Round 16 Fantasy winners & losers
NRL Fantasy expert Lone Scout takes you through all the results and news from Round 16 of the NRL Telstra Premiership.
He's flown under the radar this season but Warriors second-rower Bodene Thompson finally grabbed the spotlight with the top score of the round, an 82 against the Sharks featuring 47 tackles and six tackle breaks.
In what was a high-scoring round, popular forwards Jason Taumalolo (81), Ryan James (79), Sam Burgess (76), Andrew Fifita (74), Aidan Tolman (72), Simon Mannering (70), Trent Merrin (70) and Tohu Harris (67) also went big.
Backline stars Cody Walker (73), Euan Aitken (71), Jarrod Croker (65) and Shaun Johnson (64) impressed; Dragons trio Benji Marshall (69), Gareth Widdop (67) and Mitch Rein (66) produced unusually strong scores against the Knights; and Panthers rookie sensation Nathan Cleary scored 61 and jumped another $61,000 in value – that's $140,000 in price rises after three games.
And Cody Walker, Tyrone Peachey and Tom Trbojevic have all become a little more valuable as utility players – Walker is now available at winger/fullback after being named their for Souths for the fourth time this season, while Peachey and Trbojevic are now both available in the centres.
He's the most-owned player in NRL Fantasy but Ben Barba is going through a rough patch, scoring just 20 points against the Warriors following a 14 in his previous game.
In a significant blow to those who picked him up a few weeks back, Warriors utility man Tuimoala Lolohea was relegated to the bench and scored just 7 against the Sharks.
While there were a lot of big scorers this week there were also 11 players who scored in the single digits, including Valentine Holmes (9), James Fisher-Harris (7), Jordan Rankin (7), Nathan Davis (3), and Kurt Baptise (-1).
And another late withdrawal from Cameron Munster was a major blow for Fantasy coaches who own the in-form Storm fullback. He'll presumably be back this week but won't have an easy game against the Broncos in Brisbane.