Scout Report: Round 14 teams wrap
This week's big ins and outs and how they affect your NRL Fantasy team.
Broncos: Matt Gillett, Corey Oates and Travis Waddell return while Tevita Pangai Junior holds his place on the bench, with Lachlan Maranta, Joe Ofahengaue and Herman Ese'ese dropping out of the squad. Corey Parker is a borderline sell depending on the trades you have left in the bank.
Raiders: Zac Santo replaces the suspended Jack Wighton this week while Paul Vaughan starts up front with Shannon Boyd also copping a one-week suspension. The real news here is the continued absence of Shaun Fensom, who was apparently rested last week but still doesn't make the top 17. He's a sell. Joey Leilua is in superb touch in the centres while Luke Bateman has just about peaked after some nice price rises.
Wests Tigers: Robbie Farah and Tim Grant are back in the side, with JJ Felise dropping out and Michael Chee-Kam the 18th man. Elijah Taylor slots back into lock with Farah's return. James Tedesco probably has one more price drop in him but only if he doesn't score as well as he did last week.
Rabbitohs: No changes this week despite a loss to the Titans in Round 13, with Sam Burgess a genuine captaincy option after a stunning 98 – without a try. Cody Walker is going great at the back and rewarded those who held onto him while Greg Inglis is close to becoming available in Fantasy as a half.
Knights: Jacob Saifiti and Korbin Sims return for the Knights, with Josh King and Lachlan Fitzgibbon likely to drop off the extended bench. Pauli Pauli continues to rise in value for those who snapped him up in recent weeks, although with 35 in 80 minutes last week he doesn't look like a cut-price keeper at this stage.
Warriors: No changes. Shaun Johnson will be a very popular trade option for Daly Cherry-Evans this round, while Simon Mannering's price has pretty much bottomed out after dropping $123,000 this season.
Eels: Kenny Edwards is the man to replace the injured Kieran Foran, improving Corey Norman's chances of taking on the vast bulk of the playmaking duties. Michael Jennings returns in place of the injured Brad Takairangi, while rookie and Auckland Nines star Bevan French holds his spot on the wing. If you're playing for overall points and have any fit Eels in your side, hold them until after Round 15 at least and probably through to Round 18.
Titans: Konrad Hurrell has again been named in the No.18 jersey after failing to get a call-up for his new club this week, but is surely close to bumping Nathan Davis out of the centres. Ryan James is the Fantasy stud of the week after a remarkable 119 in Round 13 and will be a popular buy, with his price above $500,000 and still rising.
Roosters: Latrell Mitchell has surprisingly been named despite concerns over an ankle injury, while Jackson Hastings remains at halfback in place of the injured Mitchell Pearce. Sio Siua Taukeiaho is kicking goals (making six from six last week) despite the presence of Hastings in the side and suddenly looks a keeper option with fellow back-rower Boyd Cordner a chance of being ruled out for the season. Kane Evans starts at lock this week for the injured Isaac Liu, while Dylan Napa fronts the judiciary on Wednesday night and could miss this week with suspension.
Storm: No changes here. Cameron Smith played the full 80 minutes last week after backing up for Origin I and is still probably the safest captaincy option in Fantasy despite the Round 13 heroics of Ryan James and Sam Burgess. With Ryan Morgan and Cheyse Blair teaming up in the centres, Tohu Harris may never get dual position status this season.
Sea Eagles: A few changes here with the month-long ankle injury to Daly Cherry-Evans the big news. That means Apisai Koroisau starts at halfback, with Matt Parcell likely to continue playing the full 80 at hooker, while Jamie Lyon is also out injured and Brenton Lawrence has been ruled out for the season. Dylan Walker shifts to five-eighth, Tom Trbojevic shifts to centre and Jorge Taufua joins the backline on the wing, while Blake Leary is added to the bench.
Panthers: Jamie Soward has joined James Segeyaro in the bad books at Penrith, dropped from the side this week and allowing for a new-look halves combination of back-rower Bryce Cartwright and rookie Nathan Cleary. Sitaleki Akauola and Moses Leota join the bench, while Trent Merrin remains in the second row with Suaia Matagi starting at lock. Cleary looms as the week's best cash cow while Cartwright should do OK at five-eighth where he should get plenty of chances to attack.
Dragons: Jack de Belin hasn't been named yet to return from injury in a blow to Fantasy coaches who still have the workaholic Dragon with the questionable haircut, as he's the only genuine keeper in this side apart from tackle-busting centre Euan Aitken and the injured Josh Dugan.
Bulldogs: No changes this week. Kerrod Holland bounced back with a strong 43 last week and remains a hold in my book, while David Klemmer is soon to become a dual position player in Fantasy after several games at lock. James Graham didn't let anyone down as the go-to back-up captaincy option for a lot of Fantasy sides, even if he didn't quite shine as bright as Ryan James or Sam Burgess.
Sharks: No changes for Cronulla ahead of this blockbuster, with Andrew Fifita firing on all cylinders these days.
Cowboys: Michael Morgan returns from concussion to complete a familiar-looking Cowboys outfit for the match of the round. Johnathan Thurston could be priced below $400,000 in a few weeks and might be a steal after the State of Origin period.