Scout Report: Round 7 teams wrap
The NRL Fantasy form guide, injury and suspension news and all the key changes for every club heading into the seventh round of the Telstra Premiership season.
Bulldogs: The big surprise here is that halfback Matt Frawley has been demoted to the reserves, rather than promoted to the starting side as some expected after scores of 45 and 39 in his first two NRL matches. He got extra game time last week after Brad Abbey was concussed in the first half, and Abbey is out this week along with David Klemmer (ankle). James Graham has hit top form with scores of 71 and 67 in the past fortnight.
Rabbitohs: Souths are unchanged. Angus Crichton smashed 78 last week and looks great value at $315,000, although he had only been scoring in the mid-30s before that and could be a risk if he loses his starting spot down the track. Adam Reynolds, Cody Walker and Sam Burgess are all scoring better than 50 points a game and will be popular buys for the bye rounds (unless Reynolds gets picked by NSW - in which case he'll miss a lot of game time over Origin).
Knights: Newcastle have named the same team they named last Tuesday, meaning Jamie Buhrer is listed in the second row and Luke Yates out of the 17 despite the pair starting at hooker and on the bench respectively last week. Buhrer is back on track for keeper status after last week's 59 while Dane Gagai is in red-hot form after smashing an 80 against the Bulldogs. Yates has a break even of 19 and can be held for another week.
Roosters: Latrell Mitchell has been replaced by Joseph Manu this week, and with a break even in the 50s after an error-riddled 7 last week is a possible sell. Sio Siua Taukeiaho is closing in on a return from injury after being included on the extended bench in jersey 23. Mitchell Aubusson hasn't spent a minute on the bench yet this season and is scoring 49 points a game.
Broncos: Ben Hunt is set to miss 6-8 weeks with a hamstring injury, with Kodi Nikorima starting at halfback this week. Corey Oates returns on the wing with David Mead dropping back to the bench. One upshot of Hunt's injury is that Andrew McCullough's run of 80-minute games should continue. McCullough would have almost certainly spent some time on the bench last week until Nikorima was shifted to the halves to cover Hunt's injury. That's great for McCullough in the short term but his scores could still dip when Hunt eventually returns. Tautau Moga has a couple of weeks of price rises in him.
Titans: Nathan Peats is the big inclusion for the Titans at hooker, while Chris McQueen and Ryan Simpkins are back in the starting pack and Karl Lawton, Leivaha Pulu and Max King drop back to the bench. Kane Elgey has peaked in price and will be on the chopping block for a lot of Fantasy teams this week.
Sea Eagles: Martin Taupau and Nate Myles are out this week, with Addin Fonua-Blake starting for Manly and Jackson Hastings and Lloyd Perrett joining the bench. Akuila Uate also returns after being a late scratching last week. Daly Cherry-Evans' base stats have improved signficiantly in the past couple of weeks. Curtis Sironen and Uate still have some cash to make, but Brian Kelly has peaked.
Storm: Jordan McLean moves into the starting side this week, with Nelson Asofa-Solomona named on the bench. Jesse Browmich has been left out of the 17 again but is some chance of returning after being included in the reserves. Cameron Munster is also in the reserves and close to bumping Ryley Jacks out of the side. Billy Slater has been a success story so far at the back and should get another good price rise next week, and the same goes for Felise Kaufusi.
Raiders: The Raiders are unchanged after smashing the Titans last round. Joey Leilua has dropped $103,000 in value this season and scored 65 last week, while Elliott Whitehead is $131,000 cheaper than he was at the start of the year after being a 50-point player last season. Jordan Rapana is in crazy form, scoring a stunning 64 points a game, while Josh Papalii is averaging 56. Nick Cotric's price tag should pass $300,000 next week.
Warriors: No changes this week. Bodene Thompson's price has bottomed out at $383,000, although he needed a couple of tries to get to 59 points last week. Still, history suggests he'll be a keeper in the long run.
Dragons: No changes. Jack de Belin and Paul Vaughan continue to dominate while Cameron McInnes is coming off a season-low score of 44 due mainly to the fact he didn't have to do too much defending in last week's romp over Manly.
Cowboys: Ben Hampton is the man to fill the No.7 jersey with Johnathan Thurston to miss a few weeks with injury, with Blake Leary starting at hooker and Justin O'Neill returning from injury at centre. Coen Hess starts in the second row, while Gideon Gela-Mosby has held onto his spot on the wing with Javid Bowen making way for O'Neill. Kalyn Ponga is officially a successful cash cow after making more than $100,000 in price rises this season, while Hampton exceeded expectations last week with 54 points in 52 minutes. That's more points than the man he replaces Jake Granville has scored in a single game this year, and in fewer minutes than Granville usually plays. Hampton made 40 tackles last week but won't get the same defensive workload at halfback. Jason Taumalolo is averaging 71 points a game - more than any other player - while Coen Hess just keeps crashing over for tries, with two last week.
Panthers: The cavalry is back for Penrith, with Matt Moylan, Waqa Blake and James Fisher-Harris named to start and Bryce Cartwright a chance of returning from injury after being included in the reserves. Corey Harawira-Naera has blasted past $100,000 in price rises after a superb start to his career (Fantasy-wise at least) and has been named on the bench this week. Trent Merrin meanwhile is becoming a major headache for his Fantasy owners after scoring 24 and 32 in the past couple of weeks. His record suggests he's still probably a hold but I can understand why you'd jump ship to a more reliable option.
Sharks: James Segeyaro has a broken arm and will be out for about six weeks, meaning Jayden Brailey could play 80 minutes and is a hold for now. Kurt Capewell replaces Segeyaro on the bench in Cronulla's only change. Andrew Fifita is coming off a season-best 66 after dropping $90,000 on his starting price.
Eels: Frank Pritchard is out with Tepai Moeroa returning to the starting side this week and Daniel Alvaro joining the bench. Nathan Brown has been a late inclusion at lock for the past couple of weeks and hit scores of 64 and 60 - suggesting he could become a keeper if that continues. He's been officially named there this week with skipper Beau Scott to again play off the bench. Corey Norman should bounce back from last week's 23 while Clint Gutherson may have a few more quiet scores while he's filling in for Bevan French at fullback. Kaysa Pritchard has made back-to-back 49s at hooker.
Wests Tigers: As you'd expect after last week's sensational win over the Cowboys, the Tigers are unchanged. David Nofoaluma has been amazingly consistent by wingers' standards, with scores of 73, 51 and 53 in the last few weeks. Jamal Idris has a negative break even and showed his first signs of being a potential keeper with 46 against the Cowboys.