Scout Report: Round 26 teams wrap
All the key NRL Fantasy news from the official team lists ahead of the final round of the 2015 NRL Telstra Premiership regular season.
Broncos: Jordan Kahu has been rested with Lachlan Maranta taking his place on the wing, while David Stagg joins the bench in place of the suspended Alex Glenn, with Jarrod Wallace taking Glenn's starting spot in the back row. It's a battle of the Fantasy captains this week with Corey Parker taking on Cameron Smith's Storm. Ben Hunt and Anthony Milford were near perfect last week but Melbourne should be a stiffer test. Andrew McCullough's score should also improve although he did manage to make 47 tackles in the rout over Souths.
Storm: Tim Glasby starts at prop with Jordan McLean dropping back to the bench in Melbourne's only change. Cameron Smith produced a no-frills 74 last week and is a very strong captaincy candidate. Jesse Bromwich and Tohu Harris are also coming off strong 50+ efforts, while Cameron Munster is averaging 59 across his past five games at fullback.
Roosters: Michael Jennings is back, bumping Mitchell Aubusson to the bench and Matt McIlwrick to 18th man. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck has scored a staggering 71 points a game since Round 21 and is now the most expensive player in NRL Fantasy (fun fact: the six highest-priced NRL Fantasy players play six different positions).
Rabbitohs: Greg Inglis is out again with his knee injury while Issac Luke is suspended and John Sutton is gone for the year with a broken leg. In their absence Alex Johnston starts at fullback with Dylan Walker named at centre after a forgettable night at the back last week, while Cameron McInnes and Chris McQueen replace Luke and Sutton in the forward pack. Souths will need to be competitive and score some points here for Fantasy favourites Inglis and Adam Reynolds to score well.
Panthers: Penrith have named an unchanged side, but have already said Jamie Soward (concussion) and Bryce Cartwright (lacerated kidney) are set to miss this week's game. James Segeyaro played the 80 last week with Apisai Koroisau in the halves and was rewarded with 69 Fantasy points, while the in-form Tyrone Peachey has scored 74 points a game over his last three and could slice open this Newcastle defence once or twice.
Knights: Adam Clydsdale is back at hooker with Danny Levi dropping out of the squad and Tyler Randell moving back to the bench. Korbin Sims will front the judiciary on Wednesday night over a dangerous contact charge and is facing a suspension.
Dragons: Eto Nabuli replaces Dylan Farrell on the wing and Jake Marketo returns from suspension to replace the injured Joel Thompson in the back row. Trent Merrin is still a great buy in the forward pack and Mike Cooper and Tyson Frizell aren't too far behind, although Josh Dugan could do some damage against a Tigers side that could be a little spent after last week's emotional thrashing of the Warriors.
Wests Tigers: Kyle Lovett returns on the bench for the Tigers, with Manaia Cherrington 18th man. Robbie Farah hadn't scored a 50 since Round 10 but smashed out a stunning 95 last week after his much-publicised club drama, while James Tedesco is seemingly making 10 tackle breaks a week these days. Aaron Woods played just 38 minutes and made 13 tackles in the thrashing of the Warriors last week and should bounce back from his 22-point effort.
Cowboys: James Tamou is back, starting up front with Ben Hannant switching to the bench, while Ethan Lowe is in some doubt with a hamstring injury. Johnathan Thurston keeps going strong while Lachlan Coote played better than his 23 points suggests last week and should get more to do in attack against the Titans.
Titans: Ryan James returns from suspension up front, while the Titans have named a seven-man bench including Matt Robinson and Levi Li. Don't be sucked in by Dave Taylor's monster score last week. James Roberts is a point-of-difference option in the outside backs after scoring 60 last week.
Eels: Unchanged, although Manu Ma'u is a slight doubt after suffering a shoulder injury in Round 25. This game could be a bit of a try-fest, which would be good news for Semi Radradra's Fantasy prospects.
Raiders: Jack Wighton is suspended and Blake Austin is out with a shoulder injury, with Jordan Rapana joining the side on the wing, Sisa Waqa moving to fullback and Mitch Cornish slotting into the halves. Shaun Fensom has scored more than 60 five times in his past six games.
Sharks: Blake Ayshford drops out with Anthony Tupou and Ben Barba joining an extended bench after recovering from injuries. Paul Gallen scored 66 last week and should be a good captaincy option again – as long as he doesn't get some bench time ahead of the finals – while the in-form Michael Ennis had a try and a try assist last week and is a straight swap option for Issac Luke if you need a point of difference.
Sea Eagles: Willie Mason's season is over as he sits out with a suspension for a shoulder charge, with Ligi Sao starting at prop and Jesse Sene-Lefao and James Hasson joining an extended bench. Jamie Lyon is in some doubt with an ankle injury. Daly Cherry-Evans will surely score more than 28 this week.
Bulldogs: Trent Hodkinson's time is up at the Bulldogs thanks to a wrist injury, with Josh Reynolds recovering from his knee injury in time to replace Hodkinson in the halves. Aidan Tolman is back at last at prop, bumping Sam Kasiano to the bench. Damien Cook has made a sensational start to his NRL (and NRL Fantasy) career after scores of 62 and 75, with tries in both games, and is a cheap option at hooker.
Warriors: Sam Tomkins is out with a knee injury, with Tui Lolohea starting at the back and Chad Townsend returning the side in the halves. Ben Matulino is back from suspension up front, while Charlie Gubb is suspended, Sione Lousi drops out of the side, Raymond Faitala-Mariner joins the bench and Siliva Havili is 18th man. Simon Mannering made a season-low 37 last week but was battling illness and should bounce back.