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Roosters fullback James Tedesco.

Hope you've got some spare trades.

It's the penultimate round of the NRL Fantasy season and there are more curveballs heading your way with at least four elite players out of action this round.

With places in head-to-head league grand finals up for grabs and less than 100 points separating the top four in the race for the overall major prize, it's another massive week for Fantasy – and one that has already been shaped by another week of team list carnage.

Round 19 teams news

Rabbitohs v Bulldogs, Thursday 7.50pm at ANZ Stadium

Rabbitohs: Dane Gagai has copped a one-match ban for striking with Jaxson Paulo returning on the wing while Hame Sele replaces Patrick Mago on the bench. Damien Cook (68 last week) has a three-game average of 65, while Campbell Graham (59) is proving to be a very handy late-season option in the centres or in the back three.

Bulldogs: Rookie forward Matt Doorey is out for the season with a torn PCL. Nick Meaney is dropped, with Dallin Watene-Zelezniak shifting to the wing and Tim Lafai added to the side at centre. Luke Thompson is back in the front row, with Renouf To'omaga benched, Chris Smith starts at lock, Sione Katoa joins the interchange and Dean Britt drops out.

Lachlan Lewis (61) continues to rack up plenty of base stats with Kieran Foran out of the side.

Cowboys v Panthers, Friday 6pm at Queensland Country Bank Stadium

Cowboys: Jason Taumalolo is a chance of returning on Friday but has only been included on an extended bench for now, while Josh McGuire and John Asiata are suspended, Murray Taulagi replaces Justin O'Neill at centre, Corey Jensen joins the starting pack and Emry Pere and Ben Condon are added to the interchange.

Reuben Cotter (42) didn't quite match the heights of round 17 last week but has still been a handy cut-price option in the late rounds while Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow (17) can't be relied on for decent scores even if he finds the tryline.

Panthers: In a major blow, Api Koroisau (head knock) is out of the side along with James Tamou and Zane Tetevano, with Mitch Kenny and Moses Leota in the starting team and Kurt Capewell and Jack Hetherington joining the bench.

Nathan Cleary (87) was great again last week and in the absence of Payne Haas is the No.1 captaincy option this round, while Jarome Luai (71) remains a very dangerous secret weapon for those who have held onto him this long.

Eels v Broncos, Friday 7.55pm at Bankwest Sadium

Eels: Reed Mahoney returns at hooker for Ray Stone in Parramatta's only change.

Mitch Moses (62) and Ryan Matterson (56) have both been very reliable recently while Clint Gutherson (25) is more hit-and-miss – although he could be due for a "hit" in a home clash against Brisbane.

Broncos: Massive news here with Payne Haas out of the side for family reasons. With just two rounds left it's tempting to make a trade, although it could still be a huge advantage to have him in your squad in the final week of the season. It also makes Pat Carrigan a potential captaincy option this week.

Elsewhere Tyson Gamble replaces Sean O'Sullivan in the halves, Joe Ofahengaue and Ben Teo start at prop with Rhys Kennedy suspended, and Jamil Hopoate and Ethan Bullemor join the bench.

David Fifita's 41 against the Titans was his lowest score of the season while Kotoni Staggs (24) averages just 26 in games in which he doesn't score a try.

Croft injured at training

Sea Eagles v Titans, Saturday 3pm at Lottoland

Sea Eagles: Cade Cust (ankle) is out with Lachlan Croker starting at five-eighth, Danny Levi starting at hooker and Morgan Boyle joining the bench. Tom Trbojevic could return after being named in the reserves while Addin Fonua-Blake is named despite concerns over a knee problem.

Daly Cherry-Evans (84) is a potential captaincy candidate this week.

Titans: Kevin Proctor returns in the back row for Beau Fermor (hamstring) and Tanah Boyd replaces Erin Clark on the bench.

The good times continue to roll for owners of Moeaki Fotuaika (58) and Jamal Fogarty (61) while AJ Brimson had a fairly quiet game in attack against Brisbane but did make two try saves on the way to a solid score of 41.

Storm v Wests Tigers, Saturday 5.30pm at Sunshine Coast Stadium

Storm: Ryan Papenhuyzen remains on the sidelines with the achilles injury that kept him out last week. It makes him a probable trade with James Tedesco also out this week. Christian Welch returns at prop, bumping Tino Faasuamaleaui to the bench and Darryn Schonig out of the 17. Cameron Smith (67) and Cameron Munster (60) were both strong last week.

Wests Tigers: Joseph Leilua's return bumps Tommy Talau out of the side while Josh Reynolds replaces the suspended Luke Brooks in the halves, Sam McIntyre is promoted to the starting pack and bench hooker Jacob Liddle has been dropped - clearing the way for another 80-minute game for Harry Grant.

Zane Musgrove and Russell Packer replace Liddle and Elijah Taylor on the interchange.

Grant (64) is back to his old ways, playing the full 80 minutes in both the past two rounds, while Alex Twal (45 including a sin bin) hasn't scored above 50 since round 12.

Bromwich ready to take on Grant

Roosters v Sharks, Saturday 7.35pm at Sydney Cricket Ground

Roosters: More huge news here with James Tedesco rested this week, with Joseph Manu at fullback and Mitchell Aubusson into the centres. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves is back and starts up front with Lindsay Collins, while Angus Crichton moves to the bench and Freddy Lussick joins the interchange.

Last week's thumping of Newcastle resulted in massive scores for Crichton (82), Jake Friend (74), Luke Keary (74), Dan Tupou (67), Brett Morris (65) and Manu (62) – and again showed why it's a risk to pick James Tedesco (47) as captain no matter what you expect the result to be.

Sharks: No changes for Cronulla. Siosifa Talakai stepped up in the absence of Wade Graham against the Warriors and produced some huge numbers, with 191 metres, 36 tackles, four busts and a try assist for 76 points. It was a solid week as well for Shaun Johnson (55) and Toby Rudolf (51).

Raiders v Warriors, Sunday 2pm at GIO Stadium

Raiders: Siliva Havili is named to start with Tom Starling benched, although that could change on game day.

Hudson Young (86) played the game of his life last week while try-scoring threats Jack Wighton (82) and John Bateman (76) could be dangerous point-of-difference players in the final two rounds.

Warriors: Jamayne Taunoa-Brown is suspended and George Jennings and Daniel Alvaro drop out, with Hayze Perham on the wing, Adam Keighran in the centres, Lachlan Burr at prop and Eliesa Katoa and Tom Ale joining the bench.

Tohu Harris (68) is still going strong in what has been far and away the best Fantasy season of his career, while Jazz Tevaga (43) and Roger Tuivasa-Sheck (32) were a little underwhelming against Cronulla on Sunday.

Knights v Dragons, Sunday 4.05pm at McDonald Jones Stadium

Knights: Chris Randall owners get some welcome good news here with Kurt Mann's one-match suspension for a crusher tackle giving Randall a shot in the No.9. Kalyn Ponga, Mitch Barnett and Hymel Hunt return to the side with Tex Hoy shifting to five-eighth, Phoenix Crossland joining the bench, and Gehamat Shibasaki and Josh King dropping out.

Daniel Saifiti (58) and Mitchell Pearce (52) were the only two Knights to pass 50 points in Saturday's heavy loss to the Roosters but they should improve here.

Dragons: Tariq Sims and utility back Max Feagai replace injured duo Billy Brittain and Tyrell Fuimaono on the bench. Ben Hunt could be set to return to 80 minutes at hooker with no Brittain in the 17. Cameron McInnes (83) is a captaincy candidate with Payne Haas out this week.

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