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Cowboys halfback Johnathan Thurston scored his highest Fantasy total of the season in Round 17.

Jack de Belin is back with a bang, Johnathan Thurston goes big, Andrew Fifita's rampage continues and two Warriors star in Mannering's 250th.


He's the best player on the planet and until Monday night Johnathan Thurston was also on track to be the best NRL Fantasy scorer of Round 17 after racking up 87 points in the Cowboys' dominant win over the Rabbitohs. 

But he was pipped at the post by two forwards involved in Monday night's demolition of the Dragons by Manly: Sea Eagle Jamie Buhrer who scored an unlikely long-range try on the way to 87 points and Jack de Belin who returned to the starting lock role at St George Illawarra and promptly made 61 tackles in 60 minutes – plus a couple of try saves – for a round-high 89 points.

Meanwhile Bodene Thompson (85) and Shaun Johnson (80) both scored tries to help celebrate Simon Mannering's 250th NRL game (Mannering himself was switched to the second row to cover for the ill Ryan Hoffman and scored an unspectacular 46).

Elsewhere Panthers duo Josh Mansour (81) and Trent Merrin (76) scored well despite their team's loss to the Tigers; Sharks duo Ricky Leutele (78) and Andrew Fifita (75) starred in Cronulla's comeback win over the Eels; likewise Jarrod Croker (73) and Elliott Whitehead (63) impressed in Canberra's very late win over the Knights and old favourites Cameron Smith (70) and Corey Parker (63) both scored well.

Even one-time popular buy Nathan Green piled on the points in his second game back from injury, grabbing a try and an assist for 68.

And Panthers halfback Nathan Cleary's status as one of 2016 big moneymakers continued, with 57 points plus another $54,000 boost to his value.


Corey Oates took the field for the Broncos on Friday night and left the field after a head knock in the 17th minute, but you wouldn't know if based on his score – an even zero. 

Fellow winger Semi Radradra fared slightly better with 11 against the Sharks, making little impact in attack, while Warriors cheapie Nathanial Roache – owned by almost 17,000 Fantasy coaches – played just seven minutes for no points.

It was also a quiet week for Eels forward Manu Ma'u (22), Rabbitohs backline star Cody Walker (21), Cowboys hooker Jake Granville (23) and Roosters Jackson Hastings (24) and Blake Ferguson (15), while Englishman Zak Hardaker played limited minutes off the bench in his NRL debut for the Panthers and scored just 8, meaning his price is down to $206,000 and falling.

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