Tyson Frizell was the fantasy steal of Round 5 of NZ Herald NRL Fantasy in scoring 64 points for the meagre price of $174,000 - even topping the fantasy-monster that is Cameron Smith.
Bulldogs vs Sea Eagles
It was slim pickings from the Bulldogs this week with no players breaking the half century mark though Michael Ennis (47pts) and Aiden Tolman (46pts) came close. For the Sea Eagles Matt Ballin was once again the star with 60 points while Brenton Lawrence finally cracked 50 points after coming close twice in previous weeks.
Eels vs Sharks
In a low-scoring, defensive-minded game there were only so many points on offer - Andrew Fifita (57pts) grabbed the most of them while the ever-consistent tackle machine that is Paul Gallen (50pts) also starred. Tim Mannah (49pts) led the Eels in fantasy points with his biggest haul of the season.
Cowboys vs Panthers
Cowboys and Panthers players currently do not feature heavily in the season leaderboards and that trend may still continue, especially for the Penrith squad.
Former Warrior Lewis Brown (37pts) was the best of a bad bunch of fantasy Panthers. James Segeyaro (31pts) continued a downward trend in points-scoring after a strong start to his season. For the Cowboys, Jonathan Thurston (48pts) led the way with easily his highest total of the season while James Tamou (44pts) stayed nice and consistent.
Dragons vs Knights
The other defensive-minded game of the round produced the opposite effect to the first - three 50-plus points hauls. Tyson Frizell (64pts) and Mitch Rein (62pts) for the Dragons as well as Robbie Rochow (51pts) for the Knights made big impressions. Frizell at $174,000 and Rochow at $206,000 were particularly good value.
Warriors vs Rabbitohs
Simon Mannering with 51 points was the standout for the Warriors in their loss to the Rabbitohs while Sam Burgess (57pts) was a monster in real life and in fantasy. Kevin Locke (9pts) and Manu Vatuvei (19pts) continue to struggle to make fantasy impacts.
Raiders vs Roosters
It may have been a spectacular comeback from the Raiders and a reltively high-scoring affair, but this game somehow failed to provide fantasy owners with a large boon of points. Shaun Fensom (49pts) was the best of both teams and is providing owners with consistent points as is Jared Waerea-Hargreaves (44pts).
Storm vs Tigers
Cameron Smith was again true to form with another, consistent, 61 point effort - his fourth 60+ points haul from five games. Aaron Woods (58pts) and Robbie Farah (54pts) were the best of the Tigers players while Benji Marshall failed to fire in fantasy terms with only 23 points for the night.