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Storm skipper Cameron Smith.

It was a case of quality over quantity this round as a few standout scorers made up for the absence of all Origin players and half the NRL clubs in the second and final bye week of the season.


In a week when most Fantasy coaches didn't have a lot of players in action, getting the right captain was all the more important and Payne Haas (78) and Cameron Smtih (76) both stepped up with bumper scores.

Tigers forward Ryan Matterson scored a try against his old team the Roosters and also finished on 78, while Josh Morris (78) grabbed a hat-trick for Cronulla on Sunday.

Other notable scorers this round included Tevita Pangai jnr (64), Dragons hooker Cameron McInnes (63) and Roosters centre Latrell Mitchell (60).


Any points are better than nothing in bye rounds, but some big guns didn't quite hit the heights their coaches would have been hoping for in a week when it was possible to make a big leap up the overall points ladder.

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Shaun Johnson (31) was hooked in the final few moments of the Sharks' loss to Brisbane, Roger Tuivasa-Sheck (35) couldn't match the big scoring of the previous two weeks despite the Warriors beating Newcastle, and Ryan Papenhuyzen (20) was again stuck on the Storm bench despite Melbourne missing their Origin players.

NRL Fantasy team of the week

  1. Corey Thompson 58
  2. David Nofoaluma 52
  3. Josh Morris 78
  4. Latrell Mitchell 60
  5. Peta Hiku 51
  6. Luke Keary 64
  7. Brodie Croft 64
  8. Payne Haas 78
  9. Cameron Smith 76
  10. Herman Ese'ese 70
  11. Ryan Matterson 78
  12. Joe Stimson 70
  13. Nat Butcher 68
  14. Matt Eisenhuth 67
  15. Tevita Pangai jnr 64
  16. Cameron McInnes 63
  17. Matt Lodge 60
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