Scout Report: Round 4 teams wrap
Roosters v Sea Eagles, Allianz Stadium, Friday night
Roosters: The Roosters are unchanged this week, and there's not much news on the Fantasy front either. Boyd Cordner ($341,014) has been their best scorer so far, averaging 50 points a week, while Mitchell Aubusson ($282,115) has been scoring well in the mid-40s in the absence of the suspended Sonny Bill Williams. SBW returns next week though, so now is not the time to pick up Aubusson.
Sea Eagles: Cash cow Jason King ($129,080) is out suspended, while Kieran Foran ($216,286) is in doubt with a calf injury. Anthony Watmough ($374,420), Matt Ballin ($356,989) and Jamie Lyon ($310,905) have been Manly's standouts this year in Fantasy, with Daly Cherry-Evans ($378,962) a little underwhelming by his standards but still averaging 44 points a game. Centre Steve Matai ($203,070) is a notoriously erratic Fantasy scorer but his price is on the rise after last week's score of 53. Cash cow Josh Starling ($135,527) should continue making about $10K a week for the next few weeks so is a hold for those who have him.
Dragons v Broncos, WIN Stadium, Friday night
Dragons: Jack Stockwell ($239,800) and Bronson Harrison ($235,513) are back on an extended bench after playing NSW Cup last week. The Dragons' great start to the season has been matched by their Fantasy scores. Quiet achiever Mike Cooper ($240,285) is in jersey 17 again but looks set to hold onto his bench spot after three straight scores in the 40s, and remains good value. Trent Merrin ($404,528) is averaging close to 60 and has just about joined the upper echelon of Fantasy guns this year, while Mitch Rein ($332,736) is scoring 56 points a game and is $60K cheaper than popular Brisbane rake Andrew McCullough. Gareth Widdop ($310,612) is just about a keeper in the halves.
Broncos: Hard-working prop Josh McGuire ($322,661) is back from suspension. Fantasy legend Corey Parker ($450,682) remains a solid scorer but hasn't been his usual self this year, with scores of 53, 64 and 50 failing to match his lofty price tag. He remains one of the best forwards in the game, but those who didn't snap him up at the start of the year will be able to get him reasonably cheaply in a few weeks. Ben Hunt's ($233,765) rapid rise continues with last week's 81-point effort, while Andrew McCullough ($396,397) might have replaced Parker as the Broncos' top Fantasy player. Ben Barba ($245,706) is only hitting the mid-20s and could be a sell with the likes of James Tedesco available.
Warriors v Wests Tigers, Westpac Stadium, Saturday
Warriors: Feleti Mateo (knee) is out, with Thomas Leuluai coming onto the bench. Shaun Johnson ($338,670) repaid his faithful Fantasy coaches last week with a big 71, taking his average weekly score to a respectable 44. Sam Tomkins ($271,419) stubbornly refuses to score more than mid-30s, but I'm predicting a big score sooner or later. Rookie John Palavi ($114,920) has burned a few Fantasy coaches this year after being a late withdrawal from the Warriors' side on the weekend, and he's out of the 17 again this week. Upgrade him if you can, although at least he's not going to be losing value any time soon.
Wests Tigers: Cash cow Cory Paterson ($117,793) is back in the starting line-up, replacing Liam Fulton (concussion). James Tedesco ($285,778) is the Tigers' big Fantasy success story this year, contributing big points and big price rises, while Luke Brooks ($187,613) has also been a solid performer. After a quiet start, Robbie Farah ($485,258) is back to his best with 68 points a game.
Bulldogs v Storm, nib Stadium, Saturday
Bulldogs: Chase Stanley ($227,262) returns on the wing, bumping Drury Low out of the side. Trent Hodkinson ($348,047) has been in great scoring touch this season, while Aiden Tolman ($351,490, 55 points per game) has been shading fellow blonde-haired front-rower James Graham ($361,819, 46 ppg) as the Bulldogs' top prop.
Storm: Melbourne are unchanged. Cameron Smith cracked 70 on Monday night and remains the best captaincy option in NRL Fantasy, while dominant half Cooper Cronk ($363,724, 53 points) continues to leave few scoring opportunities for five-eighth Ben Hampton ($224,022, 20 points). Young Tonumaipea ($118,531) is the team's best cash cow with 39 points last week.
Eels v Panthers, Pirtek Stadium, Saturday
Eels: Chris Sandow's return to the Eels halfback role (at the expense of Luke Kelly) is big NRL news but not that relevant to Fantasy – although Sandow ($282,900) was already in over a thousand Fantasy teams for some reason. He's a big talent but there are safer and cheaper options out there in Fantasy this season. In other news, Ken Sio and Mitchell Allgood replace Vai Toutai (dropped) and Ben Smith (finger injury) in the side. Expect more price increases this week for impressive cash cows Manu Ma'u ($190,103), Nathan Peats ($173,914), Willie Tonga ($127,908) and in-form winger Semi Radradra ($263,288).
Panthers: Peter Wallace ($221,148) returns from injury to take the halfback role off Isaac John. Barnstorming outside back Josh Mansour ($318,241) was a late withdrawal with a hamstring injury and is out again. Elijah Taylor ($360,134) has been a great buy this season but his price will peak soon.
Rabbitohs v Raiders, ANZ Stadium, Sunday
Rabbitohs: Dylan Walker ($224,242) and Chris McQueen ($260,544) have been named to return, while the big news is that Fijian cash cow Apisai Koroisau ($107,000) has been handed the hooker role for the medium term with Issac Luke (shoulder) out for a couple of months. If you need to trade out Luke this week, Koroisau is your man. George Burgess ($338,890) is facing a possible suspension but has been a little below his best anyway.
Raiders: Workaholic lock Shaun Fensom ($430,067) is back from suspension, with Bill Tupou ($165,200) replacing Edrick Lee (foot) on the wing. The talk is Lee's injury could be season-ending, so he's a trade if you've got him. Shannon Boyd ($143,292), Matthew Allwood ($132,230) and Jack Wighton ($190,543) are proving handy cash cows
Knights v Sharks, Hunter Stadium, Sunday
Knights: Korbin Sims ($134,100) is the replacement on the bench for Alex McKinnon, who suffered a horrific neck injury last weekend. There hasn't been much to smile about for Knights fans this year, with a rare exception being the solid form of new recruit Michael Dobson ($174,280) in the absence of Jarrod Mullen. Dobson made another $21K on the weekend and has more price rises in him. Beau Scott ($265,852) is the only player at the club averaging more than 40 Fantasy points a game.
Sharks: Front row gun Andrew Fifita ($477,048) is back from suspension, with Nathan Stapleton ($157,300) replacing Sosaia Feki (knee) in the other Cronulla change. Cash cow Tinirau Arona ($200,140) has been the Sharks' top Fantasy scorer so far this year. Halfback Daniel Holdsworth ($161,899) continues to make good coin as well.
Titans v Cowboys, Cbus Super Stadium, Monday night
Titans: Aidan Sezer (quad) and William Zillman (hamstring) have both been named despite remaining in doubt with niggling injuries. Ryan James ($257,940) is still carrying an injury and has been bumped back out of the top 17, named as 18th man. Albert Kelly ($397,203) is in outrageous Fantasy form but simply can't keep scoring runaway tries... can he? Rookie Paul Carter ($119,263) scored a try last week in a score of 46 off the bench and will make some good short-term cash, but remains a second-string hooker at the Titans at best, with Matt Srama set to return eventually.
Cowboys: The Cowboys are unchanged. Tariq Sims ($242,776) scored 54 points from lock last week and regains that starting role. He's got a break even of 10 so will get a few more price rises. Fellow back-rower Jason Taumalolo ($283,800) is a keeper this year.