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Working out how teams will fare without their Origin stars is the curveball sent in to mess with tipsters in Round 17.

There are only four matches (and Origin III) to worry about, but the absence of NSW and Queensland players is cause for thought.

As a result of Manly being without Tom Trbojevic, Daly Cherry-Evans and the injured Jake Trbojevic, the struggling Raiders are well worth a look for the match between those clubs on Thursday night.

The match between the Sharks and Warriors, one not affected by Origin selections, is the most in-dispute game this weekend.

There were no changes at the top of the tipping leaderboard after Round 16, with  Fantasy NRL mystery man Lone Scout keeping one-point lead over NRL Teams host Niav Owens. 

Remember, it's not too late to sign up for NRL Tipping.

Anyone can start or join a "comp" to compete against family, friends and colleagues – all you need to get started is to sign up for a free NRL account.

If you need help on how each team is travelling, Jamie Soward's Power Rankings is the best place to go for an accurate gauge on who's travelling well and who's doing not so well.


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