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Simon Mannering is the surprise NRL Fantasy leader and a must-have if you can afford him.

All the key ins and outs for NRL Fantasy in the second of three major bye rounds during the 2016 NRL Telstra Premiership season.


Cody Walker and Luke Keary team up in the halves this week – meaning Walker is another week away from becoming a dual-position player in NRL Fantasy – with Greg Inglis and Adam Reynolds away on Origin duty. Bryson Goodwin's arm injury has also forced a reshuffle in the backline, with Siosifa Talakai moving to the centres while Fantasy cheapie Jack Gosiewski returns on the bench. Sam Burgess has been named but will fall in price after last week's injury-affected 11 – he's still a hold for those who have him.

Eels: Vai Toutai replaces Michael Jennings in the centres in Parramatta's only change this week. Semi Radradra, Corey Norman and Manu Ma'u are the obvious options for Fantasy teams chasing overall points who want scorers for the next couple of bye rounds but haven't picked up Eels stars yet. Clint Gutherson is a hold for overall, but a sell for head-to-head.


No changes, although Tyson Frizell could still end up in the NSW squad. Jack de Belin has again been named on the bench with Mike Cooper retaining the lock role. De Belin, Frizell, Euan Aitken and the injured Josh Dugan are the keepers in this side.

Storm: Blake Green returns to the side and will wear the No.7 with Cooper Cronk and Cameron Smith on Origin duty, with Kenny Bromwich named at hooker and Matt White and Young Tonumaipea joining the bench. Cameron Munster was always going to be a keeper this season but after last week's 99 he could end up outscoring James Tedesco in the run home.


Manu Vatuvei is injured and Jacob Lillyman is into the Queensland side, with Ken Maumalo and Toafofoa Sipley joining the Warriors 17 this week. Simon Mannering and Shaun Johnson are both underpriced and hitting form, while Bodene Thompson continues to be the team's best scorer so far in 2016.

Roosters: With a couple of Origin players missing Joseph Manu will debut on the wing, Shaun Kenny-Dowall returns at centre and Mitchell Aubusson moves back to the second row, with Dylan Napa slotting back into the side at lock. The Roosters are a key Fantasy team this year as they'll be in action for the next two major bye rounds – which is good enough reason to keep the likes of Latrell Mitchell if you're playing for overall.


Nathan Davis has been named to return at centre with Konrad Hurrell to wear his now customary No.18 jersey. Agnatius Paasi starts at lock for Greg Bird while Ryan Simpkins joins the bench. Ryan James is averaging close to 60 points per game this season, while Ashley Taylor has just about peaked in price.

Sea Eagles: A couple of big ins with Martin Taupau coming back from suspension at prop and Jamie Lyon has been named to return from a hamstring injury at five-eighth. Matt Parcell is worth holding for at least as long as Daly Cherry-Evans is out of the side (and probably longer), while the Trbojevic brothers continue to impress with Tom a week away from becoming a dual position player now that he's playing in the centres.

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