NRL returns next Thursday but before we get into individual game predictions, we’ve got our best seasons’ tips.
Which team will win the premiership? Who takes the Dally M Medal? We’ve got it all covered to help punters lock in the great futures value on offer.
The Roosters currently hold sway in the market but there are many teams looking to upset the favourites, including 2017 winners Melbourne Storm and Queensland duo North Queensland Cowboys and Brisbane Broncos.
NRL premiership futures tips
BEST BET – Sydney Roosters $5 – BET NOW
As much as we wanted to look for better value for the premiership winner, we couldn’t look past the Sydney Roosters at $5.
It’s tough to say whether last season was a success or a failure for the Roosters, which came up short in the preliminary final against the Cowboys who were 13-point underdogs going into Sydney.
Yet, there were encouraging signs for the Roosters who have welcomed Cooper Cronk with open arms. The former Storm player is what they need in the halves alongside Luke Keary.
Cronk gives them a great deal of experience and in-game knowledge, which Mitchell Pearce couldn’t offer.
James Tedesco also finds his way into the loaded squad and he will offer some excitement at the back.
Only serious injury to the Roosters would derail what should be a fruitful campaign.
NEXT BEST – Melbourne Storm $6 – BET NOW
Despite losing Cooper Cronk to the Sydney Roosters, the Melbourne Storm are tough to overlook as premiership contenders.
This is a team which won the 2017 premiership and were considered “old” at the start of the season.
The likes of Cameron Smith and Billy Slater might be in the twilight of their careers but they’re still two of the best Australia has to offer.
Having Josh Addo-Carr and Suliasi Vunivalu on the wings gives the halves two explosive targets and it’s going to be tough for opposing defences to stop this juggernaut.
The Bromwich brothers give the forward pack some much-needed bolster and although they look thin in other areas in the forward, the Storm always find a way to make it work.
BEST VALUE – New Zealand Warriors $41 – BET NOW
We know what you’re thinking! Everyone says the Warriors are a chance at winning every season and they always come up short, but they’re a team that could exceed expectations this season.
For once, the Warriors aren’t tipped to play well this season, but they play the underdog tag very well.
The forward pack is a concern, but the addition of Adam Blair and Tohu Harris should give the Warriors should solid go-forward ball.
The back line is stacked with talent, which includes Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, Solomone Kata and Shaun Johnson.
Johnson couldn’t have been more disappointing in 2017, but he had nothing to work with and his forwards need to give him a platform to perform.
$41 is overs and the $3.50 to finish in the Top 8 is incredible value.
NRL leading points scorer tips
BEST BET – Jarrod Croker, Canberra Raiders $3.50 – BET NOW
Jarrod Croker is a noted points scorer for the Canberra Raiders, having won the award in 2012, 2015 and 2016.
The Raiders captain continues to kick goals and it helps that he’s playing for a team that likes to score tries.
Punters should be looking at goal kickers as it’s the easiest way to accumulate points and punters shouldn’t go wrong with Croker, providing he stays healthy throughout the season.
BEST VALUE – Jordan Kahu, Brisbane Broncos $10 – BET NOW
Jordan Kahu might not be the best kicker in the competition, but he also adds the try scoring threat into the mix.
He’s got the ability to score and kick the goals, which should help his points tally this season and we’re predicting the Broncos to score plenty of tries this season.
$10 is overs.
Top NRL try scorer tips
BEST BET – Suliasi Vunivalu, Melbourne Storm $7 – BET NOW
Most of the Storm’s tries will come out wide with Vunivalu and Addo-Carr, which is why the Fijian winger is the best bet.
Having contemplated a career in rugby, Vunivalu has committed to the Melbourne Storm this season and that’s great for his followers.
He’s looking for three consecutive wins in this category and it would take a brave punter to back against the big man.
BEST VALUE – Bevan French, Parramatta Eels $13 – BET NOW
There’s a battle between Clint Gutherson and Bevan French as to which player will play fullback for the Parramatta Eels, but we’re hoping French will play on the wing.
That will give him many more opportunities to score and when he gets going he’s tough to stop.
He owns more pace than most in the competition and he’s starting to become a more confident player in the top grade.
$13 is a nice price and that should drop if Gutherson gets the fullback position.
Least wins (Wooden Spoon) tip
This won’t be a popular pick but we think the Newcastle Knights are worth a bet at $13 – BET NOW
We’re well aware that they’ve added the likes of Mitchell Pearce and Shaun Kenny-Dowall from the Roosters, but there’s not much else to be excited about.
Coming off some horrendous seasons, the Knights need to find some form in 2018 but we’re unsure if the current roster will get the job done.
We think punters will get good value for their dollar with the Knights.
2018 Dally M Medal tips
BEST BET – Cooper Cronk, Sydney Roosters $17 – BET NOW
The Dally M market is dominated by Queensland State of Origin players and we think bookmakers have pulled the right rein.
Cameron Smith and Johnathan Thurston are equal favourites at $9, with Jason Taumalolo hot on their heels.
The best value is with Cooper Cronk at $17 with CrownBet.com.au. Cronk will take the points in most games he plays for the Roosters because he will dominate with ball in hand.
Dally M Medal selectors love players that take control of the game and Cooper Cronk will do exactly that for his new home in Sydney.
LONGSHOT BET – Matt Moylan, Cronulla Sharks $51 – BET NOW
Matt Moylan’s switch from Penrith to Cronulla might help his career and only time will tell, but the $51 on offer from bookmakers is worth a stab.
Moylan is a hot or cold player which can turn the game on its head at any time. Consistency is what’s needed to win the Dally M Medal but being at the Sharks might force him to play with a good head on his shoulders.
Dally M Medal Team of the Year tips
The Dally M Medal for Team of the Year is an individual award at every position in the NRL.
We have featured our Team of the Year which covers Centre, Five-eighth, Fullback, Halfback, Hooker, Lock, Prop, Second Rower and Winger of the Year.
Centre – Latrell Mitchell ($15)
Five-Eighth – James Maloney ($9)
Fullback – Billy Slater ($5)
Halfback – Cooper Cronk ($6)
Hooker – Cameron Smith ($1.35)
Lock – Jason Taumalolo ($1.65)
Prop – Jesse Bromwich ($15)
Second Rower – Boyd Cordner ($7)
Winger – Suliasi Vunivalu ($5.75)