Fantasy NRL wrap: Ennis, Simmons stand tall

By Jeremy Redmore

Michael Ennis (60pts) - another recommended starter, another top performance - once again, get Ennis in your side. Photo / Getty Images.
Michael Ennis (60pts) - another recommended starter, another top performance - once again, get Ennis in your side. Photo / Getty Images.

Forget second rowers and props, this week was time for the backs to shine.

Rabbitohs 28 Cowboys 10
The star: John Sutton and Ben Te'o (52pts) - both of these guys registered their best fantasy scores of the season with Sutton nailing down his second consecutive 50-point game. Both are in top form.
The dud: Ashley Graham (9pts) - a very quiet game from Graham, his worst of the fantasy season. There are better backs for the price but he's still not the worst option.
Value pick: Rory Kostjasyn (37pts) - he only costs 97k, the perfect front row bench player.

Tigers 6 Sharks 30
The star: Robbie Farah (60pts) - the wily master does it again, he's a beast and mainstay of many fantasy squads every year.
The dud: Beau Ryan (13pts) - the Sharks had a great night on offence but unfortunately that didn't involve Ryan.
Value pick: Anthony Tupou (43pts) - he came recommended this week, so I hope you were reading.

With Paul Gallen out he played his best game of the season - though don't count on it lasting much longer as Gallen is known for his fast recovery rate.

Warriors 16 Bulldogs 24
The star: Michael Ennis (60pts) - another recommended starter, another top performance - once again, get Ennis in your side.
The dud: Shaun Johnson (15pts) - Johnson was shut down and missed more than his fair share of tackles in this one. He could bounce back this weekend against the Panthers, depending on which Penrith side shows up.
Value pick: Trent Hodkinson (37pts) - Todd Lowrie could easily be here again, but I've gone with Hodkinson to point out he may suffer points-wise with the return of Krisnan Inu from suspension as he should lose the kicking duties.

Eels 19 Broncos 18
The star: Joseph Paulo (56pts) - he's been a consistent 30+ points-scorer in the lock position but this week a try and over 100m gained lifted him to a season-best fantasy total.
The dud: Josh Hoffman (11pts) - and here's where my advice goes wrong. I presumed, along with many, that the Eels would leak points against the Broncos. That didn't happen and it's another dud performance from Hoffman.
Value pick: Sam Thaiday (50pts) - he appears here once again. He's showing a tendency to see-saw his totals from week-to-week though, so if that trend continues he may be slightly less effective next week.

Raiders 44 Knights 14
The star: Blake Ferguson (55pts) - it's not often a back is the star of a fixture but Ferguson deserves it after scoring three tries to make it five in the last two games. He faces the stiff defence of the Sea Eagles this weekend, so temper your expectations.
The dud: Tyrone Roberts (13pts) - he's been a solid option at halfback this season but had no legs at all in this game. Don't give up on him though, he'll bounce back.
Value pick: Brett White (40pts) - another repeat offender in the value section. That's two 40+ points totals in a row. Get him in your team for just 95k.

Titans 15 Dragons 14
The star: Nate Myles (50pts) - it was a good day for Myles and was his fourth 50+ total of the season. He's a nice option in the front row for 212k.
The dud: Jamie Soward (10pts) - this wasn't even his worst performance of the season. There are much better halfback options.
Value pick: Beau Falloon (35pts) - while his namesake at the Sharks bombed, this Beau had a very solid night. He's a very nice 129k front row option.

Panthers 12 Storm 10
The star: David Simmons (67pts) - an incredible night on offence (2 tries, 218m gained, 5 line breaks) from Simmons helped his side down the mighty Storm. He hadn't approached this kind of level so far this season so he's a nice surprise that's not necessarily a sign of things to come.
The dud: Billy Slater (15pts) - his worst game of the season. I suppose he has to have off-nights but there's no doubt that they'll be a rare thing going forward.
Value pick: Adam Docker (42pts) - he costs just 107k and came through this week for owners. There are still better, cheap, second row backups though.

Sea Eagles 4 Roosters 16
The stars: Michael Jennings (52pts) - Jennings continues the week of backs as fantasy stars. Most of his points came courtesy of a 90m intercept try but this week he also registered the most tackles made of his season.
The dud: Jared Warea-Hargreaves (15pts) - this is what happens when you're sent off in a match. You'll need to find a replacement for this second row star as he's set to miss the next five games.
Value pick: Sonny Bill Williams (36pts) - yep, he's back here again and if you had JWH in your team then SBW is a worthy replacement for the next five weeks for just 133k.

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