Fantasy winners & losers: Round 7
The Broncos halves were overshadowed with the year's biggest individual score of the year while a superstar was ruled out for the season in the latest injury blow to hit NRL Fantasy coaches hard.
NRL Fantasy in Round 7 was all about the Broncos halves show – or at least it was, until Jake Friend produced a season-high 107 in the Roosters' loss to Penrith on Monday night.
With three try assists, a try save and a massive 67 tackles, Friend was superb for the Roosters and is now edging Cameron Smith and Anthony Milford as Fantasy's top scorer after seven rounds.
Smith was excellent again with 74 in Melbourne's win over the Tigers, Milford scored a hat-trick on the way to 95 Fantasy points while halves partner Ben Hunt came up with three assists and a try for 85.
Elsewhere, forwards Ryan James (83) and Tohu Harris (76) continued their strong starts to the campaign, as did Latrell Mitchell (73), Shaun Johnson (70) and Jack de Belin (71), while cash cow Kerrod Kolland continued his tremendous start to 2016 with 65 points and another $58,000 price boost.
Cameron McInnes continued his surprisingly strong start to the season with 62 while Tui Lolohea made 60 after starting in the halves and then moving to fullback to cover the injured Tuivasa-Sheck.
Other popular buys to post big scores this week were Dylan Napa (69), Mitchell Aubusson (65), Ben Barba (64), Adam Reynolds (63), Paul Gallen (63), Johnathan Thurston (63), Jesse Bromwich (61), Robbie Farah (60) and Kane Evans (59).
It was a tough start to the weekend for a lot of Fantasy coaches with Manly's Matt Parcell and Brenton Lawrence ruled out an hour before kick-off, but the big news came on Saturday when Roger Tuivasa-Sheck was sidelined 15 minutes into their game against the Bulldogs with what turned out to be a season-ending ACL injury. He's a definite sell now.
While Tuivasa-Sheck's meagre score of 11 hurt his Fantasy owners, it was even worse news for Euan Aitken with the Dragons centre finishing with -5 by the time he left the field with injury against the Titans. He's considered unlikely to return for St George Illawarra this week.
The return of Tyrone Roberts as the Titans' chief playmaker may have spelled the end of Ash Taylor's big scores, with Taylor managing just 27 against the Dragons, while Knights forward Jacob Saifiti has peaked in price after scoring 21 off the bench.
Meanwhile Greg Inglis's quiet start to the season suggests he is no longer the Fantasy gun he once was, with his 17-point effort on the weekend his lowest score of the year so far.
Once again there were some underwhelming scores from Fantasy favourites who need to make a real impact in attack to post big numbers, but the likes of Andrew Fifita (30) and Jarrod Croker (18) are always going to be a little inconsistent and are still keepers at prop and centre respectively.