Injuries and suspensions have wreaked havoc on Fantasy teams but the bright news is three new rookies getting their shot at first grade.
- NRL Round 11 squad announcements
- Casualty Ward: Mixed news for Dragons; Croker out indefinitely
- Round 10 charges: Titans duo accept bans; Papa out of Origin
Round 11 team news
Match: Cowboys v Knights
Round 11 -
Venue: Queensland Country Bank Stadium, Townsville
Cowboys: Tom Gilbert starts at prop for Coen Hess (head knock) and second-rower Heilum Luki is named to debut off the bench.
Jason Taumalolo (50) couldn't match the previous week's monster score but did at least play 64 minutes in Magic Round. Valentine Holmes (50) is in genuine keeper territory having averaged 53 across his past five games.
Knights: Hymel Hunt (hamstring) is out and Kalyn Ponga remains on the sidelines, with Brayden Musgrove returning on the wing. Blake Green could be a late inclusion via the reserves.
Tyson Frizell (81) has scored tries in back-to-back games and is averaging 64 across the season and 73 from his past five games. Connor Watson (48) played 53 minutes last week but Mitch Barnett (39) again struggled for significant game time at lock and could be a sell with a break even in the mid-60s.
Match: Warriors v Wests Tigers
Round 11 -
Venue: Central Coast Stadium, Gosford
Warriors: Josh Curran (elbow), Bailey Sironen (knee) and Rocco Berry (HIA) are out, with Marcelo Montoya on the wing, Jack Murchie in the second row, Kane Evans at prop and Jazz Tevaga shifting to the bench.
Reece Walsh (74) has been a standout in attack for his new club but remains on the bench for now despite reports he is set to be promoted to the starting side, with Roger Tuivasa-Sheck (37) retaining the No.1 jersey. Ben Murdoch-Masila (54) has scored tries in each of his past three games.
Wests Tigers: Unchanged. Last week's halves switch against the Knights suited Luke Brooks (61) who had a try and an assist, while Adam Douihi (64) scored two tries to offset his move to centre. Daine Laurie (30) has struggled a little to rack up tackle breaks lately, with three scores of 30 or less in the past month (his other score being an excellent 69-point effort against the Dragons).
Four of the five most-owned Tigers in Fantasy didn't play last week and look unlikely to play this week, although Jake Simpkin and Stefano Utoikamanu are some chance of returning via the reserves list.
Match: Sharks v Dragons
Round 11 -
Venue: Netstrata Jubilee Stadium, Sydney
Sharks: No changes. Cronulla remains a bit of a Fantasy wasteland this week, with Blake Brailey (55) and Briton Nikora (54) scoring well but not keepers, while Matt Moylan (41) got a decent score but is set to make way for Shaun Johnson soon.
Dragons: Tyrell Fuimaono (5 games), Josh McGuire (5 games), Mikaele Ravalawa (2 games) and Tariq Sims (1 game) are all suspended and Matt Dufty is out for a couple of weeks with a shoulder injury.
Cody Ramsey is at fullback, Max Feagai and Jordan Pereira on the wings, Billy Burns at centre, Jackson Ford in the second row and Poasa Faamausili starts at lock. Kaide Ellis, Jayden Hunt and Talatau Amone join the bench.
Josh Kerr (69) had by far his best score of the season – featuring 171 metres, three tackle breaks and five offloads – after averaging 33 points a game before last week, while there are worrying signs for Andrew McCullough (31) who hasn't played the full 80 minutes in either of the past two rounds.
Match: Titans v Bulldogs
Round 11 -
Venue: Cbus Super Stadium, Gold Coast
Titans: Tyrone Peachey has copped a two-match ban for a crusher tackle and Herman Ese'ese is suspended for three games for a grade three careless high tackle. Peachey (27) has seen a drop on his scoring recently after being used for stints at dummy-half but remains one to hold – especially for overall points with the round 13 bye week looming.
Moeaki Fotuaika starts in Peachey's place while Erin Clark and Same Stone join the bench. David Fifita will return from suspension next week.
Tino Fa'asuamalleaui (50) had one of his better scores against the Panthers while AJ Brimson's (35) recent run of Fantasy form came to an end, although he did grab a try.
Bulldogs: Tui Katoa is out after being on the wrong end of the tackle that got Josh Papalii sent off last week, with Nick Meaney moving to the wing and Aaron Schoupp debuting at centre. Matt Doorey starts in the second row with Adam Elliott to come off the bench, while Dylan Napa returns for Ofahiki Ogden on the interchange.
Jake Averillo (54) continues to be one of the best buys of the season for those who held him through his poor start to the year, while Nick Cotric (47) scored his second try of the year on the way to his best score since round 2. He's $107k cheaper than he was in the pre-season and could potentially be an option for those in the market for centre/WFB cover. Luke Thompson (56) has been rock solid this year with a season average of 56.
Match: Roosters v Broncos
Round 11 -
Venue: Sydney Cricket Ground*, Sydney
Roosters: No changes. James Tedesco finally rewarded the faith of owners with a superb 80-point game against the Cowboys, featuring 221 run metres and a season-high 10 tackle breaks.
Angus Crichton (87) scored twice in that win while Sam Walker (33) scored a try but only had 83 kick metres for the match.
Broncos: Jordan Riki is banned for two games for a crusher tackle and Anthony Milford and Corey Oates have been dropped, with Albert Kelly ($246k) the new five-eighth, David Mead on the wing and Keenan Palasia debuting in the back row.
Kobe Hetherington replaces Danny Levi on the bench, in good news for Jake Turpin's minutes.
Last week's 50-6 thrashing at the hands of Manly led to bad scores for Payne Haas (41) and Tevita Pangai jnr (31) and a shocking one for halfback Tyson Gamble (4) who was sin-binned, missed seven tackles had barely any kick metres.
Herbie Farnworth (50) was the exception, having now scored back-to-back 50s without tries, and is doing very well to average 41 at centre with just one try from eight matches this season.
Match: Raiders v Storm
Round 11 -
Venue: GIO Stadium, Canberra
Raiders: Josh Papalii (3 matches), Josh Hodgson (1 match) and Jack Wighton (1 match) are suspended, with Sam Williams into the halves, Hudson Young into the starting pack, Ryan Sutton returning on the interchange and rookie half Bradley Schneider added to the bench.
Jarrod Croker is out indefinitely with a knee injury which should result in plenty of opportunities for $323k centre Sebastian Kris (41, with a try).
Corey Harawira-Naera (57) scored a try and had a season-high 120 run metres but Bailey Simonsson (9) had his lowest score of the year after last week's season-high 46.
Storm: Ryan Papenhuyzen is out after last week's head knock and Tyson Smoothy has a knee injury, joining Cameron Munster and Harry Grant on the sidelines. Chris Lewis comes into the side at five-eighth and Brandon Smith returns at hooker, while Aaron Pene replaces Ryley Jacks on the bench.
Jahrome Hughes (67) is averaging 76 across his past five games and Nicho Hynes (70) showed he'll be a Fantasy weapon when he gets a consistent role at fullback.
Match: Rabbitohs v Panthers
Round 11 -
Venue: Apex Oval, Dubbo
Rabbitohs: Latrell Mitchell returns at fullback, with Cody Walker back to five-eighth and Benji Marshall on the bench. Josh Mansour is also back on the wing and Jacob Host on the bench, with Taane Milne, Hame Sele and Jed Cartwright dropping out. Campbell Graham could be a late inclusion from the reserves.
Damien Cook (64) looks to have bottomed out in price at $729k and it's a similar story for Cody Walker (62) at $523k. A try helped Jai Arrow (69) to his first score above 50 since round 1.
Panthers: Nathan Cleary smashed his own record for the best individual NRL Fantasy score in history with a monster 144 against the Titans, featuring a hat-trick, two try assists, three line breaks, eight goals, nine tackle breaks, 173 run metres and 266 kick metres. He started the year as Fantasy's most expensive player and his price has gone up by $181,000 this season.
Kurt Capewell returns in the second row this week with Liam Martin shifting to the bench and J'maine Hopgood out of the side. Paul Momirvoski and Spencer Leniu remain in the reserves outside the top 17.
Stephen Crichton (52) is looking like a savvy buy in the centres and James Fisher-Harris (66) is averaging 65 from his past three games, but it was a poor week for Brian To'o (23) with season-low numbers for run metres (165) and tackle breaks (1).
Match: Eels v Sea Eagles
Round 11 -
Venue: Bankwest Stadium, Sydney
Eels: Joey Lussick replaces Ray Stone on the bench. There were no massive scores in Parramatta's win over the Warriors, with Mitch Moses (60), Ryan Matterson (55) and Reed Mahoney (54) all living up to expectations, but the most-owned Eel Isaiah Papali'i (37) had his worst score of the season after spending 20 minutes on the bench in the second half.
Sea Eagles: Kieran Foran (hand) is out with Cade Cust starting at five-eighth. Martin Taupau is named to start with Sean Keppie on the bench while Zac Saddler joins the interchange.
Tom Trbojevic's (59) dream season continued with another two tries and two try assists in Magic Round, while Josh Schuster (57) also crossed the tryline and Jason Saab (53) grabbed a double. Saab has scored nine tries in five games since Trbojevic's return from injury.
Daly Cherry-Evans (68) looks to have bottomed out in price at $755k if you're in the market for a half and not worried about his State of Origin role.