NRL Fantasy winners & losers: Round 4
There were more big scores – and more injuries – as hundreds of NRL Fantasy head-to-head leagues kicked off in Round 4.
Josh Dugan's return to the fullback role is working wonders for both the Dragons and Dugan's own Fantasy scores, with the NSW No.1 racking up a round-high 87 points featuring a try and a whopping 15 tackle breaks against the Panthers.
In-form Bronco Anthony Milford was the next best in Round 4, with a try, two line breaks, a try assist and a try save in a fantastic 80-point display. And Shaun Kenny-Dowall was the best of the beaten Roosters with 79 including a try-scoring double in his 200th NRL game.
Popular buys James Roberts (72), Corey Parker (69), Elliott Whitehead (68), Jake Friend (68), Josh Mansour (66), Shaun Johnson (64), Jackson Hastings (63), Jake Granville (58) and Ben Barba (55) all posted season-high scores.
Daly Cherry-Evans was on the way to his first big score of the season with 55 points in 65 minutes before suffering an ankle injury against the Roosters that is likely to keep him on the sidelines for four weeks. His Manly teammate Jamie Buhrer's return from injury didn't last long, with the back-rower sidelined for 4-6 weeks with a broken thumb.
There was more injury news for popular Fantasy buys elsewhere with Bryce Cartwright limited to 14 points, Bodene Thompson was a late withdrawal for the Warriors with a ribs injury, Dragons centre Euan Aitken left the field with a corked thigh against Penrith and Melbourne cheapie Curtis Scott was a late inclusion for the Storm only to leave the field early with a leg injury after scoring a single Fantasy point.
Jayden Nikorima's benching before kick-off for the Roosters suggests his price may have just about peaked at $197,000 – he scored just 13 this week and has a break even of 20 going into Round 5. Rabbitohs forward Paul Carter was another Round 4 flop, being benched for the second half of Souths' heavy loss to the Bulldogs after coughing up four first-half errors.
Simon Mannering remains a keeper despite making 36 points in 75 minutes against the Knights on Monday, while cash cows Clint Gutherson, Ashley Taylor and Pat Mata'utia are still earning good money even if they're not posting big scores.