Nathan Cleary is back, Tom Trbojevic's price is plummeting, Payne Haas may not be a reliable captaincy option anymore and Nicho Hynes is a must-have.
Round 4 Analysis
Match: Titans v Wests Tigers
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Venue: Cbus Super Stadium, Gold Coast
Titans: Jayden Campbell is out with a rib injury, propelling Jamayne Isaako straight in at fullback, while Corey Thompson replaces Phil Sami (COVID) on the wing. Beau Fermor has two good scores in a row, both try-assisted. David Fifita has been consistent but unspectacular, with three scores between 44 and 51. Erin Clark is scoring just well enough to keep holding for now.
Wests Tigers: James Roberts, Ken Maumalo and Kelma Tuilagi return from injury, Stefano Utoikamanu is out injured, Luke Garner and Alex Seyfarth go to the bench, Zane Musgrove starts and Star To'a and Jake Simpkin drop out.
Utoikamanu is a sell and Tuilagi is a hold. Outside of that there's not really much of interest here for Fantasy coaches, with Jock Madden (48) only having two more games before the return of Jackson Hastings.
Match: Sharks v Knights
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Venue: PointsBet Stadium, Sydney
Sharks: Sifa Talakai replaces the injured Connor Tracey at centre with Teig Wilton back from suspension in the back row and Ronaldo Mulitalo replaces Matt Ikuvalu on the wing.
Nicho Hynes is the top-scoring player and Fantasy and shapes as a must-have while Blayke Brailey is surprisingly the top-scoring hooker through three rounds. Cam McInnes now looks to be cutting into Dale Finucane's minutes which could make both of them a no-go in the short term.
Knights: Kalyn Ponga has again been named to return from a minor knee complaint, with Tex Hoy out. Brodie Jones starts in the back row with Mitch Barnett suspended and Sauaso Sue replaces Mat Croker on the pine.
Kurt Mann's shift to lock finally paid dividends with a huge 73 against the Panthers. Tyson Frizell has outscored every other EDG bar Isaiah Papali'i through three rounds. Cheapie Leo Thompson looks safe for now and is putting up some handy price rises.
Match: Panthers v Rabbitohs
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Venue: BlueBet Stadium, Penrith
Panthers: Nathan Cleary, the best player in Fantasy, makes his return at halfback. At $1.05m it will be tough to get him in straight away and most coaches will be hoping he starts slow and sheds some value. Scott Sorensen starts with Chris Smith out after failing his HIA last week with Lindsay Smith joining the bench. Liam Martin and James Fisher-Harris are in the reserves list and nearing their injury comebacks.
Centre duo Izack Tago and Stephen Crichton were the club's top Fantasy scorers last week and are the second and third top scoring centres in Fantasy so far behind Dane Gagai. Taylan May started with a hat-trick but don't expect that sort of scoring every week.
Rabbitohs: Unchanged after last week's impressive win over the Roosters. Lachlan Ilias still hasn't produced a score but isn't really worth selling at this stage. Cam Murray is now a captaincy option after two fantastic scores while Jai Arrow has been solid.
Match: Warriors v Broncos
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Venue: Kayo Stadium, Redcliffe
Warriors: Just the one change, with Jack Murchie replacing Bayley Sironen on the bench – although Shaun Johnson nears a return after being named in the reserves. Josh Curran (48) was the best of a bad bunch Fantasy-wise last week with him and Euan Aitken (45) the only really appealing options here.
Broncos: Kurt Capewell is out, with Keenan Palasia moving to the back row, Ryan James starting, Tom Flegler and TC Robati returning on the bench and Corey Jensen out.
Payne Haas saved his score late last week but was on track for a well below par number after a long stint on the bench, making him less than an automatic captaincy choice this week. Pat Carrigan put up some huge numbers, Herbie Farnworth has four tries in two weeks and Billy Walters should have at least one more price rise in him.
Match: Sea Eagles v Raiders
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Venue: Glen Willow Oval, Mudgee
Sea Eagles: Unchanged. Tom Trbojevic scored his first try of the year but still didn't hit 50 and lost another $74k, with a break-even still well over 100. Ethan Bullemor (6) is an urgent sell with limited minutes off the bench. Daly Cherry-Evans has scored more than 60 points every week so far. Andrew Davey is one to watch but has Josh Schuster returning soon.
Raiders: Nick Cotric returns in place of Seb Kris, with Tom Starling named to start despite coming off the bench last week. Starling's point-per-minute 56 was far better than he did in bigger minutes the previous two weeks. He'll be a handy buy at the price if that is the norm going forward. Brad Schneider (55) is must-have now while his price is still rising sharply. There's not much else to recommend at the Raiders Fantasy-wise for now.
Match: Cowboys v Roosters
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Venue: Queensland Country Bank Stadium, Townsville
Cowboys: Unchanged, with Coen Hess named despite going off injured last week. Jeremiah Nanai (62) bounced back from a poor round two score with a hat-trick. His price is still climbing and as a try-scoring 80-minute back-rower he is close to must-have. Val Holmes (74) put up a great score but is a risky buy at centre. Jason Taumalolo's low minutes are now a trend and he is a sell.
Roosters: Daniel Suluka-Fifita displaces Fletcher Baker on the bench while Connor Watson has again been named to start but could revert to the bench on game day.
Angus Crichton is an urgent sell after just 36 minutes off the bench last week. James Tedesco's scores have been disappointing but he should come good. Billy Smith finally has his price moving upwards but the Baker cash cow experiment looks over.
Match: Storm v Bulldogs
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Venue: AAMI Park, Melbourne
Storm: Xavier Coates and Harry Grant return. Josh King retains the No.13 jersey with Brandon Smith dropping to the bench but his minutes will be an interesting watch this weekend, with the chance Smith could eat into his time at lock. Ryan Papenhuyzen bounced back in round three and Cameron Munster put up a huge score that probably isn't sustainable.
Bulldogs: Jack Hetherington is out in the only change, with Ava Seumanufagai returning on the bench. Max King's reduced minutes last week were a case of managing a minor niggle but he has been named. Matt Burton is a hold for now despite two poor scores in three games but Pangai's 20 points in 46 minutes with no offloads was a worry.
Match: Eels v Dragons
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Venue: CommBank Stadium, Sydney
Eels: Ryan Matterson and Bryce Cartwright join the bench in place of Wiremu Greig and the luckless Ray Stone (ACL, season). Dylan Brown (83) has two phenomenal scores in a row; he's still affordable now but won't be for long if he keeps this up. Isaiah Papali'i (79) has actually increased in value so far this year and is the best EDG in Fantasy through three rounds. Will Penisini (9) is a hold despite a terrible score against the Storm. Reed Mahoney (46) should come good and Mitch Moses (33) is probably worth giving another week or two as well.
Dragons: Mat Feagai replaces the injured Cody Ramsey and Jack Gosiewski starts for the suspended Jaydn Su'A. Ben Hunt is putting up great scores lately with another 60 last week but his halves partner Talatau Amone (17) is testing the patience of owners. He's ideally still a hold but it is a spot in your squad that could be used by a better money-maker.