After a weekend featuring some monster individual scores there have been some big team changes heading into round 10. Here's what you need to know before locking in this week's NRL Fantasy trades.
All kick-off times are local.
Round 10 team changes
Storm v Wests Tigers, Thursday 7.50pm at AAMI Park
Storm: Ryan Papenhuyzan was base price last week and scored 69 points in 32 minutes, including three line breaks, two try assists and a try, and he'll start at fullback for at least one week with Jahrome Hughes out with concussion. Still, his job security is very shaky and he won't produce attacking stats like that every round. Marion Seve replaces Curtis Scott (broken foot) in the centres and Patrick Kaufusi joins the interchange. Cameron Munster and Cameron Smith currently rank 1 and 2 on the Dally M medal count and they're both in terrific Fantasy form, with Munster coming off a brilliant 95 against the Eels and Smith averaging more than 60. Kenny Bromwich is one of only two players with an average of 54 or better and a price tag under $700k (the other is Payne Haas).
Wests Tigers: Josh Aloiai returns on the bench for Oliver Clark in the Tigers' only change. Robbie Farah has dropped $92,000 on his starting price but remains a quality scorer – take out his injury-affected 8 against the Eels and he's averaging 64 this year. The risk though is his game time; he spent the last 18 minutes of Friday's big win over Penrith on the bench with Jacob Liddle playing dummy-half – the question is whether that's the new normal or if it was a one-off with the game already in the bag (Farah and Liddle played together the previous week against the Roosters).
Cook sprinkles his magic at Suncorp stadium
Panthers v Warriors, Friday 6pm at Panthers Stadium
Panthers: Plenty of changes for an out-of-form Penrith side, with Caleb Aekins, Josh Mansour, Wayde Egan and Reagan Campbell-Gillard making way with Dylan Edwards returning at fullback, Brian To'o debuting on the wing, Sione Katoa starting at hooker, Liam Martin at lock plus a reshuffled bench. Nathan Cleary is coming off back-to-back 50+ scores despite Penrith's terrible form, and he will actually be a more valuable Fantasy asset if he misses Origin selection. James Fisher-Harris is the other (borderline) keeper in the Panthers side at this stage.
Warriors: Unchanged after last week's big comeback win over the Dragons. Lachlan Burr's price looks to have peaked at last after rising by $347k this season. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck is coming off two of his three quietest scores of the season.
Broncos v Roosters, Friday 7.55pm at Suncorp Stadium
Broncos: James Roberts has been left out of the 17 despite Jack Bird's season-ending ACL injury, with Jamayne Isaako returning to the backline. Jake Turpin retains the starting hooker spot, but after scoring 49 in 80 minutes last week his game time is set to slide with James Segeyaro included in the reserves and a chance of being a late inclusion. Tom Dearden has a break even of -4 after a couple of solid scores at halfback. Payne Haas is in about 40% of teams, which is about 60% less than he should be.
Roosters: Latrell Mitchell (groin) and Daniel Tupou (neck) are named but Boyd Cordner (concussion) is out, with Mitch Aubusson starting in the forward pack and Lindsay Collins joining the bench. Last week people were questioning whether James Tedesco was still a keeper but it didn't take long for him to prove it, producing a superb 81 against Canberra. Siosiua Taukeiaho's strong form continues with a 58-point three-game average. Angus Crichton's price has dipped from $818k to $669k this season but at this point he looks a borderline keeper at best.
Amazing Haas thrives again
Titans v Bulldogs, Saturday 3pm at Cbus Super Stadium
Titans: AJ Brimson replaces Michael Gordon (leg) at fullback, Tyrone Roberts returns in the halves, Moeaki Fotuaka swaps with Shannon Boyd and starts up front. Bryce Cartwright and Mitch Rein are getting close to their peak prices, although there's no need to sell Rein while he's still got the No.9 jersey. Jai Arrow has a five-game average of 56 and a three-game average of just under 59.
Bulldogs: Corey Harawira-Naera returns and Danny Fualalo starts, with Chris Smith bumped to the bench and Rhyse Martin replacing Fa'amanu Brown on the interchange. Aiden Tolman scored another 50 against Newcastle and encouragingly played 65 minutes after spending half an hour on the bench the previous week. Jayden Okunbor looks like a sell with a break even of 33 after scoring just 10 last round.
Cowboys v Eels, Saturday 5.30pm at 1300Smiles Stadium
Cowboys: North Queensland have named the same 17 that played last week, but with Jake Granville returning to the starting side and Kurt Baptiste on the bench. Baptiste scored 55 points in 54 minutes after getting the nod as starting hooker last week and has a break even of -7, but don't expect those kinds of minutes too often with Granville in the side. Jason Taumalolo still has a break even in the 60s but after dropping $83k on his starting price he's going to be an increasingly tempting buy heading towards round 12, when there won't be many other Fantasy guns in action. Michael Morgan hasn't scored a 50 since round 4 and his price is now moving backwards.
Eels: Maika Sivo is suspended for a high tackle, with George Jennings replacing him, while Michael Jennings and Jaeman Salmon drop out with Josh Hoffman in the centres and Will Smith at five-eighth. Reed Mahoney came off the bench as part of a strategy to contain the Storm that didn't quite go to plan (Parramatta conceded 64 points) so you can expect to see him start this week. Manu Ma'u is also named to start with Tepai Moeroa on the bench.
Fifita leads top 5 fantasy disasters
Raiders v Rabbitohs, Saturday 7.35pm at GIO Stadium
Raiders: Bailey Simonsson replaces Jordan Rapana (knee) on the wing and Sebastian Kris joins the bench. Hudson Young earned a good first-up price rise as expected and will get another one this week – the only concern is whether Joe Tapine will return and take his starting spot in the next couple of weeks. Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad continues to impress with a 45 average and is closing in on $200k in price rises.
Rabbitohs: Alex Johnston is out with a knee injury, with Corey Allan moving to fullback and Mawene Hiroti starting on the wing. Allan could get a month at the back in good news for those who have him, although with a break even of 20 he won't make rapid cash right away. Meanwhile Damien Cook is absolutely flying. The NSW No.9 is once again Fantasy's best scorer and his whopping $910k price tag actually looks pretty good value after his sublime 98 against Canberra on Sunday. Cameron Murray and Adam Reynolds are also hitting consistent 50s but could both potentially join Cook in the Blues side – otherwise either will be great to have in round 12.
Dragons v Knights Sunday 2pm at Glen Willow Oval, Mudgee
Dragons: No changes for the Dragons. Zac Lomax was curiously benched for Euan Aitken during the second half against the Warriors, only for the Dragons to concede a couple of tries down his right edge as the Warriors pulled off a comeback. Chances are he goes back to being an 80-minute player but it's hard to predict St George Illawarra's interchanges these days. Cameron McInnes has gone under the radar with 59 points a game and is in just 7% of teams.
Knights: No changes. David Klemmer is a legit Fantasy keeper for the first time in his career, while Kalyn Ponga and Mitchell Pearce are both in strong form after struggling early in the season.
Sharks v Sea Eagles, Sunday 4.05pm at PointsBet Stadium
Sharks: Andrew Fifita (hamstring) and Matt Prior (neck) have both been named in an unchanged side despite leaving the field with injuries last week. Paul Gallen thrived in the injury-hit Cronulla pack with 70 points against the Titans last Thursday. Kyle Flanagan is providing very solid scores and excellent price rises, although Shaun Johnson could bump him out of the side next week. Bronson Xerri could do with a try to give his price tag a kick along.
Sea Eagles: Dylan Walker, Jorge Taufua, Lachlan Croker and Addin Fonua-Blake return in place of Abbas Miski, Moses Suli (broken finger), Toafofoa Sipley (knee) and Kelepi Tanginoa. There was plenty of hype around Manase Fainu last round but after 35 points in 52 minutes his break even is now into the 30s. Martin Taupau has played less than 50 minutes every week since round 3 but as a reliable 50-point scorer he's a trade target for the first bye round.