The late-season injury curse is in full swing while huge scores from a couple of point-of-difference options would have decided more than a few head-to-head Fantasy battles.
The best Fantasy player of round 23 was at it again: powerful young Brisbane second-rower David Fifita backed up last week's even 100 with another 90 as he proved the difference in a golden-point thriller against the Eels.
Another try and a whopping 15 tackle busts underpinned his second straight monster score while fellow Fantasy young gun Payne Haas was also immense, playing the full 82 minutes for 75 with 48 tackles and 234 metres to finish the best of the likely captaincy options.
Wests Tigers due Paul Momirovski (96 with a hat-trick) and Luke Brooks (85 with a try and stats across the board) enjoyed the SCG romp over the Dragons, with the former notching the round-high score and the latter backing up from last week's 95.
There were some handy scores on offer in the Storm's big Lottoland win over Manly with Ryan Papenhuyzen (81) and Justin Olam (80) lighting up and Cameron Smith (74) pulling the strings.
Cam Murray (79 with two tries), Mitch Barnett and John Bateman (both 75), Connor Watson (74) and late-season cheapie Sam Verrills (68) were the other Fantasy-relevant players to put in big scores through the weekend.
Momirovski has his hat-trick
There was an awful blow for the Sea Eagles and plenty of Fantasy coaches as Tom Trbojevic suffered a torn pec early on against Melbourne and left the field on -1.
Shaun Johnson injured his quad in the warm-up in what was the second-last game of the round just minutes before kick-off, giving coaches no chance to make any adjustments.
Eels halfback Mitch Moses (26) picked a bad time to have his worst score of the year and first sub-50 effort in 12 games.
Cam Munster (37) was also below par despite the big score against Manly and is set to miss round 25 with injury.
Fantasy coaches also have a huge final-round headache with hard-working Dragons hooker Cam McInnes ruled out with a broken leg, though he still scored a handy 65 in his final game of the year.
Damien Cook (48), Ryan Matterson (41), Kalyn Ponga (38), Nathan Cleary (40), Adam Reynolds (39) and Addin Fonua-Blake (32) were all a little below expectations.
Round 24 team of the week
- Ryan Papenhuyzen 81
- Justin Olam 80
- Paul Momirovski 96
- John Bateman 75
- Campbell Graham 65
- Connor Watson 74
- Luke Brooks 85
- Payne Haas 75
- Cameron Smith 74
- Kane Evans 68
- David Fifita 90
- Mitch Barnett 75
- Cam Murray 79
- Jayden Brailey 74
- Viliame Kikau 71
- Sam Verrills 68
- Cam McInnes 65