We have our first century of the Fantasy season after a week in which try-scoring forwards ran amok.
It's been a rollercoaster season for former Panther and new Bulldog Corey Harawira-Naera. Starting the year with half-an-hour on the bench, the man known in Fantasy circles as CHN has played his way into Canterbury's starting side but only two weeks ago scored just 32 points in 80 minutes. He had a Fantasy average of 38 heading into Friday's clash with North Queensland.
That's when he exploded into action, with two tries, a try save, and season highs for tackles (43), run metres (149), line breaks (two) and tackle breaks (six) to become the first player to score 100 NRL Fantasy points in 2019.
He wasn't the only big man to cash in in round seven, with Siosiua Taukeaiaho (77), Viliame Kikau (75), Joe Ofahengaue (75), Martin Taupau (74) and Andrew Fifita (71) also at their brilliant best, while Tigers centre Esan Marsters (77), Storm duo Cameron Munster (76) and Cameron Smith (74), big-name playmakers Anthony Milford (71) and Mitchell Pearce (66) and Roosters pair Jake Friend (66) and James Tedesco (62) also starred. (More on Friend below.)
Get Caught Up: Round 7
Elsewhere popular cash cows Mitch Rein (68), Corey Waddell (68), Reed Mahoney (59), Maika Sivo (58), Chanel Harris Tavita (57), Nick Meaney (57), Jack Bird (54) and Payne Haas (50) provided big scores and earned bigger price rises.
It's rough to be labelled a Fantasy "loser" after kicking a 40/20 and making 47 tackles, including a try saver, but Jake Friend's biceps injury is set to sideline him for up to four months and makes him a must-trade.
Also joining the casualty ward were star halves Daly Cherry-Evans (ankle) and Shaun Johnson (hamstring), who could both spend extended periods on the sidelines, while Tigers five-eighth Josh Reynolds not only left the field early on Saturday with a knee injury but also finished with -5 Fantasy points due to two missed tackles and an error.
Dragons winger Mikaele Ravalawa was bumped to the bench before kick-off to make way for a new cheapie in Zac Lomax, and after scoring just three points in 13 minutes he's on the trade block if he's still in your squad.
And there were poor scores for popular buys Roosters lock/hooker Victor Radley (19), Broncos bench utility Kotoni Staggs (4) and dual-position Sharks back-rower Kurt Capewell (19), who could have more than doubled his score if not for a massive 12 missed tackles.
Cherry-Evans leaves field with ankle injury
NRL Fantasy team of the week
- Brendan Elliott (63)
- James Tedesco (62)
- Esan Marsters (77)
- Tyrone Peachey (61)
- Maika Sivo (58)
- Cameron Munster (76)
- Anthony Milford (71)
- Martin Taupau (71)
- Cameron Smith (74)
- Joe Ofahengaue (75)
- Corey Harawira-Naera (100)
- Viliame Kikau (75)
- Siosiua Taukeaiaho (77)
- Andrew Fifita (71)
- Mitch Rein (68)
- Corey Waddell (68)
- Jake Friend (66)