Round 20 Fantasy winners & losers
Trent Merrin's late season dominance continued as a couple of Raiders wide men shared the honour of Fantasy players of the week in Round 20.
The Raiders v Warriors clash was always going to create some attacking opportunities for a couple of teams blessed with Fantasy stars and it was Canberra duo Jarrod Croker and Jordan Rapana (81 each) who took advantage, with Croker scoring a hat-trick and Rapana making 11 tackle breaks, a try assist and a try save.
Panthers workhorse Trent Merrin wasn't far behind this week with 80, including a try, while Sharks duo Ben Barba (74) and Valentine Holmes (70) ran riot against Newcastle.
Cameron Smith (67) was once again a rock solid captaincy option while Jake Friend bounced back to form with 65 including a massive 72 tackles against the Storm, and Joey Leilua got back amongst the points with 68 against the Warriors.
Round 20's other standout performers were Cowboys forward Ethan Lowe (70), underpriced Titans recruit Konrad Hurrell (66), Broncos hooker Andrew McCullough (64), Raiders forward Josh Papalii (64), Warriors half Shaun Johnson (63), Sharks centre Jack Bird (63) and Dragons lock Jack de Belin (63).
Now's the time when most Fantasy teams will be getting close to full strength, which makes it all the more disappointing when guns have quiet games.
This week there were disappointing returns from Issac Luke (25), Josh Mansour (30), James Tedesco (31), Bryce Cartwright (33), Aiden Tolman (35), Paul Gallen (35) and Ryan James (39), while Johnathan Thurston left the field with a hamstring injury after scoring 33 and Brett Morris's recent try-scoring run came to an end and his score dropped to a typical winger's 21.
A few borderline keepers also had particularly poor games, with Wests Tigers second-rower/centre Chris Lawrence going off injured at half-time after scoring just 11, while Eels fullback Michael Gordon managed just 22 against the Titans.
Ryan James dropped $37,000 in value this week and after a run of sub-par scores is set to drop under $500,000 in value next week, while Paul Gallen's price is down to $452,000 and still sliding and James Tedesco now costs less than $400,000 for the first time this season. Now's the time to be filling your team with keepers so keep a close eye on the underpriced guns this week.