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Dragons centre Jack Bird.

The State of Origin series opener is one week away so that means it's bye time for half the NRL clubs, with only four matches taking place across round 13.

With Origin players – including 18th men – also sitting out this week it's a battle for NRL Fantasy coaches to get many players on the field this week.

For those playing to win their head-to-head league it's a great time to save some trades, with the majority of H2H leagues having a bye week. For those playing to improve their overall rank it's a time to make a big leap up the ladder, with anything from 10-13 players in action for you team likely to give you the edge over the competition.

A few surprise Origin selections mean there are one or two extra quality bye-round players available this round. You can also make up to four trades for the bye rounds. Here is all the team news heading into round 13.

Round 13 team news

Dragons: Tariq Sims has been selected for the Blues but Ben Hunt has missed Queensland selection, making him a prime target for Fantasy this week following scores of 69 and 79 (with a try) in the past couple of weeks.

It's also good news for Jack Bird who moves to the second row to cover Sims, with Brayden Wiliame shifting to centre, Cody Ramsey to the wing and Matt Dufty returning at fullback.

Jack de Belin is named to make his return to the NRL via the interchange.

Jackson Ford (54) is coming off a couple of mid-50s scores at lock but his game time is set to drop after the introduction of de Belin. Andrew McCullough (57) is the other obvious bye-round scorer at the Dragons alongside Hunt and Bird.  

Broncos: Payne Haas and Xavier Coates are away on Origin duty while Tyson Gamble returns from suspension in place of Anthony Milford.

Alex Glenn returns from injury to push Keenan Palasia to the bench, Selwyn Cobbo debuts on the wing and Matt Lodge returns at prop.

Tevita Pangai jnr (49) is among the better scorers available this week. Ethan Bullemore (22) is a potential cashout option at $267k with the potential to improve his scoring with more game time if Lodge departs for Newcastle mid-season.

Wests Tigers: Luciano Leilua was successful at the judiciary on Tuesday night, avoiding a possible two-match ban for a shoulder charge, and is free to play. Joe Ofahengaue has been selected by Queensland. Alex Seyfarth starts at lock and Stefano Utoikamanu returns on the bench.

Daine Laurie (64) is earning money again after a big game last week and James Roberts (45) is coming off his first two tries of the season.

Adam Doueihi (57) continues to produce great scores despite being shifted to the centres in the last few weeks, while Luke Brooks (45) remains a solid option in the halves.

Panthers: Nathan Cleary, Brian To'o, Jarome Luai, Isaah Yeo, Liam Martin and Api Koroisau are on NSW duty, Kurt Capewell is selected for Queensland and Moses Leota is suspended.

Cleary's absence means it's time for most Fantasy coaches to make a new decision about the captaincy this week. Matt Burton (50) has been scoring well in the centres recently but should get a boost in a shift to the halves where he's likely to rack up plenty of kick metres.

Dylan Edwards returns from injury at fullback, Robert Jennings is on the wing, Stephen Crichton shifts to centre and Burton to five-eighth alongside new halfback Tyrone May. Spencer Leniu, Mitch Kenny, Scott Sorensen and Matt Eisenhuth join the starting pack with Jaeman Salmon, J'maine Hopgood, Lindsay Smith and Izack Tago on the bench.

To'o (42) is suddenly a tricky prospect for owners chasing overall points, with a couple of below-par scores in the past three rounds and an Origin call-up.

Storm: Josh Addo-Carr, Cameron Munster, Harry Grant, Felise Kaufusi and Christian Welch are missing through Origin, with Dean Ieremia starting on the wing and Kenny Bromwich in the back row.

Nicho Hynes has scored 101 and 90 in the past two weeks, earning a $108k price rise this week after a similar boost last round. Jahrome Hughes (57) is coming off his first sub-60 score since round 5.

Titans: David Fifita, Tino Fa'asuamaleaui, AJ Brimson and Moeaki Fotuaika are on Maroons duty and Beau Fermor has a hamstring injury.

Tyrone Peachey returns from suspension but is only on the bench, with Jayden Campbell – son of Preston – debuting at fullback, Ash Taylor replacing Tanah Boyd at five-eighth, and Jaimin Jolliffe, Sam Stone and Sam McIntyre joining the starting pack. Jai Whitbread and rookie Joseph Vuna are added to the bench.

Jamal Fogarty is back to exactly the same price he started the season at, with seven scores in the 60s, one in the 40s, three in the 30s and one injury-affected 7.

Knights: Kalyn Ponga may finally be fit but is missing on Maroons duty anyway, while Daniel Saifiti has been picked by the Blues and David Klemmer is suspended for a high tackle.

Sauaso Sue and Jacob Saifiti start in the front row and Brodie Jones is promoted to the back row, with Kurt Mann, Jack Johns and Nathanael Sasagi on the bench. New signing Jake Clifford could be a late inclusion via the reserves.

Connor Watson (68) replaced Mann in the starting side at five-eighth on Sunday then spent time at fullback, excellent in a rare 80-minute performance, while Jayden Brailey (39) has had his two worst scores of the year in the past two weeks due to a combined 11 missed tackles.

Eels: Junior Paulo is in the Blues squad while Reed Mahoney is named to play after being named 19th man for Queensland, and is likely to be available unless Kalyn Ponga and Harry Grant are ruled out for the Maroons.

Dylan Brown and Reagan Campbell-Gillard are back from suspension while Blake Ferguson is dropped, with Haze Dunster starting on the wing, Oregan Kaufusi benched and Jakob Arthur out of the 17.

Isaiah Papali'i (56 including a try) has played the full 80 minutes just once in the past six weeks but is still scoring well, while Mitch Moses (42) has had two quiet games after three straight 60+ efforts. Ryan Matterson (38) has also been quiet in the past fortnight, while centre Tom Opacic (19) is coming off easily his worst score of the season.

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