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With several big names returning from injury and several others set to miss out, the Magic Round weekend is shaping as a pivotal one for Fantasy coaches looking to make their mark this year!


NRL Fantasy teams analysis: Round 10

Bulldogs v Knights, Friday at Suncorp Stadium

Bulldogs: Just the one change for the Bulldogs with Chris Patolo replacing Ava Seumanufagai on the bench. Max King churned out 43 points against the Raiders and doesn't need to be moved on just yet. Matt Burton was the standout last week and, after scoring 82 points in a losing team, is a great option at under $600k. His 19 percent ownership will be much higher by week's end given a favourable matchup this week followed by games against the Wests Tigers, Dragons and an Origin-affected Penrith in the bye-affected Round 13.

Knights: Newcastle welcome back some troops but not as many as coach Adam O'Brien will have wanted as they look to end their tough run of form. Leo Thompson is back for those that held and is named at lock — he can stay for another week or so but will should be moved on before the bye. Chris Randall played big minutes last week but may see fewer this time around with Phoenix Crossland on the bench and Adam Clune at halfback. David Klemmer is the Fantasy standout for this team but is getting too pricy for most coaches now, rising up to $720k. 

Sea Eagles v Broncos, Friday at Suncorp Stadium

Sea Eagles: Popular cheapies Ben Trbojevic and Tolu Koula retain their spots in the backline, along with Christian Tuipulotu after he scored another try last week. It's a big bench for Manly, with Martin Taupau joining Andrew Davey and Tof Sipley on the interchange list, which could hurt the minutes of Josh Aloiai. Haumole Olakau'atu joins Ethan Bullemor in the back row — his return is timely with Josh Schuster named among the reserves as he struggles with a calf complaint.

Broncos: A double boost for coaches with Payne Haas and Kurt Capewell both named in a welcome relief for all who held. Even better is the fact that Patrick Carrigan retains his starting spot at lock after scoring 66 in his return last week. Cory Paix's inclusion on the bench means Billy Walters is a sell — Paix's minutes are continuing to rise each week. Selwyn Cobbo finally delivered a big score against the Rabbitohs and will be fired up at "home" this week.

Warriors v Rabbitohs, Saturday at Suncorp Stadium

Warriors: Captain Tohu Harris is back and instantly starts in the back row. At $763k, it's definitely worth having a look first before pulling the trigger. Popular cheapie Viliami Vailea only scored 13 points with a try last week and is a no-go for now. The real interest in this team will be in their two reserves, Ronald Volkman and Freddy Lussick, who have both been named in the squad. They could make for a handy cheapie or two over the Origin period if they can find their way into the team. 

Rabbitohs: Big changes at the Rabbitohs. Isaiah Tass is gone from the centres, Cameron Murray is facing a month on the sideline, while Kodi Nikorima's arrival and inclusion on the bench has Damien Cook owners looking over their shoulder. Jai Arrow is a potential winner from it all, shifting to lock and possibly looking at bigger minutes with Davvy Moale, Siliva Havili and Liam Knight on the bench — although it may turn out that Jacob Host, who has been named on the edge, stays on. Lachlan Ilias and Blake Taaffe continuing to slowly rise in price and remain holds for now.

Titans v Dragons, Saturday at Suncorp Stadium

Titans: Jayden Campbell is back at fullback along with Phillip Sami, which sees Greg Marzhew dropped to the reserves. Isaac Liu is an intriguing option in the back row as he replaces Sam McIntyre but is far from a buy at this point — especially with David Fifita just two weeks away. Will Smith — who is owned by more than 13 percent of teams — is a sell after being excluded from the squad all together, with AJ Brimson back in the halves alongside Toby Sexton. 

Dragons: Jack Bird is back in the forwards after a late shift there last week, bringing cheapie Talatau Amone into the starting side once again at five-eighth. Jack De Belin and Josh McGuire have each averaged a tick under 50 in the past three weeks — the best of any Dragons players — and appear for big minutes again after being named at prop and second row respectively. Tariq Sims shifts to lock. 

Storm v Panthers, Saturday at Suncorp Stadium

Storm: Ryan Papenhuyzen will miss a month and should be sold. Nick Meaney starts at fullback and will likely kick goals, making him an appealing option at under $500k. Marion Seve starts in the centres with Reimis Smith out long-term but isn't cheap after his form last year, priced at $450k. Tui Kamikamica is eligible for selection after his suspension and is named on the bench — which could hurt the minutes of popular forward Josh King and under-the-radar cheapie Tyran Wishart. 

Panthers: Scott Sorensen replaces Matt Eisenhuth on the bench in the only change for Penrith. Izack Tago's time is probably up after making $200k; he scored just 22 points last week and subsequently lost $26k. Taylan May continues to rise and, after holding his spot despite Brian To'o's return, is shaping as a potential keeper. To'o himself looked good last week despite scoring 44 points on return. He's available for under $600k and, with a low ownership, could be a great purchase. Nathan Cleary's status as a set-and-forget captain took a hit last week following his 45 points and a matchup against the Storm also doesn't do him any favours. 

Sharks v Raiders, Sunday at Suncorp Stadium

Sharks: Nicho Hynes shifts to fullback with William Kennedy suspended but don't be worried — he is still a great captaincy option against the Raiders this week. Ronaldo Mulitalo is back too in a boost for those who own, with Connor Tracey shifting to the centres while Jesse Ramien is out for the next three games. Cameron McInnes has been named on the bench again but, after last week's late change saw him play at lock, could do the same again this week and is a great purchase. Teig Wilton continues to hold out Wade Graham and is scoring well. 

Raiders: Jarrod Croker's injury isn't as bad as first thought, with Sebastian Kris replacing him in the short-term at centre. That does bring former cheapie Xavier Savage on to the bench, though, where he will potentially lose even more money. Adam Elliott again starts at hooker — making Tom Starling a sell before he starts to lose all the money he just made — while Brad Schneider is also nearing the end in the majority of teams after he dropped $17k last week. 

Roosters v Eels, Sunday at Suncorp Stadium

Roosters: Siosiua Taukeiaho starts in place of the suspended Lindsay Collins while Connor Watson also returns at hooker, taking the place of Sam Verrills. James Tedesco reminded coaches of what he can do with a brilliant hat-trick last week while Angus Crichton is starting to make back the $100k-plus that he lost coming off the bench earlier this year. Popular cheapie Fletcher Baker has some of the terrific points-per-minute numbers of any player in the competition... but isn't quite getting the minutes to make it worthwhile.

Eels: Unchanged after their big win over the defending premiers last week. Isaiah Papali'i is worth every single bit of the $896k he costs and has to be in your team at some point — preferably sooner rather than later. Dylan Brown bounced back with a somewhat fortunate try last week and is a gutsy hold for those that want to roll the dice again this week against the Roosters. Ryan Matterson is producing huge numbers off the bench and would be a must-own if he was starting, but he's still a worthwhile pickup as long as the minutes stay the same. His shift out wide last week in the second half was the turning point for the Eels so that will likely continue.

Wests Tigers v Cowboys, Sunday at Suncorp Stadium

Wests Tigers: Still no David Nofoaluma but Ken Maumalo is named after he went off with a knock last week. Luciano Leilua is also back, pushing Alex Seyfarth back to the bench. The minutes could still be okay for Seyfarth, though, with Tyrone Peachey likely to spell Jake Simpkin at hooker. Jackson Hastings scored 51 in a losing side last week and is approaching must-own territory. 

Cowboys: An unchanged team for coach Todd Payten as the Cowboys search for five wins in a row. Jeremiah Nanai is shaping as the most traded in and traded out Cowboys players this week in what is an interesting decision for coaches. Reuben Cotter continues to shine after scoring 59 last week while Reece Robson is also benefiting greatly from Jake Granville dropping out of the side — he has scored over 50 every time he has played 80 minutes this year. Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow is leaking cash with Scott Drinkwater winning the fullback duties and should be sold. 

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