Scout Report: Round 8 teams wrap
All the key NRL Fantasy news to come out for the Round 8 Telstra Premiership team lists.
Broncos: No changes this week, despite Alex Glenn and Corey Oates carrying slight injuries. Anthony Milford is in crazy form right now and Ben Hunt isn't far behind – they're both set to pass the $500,000 mark next week so now is a good time to snap one of them up if you need a new half (Hunt for consistency, Milford for the massive scores). Corey Oates and James Roberts are scoring like keepers while Jordan Kahu is set for a few big price rises in the weeks to come.
Rabbitohs: Damien Cook has been added to the squad as 18th man in the only change. An intercept try helped Adam Reynolds to 63 Fantasy points last week but it was a promising return from injury considering his kicking game was rusty. Cameron McInnes has been stunning in Fantasy terms at hooker this season but was outshone out of dummy-half by Paul Carter last week and Cook's inclusion in the squad could be a sign his minutes could take a hit. Greg Inglis is probably a hold if you've held him this long, although he's a level below James Tedesco and Josh Dugan in the Fantasy fullback stakes.
Bulldogs: Craig Garvey and Lloyd Perrett have joined an extended bench, with James Graham and Aiden Tolman named to start after both coming off the bench last week. Kerrod Holland is proving to be one of 2016's best cash cows, jumping a whopping $166,000 in value in just three weeks. Moses Mbye is frustrating some of his owners with inconsistent scores – as was always going to be the case for an attacking half with poor base stats – but he's still averaging a strong 52 points a game.
Titans: Greg Bird is back from suspension, while Kierran Moseley replaces the injured Daniel Mortimer. Ryan James continues to confound long-time Fantasy coaches with consistent big scores, having made a huge 61 tackles and 83 Fantasy points last week. Ash Taylor's days of big scores may be over now that he's the junior halves partner again alongside Tyrone Roberts, but he's got another price rise in him.
Raiders: Canberra have named an extended bench but a familiar starting side. Elliott Whitehead made 48 tackles last week and continues to move towards a regular 50+ scorer, while Aidan Sezer is a sell after scoring just 11 points last week – including eight points for a try and -18 for nine missed tackles.
Wests Tigers: Once again Josh Addo-Carr starts on the wing with David Nofoaluma still out injured, while Sauaso Sue returns from concussion at lock. James Tedesco was finally kept quiet against the Storm (although he still produced a try assist and four tackle breaks) while Robbie Farah's 80-minute performances are earning him big scores – but will they continue when Matt Ballin is fit again?
Cowboys: No changes this week, with Pat Kaufusi holding his spot on the bench after replacing John Asiata. Kaufusi scored 21 points in 23 minutes last week, but don't expect those minutes to rise much in a side featuring two current Kangaroos front-rowers.
Eels: Unchanged, although Tepai Moeroa and Junior Paulo are in some doubt. Semi Radradra's price will be tempting in a week or two, although he won't get consistent scores this season. Michael Gordon is worth holding – especially if you plan to climb the overall points ladder during the bye rounds. If you trade him, make it a decent upgrade to Tedesco or Dugan rather than a sideways move to another 35-point player.
Sharks: Luke Lewis is back, named on the bench in place of Joseph Paulo. Ben Barba was great last week and is looking like a keeper, while Andrew Fifita remains arguably the best Fantasy prop in the game despite a quiet game last week.
Panthers: Penrith have named an unchanged 17 with Elijah Taylor and Jeremy Latimore again added to the extended bench, although Sam McKendry is facing a likely one-game suspension. Bryce Cartwright is worth holding but it's a concern he only managed 26 points despite making 45 tackles last week – he was targeted in defence by the Roosters on Monday night and also came up with eight missed tackles. Te Maire Martin has gone under the radar and made $142,000 in price rises in the halves.
Knights: Jeremy Smith returns, while Danny Levi starts at hooker and Mickey Paea is 18th man. Cash cows Sam Mataora, Pat Mata'utia and Jacob Saifiti have peaked and are ready to be traded.
Sea Eagles: After being a shock late withdrawals last week Matt Parcell and Brenton Lawrence have both been named to return from injuries, while Brayden Williame should get a decent run on the wing after replacing Jorge Taufua. Both Jake and Tom Trbojevic are on track to be keepers this season.
Dragons: Still no Benji Marshall for the Dragons, who have no changes this week. Jack de Belin is a topline gun with 63 points a game across the past five rounds, while Josh Dugan is averaging 55 in his last five – more than James Tedesco. Euan Aitken has been named again after leaving the field injured on -5 points last week – he's still a good chance to be a keeper and if you don't have him will be one to watch in a few weeks once his price has dropped.
Roosters: Abraham Papalii joins the squad as 18th man in the only change this week, with Boyd Cordner and Jared Waerea-Hargreaves left out despite speculation they could return from injury on Monday. Jake Friend is the best scorer in NRL Fantasy this year – although that's something that could change when Mitchell Pearce returns, with Jayden Nikorima a chance to take some minutes off Friend at dummy-half as a bench utility. Likewise, Dylan Napa's super recent scoring could dip when Waerea-Hargreaves and Cordner return.
Storm: Despite impressing on debut Suliasi Vanivalu is out this week with Young Tonumaipea returning on the wing. Cameron Smith is living up to his reputation with a tick under 73 points a game in his last three, while Tohu Harris is remarkably not far behind and will be a lot more expensive in a few weeks. Cameron Munster is a keeper in the winger/fullback position.
Warriors: Tuimoala Lolohea starts at fullback and will presumably stay there all year for the injured Roger Tuivasa-Sheck. He averaged about 35 when playing at fullback this year and if he improves on that will be a possible keeper in the centre position in Fantasy. Thomas Leuluai joins Shaun Johnson in the halves while Manu Vatuvei is back on the wing, bumping Jonathan Wright to the interchange. Simon Mannering is back earning big tackle counts after defending in the middle in the No.13 jersey.