Simon Mannering finished 2015 as the highest-scoring player in NRL Fantasy.

Scout Report: Round 7 teams wrap

All the key ins and outs for NRL Fantasy plus the best buys and sells from each NRL club ahead of this week's games.

 


Sea Eagles:
No changes for Manly this week, although prop-turned-lock Jake Trbojevic is now available as a second-rower in Fantasy after playing four games in his new position. He's coming off a strong 50-point effort last week, while Fantasy coaches will be hopeful busy prop Brenton Lawrence gets more minutes after a brief appearance at the weekend. There has been some interest in Apisai Koroisau after some good performances in Daly Cherry-Evans' absence but he's not a first-choice starter for the Sea Eagles and could be out of the side in a couple of weeks.

Eels: No changes. Michael Gordon and especially Semi Radradra are coming off some low scores but are holds if you're playing for overall points considering Parramatta's great bye schedule – although don't expect Radradra to match last year's exploits now that he's not the main go-to finisher in the Eels backline. If you're playing to win your head-to-head league, Radradra could be traded for a more reliable option. 

 


Cowboys:
Jake Granville has yet again been named to start in the No.9 jersey but will almost certainly start from the bench, while Patrick Kaufusi has been added as 18th man. Kane Linnett could be back as early as this week which would see cheapie Javid Bowen drop out of the side.

Rabbitohs: The return of Adam Reynolds sees Fantasy cash cow Cody Walker drop out of the side in a blow for a lot of Fantasy coaches, while on the positive side Sam Burgess shifts from prop to the more Fantasy-friendly position of lock. Walker is now a sell, although there is no rush if you have other players dropping in value you need to trade first. Burgess at lock is a definite hold, despite his low-ish recent scores.

 


Titans:
Cameron Cullen remains at five-eighth with Tyrone Roberts on the sidelines. That's good news for Ash Taylor's scoring potential, with the rookie half the dominant playmaker alongside Cullen. Greg Bird faces the judiciary on Wednesday night and could be ruled out for a couple of weeks if unsuccessful. 

Dragons: Benji Marshall returns, with Josh McCrone on the bench in jersey 19, while Kalifa Faifai Loa replaces Peter Mata'utia on the wing. Jake Marketo also drops off the bench with Siliva Havili taking his place. Jack De Belin's strong scoring run continues and with big minutes at lock he's become one of the best base-stats scorers in the game this season – and he came close to grabbing a try last week as well. Mitch Rein is a decent mid-range hooker option but is a tier below the real guns in that position.

 


Bulldogs:
No changes here, Kerrod Holland is probably the buy of the round after an impressive 56 on the weekend.  He's not guaranteed to be a mainstay in the Bulldogs side once Chase Stanley recovers from injury but should play enough games to make decent price rises – especially after posting that score. James Graham is a reliable replacement option for the injured Aaron Woods.

Warriors: A couple of big changes here, with Tui Lolohea joining Shaun Johnson in the halves and Bodene Thompson returning to the side in the second row. Lolohea's move is probably good news for Johnson who will presumably take on the vast majority of the kicking in general play, while Thompson's return is great news for Simon Mannering's Fantasy scoring with Mannering likely to play the full 80 in the middle of the park at lock. Expect to see a big tackle count from him against the Bulldogs. 

 


Broncos:
No changes. Anthony Milford hasn't been able to keep up his extraordinarily dominant early performances as expected, but is still a hold. Josh McGuire is a replacement option for Aaron Woods. James Roberts is probably worth holding in the tricky centre position – as long as you're willing to put up with inconsistent scores.

Knights: Sione Mata'utia returns to replace Jaelen Feeney. Pat Mata'utia has just about peaked after making $122,000 in price rises, while Jacob Saifiti is worth holding for another week despite playing off the bench. 

 


Raiders:
Josh Hodgson and Paul Vaughan have both been named despite being under injury clouds – keep an eye on the late mail before locking them into your team this week if you've got them. Shaun Fensom should bounce back this week; he conceded three penalties and two missed tackles in Round 6 – both season-highs – and still scored 40 points.

Sharks: Jayson Bukuya is back from injury and replaces the suspended Luke Lewis, while Andrew Fifita is fit to play after being cleared of an arm injury. Fifita was a monster last week and is the ideal replacement for Aaron Woods, and will be one of this week's main trade targets for those looking to snap up a keeper.

 


Wests Tigers:
Aaron Woods will miss 4-6 weeks with an ankle injury, with Ava Seumanufagai taking his place at prop and Joel Edwards joining the bench. James Tedesco just keeps managing to score tries and NRL Fantasy points – he's got to have a quiet game at some stage and it could happen against the solid Storm defence.

Storm: No changes. Jesse Bromwich went big last week and is a nice straight swap option for Woods, while Cameron Smith defied the doubters with the best Fantasy score of Round 6 and is the obvious captain choice for anyone who has him. Tohu Harris is back playing in the forwards again and needs to play in the centres two more times to become a dual position player in Fantasy, although his recent scores (when playing in the pack) have made him a borderline keeper option anyway.

 


Roosters:
Sio Siua Taukeiaho will miss at least a month with a knee injury, with Mitchell Frei joining the bench this week. Jayden Nikorima will wear the No.6 again but is every chance of being benched for Aidan Guerra as he has for the past few weeks. He's a sell if he's still in your squad.

Panthers: Tyrone Peachey and Elijah Taylor have been added to an extended bench in the only changes for Penrith so far. Bryce Cartwright has been excellent in the past fortnight after a few unfortunate souls (cough, cough) decided to sell him, while Te Marie Martin is making some nice cash rises and gets another week in the top grade with James Segeyaro due back next week.

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