NRL Fantasy winners & losers: Round 3
The success stories, flops and talking points to come out of this week's NRL Fantasy action.
With two tries, three line breaks and more than 200 run metres, Raiders winger Jordan Rapana was the Fantasy player of the week with 74 points – one of five Raiders (along with Josh Papalii, Jarrod Croker, Junior Paulo and Elliott Whitehead) to score 50 or more in their flogging of the Wests Tigers.
Rapana edged out four stars who scored 71 – Roosters halfback Mitchell Pearce, Dragons prop Paul Vaughan, Eels five-eighth Clint Gutherson and Broncos tackle machine Andrew McCullough – while Fantasy's best player Cameron Smith again excelled with 69. Pearce and Vaughan played big parts in their teams' wins, while Gutherson stepped up in the absence of usual Eels playmaker Corey Norman (and scored his third try in as many games) while McCullough got through more than 60 tackles against Melbourne.
Back-rowers Jamie Burher (66), Josh Papalii (64), Trent Merrin (63), Jack de Belin (60), Simon Mannering (59) and Sam Burgess (56) impressed, while stars halves Shaun Johnson and Bent Hunt both scored tries on the way to 61 points, Bulldogs winger Brett Morris and Dragons hooker Cameron McInnes also scored 61 and Roosters fullback Michael Gordon continued a superb start to the season with 55.
Cowboys back-rower Coen Hess made the most of a rare run in the starting side with 80 minutes, 49 points and a hefty $41,000 price rise, and is set to start for North Queensland again this week with Jason Taumalolo suspended for another round.
Mitch Moses's prospects of becoming an elite Fantasy half hit a major road block against the Raiders, with nine missed tackles, a couple of errors and no attacking stats leading to a meagre score of 5. He's now only passed 40 once in three games, and needed a try to get there, so is a sell if he's in your side.
George Burgess finally earned a spot in the Rabbitohs' starting side but then had a shocker, with three errors and a sin-binning for 6 points in 30 minutes. Popular Broncos backline buys Anthony Milford and Jordan Kahu fared little better with 7 points each from Brisbane's loss to the Storm, while Benji Marshall scored 6 off the bench in that game.
It was expected to be the week of the cut-price WFB cash cows but it didn't quite live up to the hype, with Tyrone Roberts-Davis (10), Moses Suli (10), Robert Jennings (13) and Brad Abbey (16) all struggling for points along with fellow cash cows Tautau Moga (16), Brian Kelly (16), Sam Hoare (16), Curtis Sironen (19) and the surprisingly popular Cowboys utility Ben Hampton (15).
Fantasy team of the week
1. Clint Gutherson (71)
2. Jordan Rapana (74)
3. Euan Aitken (59)
4. Jarrod Croker (54)
5. Brett Morris (61)
6. Ben Hunt (61)
7. Mitchell Pearce (71)
8. Paul Vaughan (71)
9. Andrew McCullough (71)
10. Andrew Fifita (57)
11. Jamie Buhrer (66)
12. Josh Papalii (64)
13. Trent Merrin (63)
14. Cameron Smith (69)
15. Shaun Johnson (61)
16. Jack de Belin (60)
17. Simon Mannering (59)