Scout Report: Round 23 teams wrap
NRL.com's Lone Scout takes a look at all the key ins and outs from all 16 NRL clubs and the form Fantasy players from each side, with Jarryd Hayne getting his first start in Titans colours.
Bulldogs v Sea Eagles
Bulldogs: Lloyd Perrett and Kerrod Holland have been added to an extended bench this week but the Dogs' 17 is unchanged. James Graham should bounce back from his fairly quiet score of 39 last week.
Sea Eagles: Jamie Lyon will return at five-eighth, with Dylan Walker moving back to the centres, Lewis Brown shifting to the bench and Blake Leary dropping out. Daly Chery-Evans bounced back into Fantasy form with a strong 64 last week, including three tackle breaks and a field goal.
Broncos v Eels
Broncos: No changes. Ben Hunt hit 60 last week for the first time since Round 8, thanks in part to a season-high 36 tackles in Brisbane's low-scoring win over Dragons. Forwards Josh McGuire (64), Sam Thaiday (63), Matt Gillett (58) and Andrew McCullough (56) all impressed as well.
Eels: Beau Scott is out injured, with David Gower joining the bench and Rory O'Brien the 18th man. The Eels don't have any top-line keepers these days so upgrade any Parramatta players in your current 17 if you can, although Clint Gutherson remains a handy back-up option to cover your outside backs.
Wests Tigers v Titans
Wests Tigers: No changes, as you'd expect after stunning the Cowboys on Sunday. James Tedesco gave his score a massive boost last week with a terrific tackle-busting try, finishing with 70 in the end, and he's the only definite keeper at the Tigers these days – although Mitch Moses is in sensational form with an average of almost 62 across his last three games.
Titans: Jarryd Hayne will get his first run in the Titans starting team, replacing Cameron Cullen at five-eighth with Tyrone Roberts still sidelined. Nathan Friend and Ryan Simpkins join an extended bench. Ryan James is back after last week's 76, while Hayne's price fell to $364,000 this week and is likely to keep falling after scoring 23 off the bench in his Titans debut.
Warriors v Rabbitohs
Warriors: Bunty Afoa has been added as 18th man in an otherwise unchanged Warriors side. Simon Mannering (72) and Bodene Thompson (74) both scored tries and scored big against the Titans last week, and remain decent captaincy options.
Rabbitohs: Tom Burgess will start at prop this week with brother George shifting back to the bench. Sam Burgess (76) and Adam Reynolds (62) were two of South Sydney's best in last week's narrow loss to Melbourne.
Dragons v Sharks
Dragons: Josh Dugan is back from a broken jaw and starts at fullback, bumping out Adam Quinlan, while Tyson Frizell and Joel Thompson boost the Dragons' back-row stocks with Tyrone McCarthy dropping out at youngster Luciano Leilua the 18th man. Jack de Belin (81) proved the best of the obvious captaincy options last weekend after playing the full 80 minutes but his workload could drop slightly with Frizell and Thompson returning.
Sharks: Michael Ennis returns at hooker after being missed in last week's loss to Canberra while Joseph Paulo and Ricky Leutele replace Sam Tagataese and Fa'amanu Brown on the bench. Andrew Fifita continues to dominate with 58 last week and a five-round average just below 70.
Knights v Panthers
Knights: Tyler Randell is back from injury in place of Danny Levi, while Mitch Barnett returns in the back row with Jeremy Smith out and Jacob Saifiti starting at lock. Not a lot of Fantasy value at the Knights these days.
Panthers: No changes. Nathan Cleary (85) was sensational last week and should be in every NRL Fantasy team, while Josh Mansour (20) should bounce back after his lowest score of the season against a defensively frail Knights side.
Roosters v Cowboys
Roosters: After losing to the Panthers last week the Roosters welcome back star duo Mitchell Pearce and Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, with Grant Garvey dropping out. Aidan Guerra has been named in jersey 18. Boyd Cordner is averaging 65 points a game in his last three and is a point-of-difference option with just 1.2 per cent of Fantasy teams owning the Blues back-rower.
Cowboys: Jake Granville and Ben Hannant are out, with Ray Thompson starting at hooker and Patrick Kaufusi joining the 17. Kyle Feldt returns from suspension with Javid Bowen dropping back to the extended bench in jersey 19. Ethan Lowe is in super form, with scores of 70, 67 and 70 in recent weeks – although both those 70s include tries.
Raiders v Storm
Raiders: No changes after toppling the Sharks last week. Not only are the Raiders in great form on the field, they also continue to dominate in Fantasy. In the past three weeks Jordan Rapana is averaging 67 while Josh Hodgson and Jarrod Croker are averaging 64. Joey Leilua only managed 24 but scored 68 and 60 in the previous two weeks. Elliott Whitehead meanwhile only managed 30 last week and is a possible sell (he did score 57 the previous week, but that score was inflated by two tries).
Storm: Unchanged. Cameron Smith remains probably the safest captaincy option after managing 66 against the Rabbitohs last week – including the match-winning field goal while Cameron Munster rivals James Tedesco as the best winger/fullback in Fantasy.