealand’s Roger Tuivasa-Sheck who is currently priced well ahead of every other player.
Since taking over the captaincy role at the Warriors, Tuivasa-Seck has taken his game to another level. If Tuivasa-Sheck takes out the prestigious award he will be the first Warrior to do so.
Damien Cook – South Sydney Rabbitohs @ $4.50 – BET NOW
The next best in the market is South Sydney Rabbitohs Hooker, Damien Cook. Cook has had a break through year in 2018 earning an Origin call up for the Blues in which he played a starring role.
Sighted as one of the most illusive Hookers in the competition, Cook has been Souths “Mr Consistent” in 2018, rarely having a poor performance. He is a decent chance at $4.50 to take home the Dally M in what would be a minor upset.
Valentine Holmes – Cronulla Sharks @ $5.00 – BET NOW
2018 has arguably been Valentine Holmes’ stand-out season in the National Rugby League. With a driven instinct to take an intercept and find the try line, Holmes finished the year with 22 tries, second overall for the competition.
When given a bit of space, Holmes has speed to burn as we have witnessed time and time again this season.
Holmes has clearly been one of the Shark’s best this season and looks a chance to take out the 2018 Dally M.
Kalyn Ponga – Newcastle Knights @ $5.50 – BET NOW
The 20-year-old has only 29 NRL games to his name but plays like he has 290.
Ponga has been a fantastic injection to the Newcastle Knights this season, who finished with the wooden spoon the previous season.
With standout performances early in the season, Ponga was handed his State of Origin debut this season and big things are on the horizon for this young fullback.
2018 Dally M Best Value Bet
Top 5 Finish – Gareth Widdop – St George Illawarra Dragons @ $5.50 – BET NOW
Gareth Widdop forms the core of the St George Illawarra Dragons and despite a few weeks off with injury, Widdop turned out for the Dragons on 22 occasions in 2018.
Widdop was a stand-out in every match, guiding the Dragons around the park, scoring tries and kicking goals.
Without him, the Dragons relinquished top spot and slid down the premiership ladder. Definitely one to consider for a top 5 finish and the $5.50 on offer is good value.
Be sure to also check out our preview for the 2018 NRL Grand Final for all our betting tips including our Clive Churchill Medal prediction.