Scout Report: Round 25 teams wrap
It's crunch time in NRL Fantasy and 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.
Bulldogs: Sam Kasiano has copped a two-match suspension, with Danny Fualalo replacing him this week. James Graham is pretty much the only solid Fantasy gun in this side.
Cowboys: Matt Scott returns in the front row, with Scott Bolton moving to the bench and Ben Spina dropping out of the side. Jason Taumalolo is coming off back-to-back 60+ scores, albeit boosted by a try last week.
Storm: No changes for the Storm. Cameron Smith was the top-scoring player of the week and should be your captain unless you need to take a gamble to win your head-to-head match-up. Cameron Munster will finish the season as the year's best winger/fullback.
Broncos: Brisbane are also unchanged this week after beating the Bulldogs a week ago. Ben Hunt has averaged 58 across the past three weeks and after an inconsistent season is now back to producing solid regular scores, while Josh McGuire is a point-of-difference gun up front.
Sea Eagles: Manly are boosted by the returns of Dylan Walker at centre and Apisai Koroisau at hooker, with Blake Leary dropping back to 18th man and Brad Parker out of the side. Jamie Buhrer remains a quality point of difference option at either second row or hooker.
Raiders: Brenko Lee is in the unusual situation of being dropped from the side after scoring four tries last week, with Edrick Lee returning from injury and named to take his usual place on the wing. Josh Hodgson is also back from suspension, while Paul Vaughan has been recalled at prop. Brenko Lee is 18th man with Shaun Fensom 19th man. Jarrod Croker had a field day last week so it's probably Joey Leilua's turn to go big this week.
Titans: Jarryd Hayne has been named at fullback this week with Ashley Taylor returning in the halves, meaning David Mead drops back to 18th man. Hayne could be set for his first big score at his new club in his favoured position, although last week's 13 – featuring zero tackle breaks – isn't too encouraging. Ryan James not only escaped a suspension last week but he also managed to produce 75 points (including two tries) from just 45 minutes.
Panthers: No changes to the 17 for Penrith this week, with Moses Leota and Jeremy Latimore added to an extended bench. Nathan Cleary bounced back with a solid 52 last week while Trent Merrin (62) and Bryce Cartwright (64) continue to impress.
Sharks: Paul Gallen will actually return this week after being a late withdrawal from the past couple of games with a calf injury, and Sosaia Feki also returns from a groin injury. Kurt Capewell and Gerard Beale drop out. Ben Barba had his worst score in two months last week and could be upgraded for the likes of Cameron Munster if you've got a trade to spare – although three of his previous four scores before Round 24 were above 60.
Roosters: The in-form Roosters are unchanged. Blake Ferguson was sensational at fullback on Sunday to earn 85 points. Boyd Cornder's super end to the season continued at the weekend – even though he didn't grab a try – with a rock solid 54 points, while Mitchell Pearce is averaging almost 59 in his past three.
Warriors: Tui Lolohea is back on the wing, and Solomone Kata also returns in what is a must-win match for the Warriors. Ken Maumalo and Matt Allwood are out, with Bunty Afoa named 18th man. Shaun Johnson has gone three weeks without scoring a 50 but should lift in two must-win games at home against the lowly Tigers and Eels to finish the regular season.
Wests Tigers: Michael Chee-Kam has been included as 18th man in the only change for the Tigers this week. David Nofoaluma has been in scintillating form and after spending some time at fullback last weekend will start there against the Warriors. His three-game average of 75 is actually the best in the league. Mitch Moses isn't far behind after scoring 70 or better in three of his past four games.
Knights: A lot of changes as usual for Newcastle with Nathan Ross out suspended and Danny Levi (back surgery), Mickey Paea and Will Pearsall all making way with Jarrod Mullen, Sione Mata'utia, Pat Mata'utia and Cory Denniss returning to the side.
Rabbitohs: Souths have kept the same starting side this week but added three names – Cameron McInnes, Dave Tyrrell and Zane Musgrove – to an extended bench. Cody Walker will be a popular buy after a superb 81 against the Sharks on Monday night, while Greg Inglis scored 67 points and could grab a try or two against Newcastle.
Eels: Parramatta are boosted by the returns of Beau Scott, Brad Takairangi and Tepai Moeroa, with Rory O'Brien and Vai Toutai out and David Gower the 18th man. Manu Ma'u is scoring well and available at centre in Fantasy.
Dragons: Benji Marshall has been dropped with Drew Hutchison to start at halfback, while the injured Russell Packer is also out. Tim Lafai and Jacob Host return to the side, with Taane Milne copping a one-match ban. Jack de Belin's three-game average of 72 is the second-best in the league.