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Latrell Mitchell scores the opening try for the Roosters against Parramatta on Friday night.

Fullbacks Latrell Mitchell, Ben Barba and Jack Wighton get amongst the tries as NRL Fantasy coaches eye the end of another tough bye period.

NRL Snapshot: Round 18


He's been one of the season's most popular cash cows but Roosters fullback Latrell Mitchell made a strong case for being a keeper with a two-try 73 in his team's narrow loss to the Eels on Friday night.

Fellow fullback Ben Barba also scored twice this weekend for 70 points, while Josh Reynolds had a couple of line breaks and a try assist in a stellar 71-point effort against the Tigers.

Elijah Taylor bounced back from a few quiet weeks with 69 points thanks to 58 tackles and a try assist, while Corey Norman produced a massive four try assists for 69 of his own.

Elsewhere Jack Wighton scored twice for Canberra on the way to 68 points; Aiden Tolman played the full 80 minutes again for 64; Panthers forwards Isaah Yeo (66) and Trent Merrin (61) got through a lot of work against Cronulla; Aiden Sezer scored an impressive 63; Tim Grant got through a lot of base stats for 59 and Brett Morris scored another couple of tries for 58.



Semi Radradra is now a definite sell after injuring his knee against Cronulla, with his score of 1 resulting in a hefty price drop to add insult to injury. He's out for six weeks and can be upgraded – although a straight swap to James Tedesco is off the cards with the Tigers having a bye in Round 19.

Dylan Walker joins Radradra in the casualty ward despite not actually playing a game this weekend – he managed to injure his hand punching a door and will miss a month

There were also single-digit scores for Sosaia Feki (8), Jordan Rankin (7), Matt McIlwrick (3), Connor Watson (1) and Sitaleki Akauola (0) this week, while popular buys Jackson Hastings (23), Dale Copley (15), Chris Lawrence (22) and Valentine Holmes (16) all struggled for points.


Bye watch

The byes aren't quite behind us yet. The Wests Tigers, Raiders, Bulldogs and Cowboys will all sit out Round 19 in the final shortened round of the season. That means Fantasy stars from those clubs like James Tedesco can wait another week before being brought into your squad for the run home.

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